first_imgEngland national team physio Gary Lewin has told talkSPORT Eva Carneiro was legally obliged to enter the field of play during the 2-2 draw against Swansea in August.Jose Mourinho berated Carneiro on the touchline before removing her from her matchday duties as punishment.Carneiro then left her position at the club as the FA refused to take any action against Chelsea or Mourinho as a result of his treatment of her.FA chairman Greg Dyke has since come out saying Mourinho should publically apologise, while Carneiro herself released a statement on Friday expressing her disappointment with the governing body.And Lewin, one of the most experienced physios in the game, has backed his colleague, saying players’ safety is always the primary concern.  “I think you need to get the context of the laws of the game and the sport,” said Lewin.“All I can state is the rules of the game, and the way it is is that if a player goes down and is injured, the officials will ask the play ‘do you want to see the doctor or the physio?’“If the player says yes, then the referee waves the medical team on. We then have an obligation to go on on two fronts.“Firstly under the laws of the game, which states if the referee calls us on then we have to go on and treat the player.“The second reason is our medical code of conduct – we are there for player welfare. With respect to the game, the game goes out of the window.“If we are called on to treat a player, we will go on and do so because we have a duty of care to the player – whether it be on our team or on the opposing team.”last_img read more

first_img 5 5 Carlo Ancelotti set tongues wagging after revealing his desire to return to the Premier League.Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT that Ancelotti turned down an approach from Liverpool and that the Italian wouldn’t just sign up for any old club.“It’s got to be a big club for him,” said Redknapp. “He’s a manager of Champions League clubs so he’s not going to take any job.”That probably means one of four clubs: Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.The Italian coach was at the Stamford Bridge for just two seasons, despite winning the Premier League and the FA Cup in his first campaign, and left under a dark cloud.But with Jose Mourinho under pressure at Chelsea, no one should rule out the possibility that Ancelotti could make a sensational return to the Bridge. Check out five reasons why the Italian could one day manage Chelsea once more, in the slideshow above.Do you think Ancelotti could make a Chelsea return? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 5 3. He’ll have a point to prove – It would take a brave man to return to Cobham having been sacked so unceremoniously first time around, and both Ancelotti and Abramovich will have one heck of a point to prove if he is given the key back in to the club. 1. Players love Carlo – check out four more reasons Ancelotti could return to Chelsea by clicking the arrow above – In an interview with talkSPORT at the end of last season, John Terry revealed that he was ‘very close with Carlo both on and off the pitch’. What’s more, soon after Real Madrid’s final game of the previous campaign, such Los Blancos players as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos were quick to voice their support for Ancelotti on social media. Not many managers command that level of respect, so you can see the current crop of unhappy Blues players welcoming him with open arms. 5 2. He’ll deliver trophies quick – In his first season with Chelsea, Ancelotti won the Premier League and the FA Cup, while he was also responsible for delivering La Decima to Real Madrid in his first season at the Bernabeu. Ancelotti’s first full season at Paris Saint-Germain delivered the Ligue 1 title, and going back to his first full season with AC Milan, he won both the Champions League and Italian Cup. When it comes to winning trophies, Ancelotti doesn’t hang about; even if it means spending a significant amount of money quickly, speedy success is almost guaranteed. 5. Those eyebrows – There is no manager in world football with a better set of eyebrows than Ancelotti and their absence from Premier League press conferences has been sorely missed. 5 4. Ancelotti would offer a steady hand if Mourinho leaves – While Ancelotti was sacked at the end of just his second season with Chelsea, his time in west London did suggest that he could offer the stability that the club now desired. Back in 2011, it was all about winning the biggest trophies, but while the desire to be number one remains undiminished, Chelsea are not keen on returning to the managerial turbulence that has blighted the club too often. For now, that means backing Jose Mourinho, but it remains to be seen if the explosive Portuguese will be in it for the long haul, having never lasted longer than three years at any club. If Mourinho goes, Ancelotti could be relied upon to restore a sense of calm. last_img read more

first_img Leeds United’s Italian owner Massimo Cellino 1 Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has revealed he sacked head coach Uwe Rosler because he wanted the team to “play heavy rock football”, but got “country music” instead.German boss Rosler became the fifth managerial casualty at Elland Road in 18 months under Italian owner Cellino on Monday morning.The 46-year-old leaves the club in 18th place in the Championship table, just three points above the relegation zone, after claiming just two wins from their opening 11 matches.And ‘manager-eater’ Cellino has said he gave Rosler the boot because the coach’s playing style did not live up to his expectations.“I watched the game on Saturday and in the second half, we were just trying not to lose. We were not trying to win. That is not good enough,” the Leeds owner told the Daily Mirror.“I wanted them to play heavy rock football but instead it was like country music.“I did my best to help Uwe, but in the end, I could not see even a patch of blue in the sky, just cloud, cloud and cloud.”Cellino also took issue with Rosler’s announcement last week that his side was not good enough to win promotion this season.“Why did he say that?” he added. “The fans want to dream, so why did he say that?“To say that after 11 or 12 games is wrong. That is not right for the fans.”Former Rotherham boss Steve Evans arrived at the club’s training ground soon after the announcement to take charge of first-team training on Monday, but he has not yet been confirmed as the club’s sixth head coach since Cellino took control at Elland Road in April 2014.Cellino, who became an infamous figure in the game after sacking a procession of head coaches during a 22-year spell as Cagliari owner, has admitted he used to “hate” the man who will soon take the reins.Evans departed Rotherham at the end of September after leading the club to successive promotions from League Two.“I used to hate him because he is a fighter,” Cellino added. “I didn’t like playing against him because he gives his teams his personality.“He’s a tough coach and I want that character in our team. He manages with passion and our team has not been playing with passion.“Everything I do is to try and make Leeds better.“It’s easy to blame the coach and it is not just his fault. I was the one who brought him here, so I have to take responsibility also.“It was my decision to bring him and so I have to take responsibility if things are not working.”last_img read more

first_img1 Henri Bedimo West Brom are working on a deal for Lyon defender Henri Bedimo, according to reports in France.The 31-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is unlikely to pen an extension.As a result, Lyon are looking to cash in on the Cameroonian this month rather than losing him on a free in the summer.West Brom, according to L’Equipe, have now made contact with the French club and are hoping to bring Bedimo in this month.Baggies boss Tony Pulis is a big fan of the former Lens man and wants to beat the summer scramble for his signature.However, West Brom do face competition from AC Milan and Besiktas.last_img

first_imgFrom news services USC basketball coach Tim Floyd said he met with guards O.J. Mayo and Daniel Hackett over the weekend after multiple sources told the Daily Breeze that Mayo punched Hackett during a pickup game last month. “I brought O.J. into my office and asked him about it and I also spoke to Daniel,” Floyd said. “They said it wasn’t true.” Hackett said Mayo accidentally threw an elbow after a rebound. Hackett broke his jaw during the incident and it will be wired shut for at least four more weeks. That will be the subject of a coroner’s inquest scheduled to begin today. The inquest aims to determine if anyone bears responsibility for the death of the 58-year-old coach, who was found unconscious in his hotel room March 18, a day after his heavily favored team was eliminated from cricket’s World Cup. “There was a lot of speculation, and as a result of that speculation we are having the inquest,” said Sgt. Dwayne Jex of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. More than 50 people are expected to testify. Jex estimated the process would take more than two months. ETC.: A Los Angeles-based federal judge granted a request by Ticketmaster LLC to block a software company from making or distributing computer programs used to flood the ticket retailer’s Web site with orders, beating consumers who log on to the Web site manually to buy tickets. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins issued a preliminary injunction against RMG Technologies Inc., barring the Pittsburgh, Penn.-based firm from buying or facilitating the purchase of tickets from Ticketmaster’s Web site for the purpose of reselling them.IOC president Jacques Rogge called Marion Jones’ guilty plea a “good thing” for international sports because it shows drug cheats eventually get caught. Rogge also said in Monday’s edition of the French newspaper Le Monde that the IOC was waiting for track and field’s governing body to rule on Jones’ results from the 2000 Sydney Olympics before deciding how to reallocate the medals. Jones won golds in the 100 and 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay, and bronze in the long jump and 400-meter relay. Serena Williams has qualified for next month’s season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid. Williams arrived at the Zurich Open on Monday to discover she was the fifth player to qualify, along with Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic. The Australian Open champion reached Sunday’s final of the Kremlin Cup before losing to Elena Dementieva. The year-end championship ranking calculations are long and complicated at this point of the season because of the number of players still in the hunt, various injuries that can prevent them from gaining points, and the number of tournaments remaining. ETC.: Tatiana Golovin, who won her first two WTA Tour titles this season, beat Maria Kirilenko of Russia, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the Zurich Open in Switzerland. … Stuart Holden scored a goal just a minute after missing a perfect opportunity and the Houston Dynamo defeated Real Salt Lake, 1-0, in Utah. The win keeps the Dynamo (15-8-6) in second place in the Western Conference. Houston could take over the top spot if it defeats Chivas USA in both teams’ final regular-season game on Saturday. ETC.: New England forward Taylor Twellman and Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan were added to the U.S. roster for this week’s exhibition game against Switzerland. Some athletes caught using banned substances soon could face a four-year suspension for a first doping offense. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which released the final draft of its latest World Anti-Doping Code, proposes increasing the ban from two years to four if there are “aggravating circumstances.” The code still must be approved next month at a meeting in Madrid, Spain. The losses for Michelle Wie keep piling up even though her LPGA Tour season is over. The latest involved her agent, who resigned after less than a year on the job. Greg Nared, a former Nike business manager whom the William Morris Agency hired a year ago to manage Wie, resigned as vice president of golf. His announcement came one day after Wie finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship. Oscar Pereiro finally got his hands on the winner’s yellow jersey from the 2006 Tour de France. “Finally, we have a winner and it’s Oscar,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. “Oscar, you have won the Tour out on the road.” The Spaniard moved up from second to first after the disqualification of Floyd Landis for doping. He is appealing to the last world court for sports actions. “I have the feeling of arriving at the end of a thriller, after having spent 14 months thinking about it and not being able to concentrate as I should have on my job,” Pereiro said. “It is essentially a kind of release.” Jurisprudence Olympics Tennis Andy Murray pressured Radek Stepanek into early errors before pulling away for a 6-4, 6-1 win on the opening day of the Madrid Masters. Soccer Miscellany ETC.: Golfer Lorena Ochoa and Tennessee softball pitcher Monica Abbott were selected Sportswomen of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. They will be honored along with figure skater Michelle Kwan and the Rutgers women’s basketball team at the 28th annual Salute to Women in Sports dinner. … Former French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour is dropping out of the race to replace Dick Pound as leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the French sports daily L’Equipe said on its Web site. The election is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Madrid, Spain. Michael Phelps earned a leading five nominations for the Golden Goggle Awards, which honor the year’s top USA Swimming performances. Ryan Lochte received four nods, while Natalie Coughlin, Katie Hoff and Kate Ziegler were the leading women with three nominations. Slew o’ Gold, a champion 3-year-old who went on to sire 28 stakes winners, has died at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. He was 27. Slew o’Gold, part of the first crop from 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was euthanized on Sunday due to the infirmities of old age. Slew o’ Gold won 12 of 21 starts during his three-year racing career, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Wood Memorial in 1983. Swimming Boxing Daiki Kameda was suspended for one year by Japan’s boxing commission for his antics during last week’s loss to champion Daisuke Naito in a WBC flyweight title match.Kameda repeatedly grabbed Naito in Thursday’s bout, lifting up the champion and throwing him to the canvas in a scene that resembled a wrestling match. Kameda’s father and trainer, Shiro, who was working the corner during the bout, was hit with an indefinite suspension, the JBC said. Deaths Golf Cycling Quotable With tennis in the midst of a major gambling investigation, British bookmaker spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “There is always a way (to fix a match). There will never be a foolproof system. Whatever rule you have in place, they’ll find a way around it.”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.Although the incident occurred Sept. 28, Floyd’s been out of town for several weeks and did not speak to Mayo about it until Sunday. Several sources, including a member of the basketball team, said Mayo punched Hackett during the game. No coaches were present. “Yeah, he punched him,” a player said. “They changed the story for the media.” Hackett and Mayo denied any punches were thrown. “No, I didn’t punch him,” Mayo said. Said Hackett: “It was a hard elbow.” Although the death has been ruled a heart attack by other authorities, Jamaican police have not ruled out a violent crime in the passing of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer. last_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: Hartman shines and Kansas City leads its total-goals playoff series with Chivas USA. By Matt Zimmerman CORRESPONDENT KANSAS CITY – In a playoff trip to Preki’s old stomping grounds, Chivas USA couldn’t come close to replicating its first-year coach’s heroics. Davy Arnaud’s shot bounced right in front of and over diving Chivas goalie Brad Guzan. “In most cases, I would expect Guzan to make that save, because that was 20-plus yards out,” said Preki, who scored 79 goals and had 112 assists while spending nine of his 10 years as a player in Kansas City. “But those things happen. We’ve got to just regroup and we’re going to be focused next Saturday.” Just five minutes after the Wizards’ score, Chivas nearly tied it up. Alex Zotinca’s shot from outside the box knuckled away from Hartman, who nonetheless parried the chance and then smothered Laurent Merlin’s rebound attempt to preserve the shutout. “In terms of playing at Home Depot Center, I’m ready for that,” said Hartman, who played nine years for the Galaxy before being traded to the Wizards this season. “Obviously, we’ll know what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are, and hopefully we’ll be well-prepared and we can go and try to find success on a field where not very many people have had success this year.” Merlin started the game as Chivas’ only forward in a 4-5-1 formation, necessitated by injuries to usual starting forwards Ante Razov (knee) and Maykel Galindo (abdominal strain), who between them had 23 of the team’s 46 goals this year. Chivas USA finished 10-1-4 at home this season, including a 2-1 win against Kansas City on Sept. 22. Such a score six days from now will mean a mini-game and a chance for Chivas to take advantage of having the best regular-season record in the West. “We knew that it was going to be a little bit of an issue for our team to adjust without those two guys up top, but we did the things we wanted to do tonight, we just didn’t quite get the result,” Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch said. “From now on in, it’s got to come through Home Depot. So even though we’re down a goal in this series, we’ve got a real good chance here to take care of next weekend and then look forward to the weekend after that.” In other MLS playoff openers … FC Dallas 1, Houston 0: Clarence Goodson scored an unassisted goal in the 23rd minute as Dallas won at home. Game 2 is Friday in Houston, where the Dynamo went 3-0-1 against Dallas this season. Goodson sent a shot into the left corner of the net from inside the goalie’s box. Dallas goalie Dario Sala made a two-handed save to stop a direct shot by Houston’s Brian Ching in the 87th minute. Red Bulls 0, Revolution 0: Jon Conway made three saves for host New York, while Matt Reis stopped five shots for New England. There was some controversy in the closing minutes, when Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards got tangled with Revolution defender Avery John and John appeared to have touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area. However, referee Jair Marrufo called Richards for a foul that angered Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena, and neither team had a chance to score for the rest of the match. The Associated Press contributed to this story.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.With injuries sidelining the team’s two top forwards, Chivas seldom tested Wizards goalie Kevin Hartman (Peninsula High), and fell, 1-0, at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. Chivas USA now will put MLS’ best home record to the test next Saturday at Home Depot Center. In the two-game, total-goals series, the top-seeded Goats need to win by two goals in regulation to automatically advance to the Western Conference final. Should the series be tied (e.g. 1-1 or 2-2) after 180 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time will be played, followed by penalty kicks as necessary. Kansas City needs only a tie to advance. “The pressure’s on them; they’re the team that needs to score two goals,” Wizards coach Curt Onalfo said. “Of course, you want to try to score more goals, but this is playoff soccer. If you look at the other results around the league, there’s not a lot of high-scoring games.” In a game played before 12,442 – a Wizards record for a home playoff game – Kansas City scored the game’s only goal in the 35th minute. A Paolo Nagamura foul on forward Eddie Johnson gave the Wizards a free kick 32 yards away from the goal. last_img read more

first_imgLA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – NASA officials announced new responsibilities for its research centers Tuesday in preparation for the second, moon-visiting phase of its human exploration program Constellation. Building upon the division of labor announced last year for Constellation’s first goal of replacing the aging space shuttles, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration charged JPL with assisting with high-level planning and design for astronauts’ return to the moon. The laboratory will also lead work on a robotic transport system for carrying heavy loads across the moon’s surface, and it will assist with developing environmental monitoring and communications tools. Last year NASA administrators announced that JPL would take the lead in coordinating the systems developed for the Constellation program’s first phase – the crew transport vehicle Orion and the launch vehicle Ares I. Funding for the lunar lander and Ares 5 rocket work will begin in 2011. Lunar surface systems work would start in 2012. But the announcements were made Tuesday because “we want to give as much information as we can to the centers for their work force planning,” said Doug Cooke, NASA deputy associate administrator for exploration systems. NASA officials would not venture to guess the practical impact of Tuesday’s announcement for the centers. “It would be premature of us to do that,” said Rick Gilbrech, NASA associate administrator for exploration systems. “I don’t want to drive us ahead of the headlights here and commit to work and dollars and numbers.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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.“I think we are getting a significant piece of the pie as part of Constellation,” said Garry Burdick, deputy project manager for the Moon Exploration Program at JPL. JPL now has the equivalent of 60 full-time employees working on the Constellation project, he said. Although JPL will not lead the biggest components of this phase of the program – the lunar lander and Ares V rocket to carry it that went to Johnson Space Center in Houston and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., respectively – “when you look at an assignment for a lead role, it doesn’t mean they’re the only one that’s working on it,” Burdick said. “We don’t see it as counting JPL out, really. We’re part of that team.” At a Tuesday round-table at NASA headquarters, where the assignments were announced, administrators emphasized that the NASA centers would draw upon each other for help and expertise as needed. The decisions were made in part to maintain NASA Administrator Michael Griffin’s goal of “10 healthy centers.” last_img read more

first_imgYou’re picking up the bill for the banks – againSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the taxpayer is plugging a €58m hole in the cost of financial regulation.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “In a follow up letter in reply to questions I raised at a recent Finance Committee the Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has confirmed that of the regulatory cost of €128m a full €57.9m was unrecovered from industry.“The time has come for Minister Noonan to tell the financial services industry that it must pay for its upkeep. “This effectively means the taxpayer is picking up the tab for regulating the financial industry. That is an unacceptable way for such an important and profitable industry to be regulated.“The Governor goes on to list sectors that only contribute 50% of the regulatory costs. These include Insurance Undertakings, Securities and Investment Firms, Investment Funds and Investment Fund Service Providers and Moneylenders. We are talking about some businesses with turnovers in the millions if not billions.” TAXPAYERS PICKS UP €58M BILL BANKS REFUSED TO PAY – DOHERTY was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:financial regulationPearse Doherty TDtaxpayerslast_img read more

first_img 20. Adam Lallana (right wing) 11 4. Kolo Toure (centre back) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 24. Joe Allen (centre midfield) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 11 11 15. Daniel Sturridge (striker) 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (left wing) 11 Liverpool host Chelsea tonight as they continue their preparations for next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla.With the clash just seven days away, it’s likely Jurgen Klopp will use this penultimate Premier League match as a dress rehearsal.This means we can expect an almost full-strength team to take to the field at Anfield against the Blues, in what could be another feisty affair between the two clubs.Klopp will still be without Divock Origi, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez, but a host of players will return after sitting out their 2-0 victory over Watford.Click the right arrow above to see Liverpool’s predicted XI v Chelsea… 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – check out the full predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 7. James Milner (centre midfield) last_img read more

first_imgFormer England midfielder Ray Wilkins believes Daniel Sturridge should not go to Euro 2016 if he is not mentally prepared to contribute as a substitute.Sturridge could miss out on selection after injury kept him out of both of the warm up games against Turkey and Australia, with the squad announced on Tuesday.The Liverpool striker was pictured with his hood up, looking particularly glum as Marcus Rashford took centre stage on Friday night and Wilkins thinks he must show more of a willingness to be part of the squad.“When you’re taking a squad away and you’re going to be together for three or four weeks, you need a group of guys who are really going to gel together,” said Wilkins, who was capped by the Three Lions 84 times.“Whether you’re selected or not, you have to be ready to come on and play and if Daniel is not in the right frame of mind to do that then he shouldn’t go.”Sturridge’s place in the squad was put in jeopardy after Rashford scored his first England goal two minutes into his debut before being named man of the match against Australia.And Wilkins insists age should not be a factor and as a result the Manchester Unite forward must go to France.He continued: “I think Marcus has done enough over the last couple of months to be selected.“When the ball is played into him he keeps the ball, he drags it in to himself and brings other people into the game. For a young man of his age, his maturity is wonderful.”last_img read more