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No. 11 Penn State takes step forward in dismantling Pitt

first_imgHe got one. Just a half later than he would have liked.The Nittany Lions pummeled Pittsburgh 51-6 in the slop at Heinz Field on Saturday night, scoring the game’s final 45 points and pouring it on in the pouring rain. Still, Franklin found himself as focused on his team’s uneven first 29 minutes as he was on its dominant final 31.“I’m pleased with where we’re at, but we’ve got to take another step,” Franklin said after beating the Panthers decisively for a second straight season. “We have to play better in the first half. Because depending on how things go, you might not be able to come back. You might not be able to recover.”Penn State (2-0) recovered in time to post the third-largest margin by either team in a series that dates back 125 years. Still, the blowout seemed unlikely for most of the opening two quarters. Pitt (1-1) pushed the Nittany Lions around at times behind running back Qadree Ollison and only trailed thanks to a series of penalties, special teams gaffes and some curious playcalling.Things turned late in the first half when the Nittany Lions stuffed Pitt on a fourth-and-3 at the Penn State 4 to preserve a one-point lead. Minutes later Pitt punter Kirk Christodoulou botched a snap, dropped the ball and the Nittany Lions recovered. It took three snaps for Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler for a 14-yard score to put Penn State up 14-6.Still, Franklin felt there should have been more. Miles Sanders ran for a career-high 118 yards in his return to his hometown but also had about 40 yards chopped off a long gain in the first half thanks to an illegal block behind the play. Sanders then had a 64-yard touchdown reception wiped out early in the second half when Juwan Johnson was called for offensive pass interference.They’re the kind of miscues Franklin wants his team to avoid with Big Ten play looming later this month. The team he saw in the second half looked capable of competing for a conference title. The one in the first half? Not so much. It’s why he couldn’t get too excited even after his defense limited Pitt to just 69 yards in the second half.“We shouldn’t need to make adjustments. We should be doing that from the beginning,” said Franklin, whose team hosts Kent State next week. “We played really good clutch defense in the first half. As the season goes on, we won’t be able to get away with that with some of our opponents.”Still, the one-sidedness of the final two quarters was startling. The running room Ollison found while rolling up 125 yards in the first half vanished. He actually lost six yards in the second half and Pitt could muster little else. Quarterback Kenny Pickett was under siege for most of the night.“We try to thrive on stopping the run and obviously we didn’t do as great a job in in the first half,” Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye said. “But we knew if we stop the run, make them one dimensional we can win the game and that’s what we tried to do in the second half.”There were no such offensive issues for the Nittany Lions, though Franklin’s decision to have McSorley in the game and throwing with Penn State up by more than 30 in the fourth quarter raised some eyebrows. Franklin stressed he wasn’t running it up on Pitt so much as trying to impart a lesson after the Nittany Lions allowed Appalachian State to score 28 points over the final 13:39 of regulation to force overtime in the opener.“We gave up a bunch of points in the fourth quarter last week and I wanted to make sure we were able to finish the way we should have,” Franklin said.Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi shrugged when asked if he felt the Nittany Lions were trying to prove a point, something that could carry over when they meet for the 100th time at Beaver Stadium next September.“I coach Pitt football,” Narduzzi said after suffering his worst loss since taking over the Panthers in 2015. “I don’t coach for anybody else. That’s on them. You’ve got to sleep at night. It’s just where we are right now. We’ll have another shot. We’ve got another shot. It ain’t over.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP— Penn State head coach James Franklin expected a response from his players after dodging an upset in its opener against Appalachian State. Penn State wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer (12) celebrates with offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe (69) after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Penn State won 51-6. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

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The Rams had their chances, but Brady is too much! (Feb. 6)

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—Simply put, that’s how we roll in the “Foot Hills” AKA Penn Hills. I thought 100 percent sure Aaron Donald, the superior two-time defensive player out of Indian Country by way of Pitt, would lead the LA Rams to Lombardi Gold by doing the one and only thing that can stop the Patriots and that’s…take out Brady! And, it almost was done…I guess almost isn’t good enough. I guess the Rams just weren’t good enough…:09—A shoutout to the latest Locker Room inductee for doing the right thing…reading my column every week. To my new main man “Carmen”…of Duquesne University Connection…You are now in the Locker Room.:08—Speaking of inductions, the great Connie Hawkins was inducted into the Pennsylvania Basketball Club Hall of Fame this past weekend. Joining the elite best of the best in the PA basketball family.:07—Put this on the things that make you wonder list. When I watch Stephen Adams play for OKC and dominate in the paint…I wonder what may have gone differently if Coach Jamie Dixon could have kept him for four years. I wonder???:06—Speaking of wondering and Duquesne University…and I was if you were paying attention. I wonder what “The Heck” the NBA has been thinking all these years not inducting Mr. Chuck Cooper in the NBA Hall of Fame! Are you kidding me? The Jackie Robinson of basketball is not in the NBA Hall of Fame. And I bet you didn’t know that. Well, that may change this year. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted the next couple weeks.:05—A.B. who? If they can trade Babe Ruth they can trade A.B.…who?:04—A shoutout to my friend Fred Crawford…he of local tennis fame. He’s reading “Overtime” on a weekly basis. And you should be reading, too. And not just my column but the New Pittsburgh Courier front to back. Shame on you, if you’re not a subscriber to the oldest Black publication in America. But, it’s not too late, sign up now…no not tomorrow, right now. Don’t make me come back there! Call 412-481-8302, ext. 134!:03—For the record, if Magic Johnson and LeBron can get Anthony Davis to L.A. the Golden State Warriors can get ready to get ready. And if Kyrie Irving decides to eat some humble pie and make nice with King James…The West Coast party is over!:02—If you’re reading this, it’s not too late for you to join us at the fabulous new social spot of the year, “Sugar and Smoke” in Bloomfield for the 4th Annual Dr. Cyril Wecht Western PA Humanitarian Awards honoring Ms. Joy Starzl, Henry Sowell and Company, Andrew Stockey of WTAE-TV, Bruce Schifino, Robin Cole – former Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Champion, Ms. Dayna Delgado (yes that Dayna) of the New Pittsburgh Courier and others on Saturday Feb. 9, at noon. Keynote Speaker is Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin “Freight Train” Parker. For information call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:01—It’s the long-awaited return of the original Magnificent 7. “Champions Live” Sports Talk Show live at the Savoy, Thursday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 5 p.m., free parking, free admission, cash bar, cash kitchen, family friendly, prizes, surprises, live audience interaction and of course the fabulous sensational models. Call Achieving Greatness Inc for information 412-628-4856.:00—GAME OVER. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Northwestern State’s Iwaniuk Named Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgThis is the second consecutive weekly award for the Lady Demons after Polina Mutel earned the honor last week. The Lady Demons (8-5, 4-0 SLC) remained undefeated in the Southland season, earning a tight 4-3 win over McNeese (7-2, 3-1 SLC) on the road Friday and shutting out Nicholls (8-4, 1-2 SLC) 7-0 Monday in Thibodeaux. Northwestern State hosts Southeastern Louisiana (3-7, 0-2 SLC) on Saturday and New Orleans (6-5, 1-1 SLC) on Sunday. Both matches are slated for 11 a.m. CT starts. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State – So. – Konarskie, Poland Honorable Mention: Trang Dao, New Orleans; Sarah Jurakova, McNeese; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State; Luna Dormet, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Iwaniuk partnered with Emilija Dancetovic to clinch the doubles match point against the Cowgirls with a 6-2 win at the No. 3 slot. They then eased to a 6-0 victory in Monday’s match against the Colonels. In singles play, the sophomore from Konarskie, Poland, earned the first singles point for the team in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Marija Mastilovic at the No. 4 slot. She was a straight set victor on Monday, winning 6-2, 6-3. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Ela Iwaniuk is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Caribbean Medical Supplies should face criminal charges – Report

first_imgDrug procurement findingsFollowing recommendations made by the Board of Inquiry (BoI) that was set up to probe allegations of mismanagement and malpractices within the procurement process of pharmaceuticals at the Public Health Ministry, Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday asserted that Government will take actions on the matter.The Hydronie, Parika, East Bank Essequibo address of Caribbean Medical Supplies IncSpeaking at the first post-Cabinet press briefing for the year, the Minister said, “The Board has made some findings and some recommendations (and) it is up to the Government, once these recommendations are laid before it, to decide on how it will proceed… (But) I want to assure you, in fact, that Government will take actions on some of these things but it is a matter which has to be first of all deliberated at the Cabinet and then decisions will be made.”According to the Minister of State, Cabinet is scheduled to deliberate on the report submitted by the BoI at its next meeting on Tuesday.President of Western Scientific Company Edwin Mackoon (second from right) signing a contract in Guyana (GINA photo)In the same breath, however, Harmon criticised the media for publishing the contents of the report before it is dealt with at the hands of Government. Local media entities got wind of the report on Thursday, which recommended among other things, that several senior officials at the Public Health Ministry be removed or fired, and ran articles on its findings the following day.The Minister of State noted that it is unfortunate that the characters of those persons mentioned in the report are already assassinated, noting that Government will now have to have a “careful and measured response” to the recommendations made in the report.Meanwhile, newly appointed Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence told Guyana Times that she is currently looking at the report ahead of Cabinet’s next meeting.“I have read it first and then I’ll be able to have my questions and decide who I should be speaking with,” she said, when asked whether she is consulting with former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton.The BoI, led by retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Winston Cosbert, from its three weeks probe made some 21 recommendations, which it said aims “to increase transparency and improve efficiency and effectiveness in the procurement of pharmaceuticals,” at the Public Health Ministry.The probe was triggered by allegations of staffers of the Public Health Ministry passing inside information to bidders seeking lucrative drug procurement contracts. Cosbert was tasked with looking into the allegations of unauthorised disclosure of information, mismanagement and malpractices in the procurement of pharmaceuticals at the Ministry.RecommendationsThe Bol accused a senior official of being “wilfully evasive and deceptive” during his testimony.According to the BoI report, a senior official was approached by an accountant attached to the Ministry’s Materials Management Unit with proof that another employee was giving insider information to a bidder, but he failed to act on it. The BoI did not find sufficient, his explanation as to why there was no investigation into the matter or informed the subject Minister.Moreover, the BoI recommended that Permanent Secretaries should not be on the evaluating committee for their respective Ministries.On the other hand, it was also recommended that Deputy Permanent Secretary Colette Adams be censured and disciplined for “breach/neglect in the performance of her duties”. Recommendations were also made for the Finance Manager’s contract not to be renewed, as well as the immediate firing of a staff member who leaked insider information to a Trinidadian company.The BoI further outlined that a MOPH employee,a female employee who is the alleged insider, had admitted during her testimony that she had infact spoken to a bidder from Trinidadian pharmaceutical company, Western Scientific, which was soliciting the leaked information.To this end, “During her testimony at the Board of Inquiry she admitted under oath that she did have a conversation with (Mr Edwin McKoon of Western Scientific), a supplier of pharmaceuticals… It is evident from the evidence that Ms Aaron was conspiring with Mr McKoon to gain insider information that obviously would have been used to his advantage over his competitors,” the report revealed.Furthermore, the BoI noted that the Trinidadian company was hostile to the BoI and failed to appear before it; thus, a recommendation was made that McKoon be barred from any future bidding here.Fly by Night CompanyMeanwhile, the BoI also recommended criminal and legal proceedings against two other companies following its probe. One of the companies against which criminal investigations was recommended is the Parika-based Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc (CSMI), which had come under criticisms for being a “fly by night” company, was awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts from the Public Health Ministry.CMSI, which was given the sole sourcing contract, is allegedly a financier of one of the political parties in the coalition Government. In November 2015, the company, which just has an address at Parika with no sign of employees or business activity, won its first sole sourced contract to supply $35.1 million of HIV rapid test kits for the Public Health Ministry. The HIV tests kits were simply bought over the Internet and shipped into the country. When Guyana Times had reported on the issue, the company defended itself by accusing this newspaper of biasness.Meanwhile, the report also states, “It is the view of the Board of Inquiry that a criminal investigation be launched to determine the authenticity of the letter produced by Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc with a view of instituting criminal charges.”The other company, Meditron Inc, was also fingered for not honouring its contractual obligations for a tender that it was awarded.“It is recommended that the contract signed between the Ministry of Public Health and Meditron Inc… be brought to the attention of the honourable Minister of Legal Affairs, with a view of instituting legal proceedings since it was revealed that Meditron Inc failed to honour their contractual obligation under the terms of this contract,” the report outlined.Back in November, former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton had recommended to Cabinet for an inquiry to be established into the country’s procurement system. He had expressed his concerns during an interview with the  Guyana Times at the time.With regards to the former Public Health Minister, the BoI noted that he “should be reminded of his functions enshrined in the laws of Guyana. Ministry of Public Health Act Chapter 32:01 Section (4) (a) – (w),” which outlines the 23 functions of a Health Minister.BlacklistedTrinidadian companies, Scientific and Medical Products Limited (SciMed) and Western Scientific Company Limited operating in Guyana, were debarred by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for fraud and collusion practices on local projects funded by the Bank. SciMed was debarred from March 31, 2016 to October 15, 2020, for fraudulent practices. The company is a distributor of laboratory and process equipment, and exclusively represents a number of leading manufacturers in the UK.Additionally, another four-year sanction over the same period was meted out to Western Scientific Company Limited also over fraudulent practices. This Trinidadian company is a marketing, sales and distribution firm, specialising in the areas of scientific, clinical/medical, furniture, audio-visual, education, technical service and consultancy.last_img read more

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Willow Creek Mine producing Coal Again

first_imgVancouver- based WESTERN CANADIAN COAL has begun mining at its Willow Creek coal mine near Chetwynd and says low-volatile PCI coal should be available for sale early in 2009. Approximately 900,000 tonnes of PCI coal are to be produced annually. Western is also refurbishing the wash plant so that it can produce hard coking coal by late next year at a rate of 600,000 tonnes per year. The company noted that coal markets remain strong. It is selling hard coking coal from its Wolverine mine at US$300/tonne and PCI coal from its Brule mine at US$248/tonne. Those prices are locked in until March 31, 2009.- Advertisement – Visit www.WesternCoal.com to review career opportunities at the company’s operations.last_img

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West Ham forward Zarate denies exit talk

first_img1 Mauro Zarate in action for West Ham West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has denied claims that he wants a move away from the east London club and says he is determined to fight for his place in the side.Reports had suggested that the Argentine forward was looking to leave Upton Park after failing to secure a regular first-team place this season and that his agent claimed he would be making a move to Italy.Zarate has only started four Premier League games and looks to be even further down the pecking order following the return of Andy Carroll to first-team action.But the 27-year-old, who signed for the club during the summer, says he has not asked for a transfer and will continue to give everything for Sam Allardyce.Zarate, speaking on his Twitter site, said: “According to recent news articles I would like to inform that I have no agent and I never said that I wanted to leave West Ham.“If that were to happen it would be because of a joint decision between the club and myself.“The most important thing is that West Ham will keep progressing. The manager is doing a great job and has my full support.”last_img read more

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Ramos marries TV personality in Galactico wedding

first_imgThe 33-year-old Ramos, who is from a suburb of Seville, arrived wearing a dark three-piece suit in a discrete check pattern, on the arm of his mother Paqui Garcia, who wore a traditional Andalusian mantilla, or raised head scarf.The bride, who is 41, arrived a little later in a floor-length white gown with a long train,“It’s a special day, unforgettable, a unique feeling to see the woman you love enter in splendour, as she did,” said Ramos of the bride’s arrival in the cathedral.The couple have been together for seven years and are the parents of three children.After an hour-long ceremony, at which Asturian flamenco star Nina Pastori sang, the husband and wife emerged, posed at the door and exchanged kisses.“It was very exciting,” Rubio said.The celebrations moved to the Sergio Ramos’ ‘Happiness of SR4’ estate, outside the city.For the party, guests were required top wear a temporary unicorn tattoo and surrenderer their cell phones and any other devices with cameras or microphones.– Bumper cars –The banquet was being prepared by chef Dani Garcia, who has won three Michelin stars for his restaurant in the Andalusian resort Marbella.Photographs in Spanish media in the days leading up to the event showed a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a stage and Indian teepees had been set up.“There are several environments, different areas for everyone to feel comfortable,” said Ramos, before adding that “I have gone to many weddings in my life and this one, I think, will be like no other.”Spanish media reported that veteran Australian rockers AC/DC would play as a wedding gift from Ramos to his wife.“I’m a fan,” Ramos said as he went in to the estate. “But they aren’t the ones who are playing.”Rubio was less certain.“I’ve been told they’ve been seen at the airport, so maybe it’s a surprise for me,” she said, laughing.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos waved to the crowd after marrying in Seville © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERSEVILLE, Spain, Jun 15 – Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, married Spanish TV presenter Pilar Rubio in Seville on Saturday in a ‘Galactico’ wedding that he said would be “like no other” although he was coy on whether AC/DC were playing.The crowd, who had gathered at Seville’s famous 16th century cathedral to watch the many celebrity guests arrive, were delirious at the sight of ex-Real player David Beckham and his wife and former pop star Victoria, former and current La Liga stars Jordi Alba, Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Roberto Carlos and Alvaro Morata, as well as matador El Cordobes.last_img read more

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Something stinks about Ahmadinejad’s overreaction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOMETHING stinks in Iran, and it isn’t the yellowcake. When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a text message on his cell phone recently suggesting that he and the bath were, er, not friends, he reportedly reacted by appealing to the judiciary for sweeping action against texting, firing the president of a phone company and arresting four, accusing them of being pawns for the Mossad. “It is believed that by providing text-messaging to every cell phone owner, (communications official Mehdi) Saraian clearly displeased those who did not wish the public to possess such a quick and effective means of communication,” reported Iranian opposition Web site Rooz. No word on whether Hashemi Rafsanjani was seen wildly texting in a Tehran cafe around the time of the hygienic-criticism assault. But this report raises a couple of key questions: First, who was the genius prankster who got ahold of Ahmadinejad’s cell-phone number? And second, can I have it? The Guardian’s report on Smellgate included this nugget: “Although officials claim he possesses a lively sense of humour … on this occasion it suffered a serious failure.” Ahmadinejad’s words and actions thus far in his tenure have yet to show that lively sense of humor, unless his idea of fun is ripping wings off butterflies. This is a guy who sits under a sign promoting “The World Without Zionism,” then declares he’s hosting a Holocaust conference. A guy who claims his nuclear program is all about energy, then waxes poetic about wanting to turn Israel into a parking lot. He spouts his Nazi-babble with a calmness and detachment seen in the best serial killers, and dresses somewhere between an engineer and a B-movie director. He enacted a ban on Western music in December, including that ultimate spawn of the Great Satan, Kenny G. He plays the favorite Middle Eastern game Seven Degrees of Israeli Blame exceptionally well, yet cuts out about six of the degrees in his wild accusations. He penned a preachy tome best read with a stiff martini to George W. Bush this month that covered, in this order, Jesus, the Iraq “occupation,” no WMD, Guantanamo Bay, secret prisons, Israel, Holocaust denial, Zionists, Latin American leftists, African poverty, 9-11, 9-11 cover-up, Afghanistan, American poverty, Hurricane Katrina, “global hatred” of the U.S., monotheism, the Quran and failure of Western-style democracy. Before the last elections, I received lots of e-mails from Iranian opposition fearing a Rafsanjani win, but Mahmoud wasn’t on the radar of many. Even his election was automatically in doubt, as photos I received of polling stations that day showed a whole lot of empty. Actually, one picture showed a cat walking past a guard, but kitty didn’t stop to vote. It was reported that former Tehran mayor and Revolutionary Guard Ahmadinejad spent no money on his presidential campaign, yet instead embraced theocratic campaign finance reform Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi issued a fatwa telling 2 million members of the Bassij Islamic militia to vote for Ahmadinejad. His election was marred by allegations of fraud, including from opponents Rafsanjani and reformist Mehdi Karroubi, and allegations of illegal support and advertising. After his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last year, Ahmadinejad said, “I felt the atmosphere suddenly change, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn’t bat an eyelid, I’m not exaggerating because I was looking at them. And they were rapt.” It’s actually called “catatonic states,” but he took it as a sign that a power from above was compelling them to absorb “the message from the Islamic Republic.” He must have missed seeing some world leaders text-messaging during his grand address. The odiferous text-message incident, entertaining as it is, does have a serious point: If this is how Ahmadinejad overreacts to a grammar-school joke, imagine how he’ll react to a perceived threat. We’ve already seen some of his saber-rattling in war games and suicide-bomber recruitment. That is, when he’s not busy writing epics to Bush or being paranoid about Zionists, infidels and Kenny G. Thus I suggest the following: Don’t give Iran a say on Iraq. Don’t put all your eggs in a diplomatic basket. Don’t forget about Israel. Remember how nasty a big mushroom cloud looks. And send plenty of text messages to Mahmoud whenever possible. Juicy ones. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected]last_img read more

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House shortchanges Bush on cash for Afghanistan, Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON – The House voted Friday to spend $21.3 billion on foreign aid but cut money President Bush wanted for Iraq, Afghanistan and a program that rewards countries moving toward democracy and good government. Rep. Jim Kolbe, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the foreign aid spending subcommittee, said he had to slice $2.4 billion from the president’s request to free money for pressing needs at home. “I am proud of this bill, but I can also honestly say it has probably been the most difficult one I have put together,” he said. The Senate has not yet passed its version of the bill. The Bush administration said it has serious concerns that House lawmakers did not provide enough money to meet its foreign policy and humanitarian goals. 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2These funds come on top of $4 billion in emergency foreign assistance that lawmakers agreed this week to include in a package for war and disaster needs. Assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan included in the bill that the House passed Friday, with a 373-34 vote, exceeded last year’s spending but still is less than Bush wanted.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola urges fans to give ‘important’ Man City hero a deserving send-off

first_img Pep Guardiola: The Man City boss is hopeful of a strong finish to the season Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City fans to roar the club into the Champions League and give Pablo Zabaleta a fitting Etihad send-off.City take on West Brom in their final home game of the season on Tuesday looking for three points to tighten their grip on a top-four position in the Premier League. Their place in Europe’s top club competition could even be confirmed if Arsenal drop points in their clash against Sunderland on the same night.If selected, the visit of the Baggies will also mark long-serving full-back Zabaleta’s final appearance at the Etihad Stadium. The Argentinian, who joined City in 2008, announced at the weekend he will move on in the summer.City boss Guardiola said: “Nine years here – to replace that you need a guy that stays nine years here. For that you need time and it is not easy.“His impact here was amazing. He was one of the first players to come here. What he and other guys did for the club, helped [make] this club what it is right now. That is why he deserves the best last game here at home.“Hopefully all the fans can come tomorrow to the Etihad Stadium. We play for a lot of important things, so they have to come to support us more than ever and to express the gratitude to one of the most important players in the whole history of Manchester City.“It will be an important day for many reasons. One of them, of course, for Pablo.”West Brom have enjoyed a strong campaign but form has deserted them in recent weeks. Pulis’ men remain eighth in the table but they have won just one of their last 10 games.With the stakes high for City however, Guardiola insists his side can take nothing for granted.He said: “They are professionals. They are going to play to win the games. Teams of Tony Pulis, from his history with Stoke and West Brom, never play games thinking they don’t matter.“It will be a football game. We play for a lot of things, (it is) a real final for us and we are going to be ready for this game.” 1last_img read more

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