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  • Trump, fellow Republicans paint dire portrait of a US under Biden

    first_imgTrump has focused on a “law and order” response to widespread protests following the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, and he has pushed schools and businesses to reopen despite the pandemic. Both messages represent the campaign’s effort to win back suburban voters, especially women, who have abandoned the Republican Party in droves during the Trump era.Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son and Guilfoyle’s boyfriend, portrayed the ongoing civil unrest as violent assaults on small businesses by anarchists and said Democrats would fail to keep neighborhoods safe.The dystopian language echoed that of Trump’s 2017 inaugural speech, when he vowed to end the “American carnage” of crime, poverty and manufacturing decline. It remains to be seen whether voters find the same argument as compelling after Trump has held power for more than three years.”What you heard tonight was a parade of dark and divisive fear-mongering designed to distract from the fact that Donald Trump does not have an affirmative case to make to the American people about why he should be re-elected,” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said.The convention’s opening night also laid out what promises to be a central theme of the week: that Biden, a former vice president, and his running mate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, will merely be puppets of radical left-wing activists.Topics : “They want to destroy this country and everything that we have fought for and hold dear,” Trump campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle said. “They want to steal your liberty, your freedom. They want to control what you see, and think, and believe, so they can control how you live.”The four-day convention opened at a critical juncture for Trump, 74, who trails Biden, 77 in national opinion polls during a pandemic that has killed https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA/0100B5K8423/index.html more than 176,000 Americans and erased millions of jobs.Democrats drew their own dismal picture of what four more years under Trump would look like at their convention last week.Like its Democratic counterpart, the Republican convention was largely virtual. Most speakers addressed a quiet auditorium in Washington, D.C., bowing to the reality of the pandemic despite Trump’s having pushed for a big event in front of thousands of raucous admirers. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans opened their national convention on Monday by painting a dire portrait of America if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House in November, arguing he will usher in an era of radical socialism and chaos.Trump set the tone early in the day when he addressed delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina, after formally securing their nomination for another term, and claimed without evidence that Democrats were trying to steal the election.Republicans had vowed to offer an inspiring, positive message in contrast to what they characterized as a dark and gloomy Democratic convention last week. But the first night’s prime-time program featured speakers who peppered their remarks with ominous predictions if Democrats win power.last_img read more

  • Women’s basketball looks ahead to Cal and Stanford

    first_imgAgainst Stanford, USC will face a team with a 20-2 record whose only losses are to Texas and No. 3 Oregon. Stanford’s roster is experienced, with six upperclassmen typically taking the court. USC will look to the two freshmen to continue their recent success against Cal Friday. The Golden Bears enter the game anxious to improve their conference record after securing their first Pac-12 win of the season Sunday. “Them coming in as freshmen and having the impact that they are [having] is very rare, and to have two on the team is mind-blowing,” sophomore guard Desiree Caldwell said of Pili and Rogers. “I’m just excited to see how much better they’re going to get when they get older.” Both Pili and Rogers have led USC’s offense all season. Pili nearly matched her season high in points by dropping 21 against Arizona. She leads the team with 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.  Freshman guard Endyia Rogers’ play has earned her significant praise in the midst of underwhelming season. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) The Trojans will need to rebuild their momentum this weekend, as their schedule only gets tougher after the Bay Area road trip. After Stanford, USC will immediately face two more ranked opponents in Oregon State and Oregon. If USC can play with the same tenacity seen against ASU and its earlier overtime thriller against No. 10 UCLA, the Trojans could be in for another competitive game, as they’ve proven their ability to take it to elite teams. What remains to be seen is if the Trojans can turn this competitiveness into their first road conference win of the season. The USC women’s basketball team will head to Northern California to take on the Cal Golden Bears and No. 6 Stanford Cardinal Friday and Sunday. The games will be the Trojans’ first meeting with each team this season and will provide an opportunity for the team to improve on its 3-7 Pac-12 record.center_img Cal has already faced the conference’s toughest opponents in Stanford and No. 9 Oregon State and fared as poorly as one would expect. In light of these losses, USC will still have to keep Cal senior guard Jaelyn Brown and senior center CJ West in check. Brown leads Cal in scoring with 14.1 points per game while West has proven dominant on the glass, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.  “I’m very proud of my kids and how they fought on the road,” USC head coach Mark Trakh said. “If the ball bounced a certain way, we would have won the game against Arizona State.”  Last weekend’s road trip to Arizona resulted in a triple-overtime loss to No. 19 Arizona State and a 73-57 loss to No. 12 Arizona. While the two losses added to the blemishes on USC’s record, the battle with the Sun Devils proved that USC has the tenacity to stay competitive against elite competition.  Expect Cardinal senior forward Nadia Fingall, who averages 5.4 rebounds, to be a big roadblock for the Trojans. Sophomore guard Lexie Hull also projects to give USC fits, as she carries an average of 13.5 points per game. Despite the losses, freshman forward Alissa Pili garnered some positive attention for the team Monday when the Pac-12 recognized her as the conference’s Freshman of the Week. It was Pili’s second time receiving the honor. Her teammate, guard Endyia Rogers, also received the same award last week, making it the first year in program history the Trojans have had multiple Freshman of the Week honorees.  The Trojans will tip off against Cal Friday at 7 p.m. and against Stanford Sunday at noon.last_img read more

  • Former Ivory Coast boss Herve Renard sacked by Lille

    first_imgLille have sacked Herve Renard just five months after he was given a three-year contract to manage the club.After helping the Ivory Coast to win the Africa Nations Cup in January, Renard, 47, took over from Rene Girard at Lille in May.But the former Sochaux boss was let go on Wednesday after Lille picked up just two wins and scored only seven goals in his first 13 Ligue 1 matches in charge.The 2011 French league and cup winners are currently 16th out of 20 teams in the standings, which a Lille statement said was “a perilous position and certainly not up to the objectives of the club.”The club statement noted that Renard had left on amicable terms and that both sides admitted a “shared failure.”However, it also said that results under the ex-Zambia coach had not reflected the “ability and potential” of the squad available to him. Renard is the first Ligue 1 manager to be relieved of his duties this season and the first Lille coach to be sacked mid-campaign since Michel Seydoux became chairman of the club in 2002.According to several French media outlets, the current manager of Algeria, former Lorient boss Christian Gourcuff, is top of Lille’s wish list to replace Renard.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

  • Latham reclaims senior crown with wire-to-wire victory

    first_img Lincolnshire’s Richard Latham completed a wire-to-wire victory in the English senior men’s championship at Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire – beating the field by a hefty five shots.It’s the second time Latham (Image © Leaderboard Photography) has won the title and he commented: “It feels terrific, I am delighted.”He claimed his crown after a final round which had everything: a first tee wobble, a dramatic charge from a rival, birdies galore – and dogged determination from the new champion.At the end of it Latham, the general manager at Woodhall Spa, was level par for the championship, returning four-over 75 in the final round. The runner-up was David Niven (Newbury & Crookham), who set the final round alight with three birdies in his first five holes.Latham made a meteoric start to his senior career in 2013, but came to Kirby with a point to prove, after losing his England senior team place last year. “I have come out and proved I can still play, which is what I wanted to do. I was desperately keen to prove that to myself,” he said.He made his intentions clear with a superb first round of four-under 67, followed up with level par 71 at Rothley Park – the championship’s co-host – and at the start of the final round he held a seven shot lead over Niven, Chris Reynolds (Littlestone) and Andrew Stracey (Denham).But, such a big lead can be as much a challenge as a comfort and Latham was edgy on the first tee and ended up topping his opening drive. “It was probably the worst shot I have hit in my entire 40-year competitive career, but I did make a good bogey!” he said afterwards.A couple of unlucky breaks later and Latham was three over after four. Meanwhile Niven, a senior international, was charging – and the gap was narrowing.Latham showed his mettle with birdies on five and six, where he struck his shot of the championship. In the first round he had opted to lay up short of the water hazard in front of the green, but this time he went for it, arrowed his shot straight at the pin and holed the 10-footer. “I thought I’d better get a move on!” he said.Both players also birdied the eighth, but after that Niven’s charge stalled and Latham was able to extend his lead once more. He got back under par for the championship with a birdie on the long 17th where he played a superb approach to about 6ft, but the short 18th cost him a shot after he bunkered his tee shot.By then, though, it didn’t matter. He’d avoided paying attention to his rivals’ play but he did know he had a very comfortable cushion as he played the last.He paid tribute to his wife Lisa, for her support, and to his coach, David Ridley. “My coach told me ‘play for yourself, concentrate on what you are doing’ and that’s such sound advice. I gave very little thought to anyone else and concentrated on me.”The spectators, however, were well aware of the scoring as Latham and Niven – playing in separate groups – collected eight birdies between them.Elsewhere there was good play from Paul Plant who scored a final round 73, composed of 16 pars and two bogeys, which moved him into a tie for third place with David Nelson (Northenden). Fifth place was shared by Andrew Stracey and Keith Young (Ashridge).Click here for full scores 3 Jun 2016 Latham reclaims senior crown with wire-to-wire victory last_img read more

  • OVERTIME 9-11

    first_imgBILL NEAL:10 Just so you know, I am at my spot at the stadium. Don’t try to find me, you’ll miss the game trying, and if you did find me, I’d have to kill you. But trust me when I tell ya “my spot” is Super Bowl tight and the best seat in the house. And yes, the food is free… see ya!!!:09 A little flashback moment for ya if you don’t mind. (Well, I am flashing back whether you mind or not.) Black men catch a lot of heat from a lot of directions a lot of the time and none more often than Brothers crossing over, but Halle Berry marries over the boarder and nothin’ said. Why? Because he’s French? I am sick of it. Halle, you’re off the top 10 list for good. (Maybe!):08 I suspect that Serena will win the U.S. Open today and in so doing continue her move to become the greatest female player of all time. She is playing better than ever! This just in…she won. 17 titles and counting.:07 Update from my spot: Maurkice Pouncey on his way to the hospital to get an MRI on the friendly fire knee injury he suffered on a routine running play… here we go again—untimely penalties once again changing the course of the Steelers game plan and two fumbles from Redman tells ya right now he’ll soon be a back-up again! And Jarvis Jones is for real.:06 The Pirates are in the playoffs no question about that, but you can start being a little concerned about where and how they finish. I am not feeling the same mojo from these guys and if the Pirates and St. Louis aren’t careful, the Reds are going to steal the whole show.:05 High School Football is in full effect. Please go out and support the student athletes…parents, please make sure the student precedes the athlete… and for God’s sake, will all you guys that never played anything but checkers, please stop trying to be a star through your kids. Just stop it…you look stupid!:04 Hey, can somebody do me a favor? Get the guy on the phone that booked Pitt to play Florida State in the opening game. Look, give me “Cup Cake University” for my home opener. I am just saying.:03 Ben, just throw the damn ball!:02 Question: Who wrote the Steelers play book and are they still in high school? It’s that weak!:01 Congratulations to Us!!!!! Champion Enterprises just completed their 38th consecutive Safe Summer Programs. • The High School All-Star Classic • The Connie Hawkins League Summer Slam • The Armon Gilliam “Hard Work” Basketball Camp • The Franco Harris All-Pro Football Camp • The Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament and • the Back to School Community Festival. Special thanks go out to our sponsors—Allegheny County and Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Chuck Sanders Charities, United Steelworkers, Penn Avenue McDonald’s, The Penn Hills YMCA, the Hillman Foundation, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Franco Harris and of course nothing could have been done without our Executive Staff Alia Carter, Rita Gregory, Michelle LaPrade, Warren Wilson, Bob Burt, and Rosie, along with the continued support of our Advisory Board members – William Goodrich, Jack Goodrich, Iftakar Milick, Domonic Gambino and Judge Dwayne Woodruff.:00 Lock It Down. The last “Harlem Nights” Par-Tay coming up Sept. 27 honoring the legend Sly Jock – 3 Lakes Golf Course, Penn Hills – free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen – 50/50 – $10 at the door – proceeds benefit Champions Toys for Tots – call 412- 628-4856. for information.~ GAME OVER ~ Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

  • Join Fit4Life for After Hours Fun and Wellness

    first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Thurston County ChamberJoin Fit4Life as they host the Thursday, January 19, Thurston County Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30pm. Promotional Sponsors: Mixx 96.1 and the Business Examiner Fit4Life is located at 2943 29th Ave. SW in Tumwater. To squelch that after-work thirst and appetite you’ll find appetizers and desserts by Elyse’s Catering, wine provided by Scattercreek Winery and Body By Vi protein smoothies provided by Black Lake Activity Center. General admission for Business After Hours is $20, with Chamber members paying $10.center_img Over 20 drawings will put smiles on dozens of faces with giveaways from Lucky Eagle Casino, Trinity Massage, Carly Janbowski Photography, Fastsigns, Northwind PetCare Center, Liz’s Indoor Sun, Stageworks Hair Design and others. Learn how Fit4Life can help you improve your overall fitness, maintain or reach a healthy weight, focus on your unique health concerns and stay motivated. This fun-filled evening will include chair massages by Trinity Massage, Zumba class demonstrations and sign-ups, as well as Body By Vi – 90 Day Challenge weight-loss program sign-ups.last_img read more

  • Report Highly Critical of Red Bank Operations

    first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – A newly published report commissioned by the borough slams Red Bank’s “ineffective” and “dysfunctional” municipal operations.The 42-page-long assessment entitled the Management Enhancement Review, shared Friday on the borough website, says Red Bank’s government needs to modernize its numerous departments, requires an active redevelopment agency to compete with neighboring towns and should overhaul its form of government.“It’s definitely disappointing. Heart-wrenching, in a way,” said Red Bank Councilman Michael Whelan Tuesday, who has been on the governing body for two and a half years. “It’s our fault and we just can’t get out of our way.”It was authored by Government Strategy Group (GSG) over a seven-month period from October to April. Its leadership – CEO Kenneth DeRoberts and Joseph M. Harnett, executive managing director – were contracted by the borough earlier this year to oversee operations after former borough administrator Stanley Sickels’ retirement at the end of 2017.DeRoberts and Harnett took Red Bank’s current temperature by interviewing 45 borough employees, elected officials, business owners and business agency staff about how the town operates. Though their names were listed in a section called Roster of Interviews, their comments were published without attribution. The results detailed a rising fever.“Our facilities are a disaster,” said one person, who was not named. “We are all out of sync. I don’t know what the goals and objectives of the Mayor and Council are,” another proclaimed. “You have to be a pest to get anything done here,” described a third person.“The Borough of Red Bank is at a major crossroads,” the report’s introduction reads. “Strong opposing dynamics, as well as external forces, present challenges that if not addressed, threaten to leave the community’s fate outside of its control.”Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said Monday there needs to be “an organic, complete administrative overhaul” about how “the borough has historically functioned.”The top recommendation was for Red Bank to commission a charter study and investigate changing its form of government. The report finds the borough council form has essentially morphed into a commission-style, giving elected officials too much oversight in daily operations.Menna called investigating such a change a “cop out.” Instead, consolidating its numerous departments into potentially three, he said, would “address the redundancy and the administrative changes that have taken place in 50 years.”The recent hire of new business administrator Ziad Andrew Shehady should help solve that problem, Menna said.Whelan, however, supports changing Red Bank’s governmental system. He and fellow Republican Councilman Mark Taylor recently started the “Red Bank First” initiative as an effort to reform the borough government into a nonpartisan governing body.“Being in that government for the last three years, we have seen how it’s inefficient and how nothing gets done,” said Whelan. “A lot of times we stand in the way of progress, and this independent group pretty much agrees that the way we’re set up is archaic.”The report, which Red Bank initially paid $17,500 for in October, also went into great detail concerning the numerous other functions and policies of Red Bank.OperationsBy redefining the interior chain of command and an organizational structure, the GSG report said Red Bank could eliminate up to 12 full-time positions. It suggested consolidating the code enforcement, planning, zoning and building departments into one main office that handles it all.Open permits in the construction code office have been “symbolic of dysfunctionality that set in over the years,” according to the report. With about 4,400 properties, there are a staggering 9,000 permits in that department. Although most might be for small items, it presents a “real measurable effect on taxes” involving properties with added assessments that should be on tax rolls.Morale among borough employees “is very poor,” the report continued. It detailed a culture where employees take orders from multiple bosses and multiple elected officials, leaving them feeling “not fully supported in their jobs or their careers.”Some recommendations to fix borough-wide operations were to improve information technology programs, hold a regional shared service summit to contract projects out and changing the structure of how employees are assigned work.The Downtown Establishing a redevelopment agency and addressing the downtown parking problems top this section. Redevelopment projects in Long Branch and Asbury Park, as well as at Fort Monmouth could soon rival Red Bank’s downtown, according to the report.GSG suggested the borough hire a full-time redevelopment director or create a similar agency to help communications with current and prospective business owners.Additionally, the borough should implement a new master plan with specifics for the downtown and create a “consistent brand identity” to develop a marketing plan.Hiring a firm to conduct a parking study was also suggested. The borough council beat the report to the punch, though, as it hired Walker Consultants last month to begin that study.“The planning for and availability of such parking has been a source of contention for a number of years,” according to the report. “There are as many different opinions about whether more is needed, if so how much and where as there are stakeholders with an interest in the issue.”Click here to read the rest of the report on redbanknj.org. This article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

  • STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 23, 2015

    first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype323669%$197,910 Flavien Prat601313222%$715,800 ESPINOZA, BAFFERT INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT STRONACH MEDIAXpressbet’s Aaron Vercruysse recently caught up with American Pharoah’s jockey and trainer, Victor Espinoza and Bob Baffert, for in-depth interviews regarding the colt’s upcoming pursuit of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.The informative and entertaining sessions can be viewed at Stronach Media’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDgBpujf7ok Fernando Perez64129819%$439,230 Gonzalo Nicolas6056108%$178,728 Michael Machowsky1433121%$94,120 Felipe Valdez63710511%$285,200 FINISH LINES: Joe Talamo hopes to “win one for the Knapper” on Harlington’s Rose in today’s Spring Fever Stakes. Steve Knapp, who trains the 4-year-old filly, had his gall bladder removed Friday at Mission Hospital in Orange County after experiencing stomach pains. The 58-year-old native of Chino Hills expects to be back at the track in a few days . . . Elvis has left the building: Jockey Elvis Trujillo will move his tack Monday from Santa Anita to ride regularly at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Through 17 racing days, Trujillo, who won his 2,000th career race here on May 9, had five wins from 48 mounts . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked four furlongs for Keith Desormeaux Saturday in 49.80, while Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind went five furlongs under birthday boy Victor Espinoza (43 today) in 1:01.80 for John Sadler.  Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, prepping for the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby at 1 1/8 miles on July 4, went four furlongs in a bullet 46 flat for Jerry Hollendorfer, who also sent California Derby winner Cross the Line seven furlongs in 1:26 for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes on June 7 . . . Bolo, who finished an eventful 12th in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:04 under Rafael Bejarano. Trainer Carla Gaines has the son of Temple City ticketed for the Grade I, $1,250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4 . . . Jockey Gonzalo Nicolas loses his five-pound apprentice allowance on Monday, Memorial Day, and begins riding as a journeyman next Friday . . . Congrats to TVG’s Christina Blacker and her husband, trainer Dan, on the birth of a five-pound, 11-ounce baby girl this morning . . . Santa Anita will race through Monday’s holiday, then be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday and return with live racing Friday at 4 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Thursday, June 4, with free parking and free General Admission . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . . Tom Quigley‘s guests Sunday and Monday at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be Frank R. Scatoni, co-author of Six Secrets of Successful Bettors, and TVG analyst Nick (The Sarge) Hines . . . Little Red Feather Racing has three horses in today’s stakes: Rocko’s Wheel, who makes his turf debut in the Snow Chief; Sheer Pleasure, who seeks back-to-back stakes wins in the Melair; and Chati’s On Top, gunning for three straight when he runs in the Snow Chief . . . And there’s the gag about a confused bettor at Golden Gate Fields who didn’t know whether to play a horse trained by Jonathan Wong or Blaine Wright, because “he didn’t know Wong from Wright.” Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR FAVORED IN WHITTINGHAMAshleyluvssugar seeks his third straight win, his second straight stakes win and his second in a row at a mile and a half when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for three year olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf.The 4-year-old California-bred gelding won the Grade II San Luis Rey at a mile and a half on March 21.“I’ll just leave up to Gary,” trainer Peter Eurton said, addressing tactics and referring to Gary Stevens, who was aboard in the San Luis Rey for a 2 ¼-length upset over favored Finnegans Wake. “He knows the horse pretty well.“We got a decent enough draw on the outside (five in a field of five). At a mile and a half you never see a lot of pace. It just all comes down to who’s a little too eager. That’s why they’re going a mile and a half. It’s wait, wait, wait and run.”The field for the Whittingham, race three of nine: Divine Oath, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 6-5. William Spawr1432221%$86,110 Bob Baffert1542227%$183,310 Edwin Maldonado55712913%$273,930 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Robertino Diodoro1832317%$109,990 Mario Gutierrez2432513%$162,128 Martin Garcia1742224%$111,050 Drayden Van Dyke4574516%$277,888 Elvis Trujillo4854710%$260,170 EURTON IS SWEET ON FAVORITE IN WHITTINGHAMDISTINCTIV PASSION BACK HOME FOR LA STAKESESPINOZA, BAFFERT INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT STRONACH MEDIATALAMO HOPES TO ‘WIN ONE FOR THE KNAPPER’ Tyler Baze9616122017%$678,360 Doug O’Neill521012519%$453,528center_img MALDONADO SAYS DISTINCTIV PASSION BACK ON COURSEEdwin Maldonado expects Distinctiv Passion to make amends when the front-running Florida-bred goes in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.The 5-year-old With Distinction horse never got untracked in the five furlong Al Quoz Sprint on a “good” turf course in Dubai on March 28, finishing 13th of 16.“The grass was too long and wet, and he just couldn’t get a grip, not at all,” said Maldonado, who has ridden Distinctiv Passion in 12 of his 16 career starts, winning seven.“He came back well after the trip to Dubai and he likes this track,” Maldonado said. “He’s been training lights out.”Distinctiv Passion, trained by Jeff Bonde for owners Edward Brown, Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz, has four wins and a third from seven starts at Santa Anita, including the San Pedro Stakes in January 2013 and the Grade III Midnight Lute last Dec. 27.The Los Angeles field: Five Palms, Martin Garcia, 4-1; War Academy, Elvis Trujillo, 12-1; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; and San Onofre, Mike Smith, 9-5. Tiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 Brayan Pena373128%$71,730 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella2165229%$436,220 Mark Glatt2834411%$155,374 Alex Solis1533220%$156,010 Richard Baltas2883229%$374,820 Peter Miller38811121%$306,610 Santiago Gonzalez4841038%$188,226 Mike Smith2156124%$456,080 Vann Belvoir2535412%$123,890 Philip D’Amato2693335%$320,890 (Current Through Friday, May 22) Bruce Headley931033%$68,950 Martin Pedroza523766%$189,394 John Sadler3556514%$204,758 Eddie Truman1151145%$145,150 Joseph Talamo651431322%$449,798 Rafael Bejarano6815161322%$687,802 -30-last_img read more

  • Match-fixing trial not expected to affect Antonio Conte taking up Chelsea reins

    first_img1 Antonio Conte’s ongoing legal case in Italy is not expected to impact on him taking up the manager’s job at Chelsea ahead of next season, it is understood.Chelsea announced on Monday that Conte will take charge at Stamford Bridge on a three-year deal after coaching Italy at Euro 2016 this summer.Conte is one of several defendants in a match-fixing trial taking place in Cremona, relating to when he was in charge of Serie B side Siena in 2011. He denies any wrongdoing.Italian prosecutor Roberto Di Martino has reportedly stated he would be seeking a six-month suspended prison sentence and an 8,000 euros (£6,400) fine for Conte, who has already served a four-month touchline ban imposed by the Italian Football Federation in 2012 relating to the case.A final statement by the defence looks set to be made to the court later this month, with the judge’s verdict expected in the middle of May.Chelsea will not comment on the matter as it is part of an ongoing legal process, but three-time Serie A-winning coach Conte, who has maintained his innocence throughout the affair, believes he has no charge to answer. Chelsea announced Antonio Conte’s appointment on Monday last_img read more

  • Homebuying squeeze

    first_imgAlthough prices followed a seasonal cooling pattern, housing affordability in California during October remained just above its record low level, a trade group said Thursday. Two months ago, just 15 percent of the state’s households could afford a home priced at the median $538,770, down four percentage points from a year ago and unchanged from September, said the California Association of Realtors. The record low, reached 16 years ago, is 14 percent. In Los Angeles County, where the October median price was $557,730, affordability slipped to 12 percent, 1 percentage point lower than it was in September and 5 percentage points under the year-ago level. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Affordability is not expected to move much the rest of the year, said Robert Kleinhenz, the association’s deputy chief economist. But the situation is certainly not good, as evidenced by the numbers for the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley and has long been California’s most affordable region. “It wasn’t too long ago when the High Desert had an affordability reading in the 60 percent range,” said Kleinhenz. Now affordability is little more than half the nation’s reading of 48 percent. In October, 25 percent of households could afford a home priced at the High Desert median of $315,870. This was a plunge of 17 percentage points on an annual basis and 9 percentage points from September. Kleinhenz notes that the median price in the High Desert has doubled from its level of October 2003. The association noted that a California household had to earn at least $128,480 to qualify for a median-priced house. That was up from $106,490 a year ago, when the median price was $459,530. By comparison, the minimum household income needed to purchase a home at the nationwide median price in October, $218,000, was $51,990. Scott Anderson, a senior economist at Wells Fargo, said there are no indicators that the housing market will be making a big turn, and interest rates will creep up next year. That means buying a house will continue to get more expensive. “We do expect affordability to get squeezed,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] 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