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NZ Herald 9 December 2014Auckland Council has been told it already has power to ban street prostitution from spots such as Hunters Corner in South Auckland after a bid to get Parliament to change the law failed.A Parliamentary committee recommended on Friday that a bill which would allow the council to pass bylaws banning commercial sex services in specified places should not be passed.MPs said it understood why Auckland Council wanted Parliament to change the law, and noted that other councils supported the local bill.But they felt that a law change was not appropriate because the issue was not limited to Auckland.The committee also believed local bodies could already regulate street prostitution – despite council officials’ advice that they would be open to a legal challenge.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11370971
Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes wantaway striker Luis Suarez will “rejoin the group” and boost the club’s cause in the Barclays Premier League. At a press conference in Dublin, Rodgers said: “Luis is training on his own and he understands totally where we’re coming from. “It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group. Once he’s back with the spirit he’ll rejoin the group. “We’re quite calm. The club is in control of the situation. We’ve got no inclination to sell and we’ve been strong on that. “Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he’ll recognise the club is not going to sell and then he goes on to the pitch and he’ll give 100 per cent. “He’s a world-class striker. I’ve got no question that when he’s back he’ll have a similar impact [to last season].” Rodgers also confirmed the club was working on strengthening the squad further ahead of a season-opener against Stoke on August 17. With Suarez absent from the travelling squad, striker Daniel Sturridge was a notable inclusion having recently returned to full training following an ankle injury. Boston Red Sox and Liverpool owner Henry has stressed that Suarez will have to stay with Liverpool and join their push for a top-four finish next season. The Uruguay international was not named in a 22-man squad to play Celtic in a pre-season friendly in Dublin on Saturday and he is training on his own after Rodgers took exception to his public pleas to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football. On Friday morning Liverpool owner John W Henry insisted the 26-year-old would not be sold and said it would be “ludicrous” to let him join domestic rivals Arsenal, who have had an offer of £40million plus £1 rejected. According to the Liverpool Echo newspaper, he said: “We are not going to sell Luis. “He is one of the best players in the world. I have no reason to believe that he won’t continue to be. “The club is headed in the right direction and this episode is not going to stop us. It is what we are all focused on right now.” Liverpool’s target is the elite level of European football, and captain Steven Gerrard has said recently that Suarez holds the key to how the club will perform in the new campaign. Henry knows the significance of Champions League football which, as well as offering the prospect of challenging for a trophy Liverpool have won five times, also offers huge financial benefits. Henry said: “I think for all of the top clubs it’s extremely important. Especially for Liverpool, since we have not been in Europe and are not in Europe this year – and we haven’t been in the Champions League for a while – obviously to sell Luis to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous. “I have told (Arsenal chief executive) Ivan Gazidis that Luis is not for sale. I am unequivocal on that.”
National: NBCSeattle: KINGPhiladelphia: WCAUStream: NBC Live (cable subscription)Seattle (11-5) couldn’t quite catch the 49ers for the NFC West crown, but still nabbed a wild-card spot. Philadelphia (9-7) held off the Cowboys to win the weak NFC East.The broadcast will sound like an NBC Sunday night game. Al Michaels has the play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth is the color commentator, with Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox bringing sideline insights.NFL scores for wild-card gamesYou can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Jan. 4GameTexans 22, Bills 19Titans 20, Patriots 13Sunday, Jan. 5GameVikings 26, Saints 20Seahawks 17, Eagles 9 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS: Full TV schedule | AFC & NFC bracket | SN’s picksNFL playoff schedule: What games are on today?Here’s the full wild-card round schedule for the NFL playoffs, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Sunday, Jan. 5GameTimeChannelSaints vs. Vikings1:05 p.m.FoxEagles vs. Seahawks4:40 p.m.NBCNFL playoff game TV channels, live streamHere’s how to watch every wild-card game during the NFL playoffs.Bills vs. Texans(4:35 p.m. ET kickoff)National: ESPN/ABCBuffalo: WKBWHouston: KTRKStream: WatchESPN (cable subscription)Each of Houston’s six postseason appearances since 2011 has begun with the Saturday afternoon game, a testament to the Texans (10-6) rarely being a favorite to advance and having a relatively small national following. Buffalo (10-6) made the playoffs for just the second time since 2000.As this is ESPN’s only broadcast of the wild-card round, it will be called by the regular Monday Night Football crew: Joe Tessitore on play-by-play, Booger McFarland in the booth as an analyst and Lisa Salters reporting from the sideline.Patriots vs. Titans(8:15 p.m. ET kickoff)National: CBSBoston: WBZNashville: WTVFStream: CBS (cable subscription)New England would be resting this weekend if not for a 27-24 loss to 5-11 Miami in Week 17. The Patriots still won the AFC East but fell short of the first-round bye. Tennessee took its Week 17 chance, clinching a wild card spot by beating the Texans 35-14.CBS is sending its top broadcast team to Foxborough. Jim Nantz will handle the play-by-play, Tony Romo offers analysis and Tracy Wolfson is down on the sideline.Saints vs. Vikings(1:05 p.m. ET kickoff)National: FoxNew Orleans: WVUEMinnesota: KMSPStream: Fox Sports Go (cable subscription)New Orleans (13-3) is tied for the best record in the NFC, but lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers and is playing in the first round. It’s the first time a team with a record of 13-3 or better has played in the first round since the Saints in the 2011-12 season. The strength of the conference meant Minnesota’s 10-6 record is the worst of the NFC playoff teams.The No. 1 Fox crew is covering this game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are in the booth, while Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will offer reports from the sideline.Seahawks vs. Eagles(4:40 p.m. ET kickoff) The 2020 NFL playoffs have arrived, and the schedule begins with four games during wild-card weekend.Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL wild-card round games, including a full schedule with TV channels, start times and scores.