Monthly Archives: December 2019

If Everton were a song, they would be this Beatles classic

first_imgEach week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And this week it’s the turn of Everton fan Bill Ryder-JonesWho would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Zlatan IbrahimovicIf your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Can’t Buy Me Love – The BeatlesWhich football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Prenton Park. My keyboardist is a Tranmere fan Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Slaven BilicBrit award or Premier League trophy?Premier League trophyWhen you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Duncan Ferguson and Pink Floyd Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Zinedine Zidane If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Leonard Cohen – to ease the players into their miseryWhich signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Andrei Kanchelskis and Wayne Rooney Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Any of them, they’re all minted….cheapskates!What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Best – Altogether Now by The Farm. Worst – Altogether Now by The FarmWest Kirby County Primary, the third full-length album from multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Bill Ryder-Jones, will be released on November 6, 2015 Bill Ryder-Jones 1last_img read more

David Moyes on £50m Man United target John Stones: He’s ‘definitely’ ready for the next level

first_imgDavid Moyes has told talkSPORT Everton defender John Stones is ‘definitely’ ready to step up to the next level, amid reports linking the England starlet with a £50million move to Manchester United.Stones has emerged as one of the country’s brightest prospects since former Toffees boss Moyes signed the 21-year-old from Championship side Barnsley in 2013.His excellent form has brought a host of suitors to Everton’s door, although the Merseyside club managed to block a move to Chelsea over the summer after rejecting a transfer request from the player.The Blues failed with a total of fours bids throughout the summer transfer window, and Jose Mourinho is expected to come in for Stones again at the end of the season.But it seems they now have rivals for his signature, with reports on Friday claiming Man United are willing to spend up to £50m to land the Three Lions international.Moyes coached Stones for half a season at Everton before the Scot left to take over at Old Trafford, and the former boss said his quality was evident as soon as he arrived on Merseyside.Speaking exclusively to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Moyes said: “As soon as we took him, you could see John had a natural ability on the ball.“He was nearly uncoached to be comfortable on the ball. It wasn’t something that had been taught, it was all natural.“I‘ve got to say Roberto has done a great job in bringing him on and developing him. He’s looking a really good player.”Moyes was speaking to Alan Brazil and guest co-host Ray Wilkins on Friday’s breakfast show, with former Chelsea coach Wilkins claiming Stones was good enough to walk straight into any of the top sides in Europe.And asked if Stones was ready to step up to the next level, Moyes added: “Definitely.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Sacking Garde is not the answer for Villa, claims former boss

first_img Remi Garde 1 Alex McLeish believes Aston Villa should stick by manager Remi Garde, despite the club’s perilous Premier League position.The Frenchman took charge of the Villans in early November, but is yet to win a game. And with the Midlanders 11 points from safety, relegation to the Championship is looking inevitable.But McLeish, who was Villa boss between June 2011 and May 2012, feels it would be counter-productive for club owner Randy Lerner to change manager for the fourth time in less than four years.The Scot told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I don’t know much about Remi, but he seems a sensible guy. Is he the guy to rebuild the club? Sacking him early doors is probably not the right answer.“I think all managers should be given a decent chance and Garde should be able to state his claim as to whether he can get Villa back into the big time again.“Will he get any more money? Randy [Lerner] wanted to get the wage bill down when I was there and we were quite successful in that but, at the end of the day, the fans aren’t going to congratulate you for sorting out the finances, they want the club back up the league where they feel Villa should be. It’s a huge club with a fantastic infrastructure but it’s gone a bit pear-shaped recently.“Garde has got a big fight ahead of him. If they are going to give him a chance he has to be able to rebuild it [the club].“If Aston Villa stay in the Premier League he will be the manager of the year. But it looks very, very unlikely.”last_img read more

Man United willing to sell Marouane Fellaini to AC Milan for £19m

first_imgManchester United have slapped a £19m price tag on AC Milan target Marouane Fellaini.The Belgian is attracting interest from the Italian club and they are eager to complete a deal during the current transfer window.United, however, are wary of being left short in midfield and have already rejected a loan offer from Milan for the midfielder.And now, according to Calciomercato, the Premier League giants have told interested clubs it will cost them €25m (£19m) to land Fellaini.Milan are hoping to meet with the former Everton man’s representatives this week in an attempt to find out whether a deal can be struck.Clubs in Germany have also made tentative enquires for the 28-year-old, who joined United for £27.5m in September 2013. Marouane Fellaini in action for Manchester United against Liverpool 1last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale run riot as Real Madrid win 7-1

first_img1 Zinedine Zidane hailed rampant forward Cristiano Ronaldo as “unique” after the Portuguese scored four goals in a 7-1 thrashing of Celta Vigo.Ronaldo also became the second highest top scorer in Primera Division history, his 252 goals in 228 matches taking him ahead of the late Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra, and now only trails Lionel Messi, on 304 strikes.The 31-year-old was booed at the start of the match by Madrid fans a week after criticising his team-mates following defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid, but Zidane only had praise for the forward.“He is unique, only he can strike a ball like he does,” Zidane told a press conference.“I used to be good at taking shots but I took them from closer to the goal, and I never scored four goals in a game.“I care more about his performance (than the boos). Booing is part of football, and the fans were not just booing Cristiano. They are a demanding set of fans, they want more from their players, but that’s a good thing. And we all know how good Cristiano is. He is capable of scoring four goals,“It’s important that he has been scoring, with our Champions League match (with Roma) coming up next.” Ronaldo became the second highest top scorer in Primera Division history with 252 goals in 228 matches last_img read more

The VardyQuake! Leicester are literally sending shock waves through the city

first_img1 Leicester City fans in fine voice Leicester’s success on the pitch has been sending shock waves through the city – with the celebrations of fans being picked up by equipment used to detect earthquakes.Supporters jumping up and down at the King Power Stadium when the Foxes nabbed an 89th-minute winner against Norwich caused a quake with a magnitude of 0.3, researchers have said.The team have been the surprise package in the Premier League this season and are clear at the top by five points with nine games left to play.A group of geology students at the University of Leicester placed earthquake-detecting equipment at a primary school near to the Leicester ground and said Leonardo Ulloa’s last-gasp winner led to a spike in seismic activity.Richard Hoyle, a first-year student from Leeds studying geological science at the University of Leicester, said: “A few days after we installed the equipment at the school and were analysing data collected, we noticed large peaks on the seismogram during football matches being held in the stadium nearby.“A closer look showed us there was a strong correlation between the exact time Leicester scored at home and the occurrence of the large seismic signals.“We concluded that our equipment was actually measuring small earthquakes produced by the sudden energy release by the cheering Leicester fans celebrating at the moment a goal was scored.”The phenomenon is being called the VardyQuake – despite striker Jamie Vardy not scoring since Leicester’s 2-1 away defeat to Arsenal on February 14.The equipment works alongside a similar system in the basement of the university’s department of geology building and another recently installed set in the New Walk Museum in the city.By measuring small earthquakes using this equipment – such as a 2.3 magnitude tremor in Thame on Sunday – the students are then able to calibrate the calculation for the quakes when Leicester score.During last Tuesday’s match against West Brom, a 0.1 quake was registered when Danny Drinkwater scored to level the game at 1-1, and smaller signals were detected when the Baggies found the net.Mr Hoyle said: “Besides naturally occurring earthquakes, we are now curious to discover which Leicester City footballer will generate the biggest seismic signal. Our money is on Vardy.”last_img read more

Protecting coastline requires steady hand

first_imgThere is no question that California’s coast faces unprecedented challenges. Recent studies, including a comprehensive report from the Pews Ocean Commission, highlighted concerns such as overfishing, a growing population (eight of 10 state residents now live in coastal counties) and resource extraction. (California’s ban on offshore drilling will come under fire as pressures increase for new sources of oil.) These were among the many reasons the Legislature approved the 1999 state Marine Life Protection Act. The question now facing a state advisory group is how to implement the act on the coastline that stretches from southern San Mateo County to Point Arena. Specifically, the group will determine which areas of the local coastal waters should remain as is, which should be turned into reserves (where fishing could be prohibited) and which should be turned into conservation areas (where some commercial and recreational fishing will be allowed). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The challenge will be to develop a plan based on the best fisheries science available, while not destroying the livelihood of Californians who are dependent on the ocean economy. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat 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

Slaying suspect newly paroled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thedward Candler, 24, of Gardena had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2001 and sentenced to seven years in state prison. Prison records show he was paroled Aug. 12 after serving six years. Severa Madrona was found slain Sept. 18. Candler, charged with murder with the special circumstance of killing during a rape and sodomy, appeared in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed. Candler agreed to wait until Nov. 13 to enter a plea so the Public Defender’s Office could have more time to review the case. Madrona was on her daily walk near her home when she was attacked. Her body was found in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She died from blunt force trauma, authorities have said. Sheriff’s investigators initially said she was not sexually assaulted. On Wednesday, homicide Lt. Pat Nelson said that’s what detectives believed at first. He said that until an autopsy was performed, there was no indication the petite great-grandmother had been sexually assaulted. Forensic evidence collected during the exam linked Candler to the crime, authorities said. Candler’s DNA was included in the state law enforcement database because of his previous conviction. After the crime scene evidence was matched to Candler’s DNA, he was placed under surveillance. He was arrested last Thursday. In court, Deputy Public Defender John Mattingly said two people who may have seen the killer shortly after the slaying were shown photo arrays that included Candler. One identified him and one did not, he said, adding that identity will be an issue in the case. The special circumstance qualifies Candler for capital punishment, but prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. Candler will remain in jail without bail. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Gardena man is accused in woman’s rape, murder. By Denise Nix Staff Writer The man accused of sexual assault and murder in the death of a 76-year-old great-grandmother was released from prison just five weeks before the attack in El Camino Village. last_img read more

Child hood obesity growing in Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “There’s huge disparities in the frequency of childhood obesity,” said Director of Public Health Dr. Jonathan Fielding.Low-income communities are plagued by the epidemic in part because residents may lack access to safe places for children to play and to healthy, non-processed foods, Fielding said.But he cautioned that a variety of causes contribute to widespread childhood obesity, and that the condition affects communities across socio-economic lines.“The general problem is increasing within the whole county,” Fielding said.The report, released Friday, looked at 2005 data for fifth-, seventh- and ninth- graders in 128 communities and cities in the county. • PDF: Health Report on obesityLow-income areas of the San Gabriel Valley have some of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Los Angeles County, according to a recently released report.The worst rates of the growing health epidemic were found in areas with comparatively higher poverty and a low number of public parks, according to the study from the county Department of Public Health.The link between poverty and overweight youth has been made before. But county officials said this study, which is the first to break down obesity rates by community, showed the correlation particularly starkly. In addition to poor areas of the San Gabriel Valley, some parts of inner-city Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley also showed high rates of childhood obesity. The lowest rate, 4.2 percent, was in Manhattan Beach.Locally, more than 26 percent of children were obese in low-income, park-poor areas such as Baldwin Park, El Monte, La Puente and South El Monte, South Whittier and Valinda, the study showed.Wealthier cities with more park space per person – such as Glendora, Monrovia, San Dimas and San Marino – tended to have much lower rates of childhood obesity.“(Lack of) access to safe, green space is a barrier to healthy exercise for kids,” said Dr. Paula Varrette, who directs a nutrition program for children at risk for obesity at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.“The more green space they have available, the lesser the incidence of obesity,” said Varrette.The county average for childhood obesity was almost 23 percent. Nationally, rates for the condition have tripled in the last 30 years.Childhood obesity is linked to diabetes, hypertension, low self- esteem, decreased school participation and adult obesity, Varrette said. Treating related health problems is increasingly expensive, experts say.“The long-term consequences for California are really staggering,” said Amanda Purcell, policy director of the nonprofit California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which has studied childhood obesity statewide.Researchers have speculated that this could be the first modern generation to live shorter lives than their parents, due in large part to diabetes and obesity, Purcell said.Prevention is crucial, she said, since weight loss is so difficult.The county’s study advocates steps that local governments can take to combat childhood obesity. Recommendations include city planning decisions that require walking and biking paths, increased access to and safety in parks, and the creation of school programs that promote healthy eating.The study also called for cities to require local restaurants to provide nutrition information on menus.Those kinds of tools are part of a new trend in ways to address obesity, experts say. The epidemic cannot be combatted solely on the level of individual weight gain, but must be looked at from a broader perspective.“We’re realizing that we’ve engineered things into our communities and our homes and our work sites so that we’ve made the easy choices, not the healthy choices,” Purcell said. “We need everybody and their spheres of influence engaged in this.”[email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want 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

Sony slashes PlayStation development kit’s price

first_imgTOKYO – Hoping to encourage more games for the PlayStation 3, Sony has cut in half the price of a software development kit for the struggling console. Sony Corp.’s gaming unit, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said prices for the development package for the PlayStation 3 will be reduced to $10,250 in North America, 950,000 yen ($8,600) in Japan and 7,500 euros ($11,250) in Europe. Monday’s move follows last month’s price cuts on the PS3 around the world, and Sony has said that sales have improved in the U.S., Japan and Europe. The 80-gigabyte version PS3 now sells for about $499, down from $599. Although its predecessor, the PlayStation 2, dominated the gaming market, the PS3 has struggled against the Nintendo Co.’s Wii console. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Boosting PS3 sales is crucial for Sony’s overall business strategy because it also supports the Blu-ray disc next-generation video, which is vying with the rival HD-DVD format. The Wii has succeeded in drawing people not usually accustomed to playing electronic games, by offering easier-to-play games that use a wandlike handheld device for the remote controller. There have been no price cuts on the Wii, which sells for about $249.99 in North America, 249 euros ($370) in Europe and 25,000 yen ($230) in Japan. It is generally more difficult and expensive to create games for sophisticated machines like the PS3, which is packed with cutting-edge technology and is driven by the Cell microprocessor. But machines won’t sell unless there is a variety of games that can be played on them. Game developers that had previously designed products for the PlayStation 2 are now increasingly making Wii versions of the games.last_img read more