Bonds: Let them investigate me

first_imgHe still could be indicted if a federal grand jury determines that he perjured himself when testifying in 2003 in the BALCO steroid-distribution case that he hadn’t knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds, who has long denied ever using steroids, said his level of concern about the investigation is “none.” He needs only 22 home runs to break Hank Aaron’s career record of 755. Bonds, the seven-time National League MVP who still is facing constant questions about whether his home run pursuit was fueled by steroids, finally signed his $15.8million, one-year deal last week after he and the Giants squabbled over contract language. The original deal was agreed to Dec. 7. Jeter says relationship with A-Rod non-issue: Maintaining they have a fine relationship on the field and in the clubhouse, Derek Jeter resolutely refused to discuss the deterioration of his friendship with Alex Rodriguez away from the ballpark. One day after A-Rod finally acknowledged the pair no longer are best friends, Jeter responded. Barry Bonds had a pointed message for the grand jury: Go ahead, investigate me. After arriving at spring training Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., more fit than in recent years following a productive winter of conditioning, the slugger insisted he’s unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record. “Let them investigate. Let them, they’ve been doing it this long,” Bonds said after his first workout this year with the SanFrancisco Giants. “It doesn’t weigh on me at all – at all. It’s just you guys talking. It’s just media conversation.” Noticeably absent were his two personal trainers, Greg Oliver and Harvey Shields, who no longer can be with the slugger at the ballpark. Bonds, who spent the weekend in Las Vegas for the NBA All-Star Game, was flanked by his two publicists and a Major League Baseball security guard. center_img “I don’t have a rift with Alex,” the New York Yankees’ captain said in Tampa, Fla. “We go out there. We work together. This is our fourth year to be playing together. It’s annoying to hear about it all the time. Everyone assumes they know what our relationship is. Everyone assumes – they see us on the field, if one person gives another one a look, it’s a story. If we’re at opposite ends of the bench, people say it’s a story.” Also: Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12.4 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration … Bernie Williams rejected the Yankees’ offer of a minor-league contract. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

North Peace Gymnastics Association finds a temporary home

first_imgThe North Peace Gymnastics Association will be settling into a new temporary home base soon – the Stonebridge Hotel.The association shared the exciting news in a post on Facebook yesterday.WE HAVE NEWS…..NPGA has secured a ‘temporary home’ until June 2016. Thanks to the generosity of the Pomeroy Lodging Group we will be opening our doors in the near future at the Stonebridge Hotel. The Pomeroy Group heard of our loss and came forward with the desire to help. Thinking outside the parameters, they offered their ballrooms, at the Stonebridge Hotel, as a temporary solution.NPGA will announce an opening date, once we know the logistics of getting our new equipment here, from Ontario. Our plans and programs are being revised to suit our new space.Thanks to the community for making our Comedy Gala a huge success!! Our Gala was sold out to a very generous and enthusiastic crowd. The evening was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a common goal to rebuild NPGA. The magnitude of support was overwhelming… we raised over $50,000!! NPGA’s Richelle Gaubin said they have agreed with the Pomeroy Lodging Group for two ballrooms to rent – which is about 4000 square feet of space for classes.Advertisement – Advertisement -“I think it just shows you that they are very committed to our community, and understand how many kids come through our facility,” she said.She said that about 2,000 were enrolled per year.How soon classes will be up and running hasn’t been confirmed, but she estimates it will take about six to eight weeks – due to their equipment coming from Ontario.last_img read more

Arsenal team news v West Brom: Midfielder and strikers join Gunners’ lengthy injury list

first_img Yaya Sanogo could miss this weekend’s clash with West Brom 1 Arsenal may have been buoyed by their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but for the Gunners the real test will be transferring that positivity into their league form.Defeat to Manchester United last time out leaves the north London club in eighth spot, but they could give their top four hopes a huge boost with a win against West Brom this weekend.Injuries have been the word on most fans’ lips this season, and that looks to continue following reports that both Danny Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo will miss the trip to the Hawthorns with respective knocks.Welbeck was absent for the midweek European triumph, with Wenger confirming that he will undergo a last minute fitness test, while goal hero Sanogo limped off with a complaint.The pair will join Jack Wilshere on the sidelines, after it was confirmed that the midfielder will miss three months, having undergone yet another ankle surgery.Also ruled out is Mikel Arteta. Wenger confirmed that the Gunners’ skipper has suffered a third calf problem that will see him miss the next fortnight.Fans hoping to see Theo Walcott return to action will be disappointed, with Wenger commenting that the England man will miss both the weekend’s clash and Arsenal’s midweek fixture at home to Southampton with an inflamed groin.It is not all doom and gloom for Arsenal though, with Laurent Koscielny tipped to make his first start in seven weeks, following a bout of tendinitis in his knee, while Olivier Giroud should be ready to lead the Gunners’ attack line.The Frenchman marked his return with a rasping goal against Man United last weekend, and should be fresh having been omitted from Arsenal’s Champions League squad.Wojciech Szczesny could also make a surprise return, despite sustaining a pelvis injury.last_img read more

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City: Villa come from behind to topple sorry Foxes

first_img1 Aston Villa came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Villa Park, as Alan Hutton’s first league goal for the club condemned the Foxes to their tenth game without a win.The Foxes took the lead with Leonardo Ulloa’s instinctive close-range finish, but were pegged back before half time when Ciaran Clark responded for the hosts.Alan Hutton’s strike fifteen minutes from time proved to be enough for Villa to secure all three points, moving Paul Lambert’s side up to 11th position in the table.Meanwhile, problems continue to mount for Nigel Pearson’s side – who had Paul Konchesky sent off late on – as the Foxes end a turbulent week at the foot of the Premier League table, four points adrift of safety.The Villains dictated the tempo of the opening stages with Christian Benteke’s dipping volley coming close to breaking the deadlock, but the visitors responded immediately with their first attack of the game, aided by an inexplicable error from Brad Guzan.The American goalkeeper fumbled an innocuous shot from Riyad Mahrez, allowing Ulloa a simple chance from close-range and the striker made no mistake, poking in his sixth league goal of the season – his first for ten matches.However Villa’s positive start was soon rewarded with an equaliser, when Clark stooped low to head past Kasper Schmeichel on 17 minutes – the defender evaded his marker with a piercing run before converting Ashley Westwood’s perfectly-weighted free-kick.The Foxes were soon appealing for a spot-kick when Guzan’s untidy challenge on Jamie Vardy inside the area sent the former Fleetwood striker tumbling to the ground, after Esteban Cambiasso’s clipped pass dissected the Villa defence.Another direct run from Mahrez down the right caused confusion among the Villa defence, but his tame strike failed to trouble Guzan.Both sides traded chances after the break with Tom Cleverley first firing well over for the hosts, before Jeffrey Schlupp failed to capitalise on an inventive one-two between David Nugent and Vardy.Benteke almost prospered from some hazardous Leicester defending, but Schmeichel stayed on his feet to deny the Belgium international with a fine stop.And the Danish keeper then kept out Gabriel Agbonlahor’s low drive with a smart save, after the Villa captain’s penetrating drive into the area.A moment of brilliance from Nugent reignited the match after a scrappy period, as the former Preston man produced a stunning volley from range forcing a back-peddling Guzan to tip the ball over in dramatic style.But Villa were soon ahead with a sweeping attack from left to right as Benteke’s floated pass found Hutton in an advanced position down the right, and the full-back showed similar composure to that of his Belgian team-mate, calmly guiding the ball past Schmeichel.Benteke should have added Villa’s third moments later but was twice denied by stunning reaction saves from Schmeichel.The visitors’ task of clinching a late equaliser was dealt a damaging blow when Konchesky was sent off after an altercation with Alan Hutton.And Villa were almost out of site after a goalmouth scramble but Schmeichel came to the rescue again – cancelling out Jack Grealish’s instinctive effort with a superb diving save.Chris Wood’s first-time strike flashed agonisingly wide as Leicester’s final chance went begging, as the Foxes remain winless since their 5-3 win against Manchester United in September. Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton last_img read more

The reasons why David De Gea has not signed a new contract with Man United

first_imgDavid De Gea has once again been Manchester United’s stand-out performer, but with the Spaniard’s contract set to expire in 16 months, and fervent reports of interest from Real Madrid, Red Devils’ supporters would be forgiven for worrying about his future at the club.While there have been suggestions that an extension is progressing towards being agreed, questions have popped up as to why United have allowed their star’s future to reach such a point.Naturally, these scenarios are never entirely clear-cut, with a number of issues influencing the situation.Above are just some of reasons believed to be contributing to De Gea’s stalled contract. 5 5. Guarantee of Champions League football and a title challenge – Upon arriving at Old Trafford, De Gea was thrust into the spotlight and a major part of a side regularly challenging for honours on all fronts, but that came crashing down following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire. While De Gea has knuckled down and shown that he wants to drag the fallen giants back into the big time, the longer Man United continue to struggle in scraps for fourth place the more he will consider moving to somewhere he can chase trophies. 5 2. Lack of praise for his efforts – Click the arrow for more reasons – Very much a by-product of reason number one, Van Gaal’s tendency to not be very forthcoming with praise for the Spaniard looks to have had a negative effect on their already fractured relationship. De Gea has undoubtedly been United’s best performer, but when recently asked whether he had saved the Red Devils points this season, Van Gaal said: “I think he doesn’t save many points because he’s my goalkeeper. His obligation is to hold balls and you are thinking that is an exception for other goalkeepers and it’s not.” 5 5 5 1. A frosty relationship with Louis van Gaal – Click the arrow for more reasons – According to widespread reports, De Gea and boss Louis van Gaal ‘haven’t spoken for months’, causing their relationship to sour. Part of it is down to the Dutchman’s apparent stand-off approach when it comes to his players – something that doesn’t sit well with a few of his stars, including De Gea. 3. Contract buy-out clause – Click the arrow for more reasons – Reportedly one of the biggest sticking points in the negotiations over a new contract has been the issue of a buy-out clause. With Real Madrid monitoring the situation closely, United are believed to be keen on inserting a massive buy-out clause in order to dissuade them from making a move this summer. The player’s representatives aren’t so keen though and are demanding that any such clause be limited to £25m. 4. Opportunity to become Real Madrid and Spain number one – Click the arrow for more – De Gea may be playing at his highest ever level and experiencing the sort of adulation he never had at Atletico, but for a large amount of Iberian and Latin American players, there is no greater allure than playing for Real Madrid. Despite his affiliations for their city rivals, it’s almost impossible to play down just how big a deal it is to play for Los Blancos. Throw into the mix the opportunity to replace Iker Casillas at both club and international level and that would be hard for most goalkeepers to turn down. last_img read more

He’s back! Chelsea recall key man for Bournemouth clash – TEAM NEWS HERE

first_imgThibaut Courtois is back in the Chelsea starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Bournemouth.The Belgian goalkeeper has been sidelined since the start of September with a knee injury picked up on international duty.But, having returned to training earlier this month, he has now been brought back into the team, with Asmir Begovic dropping to the bench.Diego Costa is on the bench for Chelsea for the second successive game.Costa was dropped for last weekend’s goalless draw with Tottenham and made his frustrations clear, throwing a bib at boss Jose Mourinho during the game.Mourinho denied any problems existed with the striker ahead of the clash with Bournemouth but has decided to leave him out again, with Eden Hazard operating as a striker.Bournemouth, meanwhile, have recalled Artur Boruc to their starting line-up.The goalkeeper comes in for Adam Federici, who suffered an injury during last weekend’s draw with Everton.Sylvain Distin misses out for the Cherries through illness, but Harry Arter is fit enough to start after overcoming a hamstring injury.Chelsea team:Courtois; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Remy, Costa.Bournemouth team: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Arter, Gosling, Surman, Ritchie, Stanislas, King. Subs: Allsop, Cargill, Butcher, O’Kane, Kermorgant, Murray, Rantie 1 Thibaut Courtois last_img read more

Crystal Palace target £9m Fiorentina star to boost striking options

first_img1 Crystal Palace are interested in Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar, claim reports in Italy.The Eagles were in the running to sign Simone Zaza from Juventus, but are now well down the pecking order in the race to land the in-demand striker.And, according to Sky Italia, Palace have instead made initial contact with Fiorentina over Babacar’s availability this month.Alan Pardew has made a striker his top priority during this transfer window and the south London club are prepared to shell out around £9m for the 22-year-old.The Senegal international has scored six goals in 14 appearances this season for the Italian club but reports are suggesting he has become unsettled in Florence and would be open to a move to the Premier League. Khouma Babacar last_img read more

Work begins on new public safety complex

first_img The project is primarily being funded with money approved by voters approval of Proposition F in 2000 and Proposition Q in 2002. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Only this morning, we heard from probably the most hated individual in the world, making another threat to our great nation,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “It gives us a sobering effect, if you will, about the possibility of any emergency.” The complex, set to open in summer 2008, came about after officials reviewed the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake, which jolted the city a dozen years ago this week, said Ellis Stanley, general manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department. “At that time the city kind of scrambled to come together and coordinate its response,” he said. The complex will replace and consolidate a number of dispatch and operational centers that currently are scattered around the city and that officials say are outdated and inadequate. The 124,000-square-foot facility will include connections to county, state and federal emergency networks, police and fire airborne video units, and seismic data from Caltech. Los Angeles leaders broke ground Thursday on a $127 million Public Safety Complex touted as the city’s nerve center in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. Funded by a pair of voter-approved propositions, the facility in Little Tokyo will house operations centers for the emergency preparedness, fire and police departments, as well as medical services and a full fire station. The complex is in addition to a new 500,000-square-foot police headquarters approved last year by the City Council to replace Parker Center at 100 N. Los Angeles St., which has been damaged over the years by earthquakes and wear-and-tear. While introducing the new complex, some city officials referenced the re-emergence Thursday of Osama bin Laden in a new audiotape threatening attacks in the United States. last_img read more

Rodgers to keep faith in star performer? Predicted Celtic line-up vs Suduva

first_img 2 NAME GAME ‘Celtic were lucky to have Brendan Rodgers’, says Bhoys captain Scott Brown Arsenal fans are in for a treat when Tierney gets into stride, Brown says Rodgers’ side have been left with only Europa League qualification to fight for Rangers vs Celtic: Kick-off time, how to watch for free and team news cup final Celtic fans have cost club over €500,000 – ‘They’re an embarrassment’, says McCoist ultras Latest Celtic news BRING IT ON Big Sam makes ‘Allardicio’ Man United claim, says anyone can win with Celtic ‘Rangers must deliver’ – Celtic hero warns Gerrard and slams ‘serial loser’ Tavernier round-up rival joy There is a blow for Celtic in that Odsonne Edouard, the forward, is expected to miss the game with an injury that has kept him since August 11, though new loan signing Daniel Arzani could feature after joining from Manchester City.So, how could Celtic line-up in Lithuania? talkSPORT.com’s predicted starting XI is below…center_img Forster heroics as ten-man Celtic stun dominant Rangers to win League Cup TOP BOSS Celtic skipper expecting Old Firm title race to go down to the wire this season Rodgers’ side got back to winning ways after that defeat to AEK Athens over the weekend, making light work of Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup.One of the best performers in that match, Christian Gamboa, has been backed to start against Suduva. Though Mikael Lustig has been first-choice right-back for much of Gamboa’s time at Parkhead, the Costa Rica international looks to have done enough to be handed another chance in Rodgers’ starting line-up. GOT IT ALL Old Firm Man United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic discover Europa League opponents Rangers slip up at Aberdeen as Celtic go two points clear in Scottish Premiership 2 do it CONFIRMED Celtic must get over last week’s exit from the Champions League quickly if they are to book their place in some form of European football this season.The Hoops visit Lithuanian side Suduva on Thursday evening in the Europa League qualifiers, knowing they have to reach the group stage of the competition to prevent the early weeks of this campaign being a total disaster. Click here to see the full Suduva vs Celtic match previewlast_img read more

FORMER CELTIC STAR SHAY GIVEN TO JOIN RANGERS? (DON’T WORRY, IT’S QPR)

first_imgSHAY GIVEN may be about to join Rangers…..Queen’s Park Rangers.The Lifford man will miss training this morning and tomorrow due to a knee injury but after undergoing a scan he is not believed to be a doubt for the Euro 2012 tournament.But off the field the 36-year-old is being linked with a move to QPR from Aston Villa, according to several media reports in England today, Rangers manager Mark Hughes, who brought Given from Newcastle to Manchester City, is reportedly very keen on bringing the Lifford man to Loftus Road.Shay started his career at Celtic before joining Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle. FORMER CELTIC STAR SHAY GIVEN TO JOIN RANGERS? (DON’T WORRY, IT’S QPR) was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FORMER CELTIC STAR SHAY GIVEN TO JOIN RANGERS? (DON’T WORRYIT’S QPR)last_img read more