Photo: DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES (Leigh Halfpenny playing for the British and Irish Lions). The injury-prone 28-year-old Wales international is out of contract after the two-year deal he signed with the French club in 2014 expired at the end of last season.Halfpenny has missed several crucial games for the club through injury and international commitments, including this month’s Top 14 final defeat to Clermont Auvergne when he was on Lions duty in New Zealand.”I did not want to extend it [Halfpenny’s contract],” Boudjellal told French news outlet RMC Sport.”It is not for nothing. It is the fault of the international system and internationals, being absent too often.”If he had stayed he would have returned in early August and missed the first three games because he could not have played for a month.”Halfpenny, who has 71 caps for Wales, won the European Cup with Toulon in 2015 but sustained a serious knee injury while playing for Wales later that year that led to him being sidelined for nine months and missing the World Cup.Boudjellal threatened to tear up Halfpenny’s contract on medical grounds in 2014 because of his recurrent injuries but the matter was resolved after talks between the club and the player’s agent.
Oblak’s debut as a rojiblanco could not have been more dire, in the Champions League, against Olympiacos, three goals. He would not play again six months later and because Moyá injured a finger in the eighths of the Champions League, against Leverkusen. I would begin to make the miracle a routine. Nothing would ever get him out of a goal in which he has become a giant, the best. And always surrounded. Great friends. Savic, Vrsaljko, Saponjic …Goalkeepers with the most matches without conceding a goal in the League–Oblak, 99-Bravo, 80–Courtois, 75–Diego Lopez, 68–Iraizoz, 64–Asenjo, 58–Ter Stegen, 58–Victor Valdes, 54–Keylor Navas, 51–Guaita, fifty Jan Oblak (27 years old) came to Atlético in the summer of 2014 with a heavy duty ahead: replacing Courtois. The Belgian, on loan from Chelsea, was forced to return to London after three unforgettable seasons, Zamora of LaLiga in the last two. Today, almost six years later, their numbers are indisputable. Oblak, Zamora in the last four leagues consecutively, second captain of Atlético, their matches are counted by miracles. It is enough to review the last great game in the world before the coronavirus crisis closed him in: he received 27 shots, made 11 stops, on his gloves Cholo built the victory against Liverpool that would later give him two goals from Llorente. Now an Opta study highlights him as the best goalkeeper in LaLiga of the last decade.No other left the goal as many times to zero as the Slovenian (a total of 99), ahead of Bravo, Ter Stegen or Courtois himself. And that his beginnings in Atlético were not easy. Nothing. He revealed it himself a few months ago in an interview in the Sportsman’s Club. “He was a boy who was new, started with Spanish and did not control it to communicate well. I was sad and alone ”, revealed. He landed with trouble on one hip after becoming the signing for a more expensive goalkeeper, Atletico paid 16 million for him to Benfica. Miguel Ángel Moyá, originally signed to be his substitute, took his place from him with great performances, such as in the Spanish Super Cup against Madrid.
After knocking on the door for several years, GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had their greatest moment at the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays last week with a win and several top-three finishes, ending as the most successful Jamaican college team in Philadelphia. The Maurice Wilson-coached team had its biggest moment in the Championship of America men’s college 4×100 metres. Entering the meet as the second ranked team, the team of Colin King, Chadic Hinds, Everton Clarke, and Brandon Tomlinson clocked 39.31 seconds to defeat the University of Houston, who finished second in 39.49 seconds. Defending champions University of Technology were fifth in 39.73 seconds. Meanwhile, Andre Clarke was second in the collegiate 400 metres hurdles while Aubrey Allen, Orrin Powell and the men’s 4×400 metres team all finished third. Powell threw 70.35 metres in the javelin; Allen cleared 15.83 metres in the triple jump; while the 4x 400 metres team clocked 3:08.19. Wilson was pleased with the team’s achievement. “We have worked hard all year and we are extremely thankful to God who played a pivotal role in our success,” said Wilson, who is also the technical leader of Jamaica’s senior athletics team. Meanwhile, the University of West Indies duo of Fedrick Dacres (65.19) and Traves Smikle (63.42) finished one-two in the college men’s discus. The University of Technology had two individual second places. Megan Simmonds was second in the college women’s 100-metre hurdles in 13.24 seconds, the same time done by winner, Sasha Wallace of the University of Oregon. Shimarya Williams clocked 11.54 seconds in the women’s 100 metres, behind winner Gabrielle Farquharson of Rutgers in 11.36 seconds. UTech’s 4×200 metres female team anchored by Shericka Jackson finished second in 1:32.69, behind Tennessee in 1:31.84.
Mario Balotelli’s, agent Mino Raiola, claims to have found the solution to the Italian striker’s problems. “We’ll cut off his tongue!” Raiola joked after the Nice striker was again found himself at the centre of controversy Balotelli was sent off last weekend for swearing at the referee in English during Nice’s 1-0 victory over Lorient. “I’ve found the solution, we’ll cut off his tongue,” said Raiola, who is the agent of some of the world’s biggest names, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Gianluigi Donnaruma. “You don’t need a language to play football, so we’re going to cut it off,” he laughed. “In all seriousness, though, I know that he made a big mistake. He can have no excuses, it’s something that he knows he must improve on. It’s sad for himself and the team.”
It’s common knowledge that walking can be beneficial to a person’s health, but now, thanks to the B.C. Ministry of health, it can benefit your community as well.Currently taking place and ending on September 19 is the Healthy Families B.C. Walking Challenge, a challenge promoting a more active lifestyle within families, with the opportunity to win great individual, as well as community, prizes.- Advertisement -Participants are asked to map their walks, as well as share their personal walking experiences online. The more a person posts, the greater their chances at winning prizes such as; a pedometer, family prize packs or the grand prize, one of six family trips to a popular B.C. destination.As of Friday, Fort St. John is in second place in the 10,001-25,000 population category. The Energetic City is sandwiched between first place Oak Bay, B.C. and third place Williams Lake.The idea of this challenge is to motivate families across the province to not only increase their physical activity through walking, but to also maintain a healthy lifestyle as a lifelong commitment.Participants can also benefit their communities just by sharing their stories, videos or photos of a favourite walk. Weekly prizes such as sport equipment and pedometers are be awarded to communities all over the province as well.Advertisement The grand prizes of cash totalling $100,000 will also be awarded to various communities at the conclusion of the challenge. The top five communities in their population size range, with the most submissions, will each receive $10,000 in support of the development of walking trails.One of the five winning communities will also be randomly drawn to receive an additional $50,000.To share a healthy lifestyle story or to map out a walk, please visit the challenge’s official website.
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NEW YORK – Countrywide Financial Corp. said Thursday its mortgage fundings for September fell 44 percent from the same period a year ago, and the mortgage lender is now facing a potential federal investigation over the timing of stock sales by its chief executive. Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, said total mortgage fundings last month fell to $21.2 billion from $38.1 billion a year ago. The steep decline in volume comes as the Calabasas-based company makes a shift to originate traditional, conforming loans instead of more risky, nontraditional loans like subprime mortgages. Countrywide previously packaged the majority of its loans as securities and sold them to investors in the secondary market. During the past few months, rising delinquency and default rates have caused demand for these securities to all but dry up, especially subprime loans. The collapse of the secondary market, coupled with the deteriorating housing market, has led to a steep drop in mortgage origination volume nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Housing foreclosures nearly doubled last month, according to real estate information firm RealtyTrac Inc. A total of 223,538 foreclosure filings were reported in September, up from 112,210 during September 2006. Conforming loans – which now account for about 90 percent of Countrywide’s volume – are considered safer because government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are willing to purchase them, and typically these loans are less likely to default. The reduction in nonconforming loans was not much of a surprise, but the speed at which Countrywide shifted its production to fit Fannie and Freddie guidelines was faster than anticipated, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst Paul Miller said. To cope with the weakening market, Countrywide cut 4,935 jobs in September as part of plans to reduce its work force by 12,000 jobs, or about 20 percent. A larger reduction may be required, Miller said. Nonconforming loans previously represented about 40 percent of origination volume. With that production nearly gone, job cuts may need to be between 30 percent and 40 percent, Miller said. Countrywide’s shares have fallen nearly 56 percent since January, and the company may now be facing an investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission into the timing of stock sales made by Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo. North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore, in a letter to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, claims that Mozilo “apparently manipulated his trading plans to cash in” as the subprime crisis was heating up. Moore cited reports that Mozilo was unloading 4.9 million Countrywide shares worth more than $138 million between November 2006 and August 2007. Last week, Countrywide announced Mozilo plans to sell more shares under a prearranged trading plan that began Monday and ends today. SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment and would not say whether the agency was examining or planned to examine Mozilo’s stock trades. Countrywide did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Thursday. In the meantime, Miller expects Countrywide’s production to remain well below last year’s figures, but stabilize in the coming months. As of Sept. 30, Countrywide had $42 billion in its mortgage pipeline – loans in progress that it has yet to fund. Last year, Countrywide had $65 billion in its pipeline. Shares of Countrywide fell to $18.28 in Thursday trading.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ON the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater last Saturday night, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton drew little attention compared to the flashbulb frenzy that would greet honorees Charlize Theron, the cast of “Will & Grace” and presenter Jessica Alba. I assumed Bratton was there for the photo op, looking to appear gay-friendly at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s high-profile event honoring mainstream media projects and individuals. But I couldn’t resist engaging the city’s top cop and asking, “What are you doing here?” “The GLAAD party, whether in L.A. or New York, is always a hoot,” Bratton said, holding the hand of his wife, Court TV correspondent Rikki Klieman. “But I have an ulterior motive. I’m hopefully going to be doing a little recruiting. We are in the midst of a hiring binge in the LAPD and this is one of the communities that we are actively recruiting.” As an entertainment reporter, I didn’t know all that much about Bratton’s policies, but I did know that he is a media-savvy man. So was he merely paying lip service to the notion of a force with more gays and lesbians on it? The longer we talked, the more Bratton sounded like a man who meant what he was saying about inclusion, not because it was politically correct, but because it is what he believes. “The LAPD, like my former departments Boston and New York, have for years actively sought to get gay and lesbian candidates, and we have quite a few in the department,” he said. “I have no doubt that our percentage of gays, while it might be in the single digits, is something we’ll see in the next couple of years go into the double digits.” Bratton went on to say that, ideally, he wants the gay and lesbian makeup of the LAPD to be in direct proportion to the city’s gay and lesbian population. Just as the 40 percent Latino and 15 percent black officers are reflective of the population. Kleiman offered her testimony to her husband’s commitment: “He’s actually always been progressive on this issue and has really been a champion of gay rights in Boston, New York and certainly now.” This is a far cry from that environment in 1993, when the Los Angeles City Council agreed to settle a 1988 discrimination lawsuit by former Officer Mitchell Grobeson and two other plaintiffs who claimed they suffered rampant harassment and discrimination including anti-gay slurs from other officers. As part of the settlement, the LAPD enacted new policies aimed at ending discrimination against gays and lesbians. Grobeson returned to the force but ended up filing a discrimination lawsuit two years later claiming he was disciplined for not asking to wear his uniform at a gay pride parade and for appearing in an magazine ad recruiting gays and lesbians to the LAPD. Grobeson has since retired and never served in the Bratton-led force that is sponsoring a job fair this summer at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Bratton and his wife also plan to march in the gay pride parade in West Hollywood in May, and he said, “we will have quite a few gay officers with us.” Members of the LAPD’s recruitment unit will also travel to Chicago this summer where the department is an official sponsor of the Gay Games, an Olympic-style sporting event and cultural festival. Some LAPD officers will be marching in the opening ceremonies in uniform with assembled athletes. They’ll also be on hand to discuss career opportunities in the department. Bratton said it is difficult to state exactly how many homosexuals are on the force because “there are a significant number who choose not to be out at work, which is certainly their right.” Since my general impression of police departments is that most are probably at least somewhat homophobic, I admitted to Bratton that his attitude was a refreshing surprise to me, an openly gay man. “How did you become so progressive?” I asked the chief. First off, he told me his sister, Pat, is gay and “she and her partner have a child, a lovely child, my nephew, who is an Eagle Scout and doing OK for himself.” When Bratton was a beat cop on the Boston police force, he patrolled the Boston-Fenway area and in the mid-1970s, Bratton became the Boston force’s first liaison to the gay community. “My district had many gay-related issues, so I was fortunate early on in my police career that I was exposed to a lot of these issues so I’ve had a lot of opportunity for interaction,” the chief said. But Bratton laments that the first gay officer to come out in Boston didn’t feel comfortable doing so until the mid-1980s. “That was only 20 years ago, and he was a kid I rolled with when I was a young cop,” he said. “But since that time, it’s become very commonplace in Boston, which is a very liberal city, a very progressive city.” Lorri Jean, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, said she is encouraged by what she sees as an improved and more open environment for out officers. “Some of that has got to be credit to Bratton and part of it has got to just be society changing,” Jean said. “But one of the things that remains concerning is that there are no high-ranking commanders, assistant chiefs or deputy chiefs and, of course, that is something we’d like to see because it send a very important message.” Greg Hernandez is a Daily News staff writer. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“He saw the twitching and the pulse when he shot Michelle, not afterwards,” said Longshore, who also testified that a former girlfriend told detectives Jennings kept a gun in his car when he lived in North Carolina the year before the killing. Jennings, a 32-year-old Iraq war veteran who was arrested in December while home on leave, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the Feb. 22, 2000, slaying of O’Keefe, an 18-year-old Antelope Valley College student. Harris and Longshore testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday in Antelope Valley Superior Court before Judge Christopher Estes, who will decide whether Jennings should be held for a trial. Estes is expected to decide after hearing arguments from the prosecutor and defense attorney on June 20. O’Keefe was found shot to death behind the wheel of her Mustang in the lot on Avenue S, where she had left her car while she rode with a friend to work as an extra in the taping of a music video for rapper Kid Rock. LANCASTER – A former security guard accused of the 2000 slaying of a Palmdale teenager in a parking lot became a suspect after he told investigators he couldn’t see her killer even though he watched her car roll backward when gunshots were fired from close range, a homicide detective testified Thursday. Raymond Lee Jennings, the security guard who patrolled the Park and Ride lot the night Michelle O’Keefe was killed, told detectives he couldn’t explain why he didn’t see the person who fired the fatal shots, although he acknowledged the shots seemed to be fired by someone close enough to stick his gun hand through the driver’s side window that was partially open, sheriff’s Detective Diane Harris testified. “He said he didn’t see anyone near the car. He said he should have seen the shooter, but didn’t. He said he didn’t understand why he didn’t see the shooter,” Harris said. Detectives said they doubted other parts of Jennings’ account, such as his statement that he saw O’Keefe’s fingers twitching and a faint pulse in her neck when he was called to the car by the supervisor he had alerted to the shooting. Detective Richard Longshore said an expert termed the possibility of seeing a pulse then highly unlikely. Harris said the shooting is believed to have occurred about 9:30 p.m. Investigators believe there was a struggle in which the vehicle’s transmission ended up in neutral, and it rolled back until it hit a planter. Harris said O’Keefe was first wounded while she was outside her car. Blood drops were left on the asphalt, on her leg and ankle, and on the upturned sole of a sandal, found upside down outside the car. She was in the driver’s seat and the door open when she was found, officials said. O’Keefe’s cell phone was missing, but Harris said investigators don’t believe the killing was the result of a robbery or carjacking attempt, although they earlier considered that a possibility. O’Keefe’s wallet, with $113 in cash and her credit cards undisturbed, was in the car. “The only thing missing was the cell phone. We didn’t believe there was evidence of a carjacking,” Harris said. In an interview with detectives after the slaying, Jennings said he had noticed O’Keefe’s parked Mustang while he was walking through the lot about 40 or 50 minutes after going on duty that night, Harris testified. After walking to another area of the lot, Jennings told detectives, he heard a car alarm and assumed it was the Mustang’s, Harris said. As he walked toward the sound, he heard a gunshot and took cover behind his own parked vehicle, he told detectives. After a few seconds, Jennings said he stood up again and more gunshots rang out, Harris testified. Jennings said he took cover behind his vehicle again, she said. She said he claimed to have seen a gray car leave the lot after the shooting. She also testified that Jennings told detectives he heard the alarm and car engine stop, then heard the car’s starter crank, after the first shot. He heard the additional shots as the car rolled backwards, Harris quoted him as saying. Jennings had first-aid training, but didn’t try to help the wounded teen, Longshore said. “He said he viewed it as a crime scene and didn’t want to get involved in it,” Longshore said. During the interview, Harris said, Jennings stood up and demonstrated for detectives where he thought the gunman stood in relationship to the open car door. He indicated that the gun might have gone through the window, which was open 4
In wet and wild conditions Fionn McGarvey started the match with a drop kick into the wind.Rainey managed to escape their half through a kick which the wind brought all the way into the Letterkenny half.Strong defence from the whole squad kept Raineys attack at bay for quite a while but eventually Rainey got over the line for their first and only try of the game. Scored by their second centre. Letterkenny restarted well but Rainey played the rest of the first half in the Letterkenny half coming close to going over the line on a few occasions. Brave defence all round held them out until half time.The second half began with Letterkenny on the receiving end of the kick off. In the ruck Letterkenny lost the ball and Rainey nearly got a second try but heroic tackling stopped the flow of play. Letterkenny then managed to escaped through a monstrous kick into touch. Letterkenny played out all the second half in the Rainey half apart from one held up chance for Rainey.The flow was in Letterkennys favour but a dodgy decision from the referee cancelled out Letterkennys last chance of scoring to even up the game. Great performance all round for Letterkenny, unlucky not to win.SCORE : Letterkenny 0-7 Rainey Letterkenny Starting XV : FORWARDS : 1. Brendan Duggan. 2. Ben Scott. 3. Edward Grant. 4. Cain McGinley. 5. Joshua Fulton. 6. Donnchadh Parkinson. 7. James Sweeney (C). 8. Conor McMenamin BACKS : 9. Mark Friel. 10. Fionn McGarvey. 11. Rory MacGinty. 12. Adam Quinn. 13. Fabio Cinquemani. 14. Brian McHugh. 15. Eoin Doherty.Subs : Oisin McGarvey (on for Brian McHugh). Matthew McGee (on for Donnchadh Parkinson). John Clay (on for Mark Friel). Christopher Gallagher (on for Cain McGinley). Daire McBride (on for Breandan Duggan)Next Game : Letterkenny will host Malone on 12/12/15 at Dave Gallaher Memorial Park!!RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U16S UNLUCKY AGAINST RAINEY was last modified: December 6th, 2015 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)