Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth: A quick-fire double seals Saints’ derby win

first_img Graziano Pelle celebrated his goal with a member of the Saints’ backroom staff 1 A clinical first-half performance helped Ronald Koeman’s Southampton to a 2-0 derby win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. Ronald Koeman’s men extended their unbeaten run to five matches, as goals from Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle, in the space of five minutes, gave the Saints a platform to see out a rather comfortable victory at St Mary’s.They had to complete the match with ten men, after Victor Wanyama was shown his second yellow card 12 minutes from time, but they proved too strong for Bournemouth, who rarely tested goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.  The scoreline means Bournemouth have now conceded 12 goals in nearly two-and-a-half Premier League matches.Billed as a south coast derby, it was the first meeting between the clubs since the 2010/11 season, when they met three times – twice in League One and once in the League Cup – and Southampton emerged victorious on all three occasions.Southampton, whose fans claim to disregard this as a rivalry, named an unchanged side from their draw at Liverpool last week.Eddie Howe’s Cherries, meanwhile, handed a debut to Harry Arter, also changing goalkeepers after Artur Boruc’s string of errors in the defeat against Spurs last week, so Adam Federici was given a start between the sticks.Bournemouth had a nervy start, showcasing exactly why they had shipped five goals at Manchester City before conceding the same amount against Tottenham Hotspur, with Koeman’s side instantly starting on the front foot.The Cherries could not contain Southampton and they were struggling to retain the ball, inviting the hosts to attack and Pelle looked lively.Bournemouth made a rare venture forward after ten minutes, but Virgil van Dijk, a commanding presence, was able to soak up the pressure from Glenn Murray.Sadio Mane squandered another Saints chance as Pelle headed down for the Senegal forward to blast a half-volley over the crossbar, to the relief of Federici but it was only a matter of time before Southampton drew first blood.Federici will have seen this match as an opportunity to stake a claim as first-choice goalkeeper, but he looked uncertain and uncommanding, punching balls away unconvincingly.Saints’ inevitable breakthrough came after 31 minutes, with Davis continuing his goal-scoring form for club and country.The Northern Ireland captain scored his fourth goal in 20 appearances so far this campaign, his second for Southampton, when Pelle flicked the ball on to Ryan Bertrand, marauding down the left, whose low cross to the far post allowed Davis to tap in from close range.It took over half an hour to find an opening and it was two just five minutes later.A wonderfully-floated ball by Mane to the left-hand side found Dusan Tadic. The Serbian winger teased his marker Adam Smith before darting to the byline and crossing, with Pelle rising highest to head past Federici.A poor first period for Howe’s men saw them fail to test Dutch goalkeeper Stekelenburg, but the 37-year-old boss sent his men out fighting, with an obvious improvement  as he bolstered his attack with the additions of Junior Stanislas and Joshua King from the bench, to assist Matt Ritchie upfront.Ex-West Ham forward Stanislas went close as he struck an out-swinging free-kick past the wall and it was curling towards the goal, but it went past the side-netting, as Bournemouth looked to pull one back with 25 minutes remaining.Lee Tomlin was introduced for the Cherries as they tried to rescue something from the match. The former Middlesbrough forward soon made a direct run towards the edge of the box, with Wanyama lunging in and he was shown his second yellow card, as Southampton had to see out the match with ten men.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Chelsea to restore pride with FA Cup win?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With the third round now behind us, the Coral PR manager brings us the latest FA Cup odds, with Chelsea a surprise name among the favourites for the trophy.The bookies can’t separate the Blues, Manchester City and holders Arsenal, who are  all priced at 5/1 after cruising into the fourth round.Meanwhile, after overcoming their replay ties on Wednesday, Tottenham and Liverpool are closely behind the favourites to claim the silverware with Spurs 7/1 and the Reds 10/1 to lift the famous trophy.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

ANGELS SWEPT FROM PLAYOFFS

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels can’t handle Red Sox postseason hero Curt Schilling and fall to Boston, 9-1, to lose the AL division series in three straight games. READ MORE ON B1last_img read more

Myanmar lifts ban on assembly

first_imgCRACKDOWN: Curfew imposed during uprising ends. U.S. calls the move”cosmetic.” By The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar lifted a curfew on Saturday and ended a ban on assembly imposed during a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests – the latest sign the military rulers are confident they have fully crushed the largest demonstrations in two decades. The White House dismissed the move as “cosmetic,” a day after President Bush announced new penalties against the military-run government. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The actions of the regime are `cosmetic’. What we need are signs of serious intent to move toward a democratic transition,” presidential press secretary Dana Perino said. The relaxing of restrictions imposed Sept. 25 was announced from government vehicles driven through the streets of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. “The curfew and ban on assembly has been revoked effective today, because security and stability has improved,” according to the announcement issued from a speaker atop one of the vehicles. It was not immediately clear if the restrictions were also lifted in Mandalay, another major city and a focus of last month’s anti-government demonstrations. The lifting of the 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and ban on gatherings of more than five people indicates the junta believes it has stamped out the uprising that was sparked in August by public anger at a sharp rise in fuel prices. Small protests quickly grew into anti-government demonstrations tens of thousands of people strong and spearheaded by legions of the country’s respected monks. It was the largest showing of dissent in the tightly controlled state in nearly two decades. The junta responded by detaining thousands of demonstrators and shooting into the crowds, killing as many as 10.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Armenian museum’s planners fight donor

first_imgCOURTS: Organizers of U.S. genocide memorial say backer interfered. He says he was forced out. By Stephen Manning THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – As diplomatic tensions flare over a House committee’s approval of a resolution labeling the World War I-era killings of Armenians in Turkey as genocide, another dispute has roiled plans to build a museum and memorial to the victims. “He has done everything he can to scuttle the building of the genocide museum,” said Arnold Rosenfeld, an attorney for the nonprofit group behind the project. The museum is intended to memorialize and study the killings of Armenians in the Turkish Ottoman Empire during World War I. Armenians claim it was a systematic genocide that killed 1.5 million people; Turkey says the death totals are inflated and that the killings were largely the result of internal civil strife, not organized mass murder. Earlier this week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution labeling the killings as genocide despite opposition from President Bush and Turkish-American groups. Turkish officials condemned the vote and Turkey’s ambassador to the United States returned to Ankara this week for consultations. The Bush administration, worried about alienating a strategically important U.S. ally, is trying to patch up diplomatic relations with Turkey and has warned against passage of the resolution by the full House. Plans for the museum came out of the Armenian Assembly of America, a Washington-based advocacy group that helped push for the congressional resolution. According to court papers, assembly leaders in the 1990s approached Cafesjian, who agreed to use his foundation to help buy the bank for $7.25 million. Plans initially called for the museum to open by 2002 at a cost of $40million. Cafesjian, born to Armenian parents in the United States, came from a family that lost numerous relatives during the killings, according to Thornton. He was a top executive for Minnesota-based legal publisher West Publishing, retiring after it was sold to Thompson Corp. in 1996.160Want 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.In a series of lawsuits, the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial and its backers are wrestling with a major donor over control and finances of the long-planned project honoring the hundreds of thousands of Armenians who died between 1915 and 1917. The memorial would be the first permanent exhibit dedicated to the subject outside of Armenia. Museum organizers say the litigation won’t affect the redevelopment of a former bank just a few blocks from the White House. First conceived in the 1990s, the museum recently signed contracts for design and planning of the 35,000-square-foot facility. But a major funder, retired Armenian-American publisher Gerard Cafesjian, has filed several lawsuits that seek to reclaim much of the $15 million in money and property he donated. Cafesjian claims the museum has forced him out of the project and significantly scaled it down. “Mr. Cafesjian is the museum,” said his attorney, Tim Thornton. “Gerry Cafesjian is 90 percent responsible for everything the museum has.” The museum has countersued, claiming Cafesjian is meddling with real estate titles for the bank and other property to be used for the museum. The museum argues Cafesjian has tried to use the nonprofit venture for personal gain, and is trying to get his contributions back to cash in on a big increase in the property’s value. last_img read more

City Hall grants big pay raises, then starts cutting public services

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This week, the city’s administrative office started warning about shortfalls in revenue – $75 million this year and as much as $300 million within two years. Meanwhile, City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said hiring and spending ought to be reined in tightly and some jobs not filled. Sober advice, but where was Sisson, where were the warnings, a month ago when the city’s negotiating team was about to put the seal of approval on $273 million worth of pay raises? Shortfalls don’t happen overnight, and the economy has been slowing for months. She should have been kicking up a fuss, warning City Hall to prepare for lean times and coming up with ways to avoid cuts to city services. Instead, it seems Sisson was actually heading up the negotiating team that agreed to the deal. At the time, she called the proposed contracts fair to both the city and the workers. Now, just a few weeks later, though, it’s all doom and economic gloom, and Sisson is asking for departments to cut spending, which translates to services. She says vacant jobs in the Police and Fire departments may remain unfilled. City Hall is asking a lot of the public to swallow that the financial outlook could have plunged so dramatically in a few weeks. Just like the public has been asked to swallow the fake emergency for the phone tax, as well as water and power rate increases and anything else city officials believe they can shove down the public’s throats.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Hall grants big pay raises, then starts cutting public services LOS Angeles’ elected officials agreed to a generous pay raise for 22,000 City Hall employees earlier this month. The 23 percent raise over five years will help L.A. workers retain their distinction as the country’s best-paid municipal workers. But surely city officials wouldn’t have committed to such a costly deal if future revenues didn’t look bright. Right? Wrong. last_img read more

The party life led to the gutter, but a child helped pull him out

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I won’t psychoanalyze Mayhew because I can’t. Neither can he, not really. Which is to say that whatever thing or things, specifically, sent his life crashing off the rails is anybody’s guess. So I’ll let his next statement serve as enveloping action: “I had my first drink at 13; by 15 I was a regular drinker.” At 15 he also drank himself into the first of a thousand blackouts as he lived the beach rat scene, drinking and surfing, surfing and drinking, smoking weed, doing coke, stealing and fighting. There was lots of fighting and run-ins with the law. “Everything was easier when I was drunk. I could come out of my shell. I fit in. What was I anyway, but a kid without a father, a kid with a mom who worked all the time, so with her gone, it was keg parties all day. Then came juvie and more fights and lots of atta-boys from the other guys. And all the time I was so scared and I didn’t want anyone to know it.” By 15 he was in probation camp. “I wasn’t listening to anybody,” he said, recalling that boy. “When I got out, I picked up where I left off, only now I was worse. In 1984, the Olympics year, I was back inside figuring, well, this is what my life is going to be.” He was right, too. From then until age 35 he spent maybe three years on the outside. The reasons read like a not-to-do list with drunken assaults, bad drug deals, 12 parole violations and failed drug tests. He did it all and more and what’s odd is how he now comes off as well-mannered and thoughtful. “Yeah, now,” he laughs. And the truth is, with a story like his, you either laugh or you cry. On this day he was doing some of each because both are now benefits. “I was in prisons all over the state. But don’t be fooled, there’s no rehabilitation going on in any of those places. There is booze and drugs in there, anything you want.” So, no, he wasn’t clean in the joint. And he certainly wasn’t clean when he got out five years ago, hanging around just long enough to get his girlfriend pregnant with what turned out to be the beginning of his salvation. “I came out with all intentions of stopping but, face it, this is a party town and I kept telling myself that I was only doing the normal thing, partying. I wanted to quit but I was still a jerk. Soon I was back inside.” Then came what can be called the closing scenes of Act I. “I held my baby girl for the first time in prison. Right then I felt an overwhelming love for someone for the first time in my life,” he said, tears filling his eyes. And wouldn’t it be nice to say that it all ended there, that he went straight and became the man that he is now. But that’s not how it worked. Fact is, there was still a ways to go before he struck hard bottom. Soon he was out on the streets again, drunk, missing a date with his daughter and hearing her little 3-year-old voice on the phone asking, “Daddy, where are you?” “I finally felt like a complete dirt bag. I had nobody and nowhere to go and I was standing alone in the rain on The Strand, in the place where it all started. Right there I told God, `I don’t want to be like this anymore.”‘ Act I of the Brent Mayhew’s story ended officially on Sept. 28, 2005, the day that he checked into San Pedro’s Beacon House. This is a residential recovery facility that specializes in second acts. “I drank myself into oblivion and for some reason I had been saved. I had played the victim for so long to justify my life. But once I admitted that my life was unmanageable, I resolved to stop,” he said, rolling up his left sleeve to expose the prison tattoos that wind like a loopy road up his arm. By the way, he means “saved” in a cosmic sense, in the way of a man who is still taking in the enormity of a reprieve that allows him to coach his 5-year-old daughter’s soccer team and attend PTA meetings like these are the most momentous things in the entire world. And just last week he was awarded Beacon House’s second annual Michael Fry Memorial Scholarship, an award named for a man who also found new life in this place. The award carries money that covers his tuition at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he is working toward a certificate in alcohol and drug counseling. When he finally brings the experience of all those dead years to bear on the lives of people who are still kidding themselves, when a sober life finally becomes his full-bore reality, then that will mark the beginning of Act III, the best act of them all. This I say because alcoholism is an always fatal disease that can’t be cured. But it can be arrested and men can change. “All the cogs had to be lined up for this to happen,” he said. “Now I’m free to become the person that I always wanted to be but didn’t know how. I’m free and it is an amazing thing.” Personally, I’d call it a miraculous thing. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This is a three-act play that just fired up an improbable second act. It begins, for our purposes, with an adopted baby abandoned at age 3 by his adoptive father, with a single mom working hard to make ends meet and a wild child growing up on The Strand in Hermosa Beach. While inland kids dreamed of that sunny between-the-piers existence, Brent Mayhew was living it, attending Redondo Union and Mira Costa high schools when he felt like it and partying when he felt like it. Which was most of the time for this midsize, blond-haired surfer boy with a built-in craving for all that a barely supervised life had to offer. “Here’s what I know about my biological family,” the iron-handed, now 37-year-old Mayhew told me Monday, “my father was a pro football player and an alcoholic.” last_img

FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TO OPEN ITS DOORS AGAIN IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

first_imgThe Milford Inn is to reopen for business next week in time for the Christmas season.The Milford Inn is to reopen.The famous hotel, which was shut down a year and a half ago, will be managed by Neal Blaney family under a lease-back deal that was finally agreed in recent days after lengthy negotiations.And in the first big vote of confidence in the reopening the Milford GAA Club has already booked their annual dinner dance at the hotel on December 29th. The decision to reopen the Inn is being seen locally as a positive sign of brighter days ahead for Milford where far too many young people have been left without jobs.The Milford Inn is also seen as a very important component in the commercial life of Milford where a large numbers of the workforce were employed.The hotel has been closed since April last year when it was put into voluntary liquidation due to difficult trading conditions.The Tirconail Tribune reports that arrangement to reopen the hotel has been brokered between the liquidator and the representatives of the Blaney family and will operate as The Milford Inn Ltd. In the coming days a full Christmas programme will be put in place and party nights and the list of seasonal events will be published next week.The premises has been bought from the liquidator by a group of investors – however they will not hold any management profile in the company.The deal agreed between liquidator Tom O’Brien of Mazars, Dublin and Farren and Roarty Accountants will see the Blaney family lease-back the premises from the investment company and they will hope that the goodwill built up over forty years will return to support the new venture into the future.We understand the Blaney family has also secured the right to buy-back the Milford Inn at a future date, but Neal Blaney would only say that they were delighted to be back in business in Milford where the Inn has always been the flagship in their customer base.Confirming that the premises will be run under the Milford Inn brand name, Mr. Blaney told the Tribune he is delighted to see a bit of good news for the area where much needed work jobs be created once again. When the Milford Inn went into liquidation it was reported that over fifty full time jobs had been lost.Confirming the reopening of the Milford Inn Hotel Neal Blaney said that Seamus Farren had been successful in convincing financiers from outside of Donegal to invest in Milford.Mr. Blaney said this had been a major achievement at a time when dozens of similar opportunities were available elsewhere.The hotel was later put on the market for sale by Dublin auctioneers, Morrissey’s on behalf of the Liquidator, Mr. Tom O’Brien of Mazars with a price tag of €800,000 and it is believed a number of interested parties made enquiries. There was widespread astonishment on the morning of April 5th last year when the owners of the Milford Inn Hotel posted a notice on Facebook saying they wished to confirm that the Hotel has gone into liquidation due to financial difficulties and the business was to remain closed until these issues are resolved.For some time before it closed down the hotel had operated under the Best Western Brand and its closure caused widespread shock. The management moved quickly to redirect their substantial wedding portfolio to other family run hotels at the Silver Tassie and Water’s Edge.The premises is to be reopened on a phased basis, The initial phase will see up to twenty jobs created as the bar and dining rooms come back return.Neal Blaney said that he was optimistic despite the downturn and he hoped that the volume of business generated by a loyal customer base would still be there. He also believes that the reopening of the Milford Inn is very important for Milford and Ramelton where much of its staff have an historical affinity.Since its establishment in 1971 the Milford Inn has been a landmark venue in the Fanad and Rossguill areas and it was founded by the late Neil T. Blaney as a basic roadhouse and small restaurant. It soon became renowned for the famed Blaney hospitality, food, drink and welcome.Now some 42 years later, the new generation of the Blaney’s hope that that record will once again play a prominent role in the commercial life of the Milford area.FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TO OPEN ITS DOORS AGAIN IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:blaneydonegalMilford Innreopenlast_img read more

‘Interest from Arsenal? It’s true’ – Agent confirms Gunners want Serie A star

first_img1 Jorginho in action for Napoli Napoli midfielder Jorginho is drawing interest from Arsenal and Real Madrid, according to the player’s agent.The 24-year-old has been a regular for the Italian side this season and clubs have flocked to see him in action.Arsenal were linked with the Brazilian during the January transfer window but negotiations never took place.However, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has confirmed interest from the Gunners in his client and added that Real Madrid are lurking too.“Interest from Arsenal? It’s true,” Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss.“After the game against Palermo, compliments arrived from Real Madrid as well.“Only compliments, nothing more. But it’s pleasing to receive expressions of respect from one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.”last_img read more

Pato update: ‘In any other business, the organiser would be getting his P45!’

first_imgAlexandre Pato could already be packing his bags at Chelsea.While his playing time was expected to be limited with the Blues, many were anticipating more of an impact from the striker, but with his fitness still a concern, it appears his debut is far from imminent.And the London Evening Standard report that the reigning Premier League champions are considering cancelling the Brazilian’s loan agreement before it expires at the end of the season.Take a look at the best tweets in response to the news below… Alexandre Pato is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea following his arrival in the winter window 1last_img read more