Rodgers sure new deal will come

first_img The Northern Irishman is on the brink of ending the Merseyside club’s 24-year wait for a league title, having revolutionised their fortunes since taking over two years ago. The 41-year-old penned a three-year deal in the summer of 2012 and this season’s achievements mean a new one is likely to be offered soon. “There is no doubt that at some point we will agree another deal,” he told a number of national newspapers. “I am sure of that.” Liverpool will take a giant stride towards the title if they beat Chelsea on Sunday. The Blues and Manchester City are the only sides in the running to stop them and, having beaten City a fortnight ago, Rodgers’ men will be on the brink if they see off Chelsea. If they do, Rodgers will be getting the better of former mentor Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese took Rodgers to Chelsea in his first spell there, putting him in charge of the club’s academy and then promoting him to reserve team coach. He also advised him to take the Liverpool job, but Rodgers is confident Mourinho will not regret doing so if Liverpool pip his side to the title. “I am sure he won’t,” he added. “He’s been supportive of me wherever I have been, even in my time here. We might be considered a rival but I know that if they didn’t win the league he would want us to win it. “I was always going to appear somewhere and thankfully it was at Liverpool. I was talking to him about I choice I maybe had. He told me to take the job and what a great club Liverpool was. He encouraged me about the sheer scale of the club.” Brendan Rodgers is certain he will agree a new deal at Liverpool.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Abeid savours Premier experience

first_imgForgotten man Mehdi Abeid is relishing the task of rubbing shoulders with some of the Barclays Premier League’s biggest names as he starts to reap the rewards of his hard work and patience. The Frenchman arrived at Newcastle as an 18-year-old in July 2011 but had to wait until Saturday to make his league debut for the Magpies, three days after playing a key role in a famous 2-0 Capital One Cup fourth round victory at Manchester City. Having emerged unscathed from a midfield battle with Yaya Toure, Abeid impressed once again as Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool left St James’ Park on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline to leave the now 22-year-old beaming. Abeid told nufcTV: “It’s just unreal. You don’t know how happy I am to play for this club and to prove myself. But I couldn’t be as good if my team-mates weren’t with me helping me every day. “The last four years hasn’t been easy for me. I was just patient, I tried to work every day to be successful, and now I have to enjoy my time in the Premier League. “I had to grow up as a player and as a man. What I did, I was really patient, I was working really hard. My loans were a really good experience for me, I learned a lot and today, I am really pleased to be playing for Newcastle. “I want to play against the big players to judge myself, to learn every day. That’s how we learn, to play against big players, and I am happy with what I have done this week.” Abeid, who spent last season in Greece with Panathinaikos after a spell in Scotland with St Johnstone, is one of a series of men to have stepped up to the plate in manager Alan Pardew’s hour of need. Another, winger Gabriel Obertan, is facing several weeks on the sidelines after appearing to tear a thigh muscle during a first-half sprint but his replacement, teenager Rolando Aarons, shone once again and it was summer signing Ayoze Perez who claimed the headlines with a 73rd-minute winner, the 21-year-old’s second decisive strike in a week. Newcastle, who had not won a single league game this season until promoted Leicester headed for Tyneside on October 18, have now won three on the trot either side of their shock cup victory at the Etihad Stadium, a run which has completely changed the mood in the city. Abeid said: “Our collective was great and we are happy with what we did. Four wins in a row is just amazing.” The Magpies will attempt to extend their blistering run next Sunday when they travel to West Brom, although Abeid will be taking nothing for granted. Asked if he had done enough to secure a place in the team at the Hawthorns, he replied: “No, I didn’t do enough. I have to work more to prove myself.” Whether Pardew feels the same remains to be seen, but the 53-year-old had the air of a man whose shoulders had been relieved of a heavy burden as he surveyed his team’s latest success. He said: “It’s been an unbelievable spell for us. The basis of what we have done is great defence, a good goalie, not letting teams hurt us and having pace in the team that on the break, will cause anyone problems at whatever level. “We proved that at Manchester City and against Liverpool and Tottenham, that on the break we are very, very difficult.” In the depths of his troubles, Pardew was accused by some of his most ardent critics of lacking tactical nous, but his battle plans, and particularly substitutions, have proved hugely influential in recent weeks and his half-time decision to withdraw striker Papiss Cisse and replace him with Perez, much to the older man’s annoyance, was fully vindicated. Pardew said: “We had a disagreement at half-time. He [Cisse] felt he was okay, but I didn’t think he was moving great. “It wasn’t about how he was playing, it was just he has a knee at the moment that isn’t giving him full licence and at this level, you can’t do that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

2017 Rose Bowl

first_imgWhat started out as a one-sided blowout-in-the-making turned into a nail-biting, highest scoring game in Rose Bowl history.,USC claimed its 25th Rose Bowl victory in program history,The festivities included a trip to Disneyland and the annual Beef Bowl.,Both teams rode long winning streaks to the postseason.,The team that started the season 1-3 has turned it around.,A look back at Sam Darnold’s spectacular rise,The comeback kids battle it out in the second half,USC football is backlast_img read more

Wurtsmith military base hit with another PFAS clean-up violation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – As the water contamination problem in Iosco County continues,  the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) caught Wurtsmith Air Force Base in violation of PFAS clean–up for the second time this year.Recent tests in well and surface water samples near Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township reveals exceeding levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or PFOS, a contaminant in the PFAS family.The level of PFOS in the surface water amounts to more than 110 times the acceptable quality standard.“We feel that this is moving far too slow,” said Scott Dean, spokesman of the DEQ. “It’s clear that there is contamination from the base that is negatively impacting, not only the environment, but also wildlife and the lives of the people that live around the base.”The DEQ cited the air base back in January for not starting–up a second groundwater filtration system.Wurtsmith installed a new one a few months ago.The granular activated carbon filtration system pumps and treats 250 gallons per minute (gpm).Because of the latest violation, the air force must filter the toxins at an increased rate (1,040 gpm) and tighten control of the PFAS plum migration.“We believe it’s time for the Department of Defense to move much more quickly in the clean-up of this historic contamination caused by using firefighting foam on the base, ” said Dean.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 1 of 5 men charged with CSC faced judge in TawasNext MSP Alpena Post Tries to Prevent Heroin and Opioids Addiction Through ‘Angel Program’last_img read more