Griezmann stunner keeps Atletico alive

first_img0Shares0000Griezmann executed an acrobatic effort to convert Angel Correa’s cross on Wednesday night. Photo/Daily MailMADRID, Spain, Nov 22 – Atletico Madrid kept their slim chances of Champions League progress alive as Antoine Griezmann snapped an eight-game goal drought in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick to help see off Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.Kevin Gameiro added a second five minutes from time for Atletico, who still need Roma to drop points at home to Azerbaijani champions Qarabag and beat the already-qualified Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 5 to reach the last 16. However, the relief around the Wanda Metropolitano was palpable as Atletico at least ended a five-game winless streak at their new 68,000-capacity home.Twice finalists in the past four seasons, Atletico’s remote chances of reaching the last 16 took another blow before kick-off as Chelsea swept aside 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to secure their place in the knockout phase.The English champions are now also in pole position to go through as group winners on 10 points with Roma on eight and Atletico two points further adrift.Atletico’s poor prospects seemed to be reflected in coach Diego Simeone’s team selection.The Argentine surprisingly left stalwarts Diego Godin and Gabi on the bench, whilst Argentine midfielder Augusto Fernandez made just his third start in a year after a serious of injury problems.However, despite a far from full stadium, those that did make it to the game showed their support for the under-fire Griezmann, who was jeered off by some supporters in Saturday’s goalless Madrid derby, by chanting his name from the start.As they have for much of this season, Atletico lacked inspiration before half-time and, even when they did put the ball in the net, didn’t have luck on their side.Fernandez’s deflected effort looped into the far corner four minutes before the break, but Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers controversially ruled the goal out for a handball as the Argentine controlled before shooting.Simeone showed some attacking intent early in the second half as he sacrificed Fernandez for the more forward-thinking Angel Correa.However, Atletico were nearly undone at the other end in bizarre circumstances when Radja Nainggolan’s mishit cross came off Jan Oblak’s near post with the surprised Slovenian scrambling back to cover his goal.Correa’s presence paid off though, as he was key to Griezmann’s moment of magic 21 minutes from time.The Argentine stretched to loft a cross from the byline to the back post, where the ball found Griezmann unmarked and ready to contort his body and smash home a spectacular overhead opener.Atletico could have had a second moments later on the counter-attack when Roma keeper Alisson got down well low to his right to deny Fernando Torres.However, the hosts’ task was eased seven minutes from time when Bruno Peres was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Filipe Luis.And two minutes later Gameiro made the game safe when he raced onto Griezmann’s pass and rounded Alisson before calmly slotting home from a narrow angle as Atletico scored twice in a match for the first time in two months and gave themselves a chance of salvation at Chelsea next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham wary of Man United backlash at Old Trafford, admits Allardyce

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists he is fearing the worst against Manchester United despite their stuttering start to life under Louis van Gaal.The Hammers head into the Old Trafford clash in good form, having secured a deserved 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Upton Park last Saturday.United, meanwhile, have struggled to get going under Van Gaal and suffered a disastrous 5-3 reverse at newly-promoted Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.Allardyce, however, believes that result could count against his side, with the Hammers chief expecting the likes Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to be even more fired up.“No. I’m thinking a backlash,” he said when asked if it was a good time to face Van Gaal’s side.“I think that because of the determination of the Man United players and the fact they are playing at Old Trafford.“I know there’s quite a lot of new players playing there but certainly the demand of Manchester United is huge and they’ll be really fired up to make sure that they try and perform like they did against QPR and beat us.“They will be pretty down about that performance they gave at Leicester and they will be hurting and they know the only way they can put that right is to get out onto the field and punish us for it – so we will have to be careful about that.“A draw would be great for me, anything more than a draw would be outstanding as far as I’m concerned.“They [the West Ham players] have got to look forward to a tough game at Old Trafford now and test their skills and test their ability at a stadium that can obviously be daunting for some players. Hopefully our new players won’t be daunted about the prospect of playing at Old Trafford on Saturday.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce last_img read more

DEAL AGREED! West Brom land Tottenham midfielder on loan

first_img Alex Pritchard 1 Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard has joined West Brom on loan for the remainder of the season.The 22-year-old is rated highly by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino but has made just two substitute outings since rising through the ranks at White Hart Lane.After a successful spell on loan at Brentford last season, Pritchard had hoped to make his Premier League breakthrough with the north London club this term.But an ankle injury has kept him out for the majority of the campaign and he has only recently returned to training.Now Pochettino has sanctioned another loan move for the England Under-21 ace.Burnley had been hoping to land Pritchard but West Brom made a late move and have quickly secured a deal ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.Tony Pulis has already signed Sandro from QPR but was keen to further boost his midfield options after losing James Morrison and Callum McManaman to injury.“It’s been a hectic few hours – I was close to going elsewhere – but when this came about I didn’t hesitate to come here,” Pritchard told West Brom’s official site.“I’m here and excited to get going. I spoke to Tony Pulis and coaches and was told to do my best, work hard and make an impression.“I’m an attacking player, I like to get on the ball, make things happen and have an eye for goal.“I can play on the wing or centrally – it’s a dream to play in the Premier League and I hope I get that chance.”last_img read more

Famima hunts for own niche

first_imgWEST HOLLYWOOD – A huge plate glass window provides a view of tony Santa Monica Boulevard from inside Famima, an upscale convenience store from Japan. Clear plastic trays of sushi, pasta and steamed dumplings sit on refrigerated shelves that might hold microwave burritos in other convenience stores. Seaweed-wrapped rice crackers edge out potato chips along the snack aisle. “They have a pretty decent selection,” personal trainer Tom Kunze, 48, said as he sorted through rows of panini. “It’s sort of like an upgraded 7-Eleven.” Famima is short for Family Mart, a Japanese chain that has more than 6,000 outlets in that country and another 5,500 branches throughout Asia. Meanwhile, the $142.4 billion fast-food industry, dominated by McDonald’s Corp., is trying to offer healthier, more sophisticated menu items. The $457.4 billion supermarket sector is selling more prepared foods to differentiate itself from huge retailers like Wal-Mart. And a growing number of gas stations are offering food marts. “Stores are figuring out you make more selling a 12-ounce cup of coffee or a 12-ounce bottle of water than you can selling a gallon of gas,” said Jeff Lenard of the National Association of Convenience Stores in Alexandria, Va. Famima is reluctant to call its shops convenience stores because of the low-rent, hot-dog-and-soda association. It’s also wary of identifying its stores as Japanese imports because sushi and rice bowls only make up part of the menu. It doesn’t want to ward off customers looking to lunch on a sandwich or salad, said Hidenari Sato, the Famima executive overseeing the U.S. expansion. In a prospectus for potential franchise owners, Famima dubs itself a “sophisticated store concept … enhanced with upscale delicatessen and premium foods tailored for the savvy American customer.” “We’re trying to be somewhere in the middle of a premium grocer and a quick-service restaurant and a convenience store,” Sato said. “If you can find a really good word for what kind of industry that is, I think we would be very eager to pay for it.” The chain is mindful of this country’s ongoing fascination with the popular culture of Japan and doesn’t want to squander that advantage, Sato said. “In the beginning, we didn’t have as many Japanese products, but there were so many requests from non-Japanese customers saying they wanted more Japanese items” such as sweets, stationary and comic books, he said. The Family Mart chain is part of Itochu, a huge conglomerate with interests ranging from retail to natural resources and banking. The company won’t release sales figures for its U.S. stores but does say sales at its first branch in West Hollywood have increased by about 20 percent since it opened last summer. Famima hopes entrees such as pork medallions with steamed vegetables and salmon eggs over rice will attract busy, affluent customers who don’t have time to prepare meals and want something healthier and more sophisticated than fast food. “It’s great,” customer Donald Driver, 40, said as he read the print on a small tin of green-tea flavored breath mints. “They have really high-quality things. Things you don’t see anywhere else.” 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The company is exporting a classed-up version of its stores to the United States, using Southern California as a beachhead. A Santa Monica branch opened this week, joining stores that opened in December in Westwood and last summer in West Hollywood. The firm eventually hopes to roll out stores in New York and other parts of the country. But Famima faces a marketing challenge as it tries to carve out a niche with its difficult-to-define format in a highly competitive sector. Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., said Famima will fight for customers on several fronts. It will get squeezed by an increasingly competitive convenience store industry that includes players like 7-Eleven, which has been owned by parent 7-Eleven Japan since last year. Britain’s dominant supermarket chain, Tesco PLC, announced this month that it’s entering the U.S. market with a string of mini-marts it plans to start opening on the West Coast in 2007. last_img read more

Fuzzy math blurs Senate bill

first_imgWASHINGTON – America might welcome 28 million new immigrants in the coming decades under a pending U.S. Senate bill. Then again, it could be facing 10 times that number. Welcome to the world of fuzzy immigration math, where advocacy groups spout conflicting data on everything from population estimates to the costs and benefits of illegal workers. Southland residents following the year’s hottest policy debate said the dizzying array of numbers makes them skeptical of nearly all the statistics they see. “Grandma always said don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see,” said Linda Shehee of Azusa. The former Arcadia Unified School District secretary – who describes herself as frustrated by the influx of illegal immigrants, opposed to granting citizenship, yet reluctant to advocate deportation – said she examines groups’ political biases when viewing their information. Even then, Shehee said, “They’re all basing their projections on a guess. I don’t think anyone really knows for sure.” The numbers, murky though they may be, will take on added importance in the coming weeks. Members of Congress return to Washington today to take up the immigration debate anew. This time they will try to find common ground between a recently passed Senate measure that would give green cards to millions of illegal immigrants and a House bill from December that would either deport illegal immigrants or send them to jail. “This numbers debate is already having a significant influence on what Congress is doing,” said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert at the conservative Manhattan Institute. The statistics war, she added, “will become perhaps more central as we go into conference.” Explosive study Last month, Robert Rector, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank and top architect of the 1996 welfare reform law, released an explosive study on the impact of the Senate immigration bill. He found it would unleash a tide of 100 million new immigrants over the next two decades upon America’s shores. The numbers were calculated, in part, by counting anyone who came in on a temporary visa, based on the assumption that they eventually would become a permanent resident. The White House budget office, in contrast, declared the bill would add only 8 million new U.S. residents by 2016. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., did his own calculations and claimed it would bring 200 million new immigrants – a two-thirds increase in the current U.S. population. Jacoby and others say the battle over projections led to two major amendments to the Senate immigration bill. One, by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, would allow a maximum of 200,000 immigrants a year to come into the United States as temporary guest workers, down from 350,000. It also eliminated an escalator that would allow the number to grow each year. The other amendment, also sponsored by Bingaman, would cap at 650,000 the number of green cards the United States would issue for relatives and nonfarm workers. Bingaman argued that if immigrant workers bring their relatives to the United States, their numbers could rise to as high as 1.8million a year. “We shouldn’t send this out of the Senate without knowing if we’re increasing legal permanent residents by four times or eight times or 12 times, which is very possible,” he said at the time. “We need to be somewhat prudent.” Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation fit the new regulations into another study and found the Senate bill would lure 66 million new immigrants annually. And last week, another report came out by the National Foundation for American Policy, which describes itself as nonpartisan and whose executive director, Stuart Anderson, is a former GOP Senate aide and held top posts in the former INS under President Bush. Anderson’s shop predicted 28.4 million new immigrants over 20 years. Of those, 8.8 million already are in the country illegally and would merely have their status changed. The analysis does not assume that most illegal immigrants and their relatives would receive green cards. The group also assumes a smaller increase in the immediate relatives eligible for permanent residency. Skewed numbers? Whom one believes has a lot to do, of course, with the views one already holds on illegal immigration. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Long Beach, said he distrusts statistics showing a relatively low impact from the immigration bill. “Most of the establishment sources of information have dramatically underestimated the number of illegals that are here and that will be here given certain changes in the law,” Rohrabacher said. “The numbers are skewed,” he claimed. “There’s political pressure being placed on the calculators.” Meanwhile, Jacoby, who advocates the legalization of undocumented workers and a guest worker program, called the higher figures cited by the Heritage Foundation “disingenuous” and filled with “exaggerated threats.” The distrust extends to the very number of illegal immigrants believed to be in the United States. The best guess by government officials put the number of illegal immigrants at 12 million, while Rohrabacher declares it to be closer to 30million. The government estimates that for every permanent legal immigrant, 1.2 immediate relatives also are brought to America. Rohrabacher believes the average number is closer to eight. “We can talk all we want about how illegal immigration isn’t such a big problem, but what do your eyes see?” Rohrabacher said. “The problem is way beyond what even some of the most stringent anti-illegal immigration groups say.” Angela Kelley, director of the National Immigration Forum, concedes that advocates for illegal immigrants once were “squeamish” talking about the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States, but that has changed. “The reality of 12 million people is something you can’t walk away from,” she said. “It’s better to put the cards on the table and be honest and, in fact, it supports our arguments for reform.” As for projections that waves of immigrants will invade the United States, Kelley said, “I can’t help thinking that that’s aimed as a scare tactic. Opponents of immigration reform like to use big and scary numbers to, quite frankly, frighten the public.” (202) 662-8731160Want 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

Liverpool hit four to go top, Cherries crush Fulham, Newcastle still winless

first_img 6 Newcastle remain winless after ten Premier League games after a goalless draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.The hosts had the better chances to win the game, as the Magpies’ troubles in front of goal continued.Mario Lemina went closest for the Saints in the first half when his flick hit the post, while Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka produced a number of fine saves to help claim a point for his side.While they are yet to win, the draw at least ended Newcastle’s run of three defeats in a row and moved them off the foot of the table courtesy of Huddersfield’s defeat to Watford.Leicester 1-1 West HamWilfred Ndidi scored a late equaliser to rescue a point for Leicester against a West Ham side who battled valiantly with ten men after captain Mark Noble was sent off on Saturday. Glenn Murray scored his 100th goal for Brighton to help the Seagulls to a third Premier League win on the bounce with a victory over Wolves.Wolves dominated most of the game and were unfortunate not to come away with at least a point.Murray was a doubt ahead of the game having suffered concussion last weekend, but he was passed fit to play and turned Bruno’s scuffed shot in from close range shortly after half-time.It is the first time Brighton have won three consecutive games in the top-flight since 1981.Southampton 0-0 Newcastle 6 Fabian Balbuena’s first Hammers goal looked like it might be enough for victory when he scored after half an hour. Eight minutes later Noble was sent off for a challenge on Ndidi.Leicester laid siege to the West Ham goal thereafter and finally made the breakthrough after 89 minutes with Ndidi’s deflected strike making it 1-1. There was no defence for Mark Noble Mane scored two brilliant goals against Cardiff 6 Newcastle are still yet to win this season Gerard Deulofeu celebrates his goal for Watford 6 Callum Wilson celebrates his brace at Craven Cottage Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success fired Watford to a 3-0 win over Huddersfield to secure the Hornets’ best-ever start to a top-flight campaign.Watford now boast 19 points from 10 games – bettering their 17 at the same stage of the 1982-83 campaign, where they finished second.Javi Gracia’s men coasted through this clash in truth, with Huddersfield always game but ultimately outclassed at Vicarage Road.Now winless in ten this term, the Terriers’ were at times bystanders as their worst start to a top-flight campaign deepened still further.Fulham 0-3 Bournemouth Murray scored his 100th Brighton goal 6 Callum Wilson scored twice as Bournemouth continued their impressive start to the season with a victory over ten-man Fulham.The visitors opened the scoring at Craven Cottage from the spot early on after Wilson was clumsily fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.Fulham had plenty of chances but just weren’t clinical enough, whereas the Cherries took their chances well as David Brooks make it 2-0 with a composed finish in the 72nd minute.The hosts had Kevin McDonald sent off for a second bookable offence late on, and Wilson wrapped up the win with his second in the dying embers.It was a fourth straight defeat for 18th placed Fulham, who have conceded 15 goals in those games. Bournemouth are now just a point away from Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.Brighton 1-0 Wolves 6 Liverpool went three points clear at the top of the table with a thumping victory over Cardiff City at Anfield.Sadio Mane scored two fine goals, while Mohamed Salah also netted and got two assists, as the Reds leapfrogged Manchester City to the league summit.Salah put the Reds ahead early on with a close-range finish after Cardiff failed to clear after blocking two shots, with Mane making it 2-0 with a low and hard shot into the bottom right corner.Virgil van Dijk hit the post and Adam Lallana had a shot cleared off the line as Liverpool dominated, but it wasn’t as straightforward a win as the scoreline suggests.Callum Paterson scored with Cardiff’s first shot on target to make it 2-1 in the 77thminute, but Jurgen Klopp’s men rallied and scored twice late on, with substitute Xherdan Shaqiri netting his first goal for the club and Mane completing the win with a lovely chipped finish over goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.The Reds will stay top until at least Monday, when City take on fifth-placed Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.Watford 3-0 Huddersfield There were goals galore on an action-packed Saturday in the Premier League – well, unless you were at St Mary’s – and we’ve got you covered with everything that happened.Here’s our top-flight round-up…Liverpool 4-1 Cardifflast_img read more


first_imgSENATOR Brian O Domhnaill is in a meeting with lawyers in Dublin this evening, after saying he is the victim of a ‘smear campaign’.He told that allegations that he did not make proper expenses claims when he was a county councillor in 2006 were “defamatory, libellous and part of a smear campaign.”He said he knew the sources of the smears and expressed “utter shock” that “these smears have been published today without any basic checks.” Donegal county council says it is duty bound to investigate correspondence sent to it about the Senator but a source stressed: “This is being looked at because we have to. There is no suggestion whatosever that it is anything more than that.”Senator O Domhnaill told us: “This is nothing but a political smear campaign and it will be exposed when my name is cleared by the council which I am totally confident will be the outcome.”Sources told us the Senator believed that linking the claims to others who were found to have made improper claims were “outrageous.”The source added: “Brian is angry that these rumours which have circulated by political enemies have been given any currency whatsoever. He is meeting a solicitor shortly.” © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on SENATOR MEETS LAWYERS OVER ‘SMEAR CAMPAIGN’ was last modified: January 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAll the ladies form Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Salon certainly look pretty in pink!The Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team has shown their full support for Breast Cancer Awareness by PAINTING IT PINK.All staff members got dressed in Pink to show their support for the Breast Cancer Action month of October to create awareness. The team very generously donated any tips that they received yesterday.Patrick said “We are delighted as a team to take part in the Paint It Pink campaign to help raise awareness and funds for such a great cause. It was one of our staff members who suggested this idea and everyone got behind it 100%. “Everyone at some stage in their life will have someone they love or know affected by Cancer, we as a team are very aware as we see a number of ladies due to chemotherapy who avail of our confidential wig service where we give them the support that they need in a private room. So let’s think pink and raise awareness!” PATRICK’S TEAM LOOKING PRETTY IN PINK – FOR A GOOD CAUSE! was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breast cancerdonegalPatrick Gildea HaidressingPinklast_img read more

Injuries taking a toll on Hart’s football team

first_imgUnder the best of circumstances, Hart High’s football team figured to have a difficult time against state power St. Bonaventure of Ventura last Friday. In a momentum-swinging 33-21 loss at Ventura High, injuries took a toll on Hart. By the fourth quarter, Hart (1-1) was down to its fourth-string running back, Patrick Sarkissian, after Delano Howell (ankle), Robbie Casselberry (strep throat) and James Wheeler (neck) went down. “Have I ever been down to my fourth-string running back? No, I haven’t,” said Hart coach Mike Herrington, a 17-year veteran. “But the thing was the injuries didn’t just hurt our offense, they hurt our defense, too. Robbie’s a full-time defender, too, but when we use him at running back, we can’t use him full-time on defense – especially when he’s got strep throat, because he just ran out of gas. Then we put James Wheeler back there, but when we do that, we lose him on defense, too, because a running back just can’t go both ways. “By the time Patrick was in there, he was basically a blocking back, but he plays defense, too, so the whole situation just limited our effectiveness on defense.” Howell, a touted sophomore who injured his ankle during the season-opening 7-6 victory over Moorpark, suited up against St. Bonaventure but wasn’t ready to go. He’s probable for Friday’s game against Westlake at College of the Canyons. Casselberry and Wheeler also are expected to be back – at their usual positions, receiver and defensive back. Offensive lineman J.T. Hartmire (ankle) and defensive lineman Steve Burton (broken thumb) also are hurting. Hartmire, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder who is among the Foothill League’s biggest players, has been hobbling for the past few weeks. After missing an opening scrimmage, Hartmire played against Moorpark, then reinjured the ankle last Wednesday during practice and was held out against St. Bonaventure. “Hartmire probably could have gone in against St. Bonaventure,” Herrington said. “He wanted to, but after seeing him in warm-ups we decided against it. I’d say he’s probable for this week.” Burton’s injury is more serious. He’s scheduled to undergo surgery Friday, when a screw will be inserted into his thumb. He’s out for at least two to three weeks and possible for the rest of the season. “The bone in his thumb completely broke away,” Herrington said. Burton doesn’t have much luck. He missed half of last season because of a shoulder injury. After losing to St. Bonaventure, Herrington’s weekend didn’t improve Saturday. Three of Hart’s most notable former standouts who have made the starting lineup at Division I colleges – quarterback Matt Moore (Oregon State), defensive lineman Chris Frome (Notre Dame) and kicker Josh Cummings (Pittsburgh) – played in losses. “All our kids lost – but at least (former Hart golfer) Jason Gore won that PGA event,” Herrington said. Respected prep sports Web site has computed official “dynasty ratings,” based on the performances the past four years. Among the factors computed are overall won-loss records, playoff records, strength of schedule and performances against national top-1,000 opponents. In the state ratings, Hart is sixth, Valencia is 14th and Canyon is 52nd. Here’s the top 20: 1. De La Salle (Concord); 2. Mission Viejo; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. St. Bonaventure; 5. Long Beach Poly; 6. Hart; 7. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks); 8. Vista (San Diego); 9. Clovis West; 10. Clovis East; 11. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills); 12. Torrey Pines (San Diego); 13. Valley Christian (San Jose); 14. Valencia; 15. St. Francis (Mountain View); 16. Loyola (Los Angeles); 17. Oceanside; 18. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita); 19. Monte Vista (Danville); 20. tie between Los Gatos and Sutter. For 10-year-olds, Castaic’s youth football team plays some serious defense. The youngsters held Ventura to minus-10 yards in a 22-0 victory Saturday at Castaic Middle School, its second shutout in as many games. Among Castaic’s top defenders are Jordan Benty, Issa Nassarrelah, Jake Johnson and Christian Parrish. And, finally, I would bet today’s high schoolers have no idea football kickers used to kick straight-on before soccer-style kickers came along. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218, or by fax at (661) 257-5262. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 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

Illinois State Pushes Past Volleyball, 3-0

first_img NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State defeated the Drake University volleyball team, 3-0, in the Bulldogs’ final road match of the season Saturday evening.Emily Plock paced the Bulldogs again with an 11-kill, 13-dig double-double and Michele Rabbitt bounced back to record 13 kills in the loss on 43 attempts to hit .279.Illinois State (15-11, 8-6 MVC) defeated the Bulldogs by set scores of 25-13, 26-24, 31-29. The Redbirds were led by 16 kills from Kaylee Martin and Sydney Holt. Stef Jankiewicz added 44 assists.Drake (9-19, 3-12 MVC) showed its usual fight in the match, battling off five match points to close the match and force extra points. However, Drake had a 24-20 lead in the set before Illinois State fought off four set points behind Jankiewicz’s serving and three Drake errors to tie the set at 24-24 before ISU rallied to close the set and match at 31-29.Drake erased a four-point deficit late in the second set to again force extra points, but kills from Martin and Monica Miller gave the Redbirds the two-point cushion to take the set.Those two thrilling sets came after Drake stumbled out of the gates in trailing 13-3 early in first set to never seriously contend in dropping the frame, 25-13. The Bulldogs return home for their next three matches, starting with a Friday, Nov. 15, match against UNI. First serve at the Knapp Center is set for 6 p.m. Box Score (PDF) ESPN+ Full Schedule Roster Story Links Preview Buy Tickets Live Statscenter_img Watch Live Next Game: UNI 11/15/2019 – 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more