Andy Carroll return for West Ham’s clash with Newcastle, claims co-owner David Gold

first_img1 Andy Carroll West Ham hope to have Andy Carroll back for their match with Newcastle in 10 days’ time, according to co-chairman David Gold.The striker is yet to feature this season as he continues to recover from a knee ligament injury suffered in February.However, the England international is training with the first-team squad once again and the club are working hard towards his return.And that comeback could come against his old club, Newcastle, who West Ham welcome to Upton Park on Monday, September 14. When asked on Twitter if Carroll would be back for the Newcastle game, co-chairman Gold tweeted: “He is working hard and he is determined. I am hopeful he will be on the bench.”last_img read more

Premier League title contenders have bid accepted for England star

first_img Demarai Gray 1 Leicester City have had a bid accepted for Birmingham City’s 19-year-old winger Demarai Gray, talkSPORT understands.The price is believed to be £3.5m and Gray was withdrawn from Blues’ squad for the Championship match against Brentford today.Gray has made 72 Football League appearances for Birmingham and has represented England at under-19, under-19 and under-20 levels.last_img

Sheffield Wednesday boost as midfield man signs on

first_img1 Former Aston Villa and Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has committed his future to Sheffield Wednesday.Bannan, a product of the Villa academy, played 64 times in the Premier League before he left for Crystal Palace on a permanent deal in 2013.He spent time on loan at Bolton but he landed at Wednesday during the summer, signing an initial one-year deal, and has gone to rack up 19 league outings for the club.And his impressive performances have earned the Scotland international a new contract, with Wednesday moving quickly to tie him down for another three-and-a-half years at Hillsborough. Barry Bannan last_img read more

AXED! Ian Hendon becomes latest Football League manager to lose his job

first_imgIan Hendon has been sacked as manager of Leyton Orient.Reports emerged on Saturday night that Hendon had been axed by the League Two club’s owner Francesco Becchetti following the 3-1 defeat to Exeter City at Brisbane Road.Orient have now confirmed his departure, with assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler taking caretaker charge.“The club can confirm that Ian Hendon has been relieved of his role as Head Coach of Leyton Orient,” read a statement on their official website.“The club would like to thank Ian for his commitment and passion during his time at Leyton Orient and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours. “Assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler will be assuming Ian’s duties on an interim basis as Caretaker Manager. Leyton Orient will make an announcement at such time as a new appointment is made. “The coaching and management team will continue to focus on realising the full potential of the team and will be working intensively to enhance the club’s performance and position in the League.”Hendon, part of Sam Allardyce’s coaching staff at West Ham last season, had been in charge of Orient since May.He led them to five wins in his first five games at the helm and the O’s were top of League Two at the end of August.But their form has dipped and four victories in their last 21 matches has left the club in 11th, two points adrift of the play-off places. 1 Ian Hendon last_img read more

Official disrespect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But now that she’s been sacked, some members of the City Council are claiming Jeff was disrespected. They argue that she should get a golden handshake, meaning a five- or six-figure payment as a consultant, which usually entails slapping together a report that no one reads. But City Hall’s throwing piles of cash at disgruntled ex-employees is the ultimate disrespect of L.A. taxpayers. Which means that if Jeff gets a big payout, we all deserve one, too, right? IF you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you have almost surely been disrespected sometime very recently. Maybe it was the guy who cut you off on the way to work the other day. Or the kid who jumped in front of you at Starbucks. Too bad for you that your disrespect didn’t come at the hands of L.A. City Hall. Then, you could be in for a nice chunk of change. Gloria Jeff was, until two weeks ago, general manager of the L.A. Department of Transportation. A political appointee, she served at the pleasure of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who recruited her, hired her, and then fired her when he was dissatisfied with her performance. He acted after most members of the City Council had expressed their unhappiness over the job Jeff was doing, the way she managed her department and how she dealt with the constant interference of the council itself. last_img read more

Love Ride’s move: Castaic to Pomona

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We are definitely going to miss the beauty of Castaic Lake,” Shokouh said. “We are going to also miss the tremendous support the Castaic community gave us for 14 years.” In Pomona, the Love Ride will be able to accommodate more than double the number of vendors it had in Castaic, growing from 80 to 200. “We can grow to be 10 times the size we were at Castaic, not that we want to get that big,” Shokouh said. “If we did get that big, the Pomona Fairplex will be able to accommodate that growth.” The event is slated to be held at the Fairplex for the next five years, he said. Musician Gregg Allman will headline this year’s entertainment. In Castaic, event attendees experienced some parking problems and traffic tie-ups with 12,000 to 14,000 motorcycle riders arriving at the lake at the same time. “The lake was just not designed for parking that many vehicles at once,” Shokouh said. The Fairplex, home of the L.A. County Fair, has parking for 50,000 cars, he said. The move has left some in Castaic heartbroken. “Most of the businesses and residents that I have talked to are disappointed it’s leaving,” said Ray Graeber, treasurer of the Castaic Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Castaic Lake. “It’s a chance to showcase our town and especially our lake facility.” At the 7-Eleven on Castaic Road and Lake Hughes Road, manager Inder Singh said the store was packed in past years for three or four hours during the day of the Love Ride. Forget finding a parking spot at the store on that day. “If it is not happening this year, it is going to hurt,” Singh said. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Where’s the love? Not at Castaic Lake. The Love Ride, the annual motorcycle event that has poured thousands of “hogs” and their riders into Castaic Lake for the past 14 years, is moving this year to the Fairplex in Pomona. Event organizers decided to join forces with the inaugural California Bike Week sponsored by 75 Harley-Davidson dealerships, said Love Ride founder Oliver Shokouh. Bike week events will start Nov. 9, with the Love Ride capping the festivities Nov. 11. The Castaic Lake Recreation Area just wouldn’t have worked for all the planned activities. last_img read more

USC NOTEBOOK Frustrating times for prep buddies

first_img“We were on the sideline watching that one,” Tyler said. Quarterback update John David Booty enjoyed another better-than-expected day passing the ball in practice and will rest today and Friday to see how his broken finger responds. Mark Sanchez remains the likely starter unless Booty feels much better by Saturday. “What could change is John just feels great,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “There’s no question he can play. We’re staying the course we’ve been on. Mark’s had a great week.” Sanchez fumbled a snap during practice, but also took more snaps than usual because Booty is hurt. “I’m trying to get as close as I can to the receivers so that we’re ready to rip,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said he did not know if he would start. Booty said his only problem Wednesday was on long passes. “I really feel good with the intermediate throws,” he said. “Some of the longer throws can be painful, which is a given. I feel if I had to, I could go.” Booty said doctors could increase his pain medication if he plays Saturday to reduce discomfort from his broken finger. Other painful problems Tailback Stafon Johnson did not practice as much the past two days as expected and said he remains day-to-day with a sprained foot. “He’s going to have to show us he can play,” Carroll said. Defensive tackle Fili Moala is bothered by a bone bruise in his foot but will play. Chilo Rachal (sprained knee) is bothered by a sore calf but said he will play. However, Alatini Malu (Torrance High) will start at offensive guard in place of Rachal. Linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) will play and might start. Linebacker Rey Maualuga (hip pointer) said he felt much better and did not rule out playing despite the fact he did not practice. “Now I’m seeing myself playing,” Maualuga said. “I can’t run full speed yet. There’s some pain there. I’m not counting myself out of the game.” But Carroll said Maualuga appeared unlikely to play. Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) said he would try to practice today in order to be able to play in the game. “A shoulder I could play through it, but a hamstring you have to respect,” Baker said. “That’s the hard thing.” Green practices Freshman tailback Broderick Green, who missed the first six games with a stress fracture in his foot, practiced Tuesday. He is not expected to play this week. scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Tyler and Clausen never lost a game in three years of varsity football at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, but they might just be spectators Saturday. Tyler is redshirting, but will travel with the Trojans to South Bend. But he is disappointed Clausen is unlikely to play after Irish coach Charlie Weis named Evan Sharpley the starter. “It’s not special because we’re not playing,” Tyler said. “I think it’s different for me because I had to redshirt. He’s not used to losing and being sacked. That’s frustrating for him. He never lost at Oaks Christian.” Two years ago, Tyler and Clausen flew to Notre Dame and attended the USC game, taking a late-night flight after playing for Oaks Christian. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER One reason Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen lost his starting job for this week’s game against USC is because of a sore hip, according to his close friend, Trojans tailback Marc Tyler. “I wish he were starting,” Tyler said. “He said his hip bothered him.” last_img read more

Wildfires burning in Santa Clarita, Santa Rosa valleys

first_imgSANTA CLARITA — Embers from a wind-driven blaze that destroyed two homes in Agua Dulce have ignited a wildfire in Canyon Country, where 3,800 homes are threatened, officials said tonight. Flames have blackened at last 10,000 acres in Canyon Country, an unincorporated community northwest of Santa Clarita. Crews headed to that wildfire even as firefighters remained on the scene of the blaze in Agua Dulce, where at least two homes and two outbuildings were engulfed in flames and two people were hurt. Nearly 3,800 homes were threatened in Canyon Country as flames gobbled up dry brush along a ridgeline from the Agua Dulce fire, sending clouds of thick smoke billowing into the sky. About 800 evacuations had been ordered late Sunday, according to county fire officials, who said at least two structures had been lost. Evacuation centers were set up at Quartz Hill and Saugus High schools. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. And in neighboring Ventura County, one home was damaged and 200 others were threatened in the Santa Rosa Valley. Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Randy Alva said 500 firefighters were on the scene at Agua Dulce and about 400 residents had been evacuated. Residents north of Vasquez Rocks and Bouquet Canyon were among those affected as sustained winds of 30 mph, with gusts of 60 mph, whipped flames across tinder-dry scrub. Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Randy Alva said more resources — including strike teams from the U.S. Forest Service — were being called in. “We are bumping up manpower and equipment to Santa Clarita,” Alva said. “The guys are doing everything they can to stop this fire.” Footage aired by one news helicopter showed a dozen horses fleeing the flames after being freed from an arena by their owner. Deputies were going door-to-door in Agua Dulce, warning residents to get out in advance of the encroaching flames. Julio and Pamela Salazar were evacuated from their Agua Dulce home shortly after returning from Los Angeles International Airport, where Pamela had arrived after a trip to Peru. “I haven’t slept,” Pamela said, “and now the fire.” Water-dropping Super Scoopers were diverted from Malibu to northern Los Angeles California but sustained winds of 40-50 mph forced the California Forestry Department to ground the fixed-wing aircraft. That left just two heli-tankers to drop water over the heavily forested land. “In the path of the fire are a couple of hundred homes scattered on private land north of Piru,” said National Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Peterson. “They are private residences, ranch homes and that kind of thing,” she said. Geoff Giammarco, who rents a home in Sierra Bonita Ranch, said he was eating lunch at Maria Bonita’s Mexican restaurant when he heard about the fire and immediately drove home. “The fire department was already there,” he said. “They turned me around.” He said neighbors had an evacuation plan in place and had already rescued his dog, Darla, a pug-dachsund mix. “I have no idea if my house is there or not,” he said. “The only thing I really wanted were photos — the things you can’t replace.” Fire officials were urging residents to get ready to evacuate and load valuables in their cars, trailer their horses, and get family members prepared. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Meanwhile, in forest land on the edge of Castaic, flames were churning through heavy, dry brush, toward the small hamlet of Townsend Peak where some 200 homes stand in the path of a fire moving to the west. Flames broke out at 9:42 p.m. Saturday just west of Interstate 5 near Templin Highway and at mid-day took off in 45 to 50 mph winds, said George Geer, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest. “That brush in that area hasn’t burned for more than 40 years,” Geer said.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

Smart development along stretch of I-5

first_imgBURBANK – Long overlooked and neglected, a 30-mile stretch along the Golden State Freeway is now turning heads for its sizzling, economic development potential. The I-5 corridor, spanning from Glendale through Santa Clarita, could become the region’s promised land – sculpted into a vibrant cluster of biomedical, entertainment, technology and business service sectors, San Fernando Valley officials say. And key to broadened economic prosperity in the region will be creating a collaborative and comprehensive strategic plan targeting the corridor for smart development, according to a report released today by the Mulholland Institute, a San Fernando Valley-based public policy center. “It’s the only place where we have available land left,” said Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, a sponsor of the report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s begging to have revitalization. It’s begging to have attention paid to it.” Economists and officials from jurisdictions along the corridor are scheduled today to strategize on plans to help the area achieve its potential. First step While the economic impact of better, coordinated strategies for development along the corridor is unknown, officials said the area is already booming. From 2001 to 2005, payrolls in the corridor grew 26 percent and the average salary for workers along the corridor rose 20 percent – both nearly twice the increases seen statewide and in Los Angeles County. With a 9.2 percent office vacancy rate and 1.6percent industrial vacancy rate in Los Angeles County, there’s a crying need to develop land, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. And for Los Angeles residents, that could mean good-paying jobs are on the way. “People will say it should be used for retail,” said Kyser. “No. You need to put it to use as it will create good, quality jobs.” Already, the freeway corridor has seen job growth expand about 5percent from 2001 to ’05 – while job growth rose just 1.8percent in California during the same period, according to the Mulholland Institute report. But that could be boosted even further by coordinated development of the corridor, which today has seen piecemeal planning as landowners have come and gone and some sites – such as gravel pits – have been abandoned and never redeveloped. The corridor needs an overarching vision to best develop it for businesses and neighbors, said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. “We want to channel it to a direction that’s good for the Valley and the people – as well as Los Angeles,” said Blake. “This is a first step to bringing it to the surface, getting it on people’s radars and taking an inventory of what’s out there.” The study notes that Santa Clarita, at the north end of the corridor study area, has a vision for industrial and commercial growth – and a well-developed entertainment cluster that could complement the regional entertainment cluster at the other end in Burbank and Glendale. Renaissance coming Meanwhile, it notes that the east San Fernando Valley – in between Santa Clarita and Burbank/Glendale – offers complementary opportunities for economic expansion of both entertainment and technology industries. And it adds that with a less than 2percent industrial vacancy rate, the East Valley will experience a renaissance as much of its current heavy industry becomes obsolete and its mining and landfill activities phase out over the next three years. The study also recommends expanding housing along the corridor, with a focus on increasing moderately affordable units and expanding investment in transit. It recommends boosting capacity on the I-5 and other regional highways by adding high-occupancy-vehicle lanes and high-occupancy toll lanes. And it calls for more rail and dedicated busways. It also calls for toll alternatives for trucks and commercial traffic on roads. The freeway corridor gets heavy truck traffic to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which annually handle more than $290billion in cargo. Half of that cargo heads out of state, leaving the region by train, according to the report. The corridor study emerged out of an earlier report from the Mulholland Institute. The institute studied the corridor for five years, with the help of experts, community leaders and more than 1,000 volunteers. Although over the years community leaders have commented on visions for the area, today will mark the first time they all have gathered together to collaborate, said Bob Scott, project director for the Mulholland Institute. “It hasn’t happened until now,” said Scott. “It sounds simple, but it has not been happening.”, 818-713-3746 — INTERSTATE 5 STRATEGIES EMPLOYMENT: Promote key assets including diverse work force; research and development, scientific and medical institutions; good movement capabilities; Long Beach and Los Angeles ports. INDUSTRY: Identify and track key industry clusters. RECRUITMENT: Implement a targeted campaign to recruit businesses to complement existing industries along the I-5 corridor including entertainment, technology, aerospace and business services. TRANSPORTATION: Pursue rail-based strategies for freight. PARTNERSHIPS: Undertake collaborative special redevelopment initiatives and partnerships. DIALOGUE: Conduct meetings with community groups and chambers of commerce on identifying, retaining and expanding key companies. NORTH AND EAST VALLEY STRATEGIES LAND USE: Develop new sites and redevelop existing properties into modern industrial space for expansion of key employers. REDEVELOPMENT: Identify and assemble large redevelopment sites for a variety of new uses. INCENTIVES: Offer incentives such as business-license-tax waivers and special districts. LOCATION: Identify and evaluate town center development sites. SOURCES: Mulholland Institute, Valley Economic Alliance160Want 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

Council to decide if property is `nuisance’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt’s the latest in an on-again, off-again battle between the city and the property owner, going back more than 17 years. The property is owned by Domenica Co- lucci of Irvine, whose telephone number is unlisted. Other at- tempts to reach Colucci for comment were unsuccessful. Ariizumi said city officials have tried to get Colucci, or her adult children, to make repairs or level the site. If the city declares the property a public nuisance, Ariizumi said the house and garage will be demolished. The owner will have 30 days; if she fails to do so, the city will undertake the job, charge the owner for the work and file a lien on the property, Ariizumi added. TEMPLE CITY – Some drivers do a double-take, others flinch when they look at the northwest corner of Daines Drive and El Monte Avenue. The large lot is overgrown with weeds, the tiny yellow house that sits on it has broken and boarded-up windows. A metal shed, filled with garbage, has missing doors. The Fire Department has declared it a fire hazard. The deteriorated conditions and other factors led the City Council this week to vote to hold a public hearing on Dec. 4, when council members will decide whether to declare the property at 10659 Daines Drive a public nuisance. Bryan Ariizumi, a city public safety officer, said the home’s dilapidated garage, which has a cracked foundation and appears on the verge of collapse, prompted the council’s action. Ariizumi said a city file documenting its dealings with the property and its owner dates back to the early 1990s. The property owner and nearby residents will be notified about the Dec. 4 hearing, he said. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 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

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