The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition.The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___ Also Friday, the conference said virtual film review that does not include physical activity is permissible. Effective April 6, activity of this nature will be expanded to four hours a week consistent with an NCAA rule waiver and NCAA legislation, an increase from the previously permissible maximum of two hours a week.___A gaming site is donating $20,000 for pandemic relief in New Jersey and giving out another $20,000 to fans who can predict the results of the NBA 2K tournament among NBA players.The 16-player tournament begins Friday night and will air on ESPN. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is the overall No. 1 seed and opens play against No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat in the first round.The winner of the week-long tournament will receive a $100,00 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice. BetMGM has a free bracket game available on its website to all verified New Jersey players. All competitors with a perfect bracket will split $20,000 in prizes.If there are no perfect brackets, the prize will be split among the highest scorers.BetMGM is also donating the same amount to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.___The Serie A says it will consider resuming only “when health conditions permit it.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___England’s contracted men’s players are donating 500,000 pounds ($610,000) to the England and Wales Cricket Board and selected good causes, and the England’s women’s squad is taking a pay cut for April, May and June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Furloughed employees ineligible to collect full base salaries through unemployment would receive a bonus from the organization when the furlough ends “to be made whole.”Additionally, furloughed employees will keep healthcare benefits, with the team covering premium payments during that time.In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the organization “remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.” Waddell said the plan “protects our employees from financial hardship while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.”___Philadelphia 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as All-Star center Joel Embiid made a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine. The Latest: England cricketers volunteer pay cuts of 20% SailGP already canceled its San Francisco regatta that had been set for May 2-3.Two more regattas are on the schedule for 2020, at Cowes, England, Aug. 14-15 and at Copenhagen Sept. 11-12. The opening regatta of SailGP’s second season, held in Sydney in late February, was won by British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie, who also is leading an America’s Cup campaign. SailGP was co-founded by former America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand and tech billionaire Larry Ellison.___FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Sacramento Kings’ former arena and practice facility is being converted into a surge field hospital for COVID-19 and trauma care patients.The arena, in suburban Natomas, was the Kings’ home from 1988 until 2016, when they moved into a downtown facility.The Kings and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services say the hospital will have approximately 360 beds along with additional hospital services.The Kings are also donating 100,000 medical masks and $250,000 to community service organizations. On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment.“In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___ The players are all making 20% pay cuts for the next three months to fund the voluntary gesture.They plan to detail the charitable donations next week.The announcement by the Professional Cricketers’ Association followed talks over how England’s leading players would respond to the crisis after a request from the ECB for 20% pay cuts.___The SailGP global league has suspended its season through the end of June due to the coronavirus pandemic, wiping out a regatta scheduled for New York on June 12-13. Ticket purchasers will be automatically refunded by the end of June. Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The PGA Tour executive who oversees player activity is the first PGA Tour employee to have tested positive for COVID-19.Ross Berlin, the tour’s senior vice president of player affairs, says he was self-isolating after The Players Championship was canceled when he complained of losing his sense of taste and smell. His doctor put him through a coronavirus hotline interview and told him he wasn’t a high-risk candidate without a fever or breathing difficulties.Berlin says a few days later, on March 27, he had a fever. He at first was told he had pneumonia, but a test came back positive for the virus.He says he called everyone with whom he has been in contact — including his barber — and is feeling better. He says doctors told him players he might have seen on March 13 shouldn’t be concerned because he’s beyond the 14-day incubation period. German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms.The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___ The 11-team Valley League has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1961 and began using wooden bats in 1993. It’s among dozens of leagues where college players spend their summers.The Cape Cod League, generally considered the top summer league, said it had not decided whether to cancel its season. Play is scheduled to begin June 13.___Major League Lacrosse has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus outbreak.The six-team league was scheduled to begin its 20th season on May 30. In a statement, the league says “this decision was made to safeguard the health of our players, fans and staff, as well as those within our MLL communities as a result of the global pandemic.”MLL has teams in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Long Island, New York, Annapolis, Maryland, and Fairfield, Connescticut.No date has been set for the season to begin. The league says it will be guided by CDC recommendations.___Company-wide layoffs by NASCAR on Friday were part of previously planned restructuring. NASCAR did not reveal the number of employees affected. NASCAR “centralized” Iowa Speedway by dismissing most of its staff to instead use the employees from Kansas Speedway. That track is roughly four hours away from Iowa Speedway. The personnel changes were planned as part of restructuring from last years’ merger of NASCAR and track operator sister company International Speedway Corp. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___ ___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures. Officials say they’re working to find a new date for the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group announced Friday that whenever the Preakness is run in 2020, it will go on without infield activities that had been one of the race’s biggest traditions. The Preakness was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore.The organizations say in a joint statement finding a new date for the Preakness “will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.” The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. No decision has yet been made on the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6 at Belmont Park in New York.___The Lawn Tennis Association is giving up to 20 million pounds ($24 million) through grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials, and players in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May. FIFA says it also postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year, and no international games will be played in the early June dates protected for national team call-ups.The amended Olympic rule retains the “players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997” standard for the Tokyo Games. It means players eligible for the intended under-23 tournament in 2020 can still play in Japan at age 24 next year. Men’s soccer kicks off ahead of the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo. The 16 teams at the Tokyo Olympics next year can also select three over-age players in their rosters. A stellar lineup includes Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.The decision was made on Friday by a FIFA panel of soccer officials worldwide created to address the soccer shutdown. Singles players world ranked from 101 to 750 and doubles players ranked from 101 to 250 — who are not already receiving funding — are eligible for grants, and there will be increased prize money for British tour events if the tours resume. This week, Wimbledon was canceled and the tours suspended the British grass-court season.Most of the focus of the LTA package is on protecting the grassroots, including continued funding for development centers and the two national academies, and supporting full-time coaches.Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20%, while some staff will be furloughed next week but will be paid 80% of their salary.___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. NASCAR already has issued pay-cuts to its entire organization. It last week cut executives’ salary 25%, and 20% for other employees as stock car’s sanctioning body adapts to the new coronavirus pandemic. The 38-race NASCAR schedule is the longest in sports spanning nearly 11 months and the season was suspended four races into the year. The next publicly scheduled race is May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, but Virginia is under a state-at-home order into June. NASCAR has privately floated to teams revised 2020 schedules but not announced anything about rescheduling its races.___ The Southeastern Conference is extending its ban on practices and organized gatherings through the end of May.The ban includes team and individual practices, meetings and other gatherings — whether voluntary or required — as well as camps and coaches clinics.The powerhouse league had previously announced that in-person athletics activities were suspended through April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Berlin has been in various positions with the tour since 1998, with a brief spell as Michelle Wie’s first agent. He says his wife is awaiting her test results, though she has not shown any symptoms.___The Carolina Hurricanes are putting more than half of full-time staff on furlough through June 7 while taking steps they said would ensure affected employees don’t lose income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of the NHL season.The team announced the plan Friday with the team and PNC Arena having shut down operations last month to ensure social-distancing practices.The team says the furlough applies to about 55% of full-time employees, who would be directed to access unemployment benefits through the government’s $2.2 trillion economic rescue package. More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman.The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___ Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons. He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees.“Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15. World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Italian league has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.A new government decree issued this week prevents clubs from training — even in small groups — for at least another 10 days.Twelve rounds of Serie A remain, plus four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. Also, the Italian Cup semifinals were interrupted after the first leg.Following a video conference meeting of all 20 Serie A clubs on Friday, the league said “it will await the decrees from the government and place in primary consideration taking care of the athletes’ health and all people involved.”___ Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. April 3, 2020 The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27.Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.” Associated Press Two women’s World Cup tournaments — the Under-20s hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September, and the Under-17s in India in November — are postponed.___Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is donating $500,000 to help coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown of Las Vegas and in Philadelphia. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving money to Direct Relief and Three Square in Las Vegas and Philabundance in Philadelphia.“Now is the time to come together and adhere to the guidelines of medical professionals! We are wishing the best to all with our prayers during this time,” the couple said in a statement. The money established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care workers. The pledge from Embiid, Harris and Blitzer was expected to help boost efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the virus.Embiid says “we need to do everything possible to help those heroes who are putting their lives at risk to help us.” The gifts will support new experimental serology tests that detect antibodies to determine if a person has ever been infected with the virus-identifying staff and providers that might have immunity.___One of the major summer baseball leagues for college players has canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Bruce Alger of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia said the executive committee unanimously agreed the risk to players’ health would be too great.
That means national championships.Meyer led the Buckeyes to the first College Football Playoff championship in 2014, but they have missed three of the last four despite a 47-6 record. How will Day handle coaching at a place where one loss is unacceptable? We’re about to find out.Day, a Manchester, N.H., native, is only the second Ohio State coach born outside the state since World War II. John Cooper is the other one. Perhaps that’s why Day immediately appealed to the in-state fan base in his opening remarks.”My family and I have fallen in love with the passion that every fan has for the Buckeyes and what football means to this great state,” he said. “You can feel it on game day during the skull session, during the walk to the stadium and playing in the Horseshoe on Saturdays. To the high school coaches in Ohio: We have the best coaches and some of the best high school programs in all of America here at Ohio.”That means recruiting.Meyer does — did — that as well anybody, even Alabama coach Nick Saban. The Buckeyes are one of the most talented teams in the FBS, and it’s on Day to prove himself in that arena with the early Signing Day coming up. That’s his first big test.”Ryan’s going to be in four states (Wednesday), I imagine,” Meyer said before looking over at his successor. “He better be. We lost a week of recruiting.”MORE: Urban Meyer can’t afford more mixed messagesThat was one last indication that, until the Rose Bowl, Meyer will be the face of the program until Day takes over. Not that the new coach will be in the background: This is his program now, and with that comes a lot more attention.After the news conference, Columbus sports anchor Dom Tiberi interviewed Day while his wife and three children stood by the camera. A television tuned to the Big Ten Network blared in the background. The analysts on screen broke down Day’s chances at Ohio State. That’s his life now. It’s his responsibility to celebrate on the dais. The fire hose is running.Is he the next Lincoln Riley — a long-term home-run hire — or the next Luke Fickell — a short-term stopgap?We’re about to find out. With sincere apologies for the pun, it’s a new Day in Columbus, and everybody will be watching. Day will have never another moment quite like that again.MORE: Urban Meyer’s Ohio State legacy? It’s complicatedMeyer announced his retirement Tuesday and Day was given a five-year contract worth $4.5 million a year to be the 25th coach at Ohio State. Meyer and Day shared the podium with athletic director Gene Smith. The coaches wore gray suits and scarlet ties. The task for Day, right there, became keeping one of the most successful runs in program history going. Meyer takes an 82-9 record, three Big Ten titles and a national championship into his final game at the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1, 2019. What comes after will be a new era.”Every coach whoever put a whistle around their neck strives to be the head coach at The Ohio State University,” Day said during Tuesday’s news conference at the Fawcett Center. “I fully understand the challenges that await for me. Being on the same list as Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer, it’s extremely humbling, but I’m prepared and ready for the task.”Speaking of whistles, it was Day who had a malfunctioning one when he took the field as acting coach for the Buckeyes ahead of the opener at Oregon State. After the Buckeyes won 77-31, Day made a joke about that while discussing whether he was nervous to fill in for Meyer.”They gave me a whistle, and it didn’t work,” Day said with a smile. “I had to send it back. They gave me a fresh one. No, not nervous because there was a quiet confidence about this team all along. There’s a quiet confidence about a lot of guys on our team.”There is a quiet confidence about Day, too, and he proved that by going 3-0 in his stint as acting coach. Ohio State outscored Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU by a combined 169-62. There began a pass-heavy offense that would result in quarterback Dwayne Haskins becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist after a record-setting season. Day, who was an assistant under Chip Kelly with Oregon and the San Francisco 49ers, had offered an exciting glimpse of the program’s future, even if he downplayed that throughout the stint.He used a different explanation when he first spoke to the media as acting coach on Aug. 27. Day described full-time coaching duties as “drinking through a fire hose.”Five days later, after the victory over Oregon State on Sept. 1, he said, “My job is not to replace Coach Meyer. My job is to just keep this place until he gets back and never wanted to replace him, just want to keep this thing going in the right direction.”Now, it is Day’s job, and the fire hose will never stop running. At 39, he is the head coach of a top-shelf program where Big Ten championships are the minimum requirement and a national championship is expected every season.MORE: OSU’s Playoff status, for once, isn’t complicatedDay is now tasked with all the duties Meyer perfected during a seven-year stint that transformed Ohio State into one of the top five programs in the FBS alongside Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia. Meyer, who cited health issues as the biggest reason for his retirement, threw his support behind the Day hire.”I hired Ryan Day because I thought he was a very good coach,” Meyer said. “I knew he was. He was with me before (at Florida). What I found out was that he’s far past those thoughts. He’s elite.”Athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer began having Sunday discussions in November about the latter’s future. When the topic of potential successors was broached, Day was the best answer. Smith even put his arm around him on Tuesday to lighten the mood.”If he wasn’t talented, I wouldn’t have him here if he couldn’t X and O, let’s be clear,” Smith said. “He’s got to win ballgames. He knows that. Got to win ballgames.”Day will be judged on those games, in an order that Meyer also perfected.The order starts with Michigan. Meyer leaves with a 7-0 record against the Wolverines, and Day had a hand in the offensive game plan that produced a 62-39 blowout in The Game on Nov. 24. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 against the Buckeyes, but now Day is tasked with maintaining that gap, which has widened considerably in the 21st century. He mentioned watching The Game as a child; now we’ll see if he can handle that legacy-defining game as a coach. “It didn’t take long for me to figure out what the expectations were of Ohio State football,” Day said. “No. 1, win the rivalry game; No. 2, win every game after that.”That means the Big Ten.Meyer won three Big Ten championships in seven years and Ohio State compiled a 54-4 regular-season conference record during that stretch. The Buckeyes have not made the College Football Playoff in either of the last two seasons, however, despite being one of those elite programs. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ryan Day kept his feet on the ground at Lucas Oil Stadium while Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and several Buckeyes players celebrated on the dais, the Big Ten championship trophy in hand following a 45-24 victory against Northwestern.As they stood atop the Big Ten, figuratively and literally, Day and his wife, Nina, celebrated together with their children. Day wore a perma-smile after a dramatic 12-1 season he helped keep intact. He took pictures with his family and strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. Day absorbed the scene, and at that moment he was the hottest offensive coordinator in the FBS, bound, surely, for a bigger job. How will the young coach handle it? Can he maintain the quiet confidence he projected as acting coach?”We all are part of something special here at Ohio State,” he said. “The culture that Urban Meyer has created here is strong, and my pledge to the players is that our staff is going to give you every opportunity to maximize yourself as a football player (and) as a student in establishing your career after football.”Day has accepted the challenge. Now, find him a whistle that works. He’s going to need it.
The case has been snaking its way through the courts ever since. Neymar has scored some victories such as having the amount of seized assets reduced.However it is now up to tax authorities to decide whether they accept the amount that Neymar’s defense team has calculated that he owes.Neymar also faces corruption charges in Spain stemming from his transfer to Barcelona from the Brazilian team Santos in 2013.Share on: WhatsApp Sao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Brazilian football star Neymar is willing to pay a fine of $2.5 million to settle tax evasion allegations in his country, his lawyer said Friday.The 25-year-old wants to leave the fight with Brazilian authorities behind him as he prepares for a new professional life with Paris Saint-Germain after his record $261 million (222 million euro) transfer buyout from FC Barcelona, Neymar’s lawyer Marcos Neder told a press conference.“This process has stretched on for more than three years and our goal is to move ahead with the new phase that Neymar has begun,” Neder said.In September 2015, Brazilian tax authorities seized what was then the equivalent of $55.7 million in Neymar’s assets to cover what they said were unpaid taxes from 2011 to 2013, plus penalties and interest.
Hoop players have been busy working on their respective games prior to the High School Basketball season.So are the officials.The West Kootenay Basketball Officials Association is busy gearing up for another season on the hardwood with is inaugural meeting set for Tuesday in Castlegar.The place and time is Twin Rivers Elementary next to Stanley Humphries High School in Castlegar at 6:30 p.m.WKBOA president Dave Brewer will lead the meeting as the officials gear up for another season on the court.The meeting is open to anyone wishing to officiate in basketball in the West Kootenay.The WKBOA is in charge of officiating games from junior to senior from Kaslo in the north to Trail and Grand Forks in the south.For more information on the meeting or joining the WKBOA contact Brewer at 250-367-6369 or email at [email protected]@thenelsondaily.com
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Game, set, and now MATCH, as three time Eclipse champion Beholder and last year’s 3-year-old Filly Eclipse winner, Stellar Wind will meet for the third time this Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, final steppingstone to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff and a likely engagement with the undefeated Songbird.With 6-year-old Beholder prevailing by 1 ½ lengths in their initial encounter in the Grade I Vanity Mile June 4, Stellar Wind evened the score with an authoritative half length win in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Clement Hirsch on July 30, thus setting up a best out of three scenario on Saturday among a field of five fillies and mares three and up. STELLAR WIND: Fresh and razor sharp, this 4-year-old daughter of Curlin could be sitting on a career-best effort for owner Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. Idle since defeating Beholder on July 30, she seeks her fourth win from five local starts and her seventh overall from 11 career tries. Drawn outside in the Zenyatta five-pack, look for Stellar Wind to be handled aggressively by regular rider Victor Espinoza as he’ll no doubt be intent on applying significant early heat to Beholder. Originally based in Maryland and purchased privately by Hronis Racing in December, 2014, she’ll be making her ninth start for Sadler in the Zenyatta. BEHOLDER: Unarguably one of racing’s all-time great distaffers, the mighty Beholder comes off a non-threatening second place finish behind California Chrome in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 20. Dispatched at odds of 3-1 versus six males, Beholder, who won the Pacific Classic in 2015, was deftly handled by regular rider Gary Stevens, as he saw no point in over extending the Richard Mandella stable star, suggesting she should have “plenty in the tank” for Saturday’s showdown with Stellar Wind. Fast, but tractable early, Beholder has been virtually invincible at Santa Anita, as she’s won 13 out of her 14 starts here. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, LLC, Beholder is seeking a record fourth consecutive Zenyatta win and her 18th overall victory from 24 lifetime starts. She has amassed earnings of $4,996,600. ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES THE GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 9 (of 11) Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PST Off the Road–Tiago Pereira–121Beholder–Gary Stevens–125Vale Dori–Rafael Bejarano–121Tara’s Tango–Martin Garcia–123Stellar Wind–Victor Espinoza–125First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 p.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
NORWALK – A convicted cop killer laughed Tuesday after hearing a jury’s ruling that he be put to death. Jose Luis Orozco showed almost no emotion throughout the three-week trial in which he was convicted for the 2005 murder of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz of Diamond Bar. A rare exception for the 29-year-old Hawaiian Gardens gang member was an occasional smile for his mother when he turned in his chair to glance back at her from time to time. He will be sentenced May 3. They were accompanied by dozens of sheriff’s deputies and other family friends, including the family’s priest. “I think, for all of us, it was kind of reliving the nightmare all over,” Chela Ortiz said. Family members listed to testimony that included the defendant’s violent past and the many times he escaped prosecution by using his gang’s influence and power to intimidate victims. Orozco’s friends and fellow gang members also recalled his boasting about killing a police officer one day. “I just say thank God it is over,” Rosa Ortiz said. “It was too much some days. … To me it was too hard.” It took the jury of six men and six women a little more than four hours, spread over two days, to choose death over life in prison without the possibility of parole. It was almost the same amount of time used to come to the guilty verdict March 20. According to three jurors who spoke briefly outside the courtroom, the decision was a difficult one made slightly easier by the thorough job of the prosecutors and investigators. Equally as damning, jurors said, was the complete lack of remorse shown by the defendant. It looked to them as though he preferred the life of a criminal and reveled in the notoriety he earned in the deputy’s death. Ortiz was assigned to track Orozco down the day before his June 24, 2005, killing. That task stemmed from the June 20, 2005, shooting of an African- American man who – according to prosecutors – Orozco tried to kill simply because of his race. The 15-year police veteran, who learned the day before that he had made the rank of detective, was patrolling in Hawaiian Gardens when he spotted Orozco and tried to stop him. The gang member took off running with Ortiz behind him, according to court testimony. Ortiz followed Orozco to an apartment complex on East 223rd Street, to the home of one of Orozco’s friends whom the deputy knew from previous altercations. What Ortiz didn’t know was that Orozco was lurking behind the woman’s front door. As Ortiz spoke to her and reholstered his weapon, Orozco steadied his hand while two of the woman’s children – girls ages 6 and 8 – and several of her friends looked on. He fired one shot from his .38-caliber revolver, with the slug passing through a crack in the door and hitting the deputy in the side of the head. The 35-year-old father to two boys died almost immediately. Stan Perlo, one of two court-appointed defense attorneys, said the defendant’s lack of support by his family dealt a massive blow to their case. Originally, Orozco’s mother was to take the stand to tell her son’s story and talk about the many problems he faced growing up, Perlo said. But she became nervous, telling her son the night before she was to testify that she did not want to go through with it, Perlo said. Perlo and his co-counsel, Robin Yanes, had approached Orozco’s case from a somewhat unorthodox position. Rather than argue their client’s innocence, they repeatedly referred to their client as the gunman in the presence of the jury and focused on a number of other people they claimed were equally responsible in the crime. “We made a lot of decisions that some lawyers would disagree with,” Perlo said. “I would add, personally, a lot of lawyers with a lot less experience.” When Orozco returns to court May 3, Perlo and Yanes will argue for a mistrial and, if that is rejected, will ask Judge Philip Hickok to modify the jury’s verdict and consider life without parole. The chance either argument will be successful is slight, Perlo said. But that then sets into motion the automatic appeals process, something that will be handled by a different set of attorneys. At the very least, Perlo estimated the appeals process will last five years. It could run into 20 years because there are both state and federal requirements that must be met, he added. “The decision today made the family happy, but unfortunately it’s a false happiness,” Perlo said after court Tuesday. “The death penalty rarely offers … closure.” The Ortiz family, however, disagreed. “I’m kind of relieved that it’s over,” said 17-year-old Jeremy Ortiz, one of the deputy’s sons from a previous marriage. “I’m happy with the verdict, we just have to wait it out now.” [email protected] (562) 499-1261 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the jury convicted him last month of the deputy’s slaying, as well as the attempted murder of another man just a few days prior to the ambush killing of Ortiz, Orozco sat staring straight ahead, unflinching. As Court Clerk Dan Fallon read the jury’s sentence shortly before noon Tuesday, several members of the slain lawman’s family gasped, clutching one another’s hands. At the same time, a small smile spread across Orozco’s face and he chuckled. “We understand and we appreciate the gravity of the decision that the jury had to make … and that it took a lot for them to \,” Chela Ortiz, the deputy’s wife, said afterward. The widow – who was married three weeks before her husband was killed – sat with her mother-in-law, Rosa Ortiz, and the rest of the family every day of the trial.
15 August 2008Back in 2000, when everybody started taking South Africa’s World Cup bidding process seriously, a high-level delegation of Fifa officials toured the country on a fact-finding mission.They left with images of thousands of wide-eyed children calling in unison for the right to host the showpiece of the beautiful game, and Vicky Sampson’s “My African Dream” ringing in their ears. South Africa lost its bid to host the 2006 edition of the world’s most popular sporting event (by the narrowest margin in Fifa’s history), but the seed had been planted and the country had emerged as a heavyweight on the international stage.The 2010 Fifa World Cup will give South Africa a global platform to showcase everything that is unique about the country. Expect South African music to be up near the top of the list.Love them or hate them, vuvezalas will play an integral part in this country’s 2010 celebrations. Fifa has acknowleged this and granted permission for them to be used at next year’s Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup “under certain conditions”.Cape Town-based music educator Pedro Espi-Sanchis is running vuvuzela workshops at football clubs around the country, and hopes to perform at the opening ceremony as well as the final of the 2010 World Cup.A nationwide hunt is also under way for operatic “mega-voices” to give birth to the country’s very own 20 Tenors. South Africa’s answer to The Three Tenors are expected to perform concerts in all nine host cities prior to kick-off. There are plans to produce a CD, and choreographer Ian von Memerty is working on a repertoire which includes an “iconic anthem”.In addition, hundreds of choirs, groups, bands and singers (including Le Zulu Blanc Johnny Clegg) are likely to create a chorus that will resonate around the world long after the world’s biggest party has left these shores.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now After your responsibility to develop yourself personally and professionally, your next greatest responsibility is to your relationships. You have to keep track of your relationships, and when you interact with the most important people in your life, you need an agenda.I’m a huge proponent using lists to manage your tasks. Or, if you need something more sophisticated, task management software. Lists and task managers that help you to keep track of all the commitments that you make.One of the most important ways to make lists is by context. This is a GTD concept where you keep a list by the location where you can do the work. For example your office is a context; there is some work you need to do that requires you be at your office (although that list seems to be shrinking dramatically for most of us). Your telephone is a context. The office in your home is a context. I’ve got my local drugstore and my grocery stores as context lists, too. When I’m in any of the locations I have listed as a context, I have a list of all the things I need to do while I’m there.But the most important context lists that I have developed is a list of people that I communicate with most frequently. High on this list are my clients. You can’t have a conversation with your client without them being there; in my mind, that makes individual people a context of their own. I have a context for each of my client’s names, and anytime something comes to mind for which I need to speak to that client, I capture it on their list. It doesn’t matter how big the idea is, how important the idea is, or how insignificant the idea is, if I’m thinking about it, I capture it.Whenever I speak with or meet with a client I’ve got an agenda in front of me. I have all the issues and ideas that I want to speak to them about in one view. This helps both of us use our limited time more effectively.Make a list of the people you need to communicate with most frequently. Maybe it’s your sales manager. Maybe it’s your clients. Maybe even want to put some personal relationships on a context and include your spouse or your kids. As you go through the week and ideas come to mind, add them to each person’s list. This is much faster and much more effective than making 10 individual phone calls, one for each time something pops in your head.If what you need to talk to your client about is urgent, by all means, call them immediately. But most of the things aren’t urgent,. The context list by relationship ensures that you have a placeholder for when you do get your client on the telephone.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The dream client you’ve been pursuing has once again rejected your request for a meeting. You have asked so many times that you have lost count of how much this contact has told you “No.” You want to believe that “no” doesn’t mean “no,” that it means “maybe,” or “later,” or something.And then you stop calling this prospect. They’re just too difficult. You give up.A Step Onto the Slippery SlopeYou’ve been calling another dream client. You haven’t called them nearly as often as you called the first dream client, the one you decided to quit pursuing. But this prospect is no different. They won’t give you the time of day, and they continually reject your request for a meeting out of hand.Even though you’ve made only half the attempts to reach this client as the first prospect, you decide it’s hopeless. So you stop calling and move on to lower hanging fruit.Spiraling DownwardAnother dream client has taken your calls. But she’s always said “no” to each and every one of your requests for a meeting. She’s nice, polite, and professional, but she always says “no.” Honestly, you haven’t made anywhere near as many attempts to schedule a meeting with this prospect as you have the other two.You decide that this prospect is just like the other two, and you decide to discontinue calling her. You have better things to do with your time.Slowly, imperceptibly, you have trained yourself to take “no” for an answer. You’ve allowed yourself to give up the discomfort of persistence for the conflict-free role of pushover.The pursuit of your dream clients is a game with no time limit. You don’t have to win now. You don’t even have to win their business next quarter. You just have to win their business eventually. If you keep giving up every time a prospect says “no,” how long will it be before you eliminate all of the dream clients in your territory?The mark of the professional is their willingness to persist.
Wolves boss Nuno says they’re ready to act in marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says they’re studying the January market.However, he is eager to keep their plans close to his chest.The manager said, “I can comment on how we work. The transfer window is happening now and we anticipated it before.“We have a squad and now we have to look at it. We have to analyse what we have in front of us and who can deliver these things.“Now we have the chance with the transfer window, and anything can happen.”Nuno added: “Every time a player has a chance to go, it’s because of something like ‘he needs to play’. If we have an asset that needs to play. If we have a chance, we’ll take it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say