England trio target the Jones Cup Invitational

first_img Tags: Jones Cup, USA The trio of Harry Hall, David Wicks and Joe Pagdin will represent England in the Jones Cup Invitational in the USA next week.It’s a repeat performance for Hall and Wicks, who respectively finished 16th and 26th in last year’s event. They’ll be joined by Pagdin, an England boy international who is based in the USA.The 54-hole event takes place at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Georgia, from 26-28 January and is contested by 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world. Among the other Englishmen in the field is Harry Ellis, the Amateur Champion and a Walker Cup player.Harry Hall, 20 (West Cornwall) in in his third year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He tied seventh in the recent Australian Master of the Amateurs and has represented England in Home International matches. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).Joe Pagdin, 16, (Lake Nona, Florida) made his England debut in the winning team at the 2017 Boys’ Home Internationals and reached the match play of the Boys’ Amateur Championship.David Wicks, 24, (Nevill, Sussex) was a student at Jacksonville University, Florida, and won four times on the US college circuit. Like Hall and Ellis, he was a member of the 2017 GB&I team which took on the USA in the inter-collegiate Arnold Palmer Cup. 18 Jan 2018 England trio target the Jones Cup Invitational last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman -Saturday, February 8, 2020

first_img7 Edwin Maldonado40 RISPOLI TAKES FIRST SANTA ANITA STAKES IN BAFFLE LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 8th, 2020John Shirreffs Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Zenyatta’s Daughter ZelldaJohn Shirreffs Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know  Hard Not to LoveWORKOUTS:Zellda and Pelican Way (Shirreffs) 2-8-20Hard Not to Love (Shirreffs) 2-7-20Cheap Cheap Cheap (Outside) and Sold It (O’Neill) 2-7-20Stela Star (Sadler) 2-7-20Legends of War (O’Neill) 2-7-20Majestic Eagle (Outside) and Last Opportunity (Drysdale) 2-2-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-2-20Frontier Market (Outside) and Sea of Liberty (Sadler) 2-1-20 4 BAFFERT DOUBLE TEAMS THE CHAMP IN SAN VICENTE Win% 29% Hector O. Palma21 20% 2nd 3rd 43% 3 Steve Knapp24 25% Robert Hess, Jr.24 $542,518 15 4 ITM% 19% 46% 1 $129,941 5 $459,047 13% 13 $441,460 13% 2 4 Money Won 63% 19 Drayden Van Dyke75 15 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 2 $481,507 10 35% Craig Anthony Lewis26 $201,765 Richard Mandella24 6 36% 6 6 35% $1,046,470 3 9 15% 17% 4 4 Jorge Velez85 6 Philip D’Amato52 16% 15% 47% 9 $531,581 J.C. Diaz, Jr.48 5 11% Tiago Pereira61 7 7 50% 10% 1 50% Agapito Delgadillo40 $383,491 10% 7 5 11 40% $1,053,014 18 Jeff Bonde15 9 21% Andrew Lerner17 15% 5 33% $981,412 50% 20 8 Abel Cedillo136 2 50% 14 $214,742 14 5 Win% 42% $527,377 Mike Smith31 47% Michael McCarthy24 2 21% 4 $158,735 $1,158,824 9 20% $508,128 7 ITM% $266,301 TrainerSts 5 2 3rdcenter_img 8 10% 10 SHIRREFFS DUO DRILL FOR UPCOMING STAKES RACES 38% 8 $433,927 27% 8 10 Bob Baffert44 Victor Espinoza33 4 16% 2nd 24% 36% 15% 1 $199,381 8 NADAL, RA’AD FACE STORM THE COURT IN SAN VICENTETwo-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert has two horses set to take on Eclipse Award champion Storm the Court in his three-year-old debut Sunday in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.They are debut winner Nadal, who won a 6 ½ furlong maiden allowance race at Santa Anita by 3 ¾ lengths as the 6-5 favorite on Jan. 19, and Ra’ad, a winner by 2 ½ lengths as the 7-10 favorite going six furlongs at Los Alamitos last Dec. 7.“Ra’ad’s next major goal is the UAE Dubai Derby ($2.5 million at 1 3/16 miles March 28) but this is a good spot for him,” Baffert said of the son of Twirling Candy owned by RRR Racing.“Nadal was a last-minute call this week. I liked the way he worked, although I would have preferred to go in an allowance race, but this race came up and the second start is so important for these young horses, so I’d rather just run him here. After this I’ll feel more confident running him two turns.”As to leading Triple Crown contender Thousand Words, undefeated gutsy winner of the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Baffert will monitor his works, “but the next step would be the San Felipe (Stakes on March 7).“He’s a Pioneerof the Nile and a long-striding horse. He deals with everything really well and I love the way he handled all that kick back and dirt (coming from fourth between rivals to win the Lewis by three-quarters of a length).“When he was asked to go, he took off. He’s a very workmanlike horse.”The San Vicente, race 7 of 8, with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Fast Enough, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ra’ad, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Party Town, Jorge Velez, 20-1, Nadal, Joel Rosario, 4-5, Storm the Court, Flavien Prat, 9-5, and Ginobili, Abel Cedillo, 5-1.HARD NOT TO LOVE DRILLS FOR SANTA MONICA, HONOR A.P. FOR SAN FELIPE     Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly, worked five furlongs Friday under regular rider Mike Smith for Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs.“We’ve nominated and we’ll see,” trainer John Shirreffs said with caution. “We’re going step by step but she’s training very well. Mike was extremely happy with the way she worked.”Also likely for the Santa Monica are LA Woman Stakes winner Lady Ninja, no rider; Kalookan Queen winner Mother Mother, Flavien Prat; and streaking stakes winner Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes. Mother Mother worked five furlongs Friday in a bullet 59.80.Meanwhile, Triple Crown hopeful Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning for Shirreffs in 1:00.80 with Smith aboard.“He was scheduled to work Sunday, but we moved it up a day because there was rain in the forecast,” Shirreffs explained. ‘We’ll try and make the San Felipe (Stakes, Grade II, $400,000 at 1 1/16 miles on March 7).”ITALIAN-BORN RISPOLI WINS FIRST SANTA ANITA STAKES IN FRIDAY’S BAFFLE    Trainer Peter Miller staged a mild upset in yesterday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes and in the process, helped provide surging Italian import Umberto Rispoli with his first Santa Anita Stakes winner.With Miller’s talented filly Bulletproof One taking on the boys as the 9-5 favorite, Rispoli deftly guided the “Other Miller,” Billy Batts at 2-1, to an impressive come from behind victory, winning by 1 ½ lengths while covering 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:03.37.“It was a great opportunity to ride a horse like him,” said Rispoli, 31, who was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife Kimberley and their 2 ½ year old son, Hayden. “I love this place.  I love the people, I love the weather, I love everything.  Every time my boy comes out, I win!”Represented by agent Ron Anderson, Rispoli through 21 racing days is fifth in the Santa Anita standings with 12 wins, while Anderson’s “top gun,” Joel Rosario, leads all riders with 24.Yesterday’s Baffle Stakes was named in honor of the longtime hillside turf course record holder, who flew 6 ½ furlongs down the hill in 1:11 4/5 on Feb. 7, 1970, under Wayne Harris.Owned by Canadian timber magnate Frank McMahon and trained by Johnny Longden, Baffle was a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, sprinting and at middle distances.McMahon and Longden also teamed for victory with Majestic Prince in both the 1969 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies and missed the Triple Crown when “The Prince” finished second in that year’s Belmont Stakes.     FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s leading rider Joel Rosario will be at the Fair Grounds next Saturday to ride Los Alamitos Futurity and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Anneau d’Or for Blaine Wright in the Risen Star Stakes. A bay son of Medaglio d’Oro owned by Peter Redekop, Anneau d’Or was beaten a head at 28-1 in the Juvenile and a neck as the 6-5 favorite in the Futurity . . . J.C. Diaz Jr. loses his apprentice allowance Sunday and rides as a full-fledged journeyman thereafter . . . Peter Lurie, filling in for Tom Quigley, will have trainer Andrew Lerner as his guest handicapper 11:20 a.m. Sunday . . . Through 21 days of the Winter Meet, favorites are winning above the national average, at 37.64 percent (67 of 178) and at 40.40 percent on dirt (40 of 99) and 34.18 percent on turf (27 of 79) . . . Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17. Beer and soda will be on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2. First post time for the holiday program is 12:30 p.m. $128,141 Geovanni Franco47 JockeyMts $211,941 11% 1st 53% 7 $263,182 5 40% John Sadler41 58% 5 16 $284,621 12 6 $527,405 Doug O’Neill60 25% 50% Ruben Fuentes45 44% 1 4 6 15% 35% $675,202 8 4 1st $770,036 $216,460 LEADING RIDER ROSARIO AT FAIR GROUNDS SATURDAY 35% 3 Flavien Prat82 18 $262,881 $1,388,354 19% 17 48% 6 12 1 Brian Koriner24 Peter Miller42 17% Mike Puype24 4 2 4 48% 22 Mark Glatt38 5 24 5 $928,461 Money Won 16 40% 7 $687,752 4 7 2 10 1 $254,180 7 Umberto Rispoli69 Joel Rosario97 5 16% 46% 13 5 5 Mario Gutierrez57 44% 2 3 46% 4 7 3 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 7) Richard Baltas64 63% 35% 31% 10 70% 4 17% 30%last_img read more

SBP banking on Clarkson’s Filipino roots in bid to secure Asiad eligibility

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOJordan Clarkson has been in Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ radar the moment he entered the NBA in 2014.Several attempts have been made to include the Filipino-American swingman in the national team for international competitions, but all those tries have all gone to nothing.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alexander making journey back from painkiller addict to ring Clarkson, though, will still need a clearance from both the NBA and the Cavaliers to be allowed to play with Gilas in Indonesia.READ: Clarkson, Standhardinger in Asiad lineup unlikelyThe SBP is banking on Clarkson’s Filipino ancestry as their main asset in securing OCA’s approval.“He’s really a Filipino, unlike Andray [Blatche] who was naturalized,” said Panlilio who pointed out Blatche’s removal from the 2014 Asian Games. “Clarkson is really Pinoy.”“He wants to play, he wants to play for Gilas,” said Panlilio. “It’s always been his dream to play for Gilas, the only issue is the eligibility.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That hasn’t deterred the SBP, though, as the governing body now tries to secure the services of the 26-year-old Cleveland Cavalier as part of the national team for the Jakarta Asian Games this August.READ: Jordan Clarkson being tapped for Gilas squad for Asian GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’SBP president Al Panlilio said they will submit Clarkson’s name to the Olympic Council of Asia as part of the Philippine basketball team together with players from Rain or Shine, Gilas cadets, and a few from NLEX.“We plan to submit Clarkson’s name and it’s up to OCA whether he’s eligible to play in the Asian Games,” said Panlilio after the PBA Board meeting Thursday at the league’s office. “Concurrently we’re negotiating with him on the possibility of playing in the Asian Games.” LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

One for the history books

first_imgMore than 72,000 fans showed up on a Sunday afternoon in March to watch two of the best horses – John Henry and Perrault – that ever raced. Add the fact that the immortal Bill Shoemaker rode John Henry and Laffit Pincay, Jr. was aboard Perrault, and you had a delicious subplot. Drama? The horses hooked up at the top of the stretch and raced as a team the entire way home, never separated by more than a half-length, as track announcer Dave Johnson exclaimed, “John Henry on the outside, Perrault at the rail. Noses apart!” History? One of the most famous runnings of perhaps the most storied handicap horse race in America had it all. You want intrigue? Let’s talk Big ‘Cap. The 1982 Santa Anita Handicap, to be exact. Intrigue. Drama. History. center_img John Henry became the first two-time winner of the Big ‘Cap when, after losing by a nose, the stewards disqualified Perrault for drifting out in the stretch. It was such a controversial decision by the three stewards – Pete Pedersen, Hubert Jones and Alfred Shelhamer – that today, 25 years later, there still is much dissent over what really transpired. Pincay said he never touched John Henry and was surprised when the inquiry sign was posted. Ron McAnally, who trained John Henry, said it was an obvious foul and even Perrault’s owners, Serge Fradkoff and Baron van Zuylen, agreed with the decision. Pedersen chuckles. “I don’t know what the owners told Ron, but they were absolutely incensed after the race,” the 86-year-old Arcadia resident said. “In fact, we had a showing for them after the race, which was very unusual. But they were on a travel schedule. “We don’t like to go into a race right after it’s run. But anyway, we did that and they were entitled to it. We were able to show them our reasons (for the DQ). I didn’t see them applauding our decision, but they didn’t question our integrity. They were gentlemen about it.” Talk to McAnally and you get a whole different story. “Even the owners of the other horse (Perrault), they watched the replay of the race with us up in the director’s room and there was no question,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “They said the number should have come down. “Laffit started out on the rail and he kept hitting Perrault left-handed and he kept carrying our horse out. When you do that with a horse, you know, you can’t get by him. And he kept drifting out, drifting out, and all our horse could do was run sideways instead of forward.” Pincay disagrees. “I didn’t feel any contact,” he said. “I didn’t feel like we bumped or anything like that. I don’t think we ever touched. It was a questionable call, to tell you the truth. I think probably it could have gone either way. “There were so many things that happened that year that I thought they shouldn’t have taken the number down. If the stewards had been strict like always – very, very strict in every call – I think they probably should have taken the number down. But that year, you had to kill somebody for them to take your number down. But that wasn’t like I killed somebody or like it was a fragrant foul.” John Henry, Santa Anita’s all-time leading stakes winner, carried high weight of 130 pounds and was the last horse to carry that impost in a Santa Anita stakes. Perrault, later voted top older horse of the 1981-82 meeting by the media and trained by the late Charlie Whittingham, was assigned 126 pounds. As the field of 11 turned for home, Perrault and John Henry were heads apart at the top of the stretch. The two-horse race most people envisioned was beginning to materialize. Perrault, closest to the rail, appeared to open about a half-length lead with an eighth of a mile to run before John Henry rallied in the final furlong, only to come up a nose short at the wire. Head-on replays of the torrid stretch duel show Perrault drifting out under Pincay’s left-handed whipping, although there is no clear evidence the horses ever brushed. After what seemed like a 10- to 15-minute wait, the stewards disqualified Perrault and gave the victory to John Henry, who ironically won the 1981 Big ‘Cap with Pincay in the saddle. Pedersen, a Southland steward for 50 years before retiring in 2005, said the decision was difficult. “We tried not to take it down, and that takes some time and discussion,” he said. “We were unanimous. We felt the incident cost John Henry the win. I certainly can’t fault Pincay for having a dissenting opinion, and he’s entitled to that. It wasn’t a hard bump. In other words, you can argue either way. “People said we had a prejudice for John Henry. That’s absolutely not true. We admired him, but the other horse was an outstanding horse.” Pincay, who lost the mount on John Henry to Shoemaker in late 1981 when he was on suspension and could not ride the popular gelding in a stakes race back east, was confident heading into the ’82 Big ‘Cap. “I thought I had a good chance, but I knew he (John Henry) was definitely the horse to beat,” Pincay said. “I knew he’d be tough. Sure enough, it was a tough race. “He (John Henry) was coming, and my horse was responding. My horse got the lead and he tried to pull himself up a little bit. But as soon as he saw John Henry again, he came back again. He was responding. But John Henry was coming strong, too. They were both running at the end.” Pincay said Whittingham was upset after the disqualification. But McAnally claims Whittingham never got agitated after losing to John Henry. “I remember they’d always ask Charlie before a big race, `Do you think you can beat him today,’ ” McAnally said. “And Charlie, he’d say, `Beat him? Hell, I’m only trying to outlive him.’ ” Whittingham lost that race, too. One of the greatest trainers ever died in 1999 at age 86. John Henry, still going strong at 31, resides at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and receives periodic visits from McAnally. He’ll turn 32 on March 9, which equates to 104 in human years. “He was definitely one of the top five horses I ever rode,” Pincay said. “He was very consistent, very game. He was a running machine. He went out there to do his job.” Some still claim he didn’t do his job well enough on Big ‘Cap day in 1982, that Perrault’s number should have stood. Pedersen understands how they feel. “Perrault was in front all the way, and they never got by him,” he said. “Sometimes you do what you have to do, and you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.” art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Oktay hints at more leadership role for Oliech

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Charles Odette during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has hinted that striker Dennis Oliech will be one of his two captains for this season, pointing out that he would want to milk more of the legendary striker’s leadership abilities to guide the club to more success.Oliech skippered Gor in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Posta Rangers, scoring the winning goal and playing the entire 90 minutes of the game. “I did give him the armband because of his European experience. He is a great player with good arritude and discipline-wise he has been fantastic. He has been working very hard and I believe he can help the young players because they listen to him on and off the pitch,” Oktay said.“We have a captain (Harun Shakava) but to me, he (Dennis) is a captain as well. Everywhere I go I have always had two captains. I will use him and Shakava,” the tactician stated.Oktay further stated that he was pleased with Oliech’s attitude and his hard working nature as he played his first 90 minutes for the club, having been introduced as a sub on his debut last weekend against Mathare.“I was gonna play him 60 minutes and then I told him I am gonna play you 90 minutes, get ready. He can understand my language, he can understand what I want. If I told him to give me another 90 minutes I believe he would have given me. He is a very strong guy; mentally very strong,” Oktay noted.Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay gestures on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League match against Posta Rangers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician will quickly put at the back of his mind the joy of winning their second game of the season and put their focus on the CAF Confederations Cup when they face Cameroon’s New Star de Douala on Sunday in the play-off round, a place in the group stages beckoning.Gor Mahia found themselves contending in the Confederations Cup after losing out on the away goal rule to Nigeria’s Lobi Stars after a 3-3 aggregate loss in the two-legged first round tie.They are looking to make it into the group stages for a second consecutive time. Last season, they made it into the money bracket of African football after beating South Africa’s Supersport United on the away goal rule following a 2-2 aggregate draw.Oktay is confident he will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Dylan Kerr.“It is important not only for us as a club to achieve this feat, but also it will be good for Kenyan football if we can have that kind of exposure again,” the tactician stated.Gor Mahia players pose for a line up before their Kenyan Premier League match against Posta Rangers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe says his charges are ready for the tie against the West Africans, insisting they have to take a commanding lead from the first leg to make their work easier when they travel away in a week’s time.He is wary of a New Star side that carries a better away record than at home. In the preliminary round tie against Burundi’s Vital’O, New Star played to a 1-1 draw at home but went away to Bujumbura winning 4-1.Heading into the first round, they played to a 0-0 draw with Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya at home before travelling away to force a 1-1 draw and progressing on the away goal rule.“We have done some homework on them and we know it will not be an easy team. We have realized that they play better away from home than at home and so we will be very cautious. They have very mobile strikers and that means we have to be alert all times,” Oktay noted.For the tie, Gor will be without defenders Joash Onyango and Harun Shakava who are both indefinitely suspended by CAF. Dennis Oliech will also be unavailable as he is yet to be registered. If Gor make it into the group stages, then there will be a window of registration.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NFL notes: Buccaneers get QB Rattay

first_img Griese injured his left knee during Sunday’s 27-13 victory over Miami, though the Bucs still haven’t said how long he will be sidelined. Chargers get Feeley: The Chargers took third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley off Miami’s hands and gave up on guard Toniu Fonoti in separate deals before the NFL trading deadline. Bulger’s status uncertain: St. Louis Rams interim coach Joe Vitt is unsure whether quarterback Marc Bulger will be able to play against New Orleans on Sunday. Bulger sprained his right shoulder in the second quarter of the Rams’ 45-28 loss Monday night in Indianapolis. Vikings’ Smith sued: A woman who contends Vikings running back Onterrio Smith sexually assaulted her last year has sued the player. The 21-year-old woman is not identified in the lawsuit filed last week, for fear of retaliation, her attorney said. Little’s brother killed: The younger brother of NFL player Leonard Little was shot to death and a 17-year-old girl was taken into custody after trying to flee police. Investigators found Jermaine Little, 24, lying on the floor of a friend’s home in Harriman, Tenn. Spellman back in the game: Former NFL lineman Alonzo Spellman agreed to terms of a contract with the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League. Spellman, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2003 for threatening an airliner’s passengers and crew, last played in the NFL in 2001. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Tampa Bay Buccaneers braced for life without Brian Griese on Tuesday, acquiring Tim Rattay from the San Francisco 49ers to back up young quarterbacks Chris Simms and Luke McCown. The Bucs sent what was believed to be a sixth-round draft choice to the 49ers for Rattay, a six-year veteran who recently lost his caretaker hold on San Francisco’s starting job to No. 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith. last_img read more

Ex-county worker, 68, taken into custody

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Taylor is a former Los Angeles County Planning Department employee who is accused of collecting $500,000 to issue illegal certificates to landowners for hundreds of acres in Agua Dulce and Malibu. Taylor pleaded no contest in May to three counts of falsification of public records after prosecutors agreed to dismiss 94 other counts. He faces up to four years in prison. At Wednesday’s hearing, the doctor testified that the eye surgery Taylor referred to in a medical affidavit was an elective procedure, Torrealba said. “It was laser surgery that would take about 30 seconds to do. It was not necessary,” Torrealba said. “The surgery was an elective thing and wasn’t an emergency.” Taylor’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment. A 68-year-old former county planning employee awaiting sentencing in connection with pocketing money to issue illegal land certificates was jailed after the prosecutor told the judge he misrepresented a medical condition. Prosecutors checked into Emmet Taylor’s claim that eye surgery was needed to save his eyesight and that therefore his sentencing and custody time should be postponed indefinitely. “I did a background check and talked to the eye doctor,” Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba said. “The facts about eye surgery were misrepresented, and I filed a motion to increase bail based on the misrepresentation.” Taylor, who had remained free after posting $100,000 bail, was taken into custody Wednesday after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders increased bail to $1.82 million. Taylor’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29. Taylor had worked in the county Planning Department for 20 years before he came under suspicion in August 2000. Prosecutors said Taylor ran a private company out of his home, forged grant deeds and issued fraudulent land-division certificates that bypassed the normal public review process. The certificates were issued over a five-year period to landowners who avoided public hearings, thousands of dollars’ worth of fees and other requirements to subdivide property, according to prosecutors. Officials said Taylor’s activities came under suspicion when one of his clients sent him payments – so-called “consulting fees” – to a county government address rather than to his home. Taylor was fired in November 2000 and arrested two years later after an investigation by county officials, who reviewed more than 1,000 certificates of compliance dating back to the early 1990s. The investigation led county officials to question all certificates of compliance, causing delays for property owners who sought permits to build on their land. In many cases, officials said, property owners seemed to be trying to avoid setting aside part of their land for road easements. In some cases, a property owner went through the usual public-hearing procedure and got permission to cut his land into smaller parcels, but applied for a certificate saying the land had been subdivided years earlier. That meant he didn’t have to give up land for roads, investigators said. Taylor sought to withdraw his plea, saying he did not fully understand his placement on parole and was impaired after taking a higher-than-normal dose of sedatives the morning of the plea. In September, Pounders denied Taylor’s request based on the parole argument. Taylor appealed that ruling but his appeal was denied by the Second District Court of Appeal. Taylor withdrew his motion to nullify his plea because he was impaired, prosecutors said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@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


first_imgThe wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has revealed his life-long ambition is to bring his family to Co Donegal.Tony Blair wants to bring family to Donegal.Cherie Blair revealed the former Labour party leader’s plan is to one day is to revisit Ballyshannon and Rossnowlagh where he holidayed as a child.In his autobiography Mr Blair remembers fondly spending many summers at the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh. Mrs Blair said herself and her husband have enjoyed several trips to Ireland.“I have brought my children here, absolutely,” she said.“My husband’s real ambition is to take the kids back to Ballyshannon, where he used to go as a boy.”  BLAIR’S AMBITION IS TO BRING FAMILY TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 8th, 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)last_img read more

Estrella repays Co’s trust as Mapua finds silver lining in lost season

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Andoy Estrella for the lead! Bang! 74-71 Mapua. 20.6 left. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/cK8Q0x91XL— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 5, 2017 And the graduating guard is just hoping that victories like these could spur the younger players on in the future.“These wins are big for us so that next season, the younger players that will come will have the confidence,” Estrella said. “It’s a boost in their morale, so I want them to think that we shouldn’t quit until the end. That even though we’re already out of the Final Four, we should continue playing, continue practicing, and continue fighting.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the game tied at 71 with 30 seconds left and the ball in his hands, Andoy Estrella only had one person in his mind: coach Atoy Co.“I knew I had to give him a reason to trust me again. I haven’t been playing that well lately. So during our practices, he was giving me confidence to make up for the bad games,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Estrella had the chance to redeem himself and Co gave him the opportunity to as the Cardinals went to the senior playmaker for the crucial basket.He measured his defender with the clock dwindling down. He stepped just before the arc and hoisted for a three over Flash Sadiwa. Swish. The Cardinals took the 74-71 advantage with 20.6 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What followed was a solid defensive job on the other end and a Leo Gabo layup to seal the game shut to hand Mapua its third win in 15 games with the 76-71 shocker over the Altas.“I just paid off the trust coach Atoy has been giving me,” said Estrella.It was not his first time to step up to the plate, burying a game-winner against Letran back in July for the Cardinals’ first win of the season.In a season where positives are not as abundant as the seasons prior, moments like Estrella’s game-winner are are a big deal for the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cone fined P5k for entering court during Aguilar-Espinas scuffle in quarters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Tearful Andy Murray simply relieved to end losing grand slam run

first_imgOnce the immediate euphoria of winning Wimbledon for a second time had subsided, the tears flowing down Andy Murray’s face bore testament to the sheer relief surging through his body.Instead of charging up the stands to hug his nearest and dearest — as he had done in 2013 when he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion — Murray slumped in his chair and sobbed into a towel just relieved to have ended a 36-month search for a third grand slam title.Sunday’s 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) victory over Milos Raonic ended a barren stretch that had included coming off second best in this year’s Australian and French Open finals to his nemesis-in-chief, Novak Djokovic.While the world number one’s shock third-round departure from Wimbledon elevated Murray to title favourite, he also knew that one false move on Sunday could leave him with the dubious distinction of becoming the first man in the professional era to lose the finals of the season’s first three grand slams. (Match Highlights)’WIN EXTRA SPECIAL'”I’m just really proud that I managed to do it again after a lot of tough losses in the latter stages of the slams over the last couple of years,” said Murray, who became the first British man since Fred Perry in the 1930s to have his name engraved more than once on the gilded surface of the Challenge Cup.”This win feels extra special because of the tough losses,” he added. (Royal couple grace the occasion)”I’m also proud to get my hands on the trophy again as I’m aware of how difficult these competitions are to win once,” Murray said.advertisement”To do it twice here, an event where there is a lot of pressure on me to perform well … I’m very proud with how I’ve handled that over the years.”With the 15,000-strong crowd, including greats such as Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, roaring their approval, there was one man on Centre Court who maintained a poker face throughout the jubilant celebrations.A month after rekindling his coaching relationship with Murray following a two-year hiatus, it was job done for Ivan Lendl as Murray’s win-loss record during the grasscourt season improved to 12-0.Lendl has now proved that when it comes to Murray, he is the coach with the Midas touch.During their first spell together from 2012 to 2014, the Scot won his previous two slam titles and the Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games.’FULL FAITH IN IVAN LENDL’So why does the relationship work so well?”Ivan’s a leader. That’s important,” Murray said.”I trust in what he says, mainly because of the results we had the last time we worked together. I played my best tennis under him,” he added.”He was always trying to get me to play more offensive tennis. I did that and got results from it.”He’s very honest with me. He says exactly what he thinks. (I) don’t always like hearing it but it is often what I need to hear.”In Lendl’s absence, Murray had reached three major finals but each time Djokovic had proved to be a recurring nightmare that simply would not go away.However, after winning only two of his previous 10 slam finals, the world number two hopes Sunday’s victory and his reunion with Lendl will put him on the path to re-addressing that imbalance.”I still feel like my best tennis is ahead of me, that I have an opportunity to win more,” the 29-year-old said.”Everyone’s time comes at different stages. Some come in their early 20s, some mid 20s. Hopefully mine is still to come.”last_img read more