Promote PNG-wide unity through sport: Judge Kassman

first_imgJudge Kassman said sporting teams and individual players were better able to promote national unity during their interaction with other teams and players nationwide.He said this on Sunday, June 12 at Kiburu Lodge outside Mendi, Southern Highlands when he met briefly with the Digicel Cup team Gulf Isapea’s rugby league players and officials prior to their game with Hela Wigman there.Judge Kassman noted that popular sporting events such as rugby league bring many individuals and groups of different ethnicity together.As individuals you have important tasks to perform in building national unity apart from being a team playing to win for your respective teams.Through sports you travel meeting many other people and through your interaction you can promote greater national unity and understanding among our people.As players, of course you are expected to play a fair and hard game according to the rules to win and there is nothing wrong in doing that,” he said.Judge Kassman is currently the resident National Court judge in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.last_img read more

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What does each team look for in the last days of the market?

first_imgPomegranateWhat works best does not touch it. The Granada of Diego Martínez has been all the first round in the high part of the season, which has allowed him to add an important income for the decline. Therefore, in winter, he needed nothing more than to tie up what he already has and outline small details to improve. Vallejo and Foulquier arrived and Adrián Ramos left. In principle, there will be no more movements, unless a striker is shot.BetisBetis soon did his homework by hiring two rough diamonds as Guido Rodríguez and Aleñá. Thus, it reinforces the center of the field, something punished by the injury of William Carvalho and the accumulation of minutes of men like Guardado or Canales. Also output Kaptoum, heading to Almeria for its need of minutes, and to Ishmael. After the elimination in the Copa del Rey, Rubi is once again questioned, although the signing of a new technician does not depend on the range of signings. Tottenham has also given economic oxygen with the purchase of Giovanni Lo Celso.Kiko Huesca & nbsp; (EFE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Aleñá, luxury reinforcement for Betis in winter.Kiko Huesca (EFE) VillarrealThe march of Toko Ekambi direction Lyon It was a jug of cold water for Calleja, which had him as an indisputable. Since becoming official, Villarreal seeks a forward to replace him. The first objective was Cedric Bakambu, but the Beijing Guoan truncated that possibility. Lucas Pérez and Mariano they have also sounded, although the option of Paco Alcacer I like it more in the offices of the Ceramics Stadium. A more affordable option, due to lower economic expense and ease of obtaining an assignment, is that of Simone Zaza. No rest in search of the attacker.Athletic ClubThere will be no movements in San Mamés. Athletic has set a good first half of the season, continues in the fight for Europe and considers that no reinforcement is necessary to aspire to the first six places. Nor will any player leave except last-minute surprise. Only the Ganea entity left, heading for the Vitorul.OsasunaThe serious injury of Chimy Ávila completely disrupted Arrasate’s plans, which gave the template almost closed after the incorporation of Lato. However, losing their leader and top scorer has forced the club to accelerate to close a revulsive. Said and done, in a couple of days have achieved the assignment of Enric Gallego, with mandatory purchase option in case of permanence. Beyond that, there seems to be no more arrivals. GetafeGetafe has already done its homework, although it does not rule out the incorporation of a central. The march of Cabrera to Espanyol by the termination clause was a stick for Bordalás, who considered him indisputable. The club quickly tried to close a defense that would replace its march, but no footballer took a shot, given the obvious difficulty of ‘stealing’ a backstop of guarantees at this time of season. In offensive positions, the entity has released Enric Gallego, replacing it with Deyverson, and has signed Etebo as a means of containment. Brahim, who wants to stay in Madrid, is virtually ruled out.Atlético de MadridAtlético de Madrid has a clear goal problem, which condemns him to only having celebrated 22 goals in the first 21 league days. Therefore, with the injury of Diego Costa in between, Simeone has shouted a forward of the highest level to try to reverse the dramatic situation before the end of the season. Cavani, who ends the contract in June, is the chosen battering ram. The agreement with the PSG would be closed for a figure close to 15 million. The negotiation is ongoing and could be announced sooner rather than later.Real societyThere have been no movements so far and there will not have been unless Tottenham considerably increases its offer for Willian José. The team trained by José Mourinho wants the striker for about 15 million euros and the deal is far from closed. In case the situation turns around, the Real does not rule out incorporating another battering ram, although it would hardly have room for maneuver. One of the names that has sounded has been that of Mariano. Further, Adnan Januzaj could also change his way to Rome.ValenciaValencia defoliated the margarita: Rodrigo yes, Rodrigo no … The striker seems to finally stay and the club would renounce an alleged chain movement. Anil Murthy hoped to close Paco Alcácer for about 25-30 million euros, if it finally managed to sell to the Spanish international for € 50M. Barça’s refusal to pay such amount seems to indicate that everything will remain as it is. There is more: Gonzalo Villar’s signing was ruled out and interest in a right side (Joao Cancelo it was on the list) it seemed to blur as the days go by, although the possibility of Florenzi. The side of Rome is close to arriving, when accepting his club a transfer, although without purchase option.WOLFGANG RATTAY & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Paco Alcácer, possible target of Villarreal and Valencia for the last days of the market.WOLFGANG RATTAY (REUTERS) Chimy Ávila’s injury forced Osasuna to move in the market.THE LEAGUE The winter transfer market hurries its last days and the rumors do nothing but happen. However, at this point, it is no longer a simple interest: either the negotiations are already started or the player will spend the final months of the season in his current club. But many First Division clubs still have homework to do. There is little left, although they do not give up. Atlético de Madrid, with Cavani, is the best example of this. 23:59 on January 31 approach, with many operations still to be resolved:Real Madrid Zidane already ruled out in the press room that some striker arrived: “No, absolutely not.” It was the only position in which Real Madrid might need some reinforcement. Yes, Reinier arrived, with a view to the future and to give oxygen to a Castile You are not getting the expected results. Will also do it Marc Gual, for the subsidiary. In the field of casualties, Odriozola set sail for Bayern Munich to grow for the future; while Brahim Y Mariano They resist going out. Unless surprise, no further movement will occur.BarcelonaBarça continue working against the clock to close a striker that guarantees danger above while Luis Suarez is on leave. Many names have been put on the table, but the priority was Rodrigo Moreno. Valencia asked for a significant amount for him and the Blaugrana directive was planted and decided to break negotiations. Not even Celades was responsible for denying it. It was a complicated operation, by figures and little room for maneuver. You also need a ‘9’ of soda and the board continues to work to meet your request.SevilleMonchi gave departure to Dabbur and Chicharito, after they did not deliver up to expectations, and signed, by clause, to In Nesyri. He will have to fight for the job with a Luuk De Jong It improves every day. However, Lopetegui asks for more. He already knows that next season he won’t be able to count on Banega and he needs an elite soccer player in his replacement. The chosen one is Suso, from Milan. Both clubs seem to have reached an agreement for a season and a half assignment. It will become official shortly.JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>En-Nesyri exchanged Leganés for Sevilla in the winter market.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS)center_img I raisedNo movement in the Levant. No one has arrived, nor has it left. Only one risk: that Getafe press to close Cabaco, essential for Paco López. It would be the only way out, the movements were made in summer. Aly Abeid, a young man from the quarry, at Valenciennes is not very noticeable. With the team nine points above the descent, it was advisable to keep things as they were.AlavesThree arrivals and two departures. Camarasa, Ismael and Roberto arrive to provide depth in the Alavés squad, while Garitano suffers the goodbye of Sivera and, above all, Wakaso. The midfielder left a deep void, but the JS Suning made him an irreproachable offer. There is also fear for Lucas Pérez, who is in the orbit of Villarreal. Without Guidetti and for fear of goodbye of Spanish, the club works in the signature of another reference in attack. For the spinal Fejsa sounds.EibarWith the team eliminated in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey against Badajoz and a situation not too comfortable in the national league championship, Eibar responds to the profile of the team that needs fresh air in the winter market. However, it has only closed the incorporation of Cristóforo for the center of the field and there will be no more arrivals except surprise. Mendilibar is confident in his players, although the results have not accompanied in the first half of the season. I could leave Quique González.ValladolidRonaldo has been unleashed with the same day hiring of a galactic like Ben Arfa and Sekou Gassama. Of course, the former Almeria striker leaves on loan to Fuenlabrada until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Gomez, sports director of Valladolid, has confirmed that no offer has been made for Reinier and has not ruled out the possibility of incorporating another player if there is a good market opportunity. Anyway, Sergio continues to squeeze the resources he has to the fullest and has his team out of the relegation places again.Sergio Moraes & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Reinier will stay at Real Madrid Castilla.Sergio Moraes (REUTERS) MajorcaMallorca keeps combing the market in search of a midfielder or a left back that can gain ownership or, at least, give depth to the short template that Vicente Moreno has. Well arrived with the same goal and is already earning his minutes. A striker is not ruled out, given the little success of face to door shown by the Cucho Hernández.Celta VigoBradaric for the center of the field and Murillo for the center of the rear. Two level reinforcements for a Celtic in need of finding the key in the quality of his players to continue one more year in the First Division of Spanish football. Behind the departure from Lobotka, you do not have in mind to incorporate any midfielder anymore. Santos Borré It could be the final bomb of the market: the club negotiates with River Plate and Atlético de Madrid, which has 25% of the attacker’s pass.LeganésFrom signing even two strikers to keep the same template for the second leg of the season. There is absolute confidence in the management of Javier Aguirre. The Leganés has changed, it is another on the grass and is already only three points away from the permanence. However, the march of En Nesyri has done a lot of damage and is looking for replacement. Today there is no player who is close to Butarque and that is why the club leaves the possibility of not incorporating. Many names appear in the deck, but without advanced negotiations. In the club there is a runrun in case someone chooses to execute the Braithwaite clause.CHEMA DIAZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mariano continues to train with Real Madrid while several First Division teams ask about their situation.CHEMA DIAZ (DAILY AS) SpanishEspanyol can be satisfied. The incorporations of Leandro Cabrera, Raúl de Tomás and Adrián Embarba They have given fresh air to a staff worried about the stalking of the descent. RDT especially has given immediate performance and is already an indisputable for Abelardo. The board was put to work and has closed an unbeatable market. Now it’s time to prove it on the pitch. Just came out Puado and men like Pipa or Campuzano They could look for minutes away from Cornellá. Open the possibility of a lateral.last_img read more

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WCup qualifying heating up in Europe

first_img Motivation to win LONDON (AP): As World Cup qualifying reaches the midway point in Europe, several of the top teams will be in action this weekend. In Group A, France coach Didier Deschamps will be without the world’s most expensive player against Luxembourg tomorrow. Even without the suspended Paul Pogba, there is little reason for the leaders to be worried. Deschamps can count on the new crop of French players a gifted generation that includes teenager Kilyan Mbappe. The 18-year-old Monaco striker, who has scored a league goal every 82 minutes this season, is among the five newcomers included in Deschamps’ squad, alongside Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy (22), Marseille winger Florian Thauvin (24), Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso (22) and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (22). France have a three-point lead over the Netherlands, who travel to Bulgaria. Level on points with the Dutch, Sweden host Belarus. In Group B, Portugal could seriously jeopardise the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal making it to the World Cup if they lose to Hungary tomorrow. It would be some fall for the first-time European champions. “Every team wants to beat the European champions, and that only motivates us to keep doing better,” Portugal midfielder Joao Mario said ahead of the home match. Portugal are only two points ahead of Hungary in second place and are already facing the possibility of having to contest a play-off to make the final tournament in Russia. Switzerland lead the group, holding a three-point advantage over Portugal heading into tomorrow’s game against next-to-last Latvia. Today’s matches: Georgia vs Serbia; Turkey vs Finland; Austria vs Moldova; Croatia vs Ukraine, Ireland vs Wales; Italy vs Albania; Kosovo vs Iceland; Liechtenstein vs Macedonia and Spain vs Israel.last_img read more

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FEU ends Adamson’s perfect run in OT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University put a stop to the league’s only perfect run after fending off Adamson University, 88-85, in overtime in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws improved to 4-2 to stay in third place while the Falcons slipped into a share for the top spot with Ateneo at 5-1.ADVERTISEMENT After losing a 17-point lead, 69-52, in the fourth quarter, the Tamaraws regrouped in overtime and survived the exits of Arvin Tolentino, Prince Orizu, and Kennet Tuffin.Overtime eventually became a show of free throws as nine of the total 13 points in extra period came from the stripe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe game’s biggest shot, though, came off a mad scramble for the ball after Adamson center Papi Sarr turned the ball over, Hubert Cani raced down the floor and found the trailing Barkley Eboña for the layup that effectively iced the match with 20.1 seconds left.Sean Manganti tried to sent the game to another overtime but Wendell Comboy blocked his three-point attempt with four seconds left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Walker, Blackwater keep Rain or Shine winless Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments “We just kept on encouraging the players,” said FEU assistant coach Eric Gonzales who spoke to the media instead of head coach Olsen Racela who had to leave early.Tolentino, who was called with a disqualifying foul with 3:43 left in regulation, led FEU’s scorers with 19 points while Hubert Cani added 14 points.Comboy finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three blocks for the Tamaraws.Jerrick Ahanmisi led the Falcons with 21 points with six rebounds while Manganti had 20 points and six rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Judge Gbeneweleh Frustrates Gov’t Again

first_imgMore than a month after he threw out government’s major case against some former executives of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ has again freed another two persons who the state accused of stealing over US$100,000 from the coffers of the International Bank (IB), where they were employed.He was the same judge who brought down a ‘not guilty’ verdict in favor of the late General Charles Julu, when he was accused by government of treason.Government sometime in April 2013 arrested and charged defendants Kelvin B. Saving and Ricks B. Wilson with multiple crimes, ranging from theft of property, criminal facilitation and conspiracy. Unfortunately, they failed to indict and arraign them for trial, arguing that it was because of the Ebola outbreak.They also contended that the delay was due to many cases they had with the grand jury of Montserrado County, which could not permit them to indict those two defendants immediately.In counter argument lawyers representing the defendants asked the court to dismiss and discharge their clients for the failure of government to have proceeded with the case or to have indicted them.Judge Gbeneweleh yesterday in his ruling explained that in April 2013, when the defendants were arrested and charged by the Monrovia City Court, before they were subsequently transferred to Criminal Court ‘C’, there was no outbreak of Ebola in Liberia.He further ruled that the contention of the prosecution that there were several cases before the grand jury did not imply any legal justification not to have indicted the defendants.According to him, Section 18.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law makes it mandatory that “in the absence of a good cause shown the court shall dismiss the complaint for failure on the part of prosecution to indict a defendant for indictable offence.”He went on to say that “the Legislature never contemplated that Montserrado County alone should have more than one grand jury.”“The Lawmakers,” he said, “in their own wisdom created a provision for Special Jury as provided for in Section 15.5.”The intent of the Special Grand Jury is to indict any defendant who committed a criminal offence and who has not been indicted by the Grand jury, Judge Gbeneweleh said.He emphasized that the law provides 42working days for a grand jury and if the days expired prosecution should constitute a special jury, which should remain sitting as long as the public interest is required which the prosecution failed to do.“Therefore, the motion to dismiss for failure to proceed since 2013 in consistence with the law is hereby granted. And prosecution’s complaint is hereby dismissed,” he declared, adding, “the defendants are hereby discharged without prejudice to the state consistent with the law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Registration open for 59th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association is getting ready to host the 59th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel, which is set to take place on November 14 to 16.Currently, Organizers are looking for participants and teams to sign up and register for this event.Entry for the Bonspiel is limited to 32 teams for the weekend, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a spot. The entry fee is $500 per team and the deadline to enter is November 11.- Advertisement -Events taking place during the Bonspiel include a ‘Rock the Hole’ event, music and dance, and a banquet.The 59th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel is taking place November 14 to the 16 at the Fort St. John Curling Club.For more information, call Neil Carlstrom at 250-263-7018 or Victor Moskalyk at 250-261-9449.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Report: Global warming means drought, floods for California

first_imgThe report found a 90 percent chance that global warming in western mountains will cause “decreased snowpack, more winter flooding and reduced summer flows, exacerbating competition for over-allocated water resources.” That means greater water scarcity throughout California and conflicts among western states – especially California and Arizona – and among users, from agriculture to homeowners to the tourism industry, said Roger Pulwarty, a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report also found a 90 percent likelihood that a rising sea level will increase coastal erosion. Also, the Sacramento River and other river basins with a history of floods will be exposed to an even greater risk of flooding. “The report’s message is water, water, water – more drought in the West, more flooding in the East and higher sea levels along all our coasts,” said Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation. Recent studies by climatologists in California have included similar warnings, from the shrinking snowpack to threats to the purity of water and integrity of levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. WASHINGTON – Fierce competition for scarce water among California and its neighbors. Longer droughts and wildfire seasons throughout the West. Heat waves that will tax utilities. More severe storms and floods. Rising sea levels and problems for fisheries. And a mixed bag for agriculture, with some crops benefiting and others hurt. That’s the likely future for California and other western states contained in a mountain of data released Monday showing the potential effects of climate change on North America – part of the international report on global warming compiled by hundreds of scientists. The findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will not surprise Californians who have been following reports on how climate change already is affecting the state. The IPCC report did not include original research, but was a compilation and analysis of data that had already been collected. “What the IPCC report does is apply confidence to the quality of science” in numerous studies, said Stephen Schneider, a Stanford University climate expert. Several scientists said they hope the accumulated findings will lead to urgent governmental action to curb the greenhouse gas emissions that are a major contributor to global warming. Nine scientists Tuesday will brief senators on the findings at a meeting of the Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat. “No one in the United States will escape the effects of climate change. Every individual and industry will be affected,” said Patricia Romero Lankao, a scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “We must reduce emissions, and the sooner we act the better. It would have been better to act yesterday.” The global IPCC report found that some of the most negative impacts of global warming will hit those already very vulnerable – poor people in the developing world.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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Worthington steps down as manager of League Two strugglers York

first_imgNigel Worthington has resigned as manager of York City.The Northern Irishman decided to walk after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Newport County left the Minstermen just one place above the League Two relegation zone.“After Saturday’s result and in the best interests of York City, I have made the difficult decision to leave the club,” said the 52-year-old, who replaced Gary Mills at Bootham Crescent in March 2013.“I feel the timing of my departure will give the players ample number of games to gain the points needed to ensure York City finishes in a good position in League Two by the end of the season.“In recent weeks, performances have not been up to my high standards and I take full responsibility for this as manager.“I would like to thank the Board and the McGill family for their tremendous support during my time at the club. We have had a great working relationship and they have given me all the assistance I have needed.“The supporters and the players should be very grateful to them for their loyalty, commitment and hard work in trying to take this football club forward. I have enjoyed a wonderful time at York City over the past 18 months.“The fans have been fantastic throughout and I have appreciated all their support. The experience would not have been the same without the friendship of all the staff at the club.“In particular, I would like to thank my assistant, Steve Torpey, for his loyalty and dedication to me and York City Football Club. It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to have been manager of York City and I very much wish the club every success for the future.”York came close to winning promotion last season, reaching the play-offs before losing to Fleetwood.In a statement on Worthington’s resignation, the club’s board of directors said: “It is with great sadness that Nigel Worthington has decided to leave the club.“He has been a pleasure to work with and we could not have asked for a more professional and hard working manager. We will always be grateful to him for the huge contribution he made in maintaining our Football League status and for the great times we had reaching the play-offs last season.“We respect the decision he has taken and understand it has been made in the best interests of York City Football Club. We thank Nigel for all he has achieved in making York City a better football club and the legacy he leaves.“He has been a gentleman throughout his time at the club and will be missed by us all. We now must focus on the appointment of a new manager and ensuring we secure the services of the right person to take York City Football Club forward.” Nigel Worthington 1last_img read more

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Another Games cycle for the Phinney name?

first_imgHe might want to consider long sleeves. There could be a lot of Olympics talk in the Phinney household over the next few months because one of the most-storied families in American cycling has a budding star quickly making a name for himself. Taylor Phinney is proving the power of genetics. His father is Davis Phinney, the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France and an elite pro rider for two decades. His mother is Connie Carpenter-Phinney, a four-time national champion and the gold medalist in the inaugural women’s Olympic road race 23 years ago. So it can hardly be surprising that their 17-year-old son is already a junior world cycling champion – and now is a USA Cycling elite track nationals gold medalist as well. Phinney beat Brad Huff by a little less than two seconds in the 4-kilometer final Thursday night at the ADT Event Center in Carson. Not bad, considering the kid never raced on a velodrome before Thursday. “It’s a really nice end to a really good season,” he said. “I’m glad I was able to cap it off.” He won’t turn 18 until a month before those Olympics. Results like Thursday’s certainly suggest he’ll be ready. “My whole motivation to get into doing the pursuit is to see if maybe I can qualify for the Olympics in ’08,” Taylor Phinney said. “So we decided to come out here, and it’s exciting. My first pursuit. I like it.” It’s easy to see why Phinney is considered one of USA Cycling’s brightest hopes for the future, with eyes of trying to find a spot on the Olympic team destined for Beijing next summer. “When you walk around as an Olympian, that’s pretty good,” said Davis Phinney, a 1984 bronze medalist. “When you walk around as an Olympic gold medalist, that’s even better. “So we wanted to instill that spirit, that honor and what it’s like being an ambassador for your country in him.” With parents like his, some might think Taylor Phinney was raised on a bike. They’d be wrong. He didn’t begin riding competitively until 18 months ago, then won 23 races in his first year. He never pedaled on a velodrome until four weeks ago, and wound up stunning a field filled with seasoned pros. The pursuit is a 16-lap event on the 250-meter track, with two riders starting on opposite sides. It’s a race against the clock, not the other rider, but that didn’t stop Taylor from catching his opponent during Thursday’s heats – while he clocked the fastest final-kilometer time among qualifiers for the final. “I know what I’m capable of,” Taylor Phinney said. “I just haven’t proven it on the track to myself.” That is, until Thursday. Four elite titles and two U23 stars-and-stripes jerseys were claimed late Wednesday night at the venue. Michael Blatchford (Cypress/Cody Racing) won the elite men’s 250-meter time trial and Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./T-Town Express) won the women’s 500-meter time trial. Stephen Hill (Winston, Ga./East Point Track Club) earned a national title with a 1:06.011 in the men’s kilometer time trial. Reseda’s Matthew Post placed 12th overall, but his time of 1:10.842 as a 22-year-old earned him the U23 national title in the event. In the only national championship category team event on Wednesday, the Slipstream foursome of Colby Pearce (Boulder, Colo.), Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.), Michael Friedman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Mike Creed (Colorado Springs, Colo.) clocked 4:20.220 in the men’s 4-kilometer team pursuit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CYCLING: Junior world champ has an Olympic pedigree – and talent. From staff and wire reports Davis Phinney held out his right arm to illustrate his point. “See? Talking about the Olympics still gives me goose bumps,” he said. last_img read more

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Everton defender desperate for Roy Hodgson to be given new England contract

first_imgEverton defender Phil Jagielka has become the latest England international to call for manager Roy Hodgson to remain at the helm after the European Championships in 2016.Following a dismal World Cup showing last summer, Hodgson’s men have hit the ground running in their qualifying campaign for next summer’s tournament in France with four wins from their opening four games.The 67-year-old remains coy about his future after the FA decided to honour his contract, but Jagielka and other members of the England squad have been far more vocal about their demands.“It was nice to see Roy given another chance [after the World Cup]. It was always going to be a nervy opening to European qualifying but the boys are fantastic,” said the centre back.“It proved we backed him, it proved it was the right decision to do. I am sure when we qualify we need to have a good tournament in France to back him if Roy is going to stay on. But the boys are desperate to do that.”FA Chairman Greg Dyke has revealed his plans to open contract negotiations with Hodgson and assured the England boss that he will attend the draw for World Cup qualifying stages when it is made this summer.Dyke said: “We decided in Brazil that we wanted Roy to continue with his contract, we thought ‘he’s got a contract, he sees it through.’““We will have the discussion with Roy in the next nine months to a year.”England face Lithuania at Wembley on Friday night in a Euro 2016 qualifier and will be without Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Fraser Forster, Luke Shaw and Danny Rose who have pulled out of the squad through injury. Phil Jagielka 1last_img read more

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