The nature of the offence means Mourinho is most likely to face a fine, rather than a ban. Mourinho went to sit with the fans, making the day of those he sat next to, but his own frustration was clear. Speaking earlier on Monday, prior to the FA’s announcement, Mourinho insisted he did not understand his sending off. “I don’t know the reason why the referee stopped me doing my work,” he said. “Until that moment (when he is informed why) I’m not going to make any comment. “To be with the fans was not funny. It’s frustrating. “You want to communicate with the players and you couldn’t do it.” While he would not comment on his own conduct, Mourinho had plenty to say about that of Cardiff. Press Association Eden Hazard scored the controversial equaliser after Samuel Eto’o dispossessed Cardiff’s David Marshall as the goalkeeper bounced the ball, contrary to FIFA rules. That brought lengthy complaints from the Welsh club, but Mourinho had little sympathy. Speaking on Chelsea’s arrival in Germany at Dusseldorf airport, ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League Group E clash at Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Mourinho said: “If I was in that game and I was paying my ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a median (average) of 21.5 seconds. That is a waste of money. “When you multiply that by the number of times the game was stopped, you pay for 90 minutes but you see 55 or 60. “For me, that’s breaking the rules.” Mourinho insisted Eto’o’s interception was an “intelligent action” and that Marshall’s actions were a warning to aspiring goalkeepers, including his own son. The Portuguese added: “When I arrived home the first thing I told my kids who like to play goalkeeper: ‘See the goal and don’t be silly?’ And he’s 12.” Mourinho disagreed with FIFA’s law 12, governing the incident, which states “the goalkeeper is considered to be in possession of the ball while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air”. He added: “If, in this moment, FIFA says that it’s a foul, it’s a foul. “But I think Samuel did well. Maybe the referee did wrong. “In my opinion, that should be allowed as it was for years. No contact with the goalkeeper. “The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball. They had almost half a minute. That’s breaking the rules.” Mourinho was also asked about another controversial ‘goal’ this weekend, when Stefan Kiessling had one awarded for Bayer Leverkusen when the ball went through a hole in the net. Mourinho said: “If I was the manager of Leverkusen, I would ask to repeat the game. “If I was the manager of Hoffenheim, I would do the same. “If I was working in the German Bundesliga – and you are one of the European countries that is not in economical problems – I don’t understand why you don’t spend a few million (euros) to bring technology on the line. “If it was the Portuguese or the Greek league, I would say no chance. But with the German one, I don’t know why you don’t do it.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct after being sent to the stands during his side’s 4-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday. The Football Association has given the Portuguese until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge. There were a number of controversial incidents in the game, none more so than Chelsea’s disputed equaliser, and Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor after losing his cool.
Manchester United target Arturo Vidal has seemingly ruled out a move to Old Trafford. The sought-after Juventus and Chile midfielder has been closely linked with a big-money switch to United this summer but, according to reports in Italy, the 27-year-old has indicated his future is not with Louis van Gaal’s side. Speaking on his return to Turin following a post-World Cup holiday, Gazzetta dello Sport reported Vidal as saying: “Can I say that I stay at Juve? I do not know. I will talk with (new Juve coach Massimiliano) Allegri then we’ll see. I’m happy here. ” I have not yet spoken with Allegri and even with my friends, I do not go to Manchester.” Press Association
(REUTERS)-Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium destroyed Estonia 8-1 to seize top spot outright in World Cup Group H qualifying yesterday.Coach Roberto Martinez’s men also struck through Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal from Ragnar Klavan, with the first three coming inside the opening 25 minutes.Estonia replied just before the half-hour through Henri Anier but it was a lonely highlight for the Baltic nation who are second from bottom with three points.Meunier’s first international goal after eight minutes began the deluge as he timed a run to the back post perfectly to head home Carrasco’s cross.Mertens’ shot from outside the area took a wicked deflection for the second goal after 16 minutes and Hazard made it 3-0 with a powerful drive after a swift attacking move.A rare defensive slip then allowed Anier to turn and beat keeper Thibaut Courtois before the break.Belgium added three more goals in six minutes soon after the hour mark as they claimed their fourth group victory.Unmarked Carrasco finished off a square pass from Lukaku before Klavan steered a centre by Mertens into his own net.Mertens then grabbed his second goal with a chip over the goalkeeper after Lukaku’s effort had been well saved.Lukaku was rewarded for his contribution when his 83rd- minute shot took a deflection to leave goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu with no chance.The Everton striker was then fed five minutes later with a clever ball from midfield and he raced towards goal before shooting into the corner of the net.Belgium have 12 points from four games, two ahead of second-placed Greece and five in front of Bosnia who are third.Greece were held 1-1 at home by Bosnia yesterday.
Stepping up after the injuries to AnnMarie Brown and Taylor Wurtz, Jacki Gulczynski has became a scoring and rebounding machine in her sophomore season.[/media-credit]It’s often said life can work in mysterious ways, and everything – whether good or bad – happens for a reason. Even the most disappointing, heartbreaking moments can have a lining of silver behind them that is not at first visible.When the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) lost both Taylor Wurtz and AnnMarie Brown to season-ending injuries earlier in the season, any possible silver lining appeared to be hidden behind the cloud of darkness as a result of the injuries. But the brief stint of darkness was shattered when sophomore forward Jacki Gulczynski burst onto the scene for the Badgers.Two games after Wurtz sat out for the first time, Gulczynski scored in double-figures for the first time in her two-year career, notching 14 against Marquette. Since that game, Gulczynski has gone on a rampage, scoring double-digits in 17 straight games including the victory over Marquette. She is also the second-leading scorer on the Badgers averaging 12.4 points per game, a mark good for 14th in the Big Ten.When asked whether she thought she would be in this scoring role at the beginning of the season, Gulczynski was quite humble and team-oriented in her reply.“Anything can happen,” Gulczynski said. “If I were to say at the beginning of the year that [being the second leader scorer] was my main goal, it wasn’t. I just seemed to come into this role and kind of do whatever my team really needed from me.”Gulczynski has not only stepped up this season with a short roster, but she has surprised many, especially with performances like she recorded last Thursday at Ohio State. Despite a 65-59 double-overtime loss to the Buckeyes, Gulczynski tallied a career-high in both points and rebounds with 32 and 15 respectively, her sixth double-double of the season.Even head coach Bobbie Kelsey was somewhat taken aback by such a dominating performance, but now says she expects more from Gulcznski with only nine active players.“I knew she was capable, but you never know until kids are in those situations whether they’re going to step up or not. It’s nice to see her step up because now we can hold her to that standard. We depend on her to do it because she has to,” Kelsey said.A year ago, Kelsey would have had trouble believing in and depending on Gulczynski, but what a difference a year makes. Gulczynski is the most improved scorer in the Big Ten this season, averaging 9.9 points better per game than she did last season. The 6-foot-1 forward is also third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage – it’s not just Wisconsin men’s basketball that has long-range post players. And with the level of consistency Gulczynski is showing, Kelsey has reason to depend on her young forward.But what has made the difference in Gulczynski’s breakout season? Well, according to assistant coach Alysiah Bond, whom Gulczynski works closely with, it’s confidence and the right attitude.“She’s more experienced, and she basically made her mind up that, ‘This is my opportunity.’ Her confidence has grown from game to game,” Bond said. “She got off to a bit of a slow start production wise, but I think she just needed to be reminded of what she is capable of. Not just talking about it, but she’s going out and showing it and done so with consistency.”That right attitude includes Gulczynski’s work ethic, which has allowed her to refine her shooting motion through many extra hours in the gym. Whether by herself, or with Bond rebounding for her, Gulczynski has proven to herself, coaches and teammates she is willing to do the work to become a better player and shooter. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the points column of the 17 most recent box scores for Gulczynski.Bond had a recent talk with Gulczynski about her expectations for this season and the upcoming ones, but said she had no worries about Gulczynski’s potential because of her drive to be better.“I never try to put a ceiling on what someone is capable of. If they put it all together, you can see glimpses. What never leaves her is her ability to knock down shots. She’s a post player, yet her stroke is sweet. Her stroke is mean. If you come in the gym and watch her she can consistently knock down shots, and she can do so outside the three, obviously,” Bond said.“When you just look at the numbers from left to right on the season, you see consistency. You see high numbers. Anytime someone can be near 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line you know you’re really onto something. So she has that ability. You can see with all the different ways she can score that it opens up the doors for that to happen.”So whether Wisconsin finishes first or last this season, when the final whistle blows, the Badgers will have solace in knowing their future is bright. Bright from the spark Gulczynski has lit under the Badgers this season, lining their once gloomy skies with silver. Perhaps gold is not too far in the future.
Rockies at Dodgers When: Sunday, 1 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SNLA THE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.87)vs. Rockies: 2-3, 4.57 At Dodger Stadium: 8-2, 3.60 Hates to face: Charlie Blackmon, 5 for 13 (.385), RBI, 2BB Loves to face: Ian Desmond, 1 for 6 (.167), SOROCKIES LHP Tyler Anderson (3-5, 5.75)vs. Dodgers: 2-3, 3.57 (six starts)At Dodger Stadium: 0-1, 3.18 (two starts)Hates to face: Justin Turner, 8 for 15 (.533), HR, 2 2B, 4RBILoves to face: Yasiel Puig, 1 for 8 (.125), SO– Joey Kaufman Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
LOS ANGELES — OK, so now, 10 games into their postseason run, the Dodgers are in a series, a real series.Their first season. The last series.The World Series.Hey, when you’re playing for the championship of the globe – even if the only teams eligible to participate are in the U.S. and Canada – it can’t be as easy as winning a beer-league softball title, right? They lost despite having the ball and game in the hand of Kenley Jansen, who had allowed only one unearned run in this postseason and no earned runs in more than a month.“I’m human,” Jansen said later. “I can’t do anything about it now. Today was their day.”The Dodgers lost, all right, when George Springer hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning, after they had come back in the manner of a miracle to stretch the game beyond 10 innings.See, the Astros sort of won this game twice, which the Dodgers made a necessity by refusing to go quietly.That was fitting, given everything that happened over the four hours, 19 minutes it took to resolve this thing. The score was tied at 1-1, 3-3 and 5-5. Both teams led by two runs at least once. Starting in the ninth inning, there were a combined six home runs hit.“That was definitely one of the best games I’ve been a part of,” the Dodgers Charlie Culberson said. “A great ballgame. Unfortunately, we lost.”Leading 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Culberson and his teammates watched in likely amazement as the Astros tied the score on a Marwin Gonzalez homer off Jansen.Then, in the 10th, Houston took the lead on back-to-back home runs by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa off Josh Fields.To understand how shockingly and suddenly the mood shifted at Dodger Stadium, consider that after Correa’s homer the boos raining down on the Dodgers were nearly as epic as anything this team has done lately.Yeah, a classic fall in the Fall Classic.But the Dodgers, of course, weren’t done, and, despite this loss, it’s still hard to imagine this team being done until it has accomplished its goal.Now trailing 5-3, the Dodgers pulled even on a Puig homer – a drive as brilliant as the blue streak he has painted in his hair for this series – and a two-out RBI single by Kiké Hernandez.That comeback, however, only made what happened against McCarthy all the more difficult to take and made Culberson’s 11th-inning homer all the more frustrating, that tying seventh run still eluding the Dodgers.So now, after cruising to victories in eight of its first nine postseason games, this team finds themselves even with the talented and grinding Astros at a game apiece. In other words, the Dodgers find themselves in a series.“Nobody said it would be easy,” Culberson said. “We’re here to fight.”This is a series, certainly, the American League champions looking decidedly more threatening than what the rest of the National League could throw at the Dodgers.And all this soured just as dramatically as the Dodgers had earlier turned Game 2 in their unlikely favor.They actually provided the night’s initial twist when Corey Seager sent Dodger Stadium into orbit, nearly 55,000 fans – minus several hundred in Astros orange – launching from their seats and into the steamy night air, steamy yet still not warm enough to prevent chills.Seager, having just dominated a 97-mph fastball from a dominating Verlander, let out his own exhaust as he watched his game-altering two-run homer in the sixth streak toward the stands.He screamed. Really, he unleashed a guttural, primal, opened-mouth growl caught by cameras in spectacular slow motion.It was the highest of drama in the highest of def, coming from a player hardly known for his bursts of overwhelming emotion.That shot gave the Dodgers a sudden 3-1 lead on a night when Verlander was unhittable into the fifth inning and sustaining his velocity like he hadn’t – according to an ESPN report – since 2011.The home run also fit the script of what the Dodgers had been doing all postseason, coming up with big moments in the biggest moments.In their first nine postseason games entering Tuesday, the Dodgers had trailed at the end of only 13 of 81 innings, and eight of those came in their Game 4 loss to the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.In other words, the Dodgers had been ahead or tied 84 percent of the time, which brought with it a certain degree of comfort.Thanks to the Astros, all that changed in Game 2.Yeah, the theater was remarkable, from opening pitch to closing swing. In fact, the theater began even earlier than that.It started with an elaborate first-pitch ceremony that involved Vin Scully faking a rotator cuff injury and having to give way to Fernando Valenzuela, who tossed the ball to Steve Yeager.It was a bit much maybe, perhaps a tad over-the-top even. But this is L.A., and over-the-top is what we do sometimes, OK?The 11 crazy, wonderful, flustering innings that followed the opening ceremonies Tuesday proved that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And there was nothing easy about this one for the Dodgers or their fans, this 7-6, bullpen-imploding, last-call, extra-large, extra-inning loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series.“If you thought it was going to go 4-0, you’re crazy,” outfielder Yasiel Puig said through an interpreter. “These are the two best teams in American baseball. That’s what you get.”The Dodgers lost despite taking a lead into the ninth, something they hadn’t done on 98 previous such occasions this season.They lost despite getting ahead after struggling against Houston’s best pitcher, the fume-throwing Justin Verlander.
Even though Cormier no longer plans on retiring when he turns 40 next month, the current heavyweight champion isn’t going to stick around too much longer, which would clear a path for a healthy, active Velasquez to once again challenge for championship gold, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.First, let’s see what he looks like this weekend against Ngannou and whether he can emerge with a clean bill of health.If he clears those two major hurdles, then we can start discussing whether 2019 is the year Cain Velasquez returns full-time to potentially fulfill his destiny as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. Join DAZN and watch Paul Daley vs. Michael Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Unfortunately, it’s a familiar position to be in when it comes to Velasquez, as the now 36-year-old heavyweight has spent far more time dealing with injuries and extended absences over the last half-decade than he has contending with actual opponents.Velasquez has fought just twice in the last five-plus years, as his triumphant return at UFC 200 came after a 13-month layoff following his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City. That fight was preceded by a 20-month hiatus that started after he wrapped up his rubber match with Junior dos Santos in convincing fashion at UFC 166.It seems absurd even as I write it — going three fights back on Velasquez’s resume takes us all the way to October 2013, when Lorde burst onto the music scene with “Royals” and her debut album Pure Heroine and Gravity was enjoying another week atop the box office charts.To put it into perspective, the whole of Ngannou’s UFC career has transpired in the time since Velasquez’s loss to Werdum, with “The Predator” making nine appearances in the Octagon to the former champion’s one.Between the injuries and the layoffs, there is no way to know how Velasquez will look on Sunday because while he showed no signs of rust or decline when taking Browne to the woodshed at the UFC’s bicentennial show, that was still well over two years ago and not only is he that much older, but he’s also stepping in with one of the most dangerous threats in the division.But as Velasquez’s return draws closer, it’s impossible not to wonder what the landscape of the heavyweight division might look like had the ultra-talented former champion not lost so much time to injuries.A Dominant ForceBefore delving into what might have been, we first have to remember what we know to be true and that is that for a two-year, four-fight stretch between his losses to dos Santos and Werdum, Cain Velasquez was one of the most dominant forces to ever grace the heavyweight division.Velasquez was a new breed of heavyweights — a 240-pound attack dog with the skill set and conditioning of a lightweight. Sure, he could knock you out with a single clubbing blow like the majority of elite heavyweight competitors, but he could also bury you with volume, maintaining a ridiculous pace for a man his size, all the while threatening to dump you to the canvas and maul you from top position as he did Silva, twice.He was heralded as a something different when he arrived in the UFC with a first-round finish of Brad Morris at UFC 83 and validated his advanced billing by steamrolling the competition on the way to snatching the heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar in a one-sided beatdown that lasted four minutes and change at UFC 121.Even after losing the belt to dos Santos in November 2011, Velasquez returned to re-affirm his standing as the best heavyweight in the sport over the next two years. In twin fights with both Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and dos Santos, the former Arizona State Sun Devil crippled the wills and stole the souls of the two Brazilians.Silva was never the same fighter following his second fight to Velasquez, which lasted just 81 seconds, while “Cigano” alternated wins and losses over his next four appearances, battling myriad injuries of his own. It wasn’t until the second half of this year that the former champion returned to looking like a potential title threat.Unfortunately for Velasquez, he would spend the better part of the next two years on the sidelines before losing the heavyweight title to Werdum, followed by another extended layoff before returning to beat Browne.Even then, despite all the time off, the numerous surgeries and various other injuries, Velasquez still looked like a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.What Might Have BeenGiven that he’s never been anything other than a champion or elite contender over the last decade, let’s start by agreeing that had Velasquez remained healthy and active in the time since his title loss to Werdum at UFC 188, he would have remained in the championship conversation.His performance against Browne is the only evidence needed to support this assumption.That puts Velasquez competing against the likes of Werdum, Stipe Miocic, dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem, with the possibility of him facing newer additions to the contender class like Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis or Alexander Volkov as well.His history with dos Santos plays a big part in trying to determine what the division may have looked like had Velasquez been active because while the possibility existed, as it does for every heavyweight and every fighter, that he could get caught with something that puts him down, the truth is that Velasquez would have been no worse than a coin flip against all of the top competitors in the division.A rematch with Werdum never materialized and would have been truly compelling, as the Brazilian’s submission skills would have given Velasquez pause when it comes to pursuing takedowns, especially given how their first encounter ended. That said, a healthy Velasquez was far quicker, far sharper and more of a finisher on the feet than Werdum, so meeting him in the center of the cage and turning it into a slugfest would have been a viable strategy.Overeem would have been the inverse of Werdum — a threat on the feet thanks to his assorted weapons, quickness and power, but could he had prevented Velasquez from bullying him the way he did dos Santos in their second and third meetings? It would have been an interesting pairing, but chances are bettors would install Velasquez as a clear favorite.The most intriguing matchup of the bunch is a potential pairing with Miocic, who took over as the division’s well-rounded cardio freak in Velasquez’s stead and possesses the talents and intangibles to match the former titleholder shot-for-shot. In another lifetime, they could have been what the UFC envisioned Velasquez and dos Santos being — the well-matched rivals who pushed it each other to new heights, trading the title back-and-forth in a series of massive pay-per-view main events.As for the new crop of contenders, the results of some of their most recent outings illustrate how hypothetical encounters with Velasquez would have most likely played out.Against Ngannou and Lewis, he replicates the tactics deployed by Miocic and Daniel Cormier, respectively, wrestling each to the canvas and working them over where they’re least comfortable. The same goes for Volkov, who struggled in a clinch-heavy contest with Timothy Johnson. While Blaydes has the wrestling pedigree to potentially stop an onslaught of takedowns, he’s still too hittable to hang with powerful heavyweights on the feet, so a slightly less violent, less rapid replica of his losses to Ngannou serves as a pretty sound template for the approach Velasquez would take.The Daniel Cormier RippleThe most interesting part of a hypothetical “What if Cain stayed healthy?” thought exercise is trying to figure out what becomes of his close friend and training partner Daniel Cormier?“DC” famously departed the heavyweight division in order to stay out of Velasquez’s lane, despite being 13-0 and looking like a mortal lock to eventually challenge for the heavyweight title. With Cain out of the picture, Cormier made the move back to heavyweight last year for a superfight with Miocic, claiming the heavyweight title and successfully defending it against Lewis at UFC 230 in New York City.Now as Velasquez prepares to return, Cormier is once again serving as his biggest cheerleader, telling anyone who will listen that Velasquez is the same fast, strong marauder that once dominated the division.But had he not been limited to just one appearance since losing the belt to Werdum, Cormier’s current situation likely never would have come to pass.Maybe they would have sat down and talked about Cormier returning to the division, depending on whether or not Velasquez had the title and the results he had against the other top contenders, but a healthy Velasquez being in the thick of the title chase or reclaiming the throne probably results in Cormier staying at light heavyweight and never becoming the “Double Champ.”Current Legacy and What’s Still to ComeRight now, Velasquez is the Bill Walton of UFC heavyweights — a dominant force, but someone whose brilliant career was beset by injuries and ultimately cut short.He’s a two-time champion with victories over divisional stalwarts like Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and “Bigfoot” Silva, as well as former champions “Minotauro” Nogueira, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He was the prototype for a new wave of heavyweights — a little smaller with well-rounded striking, excellent wrestling, smooth footwork and elite conditioning. He was a nightmare matchup who could beat you in numerous ways and whose only career losses came in championship fights where he was dealing with injuries.Although it’s impossible to say for sure what the heavyweight division might have looked like had Velasquez remained healthy, his return this weekend against Ngannou is an obvious peak into what might have been.Despite returning from a 952-day layoff, Velasquez is nearly a 2-1 favorite heading into Sunday’s main event and a victory over Ngannou, who rebounded from poor showings against Miocic and Lewis with a 45-second knockout win in November, would put him right back into the thick of the title conversation. 952 days — that’s how long it will have been since Cain Velasquez last set foot inside the UFC Octagon by the time he marches to the cage to face Francis Ngannou on Sunday night in Phoenix, Arizona.Two years, six months and 16 days will have passed since the former heavyweight champion collected a first-round stoppage win over Travis Browne at UFC 200 and as he readies to return, there is absolutely no way to know with any certainty what to expect from the American Kickboxing Academy product.
A young man is fighting for his life after a couple was stabbed in an apparent road rage incident on Okeechobee Boulevard.The couple got into an altercation with the occupants of another car who started throwing things at them after they were cut off. Taylor Ploplis, 29, says that she and her boyfriend, Rodolfo Ledesma were traveling east on Okeechobee earlier in October when they first heard a commotion.She says a car with three adult passengers and one child drove up alongside their vehicle and began shouting that the couple had “cut them off.”She says the couple waited for the other vehicle to drive off, and once they thought they were in the clear, they pulled over near a Chick-Fil-A to survey any damage to their vehicle. That’s when Ploplis says they were attacked and stabbed.“All I know is I turned around and someone was grabbing me by the hair, hitting me,” Ploplis told CBS12. “I was facing down at this point and I see my boyfriend on his back being attacked by some guy.”Ploplis says she and Ledesma were able to drive to a nearby ER where they were treated for their knife wounds and called the police.Ledesma has spent the past two weeks in the ICU and was finally transferred to the trauma unit on Sunday.The road rage suspects are still on the run. She has created a GoFundMe page to help with hospital bills and lost income.Deputies are still investigating the incident.
An airline mechanic pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sabotaging a jetliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport, causing the pilot to abort the flight just before its scheduled takeoff.Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani entered his plea in federal court in Miami. He previously admitted to investigators that he had committed the sabotage in order to receive overtime to fix the American Airlines jet, which he later did.“I do admit the guilt,” Alani said through an Arabic interpreter.The 60-year-old man, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq, has been an airline mechanic for 30 years.According to prosecutors, he has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group. They add that Alani made statements wishing Allah would use “divine powers” in order to harm non-Muslims.Investigators also say he had Islamic State videos on his phone that show mass murders, and that he did not tell the FBI that he traveled to Iraq last March, following his arrest.Despite the evidence, Alani was not charged with any terrorism-related crimes. He has pleaded guilty to attempted destruction of an aircraft, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4.Court documents reveal the sabotage involved gluing Styrofoam inside the nose of the Boeing 737, in order to disable the crew’s ability to monitor airspeed, altitude and the pitch of the plane. Authorities explain that if the flight had taken off as intended on July 17 for Nassau, Bahamas, it would have crashed.Alani’s actions on that day were caught on surveillance video, and co-workers also identified him as the suspect.Jonathan Meltz, Alani’s attorney, says his client has led a “law-abiding life” and that he did not intend to harm the aircraft or the people aboard. He adds that Alani’s sole motivation was “just trying to provide for his family like most of us try to do.”
A triple homicide has prompted an Amber Alert this morning for a missing week old baby in southwest Miami-Dade County.The child, Andrew Caballeiro, was last seen at a home in the 21900 block of Southwest 187th Ave. according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Three women were found dead at the same home yesterday.Miami-Dade police said the baby may be in the company of 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro, though they didn’t immediately call the man a suspect in the slayings.He and the child may be traveling in a 2001, white Chevrolet Express with Florida tag number HETY13.The vehicle has a decal of “Nesty School Services” on it. The vehicle is a passenger van. On the back left door there is a decal of “Caution: Transporting Children.”If you spot the vehicle, do not approach it and call Miami-Dade police at 305-471-2400 or 911.