Papine capture first Spalding Cup

first_imgPapine High’s cricket coach, Shane Brooks, has revealed that his team’s innings and 22-run Spalding Cup victory over St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) was due to meticulous planning. “We expected to get the better of STETHS, they are not as experienced as former years, and with our experience and unity, we knew we would stop them,” he said. “We prepared meticulously. The Grace Shield is our first major cricket title, and to follow that up with the Spalding Cup is history for the school and a wonderful feeling,” he added. St Elizabeth’s Technical cricket coach, Clive Ledgister, said their dominance in schoolboy cricket will not end after their embarrassing defeat in two days but he described it as “disappointing”. “To lose by an innings when you’re Headley Cup champions and kingpins of schoolboy cricket was disappointing,” he said. “STETHS’ dominance of schoolboy cricket discouraged a lot of schools over the years, so what Papine has done will boost the confidence of others,” Ledgister added. Leg-spinner Rushawn Lee was the hero for Papine as he ended with match figures of nine for 55. He took five for 32 in the first innings when STETHS were dismissed for 71 then followed that up with four for 23 as the defending champions fell for a second innings 106. Papine had posted 199 in their only innings. – L.S.last_img read more

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NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL

first_imgGinebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points. FILE PHOTO – National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University overcame Far Eastern University in four sets, 22-25, 28-26, 29-27, 25-22, to keep its unbeaten run in the group stages of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group B while the Lady Tamaraws are in close second with a 2-1 card. ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “FEU is a very systematic and strong team so we really expected a good fight from them,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino.“So I told my players to brace for a storm because a storm is what FEU will bring.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe two teams were dead even offensively, scoring on 56 spikes apiece, but the Lady Bulldogs had a slight edge on service aces, 10-8, and errors, 32-35. Jaja Santiago showed her might against FEU, putting up 25 points to lead NU while Aiko Urdas added 15. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 awardlast_img read more

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McGregor then Lomachenko, so who’s next?

first_imgAs things stand, Pacquiao would most likely get his chance to return to action, possibly in April.The question is against who.Two possible foes—Amir Khan and Mike Alvarado—have been mentioned.Veteran promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao’s next fight would be a unique one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lomachenko’s manager didn’t have to elaborate. But after the rumor persisted, Klimas found it his duty to set the record straight.He said: “This is insane. No we are not fighting Pacquiao. He is an old man and Loma beating him takes us nowhere. They’d say he beat an old guy who was basically retired. We want to fight active champions dominating their weight class.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThere loomed the promise of a great purse, after Pacquiao said on national television he was set and raring to clash with Lomachenko.The challenge had been readily turned down. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 View comments Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, punches a bag during a workout at a Manhattan boxing gym Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in New York, while preparing for his Saturday WBO super featherweight title fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)This is no longer funny. The morning after it was alleged Manny Pacquiao was in talks to fight Vasyl Lomachenko, the manager of the Ukrainian pound-for-pound star came up with a sweeping denial.“No, it’s not truth,” cried Egis Klimas.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It can’t be just about money,” Klimas explained. “Pacquiao is legendary and very respectful, but he’s non-active. He’s done and Loma won’t take advantage. We’ve better route fighting active champions in our weight class.”Anyway, when Pacquiao called out mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor last November—“Stay fit my dear friend”—it could be purely out of fancy.There’s however honest urgency in the Lomachenko case.Pacquiao said he wanted to box because it’s his life.“I miss boxing,” he stated.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Roach loves Lomachenko fight for Pacquiao

first_imgThe winner between Crawford and Horn could end up facing Pacquiao.Whether it’s Crawford or Lomachenko, Pacquiao will have his hands full against the two, who are ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighters today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lomachenko is currently the WBO 135-pound champion and for a clash with Pacquiao to materialize, Roach said his prized ward will have to reduce weight and fight the hard-hitting Ukranian at 140 pounds.READ: McGregor then Lomachenko, so who’s next?The 29-year-old Lomachenko, who holds a record of 10 wins, one loss with eight knockouts, stopped Guillermo Rigondeaux on his stool after six rounds in his most recent fight last month.Pacquiao, 39, has not fought since dropping a controversial decision to Australian Jeff Horn six months ago.But Top Rank honcho Bob Arum said he is lining up Pacquiao to be part of the Crawford-Horn card scheduled in April against an opponent yet to be named.ADVERTISEMENT Ross: Racism is never justifiable MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I love the Lomachenko fight,” Roach told BoxingScene.com. “I like that better because I’ve been hearing so much about Terence Crawford lately. And Terence might be a little bit too young and a little bit too big at this point.READ: Pacquiao says in talks to fight LomachenkoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“But the other way [Lomachenko], I like that fight for Manny. All we need is one tune-up fight, and we’ll go into [the Lomachenko] fight, no problem.”Three days ago, Pacquiao had said he is already in talks with Lomachenko’s camp about a potential bout. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPFreddie Roach prefers Vasyl Lomachenko than Terence Crawford as Manny Pacquiao’s opponent.Roach, the Filipino boxing star’s Hall of Fame trainer, thinks fighting Crawford, who is the undisputed junior welterweight champion, would be too much for Pacquiao due to the undefeated American’s advantage in age and size.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

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Tired and hurting

first_imgIan Sangalang could be drafted for national team duty during the PBA break. —SHERWIN VARDELEONTwo weeks may seem enough for a team to prepare for the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.But Magnolia will also be lending two of its primary cogs to the national cause, making the break seem a little bit shorter for the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Victolero, however, said there are advantages to having Lee and Sangalang play with the national side despite a looming title duel against Alaska.“It’s beneficial for Paul and Ian anyway,” he offered. “For one, it’ll be a series of competitions they’ll figure in.”“That will favor them,” Victolero added, because it will keep both players sharp during the long break.“Probably the only disadvantage on their end is that they’ll be short on rest,” he noted. “They will definitely feel it.”Victolero was hardly concerned even with Romeo Travis’ injury.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You know, if you have an import like Romeo who battles through pain, there’s no reason to give up so easily,” he said.“It’s going to take some time,” Romeo said of his hamstring injury. “Coach has given me a schedule so I’m going to work with it and just try to be as respectful to it as I can be. Barring a setback, I don’t see why I won’t be able to play. I’m feeling a little better … I feel less pain.”Faced with manpower concerns, Victolero has turned to a coach’s favorite cliché ahead of Game 1 of the Finals scheduled on Dec. 5 at MOA Arena.“Maybe you’re so tired of hearing ‘one game at a time,’” he said. “But really, that’s the truth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Chan powers Ateneo to Inter-schools senior crown LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fortunately, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero isn’t one to fret. At least, not yet.“It’s their job to serve the country,” the mentor said of Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang, who are part of the national selection from which the squads that will compete in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers will be selected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I believe that if you’re a pro, you [should be prepared] to serve the country,” Victolero told the Inquirer in Filipino.But Lee and Sangalang are not only running the risk of exhaustion with their participation to the buildup for the Asian tournament. The former risks aggravating his problematic knee, while the latter has been hobbled by injuries to his achilles and knee.last_img read more

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Jr. Lone Star Players to Receive US$500 as Qualification Bonus

first_imgThe hierarchy of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has decided to pay each of the 19 players on the Junior Lone Star team US$500 as a qualification bonus over the Young Elephants on Sunday in Abidjan.This mean, Junior Lone Star, dubbed the Satellite, needs at least a draw to qualify to benefit from the qualification bonus besides their already pocketed US$100 appearance fee or per diem.The Sunday’s game is the return leg (2nd leg) between the Lone Star and the Young Elephants after a scrappy 1-0 win in favor of the red-blue-and-white boys in the preliminary’s second round of the U-20 CAF Championship.The 2nd Vice President of the LFA, Cassel A. Ku oh made the disclosure Thursday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) a minute before their departure, as they boarded the bus for the Robert International Airport (RIA) to fly to Abidjan.”Each player will be entitled to US$500 if we manage to qualify against the Ivory Coast on Sunday,” Mr. Kouh said. “The challenge is yours to put up [a] fight to make us proud.”Cassell’s assertion had been construed asva personal initiative; but a follow-up interviewed with the LFA 2nd Vice President has clarified that the qualification bonus is the LFA’s, though the Secretary General Alphonso Armah and the Deputy Secretary General of Finance, Jallah Corvah, are not in the know.According to Cassell, the qualification bonus is the LFA’s way and mechanism to motivate the boys in the tricky return leg clash with the spirited Young Elephants in their home.It is a glaring fact, despite of the friendship between Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe and the LFA president Musa Bility, that the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has deliberately ignored the two-legged Lone Star (national Lone Star football team). The executive members of the LFA, especially Bility and Cassell, have been underwriting the cost of the teams’ expenses. Accordingly, both equally men contributed US$40,000 and each LFA’s executive member was taxed US$100 to support the hosting of Lesotho.But football pundits believe the qualification bonus is probably meant to erase or settle the LFA’s embarrassment, owing to their inability to usually camp the team before departing the country to honor international football clashes.It can be recalled, shamefully, on Monday, the 38-year-old Junior Lone Star coach expressed frustration on the failure of the LFA to camp the team, before departing the country. Coach Pella startlingly revealed that after the 1-0 victory last Sunday, May 11, 2014, the team has not gone to camp and would not be camping before their flight.He said camping is a tactic to polish and psychologically prepare for a win, and that the major achievement in camping is to knit a team’s spirit.“We use camping to talk to the players during their leisure time at night and early morning hours, to build closeness among the players,” he said, “camping is another method to circumvent players from conflict and embarrassment.”Perhaps we can argue  that a win, or better yet a qualification, of the Junior Lone Star over the Ivory Coast could overturne the President’s detestation against the two-legged Lone Star for continuously losing amidst huge financial assistance.Interestingly and recently, the truth came out at last when the President celebrated with the one-legged Lone Star (Amputee Lone Star) for retaining the title as champions in the Africa Amputee Cup of Nations.President Johnson Sirleaf’s positive support to the national Amputee Lone Star indicated that she is done with the loser who continues to embarrass her with disappointing results. President Sirleaf donated of a 22-seater bus to the Amputee Lone Star.It was the president’s show of appreciation for the team’s numerous victories against other countries in football competitions—and their title Africa’s double amputee football champions.In her last address to the nation, President Sirleaf chose, watch my word, deliberately chose to ignore the national team.However, she commended the Amputee Lone Star for winning its version of the African Cup of Nations in Kenya.So this Sunday, in Abidjan, the Junior Lone Star team needs to restore smiles on the faces of Liberians including the President.In 2011, it can be recalled, the President presented the check of US$75,000, to the LFA as a bonus for the Lone Star Team’s superb performance when Ghana Black Star was pinned 2-0 and the team drew with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, 2-2.President Sirleaf said she was very pleased with the performance of the national team, pledged government’s full support to the national team in its pre- and post-qualification games leading up to the 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament to be held in South Africa.Smilingly, she said there was a need to provide support to the national unifier and also called for a more structured and systematic support to the team, not only during games but also after, and with a long-term strategy.“It is time to support our national team, and we are going to work with the Ministries of Finance, Youth and Sports and the Liberia Football Association to realize this goal,” the President stated.The President’s happiness over the splendid performance of the Lone Star attracted partners, friends and well wishes.Cellcom GSM Company was proud to support the Lone Star teams, but later withdrew, because of disappoint results.So, it is correct to state here that if the national teams want the president’s support in every way as well as sponsorship, then this Sunday should be the beginning of a new direction.It means that on this Sunday against the Young Elephants and next Sunday, against the Crocodiles of Lesotho, the Lone Star teams must win.I am sincerely convinced that President Sirleaf has not ignored the national team because she does not believe in the players. She is unhappy because previous efforts to help the team to soar did not go as expected, and the team’s losses may have affected the president’s national transformation agenda.If that is not the case, how else should the president’s cold shoulder towards the national team should be understood?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Families look across the globe to adopt children

first_imgWhen orphaned sisters Armie, pronounced Ah-mee, now 5, and Jlatu, now 7, stepped off a plane in Los Angeles after a 36-hour flight three years ago, they were culture-shocked and ill. Their intestines were riddled with roughly a dozen parasites, and Jlatu had an eye condition that untreated could have left her blind. The girls are bouncy and blended into their new family, which includes Alison, 15, and Daniel 12. Their neighborhood pals include blended siblings in the Stewart household nearby. Kayla and Chad Stewart, both 37, had four biological children, all girls, before they adopted twins Matthew and Mark, now 6, from Liberia four years ago. “They were only 11 pounds (Matthew) and 18 pounds (Mark) when they came to us,” Kayla Stewart said. For comparison, she notes U.S. babies 2 months old weigh 11 pounds. “About a year-and-a-half after Matthew and Mark were with us – they told me to sit down first – the adoption agency called,” she continued. “One day they found out (the boys) had a brother and three weeks later they found out there were more.” That was two years ago, and those youngsters are now 9 and 7. Chad Stewart, a digital animator with Sony Pictures Imageworks in Culver City will travel to Liberia in the coming days to meet the boys’ biological father. `Missing pieces’ “My plan is to try to fill out the missing pieces of the story for my boys,” Chad Stewart said. “When they’re older, to try to give them some answers: what their mom was like – she died the day after the twins were born – what their dad is like, the history of when they were there, the events going on around them.” The record will be mainly audio, but Stewart will bring an MP3 recorder and a digital camera with some video capacity. He plans to write a book detailing the trip. An armful of vaccinations have prepared his body for the experience, but his mind is another matter. “The farthest I’ve been out of the country is Niagara Falls or Tijuana,” he said. According to the CIA World Factbook, Liberia was settled in the 1800s by slaves freed from the United States and experienced political upheaval, dictatorial rule, revolt and civil war. It notes the “security situation is still volatile and the process of rebuilding the social and economic structure of this war-torn country remains sluggish.” At last, a brother The Paris daughters were escorted to America by a Liberian pastor who works for Angels Haven Outreach, the local nonprofit agency that assists with international adoptions. The Paris plan to travel to Uganda on April 28 to appear in court and handle the logistics for the safe passage of Jay – known as J.J. – a 31/2-year-old boy found abandoned on the road and taken to an orphanage when he was about 7 weeks old. “I’m excited about it,” Daniel Pari said. “I won’t be the only boy. I can teach him different things.” Alison chimed in, “(Yeah), how to make armpit noises!” Someday Jlatu and Armie can tell J.J. about how their dad died from cholera and their mom, unable to care for them, put them up for adoption. The two boys will share a bedroom, and the three girls share a room in the three-bedroom home. To emphasize the bonds of family life the Paris have simplified their schedule, eliminating cable TV service in favor of watching videos and DVDs and casting off sports and clubs, except for an after-school Bible study program at a local elementary school. Daniel’s favorite pastime is whittling, and the girls’ favorite is universal. “We’ll spend a whole Saturday just doing hair,” Cheryl, 40, said. Armie recalled life before Valencia, when she could not sleep over at her grandma’s house because the roof had so many holes. “It rained a lot,” she said. “We had to use buckets over our heads.” The girls saved their traveling outfits from Liberia, sewed by the great-grandmother. “Jlati’s fits me.” Adoptions controversy The cost of caring for the children over a lifetime is born by the adoptive families, but the cost to adopt the sisters was roughly $20,000. Ian Pari said the U.S. government provides a generous income tax credit for adoptive families but they must spend the money first. He likened the nine- to 12-month lead time before the kids arrived to viewing an ultrasound. “You have the photos but you don’t have the kid,” he said. The 3-year-old Vietnamese boy Jolie adopted this week from an orphanage will join her and Pitt’s other children, adoptees from Cambodia and Ethiopia and a biological daughter who’s nearly 1. Cheryl Pari said she’s concerned celebrity exposure brings international adoptions into controversy. “There are millions of children who have nowhere to go,” she said. “That anyone would step up and care for an orphan, I’m thankful for that.” Closer to home, an official at The Master’s College has his own international brood. “Our house is like the United Nations!” said Mark Tatlock, vice president for student life at the school. The couple has two biological children, boys 5 and 7, an adoptive daughter from China, 3, and they plan to adopt a boy and girl, an infant and 3-year-old, from Uganda. Three-year-old Paul is friends with J.J. At the small Christian liberal arts college, Tatlock teaches international ministries and missions and urban ministry, focusing on caring for at-risk children worldwide. “I believe God calls us to care for those children,” he said. The students followed the zigs and zags of the Tatlock’s adoption stories. Tatlock met the Paris about a year ago at a community seminar on adoption the Paris had organized. Tatlock said about five families at the college have adopted internationally and he knows nearly 30 families who’ve adopted children – mostly worldwide – in the past three years. The Pari family celebrates “Gotcha Day” every Aug. 19, to commemorate the arrivals of Jlatu and Armie. And Jlatu was counting the minutes on Thursday till her braces were removed. Asked the first forbidden food she will eat: “Gum!” The three years have been a blur for the family. “I remember we picked them up at the airport but sometimes I forget I didn’t give birth to them,” Cheryl said, after viewing the airport arrival tape. “People who’ve gone to Uganda and met Jay say he’s a Pari.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ian Pari, a senior traffic engineer for the city, and his wife, Cheryl, who home-schools the kids, are among a growing number of local couples who eschew a suburban manse brimming with goodies in favor of sharing their possessions and following religious beliefs that call for helping those less fortunate. “In the Old Testament, God talks about caring for orphans. There are a lot of orphans in the world,” Ian Pari, 44, said. “Through personal meditation and prayer … my reasons for not wanting to adopt – selfish reasons, I didn’t want my lifestyle to be impacted – once I put those thoughts aside, I thought `We have so much to share.”‘ Like many newlyweds, the couple talked 20 years ago about how many biological kids they desired: two. If they wanted more, they’d adopt someday. After becoming born-again Christians in the late 1990s and finding their kids were self-sufficient, their desire to adopt and the pool of prospective adoptees grew a lot larger. Some ask why an international adoption. “I have limited resources, have a certain income, my house is only so big, where are orphans in the greatest need?” Pari said. “Without question, it’s the continent of Africa.” SANTA CLARITA Heard the one about the traffic engineer who has no car? Punchline: Why? Because his wife needs the family minivan to cart around their two biological kids, two adopted daughters from war-torn Liberia and soon, in the remaining empty seat, an adopted son from Uganda. Huh? Shades of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Santa Clarita? No. last_img
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A change for the better at Quartz Hill

first_imgQuartz Hill center Troy Ross can recall a time when his life, let alone his basketball career, did not appear so promising. All he must do, he admits, is look back to his days as a 15-year-old freshman at Jefferson High in South Central Los Angeles. “I was just involved with the wrong people back then,” the senior recollects. “I didn’t play ball at all. There were some things I needed to get away from and I came to Quartz Hill to start a better life.” Ross, who averages team highs of 18 points and 13.6 rebounds for the Rebels this year, was immersed in the violent gang scene in Los Angeles. Schoolwork was of secondary importance and his grades dropped so low, just graduating high school seemed like a challenge. But despite the moderate success, Ross still experienced setbacks. According to Highland coach Jeff Smith, Ross was known to lose his temper in games, complaining to officials and at times berating teammates. It was not until Quartz Hill defeated Highland of Palmdale 60-44 Jan. 6 that Smith noticed a difference in Ross. “Troy has really matured a lot this year as a person and a player,” Smith said. “He is still very powerful and he will not back down to anyone, but it seems like he has learned to contain his temper this year.” Ross, who Nichter considers still too raw to be considered a legitimate Division I prospect, has 14 double-doubles in his first 19 games this year, surpassing the five double-doubles he had in 26 games last year. With their top two scorers from last year – Lawrence Tyson (24.4 points per game) and Nate Forte (17.6) – lost to graduation the Rebels (9-10, 2-2) have already lost more games overall and in league than they did last year. But Quartz Hill defeated league-favorite Lancaster (11-7, 3-0) 70-64 Dec. 21 in the San Fernando Valley Tournament. The Rebels will face Lancaster twice this year in league – Jan. 13 at Lancaster and Feb. 3 at Quartz Hill. More importantly to Ross, though, than his 14 double-doubles and his success on the basketball court is the fact that he now boasts a grade-point average better than 3.0 and is finally on pace to graduate on time. Along with his family and teammates, much of Ross’ gratitude goes to Nichter. “Coach Nichter has helped me so much,” Ross said. “He’s like another dad to me. I call him all the time about anything.” It is a soft side that Nichter has seen many times before and the reason he and Ross have bonded so well over the past few years. “Troy has a big heart and he’s really a good kid,” Nichter said. “He’s got a tough exterior and all, but he’s a big softie.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita But Ross relocated to Quartz Hill with his family as a sophomore and began attending Quartz Hill High. While assimilating to his new home, Ross began the arduous task of making up the requisite classes to graduate. In the process, Ross’ 6-foot-5, 274-pound frame caught the attention of boys’ basketball coach Bernard Nichter. Initially skeptical of Ross’ inexperience and his troubled background in Los Angeles, it did not take long for Nichter to notice Ross’ potential on an off the court. “I’ll be honest,” Nichter recalls. “I really didn’t think too much of Troy’s (basketball ability) at first. If you would have told me he’d be this good a few years ago, I would have called you crazy. “But what I always like to do in evaluating talent,” he continued, “is play with the kid before I judge him. When I played with Troy for the first time, I realized he was impossible to move. I’ve never coached anybody so naturally strong.” By his junior year at Quartz Hill, Ross was playing a significant role on a Rebels team that finished 19-7 overall and first place in the Golden League at 9-1. Ross averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game. last_img read more

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FA to name Sam Allardyce as England manager in next 24 hours

first_imgSam Allardyce will be named the new England manager in the next 24 hours, outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed.A three-man panel comprising chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth decided on Allardyce after an interview with the Sunderland boss last week.The appointment will be ratified at an FA board meeting on Thursday before an an official announcement is madeAsked if Allardyce was the man for the job Dyke told Sky Sports News: “Clearly the three-man group are convinced he’s the right man and I go along with that, yes.“We appointed a three-man committee to go out and look at all the candidates, come back with a recommendation who they thought was the best man. They’ve taken that decision and obviously we’ll agree with them.“I think you’d have to ask them but as far as I understand it that’s the discussion.”Allardyce will leave Sunderland just three weeks before the start of the new Premier League season, leaving the Black Cats unhappy with the FA’s handling of the situation.In a statement released minutes after their 3-0 friendly victory at Hartlepool on Wednesday night, the club said: “Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.“We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.”Allardyce arrived at Victoria Park on the team coach shortly after 6pm on Wednesday and, after signing autographs, watched the first half from the dugout.With his side 3-0 up through Jermain Defoe’s double either side of a Wahbi Khazri strike, he changed the entire XI at the break, but did not return to the bench and is understood to have left the stadium at around 9pm.His appointment as England boss will end a long wait for the former Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham manager’s dream job with Steve McClaren having beaten him to it a decade ago. 1 Sam Allardyce last_img read more

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Round-up: QPR eye another signing, Mourinho works on defence, Bees signing close

first_imgQPR are aiming to wrap up the signing of Gabriele Angella after Daniel Tozser’s arrival was confirmed on Friday.Tozser (pictured above), who spent last season on loan at Watford from Parma, has signed a two-year deal with the R’s, who want bring Hornets centre-back Gabriele Angella to Loftus Road as well.Fans on Twitter have been discussing QPR’s pursuit of the duo – both players have been widely praised by Watford supporters.Meanwhile, Sandro has reported to the club’s training ground after finally returning to the country following problems with his work permit.Sandro has been warned he will have to battle for a place in the side by head coach Chris Ramsey, who has insisted the club would have been “silly” not to grant Leon Best a trial – the striker has been training with Rangers.Sandro rejoined the QPR squad at their training ground on FridayRamsey’s side face Huddersfield on Saturday and could be without Karl Henry, who is expecting the birth of his child.Chelsea have conceded a total of seven goals in their opening three Premier League matches and boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he has been working on their defending ahead of the game against Crystal Palace.Mourinho has also refused to confirm the Blues are looking to sign China right-back Zhang Linpeng from Guangzhou Evergrande.Mourinho is keen for his team to tighten up at the backChelsea’s Under-21s were in action on Friday, drawing 2-2 with Norwich in front of a crowd of more than 9.000 at Carrow Road.Fulham and Brentford are both looking to further add to their squads ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.Brentford are set to sign Austria international Marco Djuricin from Red Bull Salzburg on a season-long loan, while Fulham have re-signed left-back James Husband on loan from Middlesbrough with Fernando Amorebieta moving to Teesside as part of the deal.Fulham remain interested in Nottingham Forest’s Michael Mancienne and have also made an enquiry about Lyon centre-back Bakary Kone.And Whites goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli will have surgery next week on his injured knee.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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