Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend in hospital with respiratory issue

first_imgAli, 74, is being treated by doctors as a precaution and is described as being in a “fair condition”. A brief hospital stay is expected.Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, after quitting boxing.The three-time world champion was last hospitalised in January 2015following a severe urinary tract infection.Family spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed Ali’s condition to the Associated Press but did not divulge which hospital was treating him or when he was admitted.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: LeBron’s shoe gets Filipino touch anew

first_imgPhoto from Nike PhilippinesLeBron James, one of the greatest basketball player ever, has kept coming back to Manila and has given his Filipino fans a memorable show every time.And it’s only fitting that the ‘Agimat,’ the Philippine-inspired colorway that brought life to his previous shoe will make its return and this time, it’s James’ LeBron Solidier line getting the Filipino treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The shoe features accents that are tributes to Filipino warriors on the court and James’ pursuit of greatness coupled with his intense passion for the game.Just like the Philippine-themed LeBron 14  released by Nike in May of last year, the Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ has unique symbolisms. The MNL and 330 on the the shoe stand for Manila and James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. The flame represents the Philippines being in the Ring of Fire for its many volcanoes and James’ burning passion. The four stars are a reminder of The King’s four MVP awards while the steep mountain is a nod to the country’s terrain as well as James’ relentless climb to be the best to ever play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPhoto from Nike PhilippinesThe LeBron Soldier 12 features a laceless design with a simplified strap, lower collar, and circular knit upper that also resembles the Filipino toughness.Photo from Nike PhilippinesThe LeBron Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ will release globally, including the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand beginning June 15  Each pair will retail for P6,745. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Injured Standhardinger not keen on missing ‘very important’ Fiba 3×3 World Cup LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

US$15m for Greenville Port

first_imgPutu Mining has targeted US$15 million for the rehabilitation of Greenville Port, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Chris Masurenko, announced.In an interview with reporters Monday, March 31, in Monrovia, Mr. Masurenko noted that his company intends to recondition the port in order to make it functional to contain the heavy traffic that will involve after Putu Mining shall have started shipping iron ore.Putu Mining Company operates a concession area in Grand Gedeh County.However, the company as part of its operational plans presented a Feasibility Study document to officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy Monday for review and possible ratification in order to renew the company’s mandate of operations in Liberia.After his presentation before the government of Liberia behind closed-door, Mr. Masurenko described the ceremony to journalists as “a significant step for the betterment of the mining sector and the people of Liberia.”He disclosed that the document needs to be reviewed and ratified in 90 days in order to give the company a renewed opportunity for progress.The document contains information on the company’s corporate social responsibility, study about tested soil for the purpose of understanding the quality of mineral beneath the soil, construction of rail road from Grand Gedeh through River Gee up to Greenville, Sinoe County and how those areas of operations can be connected by roads among other things.According to the company, addressing these critical issues will bring economic benefits to the Southeastern Region of the country that is affected by bad roads and other difficulties. “This presentation marks a new beginning for the Liberian people. If we get our Mining Operations license in 90 days, I can assure you that we will start the procurement process to begin operation particularly on the port facilities. We are optimistic that government will corporate with us to advance our relationship.”Mr. Masurenko declared.Relative to initial investment in Liberia, Putu Mining announced; “We have already invested US$250 million for operations since concluding investment agreement with the Liberian Government.”Greenville hosts Liberia’s third port facilities and remain critical to economic viability of the Southeastern Region.It may also be recalled that the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development recently gave a US$14 million loan to Liberia to help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville. The loan was given through the instrumentality of Mr. Robert Sirleaf, son of the president of Liberia and Liberian ambassador to the Gulf State of Kuwait, an oil-rich country. National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker said the loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year. It is unclear whether that loan s been ratified by the legislature, in line with the Liberian constitution. According to the loan agreement, the repayment period is 22 years with a four-year grace period.Along with the Kuwait Fund loan of $14 million, Putu Mining’s $15 million investment brings the total Greevnville Port rehabilitation fund to US$29 million so far. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Liberia Requires a Revolution in Education’

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Thomas Doe Nah has stressed that Liberia requires a revolution in its education sector in order for students to come on par with their peers in the region and beyond.Speaking on behalf of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) operating in the country at the launch of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Three-year Operational Plan (2014-2016), Mr. Nah said revolutionizing the education sector is crucial to improving the human resource capacity of Liberia.The CENTAL boss said the “Messy Education sector” needs a quick and thorough fix. He was speaking in reference to a statement made by President that the education sector was a “mess”.“From this point we are all called to arms for a revolution in education,” he said. From this perspective, Mr. Nah said it requires Liberians becoming more creative in dealing with the challenges facing the nation.”He emphasized that CSOs do not believe that the burden to begin the revolution and strengthen the education system rest only on the shoulder of the Ministry of Education, but needs a proactive approach to be carried-out  by all Liberians and partners.He called on government to provide the requisite financial support that will lead to the effective implantation of the operational plan, calling specifically on the Ministry of Education to turn a new chapter in implementing the plan.Mr. Nah expressed that civil society organizations as partners, are delighted that the Education Ministry has become more proactive in stepping up its consultation with partners, noting that the education operational plan represents a pivotal step in the country’s new education revolution.“We call for robust monitoring and evaluation system, and zero tolerance to corruption and other vices that undermine quality education. I can be a trusted partner in this revolution that we are calling for, but the trustworthiness of the partnership in this process will, at times, come up with critical reports, which will be evidence based and sincere,” he noted.Also speaking at the occasion, Senate Committee Chairperson on Education, Rivercess County Senator Dallas Gueh called on politicians to depoliticize subsidies that are provided to the education sector. “This area has to be owned and operated by the Ministry of Education and not the National Legislature,” Senator Gueh acknowledged.He said based on classification by the Education Act, authorities of the Ministry of Education should determine which school receives certain kind of subsidy and not the Legislature.“As chairman on Education, we are going to do everything possible to make sure that this particular function is carried out by the Ministry of Education and not the Legislature, and we will do everything to discourage interference by the Legislature,” Senator Gueh promised.The occasion took place at the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as the launcher. The occasion was also attended by scores of government officials, development partners and members of the Diplomatic Corps.It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at a cabinet retreat in 2012 termed the education sector as a “Complete Mess”. This statement manifested itself last year when over 20,000 high school graduates, who sat the University of Liberia Entrance Exam all allegedly, failed.The MOE three-year Operational Plan is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010 -2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation (AfT) among others.It highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders during several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference and the Joint Education Sector Review.  It serves as a catalyst to accelerate the “Education for All Goals”. It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability.  The plan proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the borders of Liberia are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing environment. The cost of implementing the Three-year Operational Plan is approximately US$180 million; whereas projection for year one is estimated at US$58.7 million.Out of this amount, US$3million is available while the funding gap is US$55million. The plan shall be financed through the Government of Liberia’s Annual National Budget and Donor contributions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MMA releases excessive water flooding rice fields, residential areas

first_imgAs rains continue to batter the coastland and other locations across Guyana, farmers and residents in several Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) communities have registered their concerns over being inundated for nearly two weeks. On Tuesday, Guyana Times visited the area and met with many of the residents in the affected villages of Bush Lot, Armadale, Number 30 village and Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice.This newspaper was told that the East Demerara Water Conservancy has reached its maximum level anAn access dam in the Onverwagt backlands, several feet under waterd as such, the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) opted to release the excess water into the main irrigation canal. The gauge is near 59GD but its maximum should be 57GD.Farmers explained that the release has caused the water to overflow and backup into their farmlands, which has resulted in millions in losses.One farmer, who plants some 300 acres of rice, told this publication that most of his acreage is under water. He explained that the main canal is some 18 inches above the normal level.“Many spots have given away and water is going from the main canal into the Abary [which] is rising. It has been affecting cattle and rice, farmers are people living here and onto now, we haven’t seen anybody from the Government, nobody from the authorities, to come and tell farmers something,” the man added.A rice, cassava, plantain and livestock farmer, who gave his assessment of the continued flooding, observed that it was mismanagement on the part of MMA that led to the inundation.Flooding in Number 30 Village, Region Five“This problem we are facing now is a manmade disaster through mismanagement by the MMA because they had failed to maintain the spill wear in the conservancy. They using the main irrigation canal as drainage to release the conservancy [water],” he expressed.In an effort to combat the overtopping, many farmers deployed pumps in their fields to release water from their farms, and have been pumping the water into the canals in other areas. This has proved a costly exercise and has led to some spin-off flooding as well. A rice farmer, who plants 33 acres of rice and rents several more explained that he spent some $360,000 in excavation and dam construction. Some farmers told this newspaper that they should be compensated for the losses they have faced over the last few weeks.Additional costsChairman of the Region Five Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Vickchand Ramphall who was also in the area on Tuesday echoed the calls that the farmers made, pointing out that since farmers have already paid for the services of the MMA, they should not be compelled to cover additional costs.“They are paying drainage and irrigation charges to the MMA and I believe they should be provided with the right service so that they should not incur additional expense in draining their fields,” the Chairman observed.Questioned over the regions response to the flood situation, he maintained that MMA has full control over the farming areas but noted the difficulties that exist in catering to residential locations.“For the residential areas, the Council has to take [responsibility] that [but] we have a difficulty that is being created by our own people and that is the Regional Executive Officer (REO) is refusing to meet with me to discuss the way forward across the flooding is Region Five.”The Regional Chairman expressed that the Councilors and officials within the RDC should put personal issues aside and work together on implementing or recommending projects to alleviate the flooding.“All personal differences should be thrown behind our backs and let us put the people of Region Five first and let us work hand in hand to bring relief to the many families that are affected, to the farms that are under water and livestock that have been suffering during this time of flooding,” Ramphall noted.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) Dahramkumar Seeraj, observed that compounded with recent flooding, Region Five farmers are faced with many financial challenges.“We know that some of the farmers would have carried heavy losses which are coming against the background where you have increased charges for drainage and irrigation and land rent from $3500 to $15,000 per acre and immediately after the increases, we are faced with a situation where farmers are losing because of flooded conditions,” the Opposition Parliamentarian remarked.Bush Lot, Armadale, Number 30 VillageMeanwhile, it was also explained that excess water in the main canal is also contributing to immense flooding in Bush Lot, Armadale, Number 30 Village. Farmers at Bush Lot and Armadale, in much frustration pointed out that their celery plants were covered in flood waters for a few days and will die in the coming days. They expressed much disgust over poor drainage in the communities, noting that the Rosignol sluice is the only of four that is functioning at full capacity.Residents in Number 30 Village explained that several ducks died due to prolonged flood conditions. They noted that it was only Tuesday that the flood waters started to recede. Many of the Region Five rice farmers stated that they sought dialogue with operatives within the MMA but alleged that they were told that General Manager Aubrey Charles had to attend to other matters. When Guyana Times visited the MMA office Tuesday, the General Manager and Chairman Kenneth Sealey were both not in office.last_img read more

GECOM hit by protests

first_img…as calls for constitutionally mandated elections intensify…Opposition vows to protect ConstitutionHundreds of protesters braved the sun, scattered showers and Police barricades on Tuesday to protest against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), demanding that the Commission hold elections within the constitutionally stipulated timeline.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the frontlines of the protestPolice had erected barricades stretching from Lamaha to Parade Streets and blocked off all the cross streets early Tuesday morning in anticipation of protest action. Protesters were not deterred, however, marching along High Street chanting for GECOM to respect the Constitution of Guyana.Protesters were accompanied by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo and the Party’s presidential candidate along with several high-ranking Party officials. In an interview with the media, Jagdeo outlined that the objectives of the protest were to demonstrate how serious the people are about constitutional compliance.“I think the President, GECOM need to understand how seriously we take this matter. The legislature has spoken. The judiciary has spoken. The President, over the weekend, seems to believe that none of this matters. And so we have to show him that we are serious about having him respect our Constitution,” Jagdeo said.“So today (Tuesday), you see a tiny expression of this and it will grow if the Government continues to violate the Constitution. I saw the (July) timeline that GECOM gave and that’s out of the question. I noticed the type of activities they have there, that can be done simultaneously to hold elections within the constitutionally due period.”Protesters on High Street, Georgetown on TuesdayJagdeo also noted GECOM Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield acknowledging that the current voters’ list is valid until April 30, 2019 – a month after elections are supposed to be held.“He must know. He’s worked with this list. There have been no complaints about the list for Local Government Elections. So this claim that the list is suddenly flawed is a spurious claim,” Jagdeo said.“We made it clear that house-to-house registration is out of the question. He presented an option for house-to-house registration that will take us into February, March of next year. That is the implication if we go to house-to-house registration.”Ramping upMeanwhile, PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali made it clear that protest action would be ramped up if GECOM did not comply with the Constitution. He noted that everyone has a role to play now in protecting Guyana’s Constitution from being violated.Protesters outside of GECOM Headquarters“The Parliament and court made it clear that we must have elections. So we are here for democracy and respect for the Constitution. There was a no-confidence vote. The Parliament and the court made it clear that we must have elections. So we are here to uphold the Constitution and the democratic right of citizens.“GECOM has a moral and ethical responsibility to get elections done before March 19. What is before the Commission now is to come up with actions to ensure this. So I don’t know where this thing about July is coming in. There is only one way that date can be extended. And Opposition and Government have to agree by a two-thirds majority.”Ali noted that the PPP has been meeting with representatives of the international community, including donor agencies and the diplomatic corps. Now, he pointed out that the people themselves have come out in protest. He made it clear that such activities will be ramped up to ensure the Constitution is followed.While the protests were being carried out a street away, GECOM officials were locked in meetings as a resolution was sought for holding elections. Work plans for holding elections were given to Commissioners on Monday, to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting. However, those meetings were not fruitful. The protest action will continue on Thursday.last_img read more

Huskies hope to avoid season sweep

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will mush through the snow into Whitecourt on Saturday.Fresh off a Wednesday win against Dawson Creek that saw them jump from fifth to fourth place in the standings, the Huskies will play the first place Wolverines on Saturday.- Advertisement -This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two clubs, with Whitecourt winning all three of those games in dramatic fashion. During the three meetings, the Huskies were outscored 19-2, with two games resulting in 7-0 losses.Catch all the live action on 100.1 Moose FM and make sure to tune into the informative pre-game show, which starts 15 minutes before puck drop.Saturday’s game will begin at 8 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgThere is a major power outage in the Buncrana and surrounding areas.More than 1,000 homes and businesses have been left without power.The outage began at 11am and is expected to last until after 3pm. As well as businesses, other facilities such as banklink machines have been turned off. MAJOR POWER OUTAGE HITS INISHOWEN was last modified: July 25th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Dons roll to shutout the Vikings

first_img “That was about as well as I’ve ever seen Marvin throw the ball,” Downey coach Grant Warhurst said. “The last two weeks we’ve been exposed physically. We’re not really a physical team and Dominguez is.” “A couple of times we were in position to make plays and their guys just went right around us. Tha’s a combination of bad tackling on our part and the fact they have some pretty talented players. We’ve taken a beating the last two weeks but now we have to regroup and get ready for Lynwood next week.” Doneson however won’t have to worry about his team suffering a letdown next week when the Dons, who are ranked second in Division II, play at Paramount. The Pirates and their dominating rushing attack, appear to be Dominguez only challengers for the league title. “Against teams like Poly and Paramount, I don’t have to worry about getting our guys ready,” Donerson said. “The kids will be fired up next week.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After beating Poly and Compton the previous two weeks, Dominguez High football coach Willie Donerson was worried on Friday that his team was going to suffer a letdown against Downey, but Brandon Johnson quickly eased his mind. The junior running back scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and senior quarterback Marvin Johnson threw two touchdown passes to Richard Sherman as the Dons opened the San Gabriel Valley League by beating the Vikings 39-0 at Dominguez High. It marked the second consecutive week that the Dons (5-1, 1-0) defense has shut out an opponent. Last week, they beat Compton 32-0. “I thought we were going to come out flat but I guess we played alright,” Donerson said. “Our defense was really the story tonight. Our offense did a good job as well but our defense never really let them get going.” center_img “And it was nice to see us complete a couple of passes. If we can throw the ball consistently we’ll really be tough to beat.” Friday’s game was never really in doubt especially after the Vikings (3-3, 0-1) turned the ball over on their first three possessions and Brandon Johnson capitalized on all of them by scoring from three, 19 and three yards out to stake Dominguez to a 19-0 lead after one quarter. The Dons then extended their lead to 25-0 after Marvin Johnson threw a 92-yard touchdown pass to Sherman with five minutes remaining in the first half. Once the third quarter started, Marvin Johnson scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out and he later capped the scoring by throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to Sherman. Johnson finished with 131 yards passing and another 75 rushing while Sherman had four receptions for 113 yards. last_img read more

Hull retires at emotional conference

first_img “I wish no one had to do this because it’s so hard. It’s hard because you never think you’re going to grow older and be unable to live up to the expectations you set for yourself. I just thank everyone who ever touched my life in the game.” The 41-year-old Hull, who had one assist in five games for the Phoenix Coyotes in his 20th NHL season, had to stop to gain control of his emotions, making the announcement with his four children, fiance and several former teammates on hand. :Brett Hull, the third leading scorer in NHL history, announced his retirement Saturday, effective immediately. “I had so much fun coming to the rink day after day,” he said at a news conference in Glendale, Ariz., with his voice choking with emotion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The announcement came two hours before the Coyotes faced his former team, the Detroit Red Wings. Hull signed with the Coyotes on Aug. 6, 2004, because he wanted to play for his longtime friend, Wayne Gretzky, who is in his first season as Phoenix’s coach. Only Gretzky and Gordie Howe have more goals than Hull in NHL history. Before the Coyotes’ home opener a week ago, Hull’s father, Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, had his number “un-retired’ so his son Brett could wear it this season. Hull had 741 goals and 650 assists in the former Minnesota-Duluth star’s long NHL career with Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit and Phoenix. He won Stanley Cup titles in 1999 with Dallas and 2002 with Detroit. In 1999, he scored a controversial goal in the third overtime to give the Stars a 2-1 victory over Buffalo in the series-ending sixth game. center_img Hull played in nine All-Star games. He was the league MVP in 1991 and MVP of the playoffs in 1992. Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended for four games by the NHL after his hit on Darcy Tucker left the Toronto forward with a bloodied forehead. Sutton was ejected Friday night with 10:03 left in Atlanta’s 9-1 loss to Toronto. Sutton drove Tucker hard into the glass, and Tucker’s head appeared to strike a partition opening a gash that required several stitches. “In no way, shape or form did I mean to injure Darcy,” Sutton said. “I finished my check the way I have hundreds of times before. He just happened to hit his head in a bad way.” Adamek stops Ulrich Poland’s Tomasz Adamek successfully defended his WBC light heavyweight title in Duesseldorf, Germany, by stopping Germany’s Thomas Ulrich in the sixth round. Adamek, 30-0 with 21 knockouts, floored Ulrich with a right to the side of his head with 1:04 left in the sixth round. From the opening seconds, Adamek forced a fast fight by throwing punches nonstop. He took a lot of shots himself, but landed more to claim most of the rounds against Ulrich. Hill hurt Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill missed Saturday night’s game against New Orleans with a bruised right quadriceps. Hill was hurt during a shooting drill earlier in the week. “Just precautionary,” Orlando coach Brian Hill said. Hill, who missed the entire 2003-04 season with a left ankle injury, played in 67 games last season, averaging 19.7 points. “I’ll be all right,” Grant Hill said. “I got bumped in the quadriceps right above the knee.” Blake reaches final James Blake rode a powerful serve to beat Belgium’s Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-3 at the Stockholm Open to reach his first European final. Blake advanced to today’s title match against Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan, who rallied past Italy’s Davide Sanguinetti 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Paradorn won this tournament, one of the world’s oldest, in 2002. Blake is playing his first tour event since his run to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, where he lost to Andre Agassi. Juan Carlos Ferrero beat third-seeded Radek Stepanek 7-6 (3), 6-3 to advance to the final of the BA-CA Trophy in Vienna, Austria. In today’s final, Ferrero will face Ivan Ljubicic, who defeated Tommy Robredo 7-6 (2), 6-4. Ferrero took advantage of a 4-1 lead in the first-set tiebreaker. Third-seeded Mary Pierce defeated Russian teenager Dinara Safina 7-6 (2), 6-3 and will play for the Kremlin Cup title in Moscow against Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Schiavone upset fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals and will be going for her first WTA championship. In the men’s semifinals, seventh-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia rallied to beat Dmitry Tursunov 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. Today, Andreev will play sixth-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany, who beat Russian qualifier Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-4. Top-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia moved a step closer to her first WTA title, rallying past Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in 91-degree heat to reach the Thailand Open final in Bangkok, Thailand. Petrova will play for the championship against second-seeded Nicole Vaidisova. The Czech teenager defeated third-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal. Cal’s Kately withdraws California junior forward Marquise Kately has withdrawn from school, though the two-year basketball starter might return in January. Kately, who averaged 10.5 points as a freshman, scored 9.3 points per game last season, but apparently fell out of favor with coach Ben Braun late in the season. With the Golden Bears’ additions of injured forward Leon Powe and Kansas transfer Omar Wilkes this fall, Kately wasn’t expected to start. Bettini wins Olympic champion Paolo Bettini of Italy edged a sprint to win the Tour of Lombardy in Como, Italy. Bettini beat compatriot Gilberto Simoni, Luxembourg’s Frank Schleck and Italy’s Gianpaolo Caruso to win the 99th edition after a 152.5-mile ride from the Swiss town of Mendrisio to Como. Eugene the capital Eugene, Ore., regained its U.S. track capital status, beating out rival Sacramento to host the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. 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