Manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to come out fighting and impose their never-say-die attitude in Thursday’s Europa League second-leg quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund (10.05pm) as they look to end their four-year trophy drought.Having led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final, Klopp will now hope to end the German side’s Europa League hopes and heads into the clash with a slight advantage after drawing the first leg 1-1 at the Westfalenstadion last week.“It’s always about being brave but especially with a high-quality team. If they get their confidence up you get smaller. You have to have your own moments. Every moment can impact confidence,” Klopp told reporters on Wednesday.“Forget about last week and we will face tomorrow night with a new attitude. We won’t be flying a white flag. Dortmund can play better but so can we. We need to do better tomorrow night.”Klopp played down the importance of the away-goal advantage and said his side would not settle for a goalless draw, even though that result would send them into the semi-finals.“Only at 0-0 is it an advantage. If we win, we don’t need it,” the charismatic 48-year-old said.Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson and striker Christian Benteke but Klopp said he had no new injuries to contend with following their 4-1 Premier League win over Stoke City on Sunday.Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel meanwhile is confident his side can reach the last four despite Liverpool’s imposing home record against German opposition with the Reds unbeaten in 15 matches.“We can score away goals too, and we can score more than one,” said Tuchel, whose team effectively surrendered any hopes of chasing down Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga after twice conceding the lead in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Ruhr Valley rivals Schalke.“We are not frightened. We have been to a lot of places and scored and won,” he added, with Dortmund unbeaten in 18 games since the turn of the year.
Hamilton critical of British GP fixture clashesSource: ReutersBy Alan BaldwinSILVERSTONE, England, July 11 (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton would like more of the limelight on a crowded sporting Sunday that could see the Mercedes driver win his home British Grand Prix for a record sixth time.While Silverstone will be a sellout, the finals of the cricket World Cup — England against New Zealand at Lord’s — and Wimbledon men’s singles will also be commanding mass attention.“What I don’t understand is why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events,” Hamilton told reporters on Thursday.“I hope in future they put this on… it’s a special weekend, it needs all the focus of the whole country,” he continued.“I think people will be switching between channels on Sunday, not sure what to watch.”Mercedes have won eight of nine races so far this season, Hamilton six of them and he leads team mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship by 31 points.All three sports will be broadcast on terrestrial television this weekend, a rarity in Britain where Formula One is usually exclusively on the Sky Sports subscription platform — as has been the case for the cricket up until the final.Hamilton has won four of the past five British Grands Prix, and been on pole position for the last four years in a row. Sunday’s crowd is expected to exceed the 140,500 that turned up on race day in 2018.That will be reminiscent of the early 1990s when ‘Mansell Mania’ was at its peak with 1992 champion Nigel Mansell drawing huge crowds.Despite his obvious pulling power and unprecedented success for a British driver, Hamilton remains something of a divisive figure in his home country.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has highlighted this, arguing that Hamilton’s greatness is not appreciated enough by his compatriots.Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas was the BBC Sports personality of the year in 2018, and Hamilton has been ignored in recent honours lists despite being his country’s most successful racing driver of all time.In the land of Ferrari, Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper declared him their man of the year, however.Asked why he might have less adulation than Mansell, the Briton said he did not feel unsupported.“People have the right to choose who they support,” he said. “I remember growing up in Stevenage and I never in a million years thought I would have a single supporter, aside from my mum and my dad.“I feel really privileged in just even having one. I’ve got quite a lot of people that come here and I’m so grateful… the more the merrier.“I guess the more time I spend here, I’ll have more opportunities to turn people’s opinions.”McLaren’s Lando Norris, at 19 the youngest ever British Formula One driver, cheekily suggested maybe Hamilton should grow a Mansell-style moustache.After a lively exchange about their relative hairiness, facial or otherwise, Norris ended up weeping with laughter in front of the cameras.
Former Serbia and Atletico Madrid coach Radomir Antic has died aged 71, the Spanish side said.“Today is a sad day for the Atletico Madrid family as we mourn the death of our former coach Radomir Antic who died today aged 71,” said a statement on the club’s official website.Spanish newspaper AS said Antic had died due to complications from pancreatitis.Antic had a varied playing career as a defender spanning 17 years in which he played for Partizan Belgrade in his home country, Fenerbahce in Turkey, Real Zaragoza in Spain before ending his career in England with Luton Town.He coached a host of Spanish sides including Zaragoza, Real Madrid and Barcelona but is best remembered at Atletico, where he spent five years and led a team containing current coach Diego Simeone to win a La Liga and Copa del Rey double in 1996.He also led Serbia to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, then going on to work in China. His last stint as a coach was with Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune Hebei Fortune in 2015.“Today we have lost a great person and one of the architects of that magnificent golden age for Atletico. I feel very proud to have known him and shared every moment by his side,” said Atletico president Enrique Cerezo.Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also paid tribute, writing on Twitter: “You made Atetico great and you made our rivalry greater. Farewell to a unique coaching career — Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Rest in peace.”
WITHOUT a doubt, Janieve ‘Jellyfish’ Russell has been the country’s most consistent and top women’s 400m hurdler this season. However, in three weeks, at the World Champion-ships, Russell will have to watch that race from the stands or at home, as at the National Championship she failed to grab one of the three automatic spots after finishing fourth in the event. Despite the disappointment, this seemed to have given her extra motivation as she has been finishing ahead of her rivals since and has been very consistent in the event. At the Rabat leg of the IAAF Diamond League on Sunday, Russell finished second in 54.36 seconds and had the national champion, Rhonda Whyte, behind her in eighth in 56.00 seconds. Second-place finisher at the National Championships, Ristananna Tracey, competed in a B race which she won, but her time of 55.18 seconds was fourth overall. “I didn’t knew what went wrong at the Trials, as I followed the instructions of my coach. But something went wrong in the last part of the race and I just can’t fathom what went wrong,” Tracey said, when asked about her Trials performance. However, she was pleased with her performance on Sunday. “Except for the first two hurdles, the remainder of my race was good, as I came back strongly in the end and got second. I am happy to be competing with these ladies who are going to the World Championships,” she said. “I am happy for the three ladies who made the team to London, as I am confident that they will do well. When I compete with them, I just go out there to do my best and not to prove anything. They deserve their spots, as they did what they had to do on the day,” she continued. Russell is disappointed not to be going to the World Championships, but will use the remainder of the season to keep competing well. “I will still be in Europe training and preparing for some races, and I just want to continue doing well for the remainder of the season. I am glad to be injury-free, as some people cannot compete now due to injury. I want to finish the season strong and lower my times, then use my recent disappointment to motivate me to come back next season with more hunger, “she added.
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School concert stabbing…for court on MondayThe two suspects who are in custody for the murder of a 16-year-old Covent Garden Secondary School student are scheduled to be arraigned in court on Monday.According to the Police Public Relations Department, the two young men, respectively aged 17 and 20, have already been charged with the capital offence, and will be arraigned before a city magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dead: Brian YearwoodThe dead teen, Brian Charles Yearwood of Lot 69 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was fatally stabbed in the region of his chest, allegedly by a 17-year-old resident of Kaneville, EBD.The incident occurred in the compound of the Covent Garden Nursery School, EBD, where the lad had gone to attend a concert held by the Covent Garden Secondary School.Initial police reports had disclosed that a policeman who had attended the concert with a relative responded immediately to the incident, and with the assistance of other persons, had rushed Yearwood to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Investigators have since arrested the two suspects, who currently in custody. Guyana Times was told that police have recovered the suspected murder weapon at the home of one of the suspects.When this publication visited the dead lad’s family, his grieving mother, Beverley, related that she was told that her son was sitting on a bench with a few other boys, and another group of boys sitting opposite them was teasing them. She said the boys with whom Brian was sitting subsequently got up and moved away, but he remained seated.Upon seeing him alone, the other group of boys went over to his bench and began teasing him as well. The mother said she was not told exactly what happened after – whether or not her son had retaliated and angered the group of boys — but the group allegedly began pelting him with bottles, and so he escaped.“He got away from them and run up to the guard hut. There were some teachers standing there, so he run and he stop in front of the teachers. Maybe he was thinking that he was safe, but in the presence of the teachers, these boys just run up and one of them stab him. He plunge the knife into my son’s heart and pull it out. Brian then run from there and he fall down at the fence,” the grieving mother informed this publication.Yearwood had been a former Central High School student, and had only transferred to the Covent Garden Secondary School in September last year.
Police released surveillance photos of the men. Although the pair generally wore gloves and ski masks during the crimes, on one occasion their faces were uncovered. The men are described as 25-30 years old, “over 6 feet” tall and weighing about 200-240 pounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A $50,000 reward was announced today for information that helps police arrest two men who have burglarized more than 50 homes in the Bel Air, Brentwood, western San Fernando Valley and Hollywood Hills areas. “They are a two-man hillside crime wave,” Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss said. “They are quick-hit artists,” he said. “But when we get this information – their ID, their photos – out to the public, I think we’re going to make a quick hit on them.” Several million dollars in cash and jewelry were taken in the past year by the pair, who typically struck around midnight on weekends, when homeowners were out, NBC4 reported.
Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado has spoken of his delight at rejoining Juventus.The Colombian spent last season on loan with the Italian champions and he has now returned for a further three years.At one point, however, the chances of a move looked slim as new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted Cuadrado as part of his squad.But the 28-year-old has now revealed he forced the Blues’ hand and got the return to Juventus he wanted.“It was exciting to see,” Cuadrado told JTV about his move. “To see the stands and the noise the fans make, I’m excited by the public’s support.“I did everything to come back, and thanks to God I’m here. I’m very happy.” 1 Juan Cuadrado in action for Colombia
NORTHRIDGE – Almost 30 cats and kittens were rescued from deplorable conditions at the home of a possible cat hoarder, authorities said today. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services were tipped off in August that a 55-year old woman living in the 8300 block of Corbin Avenue was housing the cats. Officers served a search warrant on the unidentified woman’s residence last week and found 29 cats, one of which was suffering from a leg injury. Others had upper respiratory problems. All of the cats were taken to a South Los Angeles shelter, where they are being treated until they can be adopted, police said. Officers and health-care professionals interviewed the woman, but no arrest was made. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Anyone who wants to adopt one of the cats can contact the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Services or can go to the department’s Web site at www.laanimalservices.com. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Ally McCoist tells Aston Villa to play weakened team in Carabao Cup quarter-final against Liverpool“I’m not sure they’ll have to get injured if they play, they are more likely to get injured in training than in a game, I honestly believe that. If they’re training properly there’s just as much risk of getting injured at the training ground every day.“And it’s not as if they’re in Europe or have a fixture pile-up coming up, it’s just one game and they’re so deep into the competition now, it’s a great opportunity to get to the semi-final and a final and the fans would love a trip to Wembley. Getty Images – Getty Tim Sherwood has urged Aston Villa to field their best players against Liverpool’s youngsters – including captain Jack Grealish 1 Earlier in Tuesday’s show, Ally McCoist suggested Villa should prioritise their fight for Premier League safety and put out a weakened team against Liverpool.Villa currently sit 17th and are only above the bottom three on goal difference, and their next four games all come against relegation rivals – Southampton, Norwich, Watford and Burnley.Sports Breakfast co-host McCoist says Smith should rest his key players for the clash and still be able to field a team capable of beating Liverpool.But Sherwood insists the young Reds will be no pushovers.“They’ll all want to play and they all should play, in my opinion,” he added.“I don’t think [Smith] will [rest any players]. They haven’t won many games recently and I think winning breeds winning and a feel-good factor. Time to head to the #ClubWC ✈️ pic.twitter.com/1zukLXXrrX— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 15, 2019The Villans are therefore huge favourites to reach their first major semi-final since they were runners-up of the FA Cup in the 2015/16 season.Sherwood was Villa manager during that run, and he believes Smith should give his struggling team and their fans a boost by going all out for the win against the Premier League leaders.Asked for his verdict on how Villa should play it, Sherwood told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Name their strongest team and try and win the game, absolutely, flat-out.“I did it in the FA Cup when I went into Villa.“We beat Leicester and then beat our local rivals West Brom, there was a pitch invasion and all the fans were on the up.“We then went to Wembley and beat Liverpool to get to the final, rested players in the Premier League to play in the FA Cup final… and then we got hammered [they were beaten 4-0 by Arsenal]!” LIVE on talkSPORT Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:46Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Tim Sherwood has urged Aston Villa to avoid an embarrassing defeat to Liverpool’s kids by playing their strongest possible team in their Carabao Cup quarter-final.With Jurgen Klopp taking the majority of his first-team out to Qatar for the Club World Cup, Dean Smith’s side will face a young and inexperienced Reds team in the Villa Park clash – with LIVE commentary on talkSPORT. Aston Villa vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 “The problem for Villa tonight is they can’t underestimate Liverpool. These kids are at Liverpool for a reason – because they can play!“The last thing you want to do is be knocked out by a Liverpool youth team!”Listen back to Tim Sherwood on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above