SANTA ANITA’S DYNAMIC HORN BLOWER JAY COHEN TO HOST FIRST-EVER ‘THAT’S A STRETCH’ COMEDY SHOW IN CHANDELIER ROOM SATURDAY, FEB. 15NEXT EDITION OF MONTHLY COMEDY SERIES TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, MARCH 21ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2020)–Spend more than a few minutes around Santa Anita’s popular Horn Blower, Jay Cohen, and you’re as likely to hear a corny joke or witness a magic trick as you are to hear a call to the post–any one of which will leave you and your family smiling. The multi-talented Cohen, who doubles and triples as a professional magician, comic and world class musician, will host Santa Anita’s first-ever “That’s a Stretch” comedy show in the track’s legendary Chandelier Room this Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.The show will feature a collection of dynamic young comedians, with Cohen “stirring the comedic pot” throughout the evening.“Look, everybody’s looking for a laugh, right?” said Cohen between races on Sunday. “The Chandelier Room is a terrific venue and I know everybody will enjoy it. If you skip a good laugh on a day, that day is ruined. Even when everything goes wrong, we need to find some humor in it. I know I do and it’s saved my life.”Attendees will be entertained throughout the two-hour performance by Cohen and comedians Mary Gallagher, Eddie Pence and Jamie Kaler.A stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Gallagher had her national stand-up television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2018 and she’s also appeared on Amazon Prime’s “Laugh After Dark,” as well as a hidden camera horror show from “Stanger Things,” entitled “Prank Encounters.”“That’s a Stretch” will also showcase comedian Eddie Pence, who was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top faces of the Montreal Comedy Festival. A finalist in 2010’s Seattle International Comedy Competition, Pence’s credits include “The Late Show with David Ferguson,” “Gotham Live” and “Comics Unleashed.” Pence can also be heard on two daily podcasts, “The Ralph Report” and “Swings and Mrs.”Attendees will also be treated to the comedic talents of Jamie Kaler. An accomplished actor, comic, host, voice-over artist and podcaster, Kaler is the founder of “Dadlands” and is best known for his starring role as Mike on the hit TBS show, “My Boys.” His prolific career also includes appearances on “Friends,” “Will and Grace,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parenthood,” “King of Queens,” “The Middle,” “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “NCIS,” as well as numerous films and commercials.To purchase tickets for the “That’s a Stretch” comedy show this Saturday at 6 p.m., please visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE. Attendees must be 21 years of age. The first in a monthly series, the next “That’s a Stretch” event will be Saturday, March 21.
The new Channel, which will go to air on 5 September, is a dream-come-true for every rugby fan in Papua New Guinea, with non-stop round the clock rugby action.The 30th channel will provide the best coverage of the Rugby World Cup to be held in the UK next month, showcasing all 48 matches live and exclusive on Free-To-Air (PNG only).TVWAN Rugby will also relive the greatest classic encounters from previous Rugby World Cup Finals, and recap the 2011 Rugby World Cup, including the All Blacks Road-to-the-Final.It will also celebrate the best matches from the Digicel Cup & Hunters 2015 season.Rugby fans will be able to relive the best moments from the Digicel Cup and the biggest wins from the Hunters spectacular 2015 season.The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks-off on September 19th at 4am PNG Time with a Grand Opening Ceremony, followed by the host nation, England taking on Fiji.The International Rugby Board’s Rugby World Cup 2015 will be held at 17 landmark venues across England and Wales with 20 countries participating across four pools.TVWAN Rugby can be found on Channel #5 on Digicel Play.
The goal would be to find an archer as Andrés Prieto was last season, that is, with experience in First or Second, but aware that his situation once joined the pepinera squad will be to live in the shadow of Cuéllar and Soriano, now immovable as a holder and substitutes for Javier Aguirre. André Grandi, Italian-Brazilian goalkeeper of Leganés (22 years old), will soon terminate his contract with the pickles to be free and find a new destination away from Butarque. The lack of minutes and their desire to grow, even if they are competing in lower categories, is behind this decision. The club has not put problems, although now you must add a goalkeeper to your list of futuristic reinforcements for the remainder of the season. Nor is it ruled out that the entity decides to give continuity to the goalkeepers of the Third subsidiary Division and especially Pablo Lombo, a regular goalkeeper with Luis Cembranos.Grandi arrived at Leganés last summer in a club bet For a young profile for the position of third goalkeeper after the last two seasons that role corresponded to Serantes and Andrés Prieto himself, both away from the Brazilian’s profile.Time passed, however, Grandi has not had opportunities to play. In fact, his appearances have been limited to seven games in which he has been summoned, but in which he has not played. The last one, the Copa del Rey tie against Andorra on December 19.Grandi has alternated his presences with the first team with calls in the subsidiary of Leganés, where he has played a total of eight games of Group VII of the Third Division. In total, Grandi has conceded ten goals. The lack of competitiveness and motivation to play in this category (last year he played with Inter Madrid in Second B) is another reason why the goalkeeper has asked to leave to find a new destination.
Trippier, who arrived at Atlético this summer from Tottenham Hotspur, gave an interview to the British BBC network in which he talked about his stay in Madrid and the figure of Simeone. “It is the best in the world? For me personally, yes. When people play for him, he realizes how good he is. Obviously there are other good coaches out there, Klopp, Guardiola, Sean Dyche (he trained Trippier for four years), but he is one of them for sure, “he said. About his Spanish, Trippier said he is learning and that he understands “much more” than he can speak. “I have the right people near me, who is helping me and the coaching staff is fantastic. I will not learn in a day, it will be a process that really calls me”he pointed out.In addition, Trippier said that it is sometimes difficult to communicate with Simeone and that the Argentine tries to speak to him in English. “It’s not a problem on the field. I know what he asks of the players, what he needs and what he expects from the team.” The English side of Atlético de Madrid Kieran Trippier explained that for him Diego Pablo Simeone is the best coach in the world since when “you play for him you realize how good he is”.
Last summer it was published that Manu García would automatically renew if he played a minimum of 25 games this season. According to the data that was handled then, he was required to appear for 45 minutes per crash to compute that calculation.In a public appearance, the Vitorian midfielder assured that these data were not exact. Who else who least questioned the issue of the 25 games but, in fact, it was. What was not rigorous was saying the half game. Just jumping onto the field was enough. So last Friday, against Valencia and when he played the last minutes due to Fejsa’s injury, the circle was closed. 25 games in 27 days, 20 as a starter and 5 as a substitute but jumping onto the pitch. Therefore, renewal.One of the captain’s dreams was arrive with the blue albiazul to 2021, the entity’s centenary year. And that circumstance has already occurred for what Manu García will continue to be captain, except for unexpected decisions, in the next season.
The Cantabrian returned to the Valverde plan (he recovered the drawing from 4-3-3) and lived a couple of games of truce (Leganés and Levante), but Barça, without Griezmann in the eleven against all odds, was eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao. In San Mamés, and after Madrid’s defeat against Real seemed to open the door to the title, he played a correct game but did not take advantage of his chances. Setién, like the dressing room, was beaten at the last minute with surprising acceptance. The Cantabrian went on to say: “I am satisfied”. “It has happened so fast that I am sorry I could not have enjoyed it more. I would like this to last a lifetime.” Quique Setién served two months this Friday at the helm of Barça and, although everything has happened to him, as a direct manager or notJust a week ago, he assured that he was delighted. So what his stay in Barcelona, for the moment, has been absolutely volcanic and, in the method, somewhat contradictory. Setién said upon arrival that he would speak to Valverde, but a few days ago he admitted in an interview to ‘The newspaper’ that “finally” did not. Also, in his presentation, on January 14, he advanced that he could change things in the drawing. Which he did, but soon forgot.But let’s go by parts. Quique Setién made his debut as coach of Barça on January 18 in a Barça-Granada that, despite solving with a very short 1-0, generated an artificial current of illusion among certain sectors of the culé environment. Barça gave 1,005 passes but, of them, only 203 went forward. The 3-1-4-2 activated by the Cantabrian coach finished questioning the next two games. Griezmann saved Barça from a disaster in Ibiza and, finally, the invention went to waste with the 2-0 of Valencia, where the team was a toy against the Celades team. The 3-1-4-2 was boring and sterile in attack and very fragile in defense. For that reason, and with the ‘recommendation’ of some player, he went on to a better life then.Before the game against Valencia, Setién had experienced his first crisis in the offices. The Cantabrian coach aligned with the club in the decision to send Carles Pérez to Roma with Suárez already injured. “Dembélé is going to leave,” he said to combat pessimism. Days later, the Frenchman broke and Barça was stiff with troops. In between, other news altered the locker room ecosystem. In addition to the doubts about the change of the coach, the players reproached each other for the final guilt of the dismissal of Valverde. In addition, an incident between two heavyweights of the team in the course of training emerged. Setien, however, was able to control the chaos. Before reaching his first month as coach of Barcelona, Setién was already under the spotlight in the previous match at his previous home, Benito Villamarín. Aided by a refereeing push (Sergi Roberto could be sent off before the break), Barça won 2-3 thanks to three assists from Messi. That victory and that of Getafe made Barça the leader of LaLiga. Setién thought that these two victories would serve to calm the Barça environment and that he would live calm days at last, but they were the days of the I3 Ventures scandal, which culminated in a racket against Bartomeu in the match against Eibar.Then came the most important week of the course. In Naples, Barça tied (1-1) but disappointed its people, who were bored, saw a team without a soul despite the draw and feared for the future of the team as soon as they faced a more powerful team. San Paolo’s bad feelings were confirmed at the Bernabéu, where the lousy second half weighed more than a neat first half. As in Bilbao, Setién was again a denialist. So much so that, a week later, he repeated up to five times in the pre-match press conference against Real Sociedad that they had generated seven scoring chances at the Bernabéu. The worst of the Classic was not that, but the noise that was generated around the fuss of Eder Sarabia. Like so many other things, the vehemence of the second coach divided Barcelona’s. A group applauded Sarabia’s public censorship of footballers, accused of absolute power. Others saw it as a populist and disrespectful act that would only have been legitimized if they had been told from you to you to the players. From the club they had no doubts. Sarabia had to apologize for the forms and Setien, reproach him in public. He had no other choice, no matter how soon Sarabia came out to say that he was “proud” of being the way he is and that he would not change. From trouble to trouble, from convulsion to convulsion, Barça reached two points from Madrid last day, with the goalaverage lost and with very bad feelings.But perhaps it is true that Setien has something of Cruyff. And not in his romantic idea of the game. But in the winks of football, the flower. Despite accumulating three defeats since he arrived, two of them in the League where, without going any further, Barça only lost one game in the entire LaLiga two years ago, the Cantabrian celebrates two months as leader of LaLiga after the victory against Real Sociedad and the defeat against Betis. An absolutely unexpected but real scenario. Setien, the stoppage due to the coronavirus, confirmed shortly before completing his second month as coach of Barça, will allow him to do the preseason that he could not in the summer, physically recover their players and insist on concepts that have not yet been well implemented by their players. Two months later, Setién is still standing, leader in LaLiga and with all the Champions League options open. He already warned: “The north wind is pushing me.”
Cancelo would come to replace a Semedo that has not convinced and that the club has already put on the list of transferable. Publicly, Guardiola assured that he did not want to get rid of the Portuguese but he does not see it as essential either. “What has to happen will happen”, he assured. The former Valencia player has played less than expected and could try to force his departure.A deprecated formulaThe stoppage of soccer due to the coronavirus has also stopped the flow of income from television rights to the club box, one of its main sources of money that serves to sustain the millionaire transfers.Given the shortage of funds expected for the next market, barter is a formula that could be back in fashion in which assets are exchanged, players in this case, instead of paying in exchange for a footballer. The next transfer market could end Nelson Semedo’s time as a FC Barcelona player. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Portuguese likes Pep Guardiola and Manchester City would propose a barter with Joao Cancelo, ex of Valencia who arrived in another exchange for the exmadridista Danilo from Juventus.Semedo was close to leaving last summer, with Atlético as the main destination, but he finally stayed in Barcelona. Now, Manchester City could be their destination to compete for a spot with Kyle Walker.
Blatter wants to clear his name and host the election meeting in Zurich as a farewell to FIFA after more than 40 years. The FIFA appeals committee rarely cuts or annuls sanctions imposed by the governing body’s ethics or disciplinary panels. Blatter and Platini have said they expect their cases will fail at FIFA before they pursue further appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA’s appeals committee has previously imposed a life ban after judge Joachim Eckert decided on an eight-year sanction. In 2013, then-FIFA executive committee member, Vernon Manilal Fernando, of Sri Lanka, was expelled for bribery after then-prosecutor Michael Garcia appealed. Manilal Fernando was judged to have bribed Asian officials to vote for Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar in a 2009 election for a FIFA executive committee seat. The loser in that bitterly fought contest, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, is now a candidate for the FIFA presidency. CAS later upheld Manilal Fernando’s life ban. ZURICH (AP): Already banished from soccer for eight years, former FIFA leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are again facing the threat of life bans. FIFA ethics prosecutors said yesterday they will appeal to increase the bans, arguing they are too lenient. “The investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the decision against Mr. Blatter and Mr. Platini at the appeal committee of FIFA,” the prosecution unit said in a statement. The counter-challenge revives the prospect of life bans, which both men revealed had been recommended by investigators before their ethics hearings last month. Blatter and Platini have said they will also appeal the eight-year sanctions handed down by four ethics judges who rejected charges of bribery and corruption. Instead, Blatter and Platini were banned for a range of lesser violations of the FIFA ethics code, including accepting or receiving gifts and conflicts of interest. They deny wrongdoing over Blatter approving a $2 million payment from FIFA to Platini in 2011 as backdated salary without a contract. Platini worked as a presidential adviser to Blatter from 1999-2002, but did not claim the money owed to him for more than eight years, when FIFA was no longer obliged by Swiss law to pay him. The case has ended Platini’s bid to succeed his former mentor as FIFA president in an election on February 26. Clearing his name
Donovan ‘DV’ Hayles has resigned as head coach of Hydel High School’s Manning Cup football team, following the re-hiring of Geoffrey Maxwell in late June. “Yeah, man. I resigned from early July because, with no disrespect, but Mr Maxwell was brought in as technical director,” Hayles told The Gleaner yesterday morning. “I have my own philosophy, just like Mr Maxwell. He (Maxwell) is a coach who loves to be in control, and I am also a strong coach,” Hayles reasoned. Hayles also disclosed that after the hiring of Maxwell, there was a meeting, and he told the Hydel authorities that it could not work. “They believe that with both of us being coaching for many years, we could work together. But that is not reality. We are two head coaches. Both of us will want to ensure our own style. Authorities want us to work together, but I don’t foresee that happening. Hence, I sent in a resignation letter to the school board,” Hayles revealed. Looking ahead, Hayles says he is open to work with a school or club. “I am up for any reasonable offer as I plan to continue coaching football,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Corey Bennett, Hydel Group of Schools vice-president and sports director, confirmed Hayles’ resignation, also yesterday. “That’s true,” Bennett told The Gleaner. “He (Hayles) resigned at the beginning of the summer. Now, Mr Maxwell will assume roles as technical director and head coach.” Maxwell was re-employed at the Ferry-based institution in late June. At the time, he was employed as technical director. Hayles served as coach of the Manning Cup team in 2014, following the resignation of Maxwell in 2013. Maxwell had previously spent two years and guided Hydel to the Manning Cup final, where they lost to St George’s College in 2012 at the National Stadium. That was Maxwell’s first year in charge.
UNEXPECTED MEDAL Impressed by an unexpected silver medal in men’s traditional basketball at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, earlier this week, coach Calvin Martin says he has nothing but respect for the multi-talented, focussed and hard-working members of Team Jamaica. Jamaica’s medal haul was 29 overall, but an ‘inspirational’ silver medal, from nothing, Martin maintains, “felt good”. The basketballers finished the Games with one loss and claimed silver behind Australia. “Going into the tournament, we (basketball team) didn’t expect to win any medal. Mrs (Lorna) Bell just wanted to start back the programme, so she said, ‘make a team,'” he added. Lorna Bell is the president of Special Olympics Jamaica. That team consisted of runners and athletes from other disciplines. While Martin outlined that the efforts were great, he underlined that special-needs schools across Jamaica are good places which turn out these talents. One such school is Genesis Academy, which is run by Donna Lowe. “So many medallists are past students of Genesis Academy; we are growing them well for success. They can do it, and they have done it,” she told The Gleaner. Meanwhile, husband-and-wife medallists, Jonathan Lowe and Esther Pair Lowe, copped gold in men’s 100m freestyle swimming and women’s Bocce, respectively. The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on August 24.