Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cup

first_imgSpain head coach Fernando Hierro gestures as he speaks to his player Spain’s Koke during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)KAZAN, Russia — Fernando Hierro had an abrupt answer to those asking questions about his tactics and strategies at the World Cup.“I’m the new coach. I’m the national coach,” the former Real Madrid captain said. “You have to get used to that.”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Hierro made two changes for the match, bringing in defender Dani Carvajal and winger Lucas Vazquez. Carvajal had just recovered from a muscle injury he picked up during the Champions League final, but Hierro thought the defender would make an excellent partnership with Vazquez to create space in Iran’s flat and well-organized defense.“We needed to play deep on the right and have some space there for Lucas and Dani when they had to fight two against one,” Hierro explained. “It is true sometimes on the left they have changed the whole style of game, have changed their right flank. But, on Dani’s side, Lucas’s side, we created space and we were able to penetrate, able to get balance and that’s why we took this decision.”Hierro also repositioned Isco on the left, and it proved to be a successful decision as the Real Madrid was dominant in the midfield. His relentless work to win the ball back and his dribbles also contributed to wear down the opposition on a frustrating night for Spain’s attacking players.Hierro, a former Real Madrid star who spent 14 seasons at the Merengue club, has no major coaching experience before joining the national squad and it’s unclear whether he will remain at the helm of the national team after the World Cup.The 50-year-old 50 Hierro has been Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid and coached second-division club Real Oviedo two seasons ago. But he recently served as the Spanish federation’s sports director and was already in Russia with the national team when Lopetegui was fired.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Everyone gets chance to shine in PSL Invitationals Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ He knows the Spanish internationals very well, and they all seem ready to listen to the new boss.A majority of Spain players were reportedly in favor of Lopetegui staying on for the tournament after Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales made the move to fire the coach.Rubiales said Lopetegui had betrayed Spanish football values by accepting the coaching role at Real Madrid while still under contract with Spain. A little bit more than a week later, the players seem to have digested the shock decision pretty well. And in any case, they don’t give the impression they want to betray Hierro.At the end of their warmup om Wednesday night, they linked arms in a big circle. And a few minutes before kickoff, there were scenes of solidarity between the starters as Sergio Ramos gave Andres Iniesta a kiss on the cheek and held his teammate’s head in the tunnel leading to the pitch.“When I speak about my team, I speak about the 23 players,” Hierro said. “It’s a pleasure to see them, to get up in the morning and to see how committed they are. When you have players like mine, who are committed and fight, things look brighter.”With a coach like that, things are looking bright for Spain, too.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ No doubt about that.In just two matches in charge of the Spain squad at the World Cup as the last-minute successor of Julen Lopetegui, Hierro has already made his mark. And results have not been too bad, as Spain is level on points with Portugal for top spot in Group B and in an excellent position to qualify for the knockout stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKnowing his team would be facing a very defensive Iran team on Wednesday night, Hierro came up with a different formation to the one used for the 3-3 draw with Portugal last week.“We understood it was very important to overman on the left,” Hierro said after Spain’s 1-0 win over Iran.last_img read more

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Sen. Cooper: LACC, GAC Need Autonomous Status

first_imgMargibi County Senator and presidential hopeful Oscar Cooper. By Alvin WorziAs the October presidential and representatives elections draw closer, Margibi County Senator and presidential aspirant Oscar Cooper has underscored the need for the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to be given autonomous statuses.Senator Cooper made the disclosure yesterday in Monrovia, stressing the importance of circumventing interference in the fight against corruption across the country.“We have to give anti-graft institutions complete autonomous status in order to reduce the high level of corruption in the country,” Cooper told reporters.The Margibi Senator said he believes that if anti-graft institutions were autonomous, they would help reduce interference by any branch of government as well as eradicate corruption.He underscored the need for a robust development of the agriculture sector and the empowerment of young people. “If elected president, empowerment and development of the agriculture sector will be paramount on my agenda,” he said.“We will partner with farmers throughout the country to empower them by introducing mechanized farming in the 15 sub-political divisions of Liberia.”He emphasized that youth empowerment remains key for reducing youth unemployment across the country, which will help to put money in young people’s pockets and properly develop their living conditions.Senator Cooper said the Unity Party government has failed the Liberian people, especially with the rise of the United States dollar against its Liberian currency, which makes things difficult for the Liberian people.He indicated that under his presidency, the Liberian dollar will regain its value against the United States dollar to help reduce the hardship faced by ordinary businesspeople.He indicated that in other for the Liberian dollar to be on par with the US dollar, farmers need to be empowered to grow cocoa and other exported produce to stabilize the exchange rate.He promised to run the office of the president from every county to enable speedy development.The Margibi County Senator frowned on the messy education system “that the UP government is leaving behind,” adding “With the help of technology we can sit anywhere and communicate the agenda of the government to all Liberians.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Jake Lane, Travis Eggers, Brad Arndt big winners at zone qualifiers

first_imgJake Lane was a big winner over the weekend. He took the top spot in the Bantam, Juvenile and Junior Divisions of play. Meanwhile, Travis Eggers won in Men’s Amateur play. He won by 11 strokes over second place finisher Dillon Maier. Taking first place in the Men’s Senior Division was Brad Arndt. Arndt shot a 158 over the weekend to take the top spot by nine strokes over Greg Pallister.Ryan Harvey is the pro shop manager at the golf course. He explains that winners can advance to a number of different tournaments, and goes into detail about the structure of the qualifying event.“It takes people to a variety of different possibilities, we  have three juniors competing this year, so they can go to, depending on their ages, B.C. Bantam, B.C. Juvenile or B.C. Junior,” Harvey explains. They we’ve got about eight people competing for the B.C. Amateur and another four, for the B.C. Senior. It’s good to obviously have here, and it’s good to have some representation from the area go to these tournaments too.”- Advertisement -Harvey adds that while the start wasn’t ideal in terms of the conditions on the course at the start of play, he and the players were happy with how things came around as play progressed.“It’s been good so far. It started off a little rough, but the greens are coming around now,” Harvey says. “They seem to be enjoying themselves and having a good time. I know there was some pretty good scores shot yesterday, so we’ll see what they rest of the day (Sunday) brings.”Overall, over a dozen golfers from the area took part in the qualifiers.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kevin Durant powers Warriors past Thunder

first_img0Shares0000Kevin Durant delivered 28 points as the Golden State Warriors improved to 46-14 with a 112-80 win over Oklahoma City © GETTY/AFP/File / KEVORK DJANSEZIANLOS ANGELES, United States, Feb 25 – Kevin Durant delivered 28 points and Stephen Curry finished with 21 points and nine rebounds as the Golden State Warriors improved to 46-14 with a 112-80 win over Oklahoma City.After a see-saw first half the defending league champion Warriors got in a groove, going on a 21-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to seize control and turn Saturday’s contest into a blowout. The Warriors also avenged a pair of losses to the Thunder in November and just before the NBA All-Star Game break earlier this month.“We’re champions. We’re 46-14 and we’ve got one of the best road records in the league,” Durant said.Thunder star Paul George was held to just five points, while a struggling Carmelo Anthony scored only 14. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 15 points and 10 rebounds.“He’s played at such a high level offensively for such a long time, a night like tonight’s going to happen,” coach Billy Donovan said of George.Anthony’s frustration boiled over when he got into a testy exchange with the Warriors’ Draymond Green. Green was given a technical foul — his 15th of the season — for swatting the head of Anthony who then threw his blue headband down on the court before engaging Green.“I play with high emotion,” Green said. “I’ll continue to play with passion.”Elsewhere, the Miami Heat used a balanced scoring attack to halt a three-game losing streak by rolling over the struggling Memphis Grizzlies 115-89.Tyler Johnson scored 23 points for the Heat, who are battling for a post-season spot after winning for just the second time in their last 10 games.Memphis has lost nine games in a row, the longest current losing streak in the NBA.Justise Winslow scored a season-high 17 points for the Heat while Wayne Ellington drained five three pointers and finished with 15 points.Miami veteran Dwyane Wade got into foul trouble and played just 18 minutes.Andrew Harrison scored 17 points for the Grizzlies, who played without injured leading scorer Tyreke Evans.The Heat took the lead for good at 28-26 and their margin reached 92-70 by the end of the third quarter.Miami outscored Memphis 50-30 in the paint, 13-2 on fast breaks and 26-8 off turnovers.In Portland, Damian Lillard scored on a driving layup with nine-tenths of a second to play as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 106-104.Lillard scored 19 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 40.In New York, Kyrie Irving tallied 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Boston Celtics over the New York Knicks 121-112 for their second victory in two nights since the all-star break.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgPatrick’s Delight in President’s Day win at PortsalonOn Saturday 20th August the members of Portsalon Golf Club contested for the second major golfing title of the year. The prize on offer was Willie Mc Cleary’s Presidents Prize. With a strong breeze blowing across the Banks it left conditions difficult for good golf on the outward nine. The event was staged with an 18 hole stableford course. The overall winner and indeed his first major golfing title at Portsalon golf club was Milford’s Patrick Crerand. Patrick playing off a 13 handicap who was one of the last golfers to take to the the Portsalon ‘’banks’’, mastered the windy conditions and made the turn with 22 points. Having blanked the par three tenth hole he recouped and recorded a further 19 points on the homeward nine to amass a magnificent total 41 points on the day, Runner up was Ronan Mc Clafferty (16) 38 points. Gross John Shields (3) 33 points, 3rd Tommy Mc Intyre (27) 37 points, 4th Patrick Shields (16) 37 points, Country Member 1st: Barry Overend 33ptsCountry Member 2nd: Eamon O’Brien 28pts, 20+ Handicap: Mick McGlynn (22) 36pts Best Nine’s : Dave Hughes and Shaun Shields. The CSS was 36 points.The President Willie Mc Cleary welcomed his family to Portsalon golf club and the club members on this his Presidents Day. The President thanked the members who participated in this his Presidents Day at Portsalon Golf Club. He thanked Sean Mc Gettigan and his catering staff for the magnificent food served on the night. He thanked Grace and Carina for all their work during the day. He thanked the members for the honour bestowed upon him and indeed it is his privilege to be President of Portsalon Golf Club.Captains OutingOne of the onerous tasks bestowed on the vice captain is to organise the captains outing. The vice captain D P Logue has this year arrange a remarkable golfing feast with golf to be played on both the prestigious Portstewart golf links. With hotel accommodation arranged at a very keen price. As places are limited for further details contact the clubhouse on 0749259459. All names must be registered on the notice which is in the club house and booking deposit of €50 must be paid. EventsOn Sunday 28th August there is a members competition and on Wednesday 31st August a gents open stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Team NewsOn Sunday last the Portsalon senior team travelled to Ballybofey golf club for the return leg of the their semi final. Going into the match Portsalon held a slender advantage of four matches to Ballybofeys three matches. This was always going to be a difficult assignment for Stephen Connolly and his team. The outcome saw the Ballybofey club advance to the final. The Captain Donal Callaghan would like to extend his thanks to Stephen Connolly and all the team members who represented Portsalon golf club in this years seniors event.Results The winner of the Sunday member’s competition was Ken Sharpe (23) with 39 points, Runner up Joe Harrison (14) 36 points. The CSS was 34 points. On Wednesday the winner of the open competition was 19 handicaper Colm Mc Conigley who recorded one of the biggest scores at Portsalon this year with 46 points, runner up was Anthony Toland (19) 39 points, Gross Ryan Mc Gettigan (7) 30 points, 3rd Odhran Mc Gowan (16) 38 points. The CSS was 38 points. On Friday last Portsalon Golf club staged an 18 hole open ladies and gents competition in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The winner was John Cullen, runner up Mick Mc Glynn. The ladies winner was Kathleen Friel. The organiser would like to thank Portsalon golf Club for the course on the day, all who participated, those who sponsored prizes and gave donations on the day.Match PlayMembers are reminded that the all match play who are due to have their match played should note that in the event of the matches not being played by the due date a draw will take place to determine who proceeds to the next round.Portsalon Ladies The Portsalon ladies under the direction of Mary Barrett traveled to Templepatrick Golf Course for the final of the Ulster ILGU Intermediate Cup on Sunday last. Their opponents in the final were Rockmount golf club. On the day the Portsalon ladies found the Rockmount team to much and were narrowly defeated. The Captain Donal Callaghan would like to congratulate the team on reaching this prestigious final. He wishes also to thank all who represented Portsalon golf club in this competition.Ray Resort Centre ClassicMembers should note that the course is reserved on Saturday 27th August for the Ray Resort Centre open golf classic. Tee times are still available, contact 074 91 59459 or go on line to portsalongolfclub.com to ensure your place in this event.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

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TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TABLES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTSOld Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 2 v 1 Mulroy Celtic Gweedore Celtic Reserves 2 v 3 Erne WanderersRamelton Mariners 4 v 1 Glenea United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDeele Harps 4 v 0 Milford United Reserves Donegal Town Reserves 5 v 0 Downtown UnitedGweedore United Reserves 2 v 3 Cranford United ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 0 v 0 Castlefin CelticLagan Harps A v A Rathmullan Celtic Watson Hire Division OneBallybofey United P v P Arranmore United K.O. 1p.m.Curragh Athletic 10 v 2 Raphoe TownCT Ball Division Two Drumbar United 2 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticDunlewy Celtic 3 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Whitestrand United 2 v 1 Convoy ArsenalUlster Junior CupBonagee United 1 v 3 Drumkill RoversMilford United 3 v 0 Drumoghill F.C.FAI Junior CupAileach F.C. 1 v 2 Cappry RoversKillylough F.C. 2 v 3 Glenea UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 5 Keadue RoversDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE FIXTURESSATURDAY 1-12-2012 K.O. 2 p.m.Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCGlencar Celtic v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Gweedore Celtic ReservesMulroy Celtic v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesDowntown United v Tullyvinney RoversSUNDAY 2-12-2012 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCastlefin Celtic v Lagan HarpsSt. Catherines v Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneBallybofey United v Keadue RoversCappry Rovers v Eany CelticRaphoe Town v Cranford UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United v Kerrykeel ’71 FCGlenree United v Gweedore UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic v Convoy ArsenalWhitestrand United v Drumbar UnitedUlster Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m. (Unless Stated)Ballyhaise Celtic v Bonagee UnitedDunree United v Curragh AthleticGlaslough Villa v Kilmacrennan CelticGreencastle FC v Gweedore CelticKillylough FC v Rathmullan CelticLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsDunkineely Celtic FC74212315813Glenea United5401103713Lifford Celtic FC532010469Kilmacrennan Celtic FC43108629Lagan Harps FC62229908Milford United FC522111747Gweedore Celtic6231511-67St Catherines FC7241916-77Rathmullan Celtic42206426Castlefin Celtic7061622-161League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsEany Celtic FC7610147718Donegal Town FC8521158716Curragh Athletic FC74032852315Cranford FC74211812613Cappry Rovers6312147711Keadue Rovers FC6222161068Ballybofey United FC6132712-55Drumoghill FC7142617-115Raphoe Town8161837-294Arranmore United8170819-113League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsDunlewey Celtic75111811716Whitestrand United FC7520179815Bonagee United FC75201714315Glenree United FC74122012814Gweedore United FC64202171412Kerrykeel 71 FC532012669Letterbarrow Celtic FC7250619-136Convoy Arsenal FC71511120-94Drumbar FC71511019-94Copany Rovers FC80531227-153League table for Old Orchard Inn Division OneTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsErne Wanderers FC65012071316Fintown Harps AFC75202011915Ramelton Mariners FC7412179814Mulroy Celtic632198110Glenea United7232810-28Glencar Celtic72321118-78Kilmacrennan Celtic FC7124812-47Castlefin Celtic71511116-54Gweedore Celtic6051518-131League table for Glencar Inn Division TwoTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsDeele Harps FC88003262624Donegal Town FC Reserves852125141116Glenree United FC74211411313Keadue Rovers FC73311813510Milford United FC8341927-1810Downtown United FC62221011-18Gweedore United FC82601220-86Cranford FC Reserves7142816-85Tullyvinney Rovers7160919-103TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TABLES was last modified: November 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FIXTURES AND TABLESTOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

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Get Carter becomes SAL theme

first_img Carter, the team most named as the league favorite, is 2-3 and has lost two consecutive games. Cajon also is 2-3, but has dropped three straight. And those are the teams SAL coaches are saying are the ones to beat. San Andreas League football teams aren’t exactly on a wave of momentum heading into the league season tonight. The six teams were a combined 7-23 in nonleague play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Other possible contenders haven’t fared any better, with Arroyo Valley 0-5 and San Gorgonio 2-3. Still, there is reason for optimism, league coaches say. “I think Carter is the favorite and then it’s wide open after that,” San Gorgonio coach Randy Stevens said. “Cajon has played some good teams and is 2-3. They played Kaiser tough and didn’t get blown out.” Arroyo Valley won the title last season, but doesn’t have stars such as Michael Coleman (now at USC) and Justin Marvel (UNLV). The Hawks still have talent, but Arroyo Valley coach Tony DiThomas isn’t beating his chest at this point. center_img “It’s Carter and everyone else,” DiThomas said. “Carter had a lot of returning kids who have played in that system. And San (Gorgonio) and Cajon could be teams to beat, too.” The SAL’s early season woes have prompted talk again of whether the league belongs in Division V of the CIF-Southern Section for football, or whether it should be dropped to Division VIII. “You’ll never hear me say that we can’t play teams in a higher division,” DiThomas said. “You always want to play the best that you can. But it wouldn’t bother me if they put us in ‘D8.’ “ Said Carter coach Mike Churchill, who won a pair of CIF titles at Riverside Poly in the early 1980s: “It’s not for me to say where CIF should put us. I don’t understand a lot of what CIF does anyway. Money seems to be the determining factor most of the time.” Churchill further opined that a preoccupation with standardized test scores, as opposed to emphasizing the whole student, has hindered some athletic programs. “The Mountain View League is in D5 and didn’t used to be the toughest, but they certainly are now,” Churchill said. “They’re good schools that emphasize academics and athletics and now they’re beating up on everybody else.” Here is a rundown of the SAL teams: ARROYO VALLEY The Hawks have struggled defensively, giving up 39.5 points per game. They had woes against the pass early in the season and against the run of late. But they get some behemoths on the line back this week. Quarterback Anthony Wyrick (four touchdowns, nine interceptions) is settling down after a rocky start and has a good report with wide receiver Dustin Blount (27 catches, 650 yards). CARTER The Lions have lost to three quality teams in Cathedral City, Vista Murrieta and Los Osos. They’ll have to hold onto the ball better than last week when they committed five turnovers against Los Osos. RB Dorian Penn is Carter’s biggest offensive threat and A.J. Nichols is a returning, first-team all-leaguer at offensive tackle. CAJON The Cowboys opened the season with victories against Silverado and Fontana, but have dropped three consecutive, to Sultana, Kaiser and Alta Loma. Each of those teams are contenders in their own leagues, with Kaiser always a threat for a CIF D8 title. QB Cedric Greene and RB/DB General Parnell lead Cajon. PACIFIC The Pirates routed Garey 48-0, but have otherwise scored just 21 points. Pacific had a problem with players missing practice before a 44-6 loss to Bloomington (coach Randy Jensen benched several players), but hopes it has that ironed out. Running back D.J. Richardson is a player to watch. SAN BERNARDINO The Cardinals have scored just 14 points combined in four games since losing 41-30 to Hesperia in its opener. Coach Marcus Soward thinks the nonleague season has been beneficial. He is counting heavily upon transfer running back Jerrayl Hamilton to pace the offense and cornerback Shermond Johnson on defense. SAN GORGONIO The Spartans have some talent, but lack experience. That has resulted in too many turnovers and defensive miscues, the latter resulting in three long Apple Valley touchdowns last week. Running back/defensive back Jeremiah Wortham is a player to watch. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Candidates in school board race agree image a priority

first_img Candidates say the district still suffers from a negative reputation that started decades ago but is no longer true. The district has improved since the days of violence and low student achievement that characterized its past, they say. “I think we’ve created a lot of positive changes in the last four years,” said board president Paul Solano, who is running for his second term on Nov. 8. Improving the image of Bassett Unified School District and Bassett High School is one of the top priorities for the three incumbents and three challengers running for three school board seats. Moreno, who attended kindergarten at Van Wig Elementary, said she is running for office to give back to the community and help students succeed. She has a master’s degree in education and teaches third grade at St. Louis. As a board member, she’d like to see modernization within the classroom, such as buying new textbooks, encouraging teachers in their job and retaining veteran teachers in the district. Challenger Maria Pico, who has lived in the Bassett area for 34 years, said schools need to invite more parent involvement. Pico said she’s also concerned with unnecessary spending and would like to see that less money is wasted if elected to the board. Because her three children now attend Sunkist Elementary School, she wants to make sure they receive the best education possible. Another way to improve the district’s image is to invite former graduates who are now working professionals to talk to current students, according to incumbent Bob Fuentes, who has been on the board for 12 years. It’s not true that Bassett students don’t succeed. Returning to the race is challenger Lizet Angulo, a former board member. Her concerns about the board’s relationship with the superintendent and spending of the bond money convinced her to run for office again, she said. “At this time, I think the majority of the board is controlling the superintendent, and I always thought that the board and the superintendent would be working together,” Angulo said. “We shouldn’t be micromanaging anybody. We should be the overseers.” Improving the district’s relationship will be a public relations task in finding and highlighting positive issues at Bassett High School. The high school should send students to intermingle with younger students in the middle schools, she said. Also, parents should be able to attend periodic meetings or orientation meetings at the high school to introduce the different departments and programs offered. “They’re doing great stuff out there. People need to know more about it,” she said. Incumbent Anna Aguilar could not be reached for this story. — Esther Chou can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513, or by e-mail at esther.chou@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! function openpopupmars1(){ var popurl=”http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site207/2005/1020/20051020_095340_1021-nt-BASSETT-UNI-ELECT-B.gif” winpops=window.open(popurl,””,”width=848,height=844,”) } AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some of those positive changes include promoting Robert Watanabe to superintendent, passing a $23 million bond measure, paying off a $11 million debt and raising confidence among parents and employees, according to Solano. There’s also a new principal at the high school. From personal experience, Solano said some families enroll their children in Bassett schools until eighth grade, then transfer to private schools or other districts for their high school education. Solano himself attended Bassett schools until eighth grade and transferred to Bishop Amat High Memorial School. Candidates say they want to continue raising morale and pride for Bassett schools among community members. That way, the district’s reputation will improve as well. Challenger Karina Moreno, a teacher at St. Louis of France School in La Puente, said the district should start a program in which high school students could talk to middle school students about what high school is like. The idea of success and a “you can” attitude should be instilled in students when they start their freshman year, Moreno said. Not only should students be educated in core subjects but they should also know how to “go about the system,” such as taking the SAT, applying to college and studying for class.last_img read more

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Boost for QPR ahead of vital Swansea clash

first_imgQPR expect Bobby Zamora to be available for tonight’s vital home match against Swansea.Zamora was laid low by a virus at the weekend and missed Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.But the striker was assessed on Tuesday and looks like returning for this evening’s game.A win against Swansea would be Rangers’ third consecutive home victory and could take them three points clear of the relegation zone.Click here for our QPR quiz – can you score more than 6/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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