“I don’t see any reason why I can’t finish it off,” Calcavecchia said. After the way his week started, it was still hard to believe he was in this position. Coming off a missed cut at the Honda Classic, Calcavecchia opened with a 75 by taking 36putts, then packed his bags that evening expecting to miss the cut. But he tried out a new putter that he bought over the weekend and has been knocking in putts from everywhere. He has taken only 46 putts over the past two days, and he finished the third round strong. Calcavecchia hit a 3-iron into about 6 feet on the par-3 17th, then hit a sweeping hooking with a 7-iron out of a fairway bunker on the 18th and made a 20-foot birdie to tie the course record set by Jeff Sluman in the first round in 2004. LPGA: Meaghan Francella shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the MasterCard Classic in Huixquilucan, Mexico. European/Asian PGA: China’s Liang Wen-chong shot a 4-under 69 for a share of the third-round lead with England’s Gary Lockerbie in the Singapore Masters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mark Calcavecchia felt confident about his game and fell in love with his putter. That’s a rare combination for him, so he had a hunch that Saturday would bring him a good round in the PODS Championship. He never could have imagined this. Calcavecchia made 10 birdies and tied the Copperhead course record at Innisbrook with a 9-under 62, going from the middle of the pack to a share of the lead in Palm Harbor, Fla., with Heath Slocum, who birdied the last hole for a 67. K.J. Choi shot 67 and was another shot behind.
1 Angel di Maria Paris Saint-Germain have initiated the transfer battle for Manchester United target Angel di Maria by submitting a £48m offer for the Real Madrid winger, according to Sky Italia.Laurent Blanc, the PSG boss, is a big fan of Di Maria and has asked senior figures at the club to pull all out the stops to bring the midfielder to the French capital – and they have responded by producing an initial proposal worth around £48m.Incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has placed the 26-year-old on his shortlist of targets to reinforce the Old Trafford side, while Monaco and Juventus are also monitoring his situation closely.The former Benfica man is unsettled at the Bernabeu and his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI could be under threat next term if Real firm up their interest in Monaco’s James Rodriguez, who achieved global prominence with his spectacular showings at the World Cup for Colombia.Di Maria was an integral figure for Real as they claimed their 10th Champions League crown – he was named man of the match following the 4-1 final win against Atletico – and he has continued his good form at international level, scoring the winning goal for Argentina in their last 16 win against Switzerland.He also proved his versatility following Gareth Bale’s record-breaking move from Tottenham to the Bernabeu, successfully adapting to a central-midfield role after initially making his mark at the club as an out-and-out winger.
Summer signing Casper Sloth is delighted with how he has started his Leeds United career.The Denmark international moved to Elland Road in August from Danish side AGF for around £500,000.Since then, despite the managerial changes, Sloth has gone on to become a regular fixture in the Leeds side.And the 22-year-old has admitted that he pleased with how quickly he is finding his feet in English football.“When you come in as a new one, you never know whether you will play right from the start, but I’m glad that I’ve played every game except one. It’s very positive,” Sloth told Danish news outlet Bold.“I also feel that I have played some good matches, which has given me some credit. So far it has been very positive.” Casper Sloth 1
IRWINDALE – NASCAR’s Elite Southwest Series will begin its 21st season on Jan. 22 at Phoenix Raceway. It will hold two races at Irwindale Speedway this year. Then it will be all over. “This was not a sudden decision and is very unfortunate,” Hawk said. “Most of the emotional support (for the division) has come from the Northwest and Southwest. “But track promoters cannot justify paying for big events that don’t draw for that kind of race and thus, NASCAR and the tracks cannot sell sponsorships.” Irwindale averaged 5,580 for its first 16 Southwest series races, roughly 1,000 more than a typical Saturday night race. The decision definitely leaves drivers in a lurch. Jeff Johnson, who has won the last three Northwest series titles, is definitely out in the cold. After the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale in November, he sold his car, and there’s no sense buying one for just one season. “It’s a tough deal,” he said. “A lot of guys have ties to this series, so this is unfortunate.” Jefferson dabbled in the West series last year, but the cars are Cup-style and bigger budgets are needed. Could he go back to his Washington race track roots, racing the local programs? “Been there, done that,” he said. “I’m comfortable with this type of racing. My budget fits into that. So no, we’ll wait and see.” Some drivers, along with Hawk, hope the late-model touring series, Davey Hamilton’s Stockcar Racing League’s Wild West Late Model Shootout, will step into its place. The SRL and American Speed Association recently announced plans to incorporate the cars for 2007. “Some people cannot live with NASCAR being part of the deal,” Southwest driver and three-time Irwindale champion Rip Michels said. “But if you think about it, it’s not been great. What has NASCAR done for us? Maybe they are too big for us. You look at the ASA truck series (Speed Trucks) and they have a television package for every race. When was the last time one of our races was on television?” The SRL, which held races between Bakersfield and the Bay area last year, says it had planned on developing a Southwest-style tour for several years. “This large void for the teams and tracks led us to hasten our plans for the new ASA/SRL Super Late Model Tour and to continue the history of close, exciting racing and driver development that the Elite Divisions had provided for so many years,” said Steve Fensler, SRL director of operations for late models, on its Web site. In some ways, NASCAR’s decision has come down to sponsorship. Hawk said NASCAR does not want to abandon division sponsor AutoZone. The problem, he says, is that the car parts retailer has only 20 percent of its stores west of the Mississippi River, and most of those are in California. For a division that also holds a lot of races in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, it’s not a good fit. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A series that produced drivers such as 2004 Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch, Cup veteran Kevin Harvick and current Craftsman Truck series veterans Ron Hornaday Jr. and Matt Crafton will cease after the 2006 season. NASCAR officials last week made the decision to pull the plug, which has been in the rumor mill for several years. The division is divided into four regions with drivers competing in similar Late Model-style cars. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s not just one thing,” said Don Hawk, NASCAR’s director of regional racing development. “It’s not the number of cars, not the rules, not the engines, not the finances of competitors. We have found, that since 1999, that it’s the lack of fans and support. It’s come down to the tracks and track promoters. The promoters don’t want them because it’s a big price.” The cost for Irwindale to hold a Southwest race is roughly $60,000, according to several sources. The cost to hold a Grand National event – Irwindale is scheduled to hold two West races this year – is roughly $100,000. “It’s a business decision,” Hawk said. “It costs a lot to hold these events. You have to pay for the templates, the officials, travel, meals, the hotels, the purse. For us, it does not fit our business model. We’re taking it off life support.” Hawk says NASCAR has been both praised and derided – drawing “expletive-filled” messages and “it’s about time; thanks for the last couple of years” e-mails and phone calls – for the decision. It’s a choice, that at least on the West Coast, seems odd. The Southwest and Northwest series consistently draw large car counts for their races, with several teams leaving a track without qualifying for the main event. In both Irwindale events last year, the difference between the fastest and slowest qualifying time was less than a second. However, the Irwindale car counts were lowest ever.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Why anyone would expect the city to do a good job running the massive school district is beyond me. Los Angeles city government already has too much on its plate and has not shown itself to be adept at managing even the most basic local services. Its failure to address community needs, as evidenced by the 2002 efforts in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Harbor areas to separate from the city, would make even the casual observer skeptical that the city would be effective in managing and reforming the school district. LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer always has a reason why it’s too soon to break up what is, by far, the largest district in the state. In December of 2001, he convinced the state Board of Education to reject a proposal by a San Fernando Valley group to break out two new school districts in the Valley. In his statements to the board, Romer pointed to newly implemented policies and improvements in test scores and asked for more time. Now Romer says that it is premature to break up the district because the current $19 billion effort to build new schools will not be completed until 2012. The size of the LAUSD offers parents little school choice (outside of charter schools) in the region. The district effectively has a monopoly over providing education in Los Angeles. With no similar districts to compare it to, supporters of the status quo can claim that outcomes reflect student transience and socioeconomic status rather than poor management. The evidence suggests otherwise. An examination of California’s Academic Performance Index for schools in the state reveals that larger districts have lower test scores. This finding is to be expected. Larger districts make it hard for parents to make their children’s needs known or to influence policy. Standardization stifles efforts on the part of schools to adopt policies that work for a particular community. Given the diversity in Los Angeles, this is clearly a city where one size can’t fit all. Parents and other concerned individuals should support Richman’s proposed legislation, which would break the LAUSD into smaller districts of 50,000 students or less. This makes the most sense. But does it have a chance? We saw the power of the public-employee unions in the recent California special election. Their contributions dwarfed those of other interest groups. Unless community leaders or neighborhood councils organize to speak out against Villaraigosa’s effort and in favor of Richman’s break-up plan, union interests will dominate once again. There is no more important issue in our city than improving inner-city schools. Not only would we change children’s lives for the better, but economic development would be given a huge jump-start if neighborhood schools were attractive to workers firms want to hire. Yet, if no one objects, Villaraigosa will lead us through another eight years of moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic. Shirley Svorny is a professor of economics at California State University, Northridge.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing a plan that would transfer control of the Los Angeles Unified School District to city officials by 2008. In contrast, state Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, has proposed legislation that would break the district up into at least 15 smaller districts. Transferring oversight would accomplish nothing. Villaraigosa’s actions will merely divert attention from any breakup initiative and buy time for the status quo. He may be a friend of United Teachers Los Angeles, but his actions suggest he is no friend to schoolchildren. If Villaraigosa is successful, 2012 will come and go with no improvement in our schools. With nearly 750,000 students, the district is too large and too constrained by demands of the politically powerful UTLA to foster an environment conducive to improving education. The only way to improve management and student outcomes is to break up the massive district. If Villaraigosa is successful in his attempt to take over the school district, don’t expect city officials to give local communities greater input and control. The teachers union would not stand for it. Several initiatives to devolve power in the school district without actually breaking it up have already failed.
A man accused of sexually assaulting a young boy and also performing a sexual act with a hoover in front of the boy has denied the alleged victim was ever in his house.The alleged victim in the case has claimed that he was indecently assaulted on six occasions by the man in Co Donegal between 1989 and 1990. The man, who is now in his 40s, claimed the man, now a pensioner attacked him at his home.The alleged victim said both him and his attacker were interested in flying and how he ended up in the man’s house looking at flying magazines.However, he claimed the man then locked the door and indecently assaulted him.On the second day of the trial, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the accused was interviewed under caution after presenting himself at a Donegal Garda Station in December 2014.After his arrest, he was interviewed twice and he denied the allegations made by the complainant.In the interview, the accused denied that the alleged victim had ever been in his house.He denied the allegation that made by the alleged victim on the first day of the trial that he had committed a sex act with a hoover in front of the boy.“That is totally untrue,” he said. “I would never do anything like that with a hoover,” he said.He also denied showing the boy pornographic magazines in his house.“It’s pure fabrication. I don’t remember him ever being in my house.”He said in the interview that he would have had “the odd porn magazine” in his house for his own reading.The accused said the only sexual encounters he had in the house were with a female and were consensual.In a second interview, he again denied taking ever taking the boy back to his house.He also denied committing a sexual assault on the teenager with a candle.“There is not one ounce of truth in that. He was not in my house.”The court heard that gardaí carried out a search of the accused’s house following the interview.The investigating garda, who is now retired, told the court the layout of the house was very similar to what the alleged victim had described.The case continues.Pensioner denies assaulting boy and performing sex act with hoover was last modified: March 2nd, 2017 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)
Gallery of Gifts Boutique and Tea will benefit the Assistance League of Santa Clarita, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Tea: $25. The boutique is free. Call Chris Richardson at (661) 510-9226. Innerlimits will perform classic 1960s rock tunes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Santa Clarita Symphony will present an Afternoon of Strings concert, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $20-$40. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Nirusu, the trio of Susan Allan, Nicholas Chase and Rus Pearson, will perform, 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Roy O. Disney Music Hall at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Admission is free. Call Margaret Crane at (661) 222-2787. Night of 1,000 Dinners will benefit the Adopt-A-Minefield Foundation, 7 p.m. Friday at Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Call the Unitarian Universalist Church at (661) 254-7866 or visit www.uuofscv.org.. Larry Omaha and Laura Hayden will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Monday. Call (661) 286-4018. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Saugus High School Dance Team will present its annual Festival of Dance, 7 p.m. today in the Hart High auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10-$15. Call (661) 296-8005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The Crucible” will be presented by the Golden Valley High Schhol drama department, 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24255 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 298-8140, Ext. 1616. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Steve Mittleman and QueVaughn Bryant will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for the dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291. Run Against Hunger 5K run and walk will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, 8 a.m. Sunday at Newhall Park, 24907 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call Laura Morefield at (661) 255-9078.
Hammersmith’s unbeaten challenger George Groves tonight attempts to become a world champion by dethroning Carl Froch in Manchester.For live updates from the big super-middleweight fight, follow @westlondonsport on Twitter.A report and post-fight reaction will appear here later.See also:Hearn predicts Groves will go on the attackRelaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himGroves stays cool at tense weigh-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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN JOSE — Clearing some space under NHL’s salary cap for next season, the Sharks traded defenseman Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday for a second-round selection (41st overall) in this weekend’s NHL Draft and a third-round pick next season.Braun is set to make $3.8 million next season, the final one of a five-year, $19 million deal he signed in Sept. 2014. Per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks are not retaining any of Braun’s salary in the trade.With a handful of roster …
LAS VEGAS – If he could place a bet here, D’Angelo Russell would throw his chips on the Warriors making a deep playoff push as they recently have done.Sure, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala are gone, while Klay Thompson will be out for a significant chunk of next season. The Warriors still have three other All-Stars, though, with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Russell himself.“The sky is the limit,” Russell, speaking to the trade for the first time since it became official on Saturday, …