Ruddock knocked out in Canada heavyweight bout

first_imgJamaican Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock had his dream of once more becoming the Canadian heavyweight boxing champion, at age 51, dashed to pieces on Friday night when he was knocked out at two minutes and five seconds of the third round in Toronto, Canada, by current champion Dillon Carman.Ruddock, who was the Canadian champion in 2001 when he walked away from the ring without formally retiring, tried to turn back the clock and had two successful outings in March and May this year. This, in addition to his former impressive record and world rating, obviously were the reasons he was given the opportunity to challenge Carman.The dream did not come true, however, as after two tentative rounds, in which both boxers did very little, Carman exploded in round three and floored Ruddock twice. He beat the count the first time, but was knocked out cold on the second occasion and laid flat on his back for several seconds before being revived.He has had a great career and is now 40-6-1, while Carman, who is 29, won the title on October 2, 2014, and has a 9-2 record.The consensus after the fight is that he should now formally retire and not put himself at risk.- Leroy Brownlast_img read more

A new meaning to Prep phenom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card He played at the famed Rucker Park in the Bronx with the best players in the city. Some of those players went on to college or the NBA – Lamar Odom, Smush Parker, Stephon Marbury. Others could’ve, but got sidetracked along the way. “Those older guys, the ones who didn’t make it, they all have stories, they pass them down and try to help you,” Gibson said. “Everybody would always say, ‘Don’t end up like that. Don’t be like him.’ ” The cautionary tales were all around him. Omar Cook, the prep phenom who bolted for the NBA too early and played only 22 games before getting cut, is from the same neighborhood, the Fort Green housing projects. After his freshman year at Telecommunications High in Brooklyn,those around Gibson thought he needed a change of scenery. He’d fallen behind in his classes. He was heading down an uncertain path. So his AAU coach called a friend, Ron Slater, in California and asked for a favor. Slater was starting a prep school basketball program in Tarzana. “He just said, ‘Taj needs to get out of the city. He needs a place to go.’ So I said, ‘Send him out here and we’ll see if he can play,’ “Slater said. “And my friend says, ‘No, you don’t understand. This kid can really play. He’s 6-8 and he’s dunking over 7-footers. He can dunk on anyone.’ ” “I was the tallest person in school, but sometimes it was hard to get noticed,” said Gibson, now a senior at Cavalry Baptist Christian High in Pacoima. As good a basketball player as he was on the playgrounds he frequented, there was always somebody better, or at least, there had been somebody better. PACOIMA – Taj Gibson stands a shade taller than 6-foot-8 and weighs about 200 pounds. His wingspan is close to 7 feet. Not exactly the kind of guy you can miss in a crowd. But that’s what was happening back home in Brooklyn. He’d go through math class not understanding a concept, or worse, the whole lesson, and no one was there to help him. He’d skip school and there was no consequence. center_img Three years later, Gibson is an NBA prospect with a scholarship offer from USC. It took an extra year, but he caught up in his credits, earned a qualifying score on the SAT and developed into one of the top power forwards in the Class of 2006. He easily could have gone to a prep school closer to home. The East Coast is filled with prep schools that cater to students like Gibson who, for one reason or another, have fallen behind or need some extra guidance in order to get to college. Prep schools are relatively new on the West Coast. They have different requirements, allowing fifth-year seniors, recruiting and looser residency requirements than a sanctioning body like the California Interscholastic Federation does. Because of that, they generally only compete against other prep schools. In Southern California, there are only two prep schools that have basketball programs – Stoneridge Prep, which is now in Moorpark, and Cavalry Baptist Christian – but there is talk of starting an eight-team prep school league in the near future. Prep schools play in tournaments across the country every couple of weeks. Most of their travel expenses are paid by tournament organizers. Top college coaches fill the stands. Gibson had his pick of scholarship offers from Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Texas, Louisville and USC. Last June, he was rated as the seventh-best NBA prospect at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Chicago. But a normal day for Gibson is just as glamorous as it is for any other high-school student. He lives with two teammates in an apartment in Canyon Country. They wear school uniforms, start class at 8:30 a.m., have study hall for most of the afternoon and basketball practice in the evening. “Prep school is real serious. It’s like college,” he said. “We live on our own, have study hall, travel all over the place. But I think it prepares you better. “If you want to party and mess around, maybe prep school isn’t for you. But I’m real focused. It’s because of where I’m from. I came from hardship and I want to do everything I can to make the most of my ability so I can take care of my family.” When other athletes use that phrase – “I want to take care of my family” – it can sound cliche or insincere. But not when Gibson says it. “I want to set standards for myself. I don’t want to be another brother out there not doing nothing,” he said. “In some ways, I’m scared. I don’t want to fail. I don’t want to go home and have them say, ‘Don’t be like him.’ … That’s why I’m so focused. ” Gibson is one of three out-of-state players on the team. Other top players include guards Jonathan Gibson (no relation) and Daniel Barros, who are cousins from West Covina. Jonathan Gibson and Barros commute each day to Pacoima, but admit that it’s nothing compared to the sacrifice Taj has made. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s like a man,” Barros said. “He lives on his own, he takes care of himself. He’s real mature.” This is the first-year Cavalry Baptist Christian has had a basketball team. The tiny 117-student, K-12 school is new at this. At first, some of the basketball players might look out of place there among the younger students. Especially the taller players like Gibson, who towers over his classmates. Gibson says that’s a small price to pay. He might stick out, but at least now, everyone notices him. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 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

Immigration bill fuels fears of foreign nursing shortage

first_imgAs the United States runs short of nurses, senators are looking abroad, including a little-noticed provision in their immigration bill that would throw open the gate and, some fear, drain nurses from the world’s developing countries. The legislation is expected to pass this week, and the Senate provision, which removes the limit on the number of nurses who can immigrate, has been largely overlooked in the emotional debate over illegal immigration. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who sponsored the proposal, said it is needed to help the United States cope with a growing nursing shortage. He said he doubted the measure would greatly increase the small number of African nurses coming to the United States, but acknowledged that it could have an impact on the Philippines and India, which are already sending thousands of nurses here a year. “The Filipino people will suffer because the U.S. will get all our trained nurses,” said George Cordero, president of the Philippine Nurse Association. “But what can we do?” The nurse proposal has strong backing from the American Hospital Association, which reported last month that American hospitals have 118,000 vacancies for registered nurses. The federal government predicts the accelerating shortfall of nurses in the United States will swell to more than 800,000 by 2020. “There is no reason to cap the number of nurses coming in when there’s a nationwide shortage, because you need people immediately,” said Bruce Morrison, a lobbyist for the hospital association and a former Democratic congressman. The American Nurses Association, a professional trade association that represents 155,000 registered nurses, opposes the measure. Erin McKeon, the group’s associate director of government affairs, said Congress should focus on strengthening the United States’ own nursing education system rather than relying on what she called “an ethically questionable” strategy on relying on nurses from developing countries. “We’re disappointed that Congress, instead of providing appropriations for domestic nursing programs, is outsourcing the education of nurses,” she said. Holly Burkhalter, with Physicians for Human Rights, an advocacy group, said the nurse proposal could undermine the United States’ multibillion-dollar effort to combat AIDS and malaria by potentially worsening the shortage of health workers in poor countries. “We’re pouring water in a bucket with a hole in it, and we drilled the hole.” There are now many more Americans seeking to be nurses than places to educate them. Last year, American nursing schools rejected almost 150,000 applications from qualified people, according to the National League for Nursing, a nonprofit group that counts more than 1,100 nursing schools among its members. One of the most important factors limiting the number of students was a lack of faculty to teach them, nursing organizations say. Professors of nursing earn less than practicing nurses, damping demand for teaching positions. Under the current immigration system, experts estimate that 12,000 to 14,000 nurses have immigrated to the United States annually on employment visas that entitle them to bring their immediate family members and obtain green cards. They must pass English and U.S. nursing exams to qualify for visas. In recent years, there had been enough visas for foreign nurses from most countries, but a bottleneck developed in 2005, after immigration authorities made a big push to clear a backlog of employment visa applications. That year, Congress set aside 50,000 additional visas for nurses and their families. But those visas will likely have all been used up by early next year, State Department officials said. It is difficult to forecast exactly how removing the limit on nurse immigration would affect the number of nurses who moved to the United States.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe exodus of nurses from poor to rich countries has strained health systems in the developing world, which are already facing severe shortages of their own. Many African countries have begun to demand compensation for the training and loss of nurses and other health professionals who move away. Some rich countries have responded. Two years ago, Britain, a huge beneficiary of nurses from Malawi, pledged to give that country more than $100 million to increase the salaries of nurses and other health workers. The Senate provision, which would remain in force until 2014, contains no such compensation, and has not stirred serious opposition in Congress. But it is not part of the House immigration bill. So if the full Congress approves the legislation, a committee from both houses would then have to decide whether to include the provision on nurses. Public health experts in poor countries, told about the proposal in recent days, reacted with dismay and outrage, coupled with doubts that their nurses would resist the magnetic pull of the United States, which sits at the pinnacle of the global labor market for nurses. Removing the immigration cap, they said, would particularly hit the Philippines, which sends more nurses to the United States than any other country, at least several thousand a year. Health care has deteriorated there in recent years as tens of thousands of nurses have moved abroad. Thousands of ill-paid doctors have even abandoned their profession to become migrant-ready nurses themselves, Filipino researchers say. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHANADA LADIES DO WELL IN COUNTY PRESENTATIONS

first_imgGaeil Fhánada notesLotto Results No Jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 02,04,07,09,20. B.08€100 winner Ben & Tom Roache St. Eunans, €50 Catherine Heraghty Ballymagowan, Next weeks jackpot €3,850. Come on support our locals!Gaeil Fhánada 100 Club Draw 1st Prize €500 John Dorrian. Cashel.2nd Prize €250 Seamus & Aisling McAteer. Tyroddy. Ramelton.3rd Prize €250 Lawrence & Patricia Shiels. Fanavolty.Intermediate County Semi FinalsOur Seniors play Cloughaneely (probably) next Saturday in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny time to be confirmed.Our Reserves play N. Brid in next round, time and venue to be confirmed.Please keep an eye on our facebook page for times, venues etc. Come on everyone come out and support both teams in exciting semi-finals. One game away from final!! Quarter Final Gaeil Fhánada 0:13 v Aodh Ruadh 0:08Foireann Sinsir Gaeil Fhánada : Mark McConigley, Cathal Martin, Ronan McAteer, Frankie Sweeney, Mark ‘Sparkie’ Friel (0:01), Patrick McConigley, Ryan McGonigle (0:02), Kevin McElwaine, Jimmy Coyle, Aidan McAteer, Seami‘Nanny’Friel (0:05), Johnny ‘Nanny’ Friel, Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel (0:02), Marty McAteer (0:03), Brendan Callaghan for Kevin McElwaine(43rd min), Brian ‘Teddy’ McVeigh for Johnny ‘Nanny’ Friel (50th min).Reserve Quarter Final Gaeil Fhánada 0:13 v Aodh Ruadh 1:05Foireann Reserve Gaeil Fhánada: Paul O’Connor, Shaun Coyle, Paddy Heraghty, Ciaran Coll, Conor McGonigle, Paul ‘Doogie’ Coyle, Kevin McGonigle, Eamon Sweeney, Colm McGonigle, Jerry ‘Diver’ Friel, Stephen McGonigle, Brendan ‘Nanny’ Friel, Niall Carr, Shaun McGovern, Paul Friel. Michael Heraghty for Ciaran Coll, Eoghan Walsh for Colm McGonigle, Declan Coyle for Kevin McGonigle, Eamon Carr for Stephen McGonigle, Conor McConigley for Niall Carr. Everyone at the club would like to wish Ciaran Coll a very speedy recovery.County Ladies PresentationsGaeil Fhánada Ladies & Senior Committee would like to congratulate the following three ladies on their fantastic achievement at county level this year:U16’s Mairead Coyle and Aisling Howe for getting joint Most Consistent County Players of the Year.U14’s Lauren Carr for getting Most Improved County Player of the Year.We are very proud of what these three ladies have achieved and extend a huge congratulations to each of them. Having three of our ladies achieve awards at county level is a huge boost for our club and deserves great recognition. Well done ladies, this shows great prospects for the future of Ladies Football in Fanad.Donegal Minor Ladies Open TrialsSeamus Campbell, the Donegal Ladies Minor Manager, is holding open trials for Donegal Minor Ladies in the Centre of Excellence, Convoy on Saturday 1st Nov at 10am, registration at 9.30am. All ladies interested are welcome to attend and we wish you the best of luck!U13 Donegal Ladies Select TeamGaeil Fhánada Ladies & Senior Committee would like to congratulate – Alannagh Coll, Clare Friel and Eimear Sweeney, who have been chosen to represent our club on an U13 Donegal Select Team who will take part in the Ulster County Development Blitz which is being held in Garvaghey, Co. Tyrone next Saturday (Nov 01st). Well done girls, we hope you enjoy the day!U8 / U10 Parish leagueU8 / U10 Parish League kicked off on Bank Holiday Monday with some great sporting games, played in ideal conditions in Trialough. 5 teams taking part were MURRIN STARS – team captain Darren McAteer, manager Odhran Shiels. DRUMNACRAIG – team captain, Gerard Tam Sweendy, manager Eoghan Carr, KNOCKDONELLY ROVERS – team captain Conor Heraghty, manager Patrick Carr. CASHELMORE – team captain, Cian Sweeney, manager Alan McAteer. SHANKY SWIFTS – team captain Shaun Carr, manager James Gallagher. Thanks to both referees Oisin Shiels and Aidan McAteer to the fixture lady and scorekeeper Lisa McConigley and to the co-ordinators Patrick Heraghty and Martin McAteer. Plenty good football the first day, the 2nd round will take place in a few weeks time, keep an eye on our club notes and facebook for the league tables and further fixtures. Thanks to all the parents for all their patience and help as usual.YearbookCould all managers please get their reports and photo into Margaretta ASAP please, before 30th October.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHANADA LADIES DO WELL IN COUNTY PRESENTATIONS was last modified: October 28th, 2014 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:Gaeil Fhanada noteslast_img read more

STUDENTS CERTAINLY NOT ‘SHORTY’ ON SUPPORT FOR CONOR

first_imgFiona Kelly pictured with the LYIT Basketball team.Students at LYIT proved they have a huge heart when it comes to worthy causes this week.The students got fully behind the Conor ‘Shorty’ Dorrian event that took place from 10am to 3.30pm on campus at LYIT.The students managed to raise a staggering €2,025 for Conor during this time which included basketball games and other fundraising activities. The student volunteers who assisted at this event were amazing and without them we would not have raised as much money!Well done all you guys.Ian O Neill, Noelle East, Brian McElwaine, Derbhla Gilhooley and Tanya Russell pictured at the Fun Day which was organised for Conor ‘Shorty ‘Dorrian who is a student in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and a dedicated basketball player who is undergoing medical treatment at the moment.Ian O Neill, Su ents Officer, tanya Russell, Welfare Oficer, DJ Stephen, Fiona Kelly , Event Organiser and Brian McElwaine , SU President at the Fun Day in the Institute for Conor ‘Shorty’ Dorrian.STUDENTS CERTAINLY NOT ‘SHORTY’ ON SUPPORT FOR CONOR was last modified: November 14th, 2013 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:basketballConor Shorty DorrianLYITlast_img read more

High School Caps

first_imgGAME OF THE DAY No. 2 VALENCIA (4-0) at No. 1 NOTRE DAME (4-0), 7:30 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Valencia, a Southern Section Div. II finalist last season, is averaging 41 points and 511 yards per game, and Herrick has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,260 yards and six TDs despite sitting out much of the second half in two games. Valencia’s other big player is Shane Vereen, who has rushed for 519 yards (10.4 avg.) and scored 10 TDs. He’s also a top CB. Notre Dame QB Garrett Green, a top prospect whom USC is recruiting, has concentrated on defense since injuring the thumb on his right – throwing – hand. RB Rodney Glass (608 yards, 9.4 avg., 11 TDs) is a blazer. GAMES OF THE WEEK LOYOLA (4-0) vs. No. 4 HART (3-1) at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m. Key stat: 185.3Yards allowed per game by Loyola of Los Angeles, sixth-best in the Southern Section. Outlook: Always an anticipated nonleague showdown, this televised encounter (FSN West 2) matches two of the Southern Section’s strongest teams. Hart of Newhall, which has lost only to state power St. Bonaventure of Ventura, hasn’t generated as much scoring as Indians teams customarily do, but it has played tough defense, allowing 233 yards per game. Div. I power Loyola, led by QB Henry Burge (662 yards, 60 pct., 5 TDs), is winning by an average of more than 21 points. Loyola rallied from a 16-point deficit in a 44-29 victory last week at Antelope Valley of Lancaster. Among Loyola’s top defenders are LB Brent Baltimore (35 tackles) and DL Nicholas Bertole (31 tackles). Bertole had 16 tackles at Antelope Valley. No. 6 BIRMINGHAM (1-3) vs. DORSEY (3-1) at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 7 p.m. Key stat: 16 Point difference in two Patriots-Dons games last season. Birmingham of Lake Balboa lost the regular-season meeting 21-14, then rebounded to win the City Section championship game 36-13. Outlook: Birmingham has faced two teams ranked in the state top 20 by Cal-Hi Sports – No. 3 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and No. 7 Valencia – and adds another to the list tonight. Dorsey of Los Angeles is ranked 16th. Birmingham struggled offensively in Saturday’s 23-13 loss to Hart of Newhall, compiling just 224 yards – and only 40 by sophomore RB Milton Knox Jr., who was bothered by an injured hand. The Patriots will have to be able to move the ball more consistently against Dorsey, which has given up 41 points in four games. Led by LBs Stafon Johnson, Mark Johnson and Robert Mullins, the Dons routed previously undefeated (and state-ranked) McClymonds of Oakland 31-0 last week. QB James Beloff will be critical to Birmingham’s success. Beloff was intercepted three times by Hart and has been picked off seven times this season. If the Patriots can limit turnovers, they could down the Dons. OTHER GAMES SAUGUS (2-2) at No. 5 ST. FRANCIS (4-0), 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Saugus always seems to play its best against St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge – the underdog Centurions hold a 3-1 series edge the past four years. Saugus overcame a 15-point halftime deficit and twice scored touchdowns on fumble recoveries in the end zone in last year’s 35-34 overtime victory. Saugus is coming off a 21-7 loss to three-time Southern Section Div. III champion Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in a game that was much closer than expected. Zach Summers has passed for 493 yards (60.4 pct.) and four TDs, and he has scored four TDs. Ryan Purdy has rushed for 267 yards and five TDs. Ramsen Golpashin leads the offensive line. St. Francis, coached by former Hart quarterback Jim Bonds, has allowed just 187 yards per game, and no opponent has scored more than 12 points. WR/DB Scott Stephens has caught 15 passes for 343 yards (22.9 avg.) and scored five TDs – three on returns. Key stat 7Stephens’ state-leading interception total. Crespi of Encino’s Martin Ciccolini led the area last season with 11 in 13 games. No. 10 AGOURA (3-1) at No. 7 MOORPARK (2-2), 7 p.m. Outlook: Westlake and Thousand Oaks, winners of three of the past four Marmonte League titles, dropped last week’s league openers, so the winner here could establish itself as the league-title favorite. Moorpark, led by sophomore RB Darrell Scott (705 rushing yards, 8 TDs), will rely on an impressive ground game to counter Agoura’s passing attack. Scott rushed for 242 yards and four TDs in last week’s 50-28 victory over Thousand Oaks. Moorpark QB Dominick Huerta completed 30 of 46 passes for an area season-best 405 yards and two TDs in last week’s 30-23 loss to Newbury Park. Since the Marmonte expanded to eight teams in 2002, Agoura and Moorpark are 16-6 in league games. Key stat 377J.T. Wright’s receiving yards the past two games – including 235 last week. Only four other area players have more than 377 receiving yards for the season. No. 8 CRESPI (2-2) at No. 13 CANYON (3-1), 7 p.m. Outlook: A trip down memory lane for Canyon coach Harry Welch, who played at Crespi of Encino more than 40 years ago and began his coaching career at the Catholic school. Two high-powered offenses should be able to generate a lot of points. Canyon loves feeding the ball to J.J. DiLuigi, who has rushed for a Foothill League-best 559 yards, caught four passes for 124 yards and scored 14 TDs – one a 99-yard kickoff return two weeks ago. QB Austin Civita has passing for 686 yards (52 pct.) and five TDs. Crespi’s balanced attack is led RB Josh Morgan and QB Matt Wabby, who has passed for 702 yards (52 pct.) and seven TDs. In key situations, he looks for D.J. Holt (14 receptions, 19.8 avg., 4 TDs). Standout OL/DL Sione Fua (ankle) is questionable. Key stat 0-5Crespi’s record the past two seasons against Birmingham of Lake Balboa, St. Bonaventure of Ventura and Canyon. The Celts are 13-0 against everyone else. No. 15 THOUSAND OAKS (3-1) at No. 14 ROYAL (3-1), 7 p.m. Outlook: The presence of QB Ryan Cloney, WR Matt Luft and LB Tony D’Ascenzo made Thousand Oaks a preseason favorite to win its first Marmonte League title since 2001. The Lancers’ inconsistent running game proved costly in a 50-28 loss last week to Moorpark. Thousand Oaks, which had climbed as high as No. 2 in the Southern Section Div. IV rankings and No. 4 in the Daily News’ top 20, looks to rebound against defending league champion Royal of Simi Valley, which opened league play with its first victory over Westlake since 1991. Royal QB Michael Long, a converted receiver who took over for injured Kevin Harrington, had his best game as a starter in the 24-21 triumph over Westlake. RB Curtis Marsh also ran for 165 yards and a touchdown. Key stat 2,270Career receiving yards for Luft. He is ninth all-time among Ventura County receivers and is closing in on the area top 10. PALMDALE (1-3) at No. 18 ANTELOPE VALLEY (2-2), 7 p.m. Outlook: Both teams addressed early-season flaws last week. Antelope Valley showed more balance on offense when Tuiasosopo began finding talented WRs Randy Burton and D’Andre Goodwin for big plays. Palmdale’s much-maligned defense posted a shutout, holding Knight to just 81 yards total offense. Palmdale has won the past three meetings. Tonight’s winner will be the Golden League title favorite. Key stat 1 Yards gained by Antelope Valley after sophomore QB Ronaiah Tuiasosopo left last week’s 44-29 loss to Loyola of Los Angeles at the start of the fourth quarter with a possible concussion. Antelope Valley was outscored 21-0 to end the game. No. 20 KENNEDY (4-0) at GRANADA HILLS (2-2), 7 p.m. Outlook: Valley Mission League teams are 4-2 against opposition from the more-fancied West Valley League, and Kennedy of Granada Hills seeks another triumph, which could prove meaningful when City Section playoff seedings are determined. Granada Hills already has lost once to a Valley Mission team, falling 23-21 to San Fernando two weeks ago. Kennedy RB Chris Gadalla is among the area’s toughest, and he has rushed for 481 yards and four TDs. Granada Hills presents matchup problems on the perimeter with WRs Nick Webb (22 catches, 198 yards, 2 TDs), Kevin Smith (14-181) and Danny Robinson (10-103, 1 TD). Key stat 104Rushing attempts for Gadalla, most among area players. WESTLAKE (1-3) at No. 12 SIMI VALLEY (4-0), 7 p.m. Outlook: Westlake has beaten Simi Valley by an average of 32 points the past five meetings, but the resurgent Pioneers, who matched their 2004 win total with last week’s victory over Calabasas, figure to be much tougher this time around. Westlake, which has gone undefeated or lost only once in Marmonte League play in four of the past five seasons, has lost its past three games – including a league opener last week against Royal of Simi Valley – by a combined 59 points. Despite a rough start and RB Jeff Rapoport‘s ankle injury, the Warriors might have a psychological advantage over Simi Valley. The last time Westlake lost its league opener, in 2001, it rebounded to win five in a row to finish second behind Thousand Oaks. The Warriors’ rushing attack has suffered without Rapoport. Simi Valley’s is led by Devin Kelley, who has gained 440 yards and scored eight TDs. Key stat 18-4Westlake’s league record since the Marmonte expanded to eight teams in 2002, best in the league. Simi Valley is 7-15. No. 3 TAFT (4-0) at NARBONNE (2-2), 7 p.m. Outlook: Since a one-point victory over Crenshaw of Los Angeles in its opener, Taft of Woodland Hills has outscored three opponents 151-6. The Toreadors have not allowed a touchdown in more than nine quarters. Sophomore QB Exavier Johnson has matured a great deal in a month, throwing 11 TDs with just two INTs. He has been supported by RB Andre Harris (296 yards, 6 TDs) and RB/WR Malcolm Smith (232 yards rushing, 10 receptions for 145 yards, 8 TDs). Narbonne of Harbor City can be expected to provide a more formidable challenge for Taft. It played Dorsey of Los Angeles tough in its opener, a 15-7 loss. Key stat 6Remaining City Section teams with unbeaten records. Taft, Kennedy of Granada Hills and University of West Los Angeles are 4-0, Marshall of Los Angeles is 4-0-1, and San Fernando and Sylmar are 3-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Key stat:10 First-half points allowed by Valencia this season, compared to 64 in the second half. Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks has scored 86 of its 127 points in the first half. Outlook: Valencia has been superb the past three years – but not against Notre Dame: The Vikings are 0-3 against the Knights and 26-8 against everyone else. A 33-3 loss last season was particularly disheartening because the game was televised and Valencia had outscored its first four foes by an average of 31 points. Only four times in Valencia QB Michael Herrick‘s stellar two-plus-year career has he failed to pass for 200 yards in a game – twice against Notre Dame. last_img read more

Newman Named MVC Softball Pitcher of the Week for League-Leading Fifth Time

first_imgShe leads the conference in opponent batting average of .135, ranks second in strikeouts with 144 and third in wins. In her career, she has won MVC Pitcher of the Week 10 times. Newman lowered her league-best earned run average to 0.59, which ranks third in the nation. She leads the NCAA in average strikeouts per seven innings at 12.1. Newman, who is 12-2 on the season, moved to second all-time in career strikeouts at Drake with an impressive 699. She is now tied with Jessica Hicks for No. 5 all-time in career wins at Drake with 54. Newman and her teammates welcome MVC newcomer Valparaiso to Buel Field for a three-game series, April 14-15. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Redshirt junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team is the Missouri Valley Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for a league-leading fifth time this season, the league office announced Monday, April 9. Newman helped Drake claim three victories over Southern Illinois as the team remains undefeated in MVC play at 11-0. She dominated in the first win over the Salukis, throwing her first career no-hitter along with tying her career-high of 17 strikeouts and she walked just two Salukis. In the series finale victory, Newman pitched 2.1 innings of relief, struck out five batters and earned her first save of the season.last_img read more

COUNCIL NEEDS CASH FOR 159 VACANT HOUSES IN COUNTY – DOHERTY

first_imgCllr Gary DohertySinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has said that the number of vacant council housing units in Donegal provides further evidence that the housing crisis has reached emergency levels in the county.Cllr Doherty was responding to reports that there are now 159 vacant council units in Donegal while there are almost 3,000 people on housing waiting lists.He said: “The buck for the housing crisis stops with this government. The situation is at emergency levels. There are now 159 vacant council units Donegal and this shows that Fine Gael and the Labour Party are not taking this crisis seriously. “Donegal County Council needs funding from central government to get these units back into circulation. We have 2,800 people languishing on waiting lists in this county. Many families would be gladly take one of these units. It is now likely that these units will remain idle throughout the winter months. This is unacceptable.“The approach of this government has been to stick its head in the sand and even deny the scale of the crisis even when we can all see the enormity of the housing & homelessness on our streets and in our communities.“In addition, we have seen the the funding for the refurbishment of our housing stock reduced by almost €1.8 million from 2014 levels. That is completely unacceptable. This Government needs to step up to the plate to alleviate this crisis that is gripping the country.”  COUNCIL NEEDS CASH FOR 159 VACANT HOUSES IN COUNTY – DOHERTY was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Man to have his sentence appealed by DPP over shooting of neighbour

first_imgA man who walked free from court after shooting a neighbour in a row over a right of way is to have his sentence appealed by the Directorof Public Prosecutions.The Irish Star reports that PJ Friel was charged with assault and discharging a firearm at farmer Gerard Sweeney. Sweeney was hospitalised as a result of the attack which resulted inhim being shot in the face.Friel (48) of Ballynakillew, Churchill, was charged with the offenceson January 3, 2015.Friel was given the benefit of the probation act by Judge John O’Haganon the charges of assault and the discharge of a firearm when heappeared at Buncrana Circuit Court.The DPP had recommended that Friel be trialled by jury.Judge John O’Hagan applied the probation act ‘in the hope that itdiffuses the situation’.The Judge also ordered that three firearms belonging to Friel beseized and disposed of.Judge O’Hagan said “As they say in Alice In Wonderland, hopefully theywill all live happily ever after.“In light of what has happened, the poison is out of the chalice. Inmy view, this is the fairest way to discharge the matter.“It was a very unfortunate affair, brought about in the heat of themoment. A pellet went into Mr Sweeney’s eye and he has had difficultywith that.”Friel faced a possible five years imprisonment for the two charges.The first was a Section 3 assault under the Non-Fatal Offences AgainstThe Persons Act.The second was that he did discharge a firearm being reckless as towhether any person was injured or not contrary to Sec 8 of theFirearms Offenses Weapons Act 1990.Judge O’Hagan said: “Mr Sweeney brought a digger into the land and waspreparing what he considered a right of way to which he thought he wasentitled.“He was seen by Mr Friel and Mr Friel saw red. He thought: ‘This is myland. He has no right to do that’. There had been a disagreementbefore and this led to the final straw.“Mr Friel took the law into his own hands. He had a shotgun anddischarged a cartridge past the digger and Mr Sweeney was injured.”However, the DPP has now applied to have the case and the leniency ofthe sentence appealed.No date has yet been set for the appeal hearing which will be heard atthe Court of Criminal Appeal in Dublin.Man to have his sentence appealed by DPP over shooting of neighbour was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:courtdonegalDPPshootinglast_img read more

Famous Donegal sporting club launches fundraising campaign to stay afloat

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known sports club is fighting for its future.The Swilly Seals swimming club, founded in 1985 and based in Letterkenny, needs vital funding if it is to continue to teach young people how to swim and to compete at the highest level.In recent years the club, which has 127 swimmers aged between 7 and 17, has had its funding cut by 50% and is project to run out of cash by the summer of 2018. Now in a bid to raise some vital funding, the club is to take on a unique fundraising project.On 03 December 2017, club members will attempt to swim the distance of the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra (www.donegalatlanticwayultra.com) from Letterkenny all around the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way and back to Letterkenny.That’s a total of 555,000 metres (555km) and the swim will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny.As part of their fundraising Swilly Seals have decided to give 25% of all money raised to three Charities,• Pieta House (www.pieta.ie)• Donegal Hospice (www.donegalhospice.ie)• St. Vincent de Paul (www.svp.ie) The charities selected have confirmed that all monies raised by this fundraising will be retained by the charities here and used for services in Donegal.Swilly Seals have set a target of €20,000 with €5,000 of this total going to the collective three charities.ANyway interested in helping this fantastic club can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/swilly-seals-swims-the-donegal-wildFor more informaiton check out the group’s Facebook Page athttps://www.facebook.com/Swilly-Seals-swim-the-Donegal-Wild-Atlantic-Way-745440302326634/Famous Donegal sporting club launches fundraising campaign to stay afloat was last modified: October 31st, 2017 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:donegalfundraising campaignpleaSwilly Sealslast_img read more