Gunmen storm, rob Berbice Chinese Supermarket

first_imgThe proprietors of a Chinese Supermarket in Albion, Berbice, along with customers, were on Saturday evening robbed after two masked gunmen invaded the business establishment.Reports are around 21:30h, the two perpetrators arrived at the “Z-One Chinese Supermarket” located at Lot 16B Albion Front, Corentyne, Berbice, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a small handgun.The men stormed the premises and immediately ordered the customers inside to lie face down on the floor while ordering the owners to hand over the cash.According to a Police source, while making demands, one bandit hit one of the proprietors across the head with his handgun. Meanwhile, the other suspect proceeded to relieve the customers of their cash and cellular phones.Bullet holes on the police vehicle that came under fireOne staff recalled being taken to the back to show a bandit where the room containing the money was after which he took the gun and struck him to the head. A female Chinese national was then ordered to lead the bandit to her private room. A few minutes later, the bandit returned alone. It was later discovered that after the gunman collected a quantity of cash and left the room, the woman locked herself in.Meanwhile, one neighbour reported that he saw the men coming through the street dressed in hoodies.According to her, a Police patrol vehicle was approaching and the bandit at the door opened fire on the vehicle sending the three officers diving to take cover.“Is bear gunshots non-stop. Is about 20 shots I hear. The Police did not shoot back. And when he finish, they just walk and go through the street.”Another eyewitness told Guyana Times that three strangers on bicycles were seen riding through the street on several occasions earlier in the day. According to the villager, moments before the rapid gunfire, a strange car drove into the street behind the supermarket and parked.One of the gunmen taking one of the proprietors to the back“After I see the man shooting I know that is a robbery and then I see the two men with guns walk and coming straight towards my house and then they turn and go in the street where the car park so I go inside and lock up,” the witness recalled.While the robbery was in progress, the Police were notified, and a three-member team from the Albion Police Station was deployed to the scene.This publication was told that the crime scene was some three blocks away from the Albion Police Station, but from all indications, the Police Officers were not prepared for the welcome they received.As the ranks arrived at the robbery scene, the gunmen fired multiple shots at the vehicle, resulting in the officers having to shield themselves while running for cover to avoid being hit by the bullets that were fired in their direction.The ranks did not have time to return fire.According to another Police source, the three Constables who arrived in the patrol vehicle were not from the Impact Base Unit –one is a driver and the other two are attached to the Enquiries Unit of the Police Station.“No senior rank was with them at the time of the incident, those Constables are pretty young and were probably on the job about a year to two, and this is the first time they were exposed to rapid gunfire. Maybe they did not have enough time to act, since the bullets went flying as soon as their vehicle came to a halt at the establishment, or maybe they could not shoot back because customers were being held hostage. However, they are from Enquiries so even though we are trained to shoot, this is the first time they experienced something like this and no senior person was there to guide them. I mean, they turned up because they were the closest, like three lantern posts away from the scene is the police station…”, the source stated.The gunmen managed to make good their escape with the loot on foot. The Police have since recovered 20 spent shells outside the supermarket and another six inside. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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Fire on 93rd ave causes mostly exterior damage

first_imgPhoto: Fire crews enter a house on 93rd Avenue through a window at the top of the building – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFire Crews were called to a house fire on 93rd avenue Friday afternoon.- Advertisement -The fire broke out near the deck of the home, but was accelerated by a propane tank.  With the help of the propane tank, the fire spread into the into the attic.  Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows says most of the damage was to the exterior of the home, but some damage was done by water in the basement and the attic.The damage is estimated to be around $15,000 and $20,000.  The cause is unknown at this time, but the Fire Department believes it was caused by something around the deck.No one was home at the time of the fire.  A neighbor and passerby noticed the fire and called fire crews.  At one point a neighbor tried to put out the fire with the help of a fire extinguisher.last_img read more

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Four-goal hero Aguero salutes De Bruyne

first_imgAguero’s third haul of three goals or more this season took his total for the campaign to 28 and his overall City tally to 197.But as impressive as Aguero was, City again owed a lot to Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, who created his side’s opening three goals in another outstanding display.“Luckily Kevin De Bruyne is playing for us and helping us to score,” said Aguero, who with 143 Premier League strikes is now only three short of moving into the competition’s top 10.“I am very lucky because most of the goals come from his assists – I just have to hit the ball. I am happy for him as well. He is a great player and any team in the world would love to have him.”It was the perfect way for City to sign off from Premier League action for the month, with Pep Guardiola’s side having Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup commitments in the next fortnight.With a League Cup final date against Arsenal looming at the end of the month, Aguero says City are focused on silverware rather than individual plaudits.“The goals are very important because they help the team to win,” Aguero said.“But I think we are very close to achieving important things. That is why I am very happy, personally and for the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero is relishing playing alongside the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Sergio Aguero was the four-goal hero of Manchester City’s 5-1 victory over Leicester, but the Argentina striker was quick to praise Kevin De Bruyne for his contribution to the rout.Aguero demolished Leicester in the second half at Eastlands on Saturday as the Premier League leaders moved another step closer to the title.last_img read more

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Tottenham’s ‘joke’ £20m-rated man slaughtered on Twitter – time for a rest?

first_imgTottenham’s defending handed Man United three points at Old Trafford, with Kyle Walker coming in for particular criticism.At one point the 24-year-old’s name was trending on Twitter, though none of the defensive players covered themselves in glory.POCHETTINO LAMENTS MISTAKESFor United’s third goal in the 3-0 win, Nabil Bentaleb gave the ball away, Wayne Rooney picked it up and the captain ran straight through Eric Dier to score.It was Walker who was savaged, though, with Spurs fans calling for DeAndre Yedlin to provide competition and other fans laughing at the fact he was making Ashley Young look like a world beater. 1 Kyle Walker was slaughtered by fans on Twitter last_img read more

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Solanke ‘demands £50k contract’ to stay at Chelsea after just 17 minutes action

first_img1 Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke has demanded an incredible £50,000-a-week to sign a new deal, despite having played just 17 minutes of first-team football for the Blues.Solanke, 18, also wants assurances that he will be given first-team opportunities if he signs on again at Stamford Bridge.The England Under 21 international is well regarded by the club, but the club are likely to baulk at his demands, according a number of reports today.Solanke, who is on-loan at Vitesse Arnhem, earns £8,000-a-week and has one year remaining on his current deal, but talk over a fresh deal have stalled.He made his solitary appearance for Chelsea in last season’s Champions League, coming on with 17 minutes remaining with his side leading Slovenian minnows NK Maribor 4-0. The match finished 6-0.Last April, former Blues boss Jose Mourinho spoke in glowing terms about Solanke and predicted a bright future for him, as long as he remained in west London and wasn’t farmed out on loan.Mourinho said: “His experience this season has been magnificent.“In my opinion, next year, he has two ways to go. One would be a big mistake and another one is the correct direction.“To go on loan for a Championship team, or to another team in England or in Europe, would be a big mistake.“Staying at Chelsea, training with the first-team, having pre-season with the first-team, some periods cover to the main strikers, playing for the U21s and U18s every week.“I think he would never need to go out on loan and just go step by step here and in a couple of years he’ll be a first-team player.“When there is a player like Solanke or Loftus-Cheek, this kind of player that we know for sure they have potential to play for Chelsea one day, I think when they are so young it is better for them to stay and develop at Chelsea.” Solanke was a massive pay rise to stay at Stamford Bridge last_img read more

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Angels turning to young talent

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSo while Konerko’s potential arrival seemed to signal that Darin Erstad would move back to center field, he might not want to abandon his plan of ditching his first-baseman glove just yet. Erstad still could see time in center while Casey Kotchman finally gets a legitimate shot to see what he can do on an every-day basis at first base. If Erstad remains at first and Chone Figgins is given the duties in center, Kotchman still could see significant time as a backup first baseman while also sharing time at designated hitter with Juan Rivera. “Kotchman has now been here for parts of two seasons,” Stoneman said. “Nobody will ever know how good of a player he can be in the major leagues unless he gets the opportunity to play in the major leagues. And you can say that about every player who has emerged to become a major-league type player. But he is not alone.” While Kotchman’s place on the roster seems solidified, so does that of catcher Jeff Mathis, who made his major-league debut in August. Mathis batted .276 at Triple-A Salt Lake City last season with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs. Mathis’ development, as well as that of Double-A catcher Mike Napoli, left the Angels comfortable with the departure of solid veteran Bengie Molina. ANAHEIM – Proficient at making big off-season splashes in recent years, the Angels seem content to make nary a ripple this time. So while the Dodgers sign veterans like Nomar Garciaparra, presumably to hold a spot in the lineup until young players in the organization are ready, the Angels are preparing to mix their kids with their veterans right now. “Bengie’s been a real good catcher and a good bat for us for a number of years now, but here is Jeff Mathis, who had a real good year at Triple-A, and here is Mike Napoli right behind him at Double-A,” Stoneman said. “Both had real good years. You look at them and say they should both be very good major leaguers. But they’re not going to be major leaguers unless they get an opportunity. “We decided, OK, we’re not really going to go after Bengie aggressively. We love him and he’s a nice guy and a good player for us, but we’re not going to pursue him aggressively. If we block that position, there isn’t any place for those guys to go. They can’t move up and they’re ready to. “We have a whole bunch of position guys, infield guys most particularly, who really look like they’re going to be here soon and when they get here will be very productive.” Shortstop Brandon Wood, who was the organization’s co-minor-league player of the year along with Howie Kendrick – both of whom have received non-roster invitations to spring training – played well in the Arizona Fall League. Other minor-league infielders on the rise include shortstop Erick Aybar, Kendrick at second base and switch-hitter Kendry Morales, who can play first, third and outfield. And if those names aren’t enough, 2004 first-round draft pick Jered Weaver came off a solid minor-league season to also have a decent showing in the Arizona Fall League. Weaver was a combined 7-4 with a 3.91 ERA last season while pitching at both Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Arkansas. In the Arizona Fall League, he was just 1-3 with a 5.47 ERA, but in seven starts, he walked just five batters and had 35 strikeouts. Morales, who was Weaver’s teammate with the Surprise Scorpions, batted .380 at Arizona in 92 at-bats, while Wood batted .307 for the same team with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs. Wood’s 14 fall league home runs came after he led the minor leagues with 43 home runs at Rancho Cucamonga last season. Kendrick also batted .380 for the Scorpions this fall, in 121 at-bats. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img General manager Bill Stoneman admitted that his No. 1 off-season priority was signing free-agent Paul Konerko, and there was disappointment when the first baseman returned to the Chicago White Sox. Plan B does not involve spending the $60 million-plus earmarked for Konerko on somebody else. “We’re in a situation where you look at what we’ve got, it’s very good,” Stoneman said. “The team is very good. How can you make it a little bit better? One of the ways we can make it better is to utilize some of these young guys and give them experience as they emerge.” last_img read more

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DONEGAL BACK IN POLE POSITION AFTER FLAG FIASCO!

first_imgA crack team of Donegal supporters have staved off the threat of invasion by Mayo supporters ahead of Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland finalWe revealed this week how Mayo supporters climbed Donegal’s highest mountain Mt Errigal and planted a Mayo flag at the top. The supporters even posted a video to You Tube of the raid.The act of defiance caused a huge stir in Donegal when the Mayo men crossed deep into enemy lines to plant the flag!However not to be outdone a team of Donegal supporters have also scaled the 2,464 ft peak and removed the flag.The only thing left of the Mayo flag is the flagpole on a mound of rocks! DONEGAL BACK IN POLE POSITION AFTER FLAG FIASCO! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 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:donegalflagMayoMt Errigallast_img read more

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INISHOWEN NATIVE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC ARCHIVE

first_imgINISHOWEN native Grace Toland has been appointed the next Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, it has been announced. The librarian and archivist (pictured), now based in Wicklow, is a well-known recorded traditional singer in English and Irish, and is a passionate supporter of the rich singing tradition of the peninsula.She organises the annual Inishowen Singing Weekend, is one of the organisers of Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle and was the driving force behind the Inishowen Song Project. Since 2006 she has been Librarian of ITMA, where her responsibilities have included information management, collections care and user services, and international best practice.She is responsible for ITMA’s successful Inishowen Song Project microsite and her current projects include management of ITMA’s contribution to Europeana Sounds, an EU-funded project for improving public access to European audio materials.ITMA Chairman Dermot McLaughlin said: “The Board of ITMA has been involved in planning this succession process for more than two years, and we are delighted that our recruitment campaign has produced this result.“We knew that finding a successor to our founding Director, Nicholas Carolan, would not be easy. Our recruitment campaign went live in October 2014, and we are pleased with the quality of candidates who made it to the shortlist and final stages of the competitive selection process. “The Board have every confidence that Grace Toland will use her extensive experience of working in libraries and archives along with her managerial skills, artistic credentials and performance profile to bring to this leadership role exactly the kind of vision and ambition that ITMA needs in this next exciting phase of its growth.”She holds honours qualifications in History, Archaeology, and Library & Information Studies, and her professional background includes the roles of Information Officer at Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Assistant Librarian of the School of Celtic Studies (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), and cataloguer of various library collections. She has recently been elected an Associate of the Library Association of Ireland. She will take up office later this year.The current Director, Nicholas Carolan, co-founded the Archive in 1987 and has led its development into a leading repository of Irish cultural materials (www.itma.ie). He is due to retire in mid-2015.The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national public archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.ITMA is funded mainly by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is housed in State-owned premises at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin. It holds for open public access the largest collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music and of information on the music, and actively makes selections from its holdings freely available worldwide. INISHOWEN NATIVE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC ARCHIVE was last modified: January 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:Grace TolandInishowenIrish Traditional Music Archivelast_img read more

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NEIL’S POETIC REFLECTION ON DONEGAL’S EPIC ALL-IRELAND JOURNEY

Neil Glackin has followed the fortunes of his beloved Donegal senior team since he was a youth, this year he has captured the mood of the county after every game with a beautifully penned poem.His latest and final instalment is the best one yet, in it he recaps our epic All-Ireland journey detailing all the highs and lows.He captures perfectly the pride we have in our county, and that despite the heart-breaking defeat to Kerry on Sunday, we’re all PROUD to say we’re from Donegal. Well tell me have you ever seen, in memories young and old,The sight of a once-proud Hill transform into a sea of gold,And tell me have you ever been, so proud of the county where you were raised,To see two teams chase their dreams on All-Ireland Final Day. The road we’d travelled had been long and winding, since our first day out in May,With players bailing out there were lots of doubts, for Jim and his boys to allay,A tight trip to Derry was our season’s first test, on the plain grasses of Celtic Park,But as underdogs we defied the odds, and knew this was just the start. Antrim were next and showed well in patches, but the boys had it under control, As the team kept on surging new stars were emerging, young O’Connor even slipped in a goal,Added to him were two more bright talents, two pure sporting thoroughbreds,Young Ryan McHugh and McNiallais too, adding legs to the experienced heads. A big test was waiting on Ulster’s big day, a team we’d lost to one year before, Behind two iron curtains, one thing was certain, it wasn’t going to be a high score,Monaghan’s boys were gamey and tough, not afraid to dole out a slap or a belt,Though the tackling was cruel, Donegal kept their cool, and claimed back the Anglo Celt. Out of Ulster and into the quarters, who knew where the season would lead,But in Armagh came a boulder, nearly knocking us over, until McBrearty stepped into the breach,After some valiant efforts it all seemed set up, for Dublin to ruin the ball,For us to advance there wasn’t a chance, we needn’t bother show up at all. In the face of the danger McGuinness was laughing, because he had the master plan,To come up with a scheme to beat football’s best team, Jim was your only man,In over an hour the Dubs were dismantled, by Donegal’s brave non-conformists,In the late summer heat the plan worked a treat, surely the county’s best ever performance. With the bookies sickened the gold boys marched on, and looked forward to another final,Not just them going through, the minors did too, continuing the upward spiral,Awaiting them both was a proud football county, the unmistakeable Kingdom of Kerry,As the county went crazed with colourful displays, we knew we’d come a long way from Derry. The sun was out and the scene was set, on the third Sunday of September,After last year’s pain we were back again, buzzing from a year to remember,The minors were first in the curtain raiser, but still a match of the highest importance,Playing with honour under the man Declan Bonner, they promised a big performance. And battle they did for a solid hour, every lad gave their all to the fight,In the end there were tears through the Kerry cheers, but still the future looks bright,As they walked off the pitch with heads still held high, Croke Park inhaled a deep breath,But it wasn’t long till the seniors were on, ready to scrap to the death. Croke Park was full and bathed in colour, beneath the strong autumn sun,Two teams from the west on an All-Ireland quest, with an atmosphere second to none,For our final outing it was only fitting, for a couple of late rearrangements,Jigger and Rory replaced McBrearty and Christy, both looking to make big final statements. But Kerry drew first in the heat of the duel, a goal with barely a minute gone by,Next it was Star to send one over the bar, and let out a thumping war cry,From those in their seats to us on our feet, we prayed for divine intervention,But Murphy our saviour wouldn’t tolerate failure, two frees brought us back into contention. We were keeping in touch but our play wasn’t great, as we lost our way in the sun,Jigger surely ploughed but got lost in the crowd, he’ll have more big days to come,With O’Connor leaving Toye stepped in, all year the man’s been possessed,With little ado he went charging straight through, and McNiallias helped out with the rest. Still time for one more before half time came, Karl Lacey popping up with the score,A point cool and classy from this Donegal Daddy, to the sound of a deafening roar,The goal was a blow but the boys had come back, to level at 1-3 to 6,So little in it after 35 minutes, the game very much in the mix. The teams re-emerged to the sound of Bruce Springsteen, singing about ‘Glory Days’,Murphy gave us the lead and it seemed indeed, that the boys were coming ablaze,But Kerry came back and levelled it up, through a Murphy of their own,The game was tight in the midst of the fight, the winner still very much unknown. What followed was scrappy with wide after wide, the shooting on show was quite blunt,Until a lad named Keane came on the scene, and edged Kerry back in front,The tension was growing as the clock kept on ticking, one mistake could make all the difference,What happened then to our finest of men, turned the game in one crazy instant. For so many years when picking the teamsheet, there’s only been one number one,A one man brick wall, a beast under the high ball, a proud Town of Donegal son,Yes on this day he made a mistake, when Donaghy was dangerously lurkin’,But on other days of struggle he’s got us out of trouble, always a hero is our Papa Durcan. Despite the blow Donegal weren’t finished, McBrearty led the rescue mission,And Neil McGee took a run up the field, to score from a forward position,The gap was just one, the game was on, but Kerry were up to the task,Three points in a row where a crushing blow, and left our boys a big ask. Molloy hit a score and so too did Toye, but Sheahan he answered them back,As the time ticked down Kerry passed it around, not allowing Donegal attack,But a chance was to come for that much needed goal, as Murphy showed his might,McBrearty had a go but the keeper got down low, and McFadden’s rebound came off the upright. As Kerry spilled away the final whistle blew, the Kingdom were champs once again,The men of Donegal had given their all, their faces told a story of pain,Though bruised and battered and feeling so low, you know that you can’t win them all,When they looked to the crowd they saw people so proud, of the heroes that represent Donegal. So it ended in heartbreak for both of our teams, but they gave us such an amazing year,From the win up in Derry to the loss against Kerry, they fought with honesty and heart so sincere,The experts may moan and throw out smart comments, but they can never question your desire,And never fear we’ll be back next year, forever chasing that man Sam Maguire.You can check out more of Neil’s poems and blogs by clicking on the link outlined below.http://thefenceblog.wordpress.com/about/NEIL’S POETIC REFLECTION ON DONEGAL’S EPIC ALL-IRELAND JOURNEY was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalNeil GlackinnewsPoemsPoetic ChampionshipSport read more

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Castillo’s left hook a little heavy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bob Arum, who promotes Castillo, on Sunday scoffed at the notion Castillo purposely came in heavy. Moreover, he said Castillo suffered a rib injury 2 ½ weeks before the fight. It caused him to break camp for five days, something Arum said he knew nothing about. “I’m saying that 90 percent of American fighters would have pulled out of the fight,” Arum said. “That guy had cartilage damage in his ribs. If anything, I give him a hell of a lot of credit for his courage.” There was a rematch clause in Saturday’s contract for a third fight should Castillo win. Gary Shaw, who promotes Corrales, said the trilogy would have to be at 135. Arum, however, said he would have a nutritionist check out Castillo to make sure it is safe for him to again fight at that weight. Asashoryu wins again Asashoryu, the reigning grand champion, defeated the two opponents he lost to in Friday’s and Saturday’s championship matches to claim the Grand Sumo Championship in Las Vegas. After reaching the previous day’s finals only to lose to a pair of Ozekis, the second-highest rank, Tochiazuma and Chiyotaikai, Asashoryu won the third and final day’s championship by using an over arm throw to defeat Hakuho. The 6-foot, 322-pound Asashoryu then advanced to the Grand Championship to face Tochiazuma and Chiyotaikai. After Tochiazuma defeated the 5-9, 322-pound Chiyotaikai, Asashoryu used a frontal force out to win against the 5-9, 331-pound Tochiazuma and an over arm throw to defeat Chiyotaikai. Broadcaster dies Tom Cheek, who called every game in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays until last year, died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 66. Cheek, who died at his home in Oldsmar, Fla., was best known for his streak, which ended at 27 ½ seasons on June 3, 2004, because of his father’s death. He called 4,306 consecutive regular season games, plus 41 more in the postseason, since the Blue Jays began playing in 1977. Davenport wins 50th Lindsay Davenport earned up her 50th career title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Amelie Mauresmo at the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany. The American became the 10th player to reach that milestone, relying on her big serve for her 10th straight win against Mauresmo. Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek won her first career WTA title, beating Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, in the final of the Tashkent Open in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils of France, 7-6 (7), 6-0, to win the Open de Moselle in Metz, France. South Africa’s Wesley Moodie recovered from an unsteady start to claim the Japan Open title with a 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia. NHL money matters The first paycheck NHL players receive this season will be cut by 12 percent so that money can be placed into escrow. As stated in the new collective bargaining agreement, player salaries can’t take up more than 54 percent of league revenues. An escrow fund was put in place to ensure that owners would get their share of the pot should salaries exceed the allowed percentage. All 13 checks that players get this season will be docked for escrow but the percentage will change. The NHL and the players’ association will recalculate the percentage three more times this season, the next being in late November. The 12 percent, which accounts for 713 players, is based on a $1.8 billion revenue estimate for the season, which is probably low. Revenues were $2.1 billion during the 2003-04 season, and that figure was based on a smaller definition of revenue than the hockey-related revenue definition of the new agreement. “All of the early revenue indicators, including better than expected season-ticket renewals and single-game ticket sales, strong attendance figures, better than expected TV and radio revenues and ratings, suggest the 2005-06 year is shaping up much better than the conservative forecasts on which escrow dollars are based,” NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin said. “I believe the positive momentum should continue and players should receive a return of a significant portion of the escrow dollars.” If revenues hit $1.9 billion this season, the escrow payment drops to 6.9 percent. If revenues reach $2 billion, the escrow payment would only be 1.7 percent. If the total goes up to $2.05 billion, then players would receive back more money at the end of the season than they put into escrow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sure, doing this meant he would have no chance to take Corrales’ two lightweight title belts. But if it meant Castillo had a better chance of winning Saturday instead of again being knocked out himself, as he was last May by Corrales in the 10th round of a great fight, why not? The end result Saturday was a tremendous fourth-round knockout by Castillo. The left hook he dropped on Corrales that ended the fight has to be one of the all-time great punches. center_img There was more than one reporter who thought that perhaps Jose Luis Castillo did not make weight on purpose Friday, so as to come into the ring Saturday for his rematch with Diego Corrales the stronger man. After all, the 5-foot-11 Corrales worked his behind off to make 135 pounds, the lightweight limit, but Castillo came in 3 ½ pounds over. Knowing that Castillo, of Mexico, has had difficulty making 135 in recent years, it makes sense. last_img read more

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