RUBBING SHOULDERS PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago captain, Carlos Edwards, has hailed the appointment of former national teammate Dennis Lawrence as men’s senior team head coach. The 42-year-old Lawrence was announced by the T&T Football Association on Saturday to fill the post left vacant by the resignation of Belgian Tom Saintfiet. “I think it’s a really good decision. His passion and commitment to the game is second to none. From the time he started accumulating his coaching badges, he dedicated everything to himself and his development in order to fulfil his ambitions,” said Edwards, who along with Lawrence were members of the T&T side which made history by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “I think this opportunity now is the best thing for Dennis and the country on a whole. “He will always be the man who played a critical role in taking us to the 2006 World Cup with his efforts throughout the campaign and the goal against Bahrain and now with his experience and being in the Premiership has made him into a better coach, rubbing shoulders with the best coaches and players in the world.” Lawrence played 89 times for T&T and is best remembered for the goal against Bahrain in a two-legged qualifier which saw the country clinch their spot at the World Cup for the first time. He spent several seasons at Welsh side Wrexham where he played alongside Edwards, and also turned out for Swansea City and Crewe Alexandra. Edwards, who also played with Lawrence at local side Defence Force, said his former teammate possessed the qualities needed to be successful in his new post. “He has the sixth sense about the game and his leadership will be valuable. Obviously he will have his own methods of coaching and dealing with the players. “From his days at Defence Force where we played together, you could see something special in him and his desire to coach at the highest level and he has maintained that passion past his playing days.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a full squad to pick from It’s the start of a tough couple of weeks for Tottenham, beginning with the Europa League last 32 first leg match against Fiorentina.Thankfully for Spurs fans, manager Mauricio Pochettino has a full strength squad to pick from due to a free weekend following their FA Cup exit.“Everyone is fit – this is important – and now I must pick the players for Thursday night,” Pochettino said.“It’s difficult for me to select the squad but that’s a good problem to have.”Possible Tottenham XI: 1 1 VIDEO: THE FIORENTINA GOAL THAT MADE THOUSANDS OF SPURS FANS SMILEWest Ham visit White Hart Lane after the Italian side, so the manager may save players for the London derby. Nabil Bentaleb, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela – who knows Fiorentina well from his time at Roma – and Federico Fazio are waiting in the wings, but with Mohamed Salah now playing, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are ideal full-backs to combat the winger’s pace.Up front for Spurs, Nacer Chadli and Andros Townsend’s speed could prove tricky for Micah Richards and Stefan Savic.
SOUTH EL MONTE – He might have been wearing a clown hat, but there was no doubt about who was the king of the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Wappo, a 4-month-old golden retriever, took center stage at the fashion show Saturday as the Chinese community celebrated the Year of the Dog, which actually begins Jan. 29, according to the lunar calendar. “It’s our first time here and I can’t control my dog because he is so excited,” said Quinn Johnson, 18, of Hacienda Heights. Johnson’s mother, who is Chinese, named the dog Wappo believing it was how you say “handsome” in Spanish, he said. Indicative of the diverse community of El Monte and its surrounding communities, the eighth annual festival features swap meet-style booths with Oriental trinkets and artwork, commercial products and community-related activities serving the interests of the Chinese and Latino communities. Carnival rides, massages and a plethora of Chinese dishes served as a break from the vast array of bargain booths. An estimated 80,000 people are expected to attend the free two-day event in South El Monte, which continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. “This is my first time here and it’s great to bring my little son out to play in these rides,” Tony Carson said. “I just had the barbecue lamb on a stick and that was delicious.” Promoting the expansive culture of Chinese performance art, the main stage included acts from kung fu masters, magicians, singers and traditional dragon and lion dancers. Among the booths were various charities including one from the Los Angeles American Asian Lions Club in Monterey Park. Event sponsors include the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Yes Marketing Group and the Comite Civico Latino-Americano. “It’s a big event with a lot going on,” said Napoleon Medina, executive director of Comite Civico. “Whittier \ is in a Latino area so the gathering of these two cultures is great. You see Latinos eating tacos and it’s great to get a chance to see Chinese merchants eating some tacos as well.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110 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!