first_imgTHE Champions League has reached its business end with all four English teams escaping their groups to make the last 16.And they will be joined by sides from just four other countries – with only French, Spanish, German and Italian teams making it through.2 Tottenham and Liverpool are both back in the Champions League knockout stages following last year’s finalCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhat are the Champions League draw pots?The Champions League draw is quite straightforward, in that each group winner faces a group runner-up.Pots are divided accordingly, with each group winner able to play any runner-up except the team which came second in their group and teams from their own country.Group winnersPSGBayern MunichMan CityJuventusLiverpoolBarcelonaRB LeipzigValenciaRunners-upReal MadridTottenhamAtalantaAtletico MadridNapoliDortmundLyonChelsea2Who can Man City face?Man City will be hoping to avoid a trip to the Spanish capital, whether it be a nightmare tie against 2018 champions Real Madrid or a potential banana skin against Atletico.Pep Guardiola’s men would be reasonably confident of triumphing over their other potential opponents – Napoli, Dortmund and Lyon.However, they did face Lyon twice in last season’s group stage and picked up just one point from the two games.Best: LyonWorst: Real MadridWho can Liverpool face?Like Man City, Liverpool will be hoping to avoid a match against their 2018 conquerors Real Madrid, or rivals Atletico.They could also face Dortmund or Lyon but Atalanta, rather than Napoli, are their third potential opponents.The Reds would likely be more than happy with a match against the Italian side, who qualified with just seven points and are playing in exile at the San Siro this season.Best: AtalantaWorst: Real MadridMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWho can Tottenham face?Tottenham will be pleased not to be facing Bayern Munich again, after losing 7-2 and 3-1 in their group stage matches with the German champions.The European pedigree of Barcelona and Juventus makes them their most challenging opponents, while they would also be keen to avoid a ‘Mauricio Pochettino derby’ with PSG.Jose Mourinho would be expected to beat a young RB Leipzig side while Valencia currently sit 8th in La Liga and would represent a good draw.Best: ValenciaWorst: BarcelonaWho can Chelsea face?Finishing second behind Valencia in their group could come back to bite Chelsea as they face the most difficult path to the last 16 of all the English sides.European big-hitters Bayern Munich, Barcelona and PSG are all potential opponents, while they could also face a reunion with Maurizio Sarri and Juventus.RB Leipzig would undoubtedly be Frank Lampard’s preferred option after they won a relatively straightforward group containing Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg.Best: RB LeipzigWorst: Barcelonalast_img read more

first_imgWILLIAN would be a perfect fit at Tottenham under his old boss Jose Mourinho, according to former Premier League star Kevin Phillips.Arsenal are also interested in the Brazilian who looks likely to leave Chelsea at the end of his current deal but Phillips thinks their North London rivals would suit the winger better.3 Willian would be a good signing for Tottenham under old boss Jose Mourinho, according to Kevin Phillips3 Mourinho signed the Brazilian for Chelsea for £30m in 2013Mourinho signed the 32-year-old for Chelsea in 2013 when the Blues paid Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala £30million for him.The Special One also tried to reunite with the Brazil international when he was Manchester United manager.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsAnd ex-Sunderland and Crystal Palace frontman Phillips reckons he would slot straight in under Mourinho at Tottenham.Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: “Willian is a player that I like.“I think he’s got great qualities, great attributes.“At the end of the day, it’s whether or not he fits into Mourinho’s style and where he plays.“Mourinho generally plays a 4-2-3-1, so you could certainly see Willian playing on the left or right and giving them a bit of quality.“If they get him on a free and it isn’t too much money then go for it.3“He’s been in and out the side at Chelsea, whereas if he goes to a side where he’ll play week in and week out, you will certainly see the best of Willian.“For me, he’s still got plenty to offer in the Premier League, and if Tottenham were to secure his services, I think that would be a good signing.”Willian is out of contract on June 30 and the Brazilian is still keen to stay in London.Coronavirus threatens to delay the season beyond that date meaning stars like him could get temporary extensions.Talks with the Stamford Bridge outfit over a longer term deal have stalled after Willian asked for a three-year extension but the club only offered two.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himHe recently told ESPN: “We really like London, I have said it many times.“It is a city where my family and I love to live.“Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three years and everything stopped there.”Prem plan to play all 92 remaining games behind closed doors at neutral grounds on live TV amid coronavirus outbreaklast_img read more

first_imgTOTAL SHARES1,966 (each 1.2 ‘)1,166 (each 1.2 ‘)1,383 (every 1.5 ‘)906 (every 1.3 ‘) SUFFERED FOULS40 (every 55 ‘)8 (every 173 ‘)59 (every 35 ‘)10 (every 121 ‘) LOST BALLS301 (every 7 ‘)239 (every 6 ‘)179 (every 11 ‘)120 (every 10 ‘) TRIED PASSES1,521 (every 1.4 ‘)859 (every 1.6 ‘)975 (every 2.1 ‘)753 (every 1.6 ‘) MINUTES PLAYED2,2201,3852,1121,216 Source: OPTA ACTIONS IN THE RIVAL AREA29 (every 76 ‘)32 (every 43 ‘)9 (every 234 ‘)4 (each 304 ‘) MATCHES PLAYED251825twenty OCCASIONS GENERATED10 (every 222 ‘)24 (every 57 ‘)7 (every 301 ‘)12 (every 101 ‘) HEAD CLEARANCE28 (every 79 ‘)7 (every 197 ‘)12 (every 176 ‘)2 (every 608 ‘) CASEMIROKANTÉCAMAVINGASOUMARÉ % SUCCESS ON THE PASS83.7%83.2%87.6%89.7% RECOVERIES218 (every 10 ‘)132 (every 10 ‘)147 (every 14 ‘)85 (every 14 ‘) ASSISTANCE2 (every 653 ‘)02 (each 1,056)0 MATCHES AS HEADLINE251624fifteen INPUTS (TAKLES)83 (every 26 ‘)38 (every 36 ‘)105 (every 20 ‘)19 (every 64 ‘) GOAL ATTEMPTS34 (every 65 ‘)16 (every 86 ‘)15 (every 140 ‘)1 (every 1,216 ‘) * Data from this season in the League Real Madrid has begun the hunt for a Casemiro clone (28 years old) and in his peephole he has three quoted pieces: Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), the club’s favorite for his youth (17 years), projection and physical and technical power; N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Mature midfielder (29 years old) and contrasted, a true champion of the Premier and of the World, although he does not exercise exactly the same function as Case; and Boubakary Soumaré (Lille), 21 years old and theoretically the most affordable of the three by price but not due to the absence of suitors since Klopp has been behind him for a long time to incorporate ‘his’ Liverpool. Of these three applicants that Zidane manages to oxygenate Casemiro, immovable for the technician, Kanté is the one who, right now, can go the ‘double’ more than the Brazilian. The statistics of both are almost a trace. And even the Chelsea player, who is usually more accompanied than the Brazilian, improves in some ways the Real Madrid player.Kanté, in a season in which injuries have slightly eroded that image of an indestructible player, he recovers in the Premier the same as Casemiro in LaLiga (one ball every 10 minutes), his losses are similar (one every 7 minutes of the Brazilian for one every 6 of the French), they average the same actions per game (1.2), his pass success rate is identical (83%) and they have the same goals (3). But there are pulses that decant to one side or the other. Casemiro is more powerful in the air game (he clears a ball every 79 ‘; Kanté does it every 197’), assists more (two goal passes by none of the Frenchman) and dares more (averages a shot every 65 ‘; French takes 21 more minutes). However, Kanté generates more chances (one every 57 ‘against the Brazilian’s 222’ average) and is more active in the dangerous zone (one action every 43 ‘in the rival area; Casemiro’s average is 76’ …) .Statistics support Kanté against Camavinga and Soumaré, whose numbers are further away from Casemiro’s, especially the Lille player. But There are some aspects in which Camavinga, on pole at the Bernabéu offices, ‘sweeps’ the Chelsea midfielder. One is in the ground level entrances to steal the ball, what the English call ‘tackles’. There, the one from Rennes is a specialist. Average one every 20 ’; Kanté takes 16 more minutes. Another is the one of success in the pass. Camavinga has uncovered himself as a player who chooses quickly and well (he has an extraordinary positioning and oriented control). If you see that there is no advance option, the pass is secured. It has an 87% effectiveness (Soumaré inflates the chest in this statistic: 89%). Below you can see the complete comparison.France Football: Kanté, not less than € 70MNevertheless, Although the numbers point to Kanté as Casemiro’s best ‘twin ‘, Real Madrid’s first choice is Eduardo Camavinga. It is true that Chelsea guarantee immediate performance, it is more than done to the rigors of the elite, but his age (29 years), his price (France Football publishes that the London club will not let him go for less than 70 million) and that his physique begins to send signals, they make the fingers of the white club point to the Franco-Angolan. For DNI (17 years), for projection, for physical power and technical qualities. CI assure that he is non-negotiable and he is seen in Camavinga as the perfect player to cook alongside the Brazilian, learning from his trade when the time comes for relief. Something like Madrid did, advised by Zidane, with Varane when Pepe was on the roster. Of course, the operation is warned that it will be more expensive. Varane cost 10 million. It is said that for Camavinga, Rennes, who wants to keep him one more year, would ask for around 50 million … FOULS COMMITTED64 (every 34 ‘)37 (every 37 ‘)48 (every 44 ‘)16 (every 76 ‘) SCORED GOALS3 (one every 740 ‘)3 (every 740 ‘)1 (each 2,112)0last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,In 2015, I wrote extensively about the lies and deceit being perpetrated by the AFC, not to mention the cronyism and corruption. However, once again, the lying and deceitful nature of the AFC is coming to the fore prior to the Local Government Elections (LGE).It behooves an RDC Councillor to stringently adhere to the facts and evidences on issues which he or she attempts to highlight to the public via the media. This is so since an RDC Councillor holds a key position and responsibility which is geared to foster socio-economic development of the Region.Many times, at the RDC statutory meetings, Councillors would be rebuked by the Regional Chairman for making unsubstantiated, irresponsible, and reckless statements, and he treated both sides of the House in an impartial and objective manner.On Saturday, 25thAugust, an RDC Councillor, Mr Devin Sookraj, made a reckless allegation against factory workers at the Blairmont and Rose Hall Estates. He was at the time hosting an AFC TV program ‘Alliance on the Move’. He claimed that these factories were sabotaged by workers under the directive of GAWU and the PPP, and that was the reason for the downfall of GuySuCo. He further claimed he was going to bring a former GAWU representative on the said program to substantiate his spurious and scandalous claim.It must be recalled that a Commission of Inquiry was held by the Coalition Government in 2015, and it listed a number of reasons why GuySuCo suffered a decline, but nowhere did the COI mention sabotage as being one of the reasons. Therefore, as an RDC Councillor, Mr Sookraj should not have been obsessed with wild allegations to gain political mileage to garner some votes, since the LGE is around the corner. This irresponsible Councillor needs to understand that the AFC has exhausted its baggage of lies and deceit, and they can no longer fool the populace. No number of lies can resurrect the AFC, and he should know that.Instead, Mr Sookraj should educate the people of Region 6 what his party has contributed to the socio-economic development of the Region since 2015. He should tell us what the AFC is doing to alleviate the sufferings and deprivations of the more than 4,000 sugar workers in Region 6. This Region, which was worst hit by the wanton dismissal, has been on a downward trajectory with no solution forthcoming. Instead, these AFC officials are on television ‘cussing’ down people who have been working assiduously to bring solutions to these problems, whilst they remain muted on the plight of the residents of the Region.It is a fact that Mr Sookraj, as an AFC Councillor, has never made any recommendation which can assist the sugar workers, yet he is on television spewing nonsense in his trademark incoherent manner. Mr Sookraj and his counterpart, Mr Dereck Basdeo, should be more vociferous in persuading people why they should vote FOR the AFC, and NOT why they should NOT vote for the PPP. The PPP has always been the vanguard of the working people of this country, unlike the AFC, which is hell-bent on extracting the last drop of blood before they are kicked out! The people can no longer be fooled, so stop fabricating lies!I am positive that both these ‘gentlemen’ would want to be nominated as Councillors at their respective NDC, so they should tell their constituents what they have done so far. I know they have been around selling lies and making deceitful statement about the many ‘things’ they will do for them.Sookraj and Basdeo should also explain to the residents of Region 6 the ‘legality’ of the $120 million contract which was awarded to AFC bigwigs, and the basis for the MoPI vehicles being used to transport sand for a private venture.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

first_imgDr. Norkeh being presented a sample butterfly from Dr. Gono, center, VPI Tozay looks onOn June 2, 2018, The Nimba County Community College honored Dr. Fredrick Norkeh for the many contributions made during the establishment of the college.The President of the college, Dr. Yar Dunlah Gonway Gono and her entire staffs praised Dr. Norkeh for making the college what is it today. She said during the though times at the college, Dr. Norkeh as board chairman stood firm and ensured that there is peace among the faculty and students.Dr. Norkeh was appointed by then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as chairman of NCCC Board of Trustees in 2012 to ensure effective execution of the mandate of the institution, the position he held up to the coming of the CDC led government.Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick Norkeh were heavily received by the entire school body with dancing and praising, parading with him from the main entrance of the auditorium, where the occasion was held. They were both gowned by all the departments of the institution as sign of appreciation for his services he rendered as board chairman.NCCC Class of 2016 post with Dr. Gono near the newly dedicated monument eracted in honer of Dr. GonoIn response to the honoring and appreciation, Dr. Norkeh thanked Madam Sirleaf for calling upon him to serve his people. He also thanked the college for remembering his efforts or services to the college.Reflecting on how hard he had to work to get to where he is today, Dr. Norkeh said “education was hard to achieve in those days, especially for those from the poor background.”“If leadership was something that one were born with, then some of us will never become a leader due to the background we came from,” he said. “Some of us came from a poor background that could not permit us to become a leader, if leadership was something you were born with,” he added.The honoring and appreciation program was climaxed with an unveiling of a giant statue that was built in honor of Madam Yar Gono, President of the college. The statue was an initiative of the Class of 2016 known as “Class of Korkia”.The student council leader of the class, Williamson S. Walee, praised Dr. Gono for making the college the best among all the community colleges established under former President Sirleaf.Rep Larry Younquoi, representing the County Legislative Caucus, also praised both Dr. Norkeh and Dr. Yar Gono for their countless services, saying, “it is good to give a person a flower, while he/she is still alive”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has commenced remedial works on the damaged 69 kV submarine cable which runs across the Demerara River and links the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants.According to the company, the armour and insulation protection of the cable, which extends to the conductors, was damaged at two locations in June and August by vessels traversing the Demerara River.The 69 kV cable, which rests along the upper Demerara River within proximity of Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the Demerara River in June.Due to the extent of the damages, two repair kits had to be sourced from China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC), the company that laid the cable in 2012.However, repairs to the cable were delayed due to the discovery of the second damage in August, which required additional diagnosis and testing.As a consequence, both repair kits were manufactured and shipped to Guyana.Following the arrival of the kits, the contractor, CMC, immediately commenced work to retrieve and repair the compromised sections of the cable, which were approximately 0.7 and 0.8 km offshore the Kingston Substation.Upon completion, the cable will be re-energised to transfer power generated by the Vreed-en-Hoop Plant to supply the eastern section of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS).Additionally, as a preventative measure, the cable will be reburied in the Demerara River to a depth of approximately 15 feet.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action for Gor Mahia in a past Kenyan Premier League clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has challenged returning midfielder Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi to prove himself after re-signing for the club, three years since he left for seemingly greener pastures in the South African Premier Soccer League.Omondi has returned to the side after impressing in a number of training sessions and Kerr hopes the qualities he saw during that period will come on show competitively. “I saw a player with a player’s mind and someone who I believe will help the young players in the team,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Omondi, known for his fancy footwork and eye for goal was a star during his period at Gor, having been among the youngsters brought into the K’Ogalo stable by former coach the late James Siang’a alongside the likes of Musa Mohammed and Teddy Akumu.He left the club in 2014 for a move to South Africa, but the same never materialized. He returned to the country and has played for Sofapaka and Police FC in the National Super League.“He was a star then and that is great. But this is the present and he has to take the chance and make the future for himself. It’s all down to him and he will get all the help he needs from us,” the British coach, currently on holiday in his native England said.Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action for Gor Mahia in a past Kenyan Premier League clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Gor Mahia has also acquired the services of Ivory Coast striker Ephraim Guikan who joins from Mauritian side AS Port Louis.The arrival of Guikan who had been with the team for their final game of the season in Kisumu last month now means that Gor must drop at least one foreign players to maintain their number at five.Sources close to Capital Sport intimate that Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza who joined at the beginning of this year is headed out after failing to amass enough playing time despite arriving with much expectation from Tanzania’s Azam.It is rumored he could be headed back to Rwanda with his former club APR.The club is also said to be trailing Ulinzi Stars’ winger Samuel Onyango who Capital Sports understands has already tendered his resignation with the military.“We are bringing in new players and definitely whoever is coming in has to have the hunger to succeed and achieve, same as those who remain,” Kerr added.Gor Mahia won their record 16th league crown under Kerr who joined in June when the clubw as struggling for results. His target next season hugely hinges on continental football and he hopes the club will make it to the group stages.He returns to the country on December 28.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 Peanuts, absolute peanuts.That’s what Arsene Wenger managed to pick Monaco captain Emmanuel Petit up for in June 1997.The sum of £2.5 million would be just about enough to purchase you an unproven Polish midfielder by the name of Krystian Bielik by today’s standards.But 18 years ago it was enough to secure the services of a man who would go on to become one of the finest central midfielders in the game.While Gilles Grimandi also arrived on the same day as his countryman, from the same club, it would be Petit who had a major impact at Highbury.The pony-tailed Frenchman began his career with minnows ES Arques-la-Bataille, before then Monaco manager Wenger first spotted his countryman’s obvious talent.The teenager, who was initially fielded as a defender, became a key member of the side and, while Le Professeur trotted off to expand his footballing education with Nagoya Grampus in Japan, Petit stayed with the principality outfit.Petit became club captain and led Monaco to only their sixth Ligue 1 title during the 1996/97 season, which proved to be his last at the Stade Louis II.Initially he held talks with Tottenham Hotspur, but having pulled the wool over Spurs’ owner Alan Sugar’s eyes – taking a cab to the red half of north London rather than the nearest airport – Petit joined the Gunners and formed instant understanding with countryman Patrick Vieira.The pair underpinned Arsenal’s 1997/98 double winning campaign, before departing for the 1998 World Cup.Only Petit started the final against Brazil, but it was substitute Vieira’s perfectly weighted pass that set up Petit to score his country’s third goal and secure a maiden world title for Les Bleus.Meanwhile, the double proved to be the last silverware that Petit would win at Highbury, bar two Charity Shield victories.But thanks in part to Petit’s impact, Arsenal had become the only serious challengers to Manchester United’s almost complete Premier League dominance.Goals may not have been claimed by the hatful, but he contributed several memorable strikes during his time with the Gunners, including a piledriver against Derby County and a deft chip against Tottenham Hotspur.Defence splitting passes were more his thing, although he also turned his hand to acting in a 1998 episode of police TV drama The Bill.While his acting left something to be desired, Petit’s intelligence and composure with a football did not go unnoticed across the continent.He answered the Camp Nou’s call in the summer of 2000 and agreed to join Barcelona alongside fellow Gunner Marc Overmars.The double deal made Arsenal a whopping profit margin of 300 per cent, but while Petit may not have been the most flamboyant member of Wenger’s first great Gunners side, he was vital nonetheless.Grimandi, meanwhile, was a figure who may not have made headlines during his five years in north London, but was a reliable squad player.Now 44 years old, he is currently an Arsenal scout, sourcing new talent across the channel for his former club. Emmanuel Petit last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester City have made contact with Rennes over a deal for Ousmane Dembele.The winger has broken into the first team this season and his tally of 12 goals has caught the attention of clubs around Europe.Borussia Dortmund have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the 18-year-old, while Paris Saint-Germain are keen too.But, according to L’Equipe, the Reds and City have now both made formal approaches for Dembele.The Premier League pair are aware of Dortmund’s advanced negotiations with the player and have decided to act fast.Dortmund had a bid of £12m rejected recently and Rennes are holding out for offers which exceed £20m. Ousmane Dembele: The Rennes winger has 12 goals in 25 appearances this season 1last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “My hope is that whoever is the next superintendent is going to be a partner with the city of Los Angeles,” he said. Romer, who is facing mounting criticism for the school district’s poor academic record and takeover bid by Villaraigosa, showed a decided change of direction after earlier assurances that he would serve out his contract. He was on vacation and not available for comment, but district spokeswoman Stephanie Brady said the 77-year-old administrator’s decision was “personal” and was no secret within the district. Romer has offered to work as long as the district would like him to and until a replacement is securely in place. For months, the board has been planning the costly and lengthy superintendent selection process in closed-door meetings, said Marlene Canter, board president. And Romer’s offer merely came up amid these talks to help ease the transition, she said. It was not in response to pressure by Villaraigosa who had recently begun meeting with Romer over the high dropout rate and school governance. And it would allow the district to stop paying Romer’s salary when he stops working. “Our focus right now is finding a bold, reform-minded superintendent with great leadership skills to stand on the shoulders of Roy Romer’s (legacy),” Canter said. But the move could provide an opening for Villaraigosa, said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs. “It is still going to be a big fight. Most of the major competing interest groups, the unions, the board are allied against what the mayor wants. The wild card will be the parents groups,” Regalado said. The board must still find a head hunting firm before it can begin a lengthy process of public hearings. “Who the district hires will be a key of how we move in the future,” said A.J. Duffy, union president for the districts 48,000 teachers and health workers. “I have the utmost respect for Romer. He presided over the district for five years while test scores have gone up dramatically, in some cases higher than the state average and he will have have presided over the building of 160 schools by 2012.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday he wants to have a say in the selection of a new LAUSD superintendent after word surfaced embattled incumbent Roy Romer would be willing to step down before his contract expires. Romer told board members last month that he would leave his $250,000 a year post as soon as they found a replacement, according to district officials. His contract doesn’t expire until June 2007. But his offer is likely to set off intense campaigning and infighting as unions, parent advocates and even millionaires push their own candidate. Already Villaraigosa, who has vowed to put the issue of mayoral control on the 2007 or 2008 state ballot, said that he is looking for a reform-minded candidate who will push the issue of a school dropout rate and further raise achievement scores. last_img read more