1 Steven Gerrard could return to Liverpool from MLS club LA Galaxy Steven Gerrard could be set for a return to Liverpool this winter, in some capacity, but it shouldn’t be as a player, argue football stats analysts WhoScored.com…For any MLS player, the off-season provides the ideal opportunity to maintain match fitness via the medium of a short-term loan deal to one of Europe’s top leagues.Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and David Beckham each moved to a team on the continent in the past in order to continue playing and hit the ground running when the new season started.The latest on the list is reportedly Steven Gerrard, who is believed to be pondering a return to Liverpool.Gerrard departed for LA Galaxy over the summer and enjoyed a respectable start to life in America, gaining a modest WhoScored.com rating of 7.15.Rumours suggest new Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been in constant contact with the former Liverpool captain, who Klopp believes will define the standards of professionalism at the club’s training ground.Some even go as far to say that the 35-year-old could return to Merseyside in a playing capacity, though it’s likely Gerrard will return to Anfield to train only, a promise made by former boss Brendan Rodgers.While his return to the club could boost morale, Klopp may be wise to steer clear of allowing Gerrard a short-term playing role.A benchmark of the German’s managerial ability is to press the opposition across every area of the pitch, a term marked ‘Gegenpressen’ during his time with Borussia Dortmund.It won Klopp numerous plaudits during his time at the Westfalenstadion and deservedly so, with Die Schwarzgelben enjoying a hugely successful spell during Klopp’s reign.However, for the style of play to work, every player needs to adopt a high-intensity approach. Gerrard, though, is unlikely to be able to match the demands of the German manager.During his final season at Liverpool, the former England international struggled with the pace of the English game and was often caught short in the middle of the park.His WhoScored.com rating in the Premier League in his final campaign at Liverpool (6.95) was his lowest in the last six seasons.Meanwhile, an average of just 0.8 interceptions per game in his final season at Anfield is his worst in the last seven league seasons.At his peak, Gerrard had the physical attributes to cover the necessary ground to stem the flow of opposition attacks, but at his age the midfielder can no longer mask a decline in performance levels with his contribution off the ball.It’s for this reason why Klopp would be wise against looking to bring the Liverpool hero back in a playing capacity.With the likes of Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and James Milner each capable of performing in the middle of the park and Jordan Henderson still to return, Gerrard’s availability would only hinder their respective development to form a solid midfield trio.Furthermore, it’s likely that Klopp would be forced to alter his system in order to accommodate Gerrard, which, after a commendable start to life on Anfield for the German, would only set Liverpool back.The chance for him to train at the club prior to the final year of his playing career would be a boost around the club, of that there is no doubt, but it would perhaps be in Klopp’s best interests to refrain from attempting to bring Gerrard back to club during the MLS off-season in a playing capacity.For more stats on Steven Gerrard, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup final for the first time in their history as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew on Sunday.Former Aston Villa, Birmingham and West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell captained the Timbers to glory in a game which included a dreadful howler from Columbus’ goalkeeper Steve Clark after just 27 seconds.Check out the highlights in the video above.
Joe Allen scored the winning penalty to send Liverpool into the League Cup final at Wembley.Stoke won the game 1-0 to level the scores on aggregate after the Reds’ victory at the Britannia.The game went to penalties and after Peter Crouch and Emre Can traded misses, Allen stepped up to win it 6-5 in sudden death.Allen has given Liverpool fans many reasons to love him in recent weeks, especially after the late equaliser against Arsenal, and social media erupted with praised for the Welshman once again.See below to see all the best memes and pictures celebrating Liverpool’s newest hero! [View the story “Joe Allen sends Liverpool to Wembley” on Storify] 1 Joe Allen
Piers Morgan joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast live in the studio on Wednesday.The outspoken TV host was still reeling from his beloved Arsenal’s failure to beat Southampton on Tuesday night, which has left the Gunners five points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester.Having watched Oliver Giroud miss a host of chances against the Saints, Morgan claimed the goalless draw once again highlighted the need for a world class striker.And he is so pessimistic about Giroud’s chances of scoring in the upcoming Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona that he is willing to bare all if the Frenchman does find the net!He told Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour: “We kid ourselves. We think we play good football.“We have no clinical finishing prowess in front of goal. Giroud will get you 20, 22 goals a season. He is a specialist in scoring lots of goals against Newcastle.“If Giroud scores against Barcelona, I will do a naked conga around the Emirates Stadium. You heard it here first!”
Now Pep Guardiola’s next managerial role is confirmed, talkSPORT looks at the greatest footballers who became top managers.Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini at Man City in the summer, leaving Bayern Munich after three years in charge and two Bundesliga titles.It could be a third by the time he arrives in Manchester, while the Germans are still on the hunt for the Champions League.But where does he rank among the very best? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see 13 great footballers turned managers.We’ve taken into account the impact these people have had as players and managers.So, for example, Sir Alex Ferguson, while ranking as one of the greatest managers of all-time, did make the list, having had a fair more limited impact as a player. 13 13. Antonio Conte: From Juventus captain to successive Serie A crowns as manager – find out who rank as the greatest players-turned-managers, just click the arrow above – With Pep Guardiola heading for Manchester City, and rumours that local rivals Manchester United may consider elevating Ryan Giggs to the position of manager, our thoughts turned to the subject of the best players who went on to become successful managers. We start with Antonio Conte, in 13th place, a man who captained Juventus and was a well loved player, winning the Champions League and five league titles. Conte also won three successive league crowns when he took over as manager in 2011 and is now Italy boss. Before that he won Serie B with Bari. Not a bad haul! 13 13 6. Brian Clough – From phenomenal goal scorer to manager of the most incredible European Cup triumphs ever – Clough’s goal record reads like this: 197 goals in 213 league games for Middlesbrough, and 54 goals in 61 games for Sunderland. Sadly, a serious injury playing for the latter halted his career prematurely in 1962. He then began his managerial career at Hartlepools at the age of 30 in 1965, before joining Second Division Derby in 1967, winning promotion to the top flight and later the First Division. A spell at Brighton and a 44-day stint at Leeds followed, before Clough took over at struggling Second Division club Nottingham Forest. Remarkably, Clough guided Forest to the First Division title in 1978, in their first year back in the top flight, then back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980. The League Cup was also claimed in 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990, though the FA Cup eluded Cloughie, as his Forest side lost the 1991 final. 13 13 11. Bobby Robson – West Brom and Fulham forward who won trophies as a manager all over Europe – Robson scored 69 goals in 152 games for Fulham and later captained West Brom where he made the first of 20 appearances for England in 1957. He scored twice against France on his debut and later guided Ipswich to FA Cup glory in 1978 then the UEFA Cup in 1981. As England manager he reached the World Cup quarter-final in 1986 and the semis four years later, then won successive Eredivisie titles in 1991 and 92 with PSV, followed by two more league crowns with Porto and the 1997 Copa del Rey and Cup Winners Cups with Barcelona. 9. Jupp Heynckes – Serial winner as a player who went on to win the Champions League as manager of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – Heynckes was a member of the Borussia Monchengladbach side that lost the 1977 European Cup final to Liverpool. However, during his time at the club he won the UEFA Cup, three Bundesliga titles and the German Cup. He was on the sub’s bench when West Germany won the World Cup in 1974, but played for his country as they won the 1972 European Championship. As a manager, Heynckes won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1998 (their first European Cup in 32 years) and then 15 years later, in his final season as Bayern Munich boss, won the treble Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. 13 13 10. Fabio Capello – Italy international who coached one of the finest ever European Cup final performances – Capello won the Coppa Italia as a player with Roma in 1969 and then three Serie A titles with Juventus between 1972 and 1975. In addition, he scored the only goal at Wembley as Italy beat England 1-0 in 1973. After retiring, he went into coaching with AC Milan, and succeeded Arrigo Sacchi as first team boss, where he won four titles and oversaw a 4-0 hammering of Johann Cruyff’s Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final. Capello’s impressive honours list includes two Spanish titles in two separate spells with Real Madrid, as well as another Serie A title with Roma. He guided Juventus to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, which were subsequently stripped due to a match-fixing scandal, in which Capello played no part. 3. Franz Beckenbauer – World Cup-winning captain and manager, virtual inventor of the sweeper role and European Cup legend – ‘Der Kaiser’ is quite simply one of the most important figures in the history of football. As a player, he bestrode the second half of the 1960s and the 1970s, redefining the role of centre back, and was most commonly referred to as a ‘sweeper’. Beckenbauer spearheaded the rise of Bayern Munich, winning four Bundesliga titles and three back-to-back European Cups with the club, while also skippering West Germany to 1972 Euro and 1974 World Cup glory. As his playing career wound down, he still had time to help Hamburg to the 1982 Bundesliga title, before taking the reins as West Germany manager. A 1986 World Cup final defeat to Argentina was avenged in 1990, when Beckenbauer became the first man to captain and manager a nation to a World Cup win. With Marseille, he claimed the 1991 Ligue 1 title, while he had brief spells in charge of Bayern, landing the 1994 German title and 1996 UEFA Cup. 13 13 5. Mario Zagallo – First person to win the World Cup as a player and manager – Zagallo was involved with two of the greatest teams of all-time, first as a player and then manager, becoming the first player to win the World Cup on and off the pitch. Zagallo, the winger, was part of the brilliant 1958 Brazil side that lifted the Jules Rimet trophy, then featured in the 1962 team that successfully defended the cup. In 1970 he was manager of the legendary team that claimed World Cup glory in Mexico, and was assistant coach to the 1994 winners. 13 7. Diego Simeone – Argentine hero who excelled as a player in Spain and Italy, before upsetting the odds as Atletico Madrid manager – Simeone represented Argentina 106 times, winning two Copa Americas, in addition to club success with Atletico Madrid (1996 league and cup double), Inter (1998 UEFA Cup) and Lazio (2000 Serie A title). After returning to Argentina to wind up his playing career, Simeone’s managerial path began with Estudiantes, where he claimed the Apertura title, then the Clausura with River Plate. These successes earned him a return to Atletico Madrid, where he won the Europa League, Spanish Cup and La Liga, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance. Simeone’s Atletico came within a whisker of winning the 2014 Champions League, too. 4. Carlo Ancelotti – Back-to-back European Cup winner as a player who is only the second man to win three European Cups as a manager – A Serie A champion and four time Italian Cup winner with Roma in his playing days, Ancelotti was also a midfielder in the all conquering AC Milan side of the late 80s and early 90s, winning successive European Cups and two Serie A titles, as well as scoring a memorable long range strike in the 1989 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid in the European Cup last four. Ancelotti was part of the Italian team that finished third at the 1990 World Cup, and would go on to carve out a ridiculously successful post-playing career as a manager. His first major honour was the 2003 Italian Cup, shortly followed by the Champions League, and he has since gone on to become only the second man to manage three European Cup-winning teams, winning again with Milan in 2007 and guiding Real Madrid to 2014 Champions League glory. Add to this a Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea, the French title with PSG and a Spanish Cup with Madrid, and you’re looking at quite a CV. 8. Kenny Dalglish – A sublime playing talent who kept on winning as manager, even claiming the double in his first season as Liverpool’s player-boss, scoring the title clinching goal himself – Arguably the greatest British footballer of them all, Dalglish’s goal won Liverpool the 1978 European Cup, a trophy he won on two more occasions with the Reds, in addition to six league titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup (as player-manager), not forgetting four Scottish league crowns claimed with Celtic before he went south of the border. Later he won the English league three times as Reds boss (once as player-manager), another FA Cup in 1989 and then the 1994/95 Premier League title as manager of Blackburn. A Scottish League Cup followed as Celtic manager in 2000, then he completed the domestic set as Liverpool manager when he claimed the 2012 League Cup during his return to Anfield. 13 13 12. Didier Deschamps – European Cup and World Cup winner who guided Monaco to the Champions League final – The current France manager won the World Cup, the Champions League twice, the European Championship and five league titles in two different countries at Juventus and Marseille. He also won the FA Cup with Chelsea and as manager, guided Monaco to the Champions League final in 2004 and claimed the French League Cup three times. As manager of his old club Juventus, he led them to the Serie B title in 2007. 2. Pep Guardiola – Played in Barcelona’s European Cup-winning ‘Dream Team’ before creating a dream team of his own, then dominating German football – Now regarded as the best manager in world football, Guardiola didn’t do too badly as a player. Breaking into Barcelona’s first team in the 1991/92 season, he ended it as a Spanish league title winner and, most impressively, a European Cup hero, as he helped the club claim their first long overdue success in the competition. Much more was to follow, as Guardiola became a key figure in Barca’s so-called ‘Dream Team’, claiming La Liga again in 1993 and 1994, the Spanish Cup in 1997 and 1998, and the Cup Winners’ Cup in ’97. Two more titles followed in 1998 and 1999, but 10 years later as manager of the club Barcelona won an incredible six trophies in the same calendar year. Since then, he’s added another Champions League, two Spanish titles, two Spanish Cups, two Bundesligas and one German Cup. His influence on football tactics has been great, too, arguably extending to Spain’s 2010 World Cup glory, and their Euro 2012 triumph. But he’s pipped to number one in this ranking by the man who inspired him 13 1. Johan Cruyff – One of the greatest ever footballers, a phenomenally successful manager and a figure of huge influence across borders and years – Without Cruyff it’s doubtful Guardiola would have achieved all that he has. Cruyff is arguably the most influential figure in football history, being one of the greatest players to grace the game, then one of the greatest managers. As a player, Cruyff was the main man in Ajax’s revolutionary brand of ‘Total Football’, inspiring the Dutch club to a hat-trick of European Cups in the early 1970s. For Holland, Cruyff was majestic at the 1974 World Cup, and despite losing the final to West Germany, his performances and the Dutch style of play has gone down in history as iconic. Cruyff moved to Barcelona as a player and inspired the club to their first Spanish title in 14 years. He returned to Holland, winning the Dutch title with Feyenoord, before taking over as Ajax boss and claiming their first European honour since his playing days. The Barca job followed, and Cruyff revolutionised the way the club played its football, not only picking up trophy-after-trophy, but imbuing a style that has become world famous.
Pep Guardiola wants to bring Douglas Costa with him when he leaves Bayern Munich for Manchester City in the summer, according to reports in Brazil.The winger has been in fine form this season after joining the German champions in the summer for £21m from Shakhtar Donetsk.Guardiola was pivotal in luring the Brazilian to Bayern where he has shone under the Spaniard’s management.And now, according to Globo Esporte, Guardiola wants to make Costa one of his first signings when he joins City in the summer.Bayern, though, are reluctant to part with the 25-year-old and are expected to reject any approaches. 1
NLDS: Left-hander shuts down Philadelphia as Colorado prevails. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Bandbox or not, this was no day for hitters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJeff Francis held the league’s highest-scoring team in check, and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of one shaky inning by Cole Hamels to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2, in Game 1 of their NL playoff series Wednesday. “Who would’ve thought a good old-fashioned National League game would break out in this ballpark?” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. Making just the second postseason appearance in their 15-year history, the Rockies played like October regulars. Colorado posted its second playoff victory, the other coming in 1995, and won for the 15th time in 16 games. Matt Holliday, his chin still cut up from the face-first slide that won Monday’s wild-card tiebreaker over San Diego, hit a solo home run. “Any time you expect a slugfest, you get a pitching duel,” Holliday said. Francis pitched six effective innings and stayed out of big trouble, mostly by shutting down the Phillies’ top hitters. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins combined to go 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts. Utley, a .332 hitter, struck out four times for the second time in his career. “Some of the hitters may have been uptight, but Francis was way better than the other times I’ve seen him,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. Francis’ lone problems came in the fifth when Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell hit consecutive homers. The left-hander gave up four hits and struck out eight. Once the 17-game winner departed, three relievers pitched three hitless innings, with Manny Corpas closing for a save. With the two highest-scoring teams in the league playing in two of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the majors, this series figured to see plenty of runs. Instead, the clubs combined for six runs and 10 hits in the opener. Many hitters expected the late-afternoon shadows to be a problem, and they certainly struggled. Francis used a mix of off-speed pitches to keep a potent lineup off-balance and improve to 9-0 in day games this season. “I’m always aware of my success or nonsuccess I have against teams,” said Francis, who had a 15.12 ERA against the Phils this season. “Today, my execution was better.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The original lab, about 300 square feet, had recently become cramped and busy, serving about 1,500 patients each year. The new 1,200-square-foot facility will allow the hospital to comfortably expand to 2,500 procedures annually. With the addition of the second room, the old lab can also be used for cardiac electrophysiology, which delivers electric pulses to spur abnormal heart rhythms back to normalcy. Also, some surgeries, including the insertion of pacemakers, will be moved from the surgical ward to the new lab. Having just one lab meant that if an emergency patient were brought to the hospital, scheduled procedures might have to be stopped and the patient have to wait for the lab to be cleared. “Sometimes having two of anything is really good,” Lee said. “What we’ll try to do is split some of that work into two labs.” This is especially important because the hospital has recently been designated a segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) site by Los Angeles County. This means PIH is one of several facilities within the county where emergency heart patients are taken on a priority basis. According to Lee, work with STEMI began at the hospital in February. Under program standards, emergency heart patients must receive treatment within 90 minutes of an initial screening by paramedics in the field, meaning the staff for the cath lab is on call 24 hours a day. Dr. Sudhaker Nayak, interventional cardiologist and cath lab medical director, said time is critical when trying to save portions of the heart muscle. “If you don’t open the artery immediately, you can have irreversible damage to the heart,” Nayak said. “If there is a situation where one of the labs is occupied, you can’t keep the patient waiting.” One Whittier man can attest to the lifesaving power of racing against the clock. Joe Roman, 57, was about to leave for his job in Fullterton, where he makes equipment for airplanes. He began feeling numbness in his arms, and his wife drove him to the hospital on Sept. 11 of this year. Roman said he was cared for within minutes. “They say I had a heart attack,” Roman said. “My wife told me there were 10 or 15 people working on me.” Roman said doctors working fast in the new cath lab saved his life. “They did a fantastic job,” Roman said. “I couldn’t believe it.” According to Roman, he will not return to work for another month, but is making a recovery. “I have to heal and everything,” Roman said. “But after being here at Presbyterian, it was like nothing ever happened.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One local hospital is making heartening gains to combat disease and medical emergencies. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier recently opened a new catheterization laboratory, allowing the facility to increase capacity and services for heart patients. The new cath lab is the second on the PIH campus, and cost the hospital about $2.5 million, representative Terri Starkman said. New equipment and space will allow cardiologists and lab team members to serve emergency heart-attack patients faster and to begin performing procedures previously done at other hospitals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“Patients shouldn’t have to leave Whittier anymore,” said Robin Lee, director of cardiology and radiology at the hospital. “We should have the right equipment and the right staff here.” Starkman said community leaders were introduced to the new facility at an open house Sept. 27. “We had invited elected officials from the city of Whittier, chamber members, physicians and our staff to come and see the new lab and a demonstration of our equipment,” Starkman said. Lee said the hospital began doing cardiocatheterization procedures in 1977. This includes injecting dye into the vessels of the heart for diagnostic purposes. The lab also performs angioplasty, the insertion of stints and balloons to open vessels around the heart after a clot or collapse.
LOS Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer’s plan to create a separate district for low-performing schools and to target middle schools for reform is an acknowledgment that something drastic needs to be done to improve education. Brewer says that this is a step toward improving the LAUSD by empowering this new mini-district of the 44 worst-performing schools to be more flexible and to have the autonomy to tailor solutions to meet the students’ needs. In addition he will create “personalized learning environments” at all of the district’s 92 middle schools, which he said have been long neglected. It seems the de facto breakup of the country’s second-largest school district, begun with the mayor’s breaking up two school clusters, is accelerating. No one, of course, would call it such. That word carries too much political baggage. 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.“It’s our way to try to create more smallness out of largeness,” one district official said. Whatever. But it doesn’t matter what words people use to describe this important decentralizing of the power of the LAUSD. All that matters is the principles of breakup – such as empowering schools, the principals and the communities to take charge of their schools and educational needs, and not cede them to the vast and often uncaring LAUSD bureaucracy. When it comes to schools, smaller is always better. It’s what district secessionists have been saying for years. Still, what counts is that this carving out of special districts be more than just a public-relations stunt. There’s a real danger of ghettoizing the special district full of low-performing schools once they’ve been removed from the rest of the district. If this breaku- er, reform effort, has a chance of succeeding, it needs more than just a separation. It needs sustained commitment to the ideals of smaller, more autonomous and innovative schools.
By David Koenig THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS – The summer vacation season was a boon to Southwest Airlines Co. and Continental Airlines Inc., which reported record passenger loads and higher profits despite rising fuel prices. Southwest reported Thursday that its third-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago. Continental posted higher earnings thanks to heavy traffic on international routes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And people are still lining up to fly, even with several rounds of recent fare hikes. United Air Lines made the latest increase, adding $20 per round trip on nearly all its domestic flights, and was quickly matched by Delta Air Lines Inc. and by Continental on some routes. The higher fares don’t seem to be discouraging travel. Weakness in parts of the economy such as housing don’t seem to be having much effect either. Continental executives said advance bookings for travel the rest of the year were ahead of last year’s pace. But the fuel price outlook is much worse than it was just a couple of weeks ago. Oil prices surged again Thursday. Fuel is typically an airline’s second biggest cost, after labor. “Long term, the big concern is the economy, but right now fuel is the monkey on their backs,” said Ray Neidl, an analyst for Calyon Securities. “The airlines would be producing spectacular results if oil weren’t at $90.” Airline stocks fell in response to the latest increase in oil prices. Shares of Continental fell $1.30, or 3.6 percent, to end at $34.93; and Southwest shares lost 23 cents, or 1.6 percent, to close at $14.33 Thursday. Of the airlines that have reported earnings this week, most have been in line with Wall Street expectations, although Continental beat forecasts. Houston-based Continental said it earned $241 million, or $2.15 per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30. That compared with $237 million, or $2.17 per share, a year earlier, when the company realized a $92million gain on an investment sale. Continental would have earned $2.25 per share after excluding a special charge for a pension plan settlement. Dallas-based Southwest, the nation’s biggest discount carrier, said net income for the third quarter jumped to $162 million, or 22 cents per share, compared with $48 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected 21 cents per share. Southwest and several analysts said the airline had hit that target, after excluding one- time charges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!