Manchester United star: ‘I will celebrate’ if I score against former club

first_img1 Memphis Depay Memphis Depay will not temper his celebration if he scores for Manchester United against his old club PSV.Depay will return to the Philips Stadion for the first time on Tuesday since his £25million move from PSV to Old Trafford.The Dutchman spent nine years at the club, rising through the youth ranks before becoming a first-team star.The club holds a special place in the 21-year-old’s heart, but that will not stop him from celebrating with all his might if he finds the net in Eindhoven during Tuesday’s Champions League group stage encounter.“For me it’s a game, so if I score I will celebrate,” the United forward said.“I have respect for PSV but I am a Manchester United player now.”With that kind of ruthless attitude, it is easy to see why Depay was top scorer in the Eredivisie with 22 goals last season.That haul helped PSV to their first title in seven years, but this year he is yet to find the net for United in the Premier League.Louis van Gaal substituted Depay at half-time in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool.Depay earned a reputation as something of a hot head at times during his time in Holland, but he did not lash out at Van Gaal for taking him off at half-time.“I think my reaction was good,” he said.“I will improve in training, keep my head up and work on it and I think I can do better in games.”You can listen to PSV v Manchester United in the Champions League live on talkSPORT on Tuesday evening from 7.45pm BST.last_img read more


UCLA not deterred by losses

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Bruins still unbeaten in Pac-10 going into Cal game. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER UCLA tailback Kahlil Bell grabbed the rubbery white bracelet on his left wrist and gave it a snap, then did the same to the identical bracelet around his right wrist. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.For the last few seasons Bruins coach Karl Dorrell had a snappy phrase, geared toward winning the Pacific-10 Conference title, engraved into rubber bracelets, and asked all his players to wear them. Dorrell isn’t fond of speaking about internal program mottos, instead desiring the rallying cries remain exclusive to those who are on the field, and not a rallying cry designed for the masses. And this year’s motto, which is to finish games strong and win a conference title, may fit into Dorrell’s wish of keeping things in house better than any, because there may not be a whole lot of folks believing in the Bruins these days. UCLA hosts No. 10 California at a sold-out Rose Bowl today as one of two undefeated Pac-10 teams, but that is hardly the vibe in Westwood. The Bruins have not played since a demoralizing 14-point home loss to a bad Notre Dame program two weeks ago. Couple that defeat with the 38-point loss at Utah last month and talking about the Bruins winning the league title doesn’t seem quite right. “We’re 3-0 in the Pac-10, so we’re in the driver’s seat,” Bell said. “We’re 3-0, and I firmly believe we can win this conference. “Everybody on this team feels we have just as good a shot as anybody else to win this conference.” The Bruins are a half-game behind Arizona State (7-0, 4-0), but many of their toughest opponents remain on the schedule. Bell said the players knew they were undefeated in league play, even after the horrific defeat to the Irish, but it wasn’t until the coaching staff hammered the point home that total belief took affect. “Coach put up some numbers, and we actually got to see it physically instead of just hearing it, and we kind of shook (Notre Dame) off,” Bell said. “It’s a nonconference game. I know it (stinks) to say that, and great teams have to be ready and come out every week to play a championship game … but it meant absolutely nothing to the Pac-10 race. “And we all have these wrist bands on that say, `Finish Pac-10 championship.’ Everybody on this team believes we can win a Pac-10 championship.” The Bruins (4-2, 3-0 Pac-10) have found their defensive stride lately, but the offense is a shell of what it was expected to be. With Ben Olson out a few more weeks with a knee injury, Patrick Cowan is the undisputed starter at quarterback, but there is no guarantee walk-on backup McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who committed five turnovers in three quarters against Notre Dame, will not be pressed into action. Cowan, who practiced for two full weeks since injuring his hamstring in training camp, is making his first appearance since tearing a ligament in his right knee Sept. 22 against Washington. Much of Cowan’s game relies on avoiding pressure and getting out of the pocket, but his mobility is in question because his knee is not 100 percent, and he is wearing a cumbersome brace. “He’s going to have to wear that for awhile,” Dorrell said, “but his mobility and his ability to move around and stuff looks to be pretty good.” The reason for skepticism comes in two games – a 44-6 loss at Utah, which is now 5-3, and the 20-6 loss to Notre Dame, which is 1-6 – that threaten to paint a dark picture of a season that began so brightly. And much of the problems are offensive-based. Injuries have played a role, but sloppiness and lack of execution are also prime factors. Twelve of UCLA’s 18 turnovers came against the Utes and the Irish, and 21 of its 50 penalties came in those two losses. And no bracelets are needed to know that is the rallying cry for the offense today. “The only people who stopped us have been ourselves,” UCLA offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis said. “If you look at our last six games, what happened? Turnovers, penalties. “So if we stop penalties, and stop our false starts, we’ll get on track. We have been able to run on most teams so far, and the only thing that stopped us is penalties in key situations.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

FOR THE RECORD Federer clinches 4th straight No. 1

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s always emotional at the end,” Federer said. “I remember being here as a ball boy myself. I know 50 percent of the people working at the tournament. “It’s nice to win again and go into the next year as No. 1 again.” Federer won three Grand Slam titles this year and has 12 overall, two fewer than the record 14 won by Sampras. Nieminen, playing his first final of the year, fell to 0-8 against Federer. ETC.: Second-seeded Andy Murray won his third career title, beating sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Earlier this season, Murray defended his title in San Jose. The 20-year-old Briton is 41-13 this season. … Sebastien Grosjean won the Lyon Grand Prix in France for his first title in five years, serving 17 aces and beating Marc Gicquel, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in an all-French final. This was Grosjean’s fourth career title. … Second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova defeated Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-2, to win the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria, her second WTA Tour title of the season and third overall. The 24-year-old Slovak also won in Indian Wells earlier this year. Garrett Gomez rode three races at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting, including the $111,300 Carleton F. Burke Handicap aboard Spring House. A day after winning the Bill Shoemaker Award as the outstanding jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in New Jersey, Gomez returned to Southern California. “It’s good to be back home. It really is,” he said. Gomez rode Indian Blessing to victory in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies and also won on Midnight Lute in the $2 million Sprint on Saturday at Monmouth Park. Both horses are trained by Bob Baffert. Horse racing Figure skating The matchup of world champions came down to who made fewer mistakes. The winner was American Kimmie Meissner. Meissner, the U.S. champion and 2006 world gold medalist, edged current world champ Miki Ando of Japan at Skate America in Reading, Pa., even though Ando won Sunday’s free skate. It was strikingly similar to Saturday’s results in the men’s event, when Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi won even though U.S. champion Evan Lysacek took the free skate. Ando looked relieved to get off the ice after her uninspiring long program that included some weak spins and even a wobble on one of them. Still, her score of 105.31 was enough to put her on top of the leaderboard with the 18-year-old Meissner yet to skate. Newcomer Caroline Zhang, 14, the world junior champion from Brea, finished third in her first senior event. After a stunning performance in the short program the previous day, Zhang was marked down on five jumps. Earlier, four-time U.S. champs Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, ranked first in the world in ice dancing, put the finishing touches on their fourth Skate America crown with a flowing, romantic free skate to music by Chopin. Brooklyn lightweight Sadam Ali was eliminated from the World Boxing Championships, falling to Armenia’s Hrachik Javakhyan in Chicago. Javakhyan outscored Ali early, then protected his lead by moving around the ring and effectively countering Ali’s attacks. Ali successfully adjusted his style to keep the match close, but Javakhyan managed the fight well and won by a score of 20-16. “It just wasn’t my day,” said a disappointed Ali, who will have two more chances to qualify for the Olympics at upcoming tournaments in Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. Ali’s loss was a low point on an otherwise successful day for the U.S. team. Light flyweight Luis Yanez and welterweight Demetrius Andrade both advanced in the tournament and are one victory away from qualifying for the Olympics. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is back in a familiar spot – expected to win the Big Ten title. Izzo’s Spartans were selected by the media as the preseason favorites to win the conference championship for the first time since 2000-01. The dean of Big Ten coaches has already notched four conference championships in his 13 years at Michigan State, but he isn’t taking success in the league for granted. Two-time defending champion Ohio State brought in another highly touted recruiting class, and Indiana was chosen a close second behind the Spartans. Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel was selected as the preseason player of the year. Two Illinois State football players were charged with stealing a classmate’s wallet and were dismissed from the team. Cameron Cyril Thompkins, 18, of Sanford, Fla., and Micha Gordon, 19, of Peoria, Ill., were removed from the squad Thursday because of “violations of team rules,” athletic department spokesman Todd Kober said. Conrad Stoltz of South Africa made a strong comeback from injuries to win the Xterra World Championship on Maui. He finished the nearly 27-mile triathlon in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 54 seconds, becoming the first male to win three times since the race started in 1996. The 33-year-old from Stellenbosch, South Africa, won in 2001 and 2004. He broke a wrist and a vertebrae in his back in a training accident and did not compete in last year’s Maui race. Julie Dibens, 32, of England won the women’s title in her first attempt, calling it “the perfect race for me.” She led throughout the race and finished in 3:01:24. Boxing College basketball Jurisprudence Triathlon Skiing Aksel Lund Svindal’s victory in the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, showed it’s going to be tough to take the overall and giant slalom titles away from the powerfully built Norwegian. In sixth place after the first leg, Svindal delivered the fastest final run and won with a combined time of 2:17.87. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Roger Federer beat Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 6-4, Sunday in Basel, Switzerland, to win his second straight Swiss Indoors and clinch the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive year. Federer joins Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl as the only men’s players to end the season ranked No. 1 four or more times since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973. Federer, who had failed to win his home tournament six straight times before winning last year, captured a tour-high seventh title of the season. last_img read more


LAPD under fire from Islamic leaders over plan to detail communities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope said his group has appealed to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to intervene.“Chief (William) Bratton has a habit of shopping for the leaders who agree with him, rather than reaching out to the community,” Ali said. “We want him to understand how offensive this is to all communities.”Ali said he hopes is hopefulVillaraigosa will make changes to the LAPD plan.“He was once president of the (American Civil Liberties Union) and he should realize what this means,” Ali said.“And if he doesn’t, we will bring the point home to him with vigils and demonstrations.” Amid growing nationwide controversy, Islamic leaders called on the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday to abandon plans by its counterterrorism bureau to create a map detailing Muslim communities across the city.The plan, revealed earlier this week, has drawn accusations of racial profiling and concern that it could be used with other communities, even as LAPD officials have said their efforts are being misinterpreted.“As an African-American, we know what it is to be profiled,” said the Rev. Eric Lee, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles.“We have been fighting profiling for years. We don’t see the LAPD mapping out skinheads. We don’t see the LAPD mapping out neo-Nazis. We don’t see the LAPD mapping out corporate criminals. This is an effort to profile people based on their race.” The controversy erupted after LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing testified before a U.S. Senate panel late last month that the department iswas joining with an academic institution and looking for a Muslim partner to develop the mapping project.Islamic groups to meetIn his testimony, Downing said the project would detail the Muslim communities in the city, along with demographic data and information on social interactions.While LAPD officials said the goal is to identify groups that might be having difficulty integrating into society, butMuslim groups and the ACLU have decried the move.Leaders of several Islamic groups are scheduled to meet Thursday with Downing, head of the Counter Terrorism Division, to discuss the concerns it has raised among the 500,000 Muslims who live in Los Angeles.Villaraigosa said he hopes is hopeful the Thursday meeting will lead to better understanding. And he said he has been briefed by Bratton and has received assurances that it is not intended to violate civil and human rights.“But he also has personal concerns about the LAPD policy and wants to assure the Muslim community that it has a full seat at the table and that the policy reflects their concerns,” Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said.LAPD seeks ‘partnership’For its part, the LAPD said it believes too much attention is being focused on the use of the word “mapping,” and that that is taking away from its goal to improve understanding.LAPD officials have said the move is not an effort to profile a community but an effort to thwart radicalization.Lt. Mark Stainbrook of the counterterrorism division said officials are trying to get more information about the program out to the public and the groups involved.“This was initiated with the idea we need to partner with the Muslim community,” Stainbrook said. “The only project is to have a partnership.“Chief Bratton has made it clear we cannot do this on our own and need feedback from the Muslim community. The whole point is to get people involved.“If there is a problem with the words we use, we are prepared to change them. That’s the easy part. What we need to do is raise understanding by the department and the community as to what it is we do. We cannot do this alone; we need the community involved.”But Ali said the LAPD should focus more on the terror created by Los Angeles street gangs and gang violence against African-Americans.Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council said the LAPD program has drawn concern across the country.“People are concerned on the purposes this will be used for,” said Sharif Mourassay of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “This mapping project says that Muslims are more prone to violence than any other faith.“It is ill-advised and deeply offensive as well as constitutionally questionable. All this does is generate fear and mistrust and looks like you are trying to gather intelligence based on religion and ethnicity.”rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Suspect in student’s death in Italy left a DNA match

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I can confirm that the DNA test result” confirmed that Guede had sex with the victim on the night of the slaying, said an investigator on the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to media about the investigation. The investigator declined to give other details. Authorities began tracking Guede after a bloody fingerprint indicated there was another suspect in the killing of the 21-year-old Kercher, whose body was found in a rented flat in Perugia on Nov. 2. He was arrested in Germany when riding a train without a ticket. Jailed in Perugia are two other suspects: Amanda Marie Knox, 20, a University of Washington student from Seattle, who shared the flat with Kercher, and Knox’s Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 23. Knox and Sollecito have denied wrongdoing. A third suspect, Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, a 38-year-old Congolese, was released earlier this week for lack of evidence. Knox wrote in a jailhouse statement that police hit her on the head during questioning and that her sometimes-conflicting statements were prompted by stress and exhaustion, Italian media reported Thursday. Police in the central Italian city of Perugia declined to comment on the allegations. Italian newspapers quoted Knox as writing in a three-page handwritten statement on Nov. 6, the day of her arrest: “I was told that I would be arrested and put in jail for 30 years. When I didn’t remember things I was hit in the head, but I understand the stress of the police.” The statement was obtained by the Italian dailies Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica and La Stampa, which carried excerpts translated from English. Knox’s lawyer did not answer telephone calls seeking confirmation and the newspapers did not say how they obtained the statement. Knox said she had “serious doubts” about statements made to investigators before her arrest because she spoke “under the pressure of stress, shock and because I was exhausted.” She did not elaborate. Among the confusing statements that have emerged are Knox’s whereabouts at the time of the killing. A judge’s order upholding Knox’s detention noted that she was confused about the events because she had smoked hashish that night. Four days before she was arrested, Knox said she had spent the night with Sollecito at his flat and only returned to the place she shared with Kercher the following morning, Nov. 2. But she later told investigators that another man killed Kercher while Knox was in another room, and that she covered her ears so she wouldn’t hear the victim’s screams. She had identified the man as Lumumba, who was arrested largely based on Knox’s recollections but released Tuesday. “I know I didn’t kill Meredith. I see Patrick in flashes as the murderer, but I can’t verify the truth the way it appears in my mind, because I don’t remember with certainty if I was there,” Knox wrote in the Nov. 6 statement. The autopsy found that Kercher was stabbed in the neck, and prosecutors said she was killed resisting a sexual assault. Her body was found on the floor of her blood-splattered bedroom. Authorities have said they found Knox’s DNA on the handle of a knife believed to have been the murder weapon and Kercher’s on the blade. The knife came from the kitchen of Sollecito’s Perugia apartment. Guede’s father defended his son. “My son is innocent,” Pacome Roger Guede told reporters in Perugia. He said his son had left Italy “because maybe he was afraid, very afraid for what he saw” at the house. “He has to come (back) to tell the truth, his version of it,” said the father, wiping away tears. He described his son as a “good boy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROME – An investigator said Thursday that DNA tests show that the latest suspect in the slaying of a British university student in Perugia had sex with the victim the night she was stabbed to death. The suspect, Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede, was arrested in Germany on Tuesday. He has denied involvement in the slaying. His attorney, Valter Biscotti, said he has not yet spoken with his client and could not comment on the DNA development. Genetic samples taken from Guede’s possessions matched fluids taken from the body of Meredith Kercher during an autopsy, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. last_img read more


Will Klopp risk Firmino? Liverpool predicted XI to face Tottenham

first_img 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (left back) – Click the arrow, right, to see the Reds predicted XI in squad number order 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield on Saturday evening live on talkSPORT, looking to bounce back from their demoralising defeat to Southampton last time out.That defeat all but ended the Reds’ slim Champions League hopes after a run that saw them win three consecutive games prior to the game at St Mary’s.A win this weekend will make Liverpool officially safe from relegation and would also severely damage Tottenham’s title aspirations as they look to overhaul Leicester at the top of the Premier League.Divock Origi, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Alberto Moreno are all doubtful for the game on the weekend but Jurgen Klopp could spring a surprise on Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino by including them in the matchday squad.Click the arrow above, right, to see Liverpool’s predicted line-up for Saturday evening. 15. Daniel Sturridge (centre forward) 11 7. James Milner (centre midfield) 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 20. Adam Lallana (right forward) 10. Philippe Coutinho (left forward) 11 38. Jon Flanagan (right back)last_img read more


Everton transfer news: Besiktas goalkeeper viewed as potential £3m target

first_img1 Everton will make an approach for Besiktas goalkeeper Denys Boyko – if their pursuit of Salvatore Sirigu falls through. The Toffees are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper to replace MLS-bound Tim Howard this summer, having decided Joel Robles is not the long-term solution to fill the American’s boots. Sirigu is manager Roberto Martinez’s number one target, but Merseyside rivals Liverpool are also eyeing up the Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper. That has forced Everton to come up with a back-up plan, and according to Fotospor, Besiktas’ Boyko is being lined up as an alternative. The 28-year-old only joined the Turkish side from Dnipro in January, but he has managed just two league appearances since then.The Ukrainian is on the lookout for more regular football next season and a potential £3m switch to Goodison Park could provide an attractive proposition. Denys Boyko last_img read more


Jose Mourinho’s to-do list: Get rid of these five Manchester United players

first_img 5 5 Jose Mourinho has been officially confirmed as Manchester United boss and now his work is really about to start.The Portuguese probably started sorting out who he wants to stay and who he will be getting rid of for months, having reportedly had an agreement in place as far back as March.There are many players in the United squad who look like deadwood and will need to be shipped out over the summer, while the others, such as Juan Mata, will need to prove they can fit into Mourinho’s system.So as the Mourinho revolution begins, talkSPORT looks at five players who need to be cut loose.Click the arrow above, right, to see the who should be on their way out of Old Trafford. 5 Marcos Rojo – click the arrow, right, to see who else’s place in the squad is in danger – Mourinho is keen to bring in a partner for Chris Smalling, so the Argentine will be short of minutes and likely to leave. Rojo has proven this season that he is neither a Premier League centre back nor a left back and therefore has no place in the squad. 5 Bastian Schweinsteiger – The German seemed like a bargain when he was signed last summer but after making only 13 Premier League starts this season and picking up a series of injuries, it looks like his best days are behind him. Even when he has been fit he has struggled to grasp the pace and physicality of the league. Marouane Fellaini – Fellaini is the poster-boy for the last three seasons at Old Trafford and although he has done well in his last few games and contributed some important goals, he is not mobile enough to fit into Mourinho’s plans. He is also a walking red card most games with his overenthusiastic use of his elbows. Phil Jones – Once touted as having the credentials to become Manchester United’s greatest ever player by Sir Alex Ferguson, Jones’ career has stalled. Injuries have ravaged him and your heart is in your mouth every time he comes near the ball. Mourinho likes steady, reliable, no nonsense centre halves and Jones is not that. Ashley Young – Young has been the main victim of Louis van Gaal’s positional lottery having played in six different positions this season. Mourinho could choose to keep the 30-year-old to play in the Europa League while he focuses on the Premier League but Young could well be deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. 5last_img read more


DONE DEAL! West Ham complete the signing of Man United starlet

first_img1 Ashley Fletcher (left) enjoyed a loan spell with Barnsley last season West Ham have signed England Under-20 international Ashley Fletcher from Premier League rivals Manchester United.The 20-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract with the Hammers, spent the second half of last season on loan at Barnsley, helping the Tykes win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and promotion from Sky Bet League One via the play-offs.The striker was out of contract at Old Trafford and, according to West Ham, the terms of the transfer will now be finalised. Fletcher told West Ham’s website: “I am very excited to be here. West Ham are a massive club and I am just happy that I can come and further my development here.“I think it is a club with a lot of ambition. They have a lot of good players and it was a special final season (at Upton Park). They managed to finish the campaign very well.“West Ham are a club built on traditions of giving youngsters a run and hopefully I can get my chance as well.”last_img read more


CONFIRMED: Newcastle land defender Grant Hanley from Blackburn in £5.5m deal

first_img Grant Hanley in action for Blackburn Newcastle have completed the signing of Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers.The Scotland international defender has penned a five-year contract with the Magpies after they agreed a £5.5m fee with their Championship rivals.“I’m over the moon and delighted to be here,” said Hanley.“It is a fantastic opportunity to come and play at such a big club and one that I couldn’t turn down.“It is an exciting step in my career but it doesn’t stop there. This is just the start and I am looking forward to helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League.”Hanley had been at Ewood Park since joining the club from Glasgow Rangers as a 16-year-old in 2008.He made 200 appearances for Rovers, scoring nine goals.Hanley is the sixth signing made by Rafa Benitez this summer as the Spaniard bids to lead the relegated club back to the Premier League at the first attempt.He follows Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Matz Sels, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden to St James’ Park. 1last_img read more