More than 2 million Southlanders will set out for vacation destinations by air and road today at the start of the 4-day Labor Day holiday, summer’s last hurrah. An estimated 825,000 travelers — both departing and arriving — are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport between today and Monday, an increase of 2 percent over last year’s Labor Day weekend, according to Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. Ontario International Airport, which is also run by LAWA, is expecting to serve approximately 83,000 travelers over the holiday weekend, 4 percent more than last year. With airlines forecasting passenger load factors above 90 percent, travelers should allow enough time before their flights for parking, airline check-in, and passenger and checked-luggage security screening, LAWA officials said. “Those past boom years for travel occurred partly because we experienced pent-up demand for travel that had been delayed after 9/11 and at the start of the Iraq war. Now, we are in a period where travel demand is growing, but at a slower rate.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They recommended that travelers arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. LAWA also urged travelers to use shuttles and buses to avoid traffic jams while getting to airports. Most Southland residents planning short vacations this weekend will be driving to their destinations. Their top five destinations are San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Northern California and Baja Mexico cruises, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The Auto Club estimated that 2.48 million people will drive to their weekend getaways, an increase of about 1 percent compared to last year. In contrast, 520,000 Southlanders are expected to travel by air. “Southern Californians still want to travel, but we’re not seeing the record increases in the number of travelers that we experienced in 2004 and 2005,” said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in the possibility of signing Radamel Falcao when his loan deal with Manchester United expires in the summer. Liverpool have already been in touch with Monaco with a view to taking the Colombian striker on loan, while Chelsea have made their interest known. (The Sun)Manchester City players believe the club will make a move for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. Ronaldo’s future at the Bernabeu is in doubt, and a number of City stars reckon he could be on his way to the Etihad. (Sky Sports)Gareth Bale is determined not to be forced out of Real Madrid despite a difficult second season. Manchester United and Manchester City want to sign the Welshman but Bale is insistent that he can re-establish his reputation at the Bernabeu. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United have set aside £70million for two world class defenders. The Red Devils want to sign Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. (Daily Express)Manchester United are also watching Lazio duo Felipe Anderson and Stefan de Vrij ahead of potential summer moves. (Daily Mail)Bayern Munich are preparing to beat Manchester United to Italy defender Matteo Darmian. The Torino star is rated at around £15million and Louis van Gaal has identified him as a target to fill the problem right-back slot, but could now lose out to his old club. (Daily Express)Tottenham have told Everton it will cost them £6million to make Aaron Lennon’s loan move permanent at the end of the season. (Daily Telegraph)Crystal Palace are keen to tempt former QPR man Stephane Mbia back to the Premier League this summer. Cameroon midfielder Mbia is open to a return to London following a two-year spell in Spain with Sevilla. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Brendan Rodgers made a mistake not starting Steven Gerrard against Manchester United, talkSPORT toldExclusive – ‘Steven Gerrard’s head is in Los Angeles’, claims former Liverpool starExclusive – Roberto Martinez brushes off speculation over Everton star’s future amid £33m transfer linkRoberto Martinez praises Tottenham outcast Aaron Lennon’s impact at EvertonReports: Bayern Munich plotting summer move for Chelsea key manChelsea and Manchester United send scouts to check on Serie A sensationBayern Munich set to rival Manchester United for Torino star?Blow for Manchester United! Juventus star claims he’s happy in ItalyShock Tottenham and Aston Villa target yet to decide long-term futureReports – Marseille winger rejected Sunderland move in JanuaryPalermo line up Paulo Dybala replacement amid Arsenal and Manchester City interestReports – Arsenal to open talks with Argentine starlet
“I don’t know if any of these guys who are here, that play, even consider that,” Jackson said. “They might. It’s tough to crack that top four (in the conference). That’s what we want. That’s a tough thing, but we don’t put that kind of (thought) together at all, about where we’re going to be. There’s too many ifs.” No worries The Lakers did not practice Sunday, so all eyes today will be focused on Bryant and his sprained right wrist. The Lakers believe he will be available for Tuesday’s season opener. It’s been a rough preseaon for Bryant – trade demands notwithstanding – who has dealt with knee and wrist soreness and struggled at times with turnovers and shooting as he adjusts to a facilitator role. Bryant scoffed at the idea that anyone should be concerned about his exhibition-game difficulties. “It’s preseason,” Bryant said. “I experiment with different things. I had a different role this year. It’s just experimenting with different things. It’s not something people should be concerned with. I’ll be ready to go. Let’s not push the panic button over a couple preseason games.” Good start Even though he started only one of the Lakers’ seven exhibition games, Andrew Bynum finished third on the team in average minutes, second in points (12.7) and first in rebounds (7.9). Bynum’s development will be a key component in the Lakers’ success or failure this season, and Jackson expressed optimism that Bynum, who turned 20 last week, could have a breakthrough season. “I think if we continue to monitor his minutes,” Jackson said, “so he doesn’t wear out and get those cheap fouls or not play the game with that same intensity level, I think we can get that impact out of him.” Wallace’s opinion NBA commissioner David Stern, after spending several weeks in China, rushed back to New York last week to preside over the league’s Board of Governors meetings and give his annual state of the league address. But just as he was about to catch his breath, he heard a noise coming out of the Detroit Pistons’ camp. “If it’s Friday, it must be Rasheed Wallace,” Stern said with a heavy sigh during a telephone interview Friday. Stern had been briefed about some comments Wallace made after the Pistons’ final exhibition Wednesday. Wallace was asked about the Pistons’ playoff collapse last season against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals and his ejection from Game 6. “I still don’t think they (Cavaliers) beat us; we beat ourselves,” Wallace said. “And I think we also fell victim to that personal NBA thing where they are trying to make it a world game and get (television) ratings. They wanted to put their darling in there (the NBA Finals) and they did, and look what ended up happening.” The league’s darling, according to Wallace, was LeBron James, and what ended up happening was a sweep by San Antonio and the worst ratings in the modern history of the NBA Finals. “This game ain’t basketball anymore, it’s entertainment,” Wallace said. “It’s starting to get like the WWE. There ain’t no real wrestling anymore either. It’s all fake.” News services contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rich Hammond STAFF WRITER Preseason prognostications have not been kind to the Lakers. Most publications have them missing the playoffs or, at best, sneaking in as the Western Conference’s seventh or eighth seed. It’s a big season for the Lakers. If they don’t have success, both Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson could be gone 12 months from now. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bryant’s ever-changing feelings have been well-documented, and Jackson is on record as saying the Lakers shouldn’t pay him a large salary if they’re not going to be competitive. Since the Lakers are already being written off by pundits, can they use the snubs as motivation? “Sure,” Bryant said. “They said that a couple years ago, and we had a great run in the postseason. We weren’t supposed to make it last year either, and we managed to get in there despite all the injuries we had. It’s kind of been the case every year. I don’t think anybody particularly cares about what’s being said.” The Lakers are more concerned about getting healthy and getting on the same page. That won’t be easy, with Odom on the mend and Bryant perceived, by his own coach, to be pouting about being a Laker. Those are internal problems though, and Jackson said external opinions shouldn’t impact the team.
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday named a state finance expert to lead the corrections department temporarily, the third person in two months to head the troubled prison system. James Tilton, 57, takes over as acting secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, replacing Acting Secretary Jeanne Woodford, who will retire in July. She replaced Roderick Hickman, who resigned in frustration in February. In a statement, Schwarzenegger said Tilton will be responsible for building “a more efficiently run” system using his 20 years’ experience “watching the bottom line” in the corrections department’s budget. Tilton has spent the last two months reviewing the finances of the nation’s largest prison system and said he plans to step down as acting secretary as soon as he makes needed changes and installs better financial managers. Hickman stepped down in the middle of his confirmation process. State lawmakers blamed him for a lack of progress in improving inmate health care, parole programs, juvenile justice and in controlling the department’s $8.6 billion-a-year budget. Tilton promised to work closely with Robert Sillen, the receiver overseeing the state’s inmate health care system. Sillen was appointed by a federal judge and began work on Tuesday. He also pledged to work with the powerful prison guards union, which opposed Hickman and Woodford.160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I’ve been asked do this very specific task,” he told reporters in a conference call. “I view my role is to go over … and put the fiscal house in order.” Schwarzenegger will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement, said Fred Aguiar, the governor’s cabinet secretary. Woodford, a 27-year veteran of the prison system, had been considered a top candidate to head the corrections department permanently. She will remain as undersecretary until her retirement. Aguiar said there was no dissatisfaction with Woodford, 52, who said in a letter to Schwarzenegger she was looking forward to retiring and spending more time with her family. Woodford declined comment through a spokeswoman. Naming Tilton acting secretary means there is no need for Senate confirmation for the $129,000-a-year job.
Fabian Delph is hoping to be available for Manchester City by the end of November.The England midfielder has been dogged by injury problems since joining City from Aston Villa last summer.The latest issue for Delph was a groin problem that required surgery but he is happy with his recovery and eager to return to the squad.The 26-year-old told the City website: “It has been a frustrating time for me. Since I’ve been here I haven’t really been able to get going from an injury point of view.“I had an operation a month ago and I’m probably a fortnight away from being fit so I’m excited about getting back in training and being among the lads again.“The tendons in my groin were pulling against the bone and it’s an issue I’ve had for about eight months and it’s been hampering me quite a bit and it got to a stage where it was better to resolve it rather than play on.“We tried rehab but it ended with an operation that involves cutting the tendons away and that seems to have solved the problem.“I’m doing fantastic and I’m way ahead of schedule and ready to kick on and get my season really up and running.”Delph has made just eight Premier League starts in his City career, while his only appearance in the starting line-up under Pep Guardiola so far came in the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest. Fabian Delph in action for Manchester City 1
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeBurbank Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said L.A. pooh-poohed Burbank’s concerns. “It was not analyzed at all,” she said. ” … Basically, we were ignored.” The legal action troubled Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose 4th District includes North Hollywood, under which the sewer also will run. “I’m sorry they had to go do that,” he said. “We’re all in it together. Infrastructure is very important.” In the lawsuit, Burbank alleges L.A. failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act because the sewer’s approved route – a blend of two routes reviewed in the environment report – did not get its due in the study. “We need to know what the environmental effects are,” Barlow said. “We talked to them about it and we talked to them about it. … They didn’t think it was necessary. We do.” The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office did not immediately comment on the case, but LaBonge said there was adequate outreach to Burbank in designing the sewer’s routing. “I went to their City Council meeting and heard from their residents,” he said. “What’s important for us and the San Fernando Valley is to upgrade our sewer system.” L.A. is expected to add 700,000 residents in the next 14 years – a population that will generate 68 million more gallons of wastewater daily. Meanwhile, L.A. treats the 3 million gallons of sewage Burbank produces each day – about 1 percent of the amount the system handles per year. About a half-mile of the nearly five-mile interceptor sewer is slated to run beneath Burbank at Forest Lawn Drive, Barham Boulevard, Pass Avenue, Riverside Drive and under Griffith Park on the way to North Hollywood. The sewer will ultimately connect the L.A.-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant with the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the Sepulveda Basin. Still, area residents fear the project will bring unwanted noise, congestion and fumes. Ramos took issue with the routing under Pass Avenue, near several condominiums and apartments. “If they looked at alternative alignments that did not traverse through residential properties, that would be a win for both Burbank and Los Angeles,” she said. “Ultimately, that’s what we hope would be done through the legal process.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – City officials here are taking Los Angeles to court, claiming an approved plan to run parts of a new sewer near local homes and businesses wasn’t adequately vetted under state environmental law. The case, filed by the city of Burbank earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, escalates the dispute over the Glendale-Burbank Interceptor Sewer – part of Los Angeles’ Integrated Resources Plan intended to prepare for L.A.’s wastewater treatment needs for the next 20 years. The Los Angeles City Council certified the project’s environmental impact study and approved the plan Nov. 14, despite protests by Burbank officials who said the sewer’s alignment affects the health, safety and welfare of residents. “We go to litigation as a last resort always,” Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow said Tuesday.
huge blow 2 REPLY Luke Freeman’s ninth goal of the season sealed a valuable win for QPR over Leeds Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops There were eight Championship teams in action on Tuesday, with QPR’s victory over Leeds the biggest talking point on an eventful night of action.Check out a round-up of all the action below…. QPR 1-0 LeedsQPR ended their seven-match losing streak in the Championship with a morale-boosting victory over Leeds United at Loftus Road.Luke Freeman, returning to the Rs starting XI after recovering from a hip injury, hit a second-half winner to move Steve McClaren’s up to 17th in the table.It was a blow for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who missed out on the chance to return to the league’s summit.Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 BrentfordSteven Fletcher first brace of goals since April 2017 was enough for the Owls secure all three points against Brentford and move up to 12th.The former Wolves striker now has three goals in his last two games having also found the net in the 3-1 win over Swansea at Hillsborough on Saturday.Steve Bruce’s men have now registered back-to-back home wins in the Championship. 2 tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Nigel Adkins’ Hull got the better of Millwall on Tuesday night Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Hull 2-1 MillwallJarrod Bowen inspired Hull City to their first victory in four games as they narrowly beat struggling Millwall at the KCOM Stadium.Bowen gave the hosts the lead after just eight minutes, but they were soon pegged back with Shaun Hutchinson drawing the Lions level from close range.Bournemouth loanee Marc Pugh restored City’s lead before the break though with a smart finish, with Neil Harris’ men unable to get themselves back into the contest after the interval. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ SORRY revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Bristol City 1-2 BirminghamBirmingham reignited their play-off bid with Connor Mahoney scoring one and creating the other as they moved to within three points of the top six with victory at Bristol City.Mahoney’s deflected effort put the visitors ahead before he turned provider in the second half when his free-kick was headed home by Michael Morrison.Famara Diedhiou pulled a goal back for the Robins with a tap-in finish to set up a dramatic climax at Ashton Gate, but Garry Monk’s side held on for a valuable three points.
“The gaffer sold me his ambition for the club and obviously the squad he wanted.“I knew we had the opportunity and it’s good to make the final but let’s be honest, we’ve haven’t won anything yet and we know it will be very, very difficult.“It’s going to be massive. The fans travelled down yesterday and so did we and it took six hours. It’s brilliant for them to come down and see us. I think we brought 3,000 so it’s a great achievement for a small club like us.”Richard Foster believes Celtic’s Stefan Johansen was lucky not to see red during the League Cup semi-final clash at Hampden. Scott Fox says he always believed Ross County were capable of reaching cup finals after being sold on Jim McIntyre’s vision for the club.The Staggies goalkeeper had to make several crucial saves in the 3-1 triumph over Celtic at Hampden including a penalty save from Leigh Griffiths.Fox made the switch from Partick Thistle to Dingwall last summer and he believes setting up a final meeting with Hibernian in March shows his decision was justified.Asked if he expected to be competing for silverware so soon, Fox said: “I knew, I said that when I was leaving. The Norwegian midfielder received a yellow card from referee Craig Thomson in the dying stages of the game following a tackle on Andrew Davies.But Foster feels the decision could have been different, saying: “I just thought it was a needless tackle from behind.“On a different day he could have been sent off. I think it is more of a decision to make if it is not right at the end of the game. I was pretty annoyed at it.“It’s a tackle you don’t need to make, it’s from behind , it’s not a hard man’s tackle. It’s a kick out at someone who doesn’t even know it is coming.”Ross County’s record goalscorer Michael Gardyne reflected on his second successive semi-final win over Celtic at the national stadium and backed Craig Thomson’s decision to show a red card to Efe Ambrose.Nigerian defender Ambrose brought down Alex Shalk in the box and Gardyne feels the official was correct to dismiss the 27-year-old.He said: “I was right behind it and I think Alex has done well to take his first touch across Ambrose and it’s a sending off. He looked like he was going to score so it’s a sending off.”