Dietmar Hamann believes England defender John Stones can follow in the footsteps of former Three Lions captain Rio Ferdinand and develop into a top class centre-half.Everton starlet Stones has impressed in his short time in the Premier League and has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.The Blues have had three bids rejected by the Merseysiders already, but are confident of landing the 21-year-old in a mega £40million deal before the transfer window shuts after he handed in a transfer request on Tuesday.Ferdinand also went for big money at a young age, moving from Leeds United to Manchester United in 2002 for £31million at 24-years-old.Many eyebrows were raised at United paying such a hefty price, but the fee was soon forgotten as Ferdinand developed into one of the world’s leading centre-backs.And former German international Hamann believes Stones has the quality to emulate the Three Lions great.“John Stones is a huge talent, a tremendous player and I love watching him,” he told Colin Murray.“He reminds me of Rio Ferdinand when he started at West Ham and went to Leeds. He’s effortless on the ball, he’s got a good eye, good technique, he’s strong and quick. He looks the real deal.”When asked if he can be as good as Ferdinand, Hamann replied: “Of course he can, there’s no reason to believe he can’t.“If he goes to Chelsea he may improve and develop a bit quicker because he will play with better players, play against better players and play in the Champions League.”The former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder added: “£40million may look like a lot of money, but it’s just the market at the moment. If the TV deals over the next two or so years go up as they did this season, you could have a bargain.”
UEFA has announced all Champions League and Europa League matches are scheduled to go ahead as planned next week in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.Paris St Germain are playing away next Wednesday against Swedish side Malmo in the Champions League, while Lyon host Belgium’s KAA Gent a night earlier.Bordeaux are at Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night, while Marseille and Monaco host Groningen of Holland and Anderlecht of Belgium respectively and St Etienne are in Norway taking on Rosenborg.A statement from UEFA on Wednesday said the fixtures were set to be fulfilled among a full programme and that it is ”working closely with the home clubs to ensure measures are in place to guarantee safety for all involved”.UEFA’s statement said: “All matches are scheduled to go ahead as planned.“UEFA has very strict rules regarding safety and security in relation to the organisation of matches and is working closely with the home clubs and local authorities to ensure all necessary measures are implemented to guarantee safety for all involved.“UEFA has not issued directives about travelling fans, it is up to the relevant authorities to decide on such matters.” 1 UEFA announces next week’s Champions League and Europa League ties will go ahead as planned
Liverpool moved up to sixth place in the Premier League after beating Swansea, thanks to a controversial James Milner penalty.The first half was a quiet affair with neither side managing to engineer a shot on target.Milner got the game’s only goal after 62 minutes when Neil Taylor was penalised when the ball struck his elbow as he turned his back on a cross, leading to the referee cruelly pointing to the spot.The Reds now sit only six points off Manchester City at the top of the league, while Swansea maintain their unwanted run of only one win since August.It was a quiet start to the game as the players battled with the blustery conditions but Liverpool almost scored after seven minutes, if not for a lucky escape for the visitors.Jordan Ibe ran directly into the Swans’ penalty area and just as he was about to pull the trigger, Kyle Bartley slid with the ball hitting the post as a consequence.Liverpool again went close when Emre Can released Christian Benteke but as the former Aston Villa man tried to sort out his feet, he gave Kyle Naughton the opportunity to snuff out the danger.Swansea managed to ride out the early Liverpool storm and grew into the game as Gylfi Sigurdsson started to influence the attack but Simon Mignolet’s goal remained untroubled.The first shot on target did not occur until the 52nd minute when Ibe let fly with a low drive that was palmed away well by Lukasz Fabianski.Liverpool were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark when Ibe’s cross struck the arm of Taylor and the assistant referee – perhaps harshly – waved for a penalty.Milner stepped up and casually stroked the spot kick high down the middle and into the roof of the net.Jurgen Klopp refused to watch the penalty, instead deciding to watch the reaction of the Anfield fan.Milner came close to doubling the lead but his cross-shot was just too far in front of substitute Daniel Sturridge.Ashley Williams had a chance to score from a corner after a bit of pinball in the Liverpool area but it was not to be, meaning the pressure continues to mount on Garry Monk’s position in charge of the South Wales club. James Milner celebrating opening the scoring 1
Isco and James Rodriguez celebrate a Real Madrid goal 1 Real Madrid are apparently ready to listen to offers for James Rodriguez and Isco – putting Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United on red alert.Real are said to be disappointed with the pair’s form this season as Los Blancos have fallen 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga.Isco has managed just three goals in 29 appearances this season, while James hasn’t fared much better, having found the target just twice since the turn of the year.According to AS, Real’s directors are now ready to put the pair up for sale this summer as Zinedine Zidane plans a revamp of his squad to try and close the gap on Barcelona.Arsenal and City have both tried to sign Isco in the past and would be interested in reigniting their pursuits in the summer.Meanwhile, United made attempts to land James before he signed for Real from Monaco in 2014 and are confident they can lure the Colombian star with a big-money offer at the end of the season.
Lead, however, is a serious health concern. In children, it can cause learning or behavioral problems and has been associated with anemia and kidney problems. In adults, exposure has been linked to high blood pressure and reproductive organ damage. Last year, Europeans barred the toxic metal from most electronics to prevent its being incinerated or accumulating in dumps after computers and other gadgets are tossed out. Similar measures are being considered or are already in place in other countries, including Japan, China, South Korea, Argentina, Australia and the United States. Some companies say the EU rules threaten the reliability of their products, exposing them to unknown risks and possibly threatening people’s safety. But EU officials say the regulations banning lead, cadmium, mercury and three other hazardous substances are needed to protect people and the environment. They also note that many types of electronics are exempt from the law, including military and other national security equipment, medical devices, and servers, data storage computers and telecommunications gear that use leaded solders. Exemptions are also granted when alternatives to the hazardous materials don’t exist yet, or because the substances can’t be replaced without jeopardizing safety. Still, even some companies with exemptions say it’s getting harder to buy the leaded parts. They worry about the increased risk of pure-tin parts, the culprit behind the most devastating tin-whisker-related failures. “Over time (the failures) are just going to get worse and worse and worse,” said Jim McElroy, executive director of International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, or iNEMI, a group of big electronics makers, government agencies and other parties active in tin whisker research. “Even if the military is exempt forever, they will be forced to convert because they can’t get the components they want,” he said. “And that will eventually happen across the board.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jordan Robertson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE – They’ve ruined missiles, silenced communications satellites and forced nuclear power plants to shut down. Pacemakers, consumer gadgets and even a critical part of a space shuttle have fallen victim. The culprits? Tiny splinters – whiskers, they’re called – that sprout unpredictably from tin solder and finishes deep inside electronics. By some estimates, the resulting short-circuits have leveled as much as $10 billion in damage since they were first noticed in the 1940s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow some electronics makers worry the destruction will be more widespread, and the dollar amounts more draining, as the European Union and governments around the world enact laws to eliminate the best-known defense – lead – from electronic devices. “The EU’s decision was irresponsible and not based on sound science,” said Joe Smetana, a principal engineer and tin whisker expert with French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA. “We’re solving a problem that isn’t and creating a bunch of new ones.” Typically measuring under a millimeter long, tin whiskers look like errant strands of static-charged hair, erupting in every direction from tin-based materials like solder. Their cause is hotly debated. Other metals also grow whiskers, but not like tin. Trouble arises when the whiskers bridge separate parts of increasingly miniaturized circuit boards. They also can flake off and interfere with sensitive optics. While scientists debate their cause, they agree on one thing: Small amounts of lead mixed with the tin have been remarkably effective at preventing whisker eruptions for decades.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Q My supervisor constantly plays practical jokes on me, especially in front of others. Things are said about me in a playful way, but others don’t know this person is playing around. I enjoy a good joke, but when I am trying to work it becomes hurtful and annoying. The other issue is that my supervisor is one of my closest friends. This makes it hard for me to say anything. What can I do? A Practical jokes at work are often impractical at best. When comments are made in a so-called playful way but are actually hurtful and annoying, it is difficult to see how they qualify as jokes. If these comments came from a garden-variety supervisor, it would be easy to think that perhaps he or she is a bully, or maybe is feeling threatened by you. However, since your supervisor is one of your closest friends, his or her motivation to tease you may be to show the others that there is no favoritism. Although you said that it is difficult for you to say anything to your supervisor because of your close friendship, it is this friendship that should make it easier for you to discuss this with him or her. After all, friendship is premised on openness, trust and mutual respect. With that in mind, you should meet privately with your supervisor and let him or her know exactly how you feel about these jokes. If this person is a good friend, a good supervisor, or hopefully both, the jokes will end. Q My manager keeps asking me if I am happy working here. I tell him that I am, but then a day or two later, he asks the question again. I don’t know what he is getting at or why he is doing this, and I don’t know how to find out. What do you think? Q I am in charge of a department for a large state agency, and my counterpart over a different department retired a year ago. A year ago, my boss offered me the interim position over both departments, and a few months later she announced that she was promoting me over both departments. However, a year has passed, and I have approached my boss several times and reminded her about the promotion. I cannot go to the human resources director since he is a close friend of my boss. Is there anything I can do, or is this just a lesson learned? A There are lessons to be learned by you and your boss. First, it is time for your boss to learn that when she makes a commitment like this, she needs to keep it unless there are extraordinary circumstances that prevent her from doing so. The lesson for you is not to dwell on what you should have done. Rather, the lesson is to learn how to act more assertively. Assertiveness is more than a reminder. You should meet with your boss, present the facts, express your feelings and specify what you want – in this case, your new title and other perks that may accompany this position. Fortunately, it is not too late. Tell your boss that with the impending new year, the timing is perfect for you to formally start in the supervisory position that she offered you. Refresh her memory regarding your accomplishments over the past year, and give her an idea of the new goals that you have established for yourself in this position. You should not end the meeting with her until you find out if the offer is on the table or off the table, and certainly not tabled any further. A On the one hand, this could happily be an innocuous question that he asks of many people, perhaps as a way to start a conversation or learn about their attitudes. He may even be thinking about longer-term opportunities for you in the company and trying to indirectly learn more about your plans. He might have even heard that you are not so happy, and he may view you as a valuable employee whom he wants to retain. Is it possible that you are giving off some cues that indicate you are not happy at the company? This can be as basic as wearing a frown, complaining too often or too loudly, producing substandard work or maintaining a low level of enthusiasm. However, all of this is conjecture. If you really want to know why your manager is asking you this question, there are two people to ask. First, ask yourself why he may be doing this. If you draw a blank and remain highly concerned about his thinking, you can ask him. Hopefully, his response will make you happy. Ken Lloyd, Ph.D., 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 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Manchester United transfer target Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goalless Euro 2016 campaign continued as Sweden lost 1-0 to Italy in Group D.Eder got the only goal of the game as a well-drilled Azzurri side held off the challenge of Erik Hamren’s men in Toulouse.Arsenal and Chelsea fans took great delight in the fact Ibrahimovic, who is set to join the Red Devils on a free transfer, failed to find the net again in France.But Man United supporters were quick to back the Swedish striker. And you can see what they had to say on Twitter below… Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot while playing for Sweden
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Winning a third straight national title means a lot for every USC player, but the game holds special significance for offensive tackle Kyle Williams. He is the only player on the roster from Texas, so a victory over the Longhorns would at least allow him to face his high-school classmates. “It means a lot. I’ve got a lot of friends at UT and they are going to the game,” Williams said. “There’s nothing more I’d like better than to win. Then I won’t hear so much trash talk.” Williams, who is from Dallas, went on a recruiting visit to Texas but said he actually preferred Texas A&M among the in-state colleges. But he realizes how much bigger football is considered at Texas. “They say here that Matt Leinart is the big guy on campus here but at Texas, every player is the big guy on campus,” Williams said. “It really is a religion down there. We got 10,000 a game in high school.” Ready to go: USC coach Pete Carroll proclaimed the Trojans ready but wasn’t willing to predict what would happen tonight. “We’ve done everything we can but I have no idea what will happen,” Carroll said. “We’re going to see what happens.” Key matchup: Carroll said Tuesday the game could hinge on how USC’s defensive ends contain Texas quarterback Vince Young. “They’re going to have to do a really good job,” Carroll said. “Part of our defensive attack calls for that. Lawrence Jackson, Frostee Rucker and Kyle Moore are going to have to do a really nice job taking care of their duties in this ball game.” Change of venue: As expected, the Trojans checked out of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Century City and moved to the Los Angeles hotel they stay at the night before games at the Coliseum. Things remained loose for the Trojans, who attended a small rally at Heritage Hall after their walkthrough on Tuesday and were allowed to eat dinner Tuesday night on their own. Parking woes: Because of the recent rains, Brookside Golf Course will not have public parking for the game. Fans are advised to take free shuttles from either Parsons Engineering on the corner of Walnut and Fair Oaks (100 West Walnut) or park at Pasadena City College at the corner of Del Mar and Hill streets. Information: (626) 577-3101. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson
In other games: Raptors 112, Rockets 92: Mike James had 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against his former team, and Toronto won its season-high fifth in a row. Tracy McGrady scored 37 points, surpassing 30 for the fifth game in a row. Nets 113, Magic 106: Jason Kidd had 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 69th career triple-double, and New Jersey beat visiting Orlando for its ninth consecutive victory. Hornets 90, Trail Blazers 80: In Oklahoma City, Kirk Snyder scored a career-high 22 points and David West added 19 points and 13 rebounds as New Orleans recovered from the loss of point guard Chris Paul to beat Portland. Knicks 113, Wizards 92: Rookie Channing Frye matched his season high with 30 points, including 11 during a decisive 15-4 run in the third quarter, and New York beat visiting Washington. Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison scored 22 points apiece to lead Washington. Hawks 103, Celtics 98: Al Harrington had 28 points and eight rebounds, and visiting Atlanta beat Boston to snap a four-game losing streak. Pistons 97, SuperSonics 85: Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince each scored 21 points, leading host Detroit to its 11th victory in 12 games. Rashard Lewis scored 27 to lead Seattle. Bulls 105, Bucks 91: Chris Duhon scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and visiting Chicago snapped its eight-game losing streak. Michael Redd scored 25 points to lead Milwaukee. Spurs 83, Timberwolves 77: Tony Parker scored 23 points and San Antonio reversed its poor foul shooting in the final quarter to beat visiting Minnesota. Grizzlies 87, Jazz 65: Pau Gasol scored 27 points and matched his career high with 18 rebounds to help visiting Memphis snap the Jazz’s five-game winning streak. Mavericks 114, Nuggets 112 (OT): Devin Harris made an easy layup with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to lift Dallas. Suns 111, Heat 93: Steve Nash dished out 12 assists in a 47-point first quarter for Phoenix. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sam Cassell scored 28 points but missed the potential go-ahead 3-pointer, and Chris Kaman had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds in the Clippers’ eighth loss in 11 games despite their highest-scoring performance of the season. Elton Brand added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who haven’t won in 15 consecutive trips to Sacramento since Nov. 7, 1997. SACRAMENTO — Mike Bibby clobbered the Clippers again with 11 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, and Brad Miller had 26 points and a huge defensive play in the final seconds of the Sacramento Kings’ 11th straight victory over L.A., 118-114 Friday night. Peja Stojakovic had 19 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, hitting two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play in the last-place Kings’ third victory in nine games. They relied on Bibby in the final minutes, and the point guard responded with even better stretch play than in his 38-point performance at Staples Center on Dec. 27 in Sacramento’s 110-93 victory. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson After 19 lead changes and 17 ties in three tremendously entertaining quarters, the Kings took the game’s first double-digit lead with a 10-2 run, going up 101-91 on Stojakovic’s jumper with 8:30 to play. The Clippers pulled closer despite seven straight points from Bibby, and Kaman’s hook shot in traffic with 1:02 left got the Clippers within 114-112. Bibby, who had eight assists, found Miller for an open jumper with 44 seconds to play, but Brand made a layup moments later. After Miller missed an uncontested 13-footer, Los Angeles set up for its final shot. But Miller disrupted Brand’s early pass to Cassell with excellent anticipation, and the point guard eventually rushed a 3-pointer that missed badly. Kevin Martin added 17 points for the Kings, and Miller scored 20 points in the first half. Cuttino Mobley had just 14 points and seven assists for the Clippers in the former Kings guard’s return to Sacramento.
Asking your goalkeeper to stop every ball shot on net is often asking the impossible. Lakewood High goalie Tiffany Hollis nearly did the job but had to settle for a 1-1 tie against visiting Wilson High in a Moore Leauge girls soccer game on Monday. “Tiffany had another awesome day at the goal,” Bunton said. “She just comes up every time for us. She’s our bigtime keeper.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the opening half the Bruins (9-5-3) were getting past the Lancers’ defenders with relative ease. Wilson took several shots, including a few breakaways, but were unable to get them past Hollis. That was until midway through the half when Samantha Prochnow raced by the Lancers backline into the box and tucked her shot in front of a diving Hollis’ outstreched hands to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Lancers (9-5-2) answered with a goal from Nikki Bleidistel who received a pass inside the box with a defender on her and turned around with a left-footed shot for the score. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I think overall this is a satisfactory game for me,” said Lakewood first-year coach Greg Bunton. “I thought toward the end we were dying a little bit in the second half. I give Wilson a lot of credit. In the first half they played really nice, really quick. They played well.” Wilson dominated most of the second half, playing on Lakewood’s half of the field. This time around the Lancers did a much better job of limiting the Bruins chances of scoring, but it was Hollis who stepped up big when the Bruins came close to converting. “For us it’s a little disappointing,” said Wilson coach Jason Kirkwood. “This a game we came to win … their goal they just simply outhustled us. “I thought their goalkeeper had a really good game. We had plenty of chances to score, we just didn’t get the job done today.” Hollis, who is a sophomore, had 13 saves in the game, seven of those in the second half.