Everton boss Roberto Martinez slams decision to allow goal in League Cup loss

first_imgRoberto Martinez has described the refereeing error in the League Cup defeat at Man City as ‘heart-breaking’.Everton were knocked out of the competition, – missing the chance of a Wembley final with local rivals Liverpool – as they were beaten over two legs in the semi-final against Manuel Pellegrini’s City.The Sky Blues came from behind in the tie, and also on the night, and the second goal proved to be both crucial and controversial.Raheem Sterling ran with the ball to the byline and it appeared to go out of play before he crossed to Kevin De Bruyne, who finished well.City, buoyed by the goal, went on to score again and book their place in next month’s final as Sergio Aguero headed past Joel Robles.Toffees boss Martinez said of the game-changing moment: “Everyone who has seen the replay can see clearly that the ball is out of play.“That’s heart-breaking in a second leg semi-final [which] was two teams with incredible character.“I thought the tie was a really good football game and you don’t expect to get a goal conceded in that manor. The players in the dressing room, as you can imagine, cannot put it in words. It is wrong and very, very hard to take.“You accept Man City are a very good side and if they score three goals in the right way, you would expect it. The first goal we conceded is a deflected shot and it happens. The luck can be with or against you.“But the second is a goal that shouldn’t have been given right and clearly put us out of the tie, it’s a very significant moment and overall it’s a heart-breaking moment.”Martinez has been criticised by the Merseysiders’ fans in recent weeks as they have conceded a considerable amount of goals, are 12th in the Premier League  and have won just one of their last ten league games.The 42-year-old added: “Overall we should take it as an inspiration because we are a young, very good group of players.“We are showing signs of a very strong team who have seen eye-to-eye against a strong Man City side to finish this season really strong and get the rewards I feel everyone deserves.”CLICK HERE – ‘Get Jose Mourinho in – he wants to prove he’s a great manager!’ – A large amount of Everton fans want Roberto Martinez outlast_img read more

‘Mourinho? I wouldn’t mind Pochettino!’ United fans on latest manager reports

first_imgJose Mourinho has constantly been linked with replacing Louis van Gaal since his departure from Chelsea at the end of last year.And reports have intensified this week.It has been claimed the Portuguese coach is confident his move to Manchester United is a ‘done deal’ in the summer and has already informed friends of his next career move.But are Red Devils supporters keen on the idea of the ex-Blues boss heading to the Theatre of Dreams? Is there someone else they’d prefer take the position?Find out below… Jose Mourinho has been linked with Manchester United 1last_img

Spector still in talks for new lawyer for trial

first_imgPhil Spector has narrowed his search for a new lead attorney for his second murder trial to an unidentified lawyer, the music producer’s remaining lawyer told the judge Monday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler read two reports submitted by attorney Christopher Plourd but kept them sealed because they detail Spector’s financial negotiations with a number of lawyers since his first trial ended with a jury deadlocked last month. – The Associated Press AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

Concert to aid Simi Valley family of LAPD officer

first_imgWhen Scott was born, he sold his old muscle car to pay for family outings. Father and son were working on restoring a pair of classic cars together, funded by his side jobs. He never missed Jessica’s basketball games. After the sound of the funeral bagpipes faded away and the last hug dissolved, his friends ensured that the family didn’t feel forgotten. A bunch of cops came out to paint the house, some others invited the Sellehs over for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas. But The Canyon Club event is something bigger, with Rick Dees emceeing the night, three bands and donated auction items ranging from a signed David Beckham jersey to backstage passes to meet Elton John in Las Vegas. Though ticket sales have been slow in the early days, organizers hope to raise $100,000 for the family. “I just really feel for his family,” said Jodi Galvin, a deputy city attorney who worked with Selleh on a gang task force. “Mike is the kind of guy you don’t even realize how much you depend on until he’s gone.” Selleh had done the same thing for his old partner, Tony Stavropoulos, who got cancer a few years ago. After his partner died, Selleh organized a charity golf tournament and continued to look after his survivors. “It’s all one big LAPD family,” said Kevin McNamee, a Woodland Hills chiropractor and reserve police officer. “If you didn’t know Mike, you still know the spirit of the LAPD. The hardest time for the family is after the funeral service is done, but the police really want to keep taking care of them.” That’s what his old friend would have wanted, Smart said. No matter how hard he threw himself into his job, Selleh always made sure to get home to Barbara and the kids. When he no longer could, the men and women who served alongside him made sure they’d be there in his stead. “Life is fragile,” Smart said, his eyes rimmed with red. “But the content of his character is his greatest legacy. These guys would have taken a bullet for him.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 818-713-3738 WANT TO GO? WHAT: Mike Selleh Benefit Concert WHEN: 6 p.m. Nov. 11 WHERE: The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills INFORMATION: Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by calling Detective Glenn McConnell at 818-374-7883. For more information, visit MikeSelleh.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the early morning of July 29, Detective Mike Selleh threw his leg over his motorcycle, drove off from his Simi Valley home and never came back. The Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator was on his way to an off-duty gig guarding a movie set when he got caught up in a terrible crash on the Hollywood Freeway. He died in the crash, leaving behind a wife, two kids, unpaid bills and a highly respected legacy. It was a particularly tragic day for the LAPD – Officer David Rodriguez, 29, died in an off-duty crash just hours apart from Selleh and Chief William Bratton’s mother died in Boston. Hundreds of cops turned out for Selleh’s funeral in their dress blues to say goodbye. Now, the friends and colleagues who worked and laughed alongside him are uniting again, organizing a benefit concert for Nov. 11 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Unable to fill the hole Selleh left behind, they instead aim to offer comfort to his widow, Barbara; son, Scott; and daughter, Jessica. “LAPD is great at doing funerals – we dress up, salute, say kind words, the bagpipes play and the chief comes to hold the hands of the family,” Lt. Tom Smart said. “But an hour later, it’s all wrapped up and the family’s left with the mess.” Smart met Selleh when they were both starting their careers in the early 1980s and the two became close friends. He remembers the detective as a bearlike man with a brushy mustache, strong work ethic and playful sense of humor. While Selleh won the respect of his colleagues for his dedication to the job, Smart said it was at home that the big cop really thrived. His own father died when he was 7, so Selleh strove to involve himself as deeply as possible in his own kids’ lives. last_img read more

L.A. City Hall’s newest tax-hiking scheme

first_imgThat was Los Angeles City Hall’s last proposal to come up with a tax increase without actually having a plan for how to spend it. That idea was quietly nixed – at least for now – when city officials decided to focus their energy instead on the phony phone tax that will appear on the February ballot. But that doesn’t mean City Hall has given up on pay-first, plan-later taxes. The latest comes by way of City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who’s proposing a $52 countywide parcel tax to pay for sone unspecified traffic mitigation, to be determined later. So what would L.A. residents get for this regressive tax – which would bill every mansion, every condo, every car dealership and every mom-and-pop shop the same – and net the county $1.7 billion? But given local government’s track record, there is little public appetite for a city leadership that can’t seem to make up its mind about anything – except its desire for more taxpayer money.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I want to see us not only build a subway to the sea,” says LaBonge, invoking a bad idea that alone would easily cost many times the amount his tax would generate “but subways from the Valley to downtown, down to San Pedro, everywhere in the city.” That’s funny. We thought there already was a subway from the downtown to North Hollywood, if not the rest of the Valley as once was promised. Still, given the exorbitant costs of subways, compared to cheaper by billions and more popular by far transit options like the Orange Line, one would think LaBonge would be more realistic. But then, if he were being realistic, he and his fellow city leaders would come up with a real plan for solving L.A.’s traffic before devising plans for seizing more money. L.A. voters are prudent and would likely accept a reasonable tax hike if it would truly make our traffic situation better. last_img read more

Liverpool starting line up to play Man United tonight

first_img 2. Nathaniel Clyne – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 11 11 17. Mamadou Sakho 11 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet 11 14. Jordan Henderson Liverpool fans were in dream land last Thursday when they roared their team to a convincing 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Europa League.With better finishing – or perhaps without David De Gea in the United goal – it could have been more comprehensive, but with no away goal conceded in the first leg, the Reds have a great opportunity to progress.It is still only half-time in the tie, though, so Jurgen Klopp will need his team to produce a strong performance at Old Trafford tonight.Who will the German select for the job? Take a look at our predicted line up, above.Let us know what line up you would pick – just leave a comment below. 6. Dejan Lovren 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino 18. Alberto Moreno 7. James Milner 10. Philippe Coutinho 15. Daniel Sturridge 23. Emre Canlast_img read more

‘Europa League failure will be forgotten if Tottenham win the league’ – Alli

first_imgTottenham star Dele Alli insists Spurs’ humbling Europa League exit will be forgotten if they go on to win the Premier League title.The north Londoners suffered a chastening 5-1 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund after going down 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.But they remain in the hunt for a first league title since 1961, sitting just five points behind leaders Leicester in second place with eight games remaining.Manager Mauricio Pochettino again rotated his squad for the tie against the German side, but Alli knows that policy will be justified if they catch and then overhaul the Foxes.“We know we are a great team,” said the England midfielder.“We can’t let this dishearten us. We’ve got to keep the form we’ve had in the Premier League and carry on until the end of the season.“If we win the league this will be forgotten.“It’s a bit of a blow for the confidence but it’s important that we keep our heads up and in the next game get the three points and get back on track.“We are second in the league, five points behind Leicester. It’s important we don’t think about that too much and don’t get carried away too much with ourselves.“It’s just about taking each game as it comes and hopefully being up there at the end of the season.”It was Tottenham’s tenth outing in the Europa League this season, with Pochettino’s men having travelled close to 11,000 miles, and Alli says they will be better for the experience next season.“We are a young team, and it was a great learning curve for a lot of the players,” he added. “I’m still 19 and have got a lot to learn and this is a great club to do that with.“I’ve played in a lot of the Europa League games and I’ve learned something new in every game so it’s been good.“There have been a lot of great experiences for me and to be doing it with these boys and such a young team is a great achievement, and I am looking forward to next season.” 1 Tottenham starlet Dele Alli last_img read more

Brighton 2-2 Burnley: Keane salvages late point as Clarets go three points clear

first_img1 A stoppage-time header from defender Michael Keane rescued a point for Championship leaders Burnley in a dramatic 2-2 draw at third-placed Brighton.Dale Stephens gave Brighton the lead before Andre Gray levelled and Anthony Knockaert restored Albion’s advantage on the stroke of half-time in front of a season’s-high Amex Stadium crowd of 29,683.Burnley were controversially denied an equaliser in the 88th minute when a Keane header from substitute Matthew Taylor’s corner was not given as a goal by referee Craig Pawson, although replays clearly showed the ball had crossed the line.Keane had the final say, however, rising unchallenged to power home another corner from Taylor in stoppage time to stretch Burnley’s unbeaten league run to 16 games and maintain their three-point advantage at the summit.Unchanged Burnley, looking to bounce back into the top flight at the first time of asking, made a lively start and striker Gray had a low goal-bound shot saved by goalkeeper David Stockdale in the second minute.Brighton had a let-off in the 11th minute when Joey Barton got between centre-backs Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk following a corner by David Jones and put a free header wide.The Seagulls, unbeaten at home since New Year’s Day, failed to make the most of an opening when Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal both had shots blocked before Liam Rosenior put an angled shot over.The Seagulls broke the deadlock on the half-hour when former Charlton midfielder Stephens scored his eighth goal of the season.French winger Knockaert whipped in Albion’s second successive corner with pace and the ball flicked off Welsh international striker Sam Vokes before Stephens steered it home at the far post.Burnley’s response was swift, though, and former Brentford striker Gray fired them level four minutes later with his 21st goal of the season.A corner by Jones was flicked on by Keane and Stephen Ward helped the ball on to Gray, who spun and turned in a low shot from point-blank range.Brighton should have regained their lead when Hemed shot wastefully wide with the goal at his mercy, and keeper Tom Heaton was forced to parry a goal-bound effort by Sam Baldock.Chris Hughton’s men went back in front on the stroke of half-time when Knockaert, restored to the side, scored a fine individual goal.Following a strong run by Kayal, Jamie Murphy played in Knockaert on the right-hand side and he switched from left foot to right before firing a low shot under Heaton with the aid of a deflection.Burnley continued to live dangerously and Hemed shot against a post from a tight angle in stoppage time.Albion began the second half in the ascendancy and Murphy put a right-footed shot wide from a pass by Rosenior before James Wilson, a first-half replacement for the injured Baldock, failed to get on the end of a cross from Bruno.Clarets boss Sean Dyche made his first change by introducing Taylor in place of Scott Arfield, and the midfielder had a shot blocked after Vokes played the ball to him.Goalkeeper Heaton kept Burnley in the game at the other end by superbly saving a left-footed shot from Knockaert following a cross by Murphy.Burnley had another let-off before the late drama when Hemed released Murphy and Wilson was unable to make contact with his inviting ball into the area. Michael Keane scored after his earlier effort was ruled out for not crossing the line last_img read more

Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid: Spaniards stunned by Bundesliga strugglers

first_imgTwo goals in eight first-half minutes from Wolfsburg were enough for the Bundesliga strugglers to stun Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.The 10-time winners of the competition face an uphill task just to progress to the last four this year after losing 2-0 in Germany in the first leg.Ricardo Rodriguez netted a penalty, before Maximilian Arnold doubled the advantage just moments later, becoming the first players to score past Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in this year’s competition.Four days on from a win at the Nou Camp with 10 men, Zinedine Zidane’s side looked shaky at the back and have it all to do in the return fixture in the Spanish capital next Tuesday.70 seconds in it appeared as if Madrid would not be getting their own way, when Cristiano Ronaldo was flagged for a marginal offside call when he collected Karim Benzema’s pass and turned home.Moments later Gareth Bale was then denied what appeared a clear penalty after Luiz Gustavo clattered into his leg inside the area, although Benzema could have no complaints at not grabbing the opener moments later when he shot straight at Diego Benaglio in the Wolfsburg goal.Wolfsburg, who currently sit eighth in the Bundesliga, were a threat on the counter, though, and Andre Schurrle was the catalyst for the opening goal – the first Navas has conceded in 738 minutes in the Champions League.The winger appeared to kick his own foot as he swung his leg past Casemiro in the Madrid penalty area, but the referee saw enough contact to award the host a spot-kick, which Rodriguez converted.Seven minutes later it was 2-0, Julian Draxler finding Henrique in space and from his cross Arnold stole a march on Sergio Ramos and finished first-time past Navas.Zidane’s side pushed for an away goal as soon as they went two behind, Benzema heading wide and Toni Kroos drawing Benaglio into a save.Bale planted a 25-yard free-kick over his crossbar of the stroke of half-time, and Ronaldo missed the target with two attempts from Bale crosses in the second period.However, Schurrle almost netted a third for the Germans, but he fired over after beating Marcelo, who cut a frustrated figure with an act of petulance.The Brazilian kicked out at Arnold before comically falling to the ground after placing his head in the goalscorer’s chest, with only the victim and Bale booked in the subsequent skirmish. Ronaldo was thwarted again by Benaglio after substitute Isco had threaded a pass through with the outside of his boot, while Navas pushed away from Max Kruse at the other end to ensure the task facing Real in the second leg did not become even more difficult. Ricardo Rodriguez scores a penalty for Wolfsburg 1last_img read more

‘The ultimate Arsenal troll!’ – reaction to Arsene Wenger comments

first_imgArsene Wenger really hasn’t helped himself and Gooners have been having their say about his comments regarding the team’s form this season.The club find themselves 12 points behind leaders Leicester, while their bitter rivals Tottenham are also above them with three games to go.“We lost the championship at home against lower teams, but we played sometimes at home in a very difficult climate,” he said. “Away [from the Emirates] we are championship winners.”Here, talkSPORT looks at what supporters have been saying following the manager’s words. ‘The ultimate Arsenal troll!’ – reaction to Arsene Wenger comments 1last_img