Rodgers not yet out but Liverpool fans left feeling down after Everton stalemate

first_imgEverton and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw in a fractious Merseyside derby most notable for slack defending and a lack of quality in the final third from both sides.The Reds took the lead from a corner thanks to a 42nd minute header from Danny Ings, who was allowed to find space in the six yard box by slack Everton defending at the Gwladys Street end.But Liverpool’s defensive frailties came back to haunt them yet again, in first half stoppage time, when they failed to deal with a cross into the box.Emre Can’s clumsy clearance merely ricocheted off Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who made no mistake to level the scores just before half-time.That made it eight games in a row that Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet and by full-time they were relieved not to have conceded again, as Everton pushed for a winning goal. In 47 previous Merseyside derbies in the Premier League era, Everton and Liverpool had shared 20 red cards, which makes this match up the least disciplined in the top flight, and that rivalry again threatened to spill over into another sending off.A first half scuffle between Emre Can and Ross Barkley briefly turned into a 10-man melee, and late in the second half Mamadou Sakho was so incensed by an incident with Lukaku that the Frenchman had to be held back by James Milner, while Lucas Leiva was substituted to prevent him picking up a second yellow card.CHECK OUT THE REACTION TO SAKHO V LUKAKUThe draw means Everton have failed to win any of the last 10 Merseyside derbies, while Liverpool have claimed just one win in their last nine games in all competitions (excluding penalties).‘SACK RODGERS AND GET KLOPP IN BEFORE CHELSEA DO!’ LIVERPOOL FANS TWEET JOHN W HENRYEverton v Liverpool match statsPossession: Everton 51% Liverpool 49%Shots: Everton 14 Liverpool 13Shots on target: Everton 4 Liverpool 4Corners: Everton 5 Liverpool 11Fouls: Everton 10 Liverpool 19Yellow cards: Everton 3 Liverpool 3 1 Everton v Liverpool last_img read more

Arsenal plot £35m raid on Real Madrid, goal-shy Man United target Dortmund hitman – paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsenal are set to offer £35m to secure the signing of Isco ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool in January. Real Madrid are willing to sell the Spaniard, who has been largely used from the bench this season, and Arsene Wenger is preparing to pounce. (Daily Star)Arsenal are among the clutch of Premier League clubs keeping an eye on Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet. Senegal international Saivet, available for £3.5m in January, caught the eye against Liverpool last week when he scored in Bordeaux’s 2-1 Europa League defeat. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United have entered the big-money battle for Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The striker has emerged as one of Europe’s deadliest front-men and the race to try to prise him out of the Bundesliga club is hotting up. Barcelona are also in the hunt for Aubameyang, while he is on the radars of Arsenal and Chelsea. But United boss Louis van Gaal is determined to win the scrap for Aubameyang, who currently has a £42million price-tag, with his side struggling for goals. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City can attract Pep Guardiola to the Etihad with a record pot of gold next summer. Most of the £265million generated on Tuesday by owner Sheikh Mansour selling 13 per cent of the Blues’ parent company, City Football Group, to Chinese bidders will allow the club to offer Guardiola a huge contract and even bigger transfer war-chest. (Daily Mirror)Roberto Mancini will attempt to lure Branislav Ivanovic to Inter by offering him a lucrative TWO-year deal. Chelsea defender Ivanovic’s current contract expires next summer and he can start talking to foreign clubs about a Bosman free transfer from next month. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool have opened discussions with Simon Mignolet over a new contract in further evidence of Jürgen Klopp’s confidence in the goalkeeper. Klopp said he was not looking to sign a No1 despite reports that claimed otherwise. Mignolet, who signed for Liverpool from Sunderland in June 2013 for £9m on a five-year deal, would see his £60,000 a-week salary increased if he agrees a new contract. (Guardian)Alberto Moreno’s agent says the Liverpool defender would welcome interest from Real Madrid in January. The Spaniard was linked with a Bernabeu switch last week as the club seek to solve their left-back crisis. (Daily Star)Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is ready to fight North East rivals Newcastle for the January signing of Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth and Middlesbrough are monitoring right-back Matt Lowton’s situation at Burnley ahead of the January transfer window. The 26-year-old joined the Clarets from Aston Villa in the summer for a fee of around £1million but he suffered an injury in pre-season and has figured just once for Sean Dyche’s side. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest headlines…Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal came close to landing Bayern Munich starlet Kingsley ComanNacho Monreal rejects rumours of possible return to SpainMauro Icardi ‘open’ to Inter Milan exit as Arsenal plot January bidChelsea threaten to pull plug on Jeremie Boga’s loan deal with RennesLiverpool’s on-loan forward Mario Balotelli dreams of playing for Real Madrid, according to AC Milan team-mateLiverpool target January deal for ‘unsettled’ Fiorentina midfielder Mario SuarezLiverpool report: Reds to offer Mario Balotelli in swap deal to land AC Milan goalkeeper Diego LopezAnder Herrera dismisses reports he is ‘disillusioned’ with life at Manchester UnitedManchester United transfer report: Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben dismisses speculation over future Leicester record signing Andrej Kramaric hoping to leave in January, reveals agent‘He’s going nowhere’ – Mark Hughes insists Stoke will not sell Liverpool-linked Jack ButlandNeymar Sr dampens Man United and Real Madrid transfer talk – ‘I’m sure he will renew with Barcelona’last_img read more

Liverpool injury news: All 11 Reds players ruled out and their affliction

first_img 11 2. Danny Ings – ACL Knee injury 11 11 1. Joe Gomez – ACL Knee injury 7. Jordan Henderson – Ankle/Foot injury 11 3. Daniel Sturridge – Hamstring injury 11. Jordon Ibe – Hamstring injury 10. Philippe Coutinho – Hamstring injury 8. Mamadou Sakho – Knee injury 11 5. Martin Skrtel – Hamstring injury 11 11 11 11 4. Jordan Rossiter – Hamstring injury 11 9. Dejan Lovren – Hamstring injury 6. Divock Origi – Hamstring injury 11 Liverpool face a huge injury crisis to start the new year with no less than 11 players out of their FA Cup third round clash with Exeter on Friday night.Hit by long-term blows to Danny Ings and Joe Gomez near the start of the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s players have been hit regularly by series of muscle problems and knocks.In an interview on talkSPORT, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce accused the German boss of underestimating the ‘ferocious’ nature of the Premier League, although Klopp has refuted the claims.So what is the current state of Liverpool’s injury list? Click the right arrow above to see which of their players are currently crocked…last_img read more

Chelsea latest: Fenerbahce to battle Blues in race for PSG forward

first_img1 Fenerbahce have entered the race to sign Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in Turkey. The Paris Saint-Germain forward is expected to leave the French giants this month following a frustrating first half of the campaign.Lavezzi has managed just two Ligue 1 goals this season and also played a peripheral role in PSG’s successful title campaign last season.The Argentina international’s contract at the Parc des Princes expires at the end of the season and he is yet to be offered an extension, leaving him on the lookout for a new club.His agent, Alessandro Moggi, recently revealed Chelsea have opened talks with PSG over a deal for Lavezzi, but it seems the Blues could now face competition for his signature.According to AMK, Fenerbahce are expected to match any bid made by Chelsea this month and, with the Blues’ transfer strategy hampered by their precarious league position, the Turkish club are confident they can land the Argentine. Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi last_img read more

Liverpool boss Klopp reveals Daniel Sturridge may return for West Ham clash

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return against West Ham on Tuesday.The England international hasn’t played since damaging his hamstring in early December, with various other niggles prolonging his stint on the sidelines.But his time in the physio room could now be finally at an end.Sturridge made a surprise appearance on the substitute’s bench, ahead of schedule, for Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland, although two first-half injuries scuppered any possible hopes of an outing.And, after a number of ‘impressive’ training sessions, he looks set to be included in the Reds’ Fa Cup fourth round replay against West Ham.“He was impressive the last session on Friday night so we thought if there was a chance for 10 or 15 minutes [playing on Saturday] we should try it,” Klopp said.“We spoke to him and he said he’d like to but then the game had a different story and there was no possibility with two early changes.”Klopp added that fellow striker Divock Origi and playmaker Philippe Coutinho could also return after both recovered from hamstring injuries.“Divock and Phil will be training today and hopefully in the squad for tomorrow,” said the German.“Extra-time is possible so it is a little bit complicated with the changes and they can’t start all together because you know we will have to change three times because the whole game will be too much in this moment.“That is what we have to figure out how we do it best, but we will find a solution for sure.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of West Ham v Liverpool on Tuesday night, kick-off 19:45 A rare sight for Liverpool fans as Daniel Sturridge warms up on the sidelines 1last_img read more

Nine players who could be part of Klopp’s Liverpool revolution next season

first_img 9. Ben Chilwell: Klopp to add another young Englishman to the ranks? – Chilwell is only 19, but the Leicester academy graduate is already being chased by Arsenal as well as Liverpool. The club held onto their left back in January, but he has yet to sign an extension to his contract that ends in the summer. 4. Bernd Leno: Bayer Leverkusen ace could play in the Premier League – Cologne’s Timo Horn has also been linked with a move away from Germany, but in February, Leno hinted at a move abroad. The 23-year-old has played for all of Germany’s age groups. 1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona’s Champions League goalkeeper – could he be the answer to Liverpool’s goalkeeping issue? Read all about what Jamie Carragher has said about Liverpool’s transfer needs, below, then click the arrow above to see eight more players who could be part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans from next season onwards… – Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the Reds need to change things up, especially at the back. Speaking after the side’s League Cup final defeat to Man City, he said: “[Simon Mignolet] may have signed a five-year deal, and he has made some good saves, but things have to change.” Ter Stegen has been Barca’s Champions League goalkeeper and the 23-year-old has played just four times in the league. His name has been linked with a move away and Man City and Liverpool are both said to be interested. 8. Piotr Zielinski: Udinese central attacker – worth a punt by Klopp? – In 25 games for Empoli where he is on loan from Udinese, Zielinski has scored three times and created four goals. He has struck up a nice partnership with Riccardo Saponara who has been credited with nine assists this season. Jamie Carragher thinks changes are needed at Liverpool and singled out the left back and goalkeeper positions as two problems following the Reds’ League Cup final defeat to Man City.This is pretty much what he told Sport magazine last week when discussing the job manager Jurgen Klopp has in rebuilding the team and getting a decent spine.“If it were me, I’d be looking at the positions of goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfield.“The centre-forward one is difficult, because if you can get Daniel Sturridge fit you don’t need it as much.”And former Anfield stopper Carragher was also singing the praise of Marco Reus in an interview with Bild where he said he’d love to see the winger join Liverpool, believing he’d have an instant impact. “He’d be a great fit,” the Sky Sports analyst said, and many fans would not disagree.Centre back Joel Matip is coming in May, as is Marko Grujic and Lazar Markovic will return from his loan at Fenerbahce, so here, talkSPORT looks at some other options open to Klopp. 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 5. Jonas Hector: The Cologne left back is one of many transfer options being touted, in light of Alberto Moreno’s inconsistency – Cologne’s 25-year-old defender Hector has been linked with an £8m move to Liverpool already. He has been a first team player since 2012 and has played for Germany 10 times. Add to this list Wolfsburg’s 23-year-old left back Ricardo Rodriguez, who scouts have been to watch play in a struggling Bundesliga team. Has he impressed enough to make the step up to Anfield? We’ll find out this summer. 7. Mario Gotze: Bayern and Germany attacker to reunite with Klopp – Gotze played and thrived under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before the player left for Bayern in 2013. He has struggled with injury this season and in January he was linked with a transfer to Liverpool, but he stayed put. 2. Mattia Perin: Genoa’s no.1 – soon to be Liverpool’s? – A lot has been made of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s rise at Milan, but Genoa’s 23-year-old goalkeeper has earned rave reviews since bursting onto the scene in Italy. Man United have watched him this season in addition to Liverpool. 6. Jon Flanagan: Liverpool’s homegrown defender the answer at left-back? – Jordan Henderson thinks Flanagan, whose contract is up in May, must be offered a new one. “I don’t think players and people like Flanno grow on trees, to be honest,” the captain said. Former striker John Aldridge agrees and believes the full back should play the Premier League game against Man City instead of Alberto Moreno, while Jamie Carragher says Flanagan can’t be worse than the Spaniard. In addition to Flanagan, the Reds also have Joe Gomez as an option when the 18-year-old recovers from the knee injury suffered in October. 9 3. Jack Butland: Stoke goalkeeper is pushing Joe Hart for England no.1 shirt – Butland is England’s no.2 but he is pushing Joe Hart for that jersey with a string of excellent displays in the Stoke goal this season. Would he make the ideal addition to Klopp’s squad? last_img read more

Harman’s flip-flop on Armenian Genocide resolution attacked

first_imgTurkey maintains that there was no plan for systematic extermination, and that Armenians were killed when they joined forces with the French and Russians to attack Turks in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Zanku Armenian, a board member of the Armenian National Committee of America’s Western Region in Glendale, called Harman’s new position “the height of deception and hypocrisy.” Vahram Shemmassian, director of the Armenian Studies Department at Cal State Northridge, said today’s vote will be a test for how the U.S. and its leaders stand on human rights. “The Armenian genocide was a crime against humanity and if the United States of America is fighting for human rights, this is a good example of defending human rights and standing for American values,” said Shemmassian. [email protected] (202) 662-8731 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“I come from a community where there was genocide against my people, too,” Harman, who is Jewish, told the students. But, she said, Turkey at the moment is “exercising a role in the Middle East that is very important” and she didn’t want to risk creating a rift with the U.S. ally. In the letter, she told Rep. Tom Lantos, the San Mateo Democrat who chairs the foreign-affairs panel, that, although she sympathizes with the sentiments in the resolution she co-sponsored, she would vote against it because of “the timing.” The controversy comes as today’s committee vote marks the first time in recent memory that the genocide resolution stands a significant chance of making it to the House floor. While the bill passed the same committee when it was under Republican control two years ago, then-speaker Dennis Hastert blocked it from going to a full House vote. This time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is a co-sponsor and she has vowed to bring it to the floor, possibly by Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned the U.S. on Tuesday that relations between the two countries will suffer if Congress declares the events a genocide. The Bush administration also is urging Republican lawmakers to reject the resolution. WASHINGTON – With the House Committee on Foreign Affairs voting today on declaring the massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey genocide, a Southland congresswoman is coming under fire for flip-flopping on the emotionally charged resolution. Although she co-sponsored it, Rep. Jane Harman last week wrote to the chairman of the committee urging him not to bring the resolution to a vote and declaring that she will vote against it if it reaches the floor. Amid shouts of “genocide denier” and “You are a hypocrite and liar,” the El Segundo Democrat defended her letter Saturday to about 70 Armenian students who confronted her at a political rally in Lakewood. “I am not denying it,” Harman said of the World War I-era killings that Armenians and many historians estimate at more than 1.5 million and declare were part of a planned genocide campaign. last_img read more

Infection kills student, closes 21 schools

first_imgBEDFORD, Va. – A high school student who was hospitalized for more than a week with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection has died. After a student protest, officials shut down 21 schools for cleaning to keep the illness from spreading. Ashton Bonds, 17, a senior at Staunton River High School, died Monday after being diagnosed with MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, his mother said. “I want people to know how sick it made my son,” Veronica Bonds said. Staph infections, including the serious MRSA strain, have spread through schools nationwide in recent weeks, according to health and education officials. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.MRSA is a strain of staph bacteria that does not respond to penicillin and related antibiotics but can be treated with other drugs. The infection can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or sharing an item used by an infected person, particularly one with an open wound. Staunton River students organized a protest overnight Monday using text messages and social networking sites. They took Bedford County Schools Superintendent James Blevins on a tour of the school Tuesday to show him how unclean it is – particularly the locker rooms. Blevins said at a news conference Tuesday that the schools will be closed today for cleaning. Staunton River will be cleaned by a commercial cleaning company, and the county’s other schools will be cleaned by janitorial staff members. Many of the infections are being spread in gyms and locker rooms, where athletes – perhaps suffering from cuts or abrasions – share sports equipment. Ashton Bonds played football last year but was not playing this season. He went to Bedford Memorial Hospital on Oct. 4 after complaining of pain in his side, his mother said. He was sent home after doctors ruled out appendicitis, but was readmitted three days later and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Last week doctors diagnosed him with a MRSA infection that had spread to his kidneys, liver, lungs and the muscles around his heart. Early Thursday morning, the teen had to be sedated and put on a ventilator. He was about to undergo surgery to drain the infection from his lungs when doctors detected a blood clot near his heart. Bonds said the clot was inoperable.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

Moving from ashes to applications

first_imgIn the weeks ahead, the Booths and hundreds of other families who lost their homes will be at the mercy of the federal government for grants, loans and other assistance. Some help can be offered quickly, but larger decisions about the future will take weeks, and be decided by federal workers shuffling mountains of loan applications in Fort Worth, Texas, and suburban Maryland. A week ago, the Booths ran for their lives – carrying only the essentials: a change of clothes for the children, and oxygen tanks, a wheelchair and medication for a daughter paralyzed by brain tumors who survives on life support. The fire swallowed their house before their eyes as they pulled out of the driveway. The family lived in a modest home that was passed down to her husband, Robert Booth, from his father, and they never put their names on the deed, which could delay tens of thousands of dollars in aid. In the meantime, the Booths will have to depend on charity. The Red Cross is the only agency still providing hotel assistance for fire victims. “For them, I think the wrinkles can be worked out, but it’s going to take many agencies, and probably going to take volunteer agencies to step in, too,” said FEMA spokesman Michael Raphael. Typically, only homeowners are eligible for FEMA’s maximum $28,200 payout for lost property. But Raphael said the agency may be able to bend the rules if they were paying the mortgage. FEMA has already received nearly 8,300 applications for aid and visited 641 homes to assess damage in the seven counties declared a major federal disaster area. As of Monday, the agency had paid out $600,000, and was on pace to settle about 75 claims a day. Fire victims have said FEMA apparently learned lessons from the confusion that arose after Hurricane Katrina about where to turn for federal assistance. The agency has sent scores of neatly dressed agency representatives to the San Diego area. Large signs and tents bearing the agency’s name direct victims to one-stop centers where victims can redirect their mail, apply for building permits and register for FEMA disaster assistance. But the scale of the disaster here is much smaller than in New Orleans, where hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. Hector Valazquez, 52, who lost his home in Delzura, said he’s felt reassured by his first interactions with friendly FEMA workers, but the proof of how well the agency deals with the disaster has yet to be seen. “They are going to show us that what happened in Katrina can be done better here,” Valazquez said. “Until we have a home, there’s no proof.” If FEMA denies their request, the Booths could apply for up to $40,000 in loans from the Small Business Administration to replace the contents of their home. For the Southern California fires, the federal government has already offered a 2.937 percent interest rate, and homeowners can have up to 30 years to repay the loan. It isn’t just the Booths’ house and all their belongings that were destroyed. Their business, Booth’s Pump and Crane Service, also burned and so did all of the equipment. To restart their business, the Booths will have to apply for hefty loans to purchase new equipment and cover their lost income. One of the biggest challenges is showing proof when important paperwork went up in flames. Robert Sanders, 56, a commercial photographer who lost his Rancho Bernardo house, complained Monday about a pile of documents he needed to fill out for assistance when the information requested went up in smoke. “Under normal circumstances, I can understand it, but in this kind of situation where everything you have has been ripped from your soul, filling out these forms is the last thing you want to do,” he said. “What you want to do is just climb on the back of a Harley and go ride and live out of pup tent for the rest of your life. It’s a real sense of futility.” Sanders did get food stamps and $1,000 from the American Red Cross, but he got nothing from FEMA. Business owners can apply for up to $1.5 million in loans from the Small Business Administration, which come with a 4 percent interest rate. The agency aims to approve loans within two weeks of receiving applications, said spokesman Phil Duncan. For victims who had fire insurance, insurance agents can provide initial money for hotels and apartment rentals. Homeowner’s insurance will usually cover a year – or even two – of expenses for temporary living quarters while customers rebuild. But that’s not a solution for the Booth family, which like so many others in the area, had their fire insurance canceled after devastating blazes in 2003. Their house wasn’t damaged then, but they were unable to meet requirements issued by insurance companies to clear away brush and vegetation in mountain communities. The Booths have filled out FEMA paperwork. They’ve talked to the SBA. They have an appointment with the Red Cross. And still, Nichole Booth says days later, she doesn’t know what to do. “They told me this was just the beginning process. What does that mean? What do we do in the meantime?” she asked, her cheeks smudged from wiping tears with ash-stained hands. “I just wish somebody would tell me it’s going to be all right.” 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She tried not to cry in front of her four children. But in the few moments she can steal away, the tears spill down her cheeks. Like so many others, Booth took the first steps toward rebuilding her life Monday, a week after a firestorm destroyed her San Diego County home and business. “I feel ashamed. I’ve never had to ask for help. I don’t know what to say to people,” Booth says, her voice dropping to a whisper. The wildfires, which destroyed more than 2,000 homes, continued to burn Monday. With more than a dozen blazes fully surrounded, firefighters were trying to gain control of six others that were at least half contained. The flames have killed 14 people and blackened 809 square miles from the Mexican border to Los Angeles. The Santa Ana winds are forecast to return later this week. They are expected to be much weaker than the fierce blasts that spread flames last week. REBUILDING: Their homes gone, fire victims face new shocks as they seek help. By Chelsea J. Carter and Aaron C. Davis The Associated Press RAMONA – Nichole Booth’s hands were stained with ash from picking through the blackened and twisted pieces left of her life after an inferno engulfed everything she owned. last_img read more

NASCAR at loss over water-gate

first_imgDaniel Chopra reclaimed the outright lead with a birdie at the par-5 16th hole and held on to win the PGA’s oft-delayed Ginn sur Mer Classic, edging Fredrik Jacobsen and Shigeki Maruyama by one shot at Tesoro Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Chopra finished at 19 under, becoming the 12th first-time winner on tour this season. The win came in Chopra’s 133rd career start, and the $810,000 winner’s check pushed his career earnings to just shy of $5 million. Only six players were required to finish the tournament on Monday. The World Cup will no longer be rotated among continents, a decision that throws open the race for the 2018 tournament. South Africa already has been awarded the 2010 tournament and soccer’s governing body is expected to announce Brazil – the only candidate – as the 2014 host today. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the executive committee rejected a proposal from CONCACAF that would have ensured the 2018 event going to the region representing North and Central America and the Caribbean. ETC.: Juan Pablo Angel of New York, Cuauhtemoc Blanco of Chicago or Luciano Emilio of D.C. United could win two of Major League Soccer’s most prestigious year-end awards next month. All three were announced as finalists for MLS Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year, punctuating the most influential class of new talent in the league’s 12-year history. Other finalists include Chivas USA’s Brad Guzan for best goalkeeper and Chivas USA’s Claudio Suarez for top defender. … The Palestinian soccer team missed its World Cup qualifying game in Singapore because of Israeli travel restrictions. Eighteen of the squad’s players and officials live in the Gaza Strip. Jamal Abu Hasheesh, spokesman for the Palestinian soccer federation, said the 18 team members didn’t receive Israeli permits to leave Gaza for the game. … Maria Sharapova clinched the final place at the season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid, Spain, and Venus Williams withdrew because of dizzy spells. The top eight players qualify for the $3 million event, and Williams opted out despite sitting seventh in the standings. The Wimbledon champion said she hasn’t recovered after experiencing dizzy spells at the U.S. Open. ETC.: Mario Ancic rallied to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the Paris Masters, setting up a match against 2005 champion Tomas Berdych. Earlier, Mardy Fish of the United States fired 19 aces in topping Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, 7-6 (7), 6-4. … An online betting exchange in London investigated another professional tennis match for suspicious betting patterns, but found nothing wrong. Golf Soccer Valencia fired Coach Quique Sanchez Flores one day after the team’s 3-0 loss at Sevilla.Reserve coach Oscar Hernandez will serve as interim coach while Valencia looks to improve after its fourth loss in five matches. Tennis Boxing Three Romanian boxers were sent home from the world championships in Chicago and banned for life after reportedly caught shoplifting at a department store. Nearly four months after giving birth, Lisa Leslie is back on the court, joining the U.S. women’s national team for its eight-team college tour that begins Wednesday night against Maryland. Leslie, who gave birth to Lauren Jolie Lockwood on June 25, sat out the WNBA season while she was pregnant. Nine cities remain in the running to host the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games. A panel will draw up a short list of finalists to be announced on Nov. 19, the International Olympic Committee said. Meeting the deadline for submission were Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Debrecen, Hungary; Guatemala City; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Moscow; Poznan, Poland; Singapore, and Turin, Italy. Basketball Olympics ETC.: Mass transit in Chicago is good enough for the officials in charge of the city’s Olympic bid – so long as it gets repaired soon. “Chicago 2016 is not asking for specific improvements for the Olympics – rather the funding and backing of already-planned transit improvements,” operations chief for the Chicago 2016 Committee Doug Arnot said. “While not required, improvements would enhance Chicago’s bid.” Jurisprudence University of Nevada football players were at a Halloween party where three people were shot to death and a Wolf Pack basketball player was hurt in a fight there, but was treated and released from the hospital, school officials said. Two 19-year-old suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal shootings after a fight erupted at the party at a residence in an upscale southwest Reno home early Sunday, police said. Charles C. Kelly, 21, Truckee, was identified as one of the victims. The names of the other two 23-year-old victims were released earlier, Derek Jensen of Reno and Nathan Viljoen of Fallon. ETC.: The Jamaican government pathologist who performed an autopsy on Pakistan’s cricket coach again defended his ruling that Bob Woolmer was the victim of foul play. Questioned by an International Cricket Council lawyer, Dr. Ere Sheshiah reiterated that the 58-year-old coach died of asphyxia and pesticide poisoning. “I am not deviating from my findings,” said the visibly flustered pathologist to ICC attorney Jermaine Spence. “I have already told the court of my opinion.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Both were in the Chase for the championship. “There are multiple teams that are showing positive for some level of water contamination level in their fuel,” said John Darby, NASCAR’s Nextel Cup director. “I can’t tell you the exact number. It’s more than two and less than (the full field of) 43 at the moment.” Darby dismissed sabotage as a possible explanation, saying too many teams were affected for anyone to have been singled out. “For those who have their evil, twisted conspiracy hats on, we want to put that to rest,” Darby said. “If it was sabotage, it would have to be the kind of thing where someone hates NASCAR racing across the board.” He said extensive testing done by Sunoco, NASCAR’s official fuel supplier, showed no signs of problems in the underground storage tanks at the suburban Atlanta speedway. The problem likely occurred in the piping that runs from the tanks to the pumps, or in the pumps themselves, which teams use to fill the high-tech cans that are used for fueling. From news services NASCAR has its own “water-gate.” The racing organization conceded Monday that water got into the fuel supply of more than two cars during the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, apparently leading to a crash that took out several top contenders in the closing laps. Denny Hamlin was leading the Pep Boys Auto 500 with three laps to go when his car stalled while taking the green flag after a caution period. Martin Truex, who led the most laps Sunday, smashed into the back of Hamlin’s car and finished 31st. Hamlin slipped to 24th. last_img read more