Angus Gunn inspires Southampton as Chelsea draw a blank

first_imgBy Matt McGeehanChelsea dropped two points in their bid for a Champions League return as Southampton saw out a stalemate at Stamford Bridge.Eden Hazard was twice denied by Saints goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Alvaro Morata had a strike ruled out for offside as the Blues’ lack of attacking precision was evident once more in the goalless draw.Chelsea reached the turn of the year in fourth place, five points clear of Arsenal, but the Gunners’ win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, plus the stubbornness of relegation-threatened Saints, cut their advantage to three points.One of Southampton‘s eight changes following the loss to Manchester City came in goal, where Gunn replaced Alex McCarthy to make his Premier League debut.The 22-year-old used his head to repel Chelsea’s best chance of the first half, after Antonio Rudiger’s lofted ball had found Hazard.Hazard struck a bouncing ball from point-blank range, with Gunn making the save at the near post.That chance came after 34 minutes and even prior to that it had looked like the direct route would be most profitable for the hosts.Cesar Azpilicueta’s pass was just glanced on by Alvaro Morata, who came in for the injured Olivier Giroud as Chelsea’s sole change following last Sunday’s win at Crystal Palace.Saints were proving stubborn opponents, content to play on the break, with Danny Ings heading over a Cedric Soares cross after 15 minutes.Saints’ play was robust, with Oriol Romeu requiring treatment for a cut head and Jan Bednarek booked for a cynical foul on Morata.Willian was then clattered by Maya Yoshida and with Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi already injured on the sidelines, Maurizio Sarri was taking no chances. The Brazilian was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.Chelsea had a further opportunity before the break, which concluded when Ross Barkley found Morata but the striker’s poor shot was blocked by Yan Valery for a corner.Shane Long replaced Ings at half-time for Southampton, who went close when Stuart Armstrong had a shot turned around the post by Kepa Arrizabalaga.Saints appeared more confident in the second half, but they also had to be on their guard.Hazard was denied by Gunn again after 58 minutes. The Belgian cut in from the left and fired at the goalkeeper, who palmed the ball away.With Chelsea needing more creativity, Cesc Fabregas came on. Instead of replacing Jorginho, he came on alongside him, replacing Barkley to play in a more advanced role for the former Arsenal midfielder’s 500th appearance in English football.Fabregas thought he had unlocked the Saints defence within moments of his introduction.He found Morata, who netted after 70 minutes, but the strike was ruled out for offside with replays suggesting the call was marginal.The midfielder again was the creator as Chelsea – and Morata – came close once more.The Spaniard threaded a pass to Loftus-Cheek, who cut inside and fed Morata but The striker’s shot was unconvincing and straight at Gunn.Hazard then found Fabregas, but Saints crowded out any shooting opportunity and cleared.Marcos Alonso fell in the penalty area in stoppage time, more in desperation than expectation of a spot-kick, and then had a shot saved by Gunn as Saints held on to leave Chelsea frustrated and take away a valuable point.last_img read more

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Bakers move on from rout with tougher battle ahead

first_img“The game plan was just to let the other guys step up and to learn to play without me and Paul (Desiderio). That was really our game plan,” he said. “That was really the reason why he rested me in the game.”READ: Sara, also-ran Batangas stun Cafe FranceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith the team’s leading scorers only playing for a combined nine minutes in the game, Cafe France fell to also-ran Batangas, 91-69, as it stumbled to the playoffs on a two-game losing skid.Still, Ebondo said that the slump wasn’t any reason for the Bakers to fret knowing that it holds a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sara, also-ran Batangas stun Cafe France ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ PBA IMAGESCafe France couldn’t care less about what the result of its final elimination game against Batangas on Monday.Congolese Rod Ebondo shared that with the Bakers locked in at third place, there was no reason for coach Egay Macaraya to exhaust his wards going to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We have a game on Thursday and coach just wanted to rotate the players, especially if ever it happens that I get in foul trouble,” he said.However, Ebondo said that Cafe France must pick up itself from these recent string of losses and shift its focus to the playoffs, where it’s still awaiting its quarterfinal date.“We just have to forget about it and move on,” he said. “If we lose on Thursday, we will have a do-or-die, so now the competition is tough. We just have to forget about today and move on and focus on to the quarterfinals.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks look to be last team standing at season’s end

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption “This feels like a more organized version of Cleveland to me,” said Korver, who signed a one-year deal with the Bucks in July. Korver played in back-to-back NBA Finals with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018, and played for Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer when they both were in Atlanta. Budenholzer won Coach of the Year last season and with the Hawks in 2015.Other newcomers to Milwaukee this season include Dragan Bender, Wesley Matthews — who played his college ball at Marquette —, and Robin Lopez, who joins twin brother Brook. The most notable addition by general manager Jon Horst, last season’s Executive of the Year, was bringing in Giannis’ older brother, Thanasis.The 6-foot-7 forward, who last played in the NBA in 2016 for the Knicks, signed a guaranteed two-year contract with the Bucks in July.“My first thing is to compete,” Thanasis Antetokounmpo said. “And gracefully just try to understand how the system works. After understanding that, trying to see where I fit in, trying to see what the coach, what the team wants me to do, and then go out there and do it.”Despite having the league’s No. 1 defense last season, Budenholzer and Giannis Antetokounmpo both said the team needs to get better and tougher defensively. Though the team lost one of its top defenders in guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers, Antetokounmpo is confident the addition of his brother will help fill the void.ADVERTISEMENT California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LATEST STORIES “I’ve talked with coach about Thanasis,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “(I’ve said), ‘Hey … I trust him. I know that if you tell him to run through a wall, he’s going to run through a wall. And he’s going to get up and say, ‘Which other wall you want me to run through?’”While the Bucks manage expectations this season, they’ll also have to manage a rather large looming question: How much longer will Giannis Antetokounmpo be in Milwaukee?He can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. At that point, the Bucks can offer him a five-year, nearly $250M supermax extension. Horst recently told a crowd at a Bucks fan event that he intends to offer the extension to the three-time All-Star. The league office handed Milwaukee a five-figure fine, claiming Horst’s comments crossed the line regarding player contract comments.Antetokounmpo refused to discuss his future on Monday.“I’m not going to talk about it a lot,” he said. “I think it’s disrespectful towards my teammates talking about my free agency and what I’m going to do. So when the time is right, we’re all going to talk about it. I don’t think the time is right right now. … I’m not going to talk about it a lot this season and I’m not going to try to address it.”The Bucks open the season Oct. 24 in Houston against James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Rockets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “We gotta focus on ourselves, which is getting better each day, competing in practice so you can carry over to the game, and just build that winning culture, the great habits that we built last year,” Antetokounmpo said. “If we do that, we’re going to be one of the teams that will be the last one standing. That’s our goal.”Antetokounmpo, who is entering his seventh season with the Bucks, had the busiest offseason of this career. He had new press obligations after winning the MVP, launched his signature shoe with Nike, and played on the Greek national team in the FIBA World Cup. Somewhere along the way, Antetokounmpo said he also worked on his leadership skills and his game, specifically his jump shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Antetokounmpo largely earned MVP honors for his play in the paint. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged a league-leading 17.5 paint points in the regular season. But Toronto built walls in transition and sent multiple help defenders at him to keep him away from the basket. Struggling to find consistent driving lanes, Antetokounmpo, who averaged a career-high 27.7 points per game in the regular season, averaged just 22.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and 4.2 turnovers per game against the Raptors.Antetokounmpo has spent time this offseason shooting with new teammate Kyle Korver, one of the best shooters in NBA history.center_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ FILE – Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks stands on the court before the game against the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Fiserv Forum on May 15, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Expectations for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have never been higher.After leading the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins in the regular season and losing to the NBA champion Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals earlier this year, Antetokounmpo is putting his league MVP trophy on the shelf and focusing solely on taking Milwaukee to the next level.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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When work comes on vacation

first_imgThe credit – or culprit, depending on one’s view – is in part today’s array of devices that can easily keep people digitally tethered to workplaces, friends and family. The electronic gear was most commonly brought along by younger people – one in four below age 40 brought laptops, compared with 15 percent of those 50 to 64 and even less for older people. Reasons vacationers performed work-related tasks include an expectation that they be available; a worry about missing important information; or in some cases the enjoyment of staying involved, according to analysts and some of those surveyed. “I’m the final guy, so I make sure my customers are happy,” said Don Schneider, 43, a plumbing contractor from Buena Park, who also runs an online business that supplies video equipment for plumbers. Schneider says he limits his holiday check-ins to about a half-hour daily and tries to do it unobtrusively so he won’t annoy family and friends, making calls from his hotel room or car. Nineteen percent said they worked on their vacation even though they were technically off. WASHINGTON – Sun block. Beach umbrella. Laptop. One in five people toted laptop computers on their most recent vacations, an AP-Ipsos poll released Friday said. Along with the 80 percent who said they brought along their cell phones, the survey shows that going on vacation no longer means being out of the electronic loop. Sizable numbers are interrupting their unwinding time to check in at the office and, even more so, to keep up with the social buzz. About one in five said they did some work while vacationing, and about the same number checked office messages or called in to see how things were going, the poll showed. Twice as many checked their e-mail, while 50 percent kept up with other personal messages such as voice mail. Twenty percent said they checked work messages like voice mail, and another 15 percent said they called to check in. “It’s like a cloud hanging over my head until I get it done,” Lee Ann Harrison, 37, a third-grade teacher from Halls, Tenn., said of the work she did on a family trip to Southaven, Miss., for her young son’s baseball team. She said she found herself grading papers “between games, somewhere in the shade.” Men – particularly white men – were the likeliest to have checked for messages or worked while on vacation. Higher-educated and higher-earning people were also likelier to do work-related tasks, in part reflecting the demands of professional or managerial jobs. “Increasingly, especially when you’re in a managerial sort of role, it’s very difficult to walk away from the job totally given the communications technology we have today,” said Suzanne Bianchi, who chairs the University of Maryland’s sociology department and said she checks in about weekly while off. Some, such as attorney Barry Eisenson, 64, of Hollywood, Fla., said it would probably be more stressful not to check in while away. He said he stayed in touch with his office during a cruise to Alaska last year but had trouble getting through while sailing off the state’s panhandle, “so I rested.” People under age 40 were likeliest to check their personal e-mails, voice mails or other messages from vacation spots. But people checking for work-related messages tended to be a bit older, perhaps reflecting the greater work responsibilities that can come with age. “Men in their late 40s and early 50s, middle managers, feel they can’t afford to miss something, and a vacation is secondary to them in terms of importance,” said Geoffrey Godbey, professor of leisure studies at Penn State University. The AP-Ipsos poll had not previously asked about people’s work habits while on vacation. A Fox News-Opinion Dynamics poll in August 2005 had comparable figures to the AP’s on those checking in from vacation. “There are a lot of things about work that are very pleasurable,” John Robinson, a University of Maryland sociologist who has studied time use, said of staying in touch during vacation. “The question is, is it something you want to do or feel obligated to do?” Overall, about six in 10 in the AP-Ipsos poll said they were planning a vacation trip in the next year, with men a bit likelier than women to express that expectation. About half said they had taken one in the past year. Seven in 10 women and half of men said they had read a book on their most recent vacation. About three in four men, and six in 10 women, said they had read a newspaper. The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted May 15-17 and included telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. For the responses from the 523 people who said they took vacations in the last year, the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.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

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Fred Thompson leaves a New Coke aftertaste

first_imgIngraham asked why government should be telling individuals how much they can give to fund political speech by candidates they support. Thompson replied: “Why should the government ? tell a loan officer that he cannot accept money from someone trying to get a loan from him ? and then go ahead and give that person a loan? ? I mean, it’s bribery in the real world.” So he believes that political contributions are incipient bribes – but that bribery begins with contributions larger than $2,300. Which brings us to the financial implausibility of his late-starting campaign. Suppose he does something unprecedented – gets 100 people a day, from now until Jan. 1, to contribute the permitted maximum of $2,300. After subtracting normal fundraising costs and campaign overhead, he would still enter 2008 vulnerable to being outspent at least three-to-one by his major rivals. Is there, however, a huge cash value in the role for which he is auditioning – darling of religious conservatives? Perhaps. But their aspiring darling recently said in South Carolina, “I attend church when I’m in Tennessee. I’m in McLean right now. I don’t attend regularly when I’m up there.” New Coke was announced on April 23, 1985, with the company’s president piling on adjectives usually reserved for Lafite Rothschild – “smoother, rounder yet bolder.” Almost 80 days later, the public having sampled it, the company pulled the product from stores. Perhaps Thompson’s candidacy will last longer than New Coke did. George Will’s e-mail address is georgewill@washpost.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fred Thompson’s plunge into the presidential pool – more belly-flop than swan dive – was the strangest product launch since that of New Coke in 1985. Then the question was: Is this product necessary? A similar question stumped Thompson the day he plunged. Sean Hannity, who is no Torquemada conducting inquisitions of conservatives, asked Thompson: “When you look at the other current crop of candidates – Republicans – where is the distinction between your positions and what you view as theirs?” Thompson replied: “Well, to tell you the truth, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time going into the details of their positions.” He also is unfamiliar with the details of his own positions. Consider his confusion the next day when talk radio host Laura Ingraham asked him about something he ardently supported – the McCain-Feingold expansion of government regulation of political speech. His rambling, incoherent explanation was just clear enough to be alarming about what he believes, misremembers and does not know. Thompson said he had advocated McCain-Feingold to prevent, among other things, corporations and labor unions from “giving large sums of money to individual politicians.” But corporate and union contributions to individual candidates were outlawed in 1907 and 1947, respectively. Ingraham asked about McCain-Feingold’s ban on issue ads that mention a candidate close to an election. He blamed an unidentified “they” who “added on” that provision, which he implied was a hitherto undiscussed surprise. But surely he knows that bills containing the ban had been introduced in previous sessions of Congress before passage in 2002. In 1997, Thompson chaired a Senate committee investigating 1996 election spending. In its final report, issued in 1998, Thompson’s committee recommended a statutory “restriction on issue advocacy” during “a set period prior to an election” when the speech includes “any use of a candidate’s name or image.” And in 1999, Thompson co-sponsored legislation containing what became, in 2002, the McCain-Feingold blackout periods imposed on any television or radio ad that “refers to” a candidate for federal office – a portion of which the Supreme Court in June declared unconstitutional. Thompson, contrary to his current memories, was deeply involved in expanding government restrictions on political speech generally and the ban on issue ads specifically. Yet he told Ingraham “I voted for all of it,” meaning McCain-Feingold, but said “I don’t support that” provision of it. Oh? Why, then, did he file his own brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold McCain-Feingold, stressing Congress’ especially “compelling interest” in squelching issue ads that “influence” elections? Most lamely, Thompson takes credit for McCain-Feingold doubling the amount of “hard money” an individual can give to a candidate, which he says reduces the advantages of incumbency. But that is absurd: Most hard money flows to incumbents. last_img read more

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Rio Ferdinand’s rollercoaster career in pictures

first_img 11 The defender leading his country out against Austria at Wembley in 2010 – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand was named Fabio Capello’s England captain for the 2010 World Cup, but a knee ligament injury agonisingly kept him out of the tournament. He served as vice-captain for a substantial period of his international career. Ferdinand and defensive partner Nemanja Vidic – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Vidic and Ferdinand conceded 84 goals together in 11,692 Premier League minutes 11 The defender relaxes while on England duty – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand made his full England debut as a substitute against Cameroon in November 1997. He would go on to represent his country 81 times. 11 Rio’s final Premier League title win came back in 2013 – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Injuries had begun to take their told on the imperious centre-back but he still played a major role in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final championship win and also scored the last goal of Fergie’s managerial career. 11 Ferdinand and Peter Ridsdale after the defender’s big money move to Leeds – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand joined Leeds United from the Hammers in 2000 for £18m, making 54 appearances in a two-year spell at Elland Road. 11 The defender and Sir Alex Ferguson after another lucrative move to Manchester United in 2002 – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – The defender’s performances were recognised by Manchester United, encouraging Sir Alex Ferguson to spend a then British record transfer fee of £30m. He would represent the Red Devils more than 312 times in a hugely successful era for the club. Ferdinand celebrating with the Champions League trophy in 2008 – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – In the same month, Ferdinand secured his sole Champions League trophy win after the Red Devils beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow. 11 11 11 Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from football.The former West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender’s career spanned 19 years and saw him win 11 major trophies, including six Premier League titles.Ferdinand’s career encompassed thrilling highs as he won several major trophies and represented his country on 81 occasions and at two World Cups.The 36-year-old endured a rollercoaster ride during his professional career, and talkSPORT looks back at some of the most iconic moments. 11 Ferdinand won six Premier League titles with United, the third of which came in 2008 – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – 2008 proved the most iconic club season of Ferdinand’s career, first lifting his third Premier League title as United retained their top flight crown. 11 A young Ferdinand playing for West Ham – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand was one of many to begin their career at West Ham’s prestigious academy, going on to make his professional debut in 1996. Ferdinand celebrates scoring at the 2002 World Cup – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand scored three times for his country, none bigger than at the 2002 World Cup in Japan against Denmark. The Three Lions would go on to win 3-0 after the defender opened the scoring. 11 The defender marshalling his team-mates at his final club, QPR – Ferdinand left United for QPR at the end of 2013-2014 season, spending just a year at the London club before being released after their relegation to the Championship.last_img read more

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Liverpool and Arsenal told former Real Madrid man will cost £14.5m

first_img Jose Callejon 1 Napoli have slapped a £14.5m price tag on Liverpool and Arsenal-linked forward Jose Callejon.The former Real Madrid man has been tipped to leave Naples this summer with Inter Milan also interested in signing the 28-year-old.Callejon, who joined Napoli two summers ago from his boyhood club in Madrid, has been a revelation in Serie A – scoring 26 league goals from wide positions in the last two seasons.And now speculation concerning Callejon’s future at the Stadio San Paolo has increased following comments from the star’s agent.The Spain international’s representative has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that his client will consider any offers during the transfer window and is apparently keen to play in the Premier League.Callejon has three years left on his deal with Napoli and the Italian side will not be prepared to sell the attacker for anything less than their asking price.last_img read more

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Datebook 1/9

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY The Los Angeles County Public Library’s San Fernando branch will hold a Pajama Storytime session at 6 p.m., 217 North Maclay Ave. The session is free. Call 818-365-6928 for information. The executive board of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley will meet from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Van Nuys State Auditorium, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd. TUESDAY California State Parks will hold a public meeting on the general plan for the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the gym at Chatsworth Park South, 22360 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

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Mexico to keep troops away from U.S. border

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mexican government is investigating reports that Mexican soldiers aided drug smugglers across the Rio Grande, and it will not allow its soldiers within 3.2 miles of the U.S. border after an armed standoff in Texas on Monday. Mexican officials deny any incursions by their army and instead blame drug cartels for masquerading as soldiers in order to destroy the country’s foreign relations with the United States. “It’s just allegations,” said Rafael Laveaga, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. “We don’t deny criminal activity on the border, that would be foolish to do. Cartels are a global force right now.” Laveaga added that Mexican officials are conducting a full investigation into the incident and inspecting Mexican military bases near the U.S. border to see if any uniforms or equipment have been removed. Mexican soldiers will not be allowed into the 3.2-mile alert zone unless they have proper authorization, said Juan Carlos Foncerrada Berumen, the Mexican consul general in El Paso, Texas. The consul general also said Tuesday that the men who faced off with the Texas officers were not Mexican soldiers. He said Mexican military uniforms may have been used Monday to distort public opinion and damage relations between the two countries. In response to Monday’s incident, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined two Southern California congressmen in calling for an investigation into whether Mexican soldiers are helping smugglers. Reps. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, last week called for Congress to look into incursions based on documents showing Mexican soldiers had crossed into the country 216 times over the past 10 years. “We need to have these congressional hearings so all these can come to the forefront,” Dreier said Tuesday. Dreier said he was “horrified” by the reports and that investigations need to start immediately, regardless of whether the men were members of drug cartels or the Mexican military. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Tuesday saying it was investigating Monday’s standoff alongside state and local authorities. Monday’s armed confrontation took place 90 miles east of El Paso between U.S. law enforcement and roughly 10 heavily armed men, some wearing what appeared to be Mexican military uniforms. A more than 12-mile pursuit of three sport-utility vehicles ended at the Rio Grande where a Humvee with Mexican soldiers in it was on the U.S. side of the border, according to officials with the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition, an organization of the 16 sheriff’s departments along the Texas/ Mexico border. The first SUV made it back to Mexico, but the second got stuck in the low river. Men in Mexican uniforms set that vehicle on fire. The third SUV, which was carrying more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, was abandoned on the U.S. side with a flat tire. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, a member of the coalition, said that U.S. law enforcers saw what appeared to be a Humvee with a mounted machine gun. During a press conference Tuesday, officers said they saw men in Mexican Army uniforms dismantling what was left of the stranded vehicle, Gonzalez added. Gonzalez said he also received a call from Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday regarding snipers who were firing on Border Patrol agents from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. “If you don’t live on the border you don’t know what’s going on on the border,” said Gonzalez, who added that the Texas governor allocated $6million last year to assist the coalition in border security. “The border is so open, anything and anyone can get through. We feel our federal government isn’t protecting our border.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. sara.carter@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-8552last_img read more

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