Pattaya United ended their two match goal drought in style last Sunday with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Khonkaen at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi. 4Bangkok Glass2913791146 10Sisaket289109-137 8Police United2810108040 11Thai Port2810711-337 Results: (Sat 03/12) Police United 0 v 2 Muang Thong United, Bangkok Glass 2 v 0 BEC Tero Sasana, TOT 1 v 0 Sriracha, Chonburi 2 v 1 Army United; (Sun 04/12) Thai Port 1 v 1 Chiangrai United, Osotspa 2 v 1 Sisaket, TTM Phichit 1 v 2 Siam Navy, Pattaya United 3 v 0 Khonkaen, Buriram PEA 3 v 0 Samut Songkhram. 6Pattaya United3011109643 9Chiangrai United3010911-339 5Osotspa28101351243 United were given a scare early in the first half when the visitors hit the United crossbar with a thundering free-kick, but it was the closest Khonkaen would come to scoring as United began to exert their dominance over the struggling Isaan outfit.United striker Ludovick Takam shields the ball from a Khonkaen defender during the second half of their match at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi, Sunday, Dec. 4. (Photo/Ariyawat Nuamsawat) 7BEC Tero Sasana2812412440 Pos.TeamPWDL+/-Pts. 2Chonburi2716742755 13TTM Phichit288614-1730 17Sriracha275814-1223 12Army United298912133 14Samut Songkhram2861012-1628 The ‘Dolphins’ would however have to wait till the second half to make the breakthrough when Krissana Taiwan capitalized on some sloppy Khonkaen defending to volley the ball home from close range in the 49th minute.The game was effectively put out of reach when Ludovick broke clear from a long through-ball to slot the ball past the keeper and give United a two goal cushion, and the same player widened the margin late on with a smart finish from 12 yards out.United, with four matches remaining, lie in sixth place in the league standings. This coming Sunday they take on local rivals Chonburi FC at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi, kick-off at 6 p.m.Thai Premier League Standings December 4 15TOT289118-2728 1Buriram PEA2821614369 3Muang Thong United2616732755 18Khonkaen295717-2922 16Siam Navy297517-2326
MIGUEL JUAREZ staff der=0 bgcolor=”#d0d0d0″>p1_xlg.jpg’,306,251)”> MIGUEL JUAREZ staff Keansburg’s William Moran returns a shot during the Monmouth County Flights Tournament on Saturday at Middletown’s Tindall Park.
By Ian ChadbandChelsea will begin 2015 protecting a three-point lead in the Premier League title race but will heed the words of their grand old striker Didier Drogba who warns that it is simply not enough.“We start again a new championship,” boomed the Ivorian, as Chelsea prepared to visit their fierce London rivals Tottenham on New Year’s Day, with champions Manchester City, at home against Sunderland, still snapping at their heels.Everything bodes well for Jose Mourinho’s soaring side, not least the fact that on the seven previous occasions his teams have been leading their respective leagues at Christmas, they have always gone on to take the title.Mourinho’s faithful old lieutenant Drogba, though, believes it will have to be a particularly special achievement for the ‘Special One’ to maintain that extraordinary sequence.“I think it’s going to be tough,” Drogba said, reflecting on how Chelsea’s one-time eight-point lead has been whittled down.Indeed, if City had not blown a 2-0 lead on Boxing Day to draw with Burnley, there would have now been only one point separating the leaders.“We knew it was not over. A few years ago, I think we were 11 or 12 points in front of Man United and then they won the league,” Drogba said.“So eight points or nine points – I don’t know how many points we had on top of Man City – I think it is not enough.“I think now we start again a new championship. I think the game is on.”Mourinho, happy to play up any conspiracy theory if it helps strengthen his players’ indignation, claimed after the draw at Southampton that a campaign to portray his team as divers was costing them crucial points.Still, he could hardly be starting the year at a happier hunting ground, Chelsea’s domination over Spurs having been so pronounced in the Premier League era that their fans like to think of Tottenham’s White Hart Lane home as ‘Three Point Lane’.Against Sunderland, City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to avoid a repeat of what he felt was complacency in the Burnley slip-up.Manchester United, seven points behind their city neighbours in third place, visit Stoke City while the New Year match of the day could be at St Mary’s where Southampton and Arsenal, fourth and fifth respectively on 33 points, lock horns.
“The team is pretty confident. They are saying that they are looking forward to stepping up to make the difference that we need to close off this victory,” Waite said. He added: ” While we are confident, we do not expect this to be an easy game as they are the number one team and they are playing at home. We expect it to be physical because they (Humble Lion) have to do everything possible to get back in it. We are ahead, so it is for them now to try to be level with us to begin with, so it will be hard work for both teams.” Marvin Morgan, Vishinul Harris and man of the moment Fabian Reid have been key players for Arnett Gardens in this stage of the competition and they will need to report in similar form and be backed up by the likes of captain O’Neil Thompson, a focused Renae Lloyd and Kemal Malcolm. Humble Lion have, perhaps, the deepest team in the league and will be relying on Francois Swaby, Levaughn Williams, the crafty Wolry Wolfe and Hugh Howell to anchor their midfield. PRETTY CONFIDENT Today’s game One finalist of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League will be decided today at the third time of asking when Humble Lion and Arnett Gardens meet at Effortville Community Centre. After last week’s 11-minute teaser of an attempt at the second leg, both teams will do it today for real and the Donovan Duckie, coach of home team Humble Lion, believes that they are much more prepared for battle now. This after suffering a 1-2 loss away in the first leg. “We are ready and waiting now. I think the additional week has not hurt us and the good thing is that, at least, last week we started the game and played a bit. Before that, we were idle for quite a bit while Arnett Gardens were coming off two big games. That made them more prepared because no amount of simulation can count as the real thing,” explained Duckie whose team ended the regular season with most points and collected a $1m bonus prize. While his team was affected, like most of the island, by the inclement weather, Duckie said he ‘pushed his team to the max’ in training. “The preparations have been good despite the inclement weather. Everyone is fit and ready. We know what we have to do. It is a do or die. They are very focused and are mentally ready,” added Duckie, who is gunning to give Humble Lion their first hold on the title. Jerome Waite, coach of Arnett Gardens and the man who has led them to three of their four titles, including their last success in 2015, is similarly confident. – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens – Effortville Community Centre
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An earthquake rattled the Los Angeles area early Thursday, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck just before 1 a.m. about 4 miles from Chatsworth. The quick jolt was felt by residents across Los Angeles County and knocked items off shelves and walls in some homes. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Chatsworth is about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. In Santa Clarita, city and county inspectors shut down the Whites Canyon Road Bridge that spans the Santa Clara River from Soledad Canyon Road and Via Princessa. They wanted to take a close look at joints following the 4.5 temblor this morning. Other bridges throughout the city also are being inspected, city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBrown visited British troops stationed at their base outside Basra last week and announced then that 1,000 of them would be coming home. But that declaration, apparently aimed at a possible general election next month, backfired after Brown was accused of playing politics. It also turned out that some of the 1,000 he described as being withdrawn were already home, and others had already been announced as heading home. In his formal statement to Parliament, Brown said a decision would be made in the spring as to how long the reduced force of 2,500 would remain in Iraq. At a briefing at the Foreign Office after Brown’s statement, a senior British official said of the final 2,500 troops that “there was no guarantee they will be there beyond the end of 2008.” The official said Britain was on a “glide path” of irreversible reductions. The official spoke on condition of anonymity under Foreign Office rules. In his response to Brown in Parliament, the leader of the opposition Conservative party, David Cameron, seemed to sum up the content of Brown’s statement, saying: “Now the troops are coming home.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the House of Commons on Monday that he would remove half of the 5,000 British troops in Iraq by next spring, and he left open the strong possibility that all British soldiers would leave Iraq by the end of 2008. Brown said the cuts were possible because of what he described as the progress made in training Iraqi security forces. He described the situation in Basra in southern Iraq, where the British troops are based, as calmer. Since President George W. Bush has made clear that U.S. troops will remain heavily committed in Iraq at least through his administration’s end in January 2009, it appears that the tight alliance on Iraq forged between Brown’s predecessor, Tony Blair, and Bush is unraveling. Indeed, a hallmark of Brown’s three months as prime minister has been the relative distance he has established from the U.S. president. The timetable of reductions appears to fit neatly into the calculus of a British general election that is now expected to be in 2009. Britain’s role as America’s largest coalition partner has been highly unpopular among voters, and as Brown spoke, thousands of protesters massed outside Parliament chanting slogans calling for immediate withdrawal.
FRIDAY Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 625-5045. Mariachi concert, noon, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca?ada Flintridge. Free with admission. Call (818) 949-7980. Old Navy Canine Casting Call, noon-4 p.m., Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Family Night at Sparr Heights Community Center, 5-7 p.m., 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Cost $2. Call (818) 548-2187. Nightwalk, 7:15-9:30 p.m., Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. Bring jacket and flashlight. $13 nonmembers, $10 members. Call (818) 949-7980. Volcanoes On Many Worlds discussion, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pierce College Campus Center, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Free. Trail to the Stars Night Hike, 8 p.m., Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Free. $5 parking fee. Call (310) 454-1395, Ext. 106. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Arsene Wenger is again facing calls to leave his post as Arsenal manager and it is even money that he goes before the last game of the season.In the Premier League this weekend, Liverpool host Tottenham – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – and the Reds are 6/5 favourites to win at Anfield, while the visitors are 23/10.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Mauricio Pellegrino has called for Southampton to bounce back from their midweek cup elimination and continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.Saints go to second-placed Huddersfield on Saturday having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup at home to Sky Bet Championship Wolves on Wednesday.The trip to West Yorkshire – which follows a draw against Swansea and a victory over West Ham at St Mary’s – will be manager Pellegrino’s first away game in charge of the club.He is optimistic of an improved performance from his players.“I’ve got the confidence that we will change,” said Pellegrino. “We have to react.“Sometimes in this level when you are not focused for five or 10 minutes you are gone, and we have to learn from Wednesday and keep going.“Obviously, we want to bounce back.“We know we have to improve on Wednesday night and use as a reference our first two games in the Premier League.“We have to prepare well but we are professional and prepared to compete.”Saints will once again be without want-away Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, but there could be a debut for his compatriot and fellow centre-back Wesley Hoedt following his arrival from Lazio.Pellegrino believes David Wagner’s Terriers will provide a stern test at the John Smith’s Stadium as they attempt to record a third-successive top-flight victory.“We know that we will have in front of us a difficult game,” the Argentinian added.“Huddersfield won the last two games and we know it will be really difficult on this pitch.“They are an intelligent team with the ball and without the ball.” Mauricio Pellegrino 1