By Zoran MilosavljevicEight-time Euroleague champions Real Madrid and triple former winners Olympiakos Piraeus reached the premier club competition’s final with contrasting wins on Friday night.Real, looking for their first title since 1995, beat Final Four debutants Fenerbahce Istanbul 96-87, while Olympiakos edged CSKA Moscow 70-68 in a nail-biting contest after overcoming a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter.Sunday’s title showdown will be a repeat of the 2013 final in London’s O2 Arena, when Olympiakos beat Real 100-88 in a spectacular clash.Both semi-finals generated an electric atmosphere in Madrid’s Palacio de Deportes, with several thousand frenetic Turkish fans making Fenerbahce feel almost at home.So loud were their jeers whenever Real had possession in the opening quarter that the pockets of home supporters could hardly be heard in the imposing arena situated in Madrid’s artisan and shopping district of Goya.But the Turkish faithful were silenced by a fierce Real onslaught in the second quarter when they turned a 21-20 deficit into a 55-35 half-time lead thanks to an avalanche of three-pointers and fast breaks.Mexican centre Gustavo Ayon netted 16 points in the first half and American guard K.C. Rivers scored 12, nailing all four attempts from three-point range as the home side’s deep roster cancelled out a valiant solo effort by Fenerbahce’s Jan Vesely.The former Washington Wizards forward cut a lonesome figure in attack with some crushing slam-dunks while his team-mates looked bereft of ideas and lacked the guile to contain the Spanish giants.Battling Fenerbahce fought hard to turn the tide after the break but Real, having done the damage in the opening half, could afford to take their foot off the pedal in the closing stages.In the opening semi-final, Olympiakos playmaker Vassilis Spanoulis scored 11 of his 13 points in the last five minutes of a rip-roaring contest as the Greek side continued to haunt their more fancied Russian rivals.The outcome was almost a carbon copy of the 2012 final in Istanbul, when a buzzer-beating hook-shot by forward Georgios Printezis gave the Greek side a 62-61 win.They also brushed aside CSKA 69-52 in the 2013 semi.With CSKA 63-54 ahead, the inspirational Spanoulis ignited a 12-0 run with a pair of three-pointers and a difficult off-balance jump-shot.When the score was tied at 66-66, he nailed another audacious shot from behind the three-point arc and, after guard Kostas Sloukas buried one of two free throws with six seconds left, CSKA threw away their last possession.
Manchester United must stick with manager Jose Mourinho despite the club’s dismal start to the Premier League campaign, former defender Gary Neville has said.Monday’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was the second loss of United’s opening three matches and they now languish in 13th place ahead of next weekend’s trip to Burnley.Mourinho signed a contract extension in January to keep him at United until 2020 and Neville said he must be given the chance to turn the team’s fortunes around.“We saw Louis van Gaal sacked after an FA Cup final victory, we saw David Moyes sacked with four games to go of a season, so we are no longer talking about a club that is behaving as it has historically done,” he told Sky’s Monday Night Football.“I accept these are different times and I accept the difficulties and challenges, but my honest view as I stand here now is that Ed Woodward gave him a contract last season … he should see that contract through to the end and do the job.“You can’t keep jumping around with managers… “
They managed to get back on level terms thanks to a double from Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov.But the champions’ lacklustre display allowed Blackburn back into the match and young Rovers defender Grant Hanley headed an 80th minute winner that denied United the opportunity of ending 2011 on top of the Premier League.Ferguson has spoken recently of the impressive manner in which his side has responded to high-profile defeats this season, such as the 6-1 home loss to current leaders Manchester City.He is now looking for the same response as United try to recover from a long list of injuries and illness before Wednesday’s visit to Newcastle.“It was a disappointment, we couldn’t believe that. We never expected that result,” Ferguson said.“We know we can improve on this performance. We won’t get many like that. I’m quite confident we will have a real go.“We need to do it now, this is coming to the crucial time of the season. We have Newcastle away on Wednesday and want to make sure we come back with a proper result.”United’s growing list of absentees forced Ferguson into fielding an unfamiliar line-up and the absence of Wayne Rooney, who did not even make the bench, compounded recent problems.“Wayne hasn’t trained well this week,” Ferguson said. “He has missed a few days, but hopefully he will be back for Wednesday. He’s got little strains here and there.”Ferguson started the day by revealing he aims to manage the club for a further “three years” before retirement but his weakened line-up ensured that it was a birthday to forget for the Scotsman. Berbatov gave away a penalty for Blackburn’s opening goal; Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were badly at fault for the second and goalkeeper David de Gea was equally to blame for the late winning goal.“We lost two terrible goals in the game and you can’t do that in fixtures like that,” said Ferguson.“They are fighting for their lives of course and you expect them to put up that kind of fight.“They were resilient and blocked shots really well all day, but if you lose goals like that, you give the other team a big opportunity to hang on.“We have a lot of injuries at the moment and we had to gamble on Anderson’s fitness. He has been training very well for 10 days now, but throwing him back, it is not easy for him.“He did his best, but it’s in that area where Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs’s experience is missing at the moment.”Under-fire Blackburn manager Steve Kean described the victory as his best day in football.“It’s great to win at a place like this with the teams that have been built and the football that has been played here over the years,” said Kean, whose future has been the subject of widespread speculation.“We’re desperate for wins and, with such a young side, this can be a real springboard to go and kick on.Kean also called for a truce with the large section of Blackburn supporters who have vociferously called for his dismissal this season.“The owners are behind me and the players are behind me. Now, I’d like to think there could be a truce between me and the fans,” he said.“It would be good if the fans who have been negative will turn because we want Ewood Park to be a place where there is an intimidating atmosphere.“I understand that what makes fans happy is the right results. They have seen those at Liverpool last week and again today. I am under no illusions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, January 1 – Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his under-performing Manchester United stars to give an immediate response to their shock 3-2 defeat against struggling Blackburn.Ferguson’s 70th birthday celebrations went flat as United fell behind to two goals from the Nigerian forward Ayegbeni Yakubu at Old Trafford on Saturday.
0Shares0000James Siang’a, who managed Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars, passed on this morning in Bungoma.PHOTO/ Soka.co.keNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10- Former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars tactician James Siang’a has passed on following a long battle with diabetes at his rural home in Bungoma County.Siang’a had been in and out of hospital for the past year and he finally succumbed to the illness in the wee hours of Saturday morning. “It is a great loss and I have received that news with shock. It is a big loss for this country because he was one of the best coaches we had. In my career I can comfortable say he is the best I have ever worked with,” Gor Mahia custodian Jerim Onyango, who was Siang’a’s skipper at Gor in 2009 told Capital Sport.Much credit to Gor Mahia’s first league title in 18 years in 2013 went to the legendary Siang’a who formed the new generation of K’Ogalo players.Siang’a, who also had stints in Tanzania and Uganda, recruited a heavily young Gor Mahia squad that had the likes of Jerim, Teddy Akumu, Kevin Omondi, Ibrahim Kitawi and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.“Most people didn’t believe when he said that but actually when we won the league in 2013; everyone acknowledged that indeed Siang’a had seen the future. He really believed in us, the young players and all of us credit him for the growth of our careers,” Jerim added.It is also said that Blackberry gifted the former coach with a car when he landed his first ever pro-stint with Danish side Randers, acknowledging him for the growth of his career.Siang’a had a decent stint with Tanzanian giants Simba SC, leading them to the CEACAFA Kagame Cup title in 2002 and the CAF Champions League group stage in the following year.The famed goalkeeper, who played for both Gor and the national team earning the nickname ‘Abawa’ managed Harambee Stars twice.He had his first stint between June and September 1979 but the short spell ended in September. He was back again in May 2000 taking over from Nigerian Christian Chukwu. He left in November that year soon after Kenya failed to make it past the group stages of the CECAFA Senior challenge Cup.In 2002, he landed an opportunity to coach the Tanzanian National Team.Apart from Simba in Tanzania, he also coached Morogoro United between 2004 and 2005. He also had a stint with Mtibwa Sugar in 2007. Before joining Moro United in 2004, Siang’a was in Tanzania where he coached Express FC0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
LANCASTER – A hearing will begin today to determine whether a paroled murderer from Lancaster was sane when he killed again, stabbing a man outside a doughnut shop. Joseph Hix, 34, was convicted Wednesday of murdering 64-year-old Alphonse Lupien, who died more than five months after a knife was plunged into his back in September 2005, paralyzing him from the chest down. “It was exactly what we wanted. It couldn’t have been any better,” said Lupien’s widow, Kathy, 61, who moved to Simi Valley about a year ago. “(Hix) showed no emotion. He was just blank.” The jury also convicted Hix of attempted murder for an August 2005 attack on a 20-year-old McDonald’s employee, who was stabbed in the neck with a pen. The second victim was attacked a month earlier at the McDonald’s restaurant on Challenger Way, across the street from the doughnut shop where Lupien was stabbed. Friends described Lupien as a “doer and goer” who never liked to sit still. It was painful to see him confined to a hospital bed, friends said. He and his wife had seven children between them, 14 grandchildren, and one great-grandson, Kathy Lupien said. Despite moving away, she attended the trial almost every day. “It’s my husband, and I’m going to make sure things are done right,” she said. Sheriff’s deputies said the assailant greeted Lupien, then attacked without warning. As Lupien lay bleeding in the parking lot, his attacker took about $35 from his pockets and ran off. Lupien testified in February 2006 from his hospital bed about the attack. He couldn’t speak well, but communicated through a lip-reading interpreter and in writing, officials said. Lupien ran the pro shop at Desert Aire and was a longtime employee. He had high hopes that he would recover. Co-workers organized a benefit golf tournament that raised $15,000 and his wife used the money to buy a specially equipped van to transport her husband. In 1994, Hix was sent to prison for stabbing a man with whom he was living in Lancaster; he was paroled in February 2005 after serving a nine-year sentence for second-degree murder. His criminal record dates back to when he was a juvenile, state prison records show. After serving time in the California Youth Authority, he was sent to prison at age 19 for an assault conviction in Pasadena, then was in and out of prison on parole violations until his arrest at age 21 in the 1994 Lancaster stabbing. That attack occurred during an argument about a door left open, deputies said at the time. Hix was then using the name Kent McKean. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hix pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment. Al Lupien was attacked during his Thursday night routine: After getting off work at Desert Aire Golf Course, he would get a cup of coffee and a doughnut at an Avenue K shop and drive to his home a mile away. But on Sept. 29, 2005, Lupien never made it home. A friendly man, he had greeted his assailant on his way into the store, and on the way out, was stabbed in the back with a kitchen steak knife, whose blade broke off in the attack, friends and officials said. Lupien died March 20, 2006, at a San Fernando Valley hospital of pneumonia related to the paralysis.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has so far scored 49 goals in 2016 Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs just three more goals to finish 2016 as Europe’s top scorer.Only Lionel Messi with 51 goals has scored more times at club level this calendar year, but LaLiga is now on a break until the New Year meaning Ibrahimovic, on 49 goals, could match or surpass the Barca man because he still has Sunderland and Middlesbrough to play. 2 The 35-year-old has scored 16 times for United (11 in the Premier League) since his summer move from PSG where he scored 33 goals in the second part of the previous Ligue 1 campaign.The last United player to score 16 goals in all competitions before Christmas Day was Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2007/08 season. 2
1 Roma have told Everton it will cost them £35m if they want to sign defender Kostas Manolas during the January transfer window.Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is desperate to add a new centre-back and he has been looking at number of targets.Southampton pair Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk are reportedly on his shortlist, along with Manolas.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, if Everton want to bring Manolas to Goodison Park this month it will cost them £35m.Roma have no plans to part with the Greece international and will only sell if their valuation is met in full by an interested club.?As well as Everton, Manolas has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the past. Kostas Manolas [left] in action for Roma
Conte still has 17 months of his current deal left to run at Chelsea 1 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emerged as the frontrunner for the Italy job after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Gian Piero Ventura is expected to lose his job in the coming days as the country comes to terms with missing out on football showpiece finals.And Blues boss Conte is top of the list for senior Italian FA chiefs, according to The Mirror.Conte managed the Azzurri for two years, guiding the national team to victory over holders Spain in the round of 16, but lost in the quarter-finals on penalties to Germany.The move would be subject to Chelsea allowing Conte to cut short his deal at Stamford Bridge, which still has 17months to run.And the potential return of Conte has been given as ringing endorsement from Italy legend Alessandro del Piero. Del Piero told Sport360: “He did great with Juve of course and a great job with the national team.“We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach. He would improve any team and this is what he did with Chelsea last season and what he did with Juve as well.“We had some problems and he fixed it, then won the title. He has some amazing qualities and that’s why he’s coaching the best teams in the world.“I hope he will have a great period with Chelsea and then maybe one day come back.”
While she segregates dogs by size and temperament, they seem to care most about the basics: a comfortable setting and lots of playtime and attention. “It’s not a pet motel,” Rose said. “We make sure they have clean cages, good care, and we spoil them with treats.” “It’s hard in general for animal lovers to bring their animals to a boarding facility,” said Sandy Lehmann as she dropped off her mixed-breed dog, Shelby, with Rose. “But I trust them, and it was easier than getting someone to stay at my condo while I was gone.” Casey said that about 60 percent of her business is from vacationers, while the rest is from regular customers who want the human touch for their animals when they are away at the office. “I get quite a workout every day walking dogs. Just when I think I don’t get exercise, I realize that this is my workout, too,” Rose said. “With cats, I just go in the house and talk to them or turn on some music. My job is to provide some normality for them when they’re inside all day.” Dogs willing to jump in the car when their humans go to work might end up at Paws for Fun, a day-care service run by Jennifer Bradley in Newhall. While their owners slave away at work, dogs romp through an air-conditioned facility, play with toys, sleep and get generally pampered. “A lot of my clients are people with no children of their own, and their dogs are their children,” Bradley said. “Several of them call and check on their dogs. They want to know who they’re playing with and who their friends are. It’s very much like child care.” email@example.com (661) 257-5252160Want 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 MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“It’s mostly dogs and cats, but I’ve cared for fish, horses, potbellied pigs and llamas – and tortoises. You wouldn’t think of them as being receptive to humans, but they are,” she said. Pet sitters provide periodic checks on animals, making sure they not only get food and water regularly, but also some extra attention. Gwen Casey, who owns Santa Clarita Pet Nanny, said that some owners have asked her to provide more than hugs for her charges. “There are some who ask me to brush their dogs or cats,” she said. “And a lot of people leave their TVs on Animal Planet. They figure animals want to watch other animals. They also leave music on, mostly classical or New Age or jazz – no rock ‘n’ roll.” At the Canine Country Club, Rose sees more animals during the summer when families vacation, but she’s also busy when people move or escrows don’t close on schedule, and pets aren’t allowed in hotel rooms. Up Blue Cloud Road, sequestered a few miles from the beaten path of Bouquet Canyon, Rose and her Australian shepherd, Lacy, take care dozens of dogs in runs with misting equipment. The air-conditioned rooms, complete with carpeted trees in each cage, are filled with cats – most of them aloof and some also finicky. SANTA CLARITA – During the dog days of summer, it’s not uncommon to find local dogs, cats and other pets enjoying vacations of their own. Boarding kennels and pet sitters find themselves in demand as people leave town and leave some precious members of their extended family behind. “We have quite a few regular customers,” said Sharon Rose, owner of the Canine Country Club. “It’s kind of funny. They get excited when they get here, probably because they get a lot of biscuits and no one yells at them for barking.” Jean Amour, better known as Jean the Cowgirl Critter Sitter, found her title tells people that she cares for all sorts of four-footed creatures, big and small.
Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Romelu Lukaku’s brace against Southampton was the result of relentless practice on the training ground.The Belgian produced a fantastic finish in the 88th minute to seal a thrilling 3-2 victory for the Red Devils and continue their miraculous form under Solskjaer.Lukaku, who also grabbed United’s second, has found himself playing second-fiddle to Marcus Rashford since Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December, but an upturn in form has seen him score three times in the last two games.Solskjaer knows a thing or two about scoring goals at Old Trafford, and the Norwegian revealed the key to Lukaku’s recent success. 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “It’s great to have strikers like that.”Saints full-back Yan Valery stunned Old Trafford with a sensational opener for the visitors, before Andreas Pereira equalised with his first Premier League goal.Pereira turned provider when Lukaku fired the hosts in front, but they were pegged back by a sublime free-kick from James Ward-Prowse. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Pereira grabbed his first Premier League goal LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Solskjaer was delighted with Lukaku’s finishing Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow RANKED “It’ll give him a big, big boost. He loves scoring goals,” Solskjaer told talkSPORT.“He’s a great finisher, he practices every single day. That’s why he scores goals.“All the best goalscorers practice and he practices. You can never take that away from him – the hunger to score. REVEALED BEST OF REVEALED 2 But the Belgian would have the final say, making it irrelevant that Paul Pogba’s injury-time penalty was saved.Solskjaer also had praise for 23-year-old Pereira, who provided a resounding answer to his critics on Saturday.“It’s incredible. The boy has had some critics in the last few months, but we believe in him,” the interim boss added.“We’ve always believed in him and I was so pleased for him.”