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USA women’s hoop dynasty names 16 finalists for World Cup

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Neymar gets goal, yellow card for diving as Brazil romps 5-0 US women have never taken three consecutive world titles, a feat they will try to achieve September 22-30 at Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.Also among 16 players seeking a spot on the final 12-woman roster were two-time Olympic and two-time world champion Tina Charles, 2014 world champion Nneka Ogwumike and 2016 Olympic champions Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart.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 ChrissSeeking their first US world team berth are Women’s NBA standouts Layshia Clarendon, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck, Elizabeth Williams and A’ja Wilson plus collegian Napheesa Collier.“We had a great group of pool players that gave themselves a chance to be a part of the 16,” US coach Dawn Staley said. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gold medallists USA’s guard Lindsay Whalen, USA’s guard Sue Bird, USA’s forward Seimone Augustus, USA’s forward Maya Moore, USA’s power forward Breanna Stewart, USA’s small forward Angel Mccoughtry, USA’s forward Tamika Catchings, USA’s small forward Elena Delle Donne, USA’s guard Diana Taurasi, USA’s centre Sylvia Fowles, USA’s centre Tina Charles and USA’s centre Brittney Griner pose after the final of the Women’s basketball competition at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNANDFour-time Olympic champion guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were among 16 roster finalists named Tuesday for two-time defending champion United States ahead of this month’s Women’s Basketball World Cup.The American dynasty has won six of the past eight women’s world titles, losing only twice since 1986, as well as six consecutive Olympic gold medals and eight of the past nine with only one loss over 32 years.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Americans will play in a pre-Cup event Saturday through Monday at Antibes, France, with Senegal, Canada and the French teams with the final roster selected just ahead of the Cup start.“I’m just looking forward to leaving the country and playing some different competition, and continuing to create a bond and build the chemistry that is needed to win the World Cup,” Staley said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Continued senseless loss of lives

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me some space in your daily print to comment on the fatal accident which occurred on the morning of October 15 involving a police vehicle.Based on footage widely circulated on social media, it appears that neither driver was wearing seat belts. The reality is, none of our Police or emergency response drivers wear seat belts.It is a known fact that police cars and fire trucks ‘fly’ down our streets at a breakneck pace. This places the occupants at higher risk of being involved in an accident, causing injury or loss of life for themselves as well as innocent bystanders. It, therefore, begs the question, why is it not mandated that they observe the rules of “safety first”. After all, the rest of the world does just that and basic common sense should so guide those in authority who design the rules for the citizenry to follow. The situation is further exacerbated by these very individuals who are on their phones while driving. On Tuesday morning, just around 09:00h while on Sheriff Street, the police convoy transporting prisoners was ‘flying’ southbound in the vicinity of Mae’s School, sirens blaring and lights flashing. The driver of the enclosed van was on his phone. This is a school zone and young children are known to innocently dart across streets. Where was the sense of safety? Other parts of the world mandate a slower speed in school zones. There is also the scenario with Police open-back pick-ups, loaded with armed ranks sitting precariously in the open tray speeding down the road. On Monday night, one such vehicle on the East Bank corridor had three armed ranks sitting in the open tray. The front left headlamp, inclusive of the parking light of that vehicle, was nonfunctional. Again, the average road users are rightly pulled over for these violations while our law enforcement officers continue to do their own thing. Why the hypocrisy? When will innocent Guyanese lives start to matter? Those of us who forget the past are certain to repeat it. In late December a few years ago we had the sad situation where innocent lives were lost on Carifesta Avenue because of a speeding police chase whereby, once again, no seat belts were worn. A few years ago we had two situations involving fire trucks – one in the vicinity of the Harbour Bridge and the other at the Vlissingen Road-Lamaha Street intersection involving a popular businessman. The examples are too many and will continue until such time as good sense intervenes.I close by imploring the authorities – please hold those who are there to protect and serve to the same standards that they are paid to enforce for the common man. If seatbelts were worn on Tuesday, chances are a few lives could have been saved. Let’s think safety first and enforce the seatbelt rule (for all occupants of these vehicles), no cell phone while driving and also apply common sense while driving. Install tracking devices on Police vehicles so that they can be monitored for speed, etc. It is time to start saving lives and saving some taxpayer dollars which have to be spent to replace State assets unnecessarily.Sincerely,Aconcerned Guyaneselast_img read more

Senate Ratifies, Repeals 7 Laws & Protocols

first_imgThe Senate at its 8th day extraordinary sitting yesterday unanimously ratified and repealed several Acts, Protocols, and Treaties.The Senate was scheduled to act on the passage and ratification of the documents last Thursday, but a motion was filed against the reading of the recommendations before plenary. This was because it was observed that the Committee on Foreign Affairs which should have been the lead committee was left out of the three that made up the joint committee. The committee included Commerce, Trade and Industry, and Judiciary.In accordance with their Rules, the Senate last Thursday voted that Foreign Affairs take the lead as most of the documents for ratification deal with foreign organizations.In the recommendation signed by a majority of members, the committee advised their colleagues to pass the instruments into law “with no prejudice.”The documents contain several legislations sent to the Senate by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently for which she requested legislators to postpone their annual agriculture and constituency break for six weeks.The Senate unanimously voted to repeal the Act Adopting a new copyright Law approved March 20, 2003, constituting title 24 of the Liberian Code of Laws, and enacted in their stead a New Title 24 to be known as the Liberia Intellectual Property Act 2014.An Act ratifying the Agreement on the creation of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was also adopted, as was an Act Ratifying the Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs within the Framework of the African regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO); and an Act Ratifying the Patent Law treaty.The Act ratifying the Swakopmund Protocol on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expression of Folklore of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO); the Act ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works for persons who are Blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled, together with the Act to ratify the Banjul on Marks were all adopted and passed into law.The Acts have meanwhile been sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence. When concurred upon and signed into Hand Bills by President Sirleaf, the Acts will make both the copyright office and the Industrial Property Office more responsive and thereby help remove unwarranted bureaucracies and disjointed operations in order to establish an integrated and efficient Intellectual Property Regime for the country.The signing of the ratifications, according to the committee, will further help promote economic development, efficiency in utilization of resources and effectiveness in the delivery of public services. Meanwhile, members of the Legislature and the Executive Branch of Government yesterday signed the book of condolence for the fallen Lofa County Representative, Fofi Sahr Baimba in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building.The Lofa County lawmaker who chaired the House Committee on Agriculture passed away recently in Monrovia following a brief illness.The Minister of National Defense Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., who is currently serving as Acting President, and Vice President Joseph Boakai, both of whom hail from Lofa County, signed on behalf of the Executive.The Speaker, Alex Tyler, Senate Pro Tempore, Armah Zolu Jallah, accompanied by an array of law makers from both Houses signed on behalf of the Legislature. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies Player of the Week: Joel Bourgeois

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This week’s Huskies Player of the Week is #15 forward Joel Bourgeois.Each week, a different player from the Huskies will be interviewed.As part of a weekly feature, Joel was met at the rink to talk about himself and his team effort.- Advertisement -Joel Bourgeois Facts:Age: —Height: 5′ 9″Weight: 175 lbs.Shoots: —Hometown: Fort St. John, B.C. How long have you been with the Huskies?Joel: “This will be my second season with them.”What position do you play?Joel: “I play right-wing.”Advertisement What music do you like?Joel: “All sorts of stuff, but mostly rap music and EDM.”What’s your favourite food?Joel: “I’d say either tacos or pizza.”What do you hope for the future?Joel: “I hope we win the league again and hopefully this year win another game at Provincials.”center_img How would you describe your style of play?Joel: “I’m kind of a defensive forward that kills penalties.”Favourite moment with the Huskies?Joel: “I’d say winning the Championship last year, winning the league with the guys. The guys put in a good effort.”Favourite hockey team?Joel: “The Winnipeg Jets.”Favourite player?Joel: “I’d say Patrik Laine.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Kenyan ref Marwa caught in bribery expose

first_img0Shares0000Kenyan veteran referee Adan  Marwa. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, June 7 – Kenyan referee Aden Marwa will not officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after he was caught receiving a Sh60,000 bribe from undercover reporters during the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.In an investigative piece aired by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)  done by Ghanaian journalist Anas Anas, Marwa is filmed receiving the Sh60,000 (USD 600) ‘gift’ at his hotel room. “The most important thing is not even this. It’s the friendship,” Marwa is filmed saying in the earth shattering investigative piece.The piece also caught a Gambian referee in the same web receiving Sh50,000 from journalists posing as fans.According to the Anas report, Marwa withdrew from the World Cup roaster of referees immediately he was informed of the report.Anas’ findings also netted current Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi receiving a ‘gift’ of Sh6.5mn (USD 65,000).Marwa has been on of Kenya’s biggest referees and made history by being the first ever official from the country to be listed for the World Cup in 2014.He has officiated in several high profile games and tournaments in Africa and around the world.The latest setback is expected to dent his illustrious career even as the wait starts for CAF and FIFA investigations.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gable reluctantly opts for surgery

first_imgGable, a sophomore, is hoping to have the operation now, receive a medical redshirt for this season and be ready for spring football in full health. “It was tough,” he said a day after saying he didn’t like surgery. “But it’s so I can get it over with and I’ll be ready for spring ball and next year.” Coach Pete Carroll estimated that it could be eight weeks before Gable would be able to start rehabilitation. “It ain’t going to be that long,” Gable said. “I think I could be back in a couple weeks if I wanted to.” Gable had met with the training staff before he brought the issue to Carroll. “It was kind of like the unspoken topic,” Carroll said. “He was afraid to talk about it. He kept saying he was OK, but the trainers knew that he wasn’t and we could see he was dealing with it. “He’s done admirably everything he could possibly do. He’s rehabbed everything he can do and it won’t go away. To wait another week or two weeks or three weeks and hope it gets better, it’s not happening. “So in this case we can hopefully save his season, get his year back and get him well and back to 100 percent.” Gable said he was not forced into the decision, either by the coaches or his mother. “They were saying it was up to me,” Gable said. “My mom said do anything … she doesn’t like surgery, but if that’s going to get me better for next year, that’s OK.” The once-deep USC backfield has taken some hits as the No. 2 Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pacific-10) prepare to take on Stanford (1-3, 0-3) Saturday at the Coliseum. Leading rusher Stafon Johnson sat out practice again with a bruised foot. Afraid to look ahead Left tackle Sam Baker said he doesn’t envy whoever gets to make the decision of which player to start at center if Kris O’Dowd returns this season from a dislocated kneecap. Senior Matt Spanos is holding the spot at the moment. “That’s going to be a tough decision, but I know they’ll make the right one,” Baker said. Also on the line, Tiny Malu has been receiving most of the work at left guard in place of injured starter Chilo Rachal. Though he’s a senior who has been in the program since 2004, he hasn’t yet heard if he will start over redshirt freshman Zack Heberer (San Pedro High). “All I know is I’m getting myself as ready as I can be and if they need me, I’ll be ready,” Malu said. Hurting Cornerback Cary Harris (shoulder) was cleared to practice without hitting and worked out with the team. Whether or not he plays Saturday could be a game-time decision. Cornerback Mozique McCurtis, who would replace Harris, sat out Wednesday to rest an old knee injury. Carroll said McCurtis would be ready to start if Harris doesn’t. Special guest Former UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin, currently a broadcaster, was a visitor to practice. phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER C.J. Gable looked at a few reporters Wednesday afternoon with the same disdain he apparently holds for surgeons. The USC tailback said he had indeed decided to have surgery to repair a groin injury that has affected him since offseason training and into this season, despite the fact he had gained 143 yards on 13 carries (11 yards per carry). last_img read more

All you need to know about Colombia ahead of last 16 clash with England

first_imgAfter a scintillating campaign in Brazil four years ago, Rodriguez earned a huge move to Real Madrid and established himself as perhaps the second-biggest star on the continent behind Neymar.However, a troublesome calf injury forced the Colombian off early against Senegal in their final Group G game and he is expected to miss the game.Should he fail to make the game, it will be a huge boost to England and should be a massive confidence-booster.How will they line up? ‘Los Cafeteros’ (‘the Coffee Growers’) were the stars of the previous World Cup in Brazil – capturing the imagination with their searing pace and technical ability.Four years on, the personnel and the style may be slightly different, but the South Americans are still a dangerous prospect.So how can the Three Lions progress to the final eight and knock out Jose Pekerman’s side?What are their strengths?RADAMEL FALCAO – At one point, the Monaco striker was seen as the most complete striker in world football. Perhaps it is fitting he comes face-to-face with the man who has arguably taken that crown. Six months before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Falcao suffered a horrific knee injury and has been lacking the same ferocity in his game ever since. After a two-and-a-half year international exile was ended in March, the talented playmaker (who could have quit the game to follow a career in music) has become the centre-piece around which ‘Los Cafeteros’ operate.DAVINSON SANCHEZ – Fans of the Premier League may recognise Sanchez as the burly Tottenham Hotspur centre-half who became the club’s record signing last summer.Strong and tough in the tackle, the 22-year-old will be tasked with stopping teammate Harry Kane from adding to his impressive five-goal haul in Russia already.While there are question marks about his aerial ability and ability on the ball, the former Ajax defender’s battle with Kane could be crucial in determining the outcome of the match.What are their weaknesses?DAVID OSPINA – Arsenal fans know all about the Colombian No.1 after his years of service between the sticks at the Emirates.Although he is still revered in his home country, there are signs of cracks developing in his game as he gets older.During qualifying, he made crucial mistakes against Paraguay and Peru which cost his team dearly. But don’t let the disastrous loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea fool you – he is still a natural finisher.Perhaps incentivised by the failures in England, the 32-year-old will be desperate to lead his country to victory over the Three Lions.JUAN QUINTERO – Few people outside of South America knew who Quintero was before this tournament, but he has become one of the major stars thanks to his impressive performances.While James Rodriguez is the talisman and the superstar known around the world, it is the River Plate midfielder who assumes the attacking responsibilities of Pekerman’s team.Blessed with incredible vision and passing ability, the 25-year-old will have to be well marshalled by Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson if England are to overcome the Colombians. 6 England face Colombia in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday in what is sure to be a pulsating contest.With the prospect of a clash against Sweden or Switzerland next, both sides will feel as though reaching the semi-final is a realistic possibility.However, talk is cheap at this stage of the competition and no side can be looked past – just ask Spain. Pekerman consoles Rodriguez after limping off the pitch against Senegal 6 6 And his ability to deal with crosses and physical pressure during his time in the Premier League has often come under scrutiny.YERRY MINA – Although it may be strange to pinpoint a 6″5 centre-half who has already scored twice at this tournament as a weak link, there are definite flaws to his game.Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, who watched the Barcelona defender extensively last season, believes he struggles under the sort of high-tempo pressing England will look to employ.“Colombia are not good enough,” he said on Monday morning.“Yerry Mina has been a star of the tournament with some of his performances, but I’ve seen him with Barcelona.“He is jittery on the ball, he can be pressurised very easily and he’s a little bit cumbersome and slow.“It’s going to give, I think, Harry Kane some fun.”NO JAMES RODRIGUEZ – As mentioned above, Juan Quintero has done an incredible job in being the creator-in-chief for the South American side.However, it is the 2014 Golden Boot winner who really makes them tick. 6 6 England and Colombia will be led by their prolific captains, Radamel Falcao and Harry Kane 6 Such was the level of concern over Falcao’s injury in Colombia, the President visited him in hospital England will want to silence Quintero in their knockout match on Tuesday The potential starting XI to face England Ospina made several high-profile mistakes which nearly cost Colombia in qualifying With former Aston Villa man Carlos Sanchez anchoring the midfield, the Colombians will be looking to break with pace when they get the ball.However, if this is to be Gareth Southgate’s line-up for Moscow, the South Americans could struggle to deal with the pace and power of the English.Plus, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi no longer in Russia, Harry Kane will be desperate to add to the five he notched in the group stage in the race for the Golden Boot.Colombia vs England is LIVE on talkSPORT on Tuesday, kick-off 7pmlast_img read more

Arsenal hosts Man City on opening day as 2018/19 PL fixtures are released

first_imgBournemouth v Cardiff City Fulham v Crystal Palace Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton Southampton v Burnley Huddersfield Town v Chelsea Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Tags: premier leaguetop Manchester United v Leicester City Arsenal vs City is on the opening weekend (Photo by Agencies)BBC – Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August for their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League season.Tottenham visit Newcastle first, then play Fulham at Wembley while their new £850m stadium is completed.Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool entertain West Ham, and Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux.Promoted Fulham host Crystal Palace, while Cardiff visit Bournemouth.The three other fixtures on the opening weekend see Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, Southampton host Burnley, and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road.The opening weekend in full Liverpool v West Ham United Arsenal v Manchester City New Arsenal boss Emery’s tricky spellsArsenal go into the season under new management after Unai Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger, who has left after 22 years in charge.And the Spaniard has been given a testing opening to life in the Premier League.After the opening-weekend game at Etihad Stadium, the Gunners travel to fellow top-six contenders Chelsea.Emery also has a tough start to December, with a home north London derby against Tottenham on 1 December followed by a trip to Manchester United.Spurs set for Liverpool showpieceTottenham begin the season with three away games in their opening four league matches as they wait to play at their new home.Their one home fixture in that run – against promoted Fulham – will take place at Wembley on the weekend of 18-19 August.Spurs’ first match at their new stadium – built on land adjacent to their former home White Hart Lane – will be against Liverpool on the weekend of 15-16 September.Prior to that they will run a series of test events.Manager Mauricio Pochettino said the new stadium would be “worth the wait”, adding: “We discussed the timings and the ability to play away games and I think it is a good solution to have an earlier home game.“Wembley was great for us last season and we are even more used to that than we are the new stadium.”Reds pre-Europe travelsThe Premier League has released dates for all 380 matches, but none have been allotted kick-off times as broadcasters are yet to decide which games will be televised.The Champions League group stage will commence on 18-19 September, and last season’s beaten finalists Liverpool face an away Premier League fixture before all of their six group games. That includes trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.Manchester United and Spurs are away four times before group games, while Manchester City are on the road twice before European fixtures.Fulham’s London startFour rounds of Premier League fixtures are scheduled before the first international break, which is on the weekend of 8-9 September.Few supporters will relish the new campaign more than those of Wolves, Cardiff City and Fulham, who all return to the Premier League from the Championship.Wolves, who won the Championship by nine points, follow the visit of Everton with a trip to 2016-17 champions Leicester, and visit Liverpool on the final day of the campaign.Fulham begin with London derbies against Crystal Palace and Tottenham, while Cardiff follow their opener at Bournemouth with a home game against Newcastle.Comments Watford v Brightonlast_img read more

Bass angler McLauchlan gets third win in a row at Trinity

first_imgThe Red Bluff Bass Anglers fished Trinity Lake on Sunday, Sept. 24 and Kevin McLachlan had a big day. The bite was slow for everyone except for McLachlan, whose winning weight of 21.42 lbs gave him his third victory in the past three tournaments. McLachlan caught two largemouth bass of more than 5 lbs for the biggest and second biggest fish, and a 3.24 lbs smallmouth for the biggest smallmouth of the tournament. Frank Johnston finished second with 15.08 lbs, and Jeremy Johnson took third …last_img read more

NBA free agency: Quinn Cook agrees to two-year deal with Lakers

first_imgThe Los Angeles Lakers wanted Kawhi Leonard to join their team. After Leonard unexpectedly declined their offers to sign with the crosstown Clippers, the Lakers quickly shifted to their back-up plan. That entailed getting role players still left in a thinning free-agent market.Quinn Cook became one of those options Saturday, agreeing to a two-year, $6-million deal to join the Lakers, first reported by Yahoo! Sports. The Warriors had rescinded a $1.9-million qualifying offer to Cook on …last_img read more