Four Southland Teams Commence Indoor Track & Field Season This Weekend

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field season gets an early start with four teams set to compete over this weekend. The rest of the Southland gets underway after the New Year with indoor meets beginning throughout January. Field events get underway tomorrow at noon CT along with men’s heptathlon. Women’s pentathlon events begin at 12:20 p.m. All track events begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until 8:35 p.m. The heptathlon events will finish Saturday, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Live results are available for the Dunamis Indoor Classic here. Abilene Christian, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin head to Dallas for the Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Classic tomorrow and Saturday. The event returns to DFW for the second consecutive year after being held at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco last season. Central Arkansas heads to Jonesboro for the Arkansas State Kickoff Classic on Sunday. Last season, the Bears and Sugar Bears registered 15 personal records, including two school records, tied one school record and more than a dozen program top-10 performances at A-State’s event.last_img read more

Abilene Christian Sweeps Weekly Tennis Awards

first_imgMoceanu enjoyed a perfect weekend on the courts, going 3-0 as the Wildcats picked up a pair of wins in the opening weekend of Southland Conference play over Nicholls (7-0) and New Orleans (5-2). He improved to 10-4 in singles play and 5-1 in doubles action on the year. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Autumn Bellow, Abilene Christian – Senior – Amarillo, TexasBellow lost just one set across all four singles and doubles matches, sweeping Nicholls’ Marina Vigil and dropping the middle set to New Orleans’ Salma Abdelrahim before storming back to take the final set 6-1. Bellow moves to 4-1 in her last five singles matches. Winners of 11 of their last 12 matches, Abilene Christian (16-4, 2-0 SLC) looks to remain undefeated in league play, playing host to Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, with both matches set to begin at 11:44 a.m CT. Honorable Mention: Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar; Okkie Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Playing alongside Jonathan Sheehy for just the third time this spring, Moceanu helped the Wildcats to a doubles victory at the No. 3 position. Moceanu joins Jonathan and Josh Sheehy and Dimitris Azoides as Abilene Christian men’s tennis student-athletes to pick up weekly honors. The group has combined for seven of the season’s 11 awards. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Bellow’s 4-0 week on the courts helped the Wildcats stay perfect in conference play as they topped Nicholls 6-1 and New Orleans 5-2. In league matches, Bellow is 4-2 in solo play and 5-1 alongside partner Ileana Mocciola.center_img Abilene Christian (10-8, 6-0 SLC) aims to extend its Southland Conference win streak to seven matches against Lamar at 11 a.m. Friday in Abilene before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1 p.m. Sunday. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Niko Moceanu and Autumn Bellow are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. In doubles play, Bellow and Mocciola defeated their Nicholls and New Orleans counterparts 6-2 in both contests, extending the duo’s win streak to five matches. This marks Bellow’s second Player of the Week award of the spring. Honorable Mention: Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State; Camille Townsend, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Biance Vitale, Lamar. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Niko Moceanu, Abilene Christian – Junior – The Woodlands, TexasAfter Moceanu and Nicholls’ Dylan Loru traded 7-6 scores in the first two sets of their matchup, Moceanu triumphed 10-7 in the final frame to pick up his sixth win in the last seven matches. The junior from The Woodlands, Texas, also went to three sets against UNO’s Samuel Armand, dropping set one 6-7 but taking the final two 6-3 to come out on top.last_img read more

Out at home: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS

first_imgLast year, it was the Yankees who reached the AL Championship Series before their surprising run ended with a Game 7 loss to the Astros.This time, a 2018 season that began with sky-high expectations — now over in bitter disappointment.While the Red Sox got strong starts from Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello during the series, Yankees starters were charged with 15 runs over 13 innings in four games. Masahiro Tanaka was the only one to get an out in the fourth.“They just had a lot of stuff going right. We’re very equal teams,” Sabathia insisted. “The ball just bounced their way.”Adding to the humiliation, the Red Sox got to revel in a second champagne celebration at Yankee Stadium in less than three weeks.Boston also clinched its third consecutive division crown on enemy ground Sept. 20.“They got momentum on their side and never really slowed down,” Robertson said.So while the Red Sox roll on seeking their fourth World Series title in 15 years, the Yankees own but one pennant and championship during that span (2009).On deck, a long winter of wondering how they’ve fallen behind in a rivalry they dominated for nearly a century.All that changed in 2004, when Mariano Rivera was finally unable to close out the pesky Red Sox and they rallied for an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit to win the ALCS. Boston took Games 6 and 7 at Yankee Stadium on the way to its first World Series championship in 86 years. View comments New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks reacts after popping out to end the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees couldn’t wait to get back home.Now, that’s exactly where they’re staying.ADVERTISEMENT This was the first playoff meeting between the clubs since then, and the Red Sox once again made themselves right at home in the Bronx. After splitting two games at Fenway Park, they quieted the Yankees’ boisterous crowd — and their dangerous bats. New York hadn’t gone consecutive games at Yankee Stadium without a home run since April.“Definitely frustrating,” Boone said. “I think one of their goals in this series was to keep us in the ballpark, and then coming here where we’re so good at that, they were able to do it. Credit to them for being able to hold us down and shut us down, but in the end, you don’t move on usually when you can’t get enough big hits in a series, and they just outplayed us a little bit.”Before the last two games, New York was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons.Confident players were excited about returning to the Big Apple, and Judge even walked past Boston’s clubhouse inside Fenway Park early Sunday morning with Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “New York, New York” blaring from a boom box.“It’s a good song. And Aaron, he’s one of our resident deejays, so he’s got a pretty extensive playlist,” Boone said later that day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face. “We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game.”That was the last time they did.Boston’s 16-1 blowout Monday marked the most lopsided defeat for a home team in postseason history, and shortstop Didi Gregorius called it “an embarrassing day.”Boone acknowledged some regret in allowing ace Luis Severino to start the fourth inning down 3-0. Severino was removed with the bases loaded and nobody out, but relievers Lance Lynn and Chad Green quickly let the game get out of hand.The next night, after 1978 Boston nemesis Bucky Dent threw out the first pitch , Boone stayed with Sabathia even when the 38-year-old lefty, pitching on 11 days’ rest, ran into trouble in the third . By the time the inning was over, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead they never relinquished.“I was fine with the way CC was throwing the ball,” Boone said. “I think it was a sound decision.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Zach Britton gave up an opposite-field homer to No. 9 batter Christian Vazquez in the fourth, and New York never fully recovered.“They’ve got a great team over there. They won 108 games,” Judge said. “They’re one of the most potent offenses in the game and it was a battle back and forth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put New York in an early hole as rookie manager Aaron Boone again stuck with his starter too long, and the Yankees fell just short of extending their season Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.“That’s the one team that you don’t want to lose to,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “We hate losing to them and we love beating them. Obviously, they just had our number this year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNew York mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning . But the Yankees’ comeback stalled when Gary Sanchez’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly was caught on the left-field warning track , and rookie Gleyber Torres grounded out with two on to end it — sort of.The play at first base was close, so both teams and a sellout crowd held their breath during a dramatic replay review before the out call was upheld following a 63-second delay. Kimbrel and the Red Sox — suspended in mid-celebration for a minute — resumed bouncing around in excitement. 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Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “We played a really hard season, we managed to win 100 games and then we get to this point and we just can’t finish off a series against the Red Sox. It’s tough,” reliever David Robertson said.Asked about his long fly, Sanchez said through a translator: “I wasn’t sure about it. I hit it well, but I got under it.”After beating Oakland in the AL wild-card game, it was a humbling playoff exit for a power-packed Yankees team that added reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton last offseason and hit a major league-record 267 home runs.With the stakes at their highest, however, the Yankees never left the yard in two home games versus Boston. They were outscored 20-4 as the AL East champs took the best-of-five series 3-1 and advanced to the ALCS against defending World Series champion Houston.“I didn’t expect to come here and lose two in a row. I expected to come back here and win two in a row,” Gardner said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Exchange Rate Soars Again

first_imgThe Liberian dollar is— once again— losing ground against the US dollar as consumers grow weary of visiting the market due to this situation. On the local foreign exchange market last week, the Liberian dollar was trading at L$85.00 for US$1.00, as the first quarter of 2014 draws its curtain. In January, the foreign exchange market got worse with the exchange rate hitting at L$90.00 for US$1.00.Amidst worries, consumers gave mixed reactions last week on fears that they may soon be unable to buy their needs. In a conversation with the Daily Observer’s business desk in Monrovia on Friday, Madam Hester R. Johnson, a consumer, expressed frustration over the pace at which the local currency is losing ground.“I came to the market to buy my food, but I am forced to spend more because prices have gone up. I am told that the exchange rate is the reason for the increase,” she said. Most Liberians earn their living on the Liberian dollar; as a result, depreciation of the Liberian dollar leads them to spend more money for less goods and services.While Madam Johnson and a larger segment of the population were worried about the depreciation of the Liberian dollar, others who have easy access to the US dollar were yearning for further increase in the exchange rate. “I want a higher rate for my US dollar,” insisted John G. Mulbah. Two money changers on Carey Street, Alpha Diallo and Andrew Kollie, attributed the depreciation of the Liberian dollar to huge demand from businesses, mainly from foreign business owners.“These business people need the US dollar rate intact to import their goods,” they said.Whatever the case, this situation warrants some level of intervention by the central government as the demand for the US dollar rises.The business desk following the foreign exchange market for weeks has observed that the huge demand for the US dollar is influenced by several factors as follows; the rising trade deficit being sustained by the economy where import is far higher than export.For example, the Liberian economy has to raise millions of US dollars (import payments) for rice, petroleum, clothes, cars and all of the consumable goods that importers bring to Liberia to sell.It is worth noting that most of the goods imported are sold in Liberian dollars, which have to be exchanged to US dollar before new goods are imported. The other reason is that all of the foreign companies, mainly concessionaires, are exporting unprocessed raw materials to the world market.These companies sell our raw materials in US dollars, but they don’t bring their profits back to Liberia. They shipped their profits overseas and deposit them in their foreign bank accounts and bring back only operating costs.Also to blame is the lack of or slow pace at which manufacturing is taking-off in the economy.Businesses have attributed the snail’s pace of industrialization in Liberia to the high cost of doing business in a country that has no electricity and pipe borne water. If any of these two infrastructures is available, it would be sold for the highest price probably in the world. Another key reason for the depreciation is that the government of Liberia requires the Central Bank of Liberia to maintain reserves in US dollars. This policy has, to a larger extent, limited the CBL’s ability to intervene or auction more US dollars to businesses.CBL’s 4th Quarter Exchange RateIn the 4th Quarter of 2013, the Liberian-US dollar exchange rate (on average) depreciated by 12.9 percent to L$81.88 for US1.00 at end-December, 2013, from L$72.50 forUS1.00 at end-December, 2012, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) says.However, when compared with the immediate past quarter, the depreciation was moderate at2.8 percent. A major factor that contributed to the pressure in the foreign exchange market, the CBL observed was largely caused by the high demand for foreign exchange needed to service rising import payments in the economy. The end-of-period exchange rate also depreciated during the quarter, moving to L$82.50 for US$1.00 at the end of December, 2013, from L$72.50 for US$1.00 a year ago.CBL’s Market InterventionAccording to the CBL, the total amount of foreign exchange sold during the 4th quarter of 2013 amounted to US$5.7 million, 60.0 percent down from US$14.3 million sold during the third quarter of 2013. With the Government of Liberia’s (GOL) external reserves accretion policy in place, the CBL declared that its intervention level declined substantially at end-2013 giving rise to immense pressure on the exchange rate during the quarter. On an annual basis, the total foreign exchange sold during the quarter dwindled by 67.4 percent.Money Market DevelopmentsOn the other hand, however, the money market operations in the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013. On behalf of the government of Liberia, the CBL conducted three 91-day T-bill (Treasury bill) auctions valued at L$320.5 million at a weighted average discount rate of 1.88 percent.The CBL reported that the amount of L$379.5 million (at a discount rate of 2.11 percent) representing the total value of previous quarter’s T-bills issued was redeemed in the quarter and those issued during the 4th quarter, 2013 are expected to be redeemed in the 1st quarter of 2014.“It should be noted that the primary motivation of the T-bill program is to service government of Liberia’s short-term expenditure need,” the Bank noted.In November 2013, the Bank disclosed that it conducted an auction in CBL bill redeemable in 182 days which aimed at sterilizing the excess Liberian dollar liquidity in the banking sector.At a weighted discount rate of 2.44, the CBL bill was issued at the value of L$1,130 million compared with L$1,197.5 million (with 91-day maturity) issued in the preceding quarter.The low cost of borrowing (low average weighted discount rate) reflects excess liquidity in the system, which the CBL said it intends to sterilize.The levels of oversubscriptions in both the T-bill and CBL’s bill auctions during the quarter ended December, 2013 reduced substantially to, L$145.8 million and negative L$870 million, compared with L$324.6 million and L$416.7 million, respectively, in the preceding quarter, indicative of the gain made by CBL in reducing excess Liberian-dollar liquidity in the system. The introduction of Liberian-dollar-denominated assets, the CBL has said is a positive measure toward de-dollarization in line with West African Monetary Zone’s (WAMZ) single currency drive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Ebola Story

first_imgThe sky was the color of ink and the clouds were rumbling as with the voice of a god straining against his bonds. Clearly, a heavy downpour was threatening and perhaps when it came the impact would be severe.   In the large Guinean town of Guékédou, some hundreds of kilometers from the Liberian-Guinean border, a huge crowd was heading down a dirt road and toward the local MSF hospital. All medical assistances offered by the establishment, as far as anyone could remember, were free of charge and nobody had ever had any grievances against the hospital — at least not were it was concerned. Unfortunately, only a few days ago things had taken a different turn. Already there was talk of ransacking the hospital offices, manhandling its staff members and possibly even burning down the building. Bearing machetes, clubs and gasoline, which could perhaps aid in starting a fire, the crowd of men and women made their way toward the hospital, their mood foreshadowing the clouds overhead.   The eating of fruits bats had always been a local delicacy, could be traced to decades of years back when the practice had first taken root among the inhabitants of some Guinean towns and hamlets, and had never been a cause for concern; especially since it had never been associated with death or illness, let alone one which nobody could explain. Suddenly disaster struck. Somewhere in a village in Guékédou, a child had died of unexplained causes. Soon after the entire family took ill and passed on as well. A member of the family had been taken to the MSF hospital and, after careful medical examination it was revealed that the relative had died of the Ebola virus, which in 1976 had broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was unacceptable. Here was a practice entrenched by years of acceptance and perhaps as old as the ancestors. Now it was to be viewed with suspicion and perhaps renounced altogether. Pointing accusing fingers at the staff of the MSF hospital and thinking that perhaps they could be held responsible for a mysterious illness which until then had never been known in Guinea, the surging, angry mass of men and women, approached the hospital, shouting at the top of their voices:  Soon the crowd was ransacking the hospital offices; within a few moments the building was engulfed in flames. Fortunately, the hospital staff had already fled, rescued and taken to a local military base by gendarmes who had been sent to quell the riot.   The actions of the multitude were, however, hardly a remedy for the situation, let alone the proper avenue through which the people could vent their frustration. Besides, there was as yet no cure for Ebola. A person who contracted the virus had no choice other than to consider himself as good as dead. In the weeks that were to follow, more and more cases would be reported in Guinea, flowing over its borders and beyond.In neighboring Liberia health officials and government people were taking little or no precautionary measures. To many of the clinics and hospitals in the interior parts of the country, especially those close to border areas, nobody had seen the foresight to distribute protective clothing, which perhaps could have gone a long way in preventing aid workers from contracting the virus. Some of the nurses and doctors hadn’t even heard of Ebola, and least did they know about the dangers associated with handling suspected Ebola patients. The aid organizations themselves, including the Government of Liberia (GoL), were making only half-hearted efforts to bring the situation under control — at least until it became clear that Liberia also had an Ebola outbreak. What was even more disturbing was the fact that despite reports of suspected Ebola cases having entered the country, the local NGOs and GoL were still shuffling their feet. Before long, cases would be reported not only in the interior parts of the Liberia but in the city also. And in the swirling mass of confusion which would follow, the response from the government would at best be inefficient and, at worst, utterly shameful. To quarantine suspected Ebola patients, the Liberian government would select none other than a public school located within the city’s largest slum. The residents seeing themselves as scapegoats and no more informed about Ebola than many people in the country, would resort to mob justice. Several people would get in physical contact with the alleged Ebola patients. Quarantining the whole slum community would be put into effect. Police and soldiers would be sent to suppress the riot. Gunshots would be fired, leading to the loss of life of two people.   Before then, however, for many Liberian border officials it was business as usual. At Liberia’s various border points immigration people, dressed in desert fatigues, were going about their normal affairs and, while playing the professional, having traders pour oil into their palms. By then Ivory Coast had responded swiftly, closing its boundaries with both Guinea and Liberia. Musa Kamara was one of several Guinean peanut farmers who sold their produce into neighboring Liberia, traveling hundreds of kilometers and along mostly unpaved roads. Usually the trip took two days only. By dusk you were to arrive in Nzérékoré and the following day to continue the journey to the Liberian-Guinean border. Unfortunately for Kamara, it had taken him three days just to reach Nzérékoré because the rickety passenger bus in which he was travelling had got stuck in a particularly muddy road along the Guékédou highway. Along with the other passengers with whom he was travelling he had stood for hours by the roadside, waiting expectantly as the bus driver and his carboys, their muscles stretched to breaking point, made whatever efforts they could to get the vehicle out of the mire. Although the waiting had been prolonged so much as to be almost unnerving, it could hardly be compared to the strange sensation which now he was feeling. Already his forehead had broken out in cold sweat. But being usually a man who did not easily give in to weakness, he made the journey to Nzérékoré and, to his surprise, was feeling as sound in health as ever.    Thus the next morning, having with his bags of groundnuts boarded a bus travelling to the Liberian-Guinean border, he was one of several traders entering Liberia at dusk. It was there that the illness, which he had all along suspected on the road from Guékédou, again showed its ugly head. He had no sooner unloaded his peanut-bags than he collapsed, trembling and sweating profusely.    Patience Dorbor had for four years worked as a nurse at a local clinic in the Foyah region. Her specialized training she had had at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Hospital and had graduated with a degree from the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA). Although working at JFK had been exhausting and despite the fact that she received a salary which was a little more than ex-gratia, she relished every moment of the experience. Then she got an employment opportunity from a hospital in Lofa County; the salary was much better. Besides, she would be closer to her siblings. It was at this very hospital in which Patience was working that early one evening a Guinean trader was brought in for medical treatment. The man’s name was Musa Kamara. And he was gravely ill. From his nose, eyes and mouth blood was pouring profusely. It was unlike anything Patience had seen before. But being a trained nurse dedicated to her work, immediately she began attending to the patient. With her were a few other nurses, including a doctor.    As they attended the trader, most of the nurses, including Patience herself, wore no protective clothing and most of them had not even surgical gloves to wear because there was a severe shortage of them in the hospital; they had no choice other than to administer the task barehanded. However, the trader died two days later.    A day following the incident Patience boarded a bus and headed for Monrovia, feeling strangely ill. Her mother had sent her a phone call pleading with her to abandon the border hospital without delay; explaining that a virus known as Ebola had just broken out in Guinea; that it was possible it had made its way into Liberia already. That was the first time Patience had ever heard of the Ebola virus. Yet when she arrived in Monrovia she collapsed in sweat and exhaustion.  As he made his way into the Springs Field airport terminal and sat in one of the plastic seating, he felt slightly ill. Folding his arms across his chest and in an effort to stifle the occasional chill which was making him tremble, he looked impassively at the small crowd of people sitting with him. He didn’t know anyone among them and wasn’t even interested. Besides, he had his own troubles — this illness which had come upon him so suddenly and unexpectedly that he barely had the time to go for a medical checkup. Anyhow he was traveling and perhaps when the plane landed he would go for an examination directly.  To the casual observers sitting along with him in the airport, the ailing man seemed as sound in health as any one of them; just an ordinary fellow awaiting a plane which would take him thousands of miles to Lagos. The man was Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian Ministry of Finance employee who for some reason was making this trip to Nigeria.  Sitting with his arms clasped to his chest, Sawyer tried to revolve in his mind the incidents of the days earlier. He had two days before arrived at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, along with a sister who had fallen gravely ill. The poor woman was drenched in sweat and there was blood oozing from her eyes and nostrils. Holding her in his arms and having already got himself smeared with the blood of his ailing sister, Sawyer looked down in her face and wondered what had happened to her.  Like most people in Monrovia, Patrick Sawyer had heard of the Ebola virus, which had broken out in Guinea and Sierra Leone and possibly in Liberia even. But to him this just didn’t seem possible, especially since the woman in his arms was no one other than his sister. And although the question of where she could have contracted the virus rang in his ears as if in an echo chamber, he just wasn’t willing to listen. When he was told by hospital staff that had grown suspicious of his close physical contact with the ailing woman to go for medical checkup immediately, Sawyer flew into a rage, thinking that perhaps they thought he had contracted Ebola as well. Shouting at the hospital attendants, he got into his private vehicle and drove off. Now here he was, feeling only slightly better than the ailing sister whom he had accompanied to the hospital a few days earlier. Could it be that he had contracted Ebola? he wondered.  The gorgeous Ghanaian plane hostess, smiling broadly, greeted Patrick Sawyer as he made his way into the passenger aircraft, dressed in warm clothing and yet hugging himself.  “Hello,” said Sawyer, his voice barely above a whisper, and having smiled back at the hostess, shuffled down the aisle between the seats and sat down. Beads of cold sweat were streaming down his face; the chill which he had felt a few moments earlier had got only worse.A few hours later, the passenger plane having arrived in Lagos, Patrick Sawyer got off and made his way into a Nigerian airport terminal. He was hardly out of the airport than the man who would be known as the “mad Ebola terrorist” fell down and lost consciousness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, December 8

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Tottenham are planning to be busy in the January transfer market. Mauricio Pochettino hopes to sign his former Southampton players Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez and Napoli’s Spain international centre-back Raul Albiol, while he will also look to offload Emmanuel Adebayor, Jan Vertonghen, Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele. (Daily Mirror)Leicester have had a bid for HNK Rijeka star Andrej Kramaric rejected. The Foxes offered £7million for the Croatia international but Rijeka are not keen on letting him go. (Daily Express)Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has said that he is desperate to land Liverpool striker Fabio Borini in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants to sign Chelsea’s third-choice stopper Mark Schwarzer on an emergency loan. (The Sun)Arsenal are set to beat Manchester United in the race to sign Exeter City’s teenage sensation Ethan Ampadu. (Daily Star)Celtic face competition in their efforts to land Stuart Armstrong after Sporting Lisbon emerged as rival bidders for the Dundee United midfielder. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Leicester boss Pearson: Konchesky red card a one-sided decisionAston Villa boss hails match-winner Hutton as ‘the best right-back in the country’Chelsea can’t afford any more slip ups, says Courtois‘Chelsea will still win title’ former Blues striker tells talkSPORT£27.5m striker to save Liverpool’s season? Reds’ January transfer ins and outs assessedTransfer spotlight: The French sensation catching Arsenal’s attentionlast_img read more

Dedeaux funeral set for Jan. 16

first_imgThe funeral service will be at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, USC officials said Friday. The family asks that any donations may be made to the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which promotes amateur sports in Los Angeles. In 45 years at USC (1942-86), Dedeaux led the Trojans to a record 11 national championships, coached nearly 60 future major leaguers and was an international ambassador for the game. LOS ANGELES – The funeral for the great USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux will be held Jan. 16. He died Thursday at 91 from complications of a stroke on Dec. 2. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Trojans’ baseball field is named in his honor, and a memorial service will be held at Dedeaux Field this spring. Duncan won’t play for Team USA PHOENIX – Tim Duncan has officially notified USA Basketball that he will not be a part of the U.S. team that will compete at this year’s world championships and the 2008 Olympics. Jerry Colangelo, managing director of USA Basketball, said Saturday that Duncan’s agent, Lon Babby, had called with the news earlier this week. Because of the call, Colangelo did not meet with Duncan when the San Antonio Spurs came to town this weekend. center_img Colangelo, chosen to form a team to bring the U.S. back to world prominence in the sport, is requiring players to make a three-year commitment. The commitment includes a training camp in July, probably to be held in Las Vegas, as well as exhibition games in China and South Korea leading up to the worlds in Japan in August. There will be another training camp next year, followed by another and more exhibition games prior to the 2008 Games in Beijing. Colangelo said has met with 15 to 18 players, and Duncan was the first to say he would not take part. Some, including Shaquille O’Neal, have said they were still considering it, while others, including Allen Iverson, have said they were willing to make the commitment. East beats West in all-star game SAN ANTONIO – Chris Wells ran for three touchdowns and earned MVP honors in leading the East past the West 27-16 in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school all-star game Saturday. Wells, who has verbally committed to Ohio State, scored on a pair of 5-yard runs and another from 2 yards out. He led all players with 67 yards on 13 carries. “I think I can be a cutback runner,” said Wells, a senior at Akron’s Garfield High School in Ohio. “But I think I can do a lot of things. Just like today, you saw I can be a power runner.” Wells, who rushed for 1,930 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, had the first score of the game on his 2-yarder in the first quarter. Miller unhappy with `60 Minutes’ ADELBODEN, Switzerland – Bode Miller is unhappy with the way his interview with `60 Minutes’ in which he said partying had affected his performance in the past, which was characterized in excerpts and media accounts. “We are very saddened to see that what is considered the pre-eminent news show in U.S. history has set off a firestorm by headlining a press release on a Bode Miller profile with an out-of-context and salacious headline involving drunkenness,” Lowell Taub, the ski star’s agent, said in a statement Saturday. Notable HORSE RACING: Allaire C. du Pont, a Thoroughbred enthusiast and owner of five-time Horse of the Year Kelso, has died. She was 92. SOCCER: European champion Liverpool beat Luton 5-3 in the FA Cup, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in one of the most riveting comebacks in soccer’s oldest cup competition. TENNIS: Roger Federer won the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar for the second straight year, beating French teenager Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the final. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

AA HOME INSURANCE SURVEY CLAIMS DONEGAL HAS FEWEST BURGLARIES

first_imgDonegal has the fewest number of burglaries according to a widespread survey.The AA Home Insurance survey of almost 15,500 people said that just 13% of people in Donegal have been burgled.Dublin is worst for burglaries overall, with more than 38% of people saying they have been a victim of this crime at some stage. But it is the commuter counties around the capital which have seen the greatest increase.Counties Louth, Laois, Offaly and Kildare have been hit hardest while County Meath has seen the greatest increase in the commuter counties with 40% more burglaries in 2012 than eight years ago.This figure was reflected in the latest AA Home Insurance survey which showed that people from Meath have experienced more burglaries this year than in any other county.Kildare came in at second for overall burglaries with over 34%. Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at the AA explained: “The problem in the commuter counties around Dublin is that every morning a would-be burglar knows that there will be a mass exodus towards the capital, leaving behind whole estates full of empty houses, meaning easy pickings.”The AA survey also found that more people in Limerick said they were burgled than in any other county in Munster. Burglaries in Limerick have increased by almost 10% since 2004, reaching 22%Cavan is worst for the Ulster counties in the Republic, with more than 19% of those polled saying the same.“Burglaries don’t just mean the loss of some of your belongings but they also mean an infringement on your personal life and your security” added Mr Faughnan.The AA poll discovered that 14% of those who were burgled said that the offender got in through an open door or window. But over 31% of participants said that the intruder gained access through a locked door.Mr Faughnan said: “To combat this, make sure all exterior doors are fitted with deadbolt locks which are pick-resistant and be sure that these doors are made with solid wood or metal, a minimum of one inch thick. In the majority of cases, burglars gained access through a closed window so it would also be a good idea to fit window locks.“Having all these additional security measures would be a complete waste if you left your house keys where a burglar can easily find them. Don’t leave your keys in obvious places like under a plant pot, on the door frame or beneath a mat.“When no one is home, it’s worth leaving a light on or perhaps the radio to deter a would-be trespasser. However, the best way to protect your home is with a house alarm.” AA HOME INSURANCE SURVEY CLAIMS DONEGAL HAS FEWEST BURGLARIES was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AA Home Insuranceburglariesdonegallast_img read more

CARS ATTACKED AS GLUE GANG STRIKE FOR FOURTH TIME

first_imgThere has been a FOURTH glue attack in Letterkenny.The glue gang struck in the Glencar Park area of the town yesterday and glued a number of cars doors.It is the fourth attack in just more than a month. The first attack happened at Ballymacool Terrace when a number of homes had their front doors locked.Cllr Gerry McMonagle said there is no rhyme or reason to the attacks and has called for those responsible to stop.Gardai are believed to be viewing CCTV footage of the latest attacks.  CARS ATTACKED AS GLUE GANG STRIKE FOR FOURTH TIME was last modified: November 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEGLENCAR PARKGLUEletterkennylast_img read more

Jurickson Profar’s high expectations as Jed Lowrie’s replacement nothing new

first_imgIt’s taken a while for that massive hype to translate to the big leagues. Injuries have cut his seasons short over the past few years and affected his overall performance. But Profar finally started to show flashes last season with … MESA, Ariz — There was a time when Jurickson Profar was regarded as the top prospect.No, not the top prospect in the Texas Rangers organization. Not the top prospect in one specific minor league level. Profar was considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball.last_img read more