City Hall expands LAX, then punishes travelers for the congestion

first_imgLOS Angeles City Hall’s long-standing failure to come up with a plan for regionalizing air traffic is causing ever-mounting congestion around LAX and increased safety risks. Someone has to pay for this mess, and, City Council members reason as usual, that it might as well be you. Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl and East Valley Councilwoman Wendy Greuel have come up with a novel idea: Imposing tolls on vehicles entering Los Angeles International Airport’s central terminal area. Proceeds would go to mass-transit projects. Coming on the heels of various city measures to expand LAX – and, thus, its attendant traffic – the timing of this study proposal couldn’t be more outrageous. No one denies that the traffic around LAX is atrocious. And by all means, City Hall must do something to mitigate it. But there are reasonable and unreasonable ways to address the problem. Last week, L.A. airport commissioners voted to broaden a $2 million, six-month study about safety on LAX’s north runway to include what the airport would need to do to accommodate new jumbo aircraft. Rosendahl, who talks a good game about the need for regionalization, rightly characterized this shift as a betrayal of the idea. “They changed the focus of the new study from safety to enhancement and capacity,” he complained. And the week before last, City Hall took up plans to build 10 new airline gates adjacent to Tom Bradley International Terminal – with room for future growth. City leaders insist this is just about accommodating new, larger jets, but adding new gates also lays the groundwork for adding flights and passengers – as well as more car trips on the 405. But then, maybe that’s just how city leaders want it. Expanding LAX is all about raising money for city coffers, the local unions and well-connected contractors. What better way to increase the take than to force more travelers to use LAX – then charge them for it? In the insiders’ world of City Hall, such strategies are standard operating practice.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chief among the unreasonable ones is penalizing travelers, who have no choice but to go to LAX because City Hall has never been serious about providing regional air-travel alternatives. Rather than taxing travelers, then using the money to construct transit projects that would takes years, if not decades, to complete, the council could reduce traffic around LAX much more quickly and inexpensively by routing more flights elsewhere. Such a regional approach to air travel only makes sense. The travelers who use LAX come from all over the Southland. Many would jump at the opportunity to fly out of airports closer to home, such as Palmdale, Ontario or Orange County. And if they were able to do so, traffic woes on the 405 Freeway would be greatly diminished. But city leaders have never been serious about regionalization. At the same time City Hall looks into taxing LAX-bound travelers, it’s also working on ways to expand the number of flights coming in and out of the airport. last_img read more

Missouri special legislative session starts Monday

first_imgMissouri Governor Mike Parson signs legislation on July 10, 2019 (file photo courtesy of Governor Parson’s office)While it’s not officially on the special session agenda, Democrats in both the House and Senate will have an opportunity to speak on the respective floors about the issue of gun violence, which is a top priority for the Legislative Black Caucus.Governor Mike Parson (R) announced in August that he’s calling the special session over the Supreme Court’s “Kehlenbrink vs. Department of Revenue” case.“After reviewing the court’s decision, we’ve decided to call a special session because it’s simply the right thing to do for the people of our state,” Parson announced in August. “The enforcement of this decision would create a financial burden on Missouri taxpayers and unnecessary government red tape that we can proactively prevent.”The Supreme Court’s summer ruling involves using the sale proceeds of a vehicle as a credit against the purchase price of a new vehicle when calculating sales tax. Essentially, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that state law unambiguously permits the sale proceeds of only one vehicle as a credit against the purchase price of a new car, for the purposes of calculating sales tax.“And really, the simple version of it (the Supreme Court’s ruling) is when you trade cars in, for example if you trade two cars in, you get a credit back on those two cars or for that model if you’re buying another one. There was a ruling by the Supreme Court that says you can only do one,” Parson told Missourinet on August 15 at the State Fair in Sedalia. That was the first time the governor had spoken publicly about the issue.Parson says the ruling impacts about 2,000 to 3,000 Missourians, adding this is money out of their pocket.GOP leaders in both chambers indicate the special session should end by Friday.House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, has released a schedule indicating the House will have a technical session on Monday, with floor debate and discussion expected Wednesday morning and afternoon. The House is expected to give final approval to the vehicle tax bill on Wednesday.Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, tells Missourinet he expects the Senate to take possession of the bill on Thursday. A Senate hearing would take place Thursday, and Schatz expects the Senate to approve the bill on Friday.Under the state Constitution, both chambers will also hold the annual veto session Wednesday at noon, which means they will stop the special session and then reconvene it after veto session ends.Governor Parson vetoed six bills this year. State Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, tells Missourinet he doesn’t expect any override attempts in the House or the Senate.As for the Legislative Black Caucus, they support legislation allowing cities with high gun violence, like St. Louis and Kansas City, to approve their own gun control legislation. They wanted Governor Parson to include the issue in this week’s special session.The governor opposes that, saying there are “many different opinions on how to find a solution.” Governor Parson met with State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove, D-Kansas City, and other Black Caucus leaders behind closed doors last week at the Capitol. Representative Manlove says the governor is pushing for improved job opportunities in St. Louis and Kansas City.The governor told Missourinet’s Jill Enders in St. Charles last week that he plans to send Missouri state troopers to St. Louis within the next 30 days. Parson also supports working with churches, to help prevent violence.Manlove and other Black Caucus members will have an opportunity to discuss the issue on the floors of the House and Senate. Manlove tells Missourinet children are still dying, noting there have been more than 100 Kansas City homicides in 2019.She says gun violence is “ravaging our streets,” and notes Kansas City and St. Louis have consistently ranked in the top ten deadliest cities for at least a decade. (Missourinet) Missouri lawmakers will return to the State Capitol in Jefferson City on Monday for a special session involving a complicated State Supreme Court ruling about vehicle sales.last_img read more

Mo Salah says Champions League win is far more important than goals record

first_imgMohamed Salah has spoken of his pride at becoming only the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a season but said individual records and accolades are meaningless compared with winning the Champions League.The Egypt international maintained his phenomenal strike-rate on Saturday when he scored his 30th Premier League goal of the campaign in the 3-0 home win against Bournemouth. Salah’s exquisite header beyond Asmir Begovic was also his 40th goal in all competitions – a figure previously achieved at Liverpool by only Roger Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush (1983-84 and 1986-87). No Liverpool player has reached the milestone faster than Salah, however, who has scored 40 goals in 45 games for Jürgen Klopp’s side. Share on WhatsApp Liverpool’s £36.9m summer signing from Roma is firmly on course to win the Golden Boot and player of the season awards but admits he would swap them all for victory in the Champions League.Salah, who faces his former club in the semi-finals, said: “It means a lot. I try to score every game to help the team and to get the points. That is the most important thing for us, that we play as a team, as 11 players, and so each goal for me is to help the team. It is a great feeling, of course it is a great feeling, but in the end I am just happy to score and help the team. If I had a choice between the Champions League and the Golden Boot, then of course it would be the Champions League, no doubt the Champions League. To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I don’t care about the rest.”The Liverpool forward is five goals ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race to be the Premier League’s leading scorer and, despite targeting the club’s sixth European Cup success, admits the individual honour is a motivation. “It is in my mind,” said Salah. “I cannot lie, it is in my mind. But you can see against Bournemouth that everyone in the team tries to pass the ball to me to help me. I am happy to have this feeling, you feel all the team want to support you and want to help you score goals. I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Agüero. It’s like that but in the end we play as a team.” Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Mohamed Salah Salah tweeted: “Wooooooow really?” after Kane was awarded a goal against Stoke by the Premier League goals accreditation panel but declined to be drawn further into the controversy. “I don’t want to say anything about that!” he said with a laugh. “In the end they said it’s his goal so it’s finished for me. Now we still have four games and they have five or six games so I have to think about my games and we will see. I think the way we play gives us all more chances to score. You can see with Bobby Firmino, he has scored a lot of goals this season. It’s also a different season for him. The way we play helps us to be in front of the goal all the time.”Firmino struck his 25th goal of the season in all competitions to seal a comfortable defeat of Eddie Howe’s team. Bournemouth had fallen behind to an early Sadio Mané goal but settled into the game, with Nathan Aké defending well against Salah, before the Egyptian peeled away from his marker to convert a cross from the excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold. “It was very difficult,” Aké said. “In a split second he [Salah] is gone. If there is no pressure on the ball, then he can make incredible movements in behind you, so it’s really, really difficult.”Virgil van Dijk jokingly called Salah “lucky” as Liverpool’s leading marksman discussed his 40-goal milestone after the game. The 25-year-old admitted he is now targeting Rush’s all-time Liverpool record of 47 goals in a season.Salah added: “It is very close, just seven goals. But let’s see! I don’t know how many games there is to go but we have the Premier League and semi-finals of the Champions League to play. I will try my best to score again and help the team.” Topics Read more Liverpool Read morecenter_img Bournemouth Share via Email Share on Twitter Diogo Jota sets promoted Wolves on the way to win over Birmingham Mohamed Salah takes his tally to 30 in Liverpool win over Bournemouth Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Early runs create snowball effect as Ohio State baseball loses to Dayton

Junior outfielder Pat Porter catches the ball during a game against Eastern Michigan April 8 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-1.Credit: James Grega Jr. / Lantern reporterThe University of Dayton just keeps on beating Ohio State.Just a few weeks removed from the two schools playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Flyers (13-17, 5-4) took it to the Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) on the diamond in Columbus, beating them, 8-5.Normally assuming the role of closer, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey started for the Buckeyes Wednesday.“I let the team down today,” Dempsey said. “It was important to get this win today and I didn’t really come out or give us an opportunity to win … today my body language got out of hand and I kind of sucked a little life out of the team. That’s my fault.”With the Buckeyes either winning by blowout fashion or trailing late in recent games, coach Greg Beals has been giving Dempsey extra work during the mid-week games.Dempsey was sluggish early, walking and hitting a batter in the first inning. Those two early mistakes proved costly as two unearned runs crossed the plate following two errors on a ground ball hit by junior infielder A.J. Ryan.Beals said those two early runs were the key to the game.“We walked a guy, we hit a guy, and we committed an error,” Beals said. “And we gave them two runs in the first inning. That set the tempo for the rest of the game.”The Flyers got another two runs in the third, this time earning them off Dempsey.With men on first and second, back-to-back RBI singles from Ryan and sophomore outfielder Aaron Huesman pushed the Flyers’ cushion to four.The early runs gave the Flyers provided the spark needed to overcome OSU.“This is one of their biggest games of the year and we can’t give them any hope,” Buckeye junior catcher Aaron Gretz said after the game. “Once they get some momentum it’s like a snowball effect. We can’t give up those early runs like that.”The Buckeyes found a sense of urgency in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs of their own.Gretz led off with a double before advancing to third on an error and scoring on a wild pitch from the Flyers’ freshman starter Nick Gobert.OSU redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis followed with a double of his own and scored after another double from teammate and sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn.Kuhn eventually scored after an infield single by freshman outfielder Troy Montgomery to pull the Buckeyes within one.The Flyers answered in the fourth, though.Freshman Yianni Pavlopoulos came on to relieve Dempsey, and the Flyers got men on first and second with redshirt-junior outfielder Alex Harris up to bat.With Pavlopoulos making only his second appearance of the season, Harris took full advantage of his inexperience and sent a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run shot to push the Flyers’ lead back to four.Redshirt- senior relief pitcher Tyler Giannonatti came in after Pavlopoulos and pitched two scoreless innings for the Buckeyes, who began chipping away at the lead.OSU redshirt-sophomore Ryan Leffel had an RBI single in the fifth and freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson smashed a solo home run over the right-field wall in the sixth to put the Buckeyes down two.The Flyers pulled a run back in the eighth off freshman Travis Lakins on a sacrifice fly from redshirt-junior infielder Sergio Plasencia to get the lead back to three with only two innings left.Another run for the Buckeyes was not in the cards, though, as sophomore reliever Nick Weybright shut down the Buckeye bats and gave the Flyers the 8-5 win.Dempsey and the Buckeyes have a chance to right the ship in a series with Big Ten foe Penn State this weekend in Columbus at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.First pitch Friday against the Nittany Lions is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. read more

Analysis Taking an early positionbyposition look at the 2018 Ohio State offense

Freshman quarterback Tate Martell (10) warms up prior to the 2017 season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerhide | Photo EditorHere is a position-by-position breakdown of Ohio State’s offense in 2018. The years provided by the players indicates grade in the 2017 season. QuarterbackGraduating: J.T. BarrettReturners: Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, Tate MartellAdditions: Matthew BaldwinThe situation: In 2018, Ohio State will have to replace redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the most productive quarterback, statistically speaking, in program history. Luckily, it has an ample amount of potentially fruitful options in two quarterbacks with game experience and a former top recruit who redshirted. Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins appears to be the frontrunner since he served as Barrett’s primary backup this fall. The strong-armed pocket-passer played in eight games and passed for 565 yards. Haskins also helped the Buckeyes come back and defeat Michigan, giving him valuable end-of-game experience. Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow suffered a broken hand days before the season opener and has played sparingly. But he was Barrett’s backup in 2016 and passed for 226 yards and rushed for 58 yards in the role. Freshman Tate Martell, who has not taken a collegiate snap — his role has been limited to the scout team — and redshirted, entered Ohio State as a highly regarded dual-threat prospect from high-school powerhouse Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). Ohio State will have to prepare for the possibility one of the three transfers after not winning the starting spot. Projected starter: Tate MartellThe Reasoning: It will not be easy for Martell to earn the opening game nod. Head coach Urban Meyer greatly values the snaps Haskins and Burrow have played over the past two seasons. But Martell offers the potential to be a dynamic, potentially game-changing playmaker on the ground and in the passing game. Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day have talked glowingly of his improved work ethic from when he first joined the program. Martell’s teammates have laughed in awe of his runs at practice. Would it be a surprise if Haskins or Burrow won the job? Absolutely not. Haskins possesses the strongest arm and quickest release of any Ohio State quarterback and won the backup job this year, albeit due to the timing of Burrow’s injury. Burrow provides the Buckeyes with the most familiarity, having been with the program the longest and drawing the most comparisons to Barrett. But both have drawbacks. Haskins would not offer the Ohio State offense a dynamic running ability, which Meyer prefers his quarterbacks to have, and Burrow does not possess a standout trait. Martell has the potential to be Ohio State’s next great dual-threat playmaking quarterback and will have ample opportunity to earn the starting spot in the offseason. Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs past defenders in the of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorRunning backGraduating: N/AReturners: Mike Weber, J.K. Dobbins, Antonio Williams, Demario McCallAdditions: Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead, Master TeagueThe situation: Not much changes at running back if Mike Weber returns another season. He declined after the Cotton Bowl Friday to expound on whether he will leave early for the NFL. But he might after an injury-filled season and freshman J.K. Dobbins’ ascendance, which would result in a continued decrease of touches for the 2016 starter. Sophomore Antonio Williams has a similar build to Weber and could slide into the co-starter’s role if he left for the draft. But Williams likely will return as Ohio State’s third-string running back. Redshirt freshman Demario McCall has dealt with a nagging groin injury, which kept him from a larger role in the Buckeyes’ offense in 2017. When healthy, McCall has the potential to be one of Ohio State’s top playmakers. Whether as a running back or H-back, he should be more involved in the offense in next year. A trio of incoming freshmen — Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead and Master Teague — will enter a crowded backfield and likely will spend most of their freshman seasons on special teams. Snead and Teague are pure running backs, but Gill’s future will likely be as an H-back in Meyer’s offense.Projected starters: J.K. DobbinsThe Reasoning: If Weber were to return to Ohio State, Dobbins would again split carries. Dobbins’ quick, game-breaking style combined with Weber’s power would once again give Ohio State an intriguing combination of speed and power. But Weber will likely declare early for the NFL draft, leaving Dobbins as the unquestioned starter. Given another year of physical development and mental maturity, Dobbins will become a bellcow starting running back. Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWide receiverGraduating: Elijah GoinsReturners: Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, Jaylen Harris, Ellijah GardinerAdditions: L’Christian Smith, Kamryn Babb, Cameron BrownThe situation: A crowded receiver room this year will remain crowded next year, and also could become even more jam-packed. Ohio State lists six receivers — Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack — as starters, and all six might return next year. Dixon could declare for the NFL draft due to his injury history and Campbell might decide to leave early, but the rest of the group will likely be back in 2018. A similar challenge to this year’s will arise. Ohio State’s offensive staff must decide whether to use them similarly to this season — with more than two or three starters and all wideouts playing similar snap counts — or to shrink the rotation. The Buckeyes’ duo of 6-foot-4-plus freshmen — Harris and Gardiner — also could push for more reps given the natural physical and mental maturity of a year in a collegiate offense. L’Christian Smith, Kamryn Babb and Cameron Brown will join Ohio State, but are unlikely to factor much into the Buckeyes’ plans next year.Projected starters: Austin Mack, Terry McLaurin, K.J. HillThe Reasoning: With most wideouts likely to return in 2018, the group will likely have a similar composition to last season, which means Ohio State will likely use multiple starters for the second year in a row. Hill proved to be the Buckeyes’ most reliable pass-catching option and finished the season with the most catches on the team. Even if Campbell returns, he would have a large role. McLaurin and Mack both offer impressive blocking skill, which Ohio State values, and grew into larger receiving roles as the season progressed. The Buckeyes need one of them, or Victor, to take a step forward and become a downfield threat.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTight endGraduating: Marcus BaughReturners: Rashod Berry, Luke Farrell, Jake HausmannAdditions: Jeremy RuckertThe situation: For the first time since 2015, Ohio State will have a new starting tight end, since redshirt senior Marcus Baugh will graduate. Redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry has served as Baugh’s backup this season, but he will have to battle a bevy of tight ends to earn the starting spot in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Berry caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns this year. Redshirt freshman Luke Farrell played sparingly, but is listed third on the depth chart and will have a chance to earn the starting gig. Redshirt freshmen Jake Hausmann is unlikely to be featured prominently in Ohio State’s 2018 plans. Though he will be a true freshman, Jeremy Ruckert has a chance to break into the Buckeyes’ rotation and earn playing time, if not the starting spot. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound tight end is the top-ranked tight end in his class.Projected starter: Rashod BerryThe Reasoning: Since he has worked with co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who is in his first season as Ohio State tight ends coach, Berry holds the edge to become the next starter. Wilson gushed about Berry’s athleticism earlier in the season. The tight end won an offseason dunk contest and is built like a defensive end, but runs like a receiver. In fact, Berry played tight end when he arrived at Ohio State, but was moved to defensive end before returning to the offense. Ruckert, Alexander and Farrell will push for playing time alongside Berry.Ohio State redshirt sophomore right guard Branden Bowen and junior right tackle Isaiah Prince (59) embrace prior to the Buckeyes’ 62-14 victory against Maryland on Oct. 7. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOffensive tacklesGraduating: Jamarco JonesReturners: Isaiah Prince, Thayer Munford, Kevin Feder, Joshua AlabiAdditions: Max WrayThe situation: For the second year in a row, senior Jamarco Jones served Ohio State well protecting Barrett’s blind side and serving as a grader in the run game. His loss presents the Buckeyes with a difficult predicament. Junior Isaiah Prince could remain at right tackle for his third and final season as a starter instead of moving to the left side due to his lack of consistency in pass blocking, but he might get a chance to protect to blind-side on the left side of the line. Freshman Thayer Munford was listed behind Jones and earned consistent praise from coaches and teammates. Redshirt sophomore Joshua Alabi, a defensive lineman before being moved to offense in the preseason, offers an intriguing option, for he will be in his fourth year at Ohio State and rose on the depth chart recently. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Feder did not play a snap in 2017 and is not expected to contribute much next year.Projected starter: Branden Bowen (left tackle), Isaiah Prince (right tackle)The Reasoning: Without many eye-catching options, redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen could slide from right guard back to his original position and become Ohio State’s next left tackle. Though he is a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle, Bowen impressed the coaches with his consistency and physicality and earned a starting right guard spot. With an open slot at starting left tackle, moving Bowen back to his original position — one that suits his body type better — might be the Buckeyes’ best option. Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Michael Jordan (73) sets up prior to a play in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOffensive guards and centerGraduating: Billy PriceReturners: Michael Jordan, Branden Bowen, Matt Burrell, Brady Taylor, Demetrius Knox, Malcolm Pridgeon, Josh Myers, Jack Wohlabaugh, Gavin Cupp, Wyatt DavisAdditions: Matthew JonesThe situation: For the second year in a row, Ohio State must replace a multiple-year starter and first-team All-American at center. And unlike last year, it will not be able to slide an All-American from guard to center to fix the issue. Sophomore Michael Jordan will return as starting left guard, but who will join him on Ohio State’s interior line remains a mystery. Brady Taylor, a center, will be in his fifth season as a Buckeye and earned praise from Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa earlier in the season. He backed up redshirt senior Billy Price this season and will have the inside track to replace him. Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox played well in the latter half of the season, but will have to fight to keep the starting job in 2018. Knox, Bowen, redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon are among the primary options at right guard, as they were this season. But with a year of collegiate experience, freshmen and former highly regarded prospects Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis also will also for playing time. Redshirt freshmen Jack Wohlabaugh and Gavin Cupp have not played and are unlikely to compete for the starting spots.Projected starters: Michael Jordan (left guard), Brady Taylor (center), Demetrius Knox (right guard)The Reasoning: Considering his experience as the primary backup, Taylor likely will have the first opportunity to replace Price as Ohio State’s next center and join Jordan on the interior of the line. Burrell has snapped with the centers before games and might battle Taylor for the starting position, but he has not earned a starting spot yet, despite partaking in three position battles. The right guard spot remains a mystery. Myriad candidates could earn the starting spot. But if Bowen moves to tackle, Knox will have the best shot at retaining his position.Check out the preview of Ohio State’s defense. read more

Ibrahimović spoke about Beckhams recommendation

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović has joined LA Galaxy as a free agent and he revealed that David Beckham helped him a lot to reach this decision as he praised the American team a lot during his spell at PSG.The Swede and the Englishman played together at the French club and as Beckham used to play for LA between 2007 and 2012, he advised Ibrahimović to go there at some point in his career.The former Manchester United striker spoke about his decision to join the MLS club as he said, according to Sports Mole:Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I met David when I played at PSG and he talked a lot about Galaxy and the experience he had in America. He was all positive and said ‘you should go over and try it out’.”“He said everything is fantastic, in progress but to be part of it is amazing and something he was proud of. These words make it easier when you have to choose your next step.”“This was supposed to happen before but it didn’t, but it is happening now so it is the destiny.”last_img read more

Craig Gordon insists Celtic will be stronger

first_imgCeltic goalkeeper Craig Gordon insists the club will be stronger in the second half of the season following their 1-0 loss to Rangers on Saturday.The Scotland international single-handedly prevented the Hoops from suffering a heavier loss to Rangers after producing some superb saves to sent Daniel Candeias, Connor Goldson and Ryan Kent.However, the former Sunderland shot-stopper is refusing to get downhearted by Celtic’s disappointing showing.Gordon also denied that his team’s insistence on playing out from their defense gifted Rangers the win and emphasized they are still ahead on goal difference having played a game less.“We have done so well at Ibrox in the past, but we didn’t play well enough to win,” he said, according to Evening Times.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“But we are still top of the league with a game in hand. We will go away for a break, regroup and finish the season strongly.”“We just need to play better. We didn’t pass the ball particularly well at all, for whatever reason. But that has been a very successful style of play. We have done well doing that, winning a lot of matches at Ibrox playing that same way.”“That (teams pressing Celtic) is part of the game plan. It’s what we want. You want to try and play through them. It’s a cat and mouse game. You look to take advantage of that and so do the opposition. That’s part of the plan – to draw teams on to you to try and create space. We are going to try and enforce our game on everyone else.”Gordon added: “We will look to improve, of course. We always learn from any defeats and analyse what happened. But we will come back stronger.”“It’s one win in 13 games. It’s still very heavily in our favour. It’s one game that we haven’t managed to win. We will stay calm, pick the bones out of it and come back stronger.”last_img read more

CID grills Bharati Ghosh again over Daspur case

first_imgKolkata: Former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was interrogated by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Friday.Sources informed that CID had served a notice at her Naktala home in Kolkata but Ghosh was not there. Her husband MAV Raju refused to receive the notice. Later, Ghosh informed CID that she was not able to attend the call as she was busy with election-related work. Following her intimation on Thursday, a CID team went to her home at Daspur in West Midnapore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter Ghosh’s name was announced by BJP as their candidate from Ghatal constituency, the state government had appealed to the Supreme Court to ban her from entering Bengal. Subsequently, the apex court passed an order last week, stating that Ghosh cannot be arrested but she can be interrogated in connection with the case where she has been an accused. The apex court also directed Ghosh to intimate the state about her contact number and whereabouts. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn Friday afternoon, a team from CID went to Ghosh’s rented house in Daspur. She was interrogated in connection with the extortion case lodged against her at the Daspur police station. However, CID officials did not disclose anything regarding the interrogation as it may hamper the investigation process. Earlier during March this year, Ghosh was granted protection from arrest by the Supreme Court. Following the stay on her arrest, Ghosh appeared before the Midnapore District Court, responding to a summon in connection with the Daspur extortion case. CID raids were started following a case of extortion and criminal conspiracy which was initiated in West Midnapore’s Daspur during February last year after gold trader Chandan Majhi lodged a complaint against some police officers in the district, who were reportedly close to the former SP Ghosh. The sleuths had earlier seized more than Rs 2.4 crore in cash and several important government documents while raiding a number of flats in an apartment at Kolkata’s Madurdaha. A huge amount of unaccounted cash was also seized from the house of several police officers named in the FIR. Ghosh’s husband Raju was also arrested last year in this connection.last_img read more