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Mourinho ignores Pellegrini taunt

first_img “It was not once or two or three times that he said he doesn’t speak about referees. He killed Mark Clattenburg (after City’s draw at Arsenal). “It was not one, two, three, four times, he said he doesn’t speak about me or my team’s opponent. “He did it once more. I think it’s for you to comment. When I said I don’t want to speak about him. That’s what I try to do. “If you want the story you have to speak with him not with me. I keep in my place. I follow my line.” Mourinho, sticking to his line, refused to speak about the prospect of Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard returning to Stamford Bridge on January 31 if his Manchester City loan from New York City FC is extended. Mourinho said: “I don’t speak about players from other clubs. That’s not my problem. “We have lots of former players. I don’t want to speak about Frank, (Samuel) Eto’o, (Romelu) Lukaku, Ashley Cole. “If Ashley Cole wins the group or finishes second in the Champions League group (with Roma) and if we do the same can Ashley Cole be back to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea? Pellegrini was critical of Chelsea’s style of play in last Sunday’s Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium, likening it to Stoke. Mourinho said: “I don’t have a reaction. I think you (the media) should, not me. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined the opportunity to respond to Manuel Pellegrini’s “small team” taunt, but suggested the Manchester City manager should commit to his own vow of silence when it comes to discussing rivals. Press Association “I don’t have to speak about players from other clubs.” He also refused to comment on his relationship with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, who will be in the opposite dugout at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues boss would not discuss Roy Keane’s impact as Villa assistant boss or the struggles of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United. Diego Costa, scorer of seven Premier League goals this term, will start for Chelsea against Villa despite his hamstring travails. Mourinho has revealed Costa can play only one game a week at present, but the Chelsea manager insists he is powerless to stop Spain calling up the striker for next month’s international break. “He plays and he starts the game without problems,” Mourinho said. “The question is always the same: can he finish the game and be in conditions to play in Lisbon 48 hours later? It’s a question that in this moment I don’t know. “In this moment I don’t think about Sporting or the Champions League, I think about Aston Villa in the Premier League. He starts the game.” Ramires remains out with his abductor groin injury and Mourinho hopes the Brazil midfielder can have an extended rest to recover. “It’s a muscular injury. It’s not to play Tuesday or even to play against Arsenal (on October 5). “He needs the international two weeks break. He needs that time. Maybe he can be back after that.” Villa boss Lambert is already preparing his January shopping list after holding talks with the club’s hierarchy. The Villa Park chief has spoken to new chief executive Tom Fox about his transfer plans for the New Year. Lambert will be backed in the transfer market by chairman Randy Lerner. The American watched Villa lose 3-0 to Arsenal last week, his first home game for almost two years, and will continue to support Lambert with funds. “I’ve spoken to Tom Fox about January and whether we need to do something. It depends on personnel and injuries and ultimately the decision will come from the chairman,” Lambert told reporters. “He’s never once said: ‘you can’t do x, y and z’. You put it to him and if he thinks it’s too dear he says no. If he thinks it’s fine then fine. “If the chairman thinks it’s right he tells me I can if not he tells me no. That’s how it should be. “Randy’s been great, really supportive. “He came last week and I’m pretty sure he will get over to more games. “I don’t get any indication he will take the club off the market. I still think if someone comes in and makes an offer to make Aston Villa stronger and it is right for the chairman it will happen.” Villa go to Chelsea on Saturday after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season to the Gunners. Jack Grealish played 45 minutes of the game and the club are in contract talks with their midfield starlet. Villa have high hopes for the 19-year-old academy graduate and are speaking to Grealish, along with Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar, about a new deal. Lambert said: “Jack is developing. He’s nowhere near the finished article. He’s at the best place because he can get near the first team. “He’s playing little bits here and there but he’s still far from being an established player. Hopefully something will be done. “You have to put your best foot forward but we’re talking. Delph and Vlaar are different to Jack as they are seasoned professionals and we will see what happens.” Vlaar is likely to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge with a calf injury but Delph has recovered from the illness which affected the Villa squad last week. Nathan Baker, Darren Bent, Ashley Westwood and Andi Weimann are all available after sickness. last_img read more

Engineers gather for summit

first_imgNearly 800 engineers from across the country gathered at Bovard Auditorium on Thursday to engage in panel discussions and lectures that addressed 14 grand challenges in the field of engineering.Students, professors and administrators from various engineering schools participated in the 2010 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges National Summit, which addressed issues such as providing access to clean water and preventing nuclear terror. The summit was streamed live online, and attendees and viewers could send in questions via Twitter.“Engineering is about invention; it’s not just learning a bunch of science,” said Matthew Tirrell, chair of UC Berkeley’s department of bioengineering. “It’s about transforming the world.”A $1 million grant was announced at the summit Wednesday to fund the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition, open exclusively to Viterbi School of Engineering students .The first portion of the competition for a prize of $50,000 will take place in the spring, when teams will present a business plan before a panel of engineering professionals. The winner will have the opportunity to work with professional engineers to turn their ideas into reality.“We need more of those [awards] to stimulate creativity, innovation and instill in students the fact that they’re not just here to graduate in four years and join the work force,” said Simin Pulat, professor of engineering at Oklahoma University. “There are all these challenges that are waiting for us to solve and they do matter.”Keynote speaker Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering, said the summit was a place for engineers to come together and find inspiration.“You need a society that truly understands what we do at engineers,” Vest said. “This is a platform, a framework to get people excited, and a format for national dialogue.”An important part of the Massiah Foundation’s award is to get engineers thinking about the business applications of an invention, said Fariborz Maseeh, president of the Massiah Foundation.“Engineers are necessary but not sufficient to deliver the goods,” Maseeh said. “It is the cardinal reason behind the prize being launched today.”Vest said it is difficult discuss engineering in this country because of an obvious stigma against the field.“Many young people are not choosing engineering as a career and that’s a problem,” Vest said. “There is a lack of understanding in society about what engineers do.”Lisa Zerzemnieks, a senior majoring in civil engineering, agreed with the notion of an engineering stigma of being a nerd or deeply involved in research but said USC may be an exception to the rule.“USC kind of fights the stigma. We have a lot of engineers that do more than engineering,” Zerzemnieks said. “Engineering can be my career, but it’s not my life.”Vest went on to say that the greatest discrepancy among Asia, Europe and the United States in terms of industry is the lack of young engineers in the field.“There’s still no good answer. We’re still struggling as to why engineering isn’t seen as exciting,” Pulat said. “It’s another challenge all by itself.”Although the number of students in engineering might be scarce, funding sure isn’t.“I don’t worry so much about the money. Someone once said, ‘We have no money now we have to think ,’” said Jeff Wilcox, corporate vice president for engineering of Lockheed Martin.Wilcox said the funding could spawn innovation, a thought shared by Maseeh and the Massiah Foundation.“When you create small pools of money, it is amazing what some people can do with knowledge,” Wilcox said. “What they’re producing is going to be seen.”last_img read more

Wisconsin dealing with un-Settled keeper position

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team enters the 2007 season with options at the goalkeeper position. The only problem is that former UW standout Jake Settle has graduated and the Badgers’ current goalkeepers have never played in a Division I match. Last season Settle was a rock of stability for the Badgers, allowing 15 goals while starting all 19 contests. Despite the void left by the two-year starter, UW head coach Jeff Rohrman is confident that sophomore Ryan Vint and University of Connecticut transfer Alex Horwath will fill the gaping hole. “It is certainly some big shoes to fill. Settle did a great job for us but Alex (Horwath) and Ryan (Vint), who right now are our number one goalkeepers, have shown that they are capable and can win games,” Rohrman said. “To have two goalkeepers of that quality and that caliber really speaks well for what we have ahead of us.” So far this season, Vint and Horwath have split time nearly equally, giving up a goal apiece in two exhibition games against UW-Parkside and UW-Oshkosh. Although both are intent on becoming the starter, they nonetheless demonstrate a team-first attitude regarding the current goalkeeper situation. “I definitely want the starting job,” Ryan said. “But first and foremost I want what’s best for the team. Alex (Horwath) and myself have been battling, but it’s been nothing but positive to this point.” “Absolutely, there’s not a question in my mind,” Horwath said of his goal to win the starting job outright. “But we respect each other and push one another and pick each other up when one of us is having a bad day in practice.” Rohrman is not tipping his hand on who the eventual starter will be, and he has not ruled out the possibility of a goalkeeper platoon throughout the season. The sixth-year head coach believes each keeper brings a unique skill set to the table that will make for a lethal combination. “Potentially they could both be playing. They’re both too good not to be playing,” Rorhman said. “What you get is different strengths, and where one lacks something, the other one might make up for it, so it’s a great combination.” Horwath and Ryan are relishing the pressure as they continue to fight for the starting job. Rohrman believes that healthy competition will only add to the overall strength at the position, and his keepers do not disagree. “I think it’s exciting; expectations are very high,” Horwath said of the competition for the starting job. “It’s good to have pressure on you, and it’s only making us better.” “We both want that job, but competition is always a good thing,” Vint added. Both Horwath and Vint enter the 2007 campaign with immense confidence, but their lack of experience is undoubtedly a concern for a predominantly young squad. Rohrman, however, is not overly concerned, and believes both goalies are playing with something to prove. Horwath joins the Badgers after a tumultuous start to his collegiate career at UConn. After sustaining a rare knee injury, Horwath did not see eye-to-eye with Connecticut coaches who felt his knee was not healing fast enough. Vint, who was named a top-100 freshman by College Soccer News in 2006, redshirted last year and is hoping to prove he belongs. “That can be a great motivator for people, and any time you have had some adversity you can use it in the right way and that can motivate you and propel you to have a good career,” Rohrman said of Horwath’s time at UConn. “Ryan (Vint) did a great job for us last year and really improved as a goalkeeper, but we expect big things from both of them.” Rohrman has not commented on which, if either keeper, had gained an edge through the early part of the season, but nevertheless he likes what he sees thus far. “They can both make great saves; they are both tremendous at organizing and distributing,” Rohrman said. “This is the first time in six years for us that we have two goalkeepers that we feel are good enough to step on the field for us today.”last_img read more