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Willie Mullins powerhouse rolls into Thurles

first_img He was turned over at a short price when last seen tackling Grade One company at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting in 2013 and time has proven that was no bad effort. His previously unbeaten record may have gone that day but he was making only his second start over timber when third to The Tullow Tank in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle. Hopes will be high that Myska can make a winning start over timber in the mares’ maiden hurdle. The Presenting mare made quite an impression when scoring on her debut at Clonmel in April and beat a decent sort that day in Miss Dinamic. The runner-up has blossomed since and chased home Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade Three chase on her latest outing. Traditionally, Mullins has started to clean up in bumpers at this time of year and Fulham Road looks set to be a short price in the concluding race. He fell on his sole start in a point-to-point, back in February 2014, when still in contention two from home. The race was won by a decent sort in The Sizing Network and it looks significant that Fulham Road has since been bought for leading patron Rich Ricci. The champion trainer looks to have plenty of live hopes on the card and welcomes back an exciting prospect in Moyle Park in the opening beginners’ chase. The Flemensfirth gelding was a big-money purchase after winning his bumper at Leopardstown in in December 2012 and made a promising start over hurdles before injury struck. Press Associationcenter_img As his impressive battalion swings into gear, Willie Mullins will be hoping to get a few winners on the board at Thurles on Thursday.last_img read more

Trojan revenge in Belfast

first_img Bio Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) BELFAST — In a dramatic comeback, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team surged to a 34-21 victory Friday night over the Belfast High School Lions.For the MDI Trojans, the win helped redeem not only a loss last week to Winslow, but also a difficult defeat to Belfast this time last year.The Trojans will host Nokomis Oct. 4, this year’s homecoming game.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Latest Posts Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Favre still at risk for Madden jinx

first_imgHe’s a Super Bowl winner who has thrown for more touchdowns (and interceptions) than any quarterback in NFL history. He’s won three MVP awards. And he’s the winningest signal caller in league history. But in his illustrious career, there’s one thing Brett Favre’s never done: grace the cover of the Madden video game.That is, until now.With his image set to be the Madden ’09 cover, Favre will become the first retired player to do so. He also joins Dorsey Levens (he was featured on a version of the game released in Europe in 2000) as one of two Packers to receive this honor, and is the fifth quarterback chosen by EA Sports — following in the footsteps of Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Vince Young.Almost all fans of the game know about the alleged “Madden curse” that haunts a player after he is used as the cover boy. Just about every player since 1999 has fallen victim to the curse.In 2001 — my first encounter with the Madden series, back in the days of Nintendo 64 — Eddie George was one of the first to experience the curse. In 2000, he rushed for 1,509 yards and 14 touchdowns. The next season, after he was on the cover: only 939 yards and five touchdowns. Culpepper saw a similar decline in production the year after he was on it as well. And as for Vick, the 2004 cover boy, well, that sad story writes itself.Packer fans are likely glad that Favre was never chosen until after his playing days in Green Bay ended (although he would have made a great candidate a number of times). Meanwhile, fans of other teams are surely celebrating that their star player wasn’t selected. New England’s Tom Brady or Randy Moss, San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and the Giants’ Eli Manning could have all been argued for this year’s Madden, as each put up the type of year that warrants a video game cover. Nevertheless, they’ll all avoid the curse for at least one more season.Favre admitted that he isn’t exactly a video game junkie — then again, not many 38-year-olds are. Not surprisingly, though, he said most of his teammates are pretty good at the game, with some playing the game better than they play in real life (Aaron Rodgers?). Most athletes typically like to play as themselves on the game, which is understandable. But if Favre is ever to pick up a controller and try to light up the virtual opponents like he did the real ones, he’ll be able to do that playing on any team — he’s a free agent on the game.Surely, now that he’s retired (don’t believe the rumors that he’s coming back), Favre is obviously immune from the cover jinx, right?Wrong.Just consider the following scenarios that very well may happen to Favre. After all, not even Green Bay’s golden boy is invincible.Brett’s wife, Deanna, intercepts the flu from him.Tack up one more interception thrown by the career leader.Following in the footsteps of basketball great Michael Jordan, Favre tries his hand at another sport but is unsuccessful.A brief stint on the new and improved American Gladiators ends poorly for No. 4 when he dislocates both arms after taking a big hit from Wolf in the Gauntlet. (Rumors also were flying on the show that Favre and one of the female Gladiators, Hellga, were seen canoodling backstage, but Brett adamantly denied the report.)While shopping at a mall in his home state of Louisiana, Favre is spotted wearing a pair of Levi jeans.An anonymous tipster who saw Brett wearing the denim quickly made a call to the Wrangler headquarters; minutes later, the front office of Wrangler cut all ties with the former spokesman Favre, who was later seen crying in the mall’s food court after hearing the news.After filing for bankruptcy when his daughter, Brittany, invests the family fortune into a failing clothing line started by former packer Gilbert Brown, Brett is forced to work as a bag boy at Piggly Wiggly to support the family.Ironically, Favre sets a new record in the process: most sacks (filled) in a day, with 344.Favre’s former backup and current Green Bay starter, Aaron Rodgers, breaks all of Brett’s team records — in one season.You wish, Packer fans.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. Let him know who your choice for the cover of Madden ’09 would have been at tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

University honors MLK with celebration in Bovard

first_imgMembers of the university and community paid tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, hosted by USC Black Staff and Faculty Caucus in Bovard Auditorium on Thursday.Gospel of truth · Thorton alumna and distinguished guest Lura Daniels-Ball sang at USC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Bovard Auditorium Thursday. – Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanThe 31st annual event included spoken word, songs and personal experiences with King. One purpose of the celebration was to inspire students to honor the integral part King played in shaping higher education, said Cynthia Brass, administrative assistant of recreational sports and coordinator of the event.“Some still don’t understand the concept of King as far as his contribution to allowing minorities the opportunity to be a student at a university,” Brass said. “It’s to make sure they know that because Dr. King opened several doors, they were able to get as far as they are today.”Makiah Green, a junior majoring in English, said recognizing King also results in the remembrance of other leaders that have influenced society.“Black history in this country is often forgotten, and he seems like the only icon that is really remembered,” Green said. “He allows people to segue into introducing other forgotten heroes.”Najee Ritter, a senior majoring in theater, said King contributed to the diversity on campus through his advocacy of human rights.“USC is all about leadership and I think he is the quintessential example of leadership,” Ritter said. “A lot of young college students were involved with the movement, and King inspires us to stay active and remain involved in the community.”Timothy Conley, front office coordinator of the University Religious Center, said his mother, Carloyn Conley-Roper, an undergraduate business administration student during the 1960s, overcame many obstacles of racial inequality at USC while trying to gain her education.“It was a very different time,” Conley said. “Access and opportunity were limited and not just for the black students. It was challenging to be a student here for anyone that was considered to be a minority.”Students on campus were eager for change but strategic during the tumultuous time of the movement, Conley said.“My mother was at USC during the Watt Riots, and that played a lot into the mentality of the students,” Conley said. “They were sick of the vicious racism and they were revolutionary, but they weren’t violent or using any means necessary.”Vajun Soni, dean of religious life, said although racial prejudice existed at USC in the 1960s, the university was taking progressive actions toward equality.“The fact that we had black students on campus was actually part of the movement of providing equity and access,” Soni said. “The students represented what the civil rights movement was about, which was developing higher education for all students that deserved to be at all institutions.”USC has evolved since the Civil Rights Movement and has become a proud part of the L.A. community through its many volunteer efforts, Conley said.“Dr. King’s movement was about all people embracing and uniting and helping one another. USC is on the forefront of that kind of work,” Conley said. “This is what Dr. King was preaching about. This is what he was fighting for.”last_img read more

Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s win over Connecticut

first_imgStock downOffensive lineThe offensive line’s stock is down mostly due to injuries. With starters Omari Palmer, Jason Emerich and Cody Conway out, the starting O-line on Saturday had a combined one start coming into the season and eight including this year. The group of Michael Lasker, Aaron Roberts, Colin Byrne, Evan Adams and Jamar McGloster were decent in pass protection, but were overcome by third down UConn blitzes. Syracuse struggled to run the ball to its worst degree all season — 62 yards on 26 carries for a season-worst total and yards per rush average. The offensive line wasn’t able to generate much push against a notably solid UConn defensive front.Sean Riley, freshman wide receiverSean Riley looked shaky fielding kicks as the team’s primary returner all day. He bobbled the opening kickoff and after his first punt return (of the game and his career), Babers called him over on the sideline to seemingly critique how Riley made too many cuts instead of running straight up field.On one kickoff, Riley waited in the end zone as it bounced at about the 5-yard line. He caught it in the end zone, but then decided to run the ball out instead of taking the touchback. He got only to the 13.Riley was removed on the last punt return of the game in favor of Brisly Estime, who he took over for last week.Cole Murphy, junior kickerCole Murphy finished just 1-for-3 on field goals, including a miss from 33-yards away in the fourth quarter that would have given Syracuse a two-possession lead. His other miss, from 49 yards away in the second quarter, had the distance but sailed wide. His make was a 47-yarder that he had to convert twice because UConn tried to ice him with timeouts.Babers said Murphy slipped on one field goal, presumably the 33-yarder, and that he wasn’t upset with him. But Murphy also knocked two kickoffs out of bounds on attempted squib kicks toward the sideline, when the Orange was kicking into the wind. Babers said he preferred that to a return for a touchdown. Comments EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) eked out a 31-24 win over Connecticut (2-2, 0-1 American Athletic) on Saturday in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Orange took a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, but stalled. Ultimately, the Huskies had the ball twice in the fourth quarter with less than seven minutes left and down by a score, but couldn’t find the end zone either time — coming up a yard short on fourth down with 6:12 left.Stock upAmba Etta-Tawo, redshirt senior wide receiverAmba Etta-Tawo had a record-breaking day, catching 12 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He set a new Syracuse record for yards in a game, became the first SU receiver to record at least 200 yards in a game twice in his career — and he’s been in Orange for four games — and he’s the first SU player to start a season with four straight 100-yard receiving games.Etta-Tawo was matched up with All-AAC cornerback Jamar Summers for most of the game and was able to beat him over the top regardless of whether Summers was on the line, trying to bump-and-run or playing back off the line of scrimmage. Etta-Tawo had two touchdown catches in the first five minutes of the game, but his biggest catch came on third down in the fourth quarter from Syracuse’s own 4-yard line when he out jumped a diving Summers for a 59-yard gain.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe finished with 58 percent of the team’s yards and was targeted on 18 of Eric Dungey’s 40 throws.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorZaire Franklin, junior linebackerZaire Franklin didn’t have his best day tackling wise, but he manufactured two of the biggest defensive plays for the Orange. With the score tied at 17 and a minute to go in the third quarter, UConn quarterback Bryant Shirreffs rolled out to his right to attempt a third down conversion. Franklin dove at Shirreffs’ pass and tipped it with one hand, deflecting the ball into Cordell Hudson’s hands. Hudson then returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.Franklin’s best tackle came on fourth-and-goal for the Huskies at SU’s 2-yard line with the Orange up by seven and a little over six minutes left in the game. Shirreffs rolled to his right on a designed run and leapt toward the goal line. Franklin came in from the left side and dove at the quarterback, driving him to the ground one yard shy of the end zone for Syracuse’s biggest defensive stop of the season.MORE COVERAGE:Watch Dino Babers’ press conference after win vs. UConnA graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s 31-24 winThree things we learned in SU’s win against Connecticut Related Stories Syracuse football snaps 2-game losing streak with 31-24 win over ConnecticutAmba Etta-Tawo sets Syracuse football single-game record with 270 receiving yards in win against ConnecticutSyracuse football’s offensive line patches together mediocre performanceWATCH: Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers and players’ postgame press conferences after Connecticut win Published on September 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cruise tourism in Jamaica expands to Port Antonio

first_imgThe boutique-like, rustic, off the beaten path eco-tourism friendly nature of Portland gives it a unique advantage. With several calls scheduled, including three next month, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett yesterday said that recent and continued efforts to get cruise ships into Port Antonio are bearing fruit.He was speaking yesterday at an official plaque exchange event on the MS Insignia Cruise Ship at the Ken Wright Pier in the Noel Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, Portland.The ship, with approximately 650 passengers, arrived at around 7 a.m. and departed at 6 p.m. Despite persistent rainfall, many passengers disembarked and went on organized tours around Portland and or walked the streets of Port Antonio.Port Antonio’s unique advantageMinister Bartlett, in the company of the Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Paul Thompson, tourism officials and stakeholders pointed out that, “The boutique-like, rustic, off the beaten path eco-tourism friendly nature of Portland gives it a unique advantage.We are tightening coordination with the Tourism Ministry’s JAMVAC, TPDCo, TEF, JTB, the newly formed Destination Assurance Council and of course the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Parish Council and other stakeholder interests to better accentuate the look and feel of the Portland and drive more tourist traffic. Some work is already being done but we have a lot more to do.”One of the world’s most beautiful places Ship Captain, Maroje Brajcic thanked Bartlett and stakeholders for their hospitality and said that Port Antonio is one of the most beautiful places in the world and further noted that the ship is to call again in the town next month.Senior Advisor and Strategist, Delano Seiveright noted that the ship’s call is in line with a lot of work culminating at the largest cruise industry gathering, the Seatrade Global Cruise convention in Fort Lauderdale in March of this year.“Minister Bartlett, Ian Dear and other officials were busy pushing Port Antonio with the most Senior Executives of Cruise lines around the globe and highlighted its unique position as lush, uncrowded and rustic option for smaller vessels.“Included in calls next month is the primarily German speaking Europa ship, which for many years was awarded best cruise ship in the world by the Berlitz Cruise Guide,” he said.An hidden gemAlthough branded as a hidden gem, Port Antonio took its place as an attractive tourist destination early in the game. Hotels started going up after the Jamaica Hotels Law was passed in 1890 with one of the most famous being Titchfield, which became a Port Antonio landmark.The MS InsigniaFollowing a multi-million US dollar transformation, the MS Insignia, has a capacity of 660 passengers and 397 crew and boasts teak, custom stone and tile work, and lounges, suites and staterooms with luxurious, neo-classical furnishings.The MS Insignia is part of the Miami, Florida headquartered Oceania Cruises with a fleet consisting of elegant mid-sized ships with distinctive itineraries that call on marquee, boutique and off the beaten path ports.last_img read more

Play it Forward March 12-18: True to TV, NCAA men’s hoop tournament gives UCLA an early start

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates HBO’s Hard Knocks updates: Episode 3 with Rams and Chargers NO. 10: GOLF: PGA TOUR ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL Details/TV: At Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla., Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel, Channel 4The Tiger Woods Red Shirt Sundays are back. He has committed to this one coming off the tied-for-second, one-stroke loss last week at the Valspar Championship. If Woods prevails this one, things will get even redder – this event began a tradition last year by giving winner Marc Leishman a red cardigan sweater in Arnold Palmer’s honor. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Ranking the top 10 sports events March 12-18 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENTFIRST FOUR: UCLA vs ST. BONAVENTURE Details/TV: At University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday at approx., 6:10 p.m., truTVFIRST ROUND: CAL STATE FULLERTON vs PURDUE Details/TV: At Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Friday at 9:40 a.m., truTV Meanwhile, the Rockets, who’ve taken over the Western Conference lead in the meantime as the only other NBA team so far beyond the 50-win mark, handed the Clippers a 105-92 loss last month, win No. 14 during their recently ended 17-game victory streak.Also this week for the Lakers: At Staples Center vs. Denver, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., SSN; At Staples Center vs. Miami, Friday, 7:30 p.m., SSN.Also this week for the Clippers: At Chicago, Tuesday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Oklahoma City, Friday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Staples Center vs. Portland, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.NO. 6: TENNIS: WTA/ATP BNP BARIBAS OPEN FINALS Details/TV: At Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Sunday, 11 a.m., ESPNBefore we get to the conclusion, there’s another historic moment here when Serena Williams meets Venus Williams in a third-round match on center court, a place they didn’t get to face off 17 years ago in the semifinals that led to an ugly spectator backlash and a family boycott of the event until 2015.This 29th career meeting (Serena leads, 17-11) will be on ESPNEWS  Monday at 7 p.m., with the 36-year-old Serena unseeded and in her first event since maternity leave and the 37-year-old Venus holding strong with the No. 8 seed.Also this week: Women’s semifinals are Friday at 7 p.m., ESPN2; men’s semifinals are Saturday at 11 a.m., ESPN.NO. 7: NHL: RED WINGS at KINGS Details/TV: At Staples Center, Thursday, 7 p.m., NBCSN NHL: RED WINGS at DUCKS Details/TV: At Honda Center, Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports WestThe Kings pummeled Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in a 4-1 decision at Detroit last Nov. 28 – in typical Kings’ fashion, they trailed 1-0 after the first period. Howard stopped the visiting Ducks, 2-1, on Feb. 13, making 15 saves in the first period. Howard, in his 11th season, ranks 10th all-time in NHL wins by an American-born goalie. He may never catch the Kings’ Jonathan Quick, who is seventh, or the Ducks’ Ryan Miller, who sits third.Also this week for the Kings: At Staples Center vs. Vancouver, Monday at 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West; At Arizona, Tuesday at 7 p.m., FSW; At Staples Center vs. New Jersey, Saturday at 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestAlso this week for the Ducks: At Honda Center vs. St. Louis, Monday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Honda Center vs. Vancouver, Wednesday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Honda Center vs. New Jersey, Sunday at 6 p.m., Fox Sports West.NO. 8: COLLEGE BASEBALL UCLA at CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE Details/TV: At Matador Field in Northridge, Tuesday at 2 p.m. USC at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Details/TV: At Page Stadium in Westchester, Tuesday at 6 p.m.The Bruins and Trojans make a local trip outside their comfort zones against local Big West rivals prior to their first Pac-12 season openers at home.Also this week for UCLA: At Jackie Robinson Stadium vs. Washington State, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for USC: At Dedeaux Field vs. Utah, Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m., all on Pac-12 NetworkAlso this week for Cal State Northridge: At Ohio State, Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at noon, Sunday at 10 a.m.Also this week for Cal State Fullerton: At Titan Field vs. Grand Canyon University, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for Long Beach State: At Blair Field vs. Washington State, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; At Blair Field vs. Tulane, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.Also this week for UC Irvine: At Anteater Ballpark vs. Utah Valley, Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for UC Riverside: At Riverside Sports Complex vs. Grand Canyon University, Wednesday at 6 p.m.; At University of Nevada, Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at noon.Also this week for Pepperdine: At Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu vs. New Mexico, Tuesday at 3 p.m.; Starting the West Coast Conference schedule at Gonzaga, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for Loyola Marymount: Starting the West Coast Conference schedule at BYU, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at noon.NO. 9: MLB EXHIBITION BASEBALL DODGERS at WHITE SOX Details/TV: At Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, 1 p.m., SportsNetLA ROCKIES at ANGELS Details/TV: At Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Friday at 1:10 p.m., Fox Sports WestDid you know: The Angels’ Tempe Diablo Stadium was first opened in 1968 as spring training home for the Seattle Pilots in 1969, before their one and only season of existence in 1969. But the Pilots actually had two spring seasons in Tempe. The team went bankrupt and was in the process of being sold to Bud Selig in the spring of 1970. The sale wasn’t approved officially until April 1, six days before the start of the regular season. As players awaited their fate in Tempe, the team’s equipment was sitting in Provo, Utah with drivers waited to be told whether to take it to Seattle or Milwaukee. They ended up going to Wisconsin in a rush, and the players wore altered versions of their old Pilots uniforms. You can look it up.More schedule information: www.dodgers.com and www.angelsbaseball.com Arizona State (20-11) finishes conference play 8-10, losing five of its last six, and then gets ousted in the first round of the conference tournament, but it also benefits from some impractical jokers who allow it to advance to another play-in game and kicks to the curb 23-11 USC, which went to the Pac-12 Tournament final and finished with a 34 RPI ranking.The Trojans’ two-point loss to the Sun Devils (an RPI of 66) in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 8 must have been the deciding factor? We may never know.What does appear to be evident: Teams on the bubble that ran into some FBI issues – that includes USC, Louisville and Oklahoma State – are trying to get their head around an NIT bid at this point, as well as four other Pac-12 teams.Meanwhile, Big West tournament champ Cal State Fullerton (20-11, 127 RPI), which lost to pre-season AP No. 10 USC by 42 points in the season opener and is among the teams given a 2500-to-1 shot at winning it all, is also in the NCAA East Region as a No. 15 seed, sent to play in Detroit, when that regional in San Diego would have been so much nicer.Also: NIT first-round games: UNC Asheville at USC, Tuesday, 8 p.m., TV TBDNO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT BRACKET ANNOUNCEMENTDetails/TV: Monday, 4 p.m., ESPNUCLA (24-7) will likely be a first- and second-round host at Pauley Pavilion, as 16 campus sites are in play, starting Friday. The Bruins, who came up three points short in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, stand firmly at No. 9 in the latest rankings. CSUN (19-15) wormed its way through the Big West tournament to win and get in also. The target team again is unanimous No. 1 UConn (30-0), which logged a 78-60 win at UCLA back in late November. But the Huskies aren’t the defending champs – South Carolina is.The regional sites after this are in Lexington, Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri, Albany, New York and and Spokane, Washington, feeding into the Final Four at Columbus, Ohio on March 30, with the national title game on Sunday, April 1. More info: https://www.ncaa.com/womens- final-four/road-to-the- championshipNO. 3: RUNNING: 33rd CITY OF LOS ANGELES MARATHON Details/TV: Sunday, 6:55 a.m., Ch. 5 (coverage begins at 6 a.m.)This is the 10th year of the “Stadium To Sea” course – starting at Dodger Stadium, passing through Chinatown, the Hollywood landmarks, Rodeo Drive and the last six miles of Route 66 to end up at the Santa Monica Pier.The Dodgers’ Justin Turner is the official honorary starter, with his foundation as the official charity. Kenya’s Elisa Barno was the top runner of 18,892 finishers last year in two hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds. He was the fifth different Kenya runner to win this race over the last six years. More info: www.lamarathon.com.Start times: 6:30 a.m. for wheelchairs, 6:42 a.m. for handcycles, 6:45 for elite women, 6:55 a.m. for elite men and full field.NO. 4: NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES AUTO CLUB 400 Details/TV: At Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 11Kyle Larson, the 24-year-old pole-sitter in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy, outlasted Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., for the 202-lap victory last year – they needed two extra “overtime” spins because of another late caution flag.Truex, the eventual 2017 season champion, was strong at the start but finished fourth overall because, as he admitted afterward, a decision not to pit under the next-to-last caution flag didn’t play out in his favor. “We thought more guys would stay out there,” he said. “It was definitely a disadvantage at the end and just really tight. Holding on for fourth was good for points.” More info: http://www.autoclubspeedway. comAlso this week at Fontana: Fanfest and Hauler parade, Thursday at 4 p.m.; Practices and pole day, Friday starting at 11:35 a.m.; Xfinity Series NXS 300, Saturday at 2 p.m.NO. 5: NBA: LAKERS at WARRIORS Details/TV: At Oracle Arena in Oakland, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet, ESPN NBA: CLIPPERS at ROCKETS Details/TV: At Toyota Center in Houston, Thursday, 5 p.m., Prime TicketThe 51-16 Warriors will have had a couple of days to process back-to-back losses at Portland and Minnesota, which came while Steph Curry stayed back to rest an ankle injury. “I’m very confident in where we’re heading,” said coach Steve Kerr. “But we’re in the middle of a tough stretch.” Two of the Warriors’ three wins over the Lakers so far have gone to OT.Related Articles True enough, it’ll take most Bruins and Titans followers about 68 extra seconds to find that do-we-have-it truTV channel on your TV menu, even if you’re culturally affected by “The Carbonaro Effect” or believe “Impractical Jokers” adds to the enrichment of humanity.That said, the lack of the Pac-12 Effect on this tournament is painfully evident – regular-season and tournament champion Arizona (27-7), a surprisingly low No. 4 seed in the South Region, is the only one from the league that could be alive when the big-boy field of 64 starts on Thursday and Friday?What’s wrong with that reality series?UCLA (21-11) must go through Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday to be allowed to advance as a No. 11 in the East Region against No. 6 seed Florida on Thursday in Dallas (again, truTV, approx.. 7 p.m.).Thanks?last_img read more

Gareth Bale’s agent slams ‘disgrace’ Zinedine Zidane after Madrid transfer revelation

first_imgFew clubs in Europe appear capable of meeting Madrid’s asking price and Bale’s likely wage demands, complicating LaLiga side Madrid’s hopes of negotiating his exit. However, Zidane said: “We are working on his transfer to a new team.” Gareth Bale’s agent has branded Zinedine Zidane “a disgrace” and insists the Wales winger will only leave Real Madrid on his own terms.Zidane revealed Madrid is working on selling Bale after omitting the four-time Champions League winner from the squad that lost to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Saturday. “We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone,” Madrid’s head coach said.The comments have not gone down well with the Bale camp.Bale has never shown much interest in leaving Madrid and still has three seasons left to run on his contract.”Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real,” Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told ESPN.”If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing.” pic.twitter.com/srwHYe6L7B— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 20, 2019Bale has been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Tottenham.Barnett this week dismissed the latter link as “rubbish” amid doubts over Spurs’ ability to compete financially.last_img read more

Kukis may be forced to find opponents

first_imgThe Cook Islands were one of five Pacific countries to contest the last World Cup but face a winner-takes-all playoff against Tonga in October to secure their spot in the 2017 event.The annual Pacific Test programme has been running for three years but the Kukis have so far missed out, with Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea all featuring in games.The President of Cook Islands Rugby League, Charles Carlson, says if the other Pacific countries won’t play them they will have to find teams that will.”That’s an issue that’s been addressed at the International Rugby League Federation – I do know that they’re coming up with a calendar leading up to the next World Cup. We’ve got a good squad – we participated in the World Cup and we’ve proven we will be competitive. If that’s the case we will have to look at countries like perhaps Italy and USA and other nations if it comes to that”.last_img read more

Customs Brokers End Strike over “Deal”

first_imgThe 40,000 member National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) has partially ended its strike action, resumed work and will likely reach an agreement today, with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).The president of NCBAL, Ivan J.F. Tumbey, said the NCBAL recently halted its protest to negotiate and reach a compromis after several appeals from stakeholders, including Grand Bassa County District # 5 Representative Robertson N. Siaway, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Matilda Parker and Commissioner Dorbor Jallah of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).Mr. Tumbey said the association was advised to negotiate in the national interest instead of engaging in further confrontations.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Mr. Tumbey said that at the top of NCBAL’s agenda in today’s meeting is tackling the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20-foot container and  US$100 per 40-feet container for scanning of Pre-Shipment Containers (PSI) when in fact the scanner is not functioning.Tumbey maintained that the unnecessary additional fees are disturbing and the NCBAL wishes that the LRA should stop such charges until the scanner is functional and the charging power is renegotiated.When asked whether they would resume their strike action if the LRA did not stop the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and containers, Mr. Tumbey said the question was out-of-order because the LRA boss, Mrs. Elfrieda Tamba, is an honorable woman and woman of her word.“I don’t think Madam Tamba will allow us to choke the budget, the economy and international trade…..because she is an honorable woman,” Mr. Tumbey said.It may be recalled, on Monday, February 2, the customs brokers staged a nationwide strike disrupting clearing of imports at the nation’s seaports, airports and borders, depriving the government of millions of dollars in tax revenues.The NCBAL which contributes nationwide US$2m daily into government coffers has a list of complaints that have so far not been addressed by the LRA or the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.The Customs Brokers cited unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, among other criticisms, and threatened to continue the strike until their terms are met.During the strike action, the Daily Observer gathered that clearing of imports had slowed down denying the Liberian   Government of millions of dollars from tariffs and other import charges.The major ports of entry affected include the Freeport of Monrovia, the Port of Buchanan, the border points in Cape Mount and Lofa Counties as well as the Ganta entry point in Nimba County.Mr. Tumbey said besides the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20-foot container and US$100 per 40-feet container, the LRA has appointed additional assessors to already assigned assessors at the DI-sites at the Freeport of Monrovia to re-appraise all cargos, a procedure which he said is outside of the agreement signed between BIVAC and GOL.Only BIVAC is authorized to appraise all cargos at the country of origin, using all of the internationally accepted procedures, according to the agreement between GOL and BIVAC.Mr. Tumbey further alleged that Customs Officers of the LRA and employees of the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Finance and Development Planning are engaged in Clearing and Forwarding while at the same time carrying on their normal government functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more