World Series champion Astros hold off on White House talk

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnick celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — The World Series champion Houston Astros have not made the decision yet on whether they will visit the White House to meet with President Donald Trump if an invitation is extended.“We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortly before the team left for a celebratory parade through downtown Houston on Friday. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins and Clemson Tigers have all visited the White House in recent months to be congratulated by the president for their titles. The Golden State Warriors did not make the trip after being disinvited by Trump. The president has been outspoken for weeks about his opposition to players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.Following the Astros’ 5-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday night, Trump tweeted his congratulations to the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Astros also agreed to terms with New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada to replace Alex Cora as bench coach. Cora was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Pistorius case returns as prosecutors seek longer sentence Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours World Series MVP George Springer said his grandfather worked in Washington for years and he has respect for what a visit to the White House would mean.“That’s the most historic place in our country, it stands for a lot, it means a lot to a lot of people,” Springer said. “If the team goes I’m going. I’m not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. … I understand the stuff that’s been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn’t anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I’ll go.”Also on Friday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team had exercised the options of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and utility man Marwin Gonzalez. Altuve’s option is for $6 million and Gonzalez’s for $5,125,000.Altuve led the majors with a .346 average and hit 24 homers with 81 RBIs. Gonzalez batted .303 with 23 homers and a team-leading 90 RBIs.Houston also has a 2019 option on Altuve for $6.5 million.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHinch said he believes that the Astros should savor their accomplishment, but a decision on a White House visit would need to wait.“What comes out of this moving forward on the political side or what we do or don’t do or what sports has turned into, to kind of representing the country’s tone — that’ll be decided in time,” he said. “We’re not going to allow anything to polarize this moment that we want to celebrate with our fans.” View commentslast_img read more

Expired Bail Sends Defendant to Jail

first_imgDrama occurred yesterday afternoon in the Criminal Court ‘C’ when defendant James Togba, who had been earlier released on bail, learned that he would be spending the night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison upon the instruction of Judge Blamo Dixon.Judge Dixon’s action came immediately after state lawyers brought to the attention of the court that defendant Togba’s previous bail keeping him from going to jail had expired.Togba is charged with misapplication of entrusted property in connection to the disappearance of US$54,570 from Korea Trading Corporation where he had worked.The company which sells vehicles and spare parts is owned by a Korean businessman, Choi Hungchi. It all started yesterday after Togba sat quietly in the docket behind his legal team, purposely to answer to his indictment for the first time since he was charged.Before Judge Dixon could instruct his clerk to read the charge to him, the prosecution raised an objection and said the exercise should not go no because the criminal appearance bond, on which the court temporarily released defendant Togba from jail, had expired.The defense team did not notice that the bond had expired and argued that the state was given a statutory period to challenge it, but failed to do when they asked the court to dismiss the case.It was after the argument that Judge Dixon declared defendant Togba to file a valid bond either in cash, property valuation or insurance; or upon his failure to do so before the close of the day, he should be detained at the Monrovia Central Prison. The Judge said that on August 20, this year, Togba’s legal team posted a bail, along with a tax clearance from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning with a 90-day expiration period.“The 90 days commenced from August 20 up to November 20 which marked the expiration of the 90-day period for the validity of said bond,” Judge Dixon said.“This means that defendant Togba does not have a bond before the court. The tax clearance at the ministry has a provision for a bond period of 90 to 360 days, which the defendant chose and paid for 90 days, and the case has not started yet, but the 90 days has expired so he has no bond before the court,” Judge Dixon clarified. In his complaint, the Korean businessman alleged that Togba, while in the employ of his company, was responsible to manage car sales, spare parts, tires among others. Togba, Mr. Hungchi further alleged, was also one of the signatories to his company’s account. The Korean businessman further said that as a result of the Ebola Virus outbreak he left the country and unfortunately, upon his return to Liberia, he allegedly discovered that Togba had sold most of the vehicles and subsequently pocketed the proceeds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B.C. Fire Overview

first_imgThe B.C. Forest Service has made short work of the largest blaze reported in the Province so far this summer.The Lakit Mountain fire, which covers about 3.5 square km near Fort Steele, east of Cranbrook, is now 90% contained. Helicopters and air tankers bombarded the fire with water and retardant last night after flames jumped Highways 93 and 95, cutting off travel between Fort Steele and the town of Wasa, 20 km north.Several other fires were sparked yesterday in the Southern Interior, including a 10 hectare fire near Lumby, east of Vernon, and a small blaze caused by an abandoned campfire near the historic Myra Canyon outside Kelowna.- Advertisement -All this fire activity may have you wondering how the Peace Region is faring, having received less than 30% of normal precipitation in the past 2 months. However, a Fire Information Officer with the Prince George Fire Centre says that, so far, everything is pretty much under control in this region.Jillian Chimko says the danger level remains high in the Peace, and she’s expecting more warm, dry weather over the next week, with the possibility of lightning over the weekend. Chimko also confirms some local crews have headed South to help out with the fires in Southern B.C. [asset|aid=130|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=chimko_1_Pub.mp3] Chimko adds that when facing warm weather as we are right now, it’s particularly important to keep a close eye on those campfires.last_img read more

Memphis zigs past Zags in OT

first_imgat No. 21 Boston College 72 Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 points and Ty Lawson had 13 points with seven assists and six rebounds to lead North Carolina. No. 6 Texas A&M 56, at Oklahoma 49 Joseph Jones and Acie Law scored 21 points apiece and Texas A&M rebounded from its second conference loss to beat Oklahoma. At No. 9 Kansas 92, Nebraska 39 Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur scored 13 points apiece and Kansas handed Nebraska one of the worst defeats in its history. At No. 11 Nevada 79, Northern Iowa 64 Kyle Shiloh scored all 16 of his points in the final 20 minutes and Nevada opened the second half with a big run. Nevada started the second half with a 22-4 spurt. Louisville 61, at No. 12 Marquette 59 Jerry Smith hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give Louisville a comeback victory and its second road victory of the week against a ranked opponent. No. 14 Georgetown 58, at Villanova 55 Jeff Green scored 19 points and hit the game-winner with 19.8 seconds left to lift Georgetown to its ninth consecutive victory. The Hoyas (20-5, 10-2) moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for the Big East lead. No. 16 S. Illinois 68, at No. 13 Butler 64 Jamaal Tatum scored 20 points and Southern Illinois stopped Butler’s 22-game home winning streak. At No. 17 Air Force 67, Colorado State 58 Dan Nwaelele returned from a first-half ankle injury and finished with 18 points to help Air Force extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 30. Missouri 75, at No. 18 Oklahoma St. 64 Keon Lawrence scored 18 points and Matt Lawrence had 15 off five 3-pointers as Missouri earned its first victory over a ranked foe under first-year coach Mike Anderson. At No. 25 Alabama 72, No. 20 Kentucky 61 Richard Hendrix had 16 points and nine rebounds and Alabama handed the Wildcats their third consecutive loss. At No. 23 West Virginia 81, Seton Hall 71 Frank Young scored seven of his 18 points during a key second-half run for West Virginia. At Michigan 58, No. 24 Indiana 55 Dion Harris had 16 points and Jerret Smith made up for a key turnover with a pair of late free throws for Michigan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Tigers (23-3) led 76-75 on Jeremy Hunt’s 3, but Hunt fouled Abdullahi Kuso with 17.6 seconds left and Kuso sank both to put Gonzaga ahead, 77-76. At No. 3 Wisconsin 75, Penn St. 49 Alando Tucker shook off a slow start and scored 22 points to lead Wisconsin. No. 4 North Carolina 77, “We needed that win. We needed to find out who could make plays in these situations,” Calipari said. Calipari’s one regret was that the Tigers eased up a bit defensively in the second half, allowing Gonzaga to climb back into the game. center_img SPOKANE, Wash. – Nonconference didn’t mean unimportant to Memphis coach John Calipari. For the Tigers, winning at Gonzaga was huge. Chris Douglas-Roberts provided the game-winning play, slashing across the key to hit a one-handed layup with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime as No. 8 Memphis edged Gonzaga 78-77 on Saturday for its 15th consecutive victory. last_img read more

Buttafuoco leaves L.A. County Jail

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Buttafuoco was running an auto body shop on New York’s Long Island in 1992 when his 17-year-old lover, Amy Fisher, shot his wife in the face as she answered the door at the couple’s home. SAN FERNANDO – Joey Buttafuoco, whose 17-year-old lover shot his wife in the face more than a decade ago, was released from jail after serving three months for illegally possessing ammunition, authorities said. Buttafuoco, 50, walked out of Los Angeles County Jail just before 9a.m. Saturday, according to the Sheriff’s Department Web site. His release was first reported by the syndicated television program “The Insider.” Buttafuoco pleaded no contest in July to illegally possessing ammunition. The case stemmed from a search of his Chatsworth home in 2005 by the Los Angeles County Probation Department. At the time, Buttafuoco was on probation for a felony insurance fraud conviction. Prosecutors had said that Buttafuoco, who co-owned a San Fernando Valley auto body shop, told undercover investigators how to file false claims and cheat insurance companies. last_img read more

Fiorentina seeking permanent deal for Chelsea man

first_imgChelsea will receive an offer for the full transfer of midfielder Mohamed Salah from Fiorentina in the summer after his stunning impact in Italy.The winger is currently on a season-long loan at the Serie A side and has hit the ground running with three league goals from two starts and four sub appearances.The Egyptian has also captured the hearts of the fans – who he has been posting photos of himself with – as well as the press around the club.Salah is only 22 and Fiorentina would have the chance of getting him on another loan next season as Chelsea are not afraid of farming out their youngsters for prolonged periods, as proved by Gael Kakuta and Josh McEachran’s continued absences from Stamford Bridge.But Fiorentina are not interested in simply harvesting Salah’s talents short-term and would prefer to tie up a transfer for him as soon as possible, according to reports in Italy. Mohamed Salah 1last_img read more

‘I don’t know what has happened’ – Koeman admits Southampton could lose out on Toby Alderweireld

first_img Southampton manager Ronald Koeman 1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted the club may lose out in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld, amid reports Tottenham are close to landing the defender.The Belgium international spent a successful loan spell at St Mary’s last season and the Saints were expected to complete a permanent £6.8million deal this summer, after it was understood Atletico failed to cancel his buy-out clause in time.But Alderweireld’s performances last term also attracted interest from the likes of Tottenham, who have reportedly had an £11m bid accepted by the Spanish outfit, despite Southampton having first refusal as part of their loan agreement.And, with Southampton believing they are entitled to purchase the Belgian centre-back, a frustrated Koeman insists Alderweireld was keen to stay with the south coast club.“Southampton signed an option for the player and Atletico Madrid is trying to take back the option,” said the Saints boss.“In our knowledge this was too late and what happened with Tottenham in the middle, I don’t know.“The player told us he was very happy about Southampton. We mentioned to the player that we would like to continue and that was the case to Atletico Madrid and what happened after, I don’t know.”last_img read more

With Mourinho incoming, Man United backed to win the title next season – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England started their preparations for Euro 2016 with a 2-1 win over Turkey at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and the Three Lions are 17/2 fourth favourites to lift the trophy this summer.Manchester United, meanwhile, are set to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager and news of the Special One’s impending arrival has seen the Red Devils backed into 6/1 to win the Premier League next season.United’s rivals City, however, are the 15/8 favourites to clinch the 2016/17 title with Pep Guardiola incoming.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_imgSOUTH DONEGAL BRANCH OF THE IRISH PONY CLUB NOTESWe are holding an Information Night for prospective members, renewing members and their parents on Friday, 5th February, at 7.30pm at MW Stables, Parkfarm, Murterneese, Doorin, Mountcharles, Co. Donegal. We are currently accepting new members, to join our current members for a year of fun with your pony and to make new friends. Pony Club offers everything from rallies (days of instruction of riding in the various disciplines, stable management and games); competitions at local, area, national and international level, tests that build confidence in riding as well as the care of the pony in youngsters, to an extremely high standard offering a stepping stone into equine careers; equine and countryside proficiency badges and maybe the biggest event of the year is the annual camp. The objectives of the Irish Pony Club are:To encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding.To provide instruction in riding and horsemanship, and to instil in members the proper care of their animals.To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.The Irish Pony Club endeavours to promote and encourage horsemanship and loyalty in a safe and fun atmosphere for all its members and volunteers.Open to boys and girls up to 23 years of ageFor more information ring: Janet Deane, 087 6123214 or Ann Conaghan, 086 0522834IRISH PONY CLUB HOLDING INFO NIGHT FOR SOUTH DONEGAL BRANCH was last modified: January 23rd, 2016 by John2Share 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:pony clubSouth Donegallast_img read more


first_imgLifford Athletic Club has confirmed that it is in negotiations with Strabane Track Club about the possible amalgamation of the two clubs.Over the past number of months, the Club Executive has been exploring opportunities with Strabane Track Club about joining together as one cross border club.Not only does this have the opportunity to create a bit of sporting history in athletics on this part of the island, but it also has the potential to create one of the biggest and strongest clubs in the North West.Lifford Athletic Club has had a long and distinguished record of promoting and developing athletics in the area since its formation in 1968. For nearly 50 years, the club has had a record second to none of developing top class athletes, many of whom have gone on to compete on the international stage.In recent years, it has evolved into a club which is not only achieving outstanding results at juvenile and senior level, but it has one of the biggest recreational running groups in the country through the success of its Fit4Life programme.While Lifford AC is now the second biggest club in Donegal, a possible amalgamation with Strabane Track Club has the potential to create the biggest athletic club on this part of the island.Over the past three years, the club has been working on a cross border basis to promote and develop athletics both in schools and in the community. The club has also worked in close co-operation with Derry and Strabane District Council to develop two hugely successful cross border road race events, the Riverine 10K and the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon.Earlier this year, the Half Marathon in only its second year attracted record numbers to the area, an event which has the potential to grow into one of the premier sporting events in the North West.Both races evolved from an initiative to promote cross border and cross community partnerships, with significant success already achieved through the hosting of both events.Strabane Track Club also has a long and distinguished record in athletics development, it being one of the oldest athletic clubs in Ulster stretching back to the 1940’s and club of choice for Donegal athletes prior to new club formations in the county during the 1960’s.In recent years, the Strabane club has also produced a constant stream of top class athletes and in particular, an impeccable tradition in the throws events. Both clubs have traditionally recognised and respected each other’s boundaries for attracting members.However, over the past number of years, the Lifford Club has seen it attracting many members from Strabane and further afield, including Newtownstewart, Ballymagorry, Clady, Sion Mills, Donemana, Castlederg and Plumbridge. The makeup of the Lifford club now sees approximately 50% of its members from West Tyrone, with the balance of our membership spreading right across East Donegal. The timing has never been better to explore opportunities for the development of one cross border club. We recognise the many opportunities that the development of one club would bring for membership, facilities sharing, and achieving economies of scale through the shared use of resources. A single club would also pull together the coaching expertise of the two existing clubs, creating a Centre of Excellence in the area for developing athletes and creating appropriate training structures for all levels of athletic ability. We are also cognisant of the really positive impact that an amalgamated club could make on promoting cross border and cross community co-operation across East Donegal and West Tyrone.Over the coming weeks, an application will be made to both the Donegal and Ulster Athletic Councils for the recognition of an amalgamated cross border club. If approved, this will be one further hurdle cleared towards a possible amalgamation.Negotiations will continue with Strabane Track Club around other issues of mutual concern, which, if overcome, could lead to an official launch of the new club before Christmas. We are grateful to the members of our own club and to the Executive of Strabane Track Club for the positive engagement already undertaken, which we hope will lead to a successful outcome over the coming weeks and months.LIFFORD AND STRABANE ATHLETIC CLUBS CONSIDERING JOINING FORCES was last modified: August 20th, 2015 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:donegalLIfford AClast_img read more