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  • Fist of Fury II boxing league comes off on January 31

    first_imgThe second edition of the Fist Fury Boxing League will come off on January 31, 2020 at the Bukom Boxing Arena.This is a partnership between the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) that seeks to promote amateur and professional boxers.This edition promises to be a thriller as interesting bouts have been lined up for highlight the skills and abilities of the participating fighters.The General Secretary of the GBA, Patrick Johnson, spoke to Citi Sports and highlighted the difficulty the authority went through to put the event together especially without the support of corporate bodies.“It’s not easy to organize to organizing such bouts in Ghana but I must commend the efforts of the entire time in making this happen.I also commend the efforts by Moses Foh Amoaning in helping us get some sponsors to come on board because it is not easy.Sometimes you will go to these sponsors who make a lot of promises but when you go back they don’t even mind you.However, I hope as we have started this year, things will go on well.”Here are the bouts that will be featured at the Bukom Boxing Arena:Wasiru Mohammed will defend his WBO Global Super Bantamweight title against John Amuzu from Benin.Manyo Plange takes on Yussif Mohammed Olalekan of Nigeria in a 10-round Super Flyweight contest.In the middleweight contest, Darko Michael will fight Mubarak Abubakar and Faisal Abubakari will slug it out with Nii Akrofi while Philip Kweku will battle with Prince Okoe Nartey.last_img read more

  • Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics

    first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Irving left with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter after spraining his right knee while weaving through traffic on defense. Boston led by 20 at the time, and the team quickly announced that he would not return.He finished with 14 points and two assists in 14 minutes. He had been averaging 23.8 points and seven assists this season. He missed the last 15 games and all of the playoffs last year with injuries to his left knee. Boston scored 15 straight points and finished the first quarter with a 23-point lead, then extended it to 68-40 in the second. The Celtics led 74-53 at halftime, but the Clippers outscored them 28-12 in the third.Los Angeles finally tied it 100-all, bringing boos from the crowd that expected an easy victory against a team that traded away leading scorer Tobias Harris at the deadline and added five new players. Gallinari followed with a jumper to give the Clippers their first lead.The Celtics were down by a point when Marcus Smart missed a 3-pointer, then tried to take a charge on Harrell but didn’t get the call. The Boston guard was on the floor, hoping for a call, when Beverly hit his first 3.Harrell followed by stealing the ball from Hayward, then bounding down the court with a Celtic on either side before going in for a two-handed dunk that made it 114-107. After Tatum hit a 3, Beverly answered, and then Harrell poked another ball free to preserve the lead.KYRIE OUT PreviousBoston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Milos Teodosic (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) drives past Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0), Gordon Hayward (20) and Al Horford (42) play against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Los Angeles Clippers bench reacts to a three-pointer by Landry Shamet during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) protests a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, left, and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Daniel Theis (27) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Daniel Theis (27), Terry Rozier (12) and Marcus Morris (13) walk to the bench during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, right, reacts beside Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Brad Wanamaker (9) and Daniel Theis (27) react during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) plays against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) drives past Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) and Al Horford (42) double-team Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers protests a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball in front of Los Angeles’ Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) defends against Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12), Al Horford (42), Jayson Tatum (0) and Marcus Morris (13) walk to the bench during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots against Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) shoots against Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, left, and Milos Teodosic (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, left, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Milos Teodosic (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NextShow Caption1 of 31Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)ExpandBOSTON (AP) — Montrezl Harrell forced two turnovers in the final two minutes and Patrick Beverly hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench Saturday night to help the retooled Los Angeles Clippers overcome a 28-point, first-half deficit and beat the Celtics 123-112.One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston on Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beater — and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl — the Clippers turned the “Beat L.A.! chants” to boos. The Celtics collapse corresponded to the loss of Kyrie Irving, who left with a sprained knee in the second quarter, when the game seemed comfortably in hand.Harrell scored 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 17 points.Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier had 16 apiece for Boston. The Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter and lost at home to a team from Los Angeles for the second straight time.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

  • Lamar Odom will likely need kidney transplant

    first_imgAmid all the cautious optimism surrounding Lamar Odom’s unexpected recovery, the former Lakers and Clippers forward also will likely face some even heftier challenges.Odom will likely need a kidney transplant, according to multiple sources familiar with his recovery. Ever since being hospitalized last week after becoming unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel, Odom has received daily kidney dialysis treatment. He spent last week at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas where his dialysis treatment lasted 11 to 12 hours per day, sources said. Odom has since been transported via medical helicopter to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday night. There, his latest dialysis procedures have lasted about six to seven hours per day, sources said.Odom is expected to need months of dialysis and physical therapy, sources said. But for patients with end-stage kidney failure, dialysis does not improve the condition of the actual kidney. According to the National Kidney Foundation, dialysis treatment helps a patient with failed kidneys only by removing waste, retaining needed chemicals in blood and controlling blood pressure. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kardashian has also stayed at Odom’s bedside while he has been hospitalized in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also has made decisions regarding Odom’s medical care, sources said. Eventually, Kardashian plans for Odom to receive in-home medical care at her residence, sources said.“We truly love and respect whomever he loves,” Alston said in a statement. “We always have and will continue to do so. Together as a team, we will support and encourage him always.”center_img Nonetheless, Odom has shown steady progress in recent days with his vision and speech, sources said. Odom also has taken small strides with walking, though sources say he still remains physically limited. Alvina Alston, the publicist for Odom’s aunt, JaNean Mercer, noted in a statement that Odom has started “an aggressive therapy regimen” without elaborating.“Lamar’s courageous improvement continues on the incline in Los Angeles. He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically,” the statement said. “His use of speech has increased and he’s more cognitively responsive.”Last week, plenty around the Lakers and the NBA shared a gloomy outlook on Odom’s recovery. Witnesses had reported in a 911 call that Odom took cocaine and 10 doses of a sexual performance enhancer through three days. Lately, Odom is expected to progress while facing potentially long-term or permanent health issues with his brain and kidney. Alston also suggested in a statement that Odom’s family supports the former NBA player and reconciling with reality television star Khloe Kardashian. The Los Angeles County Superior Court clerk’s office granted the party’s request for dismissal of Kardashian’s divorce petition on Wednesday morning. last_img read more

  • Marcus Smart sees ‘great progress’ despite Celtics still losing

    first_img NBA wrap: LaMarcus Aldridge powers Spurs over Celtics to continue hot streak “We got a lot of guys back, and we’re all trying to figure out exactly what everybody’s favorite things to do and what spots that everybody excels at and make sure we get everybody in the right position,” Smart said, via ESPN. “We’re still fooling with it. But I see great progress, and I’m excited, I’m ecstatic, and I’m happy with what we’re doing.”Yeah, we’ve been losing, and it’s been frustrating, but that’s the beauty of this game. We get to go play another one and we get another chance to go out there and work on things we need to work on.” Related News The Celtics are on a four-game losing streak, with their most recent defeat coming Sunday to the Spurs. It was a bleak offensive outing for Boston as Marcus Smart led the team with just 14 points. But despite the current skid and the lackluster performance over the weekend, Smart likes what he is seeing from the fifth-seeded Celtics. Kyrie Irving joins Celtics legends in record book, then questions team’s strategycenter_img Smart will take his positive approach into Boston’s last eight games, which include matchups with both the Pacers and Nets, who sandwich the Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings.“We’ve just got to take a deep breath,” Smart said, via the team’s website. “We’ve just gotta take a deep breath and calm down. We’re anxious, we want to get some wins, and we want to get back on the track of winning, but we really got to take a deep breath and get back to the team that really got us the reputation that we upheld into this season.”… Right now, teams just feel like they can do whatever they want against us. That’s on us, we gotta fix it. We will.”​Boston will be making its fifth straight playoff appearance this season and has the talent of Smart and other stars like Kyrie Irving to support it. In fact, Irving easily shook off Sunday’s loss and is putting his focus on his teammates and their eventual postseason run. “I’m used to gearing up for something bigger than myself around this time, and what it takes, and I have to do a better job of communicating that to my teammates and being a better listener and kind of figuring out how to best communicate with those guys that point,” he said, via ESPN.”There’s light at the end of all this. That’s probably where my patience will always lie, is knowing that something’s beyond this. This challenge is happening for a reason, and I’ve got to believe in that.”last_img read more

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens face best chance at Cooperstown on 2021 ballot

    first_imgThe clock is ticking on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.The two controversial, alleged PED users will enter their ninth year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot as voting commences for the class of 2021, and voting has been unkind to them over the last few years. While both players were clear, far and away Hall of Fame talents, the whispers of steroid use has clouded their legacies and could have them out of the Hall of Fame entirely.  But the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot could prove to be a benefit for both: With the field for first-time and returning players fairly thin and very debatable, the upcoming class of Cooperstown denizens could feature names like Bonds and Clemens after all.Aside from that, there’s the candidacy of a few intriguing, returning players who will be given a stronger, longer look by the BBWAA during the process. Here’s an early look at some of the more intriguing names on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot.MORE: Nolan Arenado feels disrespected by RockiesThe candidacy of Bonds and ClemensBarry Bonds and Roger Clemens are both entering Year 9 on the ballot, and time is running out, considering the 10-year limit for players on the ballot. But given how light the 2021 ballot is going to be on surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famers — really, there aren’t any — then maybe voters looking to fill out their 10-vote ballot could give them a fair shake.While Bonds and Clemens are still unsure things for election, they’ve gained a decent amount of momentum in recent years. In 2016, Bonds finished with 45.3 percent of the vote while Clemens finished with 46 percent. Since then, both players have been on a steady ascent but have yet to surpass the 60 percent mark, but they are inching closer. It’s going to take a change in voter mindsets to make that happen.A lot of it boils down to how you feel about the baseball’s “use” of the Hall of Fame. Along with statistics and accomplishments, there’s a simple question that should be asked, too: Can you tell the story of baseball without including the player? For both Bonds and Clemens, arguably the greatest players at their respective positions in baseball history, you just can’t. Baseball has, historically, been impure. If we continue to try and whitewash its history, then we’ll learn nothing and teach nothing in the process.Curt Schilling’s last hurrah?Schilling isn’t in the Hall of Fame for … reasons. Semi-specifically, more of those reasons are for off-the-field stuff than on, and post-retirement, at that. Schilling has 79.8 fWAR for his career, 3.46 ERA/3.23 FIP, 3,116 strikeouts and finished top five in Cy Young voting three times, with two No. 2 finishes. His numbers say he should be in the Hall of Fame already. Some knock him for being a “compiler,” but durability for a starting pitcher shouldn’t be a detriment.Schilling will also be in his ninth year on the ballot, and has been gaining votes over the past four years. He’s a three-time World Series winner and has one World Series MVP, for his 2001 performance with the Diamondbacks, upending the Yankees in the Fall Classic. It seems like voters have been more open to keeping Schilling around on the ballot — the longer he stays out of the public eye. Notable first-timersMark Buehrle: Buehrle is a better pitcher than you probably remember. He’s got 60.1 bWAR in his career, but the strikeouts, ERA and FIP numbers aren’t really Hall of Fame levels. He does have a perfect game and a no-hitter on his resume, so he’s got that going for him. A.J. Burnett: Burnett was one of baseball’s more electrifying pitchers when he was on. The problem is, he was off more than he was on. He has more than 2,500 career strikeouts, but also gave up 263 home runs in his career, almost one per every nine innings.Michael Cuddyer: “Cuddy” was a stalwart in the outfield for the Twins for a long time, but his below-average defensive abilities and lack of true offensive prowess will leave him on the outside looking in.Torii Hunter: Hunter was a dazzling center fielder, known for his highlight-reel catches. Overall, though, Hunter was an inconsistent outfielder according to DRS (19 per Fangraphs). He had very good power, hitting 353 home runs in his career, with his wRC+ dipping below 100 just one time between 2001 and 2014. Hunter is an interesting case, but he likely won’t make it in — at least, not on the first ballot.Tim Hudson: Hudson is going to be a hotly contested name come voting season later this year. He was a very good to great pitcher during his career, but he doesn’t hit any of the “magic numbers” for pitchers, if you find value in that sort of thing. He has 222 career wins, 2,080 strikeouts and finished top five in Cy Young voting twice. He’s another candidate for the Hall of Great.Nick Swisher: Swisher belongs in a Hall of Fame somewhere for being an exciteable, fan-favorite player. His best years were with the Yankees between 2009 and 2012, but he simply doesn’t have the resume to get in.Barry Zito: Another third of that legendary early 2000s A’s starting pitching trio, Zito’s career was enigmatic at best. Known for his devastating 12-to-6 curveball, he won the 2002 Cy Young award as part of the “Moneyball” A’s (a convenient omission from the movie), and was one of the better starters in the AL over the next few seasons. The second part of Zito’s career, pitching with the Giants between 2007 and 2013, was less kind: He pitched to a 4.62 ERA across the bay with an 87 ERA+.Intriguing names returning to the ballot in 2021Billy Wagner was about as dominating as a reliever gets. Despite not having the saves or track record of Mariano Rivera, Wagner had 1,196 strikeouts in his career (excluding postseason). That’s only 23 more than Mariano Rivera, but Wagner did it in 380 fewer innings. He should get more consideration moving forward.Here’s a list of players who have 300-plus home runs and 200-plus defensive runs saved in their career: Adrian Beltre and Andruw Jones. That’s it. That’s the list. Jones might not have had the longevity of other players, but he deserves more love on the ballot than he’s gotten; he was one of the best two-way players the league saw in the ’90s and early 2000s, and maybe ever.With 60 bWAR in his career, Bobby Abreu was a very good player for a long time. He had a keen eye at the plate going by his .395 career OBP and was a decent fielder to boot. He’s another candidate for the Hall of Great, but maybe not the greatest.Todd Helton will be a name to watch over the coming years. Helton was a dominant offensive player for Colorado for 17 years, and was also a very good defensive first baseman. The back end of his career was marred by injuries, but Helton has a shot the longer he stays on the ballot. Scott Rolen was a superb defender in his career, amassing 175 DRS per Baseball Reference. Only one other third baseman in the Hall of Fame has over 100 DRS, and that’s Mike Schmidt. Rolen was an excellent all-around player in his career and deserves a longer look from voters.Andy Pettitte has over a full season’s worth of starts (44) in postseason games. 2021 will be his third year on the ballot, but his case is a complex one. Pitching during the height of the Steroid Era, Pettitte had a career 3.85 ERA (3.74 FIP) in 18 big-league seasons. It feels like Pettitte will be destined to hang around on the ballot until his 10th year.There are 27 players who are members of the 500 home run club. Eighteen of those players are in the Hall of Fame. Three of them are currently on the ballot, and will be in 2021: Sammy Sosa, Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez. No surprise there that all three have been linked to PEDs at some point.last_img read more

  • SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019

    first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES GEOVANNI FRANCO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “We broke nice and she settled into a good spot. There were some really fast fillies in there today. She just does what she does and took off on the turn. Once she pinned her ears back, there was no way they were going to catch her.”KENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, SECOND: “She ran her eyeballs out; Keith had her ready. She was ready, but one was faster.”TRAINER QUOTES PHIL D’AMATO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “She’s kind of actually changed her style more and more herself. She’s coming from further behind with a bigger kick . . . She’s just finding her groove right now. It’s really nice to see a filly develop like this and hopefully have a bright future ahead of her.”OWNER QUOTESNICK ALEXANDER, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “It was kind of the way we figured. There was a lot of speed in the race, but five-furlong speed, and she has won at seven furlongs. I was thrilled to see Kentan Road go out there with the East Coast favorite and set it up nicely for us. This filly is very modestly bred, but she just fires every time. She just wants to beat you, and she’s like a puppy dog in the barn. She’s sweet and very sound. I couldn’t be happier.”NOTES: The winning owner is Nick Alexander who resides in Los Angeles.#4 JUST GRAZED ME (Geovanni Franco) Grade III – $200,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes OWner: Nick Alexander Trainer: Philip D’Amato Saturday, October 2, 2019 Santa Anita Park Arcadia CA © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

  • Public Health Law and Her

    first_imgTooToo Girl lying ontop of Club Dejavue wallsJust a couple of weeks ago, the 53rd Legislature passed a law that will protect mentally ill individuals and women like Tutu Girl who became mentally ill after she allegedly lost her two children a few years back.Men, women and children with mental disabilities stemming from chemical imbalances in the brain, traumatic experiences, medical conditions, abuse, drugs, with the passing of the law, will no longer have to worry about discrimination, stigmatization, marginalization based on their ‘mental or intellectual disabilities’ stated the Observer Newspaper in a recent article.The Public Health Law, Title 33, and Liberian Code of Laws Revised, which added Part VIII, Health and Related Rights, Chapter 2, Mental Health was amended to give those considered to be ‘incompetent’ the rights to be treated fairly and given help when their battle with mental illness becomes a threat to their wellbeing.The law to protect will further enable entities such as privately funded organizations to find help in getting women like Tutu Girl off the streets.“That has been one of the challenges in finding help including common things such as transportation and medical care to help the mentally disabled living on the streets. When you want to help them and find them shelter, cabs and hospitals deny them because of fear they might harm someone, or dirty their places,” added Martin, CEO of READ Liberia.“Nowadays, it looks like all the mentally disabled are either on the street walking naked or locked up in rooms with doors that are locked on them. This has to stop; and with this law in place, we can start to defend some of the homeless ones.”A few years back, Tutu Girl was the victim of a violent eviction that also saw scores of men and women raided in a building along Snapper Hill. The house was later broken down.She became the center of attention when people started seeing the mother sitting along the streets with her infant child “waiting for my eight year old son,” who was not present when during the raid.Tutu Girl sat along Broad and Johnson Streets for weeks, believing that one day her son would come back looking for her.Then one day her other baby vanished, but still she sat waiting, no longer able to answer any questions that people asked as everyone watched her gradually fade away.Years later, she seems mentally challenged, is homeless and without proper care. Tutu Girl needs urgent help from a community that people are sure contributed to her mental breakdown.“They took her children from her one by one while she sat on the ground and watched,” a telecommunications worker added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Millikan comes up short in semis

    first_imgHaving more shots than the other team doesn’t always mean having more goals than the other team. Millikan High’s boys soccer team found that out the hard way Tuesday. Despite outshooting Santa Margarita by eight shots in the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals, the visiting Rams had their season end with a 3-0 loss to the Eagles. Goalie Carlos Gutierrez faced just four shots, but Mike Munoz, Tommy Trauger and Bryant Hoyos found the back of the net to send Santa Margarita into Saturday’s Division I final against Loyola. The Rams had 12 shots and three hit the post. “We had a lot of quality shots,” said Millikan coach Rod Petkovic. “We just couldn’t put it in.” Shots by Anthony Padilla, Gerardo Garcia and Jonathan Garcia that could have easily gone in were just off target. “We didn’t have a lot of luck to go with it,” said Petkovic. “That’s the way it goes.” Millikan, seeded No. 2 in Division I, finished with a 28-2-3 record, setting a school mark for wins in a season. Girls soccer center_img Sunny Hills 4, La Mirada 1 Tanya Taylor scored a pair of goals to lead the top-seeded Lancers (24-1-5) past the Matadores (18-10-2) and into the Division III final. Kelsie Layana and Nicole Riley also scored for Sunny Hills, which will face second-seeded Mayfair in Saturday’s final. Boys basketball Los Alamitos 66, M.L. King 63 The Griffins improved to 28-4 and advanced to the Division I-A final. Los Alamitos, which claimed the Division I-AA title a year ago, plays Redondo in Saturday’s final at the Honda Center. 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

  • We have to buy new players every year, says Lukaku

    first_img0Shares0000According to Lukaku, the club will again invest heavily in order to make manager Jose Mourinho happy.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 18 – Romelu Lukaku says it is important for Manchester United to keep strengthening by making new signings next season.The Belgian striker was one of the players signed by Jose Mourinho following his arrival at the club in a bid to reinvigorate the side following a few lean years. Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and more recently Alexis Sanchez have all arrived for big money this season.However, Lukaku has backed his manager’s recent claims that the squad is not strong enough to win major titles, following their exit from the Champions League this week.United did manage to secure their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but are well off the pace set by runaway Premier League leaders and close rivals Manchester City.According to Lukaku, the club will again invest heavily in order to make manager Jose Mourinho happy.He said: “We are Manchester United, we have to improve every year and I know that a lot of players, a lot of good players, will come in next season. That’s for sure.“That is something I look forward to, in order to improve the squad, and what the manager also looks forward to because next year we have to win.“We will have to try and win as many trophies as we can.”Lukaku added though that he felt United were almost strong enough as a unit to be able to realistically claim some silverware, although he did feel Champions League opponents Seville were somehow a better side.He added: “I don’t believe we are really that short in being able to compete in the big competitions.“We knew immediately after the game against Seville that we weren’t good enough, so we accept the criticism.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Lampard, Bielsa add star quality to Championship

    first_img0Shares0000Former Chelsea midfield star Frank Lampard will make his managerial bow with Derby County © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard bring a touch of star quality to the English Championship but face a stiff task to restore the lustre of fallen giants Leeds United and Derby County.Both men also have something to prove on a personal level — Argentine veteran Bielsa will want to show he can still cut it at the sharp end while Lampard is embarking on his first job in management after a glittering playing career. And the two men will not have to wait long to pit their wits against each other — their sides meet on August 11 in Derby.Fans may allow both men a honeymoon period but supporters of both clubs — who have been champions of England five times between them — ultimately believe they belong in the Premier League.Despite the pressure, the much-travelled Bielsa, 63, refuses to be a hostage to fortune.“The history of this club, everyone knows how to measure success or failure at the end of the season,” he said. “If you try to predict the future you’re almost becoming a demi-god rather than a football coach.”Marcelo Bielsa has resurfaced at Leeds United after a bitter divorce with French club Lille last term © AFP/File / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGENWhile the Championship lacks the superstar names of the Premier League, it is notoriously competitive and Bielsa and Lampard begin at a disadvantage as the clubs relegated from the top flight have the benefit of generous “parachute” payments.Stoke City, who dropped out of the Premier League in May, are early favourites to bounce straight back up, with West Brom also tipped to do well.Lampard’s first match comes on Friday, away to Reading. The former England midfielder played under Reading’s manager Paul Clement at Chelsea, when Clement was assistant to Carlo Ancelotti.Lampard, who enjoyed huge success as a player at Chelsea, is a phlegmatic character while Bielsa is renowned for his fiery temperament, leaving Lazio after just two days and parting ways with Lille last year after only a few months at the helm.Club owner Andrea Radrizzani has staked a lot on making him the highest-paid Leeds manager and will hope to see the Bielsa that delivered the 2004 Olympic title for Argentina and guided Athletic Bilbao to two cup finals in the 2011-12 season.Bielsa, whose team host Stoke on Sunday, needed little convincing when given the opportunity to revive the club, who were English league champions in 1992, the season before the Premier League was born.“Nobody had to convince me. I was convinced by the strength of Leeds United as a club and an institution,” he said.“I looked at things from a sporting, football point of view and those things together helped me make my choice.”Lampard, 40, whose uncle is the former West Ham and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, pledged to confront his new challenge head on.“I don’t have a management CV and don’t proclaim to,” he told the BBC. “Any job has its risk elements but you take them on and you do so with a positive nature.“I am delighted that they have taken that risk and chosen me and I want to prove them right and get success.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more