All eyes on Mourinho as Chelsea host Liverpool

first_imgBy Toby DavisIT would have been crazy to doubt Jose Mourinho’s job security when the Premier League kicked off in August but, with ten games gone, his position at Chelsea is under intense scrutiny ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool (2.45pm).Just five months after they romped to the title, Chelsea and their talent-packed squad are hovering above the relegation zone, having already lost five times.The spotlight is now firmly fixed on Mourinho whose erratic behaviour has gone hand-in-hand with his team’s spiralling fortunes.Sent to the stands in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham United, the Portuguese has spent much of the early campaign picking fights.The club’s former doctor, referees, the Football Association, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and even some of his own players have been caught in the crossfire of Mourinho’s angry outbursts.The Chelsea boss is, of course, no stranger to controversy but his frequent run-ins with the authorities have rarely, if ever, been accompanied by such consistently poor results on the pitch.Chelsea’s midweek League Cup defeat at Stoke City on penalties means they go into Saturday’s home game on the back of two consecutive defeats.Bookmakers now make Mourinho an even-money favourite to be the next Premier League supremo to get the sack.Fans are openly speculating that owner Roman Abramovich, a man who places notoriously high demands on his managers, could call time on Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge if Liverpool can inflict another defeat on the champions.Chelsea’s cause will not be helped if striker Diego Costa fails to recover from the rib injury that forced him off at Stoke but Liverpool are also suffering their own injury problems.Christian Benteke missed Wednesday’s 1-0 League Cup win over Bournemouth, leaving Liverpool with Belgian Divock Origi as their only fit first-team forward.New German coach Jurgen Klopp is also on the lookout for his first league win since joining the club three weeks ago.Premier League leaders Manchester City will expect to claim all three points when they host Norwich City (5pm) while Arsenal, who trail Manuel Pellegrini’s side on goal difference, face a tougher task when they visit Swansea City (5pm).Wenger also has to contend with a mounting injury list after Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were early casualties in Tuesday’s embarrassing 3-0 League Cup defeat at second-tier Sheffield Wednesday.Fourth-placed Manchester United, two points off the top, visit Crystal Palace (5pm).last_img read more

Djokovic bumped up to two in Wimbledon seedings

first_imgThree-time champion Novak Djokovic has been bumped up to second seed for next week’s Wimbledon championship despite slipping to fourth in the ATP world rankings while seven-times champion Roger Federer has also benefitted.The seedings, released by the All England Club on Wednesday, have defending champion Andy Murray number one in the men’s singles with Germany’s Angelique Kerber the women’s top seed.Wimbledon differs from the other grand slams, in the men’s singles at least, with previous form on grass in the previous two years coming into play to re-order the top 32 in the world rankings – a system agreed by the ATP.Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won a 10th French Open last month, is second in the ATP rankings but will be seeded fourth at Wimbledon after a mediocre record there in recent years.Despite winning the title twice, the 31-year-old has not been past the fourth round since 2011.Favourite Federer, fifth in the ATP rankings, is seeded third which means he will avoid one of his biggest rivals for the title until the semi-finals.Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, runner-up at the French, drops to fifth seed, from his world ranking of three.Other beneficiaries of the system include Luxembourg’s grass court expert Gilles Muller who is seeded 16th compared to an ATP ranking of 26. Muller won the recent Den Bosch tournament and reached the semi-final at Queen’s Club last week.Queen’s Club champion Feliciano Lopez, ranked 25, is seeded 19th.The women’s seeds stick strictly with the current WTA rankings. Romania’s Simon Halep, who could take over the top spot this week if she wins the Eastbourne title, is seeded twolast_img read more

GLDA to expand poultry production in hinterland areas

first_imgPoultry meat and egg production is expected to increase in Regions Seven (Cuyni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) through the Guyana Livestock Development Authority’s (GLDA) “Black Giant Poultry” initiative.According to the Government Information News Agency (GINA) on Saturday, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the GLDA, Dr Dwight Walrond explained that the purpose of the Black Giant Poultry is to foster growth in egg and poultry meat production in the hinterland communities “as a means of mitigating the difficulties associated with access to poultry as a source of protein” by utilising a resilient species of poultry known as the “Black Giant” in the outlying areas.“Because of the logistics in moving feedstuff into the hinterland areas, we thought it best to have a breed that is adaptable to thosePoultryconditions. The Black Giant can scavenge well in the yard system so we don’t need these commercial feeds for those birds and when we look at the amount of eggs they produce per year and the amount of meat from each bird, we think that that is the ideal bird to assist our hinterland communities,” Dr Walrond related to GINA.Dr Walrond also stated that this strategy will be implemented in other hinterland and coastland regions, utilising the authority’s resources in the future.“We would have to work with Deep South, South Rupununi and if you know how these communities operate, we have a lot of village flocks, school flocks, women’s group and working with each one of them and supplying breeding stock to each one would be key,” Dr Walrond explained.It was also highlighted that facilitation is being made to guarantee that an adequate number of birds will be available for distribution to the communities.A major role will also be played by GLDA’s hatchery in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, in allowing the availability of hatchlings for the initiative.The GLDA official sees this project as a fruitful one in the future, “and I know, not only the hinterland communities will grab hold of that, but also some of the coastal communities because if you look at the cost of Creole eggs that’s a thriving business. On the coast now we have some farmers doing Creole eggs only,” Dr Walrond added.In accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s mid-year economic report, the country’s livestock industry grew by 0.8 per cent for the first half of 2016 compared to the corresponding period in 2015.The Black Giant Poultry initiative is expected to lead to greater productivity of chickens among livestock farmers, improve biosafety in the industry, as well as reduce the cost of protein sources for consumers in the hinterland.last_img read more

Peace Region now under a Flood Watch

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. River Forecast Centre has upgraded the High Streamflow Advisory in the Peace Region to a Flood Watch.The Flood Watch is in effect for the Peace Region including small streams and rivers around Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope and surrounding areas. The River Forecast Centre is also maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for Northeast BC, including tributaries of the Sikanni Chief, Prophet and Muskwa Rivers and areas southwest of Fort Nelson.The River Forecast Centre says that a prolonged rain event is forecast for northeast BC through until Sunday. Current weather forecasts from Environment Canada indicate the potential for rainfall totals in the 50 to 90 mm range from now until Saturday morning. Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the region, and rainfall have begun to be observed at some automated weather stations in the region. Snow melt is also contributing to streamflow in the region, with current snow melt rates of 5-15 mm/day being observed at regional automated snow weather stations. Temperatures are expected to cool as this system develops, and snowmelt rates will likely decline as the weekend progresses.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chelsea to resist Mourinho raid, Guardiola wants £200m City overhaul – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Reports are varied over how much Jose Mourinho will be paid in his deal to become Manchester United, with the Daily Express quoting £10million-a-year, while the Daily Mail claim he will earn £15m-a-year in the Old Trafford hotseat.It is also reported the Portuguese coach will get a £5m bonus if he guides the Red Devils to Champions League glory, and £2.5m for the Premier League title. (The Independent)Chelsea will issue a ‘hands off’ warning to Mourinho over Brazil international Willian, following his soon-to-be announced appointment at Man United. The ex-Blues manager Mourinho is reported to be plotting a £60m move to make Willian his first signing at Old Trafford hotseat. (Evening Standard)United and Chelsea are also set for a battle over Sporting Lisbon midfielder £47million-rated Joao Mario. Mario has distanced himself from the rumours, however, saying he is fully focused on Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign. (Daily Express)The Blues are confident of re-signing striker Romelu Lukaku, who wants to leave Everton ‘to win titles’, for £65m, having sold him to the Toffees for £28m two years ago. (Daily Mirror)?Pep Guardiola wants a complete overhaul of Manchester City’s squad this summer and has urged club chiefs to give him a £200m war chest to buy up to eight players. (Daily Mirror)Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is expected to become Guardiola’s first City signing next week in a deal worth roughly £20m. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, City midfielder Yaya Toure apparently wants to be a part of Guardiola’s revolution at the Etihad Stadium. The Ivorian star has reportedly rejected offers of £30m from Chinese clubs Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning, and also has no interest in joining Inter Milan. (The Guardian)Liverpool may look to raid Southampton once more as they eye up a move for £25m-rated forward Sadio Mane, after the Reds’ top summer target Mario Gotze revealed his intention to stay at Bayern Munich. (Daily Star)Martin Skrtel’s agent says the 31-year-old defender is “90% sure to leave Liverpool” this summer. Turkish side Besiktas is a possible next destination for the Slovakia international. (ESPN)Tottenham have begun talks over a move for Basel forward Breel Embolo, 19, who has scored 21 goals in 61 leagues appearances for the Swiss giants. (Daily Express)The agent of Newcastle star Georginio Wijnaldum admits the Dutchman is considering his future at St James’ Park and could leave the club this summer. The 25-year-old has been linked with a £12m move to Roma.  (Newcastle Chronicle) And here are the latest headlines…?Phil Neville EXCLUSIVE: I’m leaving Valencia and want to be a manager, but I could never turn down Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is a FANTASTIC manager who will adapt to Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti tells talkSPORTEXCLUSIVE: Carlo Ancelotti reveals how Gareth Bale’s agent interfered at Real MadridRomelu Lukaku transfer latest: ‘He should stay at Everton one more year’, claims former team-mateExclusive: Carlo Ancelotti accuses owners of Manchester United and Arsenal of prioritising finances over winningManchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho wants to take Willian from Chelsea in stunning £60m raidLiverpool face competition from Bayern Munich for Schalke winger Leroy SaneManchester United hold talks with £30m-rated Roma defender Kostas ManolasNapoli hold talks with Gonzalo Higuain as Arsenal and Chelsea interest intensifiesLiverpool make bid for Alberto Moreno replacement, confirms Lorient presidentJuventus willing to swap Simone Zaza for Southampton’s Graziano PelleLeicester leading Premier League chase for Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Watford sign Italy international striker

first_img1 Watford have signed Italian international Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht, the Premier League club have announced.The 27-year-old underwent a medical on Monday after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the transfer, and the Hornets confirmed Okaka has agreed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road.A powerful forward, Okaka hit 17 times last season in all competitions, helping Anderlecht to third in the Belgian Pro League and the last 16 of the Europa League. After starting out with AS Roma in Serie A, he took in various loan spells during his time in Italy, with most Premier League fans aware of him due to a short time spent with Fulham in the 2010/2011 season.Capped four times by his country, Okaka was handed his first appearance for the Azzuri by current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, and he scored his only international goal on his debut against Albania. Stefano Okaka scored 17 goals for Anderlecht last season last_img read more

Pulis hopeful West Brom winger Phillips will be fit to start against Southampton

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis admits Albion have missed Matt Phillips during his injury absence and hopes the winger will be fit to start against Southampton on Saturday.Phillips returned to action as a substitute in the defeat at Watford in midweek after missing five games with a hamstring problem.West Brom won just two of their matches without the 26-year-old, who reportedly cost the club £5million when he signed from QPR last summer. Pulis insists it was money well spent but he thinks there is more to come from the Scotland international.“It was actually a little bit less than that, but he’s been a very good signing for us,” he said.“I’m hoping that he will be available to start on Saturday, but he is one of the ones we have to have a look at and see if he’s right. If he is and he’s feeling good and everyone is happy with the injury, then he has a great chance of starting the game.“He’s important for us because he gives us that little bit more pace down the sides and the stats show that he’s created lots of chances for us – and he also has a good return on his goals as well.“But I still think there’s still lots more to come from Matty. He’s a good kid and good around the place. He’s been fantastic for us.“So he’s been a big miss for us, but having said that the players who have played and the teams we have put out in the past few weeks have all had a go and done their best, and that is all you can ask of them.”West Brom have exceeded expectations this season. They go into the game against Southampton at The Hawthorns eighth in the Premier League – a place and seven points ahead of their opponents.It looks like Albion will miss out on a place in the Europa League for next season, but Pulis wants his team to finish as high up the table as possible to help him attract a handful of players in the summer.“Money is still the main reason why most players move but it (finishing high up the table) helps,” said Pulis.“We need at least five or six players to come in and improve the club. That’s the aim and it’s not just one position, it’s all over the pitch. We have to keep pushing on and strengthening.“We want people to come in and work as hard as the players who have been here are doing and give us a bit more quality.”Pulis pointed to Southampton’s recruitment as the blueprint for most Premier League clubs to try to follow.He added: “The important thing is not just getting good players in, but getting good characters and the right types of player in.“Southampton are a fantastic model. They bring lots of players through and recruitment has been brilliant – the boy (Manolo) Gabbiadini looks a smashing signing. He knows where the goal is.“Southampton are a really good example to everyone on how to run a football club. They are a top-10 team, they have some brilliant players and it will be a tough game for us.” Matt Phillips (left) competes with West Ham’s Mark Noble 1last_img read more

Pochettino urges ‘impatient’ Tottenham fans to create better Wembley atmosphere

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has called on ‘impatient’ Tottenham fans to create a better atmosphere at Wembley for his team to play in.Spurs have struggled to find their best form at their temporary home in the Premier League this season after dropping points to Chelsea, Burnley, Swansea and West Brom.PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 5-1 Stoke: Spurs stars rated and slatedPochettino’s side enjoyed an imperious unbeaten record at White Hart Lane in the 2016/17 campaign, with the runners-up winning 17 of 19 games at their former ground.But having watched his side blow away Stoke in a 5-1 win at Wembley, Pochettino has implored supporters to help them make the national stadium a place visiting teams will fear.“First of all, we need to prepare [for] the game and play well because the atmosphere was a little bit flat in the stadium today,” Pochettino told talkSPORT.“You need to score and [have a good] performance for 90 minutes to win games. Maybe today the people were a little impatient and it translated to the team.“But in the end, the fans were fantastic. And I think all together we need to create that atmosphere to help the team achieve what we want.”Spurs recorded their first win in five league games to stall a poor run of form, which has all but ended their hopes of challenging Manchester City for the title.The north London club have enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the Champions League, however, topping their group despite having holders Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to contend with.And Pochettino shared his delight at watching his side deal better with playing in two elite level competitions having suffered a group stage exit in the Champions League last season.“The team was so determined this season to prove we can cope with the pressure to play in the Champions League and Premier League and play well,”“Because last season was the opposite. We were fantastic in the Premier League and in the Champions League we were nearly a disaster.“Maybe it was a little bit of a distraction to mix both competitions. But now it’s so important to be focused on the Premier League, to try to win games, be consistent, and try to have the possibility to be in the top four.”last_img read more

Account opened for victim’s mom

first_imgPALMDALE – Parents at Rancho Vista Elementary School have set up an account to accept donations on behalf of kindergarten teacher Ruth Lundin, whose 20-year-old son was critically injured in a car crash. Tyler Lundin was in stable condition, but in a coma, at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills after the Sunday collision, friends said Wednesday. “Parents have set up a benevolent account at Washington Mutual to help with family expenses,” parent Leighann Hessler said. “(Ruth Lundin) will be off work for awhile.” Account No. has been set up in Lundin’s name at Washington Mutual bank, Hessler said. Brisuela was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Lundin’s passenger, Jeremy Willis, 21, of Palmdale also suffered injuries. Brisuela and his passenger were not injured, officers said. 3140236783 (661) 267-5744160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Greenhouse Cafe at the Antelope Valley Mall, where Lundin works a second job as manager, will hold a fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, donating 25 percent of proceeds to the account. Tyler Lundin was injured when his truck collided with a car driven by an unlicensed motorist who ran away but was caught by witnesses, sheriff’s deputies said. A 1990 Honda Civic driven by 22-year-old Wilfredo Brisuela of Rosamond was westbound on Avenue O about 5:20 p.m. Sunday and made a left turn at 10th Street West directly in front of Lundin’s eastbound 2001 Toyota pickup truck, deputies said. The impact caused the truck to overturn several times. Brisuela and passenger Juan J. Miguel, 21, also of Rosamond, tried to run but were caught and detained by several people who witnessed the crash, deputies said. last_img read more

Will Mourinho drop Pogba again? Man United predicted line-up to face Liverpool

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 no dice Manchester United face Liverpool at Anfield in the 2018/19 season’s first instalment of what is arguably English football’s biggest fixture.However, the Red Devils are already 16 points behind high-flying Liverpool in the Premier League table. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Predicted United team: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lingard, Lukaku Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won It’s been a frustrating season for United so far huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Latest Premier League Newscenter_img And Jose Mourinho’s men know they can ill-afford to drop many more points this season if they have any ambitions to keep in touch with the top four.Meanwhile, the Reds will be desperate for the win so they can strengthen their Premier League title credentials.Mourinho could be forced to field a depleted line-up for the game, with Alexis Sanchez, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo all looking like definite absentees.Chris Smalling, Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are all doubts while Paul Pogba may not start after failing to impress during United’s Champions League defeat at Valencia on Wednesday night. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January United could be without Anthony Martial, who has shown moments of brilliance this season David de Gea and Nemanja Matic will return, however. So how might the Red Devils line-up?Below you can see’s predicted Manchester United XI. shining 3 tense 3 REVEALED gameday cracker last_img read more