1 Arsene Wenger believes beating Bayern Munich will boost the belief of his Arsenal players and the club’s fans.The Gunners kept alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage with a 2-0 victory over the German giants at the Emirates on Tuesday night.It was an impressive performance against a Bayern side which had racked up 12 successive wins ahead of their trip to London, and Wenger claims it can serve to increase confidence around the club.“It can strengthen our belief and strengthen the belief of people of around us, our fans,” said the Frenchman.“We won 3-0 against Manchester United, 3-0 against Watford and 2-0 (over Bayern), so it is important we have a good balance between defending well and attacking well.“As long as we defend well and score goals then the balance is right.”Arsenal are now third in Group F, but still need other results to go their way to be certain of reaching the knockout stages.“We had an absolute necessity to win the game and we did it in an intense and disciplined way,” said Wenger.”It was a top-level game between two top-level teams. Bayern had more possession than us, but we decided to make it tight in our final third and catch them on the break.“Overall we have beaten a very strong team and kept a good level focus from the first to the last minute and kept a clean sheet as well.”Wenger added: ”We (still) need a result at Bayern. Now let’s focus on Everton (in the Premier League on Saturday).” Arsène Wenger
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1 Ryan Giggs’ career as a Man United first team player began on this day (02/03/91) 25 years ago and fans have been celebrating the winger.He was 17 when he came on for Denis Irwin against Everton in a 2-0 defeat, but by the time he finished playing in 2014 he was a total winner.He scored 168 goals in 963 appearances and won 13 league titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League twice.Many fans hope to see Giggs as a Man United manager one day – watch his fantastic volley against West Ham in 1991 here. Ryan Giggs made his Man United debut on 2 March, 1991
Saido Berahino can still rescue a disappointing season by forcing his way into Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad, according to West Brom boss Tony Pulis.The 22-year-old is back in the Baggies’ starting XI after failing to earn a move away from the midlands club in two straight transfer windows, with a September strike threat issued on Twitter preceding a spell in the wilderness in between.While Berahino has apologised for that social-media outburst, days before ending a four-month goal drought in the Barclays Premier League, he has failed to build on last season when he scored 20 goals and was called up to England’s senior team.Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have since moved ahead of the uncapped Berahino in the pecking order and Hodgson this week refused to rule out including 18-year-old Marcus Rashford, whose Manchester United side face West Brom this weekend, in his Euro 2016 squad, even though his senior debut only came last week.However, Pulis believes there is still time for Berahino to make it to France, if he stays focused.“Saido’s got to get his house in order and get everything sorted out,” Pulis said. “He’s played a couple of games and played exceptionally well. For the rest of the season it hasn’t been a season that he’ll look back on with relish.“He’s done brilliantly last couple of games. Let’s hope he really, really hits form from now and the end of the season and everything changes quickly. If he can score five, six goals in the next 10 games and play as well as what he has done, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t have an outside chance for me to get selected.“What Saido’s got to do more than anything else is get on the pitch and work very, very hard and show the qualities he’s got and score goals.“I’m not telling Roy who to pick or who not to pick, I wouldn’t do that with any national manager – that’s their job, their responsibility. But what he can do is give him a little bit of a headache if he plays really well between now and the end of the season.” Saido Berahino pictured training with England’s Under-21s 1
Dunleavy, known for his tireless work ethic as a player, was flabbergasted by Knight’s shape and said it was unacceptable. “He’s not in good shape at all,” Dunleavy said. “I’m disappointed in the situation. You’d think with a veteran player, you’d think he’d come into camp ready to go.” The coach continued, “I don’t know the culture of other places, where it is no big deal whether you’re ready to go or not go. But it doesn’t sit well with me.” On the first day of camp Tuesday, Knight said, “I’m out of shape. I admit it. I’ve come into camps and been this way a lot in my career. “It’s something you’ve got to work through. You’ve got to understand what you have to do in order to build. It’s a building process for me.” When Knight first said he was out of shape, though, he chuckled. It appeared that he could have been exaggerating his condition and said, “This first week is tough. There’s nothing you can really do to get ready for what’s going to happen here.” On Thursday, he practiced and reacted to Dunleavy’s criticism. “That’s Mike, man,” Knight said. “Mike will say what Mike wants to say. When it’s time to play the games, I’ll be ready to play.” Dickau understands Dan Dickau participated in his first full day with the Clippers and was in a good shape. The former Gonzaga player said he was especially happy to return to the West Coast and says he likes being with the Clippers because playing time looks likely. Dickau is slated to be the third-string point guard behind Sam Cassell and Knight, but both of those point guards are beyond 30 and each has battled injuries. Something else Dickau brings is an understanding of how to recover from a torn Achilles, the same injury that Elton Brand has. Dickau was out 8
>>> UPDATE: 5-year-old dies of road-rage injuries VAN NUYS – Radiant, content and at the pinnacle of her life, Syeda Arif held her 2-month-old daughter in her arms as she plucked out a baby bag from the trunk of her Honda. It was 3 p.m. Tuesday and she had just pulled up to a friend’s home along Sherman Way with her daughter, Ikra, and 5-year-old son, Ayman. Described as a doting mother who reveled in her Bangladeshi traditions, she and her friend planned to get ready for Saturday’s Muslim holiday of Eid. She had bought traditional colorful Bengali clothes for friends and family. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Less than a block away, strangers Armando Gamboa Ayon, a Pacoima teen, and Brian Gilbert Barnes, a porn star and self-proclaimed pot smoker, were taunting each other, zipping west through heavy afternoon traffic on Sherman Way in a show of bravado, pushing the speedometer to 90 mph, police said. And then, in a flash, Arif’s life shattered. In a chain-reaction crash, Ayon plowed into a parked car, which then slammed into Arif’s, crumpling it like a tin can and crushing her and her son. Her daughter flew out of her hands. Now, she has lost part of a leg and might lose her son, who is clinging to life while hooked up to machines at UCLA Medical Center. Her daughter is in critical condition. “It is as if I lost my own family,” said Ripon Rahman, a family friend. “She is alive, but I don’t know how she is going to survive.” Police said they don’t know what set off the impromptu street race between Ayon, 19, and Barnes, 44, of Northridge. Both had cut in and out of traffic for more than a mile when they reached Amestoy Avenue and Sherman Way. Barnes hit the brakes on his red 2000 Camaro hard, and Ayon swerved his Nissan Maxima around him to the lane closest to the curb. But at such high speeds, he couldn’t avoid a parked car near where Arif and her son stood. Barnes sped off, and when police arrived at the scene of limp bodies and pools of blood, they arrested Ayon. He is charged with attempted murder. Barnes later turned himself in to police, and he faces the same charges. “It does not matter who started this,” Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michel Moore said. “This is not a fight of 5-year-olds on a playground. It’s ridiculous. They both should have stopped.” Road-rage crashes This year in the San Fernando Valley, there have been 100 road-rage crashes, which include high-speed street racing and other forms of aggressive driving, the same number as last year to this point. Tuesday’s crash came one day after an El Monte mother and her two children were killed when a car in a street race spun out of control and smashed into them. Both cases are examples of how aggression behind the wheel can turn tragic, police said. Word of the Sherman Way crash spread quickly among residents of the Bengali community. Dozens streamed into the Northridge Hospital Medical Center emergency room, where Arif lay and her distraught husband sat blank-faced with little to say. Friends said the shock is simply too much. “This has shattered the family. They are so beautiful and she was well-liked,” Rahman said. Arif had come to the United States seven years ago from Bangladesh and moved to a four-bedroom Northridge home with her husband, a computer engineer, to be closer to her friends. Inside the home Wednesday of her best friend, Shahnaz “Zabeen” Kazi, an April 23 clipping of a local Bengali paper, the Ekush, showed Arif beaming into the camera, surrounded by a dozen women dressed in pink saris at her baby shower. “It’s tragic, just so tragic. We are all so shocked,” said Kazi, tears streaming down her cheeks, later adding, “I hate the man who did this.” Little is known about Ayon, but Barnes’ arrest record described him as a 6-foot, 198-pound man born June 1, 1963, who works in the adult-film industry. The Internet Adult Film Database lists an actor with the same birthdate and physical description who performs under the name Brian Surewood. An outlaw image Members of the closely knit business described him as an alternately macho and laid-back man, aggressive on camera but friendly between scenes. “As far as the porn industry goes, he’s an intellectual,” porn blogger Luke Ford said. “He likes to smoke pot and watch the History Channel for hours. ” Ford said Barnes, who cultivated an outlaw image, with a scraggly beard, moustache and bandanna, could quickly shift from relaxed to aggressive. News of the crash did not come as a shock, he said. Others described Barnes as a hippie who was kind to his fellow performers. “This is a super tragedy,” said Bill Margold, an industry advocate who worked on a movie with Barnes. “I ache for him because he’s a really good person. This is just indicative that this industry is full of over-aged juvenile delinquents.” In a light-hearted interview a year ago on an Adult DVD Talk podcast, Barnes’ assessment of himself was almost prophetic for what happened this week. “I smoke pot not for my health, but for other people’s,” he said. “I think I’m generally a violent person. Smoking pot really helps me curb my ways. It makes me very happy and mellow and very easy to get along with, instead of an irate (jerk).” [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature’s Democratic leadership are knee-deep in their special session on health care reform. And if the rhetoric on health care coming from Sacramento’s bigwigs is any indication, they aren’t just scrambling to re- arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic – they’re blowing holes in the ship’s hull in the absurd hope of getting the water to leak out faster. Both Schwarzenegger and the Democrats support a requirement that employers spend a fixed percentage of their payroll on health benefits for employees, or else pay additional taxes as punishment. Commonly called a “pay or play” law, this requirement is a totally misguided way to go about reforming health care. It would wreak havoc on California’s job market without solving the problem of the uninsured. This lunch isn’t free – it would cost somebody. And guess who that would be? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In large part, it’s not businesses themselves, or government bureaucrats. It’s the worker – the little guy pay or play laws are supposed to help. Why’s that? Because employers have to pass insurance costs on to employees in order to stay afloat. Harvard economists Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra recently estimated that for every 10 percent increase in insurance premiums, the average wages of employees who receive coverage through their employer drops by more than 3 percent. And even if employees have access to insurance through their employers, it’s of no use unless they can afford to cover their part of the premium, co-pays and deductible. But an increasingly large share of Californians – and Americans, in general – can’t do that. Insurance has simply become too expensive. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance has increased 78 percent since 2001, vastly outpacing inflation and wage growth. So if lawmakers are serious about reforming health care, they need to address the ever-increasing cost of health insurance. But a pay or play law doesn’t do that. In fact, it may actually have the counterproductive effect of increasing the number of uninsured by increasing the number of unemployed. Some employers won’t be able to offset all of the new costs by decreasing wages. They’ll have to take more “extreme” measures – handing out pink slips or closing up shop entirely. Economic data attest to this: Additional research from Baicker and Chandra shows that a 20 percent increase in insurance premiums reduces the probability of the average person being employed by 3 percentage points. And so does on-the-ground testimony from Californian employers. Bookstore owner Alzada Knickerbocker told Sacramento’s ABC7 news during the initial stages of Schwarzenegger’s health care crusade that “We’re already in basically a break-even situation. So you can’t simply add burdens to small business and expect that they can absorb them.” What’s a real way to cut health insurance costs and not just pass them around? Reduce the number of insurance mandates. Currently, any insurance plan sold in California has to cover (among other things) in-vitro fertilization, breast reconstruction, chiropractor visits and treatment for alcoholism. This “sweetening” of insurance packages makes them more expensive, as insurers raise prices to recoup the costs of each additional mandated service. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance estimates that California’s insurance mandates inflate the cost of a basic health care plan by as much as 50 percent. That means millions of Californians are getting priced out of the insurance market because the bells and whistles of a “standard” plan make it too expensive. And is it fair to, say, force a man to get coverage for breast reconstruction? Someone needs to remind Schwarzenegger that his movie “Junior” wasn’t a documentary. Even the public knows a bad deal when it sees one. Given the opportunity to reject a version of pay or play in 2004, the public voted no on Proposition 72. If lawmakers really want to do good, they’ll have to look elsewhere. Jill Jenkins is chief economist at the Employment Policies Institute.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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.After striking his neighbor, Lopez ran away instead of offering aid, Faden said. Lopez was on the loose, but his car was in custody. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VAN NUYS – Police today arrested a motorist suspected of killing his neighbor by pinning him against a wall, then running from the scene, police Officer Sara Faden said. Juan Antonio Lopez, 23, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and manslaughter after fleeing the carnage at 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 7000 block of Lennox Avenue, police said. Lopez was attempting to park his 1987 Toyota Supra at his apartment complex when he struck his neighbor, Ever Robinson Chavez, 23, who had been standing with friends when he was pinned against a retaining wall. Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre UCLA responded with a 44-31 defeat of Washington. The 14-point Notre Dame debacle? The Bruins upset then-No. 10 California, 30-21, in their next game. So, on the heels of the 20-point Palouse fiasco last week? UCLA, the country’s most famous roller coaster this side of Coney Island’s Cyclone, gives its answer today when it visits Arizona. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA has responded well after defeats in 2007. By Brian Dohn Staff Writer TUCSON, Ariz. – The 38-point Utah embarrassment? “I told some of the guys, let’s be real with each other. We are an inconsistent football team,” UCLA senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor said. “If somebody calls us that, I’m not going to cuss them out. There’s truth in that. The first step to healing is admittance, so I’m admitting it. We’re inconsistent.” It’s the second step that can be a doozy for UCLA. UCLA’s problem isn’t admittance, it’s adhering to its much-chirped-about “1-0 every week” mantra, which is why Athletic Director Dan Guerrero turned up the heat on fifth-year coach Karl Dorrell early in the week by saying, “I will be very interested to see how we finish the season this year.” The Bruins are 5-3 overall, with losses to a couple of the not-so-good teams in the nation. Utah, Notre Dame and Washington State are a combined 7-15 against schools not located in Westwood. But the Bruins also are 4-1 and in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference. Games with No. 6 Arizona State, No. 4 Oregon and USC follow this foray in the desert, where the Bruins were beaten by 38 points two years ago. Taylor, as well as many of his teammates, say they have no idea why the inconsistency that has been a part of the last few seasons has turned into a full-blown epidemic, especially since it is a veteran team. “I’m going to try and figure out a solution, and the only thing I know we can do is what I’ve been taught, and what I’ve learned,” Taylor said. “You just got to work, and if it’s not working, you work harder. You put your head down and keeping working.” Much of UCLA’s problems are traced to an ineffective offense, which has been hit hard by injuries and victimized by erratic play, including dropped passes, missed blocks, poor passes, poor quarterback play and turnovers. UCLA’s turnover margin (minus-4) is tied for second-worst in the Pac-10. Quarterback Ben Olson, tailback Kahlil Bell, fullback Michael Pitre and receiver Marcus Everett (all starters) will not play today because of injury. Continuity on the offensive line is another issue. With Aleksey Lanis scheduled to start at left tackle, UCLA will have its sixth combination of starters on the offensive line in nine games, despite having only left guard Shannon Tevaga miss a start because of injury. “As an offense, we’ve just been looking at the film and watching all the missed opportunities we have had,” UCLA receiver Terrence Austin said. “You don’t really see all the missed opportunities we had when the game is played, but when you come back and watch (the film), it definitely is something you see.” Were the mistakes different in any of the losses? “No,” Austin said. “Same exact stuff.” UCLA right tackle Brian Abraham said he believes the solution to playing better is to execute better in practice. “You do it bad in practice, over and over again without fixing it, it’s going to be bad in the game,” Abraham said. “We have to come out (in practice) and if something’s wrong, we have to fix it (in practice) and get it done before the game.” Prior to the losses to Utah and Washington State, effort and/or focus in practice were issues. While players said the intensity of practice was high this week, Dorrell held back on what that would mean. “We’ll see Saturday,” Dorrell said. [email protected] 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Inscriptions are written on the tree and up its white branches. Some people ask for help with their immigration papers, in court, and with their jobs. They ask that their families be cared for and protected. Others just tell the Blessed Mother that they love her. Many of the pleas are in Spanish and some are addressed to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s most beloved icon. Inside a drawn heart, a wife writes that she prays for her marriage. “Our love to be forever,” she wrote and dated it Oct. 20. AGUA DULCE – It’s known locally as “The Mary Tree.” People are seeing the outline of the Virgin Mary in the charred trunk of a California sycamore tree on the side of Sierra Highway north of Davenport Road. Plastic and dried flowers drape the bottom of the tree, creating a makeshift altar. A black Pilot pen clipped to a green ribbon tied around the tree lets visitors write down what is in their hearts. A woman asks that she and her husband be blessed with a baby. Another petitioner asks for good health for a friend and for a father to find a good job. That was just one day before the Buckweed Fire began in Agua Dulce and made its way to Canyon Country, swiping at this tree in its path. The tree burned in the Buckweed Fire, but it will be saved by county road crews. “It’s not damaged enough to be taken down,” said Kathy Salama, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. “They will trim the branches, but we will keep it.” Two trees in the area were removed because they were destroyed by the fire, Salama said. But this tree survived and is scheduled to have its upper branches trimmed in a couple of weeks. People have been placing flowers at the tree for two years, said Juan Alonso, owner of Le Chene, a French restaurant at 12625 Sierra Highway, north of the tree. He said he has seen more flowers since the Buckweed Fire roared through the area. “If you have faith and you want to see it, you can see it,” Alonso said. “It gives people hope.” Before the fire, he said, the outline of a leaning Virgin Mary was easier to make out. “I hope it becomes like Lourdes or Fatima,” said Alonso, referring to European sites famous for their Virgin Mary sightings and pilgrimages. Julio Rodriguez, who lives near the restaurant, passes the tree on his way to work at a Canyon Country carwash. He said he has never stopped at the tree, but he does see people – mostly Latinos – stopping to leave flowers. Like Alonso, he said he has seen more people leaving flowers since the fire. Said Rodriguez in Spanish: “It’s a matter of faith.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!