MT. BALDY LEAGUE Chaffey 54, Don Lugo 38 Freshman guard Teonna Campbell led all players with 15 points as the Tigers (15-6 overall, 4-2 league) defeated the visiting Conquistadores. Sophomore guard Angelica Peralta scored 12 points for Don Lugo (10-10, 4-2) in the loss. Staff Reports Eric Lawton was too much for the Fighting Scots, scoring 32 points as visiting Hemet Valley West won a nonleague game over Rim of the World, 62-53. Dwight Wood scored 18 points, and Kyle Michael added 12 for Rim of the World (6-16), which plays host to Serrano at 6:30 p.m. tonight. GIRLS 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi (C) arrives to court with his father Jorge Horacio Messi (3rd R) to stand trial for tax fraud in Barcelona, Spain, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea.BARCELONA, Spain, June 2 – Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi, one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, arrived Thursday at a Barcelona court to take the stand for the first time at his tax fraud trial in Spain.The 28-year-old, who wore a black suit and tie, was cheered and jeered as he emerged from a van accompanied by his father Jorge Horacio Messi. The two are accused of using a chain of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.6 million) of Messi’s income earned through the sale of his image rights from 2007-09.Dozens of photographers and onlookers crowded behind metal barriers and a line of police that guarded the entrance of the court to catch a glimpse of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Most applauded but some jeered and criticised the player.“If he cheated, he has to be sentenced no matter how much of an idol and Ballon d’Or winner he is. These are four million euros less to pay for hospitals, schools, firefighters, roads,” Jose Seco de Herrero, 25, told AFP.“Thief!,” yelled out one onlooker. “Go play in Panama,” cried out another.The tax fraud trial comes at a time of simmering voter anger over steep government cuts to health and social spending, as the government struggles to bring Spain’s public deficit down.Messi and his father will be questioned on Thursday on the third day of the trial. It is expected to wrap up on Friday.After his court appearance in Barcelona, Messi will jet off to the United States where Argentina take on Copa America defending champions Chile in their first game of the three-week tournament in California on Monday.The high-profile case kicked off on Tuesday without Messi, as he was recovering in his hometown of Rosario in Argentina from a lower back injury he suffered during a friendly match against Honduras last week.Under Spanish law, a defendant is not obliged to attend the full trial if prosecutors seek a jail sentence of less than two years — as is the case here.– Voluntary payment –Messi’s former tax advisors came out in support of the football star when they took the stand on Wednesday, saying the player never handled his own wealth management.He “didn’t take any decisions and I didn’t see anyone consulting him for anything”, Angel Juarez, one of the partners at law firm Juarez Veciana which managed Messi’s tax affairs at the time, told the court.Inigo de Loyola Juarez, another partner and Juarez’s brother, added: “I don’t know if any of my correspondence has been included in the case, but they will see that Lionel Messi does not appear in any of it.”The Barcelona forward and his defence team have long argued that Messi’s father handled the footballer’s finances without reporting to him, and the striker was not aware of any wrongdoing.Both Messi and his father, who has managed his son’s affairs since he was a child, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud.Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of 22-and-a-half months for them if they are found guilty, plus fines equivalent to the amount that was allegedly defrauded.But any such sentence would likely be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences carrying a sentence of less than two years.Messi and his father made a voluntary payment of 5.0 million euros ($5.6 million)– equal to the amount of the alleged unpaid taxes plus interest — in August 2013 after being formally investigated, which is expected to mitigate any sentence if they are found guilty.Messi has scored 314 goals in 348 appearances for Barcelona. He boasts eight La Liga titles and is a four-times winner of the Champions League and Copa del Rey with the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Kagame Cup which was earlier scheduled for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June/July, will be held in December with Kenya being represented by Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia and last year’s runner-ups Ulinzi Stars.The dates are yet to be set as the regional governing body is working with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and potential sponsors to finalize the details.“I believe Kenya will organize a good tournament compared to 2013 which was shambolic. The Cecafa Kagame Cup will be held in Kenya where the host country will be represented by Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars but we are looking at adding another third team from Kenya but that will depend on whether all invited teams will confirm participation,” Musonye said while making the announcement.Musonye says the reason of altering the dates of the tournament to December is to give the regional clubs an opportunity to prepare for the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup, with Musonye saying it is high time a team from the region gets into the group stages.“Beginning next year, the group stage of both the Champions League and the Confederations Cup will have 16 teams. We should be able to produce two or three clubs from this region into that stage. Having the tournament in December will give these teams an opportunity to prepare themselves,” Musonye offered.However, this will pose a huge challenge to Kenyan clubs with the local calendar running between February and November.Gor Mahia FC team posing for a team photo/Timothy Oobulu.With the club championship coming hot on the heels of the Senior Challenge Cup, it will mean the top two clubs which play in continental football the following year will have less time for rest.Meanwhile, the Secretary General has said their struggles with finances is a thing of the past as they have managed to secure sponsorship for most of their programs next year whilst also revealing FIFA has agreed to finance its youth and women programs.‘We have worked so hard and from next year, we will have more programs. We have sponsors ready for the tournaments and definitely, things will run better,” Musonye disclosed.This comes even as a number of regional federation bosses are said to be preparing a move to oust Musonye who has been at the body since 1999.But the experienced football administrator who is also the regional CAF coordinator in East Africa says he is not afraid of an ouster.“I have been in CECAFA since 1999 and every year, there has been talk of a coup. I am not afraid, let them come. If someone is not happy with what I am doing, there is a process that should be followed,” added Musonye.Kenya last hosted the Kagame Club championship in 2001 where Tusker beat Oserian on post match penalties to lift the title on home soil.Musonye confirmed that the second edition of the Nile basin tournament that was scheduled for this year has been cancelled due to lack of logistics but remained positive Uganda will host the Under-17 tournament in 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kagame Cup which was earlier scheduled for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June/July, will be held in December with Kenya being represented by Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia and last year’s runner-ups Ulinzi Stars. PHOTO/Timothy olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – Kenya will host both the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and Kagame Club Championship this year, Secretary General Nicholas Musonye confirmed on Thursday.Musonye said the Senior Challenge Cup will be held in November where Harambee Stars will be seeking to reclaim the title for the first time since 2013 when they last hosted the event.
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Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Why not get in the man who will actually replace Aguero at Manchester City? His goals-per-game ratio is fantastic and his pace could worry teams. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – £11.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice on who you could bring in for Aguero – Hes been in the goals, just like Aguero, since his move to Manchester. Hes likely to bag a few and is also on penalty duty. Hes the wise choice, but it means youre likely to have the same striker as most other players. Lucas Perez (Arsenal) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Perez is an unknown quantity in the Premier League, but hes going to give the Gunners something different up front. His pace could trouble defences and he could grab some goals and assists. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – £7.4m – Yes, we are serious. The Belgian star is going to be the main man for the Eagles and has games against Middlesbrough, Stoke and Sunderland coming up. Hes worth a punt if you want something different. When Sergio Aguero received his three-match suspension last week, Fantasy Premier League players were, arguably, more affected than Manchester City fans.The levels of despair on Twitter were incredible and now tough decisions have to be made.FANTASY PREMIER LEAUE GAMEWEEK 4 TRANSFER TIPS HEREYou’re going to want a replacement for the Argentine and have plenty of choice given his fee is the biggest in the game.But who will you want to bring in to replace him?Click the right arrow above to see six possible signings… Diego Costa (Chelsea) – £9.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The bruising centre forward has had a solid start to the new season, and with matches against Swansea, Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon he could bully teams into submission. 6 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – No goals so far, but the Toffees are about to hit a nice run of games. If he can get in the matches, hell get amongst the goals, giving you plenty of points. 6 6 6 6 6
The Iraqis have been given security responsibility in only one of 18 provinces – Muthanna. It is a remote southern province with an overwhelmingly Shiite population and is among the most peaceful in the country. “What he meant is that the process will be under way by the end of this year,” said Talabani’s media adviser, Hiwa Osman. “We are not expecting a complete hand-over by the end of this year – nobody really is.” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he did not see Talibani’s remarks but hopes Iraqis will take over as conditions permit. “He’s the president of Iraq, and he can make his statements. And I didn’t see the context of it or the translation of it, and I can’t comment beyond what our policy is.” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said there are “too many variables” to make any kind of firm prediction about the hand-over of security. “The Iraqi security forces are making great progress. Every week, every month, they get more capable,” Whitman said at the Pentagon.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Bombs exploded on a soccer field Wednesday killing 11 young people, and at least 42 other people – two of them Americans – died elsewhere in sectarian or political violence. Still, the president said plans are on track for Iraqis to take over security. The two homemade bombs went off on a soccer field in the mostly Shiite district of Amil in west Baghdad, killing both players and spectators ranging in age from 15 to 25, police 1st Lt. Maitham Abdul Razzaq said. Two mortar shells struck another Shiite district, Abu Dshir, killing three people under age 15, police Capt. Firas Queti said. One shell exploded on a soccer field and the other hit a house, wounding a couple and their child, he said. Two Americans died in combat in Anbar province, the Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. One was a Marine assigned to the Army’s 1st Armored Division and the other was a soldier with the 9th Naval Construction Regiment, the command said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesNo group claimed responsibility for the Baghdad attacks, which appeared to be part of the tit-for-tat attacks by Sunni and Shiite extremists. The attacks threaten the unity government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which took office May 20. The surge in sectarian violence has prompted the U.S. command to send at least 3,700 American soldiers from the northern city of Mosul to reclaim the capital’s streets from Sunni insurgents, Shiite militias, rogue police, criminals and freelance gunmen. Despite the violence, President Jalal Talabani said the government remains confident it can cope with the security crisis and vanquish extremist groups, calling recent attacks “the last arrows in their quivers.” “We are highly optimistic that we will terminate terrorism this year,” Talabani said. “The Iraqi forces will take over security in all Iraqi provinces by the end of this year gradually, and if God’s will, we will take the lead.” Talabani’s prediction was far rosier than those from U.S. commanders and Iraqi officials, and the president’s staff quickly sought to explain that he was referring to the beginning of a “process” for Iraqis to assume control, not the final step.
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to become England’s full-time skipper.The 24-year-old has previously worn the armband for the Three Lions as manager Gareth Southgate has rotated his captain since Wayne Rooney was left out of the squad.The Everton forward has now retired from international football, leaving a void of experience.It remains to be seen if Southgate will install a permanent captain, having utilised Kane, Joe Hart and Jordan Henderson in the role in recent games.Kane has led out England in their last two matches, scoring three goals in that time, and his boss at Spurs reckons he can be relied on to take the role again.Asked if Kane was ready to be captain, Pochettino replied: “Yes, but that is not my decision.“It is Gareth Southgate’s decision. But I think Harry Kane is ready and his character is fantastic to be a captain.“It is not my decision but if that happened, I would be very happy if the decision of Gareth Southgate were to give the armband to Harry.”Kane, who has still never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, will have another chance to end that hoodoo when Spurs host Burnley at Wembley on Sunday.Pochettino will be hoping to have new club-record signing Davinson Sanchez involved but admits it all depends on how quickly a work permit can be issued for the Colombia international. “The work permit, we are waiting,” he said when asked about the former Ajax defender.“We will see if he is available to be selected for the weekend. At the moment, we will see.“In the last week he was not involved in training for Ajax. Always difficult for him. “He trained with us yesterday and will train with us again. We are waiting for the work permit so we have to wait.“For me, the important thing is that he is so young – 21 years old. He is one of the most important and talented young players in Europe. He is so fast. We are so pleased to sign him and have him with us.”Pochettino also signed goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton during the week as Spurs finally started to land players having not brought in any new faces in time for the start of the season.They have been heavily linked with Paris St Germain full-back Serge Aurier in recent days and Pochettino admits there could be as many as three further additions before the transfer window closes on August 31.“Maybe three more (signings),” he said.“I am confident. We are working hard to change the squad and bring more players in. From our chairman Daniel (Levy) and Steve (Hitchen) our chief scout, trying to find the right profile.“We are working hard to strengthen our squad. I think it is so exciting now ahead of the Champions League and Premier League.“We need to sign a few more players and a few players need to leave the club. They need to feel they can play more and they want to play more. That is a normal period in every club.” The 24-year-old has previously worn the armband for the Three Lions 1
1 The Blues trail leaders Manchester City by nine points Chelsea must be “realistic” in their quest to chase down leaders Manchester City and set their Premier League title defence back on track, according to Antonio Conte.Boss Conte has admitted the Blues deserve to sit fourth in the table after a patchy 10 games in an early-season stint containing “a lot of problems”.Eden Hazard’s first Premier League goal of the season guided Chelsea to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, leaving Conte charting an upward curve for the weeks ahead.“At this moment we must be realistic by going game by game,” said Conte, when asked to assess Chelsea’s chances of catching Premier League leaders City.“We have 19 points and we deserve to have 19 points.“We are first in our group in the Champions League. We went into the next round of the Carabao Cup after going out in the second round last season.“I’m very happy with this group. There are players who are very honest, players who want to fight until the end for something important.“Are we able to do this? I don’t know. But we will try to stay there.“I know very well that, in England in this league, there are six top teams, very strong. Four go into the Champions League. Two have to stay out and play Europa League.“Today it was important: a good win, also because the other teams all won, apart from Tottenham who lost.”Striker Alvaro Morata has now gone five games in all competitions without a goal – but Conte believes the Spain hitman will soon hit his peak after injury.Morata missed a gilt-edged chance and also had a goal incorrectly chalked off over a bad call on a Cesar Azpilicueta offside.“Honestly, I’m happy with his commitment, his desire, his will to fight,” said Conte, of Morata.“For sure, he can do better but, don’t forget, he is recovering from a muscular problem.“When you have this type of problem, it needs a bit of time to come back to the best physical condition. But I’m very happy with his performance.”N’Golo Kante missed Saturday’s Bournemouth victory despite returning to training after hamstring trouble, but could now face Roma in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.“I hope, I hope; he could be ready,” said Conte.“But you know very well the importance of this player. I want to be sure he is ready. I’d prefer not to take a risk. If he’s ready, he plays.”
10 Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) – Age 20 – Value = £8.25m – Best attributes: Dribbling (14), First Touch (15), Long Shots (14), Passing (14), Technique (15), Composure (17), Decisions (13), Determination (13), Flair (15), Teamwork (14), Vision (15), Agility (14), Stamina (14). 10 10 Afonso Sousa (Porto) – Age 17 – Value = £2,500 – Best attributes: Dribbling (12), First Touch (12), Passing (12), Technique (13), Bravery (12), Composure (13), Decisions (12), Determination (14), Flair (15), Off The Ball (12), Vision (12), Acceleration (12), and Pace (12). Wendel (Fluminense) – Age 19 – Value = £4.5m – Click the right arrow above to see more wonderkid centre-backs in Football Manager 2018… – Best attributes: Dribbling (13), First Touch (14), Long Shots (13), Passing (13), Tackling (13), Technique (15), Anticipation (14), Flair (14), Teamwork (15), Stamina (16), and Strength (14). Carlos Soler (Valencia) – Age 20 – Value = £8.25m – Best attributes: Finishing (13), First Touch (13), Long Shots (13), Passing (15), Technique (16), Anticipation (14), Composure (15), Decisions (15), Determination (14), Off The Ball (15), Vision (15), Work Rate (14), and Pace (15). Football Manager 2018 is back and that means the quest to lead your team to glory is the only thing occupying your mind for the foreseeable future.No matter who you choose to manage you’re going to want some of the game’s top young players to supplement your squad as you attempt to build a dynasty – whether it be at Gresty Road or the Nou Camp.So, who are the starlets set to be among the very best over the coming years, according to those experts working behind the scenes on the game?Click the right arrow above to see 10 top Football Manager wonderkids who can become great central midfielders…Disclaimer: Players’ asking prices may be a lot more than their value Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) – Age 20 – Value = £8.75m – Best attributes: Dribbling (13), First Touch (14), Passing (13), Tackling (14), Composure (13), Determination (15), Flair (13), Off The Ball (13), Vision (14), Work Rate (13), Balance (14), and Stamina (14). Andrija Balic (Udinese) – Age 19 – Value = £1.7m – Best attributes: Dribbling (12), First Touch (14), Long Shots (14), Passing (13), Technique (14), Decisions (13), Determination (13), Flair (14), Teamwork (13), Vision (14), Agility (14), and Balance (13). Sander Berge (Genk) – Age 19 – Value = £6.75m – Best attributes: First Touch (13), Passing (13), Technique (14), Anticipation (14), Concentration (14), Decisions (14), Determination (14), Teamwork (14), Work Rate (13), Jumping Reach (14), and Strength (14). 10 Carles Alena (Barcelona) – Age 20 – Value = £1.4m – Best attributes: Dribbling (15), First Touch (15), Long Shots (12), Passing (15), Technique (16), Composure (14), Determination (15), and Natural Fitness (14). 10 10 10 10 10 10 Franck Kessie (AC Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £17.5m (Unavailable to sign until July, 2019) – Best attributes: Dribbling (14), Marking (13), Passing (14), Tackling (15), Bravery (17), Composure (14), Concentration (14), Determination (17), Off The Ball (15), Work Rate (14), Balance (18), Stamina (17), and Strength (18). Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) – Age 20 – Value = £9.5m – Best attributes: Dribbling (15), First Touch (15), Long Shots (13), Passing (16), Technique (16), Bravery (16), Decisions (14), Leadership (14), Vision (15), Work Rate (15), Acceleration (15), and Agility (14).
27. Lucas Moura (Attacking midfield) 11 12. Victor Wanyama (Centre midfield) 11 37. Kyle Walker-Peters (Right-back) 17. Moussa Sissoko (Attacking midfield) 7. Heung-min Son (Attacking midfield) 11 13. Michel Vorm (Goalkeeper) Mauricio Pochettino is expected to rotate his team for Tottenham’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Rochdale, which you can hear live on talkSPORT.Spurs have just had to complete a run of incredibly tricky matches which started with the home fixture against Manchester United on January 31, and also took in clashes against Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.This visit to Rochdale allows Pochettino to rest some of his key players, and hand valuable minutes to the likes of Juan Foyth and Lucas Moura – who came off the bench to make his debut for the Lilywhites against Juve.So, how could Spurs line-up against Rochdale?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Tottenham XI listed in squad-number order… 3. Danny Rose (Left-back) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Spurs line-up 11 11 21. Juan Foyth (Centre-back) 11 11 11 11 11 18. Fernando Llorente (Centre forward) 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (Centre-back) 29. Harry Winks (Centre midfield)