Wellington sends 13 to DII swim meet; 2 to advance to DI Championship qualifier

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 13 Wellington Sailfish were on hand to compete in DII qualifying swim tournament. by Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent — This weekend, 13 Wellington swimmers – Marisa Black, Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis, Emberly Gonzalez, Macy Gonzalez, Colin Green, Chance Hamel, Derick Kotchavar, Dakota Lynnes, Jensen Lynnes, Nash Oswald, Jordan Thompson, and Mackinze Tracy – tackled a whole new rodeo.League Finals offered a taste of what was to come, but it could not compare in size, length, or competition to Missouri Valley Districts. Swimmers from all over the western portion of the state competed in 92 events over the course of three days.Each day had two sessions – 13-and-overs in the morning and 12-and-unders in the early afternoon – so while swimmers were not at the meet for as many hours at a time as they were the weekend before, most had to report three times.Wellington Head coach Lyndsie Oathout and families that have children on both sides of the age-group divide toughed out all six sessions! Wichita Swim Club hosted the marathon meet, a blessing that cut costs and travel time. The indoor, 50-meter pool provided a more stable environment, eliminating variables such as wind and cloud cover. One thing it did not eliminate, however, was heat. Granted, it was cooler inside than in the full sun outside, but the humidity made everyone feel like a swimmer – and want to be one.Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis and Nash Ogden.For first-time qualifiers Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis, Colin Green, and Derick Kotchavar, there was another unfamiliarity to overcome. In the Great Plains Swim League, the clerk of the course directs swimmers to their races in an orderly fashion, but Districts imitates year-round swim meets where kids are responsible for getting themselves to the correct heat and lane on time.These young men were up for this challenge and all the others. The excitement of their first Districts meet propelled all to impressive performances. Ralphie Cornejo cut time on his 50 free and swam the 50 fly legally for the first time, never an easy feat for a 9 year old but especially remarkable on a 50-meter pool.Michael Davis cut time on all the races he had swam before, including an almost six second cut on the 100 free that achieved the long course Districts standard for the first time! Like Michael, Derick Kotchavar cut in all his races, the largest improvement being a 2.78 second drop on the 100 free.The 100 breaststroke was a bonus swim for Colin Green (an unqualified race that a swimmer who is qualified in at least one other event is allowed to swim), but no more! Colin cut close to five seconds to beat the Districts cut by almost four seconds. He also dropped nearly three seconds in his 100 free.Diving into competition in DIIs.To make up for its unique challenges, Districts provides rare opportunities. While GPSL does not give twelve year olds the chance to swim 100 meters of butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke or the 200 free, Districts lets even the youngest swimmers try their hands (and feet) at those more challenging events. To say that Nash Oswald took advantage of the chance to experiment with a longer race is an understatement. Though seeded eighth, Nash out-touched all the other swimmers, qualifying for Championships at the same time!Jensen Lynnes also experienced great success in a long event. She almost made Championships in the 100 back and placed eighth. Ten-year-old Michael Davis bonus swam the longest event available to his age group: the 200 free. After carefully planning his strategy, the young swimmer executed his paces perfectly, right down to “sprint with everything you have on the last 50.” He placed 12th.  Districts even expands choices for older swimmers. Marisa Black swam the 200 back, placing sixteenth.Another opportunity available at Districts is time trials. For a small fee, kids are allowed to swim a race of their choosing. While they cannot place, score points, or earn ribbons, their time will count towards personal records and Championship qualifications. Jensen Lynnes entered the weekend motivated to punch her Championship ticket at her last chance to do so, motivated enough to time trial twice!On Saturday afternoon, she tried the 50 free; on Sunday morning, the 100 back, a heartbreak in which she landed just 0.2 shy of her goal! In the end, her persistence paid off. Her stellar performance on the 100 back time trial increased her confidence prior to the 50 back, and she sailed to her first championship cut of the season and a third-place medal.In addition to individual swimmers making a name for themselves in the broader swimming community, the team became recognizable for its spirit. Marisa Black, Chance Hamel, and Jordan Thompson made about as many signs for Wellington as all the other teams had combined.Every time a Wellington swimmer hit the water, a group of others crowded at the end of his or her lane, cheering and waving elaborate posters with slogans like “She is really a mermaid” and “Will win for doughnuts.” The unity held up even though Wellington’s year-round swimmers were required by USA Swimming to compete for their other team.Wellington-registered swimmers extended support to their friends in different caps, and year-round swimmers returned the favor by recruiting some of their Wichita teammates to yell with them for the Sailfish.This District meet was notable for another reason. Long-time Sailfish Mackinze Tracy wrapped up her swimming career on Saturday after competing in the 200 free, 100 back, and 50 free. She will be missed!Next weekend, Nash Oswald and Jensen Lynnes will venture to Lawrence to compete at Missouri Valley Championships. Nash has a busy weekend competing in the many races that he could not swim at this meet because of overqualification (swimmers with Championship times prior to Districts are not allowed to swim those races at Districts) as well as his new qualifications, the 50 and 100 breast, and possibly bonus swims! Jensen will swim the 50 back and bonus swims. As Wellington’s post-season shirts say, “Just keep swimming…swimming…swimming.”Here are the results for Wellington swimmers. Performances earning medals (first through fourth) and those earning ribbons ( fifth through eighth) are bolded. Unfortunately, information on how much time was cut by swimmers who swam under year-round clubs (Marisa Black, Ralphie Cornejo, Macy Gonzalez, and Dakota and Jensen Lynnes for Wichita Aquashocks and Nash Oswald for Wichita YMCA Neptunes) is not available. Best times for these swimmers are noted with a (PR) while those that swam for Wellington at this meet have time cuts listed.• Marisa Black – 16th on 200 Back; 16th on 100 Fly (PR); 17th on 100 Back; 20th on 100 Breast (PR); 21st on 50 Free; 26th on 100 Free (PR)• Ralphie Cornejo – 19th on 50 Fly; 22nd on 50 Free (PR); 30th on 100 Free• Michael Davis – 12th on 200 Free; 18th on 50 Free with a 0.7 second cut; 19th on 100 Free with a 5.77 second cut; 21st on 50 Back with a 0.95 second cut• Emberly Gonzalez – 25th on 50 Free; 26th on 100 Breast with a 2.7 second cut; 26th on 100 Free with a 0.2 second cut; 28th on 200 Free• Macy Gonzalez – 18th on 100 Breast (PR); 20th on 50 Breast (PR); 23rd on 200 IM (PR); 27th on 50 Free (PR); 28th on 50 Fly; 28th on 50 Back (PR)• Colin Green – 16th on 100 Breast with a 4.82 second cut; 20th on 100 Free with a 2.91 second cut; 24th on 50 Free• Chance Hamel – 16th on 100 Breast with a 1.59 second cut; 17th on 200 IM with a 3.15 second cut; 30th on 100 Free with a 1.18 second cut• Derick Kotchavar – 16th on 100 Free with a 2.78 second cut; 19th on 200 Free with a 0.62 second cut; 21st on 50 Free with a 0.12 second cut• Dakota Lynnes – 16th on 200 IM (PR); 19th on 100 Back (PR); 28th on 50 Free• Jensen Lynnes – 3rd on 50 Back (PR); 8th on 100 Back (PR); 14th on 50 Free; 17th on 50 Breast; 21st on 100 Free; 21st on 100 Breast• Nash Oswald – 1st on 100 Breast (PR); 5th on 50 Breast (PR)• Jordan Thompson – 20th on 50 Free with a 0.09 second cut; 27th on 200 Free; 27th on 100 Back; 29th on 100 Free with a 1.06 second cut• Mackinze Tracy – 28th on 200 Free; 30th on 100 Back; 35th on 50 FreeFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Iowa House and Senate endorse gun rights amendment again

first_imgDES MOINES — The Republican-led Iowa Legislature has again endorsed a proposed gun rights amendment to Iowa’s constitution. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, said the amendment’s “strong language” is necessary “in case of laws coming out of D.C. or in case of any court decisions that would weaken our Second Amendment rights.”Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, was among those who suggested that if voters approve the amendment, it could lead to the repeal of current gun-related laws.“Just say it. You don’t want any laws when it comes to guns and arms and ammunition and restrictions,” Bisignano said during Senate debate. “You don’t even want training.”Legislators had discussed this same proposal before and had hoped to place the issue before voters in 2020, but the Secretary of State failed to meet a publishing deadline last fall, so the process has been restarted. 2022 is the earliest Iowa voters could decide whether to add the amendment to the state constitution.Senator Zach Whiting, a Republican from Spirit Lake, noted a number of gun rights activists were at the capitol yesterday, lobbying for it.“This constitutional amendment, if adopted by the people, is the single most important thing that we can do for the Second Amendment in the state of Iowa,” Whiting said.Senator Claire Celsi, a Democrat from Des Moines, was a “no” on the proposal.“I’m here representing one of the 90 percent of Americans who say they want universal background checks,” she said. “Those are the kind of laws that would keep guns out of the hands of those who have no business possessing a gun.”Celsi went on Twitter to announce she had asked that security officers be dispatched to the balcony overlooking the senate, as she said supporters of the amendment sitting in the gallery were giving her “dirty looks” and she was “fully aware that most of them are carrying guns.”The Senate approved the gun-rights proposal early yesterday afternoon on a 33-to-16 vote. The House took up the issue, too, and passed it last night by a narrower, 53-to-46 margin.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…’Tailor’ made

first_imgIn today’s world of professional sports where mediocrity often begets loot, an unselfish athlete who not only gives up his body for the team but also sacrifices financially is almost never seen. Most of the young men (and some young women) from today’s bling-bling era tend to take the side of the “yen” rather than the yang. They would rather take the side of the “bucks” rather than the boys. It’s is usually all about me, me, me as opposed to us, us, us.There is always an exception to every rule. One of the most notable that comes to mind, at least for this writer, is Steelers starting right cornerback, Ivan (Ike) Taylor.He is one of the few starting shutdown corners, who will also play special teams, knowing that it only takes one illegal block in the back while running at full speed to end a career or one illegal chop block by a special teamer from the opposing team to use as a negative statement for his peers to give him a few high fives as they hit the club after the game.Ike Taylor is also one of the best run stopping cornerbacks in the NFL. But hold on boys and girls, will he play out the rest of his days as a Pittsburgh Steeler before he is put out to pasture or will he be forced to seek greener pastures elsewhere?Over the past few years Ike Taylor has restructured his contract a few times so that the core personnel of the Steelers could remain intact without violating any salary cap rules.But you know what boys and girls? Although Ike and the Steelers are rumored to be discussing his future with the team, a deal should have been done following Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.Recently I talked about Big Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu gambling on the field. Well it seems as if the Steelers took a huge gamble off the field and may have lost miserably if they fail to sign Taylor to a multi-year deal that will allow him to finish his career in Pittsburgh. Ike is the only constant in a defensive backfield that has been decimated by incompetency and injury. Game after game, weekend after weekend Taylor is assigned to cover the opposition’s best receiver and except for a few instances there have not been many touchdown dances at his expense.Usually the only way the opposing team’s wide-outs can escape the coverage of Taylor is when frustrated offensive coordinators use disguised route running schemes placing receivers in the slot or putting them in motion just to escape the scrutiny and coverage of the “Dean of Swagger.”Recently a franchise tag was placed on Steelers linebacker Lamar Woodley, justifiably so. But now hear this, Woodley will have to be compensated at least for one year a payout that will equal the average salaries of the top five linebackers in the league. Woodley started in Super Bowls XLV and XLIII. Ike Taylor started in Super Bowls XL, XLIII and XLV and a percentage of his compensation was delayed and deferred. You do the math. Taylor has given up money so that his team could prosper, now will the Pittsburgh Steelers “family” give one of their “sons” the proper allowance that he deserves?First and foremost over the past two years they have tried many “experiments” in the defensive secondary and I will only say that their concepts at least so far seem to have been ineffective. The Steelers in just the past two years allowed left corner Bryant McFadden to defect to the Arizona Cardinals but after only one year they were forced to run back tails tucked between their legs and re-sign McFadden after their ill-advised attempt to convert nickel and dime defensive back William Gay into a starting corner not only failed, but failed miserably.If they allow Taylor to depart, well let’s just say that you would be better served putting your money in a high yield CD (for you hip-hoppers that means certificate of deposit, not compact disc) than making reservations for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next February. The defense is only permitted to have 11 men on the field. Ike Taylor can play his man one-on-one. If he is not manning the right side, Pittsburgh will be forced to play cover two most of the time on both sides of the field especially in passing situations. That means the middle of the field will have huge gaps for opposing quarterbacks to exploit and safeties will not be able to cheat when it comes to stopping the running game.Now don’t get me wrong, I understand fully as does Ike Taylor that the game of professional football, at least to the owners is 90 percent business and 10 percent “game.” Why do I say this you ask?Well because of this looming possible lockout in regards to the upcoming collective bargaining agreement. There is not anything that should be defined as a collective bargaining agreement. It should be called a collective greed agreement. The players did not have anything to do with the bogus ticket sales and distribution of approximately 2000 tickets that left people stranded in regards to attending Super Bowl XLV. These were not counterfeit tickets sold to an unsuspecting public by unscrupulous “scalpers” were they? No these tickets were sold by the NFL to a very loyal and trusting fan base. The owners are going to get loot. Ike Taylor did right by Pittsburgh and trusted the Steelers to do right by him, whether they will do so remains to be seen. If not, they may just have a recipe tailor made for disaster.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Balfour golf pros receive award from ALS Society

first_imgFriday (July 13)  Wendy Toyer, Executive Director for the ALS Society of B.C. presented Chown and Craig Wilkinson with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of ALS Society to thank them personally for their efforts.The ceremony was held at the Balfour Golf Club.Anyone wanting to donate to the cause can do so at: www.golfathonforals.caAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as motor neuron disease in British English, is the most common form of the motor neuron diseases.The condition is sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease in North America, after the New York Yankees baseball player who was diagnosed with the disease in 1939.The disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness of the muscles, difficulty swallowing and decline in breathing ability. Balfour golf pros Braden Chown and Craig Wilkinson went above and beyond a normal round of golf with friends after the duo raised more than $1,000 for the ALS Society of B.C.Chown and Wilkinson managed the feat by golfing 360 holes at the Balfour Golf Course during the annual Golfathon for ALS in June.During the month of June — ALS Awareness month — 80 Golf Pros and Juniors, at  37 golf courses located throughout B.C. participated in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS.last_img read more

UPDATED: Saints cruise to weekend sweep of TRU, crush Wolfpack 8-1 Saturday

first_img“We’ve seen very good team efforts every night out to start the regular season and we’ll continue to be successful if our work ethic and focus stays at this high level.”The Saints close out their schedule for the month on Saturday, October 27th when the University of Victoria visits the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.The match-up concludes a four-game homestand for the Saints, who will then travel on back-to-back weekends in early November before returning to home ice on the 24th.OVERTIME: The Saints have now outscored opponents by a margin of 25-2 in their three home games to open the regular season. Including a pair of home exhibition games against BCIHL opponents, that margin jumps to 35-6. . . . With Saturday’s victory, Selkirk moved to 5-0 and matched their wins total from the entire 2011/12 regular season. Last year’s Saints squad finished 5-19.Saints set new records in 11-0 pounding of TRU, teams back on ice tonight in CastlegarAll that off-season recruiting has paid huge dividends for the Sellkirk Saints Men’s Hockey team.The Saints continues to roll in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Friday at the Castlegar Complex as the host pounded Thompson Rivers University 11-0 Friday.The result marked the fourth consecutive victory — Selkirk also finished the exhibition season perfect in three attempts — to start the year for the Saints.”As a group we’re obviously very pleased with tonight’s result, which came down to hard work and solid execution right through the line-up top to bottom,” said a very pleased Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”At the same time, we know that TRU is a much better team that tonight’s score indicates, and they’ll come out hard and hungry in (Saturday’s) rematch.”The score doesn’t mean anything more than the two points in the standings, and for the weekend to be a success we need an equally strong effort tomorrow.”Jordan Wood opened the scoring for the home side four minutes into the first period, accepting a slick pass from linemate Logan Proulx and firing past WolfPack starter Riley Wall.The pair then combined to set up their team’s second goal minutes later, as the puck made its way to blueliner Dylan Smith and then to the back of the net off a shot through traffic from the point. The Saints dominated play throughout the opening 20 minutes, outshooting TRU by an 18-3 margin. Selkirk continued to pressure their opponents in the middle frame and were rewarded with six goals in the period. Wood netted the first on a power-play with 14:21 on the clock and Beau Taylor, Cody Fidgett, Ben Starbuck and Mason Spear added even-strength singles before intermission. The third period saw Wood complete his hat trick before Smith and Starbuck added their second goals of the night respectively. Assistant captain Scott Swiston netted his first of the season to round out the scoring. In goal, former WHL product Alex Sirard turned aside 23 shots and picked up the Saints’ first shutout since the team joined the BCIHL in 2007.The win was his second of the season after backstopping Selkirk in their season-opening win at the University of Victoria. The teams return to the Castlegar Complex Arena Saturday with the puck drop at  7:30 p.m.For more information on Saints single game tickets and passes, visit GoSaints.ca. SAINTS NOTES: Team records set on Friday night included number of goals scored (11) and margin of victory (11). . . .Winger Ben Starbuck made a successful Saints debut with two goals on the night. He was a late addition to the line-up following an injury to Jackson Garrett. . . .Cody Fidgett’s goal with 7:21 remaining in the second period drew a particularly strong cheer from the crowd of over 250 fans. The reason? It took place during the “Big Mac Minute”, a promotion that rewards each fan with a coupon for a free Big Mac from McDonald’s when Selkirk scores with between 7:59 and 7 minutes on the game clock. It was the first “Big Mac Minute” win of the young season for Saints fans. Cody Fidgett and Dylan Smith each had three points leading the Sellkirk Saints to an 8-1 thrashing of Thompson Rivers University in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Saturday day at the Castlegar Complex.The win allowed the Saints to post a weekend sweep of the Wolfpack and better its undefeated record to a very respectable 5-0.Selkirk took the opener of the two-game set 11-0 Friday.”We knew heading into tonight’s game that TRU would make some adjustments and come out stronger than they had on Friday, and our group did an excellent job of handling some early pressure and dictating the play on their home ice,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.The Saints took the lead 23 seconds into the encounter on a goal by Dylan Smith.Kam Crawford made it 2-0 with a power play marker.Selkirk outscored the Wolfpack 2-1 in the second frame before putting the contest away with a four-spot in the third.Connor McLaughlin had a pair while Mason Spear, Thomas Hardy, Beau Taylor and Fidgett completed the scoring for Selkirk.Fidgett’s goal came on a penalty shot after a Wolfpack player was ruled to have placed his hand on the puck in the goal crease 43 seconds after TRU scored.Colton DeFrias ruined the shutout bid by Selkirk netminder Sirard with a second-period marker.”TRU is always a tough and competitive team in our league and I’m sure their best hockey is ahead of them, but this weekend our guys stuck to a simple gameplan and found success by being determined to out-work and out-skate a very capable opponent,” Dubois explained.last_img read more

Allan captures top prize at No-Frills Squash Tournament; Club hosts membership drive

first_imgMike Allan of Nelson edged out Joel Casey of Vernon 3-1 to capture the Men’s A Title at the No-Frills Tournament Sunday at the Nelson Squash Club.The tournament attracted almost 40 players for the two-day event from Vernon, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Revelstoke and host Nelson.Darwin Horning of Nelson won the A-Consolation title.Paul Lamoureux defeated Darren Hedstrom, both of Nelson, to claim the Men’s B-Plus crown while Steve Limbert of Trail defeated Keira Zaslove of Nelson in the Men’s B.Lindsay Hewson defeated Nelson clubmate Anne Bokser-Wislow to win the Ladies C event while Abby Napora got past Sophie Dorrius of Revelstoke to win the Ladies D.Kevin Limbert of Trail, Poul Henriksen of Nelson, Cathy Heyland of Nelson and Carrie Snaychuk of Cranbrook won consolation trophies in the Men’s B-plus, Men’s B, Ladies C and Ladies D, respectively. The Nelson Squash Club is making a splash back into the Heritage City Sports community.After having its bid to take over the Civic Theatre squashed, and an opportunity to join forces with the Nelson Curling Club defeated by the curling membership, the movers and shakers in the squash community decided to build on what they have at the current facility.The club has approximately 70 members with more than 30 joining in the past few months.The club is hosting a membership drive for more players with a offer of $150 for anyone joining before September 15, 2015.A membership comes with a key to the facility, online court booking and unlimited play.New facility includes a lounge and our two brand new courts –  making four in total  to be ready by September 15.Wednesday is set a side for Men’s league while Monday is Ladies Day.There is a new mixed league starting Thursdays for all beginners to enjoy.There are two major tournaments and two annual Pentathlons per year there is plenty to do on and off the courts as a member of the Nelson Squash Club.For more information contact Paul at 250-551-2714 or email pauly5252@gmail.com.last_img read more

FIFA push to spread 2022 Qatar World Cup faces resistance

first_imgFIFA and Qatar have until June to come up with a joint proposal to present to the congress of soccer nations, but the concept is mired in complexities stemming from the blockade of Doha by neighbors, tension highlighted in a report considered by the council Friday.During this next phase of the consultation process, FIFA will face Doha-based World Cup organizers highlighting potentially insurmountable issues involved in adding more venues outside of Qatar and hope the concept collapses, people with knowledge of the talks told the AP. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because public statements on this topic were not authorized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWhile the Doha officials involved in the World Cup want to keep it as a purely Qatari event, FIFA is also negotiating on a political level — making direct contact with the country’s emir, who hasn’t publicly discussed the sharing concept.Qatar is working to complete eight stadiums for a 64-match schedule. The tournament was moved from its usual June/July dates to Nov. 21 through Dec. 18 because of the fierce summer ahead and shortened to 28 days because of the interruption it causes to the European club season. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “UEFA shares the ECA’s view that the international match calendar in 2021 does not provide any realistic option to stage a 24-team Club World Cup and that it should furthermore not be played at a time when players should have a well-deserved rest period,” European soccer’s governing body said in a statement. “UEFA supports the views of its stakeholders and has the duty to protect the health of players.”In 2021, FIFA envisages the window for international matches — likely to include 2022 World Cup qualifiers — from May 31 to June 8. The Club World Cup would be held from June 17 to July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played from July 5-31. European club seasons typically start around mid-August.According to a FIFA document seen by the AP, South America would have six slots in the first edition. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean. Oceania would get one. The confederations would decide their own qualification process. Winners of the eight three-team groups would advance to the quarterfinals. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.MISSINGInfantino said five members of the Council did not attend the meeting, the first for FIFA’s leadership in the U.S. since American law enforcement arrested many of the sport’s top officials in 2015 on corruption charges. There were two absent FIFA vice presidents: Sheikh Salman, representing Asia, and Ahmad Ahmad, who leads soccer in Africa.WOMEN’S WORLD CUPVideo review has been approved for the Women’s World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7.VAR made its World Cup debut at the men’s tournament in Russia last year. Video assistant referees likely will include men helping advise all-female teams of referees and assistants. No domestic women’s competition uses video review. FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)MIAMI — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given the backing of the governing body’s ruling council on Friday to pursue his mission to enlarge the 2022 tournament from 32 to 48 teams, requiring at least two more stadiums in at least one additional country.ADVERTISEMENT After coming under pressure from human rights groups since winning FIFA’s hosting rights vote in 2010, Qatar was forced to improve worker rights and improve labor conditions. FIFA has told potential new co-hosts they have to provide human rights guarantees, which have yet to be specified publicly. FIFA Vice President Greg Clarke of England raised the issue in Friday’s council meeting.Qatar World Cup organizers said in a statement they remain “open to the process of discussing a potential expansion” but stressed they are pressing ahead with planning for only a 32-team tournament.“It has always been our mission to ensure that this World Cup belongs to the entire Arab World and the Middle East,” the organizers said. “We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and, importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation. After these consultations, the final decision will be made by Qatar and FIFA.”FIFA decided in January 2017 that the World Cup will be 48 teams, but only starting in 2026 before the hosts were chosen. The United States, Canada and Mexico won a vote last year.CLUB WORLD CUPThe FIFA Council agreed to introduce a pilot tournament of an enlarged 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 despite European opposition. A quadrennial version would launch in the summer of 2021 to replace the current Club World Cup, a seven-team event played each December.The European Club Association and European governing body UEFA does not want FIFA adding competitions prior to agreement on a new international match calendar from 2024.“Our clubs won’t participate in the 2021 edition of the Club World Cup,” the ECA told the AP, “and we will assess participation in editions after 2024.”The Club World Cup fills the slot previously reserved for the Confederations Cup, which had served as a test event in a host nation a year before the World Cup.The seven European members attending the council meeting voted against FIFA’s plans, which they see as threatening the status of the Champions League. 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The United Arab Emirates has two stadiums with capacities over 40,000, but FIFA accepts the UAE along with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cannot be considered unless they restore the diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Qatar that were severed two years ago.Kuwait and Oman have remained neutral in the dispute and would be options politically, but their stadium infrastructure is lacking. Kuwait City’s Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium has 60,000 seats but Sabah Al-Salem Stadium only 26,000. The venue in Oman identified in a FIFA study seen by the AP is the 34,000-capacity Boshar-Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.“We are in the lucky situation that I can speak to anyone in the Gulf region and talk just about football,” Infantino said. “I don’t even want to say that football might help to build some bridges or to bring people together or these kind of things. I just think that it’s important for the whole region in the Gulf that the World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be a success. It is important for a region which today unfortunately is the headlines more for negative than for positive reasons.”The Gulf crisis stems from Qatar’s support for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha. The boycotting nations also have pointed to Qatar’s close relationship with Iran.“I think if football can contribute to open up some doors and to make people meet and discuss with each other,” Infantino said, “we will not solve all the problems of the world but maybe we’ll get a little step closer in at least starting to understand each other a bit.”ADVERTISEMENT Rory McIlroy blames PGA Tour for slow play ‘epidemic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Five new faces to watch in Ligue 1 this season

first_imgAFP Sport takes a look at five new faces to watch in Ligue 1 for the 2019-20 campaign:Idrissa GueyeThe Senegalese international returned to France last week after PSG stumped up a reported 32 million euros ($35.5 million) to bolster their midfield, the area most in need of reinforcement.Gueye, 29, spent seven years with Lille before moving to England in 2015, first with Aston Villa and then Everton.The Toffees rejected a January bid for the midfielder last season but his belated arrival in the French capital represents a shrewd signing for Tuchel.Gueye shone as Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final, serving as the crucial link between defence and attack, and PSG will hope his acclaimed ball-winning ability will complement a team overflowing with attacking options.The club also snapped up the combative Ander Herrera on a free transfer from Manchester United and Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who scored 23 goals in 52 games last season for Sevilla.Abdou DialloAbdou Diallo gets an early taste of playing alongside Neymar following his move from Dortmund © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe signing of France under-21 international defender Abdou Diallo from Borussia Dortmund suggests Thiago Silva’s time at the club is nearing an end.Diallo, 23, will be reunited with Kylian Mbappe at PSG, having made a handful of appearances during Monaco’s title-winning season in 2016-17.Two successful years in Germany followed, with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, where he continued his progression and displayed his versatility out on the left flank.Mats Hummels’ return to Dortmund made Diallo expendable and although he faces competition from Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos and Thilo Kehrer, he represents a long-term investment at Parc des Princes having signed a five-year deal.SylvinhoSylvinho (L) poses with Lyon sporting director Juninho after being appointed as the club’s new manager © AFP/File / JEFF PACHOUDThe former Barcelona and Arsenal full-back was hand-picked as Lyon boss by compatriot Juninho, a former club star who is the new sporting director of the seven-time French champions.Sylvinho, 45, was working as right-hand man to Brazil coach Tite and had been preparing a team for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.He will take over a Lyon side that finished third and earned a spot in the Champions League, but one subject to considerable transformation after the big-money sales of Mendy and Ndombele, as well as Fekir’s surprising move to Real Betis.Lyon splashed out on Danish centre-back Joachim Andersen, whose fee could rise to a club record 30 million euros, after luring Brazilian midfielder Thiago Mendes from Lille for 26.5 million euros.Sylvinho has been set the target of another top-three finish by club president Jean-Michel Aulas.Andre Villas-BoasAndre Villas-Boas (C) will return to the dugout as Marseille boss almost two years since his last competitive match © AFP/File / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSThe former protege of Jose Mourinho has been tasked with reviving fallen French giants Marseille.The 1993 European champions turned to former Chelsea, Tottenham, Porto and Zenit St Petersburg coach Villas-Boas after the club missed out on continental football having finished fifth under Rudi Garcia.The Portuguese had been out of the game for 18 months and took part in last year’s Dakar Rally.He rose to prominence at Porto, initially serving as Mourinho’s assistant before becoming the youngest coach to win a UEFA competition, lifting the Europa League trophy as his team completed a treble in 2010-11.“I will lay down my life to get Marseille back to their best level. I will let the results do the talking but I’m confident because this team is capable of it,” Villas-Boas, 41, said at his Marseille unveiling.Hwang Ui-JoHwang Ui-Jo will look to help Bordeaux improve on a disappointing 2018-19 season © AFP/File / MEHDI FEDOUACHThe forward will become the first South Korean to play for Bordeaux after penning a four-year contract with the Girondins.Hwang started out with Seongnam, his country’s most successful club, before two years with Japan’s Gamba Osaka.The 26-year-old was voted the best South Korean player last season by the national football federation.Hwang joins countryman and Reims striker Suk Hyun-Jun in Ligue 1, and Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa hopes his new signing will bring added quality to a team “in a rebuilding year” following a 14th-place finish last season.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Idrissa Gueye was at the heart of Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final in Egypt this summer © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKIPARIS, France, Aug 6 – Champions Paris Saint-Germain are clear favourites to lift the French title for a seventh time in eight seasons after their nearest rivals Lille and Lyon sold key players over the summer.While Thomas Tuchel’s men have strengthened in midfield and kept hold of Neymar, Lille saw leading scorer Nicolas Pepe depart for Arsenal with Nabil Fekir, Ferland Mendy and Tanguy Ndombele leaving Lyon for fresh challenges abroad.last_img read more

New Rosemead official sets goals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A new city manager with a track record of bringing economic development to his cities has taken the helm in Rosemead. Andy Lazzaretto, 63, comes to the $150,000-a-year job after serving as city manager in Walnut, Montebello, Alhambra, Stanton and Burbank and doing stints as interim city manager in Pomona and La Habra. Lazzaretto, who started Wednesday after unanimous City Council approval, has run the Burbank-based municipal consulting firm A.C. Lazzaretto and Associates since 1985. “I would like to help revitalize the community,” Lazzaretto said. “I hear that from the council.” Lazzaretto started his career in Walnut, where he made about $12,000 a year as city manager in the 1970s. He is largely credited with starting downtown redevelopment in Alhambra during his tenure as city manager there from 1980 to 1983. At that time, Lazzaretto helped cobble together a $40 million redevelopment project on Alhambra’s Main Street and spearheaded a major project in the city’s business district. The forced relocation of several businesses to make way for the projects led to his resignation under fire from Alhambra City Hall. But when it came time to break ground on the projects in 1983, Lazzaretto was invited to come back and was praised by city officials. Lazzaretto faces several challenges in Rosemead. One is a bitterly divided council. The frequent 3-2 split on the five-member council stems from disagreement over a Wal-Mart Supercenter under construction in the city. By the time Lazzaretto’s predecessor, Bill Crowe, left the job he was no longer on speaking terms with councilmen John Tran and John Nu ez, who opposed the Wal-Mart project. Lazzaretto said he would avoid such situations. “No matter how badly divided it is, I still work for five people,” he said. Nu ez said Lazzaretto can help foster a better working relationship between council members, and the unanimous vote for Lazzaretto is a start. “We can all agree on this one person,” Nu ez said. In particular, Nu ez said he likes Lazzaretto’s proven track record in economic development. Mayor Jay Imperial could not be reached for comment. Lazzaretto will become re-acquainted with a colleague from days past as residents continue to battle the city over the Wal-Mart Supercenter under construction on 24 acres at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street. Larry Bevington, a former city manger for El Monte and Sierra Madre during the 1980s, is now a Rosemead resident and leader of Wal-Mart opposition group Save Our Community. “From what I remember of \, he was quite knowledgable and easy to work with,” Bevington said. “I feel he’s a good guy.” Bevington added the city could expect to see its economic growth jump-started by Lazzaretto. jason.kosareff@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717last_img read more