The second offence infuriated Watford’s players and finally prompted referee Mike Dean to book Costa.The Spain international had already been given a retrospective three-game ban this season after Dean failed to send him off following clashes with Arsenal pair Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel.But Chelsea interim manager Hiddink felt Costa was more sinned against than sinner on this occasion.“It was very clear because we were very close. Paredes punched Diego in his back and after that they stumbled,” Hiddink said.“This is something we must not do. It’s provocation to get Diego off the pitch.“The ref saw it and didn’t fall for this provocation. There’s no way Diego was near the guy’s face.“This is a man’s game, defenders are big guys and sometimes they go over the edge but this is something we must not do.”Hiddink said Costa never looked like losing his cool, but he did concede serial offender Costa, who reportedly punched a hole in a tunnel walk after rowing with West Bromwich Albion players recently, must do more to keep control of emotions in general.“Yeah I talked to him but he was calm and in control, there was nothing needed to calm him down,” Hiddink said.– ‘I love him’ –“He felt he was provoked and when he is provoked I will protect him. Costa likes to go physical but he must do it within the rules.“Sometimes players get physical and he has to learn to deal with it.”While most opposition managers find Costa a pain to confront, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has a different perspective after coaching the forward for a season at Atletico Madrid.Flores is a big fan of Costa’s fiery personality and had no complaints about his latest antics.“It was nothing. Contact in the Premier League is normal with this kind of player. There will be contact in every single challenge,” he said.“I understand Costa, I coached him. He wants to challenge every time. It was nothing special or different happened than what goes on in every stadium in the Premier League every week.”Flores made a point of embracing Costa after his clash with Paredes in a bid to calm him down and then sought him out again to counsel him at full time.“I told him I love him. He had great behaviour when we were at Atletico,” Flores added.“The character is the character and the character is not bad.“For the coach this kind of character can be amazing. I prefer it to an iceman on the pitch.”Hiddink remains unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho and he would have been celebrating a victory on Wednesday but for a series of fine second-half saves from Heurelho Gomes, the Watford goalkeeper who played for the Chelsea chief at PSV Eindhoven.“I’m disappointed because we didn’t get the deserved three points,” Hiddink said.“My former goalie Gomes was the man of the match because he made some good saves.“It’s been a difficult half year for the team, but step by step we are getting back to the way we want to play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Watford’s Etienne Capoue (L) confronts Chelsea’s Diego Costa after Costa bundled over Watford’s defender Juan Carlos Paredes in an off-the-ball incident, one of two between the two players, at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, on February 3, 2016 (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)UNITED KINGDOM, February 4 – Guus Hiddink accused Watford of trying to provoke Diego Costa after the Chelsea striker was involved in a series of clashes during a feisty 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road.Costa appeared fortunate to avoid a red card after he pushed over Watford defender Sebastian Prodl and then shoved Juan Carlos Paredes later in the first half.
One goal is to ease the load at emergency rooms, reserving them for critical needs. “We are working with the two hospitals to see if we can help unload patients from the emergency rooms that shouldn’t be there in the first place but don’t have anyplace to go,” Grussing said. Partners for Health has been working with Antelope Valley Hospital, Lancaster Community Hospital, High Desert Medical Group, Los Angeles County, Kaiser Permanente and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. The Kaiser grant will help the clinic get up and running. “We thought it was a great idea since access to care in the Antelope Valley is difficult, particularly for the uninsured patient,” said Linda Lawson, assistant medical group administrator based at the Lancaster Kaiser clinic. Grussing said both Kaiser and High Desert Medical Group have expressed interest in having their physicians work or volunteer at the clinic. “What I’m most excited about is our partners have been competitors in the past and will be in the future, but they are all working together on this because it’s something that’s going to help everyone and will help the patients,” Grussing said. To raise more money, a gala is planned for 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center, 43404 30th St. E. in Lancaster. Tickets cost $100 a person, and are available by calling Mike Keeler at (888) 552-1900 or Sandra Reed at (661) 942-4719, Ext. 312. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A nonprofit agency plans to open a primary care clinic aimed at treating the Antelope Valley poor and uninsured and helping ease overcrowding at hospital emergency rooms. The 18-month effort by Antelope Valley Partners for Health recently got a financial boost with a $250,000 Kaiser Permanente grant. “We want to provide another source of health care that is available to anyone that comes through the door,” said Mel Grussing, a Partners board member and former administrator of the now-closed county High Desert Hospital. Fees for clinic services will be based on patients’ ability to pay – or free for those who are unable to pay.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He reveals Barcelona’s move for Aleix Vidal could mean out-of-contract defender Dani Alves joining Manchester United this summer.He also discusses Ron Vlaar’s future, with the Aston Villa defender weighing up the club’s offer of a new deal amid reported interest from United.And he reveals Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is interesting Newcastle, while winger Juan Cuadrado could be set for a return to Serie A.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:PSG star’s agent rubbishes £11m Arsenal linksNo Tottenham move for Miroslav Klose as veteran striker signs new Lazio dealFabio Borini set for talks over future as Liverpool push for permanent move awayAndrea Pirlo set to leave Champions League finalists Juventus and link up with Frank Lampard in New YorkTottenham close in on French teen sensationLiverpool to lose out in battle to land Real Madrid winger?Crystal Palace eye move for former Chelsea and Newcastle strikerBayern Munich eyeing double swoop for Manchester United targetsChelsea’s Juan Cuadrado closing in on loan move to Inter MilanManchester City consider bid for Colombian international
1 Manchester United are yet to agree a fee with Fenerbahce for striker Robin van Persie – despite the fact the forward has already been unveiled by the Turkish giants.The Dutchman completed a medical on Monday and has agreed terms on a three-year contract.The 31-year-old then appeared at a grand unveiling ceremony at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday.Thousands of fans gathered outside Fenerbahce’s stadium to welcome the striker and the player spoke of his delight at joining the club, but it’s understood the deal has not been completed yet as both teams have yet to agree a fee.United do not expect to receive a big sum for the Dutchman given that he turns 32 in three weeks’ time.A figure of around £5million has been mooted for the forward, who scored just 10 goals for the club last term.United are on the lookout for a replacement for Van Persie. Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani is on their radar and the club retain an interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane, even though they realise it will be extremely difficult to prise him away from White Hart Lane.Robert Lewandowski has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford but the striker’s agent insists it would cost at least 50 million euro (£35million) to persuade Bayern Munich to sell his client.Currently the only fit senior striker that manager Louis van Gaal has at his disposal for the pre-season tour of the United States is Wayne Rooney.James Wilson, 19, is viewed as a bright prospect, but has yet to prove he is worthy of a regular first-team place.Javier Hernandez is not in the squad as he is suffering from a shoulder injury, but it would not come as a surprise if he stayed at the club beyond the end of the transfer window even though he was loaned to Real Madrid last season.United kick off their four-match pre-season tour with a game against Mexican side Club America in Seattle in the early hours of Saturday morning before flying to San Jose, where they will play San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona.The two-and-a-half week tour ends with a match in Chicago against Paris St Germain. Robin van Persie has been unveiled by Fenerbahce
1 Chelsea star Eden Hazard Chelsea star Eden Hazard has reignited speculation over his future by revealing it would be difficult to rebuff an approach from Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain.Hazard, signed from Lille for a reported £32million in June 2012, has been repeatedly courted by Real Madrid and PSG after his scintillating performances last season when Chelsea won the Premier League and League Cup.The Belgian’s displays this season have been less emphatic though and Chelsea’s lowly league position means a likely absence of Champions League football next term – unless the Blues beat PSG in the last-16 tie and go on to win this season’s European Cup.And if they do miss out a transfer away from west London is a possibility with the mdifelder admitting any player would find it tough to reject the overtures of an elite European side.The 25-year-old told Le Parisien: “[It is] difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League.“PSG are now in that category. And for me, winning the Champions League is my main aim.”Hazard attempted to backtrack, pointing to his contract that expires in 2020, but the timing of his comments will cause alarm with the Blues facing the most important week of their season as Manchester City visit in the FA Cup on Sunday.“For the moment, I’m not really thinking about [a move].”
Wayne Rooney has announced his decision to stay with Manchester United in a statement.The 31-year-old has featured sparingly under Jose Mourinho this season and had been heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League.Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford flew to the Far East to discuss a potential move but it would appear the England captain has rejected the interest for now.In a statement, Rooney said: “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United.“I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”This season’s lack of game time had led the United skipper to consider his options, but the club’s all-time top scorer has decided to stay and fight for his place.A deal taking Rooney to China before their transfer window closed next week was always understood to be highly unlikely, with Beijing Guoan, Guangzhou Evergrande, Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian reported to be among the interested parties in the CSL.Talk about Rooney’s future has dominated the agenda this week, especially after United boss Jose Mourinho fuelled speculation rather than extinguish it.“You’ll have to ask him,” Mourinho said in Tuesday’s press conference in St Etienne when asked about Rooney’s future. “You have to ask him.“Of course I can’t guarantee (he will be here). I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?“What I can guarantee is that if Wayne one day leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. That’s the only thing I can guarantee.“I would never push – or try to push – a legend of this club to another destiny.“So you have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving.“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him.”Pushed on whether it was possible Rooney could leave in the next week, Mourinho retorted: “You have to ask him, not me.“I was very open with you in the answer. I don’t want him to leave.”Mourinho has got his wish – for the rest of the season at least – as United push for a top-four finish, as well as Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup glory.Whether Rooney is fit enough to be involved in Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton remains to be seen, while questions will continue to linger over the player’s long-term future.China will continue to remain an option, albeit one that may well bring his England career to an abrupt end.The country’s all-time top scorer has won 119 caps and is closing in on Peter Shilton’s record of 125 appearances.Rooney has already announced plans to retire from international football after the next year’s World Cup in Russia. The 31-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League 1
Trathen said she charged him with racketeering under the section that bans corrupt business influence and official misconduct. “It’s rape, yes, and it’s sexual assault. But it’s more than that. He had a pattern of misusing his position of power,” she said. In another case, two teenage women who claim a pair of former Marine Corps sergeants raped them in a recruiting office sued the military in federal court in San Francisco in May. They’re seeking a requirement that all Marine Corps recruiters receive proper training and supervision. One of the victims, 17, shared portions of her handwritten journal with the AP. “I lost my virginity to (the recruiter) … in the back room on the sofa. I didn’t want to have sex but I didn’t want him to be upset with me and make me go all the way back to my old recruiter. He was also the type of guy to bad-mouth a person if he didn’t get what he wanted,” she wrote about their first encounter. Both recruiters were demoted after court-martial proceedings, but acquitted of the most serious charges they faced. Both have since left the military.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dissatisfied with the military’s handling of sexual assault cases involving recruiters, some local prosecutors and victims are challenging the misconduct on their own, charging everything from a violation of an Indian treaty to racketeering. Most such cases are handled administratively by the military – for example, 13 of the 19 Air Force recruiters whose misconduct was confirmed since 2004 received letters of reprimand in their personnel files and fines that ranged from $200 to $1,200. In seeking greater penalties, victims and local authorities have taken unusual tacks. In South Dakota, a young Oglala Sioux woman, Laveeta Elk, is suing the federal government under an 1868 treaty which says that if “bad men” among government officials commit “any wrong” upon the person or property of any Sioux, the United States will reimburse the injured person for the loss sustained. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Elk chose to have her name released when she filed her lawsuit. She says she was assaulted by Army recruiter Sgt. Joseph Kopf in his government car, when he stopped in a remote area while driving her to a military evaluation center. Kopf has been demoted and reassigned within the Army, officials said. Kopf could not be reached for comment. “I decided to file a lawsuit because I know I’m not the only girl he did this to. I want to put a stop to it,” Elk said. “He has no excuse for what he did. It shouldn’t happen to anybody.” Her attorney, Adam Horowitz, said this is the first time this law has been tested. In April, a federal judge denied the government’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. In another case, prosecutor Barbara Trathen of Hamilton County, Ind., has charged National Guard recruiter Sgt. Eric Vetesy – accused of assaulting seven young women – with racketeering along with 31 charges of rape and sexual battery. His trial is scheduled for later this summer. Vetesy, a married father of three, met most of his alleged victims, ages 16 to 20, while recruiting at Indianapolis-area high schools, according to the indictment. Victims told the grand jury he threw them against a wall of the armory, raped them on a countertop and forced them to fondle him.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see WHITTIER — A 51-year-old ice rink that had been like a landmark in Whittier is closed, its owner tells the Whittier Daily News. Joe Franco said he decided to sell Skateland because of on-going problems associated with the Omega chemical site next door. A plan to clean up the Omega site would have forced Franco to temporarily shut down his business for several months, something he said he could not afford to do. The sale of Skateland to the Omega Chemical Site Potentially Responsible Parties Organized Group, a group of businesses found by environmental official to be responsible for dumping hazardous chemicals at the former Omega Chemical Co., neans that group now will no longer have to pay $1 million to install devices that would have filtered out polluted air drifting from the site into the interior of Skateland. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Their two reported targets are Cagliari’s Barella and Zenit St Petersburg’s Paredes.The Telegraph is reporting they have agreed deals in principle for both midfielders and must now decide who, if at all, they want to sign. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets The Spanish midfielder said his goodbyes at Stamford Bridge and moved to Monaco on a three-and-a-half year deal.Fabregas was being made to wait to complete the deal as Chelsea wanted to bring in a replacement first.However, the move was given the green light on Friday afternoon and the Blues confirmed the transfer in a statement. Latest Transfer News RANKED targets Paredes would cost £30million while Barella is priced at £40million.The Italian media are reporting that Barella is reluctant to leave Cagliari mid-season, which will put Paredes in pole position. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella is a target of Chelsea REVEALED three-way race IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Leandro Paredes currently plays for Zenit St Petersburg The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Chelsea have reportedly agreed deals in principle for both Nicolo Barella and Leandro Paredes.The Blues are looking for a replacement for Cesc Fabregas who joined Monaco, managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2
BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Solskjaer admits his side must do better in front of goal if they are to upset the odds once more in the return leg at the Nou Camp next Tuesday.United have pulled off impressive victories at Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain this season.Solskjaer said: “We’ve scored goals at the Nou Camp before from corners and crosses.“Of course the PSG performance away gives us hope and belief that we can do it. But we know that we are playing against the favourites in the tournament.“Going to the Nou Camp is going to be a challenge and it will be a greater achievement winning that one because with the history of Barcelona as well, they’re not used to losing at home. Gerard Pique had a comfortable evening against Marcus Rashford LIVE ON talkSPORT “I don’t think we hit the target and that’s a disappointment.“After their goal we settled, we played well, we had some very good performances from some individuals in midfield.“At times it felt like a proper Manchester United team, the crowd was behind us. We go there with work to be done but chances.“We’re still in this tie. We’ll go there with the knowledge we can score.” Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was disappointed with his side’s lack of goal threat during Wednesday’s defeat to Barcelona.United lost 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barca, whose defence contained Marcus Rashford and co at Old Trafford. no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE 2 The Red Devils failed to register a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since 2005, when they lost by the same scoreline to AC Milan.Rashford skewed a volley wide of the target, while Romelu Lukaku, as well as substitutes Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, struggled to threaten Barca.Solskjaer said: “There are pluses and negatives. I thought we started sloppy.“We did as well as we could against [Lionel] Messi, kept our shape well. It could have gone both ways. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt his side could have done better in front of goal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT huge blow REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City “But we can do it, no doubt about it, we know we can carry a goal threat.“We created a couple of very good opportunities, Rashy had a volley after a cross that got punched out, Diogo [Dalot] had a great chance at the back post.“We have to take our chances, you have to be very, very effective and efficient over there. We know we’re not going to create loads of chances so we have to take the ones we get.”