Barcelona fans will love this video ahead of El Clasico

first_imgBarcelona fans will be glad to see this.Lionel Messi is back training with the team ahead of the Clasico on 21 November.The Barca no.10 has been out since 26 September with a knee injury and joined his team-mates in a rondo session – piggy in the middle to you and us.Midfielder Ivan Rakitic (out with a calf injury) and goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen (missing as a result of dental surgery) also trained.last_img

‘A poor man’s Kevin Thomson’ – Fans can’t resist Scott Brown book jokes

first_img1 Scott Brown Promoting his new book, My Celtic Story, some Rangers fans had Scott Brown in their sights.Jokes directed at the Parkhead skipper saw his intelligence called into question, though his own supporters were there to stick up for the midfielder.Brown has been at Celtic since 2007 and won five titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the light hearted digs and for those interested, the book is out now.last_img

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – November 27

first_imgAndy Goldstein and Jason Cundy round up the highlights from the last week of Sports Bar shows.This week’s podcast includes an exclusive chat with Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin!last_img

Super-sub Andy Carroll completes West Ham turnaround

first_img1 Andy Carroll made the match-winning contribution off the West Ham bench to help the Hammers recover from a goal down to beat Southampton at Upton Park.The hosts went behind inside the first quarter of an hour when Carl Jenkinson turned into his own net after a flowing Saints move.Michail Antonio inadvertently equalised for the Hammers after he somehow deflected past Maarten Stekelenburg to grab his first Premier League goal.And half-time substitute Carroll completed the turnaround with just over ten minutes remaining to end a run of eight Premier League games without a win for the Hammers.Southampton, on the back of mauling Arsenal on Boxing Day, looked like a team brimming with confidence and began where they left off at St Mary’s.Dusan Tadic was restored to the starting XI after a late cameo in the 4-0 win over the Gunners and instantly looked a class above the rest of the players occupying the Upton Park pitch.It took 12 minutes for the Saints to convert their pressure into an advantage and it came when Jenkinson, under pressure from Tadic, could only fire past Adrian after a fine interchange involving Sadio Mane, Steve Davis and Shane Long.And West Ham did well to contain their visitors for the rest of the first half, with Adrian excelling to deny Jose Fonte a second goal in three days and a fierce Tadic strike.The Hammers players remerged after half time looking like a group who had been slammed by their manager in the dressing room following a dour first-half display, with Slaven Bilic also opting to immediately introduce Carroll sporting a curious new braided hairstyle.And the change reaped dividends as Carroll’s presence alone created uncertainty in the Southampton defence.But it was Antonio, who grew into the game as it developed, who provided the leveller. The former Nottingham Forest man cut inside and appeared to be tripped, only to loop Victor Wanyama’s attempted clearance over the despairing Stekelenburg.The hosts could sense all three points were there for the taking and Stekelenburg had to make a smart save almost instantly to keep out Enner Valencia’s snap-shot.But the Hammers were not to be denied, with Carroll and Antonio again proving the masters of Southampton’s downfall as the former steered home after the latter’s header crashed off the bar 11 minutes from time.It arrested a run of five straight draws for Bilic’s side who won for the first time since Dimitri Payet was injured in October. Andy Carroll last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Intercommunity Counseling Center is hosting a depression screening event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 7702 S. Washington Ave. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Spanish services are available from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to participating in a free depression screening, participants can find out where and how to access help, counseling and treatment. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The Hillcrest Congregational Church, 2000 W. Road, is hosting its 36th annual Christmas Boutique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Work by several local artists will be featured, including noted jewelry maker Terri Lynn Salisbury. Handmade items for Halloween and Thanksgiving will also be available for purchase as well as “Granny’s Attic” collectibles. For information call (562)947-3755. Shrimp and fish fry on Friday WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge, 13620 Whittier Blvd., is hosting a shrimp and fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. In addition to the fish and shrimp, dinner will include fries, coleslaw and fresh fruit. The evening will also include karaoke. The cost is $8 per person. For information call (562) 696-7117. Tutors wanted for literacy program SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, is looking for volunteers for its adult literacy program for one-on-one and small-group tutoring. Tutoring times are flexible and arranged at a time mutually convenient for the tutor and the student. Volunteers must attend all four training workshops from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 18, 23 and 25. For information call (562)868-7738. SoCal Gas Co. offers heating tips The Southern California Gas Company advises its customers to inspect their home heating appliance and perform any needed repairs now before winter arrives. “If customers think their heating appliances are not functioning properly, they should call a licensed heating contractor, plumber or The Gas Company,” said Michelle Mueller, vice president of The Gas Company. Failure to perform annual maintenance on gas appliances may result in exposure to carbon monoxide, which can cause nausea, drowsiness, flu-like symptoms and even death. According to The Gas Company, the winter’s home-heating bills are expected to be about the same as last year. The best way to keep winter gas bills lower and ensure your appliances are operating safely is to get them serviced, Mueller said. For information or more safety tips, log on to the Web at www.socalgas.com – From staff reports160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe event is part of National Depression Screening Day, a program held each October during Mental Illness Awareness Week. It was started in 1991 by Screening for Mental Health, Inc., a nonprofit organization. For information, call (562)698-1272 or log on to www.mentalhealthscreening.org. Christmas Boutique coming last_img read more

USC’s Beast is no burden

first_imgDespite the apparent joy of celebrating a sack, it’s not likely anyone will catch a smile from behind the facemask. That’s the Beast, the one that pounds opposing centers and guards into submission over the course of a game. If you want a smile, you’ll get one. After the festivities are over and Sedrick Ellis reemerges, anyway. “They both have their times,” Ellis said of his split personality. “I don’t think it’s the place out there to be all nice and `Hey, guys’ and everything. I do enough of that hitting and yelling on the field out there so when I’m off the field, I can just relax and be a cool guy.” That’s the way he rolls. No one saunters around campus quite like Ellis, who always seems to have a content look on his face. “If I didn’t play football I’d want to take it easy,” Ellis said. “I’d be a photographer or something like that. Be out there snapping some pictures, go to some nice scenic places and take pictures. If I didn’t play football, I’d definitely be in a very relaxed atmosphere. “I like the scenery. Maybe go to Niagara Falls or something like that. Take some good nature pictures. When everything gets settled with this NFL thing and I have a little bit of cash in my pocket, maybe that would be one of my trips.” The fact that he’s not strolling somewhere with a camera is a relief to USC, which faced the prospect of making do this season without either Ellis or the Beast if the 6-foot-2, 305-pound nose tackle had chosen to take them to the NFL. He had heart-to-heart talks with his parents and with teammates like Jackson, who was also considering making the jump after his junior season. Ellis, who missed three games last season with torn cartilage in his knee, did his homework. Part of it came from the teaching of Coach Pete Carroll, who has tried for years to show players how their professional value could increase with another season of college football. And part of his schooling was simple observation of how some former Trojans had fared after leaving early. “It’s a track record and in my opinion it’s not even mixed success,” Ellis said. “There are very few guys who have left early and done very well for themselves. “There are a few, but for the most part it hurts you, so I looked at that and one thing I pride myself on is looking at people who came before me and learning from their mistakes. And I just thought it would be the best decision.” With the season Ellis is having now, that decision appears golden. In addition to the Trojans almost certainly adding another first-team All-American to their list, Ellis is now considered one of the top players at his position in the country. Despite the constant double-teams he faces, Ellis is the team leader in sacks (51/2) and tackles for loss (71/2) and has swatted away five passes. His bull-rush knockdown of Nebraska center Brett Byford remains a signature moment. Against UCLA last season, he drew a holding penalty in the end zone that turned into a safety, but sometimes he wonders why he hasn’t earned more respect from officials. He cited one play from a Pacific-10 Conference game this year when he was dragged down right in front of the referee. Ellis asked for a penalty. “The referee said, `We can’t call holding on every play,”‘ Ellis said after a game, incredulous. Good thing the Beast was tucked away for the evening. But on he goes, providing the fulcrum for a USC defense that ranks third in the nation in yardage allowed. It’s what Ellis envisioned when he chose to return. He understood there was a missing element to his development. “Education,” he said. “I don’t really think there was anything physically that I needed to prove. I just needed to be a smarter football player. Study habits, recognizing formations and things like that could be a lot better on my part.” “His understanding of the game just shot up,” Jackson said. “He’s always known what to do. He’s starting to get the ins and outs of a lot of things and that’s helped him out a lot. Learning the (offensive) protections, just becoming a complete defensive tackle.” And to think the Trojans thought they had lost a priceless commodity when nose tackle Mike Patterson graduated. Ellis has made the position a six-year rock of granite. It’s just that next year, the Trojans will have to replace a pair of nose tackles. That figures to be a beast of a challenge. phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Mellow off the field, the Trojans’ nose tackle is an animal on defense. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER The Beast is unleashed. The guns are drawn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Even in the middle of the mayhem of the interior line, it’s not hard to find Sedrick Ellis. Amid the chaos in which he finds himself, it’s not long before No. 49 emerges from the havoc. Well, it’s more like a burst, and an unsuspecting quarterback is spilled. Ellis will pop and flash his strongman pose, with biceps billowing off his arms. In the vernacular, the biceps are guns. One of his mates on the USC defensive line, Lawrence Jackson, clarifies the description. “He’s a big son of a gun,” Jackson said. “He’s got some cannons.” last_img

Arson is suspected in Hawaii wildfires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Nine fires appear to have been set in dry grasses along coastal roads early Sunday, Hosaka said. The evacuation order affected an estimated 400 people. The fires were apparently started within minutes of one another by one or more motorists who lit dry grasses, Hosaka said. The blazes covered more than 2,000 acres, or more than 3 square miles, near the northwestern tip of the island and were not contained, Hosaka said. More than 60 fire departments were involved. “It’s still burning out of control,” Hosaka said. Many of the beachfront homes whose residents were told to leave were used as vacation rentals, Hosaka said. By Karin Stanton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – Brush fires that appeared to be the work of arsonists burned out of control Sunday along the coast of Hawaii’s largest island, sending hundreds of people fleeing inland, officials said. No homes were damaged and no one was injured, but officials on the Big Island worried the fires could approach residential areas with a slight change in Hawaii’s temperamental breezes, said Duane Hosaka, staff officer for Hawaii County Civil Defense. Police and firefighters went door to door early Sunday telling sleeping residents they had to leave, he said.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

Pediatricians detail early symptoms of autism that can point to disorder by age 2

first_imgCHICAGO – The country’s leading pediatricians group is making its strongest push yet to have all children screened for autism twice by age 2, warning of symptoms such as babies who don’t babble at 9 months and 1-year-olds who don’t point to toys. The advice is meant to help both parents and doctors spot autism sooner. There is no cure for the disorder, but experts say that early therapy can lessen its severity. Symptoms to watch for and the call for early screening come in two new reports. They are being released by the American Academy of Pediatrics today at its annual meeting in San Francisco and will appear in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics and on the group’s Web site – www.aap.org. The reports list numerous warning signs, such as a 4-month-old not smiling at the sound of Mom or Dad’s voice, or the loss of language or social skills at any age. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Experts say one in 150 U.S. children has the troubling developmental disorder. “Parents come into your office now saying `I’m worried about autism.’ Ten years ago, they didn’t know what it was,” said Dr. Chris Johnson of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She co-wrote the reports. The academy’s renewed effort reflects growing awareness since its first autism guidelines in 2001. A 2006 policy statement urged autism screening for all children at their regular doctor visits at age 18 months and 24 months. The authors caution that not all children who display a few of these symptoms are autistic, and they said parents shouldn’t overreact to quirky behavior. Just because a child likes to line up toy cars or has temper tantrums “doesn’t mean you need to have concern, if they’re also interacting socially and also pretending with toys and communicating well,” said co-author Dr. Scott Myers, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician in Danville, Pa. “With awareness comes concern when there doesn’t always need to be,” he said. “These resources will help educate the reader as to which things you really need to be concerned about.” Another educational tool, a Web site that debuted in mid-October, offers dozens of video clips of autistic kids contrasted with unaffected children’s behavior. That Web site – www.autismspeaks.org – is sponsored by two nonprofit advocacy groups: Autism Speaks and First Signs. They hope the site will promote early diagnosis and treatment to help children with autism lead more normal lives. The two new reports say children with suspected autism should start treatment even before a formal diagnosis. They also warn parents about the special diets and alternative treatments endorsed by celebrities, saying there’s no proof those work. Recommended treatment should include at least 25 hours a week of intensive behavior-based therapy, including educational activities and speech therapy, according to the reports. They list several specific approaches that have been shown to help. For very young children, therapy typically involves fun activities, such as bouncing balls back and forth or sharing toys to develop social skills; there is repeated praise for eye contact and other behavior autistic children often avoid. Mary Grace Mauney, an 18-year-old high school senior from Lilburn, Ga., has a mild form of autism that wasn’t diagnosed until she was 9. As a young girl, she didn’t smile, spoke in a very formal manner and began to repeat the last word or syllable of her sentences. She was prone to intense tantrums, but only outside school. There, she excelled and was in gifted classes. “I took her to a therapist, and they said she was just very sensitive and very intense and very creative,” said her mother, Maureen, 54. Pediatricians should send such children for “early intervention as soon as you even think there’s a problem,” Johnson said. Dr. Ruby Roy, a pediatrician with Loyola University Medical Center, who treats at least 20 autistic children, applauded the reports. “This is a disorder that is often missed, especially when it’s mild, and the mild kids are the ones … who can be helped the most,” Roy said. Dr. Dirk Steinert, who treats children and adults at Columbia St. Mary’s clinic in suburban Milwaukee, said the push for early autism screening is important – but that it’s tough to squeeze it into a child’s regular wellness checkup. Some pediatricians have tried scheduling a visit just to check for developmental problems, when children are 2 . The problem is that insurance doesn’t always cover these extra visits, Steinert said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgAlthough Bell retired as editor of the Whittier Daily News in July, the Whittier Area Chapter of the National Audubon Society will continue with the bird walk and Bell will continue to participate this year, said Cathy Walters, chapter president and leader of the event. The group will meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants need not be experienced birders. The walk lasts about 90 minutes to two hours, and is followed by light refreshments in the Nature Center building. Participants should dress comfortably and casually. Bring binoculars or scopes if you have them but the regular birders are quite generous sharing their expertise and views of birds through their scopes, said Audubon officer Linda Oberholtzer. Christmas sale Dec. 7 at Selby PICO RIVERA – Selby Grove Elementary School will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the school cafeteria, 8110 Paramount Blvd. Come join the fun and support the school. Tables are available to anyone wishing to sell items. For more information, call (562) 801-5005. Doll Workshop seeks donations WHITTIER – The Whittier Senior Center is soliciting donations of new or used dolls for its doll workshop class to fulfill orders for Christmas. Donations of dolls and stuffed animals can be taken to the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. Race exhibit to open at museum WHITTIER – Race to the Whittier Museum on Sunday for its unveiling of an exhibit honoring George Salih, builder of the winning race car at the 1957 and 1958 Indianapolis 500. The exhibit dedication will be at 2:30 p.m. at the museum, 6755 Newlin Ave. For more information, call (562)945-3871. Have breakfast with Santa Claus WHITTIER – Local children can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Whittwood Town Center between Sears and Mervyn’s, from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8. For $3 or the donation of a new, unwrapped toy, children will meet with Santa, enjoy a menu of pancakes, sausage and a beverage and have the opportunity to do holiday crafts. The event is sponsored by the city of Whittier Community Services Department, the Whittwood Town Center and the Rio Hondo and Greater Whittier Kiwanis Clubs. Additional sponsors are the Whittwood IHOP and Ara’s Catering. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. – From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was unclear how and when the pursuit terminated. The driver was taken into custody by CHP and was expected to be booked for suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, felony evasion, as well as other potential charges, he said. There was no immediate information about the driver’s identity. 19th Bill Bell Bird Walk planned SOUTH EL MONTE – The 19th annual Bill Bell Bird Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, 1000 N. Durfee Ave. WESTMINSTER – A motorist was arrested early Friday for suspected drunken driving following a high-speed chase that began in Westminster and ended in unincorporated Whittier, according to the California Highway Patrol. The pursuit began on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Goldenwest Street about 1 a.m., when a CHP officer witnessed a silver Lexus sedan traveling at more than 80 mph, said CHP Sgt. Glen Merick. The driver led CHP officers on a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 125 mph, Merick said. The chase ended on the Rose Hills Road off-ramp on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Whittier, he said. last_img read more

AT LAST! EUROPE SET TO FINALLY BAN RIP-OFF ROAMING CHARGES

first_imgIT’S great news for Donegal – especially if you live near the Border and find your mobile phone has switched to a UK network…and pushed up your bill.Europe will vote in a few weeks time to finally BAN the charges after years of phone companies being forced to reduce them.The Sinn Féin MEP candidate for the Midlands Northwest constituency, Matt Carthy, has welcomed a vote in an EU committee which would see the scrapping of all mobile roaming charges within the European Union. The legislation will be voted on by all MEPs on 3rd April.Speaking from Monaghan today, Cllr Carthy said: “I welcome the vote taken by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). It has particularly significant implications here in Ireland and most importantly along the border region where the issue of roaming charges has been a problem for many years.“Roaming charges between the six and the 26 counties have a negative impact on business, especially along the border. It is an area that has often been neglected when it comes to investment and roaming charges have been yet another reason to prevent business from growing in the region.“Sinn Féin has continuously called for an end to roaming charges and Sinn Féin representatives in the Dáil and Assembly have worked tirelessly to further this project. “I hope the legislation will be passed when it comes to the plenary session on the 3rd April.” AT LAST! EUROPE SET TO FINALLY BAN RIP-OFF ROAMING CHARGES was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EUroaming chargeslast_img read more