Liverpool boss Rodgers ready for Chelsea duel

first_img Brendan Rodgers alongside Jose Mourinho during Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final first leg clash with Chelsea 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to locking horns with former mentor Jose Mourinho once again when the Reds travel to Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final.The Premier League sides will go head-to-head for a trip to Wembley at Stamford Bridge following a 1-1 draw on Merseyside and, after dominating the first leg, Rodgers has high hopes of getting one over the Blues boss.That was something he failed to achieve last season, most notably as the Reds slipped up in their title chase, suffering a defeat to the Blues that allowed Manchester City to claim the crown by two points.Rodgers, who worked as Mourinho’s assistant during his first spell in charge at Chelsea, was also beaten at Anfield in November but last week’s draw has offered plenty of hope.“I always say it is about the teams on the field but knowing him, and how Jose works and how competitive he is, I really enjoy the challenge,” said Rodgers.“The game last week was fantastic, it was a top-level game. We were at a really good level.“Jose’s record speaks for itself. He is a world-class manager and will always have that competitive edge. Your teams have to be at the maximum to get a result.“We respect the opponent but we have got nothing to fear in the game. We are a team that is in a good moment. We are playing well, working well. We know we can go there and win.”Victory for Liverpool would increase Chelsea’s agony after their shock FA Cup loss to League One Bradford at home on Saturday.Chelsea surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to the West Yorkshire team, much to the delight of a large and jubilant away following.Rodgers said: “What is also key, and very important for us, is our supporters.“Bradford City had an incredible support. That second half when they were attacking the goal with all their supporters – they made a great noise. It felt like a real great vibe for the team.“We know that everywhere we travel, the travelling Kop is amazing. To go and have them with us in a semi-final should make it really exciting. We will hope to do them justice and get to the final.”Liverpool could also be boosted by the return of star striker Daniel Sturridge after five months of injury frustration.The 25-year-old England international, who has not played for the Reds since August mainly because of thigh problems, is now back in full training and close to a comeback.Rodgers was due to assess the player before travelling but stressed he will not play – or even be in the bench – if he is not considered fully ready.The Northern Irishman said: “It is no good having the psychological threat if he can’t play. It is just assessing whether the risk is worth it. If not then he’ll hopefully be ready by the weekend.“If he is on the bench it means he can contribute. If he is on there and he does enter the field we’d hope he can do well for us.”last_img read more

Man, 28, shot to death in laundry room

first_imgTUJUNGA – A 28-year-old Tujunga man was shot to death in the laundry room of a friend’s apartment building, authorities said Tuesday. Rodolfo Gutierrez was visiting friends in an apartment building at 10205 Samoa Avenue early Monday morning when an argument broke out, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Frank Bishop said. Police do not know who was involved in the argument or what it was about, but they know it ended in the building’s second-floor laundry room. Residents found Gutierrez’s body there Monday morning with at least one gunshot wound to the chest, Bishop said. (818) 713-3669160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re hoping for anyone to come forward and help us with this case,” he said. “We need the public’s help with this one.” Police have no witnesses or suspects and haven’t been able to pinpoint an exact time of death. Gutierrez’s body was found at 6:52 a.m. Monday, and nobody in the building said they heard gunshots. Gutierrez was not a gang member but affiliated with an area gang, and police said they believe the shooting is likely gang-related, Bishop said. Anyone with information on the shooting can call Foothill Area homicide detectives at (818) 834-3115, or (818) 756-8861 during nights and weekends. last_img read more


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first_imgLISA: NATIONAL CHAMPBy Orla O’Reilly: National Championship for Ramelton RiderThere was an air of anticipation as the riders and judges gathered in the indoor arena of the legendary Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, for the rider’s briefing of this year’s Trec Ireland National Championships. Traceur, Adrian Flynn and Technical Delegate, Karen Nicholson laid down the ground rules and the guidelines for all three phases of the competition. Riders from across Ireland and Britain were informed that they would start their competition in a map room at Leech’s pub of Wolfhill and the level 3 and 4 competitors would navigate their way 30 kilometres across country back to the estate.It was late afternoon on Saturday before the last riders were welcomed over the finish line by judges, Grainne Ni Uid and Adele O’Connor. At the end of this orienteering phase, Donegal rider, Lisa Moore lay in 3rd place behind senior rider Elaine Waters and Leinster’s Rohan Madhaven. Sunday morning brought an early start for competitors with a vetting inspection before riders could progress to the second and third phase of the competition. Course designer, Adrian Flynn took full advantage of the beautiful parklands to produce a fast and exciting obstacle phase that saw riders taking on challenging but straight forward cross country jumps in combination with the more technical Trec style ones. The course flowed over almost 3 kilometres and the riders were required to attack the course to avoid time penalties. With a gap to catch the leaders, Moore and her cracking pony, Jo Dazzler combined bravery and accuracy to gain high scoring in both the PTV (cross county obstacles) and MA (control of paces) tests.The hard work paid off and the announcement of Lisa Moore as National Champion (Level 3) gained rapturous applause at the presentation in the lawns of the majestic Stradbally Hall. She was also presented with the Grangeclare Perpetual Cup, presented to the highest scoring Irish rider in each grade.Trec Ireland will like to thank all who made the staging of this championship possible, sponsors, Horse First, the volunteers who came to judge and help, to vet Kate Murray, farrier Finian Carroll and all of Leinster Trec who hosted the event.With the national championships over, attentions now turn to the World Championships in Bolognia, Italy at the start of September. Six young riders have been selected to represent Ireland, Donegal’s Lisa Moore, Rohan Madavan, Katie Smith and Edward Coyle from Leinster, Cork rider Annie O’Neill and Athlone based Kirsten McCormack. As preparations for the event continues, the riders would like to thank all who have supported their efforts in fund raising and training for the championships. Thank you to all who have offered sponsorship and sent messages of support. If you would like to help the team in any way, please contact  DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION was last modified: August 2nd, 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:Lisa MooreNational ChampionRameltonlast_img read more

ICC bars electronic media from covering remaining World Cup matches

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Monday barred electronic media from covering the remaining matches of the cricket  World Cup, including the high voltage India-Pakistan semi final in Mohali on Wednesday, for breaching the media guidelines.An ICC spokesman said that non-rights holders will no longer be allowed to cover the practice session or the press conferences related to World Cup for not adhering to the code of conduct and the media guidelines, which they had signed for accreditation.The spokesman said, this will be applicable to both the semifinals in Colombo and Mohali and the final in Mumbai.ESPN-StarSports has the broadcast rights for the World Cup.The non-rights holder (NRH) were given time till tonight to give an undertaking that they will abide by the terms and conditions for media accrediatation, failing which they would be disallowed to cover the event.An ICC source said there has been number of broadcast violations during the entire tournament and they have repeatedly brought it to the notice of the offenders but despite the warning they continued to breach the guidelines, promoting the game’s governing body to take stern action.The first semifinal of the WC between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be held in Colombo tomorrow while the high-octane second semifinal between traditional rivals India and Pakistan is scheduled to be here on Wednesday.The final will be held in Mumbai on April 2.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Former CJI Lahoti advises youth to help poor, downtrodden

first_imgBhopal, Sep 21 (PTI) Former Chief Justice of India Ramesh Chandra Lahoti has called upon youth to extend a helping hand to the poor, exploited and downtrodden people. “Adorn your personality with qualities and values. Be a savior of India. Extend your helping hand to the poor, deprived, downtrodden and exploited and follow the words of Swami Vivekananda — awake, arise and stop not till the goal is achieved…”, Lahoti said last evening while addressing the Jagran Lakecity Universitys first convocation ceremony. He also called upon the students to give importance to values in their lives while treading on the path of success. “While being a man of success it is of paramount significance to become a man of values,” the former CJI said. On the occasion, the University conferred honorary doctorates on two outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through their major contributions to their profession and to society. Daisaku Ikeda, President – Soka Gakkai International Buddhist Organisation – was conferred with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Humanities and Arts). This award was given to Ikeda in recognition of his untiring pursuits of peace and love for humanity. Besides, Neelabh Banerjee, worlds leading cartoonist and communicator was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts (Media and Communication). The first batch of students was conferred with the degrees for completing their courses in different streams. “We will always be in touch with them through the JLU Alumni Association which has specifically been constituted so that its alumni are in constant touch with their alma mater,” Chancellor of JLU Hari Mohan Gupta said. PTI MAS LAL NRB PVI SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

Smith-led Supergiants look to start on winning note against MI

first_img× However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. File Photo   –  The Hindu However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2017 Mumbai is one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. With a new captain in place, Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) would look to make amends for a poor last season but have a tough opening battle at hand against two-time former champions Mumbai Indians (MI) here tomorrow.Pune decided to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Steve Smith in the leadership role.Under Dhoni, who has only played as skipper in the previous nine Indian Premier League editions, Pune could win just five matches in their debut season last year.While Dhoni would be desperate to prove a point with his blazing blade — a fitting reply for being stripped off captaincy, Smith will look to forget Australia’s 1-2 loss against India in a draining Test series recently.Dhoni might have led the now defunct team Chennai Super Kings exceedingly well in the past but proving his worth as a player with the new franchise is a challenge that the former India captain will be more than keen to conquer.However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore, and his performance with both the bat and ball will be equated with his hefty pay package.Smith and Faf du Plessis both got injured the last time but they would like to make amends in this edition of the cash-rich tournament.The Supergiants will be banking on Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 480 runs at 43.63 with six fifties in the last edition, to come good with the bat again.In the absence of star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda will spearhead the team’s bowling.The rather weak Pune bowling attack would have its task cut out against a strong Mumbai batting line-up.Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s form at the top will be important, while Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler’s big hits, and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh’s guile would decide how the team would fare tomorrow.Mumbai are one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. This will allow them to pick from a talented pool of overseas and Indian cricketers, including Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, who is expected to join the team tomorrow, Mitchell McClenaghan, Parthiv Patel and Jasprit Bumrah among others.Having finished fifth in the previous season, Mumbai would not leave any stone unturned to make the top-four in this edition under new coach Mahela Jayawardene, who has taken over from highly successful Ricky Ponting.Teams SHAREcenter_img Published on cricket April 05, 2017 Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (Capt), MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa. PTI CM PM PM 04051346 COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir pacer gets NOC for England visa after CM’s intervention

first_imgJammu and Kashmir fast bowler Mehjoor Ali Sofi has been issued the No Objection Certificate (NOC) needed to get a visa to play in county cricket in England following intervention from the state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.The 25-year-old was earlier denied the NOC by Iqbal Shah, general secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), on May 3 because of alleged internal politics in the state board.However, the budding player was issued the document on Saturday after the CM’s intervention.An official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the personal intervention of Mufti led to the cricketer getting the document.”As soon as the chief minister came to know about it, she intervened in the matter and ensured that Sofi is not denied an opportunity to further his career in England,” the official said.He said that the chief minister was keen that the cricketer should play in county cricket and made sure he got the necessary document.”She asked us to help and support Sofi in every possible way to make him realise his dream,” the official said.”I got the NOC from JKCA after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti personally intervened in the matter,” Sofi told PTI in Srinagar.The cricketer, who has represented Jammu and Kashmir in one Ranji Trophy, four List A and five T20 matches, said that he was called by the CMO for a meeting on Saturday at her residence in Gupkar area in Srinagar.”I went there and met her staff. I gave them a full account of what had happened, after which they called up JKCA president and state sports minister Imran Reza Ansari. The JKCA president told me to get the letter from the JKCA office.advertisement”I reached the JKCA office along with the chief minister’s personal assistant who asked the general secretary to issue the NOC without delay, which he did,” Sofi said.He said that after receiving the NOC, he had a meeting with the chief minister, who also issued a visa recommendation letter addressed to the British High Commission in New Delhi.”The Chief Minister assured me of all help,” Sofi said.The cricketer was invited by chairman of Easton Tigers Cricket Club to play as an overseas amateur player during the 2016 English season commencing on Sunday. It will go on until September 4.Sofi said the chief minister told him that the government would help talented youngsters in the state.”She told me that her government stands for extending help to the youth in achieving their dream. She also issued a recommendation letter addressed to the High Commission for my visa,” the pacer said.Sofi would leave for Delhi on Monday.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Ashes: England opener Mark Stoneman looking forward to Australian taunts

first_imgEngland opener Mark Stoneman is looking forward to a verbal barrage from Australia during the Ashes series in which he hopes to nail down his spot in the Test side, the batsman has said.England have struggled to find a regular opening partner for Alastair Cook in recent years but Stoneman — the 12th batsman to be given the role since Andrew Strauss’ retirement in 2012 — has impressed selectors after his debut in August.The 30-year-old, who has scored 120 runs from five Test innings, has plenty of experience in first-class cricket with Durham and Surrey and is no stranger to Australian conditions having played grade cricket in Sydney for seven seasons.”I’m quite looking forward to it, see what the sledgers have got for us,” Stoneman told reporters as England prepare to face a Western Australia XI in a two-day game in Perth this weekend.Stoneman believes that he has begun to develop a strong partnership with fellow left-hander Cook and said the banter between the two players has helped him ease into his role.”It has only been a short while but I think he reads me quite well, too, from the other end as to whether he needs to give me a gee up or make me crack a smile.”He’s quite funny actually. All the time that I only ever saw him on the telly he just looked like a guy who was very calm, but you can have a bit of banter with him and he judges the mood quite well.”advertisementEngland captain Joe Root was keen to stress the importance of winning tour games as the visitors look to build momentum for the first Test that starts on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.”When we turn up to those games, it is about making sure we apply ourselves and get what we want out of them by trying to win and getting into the habit of winning early in the tour,” Root said.”So when the Tests come round we have belief from what we have done in the warm-up games.”After the weekend’s game at the WACA Ground, England take on a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide and Townsville.last_img read more

Australia’s Ashes selection still unclear after opening Sheffield Shield round

first_img Since you’re here… Joe Root ready to prove critics wrong as England land in Australia for Ashes Australia sport Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Ashes 2017-18 Topics Reuse this content The Ashes National selectors have two more Shield rounds to ponder before picking a side for the first Test against England starting on 23 November in Brisbane.While the top order appears settled after Usman Khawaja’s century for Queensland against Victoria, the No6 slot remains troublesome. Test incumbent Glenn Maxwell posted scores of seven and 20 for Victoria. Challenger Travis Head made eight and a golden duck for South Australia; Shaun Marsh made 63 and 11 as an opening bat for Western Australia.Two-Test all-rounder Hilton Cartwright banked decent totals, 61 and 38. He batted at six in Australia’s most recent Test against India last September, when Maxwell was No5. NSW’s Moises Henriques made 11 and four not out for NSW; another all-rounder Marcus Stoinis posted scores of nine and 32 for the Warriors against Tasmania.The batting candidates found the going tough as did the three wicketkeepers vying to take the gloves for the first Test. After being sent a message that runs were almost as important as glove work, incumbent Matthew Wade returned scores of one and four for Tasmania. NSW keeper Peter Nevill made 20 in his sole knock while emerging South Australian Alex Carey mustered 12 and four.Carey was one of eight Mitchell Starc victims in SA’s second innings. Starc’s career-best 8-73 haul – in his first long-form game in more than seven months – would have soothed selectors. His Blues team-mates Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are also certain Ashes starters, barring injury. Cummins only took two wickets for the match against the Redbacks though he was stiff, according to Starc.“I thought he bowled really well,” Starc said of Cummins. “He probably deserved more than what he got, he bowled some really unplayable balls and some good fast balls as well. He bowled a lot better than his figures suggested and on another day probably would have got the rewards and I wouldn’t have got many.” Cricket Australia’s Ashes puzzle is no closer to being solved after the opening Sheffield Shield round tossed up more questions than answers for Test selectors. The wicketkeeping berth remains a mystery after all three candidates failed to make meaningful runs and leading contenders for the disputed No6 batting berth also could not present compelling cases for Ashes selection. Australia cricket team Support The Guardian Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more