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first_imgKCNK’s charity golf tournament The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) will be hosting its 17th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, November 12, at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. The theme for this year’s tournament is ‘Tee Off for Charity with KCNK – Follow Through For Kids with Sickle Cell’. Part proceeds from the tournament will be used to increase awareness of this ailment and improve the lives of those who currently suffer from its impact. This year’s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford Tournament, with a start time of 7 a.m. This annual charity golf tournament has become a major event on the Jamaica Golf Association’s calendar. Tournament director is David Mais. Phoenix Lodge charity golf The annual Phoenix Lodge charity golf tournament is on today at the Constant Spring Golf Club. Tee times are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The format of the tournament is based on an 18-hole individual stableford of 7/8 handicap in four flights. It’s open to men, senior men, super seniors, ladies, and juniors. Trophies and prizes include weekends for two, Caribbean Airlines tickets, and electronics. Entry fee is $4,000. Part proceeds from this year’s tournament will aid the National Children’s Home, the Port Royal Basic School, the Port Royal Scholarship Fund, and the Caribbean Maritime Institute Scholarships. Dean Martin Memorial Swim Classic The 2016 Dean Martin Memorial AB Long Course Swim Classic is now on at the National Aquatic Centre. Session two for 10 and under takes place this morning at 8:30, while session three for 11 and over (CARIFTA Age Group) begins at 1 p.m. The event is the season opener for the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica in which swimmers will be looking to make their CARIFTA cuts and measure themselves against international counterparts using the 2013-2019 Motivational Age Group Time Standards. These time standards are designed to encourage age-group swimmers to step their swimming up to the next level. Obtaining a time in the AA category will get a swimmer selected to train for the national development squad. CARIFTA 2017 will be held from April 12-16 next year in The Bahamas.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem will be carrying the load for this season. With Issa Gaye joining us, that will be a good help also. And the bench will play a big, major role in our quest this season,” he said.But more than the manpower, what makes Jarin successful is his tried-and-tested system, something which he is hoping the Bulldogs have already bought into.“It takes a lot of time to really adapt to what you really want. But then, the only thing is I’m very fortunate personally because I inherited a group that has this good attitude — that has winning attitude, great culture. So you have to give credit to coach Eric Altamirano and his coaching staff for doing a great job,” he said.With that said, Jarin expects nothing less from this NU crew to bring in the energy for the full 40 minutes.“We’re gonna come in with a lot of energy. We’re gonna come in very competitive. We’re gonna come in all-out, and ready to surprise everybody.”ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coach: Jamike JarinLast Season: 5-9 (5th Place)Holdovers: J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, Rev DiputadoAdditions: Issa Gaye, Jonas Tibayan, Enzo JosonKey Losses: Alfred Aroga, Med Salim, Joshua Sinclair, JV GallegoWinner in every level he’s been in, coach Jamike Jarin embarks on a new chapter in his career as he is tasked to lead National University this upcoming season.ADVERTISEMENT And for the seasoned mentor, there’s only one word to describe this campaign with the Bulldogs: a challenge.“I like challenges,” he said. “The goal right now, realistically, is to be very competitive. Meaning tosay, we need to get to the Final Four because that’s the main objective. It will take a lot of hard work and you know that we’re the dark horse going into the Final Four, but hopefully, with a little hard work and a lot of luck, it’s attainable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendJarin inherits a young NU team, which failed to make it to the semifinals for the first time in five years last season.But the bench tactician likes what he’s seeing from his lineup with J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem serving as the team’s leaders. 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Akhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Backed into a corner, Beermen out to fight harder to extend PBA finals

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal It’s all or nothing for San Miguel in Game 6, though, after the Gin Kings escaped with an 87-83 win Sunday night, the first time in this series that the game was decided in under 25 points, to take a 3-2 series lead.“It’s not over yet, right? Each one of us said that we survived being down 0-3, and this time our opponents are only up one game,” said Santos in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’When backed into a corner, the Beermen still look back to their unprecedented Philippine Cup title run where they returned from a 3-0 series deficit and stunned Alaska to take the championship that has been dubbed the “Beeracle.”That conquest has equipped the Beermen with the composure to fight through deficits. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been in it before, we’ve been in this position before and we know that this is nothing new, we got to come out harder,” said Lassiter who had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and four steals.“It’s going to be hard on Wednesday for Game 6 because Ginebra played a good game today so we got to come out even harder and be prepared more,” added Lassiter.Santos said their second straight loss, which came right after they won two consecutive games, should serve as a motivational slap going into the sixth game.“I know we’re hurt because we lost this one but this should serve as a wakeup call, we have to bounce back in Game 6,” said Santos who had a miserable Game 5 with just two points, both of which came from the free throw line after he went 0-of-10 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Lyceum rolls to 7th straight win after nipping St. Benilde In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ San Miguel may be on the brink of losing its Commissioner’s Cup crown, but the Beermen know the finals is far from over.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

After Russia vote, anti-doping group calls WADA compromised

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Silver NBA memo: Hire more women, improve workplace conditions “Athletes have made it clear in recent days that the global anti-doping authority must stretch itself loose from the International Olympic Committee if it is to thrive,” Aggar said. “It must keep at arms’ length from sports administrators if it is to rebuild.”Before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, WADA had recommended against the IOC allowing Russian athletes to participate in the wake of the McLaren Report, which documented a state-sponsored doping scheme designed to help win medals at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia.The IOC ignored that recommendation and allowed in Russian athletes.After that decision, Reedie issued a statement saying: “The McLaren Report exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code.”It was a rare rebuke of the IOC by one of its own members, and one that Reedie hasn’t repeated since.Among the conditions WADA originally set for RUSADA’s reinstatement was that Russia accept the findings of the McLaren Report. That was changed to a requirement Russia accept the IOC’s Schmid Report, which put less emphasis on the Russian government’s role in the cheating.Speaking to The Associated Press, McLaren said the decision cost WADA any leverage it had over Russia.“They have been rushed into a decision which they may regret given the outbursts of the athletes around the world,” McLaren said.The other change in the roadmap allows Russia until Dec. 31 to turn over lab samples and data, instead of demanding possession before reinstatement.While others have suggested WADA caved to pressure from the IOC, Reedie has portrayed WADA’s moves as nothing more than a pragmatic and realistic approach to bringing RUSADA back into the fold. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The institute said WADA “surrendered to pressure from the IOC and the Russian government to substantially weaken the terms of the Road Map.”“This is not good governance, nor does it reflect a good governance model,” the statement said. “WADA must be an effective and resolute global anti-doping regulator and governor — exclusively.”The comments from a body that represents 67 anti-doping agencies around the world largely echoed what U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said in the hours following the decision, when he called for revamping WADA.“It starts by removing the inherent conflict of interest that comes about from the IOC fox guarding the WADA henhouse,” Tygart said.Also Friday, the chair of the British athletes’ committee, Vicki Aggar, said “the work of rebooting WADA starts today.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES The committee voted 9-2 on Thursday to end RUSADA’s suspension after weakening the standards originally agreed upon for reinstatement.WADA receives half its funding from international sports federations, and the other half from governments. The committee is headed by Craig Reedie, whose status as a member of the International Olympic Committee has long been viewed by people in the anti-doping community as a conflict of interest.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 other spots on the committee are divided among sports and government leaders.Linda Helleland, the minister of children and equality in Norway who is in the running to replace Reedie as president next year, was among those voting “no,” and after the vote said, “Today, we failed the clean athletes of the world.”center_img FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, Sergei Tetiukhin carries the flag of Russia during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia’s scandal-ridden drug-fighting operation back in business Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a decision designed to bring a close to one of sports’ most notorious doping scandals but one bitterly disputed by hundreds of athletes and described as “treachery” by the lawyer for the man who exposed the corruption. It also clears a major hurdle for Russia’s track team to be declared compliant by that sport’s international governing body (IAAF).(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)A leading anti-doping group hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying the decision to reinstate Russia’s drug-fighting operation is a sign WADA leaders are saddled with “conflicting priorities.”The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said in a statement Friday that members of the WADA executive committee had pressures surrounding the decision that went beyond doping.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption INADO took exception to that thinking.“As the global regulator, WADA should have been objectively enforcing the agreed sanctions and requirements, not compromising them,” the group said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Conductor killed after bus topples on muddy road

first_imgAs the road carnage continues, a West Bank Demerara family has plunged into mourning following an accident that killed a minibus conductor Monday evening.Dead is Roger “Jerry” Waldron, 30, of Lot 57 Good Intent, West Bank Demerara who died after the Route 31 minibus in which he was the conductor toppled at the Nismes Public Road, while negotiating through roadside mud on a turn.The accident occurred in the vicinity of the Gafoors Nismes Complex, WBD where the mud was temporarily moved to the roadside to facilitate ongoing drainage works.The damaged minibusGuyana Times understands that the accident occurred around 19:00h. When this publication arrived on the scene, the minibus was still on its side with heavy mud on the wheels and in surrounding environs. This newspaper was told that public-spirited citizens assisted in rushing passengers to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.At the hospital, family members of the injured were anxiously awaiting word on their loved ones, while the family of the deceased conductor was trying to come to grips with the devastating news. As porters pushed the dead man’s body out to the mortuary, his mother broke down in tears exclaiming: “Why Jerry? Ow meh baby.” She was consoled by her daughter and other family members.Meanwhile, a family member of an injured teenager who was a passenger in the minibus told this publication that she had to be administered emergency oxygen as a result of irregular breathing.Most passengers suffered minor injuries while the bus driver, sustained cuts and bruises to his hands. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Everton latest: Naismith’s future to be resolved ‘in the next few weeks’ amid Norwich interest

first_img Everton striker Steven Naismith 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects Steven Naismith’s future to be resolved over the next couple of weeks amid speculation of fresh interest from Norwich.The Canaries tried to tempt Naismith to Carrow Road late in the summer transfer window but saw that move blocked by Martinez.However, the Scot has started just four times in the Premier League this season, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu all preferred on a more regular basis instead.Everton now play five times in 14 days, beginning with a home clash with Tottenham on Sunday, and Martinez believes clarity will be brought to Naismith’s situation after that run of games.“We speak constantly – in terms of making a decision about the next step and his future, it’s going to be over the next couple of weeks,” the Spaniard said.“We’ve got a really busy period now and we need to make sure we go through these games. Mid-January will be a perfect moment to have a little bit more of a calm period to look into detail.”Martinez denied his departure was imminent but appreciates Norwich’s interest may not have disappeared since they were rebuffed a few months ago.“We all know Steven Naismith had one Premier League club show an interest in the previous window and I’m sure that’s an open secret so I understand those rumours are there,” he noted.“At the moment there’s nothing to comment. During January we will make sure we know exactly how we need to move forward – it will be the case with every player that is not performing or is not playing a lot of minutes. We need to make sure we go through the window in the best possible way.”last_img read more

Hodgson, Low, Del Bosque – who is Euro 2016’s top paid head coach?

first_img 24 11. Marc Wilmots (Belgium) – €750,000 per year – Wilmots is the man tasked with coaching Belgium’s golden generation and after an underwhelming showing in the World Cup in 2014, the world’s number one ranked side will be hoping to put on a show in France. 24 24 12. Lars Largerback (Iceland) – €430,000 per year – Largerback made sure Iceland made it to their first major tournament as they were one of the first sides to qualify for France 2016. 24 24 17. Pavel Vrba (Czech Republic) – €220,000 per year – The Czech FA will hope Vrba repays their €18,333 per month faith in him by guiding them out of Group D. 10. Vladimir Petkovic (Switzerland) – €750,000 per year – Switzerland are expected to progress comfortably from Group A and with €62,500 a month in the bank, Petkovic will be living equally as comfortably. 23. Leonid Slutsky (Russia) – For free (allegedly) – After paying Fabio Capello an extortionate £6.8m – so much that Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov needed to step in with an emergency loan to pay him off – Russia have decided it’s best to not pay their managers at all. Allegedly. 19. Erik Hamren (Sweden) – €200,000 per year – It’s less than Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns in a week but Sweden will hope it’s enough for Hamren to guide them out of a group that also contains Belgium, Italy and Republic of Ireland. 24 15. Chris Coleman (Wales) – €260,000 per year – Coleman’s new contract is up in the air at the moment but you can expect him to shoot up this list once it is agreed having guided Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years and taken them to the top 10 of FIFA’s rankings. 24 24 24 24 9. Martin O’Neill (Republic of Ireland) – €1,000,000 per year – O’Neill is the first manager earning a seven figure salary on this list having scraped through the playoffs to reach this summer’s tournament. 6. Didier Deschamps (France) – €2,000,000 per year – France will be looking to avoid an embarrassing showing at their own tournament and with Deschamps on €166,666 a month that should not be out of the question. It is less than half of what the top earner receives though … 24 24 4. Joachim Low (Germany) – €3,200,000 per year – Low’s time in charge of the German national team has heralded a World Cup and don’t be surprised if he follows it up with a European Championship this summer. 24 24 24 5. Vincente del Bosque (Spain) – €3,000,000 per year – With a World Cup and a European Championship already under his belt, Del Bosque has probably justified his mammoth wage. 20. Jan Kozak (Slovakia) – €180,000 per year – Kozak has been tasked with getting past England and Wales at the Euros and the Slovakian FA will hope his €15,000 a month is enough motivation to do it. 24 2. Antonio Conte (Italy) – €4,600,000 per year – The outgoing Italy boss has done well from his contract with the national team but if he does join Chelsea as expected then this salary may seem small when compared to what Roman Abramovich will be offering. 7. Marcel Koller (Austria) – €1,500,000 per year – Austria have managed to avoid most of the big hitters in the Euro 2016 draw and as a result, Koller will be expected to at least make the last 16. 24 1. Roy Hodgson (England) – €5,000,000 per year – Anyone surprised? The richest FA in the world has the highest paid manager. Will the FA ever learn that money doesn’t buy you trophies? They will hope that it does this summer though. 3. Fatih Terim (Turkey) – €3,500,000 per year – Terim is a bit of a shock entry at the number three slot, given Turkey’s modest standing in world football, earning more than two World Cup winning managers. 24 8. Fernando Santos (Portugal) – €1,200,000 per year – A far cry from Cristiano Ronaldo’s €19m-a-year wage but still a significant wedge for which a strong European Championship performance would be expected. 24 18. Adam Nawalka (Poland) – €200,000 per year – Nawalka is paid the same as his Swedish counterpart, both paid €16,666 per month. 14. Gianni De Biasi (Albania) – €280,000 per year – Euro 2016 will be Albania’s first major tournament and De Biasi is rewarded with €23,333 per month for taking them there. 16. Ante Cacic (Croatia) – €250,000 per year – Will the extra €30,000 a year be enough for Croatia to get past Group D rivals Czech Republic? 24 24 21. Mykhaylo Fomenko (Ukraine) – €170,000 per year – Fresh from hosting the tournament in 2012, Ukraine are back again for the 2016 edition and are paying Fomenko €14,166 a month to coach them there. 24. Bernd Storck (Hungary) – N/A (Click the arrow, right, to see the countdown of Euro 2016’s best paid managers) – Unfortunately, like Harry Redknapp, Mr Storck keeps his finances under wraps. 24 24 22. Anghel Iordanescu (Romania) – €120,000 per year – Romania are making an appearance at a major tournament for the first time since 2008 and Iordanescu’s reward for that is a relatively modest €10,000 per month. 24 This summer’s European Championships in France are only months away and that means there is little time for hopeful players to impress their national team managers.Debates about who should be in the squad and who should be out are ones that will dominate pubs and offices until the announcement of the final 23-man squad is made.In England alone there is the argument of whether the likes of Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere should be on the plane.But these important, and possibly competition defining, decisions are made by Roy Hodgson and his European counterparts.It is a difficult job but how much do these national coaches get from their respective football associations?talkSPORT counts down the salaries of the 24 head coaches present at Euro 2016 to see which FA is getting the most for their money.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is Euro 2016’s best paid manager. 13. Michael O’Neill (Northern Ireland) – €320,000 per year – O’Neill is the second of the managers from the home nations on the list having recently agreed a new deal with the Northern Irish FA following an historic qualifying campaign. last_img read more

Bowden, Paterno in Orange spotlight

first_imgUh-huh. No matter how hard Bowden and Paterno try to spin it, tonight’s meeting between No. 3 Penn State (10-1) and No. 22 Florida State (8-4) is all about those old guys on the sidelines. “I don’t look at it as something personal,” Paterno said Monday. “All I wanted to do was make sure everyone knew that we have a good football team.” Paterno and Bowden’s programs were among the best in college football for decades. But both teams have struggled lately, and winning this game would bring a measure of redemption for each. Penn State went 4-7 last season, but rebounded to go 10-1 this year, its best season in a decade. Its trip to the Orange Bowl is only its second bowl game since 1999. Bowden hasn’t had a losing season since 1976, his first at Florida State. The Seminoles finished this season with four losses, but they stunned then-No. 5 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship to earn a trip to the Orange Bowl. Beating Penn State would make it two victories in a row over top-five teams. And, like it or not, it will give one of the old guys bragging rights. “These are the two best football coaches ever. This could be their last meeting,” Florida State wide receiver Willie Reid said. “If it is, we want to send coach Bowden out on a winning note against coach Paterno.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno have tried for weeks to turn the attention away from themselves. The Orange Bowl is about the kids, they insist, one traditional powerhouse trying to put an exclamation point on its comeback and another trying to dig its way out of malaise. No one cares about a couple of 70-year-olds, even if they are the winningest coaches in major college history. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“For somebody to say it’s not a big deal, I think they’d be lying,” Florida State running back Lorenzo Booker said. “This is like a once-in-a-lifetime deal, and it’s not going to happen for another century. We won’t be alive, because you have to coach a long time to do what these guys have done. “It’s something you can tell your grandkids. That you actually played for the guy that won the most and played against the guy that was second on the list.” Bowden and Paterno are models of longevity and success in a profession that thrives on turmoil. Bowden holds the major college record with 359 wins, and Paterno is right behind him at 353. Both are in their 70s – Paterno celebrated his 79th birthday two weeks ago and Bowden turned 76 in November – and have been head coaches for 40 years. Paterno has spent his entire career at Penn State, while Bowden is in his 30th year at Florida State. “Both teams realize that we are led by great coaches, coaches that will be remembered forever,” Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny said. “It’s an honor to be a part of this game.” Paterno and Bowden are good friends and know their rare matchup is of some interest – this will be only their eighth meeting, and first since 1990 – but they don’t want it to be the entire story. last_img read more

Longhorns awake to a new reality

first_img “And I said, ‘I think so.” “ Bush’s congratulatory phone call might have been a pleasant surprise, but Brown, his wife and his bleary-eyed players should get ready for a lot more surprises, both positive and negative, in the coming months. Or at least from now until they lose. If the Longhorns can finish next season unbeaten, they’ll enter that game with 33-straight wins, one shy of the Trojans’ now-defunct streak. If they let the hype and distractions get the better of them, though, they could wind up on the losing end of a game against a hungrier, more determined team. “What we’re going to do is enjoy this run right now,” Brown said. “We’ll be in spring practice Feb. 24 and get ready to start over because next year’s team hasn’t won a game.” The primary focus Thursday was on the title and the Longhorns’ rally from 12 points down. Texas’ team captains, operating on three-hours sleep, spent the morning answering questions, cracking jokes and posing for photos at the BCS trophy presentation in Beverly Hills. “It’s been a long time since the University of Texas has done the thing that we did,” Young said. “I’m just so proud of the hard work that the whole football team and the coaches (put in).” But the focus was also on the future, and whether the Longhorns can weather the distractions felt by being No. 1. Young will be the target of media attention from now until Jan. 15, when he must decide whether he wants to take his dual-threat style of football to the next level a year early or return for his senior year. Either way, the media attention will only intensify from there. If Young goes, he could supplant Reggie Bush as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. It would be hard for the Houston Texans to pass up on USC’s Heisman-winning tailback, but perhaps harder to defend picking Bush over a Houston native who returned the national title to their state. If he stays, he can get some advice from USC quarterback Matt Leinart, who followed a similar path this year and found himself more frequently featured on the celebrity page than the sports page. Already, Wheaties has unveiled a new box with Brown on its cover, and Young remained in Southern California to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night. Young and Co. are likely to field more requests from talk shows as the days wear on. “President Bush said this morning he nodded off in the third quarter once,” Brown quipped. “I said, ‘Yeah, we did, too.” “ Thanks to their new spot atop the ranks of college football, nodding off might be something the Longhorns will no longer have the time to do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Longhorns came to Southern California under the radar, an afterthought in USC’s historic title run. They left Thursday as the new national champions, expected to face a schedule and scrutiny that will make afterthoughts of things as basic as sleep. Texas upset USC in the 92nd Rose Bowl on Wednesday to win its fourth national title and first since 1970. The Longhorns overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 4 minutes, 3 seconds with a pair of touchdown runs by quarterback Vince Young that gave them a 41-38 victory and put to bed the Trojans’ two-year run atop the national polls. Young, who a year ago ran roughshod over Michigan in the Longhorns’ first Rose Bowl appearance, had 467 total yards of offense in what might have been the single-greatest individual performance in the history of the game. “This is a team that’s really tough,” Brown said. “Most teams would’ve folded last night. Most teams would’ve folded in the fourth quarter at Ohio State. And this is really a resilient, confident, tough football team.” Having confidence and toughness on the football field is one thing. Having those attributes when confronted by the rigors of the limelight is something else. The Trojans ran off 34 straight victories before being stopped by the Longhorns in the Granddaddy of ‘Em All. With each win, attention became greater and distractions grew. Texas is now on a 20-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, and can expect to be fielding questions about a repeat from now until the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 8 of next year. center_img BEVERLY HILLS — Texas coach Mack Brown had barely gone to bed in the early hours of Thursday morning when the phone in his Century City hotel room started to ring. “You know your life is different when the first call you get this morning is from President Bush at 6 o’clock,” Brown said. “And Sally asked me if I was awake and wanted to take it. last_img read more

Restaurant set for Ralphs site

first_imgLA MIRADA – John’s Incredible Pizza Co., which combines an all-you-can-eat pizza restaurant with amusement rides, will open inside a former Ralphs supermarket at a shopping center on Imperial Highway. The Ralphs market closed June 19, leaving a gaping vacancy at the Green Hills Plaza shopping mall at the northwest corner of Imperial and Santa Gertrudes Avenue. “We’re excited they’re coming to La Mirada,” City Manager Andrea Travis said. “This will be a positive change for the center. We were concerned about a hole in a relatively new center.” The new pizza restaurant is part of an overall effort by Lake Forest-based John’s Incredible Pizza Co. to establish itself in the Southern California area, said John Parlet, owner and founder of the chain. Parlet said he hopes the new store will open in about nine months. A conditional-use permit still must be approved by the city’s Planning Commission. The company chose the location because it’s near Orange County – and it was available, he said. “We’ve looked all over Southern California for locations,” he said. “It’s very challenging to find a box that is close to 50,000 square feet and has 300 parking stalls at a reasonable price.” The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring five different dining rooms. About half the building contains bumper cars, a carnival ride and other games. Councilman Pete Dames predicted the new business would be a family attraction bringing lots of foot traffic to the shopping center. “We hope it will be another shot in the arm,” he said. “For places like Marshall’s across the street, it will bring in young people who bring in young families.” That could bring in new tenants to nearby shopping centers, he predicted. The shopping center opened in 1990, replacing a closed Chevrolet dealership, a strip mall and a gas station. Officials from Ralphs last year said they closed the store because of a history of unprofitability. They denied that the 2003-04 grocery strike played any role in the decision. Since last summer, city officials have approached other grocery companies about locating there, but had no success, Travis said. “Many weren’t interested in that location,” Travis said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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