Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgBox of tricksThere was not much for Cardiff Blues fans to smile about as their team lost 26-9 to Ulster at the Arms Park, but some of the squad members who were not involved in the game provided a little light relief. The group, including Sam Warburton, were watching the game from a hospitality box and when the BBC Wales cameras picked them out to be shown on screen, they all threw themselves to the floor behind the furniture, in an attempt to hide.The scoreline wasn’t funny for the Blues, but it’s nevertheless good to see that professional players still like a laugh. Follow this link to see the players’ disappearing act. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Happy clappy: Dave Attwood is delighted with Bath’s 45-0 win over Leicester Dumbstruck: Matt Kvesic receives one of the softest yellow cards you will seeMust do betterIt will be an unhappy and uncomfortable week in the Leicester and Edinburgh camps after both were trounced in this weekend’s games. Leicester conceded five tries in their 45-0 drubbing at Bath and Edinburgh let through nine as they were thrashed 62-13 by the Ospreys.For professional teams in their own league to perform so badly is verging on the unforgivable. A repeat is unthinkable. Both Leicester and Edinburgh owe it to their supporters to right the wrongs next weekend. The SaintsBubbling BathNo one – not even the closest relatives of any of the Bath players – could have predicted that Mike Ford’s side would beat Leicester Tigers 45-0 at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.It was an utterly astonishing performance from Bath, as close to perfection as you might expect to see. Yes, Leicester have more than their share of injury problems (which begs the question whether something is amiss with their training and conditioning), but they still had world class players on the pitch and the hosts just blew them away.George Ford directed operations well, but my choice for Man of the Match would have been Bath lock Dave Attwood. He was quite simply everywhere, and ended the game bloodied but buoyant.“It was a great demonstration of collective effort,” was Attwood’s accurate summary of the Bath performance. “To nil Leicester is a great achievement. This is a really proud day for the club.”Come in No 9Kieran Marmion played a starring role for Connacht as they beat Leinster 10-9 to make it three wins out of three so far in the Guinness Pro12. The scrum-half, who won his first Ireland caps in the summer, scored a terrific try, racing in from the 10 metre line, stepping Rob Kearney brilliantly on the way.Man-of-the-Match Marmion also did important work in defence, helping hold up a potential Leinster try on the line. This was his 59th consecutive appearance for Connacht in the Pro12 and Europe and he is just getting better and better.As for Connacht, they ended a losing run of 11 games against other Irish provinces and are now third in the Pro12 table with three wins out of three, ahead of Ulster, Munster and Leinster. West is best at the moment in Ireland. Smiling assassin: Tom Arscott scored his first Premiership hat-trick to help Sale beat London WelshDouble trebleTom Arscott might have thought it was his birthday, as he was handed three gilt-edged try-scoring chances by his Sale Sharks team-mates and duly ran in a hat-trick which helped them beat London Welsh 46-8, but for Alex Lewington it really was his birthday and he too claimed a try treble.The London Irish wing’s first score came when he chased a clever dink of a kick from Chris Noakes. The second and third both came from kicks by scrum-half Scott Steele, and on each occasion Lewington gathered, ran and finished, to give London Irish the lead against Saracens. Unfortunately for the Exiles, Saracens drove over with the last play of the game to snatch a 36-32 win and deny Lewington a perfect 23rd birthday.Ospreys flyingThe Ospreys were as on-song as the most accomplished orchestra in beating Edinburgh 62-13 on Sunday and the conductor was scrum-half Rhys Webb, who scored two of the nine tries, set up more for his team-mates and was duly named  Man of the Match.Webb’s first try, in the first minute, was a lovely run on the diagonal from the left side, just inside his own half. The second one required him just to dive over from one metre out. He has now scored four tries in three Pro12 games this season and is in the kind of form to give the Wales selectors plenty to think about. With three weeks gone in this Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 season, rugby fans have enjoyed 100 and 88 tries respectively in the two competitions. It’s been a scintillating start, full of surprises, leaving some players purring with delight and others slinking off with their tails between their legs. TAGS: Bath RugbyConnachtLeicester TigersOspreys An early bath: David Mele leaves the pitch after being sent offThe SinnersSeeing redGlasgow openside Tyrone Holmes owes his team-mates a few beers or apologies after getting sent off thanks to a foolish piece of foul play against Newport Gwent Dragons.Right under the touch-judge’s nose Holmes landed a couple of totally unnecessary and deliberate stamps on the shoulder of Dragons hooker Rhys Thomas. There was still well over half an hour to play but fortunately for Holmes, the 14 remaining Warriors rallied and won the game 33-13.Leicester scrum-half David Mele was also given his marching orders this weekend, towards the end of their mauling by Bath. With the ball out of the ruck and heading for a different postcode, Mele rake the upper arm of Dave Attwood three times and was red-carded by Wayne Barnes. Leicester’s squad is injury-ravaged and now they look set to lose Mele’s services to a ban.Dictation errorThere is a balance to be struck between making sure rugby’s laws are interpreted consistently and fairly, and allowing referees to show some common sense and discretion. At the moment, too much weight is being placed on the former and referees are being exposed to unnecessary criticism as the IRB dictates what they should do in certain situations.Matt Carley, who was in charge of the Gloucester v Exeter match on Friday evening, showed a yellow card to Ian Whitten for taking out Charlie Sharples in the air, and later to Matt Kvesic for a dangerous tackle on Tom Waldrom. The Whitten decision was a little harsh, as he was not looking at Sharples when the two of them leapt to claim a high ball. The Kvesic card was even worse, as the flanker was sin-binned for lifting the leg of an already horizontal Waldrom, resulting in the Chief landing face down, on his arms, not dangerously on his head, neck or back.Tackles in the air and tip-tackles are potentially highly dangerous and, where appropriate, should be heavily punished. But referees have to be allowed to assess whether an individual incident deserved a yellow or red card, or no card at all.last_img read more

Pelham and REIT go Dutch in London

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UK expands diplomatic network across Caribbean

first_imgMs Janet Douglas, CMG, British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday announced an expansion of the UK’s overseas network, with the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth. Three of these nine posts will be in the Eastern Caribbean, with new British Resident Commissioners’ offices in Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  These posts, along with the existing Resident Commissioner’s office in St Lucia, will form an expanded network of UK representation in the Eastern Caribbean, under the auspices of the British High Commission in Barbados.In addition, there will be new UK posts in the Bahamas, Lesotho, Swaziland, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. “As a Commonwealth family of nations, it is in our shared interest to boost prosperity, tackle security issues and clear up the environment… After we leave the EU, Global Britain will remain outward facing, open for business and a champion of the rules-based international order,” said Johnson in announcing the opening of the new posts. British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Janet Douglas, said that the expansion was part of a wider initiative to increase the breadth and depth of UK diplomatic presence across the world.  “I am delighted that we will be opening new offices in the Eastern Caribbean and are aiming for them to open in early 2019.  This decision reflects our historical links with the region, and the UK’s commitment to strengthening our existing excellent relations.  These new missions will be innovative and agile, and will improve the UK’s engagement with, and support for the Eastern Caribbean,” she said.last_img read more

Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury praises Josh Rosen but says team hasn’t made decision about No. 1 pick

first_img Larry Fitzgerald steers clear of Cardinals QB questions Josh Rosen trade rumors: Multiple teams have inquired about Cardinals quarterback Rosen completed 55.2 percent of his passes and threw for 11 touchdowns, along with 14 interceptions, in 14 games as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2018. The team went 3-10 in his starts.”He’s a confident young man, and that’s what you love about him,” Kingsbury said. “He’s got very thick skin. All of this kind of falls off his back, and he’s ready to go prove what he can do.”Kingsbury, however, said the team has not made a decision about who it will draft as it is still gathering “information.”“You have to meet with all the players, and then you’ve got to get the best answer you can come up with,” Kingsbury said. “You just want to make sure you are thorough when you have that No. 1 pick.“That’s a pick that can change your organization for many years to come. If you’re not doing all your due diligence possible, then I think it’s a mistake.”Murray tallied 54 total touchdowns, won the Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff last season.Kingsbury called Murray “one of the better dual-threat players to ever play.” Kliff Kingsbury praised Josh Rosen but he did not rule out the Cardinals taking another quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.The Cardinals are reportedly considering selecting former Oklahoma signal caller Kyler Murray with the top selection and some have speculated Rosen will not fit into Kingsbury’s offense. But, Arizona’s first-year coach said that was not the case when he met with reporters Tuesday.center_img “I don’t know if I’ve seen one that can do both things as well as he does,” Kingsbury said. “You see the running ability. … He’s a true dropback passer when he wants to be. He’s a tough combination.”The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27. “People have said a lot of things that are misconceptions, if you will,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN. “But Josh is a tremendous player, I’ve always thought, watching him at UCLA. He played his best football in a spread system, some similarities to what we do.“He’s a tremendous thinker, very cerebral, can throw it with anybody, and we take a lot of pride in building a system around a quarterback.” Related Newslast_img read more

Remembering what Stern did, and how he did it

first_imgIn this June 19, 1984, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes Charles Barkley’s hand in New York, after the former Auburn University forward was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Barkley was picked fifth in the NBA draft. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)He is not in the Hall of Fame, he never played in an All-Star game and he is about a foot shorter than most NBA stars.But try to find an NBA legacy more lasting than David Stern’s.The game is about the players, and nobody understood that better than the commissioner, who is retiring Saturday after exactly 30 years on the job. He would likely say that the league is where it is because of Bird and Magic, Kobe and Shaq, Michael Jordan and now LeBron James.Players wouldn’t forget to include Stern on the list.“I think he is the greatest person in NBA history. He made everything happen,” said Yao Ming, the former Houston center from China and one of the most important of the many international players who found homes in Stern’s NBA.A league that had been struggling just to find its footing in the U.S. — in the early 1980s weekday games of the NBA Finals were shown on tape-delay — is now one of the most popular in the world, a $5.5 billion industry with the highest-paid team athletes in sports. Now Stern, 71, hands it over to Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, his longtime top aide.Stern is leaving quietly, refusing most interview requests because he isn’t interested in discussing himself. But others have had to plenty to say about what he accomplished, and how.___THE REINVENTIONThe man who ended up with the most important job in basketball was an attorney when he joined the league in 1978, saying he figured he could return to his legal career if the NBA didn’t work out.Columbia Law School couldn’t have prepared Stern for everything he would need to know after replacing Lawrence O’Brien and becoming the league’s fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. So Stern simply dedicated himself to learning it.“He reinvented himself in my mind. He was a young, very highly thought of lawyer when he came into basketball. And he made himself a marketing guy. He just put his mind to it and he really got himself involved in new technology like cable television, which was a kind of a new thing back then. So he was prepared to take the league to another level.” — USA Basketball chairman and former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.___THE EXPERTAsked before this season about the NBA’s plans to put nicknames and sleeves on some uniforms, Stern made it clear he wasn’t involved, adding that the league’s decision was influenced by “so-called branding experts.”“I used to think I was a branding expert,” he said.Those who worked for Stern would say he was, because he made himself an expert at so many things.From the way the players dressed — on and off the court — to the length of lines at concession stands, nothing was too minor for Stern’s involvement.“He was the kind of guy, like if you were playing a chess game, he was 10 moves ahead of you all the time, and it didn’t matter what the discipline was. If it was PR, event operation, merchandising, legal, one thing after another, the guy was good at it and great at it.” — Former NBA executive Terry Lyons.___A DIVERSE LOOKStern has said he’s proudest of the league’s diversity, and that goes from the court all the way up to the league office. There are a dozen black coaches, and women and minorities hold a number of key positions. The final owner Stern welcomed into the league, Sacramento’s Vivek Ranadive, is a native of India.“It happened very quietly, without forcing people into positions. There was no quota, no Rooney Rule, none of those things. There was just appointing people of different race, different color, different gender to senior positions and it happened at the league level and team level. It seemed to happen naturally, but you have to give him a lot of credit because it happened under his watch.” — Miami Heat owner Micky Arison.___A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWNWomen’s sports leagues usually come and go quickly.But riding a wave of popularity in the mid-90s, two women’s basketball leagues opened for business. The ABL came first, with more overall talent. The WNBA had Stern’s backing, playing in NBA arenas, with the support of NBA’s sponsors and being televised on the NBA’s partner networks.The ABL didn’t last long. The WNBA is still around nearly two decades later, with 12 teams. He’s said he wishes it were 24 — but it might be none without him.“There wouldn’t have been a WNBA at all if it wasn’t for David Stern. The WNBA wouldn’t still exist if it wasn’t for David Stern. That was one of the factors that played into me playing in the WNBA instead of the ABL, was it had the NBA’s backing and just as importantly if not more importantly David Stern’s backing. If you know him even a little bit, he’s not a guy who wants anything to fail. And so him starting this league, he would make sure it wouldn’t fail in those early stages.” — Rebecca Lobo, an original WNBA player.___CREATING THE CASHMore teams, more jobs, more money. Lots more money.The NBA added seven teams under Stern, bringing its total to 30, has had its games televised in 215 countries and territories, and its revenues increased by 30 fold. Player salaries have soared to an average of more than $5 million per season, and the national TV deal is worth $930 million annually. He has said the growth will continue after he leaves.“David Stern, who in my opinion has been the best commissioner in any sport, has taken the NBA to a whole, whole other level, even probably higher than his expectations. So that’s what Adam’s going to have to be competing against. It’s going to be interesting, to be honest with you, because I don’t see how you can make the NBA more successful than David Stern has, but they’re going to try.” — Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley.___THE GLOBAL GUYIt’s probably fitting that Stern’s final news conference as commissioner took place in London, since the NBA’s international growth is perhaps his greatest achievement.The NBA has played nearly 150 international games, including the one between Brooklyn and Atlanta that Stern spoke before earlier this month, and the rosters of its teams are now loaded with foreign players. Stern frequently noted that of the 36 players on the medals podium at the 2008 Olympics, 26 played in the NBA.Even after leaving office, Stern has said he will remain committed to advancing the NBA’s opportunities overseas.“I don’t even know who’s the second sports commissioner who did so much. Maybe, like (former) Olympic community (president) Juan Antonio Samaranch. But David Stern … he just globalized it, and right now how many countries know NBA product, and know people, know players, know coaches and know the game and (it’s) televised all over the world. And you remember when he came in, it was like only 50 states that watched the games.” — Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko of the Brooklyn Nets.___FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2004, file photo, Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest gets back on the court after going into the stands after fans during a brawl with the Detroit Pistons with just 45.9 seconds left in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Artest was suspended for 72 games, the longest Commissioner David Stern ever handed out for an on-court punishment. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)THE BRAWLNo player felt the wrath of Stern more strongly than Metta World Peace.The former Ron Artest was suspended 72 games after charging into the stands and inciting a brawl between Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans on Nov. 19, 2004. It was perhaps the ugliest moment in Stern’s tenure.The next year would come a dress code for players not in uniform and a community service initiative called NBA Cares, all aimed at restoring the players’ popularity.As for World Peace? Nobody would’ve blamed Stern if he held a grudge. But guess what happened?“David would sometimes just reach out to me and ask me how am I doing, especially after I got suspended. That was a small bump in the road so to speak. But other than that, David would reach out to me, see how I’m doing, and I reached out to him when I found out he was retiring and told him good luck and he had a great career, congratulations.” — Knicks forward Metta World Peace.___SHUT IT DOWNThe NBA seemed to be on a roll in 2011, with James reaching the NBA Finals in his first year in Miami to bring a new level of worldwide attention.But many owners, some hit hard by the financial crisis, were suffering heavy losses and wanted major changes. That meant Stern had a job to do.He locked out the players until a new collective bargaining agreement was reached, losing games to a labor stoppage for the second time in league history, both under his watch. Players who were guaranteed 57 percent of basketball revenues in the previous deal accepted a 50-50 split that saved owners about $280 million a year in salary costs, but not until the season was reduced to 66 games.The league played only 50 in 1999, but that came with an agreement on maximum salaries. It may have been ugly, but when owners wanted a new model, Stern delivered it.“I think David’s primary concern was the owners and the economic success of the league. It was all about return on investment. David’s job was to enforce the will of the owners and not the players. But that is the theme for all commissioners, not just the NBA.” — Former NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter.___SHOULD THEY STAY OR SHOULD THEY GO?Some of the toughest situations Stern faced late in his tenure involved franchise movement. He couldn’t help Seattle get a deal for a new arena that would’ve kept the SuperSonics there, one of his great failures, and they moved to Oklahoma City.But he fought to keep a pair of teams in smaller markets, even when bigger dollars perhaps waited if they moved. The NBA even took ownership of the-then Hornets from George Shinn until it could find a buyer who would keep the team in New Orleans, a situation that became uncomfortable when Stern had to make the heavily criticized decision to kill a trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.And when he could’ve overseen the NBA’s return to Seattle after the owners of the Kings had a deal to sell the team, he instead gave Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson the chance to put together plans for local ownership and a new arena that kept the team in California’s capital city.“He didn’t make short-term decisions, he made long-term decisions. Keeping teams in a city creates a huge value proposition for expansion cities. If you invest in the NBA with a new or upgraded arena, the team will stay. If you don’t, it won’t. That has gotten us better arenas, greater commitment and it was a lesson learned from Seattle.” — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.___THE FUTUREStern hasn’t said what he plans to do, beyond that he will keep working. He wouldn’t even allow the word “retire” to appear in the October 2012 statement announcing his plans to step down, because that would imply he was going to be inactive.He’ll probably end up visiting China, India, or someplace else he sees potential for even more growth for the NBA.“Right now I have decidedly refrained from making plans. I think on Feb. 2 I’m still going to be taking all of the junk that I moved out of my office and deciding how much of it to keep, how much of it to dump on Adam’s doorstep and how much to throw out, so I’ve got a fair amount of work to do, and I’m planning to do some skiing before I get to that, and then we’ll see.” — Stern, at his final news conference.___AP Sports Writers Kristie Rieken in Houston, Tim Reynolds in Miami and Doug Feinberg in New York contributed to this report.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoneylast_img read more

Pitt leads the Coastal, but chaos awaits if Panthers slip

first_imgCORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The only Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division teams that have yet to appear in the league’s championship game are Pittsburgh and Virginia.Pitt leads the Coastal right now.Virginia sits alone in second place.Go figure. There’s Coastal chaos, again.While the Atlantic Division has a clear frontrunner — Clemson, which can lock up its fourth consecutive berth in the ACC title game if it wins at Boston College on Saturday night — the Coastal is what seems to be its annual mess. Pitt is alone in first at 4-1, and Virginia is a half-game back of the Panthers at 4-2. If Pitt beats Virginia Tech on Saturday the Panthers will grab total division control of the race; if the Hokies win, there will be a three-way tie atop the division with two games left.“I’m not even starting to try to do any kind of math regarding the Coastal,” Miami coach Mark Richt said.Here’s the easy math: If Pitt beats Virginia Tech and then tops either Wake Forest or Miami, the Panthers win the Coastal.If the Hokies win this weekend, grab your calculators and tiebreaker rule breakdowns because there will be a three-way tie with two games left — and potentially two teams just one game back in the loss column behind that logjam. But the Panthers will not be obsessing about the importance of this weekend’s game against the Hokies from a Coastal perspective.“I’m not going to address it,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “There’s still a bunch of hungry teams sitting below us. Doesn’t really matter. I know they read on Twitter, all that stuff. I guess I don’t have to address it. I’m going to address what we need to take care of, is the business at hand. All that doesn’t matter if we don’t do what we need to.”This will be the 12th time in 14 seasons of ACC divisional play that the Coastal champ has lost at least one league game. There’s been a two- or three-league-loss champion of the Coastal five times in that span.A three-way Coastal tie at 5-3 this season? It’s possible if Pitt loses this weekend. Technically, so is a four-way tie at 5-3, but that would require Duke winning out — and Clemson is one of the three teams left on the Blue Devils’ schedule, so that seems unlikely at best. Reigning Coastal champ Miami could still get to 5-3, and if they get into the right tiebreaker the Hurricanes somehow have ways to win the division.Virginia is taking the week off from ACC play. The Cavaliers play host to Liberty this week in their home finale, and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall insisted he’s not thinking about Coastal permutations.He acknowledged that there’s a two-game “fight to the end” awaiting in the Coastal after this week, and that was as far as he went.“Having said that, I really won’t address anything other than the Liberty game going forward,” Mendenhall said. “That’s what I’ve shared with the team. Now our focus is to play the best football we can this week with that being our only focus.”Pittsburgh and Virginia are the latest examples of teams that seemed to come from nowhere and announce themselves as serious contenders for a spot in the conference title game.Neither team got a single Coastal first-place vote out of 148 ballots cast in the ACC preseason poll, and Virginia could be the second team in the last six years to be picked last but end up winning the division. Duke pulled that off in 2013.“We haven’t done anything yet,” Narduzzi said. “We really haven’t done anything. We got a long way to go. … Premature victories are no good. We’re not looking for one, either.”If Pitt or Virginia wins the Coastal, it’ll mark a sixth different school winning the division in the last six years. Meanwhile, in the Atlantic it’s been either Florida State or Clemson as division champ in every season since 2009 — and the Tigers seem very poised to have that streak reach 10 years and counting.Richt thinks the Coastal is in a cycle where experience matters, and some years some teams just don’t have enough of that.“No one has jumped out in regard to out-recruiting, out-developing the other group,” Richt said. “That’s what we want to become. We want to become that team.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)last_img read more

Hall, Martel busy in off season; Nelson Baseball prepares for 2014 season

first_imgSoon sounds of baseball cracking off bats will be flowing through Fairview and Uphill districts of the Heritage City as Nelson Baseball Association begins another season of diamond play.Registration, which has climbed again for the fourth consecutive season, for the 2014 season closed Tuesday.Now it’s up to the NBA board to select teams, which is scheduled to be completed by Monday (April 7).Two players not waiting for the snow to leave the diamonds at Queen Elizabeth and Lions Parks, are Quin Hall and Brendan Martel. Hall just returned from a winter baseball tournament in Phoenix Arizona during spring break. The Nelson Little League player was picked up the BC Big League Experience team that recruited players (14 year old) from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan.  BLE finished third place with a 4-2 record. The tournament attracted teams from throughout United States. Meanwhile, Brendan Martel has been chosen to play with the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in the BC AAA midget baseball league this season.  Martel’s season started this past weekend in the Best of the West tournament held in Kamloops. West Kelowna started the weekend with a 12-1 win over Sherwood park on Friday but came up short against the North Shore Twins, Badlands Baseball Academy and Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs brought 60 players(2 teams) so their bull pen was very deep. Martel went 6 for 11 at the plate and played catcher and second base. The Diamondbacks play in a 12 team BC AAA  league.last_img read more

Santa Anita Park featured in LA Travel Magazine

first_imgSanta Anita is proud to be featured in LA Travel Magazine. The article starts off with the magnificent history of Santa Anita Park, an excerpt: “Ironically, 1934 was also one of the worst years of the Great Depression, yet when Christmas day rolled around Santa Anita Park opened its doors on Huntington Dr. in Arcadia to an overflow crowd of 30,777. Though freeway systems were still just a dream, the parking lot was jammed.”The article goes on to highlight the recent upgrades to Santa Anita Park, including the new Suites.Via LA Travel Magazine.last_img read more

16 days agoBayern Munich maintaining contact with Man City attacker Leroy Sane

first_imgBayern Munich maintaining contact with Man City attacker Leroy Saneby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich are maintaining contact with Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern were eager to sign Sane over the summer – before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield. The German giants, at that point, pulled back.However, contact has been maintained between the two parties.BILD says Sane’s representative David Gardner has just met with agent Giovanni Branchini, who also acts as an advisor to Bayern.The summit was held to assure Sane that Bayern remain keen – with Gardner also delivering an update on the player’s rehab. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more