‘My time will come’, says Cavalier’s Marsh

first_img Brilliant save On the first opportunity, the giant of a man Barrett was quick off his line and spread himself quickly to block the effort of Marsh, who went for power as opposed to guile. “I was thinking of dribbling around him, but I saw the empty goal and decided to go for it and he made a brilliant save, and for that I have to commend him,” Marsh said of the first missed opportunity. Of the second one, he said: “I got tripped and was losing my balance. When I regained my balance, I overpushed the ball and it got too close to him, and with that I lost the opportunity,” added Marsh. The one point earned from the game prevented Cavalier from improving on their 10th place in the 12-team league, as they now sit two points behind the promoted UWI FC. That, for Marsh, is a difficult situation to be in. “Not getting the three points and not improving our standing is not a great feeling. I feel overwhelmed that we were not able to execute and get the desired results as the coaches really worked hard. “Scoring is our biggest problem and we just have to go back to the drawing board, and, hopefully, we will get better and better as the games go on. We have been getting the chances ‘enuh’, but we just have to make better decisions in front of goal,” he explained. Another area of disappointment for the ambitious player is that he did not send another message to the Reggae Boyz coaching staff about his readiness to go into battle with them. “The national team is a dream of mine and the only way to get in is to perform, and I did not show my best this evening. I will not stop though, as I am just putting in the work and being patient and hoping for the best. “I am feeling fit, I am happy, and I feel my time will come. I watched the last two Jamaica games and our performances were not the best, but the greatest thing is that we got the win against Haiti, which keeps our chances alive. Looking on, I said that the team really needs a player like me and we have other creative players here too, so I will keep working as the coach has been emphasising fitness,” Marsh observed. While he missed out on those two games, the presence of the local-based players only served to encourage him. “I am encouraged by the fact that both Kevaughn Frater and Junior Flemmings, who like me play locally, got chances the last time around. So it tells me that the coach is looking and my time will come,” he said optimistically. National hopeful Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh is hoping that with improved decision-making in the final third of the field and better composure he and his team, Cavalier Soccer Club, will achieve better results in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). The gifted player saw his chances of becoming the hero in the RSPL game between Cavalier and visitors Montego Bay United being dashed by the absence of those factors on Monday night. His intelligence and hard work opened up spaces for him and presented him with the two best scoring opportunities of the night for one team to win the game. Goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett was, instead, the hero as he pulled off two lovely saves. “It comes down to decision-making in the final third, and for me, personally, and the calibre of player that I am, I think I really should have executed and finished,” the spent and disappointed player told The Gleaner at the end of the game. “My team expects great things from me, so I really have myself to blame for not delivering and giving my team the three points this evening,” added the former Calabar High School player.last_img read more

WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The 2017-2018 NBA season is still a good two months away, but LeBron James is already itching for some hardwood action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player recently made known on Twitter his desire to return to the court after a lengthy off season.ADVERTISEMENT His Cleveland Cavaliers  teammates JR Smith and Dahntay Jones were present as well, along with Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, among others.A source who watched the spirited game told ESPN that James played for two hours, then casually flew back to Ohio to attend a LeBron James Family Foundation function.“He just has a love for basketball,” the source described James, adding that he might even organize another pickup game in Los Angeles, California, in the coming weeks.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound LATEST STORIES MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2017“The King” got his wish granted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he hopped on his private jet and played in a glorified pick-up game in Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.As seen in now viral Instagram posts, LeBron put in some off-season work and played a scrimmage with fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!,” he wrote last week. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Are the persons of the Granger cabal really honest?

first_imgDear Editor,President Granger, at the APNU/AFC campaign launch on January 3, said his Government is composed of honest persons. But is this really the case? Are the persons of the Granger cabal really honest? Let us consider the following, though they are many examples:-1.      The August 5, 2015, Stabroek News reported that “Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman today denied that there will be astronomical pay increases for Government Ministers and with additional allowances.” Then on October 7, 2015, Stabroek News reported “Cabinet Ministers are to see their salaries rise by 50 per cent in a move likely to generate criticism as public servants were given a small salary hike after having been promised a “significant” increase by the APNU/AFC Government. Minister of State Joseph Harmon yesterday said that he would make no apologies for the 50 per cent salary increases to Cabinet Ministers, arguing that it is well-deserved.” Hardly the signs of an honest bunch, I would say.2.      The November 23, 2017, Kaieteur News reported that “Finance Minister Winston Jordan has told Kaieteur News that there was no advance payment made to the Government of Guyana by United States oil giant, ExxonMobil.” The December 9, 2017, Kaieteur News then reported “The evidence shows that since last year, the Government accepted, and arranged mechanisms, to collect a signing bonus from Exxon. The money, which Kaieteur News understands is to the tune of US$18 million, now sits in an account at Bank of Guyana.” How honest was this?3.      The November 22, 2016, Stabroek News reported “The D’Urban Park project was financed and managed in its first phase by Homestretch Development Incorporated, a private company owned by Larry London and associates…”. The Stabroek News went on to say “The project, which was initiated in November 2015, was transferred to the stewardship of Ministry of Public Infrastructure in April of this year after evidence of substandard works on the stands surfaced in the public”. I also saw in the same article that “Patterson had revealed in the House on August 8 that $150 million provided from the Contingencies Fund completed Phase 1 of the project. At that time, he was defending a request in the Supplementary Financial Paper No 1 of 2016 for an additional $407.6 million from the Contingencies Fund for the project. Additionally, the 2015 Auditor General’s report stated that $36.509 million from the Lotto Fund went towards the rehabilitation of D’Urban Park without parliamentary approval.” The October 2, 2017, Guyana Chronicle reported on the matter that “Also, an additional $500 million from the Consolidated Fund was sought by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure in December 2016, and was approved by the National Assembly.” The January 5, 2020, Guyana Times reported that “The Auditor General’s (AG) 2018 report is out and among its revelations is the fact that the Public Infrastructure Ministry gave $500 million of taxpayers’ money to a private company for the construction of D’Urban Park, then could not account to the Audit Office for how the money was spent.” Was this honest?It is hard to convince the rational-minded that the Government is really what they say they are. Not too long after the President made his remarks, on January 5, 2020, the media reported: “Government has failed to account for over $800 million spent in 2018, according to the Auditor General’s report.” Again, it appears, honest and decent is just a catchphrase without any real meaning.Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

Liberia Seeks More IMF, World Bank Aid

first_imgFinance Minister Amara Konneh is leading Liberia’s delegation to this year’s Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington DC, USA.The Meetings are expected to kickoff over the weekend and government of Liberia’s delegation is scheduled to participate in high-level meetings to discuss the country’s development agenda and conclude on commitments made by international organizations and other donor partners.Top on the agenda at these meetings include discussions with the World Bank vice president Maktar Diop, the IMF Director for Africa and former Minister of Finance of Liberia, Dr. Antoinette M. Sayeh, as well as the Liberia reviewer under the IMF Program. The Minister is expected to meet with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on Liberia progress toward the compact development. He will also serve as one of the panelists on a high level ministerial level panel discussion on the future of concessional finance and the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) allocation for developing Countries led by World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim. The IDA is the World Bank Group’s fund for the world’s poorest countries.As Vice Chair of the IMF Constituency I, Finance Minister Konneh will also be participating in high level constituency meetings. These meetings, according to the Ministry of Finance, are expected to yield encouraging dividends for Liberia’s transformation.While in Washington D.C, Minister Konneh and party will make follow ups and conclude on commitments made by the two monetary institutions as well as other bilateral partners.Minister Konneh, who is also national coordinator of the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA), is expected to push for the Bank’s intervention in supporting Liberia’s medium-term development strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). He is also expected to show case progress made in the implementation of the five-year development agenda and to seek the Bank and its Fund’s supports towards the energy, roads and other ongoing projects.Officials traveling with Minister Konneh include Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Public Works Dr. Antoinette Weeks and Liberia’s Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones. Others are Liberia’s Minister of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) Mr. Lewis Brown, Youth and Sports Minister Len Eugene Nagbe as well as Deputy Central Bank Governor for Economic Policy Mr. Boima Kamara and Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Prevention, Ministry of Health.During the high-level meeting with the World Bank vice president Diop, Minister Konneh is expected to highlight the progress made on Liberia’s effort towards achieving a vision for sustainable growth and development particularly investing in infrastructure, with specific emphasis on the rehabilitation of the energy sector, roads and ports. He will also use these meetings to advocate for more IDA allocation for Liberia for infrastructure development.In order to realize its vision of sustainable growth and development, the government of Liberia says it is working closely with donor partners to mobilize resources for investment in infrastructure. In fiscal year 2013/14, the government and its partners have disbursed funds for national priority projects, including the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant, the construction of new Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power plants, the erection of electricity transmission and distribution grids, including new roads and bridges connecting major urban centers and trade routes.Investing in human capital, leveraging agriculture potential for economic transformation, developing the private sector especially Liberian owned businesses and investing in reconciliation are key areas the Minister will be soliciting donors support.In order to address the significant infrastructure deficit, the government has assured the public of its continuing efforts to unlock additional resources, both domestically and international through donor partners, to meet the development needs of the country.The Minister will also meet key staff of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF to discuss recent developments in public financial management (PFM). The Fund’s PFM engagement with Liberia is designed to respond to contemporary demands in the Liberian public financial management landscape. The IMF and World Bank meet each autumn in what is officially known as the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group and each spring in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. The autumn meetings are customarily held in Washington, D.C, United States, for two consecutive years, and in another member country in the third year. On the weekend of the autumn meetings, the G7 also meets.During these meetings, thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and invited participants from the academia and private sectors, gather in Washington, D.C for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group.At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Some Guyanese clamouring to return home

first_imgAftermath of Hurricane Irma– CDC facilitating delivery of relief supplies to AntiguaBy Samuel SukhnandanSeveral Guyanese living on some of the islands that have been ravaged by Hurricane Irma have expressed interest in returning home, while others prefer to remain and assist with the rebuilding efforts in their adopted homes, Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Director General, Colonel (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup, has said.CDC Director General, Colonel (rtd) Chabilall RamsarupRamsarup told Guyana Times on Monday that a team consisting of Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, two members of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, one from the CDC, and a public relations official from the Office of the Prime Minister visited Antigua, St Maarten and Tortola, British Virgin Islands.Arrangements were put in place by Caribbean Airlines to evacuate those who wish to return home. Caribbean Airlines offered free evacuation flights, for one day only, from Princess Julianna International Airport in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten to Piarco International Airport in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.Last week, Guyanese nationals living on the BVI have been encouraged to return home. A senior Government official on that island was reported as encouraging non-nationals, including Guyanese, to leave the British Overseas Territory. This call was made even as several Guyanese and Vincentians were among other non-BVI nationals being housed in a centre partially destroyed by the hurricane.The Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported that a number of Guyanese had opted to join the flight. Charter flights are still operational, while commercial flights have been temporarily halted.Meanwhile, the CDC Director General told this publication also that an aircraft with 2900 pounds of relief supplies was sent to Antigua, and that a number of containers are being prepared to be sent there also. Relief supplies such as food, medicine and pharmaceuticals are part of the items to be shipped.While the Guyanese team to Antigua, St Maarten and Tortola was due to return on Monday, members were unable to do so, because all airports were closed to facilitate the passage of another hurricane. In the meantime, the team, he said, will continue to monitor the situation and see how best they can assist Guyanese who are in dire need of emergency items for themselves and their families.Ramsarup also explained that the local private sector had a consultation to determine how they could assist. He said there have been favourable responses coming from the body representing that grouping — the Private Sector Commission. Relief supplies have been donated for shipment to the affected islands.No praisesMeanwhile, although DPI reported on September 16 that Guyanese living on St. Maarten had expressed gratitude to the Government for sending in the needs assessment team, a Guyanese living on that island, named Carshena Gordon, said in a social media post that she was not informed of the meeting with the Guyanese team.“I’m one of the few who are able to connect to social media, and I was not aware of any meeting. Every day I check social media, and only read that an assessment team was being put together. Why wasn’t there any post with date and time of meeting?” she enquired.Gordon also inquired why people only heard of the meeting after it was held, and what were the findings. “Nobody asked me ‘jack squat’; so are you guessing my needs and those of others to send what y’all want, when y’all want?” she further questioned.The Guyanese national feels that relief being assembled will be distributed to a selected few. She also used the opportunity in that social media post to thank the Governments of St Maarten and Dominica for food and water. “If I had to depend on my own I’d be dead by now…Anytime I hear relief from Guyana share and I’m not informed I’m writing the Minister.”Although rebuilding efforts have commenced in some islands, a lack of communication still remains a major issue that the regional response effort faces. While there is a basic framework of communication, such as Honorary Consuls, Ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives, the storm has ravaged communications infrastructure, especially in places like St Maarten, St Barts and Barbuda.Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean. It has completely devastated Barbuda, and affected jurisdictions such as St Maarten, St Barts, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands.last_img read more

Study: Safer to have heart attack on weekdays

first_imgThe study, led by William J. Kostis, a fourth-year medical student at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., who also has a doctorate in electrical engineering, is being published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto who wrote an accompanying editorial, said the higher death rate on weekends “has everything to do with staffing in hospitals.” It can mean, Redelmeier said, that not enough expert medical staff members are available on weekends for prompt and aggressive treatment. “It’s not just that there are fewer people around, but those who are around are often spread thinner,” he added. “And there is a shift in seniority, as well. The most skilled and savvy people don’t work weekends.” Kostis said the correlation between more deaths and less angioplasty on weekends was significant. “One out of every 100 who died,” he said, “died potentially unnecessarily.” He and others emphasize, however, that people having heart attacks remain much better off going to hospitals on a weekend than waiting until Monday morning. Although some investigators said the findings gave them pause, not everyone was convinced that there was a cause-and-effect relationship between lower angioplasty rates and higher death rates. A study of nearly all heart attack patients in New Jersey found that those who arrived at a hospital on a weekend were less likely to receive aggressive treatment and were slightly more likely to die than those who arrived on weekdays, researchers are reporting today. The study, based on an analysis of 231,164 heart attack patients admitted to New Jersey hospitals from 1987 to 2002, found a gap of almost 1percentage point in heart attack death rates over one three-year span, 12.9percent for weekend patients and 12percent for weekday patients. The deaths occurred within a month of admission. In that period, 1999 to 2002, 10percent of weekday patients had angioplasty to open blocked arteries on the day they were admitted, compared with 6.7percent of weekend patients. Angioplasty within a few hours of the start of heart attacks can interrupt the attacks and save lives. Dr. Eric D. Peterson, a cardiologist at Duke University who led a similar study with a national sample of patients, found that although there were fewer angioplasties on weekends, there was no difference in mortality rates. “We couldn’t prove that early catheterization was that key,” Peterson said, using a term for same-day angioplasty. He added the results might reflect findings from New Jersey at a time when angioplasty for heart attack patients was being adopted. Dr. Mark A. Hlatky, a cardiologist and professor of health research and policy at Stanford University, doubted that the sole reason for extra weekend deaths was less-aggressive care. “There is more going on,” Hlatky said. The weekend effect shows up in the data as early as 1987 to 1990, when angioplasty was almost never used to save the lives of heart attack patients. “So this is not as simple as `no doctor to do the procedure on weekends,”‘ Hlatky said, adding that other factors might include staffing in coronary intensive care units. Hlatky noted that not just hospitals were different on weekends. Patients are different, too. Other studies have found that weekend heart attack patients are sicker and waited longer before going to hospitals. The time is limited, a few hours at most, from the beginning of a heart attack to when it is too late for angioplasty to save a life. The new study did not include data on the severity of the heart attacks, how sick patients were or how long they waited before going to hospitals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Manchester United confident of landing Sanchez

first_imgUnited are reportedly set to offer Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of a swap deal to lure Sanchez away from the Emirates.Sanchez did not travel with Arsenal for their game at Bournemouth on Sunday amid speculation of a January exit, and Arsene Wenger confirmed to Sky Sports that a resolution on the striker’s future was imminent.Ahead of Arsenal’s game, Sky Sports’ James Cooper said: “My understanding from the Manchester United point of view is that nothing is imminent regarding Sanchez.“There is no doubting that Manchester United are eager to get involved in this and bring the player to Old Trafford if they can.“I think there is confidence on the red side of Manchester that they have the fee that Arsenal are looking for and they maybe have a player in Henrikh Mkhitaryan that might certainly catch Arsene Wenger’s eye.“He is of course looking to plug a gap with Sanchez leaving as it looks to be happening very soon.“I think wages will be no problem at all and I think they [United] are hoping that they might have the sort of deal to bring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.“On the blue side of Manchester though, we expect the leaders to arrive at Anfield [for their game against Liverpool] and we’ll get a bit more clarity on their plans.“My understanding from the blue side of Manchester is that they don’t want to pay anything like £35m for Alexis Sanchez, they would be more happy to pay £20m.“At the moment their need is perhaps less than Jose Mourinho’s need and that probably shows you why Manchester United are so keen on bringing Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.”-By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has refused to sign a new Arsenal contract with his current deal expiring in the summerMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 14- Manchester United are confident of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, according to Sky sources.Sky Sports News understands United are interested in beating local rivals Manchester City to the signing of Sanchez this month, and it emerged on Friday that City are not prepared to pay Arsenal’s £35m valuation.last_img read more

Lovren at Liverpool: Is this the best centre-back partnership?

first_img 1 Do you agree with this partnership at the back? Will one of Agger or Skrtel be sold? Dejan Lovren Dejan Lovren’s protracted transfer to Liverpool from Southampton is getting closer to completion.According to fresh reports, the Reds will land their man in a £16m deal, so when he makes the move who should the club’s first choice centre-backs?A lot has been made of the Liverpool attack following the signings of Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert, but if, as expected Lovren joins, then there will also be real competition at the back.Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are still there as is Mamadou Sakho who arrived last season for £18m. 1last_img read more

Wenger mindful of Barca collapse ahead of CSKA return

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger knows winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s only realistic chance of competing in next season’s Champions League © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 11 – Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal cannot afford a dip in concentration in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against CSKA Moscow despite holding a 4-1 advantage in the tie.“Football is an unpredictable game and that’s why we love it so much,” Wenger told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, after watching Barcelona crash out of the Champions League from a similar position on Tuesday. “Now we just need to keep ourselves concentrated and to show our best on the pitch to keep (our lead).”The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, a huge 13 points off fourth-placed arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.Only the top four sides in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League. That means Arsenal’s only realistic route back into Europe’s most prestigious and lucrative tournament is by winning the second-string Europa League.It is also the only trophy the Gunners can lift this season.“Europa League is our top priority this season as in the league things aren’t going really well,” said Wenger, mindful that CSKA cannot be written off just yet.“CSKA have a very strong midfield. Probably the strongest midfield in the Russian league. (Alan) Dzagoev and (Alexander) Golovin have proved their high level in the match in London.“We’re currently in the last eight and we still need to show our best to advance into the semi-finals.”Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 but has yet to win any European trophy with the club, although they were beaten on penalties in the 2000 UEFA Cup final, the forerunner of the Europa League, and lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.– ‘Never relax’ –Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi believes Roma’s 3-0 defeat of Barcelona, a result that sent the Italian side through on away goals, should serve as a note of caution for his team-mates.“I think that the match between Roma and Barcelona should become a really good lesson for us ahead of the match with CSKA,” Mustafi said. “You should never relax otherwise you can crash out of the tournament. We shouldn’t repeat these mistakes.”CSKA face a monumental task to flip the tie in their favour against a team coach Viktor Gancharenko called one of the favourites for the Europa League title.“If you play without faith, nothing will happen,” Gancharenko said. “We should come onto the pitch (Thursday) with a belief that we can change the situation.“We also need to make some tactical changes but there’s no guarantee that our play will become much better.”Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who hurt his knee in the first leg, is out injured but Gancharenko knows his absence won’t lessen the size of the challenge that stands in front of CSKA.“Arsenal have a big number of players. They can substitute Mkhitaryan with a very skilled player though it’s very hard to make a worthy replacement,” he said.“But anyway it will not make our task easier. Arsenal and Atletico (Madrid) are the main Europa League favourites.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Taking a look back, and at the future

first_imgIT’S strange, feeling like a senior again. But that’s how it feels in my fourth year covering high school sports for the Star-News. What a treat it has been watching freshmen mature into seniors and seeing locals leave and succeed at the next level. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaWith LenDale White and Reggie Bush heading to the NFL, it would certainly be great to see Reed have an opportunity to showcase his football skills at USC once he’s healthy again. I don’t recall ever seeing one person dominate a football game the way Reed did for the Rams. He was a wide receiver and defensive back, but he was needed so much that coach Mike Mooney started using him at running back near the end of his senior season. He almost single-handedly beat Monrovia in a game for the Rio Hondo League championship that year, but they came up short against the undefeated Wildcats. Who knew that Reed might have a chance to be a running back at the next level? And at USC, of all places. In my years watching high school football, there are only two players I compare him with – Lawrence Phillips when he was at Baldwin Park and Eric Bienemy at Bishop Amat. Because this is 2006 and I’m trying to find the positives as another year passes by, I can’t help but look back at my freshman season on the beat. That’s when I first saw Temple City High School’s Desmond Reed, and there hasn’t been anything like him since. center_img During Reed’s senior year, I also watched a sophomore at Temple City pitch. I knew right then that Ryan Tucker would be something special. For three years, he dominated the area, bringing fans and scouts to Temple City to witness his 90-plus mph fastball. Reed and Tucker are two big reasons we watch high school sports, waiting impatiently for the next one. One player I’ve enjoyed watching from start to finish is Pasadena senior Brittany Spears. She made people forget about her pop-star name and focus on her basketball, which is a beautiful thing to watch. She improved a different aspect of her game every season, and is so complete, Colorado State is getting a gem next season. We’re also watching the emergence of Marshall junior Derrick Strings, who is leading the state in scoring at 37 points a game. Strings has scored 34 or more points eight times, and has a career high of 54 in a 104-55 win over Duarte. I watched Strings score 47 points against Faith Baptist. It reminded me of the days spent watching Tracy Murray spot up in the corner at Glendora. Murray led the nation in scoring his senior season, when he averaged 44 points a game in 1988. Will Strings be that can’t-miss player next season? You bet. Is he the best pure shooter in the area? I’m not so sure, not after watching La Salle’s Ben Brekke sink 3-pointers from different area codes. Once he passes midcourt, he’s got the green light, and for good reason. When he drained five straight 3s in the first quarter against Verbum Dei last week, the stat guy from Verbum Dei turned to me and asked, “Where’s this guy going, to Duke?” That’s what I call leaving an impression. After Brekke hit another 3-point shot, the stat guy compared him to a video game. “He’s Xbox, man, Xbox,” he said. Sounds like a good nickname, doesn’t it? While the individual performances are great, no team has represented the West San Gabriel better than the Pasadena boys. The Bulldogs are the face of basketball in the West San Gabriel Valley and they wear it with class, just like their coach, Tim Tucker. The Bulldogs are 14-2 this season. After reaching the Division II-AA championship game last year and winning two big tournaments outside the area in December, they’re earning recognition all over the Southland. It’s great to finally have a program that others in the area can measure themselves against. If you can hang with Pasadena, you can hang with anyone. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more