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Tony Becca: Rising pressure on cricket’s Big Three

first_img Control everything Other investigations Overall commitment Following the ICC’s interim chairman Shashank Manohar’s broadsided attack on the cricket coup of 2014, cricket’s unpopular takeover by the ‘Big Three’ of India, England, and Australia is coming under increasing pressure to survive. The coup, which was planned in almost secrecy and which promised the other ICC members, among other things, but more important, better financial returns, took place after a long fight headed by South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, who resisted the takeover to the end. The first to come out against it was Manohar, an Indian. Then there was a protest to “change cricket”, organised by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber outside The Oval on the first morning of the fifth Test between England and Australia, and then there was a film, Death of a Gentleman, named as the Documentary of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association in London last week, which was shown in the House of Commons on Monday evening. The fifth and probably most deadly attack on the coup came a week or two ago, and it was an attack bearing far-reaching implications for the official running of the game, and especially so at this time in the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been asked by the British parliament, by a member, to “confirm whether it intends to put forward Giles Clarke, the ECB president, as its nominee for the forthcoming election for the ICC chairman in June, in spite of his prominent role in the ICC structural reforms of 2014 that were widely criticised in last month’s ICC board meeting in Dubai”. The question was asked by Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, who has called on the ECB to answer six questions pertaining to Clarke’s ongoing role and the board’s overall commitment to good governance that he believes the cricketing public deserves to know. The six questions include: “What is the ECB’s vision for how the ICC should be run? Does the ICC feel that Transparency International has been fair in its criticism of the ICC is failing to adhere to recognised governance standards, including increased accountability and transparency? And, if so, as an influential boat at ICC, is the ECB prepared to publicly commit to tackling these problems? “Will the ECB be putting forward Giles Clarke as their nominee for ICC Chairman? And, if so, does the ECB think it is appropriate to be endorsing someone who played such a prominent role in reforms that have been widely condemned as bullying, inequitable, and ignoring the need for those basic governance standards as noted? “Can the ECB give full disclosure as to the terms of Giles Clarke’s presidency of the organisation? And what does Giles Clarke’s duties as president of ECB entail? Are they limited to representing the board at the ICC?” Clarke’s candidacy, however, received a blow earlier this year when it was understood that neither South Africa nor Australia was willing to support his bid to become the ICC chairman, although, at a recent meeting in Dubai, it was agreed that all nominees had to be either a past or present ICC board member. Clarke, who was chairman of the ECB at the time of the ICC takeover, became the ECB president in 2015, and the feeling is that if he takes over as the chairman of the ICC, it would be seen as a “conflict of interest”. That is why MP Collins, who sits on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee, wants Clarke before the committee to answer the six questions, especially after the move among sporting bodies towards “transparent and accountable governance” and particularly after the Indian court forced Narainswamy Srinivasan to give up his dual role as ICC chairman and BCCI president after he was found to have ownership of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. The committee, it is said by a member of the House of Commons committee, decided to look into the conduct of the ECB in relation to cricket because of the recent scandal in FIFA and because of other investigations it has been doing in football, athletics, and tennis as far as sports governance is concerned. While Clarke’s appearance before the select committee of the House of Commons may come to nought as far as the ‘Big Three’ is concerned, it may be the start of something big. In terms of the British parliament’s influence on cricket in particular, and on sports in general, it may be something probably as big as the impact, not only of 50-over cricket and of 20-over cricket, but also of franchise cricket. Cricket, sports in general, and politics should not mix, not according to the ICC, FIFA, IOC, IAAF, ITF, and many international sporting bodies. In most cases, governments toe the line, especially when it comes to influencing sporting policies and selections. While most countries go along with this quietly, some countries, like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, do not agree with it and sometimes do their own thing. The feeling is that if they control everything else in the country and pay the bill for things to do with sports, and in some cases, all things to do with sports, they should have a say in all sports. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, where the sports minister recently made Kumar Sangakkara a selector of the national team, the governments are involved in almost everything and yet the ICC turns a blind eye. In other countries, like the West Indies, the governments follow almost blindly. They toe the line, regardless. Things, however, may change shortly. The tide appears to be changing. With Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh doing their own thing already, with India joining the action, and with Britain seemingly set to follow, it may be, or will be, only a matter of time before it becomes the norm. The West Indies, and their many separate sovereign governments, are probably looking on longingly, hoping for that day to come, and quickly at that, especially after last week’s rejection by the board of the governments’ plan to scrap it. The present confrontation between the West Indies Cricket Board and the heads of governments may have left the governments, the representatives of the people, coming to the conclusion that they who pay the piper, they who pay the bills, especially at the request of the board, have the right to call the tune, not in cases of selection and such technical matters, but especially when it comes to good governance, or as Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, said a few days ago, and accountability.last_img read more

Muguruza, Radwanska advance to Sydney International QFs

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Djokovic returns from injury layoff with dominating win Leading 2-1 in the first set, Muguruza left Ken Rosewall Arena for what appeared to be a back injury. But she returned to win six of the next eight games.“I struggled a little bit today, with my game, the conditions,” Muguruza said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkShe entered the fourth day of the tournament as the only female seeded player remaining following second-seeded Venus Williams’ second-round loss on Tuesday.Muguruza will play the winner of the all-Australian match between Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur for a spot in the final four. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Radwanska will play either two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi for a place in the semifinals.It’s the fourth time the 28-year-old Radwanska has reached the quarterfinals in Sydney.“I really like the courts here,” Radwanska said. Obviously conditions are tough, sometimes it’s 45 (Celsius; 113 Fahrenheit). Sometimes it’s so windy. But I think we’re all kind of used to that,” she said. “It’s something … in the air that it suits me.”In men’s play, Paolo Lorenzi upset top-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 7-5, and Fabio Fognini defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.In other second-round results, Daniil Medvedev beat Jared Donaldson 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, Benoit Paire defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 and fifth-seeded Adrian Mannarino beat Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Garbine Muguruza of Spain reaches to hit a forehand to Kiki Bertens of Netherlands during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza’s decision to accept a wild card at the Sydney International has paid off, so far.Muguruza, who retired in the third set from her first match at the Brisbane International last week with leg cramps, beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals. Agnieszka Radwanksa also advanced with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Blazers beat Timberwolves for fifth straight win

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague, center, shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and center Jusuf Nurkic, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard wasn’t concerned. He knew his shots would eventually fall.Lillard finished with 35 points after a slow start and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-99 on Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Scoreboard: 76ers showcase talent for LeBron with 108-97 win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Trail Blazers: Portland went 0 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half. .. Lillard has made a 3-pointer in 44 straight games, tying the franchise record set by Nic Batum. … Napier hit a halfcourt shot late in the game but it didn’t count because he’d been fouled.GROWTHBoth coach Terry Stotts and Lillard said the Blazers wouldn’t have won the game a few months ago.“They have a lot of confidence and they understand we may not have won this game earlier in the season. We were able to fight through and hang with it defensively when things weren’t going our way offensively, and then having the belief that it was going to break at some point,” Stotts said.INJURY UPDATEHarkless had a patella tendon strain and said after the game that if it was the playoffs, he would have tried to keep playing. Minnesota’s Taj Gibson, who left the game in the third quarter, has a right hip bruise.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit the Utah Jazz on Friday night in the second of a back-to-back.Trail Blazers: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES After struggling in the first half, Portland mounted a comeback in the second and pulled ahead 84-82 on Shabazz Napier’s running jump shot with 8:07 left.Al-Farouq Aminu and McCollum hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Portland a 92-86 lead with 3:48 left. Lillard’s 3 extended it and the Timberwolves couldn’t catch up.The teams split the season series 2-2.“It’s tough not to come out of here with a win — we would have loved it,” Towns said. “Now we have to go out and get the next game. Learn from our mistakes.”The Timberwolves were playing their third game without Jimmy Butler, who had surgery on Sunday to repair a meniscal injury in his right knee. It isn’t clear when he’ll be able to return. Butler is the team’s top scorer, averaging 22.2 points.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Lillard missed all seven shots from the field in the opening quarter.“I was just missing. I was missing a lot of shots short, kept hitting the front of the rim. When it was leaving my hands it felt good. I just knew I had to shoot the ball it a little bit higher,” he said. “I really wasn’t worried about it, honestly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 for Portland, which improved to 36-26. It was the first time Portland was 10 games over .500 since the end of the 2014-15 season.Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight in the Moda Center. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Portland shot just 25 percent in the first quarter (6 for 24). McCollum went 1 for 5, and the Blazers trailed 24-19.Lillard had been hot going into the game, averaging 31.4 points in February, the highest scoring average for a Blazer in a single month in team history.Towns hit a 3-pointer that put Minnesota in front 47-36, but Lillard answered with his first basket from the field, a jumper, then added a driving layup and a free throw. The Blazers cut the lead to 49-44 at the break.Towns had 21 points in the half, including 19 in the second quarter alone.Portland opened the second half on a 7-0 run to go up 51-49 for a short-lived lead. Andrew Wiggins’ jumper extended Minnesota’s lead to 74-64 late in the quarter.Lillard’s 3-pointer and rebound basket from Davis got Portland within 78-75 going into the fourth quarter.“He started hitting some long 3s — he made some superstar shots. That happens with Dame,” Towns said.Blazers starter Maurice Harkless left the game in the first half with a left knee injury. He did not return.Wiggins added 21 points for the Timberwolves. Towns has had a double-double in a league-high 55 games this season.TIP-INSTimberwolves: The Timberwolves waived forward Shabazz Muhammad before the game. “He wasn’t playing as much as he would have liked and we told him we’d try to do the right thing for him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. Muhammad averaged 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 32 games this season. … The Timberwolves arrived in Portland early and Thibodeau was able to attend Portland’s 116-99 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

After 2-day rest, Aces finals prep gets going

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dragon boat demo event in Tokyo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alex Compton was resting at home on Saturday afternoon but couldn’t take his mind off what his Alaska Aces need to do in their PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven championship series against Magnolia.“We need to be much, much, much, much better than we were against Meralco,” Compton told the Inquirer over the phone. “If you think we were good [in the series against the Bolts], we need to be a lot better to beat Magnolia.”ADVERTISEMENT Compton will be coaching in his fifth title series and hopes that this one brings a different ending for him and the Aces, who last won a title under Luigi Trillo in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.“I was in four [Finals] in my first five conferences [as a head coach],” Compton said, bringing a wealth of experience into the series against Chito Victolero, who will be in his second championship playoffs after losing to San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup this season.Compton is also hoping his injured duo Chris Banchero (left ankle) and JV Casio (hamstring) recover in time for Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Compton said that from a fan’s standpoint, it’s going to be another magnificent series—just like the two Final Four series where Magnolia upended Barangay Ginebra and the Aces bundled out Meralco, both in four games.The Finals battle that starts Dec. 5 at Mall of Asia Arena is a mouth-watering one, with both sides anchored on talented reinforcements Romeo Travis of Magnolia and Alaska’s Mike Harris who will slug it out for the Best Import trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCompton and the Aces spent the weekend with their families before starting Finals work.“They (Aces) need the rest,” he said of the two-day break. “Some of them are pretty banged up. They could use the break.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Blank-faced Bale earns Madrid battling win over Levante

first_imgThe absence of any delight from a stony-faced Bale was telling, as he turned and brushed off team-mates’ attempts to congratulate him.“The players can celebrate goals how they want, as long as we win,” coach Santiago Solari said.This was Bale’s sixth game on the bench in the eight matches since he returned from injury and it remains to be seen if his cameo will be enough to win a start against Barcelona on Wednesday, in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey.“He looked thrilled in the dressing room because he scored,” added Solari. “I loved how he came into the game, the anger he played with helped, and he gave us the victory, he gave us hard work. “When we had 10 men he performed a double-job up front. For me, he had a fantastic match.”Bale replaced Karim Benzema in the 74th minute, after the Frenchman had scored his own penalty in the first half before Roger Marti pulled Levante level.Levante had already twice hit the post by then and Madrid will be relieved to have escaped with the points that keep them nine behind Barca, and two back on Atletico, who had earlier beaten Villarreal.Alvaro Morata scored his first Atleti goal at the Wanda Metropolitano, toasting his smart finish by poking fun at VAR, which had twice intervened to prevent him opening his account at his new club. Real Madrid have been among the most vocal critics of the technology in La Liga this season but Levante were the ones hard done by this time. Cheick Doucoure’s swinging right foot was wild but there was no contact to merit the leap from Casemiro. Iglesias reviewed but retained his decision.Barcelona, whom Real now face in two Clasicos in four days, the second in the league, also at the Santiago Bernabeu, will now benefit from an extra day’s rest and also a suspension for Nacho, who was sent off late on for a second yellow card.– Levante dominate first half –Levante dominated for the majority of the first half but missed three golden chances. Roger was most guilty, poking onto the post from three yards out, and then nipping in behind but again hitting the woodwork, when Thibaut Courtois had left the corner open.In between, Madrid took the lead with a penalty that took everyone by surprise, brought back to a Luka Modric cross blocked by the raised arm of Enis Bardhi. It was the correct call and Benzema made no mistake. Levante had been the better side and found an equaliser just before the hour, Luis Morales squaring for Roger, who beat Nacho to the ball and expertly angled a finish into the far corner. The game was now in the balance. The lively Vinicius Junior sped in behind but was denied by the hand of Aitor Fernandez. Bale came on for Benzema and was soon called into action as Doucoure swung and missed, prompting Casemiro to tumble. Bale slid the ball into the corner.Nacho was sent off and so was Levante’s Ruben Rochina on the bench, punished for protesting. Levante deserved more but Madrid held on.– Morata off the mark –Morata scored his first Atletico goal © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOAtletico’s victory was more comfortable as Barcelona’s closest challengers kept up the chase with a 2-0 win over Villarreal.Since joining Atletico on loan from Chelsea last month, Morata has twice had goals ruled out on review so when this one finally stood, he celebrated by imitating a referee putting a finger to his ear.“At last it came, and with a victory too, so I’m going home happy today,” Morata said. “Until I saw all the officials in the stadium had given the goal, I didn’t want to celebrate too much.”Saul Niguez added a late second for Atletico, who sustain momentum after their brilliant win over Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Bale did not appear to be interested in celebrating his winner © AFP / JOSE JORDANMadrid, Spain, Feb 24 – Gareth Bale came off the bench to score a controversial winning penalty against Levante on Sunday but his refusal to celebrate suggested all may not be well again at Real Madrid.Bale’s spot-kick earned Madrid a battling and, in truth, undeserved 2-1 victory at the City of Valencia Stadium where referee Ignacio Iglesias failed to reverse his decision, despite VAR exposing a theatrical dive from Casemiro.last_img read more

Tusker hit Sharks at Ruaraka, Sofa retain top

first_imgThis was the fourth consecutive time that K’Ogalo was scoring four against Zoo.Bandari dropped to third spot after losing 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz in Mombasa. Elsewhere, AFC Leopards’ resurgence was slowed down after being held to a 2-2 draw by Vihiga United  in Kakamega.At Ruaraka, Tusker came into the match having failed to win any of their last five matches losing four times and drawing once while against Sharks, they had lost two and drawn the other two of their only four league meetings.Tusker FC forward Timothy Otieno vies for the ball with Kariobangi Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on March 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTimothy Otieno struck a first half brace with Boniface Muchiri adding the other as the brewers moved to fifth in the standings. Sharks’ consolation was scored by substitute Sidney Lokale with a second half penalty.Sharks had to finish the match with 10 men after Michael Bodo was sent off with a second bookable offence in the 88th minute.Tusker looked calm and in control and had the most chances of the opening half. Otieno broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when he raced into a through pass before shooting low into the net, the ball evading John Oyemba’s grasp.The goal came just a minute after the brewers came close when Jackson Macharia sent Boniface Muchiri through with a defense splitting pass with the winger hitting his effort inches over the bar.Tusker FC midfielder Sydney Ochieng vies for the ball with Kariobangi Sharks defender Nixon Omondi during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on March 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSharks were made to change plans on the half hour mark when dependable winger Harrison Mwendwa had to be stretchered out after being cluttered down by Sidney Ochieng and in his place came Sidney Lokale.Just three minutes later, Sharks saw their woes deepened when Otieno completed his brace stretching hist foot to tap home a cross from Muchiri unmarked at the back post.Six minutes to the break the home side came close to going 3-0 up but Oyemba made a finger tip save to deny Sidney’s effort with a freekick from 30 yards out.All this while, Sharks had struggled to create any meaningful chances and their usual free-flowing passing game forced off color by the bumpy and uneven Ruaraka pitch.Tusker FC midfielder Clyde Senaji wins the ball ahead of Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Duke Abuya during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on March 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTheir fate was sealed though 13 minutes into the second half when Muchiri made it 3-0with a bouncing header off Kevin Omondi’s cross with the latter having just come on as a sub.Despite registering an assist in the game, Omondi, nicknamed ‘Ade’ lasted just 15 minutes in the game as he was hauled off again by Matano for lazing around the pitch, his place taken by Peter Nzuki.Sharks got their consolation in the 73rd minute when Lokale converted from the spot after Eric Ambunya handled Eric Kapaito’s shot inside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC players celebrate Boniface Muchiri’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on March 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – In a deplorable Ruaraka pitch, Tusker FC picked up their first ever win over Kariobangi Sharks, hitting the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions 3-1 in a Kenyan Premier League clash on Wednesday.At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Sofapaka retained their hold on top spot with an assured 3-1 win over 10-man Mount Kenya United moving to 36 points on top of the standings, one ahead of defending champions Gor Mahia who hit Zoo Kericho 4-0.last_img read more

Arsenal and West Ham join Inter Milan in race for Dynamo Kiev star

first_img1 Arsenal and West Ham have joined Inter Milan in the race for Aleksandar Dragovic. Arsenal and West Ham have joined Inter Milan in the race for Aleksandar Dragovic.The defender has been in impressive form for Dynamo Kiev this season – helping the Ukrainian side reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.The 24-year-old’s performances have alerted clubs across Europe and Inter Milan have already made enquiries over his availability.However, according to FC Inter News, the Serie A side now face competition from Arsenal and West Ham.Both clubs were scouting the Austria international during his time at Basel last season but they did not make a move as Dynamo Kiev swooped during the summer.Dynamo Kiev manager and former Tottenham striker Sergei Rebrov has previously told clubs to forget about signing Dragovic as he is an important part of his plans.last_img read more

New transit-corridor development a must

first_imgThe Metro Studio@Lankershim project should be approved in a configuration that maximizes capacity and job generation, but with reasonable concern and thoughtful mitigation of local impacts. Bob Scott is chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, as well as a past president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE San Fernando Valley sits at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to finally get our fair share of “smart economic growth” that generates quality jobs and promotes the unique attributes and industries of the San Fernando Valley. The recently announced Metro Studio@Lankershim television and production center at the Universal City Metro Station is being planned to house the West Coast headquarters of NBC News, the NBC Network News’ Los Angeles Bureau, KNBC, KVEA, and “Access Hollywood.” Other cities would give their eye teeth to attract these world-class, wealth-producing economic engines. Metro Studio@Lankershim is planned to be a transit-oriented, smart-growth development with a huge economic and fiscal impact for the region. What is being proposed will quickly become the model for these types of developments in other parts of Los Angeles, developments that complement public transportation hubs and job centers. Transit-oriented developments are a sensible way to provide additional jobs and needed economic growth while minimizing impacts on adjacent communities. That is what was anticipated when we invested tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in the Red Line subway – precisely this type of development. But despite the overall benefits of this project, a vocal few still stand in opposition. Some are well-intended, and others simply cling to the hope that they can turn back the clock. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsChange is a fact of life. Those who do not share in a vision for the future are destined to have one thrust upon them – one without rhyme or reason, built of random bits and piecemeal entitlements that do not contribute upgrades or take advantage of our ever-growing transportation network. The San Fernando Valley simply cannot afford to stagnate, continuing to allow well-paying production jobs to be exported to other cities in the U.S. and abroad. We cannot afford to continue to build farther and farther out from our centers, out from where people live and work. That is a recipe for gridlock. Instead we must embrace the new vision for creating job centers along transit corridors, including – as here – accessible to our subway stations. We must reward local employers, who actively choose to invest in our city’s keeping jobs here in town to benefit our growing population. And we must embrace responsible economic and community development, without hiding behind the overused complaint that any development diminishes our quality of life. Thomas Properties Group, the developer, has committed $750 million plus to this project, currently one of the largest, if not the single largest private investment in the San Fernando Valley. Once completed, the complex is expected to result in more than $9 million annually in new property tax revenue alone – money that goes to pay for community services and schools without raising taxes. And the Valley will get an employment center for upward of 3,200 well-paying jobs, strengthening the entertainment industry cluster and helping to attract new state-of-the-art entertainment companies. Let’s not miss this opportunity for the Valley to maintain its leadership in this all-important industry. The time has come to embrace “smart economic growth” and at the same time enhance the quality of life in Studio City and the San Fernando Valley. last_img read more

Man gunned down; police hunt suspects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Neighbors said the man moved in recently, liked to play music loudly and rarely had visitors. “He was a nice guy, a nice guy,” said neighbor Linda Orozco, 46, a Spanish-language interpreter who works out of her home. “You know, clean, nicely dressed, alone most of the time. … My husband thought that maybe he was a musician because he was always playing music.” Orozco said she was shocked by the news. She didn’t hear any commotion Monday night, and said that when officers arrived, she was told by an officer that the man had been hurt. “I never heard any gunshots,” she said. “I never heard anything.” Police responded to several 911 calls about 11 p.m. and found the body of the victim lying in the living room area. On Tuesday, a seal with the stamp of the coroner’s office was taped to the front and side doors of the shuttered home. GLENDALE – In the city’s first homicide of the year, a 46-year-old man was shot to death inside his home Monday night, and police were searching for his killers. The man, whose identity was not confirmed Tuesday afternoon, was shot just before 11 p.m. Monday in the 3600 block of Virginia Street. Glendale police detectives interviewed witnesses who saw two men and a woman in a van watching the victim’s house before hearing two or three shots, according to one of the witnesses, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation. The witnesses then saw the van flee up Dunsmore Avenue. “We believe this particular resident was targeted for a specific reason,” said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz, a department spokesman. “However, we are still trying to determine what that is. We don’t believe this is random.” The witness who did not want to be identified said two men and a woman in a dark-colored van, possibly gray, drove by the victim’s home before the shooting. The two men emerged from the van and approached the victim’s house while the woman remained behind, the witness said. “The two (men) walk around the back,” the witness said. “The dogs started to bark, and then we heard three shots – bang, bang, bang. They ran to the van and went up Dunsmore.” Lorenz said police were still trying to piece together information. “We haven’t even positively identified the victim,” Lorenz said. “No one knew if he had a job or where he worked.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 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


first_imgLetterkenny athlete Mark English has recorded another impressive chapter in his athletics career by setting a new Irish indoor record.Mark English ran another super race today.English, running with UCD, set a new 800m record at the AAI Open Games.The Letterkenny man set a record of 1.46.82. He finished in second place to Kupers Holland.Within the last few minutes Mark English running with UCD and of course from Letterkenny set a new irish indoor record in the 800 m at Aai open Games returning 1.46.82 finishing 2nd to Kupers Holland the mark also is a world Q standard for world indoors Sopot Poland next monthENGLISH SMASHES IRISH 800M INDOOR RECORD WITH SUPERB RUN was last modified: February 2nd, 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:800 metresIrish recordmark englishlast_img read more