Egypt’s Salah favourite to complete awards hat-trick

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Accra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah hopes to add the African Player of the Year award in Ghana Thursday to his rapidly expanding collection of individual honours.The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon are the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah have installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”Salah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Mane will also be in Russia next June, adding abundant creativity to a physically formidable Senegal side.Gabon did not qualify and Aubameyang shunned several World Cup call-ups, a fact that could count against him.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Should Salah be named Player of the Year, he will be only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Contenders for 2017 Confederation of African football awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Ghana Thursday (alphabetical order):Player of the YearPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB, Borussia Dortmund/GER), Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool/ENG), Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool)Women’s Player of the YearChrestina Kgatlana (RSA, UWC Ladies), Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (CMR, CSKA Moscow/RUS), Asisat Oshoala (NGR, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (ZAM, Liefering/AUT), Krepin Diatta (SEN, Sarpsborg/NOR), Salam Giddou (MLI, Guidars)Coach of the YearHussein Amoutta (Wydad Casablanca/MAR), Hector Cuper (EGY), Gernot Rohr (NGR)Club of the YearAl Ahly (EGY), TP Mazembe (COD), Wydad CasablancaNational Team of the YearCameroon, Egypt, NigeriaWomen’s National Team of the YearGhana U-20, Nigeria U-20, South Africalast_img read more

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As the Seasons Change, so Should Your Skincare

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Karen Birbari, Omni EstheticsI always love the fall. The change of season brings about nature’s stunning displays of Autumn colors. Our wardrobes change to include cozy sweaters, scarves and warm boots. We also fall in love with everything pumpkin! We even see dietary changes, enjoying comfort foods like hearty soups. Why then do we not change our skincare? Skin is our largest organ and the one that faces the outer elements, as well as the skin on our face as the most exposed.At Omni Esthetics we love everything skin and even have pumpkin in some of our skin care. Investing in good skincare is investing in a lifetime of beautiful skin. The cooler season often brings changes in our skin. Our internal environments get dryer from heating and the cooler air outside can wreck havoc on our skin. Many of us cease to use sunblock thinking that the harmful rays are gone. Not true. So what should one do? Getting a skin analysis by a reputable esthetician to evaluate your skincare and access any changes that might be necessary to preserve and maintain the beauty of your skin. And why continue to wear sunblock? The 2 main rays that affect us are UVA & UVB. While the UVB rays diminish with the season change the UVA rays do not. UVA is responsible for the damage that we incur over a lifetime of exposure as well as skin cancer. So always protect.The change of season is also a good time to get a facial . A great facial is wonderful way to revitalize skin and erase any damage that might have occurred during time in the sun. There are many kinds of facials and they can be tailored to address individual needs. Many do not realize that skin damage to an extent can be reversed with proper treatment.  Another outcome of having a facial is that it increases the effectiveness of your skincare at home. Invest in the skin that you are in!Omni Esthetics3905 Martin Way E, Suite E, Olympia360-338-0289Featured photo credit: jennlvs2smilelast_img read more

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Mount Sentinel Wildcats edge Cougars in OT thriller

first_imgVictoria Peebles and Leanne Kabatoff each scored baskets in overtime to power the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to a thrilling 46-40 victory over rival Nakusp Cougars in the final of the Cats Senior Girl’s High School Tournament this past weekend in the South Slocan.Peebles snapped a 38-38 tie with the first basket of the extra period to power the host Wildcats to the Championship win.Kabatoff had a chance to win the game in regulation time, with two chances from the charity stripe with time expired.last_img

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Poch feels like Spurs have been ‘punched’ after another KO at Brighton

first_img“Football is to be strong and brave and make decisions. That is what we’re going to do.“What we are going to do is face the negative things. We are going to work hard to change the dynamic.”Pochettino is determined to show he is not out for the count after his brutal week.Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite questions over Spurs future MAURICIO POCHETTINO felt like Tottenham had been “punched” after another devastating KO in the space of four days.Spurs were on the canvas — with the room spinning — thanks to Tuesday’s 7-2 home bruising by Bayern Munich.6 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure following another defeatThen they were decked 3-0 at the Amex without laying a glove on Brighton.To cap it all, captain Hugo Lloris was taken off on a stretcher with a sickening arm injury sustained after a gaffe that gave the hosts the lead on three minutes.From seven to hell — and then the pundits got stuck in.Jermaine Jenas branded the club “stale” and that “something needed to change”.The ex-Tottenham star said: “I’ve been at the club when there have been changes. I love Mauricio and I hope he stays but it stinks of that at the moment. Things seem stale.“He’s been at the club a number of years, the club have let him down and the players aren’t applying themselves.“Something needs to change, hopefully it’s the players’ mentality rather than the manager.”Fellow BT Sport pundit Joe Cole was even more scathing, claiming Spurs were in “disarray”.6 Spurs have lost 17 games in 2019 – more than any other side in the top-flightCredit: ReutersAfter five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.”Mauricio PochettinoThe ex-Premier League champ added: “Tottenham were dreadful with no desire, no heart, nothing.“There was no press. Tactically they looked inept. Poch looked uninterested on the touchline.“It looks like the end of the road for this team. As a group they have fallen apart and something has to change.”Spurs boss Pochettino accepted all the flak coming his way after his side made it 17 defeats in 2019 — the worst record of any Premier League side.He admitted that the last week has been one of the toughest of his Spurs reign.But the ex-Southampton chief is determined to turn things around by going back to the drawing board during the upcoming international break.The Argentine said: “After five-and-a-half-years, the last five days we really were punched, in football terms, 7-2 and 3-0.“It is normal that you feel not so good. It is a bad moment but in this moment only you can be better. The most important thing now is to have two weeks to try to be clear, to find a solution.6 The North London outfit were second best against Brighton at the Amex StadiumCredit: Reuters“The pundits on television need to talk and they need to give their opinion. I need to accept all criticism.“After five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.“It is an experience we are going to use to be stronger and be wiser, to be a better group, as a person, as a staff.“We can bounce back.”Poch’s awful week took just 150 seconds to turn into a nightmare as Lloris dropped a routine catch from Pascal Gross’ floated ball right on his line.It allowed Neal Maupay to nip in and nod home from a few yards — but the aftermath was far more damaging.As Lloris fumbled the cross, he fell backwards over the goal-line landing sickeningly on his left arm as he put it out for support.The elbow bent the wrong way and had Tottenham’s captain still screaming in agony as he was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher six minutes later.Spurs were shell shocked and Brighton, who had scored just two home league goals this season until that point, ran riot.6 Harry Kane was guilty of a poor performance on the south coast against the SeagullsCredit: PA:Press AssociationTeenager Aaron Connolly led the charge by hitting two goals either side of half-time to underline what a prospect the barrel-chested Irishman is.His first came just after the half-hour as he saw an initial shot from Dan Burn’s cross saved by substitute keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, before tucking in the rebound.The 19-year-old bears a resemblance to Wayne Rooney in physique.And the way he cupped his ears in confident celebration after netting his first ever Premier League goal was reminiscent of Roo too.It was one-way traffic for the whole game with Gross cracking the crossbar via a free-kick from an acute angle after the break.And the humiliation was complete on 65 minutes as Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld and found the far corner with laser accuracy.The goal was not dissimilar to Serge Gnabry’s first of four goals for Bayern against Spurs on Tuesday — particularly the way the German cut across Alderweireld and fired in with his right foot.Yet when asked if that had been pre-planned off the back of the Bayern game, Brighton chief Graham Potter said: “It’s coincidence. I tend not to say to the players, ‘be Bayern Munich players’!6“Aaron gave us an extra dimension. I’m pleased for him.“A young player making his debut in the Premier League, two goals, it’s impressive.“I am delighted for the players — they have worked really hard and have not got the results that we feel we could have got with a bit more luck.”But as impressive as Potter’s free-flowing Albion were, Spurs’ continued fall from grace was the only story in this seaside town.Poch watched on helplessly as his Champions League finalists were ripped apart. And he added: “Football is a game that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Our habit was to win, win, win and be praised by everyone.“Now the last two games were tough situations to accept.“But I don’t want to be a philosopher, or talk in a way that is not good.6 Aaron Connolly struck twice for the hosts as Brighton deservedly won 3-0Credit: AFP or licensorsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more

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Taylor Makes Duck While Thunder Lose

first_img BATTING FIRST HOBART, Australia, (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, suffered the shame of a first-ball duck, as her Sydney Thunder crashed to a six-wicket defeat to Hayley Matthews’ Hobart Hurricanes, in the Women’s Big Bash yesterday. In a contest at Bellerive Oval, Thunder were held to 115 for nine off their 20 overs, and Hurricanes eased to their target in the penultimate over, despite a failure from Matthews. The defeat left the reigning champions third from bottom on 10 points, while Hurricanes jumped to third in the standings on 13, as they continued their push for a playoff spot. Opting to bat first, Thunder suffered a huge blow off the fifth delivery of the game’s first over, when Taylor was caught at the wicket off seamer Julie Hunter. However, captain Alex Blackwell struck 49 from 50 balls in a 53-run, second-wicket stand with opener Rachael Haynes, whose 36 came from 32 balls. They were the only two to pass 20, and two of three in double figures, as Thunder crumbled from 80 for two in the 14th over, losing seven wickets for 35 runs. Right-armer Amy Satterthwaite destroyed the innings with five for 17 from her four overs, and though off-spinner Matthews finished wicket-less, her four overs cost just 22 runs. In reply, the hosts got a top score of 38 from opener Erin Burns, and an unbeaten 34 from captain Heather Knight, as they comfortably overhauled their target with 10 balls remaining. The teenaged Matthews, batting at number five, made just two before she was bowled by Indian medium pacer Harmanpreet Kaur in the 15th over at 89 for four.last_img read more

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MVP: Three-nation hosting of Fiba World Cup ‘spreads basketball fever’

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Indonesia has the Indonesian Basketball League that has 12 teams across the country boasting local fan bases. Japan also has its own professional basketball league.“I think it’s an event that makes all Filipino very happy and I’m sure all of the fans in Indonesia and Japan are equally happy,” said Pangilinan. “As you know we are just a basketball crazy country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yankees set to reel in MVP Stanton from Marlins OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene From left, Yuko Mitsuya chairman of the Japan Basketball Association, JBA, Philippine businessman and SBP Chairman Emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan and Indonesian businessman and central board member and President of Indonesia’s NOC Erick Thohir pose with the Naismith Trophy, FIBA Basketball World Cup trophy, after the host announcement ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023, at the FIBA’s headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. The three countries Philippines, Japan and Indonesia have been selected to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)It’s been an indisputable notion that the Filipinos’ fervor for the sport of basketball had reached religious levels.So when the Philippines was chosen as one of the hosts for the 2023 Fiba World Cup, Manny V. Pangilinan, the chairman emeritus of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, could not help but share the excitement with Indonesia and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT “Hosting the Fiba Basketball World Cup in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia is good because it does spread the basketball fever around in those countries instead of concentrating it in one place,” said Pangilinan as per Fiba’s official website.“The work with Japan and Indonesia starts today. I’m sure at the end of the day it will be an excellent tournament for all three countries, and for Fiba, and for world basketball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will all share the hosting rights for the 2023 Fiba World Cup after outbidding the joint presentation of Argentina and Uruguay.All three countries can claim that they have the sport of basketball as part of their popular culture with the Philippines regarding the sport as its most beloved one, be it in the professional or collegiate level.  MOST READcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge PLAY LIST 00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:43Duterte OKs holiday truce with Reds02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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Skid-busting win over FEU shows Lady Maroons’ ‘step by step’ improvement

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Work in progress: Lady Eagles still working on maturity, consistency “It’s a good thing that we’re able to achieve this first win after so many years.”For a bit of perspective, the Lady Maroons still had Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, Pia Gaiser, and Angeli Araneta the last time they owned FEU.Bersola led the Lady Maroons in that victory with 20 points and Tiamzon, who was known as one of the better spikers in her last years with UP, dished out 32 excellent sets as the Lady Maroons’ setter.FEU had a rookie Bernadeth Pons score 22 points for the Lady Tamaraws who still had Marie Toni Basas, the older sister of Toni Rose, Gizelle Sy, and Geneveve Casugod.“This is something we’ll take home and celebrate over,” said Okumu. “I hope when we meet them again the results would be the same.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UP hadn’t beaten Far Eastern U in their last eight meetings but that changed Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons were able to secure their first victory against the Lady Tamaraws in five years, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, in another milestone moment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUP head coach Godfrey Okumu said the Lady Maroons’ latest victory is a sign that the team is headed in the right direction.“Everything comes with change, our team is changing,” said Okumu. “It’s now how we used to play before, every day we keep on changing and we’re trying to improve step by step.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines has slowly started to rise to prominence in the women’s volleyball landscape for the past three years, but there are still teams that the Lady Maroons have yet to beat well until now.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Beimel eager to work

first_imgIn fact, Beimel was so ready for spring training that he showed up early, along with several other pitchers. “The only time I have ever come to spring training feeling like I was guaranteed to make the club was in 2004 with Pittsburgh, and I ended up getting released at the end of camp,” Beimel said. “So I’m definitely not thinking that way this year, and I will never think that way again for the rest of my career. “I have to have a good spring, and I’m not taking anything for granted.” One of baseball’s little-known secrets is that one-year contracts, even those procured through the arbitration process, aren’t guaranteed. There are two deadline dates late in spring training by which a player can be released with the club owing a severance of just 30 days’ or 45 days’ salary. All that aside – and barring an injury – Beimel is a lock for the Opening Day roster whether he wants to believe it or not. And even though he lost his arbitration case, he still more than doubled his salary from $425,000 to $912,500. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t still running from his past. Beimel, one of the most important pieces in the club’s bullpen last season, missed the first-round playoff loss to the New York Mets after cutting his hand on a glass while drinking in a bar barely 36 hours before the series opener. And as painful as his absence was for the suddenly depleted Dodgers bullpen, it was doubly so for Beimel. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Joe Beimel sat alone at a table in the middle of an almost-empty clubhouse on Thursday and happily mixed himself a nutritional drink. Barely four months after his infamous absence from the playoffs and just six days after losing to the club in arbitration, the Dodgers left-hander showed no hint of bitterness or righteous indignation. center_img “It was bad,” he said. “I certainly knew the situations when I would have pitched, and I kind of cringed every time one of them came up and I knew that’s when I would have been brought in. I also cringed listening to the broadcasters, because I knew they were going to point it out, and they did.” No rest: Matt Kemp, the Dodgers’ top outfield prospect who had a serviceable major-league debut last summer, spent almost his entire offseason playing for Estrellas de Oriente and then Licey in the Dominican Winter League. He now admits he was mentally drained after more than 11months of nonstop baseball. Still, he showed up at camp almost a week before position players are required to. “By the end of the Dominican, I was kind of through,” Kemp said. “But I have had three weeks now to get my mind cleared. I got here early because I wanted to work … on my outfield defense, mostly with taking better routes to balls.” Kemp said he found the grass in major-league ballparks last season to be generally shorter than in the minors, which caused him to struggle with cutting off balls hit on the ground. Big change: Forgive newly signed right-hander Jason Schmidt if he already is looking toward the end of his three-year contract. In 2009, the final season of Schmidt’s deal, the Dodgers are expected to move their spring-training operations to Glendale, Ariz., near Schmidt’s Phoenix-area home. For the past five springs, Schmidt reported to camp with San Francisco in Scottsdale, a daily commute from his house. This year, he was forced to leave behind a wife who is seven months pregnant and twochildren ages 6 and 9 to travel cross-country for spring training. “It’s just tough,” Schmidt said. “I grew up in a divorced family. From the time I was 8years old, I would see my dad only on weekends. When I didn’t see him for a week, it would seem like a year. Now I have to be away from my kids all spring. They are all coming out here in about two weeks, but they’re only staying for a week or two.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 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

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O.J. Simpson arrested in memorabilia case

first_img Simpson’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, did not immediately return calls for comment after the arrest. District Attorney David Roger said that when the case was filed he expected to charge Simpson with two counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary with use of a deadly weapon, coercion with a deadly weapon, and a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit a crime. The Heisman Trophy winner has told The Associated Press that there were no guns involved and that he went to the room at the Palace Station casino to retrieve stolen mementos that included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the former running back with the late FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. But police said they seized two firearms involved in the robbery along with sports memorabilia, mostly signed by Simpson, but also collectible baseballs and Joe Montana cleats, at private residences early Sunday on three search warrants. “It was evidence of a crime that was committed,” Nichols said. “And I believe we recovered some clothing that the individual was wearing in the commission of the robbery.” “Whether the property belonged to Mr. Simpson is a matter of debate,” Nichols said. The main prosecutor in Simpson’s criminal trial in 1995, Marcia Clark, said a key piece of evidence against Simpson may be the statement that he planned the hotel room raid. “O.J. admitted it was his idea to go in and get this property,” Clark said in a comment forwarded by “Entertainment Tonight,” for which she is a legal analyst. “There is part of the law called principal armed: If one person has a gun, you all have a gun.” “The fact that the police seized two firearms, it makes it more difficult to believe he didn’t know,” she said. Simpson said he never thought of calling police to reclaim what he says are stolen goods about to be fenced. “The police, since my trouble, have not worked out for me,” he said, noting that whenever he has called the police, “It just becomes a story about O.J.” The arrest was not the first time Simpson has had legal troubles since his acquittal in the “Trial of the Century.” He was cleared of charges in 2001 Florida road-rage incident, and in January 2003, his teenage daughter Sydney Simpson made an emotional 911 call to police after an argument with her father over family issues, but no charges were filed. A neighbor who went to Simpson’s suburban Miami home on July 4, 2005, also called police to report a fight, but again no charges were filed. Police said Sunday that Simpson asked to speak with his lawyer before proceeding with an interview, although he spoke several times with investigators before his arrest. “He came along peacefully,” Nichols said. “We haven’t had any issues with him whatsoever.” Walter Alexander, 46, of Mesa, Ariz., was arrested Saturday night on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary with a deadly weapon. He was described as one of Simpson’s golfing buddies who went with him to the scene of the robbery. “Walter was one of the two subjects who had a gun,” Capt. James Dillon said. Police are seeking four men, including three they identified by name but not by age or hometown: Clarence Stewart, Michael McClinton, Tom Scotty and another white male adult who was not identified. Alexander was released without bail Saturday night. Robert Dennis Rentzer, a Los Angeles lawyer representing Alexander, said he was able to arrange his client’s release from custody, but wasn’t familiar with the allegations. “I don’t even know what they filed against him,” said Rentzer, who said his client was arrested at the Las Vegas airport on the way to meet Rentzer. Simpson said auction house owner Tom Riccio called him several weeks ago to say some collectors were selling some of his items. Riccio set up a meeting with collectors under the guise that he had a private collector interested in buying Simpson’s items. Simpson said he was accompanied by several men he met at a wedding cocktail party, and they took the collectibles. Alfred Beardsley, one of the sports memorabilia collectors who was in the hotel room, has said he wants the case dropped and that he’s “on O.J.’s side.” The other alleged victim, sports collector Bruce Fromong, had not indicated that he wants to drop the complaint. Simpson’s new book, “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer,” was the top seller on Amazon.com on Saturday. But the former actor and Hertz pitchman will not profit from the book’s sales. After a deal for Simpson to publish it fell through, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the book’s rights to the Goldman family. Goldman said Sunday that the renewed publicity about Simpson would not erase the debt from his civil trial, for which Goldman is entitled to approximately $40 million, and which grows about $4 million a year in interest. “He’s not getting out of debt because of this book,” Goldman said. — Associated Press Writers Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and John Antczak, Thomas Watkins and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Twelve years after being acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, O.J. Simpson again faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison after being arrested Sunday for allegedly robbing sports memorabilia collectors with the help of armed accomplices. The Hall of Fame running back was arrested at his Las Vegas hotel room by plainclothes officers a day after the arrest of a golfing buddy who police say accompanied him with a gun in the Thursday night holdup. Police said four more face arrest. Simpson was to be booked Sunday afternoon on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary with a firearm, police said. Simpson, in handcuffs and wearing a golf shirt and blue jeans, was placed in an SUV in a convoy of police vehicles that headed to the Clark County detention center for booking. The district attorney, meanwhile, said he expected Simpson to ultimately be charged with seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor based on police evidence. Police did not allege that Simpson personally carried a weapon in the incident. “We don’t have any information to lead us to believe he was armed even based on those charges,” said police Lt. Clint Nichols. If convicted of the booking charges, Simpson, 60, would face up to 30 years in state prison on each robbery count alone. The former football star was acquitted of the 1994 killings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but another jury later found him liable in wrongful death civil lawsuit. Goldman’s father, Ron Goldman, welcomed the prospect of Simpson going to prison after all. “He’s believed for years, decades, that he’s entitled to do anything he wants, and the legal system and society has basically agreed with him,” Goldman told The Associated Press. “This time, hopefully, he’ll get what he deserves. 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6 cities team up in bid to control

first_imgFrustrated with slow response to dismal student performance in the vast Los Angeles Unified system, officials in six southeast cities have launched an effort to form a local agency that would let them have direct control over their schools. With about 65,000 students at Los Angeles Unified School District campuses in the cities of South Gate, Bell, Huntington Park, Cudahy, Maywood and Vernon, officials in those cities want to form a joint-powers authority to select their own superintendent, gain some control over funding and have a greater say over the curriculum. The local agency, however, would not have power to hire or fire teachers or to interfere with labor arrangements. Spokeswoman Binti Harvey said South Gate city officials are responding to a graduation rate of 42 percent, with only 11 percent of those moving on to higher education. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“The goal is to improve the performance of the students here because everyone would agree it’s unacceptable, and the feeling is the district, as it’s currently operated, is too big to deal with these problems,” Harvey said. “The challenges faced by students in South Gate are different from those in West Hollywood, and … if elected officials could share responsibility for their performance, they’d be better equipped to respond to the needs of the students and parents.” Bell, Huntington Park and South Gate have already passed resolutions supporting forming a joint-powers agency. When all the cities sign on, it would require legislation to allow them to form an agency involved in education planning. Harvey said the goal is to propose the legislation by August. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – who garnered the support of the southeast cities as he sought a legislative audit of the LAUSD – supports the cities’ efforts to take back control of their schools from a central bureaucracy, a spokeswoman said. “Mayor Villaraigosa wants to remove the layers of bureaucracy that stifle innovation by decentralizing much of the decision-making (and) moving it closest to the classrooms. He supports the efforts of the southeast cities in taking a leadership role in reforming our schools,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. “What works in Brentwood might not work in Bell. Communities, teachers and parents deserve the ability to create schools that serve the needs of their children.” But the school board president, Marlene Canter, said the cities are simply responding to Villaraigosa’s plan to take control of the nation’s second-largest school district. “I think it’s a total push-back to the mayor’s plan, and I think all these ideas are generating from opposition to total control,” Canter said. “It’s all about politics and power, not kids, because all of these southeast cities are benefitting from our construction program. Without these cities, the mayor would have 100 percent control, not 80/20.” The mayor’s proposal calls for creating a council consisting of the mayors of the 23 cities served by the LAUSD. The council would select the superintendent and adopt the district budget through a weighted voting system based on the population served by the LAUSD – giving Villaraigosa a supermajority vote. But leaders of the southeast cities maintain that forming a local agency is not a precursor to splintering the district. While the idea of seceding from the LAUSD has been explored over the past decade, it never gained steam because of political complications that would arise regarding unions and funding, Harvey said. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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

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