Poll: Who are Liverpool’s biggest rivals?

first_img1 Liverpool clash with Manchester United on Saturday, in a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.The match pits two rivals against each other as they both look to kick-start their seasons in a game that excites neutrals fans as well as supporters involved.But who do Liverpool fans view as their biggest rivals in this modern age?Let us know by voting in our poll below… Liverpool and Chelsea players fight last_img

Reports – West Ham and Aston Villa snubbed by Croatia hitman this summer

first_img1 Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic Former Blackburn hitman Nikola Kalinic snubbed both West Ham and Aston Villa in order to join Fiorentina this summer, according to reports in Italy.Both Premier League clubs were in the market for new strikers during the window and they were linked heavily to the then Dnipro forward Kalinic.And, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, West Ham and Villa actually offered around £600,000 more than Fiorentina as they tried to tempt him back to English football.But the 27-year-old, who scored just seven goals in 44 Premier League outings for Blackburn between 2009 and 2011, had his heart set on a move to Fiorentina.And he has hit the ground running in Serie A, scoring four goals in six appearances, only three of which were starts.last_img read more

Spurs to give Klopp ‘debut to forget’? – Not just LFC fans relishing first game

first_imgLiverpool fans, naturally, are pleased Jurgen Klopp is their new manager.They have been tweeting their delight, as the German impressed many during his first press conference.However, once the international break is out of the way, focus will turn to Liverpool’s match against Spurs at White Hart Lane on 17 October.BEST QUOTES FROM KLOPP’S PRESS CONFERENCEAnd a number of Tottenham fans are hoping it is a Premier League debut to forget for Klopp… Tottenham fans are hoping they ruin Jurgen Klopp’s day 1last_img read more

Spanish striker had manager’s blessing for Christmas night out

first_imgDiego Costa and his Chelsea team-mates had the full blessing of manager Jose Mourinho to go on their Christmas night out on Wednesday, Press Association Sport understands.Costa, who was unhappy at being an unused substitute in last Sunday’s goalless draw at Tottenham, was shown pictured leaving a nightclub along with Brazilians Ramires and Kenedy in the early hours of Thursday.The trio were pictured following a night out with the whole squad, which had the approval of Mourinho.And all players reported on time for training on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Bournemouth.The Premier League champions enter this weekend’s fixtures in 14th place in the table, 12 points adrift of the top four.Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling out with Costa after the draw at White Hart Lane, despite the striker appearing to throw his substitutes’ bib in his manager’s direction.“If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib,” Mourinho said.“I have a good relationship with him, no problems.”Speculation of Chelsea signing a new striker in January and Costa nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge after 18 months has gathered pace, but Mourinho has consistently insisted relations between the pair are good. Costa was pictured leaving a nightclub along with Brazilians Ramires and Kenedy in the early hours of Thursday 1last_img read more

Manchester United face battle for La Liga contract rebel

first_img Valencia star Sofiane Feghouli 1 Inter Milan have joined Manchester United in the race to land Valencia contract rebel Sofiane Feghouli, according to reports in Italy.United are keen on the Algerian, whose deal at the Mestalla runs out in the summer, but face competition for his signature from Fenerbahce, who are said to be preparing a January bid.Valencia do not want to lose him for nothing and could choose to cash in on him when the window opens so he cannot walk away as a free agent.And now, according to Tuttosport, Inter Milan are ready to join the chase to sign him and may open the bidding in January.last_img read more

Arsenal new boy targets sensational TREBLE this season

first_img1 Mohamed Elneny is aiming to help Arsenal pull off a remarkable treble after completing his move to the Gunners.The Egyptian midfielder sealed a £5m switch from Basel on Thursday, becoming Arsene Wenger’s first signing of the January transfer window.He joins an Arsenal side sitting top of the Premier League, in the fourth round of the FA Cup and in the last 16 of the Champions League, and he is eager to make a major impact for the club.“I am hoping that we win the Premier League and cup this season, and the Champions League as well,” he told Arsenal Player.“Arsenal is one of the world’s greatest teams, and I am very keen to participate positively with my new team and to give my best for the team and for myself.“Arsenal is one of those teams that everyone enjoys watching and of course I would love to play for such a great team. It is an indescribable feeling (to have signed).“Mr Wenger is a highly-respected manager and one of the world’s best managers; it is my honour to be trained under his management.“I would like to tell (the fans) that, although you have not seen much of me, I promise I will contribute positively with the team.”While the best Elneny could hope for is a place on the bench for Sunday’s trip to Stoke, in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a key role.The Wales international has scored in his last two matches, including his side’s opener in the entertaining 3-3 draw at Anfield, and he admits he is confident about his sharpness in and around the penalty area.“I am feeling confident in there,” said Ramsey.“I know my team-mates have the ability to pick my runs out and give that final ball for me to get on to it.“It was a good ball from Joel (Campbell) again so I was delighted with that goal.”The game saw Olivier Giroud score twice, meaning he has found the net in the last 11 away matches, taking his tally to 18 for the season and 12 in the league.“It shows character. Overall he is improving game-by-game and that is very positive,” Wenger said.“This team has quality and spirit. I could smell every time we went into the final third we could be dangerous.”They will need all that attacking intent at the Britannia Stadium where they have not won in five visits, including three defeats.Ramsey added: “We have a tough game coming up against Stoke – we haven’t found it easy the last few times we have been there but we will be looking to get back to winning ways and get back on another run.” Mohamed Elneny last_img read more

Southland Republicans unlikely to be hurt by health insurance fight

first_imgEven as a fierce battle brews in Congress over Republican opposition to a $35 billion expansion of children’s health insurance, California’s heavily gerrymandered election districts mean Southland GOP lawmakers face little political risk over their stance. Every Southern California Republican voted against the bill last month, which would add as many as 3.1 million more children to health-insurance rolls nationwide, including about 203,320 in the Golden State. And furious Democrats, preparing for a Thursday vote to override President George W. Bush’s rejection of the measure, are mounting a campaign against GOP lawmakers who oppose the plan. But Southland Republicans have little to fear from the attack ads and phone campaigns, California political analysts said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There is not a single Republican incumbent who will lose their seat because of that vote,” predicted Los Angeles GOP political consultant Allan Hoffenblum. “There might be some piling on, … (but) you’ve got to remember, these districts are so gerrymandered and so Republican.” In opposing the measure, many GOP lawmakers decried it as the beginning of socialized medicine and objected to allowing middle-class families to get government-funded health-insurance coverage when kids in families below the poverty level are still uninsured. And despite criticism from a coalition of unions and liberal groups running ads and issuing condemnations, nearly all have indicated they will back Bush’s veto and vote against the override attempt. “The last thing I would ever want to do is make the federal government responsible for the health care of all of America’s children,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach. “The real plan here is to set the stage for a movement of the next gigantic step in the direction of what should be called Hillarycare,” Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, said during the debate. Aides to both Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and David Dreier, R-San Dimas, said the lawmakers support the children’s health insurance program, but want to maintain it for families on the margins of poverty. The Democratic expansion, they said, would pull wealthier children into government-run health care. “He wants to cover the children who most need the health care,” McKeon spokeswoman Lindsey Mask said. “We know there are still children who are in need, and we want to do everything that we possibly can to ensure that children have an opportunity to have access to quality health care,” Dreier said during the House floor debate. Democrats and children’s activists maintain their goal is to catch kids from families who are not poor enough to qualify from Medicaid but are too poor to obtain private health insurance. “We sort of see this as a good first step toward insuring all the children in the country,” said Ed Shelleby, spokesman for the Children’s Defense Fund. Southern California Republicans acknowledge there are thousands of uninsured children in their districts, but contend that they may not necessarily be eligible for government care. Rohrabacher, for example, maintained that most of the estimated 10,000 kids without insurance living in his congressional district are illegal immigrants. “We should not be taking care of the health care costs of illegal immigrants,” he said. “That money is coming right out of the pot that’s available for our citizens.” About 812,000 children are currently enrolled in California’s Healthy Families program and an additional 781,000 remain uninsured. Under the bill, California would have received about $1.4 million in federal funding. Lesley Cummings, executive director of the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, said that money would have allowed the state to fund its current enrollment threshold, but not to grow. “The amount of money that has been provided in the past has been insufficient to fund the caseloads,” Cummings said. If Bush’s veto stands, she warned, “we would be looking at a major shortfall in California of a long-term nature. “Our policymakers would have to take a long, hard look at the program and make some very difficult decisions,” she said. Bob Mulholland, spokesman for the California Democratic Party, said he believes some Republican House members could suffer politically from their vote. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, agreed. “I wouldn’t want to be a member of Congress in a contested election and be on the wrong side of that issue,” he said. But, analysts noted, given that contested House seats in California are a rarity, lawmakers are probably safe. “The impact will be more psychological than practical,” said Jack Pitney, political science professor at Claremont-McKenna College. “There aren’t very many seats at play, and it’s probably not going to shift any seats from one column to another.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want 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

HOME IS WHERE THE TOUR IS

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Lopezes’ home, along with four homes built between 1909 and 1929, will be on display for the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association’s seventh annual home tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The association had been seeking to get the Lopezes’ house on the tour for years but hadn’t been able to reach the former owners. “It’s just so beautiful,” said Karen Stoltz, tour chairman. “You see ironwork, the arch window in the living room and the balcony above the front porch.” The Lopezes are the sixth owners of the house. It was built by Oval Redman, who came to Whittier as a teenager in 1905 and had a walnut ranch south of Whittier. Two pastors of the Plymouth Congregational Church also are former owners. Since purchasing the home in March 2006, the Lopezes haven’t had to do a lot. WHITTIER – When Rudy and Monica Lopez began looking for a new home two years ago, they knew what they wanted. It had to be historic and a Craftsman-style. But they found few of those homes on the market and just for a lark decided to look at a 1930 Spanish Revival home on Beverly Boulevard. “When we walked in, we were just thrown by how beautiful it is architecturally,” said Rudy Lopez. “And the longer we’ve lived here, we just love it more and more.” They have installed landscaping, removed carpeting, refinished the original oak floors and painted the inside. With the exception of the kitchen, which was remodeled in the 1980s, the house is in virtually the same condition it was when built, Rudy Lopez said. The tour is a fundraiser for the association. Past proceeds have paid for three stone monuments advertising the Whittier Historic Neighborhood District. Money also goes to the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter and Hoover Elementary School. Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased at Pour Le Bain, 6721 Greenleaf Ave.; Whittier Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave.; or Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Ave. They also may be purchased for $18 on the day of the tour at 6318 Washington Ave. Classic cars will be parked in front of each house. There also will be a quilt show, raffle of antique items and refreshments. The latter will be sold to benefit Hoover Elementary School. For more information, call Stoltz at (562) 464-9543. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

TV race is leap of faith for gay pair

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Times have changed – slowly. But role models are still hard to find, even in the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church, they say. Lewis and Hendrickson, who have been in a relationship since meeting at a religious retreat in 1997, hope to change that by appearing on this season’s popular reality show “The Amazing Race,” which begins tonight on CBS. “We’re happy to offer ourselves up to show people that Christians come in many different stripes,” said Lewis, a minister at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach. “Some of us are progressive and inclusive.” The potential for a million-dollar cash prize, along with a globe-spanning adventure, didn’t hurt, either. “We are very serious about our relationship with God, and we are very serious about winning this race,” Hendrickson said. “We’re not afraid to have a good time, either. There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun.” HERMOSA BEACH: Local minister and her partner aren’t worried about sharing their relationship with world. By Melissa Evans Staff Writer There weren’t any lesbian ministers when the Rev. Kate Lewis and the Rev. Pat Hendrickson were young. There weren’t even any women. center_img The pair certainly stand out among this season’s lineup of two-person teams. Amid the cast of brothers and sisters, co-workers and heterosexual couples, Lewis and Hendrickson are the only lesbian team ever to compete. The fact that they are both ordained ministers adds to their allure. The teams travel nearly 50,000 miles by air, sea and land in a physically and mentally demanding race through several countries, including Ireland, Lithuania and Croatia. Eleven teams will compete this season to see who can master the geography, culture and climate of each country the fastest. Nearly 20,000 people apply each season for the show. The only requirements are that contestants be captivating, a little eccentric and “most of all engaging,” according to CBS. With a weekly average of about 10 million viewers, it is one of the most popular reality shows since “Survivor” hit the airwaves seven years ago. Lewis and Hendrickson have been hooked on reality TV since the beginning, when they used to skip out on evening community gatherings in seminary to watch the latest drama unfold on television. “It’s the sociology of it that’s so fascinating,” said Hendrickson, a minister at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks. “You’re watching people who haven’t known each other before develop a relationship and compete on a show with so many twists and turns.” Lewis and Hendrickson have been sworn to secrecy about the details of their adventure – a CBS representative even had to listen in on a recent phone interview to ensure the results aren’t divulged. Until last week, Lewis had to lie to her congregation at St. Cross about where she was all summer, although the rector of St. Cross, the Rev. Paul Lawson, was in the loop. “Everybody’s really supportive,” he said. “We’re all looking forward to watching it.” The women had to come up with a fake story quick – something about a secret trip to investigate women’s issues in Third World countries – because the selection process moved a lot faster than either expected. They applied last spring at the suggestion of a friend, and just a few weeks later learned they had been picked. “It would have been nice to have some more time to get into shape,” Lewis said with a laugh. Lewis, 49, is mother to a grown son; Hendrickson, 65, is a mother of two sons and has three grandchildren. They are among the older competitors, and will be seen racing against people in their 20s and 30s. One of the youngest participants is also a South Bay resident: Hendekea Azene, a 23-year-old aerospace engineer from Torrance, who is teamed with her brother Azaria Azene, a facilities engineer in New Orleans. What the women lack in physical prowess, they make up for in mental toughness, they say. Both have certainly traveled a winding path through life. They were both married to men, then divorced. And they both came to the ministry and the recognition of their sexual orientation late in life. Lewis worked in the film industry as a script supervisor for 25 years before “I came into my own, finally, in midlife. I heard the call to ministry and I answered it,” she said. “I feel I was made for this in the first place.” Hendrickson wasn’t raised in a devoutly religious household, but came to religion on her own at a young age. After being diagnosed with breast cancer when her kids were grown, “I started to feel that call, that I was supposed to be giving my life to the church,” she said. “I fought it tooth and nail. I wasn’t sure what it would mean.” Several years after their divorces, the two women met at a religious retreat and developed a close bond. Neither had been in a relationship with a woman before, so the attraction they felt was strange at first, they said. Six months later, however, they moved in together. “Certain things told me I might (be a lesbian), but other things refuted that, like wanting children,” said Lewis, when asked whether she knew she was gay at a younger age. “I wanted that kind of family situation, and we didn’t have any other role models to look at.” They are now registered as domestic partners, and committed to each other at a blessing ceremony at St. Augustine Episcopal Church on Mother’s Day in 2004. Despite the controversy surrounding homosexuality in the Episcopal Church, neither Lewis nor Hendrickson felt uncomfortable “coming out” to their congregations. They know that some people disapprove, but it hasn’t affected their ministries, they say. “In person, to our face, people have been very positive,” Lewis said. “The work of the body of Christ continues on whether we have a lesbian minister or not. It’s rather incidental to what we do in the church.” The women say they realize the television network is probably exploiting their sexuality, combined with the role as ministers, to boost ratings. In fact, just doing the show, knowing that producers could cut and paste together video clips to portray the couple any way they choose, required a significant leap of faith. “This is really an exercise for us in practicing what we preach,” Hendrickson said. “We have no idea what to expect. We have to just let it go and leave it to God.” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com 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