Utah Jazz will face challenge against nearly full-strength San Antonio Spurs

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgIt’s been somebody new every night. That’s what’s been weird. If we knew two guys were going to be out for three weeks, then you could get a rhythm with that group. We haven’t been able to do that, because it seems it’s been different people every game. – Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, on injuriesSAN ANTONIO — For much of this season, the San Antonio Spurs haven’t been acting much like the defending NBA champions.At the halfway point of the 82-game season, the Spurs have a 25-16 record, which, if the playoffs began today, would only be good enough to give them a No. 7 seed in the competitive Western Conference. It is also well behind last year’s 32-9 mark at the same point, when the Spurs went on to finish with the best record in the NBA at 62-20.This has been a trying season at times for the Spurs, who have been beset with injuries much of the year. Several top players have sat out and the Spurs have used 19 different starting lineups with 12 different players starting at least one game. During the month of December the Spurs actually had a losing record of 8-10 with two overtime losses and a pair of triple-overtime losses.But things are looking up for the Spurs as they take on the Utah Jazz Sunday night (5 p.m. MST) at the AT&T Center.Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of last year’s NBA Finals, rejoined the team Friday night after a 15-game absence and helped lead the Spurs to a 110-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, who came into the game with the second-best record in the Western Conference.The Spurs should be pretty much back to normal against the Jazz Sunday night with Leonard joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green in the starting lineup. Before Friday’s game, that lineup had only played together for eight minutes all season. Among the top-line players, only guard Marco Belinelli, who is out with a groin injury for 7-10 days, is expected to miss Sunday’s game with the Spurs.In Friday’s victory over the Blazers, Leonard led the way with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting and showed few effects from the wrist injury that kept him out since mid-December. The Spurs produced a remarkable 34 assists in that game on their 42 baskets.Just a week earlier coach Gregg Popovich talked about the challenges of not being able to play with the same players every night.“It’s been somebody new every night,” Popovich said. “That’s what’s been weird. If we knew two guys were going to be out for three weeks, then you could get a rhythm with that group. We haven’t been able to do that, because it seems it’s been different people every game.”Of course, Popovich is part of the problem in that he chooses to sit certain players at times so they’ll be fresher down the line when games matter more. That usually happens in road games or second games of back-to-backs, so the Jazz should expect to see all of the Spurs’ healthy players.When the two teams met earlier in the season, the Jazz came away with a 100-96 victory in a game Popovich was ejected from. Parker missed that game with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Cory Joseph, while Splitter was also out and replaced by Matt Bonner.The Jazz have been playing well of late going 8-7 in their last 15 games despite being short-handed themselves. Alec Burks is out for the season after shoulder surgery and Rodney Hood, Enes Kanter and Trevor Booker have all missed games. However, all three are expected to be able to play against the Spurs.Another big change for the Jazz since the last time they met the Spurs has been the emergence of second-year center Rudy Gobert. In that game in early December he played just 15 minutes and scored six points with two rebounds. But over the last 10 games, Gobert has averaged 8.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks on 65.3 percent shooting.Jazz coach Quin Snyder tries not to get too concerned about individual games and road trips and instead looks at the big picture.“I’m pretty determined not to judge this team based on wins and losses right now,’’ he said after Friday’s win over the Lakers. “There’s some gauntlets out there when you look at the schedule. We’re improving a little bit and it shows. I’d like to continue to use a different way of evaluating our success.’’After Sunday night’s game, the Jazz will stick around in Texas for a couple of days before heading up to Cleveland and a game against LeBron James and the Cavaliers Wednesday night. Then they’ll head to Milwaukee for a game Thursday night before returning to Utah. Related Jazz rookie feels ‘great’ in return from 2nd foot injurylast_img read more


Club plays national novice games

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

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Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgMarck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “When (Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum) called out No. 4 and he said it wasn’t us, I said ’Um, that’s it, that’s all I care about,’” said Johnson, the Hall of Famer in his first year as Lakers president. “I didn’t know where we were going to land from there, but I was like ‘OK, I can breathe now.’”The Celtics finished dismantling the team that beat the Lakers to win the 2008 championship when they traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft. Boston acquired the Nets’ 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.The timing was perfect for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league.“And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. 1) pick,” Pierce wrote on Twitter.The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The draft is June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors trounce Spurs minus Leonard for 2-0 series lead 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for photographs with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel.Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson’s smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating.ADVERTISEMENT The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.A night after winning Game 7 against Washington to secure an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland, the Celtics cashed in their 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick in the June draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. I don’t know what’s happening here. It’s pretty amazing,” said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage.The Lakers moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three. View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’m excited,” 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said. “We jumped up one more spot. I wish we would have gotten the No. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it’s going to be exciting to see what we’re going for.”The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. They were guaranteed no worse than the No. 4 pick to add to a team that had the best record in the East this season behind All-Star Isaiah Thomas.“It’s two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said. “This team is a lot of fun to be around this year.”Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season.The draft is considered a strong one, loaded with point guards such asMarkelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox. Though the Celtics already have a top point guard in Thomas, Grousbeck said he expected they would make the pick.And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league.“You see, you don’t know what’s been going on in L.A. They’ve been like ‘Oh my god, we blew it,’” Johnson said. “We won five in a row and everybody thought we were crazy. So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier.”Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.Orlando is sixth, followed by Minnesota, New York and Dallas. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 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 MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to knowlast_img read more


Messi toasts 700 games with a goal as Barcelona make last 16

Posted On Jan 15 2020 by

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He was incredible,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “It’s all about what he does and when he does it. It was a performance to put us through.”England’s Jadon Sancho fired into the top corner for a late Dortmund consolation but the visitors were largely disappointing and now face a fight with Inter Milan to make it out of Group F.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Dortmund will hope to beat Slavia Prague at home in a fortnight’s time while relying on Barcelona to play a strong enough team to avoid defeat at the San Siro, eight days before the season’s first Clasico at home to Real Madrid.“We got the most difficult group in the competition in my opinion,” said Valverde. “We are through with a game to spare, first in the group, and for the players that means a lot.” No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Dembele had been preferred to Griezmann, who replaced him, while Ivan Rakitic made his first start since September 21.Rakitic made an eventful opening, conceding possession as Dortmund created their best chance in the opening minute only for Samuel Umtiti and Marc-Andre ter Stegen to scramble the ball away.At the other end, Rakitic saw a shot blocked and Messi slipped in Suarez to score but the Uruguayan was just offside.The same combination would soon pay dividends as Suarez’s attempted pass to Junior Firpo cannoned back to Messi, who poked through to Suarez to allow the Uruguayan to strike hard past Roman Burki.Messi made it two when another failed attempt to play out from the back saw the ball land at the feet of Frenkie de Jong. Suarez swiftly transferred into the path of Messi, who drove low into the far corner.After overrunning one chance, Messi was then booked for a dive as Burki rushed out and missed the ball, even if Messi exaggerated his descent.In between, Griezmann might have made it three off after a delightfully cushioned assist from Messi and then he did, as De Jong fed Messi on the break and he threaded in Griezmann, who this time applied the finish.With the result secure, Messi began to enjoy himself, a brilliant run causing the Camp Nou to rise to its feet before a bending free-kick from an acute angle clipped the crossbar.Sancho, who came on as a substitute, slammed a shot into the top corner with 13 minutes left and there might have been a nervy finish had Ter Stegen’s finger-tips not pushed another effort onto the crossbar in the 87th minute. Clippers edge Grizzlies on Harrell’s putback Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption While Real have hit their stride in recent weeks, Barca has stumbled, even if the results have been good enough to remain top of La Liga on goal difference.For that, they owe a great deal to Messi, who now has 10 goals in his last nine games, a timely surge into form ahead of the announcement of the Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday, for which his greatest threat is Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.Messi magicAs well as his 613 goals, Messi has provided 237 assists in his 700 club matches, taking his collective tally of goals and assists in that time to an astonishing 850.For Barcelona, the only worry was the sight of Ousmane Dembele limping off with another injury in the first half. Dembele could be a doubt for the Clasico, which is exactly three weeks away.“It was a strange movement, a bad landing, I don’t know,” Valverde said. “We are qualified but the bad news is his injury.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal with Antoine Griezmann, centre and Luis Suarez during a Champions League soccer match Group F between Barcelona and Dortmund at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)Lionel Messi marked his 700th game for Barcelona by scoring his 613th goal on Wednesday as the Catalans beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to go through as group winners to the Champions League last 16.Messi celebrated his anniversary in style by putting Barca two up before half-time, between laying on a pair of assists for Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann in a comfortable victory at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areaslast_img read more


Jammed Gunners seek Cup reload

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgLast weekend’s chastening 3-0 defeat at Everton was a major blow to the Gunners’ hopes of securing a top-four finish and the squad’s morale is at a low ebb following the latest in a long line of big game flops this season.Arsenal had already been thrashed at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, but it is the loss to Everton which could prove the most costly as the Toffees will climb above them into fourth place if they beat Sunderland on Saturday.In the circumstances, Wenger knows Arsenal desperately need the confidence boost of moving a step closer to winning a major trophy for the first time since they last lifted the FA Cup in 2005.“What is important after our performance against Everton is to respond well. That’s where our future lies, is our capacity to respond with a strong performance and that is the next game and the next game is the FA Cup,” Wenger said.“We have lost a little bit of confidence, you could see that against Everton because it all went bad for us.”Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla added to the sense that their season is in danger of imploding when he was quoted this week saying he may consider leaving because his team-mates “haven’t got a winning mentality”.And even Wenger, usually so upbeat when asked about his team’s flaws, struggled to retain his positive outlook as he contemplated a stressful end to the season.“When results are not going as well, you can always think you can improve,” he said.“There is no perfect team and we will always try to improve our squad and our team. This season we lost key players at big important moments of the season, but we have to just to focus on finishing as well as we can.”– Midfield injuries –Adding to Wenger’s concern is a growing list of midfield injuries which make it even harder to get back on track.Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined, while Mathieu Flamini is suspended and, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky both facing late fitness tests, Aaron Ramsey is set to start for the first time since December after recovering from a thigh injury.“We have a lot of uncertainties,” Wenger said. “At the moment we have too many players out and it is important we get them back.”Wigan’s primary concern is to win promotion via the second tier play-offs, but the fifth placed Latics could prove tricky opponents for the Gunners.Uwe Rosler’s side gave a classy display to stun Manchester City in this season’s quarter-finals in a repeat of last season’s victory over the Eastlands club in the FA Cup final.And Rosler revealed he will copy Everton’s blueprint as he bids to emulate their victory over the Gunners.“I watched the game last Sunday and it was another very impressive lesson from (coach) Roberto Martinez, tactically how Everton approached the game,” Rosler said.“There were good pictures for me to learn from and also take one or two things on board, like I did with Manchester City in the last round.”In Sunday’s second semi-final, Hull City take on League One side Sheffield United with both clubs on the verge of history.Hull are making their first last-four appearance in the Cup since 1930 and have never reached the final, while a win for United, winners of the competition four times between 1899 and 1925, would make them the first team from the third tier to make the final.Steve Bruce, Hull’s manager, said: “The FA Cup has been flailing over the last few years but these semi-finals bring the romance back to the whole thing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 11- Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal players to use Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against holders Wigan to lift their shattered spirits.Wenger’s side head to Wembley with their confidence in tatters after a miserable run ended their hopes of winning the Premier League and left them fighting to secure qualification for the Champions League.last_img read more


Magic Mesut bails out Arsenal

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgWithout his first-choice full-backs, Wenger watched the sort of defensive chaos descend which he must have dared to think had been eradicated by some solid summer signings.As they wobbled, it sounded a warning that such deficiencies and mental fragilities still lurk.Fortunately for the Frenchman, his team remain ever potent in attack and Ludogorets proved again to have their own inherent problems at the back.Arsenal were level before half time through goals from Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud and just when they thought they would drop two costly points, up popped Mesut Ozil with one of the most beautiful goals you will ever see.Only two minutes remained when Ozil was released by a pass from Mohamed Elneny, delicately lifted the ball over the goalkeeper, collected it on the other side, and dummied and shimmied his way past a couple of defenders before rolling it into an empty net.Victory puts them on top of Group A and the manner of Ozil’s winner keeps spirits high ahead of the derby against Tottenham on Sunday.Arsenal actually opened well, taking command of the possession as the Bulgarian champions retreated to defend on the edge of their penalty box.Aaron Ramsey was off target with an overhead kick and Ozil was denied by goalkeeper Milan Borjan, one of two changes to the team which conceded six at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago.Borjan was in for Vladislav Stoyanov who has not played since his horror show in North London.Perhaps it all seemed a little too comfortable, because as soon as they were asked to defend, they went behind.Wanderson delivered a long, deep free-kick from wide on the Ludogorets right which reached Jonathan Cafu, who escaped Shkodran Mustafi to tap it past David Ospina from close range.The home crowd stirred. They arrived in good numbers, despite the tie being held a six-hour drive from Razgrad, where the team are based.But they did not arrive in great expectation.Yet within three minutes they saw the lead doubled. Again, the resistance of Arsenal was feeble as Wanderson fired a long pass out to the right and Cafu skipped past Kieran Gibbs.His near-post cross was converted by Claudiu Keseru and this goal was greeted with a greater roar, as if those braving Sofia’s November chill might be about to witness one of the great nights.Ludogorets, with a strong Brazilian contingent, were quick and nimble and had been lively going forward at the Emirates.It was at the back where they were not up to scratch and reality levels were reset when Xhaka arrived in a deserted penalty area to pull a goal back for the visitors.Ozil created the chance with a run down the left and fine low cross, dug out from tight on the touchline.Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs attempts to stop Ludogorets forward Jonathan Cafu who scored the first and set up the second for the hosts. PHOTO/Daily MailGiroud was unable to gather it as he sped towards the near post but it rolled invitingly to Xhaka, who tucked a left-footer into the bottom corner from somewhere near the penalty spot.All this within the opening 20 minutes. Ludogorets set about defending their lead and just as they hoped to reach half time, Giroud wiped it out.Ramsey angled the ball in from the right and Giroud beat ‘keeper Borjan, who dashed six yards from his goal and made it easy for the Arsenal striker to glance a header past him.Wenger stalked down the tunnel towards the dressing room with a stern expression on his face. His mood will not have been improved by some of the hefty challenges meted out on his players.Gibbs was smashed by a tackle from Cosmin Moti so late that the referee had every right to miss it, which he did.Alexis Sanchez, quiet by his usual standards and with shirt sleeves pulled over his hands, grew increasingly frustrated by a procession of tackles which arrived just as the ball was moving on.Francis Coquelin was booked for dissent. Arsenal were in control but the third was proving elusive and they almost conceded to a lightning fast counter-attack.Ospina dropped sharply to his left to thwart Wanderson and needed to be alert moments later as the same player darted on to a long pass from Marcelinho.Arsenal pressed forward in search of the winner they felt they would require to stay in control of Group A and Ludogorets became more dangerous on the counter-attack.Xhaka split the defence with a pass to Sanchez but the Chilean’s touch let him down for once.Wenger sent on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the clock ticked down. Off came Ramsey. Oxlade-Chamberlain slide one chance wide and the home crowd were preparing to celebrate when Ozil struck.They did not see one of the great nights in Bulgarian football, but they did see a winning goal they will not forget in a hurry.-By Daily Mail–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil wheels away in celebration after scoring an 88th minute winner. PHOTO/DailyMailSOFIA, Bulgaria, Nov 1- On their first visit to a place where a shake of the head means yes, perhaps Arsenal can be forgiven for the outbreak of confusion which produced an unexpected European thriller.Arsene Wenger’s team fired six past Ludogorets without reply in London just two weeks ago and yet found themselves two goals down within a quarter of an hour on a bitterly cold night in the Bulgarian capital.last_img read more


Dates set for murder trial of man accused of murdering Pamela Napoleon

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgThe voir dire is scheduled to begin on June 3rd, 2019 and last 48 days, while the trial itself is scheduled to take place over five days, starting in September. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John law courts were the venue for an eventful pre-trial conference on Wednesday for the man charged with murdering Pamela Napoleon over four years ago.Leon Wokeley has been charged with second-degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains in connection with the death of Napoleon in July 2014. She was last seen with Wokeley on July 8th, and her body was discovered inside a burned-down cabin near Buick approximately one month later.Wokeley was arrested and charged with Napoleon’s death in late October last year after a more than three-year investigation by the RCMP.- Advertisement -Earlier this year, the court learned that the RCMP employed the use of a Mr. Big sting operation as part of their investigation into Wokeley.The technique, which is used by undercover officers to gain the trust of a suspect and surreptitiously attempt to get the suspect to confess to a crime, saw over 100 hours of recordings compiled by officers in their investigation into Wokeley.That evidence will be the subject of a voir dire – or a trial-within-a-trial – to determine its admissibility in the murder trial.Advertisementlast_img read more


PSG ‘stunned’ as star refused entry into the UK for Arsenal clash

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img Serge Aurier in action for Paris Saint-Germain 1 Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been refused permission by British authorities to travel to England for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal.The French club announced that Aurier, a 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, had been denied an entry visa because of a recent assault conviction.In a statement, Paris Saint-Germain said: “Due to a sudden about-face by the British authorities, Serge Aurier has not been allowed to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for the clash away to Arsenal.“Paris Saint-Germain is stunned by this incomprehensible situation that attacks the very integrity of the UEFA Champions League.”Aurier was given a two-month prison sentence on September 26 for assaulting a police officer. The incident occurred on May 30 outside a Paris nightclub when the 23-year-old was originally arrested and placed in police custody.He has appealed against the judgment, his French club said, declaring that on such a basis he should be presumed innocent.PSG also say they have the support of UEFA, European football’s governing body and the organiser of the Champions League.The Ligue 1 champions said Aurier had been initially granted permission to travel with the rest of the squad to London, before a decision last Wednesday reversed the ruling.The statement added: “After an initial application on 18 October, complete with all the necessary documents, the British authorities had originally granted Paris Saint-Germain’s Cote d’Ivoire international an entry visa to the UK on 21 October. However, on 16 November, his visa was finally revoked by the British Ministry of the Interior (Home Office), who justified their about-face by citing Aurier’s conviction on 30 September, 2016.“Paris Saint-Germain had, in all transparency, informed the British authorities of this conviction, as well as Aurier’s appeal against this decision (and the legal suspension of the ruling) from the outset.“The club has argued several times that since the player has launched a legal appeal against the criminal ruling, he is therefore entitled to the presumption of innocence, as any other person exercising their right to appeal.“Paris Saint-Germain strongly regrets that the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain’s decision. On several occasions, UEFA has also transmitted its total support of Paris Saint-Germain to the British authorities regarding this case, in order to preserve the integrity of its competitions.“The club also deplores that the final decision of the British authorities was only communicated at 14:00 CET on Tuesday, despite the club working for the last six days to find a solution to enable our player to travel with his team-mates to London. Paris Saint-Germain considers this extremely tardive response as a flagrant lack of respect for the club, given that its player could have been training with the team just hours later at Emirates Stadium.“In the face of this decision, albeit difficult to understand in respect to European law, Paris Saint-Germain, who had planned to travel to London with its strongest possible squad, invites its fans to be more united than ever, in support of their club.”A UEFA spokesman said the European governing body had sent letters to the Football Association and the Home Office supporting the request of PSG for a visa to be granted to Aurier and that it was “standard procedure whenever visa-related issues happen” for them to do so.last_img read more


Man bound, gagged in home-invasion robbery

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – A man was bound and gagged Monday morning in his apartment in a home-invasion robbery and didn’t free himself for several hours, a sheriff’s official said. The victim, who was not identified, called the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station around 4:30 p.m. Deputies said the man was disoriented. He was unsure of his name and told them he had lost consciousness for a short while before escaping a set of ropes. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman German Aguilera said paramedics responded to the Provence apartment complex at 28160 McBean Parkway and took the victim to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. A Sheriff’s Department scanner broadcast said the victim had several knife cuts from his attacker, who was described as a male in his mid-30s; 6 feet and a muscular build with no facial hair, a tattoo on one hand and wearing a blue jogging suit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A crime lab team was sent to the apartment late in the afternoon. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252last_img read more


Investigators enter pleas in HP case

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’All five are charged with using false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes. Each charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and three years in prison. They are all scheduled to return to court Nov. 17. Wagner’s defense lawyer, Stephen Naratil, said outside court that his client worked for many companies and didn’t know what the telephone records were being used for. He declined to comment on prosecutors’ claims that Wagner acknowledged destroying the computer linking him to the HP probe “because it had incriminating evidence on it.” “He’s a hard worker,” Naratil said. “He didn’t know anything about HP. He didn’t know anyone at HP. He was just doing his job.” DePante’s defense lawyer, Richard Preira, reiterated his client’s innocence. DeLia’s lawyer declined to comment. SAN JOSE – Three private investigators who allegedly obtained confidential telephone records as part of Hewlett-Packard Co.’s boardroom spying probe pleaded not guilty Tuesday to identity theft and other felony charges. Ronald DeLia of Massachusetts-based Security Outsourcing Solutions Inc., Matthew DePante of Florida-based Action Research Group Inc. and Bryan Wagner of Colorado were arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court. DeLia, DePante and Wagner are among five people criminally charged last week for their roles in the spying scandal at the computer and printer giant. Former HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn surrendered and appeared in court late last week. The company’s ousted ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker turned himself in and was released. The three investigators are accused of impersonating HP board members, employees and journalists to trick phone companies into divulging private phone logs. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer has said the investigation is ongoing and could lead to more charges.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