‘Sterling should still be at Liverpool and would have thrived under Klopp’

first_img1 Raheem Sterling should still be at Liverpool and would have thrived under Jurgen Klopp, claims his agent.The England winger left Anfield in the summer to join Manchester City in an acrimonious £49million move and Aidy Ward, Sterling’s advisor, has pinned the blame for the breakdown of their relationship with Liverpool at the door of former boss Brendan Rodgers.“I have no issue with anyone but Rodgers,” Ward told the Daily Mail in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham.“He had a massive job with massive funds. How did he do? Good coach, but as a manager I didn’t like certain things about how he dealt with Raheem.“Fifty per cent of the players would probably tell you Brendan is not a good manager, but he is a good coach.“Raheem could have stayed, he should be at Liverpool. I think for me it was like he was being told to be a good boy and sign a contract.“In December I spoke to Liverpool and said we’ll sign a contract if there is a buy-out clause – those clauses are now common practice. They said no to that.“Then there were remarks. In press conferences, Brendan told everyone Raheem would sign – why do that?“I knew, Brendan knew and Liverpool knew there was an issue. Right now he probably should be a Liverpool player, but he’s not and he’s in a great place at City.”Sterling appears to be a natural fit at top-of-the-table City, scoring five goals so far, including a hat-trick against Bournemouth on Saturday.On the same day, made his debut as Liverpool boss following Rodgers’ sacking a fortnight earlier. Ward is a big fan of the German and expresses a certain regret that Sterling did not get to play under him.He said: “The new Liverpool manager probably would have been a great fit for Raheem – passionate, disciplined in the right way, new ideas, not afraid of trying new things. He’ll do great at Liverpool.“He’s going to get the best out of those players. It could have been a dream come true.”To read more from Adrian Durham’s MailOnline columns, click here Raheem Sterling last_img read more

How to make a Manchester City fan angry in 60 seconds

first_imgMan United v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 2pm on Sunday 25 October.Manchester City have had plenty of success in recent years, winning the Premier League twice in the last four seasons.The Citizens head into the Manchester derby full of confidence, after scoring 11 goals in their last two league games alone.So, to bring City fans back to earth, we’ve made a 60 second video compilation of nightmare moments from their club’s past, that would make even the staunchest City fan turn away in horror.VIDEO: HOW TO MAKE A MAN UNITED FAN ANGRY IN 60 SECONDSFor more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe for free to talkSPORT here!You can listen to Sunday’s Manchester derby live on talkSPORT here!last_img

Hull 0-2 Derby: Jacob Butterfield double sees the Rams climb to the top of the Championship

first_imgJacob Butterfield scored twice to former league leaders Hull City as Derby County climbed to the Championship summit on Friday night.Butterfield fired the visitors ahead inside the first 20 minutes at the KC Stadium before doubling the lead with a superb volley after 34 minutes.Hull came back into the game in the second half but were denied by a fine goalkeeping display from Scott Carson.The defeat for Steve Bruce’s side leaves them in second place ahead of Brighton, who can usurp the Rams at the top if they beat Birmingham on Saturday.After a cagey start from both sides, it was Derby who grew into the game quickest as they went close twice, first through Cyrus Christie’s mazy run and shot and then by George Thorne’s 35-yard effort.The deadlock was broken after 17 minutes when Andreas Weimann unlocked the Hull defence with a neat one-two, before the ball fell to Jacob Butterfield who sweetly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.Following the goal, both sides struggled to create anything else until Butterfield struck again ten minutes before half time.Christie’s cross from the right was cleared by the Hull defence but only as far as the 25-year-old who unleashed a first-time, left-footed volley passed a helpless Allan McGregor in the Tigers goal for his third if the season.Hull came out after the break on the front foot and almost forced an own goal from Richard Keogh as he was close to slicing into his own net.The hosts’ best chance of the night when Abel Hernandez set up Shaun Maloney on the edge of the area, but the Scot saw his short squirm slightly wide of Scott Carson’s post when he should have scored.Hull suddenly became the better team and Maloney should have scored again but was this time denied by the inspired Carson, who made a fine save.However, they could have found themselves three goals down as Tom Ince picked up the ball on the half volley but his shot whistled passed the post.The Tigers continued to push for that elusive goal, but Paul Clement’s side managed to hold out as Sam Clucas spooned over from close range at the death. Paul Clement guides his side into first place in the Championship 1last_img read more

Dodgers may snag Torre

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The New York Post reported on its Web site Tuesday night that Torre had agreed in principle to a $14.5 million, three-year contract with the Dodgers, but a baseball official with knowledge of the search told The Associated Press that no deal was imminent. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the job was still open. Torre’s agent, Maury Gostfrand, declined to comment. Still, the job appears to be Torre’s if he wants it. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who joined Little in a joint conference call with reporters to announce Little’s resignation, didn’t specifically acknowledge having spoken to Torre about the job and denied that an agreement with Torre or anyone else had been reached. “That is not accurate,” Colletti said. “What is accurate is that we are going to discuss who the next manager is, asking around a little bit to see where (potential candidates) are at and what their thoughts are. That is where we’re at.” BASEBALL: Some reports say the former Yankees manager will be replacing Grady Little. By Tony Jackson Staff Writer Although there were widespread reports on Tuesday that the Dodgers had all but reached agreement with free-agent manager Joe Torre to replace Grady Little, who resigned on Tuesday following several days of speculation about his job status, all indications are that so far, no such deal is in place. Shortly after the conference call, a flood of media reports in both Los Angeles and New York indicated that an agreement had been reached. But a well-placed Dodgers source, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted later on Tuesday evening that no deal was in place and no deal was imminent. Torre, 67, rejected a one-year, $5 million offer with up to $3 million in incentives last week to remain with the New York Yankees for what would have been his 13th season at the helm. Although the Dodgers aren’t expected to match that offer in terms of annual salary, they are expected to give Torre a lot more job security in the form of what probably will be at least a three-year contract to become the Dodgers’ sixth different manager since Tommy Lasorda retired in 1996. Torre is expected to bring at least two members of his New York Yankees staff with him in bench coach Don Mattingly and third-base coach Larry Bowa. Asked if an announcement on a new manager could come as soon as today, Colletti didn’t bite. “I can’t put a timetable on it,” he said. Maury Gostfrand, Torre’s New York- based agent, didn’t respond to messages left on both his office and cell phones. Meanwhile, Colletti seemed to shoot down numerous reports that he offered Little’s job last week to Joe Girardi, who was officially named on Tuesday as Torre’s successor with the Yankees. Although Colletti didn’t mention Girardi specifically, he did say that he hadn’t offered the job to anyone. Asked during his own conference call for the Yankees on Tuesday about the possibility of an offer from the Dodgers, Girardi ducked the question. “To me, this is about New York today,” Girardi said. “I will say from the time of last November until today, I talked with several clubs.” Little was signed through next season with an option for 2009. Financial details of his departure weren’t disclosed. “That is between Grady and the club,” Colletti said. Both Colletti and Little denied that the search for a new manager was being done behind Little’s back, saying Little had informed Colletti about 10 days before the end of the season that he wasn’t sure he wanted to return in 2008. Little didn’t sound like a man who had spent the past four weeks fretting over his job security. He didn’t sound like a guy who had just had his second chance at managing in the major leagues ripped from his fingers. “There is a lot of belief out there that I have been dealt an injustice here, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Little said during a conference call with Colletti. “Ned and I have been privately in communication since the end of the season, and we mutually decided this is the best direction for the Dodgers to take.” Little, 57, declined to give specifics for his decision, except to say it had nothing to do with speculation that Girardi or Torre was about to take his job. “I have my own personal reasons,” Little said. “There were a lot of things on my mind. We had a tough season this year, and tough seasons happen all the time.” Colletti stressed that he encouraged Little to return, but admitted he was talking to other candidates while awaiting Little’s decision, which, officially at least, didn’t come until exactly one month after the season ended. “I wanted Grady Little back,” Colletti said. “I encouraged him a handful of times to think it through. I knew where we were when the season ended, but I told him to take some time, and we would talk about things when things calm down. Little told Colletti on Tuesday morning that he had made up his mind. “I knew where he was leaning, and it was incumbent upon me not to just get caught with nothing at the end,” Colletti said. Instead of getting caught with nothing, it appears Colletti is at least closing in on landing a certain Hall of Fame manager in Torre, who guided the Yankees to playoff appearances in each of his 12 seasons at the helm. Those seasons included 10 division titles, six American League pennants and four World Series championships, all of which came in his first five seasons as manager. Although Torre’s success in New York is undeniable, it also is worth mentioning that it came with an organization that routinely had a player payroll around, or in excess of, $200 million. Before joining the Yankees, Torre also spent a total of 15 seasons managing in the National League with New York, Atlanta and St. Louis, compiling a combined record of 894-1,003 and making just one postseason appearance. He guided the Braves to the NL West title in 1982, but they were swept out of the best-of-5 NL Championship Series by the eventual World Series champion Cardinals. With the Yankees, Torre was 1,942-1,173. Little leaves after guiding the Dodgers to a disappointing, fourth-place finish in the NL West this season, the club collapsing down the stretch to lose 11 of its final 14 games as clubhouse acrimony between the veterans and young players bubbled to a very public surface. Little, who plans to “play with my grandkids,”, said the thought of managing in the future is “not even on my radar.” Colletti said he and Little remain close and that he plans to meet socially with Little, who lives in Pinehurst, N.C., either just before or just after next week’s general managers’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I told him if he wants to come back to the organization in a different capacity, the door will always be open for him,” Colletti said. Little managed four seasons in the majors (two with Boston) and compiled an overall record of 358-290, including 170-154 with the Dodgers. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Three men had earlier approached the teens and asked them “Where they were from,” police said. The boys denied any gang affiliation. The suspects fired five to six shots, police said. They then fled eastbound into the west alley of Whittier Avenue to a waiting getaway vehicle, described as a compact car. Witnesses told officers the car left southbound and out of sight. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 945-8250. Salsa Grill needs your Fox vote PICO RIVERA – The Salsa Grill needs your help. Nominated as one of L.A.’s best Mexican restaurants on My Fox LA’s Hot List, the eatery is currently a close second in voting. Supporters can log on to www.thesalsagrill.com, scroll down and click “vote” to cast your ballot. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you from My Fox to tabulate the final vote. Voting continues until Friday. Local restaurants are giving thanks WHITTIER – Several Whittier restaurants are joining the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast to more than 300 club members and parents Wednesday night. Marie Callender’s, El Pollo Loco, Red Robin, Chili’s, Subway at the Quad, Acapulco, Domino’s and Ralphs have all donated food. Many of the club’s children come from economically disadvantaged households, so the feast will be a welcome holiday treat. The Boys & Girls Club is open throughout school vacations during the holidays but will be closed on Friday to give staff time with their families. Special holiday hours are 10a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Dec. 17 through Jan. 4. For information, call (562) 945-3787, ext. 107. Domino’s raising dough for St. Jude WHITTIER – The recognized world leader in pizza delivery is gearing up to raise some dough for the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during its 2007 “Thanks and Giving” campaign. The Domino’s at 13205 Whittier Blvd. is asking customers to donate a dollar or two with their orders to benefit St. Jude. The campaign runs through Dec. 31. St. Jude is recognized internationally for its pioneering work in finding cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. For information, call (562) 945-7693. Prayer breakfast on tap Dec. 7 WHITTIER – The YMCA of Greater Whittier is sponsoring the 28th annual Christmas Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 Greenleaf Ave. The featured speaker is Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate and pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. The breakfast costs $15 per person or $150 for a table of 10. Reservations are required and seating is limited. RSVP by Dec.3 at (562) 907-2727. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Detectives are looking for three men who are suspected of shooting and wounding two teens on Friday. The 17-year-old victims, both Whittier residents, were still in hospitals on Monday, according to Whittier police Officer Jason Zuhlke. He said the teens were listed in stable condition. One was shot in the hip while the other was struck in the leg. The shooting happened Friday afternoon in the 7200 block of Whittier Avenue. Whittier police responding to a call of shots fired with a victim down across the street from John Greenleaf Whittier Park found the second wounded teen. last_img read more

Celebrating the `rose lady of South Pasadena’

first_imgALHAMBRA – It began as a show of appreciation, quickly became a tradition and soon won its practitioner fame as the “rose lady of South Pasadena.” Miriam Spaulding, the rose lady in question, celebrated her 100th birthday Monday, but at her party on Sunday, relatives and friends were joined by employees from the South Pasadena Post Office. Postal clerks from the office were the recipients of Spaulding’s flowers. Six days a week, she would walk to the post office and place a vase of flowers at each clerk’s station. Spaulding began the tradition in the early 1990s, when she worked out of her home as a products distributor for Neo-Life, which sells health products. Because she depended so much on the Postal Service for her business, “she really began to appreciate the people at the post office,” her son, Lincoln Spaulding, 60, said Monday. “That’s when she started to do the flower thing,” he added. “It even smelled like flowers in there,” her other son, Dick Spaulding, 68, said. These days Dick and his wife Linda run his mother’s business. “My mom says it started when she took a rose to one teller and gave it to her,” he said. “The other clerks said, `Where’s mine?’ So she brought a rose for each of them, and she couldn’t get out of it after that. That started the tradition.” “They still remember me,” Miriam Spaulding said. “I did it every day, I never missed a day. I always walked over. I didn’t have the heart to give it up, so I went every day. I put the flowers on the counter, in vases. The people loved the roses.” She delivered roses to the post office until 2003, when she retired and moved to the Marguerite Gardens retirement community in Alhambra. Born on Nov. 19, 1907, in Chardon, Ohio, Spaulding studied at the Oberline Conservatory of Music in Ohio and came to South Pasadena in 1933. She became a music teacher and one of the first members of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, where she was principal violist. “I walked around” South Pasadena, she recalled, looking for students and visiting their homes to give them lessons. She married Howard Spaulding in 1936 and the couple had two sons, Dick and Lincoln. When he died in 1954 at age 50, Miriam realized she had to do something to support her family, so got involved in selling mail-order health products. “She was interested in good health way back as a young person,” Dick Spaulding said. “She practiced natural, healthy living before it was cool. Good nutrition has always been her passion. “She believes that embracing a positive mental attitude, staying active both physically and mentally is the key not only to aging successfully, but living successfully and it played a big role in her longevity.” Spaulding had two older brothers who lived into their 90s, as did her mother. She has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. “She had a good mix of business sense and a passion for good nutrition,” Lincoln said. “All the time she was making a business of it, she was sharing good nutrition with other people and sharing her passion with other people.” In 1996, the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce honored Spaulding by naming her “Business Person of the Year.” CBS-TV did a story about her in 1996, her son said. And Huell Howser also did a segment on her that originally aired in September 1997. The program was shown again Monday to celebrate her birthday. Howser called her on Sunday and wished her happy birthday. “Miriam is truly a remarkable individual and makes an impact on everyone around her,” said Debbie Massey, Marguerite Gardens’ activities director. “As a musician, wife, mother, grandmother and businesswoman, she is an inspiration.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgLiam O’Hara from O’Hara & Harrison Electrical Contractors Donegal would like to wish Jim and the Donegal Team every success for All Ireland Final.Liam and his team have made a €100 payment to the Donegal Players Fund for this advertisement on Donegal Daily.All monies from adverts supporting Donegal on this website go directly to the Players Fund.  BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM O’HARA & HARRISON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM O’HARA & HARRISON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSlast_img read more

Revealed: Where each club is most likely to finish in the Premier League table

first_img 20 20 Southampton are most likely to finish 8th, with a 31% chance of finishing in that position – The Saints are given a 27% chance of finishing seventh 20 The weekend saw several significant results as a fascinating Premier League season reaches its final straight.Leicester City marched on towards what would be an utterly remarkable title success, while Tottenham – without a championship since 1961 – maintained their chase of the Foxes.In the battle for the Champions League places, Manchester United kept themselves in the frame with a vital derby victory at struggling Man City.West Ham, meanwhile, maintained their thrilling push for the top four, almost certainly killing off any faint hope Chelsea had of finishing fourth.At the bottom, Norwich boosted their survival chances with a win against West Brom, while Newcastle and Sunderland fought for a point apiece in the Tyne-Wear derby.So, where will these clubs (and the rest) finish at the end of the season?The boffin behind Sports Club Stats, might be able to give us an idea.Using a complex algorithm, involving millions of simulated fixtures – explained here – the website analyses the chances of a team finishing in each position.And it’s thrown up some interesting numbers, which you can see by clicking the right arrow above. Chelsea are most likely to finish 10th, with a 23% chance of finishing in that position – The Blues have a 0.0485% chance of finishing fourth. Yes, we’re saying there’s a chance! Swansea City are most likely to finish 15th, with a 30% chance of finishing in that position – The Swans are given a 28% chance of ending the campaign in 16th, with a 0.602% possibility of ending 18th and relegated. Sunderland are most likely to finish 18th, with a 38% chance of finishing in that position – The Black Cats may be in deep trouble, but the computer suggests they have a 29% chance of finishing outside the relegation zone in 17th, with a 5% chance of climbing as high as 16th. Arsenal are most likely to finish third, with boffins calculating they have a 56% chance of finishing the Premier League season in that position. Find out where your club is calculated most likely to finish – simply click the arrow above, right – The Gunners are also calculated to have a two per cent chance of finishing as champions, with a 14% chance of ending up second and 18% likelihood of finishing fourth. 20 Crystal Palace are most likely to finish 16th, with a 38% chance of finishing in that position – The Eagles are calculated to have a 2.529% of finishing 18th and relegated. Stoke City are most likely to finish 9th, with a 30% chance of finishing in that position – The Potters are given a 10% chance of finishing seventh, which could be a Europa League place. Everton are most likely to finish 11th, with a 22% chance of finishing in that position – And a 20% chance of finishing 10th. Evertonians will be looking to the FA Cup for excitement, then. 20 20 West Brom are most likely to finish 13th, with a 21.029% chance of finishing in that position – Along with the Hornets, the position the Baggies have the highest percentage chance of finishing in is 13th. Of course, only one club can take that spot, and West Brom are given a better chance of ending the season in 14th than Watford (19% compared to 17%). Manchester City are most likely to finish fourth, with a 33% chance of finishing in that position – City are calculated to have a 26% chance of finishing fifth, compared to a 14% chance of finishing third. 20 20 20 Manchester United are most likely to finish fifth, with a 28% chance of finishing in that position – The Red Devils are given a 22% chance of finishing fourth. 20 20 20 Leicester City are most likely to finish as CHAMPIONS, with a 76% chance of finishing in that position – The Foxes have a 21% chance of finishing as runners up. Incredible. Norwich City are most likely to finish 17th, with a 41% chance of finishing in that position – The Canaries are 31% likely to finish 18th and relegated, and have a 17% chance of finishing 19th, according to computer calculations. Newcastle United are most likely to finish 19th, with a 56% chance of finishing in that position – This makes bad reading for Magpies fans, with the computer calculating just a 13% chance of finishing 17th. Still, Leicester City confounded all opinion to escape relegation last season, so there’s always hope. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 Bournemouth are most likely to finish 14th, with a 22% chance of finishing in that position – The Cherries are also calculated to have a 21% per cent chance of finishing 13th, but just a 0.0274% possibility of finishing 18th, ie. relegated. 20 Watford are most likely to finish 13th, with a 21.431% chance of finishing in that position – The Hornets are given a 20.586% chance of placing higher, in 12th, and a 16% chance of moving up to 9th by the season’s end. Aston Villa are, you will not be shocked to learn, calculated to have a 99% chance of finishing rock bottom in the Premier League – The Villans have a one per cent chance of finishing 19th, according to computer calculations. Sums it up! Tottenham are most likely to finish runners up, with a 62% chance of finishing in that position – Spurs are given a 22% chance of being crowned champions, which would have been seen as amazing at the start of the season, and that is still a decent chance. They are given a 14% chance of finishing third, which would probably put them behind Arsenal, so it seems likely that at the very least Spurs will finally finish above their North London rivals. Liverpool are most likely to finish seventh, with a 27% chance of finishing in that position – The Reds now have just a three per cent chance of finishing fourth. West Ham are most likely to finish 5th, with a 25.891% chance of finishing in that position – The Hammers, like Man United, find fifth place tipped as their most likely finishing spot, but with a lower chance than the Red Devils of ending the campaign in that place (28% for the Red Devils). In fact, West Ham are given a 25.684% chance of finishing sixth, only marginally lower than the likelihood of them taking fifth spot. Perhaps most importantly, they’re given a 20% chance of finishing fourth and that sums up what a brilliant season they have had so far under the management of Slaven Bilic.last_img read more

Missed Mo Diame’s stunning promotion-winning goal for Hull? Watch it here

first_img Mo Diame celebrates with the trophy after his promotion-winning goal for Hull It’s said top goalscorers are worth their weight in gold (probably), but Mo Diame scored a goal worth approximately £163million to take Hull back to the Premier League.The Tigers went head-to-head with Sheffield Wednesday for promotion in Saturday’s Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday, and Steve Bruce’s side appeared to want it more as they sealed an immediate return to the top flight.The Owls were second best throughout, although they were still in with a shot of stealing a win as Hull failed to take their many goalscoring opportunities.Bruce was a nervous, angry wreck on the sidelines as his men wasted chance after chance, but the boss breathed a huge sigh of relief when Diame stepped forward with a stunner.Given far too much space 25 yards out, Diame took his chance and sent a wonderful strike over the outstretched hand of Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood, sparking pandemonium in the Hull half of the stadium.Somehow missed the action? talkSPORT have you covered…Watch the wicked strike below! 1last_img read more

Much condemnation and sorrow, but little agreement on Pakistan’s future

first_imgThe world denounced the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, paying tribute Friday to a brave, if flawed, champion of democracy. International leaders appealed for calm and held their breath to see whether violence triggered by the killing would gather momentum or fizzle out. French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged President Pervez Musharraf to proceed with Jan. 8 parliamentary elections even though Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party has lost its charismatic leader. However other world leaders were more guarded on the question of whether the elections aimed at restoring democracy to Pakistan should now go ahead as planned. The United States – which had staked hopes for Pakistan’s stability on Bhutto-Musharraf reconciliation and encouraged Bhutto’s return from exile in October – was ambiguous. President Bush called on the Pakistani people “to honor Benazir Bhutto’s memory by continuing with the democratic process for which she so bravely gave her life.” Asked whether the United States was confident that Pakistan could stage an election in January, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said: “Well, we’re going to see what happens.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he had spoken to Musharraf and urged him to “stick to the course he has outlined to build democracy and stability in Pakistan” – though Brown did not specifically say elections should be held Jan. 8. “This was a cowardly terrorist act designed to destabilize democratic elections,” Brown said. “The international community is united in its outrage and determination that those who stoop to such tactics shall not prevail.” Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro said the government had no immediate plans to postpone the vote, despite the growing chaos and a decision by Nawaz Sharif, another top opposition leader, to boycott the election. “Right now, the elections stand where they were,” he told a news conference. “We will consult all the political parties to take any decision about it.” The State Department issued a warning to Americans in Pakistan about safety concerns due to potential demonstrations and disruptions following the assassination. “All Americans are asked to keep a low profile and to avoid large gatherings during any declared mourning period,” the warning said. “The potential for sporadic violence and demonstrations is much higher during the period of mourning for former Prime Minister Bhutto, and Americans are asked to avoid funeral processions and large public gatherings.” Two U.S. lawmakers cut short their visit to Pakistan in the wake of the assassination. The State Department advised Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., to leave. They had been scheduled to meet Thursday with Bhutto and Musharraf. Britain’s Foreign Office warned citizens against all but essential travel to the country, as angry Bhutto supporters ransacked banks, waged shootouts with police and burned train stations in several cities. In Britain, home to a large Pakistani community, mosques planned to say prayers for Bhutto after regular Friday prayers. The United Nations Security Council summed up the world reaction by voting Thursday unanimously to condemn the killing and urge all nations to help bring those responsible for “this reprehensible act” to justice. Pope Benedict XVI condemned the assassination as a “brutal terrorist attack” and prayed that further violence would be avoided. In India, which has fought three wars against Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Bhutto was irreplaceable. “In her death, the subcontinent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country,” Singh said. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, who met Bhutto earlier on Thursday in Islamabad, said he was “deeply pained” by the assassination of “this brave sister of ours, a brave daughter of the Muslim world.” Even Bhutto’s many critics acknowledged her bravery. “She had plenty of physical courage and refused to be cowed by threats from local opponents,” left-wing writer Tariq Ali, who knew Bhutto for several decades, wrote in the Guardian. Bhutto’s friends acknowledged that her legacy was mixed. She was a champion of democracy whose two terms as prime minister from 1988-1996 were overshadowed by allegations of corruption. She faced death threats from al-Qaida and was a U.S. ally in the “war on terror.” But her government supported the Taliban in Afghanistan in the 1990s. Bhutto was under investigation in Switzerland for allegations that she used Swiss banks to launder millions of dollars in kickbacks. The case was closed after her death but Bhutto’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is still under investigation there. In October, Musharraf quashed long-standing corruption cases against Bhutto that paved the way for her return to Pakistan that same month. “She had a lot of flaws,” journalist Christina Lamb, a friend of Bhutto, told the BBC. “She admitted some of them in the end,” she added. “Whatever her faults, I think she was the best hope for Pakistan.”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