Cruzeiro manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo might think twice about stepping off his bench in his side’s next game, after being wiped out by Palmeiras midfielder Dudu during a cup clash between the two teams.
Roberto Martinez believes Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool have made an excellent appointment in Jurgen Klopp.The former Borussia Dortmund boss, who led the German side to two Bundesliga titles during an impressive seven-year spell, has replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Reds hotseat.The charismatic German’s arrival at Anfield has captured the imagination of the football world, and Martinez says he is a welcome addition to the Premier League.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Toffees boss said: “What he achieved in Germany was very impressive. “He is a forward-thinking manager, he likes to attack, he is always thinking about scoring goals and his teams are always well-structured and well-organised.“His concept is to win the ball back as quick as you can and score goals and that is a very dynamic way of playing. “I have got huge respect for him. He is someone with very good, strong, human values and he will be a very good fit for the Premier League, I’m sure.”
Graeme Souness believes something special could be brewing at Tottenham.The Scot was an apprentice at White Hart Lane during Bill Nicholson’s illustrious reign, which included a historic league and FA Cup double.And Souness, who went on to become a Rangers and Liverpool legend, believes the current Spurs squad under Mauricio Pochettino is the best he has seen since the Nicholson era.Pochettino’s men are currently fourth in the Premier League, just five points adrift of top spot, and are being billed as serious title challengers by many.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Souness said of Tottenham: “They don’t look flimsy.“They look like a team that will withstand disappointment. I watched them lose to Newcastle and they bounced back from that.“I like Tottenham. They look like a team – from the goalkeeper [Hugo Lloris], who I think is outstanding, to Harry Kane up front. In between they have got strength in depth.“I think this might be the best Tottenham [team] since the Bill Nicholson days.”
1 Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes Daniel Amartey is ready to make his debut against Norwich this weekend.The 21-year-old moved to the King Power in January from Copenhagen for around £6m.The Ghanaian is yet to make his debut for Leicester but Ranieri says that may now happen against Alex Neil’s side on Saturday.Right-back Danny Simpson is suspended after being sent-off against Arsenal and Amartey could take his place.Indeed when asked if Amartey is ready to play on Saturday, Ranieri said: “I think so.“He played against Manchester City in the Under-21s, he played 90 minutes. He is ready.” Daniel Amartey
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Matt Le Tissier has suggested that Harry Kane and Dele Alli’s partnership for Tottenham will aid the latter in playing a key role at Euro 2016.The duo have been in formidable form for Spurs this season, and have become key parts of the most exciting attacking unit in the Premier League.The Alli to Kane assist-to-scorer path is the most prolific in the division, bringing a return of seven goals, with the midfielder himself chipping in with some vital strikes.Kane is almost guaranteed to start for England this summer, when they head to France for the European Championship, but there are still doubts about Alli and whether Roy Hodgson will select the 19-year-old.He has only recently risen to prominence, and Hodgson could revert to his more established options this summer, but Le Tissier believes the youngster will benefit from having built such a prolific partnership with Kane.The Southampton great said: “Kane and Alli are fantastic together. As manager of the national side Roy’s probably looking at that and that will help Alli’s case.“The fact that their relationship this season has gone from strength to strength could tip it in his favour.”Le Tissier also believes England are enjoying a period of great strength in their striking options, claiming that the forward positions are the strongest area of Hodgson’s team.“I like the fact we’ve got some talented forwards in good form this season,” he added.“I think that’s the strongest area of our team, which has not always been said about the England team over the last few years.“It would be nice if we went out and tried to win matches rather than going out trying not to lose.”
Quique Sanchez Flores 1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists he is not afraid of the speculation which continues to cast doubt over his future at the club.A 2-0 defeat at Liverpool only added to the feeling the Hornets are drifting towards the end of the campaign having won just twice in the Premier League in 10 matches since securing their top-flight status.And despite guiding the promoted side to an FA Cup semi-final, Sanchez Flores is seemingly not guaranteed to stay on for next season.“The rumours are normal. You need to learn to live with these kind of things,” said the Spaniard.“Sometimes life is ridiculous but it is out of my control. I am not afraid of anything.“It is not time to talk about me, it is time to talk about the match.“It is important to be a realist and try to enjoy the moment we are living with Watford.“Sometimes I could be sad about the people around me who are not enjoying this experience but not for me.“I understand life is very hard, football is very hard and is normally more bad situations than good situations.“When you get promotion it is usual to live with pressure but we have avoided that – if people are not able to enjoy this I am sad for that.“I am completely happy. I want to enjoy the last month of the competition.”
John Hartson has hailed Arsenal’s move for Jamie Vardy, claiming the striker would be a ‘fantastic signing’ for his old club.The Gunners are in talks with the 29-year-old over a switch to the Emirates after meeting the £20m release clause in his Leicester contract.Vardy was one of the best players in the Premier League in 2015/16, scoring 24 goals to fire the Foxes to the most unlikely of title triumphs.Despite his outstanding campaign, some fans have expressed doubts over whether the pacey forward would suit Arsenal’s style of play under Arsene Wenger.But Hartson insists Vardy would be a terrific addition to Wenger’s squad.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Arsenal striker said: “He scored 20-odd Premier League goals last season and Arsenal are desperate for a poacher in the box, a goalscorer.“Systems don’t win you games, players win you games, and you can’t have enough good players.“Vardy is a good player. He is a goalscorer, he is sharp and he would be fantastic for the likes of [Alexis] Sanchez and [Mesut] Ozil.“He is a willing runner, he plays on defenders’ shoulders, he doesn’t want to come short, he always wants to go in behind… he is a nightmare to play against. He would be a fantastic signing.”Should Vardy seal his switch, he would become Arsenal’s second summer signing after the £30million arrival of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach last month.Hartson expects Wenger, so often criticised for a lack of spending, to carry out plenty more transfer business this summer.“I think there is a lot more to come,” added the Welshman.“He has been criticised for not winning the title in 12 years – rightly so because it is far too long to go without the Premier League – but he gets away with it because his Champions League record is remarkable and the money Arsene Wenger has brought into the club is phenomenal in terms of what they get now for getting through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.“I think he will bring in another two – maybe another striker, another midfield player and a solid defender in the old fashioned mould of John Terry. “There is money there to spend and Arsenal will have a really, really big push I feel next season. The money is there and I think Arsene Wenger will go and spend it.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTwo girls were taken to St. Mary Medical Center while the other was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Duree said, adding that all three were in critical condition when they were transported. One girl died at 2:47 a.m. and a short time later one of her sisters succumbed to her injuries, he said. The surviving 7-year-old victim was in critical condition and relocated to to the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Duree said. A woman and man, believed to be the victims’ parents, arrived on the scene during the investigation and were meeting with a grief counselor, he said. The victims’ 17-year-old sister was babysitting her siblings when the fire started. She alerted neighbors, who called for help, Duree said, adding that the girl was not hurt. It appeared the fire started in a general living room area of the garage apartment, he said. There was no Christmas tree in the home. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Long Beach fire and police departments. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – A fire broke out in Long Beach today in a garage converted into an apartment, leaving two young girls dead and one of their sisters in critical condition, authorities said. The fire at 1052 1/2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, near East 11th Street, was reported shortly after 2 a.m. and knocked down within five minutes by 20 firefighters, said Capt. Mike Duree, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman. Arriving firefighters confronted heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of a property consisting of two small single-family homes and a garage converted into an apartment, Duree said. The structures were not physically connected. While battling the blaze, which was confined to an area in the garage apartment, firefighters discovered three girls — ages 6, 7, and 10 — unconscious on the floor in a bedroom adjacent to a room engulfed in flames, he said.
A plan to add 20 positions to the city Planning Department is designed to clear a long-standing project backlog and look at long-term challenges. The new planners would work on housing, transportation, local community plans, the revitalization of the L.A. River and establishment of a new Office of Historic Preservation. “Los Angeles is currently facing some incredibly tough challenges: a housing shortage, issues of sustainability, ever-worsening traffic,” said Bud Ovrom, deputy mayor for economic development, in a prepared statement. “New planners are strengthening the department precisely to help craft solutions to these problems.” The new positions, which would bring the Planning Department’s staffing to about 300 people – half of them planners – will be paid for with existing agency funds, said Jane Blumenfeld, head of the Citywide Planning Division. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The hiring is possible now because city officials cleared away bureaucratic impediments at the urging of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Blumenfeld said. The expansion comes during a period of transition as city leaders search for new directors for both the Planning and Transportation departments. “The new director will have people to assign tasks to now; the more planners, the more the new director can accomplish,” Blumenfeld said. “We’re also trying to assign staff that aligns with the mayor’s agenda for how the city’s going and his interests in planning.” A critical audit by city Controller Laura Chick issued on Halloween also helped speed up the hiring, Blumenfeld said. Chick’s report scolded the agency for inefficient operations and for having dozens of unfilled positions at a time when the city is growing rapidly. But on Wednesday she praised the department’s response to the audit. “I am enthused by the Planning Department’s swift response in implementing major recommendations from my October audit,” Chick said. “It is particularly heartening that the interim director, Mark Winogrond, took immediate action. This is exactly how audits can be used by city managers as road maps in implementing positive and effective change.” Communities have felt the impacts, as they often have little time to learn about and offer input on significant developments, said Edwin Ramirez, president of the Pacoima Neighborhood Council. Ramirez, one of the Neighborhood Council leaders working on a formal cooperative agreement with the Planning Department, said he hopes the new planners can help the agency look beyond individual projects. “They allowed all these developments which are needed and good for the community, but they’re not including the infrastructure for traffic and economic development,” he said. Valley Industry and Commerce Association Chairman Bob Scott echoed the sentiment, adding that if the expansion reduces the project backlog, it will be good for the local economy. “The developers and the people who make the investments in the communities, they make investments in properties and projects and when these things drag out for years at a time, that can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars or millions of dollars of added expense,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!