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Valencia star eyes return vs. Hart

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first_imgFootball standout Jason Engleberg, Valencia High’s top receiver and part-time defensive back, remains sidelined with a ankle injury, and he hopes to return in three weeks for a showdown against Foothill League rival Hart on Oct. 28. Engleberg, who sprained his ankle during the first half against St. John Bosco of Bellflower last week, was in street clothes during a 35-28 loss at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Friday. “The doctors told me I’m not supposed to be walking, but I can’t stand crutches,” Engleberg said. Engleberg, the team’s only experienced returning receiver, has 13 receptions for 328 yards – an average of 25.2 yards – and two touchdowns. Valencia missed him against Notre Dame, as the Vikings dropped several passes – two of which were tipped and eventually intercepted. “Although we’re young, we’re going to surprise a lot of people with the way we play,” coach Sean LeGaux said. “The kids are working extremely hard, and I expect it to pay off as we take on the ‘big boys’ from around the Valley.” Among West Ranch’s key players are sophomores Malik Bradley, Morris Williams and Jordan Qualls, and freshmen Kevin Franklin, Beau Martin and Marcus Garner. LeGaux, a former seven-year assistant at Saugus, played on Saugus’ Southern Section 3A championship team in 1987 – Santa Clarita’s only boys’ basketball title. He plans an uptempo style and full-court pressure this season. Meanwhile, West Ranch is looking for a boys’ frosh coach. Contact LeGaux at slegaux@hartdistrict.org. After watching Notre Dame’s remarkable quarterback Garrett Green run for 219 yards and three touchdowns and pass for 155 yards during Friday’s victory over Valencia, I’m convinced an elite scrambling quarterback is the most dangerous weapon in football at any level – high school, college or pro. Local boxers Julio Ramos, Tim Williams, Ofelia Martinez, Joana Pereyda, Mailene Castro, Jazmin Vasquez and Leonardo Vasquez from the Santa Clarita Community Center boxing program are scheduled to participate in the fourth annual Desert Showdown tournament at the Trump 29 Hotel Casino in Palm Springs beginning Oct. 19. The USA Amateur Boxing-sanctioned event includes hundreds of participants from across the U.S. “We’re excited that so many of our boxers are participating,” said SC Community Center coordinator Gilbert Amaro. “Our boxers have trained for months to get into top form, and their hard work is going to be evident.” Foothill League tennis matches have been switched from Thursday to Wednesday this week because of a Jewish holiday. The American Bass Association plays host to a team tournament at Castaic Lake on Oct. 29. Entry forms are available at americanbass.com/TeamEntry.htm. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Running back Shane Vereen help make up for Engleberg’s absence against Notre Dame, catching seven passes for 174 yards, including touchdowns of 36 and 86 yards. Backup running back Nick Hale, one of the team’s fastest and most athletic players, has moved to receiver so he can get more touches. He caught three passes for 71 yards against Notre Dame. Engleberg was also missed defensively, as Valencia continues to shuffle defensive backs in hopes of finding the right mix. Starting safety Ricky Crouch was replaced by Jordan Turbyfill even though Crouch was coming off his most productive game of the season after totaling seven tackles against St. John Bosco. Herrick’s 320 yards pushed his career total to 8,812 – 1,159 shy of Keith Smith’s state record of 9,971 (Newbury Park, 1991-93). West Ranch High, composed of freshmen and sophomores, won’t play varsity sports until the 2006-2007 school year, but the boys’ basketball team already is developing into an impressive group. This season’s junior varsity team, which includes eight sophomores and six freshmen, should make an impact after finishing 14-11 at the freshman level last season – including winning the Ventura Tournament championship. last_img read more

GlobalFlyer set for next record flight

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The flight will be piloted by Steve Fossett, who made a 20,373-mile solo nonstop flight around the world in the GlobalFlyer that concluded on March 3. The GlobalFlyer was designed by Burt Rutan and built at his Scaled Composites company at the Mojave Airport. The world record for a nonstop flight is held by Voyager, which was also designed by Rutan. The aircraft flew for 24,987 miles around the world in 1986. The longest flight by a balloon is held by the Breitling Orbiter 3, which flew for 25,361 miles in 1999. During the attempt for the longest flight, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. MOJAVE – The Mojave-built GlobalFlyer is being readied for another world record-setting flight, this time to break longest-flight records set by its Voyager predecessor in 1986 and a balloon in 1999. Virgin Atlantic Airways has signed an agreement with NASA to use Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the starting point for the flight, which is to cover 29,000 miles and end in London. No exact date has been set, but the flight is expected to take place in February. “Launching from the Kennedy Space Center at NASA will give both pilot and aircraft the ultimate launch pad for this ultimate flight,” said Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways. “We’re excited to be able to partner with NASA on this attempt, as it is a perfect combination of innovation and aspiration.” During Fossett’s around-the-world flight, GlobalFlyer had a mysterious loss of more than 3,000 pounds of fuel. Despite that, Fossett was able to complete the flight and still had 1,500 pounds of fuel when he landed. Engineers established that the fuel escaped through vents in the fuel tank behind the engine. Scaled Composites has since modified the aircraft. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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

Men’s Basketball To Face Pepperdine In Gulf Coast Showcase Third-Place Game

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first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team plays its final game at the Gulf Coast Challenge Wednesday in the third-place game against Pepperdine at 5 p.m. CST.Wednesday’s game will be available to view via the BD Global Sports YouTube channel by clicking here.Pepperdine opened the tournament with an 84-70 win over Duquesne, followed by a 59-55 loss to Murray State. The Waves are led by Lamond Murray, Jr. and Stacy Davis with 15.0 points per game. In the loss to Murray State, Davis had 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Waves are coached by Marty Wilson, who was a member of Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti’s staff at Utah.The Bulldogs advanced to the third-place game via an 81-79 overtime win over Western Kentucky to open the tournament, followed by a 74-58 loss to Weber State on Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s loss was courtesy of 34 points from Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin. Senglin and guard McKay Cannon combined to shoot 12-of-18 from three-point range.Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) led Drake in the loss with 18 points on a 4-of-7 night from the three-point arc. The redshirt sophomore is shooting 57 percent from three-point range this season.Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) followed up his 41-point night with 11 points against Weber State. On Monday against WKU, he scored a career-high 41 points on 13-of-23 shooting. In addition to setting a Gulf Coast Showcase record, that total tied for the seventh highest total in school history and the highest since 1981.Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to host UIC on Saturday at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The last time the Bulldogs and Flames met Drake prevailed 61-59 on a runner as time expired from Richard Carter in Ray Giacoletti’s first game on the bench. Carter scored 38 in the win to open the 2013-14 season.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Stephen Curry details his injury, rehab process and thoughts on the young Warriors

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors guard Stephen Curry has rewatched the play plenty of times. When Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes, all 6 feet, 10 inches, 260 pounds, fell onto the 180-pound guard. Curry knew his left hand was broken by the time he reached the bench.“I knew when I couldn’t move my fingers, it was something serious.”Speaking to media for the first time since his injury, Curry said he expects to play again this season. “I definitely expect to be ready to play. I don’t know when, but at …last_img read more

‘Punjab law to curb crime may be misused’

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first_imgWith the Congress government in Punjab planning to bring a law against organised crime, the Dal Khalsa, a Sikh radical group, on Sunday feared that it would be misused against political opponents. “Under the proposed legislation, an officer of the rank of DIG or above will have the authority to invoke it. But the key question is how to ensure that the officer will not succumb to political pressure,” Dal Khalsa chief H.S. Cheema said.Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has recently said the draft of the Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA) — aimed at giving more powers to security forces to tackle criminals, gangsters and radical forces — was being finalised and would be enacted soon. Law alone not enoughMr. Cheema said: “We, too, want a peaceful Punjab, free of organised crime and gang wars. However, stringent laws alone will not prevent gangs from indulging in violence.” He urged human rights groups to take up the matter with the legislators and open discussions on whether the State really needed such a law. “Are the existing laws insufficient to deal with gangsters? Whether the government has incorporated checks and balances [in the draft law] to prevent misuse?” he said. He urged the government not to act in haste and instead seek the views of human rights groups.last_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the better

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is full of praise for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Sanchez Flores says Guardiola has changed football in England for the better.”The philosophy I think is really new,” said Sanchez Flores.”When he arrived in England, English football was changing, it was in the middle of some big changes.”Many good coaches are coming here, introducing this idea to touch the ball, but we know the English fans they don’t like to touch horizontal, they like to touch forward, so it’s completely different.”Pep is putting the stamp for this change, this kind of big change, so of course finally he defined a little bit the change.”When he was coaching Barcelona you could see that he’s a clever guy and he’s thinking very well and really passionate with football.”If you look like this, you have the possibility to change a lot. If you have very good players like he has, you have more possibilities to change things, so the ingredients they are really good for him.” last_img read more

a month agoKenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinho

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon says Manchester United should never have replaced Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Reds struggled to see off Rochdale, 17th in League One, in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, progressing eventually on penaties.Solskjaer’s side were also widely condemned after being humiliated in the Premier League last Sunday, losing 2-0 at West Ham . They now face a tough test against a confident Arsenal side. Former United chief Kenyon said: “If you put me in charge of a great club and you needed to appoint a manager, my first thought would be José Mourinho.“He’s intelligent, he’s relevant and has vast experience. He isn’t outdated. I just think he needs the right club. I’m sure that you’ll see Mourinho be a part of a great club again.”He added: “The key is to give him the adequate structure and organisation to make sure he’s a part of everything.“I was the first to express my disappointment when he left United because I think he could have been a part of that great leadership structure.“No one better than him knows what United represents. José is far from being an irrelevant and outdated manager.” last_img read more

5 days agoLiverpool legend Fowler has pop at Man Utd mentality

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first_imgLiverpool legend Fowler has pop at Man Utd mentalityby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has enjoyed a pop at the mentality of Manchester United’s players.Ahead of today’s clash at Old Trafford, Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “There is something ­different about this ­Manchester United v Liverpool clash.”Something significant, ­something worrying for every United fan.”If I can borrow a phrase from Gary Neville, it feels a tiny bit like The Dog & Duck v… well, the Champions of Europe.”By that I mean simply that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team go into the game KNOWING they are an inferior side. He knows it, his players know it.”As a professional, you just know. You know when an ­opponent is quality and better than you. I’m not saying that means they’ll inevitably win. But you still know.”And here’s the thing.”When I was at Liverpool, we never felt inferior.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

AP Exclusive Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement

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first_imgSEATTLE – Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year’s worth of revenues for the 5-year-old charter advocacy group.All told, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $25 million to the charter group that is credited with keeping the charter schools open after the state struck down the law, and then lobbying legislators to revive the privately run, publicly funded schools.It’s an extreme example of how billionaires are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend and expand the charter schools movement across the country.Since 2006, philanthropists and their private foundations and charities have given almost half a billion dollars to those groups, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and Foundation Center data. The review looked at 52 groups noted by a U.S. Department of Education website as official charter school resources in the 44 states plus Washington, D.C., that currently have a charter law, as well as the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.Most of the money has gone to the top 15 groups, which received $425 million from philanthropy. The Walton Family Foundation, run by the heirs to the Walmart fortune, is the largest donor to the state charter advocates, giving $144 million to 27 groups.“We ought to be paying more attention to who these organizations are, and what kind of vision they have, and what drives them. A lot of these organizations have extraordinary influence, and it’s often pretty quiet influence,” said Jon Valant, an education policy expert at Brookings.Charters aren’t subject to the same rules or standards governing traditional public schools but are embraced by Gates and other philanthropists who see them as investments in developing better and different ways to educate those who struggle in traditional school systems, particularly children in poor, urban areas. Studies on academic success are mixed.The charter support groups, as nonprofits, are typically forbidden from involvement in political campaigns, but the same wealthy donors who sustain them in many cases directly channel support to pro-charter candidates through related political action committees or their own contributions. In one indication of the philanthropy’s success in asserting its priorities, Georgia’s lieutenant governor was recorded saying he was motivated to support school choice laws to curry the Walton foundation’s favour for his gubernatorial campaign. The Walton foundation has denied any connection to the candidate.Nationwide, about 5 per cent of students attend charters. They have become a polarizing political issue amid criticism from some, notably teachers unions, that they drain resources from cash-starved schools and erode the neighbourhood schooling model that defines communities.The Walton foundation notes the groups it funds have resources that often pale in comparison to the war chests of teachers unions, the usual foes in their battles over state education policy.“The philanthropic support is essential for a small group of schools” that represents disadvantage families without their own political power, said Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a University of Washington-affiliated think-tank that has in the past been funded by the Gates foundation to support charter schools and traditional school districts working together.But John Rogers, an education policy expert and UCLA professor, said it’s a problem for democracy that billionaires who back a certain model of education reform can go toe-to-toe with a critical mass of professional teachers.“A handful of billionaires who are advancing their vision of education reform is very different than having 200,000-some odd teachers across the state representing their understanding of public education through their union representation,” Rogers said.In California, the Waltons are the biggest backers of the powerhouse California Charter School Association, which has gotten more than $100 million since 2006 with support coming also from Gates, Michael and Susan Dell and the Mark Zuckerburg-backed Silicon Valley Community foundations.“We’re proud of our partners and very open about our desired outcomes, and that is, honestly, access to more better schools,” said Marc Sternberg, who leads the Walton foundation’s education program.Sternberg said the foundation doesn’t set the agenda but wants to empower the local vision, which has included the charter association’s fight for more money and access to public school buildings through lawsuits against Los Angeles Unified, the country’s second-largest school district. The California charter group said it works aggressively when painted into a corner.A political arm of the association also has been a force in Golden State politics. It’s now focusing on pushing pro-charter candidates in the November election, including former charter schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools superintendent, and a number of legislative seats.In Washington state, charter skeptics say Gates single-handedly propped up the entire charter school network. He gave at least $4 million to help pass a state charter school law, though the concept had failed three times at the ballot. Voters eventually approved a charter school law in 2012, making Washington one of the last states to adopt the schooling model.After the state’s highest court ruled in 2015 that the charter law’s funding model was unconstitutional, the Gates-backed state charter group shepherded almost $5 million to keep the lights on at six charter schools and urged legislators to pass a new law. In 2016, its political arm called Washington Charters Action was created, and an affiliated political action committee has already given small amounts to dozens of state lawmakers up for election this fall.Today, the state’s teachers union is challenging the second version of the law. The Washington Educators Association’s spokesman Rich Wood said the charter group inserted itself into the case after the union sued the state.The Washington charter group — and all the charter schools in the state — wouldn’t agree to be interviewed. The Gates foundation said in a statement it is not involved with the lawsuit but values the association’s technical work helping charter schools blossom.Some critics say money can define the advocacy itself, so not all charter support groups accept money from the billionaire philanthropists.A second statewide charter support organization in California, the Charter Schools Development Center, relies on programming fees to preserve its independence, according to director Eric Premack.Though the two California charter groups share many similar values, Premack said, they’re on different sides of the testing issue: how to and how much to use test scores to determine educational quality. Premack said he rejects test-based accountability — embraced by the California Charter Schools Association and many of its business mogul donors — as antithetical to the charter movement’s innovative spirit.“You often find them being close political bedfellows — if not the same — who support high-stakes testing,” Premack said.___Associated Press journalist Larry Fenn in New York contributed to this report.___Follow AP Education Reporter Sally Ho on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SallyHolast_img read more

Salesforce and Burlington climb while Tiffany drops

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first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:Tiffany & Co., down $12.41 to $92.54The luxury retailer reported weak sales as spending by Chinese tourists decreased.J.M. Smucker Co., down $7.90 to $101.28The jam and packaged food maker cut its annual profit and sales forecasts after a weak quarterly report.Salesforce.com Inc., up $13.10 to $140.64The customer service management software maker posted a larger profit and more revenue than analysts expected.D.R. Horton Inc., down $1.02 to $37.32Homebuilders continued to sink after the Commerce Department said new home sales fell again in October.Burlington Stores Inc., up $19 to $167.56The discount retailer raised its annual forecasts after a strong third quarter.Western Digital Corp., down 53 cents to $48.15The hard drive maker said Chief Financial Officer Mark Long will leave the company June 1.Chico’s FAS Inc., down $2.53 to $4.79The clothing company reported weak results and cut its forecasts, and said the president of its namesake brand is leaving.Papa John’s International Inc., down $3.89 to $47.88The pizza chain continued to slump after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trian Fund Management has decided not to buy it.The Associated Presslast_img read more