Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Gabriel paced Wangs Basketball with 19 points and five rebounds, while Michael Juico got 17 markers, four boards, and three assists in the defeat.The Couriers ended their campaign at 5-5, still with a chance to advance to the quarterfinals, but their fate would largely depend on the fortunes of the other teams which are still in the playoff race.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 83 – Isip 29, Lopez 12, Alabanza 9, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Subido 7, Moralde 5, Marata 4, Javelona 1, Javillonar 0.WANGS BASKETBALL 82 – Gabriel 19, Juico 17, Herndon 15, Tayongtong 11, Habelito 6, Montemayor 6, Sorela 4, Ambulodto 2, Arambulo 2, Bitoon 0, De Chavez 0, Riley 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino scored a huge 83-82 victory over Wangs Basketball to remain in the playoff hunt in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Julian Sargent found an open John Lopez for the go-ahead bucket with 27.6 seconds left, before the former La Salle forward made his imprint on the defensive end, halting Jon Gabriel’s potential game-winner in the waning seconds to seal the deal for his crew.ADVERTISEMENT “Clearly, it was the grace of God. It was our faith that gave us the positive attitude that even though we’re down by 13 in the last four minutes, we didn’t waive and kept on believing that God will help us,” said coach Koy Banal, as the Skippers battled back from an 80-67 deficit with 4:46 to play.Mark Isip led the Marinerong Pilipino fightback as he dropped eight of his 29 points in the fourth period, while also grabbing nine rebounds and three steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lopez added 12 markers, eight boards, and three assists, JR Alabanza had none points and five rebounds, and Sargent just missed out on a double-double with his eight markers, nine boards, four assists, and four blocks.The Skippers continued their late rally in the homestretch of the eliminations as they coasted to their third straight win to level their standing at 4-4. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Quarters: 12-18, 40-38, 63-69, 83-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Morado: We rely on every spiker who comes to the floor Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Eustaquio will face World flyweight champion Adriano Moraes on June 23 in Macau in a unification bout but the Team Lakay member maintains a level head heading into the showdown.“This is just another ordinary office day,” said Eustaquio Wednesday at Dad’s in Ortigas during Team Lakay’s press conference. “I’m heading into this fight as a champion and I’m fighting hungry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMoraes already beat Eustaquio once in 2014 and was crowned as ONE’s inaugural flyweight champion but the Baguio City native is confident he can bounce back in their rematch almost four years after their previous encounter.Eustaquio (10-6) is, as he said, a master of rematches having gone 2-0 in his repeat fights against Kairat Akhmetov and Anatpong Bunrad. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ONE interim flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio talks to the media ahead of his title unification bout against Adriano Moraes. Photo by Bong Lozada.Geje Eustaquio is not a fan of hyping himself up.And even heading into the biggest fight of his career, the interim ONE Championship flyweight titlist refrains from getting caught up in the situation.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “They say victory is sweeter the second time around, and I usually win my rematches,” said Eustaquio in Filipino. “And I feel that my development is faster than his.”Eustaquio admitted he wasn’t the same fighter he was when he lost to Moraes (17-2), and he vowed that he would put on a show unlike any other he has put on before.“Back in 2014 I know that I was still in first grade in terms of grappling and I’ve shown to the world I’ve developed how I’ve grown up in grappling and jiu-jitsu and I am confident I can roll with the Brazilian Black Diamond,” said Eustaquio.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Morado out indefinitely after aggravating shoulder injury View comments MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
– Advertisement – The Fort St. John Royal Canadian Legion has elected a new executive committee.The new committee is now in the works of planning several different projects, including upgrades to the current building and celebration events. The Legion has recently undergone many new upgrades after a flood last winter and is now a bustling centre in the Fort St. John community.Legion committee members are also recruiting new members.For more information on activities at the legion, or on how to become a member, drop in to the Legion at 10103, 105th Avenue, or call 250-785-3917. Photo: The Legion has sworn in some new members into its executive committee. From L-R – Tracy Radcliffe, Jim Darlind, Connie Soltys, President Linda Nielsen, Vice-President Laura Sanders, Carole Clethroe, Drew Proudler. Sitting: Dal Rintoul and Laverne McEachern – submitted.By Energeticcity.ca staff
1 ‘Ronaldo can get the sarnies in!’ Black Rivers’ Andy Williams takes the talkSPORT Q&A Each week, someone from the world of music takes our special talkSPORT Q&A. And today’s it’s the turn of Andy Williams from Black Rivers…What’s your favourite talkSPORT show and why?Colin Murray’s show – for the entertainment and the bickering!Who are the greatest football team in the land?Manchester CityWho is the most rock’n ‘oll player playing the beautiful game right now?I have to say probably Mario Ballotelli If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?KraftwerkWho’s gonna sing the National Anthem?David Bowie What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?Aphex Twin – WindowlickerWhat’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?The Stooges – Down On The StreetYou build your own rock’n’roll five-a-side team, who’s in it?Firstly, I’d go for a pyramid formation: In defence, Prince and Cee Lo Green, In attack, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. And in goal Elton John You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Cristiano Ronaldo – carrying the PA/guitar amps in and out of the venue, getting the sandwiches in. That sort of stuff.What’s going on with the band at the moment?The new single, Voyager 1, is out on October 26. The next single and album are out on February 16 next year, and we’re supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds UK and Europe tour in March 2015.Black Rivers release new single ‘Voyager 1’ via Ignition Records on October 27. For more information visit www.blackriversofficial.com
1 Dynamo Moscow have had a £5.6m bid for West Ham and Sunderland target Moussa Sow rejected.According to reports in Turkey, the Russian club tested Fenerbahce’s resolve to hold on to the striker with a cut-price bid.But Fenerbahce are holding firm on their insistence that Sow will not be sold for anything less than his £9.1m release clause and rejected Dinamo’s offer.West Ham and Sunderland are both working hard to add a new striker to their squad before the transfer window shuts and have been heavily linked with the prolific Senegalese.Sow has hit 52 goals in 107 outings since arriving from Lille in January 2012 but is currently in the final year of his contract.However, his Turkish employers insist they will not let him leave on the cheap this summer. Moussa Sow
Everton defender Tyias Browning Tyias Browning has been ready to grace Everton’s first team for a while, according to his academy boss David Unsworth.The 21-year-old has broken into Roberto Martinez’s side after his backline was hit by a number of injuries early on this season.But Unsworth, himself a former defender, says the youngster is not just in the team to provide cover but to prove himself as a worthy talent.“In my opinion, he has been ready for a while,” Unsworth said. “He’s had to be patient and has shown a fantastic attitude to keep working.“Whenever he has got that opportunity, he has had to be ready when called upon. He’s certainly taken it and I am very proud of him.“It’s just the start of his career and it’s been great to see him in these big games. What people don’t see is the work he has done behind the scenes and the dedication to our club.“He’s an old-fashioned defender who absolutely loves defending,” added Unsworth. “In an age where the modern defender wants to come out with the ball, join in with the midfield and get forward, Tyias is an out-and-out defender.“His pace and power are his obvious massive plus-points and strengths. If you can’t beat him with pace, you can’t outmuscle him either. When you are as big and strong as Tyias, it takes a lot to get past him; an unbelievable amount of skill – or luck!” 1
TODAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Teen writing workshop, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Craft workshop will teach how to make a screen idols greeting card, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Timeless Memories, 24922 Anza Drive, Suite B, Valencia. Call Alexa Joy at (661) 755-3452. American Association of University Women will meet for dinner and a presentation, 6:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24021 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Cost: $17. Call (661) 296-3049. 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 Grief Care group for children meets, 6:30-7:40 p.m. every other Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Valencia. Call Dan Broyles at (661) 296-8737, Ext. 172. Advanced Coastal Navigation will meet, 7:30-9:30 p.m. for six Tuesdays at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 268-0143. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Boating safety class, titled “Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation,” 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 268-0143. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Tri-Valleys Aging Network will host an afternoon tea with guest speaker Gene Dorio, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $20. Call SuzAnn Nelson at (661) 255-1588. Richard Wade will present “The Last Days of the Dinosaurs,” 3:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. M Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Union Bank of California, 25954 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Public Officials Night, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Cost: $65. Call Andrea Grandchamp at (661) 257-5046, Ext. 226. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. WEDNESDAY Free business workshop titled “Nuts & Bolts: How to Start a Business,” 6-8 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (818) 899-7355 to R.S.V.P. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Final Score Food & Beverage Inc., 23254 Lyons Ave., Valencia. Los Angeles County Parks Community Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School, 25820 N. Carroll Lane, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Read Across America Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clarita Career College, 27125 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-1864, Ext. 302 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. To submit an event for the Daily News 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. 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Man City signed Aymeric Laporte in January last season tense 16 While Roberto Firmino fails to find the net, the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Callum Wilson have been hitting it with regularity.So, who have been the best value players of the Premier League season, using their starting price, so far? Using FPL’s official value ranking, discover the best 2018/19 bargains below… 16 LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 20. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – £5.0m – 36 points19. Alisson (Liverpool) – £5.5m – 39 points18. Jose Holebas (Watford) – £4.5m – 35 points17. Shane Duffy (Brighton) – £4.5m – 32 points16. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £4.0m – 31 points 12. Ederson (Manchester City) – £5.5m – 43 points=10. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £6.0m – 49 points=10. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – £6.0m – 49 points9. Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City) – £4.5m – 37 points The Fantasy Premier League season is eight weeks old, and it’s already been a rollercoaster with several superstars underperforming.This means a lot of cheap FPL stars have been coming up with the goods instead, allowing some managers to go bargain hunting. Claude Puel chats to defender Harry Maguire. 30. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £5.5m – 36 points29. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) – £6.0m – 39 points28. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £11.0m – 74 points27. Conor Coady (Wolves) – £4.5m – 30 points26. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – £6.5m – 44 points25. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) – £5.5m – 37 points predicted latest 16 16 whoops 16 1. Matt Doherty (Wolves) – £4.5m – 49 points SORRY revealed 16 8. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) – £5.5m – 48 points7. Joe Hart (Burnley) – £4.5m – 38 points6. Willy Boly (Wolves) – £4.5m – 39 points Wolverhampton Wanderers players celebrate Willy Boly’s controversial goal against Manchester City. 24. Joshua King (Bournemouth) – £6.5m – 42 points23. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – £4.5m – 31 points22. Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham) – £4.5m – 31 points21. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £5.0m – 36 points Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool have looked considerably more solid at the back than last season 16 15. Ryan Bennett (Wolves) – £4.0m – 30 points14. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) – £6.0m – 46 points13. Ayemric Laporte (Manchester City) – £5.5m – 42 points Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Most Popular Football Stories Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker getty Etheridge saved two penalties in his first two games this season. BEST OF 5. Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m – 36 points4. Jonny (Wolves) – £4.5m – 38 points3. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £7.0m – 60 points Alonso is on the verge of signing a new deal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 16 Wan-Bissaka in action against Wolves 16 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £4.5m – 41 points scrap Ricardo Pereira, Marcos Alonso, and Andrew Robertson are among the biggest Fantasy Premier League bargains this year.
No, the missing sounds were those we’ve come to expect after several years of watching minor-league baseball teams lurch and spew around Blair like a garbage truck that’s just lost its hydraulics and its load. We didn’t hear that telltale sound of a player’s check bouncing down Park Avenue and across 7th Street. It’s been very quiet this summer at Blair Field. You could hear the sounds of baseball just fine whenever the Armada hosted one of their Golden Baseball League opponents. The crack of leather and horsehide, cheers from the crowd, the squeals of kids, the metallic squeak when kids see if they can shake the heads off their bobblehead giveaways. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 We didn’t take feverish phone calls from city officials saying the new team in town is behind on its rent and griping about a bigger piece of concessions. We didn’t hear rival owners arguing in the stands before a game, one of the finer moments in the Barracuda/Riptide experience. We didn’t hear bellowing and kvetching from owners and league officials when there was a hostile takeover of the Long Beach franchise. Hostile has been the operative word whenever a minor-league franchise set up shop here, because the legacy of failed and embarrassing franchises in Long Beach is longer and just as twisted as the Long Beach Grand Prix course. So while we welcomed the Armada and Golden Baseball League like all the others, with a hearty handshake, we then took several large steps back so we wouldn’t be in the vicinity when it blew up. Well, the GBL didn’t implode or anything. It has reached the end of its first season, with the league playoffs underway this weekend at Blair Field, having done what it promised play baseball without angst or distraction. We knew the GBL had the potential to be different because it had a business model what a concept! that didn’t rely on owners in the typical sense and it launched with significant sponsorship commitments in hand. We just had to see it for ourselves before passing judgment. One year isn’t much of a track record for a new league, but most of the others jumped the rails by midseason. “I read all of the articles, so I knew what had happened and what the expectations were,” said Dave Kaval, the GBL CEO and Stanford grad who turned his college business project into a reality. “We’ve had a good first season and it’s been about what baseball should be, the games and fans and players, as opposed to the high drama of independent baseball here in the past. There’s a ton of people in the league who worked hard and long hours to make sure the focus was on the game.” You can have a fleet of well-intentioned personnel working in that area, and things will still take on an aroma if the league starts to flounder behind the scenes. The GBL’s biggest success may have been planning. Kaval and friends spent two years-plus in preparation. Kaval toured California and Arizona to find the locations and fields he believed would succeed. He and his partners worked diligently to land a major multi-year sponsorship deal with Safeway/Vons as a sponsor. The league is a single entity, meaning the league owns all the teams, which meant there would be no mini-Steinbrenners fronting the clubs. Those running team in several cases are more like community CEOs than traditional owners Bob Linscheid in Chico, Pat Brown in Yuma, and Juliana Paoli, once Ronnie Lott’s business adviser, in San Diego. They also had an investor lineup in hand, along with its money, before launching, so there would be none of the typical in-season financial screwups. “Those were two fundamental things,” Kaval said. “We had quality investors and were well-capitalized.” Most of the investors have links to thriving businesses, like computer software and Internet, plus two locally based former NFL players, Mike Sherrard and Christian Okoye. “The deal we made with Safeway put us in a solid financial situation,” Kaval said. “People learned about the teams and the leagues by going to their local grocery store, which was a nice lead-in to the family market.” The league’s credibility got a bump, too, when a sure Hall of Famer, the ageless Rickey Henderson, signed on to play in San Diego, and when former major-league execs like Barry Stockhamer, who had spent most of his career with the Dodgers, signed on to assist in marketing and communications. The only blip was the league losing a home city for its Samurai team made up exclusively of players from Japan. Thus the Bears played all of their games on the road, and the responsibility for their extended road trip fell in the arms of the league office. “A lot of our marketing and business execs had to put things aside so they could run the team,” he said. “That was really the only negative.” Kaval and friends are already preparing for season two as season one comes to a close. The first priority is finding Samurai a home, followed by considering expansion to 10 teams no guarantee and negotiating new lease terms related to concessions with franchises in Arizona. The league may get a boost in the future thanks to a pending decision by Major League Baseball. In search of reducing costs to its minor-league operation, it may close two of its six rookie short-season leagues, the Arizona (nine teams) and Gulf Coast (12), which would put 400 draft-worthy players on the streets looking for a place to play. It’s part of a fundamental change in the minor-league business that can only help independent leagues. Having a league that’s a single-entity theoretically works smoother than a league with independent owners of varying resources. “Major-league teams are more and more reluctant to subsidize leagues, especially when their own surveys say only five percent of all players in A ball make it to the major leagues,” Kaval said. “So carrying two teams each in A and rookie-league ball doesn’t make sense. “A team with a major-league affiliate may have a higher gross margin because of the major-league subsidy (players and their salaries), but each team has its own sponsorship and marketing sales concerns. The fact we own all (the) teams is its own advantage because we’re selling sponsors an entire league.” A league that now looks to the future without the usual chorus of freaked-out investors, braying owners, and players openly wondering if the check in their hand was more bankable. Yes, Silence is Golden. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Uganda defeated USA 102-16 on opening dayUganda got off to a flying start at the World University Netball Championships as they thrashed the United States and Kenya in their opening two games at the ongoing World University Netball Championship in Makerere.The reigning African champions dominated both games, defeating USA 102-16 on Monday before taking care of neighbors Kenya 105-15 the following day.The tournament began as scheduled despite concerns over the readiness of the newly-constructed venue. Organizers had claimed earlier that they were happy for the competition to go ahead in an incomplete facility and without some of the original components planned in the initial design.Elsewhere, Singapore edged Kenya 39-38 in a thrilling contest on Monday, while Zimbabwe ousted Sri Lanka 44-31.Monday resultsSouth Africa 117 USA 4Zimbabwe 44 Sri Lanka 31Singapore 39 Kenya 38Uganda 102 USA 16Tuesday FixtureFull Time Uganda 105-15 Kenya12pm South Africa v Sri Lanka2pm Zimbabwe v USA4pm Uganda v SingaporeComments Tags: FISU University World CupFISU World University Netball Championshipsshe cranesWorld University Netball Championships 2018