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Message from Salah to Atlético

first_imgEgyptian Mo Salah, which is considered a holder for the German coach and undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the Premier and around the world, was one of the players who disappeared from the game, which forced Klopp to remove him from the tie.TO Jürgen Klopp Nor did the behavior of some Atlético players suit him and he retired his star Sadio Mane at the break to avoid a possible expulsion and lose him in the second leg.If you want accompany Atleti in the mythical Anfield and enjoy the atmosphere of the Champions live here you can check the available tickets: Liverpool – Athletic. 11.03.2018 – 21.00 Behind the final beep, the players of Athletic celebrated the victory, so the players of the English team felt bad and sent challenge messages to the Madrid club for the round to be held on March 11 in Anfield.It seems that celebrationsexaggerated of players and of the fans of Atlético de Madrid upset the forward Egyptian, so he posted a tweet on his official Twitter account by writing: “Anfield is waiting for you.” The Salah’s message it is a clear challenge to the Simeone template.last_img read more

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Filoil: Cardinals win after Altas fail to show up at venue

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – Mapua head coach Atoy Co during the NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua didn’t break any sweat in keeping its record clean in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday.The Cardinals didn’t have to after their opponent University of Perpetual Help failed to show up at the venue.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LeBron scores 44 as Cavs even series with Celtics Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 Mapua improved to 4-0, joining league-leaders Ateneo and La Salle on top of Group A standings, via forfeiture.The head-scratching loss eliminated the Altas from contention with a 0-5 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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Welcome to camp: NBA teams starting their new seasons

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Whether they’re going on the road or staying home, the goal for every club — the Warriors included — is the same: Be better.“There’s one team that’s figured it out, all right?” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Golden State has figured it out. They have the template right now. Everybody else is just trying to figure it out. Some people think they have a better track at it than others. Prove it. That’s the whole point of this association. It’s competition and you’ve got to prove it.”Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he was eager for media day, calling it “the official start to another season.”“Excited to get back to work, get the guys back together. Look forward to chasing another championship,” Curry said in a video posted to the Warriors’ social media channels.James made his debut in a Lakers uniform out in Los Angeles. In Toronto and San Antonio, new Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard and new Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan talked about the summertime blockbuster that saw them changing jerseys. Up in Boston, Gordon Hayward talked about how he’s finally been able to play 5-on-5 again in recent weeks after his first season with the Celtics ended with a horrific leg injury on opening night.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s nothing like playing basketball,” Hayward said. “There’s nothing like in-game stuff that you can’t get from drills.”Preseason games start Friday, with Boston going to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and set to face Charlotte. The Hornets are training in Chapel Hill, which undoubtedly pleases team owner — and Tar Heels legend — Michael Jordan. That same night, Philadelphia plays Australian club Melbourne United.Those are the first two of 79 preseason games on the calendar, running through Oct. 12.And then on Oct. 16, it begins for real with Philadelphia visiting Boston and Oklahoma City headed to Golden State — the night when the Warriors will pick up their latest championship rings.“The excitement that I have right now to get this thing rolling and get on out to training camp, it’s unbelievable,” said Carmelo Anthony, who signed with Houston this summer in an effort to push the Rockets over the top in the Western Conference. “Big shoutout to the fans. You guys won’t be disappointed this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal So will the quest by 29 other teams to thwart them.The offseason is over in the NBA. Most teams held media day Monday, the prelude to the start of training camps. And just like last year, those camps — from Hawaii to British Columbia to Massachusetts and 27 other spots in between — will begin with the Warriors reigning over the league and everyone else pining to get on Golden State’s level.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 Chriss“We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” said LeBron James, who left Cleveland — and what became an annual date with Golden State in the finals — for the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer. “They can pick up right where they left off … we’re picking up from scratch. So we have a long way to go. We can’t worry about what Golden State is doing. Golden State is Golden State and they’re the champions.”With the exception of Dallas and Philadelphia, who were permitted to start camp early because they’re headed to China for preseason games, every NBA club holds its first practice of the season on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Clippers are going to Hawaii, Denver is headed to San Diego, Toronto is setting up camp a few miles outside of Vancouver. MOST READ Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) yells for the camera during media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)There were some Larry O’Brien trophies on display at Golden State’s media day on Monday, shiny golden reminders of the three championships that the Warriors have picked up over the past four years.Their quest for another is about to begin.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LeBron ‘humbled’ to join Lakers, expects ‘something special’last_img read more

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Kebbeh Lamine: Lone Star’s Midfielder

first_imgIn the Liberian female soccer world, one of the most resourceful players whose work rate is a joy to watch is Kebbeh Lamine of the national female soccer team, Lone Star.Ms. Lamine plays in the midfield where she is at home with the ball as she pushes her friends up to do damage to their opponents.“A lovely player,” said a soccer fan who claimed to have followed the exploits of this wonderful soccer player, “she is good to see in action.”When the Lone Star visited neighboring Sierra Leone for an invitational match against their counterparts in Freetown recently, Ms. Lamin was on the squad and their 1-1 draw game showed how well the team performed.Presently, Lone Star is registered in the CAF competition for females and Liberia will now be able to show case her beautiful ladies against their counterparts. Countries like Ghana and Nigeria have gone ahead and have made impressive improvements in the female arena and Liberia is expected to join them.It would not be the first time for Liberia to participate in a CAF competition though reports about the players’ experience in Ghana, a couple of years ago, were not encouraging. Even the recent trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone had challenging periods for the team but it succeeded.Whatever the case, there should be a new approach to ensure that the female team has the support necessary for its success, and midfielder Kebbeh Lamine would be in the squad.The soft spoken Lamine is one of the few players who prefer to speak in action on the field and as the accompanied picture shows, Ms. Lamine also believes in style.This shows that at least female footballers have style, too. Keep it up Ms. Lamine and get ready to make the nation proud.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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M&CC owes contracting company $141M

first_img…for works done in 2015A general contracting company is claiming that the Mayor and City Council owes it an estimated $141 million for works, which date back to 2015.City HallXL Engineering Finance Manager Aysha Harrop testified during Monday’s hearing, explaining that the firm was hired by the Town Clerk, Royston King to conduct cleaning and drainage works in Georgetown. After completion of these works, small payments were made, and the outstanding balance is some $135 million with an additional $6 million from another job.“During the clean-up campaign, we conducted various site cleaning and carting away of debris for the City Council. We also did the cleaning of the cemetery. We were brought on board at the ending of 2015 and it continued until one week after the 50th anniversary in 2016,” Harrop told the CoI.She added, “It was several different sites. We had different prices come together. The total amounted to about $150 million. We were given many small payments within, but we have approximately $135 million still outstanding. We have gotten some payments.”No contracts were signed by the two entities for the works, since the Town Clerk would take the contractors to the site on most occasions, stating that it was “emergency works”.“We did not sign a contract with City Council. Mr King would always take us to the site and stipulate that it is an emergency, so we didn’t have to go through a tender process…That’s how we started on the job.”Other than these instances whereby works were done for the Council, there was one situation where the Communities Ministry had assigned City Hall to carry a cleaning project on its behalf to the tune of $15 million. Only $9 million was allocated to the company upon completion of these works, Harrop noted.She indicated that the sum was transferred to the Council for the disbursement to be made, but the Town Clerk told officials of XL Engineering that “he no longer had all of the money available”.“The monies were sent over to the Mayor and City Council for them to do the distribution. However, Mr King indicated that he no longer had all of the money available, so we were never given the remainder of the contract.”A letter was sent to the firm by King stating how much money was owed. Despite several efforts to contact the Town Clerk to retrieve these alarming sums, officials of the Council would make excuses.This $141 million adds to the hundreds of millions of dollars that is owed by the M&CC to companies who have provided services for many months. Over $150 million is outstanding for payments to its major garbage collectors. Payments to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) are also outstanding from 2016 to present.According to former Councillor Eon Andrews, who testified earlier, if swift interventions must be taken during an emergency, the Councillors are to be notified immediately so that it can be documented.last_img read more

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OAS anti-corruption review team visits Guyana

first_img– PPP/C Parliamentary Opposition welcomes MESICIC on-site visitThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Parliamentary Opposition has welcomed the on-site team from the Organisation of American States (OAS) Anti-Corruption Mechanism (Follow up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption- MESICIC) that is currently in Guyana.The team’s on-site visit (from September 25-27, 2017) is part of the process of the Fifth Round Review of Guyana under the Convention.“We, in the Parliamentary Opposition, are proud that Guyana ratified the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption in December 2000, and became a State Party to the MESICIC in June 2002,” a statement from the Office of Leader of the Opposition said Monday evening.It pointed out that this Convention is the first and oldest anti-corruption convention and one with an enormous institutional experience in moving countries progressively forward in developing anti-corruption frameworks and greater transparency and accountability.“Guyana’s first review was held in 2006, and, Guyana has been reviewed and its reports adopted through four Rounds of Review ending in March 21, 2014,” the Opposition Leader’s Office pointed out.In preparation for the last review, Guyana was the first Caribbean country to formally indicate its acceptance of an on-site visit from the MESICIC, which was held from October 8 to 13, 2013 at which civil society bodies participated and made their views candidly known.  The Transparency Institute of Guyana, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana, the Guyana Women Lawyers Association, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry, and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana participated.Guyana on February 6, 2015, again formally indicated its acceptance of a second on-site visit for the Fifth Round Review scheduled for 2017.“We are concerned and surprised that there has been no public announcement by the Government or the Guyana Expert sitting on the MESICIC, Aubrey Retemyer, Major (retired), Chief Executive Officer of the controversial, politically influenced State Assets Recovery Agency, about the on-site visit as is customary and required by the MESICIC,” the Opposition PPP/C stated.“Of note is that this Round will focus on Article 111 (paragraph 3 and 12) as well as follow up on recommendations made in the Second Round and progressively reported on up to the Fourth Round. These recommendations continue to be significant and important to Guyana, more particularly, due to developments that have been emerging in Guyana over the last 27 months with the change of Government,” the Opposition pointed out.It said these recommendations include:“SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT HIRING AND PROCUREMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES (ARTICLE III (5) OF THE CONVENTION)1.1. Government hiring systems– Establish, maintain and strengthen the systems of Government hiring of public servants, when applicable, that assure the openness, equity and efficiency of such systems…”The PPP/C Opposition said “the dismissal of 1972 Amerindian (Indigenous) Community Service Officers in July 2015, and over a thousand public servants based on ethno-political discrimination over the last 26 months violates the rights and provisions of the Guyana Constitution and the Public Service Rules. In contrast, 1000 persons have been hired into the public service on contract by 2016 February with little regard for the Public Service Rules, the majority are political operatives and over the retirement age. A further 1000 were added by mid-2017 under the same conditions. The recent establishment of the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service has become another institution to enforce Government control of the hiring and upward mobility of public servants.”Furthermore, the PPP/C Opposition said instances of executive interference, “too numerous to enumerate here, in all three of the constitutionally protected Service Commissions – Public, Police and Judicial – is alarming and a gross violation of the Constitution”.It pointed out that the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, an appointed member of the Commission, was removed both as Chairman and member in violation of the Constitution. The Public Service Commission appointed in 2014 was reduced to three members and then expired on September 1, 2017.Four judicial officers recommended by the Judicial Service Commission in April 2016 to the President for appointment in accordance with the Constitution were not appointed until a year later, and only after public pressure.The Local Government Commission Act 2014 has not been brought into effect as the Government has not issued the Commencement Order. The non-appointment of the Local Government Commission, which has responsibility to appoint public servants in the 71 local government authorities, has led to ministerial appointments, replacement of staff, dismissal and transfer of staff in these bodies in violation of the Public Service Rules. In the interim, four members have been nominated, one through the required consensual mechanism in the National Assembly and three nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with the Act; however, the four Government appointees have not been named to date.“In addition, of great concern, is that the 2016 and 2017 Budgets of all the constitutional agencies were reduced by the Minister of Finance in violation of the Constitution and the 2015 Amendment to the Financial Management and Accountability Act,” the PPP/C Opposition stated.“1.2. Systems for Government procurement of goods and services– Promote the adoption of provisions, in the Government systems for the procurement of goods and services, which ensure the principles of openness, equity and efficiency under the Convention”Under this rubric, there are specific recommendations that call for the Government to “develop and implement provisions that punish public officials in cases of non-compliance with the public procurement rules, without prejudice to any other laws under the existing system; and criminalise those who act as accessories after the fact with respect to corruption offences, as required by Article VI (1) (e) of the Convention.”According to the Opposition PPP/C, the Government has fired many officers in the system who worked with the previous Government based on forensic audits, which were commissioned without public tender and contrary to the Audit Act.“Of note is that many of these private auditors are known to be politically aligned. Many of these auditors have not allowed the agencies being audited to see and respond to their findings before they were published. Although charges have been brought against five officers, present-day exposures of wrongdoing and serious breaches of the procurement process and rules have not led to any sanctions,” the PPP/C Opposition stated.It noted that there was a long list of projects that had been sole sourced, particularly with large infrastructural works. Most recently, the abandonment of a public tender process where 22 foreign companies submitted Expressions of Interest and the secret resort to sole sourcing of the feasibility study for the new Demerara River Bridge has been exposed.“There is ongoing and consistent procurement of pharmaceutical and medical supplies totalling billions of dollars in breach of any semblance of competitive bidding. For this year alone, $2 billion (70 per cent) of the budget for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies have been purchased without going to tender; in one case, the request to the NPTAB [National Procurement and Tender Administration Board] to waiver tender procedures to procure over $605 million from one company was denied and yet the Ministry of Public Health went ahead,” the Opposition stated.Furthermore, it said the long list of sole-sourced projects includes those awarded to election “financiers” of the Government. “Ministers have even sought to justify tampering with the legal requirements, and the abandonment of the tender procurement procedures is now common place,” the Opposition charged.It added that the transition required in the Procurement Act with regard to the role of Cabinet’s “no objection” was not being adhered to.Progress that Guyana had been making with regard to the Convention, the Procurement Act and Regulations, the National Procurement and Tender Administration, and even the newly- appointed Public Procurement Commission “is being constantly and systemically dismantled”, the PPP/C posited. It said the Procurement Act and financial rules were being honoured in the breach as the country reels from one corruption scandal to another.The OAS 2014 draft guidelines for whistleblower legislation have not produced a bill for the National Assembly’s review to date and thus the 2014 recommendations remain unimplemented.Available mechanisms to have access to information, and greater transparency and accountability such as questions and motions in the Legislature have had limited success, and parliamentary oversight bodies such as the Public Accounts Committee and the Parliamentary Sectoral Committees have contributed eight of the 11 committee reports pending on the Order Paper, some for as long as nine months.For the first time in the history of the Guyana Parliament, Ministers now sit on the Public Accounts Committee, one of whom is the subject of an investigation. The four sectoral oversight committees of the Government’s policies and performance also now include Ministers. These developments are in clear violation of the intention of the Constitution and the Parliamentary Standing Orders to strengthen scrutiny of Government expenditure, policies and performance.The Government defeated the 2016 Opposition motion calling for all Members of Parliament to make public their income tax declarations and submissions to the Integrity Commission for the last 10 years. The Government has not appointed the Integrity Commission. Furthermore, a request by the Leader of the Opposition to hire an international firm specialised in tracing assets of former and current Government officials has not solicited any response from the Government.“The NPTA website, a critical measure that allows for public access and scrutiny of the procurement process, is now more limited in access to information than four years ago. The electronic procurement system, started in 2014, seems to have been abandoned. This lack of information and public disclosure, including the introduction of non-disclosure clauses in contracts of awards of tenders, have made it even more difficult to know what is going on at the various stages of the procurement of Government goods and services,” the Opposition charged.“There are no public statistics available on procurement whether by method – public, restricted, sole sourced – of goods and services nor on the number of contracts awarded at what price and to whom. Questions to Ministers on specific tenders take a long time to be answered, or are never answered in the National Assembly,” the Opposition said.It pointed out that the Commissioner of Information under the Access to Information Act is denied an office and staff and, therefore, could not function effectively.“These acts are indicative of an environment cultivated by the Government based on nepotism and corruption and one that is deliberately designed to deny transparency and accountability. Were it not for the progress made by Guyana through constitutional and legal reforms since it ratified the Inter-American Convention to enhance transparency and accountability, the public would be even more removed and uninformed,” the PPP/C Opposition argued.According to the PPP/C Opposition, it is clear that the Government has paid scant attention to the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption and its obligations to work in “good faith” to implement the recommendations of the MESICIC. In contrast, the reversal of the progress made by Guyana in implementing the Convention is conspicuous. Despite the rhetoric about anti-corruption, the country is being mired in the depths of corruption, the Opposition charged.It noted that the above-mentioned examples are by no means an exhaustive list.“Although the Parliamentary Opposition has not been invited to be part of the review, we, however, stand ready to meet with the OAS MESICIC review team,” the Opposition stated.last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP respond to incident at home on 88A street

first_imgPhoto:  A number of Fort St. John RCMP members were on the scene of a Police incident Monday afternoon – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John RCMP were called out to a home on 88A street near 107A avenue Monday afternoon.- Advertisement -The RCMP responded to a report of a suicidal male in a residence on 88A street.  The male eventually exited the residence and was taken into police custody under the Mental Heath Act and was examined at the Fort St. John Hospital.The RCMP would like to thank residents in the area for their cooperation and understanding during the incident.last_img read more

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Better Knicks earn Isiah an extension

first_imgBut with New York (29-34) already six wins better than last season and currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, Dolan said the improvement is substantial and Thomas “needs to be recognized now and not wait.” “I believe we have clearly seen significant and evident progress,” Dolan said. Tapia overdoses Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after an apparent cocaine overdose, the latest episode outside the ring in the Albuquerque fighter’s turbulent life. Police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said the 40-year-old Tapia was taken to Presbyterian Hospital after paramedics responded to an early morning call about a person who wasn’t breathing at a hotel room. Isiah Thomas got a multiyear contract extension Monday, nine months after he was warned the Knicks needed to show “evident progress” or he’d be out of a job. With the Knicks in the hunt for a playoff spot, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan went back on his vow to wait until after the season to make his decision, saying that Thomas would return as coach and team president. Thomas added the coaching duties to his other role in June after Dolan fired Larry Brown following one season. But along with the job came the ultimatum, though Dolan never publicly said what the Knicks needed to do this season to show that progress. “We were all well aware of the circumstances coming out of last year as far as the ultimatum to win,” point guard Stephon Marbury said. center_img “It appears to an overdose,” Hoffman said. “He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance.” Police discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance, which Hoffman said was confirmed by tests as cocaine. Jaguars WR arrested Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Charles Sharon was charged with stealing a handgun that police said was found under the seat of the player’s sport utility vehicle during a drug-related search. Sharon and a companion were arrested Saturday night after a Tampa police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Sharon’s SUV parked in the Ybor City entertainment district, a police report said. A search of the vehicle turned up a Glock Model 27 handgun under the driver’s seat. Tampa police reported that the gun was stolen last year from a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent in Putnam County, but an ATF spokesman said Monday that the weapon belonged to an agent of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Police spokeswoman Lisa Parashis said it was unclear how Sharon got the agent’s gun. Sharon was charged with grand theft of a firearm and carrying a concealed firearm, both felonies. He was released Sunday morning after paying a $4,000 bond, jail records showed. Final AP poll Ohio State, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina – the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament – held the top four spots in the final Associated Press college basketball poll. The Buckeyes (30-3), who beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game on Sunday, were No. 1 in the Top 25 for the third straight week, receiving all but one first-place vote and 1,799 points from the 72-member national media panel. It is the third time Ohio State finished No. 1 in the final poll. Both other times, 1961 and 1962, the Buckeyes lost to Cincinnati in the national championship game. Kansas (30-4), which beat Texas in overtime Sunday to win the Big 12 tournament, received the other No. 1 vote and had 1,718 points in staying second. Florida (29-5), the defending national champion, jumped from sixth to third after beating Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference championship game. North Carolina (28-6), which beat North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, moved from eighth to fourth. Memphis, Wisconsin, UCLA, Georgetown, Texas A&M and Oregon rounded out the top 10. USC (23-11) moved back into the poll after a one-week absence following its run to the Pac-10 championship game where the Trojans lost 81-57 to Oregon. Forty-eight schools were ranked at some point this season tying the record set in 1992-93. Five teams were ranked No.1 this season: Florida for eight weeks, UCLA for six, Ohio State for three and North Carolina and Wisconsin for one each. Sorenstam falls in OT Meaghan Francella made a 4-foot birdie putt and beat Annika Sorenstam on the fourth hole of a playoff to win the rain-delayed MasterCard Classic in Mexico for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. Francella, making only her sixth start on the tour, began the day with a one-stroke lead. The 24-year-old American needed a birdie at No. 16 to reclaim a share of the lead and force the playoff with Sorenstam, who had bogeyed the hole earlier. Texas coach retires Texas women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt resigned after her team for the second straight season failed to reach the NCAA tournament. Conradt is the second winningest coach in Division I college basketball, behind only Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summit. Conradt got her 900th last Tuesday in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament. She had what some considered to be the nation’s top recruiting class this season, but injuries, inexperience and immaturity hurt the Longhorns. Conradt is 900-306 in 38 seasons: four at Sam Houston State, three at Texas-Arlington and 31 at Texas. U.S. 3, Sweden 2 Abby Wambach scored two goals and Carli Lloyd got her fourth of the tournament, leading the United States women’s socceer team over Sweden for a place in the Algarve Cup final in Portugal. The United States will play Denmark in today’s final. Amaechi signs deal Former NBA player John Amaechi became the first openly gay male athlete to sign an endorsement deal with a mainstream company. HeadBlade Inc., creators of a popular head-shaving razor, announced Monday it had signed Amaechi to a multiyear deal. Financial terms were undisclosed. 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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Salonen steps down as director

first_img“I always felt that one day I would have to make the change in my own life, bite the bullet and see what it is to be a composer who conducts rather than the other way around,” he said in a published report. Finnish-born Salonen’s scheduled resignation from the Philharmonic after 17 years would make him the nearly 90-year-old cultural institution’s longest-serving director. He is credited with programming a creative lineup of performances and guiding the Philharmonic into its new home at the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. Dudamel, who was signed to a five-year contract beginning in the 2009-10 season, is a relative newcomer. He never had stood before a professional orchestra before participating in and winning a competition sponsored by the Bamberg Symphony in Germany three years ago. Dudamel’s U.S. debut was conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005 and he won over the crowd with his good looks and ebullience. The experience stuck with him, he said. “Los Angeles was the first orchestra to give me the opportunity to make my U.S. debut at the very beginning of my career,” Dudamel said. “The energy was very special from the start, and I love how open to new ideas the orchestra is.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music director, Esa-Pekka Salonen, announced Sunday he will step down at the end of the 2008-2009 season to concentrate on composing. His successor will be Gustavo Dudamel, a 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor with limited experience conducting a professional orchestra. Salonen, 48, said he will continue to conduct the Philharmonic and other orchestras. “It is with love and pride that I regard all we have accomplished. As hard as this is, I know now that the right moment has come for me to step down,” Salonen said in a statement released by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. last_img read more

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