https://twitter.com/VillarrealCF/status/633357803357343744//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Roberto Soldado misses the Villarreal fans when kicking balls into the crowd 1 It looks like Roberto Soldado still hasn’t found his shooting boots.Having left Tottenham for Villarreal after two unsuccessful seasons, the striker was greeting his new fans and attempting to give them a couple of footballs.Except he appears to miss his targets.SOLDADO: ‘I LOST MY CONFIDENCE AT TOTTENHAM’It will be a familiar sight to Spurs fans, with the striker scoring just one Premier League goal last season. However, many supporters were actually sad to see the 30-year-old leave as most could see his obvious quality and if there was one player the White Hart Lane faithful wanted to come good, it was the Spaniard.Sadly, goals were not regular enough.
Angel Di Maria 1 While Manchester United were losing in Holland last night, Angel Di Maria showed them that they are missing.The Argentine winger, who left Old Trafford in the summer after just one season, starred for Paris Saint-Germain on his Champions League debut for the French club.Di Maria looked back to his confident best, as he took just four minutes to open the scoring against Malmo with a brilliant finish, and was a constant menace all night as PSG ran out 2-0 winners.
Mike Williamson Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has joined Wolves on a month’s loan.The 31-year-old has struggled for first-team football under new boss Steve McClaren, making just two appearances this season.Now he has allowed to link up with Championship side Wolves, who are in need of defensive cover after losing Kortney Hause to injury for six weeks.The centre-back has not played since September but could go straight into Kenny Jackett’s side for the clash with Birmingham on Saturday. 1
Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest odds from the week’s Champions League clashes, with Arsenal a popular bet to claim back-to-back wins over Bayern Munich.The Gunners secured a shock 2-0 victory at the Emirates last week, can they do it again in Bavaria?Arsene Wenger’s men are 13/2 to beat German giants, while Bayern are overwhelming 2/5 favourites to win.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Manchester United may consider an extraordinary double swoop for Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and star player Paul Pogba next summer.With Louis van Gaal coming under increasing scutiny for his management style at United, the Old Trafford hierarchy are weighing up whether to end the Dutchman’s reign at the end of the season – a year before his contract expires.Allegri has been touted as one of the leading candidates to succeed Van Gaal after guiding Juve to the Serie A title and the Champions League final last term.And, according to Tutto Mercato, Allegri will try and persuade former United midfielder Pogba to join him at Old Trafford if he is offered the job.Pogba is being tracked by a number of elite clubs in Europe, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City all keen to secure the Frenchman’s signature.Allegri has deflected the rumours for the time being, but it has been claimed that the Italian is keen to test himself at a big club in England and a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards. 1 Massimiliano Allegri and Paul Pogba
1 Jose Mourinho has received the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around.Mourinho has endured a disastrous season at the helm of the Premier League champions, with Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at home to Bournemouth the Blues’ eighth loss in 15 games this season.The Portuguese’s position appears increasingly precarious, with suggestions a Champions League exit this week could prompt Roman Abramovich to wield the axe.But, according to his old managerial rival Ferguson, it would be ‘foolish’ of Abramovich to ditch the self-titled ‘Special One’, twice a Champions League winner and a title winner in England, Italy, Spain and Portugual.The legendary former Manchester United boss has often spoken of his admiration for Mourinho and he is adamant the 52-year-old WILL get things back on track at Chelsea if given the time.Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt London event, Ferguson said: “He (Abramovich) has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned by it. He has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn around.“There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all-time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.“It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that.”Ferguson added: “I have been watching Jose recently and spoken to him a couple of times, and this is the first time he has been confronted with non-success.“If you look at his whole career there has been nothing but a rise all of the time so for the first time in his life he has had to deal with bad publicity, adversity and that is a challenge for him, but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level although they lost on Saturday.“I watched the match on Saturday and they could have won by a few goals, but they lost and then he has still has to face that sort of negative publicity and it is never easy for a manager in present-day football because the media attention is huge.“Football today is such a big financial industry, the television deal is (worth) billions, there is the press involvement, there is pressure from their own fans, it is a very high risk industry today.“The sort of average time a manager lasts now is a year throughout the whole country and that is not a big time.“For Jose, I think all good leaders will eventually find a solution I think he will I think he will find a solution and I think you will get back to normal which is not looking great at the moment.“But I know the guy and I know the work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long, I can’t see it.” Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the 1-0 win at arch-rivals Liverpool can re-ignite their Barclays Premier League title challenge.Wayne Rooney’s 78th-minute strike – the visitors’ only shot on target at Anfield – settled a game low on quality and chances.It left United within seven points of leaders Arsenal and Van Gaal has not ruled out a late charge for the summit.“We have a lot of matches still to go,” said the Dutchman.“We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans, and everyone in the environment of Manchester United.“We have to continue, which is not so easy. We have seen that today but we can do it because we show every week we can do it.”Asked whether it was his best day of the season, Van Gaal added: “No, I don’t think so. You have to see it always in perspective.“It is a fantastic win for the fans, for me and the players and it will give us a boost, and maybe in that perspective you are right.“There are matches we have played much better than today, and in that perspective I can’t say it is a good day because Liverpool were the better team in the first half and normally we are dominating games.“I have to admit we survived the first half because Liverpool were more aggressive, we could not create anything.“They have created in the first half three chances and that was surviving, but to beat Liverpool is always important.“When I see this game then I think we can still improve but it was still good enough to win at Liverpool away.”The fact United were able to leave Anfield with three points was largely down to David de Gea, who was by far the busier goalkeeper.However, although the Spain international was named man of the match, Van Gaal saw nothing but De Gea’s usual high standards.“He is always reaching a very high level so I am very happy, but I cannot say that today he has done a lot,” he said.“He has stopped the balls that he had to stop. Maybe the one with one hand (from Emre Can in the second half), maybe but I think he has to save it. I think a goalkeeper has to do it.“I demand it and I demand it also of the players. That is why he is playing for Manchester United.” 1 Louis van Gaal
“It was huge,” said the Nowlins’ daughter, Ann Nowlin Brown, about the business. “It employed 35 people full time in the plant and had two truck drivers. They used to pick up and deliver (clothes) all over Whittier.” Their company used to clean all the band uniforms for all of the high schools in the Whittier Union High School District as well as Whittier city police uniforms. She also was a member of the East Whittier Women’s Club and Whittier Girl Scout Council, and served on the board of the Rose Float Association. The Nowlins moved from Whittier in 1992 to the Morningside Retirement Community in Fullerton. Nowlin is survived by her son, Dan of Novato; daughter, Ann Nowlin Brown of Sammamish, Wash.; stepsons Russell and Bill Rich; grandchildren Jennifer Novak, Holly Sanley, Michael Nowlin, Matthew Nowlin, Christopher Nowlin and Jessica Nowlin; step-grandchildren Ellen Hardeman, Bill Rich, Molly Beaulier, Becky Van Wey, John Rich and Mark Capley; and great-grandson Aaron Novak. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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.A celebration-of-life reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Morningside of Fullerton, 800 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton. “She made the world a better place,” said her son, Dan. “She never said anything bad about anybody. She always had a smile on her face.” Born in Waynoka, Okla., Nowlin moved with her parents to Whittier in 1925. She graduated from Whittier High School three years later. She married Orin Nowlin in 1945. He died in 1995. He already had founded the dry cleaner. Sylvia Ann Nowlin, former owner of a Whittier dry cleaning business for 35 years, died Tuesday. Nowlin, 97, of Fullerton, with her late husband, Orin, owned and operated Orin Nowlin Cleaners and Dryers from 1936-71. She lived in Whittier for 82 years. The business was on Hadley Street, across from Whittier Boulevard. It now is the site of an auto parts shop. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Fullerton, 114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton.
It took Lights Out founder Nate Tyler six months to rally San Franciscans for the self-imposed brown-out that will darken City Hall, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. He got the idea from an “Earth Hour” held in March in Sydney, Australia, where 2.2million people hoping to see the stars cut their lights – for a 10percent drop in energy use. The savings: 25tons of carbon dioxide, enough to take 49,000 cars off the road for an hour. A “Lights Out America” is planned for March 29 in cities nationwide. “We’re giving people one thing they can do to save energy that connects them to all the people around them who are concerned about the same issue – climate change,” Tyler said. “You turn out your lights, come out of your house, look at the stars and go have a candlelight dinner at a local restaurant.” San Franciscans have long been hip to Lights Out, but Angelenos had just a month to hunt for oil lamps and tapers. Lights Out L.A., recently approved by the city and county and backed by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, will withhold juice from the decorative pylons at LAX, the courthouse in San Fernando and other public buildings. Officials hope for a 15percent reduction in usage – enough energy to power 2,500 homes for a year. “We’re asking Angelenos to be smart and sensible about energy conservation,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel during a Lights Out press conference this week in front of the Department of Water and Power headquarters. “We don’t want this to be a one-night stand but an ongoing effort to conserve energy and protect our environment.” Global warming is the “great challenge of the century,” said Bill Patzert, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist who lectures on the danger of climate change. “This is a symbolic gesture of how many people recognize the problem and want to take action,” said Patzert, who will turn off his lights. “All of a sudden, the lights are going on in everybody’s brain about the seriousness of global warming.” Some say public events like Lights Out are possible only because of a public shift in perception on global warming publicized by Al Gore in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and its subsequent awards. “L.A. and San Francisco officials who haven’t done squat about energy all of a sudden want to get on board,” said Jack Solomon, a cultural critic at California State University, Northridge. “And what made it cool? Al Gore made a movie, won an Oscar and Nobel Prize, and now the public’s behind it.” Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, praised the Lights Out campaign, a California idea that might heighten awareness in the East. “I definitely think this is an example, one of the latest, where people are taking any means necessary to combat global warming,” she said. “They’re wondering when the policymakers are going to catch up nationwide.” Like Ekwurzel, many residents said they hadn’t heard about the anti-lights observance. But when asked, most said they’d support it – if they weren’t heading out to work, to party or visit friends. “I could do that, I could turn them all off, everything – the TV, my coffee pot, my microwave. I never plug in my alarm clock,” said Crystal Horr, a waitress at Cafe 50s in Sherman Oaks. “I’m a nut about electricity.” “I’d probably read a book, by candlelight, or I’d go for a walk,” said Kyle Hansen, 22, of Sherman Oaks, perusing the DVD aisle at Best Buy. “I’ll just ride my bike with a battery-operated light … or go to someone’s house and get drunk in the dark,” said his friend, Taylor Thompson, 19. Pixie Klemic, an environmentalist who’d heard about the event, said she and her husband planned to sit on a darkened patio with a laptop, checking real-time satellite photos to see if L.A. went dark. But Sharon, an orthodox Jew from West L.A., said the timing couldn’t be worse, with Lights Out planned for the end of a Sabbath day without electricity. “Forget it,” said Sharon, who declined to give her last name. “It’s such a dumb hour to pick. I think it’s a great idea, but it’s the wrong time to do it.” Many businesses unaware of the Lights Out campaign likely will not participate. Galpin Ford, a Van Nuys mega-dealer whose lights burn bright until 10 p.m., has revamped its office lights to save power and will soon spend up to $400,000 for low-energy lot lights. The San Fernando Valley’s largest car dealer, unaware of Lights Out, will not dim its intense outside bulbs during Saturday night sales. “I didn’t even know this was happening,” Vice President Brad Boeckmann said. “Our lot lights – I don’t want to do anything with those because we don’t want to affect business.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At 8 tonight, Fernando Ludena will kill his lights, turn off his TV and cut short his Saturday night. And for one hour, he will join conservationists across Los Angeles and San Francisco who will flick off the lights for a return to the Dark Ages. “I’ll go to my bed. I’ll lie down for an hour – one hour. It’s good for saving money, saving energy,” said Ludena, 59, of Van Nuys. “I’ll turn off the power in my wheelchair.” The Lights Out event endorsed by L.A. and San Francisco officials aims to turn off as many nonessential lights as possible – in homes, office and public buildings and landmarks – for one hour to cut pollution, promote energy savings and slow global warming. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Participants also are asked to screw in one compact fluorescent bulb. But are fast-paced Angelenos really ready for a candlelit prime time? “I think it’s a lost cause,” said Mike Kennedy, 59, of Van Nuys, ogling wide video-game monitors at a Best Buy in Sherman Oaks. “No, I may be out and (the lights) may be off. But if I’m home, they’re not. I won’t sit home in the dark.” “This is L.A.,” added a Best Buy clerk. “It’s like telling Las Vegas to turn off the lights.” If lights in L.A. and San Francisco both dim, it could be the first time residents of both cities joined forces since 1967, when the Mamas & the Papas and Jefferson Airplane played the Monterey Pop Festival.