Lirazan was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P100 around 5:40 p.m. on March 23. BACOLOD City – Police arrested asuspected drug peddler in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Binicuil, KabankalanCity, Negros Occidental. Six sachets of suspected shabu valued ataround P20,000 were seized from 31-year-old resident Delfred Lirazan. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Kabankalan City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN
* for the Philippine College ofPhysicians Western Visayas Chapter – Dr. Shella Mae Sonza, president PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * barangays To-og and Sinogbuan in SanJoaquin (boundary with Antique) “The unimpeded transmission of thedisease process through (lax) border control and the inordinate mixing ofCOVID-19 and non-COVID patient shall not only lead to unnecessary morbidity andmortality in the general population, but also to the insurmountable strain onthe most significant resource needed to combat this problem – the hospitals andthe healthcare workers,” read part of the medical societies’ joint letteraddressed to the provincial and city governments of Iloilo and DOH-6. * capacitate provincial hospitals sothey will not have to refer their patients to WVMC * for the Philippine Pediatric SocietyWestern Visayas Chapter – Dr. Joselito Caso, president * provide frontliners and healthcareworkers with personal protective equipment In a “very urgent appeal”, the medicalsocieties urged DOH-6 to reconsider the transfer plan. Iloilo province share five borderswith Capiz and Antique provinces. These are in the following: It would be wiser if other provincesin the region – Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Negros Occidental – identifytheir respective COVID-19-dedicated health facility, too, the societiesstressed. * prohibit COVID-19 patients frombeing admitted in a nonCOVID-19 dedicated hospital whether private orgovernment (and impose this rule regardless of the patient’s financial statusor standing in society) The doctors also urged the provincialgovernment of Iloilo to strictly enforce “border control” and observe“stringent infection measures” to contain the spread of COVID-19. A surge in COVID-19 cases could strainthe healthcare system of this city and Iloilo province, they warned. They previously suggested the WesternVisayas Sanitarium (WVS) in Santa Barbara, Iloilo as possibleCOVID-19-dedicated health facility for Iloilo (relatively isolated in location,but geographically accessible). * for the Philippine Society ofAnesthesiologists Iloilo Panay Chapter –Dr. Maria Soccoro Felisarta, president * for the Philippine Obstetrics andGynecologic Society – Dr. Nora Gepulle, president ILOILO City – Various medicalsocieties here believe it is not a good idea to bring to the Western VisayasMedical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district all of Region 6’s coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The risk of the virus spreading is great, theywarned. * Barangay Kinalkalan, Balasan(boundary with Pilar, Capiz) The medical societies assured DOH-6they were ready to lend a helping hand because “this is a fight for our veryown survival. Everyone must be involved if we are to prevent the spread of thisdisease.” As of this writing, Region 6 has 13 COVID-19cases spread out in Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Capiz, Iloilo province, andAklan. These symptoms are usually mild andbegin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms anddon’t feel unwell. * for the Iloilo Medical Society – Dr.Jesus Eugenio Garin de Jesus, president * use COVID-19 test kits prudently andensure that only those who fit the criteria are tested * for the Philippine College ofSurgeons Panay Chapter – Dr. Roy Joseph Trinidad, president The medical societies urged DOH-6 toinstead: WVMC has been designated by theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6 as the dedicated regional facility forCOVID-19 cases. * Barangay Malitbog Centro, Calinog(boundary with Tapaz, Capiz) The letter was signed by thefollowing: * for the Philippine Society ofGeneral Surgeons Panay Chapter – Dr. Carol Joy Quimpo, president * Barangay Aglalana, Passi City(boundary with Dumarao, Capiz) * Barangay Poblacion, San Rafael(boundary with Dumarao, Capiz) They also suggested that all personsunder investigation – those who show symptoms of COVID-19 but not yet tested orstill waiting for the results of their test – be considered as positive casesalready so that immediate contact tracing could be done and so that thesecontacts could be isolated. According to the World HealthOrganization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness,and dry cough. Some patients mayhave aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Most people (about 80 percent) recoverfrom the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Aroundone out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill anddevelops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those withunderlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems ordiabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness./PN
STUART, Iowa (May 26) – Solomon Bennett won for the first time at Stuart Speedway, in Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event.Bennett and David McQuiston led the field to green with Bennett getting the early lead. McQuiston and Jack Phillips ran second and third, but Bennett was running away with the race until a yellow came out on lap 12.Bennett never looked back on the restate and took his first-ever win at Stuart. McQuiston finished a career best second with Brandon Cox third.Other winners were Nick Roberts in the IMCA Modifieds, Brandon Pruitt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Kody Havens in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and John Gill in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.
Greg Dyke has moved to try to end the revolt that has engulfed the Football Association by announcing Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson will join his England Commission. “Like many who have spoken out I want to see the commission be successful in its mission to strengthen the future talent pool for the England team. However, the issue of real diversity, and the insight that can bring, is still not fully resolved nor are the exact terms of reference of the commission and the continued absence of the Premier League from its membership.” The appointment of England manager Hodgson had been delayed until after the end of the World Cup qualifiers. Dyke said: “It is important Roy can offer his views as the current manager of the national team and share the knowledge he has gained when working for many years in a number of countries. I wanted the international fixtures to be completed before announcing this to avoid any distractions for Roy at such an important time.” The Commission will now start to gather evidence and information and canvass opinions from “numerous people in football and sport”, said Dyke. He added: “It is important we do not lose sight of the Commission’s main purpose. That is – finding a way of delivering long-term success for the England men’s senior team, particularly by identifying ways to increase the number of players available to the national team playing regularly at the highest level of English football or abroad.” Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, already announced as a member of the commission, welcomed the new members. Hoddle told Sky Sports: “I think people like this (being involved), it’s going to be invaluable. “Rio is a very astute guy to be putting on there with his experience. He is still playing and has a lot of respect in the game. It will be lovely to hear his perspective.” Piara Powar, executive director of the European anti-discrimination body FARE, questioned why the commission was still all-male. He said on Twitter: “Still can’t work out why no women on this important body. Even if it only looks at men’s football, should draw on insight from the women’s game.” Dyke’s first crisis since he took over as FA chairman came after FA board member Heather Rabbatts publicly criticised the all-white and all-male make-up of the commission. Rabbatts was backed up by anti-discrimination groups, with sports and equalities minister Helen Grant also expressing concern, and it led to a frantic weekend for the FA before it finally was able to announce the appointment of Manchester United defender Ferdinand and England manager Roy Hodgson. Press Association Dyke is understood to have emailed all board members to consult them about the appointments – something he was criticised for failing to do before announcing the first eight names on his commission, none of whom were from an ethnic minority. The appointment of Ferdinand – who was an outspoken critic of the handling of the John Terry racism case – can be seen as a victory for Rabbatts, though Dyke insisted that the FA had been in talks with Ferdinand for some time. Dyke said: “Rio’s vast experience as a player developed through West Ham’s successful youth system, winning Premier League and European titles with Manchester United and representing England at World Cups means he has a huge amount to offer to the debate. “We have been speaking to Rio and Manchester United for some time about him joining the group – before we named the other members of the commission. “However, as he is a current Manchester United player we needed to be sure that Rio had the necessary time to fully participate on the Commission and not impact on his day job. It has been agreed he does. “As a current player with forthright views and opinions on the game, we can look forward to Rio providing significant insight and experience.” Rabbatts, who had suggested Reading striker Jason Roberts as a suitable candidate, has sought further assurances from Dyke that other people may be appointed onto the commission, but has been unable to secure any guarantees. Rabbatts said: “While I can appreciate the appointment of Roy and Rio and of course welcome a degree of diversity, there are still questions which remain about the work and role of the FA Commission.
Steip Amach caused a real upset when she lowered the colours of Royal Navy Ship to land the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown. Royal Navy Ship was sent off the 1-6 favourite after beating Jacobean to score on his debut, but Seamie Heffernan never looked truly comfortable on him at the head of the four-runner field. Steip Amach, the 12-1 outsider, was last of the quartet on the turn for home, but Jim Bolger’s filly responded well to Kevin Manning’s urgings, cutting down the leader close home before going on to score by three-quarters of a length. Press Association Bolger said: “She got bogged down in Navan, and the ground was a bit better here. Seven furlongs or a mile doesn’t really matter to her. She’ll probably start off next year in a Classic trial back here.” The winning trainer and jockey secured a double when Answered got the better of a thrilling duel with Vote Often to land the Listed Trigo Stakes. Both were reappearing after lengthy absences, with Irish 1,000 Guineas third Vote Often just ahead as the pair took up the lead two furlongs out. Neither horse would back down in a head-to-head battle up the straight, but it was Answered who just found the most close home, the 9-2 chance eventually scoring by a neck. Bolger said: “He missed most of the season with an injury but it’s good to get him back. He’ll handle better ground but wouldn’t want real summer ground. I’d expect he’ll improve again.” Giovanni Canaletto rocketed into the Investec Derby picture as he produced an eyecatching turn of foot to easily put the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden to bed. Aidan O’Brien’s charge is a full-brother to last year’s Derby hero Ruler Of The World and still figured among the entries for the Racing Post Trophy at the beginning of the week. He was sent off the 4-7 favourite to build on his debut third at Navan. Seamie Heffernan sat in midfield early and still had a number of horses ahead at the turn for home, but Giovanni Canaletto swept to the front with a powerful surge and careered away to beat Alcatraz by six and a half lengths. Heffernan said: “He’s completely asleep. When he got a bit of light he woke up, as if to say ‘what do you want me to do?’. I gave him a crack and he went right away. He’s doing it so easy at home. We like him.” Many bookmakers were quick to alter their prices on the premier Classic, with RaceBets going 20-1 from 33-1. Betfred gave the winner a 20-1 first-show quote for the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Unsinkable had dropped like a stone in the ratings after a poor season but having transferred from Britain to the Ger Lyons yard, he was backed into 11-2 favourite for the Leopardstown Handicap and won as he liked, storming away under Tom Madden to score by two and three-quarter lengths. David Wachman’s 7-2 chance Off Limits was an eyecatching fourth on her debut and stepped up to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, though it was a close call as she got up in the shadow of the post under Billy Lee to win by a short head.
The Garrett Ahern-trained eight-year-old broke her fencing duck over two and three-quarter miles at this venue at the end of last month and the rise to three miles proved no problem as she saw off long-time leader Down Ace by four and a half lengths. Ahern said: “She didn’t travel as well on the ground the last day but Brian said he never had to get after her at all today. Our Katie justified 11-10 favouritism with a resolute display under Brian Hayes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase at Thurles. “She’s had two quick runs in a fortnight and might run at Limerick in the Dawn Run Chase over two and a half miles on St Patrick’s weekend.” That initiated a double for Hayes, although he was made to work harder than expected in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle. Goulane Chosen headed to the last with a seemingly winning margin, only to idle and give Mark Walsh on the newcomer Bitsandpieces some hope. The 2-1 joint-favourite got going again when it got serious, though, and ran on again for a three-and-a-half-length verdict. Lockstockandbarrel defied a lengthy absence to make a successful jumping debut in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle. The 11-10 favourite dictated matters to suit himself and Ruby Walsh only had to let out an inch of rein for him to saunter nine lengths clear of Captain Hox. Sumos Novios also has a bright future judging by his impressive victory in the Ballycahill Beginners Chase. Having sent the 9-4 favourite about his business at the fifth-last, Andrew McNamara allowed his rivals to get within striking distance approaching the final fence, but Sumos Novios had plenty in the tank and stretched four and a half lengths clear again. He Rock’s was in a battle with Glen Ode until that one fell two out in the Rock Of Cashel Handicap Chase, leaving Steve Mahon’s 14-1 shot to come home four lengths in front of Truckin All Night. Press Association
GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND — A few years ago, Michael Westphal fielded an unexpected question while grocery shopping.“Why are you dancing?” asked a 4-year-old girl in the Hannaford aisle. She was referring to Westphal’s excessive movement, or dyskinesia — a side effect of the medication he takes for his Parkinson’s disease.“Oh,” Westphal began, “I just like to dance.”The girl smiled before her mother summoned her away.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Little kids are like mirrors,” Westphal says. “You can really see yourself in their faces because they don’t think twice about staring.”Westphal, a 58-year-old carpenter who lives on Great Cranberry Island, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about nine years ago at the age of 49. The progressive central nervous system disorder can make even the simplest aspects of life, such as blending into a public setting, increasingly difficult. But Westphal has found a reprieve from this kind of attention through one unexpected activity: running.While some Parkinson’s patients lose their ability to walk, Westphal — one of Maine’s elite runners in the 1970s and ’80s – seems to shed his symptoms between the starting and finish lines of road races. On June 20, Westphal plans to run his first marathon in 22 years — Great Cranberry Island’s annual Great Run marathon — to raise awareness for Parkinson’s as well as money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.“Mike is literally in the race of his life,” says Great Run organizer and fellow Great Cranberry Island resident Gary Allen. “He’s raising money to hopefully help find a cure.”Westphal began fundraising with a $4,000 goal leading up to the marathon. As of today, he has raised almost $28,000 for the foundation’s research programs, putting him among the top 10 of more than a thousand 2015 fundraisers.“I feel kind of embarrassed about the publicity,” Westphal says, smiling. “But I’m going to keep doing it, as long as it’s raising money to find a cure or relief for some people.”Allen, also an avid runner who has known Westphal since they were children, isn’t surprised by his friend’s modesty.“That’s Mike — he’s a quiet person who doesn’t want to make a fuss,” Allen says. “But as a competitor, good luck staying with him. He lets his feet do the talking.”Decades before Westphal’s diagnosis, he was one of the top runners in the state. The University of Maine track star could run a mile in four minutes and 19 seconds. In 1979, Westphal paced the first female Olympic marathon gold medalist in the Boston Marathon before passing Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the women’s division for the first time that year.Westphal has finished 12 marathons, with a personal best time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds.“Mike was that rare combination of people who works hard and has natural ability,” Allen says. “There was a period in eastern Maine where, if you wanted to win any race, you had to go through him.”Westphal faded from the competitive running scene in the 1990s as he grew more involved with his family and operating his carpentry business on the island. But running always remained part of his life, that is, until 2006 when he began feeling soreness in his left shoulder.“I just thought it was a pulled muscle,” Westphal says. “But it wouldn’t go away.”The pain gradually worked its way down his arm, prompting Westphal to visit an orthopedist. The doctor prescribed him a neck brace and assigned him exercises to reduce the stiffness, but the discomfort persisted.Next, Westphal sought relief through physical therapy. When the therapist asked Westphal to tap his feet on the ground, she noticed some hesitation in his left foot — a red flag for movement disorders. Without sharing her suspicions with Westphal, she referred him to a neurologist.There is no simple diagnostic test for Parkinson’s, and its symptoms are unique to each individual. The disease results from the dying off of dopamine-producing cells responsible for coordination and movement.The neurologist prescribed Westphal with Carbidopa-Levodopa — a dopamine replacement drug — which immediately alleviated his symptoms, verifying their cause.“I just didn’t believe it was Parkinson’s at first,” Westphal says. “Even when she told me, I didn’t quite believe it.”With the help of this medication, Westphal’s symptoms ranged from mild to nonexistent for the next few years — a time during which he remained unconvinced he had Parkinson’s. But slowly, Westphal began losing coordination, and the stiffness once isolated to just one arm began to seize his whole body.“I think he started to sort of withdraw,” Allen says. “He stopped running and doing the things he loved. And when you’re a runner, running is part of you. You don’t feel whole without it.”Westphal says the worst part of Parkinson’s is what he calls the “slow periods,” which occur when his medication begins to wear off. Before his next dose can kick in, Westphal says he often feels like a “zombie,” shuffling around while hunched over, with his facial expressions flat and his arms unmoving by his side.“You’re just uncomfortable in your own body,” Westphal says. “At times, it’s torture. You just don’t feel like doing anything.”For years, that’s exactly what Westphal would do during these periods: nothing. He would suffer through the hour or two until it passed.Until one day last summer, Westphal didn’t wait; he ran.“At first, my knees will lock together, and I’ll be clomping along,” Westphal says. “But after about a quarter-mile, it goes away.”The only hint of Westphal’s Parkinson’s while he’s running is a slight head bob.“I’m used to seeing him struggle — his movements are so affected by his disease,” Allen says. “Then, to see him out running again… It was like, ‘Holy crap, look at him go!’“Gradually, you could see that spark come back and that fire return in his eyes.”Westphal began entering road races again this spring, and he has been competing almost every weekend. Though Westphal says the running community has been very supportive, he occasionally notices the looks his uncontrolled movement attracts before and after races. Westphal describes his dyskinesia — a result of an excess of artificial dopamine — as “annoying, but tolerable.”“With Parkinson’s, the first thing you’ve got to lose is your vanity,” Westphal says, paraphrasing a quote by his inspiration who’s also battling Parkinson’s, Michael J. Fox.“I used to kind of hide when it came to public events because I was embarrassed,” Westphal continues. “People would look at me and not know what was wrong with me. I figured this year, it was time to get out and show people what Parkinson’s is all about.”Westphal is now running 50 miles a week in preparation for the 26.2-mile Great Run. On Memorial Day, he and Allen totaled 20 miles together, with Westphal also running Ellsworth’s annual Memorial Mile race that morning in five minutes and 32 seconds.“I thought it was completely abstract that Mike would ever run another marathon,” Allen says. “He’s climbing back up that mountain, which I think he felt like he’d been knocked off permanently.“I don’t throw the word ‘miracle’ around often, but what Mike is doing is on the verge of being a miracle.”Westphal says he doesn’t really understand the big deal.“I’m just doing what I like to do,” he says. “I think everyone ought to do what they can to enjoy what their passion is. Mine is running.“Just don’t give up.”According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s website, 89 cents of every dollar donated goes to supporting its research programs to help speed a cure for Parkinson’s. Donate by visiting Westphal’s fundraising page.Find more information at michaeljfox.org or by emailing Westphal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016
Update on the latest in sports: OG Anunoby (an-oo-NAH’-bee) scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds as the Raptors topped the Wolves, 137-126. Kyle Lowry provided 27 points and 11 assists after missing Saturday’s win over Brooklyn because of whiplash.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Toronto close out the victory. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a season-high 21 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as the Raptors won their 16th straight home meeting with Minnesota.D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Minnesota debut, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points to go with 10 rebounds.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece to lead the Bucks past the Kings, 123-111. Milwaukee won its fifth in a row and improved to a league-best 46-7 despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh), who was home following the birth of his son. — The Diamondbacks have avoided salary arbitration with Nick Ahmed by working out a four-year, $32.5 million contract with the two-time Gold Glove shortstop. Ahmed hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. He won his Gold Gloves in each of the past two seasons.— Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has undergone surgery on his pitching elbow. The A’s say Mengden had arthroscopic surgery to shave a small spur off his elbow. Mengden was 5-2 with a save and a 4.83 ERA in 13 games over three stints with Oakland last year.— Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger is suing the Astros for unspecified damages. He contends that the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance in August 2017 that essentially ended his big-league career. He’s also asking the Astros forfeit their nearly $31 million in postseason shares from their 2017 World Series title and donate the money to children’s charities in Los Angeles and a fund for needy retired players.NHL-SCHEDULEIsles blank Ovi, beat Caps Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that he stopped Masai Ujiri because he didn’t provide the proper credential, leading to a shoving match that was partially captured on video. Strickland alleged Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists,” tried to go around the deputy and repeatedly ignored orders to stop.In other NBA news:— The Suns have waived veteran guard Tyler Johnson, who is averaging a career-high 5.7 points in 31 games this season. The 27-year-old Johnson averaged 11.1 points per game last season after coming to the Suns from Miami. He was in the final season of a four-year deal that pays about $19 million this year.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEDuke downs FSU UNDATED (AP) — Duke is 21-3 overall and 11-2 in the ACC after winning a top-10 matchup.Tre Jones scored 13 points and the seventh-ranked Blue Devils overcame 21 turnovers to beat No. 8 Florida State, 70-65. Duke shot 45% from the field and was 7 of 17 from 3-point range in pulling within one game of Louisville for the conference lead.Freshman Matthew Hurt also had a couple of big moments in the final seconds, going 4 for 4 at the line in the final 11.7 seconds to help the Blue Devils clinch the victory.Trent Forrest finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lead the Seminoles, who shot just 38% in falling to 20-4.Meanwhile, Baylor ran its winning streak to 21 games. The team says Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season, ending his 16-year run with the franchise. The fourth player taken in the 2004 NFL draft owns 30 franchise records and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Rivers has completed 64.7% of his passes for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.His 224 consecutive regular-season starts are second-most among quarterbacks in NFL history and his 123 wins are ninth.In other NFL news:— Ravens safety Chuck Clark has agreed to a three-year contract extension after starting a career-high 12 games and finishing with a team-best 68 tackles. Clark was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 draft and spent his first two NFL seasons playing on special teams, serving as backup on defense before enjoying a breakthrough year.— A person familiar with the meeting says suspended Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about being reinstated. Garrett was banned indefinitely in November for pulling Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and striking him over the head with it during a game. The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville round out the top five and are followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Seton Hall. The Pirates are the lone newcomer in the top-10 after holding the No. 12 spot last week.Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.NFL NEWSChargers, Rivers part companyUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has played his final down for the Los Angeles Chargers. — The Penguins have acquired veteran forward Jason Zucker from the Wild for forward Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEHN’-yuhk), defenseman prospect Calen Addison and a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick. The 28-year-old Zucker has 14 goals and 15 assists this season for Minnesota. Galchenyuk struggled to find a niche in Pittsburgh, managing just five goals and 12 assists in 45 games.— Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year extension through the 2021-22 seasons. Nurse has been with the Edmonton organization since being taken seventh overall in the 2013 draft. He has four goals and 24 points with 44 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.— The league remains reluctant to reverse course and compete at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. This despite new assurances from Olympic officials to lift various major stumbling blocks, which also have the backing of the league’s players. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly significantly tamped down hopes of the world’s best players returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2014. Daly described the talks as being “very preliminary” and says the NHL continues to believe the negatives outweigh the positives.NCAA-LOBBYINGAP Exclusive: NCAA, allies spend nearly $1M on Capitol Hill February 11, 2020 MLB NEWSDodgers complete Bosox deal as Angels swap falls throughUNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts and David Price officially are members of the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Red Sox and Dodgers have finalized the on-again, off-again deal that will send the AL MVP and AL Cy Young winner to the West Coast. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Boston will send cash to the Dodgers, reportedly half of the $96 million owed to Price for the next three seasons.The swap allows the Red Sox to drop more than $70 million in salary to get under baseball’s collective bargaining tax threshold for 2020. — Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored his second goal of the night at 31 seconds of overtime to send the Lightning to their seventh consecutive victory, 2-1 at Columbus. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 31 shots to help Tampa Bay climb within three points of Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.— The Flyers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games after James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had a goal and assist to lead their 4-1 victory over the Panthers. Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Claude Giroux also tallied to support Carter Hart, who stopped 30 shots in his return from injury.— Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson and J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist apiece to back Jacob Markstrom’s 36-save effort in the Canucks’ 6-2 win over the Predators. Quinn Hughes had three assists to take over the lead in the rookie scoring race with 44 points.— Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheech) and Tobias Rieder (REE’-dur) scored in a span of 34 seconds early in the first period before Matthew Tkachuk (kuh-CHUHK’) added a highlight-reel tally in the third as part of the Flames’ 6-2 romp over the Sharks. Zac Rinaldo, Mark Jankowski and Mikael Backlund also scored as Calgary earned its second straight win following a three-game losing streak.— Jakob Chychrun (CHIHK’-rihn) scored a power-play goal with one minute left to complete the Coyotes comeback in a 3-2 victory at Montreal. Derek Stepan and Taylor Hall also scored for the Coyotes after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead. MaCio Teague scored 11 points and Devonte Bandoo added 10 as the top-ranked Bears defeated Texas, 52-45. Baylor improved to 22-1 overall and 11-0 in the Big 12, wresting control with a 13-0 push that put the Bears ahead 42-27 with 9:28 remaining.The Bears’ winning streak is one short of the conference record set by Kansas in 1997.AP TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor still No. 1; Michigan St. outUNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10. Meanwhile, the Angels say their proposed trade with the Dodgers is off.Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved.Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.In other baseball news:— MLB is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two. NHL-NEWSJackets lost JonesUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff push has taken a hit.Jackets star defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team says Jones was injured in Saturday night’s game loss to Colorado. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 24 assists this season while leading the club in ice time. Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL to take Jones’ place.In other NHL news: Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders kept Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) off the scoresheet while pulling within seven points of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.The Isles earned a split of their four-game season series as Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) scored the first two goals in their 5-3 victory at Washington. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had three assists for the Isles, who also got goals from Jordan Eberle, Leo Komarov and Jonathan Toews (tayvz).The Islanders also left Ovechkin two goals shy of 700 for his career.The Capitals have dropped two straight and four of their last six.Elsewhere on NHL ice: — Miles Bridges contributed 18 points and the Hornets ended a five-game losing streak with an 87-76 victory over the Pistons. Malik Monk added 16 points for the Hornets, while Devonte’ Graham had 14 points and 11 assists to help Charlotte overcome 37% shooting.— The Magic knocked off the Hawks, 137-126 behind Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-seh-vihch), who had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Aaron Gordon finished with 26 points, Evan Fournier added 22 and Terrence Ross had 21 while Orlando was shooting 52.6% from the field, including a season-high 18 3-pointers.NBA-NEWSRaptors president sued over scuffleUNDATED (AP) — A law enforcement officer in California is suing the president of the Toronto Raptors over a scuffle following the team’s NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors last June. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors win againUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have run their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games by outscoring the Minnesota Timberwolves. — Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) provided 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 125-100 thumping of the Suns. Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles cruised to its fourth victory in five games.— Jamal Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets rally from 23 down in a 127-120 verdict over the Spurs. Paul Millsap had 22 off the bench to help spark the comeback on his 35th birthday.— Jimmy Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat in a 113-101 victory at Golden State. Butler was crisp after sitting out the previous two games with a right shoulder strain, delivering 13 points in the first half and shooting 9 of 15 overall as Miami stopped a three-game skid.— Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points before fouling out in Utah’s 123-119 victory against the Mavericks. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) finished with 17 points and 16 boards, shooting 7-for-7 after making all eight attempts in Utah’s home victory over Dallas last month.— Spencer Dinwiddie capped his 21-point performance by nailing a 21-foot jumper with 5 seconds left to give the Nets a 106-105 victory over the Pacers. The lead changed hands three times in the final 27 seconds and wasn’t decided until Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer came up short, sealing Indiana’s sixth consecutive loss. WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization’s liking.The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness” and is crafting rules to put in place for its 1,100 member schools in coming months. But the organization has turned to Congress to step in as more and more states follow the lead of California, where a law set to take effect in 2023 clears the way for athletes to earn endorsement money.The NCAA’s pressure campaign comes as the Senate prepares for a committee hearing Tuesday on player compensation. The head of the National College Players Association says the NCAA is fighting to maintain the status quo.
… Clubs also fined $50 000THE Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) last Saturday suspended Eagles United and Blueberry Hill United. following their non-participation in the recent UDFA year-end tournament.In addition the two clubs will have to pay a fine of $50 000.However, the circumstances surrounding the suspension gives the impression that the UDFA Executive Committee recommended the penalties and it was the General Council of the represented clubs which made it official.At the same time it appeared from the time the two clubs violated the UDFA Constitution to now, justice was delayed and seemed to have been denied.But, the actual suspension became known to the clubs after they were omitted from the privately run Mash Cup tournament which is to start tomorrow. Information was handed to the organisers that the two clubs in question were on suspension.The question now is whether the action taken was justified and the Eagles United Club which is the number ranked team in Upper Demerara it seems were treated in a harsh manner as were Blueberry Hill.Based on reports, Eagles United Club, after a hastily held 11th December, 2019, General Council Meeting (before the tournament), had a letter sent from its president Rickland Hutson to the UDFA.The letter outlined reason(s) not to participate in the said tournament.“The culmination of past issues – having to accept less-than-promised 1st place money for winning the GT Beer League; extremely long wait for payments in the four previously held tournaments etc.. and presently the uncertainties expressed to our representatives at a recently held meeting by the UDFA, about the shortages of funds/prize moneys and sponsors.This has led us to believe that there is no proper foundation here as it relates to the running of a tournament of this stature.”The year-end tournament began on December 13, 2019 and culminated on January 1, 2020.After that December 11, 2019 correspondence which was sent by the Eagles United Club, they claim that there was no response or acknowledgement from the UDFA; But after being omitted from the Mash tournament this year and making enquiries they received a belated letter dated 22nd January, 2020 with reference to their non-participation of the UDFA’s year-end tournament.It was then that the UDFA acknowledged receipt of the letter sent 11th December 2019.That letter noted that Eagles United’s non-participation was a breach of the UDFA’s Constitution and a “discussion on the matter held at its Statutory Meeting came to the consensus to exclude Eagles United from participating in any tournament until a final decision is taken.”The UDFA cited Article 15:5 which in part states: “The Executive Committee may, however, suspend a member who has seriously violated his/her/its obligation as a member with immediate effect. The suspension shall last until the next annual or Extraordinary General Meeting, unless the executive committee has lifted it in the meantime.”However, UDFA, it seems, conveniently did not speak to any disciplinary hearing as in the previous Article 15:4 or the hearing of a complaint where a disciplinary matter could be looked at within three days of a decision taken. This leaves the actions of the UDFA much to be desired.It stated that Eagles United was hereby suspended pending the outcome of the final meeting on the matter.This suspension letter was received after the Eagles United Club asked for the Guyana Football Federation to intervene because it was rumoured that the UDFA had in fact suspended the Eagles United and that they were given an option to participate or not to participate.The UDFA stated that it had come to a final decision based on what occurred from a UDFA General Council Meeting on Saturday, 25th January, 2020 which was endorsed by all present and the penalties were: suspension for one year effective from January 1, 2020 and a fine of $50 000 payable in full on or before the completion of that suspension.Like the provisional suspension the UDFA referenced the Article 15:5 of their Constitution.The impression given now is that some affiliates of the UDFA are questioning the statement that they ‘all endorsed’ the decision to impose the one-year ban and fines on the clubs in question; and are wondering who in fact instituted the penalties?The agenda item pertaining to the Eagles United and Blueberry Hill at the General Council Meeting to which they were not invited was a ‘discussion of teams boycotting the UDFA’s year-end tournament”.
Duro IkhazuagbeHaving missed out of the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back in 2015 and 2017, Super Eagles Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, insisted yesterday that Nigeria must pick all six points at stake in the AFCON 2019 qualifying clash with Libya to stand any chance of topping the group.Eagles are playing Libya’s Mediterranean Knights on the Match-day Three of the AFCON 2019 at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo on Saturday and follow up with the reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia four days later. Super Eagles But after rounding up the team’s Thursday training in Uyo, Rohr made it clear to Eagles that nothing short of outright victory in both matches will be good enough for Nigeria’s aspiration to return to the summit of football in the continent.“I believe we have the players here to earn a decent result and then go and give their all in Libya for another credible outcome.“We need the points now; we cannot pretend about that. If we pick the points in these two games, we will be very close to the AFCON ticket,” stressed the gaffer who is going to miss the presence of his inspirational captain, John Mikel Obi.He admitted that it was great that after Nigeria dropped all Match-day One opening round three points to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, Super Eagles went to Seychelles to grab maximum points.“It was good winning in Seychelles the way we did. We got the result we needed and it should serve as a good motivation to continue winning when we play Libya,” Rohr noted.Also speaking on similar note, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, called on the three-time African champions to give joy to the country’s teeming football lovers by pocketing all the three points on Saturday.“It is important that we win in Uyo on Saturday in order to fly with the same momentum to Tunisia for the return leg.“Victory in Seychelles last month has restored our campaign and we must capitalise on the good feeling to get close to a ticket. Victory in the two matches will not only take us closer to 2019 AFCON ticket, it will provide us with the verve we need to go and win in South Africa in November.”South Africa defeated Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo on the opening day of the qualifying series in June 2017, and it is a result that still rankles with the average Nigerian football fan.Meanwhile, group leaders Libya has now opted to fly into Nigeria today as against the earlier plan of arriving Uyo yesterday.The delegation is scheduled to arrive the Ibom International Airport in Uyo aboard a chartered aircraft this morning.Referee Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo, alongside compatriots Olivier Safari Kabene (Assistant Referee 1), Nabina Blaise Sebutu (Assistant Referee 2) and Malala Kabanga Yannick (Reserve Referee) – all from the Democratic Republc of Congo arrived Lagos yesterday and will be flown into Uyo this morning.The match commissioner, Mr. Andy Quame from Liberia, as well as South African Dan Van Vuuren (security officer) and Malian Koman Coulibaly (referee assessor) will also arrive in Uyo today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram