Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo is “very calm” amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I’ll respond to how I’ve seen Ronaldo. He’s very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else — which was needed after four intense months,” Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. “Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.“I see Cristiano very serene and calm and that’s what I’m basing this on,” Allegri said when asked if the alleged rape case might affect Ronaldo’s performance in the long run. “For the rest of it, it’s not my job to respond because they are private matters and it’s only right that I don’t respond.”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 ChrissAllegri added that Ronaldo will play in an Italian Cup match at Bologna on Saturday.“He’ll play tomorrow. We’ll see about when and how,” Allegri said. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, downplayed the DNA development, denied the rape allegation and called evidence collection common in any investigation. He added Thursday that “what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request.”Las Vegas police said in a statement that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the player. Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said the request involved a warrant.The Italian justice ministry, Turin police and the U.S. embassy in Rome had no immediate comment.After the Bologna game, Ronaldo and Juventus are scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Italian Super Cup against AC Milan.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LA Tenorio wants to retire with Ginebra Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
LOS ANGELES – Josh Shipp’s recollection of Showtime was Magic Johnson leading fastbreaks that ended in dunks and layups. Arron Afflalo wears No. 4 because, as a grade schooler, he watched videos of the Lakers dynasty and was enamored with Byron Scott and the team’s up-and-down style of basketball. Influenced by this basketball backdrop, UCLA heads into the postseason led by a balding coach who has made grunting, lateral defensive slides and rebounding relevant factors in the team’s success. UCLA enters today’s Pacific-10 Conference tournament as the top seed and the overwhelming favorite. The Bruins enjoy that role not because of grace and style and sublime athleticism, but because of teamwork, commitment, rebounding and coach Ben Howland’s calling card – defense. The run ‘n gun style employed by Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, a former UCLA assistant, plays to the aesthetically pleasing Hollywood tableau. But fans embraced Howland’s rigid defensive philosophy, which, when it comes to artistry, is more Theo Van Gogh than it is his more famous brother, Vincent. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing,” Howland said. “People, players, fans, they want to win.” Despite a lackluster nonconference home schedule in which a road atlas was needed to find the locations of many of the opponents, the Bruins averaged 10,428 per game at Pauley Pavilion. It is the highest average since 1997-98. If the essence of Hollywood was crystallized in sport, it was through those high-flyin’, fast-breakin’, no-look passin’ Lakers under three-peat entrepreneur and movie star-handsome coach Pat Riley. Even the Lakers of the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal era, led by zen master Phil Jackson, were as much Hollywood soap opera as they were NBA champions. “You think of USC football and you think of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and more TV-type stuff, and we’re not like that,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard and leading scorer at 17.2 points per game. “I think (fans) have come to expect us as winners. I think that’s what it is. “I don’t think they come to the game to see us defend well. They don’t come to the game to see us get up and down and dunk all day. Honestly, I think they enjoy us winning.” Howland cannot recall a light-switch moment in which he realized the importance of defense, but he remembers playing one-on-one basketball in the Goleta boys’ club, and understanding what it took to win. It is a philosophy Howland never forgot. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jackson added that a player entering the stands normally results in a suspension of “double-digit games.” NEW YORK – New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended five games by the NBA on Thursday for entering the stands during a game at Chicago to confront a fan he thought was harassing his wife. “At the end of the day, what we had to decide on was the issue of Antonio breaking the barrier from the court into the stands,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said during a conference call. “At the end of the day, that was the most important aspect of making that decision.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Leaping into record territory, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline crossed $3 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, pushed by refinery woes and international intrigue. Nuclear nervousness in Iran, unrest in Nigeria, unrelenting demand in China, India and the Middle East all combined to drive oil to a record $72.17 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. Since that’s the major component of the cost of fueling up, experts see more woes for drivers’ wallets in the near future. After rising 35 cents in the last month, industry watchers believe a gallon of gasoline could shoot up another 25 to 30 cents in the next few weeks. “It doesn’t show any signs of slowing down at this point,” said Marie Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California, which reported the $3 figure on its FuelGaugeReport.com Web site. “It went up 2.5 cents overnight, which is pretty sharp. We think it’ll be a couple more weeks of price increases before this lets up. This is going to make driving really expensive.” “I don’t see them going down anytime soon, especially as long as crude oil keeps increasing,” he cautioned. “This is a time to be thinking of ways to save. If we can cut the demand a bit, that should help insulate us from those kinds of price increases. Not only do you help your wallet, you’re helping the system.” That help will need to come soon, according to Denton Cinquegrana, West Coast markets editor for the Oil Price Information Service, an independent market research company in New Jersey. He sees another 30 cents in increases before pump prices hit the ceiling, as drivers take spring trips and take advantage of good weather. “Honestly, I hope I’m wrong, but based on where the spot market is right now, you’re looking at $3.20 to $3.30,” Cinquegrana said. “When people say, enough is enough, I’m not driving any more, then prices will go down. There’s no down side to conservation.” email@example.com (818) 713-3738160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnd perhaps quickly, according to Andre van der Valk, who owns four local gasoline stations and serves as president of the Automotive Trade Organizations of California. He watched the spot price of gasoline shoot up 20 cents in a day on Tuesday, which invariably works its way into higher prices for drivers. At his Shell station in North Hills, he’s charging $3.05 a gallon for regular and figures he could have to raise the price to nearly $3.20 at his two independent stations in Ventura. At those prices, he’s making around 10 cents a gallon, but worries about upsetting price-sensitive consumers. “It’s almost offensive to me,” van der Valk said. “When things occurred last year (after the hurricanes), the consumer could say, yeah I understand, but now people are teed off. They’re walking in, saying things like, how dare they?” In California, a combination of planned maintenance and unexpected refinery shutdowns made the always-precarious market even tighter in the last week. The state’s Energy Commission reported Wednesday that refineries produced an average 854,286 barrels a day last week, off 10.3 percent from the previous week and 9.1 percent below the same period a year ago. Even when production’s back online, however, Energy Commission spokesman Rob Schlichting warned that consumers would have to cut demand to influence a drop in pump prices.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! School is too often the sole refuge for inner-city children – children whose innocence is continuously threatened by the chaos that surrounds them. In my five years as an elementary school teacher in South Los Angeles, three events have been etched in my memory as examples of the battles these young people have to face. The first took place in a kindergarten classroom. A young boy was disrupting the class with his frequent interruptions and stubborn refusal to remain in his seat. This in and of itself was nothing remarkable; I’m sure even Albert Einstein had his share of timeouts in the corner. What shocked me was overhearing the boy refer to another girl in the class as a “bitch.” It turned out that this 5-year-old child was reciting gangster-rap lyrics as if they were nursery rhymes. The second incident occurred during my first year of teaching. My wife was visiting my fifth-grade classroom one day and helping a group of students with math problems at a back table. The subject of jail came up, perhaps because the father of one of the little girls had just been released from prison. I’ll never forget my wife’s description of the shock on the children’s faces when she told them that she didn’t know anyone who had ever been arrested. The final scene involved a different group of fifth-graders. It was my first day taking over for the previous teacher, who hadn’t been able to control the students and left after only a few weeks. I remember looking at the handful of well-behaved students who were sitting quietly in their seats as I tried to discipline the rest of the class. I sneaked a peek at the emergency roster on my desk and was astounded to learn that these students were the only ones in the class who had a father living at home. The late Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote in 1965 that “a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken homes, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any rational expectation about the future … that community asks for and gets chaos.” At the time, about one in four black children were born out of wedlock. Today’s rate is 70 percent. We would be foolish, however, to believe that this is only a problem in the African-American community. The Hispanic illegitimacy rate is over 40 percent while the rate for whites is quickly approaching 25 percent. This trend bodes ill for America’s inner cities. High crime, poor education and drugs have become seemingly intractable problems. But they can be solved – one home at a time. Having a male role model in the house can mean the difference between a future life of poverty and crime and one of success. This is in no way meant to diminish the role of the mother in a child’s life, but single mothers face tremendous challenges trying to juggle the responsibilities of home and work. It is essential for young children to see a male figure follow the law and stay out of jail, wake up every morning and go to work, and come home at night and treat his wife with respect. And the statistics bear this out: 71 percent of all high-school dropouts, 85 percent of youths in jail and 85 percent of all children who exhibit behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. Luckily my fond memories of teaching overwhelm the bad ones. Male elementary school teachers are almost in as short supply as fathers. For that reason, I am often looked upon as a father figure by some of the children. I feel like one, too, especially after seeing the relief in my students’ eyes when I follow through on something I have promised them. Or when they come and hug me as I walk across the playground. There is no doubt in their young minds of the importance of men in their lives. We shouldn’t have any doubt, either. Aaron Hanscom has taught for the LAUSD since 2001. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh has slammed claims that small schools across Donegal are in danger of closing down.Deputy Joe McHughIt follows a meeting organised in Carndonagh to express concerns that some smaller schools are in serious threat of closure or amalgamation.The meeting was organised by the Fianna Fail party and addressed by Inishowen Deputy Charlie McConalogue. Reacting to the meeting, which was attended by up to 200 people, Deputy McHugh said he welcomed meetings on the education system in Donegal.“I wholly welcome public meetings to help inform the public and answer questions they might have on a particular subject, especially when it is focused on as serious and important a topic as education and small schools.“However I received a number of calls from constituents following last night’s meeting, where one person explained they were told of a “ticking time bomb” of small school closures in Donegal.“I think it is important to highlight the facts – no school at primary or post primary level has closed in Co. Donegal since 1st January 2011, while two primary schools have amalgamated. There is unilateral agreement that this is a serious issue, and we must acknowledge that minority religious schools are feeling the pressure more so than others- an issue I have raised directly with the Minister and have called for these schools to be given special consideration,” he said. He added that it is also important to remember that this is a sensitive issue, which can have a wider impact on enrolment at very good schools and that a better understanding of the situation is required.“I think it is necessary to assure parents that smaller schools are still both viable and of an equal academic standard. It is also important to remember that if the enrolment of a school drops below 8 pupils on two consecutive years, the school is closed.“Apart from that, all decisions about closing or amalgamating schools are decisions for the patron of the school, rather than the Department of Education. ”He added it is also worth highlighting that while the recent pre-budget campaign by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) was set up amid genuine fear around potential difficult modifications to the pupil/ teacher ratios, these changes did not occur and the status quo was protected in Budget 2014, as reiterated by An Taoiseach in the Dail Chamber last night.“This is despite facing serious economic challenges, through continued mismanagement and a complete dereliction of responsibility by the previous administration running the affairs of the state. ” McHUGH SLAMS CLAIMS THAT SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS ARE ‘TICKING TIME-BOMBS’ was last modified: December 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McConaloguedeputy joe mchughsmall Donegal schools
A full moon Charity Night Walk event will take place on Saturday 6th December in Glenveagh National Park at 4.30pm. This will be a family and friends event. The duration of the walk will be approx. 10Km on a easy trail walk and will take approx.2-3 hours.The walk will be open to members of the public and will raise funds for The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team. Registration for this event is by email to email@example.com FANCY A FULL MOON WALK IN AID OF THE DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM? was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal mountain rescue teamFULL MOON WLAKglenveagh national parkLYIT
Embed from Getty ImagesLeeds United manager Thomas Christiansen praised his defence after Kemar Roofe’s hat-trick clinched a 3-1 victory at QPR.Roofe was the visitors’ hero but Christensen felt the way his side dealt with Rangers’ former Leeds target man Matt Smith was crucial.“In the first half we were not good but in the second we were better and it was important to score the first goal,” Christiansen said.“The whole defensive line was much better. We’ve had five games now where we have defended better and believe we’re stronger.“They came under pressure and we defended well, because it was difficult with QPR’s direct play with Smith up front. It was a tough test for the defence.“We have had five very good performances and I’m very pleased with the team, the performance and of course the result.”Roofe scored with two close-range finishes in the second half and then sealed Leeds’ win with an injury-time strike after a terrible mistake by keeper Felix Wiedwald led to a freak goal for Pawel Wszolek.Wszolek played the ball into the box, where Wiedwald misjudged the bounce and was unable to prevent the ball crossing the line after it sailed over his head.But Christiansen defended the German, who atoned by producing a fine save to deny Idrissa Sylla.Christiansen said: “Thanks saving two or three opportunities. OK he made a mistake, but he didn’t cost us points.“It’s very important for the confidence for us to win away. Last season we lost 3-0 at QPR but have showed we have learnt.“I had belief in the team when we were in the top six and when we were out.”See also:Holloway planning to make changes after QPR lose againScowen injury concerns allayed as QPR boss explains substitutionsQPR v Leeds player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
OAKLAND — Frankie Montas took the mound Saturday night for the Athletics, and had the full support of his teammates.As usual.Montas improved his record to 9-2, giving up two runs with one walk and nine strikeouts in six innings in an 11-2 win by the Athletics over the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum before a crowd of 14,846.By the time Yusmeiro Petit took over in the seventh, the Athletics had a nine-run lead. Montas entered the game fifth in the American League in run support with 7.11 …
8 December 2008Henrik Stenson roared into a first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a record-equalling nine-under-par 63, and the Swede never let up over the remaining three rounds, racing away to a huge nine-shot victory at Sun City in South Africa’s North West province on Sunday.His succes was built upon his command of the Gary Player Country Club course’s par fives, which he birdied with consistency to lower his score and bolster his lead.A week after capturing the World Cup of Golf with his fellow Nedbank Challenge competitor, Robert Karlsson, Stenson turned in a performance of such quality that the television commentators were in agreement that it would be a long time before it would be matched again.He finished on 21-under-par 267, four shots off the record held by Ernie Els, but the South African’s mark was achieved on a course that was quite different to the way it looks today.R3-million per round!The victory was worth $1.2-million for the Swede, which works out at over R3-million per round! Not bad for four day’s work!He began the final round with an eight-shot lead and proceeded to turn in the third best round of the day, a four-under-par 68. Kenny Perry, with a superb seven-under 65, was three shots better and James Kingston a shot better.It wasn’t as if the course played easily; four of the 12-man field finished with over-par totals. Stenson was simply magnificent.South African golf legend Gary Player was effusive in his praise for the Swede afterwards, telling Stenson that he believed a major title awaited him in the near future.President, sponsors thankedPlayer also thanked South African President Kgalema Motlanthe for attending the final day at Sun City and applauded sponsors Nedbank for extending their sponsorship of the event by another three years.Perry improved every round, going from a 73 to a 70 to a 68 and finally to a 65 as he rode a hot putter in the final round into second place.Robert Karlsson settled for third on nine-under-par 279 after a level-par 72 in the final round.South Africa’s bestRory Sabbatini was the best of the South African contingent of three players, finishing fourth on eight-under-par 280. His progress was undermined on the 18th hole during the third round when he doubled-bogeyed, which left him with a level-par round of 72.Sergio Garcia, whose recent superb form has propelled him to second in the world rankings, failed to fire, posting rounds of 72, 70, 72, and 70. That left him on four-under 284 for the tournament, tied with Lee Westwood, whose scores of 70, 72, 70, and 72 eerily echoed the Spaniard’s performance as they swopped 70s and 72s.SA Open champion James Kingston finished strongly with a five-under-par 67 to take him to two-under 286 for the tournament, alongside South Korea’s KJ Choi.Justin Rose, who fought a magnificent duel with Trevor Immelman for the title in 2007, couldn’t find the same kind of form and finished on two-over 290.Defending champion’s strugglesDefending champion Immelman struggled with his game and it came apart in the final round when he posted an ugly five-over-par 77 to end on 291.Luke Donald slid to a 75 over the last 18 holes and finished a shot worse off on 292, while Miguel Angel Jiminez, despite a decent three-under 69 in the last round, was last on five-over-par 293.LEADERBOARD 267 – Henrik Stenson (SWE) 63 71 65 68276 – Kenny Perry (USA) 73 70 68 65279 – Robert Karlsson (SWE) 72 68 67 72280 – Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 68 70 72 70284 – Sergio Garcia (ESP) 72 70 72 70284 – Lee Westwood (ENG) 70 72 70 72286 – James Kingston (RSA) 72 77 70 67286 – K.J. Choi (KOR) 72 67 73 74290 – Justin Rose (ENG) 73 73 72 72291 – Trevor Immelman (RSA) 72 73 69 77292 – Luke Donald (ENG) 72 74 71 75293 – Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 75 76 73 69 Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material