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Teen attacker at large

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THUNDER STRUCK! Cup champs Griffith Swords Thunder knocked out in opening round

first_imgBasketball Ireland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics 70-76 Ambassador UCC GlanmireTop scorers NUIG Mystics: Kiera Gaines 23, Dayna Finn 15, Aine McDonagh 12Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Claire Rockall 19, Grainne Dwyer 13, Alexis Eckles 10Half time score: NUIG Mystics 35-46 Ambassador UCC Glanmire Hula Hoops Men’s Presidents Cup (Round 1 – Knock out)LYIT Donegal 82-84 Keane’s SuperValu KillorglinIT Carlow Basketball 83-89 NeptuneBallincollig 20-0 Dublin LionsFr Mathews 99-76 LIT CelticsParis Texas Kilkenny 77-75 Ulster University ElksPortlaoise Panthers 70-64 Ej Sligo All Stars Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1:   UL Huskies v Marble City Hawks, PESS Building-UL-Limerick, 17:00;Griffith College Swords Thunder v Fabplus North West, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Portlaoise Panthers, Mardyke Arena, 13:00;DCU Mercy v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, DCU Complex, 15:30; HULA HOOPS NATIONAL CUP FIXTURESHula Hoops National Cup quarter-finals (Pat Duffy Cup)To be played weekend of December 1-3rd with first named having home advantage.Moycullen v Pyrobel KillesterBlack Amber Templeogue v ÉannaUCC Demons v Garvey’s Tralee WarriorsDCU Saints v UCD Marian There were thrills, spills and upsets galore at the weekend as the opening round of the Hula Hoops National Cup got underway, dishing up some spectacular results across the board. Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics 70-76 Ambassador UCC GlanmirePyrobel Killester 78-64 Portlaoise PanthersCourtyard Liffey Celtics 66-65 Singleton SuperValu BrunellDCU Mercy 74-69 IT Carlow Basketball Hula Hoops Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup (Round 1 – Knock out)Griffith College Swords Thunder 70-75 DCU SaintsBlack Amber Templeogue 90-81 Belfast StarKUBS 47-101 UCC DemonsMoycullen 79-71 Maree Basketball Ireland Men’s Super LeagueUCD Marian 66-91 Pyrobel Killester Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:   IT Carlow Basketball v Ballincollig, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;LYIT Donegal v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, Bishops Field, 15:00;LIT Celtics v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, SportsHub Limerick IT, 18:00;Neptune v Portlaoise Panthers, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;EJ Sligo All-Stars v Titans, Mercy College, 19:30; Monday 30th October 2017Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Griffith College Swords Thunder v DCU Saints, ALSAA-Dublin, 15:00;Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Eanna, Tralee, 15:00;Moycullen v KUBS BC, NUIG Galway, 15:00;Black Amber Templeogue v Maree, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30; Team representatives from the Men’s Super League pictured at the official launch of the Basketball Ireland season 2017/18 at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin, where the Hula Hoops National Cup draw also took place. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile One result in particular caught the attention of basketball fans nationwide, as underdogs DCU Saints caused the upset of the weekend when they overcame reigning Cup champions Griffith College Swords Thunder in thrilling fashion, 75-70. Basketball Ireland Fixtures: October 28th-30thSaturday 28th October 2017          Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   UCD Marian v DCU Saints, UCD, 19:00;KUBS BC v Black Amber Templeogue, Greendale, 19:00;Maree v Griffith College Swords Thunder, CC-Oranmore, 19:45;Pyrobel Killester v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, IWA-Clontarf, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Pyrobel Killester v IT Carlow Basketball, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00;Maxol WIT Wildcats v NUIG Mystics, Mercy Gym, 19:00; Hula Hoops President’s Cup quarter-finalsTo be played weekend of December 1-3rd with first named having home advantage.Fr Mathews v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s KillarneyBallincollig v Portlaoise PanthersNeptune v TitansParis Texas Kilkenny v Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Sunday 29th October 2017 Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Belfast Star v UCC Demons, Methodist College, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Detailed Results – October 21st-23rd Basketball Ireland Men’s Hula Hoops Cup (Pat Duffy Cup)Moycullen 79-71 Maree – MOYCULLEN ADVANCETop scorers Moycullen: Cian Nihill 22, Brandon McGuire 19, Patrick Lyons 15Top scorers Maree: Eoin Rockall 15, Watkins Williams 13, Kenneth Hansberry 11Half time score: Moycullen 42-34 Maree “It was a sweet win to get,” admitted DCU Saints head coach, Joey Boylan. “It feels very good to get the win, especially in the Cup. It was always going to be a tough game, being up against Swords and especially in their place, but we never let them get a run on us.”Indeed, Swords, who had lost just one game so far this season, were left on the back foot from early on as Joey Boylan’s charges drove into a 38-42 point half time lead, with Men’s Super League September Player of the Month, Dee Proby, proving to be a massive thorn in the side of the Swords defence, top scoring with 30 points.Elsewhere, Black Amber Templeogue held firm to run out 90-81 point winners over Belfast Star, with a phenomenal display from Lorcan Murphy, which saw him net 30 points for the Dubliners despite the best efforts of Star’s Conor Quinn and Keelan Cairns.“We made hard work of it,” admitted Templeogue’s Mark Keenan afterwards. “The second half was a tight affair, it came right down to the last few minutes but I’m just happy we closed it out.”UCC Demons eased passed KUBS in style on Saturday evening at Greendale, while Moycullen did just enough to scrape past a determined Maree in the all Galway battle on Sunday afternoon.There was also Cup action in the Men’s Division One league, with the battle for the President’s Cup producing some big results. Cup holders Neptune got out of jail just in time against IT Carlow, managing to hold their nerve in the dying seconds to edge into the second round.Elsewhere, Paris Texas Kilkenny shocked Ulster University Elks with a big win at home, while Cup runners-up from last season, Ej Sligo All Stars bowed out at the hands of Portlaoise Panthers.In the Women’s Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics and Singleton SuperValu Brunell dished up one of the games of the weekend, with just a point separating the sides at the final buzzer, and the Kildare team relieved to take the win.“It was a great win. We didn’t get off to the best start – it took us at least two quarters to figure out their strengths,” said Celtics head coach, Mark Byrne. “Once we did that, we played great defence in the second half. They’re a really tough team, smart and well-coached, so any win against them, you’ve got to be happy with.”Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester bagged their first win of the season when they overcame Portlaoise Panthers at home on Saturday evening, while NUIG Mystics had to settle for second best in a close tie with Ambassador UCC Glanmire. Mark Ingle’s charges at DCU Mercy meanwhile made it two from two with a solid win over IT Carlow Basketball on Sunday afternoon. Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1: Marble City Hawks 55-53 MeteorsFabplus North West 52-74 Fr MathewsUlster University Elks 72-78 Griffith College Swords Thunder Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:   Ballincollig v Fr Mathews, Ballincollig CS, 13:00;LYIT Donegal v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Bishops Field Sports Centre, 15:00;Ulster University Elks v Paris Texas Kilkenny, Ulster University Elks, 15:00;Portlaoise Panthers v LIT Celtics, St Marys Sports Hall, 15:00;Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v Dublin Lions, Killorglin Sports Centre, 15:00;Titans v IT Carlow Basketball, The Jes, 15:30; print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 6

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. UFC analyst Joe Rogan shares how McGregor can beat Mayweather ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Teaser, Jaja Santiago is gone (again) and Kim Kianna Dy is back (again).Here are INQUIRER’s top seven players for Week 6.1. Jia Morado (Ateneo de Manila University, setter)Last week: No. 1Weeks on list: 4Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBehold the only person to repeat as the top player in this list.Jia Morado has been nothing but mesmerizing this term for Ateneo that numbers won’t even do her justice.ADVERTISEMENT Her 17 points against NU is a big step-up from her average and that eventually led to their 25-21, 25-11, 15-25, 25-12 win.3. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker) Weeks on list: 1La Salle’s Majoy Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEnter Mary Joy Baron.Baron’s reason for her inclusion in this list is almost the same as Dy’s with La Salle taking a two-game win streak to begin the second round and a strong play against NU.In her matchup against Jaja Santiago, Baron showed her class and finished with 15 points, six of which were blocks.What’s impressive about Baron’s stat line is that she had more blocks not only against Santiago, who had two, but against the whole NU team, which had four.If Baron’s recent play keeps up, she may very well repeat as the best blocker this Season 79.4. Jhoana Maraguinot (Ateneo de Manila University, outside hitter) Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 2Ateneo’s Jhoana Maraguinot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week but boy did Jhoana Maraguinot make an impression.Maraguinot experienced a complete offensive turnaround when she scored 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a three-set sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot That glaring 25-5 first set scoreline is the greatest margin since 2010 when University of Santo Tomas obliterated University of the East 25-2.7. Pam Lastimosa (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1UST’s Pam Lastimosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLike Cheng, Pam Lastimosa missed all of Season 78 due to an injury.But Lastimosa’s back and she’s provided the veteran presence to the University of Santo Tomas, which stands at 5-3.The Golden Tigresses played just one game this week, against UE, and that resulted in a win that extended UST’s streak to four unbeaten matches.Lastimosa has been relegated to the second unit this season but that didn’t stop her from playing her best match this season when she led UST with 10 points in the Golden Tigresses’ 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation for the week.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Before unloading on the Lady Maroons, however, Maraguinot scored just five points in Ateneo’s first round finale against De La Salle.5. Toni Rose Basas (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter) Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 2FEU’s Toni Rose Basas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University started the second round with a so-so performance as the Lady Tamaraws went 1-1 this week.That one loss was against the defending champions when the Lady Spikers cruised to a three-set sweep.The Lady Tamaraws, though, made a turnaround and made quick work of Adamson University, 25-9, 25-20, 25-11, and Toni Rose Basas was instrumental in that victory.Basas led FEU with 16 points, which was a big improvement from her seven-point production in their loss to La Salle.6. Desiree Cheng (De La Salle University, outside hitter) Weeks on list: 1La Salle’s Desiree Cheng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiree Cheng has come back from injury and she’s made a stopover in this week’s list.During La Salle’s little two-game win streak this week, Cheng has averaged 8.5 points. It may sound small but considering her team’s balanced scoring with Dy’s 12.55 points-per-game, that makes up a large chunk of the Lady Spikers’ offense.Cheng’s worth, though, was seen when she scored 11 points in their record win against FEU, 25-5, 25-23, 25-23. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bea De Leon, Ateneo’s emotional leader, described Morado as if she’s a conductor of an orchestra.“She makes volleyball a lot easier for us because almost 100 percent of the time the ball will go the setter,” said De Leon.Even Ateneo’s assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who played the same position as Morado during his playing years with Adamson University, couldn’t help but marvel at their setter.Meneses said there are players that are just born good and Morado is one of them.“Jia’s instinct as a setter is just different from others and she can make any play from any bad reception,” said Meneses.Well, need this author say more?2. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 4La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy is back and that is virtue of her team going 2-0 this week.De La Salle scored two quick wins over Far Eastern University and National University but it was the Lady Spikers’ victory against the Lady Bulldogs where Dy showcased her offensive prowess.Dy, as this writer has mentioned before, is La Salle’s most consistent scorer with an average of 12.55 points scored per game but veering away from the constant can sometimes be advantageous. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The second round has officially begun and Ateneo is still the best team.There’s been movement in the middle of the table with University of Santo Tomas taking a solid foothold on one of the potential Final Four spots and University of the Philippines slipping to all the way down to sixth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDefending champions De La Salle is at close second behind Ateneo while Far Eastern University and National University are perched at precarious positions.And even though the tournament is well on its way into the second round but there are still newcomers in this list. Actually this week’s edition has two. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

Every light is needed

first_imgBy Ryhaan ShahThere have been few other moments in our history when there has been such need for light over the encroaching darkness. The serial corruptions and scandals that have rocked the country since the Granger Government took office just over a year ago cannot be sustained for much longer without the eruption of a real crisis – whether social, political, or economic – that would test our fragile state.Fifty years after independence our fragility and vulnerability have increased and the Granger Government continues to proceed blithely onward as if all is well. There is no sense of urgency about the state of the economy, the rising crime, or about the government corruptions that are unfolding almost daily. President David Granger himself appears to be an enabler of the corrupt practices that have ominous echoes of the Burnham era.Is the recklessness concomitant with the knowledge that their future in government is assured? Or is it that they know they will only serve one term and are therefore making as much hay as possible? Or maybe they are simply inept and clueless?It could be a combination of factors but there was clearly a plan of action when, from the very beginning, Granger announced his super-sized cabinet of old PNC heads then rewarded them immediately with a super salary hike together with a damning justification for it. It will stop them from stealing, he said. Well, it hasn’t and everyone is looking on with trepidation as the country slides further and further into hopelessness and despair.Simply put, there has been no positive change. The only change has been so woefully negative, that the PPP/C Opposition is claiming the moral high ground without this raising any widespread objections.People get the leaders they deserve, the old adage goes, and as Guyanese continue to flee to northern shores for a better life, the level of competent and able leadership continues to drop. Everywhere, there appears to be square pegs in round holes – in the public and private sectors – as everyone tries to make the best from the skills and abilities that are available.Our best boast these days is to show off the Guyanese abroad who are excelling in their jobs and studies in the US, Canada and elsewhere. They are feted and showered with praise and no one points up the harsh reality that had they stayed at home, they might never have had the opportunity to shine as brightly.Here, their progress could have been stymied by racism, cronyism, nepotism and plain political spite. These are what determine whether you get the job, the award, the contract, and the chance to succeed.No one can blame anyone for giving up on Guyana and the light that is needed to attract the diaspora back to develop their native country has long been extinguished as the two political sides continue to put themselves first in their battle for power; and this at the expense of progress and development.The festival of Diwali, celebrated by the Hindu community worldwide, is a timely reminder of the need to have every kind of light in our lives, both at a personal and national level. We need the lights of justice, fairness and truth to shine brightly if Guyana is to progress. They have never been given a chance and the exodus continues because no one can see any light at the end of the tunnel that is Guyana.Despite all the propaganda, oil will not save us. The earnings will most likely find their way into political pockets like so many other public funds have done over the years. It is not cynicism to point out that Guyana is indeed a very rich country.Despite the billions that have been skimmed off and stolen from the country’s coffers, we manage to keep afloat. Think what could have been possible had there been political leaders who had put country first.The Greek philosopher Plato observed that the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. That can easily stand as a testament to our post-independence politics: the 23-year rule of the PPP/C, and the 28 years of the PNC dictatorship before that. Misdeeds always need the cover of darkness.It was Desmond Tutu who said that hope is the ability to see that there is light despite all the darkness. We are all tested daily to see any glimmer of light anywhere and on this Diwali holiday weekend, we should all light a diya or a candle to help us hold to every hope.last_img read more

Kuru Kururu/Laluni Road

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to encourage the Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, the Regional Democratic Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council to pay a visit and inspect the road that passes Kuru Kururu to Laluni.This road was done just before the 2015 elections but is now impassable. I dare say it is much worse now than it was before. Can someone please make a visit and do an inspection?The new road that was done did not go all the way to Laluni but it did covered a significant amount of area. Not it is all holes and craters.Sincerely,Ignatius Raphaellast_img

Teranga Lions dim Black Stars

first_img0Shares0000MONGOMO,Equatorial Guinea,January 19 – Senegal hit back to defeat Ghana 2-1 Monday in the Africa Cup of Nations Group C opener. It was a deserved triumph for the Teranga Lions, who overcame a sluggish start to dominate the second half and wasted several chances before securing maximum points.Andre Ayew scored with a penalty on 14 minutes for four-time champions Ghana and 2002 runners-up Senegal levelled through Mame Diouf after 58 minutes.Several neat touches close to the penalty area created space for Turkey-based Sow to fire past goalkeeper Razak Braimah three minutes into additional time.The much-hyped group of death continues later Monday when top-ranked African team Algeria tackle resurgent South Africa in the second half of a double-header.Both teams missed key strikers with mild malaria ruling out Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan and a calf injury sidelining Senegalese Sadio Mane.Experienced midfielder Andre Ayew took over the Black Stars captaincy and younger brother Jordan Ayew also made the starting line-up.Senegal left Newcastle United goal-poacher Papiss Demba Cisse on the bench, preferring Diouf of Stoke City as the lone frontman.Concerns that the tournament in Equatorial Guinea would not draw crowds proved unfounded for the third consecutive day with Estadio Mongomo packed to its 15,000 capacity in hot, dry conditions.Ghana had much more early possession and took the lead when Andre Ayew calmly converted the penalty.Senegal goalkeeper and captain Bruno Coundoul, who conceded the spot-kick by pulling down Christian Atsu, dived to his left as Ayew struck the ball into the middle of the net.The pace of Ghana was troubling the big Senegal defenders and Atsu almost doubled the lead midway through the opening half.Jordan Ayew burst through the defence and passed for Atsu to beat Coundoul only to see his shot go wide of the far post.The frustrations of the Senegalese Teranga Lions — desperate to avoid a third consecutive first-round exit — showed when playmaker Dame Ndoye was yellow-carded for a late tackle on Atsu.Strangely subdued Senegal finally sprang to life just before the half-hour as a fierce Kara Mbodj header rattled the crossbar and rebounded to safety with Braimah helpless.Braimah did well to foil Diouf soon after, tipping a spectacular close-range bicycle-kick over at the expense of a corner.If pace was a Ghanaian weapon, height was an equally potent attacking threat for the Senegalese and it produced an equaliser just before the hour mark.Diouf headed a cross against the woodwork and reacted quickest to nod the rebound into the net and reward early second-half Senegal pressure.The Stoke sharp-shooter should have scored again midway through the second half, but blazed over from close range when Ghana failed to clear a corner.With 10 minutes left, Diouf spurned another good chance to break the deadlock as he pulled a shot wide after breaking through the middle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Millen admits interest in Crystal Palace job following honourable Arsenal defeat

first_imgCrystal Palace caretaker coach Keith Millen has admitted he would love to continue the role on a full-time basis following the shock exit of Tony Pulis.The London club announced the Welshman’s departure from the Selhurst Park hotseat on Thursday following a reported dispute with co-chairman Steve Parish.Millen took temporary change of the side for their Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday, where, despite a gutsy performance, the managerless team slumped to defeat at the Emirates Stadium.The well-organised visitors were left frustrated after debutant Brede Hangeland’s first half goal was ruled out by a Laurent Koscielny header just before the break, with Aaron Ramsey firing home in stoppage-time to seal a 2-1 victory for the Gunners.Millen said was proud of Palace’s plucky performance, but admitted he and the team were deeply disappointed having been mere minutes away from a point against the title contenders.“I am disappointed not to get something we deserved, but I am proud of the players and of their performance,” he said.“It’s been a tough couple of days and you never really know how they’re going to respond to Tony leaving, but you could see the togetherness and the belief of the team, if we continue like that we’ll be fine this year.”On his future in the role, Millen added: “Would I like it to be my last game? No, I would like to continue.“I enjoy being in charge. Whether it’s the right time or not, I will speak to the chairman tomorrow. If he felt it was right for me I would sit down and talk to him about it.“I like working at this club and I certainly enjoy working with the players because they are a good honest group that works hard for you. They respect my decisions.”Little is known about the real reason behind Pulis’ exit just 48 hours before the beginning of the new campaign, and Millen insisted co-chairman Parish has some explaining to do with the club’s disappointed squad.The caretaker boss continued: “In the last two days the chairman has not had a chance to speak to the players, he’s not spoken to me about what his ideas are going forward, he just said ‘let’s focus on today’s game’.“On Monday I am sure there will be some more conversations. The players need to know which direction the club is going. Hopefully at the start of the week there will be some more answers.“We’ve lost a very good manager we were successful with, the players want some answers and I think they have to come from the chairman.”last_img read more

Southampton ready to bid for Sporting Lisbon defender

first_imgSouthampton are readying a bid for Sporting Lisbon centre-back Ruben Semedo, according to reports in Portugal.The Saints are likely to be without Portuguese pair Jose Fonte and Cedric Soares at the start of the season due to their extended holiday following their success at Euro 2016.Manager Claude Puel is determined not to get caught short in that area and has put Semedo high up on his list of transfer targets.According to A Bola, Southampton scouts were in attendance to see Semedo play in a friendly against Villarreal recently and were left impressed by the 22-year-old’s strength and pace at the back.The report suggests Southampton will make contact with Sporting next week with an initial £8million offer but are happy to add a further £2million to ensure they get their man. 1 Sporting Lisbon star Ruben Semedo last_img read more

Top agent: ‘Big Sam hasn’t done anything wrong…he should stay as England boss’

first_imgSam Allardyce has done nothing wrong and is likely to keep his job as England manager, according to football agent Barry Silkman.The 61-year-old’s Three Lions future is in doubt after he was secretly filmed by the Daily Telegraph making a variety of controversial comments to reporters posing as businessmen.Allardyce allegedly negotiated a £400,000 deal to represent a company to Far East investors and appeared to tell the fictitious businessmen how to circumvent Football Association third-party ownership laws.He also said of the FA, his employers, that ‘they’re all about making money aren’t they?’ and mocked former boss Roy Hodgson and his assistant Gary Neville.The FA have begun an investigation into the allegations and reports have suggested it is ’50-50′ whether he will keep a job he has only held for only two months.But, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, influential agent Silkman insisted it would be wrong to axe Allardyce.“I don’t really think Sam has said anything that anybody else in football don’t talk to each other about,” said Silkman, who has represented a host of major stars. “All he has done is told somebody things that he believes is in confidence – obviously they are taping him – but has he actually said anything to the detriment of being the England manager? I’m not too sure he has.“All he has said is what a million other people talk about non-stop inside football.“I don’t really think he has done anything wrong. He has said a few things he shouldn’t have said, but has he actually broken any laws? Has he broken any rules? I don’t think so.“I want to him to keep the job and I think he will. They might slap him on the wrist and say, ‘Sam, do me a favour and keep your mouth shut next time’ – but he hasn’t broken any rules.”last_img read more

Labor groups’ profiles diminish for Nov. 7 election

first_imgFaced with a lopsided governor’s race and coffers still recovering from massive spending in last year’s special election, California labor unions are keeping a relatively low profile in this November’s election. “The impression I have is they’re both tapped out because of last year’s special election and \ in that it doesn’t look like a close race,” said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies. “So why put in a lot of money when it won’t make a difference?” A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California gave Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger an 18-point edge over Democratic challenger Phil Angelides. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Last year, the state’s most powerful union, the California Teachers Association, spent about $58 million to defeat Schwarzenegger’s four special election ballot measures. That was just part of about $120 million overall contributed by labor and other Democratic allies to defeat the measures. This year, by contrast, the CTA has reported spending just $20 million for all candidates and causes. Another major union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, has also reportedly canceled some broadcast ads it had reserved for Angelides. Overall, various organized labor groups, including the CTA, have contributed about $17 million in donations and independent expenditures to the Angelides campaign, according to an analysis of recent campaign finance reports. Stern noted that even though the unions support Angelides, they did get concessions like a minimum wage increase, tempering their animosity toward Schwarzenegger. “They’re not supporting Schwarzenegger, but they’re not supporting Angelides with every last penny,” he said. Fundraising reports released Oct. 26 indicate that overall Schwarzenegger has been out-raising and outspending Angelides. The governor raised $7 million from Oct. 1-21 and spent $8.7 million. Angelides raised and spent $4.2 million in the same period. Overall, Schwarzenegger has spent about $40 million in 2006 – with about $5.5 million from his own pocket – while Angelides has spent $36 million. But Schwarzenegger has been able to concentrate more of his spending closer to Election Day, while Angelides spent much of his war chest during his tough Democratic primary battle against Controller Steve Westly. Mark Bogetich, a Republican political consultant, said some of the unions have focused on statewide down-ticket races. “They are still spending a very significant sum of money in candidate elections,” said Bogetich, who is not directly involved with the governor’s campaign this year. A CTA spokeswoman said last year’s election was about ballot measures that hit directly at union issues – this one is about candidates. This year also is the first time new spending limits have been implemented under Proposition 34, she noted. Brian Brokaw, a spokesman for the Angelides campaign, said the public shouldn’t read too much into unions spending less this year. “The reality is because of the governor’s wasteful special election last year, labor around the state spent millions of dollars in an attempt to defeat the governor’s agenda,” Brokaw said. “The reality is their coffers were somewhat diminished.” Matt David, a spokesman for the Schwarzenegger re-election campaign, said union voters should keep in mind things the governor has done to benefit middle-class working people, such as cutting the car tax and increasing education funding. “Gov. Schwarzenegger is the only candidate in this election who has a record when it comes to the middle class,” David said. Art Pulaski, executive secretary/treasurer of the California Labor Federation/AFL-CIO, which represents about 2 million union members, said labor is backing Angelides and will be out in force for him on election weekend. (916) 446-6723 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