Der Klassiker: Bayern head to resurgent Dortmund

first_imgInjury-hit Bayern Munich head to resurgent Borussia Dortmund on Saturday shorn of their top stars and with the hosts out to prove there is still life in Germany’s ‘Der Klassiker’.The Bundesliga has been won twice each by Dortmund and Bayern over the last four years and the media has dubbed their meetings ‘Der Klassiker’ – Germany’s answer to Spain’s ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid.But a glance at the Bundesliga table highlights Dortmund’s dramatic fall from grace this season with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently tenth having started February bottom of the table after a disastrous run of results.In contrast, Bayern are ten points clear in the league table and heading towards a third straight league title.But Pep Guardiola’s Bavarians will be missing injured key stars Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Franck Ribery at the Signal Iduna Park.Defender Holger Badstuber is struggling with a hip injury, but veteran striker Claudio Pizarro is set to return from a leg injury. Bayern lost for the third time this season last time out going down 2-0 in Munich to Borussia Moenchengladbach, a fortnight ago.There is, however, no talk of an upset from the Dortmund camp.”At the moment it’s certainly not a top-of-the-table clash when you look at the table,” admitted Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc.”But it will still grab the attention of millions of fans across Germany.”‘Bad news’ -With Germany winger Marco Reus in superb form for both club and country alongside top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dortmund have the attack to cause Bayern problems.”We have generally never given up on a home game in advance,” said Klopp, who will be without Germany squad members Kevin Grosskreutz and Erik Durm.”I would suggest we don’t talk much and instead try to put in a good performance.”We’re not at the same level as Bayern and, unless I am mistaken, we never have been, but we have never considered ourselves to have no chance and that also goes for now.”With five wins and two draws in their last seven league games, Dortmund have pulled away from the Bundesliga’s relegation zone. They are free to focus on their domestic form following their Champions League exit to Juventus in the last 16.Even missing Ribery, Alaba and Robben, Klopp expects Bayern to be dangerous.”We still have to reckon with some top quality from Bayern, those boys can all play football,” he said.”But the fact is, Bayern will have to make a few changes without their three fastest players, which is what we have to be concerned about.”You have to prepare yourself for how the opposition will line-up against you.” Without Robben, Bayern’s top scorer this season with 17 goals in 21 games, Guardiola will be missing some pace on the flanks, especially on the left without wing-back Alaba and winger Ribery.”It’s bad news,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.”They are really important for us. We mustn’t complain, we need to look forward.”We’ve got a big squad and have to compensate for losses like this.”Fixtures: SaturdayBayer Leverkusen v HamburgVfL Wolfsburg v VfB StuttgartHoffenheim v Bor. MoenchengladbachWerder Bremen v Mainz 05Eintracht Frankfurt v Hanover 96Freiburg v CologneBorussia Dortmund v Bayern MunichSundayAugsburg v Schalke 04Hertha Berlin v Paderborn–last_img read more

James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight

first_imgTIP-INSHornets: G Nicolas Batum (bruised left elbow) was unavailable after being re-injured Wednesday against Washington and is day to day. He has only played in five games because of elbow injuries. Lamb returned to the starting lineup in Batum’s spot. … Charlotte’s only road win came against Memphis on Oct. 30.Cavaliers: Rose sustained his injury while driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points in his first season with Cleveland. … G Iman Shumpert (sore left knee) could return Monday after missing his third straight game.UP NEXTHornets: Host San Antonio on Saturday.Cavaliers: Travel to Philadelphia on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Smith split a pair from the line, both teams missed 3-point attempts and Charlotte called time with 11.1 seconds left. Jeremy Lamb missed a 3-pointer after the Hornets inbounded at midcourt and the rebound was tapped out to Kemba Walker, but his 3-point attempt fell well short.For Black Friday, the Cavaliers wore black uniforms. Cleveland also wore black jerseys when it won the first championship in franchise history, but the current edition is minus the sleeves from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneJames also switched from yellow to black shoes after scoring six points in the first half.Smith had 16 points, while Kevin Love had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives past Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 27 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists, J.R. Smith made the tiebreaking free throw with 48 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to seven straight with a 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.James had season highs in rebounds and assists in his 57th career triple-double. He’s 41-6 in the regular season against Charlotte and the Cavaliers have won 12 of 13, including eight straight against the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Tim Tebow working out, preparing for Year 2 in pro baseball OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which fell to 1-8 on the road. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams scored 17 points for the Hornets, whose three-game winning streak ended.Howard’s free throw broke a 93-all tie after Love was called for a blocking foul. Love thought he established position in the lane and waved his hand in disgust following the call.Howard added two free throws and Kidd-Gilchrist’s layup following James’ turnover pushed the lead to 98-93.James made a foul shot and converted a three-point play, cutting the lead to one. Kidd-Gilchrist hit a free throw but James scored on a drive that tied the game with 1:48 left.Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. Coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose, who has played in just seven of Cleveland’s 19 games this season because of a left ankle injury, to return to the team.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Money laundering a security concern

first_img“We cannot measure the problem of money laundering,” she said. “Quite frankly, the problem hasn’t gotten any better, only bigger.” Laundered money gets “washed” after it is introduced into the currency system via banks, money service systems, casinos and several other avenues, Salazar said. Profits from money laundering often end up financing legitimate businesses such as real estate firms, insurance companies and stock market investments, she said. Salazar also showed slides of thousands of dollars seized from cereal boxes, platform shoes, stereo speakers, bicycle tires and even inside condoms. “The hiding places are limited to the imagination of the crooks,” Salazar said. “They are getting pretty desperate.” Special Agent Martin Odenyo also advised business owners not to cut off all ties with a customer or business if they become suspicions. “Be non-committal, collect information and contact us so we can run them through our database,” he said. For more information, or to reserve a presentation for your business, call (213) 633-6249. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Local business owners can help stem the tide of money laundering and counterfeiting by reporting “red flag” signs to Homeland Security officials, an agent for the federal agency said Tuesday. “Know who your customers are,” U.S. Homeland Security Special Agent Ana Salazar told business owners at the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly security and safety briefing. “If you suspect someone or something doesn’t seem right – report it,” she said. Money laundering, the act of concealing the source of illegally gained currency, is a major concern for Homeland Security officials, expanding so quickly that federal agents are hard-pressed to keep tabs on it, Salazar said. last_img read more

Back at the Bridge? Chelsea to pull their man out of AC Milan loan deal

first_img Marco van Ginkel Chelsea are considering recalling Marco van Ginkel from his loan spell at AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.The Blues are reportedly unhappy at the lack of playing time the 21-year-old has had while at the San Siro, with the Dutchman having played just 31 minutes of Serie A football under Filippo Inzaghi.And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Jose Mourinho is ready to pull the plug on the deal.The Blues are reportedly considering loaning Van Ginkel out to another Premier League club during the January transfer window instead. 1last_img