West Brom manager Tony Pulis praised the resilience and discipline of his side after they produced an unlikely 1-0 victory at Manchester United to allay their relegation fears.The Baggies survived an onslaught at Old Trafford, striking in the second half courteous of Jonas Olsson’s deflected strike and Boaz Myhill’s brilliant penalty save to deny Robin van Persie.The victory moves Albion up to the traditional ‘magic’ 40 point mark, and Pulis believes a combination of grit and luck was conducive to only their fourth away win of the season.“We’ve worked very hard this week and the lads were very resilient, everybody through the team played their part,” said the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss.“Saying all of that, you need a little bit of good fortune when you come to these grounds and we had that today. The players they brought on were on a different planet to what we are.”The victory could prove pivotal given the Baggies’ closets relegation rivals all won earlier in the day, and Pulis revealed he was unhappy with his players who were keeping close tabs on scorelines elsewhere.“I didn’t know the results before the game. The lads had the radio on and I went mad before the game because they shouldn’t be doing that,” said the 57-year-old.“You just need them to concentrate on the game and on what you can affect, not other teams’ results.”
It appears Southampton’s Victor Wanyama is still keen on leaving the Saints for Tottenham.The midfielder attempted to force a move to White Hart Lane in the summer, but his club were unwilling to sell.However, reports have surfaced in the Sun claiming Wanyama will not extend his contract at St Mary’s which expires in 2017 and will force a move away in January to reunite with former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino.“It’s not in Victor’s interests to sign an extension.“He loved working with Mauricio and would still like the move to happen.”Tottenham, though, have seen Eric Dier and Dele Alli emerge as a central midfield combination, while Pochettino also has option in Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.REPORT: DEMBELE ON HIS WAY TO ITALY FOR £10M? Tottenham transfer target Victor Wanyama playing against Chelsea 1
Plus, after four sparkling years of football, Trojan fans have undoubtedly put their pompous ways of the past behind them and now can bask in their success without getting bent over one loss. Right? Talk show callers checked in, as did those who frequent USC Web sites, as did the various media types who talk and write for a living, especially those who take an obscene glee yes, I’m talking about all of you in Bristol, Conn. in seeing a team fall off its pedestal. There were a lot of facets of USC’s performance that can be picked apart the first fourth-down miss, Reggie Bush’s SportsCenter motivated lateral, and the coaches not using LenDale White early and often enough. You can have all of them. I just want one to pick on, because it is a point very dear to Carroll’s reputation: What was up with the defense? Vince Young is an incredible player who brings things to the field few others can. He’s a bit of a genetic freak with his ability to move as fast and as quickly as he does for someone who stands 6-5 and weighs 233 pounds. He may have an odd delivery, but his release is lightning quick. And he has an insouciant about him that had to be unnerving for Trojan defenders. But even the greatest of players can be harnessed, and given how well USC has adapted its game plans in the past, it was equally unnerving to watch USC lie back in a base defense and take all of Young’s hits chin first. The defensive line played read and react all night in hopes of containing Young. It never worked. All it did was turn the most physical players on the defense Frostee Rucker, LuJuan Ramsey into watchdogs. The safeties stayed in a soft two deep alignment all night, which gave Young’s underrated receivers plenty of room to run their short routes. The next time the Trojans do a good job covering Texas tight end David Thomas will be the first time. He was always open and always single covered. Of his ten catches, six went for first downs and two others left Texas with a second-and-one. This didn’t make sense. I would have loved to have seen strong safety Darnell Bing planted in Young’s path more often than he was, given that the 6-2, 220-pound Bing is the team’s hardest hitter and biggest player in the back seven. Even when USC did something different on defense, it seemed like taking a flyswatter to King Kong. Those delayed corner blitzes were so slow to develop that Young never seem hurried or flustered. Plus, what chance did 5-10 Justin Wyatt or 5-10 Ryan Ting have of sacking Young on a blitz? USC never put a big man on Young and hit him hard enough to jar his confidence. The few times Young hit the grass, it was of his own choosing. The size and strength of the Longhorn offensive line, which lined up five 300-pounders, was clearly under-estimated, as was the relative size of USC’s linebackers in dealing with them. But still if you’re truly national championship material, you do not let any one player rack up 467 yards, even one as talented as Young. You find a way to throw his game off. Instead, USC had no clue what was coming beyond the fact that Young would be involved. That was sad. Also predictable. Months ago, it was posited here that the only way to beat USC would be to outscore their amazing offense, and that proved to be correct. Did you know that USC moved into Texas territory on every possession save two, the first drive of the game and one in the second quarter? That they scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half? And that they turned the ball over to Texas at the Longhorn 17 (downs), 19 (Bush’s fumble), in the end zone (interception) and at the 45 (downs), and that the game ended with their last play starting on the Texas 42? Yes, Bush made a huge mistake and struggled. Yes, Leinart has played better. Yes, the Trojans should have used White more. But the offense still did enough to win the game if the USC defense and its head coach hadn’t capitulated and spent as much time admiring Young’s work as the 93,986 in the stands. That’s not a criticism, of course, just an observation, and it comes and goes fleetingly. At least here it does. Elsewhere in the Trojan universe? One can never be sure. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Right? RIGHT? One wonders. As rational as all the above may be, there was a whole lot of dismay on the faces of Trojan fans in the Rose Bowl after the 41-38 loss. Clearly, USC fans have come to expect victory, and believe that their young men will find a way to win regardless of the setting, opponent or situation. Even in light of Vince Young’s brilliance, USC fans cheered with expectations of superiority which is what made their silence after the loss so deafening. There was no waiting period, no cooling off period, for the critics to come out of the chorus and start picking apart USC’s first loss some 28 months ago, in September of 2003, harping on everything from the obvious, like Carroll’s fourth-and-two decision, to the obscure. Assuredly, two national titles has bought Pete Carroll some equity among USC fans. After winning 34 games in a row, one can reasonably assume that the faithful of Troy will give him a mulligan, even if the errant upchuck happened to be for the national title in the Rose Bowl.
“I see very little foot traffic going through it since the homeless took it over,” said Powell. Parking lots to businesses facing Ventura Boulevard sit on one side of the Sale Avenue tunnel that reaches into a tree-lined neighborhood off Avenue San Luis. Although concerned about the September attack inside the Sale Avenue tunnel, Helia Rafael, who parks near it for work every day, has never experienced trouble there. “We park in back and have never had a problem,” Rafael said. Today’s public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Academy, 20800 Burbank Blvd. [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’About 50 residents living around Oakdale Avenue – an area that will soon light up as Candy Cane Lane with dazzling holiday displays – signed a petition to have the tunnel closed. Their concerns reached the neighborhood council about a week before Sgt. Gabriel Kearney was hit over the head with a beer bottle and then charged at with a long kitchen knife Sept. 9 in the Sale Avenue tunnel. As a result, both underpasses have come under scrutiny. The 50-foot walkway at Oakdale was once a heavily used shortcut for students walking to Taft High School and others living in the well-groomed neighborhood, seeking access to Ventura Boulevard. Rotten bananas, tomatoes and dried out bagels litter the tunnel today. Black, spray-painted tagging marks the walls smeared in places with feces. Glancing at the tunnel from his front yard, resident Richard Powell said the walkway serves no useful purpose for the area anymore. He wants it closed. WOODLAND HILLS – Two tunnels under the Ventura Freeway built as pedestrian walkways have evolved over the years into cavernous havens for violent criminals, and nearby residents want them closed. Two men, still at large, attacked a Los Angeles police sergeant in September inside a tunnel at Sale Avenue, while the other at Oakdale Avenue has become home to vagrants who often stumble around drunk and naked, residents said. “They drink alcohol and scream in the middle of the night. They go to the bathroom there and have sex,” said one Oakdale Avenue resident who asked not to be named, fearing retaliation. “Everyone is scared.” Residents and business owners with concerns about the two corridors can speak out at a public hearing tonight before the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, which will consider options for the tunnels at its Nov. 8 meeting.