“The scandal is being created ahead of the domestic political calendar,” he said. “Whatever people say, I’m convinced, I just know this is the case.”Russian sports officials and athletes across numerous sports have said they will accept the IOC demand that they compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” That means they will compete in neutral-colored uniforms under the Olympic flag, with the Olympic anthem played at medal ceremonies instead of the Russian anthem.However, the IOC says the ban could be lifted in time for Russian athletes to march at the closing ceremony under their own flag, if Russia complies with IOC conditions.An IOC commission found no evidence that Russia’s “highest state authority” was involved in doping, but that sports ministry officials knew of the doping scheme.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Rodchenkov said he was ordered by the sports ministry to oversee steroid use by Russian athletes in many sports, and to cover up their doping by falsifying test results and swapping dirty samples for clean ones.The IOC’s decision to trust Rodchenkov’s evidence is “nonsense,” Putin said, portraying the scientist as mentally unstable and referring repeatedly to Russian criminal investigations against him.The Russian government has denied it had any involvement in doping, particularly around the Sochi Olympics, which is seen as a key prestige project.Russian officials have previously said they accept some drug use occurred, but on a much smaller scale than alleged, and that Rodchenkov tricked some clean Russian athletes into taking banned substances by claiming they were legitimate dietary supplements.Putin also reiterated previous claims that Russian doping scandals are an attempt to smear the government as he runs for re-election in March, a month after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Rodchenkov being in the United States “is not a positive for us, it’s a negative. It means he’s under the control of American special services,” Putin said. “What are they doing with him there? Are they giving him some kind of substances so that he says what’s required?”Putin added that Rodchenkov should never have been appointed to run Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory in the first place.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 folk“It was a mistake on the part of those who did it, and I know who did it,” he said, but didn’t name names or say they should be punished.Testimony from Rodchenkov played a key role in International Olympic Committee investigations which led last week to Russian athletes being required to compete under a neutral flag at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused U.S. agencies of manipulating evidence from the main whistleblower on doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Putin said Thursday that former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov — who is under witness protection after fleeing to the United States last year — is “under the control” of the American agencies, including the FBI.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone James’ 59th career triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew National University overpowered Adamson University, 86-58, for its 73rd straight win—matching the record in all sports in the UAAP.Coach Pat Aquino’s troops were all business as the Lady Bulldogs, who are seeking a fifth straight crown, equaled the Lady Falcons’ softball winning streak that lasted from January 2010 to March 2016.“My mind-set was to win this game. Let’s forget the streak. Let’s forget 73-0. Let’s forget 9-0. It’s just a game that we have to play,” said Aquino.Mounting pressure“The pressure is already mounting. I told my players to let’s just go out and play our game,” he added.NU, which has not tasted defeat since losing to De La Salle in the championship decider on Oct. 5, 2013, aims to set a new league mark of 74 games against University of Santo Tomas at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Congo’s Rhena Itesi had 23 points, 14 rebounds and two assists while reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Ria Nabalan and Jeanne Camelo each scored 12 markers for the Lady Bulldogs.Desiderio has been UP’s main man the last two seasons and seemed poised for another strong campaign heading into the season.But his play has been overshadowed by sophomore sensation Juan Gomez de Liano and the entry of Bright Akhuetie.De Liano had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, while Ahkuetie added 20 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists as the Maroons tied their victims at fourth spot with a 5-5 record. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments 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 Almost there The Fighting Maroons finally got a breakout game from Paul Desiderio, who tossed a season-best 31 points to power UP past FEU, 95-82, in a battle of Final Four contenders.Desiderio found his groove early, going 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first eight minutes of the game as the Maroons established an advantage that allowed them to weather the Tamaraws’ surge in the second half.“I have to commend Paul because of the way he started the game,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “He really gave us the confidence that we can win the game.”3-game slideThe loss was FEU’s third straight and another defeat at the hands of third-running La Salle on Saturday could put the Tamaraws’ once promising Final Four bid in doubt.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Angelo Kouame. Photo by Tristan TamayoAteneo, thanks to its rising big man star, is back alone on top. University of the Philippines continues to rise from the dumps.But National University’s Lady Bulldogs deserve a lion’s share of the spotlight.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite getting 29 points from Alvin Pasaol, the Warriors are now on the brink of elimination after falling to 1-9.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Angelo Kouame followed up his best game of the season with another double-double while Thirdy Ravena provided the Blue Eagles a lift in his return with an all-around performance in a 90-70 drubbing of the University of the East Red Warriors Wednesday in UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 6-foot-10 Kouame, who finished with 33 points and 27 rebounds against Far Eastern U last Saturday, fired 18 points and grabbed 16 boards, this time, while Ravena finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists after sitting out the last game due to suspension.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 ChrissTyler Tio also stepped up in the absence of Matt Nieto with a career-high 16 points as the Eagles proved unrelenting from start to finish for their eighth win in 10 games.“We had a terrific first half both on offense and defense,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “Generally we’re happy with our offense, we’re gonna take a look at our defense in the third quarter because in the second half UE outworked us. It’s a good thing we had that cushion.”
“Your Honor,” Prosecutor John Kieh said, “Counselor Doe is a dare-devil in cross-examination, and therefore, I want a re-direct of the witness to make sure that the state’s position is clear.”“Very well,” Judge Doris Wolo said with a grin, and gave her consent, for the prosecutor to continue.Prosecutor Kieh’s smile was triumphant when he turned swiftly to the witness and said, “Theresa Koffa, when you arrived at the house and found your niece slump on the floor, you did not simply conclude that she was dead, but you called a neighbor and rushed to Dr. James Woto’s clinic.“That is, the final confirmation of your niece’s death came from the information you received from Dr. Woto, and not from you or your friend?”“Yes,” the witness said. The prosecutor kept the smile in place and turning to the defense table, announced, “Your witness.”Criminal defense counsel Jason Doe lifted his light frame and strolled to the witness.“You are Ms. or Mrs?” he asked with a grin, his eyes directly at the witness.“I was married once,” the witness said, “but now I am a single woman, so Ms is fine.”“Anthony Boe, the defendant is your longtime friend?”“Yes.”“And you knew of his role with the decedent Rosetta Quiah?”The witness lifted her chin towards the defense table where the defendant huddled in his chair, with his eyes streaming with tears.“I warned Rosetta about a relationship that I knew would put her life in danger,” she said, and pulled a handkerchief to dab her tears streaked face.Jason Doe frowned at her reply, and realized that attacking the witness on a frontal approach would not be the best since it was apparent that she was emotionally spent, and so he changed his tactics.“I can understand the situation,” he said, “but I suggest you stick to the answer that suits the question, Ms. Koffa.”In a hush voice, she replied, “Ok I will try.”“You earlier heard the remark of the prosecutor with reference to mine being a dare-devil cross-examiner?”“Yes.”“And by that understanding, you know my role here is to get information?”“Yes.”“That information is to help my client?”“Yes.”“And,” Jason Doe said smiling, “you’re not in any way worried about the kind of questions that I may ask you?”The witness dabbed her face with the handkerchief, and said, “I feel uncomfortable when you shoot questions at me like that.”A brief ripple of laughter swept across the courtroom, and the judge sounded his gavel to restore calm.Jason Doe said, “But you know my duty is to shoot questions at you?”“Yes.”“Do you need time to adjust yourself?”The witness once again lifted her chin and adjusted her shoulders and said, “I’m ready.”“Rosetta was your niece?”“Yes.”“You testified that you had warned her with her relationship with the defendant?”“Yes.”“What was the basis of your warning, Ms. Koffa?”The witness hesitated, and then said, “There are lots of people coming to live in Brewerville, and many of them are not known.”“So your advice to your niece was simply because she did not know the defendant?”“Yes.”“And it was not because of a particular reason about the defendant?”“Well,” she said, “since I did not know him, it meant it was because of a particular reason.”“But that reason was not because the defendant was a bad man, was he?”“You can put it that way.”“Can it be put any other way?”“Yes.”“What other way?”“The way I put it,” and her reply elicited laughter from the spectators.“Rosetta was a lovely woman?”“Yes.”“And she resided with you since she was thirteen years old?”“The report about her death,” the lawyer said, “was due to an abuse?”The witness began to weep, and the prosecutor lifted his heavy weight gavel from his seat, “Your Honor, this is going too much, and I think Counsel is taking an undue advantage over the witness to brow-beat her to defeat her spirit.”Jason Doe said, “How can you prove such an unnecessary claim?”Judge Wolo removed her glasses and glared at the prosecutor, “Let me remind counsel to avoid personal intrigues in what is known in boxing as ‘shadow-boxing,’ and let’s get to the meat of the case.“The Court realizes the emotional nature of this case, but nonetheless, the defense has the right to get to the end of the relationship with the decedent and therefore, I’m going to object to the prosecution’s motion, and let the defense continue with the cross-examination.”“Thank you, Your Honor,” and the prosecutor took his seat with a frown on his face. Jason Doe then resumed his cross-examination.“You testified that the defendant abused your niece?”“Yes.”“But there is a letter the decedent wrote two days before her death about an incident that occurred that you were involved,” Jason Doe was in the middle of his sentence, but strolled to the defense table, and pawed through some documents and extracted one.He returned to the witness and, handing the letter to the witness said, in a mock astonishment, “The content of this letter may be of interest to you, Ms. Theresa Koffa.”“Uhu what letter is that?”“Just take a look and see if the content is something you can recall.”The lawyer observed the witness’ trembling hands as she grabbed the letter from him and looked at the content; after some seconds, she gave a deep breath, and leisurely folded the letter and placed it on her chest.“Oh my God!” and lifted her chin once again, and let loose of the letter as Jason Doe stretched his right hand to receive it.Judge Wolo smiled grabbed the letter from the lawyer. She ran her eyes across the letter, and then decided to read it.She handed the letter to the nearest bailiff.“You may read the letter,” the judge said, and smiled again.The bailiff read: “My dear Anthony, no matter what happens to me, your presence in my life has brought many changes, and I must express my love for you.“My aunt has from the beginning of our relationship a torn in my or a torn in our flesh, and she has always indicated that my life with you would end in a mess.“I know you love me, for you have shown that love does not only mean what the eye can see. You have been there for me, but for a reason that I’m yet to know, my aunt, Rosetta has seen you, or sees you as the devil’s incarnate, and I am not sure understand the reason.“I stand at the mercy of God and your love, but I am unable to find the means to get myself into the graces of my aunt.“It is possible that my aunt may have heard about the discussion about my late father’s plot of land that you suggested to build on it and it just may be that has been the basis of my aunt’s unhappiness.“At the same time, when my mother died when I was age 3, it was my aunt that took care of me till you came into my life.“My life, after I met you, and the grand ideas you showed me, has not been for the better, and I am so miserable that I am convinced that only my death would give my aunt some reason to live her life.“Though my aunt took care of me, I began to understand what hell meant when I came of age, and men began to show some interest in me.“My being miserable did not originate with you, but I’m convinced that running away from her could mean the beginning of my happiness, but deep down my heart, I’m so afraid of her and I have no heart to think for myself.“But if loving me is what my aunt had wanted from the time you came into my life, then let me say I would go in peace, and let my aunt have her life in peace.“Live for me today and tomorrow.”“Ever loving,“Rosetta Quiah.”The bailiff completed reading the letter and handed it back to the judge. During the process, the roomful of spectators remained silent, and the drop of a pin could be heard.Like all human nature, the part in the letter in which the young woman expressed her fears, due to the pressure on her life by her aunt, filled spectators with disgust.Judge Wolo turned to Jason Doe, and said, “Counsel, you can continue with your cross-examination.”But suddenly, Ms. Rosetta Koffa shouted from the witness stand, “Tell him to stop, please tell him to stop, I’ve had enough.”The lawyer turned to the judge who signaled him, and made an indication to the prosecutor to meet her in chambers.After ten minutes, the officials of the Court returned, and Judge Wolo decided to adjourn the case to the next morning at 10a.m.The next morning Anthony Boe, Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe, his personal secretary Janet Lovebird, and three other sympathizers reclined in the Benson Street office of the lawyer. Boe seemed pleased from his narrow escape and was clasping his hands again and again.The lawyer returned to the gathering after he completed reading the latest decision on a murder trial, handed down by Judge Blamo Dixon of the Supreme Court of Liberia.The lawyer said, “It makes sense to see the working of the judicial system, and the chance that trial lawyers have to exercise their duty in murder cases.”“Does it have anything to do with the recent case involving Mr. Boe?” Janet Lovebird remarked in apparent gladness for Boe’s acquittal.The lawyer grinned, and returned to his swivel chair at the corner of his private office.He grabbed a copy of one of the metropolitan dailies. The front page was a picture of a cartoon drawing of Jason Doe, and the witness Theresa Koffa during the cross-examination. The lawyer returned to the gathering and handed one of the papers to Mr. Boe, particularly the one with the big banner headline: AUNT ADMITS KILLING NIECE.Boe glanced at the headline; stood up and rushed from his chair to grab the hands of the lawyer.“Thanks,”’ he said, pumping the lawyer’s right hand, “I will never forget you.”The lawyer smiled and easing his grasp, returned to his swivel chair.He said, “I think it is time for a brief celebration.” Smiling faces greeted the lawyer as they moved towards the door. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Though seems to be a little bit belated, but fabulous salaries that are being paid to heads of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and Commissions and Agencies of government are at the verge of being cut, as plans are on the way to examine and pay all officials of government on a more equitable basis.The Civil Service Agency, under the leadership of Director-General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Mr. George Werner, through its Civil Service Modernization Program (CSMP) has instituted a reform program for SoEs, Commissions and Autonomous Agencies towards a more equitable compensation scheme based on differentiation in size, function, responsibility and performance as well as qualifications.Speaking at a one day SOEs, Commissions and Autonomous Agencies retreat held in Julijuah on Friday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that it is unacceptable for highly professional people such as Lawyers, Doctors and Engineers who are in the employ of the government to be underpaid while SOEs heads are earning exorbitantly.“It is unacceptable for these professionals to be earning around 1,000 US Dollars while other less professionals working in lucrative state owned enterprises earn about 8,000 US Dollars or more,” the President said.The retreat, which is the second phase of the cabinet retreat, was aimed at defining the role of these bodies in supporting government implement tangible development projects that would help shape its legacy.The President statement came immediate after CSA boss, had made a presentation revealing the lucrative salaries and allowances officials of SOEs are receiving. Werner’s presentation, though done in the absence of the press, but post comments revealed irregularities within the government system of salaries payment.She therefore called on all officials of the Executive branch of government to support the Civil Service Agency’s program to address these inequities.”I ask for your cooperation in implementing the civil service modernization program, and the equity that they are proposing in public service”, President Sirleaf said at the close of a one day retreat for heads of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), Commissions and Agencies.”It is just simply unacceptable for doctors, engineers and lawyers to make somewhere between US$1500.00-US$3000.00 and we have people in autonomous agencies and SOEs making US$8000.00-US$9000.00 whereby the formers are even more professionals than many of us.“So that is the issue the CSA is working [on] along with the Ministry of Finance to look at to see how we can find a way out.”The inequality is also at the lower levels; even with the SOEs where there are some SOEs’ head making US$3000.00 and another one making US$9000.00The Liberian leader noted that the new salary structure should take into account functions, responsibilities, performance, and profitability. “Those have to be taken into account and that’s why he is making the negotiations, by putting them in different categories with due note and to account for these kinds of specificities. But within that there is still inequity. And so we will be working on that and we will ask all your cooperation.”“We asked for cooperation and Minister of Finance has talked about it – reform in the Corporate Social Responsibility. The funds that are raised, even though they are from your corporate bodies and those bodies need to operate in that manner under a board, but you know and I know that to a larger extent, the boards are weak. They are not taking the kind of strong decisions that will enable you to curb some of these excesses,” she noted.“Sometimes the fault is with me because we need to look at the kind and function of a particular entity and see what are the profiles of the people who constitute the boards.”Reduction in these fabulous salaries, allowances and travel stipends of these SOEs are imminent as the government is galvanizing resources to ensure a robust implementation of its five year development program, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, called on his colleagues to make the ultimate sacrifices in ensuring that their boss (President Sirleaf) leaves behind a legacy that will forever be remembered by the Liberian people.He noted that SOEs and Commissions should try to reduce their recurrent costs to ensure that more money goes to government prioritized projects, especially projects such as water and electricity that will have an immediate and lasting positive impact on the lives of ordinary Liberians.Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission boss (LACC), James Verdier, at the retreat, called for government officials who are serving on boards of SOEs, Agencies and Commissions, not to receive board fees as this is against the Civil Service Code of Conduct.Though his comment received some murmurs within the crowd, the LACC boss noted that these people are already being paid by tax-payers’ money to do their works and there is no need for them to receive extra money for sitting on Boards.He said rather than paying government officials board fees, the money could be used to fund government’s priority projects, especially under such an urgent circumstance, when the government is trying to cement its legacy. 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Seven-year-old Atiya Shaniya Persaud, who walked out of her burning Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home with third degrees burns over 97% of her body, opened her eyes for the first time after a successful surgery.The child was taken to the Shriners Hospital, Galveston, Texas, where she underwent surgical operation to remove damaged tissue from her body.Persaud’s treatment, however, continued and the Saving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA) announced on Thursday that the child opened her eyes for the first time.“She saw and recognised her mom and she is in good spirits,” SHEA said. The child is scheduled to undergo another surgery today (Friday) to graft her face and legs.Seven-year-old Atiya Shaniya PersaudSHEA had collaborated with the Rotary Club of Demerara and successfully raised funds for the little girl to be transferred for overseas treatment. The cost is estimated to be about US$42,000, which is equivalent to GYD$8,807,400.Persaud was in her Lot 101 Mon Repos North home asleep with her brothers when a candle, which was left alight, caused a fire.However, in a bid to save their lives, the child’s brothers escaped, leaving her inside the house.Persaud awakened to find her legs on fire but bravely walked out of the building.She was rushed to the hospital where she remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until she was medevacked to the US.
Twenty-nine-year-old Dwayne Tappin was on Friday found guilty by a 12-member jury for murdering his uncle back in 2017 at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The former member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was accused of beheading his 51-year-old uncle, Randolph Seenauth, on August 6, 2017.Convicted murderer: Dwayne TappinAfter the guilty verdict, Justice Sandil Kissoon set November 14 for the probation report and sentencing.It was reported that on the day in question, Seenauth’s head was found lying between the living room and kitchen of his Better Hope house. His body was found in the bedroom.The gruesome discovery was made after Police were summoned to the scene by neighbours who heard a loud commotion in the man’s home which he shared with his nephew.The accused, however, turned himself in a few hours later. He was charged for murder and remanded to prison.Following a Preliminary Inquiry (PI), he was committed to stand trial before a judge and jury.
Canada’s women’s team won the women’s team pursuit, while the men claimed silver Sunday at the world single-distance speedskating championships.Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., and Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler and Cindy Klassen crossed in a time of two minutes 59.74 seconds.The Dutch team was second, with the German trio taking bronze.- Advertisement -Canada’s men’s team of Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., Lukas Makowsky of Regina, and Mathieu Giroux of Montreal raced to a time of 3:41.85.The United States won the gold in 3:41.72, while the Netherlands took bronze in 3:43.44.
And play he did, moving in as the nickel or fifth defensive back for the Bruins. His 59 tackles were fourth on the team. He had two interceptions, returning each for a touchdown. Alterraun Verner, the young man in question, was recognized as a freshman All-American. Still, there were times when, if not exactly overwhelmed, he had to feel as if the learning curve was so very steep. Putting it another way, it must be different, it must be nice to be a veteran, now listed as 5-11 and 179, with a full year of experience who knows and understands what’s going on rather than having to try to figure things out. “I’ll agree with that,” Verner said. “In meetings, I kind of know it now instead of being a little freshman who stayed in the back because i didn’t know it. Now I’m in the front. Now I’m helping other people. So, yeah, it’s a little different.” He clearly was a boy among men when he arrived in Westwood a year ago. The kid from Carson really was a kid. He was 17 years old. Ben Olson, the UCLA quarterback, his new teammate, probably owned older footballs. No matter, at 5-foot-10 and claiming to weigh 161 pounds, he was prepared to play. Things are expected to be a little different Saturday when UCLA plays BYU in the Rose Bowl. Rodney Van, a senior returning starter at cornerback, is nursing a sprained ankle. He returned to practice Thursday after two days off. Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker has made it a practice to limit his starting lineup to players who practice Tuesday and Wednesday. This seems to set the scene for Verner’s first start at cornerback. However, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell tends to take a CIA-style, the-less-said- the-better approach. So, officially, we do not now if Verner will start, only that he will play a lot. He did start once last season, against Oregon, when Walker opened the game with a nickel package. His personal highlight as a freshman? “Just to play and contribute because I could have redshirted,” he said. At his age, you wonder if UCLA could have petitioned the NCAA to allow him to redshirt for two or three years. Consider that Olson is 24. His senior season in high school was in 2002 when Verner was a mere 13. A year ago, older Bruins – that would be all the Bruins – could not resist teasing him about being so young. “I still get teased a little bit,” he admitted. “But it’s all good.” It’s all good because laughter comes easy for him. Now that he’s a veteran, is he pulling rank and teasing the freshmen, some of whom are older than he is? “No, not really,” he said. “I’m trying to welcome them here. I’m trying to help them get acclimated to the system.” He shook his head. “I don’t tease them too much,” he said. That’s not his style. What is his style is taking care of business in the classroom as well as on the football field. He was a peer tutor in math and history for his teammates at Mayfair High. At UCLA, he was on the director’s honor roll, which is a 3.0 or higher grade-point average, during the fall and winter quarters. “I try,” he said. As fundamental as this might sound, football coaches around the country will tell you teaching blocking and tackling tends to be easier than getting players to understand the value of going to class and maintaining good study habits. “My parents make sure that I do (well in class),” Verner said. “They really want me to get that degree. They know football will take care of itself.” Take a bow, Robert and Vicki Verner. Max Hall, the BYU quarterback, is not shy about challenging defensive backs. He threw 39 times, completing 26 for 288 yards and two touchdowns in the opener, a 20-7 win against Arizona. Based on how he played as a freshman and then factoring in normal progress, the assumption is Verner is ready for the challenge. Asked what he was looking forward to this season, he said, “Probably the same thing as last year, getting on the field and having a more productive season than last year.” As you see, he is not given to beating his chest while he talks about the great things he plans to do on the field. He left it at, “I want to do everything I did last year plus more.” He talked in general terms, about growing as a player and as an individual. Alterraun Verner will do the rest of his talking on the field against BYU. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NEW YORK – The ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th home run will be branded with an asterisk and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, its owner said Wednesday. Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the ball in an online auction, set up a Web site for fans to vote on the ball’s fate, and the decision to brand it won out over the other options, sending it to the museum unblemished or launching it into space. “We’re going to be working with the folks at the Hall of Fame,” Ecko said on NBC’s “Today” show. Ecko, whom Bonds called “an idiot” last week, had the winning bid Sept. 15 in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit Aug. 7 to break Hank Aaron’s record of 755 home runs. The final selling price was $752,467, well above most predictions that assumed Bonds’ status as a lightning rod for the steroids debate in baseball would depress the value. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The asterisk suggests that Bonds’ record is tainted by alleged steroid use. The slugger has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Fans brought signs with asterisks on them to ballparks as he neared Aaron’s hallowed mark. Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey, also interviewed on the show, said accepting the ball did not mean the Hall endorses the viewpoint that Barry Bonds used drugs. “We’re happy to get it,” he said. “We’re a nonprofit history museum, so this ball wouldn’t be coming to Cooperstown without Marc Ecko buying it from the fan who caught it.” The Giants announced Friday they will part with Bonds after this season, the seven-time NL MVP’s 15th in San Francisco and 22nd in the majors.
The atmosphere after Tony Bellew’s defeat at the Manchester Arena was far better than that seen following Sunday’s Manchester derby, according to Vinnie Jones.The famous hardman was driving through Manchester on Saturday night and was caught up in the aftermath of Oleksandr Usyk’s eighth round win over Bellew, which ensured he remained undisputed world cruiserweight champion. Martial converted from the spot after being brought down by Ederson just before the hour mark to halve the deficit, but Gundogan’s strike on 86 minutes ensured City secured a convincing win to go with their superb performance. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice REVEALED Latest Football News ADVICE huge blow REVEALED REPLY He was astounded by the passion shown by the fans who made the journey to watch the action at the Manchester Arena, which is set to be Bellew’s final ever fight as the Everton fan announced his retirement after the bout.The brilliance of the fans was emphasised a day later, according to Jones, with the supporters at the Manchester derby failing to match those seen on Saturday night.Manchester City claimed bragging rights over their local rivals with a 3-1 win that also sent Pep Guardiola’s side back to the top of the Premier League.However, even such a result in such a huge game could not draw the same kind of response as Bellew’s bout.“I was coming home on Saturday,” Jones told talkSPORT, “and listening to the fans and the people who went to the Bellew fight, to what I was listening to after that football match. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining 2 MONEY “The differences, you know… It was unbelievable.“The passion that came out that fight. All those lads went to Manchester to watch the fight, and what a difference to listening to them watching that derby game.”David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan scored the goals that continued City’s unbeaten run from the beginning of the season, with Anthony Martial netting a penalty for United that gave them a shred of hope. The atmosphere at the Manchester Arena was electric Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Pep Guardiola got the best of his fierce rival once again Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury