Jamie Carragher has told talkSPORT John Stones should turn his back on Chelsea and stay at Everton.The England central defender is wanted by the reigning Premier League champions, who have so far had two bids rejected, but the Anfield hero has urged the 21-year-old to remain on Merseyside.Carragher told Drivetime: “Every player should want to play at the highest level and win trophies, play in the Champions League and play for his country. That’s the aim of every player. It’s just [a question of] what is the right time for the player to go.“I think the right thing for John Stones would be to play for another couple of years at Everton. He’s playing really well but you have ups and downs as a young player, especially as a defender where you can make a couple of mistakes, give away a penalty, and your confidence goes. That’s part of being a defender and learning your trade.“I think it would be better for him to know he’s almost guaranteed to play week in, week out for Everton, go through those times with Everton, and then when he eventually gets his move to a top English club, as he will do, he’ll be going there a bit more experienced, a better player, and a bit more mature in his game.“When you get to that really top level, any little mistake, anything that’s not quite right, can cost your team a draw, or you drop three points, and that can end up costing a team the league title, or seeing them knocked out the Champions League.“You don’t want to be learning on the job when you’re at a top club. I think it would be better for him to spend another couple of years at Everton and then make that move.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho launched a scathing attack on referee Robert Madely after his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, claiming officials are ‘afraid’ to give the Blues vital decisions.It was another desperate afternoon for the Premier League champions, with goals from Steve Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle clinching the three points for the Saints after Willian’s opener.Mourinho embarked on an extraordinary post-match rant in front of the television cameras, with referees taking the brunt of his discontent after Radamel Falcao was denied a penalty following a clash with Martin Stekelenburg with the score at 1-1.“I’m not being offensive but I have to say it for my players and Chelsea supporters. Referees are afraid to give us decisions,” exclaimed the Blues’ boss.“It is not a small incident or a small penalty. Last season we had the same at Southampton – a penalty on [Cesc] Fabregas that ended up with a yellow card.“Today was a big penalty and when a team is fragile you don’t need people to push you down, you need people to give you a break.“If we are 2-1 up the history of the game is completely different. It wasn’t given and I can’t accept it because the referee was ten metres away.”The defeat inflicted the Blues’ sixth reverse in all competitions already this season, but Mourinho reiterated his desire to remain at the helm – simply because he is the best man for the job.Asked if he was feeling any pressure, Mourinho said: “No, that’s not the point.“I don’t feel any pressure and I am the man for the job. Nobody is better than me, I am not the best in Europe but I don’t think anyone is better than me so I am the best man for the job.”
Jurgen Klopp has opted to start Roberto Firmino up top against Chelsea 1 Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and Jurgen Klopp has made a significant change in attack in his starting line up.With Christian Benteke missing out on League Cup action midweek, Divock Origi was anticipated to be handed a third successive Premier League start.Klopp, however, has opted to play Roberto Firmino as a false no.9 – which has been met well by Liverpool supporters.Take a look at the reactions to Liverpool’s XI to face Chelsea below…
1 Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was among the many fans who stormed the pitch on Friday night as part-time minnows Salford City beat League Two Nott County in the FA Cup first round.Scholes is one of the Red Devils’ fabled ‘Class of 92’ who part-own the Evo-Stik Premier League club, and he was alongside Gary Neville and Nicky Butt to see their side claim a deserved 2-0 home win in front of the TV cameras.Salford embraced the opportunity to shine on their maiden appearance in the first round of the FA Cup, with Danny Webber and Richie Allen netting in the second-half to seal the biggest triumph of the club’s history.ALSO READ: ‘This is what it’s all about!’ – Fans revel in magic of the FA Cup as Salford winFormer England international Scholes ignored pleas to stay off the grass and stormed on to the pitch after the final whistle along with many of the rest of the 1,400 Salford fans inside the ground.The United legends continued to celebrate well after the end of the game, and former captain Neville, who won 20 competitions during his long and illustrious career at Old Trafford, was in a jubilant mood.“It is an absolutely unbelievable night,” the England coach said.“You never get too excited at football anymore because you’re working in a professional capacity but when we come down here it’s an escape for us and it makes us love football more.“Sometimes in the last 18 months you think there’s a lot to do here but this just makes it all worthwhile.“Tonight was for all those people who work there. I’ve not felt like that for a long time in football and that’s not over egging it. I felt like a kid again in a football ground. I’ve never seen Scholesy jump so high in celebration in my life.”Anthony Johnson, who manages the first-team along with fellow coach Bernard Morley, added: “When the final whistle went, you had Gary Neville and Nicky Butt part of the pitch invasion like normal fans and Scholesy is dancing and singing in the changing room – I’m sure it was Rick Astley he was singing in there.“It matters to them like it does to normal fans. We’re under no illusions that we’ve got to win games but we’re enjoying it and working for five of the best players this country has ever produced.“But I thought for 90 per cent of the game we dominated it.“I don’t want that to sound arrogant or brash but we felt we were the better side.” Manchester United Paul Scholes
SO, Mayor V had a closed door “chat” with Councilmen Zine and Smith, and now it’s unanimous! Your Los Angeles City Council and the world’s sexiest mayor (sorry, Gavin Newsom) have agreed to let the peasants vote on cutting our taxes. You read that right: The L.A. City Council and Mayor V want us to vote on cutting our phone tax 10 percent. What a great number for Hollywood! Just saying 10 percent makes me think I’m back in showbiz. It’s like we get to fire AT&T’s agent. Under Proposition 218, a unanimous City Council must approve the mayor’s request to place an “emergency” ballot measure before the voters. Dennis Zine and Greig Smith were the holdouts until Tony V worked his magic behind closed doors. The conversation went something like this: Mayor V: Are you two stupid! We’re talkin’ a quarter billion here! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Zine: Yeah, but my district has people who actually pay taxes … Smith: And every Halloween I dress up as a fiscal conservative. That’s my thing. Mayor V: Fellas, have you learned nothing? We’re gonna tell the hicks it’s a tax cut. We fooled ’em with Measure R. We’ll do it again. Zine: Do you think? Mayor V: Boys, relax. The hayseeds will think they’re cutting their phone tax 10 percent. Of course, they could cut it 100 percent if they vote “no,” but they won’t. I had it focus-grouped. They’ll hang themselves on the rope of their own greed! Zine: So, we keep the quarter-bil and pay no political price? Mayor V: Do we ever pay for anything? Smith: And I can still dress up like a fiscal conservative? Mayor V: Trick or treat, boys! There’s enough candy for everyone! The mayor and his bagmen are committing election fraud. Not the ballot-box stuffing, Diebold Ohio-style chicanery with electronic tabulations – that’s old school. The entire premise of Tony V’s phone tax-election is a fraud. We’ve never seen anything like this – oh wait, we have, Measure R, another bait-and-switch ballot measure that did exactly the opposite of what it pretended to do. The courts are likely to declare L.A.’s 10 percent phone tax illegal. Desperate to keep their mitts on a quarter of a billion dollars, the mayor has dreamed up the unbelievably underhanded idea of selling it to the voters as a tax cut, while actually increasing the technologies the tax will be applied to, thereby not only legitimizing the illegal tax grab but increasing the haul to boot. We’re told it’s all OK because during the campaign we’ll get to have our say. However, the pro-tax crowd will have a well-funded war chest; every union and political hack in the city – which is nearly all of them – will be out plucking the fear harp. Goodbye, cops. Goodbye, firefighters. Goodbye, parks. Goodbye, libraries. Goodbye, paramedics. Goodbye anything they can think of that’s the rightful business of local government but never seems to be a priority in L.A. It’s bad enough when the ballot initiative process is co-opted by casino interests, the insurance industry, and all the other giant special-interest groups that want the law to do their bidding. It is unconscionable that the city of Los Angeles will go into an election orchestrated by the mayor and City Council based upon a lie. As the Democratic strategist Darry Sragow said, “This is a strategy that relies on deliberately keeping important information from voters.” Every time you think L.A. politics has hit a new low, somebody on Spring Street breaks out the moral backhoe and digs the cesspool a little deeper. Like most Americans, I like my taxes low. Still, I understand there are things we need to do in a modern society. We have obligations to make this city not just function but flourish, and we have to pay for it. I might even be inclined to support the retention of the phone tax on the basis of fiscal necessity. However, also like most Americans, I resent being lied to. The mayor and City Council are not giving us the opportunity to cut our phone tax. They are deliberately obfuscating the issue. They have performed so miserably as fiscal stewards, they know that in an honest election the voters of Los Angeles would hang up on the phony phone tax. Doug McIntyre hosts the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.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.Detectives allege that Alcantara argued with Bennett then shot him in the head, dismembered the body in Whittier Narrows and disposed of the body in the dump. Bennett was last seen at the sanitation districts’ plant in Whittier Narrows on Feb. 16, 1983. Several witnesses reinterviewed by detectives in 2004 said Alcantara bragged about killing his boss. Alcantara was arrested Nov. 30, 2005. He will return to Norwalk Superior Court Dec. 10 for a hearing. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 17. Alcantara was being held at North County Correctional Facility in Saugus on $1 million bail. NORWALK – A judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss the case against a man accused of killing his boss and dumping the remains in the Puente Hills Landfill in 1983. John Alcantara, 52, of Downey has been charged with the murder of Robert Bennett, 51, of Azusa who disappeared Feb. 16, 1983. Bennett’s body has never been found. But investigators said his blood turned up in an overgrown area behind a sanitation plant in Whittier Narrows and in a dump truck. Both men worked for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. Alcantara was a gardener on a maintenance crew and Bennett was his supervisor. Todd Melnik, who represents Alcantara, argued that the prosecution waited too long to file the case and that the delay was prejudicial to his client because witnesses have died, evidence destroyed and people’s statements changed. Norwalk Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew said there was no intent on the prosecution to gain tactical advantage or to deny Alcantara due process. He denied the defense’s motion to dismiss but told Melnik he could raise the issue again. “I will not preclude you from raising this again and I will not have a closed mind,” McKnew said. Melnik said even if there was no tactical advantage, it does not justify the 23-year delay. He pointed out the difficulties facing them in this case. Melnik said Miguel Davis, a co-worker of Alcantara who supports his alibi, is now dead. He read a 1983 police report where Davis stated that he and Alcantara cleared brush and branches, drove to the landfill, stopped at a market and returned to Whittier Narrows. “At no time did they drive in the area where the bloodstain was later found,” Melnik said. He said Davis was important because he shatters the prosecution’s theory. He said another man also confessed to a relative that he killed Bennett. However that relative doesn’t remember this now and the detective he talked to is now deceased. The blood test used is outdated and outmoded, Melnik added. “DNA testing obviously would have been so much better for both sides,” he said. Melnik said everything related to the crime scene is gone and several witnesses are all of a sudden remembering so much more after 23 years. “It is a purely circumstantial case,” Melnik said. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said the test results are still available and denied the defense’s claim that it is purely a circumstantial case. Lewin said they have witness statements that include Alcantara allegedly admitting to the killing which they didn’t have until 2004 and 2005. He said sheriff’s Homicide Detective Steve Davis was able to get these from the witnesses. Lewin said Miguel Davis wasn’t there when Bennett disappeared and that while he denied involvement, some of the statements he made are lies. Alcantara’s older sister, Abigail Alcantara of Whittier, attended Wednesday’s hearing. She doesn’t believe her brother killed Bennett. “If he did it, he would have admitted to it. There were other suspects,” she said. She said their 87-year-old mother, Alicia, has gotten sick since this started. “She’s very very ill,” Abigail Alcantara said. “I think she gets her strength waiting for her son to come home so she can die in peace.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SOCCER: Family ties pay off for Chivas USA youngster Francisco Mendoza. By Iv n Orozco STAFF WRITER Francisco Mendoza couldn’t help but give a short smile before spitting out the phrase. Mendoza, 22, credits his success on the soccer field largely in part to having a place that keeps him close to home. After renting apartments and a chilly garage where he shared a sofa bed with former teammates in 2005, Mendoza is not complaining. He now has his own room and bed. There’s even a swimming pool in the backyard. “I told him to come live here and be with family so he wouldn’t be alone,” said Domingo Calderon, a second cousin to Mendoza’s father Rodrigo Bultrago. “We have good chemistry. If anything, he’s added excitement because we’re always looking forward to going to his next game. And his parents don’t have to worry that he’s alone.” Mendoza wasn’t alone when he left Mexico to use Major League Soccer as an avenue to someday play in a European league and ultimately on the Mexican national team. A product of Chivas USA mother team Chivas de Guadalajara’s farm system, Mendoza was part of a handful of players migrating to Los Angeles to be part of Chivas USA’s first roster in the franchise’s inaugural 2005 season. Upon arrival, Mendoza decided to find a place with a trio of former teammates: Isaac Romo, Armando Begines and Hector Cuadros. Living in a hotel on his $975 biweekly salary wouldn’t stretch far for Mendoza. Plus living with countrymen would reduce the culture shock. Mendoza didn’t want to inconvenience his family and at the same time wanted to get a feel for living independently after living with his parents in Mexico. That lasted until his roommates were no longer part of the club in 2006. Mendoza moved in with current teammate Carlos Llamosa until renewing his contract to a one-year deal worth $90,000. That’s when he decided to move in with the Calderons while making payments on a new home in Mexico. Mendoza left Mexico after quickly moving through the ranks of Guadalajara’s youth system. After three years there, he was told there wasn’t room for him on the main squad. “The last year I was with (Guadalajara) the trainers there didn’t think much of me,” Mendoza said. “I wanted to come here to demonstrate and show them that I could take up a slot on the first team. I came with the mentality of advancing my career through Chivas USA and demonstrating to those in Chivas that they let go of an important piece.” The move is paying off. The 22-year-old has not only become an integral part of Chivas USA’s lineup and a fan favorite but has opened eyes in the Mexican soccer federation with his MLS experience. Mendoza is not only noticeable for his shoulder-length mop of curly hair flopping up and down the left flank but for his speed and aggressiveness. A 5-foot-5, 125-pounder, Mendoza could easily be mistaken for a youngster out of one of Chivas USA’s youth teams. Mendoza is not a prolific scorer (five career goals in 79 starts), but his efforts have caught Mexican national team coach Hugo Sanchez’s attention. “Mendoza is being followed closely,” Sanchez said. “If he continues like this it’s possible that in the future he could be considered, but that depends on him. In the meantime we are going to continue watching him with Chivas USA as we try to earn a slot in the Olympics. If bringing him in now is not the convenient thing then perhaps, God willing it could be once we qualify for the Olympics.” And if things don’t work out with the “Tricolores,” Mendoza is leaving a window open to play for the country he calls home: the United States. He’s thinking of pursuing U.S. citizenship to be eligible. “He’s American?” U.S. captain Landon Donovan said of Mendoza. “It’s probably a long way from becoming a reality but it’d be great if he could help us win. He’d be fantastic. I think he’s a great player.” And a thankful one. [email protected] 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.“Welcome to where I live.” Those are the words the Chivas USA midfielder said while staring into the camera lens of a television crew visiting for a tour of his uncle and aunt Domingo and Laura Calderon’s home in South Gate. Mendoza showed off the kitchen where his aunt prepares his favorite Mexican dish: mole poblano. He presented the living room where the Calderon family gathers to watch Chivas USA road matches. Where the family will most likely watch Mendoza play in tonight’s Chivas USA playoff match in Kansas City. Mendoza, also known as “Panchito,” even showed the computer where he spends hours chatting with family in his native El Salto, Mexico – a town near Guadalajara – and checks on his friends in Los Angeles through his MySpace page. But Mendoza’s smile stretched ear to ear when he introduced the couple that welcomed him into their home last year.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We need to find ways to get more volume through those terminals,” McKenna said. “There are a lot of things we can do to make that happen. Shift changes are one way, but not the only way.” McKenna’s suggestion comes as the PMA and ILWU prepare to negotiate a new labor contract for longshore workers. The current six-year contract is set to expire next year. Both sides said they hope to avert a repeat of the bitter 2002 labor dispute that eventually led to a 10-day lockout and shutdown of the ports, costing the national economy $58 billion. President Bush intervened by reopening the ports with a Taft-Hartley injunction. Craig Merrilees, communications director for the ILWU, declined to comment on the PMA’s shift-change proposal. “There is always a lot of speculation before bargaining begins, but the only thing that matters is what’s negotiated when it’s all over,” Merrilees said. “I expect we’ll hear all sorts of proposals between now and the time folks sit down.” By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER The Pacific Maritime Association is expected to ask that the early-morning “hoot” shift be eliminated at West Coast ports as one of several key changes during contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Replacing the current three-shift workday, which includes the 3 to 8 a.m. hoot shift, with two 10-hour shifts would better accommodate anticipated growth at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to Jim McKenna, president of the PMA. The hoot shift is seen as a critical component in quickly moving cargo to and from the twin port complex because truckers at that time don’t get stuck in traffic on the Long Beach (710) Freeway. Critics of the hoot shift, however, say the related labor costs are a big drawback. ILWU workers get paid the equivalent of eight hours at nearly $30 per hour to work the five-hour, early-morning shift. But McKenna said he’s more concerned about port efficiencies than saving money. “It’s about finding a way for the terminals to become more efficient, not labor costs,” McKenna said. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handled a combined total of nearly 15.8 million cargo containers last year. That number is expected to nearly double over the next decade, and shippers must find a way to handle the increased load, McKenna said. “If those projections are correct, then we have to do something fundamentally different to handle it,” McKenna said. “Otherwise the cargo will be directed to other ports and we’ll lose out.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ex-Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Arsene Wenger doesn’t deserve the criticism he receives from supporters, and has told Gunners fans the manager WILL finally splash out in the summer.Wenger has come under constant bombardment from fans over the past few seasons for the team’s continued failure to end their long wait for a Premier League title and his hesitance in the transfer market.The Frenchman has faced a fresh wave of attacks in recent weeks, with Arsenal’s title challenge – having been one of the favourites over Christmas – all but gone up in smoke as table-topping Leicester sit 11 points clear of the third-placed Gunners.But former frontman Hartson says Wenger’s achievements at the club are severely undervalued and he also believes the manager will prove his critics wrong in the upcoming transfer window.“Arsene Wenger gets more stick than any other manager,” the Welshman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But if you look at their season, the title is beyond them but they’re going to finish in the top four, they were in the last 16 of the Champions League where they were knocked out by the defending champions and potential winners, they were in the later stages of the FA Cup and lost their first FA Cup game in three years, and he’s still getting an awful amount of stick.“This guy has brought in £40million for the last 16 or 17 years because of their record of qualifying for the Champions League.“Alright, they haven’t won a title in 12 years, which is not good enough for a club like Arsenal, but ultimately the amount of stick Arsene Wenger gets… I just can’t get my head around it.“He’s made the club masses and masses of money. He’s probably the most successful manager in terms of the money he’s brought in for the club, and it’s all about the money!“You look at the mess Chelsea are in, they’re way down the table and are going to be managerless in the summer, with [Antonio] Conte now saying he’s got other options. You look at Manchester United, who don’t know if they’re going to keep or sack Louis van Gaal, whereas Arsenal are likely to finish in the top three again with even more funds.“I think in the summer you’ll really see him just go to town in the transfer window. He’ll go to town with the funds available.”