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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino laughs off Manchester United’s continued interest in Harry Kane

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off renewed speculation about Manchester United’s interest in Harry Kane.The striker has struggled for goals in the early stages of the season but drew a line under a difficult spell with a hat-trick at Bournemouth last weekend.Now rumours about a possible United move for the England hitman have reignited but Pochettino insists he is calm about the situation.He said: “Nah, I only smile.“You know, the rumours. They are only rumours.“Even now it’s early to start to speak about rumour. But you know in football, this is normal.”On Kane’s return to form, he added: “Harry Kane is a very important player for us.“He has recovered his confidence and trust in himself. It’s very important.” Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane last_img read more

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What a signing! All 12 of Drogba’s goals for Montreal Impact

first_imgDidier Drogba has now scored 12 goals in 12 games for Montreal Impact, with the Canadian side into the Eastern Conference semi finals.Three goals in the first half destroyed Toronto to set up a match against Columbus Crew with the winner facing either DC United or New York Red Bulls in the Conference Final before a chance to play for the MLS Cup against the winner of the Western Conference final.Drogba joined Montreal in July after his second spell at Chelsea ended with a Premier League title.Watch all his goals in the two viceos.last_img read more

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Juventus stalling on permanent £14m deal for Chelsea flop

first_imgJuventus are contemplating on whether to pull out of negotiations with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Juan Cuadrado. Despite a handful of impressive displays during his loan spell, Cuadrado has yet to convince Massimiliano Allegri he is worth a permanent contract at Juve and could return to Stamford Bridge next summer.According to Tuttosport, Allegri has told Juve’s directors to stall their plans to pay Chelsea £14.5m for the Colombian international.The former Fiorentina man wants to return to Italy on a full-time basis having suffered a frustrating time during his short spell at Chelsea last term. Cuadrado has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Juve, scoring twice and laying on four assists. 1 Juan Cuadrado last_img read more

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Lasorda wins county kudos

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, who just turned 80, will be honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today. Lasorda, whose birthday was Sept. 22, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, his first year of eligibility. He is only the 14th Hall of Famer to be elected as a manager. A heart attack in 1996 prompted Lasorda to retire as the Dodgers’ manager after 20 seasons. He remained in the organization in various capacities and is now the special adviser to the chairman. Lasorda managed the Dodgers to World Series championships in 1981 and 1988, four National League pennants and six divisional crowns during his career. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lasorda succeeded Walter Alston as manager in 1976 after serving as a Dodger player, scout, minor league manager and coach. He had a 1,599-1,439 record, trailing only Alston in length of service and wins as a Dodger manager. His 1,599 wins are 16th most on all-time list. Lasorda was only the second manager in National League history to win league titles in his first two full years of managing (1977-78). He managed the National League in four All-Star games and served as a coach in five. He managed nine rookies of the year, two Cy Young Award winners and a National League Most Valuable Player. His career as a major league pitcher consisted of two seasons with the Dodgers and one year with Kansas City Athletics. He pitched in four games for the 1955 Dodgers — the first Dodger team to win a World Series. He won three Manager of the Year awards and was the recipient of the first Milton Richman Memorial Award by the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America. last_img read more

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NBA NOTEBOOK James is living large in China

first_imgJames is a hot property in basketball’s most dynamic marketplace. And the NBA and Nike know it, both looking toward next year’s Beijing Olympics, where James would surely capture world attention if he leads the beleaguered American basketball team to a gold medal. Several hundred Chinese reporters and photographers showed up for Tuesday’s practice at the Lu Wan Stadium. They engulfed James at the far end of the floor when he stopped shooting. He squatted on a low-slung bench, back against the wall, and stared up to answer questions, cutting deep furrows across his forehead. “Every time I’m here it’s the same response: It’s great, the fans love us, the kids are great,” James said. “The spirit the Chinese have for the game of basketball is great. “Nothing surprises me now.” Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy has forfeited $30,000 in restitution to the government under his plea deal in a basketball gambling scam. Donaghy, who admitted to betting on games he officiated, made the payment last month, according to court records. Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn which is prosecuting the case, confirmed the payment. The veteran referee pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn court to felony charges for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated. He was released on $250,000 bond and is set to be sentenced Nov. 9. Court papers say Donaghy, 40, started placing bets on NBA games in 2003. He then gave gamblers inside information, including tips on which crews would officiate games and how the various officials and players interacted. Jason Terry made a 3-pointer with four seconds left to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 101-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game in Las Cruces, N.M. The game featured the return of former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, the former Inglewood High star who went 41-23 during his two years in Las Cruces and led the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament this past March before signing on with the Kings. Donaghy pays $30,000 Exhibition160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You see them (billboards) locally, and then you start seeing them a little bit nationwide. And now worldwide. It’s like, wow. It’s like extra credit. It’s unbelievable. “You would never think that you could have your face somewhere else where you don’t even live.” James’ shoe sponsor converted a Shanghai art gallery into a LeBron James showroom. Dubbed the “LBJ Museum,” the promotion this week includes a freshly shellacked basketball court, aimed at pitching James in China, where 300 million people – the population of the United States – play basketball. Nike also unveiled the latest version of James’ signature shoe. It’s the second time it’s picked China – ahead of the U.S. – to show off James’ newest offering. The “limited edition” shoe was selling Tuesday for almost $200. Nike’s newest TV spot featuring James also kicked off this week in China, several weeks ahead of its U.S. premiere. From news services LeBron James looms large in Shanghai, China. He hovers over a basket in billboards around the city leading to today’s NBA exhibition game between his Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic and another game Saturday in the former Portuguese territory of Macau. “For me, growing up, I never thought about having a billboard anywhere,” James said, slipping off a white NBA headband and replacing it with a Cleveland Indians cap. last_img read more

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Pedregon’s gamble paid fast dividends

first_imgMOTORSPORTS: Leaving Force led to a winning team with his brother. By Louis Brewster Staff Writer His decision in 2003 to leave an established team to race with his brother sent shock waves through the drag racing community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Today, with the NHRA Powerade Funny Car championship virtually assured, Tony Pedregon feels vindicated that his career choice was the right one. It would mark the second title for the Torrance-raised driver, whose first exposure to the sport was following his father, the late “Flaming” Frank Pedregon. He enters today’s season-closing Auto Club Finals at Fairplex leading Gary Scelzi by 86 points in the Countdown to One. Robert Hight and Ron Capps have been eliminated from the title hunt and only Scelzi has a slim chance; none if Pedregon wins the first round against Jeff Arend, the top qualifier. Pedregon struggled in qualifying and his 4.842 second was last among the 16 cars in the field. Still, the only way Scelzi or Hight can pass him now is if they win the race and collect a 20-point bonus for setting a national record with Pedregon losing in Round 1. The youngest of three brothers who race in the class, Pedregon stunned the sport when he announced he would leave John Force Racing at the end of the 2003 season. Drivers jumping organizations is not headline news, but leaving after winning a championship certainly is. Nonetheless, Pedregon left the JFR umbrella after seven years to start his own team and race with older brother Cruz. “We certainly had our share of critics and skeptics,” said Pedregon before his final qualifying runs for today’s final eliminations. “Timing was a factor in that decision. If I had stayed for another year or two, I probably would not have had the same opportunities. “I knew what the short-term held, especially financially. But I knew in this life that I would have to take a chance. I’ve told John that I haven’t collected a paycheck since I left.” On his own, Pedregon posted point finishes of eighth, seventh and third, winning five races in the process. This season, Pedregon has four national event victories, including last Sunday in Las Vegas, and he’s consistently been in the top four since the 10th of the 22 events. Pedregon said the vindication was not won overnight, nor in the span of a week. “I felt that way when we were winning races, let alone contending for the title,” said Pedregon, whose been racing in NHRA since a Top Fuel dragster ride in 1993. “Believe me, there were times when I wondered why I was doing this. “It took the first race, the first win (Reading, Pa., 2005) to honestly answer that question.” Pedregon has won 30 of 47 rounds this season, a win total second only to Capps, one of three Funny Cars under the Don Schumacher Racing banner. It reminds Pedregon of the Bibical fable of David and Goliath when it comes to race budgets within the class. But the brothers, armed with the foundation given to them by their father, have thrived in a very competitive environment. “I think he would be proud,” said Cruz, who won the Funny Car title in 1992 for Joe Gibbs Racing, “simply because of the things he taught us. To help one another, work together and do the right thing. “And that had nothing to do with racing, but we’ve applied it to racing.” Tony on his father: “He’s my biggest inspiration. You know, he actually discouraged us from racing, he knew how hard it was. “I think if he was around today he would be pleasantly surprised at how the sport has grown and the safety. He would be impressed that it’s safer to run a car today at 330 mph than it was at 200.” Each son has a story of how their father struggled to race and build a fan base, and grounded by such memories. “I don’t think I’ve changed, except that I know how to manage people and run a multi-million dollar business,” Tony said. “This is the pinnacle of what I thought I could do.” The 38-year-old father of three has connected with drag racing fans, and he has a theory about that fan base. “They are my age and the younger kids connect with me,” Pedregon said. “I’m one of them. “If I can pull this off – and I’m not feeling warm and fuzzy at this point – I think it sends a message, the same one Caesar Chavez had. “That was one I was recently reminded of by Carlos Santana: `Si se puente (Yes I Can).” Thus far, Pedregon has proven he can. louis.brewster@sbsun.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Area business developments

first_imgSam Monempour recently joined the Encino-based commercial real estate brokerage NAI Capital as vice president. Monempour brings more than 10 years experience to the office, where he will specialize in office tenant and landlord representation throughout the Los Angeles area, particularly in the Conejo and west San Fernando valleys. Before coming to NAI Capital, Monempour was associate vice president with Grub & Ellis’ Sherman Oaks office. During his career, he’s established a client roster that includes Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Aflac, Prudential Securities, Pizza Hut and more. He also received the San Fernando Business Journal’s Real Estate Award in 2001 and 2002. Santa Clarita-based Wildcat Group Inc. recently announced the acquisition of the Southern California branch of the Fresno-based software development and support company Axion Partners. The acquisition makes Axiom the third company in the Wildcat Group, and joins Wildcat Technology Solutions and Laser Options to create a full-service offering for business computing. Wildcat has clients in 22 states and serves businesses with as few as three and as many as 700 users. Axiom serves a smaller, high-end clientele with many firms in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. Glendale Area Schools Federal Credit Union recently received authorization from the National Credit Union Administration to merge with and acquire the Glendale Postal Employees Federal Credit Union. The Glendale Postal Federal Credit Union’s shareholders approved the merger in a secret ballot. Chartered in 1937, Glendale Area Schools Federal Credit Union has more than 11,000 members and $200 million in assets. The merger is effective Saturday. Vantage Oncology recently opened its new Sherman Oaks Radiation Therapy Center, in partnership with Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group Inc. The center offers patients access to a highly trained team of board-certified radiation oncologists using the most advanced treatment options for cancer. The center also boasts $4 million in new radiation treatment equipment and facility upgrades. Numerous city officials attended the ribbon-cutting last week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFor a new initiative to develop professional leadership and business skills among undergraduates, the professional services firm Ernst & Young recently gave a $151,000 grant to California State University, Northridge’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems. The new Ernst & Young Seminar in Professional Leadership provides junior and senior accounting and information systems majors the opportunity to learn professional leadership and communications skills as well as business ethics and etiquette. TIP JAR California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will offer a workshop, counseling and a Web site to help the public and its students and alumni who are facing layoffs from Amgen Inc. and Countrywide Financial Corp. beginning Wednesday. The first workshop will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lundring Events Center. Roughly 600 CLU students and alumni work for Amgen and Countrywide, and based on responses to a survey of students and alumni, administrators and faculty developed a multifaceted program for people undergoing a career transition. For more information call Michelle Jacobson at (805) 493-3358 or visit Opening a new business, got a hot tip or a big promotion? If so, we want to hear about it. E-mail your news to and be sure to include your name and phone number. 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

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Mortgage-rate freeze plan is `no silver bullet’

first_imgPresident Bush acknowledges it’s “no perfect solution.” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says it’s “no silver bullet.” The plan negotiated by the Bush administration to freeze the low introductory rates on subprime home loans appears likely to help only a fraction of the homeowners who face huge jumps in their mortgage payments. Homeowners dialing up their mortgage company to get their current rate frozen could be disappointed. The White House plan doesn’t force mortgage companies to give eligible homeowners a break. It is voluntary. President Bush, announcing the initiative Thursday, said 1.2 million homeowners could be eligible for relief, which includes the rate freeze and helping people refinance into more affordable mortgages. The idea behind the administration-negotiated plan is the five-year freeze will buy time for housing sales and prices to start rising again. Of the nearly 3 million subprime adjustable-rate loans surveyed by the Mortgage Bankers Association in the third quarter, a record 4.72 percent of them entered the foreclosure process during that period. Meanwhile, time, a record 18.81 percent of the subprime adjustable-rate loans were past due. A call was placed to the hotline set up to help distraught borrowers – 888-995-HOPE – to find out how to take advantage of the 5-year rate freeze. The caller was advised that “the criteria for that is going to be pretty slim” and that there are “lots of hoops to jump through.” Meanwhile, there’s still the possibility that investors, who were counting on bigger returns from the higher rate resets, will balk at extending the duration of the lower rate. George Miller, executive director of the American Securitization Forum, whose members include investors, ratings agencies and other financial players, developed streamlined procedures for lenders to follow when sorting through borrowers’ requests for relief.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Center for Responsible Lending, a group that promotes homeownership and works to curb predatory lending, estimates that only 145,000 households will qualify for the rate freeze. The criteria is too strict, it says. Subprime borrowers – those with tarnished credit or low incomes – have been hardest hit by the meltdown. Initially low interest rates that reset to much higher rates have clobbered those borrowers. Nearly two million adjustable-rate subprime mortgages will reset from introductory rates of around 7 percent to 8 percent to much higher rates this year and next, raising the specter of even more people being forced out of their homes because they cannot keep up with their monthly Advertisement payments. Rising home foreclosures are a threat to the economy. The rate freeze offer would be available only to people who have not missed any mortgage payments at their introductory interest rate. It also would apply only to loans taken out between 2005 and this past July 30 and scheduled to rise to higher rates in 2008 and 2009. To ensure that speculators don’t get the break, the rate freeze offer applies only to people living in their homes. last_img read more

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Credit analyst gets a green score

first_imgA If you truly believe that this person is wrong for the company, it would be wrong of you to recommend him, regardless of his friendship with the president. At the same time, much of this depends upon the company president himself. If he is a leader who takes a businesslike approach in bringing new people onboard, he will be receptive to businesslike reasoning for passing on his friend. However, if he is arbitrary and autocratic, or if he is the kind of leader who would take reprisals against you for negative comments about his friend, then you have much larger questions than the one you posed here. The best approach is to meet face to face with the president to talk about the suitability of this individual for the position. Rather than labeling him as arrogant or obnoxious, you should describe his behaviors that point to these characteristics. Your primary emphasis should be on this individual’s lack of adequate experience, expertise, skills, and abilities for this position. Let the president see that it would be unfair to the company and to his friend to place him in such a position. Hopefully, your president does not have much in common with this friend. Ken Lloyd, Ph.D., is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champQ Our company is introducing several changes in assignments and responsibilities, along with a revised overall structure. As planned, I discussed the changes with another manager. He then met with my manager and totally misquoted me. My manager then tore into me. What should I do? A There are two problem areas that need to be addressed here, namely your co-manager and your own manager. You should meet with your fellow manager and tell him you are concerned over the way he may have presented your comments to your manager. You should find out exactly what he said, but realize that it is possible that he conveyed your thoughts accurately and your manager misinterpreted them. It is also possible that he is not being honest with you when describing what he told your manager. Either way, tell him that you want him to provide your manager with an accurate portrayal of your original comments. His action or inaction will tell you a great deal about him as a manager and as a person. In the future, you should e-mail a follow-up note whenever you convey important information to him. The next step is for you to give your manager the facts. Since he “tore into” you after only hearing one side of this story, you should also let him know how you feel about this type of reaction and suggest that he bring you into the loop in these types of situations. Tearing into employees is not acceptable managerial behavior, and perhaps some of the changes in your company should focus on him. Q The president of our company recommended one of his friends for an open position in my department. I just interviewed him, and I found him to be arrogant and obnoxious, and his qualifications are not right for the job. I don’t want to cross the president, but I don’t want to recommend that we hire his friend. What should I do? Q I was surprised to find that my manager added a new classification to my annual evaluation and then gave me a low rating in it. The new classification is based on how environmentally responsible I have been. As a credit analyst, I am not sure what I can do in this area. Although I think this is an important issue, I do not like what happened here. What do you think? A There is no question that being environmentally responsible is important, but it is also important to be managerially responsible. In that latter category, your manager has fallen short. Employees should always have a clear understanding of the criteria that will be used in evaluating their performance. It makes sense to include environmental responsibility in the evaluation process, but it makes no sense to spring this on employees without advance notice, standards or support. Your best step at this point is to look to the future. Ask your manager what he specifically expects of you in terms of environmental responsibility, and also ask how your performance will be measured. At the same time, there are several steps you can take on your own to be more successful in this area. For example, you can probably find ways to use less paper, cut back on electrical power, and make better use of recycled products. If you take these steps, be sure to let your manager know. Environmental responsibility at work is more than throwing a term into the employees’ evaluations. If companies want to do well in this area, they need a well-defined and well-supported program. last_img read more

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All wrong

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe LAUSD has finally figured out that enrollment has gone down. Back in March, the school district approached homeowners in my neighborhood, saying it intended to build Valley Regional ES #14 at one of two sites. This would mean 22 homes would be destroyed to make room for this school. We were told that five nearby schools were overcrowded. We pointed out that enrollment has been consistently decreasing for the past six years in these five schools and, therefore, a new school was not needed. They finally agreed and we received a letter from them stating the proposed school construction has been suspended. Another wonderful neighborhood saved by the due diligence of people who knew fairness and justice would prevail. Thank you, LAUSD, for seeing the true figures. – Marilyn Ickes Van Nuys Gun control The latest Supreme Court decision has closed the discrepancy in sentencing between powder-cocaine dealers who are mostly white and crack dealers who are mostly black. Crack dealers were receiving longer sentences. This decision will result in 19,500 crack dealers being paroled much earlier than anticipated. I do not think residents of black areas will be overjoyed. In fact, the Supreme Court got it all wrong. In order to achieve parity the sentences of powder-cocaine dealers should be lengthened. – Harry Nieves Sylmar Saved by facts Re “6 shot after stepping off Las Vegas school bus,” (Dec. 11): This shooting was not a rare event. There were two separate threats to kill on a recent weekend in Los Angeles – one at Loyola Marymount University and another at The Grove. On this same weekend, there were two shootings in Colorado. Just three days prior to that, there were eight people killed in an Omaha shopping mall. My solution is the control of handgun ownership. It is a limitation that is not unconstitutional. My interpretation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution is that members of a “well-regulated militia” have the right “to keep and bear arms,” not the general public. Those who already have handguns should be licensed just as those who operate an automobile are licensed. – Don Evans Canoga Park Asking too much? Re “Too much to ask” (Your Opinions, Dec. 14): In response to Rev. Mark Jaufmann, how hard is it to understand the difference between taxpayer and ratepayer? Go cry and complain if the city increases trash disposal or sewer fees. But don’t refer to the LADWP as coming for handouts from taxpayers. All revenue is collected from ratepayers, not taxpayers. It may be a city department but taxes are not used to run it. Ask your friends in neighboring communities how much they’re paying for utilities and you’ll see how competitive the LADWP rates are even after the proposed increases. – Sherry Macias Burbank An outrage I am outraged that noncitizens were allowed, even encouraged, by the Los Angeles Unified School District to vote in the election regarding the mayor’s school plan merely because their children attend the schools in question. This is the beginning of a very slippery slope, where we are devaluing our citizenship. – Jean C. McKinley West Hills Christmas spirit I couldn’t have found stronger evidence of genuine Christmas spirituality than in the finale of the Studio City Christmas parade: The Magical Christmas Caroling Truck. For three years now, I have enjoyed strolling alongside the truck as it rolls down the parade route. It is so wonderful to see the children’s eyes light up as the singers wave at families in awe of this beautifully decorated truck. The Church of the Living Word provides the Magical Caroling Truck. Let us all put our political differences aside and look at what our communities have to offer. By doing so, many of us will be able to find the Merry Christmas spirit that we seem to think has disappeared. – Jodi Lawson Burbank160Want 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