Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, May 30, 2020

first_imgBUSY DAY LOOMS FOR MICHAEL McCARTHY TRAINER HOPES HE HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ ANNEAU D’OR IN RUNHAPPY SANTA ANITA DERBYBlaine Wright knows his way around the race track,You might say he was born in the game.His father, Richard, was a jockey and a trainer. His mother, Susan, was an assistant trainer, an owner and a breeder, so when Blaine sends out an outsider against two deservingly obvious favorites in a Grade I race, it should be given more than a longshot’s chance.That’s the scenario the 46-year-old trainer will find himself in next Saturday, June 6, when he runs Anneau d’Or against undefeated Authentic and Honor A.P. in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.As a two-year-old, a future of gold and glory seemed on the horizon after Anneau d’Or lost the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head at 28-1 to Storm the Court, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.That effort was followed by a neck defeat as the 6-5 favorite behind well-regarded Thousand Words in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity.But that was then and this is now. In his two races at three, Anneau d’Or (ring of gold) was an eventful ninth in the Grade II Risen Star at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 15 and fifth of six by 9 ½ lengths in the first division of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on May 2.Next up: the Santa Anita Derby.“Our plans are to leave Monday morning (from Golden Gate),” said Wright by phone from the Bay Area, adding that Victor Espinoza has been engaged to ride the $480,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro owned by 85-year-old Peter Redekop, an inspirational story in his own right.Born in a Mennonite colony in the former Soviet Union–in the area now known as the Ukraine–Redekop’s family was oppressed by Communists for their religious beliefs and displaced in Germany for two years after World War II ended.“We basically didn’t have any food to eat,” Redekop has said. “I was 10 years old and remember it very vividly. I will never forget it.”Following several years in The Netherlands, Redekop immigrated to Canada in 1948, landing in Winnipeg. He made his fortune in real estate, jumped into racing with both feet in 1968 and has been a prominent fixture for more than half a century.Redekop is the perennial leader among owners and breeders in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame.Wright, who began training full time in 2006, is best known for developing millionaire Alert Bay into a four-time graded stakes winner including Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile in 2015.But back to Anneau d’Or.“We had to use him a little more than we wanted the first part in the Arkansas Derby,” continued Wright, a native of Ogden, Utah, who has been a mainstay in Northern California and the Great Northwest, where he was leading trainer at Emerald Downs in 2016-17.“He broke bad, but that’s no excuse. The winner (Charlatan) ran off the charts (leading throughout to post a six-length triumph). Nobody was outrunning him that day. Maybe we would have placed a bit better, but on the other hand, it had been nine weeks since he ran in the Risen Star and it was another nine weeks from the Los Al Futurity to the Risen Star.“We had been at Santa Anita and breezed over the track for the Santa Anita Derby when it was originally to be run on April 4, but was ultimately postponed, so we came home to Golden Gate.“Now we’re looking forward to running him back in 30 days, but make no mistake; all of what transpired is no excuse as to why he got beat. He’s got to step up his game, obviously.“He really likes the track at Santa Anita. He breezed super over it (six furlongs in 1:13 flat March 28) when we had him there earlier and we were really looking forward to the Derby before racing was shut down.”Now the countdown is on in earnest.HONOR A.P. WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P. had his final major breeze this morning for next Saturday’s Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs in 1:00.20.Mike Smith, who has ridden the ridgling in all three of his races, was aboard for the drill.“He looked really good,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Honor Code for the C R K Stable, LLC of Lee and Susan Searing. “Mike was happy with him.”Also working this morning for a possible start in the Santa Anita Derby was Rushie, who went five furlongs for Michael McCarthy in a snappy 59.80 under leading rider Flavien Prat.Midcourt, also owned by C R K Stable and trained by Shirreffs, is set to work tomorrow for the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter on June 6.Midcourt was third beaten less than a length as the 7-10 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.In the Gold Cup, he will once again be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard the five-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last six races, winning four, including the restricted Comma to the Top, the Grade III Native Diver and the Grade II San Pasqual.  Espinoza will be seeking his third Gold Cup win, as won it 2018 with Accelerate and in 2015 with Hard Aces.Hard Not to Love draws the rail for the second straight race in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, which could be problematic, as she lost her left eye as a youngster when kicked by another horse.  While she has made great strides adapting, she can still become antsy when there’s no horse to her inside at the starting gate.Favored at 3-5 in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, Hard Not to Love broke from the number one post position and ran second to Ce Ce, who has post two in the Santa Maria, just outside Hard Not to Love.Asked how he felt about drawing the inside again with Hard Not Love, a nonplussed Shirreffs left ’em laughing with this: “That required another cocktail.”FINISH LINES: Trainer Michael McCarthy will saddle 3-5 morning line favorite Ce Ce in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and he’ll be plenty busty next Saturday as Santa Anita presents a plethora of prestigious playing possibilities, highlighted by seven stakes races. Already established as a national presence, McCarthy, a 49-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio, could have Rushie in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby; Brown Storm in the Hollywood Gold Cup; Speech in the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks; and Cono in the Crystal Water Stakes. Speech worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80. Also to be decided June 6 will be the Cinema Stakes, the Fran’s Valentine Stakes and the Desert Code Stakes . . . It was 2019 Juvenile Champion Storm the Court who worked five furlongs in 59.80 today for Peter Eurton, not Santa Anita Derby candidate Shooters Shoot. He will breeze on Monday…Happy 59th to trainer Richard Baltas.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Honor A.P.  (Shirreffs) 5-30-20Rushie (McCarthy) 5-30-20Rookie Mistake ( O’Neill) 5-30-20No Slo Mo (Glatt) 5-29-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-29-20Lane Way (Mandella) 5-28-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-28-20Justinian (Baffert) 5-28-20Honor A.P. (Shirreffs) 5-27-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-27-20Charlatan (Outside) and Crystal Ball (Baffert) 5-27-20Bellafina (Callaghan) 5-27-20 HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET FOR SHIRREFFSlast_img read more

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Classy Raging Bull Rallies Wide To Take Grade I, $300, 000 Shoemaker Mile

first_imgCLASSY RAGING BULL RALLIES WIDE TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 SHOEMAKER MILE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY BROWN, HE GETS TURF DISTANCE IN 1:32.73RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE QUALIFIER     ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2020)–In a race that looked oh-so-close on paper, French-bred Raging Bull turned Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile into grassy walk in the Santa Anita Park, as he wheeled six-wide turning for home en route to a comfortable 2 ¼ length score under Joel Rosario.  Trained by Chad Brown and owned by Peter M. Brant, the 5-year-old full horse by Dark Angel got the distance in 1:32.73 over a firm turf course.Breaking from post position seven in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, Raging Bull, in his Santa Anita debut, had two horses beat around the Club House turn and up the backside to the far turn.  With longshot Voodoo Song ensuring a legitimate pace, Raging Bull was on the move and Rosario had no intention of getting him stopped as he made an eye-catching move past the quarter pole.“He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled,” said Rosario, who had ridden Raging Bull 10 times prior to today’s race.  “He just came with his run like he does all the time.  He put in a nice run.  It’s beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”Although winless since taking the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar in December of 2018, Raging Bull had been close in five consecutive Grade I stakes since, his most recent appearance resulting in close fourth place finish in the Grade I Woodbine Mile on Sept. 14.The second choice in the Shoe Mile wagering at 5-2, Raging Bull paid $7.80, $5.40 and $3.40.Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rosa Bonheur, Raging Bull notched his fourth graded stakes win today and improved his overall mark to 13-6-2-2.  With the winner’s share of $180,000, he becomes racing’s newest millionaire, with earnings of $1,100,750.“He ran a super race and he always runs good,” said Juan Hernandez, assistant to Brown.  “He had trained well here and he was acting good.  He’s just a very special horse.”A very unlucky Next Shares, who was bumped hard out of the gate by War of Will, was able to recover mount a solid late rally of his own, finishing second by a half length over favorite Without Parole.Ridden by John Velazquez, Next Shares was off at 18-1 and paid $14.20 and $7.80.“The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back,” said Velazquez, who was one of several eastern-based riders on the local scene this weekend.  “he still ran a great race.”The 2-1 favorite, Without Parole, who is also trained by Brown and was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., was also unlucky, as he had to wait for racing room a furlong from home at the rail and surged late to just miss the place.Off at 2-1, he paid $3.00 to show.Last year’s Preakness Stakes winner, War of Will, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, was disqualified from fifth and placed sixth for interference at the start.Fractions on the race were 22.16, 44.75, 1:08.56 and 1:20.93Today’s Shoe Mile serves as the first Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier of the year, with the winner provided an automatic, fees-paid berth into the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 6 at Keeneland.last_img read more

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SHOEMAKER MILE STAKES QUOTES-MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      JOEL ROSARIO, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled. He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run.“It is beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”     JOHN VELAZQUEZ, NEXT SHARES, SECOND: “The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back.  He still ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTES   JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT TO CHAD BROWN, RAGING BULL, WINNER:  “He ran a super race and he always runs good.  He had trained well here and he was acting good.  He’s just a very special horse.”NOTES: The winning owner is Peter M. Brant.last_img

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Staley guides US to another gold using calm demeanor

first_imgUnited States coach Dawn Staley gives instructions to her players during the Women’s basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It’s gold medal or bust.She experienced it first as a player with the U.S., then as an assistant and now as the team’s head coach. She’s been successful in each position, helping the Americans win gold.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Clinical Nishikori off to flier at Japan Open MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “No matter how many times you’ve been a part of it, the pressure is still there,” she said. “When you look in the players’ eyes. I knew Diana when we hit the semifinals, she took on a whole different look. When your best players gave that look you get out of the way. As the game progresses the pressure releases itself.”Staley inherited a team that had won two straight World titles and 16 consecutive games in the tournament. The U.S. had gone 94-1 since the 1996 Olympics in major international competitions. She had been part of many of those wins as a player. Now’s she kept the unbelievable run going as a coach.“The expectation is whenever It’s your first time, it’s way different from being a player to coaching,” said Geno Auriemma, who coached the U.S. to the previous two world titles. “Winning that first gold medal, I don’t care who you are, it’s hard. There’s no escaping that. She’s done a great job of staying with the system and staying level-headed.”Next up for Staley and the U.S. will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While the pressure will be the same, winning another gold will be a bit easier in a way, as the final three rounds aren’t played on three straight days like they are at the World Cup.“It’s always the hardest one to win,” Taurasi said. “Physically tough, mentally tough. Playing three games in three nights you don’t do that anymore in the pros. It’s the only tournament that challenges you in that way.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taurasi credited the way Staley played when they both were on the U.S. team in the early 2000s for helping set a tone that she’s continued with Bird on the present team.“She did it in such a way that Sue and I said that’s how you become a pro and win a gold medal,” Taurasi said. “That comes from Dawn and what she put into this team a long time ago.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Dawn’s demeanor is so calm and confident I think that helped us,” said four-time World Cup gold medalist Sue Bird after the U.S. beat Australia to win a third straight World Cup title. “I think that helped us. … Dawn, the entire time, was saying you know what, we’re worried about guarding them, but they had to worry about guarding us, too. It put it into a nice perspective and allowed us to be calm and that’s what we needed.”Staley helped guide the U.S. to an unprecedented third straight World Cup gold medal on Sunday night with the 73-56 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s USA Basketball, if you’re part of it more times than not you’re going to win especially with players like Sue, Diana (Taurasi) and Stewie coming back,” Staley said.Even with the collection of stars assembled on the U.S. roster, Staley knows it’s not as simple as showing up. The World Cup is a grueling tournament with six games in nine days. The Americans will always get everyone else’s best shot. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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“Big Foot” jailed for 33 years

first_imgHotelier’s murderBy Shemuel FanfairFormer Diamond, East Bank Demerara resident Bryan Leitch called “Big Foot” will spend the next 33 years behind bars for killing the owner of a South Road, Georgetown hotel. He was sentenced on Wednesday to serve the term of imprisonment some two weeks after being found guilty of the lesser count of manslaughter by a 12-member jury at the High Court.Bryan Leitch, called “Big Foot”Leitch was indicted for killing South Central Hotel’s owner Joseph Jagdeo whose lifeless bound and gagged body was found in Room 10 at his establishment on November 14, 2013.Police contended that the now convicted man committed the act hours prior after he stole the Jagdeo’s cellphone. The prosecution contended that on November 13, 2013 Leitch and a female companion rented a room at the hotel. However, Jagdeo misplaced his cellular phone after the couple had left the reception area. He later confronted Leitch about the theft.The sentence was handed down by Justice Sandhill Kissoon who encouraged Leitch to take advantage of the prison programmes available so that he can add to society in his later years.His attorney, Lawrence Harris had begged the court for mercy, highlighting that his client is only 24 years old and had a troubled life and even spent time at the New Opportunity Corps. This was highlighted in the probation report presented to the court. However, the court while deducting time spent on remand from the sentence, added five years for the way in which the victim died.Dead hotelier Joseph JagdeoLeitch’s Caution Statement (CS) had stated that he was “sorry” for his actions. On December 1, 2013, retired Police Sergeant Phillip Bowman took the CS which quoted Leitch as saying that on the morning in question, Jagdeo came to his room and told him to leave the hotel which angered him.“I was vexed and I tell he and I tie he hand and put a cloth around he mouth and tie it, I push he under the bed and put the room key on the bed. I then go to the office and took out he cellphone; I sorry for what happen, I didn’t go to kill he,” the excerpt from the CS had stated.Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore appeared for the State.last_img read more

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Highland wrestler wants to ease the pain

first_imgPALMDALE – Ryan Gifford’s injury temporarily shelved his passion and created another. The Highland of Palmdale wrestler’s junior season abruptly ended during practice a day before last year’s Southern Section individual tournament with a knee injury. Gifford was already bothered by a slight knee injury from his sophomore season, in which he reached the CIF tournament but didn’t finish. He said he had felt the knee pop out in the past, but was able to fix it. Not this time. “I was (ticked) off, I can’t even explain it,” Gifford said. “I’ve never had a full tournament of CIF individuals and I never had the chance to see how far I can actually go.” Despite putting an end to his season goals and the sport he loves on ice, the injury led to Gifford’s interest in wanting to become an orthopedic surgeon. Gifford, a 160-pound-category Golden League runner-up for the Bulldogs, has developed an itch to learn about surgical and rehabilitation procedures after completing his recovery during the offseason. Instead of competing for a berth in the Master’s meet, Gifford spent the next day on a hospital bed after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee. “I was wrestling a coach from Littlerock High School and I went to do a move, he grabbed my leg and I just felt my knee go completely out,” Gifford said. “It came out of place and it wouldn’t pop back into place.” center_img “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” Gifford said. “But I wasn’t sure in what field.” The senior wrestler continues to study the subject. Gifford wrote about his experience and about witnessing live surgeries at Antelope Valley Hospital for a class project. He has stood next to doctors during two orthopedic surgeries since his injury. Gifford’s plans include attending medical school at the University of Utah after graduating from BYU. But before that, he will serve on a two-year mission as part of his Mormon faith. Gifford is not sure where his mission will take him, but before leaving he plans to attend Antelope Valley College for one semester. “To tell you the truth, my future in wrestling, I can say I don’t want to pursue it that much,” Gifford said. “Maybe if there’s a perfect opportunity I might take hold of it.” With a recovered knee and his first full healthy season, Gifford’s first priority is helping the host Bulldogs win today’s 11 a.m. Div. V dual meet championship. Coach Michael Young’s team will take on Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates in first-round competition. Young will then begin to think about the Northern Division individual championship tournament Feb.16 and 17 at Pacifica High in Oxnard. Highland, which earned a berth in the Section championship after clinching its 13th league title in 15years, was eliminated by eventual champion Royal of Simi Valley in the quarterfinals last season. Young said Gifford will be an integral part to winning, with his 38-12 record that includes 25 pins. He had twokey pins in a first-round win against Kaiser of Fontana in last year’s dual meet championship. “Ryan is a very intense workman-like kid,” Young said. “He starts a job and he gets to it. He’s the type of kid you want to have on your side in a tough situation.” Gifford has earned his teammates and opponents’ respect for being a leader and for his work ethic on and off the mat. “(Gifford) is a tough kid,” said Trevor Leach, coach of Quartz Hill, which takes on Canyon Springs of San Bernardino in the first round of today’s dual meet tournament. “He’s in a good position to scare other wrestlers. He’s helped my kids be able to handle good wrestlers like him after facing him.” Teammates such as Mike Larkin, the Bulldogs’ 152-pound division league champion, and Chad Ellis, the 189-pound champion, took notice of Gifford’s toughness and integrity while rehabbing his knee. “Ryan and I use each other to get better,” said Larkin, who has the team’s best record at 40-12. “He’s my rival on the mat in practice. “He’s a tough guy. Even with his knee hurt I would find him lifting weights. Just having that one person that has me always thinking of another way to take him down has done nothing but helped me improve my game.” Ellis, a junior, wants to take on a leadership role next season, same as Gifford has done this year. Gifford credits much of his work ethic and leadership ability to former Highland standout and friend Steve Frehn, a wrestler at Stanford. Frehn was the school’s first Section titlist in seven years when he took the 145-pound championship in 2005. “(Frehn) is definitely the cornerstone of my career,” Gifford said. “He’s the one that made it all happen for me. Since he once told me he wrestled everyone as if he was wrestling a champion, I do the same.” Gifford also learned to trust his instinct and regain confidence in his knee from Frehn. “I’d go into every single match thinking my knee might pop out again,” Gifford said. “I had to fight through that. Halfway throughout the season I felt more comfortable, more secure about my knee. It’s actually now the strongest knee.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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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Huskies stun the No. 2 Bruins

first_imgStill, the sting of losing here for the third straight season was felt harshly. “We didn’t play hard enough,” UCLA center Lorenzo Mata said. “That’s something we have to do every game. We have to play harder than our opponent, and it’s something we didn’t do.” The Bruins did not excuse their lack of energy on circumstance, namely wrapping up the Pac-10 title Thursday at Washington State, which rendered this game meaningless. When UCLA lost at West Virginia without Collison, the starting point guard, is was understandable. But to have a game altered substantially because a key reserve did not play speaks toward the Bruins vulnerability. Aboya, UCLA’s top reserve at power forward and center, averages 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, and also brings intangibles in experience and a toughness, which the Bruins clearly lacked. Washington’s dynamic inside duo of power forward Jon Brockman (20 points, 13 rebounds) and center Spencer Hawes (13, 15) combined for 33 points and 28 rebounds, and led the Huskies (18-12, 8-10) to a 15-rebound (44-29) advantage. UCLA center Ryan Wright and power forward James Keefe, who teamed to replace Aboya, scored two points, committed four fouls and failed to grab a rebound. “They didn’t get a rebound between the two of them in 14 minutes,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said when asked to assess the play of Aboya’s replacements. Mata and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were forced to play alone inside, without much of a break against the bullish Brockman and Hawes. Mata and Mbah a Moute combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds. Wright and Keefe were so ineffective, Howland played them four combined minutes in the second half. Howland also went nearly eight minutes, a large chunk of it when UCLA cut a 48-32 lead to 52-51 with 2:54 to play, without making a substitution. And UCLA’s rebounding deficiencies were accentuated when Hawes’ tip-in of a missed Justin Dentmon shot gave the Huskies a 54-51 lead, and slowed the Bruins’ momentum. Josh Shipp had a chance to tie it on UCLA’s next possession, but his 24-foot 3-point attempt, which Howland said was “too far” of a shot, missed the mark with two minutes remaining, and the Huskies held on to win. Shipp led UCLA with 13 points, Afflalo added 12 and Collison had five as he labored through a 2 for 15 shooting display. UCLA, which missed its first seven shots and trailed 9-0 nearly six minutes in, scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and shot suffered through a horrific shooting 31.3 percent overall. Perhaps the best news for UCLA is Aboya said he expected to play Thursday in the Pac-10 tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With backup Alfred Aboya and his 17 minutes per game on the bench with a knee injury, No. 2 UCLA was pounded on the boards, lacked the type of intensity Aboya usually helps generate, and ended the regular season with a 61-51 loss to Washington in front of 10,000 at Hec Ed Pavilion. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, but doesn’t figure to impact the Bruins’ chances of being a No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament, providing top-seeded UCLA (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) doesn’t exit next week’s Pacific-10 tournament early. center_img SEATTLE – Arron Afflalo said it time and again, and so did Darren Collison. They are UCLA’s leaders, but both said throughout the season how, despite UCLA’s star power, every member was invaluable. A theory that may have fallen on deaf ears before was advanced markedly Saturday, when the Bruins showed the razor-thin line between them being one of the nation’s elite teams, and just another good team. last_img read more

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Protesters erect tent city in front of L.A. City Hall

first_imgOne year after promises were made to improve the treatment of the city’s 40,000 homeless, a tent city was erected Thursday in front of Los Angeles City Hall to protest the lack of progress and what some claim is the criminalization of poverty. After erecting a dozen tents on the South Lawn, more than 300 people held a demonstration, calling for more housing for the homeless and an end to a Los Angeles Police Department crackdown on Skid Row. “Exactly a year ago, our leaders came to Skid Row and pledged to end homelessness in 10 years,” said Bob Erlenbush of the Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. “But, once the television cameras left, we heard nothing. All we got was lip service and rhetoric and no action.” Several advocates for the homeless joined in the one-day protest, which Erlenbush said will return to City Hall on a periodic basis to drive home the point on the need to take action. However, Mark Rosenbaum, chief legal adviser for the ACLU, said the city has shifted its responsibility for the homelessness problem over to the LAPD, whose solution is simply to jail the homeless. “A while ago, we all took offense at the idea of people being stopped for driving while black,” Rosenbaum said. “Now, we have a problem of people being arrested for walking while black.” But Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes Skid Row, defended the city’s program and the LAPD crackdown. “The ongoing conflict about what activities should be allowed in Skid Row needs to stop,” Perry said. “The police effort was designed to protect those people, particularly women and children, who often become the victims of crime.” Erlenbush said the organizations want city, county and state officials to live up to the promises made last year to deal with the long-standing homeless problem. Advocates want Villaraigosa to name a deputy mayor to coordinate homelessness issues and to provide housing programs throughout the region, rather than concentrating them in the downtown area. And they want city officials to convene a summit on homelessness to coincide with Homeless Memorial Day on Dec.21. “We need to think big,” Erlenbush said. “New York City has a program that will develop 165,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. In Los Angeles, we’re talking about 4,251 units.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390 Aides to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he sympathizes with the homeless and has been working to resolve the problems, with a big boost coming from a $200million trust fund to build below-market housing. They also defended the Safer Cities Initiative, in which the LAPD deployed 50 additional officers to fight crime on Skid Row. The program has resulted in about 6,000 arrests, but it has been criticized by advocates, who claim the homeless are being unfairly targeted. But the mayor issued a statement saying the program is designed to protect, not harm, the homeless. “They have enough of daily struggle without having to fend for themselves against crimes,” Villaraigosa said. last_img read more

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Padilla, Montañez debate in Senate race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventMontañez countered with her own achievements in the state Assembly. “I’ve been a very effecitve member of the state Legislature. I think my track record speaks for itself,” Montañez told the audience at a private school in Winnetka. Montañez, who had worked on Padilla’s council re-election effort, listed her experiences since being elected to the Assembly in 2002, including her focus on urban environmental cleanup, consumer protection and health care. Both agreed in general on a number of topics like immigration reform, transportation and health care during the cordial debate. “If there is anyone who has experience, it’s myself, and I will continue to be protective of California,” Montañez said. Padilla pointed to his six years of helping to balance city budgets and defending local budgets from state government. “I would not take away from local budgets. There’s got to be a better way,” Padilla said. Primary elections will be held June 6, when each party selects its front-runners. Election watchers have said Padilla and Montañez share some similarities. Both entered municipal elected office in their mid-20s and are seen as having substantial political careers ahead of them. Both are Latino Democrats who grew up in the Northeast Valley. If elected to the Senate, Montañez said, she expects to work on the same issues she pushed as an Assembly member, citing additional goals including fighting for transportation bond measures to help the Valley, affordable housing and sound development planning. Padilla has said he also ran for council re-election because there are still projects he is trying to bring to completion, such as a new City Hall building in the Northeast Valley. Padilla, who fought against secession, said if elected to the Senate he would work to ensure that the Valley gets its fair share of new infrastructure funding, and make sure those investments don’t increase sprawl; improve access and affordability of health care; and work on childhood diabetes prevention. The two veteran politicians face two other challengers. Donnie Adlen, the 64-year-old owner of several auto wrecking yards in Sun Valley, is running on the Republican ticket. Calling himself a moderate Republican, Adlen said he has a pro-choice stance on abortion, free university education and more funding for nonprofit organizations. Pamela Brown, an economics professor at Pierce College who is running as a Libertarian, backs pension and budget reforms in addition to lowering California’s minimum wage from $6.75 to the federal rate of $5.15 per hour to improve the job market. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WINNETKA – Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla and Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez, both Democratic candidates for the highly contested 20th District state Senate seat, kicked off their first local debate Thursday night by highlighting their strengths in office, but avoiding any mudslinging. Both are vying for a seat soon to be vacated by termed-out Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. Padilla, who has sat on the City Council since 1999, touted his local accomplishments such as hiring more police officers for the Northeast Valley. “You can clearly see that I have a track record of not just fighting for the Valley, but delivering for the Valley,” Padilla told a crowd of more than 100 residents at the debate sponsored by the Reseda, Canoga Park and Winnetka neighborhood councils. last_img read more

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MacLOCHLAINN LASHES OPPONENTS OVER A5 ROAD ‘DEBACLE’

first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has launched a broadside at political opponents in the county, accusing them of double-dealing over the A5 road project.He insisted that the British Government as co-signatories of the St Andrews Agreement must meet their responsibilities to the A5 project. He called on the Irish Government to engage with their British counterparts on how all parties to the St Andrews Agreement can collectively deliver this essential peace process commitment.But it was his call for ‘genuine political unity’ in the county which will rile opponents. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “There is no doubt that the Irish Government have reneged on their promise on the A5 to the people of Donegal and the North West in terms of the St Andrew’s Agreement which sought to bridge the gap of inequality between our region and the rest of the Island.“However, I am conscious that the British Government also signed up to the St Andrews Agreement and the two Governments now need to discuss how they can work together to address this issue. To date, this has been the elephant in the room in all of this.“The Irish Government have to repay a loan of billions of pounds sterling with interest back to the British Government as part of the bail out package agreed a year ago. Britain’s banks were bailed out rather than the Irish people. At the very least, the Irish Government should seek to engage with their British counterparts around how the A5 project could be slotted into that arrangement”.He continued: “I also repeat my call for genuine political unity across the North West on this issue as has been the case down the years. “It has been very noticeable that some local representatives are all over the place on this A5 issue, bizarrely seeking to blame Sinn Féin in the North and when that backfired, forming political alliances that exclude Sinn Féin, then spurning those alliances and remarkably stating that there are no other options outside the island of Ireland for funding this project.“This is not political leadership. It is irresponsible opportunism. I appeal to all political leaders in the region to quit the messing around and start singing from the one hymn sheet again.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMacLOCHLAINN LASHES OPPONENTS OVER A5 ROAD ‘DEBACLE’ was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:a5 road projectDeputy Padraig MacLochlainnlast_img read more

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