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Juventus wants to recover Pogba: it would offer € 70 million and Rabiot

first_imgPogba’s situation in Manchester United could be solved in the least expected way. When everything pointed to Real Madrid being the only team really interested in the French midfielder for next season, from England they inform today of the appearance of a new team that would like to sign the French in the same month of January.It’s about Juventus, a team linked by a very special link to the footballer, since he spent four wonderful seasons there, in which he conquered four Scudettos, two Cups and three Super Cups of Italy, in addition to being the team that gave shelter to the young midfielder after being rejected by United in 2012. According to Daily Star, the ‘Vecchia Signora’ would be willing to offer also French Adrien Rabiot more 70 million euros to win the world champion of the ‘red devils’. Rabiot, who came free to Turin after a traumatic departure from PSG, has not set in Juventus, having played only 711 minutes (32%) so far this season. Despite its poor performance, Rabiot is still a young soccer player (he is only 24 years old) with a very good sign in Europe and with a promising future that could facilitate that the United allows the march of a Pogba that, between injuries, declarations of his agent and several controversies, is exhausting at times the patience of Manchester United.center_img A series* Data updated as of January 4, 2020last_img read more

Laura Domínguez: “Madrid CFF has given me everything”

first_imgLaura Dominguez (Madrid, 1997), also known Laurite, is one of the pillars of Madrid CFF. Tanned in the white club, which came very young, when he could no longer play with boys, this left-hander has become one of the usual in the scheme of Oscar Fernandez. The footballer, who has gone through the lower categories of the Spanish National Team and the new Promises Selection, will be one of the threats for the Tacon in this Sunday’s derby (4:00 p.m.) in Matapiñonera. The Madrilenian, who confesses to having been a madridista as a child, already has only one passion: her Madrid CFF.Where does his passion for football come from?My grandfather founded a club in Alcalá and transmitted this passion to me. I’ve been playing since I was four years old. I started in men’s clubs and then I went to the women’s club with Madrid CFF.He also played in Lightning, right?Yes. When I was playing in Segunda with Madrid CFF that opportunity came to me and I decided to try my luck in Primera. After two seasons in Vallecas, Madrid called me, which had just been promoted, and it was an irreproachable proposal.What does it mean for you to wear this shield?Madrid CFF has given me everything. Above all, it gave me the opportunity to continue playing when I could no longer play with boys. This club is a big family, which only focuses on the feminine. Many players have grown up here and everything is much closer. For me, it is my second home.In an interview with AS a few years ago he said he was a Madridista …It was Real Madrid, but in the end you forget all that. I only feel Madrid CFF as my team. Now that Real Madrid Feminine is going to come out, we forget it and focus on the Madrid CFF only.Did it hurt that Real Madrid chose the Tacon? In the end everyone has made the decision they wanted. Florentino has put the money in them and we are going to focus on ours. Our president founded this club seven years ago and has taken him to Primera himself, without anyone’s help. Everything has been done from scratch and getting here has a lot of merit.In the Real Madrid-Atleti men’s derby, who would it go with?I would always shoot for the white colors (laughs).Let’s go to his derby against the Tacon, how do they face it?We really want to. It is a team with which we have always had a lot of rivalry. We want to continue adding and chaining three consecutive victories. We know that it is very difficult, but we will give everything to the Tacon.How do you see the Tacon?They have players who stand out a lot. We are in a very good moment both of them and it will surely be a very nice duel. They are giving us a lot of quality.The Madrid CFF has also signed international talents …Yes. The players who have arrived have a lot of experience, have been international with their country and it shows a lot. They are giving us a lot of quality.On the personal side, how do you see your future?I am a coach in the lower categories of Madrid CFF. I really like to train.And, as a player, what goals do you set?My dream is to play as much as possible in the First Division, to make my debut with the Absolute and defend my country in some important competition.Are there any players that inspire or motivate you?I never had female references, because this category was not followed so much. Messi has marked me a lot. And now I also look at Jenni Hermoso. It has a lot of quality, is left-handed like me and also uses both legs.Having been Real Madrid, that their references are from Barça is rare, isn’t it?Yes (laughs). There is more than one who being from Madrid believes that Messi has a talent that nobody has and does not say so.last_img read more

“Guardiola wanted to renew me; I keep in touch with him”

first_imgCompare Madrid with Federer: “It reminds me of when people look at Roger Federer. When he was 34, everybody thought that was all, and now with 36 he still plays as if he was 28. He doesn’t lose quality and he’s still not that old.”Do not notice what the press says: “I stay out of the newspapers and always stay in a neutral emotional state, without ups and downs.”Florentino Pérez: “Florentino Pérez has always been very relaxed dealing with us. The key is to work hard and stay calm. It’s easier if you don’t get nervous when the house is on fire. The president and the staff people are very affectionate. They give lots of hugs. when you find them and I was not used to that in Germany. It will be because of the Spanish mentality. “Zidane’s speech: “Zidane told us: ‘Be calm and trust your skills. All the great Real Madrid players have been booed in their stadium but only the great ones really win over the public.’ Their main advantage is that they have had experience here as a player. and you believe in what he tells you. He has lent a hand to the group and has a great aura around him. He does not press us into training but he is constantly transmitting enormous confidence. If you work hard and do things properly you will succeed because you have quality . He’s very right. “ Last season he lowered his performance: “Many of us did not play our best football last season. After three consecutive Champions League, it took us time to adapt to the 40 or 50 goals that Cristiano Ronaldo guaranteed us every year. But that in Real Madrid is unacceptable. When he eliminated us Ajax many said it was the end of this team, but this gave us extra motivation to prove they were wrong. “ 8 Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos granted an interview to The athletic in which he discussed several topics. He explained how it was for the club to lose Cristiano Ronaldo, recognized that Luis Suarez Y Gerard they wanted to take him to Liverpool, who had it almost done with him Manchester United and who continues to contact Pep Guardiola.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 25, 2020 Zidane is necessary in the team: “The costumes belong to him thanks to his natural authority. There is nothing forced. He does not act. Precisely at Real Madrid players must support you. Everyone needs to feel valued and part of it and that is not easy because some play more than others. but he does extremely well. “Keep in touch with Pep Guardiola: “If you ask Bayern players today they will tell you that he is the best coach they have ever had in the sports sense. And we have had many to compare. I loved playing with him for a year. I want to finish my career at Real Madrid , so I don’t think we will work together again, but I would love to play for him and I could have renewed my contract with Bayern, although I don’t think it would have been a good idea to sign a new contract for the coach. Pep wanted to renew me for five years but, what if he left before? He went to Manchester City two years later but we are still in touch and we get along very well. I will never forget everything I learned from him. “Luis Suarez and Gerard wrote to sign for Liverpool: “It was not a direct conversation but they offered to tell me more about the club and others. The funny thing was that Suarez was about to leave for Barcelona.”He was able to sign for Manchester United: “David Moyes had to come see me and the contract was basically done, but Moyes was fired and the arrival of Louis van Gaal complicated things. Louis wanted time to build his own project. I didn’t hear anything about United for a while and I started to have doubts. Then the World Cup started and Carlo Ancelotti called me. That was it. “Change of mentality in Madrid: “When I arrived in 2014 we were essentially a team of counterattacks looking for the spaces of Bale, Cristiano and Benzema with long races, but with Zidane our philosophy has changed. He wants to have the ball. I prefer it. To have only two or three definitive passes I would be satisfied. Zidane benefits me and everyone. We are at a point where we say it will be tough. You cannot trust to score three or four goals per game but you can try to have defensive stability. The change has not been very tactical but mental. Everyone works hard to keep their goal zero. When you realize that collective work rewards you and you see the results, it starts to be fun. “The tie against Manchester City: “I know his coach and I know they have good players. I don’t need to see many games to know that it will be complicated. It will be even and extremely interesting, possession after possession. We will give it all. They have lost the league, but both teams will try to get the ball As I see it, the key is to defend well when we recover the ball and use those small spaces that open in transitions. An individual action can undo the tie. “last_img read more

Soderling: “Nadal is the favorite in Paris also in September”

first_imgRobin Soderling, Rafael Nadal’s first executioner at Roland Garros, believes that the man will proceed being the favorite in the Parisian Grand Slam regardless of the match being held in September.The Swede, in statements to the British community Sky Sports activities, assured that the Spanish nonetheless has a fantastic alternative to win his thirteenth wound in Paris. “In fact it is going to be a totally totally different match, however Rafa on the floor, for me, if he is wholesome, he is nonetheless the favorite,” mentioned Soderling, who beat Nadal at Roland Garros 2009, the Balearic’s first defeat in the match.Since then, Nadal has solely added another defeat in the Forest of Bologna, when shedding with the Serbian Novak Djokovic in 2016, and a withdrawal when he didn’t present up for the third spherical assembly together with his compatriot Marcel Granollers as a consequence of a wrist harm. “I can’t imagine it’s been eleven years since I beat him at Roland Garros. This reveals you ways good it has been for therefore lengthy. He received for the first time in 2005 and is nonetheless the favorite, “mentioned the Swede, who reached the last in 2009 (misplaced to Roger Federer) and 2010, dthe place Nadal took revenge.“If this break doesn’t final lengthy, I believe it’s going to assist Rafa and Roger recuperate. It may possibly assist them lengthen their careers. “Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the season, was postponed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and as an alternative of beginning in late Could, it’s going to achieve this on September 20, though the group is contemplating shifting that date.last_img read more

Joshua back ‘home’ to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A similar-sized crowd is expected on Saturday.“I feel relaxed and calm,” said Joshua, the IBF, WBO and WBA titleholder. “It’s not new to me anymore. I feel like this is home, where I’m going to perform.”Joshua strode onto the field at English soccer’s national stadium Thursday and looked around the cavernous arena, a wide grin spread across his face.This will be his fifth straight stadium fight. More than 300,000 spectators have watched his last four, leading Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, to call his man a “phenomenon.”Povetkin is not used to fighting in such an atmosphere but, at the age of 39, he does arrive in London with plenty of experience.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Like Joshua, Povetkin is an Olympic champion — at super heavyweight in the 2004 Athens Games — and was the WBA’s “regular” champion from 2011-13. His only loss in 35 fights came against Klitschko in 2013, and that was on points.More recently, he made headlines for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice in a seven-month period in 2016. It stalled his career but he has won eight straight fights, the latest being a brutal fifth-round stoppage of David Price on the undercard of Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales, in December.Joshua said Povetkin is “definitely” his second-hardest fight after Klitschko. Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken, said that unlike Parker, “Povetkin comes from the top tier in boxing.”“I am just as strong (as Joshua) and in good shape,” Povetkin said through a translator. “When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in much worse shape than I am now.”As the two fighters squared off after the pre-fight news conference, the size difference was noticeable. Povetkin has the build of a cruiserweight and also the speed of one.Joshua said he has been sparring with amateur boxers of a similar stature, while his fight with Carlos Takam — another smaller heavyweight with an awkward style — will stand him in good stead.“Skills apart and technique apart, I think we’ve both got a big heart, we can dig deep and that turns out into a good fight,” Joshua said. “We both showed that against Klitschko — we both stayed in there, and we’re going to do that again on Saturday night. I think the one who is toughest will come out on top.”It is a dangerous 23rd professional fight for Joshua, who has been pushed into the shadows somewhat in the heavyweight scene in recent weeks with Wilder agreeing to a fight against former champion Tyson Fury in the coming weeks.A big knockout will be a timely reminder of who the box office draw is in the sport’s most glamorous division.“One punch can change the course of history so that’s what keeps my eyes on the prize,” Joshua said. “Like ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ one foot wrong and you slide back down to the bottom of the pecking order.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Make some noise Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Boxers, Britain’s Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in a boxing match on Saturday at Wembley stadium. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion.Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue. There was talk of $50 million being on the table.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, Joshua has to take a detour.The 28-year-old Briton was back home in London on Thursday, ready to fulfil his mandatory obligations by facing Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt’s not the fight he wanted — Wilder, the WBC champion from the United States, remains his No. 1 priority — but Joshua knows it’s a necessary step toward his ultimate goal of unifying the division.The last time Joshua fought at Wembley, it was in front of about 90,000 spectators in April 2017 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become boxing’s new superstar virtually overnight. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

MFDP Launches APRM National Sensitization Campaign

first_imgOn December 22, 2016, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning formally launched the African Peer Review Mechanism national sensitization and outreach campaign in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.According to Minister Boima S. Kamara the APRM is geared toward a self–monitoring framework that African governments can accede to on a voluntary basis. The APRM was established in March 2003 by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).Minister Kamara said the objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth and sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of success and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building.The APRM will also look at democracy and political governance with the objectives of addressing conflicts, constitutional democracy, election, economic, cultural and political rights, effective public service, separation of powers, the rights of women, children and the other vulnerable groups.In a well attend forum held at the Ganta Methodist Gymnasium, Min. Kamara said economic management and governance, dealing with the promotion of macro-economic policies, transparency, sound public finance management as well as fighting corruption and promoting regional integration are some of the objectives of the APRM.“The APRM also focuses on corporate governance, which aims at ensuring enabling environment for business, adoption of codes, ethics and good corporate citizenry as well as social responsibility.”He said the APRM will be looking at standards and practices in governance in Africa to make sure that governments in Africa are held accountable to improve their governance processes.The ARPM will be operating in six stages, including preparatory activities, visitation to countries in the country review team, preparation of preliminary report to the CRT, analysis of the draft review report by the APR panel, publication of the country review report and monitoring and evaluation.Liberia currently has eight sectors represented on the National Governing Council including political parties, the private sector, civil society, women’s groups, national traditional council of Liberia, GOL (MFDP and GAC), National Union of the Disabled and Academia (National Commission on Higher Education).One of the major thematic pillars of APRM is the social–economic development which aims at self reliance and sustaining development, strengthening policies, delivery of social services and combating HIV/AIDS. Others include, access to services such as water, electricity, markets, ICT as well as promotion of gender equality.The Ganta program began with a parade through the principal streets of Ganta and was followed by an indoor program at the Methodist Gymnasium, where many speakers made remarks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amerindians denounce “blatant” marginalisation by Govt’s land CoI ploy

first_imgPresident David Granger on Tuesday remained unfazed as yet another group of Amerindian leaders rejected Government’s decision to establish a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The National Toshaos Council (NTC) – a body comprising of all Toshaos of Guyana and a representative group of the Indigenous Peoples of Guyana – views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands.President David Granger addressing the Commissioners of the Land CoIMinister of State Joseph Harmon had announced that the CoI would seek to resolve all the issues and uncertainties surrounding the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands acquired by free Africans and Amerindian land titling claims.But the NTC in a statement on Tuesday, argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.“While we support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous Lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework,” the body emphasised.The NTC called for the establishment of two separate entities to deal with the two different issues as it voiced its refusal to cooperative with the current lands CoI.“We call on His Excellency for a complete repeal of the mandate of this Commission and to establish the Indigenous Peoples’ Lands Commission,” the NTC said.The organisation noted that failure to do so would demonstrate that Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples are being marginalised by the Government of Guyana.The Amerindian leaders reminded that it was the Head of State who made the promise, during the NTC Conference of 2015, to establish a “Hinterland and Indigenous Peoples Lands Commission” that will address all Indigenous land issues.“We are forced to remind His Excellency of that commitment and to immediately seek for him to hold that commitment to the Indigenous Population of Guyana,” the NTC said.The body added, “We are also keen to remind His Excellency of the APNU’s manifesto within which his party committed to protect Guyana’s Indigenous Population as mandated by Guyana’s Constitution, clearly informed by Article 149(G), to respect Guyana’s Treaty obligations including ILO169, and to recognise the various International laws that were made for the protection of the indigenous peoples, both in Guyana and Globally.”The NTC also highlighted that in the Amerindian Act of 2006, as a matter of law, there exists a process that speaks to the issue of Amerindian Lands. Also, under the Amerindian Land Titling Programme, informed at great lengths by the Amerindian Act, Guyana’s Constitution, and International Law, there exists a very robust framework that speaks to Amerindian Lands. This framework was developed by all key stakeholders from the Indigenous Fraternity and the Government of Guyana through agents from Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association, Guyana Women Miners Association, and the United Nations Development Programme.Meanwhile, the NTC also complained of “severe” lack of consultations on the matter – an assertion which President Granger has denied.The Head of State told reporters on Tuesday that the statement was “inaccurate”.“The proposal to establish a body was announced by me in August last year at the National Toshaos Council meeting I think there had to be some consultation and persons who are on that commission are from a wide section of the community. There was consultation,” he said.President Granger also alluded to the fact that Attorney David James, a former Legal Adviser to the Amerindian People’s Association (APA) is a commissioner, to support his claims of consultation.But the APA had also come out criticising government’s land CoI.Other organisations including the Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous Peoples, The Amerindian Action Movement, South Central Peoples Development Association, and the National Amerindian Development Foundation, have all protested the merging of the two issues under one blanket.“We see no basis for any link between these disparate issues, and consider that the announced course would only result in further delay on desperately needed action on Indigenous land rights,” the bodies had expressed in a joint statement.The Chairman of the Commissioner is Reverend George Peter Chuck-A-Sang, and the members are David James, Carol Khan-James, Professor Rudolph James, Lennox Caleb and Paulette Henry.last_img read more

Boy Scout’s badge comes 70 years late

first_imgThe Court of Honor Eagle Scout ceremony for Riley, a member of Boy Scout Troop464 in Woodland Hills, would have to wait until next month. It was Monson who was being honored at court Wednesday night – 70 years late. He became a Boy Scout in 1930 and earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1937, a time when the country was coming out of a depression and headed into a war. Ceremonies like the one for his badge often were delayed, overlooked or forgotten completely as young men such as Monson went into the service and came home with marriage and careers on their minds, not missed Eagle Scout ceremonies. “To tell you the truth, I was just glad to earn my badge because there weren’t many pools in Los Angeles back in the 1930s to learn to swim in,” Monson said, laughing. “I had a heck of a time finding a place to earn my merit badge in lifesaving. To be an Eagle Scout, you have to be able to save a person your size. “I finally did it in the pool at the old Elks building on Wilshire Boulevard,” Monson said. A couple of years after pulling that kid of out the Elks pool to earn his badge, Monson was walking down the aisle with Eleanor, whom he has been married to for 68 years. They have two children. “When I got out of the Army, I went into the food business, opening my own market – the Circle M – over on Victory and Coldwater boulevards where the movie theater is now,” Monson said. “I stayed with Scouting on and off through the years with my own kids and started a troop in Tarzana. I still go to Scout camp every summer – for the last 35 years. “The boys like listening to my stories. I’ve got a million of them.” And after Wednesday night, he is going to have one more. “The boys love Larry, and treat him like a grandfather,” said Corky Straus, an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop464. “He likes to teach them how to whittle, carve pieces of wood into interesting things. “They love it. Larry’s just a sweetheart of a guy.” Whether it’s 1937 or 2007, becoming an Eagle Scout really hasn’t changed that much, Monson said, finishing up his short written introduction on Riley. “It was all about camaraderie and enjoying the outdoors when I was a kid, and it’s still about that now with Riley and other boys,” he said. “I’m proud of them all and flattered that they’ve invited me tonight.” Yeah, the best surprises are the ones you never see coming. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Larry Monson sat at home Wednesday afternoon working on a short speech he would give that night about what a great kid Riley Alexander is, and how much the 17-year-old deserves the Eagle Scout badge he has earned. “You know what they say – the best speakers are the ones who don’t say too much,” the 90-year-old assistant Boy Scout master said, smiling. True, and the best surprises are the ones you never see coming. And Larry Monson never saw this one coming. last_img read more

‘He just lapses’ West Brom boss lifts lid on Saido Berahino

first_img Saido Berahino West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists Saido Berahino has improved his behaviour after he was warned about his attitude.The striker could now start against Stoke on Saturday after Pulis claimed he was lucky to be on the bench for Monday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle. He was a substitute for the eighth straight game as Pulis hinted at behind-the-scenes troubles. Berahino’s time-keeping is understood to have been a problem in the past and it has been his general attitude which Pulis has taken issue with, not any specific flashpoint, but the boss has drawn a line under it. “It’s got nothing to do with anybody apart from me and Saido,” Pulis said. “He’s trained well this week, he’s been in on time and he’s done everything that everyone else has done.“He just lapses, it’s not because he’s a bad lad or anything. It’s just the way he is, it’s just him growing up and recognising it’s about the group, about the team, and the football club.“That’s all done and dusted, we’ve moved on from that.“The kid came on and did really well for 30 minutes (against Newcastle) and he’s got a great chance of playing on Saturday.”Berahino has scored just three goals this season after threatening to strike on deadline day when the Baggies rejected two bids from Tottenham.West Brom are braced for further interest from Spurs in the transfer window after they rejected four offers in total in the summer. Any deal will have to be significantly better business for the Baggies with the previous bids based around clauses and Tottenham’s final amount rising to £23million in several stages.And Pulis reiterated Albion’s stance on selling the 22-year-old.“I was asked that question two (transfer) windows ago and I said exactly the same,” he told a press conference. “The club would love to keep him.” 1last_img read more

Frank Girardot: From peril to just a giggle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityI arrived 15 minutes later. Deputies with guns drawn were holding the north end of a half-mile perimeter in the heart of a densely populated neighborhood. I stood behind a car and watched things for a bit. I see guns as tools of destruction. I know I’m not alone. I knew a homicide detective who kept his piece in a paper bag in his desk drawer in the old Hall of Justice. Don’t get me wrong. I own a nice (completely dismantled) bolt-action rifle. Wednesday morning there was a report from Rosemead of “shots fired, possible officer down” crackling over the newsroom scanner. The sound of the radio traffic reminded me of the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery that turned into a shootout between the LAPD and a pair of armed robbers and culminated in a bloody mess. The North Hollywood incident ended with 16 cops and civilians wounded in a firefight. When it was over, gunmen Emil Matasareanu, 30, of Altadena and Larry Phillips, 26, of Rowland Heights were dead. In the heat of the moment Wednesday I grabbed my press credentials and rushed out of the newsroom to where the action was. I’ve fired .22s, .38s, .45s, 9s, .357s and .44 Magnums (“the most powerful handgun in the world,” as “Dirty Harry” Callahan once said). I’ve taken turns with .410-gauge bird shotguns and powerful pump-action 12-gauge riot guns. I’ve shot at watermelons, tin cans, paper targets and (I’m ashamed to admit) a bird or two and a couple of road signs in my youth. But it amazed me to see how few residents of Rosemead shared my fear of well-aimed pistols and shotguns that were clearly in a safety-off position. Women with umbrellas to shield them from the sun thought nothing about approaching gun-pointing deputies from down-range. Men on bicycles rolled across the street, seemingly unaware that they were in a pretty dangerous place. I’ve watched a lot of Westerns in my day. I always thought civilians took cover in the nearest saloon they could find. Not in Rosemead. Not Wednesday. Reporter Jennifer McLain described the situation: “As time dragged on and deputies stood with guns in their hands, mothers walked by with strollers, neighbors stopped to ask questions and vehicles drove past.” Fortunately cops know the danger oblivious bystanders pose to themselves in these situations. “You try to get everybody out of the kill zone,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Osterman said. “You want to keep them from becoming victims or hostages.” What started in a panic though, ended with a giggle. The “gunfire” a couple of deputies believed they encountered at Zapopan Park was nothing more than an exploding Bic cigarette lighter. No one was hurt. Although they could have been. Either stupidly or otherwise. I know. I’ve seen videos of exploding lighters on YouTube. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime 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