Liverpool’s on-loan striker Mario Balotelli’s dream is ‘to play for Real Madrid’, according to AC Milan team-mate 1 Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli wants to play for Spanish giants Real Madrid.The Italian striker wore out his welcome at Manchester City and failed to deliver at Anfield so he is now on loan at AC Milan.The 25-year-old shows rare glimpses of his natural talent but not enough to earn the forward a place in the Galacticos’ side.But team-mate Diego Lopez has revealed the oddball still dreams of playing at the Bernabeu. “Do you know what? His dream is to play for Real Madrid,” Lopez told Marca Plus.
Pep Guardiola may have just agreed to take over Manchester City in the summer, but he was not so accepting of a deal in his playing days.It has now been confirmed that the Bayern Munich manager will take charge at the Etihad in the close season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.But it has been revealed that the Catalonian – a Champions League winner with his boyhood club as a player AND manager – was close to moving to Manchester in 2005.Following a stint in the Middle East, the 34-year-old wanted to ply his trade in England before hanging up his boots.Agent Tony Sharkey told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “At Manchester City [Guardiola] was literally just trying to get a playing contract.“Stuart Pearce said it himself – that the level of his training had gone up because Pep was there passing the ball for fun.“He was keeping the ball in training in seven, eight a side, he still had enough in the locker.“He was offered six months and he turned it down – if he was going to bring his family over he wanted to come for a year. So he turned the deal down at the time and he just wanted an opportunity to experience the Premier League.”Sharkey admits the playing style did not help the club’s cause: “We went to watch the first game of the season – I think it was at home to West Brom – and it was a 0-0 draw, a lot of long ball stuff and I think David James was kicking it long and it didn’t look like a Pep Guardiola type of match!“It would have been fitting a square peg in a round hole really.”
“It’s lovely to talk football with people who don’t call it soccer!”James Corden, the busiest Brit in the US, joined the Sports Bar for an exclusive chat following his beloved West Ham’s FA Cup heroics against Liverpool on Tuesday.It could prove the perfect send off to Upton Park, with Angelo Ogbonna’s header in the last minute of extra-time sealing a dramatic 2-1 victory in what could be the club’s last ever cup game under the Boleyn floodlights.The Late Late Show host Corden is famed for his love of all things Hammers, and he ‘invited’ the players and their guitar-playing manager Slaven Bilic to make a surprise carpool karaoke appearance in celebration of their win.The Gavin and Stacey creator has sung with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Adele, Elton John and Justin Bieber on the popluar series, but asked who his favourite guest in the passenger seat was, he told talkSPORT: “Oh you can’t ask me that! It’s like picking between my kids!“They’re all terrific, they’ve all been great for different reasons.“It’s been amazing. We got 67,000,000 views across the world for that Adele clip, and we’re such a young and new show, it’s great.“Maybe we’ll do one with the West Ham team around the Olympic Stadium next, that would be fun. Maybe we could get Bilic involved too!”Listen to the full interview with James Corden above!
15. Daniel Sturridge 22. Simon Mignolet 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne 23. Emre Can – see the full line up, in reverse squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 Aston Villa v Liverpool is available to stream live on talkSPORT around the world, as well as exclusive national radio commentary in the UK.With Aston Villa fighting for Premier League survival, Liverpool can expect a tough trip to the second city.Following FA Cup disappointment in midweek, Jurgen Klopp has shuffled his Liverpool pack ahead of the game at Villa Park.Check out the Liverpool line up, in the slideshow above. 11 18. Alberto Moreno 17. Mamadou Sakho 11 11 14. Jordan Henderson 11 11. Roberto Firmino 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho 11 11 4. Kolo Toure 7. James Milner 11
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MISSION HILLS – Two employees at a Mission Hills supermarket were tied up and pistol-whipped today during a robbery attempt that failed because the safe could not be opened, police said. The incident occurred at the Albertson’s store at 16201 San Fernando Mission Boulevard, near Woodley Avenue, about 1 a.m., said Sgt. Steve Carmona of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station. Two masked gunmen entered through the rear of the closed store as it was being stocked and tied up two employees, Carmona said. The gunmen pistol-whipped the employees and demanded the safe be opened, but apparently no one in the store was capable of opening it, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe victims suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Carmona said. The would-be robbers fled the store empty-handed, he said. ———————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
In the Bay League … Mira Costa 221, South Torrance 256; Mira Costa’s Lori Harper shot a 4-over-par 40 at Los Verdes Golf Course. Taylor Shepherd recorded a 43 and Lauren Heavrin shot 44 for Mira Costa (9-2, 7-2). Shani Yokotake shot 48 to lead South (6-7, 5-4). Peninsula 197, Redondo 295: Kristin Coleman shot a 2-over-par 37 for Peninsula (15-0, 9-0) at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Jenny Coleman shot 38 and Iyane Itamura added a 39. Michi Nitahara led Redondo (1-8 in league) with a 52. Yuli Suzuki and Jessica Castile won two of their doubles sets, including a two-point victory that clinched South Torrance’s 10-8 Pioneer League win over host North Torrance. South (9-7, 5-0) got a pair of wins from all three of its singles players, Esther Kim, Jessica Ly and Lauren Gutierrez, to put it in the driver’s seat on the road to its second straight league title. Bea Palileo swept her singles sets for North (9-5, 3-2). South’s No. 1 doubles player Maggi Chiodo missed the match with a pinched nerve in her neck. Also in the Pioneer League … El Segundo 10, Torrance 8: Hazuki Onaga swept in singles for visiting El Segundo (2-5 in league), which took seven of nine singles sets. Substitutes Hoa Tran and Sophia Manouchehry won a key doubles set for El Segundo. Torrance (1-7, 0-5) won six of nine doubles sets. In the Bay League … Peninsula 12, Redondo 6: The doubles teams of Jenna Glimp-Hana Chang and Anna Tatsuno-Lindsey Gerber each swept their three sets for Peninsula (10-5, 3-3), which took eight of nine doubles sets. Della Taylor swept in singles for Redondo (10-4, 1-4) to improve to 37-0 on the season. Mira Costa 17, West Torrance 1: Laura Derian swept in singles for Mira Costa (13-3, 4-1). The doubles team of Taylor Mahr-Kristina Cleland also swept for Mira Costa. In the Del Rey League … Bishop Montgomery 18, St. Monica 0: Danielle Butler and Melanie Scott swept their singles sets at love for host Bishop Montgomery (8-3, 7-0). The doubles team of Christine Daniels-Genevieve Bever also swept at love for the Knights. Jeff Giery scored four times as Mira Costa scored all of its goals in the first half of its 11-6 Bay League win over visiting Redondo. Matt Burton and Scott Comley each added a pair of goals. David Olson had 10 saves for Mira Costa (9-8, 4-0). Ryan Vint scored three goals and Robby Horn chipped in two for Redondo (9-9, 1-3). In a nonleague match … Cerritos 17, El Segundo 6: Danny Rajaniemi’s four goals was not enough for visiting El Segundo (10-7) to contend with Cerritos (13-6), which is ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division VI. Matt Pittluck added two goals. Matt Kubeck had 13 saves for El Segundo, which trailed, 11-2, at halftime. It was the first matchup between the two teams since Cerritos beat El Segundo in overtime of last year’s CIF Division VI final. Girls tennis Boys water polo JC men’s soccer Mario Martinez scored twice as El Camino scored the match’s first three goals in its 3-2 South Coast Conference victory over visiting Pasadena. Ryohei Amaga scored and had an assist for El Camino (6-5-5, 1-3-3). Also in the South Coast Conference … Harbor 1, East L.A. 1: Edgar Flores scored in the 27th minute for Harbor (6-5-6, 1-3-3). JC women’s soccer Cynthia Lozano scored the only goal for host El Camino in its 3-1 South Coast Conference loss to Pasadena. Lauren Humphrey had four saves for El Camino (11-5-1, 3-3).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports For the first time in the program’s eight-year history, all five scorers for the Torrance High girls golf team shot even-par or better in a 176-227 Pioneer League win over host North Torrance on Tuesday at Victoria Golf Course in Carson. Jane Rah shot a 2-under par 34 to pace Torrance (5-0 in league). Jenny Shin and Jennel Alexander each shot 35. Demi Frances Runas and Chaewon Park both shot 36. The team’s previous record of 184 was set on Oct. 4, 2005, in a match against Santa Monica at Los Verdes Golf Course. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This is the first time I’ve ever seen it happen in CIF on a par-36,” Torrance coach John Wurzer said. “It was a pretty special day.” The impressive performance came on the eve of the 18-hole, four-person team Knabe Cup at Lakewood Golf Course. Rah, Shin, Runas and Rochelle Chan will represent Torrance, which has won the tournament each of the last three seasons. Chan finished sixth for Torrance on Tuesday with a 37, a score Wurzer had to omit from the team’s overall score. “I told him if he was going to throw them out that we’d take his next three (scores),” North coach Steve Schmitz said jokingly. Erica Matsushima was the top finisher for North (10-5, 1-4) with a 40.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Playing in a hostile West Torrance environment, Redondo embarrassed its hosts, turning virtually their every mistake into points and turning away West’s effort at a comeback in a 19-6 victory that left Redondo alone in first place in the Bay League. Though bothered by the sore ankle he injured last week, West running back Brian Baucham still proved to be a threat. But with the exception of his 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter after Redondo already had built a 19-0 lead, Redondo limited him to only one gain of more than 20 yards. On a night in which West, Mira Costa and Leuzinger all lost, Redondo will wake up this morning as the only undefeated team in the Bay League. That doesn’t mean the job is finished, but it does mean that it has taken a big step. “We wanted to make a statement to everyone in the Bay League that we’re not just a first-half team,” running back Hayward Gray said. “We can get it done in the second half. BAY LEAGUE: Sea Hawks force West Torrance mistakes and turn them into points for crucial victory. By John Klima STAFF WRITER Redondo has been looking for this kind of game the last few years, the kind of victory that means much to establishing itself in the Bay League. “We wanted to show that we can stop a good running back like Baucham. If we keep this up, we can beat any team in the Bay League.” Gray rushed 16 times for 125 yards, and Redondo won despite not scoring one rushing touchdown, its traditional method of production. “Winning this game was a huge step forward,” junior quarterback Erik Wilson said. “It was very important for us to establish ourselves and show people what we’re capable of.” “I think it will make people look at us and say Redondo is stepping up.” Redondo did it with defense, turning a blocked field goal, two interceptions and a fumble recovery into 19 points. It was enough offense to topple West, which again struggled to complete drives and provide protection for Bauchaum and sophomore quarterback Ronnie Clark. Redondo’s Davon Manning blocked Tyler Krumpe’s 30-yard field-goal attempt late in the first quarter. Redondo took over at its own 25-yard line. Gray gained 49 yards on one run. Two plays later, Wilson connected with Cyke Penn on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Penn caught the middle screen pass with a leap before outrunning West’s defense. “They thought they were going to come out and spank all over us,” Penn said. “I think we were the toughest team they have played all year.” That is open to debate, but Penn’s impact on this victory wasn’t. On West’s next possession, Penn intercepted Clark and returned it 33 yards to the West 7-yard line. That set up Nick Diaz’s 20-yard field goal that gave Redondo (4-3, 2-0) a 10-0 halftime lead. West coach Greg Holt said Baucham’s ankle, which he injured last week against Mira Costa, began bothering the senior. Baucham rushed 24 times for 115 yards, but carried only nine times for 31 yards in the second half. West (5-1-1, 0-1-1) had nowhere to hide from its own blunders in the third quarter. Clark, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 72 yards, threw his second interception of the game. Redondo’s Joe Rubio intercepted Clark at Redondo’s 10-yard line and returned it to midfield. Redondo was forced to punt, but West had terrible field position and couldn’t move the ball. Redondo got the ball back, and eventually Wilson connected with Richie Hoover on a 18-yard touchdown pass to build a 16-0 lead in the fourth quarter. West fumbled on its next possession. Redondo took over at midfield, setting up Diaz’s 26-yard field goal into the wind with 5:17 to play. Baucham picked up a ground ball kickoff and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown for his only breakaway play of the game. West then recovered an onside kick. Clark got West to the Redondo 32, but his potential touchdown pass late in the game fell incomplete. West senior quarterback Marc Oslund dressed but did not play because of a knee injury that has nearly wiped out his season. “Ronnie is doing fine,” Oslund said. “There’s no one else I’d rather have out there.” But Redondo is the one in the Bay League picture. It has games against Leuzinger, Palos Verdes and Mira Costa remaining. “After a couple hits, he looked a little hurt, but he is still a threat at all times,” Gray said. “You can never say if he’s hurt or not. We needed to have outside containment on him and we didn’t let him get to the outside.” “We really think we can win Bay League,” Rubio said. “This team plays together and plays with heart. That’s what you have to do in order to have a good run.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Beth Harris THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Doug O’Neill led a wild winner’s celebration after Maryfield splashed to victory Friday on the first day of the Breeders’ Cup, where upsets ruled and a trainer on the verge of suspension was in the spotlight. Far back and turning for home, Maryfield found an outside path to the finish line and won the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Corinthian raced to a commanding upset in the $1 million Dirt Mile, and Nownownow edged wagering favorite Achill Island by a half-length in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. Rain pelted Monmouth Park throughout the day, keeping hundreds of trackside seats and stands empty on the first Friday in Breeders’ Cup history. The dirt surface, sloppy from rain earlier in the week, was a quagmire. But that wasn’t the only messiness. Nownownow was one of seven Breeders’ Cup horses that trainer Patrick Biancone turned over to assistant Francois Parisel as the result of a one-year ban for violating medication rules in Kentucky. Biancone’s suspension begins Thursday, but in a settlement with Kentucky racing officials, he agreed to step aside early for the Breeders’ Cup. The Frenchman showed up in the barn area Thursday and was asked to leave by New Jersey racing authorities. “Patrick Biancone is a friend of mine for 40 years,” said Fabien Ouaki, who owns Nownownow. “We’re a family, so it’s a family victory. He’s like a pingpong ball, he always rebounds. He will come back because he’s a horseman from the beginning.” Nownownow and Julien Leparoux covered one mile in 1:40.48. The 2-year-old colt paid $27.20, $8.60 and $6. Irish-bred Achill Island returned $5.20 and $4.20. Cannonball paid $7.80 to show. Biancone had two horses in the Filly & Mare Sprint. Baroness Thatcher was fourth and wagering favorite La Traviata was sixth. Corinthian defeated Gottcha Gold by 6 lengths in the last of three Breeders’ Cup races on the card. The other eight will be run today. Kent Desormeaux improved to 3-for-55 on racing’s richest two days, guiding Corinthian over the mile in 1:39.06. The winner paid $9.40, $4.40 and $3. Corinthian is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, son of Hall of Famer Allen Jerkins. Discreet Cat, trying to recapture top form, finished third on a gloomy, sloppy day that only a mudder could love. Jockeys strapped multiple goggles to their helmets, yanking down a set each time the view got too splattered. They dismounted with muck streaking their faces and silks. In the Filly & Mare Sprint, jockey Elvis Trujillo angled Maryfield to the outside, where she had a clear run to the finish line without mud from her nine rivals hitting her in the face. Maryfield rallied from seventh place and defeated Miraculous Miss by a half-length, covering six furlongs in 1:09.89 and paying $18, $9 and $6 at 8-1 odds. A year ago, she won on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Churchill Downs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In May, saddened that she had failed to stop the war in Iraq that took her son’s life and made her the face of opposition, Cindy Sheehan tearfully quit the anti-war movement.She had concluded that her son Casey, a 24-year-old Army specialist killed in an April 2004 battle in Baghdad, had died for nothing.“Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next ‘American Idol’ than how many people will be killed in the next few months,” Sheehan wrote in an online diary.Those next few months will reach a red-letter day soon when the official death toll of American troops in Iraq hits 4,000 – a gloomy milestone in what has become an overwhelmingly unpopular war at home and a polarizing issue in Congress and the presidential campaign. “A clear majority (of Americans) has opposed the war in Iraq for some time now, and thank God it hasn’t taken 20,000 body bags.” Ahead of the pace Lafferty and others in the peace movement note that today’s movement is ahead of the pace set by protesters during the Vietnam era.“Actually, we’ve had more people in the streets at an earlier stage than we did in Vietnam,” said Lafferty, an expert on Vietnam who taught a course on that war at the New School for Social Research in New York.Independent polls, in which opposition to the war is now over70 percent, also support that view. According to Gallup surveys, a majority of Americans came to view Iraq as a mistake quicker than they came to oppose the Vietnam War more than three decades ago.And the anti-war movement’s impact on national politics cannot be understated. Opposition to the war last year produced the historic backlash against President Bush and the Republicans, leading to a Democratic takeover of Congress and a resolution setting a timetable for a troop withdrawal – a resolution Bush vetoed.The war arguably has also become the major issue in the upcoming presidential election year – a campaign that is fueling the peace movement, though not necessarily always on the streets.“All of us in the American culture have the peace movement image in our heads that is out of the ’60s: images of someone burning their draft card or bleeding from (a beating from a) police club,” said Tom Hayden, who gained infamy in the late 1960s as a Vietnam War protester who was one of the Chicago Seven anti-war defendants, and later went on to become a California state senator.“But the image of the Iraq war peace movement is something entirely different. It may be something as (simple as) somebody blogging.”“The movement has moved from the streets,” said Brad Parker of Sherman Oaks, a political activist involved in the anti-war, progressive movement. “The new street is the e-mail.” E-mail peace message Hayden and others argue that much of the anti-war movement today might be no louder than keyboard pecks – not only blogging on the Internet but the millions of words in e-mails and newsletters transmitted electronically, carrying the peace message daily.“It’s about communications, and in protesting the Vietnam War the main source of communications was television,” said political consultant Bill Orozco, who has worked with anti-war activists since the 1970s.“You needed big demonstrations in the streets to carry the message on television. But today the main source of communications has become the Internet.”According to political strategists, it was the peace movement’s mobilization of the Internet that stoked the anti-war protest fires and led to last year’s historic midterm repudiation of the Bush administration and the Democrats’ takeover of Congress, as well as calls for troop withdrawals in many cities. ‘Loud and clear’ In Los Angeles earlier this month, the City Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to the war, making it the largest city in the nation to take such a position.“Los Angeles is sending a message loud and clear – end the war in Iraq,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who introduced the resolution, drawing cheers from an anti-war audience packing the council chamber.“We are calling for an immediate and complete withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq.“We have lost too many of our young men and women to this illegal and unjust war.”Still, low turnouts at some rallies, such as the Oct. 27 anti-war protest in downtown L.A., leave the impression that the movement is marginal and without impact, even as it produces a theater of radical sloganeering and grandstanding.At the L.A. rally, which police estimated at less than 1,000 people and organizers at 10 times that many, one protester carried a papier-m?ch? puppet of the president with cruise missiles for arms, and another protester who identified herself as Nancy Kent of Glendale carried a life-size cutout of Bush dressed in prison stripes.“I’m here to just be another demonstrator on the street to try to end the war,” Kent said. “And hopefully not attack Iran.”Protesters who marched up Broadway around noon to City Hall staged a “die-in,” during which Iraq veterans and supporters lay down on Temple Street amid the sounds of air-raid sirens and bomb blasts.Nevertheless, the perception of the anti-war movement having little clout persists – even among some in the movement – leading to the disillusionment of people such as Sheehan, who gained international attention by setting up camp outside Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, and demanding to meet with him.But the war and her activism took an emotional and personal toll on her life. Her marriage broke up, and she said all her speaking and book fees generated by her opposition were drained by extensive medical bills.“I am going to take whatever I have left and go home,” she said as she resigned from the movement. “I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost.”Sheehan, though, also felt betrayed by her one-time allies, among them House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom she accused of “protecting the status quo” of the corporate elite and for not taking steps to impeach Bush.With no funds and the support of some peace activists, among them Vietnam Pentagon Papers hero Daniel Ellsberg, Sheehan is now on a grass-roots campaign as an independent to unseat Pelosi from the San Francisco congressional seat she has held since 1987.It is a quixotic venture that has saddened many anti-war activists. When Sheehan resigned, she lashed out at the peace movement group MoveOn.org for not doing enough to oppose the war. Most anti-war activists are also loyal Democratic supporters, especially of Pelosi.“(Sheehan) did a tremendous thing in that she took her personal loss and made it public so that people could understand the cost of the war,” said Nita Chaudhary, an organizer for MoveOn.org.“The anti-war movement is now the person next door. It’s not just Cindy Sheehan.”[email protected] 818-713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But as the toll hovers just 140 short of that grim marker – in what has been the deadliest year for American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion – Sheehan’s departure from the peace movement is raising questions about the strength of today’s anti-war movement.Despite polls showing that most people oppose the war, there have been no massive sit-ins or protests like those in the 1960s over the Vietnam War.The perception is that “people aren’t in the streets protesting in outrage because they are too busy sipping frappucinos at Starbucks and watching television – so long as it’s not anything about the rising death toll,” said psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, who studies pop cultural trends among Americans.But peace activists say that isn’t necessarily the case, that in fact the movement against American involvement in Iraq today is significantly further ahead of the anti-war movement against Vietnam at the same time in the 1960s.“Vietnam had a draft but it still took about 20,000 body bags before American opinion turned against that war,” said Jim Lafferty, a Los Angeles-based steering committee member of the anti-war group ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).
160Want 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 KingsThe Toyota driver, who complained of neck pain, was taken to Mission Community Hospital. His name and condition were unavailable today. An investigation into the crash continued. According to Melton, the Toyota driver told officers that he had never been licensed to drive. 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. VAN NUYS – Electrical service was restored overnight to all DWP customers who lost power after a Toyota Tercel allegedly driven by an unlicensed driver rear-ended a Metro bus and hit a pole in Van Nuys. The 24-year-old man told police another driver cut him off, causing the crash at Roscoe Boulevard and Columbus Avenue about 4:40 yesterday, according to the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division. Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, police Officer Danielle Melton said. About 1,400 Department of Water and Power customers lost power as a result of the crash — about 330 of them for several hours. Repair crews restored service to all the affected customers overnight, said Carol Tucker of the DWP.