“UEFA is now conducting further investigations,” UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said. “There are however, no disciplinary proceedings opened at this moment in time.”UEFA pledged zero tolerance of racism at Euro 2012, but has stressed it needs clear evidence before prosecuting cases through its judicial bodies.A Spanish fans’ group said Monday that “about 200 supporters” made monkey chants at Balotelli during the Spain-Italy match on Sunday in Gdansk, Poland.Faulkner said UEFA will also seek evidence from Czech team officials about chants directed by Russian fans at Gebre Selassie in Wroclaw last Friday.Gebre Selassie told The Associated Press that he was abused, but declined to file a complaint.“It was nothing extreme. I’ve experienced much worse,” said the 25-year-old Czech-born player, whose father is Ethiopian.Gebre Selassie was expected to play on Tuesday against Greece in Wroclaw.UEFA rules make national federations responsible for their fans’ behavior. A first offense would probably receive just a financial penalty, though further punishments could include deducting group points from teams and ultimately expelling them from Euro 2012.Italian officials also declined to make an issue of reports that abuse was targeted at Balotelli.Still, a Spanish group affiliated to the Football Supporters Europe network published a statement explaining that fans attempted to police the problem within their own ranks.“At some point during the match then, about 200 supporters started monkey chants when the Italian player Mario Balotelli touched the ball,” Spain fans’ spokesman Thomas Herzog said.“We’re glad to report that the majority of the Spanish supporters reacted in a very positive way, because many of them tried to intervene very quickly and stop the fans in question from singing. We are clearly angry about this small section of Spanish supporters showing this kind of racist behavior.”Balotelli, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, said before Euro 2012 that he would walk off the pitch in protest if he heard racial abuse.The racism debate was fueled last month by a British television program which broadcast pictures of racism and violence at recent club matches in co-host nations Poland and Ukraine.The first incident at Euro 2012 happened two days before the opening match when monkey chants were targeted at Netherlands players during a public training session attended by 25,000 people last Wednesday in Krakow, Poland.UEFA was unable to get footage or recorded evidence to prove the Dutch players’ allegations. TARGET OF ABUSE—Italy’s Mario Balotelli is tackled by Spain’s Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Spain and Italy in Gdansk, Poland, June 10. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) by Graham DunbarWARSAW, Poland (AP)—UEFA stepped up investigations on Tuesday into alleged racial abuse directed at Italy forward Mario Balotelli and Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie.UEFA said it received new reports “regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting” at the European Championship.
Doug O’Neill7310111214%45%$469,152 SONGBIRD MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAYThe countdown to the much-anticipated three-year-old debut of undefeated champion Songbird is underway in earnest.The Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly of 2015 drew post position six in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, one of four graded stakes on an attractive and challenging nine-race card set to unfold in summer-like weather with temperatures in the 80s.“It seems like she drew a good post and we’re excited about getting her back to the races,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.“We got everything in with her training that we wanted; we were lucky with the weather in that regard.”The Las Virgenes: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-5; and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1. FLAMBOYANT NO LONGSHOT THIS TIME IN SAN MARCOSFlamboyant lit up the tote board when he got up by a neck at 46-1 under Brice Blanc in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt will be a substantially shorter price when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at a mile-and-a-quarter on turf.Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Jan. 29 in a bullet 1:13.20 with French-born Blanc aboard.“He’s a nice work horse,” Gallagher said of the five-year-old gelding. “He didn’t go too fast or too slow and he acts like he’ll go a mile and a quarter.”So Gallagher wouldn’t mind a French-bred horse winning for an Irish-bred trainer?“No,” he said. “Winning is all I want to do.”The field for the San Marcos: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Hay Dude, David C. Lopez, 5-2; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 15-1; and Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1. CAT BURGLAR A SLEEPER IN SAN ANTONIO STAKESCat Burglar sneaks in to Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Stakes under the radar in quest of his first stakes win for owner Michael Lund Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert.The six-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song doesn’t have the glowing credentials of Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who was not entered in the Grade II San Antonio for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, or even those of Hoppertunity, who was entered, but assuredly Cat Burglar is better than an empty stall.Dortmund and Hoppertunity are both trained by Baffert.The chestnut Cat’s Burglar won an overnight race under Rafael Bejarano on Jan. 8, his first start in nearly five months, and has knocked on the door in graded stakes. Twice he was third in the Grade III Pimlico Special and ran third in the Grade II Brooklyn at Belmont in 2014.“He’s got speed and I think he can go the distance,” Bejarano said. “He was beaten less than a length in the Brooklyn, and that was at a mile and a half. He should be all right, and he should move forward off his last race.”In 14 career starts, Cat Burglar has won four, with four seconds and three thirds, with earnings of $334,400.The field for the San Antonio, race seven: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Imperative, Mike Smith, 5-2; and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 6-1. Victor Espinoza353829%37%$477,060 Richard Baltas4876315%33%$477,274 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 31) Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 Kristin Mulhall2052125%40%$193,610 Mike Puype383728%32%$172,380 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 JOCKEYS ANNUAL CHARITY GAME ON FEB. 11The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played a week from tonight on Thursday, Feb. 11, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders are expected to participate, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.TVG’s Kurt Hoover, who will be reporting live from Santa Anita on Thursday, will coach the jockeys for the 15th consecutive year.“We’ve got Desormeaux back,” said Hoover. “And as good as Drayden Van Dyke was last year, that’s all we need, believe me.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. Brayan Pena2030015%15%$51,750 Philip D’Amato5512101122%60%$778,210 Steve Knapp1631219%38%$99,290 Agapito Delgadillo4065515%40%$160,412 Mario Gutierrez919161010%38%$520,624 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Drayden Van Dyke6577911%35%$429,824 Robertino Diodoro1334123%62%$96,340 Rafael Bejarano992122921%53%$1,073,120 Mark Glatt4155212%29%$257,270 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 Michael Machowsky1833317%50%$157,806 Peter Miller6193715%31%$332,790 Tyler Baze11712211410%40%$660,292 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Edwin Maldonado82137916%35%$523,110 William Spawr1965132%63%$154,442 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Martin Pedroza4664213%26%$156,390 Gary Stevens3044313%37%$561,810 ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAYCAT BURGLAR TIPTOES INTO SAN ANTONIO STAKESI WILL SCORE TACKLES MOR SPIRIT IN ROBERT LEWISFLAMBOYANT OUT TO PROVE HE’S THE REAL DEALSANTA ANITA RIDERS’ CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 John Sadler3555314%37%$230,770 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Patrick Gallagher1742324%53%$267,768 Fernando Perez85951411%33%$468,056 Alex Solis1430321%43%$193,018 Jeff Bonde1952326%53%$121,360 David Lopez871781520%46%$525,326 Alonso Quinonez504738%28%$184,820 Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo10013131413%40%$625,054 Jerry Hollendorfer6556118%34%$344,966 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 SONGBIRD STABLEMATE I WILL SCORE IN LEWISI Will Score has two things in common with Songbird: he’s unbeaten and he’s trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.Other than that, the three-year-old son of Roman Ruler has much to prove to be mentioned in the same breath with the champion Songbird, but Hollendorfer is optimistic about the colt’s future.“We think he’s a horse with some promise, so we look for him to run a good race,” Hollendorfer said, speaking of Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes.I Will Score, who has won his only two starts, both sprints, will go two turns for the first time in the Lewis. He has two bullet works at Santa Anita since taking a first condition allowance here on Jan. 3.The field for the Lewis, which goes as race four: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 5-2; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 8-1; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 5-1. Flavien Prat961671417%39%$798,088 FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Om worked five furlongs on the main track Thursday in a minute flat under Gary Stevens for Dan Hendricks, who has his sights on the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on grass Feb. 13 . . . Three-time champion Beholder galloped on the main track Thursday for Richard Mandella . . . Trainer Carla Gaines reports that undefeated Cal-bred Smokey Image came out of his smashing 8 ½-lenghth triumph in the California Cup Derby in excellent shape and at this stage is being pointed to the Grade III, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes against open company on March 12 . . . Jockeys Santiago Gonzalez and Tiago Pereira have been suspended an additional day (Feb. 6) for riding in more than one designated race while under suspension . . . A reminder about previously made announcements that on Super Bowl Sunday, Santa Anita will not offer guaranteed pools. However, the lucrative guarantees will continue today and Friday, as the Late Pick 4 both days has guaranteed pools of $300,000. Saturday, the Late Pick 4 will be guaranteed at $500,000 and the Pick Six pool at $150,000 . . . DRF/NTRA National Handicapping champion Paul Matties, who won $800,000 and an Eclipse Award, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. There will be no seminar on Super Bowl Sunday. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Garcia5476813%39%$458,844 Kenneth Black830038%38%$230,250
HUGO LLORIS has not broken his arm but HAS dislocated his elbow, Tottenham have confirmed.The Tottenham keeper has been released from hospital after a horror injury saw his elbow buckle out of shape after a fall in the 3-0 defeat.3 Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow in a horror injury at BrightonCredit: AFP or licensors3 The Spurs keeper is out of hospital and will return to London – there is no word on how much time he will missWe can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow during today’s match against Brighton.Get well soon, skipper.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2019 3 A Spurs statement read: “Assessment will continue this coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation.”Lloris’ left elbow twisted horribly when he spilled a cross for Neal Maupay to tuck home a third-minute opener.French World Cup winner Lloris writhed in pain behind his own line while Brighton celebrated their goal in the Premier League’s lunchtime game.Spurs’ team-mates called for club medics, who gave Lloris an oxygen mask during several minutes of treatment.Lloris was eventually helped onto a stretcher and taken to the dressing rooms, where he was given morphine to ease his discomfort.Argentine stopper Paulo Gazzaniga came on for the 32-year-old, who was promptly taken to hospital.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAnd later this afternoon Menichini tweeted: “No fracture for Lloris who should leave the clinic in the evening.”Get French Football News said Menichini’s message meant: “Hugo Lloris has not suffered a break of any kind to his hand, wrist, elbow or arm.”Brighton full debutant Aaron Connolly struck in each half to round off Spurs’ miserable follow-up to Tuesday’s 7-2 champions League thumping at home to Bayern Munich.
After the summer winAfter the shocking 7-3 of last summer, the two official derbies that have been played this season (in LaLiga and in the Spain Supercup) have finished 0-0. Never before had there been two Madrid-Atleti in a row without a single goal and, if this result were repeated, it would be the first season of Real Madrid with six goalless draws (Atlético, Betis, Barcelona, Athletic, Athletic and Athletic) from 1981-82 (with Boskov on the bench).A good runMadrid has linked 20 consecutive official matches without losing for the tenth time in its history. This is the second time he has achieved a streak like that with Zidane on the bench, something that also happened twice under the mandate of Carlo Ancelotti. The best series of the club (and Spanish football) belongs to Zizou’s own Madrid (40 games in a row without falling in all competitions, between April 2016 and January 2017). Offensive contributionMadrid is the team with the most different scorers (16) in what we have from LaLiga 2019-20. They have scored for the white team four defenders, five midfielders and seven strikers. In the case of Atlético they have scored two defenses, four midfielders and four strikers (ten different players). The record of different scorers in the same team and in the same season of LaLiga (19) is shared by Real Madrid (1995-96 and 2016-17), Valencia (1996-97) and Celtic (2016-17).Are many timesThe Madrid derby is the second most repeated in the history of La Liga (165 times), only behind the derby of Barcelona (171 times). They are followed by the Basque derby (145), the Sevillian derby (97) and the Galician derby (70). The teams that have won the same First derby the most are Barcelona (99 victories against Spanish), Real Madrid (87 victories against Atlético) and Athletic Club (59 victories against Real society).Behind the leaderAtlético has never won a LaLiga match in Madrid field when it came with ten (or more) points of disadvantage in the classification with respect to its rival. Under these conditions, Madrid added eleven victories and only gave up five draws. Atletico Madrid has been in four straight games without winning (0-0 Real Madrid, 2-0 Eibar, 2-1 Cultural, 0-0 Leganés) and with one more match the worst streak of the Simeone era. There are no good times for the rojiblancos, which equaled the forces in the derbies in the last decade …A historical derbyReal Madrid Y Atlético de Madrid they have faced in 275 games with a favorable balance to the whites: 140 victories and 67 draws, and only yielded 68 defeats. 821 goals have been scored, 473 for Real and 348 for Atleti.In the BernabéuAtletico was 13 years without beating Madrid in the Bernabeu (four draws and eight losses between 2000 and 2012), but the streak ended on May 17, 2013 in the final of Cup (1-2). From there, the rojiblanco team has added four wins, five draws and only three losses in its twelve official visits.Before the leaderAtlético de Madrid has played 28 games of The league visiting a leading Real Madrid, with a balance of three wins, four draws and 21 losses. These triumphs date from 1957 (0-2), 1965 (0-1) and 1987 (0-4).They are the least thrashedThe two teams that have left their goal to zero in LaLiga 2019-20 will face each other: eleven times Madrid and ten times Atlético. Madrid has matched its best defensive record after the first 21 days (only thirteen goals against) dating from the 1964-65 campaigns (with Betancort Y Araquistain) and 1987-88 (with Buyo). Courtois vs OblakCourtois He is now the goalkeeper with the best coefficient of First (0.56), ahead of Oblak (0.67), Unai Simon (0.67), David Soria (0.95) and Vaclik (0.95). A Madrid goalkeeper does not establish himself as the least winned LaLiga since the 2007-08 season (Iker Casillas).Few goalsAtletico has matched its worst offensive record after the first 21 days (only 22 goals in favor) of LaLiga, emulating the figures of the 1979-80 campaigns (finished in 13th place), 1981-82 (finished eighth) and 2004- 05 (finished eleventh). The best historical classification of a team with such poor numbers at this point was achieved by the Athletic (third in 1984-85), the Valencia (third in 1988-89) and the Majorca (third in 1998-99).
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president, Azim Bassarath, says he disagrees with the decision to sack Denesh Ramdin as Test captain and hopes the move is not part of any plan to target Trinidadian players. The outspoken West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director also said he was not a part of the WICB directors’ teleconference last Wednesday when the decision to remove Ramdin was ratified. Ramdin was on Friday axed after just 15 months in charge and replaced by one-day skipper, Jason Holder, a recommendation from selectors which the WICB said had been “endorsed unanimously” by directors during the teleconference. But Bassarath told the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday he had not attended the meeting because of his commitments as a returning officer for Monday’s General Elections here. He also contended that Ramdin should have been allowed to lead the squad on the tour of Sri Lanka starting next month, so selectors could further assess his performance. “I think we should have given him another opportunity to tour Sri Lanka as captain and then look at his performance if the selectors had a problem,” Bassarath was quoted as saying. “What is shocking to me is that earlier this year, Denesh led the team against England and we came away with a credible draw. “Against Australia we lost 2-0, but I didn’t think he performed that badly with the bat that he deserved being dropped. I am disappointed that the selectors came up with that recommendation. Very, very disappointed.” The 30-year-old Ramdin, who took over from Darren Sammy as Test captain in May last year, led West Indies in 13 Tests – winning four, losing seven and drawing two. During that time, he managed 472 runs at an average of 22 and a highest score of 57. Bassarath said he hoped Trinidadian players were not being specifically targeted because of their alleged role in last year’s controversial abandoned tour of India. “I am hoping the (WICB) president (Dave Cameron) is not part of this move to spite and victimise Trinidad and Tobago players because of what transpired in India where Dwayne Bravo was captain and it is alleged that some of the Trinis were leading the charge,” Bassarath said. “I hope it also does not have anything to do with Baldath Mahabir and the TTCB not supporting Mr Cameron for the presidency of the WICB. I would hate to think it has reached that level where the TTCB, which was considered the best territorial board in the Caribbean – and I still think we are – that we are treated in this manner.” He added: “I would not sit down idly by as a WICB director and allow any victimisation and vindictiveness creep into West Indies cricket.” Bravo was last December sacked as one-day captain and replaced by Holder, and also dropped from the one-day squad for South Africa and the subsequent World Cup. Fellow Trinidadian Kieron Pollard was also axed from the one-day squad. VERYDISAPPOINTED
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I mean, I think that’s in the back of our minds. We know that we’re usually a better team in the second half of the season,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “We can’t just go into it saying, ‘All right, we’re always good at this part of the season.’ I think mentally we have to understand how close of a race it is and that we’ve got to be sharp all the way through.”Portland is 32-26 at the break, tied for sixth in the West, which is better off than it was last season at the same point.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 folkBut the Blazers are one of five teams in the West with 26 losses. The Warriors and Houston Rockets sit comfortably atop the standings with the next eight teams jostling for position.The Blazers headed into the All-Star Game with a 123-117 victory over Golden State, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors. Lillard had 44 points, his third straight game with 39 or more and the best scoring stretch of his career. His 133 points over the last three games is the best such run in franchise history. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Afterward, Lillard sounded like he was taking it upon himself to improve the Blazers’ playoff position.“Each season, it’s always a few teams that fall by the wayside and we’ve just got to make sure we’re not one of them,” he said. “As a leader, I’ve got to be the guy to lead that charge.”In 2015-16, Portland was 27-27 at the All-Star break after winning eight of nine games going into it. The Blazers finished the regular season 44-38 and in fifth place in the West. They got past the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Warriors in the conference semifinals.Last season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33. Shortly thereafter, an overtime loss at Detroit put them 11 games under .500.But in March, Portland caught fire and went 13-3, best in the NBA. Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 16 games. Terry Stotts was named Coach of the Month.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Center Jusuf Nurkic, who came to Portland in a trade a handful of days before the All-Star break, went on to average 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers. Portland was 14-5 with the 7-footer in the starting lineup.Portland made the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but fell in the opening round to the Warriors.This season, Portland is in the thick of the race. Lillard leads the team with 26.1 points per game, sixth in the league, while also averaging 6.6 assists. Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum is averaging 21.7 points, and Nurkic is at 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.Stotts was asked just before the break whether he was happy with the team’s position.“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve got a lot of teams out there fighting for playoff spots,” the coach said. “It’s not about where we are. It’s about where we’re headed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers have been known for their post-All-Star break revivals for the past two seasons. Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes the season on Friday, Feb. 23,2018 in Utah. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers have enjoyed post-All-Star break revivals the past two seasons.Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes play on Friday in Utah.ADVERTISEMENT
Suspended NHA MD, Duannah Siryon and his (also suspended) Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Tugbeh C. Tugbeh.Defendants Duannah Siryon and Tugbeh C. Tugbeh, the suspended managing director and deputy director for administration of the National Housing Authority (NHA), respectively, may likely face difficulty if it were to be established that the US$92,000 bond filed were insufficient, and does not meet the requirement and standards of law as may be claimed by the prosecutors.The bond, posted before Criminal Court ‘C’ by the Sky International Insurance Corporation, was intended to prevent Siryon and Tugbeh from going to jail, and to attend all required court appearances. However, if the bond were to prove defective, it means the court will set it aside until same is made adequately sufficient. However, the court is yet to say when it would hear arguments concerning the merit of the bond.Siryon, Tugbeh and one Ambassador Augustine Weah, believed to be the chief executive officer of Guss Group of Companies, were indicted on multiple crimes that ranged from theft of property, economic sabotage, bribery, criminal conspiracy, and criminal solicitation for allegedly extorting US$92,000 from a man identified as Emmanuel Tapsoba, former coordinator for a Burkinabe company called GHLPAZ-IMMO, which has been in the country to construct over 5,000 housing units along the Roberts International Airport (RIA)/Monrovia Highway.In the indictment, it further alleged that GELPAZ-IMMO through its Chief Executive Officer Alain Z. Zoungana, had expressed interest in the growth and development of the country through a proposal to construct over 5,000 housing units along the RIA/Monrovia Highway.Shortly afterwards, prosecutors claimed Siryon was contacted through GHLPAZ-IMMO’s former coordinator, Tapsoba, regarding the company’s intention to build said structures in the country since Siryon was at the time managing director of the National Housing Authority (NHA).The indictment further said between August 16, up to and including September 16, 2018, the defendants, with criminal intent, organized a scheme in which they extorted money from GHLPAZ-IMMO under the pretext of offering the contract.Because of the scheme, the record said Tapsoba GHLPAZ-IMMO’s coordinator left Burkina Faso for Liberia with the amount of US$50,000 on September 23, 2018, for the purpose of bribing officials of the NHA to have them “soften the ground” for his company.The indictment claimed that during the same period, an executive of the company, Benao Bazonon, traveled to Liberia from Burkina Faso along with one Urban Planner and Demographer, with an additional amount of US$42,000 and delivered the money to the company’s coordinator Tapsoba, who later reported sending money to Weah as part of the softening exercises.Not being satisfied with the process, the document claimed that Tapsoba presented an amount of US$80,000 to Siryon when they both met at the Royal Grand Hotel to liaise with other government officials.Immediately after Siryon received the money, the court’s record claimed, he invited Weah and gave him US$20,000 to be delivered to Siryon’s office the next working day, while the remaining US$60,000 was left in the possession of Siryon. It was claimed that Siryon divided the US$60,000 among some government officials.Weah’s US$20,000, the record said, was distributed to the two other managing directors, Tugbeh and Roberts.It was during the distribution of the money, the document claimed, that confusion broke out among the managers, leading to the discovery of the scheme.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tottenham’s new stadium is set to open in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ PAYBACK Work has been ongoing at Tottenham’s new stadium since 2016 A Tyco statement said: “Tyco is not refusing to pay workers. The agency with which Tyco is engaged is responsible for making payments to its workers directly.”Ellise Strickland, 24, is missing more than £3,500. She told talkSPORT: “I have no money and Christmas is coming. How am I meant to say to my neice and nephew ‘Oh, I haven’t got you anything this year’. I can’t explain it to a four year old.”She has been making phone calls in an attempt to access her wages. “It’s frustrating. Everyone passes the buck to the next person, and no-one wants to pay.”Since NRS collapsed other firms to have used its workers have paid tradesmen who were owed money. revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest REPLY SORRY Most Read In Football scrap The electricians feel the club should be doing more to resolve the stalemate.Worker Harvey Kirk added: “It is a £1billion project – probably more by the time it’s finished – and I’m having to scratch around and go into my overdraft to pay rent and get fares home for Christmas. I would call it a fairly serious failing: certainly on behalf of Tyco, and perhaps Tottenham if they don’t apply enough pressure.”Tottenham’s new stadium will NOT take them to the next level, Piers Morgan tells talkSPORTEllise Strickland was on holiday in Thailand on the date she expected payment and had to suspend her activities while sourcing funds from family.She believes more tradespeople on Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium project could be affected than the ten already known about.“I think so. BCL have more than one trade on site. But I don’t know if other companies would have paid out.”Tyco said: “It is Tyco’s policy to pay agencies in line with agreed payment terms and on submittal of valid invoices.”Mr Kirk said the problems have come at the worst possible time: “As all tradesmen know it can get tight around Christmas. It’s the one time of year that’s very expensive and you really don’t want to be out of pocket.” 3 BEST OF gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Electrician Harvey Kirk told talkSPORT: “We’ve been grafting, doing 80 hour weeks at Tottenham for months and suddenly we’re out of money. This should not be happening.”He and nine others are being represented by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain.Chairman of IWGB’s Electrical Workers Branch, Sam McDouall, told talkSPORT: “Tottenham have an outstanding reputation for being morally and ethically fair. So we are very suprised that they are allowing their contactors to act in a morally and ethically poor way.”A Tottenham Hotspur FC spokesman said: “This is a matter between Tyco and its subcontractors.”The agency supplying electricians to Tyco has ceased trading and merged with another firm. But as National Resourcing Solutions (NRS) became part of BCL Recruitment the wages owed to its electricians fell through the cracks. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST Mr McDouall said: “Tyco are witholding pay due to a technicality. It is not a matter of them double paying, they are simply not transfering the money.”Tyco added that it “has worked to resolve issues regarding the submission of incorrect invoices in order that payments can be made.”Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium was due to open on September 15 but “issues with the critical safety systems” meant it was delayed.On 26 October the club confirmed all its remaining matches in 2018 would be played at Wembley. ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham’s new stadium is close to completion Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion A group of electricians working on Tottenham’s new stadium claim they have been left with no money in the run up to Christmas having not being paid for weeks.They want the club to help resolve the situation, claiming the company contracted to install fire alarms, Tyco, is refusing to release their wages on a technicality.
A new row has erupted between Dept. of Agriculture officials and Hill Farmers Group after a deal removing a key clause of conflict on commonage payments has collapsed.Commonages around Errigal may be boycotted by Donegal farmers.At the same time the farmers have accused a senior official in the Dept. of Agriculture of tearing up the agreement they say was brokered in good faith.The Tirconail Tribune reports that Hill Farmers said that a deal had been reached in mid September between themselves and representatives from the agriculture minister’s department to scrap the collective agreement criteria for commonage farmers entering the GLAS farming scheme. The breakthrough would have allowed farmers to apply for the scheme as individuals. However last week the group was told at an information meeting in Maam Cross that this was not the case and the collective agreement issue was now back in the mix.And the Hill Farmers now believe that a major crux has also developed insofar as the legal terms of the Dept’s regulations for commonages are concerned. It is thought there are issues around any reduction or dilution in landowner’s rights and value of property if they opt out of the new CAP deal and are excluded from payments.We understand that the commonage row has now reached a crisis point to the extent that the Minister for Agriculture will have to intervene in a last ditch effort to stop a total breakdown in relationships between the groups.And as the Hill Farmers threaten to restrict access to walking routes on their holdings in retaliation for the latest debacle in the Rural Development Programme, Brendan Joyce who is leader of the group led a mass walkout from a last week as the deal began to unravel and hill farmers found themselves in no man’s land over a deal they says is unworkable. Henry O’Donnell who has played leading part for the breakaway group said they are shocked and stunned that one official had the power to tear up a deal but he warned they will not accept his decision.He said the amendments for agreement were established during a meeting between the Minister for Agriculture’s commonage implementation committee and the hill farmers for action group. Under these new proposals farmers would be able to apply as individuals for GLAS declaring agreement complying with a GLAS commonage management plan.If the deal does finally collapse, Mr. O’Donnell explains that all walks over farmer property will be stopped because landowners will withdraw their support and Donegal will also be affected as well as a number of other key cycle routes in the west of Ireland including the renowned Greenway route in Mayo.It would appear that the Hill Farmers have already made plans for action in Donegal. We understand that a number of key attractions where commonages exist in Inishowen and the climbs on Muckish and Mount Errigal may be boycotted until the issue is resolved.Henry O’Donnell said that the lands on places like Muckish and Errigal mountains belong to local farmers and these territories are commonages. In mid September, O’Donnell confirmed to the Tribune that a deal had been agreed between the hill farmers and officials from the Dept. of Agriculture implementation body.The decision to drop the entry requirement was taken in mid September, following a meeting between hill farmers’ representatives and the Commonage Implementation Committee. Under collective agreement, 50% of commonage farmers had to agree on a farming strategy for a commonage area before they could apply for the new GLAS scheme. The breakthrough would have allowed farmers to apply for the scheme as individuals, although they would still have to agree to a management plan for the commonage as a whole.O’Donnell and supporters of the Hill Farmers Action Group, which led the protests, welcomed the reversal by the Department of Agriculture. However, he stressed that some issues remained to be ironed out.DONEGAL FARMERS’ FURY AS COMMONAGE DEAL COLLAPSES was last modified: October 8th, 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:commonage dealdonegalfarmers
HTML Box Score Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) followed with 15 points and added five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each contributed 10 points and four rebounds, respectively, to the Bulldog win. Off the opening jump ball, Jonas scored on a breakaway layup just four seconds into the game off a deep home run pass by Ingle as Drake never trailed in the game and led by as many as 53 points. Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live PDF Box Score Next Game: The Bulldogs were led by senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) who finished with a game-high 20 points on a 6-of-13 shooting performance and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa), who was just shy of a double-double, added a game-high seven assists in addition to her 16 points. Preview Full Schedule Roster at Indiana State 2/17/2017 – 6 PM Following Sunday’s game, Drake hits the road for its final regular season road trip with games at Indiana State on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. and at Loyola on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.Print Friendly Version Photo Galley 2 (BC) Drake (20-4, 13-0 MVC) earned its 14th-straight win as all 10 available players scored for the second-straight game. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from both the field (36-of-72) and three-point arch (14-of-28). Every Bulldog scored a total of four points or more and logged at least 11 minutes of playing time. Story Links Photo Gallery As a team, the Bulldogs forced 28 points off of turnovers and had 42 total rebounds, 23 of which were pulled down in the first half of the game. Drake also benefited from 14 steals and 24 total assists. Bradley (9-15, 5-8 MVC) was led by Vanessa Markert with 10 points while Chelsea Brackmann led the Braves with a game-high of eight rebounds DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s basketball team cruised to a 98-46 victory over Bradley on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, at the Knapp Center in front of 3,219 fans. The victory improved Drake’s record to 13-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play to set the best-ever start to league play in MVC history.