STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015

first_imgEdwin Maldonado1833217%$77,180 Flavien Prat2968121%$357,240 (Current Through Saturday, May 2) FINISH LINES: Bal a Bali, winner of 11 of 12 starts in his native Brazil where he earned $510,078, makes his U.S. debut in next Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf. Flavien Prat, tied for the riding lead with Tyler Baze at six wins each through Saturday, has the mount. “He’s terrific, training like a billion dollars,” Richard Mandella said of the 5-year horse that has been favored at odds-on in 10 of his 12 races. “A million wouldn’t be enough.” Mandella won the 2,000th race of his storied career when Catch a Flight captured Saturday’s Precisionist Stakes by three-quarters of a length under Prat. “It’s good, but it took a long time,” Mandella said of the milestone. “I did it one inch at a time, 42 years; this didn’t come overnight.” . . . American Stakes nominees Gabriel Charles (five furlongs in a bullet 1:01.40), Talco (six furlongs in 1:15.40) and Winning Prize (five furlongs in 1:03.40) each worked on turf Sunday. . . San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park worked five furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:00.40. Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. is preparing the son of Tapit for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on June 7 . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Randy Goulding for picking cold the Kentucky Derby superfecta of American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted, good for $634.10 . . . Shemp, a 4-year-old son of Curlin who won Thursday’s eighthrace by a neck, is not necessarily named for one of the Three Stooges, portrayed at varioustimes in their heyday back in the 40s by Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp. Vann Belvoir, who trains the bay colt for owners Brian or Cicelia Raduenz, wasn’t sure if the origin emanated from the slapstick comic, Shemp Howard. But when the horse paid $34.80 and earned $18,600 for the win, it certainly brought a chuckle. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! COUNTDOWN ON FOR BEHOLDER, VENEDA IN VANITYThe “Match Race” of the year is on tap next Saturday, when two-time Eclipse champion Beholder and Warren’s Veneda, winner of three straight stakes including the Grade I Santa Margarita, are scheduled to face off in the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes at a mile and an eighth.“Beholder couldn’t be doing better, but (trainer Craig) Lewis has a good filly and I respect her, so it will be a good race,” said Richard Mandella, who conditions Beholder, a champion at two in 2012 and at three in 2013.Legacy, second to Beholder in last year’s Santa Lucia Stakes, is among the few expected to face the top pair. The daughter of Sightseeing worked six furlongs for John Sadler Sunday in 1:13.20.PEDROZA, PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A PODMartin Pedroza was back on the beat at Santa Anita early Sunday morning after riding Private Zone to a 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes.Pedroza and Private Zone: a match made in heaven. Each is a fierce competitor, Pedroza who will be 50 on July 20 and Private Zone a 6-year-old warhorse of a gelding trained by Jorge Navarro and managed by Pedroza’s long-time friend and former jockey, Rene Douglas.Douglas, paralyzed in a May 2009 spill and confined to a wheel chair since, has been on hand to see Private Zone win in the past, but not yesterday, with a record 170,000 people milling around Churchill Downs.“It would have been too much,” Pedroza said. “But it was special to win for Rene even though he was not there. We’ve been childhood friends since we grew up together in Panama.”Of Private Zone, Pedroza acknowledged, “We’re both fighters. We both love to win. Even at our advanced ages, the fire of desire still burns bright.”Pedroza recorded similar rail-trip triumphs on Private Zone twice in the Grade I Vosburgh Invitational, in 2013 and again last year. Each time he appeared beaten through the stretch run by a horse outside him, but fought back tenaciously to gain the victory.Pedroza had no such luck trying to get out of Kentucky in time to reach Las Vegas for last night’s welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio. He had a tougher time getting back to LA than he did winning on Private Zone.“Martin had to have a police escort leaving Churchill Downs to get to the airport in Louisville,” said his long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “That flight went through Detroit and I picked him up at LAX at 9:54 last night.“With the big sports night, all traffic from the fight, the Clippers’ game and the Kentucky Derby, it took an hour and a half to get back to his apartment.” Rafael Bejarano1633519%$147,810 Philip D’Amato1141236%$186,390 FAIRYTALE RIDE CONTINUES FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA            It wasn’t quite Cecil B. DeMille’s “Cleopatra,” but Bob Baffert’s fourth Kentucky Derby win was 13 years in the making.It was worth the wait.Starring American Pharoah, the 141st Run for the Roses had a predictable ending, at least in the eyes of many experts, with the favored hero gaining gold and glory before “finis” appeared on the screen.Unlike last year, when the country was ensconced in the fairytale ride of California Chrome, a horse from the other side of the tracks who wasn’t supposed to win the Derby, American Pharoah was.This was the classic Thoroughbred, a picture to look at, impeccably prepared by Bob Baffert and his team, and ridden to perfection by Victor Espinoza, who became only the sixth jockey to win the Derby back to back, having done so last year with California Chrome.Despite all the fanfare before and after the race, Espinoza was his typical unflappable self, smiling, happy and taking everything in stride.Sunday, however, it was business as usual for the self-proclaimed “happy Mexican” who was back to more mundane tasks at Santa Anita, where he was named to ride three horses.“Victor handled all the hoopla and publicity the week before the Derby and immediately after like he always does,” said his low-key agent of two years, Brian Beach. “He handled every interview and all the charity events up until Friday night.“Then he put on his game face and got ready for Saturday.“It was a relief for him to get to the races Saturday, and he was pretty pumped up after he won. Once the post-race interviews were over and things settled down, he put in appearances at a couple of restaurants, but I picked him up sat 4:45 this morning (Eastern Time) and got him on a 6:05 flight out of Louisville to honor his commitments at Santa Anita.”For good measure, Espinoza rode Finnegans Wake to a stirring head victory in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, coming from ninth and last.The two victories were worth $1,716,400 in purse earnings.American Pharoah got a perfect trip in the mile and a quarter Derby breaking from the 15 post position in a field reduced to 18 after scratches. Espinoza held him in third behind pacesetting stable mate Dortmund and another Santa Anita-based runner, Firing Line, before he hit the quarter pole.Then, for the first time since he had ridden him in four previous victories by a combined margin of more than 22 lengths, Espinoza went to the whip. It was show time.American Pharoah responded, edging clear at the wire to win by a length.“Victor felt he had the race the entire length of the stretch,” Beach said. “He wasn’t surprised he had to run that hard to get by Firing Line.“We knew all the California horses would run well.” Fernando Perez2935610%$164,430 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2253123%$141,400 Elvis Trujillo1930216%$134,140 Santiago Gonzalez1834117%$107,460 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR PHAROAH, ESPINOZA BEHOLDER, WARREN’S VENEDA VANITY SHOWDOWN LOOMSMARTIN PEDROZA AND PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A POD‘BILLION DOLLAR’ BAL A BALI IS READY FOR U.S. DEBUT Richard Baltas1132127%$134,520 Doug O’Neill2266227%$224,210 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze3264519%$299,440 Joseph Talamo2241518%$123,748 -30-last_img read more

Castilla works without frills

first_imgMidfielder Miguel Baeza, working out in his living room. The key is being not lose tone having to train in reduced spacesYes, as is the living room of a house. They move some furniture and that’s it. This is the case of the midfielder Miguel Baeza. Stretching, plyometry, strength with elastic bands … Also with stationary bikes, one of the most affordable items and that some already had at home. Some like Fran Garcia, he was luckier and upon returning to his home in Bolaños de Calatrava (Ciudad Real) he was able to race in the family garden. Many are taking advantage of the attics of their buildings, such as the central one Mario Gila. In some situations, it is the pairs or relatives of the players themselves who help them in some exercises, especially those related to the ball. The castillista squad led by Raúl does not know, like the older ones, when his championship will resume and he is having to get used to training in tight spaces and with the little material of fitness they have at their disposal, part of it borrowed directly from Valdebebas … “They are coping as best they can,” the agent of one of Castilla’s players explains to AS. “In our case, he has also received extra instructions from the personal trainer who usually helps him out in the summer to get in tune before the preseason, everything is done online, with WhatsApp, videos …”. The club also provided instructions. Víctor Paredes, the coach of Castilla, sends them homework. The club also gives them instructions on nutrition during confinementor. A very important aspect to avoid that the boys have a different diet than the one they are used to. All remotely controlled by Raúl himself, which remains in full contact with its collaborators. The Castilla players they are professional footballers despite being a soldier in Segunda B, a non-professional category, but they do not have the means of the first template to be able to train with a private gym at home. They cannot have the machines (some cost € 9,000) that many of the footballers of the Zidane squad do have and these days they shine on their social networks. Some of the castillistas still live in their parents’ homes, the majority do it in flats in urbanizations and a few of them, before the Government established more drastic measures with the alarm status, he went to his hometown to be close to his family … The injured, assisted telematicallyThere are other more special cases, such as those of the Brazilian Rodrigo Rodrigues and Pedro Ruiz, recent injured and long-term, requiring a different and supervised job, even if not in person, by the club’s physical therapists. The Andalusian striker went down to Seville (the midfielder Martín Calderón made it to Jerez) before movement restrictions were decreed by the state of alarm. Although he still uses crutches and a joint clamp, you are doing exercises under the telematic review of the first team doctors. Madrid does not neglect the renovations.Another aspect is the mental matter. The white entity has asked them to be cautious with the content they show on their social networks and most have limited themselves to teaching how they exercise, their achievements in video games such as Fortnite and the FIFA20 (They even play games wearing their own official shirt, so they do Gelabert) and above all, to challenge the viral game of toilet paper in the first days of quarantine. They have, above all, football ‘overalls’ …last_img read more

Regions defy government: five Calcio teams could re-train

first_imgThe measures supersede those of the Government, which, however, could freeze them with a request, as already happened in Calabria, where they wanted to start opening terraces for bars and restaurants. In addition, Serie A clubs are looking for a common path and it is difficult for some to get ahead of the others in the race for the return to work. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, a supporter of the closing of the championships, yesterday spoke of a possible resumption of training from May 18 if the protocol proposed by the Italian Football Federation will pass the approval of the Technical-Scientific Committee. What happened today could change the scenario again. The pulse between the Italian Government and football this morning is another fundamental chapter. While the Serie A clubs are meeting in an assembly discussing the next steps (and the negotiation with the televisions for the payment of the transmission rights), two regions of the country could overcome the blockade on training imposed by the State. According to the last decree, as of May 4 only individual sports athletes may return to work, but Emilia Romagna, with an ordinance, authorized the training “individually for professional and non-professional athletes recognized by the Olympic Committee, respecting social distance and without crowds, also for team sports. ” In this way, four Calcio teams (Bologna, Parma, Sassuolo and SPAL) could return to their sports cities starting next Monday. They could soon be joined by Naples: De Laurentiis’ club was in contact with the president of the Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, who could make a similar decision in the next few hours.last_img read more

Melbourne, St Thomas unhappy with JCA ruling

first_imgMelbourne CC and the St Thomas Cricket Association are both unhappy with a recent ruling by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) appeals panel.The appeals panel has ruled that their JCA 50-Overs tournament opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval be replayed on the grounds that home team Melbourne used a blue sight screen instead of black, as per tournament rules.St Thomas, who lost the match by seven wickets, believe that rather than a replay, the game should have been awarded to them.”I believe it was a compromise ruling,” said St Thomas manager Keith Campbell.”If you are to go strictly by the rules, which state that a black sight screen should be used, then the points should have been awarded to St Thomas.”Melbourne, who have agreed to abide by the ruling of the appeals panel, believe that the matter could have been dealt with differently as the JCA’s competitions and complaints committee had originally ruled that the result should stand.”We are disappointed with the ruling because it is not in the best interest of cricket,” said Neil Reece, secretary of Melbourne.”What has happened now is precedence being set where another ruling has gone to the boardroom when cricket is played on the field.”What you could find happening now as well is that everybody could take the position that if anything happens on the field that they are not happy with, they are going to carry it to the boardroom and hope to win.”He continued: “The umpires actually ruled for the match to be played, and none of the captains disagreed.”The replay is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Can UP Survive Its Embattled Chairman—and Ellen’s Aloofness?

first_imgA chaotic scene erupted two days ago at the Congo Town home of Unity Party (UP) Chairman Senator Varney Sherman, when security forces, led by the Liberia National Police (LNP), attempted to enforce a court order to search the home.Worse yet, early Wednesday morning the news spread throughout Monrovia and around the country that Senator Sherman had been arrested.On Monday morning a stream of angry and tough talking UP partisans in the early morning hours arrived at the Sherman residence where they encountered the police and officers of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC), who had come to effect Cllr. Sherman’s arrest. But the police quickly dismissed an arrest attempt, insisting that they were there only to effect a search of the home for documents relevant to the current corruption saga sparked by the revelations of the United Kingdom-based transparency watchdog, Global Witness. These revelations accuse several high government officials of bribery.The allegations were targeted against no less a person than Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as Senator Varney Sherman, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and several other GOL officials.The Global Witness report on Liberia, which has rocked the nation, said that the UK-based Sable Mining Company spent US$950,000 in bribes, through the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, based on Cheeseman Avenue in Fiama, Sinkor, which paid this money to several GOL officials.In swift reaction to the Global Witness report, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed her Minister of State Without Portfolio, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to head an investigative team to probe into the veracity of the allegations.With equal swiftness, Cllr. Koffa, in collaboration with the Justice Ministry and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, arranged indictments for Speaker Tyler, Senator Sherman and several other officials and former officials of government. Early yesterday morning, the first indictment was served on Senator Sherman at his Congo Town residence. He signed the indictment and went along with the court officers to Criminal Court ‘C’. Speaker Tyler appeared in the court in the early afternoon where he, too, was served his indictment, along with others, including E.C.B. Jones, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, and one Onanuga.While these dramatic judicial developments were unfolding, all of them orchestrated by the Fonati Koffa Task Force, reliable sources said President Sirleaf had left the country yesterday for the United States on a five-day visit.One of the questions on most people’s minds is whither UP as the 2017 presidential and general elections approach. With the now open split between the UP standard bearer and its chairman, Senator Sherman, the party is clearly in disarray. This gives Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, so far the party’s most talked about candidate to succeed President Sirleaf, not a hill, but a mountain to climb in his bid to enter the Executive Mansion in 2018.Mr. Boakai already comes loaded with a substantially heavy, uncomplimentary baggage—the widespread corruption in government, and not too much to show in terms of national development. Education remains “in a mess” by Ellen’s own admission; the healthcare delivery system is down in terms of medical personnel, equipment, hospitals and health centers; our agricultural performance is dismal; many of the streets, roads and highways—in Monrovia and up country—are in very bad shape; energy is still seriously lacking; and the economy is firmly in the hands of foreigners. What will Candidate Boakai—or anyone else that emerges as a UP candidate—tell voters the party has done for them?And, with the country desperately in need of national unity, UP will find it very hard, or next to impossible, to assure the Liberian people that it (UP) is the party that can unite them.Who takes the blame for all this? First, the party leadership, now openly, viciously and bloodily at each other’s throats; and second, Ellen, the candidate that UP fought for and succeeded TWICE in convincing the Liberian people to elect as their President. And what has she given UP in return? A party plagued with nasty infighting and partisans deeply disappointed and aggrieved (offended, distressed).On her arrival in Washington, she will be able to boast that some big fish in the alleged corruption web are being prosecuted. But here at home, many are asking what of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) that, under Ellen’s son Robert Sirleaf’s watch, went from healthy liquidity to bankruptcy. Yes, Global witness alleges US$950,000 in the bribery scandal. But what of the US$31 million which Clemenceau Urey left as Chairman in NOCAL’s account, which Robert Sirleaf met when he became Chair and left bankrupt?We ask, Can UP survive its embattled Chairman, and Ellen’s aloofness (coldness, indifference) as the party sinks and wallows in disunity?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. McClain’s Body Arrives in Liberia

first_imgThe body of the Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, arrived in the country yesterday afternoon, July 31, at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County. Senior members of President Sirleaf’s cabinet turned out in their numbers to receive the body and accompany it to the Stryker Funeral Parlor, pending funeral arrangements. Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23 at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa. He was in his 72nd year.In a brief homily to the many family and friends gathered at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Chapel, Rev. Charles O. Diggs, Director of Administration of the Providence Baptist Church, encouraged the bereaved family, President Sirleaf and others to take solace in the Lord as they go through their period of bereavement. He used a famous hymn entitled “It is well with my soul” to console the bereaved and described the fallen Minister as a dedicated public servant that performed his role well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15-year-old charged for Top Cop’s brother’s murder

first_imgA Sophia, Georgetown teen was on Tuesday charged with the murder of the brother of Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud. The young man had allegedly stabbed Hemant Persaud behind the Stabroek Market, resulting in his death on February 19.Details of this story will follow in the March 08, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Canada White defeats Finland 5-1, advances to semifinals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Canada White beat Finland 5-1 in Thursday nights quarterfinal at the North Peace Arena.The Canadians found themselves down early as Wiljami Myllyla fired a shot past a screened Taylor Gauthier to give the Fins a 1-0 lead 1:37 into the first frame. Nicholas Porco tied the game at 1-1 after taking a pass from Connor McMichael and finding the back of the net at 13:04. The two teams skated into the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.Graeme Clarke took a fed from Samuel Poulin in the slot and fired the puck into the open net 6:31 into the middle stanza. Noah Laaouan had the other assist on the 2-1 goal. The Canadians had to kill off a five-minute penalty after Harrison Blaisdell was assessed a Major penalty for Checking From Behind for a hit on Finnish forward at 8:43. The team used the momentum from the penalty kill to make the score 3-1 after Nathan Legare fired a shot to the top corner off a feed from Nathan Staios at 19:08.- Advertisement -In the third Canada White ramped up the level of physicality that the Fin’s had no answer for them. At 8:53, Ethan Keppen fetched his own dump into the Finland zone then find a wide open Jakob Pelletier in the slot who hammered it into the wide-open net. The Canadian’s iced it after the Fin’s pulled their goalie with a short-handed goal from a 150 feet out as Jaxon Bellamy who took a pass from Connor McMichael.Taylor Gauthier stopped 27 of 28 shots that he faced, while Connor McMichael led the team with two points.Canada White head coach Ryan Oulahen said, “I felt we got better as the team game went on as if we were a different team. Killing off their five-minute power play was huge for us and it gave us momentum that we fed off of.”Advertisement On facing their next opponent tomorrow in the semifinals, Canada White captain Nick Schneider added, “I think we have improved during each game. I know that whoever we play tomorrow we will be ready to give them all they can handle.”Head coach of Finland Mika Martilla said, “I thought we played a good first period, we scored the first goal. But in the second and third Canada took the game over especially after we failed to capitalize on the five-minute power play.”In Dawson Creek, Canada Red edged Canada Black 4-3.After the first 10 minutes of play, Canada Red lead 2-1 with goals from Brandon Coe and Xavier Parent on the powerplay. Peyton Krebs assisted on both, while Dylan Cozens and Rhett Rhinehart collected the other assists. Canada Black’s lone goal was courtesy Sasha Mutala on the man advantage. Matthew Robertson and Kirby Dach were the setup duo. Canada Red held the 2-1 lead into the first-period break.Advertisement Canada Black tied things up at 2-2 late in the second period on a goal from Matthew Robertson on the powerplay. Sasha Mutala and Kirby Dach had the assists. Canada Black held a slight edge in shots at 21-18 in the evenly matched first forty minutes.Canada Red regained the lead 49 seconds into the final twenty off the stick of Xavier Parent who took a pretty feed from Peyton Krebs and Dylan Cozens. Not even three minutes later Xavier Simoneau scored to make it 4-2 for Canada Red with Cozens and Krebs once again assisting. Canada Black would get one back to make it 4-3 with under five minutes to play courtesy Sasha Mutala who was set up by Jacson Alexander and Jamieson Rees. It wouldn’t be enough as Canada Red held on for the one-goal victory and advanced to Friday’s semifinals.last_img read more

Higher education

first_imgBryant, who could have gone to Duke, has talked before about the what-if. “Sometimes, out of curiosity, Ithink about that,” he told a reporter a few years ago. “My mind starts drifting a little bit, wondering what I’d look like in a Duke uniform.” Something to regret? I’m not so sure. If Kobe is smart, as he is about most things, he knows the college-basketball experience he passed up by entering the NBA draft in 1996 has been imitated by the pro-basketball life. This says a little about Bryant, a little about the Lakers – and a lot about the change of perceptions over time. No other basketball player’s fortunes are tied as tightly to his team’s these days as Kobe Bryant’s are to the Lakers’. It’s not only Bryant’s recent heroics that spark this surprising realization – his 65 points in a come-from-behind overtime victory over Portland on Friday and his 50 in a desperate win over Minnesota on Sunday, performances that would have meant nothing if the Lakers had lost. It’s also the time of the hoops season. The month of the NCAA Tournament makes people think about the young stars like Bryant who jumped from high school to the NBA. It makes us wonder if they miss the kind of intense and permanent emotional connection that exists only between a player and his school. They could play a lifetime of pro ball’s six-month schedules and best-of-whatever playoff series, and never have their souls branded by as many all-or-nothing games as they would have in a single mad March. In his 11th season with the Lakers, Bryant has spent a longer career with one team than all but one current NBA player. Kevin Garnett is in his 12th season with Minnesota, but his contract is up this summer, and his future likely is elsewhere. (Allen Iverson was in his 11th season with Philadelphia when he was traded to Denver in December.) It’s likely that by this time next year, Kobe Bryant – the very symbol of selfishness for as long as his purple-and-gold tenure was threatened by feuds and free agency and legal prosecution – will stand alone as the league’s present-day paragon of loyalty, stability and hard-earned maturity. The corporate scene of pro sports can hardly substitute for the spirit of college ball, but in Bryant’s case, the pros have given it the old college try. Having made his NBA debut at 18, making first the Forum and then Staples Center his campus, Kobe lived his youthful ups and downs as a Laker instead of a Blue Devil: He was hazed by Shaquille O’Neal – but eventually chosen over O’Neal to be the franchise’s future. He was belittled by Phil Jackson – but now finds the coach singing his praises. He faced personal strife that could have ruined him and the team – and the franchise stood by him through trial (literally) and tribulation. A few years ago, it would have been crazy to imagine a Kobe-Lakers relationship described as “nurturing,” the link approaching the permanence of the player-college association. Yet here they are. Signed through the 2010-11 season – which would be his 15th with the Lakers, matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s club record – Bryant has graduated to a place where his value as a player will hinge on whether he leads the team to championship contention. If they win again, he wins (and might even be considered for an MVP award), and if they struggle for the rest of his career, he will depart frustrated and underappreciated. His basketball life since Lower Merion (Pa.) High has been the closest the NBA can come to replicating NCAA passions. It’s given him the tough love, the character-shaping, the sense of shared destiny. Anyway, had Kobe gone to Duke, he would have gone for a season or two at most. Instead he went straight to the school of hard knocks. What’s better? A Blue Devil for a year, or a Laker for life? Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616160Want 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

CNRL buys Devon Canada’s conventional oil and gas assets

first_imgCNRL will also acquire two-million acres of undeveloped land and three-million acres of royalty lands from Devon.The deal was reportedly effective on January 1, but has a targeted closing date, of April 1 and also includes six major owned and operated natural gas plants.The acquired asset package includes a royalty revenue stream which is targeted to earn approximately $75,000,000 in cash flow this year. – Advertisement –last_img