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A sluggish start cost the Dam Inn its first defeat of the season as defending champion Castlegar Vikings edged Mates 33-28 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League action Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The loss drops the Mates to 4-1, two points in front of Nelson’s Our Glass Ogs.Castlegar, starting the season off on the wrong foot, won for the second time this season.Dam The Inn Mates started off very sluggishly in the first half allowing the Vikes to pick apart their injury-depleted secondary. Using a two-quarterback rotation Castlegar routinely hooked up with their wideouts on large yardage gains as the Mates were missing several key players on defence.Castlegar quarterback John Lloyd led the Vikes charge throwing multiple touchdowns, giving the victors a 20 -6 lead at the half. Lloyd hooked up with Brody Sakaluk, Steve Mota, Jay Trower, Jaime Simpson and Carl Perepolkin.In the second half the Mates seemed to have new life. They started running new defensive schemes; elaborate blitz packages and a zone defence that threw off the quarterbacking tandem of the Vikes. Soon enough they were forcing three and outs and had a crucial pick to get the themselves to within one possession of taking the lead. Joel Devito had a pick and two TD’s for the mates, while Jeff Hodge and Kyle Niminiken also intercepted the Vikings quarterbacks. Kelly Voykin tossed three TD passes, two to Devito and adding another to John Parker. It was however, too little too late for the Dam Inn Mates when just as the time was about to run out and the Mates getting in position to tie the game up, the Vikes got a game ending interception. The league resumes Sunday at Mount Sentinel with Nelson Our Glass playing the Dam Inn Mates in a battle top two clubs at 11 a.m. while Castlegar Vikes face the Trail Thundercats at 1 p.m.— with files from Adam Pearl
A bus carrying journalists at the Rio Games was hit by gunfire on a highway between Olympic venues on Tuesday, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured in the incident.The bus was making its way from the Games basketball venue to the main Olympic park when, according to passengers, two shots were heard hitting the vehicle. Windows shattered and flying glass left two people with minor lacerations.“We were shot at. I mean we could hear the report of the gun,” said Sherryl ‘Lee’ Michaelson, a retired U.S. air force captain who is working for a basketball publication in Rio.A spokesman for the Rio organising committee, Mario Andrada, said forensic investigators were trying to determine if the projectile was a bullet or a rock.“We haven’t yet been able to confirm what kind of projectile hit the bus,” he said, adding that the incident occurred in the Curicaca neighbourhood, just a few kilometres (miles) north of the Olympic Park. “We don’t want to speculate.”A Reuters photograph taken in the first moments of the incident showed a small hole, about the width of a finger, in one of the windows.Violent street crime in Rio has left its mark on South America’s first Olympic Games. On Saturday, a bullet hit the equestrian centre, missing journalists there by just a few feet. That bullet was suspected to have been fired by a gang member trying to shoot down a police blimp or drone, officials said.
Olympiakos Piraeus clinched their seventh consecutive Greek league title and 44th in total after enjoying a comfortable 5-0 home win over struggling PAS Giannina in their penultimate match of the Super League season on Sunday.Goals from Marko Marin, Manuel Da Costa, two from Alberto de la Bella and an Alejandro Dominguez late penalty saw Olympiakos romp home easily against a depleted PAS Giannina team lacking six first-team regulars through suspension or injury.The three-point haul means the Piraeus club now have an unassailable six-point lead with one match to go.“It has been a strange season but in the end we’re the champions and that’s what matters,” Olympiakos coach Takis Lemonis told reporters.The title is Lemonis’s fifth in his third spell at the helm after the 57-year-old former Olympiakos player was brought in on a short-term contract until the end of the season following the sacking of Portuguese Paulo Bento.Lemonis said the lack of stability and constant changing of coaches had been difficult for the players.“I am the fifth different technician and this is a big problem, especially for the team. I have had little time with them but if I managed to change something maybe it was the atmosphere in the dressing room and we managed to hold on to the title — now we have to try and win the Greek Cup as well.”Despite a late-season dip in form which saw PAOK and Panionios threaten to catch Olympiakos, the Piraeus giants still managed to hold on after having built up a significant lead thanks to their imperious form during the first two-thirds of the campaign.The home side went into the game at the Georgios Karaiskakis needing just a single point to wrap up another title but in the end an eight-minute goal blitz in the first half settled any nerves, with the strikes from Marin (21), Da Costa (24) and De la Bella (29) coming during a period of total dominance from the hosts.De la Bella (71) and Domingeuz (82) from the penalty spot put the icing on the cake with two further goals much to the delight of the jubilant home fans.There could yet be a late twist in the tale of the title race, however, as Olympiakos face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday which could see them get a six-point deduction following trouble at the end of their Greek Cup semi-final first-leg loss against AEK Athens 11 days ago.
The three-week break may have been a welcome respite, but coach Alex Compton is hoping it wouldn’t ruin his team’s momentum from the tailend of 2016.ADVERTISEMENT That’s the same effort Compton against Star on Wednesday.“I don’t know if you’ve looked at the stats, but (Star) has been the best offensive team in the league right now. They have so many weapons. They’re shooting the ball so well,” he said.The Hotshots lead the league in field goal percentage (46.4-percent), three-points (38.9-percent), third infree throw shooting (72.5-percent), and are fourth in scoring (95.3 points) so far this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, enough to keep the American mentor on his toes going into this crucial tiff at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“You have to worry about guys driving to the basket. You have to worry about Aldrech (Ramos), Paul (Lee), and guys shooting the three like Allein (Maliksi) and PJ (Simon). You got to worry about Jio (Jalalon), Mark (Barroca) and Paul off the ball screen creating for other guys. You got to worry about (Marc) Pingris and Ian (Sangalang) posting up,” he said. “I don’t really see an offensive weakness on their side, so that really requires the absolute best – and you can’t stop it all at once, so you got to have to prioritize and pick, and hope that you can make some rotations as some guys getting some shots.”All Compton is wants the Aces to sustain their hot streak, with Sonny Thoss set to make his season debut in the tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ “The feeling is like the preseason again, but it’s not,” he said on Tuesday afternoon after the team’s practice at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. “I hope we’re sharp because there’s only five games left.”The Aces last played on December 23, losing to TNT, 109-100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThough sitting at the middle of the pack at 3-3, Compton sees no reason for Alaska to feel discouraged, especially after how the Aces fought in their last two games against Ginebra and TNT.“Our defensive intensity was good against Ginebra. It was actually pretty good against TNT because our guys were battling. TNT just shot the lights out so I don’t feel like we lost it. I felt we got outplayed and outshot by TNT, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” he said. “I hope and I think our effort will still be there,” he said. “We’ll just have to continue with sort of what we’ve been doing: a little bit of small ball and a whole lot of energy, and a few prayers in there won’t hurt either.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Santos marvels at Beermen’s chemistry
Real Deal Boxing Promotions officials, including four-time World Heavyweight champion Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield and Chief Operating Officer Eric Bentley, as well as Uprising Promotions founder Ronson Frank, are currently in the island negotiating for a title fight for their client, Kemahl ‘The Hitman’ Russell. Russell, the new Junior NABF Middleweight champion, will be defending his title in Kingston against an opponent, who has not yet be named, early next year. Holyfield was full of praise for Russell while speaking with The Gleaner, drawing on similarities between himself and the Jamaican. “He’s a good fighter,” Holyfield said. “You kinda see the potential that he has when you see him in the ring. I don’t think I did anything out of the ordinary (during his time as a boxer), but I worked hard and I tried to burn people out in the ring. I would like to push you to see what you got as a fighter. He kinda fights that way, too.” Bentley credits Frank for coming up with the idea of having Russell defend his title in Jamaica. “Ideally, we want to develop a fan base for all of our fighters so that they have a cultural national following,” Bentley shared. “We’d like our American fighters to get there as well. Every fighter we have is from a different background, so we want to build them in their hometown. Just to give the country a sense of pride and give the fighters something to fight for. “Frank came up to us saying that we can make a successful show in Jamaica. I followed his lead, and I came here, and I see the support that we get, and I think he’s right. I think it could work,” Bentley said. Bentley continued saying ,that Russell has a bright future in boxing, saying that for him “the sky is the limit.” “He’s a humble, well spoken good-looking kid and an exciting fighter,” Bentley added. “He hasn’t been fighting very long compared to some of the other world-class fighters out there, but he’s been learning at an incredible pace. He’s got a great team behind him. His trainer, Steven Frank, has done a tremendous job in developing him. He’s going to need a little more seasoning, but he has the potential to someday fight for a world title.” OPTIMISTIC FUTURE Holyfield said that he was optimistic about the future of boxing in Jamaica, hoping that the country could produce more talent like Russell. However, while sharing concerns about the amateur boxing programme that exists in the United States, he said that local administrators must pay close attention to the development of Jamaican amateurs looking to transition to professional boxing. “Jamaica’s future in boxing all depends on how good the amateur programme is and the competition that they (amateur fighters) have,” he said. “In America, we used to have good amateur programmes that would make the boxing good. Now, it’s kinda watering down. It’s not as good as it used to be. It’s kinda strange that something can be going good, then all of a sudden, something changes.”
Dear Editor,Reference is made to Tacuma Ogunseye’s retort (Guyana Times, January 17) titled “everything boils down to racism”. I am glad to read that Ogunseye says he “did not crawl back to the PNC”. He is right as many feel it is more like “he ran back to be with the party of his kith and kin”.It was Ogunseye and David Hinds who penned that they were not pleased with the direction of the PNC-led Government, but that they will not be critical of it. In fact, Hinds penned that it was out of concern that such critiques could provide an opening for the return of Indian PPP that he refused to blast the Coalition. And Ogunseye and Hinds said “The country not going back PPP” (meaning Indians).The record would show that the PNC-led Coalition violated countless laws and fired Indians, as well as Amerindians at will and neither Hinds nor Ogunseye was critical of the President or the PNC for transgressions against Indians and others. In fact, Hinds supported and praised President Granger for terminating the Jagan Centre lease and sending thugs to break-up the Jagan sign and putting a lock on the gate, even while the Centre’s staff were inside the building. Hinds was unconcerned about due process and the fact that the Chief Justice had issued a stay order against the revocation of the lease, long before the thugs descended on the building.Ogunseye’s silence on the Jagan Centre matter has been deafening. This is not surprising as he has always been anti-Jagan. He opposed Jagan as the Presidential consensus candidate in 1992. The record would show that Ogunseye has not been critical of the PNC for closing down sugar estates and for breaking promises (during the election campaign) not to close any sugar estate and to guarantee the rice farmers a market for their rice at $9000 a bag. Today, most farmers are bankrupt as they barely get one tenth of the price promised to them.Ogunseye writes that his and David Hinds’ return to the PNC was an informed decision made by the WPA. It is their democratic right to be PNCites, as it is my right not to be a PPP-ite or a PNC-ite.Ogunseye also argues that Walter Rodney too would have joined the PNC against the PPP if he were alive. I think not. Rodney was a principled non-racial political figure who would not have teamed up with a racist party unless he was in the driver seat to reform the party. And he would have made sure there was no racial victimisation of Indians and other ethnic groups.Ogunseye queries why I have not reprimanded Africans who join the PPP. They did not join the PPP to practice racism; and in the PPP, they advocated for their people interests, unlike Indians who refused to articulate Indian interests. Ogunseye and Hinds have not advocated for good governance or spoke out against endemic corruption over the last 18 months. Ogunseye and Hinds had a reputation among people as “non-racial”, but they have shown a different cut since they joined the PNC – silent against acts of racism.Ogunseye pens that Rodney was for “a united working class/working people”. So the WPA joining the PNC brings about unity! Since when can there be unity with the exclusion of over 50 per cent of the population and most ethnic groups? Since when excluding sugar workers and farmers from the working people brings about a united working class? What kind of logic or conclusion is that?Ogunseye also writes that Rodney “was opposed to ethnic domination”. But that is what we have been experiencing since May 2015. Isn’t the governance of the PNC-led Coalition ethnic domination of one group over the other five groups?Ogunseye says that those advocating Rodneyism and critical of him and Hinds are opportunists. No, he has it wrong. Those who betrayed Rodney like Hinds and Ogunseye are the opportunists.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Fields was on Friday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for unlawfully discharging a loaded firearm.The accused, of Lot 12 North East Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on June 20, at KuruKururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, EBD, he discharged a loaded firearm at Kevin Batson.The man who was unrepresented told the court that he does maintenance work on a farm.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail based on the gravity of the charge and the fact that other charges are likely to be laid against the defendant. He also brought to the attention of the court the fact that the victim is still hospitalised.Fields was remanded to prison until July 12.
0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 27- Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will try and win away to Napoli despite only needing a point to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.Arsenal won 2-0 against Marseille at Emirates Stadium in Group F on Tuesday night thanks to a goal in each half from England midfielder Jack Wilshere. Wenger’s side knew that a win would take them a significant step closer to the knockout stages of the competition, but the Arsenal manager insists his team will go in pursuit of all three points in their next game.With 12 points already in the bank, the Gunners will secure their spot in the last 16 if they don’t lose by three or more goals to Napoli in their final group game.Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Wenger said: “We should be fine but it is important that we show the desire in Naples to win the game. We must go with a positive attitude.”Wilshere was the hero on the night and Wenger is pleased with the midfielder’s progress.Wenger added: “He’s coming back to a good level now and you could feel that he’s started to score the goals as well. I like what I saw tonight.“I would have liked us to have scored our second goal as quickly as possible but overall we did the job and maybe it was too comfortable for us.“The positives are that we were strong and we didn’t concede but we must remember that we haven’t finished the job off and we have to do that in Naples.”-Football365.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
This is not the first time that Lee Baca, the sheriff who opened the jail door for Paris Hilton, has had his judgment questioned. He’s been accused of using his authority to benefit friends and supporters. Since taking office he’s accepted thousands of dollars worth of freebie meals, sports tickets and trips. Now Baca is facing accusations of favoritism after making the decision that allowed Hilton to leave jail Thursday to serve out her sentence at her West Hollywood home. He dismissed that criticism, saying Friday that Hilton had been ordered to spend an unusually long time behind bars. The county Board of Supervisors will demand a report on Hilton’s release and Baca’s decision-making in the matter, Knabe said. For Baca, 65, who has led the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department since 1998, the blowback is not extraordinary. When Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving, the department withheld video and audio tapes of the arrest, asserting they were exempt from open-government laws. There were questions about favorable treatment for Gibson after a sheriff’s spokesman initially said the arrest occurred “without incident” and made no mention of the superstar’s now-notorious anti-Semitic rant. “When a celebrity is involved, that’s when people pay attention,” said Robert Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies, a research group. “The big question … is why didn’t the sheriff go to the judge” before Hilton was released. Baca has dismissed criticism over the decision. Last year, it was reported that Baca put one of his closest friends on the payroll as a $105,000-a-year adviser. The newspaper also said he had accepted more than $42,000 in gifts since taking office, including some from those who do business with his department. In 2004, he took more gifts than California’s other 57 sheriffs combined. Baca oversees an 8,000-officer force that has been vexed by low morale, tight budgets, overcrowded jails and the persistence of gang crime. Jonathan Wilcox, a Republican strategist who teaches a course on politics and celebrity at the University of Southern California, said Baca may be caught between public expectations and the reality of the criminal justice system: “Sheriff Baca needs to be very concerned with at least the impression that the final frontier – the law – is now as affected by celebrity as almost every other aspect of our lives.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under his department’s early release program, Hilton would not have served any time in jail and would have been put on home electronic monitoring, Baca said. “The special treatment, in a sense, appears to be because of her celebrity status,” he said. “She got more time in jail.” After ordering Hilton back to her cell Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer said he “at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff.” The union representing deputy sheriffs demanded that Baca “put a stop to his special treatment for celebrity inmates.” And county Supervisor Don Knabe said he was stunned to find out Baca released Hilton without consulting the court. “I would have thought he would have better judgment than that,” Knabe said.