Livermore eyes permanent Hull move

first_img The 23-year-old Tottenham midfielder is spending the season at the KC Stadium after a number of high-profile arrivals at Spurs shunted him down the pecking order. Livermore had already spent loan spells at Derby, Peterborough, Ipswich and Leeds before his first-team breakthrough at White Hart Lane and admits that he is enjoying being a key part of Hull’s plans. Press Association Manager Steve Bruce has already indicated he would be interested in a future deal and the player appears to be open to it as well. “I’m quite prepared for the question to be asked,” he said. “Of course, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t look at it. They’ve got all the groundwork to be a massive club and to go forward. “That’s what it feels like, it feels as if I need a home now in football. “I’m happy coming in each day and doing my business so we’ll wait and see in January or at the end of the season. “I’m prepared for anything in football. I’m enjoying my time here, I love the lads, the manager and the fans. “Everyone here is brilliant and I’m getting a run of games so it’s so far, so good.” Livermore has enjoyed his partnership with his former Tottenham team-mate Tom Huddlestone, who signed permanently for Hull in the summer. Jake Livermore is willing to talk to Hull City about making his loan move permanent after declaring he “needs a home”. The fact that both had to leave the club to achieve their goal of regular playing time is symptomatic of the struggles encountered by many young English players at Champions League-chasing clubs. New England winger Andros Townsend is making headway in Spurs’ star-studded squad but Livermore believes maintaining his place could be the hardest part. “It’s very difficult to stay at a big club. There are great big expectations from the club and the fans and the manager are under pressure,” he said. “It’s almost an easy option to bring a player in who’s fairly established rather than take a chance on a younger lad. “Tottenham have spent an awful lot of money in the past window but there’s a lot of talent in the country and at Tottenham and their two breaths of fresh air this season seem to be Andros and Harry Kane, who cost them nothing.” last_img read more

Pushing the limits

first_imgThe Visions and Voices event, Velocity and Vulnerability: Baseball Pitchers and the Limits of Human Performance took place at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday evening. The panel discussed human limitations and if what we expect from athletes, in particular baseball players, is unreasonable.last_img

‘Hobbes’ creator intensely private

first_img His former editor, Lee Salem, also remains mum, saying only that as a painter Watterson started with watercolors and has evolved to oils. Watterson’s parents respect – but have no explanation for – their son’s extremely private nature. It doesn’t run in the family. Kathryn is a former village councilwoman, and Jim is seeking his fourth council term this fall. Their other son, Tom, is a high school teacher in Austin, Texas. Bill Watterson, 47, hasn’t made a public appearance since he delivered the commencement speech in 1990 at his alma mater, Kenyon College. But he recently welcomed some written questions from fans to promote the Oct. 4 release of the three-volume “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes,” which contains every one of the 3,160 strips printed during its 10-year run. – Associated Press 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week You might even expect Calvin to come bounding out the door with Hobbes in tow, the screen door banging behind them. After all, the guy on the front porch kind of resembles Calvin’s dad. Readers will remember him as the exasperated patent attorney who enjoyed gummy oatmeal and jogging in 20-degree weather. Sure enough, Watterson’s father, Jim, has a sheen of sweat on his neck, not from a run but from the 73-year-old’s three-mile morning walk. After “Calvin and Hobbes” ended, Jim Watterson and his son would paint landscapes together, setting up easels along the Chagrin River or other vistas. He laughed that sometimes they’d spend more time choosing a site than painting. But they haven’t painted together for years. So what’s Watterson been up to since ending “Calvin and Hobbes?” It’s tough to say. His parents will say only that he’s happy, but they won’t say where he lives, and the cartoonist could not be reached for an interview. Maybe someday, officials will put up a statue marking Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as the birthplace of “Calvin and Hobbes.” Just don’t expect cartoonist Bill Watterson to attend the unveiling ceremony. It’s been nearly 10 years since he abruptly quit drawing one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Since then, he’s been as absent as the precocious Calvin and his pet tiger, err, stuffed animal, Hobbes. Some call Watterson reclusive. Others say he just likes his privacy. “He’s an introspective person,” says his mother, Kathryn, standing at the front door of her home, its yard covered by a tidy tangle of black-eyed Susans and other wildflowers. It’s where Watterson grew up. Calvin lived there, too, so to speak. Watterson used the well-kept, beige Cape Cod-style house as the model for Calvin’s home. last_img read more