NCAA made a point with Trojans

first_img“I will never forget the first time I paid a player.”Not alone · The NCAA hit USC hard with sanctions involving Reggie Bush’s relationship with an agent, but former NFL agent Josh Luchs says in a report that he personally paid dozens of college football athletes. – Daily Trojan file photo These are the words of former NFL agent Josh Luchs printed in a special Sports Illustrated report released on its website Tuesday. Luchs, who was a NFL agent for 20 years, alleges that he knows of 30 collegiate football players who took cash or extra benefits while still in school, most of which were provided by him in the 1990s.Of those 30 people, four were USC players, including receiver R. Jay Soward. You might recognize Soward’s name from various recaps over the weekend as freshman receiver Robert Woods came dangerously close to Soward’s school record of 260 receiving yards in a game. Soward told SI that Luchs’ statements about their interactions is true and he took the money because his scholarship didn’t give him enough money for rent or food. He said he would do it again if he had the chance.Although this report deals with transgressions that happened 10-20 years ago, it still has a major effect on college athletics today. It confirms what many people currently believe: that player-agent monetary relationships have been and still are very prevalent at many institutions around the country, not just at USC.But it also indirectly confirms another truth USC fans have widely believed. The NCAA was trying to make a point with the sanctions handed down to USC over the summer.Before I go on, it must be noted that USC isn’t the first institution to be punished by the NCAA — far from it. Over the years, some schools have received just as harsh — if not harsher — punishments as the Trojans.Southern Methodist University, which was a football powerhouse in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, had its football season cancelled for two years (the NCAA gave it the option to play only road games in 1988 but the school declined) as a result of findings that a booster paid the players via the athletic department.Then there was Miami in the mid-’90s, which was put on a one-year bowl ban and lost dozens of scholarships for manipulating the system in order to get hundreds of thousands of extra dollars in Pell Grant money and financial aid.Alabama received stricter penalties in 2002 when it received a two-year bowl ban and also lost scholarships because boosters gave five-figure payments to a few high school coaches in order to lure recruits.Finally, there was Indiana basketball in 2008, which was put on probation for three years in addition to self-imposed scholarship reductions when it was found to have major recruiting violations.However, although these penalties are arguably harsher, these schools didn’t get punished because an agent paid a player in hopes of landing him after he left school. All payments came via boosters or inside men to entice athletes to stay at that school. There were a lot more cases of NCAA rule-breaking by schools during this time, but they mostly dealt with academic fraud, recruiting violations and the like.USC is the first case of a school receiving major penalties because of illegal activity regarding agent-player relations. But as the SI report shows, this activity has been going on for at least 20 years, most likely longer.Even though it’s been happening for so long, there hasn’t been a notable penalty until the one levied on USC. That’s partly because of inconsistencies in laws throughout the various states, but also because it’s extremely hard to prove. It took the NCAA four years to finally come out with the sanctions against USC.With all this in mind, it’s clear the NCAA is trying to make an example out of USC. Just look at the current college football landscape. Since the sanctions were handed down at USC, North Carolina’s football team has become the subject of a major NCAA probe looking into player-agent relations that has already had a few players dismissed or suspended from the team. Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey is alleged to have taken $100,000 from an agent before last year’s Sugar Bowl. Alabama and South Carolina are also on the NCAA’s radar regarding player-agent misconduct.USC was clearly not the only school where such improprieties were occurring. But the NCAA is hoping to show that the USC sanctions, will hopefully curb the practice. It’s hoping for a response similar to the one given by John Lombardi, the president of the University of Florida when SMU received its penalty in the late ‘80s.“SMU taught the committee that the death penalty is too much like the nuclear bomb. It’s like what happened after we dropped the (atom) bomb in World War II. The results were so catastrophic that now we’ll do anything to avoid dropping another one.”Sadly, this problem might be too widespread — Luchs was just one unknown guy among possibly hundreds doing this — and so deep that the NCAA will have trouble keeping tabs on everyone. All the NCAA can do is hope stiff sanctions are enough to scare schools straight.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kenny at klegan@usc.edu.last_img read more

WWE Raw Preview: Brock Lesnar to return, Rollins to face Rey Mysterio

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 30th September, 2019 19:55 IST WWE Raw Preview: Brock Lesnar To Return, Rollins To Face Rey Mysterio Brock Lesnar to return, Seth Rollins defends the WWE Universal Championship against Rey Mysterio and two Legends sit down for a monumental edition of Miz TV. WWE Raw is expected to start its upcoming season with a bang as a lot has been teased for the past few weeks. Brock Lesnar will be returning to the red brand, Seth Rollins will defend his Universal Championship against Rey Mysterio and Miz will interview two WWE Legends on Miz TV. Not just this, there are many major matches scheduled to be played on Monday night Raw. Raw can be watched live at Ten Sports on October 1, 2019. WWE Raw is scheduled to start at 6:30 am IST. Also Read l WWE: Roman Reigns will face Erick Rowan on WWE SmackDownWWE Raw: Important matchesSeth Rollins to defend the Universal Championship against Rey Mysterio Adil Khan After coming back to WWE, Rey Mysterio notched his biggest victory by winning the fatal-5-way match last week. Rey Mysterio will now face the current champion for the Universal Championship. Seth Rollins will enter the game not just to retain his title but also prepare for his upcoming match against the ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt in the upcoming Hell in the Cell pay-per-view. However, Mysterio is having the time of his life, he has continuously won his last few matches and this can have a positive effect on the master of 619. Also Read l WWE: Wrestler Rick Bognar aka ‘Fake’ Razor Ramon passes away at 49Brock Lesnar returns to RawThis week is the week of the Beast, as he will be making major appearances in both the WWE shows. On Friday, we will see Brock Lesnar going up against Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship in his first SmackDown match in 15 years. But before he appears on SmackDown, he will come to the season premiere of Raw. The questions raise what business does the Beast have in Raw? And most importantly who is the Beast going to destroy next? Also Read l WWE Hell In A Cell: Everything you need to know about the Pay-per-ViewAlexa Bliss to face Sasha BanksBefore facing Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell, Sasha will go up against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Alexa Bliss of Monday. After defeating Alexa’s partner Nikki Cross on Raw, Sasha will face the goddess. However, Alexa is unlikely to sit back and allow herself to be defeated by the boss. Alexa will be coming to the ring to take revenge after Banks and Bayley seemingly injured Bliss during a tag-team match on Raw two weeks ago. Also Read l WWE Heavyweight Championship: Best title defence matches in history LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 30th September, 2019 19:55 ISTlast_img read more

Uganda: Fifa Threatens to Ban Uganda

first_imgWorld soccer governing body FIFA has warned that any interference in FUFA matters will result in Uganda’s suspension from international football.FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke in a communication dated July 19 to education and sports minister Hon. Jessica Alupo, reiterated the governing body’s requirement that all FIFA member associations manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties as stipulated in articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes.“Any actions/measures taken unilaterally against the structures and/or status of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would be considered as interference in the FUFA affairs and the case would be brought to FIFA’s higher instances for appropriate sanctions, which could include suspension.” Read the letter.The letter is in response to Hon. Alupo’s letter dated July 16 following legal guidance from the Solicitor General for which government intended to “take appropriate measures in public interest with the objective of improving the management of soccer in Uganda”.In the letter, Valcke advised government to provide clear guidelines on how the federation should proceed should it decide that FUFA still needs to undergo legal changes or modifications.“Nevertheless, such changes or modifications should not affect the constitutional structure of the federation. FUFA went through deep changes with the adoption of a new constitution in August 2012 which is now in line with the FIFA standard statutes.”last_img read more

John Michael Montgomery is coming to Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium April 5

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Kelly · 388 weeks ago Yay! What a great artist and a great opportunity for Wellington Memorial Auditorium. Looking forward to the details. Count me in! Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Resident · 388 weeks ago OMG!!! He is a cutie. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 388 weeks ago I’m curious who will be in charge of ticket sales…..I’m hoping a someone outside of wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down JP Buellesfeld · 388 weeks ago good luck on sell out! If we can sell out this concert! It will be first sold out (ticketed) event at the memorial Auditorium since Feb 8,1986. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 388 weeks ago Count me in! Grundy County Incident Rocks! I plan on having a date for that! Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 388 weeks ago Oh it will be a sell out….for sure…heck he is awesome… Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Michael Montgomery, a country singer who has had more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts, will be coming to Wellington to perform at the newly refurbished Wellington Memorial Auditorium on April 5.More specifics of the concert will be available at a future date. The concert will be part of a promotion to reopen Wellington Memorial Auditorium which is currently being overhauled to become more ADA accessible. The concert is being co-sponsored by KWLS 107.9, the city of Wellington and the Wellington Recreation Commission.Michael Montgomery is best known for his hits “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” Five more of Montgomery’s singles have reached the top of the country charts: “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “Be my Baby Tonight,” If You’ve got Love,” “I can Love You like that,” and “The Little Girls.”Montgomery’s recordings of “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That” were both released concurrently with R&B versions by the group All-4-One.He has released 11 studio albums, including a Christmas album. The most recent, “Time Flies” was released on his own Springtown label in late 2008. He has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.last_img read more

Another year, another crop of players at the NMHA Novice Tournament

first_imgThe tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action. Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jeff Bonde1640325%$163,570 Bob Baffert3969515%$550,868 Michael Pender1643025%$120,400 Mark Casse2754419%$371,570 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita invites fans to its Big Game Party Sunday in the Bud Light Lounge & Sirona’s. Enjoy a buffet, program, big screen HDTV’s, two full-size pool tables, and $3 Budweiser and Bud Light brews all day for only $20. Tickets are available online at santaanita.com/events. Must be 21 or older to enter this area on a first come, first served for seating. Call 626-574-6400 for group rates. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. . . . Oklahoma Derby winner Tonito M., a candidate for the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday on a main track dampened by light rain in 1:14 under Rafael Bejarano . . . California Chrome is scheduled to work 8 a.m. Sunday at his Los Alamitos base for the San Antonio . . . Bob Baffert has not ruled out the San Antonio for San Pasqual winner Hoppertunity. “It’s either that or the Donn,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “The San Antonio would set him up for the Santa Anita Handicap (on March 7).” . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose went four furlongs in 48 flat Friday morning. Trainer Steve Knapp is considering two races for the 3-year-old daughter of Harlington, the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 8 and/or the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at six furlongs on the main track March 8 . . . Trainer Craig Lewis has designs on the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 14 for Paseana Stakes winner Warren’s Veneda . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form selector Rich Wroble for tabbing six winners on top Thursday, including Humorista ($19.40) in the fifth race and North Pacific ($39.60) in the sixth, triggering a Pick Six carryover into Friday of $39,891 . . . Humorista is an impeccably-bred daughter of Distorted Humor out of Halfbridled, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2003. Humorista was making the first start of her career at the age of four. “She was a big, coarse filly growing up and had a lot of little problems, but she’s good now,” said Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in explaining the belated debut. Halfbridled won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante, the Grade II Oak Leaf Stakes and the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies under Julie Krone en route to an Eclipse Award. Halfbridled finished with four wins and two seconds from six starts with earnings of $959,400 . . . The Breeders’ Cup has announced that Bryan Pettigrew has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sponsorship. Pettigrew will oversee marketing, business development and sponsorship sales for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-ending international event, which will be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland. Pettigrew, who will be based in Lexington, officially begins his duties on Feb. 2. Pettigrew comes to the Breeders’ Cup from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he was Senior Vice President of NTRA Advantage for the past three years. During this period, Pettigrew was responsible for soliciting and developing national sponsorships for the NTRA’s member racetracks and affiliates within the U.S. horseracing industry. Pettigrew increased sponsorship revenues for the NTRA since 2012 by forging new partnership agreements with Lockton Insurance Brokers, Valvoline, Tito’s Vodka, and Nationwide Insurance. His division also oversaw the partnerships with Office Depot, Sherwin Williams Paints and John Deere, among others. “We are proud to have selected a very talented, hardworking and proven sponsorship sales professional in Bryan Pettigrew,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO . . . Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho worked four furlongs for trainer Jim Cassidy Thursday in 47.60 as the son of Street Sense prepared for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . Congratulations to jockey Santiago Gonzalez on winning his first race at Santa Anita, aboard 12-1 shot Fabulous Fit for  Cassidy last Friday. Former trainer Craig Stephen represents Gonzalez. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas2442317%$137,258 Martin Garcia49710514%$579,570 Tyler Baze11714111612%$897,344 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won BAFFERT TRIES TO TEACH OLD DOG OLD TRICKWith a bankroll of $2,430,790 from only 14 career starts, Secret Circle has more than paid his way for owners Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman,But equine or human, the aging process eventually creeps up, which is why Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have blinkers on Secret Circle when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses at six furlongs.Secret Circle, a 6-year-old Eddington horse bred in Kentucky, is coming off a fourth-place finish as the odds-on favorite in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Dec. 27. He won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2013 and was second in the race last year. The only previous time he ran in blinkers was as a 2-year-old, when he captured the defunct Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2011.Last year, Secret Circle was second in the Palos Verdes, beaten a neck by Wild Dude, who’s back for another go Saturday.“We worked him the other day with blinkers on and we thought he worked better with them,” Baffert said of Secret Circle. “He was a little bit more focused. Sometimes when they get older they lose a little interest.“I don’t know if it made a big difference, but put it this way; it’s not going to hurt him. When he was a 2-year-old, he’d go too fast early. Now he’s not going fast enough early.”Trainer Jeff Bonde on committed front-runner and 2-1 morning line favorite Distinctiv Passion, who has failed to make the lead at some point only once in 13 career starts: “He’s a very quick horse. He makes his own race.”            The field for the Palos Verdes, race six of nine: Distinctiv Passion, Mike Smith, 2-1; Big Macher, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Conquest Two Step, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Secret Circle, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Chief Lion, Martin Pedroza, 15-1. Victor Espinoza671213618%$723,030 Elvis Trujillo861212714%$761,186 Kent Desormeaux74179923%$926,992 CASSE SENDS OUT TWO IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES             Mio Me and Miss Mandate face their greatest challenge yet when they run in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile.Mio Me is coming off a maiden win in only her second start, while Miss Mandate was second last out in an overnight race.“It’s definitely a step up, but I kind of feel at least our fillies have two turn races under their belt, which is going to be a help,” trainer Mark Casse said. “They’re definitely going to have to step up their game to be competitive, but that’s why they’re Grade I races.”The field for the Las Virgenes, which goes the eighth race: Glory, Mike Smith, 4-1; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 12-1; Achiever’s Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Mio Me, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Majestic Presence, Gary Stevens, 7-2, Callback, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Suva Harbor, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Miss Mandate, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Joseph Talamo87612127%$545,474 Corey Nakatani5187716%$452,140 Fernando Perez7386611%$302,094 Peter Eurton3364718%$304,958 Peter Miller611214620%$705,520 Martin Pedroza71913613%$357,450 HORSEMEN NOT AT ODDS WITH THE BIG GAME: IT’S CLOSEWith Sunday’s Big Game in Phoenix expected to be one of the most contentious and competitive ever, according to oddsmakers, who have the match between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots anywhere from Pick ‘Em to one or two points favoring New England, and the total points hovering around 48, depending on the moment, following is a random sampling of opinions from Santa Anita:Barry Abrams: “New England and over.”A.C. Avila: “I’m a soccer fan.”Bob Baffert: “I’ve always been a Bill Belichick fan. He presented the Eclipse Award to us when Point Given was Horse of the Year in 2001.”Richard Baltas: “Patriots. I can’t stand Seattle, that’s why.”Brian Beach: “I’m a Seattle fan. I attended the first game the Seahawks played there as a new franchise.”Ray Bell: “If I had to, I’d pick New England, but I’m rooting for New England. (Seattle coach Pete) Carroll bailed on USC and was fired by New England.”Vann Belvoir: “Seattle. I’m a Northwest guy.”David Bernstein: “Seattle. My kids (Darryl and David Jr.) live up there. And I like their little quarterback (Russell Wilson).”Jeff Bonde: “The Seahawks have the edge but Brady is the X-factor.”Simon Callaghan: “New England.”Jim Cassidy: “Either the Bills or the Redskins.”Caesar Dominguez: “New England by 10 points.”Neil Drysdale: “I’m going to take the points.”Victor Espinoza: “My agent (Brian Beach) is a fanatic for the Seahawks so I’m going to go against him.”Jerry Fanning: “I think it will be a great game. I’m rooting for New England.”Mark Glatt: “Seattle . . . defense.”Jorge Gutierrez: “New England but I have a side bet with Gary Stevens.”Dan Hendricks: “Seattle. I think karma will catch up to New England.”Steve Knapp: I’m pulling for Seattle, but it’s kind of up in the air. I always like to see a fired coach win.”Eric Kruljac: “I just hope it’s not over in the first five minutes, but the game sure has the media tied up for now.”Craig Lewis: “It should be a helluva game. I agree with the odds. I can’t pick it. It’s too close. It’s like trying to pick between two real good horses.”Richard Mandella: “Seahawks.”Ron McAnally: “New England. They took so much heat on the deflated footballs.”Derek Meredith: “Seattle in a close game.”Corey Nakatani: “I think Tom Brady’s got something to prove. He’s one of the best quarterbacks. Maybe Seattle can beat them by passing, because I think New England will stop the run.”Doug O’Neill: “Seattle. I’m going with my head and saying defense wins.”Tom Proctor: “I don’t care. I’m worried about the next horse I run.”John Sadler: “The Patriots. I’m not rooting for them but I think they’re the better team.”Gary Sherlock: “Seahawks.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “It should be a good game. Whichever team is best that day will win.”Bill Spawr: “Seattle, but I like Brady and Belichick.”Joe Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan: “We’re very patriotic, so we’ve got to go with the Patriots.”Eddie Truman: “I already have lunch bet with two guys. I took New England with one guy and Seattle with the other. But personally, I’m for New England.”Private clocker Gary Young: “The best defense usually wins the Super Bowl and Seattle’s got the best defense, so I’d probably go with them.”Howard Zucker: “I’m rooting for the Patriots.” John Sadler4646109%$289,332 Philip D’Amato2846514%$251,640 Richard Mandella2243518%$196,930 Jerry Hollendorfer671510822%$1,340,844 Drayden Van Dyke85981311%$525,266 Eddie Truman840150%$168,030 Brandon Boulanger5052410%$116,900 Mark Glatt3255516%$263,942 Mike Smith49109720%$759,041 Rafael Bejarano10126171526%$1,193,754 Gary Stevens3985721%$474,400 Flavien Prat3762516%$237,580 SADLER SEEKS BETTER TRIP FOR TALCO IN ARCADIAJohn Sadler will be a busy man tomorrow. He has horses entered in five of the nine races, including Talco in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes for older horses at one mile on turf.The stretch-running French-bred was a close fifth in the Mathis Brothers Mile last out, but was compromised breaking from the extreme outside post position (10) and steadying at the three-eighths marker.“He had a lot of trouble the other day,” Sadler said of Talco, who has made up ground late in each of his four U.S. starts, all graded stakes. “We hope he gets a good trip this time.”Sadler also sends out Suva Harbor in the Las Virgenes, in which he’ll fly solo against five entered by Jerry Hollendorfer and two each by Bob Baffert and Mark Casse.“She’s doing good,” Sadler said of the daughter of the late Rockport Harbor, in her first stakes race after two straight victories against lesser, one a maiden allowance test on turf, the other a one-mile overnight race on dirt.“She’s going up in class but she’s run well every time. We’re ready to go.”On Sunday, Sadler sends out Bench Warrant in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs against Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red and five other 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.Bench Warrant will be making his first start on dirt, having won at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf on Jan. 15 before running a distant fourth to Dortmund in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity at 1 1/16 miles last Dec. 20.“He wasn’t really ready for that,” Sadler said of the Los Al race. “But it’s good for him to be in the San Vicente, going under a mile.”The Arcadia field: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Kaigun, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Edge of Reality, Flavien Prat, 8-1; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Talco, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 3-1; and Avanzare, Gary Stevens, 4-1.Play Hard to Get was scratched.The San Vicente field: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Punctuate, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Magic Taste, Omar Santos, 50-1; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 15-1. Doug O’Neill5877712%$383,820 BLINKERS ON SECRET CIRCLE IN PALOS VERDESCASSE DUO STEPS UP IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENESTALCO SEEKS FIRST U.S. STAKES WIN IN ARCADIABENCH WARRANT TRIES THE DIRT IN SAN VICENTESUNDAY’S ‘BIG GAME’ BRINGS VARIED OPINIONS (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 29) Tiago Pereira5252710%$150,770 A. C. Avila1440129%$83,160last_img read more

Young Cowboys expect to get targeted

first_imgThe challenges come two-fold for both players. Hughes will step up from the fullback position at Intrust Super Cup level to the front line at NRL level, while Hess’ physical challenge shifts from playing second row in the under-20s to a front-row or lock role in top grade.Both will line up in their second NRL games, with Hughes making his debut as an 18-year-old with Gold Coast and Hess arriving onto the scene for the Cowboys in Round 25 last year against the Warriors.Five-eighth Hughes predicts a Dragons parade down his side of the field as they look to test the youngster’s mettle.”They are probably going to throw heaps of tackles down my end and I’m just going to have to keep making them and making them. But I’m happy to do that, I’m sweet,” he said.”I don’t mind defending. Obviously it’s going to be a bit different to defending in the Q-Cup, but I’ve just got to get my body in front and help out the edges.”I think they will see me and Ray named in the halves and I think they will try to target us, but we’ve both going to play to the best of our ability and the boys around us are going to help us so we will be all right.”Over the last couple of seasons the Cowboys have done a good job protecting playmakers Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan, with workhorse back-rowers Ethan Lowe and Gavin Cooper ranking sixth and seventh respectively in total tackles by a second-rower in the NRL.That ‘bodyguard’ role has been a staple of the Cowboys’ defensive system, and Hess says his halves can feel safe again this week.”The systems we have in place in defence always cover the halves in general, so we just follow our systems and hopefully guys like Jahrome can get protected,” he said.”I guess being a younger fella, all the old heads want to get one on you.”Jahrome, being in the front line of defence might be a bit different for him.”At just 19 years old, Hess in particular has been touted as one of the key players of the Cowboys’ next generation, with Saturday seen as a gauge as to the progress of the Junior Kangaroo.”I’ve been pretty happy with my form recently, so I will be looking forward to taking that into this weekend. I’m playing in the front-row or in the lock position this week, so it’s a different role,” he said.”I’ve packed on two or three more kilos since last year, and I feel a lot fitter, so that’s a credit to the pre-season that we do here.”I feel pretty comfortable at the weight I am now, and my fitness.”[NRL] is a lot faster and everyone’s a bit bigger… the bigger bodies, the bigger hits.”A few more bumps and bruises the next day.”last_img read more

Indonesia goalkeeper dies after mid-game collision

first_imgWarriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Video footage showed the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.“He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday,” Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDoctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge PLAY LIST 00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

US$18M vulnerable to capricious, potentially illegal use – TIGI

first_imgOil signing bonusHaving tried unsuccessfully to get the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) to recover the US$18 million signing bonus from a private account and deposit it in the rightful place, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) remains worried that the monies will be siphoned off.TIGI President, Dr Troy ThomasTIGI on Wednesday questioned the rationale behind Government opting not to follow constitutional provisions and deposit the multimillion-dollar signing bonus into the Consolidated Fund, rather than an account at the Bank of Guyana. According to the group, the money will remain vulnerable if it is not treated with the necessary constitutional provisions.“We maintain that the signing bonus is vulnerable to capricious and potentially illegal use as long as it is not reflected in the Consolidated Fund where it would receive parliamentary oversight. We also continue to ponder what the Government might find compelling enough as a reason for preferring to violate the constitutional provision on managing public funds and to evade accountability in this matter,” the transparency watchdog said.The TIGI’s statement came in light of recent pronouncements made by SARA’s Director, Professor Clive Thomas, who said recently that there was no premise to go after the money since it is in the State’s possession and there has been no accusation of any misappropriation.However, the transparency body stressed that it never made any accusation of misuse of the money. In fact, TIGI said its request to SARA was to recover the money to be placed into the Consolidated Fund as required by law.“It is important to note that the SARA Director’s expressed view does not challenge the assertion that the signing bonus was deposited outside of the Consolidated Fund. Hence, we conclude that we were unsuccessful at pointing to “any unlawful conduct” in relation to the signing bonus that is compelling enough for SARA to act.”The Government had come under heavy criticism back in 2017 when it was revealed that it received the US$18 million signing bonus from US oil giant ExxonMobil in 2016. In addition of not revealing that it received the money, the coalition was bashed for not depositing same into the Consolidated Fund as required by the Constitution.The bonus first came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016, and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that then Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank of Guyana in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had revealed that the money had been transferred overseas to an interest-bearing account while waiting to be used. Of the US$18 million, $15 million was set aside to pay legal fees for the ongoing Guyana-Venezuela border controversy case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the other $3 million for capacity building and training.last_img read more

CSUN player on U-23 team

first_imgCal State Northridge men’s soccer player Sean Franklin has been named to the United States Under-23 team that will travel to Japan for two matches this week. Franklin, a junior defender, will be part of an 18-man squad that will face Japan’s U-22 team Wednesday and a Japanese League team Friday. Only four members of the U.S. team are collegiate players; the rest of the team is comprised of players from MLS. Franklin, who was named to the U.S. U-20 team twice in 2004, has earned All-Big West honors the past two seasons for the Matadors and anchored a defense that posted a 0.90goals-against average last fall. MEN’S GOLF UCLA remained in a tie for sixth place after 36 holes, and Pepperdine was 13th out of 15teams at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the University of North Florida at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Alabama enters today’s final round leading the field with a team score of 594. UCLA is 12strokes back at 606, and Pepperdine is 25 strokes off the pace at 619. First-round co-leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA remained within striking distance of the leaders at 145 after posting a second round score of 1-over 73. He trailed Coastal Carolina’s Dustin Johnson by fourshots and Vanderbilt’s Jon Curran by one. Pepperdine freshman Shane Mason, who shared the first-round lead with Chappell, shot a 76 and is tied for seventh. center_img CSUN places fifth: Aaron Hobbs finished third with a 3-over 219 and Cal State Northridge finished fifth after shooting a third-round 295 at the GADO North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Matadors finished the tournament with a three-round score of 899, just three shots off tournament winners Houston and Indiana, which tied with a total team score of 896. Northridge put together back-to-back rounds of 295 after an opening-round 309. MEN’S TENNIS Second-seeded Ohio State beat No. 3 UCLA 4-2 in Sunday’s semifinals at the USTA/ ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships in Chicago. UCLA won the doubles point, and Benjamin Kohlloeffel provided the Bruins’ lone win in singles. 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