James takes over as Cavaliers win 11th straight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Cleveland has scored at least 100 points in each game during its streak and is closing in on its longest winning streak since it ripped off 12 straight in 2015.James scored 11 points in the final six minutes of the second quarter, including a pair of three-point plays and a jumper from the corner at the buzzer, helping Cleveland to a 66-52 halftime lead.James, the reigning NBA Player of the Month, also had 12 assists. He has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of his last 10 games.Kevin Love added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland. He went to the floor after banging knees with JaMychal Green in the third quarter, but remained in the game.Memphis point guard Mike Conley missed his ninth straight game because of a sore left Achilles.CAVS, ROSE TALKINGADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Grizzlies trailed 91-72 late in the third quarter, but rallied all the way to a tie at 109 on Dillon Brooks’ 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining. James’ basket in the lane gave Cleveland the lead.After Tyreke Evans missed a 3-pointer, James drove the lane, scored and converted the three-point play after being fouled by Brooks with 34 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBrooks made two free throws, but James dribbled for several seconds on Cleveland’s next possession and hit a jumper from the top of the key for a five-point lead with 5 seconds to go.Evans had 31 points and 12 assists for Memphis. Marc Gasol scored 27 and passed 10,000 career points despite being listed as questionable after injuring his left foot in Friday’s loss to San Antonio. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said the team’s communication with point guard Derrick Rose has been positive. Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle. The team is expected to provide another update Sunday.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Gasol has 10,007 career points. … Memphis hit seven of its first nine shots and took a 16-9 lead, forcing the Cavaliers to call a timeout four minutes into the game. Cleveland called another timeout at the 4:24 mark with Memphis leading 24-13. … Memphis didn’t get to the line until Evans was fouled shooting a 3-pointer at the 6:50 mark of the second quarter.Cavaliers: J.R. Smith scored 17 points, and Dwyane Wade had 16. … Love was the only starter to get a rebound in the first half when he had seven. … F Channing Frye went to the locker room in the fourth quarter with an apparent hand injury, but returned to the bench.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Minnesota on Monday. Memphis has lost eight straight at FedEx Forum.Cavaliers: Visit Chicago on Monday. Cleveland defeated the Bulls 119-112 on Oct. 24 in Cleveland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives past Memphis Grizzlies’ Jarell Martin in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 34 points, including seven in the final 1:22, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-111 on Saturday night for their 11th straight victory.Memphis has lost 11 in a row, including three since David Fizdale was fired Monday and replaced by interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff.ADVERTISEMENT Madrid draws, loses chance to move closer to Barcelona Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

A Broken Dignity

first_imgIn WolofI heard your name is dignityWhy did they change it?I askThe birds seemed to answerWith their songs from the skyBut I couldn’t hear themGoreeDid they keep your dignity?Your huts held your sons captiveNailed chainsOff to the unknownWhere was your dignity?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Chelsea midfielder Kakuta joins Rayo Vallecano on loan

first_img1 Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan.The 23-year-old winger, who first headed to Stamford Bridge as a teenager in 2007, has only made six appearances for Chelsea and has had a succession of loan spells with clubs such as Fulham, Bolton and Lazio.“Rayo Vallecano can report that Gael Kakuta has joined for the 2014-15 season from Chelsea FC on loan,” Rayo Vallecano said on their official website.Kakuta is most well-known for the fact his signing led to Chelsea being issued with a transfer ban due to the circumstances of his departure from former club Lens.That ban was subsequently lifted as Chelsea appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the Frenchman has struggled to make his mark since.He only made 11 appearances across loan spells at Fulham and Bolton before finishing the 2010-11 campaign at Dijon in Ligue 1.A two-year stint in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem saw him finally start to play more regularly, but he then only managed to make a handful of appearances at Lazio after joining them for the second half of last season. Gael Kakuta in action for Lazio last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday lunch of the Whittier Republican Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations call Carole Gardner at (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Women voters host immigration lawyer WHITTIER – Carl Shusterman, an immigration attorney, will speak at the 10 a.m. to noon Saturday annual brunch of the Whittier chapter of the League of Women Voters. The musical, “Plaid Tidings,” received two nominations: Best Musical in a Large Theater and Best Ensemble Performance. “These nominations are an excellent example of the outstanding cultural opportunities that La Mirada has to offer,” City Manager Andrea M. Travis said. The Ovation Awards honor local theaters for excellence in performing arts and draw national attention to the prominence and magnitude of theaters in the Los Angeles area. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at 7:30p.m. Nov. 12 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the event. For more information, call (714) 994-6150. Card players gather at park WHITTIER – Card lovers are invited to a fun morning of cards from 10-11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Adventure Park, 10130 Gunn Ave. The cost is free. For information, call (562) 698-7645. Fashion show in Montebello MONTEBELLO – The Beverly Hospital Guild is hosting its annual fashion show, “Stepping Into Fashion,” from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday at the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente. The public is invited for the social hour at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. Tickets are $40 per person. There will also be raffle prizes and modeling will be done by Beverly Hospital employees, doctors and Guild volunteers. For reservations, call (562) 695-2139. Family Fair’s last day is Oct. 24 WHITTIER – The popular Family Fair held from 5 to 9p.m. every Wednesday along Greenleaf Avenue between Adele and Philadelphia streets will continue through Oct. 24. The event features a certified farmers’ market, a food park area, craft and specialty item vendors, a children’s play area and live entertainment. Uptown district restaurants are open for dining and many of the retail shops are open for business. Free parking is available in many of the Uptown parking lots and parking for a fee is available at the parking structure on Bright Avenue. The fair is presented by the Whittier Uptown Association. For more information, call (562)696-2662. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It will be held at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 S. Washington Ave., Whittier. For information, call Margo Reeg at (562) 947-3634. La Mirada Theatre gets nominations LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Theatre for Performing Arts received seven nominations from the 2007 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. The theater’s production of “Greater Tuna” received five nominations, including Best Play in a Large Theater, Lead Actor nominations for Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Best Sound Design in a Large Theater for Ken Huncovsky and Best Costume Design in a Large Theater for Linda Fisher. last_img read more


first_imgThe Traveller’s Inn, Milford will host a Valentine’s night with a difference this weekend.The Milford venue, famous for good food, is stepping away from the traditional meal for two over a bottle of red and opting for a fun disco night for couples, friends and family to enjoy. Taking place on Saturday, 13th February, the theme for the evening is ‘Ladies in the Lounge with Lasagne and Wine’ and ‘Boys in the Bar with Burgers and Beer’.Food will be served in the lounge and bar until 9.30pm and costs €10 per person including one drink. Resident DJ Samioki will be playing all time classic disco music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s from 10pm to late.Early booking is advised for what promises to be a great night for singles and couples alike.Commenting on the Valentine’s event, owner of The Traveller’s Inn, Michael McBride, told Donegal Daily “We just wanted to do something a little bit different for Valentine’s night and that’s how we came up with the concept. “It’s the perfect night for couples and singles to meet up with their friends and family, enjoy a nice meal, have a great night and of course, the men and ladies will get a chance to mingle later in the evening.“We’ll also have our traditional menu available all weekend, so anyone looking for a more intimate meal will also have that option.”“Firmly established as one of the best restaurants in Donegal, The Traveller’s Inn is open for food every weekend from 12 – 9pm during the off peak season.”The menu boasts a great selection of meat, poultry and fish dishes and has a reputation for excellent flavour and big portion sizes.There’s live music every weekend and the venue hosts one of the best traditional Irish music sessions each Wednesday from 9.30pm.For more information on The Traveller’s Inn and to book for the ‘Valentine’s Night with a Twist’, call Michael or the team on 074 91 63499 or visit www.thetravellersinn.com . For special offers and promotions, visit The Traveller’s Inn Facebook page www.facebook.com/ traveller.inn.16.VALENTINE’S NIGHT WITH A TWIST AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT was last modified: February 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:BusinessnewsTraveller’s InnTwistValentine’s Nightlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is www.bni-scav.com. J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for its weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org.last_img read more

Why Chelsea are both right and wrong to sack Antonio Conte – fan opinion

first_img Chelsea won their sole Champions League trophy against all odds in 2012 Chelsea are an absolute basket case of a club, there’s no doubt about it. We sack the manager every other season, spend loads of money on some shocking players and incredulously continue to win major trophies.This has been our cycle for the past 15 years, but it doesn’t matter, we just keep winning.When we binned Mourinho for the first time, in 2007, we appointed Avram Grant and finished the season in the Champions League final, just one kick away from ultimate glory.When we got rid of Ancelotti in 2011, we once again made it to the final of Europe’s ultimate club competition within 12 months, this time winning it under Roberto Di Matteo to secure the greatest night in our history. Antonio Conte took over and led Chelsea to a second league title in three years Conte had a disappointing 2017/18 Premier League season as Chelsea finished fifth 4 It is not even three years since I was stood in the East Stand at Stamford Bridge, booing as Chelsea’s player names were read out ahead of the home game against Sunderland.The club were sitting 16th in the Premier League table and had just sacked the most successful manager in our history, Jose Mourinho, for the second time.Our supporters, myself included, lambasted the players on that day, just a few months after winning the Premier League title, and sung the name of the departed boss, demanding he be returned to his position.The following season it would all be forgotten about and we would be champions once again. Chelsea Football Club sacked their most successful ever manager (twice) as well as a legend of European football and a legend of Stamford Bridge, only to then go on and keep winning regardless.You cannot dispute that Chelsea are ‘wrong’ to treat our manager like this. The man has been fantastic for the club, bringing us back from the brink to astonishingly be crowned champions again. He deserves better.However you also cannot dispute that it’ll turn out to be ‘right’ for the club in the long run. Maurizio Sarri seems a worthy replacement and will undoubtedly get plenty of backing in the transfer market in order to restore us to English football’s elite.Chelsea are both right and wrong to sack Antonio Conte.It may be yet another moral lowlight in our history, but if it leads to more glorious highlights as before, then who are we to complain? 4 4 4 When we dumped Di Matteo just a few months later, Rafael Benitez took over and led us to a Europa League victory by the end of the season.And when we sacrificed the Special One once again, in 2015, we became champions under Antonio Conte the following season. Fast forward to the present day, and Chelsea have sacked Premier League and FA Cup-winning manager Antonio Conte after just two years in charge.It becomes the fifth time within the past 11 years that my club has parted ways with a boss idolised by the vast majority our supporters.Roman Abramovich has axed Jose Mourinho (2007), Carlo Ancelotti (2011), Roberto Di Matteo (2013), Mourinho again (2015) and now Conte (2018), much to the displeasure of the Stamford Bridge faithful.But, as much as it hurts to see another passionate talisman depart, I’ve now come to the realisation that it doesn’t really matter. Despite a lacklustre league campaign, Conte delivered Chelsea an FA Cup win in 2018 to go with his 2017 Premier League title last_img read more


first_imgA mother of five has been fined €500 after being caught trying to sell counterfeit CDs at a Donegal market.Donna Coyle was caught with more than 640 fake CDs at Lifford Sunday Market.Solicitor Donagh Cleary told Letterkenny District Court that his client had been in a relationship with a man whom was involved in the illegal copying of CDs. The relationship finished but she had all these CDs which she decided to sell.The court heard that Ms Coyle, from Strabane, was now making buns and pastries to sell to local shops to make a living.Judge Paul Kelly said the public constantly hear through the media about how much money is being lost because of such illegal counterfeiting practices.He fined Ms Coyle €500 which had been a previous bail bond when she had been arrested.MUM OF FIVE CAUGHT WITH MORE THAN 600 COUNTERFEIT CDS AT MARKET was last modified: January 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:counterfeit CDsDonna CoyleLifford Sunday Marketlast_img read more


first_imgMORE THAN one thousand commonage farmers from across Co Donegal have attended a meeting in protest at new rules being introduced.The farmers packed into the giant ballroom at Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel in the latest meeting organised to discuss the new procedures.Chairman for the night Henry O’Donnell said: “The meeting is to support for the farmers in the west and to let farmers in Donegal know how serious the situation is for the future of their farm payments.” Commonage farmers – farmers who share lands between them – are protesting over proposed new policies being introduced for collective agreement on commonages and the GLAS environmental scheme for farmers.“The problems which we are facing here in Donegal are identical to those experienced by the farmer who turned up at the Westport meeting,” said Henry.“At the meeting it was outlined that the proposed collective agreement on commonages could not work for farmers. It would mean that one farmer would be responsible for the actions of his neighbour and could be penalised for the other farmers’ actions.“It also emerged that farmers would be denied priority access to the GLAS environmental scheme if less than 50% of the commonage shareholders did not sign up to collective agreement.” The regulations are seen as unworkable.Farmers from throughout Donegal spoke out at the meeting last night, demanding the regulations are scrapped.1,000 FARMERS IN DONEGAL PROTEST AT NEW COMMONAGE RULES was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:commonageIFAletterkennynew ruleslast_img read more

Western Conference playoff picture coming into focus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Galaxy’s playoff scenarios: A victory over the Earthquakes and a Dallas loss to the Wizards would mean second place and a game at Dallas next weekend to open a two-game first-round series. Whether the game would be played Saturday or Sunday will be determined by the national television schedule, If the Galaxy ties Dallas for second in the West – beating San Jose and Dallas playing K.C. to a draw – Dallas wins on the tiebreaker because of regular-season goal differential. The Galaxy would finish third and play host to Dallas in next weekend’s playoff opener. The Galaxy also would finish third if its game is a draw or if it wins and Dallas wins. If San Jose wins, the Galaxy and Colorado would tie for third, and the Rapids would get the edge on goal differential. The Galaxy would open at home against the Earthquakes. “Everyone’s been talking about playoff positioning and whatnot,” Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas said. “It’s sort out of our hands. But at the same time, we’re playing a team in our home that we’re more than likely to face at some point of the playoffs. We need to keep setting the tone that they’re not going to win in our building, and it’s important that we play well so that it’s in the back of their minds that they still haven’t won here (this season). CARSON – It’s come down to the final weekend of the regular season, and the Galaxy still is wondering where it will be in next week’s first round of the Major League Soccer playoffs. The Western Conference playoff qualifiers have been determined, but nobody knows how they’ll stack up for postseason. The San Jose Earthquakes – the Galaxy’s opponent tonight at Home Depot Center – has clinched the conference title and the MLS Supporters Shield (best regular-season record), but its playoff opener could be played in Denver or Carson. Second-place FC Dallas has 47 points, followed by the Galaxy and Colorado Rapids with 45. The Rapids closed their regular season with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, and FC Dallas is home against Kansas City today at 5 p.m. center_img The Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes 2-1 at Home Depot Center on May 21. San Jose won both MLS meetings at Spartan Stadium, but the Galaxy won on the road in the U.S. Open Cup. “Second place is still up for grabs,” said Vagenas, a former St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge and UCLA star. “If we get three points, then obviously it’s a huge game for us, because we want second place.” Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said his team’s approach will be no different than at any point this season, despite the added urgency and muddled playoff picture. “Certainly, a win could potentially put us in second place, which would give us home-field advantage in the first round and possibly the second round, depending on what happens,” he said. “It’s up to us to try and keep the same mentality and to play to win.” The playoff format calls for a two-game, total goals first-round series, with the higher seed home for the second game. The conference final and MLS Cup are one-game affairs. MLS Cup will be played Nov. 13 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Larry Morgan, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 larry.morgan@sgvn.com 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