It’s about time L.C., PHS played a game

first_img“I think this is a game that everyone wanted to see last year, but it never materialized,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for La Canada and coach Tom Hofman. We both played for coach (George) Terzian (at Pasadena High in the 1970s), so our teams are similar in a lot of respects.” What a game it would have been a year ago. La Canada was much deeper, with point guard Craig Ballard and center Phillip Anderson to go with Rhett Anderson and brothers Abe and Adam Malik. Pasadena, which advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA championship game, had one of the best defensive teams in the state. The Bulldogs had unsung seniors Artis Gant and Sean Powell to go with Star-News Player of the Year Kyle Austin. “How would we have done last year?” Hofman wondered. “If we played them 10 times, we’d probably win five times and they would have won five times.” The Spartans still have Rhett Anderson and the Malik brothers for Saturday’s game, and the Bulldogs have Austin, guard Trevon Harmon and emerging standout Kevin Dancer. But if there is one intangible that separates Pasadena and La Canada over the years, it’s the Bulldogs’ willingness to take on all comers outside the San Gabriel Valley. The Spartans remain home in their back yard and usually play just one or two genuinely difficult games prior to the CIF playoffs. Pasadena, (16-3), ranked No. 1 in Division I-A, has to be the favorite in this one because of how it’s carried itself outside the valley boundaries. The Bulldogs have beaten Division II’s top-ranked team, Colony, and have wins over other Southern Section powers Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos and Santa Barbara. Two of their three losses have come against arguably the top team in California, Artesia, and the No. 2-rated team in Nevada, Bishop Gorman. The Spartans (14-2), ranked No. 3 in Division III-AA behind Artesia and Santa Margarita, have built their reputation by staying home in local tournaments, where they’re usually overwhelming favorites. The Spartans beat Pomona to win the Arroyo Tournament, beat Keppel to win the La Salle/Temple City Tournament and lost to South High of Torrance in the championship game of their own Tournament. The most intriguing fact about the Spartans isn’t whom they’ve beaten, but what happened in a troubling nonleague loss to La Salle (53-52) and why they needed overtime to defeat Keppel (64-62). The Spartans haven’t been tested in league in recent years, and some believe their lack of quality nonleague opponents has hurt their preparation for the playoffs. The Spartans were 20-0 when they faced their first tough test last year and lost to Colony in the shootout at APU. It was the Spartans’ only loss heading into the playoffs, where they struggled to a first-round win over Servite (57-55) and struggled in a second-round win over Northwood (49-45) before losing to Santa Margarita 55-39 in the semifinals. So for the Spartans, facing Pasadena on Saturday not only gives them a chance to be an underdog, but to find out where they stand. “There’s no question,” Hofman said. “PHS is one of the best defensive teams in the state. They’re going to test our guards and our half-court offense. This is definitely a preparation game for us, and probably more so for us than them.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardThankfully, that’s about to change. Coaches of the top two schools in the Star-News area finally agreed it’s been long enough. The teams will face each other in a 7:30 p.m. game of Saturday’s Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University. “I didn’t realize it’s been that long,” La Canada coach Tom Hofman said. “We’re looking forward to it. “You don’t want to downplay what you have to do in (Rio Hondo) league play, but this is an important game to find out what we’re made of. From a standpoint of quality, the setting and how PHS has represented the San Gabriel Valley, there isn’t a bigger game for us than this one.” PHS coach Tim Tucker agreed. In my four years on the prep sports beat at the Star-News, the most often asked question is this: Who would win if La Canada and Pasadena played one another? For some reason, Pasadena and La Canada haven’t played each other since 1995. center_img THEY promised they haven’t dodged each other, though the coaches at Pasadena and La Canada high schools each have their own boys basketball tournaments and can invite whomever they want. They claim it’s just coincidence that the area’s top two programs haven’t met in a nonleague game in more than a decade. last_img read more

Fine for woman ‘frothing at the mouth’ when apprehended by Gardaí

first_imgA woman found ’frothing at the mouth’ became aggressive to Gardaí after being arrested.Corrina Murray (32), of 10 Glenabbey Heights, Derry, had to be restrained by Gardaí at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, on 17 June, 2017. Murray was arrested for a breach of the public order act and conveyed to Letterkenny Garda station.“She was very intoxicated, had slurred speech and was frothing at the mouth,” Garda Monaghan told Letterkenny District Court.Murray was subsequently taken by paramedics to Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly issued a €150 fine, giving two months to pay.Fine for woman ‘frothing at the mouth’ when apprehended by Gardaí was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

South African cities are rapidly growing

first_imgMore than half of South Africa’s population is urbanised – up to 64% of South Africans live in the country’s urban centres. And most of these people are under the age of 40. Brand South Africa’s research team has analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities. South Africa is rapidly urbanising, and the population in these cities are young and energetic, according to a Brand South Africa report. (Images: Brand South Africa) • A brand-new city is being built outside Durban• Joburg, South Africa’s Empire City, strikes back• What makes South African cities competitive? By Shamin ChibbaSouth Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace and its major cities are taking the most strain. Its five major cities are home to over 15 million residents.Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are known for their affordability and healthy job market, but the country’s social and economic challenges are obstacles for businesses wanting to enter these cities.The perception of cities reflect on the nation’s brand and its reputation. According to Brand South Africa, this means that what cities offer residents and the world play a major role in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole.Based on the 2015 City Brand and the Mastercard African Cities Growth indices, Brand South Africa’s research team analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities.For the full analysis, read: The global reputation and competitiveness of South African cities.Presented here are some of the highlights from the report. According to Statistics South Africa and the World Bank, South Africa’s population is urbanised at a rate of 60% to 64%. Out of a population of 54 million, more than 39 million are under the age of 40, and most of them live in cities. South Africa has a much higher level of urbanisation than China (at 54%), India (at 32%), and Nigeria (at 47%). Despite this, some cities like Port Elizabeth, pictured above, has low growth potential according to the Afrcian Cities Growth Index. According to the City Brand Index, South African cities are renowned for their natural beauty and cultural diversity. People in Cape Town, pictured above, are seen as energetic. South Africans are regarded as hard working and respectful of traditions, as seen here in a Durban textile store. Durban is praised for its cleanliness. Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa with a population of 4.4 million, is known for its educational offerings and contribution to the world. Cape Town’s 3.7 million people are praised for their open culture and interesting tourism offerings. The city also received high scores for its affordability and overall familiarity. Johannesburg and Cape Town lead their competitors Mexico City (46th), Cairo (47th) and Istanbul (45th), with Durban behind. In the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Tshwane are in the medium-low growth potential bracket. Cities with high growth potential include Maputo, Casablanca, Lagos, Abidjan and Dar es Salaam.last_img read more

Spectator charged with assaulting WWE star Bret Hart

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madsen had a previous run-in with a fighter in Lincoln.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 28, 2010, file photo, Bret “Hit Man” Hart celebrates his victory over Mr. McMahon at WrestleMania XXVI in Glendale, Ariz. Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday, April 6, 2019, while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart’s defense. Hart is okay. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn.Bail was set at $1,500 for Zachary Madsen of Lincoln, Nebraska at a hearing on Sunday night. The judge also issued orders of protection barring Madsen from approaching Hart, who wasn’t hurt, and a security worker.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Other wrestlers helped subdue the attacker. Hart resumed his speech.Prosecutors said in court that Madsen told police that he “felt like it was right moment” to go after the wrestling legend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHis lawyer said Madsen is “agreeable and cooperative” and has no criminal convictions.WWE described Madsen as “an over-exuberant fan.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA D-League: Valencia City-San Sebastian blasts Wangs View comments MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

10 months agoDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermo

first_imgDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth has joined the management team of Palermo.David Platt, formerly of Juventus and Sampdoria, has also been assisting the club’s new owners.It was announced over the weekend:”Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Capital Group Ltd) has today completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of US Città di Palermo Spa, through the completion of the previously announced preliminary contract dated 30th November.”At a shareholders’ general meeting of US Città di Palermo Spa a new board of directors shall be nominated, with Clive Richardson as President, Emanuele Facile as Chief Executive and John Treacy as third director. The new board and a group of senior football advisors lead by Dean Holdsworth will be working on plans for the remainder of the 2018-19 Season with the current management team. “Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd will in the coming days be calling a shareholder meeting to increase its share capital to up to €20m.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mikmaq warriors in court after RCMP crackdown

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of the Mi’kmaq warriors society were in court in Moncton, New Brunswick, Tuesday.They’re facing various charges after that RCMP crackdown on the anti-fracking barricade in Rexton, New Brunswick last week.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has been following this story and joins APTN from the court house in Moncton.last_img

NFL draft Gareon Conley selected 24th overall by the Oakland Raiders

The Buckeyes celebrate as redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) intercepts the ball during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAmidst accusations of rape that were reported Tuesday, former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley has been selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 24th pick in the first round.On Tuesday, Conley was accused of raping a woman in the Westin Hotel in Cleveland on April 9, and decided after the accusations were made that he would not be attending the draft. The investigation is ongoing and no charges or arrests have been filed or made.Conley is the second OSU cornerback taken in the draft, coming 13 picks after former teammate Marshon Lattimore was selected with the 11th pick in the first round. Conley originally declared for the draft on Jan. 3, a day after former teammate safety Malik Hooker declared and eight days before Lattimore announced his intentions to enter the draft.The junior cornerback played all three years he was eligible at OSU without redshirting in any season. He only played in nine games as a freshman in 2014, but was a starter in 2015 alongside current New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple.In 2015, he played all 13 games and totaled 49 tackles and seven passes defended, two of which went for interceptions and five were just broken up. As a junior last season, he again played in all of the team’s 13 games, racking up 26 tackles with 12 passes defended (eight broken up and intercepting four). Conley and Lattimore helped the Buckeyes own one of the most airtight passing defenses in the NCAA last season. OSU allowed the seventh fewest passing yards last season (172.2 ypg). The unit also picked off 21 passes last season, fourth most among Division I schools, and returned a Division I-leading seven of them for a touchdown. At the combine, Conley participated in six of the seven events outside of the 60-yard shuttle, placing within the top-10 finishers among defensive backs in four of the six. He finished seventh with a 37-inch vertical jump and completed the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds (11th best).The Raiders allowed the ninth most passing yards last season (4,120) and were tied for the 10th-most passing touchdowns allowed (27).Conley and the Raiders will play in their first game of the NFL regular season on Sept. 10 when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans. read more

Football Ohio State defense works to correct allowing big plays

Ohio State sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor (12) takes to the field in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones remembers how the Ohio State defense lined up on what ended up being a historic play for the group in the second quarter against TCU. Originally a base call for the group, Jones said he was in his gap and a blitz was not called. He said junior defensive tackle Robert Landers moved over and, when the ball was snapped, he tried to do what he always does: get around the offensive lineman in front of him and get into the backfield. After starting the drive with an incomplete pass, TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson handed the ball off to junior running back Darius Anderson. Finding a hole through the A-gap on the left side of the line, Anderson was off, flying past junior linebacker Malik Harrison in the middle to get out into open space.The only player with an opportunity to get to the Horned Frogs running back was sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor. After the ball was snapped, Pryor began to move toward the right side of the field, forcing him to turn around at a bad angle to chase Anderson in the open field. Pryor almost got to the running back, attempting a shoelace tackle when Anderson ran down the sideline. Instead, the safety missed the tackle and Anderson scored on a 93-yard run, the longest touchdown any Ohio State defense has allowed in school history. For the secondary, this has been a problem before. In the season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State allowed two touchdown runs of at least 75 yards to junior running back Artavis Pierce. In his first Big Ten Coaches Teleconference on Tuesday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said plays like this need to be addressed and corrected. “On defense, too many big plays, and that’s just obvious,” Meyer said. “Get aligned and get the guy down if he makes the second level.”For junior safety Jordan Fuller, a team captain in the Ohio State secondary, these types of plays have never been the expectation of a group of this caliber. “I’ll say that’s definitely not our standard,” Fuller said. “We are doing everything we can to erase those.”He said, as an aggressive defense, some plays are going to be misread, especially in the passing game. He also said the big plays by opposing offenses are a combination of many little things that need to be improved — schematically and experience-wise. However, that does not mean that Fuller is placing blame on any particular member of the secondary. “I definitely don’t like people saying that ‘Isaiah should have gotten it, [redshirt sophomore safety Jahsen Wint] should have gotten it right there.’ There’s still 11 guys on the defense too,” Fuller said. “Sometimes it’s that narrative. I don’t like that.” Fuller said both Pryor and Wint played solid, with each player getting more comfortable by the game. But there are always things to work on. However, after a play of that magnitude, a 93-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown run in TCU history, Fuller said he did what the defensive back unit does as a whole: pick up the player who is down. “Obviously, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t competitive, didn’t get upset when you had bad plays and stuff,” Fuller said. “But we all rally around each other and pick each other up.”  Fuller said Pryor handled the aftermath well. The sophomore safety ended the game with four tackles, including three solo tackles. Even with the encouragement from other members of the defense, Jones said this is a glaring issue that needs to be fixed soon before a touchdown like this costs them more than just a place in the history books. “We just got to work. We got to find a better way to fix those little issues because eventually those little issues become bigger and we end up losing,” Jones said. “We have to find a way. I don’t know exactly what the point of emphasis to change that, but we have to work together as a unit.” read more