Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PBA IMAGESAlvin Pasaol had to wait a little longer before he got to make his debut for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League.He was fielded in at the 6:16 mark of the third period, but made most of his limited time on the floor with four points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in his almost six minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “He was just with us since January 2 and he’s pretty much still learning our system. It’s a good thing that Alvin was able to deliver for us during those crucial stretches,” said Marinero coach Koy Banal.Pasaol finishedHis contributions may have been scarce in his first game in the developmental league, but Marinerong Pilipino did enough to eke out a 94-92 win over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPasaol, though, has no qualms with the way he was used, admitting that he’s still finding his niche in the Skippers rotation.“I’m still feeling my way. I just came to the team when the year turned and I still haven’t fully learned their system. But I’m excited to play here in the D-League and for coach Koy,” said Pasaol in Filipino. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The skills of the players here are already at a higher level,” said Pasaol, who has teamed up with former UAAP rivals Abu Tratter and Vince Tolentino here in Marinerong Pilipino. “I’m not rushing, though, as I know I’ll slowly accept my game in the D-League.”He believes, however, that he’ll eventually find his way in Banal’s rotation sooner or later, just in time for the Skippers’ tougher foes ahead.“Hopefully, I find my groove so that everyone can see the Alvin Pasaol they’ve come to know. I trust coach Koy with our campaign here and I hope I can contribute more in the future,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments
FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, figure skater Denis Ten, of Kazakhstan, reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating, in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Prosecutors in Kazakhstan said Thursday, July 19, 2018, that Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has been killed, and they are treating the case as murder. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)MOSCOW — Kazakh media say a suspect has been detained in relation to the killing of Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten, and that another has been identified.Citing Almaty Prosecutor Berik Zhuirektayev, the Kazinform agency said the suspect was detained Friday and “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PLAY LIST 02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? He added that the identity of another suspect has been determined and that a photo has been released.Ten, 25, was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty. He died in hospital of massive blood loss from multiple wounds, Kazinform said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Prosecutors are treating his death as murder.Ten’s bronze in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medalist in figure skating. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Maker disagrees with his 3-game Fiba ban: ‘I tried to break up a conflict’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
An alleged plan by Saudi Arabia, custodian of the Islamic faith, to Islamize Liberia, seems to be coming to realization with unfolding events indicating that the plan is gradually kicking-off leading to its imminent fulfillment.A very detailed article written by three Muslim “women’s rights activists” from the Middle East exposed an alleged plan by the Saudi Government, the oil-rich Arab monarchy, to Islamize Liberia and use it as fertile ground for its plan to take over the entire West Africa region.The 14-page, comprehensive and powerfully-written essay by the three Arab activists from Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, respectively, one with a PhD and the others each with a Master’s degree,also describedthe oil rich nation’s plans to Islamize the entire world, the United States, Europe and Africa, West Africa by firstly putting Liberia under its wings.The three authors include AnahitaGhorbani, Iranian women’s rights activist, YafiahAssouin, PhD, Syrian women’s rights activist and Shada Al Zahrani, Saudi journalist.In what seems to be steps toward the fulfillment of this plan, the Muslim community in Liberia have now begun an ambitious campaign to ensure that their religion achieves dominancein the country, according to the Acting Chief Imam of Liberia, who has called on imams across the country to work vigorously to ensure that Islam takes its“rightful place” in Liberia.Imam Krayee is the Deputy Chief Imam for National Affairs at the level of the National Imam Council of Liberia, but is acting on behalf of his boss who is currently in Senegal.He spoke at the official launch of the National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL) nationwide Dawah(evangelism) and training program. The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the MarviiSonii School Campus in Clara Town.NICOL, established in 1995, is to shortly celebrate its 20th anniversary in early February. Since its establishment, this is the first Dawah and Imam training program, initiated by the Muslim Community in Liberia.Speaking at the launch, ImamKrayee said that Islam’s aimis to dominate in Liberia. “Every religion wants to be dominant, of course, through peaceful means. It is our goal as Liberian Muslims to be dominant as other religions want to be in this country and everywhere in the world.”He further tried to clarify that, “…by dominance, we do not mean to repress other people or become oppressive, intolerant and become aggressive, though this seems to be the norm in Islamized and Muslim-dominated countries throughout the world.”This is most especially prominent in Arab nations, North Africa and the Middle East where non Muslims are required to pay a special prohibitive tax for the right to exist in such countries.“No, that’s not what we are talking about. It means we have to exert every effort through peaceful means to ensure that our religion is number one in our society-this is a natural aspiration of anyone, who belongs to any institution or religion,” the Imam clarified.Imam Krayee said Islam remains one of the best religions of humankind; as such his fellow preachers should engage Liberians in teaching the beliefs and doctrine of Islam.He revealed that as the torch-bearer of Islam in Liberia, the NICOL will do all within its power to propagate Islam in its true light through the mass media and other forums, noting “NICOL would work to enlighten the society on the true position of Islam.”Sheikh Krayee said that against this backdrop, and inspired by the Qur’an’s ideal articulated in the 32nd Chapter: “And we raised up Imams, among them guiding (people) by our command” (Qur’an 32:24),imams have declared the intention to tread the path chosen by Allah to work in line with the percepts established by the Prophet Muhammad.Mission StatementReading the mission statement of the Five-Year Action Plan, the Muslim Cleric notedthat theprimary objective of every genuine Islamic organization is to recruit people for paradise and help them attain the greatest prize—the pleasure of Allah.This goal, he said, is achievable only through the commitment of its members to the mandate given the Prophet Muhammad, who was sent with the Quran “to deliver people from, all forms and shades of, darkness to the light by the permission of their Lord (Quran 14:1).“To this end, we have resolved, relying on the help of Allah, to commit ourselves to the teaching and propagation of the Message of Islam-to guide our people on the basis of that message and to pursue knowledge and training that would enable us to serve as the reflections of the Quranic light of which Muhammad was a perfect reflection,” he further added.Action PlansNICOL’splan is an ambitious five-year one (2015-2019). It is a summary of the specific and general programs and projects earmarked for implementation.This is aninitiative that seeks to place Islam in a dominant position in Liberia if executed properly, according to plan. The plan contains nine programs and projects to be undertaken during this timeframe.These include annual training workshops for imams; weekly Islamic study sessions across the country;educating and informing Muslims about important Islamic events; Invitation of non-Muslims to Islam; Converts/Reverts Islamic education program; proper representation of Islam in the nation; seeking scholarship for imams to study abroad; collaboration with non-Muslim clergy in areas of concern; and the construction of a National Mosque/Imam Training Complex.Annual Training Program for ImamAccording to Imam Krayee, this program aims to continually enhance the qualification and ability of imams to perform their tasks with greater efficiency and effectiveness.The beneficiaries or targeted group, he said, comprises imams of Jumu’ah Mosques throughout the country. Other imams from other sects and cadets may also benefit.“With the first approach, imams would travel from across the country and converge on Monrovia or other easily accessible cities and towns. They would then be divided into groups with a resource person rotating amongst them,” he said.The decentralized approach would see Liberia being divided into zones, probably four or five, whereby imams would assemble at a central point within the region.“The advantage of this is that it ensures the participation of more imams and reduces the need for long distance travels, especially for older imams. However the challenge here is the availability for competentresource persons for weeklong workshop stretching across the dry season.”Weekly Islamic Studies SessionsImams are teachers, preachers and exemplary guides. It is therefore necessary that all imams organize special Islamic studies classes for their members at least once a week. NICOL said it is available to provide resource material. As enticement or means of motivation, the council would give annual awards to imams with the most successful Islamic studies program.Educating Muslims on Islamic EventsImam Krayee said Liberian Muslims are generally ignorant of many Islamic events with most of them not even knowing the names of Islamic lunar months, nor follow their dates.He said events such as the Eids, Miraj (the Ascension) and the Maulid (birth of the prophet) are not given appropriate attention. “NICOL will, henceforth, design appropriate programs to commemorate these and other events. Among them, there will be (a) Ramadan lecture series (b) symposia on the importance of Eid al Ad-ha (Abraham Day) (c) a national seerah conference during the month of the Rabi al Awal to discuss the life of Muhammad and (d) Seerah competition for children across the country.”Seerah is the biography of the life and mission of Prophet Muhammad.Da’wah to Non-MuslimsThe Islamic clergyman noted that NICOL has chosen Dawah (evangelism), which the clergyman described as the life-line of Islam, as a major priority. This is intended to be robustly carried out amongst non-Muslims, as was done by Muhammad and his followers, to ensure that Islam achieves dominance in the Liberian society.Imam Krayee noted: “Da’wah is invitation of people to the religion of Allah. It is the life-line of Islam. Without it, the religion would have died with the Prophet. Our master Muhammad first invited members of his family and his close friend.He continued to deliver the message and call, often with great difficulties-including threats to his life and those of his followers. But he persisted until just 23 years, the entire Arabian Peninsula bowed to Allah. Then his successors struggled after him, lifting high the banner of Tawheed (oneness of God).”He bragged that in less than a century, Islam reached as far as the Far East and North Africa. “Through their [Muhammad’s followers]effortsand the efforts of those who followed in their footsteps, Islam has a presence in every part of the globe.“NICOL has therefore chosen Da’wah to Non-Muslims as one of its priority programs.We will carry Da’wah through the mass media and the various communities shall be organized throughout the length and breadth of Liberia. The Da’wah committee will work on the details of this plan very soon.”Converts/Reverts Islamic EducationClasses for new converts and those returning to the religion (reverts) shall be organized in all 15 counties, 73 districts headquarters as well as other major cities and towns across the country, according to the plan.NICOL will ensure, according to Imam Krayee, the existence of such classes in at least all of the 15 counties during this five-year period. National headquarters shall seek to make resource materials available for this program while county branches will be responsible for the conduct of the classes.“Annual awards will be given to those with the most effective program and converts who perform well will participate in annual training courses at the national level.”Imam Krayee, who is hails from Southeastern Liberia, noted that NICOL, through this program, hopes to have indigenous imams among all of the ethnic groups in Liberia, before the program timeframe elapses.“Before this five year initial program comes to an end, we want to have indigenous imams, who would beGios, Sapoes, Bassonians, Lormas, Kpelles,Kissis, etc.”Imams in Liberia are predominantly from the Mandingo and Vaitribes. These two groups also dominate the religion in terms of number; but other ethnic groups have members who are also part of the Islamic faith.Scholarship for ImamsLiberian imams have benefitted from several scholarships grant from Islamic countries over the years. “We are very grateful to those who have made this possible. NICOL will continue to seek such opportunities and even more for our imams to be properly trained and equipped,” Deputy NICOL head said.Collaboration with Non-Muslim Clergy“Liberia is a tolerant society,” the Islamic cleric said, lauding God for sparing Liberia the kind of religious tensions that have been the norms in many countries.One religious analyst, who asked to be anonymous, told the Daily Observer: “Liberia is dominantly Christian in terms of population and influence, but I wonder if the tolerant state of the country will remain when the tides turn with what the Muslims are zealously seeking to do through their five-year initiative and others.”However, Imam Krayee stated that Liberia being a tolerant country, NICOL leadership shall therefore work to establish, maintain and improve relations with clergymen of other religions, especially Christianity.Imam Krayee, who at the same occasion condemned atrocities perpetrated in the name of Islam, also indicated that Muslims in Liberia bear witness to the truest Islam—a religion that preaches peace and peaceful co-existence.Meanwhile, NICOL’s plan seems to be working in perfect correlation with the exposed plan, which received huge criticism from the Liberian public with many Muslims vehemently rejecting such revelation from the authors who described themselves as Arab female scholars.The Saudis’ plan for Liberia, according to the three Arab authors, is first to ensure that a candidate of Muslim faith and background contests and wins the Liberian presidency. The NICOL five-yearplan, however did not make any mention of a political strategy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ortiz, Gerlach said, was the best kind of cop because he believed that what he did made a difference and he was dedicated to that purpose. While on the stand, Chela Ortiz, the deputy’s widow, said they dated for about two years when he proposed to her Feb.15, 2005, she said, then married about three months later. The young couple had been married not quite three weeks when Ortiz was killed. The devastating impact of her husband’s murder can still be felt, she said, noting that she was offered her dream job as a public relations representative for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year, but had to turn the position down because of her obligations in the trial. Testimony will resume today at Norwalk Superior Court. Diamond Bar firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 499-1261160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While she recalled her late son’s life, picking him out of baby photos displayed for the jury and talking about his graduation from the Army and, later, the sheriff’s academy, she smiled through many of her tears. Ortiz’s son, 17-year-old Jeremy Ortiz, talked about how close he was to his father and his younger stepbrother, 7-year-old Jacob Ortiz. The high school senior who is preparing to attend college in the fall, said he talked to his dad every day, usually before he went to bed at night if he wasn’t at his father’s house. But the best times, he said, came when his father would pick him up from school or some other mundane place and they would get on the clogged Pomona (60) Freeway for the long ride to his dad’s Diamond Bar home. The traffic jams gave the father and son a lot of time to bond, Jeremy Ortiz said. “We would always get to talk about everything then, anything really,” the teen said. Prosecutors rounded out the testimony with several members of law enforcement, including the deputy’s best friend and former sheriff’s Deputy Gary Gerlach. NORWALK – Attorneys Tuesday began presenting their cases in the penalty phase of the trial of convicted cop killer Jose Luis Orozco. As veteran defense attorney Stan Perlo put it to the jury, only one thing is certain at this point: Orozco will never again be a free man after last week’s conviction for the 2005 ambush murder of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz of . What is left for the jury is to decide whether Orozco spends a life in prison, or dies for his crimes. Deputy District Attorney Phil Stirling warned jurors of the emotional turmoil that was to come with his opening statements Tuesday morning. “This is the part of the case that tears your heart out,” he said. Rosa Ortiz’s voice quaked with emotion from the start as she was asked to spell her name for the court after taking the oath on the witness stand.
0Shares0000Neymar at a promotional event in Sao Paulo this week – the PSG star is still in his native Brazil as he recovers from a foot operation last month © AFP / Nelson ALMEIDAPARIS, France, Apr 20 – There can be no release clause in Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain contract, the French league (LFP) insisted on Friday, in response to an earlier report in Spanish daily El Pais.The article in El Pais claimed that a release clause — worth no less than 300 million euros but whose exact value depended on certain results — could be activated from September 1 if the Brazilian star wanted to leave PSG. Neymar moved to Paris last August from Barcelona when the French club activated his release clause at the Camp Nou by paying 222 million euros, making him the world’s most expensive player.But while such release clauses are commonplace in Spanish football, the French LFP’s rules forbid their existence.“Club directors cannot draw up contracts with a ‘release clause’, providing for a contractual relationship to be broken by one party or another in exchange for compensation, a ‘termination clause’ or a clause allowing for unilateral termination with a French or foreign player, either for the club or the player,” according to the rule in question.A spokesperson for the LFP told AFP: “There is therefore no such clause in the player’s contract ratified by the legal commission of the LFP.”Rumours that Neymar could leave PSG in the next transfer window continue to abound while the player himself remains in Brazil, where he has been since undergoing surgery on a fractured foot at the start of last month.Spanish media have linked him with a move to Real Madrid.Spanish sports daily Marca have claimed that Neymar could leave PSG in the close season of 2019 for 222 million euros, the same fee for which he arrived from Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
After a lengthy wait, you can see England Under-19 star Leah Williamson’s incredible penalty against Norway.The spot-kick, part of 18 seconds the two sides were ordered to play again after a refereeing error, was slotted home with aplomb to make the score 2-2 and sends England through to this summer’s Euro Finals in Israel.
1 highlights Soooooo happy for Luke Shaw. Deserves that goal. Been through such a difficult time.— UnitedReview (@TheUtdReview) August 10, 2018 So happy for @LukeShaw23 well done fella keep believing ⚽️— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) August 10, 2018 LUKE SHAW GOAL IS THIS A DREAM OH MY GOD— José (@MourinhoMindset) August 10, 2018 Luke Shaw’s Manchester United career has been difficult to say the least.Publicly criticised by his manager, mocked for his weight and left out of the team for weeks on end – the Englishman’s early promise looked to have died. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Huge shout out to Luke Shaw. He has been pure class tonight. Jose Mourinho’s celebration says it all. First ever goal for him at Man United. Very happy for him.— Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) August 10, 2018 NEW ERA But then he went and scored the winner against Leicester at Old Trafford!Not only that, it was his first-ever senior goal.Shaw was immense all night at left-back and United fans were thrilled to finally watch him succeed at the club: Shaw bagged the winner against Leicester Really happy for @LukeShaw23 and love that reaction from his teammates!— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) August 10, 2018 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact smart causal If there’s one player that really, really deserved that goal, it’s Luke Shaw. Well in.— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) August 10, 2018 Luke Shaw scores?!? Is this real life?— Hayles (@Hayles_101) August 10, 2018 possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED gameday possible standings How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Over the moon for Luke Shaw, never gave up despite all the criticism he’s received, he knew he had it in the locker, and he’s proven it today!— RedDevilsDaily (@RedDevilsDaily) August 10, 2018 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return?
Today’s resumed play is scheduled to start at 7:45 a.m., weather permitting. Tournament director Rich Thomas remains optimistic the event not only will go a regulation 54 holes but also finish in regulation time: “I think if we can start (this) morning, if we can complete round 2 (this) morning and get into round 3 by the last time around 1-2 o’clock, we’ve got a good chance to finish (today) on time,” he said. — Dave Shelburne European Tour Kenneth Ferrie of England shot a 5-under-par 67 on The Old Course at St. Andrews, England, opening a five-stroke lead after the third round of the Dunhill Links Championship. He was at 13-under 203 and followed at 208 by Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie (73), Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (65) and Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez (71). PGA Tour K.J. Choi shot a 5-under-67 and D.J. Trahan shot 66 to tie for the lead after the third round at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Jason Bohn and Shigeki Maruyama were one shot back. Champions Tour R.W. Eaks moved a step closer to his first win on the Champions Tour, shooting a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. Bob Gilder is a shot back. — Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tina Barrett, who shot 66 to tie for the best score of the second round, and former USC golfer Jennifer Rosales (68) were three shots back at 136, closest among Saturday’s other finishers. Jamie Hullett, Maria Hjorth and Eva Dahllof, Young Jo and Liselotte Neumann and defending champion Annika Sorenstam were among the other top pursuers who had completed two rounds. The LPGA Office Depot Championship got its wind on Saturday. But it didn’t come soon enough to disperse the early-morning fog that delayed the start of play for 3 ½ hours and left much more in question than the identity of the ultimate champion. Any list of favorites might reasonably include Hee-Won Han. The first-round co-leader, who started the day 6-under and got as low as 10-under, finished her second round with a 68 for the clubhouse lead at 9-under 133. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 If Han was alone atop the leaderboard, she also was one of the few top contenders to finish 18 holes on a second consecutive drawn-out day at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes, where 72 players will return this morning to complete their second rounds. Tournament officials are hoping for an early start and fast finish to that resumed play, so they will be able to send cut survivors the low 70 and ties back out in time to complete the scheduled 54-hole event today. More early fog, delaying that resumption, and more wind, slowing play on a course where accuracy off the tee is becoming increasingly more important, might stretch this event to Monday or even reduce it to 36 holes, in a worst-case scenario. “I hope not Monday,” said Han. At least Han should be rested for however much of her final round she can get in today. As the leader, she will go off last. And as one of only 70 players to complete the second round, she has the option of sleeping in today while half of the starting field arises early to establish the cut mark.
Once cleared, the fans weren’t even sent to the stands, but packed around the sidelines, adding to the chaos. Others would say the cozy setting makes Notre Dame Stadium the best setting in America. While it might have been the most exciting five minutes in years, it’s silly to label this the “greatest game ever” or “greatest win in USC history.” This stems largely from a “If I was there, it was the greatest” phenomenon. Not too many people today remember that USC defeated No. 1-ranked Notre Dame 16-14 in 1931. The Trojans trailed 14-0 entering the fourth quarter and won on a 33-yard field goal by Johnny Baker with one minute left. It snapped two-time champion Notre Dame’s 26-game winning streak, and more importantly, about 300,000 greeted the Trojans in a victory parade when they returned home. The national radio audience was 10 million, the largest audience in broadcast history up to that time. How many were waiting Saturday night when USC’s plane landed at LAX? Another question: If USC attempted a dropback pass with 23 seconds left instead of a rollout last Saturday, the Trojans could run off four pass plays instead of being forced to do-or-die with two “runs.” Fortunately, for the Trojans, it didn’t matter. Leinart came back to Los Angeles an even bigger hero and said Tuesday the expectations are starting to wear on him after returning for his Heisman Trophy winning season. It’s certainly not from media demands. USC allows reporters to talk to him for five minutes once a week. Meanwhile, tailback Reggie Bush is available every day and doesn’t mind the attention. “I’m fine dealing with it,” Bush said. “It comes with the territory when you’ve won two national championships.” Notre Dame Broadcasting Company: No network makes a game more unwatchable than NBC, which forced the USC game to last nearly four hours with an unbearable amount of commercials. Side effect: Almost lost in the shuffle was UCLA’s dramatic comeback victory over Washington State that Bruins fans will no doubt also remember for years and should also be replayed as an instant classic. It reminds us the last time UCLA and USC met as undefeated and untied teams was 1952. The Bruins and Trojans were 8-0 and ranked third and fourth in the country. USC won that game, 14-12. Heat is on: First-year Syracuse coach Greg Robinson is getting criticized for a 1-5 start, including an embarrassing 31-9 loss to Rutgers. Here’s some of the lowlights of that loss: Syracuse lost five of nine fumbles. Ten of Syracuse’s first 11 possessions were three plays or less. Syracuse was scoreless during the first half for the third straight game. It gained only 95 yards in the first half (and zero in the second quarter). Syracuse was 1-for-14 on third-down conversions (the only successful one came with 16 seconds remaining). “Everybody is kind of just, kind of taking their shot in the dark and maybe it’s this or maybe it’s that,” Robinson told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “But really, it’s a little bit of everything. We know that. Really what it is. People have to vent and get the thing out. That’s how I see it.” The college football column appears Thursdays in the Daily News. Staff writer Scott Wolf can be reached at email@example.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS Rank, Team, Last Week 1. USC (6-0) 1 Is everything a letdown after last week? 2. Texas (6-0) 2 Horns won first six for first time since 1983 3. Virginia Tech (6-0) 3 Big test tonight against Maryland. Not! 4. Georgia (6-0) 5 Dogs fear letdown after defeating Tennessee. 5. Louisiana State (4-1) 6 Tigers remember last year’s 10-9 loss to Auburn. 6. Miami (5-1) 7 Crisis! Coker fires assistant during season. 7. Alabama (6-0) 8 Ole Miss’s ineptness saves perfect season. 8. Florida State (5-1) 4 Apparently lose to Virginia every 10 years. 9. Tennessee (3-2) 10 A paltry 96th in nation in scoring offense. 10. Ohio State (4-2) 12 Ginn finally showing signs of offensive life. 11. UCLA (6-0) 14 Not even Matt Moore can spoil season. 12. Auburn (5-1) 13 Cushy schedule ends in Death Valley. 13. Notre Dame (4-2) 9 Charlie Weis awarded sainthood after loss. 14. Florida (5-2) 11 Meyer in tears less than 2 months into job. 15. Oregon (6-1) 19 Bellotti’s a good coach again. 16. Wisconsin (6-1) 21 Alvarez farewell tour hits Penn St. Nov. 5. 17. Texas Tech (6-0) 24 OK, time to get exposed by Texas. 18. Boston College (6-1 )25 Don’t fall behind Wake 17-0 if you want higher rank. 19. Penn State (6-1) 16 Paterno just became less insufferable. 20. West Virginia (6-1) NR Don’t forget collapse after 8-1 start last year. 21. Louisville (4-2) NR Hello, Meineke Car Care Bowl! 22. California (5-2) 16 Remember when the Bears were dangerous? 23. Michigan State (4-2) 18 One loss away from irrelevancy! Amazing! 24. TCU (6-1) NR Patterson only coach to go skydiving day before game. 25. Minnesota (5-2) NR Won Little Brown Jug, season’s over. BY THE NUMBERS 0-14 Baylor’s record against this week’s opponent, Oklahoma. 8-3 Mid-American Conference’s record in overtime games. 60 Seconds it took Miami (Ohio) to score 21 points against Akron. Oct. 18, 1924 Date legendary Red Grange rushed for four long touchdowns in the first 12 minutes against Michigan with runs of 95, 67, 56 and 64 yards. THE LIST Driven out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Tulane plays its first 10 games in 10 different cities. Here’s the Green Wave’s schedule: Date, Game, Location, Date Sept. 4 Tulane at Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss., Nov. 26 Sept. 17 Mississippi State at Tulane Shreveport Sept. 24 Tulane at SMU Dallas, as scheduled Oct. 1 Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane Baton Rouge Oct. 8 Houston at Tulane Lafayette Oct. 14 UT-El Paso at Tulane Ruston, La. Oct. 22 Tulane at UCF Orlando, Fla., as scheduled Oct. 29 Marshall at Tulane Mobile, Ala. Nov. 5 Tulane at Navy Annapolis, Md., as scheduled Nov. 12 Tulane at Rice Houston, as scheduled Nov. 19 Tulsa at Tulane Site TBA THE RUMOR MILL Colorado coach Gary Barnett will be fired regardless of the Buffaloes’ record. THEY SAID IT “That’s a dang coaching mistake. The kids are playing their tails off, and the coaches are screwing it up.” – Michigan State coach John L. Smith criticizing coaching staff on national TV after a field goal was blocked and returned for a touchdown. BEST BET No. 17 Tennessee at No. 5 Alabama, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 2 Tide seeks revenge against struggling Tennessee. “I’m sure they probably smell blood. We’re two games down in the SEC right now, and they’re really on top. They haven’t been on top in a while. I can see them seeing us down and really wanting to keep us down. I know how it is down there in Alabama,” Vols offensive tackle Arron Sears said. – Scott Wolf 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Legendary Irish coach Knute Rockne purposely reduced the open space around the field to prevent “sideline visitors.” Standing underneath the goal post in the fateful end zone where USC quarterback Matt Leinart scored the controversial winning touchdown, I was shoulder-to-shoulder with fans, ushers and photographers all squirming to watch the final seconds. Many around me stormed the field moments before Leinart’s touchdown, thinking Notre Dame won on the previous play. Adding to the setting, the mosaic Touchdown Jesus stared down at us from the Notre Dame library. There is a unique electricity standing on the sidelines at the end of a tense college football game, surrounded by stressed-out fans. The past two California-USC games produced it. So did the Arizona State-USC game a few weeks ago. But none of those moments compared to the final five minutes at Notre Dame Stadium last Saturday. For one thing, everything is just a little more special because of the intimate setting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The drama got to just about everyone. Ushers forgot their duties and debated with fans exactly what happened on Leinart’s fumble. They didn’t know for several seconds how to get celebrating fans off the field or whether they needed to. But it wasn’t their fault. NBC announcer Tom Hammond didn’t even know what happened, saying, “Notre Dame has won!” after Leinart was stopped short of the goal line. When Leinart fumbled, the crowd around me was less than 10 yards away from the play, but thought a Notre Dame player recovered the loose ball, the game was over and USC lost even as the referees tried to figure out what happened. That led to a storming of the field and one of the sternest public-address announcements ever to get off the field. I thought for a second about the 1972 Olympics and USA-USSR basketball game where the USA won, only to replay the finish two more times. I wondered if Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis considered pulling his team off the field.
Controversial “Brokeback Mountain” won the best picture award for 2005 from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Saturday, which also tapped Ang Lee, director of the gay cowboy drama, for the top pick in his category. Traditionally the first legitimate critics’ organization to vote its yearly film awards, the group weighed in with wide-ranging picks reflecting a year in which a number of interesting films – but few if any great ones – were released. The best actor pick went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of the famous writer in “Capote.” That film also registered in two other categories: Supporting actress for Catherine Keener – who also was recognized for her work in “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Interpreter”; and best screenplay, where San Futterman’s historical script for “Capote” tied with Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale “The Squid and The Whale.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Vera Farmiga won best actress for her portrayal of a not-exactly-recovering drug addict in “Down to the Bone,” a small, independent drama by even independent film standards. The pick was emblematic of a year when the association’s awards went overwhelmingly to nonstudio releases – and such highly-touted Academy Award-chasing pictures as “Munich,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Walk the Line” were dismissed. “Brokeback” was the only movie to flat-out win two awards and “Capote” was the only other multiple designee, with one win and two shared others. William Hurt earned supporting actor honors for his brief but memorably bizarre appearance in “A History of Violence.” The group’s animation award went to “Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man” took the documentary prize. The foreign film winner was German/Austrian director Michael Haneke’s French-language “Cache” (“Hidden”). Robert Elswit won the cinematography award for the black-and-white “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Production design went to William Chang Suk-Ping for the Hong Kong film “2046.” Music score was Joe Hisaishi for another Asian film, the Japanese anime spectacular “Howl’s Moving Castle.” LAFCA’s new generation award went to actor Terrence Howard, who broke through in a number of films this year including “Hustle & Flow” and “Crash.” The lifetime achievement award, announced earlier this year, went to classic Hollywood tough guy Richard Widmark. Peter Watkins’ lengthy “La Commune (Paris 1871)” was named experimental-film recipient. Special citations were also voted to the eight-disc DVD collection “Unseen Cinema” and to retiring Los Angeles Times film critic (and LAFCA member) Kevin Thomas for his contributions to film culture in Los Angeles. Runners-up included “A History of Violence” for best picture, and its director, David Cronenberg; “Brokeback’s” Heath Ledger and Judi Dench of “Mrs. Henderson Presents” in the lead acting categories; “Junebug’s” Amy Adams and “Good Night, and Good Luck’s” Frank Langella in supporting categories; “Good Night” for production design; “2046” for cinematography; and “Tony Takitani” for music score. “2046” was also foreign film runner-up, and “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” lost the vote for best documentary. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is made up of print, radio and online critics in the Southern California area. Thirty-two members attended Saturday’s voting meeting in Santa Monica, with three others voting by proxy. The LAFCA awards will be presented Jan. 17 at a dinner at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Century City. Bob Strauss, (818) 713-3670 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!