1 West Ham 1-1 West Brom: Lambert’s deflected second-half strike cancels out Zarate’s opener West Brom’s dominant second-half performance meant they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Sunday afternoon.A poor first-half display by Tony Pulis’s men was soon forgotten as the Baggies were on top in the second period, where substitute Rickie Lambert saw his shot deflected fortuitously past goalkeeper Adrian, with the strike going down as a Winston Reid own goal.The Hammers should have taken a comfortable lead into the break after going ahead shortly after a quarter of an hour.Mauro Zarate’s well-crafted free-kick beat Boaz Myhill and Slaven Bilic’s side had further opportunities to add to their tally.Pulis introduced Lambert and the Baggies were a totally different side, taking just four minutes to get back onto level terms after changing formation.With different performances by both sides in each half, a draw was probably a fair result at Upton Park, as West Brom stay 13th and West Ham go up a place to seventh in the Premier League standings.The visitors were incredibly sloppy defensively in the opening 45 and Gareth McAuley gave away two free-kicks in dangerous areas after cheap fouls in quick succession.The first foul proved costly as the defender fouled Diafra Sakho around 20 yards from goal. From a central left position, Argentinean forward Zarate told team-mate Aaron Cresswell to allow him to take the set piece and how right he was.The former Lazio and Inter Milan player curled a delightful ball past the wall and into the top corner to beat Myhill. The Welsh goalkeeper could do little as the ball nestled into the top corner to give the hosts a 17th-minute lead.West Brom were all over the place and the half-time whistle could not come sooner.They were lucky not to be two down as Kouyate and Lanzini went close to doubling the Hammers’ tally.Cresswell’s superb floated cross from the left found Senegal international Kouyate, eight yards from goal, who glanced a header wide and he should have tested the goalkeeper.Lanzini’s chance came when the South American played a neat one-two with compatriot Zarate before sending an outswinging shot at goal from 12 yards, the Baggies goalkeeper Myhill making a good save again to keep his side in the contest.Pulis was clearly unhappy with his side and he made a change at the interval, introducing Lambert and changing to 4-4-2.Lambert’s influence was soon felt as he helped put West Brom back on level terms.From the edge of the box, the former Liverpool striker shot on the turn and the ball took a heavy deflection off the hand of Reid to beat Adrian.The visitors were buoyed by their goal and they were suddenly on top.Adrian made a stunning Peter Schmeichel-inspired starfish-style save to deny Rondon from point-blank range and all of a sudden the Baggies were finding spaces in behind the Hammers’ defence.Jonas Olsson made a good last-ditch block to send Sakho’s shot into the side-netting, while further heroic defending saw substitute Andy Carroll denied by multiple Baggies bodies in the box in the closing stages.
Nabil Bentaleb – remember the name, Spurs fans?The Algerian midfielder has played little part in the north Londoners’ Premier League campaign, having appeared in just one league game since September.The 21-year-old has impressed for the club in the last two seasons, but his progress has slowed after picking up an injury early in the campaign. He returned to action for Algeria in November and has since played in Tottenham’s first team in the Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League (against Crystal Palace). But French-born Bentaleb may be back in Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts after putting the under 21s back on level terms against Southampton. See below! Nabil Bentaleb GOAL: #SaintsFCU21s 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur U21s (Nabil Bentaleb 77)The visitors level it up at St Mary’s. https://t.co/mbX1LPgrFy— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 9, 2016 1
NEW YORK – Countrywide Financial Corp. said Thursday its mortgage fundings for September fell 44 percent from the same period a year ago, and the mortgage lender is now facing a potential federal investigation over the timing of stock sales by its chief executive. Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, said total mortgage fundings last month fell to $21.2 billion from $38.1 billion a year ago. The steep decline in volume comes as the Calabasas-based company makes a shift to originate traditional, conforming loans instead of more risky, nontraditional loans like subprime mortgages. Countrywide previously packaged the majority of its loans as securities and sold them to investors in the secondary market. During the past few months, rising delinquency and default rates have caused demand for these securities to all but dry up, especially subprime loans. The collapse of the secondary market, coupled with the deteriorating housing market, has led to a steep drop in mortgage origination volume nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Housing foreclosures nearly doubled last month, according to real estate information firm RealtyTrac Inc. A total of 223,538 foreclosure filings were reported in September, up from 112,210 during September 2006. Conforming loans – which now account for about 90 percent of Countrywide’s volume – are considered safer because government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are willing to purchase them, and typically these loans are less likely to default. The reduction in nonconforming loans was not much of a surprise, but the speed at which Countrywide shifted its production to fit Fannie and Freddie guidelines was faster than anticipated, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst Paul Miller said. To cope with the weakening market, Countrywide cut 4,935 jobs in September as part of plans to reduce its work force by 12,000 jobs, or about 20 percent. A larger reduction may be required, Miller said. Nonconforming loans previously represented about 40 percent of origination volume. With that production nearly gone, job cuts may need to be between 30 percent and 40 percent, Miller said. Countrywide’s shares have fallen nearly 56 percent since January, and the company may now be facing an investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission into the timing of stock sales made by Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo. North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore, in a letter to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, claims that Mozilo “apparently manipulated his trading plans to cash in” as the subprime crisis was heating up. Moore cited reports that Mozilo was unloading 4.9 million Countrywide shares worth more than $138 million between November 2006 and August 2007. Last week, Countrywide announced Mozilo plans to sell more shares under a prearranged trading plan that began Monday and ends today. SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment and would not say whether the agency was examining or planned to examine Mozilo’s stock trades. Countrywide did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Thursday. In the meantime, Miller expects Countrywide’s production to remain well below last year’s figures, but stabilize in the coming months. As of Sept. 30, Countrywide had $42 billion in its mortgage pipeline – loans in progress that it has yet to fund. Last year, Countrywide had $65 billion in its pipeline. Shares of Countrywide fell to $18.28 in Thursday trading.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DETROIT – With the ink barely dry on a new four-year labor contract, Chrysler LLC says it plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs and remove four models from its lineup. The move stunned workers and suggests that the now-private Chrysler won’t hesitate to cut production and jettison vehicles that aren’t selling well. Chrysler said Thursday that it will cut 8,500 to 10,000 hourly jobs and 2,100 salaried jobs through 2008, or about 15percent of its work force. The cuts come on top of 13,000 Chrysler layoffs that were announced in February. Chrysler also will eliminate shifts at five North American assembly plants and cut four slow-selling models through 2008: the Dodge Magnum wagon, the convertible version of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Chrysler Pacifica crossover, and the Chrysler Crossfire sports car. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chrysler officials said falling demand for vehicles in the U.S. market made the cuts necessary. Sales fell 3percent in the first nine months of this year, according to Autodata Corp., and the company said it expects sluggish sales in 2008. “We have to move now to adjust the way our company looks and acts to reflect a smaller market,” Chrysler Vice Chairman and President Tom LaSorda, who led the company through the recent contract talks, said in a statement. Most workers will be offered buyout or early retirement packages. The details of those packages weren’t released Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A home invasion robbery in which a woman was stabbed on Sunday started when the car of a drunken gang member from El Sereno became disabled from either breaking down or running out of gas in front of the woman’s apartment complex, police said this morning. Christopher Cruz, 19, of East Los Angeles, is accused of stabbing and injuring an unidentified 33-year-old woman during a home invasion robbery in the 11500 block of Magnolia Boulevard, near Colfax Avenue, about 6 a.m. Sunday, police said. Los Angeles Police Detective Tom Townsend said that Cruz is a member of an El Sereno gang who was drunk and driving around the Valley when his vehicle either broke down or ran out of gas. The suspect allegedly began trying doors in the apartment building and found the high school teacher’s door unlocked. Police said neighbors heard the commotion and confronted the man before he took off. One neighbor followed him, but he got away, police said. “It was circumstances,” he said. “There was no rhyme or reason to it.” The woman was hospitalized in stable condition with multiple stab wounds, police said. Missing from the woman’s apartment were a laptop and other undisclosed items. The Special Investgation Section tracked the suspect down to a store parking lot in East Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, Townsend said. Cruz was being held on a charge of attempted murder at the Valley Jail in Van Nuys. Bail was set at $550,000. Townsend said police had his car towed from in front of the North Hollywood apartment. —————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre
Chelsea ran riot over Aston Villa in the weekend’s early Premier League kick off, cruising to a 4-0 victory at Villa Park.The result is even sweeter for the Blues after Guus Hiddink experimented with his team, bringing academy players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jake Clarke-Salter into the side, as well as handing Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga their debuts.Loftus-Cheek, in particular, impressed – repaying his manager’s faith by getting the ball rolling in the first half. And Hiddink is not only delighted with the victory, but has spoken of his joy at the club’s young players showing they can compete at this level. “Well I feel ok after a win – I feel always ok after a win,” said Hiddink. “But today, especially, because we brought up some youngsters – one or two make their debut.“Another one, Loftus-Cheek, was already involved in some games and now gets a full game.“These games are for them to show they can step up to a higher level.”Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December, and the Dutchman is thrilled with the response from his side following a terrible opening to their title defence.“[Our unbeaten league run] is not, maybe a record, but it’s good that the team is now reacting after a difficult first half of the season.”
1 Ronny Deila Ronny Deila has decided to leave his role as Celtic manager at the end of the season, the Scottish champions have confirmed.The Norwegian’s position had come under increased scrutiny following Sunday’s Scottish Cup exit to Old Firm rivals Rangers.It was claimed Celtic, who look on their way to another league title, had no plans to sack the 40-year-old despite the disappointment of defeat to their firece rivals.But Deila has taken his future into his own hands, revealing on Wednesday morning that he will step down in the summer.“It is vital that the club comes first, instead of me being the focus,” the Norwegian said, speaking on www.celticfc.net.“Hopefully now the team and the club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season.”Celtic have an eight-point lead over Aberdeen with five games to go in the Scottish Premiership, but some angry Hoops fans demanded Deila be sacked immediately after the penalty shoot-out loss to Rangers.The Parkhead side’s hierarchy was understood to be concerned by the lack of progress under Deila during his two-year reign, with the former Stromsgodset boss also reportedly left weary by the constant speculation over his future.Deila, who was on a one-year rolling contract, acknowledged he had encountered some “disappointments” during his tenure, but said he had always given his all.“There have been some disappointments and times when we have not achieved what we had hoped for and I’m realistic and honest enough to admit that, but I know that the players, myself and my backroom team have always given everything we had to bring success to our supporters.”He continued: “It was an absolute privilege to be named manager of Celtic, such a wonderful football club, and I have enjoyed my time here immensely.“I will never forget the welcome I received almost two years ago at Celtic Park from so many fans. When I joined Celtic I knew I was coming to one of the world’s great football clubs.”Deila led the Glasgow giants to a league and cup double last term and is aiming to deliver the club’s fifth straight Scottish Premiership title.“My total focus now is on retaining our Premiership title and making it five in a row for our great club and proving that we are the best in the country,” he said.“Myself and the players will be giving everything we can to achieve this and I know that starting on Sunday we must all unite and drive the club on and really go for what we all want as Celtic supporters – to be Scottish champions once again.”
Celtic Park is also referred to as Parkhead – The 60,000-seater Celtic Park is also known as Parkhead because of the area in the east end of Glasgow it is located. Everyone called it Highbury even though its actual name was The Arsenal Stadium – The Gunners home from 1913 to 2006 was universally known as Highbury after the area in north London. 11 11 West Ham’s Upton Park is the Boleyn Ground – click the arrow above, right, to see more stadia with more than one name – In case you didnt know, West Ham are saying goodbye to Upton Park. Or is it the Boleyn Ground? The club have called a number of places home through the years, with Hermit Road in Canning Town the first, when West Ham were Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, then Browning Road, East Ham in 1897 before the Boleyn in 1904 in the area of east London called Upton Park. Its not the only stadium known by more than one name and here, talkSPORT looks at other famous examples. 11 11 Dean Court is Bournemouth’s home, but is referred to as the Vitality due to sponsorship reasons – Even the clubs website explains on the how to get there section that road signs may refer to it as Dean Court. Upon their promotion to the Premier League they entered an agreement with a health and life insurance firm. 11 11 11 Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion is often called the Signal Iduna Park – Its the Westfalenstadion and no insurance company is going to tell fans who travel there to bask in the electric atmosphere that it is called anything else. 11 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is known to many as San Siro Stadium – The district of Milan the ground is located is San Siro, but Milan and Inters home is actually called the Giuseppe Meazza after the great striker who played for both clubs before and during World War II. He spent more time at Inter, though, scoring 284 goals in two spells between 1927 and 1947. Meazza played for Milan after leaving Inter in 1940. When Swansea’s Liberty Stadium opened it was called The New Stadium Swansea – The ground was opened in 2005 and during construction it was known as White Rock, although in the four months after it opened, the stadium was known as The New Stadium Swansea. This was because the suits in charge were yet to find a sponsor, with Liberty Properties later stumping up the cash. Incidentally, the name White Rock is in reference to the copper works which used to operate from the site and the city of Swansea was actually known as Copperopolis in the 18th and 19th centuries history lesson over. The Matchroom Stadium is better known as Brisbane Road – Leyton Orient have called this stadium home since 1937, but for sponsorship purposes it sometimes takes the Matchroom name owing to the fact Matchroom Sport supremo Barry Hearn served as club chairman. It is always going to be Brisbane Road, though. 11 11 The City of Manchester Stadium is known as the Etihad or Eastlands – Man City moved out of Maine Road in 2003 and into the City of Manchester Stadium, better known now as the Etihad or sometimes Eastlands where the stadium is located. 11 Not many people know this (written tongue-in-cheek), but West Ham are leaving Upton Park/the Boleyn after 112 years.The stadium takes its name from the area in east London, but is not the only football ground to be known by more than one name.14 INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF UPTON PARK THROUGH THE YEARSSo while we wait to see what other names the Olympic Stadium picks up in the next 100 years, click the arrow above, right, to see football grounds fans have more than one name for. Brighton’s Amex was originally called the Falmer Stadium – Its technically not even the Amex, its the American Express Community Stadium since 2011 after they left their Goldstone Ground in 1997. They moved to the Withdean in 1999, which they left for the current stadium in Falmer. The SportsDirect.com Park is better known as Boundary Park, home of Oldham Athletic – Oldhams ground is always going to be Boundary Park, but this is just a pretty funny and slightly embarrassing name just off to the SportsDirect.com Park
Manuel Pellegrini was confident West Ham could do his Manchester City side a Champions League favour – but says they must now take advantage.West Ham’s victory over Manchester United on Tuesday put City back in control of their battle to finish in the Premier League top four.Fourth-placed City surrendered the initiative as they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Arsenal last week and the mood at the Etihad Stadium consequently fell flat.Pellegrini admits the players were down but he was sure West Ham – who were it not for a vastly inferior goal difference might still be in Champions League contention themselves – would still have a say.Now City now go into their final game at Swansea with a two-point advantage and Pellegrini hopes his side are fired up and ready to complete the job.“This Premier League is not easy,” said Pellegrini.“Maybe all of you were thinking we were out but you must win all your games in every stadium and every game is very difficult.“After the game on Sunday I was very disappointed, especially not to get the three points here with our fans, but I was sure United had a difficult task to do.“I just was talking with the players, (saying) that we are not ready, (because of) the same atmosphere that everybody thought we were eliminated from the first four positions – but now it is in the other sense.“I was not surprised, I was sure West Ham was a really tough game for United. I think the teams in the first four positions are the best teams of the season and there is a lot of difference between our team and United over the whole of the season.“But Swansea are a difficult team when you play away. They have done well in the last two games. We must play a very good game to qualify.”Pellegrini hopes his side can reproduce the attacking elements they showed against Arsenal. City, so inconsistent this season, produced one of their best displays of recent weeks but were unable to make the most of some strong spells of superiority.“I want to finish by playing the way we did against Arsenal,” said Pellegrini, for whom the match also marks the end of his reign as City boss.“I think we did play a very good game. If we finish playing that way and we win, it will be a good finish.” 1 Manuel Pellegrini will take charge of Man City for the last time on Sunday
The trio in action for the Baggies in the 2015/16 season 1 Out-of-contract duo Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe will not be offered new deals by West Bromwich Albion, it’s been confirmed.Sessegnon, who will turn 32 on June 1, made 92 appearances for Albion, scoring eight goals, since arriving at the club from Sunderland in 2013.Anichebe announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be leaving. The striker played 63 times for the Baggies and found the net nine times after joining the club during the same transfer window as Sessegnon.Head coach Tony Pulis told the club’s official website: “The two lads worked really hard for me and were as good as gold. Everybody at the club wishes them all the best in their future careers.”The Baggies, however, remain in talks with James Morrison – who is the club’s longest serving player – about extending his stay at The Hawthorns.Morrison’s contract is set to expire in the summer. He has been with West Brom for nine years, making over 275 appearances during this time.