11 01 20

first_imgShe said Jones, who has been questioned by police in 10 separate incidents since being drafted in April 2005, wasn’t doing anything wrong. “Mr. Jones was here just trying to be a normal customer, trying to bowl” with several other people, Cisco said. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is a betting man. He thinks UNLV is “a given” to get into the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. He says there’s nothing wrong with cheering on your home town team, or with putting money down to back your convictions. “I think betting is part of the American fabric,” he says. But he’s keeping his cards close to the vest when it comes to negotiations on a proposal he plans to submit later this month to NBA commissioner David Stern about bringing a professional basketball team to Las Vegas. Stern has long said an NBA franchise could never come to the city as long as betting on the league was accepted in Nevada casinos. But his position seemed to soften during the NBA All-Star week in Las Vegas last month. Stern asked Goodman to submit a proposal to handle the betting issue before the NBA Board of Governors meets April 23. Goodman said Stern put no restrictions on the proposal. Winter sports South Koreans won all six events on the final day of the short track speedskating world championships in Milan, Italy. Five-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno finished third in both the 1,000 and 3,000 and started off the United States’ bronze-medal performance in the 5,000-meter relay. Olympic champion Ahn Hyun-soo won the men’s 1,000 meters in 1 minute, 27.177 seconds and Song Kyung-taek took the 3,000 title with 4:52.853. In the 5,000-meter relay, Ahn and Song were joined by Sung Si-bak and Kim Hyun-kon on the victory podium after a time of 6:55.399. Marlies Schild of Austria won a World Cup slalom for the seventh time this season Sunday to claim first place in the overall standings. Julia Mancuso of the United States, second overall entering the race, finished 24th in her weakest event. Schild, who already has won the slalom season title, had the best time in both runs and totaled 1 minute, 36.67. Anna Ottosson of Sweden and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic shared second, 2.23 seconds behind. “There’s no secret,” Schild said. “It’s important that I have a good feeling early in the run.” LBCC stops two Long Beach City College swept a doubleheader on Sunday in the consolation round of the Golden West Tournament behind standout Sarah Frudakis. In the first game, the sophomore pitcher allowed one run to get the complete game win behind her solid day at the plate. With the bat she went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a three-run homer in the 10-1 win. In the second game, the Vikings got an early four-run lead in the third inning to keep Santa Ana away to pick up the 5-3 victory. Briefly David Millar won a prologue Sunday to take the early overall lead at the Paris-Nice race, which began despite threats of a boycott. The Scottish rider finished in 6 minutes, 1 second in a 2.9-mile dash around the Paris suburb of Issy-Les-Moulineaux. Roman Kreuzinger of the Czech Republic trailed by one second and Sebastien Joly of France was two seconds back. Luis Sanchez of Spain was fourth ahead of Alberto Contador, while American rider Levi Leipheimer – one of the race favorites – finished 3 seconds behind Millar in the sixth spot. Japan’s Yasuko Hashimoto won the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon, edging compatriot and defending champion Harumi Hiroyama by six seconds. Hashimoto completed the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 49 seconds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Adam “Pacman” Jones has drawn the attention of authorities again. This time police arrested a man for threatening the Tennessee Titans’ cornerback with a pocket knife. Police arrested Clayton Smith of Spring Hill on Friday night after he pulled a knife on Jones at a bowling alley. Smith “threatened to beat up Mr. Jones and to use the knife on him,” said Franklin police detective Stephanie Cisco, who was at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center when the incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. center_img Smith, 33, was charged with aggravated assault. He was being held Sunday in the Williamson County Jail on $5,000 bond. The detective said Smith previously has been arrested for stalking, unlawful weapon possession and drug offenses. Donte’ Stallworth will be catching passes from Tom Brady instead of Donovan McNabb next year. Stallworth and the New England Patriots agreed Sunday on a multiyear contract. The deal was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. ESPN.com reported Stallworth’s contract could be worth $33.1 million over six years, including a guaranteed $3.6 million for 2007. Vegas eyeing NBA last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img0Shares0000Wenger and Mourinho have had their fair share of run-ins in a tense rivalry © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – AFP Sport picks out ten Arsene Wenger quotes after the 68-year-old Frenchman announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge:– On the ‘Invincibles’ “To remain unbeaten in a championship like the English championship now is really unbelievable. I want to win the Champions League but, really, this is more important. It is something amazing, something special. How can you do it?”— A justifiably proud Wenger after his ‘Invincibles’, including French stars Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, went through the 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten, only the second side after Preston North End in 1888/89 to achieve that feat.– On the British diet“What’s really dreadful is the diet in Britain. The whole day you drink tea with milk and coffee with milk and cakes. If you had a fantasy world of what you shouldn’t eat in sport, it’s what you eat here.”— Wenger, used to the healthier diet of Japan, where he coached before taking over at Arsenal, lashes out at British dietary habits.– On Mourinho’s ‘voyeur’ jibe“He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”— Wenger has had fiery relationships with Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson, eschewing the tradition of having a drink with his opposite number after the match. Here he reacts furiously to Mourinho remarking in 2005 that Wenger was a “voyeur” for constantly talking about Chelsea.– On women“A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”— Renowned for his team’s attractive style of play, Wenger draws a parallel between his side and beautiful women.– On being a scapegoat“I’m ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants.”— Wenger sarcastically hits back at Alex Ferguson’s criticism in 2007 that Arsenal had few home grown players.– On his holistic approach“We try to go a different way that, for me, is respectable. Briefly, these are the basics. I thought: We are building a stadium, so I will get young players in early so I do not find myself exposed on the transfer market without the money to compete with the others. I build a team, and we compensate by creating a style of play, by creating a culture at the club because the boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a supplement of soul, of love for the club, because they have been educated together. The people you meet at college from 16 to 20, often those are the relationships in life that keep going. That, I think, will give us strength that other clubs will not have.”— Wenger reveals his team-building philosophy in 2006, reluctant to splash the cash like rival clubs as the Gunners invested in the construction of the Emirates.– On ‘parking the bus’“I don’t know what you mean by parking the bus. I don’t know who created this expression but it has not a lot to do with football.”— Wenger rejects out of hand any suggestion he would ever revert to a defensive strategy.– On Nicolas Anelka“No matter how much money you earn, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed.”— Wenger on turbulent striker Nicolas Anelka, who engineered a big-money move to Real Madrid aged just 20. Anelka was to stay just one season in Spain and later said he wished he had remained at the Gunners.– On Mourinho, again“It is fear to fail.”— Wenger’s verdict on Mourinho’s unwillingness to talk up Chelsea’s title chances in February 2014.– On his gardener“I said ‘Good afternoon’ and he replied, ‘I’m your gardener at your house’. I didn’t even know him. I do have a big garden.”— Wenger talking about an incident last season when he was serving a touchline ban and ended up sitting beside his gardener at Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

3 01 20

first_imgTHE emotions of Sept. 11, 2001, are so raw that even six years later they are still palpable: The shock, the sorrow, the fear, the anger, the helplessness; followed by the patriotism, the pride, the sense of national unity and resolve. After six years, we’ve gone through more grief cycles than the psychiatrists can name. We’re less fearful, if only because we’ve grown tired of being afraid; and we’ve long since lost our unity, if only because bickering was our default way of life. But there’s also much more at work in our complex national psyche. Six years without another major attack on American soil has made us feel safer, whether justifiably or not. We’re not convinced, as we were then, that the next attack will come at any moment, and so we spend less time thinking about it. Yet, despite having achieved temporary safety, we are also well aware that we have achieved nothing close to “victory” in the War on Terror. The situation in Iraq may have momentarily improved, but it remains a mess. Afghanistan is far from stable. And we continue to apprehend operational terrorist cells across the world – a testament to the hard work of our security forces, but also a reminder that the enemy has by no means surrendered. Six years later, it’s not any clearer how to battle the idea that has declared war on us – a militant, radical variation of Islam. Even White House officials don’t seem to believe in the Bush Doctrine anymore, and no one in either party has offered anything approaching a coherent replacement. All of which makes for a strange 9-11 anniversary. No one wants to relive the agony and the pain. No one wants to be reminded, for the zillionth time, that “it’s not a matter of if, but when” the next attack will come. And least of all, no one wants to endure the politicians’ crass attempts to manipulate those memories for partisan purposes. So perhaps when remembering 9-11, it’s best not to focus on the horror, which would be emotionally exhausting; nor to speculate about future, which is ambiguous as ever; nor to engage in political fights – we’ve had plenty of those already . Instead, maybe the best way to use this day is to remember the heroes. Think of the police, medics and firefighters who stormed those towers, looking to save others’ lives while knowing that they were sacrificing their own. Think of those passengers on Flight 93, ordinary people who fought terrorists with their bare hands, saving hundreds, if not thousands, of their fellow Americans in the process. Think about the soldiers who, ever since, have done whatever their confused nation has asked of them. On 9-11, in the form of 19 hijackers, we saw humanity at its worst. But then, and ever since, we have seen it at its best in countless others. The heroes around us have given an example of how to live and love that transcends both the uncertainties and the divisions of these times. It’s their example – their selflessness, their bravery, their generosity – that we would all do well to emulate as the country continues to come to terms with the day that radically changed life for us all.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

29 12 19

first_imgConte admitted during the conference that his English wasn’t quite up to scratch and is still learning the language, but, in truth, he spoke well in his first official appearance at Stamford Bridge.This is the former Italy and Juventus boss’ first experience of English football, and he expressed his pride and excitement at what awaits him in the Premier League with Chelsea.He also acknowledged the challenge ahead at a club which won the 2014-15 Premier League title, but finished a lowly 10th last term, but insisted the pressure does not faze him.“The pressure for me is not important,” Conte added. “I was born with pressure. It’s normal.“When you are a player, a footballer, or a manager of a great club like Chelsea you must play to win the title or to fight at the end to compete with the other teams, to win the title, to reach your targets.“I know this league is very, very difficult, because there are six, seven teams that can win the title.“We know that this year it won’t be easy for us because if we think the last season 10th position, last season was a bad season. We know. Me, the players, the club.“But I think we must think to the present, to work very hard every day, every week, every month, to build something important for the club.“The fans need to find a team ready to fight until the end to compete with the other teams.“There is only one team to win the title, but we must stay there till the end of the season.“Chelsea belongs to Champions League and we must stay there.” Antonio Conte was unveiled as the new Chelsea manager on Thursday New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began his reign at the club by insisting John Terry will remain the club’s captain – whether or not the defender plays.The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract extension – his third such deal – in May, despite having declared in January that he expected to leave the club this summer.Terry, who has made more than 700 appearances for the Blues, endured a frustrating bit-part role at times during Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club, but has been reassured about his position at Stamford Bridge.And, speaking at a press conference for the first time since becoming the Chelsea manager back in April, Conte insisted he values the former England international’s influence and experience.“Yes, John Terry is the captain of Chelsea when he plays, when he doesn’t play. You are always the captain,” Conte said as he was unveiled as the Blues’ new head coach on Thursday.“He’s captain of this team, he’s a great player, with a great personality, with great charisma.“I like to speak to him because he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club and for me he’s an important player.“When a player deserves to play, with me, they play.” Welcome to Chelsea, Antonio Conte! pic.twitter.com/8SFTyjPU1T— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2016 1last_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgMe with Frank and those two trophiesInexperienced Donegal Mauled by Monaghan by Cathal MacSuibhne, donegaldaily.com.A first home game of the year for the All-Ireland Champions but its safe to say we’re all waiting for the homecoming proper in May after watching the mauling handed out by Monaghan today.It was a similar story to Wednesday night with an inexperienced Donegal being well beaten by a superior conditioned side but it was a useful exercise nonetheless with some of the new lads doing their bid for a permanent squad place no harm at all. The McGuinness ‘system’ is well known to the players, and everyone else really at this stage, and as such it makes it a bit easier for players to slot in when required; however it is certainly less troublesome for defenders to take up the baton. A mobile, pacey defender can answer most of the questions asked of him and with numbers behind the ball he has help by his side (even though the questions came a bit too quick for the back unit today). It’s a different story up front where a lot of Donegal’s forward play is built upon physical presence and ball winning ability. When the usual suspects aren’t available it can be very difficult for the forward line to play with any kind of cohesion and so much more work goes into each score. Today was a case in point when it took 28 minutes for the first score to arrive, that being Adrian Hanlon’s goal.Daniel McLaughlin going off early after shipping a heavy knock to his knee while taking a shot at goal didn’t help matters up front; the St Michael’s man was very effective on Wednesday night and his pace and piercing runs were missed.The Naomh Conaill duo of Dermot Molloy and Marty Boyle were unavailable from the off today with each suffering from a bout of the vomiting bug and this further depleted the options available to Maxi Curran.Gary McFadden was again prominent and looked Donegal’s most dangerous player. He played in midfield today but still got forward whenever he could and got his name on the score sheet, adding to the four points he registered in Brewster Park. His leadership is vital on days like this when there are so many newcomers on the field and of course he’s no stranger to that type of role having captained his club to county glory in 2011. He’s one who could well have his eye on a starting spot in Croke Park in three weeks time. Shane McGowan was another who put impressive back-to-back displays together and indeed was the standout performer in green and gold today. Playing what could be termed the ‘McHugh role’ he looked good on the ball and showed great anticipation – just like the Kilcar man did all last year.A goal for the visitors almost straight from the restart killed the game and it was a second half procession for the Farney men. Monaghan have traditionally always had strong, tough footballers who bring great physicality to games and this was evident again today. They also moved the ball extremely well at times and regardless of the nature of the teams, wracking up 3-16 against Donegal is good going.They had many excellent performances today but Kieran Hughes stood tallest and his afternoon was peppered with fine score taking, good build up work and some sumptuous assist play. One particular highlight came in the second half when he hit an overhead reverse pass with his weaker right foot to set up a point for substitute Dermot Malone.Willie Gillespie came into the game more in the second half for the hosts and scored a wonderful point off his right following clever use of his body to shield the incoming ball from the defender before grasping it and slotting it over. He did something similar in the first half and was unlucky not to get a penalty when striking for goal on that occasion.Malachy O’Rourke’s men appear to motoring along nicely and they will face Fermanagh on Wednesday night in a shoot-out for top spot. Of course Monaghan could easily have been our opponents in last year’s Ulster Final, their second half collapse in the semi against Down is no doubt still a sore point. They have a good manager in place in the shape of O’Rourke who had a good stint as Fermanagh boss and indeed the Ernemen were only a good free-taker away from an Ulster Championship in 2008. Monaghan could certainly be in the mix again this Summer, they are on the weaker side of the draw and will fancy themselves as dark horses for the Anglo Celt.There’ll be nothing dark about Donegal’s quest for three-in-a-row of course and depending on the decision from the Ulster Council over whether MacCumhaill Park is fit to the host eagerly awaited clash with Tyrone, that bid could begin on home turf. The old ground was quiet and hushed today but hopefully, with the correct call from Ulster HQ, the place will be rocking come the end of May.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL DIARY – INEXPERIENCED DONEGAL MAULED BY MONAGHAN was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL DIARY – INEXPERIENCED DONEGAL MAULED BY MONAGHANDonegal GAAlast_img read more