A bizarre end to Serbia’s defeat to Portugal saw two Premier League players – Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov and Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic – receive red cards within just seconds of one another.Kolarov, who had just been substituted through injury, was dismissed for dissent, while Matic was sent off after swinging an elbow at Portugal’s Andre. For Matic, this latest incident adds to the difficult spell that he is currently enduring.With his place at Chelsea no longer guaranteed, as Jose Mourinho prepares to ring the changes in the hope of getting his underperforming side back on track, the red card has only added to his misery.Have a watch of the heated end to Serbia’s 2-1 loss to Portugal above.
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us up-to-date prices on the contenders for Champions League glory.Manchester City, winners over Sevilla on Wednesday night, are 11/1 to lift the trophy and are favoured to do the best in the competition out of all the English clubs.He also turns his attention to the Europa League, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Celtic in action on Thursday night.Tottenham are 7/5 to triumph at Anderlecht, Liverpool are 4/9 to beat Rubin Kazan in Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield bow, while Celtic are 6/4 shots to win at Molde.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Philippe Coutinho says Liverpool’s players are still trying to adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s methods.The Reds suffered their first defeat under Klopp at the weekend, going down 2-1 to Crystal Palace, and Coutinho admits there is plenty of work to be done if they are to fully implement their new manager’s ideas.“When you get new players, especially strikers, it is the job of all of the team to give them the service they need,” he told the official Liverpool magazine.“I have to learn whether it is right to play a fast ball or a pass along the ground, depending on who I am playing the ball to.“I have to adapt to them, but it’s not only me who must do this.“The training sessions are very, very important for this adaptation process to happen.“We work on this every day in training and the sessions are very intense.“If we’re not doing it right, or something isn’t working, we do it again and again until we get it right.“The more you train with your team-mates, the more you learn about each other and this is important for the team to do well.” 1 getty Coutinho was adored by the red half of Merseyside
Chesterfield have sacked manager Dean Saunders after Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat to Swindon.Saunders, who took over from Paul Cook in May, leaves the Spireites 15th in League One, with the reverse to Swindon a fourth in a row.His assistant Brian Carey has also left the club.A club statement read: “Chesterfield have parted company with manager Dean Saunders and his assistant Brian Carey following a 4-0 defeat at home to Swindon Town.“An interim management team, which will be announced in due course, will take temporary charge prior to the appointment of a new manager.”Chairman Dave Allen added: “We will not be rushed into making a decision on a new manager.”Saunders, who made five changes to his side for the clash with the Robins, was not expecting the sack when he addressed the media after the game, but knew he had to start getting results.He said: “It’s a results business and I have to get enough results for us to regroup as a club.“As a manager all you try and do is survive long enough to get it right. We’re not in a crisis, we’ve just hit a bad patch and a couple of good results get us back to where we should be.” 1
Tottenham goalscoring great Clive Allen claims the Premier League title is Leicester City’s to lose, but warns it would not be wise to count out Spurs just yet.The second-placed north Londoners were dealt a blow to their title hopes with a 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday, in a night full of surprise results.But the real winners of the evening, though they didn’t play, were Leicester, who survived with their three-point lead at the summit intact as rivals Arsenal and Manchester City also suffered defeats.Tottenham, however, are still only three points behind the table-topping Foxes, and former Spurs goal-machine Allen believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s unquashable belief will ensure they keep their title push alive until the last.“Tottenham were very disappointing, they found it difficult to cope with West Ham’s physicality, and not many teams have done that to Spurs this season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But at least there’s the positive that there was no real damage done in respect to their league position. They’re still only three points behind.“Spurs have their best opportunity to win the league in many, many years, and the one thing about them under Pochettino is that they have the belief.“It’s a young group, it’s an emerging group, and they have a magnificent opportunity. I still believe their goal difference and defensive record will be absolutely vital at the end.“We’re realising now how close it’s going to be, but if Spurs can pick up three points and get themselves level with Leicester, anything can happen!“When you get beat at West Ham and you come back into the dressing room to find out Arsenal have lost at home and Manchester City have lost at Liverpool, you must start to believe you have the opportunity to do it.“The title is Leicester to lose now, which no one would have said, but Spurs have to believe they can do it.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAuthorities said two masked men followed him to his home on Feb. 8, 1999, and forced him into the car trunk. The pair also stole jewelry and other items from the home and fled in the car. Rawlings’ wife hid on the roof of the house with the couple’s children during the attack and she called 911. As police pursued the car, the Bentley hit another vehicle, crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Rawlings was thrown from the trunk and hit a brick wall. He died at a hospital two days later. Authorities said DNA evidence also led them to Kirrell Francis Taylor, who was in jail on an unrelated charge. He was convicted of murder with special circumstances in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Graham, who had a 1988 assault conviction, fled to Chicago and then to Florida. The killing was profiled twice on the TV program “America’s Most Wanted” and prompted a tip that led to his 2004 arrest in Hollywood, Fla. LOS ANGELES – A man was convicted of murdering a businessman who was stuffed in the trunk of his Bentley and died as his kidnappers fled police eight years ago. Boris Graham, 37, was convicted Friday in Superior Court and could face life in prison without possibility of parole. During trial, prosecutors said DNA evidence linked him to a ski mask found in the car. The conviction will be appealed, his attorney Marilynn VanDam said. Graham was accused of helping kidnap Christopher Rawlings, the 30-year-old owner of a clothing store who wore a diamond-encrusted Rolex watch. Graham was convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances, kidnapping to commit another crime; kidnapping to commit carjacking; robbery; burglary; carjacking and evading an officer causing death. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“You are the future of this world,” he told the fifth-graders. “We as grown-ups have failed miserably.” Field’s students have been the front-runners in the program’s three-year history, raising the most funds. This year, they are hoping to continue that tradition. “The more we bring in, the more people we can help,” said 10-year-old Brianna Reyes. “I’m hoping my class can raise as much as last year.” In the past three years, the program has raised more than $2,500, which has been sent to overseas charities. Nehdar considers that an impressive feat, since it all came from spare change. And the program is not just about giving to charity but also about learning to be a force for change in society, he said. “You can make a difference with your pennies and you can make a difference with your attitude toward other people,” Human Relations Commissioner David Leming told the students. And from the looks of a well-stacked penny jar in the classroom, the students are taking the project seriously. “This brings it home to them,” said Manuel Reynosa, a fifth-grade teacher. Nehdar and Leming also reminded students how fortunate they are for the amenities they have, and told stories of poverty in other countries. After the presentation, Nehdar received hugs from a few students. “It’s good to help others,” said fifth-grader Maima Spearman, 10. “I hope our pennies can save a lot of lives.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 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.He has lectured students around the city about tolerance and charity and is presently working with students to raise money for Darfur. Students participating in the program are asked to think twice before spending frivolously and instead save their spare change in a collection bucket in their classrooms. All the donations are then combined and sent to Darfur at the end of the year. Nine classes in several different schools are participating this year. On Friday, Nehdar spoke to Field’s students, hoping to raise their interest in the project. PASADENA – Local students are doing their part to help out humanity and improve their health by taking money they would normally spend on junk food and sending it to Darfur, Sudan. The program, “Power of a Penny,” is being held in several Pasadena classrooms. It was created three years ago by former Pasadena human relations commissioner Nat Nehdar. “This can empower them to be a part of humanity,” Nehdar said, looking through a door window at a class of fifth-graders at Field Elementary School on Friday. An avid social activist, Nehdar has made it his life’s mission to combat youth violence and get students involved in charitable efforts.
Sunderland are weighing up a move for Nancy starlet Alexandre Menay.The 19-year-old has become the Ligue 2 club’s second-choice goalkeeper this season behind Guy N’dy Assembe.Menay is tipped for a bright future by those at Nancy and they are keen to tie him down to professional terms this summer.However, according to France Football, Sunderland are now considering a swoop for the Frenchman.Scouts from the Premier League club have run the rule over the youngster and have watched him in action for Nancy’s reserves.Menay’s semi-pro contract expires in the summer and Sunderland are now debating whether to snap up the goalkeeper on a free transfer. Sunderland consider summer move for highly-rated young goalkeeper 1
1 Spain will be celebrating three successive Champions League final wins when Madrid rivals Real and Atletico go head-to-head on 28 May.It will be the first time in 34 years a country has claimed the trophy three seasons in a row, dating back to when Aston Villa completed a record sequence of six successive victories for English clubs.Villa’s 1982 win followed back-to-back wins for Liverpool in 1977 and 1978, with Forest repeating that feat in 1979 and 1980, before the Reds added another victory in 1981.ENGLAND’S DOMINATION1976/77: Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach1977/78: Liverpool beat Bruges1978/79: Forest beat Malmo1979/80: Forest beat Hamburg1980/81: Liverpool beat Real Madrid1981/82: Aston Villa beat Bayern MunichSPAIN GOING FOR HAT-TRICK2013/14: Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid2014/15: Barcelona beat Juventus2015/16: Real Madrid play Atletico Madrid on 28 MayOTHER WINNING STREAKS (AT LEAST THREE SUCCESSIVE YEARS)Netherlands: Four in a row – Feyenoord (1970) and Ajax (1971-1973)Italy: Three in a row – Milan (1963) and Inter (1964-1965)Spain: Five in a row – All won by Real Madrid (1955-1960)Which captain will get his hands on the trophy this year? Aston Villa won the 1982 European Cup final, which came off the back of five years of English domination in the competition