Duke’s Zion Williamson, center, celebrates the team’s 77-76 win over Central Florida in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won. So did top-seeded Duke — barely — when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim.Williamson had 32 points and helped rally the Blue Devils from behind in the final minute for a 77-76 victory Sunday to reach the Sweet 16.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart LATEST STORIES Aubrey Dawkins finished with 32 points for the Knights, but his tip-in try just missed in the final seconds.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski “talks a lot about the basketball gods,” a happy Williamson said. “They had our backs today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWilliamson was key to the comeback. He made a layup over Fall with 14.4 seconds left to draw Duke within a point as Fall fouled out on the play. Williamson missed the free throw, but RJ Barrett scored on a putback to put the Blue Devils (31-5) ahead.Barrett said he had watched plenty of NCAA Tournament games where players missed foul shots and an offensive rebound could have made the difference. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “It’s tough,” the elder Dawkins said. “I love that man. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”Barrett finished with 16 points.It looked as if Dawkins might take down his dad’s alma mater in the NCAAs.His last basket broke a 70-all tie, and when Fall dunked Taylor’s miss — the play was reviewed for a possible shot-clock violation — the Knights were ahead 74-70.UCF missed a huge chance to go up six when it couldn’t connect on an alley-oop dunk attempt with 1:49 left — Dayon Griffin’s lob went off Dawkins’ hands as he soared toward the rim — and Cam Reddish came back with a 3-pointer for Duke. Taylor it made 76-73 with two foul shots with 45 seconds to go.Williamson then missed a 3, but Duke grabbed the rebound and got the ball back to their high-flying freshman. Williams caught a pass left of the key and dribbled straight into Fall’s 7-6, 310-pound frame.Fall had stuffed Williamson three previous times, and Duke’s young star was less effective underneath than he’d been his past four games. But Williamson got this shot to drop, shouting as he fell hard to the ground.“I just tried to stay big and make a play,” Fall said. “Obviously, I was in foul trouble, so I was being careful. But I just tried to make a play and make him miss and it didn’t go my way.”When Duke dribbled away with the final rebound, Williamson and his teammates jumped in celebration and relief. They were moving on.Duke will face fourth-seeded Virginia Tech in Washington, D.C., on Friday night for a spot in the Elite Eight. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Kai Sotto to train ‘full-time’ overseas, chase NBA dreams Williamson, the game’s most explosive player, was clearly affected by Fall. Who wouldn’t be as the Knights senior stood 11 inches taller than Williamson and has a wingspan of 8-foot-4? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ UP NEXTUCF’s season is over.Duke advances to play fourth-seeded Virginia Tech or 12th-seeded Liberty in the Sweet 16 at Washington, D.C., on Friday night. “I was going to do whatever I can to get this rebound,” he said.Ninth-seeded UCF (24-9) had a final chance. Two of them, actually, from in close.B.J. Taylor missed a short jumper, and Dawkins failed on his tip attempt with less than two seconds left, the ball spinning off the rim. Duke got the rebound, ran out the clock and moved on to the Sweet 16 for 27th time and fourth time in the past five years.“It was up there forever, I felt like, in slow motion,” Dawkins said.Dawkins cringed at the miss. His father, Johnny, is the UCF coach and was a former Duke star and longtime assistant under Krzyzewski. The two coaches shared a long embrace at midcourt after it was over.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college With Fall inside, Williamson went to the perimeter, hitting three 3-pointers after entering with just 18 on the season. When Fall was hit with foul trouble, Williamson charged to the hoop.Fall finished with 15 points and six rebounds in his final college game.Trailing 34-32 in the final four minutes of the opening half, Williamson hit a short jumper, and then collected Jordan Goldwire’s miss for a three-point play. Barrett added a three-point play and Williamson threw a one-handed bounce pass to a streaking Jones for an easy layup as Duke led 44-36 at the break.Williamson had 15 points in the first half, but had not dunked on the tall Fall — mainly because UCF’s center played just eight minutes due to foul trouble.BIG PICTUREUCF: The Knights will have some big shoes to fill (size 22) next season with Fall’s senior season complete. They also lose Taylor, the point guard who has started 101 of 104 games since arriving at UCF in 2014-15. UCF has a solid core of experienced starters returning, led by Dawkins, who was second on the team in scoring average at 15.1 points a game.Duke: The Blue Devils have had too many tentative stretches in their first two games, but their overwhelming talent edge saved them against North Dakota State in the opening round and UCF in this one. Duke will need to be more consistent if it hopes to make a championship run.COUNTING ON FRESHMANDuke’s four freshmen carried the load against UCF. The quartet combined for 72 of 77 points in the victory, with Javin DeLaurier and Goldwire the only other scorers for the Blue Devils. “We’re not deep,” Krzyzewski said. “But we are good.” MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
Matt Mooney hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, Nick Ward had 16 points and 13 rebounds in Atlanta’s victory over San Antonio.Sedrick Barefield added 12 points, and Charles Brown and Jaylen Adams had 10 apiece for the Hawks (2-3).Darius Morris led the Spurs (2-3) with 12 points. Thomas Robinson —the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft who hasn’t appeared in an NBA regular-season game since the 2016-17 season— had 10 points and 11 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Croatia, which will not be participating in the World Cup, was the other international team joining the fray. Croatia narrowly fell short of its maiden Summer League victory in its finale on Friday.The World Cup will be played Aug. 31-Sept. 15. So when the NBA decided to add a pair of international teams, China seized an opportunity for a tuneup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsChina and Croatia could have anticipated Summer League competition to be tough for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that the NBA brand of basketball is officiated differently than the international game and has certain court dimensions — including the 3-point line — that are different from courts used in the Olympics and World Cup.But if the focus was on how much they’d improve, there were some encouraging signs. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Croatia’s Zeljko Sakic, a 6-foot-8 forward who plays professionally in Poland, averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in his first four games.Those were timely performances, considering the plethora of NBA front office personnel on hand.76ERS 108, RAPTORS 102P.J. Dozier, who spent last season on a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics, hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in 24 minutes to pace Philadelphia in its victory over Toronto.Haywood Highsmith added 16 points, and Mairal Shayock had 14 points for the 76ers (2-3).Lindell Wigginton, an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, scored 26 points for the Raptors (2-3). Chris Boucher continued his torrid Summer League performance with 24 points. He has averaged better than 22 points.Terance Davis added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Dewan Hernandez scored 15 points for Toronto.Philly connected on 14 of 31 3-point attempts. Toronto went just 6 of 27 from deep.LAKERS 88, WARRIORS 87Jordan Caroline, an undrafted rookie out of Nevada, scored 20 points to lift Los Angeles to its first Summer League triumph. Jaron Johnson, who has spent several recent pro seasons overseas in France, Israel and Australia, scored 19 points for the Lakers (1-4), and Dakota Mathias added 10 points.Kevin McClain scored 24 points for Golden State (3-2), hitting five 3s, including one from several feet behind the arc at the halftime horn.Travis Wear scored 16 points, but missed a 3 from the corner that could have won the game as time expired.Ebuka Izundu added 14 points and 11 rebounds, highlighted by his thunderous two-handed follow dunk.THUNDER 69, CROATIA 68Devon Hall’s double-pump shot in the lane with less than 5 seconds left gave Oklahoma City a late lead and sent Croatia home winless.Yannis Morin scored 10 points for the Thunder (4-1) and preserved the win with his block of Marin Maric’s short turnaround as time expired.Devin Cannady added 12 points and Khadeen Carrington had 11 assists for Oklahoma City.Antonio Vrankovic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia (0-5).Maric scored 12 points while Pavle Marcinkovic and Roko Rogic each added 11 points for Croatia. China was routed by 41 in its opener against Miami, but broke through with an 84-80 victory over Charlotte in its third game before regressing in its sluggish finale.Croatia lost each of its first two games by 16 points before losing by eight in its third and fourth games and by a single point in its final game.There were some standout individual performances as well.China’s Guo Ailun, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 16 points in his first two games, when he shot 50 percent. His highlights included a crossover dribble that sent Charlotte’s Cody Martin sprawling.Zhou Qi, China’s 7-1 center and a former Houston Rocket, averaged 11.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks through his first four contests. He complemented his expected above-the-rim play with several 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT BJ Johnson led Sacramento (2-3) with 20 points and Brandon Ashley had 18 points and 12 rebounds.PACERS 86, CLIPPERS 75Alize Johnson had 25 points and 13 rebounds and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell added 24 points and 10 rebounds to push Indiana past Los Angeles.MiKyle McIntosh added 10 points for Indiana (1-4).Oshae Brissett scored 18 points for Los Angeles (3-2). Cliff Alexander added 11 and Kaiser Gates 10.TRAIL BLAZERS 99, BUCKS 84Gary Trent Jr. scored 28 points and Jarnell Stokes added 19 on 7-of-9 shooting to help Portland beat Milwaukee.Demetrius Jackson had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Gian Clavell had 10 points for the Blazers (2-3).Bonzie Colzon led the Bucks (2-3) with 14 points.HAWKS 80, SPURS 72 Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? SUNS 94, CHINA 64Ray Spalding, Elie Okobo and Retin Obasohan each scored 11 points for Phoenix.The 6-1 Obasohan, a three-year pro from Belgium who spent last season in the NBA G League, shot 5 of 7.Jared Harper and Derek Willis added 10 points apiece for the Suns (3-1), who shot 9 of 18 from 3-point range as a team and had seven players score at least nine points.Guo Ailun scored 15 points for China (1-4), which limited starting center Zhou Qi to only six minutes on the court.Hu Jinqui scored 11 and Shen Zijie added 10 points for China, which was handed its second-worst loss of Summer League play by the Suns.CAVALIERS 98, KINGS 96, OTMalik Newman scored 33 points, hitting four 3-pointers, to help Cleveland edge Sacramento in overtime.Newman, who played 42 games in the NBA G League last season, opened the two-minute extra session with a drive and lob to JaCorey Williams. Newman scored on Cleveland’s next possession for a four-point lead and he capped the scoring by going 1 of 2 from the free-throw line with 10 seconds left.Williams and Phil Booth each added 18 points for Cleveland (2-3). Williams also had 11 rebounds and four assists. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer LATEST STORIES View comments ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MOST READ Benefits of township living Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted China’s Zhao Jiwei (24) fouls Miami Heat’s Kendrick Nunn (25) during an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)LAS VEGAS — The NBA’s decision to invite a pair of international teams to the Summer League showed promise, even as it also demonstrated the competitive challenges facing the host team for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.China struggled to beat NBA-affiliated squads made up largely of rookies or relatively inexperienced pros, closing out its stay in Las Vegas with a 30-point loss in Friday’s consolation round and heading home with one victory in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Cristiano Ronaldo returns to training at Juventus
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia PLAY LIST 03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Plenty of NBA talent left among 4 World Cup semifinalists “Writing this to let you guys know that me and Jay won’t be working together anymore,” Osaka tweeted.“I’m super grateful for the time we spent together and the things I learned on and off the court but I feel like now is a (sic) appropriate time for a change… Thank you for everything, it was a blast,” added Osaka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Osaka had already caught the tennis world by surprise when she announced she was parting ways with coach Sascha Bajin, who had overseen her stunning rise to win two grand slams — the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open title in January.But her results since Melbourne have been patchy. She lost in the third round of the French Open to Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic, ranked 41 places below her in the world rankings. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son She then suffered a humiliating first-round exit at Wimbledon to Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan before crashing out of this month’s US Open in the last 16 to Swiss player Belinda Bencic.Her form outside the slams has hardly been better, losing two quarter-finals during the US hard-court season that has seen her slip from the number one position in the world rankings to number four in the latest list.The split with Jenkins came as Osaka returned home for the Pan Pacific Open where she reached the final last year.Her main challengers in the event will be fellow top-10 players Kiki Bertens and US sensation Sloane Stephens.Angelique Kerber, who beat her in the first round in 2017, is also in the draw for the competition that runs between September 16 and 22.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island MOST READ LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts as she plays against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their Round Four Women’s Singles match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2, 2019. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP)Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka announced on Friday she was splitting with her coach, her second break-up this year as she battles for form and slips down the world rankings.On the eve of the Pan Pacific Open tournament in Osaka, western Japan, the 21-year-old announced she would no longer be working with Jermaine Jenkins, who joined her team after her triumph at the Australian Open in January.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City View comments
Japan dropped to the relegation spot, sitting on 22 points after picking only one point, this is after falling 24-31 to Kenya in the 13th place semi-final.-Shujaa disastrous season-This season has been disastrous for the Shujaa team who appointed Paul Murunga as the head coach and is yet to reach a Main Cup quarter final this season, a performance that threatens their existence in the core status that they have enjoyed since the tournament’s inception 1999-2000 inaugural season.Despite the reinforcement of senior players former captain Andrew Amonde, Jeff Oluoch, Dan Sikuta and Nelson Oyoo in the Asian tour (Hong Kong and Singapore) Kenya is yet to impress.In the Asian tour, they have only managed to collect eight points after bagging five in Hong Kong and now three in Singapore.The going is even going to be tougher for the Shujaa in the last two legs London and Paris since they are set to be drawn in a tough pool by the virtue of them recording poor results.-Singapore 7s-At Singapore 7s, where they have fine memories of lifting a first ever Main Cup title in 2016, Kenya did not manage to win a single match after losing all their games in Pool C; suffering a 36-7 defeat to England, 17-14 to USA and 19-14 to Wales.-Challenge Trophy-In the Challenge Trophy Kenya started their campaign with a 24-14 fall to France in the quarters to book a date with Japan in the 13th place semis where they were 31-24 winners to book a date with Spain in the final, winning 24-12.Against the Spaniards, Shujaa started on a high controlling the first half with two converted tries through Vincent Onyala and Bush Mwale to take a 14-0 lead at the interval.Spain made five errors in comparison to Kenya’s zero and that proved to be costly for the European side who sits 11th in the standings.On resumption, Spain pulled one back with an unconverted try but Kenya added another converted try through Daniel Taabu to see Shujaa secure 13th slot.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Sevens in Singapore 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – With only two legs for the 2018/19 HSBC Sevens World Series to conclude, Kenya’s survival to maintain core status still hangs by a thread after only managing to pick two wins in Singapore 7s, finishing 13th to collect three points on Sunday.This is after Shujaa beat Spain 21-5 in the 13th place-playoff final, a result saw them remain 13th in the standings with 26 points, one ahead of Wales who occupies 14th slot after reaching the Challenge Trophy semi-final, losing 33-12 to Scotland hence collecting vital five points that lifted them off the relegation position.
0Shares0000BOLTON, United Kingdom, August 22 – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned Arsene Wenger that he might not sign Samir Nasri if the French midfielder plays in Arsenal’s Champions League tie on Wednesday.Mancini is keen to bring Nasri to Eastlands in a £25 million move before the transfer window shuts on August 31, but the deal has taken longer than expected as agents reportedly haggle over their cut of the transfer. Arsenal boss Wenger surprisingly decided to play Nasri in Saturday’s defeat against Liverpool and that raises the possibility that he could feature against Udinese in Europe this week — which would make him ineligible to play for City in the Champions League.The struggling Gunners have only a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg and Wenger needs all the experienced players he can find at present, but Mancini hinted that the move could be off if Nasri is cup-tied.“I hope that we can have Samir Nasri in the next days,” Mancini said.“If he plays in the Champions League for Arsenal it is a big problem. I don’t know if I would still sign him, but hopefully we will be close in the next 24 hours.“We still have 10 days. We need some players if we want to complete our team. I hope he (Nasri) is not the last one in.”Mancini’s team showed they can win without Nasri as goals from David Silva, Gareth Barry and Edin Dzeko clinched a 3-2 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.City cruised to a comfortable win against Premier League new boys Swansea last week, but they were put under far more pressure in this contest as Bolton matched them in the opening stages.Sergio Aguero thrashed over Dzeko’s cross after 18 minutes when all he had to do was beat Jussi Jaaskelainen from 10 yards out.Yet that missed chance was the last luck Jaakelainen would be receiving as he made a dreadful error shortly before the half hour mark to gift City the lead.Silva’s effort was hit directly at him but as the ball swerved slightly in the air, the Bolton keeper entirely misjudged the direction of the shot to give City the lead.Mancini’s men grabbed a second goal before the break as Bolton fell asleep at a corner and gave Barry far too much time and space and he punished them with a wonderful long-distance shot that left Jaaskelainen no chance.Ivan Klasnic showed Bolton had some fight left as he instantly halved the deficit for the home side.Former City winger Martin Petrov crossed into the box from the left and Klasnic dashed in front of Joleon Lescott and beat Joe Hart from close range.Dzeko added the third goal for City after half-time before Kevin Davies got one back for Bolton.“We need to pay more attention. We cannot afford to concede these goals and we need to pay more attention on this if we want to be a good team,” Mancini added.Bolton boss Owen Coyle took heart from the way his team pushed one of the Premier League’s big spenders right to the final whistle.“City have assembled a terrific team and you have to give credit where credit is due,” Coyle said.“It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves at 2-0 down and 3-1 down but we fought positively and that is what we will take from the match.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Fenway Sports Group took full control of Liverpool in 2010 © AFP / PAUL ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 1 – Liverpool announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million ($24.5 million, 23.2 million euros) for last year on Wednesday, despite record revenue of £301 million.The loss in the year ending May 2016 was due to investment in the first-team squad and pay-offs to manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked in October 2015, and his back-room staff. But with commercial revenue projected to climb and Anfield’s towering new Main Stand now complete, the club predicted “significantly improved results” for the current financial year.“These results demonstrate the solid financial progress that’s been made over the past six years under the leadership of FSG (Fenway Sports Group) with continued investment in the playing squad and the completion of the Main Stand,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes in a press release.“The increase in the underlying revenue adds further strength to the club’s financial position despite the cost of football rising with player transfer fees, wages and agents’ costs.”Liverpool signed 12 players in the 2015-16 accounting period, spending £32 million on striker Christian Benteke, who has since left, and £29 million on Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.They agreed six contract extensions and incurred costs relating to the redevelopment of the Main Stand.But the club also earned £49 million from the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.Overall revenue has grown every year since American owners Fenway Sports Group took over in October 2010 and rose to £301 million from £279.9 million.Liverpool spent a combined £61 million on Christian Benteke (left) and Roberto Firmino in 2015 © AFP/File / OLI SCARFF– ‘Solid financial progress’ –Commercial revenue dropped slightly, falling £700,000 to £115.7 million, but there were increases in match-day (up £3.4 million to £62.4 million) and media revenue (up £1 million to £123.6 million).Liverpool were ranked ninth in financial consultants Deloitte’s latest Football Money League despite being the only club in the top 10 who did not play in the Champions League last season.Hughes added: “Since this reporting period … we have continued to make solid financial progress and we expect to see further growth in our revenues following the successful opening of the Main Stand and the new media deal.“Our commercial operations continue to thrive through new partnerships, global retail growth and developing our international soccer schools, with our newest academy opening recently in Australia.“The investments from this ownership have been a key factor to our financial and global progress.“We have seen continued investment in the playing squad, the expanded Main Stand, the new flagship retail store opening later this year, fully refurbished retail stores in Liverpool and Belfast, and we are consulting on a proposed development at our academy in Kirkby to bring together the first team and our young players.“These investments all contribute to further progress and strengthen the club’s financial position which ultimately serves to support all of our football ambitions.”Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are currently fifth in the Premier League table, a point off the Champions League places, reached the League Cup semi-finals and have been knocked out of the FA Cup.They did not qualify for European football this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Strangled, her arms cleanly cut off at the elbows, she had been dead two weeks to three weeks when her killer, or killers, dumped her body in the park off Burbank Boulevard just east of Havenhurst Avenue, police believe. “Who holds a murder victim that long and moves a body?” wondered Los Angeles Police Department Detective James Nuttall. “It takes a tremendous amount of risk.” Jane Doe 53 is not alone. Since 1987, there have been 5,535 unsolved homicides in the city of Los Angeles. In 53’s case, a bit of bad luck and timing have made the process of identifying her – and the prospects of identifying her killer – more difficult. By removing her hands, the killer ensured there would be no fingerprints. After her death, detectives were on the lookout for any severed hands that turned up, hoping for a match. They haven’t found any. And since the woman had been dead for weeks when they found her, police were unable to detect whether there had been sexual contact. In today’s advanced scientific environment, such evidence might have led to the killer. “We have her DNA,” Nuttall said. “We have nothing from the suspect.” They also don’t have a corpse. The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner routinely hands over unidentified bodies to the county morgue, which cremates the remains. Jane Doe 53 – the 53rd unidentified female corpse in the county in 1987 – was released to the morgue for cremation Aug. 17, 1987, said Craig Harvey, coroner operations chief. A femur from her leg was saved and remains in evidence. On a recent weekend, the coroner’s office had 207 bodies in its possession. Identifying them can sometimes prove difficult, Harvey said. “One of the biggest problems in identifying people is the fact that nobody’s looking for them,” he said. “They don’t file missing-person reports, so you really have nothing to go on.” This is a scenario detectives have considered with Jane Doe 53. It’s possible they never saw a missing-persons report for her because she was killed by a husband or boyfriend, the very person who would normally report her missing. “Right now, if we had the skull, we feel pretty confident we could get close (to identifying her), but unfortunately, it’s not available,” Nuttall said. With the skull, they could do a facial reconstruction. That process could provide a highly accurate bust or drawing, something they could put out to the public to see if anybody recognized her. Which leaves the blue dress. Considering the horror she endured, the woman’s dress is in remarkably good shape. Police determined it was “not commercially manufactured.” But who made the dress? The woman? A loving mother or grandmother? Police don’t know. They do know it was considered out-of-date. “Not San Fernando Valley 1980s,” Nuttall said, which leads detectives to believe the woman might have been from out of state or perhaps from another country. Wearing black-strap high heels with her toenails painted a reddish-pink, the woman could have been out dancing, going to dinner or engaging in prostitution, detectives said. Toxicology tests show she had cocaine in her system at the time of her death. Police believe their Jane Doe was a small-framed white woman, between 24 and 33 years old. The brown-eyed woman wore contact lenses and had medium-length brown hair that fell just past her shoulders. She was approximately 5 feet 8 inches and weighed between 110 and 120 pounds. She wore a size 7 shoe. Examiners concluded that at some point, her appendix had been removed and that she was once pregnant. And due to the fact that she wore contacts and once wore braces, it’s possible she came from an upper-middle-class background, police said. “She had perfect teeth,” Nuttall said. Because of the tools used and the precision of the mutilation of her limbs, Jane Doe 53’s case is similar to the deaths of six other Southern California women, although police haven’t been able to make any definite connection. Every stone has been turned. Now, they need help. “There’s really no place else for us to go,” Nuttall said. “Barring some breakthrough in modern science, it’s going to take a phone call.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO – Although considered out of fashion for 1987, the powder-blue dress with a peekaboo opening below the neckline was perfect for summer. Little did police know when they found the badly decomposed body of a young woman wearing the dress 20 years ago this month that it might one day represent their last hope of unraveling the mystery behind her death. Through the years, detectives have followed every lead, with little luck. Now, they’re hoping somebody recognizes that dress or some other peculiarity about the case. They not only want to find her killer, they want to find out who was the woman they call Jane Doe No. 53. The woman’s mutilated body was discovered on the morning of July 21, 1987, by a 32-year-old transient in the thick underbrush around the Hjelte Sports Center in the Sepulveda Dam basin area.
Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley says Roberto Martinez’s side was the one he always wanted to play for.The free agent playmaker chose to move to Goodison from Manchester United this summer after what appeared to be a successful loan at Aston Villa.But, even after reaching the FA Cup final with Tim Sherwood’s Villa, he snubbed a return to the Midlands and joined the Toffees.“There is an all-round package with the history of the club, the great players that are currently here, the manager and the fans, ” Cleverley told evertonfc.com. “It’s definitely the club I wanted to play for.”The 25-year-old added: “I think Roberto is a great manager and I’m massively looking forward to working with him again. We obviously had a year at Wigan together that I really enjoyed. He knows me and he knows how I like to play, so hopefully we can hit it off again come the start of the season.“[The move] happened quite quickly, but he told me about how passionate the fans are here and about the young players who play high-energy football like myself, so hopefully I can fit right in with the squad.” Tom Cleverley in action for Aston Villa 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesTaylor Hicks of Birmingham, Ala., the most recent winner on the show, also gave Bush a black T-shirt emblazoned with “Soul Patrol” — the name of Hicks’ fan club. Hicks has a personal connection inside the White House: Susan Whitson, Laura Bush’s press secretary, taught him ninth grade English at Hoover High School in Birmingham.Besides Hicks, the finalists from last season who met with Bush were: Katharine McPhee of Sherman Oaks; and Elliott Yamin of Richmond, Va., who arrived a bit late for the meeting.Their tour and photo opportunity with Bush — with still cameras only, no reporters allowed — came during their one-day visit to Washington for their “American Idols Live” tour.It’s unclear how familiar Bush is with their talents. Asked whether he had ever seen the show, the White House responded that he was “aware” of it. WASHINGTON – It’s not clear if President Bush has ever actually watched “American Idol,” but the TV show’s finalists got to hang out with him Friday at the White House.They got a group photo and a tour from the president. He got a harmonica engraved with “American Idol 2006.”The 10 finalists dropped into the Oval Office to see Bush in between his meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and another photo session with top high school students.The president gave the performers a quick tour of the Oval Office and talked about his job. Bush posed for a group photo in front of his desk, and then individual photos with each finalist. He urged them to stick to their beliefs, even if their celebrity status grows. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!