first_imgThe Islanders (12-13, 9-5 SLC) and Cowgirls (18-11, 9-5 SLC) each will play for seeding in the tournament this week, currently in a three-way tie for fourth place with Houston Baptist. Corpus Christi looks for revenge on two opponents who gave the Islanders five-set losses earlier this season; they host Sam Houston State (14-13, 10-4 SLC) on Thursday at  6:30 p.m. CT and Abilene Christian (11-15, 7-7 SLC) on Saturday at noon. McNeese competes at Central Arkansas (23-3, 12-2 SLC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. before closing the regular season at Northwestern State (13-16, 8-6 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. D’Alessandro picked up 11 blocks on the week en route to clinching McNeese’s spot to the Southland Conference Tournament. The senior from Port Charlotte, Fla., tallied six block assists in Thursday’s 3-0 win over New Orleans. She turned around and added five more blocks (one solo, four assists) in a 3-0 Senior Day win against Southeastern Louisiana. She ended the week with 1.83 blocks per set. D’Alessandro ranks ninth in conference action in blocks per set with 1.10. Honorable Mention: Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin; Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Channing Burleson, Northwestern State Gilpin led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to a pair of sweeps and helped her team clinch a spot to the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament. In six sets, the senior from Houston led her side with 28 kills, averaging 4.67 kills per set. She hit .296 for the week and added a team-best 28 digs, two assists and a service ace to her name. Gilpin is sixth in the league in kills per set in conference matches with 3.46. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Shanna Spree, McNeese; Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austincenter_img Gilpin and D’Alessandro each led their team to straight-set victories throughout the week to claim spots in the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament set for Nov. 17-19 and hosted by the Islanders. Gilpin garnered offensive honors following back-to-back double-digit kills performances. D’Alessandro got hands on 11 attacks at the net in two matches to win the defensive accolade. Defensive Player of the Week: Jenny D’Alessandro, McNeese – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Midland, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Brittany Gilpin and McNeese’s Jenny D’Alessandro are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Offensive Player of the Week: Brittany Gilpin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Outside Hitter – Houstonlast_img read more

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first_imgThe nice rackets of the male and feminine circuit return to exercise this week. In the Open River Dominic Thiem will play in a event in which there will probably be as much as eight Spaniards in the last section. In Marseille you will note the excellent snowshoes reminiscent of Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas and Delary Seaside Kyrgios and Raonic depart as favorites. In the WTA circuit, Dubai Responsibility Free marks the week with the presence of Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin or Garbiñe Muguruza amongst different gamers.Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championships (February 17-22): Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova or Elina Svitolina are some of the nice rackets to comply with in the Arab Emirates event, the place Belinda Bencic, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza may also compete, which will probably be measured by Kim Clijsters on his return to the slopes. Open River (February 17-23): The Austrian Dominic Thiem begins as a fantastic favourite to raise the title in a event the place Dusan Lajovic, Guido Pella, Borna Coric, Christian Garín or Casper Ruud may also be there. Broad Spanish illustration in the Carioca event with the presence of Albert Ramos, Fernando Verdasco, Jaume Munar, Pedro Martínez, Pablo Andújar, Carlos Alcaraz, Roberto Carballés and Alejandro Davidovich.Open 13 Provence (Marseille, February 17-23): The Russian Daniil Medvedev and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, champion in 2019, will probably be the important rackets to comply with in the Marseille event, the place additionally excellent rackets will compete like David Goffin, Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov, Benoit Paire, Felix Auger-Aliassime or Hubert Hurkacz ,Delray Seaside Open (February 17-23): Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic will probably be the big stars of the Florida event, the place Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, John Millman, Ugo Humbert, Adrian Mannarino and Radu Albot, winner in 2019 may also compete.last_img read more

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first_imgHe isn’t in a position to repeat the goal of Paris: “I now not have the energy to attain from that distance.”A Picasso or a Van Gogh: “I keep in mind saying to my teammates that we needed to win this sport, not just for us, however for a lot of extra individuals as a result of they had been seeing us throughout the world. John Hartson’s first inning virtually harm me. They had been after me however I needed to win in any respect prices and we knew how it will finish. It was in the greatest means I may think about, like a portray by Picasso or Van Gogh. It’s magnificent. It’s a nice feeling that I nonetheless keep in mind. “It was no accident: “I knew that I’d search for passes behind the protection as a result of they weren’t the quickest center-backs and I informed my teammates to search for Seaman as a result of he was enjoying early. I keep in mind Santi Aragón tried throughout the match.” Day by day Mail has interviewed Nayim, liable for Actual Zaragoza lifting the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995. His crew was measured by Arsenal and throughout the final play of additional time, when the rating was tied at one, the footballer from Ceuta took off a large proper hand from greater than 40 meters that flew via Paris to enter the goal with out David Seaman doing something to keep away from it. The participant recalled that historic goal and informed a number of anecdotes about his previous in the Barcelona and in the Tottenham.Nayim’s goal in the 1995 European Cup Winners Cup last between Zaragoza and Arsenal. Coincided with Maradona in Barcelona: “I used to stick with him after follow to kick fouls and study some methods. He would inform me to simply take pleasure in myself and to let my expertise work each time I went out into the area. He additionally gave me some boots.”He debuted with Venables, however Cruyff most well-liked to ship him to Tottenham: “He gave alternatives to gamers who had been good with the ball as a result of that was how he was as a participant. He requested me how a lot cash I needed to win that season and I informed him that I didn’t need cash, however to play. I informed him to present me the cash I wanted to that I’m going out to dinner, have a regular life and have the ability to put gasoline in the automotive. “His first sport at Anfield: “Somebody elbowed me. He didn’t contact me, however I assumed if I went to the floor they may simply kick him out. He didn’t know English tradition and I heard a acquainted voice saying, ‘Rise up, you asshole!’ It was Gary Mabbutt.”Gascoigne’s expertise and antics: “He would say, ‘It’s a must to say this to order meals,’ and I didn’t know he was insulting the waiter. I keep in mind my first exercise. I was questioning who that man was who did every little thing. The 1991 FA Cup was gained by himself. We used to do methods like capturing from the center of the area and scoring a goal with out the ball bouncing. “The anecdote of the motorhome: “Gascoigne purchased a motorhome for his father and introduced it to coach. There was a Spirs fan who got here to every coaching and Gazza requested him to take one thing from the prime of the motorhome. There was nothing there however he began the engine and he went round London with that man in his 60s hanging up. That was Gazza. “Gary Charles’ harm: “That week he was going loopy as a result of he actually needed to play. The primary two innings had been on a crimson card as a result of he didn’t management his feelings.”Workers driver for being a Muslim: “They used to ask me to dinner to drive. I was the taxi driver as a result of I drank 4 orange juices. It was enjoyable. They had been good individuals.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ticked off another major win at Caymanas Park yesterday, capturing the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup feature over 1400 metres for grade one horses.Installed a marginal 7-5 favourite over last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, at 8-5 in a star-studded field of seven, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, ran on strongly on the inside rails leaving the furlong pole to outfinish hat-trick seeker UPPA TUNE (3-1), under Paul ‘Country’ Francis, by 11/2 lengths.With DaCosta’s other runner, the in-form American horse, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, missing the break, UPPA TUNE showed his usual dash to lead the early stages, but FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, with apprentice Linton Steadman, recovered quickly on the inside to join UPPA TUNE on the lead after the first 400 metres.Both raced neck and neck just ahead of UNCLE TAF (8-1), followed by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR some six lengths off the pace in fourth passing the half mile. But it was UPPA TUNE who proved the strongest to turn for home three lengths clear, only to be gobbled up by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who came flying at the crucial stage under a torrid right hand stick, for a decisive win.The recent Fontainbleu Trophy winner, UNCLE TAF, kept pace with the leaders to the last furlong to finish another 13/4 lengths third, with FORTUNEONEHUNDRED fourth.DaCosta, who is well on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, which would surpass the legendary Philip Feanny, hailed PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, a five-year-old dark bay horse by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife who has won practically everything on the calendar for total stakes of 18.3 million.”He’s an exceptional horse who has settled down since his three-year-old career. He has won from six furlongs to a mile and a half and with the Superstakes and inaugural running of the rich Diamond Mile coming up in a matter of weeks, I feel good about his chances,” added DaCosta.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is co-owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai and bred by the Y.S. (1955) Limited.Meanwhile, DaCosta and Halledeen teamed up for a second winner on the 10-race programme, with the Alexander Haber-owned three-year-old gelding, POKER STAR, who romped the fifth race over 1300 metres in the smart time of 1:17.2.Also saddling two winners was second-generation trainer Ryan Darby, including the 300th of his career, GIRLY GIRLY LINKS, at 2-1 in the two-year-old race.Darby started training in 1998 and saddled his first winner, ROMANTIC HUNK, that year with Winston Griffiths aboard.Griffiths and Feanny, the one-time dream team of local racing, got together to win the third race aboard 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO, while leading jockey Shane Ellis celebrated his 42nd birthday with a win aboard LORD STORM (9-5) in the third race over 1100 metres.last_img read more

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first_imgA trade unionist was jailed after he was found guilty on two counts of rape on Tuesday. The jury returned with a guilty verdict, resulting in Justice Jo-Ann Barlow sentencing Michael Williams of Linden to serve life in prison for each count.The man was emotionless while his sentence was read out to him. He is accused of raping an eight-year-old between December 2017 and January 1, 2018. He will become eligible for parole after serving two decades in prison.last_img

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first_imgHaving managed to produce some of the country’s top CSEC and CAPE performers over the years, Queen’s College Secondary School (QC) has once again secured another success as the institution managed to produce 11 of the country’s top 15 performers at the 2019 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).CAPE top performer,Michael BhopaulThis data was disseminated by the Education Ministry during the official release of the 2019 CAPE results at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) on Wednesday.Pass CSEC and CAPE top performer, Michael Bhopaul of QC was named the top student for this year’s examination after securing Grade One passes in eight units, being in his second year. Bhopaul recorded passes in Communications Studies1, Integrated Mathematics1, Applied Mathematics2, Biology2, Chemistry2, French2, Pure Mathematics2 and Physics 2. The teen was named the second-highest CAPE performer for 2018 and the country’s top CSEC performer back in 2017.In addition, Leonardo Gobin copped the second position with eight Grade One passes, followed by Diego Barnett securing third place with seven Grade Ones and two Grade Twos, along with Zane Ramotar, who came in fourth with seven Grade Ones, all of whom are students of QC. The country’s top CSEC performer for 2018, Christian Pile, was also among QC’s top students, securing the eleventh place with six Grade Ones and a Grade Two, followed by his classmate, Pretha Smith, who secured the twelfth position with six Grade One passes.Examinations reviewFor the year 2019, a total of 880 candidates sat the CAPE examinations from a total of ten secondary schools and five private centres, while 923 candidates wrote the exam for the year 2018. Meanwhile, this year’s subject entries were documented to be 4223 while last year’s entries were at 4224, these figures, therefore, show a slight decline in the country’s candidate and subject entries as well as its pass rate. A .7 decline was experienced this year as the overall pass rates stood at 93 per cent whereas 93.68 per cent was attained last year. The gender distribution of the overall pass rate was documented to be 35 per cent males and 65 per cent females.Furthermore, an increase was noted in the number of candidates securing Grades One and Two passes, as students obtained a 100 per cent pass rate in 31 units along with 75 per cent or more in another 30 units.In 2019, integrated mathematics remained consistent with 83.35 per cent, while Caribbean studies and communication studies continue to record an over 95 per cent pass rate. Digital media and animation and gaming design were written electronically and also continues to record 100 per cent passes.Four of the ten school centres recorded increases in their overall pas rates namely: Bishops’ High, Mackenzie High, New Amsterdam Secondary and St Joseph’s High. The Christiansburg Wismar Secondary offered four units at CAPE for the first time and gained a pass rate of 92 per cent.last_img read more

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first_imgSACRAMENTO – Billionaire Donald Trump gave $10,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help pay off his campaign debts, a little more than a month after the governor guest-starred on Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice: Los Angeles,” according to a campaign filing. In an episode broadcast March 18, Schwarzenegger hosted five of the show’s contestants in his private conference room at the state Capitol. The governor denies any link between the donation and the television appearance, but some political watchdog groups are skeptical. “He’s clearly using his personal friendships and his celebrity to pay off his campaign debt, and that’s just wrong,” said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a Santa Monica group that tracks campaign donations. Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said the April 20 donation was not connected to the governor’s appearance on the NBC prime-time show. She added that the taping took place earlier in the year, but was unsure of the date. “The governor appeared on `The Apprentice’ because the show was filmed in California for the first time,” Soderlund said. “Since the governor was elected, he’s appeared publicly nearly a thousand times in different venues.” The contribution was first reported Saturday by the Sacramento Bee. Trump could not be reached Saturday at his company’s headquarters in New York by The Associated Press. The donation was Trump’s first to Schwarzenegger, whom he described as a great friend when he told a group of contenders that they would meet California’s governor as a reward for winning a competition. The NBC show features Trump and contestants vying to work for him. The real estate mogul has previously given to other California politicians, including $3,500 to Jerry Brown for his 2006 attorney general bid. In 2005, Trump gave $25,000 to the California Republican Party, according to campaign records on the Secretary of State’s web site. Schwarzenegger has appeared on at least two other reality TV shows filmed in California, MTV’s “Pimp My Ride,” and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now a Republican presidential candidate, have appeared in previous seasons of “The Apprentice,” which were filmed in New York City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_imgLiverpool are ready to rekindle their interest in Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan, according to reports in his native Turkey.The Reds have been linked with the talented midfielder in the past but are yet to make an offer to sign him.However, according to Fanatik, Liverpool could be about to firm up their interest with a bid to land him in time for the new campaign.The 21-year-old only arrived at Fenerbahce from Bursaspor last year and has started just nine league games for his new club since arriving.But that has not put off Liverpool, who are also wary of interest from both Everton and Manchester United.Fenerbahce are desperate to hold on to Tufan, who has four years left on his current deal and is rated at around £20m.The box-to-box midfielder featured for Turkey at Euro 2016 and came in for widespread criticism when he appeared to fix his hair seconds before Luka Modric crashed home Croatia’s winning goal in their group game. Ozan Tufan in action for Turkey 1last_img read more

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first_imgA well-known Irish dancing teacher from Donegal has said he simply does not have the means to pay €400,000 to a young woman he was accused of sexually abusing.Michael Quigley at an earlier court appearance.Michael Quigley, from Letterkenny, had been ordered to pay the compensation to his former pupil Dana Doherty by the High Court. But the 70 year old told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that he was only surviving on €339 a week from his pensions.Quigley, of Barnhill Park, told Ms Doherty’s solicitor Orlagh Sharkey “I have not made any effort because I’m not in a position to pay anything. My only assets are my pensions.”Quigley said he had nothing left once he had paid his bills when outlining his statement of means.Ms Sharkey challenged him on his claim that he paid half – or almost half – of the mortgage on his home.“This is in direct contradiction to a statement made by your wife to the High Court in which she said in evidence and in an affidavit that she paid all of the mortgage on your home,” said Ms Sharkey to the witness.“That’s not the case,” replied Quigley.He added that he didn’t have any bank accounts, but rather a credit union account into which his pension is paid.Quigley told the court that he used that account to withdraw his pension and to pay bills and also revealed he had Stg£5,919 in the credit union account in Derry.Judge Paul Kelly asked Ms Sharkey how much her client was looking for and was informed Ms Doherty was seeking €1,000 per month.Ms Sharkey said Quigley’s statement on his monthly expenditure was ‘entirely contradictory’ set against previous court hearings.Quigley’s wife Alice, she said, had claimed in one court to the sole owner of property whereas in court yesterday Quigley was now claiming the ownership of the property was “a joint exercise”.She added: “Alice Quigley is a retired national school teacher in receipt of a very healthy pension.“Mr Quigley fails to appreciate the serious nature of the High Court judgement against him and he has made no effort whatsoever to compensate our client.”Judge Kelly ordered that Quigley should provide details of all or any of his accounts for the whole of 2014 and also this month.He also asked for receipts for January showing his day by day expenditure.All this information should be given to Ms Doherty’s solicitors Callan Tansey Solicitors in Sligo and to the court by the end of February, the judge added before adjourning the case until March 4th.Quigley underwent two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges but, in both, the juries were unable to reach verdicts.Ms Doherty then took a civil action and was awarded €400,000. He appealed that award and last July the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.JUDGE ORDERS DANCE TEACHER TO SHOW BANK ACCOUNTS AFTER CLAIMS HE CAN’T PAY VICTIM €400K COMPO was last modified: January 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:compensationDANA DOHERTYdonegalIrish dance teacherJudge Paul KellyMICHAEL QUIGLEYlast_img read more

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first_imgAnd while wanting it to happen and making it happen are two different matters, Los Angeles officials have done their best to fulfill their longtime dream. Within the last month, city officials have pushed through plans to build an $800 million stadium inside the 83-year-old Coliseum, which would be leased to the National Football League for an existing or expansion team. They’ve also added signage provisions for the site designed to enhance revenue and sweeten the deal for the NFL. And they’ve wooed local business and civic leaders with a polished presentation that includes artists’ renderings of a state-of-the-art stadium soaring high above the walls of the historical landmark. City Councilman Bernard Parks, who has spearheaded the city’s effort to keep the Coliseum plan alive, said Los Angeles leaders have shown in the past week that they can meet the NFL’s stiff demands. “Our very successful week sets the stage for even more progress for the Coliseum,” Parks said Sunday, citing the serial approvals from the city’s Cultural Heritage Board, Planning Commission and City Council, along with a $25 million commitment from the Community Redevelopment Agency for improvements in the Exposition Park area. “We will be ready for whatever the owners decide in Denver,” Parks said. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could not be reached for comment Sunday, but he has long been a supporter of the Coliseum project. He went to Dallas earlier this month to make a personal appeal to a delegation of owners, and also pledged the support of Los Angeles’ business community. Biggest rival While Pasadena officials have proposed locating an NFL team at the Rose Bowl – the site of five Super Bowls – Anaheim is considered Los Angeles’ biggest rival for pro football. That city has agreed to sell 53 acres adjacent to Angel Stadium for about $50 million to the NFL, which would build and own the stadium. Earlier this month, it was reported the league had hired architect HOK+Sport to start designing a stadium for the site. Anaheim – which had expected a decision by last May, then October, then March – has given the NFL until the end of this month to make a decision before it begins talking with other parties who want to develop the property next to Angel Stadium. The question, Tisch said, is how seriously will Anaheim consider other offers? “If an agent I’m negotiating with says, `It’s time to open up the bidding,’ that he’s going to put an actor back on the market or wants to sell a script to someone else, if I believe it’s not a negotiating ploy, I take it very seriously,” he said. “I look at my game plan and my strategy. “If I think it’s being used insincerely and someone’s trying to get me to spend more than I want to spend, it’s another issue.” If Anaheim seeks requests from commercial or residential developers, it would not only put the NFL in the uncomfortable and unusual position of bidding against someone, it could bring local politics into the mix. The NFL has yet to talk with Angels owner Arte Moreno, who holds entitlements on portions of the 53 acres. And the $50 million for which the NFL would get the 53-acre parcel in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle is less than half what commercial brokers say the land is worth for retail or housing. While Anaheim City Councilman Harry Sidhu wants to let the market determine the cost of the land, Mayor Curt Pringle cautioned that dollar value alone can’t determine a property’s worth. “We will seek, solicit and encourage interest,” Pringle said. “But what some people miss is that doesn’t mean a one-time benefit to the city. It means an ongoing benefit to the city. This is not about putting a stake in the ground with a for-sale sign.” Still, other bids could push Anaheim to seek a more favorable deal with the NFL. “Right now we don’t know what other projects will give us,” said Anaheim Councilman Bob Hernandez, who remains uncommitted to a deal and could be the key swing vote on the council. “When you’re looking at a deal, you don’t know if it looks good until you compare.” The situation at the Coliseum isn’t all that clear, either. Some officials have expressed concerns about changes detailed in a recent addendum to the environmental impact report and how they could impact the museums and other public facilities in Exposition Park. George Deukmejian, the former California governor who now chairs the California Science Center Foundation, worries about losing access to a 2,000-space parking garage that was built to accommodate the center’s expansion. “We haven’t been given any details or information regarding the discussions going on between the NFL and the Coliseum Commission,” Deukmejian said. “While we fully appreciate the Coliseum Commission seeking a professional team, we are concerned about the need to balance the interest of the Coliseum with the negative impact that would come from an increased number and size of events on the regular operations of our Science Center and other cultural facilities in Exposition Park.” Historical status Meanwhile, the West Adams Heritage Association is the second preservation group to say that the recent changes jeopardize the Coliseum’s prestigious status as a National Historic Landmark – an honor revoked from Chicago’s Soldier Field because of a drastic renovation. Association Vice President Jean Frost also said the proposed changes should have been detailed in a supplement to the environmental impact report. Others who share Frost’s opinion have privately suggested the Coliseum could open itself up to lawsuits challenging the validity of the addendum, especially if its landmark status is in jeopardy. That would be a last resort. Many are hopeful their concerns can be negotiated away. It is why, several said, they have not shown up at commission or City Council meetings in recent weeks. Also conspicuously absent from the discussions is the University of Southern California, whose football team has played at the Coliseum since it opened in 1923 – and has won two national championships in the last three years. Although it has sent representatives to monitor Coliseum Commission meetings in recent months, the school has not had talks with the NFL since last year. Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this report. billywitz@yahoo.com (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A dozen years after the NFL broached returning professional football to the Southland, team owners will meet this week to debate the merits of locating a franchise at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or in Anaheim, although – once again – they’re unlikely to make the definitive decision for which local officials have hoped. A committee of 11 owners, dubbed the L.A. Working Group, will meet today in Denver to debate the merits of both proposals, then will lead a discussion Tuesday among the owners of all 32 teams. Neil Glat, the National Football League’s vice president for strategic planning, said he expects “tangible next steps to keep the momentum going.” To those on the inside, that means visiting Los Angeles and Orange County next month to meet with local businessmen and launching costly engineering and architecture studies of both proposed stadium sites. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTo those on the outside – who have watched over the years as the NFL has weighed stadium proposals for Carson, the Rose Bowl, Hollywood Park and Chavez Ravine – some signs are more tangible than others. “I don’t think you’ll see any white smoke coming out of the chimney of that hotel Tuesday night,” said New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch. “Ownership has not been asked, nor has it been discussed: Where do you think the stadium should be? None of that has happened and none will happen on Tuesday.” As a recently added member of the working group – and the only NFL owner who lives in Los Angeles full time – Tisch is bullish on both sites and the process for choosing between them. “Maybe in prior versions of this play they have been strung along. But in my involvement – and it’s been a very short time – I’ll tell you the 11 of us on the committee are very focused and enthusiastic and optimistic that this time around there’s a tremendous amount of good will,” said Tisch, a television and movie producer whose credits include “Forrest Gump.” “Any big business issue that’s the magnitude of bringing football back to Southern California is time-consuming. But it’s time-consuming with a lot of focus as opposed to time-consuming and everyone wanting to keep it on a back burner.” last_img
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