By Joe ChapmanBOTOFAGO got their act off to a winning note with a 4-1 brushing aside of Hi Stars, while Net Rockers ended the quest of Amelia’s Ward Panthers for a berth into the next stage with a 2-2 result, as this year’s Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) 5th GT Beer Christmas football championship continued on Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.The night began with Botofago facing Hi Stars who were handed a loss for their abandoned game when they were trailing with six minutes left in their game against Eagles United when a scrimmage had broken out.That loss and now Botofago’s hammering out a 4-1 victory behind goals from Jashwan Moore, who netted early in the 11th minute and Jamal Haynes’ 31-minute strike sending them into a 2-0 half-time lead, were early warnings of how the game would end.But two minutes after play resumed, Hi Stars found the back of the net in the 47th minute through Jason Monah. The lead was increased, however, when Botofago’s Jamal Haynes connected again in the 60th minute making it 3-1.Then Haynes club mate Amar Jones pushed Botofago to a 4-1 lead in the 80th minute, as they shut down the hopes of Hi Stars. and now await their other group match against Eagles United to decide which club will advance to the semifinals from that group.In the other game Ward Panthers, after losing out in their first game to Blueberry Hill, were hoping for a positive result to make it to the next round, but they were unable to get the necessary win.In fact, Denzil Pryce first sent Net Rockers into the lead in the 31st minute but the Panthers were able to square things through a 37th minute goal by Matthew Whyte before the first half ended 1-1.But Clarence Huggins again gave the Rockers the edge when he scored in the 52nd minute. It seemed that the Panthers were down and out but Omalli Webb was able to convert from close range after a relentless offensive play bore fruit in the 83rd minute and raised hopes of the Panthers.However, a non-call for handle ball that went against Panthers as they were on the look-out for that winning goal in the dying moments of the game did not help the Panthers’ cause and they had to settle for a draw which eradicated any hope of reaching the next round.On Friday, other matches are set for the tournament venue – the MSC ground – where Kwakwani Strikers meet Silver Shattas, the defending champions, and the other match pits Botofago against Eagles United in key encounters.
With so many girls interested from day one, the challenge was finding enough skates for everyone. While some girls brought their own, a number of girls shared their skates to make sure everyone got a chance to roll. Just this week Jamens found out that the group will be receiving a grant from the Nelson and District Credit Union to help buy more pairs of skates so every interested girl can try out the sport before laying out cash for their own gear. If your first thought is of bodies flying around the concrete oval and children being tackled into the cold, hard arena floor, junior derby may surprise you. The potential danger of the sport was one of the main concerns parents expressed prior to starting up the junior league. As Jamens’ explained, however, junior girls derby has a few key differences from the adult women’s league. “Our primary focus is safety and then fun.” One significant rule change for the junior league is that it’s a non-contact sport. Rather than checking or bumping the other skaters the team must stop the opposing jammer using positional blocking. As the girls get more comfortable with the sport and start to move up, there are three standard skill levels that each girl has to pass before they are able to move up to light contact. “The game is still very similar to the women’s game in that you use positional blocking rather than hitting, so it can mean more thinking and simply getting in front of another skater to change their position without actually hitting or pushing them,” added Jamens. The goal is to use the summer to get the girls up to speed, practiced and conditioned for the sport. By the end of the summer it’s hoped that the first mini jams or scrimmages can start happening between the league’s three teams in Rossland, Slocan City and Salmo. Taking after the Damage Patch Kids (who put on a junior show during half time at the recent Nelson event) the junior girls will look to piggy back off the proven popular senior women’s league with some half time performances. Not just a sport, junior derby has already been having positive effects on girls’ lives as seen by teachers, parents and friends in Slocan City. “It’s so much fun and the sense of team and camaraderie is really quite amazing,” concluded Jamens. “The coach of the Slocan team has had parents and families and teachers come to her and say, ‘I just can’t believe the change in this girl. She’s got confidence that carries over into her schoolwork and into her social life’. It’s been a very positive thing in a lot of these girls lives.” Junior Derby will be holding another open session for any girls interested in giving it a try this Sunday at 5:00 in Salmo. Junior derby will then continue on in Rossland, Sunday evenings at 5:00pm. Roller Derby fever continues its epidemic-like spread through area women and now, for the first time in the Rossland area, it has spread to young girls. Yes, following in the path set by Gnarlie’s Angels and the West Kootenay Roller Derby League (which has quickly exploded into Canada’s largest Roller Derby league) the kids are now lacing up their skates as well. On Sunday, emissaries from Slocan City’s junior team, the Damage Patch Kids, came to town to help our aspiring junior derbyers get the hang of it. Derby fever is highly contagious and is apparently caught simply by seeing or participating in the flat track, circular excitement the sport offers. Rossland’s Darlene Jamens, better known as Slameron Diaz, caught the bug immediately after taking in the Gnarlie’s first bout last September. Padding up and putting on the skates shortly thereafter, her two young girls were immediately enamored as well. And why not? It’s an energetic sport that also involves dressing up, changing your name and fully taking on a feisty alter ego. Sounds perfect for Rossland girls. “I went to the first Gnarlie’s Angels bout and then decided I actually had to do that,” recalled Jamens, “I’ve been doing that since last fall and I have two girls who saw how excited I was about it and wanted to do it too so I was like “Okay. I guess we have to have a junior team.” The combination of athleticism, a girls-only sport and a chance to meet new friends and have fun made 15 young denizens of the Mountain Kingdom came out to the first junior practice at the Rossland Arena this past Sunday evening. The contingent inclided Jamens’ own five and nine year old daughters. Starting from scratch, coach Jamens was assisted by the Damage Patch Kids in teaching the basics of old school roller skating. By the end of the first practice, the results spoke for themselves as Rossland’s naturally athletic and recreation minded population shone in the concrete circle. “It was a two hour session and from the beginning to the end the improvement was really dramatic. It was really exciting. There are so many athletic girls in town. I love Rossland for that. We’re working on basic skating techniques to build their basic skills up first,” explained Jamens’ “ We’re learning safe falling so kids know how to fall safely using their protective gear. Their getting comfortable on their skates. It was amazing the improvement the girls made.”
· BOLO BREEZES FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY· AMERICAN PHAROAH WEATHERS REBEL IN HIGH STYLE· HESS LONGSHOT HOPES TO ‘STEAL’ THE SAN LUIS REY· DADDY D T IN GOOD SPOT FOR PASADENA STAKES· NAKATANI COULD BE BACK ON HORSES IN FOUR WEEKS· MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12BOLO REMAINS ON DIRT IN SANTA ANITA DERBY After making his first three career starts on turf, two of them victories, Bolo gave a promising account of himself in his dirt debut when he finished third behind undefeated Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, beaten less than two lengths despite steadying in deep stretch. Next up for the Temple City colt: the $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby on April 4. “We were very pleased,” said Carla Gaines, who trains Bolo for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle Mack. “It was sort of an unknown (racing on dirt for the first time), and he had missed some training and didn’t go into the race exactly as we would have liked. “But he ran really well in spite of me,” she concluded with a self-effacing chuckle.Bolo worked four furlongs on an overcast Thursday morning in 47.80. Mike Smith, who rode Ocho Ocho Ocho in the San Felipe, rides Bolo in the Santa Anita Derby, leaving Ocho Ocho Ocho open at press time. Ocho Ocho Ocho worked five furlongs Wednesday for Jim Cassidy in 1:00.80. Smith had ridden Bolo in his first three races. “He worked really good,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts in the San Felipe, in which he lost for the first time, finishing eighth. “I was really happy with the work and I’m happy with the horse right now.“His cuts are healed; he’s better than he was last week. He was kind of quiet last week.” Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park scheduled to work six furlongs at his San Luis Rey base Saturday for the Santa Anita Derby. Joe Steiner will be up.AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK AFTER REBEL ROMP Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah was back on the track at Santa Anita for the first time Thursday morning since his scintillating 6 ¼-length win on a sealed but sloppy track in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday. “He looks happy,” trainer Bob Baffert said. Said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes who was on hand for the Rebel performance: “It was exciting. He ran the way we expected him to. We just had to deal with the elements. That was the worst part of the trip, the heavy rains. “But it didn’t seem to bother him, he shipped well, and we learned about shipping and weather, so that’s good.”HESS CLAIM SEEKS TO STEAL SAN LUIS REY STAKESBob Hess Jr. is hoping Joes Blazing Aaron catches a flyer in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes and can carry his speed a mile and a half to victory in the grassy Grade II race for older horses that offers $200,000 in purse money.Claimed for $62,500 from his last start, Joes Blazing Aaron is a committed front-runner, having won seven of 37 career starts and $393,491.“(Joe) Talamo worked him Sunday (five furlongs on the main track in 1:01) and he’ll ride him,” Hess said. “The horse is an old, classy individual, very healthy. I think he likes the turf course here.“He’s coming off a real good race (third at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 27, beaten just over a length when he went the first six furlongs in 1:09.60).“Hopefully,” Hess said, “he doesn’t have to go nine and change this time.”The field for the San Luis Rey: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 20-1; Joesblazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 9-2.TALAMO’S HEART BELONGS TO DADDY (D T) IN PASADENA Joe Talamo expects another strong effort aboard Daddy D T when he rides the Scat Daddy ridgling for Hronis Racing and John Sadler in Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf. Talamo and Daddy D T finished second by a neck in an overnight race at a mile on grass Feb. 22. “He should be tough,” Talamo said. “They didn’t have much speed last time. The turf was soft. He ran a good race. He’s run against come tough horses (American Pharoah and Bolo, to name but two). “He shows up every time. If he doesn’t win, he’s always right there.” In six starts, Daddy D T has one win, a second and two thirds. The Pasadena, race four on a nine-race program: Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Daddy D T, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Papacoolpapacool, Elvis Trujillo, 7-2; Temple Keys, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Ernest Shackleton, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Flavien Prat, 10-1; and Anytime Anyplace, Martin Pedroza, 6-1.LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12. Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year. Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists: James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik. It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos hopes Corey Nakatani can resume riding in about a month after the 44-year-old Hall of Fame nominee went down when his mount, Bilger’s Sapphire, clipped heels and fell in Sunday’s fifth race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. “It’s not as bad as it appeared,” Matos said. “He had no surgery. His (left) collar bone is broken but it’s not displaced and it takes three weeks to heal. He’ll have X-rays taken, and then if everything looks all right, he can start getting on horses.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux rides Mr. Z for D. Wayne Lukas in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on March 28. Nakatani had been scheduled to ride . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo named on horses at the Fair Grounds on March 28, including War Story in the Louisiana Derby; Moreno in the New Orleans Handicap; and Chocolate Ride in the Mervin H. Munoz Jr. Memorial . . . Thursday morning, trainer Craig Lewis was still pondering where streaking Warren’s Veneda would make her next start. “Against the boys (in the Charles Town Classic), the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park, or maybe just wait,” the trainer said of the California-bred mare who captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Saturday for her third straight stakes win. Incidentally, the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 18 will be run in the daytime this year, not in the evening as in the past . . . Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked six furlongs under Gary Stevens in a snappy 1:10.80 for her 5-year-old debut. “The Madison (at Keeneland on April 4) remains a possibility,” trainer Richard Mandella said. San Onofre‘s time of 1:10.40 for Karen Headley was the fastest at the distance, the average time of which was 1:12.60 . . . David Nance, second in Santa Anita’s Handicapping Challenge Tournament last week, and jockey Aaron Gryder, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship Saturday in its spacious infield. Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com . . . Poetry in motion: Saturday’s hunch play of the day comes in the San Luis Rey–Raise Your Gaze, ridden by Tyler Baze. 18% 126 $641,766 10 20% 6 6 3rd $3,086,378 22 21 Edwin Maldonado 3 Philip D’Amato 174 28% Ron Ellis 20 12 31 $208,298 164 $1,347,068 0 $1,720,510 12 29 $350,850 10% 9 $182,920 26 17 22% (Current Through Sunday, March 15) 20 Mts $1,909,756 Mark Glatt 205 9 20 Money Won 12 13 109 115 Bob Baffert 29 Peter Eurton $214,740 $1,698,860 15 Peter Miller 21% 9% 16 $1,305,436 $1,221,370 11 19 181 1 Mario Gutierrez 10 110 5 94 Rafael Bejarano 15 14 -more-3/3/3/3 85 11 9 19 Victor Espinoza 13 Win% 23 15% 10 22% 20 16% 26 $708,410 $777,418 61 Joseph Talamo 3 4 15 22 22 14 15 3 Flavien Prat 1st 89 9 Win% 12 $259,130 $1,969,614 9 6 Tiago Pereira 22 $441,172 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $1,542,058 Michael Pender 9% 154 55 14% 5 Kent Desormeaux Brandon Boulanger A. C. Avila Mike Puype 5 16 $603,024 Richard Mandella 47 $359,720 Felipe Valdez 15 11% 2 2nd $2,525,552 19% Martin Garcia 141 7 9 3rd Money Won 59 60 16% 111 2 114 5 23 6 20% 6 Aaron Gryder 45 5% $213,346 19% 61 4 2 4 16 $322,480 12 18 $255,180 12 9 $142,370 34 Jerry Hollendorfer 20 2nd 6 Richard Baltas 19% 1st 10 53 105 14 14 Steve Knapp 10 Tyler Baze 13% Elvis Trujillo Santiago Gonzalez 11 7% $1,680,142 John Sadler 3 13 6 243 $418,022 18% 59 $374,016 44 24% 12% 11 16 10 7 7 16 138 $173,700 $522,802 11 74 7 7 20 33 11% Sts 2 12 138 9 20% 8% 12 16% 11% 8 7 10 Fernando Perez Jockey 13% 10 Mike Smith 7 15 Gary Stevens James Cassidy Doug O’Neill 48 7 19% 92 12% $812,444 $583,256 9 21 8 19% 159 Jeff Bonde 32 $323,080 18 31 30% 9 8 3 $384,160 10 17% 13% $2,200,581 3 17% 10 12 Hector Palma 52 62 Jack Carava 19 17% 25 30 19 11 Steven Miyadi 115 $585,824 Mark Casse 89 29 14 Eddie Truman 17 32 8% 15% 224 28 27 $568,840 $296,250 $1,195,066 5 $525,378 41 4 21% Thomas Proctor Drayden Van Dyke $1,006,284 $285,938 15% 9 89 6 22 Brice Blanc 14 10% 2 $471,194 $664,966 15% 11 1 16 Martin Pedroza Corey Nakatani 30 Trainer 30 35% $933,348
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The Warriors reviewed the footage of their Game 1 win over Houston. Just like how the Rockets felt, the Warriors disliked many of the calls. The Warriors admittedly also did not like how they reacted to them.“It’s honestly exhausting to get at the refs every possession,” Stephen Curry said. “I try to stay in my lane. I do foul sometimes. Sometimes, they …
Minotti warns Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella against Chelsea moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Italy international Lorenzo Minotti has warned Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella against a move to Chelsea.Minotti, who used to play for Cagliari, has questioned whether Barella would get a game with the Blues.He told TMW: “Risk of a [Marco] Verratti-situation? The Premier [League] is a competitive championship.”Now the Italian teams are not ready to spend a similar amount, and those with chances [to] have [full squads].”If he goes to Chelsea he will struggle to find a starting shirt and be ready for the national team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsOttawa police sergeant Chris Hrnchiar pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct in court Tuesday and apologized for his actions.The charges followed an investigation by the professional standards section of the Ottawa police service that found Hrnchiar wrote racist and disparaging comments about Indigenous people after the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook.Pootoogook’s body was found in the Rideau river outside downtown Ottawa Sept. 19.See related stories here: Annie PootoogookThe comments were posted by Hrnchiar through Facebook in response to an Ottawa Citizen story about her death.Hrnchiar posted that Pootoogook’s death “could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned, who knows.” He also wrote that” much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/FileIn court Hrnchiar faced the public gallery and apologized.“I want to apologize to everyone sincerely for my actions,” he said, including the ‘Aboriginal’ community. “I am sorry for the hurt I caused.”The Ottawa police service called the comments “inappropriate” and “racist.”The force is seeking a demotion in rank, from Sgt to First Class Constable for a period of three months and multicultural training.The judgment is held over and a decision will be released in a written statement on Dec. [email protected]
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsMany organizations across the country have voiced their frustration over the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.The north is no exception.In the Northwest Territories, one grassroots organization is launching resources for families looking for answers and healing.“The coordinator of the family information liaison unit will work with families to help them get families the information about the police investigation, coroners reports and court reports,” said Marie Speakmen, liaison coordinator. “As family information liaison I will help families access counselling services.”[email protected]
Last Thursday, court also heard from a detective who conducted forensic examinations on a computer seized from Overby’s home.Jason Joseph testified he was able to go through the computer’s hard drive and forwarded the information to homicide investigators.He said one image was found and investigators asked him to locate other similar images.Three photos showing Wood and Overby together in his home were entered into evidence earlier this week.In a police video shown on the opening day of the trial, Overby denied knowing Wood when police questioned him about her.Joseph located the three photos but testified the originals were not found on the computer.“I suspect it was deleted… it is my opinion it was deleted off the original device,” said Joseph.(Christine Wood and Brett Overby. Court Exhibit)Court has previously heard crown prosecutors believe Wood used Overby’s cellphone on the night she disappeared.That particular device has never been found.Joseph testified forensic evidence proved the pictures were taken on a cellphone but he could not confirm when they were taken.The photos are undated and information about where they came from has yet to be disclosed. Court exhibit)It appears the clothing Wood is wearing is the same clothing her parents last saw her in.Both Melinda and George Wood testified Christine bought a green bandeau top, a navy lacy top and dark denim shorts on the day she disappeared.The trial is expected to run until May [email protected]@aptnnews-with files from The Canadian Press The house in Winnipeg where police believe Christine Wood was killed. Court exhibitAPTN NewsThe man accused of killing Christine Wood in Manitoba says he blacked out before realizing she was dead on his basement floor.Brett Overby, 32, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Wood.Wood had travelled to Winnipeg from Oxford House First Nation in northern Manitoba in the summer of 2016.She was staying with her parents in a hotel and Crown prosecutors argue Wood met Overby through the online dating site PlentyofFish.Her body was found nearly a year later in a ditch outside the city.Overby has testified that Wood was pressuring him to have sex without a condom and came at him with a knife.He told a jury that she somehow ended up in a pool of blood on the floor and he never intended to hurt or kill her.Court previously heard that two messages sent from Wood’s Facebook account led them to Overby’s home in January 2017.Thomas Guenther, one of the detectives assigned to Wood’s case, testified on Wednesday police were eventually able to determine only one device, believed to be Overby’s cellphone, was connected to his WIFI on the night in question.Police were able to trace the IP address used as one belonging to Overby.(Christine Wood in an undated photo)The former common-law partner of the man accused of killing Christine Wood told a Winnipeg courtroom last week he asked her to lie to police for him.Shirley Houle says she received text messages from Overby asking her to say she didn’t know anything about his online dating account.Houle was questioned by police on Feb. 1, 2017, shortly after Overby became a person of interest in the case.In one part Houle wrote, “Gotta go in tomorrow morning for a video statement.”Overby responded, “Oh shit really?? Wtf? Wonder why. Im actually really nervous about this whole situation. Im getting like anxiety and shit about it..I don’t even know her.”Later in the conversation Overby wrote, “Do me a favour, u don’t know about anything i do anymore k? I DIDN’T do anything, its just im really nervous and would like them to stop bugging me.”He went on to write, “U don’t know about POF either k.”Read the complete court record of text messages: Houle Overby interactionHoule says the couple were together almost 10 years before they broke up in March 2016.The Crown argued Wood went to Overby’s home on Aug. 19, 2016 and that was the last place she was alive.Wood was visiting Winnipeg from her home community of Bunibonibee Cree Nation when she went missing.Her parents last saw her at a hotel. She told them she was going to meet up with friends.Two days later they filed a missing persons report with Winnipeg police.Police executed a search of Overby’s house on Mar. 22, 2017 where he was arrested. He was later charged on Apr. 7.