Eduard Folayang’s ’20 year challenge’: From national champ to ONE lightweight king

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Gilas Pilipinas meets with Filipino community in Qatar ahead of crucial game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But while many join in on the 10-year challenge to show how much they’ve changed physically, Folayang did his to somewhat remind himself how far he’s come.True enough, Folayang has come a long way from being a national champion as a teenager to a two-time ONE world lightweight champion at 34.READ: Shinya Aoki excited to fight for ONE lightweight belt vs FolayangThe Filipino MMA superstar is scheduled to defend his world title in a rematch with Japanese legend and former champion Shinya Aoki in Tokyo next month.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college READ: Eduard Folayang regains ONE lightweight crownFolayang, however, decided to double it up with a 20-year challenge post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang won’t be left out when it comes to the recent social media craze.The “10-Year Challenge” was one of the first trends to start the year with Instagram users posting decade-old pictures of themselves side by side with present-day photos that often bring out extraordinary results.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Invest in Business’

first_imgA visiting Nigerian businessman, Dr. G. Joshua Okoro, has called on Liberians to take advantage of the nation’s economic recovery drive, by investing into businesses.Dr. Okoro made the statement on Thursday, March 6, at the close of a three-week Business and Economic Seminar held on the campus of the Paynesville Community High School in Paynesville outside Monrovia.Dr. Okoro said business is hugely important in a country’s economy; adding: “It is the main economic engine for the country.”He also pointed out that businesses allow the economy to work more efficiently and improve the economy growth of the country.“Business helps the economy grows through innovations of various sorts; no country can succeed without businesses.”According to him, it is now time that Liberians must take the lead in the rebuilding process of their economy following years of civil conflict.The Nigerian businessman explains that great nations started on the same path that Liberia now finds itself, and that it only requires commitment and dedication on the part of the citizens to develop their country.Dr. Okoro, who is the manager of Zinoe Oil Energy Company, further stated Liberian investors need to take a second look at Nigeria’s economic opportunities, especially in the oil and mining sectors.Nigeria is one of the largest crude oil producers in Africa.The Zinoe Oil manager told participants that Nigeria had an enabling environment for foreign investment and is ready to receive investors from Liberia at any time.The visiting Nigerian entrepreneur also observed that Liberia is “God-blessed nation,” considering the quantity of resources available in the country that could make it easy for Liberians to rebuild their war- ravaged economy.The economic and business seminar organized by ‘The Association of Grass Root Citizens for the Rebuilding of Liberia,’ is intended to build the capacity of Liberians in the area of economic development, as well as train them in various business skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Joint Safety and Health Committee established in Region 10

first_imgNumerous employees within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were on Wednesday educated and informed about aspects surrounding the establishment of a joint Occupational Safety and Health Committee in the region. Present to facilitate the process, through an informative session, was Assistant Chief Occupational Safety and Health Officer within the Social Protection Ministry, Lydia Greene.The session, which was held at the conference room of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at Mackenzie, Linden, was attended by employees of the RDC and the region’s Department of Education.Assistant Chief Occupational Safety and Health Officer within the Social Protection Ministry, Lydia Greene interacting with employeesDuring the interactive session, the attendees were informed of the Act governing the Occupational Safety and Health Committee and its responsibilities in dealing with employees’ complaints, among other things.Greene in her address to the small gathering noted that she was happy that the RDC was on board and that the Committee was established.It was noted that apart from dealing with complaints, the Committee would be responsible for setting up and promoting programmes to improve employee training and education. Greene also established that under the Act, employers are responsible for ensuring workplace safety and health committees are enforced.An employee who attended the session noted that it was very effective and enlightening.last_img read more

Diamond Hospital offering limited services

first_img…as facility experiences short circuitingMedical services at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital – the Diamond Diagnostic Centre – have been limited as the facility has been experiencing widespread short circuiting since Thursday.One of the examination rooms at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre without powerGuyana Times understands that on Wednesday, the power at certain sections of the hospital went down, but efforts were ongoing to get things up and running again; however, this did not last long. This newspaper was told that by Thursday, a number of sections at the medical facility were without power.This was compounded by the fact that several pieces of medical machinery at the hospital, such as the ultrasound and X-ray machines are down, while the in-house pharmacy hardly has medication. This situation has caused the medical facility to close its doors to patients, attending only to emergency cases. Other patients, this newspaper understands, are not being allowed into the compound.Several notices at the medical facility advise that the hospital is not in full operation and is only attending to emergency cases. The other patients were directed to the nearest health centres for treatment.“Due to electrical difficulties, we will ONLY be attending to EMERGENCIES please visit your nearest health centre until further notice,” detailed a notice at the hospital that is signed by “Order of Management”.Meanwhile, Guyana Times understands that two patients from an accident in Soesdyke on Friday evening had to be rushed from the Diamond Hospital to the Georgetown Public Hospital.On the other hand, this newspaper was also informed that wires have been sparking at the facility, frightening the staff there. In fact, the Fire Service rushed to the facility on Saturday morning after receiving reports of electrical sparks at the facility.An official attached to the Diamond Fire Station confirmed to this newspaper that they received a report at about 09:50h; however, when they got there they “saw nothing”.Meanwhile when contacted, a doctor attached to the medical facility explained to this publication that due to the short circuit, the lights and air conditioning (AC) units in several of the examination rooms at the hospital are not working.The medical practitioner explained that the staffers do not mind working in these conditions and are only using those rooms where the lights and ACs are operational. He confirmed too that the hospital is only looking at emergency patients and babies.Several calls made to the newly appointed Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, for a comment on the matter and to ascertain whether interventions are being made to address the situation at the Diamond Hospital proved futile.On all occasions, this newspaper was told that the Minister is “busy” and “unavailable” to take the calls. After it was explained what the call was in relation to, a promise was made that the newly appointed Health Minister will return the call, but up until late Saturday evening, no such call was received by this newspaper.Calls made to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, went unanswered.Only last year, staff of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre complained bitterly to Guyana Times about the “inhumane” conditions under which they work, expressing their frustrations.This publication had subsequently visited the hospital and spoke to staff, who were guarded out of fear of victimisation. They said the situation was sickening and no one seemed to be listening to their cries.“The institution is not functioning properly, we don’t have no proper system in the place… we are not getting anything. We don’t really know what’s going on,” a hospital attendant told this publication.While they have to deal with insanitary working conditions, gratuity payments is also a burning issue. Staff members are upset that they continue to be pushed around when it is time for them to receive their gratuity.Additionally, complaints were also made about the facility being flooded continuously, whether or not it rains, as a result of some faulty repairs works done at the medical facility.According to staff, they have tried and have failed miserably in their efforts to make contact with the Regional Health Officer (RHO), under whose purview such matters fall. Her office is located in Triumph, on the East Coast of Demerara.“She is supposed to be visiting this hospital on a regular basis, at least on a weekly basis to see the struggle that the staff are facing and we are not getting on to her. She gave some of us a number, and when we call it, we are not getting through,” staffers related.last_img read more

Dodgers: Who are you?

first_imgIs he quietly sitting alone because he is a calming, veteran presence amid a sea of promising young talent? Or is he simply above it all? Is he left undisturbed out of respect, because of all he has accomplished in this game and his status as an almost certain Hall of Famer? Or has his notorious and well-chronicled aloofness simply left him without many friends on this team? Is he reading about motorcycles in the middle of a baseball clubhouse because it allows him to clear his mind of the pressures, gives him a momentary escape from the grind of being not only a big-league ballplayer but also the centerpiece of a lineup that relies far too heavily on him for its power production? Or is it simply because when it comes to baseball, he is dispassionate, refusing to be consumed by a business that can be so all-consuming? The correct answer to all that, of course, is none of the above. The answer is that there are no correct answers, that no matter how much a few spurned autograph seekers and brushed-aside sportswriters and ignored teammates might want to stick definitive labels on him, those labels never seem to disrupt the fact that this guy is completely, unshakably comfortable in his own skin. Kent, a five-time All-Star and the most prolific power-hitting second baseman of all-time, prides himself on a lot of things. Things like his professionalism, and the fact that unlike his antagonist Barry Bonds, he has never been suspected of screwing around with the game’s integrity. But mostly, the most misunderstood man on this Dodgers team and possibly in all of baseball prides himself on, well, being misunderstood. “In the 15-plus years that I have played this game, I have had some good years and some bad years, both professionally and personally,” Kent says a few minutes later, when someone dares to invade his insular world. “My game has changed over the years, and so has my personality. But I’m fully marinated now. Whatever my legacy is, that’s something I can’t control. If you ask one person, you’ll get one answer. If you ask another person, you’ll probably get a different answer.” And if that one person you ask is Kent himself? “Probably a couple of things,” he will tell you. “One is that I never cheated at the game, ever. And the other is that I did my job, and I did it right. I made no excuses. My mom and dad taught me that if you do a job, do it right. Don’t do it half(way).” Any other questions? Brian Sabean and Ned Colletti had a few. That was back in the fall of 1996, when Sabean, the general manager of the San Francisco Giants, and Colletti, then his top assistant and now the Dodgers general manager, were considering trading longtime Bay Area fan favorite Matt Williams to Cleveland. The key player coming back would be Kent, an infielder long on potential who hadn’t quite measured up to it yet. Kent was in his late 20s and already had been with threedifferent clubs. The due diligence of Sabean and Colletti included a phone call to Dallas Green, who had managed Kent in New York before the Mets had traded him to the Indians at the previous season’s trading deadline. “Dallas told me if we were looking for a social butterfly, somebody to stand on tables and be rah-rah and take everybody to dinner, we should look somewhere else,” said Colletti. “But he said if we were looking for somebody who would play this game hard day in and day out, who would always strive to be better, who would lead by example, who would be bitter in defeat and would try every single day to figure out how to win a ball game, then this was our guy.” Kent would do a six-year stint with the Giants, all of it under the triumvirate of Sabean, Colletti and manager Dusty Baker – and almost all of it while doing battle with Bonds, the strangest of strange bedfellows. The twowould get into a televised shoving match in the dugout in San Diego, and there would be countless other sources of disagreement. Kent, the no-nonsense scrapper who had little use for fanfare, and Bonds, who became the game’s most marketable star even as he was becoming its most reviled, were a volatile mix. So volatile, in fact, that they made each other – and the Giants – better. “They were one of the greatest combinations of the last 15 years in baseball,” Colletti said. “The Kent-Bonds relationship, what it did for both players, I think they fed off each other. I told Brian when Kent won the Most Valuable Player award in 2000 and Bonds finished second, that it was the best thing that could have happened to our organization.” The next season, Bonds hit a record 73 home runs. The season after that, the Giants reached the World Series, losing to the Angels in sevengames. And the season after that, Kent, apparently fed up with his more celebrated teammate and what he reportedly perceived as favoritism toward Bonds on the part of Giants ownership, accepted a two-year contract from Houston. By the time Colletti was hired to run the Dodgers in the fall of 2005, Kent already was here. But it was Colletti who decided, just before the team broke camp last spring, to sign Kent to a contract extension. The $11.5 million deal includes what amounts to, if Kent stays healthy this year, a mutual option for 2008. As to whether there will be a 2008, Kent says he hasn’t decided. But he came to spring training with a noticeably different demeanor. He says it’s a product of wanting so badly to make up for what he felt was a lost season in 2006, when wrist and oblique injuries limited him to his lowest home-run total (14) in a decade. He already has laid a solid, post-baseball foundation for himself and his family, investing some of the millions he has earned on the diamond into two (soon-to-be-three) motorcycle/watercraft dealerships back home in Texas. Whenever he does decide to retire from baseball, he says he has no intention of staying in the game, at least not for now. Kent knows there are many opinions floating around about him, and he also knows it is way too late to change most of them. But he operates on the belief that he is answerable only to his family, his teammates and the organization for which he plays. Everyone else knows what they can do with those opinions. “I have been criticized for being quiet, moody, selfish, arrogant, just a ton of things,” Kent said. “But I don’t think any of that has been detrimental to my game. I think everyone in this clubhouse should be arrogant and cocky and confident. It’s just another aspect of what a ballplayer should be.” (818) 713-3675160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – It was a little past noon, and the Dodgers’ spring-training clubhouse was bustling. A handful of players were still trickling in from the back fields, but most already were well into their showers or their lunches or whatever they happened to be watching on the various televisions hanging from the ceiling. Meanwhile, the enigma silently sat in front of his corner locker, several yards removed from human contact. His uniform having long since been shed and tossed into a nearby laundry bin, the team-issued blue-and-white T-shirt and blue shorts he was wearing were now the only telltale signs of what he does for a living. His legs were crossed, his head was bowed, and the trademark motorcycle magazine resting on his lap was open to a page he found far more interesting than anything going on in the room. This was Jeff Kent at his most comfortable. He was two weeks shy of his 39th birthday and possibly fiveweeks shy of kicking off his final six months as a professional baseball player. And he was doing everything he possibly could to provide the ultimate study in contrasts. last_img read more

Three things we learned from Liverpool v Barcelona

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona fans show their frustration during their devastating defeat at Liverpool© AFP Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 8 – Liverpool reached the Champions League final with a remarkable 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in Tuesday’s semi-final second leg.Here AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from one of Anfield’s greatest European nights: Incredible Liverpool make historyGiven the size of the task seemingly facing Liverpool, it was no surprise to hear Jurgen Klopp had warned his wife not to expect a celebration when he returned home from Anfield.“I don’t tell my missus ‘wait for me at home, we will have a party after the game because we’ll win it’. We have to work for it,” Klopp had said when asked about the 3-0 first leg deficit.Yet, against all odds, Klopp’s side will face Ajax or Tottenham in the final after one of the greatest nights in their glorious history.Liverpool, five-time European champions, are only the third team in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and progress to the final, following in the footsteps of Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona in 1985-86.Origi grabbed the winner with his second of a thrilling game© AFP Paul ELLISOnly Deportivo La Coruna in 2004, Barcelona in 2017 and Roma in 2018 had overturned a three-goal first leg deficit to win Champions League knockout ties.Yet, with Barca so fragile at the back, the writing was on the wall from the moment Divock Origi slotted home from close-range in the seventh minute.The previous three teams to score in first seven minutes of Champions League games against Barca went on to score three or more goals and Liverpool’s relentless pressure ensured they had emulated that achievement by the 56th minute.It was an even more jaw-dropping achievement given Liverpool were playing without injured trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.The astonishing revival will now forever be mentioned in the same awed tones as Liverpool’s never-to-be-forgotten ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ when Steven Gerrard and company recovered from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 Champions League final.Super-sub WijnaldumLiverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring their third goal against Barcelona© AFP Paul ELLISFor 42 years, David Fairclough held a special place in Liverpool’s history as the club’s unparallelled super-sub, but Georginio Wijnaldum’s incredible contribution may have surpassed even his illustrious predecessor.When Fairclough came off the bench to score Liverpool’s winner with just minutes left in the 1977 European Cup quarter-final against Saint-Etienne, he ensured he would be cherished forever at Anfield for the goal that sparked the team’s run to win the tournament for the first time.Now Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum has joined Liverpool’s European hall of fame with two quick-fire goals after coming on as a half-time replacement for the injured Andrew Robertson.Turning in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the 54th minute, Wijnaldum put Liverpool two up before rising highest to head in Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross two minutes later.Among all the great moments in Liverpool’s glittering history, Wijnaldum’s was among the most unexpected, but his dynamic display was about far more than his crucial goals as he drove Barca to distraction with his pressing.Incredibly, Wijnaldum went into the match with only three club goals this season, while all the 28-year-old’s Champions League goals in his Liverpool career have come in the semi-finals after he also netted against Roma last season.Feeble Barca stunned by Liverpool fireworksOrigi runs over to celebrates with Arnold after scoring the fourth goal to put Liverpool in the lead on aggregateIn a familiar story for Barcelona, the Spanish champions crumbled under pressure in the most feeble fashion.Significantly for Liverpool, Barca had collapsed against Roma just last season when the Italians recovered from a 4-1 quarter-final first leg loss at the Camp Nou to go through on away goals after a 3-0 win.In the last five seasons alone, Barca had lost knockout games on the road to Roma, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.Once again the Catalan giants, who last won the Champions League in 2015, wilted when the stakes were highest.Showing a lack of appetite for the physical challenge posed by Liverpool, Ernesto Valverde’s side let themselves be bulled into submission far too easily.Their defending was horrific from the moment Jordi Alba’s misplaced header set up Liverpool’s opener and their finishing wasn’t much better as chances for a priceless away goal were squandered.Perhaps it didn’t help that cheeky Liverpool fans set off fireworks at four in the morning outside the Barcelona team hotel in a bid to give Lionel Messi and his team-mates a sleepless night.But that alone was no excuse for the timid way Barca allowed themselves to be ripped apart by Liverpool in one of the most wretched results in the club’s history.“We’re talking about Busquets, Suarez, Pique and the best player I’ve ever seen, Messi, and they could not handle the pressure,” former England captain Alan Shearer said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sam Allardyce threatens to sue FA over England manager axe

first_img 3 Sam Allardyce has threatened the Football Association with legal action over its response to the sting operation which cost him his dream job as England manager.The 63-year-old left his post by mutual consent after just 67 days in September 2016, following a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football. 3 Allardyce lodged 25 complaints about the story with the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), over claims he had offered advice on how to circumvent FA and FIFA rules on third party ownership of players.But it was confirmed on Wednesday that IPSO has ruled the Telegraph’s investigation was ‘in the public interest’ and sided with the paper on 22 of those points.And in a statement released on Wednesday evening, Allardyce hit out at the ‘false allegations’ and accused his former employees of being ‘more concerned about their image than the truth’.The talkSPORT regular said: “Had the FA stuck to their word and waited to see the Telegraph’s evidence (as they originally told me they would), they would have seen that the allegations made against me were false.“It was of course the allegations about third party ownership that the FA stated were the reasons for my leaving. It was clear that those that I was dealing with were more concerned with their own image than getting to the truth of what had occurred.“I will consider my position in this regard with my lawyers.” Allardyce took charge of the national team for just a single game, a 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Slovakia, but was handed a route back into football in December 2016 by Crystal Palace.The former Three Lions boss admits he felt he would have done a good job in charge of the side, but praised successor Gareth Southgate and added that he hopes the current crop of ‘great players’ are ‘not let down’ by the FA.He said: “I waited many years to be England manager and believe I would have made a success of the position. It took me a long while to recover from the disappointment of losing the position I’d worked so hard for because of stories that I knew were false.“I was very lucky that first Crystal Palace and then Everton gave me the chance to rebuild my reputation and enjoy the game again.“I wish Gareth Southgate all the best with the England position and he has shown that he is more than capable. There are some great players in the England set-up and I hope they are not let down by the administrators.” 3 Sam Allardyce has threatened to sue his former employers Big Sam had a 100% win record as England manager The Telegraph acknowledged the IPSO decision in a correction printed in Thursday’s edition of the paper.It accepted that Allardyce, while suggesting a way that a third party could share in the financial rewards of a transfer, had made clear that a third party could not take a portion of the transfer fee.The Telegraph also accepted that Allardyce had not entered into negotiations to be paid to give advice on third party ownership, and admitted “an inaccurate claim was made that Mr Allardyce had briefed on ‘breaking the rules’.”The correction said: “On these three points alone, the articles were inaccurate. This correction has been published following a complaint upheld in part by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.”An article in Thursday’s edition of the Telegraph also stated: “On the major issues raised by Mr Allardyce, IPSO found for the Telegraph.“It upheld our right to use subterfuge and secret filming, since there was a strong public interest in investigating and it was reasonable for the Telegraph to have believed that it could only obtain material evidence through subterfuge.”last_img read more

Newcastle ‘consider hiring Brendan Rodgers if they sack Rafa Benitez’

first_img Fans continue to back Benitez despite Newcastle’s on-pitch struggles Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City TOP WORK Rodgers completed a remarkable double treble last season latest The Magpies have netted just six goals in their eight matches so far, and they face a couple of relegation six-pointers when domestic action returns next week, with a trip to Southampton following the visit of Brighton to Tyneside.If Benitez cannot turn things around in the coming weeks and kick-start Newcastle’s season, the Mirror say he could find himself axed by United chiefs.And, according to the report, Celtic boss Rodgers is their number one target to replace Benitez. Most read in Premier League revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion SORRY predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings huge blow 2 Newcastle United are reportedly keeping tabs on Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as they consider the future of Rafa Benitez.Benitez, the Spaniard, is under intense pressure at St James’ Park on the back of Newcastle’s winless start to the season which leaves the club in the bottom three. Rodgers has a wealth of experience in England’s top flight, having managed both Swansea and Liverpool in the Premier League. His last match in the competition was a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby, played on October 4, 2015.The Northern Irishman was sacked from his position as manager of the Anfield club just one hour after the full-time whistle. Rodgers, like Benitez a former Liverpool manager, is himself under pressure at Parkhead with Celtic already losing twice this season to sit three points off top spot in the Scottish Premiership.However, the 45-year-old’s reputation in the game remains intact on the back of two successful seasons with the Hoops in which he has guided them to back-to-back trebles of Premiership, League Cup and Scottish Cup. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? last_img read more

Congress offsides at Rose Bowl

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s an admission that college football is going to be reaching a crossroads, and they’re going to have to decide how best to balance athletics with academics at a time of financial opportunity,” said David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute at University of Southern California and a consultant on Rose Bowl stadium operations. Several lawmakers, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, criticized the subcommittee members for holding the hearing instead of concentrating on more significant issues, such as health care, the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina relief. But House Energy Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, said college football’s multimillion-dollar economic impact makes it increasingly deserving of congressional oversight. And the current system – in which teams that compete in the elite bowl games are chosen from a computerized ranking system and a human poll – “just hasn’t worked out very well,” Barton said. But chairmen of the Fiesta and the Alamo bowls, as well Johnstone and commissioners of the Big 12 and Big Ten conferences, said neither they nor most coaches or university chancellors want playoffs. Big Ten Conference Commissioner James Delany said playoffs would mean fewer games on campus during the season, more games conflicting with academic schedules, and a threat to the Rose Bowl. “It would be difficult to overstate the significance of the Rose Bowl conference,” Delany said. “The Rose Bowl is far more than a football game. It’s a great life experience for our players.” Lawmakers, particularly Barton, were not satisfied. “In every other college sport we have a playoff,” Barton said. “The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that there’s so much money in some of the major bowls.” Johnstone noted that the Rose Bowl is independent of the Bowl Championship Series. In 1947, the Tournament of Roses Association partnered with the Pac-10 and Big Ten conferences to host their best teams on New Year’s Day, a unique arrangement that includes a contractual sellout and gives the Bowl Championship Series no control over the Rose Bowl. Johnstone said he fears a playoff system could, in some years, turn the Rose Bowl – which now has an estimated annual economic impact of $225 million – into a semifinal or quarter-final game, diminish its prestige and television revenues, and ultimately jeopardize Pasadena’s 117-year-old New Year’s extravaganza. “Attendance at the Rose Bowl Game will be significantly decreased, which, in turn, will significantly decrease our ability to provide a strong economic impact to the city of Pasadena,” said Mitch Dorger, Tournament of Roses Association chief executive. Schiff also said he opposes moving to a playoff system, calling the idea impractical as well as detrimental to Pasadena. But Carter said he is confident the Rose Bowl and attendant traditions could weather change. “It’s going to remain the granddaddy of them all under almost any conceivable set of circumstances,” he said. Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that while the Bowl Championship Series isn’t perfect, it’s working. And he had a message for Congress: “Please stay out of this,” Kyser said. “There are more important things for you to worry about.” Staff writer Gary Scott contributed to this report. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – With millions of dollars and bragging rights at stake, a congressional panel began investigating Wednesday whether to change the controversial system used to determine the nation’s top college football teams. But Rose Bowl officials testified that sacking the Bowl Championship Series – long criticized for favoring major colleges and, in some years, failing to produce clear winners – in favor of a playoff system could jeopardize the venerable Pasadena tradition. “We believe a playoff system with assigned teams and assigned days would undermine the essence of the Rose Bowl and its business relationships,” William Johnstone, chairman of the Rose Bowl Management Committee, told a House subcommittee. While much of the hearing was dominated by sports trash-talk and good-natured ribbing – and the Texas lawmaker who called the hearing said he has no plans to legislate a new playoff system – analysts said the congressional attention signals change for college football. last_img read more

Angels Beat Yanks in Walkover

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — The New York Yankees had as much trouble with plate umpire Laz Diaz’s attitude as they did with his strike zone.Manager Joe Girardi was long gone by the time relievers Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton and Preston Claiborne combined to issue six walks in the eighth inning — three of which forced in runs.A good portion of Girardi’s anger following the May 5 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels was directed toward the way Diaz admonished him earlier in the game after he questioned a close pitch.“I mentioned to Laz in a respectful way that I thought a pitch to Kelly Johnson was up, and he gave me the ‘Mutombo,’” Girardi said, wagging his index finger the way former NBA center Dikembe Mutombo used to do after blocking an opponent’s shot.“I don’t appreciate that. I’m not a little kid, and I don’t need to be scolded. I just thought there were a lot of inconsistencies tonight,” Girardi added. “Nobody’s coming here to see Laz, I can tell you that.”The Yankees loaded the bases in the top of the eighth on singles by Johnson and Brian Roberts and a bunt hit by Ichiro Suzuki. Girardi was tossed after questioning a 1-0 pitch to Brett Gardner from the dugout, then came on the field and continued his rant.“I thought the pitch was low, but I’m not going to make excuses,” Gardner said. “I mean, I was at the top of the order and I struck out three times and didn’t get on base.”Derek Jeter then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play on Jered Weaver’s next offering. The right-hander bounded off the mound pumping his fist and shouting in excitement after getting Jeter to ground into an inning-ending double play in the eighth.“Sometimes you hit balls hard and they catch it,” Jeter said. “My last at-bat I hit it harder than the other balls. I just hit it to somebody.”The Angels loaded the bases against Kelley (0-2) with three walks, including a two-out intentional pass to Albert Pujols that preceded a base on balls to pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez. Collin Cowgill scored on a walk to Howie Kendrick and Kelley was replaced by Thornton.“I didn’t attack the zone and do what I normally do, and it cost me,” Kelley said. “I’m not going to say anything about the strike zone. I made a lot of bad pitches, so it’s on me.”Kelley was tossed by Diaz on his way to the dugout. Thornton then walked Ian Stewart to force in another run, and Claiborne did likewise to Chris Iannetta. The six walks were the most by the Yankees’ staff in one inning 1990.Weaver (3-2) allowed a run and six hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked one. Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in five chances.Yankees right-hander David Phelps allowed a run and three hits over 5 1-3 innings with three strikeouts and a walk. It was his 24th career start and first since July 4, 2013.Phelps made his first nine appearances this season out of the bullpen, but was inserted into the rotation because of Michael Pineda’s 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his neck during a game at Boston on April 23.The only hit Weaver allowed during the first six innings was a leadoff single in the fourth by Jeter, ending an 0-for-14 drought for the Yankees captain. Jeter doubled inside third base on Weaver’s first pitch in the seventh, advanced on Jacoby Ellsbury’s groundout and scored the tying run on a single by former Angel Mark Teixeira.The double snapped a string of 55 consecutive at-bats by Jeter without an extra-base hit, and the run he scored tied Tris Speaker for 11th place on the career list at 1,882 — six behind Lou Gehrig.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more