Man City beaten in race for £15.5m-rated defender

first_img Porto left-back Alex Sandro 1 Juventus have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Porto left-back Alex Sandro.City boss Manuel Pellegrini had reportedly identified the Brazilian as his long-term choice at left-back.But the Premier League club faced stiff competition from Juve to capture the 24-year-old and the Italian giants offered Porto around 10.5m to sign him last month.Juve, however, then switched their attention to another left back – Atletico Madrid’s Guilherme Siqueira – but after the apparent breakdown of that deal, they went back for Sandro.And now, according to sources in Portugal, the Serie A side have finally won the race to land him after agreeing a fee worth 15.5m plus performance-related add-ons.The Brazil international is set to sign a five-year deal in Turin.last_img read more

Tarantula Season

first_imgBy Diana Marcum, FRESNO BEE COARSEGOLD – This foothill hamlet is bursting with signs of autumn: golden hills, auburn leaves rustling in the breeze, acorns falling on roofs so fast and furiously they sound like gunfire. And tarantulas. “They’re all over the roads. You’re either swerving to miss them or swerving to hit them, depending on how you’re feeling,” says Rose Sartoris, owner of Rose’s Frosty on Highway 41. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She’s joking about the last part. Locals in this town of 17,000 in Madera County don’t approve of running down the not-so-itsy-bitsy spiders. As most everyone around here can tell you, mid-October to mid-November is tarantula mating season. In Coarsegold, it’s considered very bad form to off one of the thousands of hairy, multilegged arachnids out in pursuit of passion. The tarantulas on the roads are males on their way to the burrows of females. Tarantula trysts involve locking hooks and fangs, and the females sometimes kill and eat the males, but people in Coarsegold find it a romantic season. Indeed, the beginnings of the Coarsegold Tarantula Festival – the 10th annual event is today – trace back to a newcomer who moved here from Oakland and didn’t properly appreciate tarantulas. “In 1979, I was pulling out of the driveway with my three little girls and I saw this thing,” recalls Tarantula Festival founder Diane Boland. “I backed right over it, and the neighbor came over screaming, `I can’t believe you people who move up here from the city and start destroying things.’ I felt terrible.” Years later, Boland started the Tarantula Festival as a way to pull visitors into her shopping village of artisans and to educate creeped-out newcomers. The festival begins with a best pumpkin dessert contest. In a nod to the festival icon, a favorite event is the hairy leg contest, one for men and one for women. “Don’t even ask. It’s a mountain-woman thing,” Boland says. The man and woman deemed to have the hairiest legs by virtue of thickness of growth and texture of individual hair each receive a shaving kit and a $25 gift certificate to The Mining Company Restaurant. People figure Chuck over at the vacuum shop is a shoo-in for the men’s division. “He’s a very hairy man, and he’s won before,” says Sue Byers. The festival’s highlight and culminating event is the tarantula race. Contestants must provide their own creepy crawler. So far this year, Boland has caught only one tarantula, and it’s different from tarantulas she’s had before. “They really do have personalities. The others have all been nice and cozy – not this one,” she says. She muses aloud that maybe she caught him before he made it to his conquest, leaving him edgy. For the races, each tarantula crawls through dryer tubes. Boland says the tarantulas need to be separated or they fight. She is willing to demonstrate how the racing works, except the Tarantula Festival founder is squeamish about actually touching her tarantula. “They feel like velvet, and I’ll scoop one up without thinking about it if I think it’s in danger, but normally I don’t do spiders,” she says. No one else working on readying the festival stage will volunteer, so Boland delicately positions the tarantula in the tube and blows on it to get it moving. After the festival, contestants set their tarantulas loose in woodsy places far from traffic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

24 years later, recipient of crucial heart surgery gets to thank Nancy Reagan

first_imgAbout two years ago, Halvorson decided he wanted to meet Reagan and thank her personally, but his early efforts to contact her were unsuccessful. More recently, after tracking down a retired New York Times editor who wrote a story about Halvorson’s and his sister’s experience with Reagan in the early 1980s, he was able to reach an assistant of Reagan’s through the library, Halvorson said. About two weeks ago, he was asked to write Reagan a letter, which led to an invitation to meet at the library Friday. “I’m nervous. I’m excited,” he said before the reunion. Priscilla Halvorson, who also has two biological children, attended Friday’s meeting. Brett and Diana, whom she adopted about a year after their surgeries, share a special bond, but still had the typical sibling rivalries growing up, she said. One of the Gift of Life founders, Robbie Donno, said kids who go through the program typically go on to succeed in life because they have a tangible reminder of what someone else did to keep them alive. “The rest of their lives, the scar on their chest is a reminder that someone saved their life,” he said. The program began in 1975. By 1983, the group had sponsored nearly 100 children for the procedure, he said. That number skyrocketed after Reagan decided to get involved. Today, the Gift of Life and the scores of other participating Rotary clubs around the world have helped nearly 10,000 kids worldwide, Donno said. Given that the surgeries are risky, Reagan’s desire to help was courageous, he said. “She’s a brave lady because the whole world was watching,” he said. “She was willing to take that risk because if something goes wrong, a good story ain’t so good anymore.” After the successful procedures for both children, Reagan visited them at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, and gave them both Cabbage Patch Kids, that Christmas season’s most popular gift. While Halvorson doesn’t remember much about the operation or his trip on Air Force One to the White House – except the plentiful supply of jelly beans, Ronald Reagan’s favorite – he does know he wants to participate in the program and help other children the way others helped him. With Friday’s long-awaited meeting with Reagan over, Halvorson said he’s ready to move on to other chapters in his life. Although he loves Korean food, he has forgotten most of the language and has not been back to his native country since he was adopted. He wants to see his biological family, he said, adding, “That would be a great next chapter.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – When 4-year-old Lee Kil Woo walked onto the White House lawn after arriving on Air Force One in November 1983, he had no idea first lady Nancy Reagan had arranged for him and Ahn Ji Sook, 7, to come to the United States from South Korea to undergo life-saving heart surgeries. In the years since, his understanding and appreciation over that act of kindness grew, and he wanted to say thank you. So two years ago, he started researching how to get hold of Reagan. After a conversation with a reporter led to him writing a letter to the former first lady, he got his wish Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “There was a tear in my eye,” said Woo – who was adopted with Sook by an Arizona family and given the name Brett Halvorson – about the emotional meeting. “She’s my hero. I realize now she did a great thing for me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Reagan greeted Halvorson in front of a large photo of her hugging him and Sook, now named Diana, as children, shaking his hand and remarking how tall he’d gotten since their last meeting about 20 years ago. “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it,” Reagan said when she spotted the 28-year-old Washington state insurance broker. Halvorson and his adopted sister, who are not blood relatives, came to the United States for their operations through the Gift of Life program, a nonprofit effort begun by the Manhasset Rotary Club in Long Island, New York, to provide life-saving heart surgeries to kids worldwide. At the time, Nancy Reagan was in South Korea on a diplomatic trip with the president. She was contacted by Harriet Hodges, who worked with the children’s program and asked the first lady for help. The children’s trip and subsequent surgeries made headlines throughout the United States. last_img read more

School reform facing hurdles

first_img“This plan is not baked yet. We’re still in the process of working our way through this plan,” Brewer said. “Everybody’s got to take a deep breath here.” Corrective actions And perhaps offering a glimpse of what he might use for leverage, Brewer said the district is required to develop a restructuring plan under federal No Child Left Behind regulations. “Nobody can get around the fact that we’re under corrective actions because of NCLB and the state,” Brewer said. “That is a fact.” But the teachers union is strongly opposed to elements of Brewer’s plan that include merit pay for teachers, incentive pay for principals and scripted teaching at middle and high schools. And in meetings on the plan, teachers have been urging Brewer to provide resources so they can carry out individualized reform efforts – rather than pulling them into a district of low-performing schools. The dispute puts Brewer in a politically sensitive position, trying to show results in his first year at the district’s helm. Meanwhile, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in his third year at the city’s helm and facing his own pressure to perform, union leaders are jockeying for a February election and a new school board is trying to make its own mark. In such a politically charged environment – with each of the key players driven by personal gain – broad agreements on LAUSD reform are difficult to attain. “What you’re seeing is political safeguarding, quantifying results and players thinking about taking something with them for the next political office,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They’re going to fritter away money on the parts and not on the whole. You’re going to have piecemeal approaches that will be more expensive in the long run than a unified approach.” And while New York City schools announced an agreement this month on a merit-pay system for teachers at the lowest-performing schools, experts note that the LAUSD has different challenges. “Politically, in New York, there hasn’t been over the decades the union playing as heavy a money contribution in the elections of school boards,” Chan said. “Therefore, school board members in New York can very likely be less beholden to unions than in L.A.” While education leaders note that Brewer has charisma, they also say the former Navy admiral is politically inexperienced and lacks a solid senior staff. They note that he initially said he wanted to get rid of ineffective teachers, but a year later now says professional development is the answer. But Brewer vows that he is committed to moving forward in a district that has had its hopes raised often in the past, only to see them dashed. “There’s so much cynicism in L.A. and one of the challenges I have is to build confidence in our ability to change,” Brewer said. Officials wary Still, community leaders who in the past have enthusiastically embraced proposals aimed at increasing achievement and reducing the dropout rate are wary. And education leaders say teachers union contract conditions stifle the ability of the LAUSD to get to the root of the problems of low achievement and high dropout rates. “The elephant in the room is UTLA,” said Bob Scott, chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association. “One of the things that’s been proven is the schools function better when out from under the yoke of the California Ed(ucation) Code and also when they can be relieved of some of the restrictions of the union contracts.” Villaraigosa’s own reform effort is an example of the union’s influence. While the mayor first proposed that he control the entire district, he failed to win union backing. Eventually, he brokered a backroom deal with the UTLA and ended up with legislation that gave him partial control. But that legislation was struck down by the courts and Villaraigosa is left now to work on a plan to manage two groups of low-performing schools. And while the plans by Brewer and the mayor are heavily modeled on successful charter practices, charters don’t have to contend with union contracts. Charter schools also have the freedom to implement practices they believe will allow them to reach goals – including merit pay and the ability to remove ineffective teachers. “They’re unwilling to adopt all the ingredients of charter schools and `Charter Lite’ is not reform,” Chan said. Chan said the current LAUSD reform proposals need to define work hours, teacher evaluations, grievances and due process. She said that when she was writing the charter for her Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, officials reviewed all of the LAUSD’s codes and rules – and decided the answer was to scrap all of them. “That is the premise. We pushed it to the limit,” Chan said. Instead, the charter focused on getting more dollars to its school site and improving working conditions. Not a single teacher filed a grievance or complaint with UTLA. Opting out of the UTLA Five years after the school opened in 1993, its teachers opted out of the UTLA. Steve Barr, president of Green Dot Public Schools, has successfully kept the UTLA out of his schools and recently won the right to convert schools near Locke High into charters. His teachers are members of the California Teachers Association, the UTLA’s umbrella organization, and they operate under a contract that he negotiated the terms for. Regalado said the growing disillusionment and series of reform failures may be pushing the LAUSD toward a tipping point that could force a breakup. “What people are now talking about – either directly or around the edges – is the current structure is too large and ungovernable,” Regalado said. “It’s far too large to be able to control with far too many decision-makers to appease.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com, 818-713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just two weeks after announcing an ambitious effort to reform Los Angeles Unified middle schools, Superintendent David Brewer III finds his plan already foundering amid fierce opposition from the politically powerful teachers union. Brewer, who proposed creating a special district of 44 low-performing schools, already has had to eliminate 10 of the sites and still faces opposition from teachers over the remaining schools. Only one San Fernando Valley school remains on the list. And new rumblings have surfaced that union leaders and teachers in the proposed schools intend to kill the plan entirely. “This plan of his – which was created in a vacuum by noneducators in a think-tank environment – is bad for students, it’s bad for education, and we are going to oppose this with all of our will,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If he tries to bring this plan about, we will organize actively against it.” The discord between the union and new superintendent is raising questions about whether reforms that challenge long-held collective-bargaining agreements can be implemented in the beleaguered school district. And education observers said they believe that if Brewer’s plan does survive, it will likely be a diluted version of the original in order to get the approval of the UTLA. “Reform at LAUSD has been consistently negotiated away,” charter school pioneer Yvonne Chan said. “I’ve been around for 15 years and if you say reform, are you willing to take on those major challenges – including the union contract and giving schools financial autonomy?” But Brewer on Wednesday defended his plan and said it is not yet complete and will eventually reflect input from all stakeholders when it is presented to the school board later this month. last_img

The people pay

first_imgLos Angeles City Hall isn’t the only government arena where top officials’ salaries are increasing while their budgets are bare. California’s institutes of higher education are also trying to justify perks and fat raises to their executives. Last week, the UC Board of Regents was set to increase chancellor salaries 33 percent, even after the governor and the state’s legislative analyst announced that California is facing a $10 billion deficit and that all departments must cut costs by 10 percent. The UC board came to its senses after protesters – including local Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena – made a stink. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsUC’s scarce resources shouldn’t go to the chancellors, who already have a median salary of $374,000. Students at UCs have already seen a doubling of student fees since 2001. The week before, a report from the state auditor was critical of the California State University’s executive compensation policies. You think that had something to do with recent executive pay scandals? This is an organization, the audit found, that paid a number of top managers while they did not work at a university. CSU said it was good training. Over the past five years, CSU salary compensation increases were spread this way: 25.1 percent for executives, 10.4 percent for professional and technical staff and 5.6 percent for tenure-track faculty. And those increases come at a time when CSU student fees are in for another 10 percent hike next year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENT CHEF IS COOKING WITH THE BIG BOYS!

first_imgFailte Ireland’s Sinead Hennessy pictured with Ciarán ó hAnnracháin from Letterkenny IT and Mark Moriarty, EuroToques/Fáilte Ireland Young Chef of the Year 2013 and top young chef in the world after his win in Milan’s San Pellegrino Young Chef competition 2015 in Ard Bia. Photo : Reg GordonChef in training at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Adrian McCarthy, was selected by Fáilte Ireland to attend Food on the Edge – a two day symposium for chefs & food enthusiasts – which takes place this week in Galway City.Adrian is currently studying Culinary Arts and is one of eight students selected from the Institute of Technologies around the country to attend Food on the Edge and hear how some of Ireland’s top chefs view the ‘Future of Food’.The lucky students also got to take part in an intimate workshop with Mark Moriarty, San Pelligrino’s World’s Best Young Chef 2015 in Ard Bia Restaurant, Galway.Organised by Fáilte Ireland Food Champion and Galway native, JP McMahon, The Food on the Edge symposium aims to challenge our perspective on food and our connection to it. Attendees will hear from approximately 40 speakers on the topic ‘Future of Food’ at the event, each of them chosen for their innovation, passion and influence on today’s food culture. As part of the initiative, and on the fringe of the event, Fáilte Ireland organised an intimate workshop with Mark Moriarty, one of the up and coming culinary figures of the Irish food sector. During the workshop Mark shared his culinary story, discussed his future plans and offered advice to the group of trainee chefs.Mark Moriarty – San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Chef 2015 commented:“I was delighted to work with Fáilte Ireland on this workshop and meet with some of the future chefs of Ireland. As a young chef myself, I was be able to offer some advice on how to maximise the opportunities each college course presents. Perhaps some may realise their own ability to achieve on a national and international level and become part of the next generation, pushing the boundaries of Irish food”Food is integral to the overall tourism experience. A significant proportion of a visitors time on holiday will be spent experiencing food in some way – either consuming it in local dining or hospitality establishments, visiting specialist shops and markets or having a hand on learning experience in a cookery school. As a consequence the experience the visitors have of food will play a pivotal part in determining their satisfaction with their overall holiday. Of total spend by visitors; approximately 35% is spent on food and drink which equates to close to €2bn per annum. John Mulcahy, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Food Tourism and Skills Development commented:“Ireland is having a food movement, the current levels of activity relating to food, and the interest around local and traditional food practices and traditions, shows that there is much happening and much to be proud of. It is imperative that Irelands new wave of inspired chefs are included as part of this important movement.“We are delighted to provide Ireland’s next generation of chefs and food innovators the chance to listen, talk and engage with key influencers from around the world. Indeed, Mark Moriarty as San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Young Chef 2015 is a prime example of the heights that can be achieved as young chef in Ireland. Never before has there been a more exciting time to become a culinary professional – and the routes to training are widely available.”DONEGAL STUDENT CHEF IS COOKING WITH THE BIG BOYS! was last modified: October 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:chefdonegalLYITlast_img read more

Euro 2016: England 1-1 Russia: Late Berezutski header denies Three Lions victory

first_imgEuro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTVasili Berezutski’s late header denied England an opening game win in Euro 2016 as they drew 1-1 with Russia in Group B.The Three Lions were impressive in the first half, the only thing lacking from their performance was a goal as they continuously linked up well in the final third. Dele Alli and Adam Lallana had good chances to put their side ahead, but they failed to test Igor Akinfeev in the Russia goal.England lost impetus in the second half and a moment of magic from Tottenham midfielder Dier looked like they would take all three points on their first game of the tournament. But with seconds remaining, Berezutski met the ball in the box, beating Hart with a looping header across goal.Roy Hodgson’s men have a point – which should have been three – ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Wales, who beat Slovakia earlier in the day.READ MORE: Build up to England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia marred by fan clashes as police use water cannon and tear gasHodgson recalled Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, with captain Wayne Rooney seemingly starting in midfield.Nine of the side that laboured to a 1-0 win against Portugal were retained, with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and Liverpool’s James Milner making way in a tactical shift as Harry Kane operated as a lone striker.The Three Lions came out of the traps in a lively fashion and Lallana nearly opened the scoring inside seven minutes when he combined well with Kyle Walker, Akinfeev tipping his effort over the bar.Hodgson’s men were on the front foot and Alli found space in the box but he headed Sterling’s pass across the face of goal, with Kane just inches away from meeting the ball at the far post.Danny Rose hit a low ball across the six yard box which was not met, while Lallana and Walker continued to combine well – with Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier involved this time – on the right as the Liverpool midfielder sending a shot across goal and past the post.Midfielder Alli, who had just finished a season in League One with MK Dons this time last year, found himself cornered but he beat two men, teeing up Rooney on the edge of the box. The 30-year-old, influential in midfield, sent a powerful shot on target but aimed it straight at the goalkeeper, who plays for CSKA Moscow.The half-time could not come quick enough for the Russians, while England did not want it to come as they continued to push for an opener.Leonid Slutsky’s side came out better in the second half, as they pushed and earned corners as they capitalised on England losing momentum.Russia nearly went 1-0 up as Artem Dzyuba, an aerial threat for Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill, headed the ball down on the edge of the box for Fedor Smolov, who used his marker to send a curling shot just past the far post.Rooney forced Akinfeev into making a stunning save on 70 minutes when the ball fell to the Manchester United captain on the edge of the box, who sent a low powerful shot towards goal. The 30-year-old shot-stopper reacted superbly, diving to his right and tipping the ball against the frame of the goal.On 73 minutes Alli was fouled and England had a chance. With Rooney stepped over the ball, Dier stepped up and sent the dead ball fizzing across goal and into the top corner to give them a well deserved lead.England pressed for a second and it looked like the win would be theirs as the match entered stoppage time.The cross came in and the ball was met by Berezutski, whose headed home from around ten yards.More trouble followed at the final whistle, as emotions poured over between fans at Stade Velodrome. Eric Dier’s stunning free-kick was cancelled out late on 1last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Winter story time and craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. 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. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. 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 Open house for Temple Beth Ami’s Sisterhood, 9:30-11 a.m. at 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Open to women of all ages. Call (661) 255-6410 or visit www.templebethami.org. Wild Sunday will explore in depth a different group of animals the second Sunday of each month, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Fiction Light Book Group will discuss “The Reading Group” by Elizabeth Noble, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. 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. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Travel Club Book Group will meet for the first time to decide which topic to discuss, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Lunchtime Torah discussion, noon at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. 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 Mall Walkers will have a guest speaker, Social Worker Beth Jenkins, 9-10 a.m. in the Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call David Sell at (661) 253-8017. Workshop for Nonprofits, titled “Get Organized for the New Year,” 9 a.m.-noon at the SCV Resource Center in the Activities Center at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-3720. I Can Cope cancer support group will meet, noon-2 p.m. in Room 1 of the Foundation Building at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call the American Cancer Society at (661) 298-0886, option 3. Lions Club will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Boating safety class, titled “Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation,” 7:30-9:30 for the next six weeks 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. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Local author Jocelyne Badr will sign copies of her book `’Alter Idem,” 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Refreshments will be served. Call (661) 259-8942. Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Eldest” by Christopher Paolini, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Introduction to Judaism will meet for the first time, 7:30-9 p.m. today and Wednesdays for the next 22 weeks at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. 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. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. 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. 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 sharon.cotal@dailynews.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! TODAY The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. 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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 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 last_img

Last season’s 40-point games

first_imgNewbury Park senior Kavita Goss is considered, with Hart of Newhall senior Taylor Lilley and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City junior Yo Yo Greenfield, among the area’s most talented girls’ basketball players. The Loyola Marymount-bound guard/forward justified the acclaim Friday, scoring a school-record and area season-best 43 points in a 70-61 victory over Marmonte League rival Moorpark. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The 5-foot-9 Goss, who is averaging 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season, scored 29 points in a 64-45 victory Jan. 3 over Royal of Simi Valley, but she’s quick to admit scoring does not always come so easy. “I was in a bit of a slump in the Santa Barbara tournament earlier in the year,” she said. “But on those nights, someone like Arlene Harris (averaging 17.7 points) would have the hot hand. It’s not just me on this team.” Newbury Park’s biggest win this year was a 47-45 triumph Dec. 21 over No. 1 Hart at the Santa Barbara tournament. Goss scored 13 points, but the 6-foot-1 Harris had 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Goss’ performance bested the previous Newbury Park record of 40 set by Brynn Cameron – now at USC – in a 2004 Southern Section Div. III-AA playoff game against Monrovia. “I had no idea I was even close to scoring 40 at the time,” said Goss, who hit five 3-pointers for the Panthers. “I think my mom was the first person to tell me. The game was so close, I was just trying to put the ball in the basket.” last_img read more

Maggette is holding no ill will

first_imgWhen the Clippers acquired Corey Maggette from the Orlando Magic in June 2000, he heard the news in a place full of video games, talcum powder and automatic ball returns. “In my first year, I didn’t have an agent, and the way I heard I got traded was on the radio,” Maggette said. “I was in a bowling alley, bowling with my dad, and all of sudden, I hear, ‘The Magic trade Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling to the Clippers.” So it’s like, this time I knew something was going on. I felt better about it.” This time, Maggette was not traded, but at least he was keyed into the Clippers’ dealings with the Indiana Pacers in an attempt to acquire controversial forward Ron Artest. Maggette says that after meeting with coach Mike Dunleavy on Saturday, he understands what transpired with the near deal and has no hard feelings about it. “This is a business,” he said. Maggette’s six years with the Clippers make him the current player with the longest tenure. He said he loves Los Angeles and tried not to get “emotionally twisted in the head” about the possibility of leaving. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Instead of bowling with his dad in Orlando, Maggette heard the trade was close to being to completed on Thursday. But the Pacers hadn’t officially signed off on the deal. In earlier negotiations, the Pacers said they wanted Maggette for Artest, but the Clippers only offered Chris Wilcox and draft picks in a three-way trade that included the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Harrington. On Wednesday, Harrington told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expected Maggette and Artest to be swapped, meaning that he was out of the deal with the Clippers offering Maggette for Artest. With knowledge of the rumors and possibilities, Maggette went to see the movie “Underworld: Evolution” with teammate Shaun Livingston on Thursday afternoon. In the movie theater, Maggette’s cell phone repeatedly buzzed, and he saw that his agent Rob Pelinka called him multiple times. Maggette had a hard time resisting the urge to pick up the phone, but didn’t answer the phone and simply watched the action-adventure flick. While all of this was happening, his family and friends were full of questions, wondering if he were being traded. center_img To start training camp, Maggette did not practice for the first week because his mom, Marguerite, underwent emergency surgery after being diagnosed with an aneurysm in her aorta. She was emotional about what was happening. “That’s the crazy thing about it all my family and my friends,” Maggette said. “I was more worried about my mom. She loves basketball, and when she was hearing about it, she was like, ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?” That’s the biggest thing I was worried about, mainly my mom, and how she would take it.” As it turned out, the Pacers nixed the trade because they said they could not give the player medical clearance. Maggette is out with a separated ligament in his left foot, is expected to be out of a cast in three weeks and may play in six weeks. He is expected to heal completely and likely will not need surgery. “This is almost a billion-dollar business, so stuff will change,” Maggette said. “Stuff will happen, but at the end of the day, I still will be playing. I still will be getting paid. It’s still good. You can’t get uptight about it. You just have to handle it. At the end of the day, I love that I’m still playing on the NBA level, looking on my jersey and seeing Jerry West on it. You’re a select few who get to do that, and I fully appreciate it.” Joe Stevens can be reached at (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more