‘Seems like he’s been here 10 years’ – Pochettino full of praise for Spurs ace

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 1 Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s attacking duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli after the pair inspired Spurs to a 3-0 win against Norwich.Kane scored twice in the first half at White Hart Lane as the striker took his 2015 tally to 27 league goals, breaking Teddy Sheringham’s club record. Tom Carroll added a third late on.Alli was instrumental in both Kane’s goals, sliding in a clever pass which led to the opener from the penalty spot before setting his team-mate up for a second on the counter-attack.The midfielder came off to a standing ovation in the second half as Tottenham moved to within six points of leaders Leicester and three in front of Man United in the race for a top four place.“It’s fantastic the way Harry works, his character and personality,” Pochettino said.“He deserves all the praise and I am very pleased for him but I am very pleased for all the team because we work hard every day and then when we show it on the pitch it’s fantastic for them.”On Alli, Pochettino added: “He has shown his talent, character and personality on the pitch very quickly.“He has been with us only six months but it seems like he has been here 10 years, the way he plays.”The only concern for Spurs surrounds the fitness of Mousa Dembele after the Belgian took a knock to his ankle and is now struggling to be available for Monday’s game at Watford.Dembele sat out the defeat to Newcastle two weeks ago with a similar problem and Pochettino admitted the midfielder would have to be assessed.“It’s a knock on the same ankle but we hope it’s not a big issue,” he said.“We’ll assess tomorrow and see if he is ready for Monday.”last_img read more

‘Reds’ 4-1 win won’t effect City as they’re the better team’ – Cup final preview

first_imgThis interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmaguk“Manchester City’s main strength as a team is that they still have the best individuals in the Premier League. The reason why they have won the title a couple of times in five years is down to Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany. They’ve been the best, or among the best, in their positions in the league. Even if some of them are coming more towards the end of their careers now, they’re still top players. Without them you really notice the difference.“I also don’t think that 4-1 loss to Liverpool [last November] is going to have a massive effect on City. They were just poor on the day, but they’re a better team than Liverpool. The league table shows you that. But what it does for Liverpool is give them belief that they can win on the day.“Each team has two key players, really – and in similar positions. It’s Aguero and Silva for City, while for Liverpool it’s Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. If those pairs of players can link up and perform, they are both match-winning combinations.”REBUILDING LIVERPOOL: CARRAGHER DISCUSSES THE JOB KLOPP FACESSky Sports will show the Capital One Cup Final as part of 17 live football games this weekend 1 Jamie Carragher previews the 2016 League Cup final last_img read more

Race for Democratic nomination not over yet, Obama emphasizes

first_imgThe Democratic presidential campaign, viewed in Iowa, is awash in uncertainties. Will Edwards, who started a 17-county bus tour on Friday, hold the supporters who propelled him to second place here in 2004? Will Obama turn his large crowds into real votes? Will Clinton’s national advantages assuage concern among some voters who worry how Republicans will go after her in a general election? Interviews with more than two dozen Democrats here this week suggest that the race remains remarkably unsettled, with voters voicing concern about Edwards’ viability, Obama’s experience and Clinton’s electability.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – A broad grin spread across Sen. Barack Obama’s face as he turned to walk away from a city park here on Friday after shaking the last hand and posing for a final photograph with a clutch of supporters. Given the political news of the week, at least back in Washington, why the smile? “It’s not over!” Obama said, pausing for a moment to answer an open-ended question about the state of the campaign. “Presumably if they thought the race was over, they wouldn’t be taking the time to come to a town-hall meeting to talk about the presidential race.” If the chase for the Democratic nomination appears to have reached a stage of inevitability, if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is becoming a runaway front-runner, as national polls might suggest and some of her rivals are beginning to fear, the word has not reached the voters here in Chickasaw County. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt is not that the 200 or so people who turned out to see Obama on Friday morning were oblivious to such prognostications. As ardent political enthusiasts, many obsessively follow them. But the voters here have not necessarily become believers, particularly before they have their own chance to size up the competition when it comes to town. “The one thing about Iowa is that we always have the ability to bring a reality check to the country,” said Randall Rolph, 56, who came with his son to see Obama and plans to return Sunday when Clinton arrives for a campaign stop. Still, three months before the Iowa caucuses open the nominating contests on both sides of the ticket, a fresh sense of urgency is at hand for Obama as he tries to change the dynamic of the race. Clinton, who started the year perceived to be trailing Obama and former Sen. John Edwards in Iowa, has crept up in state polls. On a four-day tour through Iowa this week, Obama of Illinois continued to draw large crowds in city after city. He sharpened his message about his early opposition to the war, he devoted more time to voters’ questions, and he talked increasingly about the need for Democrats to choose a candidate who is honest, truthful and, ultimately, able to bring about change. With a newly crafted sales pitch, he acknowledged that he was “behind in the national polls,” and asked Iowans for their support. “If you’ve decided that you’re supporting me, don’t keep on waiting because it’s going to get chilly soon,” Obama said. “The fact is, all of you are going to decide who the next president of the United States is.” last_img read more

Kindergarten is focus of PVP election

first_imgSCHOOLS: Candidates for the district’s board are divided over expanding extended-day program. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Two sitting board members on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District are trying to thwart each other’s ambitions by supporting a pair of challengers in the Nov. 6 election. “When you start a program and you offer it at some schools, you have to think through that you’ll have to provide it at all schools,” said Vanden Bos. “But you have to have a stable funding source.” Candidates in the rather quiet race have also sparred over management of the district’s $77million construction and modernization plan. Tomblin has said the district is $10 million short of the amount needed to finish all 55 projects approved by voters in Measures R and S, which passed in 2005. Vanden Bos and de la Rosa discount that number, calling it guesswork, but concede the district needs to update project costs that are more than two years old. The district’s projects have been well managed, de la Rosa said. “Of the projects we have undertaken thus far, we are on time and on budget,” de la Rosa said. “All we have done so far is approve the next set of priorities. It’s our job to continue to evaluate and re-evaluate.” In the summer, the board will begin receiving an additional $600,000 from Measure P, a parcel tax renewed by voters June 5. The candidates say they’re also looking to improve curriculum and course offerings in one of the state’s highest achieving districts. Tomblin supports additional counselors and more vocational education. “All of our students do excellent, but vocational training is an area for a wide segment of our students that I hope we can expand on,” he said. Here are a few more biographical details on the candidates contending for two seats: Incumbent Dora de la Rosa, 45, lives in Rancho Palos Verdes. She won a seat on the the board in 2003, after successfully leading the campaigns for two ballot measures. Paul Neights, 43, lives in Rancho Palos Verdes. He’s the chief technology officer of Del-Jen Inc., a publicly traded company that specializes in education and career placement. Incumbent David Tomblin, 55, lives in Rancho Palos Verdes. He’s the president and chief executive of the Tomblin Asset Management Group Inc. in Torrance. He won election in 2003. As a board member, he helped start an after-school program at Palos Verdes High School, known as the Palos Verdes Institute of Technology. Larry Vanden Bos, 48, lives in Rolling Hills Estates. The entrepreneur and business executive is a vice president of Vernon-based Rose & Shore, a food processing business. His wife is Debby Stegura, the former co-president of the Peninsula Education Foundation. He graduated from Rolling Hills High in 1977. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Dora de la Rosa, a two-time board president and retired business attorney, and David Tomblin, a real estate investor, are at odds over the district’s kindergarten program. Tomblin and Paul Neights, a technology executive, both say the district should immediately expand an extended-day kindergarten program now offered at four of the district’s 10 elementary schools. Neights believes the board hasn’t moved fast enough to implement a 20-to-1 class limit – a move that would require the district to hire additional teachers and perhaps add classroom space – across the board. “One of the frustrations we’ve had is everybody said kindergarten was a no-brainer,” said A.J. Poulin, who spoke for the unavailable candidate. “They weren’t doing anything to implement it.” On other other side, de la Rosa and Larry Vanden Bos, a member of the district’s bond oversight committee and Rolling Hills Estates planning commissioner, say a more cautious approach should be followed. They support the expansion once the district completes a curriculum review and proper resources are identified. last_img read more

2 killed in Pacific Coast Highway crash identified

first_imgMALIBU – – Two people killed last week in a fiery collision involving a gravel-hauling big rig and two other vehicles in Malibu have been identified, authorities said. William H. Weissberg, 58 of Malibu, and Hovik Oganes Papikyan, 34 of Glendale. The crash occurred about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pacific Coast Highway and Kanan Dume Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez. The two victims died at the scene, Nunez said. A third person, identified as Dave Weiss, a Los Angeles County Fire Department engineer, suffered a broken ankle in the crash. He was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle that caught fire. According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks, the big-rig driver was traveling illegally on Kanan Dume Road, which is off-limits to truck traffic weighing over 8,000 pounds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He noted that many truck drivers used Kanan Dume in the days after fires forced officials to close Malibu Canyon Road, the normal truck route. According to Brooks, the truck driver was traveling about 70 mph and could not stop as he traveled downhill on Kanan Dume, then ran through the red light at Pacific Coast Highway, slamming into two vehicles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Search on for homicide suspects

first_imgView Larger Map AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5580. To make an anonymous tip, call (323) 890-5580. “We do know there are people out there that can provide us with information,” Rosenberg said. “Not only will it help us, it will provide a service for the community and bring closure to this family.” The Estradas were shot near their home on Downing Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police. Witnesses told investigators they saw two Latino males talking with Luis – a freshman at Baldwin Park High School – just before the teen was killed. After hearing the gunfire, Luis’ father came running out of the home, saw his son lying near the sidewalk and began chasing the assailants. BALDWIN PARK – Authorities sought the public’s help Friday as they searched for the men who gunned down a father and his teenage son in what a veteran sheriff’s lieutenant called one of the most tragic killings he has ever seen. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were seeking two Latino males, both possibly gang members in their late teens or early 20s, in the slaying of Pedro “Pepe” Estrada, 40, and his son, Luis Estrada, 14, in a residential neighborhood three days ago. “I have been doing this almost eight years and this probably ranks up there with one of most tragic murders I have ever handled,” said Lt. Dan Rosenberg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “You have a family who not only lost a son but lost a husband.” Let’s blog: Crime Scene Pedro Estrada only chased the assailants about four houses before he, too, was shot. The assailants fled on foot. Luis died at the scene. His father was pronounced dead at a hospital. While authorities do not advise the public to pursue armed suspects, Rosenberg called what Pedro Estrada did “courageous.” “The father was a very hardworking, dedicated, family man,” he said. “It showed a great deal of love for his son, and it’s really a shame that this happened.” In a posting on a Tribune Web site blog Friday, a man identifying himself as Luis Estrada’s brother said Luis was not in a gang, but was part of a “krew.” “(Everyone) was doing this kinds of things not knowing that they could get involved in bigger stuff,” the comment read. Baldwin Park High School Principal Luis Cruz also attested to the teen’s good nature. “Having worked with Luis, Luis was not a gang member,” Cruz said. “He was not a young man who caused that kind of trouble.” Cruz, who has known Luis since he was a student at Holland Middle School, said Luis was well liked by his peers. Although Luis was struggling academically, Cruz said he had a positive attitude. Cruz and other school officials met with Luis’ mother last week to talk about her son’s grades. “(Luis) was trying to turn things around,” he said. In an effort to console the family, Cruz met with Luis’ relatives Thursday night. They also prayed with a priest at the site of memorials erected where Luis and his father were shot. The memorials attracted a growing number of candles, flowers and notes Friday. “It’s very sad,” Downing Avenue resident Antonio Jimenez said in Spanish. Neighbors were still shaken. Additional patrols have been added in the area where the shooting took place, police officials said. “This is a very tranquil area,” Jimenez said. “It makes me scared. I have two sons.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gun deaths investigated

first_img“Obviously it’s a very high priority case,” he said. “It couldn’t be any higher.” On Downing Avenue, vigils set up last week where Luis and his father died were still there, untouched Tuesday. A black ribbon hung over the front door of the Estrada home. The front gate was chained closed with a padlock and a sign that read, “Don’t touch. Don’t come in.” “I’ve seen people – relatives and friends – they’ve been taking stuff out of the house, like they were moving,” said Maria Leon, who lived next door to the Estradas before she moved across the street about a year ago. Leon said Pedro Estrada was in construction work and Luis’ mother worked odd jobs. “They were good people, the whole family,” Leon said in Spanish. Students on their way home from Baldwin Park High stop by at the memorial every afternoon, she said. At the school, feelings of anger have now turned into feelings of grief, Principal Luis Cruz said. “The students are really coming to grips with the fact that together they are sharing something that is very traumatic,” he said. Students held a car wash over the weekend to raise money for the family, Cruz said. Teachers at the school raised more than $1,500 for the Estradas, he said. “People are handing over $200 checks,” he said. “Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. these kids are like our kids, and we love them just the same.” Finding the culprits would bring peace to the community, Leon said. “I think it will make us feel more tranquil here,” she said. “And I think also, it will bring tranquility to (the assailants).” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Witnesses told investigators they saw the two males talking with Luis just before the teen was killed. Relatives said he had gone out to his father’s truck to get some tools. After hearing the gunfire, Pedro Estrada came outside, found his son lying near the sidewalk and began running after the two men. He chased them about four homes up the street before he was shot and killed. The assailants ran. Luis died at the scene. Neighbors say he was being cradled in his older brother’s arms. Pedro Estrada was pronounced dead at a hospital. Investigators have been working “24 hours a day” with the Baldwin Park Police Department on the case, Rosenberg said. Authorities believe the shooting may be gang related. BALDWIN PARK – Authorities say they are working leads in the fatal shootings of a Baldwin Park High School freshman and his father nearly a week ago. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives say they hope to identify the two Latino males, both suspected gang members in their late teens or early 20s, who are connected to the deaths of Pedro “Pepe” Estrada, 40, and his son, Luis, 14. The father and son were gunned down in a residential neighborhood on Downing Avenue on Nov. 14. “Hopefully we want to identify who these suspects are,” sheriff’s Lt. Dan Rosenberg said. last_img read more

LAX workers take it in stride

first_img“Everyone’s in a good mood,” said Cayton, a 10-year veteran. “They’re all going home to their families. I’ll be working tomorrow, but I’ll be able to get home to have some dinner, so it’s fine with me.” The same went for Julio Delgadillo, who signed on as a taxi dispatcher three months ago. As he hailed cabs and pointed travelers in the proper direction, he noted that even the most fatigued voyagers seemed pleasant. “They treat me OK,” he said. “Everyone’s pretty relaxed. Right now, it’s slow. After Thanksgiving, on Sunday, that’s when they’ll really start coming through.” But for Renee Kahsay, a customer service agent with Hawaiian Airlines, that’s just fine. Everyone’s got their anxieties about making flights on time, she said, but they calm down soon enough. She gets her share of odd questions, as well, with passengers wondering if people speak English in Hawaii (they do), whether you need a passport to travel there (you don’t) and if they can get a hotel room because they foolishly packed their house keys inside a bag that got delayed (they can’t). “I like the high energy,” said Kahsay, a seven-year employee working the 5:30 a.m. shift. “You’re not sitting in a cubicle, looking at papers all day. There’s always something happening at the airport.” At the skycap check-in outside the Northwest Airlines counter in Terminal 2, Duane Gray and his co-workers lugged bags and examined tickets. He’s worked the Thanksgiving shift for 25 years, watching things ebb and flow. People got a little touchy about their travel after 9-11, but now everything is copacetic. “I’m thankful just to be here, brother,” he said. “Just living and working, that’s what it’s all about. I’m very thankful.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 818-713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“This is the best day of the year,” Rutledge beamed. “We like the busy day. We’re always looking for the new question. The new problem. And it ain’t yesterday’s problem. It’s. Happening. Right. Now.” Those problems and questions were pretty minor as he prepared for his last shift before returning to Palos Verdes to get ready for a big Thanksgiving dinner. In his 22 years working the desk, he’s heard some crazy questions, most egregiously when a woman missed her connection from Hawaii and found herself with a box full of rapidly aging fresh fish. He found her the closest fridge. As Rutledge fielded queries about where to find the closest restroom or the Super Shuttle, Michael Cayton and Elder Castro were wheeling through the pickup zone to make sure no one double-parked. The airport security officers started their day at 4:30 a.m., easing traffic congestion as they patrolled the curbs on bikes. Robert L. Rutledge hopped out of bed at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, brewed some coffee, knotted his plaid tie and cheerfully headed off for Los Angeles International Airport. With nearly 2 million passengers expected to converge upon local airports through Sunday, working one of the busiest travel days of the year would seem like an arduous task. Throw in the normal stress of the holiday, the traffic, last-minute deadlines and everything else, and tempers would normally be short, wits frayed. But not for Rutledge, a retired oil refinery engineer who volunteers at the Travelers Aid Society information desk. For the 78-year-old in the red blazer and sensible slacks, and seemingly everyone else who showed up for work at LAX, things were downright peachy. last_img read more

Red Flag fire warnings in effect

first_imgIn addition to county and state resources, federal assets assigned to be ready for strong winds include 11 air tankers, 18 helicopters, four military C-130s equipped for retardant drops, five lead planes, 170 fire engines, 21 hand crews and three incident management teams, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Los Angeles Fire Department will enforce parking restrictions for the Hollywood Hills and other fire-prone areas with narrow winding roads, officials said. The restrictions go into effect at 10 a.m. today until further notice. A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather — a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures — conditions are either occurring or will shortly. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With Santa Ana winds expected to return today and tomorrow, firefighters are on alert across the Southland. Red Flag warnings for strong, gusting winds and critical fire weather have been issued by the Weather Service for mountains and passes in six Southern California counties. The warnings are in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. Winds may begin gusting in vulnerable areas today during the mid- to late morning, said Don Whitlow, a Weather Service meteorologist based in San Diego. “The warnings are for the public and for firefighters,” said Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno, based in Oxnard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Especially for firefighters, so they can anticipate potential problems in specific areas. It’s been so dry, a small spark can ignite a fire in these conditions,” Bruno said. The winds are expected to be strongest and most widespread late tonight through Saturday morning, with moderate to locally strong Santa Ana winds at times, according to a Weather Service statement issued today. Winds are expected to be strongest below the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County and in the Santa Ana mountains and foothills. Fire crews and extra equipment from across the West are here on standby. last_img read more

Arsenal blow! Mathieu Flamini OUT of Everton clash

first_img1 Mathieu Flamini limps out of the Champions League clash with Barcelona Mathieu Flamini with miss Arsenal’s match with Everton on Saturday due to a hamstring problem.The midfielder suffered the injury during the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday, which saw them eliminated from the Champions League.The Frenchman was substituted after 45 minutes and manager Arsene Wenger has now revealed that the 32-year-old is not fit for the trip to Goodison Park.“The other night we lost Flamini with a hamstring [injury] so he will not be available for tomorrow’s game,” said Wenger.“Apart from that everything looks positive.”Flamini joins Aaron Ramsey [thigh], Jack Wilshere [leg], Tomas Rosicky [thigh], Petr Cech [calf], Santi Cazorla [Achilles] and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [knee] in sitting out the game.Provisional squad: Ospina, Macey, Monreal, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Elneny, Ozil, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Sanchez, Campbell, Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud.last_img read more