‘He’s better than Andrea Pirlo already!’ Arsenal fans are getting excited about teen star

first_img Gedion Zelalem Arsenal fans have been told many times over the last couple of years they have a talent on their hands with Gedion Zelalem.His sporadic friendly appearances are all most Gunners fans have seen of the teen – until now.The 18-year-old is currently on loan with Rangers in the Scottish Championship and another fine display has left supporters cooing of his ability.Zelalem registered an assist as his new side thumped Queen of the South 5-1 and he’s drawing comparison with some of the most gifted players around.You can see how Arsenal fans reacted below… 1last_img

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Sir Bobby Charlton: England record holder and Man United captain Wayne Rooney will go on scoring

first_img1 SSir Bobby Chartlon has congratulated England captain Wayne Rooney after the striker became the nation’s record goal scorer, and insisted that the 29-year-old will go on scoring for club and country.Rooney netted the record 50th goal in the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Switzerland, beating Charlton’s tally of 49 strikes that had stood since 1970.And Charlton praised the Manchester United striker for reaching such a landmark.“I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England’s leading goalscorer,” Charlton told Manchester United’s official website. “It is a record that I am sure [Rooney] will hold for a long time, and it is clear to see that [Rooney] will go on scoring for [his] club and country for a long time to come.”Charlton, who was part of England’s World Cup winning side in 1966, admitted he was slightly disappointed to no longer hold the record, but expressed delight that it was Rooney who finally surpassed the long-standing goal tally.“I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don’t hold this record, however, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record,” the 77-year-old added.“I have always been very proud to hold this record. Playing for my country was always an honour and a privilege and something I did with great pride.” Wayne Rooney last_img read more

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Magee throws 7 TDs

first_imgPREP FOOTBALL: Aerial assault leads Chadwick to a big win over Linfield Christian. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER Chadwick quarterback Andy Magee didn’t need bulletin-board material to motivate him to continue to rack up touchdowns and yardage this season. George Mavredakis led Chadwick with four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Mavredakis’ contributions extended beyond his what he did on offense. He returned four punts for 121 yards and had a 90-yard return called back on a penalty. Each of his returns gave Chadwick first-and-10 inside Linfield Christian territory. “He’s been solid all season,” Chadwick coach Gary Willison said. “He’s been scoring touchdowns on about every third punt return he’s had.” Not to be outdone, Chadwick’s defense did its part to cement the all-around win by recovering five fumbles and limiting Linfield Christian’s Daniel Musquiz to 42 yards on 16 carries. Musquiz averaged more than 158 yards per game going into Saturday’s contest. “We knew they were a physical team that was good at running the ball, but our defense held up strong,” Willison said. Chadwick’s defense even scored a third-quarter touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return by Kevin Martinez to give the team a 48-0 lead. Linfield Christian then put on a scoring showcase of its own, using two defensive touchdowns and a pair of onside kick recoveries to rattle off 28-straight points. Magee responded to the surge by passing for two more scores. “Seeing us come out and scoring quickly was a total momentum killer for them,” Magee said. “That showed them that we’re just as physical as anybody.” david.saunders@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 CityBut it did make another stellar performance all the sweeter. Magee completed 29 of 37 pass attempts for 423 yards and seven touchdowns in Chadwick’s 60-28 nonleague win over visiting Linfield Christian Saturday. The win gives Chadwick (5-0) an unblemished nonleague record for the second straight season and saddles Linfield Prep with its first loss of the year. “They were definitely calling us out so this win is huge,” Magee said. “This is the most important thing that we’ve done all year.” Magee completed touchdown passes to four different receivers, all of whom tallied more than 85 yards. Tim Watson had seven catches for 103 yards, Josh Goldstein had eight catches for 92 yards and Trevor Neimann had six catches for 87 yards. All three receivers scored twice. last_img read more

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Silver lining of shootings

first_imgBy Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER A teacher’s frantic 911 call. A SWAT team surrounding a high school. Kids fleeing their campus, screaming, gunfire ringing out inside. It’s been more than eight years since the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, but the images and sounds of the tragedy are forever disturbing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEventually, though, some positive messages emerged from that horrific day: the importance of tolerance and compassion. And those lessons have spawned an inspiring school program that just arrived in Torrance. Named for Columbine victim Rachel Scott, whose many journals and other writings form the basis of the program, Rachel’s Challenge aims to curb school violence by promoting kindness. Just weeks before she was the first student killed on campus April 20, 1999, Rachel wrote in an essay, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then they will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness will go.” She added that her theory “may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached,” but, she urged, “test them for yourself.” Rachel was among 12 students and a teacher killed by fellow students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris that day. Another 24 were wounded. The killers had been bullied by other kids and left behind evidence that they targeted anyone who slighted them at the school. Rachel’s call to action hit Torrance High School on Tuesday, when Rachel’s Challenge was made to students and adults alike in four separate sessions with Scott family friend Andy McClure. Now the largest school- assembly program in the country, Rachel’s Challenge was started by the Scott family about a year after her death. The primary message? The tiniest gestures can have the biggest impact. “You don’t need to cure a disease. You don’t need to cross the Grand Canyon for someone else,” McClure told the students. “You just need to do the little things.” “It was very touching,” ninth-grader Michele Coughlin, 15, said later of the somber presentation, which mixed news footage of the Columbine shootings and Rachel Scott’s funeral with audio of desperate 911 calls from that day and voice-over readings from Rachel’s diaries. “I think it’s a great idea,” she added of the challenge. “I think more people should do it, and maybe we wouldn’t have such a big problem with everybody judging other people.” Choosing positive influences. Keeping a journal of one’s own dreams and goals. Practicing small acts of kindness. Telling people that they are loved. Embracing differences instead of judging them. Those are the five tenets of Rachel’s Challenge and, by Tuesday afternoon, several hundred students had signed a massive banner, pledging to try to observe them all. Stepping back after inking her own name, ninth-grader Kiana Sagun, 13, said what resonated most with her was the idea of tolerance. “You shouldn’t judge people by looking at them,” she said. “It’s better to love than to hate people. You should have a positive attitude.” Hoping to spread that attitude across the school district, the Torrance Council of PTAs is working on expanding the program into every Torrance Unified high school by early next year. “Columbine is no different than Torrance ? and that kind of tragedy could happen anywhere,” said council President Tish Carney, who saw a Rachel’s Challenge presentation at a summer convention and was determined to bring it home. “Kids need to remember, to stop thinking that anyone is of less value than they are. No one is of less value than anyone.” Words to live by, said McClure, especially for Rachel Scott, who was a unifying figure on her campus – and has become a nationwide symbol since her death. “She believed in compassion and kindness, and that’s why we’re doing this,” he explained following the first of his four Torrance sessions Tuesday. “We’re into changing cultures, not just the climate. The whole issue is to effect change.” shelly.leachman@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

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Car hits weight-loss clinic, killing Chino woman

first_imgBy City News Service A 42-year-old woman was killed and two other women were injured when a 67-year-old woman driver crashed a Mercedes-Benz into a Jenny Craig weight loss clinic Friday in Brea, police said. Julie Ann Montenegro of Chino Hills was one of three women inside the weight-loss facility in the 2500 block East Imperial Highway hit by the Mercedes-Benz C320 driven by Zola Galvan Sangoluisa of Placentia, Brea police Lt. Dan Hunter said. Sangoluisa drove through the front of the business around 12:58p.m., leaving a 21-year-old woman and a 38-year-old woman with minor injuries, Hunter said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Battalion Chief Ron Stocking told KCAL Channel 9 that firefighters had to work in a tight space to rescue a trapped woman. “When the firefighters arrived approximately five minutes after the dispatch, we found a female underneath a Mercedes-Benz completely trapped,” Stocking said. Montenegro was taken to UCI Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. 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

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Supervisors target 50 most-vulnerable homeless for help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The county has struggled to address the vast homelessness problem. A year ago, supervisors approved an unprecedented $100 million homeless initiative, anchored by five regional assistance centers. But the program faltered after communities balked at the prospect of homeless people coming to their neighborhoods. The county quietly switched gears, deciding instead to fund private organizations and smaller efforts, such as a housing program for families on skid row. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. County supervisors are close to approving a program that will identify the 50 most vulnerable homeless people on downtown’s skid row and move them within 100 days into apartments with accessible support services. The program, patterned after projects under way in New York City and elsewhere, is not only aimed at saving the lives of those most likely to die on the streets, but also is expected to save taxpayers the millions of dollars typically spent on people who cycle in and out of shelters, jails and emergency rooms. “A lot of these folks fall through the cracks when they go through the shelters,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a major proponent of the project. “If we can’t make this work, then we’ve got a problem.” The board tomorrow will probably approve two contracts with homeless advocacy groups to provide training and housing for the program. Four of the five supervisors have indicated they support the program. last_img read more

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LIFFORD TO BENEFIT FROM €1M CROSS-BORDER SCHEME

first_imgPlans to regenerate the riverside area of two border towns have received a €1m funding boost.The ‘Reconciliation Through the Riverine Project’ aims to totally transform the border area around Lifford and Strabane.An iconic shared space will be developed and will include A tree lined boulevard, meeting spaces, public art, interactive play areas and a leafed arched walkway along the old railway track. It will also incorporate river promenades, an eco park, a network of pedestrian cycle links, boat-launching areas, connecting bridges and shared spaces over the river as well as a native wetland area.The project has received a letter of offer for the sum of €1,004,887.50 from the International Fund for Ireland, which, is further good news for the Riverine Project as the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) Peace III funding application has also been progressed to Economic Appraisal stage.LIFFORD TO BENEFIT FROM €1M CROSS-BORDER SCHEME was last modified: March 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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CONFIRMED: Newcastle sign striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace for £10m

first_imgNewcastle have signed striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.The 25-year-old has joined the Magpies for a fee of £10million and has penned a five-year deal.“It’s a dream come true to be at a big club like this,” said Gayle.“Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.“I can’t wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League. It’s where this club belongs.”Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 appearances in all competitions for Palace after arriving at Selhurst Park from Peterborough in July 2013.He is the second signing made by Rafa Benitez this summer – after goalkeeper Matz Sels – as the Newcastle boss prepares to try and lead the relegated club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.“Dwight is a great player, a proven goalscorer, and it is fantastic news that he has joined us,” said Benitez.“He has a big personality, a lot of energy and pace. He is a good finisher also, so he will add goals to our squad, for sure.“He knows English football well, too, and that is important in the Championship.“I am sure Dwight will want to prove he can make a big difference to our team and I am looking forward to working with him.” Dwight Gayle celebrates a Crystal Palace goal 1last_img read more

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Repertory East Playhouse opens season with Bard

first_imgNEWHALL – Repertory East Playhouse will open its 2006 season with the comedy “The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged.)” The work is a fast-paced comedic journey through all 37 of the bard’s plays, performed by just three actors. It was written by the show’s original performers: Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. “Complete Works” will open Jan. 13 and will be staged at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays until Feb. 18. In order to facilitate covering all of Shakespeare’s plays in one evening, many comedic devices are used. “Othello, The Moor of Venice” is done as a rap song; the histories are performed as a football game, with a crown being the ball in play; and the comedies are lumped together as one play, read and acted out by the three actors. Season tickets for the 2006 season are available. Visit www.repeastplayhouse.org for prices and information about the 2006 season. Those interested in helping with set construction, costumes, ushering or concessions can call Goldberg at (661) 288-0000. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “This show is an incredible undertaking for the actors,” said Ovington Michael Owston, the REP’s co-producing artistic director. “And it provides audiences with a humorous look at the works of one of history’s most recognized playwrights. “The Complete Works” will be directed by Mike Davies. Davies has directed plays such as “Much Ado About Nothing” and “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House Is Very Haunted” at the neighboring Canyon Theatre Guild. Joining Davies as assistant director is Caroline Morgan; as stage manager, Katie Mitchell; and assistant stage manager will be Kelly Hardy. The play is performed entirely by three actors: Bill Quinn, who was last seen on the REP stage as Mr. Paravicini in “The Mousetrap;” Doug Stuart, who made his R.E.P. debut as Speed in “The Odd Couple;” and Jason Goldberg, REP’s theater manager who last directed “The Mousetrap.” The playhouse is on San Fernando Road and is part of the revitalization of Old Town Newhall. Tickets for “The Complete Works” are $16, or $14 for children under 18 or seniors over 62. last_img read more

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Trojans deserved their fate

first_img National champions make big plays and smart calls at critical times and the Trojans didn’t do either Wednesday evening when the magic they displayed so often the past four seasons disappeared in a haze of self-destructive miscalculations. … While the Trojans have no one to blame for their plight but themselves, the Longhorns created their own good fortune, or at least Vince Young did with his wizardry that upstaged the two USC Heisman Trophy winners, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. … I couldn’t believe how feeble the Trojan defense looked against Young, who should opt for the NFL and take the $20 million bonus he would doubtless receive from the Houston Texans, who have the first NFL pick and would almost certainly select home state hero Young and trade away their current quarterback occupant, David Carr. … The Longhorns’ secondary was as good as advertised, and the Trojan receivers, unlike their counterparts, always had defenders draped over them even though the accurate-throwing Leinart was able to complete 29 of 40 for 365 yards. … It wasn’t supposed to unfold that way, but, clearly, Mack Brown outcoached Pete Carroll in this one. … Trojan insiders tell me it’s a certainty that LenDale White will be joining Reggie Bush in the NFL draft. … The feeling here is that a couple of Poly High graduates, safety Darnell Bing and offensive tackle Winston Justice, would be better off if they came back for their senior seasons, but who am I to tell a couple of guys barely out of their teens to turn down an opportunity to become instantly wealthy. … Matt Leinart’s caddy, John David Booty, is supposed to succeed Leinart, but a lot of people close to the Trojan program believe the freshman from Mater Dei, Mark Sanchez, who redshirted this season, eventually will unseat Booty. … Where Are You Jerry Miller, Frank Colonna, Doug Drummond, Les Robbins, Ad Nauseam, When I Need You Dept.: Recently, I was pinched 35 bucks for a parking violation on Shoreline Drive, and I promptly paid it. But a few weeks later, I received a memo from the city of Long Beach claiming I hadn’t, and that the fine would be doubled if I didn’t meet the deadline. Figuring my first $35 check had been lost in the mail, I sent in another one. And guess what? The city of Long Beach cashed both of the checks! If they need that extra 35 bucks to pay off the debts on their red ink-splattered fish tank, they certainly can have it. But one does wonder idly how many other yokels like myself are being double-billed in such a manner. … Just got back from Europe, and didn’t realize that Kobe Bryant showed his stellar leadership ability once again by getting himself suspended for two games for a flagrant foul against the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Miller. What a great role model Mr. Bryant is. … I haven’t seen a guy smoke a pipe in years, and yet I spotted two of them puffing contentedly away in a Vienna restaurant. Wonder how I’d look smoking a pipe. … I’ve been to a few beautiful, scenic venues in my life, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything more panoramic than I did the day after Christmas when my Lady Friend and I drove from Munich to the snow-covered Bavarian Alps and then stopped for a time and walked around Lake Konigssee near Berchtesgaden. Gently falling snow flakes only heightened the gladness of the experience. … One of the favorite times I have in my feeble life always comes during the 10-hour railroad trip between Vienna and Berlin. I enjoy sitting in the dining car, and engaging in conversation with people I know I’ll never see again. But, alas, this time the car was out of order and for 10 agonizing hours I didn’t have anything to eat, which I easily was able to endure, and didn’t have anything to drink, a harrowing hardship beyond comprehension. … During my stay at the Berlin Hilton in the Gendarmenmarkt district of the old east part of the city near Checkpoint Charlie, I befriended the ambassador to Germany from the embassy of the Republic of Rwanda, a Mr. Eugene-Richard Gasana, a nice man with harrowing stories to relate about the terrible genocide that afflicted his country a few years back. … I shouldn’t be writing this column, and wouldn’t be if I weren’t blessed by Somebody Up There looking out for me. I came thisclose from the taxman at the gate finally collecting his due from me. I was waiting anxiously late one afternoon to cross what I thought was a one-way street in Salzburg, Austria, and was set to dash across so I could mock my Lady Friend, who never jaywalks and always waits patiently for the green pedestrian light. Well, just as I got set to bolt, a car whizzed past me, missing me by about three inches. And several other cars followed. I didn’t realize there was a single lane going in the other direction, but I do realize how close I came to extinction and do realize once again how fragile life is. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson National champions don’t allow an opposing quarterback to torment them for 200 yards rushing and one almost could swear the Trojans were shying away in fear from Vince Young when he went on his merry, lengthy jaunts. National champions always harass an opposing quarterback into at least one or two or many sacks and the Trojans never came faintly close to such an achievement against Young, who easily picked them apart with his passes on those occasions when he wasn’t on one of his unmolested excursions. National champions don’t dispense adolescent antics commonplace in pickup games in playgrounds and the cerebral meltdown Reggie Bush suffered in the second quarter with his misguided lateral that was recovered by the Longhorns not only kept his team from a probable touchdown and 14-0 lead but also set the untidy Trojan tenor for the remainder of the proceedings. National champions make sound judgments at important junctures and Pete Carroll and his coaching staff twice notably failed in this regard on fourth down situations, one in the first half when logic dictated a field goal attempt and another late in the game when logic dictated a punt. National champions relentlessly exploit an advantage and one wonders why the Trojans didn’t persist in pounding the tiring Longhorn defense with LenDale White (124 yards on 20 carries) instead of too often resorting to some trick play that didn’t work. The Longhorns played like national champions by overcoming a 12-point deficit in the final minutes, by making vital fourth down stops, by making sure tackles, by not making bumble-brained decisions that, ultimately, turned out to be the difference in their being able to bring down the USC dynasty. The Trojans, well, national champions don’t allow the opposition’s receivers to roam around in the secondary unimpeded and I’ve never seen a slow-footed tight end like the Longhorns’ Dave Thomas (10 catches for 88 yards) able to be as wide open as he was throughout the game, as was teammate Limas Sweed (8 for 65). center_img In retrospect, the USC Trojans Wednesday evening took a pratfall on their fawning press reviews and their haughty sense of entitlement. As painful as it must be for them to accept their 41-38 BCS title loss to Texas on an 8-yard touchdown run by Vince Young with a mere 19 seconds remaining in the game Matt Leinart crassly refused to by insisting afterward he still thought his team was better the unvarnished reality is that they richly deserved their fate. last_img read more

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