Western Bureau:Omar Wedderburn, the St Elizabeth Technical head coach, may have found the missing element in their game, which has seen them log two consecutive wins in the 2015 ISSA-Flow daCosta Cup, after a series of inconsistent performances.The inconsistency, according to Wedderburn, was as a result of poor playing surfaces that made the STETHS passing game, which features off-the-ball movement from his front men, including striker Michael Kerr, almost redundant.But the two matches played at home on what is arguably the best school ground in the daCosta Cup competition, STETHS have won both convincingly, with Kerr coming to the fore with seven goals scored.getting up to speed”Our struggles was a result of the kind surfaces on which we played; our game is a passing game, with good off-the-ball movement, but we are slowly getting up to speed with all that,” Wedderburn said.”Kerr is certainly in fine mettle at the moment and is always going to be a dangerous player for us, but today you saw how well he played within the system, and the passes were also there,” added Wedderburn.Kerr, popularly called ‘Diddy’ by his teammates, struck a fine four-timer in his team’s 6-0 gutting of Newell last Thursday, and followed that up with a fine hat-trick Saturday at home against group rivals Lacovia.The burly striker netted in the 29th, 66th and 75th minutes, respectively, to underline his importance to the STETHS cause.Now that the goals are coming, Wedderburn hopes it continues as they seek to remain ahead of the pack in the hunt for Group E honours and a place in the Inter-Zone round of the competition.Meanwhile, only one match is scheduled in the daCosta Cup for today, a Group I showdown between York Castle and Steer Town Academy.Steer Town, who are third in the group standings on seven points, are in need of victory against second-place York Castle (10 points). Both trail leaders Marcus Garvey High (12 pts), with Browns Town, Ocho Rios High and Cedric Titus completing the group.
GOOD TIME MONEY MAGNET, who has now won twice from three starts, was ridden by the apprentice Odean Edwards for trainer Richard Azan and covered the distance (made most) in the good time of 1:06.2 for owners Nya. She is a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Jazzy Jet. Also yesterday, the Gordon Lewis-trained MR. BONES (Ameth Robles up) ran on strongly to catch long-time leader SUNDANCE (8-5) and win by 1 1/4 lengths in the Knutsford Park Cup over 1200 metres, completing a weekend double for trainer Lewis and owner Tony Hart, who won with 16-1 outsider MONTEGONIAN over 1800 metres on Saturday. The progressive three-year-old gelding, CHACE THE GREAT, easily won the overnight allowance race at 1300 metres in a fast 1.18.2, to complete a hat-trick of wins. A 4-5 favourite, the Dwight Chen-trained CHACE THE GREAT was a chance ride for champion jockey Shane Ellis, replacing the injured Wesley Henry. The back-to-back race meets at Caymanas Park over the weekend, which ended yesterday, were highlighted by two impressive performances by the two-year-old fillies SHE’S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in round two of the Front Runner Sprint and Keeling Memorial Cup, respectively, both over 1100 metres. On Saturday, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta introduced yet another classy two-year-old in the million-dollar Front Runner Sprint, and the bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’, Ahwhofah, assumed an early lead under four-time champion Omar Walker and proceeded to win by all of 13 1/2 lengths from CHRISANLI, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:05.3, although eased by Walker in the last 100 metres. A half-sister to last year’s 2000 Guineas winner, ALI BABA, SHE’S A MANEATER is owned and bred by Winston Kong, who was not present at the track to witness the awesome display by his filly, who DaCosta feels has a bright future. “This one is for real,” declared the Hall of Fame trainer. “She had been working brilliantly and did what was expected of her. “She will run in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series starting next month along with ARMAGEDDON, who also impressed in his two-year-old debut recently,” added DaCosta. On Yesterday’s nine-race programme, MONEY MAGNET (4-1) rebounded from her recent loss to VERY CLASSIC to win the Keeling Memorial Cup by 8 1/2 lengths from 3-5 favourite MR. UNIVERSE and old rival VERY CLASSIC at 4-5 in a six-horse field.
“We did a lot of good things right. We moved the puck east and west really well; we’re efficient in that aspect of the game, it got us up on offense quickly. We dominated zone-time tonight, we had lots of chances, and we just stuck with it. We never got down, we never got frustrated with not scoring goals and, you know what, our perseverance prevailed through to the end.”Currently, in the NWJHL Standings, the Huskies are in second place with 42 points; two points behind the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.Up next, the Huskies are on the road tonight, February 2, as they take on the Fairview Flyers. Game time is 8:00 p.m. at the Fairview Arena. Another Huskies goal would follow, with 42 seconds remaining, as Alex Nimmo sent a goal into the net with assists by Matthew Apsassin and Aiden Craig-Steele making the score 3-2.Then with five seconds remaining in the period, the Navigators would tie up the score at 3-3 forcing them to go into overtime.With five minutes of three-on-three overtime, neither team was able to break the tie. This would then result in a best-of-three shootout.The Navigators shot first, which was unsuccessful.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were home on Friday night as they hosted the North Peace Navigators.The game wasn’t off to a good start for the Huskies as the Navigators would score a goal, at 4:19 into the game, making the score 1-0 for the remainder of the period.At 7:27 into the second period, Joel Bourgeois would score one on the Nav’s with assists by Oscar Burgess and Jared Loewen making the score tied at one apiece.- Advertisement -With 4:01 remaining in the frame, the Navigators would take the lead by scoring a goal making the score 2-1.The Huskies would continue to trail behind North Peace well into the third.Then at 1:10 remaining in the third period, Nolan Legace would keep the pups alive as he would score a goal with a feed from Dean Whitcomb and Alex Nimmo tying the score at two apiece.Advertisement Gary Loewen would shoot first for the Huskies and managed to get the puck past the Nav’s goalie.The Navigators took another shot and were unsuccessful.Brady Marzocco would step up to make a shot but could not get past the goalie.Then the Navigators made their final shot in an attempt to stay alive but failed to do so, resulting in the Huskies winning the game 4-3 in a shootout.Huskies Assistant Coach, Cameron Weir, says the team performed well throughout the game.Advertisement
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0Shares0000Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners. © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 15 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia.The 100m world record-holder quit athletics last year and is yet to be offered a deal by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, where he is currently on trial. “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said Monday via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice.The demand for the out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — appears to have been issued by Football Federation Australia.“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” said Bolt.“So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then.”Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested.Their legislation defines an athlete as a “person who competes in sport” if “the sport has an anti-doping policy”.The eight-time Olympic champion, who dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, is now bidding to become a professional footballer.He made his case on Friday by scoring two goals for the Mariners in a pre-season friendly.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his dream.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson must face trial on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges stemming from an alleged sports memorabilia heist, a justice of the peace ruled Wednesday. Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure ruled after a preliminary hearing of the charges and arguments against the case by attorneys for Simpson and co-defendants Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and Charles “Charlie” Ehrlich. “This is what we expected,” Simpson told The Associated Press before he left the courtroom. “If I have any disappointment it’s that I wish a jury was here. As always, I rely on the jury system.” No charges in the 12-count complaint against the three men were dropped. Galanter called the witnesses a group of “nefarious” characters. He estimated it would take a year to bring the case to trial. Stewart’s lawyer, Robert Lucherini, said he may seek to have his client’s trial separated from Simpson’s. “We’re disappointed but we understand the judge’s decision,” Lucherini said. Bonaventure ruled hours after listening to 3 days of testimony by witnesses. He acknowledged that the testimony of the witnesses was an issue to be weighed by the court and that defense had raised questions of “bought” testimony. He said there were a number of motive and credibility issues but they were “not so incredible or implausible” to not send the case to the jury. During closing arguments of the hearing, a defense lawyer contended that the case was based on the accounts of “crackheads and groupies and pimps and purveyors of stolen merchandise and gun carriers and con artists and crooks.” “These guys are bad. The court can’t ascribe any credibility to what came out of their mouths,” said attorney John Moran Jr., who represents Ehrlich. “Every witness up there was looking to sell testimony and make money off of this case,” Moran said. He described three other men who accepted plea deals to testify against Simpson as “rats,” and urged the judge to say that “rats don’t get a better deal.” Bonaventure turned to prosecutors and said, “You did not address the credibility issues.” Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owens offered no defense of their character but said, “It’s not like the state went out and found the witnesses. These are people aligned with O.J. Simpson. These are the people he surrounds himself with.” He said their credibility is supported by audio and video tapes and the fact they corroborated each other. Moran argued that Ehrlich, the seeming bystander to the hotel room incident, should have his case dismissed. “Standing around where a crime is committed does not rise to the level in Nevada of being a perpetrator,” he said. Simpson’s lawyer, Gabriel Grasso, said Simpson clearly did not intend to steal anyone else’s property and “the intent issue in this case is paramount.” He also argued there was “not a scintilla of evidence” to support a kidnapping charge. He accused prosecutors of “overcharging” the case and said such charges as conspiracy, assault and coercion were merely a “piling on” of charges in the hope something will stick. Moran noted that the two men who said they brought guns to the hotel room were given plea deals likely to win them probation while those who had no guns were facing possible trial. Simpson, 60, has maintained that no guns were displayed during the confrontation, that he never asked anyone to bring guns and that he did not know anyone had guns. He has said he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson and the other defendants did not testify in their own defense at the hearing. The final prosecution witness, Alfred Beardsley had to be brought from a California jail where he is serving time for a probation violation in a domestic violence case. Beardsley, one of the two dealers trying to sell Simpson memorabilia in the hotel room, has been described by other witnesses as “loony” and a Simpson groupie who idolizes him. He kept shifting his eyes over in Simpson’s direction as he testified but Simpson did not return his gaze. Beardsley, who testified that he appeared on many TV shows after the incident, said he was the one who called 911 to say he had been robbed. Under cross-examination by one of Simpson’s lawyers, he blamed Simpson for the incident. “Your client was foolish enough to let it happen,” he said. “He was a high-profile person and people were waiting for him to screw up. And he screwed up.” For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Kidnapping convictions could result in a life sentence with possibility of parole. Armed robbery convictions would mandate some time in prison. The case stemmed from a Sept. 13 confrontation in a casino hotel room where Simpson and a group of men allegedly stole items from two sports memorabilia dealers. The defendants were ordered to arraignment on Nov. 28 before Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, a former broadcast journalist who became a lawyer and then was elected to the bench in 2002, taking office the following year. Simpson’s attorney, Yale Galanter, said outside court that there was no chance that the case could be settled before trial unless prosecutors dropped it outright. Rejecting the idea of a plea agreement, he reiterated Simpson’s position that the former football star was only trying to reclaim family heirlooms and no crime was committed.
Special Section from the Pasadena Star news It is, of course, according to those who hustle tickets and write prose and dispense rhetoric on radio and TV, the quintessential Dream Match between academic institutions with sacred football legacies. It just can’t get better than two mighty 12-0 teams from the biggest states in America, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas, facing off against each other early Wednesday evening at the Rose Bowl to decide the Bowl Championship Series title. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson As you might recall, the result of that one was slightly stunning, as the Trojans, who were actually bet down to being one-point underdogs at game time, romped to a 55-19 win in a farce that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score insists. It has now become vogue to demean those Sooners as being overrated and not even worthy of playing in the game in the first place, and that another unbeaten club, Auburn, should have been selected and would have fared better against the Trojans. Maybe so, but I doubt it. Oh, I’m not sure the Trojans would have dominated the Tigers with the disdainful thoroughness they did the Sooners, but they would have prevailed—as they will against the Longhorns—because they happen to possess a combination of extraordinary attributes perhaps unmatched in college football history. There are compelling reasons for the Trojans having won two consecutive national championships and having put themselves on the threshold of another one during a three-year reign of dynastic terror in which they’ve fashioned a 37-1 record. For one thing, they have a quarterback in Matt Leinart who doesn’t make mistakes, manages a game expertly, sees the entire field, involves all his receivers, and is unflappable in the most dire of circumstances, as he graphically displayed during those climactic moments against Notre Dame. For another, they have perhaps the most explosive back ever to appear on the college scene in Reggie Bush, who also performs at his peak in crisis situations and is a threat to break a long run—as well as the heart of an opposing defense—at any moment. For still another, they have a monstrous offensive line—those manning it are named Winston Justice, Sam Baker, Fred Matua, Ryan Kalil and Taitusi Lutui—that blasts open gaping holes no matter how formidable the opposition, which Texas certainly is. But most importantly, the Trojans possess a coach, Pete Carroll, who has found his ultimate calling, as his rah-rah, enthusiastic style, which failed him in the NFL, and his deft game plans have resulted in his becoming the unquestioned master of his profession at the collegiate level. For the past four seasons in which his clubs have gone 48-3 and won three bowl games in impressive style, Carroll has made it a routine practice to skillfully dissect opponents and dredge the most out his troops in a sport in which teams—very good teams—normally have notable emotional letdowns. In so many ways, the Trojans remind me of John Wooden’s great UCLA clubs in that they never get too high or too low, never panic and have a knack for retaining their composure when facing harrowing adversity, as certainly was the case for the Trojans last season against California and this season in coming back from deficits on the road against Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame. The wheels were supposed to come clanging off the Trojans’ wagon because of the off-season departure of the celebrated offensive coordinator, Norm Chow, and several other key assistants, but the team’s attack was even more formidable—it averaged 100 yards more a game than in 2004—this season without Chow. It’s become apparent that the one indispensable part of the Trojans is Carroll, who has had four weeks to map strategy against a Longhorn team that has had only one stern test this season—that 25-22 win at Ohio State—and wound up leading the nation in scoring (50.9 points) and finishing fourth in defense (14.6 points). No doubt the Longhorns are the most athletically talented, deepest and threatening bunch that the Trojans have faced this season, and the versatile Young can pass (2,769 yards, 26 TDs) and run (850 yards, 6.2 avg.) and can pose problems to any defense. But the Sooners also were brimming with a lot of formidable players, and one must not forget that 11 of them wound up being drafted by the NFL. To say that Texas hasn’t face an attack as overwhelming as USC’s would be a slight understatement, since its schedule was laden with a lot of stiffs save for the Buckeyes—Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice, Kansas, Baylor, ad Big 12 nauseam—and since no college team ever has had an offense quite like the Trojans. “It’s undoubtedly the best there ever was,” says the former USC receiving star John Jackson, who does work for Fox Sports. “It’s impossible to stop. If you key on Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart will kill you with his passes. If you key on Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush will kill you with his runs. Leinart has five options to go to on every play. All the Trojans have to do to beat Texas is to hold the Longhorns under 40 points. The improving Trojans’ defense figures to do that, although Vince Young is a fierce competitor who will spur the Longhorns to a few touchdowns. But it won’t be enough. The Longhorns’ coach, Mack Brown, has built a successful program, but there is nothing in his past to indicate that he can upstage Pete Carroll. Vince Young has a couple of strong runners behind him in Jamaal Charles and Ramonce Taylor, and a couple of fine receivers in David Thomas and Billy Pittman. But Matt Leinart has Reggie Bush behind him, and guys to throw to like Bush, Dominique rd, Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith and even fullback David Kirtman. The Longhorns have a punt-block specialist in Michael Griffin—he’s blocked a school-record six in three seasons—but I don’t envision the Trojans’ Tom Malone having to punt too often. Football can be a strange game with its maddeningly fickle bounces and bizarre officiating calls, and it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that the Longhorns can snap the Trojans’34-game winning streak. But it’s not probable. The Trojans have too much speed, power, experience, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and all the other weapons for the Longhorns, who won’t be humiliated as the Sooners were a year ago but will depart the Rose Bowl with the eyes of Texas weeping. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This is pure Hollywood-scripted stuff, as the Trojans, ignited by the current Heisman Trophy claimant, Reggie Bush, as well as last season’s, Matt Leinart, waging combat against the Longhorns, triggered by this year’s Heisman runner-up, Vince Young. Why, there hasn’t been such an anticipated showdown since, well, last Jan. 4 in Miami when another undefeated Trojan team had a debate with the Oklahoma Sooners, who also were untainted.
The Blaze U13 girls team.There were mixed fortunes for Blaze Basketball club in the Ulster finals in Belfast today.Blaze Under 13 girls basketball team from Letterkenny were pipped in the final of the Ulster Final today.The girls had no luck and eventually went down to Monaghan Steelers on a scoreline of 39 to 24. The Under 18 Blaze boys had more luck and were crowned Ulster champions after overcoming Belfast Stars/Queens in their final.BASKETBALL – BLAZE GIRLS PIPPED BUT BOYS VICTORIOUS IN ULSTER FINAL was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 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:Blaze Basketball ClubUlster Finals
Yaroslavsky also introduced on Tuesday a motion directing county lawyers to draft an ordinance prohibiting county employees from negotiating future employment or the promise of income with those who have business before the county. The city of Los Angeles has a similar ordinance. “These laws serve to protect the integrity of government decision-making and to avoid impropriety, or the appearance of impropriety, when employees transfer between the public and private sectors,” Yaroslavsky said. The board is set to vote on both of the motions Nov. 1. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The auditor also recommended that the county develop a policy of using capital leases that reflect the acquisition and incurrence of obligations when entering into long-term, build-to-suit leases and ensure that the proper documents are obtained when leasing buildings. The Board of Supervisors approved an operating lease on the West Los Angeles welfare office in 2000, but auditors said they could not find any records to show why Sonnenblick-Del Rio was selected as the developer. The District Attorney’s Office is investigating Sonnenblick Del-Rio as part of a bid-rigging probe. Prosecutors served search warrants on the county’s Chief Administrative Office’s Real Estate Division and its head, Chuck West, 55, of South Pasadena, for any vacation photos of West and his wife and any recordings demonstrating any conspiracy between West and the developers, according to the warrants. West, who was placed on paid leave Sept. 14, has denied he provided inside information to Sonnenblick-Del Rio or allowed officials to pay for his vacations to Jamaica, Europe and Breckenridge, Colo. Sonnenblick-Del Rio officials did not return calls for comment. After an audit found that Los Angeles County owed the federal government millions of dollars for improper lease-back deals on four welfare offices, two supervisors on Tuesday asked whether the money could be recouped from the deals’ developers. “There is a lot of money involved here,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in making the motion with Michael D. Antonovich. The motion also would require the county to follow the auditor’s recommendations to review hundreds of other leases to ensure that state and federal guidelines are followed. The audit released last week found that the county must reimburse the federal government $6 million for a portion of the past lease payments on two buildings in El Monte and others in Glendale and West Los Angeles and reduce future claims by $1.4 million annually.