Chivas USA ends layoff with a shutout

first_imgFrom news services Maykel Galindo and Sacha Kljestan scored to help Chivas USA extend Toronto FC’s winless streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory Saturday in Toronto. Toronto’s scoreless run is at 552 minutes, and the expansion team is on the verge of breaking the MLS record for scoring futility, set by Real Salt Lake (557 minutes) in 2005. It was Chivas USA’s first MLS match in 20 days. It also was the Goats’ second road win in their last three games, after just one in their first eight this season, and their third overall this season after recording just four in their first two years in the league. Toronto (5-11-5) didn’t get its first shot on goal until the 37th minute. D.C. United 2, Crew 0: Luciano Emilio scored his MLS-leading 14th goal and D.C. United won at Columbus. Brazilian midfielder Fred also scored for United. Fred’s third goal of the season came after United sent a shot off a goal post that Columbus couldn’t clear in the 52nd minute. Fire 2, Real Salt Lake 0: Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored his first MLS goal in the 43rd minute at Salt Lake City. Matt Pickens made four saves to earn his third straight shutout. Paulo Wanchope headed in a corner kick from Blanco in the 78th minute to make it 2-0. Quote, unquote Italy defender Marco Materazzi finally disclosed what he said to Zinedine Zidane in last year’s World Cup final that provoked the French star to retaliate with a head-butt. “I prefer the whore that is your sister,” Materazzi wrote in his yet-to-be-released autobiography, according to Italian news reports. U.S. men Brian Ching is replacing Josh Wolff on the U.S. roster for Wednesday’s exhibition game at Sweden. Wolff, who had not appeared for the Americans since the World Cup, has been excused for personal reasons. He plays for 1860 Munich in the German second division. McBride injured U.S. striker Brian McBride dislocated his left kneecap while scoring for Fulham and will be sidelined several months. The 35-year-old McBride slipped in the 16th minute while putting Fulham ahead, 1-0, against visiting Middlesbrough. Fulham went on to win the Premier League game, 2-1, in London. McBride retired from international play with the United States last year. Adu sits out Freddy Adu’s league debut in Europe will have to wait. The teenage American star was rested for his Portuguese team’s first league game, a 1-1 tie for Benfica against Leixoes in Lisbon, Spain. Adu already played for Benfica when he came on as a substitute in a 2-1 win over FC Copenhagen in a Champions League qualifier Tuesday. The 18-year-old Adu joined the high-profile Portuguese team from Real Salt Lake on July 31 after agreeing to a $1.5 million transfer fee with Major League Soccer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Captain Jesse Marsch hit Galindo with a 40-yard pass and the striker raced toward the goal before scoring his team-leading eighth goal of the season for Chivas USA (9-6-3) in the 57th minute. With Toronto pressing for a tying goal late in the game, Chivas made it 2-0 on a breakaway in the 89th minute as Kljestan had an easy finish in front of the goal. Chivas USA looked as if it was still on vacation in the early minutes before putting together a pair of chances in rapid succession. In the 20th minute, a midfield scrum led to the ball bouncing in front of Galindo. Toronto goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos raced to the front of the goal area to dive on the ball before Galindo could get a foot on it. Just a few seconds later, Kljestan took the first shot of the game for Chivas. He carried the ball into the penalty area and fired a point-blank shot that Stamatopoulos had to be alert to stop. last_img read more

Arsenal star undergoes knee surgery and could be facing four-month layoff

first_img Santi Cazorla 1 Santi Cazorla could be out for up to four months after Arsene Wenger confirmed the midfielder underwent knee surgery on Friday.The 30-year-old Spain international was injured early in the second half of Arsenal’s recent draw at Norwich – but remained on the pitch for the rest of the game.Wenger admitted afterwards that Cazorla had finished the match “on one leg” and said in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s victory over Sunderland that it was a possibility the former Malaga man would be out until March.It was unclear at that point whether Cazorla would require an operation but, speaking after the 3-1 win over Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats, Wenger revealed the player had gone under the knife.When asked if the club knew if the ligament had ruptured and if surgery was required the Frenchman replied: “We know now. It has happened already. It’s not the season. It is at least three months, maybe four.”Wenger said it was the opportunity to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible that had seen Cazorla have the surgery sooner rather than later – having been to see a specialist in Spain last week.“Santi wanted to have a chance to come back quickly so he didn’t want to last too long for 25 opinions and he decided to go straight away,” Wenger added.“The guy said, ‘look it’s a clear case, it’s a rupture of the external knee ligament’. And he said ‘Okay, let’s do it straight away.’”last_img read more

Chelsea leading Man City and Man United in chase for Italian international

first_img1 Leonardo Bonucci is ready for a new challenge this summer Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are locked in a three-way battle for Leonardo Bonucci.The defender was in fine form last season, helping Juventus win their fifth Serie A title in a row.The 29-year-old has been with the club since 2010 and it has been rumoured he is ready for a new challenge this summer.And, according to La Stampa, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all chasing Bonucci.Chelsea are reportedly leading the chase due to Antonio Conte’s good relationship with the player, but City and United still believe a deal can be done.Juventus, however, are determined to hold onto Bonucci and will hold talks with him after Euro 2016.last_img read more

Family of 8 left homeless by fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita She said she sent her brother downstairs to get help. “He came downstairs crying,” said neighbor Rosario Romero. “He said, My house (is) burning.” Romero said she ran upstairs to get the children and knocked on neighbors’ doors to alert them to the blaze. “The fire was really big. I couldn’t do anything,” said Romero, 26, who was treated for smoke inhalation. There was no immediate dollar estimate of damages. From as far away as San Fernando Road, flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the complex. “They were huge, man,” said Don Richards, 47, a plumber who was working along the busy corridor. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 Eugene.Tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A family of eight was left homeless Thursday after a fire, possibly caused by an unattended candle, gutted their apartment and threatened three other units. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out at 6:16 p.m. Firefighters extinguished the blaze at 23773 Valle del Oro in about 15 minutes, Capt. Tony Clift of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Officials were still investigating the cause of the fire, although they suspect it may have been a candle. Janet Romano, 14, said she was at home with two siblings and an uncle when fire broke out in one of the bedrooms, where a candle had been burning. last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesTake Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. TODAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. TUESDAY Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12-Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Conceptwill meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a dinner at 6 p.m., Black Angus restaurant, 44690 Valley Central Way, Lancaster. An optional movie will follow. Make reservations by Tuesday to (661) 267-2586. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130.160Want 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

Coke sued as part of benzene war

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe Food and Drug Administration “has closely reviewed beverages for the presence of benzene in soft drinks several times in the past and each time has found no public health issue,” said Coke spokesman Ray A. Crockett. Similar lawsuits, all filed by parents of children who drink the beverages, are pending in federal court in Kansas, Massachusetts and New Jersey and in state court in Florida and California. The first parent to sue, Timothy Newell of Boston, was a neighbor of one of the attorneys; other parents joined after learning about the lawsuits. The parents want companies to change their drink formulas and to refund money spent on the beverages. Plaintiffs added Coke’s Vault Zero energy drink to the Kansas lawsuit, which also targets PepsiCo Inc.’s Diet Wild Cherry and Kraft Food Inc.’s Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange. Benzene can form in soft drinks containing vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, and either sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate. Scientists say factors such as heat or light exposure can trigger a reaction that forms benzene in the beverages. WASHINGTON – Coca-Cola Co. was sued Friday as part of an effort to force soft drink makers to eliminate ingredients that can form cancer-causing benzene. The complaint against the soft drink giant came as two smaller companies settled a lawsuit over benzene, which is linked to leukemia. “I think if they understand that consumers, and perhaps courts, expect them to eliminate this problem, they will,” said Boston lawyer Andrew Rainer, who represents parents who sued to force the companies to stop using ingredients that form benzene. A Coca-Cola spokesman said the lawsuit is not about consumer safety but about lining lawyers’ pockets. According to the suits, independent laboratory tests found benzene in the drinks at levels above the federal limit for benzene in drinking water. The FDA found similar results on unidentified brands in sampling from 1995 through 2001 and said it would do more tests. The companies that settled – Atlanta-based In Zone Brands Inc., maker of BellyWashers, and Preston, Wash.-based TalkingRain Beverage Co. – denied that their products caused any harm. But they agreed to change their ingredients in April and May, after the suit was filed. They also agreed to refund or replace drinks made before the switch in ingredients. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Mary Terrell dismissed that case Friday morning. BellyWashers are juice drinks that come in reusable bottles featuring Spiderman, Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo and other well-known characters. Crockett, the Coke spokesman, said Vault Zero is safe. “There is no supporting documentation to prove how these lawyers conducted these tests,” he said. “Their own press release indicates that they have abused the product with heat prior to testing. FDA officials say there is no safety concern and that levels are still relatively low compared with other sources of exposure to benzene. The soft drink industry agrees and says the amount of soft drinks people consume is much less than the amount of tap water they are exposed to. As part of the settlement, the smaller companies agreed to pay $35,000 each. Rainer said most of the money will pay legal costs. Meanwhile, halfway around the globe, a court in the southern Indian state of Kerala temporarily upheld a ban on production by Indian subsidiaries of Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks after an environmental group said their products contained high levels of pesticides. The companies have challenged the ban.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

L.A.’s toy story

first_imgLos Angeles-area toy makers don’t play around when it comes to making the best toys. Local companies and their subsidiaries snagged seven of the 12 coveted spots on the “Hot Dozen” toy list compiled by longtime industry insider Jim Silver. El Segundo-based Mattel, which owns Fisher-Price and Radica, took home four. Malibu-based JAKKS Pacific, which owns Play Along, nailed two, and MGA Entertainment in Van Nuys grabbed one. The metro area of 10 million people is a magnet for creative talent, partly because so many artist types are drawn to the movie studios, according to toy expert Stevanne Auerbach, known as Dr. Toy because she holds a Ph.D. in child development and child psychology. “A lot of design students are recruited from Otis,” said Mattel spokeswoman Sara Rosales. Major players like Mattel also look for top-notch sculptors, hair stylists and fashion designers for their doll lines. Aside from the studios, Los Angeles is home to many of the ports that distribute toys made abroad. The flight to Asia, where many toys are made, is not as long as from New York, another toy industry mecca. “For a lot of the industry, it’s overseas in the Orient and it’s a quicker flight,” said Silver, who published the Hot Dozen last week in conjunction with Toy Wishes Magazine, which breaks down top-rated toys into 22 categories. Besides the seven awards that went to Los Angeles companies, Hasbro in Rhode Island won two spots on the Hot Dozen list. Lego in Denmark, Mega Bloks in Belgium, and Nintendo in Washington each took home one. Silver and his team spend the entire year screening toys against criteria like how fun they are, if they are innovative, and the price-to-value relationship, Silver said. Youngsters also get a crack at them before the ratings come out each fall. “We always like to say,” said Silver, “it’s not a hot toy unless it’s hot for your child.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 Here are the seven toys made in the Los Angeles area that landed on the much-desired “Hot Dozen” list: Fly through the air and zip on the ground with the ultralightweight radio-controlled Fly Wheels XPV ($60) from JAKKS Pacific. Bratz Forever Diamondz ($30) from MGA Entertainment has the fashion sense and bling to match her saucy attitude. Barbie is at her most glamorous as Princess Genevieve ($25) from Mattel, with a regal tiara and puffy rose-colored skirt that lights up. Plug Digi Makeover (by Radica $60) into your television, snap a self-portrait with the built-in camera, and give yourself a new do. The Kid Tough Digital Camera ($70) from Fisher-Price is oversized so little hands can grip it, and it’s sturdy. A handful of cups morphs into a fast-paced challenge when you stack and unstack them with Speed Stacks ($40) from Play Along. T.M.X. Elmo ($40) from Fisher-Price is fuzzy, red and giggles uncontrollably while beating its hands and feet on the ground.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Hollywood is the big draw,” Auerbach said. “People come here and they expand their creative pursuits. They might start in graphics and end up in toys.” Movie studios control many of the licenses that give toy makers the right to create toys based on on-screen characters. “The majority of our business is licensed,” said Genna Rosenberg, spokeswoman for JAKKS. “So being in Los Angeles also puts us in close proximity to many of the companies we get our licenses from. It makes it very easy to work with them.” One of the two leading toy design degree programs in the country is based in Los Angeles at Otis College of Art and Design. That school just north of Los Angeles International Airport generates a steady source of young designers. last_img read more

Wine distributor facing prison time

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Ronald Wallace promised he could deliver rare, fine wines at bargain prices. But his clients were left with sour grapes. Wallace, 49, dabbled in wine futures, an unregulated system that allows customers to purchase a specific vintage year before it’s bottled. When Wallace’s operation collapsed in early 2003, hundreds of clients claimed they were owed as much as $13 million worth of wine. Most of it was never purchased. Instead, Wallace used money to buy a BMW and to pay his country club bill and contractors working on his house, court documents show. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Wallace and federal prosecutors eventually agreed he would be held liable for more than $2.5 million when he is scheduled to be sentenced today. Wallace pleaded guilty in June 2005 to two counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. The Colorado man could be eligible for 70 years in prison, but prosecutors have recommended seven to nine years behind bars. Wallace declined to comment. Several phone messages left for his attorney, Marilyn Bednarski, were not returned. Wallace had sported an impressive r sum as a reputable wine merchant. He traveled to the Bordeaux region of France to meet wine makers, hosted a lavish wine-tasting at a Beverly Hills hotel and advertised his company, Rare LLC, in Wine Spectator magazine. Still. some people had their doubts about Wallace. “He was known for years in the industry by many who had tried to alert their customers about him,” said Ron Loutherback, co-owner of the Wine Club in California, which also offers wine futures. Prosecutors said he offered an early release program in which customers were guaranteed wine futures even before they were available. But he delivered the wine to only a few clients after buying it with money invested by other people, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Sloan said. Wallace operated for four years, beginning in 1999, when he told his clients that 2000 wine futures would be “`one of the best, if not the best vintage of the last 100 years,”‘ according to court documents. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

How did Manchester United’s £80million man Maguire perform against Chelsea?

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update And as the Red Devils hosted the Blues, Maguire and his new teammates ran out 4-0 winners which will buoy Solskjaer and the disgruntled United supporters who were unhappy with some of their summer dealings.But how did the England defender perform in his first appearance in a red shirt, following to sparkling campaigns with Leicester City?Here at talkSPORT.com we ran the rule of Maguire and you can see what we thought below. deals Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested PassingHe’s usually confident in possession but the England centre-back made a few sloppy passes around the 20-minute mark before then showcasing his vision with a cross-field ball only 12 yards out from his own goal.He grew into the game but wasn’t too ambitious for the majority, seeking out his closest teammate rather then anything more intricate, which was smart bearing in mind he needs to settle.In the end he managed to complete 49 of his 57 attempts, while also managing a key pass in the second period.DribblingIt wasn’t a game for Maguire for to showcase his skills at moving the ball forward but on one occasion in the Chelsea penalty area he held onto the ball superbly and teed up Marcus Rashford for a shot.You’re likely to see more from him against teams who defend with a block and invite pressure from Manchester United. Getty Images – Getty 4 Maguire will have harder days at Old Trafford Maguire did okay on his debut but will need to improve as he settles at Old Trafford Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman PositioningMaguire lined up on the left side of central defence with teammate Victor Lindelof on the right, which wasn’t unexpected.He did swap with the Swede occasionally, mainly after set-pieces as the structure of the team adjusted but he looked very comfortable when he did move across.When David De Gea had the ball, Maguire seemed at ease, moving deeper and wider to offer his new teammate a passing option.Some of the movement from Ross Barkley and Mason Mount kept him on his toes too but on the whole dealt with it well enough.As he was forced to deal with Tammy Abraham more often, he saw fit to stay touch tight as the Blues moved into the final third. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 4 Maguire had moments of sloppiness in the first half stalemate Getty targets New job Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January on target Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF DefendingWhen called across to help Luke Shaw earlier on he failed to block a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta which almost resulted in a goal for the Blues – a near miss for Maguire.And just after the half-hour mark he was left scurrying around his penalty area chasing Mason Mount when he appeared too drawn to the ball after the initial pass into the final third.It did get better as he blocked a Jorginho shot from range and a tangle with Tammy Abraham saw him come off second best.But Maguire’s tussle with Abraham could have seen him give away a foul prior to Anthony Martial’s strike but referee Anthony Taylor allowed play to carry on.He also won 71 per cent of his aerial duels, which we come to expect from the towering Sheffield-native. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw new signing Harry Maguire straight into the fray on Sunday, handing him his Premier League debut against Chelsea.It comes days after he joined the Red Devils for £80million, a world record fee for defender. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Getty Images – Getty latest FAREWELL ConclusionA 4-0 win was the perfect debut for the £80m man but it wasn’t quite a perfect performance from Maguire.For the moment we’ll chalk it up to him only being a Red Devil for a few days but bearing in mind he’s the most expensive defender ever you can also be excused for thinking he should have been a little more composed at times.If he puts in a similar performance against other teams this season there may be a few questions raised but against Chelsea he was posed no serious threats.For now it’s good enough but he can still improve and be imperious at Old Trafford. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Harry Maguire made his debut for Manchester United against Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 4 4 LATEST last_img read more

Paul Lawrie named as Darren Clarke’s vice-captain ahead of Ryder Cup

first_imgClarke, who is expected to name his two remaining vice-captains closer to the Open Championship in July, said: “I was delighted when Thomas, Padraig and Paul all accepted the invitation to become Ryder Cup vice-captains. They needed no persuading. “The three bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and their input will be invaluable to Europe’s cause. I could not have asked for anybody better to be standing shoulder to shoulder with me in the bid to bring the Ryder Cup home. “Paul is a highly respected major championship winner and knows exactly what it will take to reach our intended destination. His calm, considered approach and strength of character will be of immense value.” Paul Lawrie has been named as one of Darren Clarke’s three vice-captains for this year’s Ryder Cup at the end of September. The Aberdonian was named alongside Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington who have both performed with the European captain in previous tournaments. Former Open champion Lawrie, who played in the defeat at Brookline in 1999 and the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012, will make his debut in the backroom staff at Hazeltine the weekend of September 27 – October 2. Europe will be seeking an unprecedented fourth straight victory and ninth in the last 11 biennial contests.last_img read more