Pep Guardiola storms out of Bayern Munich press conference after questions about managerial rumours

first_img1 Pep Guardiola Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola walked out of a press conference on Friday after being asked about reports linking him with the England manager’s job.The Catalan’s contract with the Bavarians is up for renewal next summer and he has been keen to avoid the subject, repeating that he does not wish to talk about his future.Speculation has linked him with a move to Manchester City while it was being suggested on Friday that he is being lined up as the successor to Roy Hodgson.When pressed on that subject at his weekly pre-match press conference ahead of Bayern’s trip to Mainz on Saturday, Guardiola rose from his seat and bade farewell.“Oh come on, I’m coach of Bayern Munich,” he said. “Many thanks and auf wiedersehen.”The question about whether he would be interested in taking charge of the Three Lions after Euro 2016 proved to be the final straw for the 44-year-old, who had already deflected an initial enquiry into his future plans with a polite “next question please”.Guardiola has led Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles yet he questioned at the start of this, his third season in charge, whether he was indeed the right man for the job.He said he would step down if he ever got the feeling somebody else would be a better choice for the club, fuelling speculation he is preparing his departure from Bavaria next summer.Bayern have also recently cooled talk of extending Guardiola’s contract, saying negotiations will be held as and when the former Barcelona coach is ready.last_img read more

Leicester stars issues warning to Manchester City ahead of Tuesday night’s clash

first_imgMarc Albrighton insists Leicester can hit back against Manchester City and warned their title rivals the Foxes will refuse to surrender.They host City on Tuesday after suffering just a second defeat of the season at Liverpool on Boxing Day.The Foxes remain top of the Barclays Premier League by two points as Arsenal blew their chance to move to the summit when they lost 4-0 at Southampton.Saturday’s defeat ended Leicester’s nine-match unbeaten run and was their first loss on the road since March but Albrighton believes it is a chance to assess their title credentials. “We see this as a test. There will probably be a lot of pundits and media that might think now we are going to lie down and relax with our 30-something points,” said the winger.“We’re not a side to do that. We’ve got Manchester City on Tuesday and we look forward to bouncing back against them.“To be honest, I don’t think we will play another game this season with pressure. We’ve got ourselves in a brilliant situation and we are doing fantastic. Everyone was tipping us to be down there at the start of the season. But we’re right in the mix and we deserve to be where we are.”Danny Simpson also expects a response from Claudio Ranieri’s side, who could have Danny Drinkwater back after a hamstring injury, after Christian Benteke’s winner at Anfield.The boyhood Manchester United fan is eager to face City and believes it is the perfect game following a defeat.“No-one likes losing, we showed that from the end of last season and we will fight to the end,” the right-back told Foxes Player. “We always believe we can win every game and that’s not going to change because we got beaten. The manager said to us to keep going and we have a great team and squad.“They are a great team, the players they have got are world class but there’s nothing better than to come up against some of their players at home after a defeat. We’ll react in the right way.“I know the kind of players we have in our dressing room. I’m pretty sure the fans will see us from the whistle on Tuesday getting straight into them.” Marc Albrighton celebrates a Leicester goal with Riyad Mahrez 1last_img read more

PSG’s Last Stand! How fans have been getting ready for Chelsea game

first_img PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Last Stand 1 Paris Saint-Germain supporters have been creative in their backing of the players ahead of the Champions League game at Chelsea.Ligue 1 leaders PSG arrive at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 first leg lead and fans, at the request of the club on Twitter, have sent in their photoshopped film posters featuring the players using the hashtag #RendunfilmPSGfriendly – make a film PSG friendly.Get yours in, Chelsea fans – @talkSPORT.last_img read more

Digging into earthquakes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWhy do earthquakes start? How do they stop? What is the fault made of? Scientists believe that by studying the new rock samples they’ll be able to come up with answers for some of the tough questions that have eluded them for years. “This for us is really the mother lode,” said William Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “They’re more precious than moon rocks and gold.” The samples, taken from 21/2 miles beneath the surface of the San Andreas Fault, are the first rocks ever to be obtained from deep within an actively moving fault zone responsible for some of the world’s most damaging earthquakes. The project, with a budget of about $25 million, has been 15 years in the making. After drilling close to the fault in 2004 and 2005, geologists worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week last summer to retrieve 135 feet of rock cores, each measuring four inches in diameter. The last of the samples was brought to the surface in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 7. The scientists unveiled the rock samples Thursday. By Julie Sevrens Lyons SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS After drilling more than two miles into the ground in a remote area of central California, scientists said Thursday they have hit pay dirt – the first rocks ever to be obtained from deep within the San Andreas Fault. Experts believe the cylindrical samples, which have been washed, shrink-wrapped and gently tucked away in refrigerators for safekeeping, may hold many secrets about earthquakes and the 800-mile-long fault line responsible for the Bay Area’s devastating 1906 earthquake. “For the very first time, scientists can hold the San Andreas Fault in their hands,” said Mark Zoback, a professor of earth sciences and geophysics at Stanford University. “It’s a new beginning for several different areas of earthquake research.” Researchers aren’t optimistic that the dark-gray chunks of rock will help them predict when the Big One is about to occur. But they will now know exactly what the fault is made of, which they hope will answer questions about the mechanics of earthquakes. Hundreds of scientists from around the world are expected to submit requests to study the samples, yet it will likely be years before they understand what the rocks have to say about the physics of earthquakes. “The ultimate goal is to understand how faults work,” Ellsworth said. The drilling occurred about 23 miles northeast of Paso Robles near the small town of Parkfield. The site was selected because it’s an especially active part of the San Andreas Fault that moves regularly but does not produce large earthquakes. There is no risk of the drilling itself causing a massive temblor. Researchers can already see from the samples that chunks of serpentine are embedded within them. Serpentine is a green mineral that scientists have long suspected might be one of the reasons why that stretch of the San Andreas Fault silently creeps. But it had never been proved that the substance was indeed in the fault. Scientists wonder if the serpentine – which is California’s official state rock – has been smoothing the way for huge tectonic plates to slide silently past one another. During the next phase of the project, scientists will create the world’s first underground earthquake observatory that is within an active fault. They will lower into it a number of seismic instruments that will await and observe dozens of small earthquakes and their aftershocks over the next 10 to 20 years. That phase of the project could help scientists determine whether earthquakes are predictable.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

In New York, it sounds like end of Torre era

first_img“This has been a great 12 years, whatever the hell happens from here on out,” Torre said after the loss. “I’ll look back on these 12 years with great pleasures based on the fact I’m a kid who had never been to the World Series … to have been in six World Series, I can tell you it never gets old.” “The 12 years just felt like they were 10 minutes long, to be honest with you,” he said. With Steinbrenner in attendance, a cheering crowd chanted “Joe Torre! Joe Torre!” as the manager went to the mound twice in the eighth inning. He made one final pitching change in a season full of uncertainty in that department, handing the ball to star closer Mariano Rivera before making that slow, familiar walk back to the dugout. Second to Joe McCarthy on the club’s career list with 1,173 wins as a manager, Torre was almost always loyal, turning to his most trusted players in crucial situations. Those players might have just gotten him fired. Earning $7.5 million this year in the final season of his contract, the 67-year-old Torre hasn’t decided whether he would want to return. But he seemed open to it in recent weeks. Looks as though he won’t get that chance. New York’s three consecutive first-round exits from the playoffs followed an unprecedented collapse in the 2004 AL Championship Series against rival Boston. Sabathia never considered Eric Wedge has been asked several times about his decision to pitch Paul Byrd in Game 4 against the Yankees instead of ace C.C. Sabathia on three days rest. The Cleveland Indians’ manager said he never considered going back to Sabathia before a potential Game 5. “We said coming in Paul Byrd was our fourth starter, and he is. And we knew if we started on Thursday we were going to need four starters, and that’s the way it’s played out,” Wedge said. “Paul won 15 games for us. He has playoff experience. We wouldn’t be here without him. And we feel strong about him.” Then, Wedge talked about protecting Sabathia, a top contender for the AL Cy Young Award who went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 209 strikeouts this season. The big left-hander won the playoff opener against New York in a taxing effort. “I think common sense has to come into play at some point in time just in regard with C.C. I mean, he threw 114 pitches in five innings. Arguably worked as hard as he’s worked all year. And he’s pushing 250 innings for the year,” Wedge said. Make way for the Cook Colorado right-hander Aaron Cook is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list for the NL Championship Series against Arizona. Depending on how he does today in an Instructional League game in Tucson, Ariz., Cook could be ready to pitch Game 4 at Coors Field on Oct. 15. “He’s been the guy that all through the first three-quarters of the year we leaned on big-time for innings and he went out there and gave us a chance to win every time out,” said pitcher Josh Fogg, who might get bumped from the rotation if Cook is added to the NLCS roster. Cook, who edged out Jeff Francis in a spirited competition for the opening-day start this season, was 8-7 with a 4.12 ERA when he was felled by an oblique injury Aug. 10. Around the leagues Tigers: Designated hitter Gary Sheffield had shoulder surgery and is expected to recover in time for the start of spring training. The operation to repair a tear in his right shoulder was done in Miami. He also had surgery on the shoulder in 1995. Sheffield played through most of the second half of last season with a sore shoulder, missing the first week of August and going on the disabled list for two weeks later in the month. He appeared in 133 games for Detroit this year, batting .265 with 25 home runs, 75 RBIs and 107 runs. Brewers: Pitcher Chris Capuano will get a second opinion on his non-throwing shoulder today and may have surgery Thursday after the team physician determined he had a torn labrum. 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 CityReverting to his blustering ways, demanding owner George Steinbrenner said he probably wouldn’t bring Torre back unless New York rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win the best-of-5 series. “His job is on the line,” Steinbrenner was quoted in Sunday’s editions of The Record of New Jersey. “I think we’re paying him a lot of money. He’s the highest-paid manager in baseball, so I don’t think we’d take him back if we don’t win this series.” The Yankees saved their season – and perhaps Torre’s job – by overcoming a three-run deficit Sunday to win Game 3. They couldn’t do it again in Game 4, eliminated in the first round for the third straight season despite a $215 million payroll. Now, it feels like the end of an era in New York. From news services Yankees manager Joe Torre is probably headed to the Hall of Fame, Monument Park, every baseball pantheon there is. Today, though, Torre might be a man without a job. After 12 playoff appearances in 12 seasons, Torre may have managed his final game for the Yankees, who were knocked out of the playoffs in a 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. last_img read more

Tiger cubs to debut at LA Zoo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Fewer than 400 of the tigers are left on the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia. Only 70 of the tigers are currently in North American zoos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three newborn Sumatran tiger cubs will make their public debut today at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The cubs — two males and a female — were born at the zoo June 3. Their parents came to the zoo in 2001 from the San Antonio Zoo and Smithsonian’s National Zoo based on breeding recommendations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This is their second litter — a male and a female were born in mid-2005. Sumatran tigers are the smallest breed of tiger in the world and have more narrow stripes than other big cats. They are a critically endangered species threatened by both poaching and habitat loss. last_img read more

Taylor is at his best when he’s needed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Playing his first varsity game, Taylor knew he was probably going to be tested by Banning quarterback Anthony Rodriguez. He was burned by Carlos Fernandez on a 23-yard post pass for a score late in the second quarter. Taylor’s coverage skills were tested again, but this time with a different result. He intercepted Rodriguez’s pass at the Narbonne 10-yard line with 10:43 left in the game and five minutes later, he returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to punctuate his varsity debut. “I knew I messed up in the beginning of the game so I had to come back and make up for it,” Taylor said. “I made a couple of jukes and just took it down the sideline.” Taylor’s interception was the only turnover Narbonne (6-1, 1-1) forced, but the Gauchos were able to slow Banning’s ground game without takeaways. Narbonne’s defensive line stymied running back Josh Limosnero who seemed to lose nearly all lateral movement after limping off the field during a punt coverage play in the second quarter. Banning’s weekly workhorse was limited to 18 yards on 11 carries. Limosnero also caught four passes for zero yards. “We couldn’t block anybody,” Banning coach Chris Ferragamo said. Banning was held to 147 yards of offense. “We knew they were pretty solid up front, but our kids were well-prepared,” Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas said. “We did a great job staying with it and that punt return really broke their back.” That final blow was dealt after Narbonne’s offense did everything it could to keep the Pilots’ spirits up. Narbonne put up 273 yards of total offense in the first half alone, but costly mistakes in Banning territory made for a 14-14 tie at halftime. Linebacker Josh Valoaga had four tackles for loss, including a sack of Narbonne quarterback Josh Moten for one of two safeties for Banning (6-1, 1-1). Defensive back Omar Curry had a hand in two of Narbonne’s three first-half turnovers, recovering a fumble and returning an interception 83 yards for a game-tying score in the first quarter. “We had been moving the ball well against them and we were about to take complete control of the game and then our offense decided to make it interesting,” Douglas said. Moten didn’t have his best game for Narbonne, but he did lead the Gauchos to a handful of clock-eating drives in the second half. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 156 yards and three scores. But Moten didn’t kneel down for the game’s final play. Fittingly, the contest ended on another key play from Narbonne’s defense – a sack by Eric Bender Ramsay. “Our guys showed just how good they are,” Douglas said. Narbonne has another key game next week when it tangles with San Pedro (6-1, 1-1), which lost to league-leading Carson, 18-16, in overtime. david.saunders@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARINE LEAGUE: In his first varsity game, he comes up big for Narbonne. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER A short memory and a long run served Narbonne cornerback Tyrone Taylor well in his team’s 31-18 Marine League victory over visiting Banning. last_img read more

Windows Live to launch Tuesday

first_imgSEATTLE – After a trickle of updates and “betas” bearing the Windows Live moniker, Microsoft Corp. is ready to start promoting its official package of free desktop programs for e-mail, instant messaging, blogging and sharing photos. The programs are “essentially a free upgrade for Windows,” said Brian Hall, general manager of Windows Live at Microsoft. The package includes Windows Live Mail, which can grab messages from multiple free Web-based e-mail accounts, including Microsoft’s Hotmail, Google Inc.’s Gmail and AOL e-mail. The new package, to launch Tuesday, allows PC users to read and respond to mail even when they’re not online, just as Outlook Express, which Microsoft has phased out, did. Its Windows Live Photo Gallery lets users manipulate and organize digital photos and upload them to Flickr, a photo-sharing site owned by Yahoo, and to Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft’s blogging and social networking site. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The package also includes Live Writer, for writing blog posts, the Live Messenger instant-messaging program and Live Family Safety, parental controls for Web surfing at home. The applications aren’t much different from test versions previously available. What’s new is the spotlight Microsoft plans to shine on the programs. Hall said the company has planned “one of the largest online advertising campaigns at Microsoft,” with plans for 10 billion Web ad impressions on Microsoft’s MSN sites and third-party sites, including the social networking site Facebook, in which Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake last month. Microsoft’s Windows group will be marketing Windows Live alongside its latest Vista operating system during the crucial holiday shopping season.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

Sodas provide tastes of season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The packs will go on sale Sunday, with a portion of the proceeds to be given to charity. SEATTLE (AP) – Coming soon next to the Coke and Pepsi in a store near you: ham- and latke-flavored soda to make your holiday feast complete. Jones Soda Co., the Seattle-based purveyor of offbeat fizzy water, is selling holiday-themed limited-edition packs of flavored sodas. The Christmas pack will feature such flavors as Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog and Christmas Ham. The Hanukkah pack will have Jelly Doughnut, Apple Sauce, Chocolate Coins and Latkes sodas. “As always, both packs are kosher and contain zero caffeine,” Jones said in a statement. 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

‘Here’s what I don’t like about women’s football’ – England defender interview

first_imgThis interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, the FREE weekly publication packed with a variety of sport interviews, features and opinions. They’re on Facebook and Twitter, while you can download the free iPad app here.“I’ve got a little vegetable patch in my garden. I moved from a city apartment into a house this year and needed something to do outside football. We spend a lot of time at home after training now that we’re full-time. I don’t know how the boys do it. We’re used to juggling university [Bronze has a degree in sports science], a job and football. So I was like: ‘What do I do with my free time?’ I taught myself how to garden. I have broccoli, parsnips, chillies, lettuce, tomatoes – you name it. Whether or not they actually grow is another question, though.”“I’ve had four knee surgeries in my career. I just don’t do small injuries. The highs of winning are always balanced out by the lows of being injured and missing games. There was a time when I was out for nearly a year, having already been out for six months with another surgery before that. At the time, friends like Jade Moore [at Birmingham City] and Jordan Nobbs [at Arsenal] were getting called into the seniors, and there was me sat at home with a knee brace and crutches. I felt like I was missing my window of opportunity.”“I love football. but it’s hard with it being women’s football. If I could, I’d change the way I came up through the football ranks. I’d love to have had an academy life the way the boys have it. I think female footballers would be so much better for having that opportunity, and we’d be more effective because we would be better players. That’s what I don’t really like about our sport – it’s not as respected as it could be.”“The one thing in the world that I can’t do without is my glasses. I don’t really care about my laptop, I never answer my phone and I don’t care about trainers and stuff. But I’m pretty blind without my glasses or contact lenses.”“I bite my nails and I fiddle with my hair. I just can’t sit still. Even now, when I’m on the phone, I’ve taken my shoes on and off 10 times. I’m really fidgety. People always ask me why I bite my nails and it really annoys me, because I don’t know why! I wish that I could just stop.”“I’ve got a real sweet tooth. I’m not really meant to eat as much cake as I do, but I tend to just eat what I want and think I’ll run it off in training. A good tiramisu is up there with my favourites. I also like a burger. If I’ve had a hard week, I need a day when I sack off the healthy lifestyle and head to Five Guys for a burger and chips. Providing I’ve not had many cakes that week, that is.”“Most of the time I’m either wearing trainers or football boots. I’ve always got my eye on these really expensive trainers – I think they’re Balenciaga ones. They’re about £400 though, and I daren’t buy them. I couldn’t live with myself if I spent that on a pair of trainers.”To find out more about how SSE are getting more girls playing football, visit sse.co.uk/girls-united 1 Read this interesting interview with Lucy Bronze in Sport magazine last_img read more