11 11 11 11 11 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 11 10. Sergio Aguero (striker) 3. Bacary Sagna (right back) 17. Kevin De Bruyne (right winger) 11 11 6. Fernando (centre midfield) Manchester City have hit poor form in the Premier League, with neighbours Manchester United having capitalised on the Citizens’ back-to-back defeats to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur by taking their place at the top of the table.Nonetheless, having quickly bounced back in securing their first crucial win in the Champions League mid-week against Borussia Monchengladbach, the City camp’s mood should have been lifted.Particularly as David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta also marked their return to action. However, Yaya Toure may sit out the Newcastle clash having been taken off at half time, joining Vincent Kompany on the sidelines.As such, there could be some notable changes to Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Take a look at how we think the Sky Blues will line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – to see our full line up, in squad number order, click the yellow arrow above! What do you think of our predicted line up? Let us know by leaving a comment below 21. David Silva (attacking midfielder) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 7. Raheem Sterling (left winger) 11 11 26. Martin Demichelis (centre back) 11
Month: December 2019
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident the quick Christmas turnaround will be welcome by his team as they look to bounce back from their Boxing Day humbling at Southampton.With rivals Leicester losing to Liverpool, the Gunners had the chance to climb to the top of the Premier League table with a victory at St Mary’s, only for the Saints to cruise to a 4-0 home win.Shane Long netted a brace and Jose Fonte also found the net with a header, but the star of the evening was summer signing Cuco Martina, who opened the scoring a sumptuous outside of the boot finish which he curled around Petr Cech and into the top corner.There is little time for Arsenal to wallow, though, as the hectic festive period means they take on another south-coast side just 48 hours later.The Gunners host Bournemouth on Monday and, while the Cherries will no doubt look to ratchet up the pressure, Wenger is confident of a positive response at the Emirates Stadium.“These players have fantastic spirit and they can show that in 48 hours,” the Frenchman side after the 4-0 hammering.“We are in a job where we have to respond. We want to respond from disappointments.“Unfortunately, there’s no possible career without disappointment. Nobody, not even the best players in the world, can have that.“It’s down to how you respond and I trust my players to respond in a very strong way on Monday.”Wenger certainly will not be taking Bournemouth lightly and praised the promoted side ahead of a match which could see the Gunners belatedly reach the Premier League summit.Surprise leaders Leicester do not face Manchester City until Tuesday, but Wenger is not concerned about starting 2016 in pole position.“I said before the game, whether we are one point behind or one point in front it is not too important,” he said.“It is the quality of our performance that counts and we were not good enough to win the game [against Southampton]…they made the game very physical.“We lost too many challenges and that explains why we lost the game. I must say they were sharper than us in the challenges and on that front we’ve got to look at what we can master.“Decisions of the referee you cannot master, but our own behaviour we can and on that front I believe Southampton looked stronger in the challenges and we lost too many tonight.“We have just to look at that. On the other side, we can’t dwell too much because in 48 hours we play again.“We are disappointed and frustrated, but there’s only one way to respond in 48 hours.” 1
Chelsea captain John Terry took part in training on Monday ahead of their trip to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.The 35-year-old is a doubt for the European clash after limping out of Saturday’s 5-1 Premier League win over Newcastle with a hamstring injury.Terry underwent a scan on Sunday but the Blues declined to reveal the results. His next appearance will be his 700th for Chelsea.Interim boss Guus Hiddink may declare if Terry is fit or not in his pre-match media conference at Parc des Princes on Monday afternoon, or he may choose to give Terry as much time as possible to prove his fitness.Brazil playmaker Oscar, who missed Chelsea’s match with the Magpies, also took part in training.A story on Chelsea’s official website read: “John Terry and Oscar were both able to take part in the final training session before the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg match in Paris tomorrow [Tuesday].“The Chelsea captain was withdrawn during the first half of Saturday’s win over Newcastle due to what Guus Hiddink reported afterwards might be a slight muscular problem with his hamstring. Oscar missed the game with a minor calf injury.”Nemanja Matic is suspended for the match and Kurt Zouma [knee] is absent until the end of the season.If Terry failed to recover in time, Branislav Ivanovic is likely to switch from right-back to the centre of defence, with Cesar Azpilicueta on the right flank and Baba Rahman at left-back.Chelsea face a pivotal week, with Manchester City visiting Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday. Chelsea captain John Terry 1
ALDS: Cleveland hands New York its third straight loss in first round. Torre might go. By Ronald Blum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Once Grady Sizemore hit a leadoff home run, it seemed inevitable that the Cleveland Indians were headed to the AL Championship Series while the New York Yankees were braced for a showdown with their boss. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPaul Byrd and the Indians bullpen closed out New York, 6-4, in Game 4 Monday night, completing the third straight first-round debacle for the Yankees, one that might cost Manager Joe Torre his job. “This team hasn’t had a championship in Cleveland for a long time,” said Kenny Lofton, the Indians’ veteran leader. “This is just an unbelievable feeling to be able just to start this process again.” The Yankees came in streaking, overcoming a 21-29 start to win the AL wild card. But they were done in by poor pitching, an insect invasion and the latest October vanishing act by Alex Rodriguez, whose bat was quiet until a solo home run in the seventh inning. The pesky Indians, who wasted a three-run lead in Game 3, chased Chien-Ming Wang in the second and burst ahead, 4-0. Byrd kept wiggling out of trouble, and Victor Martinez’s two-run single made it 6-1 in the fourth against reliever Mike Mussina. A day after averting a sweep, New York put runners on in every inning except the eighth. But when it counted, its high-octane offense fell flat once again, with late solo homers by Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Bobby Abreu not enough. “I got some big outs with guys on base,” said Byrd, who stranded two runners in the first and three in the second. Cleveland moves on to its first ALCS since 1998, opening Friday night at Boston. The Indians were only 2-5 against the Red Sox this season, but will have aces C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona fully rested for Fenway Park. The Indians, 0-6 against the Yankees during the regular season, are seeking their first World Series title since 1948. The NL Championship Series starts Thursday night with Colorado at Arizona. Bewildered New York opens yet another offseason of turmoil, another October over nearly as soon as it began. All eyes will be on owner George Steinbrenner, who said over the weekend that he didn’t think he’d keep Torre as manager if New York bowed with another early exit. While the Indians celebrated in the infield, A-Rod stood alongside teammates, one leg on the top step of the dugout, the other a step below. Steinbrenner, looking grim, didn’t speak as he left the ballpark. “Hopefully there will be some reconsideration, but the Boss does what he wants,” Johnny Damon said. Torre managed the Yankees to four World Series titles in his first five years and reached the playoffs in all 12 of his seasons. Yet, that might not be enough for Steinbrenner, impatient his team of multimillionaires has lost 13 of its last 17 postseason games and gone seven years in a row with no championship. If Torre does depart, Don Mattingly and Joe Girardi are the leading candidates to replace him. A disappointed crowd of 56,315 also might have seen Rodriguez in pinstripes for the final time. A likely MVP during the regular season, A-Rod was largely AWOL in the postseason for the third straight year, striking out with two on in the first and again leading off the third. Rodriguez, who can opt of his record $252 million, 10-year contract next month, did hit a solo homer off Rafael Perez in the seventh – ending a streak of 57 consecutive postseason at-bats without an RBI since 2004. He finished 4-for-15 in the series. It was 87 degrees at game time – the hottest Oct. 8 ever in New York City – and the Indians applied heat right from the start. Wang, battered for eight runs in New York’s opening 12-3 loss, was chased after just three outs – the shortest start of the 27-year-old’s short career. Sizemore homered on the third pitch of the game, hitting a 95 mph fastball with little sink for just his second shot since Aug. 28. Jhonny Peralta lofted a two-RBI single to center. Wang left in the second after another Indians’ run made it 4-0. Cleveland loaded the bases in the second on two singles and a hit batter – the Yankees argued that Kelly Shoppach was fouled off his bunt attempt, but umpires decided it hit a hand. That was it for Wang, whose stats will be besmirched with a 19.06 ERA in this series. Mussina came out of the bullpen to save the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against Boston but couldn’t do it this time. Sizemore grounded into a double play, and Asdrubal Cabrera singled for a 4-0 lead. Byrd came up big. He allowed runners in every inning but pitched out of jams with his assortment of offspeed stuff. The Yankees failed in the clutch, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving them at 6-for-28 in the series and making for another winter of discontent in the Bronx. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
HOUSE: Rep. Pete Stark was criticized for comments about U.S. soldiers in Iraq. By Charles Babington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Republicans failed in an effort Tuesday to have the House censure Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who said in a congressional speech last week that U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq “to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Without debate, the House voted 196-173 to kill the proposal to censure Stark for “his despicable conduct.” The vote was mostly along party lines, with all 168 Republicans on hand supporting the measure offered by Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. Five Democrats joined them. Stark, 75, stirred cries of protest Thursday during a debate over President Bush’s veto of a $35 billion increase to a children’s health insurance program. “You don’t have money to fund the war or children,” Stark said on the House floor. “But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.” Stark initially refused to apologize despite condemnations from GOP lawmakers and others. Moments after Tuesday’s vote, however, he addressed the House to apologize to his colleagues, “to the president and his family,” and to U.S. troops offended by his remarks. “I hope that with this apology I will become as insignificant as I should be” in the continuing debates over Iraq and health care, he said. Boehner was among those who applauded. When asked about Stark’s apology during her afternoon briefing with reporters, White House press secretary Dana Perino said: “This is the first I’ve heard of it. If it’s true that he’s apologized, I think that’s appropriate.” Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Stark’s remarks on Thursday were “inappropriate and distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre All the restrictions mentioned carry penalties and fines for noncompliance from $50 for the first offense to $200 and termination of service for a fourth offense. I have no complaints about these restrictions, except one has to wonder who is enforcing them? I haven’t seen any vehicles belonging to the water police cruising my neighborhood handing out citations. Now with Phase II ready to take effect this week, which includes specific days and hours you may water your lawn depending on odd or even addresses and requiring customers to lessen their water usage by 10percent based on last year’s usage, one has to wonder how fair and equitable this program is without the enforcement to back it up. Are we customers supposed to be the finger-pointers reporting on our neighbors? Many of us have already been practicing water conservation for years by using water restricting shower heads and toilets and monitoring how we water our lawns and wash our cars. This plan rewards those who have wasted water for years by just letting them waste a little less by 10 percent and then 20 percent when these restrictions become even more strict on Dec. 1. Just in case no one has heard, we here in Southern California are in the midst of a severe drought. I, being a customer of Azusa Light and Water, was informed by mailer recently that Phase II of their Water Shortage Declaration will be implemented on Nov. 1 and Phase III is coming Dec. 1. For a detailed description, customers may go to www.azusalw.com. Phase I of this program has been in effect since May 1, which consisted of 13 various water conservation restrictions such as not letting water run down your driveway to the gutter, the day and time of day you may water your lawn, and how you must only use a hand-held bucket and only a hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle to wash your car. I think Azusa Light and Water dropped the ball here. If you are going to ration water, then ration it! Come up with the number of cubic feet of water that each household needs based on family size, similar to what the Gas Company and Edison do. Only after exceeding these numbers should penalties be assessed for over-consumption. Azusa Light and Water has only come up with a plan to unfairly charge the customers who have been dutifully practicing water conservation, while letting the ones who have wasted water all this time off the hook. Tom Nance West Covina Mouse guarding cheese The leaders of Iran say uranium enrichment is for electricity. That I have a hard time believing. That’s like asking the mouse to go guard the cheese. It is playing with fire. The United Nations told him to stop and he has not. Well, that’s like trying to say to the terrorists to stop attacking us, when they hate peace and love war. I say to the world leaders, wake up! The terrorists are a threat to peace. Marvin Palmer Jr. La Puente SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city wil hosting a Craft Fair and Penny Carnival from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday at Lake Center Athletic Park, 11641 E. Florence Ave. There will be carnival games and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. The games include a cupcake walk and bean bag toss. There will also be arts and crafts with all activities costing only a penny. There will also be a “kid zone” with inflatables and entertainment. Food and craft vendors will also be on hand with lots of goodies to buy at nominal fees. Admission is free. For more information, call (562)863-4896. Help decorate a parade float SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is accepting volunteer signups to decorate its 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade float. This year’s float, titled “Dia de los Muertos,” will be one of the largest floats in the parade, measuring 75 feet long and standing 30 feet at its peak. The float is representative of the holiday which is celebrated throughout the world. It is in keeping with the tournament’s theme, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” The float, designed by award-winning float designer Raul Rodriguez, will feature marigolds, the most prominent flower used for decoration in Mexico on Dia de los Muertos. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and will be selected on a first-come basis. More than 600 community members volunteered to decorate the 2007 float entry. To register or for information call (562) 863-4896 or visit the Web at www.celebrate50thsantafesprings.org. Free flu shots for 18 and older MONTEBELLO – The Beverly Hospital 50+ Connection Program is offering free flu vaccines from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wilkinson Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd. The event is open to everyone 18 years and older. No reservations are required. For more information, call (323) 725-5033. Free flu shot clinic offered at center NORWALK – The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department offers a free flu shot clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Seniors will be given priority. If you have an allergy to eggs or a serious illness, the county suggests you see your doctor regarding a flu shot. Contact the Whittier Health Center at (562) 464-5350 for information about the flu, flu vaccine or other clinic dates and locations. Concert series runs through May WHITTIER – The First United Methodist Church of Whittier presents the Fifth Annual Pollyanne Baxter Memorial Concert Series through May 18. Chip and the Monks will perform Dixieland-style church hymns at 4 p.m. Sunday at 13222 E. Bailey St. For more information, call (562) 698-0022. Fill shoeboxes for the needy Whittier Hills Baptist Church will be filling shoeboxes for needy children around the world through Nov. 18 at 16153 Russell St. It is part of the “Merry Christmas in Any Language” program. For more information, call (562) 943-1739 or (562) 947-4791. Women’s group plans luncheon WHITTIER – The Whittier Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 in the special dining room at Marie Calender’s, 9829 La Serna Drive. Dr. Linda Camparo, associate professor of psychology at Whittier College and an authority on interviewing child witnesses, will discuss her research in interview techniques and the development of prejudice and stereotypes. The group’s monthly business meeting will follow the luncheon. Reservations at $17 may be made by Saturday online at email@example.com or by phone at (562) 693-8583. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With the manmade lagoon drained and mostly abandoned during winter, he suggested building a 50-by-80-foot temporary rink for ice skaters. Coils beneath the surface would have used a constant flow of electricity to keep the ice frozen. Plans called for the rink to operate daily from Nov. 20 to Jan. 5. Admission was set at $7 per hour, and skate rental rates at $3 per pair. Kearney has made a name for himself around the South Bay as founder of the popular Hermosa Shorts Film Festival. He also operates two local businesses: Pinch Hit Productions, a filmmaking company, and Disco Metro, which outfits passenger vans for theme parties. In the same vein, his nine-person creative team wanted the Redondo skating rink to have a community draw and encourage people to have fun. Kearney estimated the cost at around $250,000 – an expense he hoped to recoup by getting 100 people on the ice every hour. And although he had been exploring the skating rink for some time, it was only in August that Kearney learned a portable structure had become available. He didn’t want to pass it up, despite the tight planning schedule. “This landed in my lap as I was finishing the film festival,” Kearney said. “The cool thing about this is, everyone who has been involved is really enthusiastic. We’re well ahead of the eight ball for next year.” With the proposed opening just a few weeks off, city staff members were preparing this week to take the idea to the City Council. “We were excited about it,” said Mike Witzansky, recreation and community services director. “Anything that gives us an opportunity to explore the use of the lagoon, particularly in the off-season, I think we’re fairly receptive to. ? We’re disappointed it’s not going to happen.” firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre After spending weeks pursuing a proposal to build a portable ice skating rink at the Redondo Beach swimming hole, businessman Tom Kearney now plans to hold off until next Thanksgiving. The fast-approaching holiday season left little time to market the idea, Kearney said, leaving his creative team concerned about how many people would be drawn to the dormant lagoon on such short notice. And he figures the new deadline gives them more time to pursue other initiatives, such as partnerships with local schools, and a more energy-efficient cooling system. “Marketing it and promoting it and just putting together all the different aspects of it ? there’s no doubt we could have done it, but my gut feeling and everybody else’s was, let’s just take some more time with it,” Kearney said. “The upside is it’s going to be a great event (next year) for the city of Redondo Beach.” Kearney’s plan to turn King Harbor into a winter wonderland has generated a buzz. REDONDO BEACH: Seaside Lagoon won’t be a winter wonderland until November 2008. By Kristin S. Agostoni Staff Writer It looks like Seaside Lagoon is destined for another lonely winter. But there’s still hope for 2008.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre CSDH won thanks to a goal by senior Jose Serpas in the 19th minute and a suffocating defense that held down the potent Sonoma State offense in a game played at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sunday. The loss avenged a 2-0 defeat to Sonoma State on Oct. 5. “We played good the first time we played them, but not our best,” Flanagan said. “We had a different game plan today trying to attack them more and find some empty space, getting them to chase. And our kids executed it well and made the plays when we needed them to. Sonoma State (18-3-1) controlled the game over the first 15 minutes, but the CSDH defense and sophomore goalie Derby Carrillo were up to the challenge. CSDH (16-3-1) started to turn up the pressure when Kevin Gallaugher headed a crossing pass just wide of the net in the 17th minute of the game. Less than a minute later on another Toros corner kick, senior Julio Madrial’s crossing pass was headed into the middle of the goal box by Gallaugher perfectly setting up Serpas, who headed the ball past Seawolves goaltender Brook Johnson to give CSDH a 1-0 lead 18:07 into the game. MEN’S SOCCER: Serpas scores only goal in win over Sonoma St. By David Rice Correspondent The Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s soccer team made head coach Joe Flanagan’s birthday celebration extra special as the Toros won their second consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association championship, 1-0, over Sonoma State. “It’s about time I got a goal as I haven’t gotten a goal recently,” Serpas said. “But it was well worth the wait. The play was in slow motion as I saw Julio’s kick, then Kevin got up in the air and won the ball and set it up in the middle for me. And I happen to be there in some empty space and was able to head the ball down and in the goal. “It was the greatest feeling to ever to be a part of this win in front of our home fans.” Sonoma State kept the pressure on throughout the rest of the contest, but every time the Seawolves had a good scoring chance Carrillo was there to make the big save to stop the threat. Carrillo, who had four saves, was the winning goaltender for the second straight year in CCAA championship game. Last year as a freshman Carrillo was forced into service midway through the first half of the title game due to an injury to the Toros’ starting goalkeeper, in a game CSDH won, 2-1, over Cal State Los Angeles. Carrillo said this year’s victory was just as special, but he has a larger goal in mind for the Toros. “Sonoma is a great team, and I just tried to make myself big to minimize their chances to score,” Carrillo said. “It’s a good feeling to win a second consecutive championship, but I want to win a national championship this season. We know we have got a long way to go, and while we are going to celebrate tonight, tomorrow is a new day and we have to get ready for our next game.” Flanagan echoed his goalie’s thoughts about the upcoming NCAA Championships. “By winning today hopefully we can host next week and be the No. 1 seed,” Flanagan said. Chico State captured its first ever CCAA women’s championship earlier in the afternoon, defeating Cal State Los Angeles, 2-1, in penalty kicks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SOUTH BAYeventsNEW New Year’s Eve Ball. Celebrate with Astrid and Freddy Beck, Dream Police. Dinner, 5-8 p.m., show, 9 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. Alpine Village Inn, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., (310) 327-4384, www.alpinevillage.net.New Year’s Eve with Ron Thompson and the Resistors.12/31 7 p.m. with reservations, 8:15 p.m. without. Cafe Boogaloo, 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 318-2324, www.boogaloo.com Jay Leno and guests. 7 and 10 p.m. $125-$165. Comedy & Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 372-1193, www.comedyandmagicclubNew Year’s Eve with Cafe R&B.12/31 Live music, 9:30 p.m. $20. Harvelle’s, 100-J Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, (310) 406-1931,cq www.harvelles.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSan Pedro Brewing Company. New Year’s Eve party, 7 p.m. 331 W. Sixth St., San Pedro, (310) 831-5663, (310) 831-4915, www.sanpedrobrewing.com.New Year’s Eve with Mitch Perry Band. 9 p.m. Starboard Attitude, 202 Redondo Beach pier, (310) 379-5144, www.starboardattitude.com.New Year’s Eve 1980s-style. Whale & Ale, 327 W. Seventh St., San Pedro, (310) 832-0363 or www.whaleandale.com.New Year’s Eve Events:Live music. 8 p.m.-12/3112:15 a.m. 1/1Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach. Free. (310) 318-0280. Dinner-dance. Dancing to live music; champagne; party favors. 7 p.m. Dalmatian-American Club, 1639 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro. $65. (310) 831-2629, www.dalmatianamerican.com.cqFireworks. Five-minute display over south jetty of marina, Marina Del Rey. Begins at 11:59 p.m. Best view from Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, (310) 305-9545,cq http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.cqJazz at Sea. Social club presents sixth annual New Year’s Eve at Sea aboard Fantasea One yacht. Live music, dancing, buffet, midnight champagne toast. Board at 8:30 p.m., depart at 10 p.m. return at 1:30 a.m. Dock 52, Marina del Rey. $100 in advance. (310) 535-9479, www.jazz-at-sea.com.Queen Mary New Year’s Eve Stars & Lights Celebration. Entertainment includes jazz, swing and salsa bands; dancing; fireworks. Doors open at 6 p.m., salons open at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment starts at 8 p.m. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. $89. (562) 435-3511, www.queenmary.com; (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com.Mardi Gras Carnivale. New Year’s Eve party transforms the Orange County Fairgrounds into New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, with music by Louis XIV, the Donnas and Smile Empty Soul; battle of the bands; dancing; food; parade floats; costume contest; circus and sideshow performers; fireworks. 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. $75. (714) 241-9055, www.nyecarnivale.com, (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.comCarlos Mencia. The Honduran comic, star of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia,” jokes his way through the end of 2007. 7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. $45-$75. (213) 480-3232, www.ticketmaster.com.Majestic Yacht Cruise. Live music; DJ; full open bar; appetizers; and a midnight fireworks show highlight the New Year’s Eve 2008 Majestic Yacht Cruise. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Leaving from 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. $175. (714) 595-5946.Delta Nove. Delta Nove will play two sets as part of the evening’s New Year’s Eve concert. Blue Cafe, 210 Promenade, Long Beach. $20. (562) 983-7111.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!