wlmkkxqy

Attritional England grind down Australia

first_imgBy David BrettEngland finally wrestled back some momentum on day two of the fourth Ashes Test on Friday but are yet to find an answer to Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin’s defiance with the bat.The tourists may have surrendered the Ashes after a hat-trick of defeats but the second day’s play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was classic attritional cricket as the English bowlers restricted the hosts to 164 for nine, to go with an unflattering run rate of 2.23, at stumps.It was not pretty cricket to watch but it was clear that England had done their homework, made plans and, more importantly, their bowlers were sticking to them.More to their credit, the MCG’s drop-in pitch played stubbornly straight for the most part on a sunny day.“There wasn’t much there,” James Anderson, who took 3-50, told reporters.Stuart Broad claimed 3-30 while fellow paceman Tim Bresnan took 2-24.“There was some reverse and some point in the day, but there wasn’t really much seam movement or anything. So we had to work really hard, be patient and work with the guy at the other end,” said Anderson.“We were all trying to bowl maidens and bowl dots, and as boring as it sounds that’s the way to go on that pitch and it worked well for us.”The bowlers conceded just four extras in 73.3 overs, and only 58 runs off 29 overs in the middle session.Having batted first, this was the first time in the series England sensed a lead of any kind to protect and their pacemen replied with a disciplined performance.With their bowlers operating predominantly outside the off-stump to offside-heavy fields, England strangled Australia’s batsmen even more effectively than the hosts had stifled their own.Australia’s number five batsman Steve Smith was starved of his favoured leg-side scoring shots – 80 percent of runs in his Perth century came on the leg-side – and was eventually frustrated into a rash cut shot that was snaffled in the slips.Smith scored 19 runs off 77 deliveries at a strike rate of 24.67, compared to his 53-plus in the first innings at Perth.The Australian batsman who remains a thorn in England’s side, however, is Haddin who finished the day unbeaten on 43.Australia have been in trouble in each of their first innings so far. They were 83-4 at Brisbane, 174-4 at Adelaide and 129-4 at Perth before Haddin bailed them out on all three occasions.Haddin has the second highest average with the bat in the series – his 73.60 bettered only by David Warner’s 77.66 – but with Australia still 91 runs behind, even he is unlikely to prevent England taking a substantial first innings lead.England, desperate to prevent a series whitewash, will badly need it on MCG’s drop-in pitch where the lowest total defended is 142, while the highest run chase is 332.“We’d have liked a few more runs this morning,” Anderson said of England’s 255, improbably, their highest first innings total in the series.“But then having spoken to our batters last night we knew we could make it difficult for them to score because it’s quite a slow pitch. If we set the right fields and bowled in the right areas we could get some rewards – and we did that.“It’s going to be difficult for us. We’ve seen how difficult it is to score on there.“It might be slow going for us tomorrow, but if we get stuck in, hopefully we can get a reasonable lead.”last_img read more

0COMMENTS

Djokovic, Serena rush through at Melbourne Park (updated)

first_imgBy Greg StutchburyTOP seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams barely moved out of second gear while Victoria Azarenka underlined her Australian Open pedigree as players experienced the hottest conditions of the championship so far on Thursday.Four-time champion Djokovic only needed to up his game after an hour of his 6-0 6-1 6-4 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov, while Williams had to be on her mettle a little sooner following some early resistance from former world number two Vera Zvonareva.Once the 18-time grand slam singles champion got up to speed, however, she cruised away from the Russian with a 7-5 6-0 victory during the day session.“Things really clicked. I had no other option but for things to click,” the American told reporters as she moved into the third round and within sight of a potential quarter-final with Azarenka.Twice champion Azarenka, whose ranking has plummeted to 44 after she was restricted to just nine tournaments last year with foot and knee injuries, proved she would not be kept down for long as she hammered eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2.“I knew that I’m unseeded so I can play anybody. I just accept whoever is on the opposite side and I’m happy with the way I stayed consistent throughout the whole match,” she said.“I think there’s always things you can improve, but it’s a great progress from one match to another.”Woziniacki, a former world number one, said while losing “sucks” she felt her good friend was back to her best already.“Her level, it’s high,” she said. “I think she’s at the level that she left when she stopped playing.”Men’s champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, the lowest ranked men’s player in the second round at 194, and eighth seed Milos Raonic, who dispatched American Donald Young, also both advanced after clinical victories.Air temperatures had dropped considerably for the later matches at Melbourne Park, but had exceeded 35 Celsius during the day session, with France’s Adrian Mannarino a notable casualty.The 26-year-old held two match points in the third set against 12th-seed Feliciano Lopez before he was forced to retire while trailing in the fourth.Lopez was awarded the match 4-6 4-6 7-6(3) 4-0 and will now face Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who beat 17th-seed Gael Monfils in an entertaining five setter.Controversy also raged on Thursday after a male television interviewer had asked seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard to showcase her dress with a ‘twirl’ after her second round victory on Wednesday.The Canadian later said it was strange to be asked to do such a thing, while social and mainstream media went into overdrive with accusations of sexism, though Williams said there were more important things to discuss.“I wouldn’t ask Rafa (Nadal) or Roger (Federer) to twirl. Whether it’s sexist or not, I don’t know,” she said.“Life is far too short to focus on that. We have so many other problems we want to deal with that we should focus on.”Williams’ victory came about 90 minutes after older sister Venus hammered American compatriot Lauren Davis 6-2 6-3, while sixth seed Radwanska also made short work of Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in a 6-0 6-1 victory that took just 44 minutes.Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also advanced after a comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory over Germany’s Mona Barthel.US Open finalist Kei Nishikori was forced to dig himself out of a small hole when he lost the first set to Ivan Dodig, but once he got warmed up, and the temperatures continued to rise, the Croatian wilted.“It was … hot out there,” Nishikori said after winning 4-6 7-5 6-2 7-6(0).“A lot of sun. It wasn’t easy. I was a little bit dizzy and tired.“But it’s going to be like this in Australia.” Results from the Australian Open Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on ThursdayVictoria Azarenka (Belarus) beat 8-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 6-4 6-225-Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Chang Kai-Chen (Taiwan) 6-1 7-5Madison Brengle (U.S.) beat Irina Falconi (U.S.) 6-1 6-34-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-2 6-419-Alize Cornet (France) beat Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-7(2) 6-2Madison Keys (U.S.) beat 29-Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 2-6 6-1 6-126-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 7-6(3) 7-6(6)11-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 6-2 6-030-Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat Ajla Tomljanovic (Croatia) 6-1 7-6(1)Camila Giorgi (Italy) beat Tereza Smitkova (Czech Republic) 6-1 6-41-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 7-5 6-0Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat Anna Tatishvili (U.S.) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-224-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 6-1 1-6 6-018-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Lauren Davis (U.S.) 6-2 6-36-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-0 6-1Results from the Australian Open Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 8-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Donald Young (U.S.) 6-4 7-6(3) 6-3Benjamin Becker (Germany) beat Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) 2-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-231-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Go Soeda (Japan) 6-3 6-2 7-6(3)Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat 17-Gael Monfils (France) 6-4 1-6 6-7(3) 6-3 6-39-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-218-Gilles Simon (France) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 7-6(5) 6-2 6-4Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat 13-Roberto Bautista (Spain) 7-6(5) 1-6 7-5 6-1Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-41-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 6-0 6-1 6-44-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Marius Copil (Romania) 7-6(4) 7-6(4) 6-35-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 4-6 7-5 6-2 7-6(0)12-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 4-6 4-6 7-6(3) 4-0 (Mannarino retired)19-John Isner (U.S.) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 6-4 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) beat Matthias Bachinger (Germany) 7-6(4) 7-5 7-5Steve Johnson (U.S.) beat 30-Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 6-3 6-4 6-2Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) 6-1 6-3 6-3last_img read more

0COMMENTS

Santos mum on Ferrer after Game 3 blabber

first_imgMOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas gestures after making a basket. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel forward Arwind Santos doused whatever feud he had with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer following their heated exchanges in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.“I just smiled at him earlier. I don’t have anymore comments regarding him and our previous encounter,” said Santos Friday after the Beermen’s 94-85 win over the Gin Kings in Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beermen firepower simply overwhelming for Kings Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite READ: After run-in, Santos asks rookie Ferrer: What have you proven?Santos and Ferrer were suddenly the focus of the crowd’s attention after the two talked trash against each other in Game 4 when the first year forward clapped in the face of the 2013 MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThat caused Santos to say a few words at Ferrer, with the 11-year veteran telling the rookie, “what have you proven in this league?”READ: ‘Focused’ Ferrer shrugs off brush with Santos China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The two also had their moments in the fourth quarter of Game 4 when Santos, who was about to land out of bounds, threw the ball at Ferrer hoping it would bounce off the court.The ball, though, hit Ferrer in the head and the Ginebra forward was able to recover possession to go up for a shot and which Santos immediately blocked.“I just thank God and the fans of San Miguel for our win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

0COMMENTS

Man City looking to make it a hat trick of league titles

first_imgView comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted NBA players Mills, Dellavedova, Baynes in Australia final 12 for World Cup It carried that momentum into last season and again proved the dominant force as it claimed an unprecedented domestic treble after edging a thrilling title race with Liverpool.Still, the relentless Guardiola shows no sign of easing up, with a club record 62.8 million pounds ($76.2 million) spent to boost the midfield ranks of a star-studded squad with Spaniard Rodri.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat is why, even if Liverpool kicks on from last season’s Champions League success to launch another strong challenge, City enters the new campaign as clear favorite.Guardiola, whose trophy haul in a glittering managerial career now numbers 27, summed up the determination during pre-season. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon There are few obvious weaknesses in the City side. The arrival of Rodri has ended a lengthy search for a long-term successor to Fernandinho in the defensive midfield role and left-back issues will be resolved if Benjamin Mendy can stay fit.Even if not, there is now specialist back-up in Angelino, although Oleksandr Zinchenko has improved markedly.The depth of the goalkeeping resources was not tested last season but Claudio Bravo’s return to fitness after almost a year out provides experienced cover for the brilliant Ederson, even if the Chilean has not always covered himself in glory.Up front Sergio Aguero remains the key man having firmly re-established himself as first-choice striker under Guardiola while Raheem Sterling is now undoubtedly world class and Kevin De Bruyne is fit again.David Silva may be entering his final season at City but Phil Foden looks ready to step into his boots and Bernardo Silva is equally dangerous.Other factors such as the Champions League, injuries and suspensions could come into play but, at the start of the season, the smart money will be on City making it three in a row.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township livingcenter_img LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “We prepare how we have for the last three years: step by step, reanalyze, readapt and move forwards,” he said. “We will see our level and whether at the end of the season we can be fighting for titles.“But they are smart guys. They know they are an incredible squad and it isn’t necessary to tell them they have to play well to be in contention to play every day.”One of the main differences from last season is that, for the first time in 11 years, City will be going into a campaign without Vincent Kompany.The long-serving captain left in May to take up the role of player-manager at Anderlecht after playing a typically talismanic role in the run-in.His inspirational leadership will be sorely missed and his departure reduces the number of top-quality center-halves available to Guardiola, although City do have a partnership of potential in John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ LATEST STORIES Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola walks on the pitch after the English Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)MANCHESTER, England — One thing Pep Guardiola does not tolerate is complacency.After his formidable Manchester City side powered to the Premier League title with a record-equaling five games to spare in 2018, Guardiola insisted there should be no let-up in the remaining matches. City switched its focus to breaking more records, and smashed a host of them as it went on to break the 100-point barrier.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

0COMMENTS

Lewis Hamilton blames Mercedes strategy for Singapore result

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton takes part in the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 22, 2019. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)World champion Lewis Hamilton felt Mercedes had the car to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday but strategic errors in the middle of the race cost him a chance of victory as the championship leader had to settle for a fourth-place finish.Hamilton started alongside pole-sitter Charles Leclerc on the front row with the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen behind him.ADVERTISEMENT “We don’t point the finger at people, that’s always been our philosophy and that won’t change because of one race.“We’re fighting a Ferrari team who are super hungry and pushing very hard,” he added of the Italian outfit, who have now won the last three races.“It’s on each one of us to do a better job. I believe we’re the best team, but we’ve got to push on. We’ll debrief tonight, put our heads back in the scrum, and then come back fighting at the next race.”Team principal Toto Wolff felt Mercedes could have made better calls during the race.“The undercut was more powerful than everyone expected and it would have been the right strategy call for us,” he said of the decision to keep Hamilton out for seven laps longer than the other front runners.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Neymar saves PSG to send French champions three points clear Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’center_img Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown After fighting off Vettel to slot in behind Leclerc on the opening lap, Mercedes opted to keep Hamilton out for longer than his rivals rather than attempt an undercut to claim the lead, but the plan backfired when he emerged from his pit stop behind the Ferraris and the Red Bull.“It’s not been the weekend we wanted at all. I was all over Charles in the first stint and I think we had the pace to win the race today,” Hamilton told reporters after the Grand Prix finished with a Vettel-Leclerc Ferrari one-two and Verstappen completing the podium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We discussed the possibility of the undercut in the strategy meeting this morning and I wanted to take the risk but then Ferrari decided to box (pit), so we did the opposite and I stayed out.“I pushed hard and the tyres were feeling good, but after a few laps they started to drop off real quick. We made mistakes tonight, but in this team, we win and we lose together. MOST READ “Once we had missed the chance for the undercut, we were hoping to create some opportunities later in the race by offsetting our tyres, but that plan didn’t work,” he added.“I think we had a car capable for pole yesterday and we had an opportunity to win today, but we made too many mistakes. We’re aware that we didn’t deliver to the standards that we set ourselves this weekend, so we will review it and see where we can improve for Russia.”Despite the disappointing result, Hamilton still extended his lead over Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas, who was fifth, to 65 points with six rounds remaining.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China View commentslast_img read more

0COMMENTS

MySpace faces competition from rival

first_imgThe move could foster some of the chaotic creativity that is more closely associated with MySpace, its larger competitor. It could also open the door to hazards such as spam, and make Facebook’s identity less clear. But Facebook is thinking big. In the parlance of its 23-year-old chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, the company is positioning itself as a “social operating system” for the Internet. It wants to sit at the center of its users’ online lives in the same way that Windows dominates their experience on a PC – while improving its own prospects for a lucrative acquisition or a public offering. “This may be the most important development since the company got started,” said Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who was an early investor in Facebook and one of its three board members. “But the company is taking a massive gamble. There are lots of things that can go wrong with this.” Facebook, which is largely supported by advertising, opened to nonstudents eight months ago, and its membership has doubled to 24 million, according to research firm ComScore. Users spend an average 14 minutes on the site every time they visit, up from eight minutes in September, according to Hitwise, a traffic measuring service. MySpace remains nearly three times the size of Facebook, with 67 million active members – up from 48 million a year ago – who spend an average of 30 minutes on the site each time. SAN FRANCISCO – With an ambitious strategy for expansion, Facebook is getting into MySpace’s face. Facebook, the Internet’s second-largest social network, was originally popular on college campuses, but during the past year it has opened its dorm-room doors to all and seen its membership explode at triple-digit growth rates. Now, Facebook, based in Palo Alto, is inviting thousands of technology companies and programmers to contribute features to its service. They can even make money from the site’s users by doing so, and, at least for now, Facebook will not take a cut. Some of the new features, demonstrated by software developers at a Facebook event here on Thursday, will allow members to recommend and listen to music, insert Amazon book reviews onto their pages, play games and join charity drives, all without leaving the site. The result is expected to be a proliferation of new tools and activities for Facebook’s 23million active users, who have largely been limited to making online connections, sharing photos and planning events. The two social networks have carved out contrasting, though shifting, reputations. MySpace, owned by News Corp., has fostered an anarchic aura with few restrictions on creativity, while allowing users to integrate tools from other companies into their pages, such as slide show displays. Recently, however, the company has blocked the efforts of several companies to advertise to MySpace users or otherwise make money through those tools. Facebook, on the other hand, has kept its members in something of a creative straitjacket. Users could not customize their pages or add tools created by other companies. Those restrictions helped preserve Facebook’s clean, uniform appearance and reinforced its emphasis on offering practical ways to communicate online. It has also made Facebook appealing to some groups beyond its college-student base. For example, the Facebook site is in vogue in Silicon Valley tech circles. Facebook wants to keep those faithful while turbocharging its growth by harnessing some of the magic of MySpace’s openness. It is also going one step further by allowing companies that contribute features to make money on Facebook through their own advertising or commissions on sales. “You can build a real advertising business on Facebook,” Zuckerberg said Thursday during his speech to more than 700 developers and journalists. “If you don’t want to run ads, you can sell something. We encourage you to do both.” He wore shower sandals and nervously weathered several technical glitches in his presentation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

0COMMENTS

‘Joe Hart wants to stay at Torino’, reveals Italian club’s manager

first_imgManchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is keen to stay at Torino beyond the end of the season, according to head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, but he has also admitted the Italian club cannot afford to sign him permanently.The 29-year-old England international has spent the season on loan with the Serie A side after being replaced by Claudio Bravo at the Etihad Stadium last August.He has enjoyed a largely decent season at the Stadio Olimpico, yet Torino say they could not meet the £15million valuation City would reportedly demand in the summer.Speaking before Saturday’s league meeting with Crotone, and quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Serbian boss Mihajlovic said: “Hart wants to stay at Torino but we are all aware, both him and the club, that we can’t buy him.“At the most we could take him on loan for another year but that depends on both Manchester City and him.“We will need to know if Hart is going to be here next year because if he’s not then we’ll need to change the way we play.”Earlier this week. City boss Pep Guardiola rebuffed a question about whether Hart could have his loan spell in Turin extended.At a press conference, he said: “At the end of the season we are going to speak about the players who are under contract next year and about the loan players.” 1 Joe Hart is apparently keen to stay in Italy beyond his one-year loan last_img read more

0COMMENTS

Wish list for improving the atmosphere of prep sports

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Take away the microphones from cheerleaders at prep football games. We appreciate the somersaults, human pyramids and general lift in spirit, but the amplified screaming and chanting isn’t tolerable. While on the subject of cheerleaders, transportation needs to be provided for far-off away games, especially during the playoffs. It was ridiculous, for instance, that no cheerleaders made the trip for Hart’s girls’ basketball victory at San Diego in the second round of the state playoffs last season. Allow food to be eaten inside the gymnasium at prep basketball games – even if that means schools must dish out an extra $50 or $100 to for a cleanup crew afterward. It’s the worst having to wolf down a hot dog and Coke in the lobby during a timeout or break between periods because we aren’t allowed to bring in food or drinks purchased at the snack bar. Build an accessible bathroom near the baseball fields at Canyon, Valencia and Saugus. This is a no-brainer. Allow marching bands from both home and away schools to perform at prep football games, instead of just the home school’s band. If such a thing isn’t in the budget, then it needs to be from now on. Doesn’t anyone understand the “battle of the bands” concept? Eliminate restrictions on the number of innings a prep baseball pitcher is allotted per week. No one wants to see injuries, but coaches should be trusted to use their best judgment. No one would think of limiting the number of carries for a running back in football – a much more dangerous sport – so why make the rule in baseball? Mete out real punishments if a prep coach or administrator is at fault in eligibility issues that cost a team victories or a playoff spot. No one hesitates to punish a student for not living up to his responsibilities, so why shouldn’t an adult be held to the same standard? Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Make me boss and I would: Build football stadiums at every Santa Clarita high school, not just some of them. Stadiums are an important way for schools to identify themselves, and, logistically, it’s a major hassle to play “home” games at a rival school. Here we go spending millions of dollars on artificial turf but no seats? That’s silly. Eliminate about half of the prep playoff divisions in the Southern Section, thereby adding much more significance to winning a title. The effect of such a change would be no more sub-.500 or fourth-place teams making the playoffs. Like the old days when I was in high school, football teams would need to go 8-2 or perhaps 7-3 to qualify for the postseason. Same deal for the other sports. You want to make the playoffs? You’ve really got to earn it. Provide cash bonuses to prep coaches who qualify for the playoffs and/or win section titles. If someone like Hart’s Mike Herrington or Canyon’s Harry Welch is willing to outwork other coaches, he deserves more money – just like in real life. last_img read more

0COMMENTS

Family reunited by appellate court ruling

first_imgThe justices wrote that DCFS has a constitutional obligation to exercise “due diligence” to notify parents before terminating their parental rights. “The court concluded that the department had not exercised reasonable diligence by continuing to look for the father in California even though it had evidence of the correct spelling of his last name and his location in Indiana,” according to a court synopsis of the case. “Moreover, the court questioned why DCFS did not ask the Child Support Services Department whether it knew of the father’s whereabouts. “The appellate court also indicated that dependent families are entitled to assurance that DCFS will take steps to contact and continue to contact the Child Support Services Department whenever a parent is missing.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DCFS did not contact the child-support department until 2001 to inquire about the father’s location, records show. DCFS wrote the father a letter, who then called and said he had tried to find his children and believed they were living with their mother. But the oldest daughter had been placed in a group home and the other three were living with prospective adoptive parents. The father’s parental rights with his two youngest daughters had been terminated, and a hearing was set in January 2002 to terminate his rights to his third daughter. At the hearing, the father’s lawyer asked for a continuance, explaining that he had not had the opportunity to consult with his client. But the request was denied, and the father’s rights were terminated. The Court of Appeal, however, reversed the orders terminating the father’s parental rights, and the family was reunified. The “Megan P.” case outlined in California Court of Appeal documents is another example of a father who paid child support for years believing his daughter was living with her mother – when she was actually in foster care. The case began in 1996 after the mother was arrested and her four children were put in foster care in Los Angeles County. A social worker told the judge the father’s whereabouts were unknown. Records show the father had moved to Indiana after breaking up with the mother and had been trying to contact her. The county’s Child Support Services Department located him, and he agreed to begin paying child support. While the mother’s aunt reported the father was in Indiana, records show the Department of Children and Family Services only searched for him at a previous address in California and searched under a misspelled last name. last_img read more

0COMMENTS

Arsenal ‘make bid’ for Argentina international

first_img deals LATEST Argentina’s defender Walter Kannemann in action CalcioMercato believe the player is ready to quit his current club with Inter Milan and Sampdoria also keen on his services.With the Gunners thought to have a small budget this summer until they sell some of their players, a the move could represent some excellent business.Kannemann is strong defender happy both on the front foot and facing his own goal, and would give manager Unai Emery, seen watching Atletico Madrid against Levante on Saturday, plenty of depth. no dice 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Getty Images Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Arsenal have made a £10.5million bid for Argentina international Walter Kannemann, according to reports in Italy.The defender is impressing for Gremio in Brazil and has earned five caps for his country in the last year and a half. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow ADVICE Arsenal need defensive reinforcements with Shkodran Mustafi struggling this season and the club conceding 52 goals compared to the 39 which both Chelsea and Tottenham let in.They may also be buoyed by the news Milan Skriniar has signed a new contract at Inter which could allow them to sneak in ahead of their transfer rivals. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining last_img read more

0COMMENTS