England manager Roy Hodgson has slammed the actions of snooping photographers after pictures emerged of a suspected team line-up which suggests he plans to start Harry Kane in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.Joint Premier League top scorer Kane was rewarded for his fine goalscoring form with his first call-up to the Three Lions squad last week, and his chances of earning his senior debut were boosted when Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge withdrew from the team through injury.The England side, who face Lithuania at Wembley on Friday ahead of a friendly against Italy next week, took to the St George’s Park training pitch for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and social media was soon abuzz after images of Hodgson’s tactics surfaced online.Long-lens shots uncovered what appears to be the boss’ intended team formation, with Kane and Rooney paired together up front, but the manager – who spoke with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on a Drivetime special from the FA’s training complex – warned against the press “spying” on his side.“It’s dangerous to do that”, he told talkSPORT.“It’s dangerous to spy on those types of things at a training session. That piece of paper is something we take out with us to training because he have to select teams.“I don’t think it’s right to suggest that, in order to avoid this espionage, I have to remember everything that I have thought about.“We change players around quite often, so if that’s what people want to read from the espionage, that’s up to them.“I just hope they don’t all come and blame me if I don’t start with Kane and Rooney, just because they saw it on my piece of paper, because they shouldn’t have been looking at it in the first place.”Listen to Drivetime’s exclusive interview with England manager Roy Hodgson in full above!
The family of critically injured Santa Fe Springs Councilwoman Betty Putnam asked the community for volunteers in their time of need.They were overwhelmed with the number of responses.“The city was inundated with calls and hundreds of e-mails,” said City Manager Fred Latham. “The response is typical for our community, and of course it has to do with how loved Betty is in Santa Fe Springs.”“We are so very grateful for the incredible kindness and generosity of so many of the people of Santa Fe Springs,” said Marian Putnam, one of the five Putnam children. “We thank everyone for their prayers and believe they are working to heal our mother.” Although there were dozens of people on the list to spend time with Marvin while the Putnam children are at the hospital, the family had to decline their help.The Putnam patriarch was uncomfortable with new people coming into the household, said Tom Yarwood, 86, another volunteer.The two veterans spend time talking about World War II, he said.“I would do anything for Betty or Marv,” Yarwood said.As would the others, including Rob and Jane Roberson, owners of Griffith Drug, Marlene Vernava and Juanita Trujillo. The Robersons, both 62, helped the Putnam siblings with their dad’s medicines.“They’ve been coming here for years,” Rob said. “We’re just doing what we can to make this time easier for the family.”Taking supplies — such as Kleenex, medicines and snacks — from the store to the Putnam home is pharmacy manager Trujillo, 33.She said she had tried to stop Putnam from going to eradicate the wasp’s nest.“When she told me what she was going to do, I told her to wait for my husband to help her,” Trujillo said. “She waved me off saying she could do it.”A couple of hours later, her daughter, Alyssa, 13, told her about Putnam’s accident.“We could never repay Miss Putnam for all she’s done for Santa Fe Springs,” Trujillo said.“Everybody loves Betty” said Vernava, 75, another longtime friend and president of the Santa Fe Springs Women’s Club. “She is Santa Fe Springs.”[email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAs of Thursday, Putnam, 77, who suffered severe head trauma in a fall last month from a 6-foot ladder, is breathing on her own and is able to sit up for short periods of time, said longtime family friend May Sharp.“The family is discussing a transfer to Presbyterian \[Intercommunity\] Hospital to start rehab in the near future,” she said.Putnam, who took the fall while trying to take down a wasp’s nest in a constituent’s back yard, is still in the critical care unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.“She can’t speak clearly yet,” Sharp said, “but she is doing a lot better.”Sharp, 75, is one of a core group of volunteers who have given support to the Putnam family, including caring for Marvin, 90, who needs dialysis three times a week.
The Drake University men’s basketball team takes its three-game win streak on the road this weekend to face Valparaiso for the first time this season. Saturday’s tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Drake’s first-half defense has spurred the recent hot streak as only two conference opponents have scored more than 30 first-half points against the Bulldogs this season. Additionally, MVC opponents are shooting just 38.8 percent from the field and 25.3 percent from three-point range in the first half against Drake. Senior Nick McGlynn is coming off his fourth double-double in MVC action with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance in Wednesday’s win over Evansville. This season he is averaging 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds against conference competition to rank second and first in the league, respectively. Live Stats Print Friendly Version Story Links Drake Game Notes Live Audio The Bulldogs have rolled to three-straight double-digit wins against Missouri Valley Conference opponents to sit at 4-3 in the league, one game behind Valparaiso (5-2). ESPN3 Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs return to Des Moines to host Illinois State, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.