Heung-Min Son’s first Premier League goal proved the difference as Tottenham earned a hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.Harry Kane wasted an early header for Spurs in a stale first half, which nearly came to life when Yohan Cabaye struck a post on the cusp of half time.Hugo Lloris made a stupendous save to tip Bakary Sako’s powerful effort against the woodowork halfway through the half, which Spurs used as a platform to take all three points.Son would score soon after Lloris’s intervention, racing free and firing past Alex McCarthy at his near post to hand Mauricio Pochettino’s side their first home win of the season.In a combative first half which saw Palace frustrate their hosts by Alan Pardew’s decision not to field a recognised striker, Kane had an opening in the early stages but couldn’t keep his free header on target.Spurs were in the ascendancy with Dele Alli and Son striking up a promising understanding, and the former had a shot parried by McCarthy before Kane lashed the rebound across the face of goal from a tight angle.Despite Spurs’ dominance in possession, it was the visitors who went closest in the opening period as Cabaye saw his stinging drive come back off the base of the post just before half time.Pardew introduced Frazier Campbell for Wilfried Zaha to give Palace a focal point in attack, but it was Sako who nearly broke the deadlock but for Lloris’s fingertips as the Frenchman tipped his drive onto the post.And that save proved vital as Spurs took the lead just three minutes later after a swift counter attack. Erik Lamela and substitute Christian Eriksen broke quickly from their own penalty area before the latter found Son, who fired through McCarthy’s legs for his first domestic goal after a double in Europe in midweek.Palace never really recovered after Son’s sucker punch, and Ali came the closest to getting on the scoresheet late on as the England youngster curled an effort just wide of the far post. 1 Heung-Min Son
Pedro Obiang is hoping to hand West Ham an injury boost by recovering from his thigh strain in time for the London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.The summer signing picked up the injury in training last month and missed games against Watford and Everton, from which the Hammers took just one point.Manager Slaven Bilic has since lost both Dmitri Payet and Enner Valencia to injury but could now welcome back Obiang in time to face Spurs.The 23-year-old midfielder told whufc.com: “I’m feeling better now and I’m training hard to hopefully join the rest of the guys but these things happen.“I just want to get back as soon as I can to help the team. We’re focusing on the areas where I’m feeling a bit of discomfort so that this week I can start training again with the rest of the team.“I’m very much looking forward to the next match against Tottenham as I am with every game as it represents a new opportunity to play.“I really hope that I have recovered by then and I can be part of the squad so I can make the fans happier.” 1 Pedro Obiang
Manchester United have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appoint Jose Mourinho as their manager – and should take it, Andy Gray has told talkSPORT.United are reportedly giving serious consideration to dispensing with Louis van Gaal and appointing Mourinho as his replacement after a run of six games without a win.The Portuguese was axed by Chelsea after a disastrous run of results amid rumours of a fall-out with senior players, but Gray believes he would be the best candidate to take on the Old Trafford job.“I see Mourinho as the only one of the top three or four managers in the world available,” said the former Scotland star and expert pundit, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You look at the really top names and Ancelotti has gone [to Bayern Munich], Pep Guardiola looks set for Manchester City. Would anyone else be big enough come in? I don’t see anybody.“The fact that Jose is available has probably rushed them into doing something. I think if Jose was still at Chelsea then Van Gaal would would get little bit more time to sort it out but this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get Mourinho, at the right time, into Manchester United.“I think there is every chance it could happen. Louis is overseeing a club and a side that are not playing with a smile on their faces. I don’t get the impression the players are enjoying it, I know the fans aren’t enjoying watching it, and there is one of the best coaches in world football sitting on his backside, twiddling his thumbs right now.“Why wouldn’t one of the biggest clubs in the world be interested in one of the best managers in the world?”
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Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester City are expected to beat Premier League rivals to the signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this summer. Pep Guardiola has made a top-quality centre-back one of his priorities this summer and the Frenchman has agreed, in principle, to a £35million move to Manchester. (Daily Mirror)Jose Mourinho remains confident he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager and wants to sign five new players for the club this summer. (Daily Express)Manchester United watched Renato Sanches star for Benfica once again on Saturday but were joined in the stands by a scout from Arsenal too. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have leapt to the head of the queue to sign Ipswich wonderkid Andre Dozzell. The Reds are already in talks with the Championship club for England Under-17 captain Dozzell, who has the same agent as the world’s most expensive player, Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale. The midfielder will not be 17 until next month and the Suffolk side are set to pocket around £1.5million in compensation when he moves on. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool’s rivalry with Borussia Dortmund is set to extend beyond the Europa League this summer with both clubs keen on signing the highly-rated midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. The 20-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach player has attracted widespread interest during his breakthrough season in the Bundesliga, where he has starred alongside captain and the Arsenal target Granit Xhaka. (Guardian)Everton have NOT sounded out former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa about becoming their next manager. (Liverpool Echo)West Ham fear Diafra Sakho is using his selection row to wangle a move away. The £4.5million Senegal striker, 26, pulled out of the squad which drew 3-3 with Arsenal after learning he was being replaced in the line-up by Andy Carroll. (The Sun)West Ham United are following Racing Club striker Gustavo Bou with a view to a £9million move for the Argentine forward. The 26-year-old Bou was a late bloomer but has become one of the most feared strikers in South America since joining Racing where he has scored 43 goals in 50 games. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Arsenal FC: ‘Leicester have exposed Wenger’s excuses as a sham and Kroenke doesn’t care’ says Piers Morgan‘I want Ryan Reynolds to play me in Jamie Vardy film’, Leicester star tells talkSPORTDefender Christian Fuchs tells talkSPORT: ‘I can’t wait to play in the Champions League with Leicester!’ Arsenal and Leicester on trail of Marseille midfielder Mario LeminaArsenal join Real Madrid and Benfica in the race for Boca Juniors starlet Rodrigo BentancurJuventus boost! Serie A giants lead race for Edinson Cavani’s signature as Chelsea switch attention to re-signing Everton’s Romelu LukakuChelsea eye summer swoop for Arsenal target and Barcelona ace Arda TuranChelsea transfer report: Branislav Ivanovic in line for summer exit as Roma eye veteran defenderEverton, Liverpool and West Ham all eyeing summer swoop for striker Alexandre LacazetteManchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola puts Villarreal full-back on summer shopping list
“By putting those inmates on involuntary home monitoring, it will hold them longer,” said Anna Pembedjian, justice deputy to Supervisor Mike Antonovich. But, she added, “We’re not actually adopting a program yet.” There are 410 inmates already serving their time in home detention, and an estimated 800 more of the county’s 19,500 inmates will qualify for the program, Yim said. The number is relatively small because home monitoring can only be used for sentenced inmates, and 91 percent of county inmates are awaiting trial, Pembedjian said. That leaves about 2,300 inmates, most too violent to qualify for ankle monitoring, Yim said. The percentage of time served has changed since Knabe first proposed the legislation, too. Although female inmates are still likely to get out of jail after serving 10 percent of their sentences, an increase in the number of jail beds for male inmates means most serve 70 percent of their sentences, Yim said. Ideally, inmates on home detention will serve 100 percent of their sentences, said Deputy CEO Doyle Campbell. But contrary to supervisors’ original hopes, a mandatory home detention program might not mean inmates will do 100 percent of their time, Yim said. “Our goal is 100 percent, obviously,” he said. “But if you make it too high, it would be difficult to put them on that program. It is involuntary, but you have to keep it competitive or they’ll go noncompliant and then wind up back in jail again.” The cost is also undetermined. The existing electronic monitoring program costs about $10 a day and uses radio frequency tags, meaning monitors can tell how far inmates stray from their homes, but not where they’ve gone. If the inmate is allowed out during the day to work, the ankle bracelets don’t indicate whether the inmate went somewhere else instead. The department wants to start using GPS anklets so they know where inmates are at all times, Yim said – but the cost isn’t pinned down yet. “I’d like to implement it as quick as I can,” Yim said, “It probably will start in February or early March.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn the past, inmates have chosen jail time over electronic monitoring – “not that our jails are posh,” said David Sommers, spokesman for Supervisor Don Knabe. The early release program was easing overcrowding by letting inmates out after serving just 10 percent of their sentences as opposed to 100 percent in electronic monitoring, Sommers said. It was out of the county’s hands because state law didn’t allow the Sheriff’s Department to require inmates to accept electronic monitoring. Until now. In July 2006, Knabe proposed legislation – picked up by state Sen. Gloria Romero – that would hand that power over to the county. The bill was signed in September by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The county on Tuesday moved toward requiring certain inmates to strap on electronic ankle bracelets and serve sentences at home instead of jail. The new program being developed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, chief executive office and Probation Department would move small-time criminals out of jail and free bed space for more violent offenders, said Cmdr. Alexander Yim, acting chief of the sheriff’s Correctional Services Division. In the overcrowded county jails, every bed counts, he said. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for staff to develop the program, which means determining how many inmates will be included, how much it will cost, where funding will come from and more. Supervisors will need to approve the finalized program. “What we plan to achieve by using this is that those high-security inmates who need to be in jail will have a bed in jail, and low-level misdemeanants in for quality-of-life crimes are not in jail but are still paying their debt to society,” Yim said. “You end up with a jail almost exclusively of high-security inmates.”
The trustee is trying to determine if the company’s conduct in those cases represents abuses of the bankruptcy system. The Illinois attorney general’s lawsuit contended that One Source put borrowers into loans with terms they did not understand, especially so-called pay option adjustable-rate mortgages. These loans allow borrowers to pay only a fraction of the interest owed and none of the principal, resulting in a growing rather than a shrinking mortgage balance. Countrywide was One Source’s main provider of pay option loans, documents in that case show. “This company’s conduct is a prime example of unscrupulous mortgage brokers that has led to a foreclosure crisis for many Illinois homeowners,” Madigan said when she filed the suit against One Source. Mark D. Belongia, a lawyer at Belongia & Shapiro in Chicago, represents One Source and its president, Charles G. Mangold. Belongia said his client denied all of the suit’s charges and expected to be vindicated in court.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMadigan sued One Source on Nov. 27, contending that the company misled borrowers by promising low rates on mortgages without advising them that their payments would jump sharply shortly after the loans were made. Countrywide was One Source’s primary lender, according to the lawsuit. Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender and loan servicer, is coming under increased scrutiny as the home loan crisis deepens. In addition to the Illinois investigation, the company is also fielding inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission about significant stock trades made by Angelo R. Mozilo, the chief executive, before Countrywide’s stock plummeted this year. The U.S. trustee, which oversees the bankruptcy court system, is investigating Countrywide’s actions in two cases involving borrowers in South Florida whose loans were serviced by the company. The Illinois attorney general is investigating the home loan unit of Countrywide Financial as part of that state’s expanding inquiry into dubious lending practices that have trapped borrowers in high-cost mortgages they can no longer afford. Lisa Madigan, the attorney general, has subpoenaed documents from Countrywide relating to its loan origination practices, a person briefed on the matter said. Rick Simon, a Countrywide spokesman, said the company was cooperating with the investigation but declined to comment further. The inquiry follows an investigation by Madigan’s office into One Source Mortgage, a Chicago mortgage broker that recently closed its doors.
The most serious wildlife strike at LAX occurred Aug. 27, 2000, when a sea gull flew into the engine of a KLM jumbo jet bound for Amsterdam. Several pieces of the jetliner’s engine plummeted into Dockweiler Beach, but no injuries were reported and the pilot managed to safely land the plane. LAX officials declined Wednesday to say how many wildlife strikes were reported at the airport this year. LAX has tried to reduce wildlife hazards by retaining a full-time USDA biologist since 1998. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners agreed in September to hire a second biologist to develop additional measures aimed at keeping birds from striking airplanes taking off at LA/Ontario International, LA/Palmdale and Van Nuys airports, which are owned by the same agency that operates LAX. Under the terms of the $611,000, three-year contract with the USDA, one biologist works full-time at LAX, while the second biologist divides up time at the three other airports. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Emergency landings were reported for two flights at Los Angeles International Airport during the busy holiday week, officials said Wednesday. A Hawaii-bound flight circled back to LAX on Christmas Day after the pilot reported a cracked windshield, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. United Airlines Flight 69 was in the air for about 30 minutes when the pilot declared an emergency on the Boeing 757 aircraft and returned to Los Angeles around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gregor said. No injuries were reported, and the passengers took another plane to the island of Kauai. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSeparately, Sky West Flight 3950 struck a bird shortly after taking off from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport on Monday morning, forcing the pilot to divert the flight from its course to Salt Lake City and make an emergency landing at LAX, according to Gregor. The bird apparently damaged the Canadair CRJ-200 model aircraft’s Pitot tube, which is used to determine the plane’s air speed, Gregor said. The plane landed at LAX around 7:15 a.m. Monday, about an hour after it departed from Santa Barbara. No injuries were reported. U.S. pilots reported more than 66,000 so-called wildlife strikes with birds, deer and other animals at the nation’s airports from January 1990 to December 2005, according to the latest available data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The FAA estimates collisions between aircraft and animals cost the aviation industry about $500 million annually in damage.
• Photo Gallery: Pavilion last floats DUARTE – After a 12-year run, this is the last time Duarte’s Tournament of Roses Buena Vista Pavilion will be the site of Rose Parade float building. Award-winning Fiesta Parade Floats, which occupies the pavilion at 1727 Buena Vista St., plus a five-acre lot and 30,000-square-foot tent at 2144 Buena Vista St., is moving to an 80,000-square-foot building at 16016 Avenida Padilla in Irwindale. “So when we bring our floats back Wednesday we’re going to take them straight to the new building,” said Tim Estes, Fiesta Parade Floats president. “This is the third time we’ve moved in the last 20 years,” he said, “and I hope it’s the last.” The five-acre lot belongs to City of Hope and officials there said they need it for expansion. City of Hope charged the Tournament of Roses $1 a year to use the property. Initially it was for four or five years, but it turned into 12. “This is the most popular decorating site,” said Duarte Councilwoman Lois Gaston, who’s been involved in managing the five-acre site since it opened. “It’s the only site where you can get guided tours in English and Spanish and, with a reservation, in Mandarin Chinese,” she said. “And it’s handicapped accessible.” The first year at the site was rough, Gaston said, with neighbors concerned about floats driving on streets and traffic congestion from visitors. Gaston said about 40,000 people from around the world and across the U.S. visit the location during four days of float viewing. The Duarte Community Coordinating Council, an umbrella organization for 25 to 30 Duarte nonprofits, managed the site, taking care of parking, concessions and ticket sales, leaving Fiesta employees free to concentrate on float building. About 300 volunteers from various groups work at the locations and Gaston said some nonprofits make enough money to support their activities all year. “We have tour guides who have been doing this for 12 years,” Gaston said. “They learn about each float so they can answer visitors’ questions. We take this seriously. We provide food for the float builders, too.” Managing the site has brought Duarte residents of all races, ages and incomes together, Gaston said, and improved relations within the city. The Tournament of Roses has asked the coordinating council to manage the Irwindale site, and they’re willing to do so, but the final decision will be up the Irwindale City Council, Gaston said. At least two people said this will be their last year as volunteers. “I’m happy it’s moving from Duarte,” said Bessie Mullins, 69. “This will be my last year here. It’s hard getting up early in the morning. It’s just lots of work and I’m just getting too old.” Karl Hallie, 73, said health problems will prevent him working as a volunteer. “This is my last year,” he said. “I have kidney failure so I’m not going to be able to work anymore. I’m not going to follow them to Irwindale. I’ve had a great time. Being management, I have to open up everything. I’m normally the first one here. I’ll miss it.” [email protected] (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!
There was befuddlement, though, at how a disciplined group that thrived under the pressure of three Super Bowls victories could come unglued with a chance for a fourth. Five turnovers plus an opportunistic opponent equaled a 27-13 divisional playoff win for the Denver Broncos on Saturday night. Coach Bill Belichick said Sunday there were “very questionable calls” and that he was “surprised that was the playoff crew” of officials, but didn’t blame the loss on those calls. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “They played better than we did,” Belichick said on a conference call. Now comes a long offseason of soul-searching about how a budding dynasty ended with a dud. “When you lose, you want to go down fighting, you want to go down playing your best,” New England quarterback Tom Brady said, “and we didn’t do that.” The Patriots didn’t do that for most of the regular season. Still, they had a chance to become the first team to win three consecutive Super Bowls, something seven other teams who won two straight — including Joe Montana’s 49ers and Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers — failed to do. And, like the Patriots, none of those seven made it back to the title game the next year, either. “You can’t win ’em all,” said linebacker Willie McGinest, although Brady had done just that in his other 10 playoff games. “It’s not going to stop us from doing what we normally do, fighting hard in the offseason, getting guys back to the way we used to be and make another run.” The runs the Patriots made in the first 10 games of the season looked more like limps. Rodney Harrison was the strong safety, the emotional and tactical heart of the defense. Matt Light was the veteran left tackle who protected Brady. Both had their seasons ended by injuries — Harrison’s knee and Light’s broken leg — in the third game. The Patriots played two games without both of their top two running backs, Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk. Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour missed four games and linebacker Tedy Bruschi missed the first six before returning from a mild stroke. At midseason, the Patriots were 4-4. Belichick’s father Steve died after the 10th game. After the 11th, the Patriots were 6-5 with four losses by at least 10 points. “We’re sitting at 4-4, not a very good football team and losing a ton of guys to injuries and Coach losing his father,” Brady said. “In a lot of ways it’s been a very rewarding year just because we overcame things.” They went 4-1 in their last five games but two of those wins were over the New York Jets and one was over Buffalo — the weakest teams in the AFC East where New England’s 10-6 record was enough to win the division. Then they won the wild-card playoff game 28-3 against Jacksonville, the team that last beat the Patriots seven years ago before their 10-game playoff winning streak began. The Jaguars were 12-4 this season but their schedule was weaker than the one the Patriots played. Denver was different — a 13-3 team unbeaten at home in the challenging AFC West. “I think the last few weeks you’re just going on vapors. Your tank’s on empty,” Brady said, “but you just keep finding a way because you realize it’s all worth it if you make it to the Super Bowl.” But the coordinators for their three championships — Charlie Weis on offense and Romeo Crennel on defense — left for head coaching jobs. Players insisted those departures didn’t hurt the team. Now Eric Mangini, who succeeded Crennel, is considered a top candidate for the New York Jets top job. “For selfish reasons we always want a guy like Mangini back,” Seymour said, but “you have to move on.” The Patriots did that well in the secondary when rookie cornerback Ellis Hobbs and free agent safety Artrell Hawkins took over for sidelined players. The offensive line also protected Brady with two rookies on the left side and Russ Hochstein filling in when starter Dan Koppen was lost for the season in the ninth game. But did that harm the inconsistent running game, or has Dillon, a nine-year veteran, lost a step one year after setting a single-season team rushing record? And although McGinest said, “we don’t make any excuses,” did Asante Samuel really interfere with Ashley Lelie in the end zone, a questionable penalty that led to Denver’s first touchdown? There will be a longer offseason than usual to ponder those questions. Belichick said he’s already planning for next season, but acknowledged Sunday that, “it’s been a long year.” Brady did lead the NFL with a career-high 4,110 yards passing and played a bigger role with so many players hurt. And Adam Vinatieri joined Denver’s Jason Elam as the only two kickers in NFL history to score at least 100 points in each of his first 10 seasons. But how did such clutch players fail in such a big game? Brady, now 1-4 against Denver, threw a game-changing interception that Champ Bailey returned 100 yards. Vinatieri missed a 43-yard field goal, breaking a string of 25 successful fourth-quarter kicks. Deion Branch, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, said before the game that Belichick had drummed into his players that the Patriots weren’t champs this season because the title came last season. The coach turned out to be right. “In a lot of ways this kind of invigorates you,” Brady said. “You hate to end the season this way. Hopefully, we’ll come back stronger next year. I know it’s a long ways away. It’s just disappointing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There were no crutches in sight, only ex-champs in a somber locker room. The Patriots were just about the healthiest they’d been the whole season. In the locker room, they didn’t blame their mistake-filled flop on questionable calls by officials.