Last Gasp Winner

Ryan Giggs equalized for United midway through the first half after Brian McBride had put the home side ahead. Ronaldo then ran at the Fulham defense and hit a deflected shot into the net.

“It’s significant winning, the way we played today,” Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said. “Fulham will feel very aggrieved at not winning the match.”

LONDON (AP) – Manchester United moved nine points clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 88th minute to earn a 2-1 win at Fulham.

United leads the league with 69 points, while defending champion Chelsea isn’t in league action this weekend because it plays Arsenal in Sunday’s League Cup final.

Also Saturday, Robbie Fowler scored two penalties in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United, and Charlton beat fellow struggler West Ham 4-0. Middlesbrough defeated Reading 2-1, and Everton beat bottom club Watford 3-0.

McBride scored his 12th goal of the season in the 17th. United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, a former Fulham player, blocked midfielder Simon Davies and the ball ran to McBride, who hit a diagonal shot through defender Nemanja Vidic’s legs and into the net.

Wayne Rooney set up Giggs in the 29th and the winger volleyed into the net with the top of his foot for his second goal in five days. Giggs also scored in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win at Lille.

Fulham’s Tomas Radzinski hit the crossbar with a header and Van der Sar stopped three shots from Davies and one by McBride.

Ronaldo hit his 16th goal of the season into the bottom corner off Fulham defender Philippe Christanval.

“That’s the most difficult game I’ve had all season,” Ferguson said.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman was angry his side were denied a penalty – and possible equalizer – by referee Peter Walton when Van der Sar appeared to bring down Heider Helguson after Ronaldo’s goal.

“The referee has no excuses, he was in the perfect position,” Coleman said. “There is only one way to put it and that is that he lost his nerve.”

Fowler scored penalties in the 20th and 25th minutes – both given for fouls on captain Steven Gerrard.

Fowler took the first kick after Sheffield United defender Rob Kozluk brought down Gerrard, because striker Peter Crouch had earlier been taken off the pitch with a bloodied head after a tackle from Rob Hulse. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said Crouch had broken his nose.

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LONDON (AP) – Manchester United moved nine points clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 88th minute to earn a 2-1 win at Fulham.

Fulham

Ryan Giggs equalized for United midway through the first half after Brian McBride had put the home side ahead. Ronaldo then ran at the Fulham defense and hit a deflected shot into the net.

“It’s significant winning, the way we played today,” Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said. “Fulham will feel very aggrieved at not winning the match.”

United leads the league with 69 points, while defending champion Chelsea isn’t in league action this weekend because it plays Arsenal in Sunday’s League Cup final.

Also Saturday, Robbie Fowler scored two penalties in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United, and Charlton beat fellow struggler West Ham 4-0. Middlesbrough defeated Reading 2-1, and Everton beat bottom club Watford 3-0.

McBride scored his 12th goal of the season in the 17th. United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, a former Fulham player, blocked midfielder Simon Davies and the ball ran to McBride, who hit a diagonal shot through defender Nemanja Vidic’s legs and into the net.

Wayne Rooney set up Giggs in the 29th and the winger volleyed into the net with the top of his foot for his second goal in five days. Giggs also scored in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win at Lille.

Fulham’s Tomas Radzinski hit the crossbar with a header and Van der Sar stopped three shots from Davies and one by McBride.

Ronaldo hit his 16th goal of the season into the bottom corner off Fulham defender Philippe Christanval.

“That’s the most difficult game I’ve had all season,” Ferguson said.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman was angry his side were denied a penalty – and possible equalizer – by referee Peter Walton when Van der Sar appeared to bring down Heider Helguson after Ronaldo’s goal.

“The referee has no excuses, he was in the perfect position,” Coleman said. “There is only one way to put it and that is that he lost his nerve.”

Fowler scored penalties in the 20th and 25th minutes – both given for fouls on captain Steven Gerrard.

Fowler took the first kick after Sheffield United defender Rob Kozluk brought down Gerrard, because striker Peter Crouch had earlier been taken off the pitch with a bloodied head after a tackle from Rob Hulse. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said Crouch had broken his nose.

Gerrard had his shirt pulled back by Nick Montgomery to earn Liverpool’s second kick and Fowler scored his third goal of the season.

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock said he approached Gerrard at halftime to tell him he was disappointed in how he earned the penalties.

“When you see the replay and you see Gerrard’s eyes you will know he thinks he has won a penalty,” Warnock said. “Some referees would see that Steven Gerrard used everything he had to get the penalty.”

Sami Hyypia scored in the 70th from close range, with Gerrard making it 4-0 in the 73rd.

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley didn’t enjoy his return to Charlton, where he spent 15 years before quitting in the offseason.

Jerome Thomas scored twice, with Darren Ambrose and Darren Bent each adding another at The Valley.

While Curbishley left Charlton in the offseason, current Charlton manager Alan Pardew was in charge of West Ham until December. Curbishley took over at West Ham and, later that month, Pardew was signed by Charlton.

“I couldn’t relax and I was never going to enjoy today,” Pardew said. “It was just about winning and we did that.”

Curbishley has just one win in 10 league games since he took over from Alan Pardew. West Ham is now 19th in the 20-team standings with 20 points. Charlton is 18th with 23 points.

Ambrose scored from a half volley after taking a cross from Marcus Bent in the 24th. Thomas scored 10 minutes later and Charlton goalkeeper Scott Carson protected the lead with a save from Nigel Quashie.

Bent made it 3-0 in the 41st and Thomas added his second in the 80th.

Middlesbrough won with goals from Mark Viduka and Ayegbeni Yakubu.

Viduka back-heeled the ball past Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann from close range in the seventh.

The Australia striker turned provider in the 69th, crossing to Yakubu, who scored into the roof of the net. John Oster scored an 87th-minute consolation for Reading.

Everton midfielder Manuel Fernandes scored in the 23rd minute, beating teammate Andrew Johnson to the ball to score. Johnson got his goal two minutes later after winning a penalty when he was brought down in a challenge from Watford defenders Adrian Mariappa and Jay DeMerit. Leon Osman scored Everton’s third in the 90th.

On Sunday, it’s: Blackburn vs. Portsmouth; Tottenham vs. Bolton; and Wigan vs. Newcastle.

In the League Ch
ampionship, West Ham went top after a 1-1 draw with Leicester after Derby lost 2-1 to Sunderland. Third place Birmingham also lost, 2-0 to Hull. West Brom and Derby have 63 points, with Birmingham on 61.

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Emily on the news !

My little 3-years old niece have been on the San Diego Tribune today. Very cute… She was spot when feeding the dragon a dollar bill.
The following is the content of SD Tribute Sunday ‘s front page from Elizabeth Fitzsimons

February 11, 2007

MISSION VALLEY – The children plugged their ears in anticipation as the crowd edged closer to the hanging strands of 360,000 firecrackers.

Then the fuses were lighted, sparks flew, and noise and smoke pushed the crowd back to where the air was fresh and people could hear each other’s shouts.

As a dragon went through the crowd at the Tet Festival at Qualcomm Stadium yesterday, Emily Tran fed it a dollar bill.


When the last firecracker blew, everyone who had packed the festival grounds at Qualcomm Stadium yesterday cheered. The celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, had begun.

The new year actually begins Feb. 18. But the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance, organizer of the San Diego Tet Festival 2007, planned the event for a week earlier to book the best entertainment acts.

Last year’s festival drew about 40,000 people. This year, 60,000 are expected over its three days. The festival, which began Friday, continues today.

“This is our biggest event,” alliance spokesman Larry Tran said. “The money we create from this festival we bring towards other events later on,” such as scholarships, health clinics for adults and free music concerts.

Community leaders and elected officials attended yesterday’s opening ceremony, and San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne took advantage of the captive audience to make a hiring pitch for officers and dispatchers.

In the crowd were older men in crisply pressed uniforms from their days in the South Vietnamese military. There also were young women in traditional ao dai tunics, their long hair tucked neatly into their headdresses.

During Tet’s three-day celebration, families gather and honor their ancestors, eat special foods and look forward to a better year.

This year, the festival features a re-creation of a Vietnamese village. There, Nam Nguyen welcomes visitors to a thatched house, where inside he set up his altar table and couch, which had been crafted from wood 100 years ago in Vietnam.

The crowd reacted at the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival when 360,000 firecrackers went off at Qualcomm Stadium yesterday.


Nguyen was 20 when he and his family escaped the Mekong Delta and were taken to Guam and then Camp Pendleton with other refugees.

“I came in 1975 and I haven’t been back there yet,” Nguyen said. “But I still remember my country.”

For Nguyen, Tet brings back many memories. Some are sweet, some painful.

He said the same was true for many older Vietnamese-Americans who had to leave loved ones behind when they fled their homeland.

To help preserve his culture, he founded a nonprofit group, Lac Viet Culture Center, which works with young people. “With the younger generation, sometimes they don’t know the meaning,” Nguyen said.

Nearby, bending over a low table, Darian Dong Hoc dipped a brush in black Chinese ink and carefully dragged its bristles across a yellow sheet of paper.

He was writing a visitor’s name, using a style he called “W.E. calligraphy,” a marrying of Western and Eastern cultures.

“I have learned by myself and I wrote a book,” said Hoc, who came from San Jose for the festival.

He turned the pages of a glossy book in Vietnamese and pointed to his work. Hoc is compiling a similar book in English and is reproducing all the artwork, this time with English characters instead of Vietnamese.

Some visitors had no personal ties to Vietnam pulling them to the festival. Glenn and Ruth Preston, a retired couple from Del Mar, read about the event and were curious.

They ate kebabs and pastries, and Ruth Preston bought some necklaces for her grandchildren – beetles in plastic hung on a red string, a sure kid-pleaser – and headed for the carnival games.

“How are you at shooting?” Preston asked her husband. “Get me one of those big bears.”

Beck’s latest spectacular free kick

Với cú sút phạt tuyệt đẹp gỡ hòa ở phút 37, tiền vệ người Anh đã giúp đội bóng Hoàng gia khởi đầu cuộc lội ngược dòng và giành chiến thắng 2-1 trên sân của Sociedad. Đây là trận đấu đầu tiên của David Beckham sau khi anh được HLV Fabio Capello chủ động “làm lành” cuối tuần qua.

Below is the latest spectacular free kick from Beckham