Liverpool test for Mourinho

first_imgLONDON (AP): If things get any worse, Jose Mourinho might not last much longer in the Chelsea dugout. Chelsea, who host Liverpool tomorrow expressed their “full support” in their most successful manager at the start of October. The public vote of confidence didn’t initiate a change in fortune, however. The team has only one win in four games since and Mourinho’s behaviour has become increasingly erratic. He’s facing a stadium ban over his latest misconduct charge for confronting match officials. Until now, Mourinho seemed to be the byword for success. But this season the Portuguese coach has the London club in a scrap at the bottom of the standings rather than in a more familiar elevated position. Since cruising to the Premier League title in May, Chelsea have lost half of  their 10 games. Mourinho can’t even count on the cups. Stoke eliminated the Blues from the League Cup on Tuesday and they have only four points from a possible nine so far in the group stage of the Champions League. After taking on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday. And the Blues might have to cope in both games without Diego Costa unless the striker can return from a rib injury. Although Chelsea are 15th in the standings, they would draw level on points with Liverpool, who are currently ninth, with a win tomorrow. Liverpool are hoping to have Christian Benteke fit for the trip to Stamford Bridge after the forward missed Wednesday’s League Cup win over Bournemouth with a hamstring problem. Although that game ended Juergen Klopp’s search for a first win as Liverpool manager, the German has still only two draws in the league. ARSENAL INJURIES Less than three months into the season, Arsene Wenger is already grappling with an injury-depleted Arsenal squad – after signing no outfield players in the transfer window. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this week joined an injury list which includes Danny Welbeck (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring). In Tuesday’s League Cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday, Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off after five minutes with a hamstring problem and his replacement, Walcott, soon went off with a calf complaint. “We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break,” Wenger said. That means they will be out for at least three weeks, missing tomorrow’s trip to Swansea, the Champions League game at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the north London derby against Tottenham. Arsenal, though, are only being kept off the top of the standings on goal difference by Manchester City, who host Norwich tomorrow. SHOT-SHY UNITED After two games without scoring – including extra time of the League Cup loss to second-tier club Middlesbrough – Manchester United are in need of goals against Crystal Palace tomorrow. In the 10 league games so far, United has managed only 105 efforts on goal, which equates to 10.5 shots per match. By contrast, Arsenal are averaging 19.6 shots per game, according to the Press Association. “There’s a lack of creativity and risk,” former United midfielder Paul Scholes told the BBC. “It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems (United manager Louis van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.” United are fourth in the standings behind West Ham on goal difference.last_img read more

Maya Moore dedicating WNBA hiatus to criminal justice reform

first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Faeldon, BuCor exec clash at Senate over early release of convicts PLAY LIST 04:21Faeldon, BuCor exec clash at Senate over early release of convicts00:54DOJ chief: Not more than 10 freed convicts surrendered after President’s order01:43Senate to release 3 BuCor execs from detention02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Maya Moore receives the Performer of the Year Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated/AFPNEW YORK — Maya Moore shocked the basketball world when she stepped away from the WNBA earlier this year before the season began. She’s spent a lot of her time away from the game trying to help a family friend, Jonathan Irons, get his conviction overturned.Irons has been incarcerated since 1997 after he was convicted in the nonfatal shooting of a homeowner during a burglary. He’s serving a 50-year sentence but has asked a judge to reopen his case and will have an evidentiary hearing on Oct. 9 in Missouri. Moore, who plans to be in the courtroom next month, said there was no physical evidence — no DNA, fingerprints or footprints — linking Irons to the crime.ADVERTISEMENT Cardel eyes Govs’ Cup playoffs for ‘bigger’ Columbian Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES View comments “Maya’s petition has become one of the fastest-growing petitions on the site this week, as thousands of people respond to her call for a fair trial for Jonathan Irons, and a fairer justice system for all Americans,” said Michael Jones, managing director of Change.org.Moore, who turned 30 this summer, also started a social action campaign called Win With Justice. She hopes it will call attention to the power wielded by prosecutors and their obligation to use it responsibly.“Hopefully this will educate people to do something when they feel doomed and get outraged,” Moore said. “While it’s hard for people to grasp the 10,000 people who are wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year, Jonathan’s case helps bring it down for people to connect with. You can connect with one man’s story.”By taking time away from basketball, Moore said she’s been able to dive into things that she’s wanted to do for a long time. She’s spent more time with her mom in Atlanta and with her ministry.“I’ve been engaged in so many meaningful things,” she said. “I’ve been full with family and ministry things. When you invest in something for so long and you stop and have nothing to fill that space, it can be more of a crisis of identity. For sure I miss the people I didn’t get to spend every day with this year that otherwise I would have.”ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? As far as returning to the basketball court, Moore said she’s still uncertain.“I’ll figure it out when the time’s right. Definitely not thinking about it right now. There’s so much on my plate to prioritize. When I released the Player’s Tribune article I said I wanted to take a full year. I won’t be a pro basketball player for a year. Maybe sometime this spring I’ll figure out what’s next. For now I’m trying to be in the moment. It’s a wild journey I’m on. Trying to take it literally one week at a time.” “I’ve known Jonathan for over a decade, and I’m fighting to make sure his case gets a fair review. I’m trying to call attention to the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe resulted in his being wrongfully sent to prison for 50 years as a teenager,” Moore told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday night. “This hearing will hopefully give us a perfect opportunity to show why this conviction lacks integrity for so many different reasons.”Moore has kept a low profile during her time away from basketball. She had done only one interview, talking to the New York Times over the course of a few months to chronicle Irons’ story.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Irons, then 16, had been seen in O’Fallon, Missouri — a suburb of St. Louis — on the evening of Jan, 14, 1997, with a gun, according to court records cited by the Times. The victim returned home and confronted a burglar, the records said. Shots were fired and the victim was hit in the right temple. A week later, Irons was arrested. The detective in the case said Irons confessed, but the detective wasn’t available to be cross-examined at trial because he was ill. He has since died.Moore spent time over the weekend in Washington speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus. She started a petition on Change.org to further spread the word about Irons. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own manlast_img read more