Sturridge goal sends AVB’s men through

first_imgEverton 1 Chelsea 2 (after extra time)Daniel Sturridge’s winner four minutes from the end of extra time settled an incident-packed tie and sent Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka missed an early penalty before his team took a 38th-minute lead through Salamon Kalou, whose shot was horribly fumbled by Jan Mucha.AdChoices广告Twelve minutes into the second half, Blues goalkeeper Ross Turnbull was sent off after bringing down Louis Saha and the resulting penalty by Leighton Baines was saved by substitute keeper Petr Cech.That looked like being enough to send Andre Villas-Boas’ side into the last eight, but Saha headed in the equaliser with seven minutes of normal time remaining.Everton were themselves reduced to 10 men in extra time, when Royston Drenthe fouled Ryan Bertrand and was sent off for a second bookable offence.And with a penalty shoot-out looming, Sturridge pounced on the loose ball to score after hapless keeper Mucha failed to hold Malouda’s shot.Anelka putting his spot-kick wide after the excellent Josh McEachran was brought down by Johnny Heitinga was not the start required by a team left cursing their luck after Sunday’s derby defeat at QPR, where Jose Boswingwa and Didier Drogba were sent off.But Villas-Boas’ men then enjoyed some good fortune when Mucha inexplicably allowed Kalou’s weakly-struck lob from the edge of the box to slip through his grasp and into the net.After the break, however, Chelsea were again hit by a controversial dismissal.Turnbull was red-carded after clattering into Saha but did not appear to be the last man back, as David Luiz was covering.Enter Cech, whose first and second touches were to save Baines’ penalty and the left-back’s attempt to blast in the rebound, with Tim Cahill heading wide with his follow-up.But Cech was beaten by a blistering Drenthe free-kick that struck the bar – and again when Saha met Seamus Coleman’s cross at the near post to level for the Merseysiders.Dutchman Drenthe, who scored a brilliant goal against Fulham on Saturday, was again impressive so the visitors were probably glad to see the back of him once he was given his marching orders.They were certainly glad when Sturridge showed his predatory instincts to net his fifth goal of the season and take them through.last_img read more

Three takeaways from No. 11 Kansas’ win over No. 16 Texas Tech

first_imgThe No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks reminded the entire Big 12 they are the team to beat on Saturday by destroying a very good defensive Texas Tech team 79-63 at home.Kansas started off the game on fire from the field and the No. 16 Red Raiders really struggled shooting the ball in the first half going 3 for 14 from 3-point range. This may not be the Jayhawks’ best win of the year, but it serves notice to the Big 12 that, while Kansas has its struggles inside and has lost five games already, it is still the class of the conference.Here are three takeaways from KU’s win. Related News There is no defense for a hot handTexas Tech came into Saturday’s game with the third-best 3-point field goal defense in the NCAA, but it doesn’t matter how good a team is on D, if a team is shooting well there is very little you can do about it.Kansas was tied for 106th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage before Saturday’s game at 35.7 percent. It shot 60 percent from 3 in the first half making 9 of 15 attempts. And while it’s possible to say the Red Raiders maybe played bad defense on the perimeter, the fact is that on seven of the Jayhawks’ nine makes, Texas Tech did a good job of contesting. It could have even been counted as eight, but we were grading tough.Anyone who has played basketball knows if a team or player is shooting well, there is little you can do to stop them. Texas Tech had little chance to get stops on defense in the first half.A losing battleThe second Kansas jumped out to an early eight-point lead (10-2), Texas Tech fans knew the Red Raiders were in trouble. The Red Raiders’ issue all year long has been their inability to put the ball in the basket. Only Jarrett Culver has done it consistently and even he goes through bouts of being too passive.Tech ranks 252nd in all of college basketball in points per game (70.7) and it has had even more trouble since the start of conference play as the team is averaging 64.3 points in eight games (5-3).Despite this Texas Tech still has a good chance to win the Big 12 regular season title, its postseason championship and make a good run in the NCAA Tournament. It is that good defensively. However, unless the Red Raiders find something to get them going offensively, they are going to be at risk of an early exit in March Madness. Kansas rips NCAA decision to declare Silvio De Sousa ineligible through next seasoncenter_img Home is where the wins areThere’s a small school in Kansas called Neosho County Community College. It tradionally has a very good baseball team and a ballpark they love to play at. In fact, there have been rumors in past years the team has offered money to opponents to play all of the games of a playoff series on their home field.If that were possible for Kansas basketball it would do the exact same thing. With the win over Texas Tech, the Jayhawks are now 13-0 on the season at home and 1-5 on the road. That’s a stark difference, but it is one that is understandable. Kansas has always been great at Allen Fieldhouse and this year is no exception.However, 1-5 is probably the more notable number here. While it’s great the Jayhawks can dominate teams at home, they can’t do that in March Madness, so they better figure out their road woes. Honestly though, they’re coming off of a big win and they can think about that later. They just crushed a very good Texas Tech team. Kansas to hold out F Silvio De Sousa; Bill Self says he’s ‘proud’ of ‘how we conduct our business’last_img read more

County may trash plastic bags

first_imgA state law, authored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires major supermarkets and pharmacies to accept plastic bags for recycling starting July 1. Under AB 2449, stores also must sell canvas or other reusable bags. If common plastic grocery bags are barred in unincorporated areas of the county, Los Angeles could follow suit. Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, concerned about grocery bags littering the Los Angeles River, has dubbed them “the river’s graffiti.” His bag ban proposal, which sank a few years ago, led the city to include plastic bags in recycling. “We’re willing to consider anything if it’s going to get those plastic bags out of the river,” Reyes spokesman Tony Perez said. “It is a mess … a stream of plastic grocery bags.” Last month, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban petroleum-based plastic grocery bags in favor of biodegradable, or compostable, models. Common plastic bags, introduced in the late 1970s and now used by nine out of 10 shoppers, never decompose. In a breeze, they can blow like kites across the landscape. In the ocean, they join the plastic debris blamed killing more than a million marine birds and animals each year. And in landfills, they never break down. But while common plastic bags can kill wildlife, paper bags take far more energy to produce. In addition, experts say that biodegradable bags, which require special conditions for composting, can pollute plastic recyclables. Companies that recycle plastic will not accept batches that include compostable bags made of corn or potato starch. For this reason, most say that reusing shopping bags is the ultimate bag solution. “Reuse, reuse, reuse – it’s the No. 1 way to go,” said Leslie Tamminen, legislative director for Heal the Bay, an oceans watchdog group. “That’s the best, and most sustainable solution,” added John Rizzo of the Sierra Club in San Francisco. “Paper bags are better for waste, but do use trees. Composting plastic takes longer to decompose. “Canvas, you can keep reusing it again and again.” Because the Los Angeles region has no composting program like San Francisco’s, many think that a switch to biodegradable bags could hamper plastic recycling programs. If not composted, the bio bags can also kill marine life. “I think it’s completely appropriate, especially in coastal communities, to ban plastic bags … and encourage customers to use their own bags,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste, an environmental group based in Sacramento. With a complete ban, the common plastic bag could go the way of the pull-tab soda can. Grocery industry officials said they were in favor of plastic bag reduction, but not at the expense of plastic recycling. A move to compostable bags, they say, could jeopardize the state grocery bag recycling program. “In general, our industry is supportive of reducing, re-using and recycling – paper or plastic,” said Peter Larkin, president of the California Grocers Association. While it costs grocers 1.3 cents for a common plastic bag, it can cost up to nine cents for a handled paper bag and 10 to 30 cents per compostable bag. The county supervisors Tuesday said they wanted a report back as quickly as possible on what the impact a ban on plastic bags would have on recycling programs and the local economy. Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke asked that the report include potential alternatives such as bio bags, but noted that consumers may be confused over what to do with them. “A lot of us switched to plastic bags from paper because we were concerned about the impact on trees,” she said. “It’s difficult to let people know what should be done to help the environment.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to study the issue of paper versus plastic and whether to enact a ban on standard plastic bags, similar to one imposed in San Francisco. “We have an opportunity to be a leader with all the cities in the county,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said prior to the 4-0 vote authorizing a full review. “We have 10 million people living in this region where we have a severe problem with landfills.” Officials are concerned about the estimated 6 billion plastic grocery bags sold in Los Angeles County – of which only 1 percent are recycled. They fill landfills, clog storm drains, litter roadways, stuff kitchen drawers and kill marine life. The plastic grocery bag has not only harmed the environment, but become a target for state and local governments concerned about dismal recycling efforts. last_img read more