Chelsea lose again, City score six

first_img three minutes before halftime to equalise LONDON (AP): Defending champions Chelsea fell to their fourth loss of the Premier League season on Saturday, leaving Jose Mourinho talking about the possibility of being fired. In what appeared to be a pre-emptive move after yesterday’s 3-1 home loss to Southampton, Mourinho reminded owner Roman Abramovich that the club has an unwelcome reputation for discarding managers. In the six years before Mourinho returned to the Chelsea dugout in 2013 – after previously coaching the team from 2004 to 2007 – Abramovich went through seven managers. “If the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility, my team,” Mourinho told Sky Sports television. If losing four games out of eight so far in the league was not bad enough, Chelsea also lost at Mourinho’s former team, FC Porto, in the Champions League on Tuesday. “If the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club has had,” Mourinho said. “And the message is again that … bad results, the manager is guilty. That is the message the players have had for a decade.” Willian had curled in a free kick after 10 minutes to put the champions in front, but Steven Davis levelled before halftime. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle netted in the second half to give Southampton its first win at Chelsea since 2002. Chelsea are only four points above the relegation zone and 10 points behind fledgling leaders Manchester City. Their latest setback overshadowed Sergio Aguero’s five-goal performance as City trashed Newcastle 6-1. City’s dominant performance in the second half against Newcastle provided a reminder of the team’s title credentials after back-to-back Premier League losses and a Champions League setback. Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle in front in the 18th minute and it took Aguero until three minutes before half-time to equalise. But in a 13-minute spell at the start of the second half, Aguero added another four goals, while Kevin de Bruyne also got in on the scoring act for the leaders. Aguero had only scored three goals in the first two months of the season before yesterday and his tally might have been greater had he not been taken off with around 25 minutes remaining. “In other games, he was maybe having a lot of chances but not scoring,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC. “But today, he returned to his normal amount of chances he creates, but this time he scored. “He was not upset about going off. He was having treatment at half-time and it was a risk for him to finish the whole game.” Newcastle are last in the standings, still without a win after eight games. Northeast rivals Sunderland moved ahead on goal difference with a 2-2 draw against West Ham. Sunderland threw away a 2-0 lead to leave Dick Advocaat still searching for his first victory over the campaign. It’s similarly bleak for Aston Villa, who are a point further ahead with just one win to their name so far. Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke a 1-0 victory at Villa Park. There were victories for two of the surprise packages of the early season: Crystal Palace and Leicester. Leicester quickly bounced back from their first loss of the season last weekend by winning 2-1 at Norwich. Yohan Cabaye set up Yannick Bolasie’s header and then scored from the penalty spot as Palace beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to move ahead of Leicester into third place on goal difference. A meeting between promoted clubs Bournemouth and Watford ended in a 1-1 stalemate.last_img read more

Saving a castle

first_imgTUJUNGA- When William Malouf saw a photo of Weatherwolde Castle – gray, unkempt and slated for destruction – he knew just had to have it. The musician/preservationist spent the next 48 hours without sleep, researching the faux French-Norman castle built in 1928. And, even though he’d sworn off buying another fixer-upper, Malouf decided he would save the home and restore the castle to its former glory. “I said to myself, ‘I can’t pass on this house,”‘ Malouf explained as he led visitors on a tour of his new abode. “I personally, aesthetically, could not think of a more perfect-looking house.” Malouf closed escrow last week on the four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot castle, buying it from developer Scott Anderson who had planned to raze the Commerce Street house to make way for three new homes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The sale was a relief to Tujunga neighbors and preservationists, who learned about the plans in July after demolition was already under way and filed an emergency request to preserve the home as a historic monument. With the support of City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission recommended granting the house landmark status. “It’s a one-of-a-kind,” said Lloyd Hitt, president of the Little Landers Historical Society in Tujunga. “It’s the first one we’ve really had to fight to save, and it sends a message that the town respects some of its older buildings.” Frustrated with the number of historic stone houses and bungalows bulldozed for larger homes in Tujunga, preservationists rallied around Weatherwolde Castle. More than 1,100 people signed a petition to save it. Anderson initially said he would fight landmark status but decided in October to sell the castle to Malouf for $650,000, about $60,000 more than he paid for the property in June. Anderson also retained a 40-foot-wide section of the land and will develop one house, though he figures he could have made about $200,000 more by building all three. “These neighbors were going to fight me,” Anderson said. “If I was going to be stubborn and I’d hung on to the property, I’m convinced I could have won in a court of law. But it could have dragged on for years.” For Malouf, the timing and the opportunity were ideal. He and his girlfriend, Tara Greer, live in a restored stone house near the Bradley Landfill but were looking to move away from the noise of the dump. The gray stone work, gothic arches and turret of Weatherwolde was a dream come true. The castle was built in 1928 and owned by Monsieur Dumas, a Frenchman from Falaise who wanted to replicate the chateaus of his native Normandy. In 1937, Jack Harris won the house in a poker game and soon moved his family to the unique home, according to his daughter, Ann Harris McGarrell, who now lives in Vermont but wrote a long history of the house to aid in its preservation. Her mother, Dixie Ann Harris, worked for the Selznick Studio in Culver City, and Orson Welles and Boris Karloff were among the movie industry folks who visited the castle. It was later sold to Lady Yvonne Angell Kenward, an eccentric who set about restoring and putting her own signature style on the castle, according to a 1974 profile published in The Record Ledger. For years, the house was occupied by a family but hidden behind oaks and a wall of ivy, until demolition began this summer. Within a month, Malouf, his 13-year-old son, Vincent, and Greer will be moving into the home – one that has been picked apart in recent months. When neighbors thought the castle was going to be razed, they took stained-glass windows, French doors, copper door hinges and the lion’s head door knocker, and even used a sledgehammer to dislodge the ornate iron banister from the curving staircase. Anderson filed a police report, and a detective interviewed residents in the area about the missing pieces. Knowing those decorative elements were crucial to the castle’s character, Malouf went door to door in the neighborhood, asking whether there was any chance he could get the pieces back. Three days after escrow closed, Malouf had reclaimed about 70 percent of the “borrowed” items. He hopes to recover as many of the original pieces as possible and use them in the restoration work, which will take about a year to complete. “I’ve been given tons of support from the community and that’s great,” Malouf said. “But my interest was, first and foremost, selfish. I thought, This is a great house.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more