Cash: “Federer still has the level to win a Grand Slam”

first_imgRoger Federer resists the problem of accelerating the 20 Grand Slam titles that he treasures in his document. Many imagine that, at 38, Federer is sophisticated to enhance this determine however main tennis figures like Pat Money are assured that Federer provides extra Grand Slam.Talking to the BBC, the Australian former Wimbledon winner in 1987 believes that Federer can win once more on the grass of London. “Roger Federer still has the probability to win one other title at Wimbledon. I still suppose he’s one among the finest gamers on the grass. He’s ok. However the different boys (Djokovic and Nadal) hold going. Every match is completely different relying on coaching and attainable accidents. At this level, any small harm or setback is worse for the older ones. “ Federer provides two years with out elevating a Grand Slam title since he did it in the 2018 Australian Open last after profitable in 5 units to Marin Cilic, attaining his twentieth Grand Slam title. The closest Federer has been to including Grand Slam quantity 21 was in Wimbledon final yr, the place he fell in the last after a vibrant match in opposition to Novak Djokovic. The London match, the place Federer is the most awarded tennis participant with eight titles, is offered as the key occasion for Federer to rejoin the victory in a Grand Slam.Earlier than, the Swiss could make historical past in Roland Garros, the place if he achieved the title he would develop into the second tennis participant after Rod Laver to obtain what is named ‘Double Grand Slam’, which consists of profitable not less than two events every of the Grand Slam of the calendar.last_img read more

The campaign against the coronavirus of Simeone and Atlético adds to the cinema

first_imgThis initiative, launched by the rojiblanco coach and his partner, Carla Pereyra, together with the Red Cross and the Atlético de Madrid Foundation on March 20, using the same motto that they used in previous years to organize food collections, “It goes very well” regarding the arrival of economic contributions, as explained to EFE sources close to the technician, who ask “do not loosen”.During the last days, the rojiblanco president Enrique Cerezo, the captains of the first male and female squads, Koke Resurrección and Amanda Sampedro, or the president of the Fundación and former rojiblanco footballer, Adelardo Rodríguez, They have been adding their support through the rojiblanca website, where there is a web link and the account number to make donations. The ‘We give everything’ campaign that Argentine coach Diego Pablo Simeone and Atlético de Madrid launched to raise funds for the Red Cross activity against the coronavirus in Madrid, is advancing in contributions and is adding personalities to Spanish cinema. Also the maximum shareholder of the club, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, announced in the letter sent last Friday, in which it communicated the decision to make a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE), that the club would channel its aid against the pandemic through this initiative.“We have decided to channel all the club’s aid to the fight against this pandemic through the #LoDamosTodo campaign, whose entire collection will go to the Red Cross, so that it can meet the needs of the health workers who fight against Covid-19 in the Community of Madrid, which unfortunately is the region most shaken by the coronavirus in Spain “he pointed out.That same Friday, players like the striker Álvaro Morata, the Ghanaian midfielder Thomas partey or the substitute goalkeeper Antonio Adam They starred in a video asking rojiblancos fans to also make a donation to support the Red Cross fight against Covid-19.They were joined from the weekend by personalities from the world of cinema and entertainment such as the humorist José Mota, the music producer Carlos Jean, he ‘Wizard More’, the actor and former president of the Antonio Resines Film Academy, and the actor and director Safe Santiago, with videos in which they show their support for health personnel and ask to make donations to the Red Cross.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 31, 2020last_img read more

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.The “loss of consortium” lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES San Beda clinches Final 4 berth, edges JRU DAY6 is for everybody “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it’s something we’re prepared to do,” he said.Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words “God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.“It’s something I deeply regret,” Baez said.A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments In this file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. APBOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Taxi driver charged for murder

first_imgLaing Avenue shootingOne of the men who were arrested and charged with the killing of 32-year-old Orin David at his Laing Avenue home was on Monday arraigned.Samuel McIntyre, a taxi driver, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman charged with the capital offence of murder.The charge stated that on August 1, 2016 at Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, McIntyre fatally shot David. The murder accused was remanded to prison. The case will continue on September 8, 2016.The dead man, Orin DavidThe murder accused, Samuel McIntyreDavid was gunned down at his home late last week following an argument with two other men. The argument was allegedly over money – $100,000, which was owed to him by the two men.Reports are the argument escalated, after which the two men allegedly left but later returned armed with guns.They allegedly called out to the deceased telling him that they just wanted to talk, but upon approaching them, he was struck in the face.David tried to retaliate, but was shot twice – once in his leg and once in the chest by the men.He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The Police have since launched a manhunt for the two men, who, according to reports are both well-known to law enforcement.last_img read more

Labourer killed in EBE accident

first_imgAn East Bank Essequibo (EBE) man was on Saturday struck by a car while crossing the Organestein Public Road, EBE. The accident occurred sometime around 05:30h.Dead is Courtney Ashby, a labourer of Lot 2133 Z Tuschen New Scheme, EBE.According to Police reports, motorcar PRR 5883, driven by a 24-year-old residence of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, was heading in the direction of Parika, EBE, when the 40-year-old man, who was standing on the southern side of the public road, allegedly ran across and into the path of the vehicle.The man was struck down and was subsequently picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His body is presently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.Meanwhile, a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver and his breath alcohol level was found to be below the legal limit. Nevertheless, he remains in custody and is assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Alabama joins other states in apologizing for slavery

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution Thursday that expresses “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery and apologizes for slavery’s wrongs and lingering effects on the United States. When Gov. Bob Riley signs the bill, which spokesman Jeff Emerson said he will do as soon as he receives it, Alabama will become the fourth state to formally apologize for slavery in recent months, after Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. In the Senate, the resolution vote split along party lines, with 20 Democrats in support and eight Republicans in opposition. The House took a voice vote, which provided no record of how anyone voted. Sen. Hank Sanders, a Selma Democrat who guided the resolution through the Senate, said the vote “sends a message that Alabama is finally standing on its history rather than having its history weigh it down.” The resolution, a combination of earlier House and Senate legislation, expresses the Legislature’s “profound regret for the State of Alabama’s role in slavery and that we apologize for the wrongs inflicted by slavery and its after effects in the United States of America.” Sanders said the resolution made it clear that it can’t be used as the basis for litigation. 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

Three northern B.C. LNG projects granted environmental assessment approval

first_imgThe Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, an estimated $.75 billion in capital cost, requires the construction and operation of up to two 860-kilometre natural gas pipelines from approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John to a new LNG terminal being proposed at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert.“Construction would generate 13,400 person-years of direct employment in B.C. During the 50 years of operations, 120 full-time jobs would be created,” the ministry says of this project.The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility, an estimated $11.4 billion in capital cost, entails an LNG export facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert.This project is said to generate 8,000 person-years of direct employment, and during the 30 years of operation, create 650 full-time jobs.Advertisement The certificates were issued by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman.The province says these certificates are subject different conditions and restrictions, all of which are legally bindingThey’re also subject to “various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed.”- Advertisement -“The Environmental Assessment Office will co-ordinate compliance management efforts with other government agencies to ensure that the office is satisfied that certificate conditions are met,” the Ministry of Environment said in a written statement.The majority of provincial permits are said to be provided through the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission – the primary operational regulator of oil and gas activities in B.C.“To prevent or minimize adverse effects from the projects, each company proposed a number of significant route or design changes during the environmental assessment, based on feedback received during the process,” the ministry goes on to write.Advertisement The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, a $5 billion capital cost project, involves a 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility.The ministry says this will generate 8,250 person-years of direct employment in B.C. an 23 full-time jobs during its 40 years of operation.“British Columbia’s environmental assessment process involves a rigorous, thorough review that provides for significant opportunities for Aboriginal groups, government agencies and the public to provide input on the potential for environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects from a proposed project,” the ministry concludes.last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Henderson helps Liverpool claim much-needed win

first_imgJordan Henderson’s second half strike earned Liverpool a 2-1 win over West Brom and eased the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.The Reds had only managed one point in their previous three Premier League games but a brighter performance at Anfield saw them grab a vital victory and move them up to sixth.The visitors opened brightly on Merseyside and had a number of decent opportunities but it was Liverpool who claimed the opener just one minute before the break.Adam Lallana got on the end of Henderson’s flicked pass, completing a neat one-two on the left-side of the box, and the former Southampton star fired beyond Ben Foster into the far corner.Nine minutes into the second half, though, West Brom were controversially given a penalty after Saido Berahino appeared to be brought down just outside the area by Dejan Lovren and the English youngster dusted himself off to net from the spot.However, It didn’t take long for Liverpool to retake the lead, as Raheem Sterling squared for Henderson, who found the bottom corner of Foster’s goal with a low strike, and his effort was enough to seal the points.Alan Pardew was handed a slight reprieve as Newcastle manager as his men drew 2-2 with high-flying Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.It took just 17 minutes for the hosts to take the lead as a cute one-two with Gylfi Sigurdsson put Wilfried Bony through on goal and he slipped the ball inside Tim Krul’s near post.Papiss Cisse converted from Gabriel Obertan’s cross to give the under-fire manager some brief respite but, after the break, Wayne Routledge ran onto Sigurdsson’s pass to chip home.Cisse, though, is a man on form and scored with 15 minutes remaining to give the Magpies a share of the spoils in Wales.The Premier League’s other north east side, Sunderland, fired themselves up the table and above Stoke City as they dispatched the Potters 3-1 at the Stadium of Light.Will Buckley’s clipped cross was headed home by Connor Wickham to hand the hosts the lead but Charlie Adam equalised 11 minutes later with a left-foot snapshot inside the area.The Black Cats have shown plenty over resilience over the last year and it was apparent once again as Steven Fletcher headed past Asmir Begovic from Jordi Gomez’s cross to put the hosts back in front.And Fletcher wrapped up the points for Gus Poyet’s men when he passed Wickham’s cross into the back of the net from close-range.Burnley avoided another Premier League defeat as Ross Wallace’s last gasp free-kick gave them a 2-2 draw with Leicester City.An eight minute first half frenzy saw the Foxes take the lead thanks to a Jeffrey Schlupp strike before Michael Kightly stabbed home a leveller for Sean Dyche’s side.Riyad Mahrez, who assisted Schlupp, helped the hosts in front again by heading in at the back post from Jamie Vardy’s deflected cross.But the Foxes failed to extend their lead and, deep into injury time, Wallace curled a free-kick past Kasper Schmeichel to earn his side a point.Meanwhile, Hull City beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the KC Stadium.Mohamed Diame has been an inspired signing by Steve Bruce and his header, from Andrew Robertson’s cross, saw them go a goal to the good and Nikica Jelavic’s late strike put a gloss on the scoreline and ensured all three points were safely in the bag. Jordan Henderson 1last_img read more


first_imgThe mother of tragic Erin and Shannon Gallagher has said the death of English girl Hannah Smith has forced her to relive the deaths of her two girls.Lorraine Gallagher – all her sadness has been brought back.Hannah Smith took her own life last Friday after being bullied online on the website is the same website on which Ballybofey schoolgirl Erin Gallagher was bullied on before her death last November. Her sister Shannon took her own life just a little more than a month later because she said she could not live without her younger sister.Now the girls’ mum has revealed how she has been put through torment again after learning that yet another teenager has died s a result of online bullying.Lorraine Gallagher said Hannah Smith’s death is almost a mirror-image of her daughter Erin’s death.Ms Gallagher revealed how she first learned of Hannah’s death when she noticed picture’s of her late daughters Shannon and Erin on her television screen yesterday (TUES) morning. “I was sure exactly what was going on and I just saw pictures of Erin and Shannon on the television screen.“I then realised that another young girl had taken her own life and it was as a direct result of being bullied through I couldn’t breath for a while as I tried to take it all in.“Hannah’s death was almost a copycat of what happened to my Erin. She was bullied online and nobody listened. She asked the bullies to stop but they wouldn’t.“They just kept hurting her and then hiding behind this secret curtain on,” she said.Lorraine said she was again begging the Irish Government and Governments around the world to ban the site which has 50 million users. “How many deaths will it take before the authorities realise that is harming our teenagers?“I am asking the Irish Government to take a stand on this and lead the way and ban in Ireland. Sure they have the power to do that.“If people were telling children where to get drugs or alcohol, we would be quick enough to close it down.“But it doesn’t seem to matter that children are allowed to be bullied online by anonymous people. It has to stop,” she said. SUICIDE OF ENGLISH SCHOOLGIRL HAS FORCED ME TO RELIVE ERIN AND SHANNON’S DEATHS was last modified: August 7th, 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)Tags:ask.fmbullyingErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

Kraft makes her pitch for `Bears’

first_img “With a lot of young actresses, we’d ask to throw an imaginary ball to the camera, and it was OK, but we could only fake it so far. I was getting worried until Sammi came along. We’d been looking everywhere and here she was, bangs and all, just three miles from our production company in Toluca Lake.” For Kraft, the “Bears” storyline isn’t much different from her own real life. During the last few years, whenever one of her coaches would finally let her pitch in one of the youth leagues she’d played in Burbank, Northridge or other parts of the Valley, Kraft would rack up a few strikeouts and figure she’d finally proved her worth to the team. But then, the coach would have his own son who he wanted to pitch more, and that was it. “I got to pitch maybe one or two times a season, and I’d strike all the boys out, pretty much, but none of the coaches would let me pitch again,” the 13-year-old New York native and die-hard Yankees fan was saying the other day. “I guess I learned about the politics involved when you don’t have a dad as a coach out there.” When she heard that one of her friends was going to the “Bears” casting call last November, Kraft decided to tag along to see what it was about. When she came home, she said she had to beg her mother into letting her try out. “When we’d take my brother on auditions, I thought it was something I’d like to try someday,” said Kraft, who also shines in softball and basketball. “A lot of girls my age were going on auditions, and I wanted to try, but my mom would tell me, ‘Just shut up and stick to sports.’ But I got the audition.” Said Linklater: “I knew she’d be fine. Kids who grow up near the industry have a lot of knowledge of what it’s about. And anyone like her who’s really good at something, whether it be a musician or in sports, they have a certain moxie, an innate confidence, where she was never intimidated. And it works for her character. She’s really got that sassy thing going. “I wanted to get in there with the camera and show her really pitching. For someone making her acting debut, Sammi really came though.” Although Linklater was sold on Kraft as Amanda, it wasn’t until Billy Bob Thornton, who has the starring role of crass, crude, cocktail-swigging coach Morris Buttermaker, convinced the others that she was right. “We had her read for a final callback, but I had to sell it to the studio (Paramount) that I wanted her bad, which makes my life easier in a lot of ways,” said Linklater. “Some are kind of nervous about non-actors in general, but after she read with Billy, he had a big grin on his face and said, ‘I love her, she’s great, she’s the real deal.”‘ Thornton, who once aspired to make it into the big leagues as a junk-ball pitcher, had this scouting report on Kraft as a player: “Sammi can bring it. She’s a terrific pitcher. I kept asking her to throw to me, but she really made me afraid.” Kraft admits Thornton taught her a knuckle curve to add to her repertoire, by the way. To help promote the movie, Kraft has been all over the place, including last week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, where she said she got to meet some of her heroes, including U.S. softball star Jennie Finch. Since she’ll attend Millikan Middle School and Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks this fall as an eighth grader, Kraft doesn’t think this will be her only shot at the big screen. But as she competes in Junior Olympic programs this summer, her ultimate goal is to someday play in the Olympics. She is more than a little disappointed about the recent ruling that softball isn’t on the schedule for 2012 in London. “I’m proud of all girls in sports,” said Kraft. “Cutting out softball and baseball really upset me. I have a protest in my head, and I’m ready to bring it out.” And what does that sound like? Bad news for the IOC. More local flavor: Shooting the often off-color PG-13 movie (the original was PG) had to be something of a deja vu experience for Kraft. All the action took place in Encino at the Franklin Mid Valley field that’s home to the Ron Dale Baseball Academy. From the Southern California casting call, Linklater found two actors who could fill the roles of the sickly Timmy Lupus (Tyler Patrick Jones) and the high-strung Tanner Boyle (Timmy Deters). But he also found Troy Gentile from Encino, who plays a new character, the wheelchair-bound Matthew Hooper. “I didn’t meet any of them until the first day,” said Kraft. “I got along fine with all the boys I better, since I’ve played on boys teams my whole life. I always end up feeling like their big sister or something.” “It turns out we do have a lot of kid actors in the movie,” Linklater said. “But I think there’s a great mix of players that didn’t really matter once they were on the same team. They all had that same team goal analogy.” Linklater’s goal was to have three of the roles Whurlitzer, catcher Mike Engelberg (Brandon Craggs) and Kelly Leak (Jeffrey Davies) filled by kids who could flat-out play. “The idea (for the rest of the cast) was to get kids who were good enough just to look good but bad enough not to look phony when they were playing horrible,” said Thornton. The fictitious organization is called the South Valley Youth Baseball League in the original, it was the North Valley League. Advertisements on the outfield walls are also a pretty good indicator of the local ties, with sponsors that include Jerry’s Famous Deli, Tommy’s Hamburgers, Studio City Tire and Ventura Mortgage. And instead of going to the local McDonald’s for a post-game party, this Buttermaker takes the kids to Hooters in Burbank. “We really `Billy-Bob-ized’ it,” said Linklater. WHAT SMOKES The Detroit Lions picked USC defensive lineman Shaun Cody in the second round of April’s NFL Draft, but the “Survival” process by which Cody went about picking an agent to represent him has become the stuff of reality TV, compliments of Spike TV. With All-Pro NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez hosting the eight-episode series (Fridays at 10 p.m., replayed early Saturday morning at 2 a.m.) and acting as Cody’s confidant, nine potential sharks (eight slimy men and one slightly intimidated woman) run an obstacle course of tasks. Episode one starts at the Senior Bowl back in January and it all comes to a climatic decision with the draft day selection. It’s a very enlightening process; think “The Bachelor” plus “So You Think You Can Dance,” trying to eliminate “Arli$$” and find “Jerry Maguire” amid the backbiting, ineptitude and superficial gamesmanship going. One agent is fired each show, and since this is the testosterone-charged network of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, WWE and all other things that blow up, the elimination process could come in spectacular fashion. The winner has been known for three months, but Cody, without revealing the name, told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday that his selection is “negotiating my contract as we speak” and he expects to be in camp. Vin Scully, featured in a 12-minute piece for the next “Real Sports” for HBO (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), doesn’t reveal anything really newsworthy to host Bryant Gumbel, who did the interview a few weeks ago. But Scully does offer these thoughts when asked if retirement is near: “I think about it. Do I fear it? That’s a very interesting question. When you look at retirement as a relief, then I think it’s a totally different thing … You’re escaping the drudgery. But when you love what you do retirement? You really kind of fear, ‘What would I do if I’m not doing a ballgame?’ So I’m not sure about retirement. All I know is that I still get goose bumps and I still love doing the game.” Scully, in his 56th season with the team, will be 78 when his latest contract runs out after the 2006 season. The Golf Channel, looking for female contestants for the next version of “The Big Break” reality show, is staging one of three auditions Sunday at Moopark Country Club. The others are Aug. 17 in Queenstown, Md., and Aug. 21 in Orlando, Fla. The auditions are by invitation only but producers welcome qualified golfers to apply online at or call (407) 355-4122. Fine living is the life for Arnold Palmer, and he’ll prove it by acknowledging the best holes from the hundreds of courses he’s helped design and build across the country in a special, “America’s Dream 18: Arnold Palmer,” which airs on the Fine Living TV network starting Sunday (10 p.m.). The hole closest in proximity for this dream round is the par 5, 570-yard 18th at Silver Rock Golf Course in Palm Springs and the par 4, 443-yard 18th at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad. HBO will replay Jermain Taylor’s controversial decision over former middleweight champBernard Hopkins Saturday at 10:15 p.m. If you’re scoring along at home, good for you. HBO reports 350,000 pay-per-view buys generating $17.5 million in revenue from last Saturday’s live telecast. WHAT CHOKES Stephen A. Smith’s new half-hour show in front of a studio audience called “Quite Frankly,” which quite frankly doesn’t make sense because his name isn’t Frank, begins Aug. 1 in the 3:30 p.m. slot on ESPN2. “This is the greatest opportunity of my life, one I fully intend to maximize to the best of my ability,” Smith said in a press release. “When people see me they expect honesty, fearlessness and diligence and that’s exactly what they will get. Stay tuned.” Close your eyes, and you may think you’re hearing the words of Max Kellerman all over again. TV Guide, grasping for anything during the summer lull, has decided that the last 15 years “could be described as the Platinum Age of Sports” is that better or worse than the Golden Age? and has listed the 25 “most awesome sports moments” since 1990 to fill a few pages of the magazine. No. 1 turns out to be Lance Armstrong’s first Tour de France win in 1999, three years after his cancer fight and before hooking up with Sheryl Crow. Guess we can buy that, but who among us remembers seeing it live? Best line used is for event No. 5, Cal Ripken’s 2,131st consecutive game in 1995. “You know you’ve achieved a milestone when it gets ESPN’s Chris Berman to keep his mouth shut for 18 minutes.” The AVP has decided to switch the men’s and women’s finals for NBC’s broadcast of this weekend’s Hermosa Open, allowing the women to play in what’s considered to be the more prestigious Sunday TV window (1:30 to 3 p.m.), with the men moved up to Saturday (also 1:30 to 3 p.m.). “We wanted to capitalize on the recent spike in popularity of the women’s game and the star power of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh,” said AVP commissioner Leonard Armato, who also happens to be the husband of AVP women’s star Holly McPeak. “The AVP already offers equal prize money and television time, and we feel that putting the women on Sunday provides an opportunity to garner more viewership and focus the attention on what is hottest right now about this sport.” In other words, someone better step up in the men’s bracket and win on a consistent basis or be banished from the desirable TV spots. Tom Hoffarth can be reached at and (818) 713-3661.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During a casting call last summer in Encino, Kraft delivered a 75 mph fastball, a curveball, a two-seem and a four-seem fastball. She’s no stranger to the industry her 15-year-old brother, Frankie, has done some commercial acting. And she knew plenty about baseball her 16-year-old brother, Bobby, pitches for Cleveland High of Reseda. So after sifting through resumes and tryouts in 11 cities across the country and Canada, Linklater finally found his Amanda Whurlitzer, the role that Tatum O’Neal popularized in the 1976 original movie about a bunch of brash and banished Little Leaguers who fought their way back to respectability despite their coach. “The authenticity of baseball means so much to me,” said Linklater, a former scholarship baseball player at Sam Houston State in the 1980s before he veered toward making movies that included casting a group of kid musicians to become actors in “The School of Rock.” “With baseball as the big element of the movie, I didn’t want to keep cutting to some boy with a wig on who could throw. Amanda is such a character that you can’t `out-Tatum’ Tatum O’Neal, so we wanted to get a real girl who could do it. Most things in Hollywood can be faked, director Richard Linklater has come to find. But not baseball. When he and the other producers went on a nationwide search to pull together a team of 11- and 12-year-olds for the remake of “The Bad News Bears,” which opens in theaters today, they had a real game plan. A bunch of kid actors who might be able to throw or catch a baseball might work. But why do that when there’s enough unknown athletes out there who could be taught how to take direction and deliver the lines? Which is where Sammi Kane Kraft of Studio City comes in. last_img
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