Steven Gerrard: Star striker holds the key to Liverpool’s season fortunes

first_img Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho 1 Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits the return of striker Daniel Sturridge is vital to the club’s fortunes this season.The England international returned to full training last week and is edging closer to competitive action after undergoing a hip operation in May.However, despite manager Brendan Rodgers claiming the 26-year-old looks the fittest he has for 18 months, he is taking a cautious approach.But after scoring just three times in their opening five matches, the Reds are desperately short of goals and Sturridge’s comeback cannot come soon enough for Gerrard.“I think it’s vital Daniel Sturridge is back playing and firing as soon as possible,” Gerrard, now playing in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, told Radio City.“I think the key is the partnership he forms with (Christian) Benteke because if they click together there’s plenty more big games to finish high up in the league.”The ongoing absence of Gerrard’s successor Jordan Henderson has contributed to the problems as in the three matches he has missed the team have earned just one point, in a goalless draw at Arsenal.Henderson has this week been sent to see American orthopaedic specialist Dr James Cozzarelli in an attempt to get to the root of a troublesome heel injury.Liverpool have missed his dynamism and particularly his forward running but with no date set for his return, Rodgers has to find a way of rejuvenating his midfield as the triumvirate of James Milner, Emre Can and Lucas Leiva struggled in the defeats against West Ham and Manchester United.The loss at Old Trafford was an insipid performance, as without their most influential player, the suspended Philippe Coutinho, they struggled to create much.Gerrard believes, however, with Sturridge, Henderson and Coutinho in the same team Liverpool will be a different prospect.“Henderson has been a big miss and Coutinho’s suspension was a hammer blow, so I think they’re three big players,” Gerrard said.“If you get those three into the team we will be fine.”Adam Lallana has returned to training after a thigh injury, having not featured since August 17, with midfielder Joe Allen set to be eased back into things this week after a hamstring problem which has sidelined him since pre-season.last_img read more

Chelsea star Eden Hazard to break goal drought vs PSG? – Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Champions League is BACK and Chelsea are the first English side in action as they travel to face Paris Saint-Germain in France tonight.The Blues are 9/2 to claim a first leg win, while the hosts – runaway leaders of the French top flight – 8/11 and the draw is priced at 5/2.The onus will be on the goalscorers at the Parc de Princes, and could this be the night where Eden Hazard finally breaks his deadlock?Belgium star Hazard, last year’s Premier League player of the year, has failed to find the net from open play this season and is 9/1 to net the first goal.Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa is 6/1, but the Blues’ defence may struggle to contain PSG’s forward line, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic 3/1, Edinson Cavani 4/1 and former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria 11/2 to score first in Paris.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Gardena chamber is robbed of donated toys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They discovered they were out of money and then they started looking into where the money could be, so they are doing an audit,” Burnett said. Burnett said there was also an issue over a check that was written to pay the rent but was never cashed. “We have to determine if it’s criminal or a bookkeeping error,” Burnett said. Hoskins, a local bail bondsman, became president about a month ago. He and chamber officials discovered the funds were missing during a restructure of the chamber, which has 400 members. The chamber is seeking to replace the toys for next month’s event at Gardena City Hall. Toys can be donated at Gardena General Insurance, 1220 W. Gardena Blvd. Chamber officials reported the burglary at their office at 1204 W. Gardena Blvd. on Saturday. Someone took furniture, a computer and toys donated for children for a Christmas program, Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett said. Whoever stole the items apparently used a key, Burnett said. The toys, dropped off by the public, were destined for a community holiday event on Dec. 7, chamber President Henry Hoskins said. Burnett said the chamber is looking into the financial loss and plans to question employees. [email protected] 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


first_imgKavanagh’s SuperValu in Donegal Town couldn’t be accused of following the flock!The team managed to raised €584 this week in aid of the Donegal Hospice, hosting a “guess the weight of Ben the sheep” competition.With over 200 guesses, Deborah Bonnar was the lucky winner who guessed the correct weight and won €50 worth of lamb. Store Manager Gareth Ferry said the event was a huge success.“We were delighted with the success of this week’s fundraiser and would like to give special thanks to Mary Carr for giving us Ben the sheep for the day, he appeared to enjoy the event as much as we all did!“We would also like to thank all the customers and community who joined in the fun and donated generously to this worthy cause. Each week we draw closer to our €30,000 goal for the Hospice and we are very grateful to all the people of Donegal who are generously helping us to help others”Launching their “Help Us Help Others” campaign on the 6th of May 2011, Kavanagh’s SuperValu committed to raising €30,000 minimum for the Donegal Hospice. With four SuperValu stores throughout Donegal, in Ballybofey, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Dungloe, the Kavanagh Group will give 5c to the Donegal Hospice with every Real Rewards transaction made throughout each store from May 6th 2011 until October 22nd 2011.Ben, originally from Benbulben thus receiving his name is an 8year old pet ram and weighed in at a massive 114kg.He lapped up the attention on the day and generated great excitement and competition with guesses ranging from 52kg-150kg at €3 per guess. Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Town’s Grocery Manager Paul Gallagher will also be selling a sheep at the mart in the upcoming weeks in aid of the hospice.Kavanagh’s SuperValu have been hosting a whole range of fundraising events across their four stores including a fun filled day of car washing, coffee mornings, bonanza draws, table quizzes and bag packs so far raising over €6,000 and well on their way to reaching their €30,000 goal.With many more exciting events in the pipeline including a climb of Mount Errigal on 21st of August, a flagship run/walk on the 25th September and their upcoming match this Friday 8th of July in Finn Park Ballybofey against Highland Radio. Kick off at 7.30pm, with a raffle and refreshments served in Jacksons Hotel after the game for all players and supporters. Don’t miss out, come along and cheer on your favourite team as they go head to head for the title.For more information on “Help Us Help Others” Campaign and upcoming fundraising activities please logon to:!/pages/Kavanaghs-SuperValu-Donegal/137605522975301SUPERVALU NOT ‘SHEEPISH’ ABOUT HITTING €30,000 FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: July 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Townlast_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than 50 new jobs are to be created at a new value store to be opened in Donegal this Thursday, can reveal.The Dealz discount store, formerly Poundland, will open its doors to the public at its new premises at Letterkenny Retail Park.The store, which is an impressive 8,500 ft square in size, is located across from the Radisson Hotel and close to the Evolve clothing store. Dealz Senior Business Manager Leonard Brassel said he was delighted by the opening of the Donegal store as well as another story in Kerry.“We are extremely excited about the opening of our new Irish stores and are looking forward to bringing an extensive range of products offering amazing value, including over 1000 Top Brands, to new customers at Dealz.“We are confident that value savvy Donegal consumers will love it,” he added.Dealz offers customers a wide selection of well known top brands and established own label products at amazing value prices. Product categories include food & drink, health and beauty, baby, batteries, homeware, pet, books and DVDs, toys, celebrations and seasonal ranges such as Christmas and Valentines.Many passers-by were already trying to gain access to the store today when visited the Letterkenny Retail Park.The opening of the new store as well as the 50 new jobs is welcome news for Letterkenny and Co Donegal in general.There was further good news recently with the opening of Smyth’s Toy Store on the other side of the retail park which took on 30 new employees.© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on 50 JOBS TO BE CREATED AT NEW DONEGAL DISCOUNT STORE was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DealzLetterkenny Retail Parklast_img read more

FC Basel deny Tottenham have tabled bid for Swiss starlet Breel Embolo

first_img1 Basel have denied receiving any bids from Tottenham for teenage forward Breel Embolo.A product of Basel’s youth academy, Embolo has won admirers for a hugely promising campaign, where he racked up 12 goals for his club as well as scoring his maiden international goal for Switzerland.Tottenham have been put on alert to the powerful forward’s talent and reportedly sent scouts to Switzerland to keep an eye on the 19-year-old in recent weeks.However, Basel president Bernhard Heusler has quashed rumours that the club have been in contact with Spurs to discuss a summer transfer.“No offer exists from Tottenham, and there is nothing to suggest that Breel’s path leads into that direction,” he told Blick.“It is one of the rumours that are being thrown around at the moment.” Spurs are big fans on 19-year-old Swiss forward Breel Embolo last_img read more

Allen set for Liverpool exit as Sevilla, Southampton and Swansea eye Wales ace

first_img1 Joe Allen is attracting attention from a host of clubs as Jurgen Klopp prepares to sell the midfielder this summer.The 26-year-old is popular with the Anfield faithful and starred for Wales at Euro 2016 as they made history by reaching the semi-finals.But Allen has only 12 months left on his contract with Liverpool and has not been offered a new deal.Reds boss Klopp is now understood to be ready to cash in on Allen this summer as he looks to reshape his squad.Swansea, who sold the player to the Reds for £15m in 2012, are keen to re-sign their former star.Southampton are also understood to be showing an interest, while Spanish giants Sevilla are monitoring his situaton having been impressed by his performances in France this summer.Liverpool are believed to have slapped an £11m price tag on Allen’s head. Joe Allen in action for Wales at Euro 2016 last_img read more

Truck accident blocks traffic in Carson

first_imgA truck swerved off the San Diego (405) Freeway and rolled down an embankment Thursday morning, coming to rest at a Carson intersection and delaying commuters on Main and Figueroa streets. The accident at 7:08 a.m. caused the closure of Main Street for less than an hour, while the vehicle was removed from Moneta Avenue, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said. The accident happened when the driver of the truck swerved to avoid debris on the freeway, Martin said. The driver sustained only minor injuries. Main Street was reopened at 8:07 a.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 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

Site offers New Year’s messages on confetti

first_imgMessages and wishes for the new year from people around the world will float down on the New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square when the confetti is dropped. For the first time, anyone can get a message printed on a piece of the multicolored confetti by visiting the Times Square Information Center or by using the Internet to type a message on a “Wishing Wall Online” – The message-carrying pieces will be mixed among the more than one ton of confetti, organizers said. Messages can be serious or silly, said Tim Tompkins, a spokesman for the Times Square Alliance, which organizes the party. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSo far, messages have included everything from wanting to be taller or having a smarter boss to healthy children and asking for the safe return of a child from Iraq, he said. “Peace in the World,” reads one posted on the “virtual wishing wall.”last_img read more

Patriots look like champs

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here’s the chilling truth for the rest of the NFL: The New England Patriots look like champions again. And they have no fear of hitting the road for the rest of the postseason. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, Willie McGinest broke two records for sacks and the Patriots set an NFL mark with 10 straight postseason victories by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3 on Saturday night. “It’s a great accomplishment,” McGinest said. “We’re not downplaying it, but they are not passing out any trophies tonight. We’ve got a long way to go.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Pursuing an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl title, New England battered the overmatched Jags. Brady, who improved to 10-0 in the postseason, matched his playoff career high for TD passes, and McGinest set NFL postseason records with 4 1/2 sacks and 16 for his career. Next, the Patriots go to either Denver on Saturday night or Indianapolis the next day, depending on the outcome of today’s Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game. “We’re going to keep fighting, I know we will keep fighting,” Brady said. “We’ll get ready to play the toughest game of the year. “Now we are even with the best teams in the league, Indy and Denver.” New England’s milestone surpassed the nine straight playoff victories by Green Bay in the 1960s. The Patriots (11-6) last lost a playoff game in 1999, to the Jaguars. Since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, they have won three Super Bowls in four seasons but never played in the wild-card round until now. center_img “At this point in time, you win or go home. We’re not ready to go home,” defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. McGinest surpassed Bruce Smith’s record for postseason sacks, getting 1 1/2 in the waning moments. “In the company of guys like Bruce Smith and Reggie White, it’s definitely a compliment,” he said. “I’m just humbled to be in the same category with those guys.” McGinest and the rest of the defense – even without co-comeback player of the year Tedy Bruschi, who was in uniform but didn’t play because of a calf injury – kept Jacksonville from mounting a challenge. The Jaguars (12-5) looked like a team making its first postseason appearance since 1999 and one that faced an easy schedule in compiling such a strong record. “You’ve got to turn your game up more, especially against the defending champs,” linebacker Mike Peterson said. Brady had touchdown throws of 11 yards to Troy Brown, 3 to David Givens and 63 to Ben Watson – the tight end did all the work on that one – and the defense never let Jacksonville’s offense breathe. Cornerback Asante Samuel was particularly active with a 73-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter that clinched it, and New England finished with six sacks overall. Although they sputtered early, the Patriots were plenty sharp in dominating the second half. They haven’t lost a playoff game at home since 1978. The first half was marked by tenacious defense on both sides. The Jaguars had four sacks and yielded only 126 yards. New England got two sacks and allowed 115 yards. Jacksonville didn’t get a first down until about 11 minutes remained in the second quarter. Then Eugene Wilson laid a vicious hit on backup running back Alvin Pearman, forcing a fumble. Seymour recovered at the New England 40. The Patriots did nothing with the takeaway, however, and the Jaguars finally got something going, a 12-play, 56-yard drive to set up Josh Scobee’s 36-yard field goal. New England should have gotten seven more points at the end of the half, but Deion Branch, wide open inside the Jacksonville 10, dropped Brady’s long pass. The Patriots also were forced to use Brown as a defensive back in passing situations, a ploy that worked well last season, but rarely was tried in 2005. Not surprisingly, he performed well in his part-time job. “You never know what will happen on this team, so you have to be ready,” Brown said. Givens, who was wide open after a superb play fake by Brady, has a TD catch in six straight playoff games, two short of John Stallworth’s NFL mark. Watson broke three tackles after taking a short pass on third-and-13, making it 21-3. Six plays later, Samuel stepped in front of Reggie Williams, stole Byron Leftwich’s pass and motored down the left sideline to score. “That was a great effort by Benjamin to break those tackles,” Belichick said, “and make a big play out of what probably should’ve been a third-down stop.” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called it a critical play. “All of a sudden, instead of us having an opportunity to keep it close, it got blown open right there,” Del Rio said. Leftwich, in his first action since breaking his left ankle on Nov. 27, looked rusty and indecisive. New England’s defense had much to do with that, of course, and he left midway through the fourth quarter. By then, the Patriots had topped Vince Lombardi’s Packers and could start thinking about literally hitting the road to the Super Bowl. 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