1 Sam Allardyce Allardyce will become the first person to manage both Sunderland and north-east rivals Newcastle.The 60-year-old said: “I have enjoyed my break from football and now I’m raring to get back. I met with Ellis and we spoke at length about the club and his ambitions and I knew I wanted to be part of that. “I hope to be able to help to bring the stability and success that everyone wants.“Of course it’s a challenging job, but it’s something I have experience of in the past. I’m looking forward to working with the players and of course I will be relying on the help of the Sunderland supporters, whose tremendous passion I have experienced first-hand. I can’t wait to get started.” Chairman Ellis Short expressed his delight at the appointment and rejected suggestions Allardyce needed to be persuaded to take the job.He said: “I am very pleased to welcome Sam to our football club. “Sunderland is a club he knows well and he was the obvious best choice for the job. He has vast experience of managing in the Premier League and an understanding first-hand of the north east and the passion of our fans, which will stand him in great stead.“I would like to assure our fans that once Dick made us aware of his intention to leave, Lee Congerton oversaw an organised and structured recruitment process, that bore very little resemblance to what has been described in the media. “For example, this was a very popular job, proactively sought after by a large number of managers – contrary to much of what has been portrayed. The process was made easier by the fact that Sam was such an obvious choice.“The other misconception is that Sam had to be persuaded to join us; nothing could be further from the truth. From the very beginning, he understood the importance of this job and showed great enthusiasm for the role and a desire to be part of moving this club forward.” Sunderland have announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager on a two-year deal.The club revealed the news on Twitter following the departure of Dick Advocaat last week. ALLARDYCE APPOINTED: Sam Allardyce has been appointed as the new manager of #SAFC. http://t.co/efniZpTfuw pic.twitter.com/H6d3SleqDQ— Sunderland AFC 🔴⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) October 9, 2015
1 Bobby Zamora Bobby Zamora scored for the second time in three days as Brighton recovered from a goal down to beat Bristol City 2-1 and extend their lead at the top of the Championship.After Robins’ left back Derrick Williams gave the visitors a first-half lead, Sam Baldock equalised from close range after the break.Zamora then struck a dipping volley from 15 yards just eight minutes from time to snatch his second match-winning goal since returning to the south coast club for a second spell.Brighton now have a four point cushion to the resting pack, which is now led by Birmingham after the capitalised on Reading dropping points to move into the automatic promotion places.Veteran defender Paul Robinson was the Blues’ hero, heading home in the first half to clinch a 1-0 win at bottom of the table Bolton.Gary Rowett’s side benefitted from a slip up from the Royals who, despite Nick Blackman’s tenth goal in as many games, were held to a 1-1 draw at Rotherham.Blackman, the standout player in the division this season, struck a sublime 25-yard effort to open the scoring, but Danny Collins turned home at the back post to equalise just after half time.Elsewhere, Hull romped to a surprisingly comfortable 3-0 win over promotion rivals Ipswich to move level on points with Reading and remain in the play-off spots.First-half goals from Alex Bruce and Chuba Akpom were added to by David Meyler’s excellent volley as Steve Bruce’s side as the Tractor Boys’ winless run was extended to five games.Burnley also find themselves in the play-off places after Matty Taylor’s last gasp strike snatched a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.Eric Lichaj opened the scoring for Forest before Henri Lansbury was sent off for the hosts, with the Clarets making their numerical advantage count when Taylor struck brilliantly from long range.Middlesbrough complete the top six, but Aitor Karanka’s side were poor as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff City.The game appeared to be petering out to a stalemate before George Friend’s comical own goal just four minutes from time saw Cardiff move to within a point of their opponents.Meanwhile, goal-shy Preston moved out of the relegation places with an emphatic 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Charlton at the Valley.Paul Gallagher’s brace, the first a superb 20-yard free kick, set the Lilywhites on their way before Daniel Johnson’s rasping drive just after the hour mark wrapped up proceedings.Nahki Wells and Jamie Paterson scored to see Huddersfield to a 2-0 win over MK Dons, whilst QPR were held to a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road by Sheffield Wednesday.Championship results:Brighton 2-1 Bristol CityCardiff 1-0 MiddlesbroughCharlton 0-3 PrestonHuddersfield 2-0 MK DonsHull 3-0 IpswichNottingham Forest 1-1 BurnleyQPR 0-0 Sheff WedRotherham 1-1 ReadingBolton 0-1 Birmingham
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed Andy Carroll will be fit to play against Sunderland on Saturday.The forward has been plagued with niggling injuries this season and missed last weekend’s FA Cup win at Blackburn.But Bilic says Carroll is back in full training, while the Croatian manager also revealed that Diafra Sakho and Winston Reid are nearing returns.“A few players were back so it’s very positive,” said Bilic.“On Monday Sakho started to train with us, he needs some time to get back some match practice but he looks good.“Andy [Carroll] is back, he didn’t have a big absence and it’s very good he’s back. Winston is improving and is maybe back for Saturday.“The squad have done brilliantly for us so when the season is coming to the last quarter it’s crucial to have our players back.” Andy Carroll in action for West Ham 1
Today’s closure of the Golden State (5) Freeway in Newhall Pass is a familiar reminder of the fragility of the state’s transport links. Twice before, during the 1971 and 1994 earthquakes, large overpasses collapsed in the the canyon, a chokepoint that is the only freeway link out of the Los Angeles basin north to several large suburbs, as well as the northern three-quarters of California. Today’s fire occurred in a tunnel that carries two southbound lanes under the eight-lane main freeway section. The two lane road is marked as a truck route, but passenger cars and pickups are frequently in the mix on the truck ramp. Caltrans engineers said today they worry that the fire may have damaged the supports for the eight auto lanes above, leaving just the two northbound truck lanes available as undamaged freeway lanes, once fire trucks are able to move off of it later today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Old Road was used as a temporary Interstate 5 for several months during the 1994 quake, when a pair of freeway overpasses collapsed just to the north of today’s disaster. But unlike that mess, the overnight fire did not affect the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, which connects to the Golden State Freeway just to the south of the truck tunnel. Traffic continues to flow between L.A. and Santa Clarita via that route today. The southbound 14 freeway bridge was under construction in 1971, and partially collapsed in the Sylmar Quake. In 1994, the Northridge Earthquake caused the re-engineered structure to fall onto the I-5 Freeway below. 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.“We at Planned Parenthood also believe it’s critically important that parents speak to their teens about matters of sex, relationships and values and that they convey information about abstinence and about how teens can protect themselves once they become sexually active,” said Mary-Jane Wagle, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. “Not giving that vital information leaves teens in the dark and leads to the kind of public health crisis that the Public Health Institute study documents.” Burke, along with actress and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, platinum-selling gospel duo Mary Mary, comedian Michael Colyer and youths from various community-based organizations, will speak after the morning rally. The rally is designed to promote local participation in the national “Parents Speak Up” campaign, which encourages parents to initiate the conversation with their pre-teen and teenage children about the importance of abstinence. “It’s very important for parents to talk to their pre-teen and teenage children about the importance of abstinence and the risks of getting some sexually-transmitted disease,” Burke said. “We realize teens are often under a great deal of pressure, but parents need to get in there first and explain the real problems.” In recent years, the number of sexually transmitted disease cases has increased substantially at the county, state and national levels, including large increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV cases, officials say. Many of the diseases can cause serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and increased risk of HIV. Breaking ranks with other officials who for years have promoted condom use among the young to protect them from sexually transmitted diseases, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke will urge youths today to abstain from sex altogether. Citing new statistics showing one in five county youths contracted sexually transmitted diseases in 2005, Burke will join others at a pro-abstinence rally outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration building. Burke decided to call for the rally and press conference after a recent report by the Oakland- based Public Health Institute estimated more than 1 million youths in the state contracted sexual diseases that cost the state more than $1 billion in 2005. In the county, about one in five young people from ages 15 to 24 contracted diseases that year. In recent decades, a national political and philosophical battle has raged over whether children should be told to wait to have sex until marriage, or instructed to use condoms to prevent STDs. Republicans have long called for abstinence education, primarily citing moral reasons. By the 12th grade, 65 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and one in five has had four or more partners, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Johanna Nestor, director of the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs at Department of Human Health Services, said President Bush initiated the “Parents Speak Up” campaign in his State of the Union speech in 2004, urging parents to talk to their children about waiting to have sex. In recent years, more government funds have been dedicated to abstinence education. But for every $9 spent on sex education, only $1 is spent on abstinence education, said Moira Gaul, director of Women’s Reproductive Health at the Family Research Council, a pro-family public policy organization in Washington, D.C. “Clearly, we have an epidemic of STDs in young people,” Gaul said. “And premature adolescent sex has been associated with a number of negative outcomes, including poor academic performance, substance abuse, mental health (problems), as well as increased risk for STDs and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.” email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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.“What can I say about him? Do you have a couple of days? He was a musician, a thinker and a doer. He was honest and upfront,” said production mechanic Steve Ackerman, a longtime co-worker. “He had a zest for life. I’ll miss his counsel and friendship.” Tumbusch was born Feb. 7, 1959, in what was then known as Sepulveda. He graduated in 1977 from St. Genevieve High School. He briefly attended Los Angeles Valley College. Tumbusch is survived by his wife of 13 years, Kris; his mother, Rita; brothers, Ted, Greg and Chris and sisters, Francie, Pam, Cathy and Mary. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall. A funeral service will be held Sunday for Los Angeles Daily News production and delivery machinist supervisor Steve Tumbusch, who died Thursday after a brief illness at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia. He was 48. Tumbusch, a longtime resident of Saugus, began working for the Daily News in 1978. He was in charge of maintenance for the packing and distribution department. “Steve was dedicated. He came in whenever he was needed. He was very calm under pressure. He got along with everyone. He was an all-around good guy and he’s going to be missed,” said Brian Doherty, packing and distribution manager. Tumbusch played guitar and loved music. He enjoyed jogging, camping and going to the mountains. Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, Calif., 94010-1795. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Surviving holiday shopping comes down to two things: giving thoughtful presents to your loved ones (you score when you are as excited to see them open the gift as they are to receive it) and not breaking the bank. When you can check these off your list, navigating tension-filled holiday dinners and parties will be a cinch. You tried your best, right? If your annoying sibling insists on picking a fight, well, there is not much you can do besides excuse yourself to use the bathroom and then go play with the kids. The worst they can do is tire you out. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter coming up with this sage advice, I realized I have never before followed it. Usually I hunt down presents at the last minute with little thought to the total debt I am accumulating. The gifts turn out all right, but my credit card bill gives me a shock worse than eggnog withdrawal. Time to update my old holiday habits. Shouldn’t I be able to rein in my spending while still giving fabulous gifts as the savvy spender behind the Bargain Hunter column and blog? Luckily, I relish challenges and am awfully good at meeting deadlines. (No need to double-check that with my editor.) I’m also extremely skilled at jinxing myself. Doh! To put this experiment into action, I created My Gift List. I named everyone I am buying a present for and my starting budget: $400. The list helps me brainstorm ideas and track my spending. Just knowing it is there motivates me to price compare and spend within my means. Each time I buy a gift – yikes, only one so far – I subtract the cost. My motivation to stick to my budget is built in. If there is any money leftover, I get to spend it on myself. You can read it by clicking on the words My Gift List on the upper-left corner of the Bargain Hunter blog at www.insidesocal.com/bargain. The blog has tons of coupons that can cut down your costs. Also, check Web sites such as SlickDeals.net, Wow-coupons.com and Bargainist.com for discounts. Perhaps My Gift List will help you find a present. If you have ideas, e-mail me at email@example.com. I sure could use them! Here are my best bets so far: For youngsters Most kids know exactly what they want and aren’t exactly shy about asking for it. If yours is an exception, ask to see a copy of his or her letter to Santa. For video games ($20 to $100), remember to ask what specific system (Wii? PS3?) they want and the name of the game because different systems are not compatible. I’m a traditionalist so I go for old-school games such as Pick-Up Sticks ($8) or Candyland ($10). Has having fun changed that much? I like to give one toy and one book to each child on my list. I love “No, David” ($12) and other books by David Shannon for their raucous characters and action-packed pictures. If the child is old enough, Roald Dahl’s chapter books “James and the Giant Peach” and “The BFG” (both $7) are fantastic. For the in-laws I am definitely going the gift-card route because last year I bombed. I’m thinking of bundling a $25 gift card from Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma with a low-budget kitchen gadget and an oven mitt ($7) for my mother-in-law, who is a standout chef. My sister- and brother-in-law are more difficult. If I were local, I would give them a night of baby-sitting, which can easily add up to $100. They like to watch TV, so maybe the newly released complete television series set of “I Love Lucy” ($190), “The Gilmore Girls” ($190), or the cult favorite “My So-Called Life” ($38) if you don’t want to break the bank. All on DVD. Still stumped? Check out the gift suggestions for every personality at Surprise.com. For your soul mate A copy of “Other People’s Love Letters” ($23), which reprints 150 heartfelt missives and breakup letters that were never meant for your eyes. Read them together to stir up memories of your own path down lover’s lane. To write your own amorous words, buy two packages of postcards, one for each of you (about $20). Surprise each other with a sweet note in the mail and you will score major brownie points. Check out the selection at your local paperie, card store or bookseller. If you just started a family – or if you have not convinced him of parenthood’s wonders – give him a copy of “The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers” ($13). It is hilarious and puts a fabulous spin on fatherhood, such as pointing out this benefit of pregnancy: “major league yabbos.” For friends Spending time with your friends is the quickest way to figure out what to get them. Sooner or later they will mention a game they want, a trip they are taking that requires new gear, or their favorite restaurant (that sells gift certificates, of course). Listen, and you will be rewarded. If they are techies, it is hard to go wrong with the latest iPod or iPhone accessory ($10 and up) – www.ilounge.com is a favorite site among Apple devotees looking to pimp their gadgets. On an extremely tight budget, buy a half dozen cookie tins ($3 each) from a discount store and make cookies. My favorite recipe has six ingredients and takes 15 minutes start to finish. No joke. You will end up with a thoughtful and homemade gift. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the recipe. Need something different? Graphic novels are edgy and artsy, perhaps a winning combo for the individualist in your life. Check out your local independent bookstore for a selection ($8 to about $32). Experience gifts – a cooking class (about $85), dinner out ($50) or theater tickets (about $200 for a pair) – are becoming popular and create time to spend together. For those who “have it all,” consider a charitable donation. Last but not least, there are Moses and Mary dolls ($20 each) from the Valencia-based one2believe. Push a button and Mary says, “With God, all things are possible.” Save a buck in the Valley at www.insidesocal.com/bargain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In a message to Congress, the president said he was sending the bill and his outline of objections to the House clerk “to avoid unnecessary litigation about the non-enactment of the bill that results from my withholding approval, and to leave no doubt that the bill is being vetoed.” Democratic aides said they have not ruled out any legislative options, including dropping the language on lawsuits against Iraq and sending the rest of the bill back to Bush. The sponsor of the contested provision, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said the provision would allow “American victims of terror to hold perpetrators accountable – plain and simple.” 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBush’s decision to use a pocket veto, announced while vacationing at his Texas ranch, means the legislation will die at midnight Dec. 31. This tactic for killing a bill can be used only when Congress is not in session. The House last week adjourned until Jan. 15; the Senate returns a week later but has been holding brief, often seconds-long pro forma sessions every two or three days to prevent Bush from making appointments that otherwise would need Senate approval. Brendan Daly, spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “The House rejects any assertion that the White House has the authority to do a pocket veto.” When adjourning before Christmas, the House instructed the House clerk to accept any communications – such as veto messages – from the White House during the monthlong break. A Democratic congressional aide pointed out that a pocket veto cannot be overridden by Congress and allows Bush to distance himself from the rejection of a major Pentagon bill in a time of war. CRAWFORD, Texas – President Bush on Friday used a pocket veto to reject a sweeping defense bill because he dislikes a provision that would expose the Iraqi government to expensive lawsuits seeking damages from the Saddam Hussein era. In a statement, Bush said the legislation “would imperil billions of dollars of Iraqi assets at a crucial juncture in that nation’s reconstruction efforts.” The president’s objections were focused on a provision deep within legislation that sets defense policy for the coming year and approves $696 billion in spending, including $189 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also in the legislation were improved veterans benefits and tighter oversight of contractors and weapons programs. The pocket veto means that troops will get a 3 percent raise Jan. 1 instead of the 3.5 percent authorized by the bill.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson All elected officials are sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, said Councilman Dave Meserve, co-sponsor of the resolution. “This obligates us to act when the president violates the Constitution,” he said. White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said Bush understands that there are people who oppose his policies, but “recognizes he has a responsibility and the constitutional authority to protect our country and that’s what he will continue to do.” Arcata’s leaders passed a similar resolution in 2004. The year before that, the council stopped short of calling for Bush’s ouster, instead voting to ask for an investigation of the president. Santa Cruz was the first local government in the country to pass a resolution calling for Bush’s impeachment over his handling of the war in Iraq in September 2003. ARCATA, Calif. – This small coastal city is dipping its little toe into national politics once again. For the second time, the Arcata City Council passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, citing violations of international and constitutional law. The resolution passed Wednesday with a split vote, 3-2. The resolution lists allegedly impeachable offenses, such as misleading the American people and Congress into waging war in Iraq, failing to respond adequately to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, torturing human beings in violation of the Geneva Convention and ordering the secret surveillance of American citizens. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Carolina (13-5) at Seattle (14-3) In the very even NFC, these could very well be the two best teams. Seattle had the conference’s best record, but Carolina was probably the preseason favorite. On paper, this is a matchup between Seattle’s offense and Carolina’s defense – the Seahawks led the NFL this season with 452 points. But that can be simplistic – the Panthers and Bears both moved the ball well in a game that was supposed to end up something like 6-3 or 10-6 instead of a contest with 50 points and 716 yards between the two teams. It’s also a matchup between two of the NFL’s more underrated quarterbacks – Carolina’s Jake Delhomme (5-1 in the playoffs in his career) and Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck, both Pro Bowlers. The home field should be an edge for Seattle. But Carolina won the NFC title two seasons ago in Philadelphia, another tough home field. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Carolina, which was in the Super Bowl two years ago, will go to Seattle to play for the NFC title after winning 29-21 in Chicago. Both the Steelers and Panthers will be gunning for the Super Bowl by winning three road games, something accomplished only by New England after the 1985 season. Pittsburgh (13-5) at Denver (14-3) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThis will be Pittsburgh’s sixth AFC title game in 12 seasons. But this also will be its first of those on the road, not necessarily a bad thing, considering that the Steelers are 1-4 at home in those previous championships. They are the first sixth-seeded team to reach a championship game since the NFL went to the current lineup of six playoff teams from each conference in 1990. The Broncos may also be a tougher test for Pittsburgh. The Steelers beat an Indianapolis team that hadn’t played a meaningful game in a month. The rust showed early as Pittsburgh jumped to a 21-3 lead and kept Peyton Manning out of his rhythm until two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Denver is fresh and Jake Plummer is coming off his first playoff win as a Bronco. Playoff experience can mean a lot to a quarterback, as Roethlisberger has shown this year after five interceptions in two postseason games as a rookie last season. The Denver Broncos celebrated Sunday for the second time in as many days. Less than 24 hours after Denver ended New England’s quest for its third straight Super Bowl victory, Pittsburgh held on to beat Indianapolis 21-18. That ensured that not only will the Broncos will be home for the AFC title game next Sunday, but that they won’t have to visit the RCA Dome, where they allowed 90 points in playoff losses to the Colts the past two seasons.