UCLA’s swoon results in a No. 2 seed in West

first_imgTwenty-six years later, that same player called Weber State athletic director Jerry Graybeal and recommended Randy Rahe for the Wildcats’ vacant men’s basketball coaching position. That player, now in his fourth season as UCLA’s coach, is Ben Howland, who remains very much in touch with his Weber State roots. So when the NCAA Tournament selection committee matched No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 15 Weber State in first round of the West regional Thursday in Sacramento (tipoff is tentatively scheduled for 4:25 p.m.), Howland admitted seeing the irony of the matchup, even if he didn’t see any humor in it. “I’m happy for (Rahe), and in some way, doing the right thing may end up biting me from behind here,” said Howland, who graduated from the Ogden, Utah, school in 1979. “I hope not. I’ve known Randy for probably 15 years. He’s very good.” The Bruins (26-5) lost the top seed in the West with its first-round loss to California in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. Instead, Kansas is the West’s top seed. But UCLA faces several potentially juicy meetings along the road to Atlanta, site of the Final Four. UCLA opens against Howland’s alma mater, and if it wins would play the winner of No. 7 seed Indiana vs. No. 10 seed Gonzaga. Not only did Howland begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Gonzaga, but the Bruins rallied from 17points down to beat the Bulldogs in the regional semifinals last March. And there is also a possible Sweet 16 meeting in San Jose with Howland’s other favorite team, No. 3 seed Pittsburgh, where he coached before taking over at UCLA. “I’m not surprised by it. I don’t chuckle, but I’m not surprised by it,” Howland said. “CBS is paying a lot of money to telecast the NCAA Tournament, about $700 to $800 million a year over the lifetime of the deal … so, of course, if good TV is available, it’s going to be more commanding to viewership.” More pressing than the connect-the-dots lineage of Howland’s basketball career is the mindset of his Bruins, whose confidence remains shaken after dropping their past two games to non-NCAA Tournament participants Washington and Cal. “I would say 90 percent (is the confidence level),” Bruins sophomore Alfred Aboya said. “We need just a couple more days to boost it to 100 percent.” Aboya said UCLA’s confidence was “really low” after the Pac-10 tournament loss, and Howland began to rebuild it during Saturday’s practice. Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s All-American guard, said Howland altered his practice setup of starters against reserves. Afflalo and point guard Darren Collison were on one side, and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and wing Josh Shipp on the other. Getting a win in the tournament will build confidence, but the Bruins face a Weber State team that has improved dramatically from the beginning of the season and a program known for pulling first-round upsets. The Wildcats (20-11), who won the Big Sky Tournament title with 10 new players, are well-versed in NCAA upset lore. As a 14th seed, they defeated North Carolina in 1999 and Michigan State in 1995. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – Back in the late 1970s, when Kim Zahnow was a Weber State cheerleader, a basketball player fancied her, and eventually the two were married. Online Extra: College Basketball Brackets | Printable Brackets last_img read more

Trojans tread into unknown

first_imgLOS ANGELES – When USC takes the court Friday to face Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament, it will be unknown territory for each Trojan. USC players can only imagine the intensity – the last time the team was in the tournament was 2001-02, a year before senior Lodrick Stewart came around. Floyd said he invited Don Haskins to attend the game Friday. Floyd started his career as an assistant at Texas-El Paso under Haskins, who was immortalized in the movie “Glory Road” for starting an all-black team and winning the 1966 NCAA Championship over an all-white Kentucky squad. Floyd said he was unsure if Haskins would be able to make it to the game because of his health. He’s had multiple heart surgeries and needed to have part of his foot amputated due to complications from diabetes, according to Floyd. “He’s been through a lot,” Floyd said. “But we still talk four to five times a week, so I’d love for him to be there.” Floyd canceled practice for Monday, deciding to give the players two days rest after they played Thursday, Friday and Saturday in their run to the Pac-10 Tournament final. They did report to Galen Center to watch film on Arkansas. HASKINS INVITED NO PRACTICE 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Though the players lack NCAA Tournament experience, their coach does not. Tim Floyd has a 4-5 record in five previous trips with Iowa State and New Orleans. His last three tournament teams at Iowa State all won at least one game. “He knows how to prepare and get ready for big games such as this,” Wilkinson said. “I think that’s really going to help us, especially not having any (tournament experience) on the team.” Floyd’s last trip to the dance was in 1997, when he led Iowa State to the Sweet 16. Iowa State missed the tournament the next season, then Floyd left to the NBA to coach the Chicago Bulls. “It seems unbelievable it’s been 10 years, but it has,” Floyd said. “… It’s always an exciting time, a time I missed when I was in the NBA. I always paid close attention to the games and how my friends were doing around the country.” center_img Sophomore forward Keith Wilkinson believes that the novelty of this week could be a positive as well as negative for the Trojans. “It will definitely be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people because no one’s been in it,” Wilkinson said. “But I think that also brings a lot of fire and passion to the game because guys like Nick (Young), Gabe (Pruitt) and Lod, especially Lod being his senior year, want to prove they can step up and lead this team. If you want to go to the next level, what more perfect opportunity than to lead our team to the Final Four.” last_img read more

Saturday night’s power outage stretches further than the Peace

first_imgIf you find that your power is still not restored, Gammer is urging customers to call 1 888 769 3766. A fallen or bent tree branch is the general cause of a power outage, but Gammer also refers to something called a ‘phase slap’ as being another possible culprit.“That is where we have the lines at the top of the power poll and where we have three lines together, so a three phased configuration, the wind can cause those lines to begin to sway,” Gammer goes on to say. “If the winds are strong enough and prolonged enough, the lines can sway enough that they may even touch each other.”“That can also cause a power outage.”The power outage experienced in Fort St. John on Sunday was a result of maintenance work, according to Gammer.Advertisement “We had a massive windstorm coming off the west coast,” says Gammer. “It affected a large swath of B.C. right from the North Island, through the Okanogan, up into the Central Interior, and then finally into the Peace region.”Approximately 45,000 BC Hydro customers were without power at the height of the windstorm, according to Gammer.Gammer says the Peace wasn’t even the hardest hit when compared to other regions.- Advertisement -“Both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek were not impacted as near as what we saw here in Prince George and south into the Caribou region – like Quesnel [and] Williams Lake,” explains Gammer.Gammer says even locally, the crown corporation never knows how far a power outage will spread.“You just never know how wind is going to affect things,” Gammer goes on to say. “It can flow hard everywhere and in one location tress fall over, and another location trees stay standing.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Ajax accepts blame for ‘inadequate care’ for Nouri

first_img“We therefore accept responsibility for the consequences of what happened,” the former Manchester United star told a press conference, becoming emotional as he offered his deepest apologies to the 21-year-old’s family.Nouri, dubbed Appie by his fans and the club, collapsed suddenly with a heart problem during the pre-match warmup before Ajax played German club Werder Bremen, in Austria in July last year.He was hospitalised in intensive care in Innsbruck, Austria, before being transferred to a hospital in Amsterdam. But the player, who joined Ajax at aged seven and had been one of its soaring young hopes, suffered permanent and serious brain damage.Van der Sar said the club had initially believed that Nouri had been given the best help possible on the field, but recently asked for a third opinion after his family sued Ajax for compensation to pay for life-long care.The findings by the new cardiologists came as a “huge shock” when they revealed that “not enough attention was paid to measuring his heartbeat” as the medics focused instead on clearing Nouri’s airways, Van der Sar said.They also showed the “defibrillator should have been used earlier in order to get a better picture of the situation”.Ajax now aims to make good on its responsibility to the young player “as people, colleagues and friends of Appie”, Van der Sar said, choking up.He also announced that Ajax planned to launch an initiative to train people such as club doctors in amateur clubs on how to respond when a player collapses on the field.“We feel we have that duty towards Abdelhak, his family, our team and eventually all footballers in the Netherlands.”Earlier this month, Nouri’s family filed a case with the arbitration committee of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) seeking “substantial damages”, according to their lawyer.Nouri “will never be able to live as normal again, and will be dependant on care and therapy”, his lawyer John Beer said on June 4, quoted by the Dutch news agency ANP.“He will never be able to work again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000This picture shows items placed by the hospital where the Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri is receiving treatment in AmsterdamTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jun 25- Dutch giants Ajax Tuesday accepted full responsibility for the fate of young midfielder Abdelhak Nouri, left with permanent, debilitating brain damage after collapsing at a friendly last year.“Following new information, we have reached a new conclusion, which is that the treatment of Abdelhak on the field in Austria was not adequate,” said the club’s chief executive, Edwin van der Sar.last_img read more

Furious Kerr accuses Simba of player tapping

first_img“I am very disappointed because there are rules to be followed and if Simba want a player from Gor Mahia, then they have to follow the right channels. I have heard they are making agreements with Francis (Kahata). He still has one year to run in his contract and if they want him, they should talk to the club,” Kerr said.He added; “If they want Francis, they should be ready to spend millions and millions of dollars. They will not get him on the cheap. I am not happy with how they are doing things and if they continue this way, then I will have no choice than take action.”Kagere moved to Simba for a reported Sh7mn sign on fee as a free agent with his contract having expired.The departure took the club by surprise as they were in talks with the Rwandese over renewing his contract, but he was spotted in Dar es Salaam putting pen to paper.Meddie Kagere celebrates after scoring against Tanzania’s Simba SC in Gor Mahia’s 2-0 win in the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Meddie’s contract was over and I can’t blame him for making the move. He was free to make his choice. What I am disappointed of is how he did it. He lied to the chairman. I knew that he was in Rwanda, but next minute, he is in Tanzania signing a contract. But I wish him all the best in his new venture,” the tactician noted.According to Tanzanian press, Kahata has been one of the players high on Simba’s wishlist with the midfielder having rediscovered his form over the last two seasons, playing a pivotal role in Gor’s success.Arch rivals Young Africans (Yanga) were also said to be highly interested in the play-maker.Simba seem to be getting back at Kerr who was overjoyed early this month when he led Gor to beating them 2-0 in the final of the Sportpesa Super Cup with Kagere scoring one of the two goals.The Tanzanian champions are known not to be shy in spending money with their billionaire owner Mo Dewji said to be a man who can go at any lengths, including financial to land his targets.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares a joke with Simba SC stand-in coach Djuma Massoud before their SportPesa Super Cup final on June 10, 2018 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKagere’s departure has left Gor with a sour taste in their months and with less than 72 hours before the transfer window shuts, the club is faced with a headache on how to replace the talisman.“It’s a bit tough because with three days, mid-season, how do you get a very good striker. I am still looking; maybe I will get one, maybe I won’t. We just need one striker, nothing more. But I am glad with how the players are doing now. We won 5-0 against Posta and that was a great response from them,” the coach said.The record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions have been linked with a move for Ugandan midfielder Erisa Ssekisambu, but Kerr is non committal on whether or not they will sign the player.Meanwhile, there are reports of unrest within the Gor Mahia camp with players said to be disappointed in terms of monetary appreciation especially after their Super Cup win and progression to the CAF Confederation Cup final.Gor are set to play Sony Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu this Friday before switching their attention to the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Tanzania.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Bandari on March 3, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27- A furious Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has threatened to report his former Tanzanian Premier League employers Simba SC of player tapping with reports emerging the side is angling a move for Francis Kahata just a day after signing Meddie Kagere.Kerr said he has received reports that there are a number of players the Tanzanian champions want to fish off from K’Ogalo, something that hasn’t gone down too well with him.last_img read more

Mourinho infuriated as Chelsea salvage unbeaten record

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was angered by Chelsea’s celebrations of a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 20 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had to be restrained by stewards in the aftermath of Ross Barkley’s 96th minute equaliser to salvage Chelsea’s unbeaten record under Maurizio Sarri in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho took exception to the celebrations of one of Sarri’s backroom staff, Marco Ianni, who ran in front of the Portuguese on the touchline, as he seemed set for a sweet victory over his old club after Anthony Martial scored twice to cancel out Antonio Rudiger’s opener. Players and coaches from both benches had to separated in a melee after Barkley’s late strike.Mourinho also then gestured with three fingers towards the Chelsea fans in reference to the three Premier League titles he won for the club in two spells in charge.A draw is more than Mourinho got on his three previous returns to Stamford Bridge as United boss. But his frustration at blowing what could have been a huge win was obvious as the visitors remain seven points adrift of Chelsea, and could fall nine points behind Manchester City and Liverpool should they win their respective fixtures later Saturday.Amid reports he was set to face the axe, Mourinho had been handed a lifeline by a stirring fightback from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle 3-2 before the international break a fortnight ago.Martial was rewarded for coming off the bench to score in that game as rather than opt for his cautious nature, Mourinho named an adventurous line-up also featuring Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.And his gamble looked set to pay off despite falling behind to a Chelsea side now unbeaten in their first 12 games under Sarri.Lukaku had the first significant chance of the game when he headed Luke Shaw’s fine cross high and wide.At the other end, United attempted to stop the outstanding player of the Premier League season so far with some rough treatment as Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young were shown early yellow cards for chopping down Eden Hazard.However, when Shaw cut out a dangerous low cross from the Belgian on 21 minutes, the visitors were undone by a lack of concentration from Paul Pogba.Rudiger easily peeled away from the Frenchman to plant a powerful header past the helpless David de Gea.That was the fourth time United have conceded from a corner in the league this season, having also done so in defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham.It wasn’t so costly this time as Chelsea paid for a lack of killer instinct despite dominating possession for the rest of the first-half.Marcos Alonso miscontrolled when Rudiger’s through ball put him clean through on De Gea before Alvaro Morata wasted his only big chance of another disappointing afternoon when his shot on the turn was too weak to beat his Spanish international team-mate in the United goal.Martial had been largely anonymous before the break, but, in contrast to Morata, took his chances when they came in the second period.Kepa Arrizabalaga parried Mata’s initial effort, but with Alonso down injured in the Chelsea box, Martial had time to control Ashley Young’s driven cross back into the area before firing home to equalise.Martial again provided the final flourish with a brilliant curled effort into the far corner 17 minutes from time after fine work in the build-up by Mata and Rashford.The Frenchman was greeted with a bear hug from Mourinho when he was replaced six minutes from time.But United couldn’t hold out for an extra six minutes stoppage time as Barkley pounced after De Gea had produced another miraculous save from Rudiger before carnage broke loose on the touchline.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Up The League – Saturday, March 28

first_imgGeoff Peters discusses all the top Football League news and looks ahead to his weekend’s action on the latest Up The League show.Preston North End star Kevin Davies discusses their promotion bid and what it would mean for him to help them win promotion, while Geoff also cahts with Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.last_img

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, May 3

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester United have told Real Madrid it will cost the Spanish giants £45million to land Old Trafford keeper David de Gea – and insist any further discussions between the two clubs will also involve United’s pursuit of Madrid’s world-record £86m signing Gareth Bale. A move which is looking increasingly likely to happen in the summer. (Sunday Express)Manchester City and Chelsea have been told they must break both the British transfer record and their wage structures if they are to have any chance of landing £75million-rated Paul Pogba. (Sunday Mirror)Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes looks certain to take over as West Ham boss next season. (Sunday Mirror)Newcastle United have made a move for Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin but the French club want £15million. (Mail on Sunday)Inter Milan are ready to pay out £46.2million over four years to prise Yaya Toure from Man City. (Daily Star Sunday)QPR will lose Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips as part of a mass exodus in the summer if they are relegated. (Daily Star Sunday)Arsenal believe Petr Cech will be allowed to join them in the summer if the Chelsea goalkeeper insists that he wants to make the move. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester City are set to compete with neighbours Manchester United as they attempt to sign Paris St-Germain’s £50m Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28. (The Sun on Sunday)Derby boss Steve McClaren will be asked to become Newcastle’s new manager in the next 24 hours as the relegation trap-door inches closer. (Sunday People)Manchester City are set to make a shock £6million swoop for rookie defender Abdul Rahman Baba. (The Sun on Sunday)Manchester City’s hopes of landing Raheem Sterling have been dealt a blow with Liverpool insisting the England international will not be sold this summer. (Manchester Evening News) Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers… 1last_img read more

Thierry Henry delighted to be back at Arsenal

first_imgThierry Henry hopes he can save Arsenal a fortune in the transfer market by helping to create a homegrown superstar striker.Arsenal’s record goalscorer has started coaching the club’s under-21 and under-18 forwards as he takes the first steps on a possible road into management.But his immediate target is to see if he can inspire some goalscoring Gunners for boss Arsene Wenger.Henry explained: “I want to try to give back what I’ve learned and pass on advice. It is also for me to learn and see how to prepare a training session, be a coach.“Hopefully what I say to the kids is going to help them. They respect what you have done [as a player] but you need to talk sense if what you say is going to have an impact on their career or [their performance] on the day.”Speaking to the club’s official website, he added: “Arsenal is a family and you never really leave. It will always be in me and it’s nice to be working with the younger players. I am very happy with that.” Thierry Henry 1last_img read more

Russian in Marina del Rey guilty in marriage fraud

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAdams’ arraignment was continued until Dec. 24. In late 2005 and early 2006, Kalinina allegedly posted eight advertisements on the Craigslist Web site saying she wanted to marry a U.S. citizen solely to obtain permanent resident status, according to federal prosecutors. Kalinina offered her would-be husbands up to $15,000, prosecutors said. The ads purportedly read: “Green Card Marriage — Will pay $300/month Total: $15,000” and “This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved. NOT required to live together.” Adams responded to Kalinina’s advertisements in January 2006 and agreed to enter into the sham marriage with her, prosecutors said. One month later, the pair were married in a ceremony performed by Kalinina’s live-in boyfriend, Dmitri Chavkerov, an Internet-ordained minister, prosecutors said. A 25-year-old Russian national living in Marina del Rey who allegedly paid to lease a new Ford Mustang to a U.S. citizen so he would pretend to be her husband pleaded not guilty today to charges of marriage fraud. Yuliya Mikhailovna Kalinina appeared for her arraignment in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles this morning. Kalinina and her co-defendant, 30-year-old U.S. citizen Benjamin Claude Adams, were arrested on Nov. 29 after they allegedly entered into a sham marriage so she could become a permanent resident. Adams, a West Los Angeles resident, and Kalinina were arrested at their respective homes by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Later, Kalinina allegedly leased a new Ford Mustang for Adams. If convicted of marriage fraud, both could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison.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