Rooney ‘can score 20 goals this season’, Man United great tells talkSPORT

first_imgManchester United legend Bryan Robson has warned fans not to judge Wayne Rooney too soon, insisting the striker can recover from his poor start to the season and plunder 20 goals this term.The club captain has come under scrutiny for his below-par performances in United’s first two games of the new Premier League campaign, despite the club coming away with six points.He was anonymous in their opening day victory over Tottenham – won by a Kyle Walker own goal – with statistics showing he barely touched the ball inside the penalty area, and he was panned by supporters for his sluggish display in the win over Aston Villa on Friday.Having spent the majority of last season in the supporting role, Louis van Gaal has made it clear Rooney has his backing in his favoured centre-forward position this term, though there is great pressure on the forward, with United’s goalscoring burden falling squarely on his shoulders following the departure of Robin van Persie.But while he hasn’t enjoyed the most promising of starts, Old Trafford great Robson believes Rooney will shine this season.He told Drivetime: “Wayne is a great player and people always highlight him, whenever he has a dip in form people are quick to point it out and criticise.“But Wayne has great character, he’s a team player and as long as the manager keeps picking him, he will work hard and he’ll give his best for Manchester United.“I can see Wayne doing really well this season… I’d like to see him get up to that 20 goal mark, and he’s capable of that.”last_img read more

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Celtic suspend ‘disrespectful’ striker for Twitter rant

first_imgAnthony Stokes has been suspended by Celtic for two weeks following a Twitter outburst.The striker was seething at being left out of the Hoops squad to face Inverness on Sunday and made his feelings clear on social media.He posted on his Twitter account: ”Buzzing to be brought all the way up to inverness with the team to sit in the stands today, lovely weather for it too.”The former Hibernian forward followed it up by tweeting: ”Who gives a f*** about wages when your not playing games! It’s all about playing and contributing not picking up a wage.”Stokes later tweeted an apology, saying: ”Sorry for earlier Tweet. Hope fans can appreciate my frustration, heat of the moment.”Manager Ronny Deila accused the Irishman of disrespecting his team-mates by airing his frustrations to the public.Now Stokes, who has featured only twice for Celtic this season due to injuries and suspensions, has been ordered to stay away from the club for the next fortnight.Deila said after his team’s 3-1 Ladbrokes Premiership win on Sunday: ”It is (disrespectful) for the boys. We travel every week with 20 players and the manager puts out 11 and seven on the bench and there are always two left out.”If that is harder for him than somebody else, then for me he is not a team player.”What is important with Stokesy is that he has to show the work first before he speaks and if you do that then you always have a future. But so far he has been more talking than performances.” Anthony Stokes 1last_img read more

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Jack Butland backed for England number one spot by Stoke teammate

first_imgJonathan Walters has told talkSPORT he has no doubts that Jack Butland will become England’s number one.The 22-year-old has been in outstanding form since coming into the Potters’ starting XI at the start of the season and has been attracting interest from rival clubs.Walters hopes the youngster sticks with Stoke and keeps gaining valuable experience, but he believes it is just a matter of time before he is a first pick for the Three Lions.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Ireland star said of his teammate: “Playing in the Premier League at such a young age, at a consistent level, he needs to keep that going.“He has started the season ever so well and he needs to keep it going and keep his head. But he is definitely a talent. He is definitely one for the next England goalkeeper, without a shadow of a doubt.“He is so comfortable with the ball at his feet. He can play out from the back with his left foot and right foot, his distribution is excellent and he is pulling off world class saves.”last_img read more

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Major Manchester United blow as Rooney faces TWO MONTHS out

first_img Wayne Rooney Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has suffered a knee ligament injury and is facing up to two months on the sidelines, according to widespread reports.The striker did not travel with the United squad to Denmark for the Europa League qualifier against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night.It was initially thought that Louis van Gaal had decided to leave Rooney behind in order to give the 30-year-old a breather.But it has now emerged that that he injured his knee over the weekend and is set to miss the majority of United’s run-in.If confirmed, it would represent a major blow to United’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.Van Gaal’s side are currently six points adrift of Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.Rooney has started 2016 in good form, scoring seven goals in all competitions since the turn of the year. A lengthy absence would also concern England boss Roy Hodgson ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 finals. 1last_img read more

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Trainer’s goof points to need for training

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Q: I walked into one of my employee’s work stations, and she immediately turned over a sheet of paper on her desk. It is clear that she did not want me to see what was on it, and I said nothing about it at the time. However, I keep wondering if I did the right thing, and how to handle this type of situation in the future. A If you really believe that you did the right thing, you would not keep wondering about the way that you handled this matter. However, you might as well stop wondering because constant ruminating over the past is not going to do you any good. It is easy to conclude that your employee was working on a personal matter rather than doing her job when you approached, and she apparently hoped you did not notice her attempted cover-up. At the same time, there could actually be some acceptable although farfetched reasons for her to do a paper-flip. For example, perhaps she wanted to surprise you with some interesting piece of data that she is fine-tuning, or she may even be planning a surprise party for you. Nonetheless, you are the manager, and you have a right to know what your employees are doing during the hours when they are supposed to be working. As a result, the next time she flips over a paper when you approach, you should simply say, “Hi, what are you working on?” At that point, you will see whatever is written on the paper, and perhaps there will be some writing on the wall, too. Q: Our company brought in an outside trainer, and during the session I thought he made a technical mistake, and not on a minor issue. When I politely asked him about it, he turned my question into a joke and got a big laugh from everyone in the room. Afterward, I did some checking and found out I was right and the trainer was wrong on the issue. Should I say something or just forget it? A Not only was the trainer technically wrong, he was also personally wrong. Even if your question was totally without merit, a trainer has no right to ridicule or embarrass any attendee. If that were the trainer’s only mistake, you would be well-advised to say something about it. However, this trainer also provided you and the other attendees with incorrect information on a significant matter. As a result, there are two solid reasons for you to take further action. The first step is to contact whoever retained this trainer and let him or her know what happened in the session. Secondly, there should be a formal correction sent to all of the attendees so that they will have accurate information on the point the trainer mishandled. Thirdly, the trainer should be advised of his errors, and he should write a formal apology to you and copy the other attendees. And finally, if the trainer is not self-employed, his employer should be advised of this incident. It sounds like this trainer needs some training, not only in his so-called area of expertise, but also in human relations. Q: I am currently looking for a job, and one of my friends told me that he heard that putting a “P.S.” at the end of a cover letter is a good way to get some extra attention. Is this a good idea, or is it something that might put an employer off? A Your friend is actually telling you something that many direct marketing professionals have known for years, namely that a “P.S.” is an excellent way to highlight a particularly important point that could get lost in the middle of an advertisement or promotional piece. When employers read a cover letter, they do not dwell on every word, but more typically read it all quickly. If a few good points jump out, the next stop is the r sum . However, no matter what a letter looks like, most people will read a “P.S.” It easily attracts a reader’s eyeballs, since these after-the-fact messages often contain a piece of information that is particularly interesting, important or intriguing. If you are going to put a “P.S.” on your cover letter, there are a few points to keep in mind. The first is to keep your postscript message so brief that the reader can take in the whole thought in one glance. Secondly, make sure your “P.S.” has information that is particularly important to this employer. For example, if the position calls for a specific skill, certification or ability, you should include it in the body of your cover letter, and then highlight it in your “P.S.” In a word, a “P.S.” can be a very effective Persuasive Strategy. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at lloydonjob@aol.com.160Want 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

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MB Twins Walking Against Diabetes

first_imgBy Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER Life with diabetes is definitely a drag: There’s needles for insulin shots, tests to be taken all day, advanced planning for meals and trips. No sleepovers at friends’ houses, no overnight baseball tournament trips without mom or dad and no pigging out on Halloween candy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Blake and Kyle Hammerstein, both 10, have dealt with this reality as long as they’ve had memory. The identical twins from Manhattan Beach are among the 1million people in the United States who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, a chronic disease that can be deadly without constant vigilance. “I hate waking up in the middle of the night,” said Kyle Hammerstein, who has to have his blood sugar levels checked at about 1 a.m. every day. The Hammerstein boys, however, agree there are at least a few perks: A weeklong camp in the summer for kids with diabetes, a gala fundraiser in the spring, and a huge event this weekend that draws thousands of kids, families and celebrities to Dodger Stadium. The annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk on Saturday is expected to raise about $2 million, most of which will be given to research foundations. The families who participate, including a sizable contingent from the South Bay, enjoy food, games, laps around the stadium and other activities. “It’s definitely the one day when kids feel like it’s not so bad to have diabetes,” said Liz Jackson, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the foundation. “They look around and see all these people who have come out to support them.” The Hammerstein twins will lead one of the fundraising teams, called the “Hammers Hightops.” With donations from friends and family, they expect to raise about $30,000 for the cause, said Clay Hammerstein, the boys’ father. This is the seventh year the family has participated. Unlike many children who are diagnosed with diabetes, Blake and Kyle showed symptoms when they were still infants. Kyle was the first to be diagnosed after his parents noticed he was thirsty all the time, constantly urinating, hungry and lethargic. Blake was diagnosed about six months later. “We knew things were going to change,” said Clay Hammerstein, whose sister also suffers from the disease. “We knew things were going to be different.” Having a relative with the disease doesn’t necessarily mean the disease was genetic; about 90percent of children with diabetes do not have any history in their families. Researchers are still trying to figure out what causes it. The other common form of diabetes, Type 2, usually occurs later in life and is more a result of environmental factors such as weight and general health. Jackson, however, said more children are being diagnosed with Type 2. In both cases, the disease affects the pancreas, which delivers sugar in the form of insulin that gives cells their energy. Diabetics have to constantly monitor their sugar levels. Although researchers are still far from a cure, technology to help diabetics has come a long way. The Hammerstein boys wear a clip-on device that looks like a bulky pager with a slim tube jutting out. The device allows them to give themselves insulin when levels are low. They have to test about six times a day by pricking their skin and measuring the amount of glucose in the blood. “I do it at school in front of my friends,” Blake Hammerstein said. “No one cares.” The boys otherwise lead fairly normal, active lives. They even play on a traveling baseball tournament team. “As a parent you worry when they’re not with you – it’s not like you can just let them go outside and play for four hours by themselves,” Clay Hammerstein said. “But we’ve got it pretty well under control. That’s the good news, that they get to lead a pretty normal life.” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

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Farm visitors step into Valley history

first_imgNo telling what John Forneris would have done for a living if Grandpa Baptista hadn’t outlasted the Great Depression and saved the family farm. He certainly wouldn’t be climbing out of a warm bed at 3:30 a.m. six days a week to climb onto a cold tractor by 4. He wouldn’t have spent the last 41 years watching the sun rise standing in fields of strawberries, pumpkins, melons, squash, green beans and onions, growing every vegetable under the sun to sell at his fruit stand. No, life would have been very different if Grandpa Baptista hadn’t saved the family farm more than 75 years ago and turned his grandson into “one of the Last Mohicans in the San Fernando Valley,” Forneris said Wednesday, laughing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There are basically only two of us working farmers left in the Valley – me and the Tapia Brothers over in the Sepulveda Basin. Somehow, we’ve dodged the bullet.” The concrete bullet. Apartments, shopping malls, office buildings and gas stations replacing agricultural fields. One-stop supermarkets killing roadside fruit and vegetable stands that once dotted just about every street corner in a young Valley. Working moms and two-paycheck families – working so long and hard they couldn’t stop at a fruit stand to buy fresh vegetables they didn’t have time to cook. “There were 50 fruit stands in the North Valley when I was a kid, and another 60 in the South Valley,” said Forneris, a-third generation farmer. “Now there are two.” And five to 10 years out, there may be only one if the 60-year-old Forneris is right when he looks into the future. When he opened Forneris Farms on Rinaldi Avenue in Mission Hills, he leased 80 acres from the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which owns the land. Today, he’s down to 20 acres as San Fernando Mission Cemetery, abutting his farm, continues to expand. “Within 10 years, I figure I’ll have to transfer the rest of the land to them,” he said Wednesday morning, getting ready for the last-minute Halloween pumpkin rush. Maybe it’s just as well, he admits. Farming’s a tough, physical job, and at 60 he isn’t a kid anymore. And it doesn’t look as if any of his four kids wants to try for a fourth generation of Forneris farmers. He still has some acreage in Ventura County he can farm if he wants, or he can do some of that traveling with his wife, Barbara, he’s been promising her. Maybe go to Italy where it all began – back to the Piemonte region that Grandpa Baptista left at the turn of the century to come to America. “He and my grandmother scraped and saved for years for a down payment on 40 acres of farmland they bought in 1921 for $24,000 in the town of Zelzah (now Northridge),” he said. “He opened a fruit stand at Plummer and White Oak, paying $600 an acre for the land. During the Depression it went down to $200 an acre. “They held on for dear life to make the mortgage payments. A lot of other farmers had to walk away from the land.” Baptista held on and then helped his son, Pete, start his own farm and fruit stand – just as Pete would help his son, John, start his. “I used a lot of his equipment and knowledge,” John said Wednesday, watching Barbara prepare for the last few days of their Fall Harvest Festival, which runs through this weekend. If you want your kids to see what a lot of the old Valley looked like before it disappears, and meet one of its pioneer farming families, bring them by. There are rides, a cornfield maze, plenty of farm animals, pumpkins and the pride and joy of Forneris Farms. And Grandpa Baptista’s old, red tractor that outlasted the Great Depression and saved the family farm. denniscarthy@dailynews.com, 818-713-3749 — WANT TO GO? Forneris Farms is located at 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. For more information about the Fall Harvest Festival, call (818) 730-7709, or log on to www.fornerisfarms.com.160Want 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

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Bolton chairman Ken Anderson reveals relegated club closing in on new boss

first_img Bolton players look dejected during another defeat Bolton’s search for a new manager is well underway, chairman Ken Anderson has revealed.Jimmy Phillips has been in interim charge since Neil Lennon left the club last month, but Bolton’s relegation from the Championship was confirmed by Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Derby.Bolton are now facing life in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1993 after a season of turmoil at the Macron Stadium.The Trotters faced a winding-up order from HMRC over unpaid taxes, changed ownership and are currently working under a Football League transfer embargo.Bolton have won only four league games all season but Anderson has urged supporters to “stick together” with the club now under the ownership of the Sports Shield group.“It’s now time to look forward, not back,” Anderson said in a statement on the official Bolton website.“Whilst this continues to be an extremely challenging and difficult time for us all, it is imperative that we stick together and believe that we will come out the other side a better and stronger football club.“Bolton Wanderers have a fantastic history and a loyal fan base. We very much have to look to put any past differences behind us, embrace everything that we have going for us and move forward together.“I understand that words can only mean so much at this moment in time and that we, the new board, will ultimately be judged on our actions.“We’re not shying away from that fact and we accept that there are going to be a lot of difficult decisions to make, both on and off the pitch, as we prepare for life in the third tier.”One of the pressing issues for the new board is to find a new manager and Anderson said over 50 applications for the vacancy have been reduced to single numbers.“I personally have already had a high level of applicants for the job,” said Anderson.“We have had over 50 applications, which shows just in how much high regard our club is held.“That list has been whittled down to single figures and our process of interviewing the candidates is already well under way.“We want to hit the ground running next season, which is why we are getting these building blocks in place.“We want to roll our sleeves up and be positive right from the off, play an attractive style of football and really take the game to our opponents.“We’re working tirelessly to try and get the transfer embargo lifted – that is obviously paramount in our planning.“We also have a number of key relationships and agreements in place with teams in the top flight with an eye on what we can possibly do in the loan market.“This is a fresh start for us all. We’ve been working on this plan for some time – we’re now in the process of putting it into action.“There is a lot of hard work ahead and we have to be on this journey together.” 1last_img read more

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Community marches for unity

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HILLS – Some 500 residents Wednesday joined a community march for unity led by a group of men carrying a colorful altar of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico and the Americas. The altar, adorned with lights and dozens of roses, was accompanied by a seven-piece brass band that played spiritual music in the Catholic procession. While the march honored the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a day that has been commemorated in Mexico for almost five centuries, organizers said it brought together everyone in the community regardless of their religious beliefs. “We’re all equal, there is no separation,” said Margarita Diaz of the grass-roots group Familias Unidas de North Hills. Diaz said everyone in the community is working together to help children and teenagers prosper in a neighborhood that has seen its share of problems with gangs and violence. For now, however, the area is celebrating a decrease in violence. “There are problems, but not like there were before,” she said. Bundled up in thick coats and blankets, marchers enjoyed tacos, tamales and punch in the chilly night air. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSenior Lead Officer Edwin Dominguez said the march, which is has grown over the 10 years, helps remind residents that most people are doing the best they can. “We’re trying to spread the word that there are good people living here,” Dominguez said. rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329last_img read more

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VICA honors two today

first_imgVAN NUYS – The Valley Industry and Commerce Association will honor two of its members and elect a new board at its 58th annual meeting today. Pete Satuloff, a certified public accountant and principal at the Woodland Hills firm Anderson, Satuloff, Machado & Mendelsohn, will receive this year’s Harmon Ballin award for community service. “Pete Satuloff is just one of those unsung heroes who has been involved with VICA for a long time,” said VICA CEO Brendan Huffman. Satuloff has been a VICA board member since 1988 and for 17 years has served as the treasurer, what Huffman calls a “thankless task.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFor more than two decades, Satuloff has served as the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Van Nuys and the Van Nuys Rotary Club Foundation. He is also actively involved with the Fernando Awards, the Mid Valley Community Police Council and the Mid Valley YMCA. Pegi Matsuda, publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, will receive the second annual President’s Award for assisting and supporting VICA staff. Matsuda was named publisher of the journal in 2001 and was the associate publisher since 1999. “Pegi has put so much energy into VICA, not just board support but she has been helpful to staff,” Huffman said. “When we need someone with good ideas, she is there. When we need someone to lead a tedious but necessary task force, she steps up.” Cheryl Fair, news director at KABC (Channel 7) Eyewitness News, will be speaking about the role a television station plays in a community. In 1994 Fair became the first female news director at Channel 7 in Los Angeles. On her first day at work she directed coverage of the O.J. Simpson car chase. The VICA meeting is being held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members and a second ticket is half off. For more information, visit www.vica.com. julia.scott@dailynews.com 818-713-3735160Want 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

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