Jane Doe case stalls

first_imgPICO RIVERA – As far as cold cases go, this one is starting to ice over.More than a month and a week after some young people in Pico Rivera stumbled across two plastic bags containing parts of a woman’s body dumped at a street curb here, the investigation remains frozen, stuck by the fact that investigators have so far been unable to learn the victim’s identity.And without that, investigators say, the hunt for her killer or killers has been a non-starter.“There are as many frustrations (in the case) as your imagination can fathom,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department cold-case investigator Sgt. Rich Longshore.Without at least a name to go on, “we can’t even take the first step of piecing together the last few days” of the victim’s life, he added.Three days after the Sept. 30 discovery of the woman’s arms, legs and head inside the two black plastic bags dumped on Lexington-Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera, a torso matching those remains turned up in a trash bin in Los Angeles.But the now-recovered body remains listed as Jane Doe in the morgue of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.“With skeletal and extremely decomposed remains, we have nothing to go on,” said Gilda Tolbert, a coroner’s cold-case investigator.The case is among hundreds involving as-yet unidentified bodies coroner’s officials are working to identify. Each year, Tolbert said, her agency deals with 350 to 400 such cases.Los Angeles coroner’s investigators list the cases on the agency’s Web site, coroner.co.la.ca.us.They also work with forensic experts and check state missing-persons lists. Forensic artists are sometimes able to create drawings of a victim, using a skull or a reconstruction of a skull.Investigators also try to match victims to a list of missing persons provided by the California Department of Justice. The Los Angeles Coronor’s Office also has a DNA database of missing persons. Using DNA collected from families who have reported a relative missing, officials are sometimes able to match the DNA with a Jane or John Doe.Coroner’s offices throughout the state collect DNA samples from unidentified bodies and send them to the database.While the dismembered woman found in Pico Rivera is proving a tough case to crack, a recent and similar case in Mammoth Lakes might give local investigators some hope.There, investigators are tracing the movements of a women whose skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave in 2003.After a series of DNA and bone tests completed by anthropologists and other scientists, Mammoth Lakes Police Department Sgt. Paul Dostie learned the woman was a Zapotec Indian from Mexico.He later discovered other information that traced her likely birthplace to the Southwestern United States or northern Mexico. She also is believed to have lived in southern Mexico before moving to California, where she was slain, Dostie said.Dostie believes investigators now are much closer to solving the case than they were in 2003.“Eventually, I hope that hooking up law enforcement with anthropologists can set a new protocol for dealing with human remains,” said Dostie. [email protected](562)698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Induced Stem Cells Get Faster, Better, Cheaper

first_imgScientists have not only made the production of induced pluripotent stem cells much more efficient, but also have made them just as capable as embryonic stem cells of being able to produce any cell type.They keep getting better and better: induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs.  How’s this sound: “made with near perfect efficiency” (Nature News).  Science Daily adds that the process has sped up from 1% to 100%.  It’s gone from a “frustratingly slow” process in the past to a technique now promising rapid production of the pluripotent cells for ethically-safe regenerative medicine.  Researchers at the Weizmann Institute found a protein acting like a “molecular brake” that was holding them back.  Instead of getting 1 iPSC cell out of a hundred in four weeks, every cell can be made pluripotent within one week thanks to the new discovery.  Science Magazine cautioned that removal of that protein will have to be tested for other effects, but the news is hopeful.  There’s even more hope, Science Daily said:As an added bonus, since the cells all underwent the reprograming at the same rate, the scientists will now be able, for the first time, to actually follow it step by step and reveal its mechanisms of operation. Hanna points out that his team’s achievement was based on research into the natural pathways of embryonic development: “Scientists investigating reprograming can benefit from a deeper understanding of how embryonic stem cells are produced in nature. After all, nature still makes them best, in the most efficient manner.“Skip the side dish:  What if iPSCs could be induced while still inside the body?  That would skip the petri dish altogether.  Scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center have done it, Science Daily says: induced “embryonic” stem cells right inside living mice, meaning that they are not just “pluripotent” (able to turn into many cell types) but “totipotent” (able to turn into any cell type), just like the embryonic kind.Researchers have also discovered that these embryonic stem cells, obtained directly from the inside of the organism, have a broader capacity for differentiation than those obtained via in vitro culture. Specifically, they have the characteristics of totipotent cells: a primitive state never before obtained in a laboratory.What this suggests is that cells in living tissue could be induced into their embryonic state and coaxed into organs to rebuild them.  “We can now start to think about methods for inducing regeneration locally and in a transitory manner for a particular damaged tissue,” a team member said.  Additionally, the induced cells can be removed for study in the petri dish if needed.Though treatments inside the body are a ways off, this achievement offers hope for amazing cures down the road, coaxing the body’s own cells to rebuild and restore damaged organs.  PhysOrg described how the body uses 3-D signals to guide stem cells into position.  Mastering that code will allow doctors to put the cells right where they are needed.Untold numbers of human embryos have been spared thanks to the groundbreaking achievement of Shinya Yamanaka in 2006, who figured out how to make iPSCs (8/25/06).  The progress since then has been accelerating, as these new reports show.  Just as good as embryonic stem cells without the ethical infractions, iPSCs are the cells to watch in the coming years.  Imagine restoring hearts, bones, livers, and much more with your own cells!  You can help by urging your representatives to support research with adult stem cells, and to deny funding for research with human embryos.  iPSCs sound almost too good to be true; but so far, they are true, and are getting better with each new discovery.  And what are we discovering?  Not evolution, but the sophisticated design in living cells. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 months agoBristol City boss Johnson admits big interest for Liverpool, Man Utd target Kelly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bristol City boss Johnson admits big interest for Liverpool, Man Utd target Kellyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBristol City boss Lee Johnson admits there’s growing interest in England Under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly.Liverpool are among Premier League clubs keen, along with Manchester United and Tottenham.Johnson said, “Of course, there is (interest).”If you’re a Premier League club and you’re not interested in Lloyd Kelly, you’re not doing your recruitment right. Twenty years old, playing for England and can play multiple positions.”Whether someone pushes the button on it is a different matter. I guarantee, statistically and with the eye, every Premier League club would’ve had a look.” last_img read more

Six Key Stats On The Warriors vs Cavs ReReRematch

* With a minimum 12 games played. Share is out of possessions the team had while that player was on the court.Possession share includes possessions used via field goal attempts, drawing fouls, turning the ball over, passing for assists and extending possessions with offensive rebounds.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2017Cavaliers1691Warriors18509.6 Unfortunately for LeBron James and the Cavs, though, none of the underdogs on the list above ended up winning the championship. That’s because the NBA Finals are particularly unkind to underdogs. We can split hairs about how much of a favorite Golden State should be, but no matter how you slice it, upsets of this magnitude basically never happen on this stage.LeBron James’s share of team possessionsJames has built an entire career out of doing everything for his teams: scoring, distributing, rebounding, defending and countless other little on-court acts that help you win games. But in these playoffs, his workload is approaching a level that’s unprecedented even by his standards.Through a combination of shooting, ball handling and rebounding, LeBron has personally been responsible for about 38 percent of the Cavs’ possessions when he’s on the floor in these playoffs. The only player (minimum 12 games played) who’s handled a higher percentage of possessions in any postseason since the merger? James himself in his 2015 playoff campaign, when he nearly willed an undermanned Cavs squad past the Warriors: 200176ers1592Lakers17687.8% 1993Michael JordanCHI38. 2003Nets1624Spurs174615.1 2013Carmelo AnthonyNYK38.09.32.535.7 2018Cavaliers1611Warriors171019.6 2016Russell WestbrookOKC34.352.46.936.7 1999Knicks1631Spurs174516.5 1992Michael JordanCHI37.128.34.935.7 The biggest NBA Finals underdogs since 1977According to probabilities generated by pre-series Elo ratings 2014Russell WestbrookOKC34.340.57.335.6 2018James HardenHOU36.735.92.537.2 UnderdogFavorite 1996SuperSonics1695Bulls183212.8 Source: Basketball-Reference.com Last summer, we speculated that the NBA was getting more interesting, if not more competitive. That premise ended up mostly holding true this season: Although it’s Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals once again, their fourth consecutive rendezvous was also nearly called off. The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics helped make the Warriors and Cavs work harder to get here than they ever had to before.1The two teams played 35 combined games to get through the conference playoffs, the most they’ve had to play in any of their preceding Finals runs. Another rematch looked far from inevitable just a handful of days ago — that part was interesting! (As long as you put aside the generally lopsided nature of most games this postseason.)Now we’re left with the matchup that has become as much a part of late spring as commencement speeches and pollen allergies. And although this year’s version contains many of the same characters as earlier sequels, there are just enough possibilities here to keep things, well, interesting — albeit probably still not competitive. Here are six numbers to keep an eye on as we see whether the Warriors can hang onto their title, or if the Cavs can shock the world again.The Vegas oddsIs this the biggest NBA Finals mismatch ever? According to the Las Vegas bookmakers, it’s in the conversation. The Westgate SuperBook installed the Warriors as 1-to-10 favorites going into the series, which translates to about an 89 percent probability of winning after adjusting for the vigorish. Using the archived numbers at SportsOddsHistory.com, which go back to the 1998-99 season, the only Finals matchup more lopsided than this one came in 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers had an implied 94 percent probability of beating the Philadelphia 76ers. (The Lakers ended up cruising to victory in five games.)Our own Elo model is slightly more optimistic about the Cavs’ chances. Based on both teams’ pre-series ratings, Cleveland has roughly a 20 percent probability of beating the Warriors. (Our interactive model gives the Cavs a slightly better chance because it takes into account things that Elo alone ignores, including playoff experience and travel distance.) That’s still the eighth-lowest of any Finals underdog since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger, but it’s actually about double what the Cavs’ odds were heading into last year’s Finals — and only a bit worse than Cleveland’s 27 percent probability before the 2016 Finals (which they won, of course, in one of the greatest upsets in NBA history). LeBron’s workload is historic (again)Largest share of team possessions an individual player was responsible for in the playoffs,* 1977-2018 2003Allen IversonPHI36.736.02.536.2 2002Nets1601Lakers171716.2 2009LeBron JamesCLE36.439.54.337.0 2014Heat1638Spurs173020.9 1981Rockets1573Celtics166820.4 2018LeBron JamesCLE35.946.73.637.6 SeasonTeamElo RatingTeamElo RatingUnderdog Win % 2015LeBron JamesCLE37.645.24.9%38.8% SeasonPlayerTeamUsage %Assist %Off. Reb. %Poss. % 1986Rockets1640Celtics18078.7 The bad news for James is that his supporting cast this season is even worse than it was that year (or in any of his other NBA Finals seasons, 2007 included). So he’ll need to keep shouldering this historic workload through the Finals if the Cavs are to have any shot at winning. James is a superhuman athlete, but between his 41.3 minutes per game, his 38 percent possession usage on offense and his likely defensive responsibilities — according to Second Spectrum, no Cavalier defended Kevin Durant for more possessions in last year’s Finals than James did — it’s fair to wonder how much more of this The King can handle before running out of gas.The Warriors’ assist-to-turnover ratioMy colleague Chris Herring once described the Warriors’ offense as “beautiful chaos,” a system of intricate off-ball screens designed to spring their many skilled shooters free for open shots. In order to work properly, though, that offensive machine requires a lot of patient and precise ball movement, which Golden State has had a bad habit of getting away from at times this year. While the Warriors did lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio during the regular season, they frequently fell victim to stagnant offensive motion and careless passing against the Rockets, who held Golden State to a ridiculously low 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the three games Houston won during the Western Conference finals — a mark that would have easily been the NBA’s worst during the regular season.Of course, the Warriors had a sky-high 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the games they won over Houston, a sign of how well their offense still functions when it really clicks. But replicating that will also mean cutting out another of the bad habits Golden State slid into against the Rockets: too much iso-ball with Durant. Nobody runs more isolation plays than Houston, and somehow James Harden and friends convinced the normally free-flowing Warriors to do the same, with ugly results. After running only 11.0 isolations per 100 possessions during the regular season (according to Second Spectrum), the Warriors were up to an astounding 28.5 per 100 in the West final. Durant is a brilliant 1-on-1 player, and sometimes that type of offense is unavoidable, but the Warriors are at their best when these plays are selectively mixed in amid the beautiful chaos — not when they’re the centerpiece of the attack.The Cavaliers’ 3-point percentageAs I’ve written before, Cleveland is abnormally reliant on 3-point shooting to power its streaky offense — and to compensate for a defense that ranked next-to-last in efficiency during the regular season. In the postseason, the Cavs’ 3-point percentage has been 10.5 percentage points higher during wins than during losses (unsurprising from the team that had the league’s biggest regular-season gap). When the shots are falling, Cleveland can beat anybody. But it’s anybody’s guess as to whether that will be true on any given night.Nobody typifies this Cavs phenomenon more than Kyle Korver and JR Smith, a pair whose value is almost completely dependent on how well they shoot the basketball. In playoff wins this season, they’re shooting a combined 47 percent from downtown; in losses, that figure drops to 26 percent. This might be a chicken-and-egg thing: Do the Cavs win because Korver and Smith shoot better, or do Korver and Smith shoot better because the offense is working better overall? There could be something circular there. But it’s telling that the quality of looks the pair gets (as measured by Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality) barely changes between wins and losses — rather, the difference is almost entirely driven by big fluctuations in shot-making after controlling for the difficulty of their shots.That makes the Cavaliers dangerous (and frustrating) for fans and haters alike. Although the Cavs’ hot-and-cold shooting touch might not matter as much against a team as talented as the Warriors — Cleveland got demolished in last year’s finals despite matching Golden State’s 3-point percentage — one of the Cavs’ best paths to victory rests in one of their patented hot streaks.Golden State’s third-quarter runsAs our ESPN colleague Baxter Holmes wrote earlier this month, one of the Warriors’ deadliest weapons is their ability to go on a devastating run in the blink of an eye that buries opponents before they even know what hit them. Although it can strike at any time, it often manifests itself right after the team emerges from the locker room for the second half: Golden State’s third-quarter scoring margin during the regular season was 199 points better than that of any other team in the league.2In other words, the difference between the Warriors’ third-quarter scoring margin and that of the next-best team would itself rank second in the league in third-quarter scoring margin! And in the playoffs, the Warriors have outscored opponents by 130 total points in third quarters, versus only 20 points in every other quarter combined. In Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals, the Rockets watched their season slip away largely on the strength of massive runs staged by the Warriors during the third quarter.To a certain extent, there isn’t much that Cleveland — or anyone — can do to combat the Warriors’ quick-strike tendencies. But for a Cavs team prone to wildly up-and-down sequences of play (both from game to game and within the same contest), keeping Golden State from being able to capitalize on vulnerable moments will be a victory in itself. (For what it’s worth, the Cavs actually outscored the Warriors by 4 points in the third quarters of the 2016 finals.)Two deadly lineups?A decent chunk of the Warriors’ dominance over the past half-decade stems from the success of a few specific five-man units — matchup nightmares for whom opponents have no good answer. That has carried over into these playoffs, in which the so-called “Hamptons Five” lineup of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala (who will miss Game 1 of the finals but could be available later on), Klay Thompson and Durant has outscored foes by 22.9 points per 100 possessions thus far. In concert with Golden State’s switch-heavy defensive scheme, the versatility and length of that group ensures that the Warriors don’t suffer defensively even while playing their top offensive players together.But the Cavaliers have a lineup that has somehow been even more effective in the playoffs than the Hamptons Five (although in fewer minutes): The group of James, Smith, Jeff Green, George Hill and Tristan Thompson, which is outscoring opponents by 25.7 points per 100 possessions during the postseason so far.Lineup data is so noisy that there’s no guarantee that a given group’s apparent synergy in the past will carry over into the future. But that’s all part of the bargain with this Cavaliers team. Since they remade their roster at midseason, they’ve been using the playoffs as a lineup laboratory of sorts, searching for the group that works best together — and it’s still a work in progress. None of Cleveland’s other common postseason lineups (among those that have played at least 50 minutes together) are in the same neighborhood as the group above, though, while Golden State has four separate combinations (including the Hamptons Five) that rank higher than the Cavs’ second-best unit of James, Hill, Smith, Korver and Kevin Love.When you’re as heavy an underdog as the Cavs are, experimentation might be the best option, so we’ll see what group(s) coach Tyronn Lue turns to as the series takes shape.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Keeping Braxton Miller safe in line of duty

Ohio State football appears to have settled on a quarterback in freshman Braxton Miller. So the question the team now faces is how to protect him. During his first career start for OSU, Miller was sacked three times and dealt several other hits during OSU’s 37-17 Saturday win against Colorado. Miller, who was visibly shaken after some of the hits, didn’t look any worse for the wear as he addressed media after the game. But that could change if the he continues to suffer physical punishment. The Buckeyes’ offensive line had their hands full with Colorado, which had blitzed opposing quarterbacks 64 times in its first three games, according to OSU senior center Michael Brewster. The defensive pressure figures to intensify for Brewster and Miller as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Michigan State, which leads the nation in total and pass defense. “We knew (Colorado) was going to give us a lot of different looks,” Brewster said. “We wish it (the offensive line) would have been a little cleaner, but sometimes you’ve got to adjust on the run. If we clean it up, we’ll take some more hits off (Miller).” Brewster added that Miller could help reduce the chance of injury, saying, “Maybe he’ll learn how to slide.” The offensive line will have to adjust to its tactics to suit Miller’s style as well. Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said that Miller was unpredictable while practicing in the days leading up to his first career start. “This week in practice (Miller) would be rolling out and you’d just never know,” Mewhort said. “We’ll go back and watch the film and we’ll correct some things.” Some of the beating Miller appeared to take on Saturday can be attributed to his 17 rushing attempts. Miller finished the game with 83 rushing yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. First-year head coach Luke Fickell said that he didn’t expect Miller to run and scramble as much as he did in the quarterback’s first start. “Probably not … you’ve got some ideas about of what’s going to happen,” Fickell said. “And probably some of those (runs), he made the decision to run a little quicker, maybe.” Miller said that he will continue to take advantage of any openings he sees in opposing defenses and won’t shy away from running the ball. “Holes open up,” Miller said. “And if nobody’s open, I’m going to take off, get the yards because that’s what my team needs.” Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman said that he believes Miller has performed well in three games he’s played this year. On the year, Miller has attempted 29 passes against 30 rushing attempts. Bollman said he’d like to see Miller throw the ball and, like Brewster, slide to avoid contact. “I’ll be just as excited when he sits back there in the pocket and throws one down there like he should too,” Bollman said. With 145 rushing yards on the year, Miller is OSU’s third-leading rusher. Fickell and Bollman might choose to favor Miller’s arm and throwing ability for the sake of the rest of his body. “How do you totally diminish (Miller’s rushing attempts) — you don’t want to diminish it entirely,” Bollman said. Bollman said the threat of a mix of rush and pass attempts by Miller is a valuable asset to the team. For now, Buckeye Nation can rest assured knowing that Miller survived his first start, despite the hits he took. “Braxton’s a tough kid,” Mewhort said. “He’ll bounce right back, so that was good to see.” Saturday’s game against the Spartans is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. read more

Harry Kane disappointed with World Cup Golden Boot

first_imgHe may have won the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot award, but Harry Kane was still disappointed to have only scored six times at RussiaThe 24-year-old captained England to their first semi-final appearance at the World Cup since 1990 and scored six goals in the process to beat the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku to win the highly-coveted Golden Boot award.While the Three Lions’ journey ended in their 2-1 defeat to first-time finalists Croatia in the last four of the competition, the performance of Gareth Southgate’s side has earned strong reviews after exceeding expectations.But it turns out that Kane doesn’t share the English public feelings over the World Cup, something which pleases his Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.“He’s very disappointed about his World Cup,” said the Argentine, according to Goal.“He arrived back in London [from Russia] on the Sunday, and on the Tuesday he was at the training ground, spending five hours with myself and Jesus [Perez, Pochettino’s assistant].Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“I congratulated him and he said: ‘No, gaffer, I am really disappointed, I should have scored more goals’.“I said: ‘But you won the Golden Boot’. He said: ‘Yes, but gaffer, I’m disappointed’.“Being fourth and reaching the semi-finals was not enough [for Kane]. I love, love, love this energy and desire, that it’s not enough to be fourth in the World Cup. It’s not enough to finish second or third or play in the Champions League.“I love it when a player feels that desire and wants to come in and spend time with us after the World Cup.“All the people praise him and he’s a big star, but Tuesday he was there sharing time with us. That is so very Harry.”Tottenham will begin their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United this Saturday.last_img read more

Football must remain open Guram Kashia

first_imgThe winner of the UEFA Equal Game award made a stand for diversity that causes many problems for him in his native GeorgiaGeorgian international Guram Kashia made a statement this year: he stood up for the rights of the LGBT communities.The United States’ San Jose Earthquakes player, while captaining SBV Vitesse in the Netherlands, wore an armband with the rainbow colors.And this brought a lot of problems to him back home in the ex-Soviet republic.But he stood his ground up and was able to continue his work on the field without problems.“I would like to thank [UEFA] for giving me this award,” Kashia said to the UEFA’s official website.“I was really surprised to receive the award, but I’m really grateful.”gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Football connects people, it brings so much happiness and excitement,” he added.“I believe football has a great power to gather people together – it doesn’t matter what color you are, what kind of lifestyle you have, and who you are.”Guram Kashia has been presented with the #EqualGame award for his courageous public stand for equality ?️‍???❤️Here’s what he had to say… pic.twitter.com/JAt1r7MGR8— UEFA (@UEFA) August 30, 2018last_img read more

Van Dijk Salah has just been unlucky

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk feels that luck is all that is missing for Mohamed Salah to reach the same levels as last seasonThe Egyptian forward’s somewhat slow start to the new campaign has left some observers suggesting that he may have been a one-season wonder, which was furiously denied by Liverpool legend John Barnes.Despite Salah managing just three goals in seven Premier League games though, Van Dijk is certain that ability-wise his teammate is as great as ever.“We are seven games in and Mo’s working hard. He’s still the same Mo, and he needs a bit of luck as well,” said Van Dijk, according to The Guardian.“I’m not worried at all, and he should not be worried either. We do it all together, we’ll always be there for him and he’ll deliver as well.“He had a tough game against Chelsea [in a 1-1 draw], but it’s part of football.”Bittersweet. Tomorrow we go again. Big tings a gwan!! Let’s go!! pic.twitter.com/2Ho2TxgTfvRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) September 28, 2018But, while Salah struggles, another forward in Daniel Sturridge has managed to recapture his best form after scoring a late equaliser for Liverpool against Chelsea on Saturday.Now Van Dijk hopes that Sturridge will earn a recall into the England squad.“I don’t think there should be any doubt [he’s good enough],” Van Dijk said. “But it’s all about the manager [Gareth Southgate], he made the choices.“But I know what he’s capable of, how good he can be and when he’s at his best, by playing against him and seeing him in training with the hard work that he puts in and the positivity that he brings as well.“But it’s the manager’s choice and I hope for the best for him.”last_img read more

Rodgers looks to the positives of Celtics 20 loss to RB

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers believes that his side can beat RB Leipzig in their return fixture, despite falling to a 2-0 defeat to the Germans on Thursday nightThe Scottish champions were made to do without several key players through either injuries or suspension at the Red Bull Arena with goals from Matheus Cunha and Bruma earning Leipzig a 2-0 win.The result leaves Celtic third in Group B of the Europa League with only three points from in as many games.However, Celtic did get off to a bright start in Germany and Rodgers is sticking to the positives ahead of what is a must-win game in the return fixture with Leipzig on November 8 at Glasgow.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’ve seen enough to know we can win at home,” Rodgers told BBC Scotland.“We know if we’re going to have any aspirations of coming out of the group then it’s a game we have to win.”Defensive errors on the night proved to be Celtic’s downfall with the side having only kept five clean sheets in 19 away games in Europe under Rodgers.RB Salzburg lead Group B with nine points with Leipzig in second-place and three points behind.last_img read more

Klopp is happy about Liverpools current run

first_imgThe German manager says he was not worried about his team slump in the English Premier League, as the Reds won 1-0 against Brighton and Hove Albion.On Monday, Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round.This was some days after the team was defeated 2-1 by Manchester City in the English Premier League.And for manager Jurgen Klopp, yesterday’s 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion means Liverpool is back in track.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We did not make a big fuss of it,” Klopp said to The Independent.“It was two defeats. The City game was an open game, and then you cannot just [change] because you lose to Wolves, after the manager made 10 changes. We never really spoke about the games before. We just concentrated on this game, to take all three points.”“The performance was good, but it was not the best performance of the season,” he added.“It’s so important. On a good day, everyone can win football games. On an average day, only a few can win football games. And today was difficult.”last_img read more