The proposed designated consumption area, which was turned down by the Wellington council, is shaded in blue. (Click on picture for larger view). by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council turned down a proposal designating a public consumption area for downtown during the Kansas Wheat Festival. Instead, the council appears to be going back to the beer garden that was used in years past. The council called for a special meeting on Monday so that the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce can submit for a Cereal Malt Beverage license application to run a beer garden on W. 7th Street, popularly known as the old Antler’s Hotel parking lot. The council would then have to approve it. This came after an emotionally charged 60-minute discussion on whether or not to designate a two block radius of Harvey to Eighth Street and parts of 7th Street including the Antler’s Hotel parking area and food court (see map above). Had the proposal passed, people would be allowed to purchase an alcoholic beverage – whether it be a beer, a margarita, or straight vodka – and move freely within the confines of the area, provided they had a designated Wheat Festival cup.The hope was, among some Wheat Festival promoters, that people could take their drinks freely in and out of drinking/food businesses such as Barefoot Jerry’s and The Dore while listening to the outdoor street concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. The same would apply for the beer garden serving 3.2 beer. One of the misconceptions was that people would be taking alcohol to the carnival – in the Raymond Frye Complex parking lot. This is not true. No one can leave the designated area with alcohol nor bring in drinks. Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Annarose White said that people would be given a green wrist band before entering the area and it would be roped off. Those who do not have proper identification stating they were 21 years or older, would not have the band and therefore could not purchase alcohol. Also, if people were to walk around the area with alcohol, they could only do so with a designated cup that would be presented by the business owners or those serving alcohol at the beer garden. The reason this became an issue is because the State of Kansas just this month passed a Common Consumption Area law allowing local governmental entities more leeway in designated areas where people could consume alcohol. White said the main goal was to increase the enjoyment of those wishing to purchase drinks while listening to the concert at the same time. For example, a class reunion is being held at Barefoot Jerry’s. By opening up the consumption area, there would be more room for people to congregate both inside and outside. In the end, though, the resolution never was placed up for a vote, because no council member made the motion to act. Wellington Council member Vince Wetta may have surmised it best for the general feeling in the room on Tuesday: “I like beer. I like guns. I like family with kids. But I don’t like putting them together.” ••••••The debateThere were 81 people in attendance Tuesday including council members, media, and city staff. A large contingency was there from the Freewill Baptist Church. Reverend Zane Brooks was the first to speak. He worried that the potential for money gained from the increased sale of alcohol would be lost because people would stay away. He states: “We have many things at the Wheat Festival that are family friendly, whether it be lawn mower pushes, cow chip throwing, bed races that involve children. Why on earth would you add alcohol to the mix?… You have moved alcohol from the bars to a beer garden. Now you want to move it to the city streets. When will it end? I have never seen where alcohol has helped anybody.” Council member Jim Valentine was concerned about the safety of the people especially with the new Kansas open carry firearm law. “Alcohol and guns don’t mix, they just don’t,” Valentine said. He asked Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath how many extra officers would be needed to patrol the area. Heath said four. Valentine said the mere fact that there needs to be extra police force speaks volumes of the potential dangers. There was a large crowd at Tuesday’s meeting to debate the Consumption proposal.Wetta said he was concerned by the large scope of the area. He asked White why was it so large. White responded that they wanted to include the Dore near Harvey, the food court on 7th Street and reaching north to Barefoot Jerry’s and the concert stage. Audience member Brian Strange, who moved from Wichita, worried that Wellington was shooting itself in the foot by trying to emulate a big city. “There is a slippery slope which you try to chase a dollar,” he said. White said that Wheat Festival organizers would be diligent in helping with security. There would be barricades and student volunteers such as anti-drug groups like SCDAT, who would assist with the looking of licenses or passports. Council member Kip Etter was asked if it was a conflict of interest for him to vote since he was the owner of the Dore. He said he had done much research on the matter and said from a legal standpoint he could vote. He said he doesn’t make much money on Wheat Festival alcohol sales. He also said he would vote no if it comes to a vote. Council member Jan Korte said she would not vote for it and said the proposal encourages underaged drinking. White said the organization is not promoting underaged drinking. Both Valentine and Wetta asked City Attorney Shawn DeJarnett if the city would have increased liability if this were to pass. DeJarnett said he didn’t think so. Usually the onus of the lawsuit falls on the party involved in the misdeed and since the city is a third party, they probably wouldn’t be sued. “But you can be sued for anything these days,” DeJarnett said. Wetta then complemented White and asked for a round of applause. Church of Christ Reverend Mike Nelson then spoke in his support for White. This brought Mayor Hansel to tears in which she understands what it is like to be vilified. When it became apparent that the consumption area was a no go, Wetta asked if there was a way to get something passed so the Chamber could promote a fun Wheat Festival. It appeared the beer garden of years past was a solution. However, that became a complicated discussion on how to produce a beer garden in relation to the new state law. The debate evolved into what the necessary steps were needed to make the beer garden a reality. After 20 minutes, the council decided to hold a work session on Monday and then hold a special meeting for which White’s CMB license could be approved. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (26) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down guest · 164 weeks ago got my popcorn ready, waiting for comments Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down SilenceD · 164 weeks ago After they moved the beer garden to a larger area last year, does anyone know the increase in gun shots fired within the drinking area compared to previous years? 200%? 10000%? I mean, they even gave away a gun in that same area last year. How many did that guy take out? Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down notlla · 164 weeks ago He doesn’t make much money on wheat festival alcohol sales ,,, Give me a brake. Report Reply 1 reply · active 164 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Mic Jones · 164 weeks ago Seems like most council members think Open Carry people are heavy drinkers and can not control there actions. The Open Carry laws are very clear on this. I’d be more worried about someone who has been drinking and starts a fight with a law abiding person that is carrying a concealed gun. Funny, if you are of legal age, you can carry a 30-06 down Main Street but a person can’t carry a beer in a cup. Welcome to the Bible Belt, where God and guns mix but God and booze don’t. Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Prodigy · 164 weeks ago Moving the beer garden back to antlers lot is going backwards. Last year was by far the best set up. Why can’t they do that again this year? The sound stage is going to be almost 100 yards away, not ideal. But seriously, heritage park inside the fenced in area was great, the best location yet. Sounds like the “church people” are drinking the wrong kind of koolaid. SMH Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 164 weeks ago What makes the most sense to me would be to have cups showing the origin of the purchase. Beer Garden gets a beer garden cup, Jerry’s has a Jerry’s cup and The Dore has their own cup. Anybody who is drinking alcohol not in a designated cup should be easy to spot. Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down wellington resident · 164 weeks ago Right, everything at the wheat festival is overpriced, and yes they make a good bit on beer sales, nice try Report Reply 0 replies · active 164 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down wellington resident · 164 weeks ago They want to drink , go to the bar or drink at home. Its suppose to a family event, not a drunk fest like the years past. Report Reply 1 reply · active 163 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down SilenceD · 164 weeks ago Chasing the demonic dollar is what Zane is worried about? How did you build that new church? Tax free money. How do you provide for your family? Tax free money. How much did you pay for the drone footage of your “pilgrimage” to your new church? Chasing that demonic dollar. But I understand. It all comes down to morals. Some people think it’s immoral to drink at all. Some people think it’s immoral to drink too much. Some people think it’s not immoral at all to drink yourself into a stupor. I’m so glad the council is here to decide who’s morals matter. But I’m also so disgusted that some people think so little of our kids that they can’t make the right decision if presented with bad decisions. Again, the whole “for the kids” BS is being played for the wrong reasons. Maybe the council should have asked the chief of police about calls involving firearm infractions. How many of those involved alcohol. What are his biggest concerns about the new proposal? How can those be mitigated? The people are tired of protectionist, over-reaching, small time government officials. Report Reply 4 replies · active 164 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down wellington resident · 164 weeks ago The laws need to be changed then, churches should have to pay taxes on their money like the rest of us do. And some of the mega church pastors that live in mansions is stupid. Report Reply 2 replies · active 164 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by the San Jose Sharks during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Vegas Golden Knights players hug after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The Knights also landed the likes of James Neal, a proven veteran talent with nine consecutive 20-goal seasons. He scored 25 goals while providing steady veteran leadership.They plucked William Karlsson, a clearly gifted forward who had yet to reach his full potential with two NHL teams. The Swede swiftly became one of the NHL’s best players, racking up 43 goals — an NHL record for an expansion team’s first season — and 35 assists along with a plus-49 rating.And the expansion draft terms allowed McPhee to get creative in trades with teams hoping to keep players who couldn’t fit under the protection umbrella. For instance, the Knights ended up with Reilly Smith in a trade because Florida wanted them to draft Jonathan Marchessault — and the two ex-Panthers became two of the Knights’ top four scorers.The draft bounty isn’t the only reason these upstart Knights have immediately entered their Golden years.All of this talent wouldn’t have won so many games without Gallant. He built a balanced, disciplined team that has rolled four lines and played relentless two-way hockey while mining untapped talents such as Karlsson and Eric Haula, who scored 29 goals after never managing more than 15 in Minnesota.“Gerard has done a terrific job of making this a team,” McPhee said. “He has really brought a lot of players along, and they’ve played better than they’ve played anywhere else.”Foley bought this opportunity with his $500 million expansion fee, yet nobody in the sports world expected the Golden Knights to put it all together so swiftly. That includes the 73-year-old Foley, who raised eyebrows around the league when he set a public goal of bringing the Stanley Cup to Las Vegas within six years — a goal he later revised to maybe eight years.Instead, there’s an increasingly strong chance the Golden Knights will parade the Stanley Cup down the Strip one month from now. There are 12 other NHL teams that have never won a championship, along with seven franchises that haven’t raised the Cup in at least 23 years.Potential NHL expansion owners in Seattle and Houston are probably thinking $500 million was a bargain, since the expansion fee is likely to go up when the league eventually awards its 32nd franchise. It also seems improbable that the NHL would ever make it this easy to build a team again.But nothing will erase the Golden Knights’ remarkable embrace of this unusual moment in hockey history.“It was important to the league and to Las Vegas and to Bill Foley that this franchise had a chance to work,” McPhee said. “That people that were coming to the games could enjoy the product and become real fans, and we could grow some deep roots in this marketplace. So I didn’t mind the rules.”___AP freelance writer W.G. Ramirez in Las Vegas contributed to this report.___More AP hockey: www.apnews.com/tags/NHLhockey After Bill Foley agreed to pay a whopping $500 million for the right to put a hockey team in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the NHL decided his Vegas Golden Knights deserved a chance for a swift return on that investment.If the other NHL owners had known just how huge Foley’s reward would be — and how incredibly quickly he would get it — they probably wouldn’t have been quite so nice to the new guy.It’s too late now, though. After reaping a bonanza from one of the most generous expansion drafts in sports history, the Golden Knights are two victories away from an unbelievable Stanley Cup Final berth.A brand-new team in a league that has been around for 101 years already has a Pacific Division title, two playoff series victories and a 2-1 lead on the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference finals.“I don’t think anybody saw us here,” Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “It’s been a lot of fun to be part of it. Really proud of this team and the way these guys have been working. We deserve to be here.”Fleury and the other players accomplishing this feat refer to themselves as the Golden Misfits, yet few of Vegas’ expansion draft selections were truly undesired by the clubs that lost them 11 months ago.Instead, general manager George McPhee took full advantage of his opportunities to compile an uncommonly talented roster, and coach Gerard Gallant turned that roster into a brilliant team in shockingly swift fashion. But it all started with the draft that allowed McPhee to build this monster in less than a year.“It had a big impact,” McPhee acknowledged. “The (expansion draft) rules were favorable. Gave us something to work with, and gave this team an opportunity to be a good team.”The NHL allowed its teams to protect only seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. By way of comparison, when the NHL last expanded in 2000, teams were allowed to protect a whopping nine forwards, five defensemen and a goalie, or seven forwards, three defensemen and two goalies.The league also required teams to expose players with significant NHL experience who were under contract through next season, closing loopholes and helping Vegas even more. Third-line forwards and top-four defensemen were available from almost every team.The easiest acquisition was Fleury, of course. The Knights got a three-time Stanley Cup winning goalie with 375 career victories for nothing, and he has largely stayed healthy while playing at a formidable level.
Tiger Woods of the US walks onto the 18th green during the final round for the 147th British Open Golf championships in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver) Woods moved from No. 31 to No. 20 in the Ryder Cup standings with two tournaments remaining before the top eight qualify for the Sept. 28-30 matches in Paris. Points are based on money, and the two events left for Woods — a World Golf Championship and PGA Championship — offer two of the largest purses.Woods already has been appointed an assistant captain, just as he was at Hazeltine two years ago. He has hinted at being a playing assistant.He has played just 12 events that offer Ryder Cup points, about half as many tournaments as most American prospects.Woods had the lead for three holes at Carnoustie until a double bogey at No. 11, and he wound up tied for sixth. It at least moved him to No. 50 in the world ranking, making him eligible for the $10 million Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone, where he has won eight times.Furyk looked at more than just Woods.Over the weekend at Carnoustie, no fewer than seven players had a chance to move into the top eight in the standings — Woods, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.“We had a lot of guys in pretty good form,” Furyk said. “Flip over to Tiger, you look at him because he’s Tiger, and he’s earned a lot of attention. … I loved seeing him play well. I loved seeing him jump to 20th. It’s fun to watch. But we’ll handle him like everyone else.”Furyk was a vice captain under Davis Love III at Hazeltine in 2016 and was under consideration for one of the four captain’s picks. He was involved in frank discussions with the captain, and he sees this situation — if it comes down to that — unfolding the same way.Furyk said a big part of his decision on captain’s picks would be matching players with the course at Le Golf National, where the matches will be played. Furyk and a few Americans took a scouting trip on the weekend before the British Open. He said Finau played the course mainly with a 3-iron, and Justin Thomas hit only seven drivers over 72 holes during the French Open.“It’s a good second-shot golf course,” he said. CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says it was fun to watch Tiger Woods contend at the British Open and briefly take the lead in the final round. Whether that means Woods is a lock for the U.S. team is still to be determined. “I’m going to handle him the way I do everyone else,” Furyk said Monday before boarding a flight for the Canadian Open. “I’ll ask my top eight guys. The way he’s playing, he might be one of them. I’ll ask the vice captains, collectively, and I think we’ll do the best we can to round out the team. We want the guys playing the best.”
NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, the All-Star laden lineup of the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league’s national television schedule. In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A. After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Wednesday, and all are prominently featured.James Harden and the Rockets will appear three times on national television in the opening week of the season, while Lakers, Warriors and Celtics will be featured twice.The highlight of the coveted Christmas Day games is James facing a familiar foe — Stephen Curry and the Warriors — for a fourth straight year, only this time James will be wearing Lakers’ gold and purple rather than the familiar wine and gold colors of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors, who added center DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason, feature a lineup with five current NBA All-Stars.The other Christmas Day games include Kyrie Irving and the Celtics hosting the young, but talented Philadelphia 76ers. The Rockets, who came within a game of knocking off the Warriors in the Western Conference finals last season, will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Utah Jazz.The featured MLK day games includes a Warriors-Lakers rematch — this time in Los Angeles — while the 76ers host the Rockets, and Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Memphis Grizzles.A look at some of the games on the league’s national TV schedule:OPENING WEEKThe NBA season begins Oct. 16 with TNT televising the 76ers at the Celtics and the Thunder at the Warriors. The Pelicans visit the Rockets and Mavericks face the Suns on Oct. 17 on ESPN. On Oct. 18, the Bulls travel to face the 76ers and the Lakers visit the Trail Blazers, which both games on TNT. The Celtics will visit the Raptors on Oct. 19, while the Jazz host the Warriors on ESPN. The first nationally televised weekend games include the Raptors at the Washington Wizards on NBA TV and Rockets-Lakers Oct. 20 on ESPN, and the Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers Oct. 21 on NBA TV.CHRISTMAS DAYThe Bucks and Knicks get things going on Christmas day at noon Eastern on ESPN, followed by the Thunder-Rockets at 3 p.m. and 76ers-Celtics at 5:30 p.m. on ABC. The night games include Lakers-Warriors at 8 p.m. on ABC/ESPN capped by the Trail Blazers-Jazz at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAYThe three nationally televised games on Jan. 21 include the Pelicans-Grizzlies, Rockets-76ers and Warriors-Lakers. Those games are on TNT.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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CBA boys, RBC girls swim to Shore Conference titles RBC squeaks by Rumson-Fair Haven with their depth By Doug mckenzie Staff Writer The Christian Brothers Academy swim team has won the Shore Conference Swimming Champion-ships every year since joining the conference 11 years ago. So Sunday’s results should be a surprise to no one, as the Lincroft Colts again displayed their overall strength in capturing yet another title. CBA was atop the leader board from the very start, as their 200 medley relay team posted the Colts’ first win of the day by beating a surprisingly good Toms River North squad to the wall in the first race of the day. Senior Joe Davidow swam the anchor for the Colts and touched out at 1:44.03, .14 seconds ahead of TR North, in CBA’s best time of the season in that event. Although that first race was close, CBA once again swam away with the team competition, distancing itself from the field like it has so many times before. Before it was all said and done, the Colts had accumulated 297 points, with Toms River East second (135), Toms River South third (134), Toms River North fourth (102), and Red Bank and Monsignor Donovan tied for fifth (77). It was CBA’s dominance of the relays which allowed them to cruise to another championship. After the team of Kevin Connors, Vincent Tupper, Brendan Connors and Davidow won the 200 medley, the Colts’ 200 freestyle relay team of Davidow, Kevin Connors, Matt Zilinski and Chris Farrell beat out TR South 1:33.09 to 1:33.24. From there it was the 400 freestyle relay team of Andrew Faughnan, Brendan Connors, Zilinski and Farrell who took the final relay of the day in a time of 3:27.88. CBA’s dominance of the relay events did not carry over to the individual events, however, as a number of swimmers from various schools swam away with conference championships. Rumson’s Ryan Matthews beat out CBA’s Farrell in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:50.52. Matthews used a strong push in the final 25 yards to top Farrell. In the 200 IM, it was Monmouth sophomore Chris Soniak touching the wall first (2:00.2), just ahead of Toms River South’s Carlos Santiago. (2:01.7). Soniak also went on to win the 100 butterfly in a time of 53.83, his best time of the season. But Santiago came back for a win of his own when he posted a 1:02.39 in the 100 breaststroke. The 50 freestyle was the day’s closest race, with St. John Vianney’s Kyle Williams (22.09), a junior who swims for the Red Bank YMCA, beating out Red Bank’s Mike Kelly (22.1). Kelly, however, came back to post a win in the 100 freestyle (48.23) with Williams posting second (49.26). Middletown South senior Greg Elzer got a win as well, touching the wall first in the 100 backstroke (55.13), just ahead of CBA’s Kevin Connors (55.81). CBA got its lone individual win of the day when Farrell won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:54.12, and had the largest margin of victory (20 seconds) of the day. Meanwhile, on the girls’ side of the pool, the Red Bank Catholic Caseys completed a perfect sweep over rival Rumson-Fair Haven by defending their Shore Conference championship after beating the Bulldogs in their regular season dual meet and the county championships. The Caseys topped the Bulldogs by a score of 265 to 232 on Saturday, even though they won just two of the 11 events. However, it was their depth which made the difference, as they placed at least one swimmer in the top five in 10 events. Their wins came in the 50 freestyle, where junior Sara Schwartz touched the wall in 25.62, and the 200 freestyle relay, where the team of Noreen Faughnan, Carrie Rider, Bridget Pegler and Schwartz swam a 1:45.15, beating a Mary McCue-anchored Red Bank team which finished second at 1:45.31. But several other races saw RBC swimmers place near the front of the field, allowing them to accumulate enough points to distance themselves from the competition. As for McCue, she was one of the meet’s top swimmers, winning the 200 IM (2:10.05) by seven seconds over Rumson standout Bryanne Matthews (the defending champ), and the 100 free (53.76), which was just .37 seconds behind a meet record set over a decade ago. In addition, her spit of 24.37 in the 200 free relay almost led her team to a come-from-behind win over RBC. Red Bank’s Kristen Harris also won a pair of events. In the 500 freestyle, she had to sprint to the finish to top Rumson’s Ashley Bissett 5:07.53 to 5:08.67. Harris’ second win came in the 200 free, where she swam away from the field in 1:58.16. Bissett came back herself to pick up a pair of wins in the 100 fly (1:01.86) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.98). In the remaining events, Manasquan defended their 200 medley title, while Rumson’s team of Trudy Wojciehowski, Sara Moser-Cohen, Matthews and Bissett won the 400 free relay with a time of (3:46.54). But at the end of the day it was Coach Gail Slevin’s RBC Caseys who were celebrating the team title, and the culmination of a perfect season.
President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Warren Blake, has confirmed to The Gleaner, that Jamaica has failed in its attempt to host the 2019 IAAF World Relays. Blake said the Government was not able to provide a written financial backing to the IAAF, despite the world governing body extending the period, which was given for the country to provide the financial statement. “The decision was for Jamaica to say we could afford to host the event and we needed the Government to say they could come up with the financial backing. We were not able to secure a written financial backing from the Government in time. They gave us a deadline and when the deadline passed they extended it and we still could not come up with a written financial backing,” Blake said. Jamaica became the preferred destination to host the event after The Bahamas, which hosted the first three editions of the meet, relinquished their hosting rights saying that it has become a financial strain. It is reported that it would have cost the country over US$5 million ($687 million) to host the relays as major renovation would have to be done to the National Stadium.
Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “I’m blessed to be around veteran players. I’ve played with them for quite sometime now,” said Valdez, who is on her third straight SEA Games stint.“We are focused right now and we expect to be at 100 percent,” she added. Volleyball competitions are slated on Dec. 2-10 at PhilSports Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The women’s team just recently came from a team-building seminar at the Orchids Hotel in Manila to maximize the few remaining days it has before the biennial event fires off.“We want to give honor and glory to the country,” said Valdez, adding that their system is focused more on striking camaraderie among the players who are coming from different teams from two rival club leagues. The last time the Philippines medaled in the biennial Games was in the 2005 edition hosted by the country.The women’s team bagged the gold in 1993 before Thailand started dominating the scene, winning every edition from then on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Lakay patriarch Sangiao joins PH kickboxing team coaches Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peter Cayco, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. vice president, said the team is in high spirits.Cayco said they would house the players at a hotel near PhilSports Arena five days before and during the duration of the Games.“We are doing very good,” coach Shaq delos Santos said. “Right now we are deep in training. Hopefully, the time these players spend together help develop teamwork.”“We played together for more than a year now because we play in international tournaments,” said Valdez, referring to fellow superstars of the game like Aby Maraño and Mika Reyes.But according to team setter Jia Morado, the team will “follow a common goal and go the same direction” when the SEA Games comes.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChemistry, more than anything, is what could make or break the Philippines’ campaign in the coming women’s volleyball competition of the Southeast Asian Games.Hopefully, said the team’s top draw, Alyssa Valdez, the Nationals get the “proper jelling” to finally end a 14-year medal drought in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues figure skating team placed first overall at the winter invitational, January 29-30, at Downsview Park.PHOTO GALLERYThe Blues finished with a combined team score of 100 points, 21 points ahead of the Western Mustangs (79). The Queen’s Gaels finished third with 41 points.Rookie Hanna Broker led the Blues with three first-place finishes. Broker placed first in the gold solo dance, paired up with Jessica Reid to win the open rhythm dance and then teamed up with Reid, Stephanie Carroll and Emma Jianopoulos to finish first in the dance fours.Jianopoulos and Carroll took the top spot in the star 10 similar dance, while Chyna Hui and Melanie Zavitski finished first in the star 8/9 similar dance. Rachel Greben rounded out Toronto’s gold-medal performances in the gold free skate.Veteran Keiko Marshall placed second in the novice short program, while the Blues synchro team also finished second overall.Anahis Davidian and Gloria Gao earned a third-place finish in the intermediate similar pairs, while Gao also finished third in the star 10 freeskate. Ehren Chang rounded out the Blues podium finishes with a third-place standing in the men’s freeskate.Zavitksi and Morgan Garland finished fourth in the senior similar pairs, with Marshall, Zavitski, Greben and Felicia Bonitatibus placing fourth in the pairs fours.Lauren Sperling also placed fifth in the star 10 solo dance.UP NEXT: The Blues travel to Kingston, Ont., to defend the provincial title at the 2019 OUA championship, February 12-13, at the Invista Centre.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Links
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