Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney hat-trick makes sure of Champions League group stage place

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick to secure Manchester United’s place in the group stages of the Champions League after dismantling Club Brugge 7-1 on aggregate.Rooney gave United the lead before half-time before adding two more after the break as he ended his goal drought.Ander Herrera added a fourth to mark his return to the starting line-up as the Red Devils ran riot in Brugge.Javier Hernandez missed a penalty late on but the win means Louis van Gaal’s men will be among the names in pot two for the draw on Thursday afternoon.Manchester United dominated possession and the opening goal came in the 20th minute when Memphis Depay, the hero of the first leg, cut inside before playing a lovely reversed pass into the feet of Rooney who dinked the ball over the goalkeeper.Relief covered Rooney’s face as he scored his first goal in 11 games – since April of this year – and the 30th Champions League goal of his career.However, Brugge almost pulled a goal back on half-time when Abdoulay Diaby tried to take the ball around Sergio Romero after breaking free of the United defence, but the Argentine was up to the challenge, diving well at his feet to hold up the attack before Daley Blind got back to clear.Rooney got his second three minutes after the break when Luke Shaw, one of United’s best players on the night, linked well with Memphis, who picked out Herrera in space, who in turn put it on a plate for Rooney to side-foot home.United began to dominate and Memphis should have had a penalty minutes later, unfortunately for the Red Devils, the referee did not agree.Nevertheless, they did not dwell on that as Rooney completed his 36-minute hat-trick after Juan Mata threaded through a pass to the captain who nutmegged the goalkeeper to take home the match ball.Rooney had a chance to make it four moments later as Brugge gave up on defending completely but Bolat managed to get a hand to the Englishman’s effort.And it was four just after the hour mark as Herrera got on the end of a world-class ball from Bastian Schweinsteiger, to give Louis van Gaal something to think about ahead of the weekend.It could have been five when United were awarded a penalty on 80 minutes but Hernandez hit it wide after slipping as he struck the ball.Minutes later he missed an even easier chance from two yards out but it did not matter though as the night belonged to Rooney and Manchester United who will rub shoulders with Europe’s elite in the next round.last_img read more

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Liverpool’s £53m transfer fury: ‘If we don’t get him now, we can kiss him goodbye’

first_img1 Alex Teixeira is wanted by Liverpool Liverpool have had two bids rejected for Alex Teixeira this month.Reports have suggested that the Merseyside outfit could return with an improved third offer, though Shakhtar Donetsk’s asking price of £53m may put any possible deal on hold until the summer.So, how have the Anfield faithful responded to the news that Steven Caulker could be their marquee signing of the winter window?Find out below…last_img

Drunken vandals punch hole in Monet masterpiece

first_imgPARIS – Intruders, apparently drunk, broke into the Orsay Museum through a back door early Sunday and punched a hole in a renowned work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the French culture minister said. A surveillance camera caught a group of four to five people entering the museum, which houses a major collection of Impressionist art on the Left Bank of the French capital along the Seine River. An alarm sounded and the group left, but not before damaging an invaluable painting, “Le Pont d’Argenteuil,” Culture Minister Christine Albanel said. “We know there were four or five people, likely four boys and a girl, who entered around midnight to 1 a.m., broke a door that was, perhaps, fragile,” Albanel said. “It appears they were drunk. … Someone punched the magnificent masterpiece by Monet.” 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citylast_img read more

Border Patrol looks for more bodies

first_imgBy Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Border Patrol agents scoured fire-ravaged ravines and canyons Friday for dead bodies after discovering the charred remains of four people in a remote but heavily trafficked crossing corridor for illegal immigrants from Mexico. The bodies, believed to be migrants, were found in the woods Thursday near a remote Border Patrol checkpoint that was evacuated Monday as wildfires swept toward federal agents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The fires also led the patrol to limit its presence on the border by reassigning about 115 agents around the clock to direct traffic and knock on doors to evacuate homes in San Diego’s urban sprawl. About 200 of the 600 National Guard troops who help patrol California’s border with Mexico were also reassigned to keep the peace among evacuees at Qualcomm Stadium. The Border Patrol reopened its checkpoint Thursday on State Route 94, a two-lane highway that straddles the Mexican border. The building was intact, but flames torched a tow truck. Shortly after the agency returned to full force in the area Thursday, it reported the discovery of four bodies near the checkpoint, apparently two men and two women. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday that the ages and nationalities of the dead were unknown. It was unclear when they died. It’s impossible to know how many took advantage of agents’ absence, but some tried. The Border Patrol said it has arrested more than 200 migrants since Sunday in the area torched by the Harris Fire, which has burned 84,000 acres and continued to spread slowly Friday in a well-trekked area near Portrero, about 35 miles east of San Diego. 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

Favre stars in another Monday Night drama

first_img“We knew if we could get by them we’d have a chance to score,” Jennings said. “That’s what happened with James. … Some people say we don’t have speed, but today we made it happen.” The Monday night stage has provided some of the best moments in Favre’s career, from the incredible game in Oakland following the death of his father, to his game-winning pass to Antonio Freeman in overtime against Minnesota. Add this to the list. It was the Packers’ first win in six trips to Denver and their first overtime win on the road since Dec. 12, 1983, at Tampa Bay, in Howard Cosell’s last television broadcast. The Broncos (3-4) sent it into overtime with a drive that began at their own 7 with 2:27 left. Out of timeouts, the field goal unit scrambled onto the field and Elam calmly nailed the kick, just as he did two months ago when the Broncos ran the same fire drill to beat Buffalo as time expired in the opener. “It’s tough. Come down there, tie it up and have a chance to win,” Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said. “First play, they win it. That’s Brett Favre.” Favre, who had only thrown 20 passes for more than 20 yards all season as the underneath game flourished, had butterflies when Elam tied it up. “I was nervous as heck,” he said. “I haven’t been in too many overtime games. We got the ball and I figured we probably had one chance. If we don’t go down and do something, this is probably it. Don’t screw it up, whatever you do.” Now Favre is 6-1 for the third time in his career. In 1996, Favre and the Packers parlayed a similar start into their Super Bowl title. The Packers also started out 6-1 in 2002, when they finished 12-4 but were done in by injuries and bounced out of the playoffs in the first round by Atlanta. Looking nothing like his 38 years, Favre outshined Cutler, widely considered the only passer in the league whose arm strength can rival his. Favre finished 21-for-27 for 331 yards and a 142.4 passer rating. Cutler was 21-for-34 for 264 yards. Favre also drove Green Bay 98 yards for a field goal, and the Packers, last in the league in rushing, found a ground game against the NFL’s worst run defense. Ryan Grant came in when DeShawn Wynn went down early with an injured shoulder and gained 104 yards on 22 carries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On the first play following the kickoff in overtime, Favre connected on an 82-yard touchdown pass with Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Denver Broncos, 19-13, on Monday night. “I feel like I’ve been on some better teams, but it’s hard to doubt this team,” Favre said. “That was fun. I can’t wait to watch the tape.” Denver had tied the score at 13 on Jason Elam’s 21-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation, setting the stage for yet another Favre comeback. Green Bay won the coin toss and on the first play, Jennings was matched up in man-to-man coverage on the left side. Favre, who threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the first half, hit Jennings in stride at the Denver 40. Cornerback Dre’ Bly had no shot at catching the speedy wide receiver who trotted into the end zone as Favre rushed to celebrate Green Bay’s first 6-1 start in five years. It was the second-longest TD pass in NFL overtime history. On Nov. 10, 1985, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and wide receiver Mike Quick combined on a 99-yard play. NFL: Packers QB throws 82-yard TD pass to beat Denver in overtime. By Arnie Stapleton The Associated Press DENVER – Graybeard Brett Favre certainly isn’t running low on arm strength or signature moments. last_img read more

Billboard of wanted man vandalized again

first_imgWHITTIER – For the second time, vandals defaced a billboard featuring a fugitive wanted by the FBI for allegedly shooting two deputies in 2000 with an assault weapon. But this time, the suspects were caught in the act. Deputies arrested Miguel Lopez, 19, and Anthony Mercado, 22, on suspicion of felony vandalism and conspiracy on Friday. The Whittier men are out on $10,000 bond and will return to court next month. A passerby saw two men spray painting the billboard featuring Emigdio Preciado Jr. at Imperial Highway and Leffingwell Road about 4 a.m. on Friday, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mills. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Deputies got the call and found the two suspects still on the roof of a nearby building. They were told to remain there. While one held up his hands, Mills said the other man jumped down and was later found hiding in the yard of a business. He said the two suspects have no gang affiliation. It’s unknown if they were behind the first vandalism. The billboard, which was tagged in pale blue letters, still had not been replaced as of Tuesday. Mills estimated the damage at $700. Preciado, a reputed member of the Southside Whittier street gang, is wanted for allegedly shooting Deputies Michael Schaap and David Timberlake during a traffic stop on Sept. 5, 2000, at Gunn Avenue and Mulberry Street. Schaap was hit in the head and required rehabilitation. Preciado landed on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives list and is believed to have fled to Mexico. The FBI paid to have the billboard put up Oct. 19 with Preciado’s mugs, name and a phone number for tipsters to call. Someone spray painted over the three photos and names on Oct. 23. It was replaced. Then it got vandalized again last week. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said a replacement has been ordered and could be installed this week. FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said the latest vandalism seems to be different than the previous incident in which Preciado’s name and photos were covered. “It looked like a direct attempt to cover his identity. This one seems like random vandalism. The billboard is still readable,” he said. He called the incidents a shame to the neighborhood. “People have no respect for law enforcement, targeting the billboard,” Garriola said. There is a $150,000 reward for Preciado; $100,000 of that from the FBI and the remaining $50,000 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Preciado is Latino, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and may have the names “Susana” and “Alexa” tattooed on the left side of his chest. Anyone with information on Preciado’s whereabouts is asked to call (888) 226-8443. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

BREAKING TRANSFER REPORTS! Manchester United open talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

first_imgManchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports in France.The striker will be available on a free in the summer after refusing to extend his contract with the French champions.Chelsea and clubs in China are reportedly very keen on the 34-year-old, who has found the net 35 times this season.However, according to L’Equipe, Manchester United have now made contact with Ibrahimovic’s agent.The Premier League giants are in the market for a striker this summer and believe the Swede fits the bill.AC Milan are also interested in Ibrahimovic but there are doubts as to whether the Serie A side can meet his wage demands. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1last_img

VIDEO: Bear filmed playing football in outside a hospital in Slovakia

first_img1 Watch this incredible video of a bear playing football in Slovakia!A father and daughter filmed the action from inside the children’s ward of a hospital where the bear was apparently foraging in bins and got distracted by the ball.Slovakia are in a group with England and Wales at Euro 2016 but it looks like the bear’s form came too late for a call up to the national squad.Watch the video below! The bear was spotted by a father and daughter in Slovakia last_img

PVE develops emergency plan map

first_imgThe Palos Verdes Estates Police Department has contracted with a local nonprofit to create a computerized map of the city to assist the agency in emergency planning. Palos Verdes on the Net will plot evacuation routes, emergency provision locations and public utilities, as well as other critical infrastructure. The maps also will pinpoint the residences of doctors, medical experts and people who operate ham radios. The maps can be as simple or complex as necessary to fit the user’s needs. Each category will be created on a separate layer of the database, so users can view just one element such as sewer lines or, alternately, maps with several layers that show fire hydrants, landslide areas and horse populations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“These maps will give us all this information at a finger’s touch,” Police Chief Dan Dreiling said. “We’re working with Neighborhood Watch to formulate committees to find out specific information for each zone,” such as who is CERT trained. Dreiling said he believes the maps will be posted on the Web. But information that is not public will only be available to city and emergency personnel. “Parts will be accessible to everyone, but others might not, depending on their sensitivity,” Dreiling said. The database is expected to cost about $6,000 to create and will be completed by early spring. “We use volunteers and interns and we’re a nonprofit,” said Ted Vegvari, director of the Rancho Palos Verdes-based organization. Vegvari said a private contractor could charge five times more than what the nonprofit is offering to develop geographic information system maps. Most other cities in the South Bay use GIS programs to catalog information on everything from curb repairs to crime stats. “We use (GIS) a lot to get planning and zoning information,” said Bonnie Shrewsbury, GIS analyst for Manhattan Beach. “A lot of our public works are on there, like where our sewer lines and water lines and storm drains are. Shrewsbury said she was pleased to see Palos Verdes Estates moving ahead with the project. “Sometimes agencies talk about doing it but then don’t move ahead,” she said. “Hopefully, it will encourage others to use it and share the information.” Gardena’s Web site includes maps of neighborhoods and crime stats. Residents can view where crimes have occurred in relation to their homes. The Palos Verdes Estates maps will focus on disaster preparedness and emergency response, not zoning and crime information. “We want to be able to see how things might interact with one another,” said Mike Martinet, coordinator of the Redondo Beach-based Office of Disaster, which oversees emergency plans for 14 South Bay cities. GIS maps can be beneficial to help plan evacuations, Martinet said. For example, one school’s disaster plan had students evacuated to an open field. However, a GIS map revealed the field was adjacent to a plating plant with hazardous chemicals. “We would have been moving the children into potential danger and not away from it,” Martinet said. “That’s the benefit of a map like that.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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