1 Bolton manager Neil Lennon Neil Lennon has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct in relation to comments made to the media following Bolton’s 4-3 Championship defeat on Saturday at QPR.The under-pressure Bolton manager called referee Darren Drysdale an “absolute disgrace”, adding: “I’ve never seen a more biased performance from a referee in a long time.“He gave QPR everything he possibly could, I was so frustrated with that.”The FA allege that Lennon’s remarks “constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match official, and/or bring the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1)”.He has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.QPR eventually defeated Bolton when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored their fourth goal in the fourth minute of injury time, leaving Lennon’s team 22nd in the Championship after 10 games.
Listen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning discuss the weekend’s sport, as well as Michael Carrick’s aroma.Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale joins the boys for their Footballers Are Nice Q&A (in which he addresses the matter of Carrick’s possible fragrance), Jamie from Klaxons discusses his team, AFC Bournemouth, while the subject of meeting footballers in nightclubs is on the 10-point agenda, which also includes free crisps.It’s the Warm Up, Megazade, Clubbing Special.To get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free
Alexandre Pato to Chelsea is almost done.The forward is in London and is set to join the Blues on loan and although some Chelsea fans are a little underwhelmed at the signing, here’s a reminder of what he can do when at his best. In 2011 Pato took just 24 seconds to frighten the life out of Barcelona when he raced past Sergio Busquets and slipped the ball under Victor Valdes in a one-on-one situation (not the easiest thing to do) to put Milan 1-0 up in the Champions League.Watch the video above.HOW CHELSEA COULD LINE UP WITH NEW SIGNINGS AFTER JANUARY
1 Steven Fletcher Marseille are preparing a shock move for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.The 28-year-old has already been linked with West Ham during the current transfer window.The Scotland international has just six months remaining on his current contract and is yet to be offered a new deal.Marseille, according to L’Equipe, are now ready to take Fletcher on loan until the end of the season.The Ligue 1 club are in need of a striker and believe the former Wolves man fits the bill.Should a move for Fletcher fail, Marseille are also keeping tabs on Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie.
1 Steve McClaren has insisted Newcastle would not settle for a point at Chelsea as they attempt to ease themselves further clear of relegation trouble.The Magpies head for Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening desperate to claim back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins after climbing out of the drop zone as a result of last weekend’s 1-0 home success over West Brom.A draw at Chelsea would represent a creditable return but head coach McClaren admits his team cannot sit back and try to soak up pressure, so will go for all three points.He said: “We are going there to win, and that’s what we have always done all season.“Maybe that’s to our detriment that we have gone for the win. We can’t sit back, we can’t soak up pressure and hit teams on the break, we have to be quite front foot.“That’s how we play. It’s not got us results and we are hoping to turn that around, starting tomorrow.”The Blues are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and have won four of the last eight under interim boss Guus Hiddink – and McClaren is aware his players will have to improve significantly on their recent away form – they have not collected a point on the road form their last four league outings – if they are to get anything this weekend.He said: “Hiddink has come in and done a great job, settled the squad down, got them back to being hard to beat and grinding out results, 11 games unbeaten – I know they have drawn quite a few, but being hard to beat.“They have got so many talented players, a front four that at any time can win games, so they are very dangerous opponents and it’s a tough game for us.“But really the focus is on us, not on Chelsea. The focus tomorrow for our players is not the opponents, it’s ourselves and we have to get over a barrier to start picking up points away from home.” Ayoze Perez
1 Daniele Rugani [right] in action for Juventus Daniele Rugani has ended talk of a move to Chelsea or Manchester United by signing a contract extension with Juventus.The 21-year-old has struggled to nail down a first-team spot in Turin and it had been rumoured he would leave this summer.Both Chelsea and United rate the centre-back, while he had also been linked with Arsenal in the past.However, Rugani has now cooled speculation that he will leave Juventus by signing a one-year contract extension.The Italian’s new deal will see him remain at the club until 2020.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHoward plays for Everton, and Bocanegra for Fulham, both in the English Premier League. Donovan thought it was a significant sign for the future of U.S. soccer that all three of the finalists are still relatively young. Both Howard and Bocanegra are 28. “We’re all stepping up and have a vision of where we want to go,” Donovan said. U.S. coach Bob Bradley said Donovan has had a great career, and he still has a bright future. “It’s incredible what he’s accomplished, and he’s still young,” Bradley said. From news services Landon Donovan captured the Honda Award as U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in a landslide vote, winning for an unprecedented fourth time. The 25-year-old Donovan, honored Friday as the national team’s top player, also received the award in 2002, when he was the youngest winner. He took the trophy in 2003 and 2004, becoming the first player to win it three times. He received 413 points in the nationwide balloting. Goalkeeper Tim Howard finished second with 122 and three-time finalist Carlos Bocanegra was third with 105. Donovan leads the national team with nine goals this year, including a three-goal game against Ecuador and four during the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament during the summer. His penalty kick against Mexico to win the United States’ fourth Gold Cup title was his 34th career goal. That tied him with Eric Wynalda as the leading career scorer for the national team. “I know I have a long way to go,” Donovan said. “There are always constant reminders of how we can get better. I’m constantly challenging myself.” Beckham still ailing David Beckham skipped practice to rest his sprained right knee, but the Galaxy midfielder could play again this season. Beckham will not travel with the team for Sunday’s game at Houston. Mendoza snubbed Chivas USA midfielder Francisco Mendoza believed he had a shot at becoming the first MLS player to be named to the Mexican national team when Mexican newspapers reported Hugo Sanchez was considering Mendoza for “El Tri’s” upcoming exhibition matches. But Mendoza’s name was not included in a list of 33 players revealed by Sanchez Friday. Around the world FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to reintroduce limits on foreigners playing in national leagues, a move which amounts to a direct challenge to European Union authorities. By the 2010-11 league season, Blatter wants to have a system where a team’s starting lineup would have six national players. … World champ Germany returned to the top of the women’s rankings, pushing the U.S. down to second. … Christian Gomez scored early in the second half, giving D.C. United a 1-1 tie with the host Kansas City Wizards. United (16-6-6, 54 points) has a 12-game unbeaten streak.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Shocking is one of them. Remarkable is another. Beat-down is one more, although that’s more like two, isn’t it? But that’s probably the best description of what the Lakers did to the Phoenix Suns in a 119-98 rout at the U.S. Airways Center. It was the Lakers’ first victory in Phoenix since Feb. 22, 2004, ending an 0-6 skid. The lopsided victory also kept the Lakers from starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 2002-03. It also was a small slice of payback for their ouster at the hands of the Suns in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. NBA: L.A. ends six-game slump in desert with help from the schedule. By Elliott Teaford Staff Writer PHOENIX – There are words for what happened Friday night in the desert. “I don’t like the word shocking, I like remarkable,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “It was a remarkable thing to have happen.” Above all, it seemed to give the Lakers a sense of calm after weeks of uncertainty and speculation surrounding Kobe Bryant, who as recently as Wednesday night was rumored to be traded to the Chicago Bulls. “It was a good win for us,” Bryant said. “We need wins like this to reach the next notch. It shows we have a lot of will. That’s what I like about our team. … “It doesn’t end. It’s one game out of 82. We understand that we’ve got to keep this going.” It was a victory that was not without a bit of controversy, however. Phoenix coach Mike D’Antoni was upset that Jackson took back-to-back timeouts late in the game. Jackson said he was trying to get the timeouts out of the way (each team is required to take one timeout per quarter in addition to the mandatory television timeouts) and get the game over. “You take eight minutes to explain maybe one play that he probably didn’t run,” D’Antoni said. “I thought he disrespected our players, but I know he likes to play the mind games and that’s fine. He might want to try and do it in playoff time, when we bust them every time. We’ve got them three more times (this season), that’s fine.” In the final analysis, it was difficult to discern which was the elite team and which was the team hoping to scramble into the playoffs this season. The Lakers shot 56.5 percent (48-for-85), ruled the paint and the backboards and displayed more depth and persistence than the Suns. Remarkably enough, five Lakers scored 10 or more points, led by Vladimir Radmanovic, who had 19. Bryant had 16 points and 11 rebounds, sitting out the fourth quarter as the game was decided when the Lakers went on a 19-8 run to build a 95-67 lead by the end of the third. Their lead would eventually grow to 33 points early in the fourth. Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum each had 14 points and Sasha Vujacic had 12. Bynum added 13 rebounds to help the Lakers outrebound the Suns, 54-34. Leandro Barbosa led Phoenix with 23 points. With no shortage of motivation, the Lakers came out with razor-sharp focus. Well, after Kwame Brown lost the opening tip because he wasn’t paying attention and after they fell behind by 8-2, then they played with a razor-sharp focus. The Lakers led by as many as 17 points en route to a 63-50 halftime lead. They exploited the Suns’ lack of brawn in the paint and shot 53.1 percent (26-for-49) and outrebounded the Suns, 27-16, in the first half. The Lakers played like a team with a great deal to prove. The Suns played like a team that had opened the season the night before in Seattle, flying through the night and getting little rest before their home opener. The Suns shot 42.1 percent in the first half and made only 14 of 21 free throws (66.7 percent). “They didn’t do the things they usually do,” Jackson said of the Suns. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Two LAPD detectives were credited today with saving a man being mauled by a pit bull, shooting the dog when efforts to subdue it with a shovel failed. Detectives Mark Hahn and Andy Moody were in their car near 97th and Hoover streets in South Los Angeles when they heard cries for help around 7 a.m. yesterday, the LAPD reported. The detectives, who were in the area on an unrelated matter, saw a pit bull attacking a 53-year-old man who was crawling under a parked car in a vain effort to escape, police said. As the detectives ran toward the man, the dog crawled under the car and bit the man’s leg, then dragged him from under the vehicle and mauled him, according to a police statement. Police said the mauling victim was “pet-sitting” the dog for a friend and was attacked as he left for work. Angeles control officers took custody of the wounded dog. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A neighbor threw a bucket of water on the dog, to no avail. For the safety of area residents, the detectives ordered everyone inside their homes. Moody grabbed a shovel lying nearby and hit the dog in the head, but the animal continued mauling the man, biting his face and head, the statement. Moody hit the pit bull in the head again, stunning the animal. Hahn then put himself between the pit bull and the injured man, and the animal charged, prompting Hahn to fire one round from his handgun and wound the dog in the chest. The animal ran away and crawled under an abandoned pickup truck about a mile away. The detectives gave aid to the mauling victim until paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital for treatment of severe bite wounds to his head, face, arms and legs, the statement said.
The industry is “going to be a shadow of itself once we get through this downturn,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, who predicts home prices won’t rebound until late 2009 or early 2010. “Everyone was too optimistic.” Developers are reeling from sharp increases in loan defaults, which force lenders to be far more cautious about new mortgages. The result: sinking home prices, surpluses of unsold homes and a spike in canceled orders. Even speculators who snatched up new homes during the bubble years hoping to turn a quick profit can’t sell, meaning more properties compete for a limited pool of buyers. To move unsold inventory quickly, builders are staging flashy sales promotions of the kind common at used car dealerships. In particularly hard-hit housing markets, such as California and Florida, and even in less-devastated regions, such as the suburbs around Washington, D.C., developers are resorting to auctions to sell new houses, town houses and condominiums. In California, for example, Kennedy Wilson Auction Group typically fetched bids 40 percent below the asking price on houses they sold in about a dozen auctions of residential developments this year, said Rhett Winchell, president of the Beverly Hills-based company. Homebuilders such as Centex Corp. and Pulte Homes Inc. aim to survive an industrywide unraveling by selling houses at bargain prices, slashing jobs and scrapping growth plans. But as the housing downturn worsens, experts say at least a few major U.S. homebuilders may end up bankrupt. Builders constructed more than 2 million housing units nationwide in 2005, the year the boom peaked. So far this year, housing starts have fallen to an annual rate of 1.2 million units through September, and economists expect the number to drop to an annual rate of 1 million by mid-2008. Some analysts foresee a shakeout similar to that of the early 1990s, when numerous builders went through bankruptcy, including Reston, Va-based NVR Inc. and U.S. Home Corp. of Houston, now part of Miami’s Lennar Corp. A consolidation of weaker players may also be on the horizon. Nationwide, Pulte cut prices $10,000 to $50,000 during the sales event, offering discounted closing costs and free golf carts in communities catering to seniors. The company would not provide sales figures from the event but company spokesman Mark Marymee said the promotion “generated considerable momentum in a lot of markets where there really wasn’t a lot of activity or interest.” Homebuilders also have moved away from buying land outright and instead buy less-expensive options to do so, said Elliot Eisenberg, a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!