Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson backs Gary Neville to succeed at Valencia Sir Alex Ferguson believes former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has what it takes to succeed as Valencia manager.There was widespread surprise on Wednesday when it was announced the England coach would be taking the Mestalla hot-seat for the remainder of the campaign.Neville will work with younger brother Phil, who has been coaching at the Primera Division club since July, and Ferguson believes they will do well at the Spanish club.“Gary has many attributes that suggest he will be successful in management,” the Neville brothers’ former United manager told Sky Sports.“His leadership skills are strong, he’s honest and he’s hard working.“He is the type of character who is not afraid of making big decisions, which is a vital skill when leading.“I think he’ll do well and I wish him, and his brother Phil, good luck.”Gary Neville to Valencia: ‘He’s taking a big chance. I don’t understand why he’s done it’, says Dietmar Hamann 1
Sam Allardyce, the Sunderland manager 1 Slaven Bilic insists West Ham fans should appreciate what Sam Allardyce did for the club when he returns to Upton Park on Saturday.Allardyce is braced for a mixed reception when he arrives in east London with Sunderland, having endured a fractious relationship with the Hammers faithful during his four years in charge.Despite getting West Ham promoted at the first attempt and establishing them in the Premier League, Allardyce still managed to alienate some supporters.The former Bolton and Blackburn chief’s style of play did not sit well with many claret and blue purists, while he branded sections of the fans “deluded” and “brainwashed” and even cupped his ears to the sound of boos from the stands following one unconvincing home victory over Hull.However, Bilic, who took over from Allardyce in the summer, insists his achievements should be respected and claims he laid many of the foundations for their success this season.“They should appreciate that he did great for West Ham, first and foremost,” said Bilic.“He took over West Ham in a moment when they were in the Championship and got them back straight away. He stabilised them in the Premier League and did an amazing job.“The fans, and everyone connected with the club, should appreciate him.“I don’t know what the fans think of him, but you can’t change the facts and the facts are in his favour, big time!“Whoever says differently, then it’s not business, it’s personal. Sam did a great job here. He left me an organised training ground, some key players, he made my job a bit easier – and I appreciate it.“Do I think he will get a warm reception? I think so, and I hope so.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City “I’m doing good,” Spears said in response to a reporter’s question as she headed into court dressed in blue jeans, a long dark blue sweater and wearing aviator sunglasses. She sipped from a Coca-Cola can as she approached the courtroom. An attorney took it from her and placed it on a bench as she entered. A few minutes after Spears was sworn in, Gordon asked reporters to leave the courtroom and closed the hearing. During the swearing in, Spears was asked her name and replied, “Britney.” “Britney Spears,” she added when Gordon asked her to give her full name. The commissioner allowed Spears to keep her dark sunglasses on, telling her, “I understand you have a medical condition.” The condition was not disclosed. LOS ANGELES – Britney Spears made a surprise appearance in court Thursday after a commissioner declined to rule on her emergency motion requesting monitored, overnight visits with her children. Spears spent about an hour in a closed court session and then left with her attorneys down a back staircase. There was no immediate indication whether her personal appearance had any result. The pop star showed up after Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon held a hearing and then gave attorneys for Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, more time to discuss the matter outside court. Neither Spears nor Federline were present for the initial morning hearing. As she stood to be sworn in, Spears played nervously with her jeans pocket. Spears’ attorney Anne Kiley requested Thursday’s emergency hearing in an effort to win overnight visits for the pop star who lost custody of her children after Gordon cited her continuing problems with drugs and alcohol. Kiley argued during the morning hearing that the visits are critical for Spears to bond with her sons, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James. “I do think it is an emergency for them not to have overnights with their mother, which they’ve always had,” she told Gordon. “What possible concern can he (Federline) have if there are monitors present?” she asked. Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said it was frustrating that Spears’ lawyers would return to court and try to change Gordon’s original Oct. 1 custody order so soon after it was issued. “If she could remedy all of those problems … in one week, that would be a miracle,” he said. In ordering Spears to relinquish custody, Gordon did grant her some visitation rights but said a monitor must be present and the visits could be cut short if the monitor decided Spears’ behavior endangered the children. Kiley said that Spears’ own mother, Lynne Spears, could be interested in acting as a monitor for overnight visits, and attorneys for both sides alluded to a warming relationship between Spears and her mother. Although the commissioner did not appear persuaded, he adjourned the hearing for 45 minutes so the attorneys could discuss the matter, then get back to him. “If, in fact, there are family members who are present and trying to help, that might do some positive things,” he said. After their meeting, Gordon called the attorneys into his chambers for a private meeting, then adjourned the hearing. Spears arrived at the courthouse a few hours later. Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were married in October 2004 and divorced last July. During the morning hearing, Kiley told the commissioner Spears wanted to attend but stayed away because of the huge media crush that surrounded the courthouse before dawn. “Nobody should have even known about this hearing today,” she said. “Very, very few people in our office even knew we were appearing today.” Reporters, admitted on a lottery basis, packed the courtroom. Dozens of others who couldn’t get in waited outside with photographers. News media helicopters flew over the courthouse recording the mob scene below. When he took the children away, Gordon said Spears had engaged in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.” He ordered her to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week. He reiterated Thursday that he worried that the pop star’s troubles could harm the children. He also criticized Spears for not complying with previous court orders, repeatedly saying that the current custody order taking her children away resulted from her own choices. Gordon told Kiley he had not received any of Spears’ drug test results directly from the lab, as he had ordered, although he had an attorney’s declaration that she has passed them. Spears’ private woes have played out publicly as a bevy of photographers and videographers follow her whenever she leaves home. Among other things, they have photographed her arriving at Hollywood hotspots minus her underwear and partying hard with Paris Hilton and others while appearing drunk and out-of-control. Paparazzi photographers also caught Spears shaving her head, beating a car with an umbrella and hitting a car in a parking lot and leaving without notifying the vehicle’s owner. She recently spent a month in rehab and has been charged with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license for the parked car incident. Spears appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards last month in a performance that was meant to mark her comeback. But it was widely panned, with Spears appearing spaced-out, lethargic and, to some, out of shape. The following week, her management firm dropped her and her divorce lawyer resigned.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I became an addict,” she admitted last week after her Montebello Mavens’ monthly meeting. Garza and two others, Rachel Munoz and Tina Rivas, began a monthly gathering from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Montebello Public Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd., three years ago so others of like minds can come together. “I had been to other groups where you had to pay or it was just a sales pitch to buy rubber-stamp materials,” she said. “I wanted a group where we could just share our love of the craft.” Garza, who lives in Montebello and now teaches at Whittier High School, said she likes the current group. “We have some very talented people,” she said. MONTEBELLO – What started off as a way to show school pride has become an obsession for Josie Garza. When she taught U.S. history at La Puente High School in 1986, Garza bought a rubber stamp with a Native American with a tomahawk on it because the school’s mascot is the Warriors. “I wanted something related to the school to decorate graded papers returned to students and other parts of my classroom,” she said. Garza didn’t stop at one. One of those rubber-stamp artists is Margaret Arguelles of Pico Rivera, who has had her work displayed in the pages of two crafts publications. “I got started in my twenties, during the psychedelic era,” she said. “After the hippie movement, everyone was into earth crafts.” At the time, Arguelles said there were very few places selling rubber stamps. “Now there are more stores that specifically carry rubber stamps with all different designs,” she said. Even so, there are still not enough in California for Garza, who goes far and wide to add to her collection. “I have planned trips to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to get specific items,” she said. Why this obsession for rubber stamping? “It’s a way to express my creative side,” Garza said. She and her fellow Mavens make cards, collages and other items for family and friends to enjoy. Sharing artwork with her family, Garza said, hasn’t always been appreciated. “They really don’t understand my passion for it,” she said. All but one, she clarified. Garza’s grandmother, Aurora Pinela, treasured everything her granddaughter made her. “She did stamping with me,” Garza said. “People thought it was dorky or dismissed it, but she never did.” One project she has on her agenda is a collage with her grandmother’s likeness. “She passed away in 2003, and I want to make something to honor her,” Garza said. She may get help from the Mavens, since one of the facets of the group is to share ideas and create things together. “It’s amazing what we can put together,” she said. Garza also shares ideas with a group of 15 students – boys and girls – at Whittier High School. “You’d be amazed that guys are interested in rubber stamping,” she said. Garza just wants people interested in expressing themselves creatively to know there is another outlet. “It’s not just an ink pad and a stamp,” she said. “We bring all mediums together like watercolors, paints, charcoal and anything else your imagination allows.” For additional information, call the Montebello Public Library at (323) 722-6551. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
I remember one incident when the town cop chased a car and stopped him a block from our house. My sister and I raced to see what happened. The trunk of the small coupe was opened and inside was a keg. The man got arrested. I never did find out what was in the keg. My experience with Prohibition was through a kid’s-eye view and from all the talk by our elders. My parents, who were rather strait-laced, did not seem to have any opinion. Across the street from my three-story school building was the jail, a small one-story structure. My friends and I often crossed the street and looked into the cells through the front windows. Most prisoners were men who got into trouble from too much drink and got into fights or beat their wives. The jail was used mostly as a place to sober up. President Franklin Roosevelt repealed Prohibition in 1933. The sale and taxation of liquor was turned over to the states, which resulted in a hodgepodge of different laws and taxes. We later moved from the house and the brewery soon reopened. Once again it started selling Bohemian Club Beer, named after the province of Bohemia, where many of the residents had emigrated from. My mother’s parents came from Bohemia, what is now the Czech Republic. About a dozen saloons popped up along Main Street. Two dance halls, Casino and the Hilltop, also opened. Saturday night wedding dances were the norm. Kids were welcome and after the floor was waxed we would slide across it with our leather-soled shoes. Don Peyer is a 43-year Carson resident and a former president of the United Amateur Press Association.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At the time, Prohibition seemed to be a lost cause. People were going to have their alcohol in spite of the law. Bootleggers and crime flourished, much like the drug dealers and crime today. Home brew was popular. Dad and his friends liked their beer and, with the help of a simple recipe, they brewed their own. A large crock covered by a white cloth was set up behind our kitchen stove where the mixture would be kept warm and out of the way while it fermented. After the allotted time, it was time for bottling. A flow was started in a plastic tube to transfer the brew from the pot to the bottles. When I was about 8 years old my dad gave me the job of capping the brown bottles with a small hand-operated apparatus. The bottled beer was stored in our cellar and occasionally there was an explosion when the pressure was too much for one of the bottles. I don’t think much attention was paid to the making of home brew as long as it wasn’t sold and you didn’t brag about it. Distributing hard liquor was what came under attack. My first experiences with Prohibition happened during the 1920s when I was 4 years old. We moved from a farm in northern Minnesota to a house that belonged to a brew master in Montgomery, Minn., a small town with less than 2,000 residents. The brewery was next to our house. It was a large brick structure that was boarded up and forbidding to a little boy who had moved from the wide open spaces of a farm. On the other corner of the brewery property was an ice house. One day my friends and I found an unlocked door and went inside. The large blocks of ice were once used to cool beer but they were now for iceboxes – the predecessor to the refrigerators. In the winter the ice was taken from the lakes and was sawed into manageable blocks. It was insulated by layers of sawdust to protect it from melting. The property sloped downward from the house. Across the narrow road was a marsh where I chased frogs and picked buttercup bouquets for my mother. In the winter, the slope was a great area for sledding and skiing.
1 Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain Manchester United are set to rekindle their interest in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.The Argentina striker has been on United’s radar in the past but it appeared as though Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool had moved ahead of them in the queue to sign him.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Trafford club are considering a summer move for the forward as they bid to revitalise their squad ahead of next season.The report even suggests that Napoli and Manchester United have discussed potential terms on a deal for Higuain, who has hit an incredible 27 goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season.United, meanwhile, have struggled badly in front of goal, with none of their players managing double figures in the league all season.Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have scored seven each with Jesse Lingard, who has got four, the next highest scorer.So United reportedly reckon Higuain could be the man to provide some much needed extra fire power next term.
1 England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been left “absolutely devastated” after his Euro 2016 hopes looked to have been ended by a fractured ankle.The Football Association announced the extent of the injury Butland suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany, confirming in the process that the 23-year-old has left the England squad.Such injuries usually require months of recovery time, and with the tournament in France just 10 weeks away it seems inevitable Butland will be spending the summer at home.The FA said in a statement on Sunday evening: “Goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss Tuesday night’s fixture against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium after fracturing his ankle.“The Stoke City man sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin and has now returned home.”Butland had earlier been optimistic about his prospects, vowing he would “work hard to get back fit”.But the results of a scan delivered news he was dreading, and Butland wrote on Twitter: “Today’s scan revealed I’ve fractured my ankle, absolutely devasted (sic)! I’ll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!”Butland picked up the injury just before Toni Kroos opened the scoring in Berlin but did not kick the ball out and was beaten from long distance – staying down as Germany celebrated.The FA said England manager Roy Hodgson would not be adding to his squad at present.England had a light training session at their Grove hotel base in Watford on Sunday as they began preparations for the Holland game, following the impressive display in Berlin.With Joe Hart injured, Butland was handed his fourth cap for the clash with Germany, and was replaced by Fraser Forster moments before half-time after going down in agony.Burnley’s Tom Heaton is also in Hodgson’s current squad and could have a role to play against Holland at Wembley on Tuesday.England conceded a second goal to Mario Gomez in the second half against Germany but shocked the world champions as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy struck to level before Eric Dier headed a last-minute winner. The 23-year-old shot-stopper is likely to be ruled out of the Three Lions’ plans for the summer We’d like to wish @JackButland_One a swift recovery from his injury.Updated #England squad to face @OnsOranje: pic.twitter.com/YWiMyPk8iX— England (@england) March 27, 2016