Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that Steve McClaren is one of the best coaches he’s ever worked with – but that doesn’t necessarily make him a good manager.Newcastle boss McClaren is feeling the pressure on Tyneside after failing to win any of his first six Premier League games and seeing his side dumped out of the Capital One Cup by a weakened Sheffield Wednesday outfit on Wednesday night.Murphy worked with McClaren during his international career at England while the 54-year-old was assistant to Sven Goran Eriksson, and admits he harbours concerns for the long-term future of the Magpies boss.“He’s definitely one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with, but that doesn’t alone make you a good manager,” Murphy told the Colin Murray show.“Ultimately he is on a tight rope. You’ve got three other teams in a similar position in the Premier League, but if they are bottom after 10 or 12 games I really worry for him.”McClaren came under heightened scrutiny after Newcastle’s abject 2-1 home defeat to newly-promoted Watford on Saturday, and Murphy claims the shambolic performance was uncharacteristic of a McClaren side.He added: “I’m amazed, as I watched Newcastle at the weekend, because tactically they were all over the place.“It was so unlike a McClaren team. Now I don’t know whether the recruitment is wrong or whether they are lacking belief – probably a mixture of both.”
Newcastle boss McClaren ‘one of the best coaches’ I’ve worked with…but that doesn’t make him a good manager, claims former England man
1 Dean Hammond Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says Dean Hammond will be allowed to leave the club on loan.The midfielder was not involved in midweek as the Foxes defeated West Ham in the League Cup.The 32-year-old is yet to feature under Ranieri and the Italian has now revealed he could leave on loan.“I don’t know about him [Hammond],” said Ranieri.“If he wants to go on loan, I think it is much better for him if he wants to play this season.”
West Ham have been dealt another cruel blow with news striker Diafra Sakho will be out for three months with a thigh injury.The Senegal international, who has scored five goals this season, will undergo surgery on Saturday to fix the problem.Sakho suffered the injury as he attempted to shoot during the second half of West Ham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom last Sunday.The 25-year-old joins fellow attackers Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia on the sidelines with injuries beginning to bite at Upton Park.“It’s a big blow,” said manager Slaven Bilic. “Those three injuries happened to three key players, especially in the offensive part of our game.“Of course Carroll is important. It’s him and [Nikica] Jelavic and [Michail] Antonio.“With the three of them it’s a massive blow, but it’s a good chance for some of the other guys to step in and show their class.”Bilic is hopeful that Ecuador forward Valencia will be available in a couple of weeks after an ankle injury, but French playmaker Payet is set to be sidelined until February. Diafra Sakho 1
1 Aston Villa manager Remi Garde believes summer signing Jordan Ayew could be the man to save their season.Villa are already ten points adrift of safety and looked doomed to the Championship as they enter a hectic festive period.They did, however, rescue a point at the weekend against Newcastle after a stunning strike from the forward who joined under former manager Tim Sherwood.“He is a very gifted player,” Garde said. “He works so hard in the training sessions to give the best for the team. I am very happy for him.“I believe he could score goals for us in the second part of the season.“He’s got the pace. He’s got the stamina as well.“He’s a special player. He’s a decisive player and hopefully he will score more goals.” Jordan Ayew celebrates scoring for Aston Villa
Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring the opening goal 1 MK Dons 3-0 NorthamptonMK Dons booked their place in the fourth round of the competition, for a big-money home tie with Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea.After a 2-2 draw at Sixfields in the original tie, Karl Robinson’s men were comfortable winners against League Two Northampton.Ben Reeves put the hosts ahead from the spot early in the second half, before Josh Murphy doubled their lead eight minutes later. The Norwich loanee calmly finished past shot-stopper Adam Smith.Simon Church confirmed the result with one minute remaining as he coolly converted from the spot after goalkeeper Smith fouled Rob Hall in the box.Aston Villa 2-0 WycombeRemi Garde’s blushes were spared as his Aston Villa side avoided an upset in the replay at Villa Park.The Villans were lucky to rescue a draw in the first match at Adams Park and Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe started well in this tie, as they were still goalless at the break.Ciaran Clark headed the Premier League side into the lead after 75 minutes before Idrissa Gueye converted to confirm their fourth round home match with Manchester City.Bradford 0-0 Bury (Bury win 4-2 on penalties)This all-League One FA Cup tie went to penalties at the Coral Windows Stadium as Bury booked a fourth round tie at home to Championship promotion chasers Hull.The visitors were reduced to ten men shortly before the interval as Nathan Cameron was shown a second yellow card after a deliberate handball.The Bantams hit the post in the second period and Andrew Davies nearly won it for Phil Parkinson’s men as his 20-yard shot flashed wide in added time.The hosts pushed for an opening goal and Bury’s Danny Pugh hit the post at the other end.The match inevitably went to penalties in West Yorkshire, with City’s Davies and Devante Cole missing their spot-kicks. Bury’s Jacob Mellis stepped up to coolly fire home the all-important penalty to confirm the victory, setting up for a home match with Steve Bruce’s Tigers.Bristol City 0-1 West BromSalomon Rondon netted the only goal of the game as West Brom beat Championship side Bristol City.Since the last match, where the Baggies very nearly lost, City have sacked manager Steve Cotterill and they put in a good performance, but Tony Pulis’ side edged it.Both sides had wasted good opportunities before Rondon popped up after 52 minutes to control and finish Craig Dawson’s cross.Portsmouth 2-1 IpswichLeague Two Portsmouth shocked Championship Ipswich thanks to goals from Gary Roberts and Marc McNulty.The Pompy pair scored within five second-half minutes to ensure the hosts went into the break with a two goal advantage.Ipswich looked like they were about to stage a comeback when Ainsley Maitland-Niles netted but a red card Piotr Malarczyk proved costly as Portsmouth progressed to the fourth round to face Premier League Bournemouth.Yeovil 1-1 Carlisle (Carlisle win 5-4 on penalties)A trip to Everton is the prize for Carlisle after they beat Yeovil on penalties to reach the FA Cup fourth round.Jack Compton scored after 30 minutes as Yeovil took the lead in the first half before they were pegged back by an Anthony Sweeney goal 15 minutes from time.Francois Zoko missed a penalty for Yeovil in the 90th minute as the game went to extra time, where both sides were reduced to ten men as Alex Lacey saw red for Yeovil before Luke Joyce received his marching orders for Carlisle six minutes later.The first eight takers in the penalty shootout all found the net until Matthew Dolan missed for the hosts, allowing Mark Ellis the chance to win it for Carlisle, which he duly took.Bolton 3-2 EastleighBolton came from behind to beat non-league Eastleigh, thanks to Darren Pratley’s 57th minute winner.The Conference side looked to shock their hosts when they took the lead through Joe Partington after ten minutes before Bolton equalised through Gary Medine.Neil Lennon’s side took the lead before half time with a Dean Moxey goal only for Kaid Mohamed to level the scores once more in added time before the break.But there was no dream ending for Eastleigh as Pratley scored to schedule an all-championship tie against Leeds United.Reading 5-2 HuddersfieldMatej Vydra scored a hat-trick as Reading staged a thrilling comeback against ten-man Huddersfield to set up a clash with Walsall in the next round.The visitors went 2-0 up after only 15 minutes through Jamie Paterson and Tommy Smith before Jonathan Hogg saw red on 26 minutes.That signalled the start of the fightback as Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon and then three from Vydra saw the Royals safely through to the fourth round, before Alex Fernandez put the icing on the cake with a fifth goal in stoppage time.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You’re not asking that a particular group be protected, but asking that nobody can be disclosed,” said Janavs, who last month tentatively rejected the union’s bid for a temporary restraining order. “There’s not been a showing made that all employees (represented) by the union should be exempt.” The judge issued her decision after the union’s attorney, Robert Dohrmann, briefly argued that disclosing the information could put DWP security officers at risk. But Janavs said the union hadn’t identified specific groups in its filing, and she cited a case in which the California Supreme Court upheld disclosure of some information on police officers. The Daily News obtained the information on DWP workers from the DWP itself under the California Public Records Act. The newspaper reported Sept. 30 that DWP employees’ salaries average $76,949 a year and that the workers earn nearly 20 percent more than the average Los Angeles municipal worker. Review of the payroll was triggered by a DWP board decision to seek higher rates for water and power. Less than two weeks later, the union filed its motion seeking a temporary restraining order. By Beth Barrett Staff Writer For the second time in less than a month, a judge on Thursday rejected a bid by the Department of Water and Power’s union to bar the Daily News from publishing its members’ names, positions and salaries on the dailynews.com Web site. In a hearing that lasted just three minutes, Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs said the union representing nearly 8,500 DWP workers failed to demonstrate the need for a preliminary injunction. The Daily News also has filed a lawsuit against the union seeking to have its lawsuit against the newspaper dismissed. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – A Democratic senator on Saturday accused President George W. Bush of “hollow talk” in support of U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and she said the Bush administration has not done nearly enough to provide veterans with the care they need. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said, “The president can call on Democrats to follow him in lockstep all he wants, but when it comes to caring for our veterans, we are not about to start taking advice from George Bush.” Bush scolded Democrats on Thursday for combining spending bills for defense and veterans programs with one for labor, health and education matters. Republicans consider the bill bloated. The president also lamented that his emergency spending request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan still languishes. “The president has said the need to enact these reforms and complete the Veterans Affairs appropriations bills is urgent, and hopefully Congress will pass a bill he can sign,” Walton said.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Murray, delivering the Democrats’ weekly radio address, accused Bush of underfunding the Veterans Affairs Department and said thousands of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are “stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare” and aren’t getting the health care they need. The senator said the number of uninsured veterans has grown rapidly in recent years. The administration also lost the personal data of millions of veterans and failed to correct shoddy outpatient treatment and poor living conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, she said. Murray, the fourth-ranking Democratic senator, defended a Democratic bill that pays for veterans programs and other priorities such as education and medical research. The bill provides thousands of new case workers to help reduce delays for treatment, improves conditions at Walter Reed and other facilities and invests in new ways to treat ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder, she said. Murray’s comments were criticized by Republican National Committee spokesman Brian Walton, who noted that former Sen. Bob Dole and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala are working to implement recommendations of a presidential commission to improve treatment of wounded veterans, while “Democrats like Patty Murray are standing on the sidelines throwing out shrill, unhelpful rhetoric.”
Two suspected bank robbers were caught Sunday in Las Vegas, ending a crime spree that authorities say started in the San Gabriel Valley. Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp Jr., 26, dubbed the “Newlwed Bandits,” were arrested by The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in the evening, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. The two allegedly robbed a pedestrian before carjacking a vehicle, Eimiller said. Police chased the suspects until Rocha crashed the car, said Eimiller. Rocha was immediately arrested, but Meyercamp ran but was later captured, she said. Authorities are also investigating whether Rocha and Meyercamp may have committed a bank robbery in Las Vegas, said Eimiller. Rocha and Meyercamp are suspected in five bank robberies, officials said. The bank robberies spanned from Oct. 18 to Nov. 8, said Eimiller. Crimes occurred in El Monte, Duarte, Diamond Bar, Claremont, and La Habra, officials said. Meyercamp is on parole for burglary and assault and is a suspected La Puente gang member, Eimiller said. Rocha is enrolled as a student at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, and may have attended classes during the alleged string of bank robberies, said Eimiller. Both suspects are former residents of El Monte, she added. While Rocha and Meyercamp are not believed to be married, they are involved in some kind of romantic relationship, Eimiller said.After information was released to the media, the suspects were identified by someone who recognized their picture on television, Eimiller said. “The publicity,” she said, “definitely led to their identifications.” – Brian Day AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
China is an egregious violator of human rights.It seems by this point in history this should be common knowledge, and proponents of free speech, media and religion shouldn’t have to keep justifying opposition to the regime by offering the examples that repeat from day to day.China’s track record is grim: Labor and re-education camps full of political prisoners. More executions than anywhere else in the world. More journalists and cyber-dissidents caught and punished by a massive crew of censorship police. China’s propping up the brutal regime of Myanmar that kills democracy protesters in cold blood – and blocking U.N. Security Council action by maintaining it’s just business as usual in a sovereign state.So why in the world would a progressive city like San Francisco welcome the torch of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The torch should not be permitted to be used as a propaganda vehicle for the communist dictatorship in China,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who in August co-sponsored resolutions calling for the United States to boycott the Olympics over China’s role in Darfur and its human-rights violations at home.Yet the City by the Bay is the sole U.S. stop on the global torch relay, with the flame set to pass through on April 9. One grass-roots group of human-rights-minded residents isn’t so willing to let that happen, but so far the San Francisco Team Tibet Coalition can’t even get an audience with Mayor Gavin Newsom to ask him to cancel the torch relay through the city.“Your welcoming of the Olympic torch would suggest … that you are ready to turn your back on a unique opportunity to promote legitimate international concerns and… take a stand for justice in Tibet and China,” stated the Aug. 8 letter to Newsom. According to Giovanni Vassallo, president of coalition member the Committee of 100 for Tibet, the mayor’s office has not responded.Repeated attempts to obtain comment from Newsom’s office were unsuccessful.The “Journey of Harmony” torch relay hasn’t just stirred the waters in the Bay Area: Beijing included Taipei on the relay route, only to have Taiwan – which is not allowed to use its flag, seal or anthem at the Games – declare the torch unwelcome, calling it “a brazen attempt to downgrade Taiwan to a part of China.” China has also instituted strict background checks on foreign climbers on the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest in an effort to thwart protesters on the torch route. Shannon Service, a Students for a Free Tibet member who was detained by Chinese authorities in April for protesting at Mount Everest, is part of the coalition setting its sights on San Francisco.“The mayor doesn’t seem to quite get that when the torch passes through our fair city it will not be hailed as a symbol of international unity and sports,” she said. “It’s going to raise international protest as a symbol of occupation, torture and genocide.”“San Francisco is known worldwide as a center of progressive consciousness,” said Laurel Sutherlin, also arrested on Mount Everest. “We cannot allow the Chinese government to exploit the reputation of our city to advance their nefarious policies on the global stage.”At this point, we unfortunately can’t go back and fix what the International Olympic Committee should have never done in the first place: awarding the 2008 Summer Games to Beijing. It takes a truly blind individual to not see the hollowness of the regime’s empty promises to reform in return for the games. Conversely, we’ve seen increased press-freedom crackdowns and, according to Amnesty International, “re-education through labor” and “enforced drug rehabilitation” in order to “clean up” Beijing before the games.What we can do, though, is take a stand and decide that this tainted Beijing torch does not represent the values of a nation that has pledged to defend the basic dignity and human rights of every individual.China’s torch should not be welcomed on American soil. The city of San Francisco should take the bold step of canceling the torch relay through its streets, putting humanity before revenue and justice before publicity.This torch should also light a fire under Americans to reconsider other partnerships with China until its people and the Tibetan people are free.“After the monks have been mowed down and slaughtered in the streets of Rangoon, (Myanmar), it has to be more difficult for people to accept that we have the Olympics in Beijing,” Rohrabacher said.Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Funeral services will be held today for Homer Broome Jr., the first African-American in the Los Angeles Police Department to be named commander. Broome died Monday. He was 76. Services will be held at Holman United Methodist Church. “He was the reason that I and a lot of African-Americans joined the LAPD,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks. “He was the role model for the LAPD in the black community.” Parks, who became the second African-American to serve as LAPD chief, recently won City Council approval to name the Southwest Police Division after Broome, commemorating his service as the first black commanding officer of a police station. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBroome, who was mentored by former Mayor Tom Bradley, rose through the ranks of the LAPD during the civil-rights movement. Bradley named him to the Public Works Commission, where he worked to open city contracting to minorities. He also ran for the City Council but lost to Councilman Nate Holden. Broome joined the LAPD in 1954. He became a captain in 1969 and became a commander six years later. After his retirement, Broome was named by then-President Jimmy Carter as a senior administrator in the Department of Justice. Broome is survived by his wife, Marian; son, David; daughter, Margaret; and four grandchildren. [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!