Reading 5-1 Ipswich Town: Orlando Sa hattrick sends Royals into Championship play-off places

first_img1 Orlando Sa Orlando Sa scored a hattrick to send Reading into the play-off places after beating Ipswich at the Madejski Stadium on Friday night.There were three goals in a breathless opening quarter of an hour as Sa scored twice either side of a Freddie Sears goal.Nick Blackman, who laid on two assists for Sa, turned goalscorer early in the second half before Sa completed his hattrick after the hour mark.Oliver Norwood then fired in a stunner in the 86th minute to seal the win in what was the Royals’ second of the season and brings them within a point of Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town in fourth.The home side began strongly and took the lead in the eighth minute as Blackman’s cross was thumped in off the head of Sa after neat work on the right flank.However, the scores were level nearly two minutes later as Ryan Fraser produced some clever footwork in the box before unleashing a curling effort which was palmed into the path of Sears, who turned the ball into the empty net.  The frantic start continued in the 13th minute as Sa bagged his second of the night when Reading broke from the edge of their box before reaching the Portuguese forward who fired his shot in off the post to restore the lead.Although there were no goals for the rest of the half, Sears missed an opportunity add to his first after beating the offside trap expertly but shooting over the bar from inside the six-yard box.After a quiet end to the first half, the game exploded back into life early in the second as Blackman emphatically blasted the ball into the roof of the net on the angle after 49 minutes.On 60 minutes, Ipswich almost pulled another back when Brett Pitman rose highest but his looping header rebounded off the bar.And how costly that miss proved as two minutes later Sa completed his hattrick after a dazzling Blackman run and pullback left an open net for the striker to tap into and put the game beyond the Tractor Boys.As the game looked like it was fading out, Norwood then plucked out a scorcher from 30 yards to confirm the crushing defeat.last_img read more

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Kid steals bus, takes 44-mile joyride

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAbout 44 miles later, the bus slowed down enough for a sheriff’s deputy to make the stop in Pine Bluff, and officers discovered their suspect was a child. They cuffed the boy and took him into custody, then later released him to his parents. It wasn’t known whether the child would face charges. School officials said he had been part of a group caught on camera trying to pull the same prank last month, according to KATV television station in Little Rock. For more cops and crime news, check out It’s a Crime. DUMAS, Ark. – A 10-year-old boy took a school bus and led police on a chase along a rural highway, according to news reports on Sunday. School officials had spotted lights coming from the bus yard around 11 p.m. Friday night, and reported the bus stolen. Officers from three counties, four towns and Arkansas State Police began chasing the bus and its driver. Despite road spikes set up to slow the bus, the bus kept traveling north toward Little Rock along U.S. 65 through Desha and Lincoln counties, then into the next county of Jefferson. “Be advised, he missed them all. We’re now coming into town. Speed’s at 25 miles an hour,” officers said over a radio scanner. 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

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PRO CALENDAR

first_img11:30 a.m.Champions: Barcelona at RangersESPN2 2 p.m.Champions: Manchester United atESPNC Dynamo Kiev (delayed) College Volleyball 6 p.m.Women: UCLA at Washington (taped)Prime Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); NBC (Ch. 4); KTLA (Ch. 5); ABC (Ch. 7); KCAL (Ch. 9); Fox (Ch. 11); KCOP (Ch. 13); KWHY (Ch. 22); KVMD (Ch. 23); KPXN (Ch. 30); KMEX (Ch. 34); KFTR (Ch. 46); KVEA (Ch. 52); KAZA (Ch. 54); KDOC (Ch. 56); KJLA (Ch. 57); KLCS (Ch. 58); CSTV (College Sports Television); ESPNC (ESPN Classic); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); NFL (NFL Network); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); Speed (Speed Channel); Show (Showtime); Tennis (Tennis Channel); TNT (Turner Network Television). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KRLH (590 AM); KOGO (600 AM); KIRN (670 AM); XTRA (690 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KLAA (830 AM); KIIS (850 AM); KRLA (870 AM); KFWB (980 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KNX (1070 AM); XPRS (1090 AM); KDIS (1110 AM); KSDP (1130 AM); KTLK (1150 AM); KXMX (1190 AM); KWKU (1220 AM); KKGO (1260 AM); KWKW (1330 AM); KPOP (1360 AM); KSPA (1510 AM); CASH (1700 AM); KLSX (97.1 FM). Community sports The Daily Breeze publishes community and youth sports news in Monday editions of the sports section. Information should be reported to youth/recreation sports reporter David Saunders via e-mail: sports@dailybreeze.com. Saunders can be reached at 310-540-4201 most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday’s after 4:30 p.m. Information should be submitted by Friday afternoon for publication the following Monday. Information should be as complete as possible, including names, dates, times, and locations for events. Correct spelling of all names is the responsibility of the person (coach or parent) providing the information. All submissions should include a contact name and phone number for verification. ——— Home games160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hockey 4 p.m.N.Y. Rangers at PittsburghVersus 5:30 p.m.Ducks at St. LouisCh. 56830 7:30 p.m.Nashville at KingsFSN1150 Soccer ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Pro Basketball 7 p.m.Exhibition: Utah vs. Lakers, Honda CenterCh. 9570, 1330 last_img read more

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Family’s grief spilling over stolen fountain

first_img“The emotional pain, of course, is just as bad as the financial pain,” Dahlquist said. “We had just gotten our family together Thanksgiving and had named some figures after some family who had died from cancer.” The Dahlquists have lost two sons, Michael, 38, and Tim, 35, and a sister-in-law, Cindy Baker, to cancer. Awaiting installation, the sculpture was in four sections. The one stolen was that of a young girl on a tree limb, her dog running after her, nipping at her heels. The little girl had been named for Baker and her dog, Daisy, who also has died. Dahlquist made a police report, which Los Angeles Police Detective Debra Kane said is being investigated. While the market for scrap copper has created a huge theft problem, bronze doesn’t carry the same value, she said. The family bought the house in August and has been refurbishing it before they move in. The sculpture had been chained to a cement anchor – but on Sunday morning when they came by the house, one section was gone. SUN VALLEY – In the dark of night, someone stole a bit of hope from Ron Dahlquist and his new neighbors. A section of huge bronze-sculpted fountain – dedicated to helping battle childhood cancer and recently purchased by Dahlquist – was taken over the weekend from the lawn of the Vine Valley Drive fixer-upper in Sun Valley he’s refurbishing. “It’s heart-piercing,” Dahlquist said Monday. “We were making it a family memorial for some of our children who died.” The fountain, worth about $20,000, is anchored in a whimsical setting, depicting six carefree children and two dogs locked in a squirt-gun battle in a creek bed. The background is a wooden fence the youngsters had been painting before dropping paint cans and brushes to play. There were two sets of shoeprints in the yard, Dahlquist said, and signs that the sculpture had been dragged by the thieves. The family spent Sunday circulating fliers in hopes someone will provide information. They’re offering a $1,000 reward. The bronze fountain was commissioned by a Santa Clarita furniture store, which relocated two years ago but now is closing its doors. The piece had been dedicated to the local Michael Hoefflin Foundation, formed to support childhood cancer research and to aid families of youngsters suffering from the disease. Coins tossed over the two years were donated to the charity, founded by Chris Hoefflin in memory of his 10-year-old son, who died in 1996 of cancer. When Dahlquist, a Hoefflin supporter, learned that the Homemakers furniture store was going out of business, he bought the fountain. He won’t say how much he paid, for fear the other pieces – now in storage – also will be snatched. The Dahlquist family planned to continue the tradition, collecting any coins passers-by might toss, along with their wishes, and sending them to the foundation. Neighbors loved the new lawn art, which now likely will be secured in the back yard, out of view. “I couldn’t let it go,” he said. “I put it out for people to see. I was trying to bring a little class to the area.” What Dahlquist doesn’t understand is how someone can enjoy a stolen art piece. “It’s just an indication of a sickness that is going around with criminals that are willing to steal something like this, a piece of art,” he said. “If it’s for personal use, how can they get any pleasure out of it? Are they going to put it in their yard and have their kids look at it?” pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want 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

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Mideast summit ends with signs of solidarity

first_imgOlmert, for his part, reiterated at a briefing with Israeli reporters that a peace deal could not be implemented until the violence against Israel from Gaza stops. A deal, he said, won’t be implemented until conditions crucial to Israel are met. Underscoring the importance of security, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tapped James L. Jones, a retired Marine Corps general and a former NATO commander, to serve as a special envoy for Middle East security, moving quickly to maintain momentum coming out of Annapolis. The job involves monitoring the development of Palestinian security services, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. One focus would be how those forces interact with neighboring security services, including Israeli authorities. White House press secretary Dana Perino said Bush wanted to meet with the leaders one last time Wednesday to encourage them to “go forth and work to make the peace” and to make clear he would be available to help. Bush also met briefly on Wednesday with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now the Mideast envoy for the so-called Quartet of Mideast negotiators, the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia. Bush asked Abbas for the reaction from the region. But Perino said that neither Iran, which called the conference a failure, nor the demonstrations against the talks by tens of thousands of Hamas supporters in Gaza, came up. “President Abbas said that he believed, and the president agrees, that people are ready for peace and that it was received favorably, but they know that they have a lot of work to do,” Perino said. Bush and Abbas did discuss Hamas, though Perino would not reveal details. The militant Palestinian faction took power in the Gaza Strip in June, effectively splitting Palestinians between rule by Hamas in the tiny coastal territory and by Abbas’ Fatah party in the West Bank.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush told the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday he is personally committed to their mission of peace, urging them to stick with it and not lose sight of their goal. Bush met separately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the White House, and then with the two men jointly before the trio emerged for a presidential sendoff from the Rose Garden. The stagecraft capped three days of U.S.-sponsored diplomacy centered around an international Mideast peace conference held Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. “No matter how important yesterday was, it’s not nearly as important as tomorrow and the days beyond,” Bush said, with Olmert on one side and Abbas on the other. “I wouldn’t be standing here if I didn’t believe that peace was possible,” the president said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Bush administration pronounced itself pleased with the outcome of the conference. It drew 44 nations, including neighboring Arab states whose support is considered vital to any peace agreement. A joint understanding between the Israelis and Palestinians, in doubt until the last minute, was salvaged. And Abbas and Olmert reiterated their desire to reach a peace settlement by the end of next year. Abbas, speaking with reporters after the White House send-off, said Bush seemed determined to reach a peace treaty during his term. “We found him zealous in that direction,” he said. Abbas also said that while the agreement to resume talks was only the beginning of the process, the Palestinians “achieved what we came here for. We came here to start negotiations and we got that.” Abbas was asked whether he found Israel to be a serious peace partner. He laughed and said: “I am not going to judge their intentions. We say that we have a partner and we are ready to work with this partner to reach this treaty.” last_img read more

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Around our Schools

first_imgFor information call the school at (562) 698-8121, Ext. 2000. Six moms singled out for awards WHITTIER – Six single mothers attending Whittier College have been awarded a combined $30,000 in scholarships from the Assistance League of Whittier. The recipients are Kristine Campiri, 40; Jessica Cerda, 26; Connie Ornelas, 35; Melissa Perez, 23; Silvia Perdue, 33; and Deidren Valdez, 22. The scholarships are given to single mothers who are heads of their households and taking at least nine units at Whittier College or Rio Hondo College. These recipients live in Whittier, have at least a 2.5 grade-point average, and need financial support to stay in college. For more information about the Assistance League, call (562) 693-6533. Spring registration time at Cerritos NORWALK – Registration for Cerritos College’s Spring 2008 sessions – which range from nine weeks to 18 weeks – is already under way at the campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd. Next spring, the college will offer a new “Hand Care for Court Reporters” (BUSC 11) course by a former court reporter-turned medical professional. The class is aimed at anyone who frequently engages in repetitive motion tasks with their hands. It will be offered during the college’s second 9-week spring session and runs from March 14-May 6. Fees are $20 per unit for state residents. For information call the college at (562) 860-2451. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to tracy.garcia@sgvn.com160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings(562) 789-2100. New, used items for sale at school WHITTIER – Whittier High School will hold a holiday fair and swap meet to sell new and used items 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 12417 Philadelphia St. More than 30 vendors will be selling crocheted purses, custom woodcraft items and holiday wreaths, among others. The proceeds will go to the school’s Puente Program, which exposes high-schoolers to colleges and universities while keeping them on the college track. WHITTIER – Reading volunteers are being sought by Laurel Elementary School to work with children for at least one hour every other week at the campus, 13550 Lambert Road. Extensive three-hour training is provided to volunteers to teach them special reading techniques. Volunteers are matched with one student, and each pair will work together for the remainder of the school year. Those interested should contact the school at last_img read more

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Fitness scores rising, but most still not in shape

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocally, however, the results were mixed. Five school districts – Little Lake City, Montebello Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, Whittier City and Whittier Union High – saw increases across all three grades from last year’s fitness scores. Only South Whittier School District officials didn’t see any gains among their students from last year. But South Whittier’s fifth-graders still outperformed their peers at the Los Nietos School District, where 87 percent of fifth-graders failed to meet the state’s minimum fitness standards. That figure was up from last year, when 82 percent were considered unfit. Link: Look up your school’s physical fitness test results Most of the Whittier-area students who took California’s annual fitness test in the spring are doing better than their peers did last year – but about 70 percent are still out of shape, according to state statistics. State education officials on Thursday released the 2007 results of the annual Fitnessgram, which tests fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in public schools in six areas: aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength and endurance, trunk strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance, and overall flexibility. Statewide, the results showed minor gains of at least 1.3 percent among all three grades when compared to last year. “We agree, we are not pleased” with the figures, said Carol Kaylor, director of instruction at Los Nietos. But the good news, Kaylor said, is that the district has received $35,000 in state grants at each of its four schools to hire new physical education teachers. One teacher who will travel between Rancho Santa Gertrudes and Aeolian elementary schools has already been hired. “So that means that all of our schools will now have someone dedicated to just P.E.,” Kaylor said. “This is capturing our attention where it hasn’t before. This is something all of us need to take on.” The highest percentage of physically fit students was seen among fifth-graders at the East Whittier City School District (36 percent); seventh-graders at El Rancho Unified School District (42.9 percent) and ninth-graders at the Whittier Union High School District (35.3 percent). The lowest percentages were among fifth-graders in Los Nietos (12.2 percent), seventh-graders at the South Whittier School District (20.9 percent) and ninth-graders at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (15.7 percent). “We are glad to see our ninth-graders are doing well on the physical fitness test,” said Whittier Union Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “We view physical education as a critical part of our whole program because we know that healthy students do better in all aspects of their schoolwork.” Susanna Smith, assistant superintendent of the El Rancho Unified School District, said her district’s fitness test results were promising, especially among the seventh-graders. “But even though we’re celebrating the progress of our students, we still have some significant work ahead of us,” Smith said. “This continues to be a challenge for not only our district, but in general – it’s a national challenge.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said the annual fitness results serve as an “important reminder to all of us that the majority of our students are not in good physical shape.” Statewide, the fitness test was administered to more than 1.3 million students, officials said. Individual school and district results can be found at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

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VIDEO: Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning Champions League hat-trick

first_imgThe Champions League saw more of its records tumble on Tuesday night when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick against Wolfsburg.Real Madrid were trailing 2-0 after the first leg but Ronaldo bagged two in two minutes to level the tie after only 17 minutes of the second leg.He completed his treble with just over ten minutes of the tie remaining with a trademark free kick to send the Bernabeu crazy and ensure Madrid made their sixth consecutive Champions League semi-final.The hat-trick was his third of this year’s tournament (which is a record) and his fifth in the competition ever (which is a joint record with Lionel Messi).Ronaldo now has 16 goals in Europe this season, one shy of the record in a single season, which the Portuguese also holds.Is there a better goalscorer than Ronaldo? Watch the videos below and let us know! Cristiano Ronaldo now has 16 goals in the competition this season 1last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United need to score more goals

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal would have liked more goals from his side after they kept up their top-four push with a 2-0 win against fellow FA Cup semi-finalists Crystal Palace.A fourth-minute Damien Delaney own-goal and cracking Matteo Darmian strike 10 minutes after the break steered United to the Barclays Premier League victory at Old Trafford in a game they thoroughly dominated.It leaves the fifth-placed Red Devils a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who play their game in hand against West Brom on Thursday.And Van Gaal said: “I have told my players after the match that it was a good game – the only remark was that we didn’t score too much goals, because it was a match (that should have had a scoreline) of 5-0, I think.“But I am pleased with the way we have played. We have created a lot of chances in the first half and the second half, and we didn’t give any away – maybe one in the first half and that was it, so I am very pleased.”Van Gaal, whose side have four more league games to go and face Everton in the cup semi-final on Saturday, said: “I wanted three points, because that was the most important thing.“We needed to close the gap, we needed to win and that is what I said to my players in advance of the match.“We had to win, and that we have done – and now it is another game.“I have said ‘first you can enjoy (this), but you must recover also because soon you have to play again.’“Now we have to do it again, at quarter past five on Saturday.”Wayne Rooney, occupying a midfield role, made his third appearance since returning to action from a knee injury, and Van Gaal was full of praise for the captain.“He played about 75 minutes and I am building up his capacity in the matches,” Van Gaal said.“He was the player who switched the play, and I liked that very much.“Not any player has a fixed position. I use a player where I think they can give a high contribution in a particular game.“It was more of a midfield role today, because of the way Crystal Palace was playing and I didn’t want to change (striker) Marcus Rashford from his position, so we had to look for another position for Wayne.“He played there also last year, so it is not something new for him, and I am very happy with the way he performed.”Although the official attendance given for the match was 75,277 – a figure understood to reflect the number of tickets sold – there appeared to be quite a few empty seats at Old Trafford.But when that was put to Van Gaal in his post-match press conference, he brushed off the suggestion.“I don’t see a lot of empty seats – but you have seen it because you want to see it,” the Dutchman said.last_img read more

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Spurs and West Ham eyeing £8m summer deal for 22-goal French hotshot

first_img1 Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates scoring for Toulouse Tottenham and West Ham are keen on Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder.The 25-year-old is expected to be on the move this summer after bagging 22 goals in 38 games this season.Toulouse are trying to tie Ben Yedder down to a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in June 2017.But, according to Corriere dello Sport, Tottenham and West Ham are instead hoping to lure the Frenchman to England.The Premier League pair have scouted the forward several times this season and have been impressed by what they’ve seen.Given that he may have just one year left on his contract come the summer, it is reported Ben Yedder could be snapped up for just £8m.last_img

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