Kruis out of France clash

first_imgKruis, who had only been given the all-clear to face France last week after recovering from a fractured cheekbone, was forced to miss training on Tuesday with the knee injury.The Saracens lock will see a specialist on Thursday to determine further management of the injury and head coach Eddie Jones is not giving up hope he will be available later in the tournament.”We’ll have to wait and see what the specialist’s prognosis is, but we’re not ruling him out of the Six Nations at this stage,” said Jones.With Kruis ruled out, Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury are expected to reform the second row partnership that started against South Africa and Fiji during the autumn, with Maro Itoje starting at No 6.Speaking earlier on Wednesday, assistant coach Paul Gustard said he was confident England could cope if Kruis is absent.”We pride ourselves as a nation about the quality we have around the country,” he said. “As a coaching group from day one we were very excited about the talent we’ve got in English rugby at the moment.”We’re proving we can cope with people not being in the team and while there are people missing in this Six Nations there are also people returning and that’s also exciting. The likes of Maro Itoje and James Haskell coming back into the group is encouraging.”England are attempting to win back-to-back Six Nations titles for the first time since 2001. Should they repeat last year’s Grand Slam, they will surpass New Zealand’s record of 18 consecutive tier one Test victories.All 10 games of the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand will be shown live on Sky Sports, starting June 3 2017.last_img read more

Tough lesson: Dunleavy tossed

first_imgDunleavy did not single out anyone, nor did any of the players. But in a game in which Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace sat out because he was suspended for excessive technical fouls, the Clippers’ big men didn’t take advantage. Tim Thomas’ line: 16 points, one rebound. Chris Kaman’s line: six points, seven rebounds, five turnovers. Neither Thomas nor Kaman had an offensive rebound. In fact, other than Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, no Clipper grabbed an offensive rebound. Detroit’s big men were all over Brand, holding him to 11points, 12 rebounds and sixassists. “We’re struggling,” Brand said. “I don’t mind passing out of the post and being unselfish. But we have to find a way to win, whatever that is.” The Clippers have found themselves in a few free falls this season, and here they are, stuck in another one. They lost a third consecutive game, falling 98-80 to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center, with coach Mike Dunleavy collecting his first ejection of the season. After spending most of the second half in his office, Dunleavy lashed out at his players. “I’m really disappointed in our toughness now, mental and physical,” Dunleavy said. “We have a situation where we were careless with our passes, our turnovers, our rotations and our rebounding. Guys have got to go battle. You can have all the schemes you want, all the great ideas you want on coverages. But it comes down to physical toughness.” center_img While this three-game losing streak is not yet as bad the six- and five-game streaks earlier this season, this one comes with only 20 games left to play in the regular season and with the team heading out on a six-game road trip. Thanks to a dismal start to the second half, in which they had six turnovers and missed their first eight shots, the Clippers never stood a chance. They also lost Dunleavy during that stretch. With 9:08 left, official Dan Crawford gave the coach consecutive technical fouls – and an automatic ejection – when Dunleavy argued a non-call on a drive to the basket by Maggette. “I wasn’t happy with some calls in the first half,” Dunleavy said. “I went in at halftime, checked them (on videotape) and still wasn’t happy with them. It was frustrating on my part. I was trying to make a point to our guys to be more aggressive, more emotional and pick up their intensity.” Assistant coach Jim Eyen took over the coaching duties, and the Clippers’ drought continued. They didn’t score in the third quarter until the 5:46 mark, and that was on a free throw by Cuttino Mobley. They didn’t score a field goal until the clock read 4:35, on a jump shot by Mobley that pulled the Clippers to within 61-46. Detroit’s lead then grew to a much as 20 before the Clippers made a run, but they couldn’t get the Pistons’ lead to single digits. Dunleavy seemed more angry than normal about the team’s lack of toughness, but it has been a persisent problem all season. “How long have I been saying that, about being mentally and physically tough?” guard Sam Cassell said. “Being tough is not taking your fists and banging someone in the face. That’s not tough. That’s just being an idiot right there. Being tough has got to come from everybody.” (562) 499-1338 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

Gang member accused in killing

first_imgWHITTIER – A man who said he witnessed the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in Santa Fe Springs last year testified at a preliminary hearing Monday that the victim was stabbed several times minutes before being shot in the face. George Banuelos, 25, of Santa Fe Springs was arrested last year and charged with murder in the death of Andrew Joseph Salinas on May 14. Investigators said the shooting happened at a post-prom party. Banuelos, who remains held on a $2 million bail, was ordered after the hearing in Whittier Court to stand trial for Salinas’ slaying. Under questioning from Deputy District Attorney Doug Herring, witness Juan Cardenas, 18, pointed across the courtroom at Banuelos as the alleged shooter and stared at him for several seconds. Cardenas said he was attending a party of about 100 people at the 11500 block of Joslin Street in Santa Fe Springs when a fight broke out in the back yard. After hearing yelling and the “sounds of fighting,” he said he ran out back to see what was going on. As he exited the back door into the yard, Cardenas said he heard two shots, which dispersed most of the partygoers. Cardenas said he then saw his friend Salinas in the back corner of the yard “all shooken up, bleeding and huddled up” with blood on his shirt. When Cardenas ran to him, Salinas said, “I’ve been stabbed,” Cardenas testified. Cardenas said he helped Salinas make it through a gate and down the driveway to the front of the house. As they rounded the corner of the house, Banuelos allegedly aimed a gun at the two of them. Cardenas jumped out of the way and hid behind a car, with Salinas close behind him, he said. That was when Banuelos allegedly shot Salinas in the face, Cardenas testified. Defense attorney Craig Purcell tried to poke holes in Cardenas’s testimony, at one point ordering him to draw a map of the house with the location of all the people involved in relation to each other. Banuelos is known by police as a gang member whose nickname is “Stalker,” according to police documents. Los Angeles County Superior Court records show he was convicted of battery in a domestic violence incident in September 2005. Whittier Court Commissioner Gerald Mansfield ordered Banuelos to return to court March 26 for an arraignment in Norwalk Court. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

There’s not much fair at the fair

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Which means the “San Fernando Valley Fair” won’t be living up to any part of its name. FIRST we were told the San Fernando Valley Fair wouldn’t be held in the San Fernando Valley this summer. Now it seems one of the staples of the fair is history as well. It was shameful enough when fair organizers and city officials couldn’t get it together to keep this piece of the Valley’s heritage in the Valley. This year’s “Valley” fair will be held in Saugus. But now finances have driven fair organizers to ban livestock from the four-day event. But a community fair without one of the hallmarks of community fairs – kids bringing in their livestock – doesn’t sound like much of a “fair” at all. last_img read more

Southampton complete £10m deal for Celtic goalkeeper Forster

first_imgSouthampton have completed the signing of England international goalkeeper Fraser Forster.The 26-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the club and joins for an undisclosed fee, understood to be £10million, from Scottish champions Celtic.Forster, an unused member of the England squad at the World Cup in Brazil, joins Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic, Saphir Taider and Graziano Pelle in moving to St Mary’s this summer.“Fraser is a very talented player and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Southampton,” Saints boss Ronald Koeman told the club’s official website.“This is another important part of our rebuilding process ahead of the start of the season. The fact that he has worked with [goalkeeping coach] Dave Watson before means we already know all about his strengths and weaknesses, and I am confident that we will be able to help him improve even further.“Fraser is the perfect fit to help complement the players we already have, and he will add a lot of quality to the squad.  He is an exciting English player with a very good reputation within the game and, at 26, he will enjoy the best years of his career at Southampton.”Forster’s arrival is welcome good news for Saints fans, who have seen a host of stars depart this summer, while also losing manager Mauricio Pochettino to Premier League rivals Tottenham.Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have moved to Liverpool, left-back Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United and right-back Calum Chambers was sold to Arsenal.Doubts also remain over the future of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who is wanted by former boss Pochettino at Tottenham.Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has insisted the 24-year-old is not for sale, but he missed Saturday’s friendly with Bayer Leverkusen after telling Koeman he was “not mentally or physically ready” to play. Fraser Forster 1last_img read more

Spain blame game begins after W Cup penalty heartache

first_imgIt would be a stretch to say Russia deserved their win, with 26 per cent possession and only six attempts at goal compared with Spain’s 25, but they had a plan, stuck to it, and fought to the bitter end.A 4-3 victory on penalties, after the sides were locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time, sends the hosts through to their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.Spain’s dominance will do nothing to ease the disappointment following what can now be judged as a truly farcical World Cup campaign.Julen Lopetegui, the coach fired two days before Spain’s opening match, and Luis Rubiales, the Spanish Football Federation president who fired him, will be circled as the key offenders.Spain goalkeeper David de Gea made just one save at the World Cup © AFP / Juan MabromataBut Fernando Hierro, Lopetegui’s replacement, and David de Gea, who endured a torrid tournament in goal, will take their share of the blame too.It was a pity that the last match of Andres Iniesta, who later confirmed his international retirement, in the end became little more than a footnote.“What started badly, ended badly,” wrote Marca. “All the problems began with the dismissal of Lopetegui and then continued with a team lacking in form and ideas.”Rubiales was quick to make clear he felt no remorse for sacking Lopetegui, who was clumsy in the way he handled his pending move to Real Madrid, but seemingly dismissed because of hurt, personal pride.“Today there is pain, as we have been eliminated,” Rubiales said. “But you can be calm when you know you have acted with responsibility, conviction and values. You cannot later look in hindsight because of a result on the pitch.”– Positive start –Many would argue it was clear at the time that changing the coach two days before Spain’s opening game was unlikely to benefit the team.With Hierro in place, however, there were positive signs against Portugal, when Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick overshadowed an assured Spain performance in a 3-3 draw.Coach Fernando Hierro comforts Sergio Ramos after Spain lost their penalty shootout against Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup © AFP / Juan MabromataBut defensive errors and tactical rigidity soon came to the fore as poor displays followed against Iran, Morocco and Russia.Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique were both guilty, the latter because of a handball that gave Russia their equaliser, but De Gea left as the principal villain.Against Portugal, he allowed Ronaldo’s shot to slip through his hands. Against Russia, Igor Akinfeev starred in the shootout while he failed to save at least two spot-kicks he might have kept out.By the end, De Gea had made only one save all tournament.As the late stand-in, Hierro may be spared such stinging criticism but he dropped Iniesta and Dani Carvajal against Russia in Moscow, only to bring both on as substitutes, and then replaced Diego Costa with Iago Aspas, who arguably should have been on from the start.Rubiales sidestepped questions about who will be the coach long-term but Hierro is surely unlikely to continue.Whoever it is, they will now face the same two-pronged brief that Lopetegui was tasked with two years ago: to restore confidence and blood the younger generation.Of the starting eleven against Russia, only Marco Asensio will be younger than 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around. Pique, Ramos, David Silva, Costa and Sergio Busquets will be 33 or older.It means those left from the triple triumph of Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 will either be gone or down to the last few and that could pave the way for an evolution of style too.A debate has emerged during this tournament around Spain’s possession game and it might be that a new manager decides to update the old, winning formula.But for all the talk of tactics and generational change, Spain’s 2018 World Cup will be remembered for a simple act of self-sabotage. This was the team that was ready and then on the eve of the tournament, sacked their coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain’s Koke reacts after missing a spot-kick during the penalty shoot-out against Russia in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / Francisco LEONGSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 2 – Spain’s World Cup roller-coaster ride finally ground to a halt on Sunday and the finger-pointing began after their third consecutive failure at a major tournament.Following humiliation at the hands of the Netherlands in 2014 and a limp defeat to Italy at Euro 2016, this was perhaps the most galling exit of all, given it came at the hands of Russia, ranked 70th in the world, just above Macedonia and El Salvador.last_img read more

Klopp defiant after Liverpool battle back to beat Burnley

first_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool’s third goal in their Premier League match against Burnley at Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISLiverpool, United Kingdom, Mar 10 – Jurgen Klopp warned title rivals Manchester City that Liverpool will not give up their title bid quietly after a 4-2 victory over Burnley cut Pep Guardiola’s lead at the top of the Premier League to a single point.Liverpool responded impressively to City’s win against Watford on Saturday, rallying strongly after falling behind to a controversial opening goal from Burnley, with two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. And the German manager, whose side visit Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 second leg tie on Wednesday, insisted that the performance demonstrated his team’s ability to handle the pressure.“The message from today is that nobody gets rid of us,” said Klopp. “We had the perfect mixture of fighting the opponent and playing football.“All we have to do is make sure that we stay in this really interesting competition on top of the table. We have no problem with confidence, we’re in a good moment.”The victory was also a triumph for Adam Lallana, the England midfielder whose inclusion in the starting line-up was not universally popular among Liverpool supporters but who turned in a man-of-the-match display.Lallana changed the momentum of the game just before the half-hour, charging down a poor clearance from Phil Bardsley and seeing Mohamed Salah tackled by Charlie Taylor before the ball broke kindly to Mane, who curled in from 15 yards.“It is not only Adam but it was clear, if he can play like he trained, then he will help us a lot and that is exactly how it happened,” said Klopp. “He is always good on the ball but he is an aggressive boy. The counter press is a game-changer. It didn’t look really promising until he jumped in so well done, really pleased for him.”It was a strong response from Liverpool after they fell behind against Sean Dyche’s struggling team in the sixth minute.Defender Joel Matip needlessly conceded a corner which Ashley Westwood curled directly into the Liverpool goal with keeper Alisson Becker protesting furiously that he had been impeded, earning a booking for sprinting 40 yards to remonstrate with referee Andre Marriner.“The early goal we conceded, usually it would have been disallowed, if the ref had a view,” said Klopp. “I saw the first minute it is a foul, you cannot treat the goalie like this. The good thing is it is early, we had time to turn it around.”– Mental strength –This was a real test of Liverpool’s mental fortitude after a run that had seen them draw five of their previous seven games in the league and Champions League but a test they passed impressively.They trailed for just 13 minutes, equalising with a flowing move started when Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum exchanged passes, the former crossed and, after Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski missed the ball, Firmino was able to tap into an open net.After taking a 2-1 lead into the interval, courtesy of Mane’s goal, Liverpool effectively killed off the game midway through the second half.Salah broke clear and was poised to shoot when Taylor made a superb tackle which, unfortunately for the visitors, left the loose ball sitting up nicely for Firmino to drive it into an open goal.There was late anxiety after Johann Berg Gudmundsson made it 3-2 with an injury-time consolation after a knock-down in the area from Burnley substitute Peter Crouch.But with virtually the last kick of the game, in the 93rd minute, Mane chased a long Daniel Sturridge through ball, rounded Heaton and completed the victory, kicking into the open goal. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2No more information was immediately available. Library schedules reading program SANTA FE SPRINGS – The library will be hosting a summer reading program for adults from June 19 to Aug. 12. The program is open to all Santa Fe Springs Library cardholders ages 17 and older. The library is located at 11700 Telegraph Rd. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. `Singing for Stage’ classes offered LA MIRADA – The city is now offering singing and acting classes to children aged 12 and older through its “Singing for the Stage” program. Classes for the eight-week singing program will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays, and from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday for the acting program. Both classes start June 26 and cost $70 each to register. They will be held at the Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. The singing class will be taught by a vocal performance coach. The acting class will teach students basic acting techniques, including on-camera and auditioning. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Medical insurance class to begin WHITTIER – Whittier Adult School is offering a six-week course in medical insurance applications. Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning this week, through July 19. The cost is $50, cash only. The program is designed to teach students how to fill out various insurance forms. A book is required for the class. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1300. Free counseling set for seniors LA MIRADA – Trained Straight Talk counselors will be available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Activity Center, located at 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Counselors will listen to your concerns in a safe environment. Seniors and drop-ins are welcome. The service is free. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Dance competition set for Monday WHITTIER – Whittier City School District’s “Reach for the Stars” program is presenting a Ballroom Dance Competition on Monday. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 S. Greenleaf Ave., from 7-9 p.m. Nine elementary schools will be competing in the six categories. For more information, call (562) 789-3156. City offering trip to Chalk Festival PICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Arts and Cultural Committee will host a trip Saturday to the Pasadena Chalk Festival. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Pico Rivera Senior Center parking lot at 9200 Mines Ave. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $20. Lunch is not included. Reservations must be received by the Department of Parks and Recreation, 6767 Passons Blvd., no later than Thursday. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – A man was arrested on suspicion of killing a resident whose body was found inside a car, La Habra police said Saturday. Police responding on a call of a possible homicide 9 p.m. Friday at Walnut Street and Imperial Highway, found 27-year-old La Habra resident John Fisher inside of a white four-door sedan parked on the east side of Walnut Street, officials said. Fisher, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police arrested David Elkins, 19, of La Habra, on suspicion of murder. last_img


first_imgRosses ACAny athletes travelling to Cavan are reminded to be in the car park in Annagry for 6am. There was plenty of noise and colour as the club had a group in the Annagry Festival parade. It was good fun and great to see so many out. Next outing will be the Dungloe Festival parade. Well done to Eilise Gillespie and Helen McCready who took part in the Mini Marathon in Dublin last weekend. On Friday night last there was a number of athletes who did the Donegal Town 5k with Noel Diver continuing his good form with a strong 3rd place finish. Good runs also from Michael Logue, Helen McCready and Tracy Boyle.ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rosses Athletic Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgTHIS great video from the practice session for the Free Surf event at the European Championships in Bundoran really gets up close and personal.Click to play: DDTV: MORE GREAT VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM EUROSURF 2011 IN BUNDORAN was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: MORE GREAT VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM EUROSURF 2011 IN BUNDORANlast_img