Champions Man City host title pretenders Liverpool

first_imgBy Steve TongueLiverpool’s regrets about missing out on a first English league title for 24 years last season will be stronger than ever on Monday when they visit champions Manchester City, who pipped them by two points.The meeting of last term’s top two is the highlight of the weekend Premier League programme, in which Arsenal and Manchester United face tricky away games while Chelsea will expect to record a second straight win over a promoted side.Liverpool will make the short motorway trip east to Manchester knowing they should be arriving as title holders.With three matches to play last season, Brendan Rodgers’ side were nine points clear of City, who had two games in hand but had just lost 3-2 at Anfield.Liverpool then lost at home to Chelsea, and then frittered away a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace, allowing City to finish top by winning their four remaining games.The Manchester side were the more impressive of the two on the opening weekend of the new campaign, easing to a 2-0 win at Newcastle United with goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero.Liverpool, now without last season’s leading scorer Luis Suarez, were below their best at home to Southampton and needed a late goal from Daniel Sturridge to win 2-1.City’s neighbours Manchester United visit Sunderland on Sunday hoping to shrug off last weekend’s surprise 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City in their first league match under new manager Louis van Gaal.The experienced Dutchman will have spent the week trying to restore his players’ confidence, which he was said was “smashed” by the Swansea result.“We make steps and you have to learn from your steps,” he told the club’s in-house television station MUTV.LONG TRIPThe late kickoff (1630 GMT) on Saturday sees Arsenal travel to Everton, needing to recover physically from a long trip to Istanbul in the Champions League playoff round on Tuesday, when they were somewhat fortunate to draw 0-0 with Besiktas.Last April. Arsene Wenger’s team lost 3-0 at Everton, one of several emphatic away defeats which they need to improve on this season.Chelsea, comfortable 3-1 winners at Burnley on Monday, when Spain’s Diego Costa scored on his competitive debut, play last season’s Championship winners Leicester City, who were impressive in holding Everton 2-2 in their first Premier League match for 10 years.The other two matches in London are both derbies with special managerial interest.Harry Redknapp, sacked by Tottenham Hotspur two years ago despite leading them to fourth place, returns to White Hart Lane in charge of Queens Park Rangers, with former Spurs midfield hero and manager Glenn Hoddle now in his coaching team.Crystal Palace and West Ham United, both beaten by London rivals on the opening day, meet at Selhurst Park with the home club looking for a new boss.Last season Palace won both meetings on their way to finishing unexpectedly high in 11th place, having been widely tipped for relegation.But they have to regroup quickly after Tony Pulis, the architect of that achievement, left two days before the start of the new season, reportedly following a dispute about new transfer targets.last_img read more

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Hamilton wins dramatic Russian Grand Prix

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLewis Hamilton won a dramatic Russian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday to take a huge step towards his third world championship after Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg retired early on with throttle failure.The win was Hamilton’s ninth of the season, and the 42nd of his career, and the Briton’s untroubled afternoon was a stark contrast to his German team mate’s woes.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished runner-up at the Olympic Park circuit to overtake Rosberg as Hamilton’s closest rival, 66 points adrift of the Briton with four races and a maximum 100 points remaining.If results go Hamilton’s way, he can secure his second successive title in Austin, Texas, in two weeks’ time.Hamilton, who also won the inaugural Russian Grand Prix last year and has now surpassed the tally of victories racked up by the late triple champion Ayrton Senna, now has 302 points to Vettel’s 236 and Rosberg on 229.“It looked like we were going to have a race and I was thinking this is great and we were going to put on a good show,” said Hamilton, after collecting the winners’ trophy from Russian president Vladimir Putin.“Nico made a mistake at turn one and went wide. I overtook him and after that, or maybe even before, he started to have some problems. It is very unfortunate for the team.”“Those last five laps I was just taking it in. I don’t know how many times I’ll be in this position again,” added the champion.Mexican Sergio Perez finished third for Force India, in a race with two safety car interludes following crashes, after Finnish drivers Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen collided while battling for the final podium place.Raikkonen finished fifth for Ferrari, a result that kept Mercedes waiting for their second successive constructors’ championship.However, the Finn faced a stewards enquiry into the collision, with the possibility of a penalty for ramming the rear of Bottas’s Williams.OPENING LAPThe safety car was deployed after Perez’s team mate Nico Hulkenberg spun on the opening lap and was hit by the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson with Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso also caught up in the action.Rosberg had led from pole, holding off Hamilton through the opening corners, but was forced to retire in the pits on the seventh of 53 laps.“F1 is pretty incredible sometimes how tough it is,” the German told the BBC.“After a great start, leading the race and feeling confident. Straight after the safety car the pedal broke. It was quite dangerous. Definitely not a nice way to end the day.”Hamilton had already taken over the lead as Rosberg wrestled with the problem but his advantage was whittled away when Frenchman Romain Grosjean crashed heavily on lap 12 and brought out the safety car again.Perez had thought his podium hopes had gone when Bottas and Raikkonen, on fresher tyres, passed him in the closing laps but the collision put him right back for his first top three finish of the season.“One lap before the end it seemed like everything went away from us. I was very unhappy with myself but in the end I thought ”I gave it all”,” said the Mexican.“I did plenty of laps with my tyres and had massive degradation. On the last lap when it came it was just amazing.”Brazilian Felipe Massa finished fourth for Williams while Russian Daniil Kvyat was sixth for Red Bull, ahead of Sauber’s Brazilian Felipe Nasr and Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in a Lotus.In a boost for struggling McLaren, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finished ninth and 10th respectively.Spanish rookie Carlos Sainz, who was in hospital only a day earlier after crashing his Toro Rosso in practice, had been heading for his best result after running as high as sixth but retired eight laps from the end.Formula One driver and constructor standings Drivers Points 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 3022. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 2363. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 2294. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1235. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1116. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1097. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 768. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 739. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 5410. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 44 Constructors Points 1. Mercedes 5312. Ferrari 3593. Williams-Mercedes 2204. RedBull – Renault 1495. Force India – Mercedes 926. Lotus – Mercedes 667. Toro Rosso – Renault 458. Sauber – Ferrari 349. McLaren 1910. Marussia – Ferrari 0last_img read more

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Warriors rally from 15 down at halftime, hold off Blazers for 2-0 lead

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Stephen Curry scored 37 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit before holding off Portland on the final possession for a 114-111 win Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted his team stole this game with a sensational final few minutes and another, familiar third-quarter outburst.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCounterpart Terry Stotts of the Trail Blazers considered it a “lost opportunity” on the road.CJ McCollum missed a driving jumper with 32 seconds left and Green scored on the other end for the Warriors, giving Portland one final chance with 12.3 seconds to go. Andre Iguodala then blocked a 3-point attempt by Damian Lillard on the left wing. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Warriors already got past James Harden and Chris Paul in the last round — now it’s McCollum and Lillard standing in the way of a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.Portland showed it made adjustments from Game 1 and brought it on both ends from the opening tip after the Blazers had regularly left Curry wide open on the perimeter off the pick-and-roll and he scored 36 points while matching his postseason high with nine 3-pointers.“We’ve got to bring that same energy at home,” McCollum said, “understand that this is the first time in 19 years we’ve been in the conference final.”LILLARD AT HOMELillard isn’t ready to ponder this might have been his final game at Oracle Arena, just a short walk from where he grew up in Oakland. The Warriors are moving to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.The Blazers want to return to the Bay Area for a Game 5 next week.“I doubt this will be the last time. We plan on being back here,” Lillard said.DURANT UPDATEDurant will miss at least Games 3 and 4, scheduled to be re-examined by doctors in another week. That means he wouldn’t be expected to return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.Durant was re-evaluated Thursday and is not yet ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Defending a dynasty Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. 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They are the first brothers to ever face each other in a conference final. … The Blazers are 1-10 all-time against Golden State in the playoffs.Warriors: The Warriors are 31-4 in the postseason when Curry scores 30 or more points. … Golden State shot 3 of 13 from deep in the first half and 9 for 29 overall on 3s. … The Warriors are 15-4 in Game 2 of postseason series dating to the 2015 title run.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, center, strips the ball from Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard during the final seconds of Game 2 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4½ minutes to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk.“Our experience really paid off for us tonight having a bunch of guys who just won’t quit,” said Draymond Green, who was right smack in the middle of it all.ADVERTISEMENT “They stole it, but they earned it down the stretch,” McCollum said.Seth Curry, Steph’s little brother, scored 16 points and put Portland ahead on a 3-pointer with 1:03 left before Kevon Looney’s dunk on the other end put Golden State back on top at 112-111. Seth tried to “distract” his brother at the free throw line late, or so the story went from Steph, who called Seth a “pest” on defense.“This was like the coolest experience I think I’ve ever had playing against him. You talk about the stage, he was amazing tonight,” Stephen Curry said. “For my parents, I know we’ve talked about it the whole series, these last two games it’s probably nerve-wracking as heck for them. It worked out perfectly tonight. He played well and we won.”Stephen Curry shot 11 for 22 and made all 11 of his free throws — three with 2:01 left — to post his third straight 30-point performance while Splash Brother Klay Thompson needed a half to heat up, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the Warriors’ 39-point third period. It was reminiscent of those old third-quarter runs that have defined this group.McCollum scored 22 points for Portland and Lillard overcame a slow start to add 23 points and 10 assists as the Blazers looked far more in sync than in a 116-94 defeat two days earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Portland.“We did play a much better game at both ends of the floor tonight. We’ve got to take that into Game 3,” Stotts said. “It is a lost opportunity, no question. We had a chance to get one here on the road.”Green made a pretty bounce pass through the paint to a cutting Iguodala for a dunk with 3:06 left to make it 108-105, then Green assisted on a layup by Looney the next possession.“Draymond’s been special all playoffs,” Thompson said. “… When he goes, we go. He was tremendous tonight.”Green had 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots playing with foul trouble. His seven straight playoff games with at least 10 rebounds are a career high.“We’ve been here before,” Green said. “When you’re on a run like we’re currently in, you’ve seen everything. Down eight points with what, four minutes to go, or whatever it was, just got to keep going, because we know we can erase eight points.”The Warriors missed Kevin Durant for a third straight game because of a strained right calf and he isn’t likely to return at all this round.Curry scored Golden State’s first eight points of the third to get his team back within 69-58 then Thompson hit two straight 3s.The Blazers had built a 65-50 halftime lead, capitalizing on 10 Warriors turnovers for 18 points.Then two of the top backcourts in the Western Conference went at it in an entertaining final two quarters. The game was tied at 89 to start the fourth. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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FKF to ask CAF to withdraw Gor from CL

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 5 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has threatened to write to CAF to request for immediate withdrawal of champions Gor Mahia from the African Champion league. According to the Federation, Gor declined to respond to the Federation’s request to have them confirm their participation in the competition as is required by CAF.In a letter addressed to club chairman Ambrose Rachier, FKF said, “We regrettably note that our request to have confirmation of Gor Mahia’s participation in the CAF Champions League has not been done, which is a basic requirement by CAF.“The Federation has no option but to write to CAF and have Gor Mahia FC withdrawn from the Champions League and the sanctions arising therefore meted on your club.”The comes minutes after K’Ogalo posted on their official website that they will be taking part in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL)’s 16 team.Club deputy secretary general Anima Oketch confirmed the development shortly after an executive meeting held on Thursday.“As a club we respect the existence and support of the FKF but we wish to confirm that Gor supports and will be part of the KPL in the new season 2015.“The club executive has made a resolution to work with KPL in as far as matters premier league are concerned and we will be going out to defend our title,” Oketch announced.The club has also vowed to honour and participate in the continent’s top tier competition the Champions League with plans to host Madagascar side CNAPS in the preliminary round of first-leg next weekend underway.“We will duly honour our Champions League fixtures, both home and away. The team is already preparing for our first match and we will be ready to host the visitors when they arrive,” Oketch added.There has been a rift between KPL and FKF with the latter proposing the expansion of the league to 18 teams, a move that KPL opposed therefore looming formation of a parallel leagues.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Beautiful game gives kiss of life to ‘dust of life’

first_img“Of course there were challenges, but nothing compared to the children I met. One chat with an Indian youngster reduced me to tears.”Silva, who is now technical director at Greek side Panathinaikos, met the children at the 2014 Street Child World Cup in Brazil, an initiative that hopes to banish any stigma attached to children living on the streets.John Wroe, of Street Child United, is preparing for the charity’s third world cup, in Russia in 2018, and said homeless children gained feelings of self-worth through football.“We can through our world cup help break down barriers,” he said at the SoccerEx Global Convention in Manchester.Brazil’s Gilberto Silva in action for Arsenal in 2007 © AFP/File / Chris Young“It allows their voices to be heard on a level playing field. Instead of being referred to in Colombia as ‘the plague’ or in Vietnam as the ‘dust of life’, they become people when they play football.“Playing football, they can say, ‘I am somebody’.”Wroe, who says the UN estimate of 150 million children living on the streets globally would make them the ninth-largest country in the world, believes children need three basic rights.“They want protection from violence, which was shockingly reflected at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when 14-year-old Rodrigo Celton was murdered a fortnight before the final,” he said.“The right to have their births registered — if you don’t officially exist, how can you be protected? And access to education — some want to be nurses, lawyers etc., but how can they if they are barred from receiving an education?”Wroe said his world cup — in the same year as the real thing — gives street children a rare global platform.“The 2014 world cup had an audience of 200 million globally and it sparked really positive messages,” he said.“We had people like Prince William and Pope Francis sending us messages.”Wroe cited the example of Tanzanian youngster Sadaq as an instance of the Street Child World Cup “opening doors that would otherwise remain closed”.“He met with the minister of sport ahead of the 2014 world cup and he told Sadaq, ‘I’m giving you a national flag because you are representing our country, you achieved this’.“They went on to win the tournament (beating Burundi 3-1) and you know what? They returned home and were given an open-top bus ride and welcomed into the parliament, this in a country that rarely qualifies for the Africa Cup of Nations.”– ‘Boys with Kalashnikovs’ –The Brazilian Silva saw the charitable side of football when he was at Arsenal, which is renowned for its work in its community in north London and has engaged with Save the Children on several projects abroad — in a refugee camp in Iraq and an education project in Beijing.But he says the Street Child World Cup offers something different through football.“The world cup showed the power a simple ball can have. It can transform lives. I could see that with the kids. People paid them attention,” he said.Wroe cited one example of the dangerous challenges facing children — and how they are being slowly overcome.“One of the Brazilian girls who lifted the 2014 world cup, Drika, created a ‘Safe Space’ for a pitch in the midst of a favela,” he said.“The surrounding walls were littered with bullet holes. When some of the boys turned up to play they came armed with Kalashnikovs.“They were told, ‘No, you cannot bring those onto the pitch, leave them behind’. They played and you should have seen the stack of various guns piled up behind the goal!“But Drika, who has impressed many people with her project and was invited to Dallas by (Olympic great) Michael Johnson this year, is using football to protect her community.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nicaragua play Kenya in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil in 2014 © AFP/File / Yasuyoshi ChibaMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Brazilian World Cup winner Gilberto Silva knows what it is like to grow up without money, but admits he cried when he heard first hand the harrowing story of one homeless child.“I came from a poor background but at least I had my family around me,” said the 39-year-old, a former midfielder who won the World Cup in 2002 and was also a key member of the Arsenal side known as the “Invincibles” that went through a season unbeaten in the Premier League.last_img read more

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American Muslims gather to discuss image, tolerance

first_imgLONG BEACH – Nadja DiMartino, 13, takes a break from her homework every Monday night to watch her favorite new TV show, “Aliens in America.” As a young Muslim, DiMartino said she’s seen very few positive portrayals of Islam in film and television. But this show, which stars a young Pakistani Muslim, is different, she said. “It’s so funny,” DiMartino said. “You don’t have to be Muslim to like it. Anyone can identify with it.” DiMartino was one of several hundred Muslims gathered at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday for the seventh annual Muslim Public Affairs Council convention. The council is a nonprofit organization that works for the civil rights of American Muslims. “It’s so important right now because it creates a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America,” said Suhad Obeidi, director of operations for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Kalyan, a South African Hindu actor, said he hopes his character will teach people about tolerance. “Everyone at some point in their lives has felt like an outsider,” he said. Sana Saeed, a 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach student, was hesitant to see the show. “I heard that there was a show with a Muslim character and immediately thought it was going to be negative,” she said. “The media generally portrays Muslims in a negative light.” But Saeed was pleasantly surprised. “It’s a great show,” she said. Also a Pakistani Muslim, Saeed can identify with Raja’s character. She attended Long Beach’s Millikan High School and was the only Muslim student in the class, she said. After 9-11, Saeed wrote an editorial for her high school newspaper about being a young Muslim American. “Everyone was very supportive,” she said. Edina Lekovic, communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said this type of dialogue is important in today’s sociopolitical climate. Lekovic on Saturday spoke at a workshop about Islamophobia, which is the fear, distrust and prejudice of Islam and Muslims. Lekovic said Muslims have a responsibility to reach out to their community and fight Islamophobia. “We encourage all Muslims to become politically and civically involved,” she said.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMajor topics for this year’s event included Muslim portrayal in the media, countering Islamophobia, security and civil liberties, and building positive dialogue within the community. Youths were invited to participate in a panel discussion with “Aliens in America” star Adhir Kalyan, who plays a Pakistani exchange student. The comedy sitcom, which airs on the CW Network, centers around a Wisconsin family that agrees to host a foreign exchange student. When the student turns out to be Muslim, family members believe they’ve invited a potential terrorist into their home. But the 16-year-old student, Raja Musharaff, soon grows on the family with his sweet nature and develops a bond with their socially awkward teenage son. Many leaders say the sitcom is one of the few shows ever to portray a lead Muslim character in a positive light. last_img read more

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Mexicans on edge as presidency uncertain

first_imgMEXICO CITY – The stock market is dropping. Protesters are marching on the capital. Citizens are lighting candles in hopes of divine intervention. Two weeks after a still-undecided presidential election, the suspense is testing Mexico’s young democracy. The highly respected Federal Electoral Institute is charged with making sure that the tug of war doesn’t reverse democratic gains made since President Vicente Fox’s stunning victory six years ago ended 71 years of one-party rule. Mexican stocks have given up nearly all of the huge gains made after the July 2 vote, and the peso, which initially rallied on news of conservative Felipe Calderon’s apparent victory, has stalled amid confusion over who won. Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who refuses to concede, has given Mexico’s electoral court what he says is evidence of fraud. He calls Calderon a fascist, and is demanding a nationwide, vote-by-vote recount. Calderon’s ruling National Action Party has filed its own appeals using an army of about 1,000 lawyers, most of them volunteers. It alleges human error at 500 polling places, and has also filed responses to Lopez Obrador’s allegations. The court could uphold Calderon’s victory, rule that Lopez Obrador really won, or annul the election completely and order another. No decision is expected for weeks. The Federal Electoral Tribunal, which handles appeals and certifies the presidential race, has until Aug. 31 to rule, at which point the magistrates will add up the votes that survived challenges. The court’s decision is final, and a president-elect must be declared by Sept. 6. He will take office on Dec. 1.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Lopez Obrador will lead hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – in a Mexico City march to demand that electoral officials review all 42 million ballots cast, something those officials say they can’t do. Thousands of his supporters have converged on Mexico City in caravans after scattered nationwide protests. Some of his supporters have been adorning their windowsills with votive candles normally reserved for saints, praying that the former Mexico City mayor will reach the presidency. Calderon is building a transition team and planning a victory tour, even though his 244,000-vote advantage – just under 0.6 percent of the vote – isn’t official until the elections court weighs all appeals and issues a final decree. This week, the electoral court will hold public sessions to sift through claims by both sides of irregularities – including a television juice advertisement whose blue background matching the ruling party’s color allegedly sent subliminal messages in support of Calderon. On Friday, electoral officials were turning over to the court electoral materials. Lopez Obrador’s Democratic Revolution Party has handed over a nearly 900-page legal challenge claiming the election was tainted by fraud and that his rival’s attack ads – including spots that were eventually banned for comparing Lopez Obrador to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – were illegal. last_img read more

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New rabbi hails from South Africa

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesHoffman, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, graduated from UCLA in 1976. He then studied to become a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, at all three campuses in Los Angeles, Jerusalem and New York, where he completed his studies. Hoffman said becoming a rabbi wasn’t a hard choice to make. “It was pretty much a natural inclination,” he said. Hoffman was ordained in 1986, but didn’t move to South Africa until 1989, when then-National Party leader F.W. de Klerk began phasing out apartheid. Hoffman’s wife, who he met in Jerusalem, is from South Africa. As the nation slowly moved toward an apartheid-free state, Hoffman began serving at Temple Israel in Cape Town, which Hoffman said was attended by around 1,200 families. The rabbi said these followers are his fondest memory of his former residence. “What I’ll miss most about South Africa is the people,” he said. “Both my own community and all the other communities I was privileged enough to work with in Cape Town.” Hoffman recorded plenty of run-ins with famous South African political figures, including Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Desmond Tutu. “Shortly after I arrived in South Africa, Desmond Tutu was on television and he said, `World War II was fought to save the Jews,”‘ Hoffman said, moving his arms about with his words. “Me and another colleague in Cape Town thought that for such information about the Holocaust to be perpetuated was a mistake, so we wrote into the local newspaper.” The letter ignited a controversy in South Africa, with the press trumpeting the event as “Rabbis versus Tutu.” Hoffman said he never wanted his letter to be blown out of proportion. “We just wanted to correct Tutu,” he said. Hoffman and Tutu crossed paths again soon after. “In December 1989, Tutu visited the Israel Holocaust Memorial, and he came out saying the Jews should forgive the Germans,” he said. “I wrote an article in the major South African weekly newspaper, the Sunday Times, where I challenged Tutu, and said it was highly inappropriate for him to do that.” Tutu and Hoffman didn’t stand on opposite sides of the spectrum for long. “Since I was involved with many issues of justice, he realized I was an OK guy,” he said. Today, Hoffman said the two are good friends, and they have even eaten dinner together at Hoffman’s house. Hoffman decided to leave South Africa earlier this year for the benefit of his family. “I have two daughters who are singers and songwriters,” Hoffman said. “This is Southern California, and it’s just a better place for them.” He said he had to make the move for his family’s future, not because they wanted to leave South Africa. Hoffman said he took the position at Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar because it is very hard to find an opening for a rabbi anywhere in California. Plus, he enjoyed what he saw in the Antelope Valley. “My wife and I came here for an interview, and we really liked what we saw in the community,” he said. Congregation President Eli Colvin was impressed by Hoffman. “He is truly well-educated,” Colvin said. “He’s an activist, and a delightful person.” Colvin said the rabbi spot at Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar opened up after the last rabbi decided to move to a larger congregation in Glendale. The president of the temple said the new rabbi will give the people what they want. “The congregation is thirsting for knowledge,” Colvin said. “Hoffman is a capable leader and teacher.” Hoffman said he hopes to connect to individuals in his new congregation on a more personal level, something that was difficult to do at his larger congregation in Cape Town. “I want people to really care for each other,” he said. “That’s my major goal here.” The new rabbi also sees the Antelope Valley as an exciting new land for him to explore. “I like pioneering adventures. South Africa was a frontier,” he said. “I think this is also a frontier.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The message board outside Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar is filled with announcements for upcoming classes along with a directory of temple personnel. Under “Rabbi,” however, there is simply blank space. The congregation isn’t looking for a new rabbi; rather, their recently hired rabbi just arrived in the Antelope Valley this past week, after spending 16 years in South Africa. Rabbi David Hoffman comes to Lancaster’s Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar, 1611 E. Ave. J, after serving more than a decade as a rabbi at Temple Israel in Cape Town. So far, he is enjoying his new setting. “This is a very friendly, down-to-earth community,” Hoffman said from his office in the temple. “And the wind that blows off the mountain reminds me of Cape Town.” last_img

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Butler hints he’s willing to return

first_imgAfter a dreadful 7-17 start, the JetHawks are in a second-half pennant race. Second-place Lancaster (53-60, 21-22 second half) trails first-place Inland Empire (22-21) by just one game. Several prospects, including second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, have progressed under Butler’s tutelage. Others, such as since-promoted utilityman Mark Reynolds, have seen their prospective star rise this year. Hinch said he’s taken note of Butler’s growth as a manager, and his ability to relate to players. “We’ve enjoyed having him here and look forward to having him in the organization in the future as well,” Hinch said. The prospect of a Butler return to Lancaster is an attractive notion, JetHawks general manager Brad Seymour said. Butler became one of the most inspirational sports figures of the past decade, returning to baseball after surviving a bout with throat cancer. He is especially popular in Southern California baseball circles after two stints with the Dodgers in the 1990s. Butler has become a fan favorite in Lancaster, signing autographs after games, even after some of the team’s tough losses. “It’s more than just signing autographs,” Seymour said. “He’s just been very personable with our fans, and that speaks to his character.” PDC watch: Neither Seymour nor Hinch would comment publicly on specific aspects of PDC talks they had over the weekend, other than confirming that such discussions had taken place. The JetHawks are in the second year of a two-year deal with Arizona, and have been Diamondbacks affiliates since 2001. Hinch said Arizona hasn’t re-signed a PDC with any of its six minor league affiliates. He said the Diamondbacks are requesting unspecified minor changes. Major League teams and minor league affiliates are prohibited from talking to other clubs until Sept. 4, the last day of the regular season, when all unsigned minor league teams essentially become free agents. It is unusual for a PDC to be signed with an existing affiliate after the deadline, meaning that a contract with Arizona will probably be agreed to before then, if at all. “We had a very good conversation, and we’ll continue our discussions,” Seymour said. Streak snapped: The JetHawks’ 7-6 victory over the High Desert Mavericks on Tuesday was their first in nine games at Stater Bros. Stadium. The JetHawks bullpen combined for 6 1/3 shutout innings of three-hit ball. They scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth on Cesar Nicolas’ RBI grounder, scoring Bonifacio, who led the inning with a single. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – JetHawks manager Brett Butler said he’s not in the business of stating preferences. But he hinted that under the right circumstances, a return to Lancaster to manage the JetHawks again next season is a possibility. The JetHawks parent Arizona Diamondbacks have yet to sign a new Player Development Contract with their advanced Class-A California League affiliate in the Antelope Valley. But assuming the two parties reach a deal, Butler acknowledged that proximity to family – his daughters Abbi and Stephanie both live in the Los Angeles area – make Lancaster a nice fit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesButler said he discussed his future with the organization with Diamondbacks farm director A.J. Hinch, who was in the Antelope Valley over the weekend. Although no deal was reached, Butler said Hinch gave him a vote of confidence. Minor league managers and coaches typically work on one-year contracts that are negotiated after each season. Butler has publicly stated his ambition to manage a major league team, and said he’ll continue to pursue that endeavor. “They know what my preference is, but I’m an organizational guy, and I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” Butler said. “They’ll determine where they want me to be.” Butler has won points with the parent club, engineering an impressive turnaround. last_img read more

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Champions League Group A: How can Manchester United top their table?

first_img1 Manchester United players celebrate after scoring a goal We’re into the final round of Champions League stages and Manchester United are still not guaranteed top spot in Group A.Having won their first four games, it had looked like the Red Devils would seal the spot with ease but a last minute defeat to Basel in their last match means it’s not done just yet.They face CSKA Moscow, who can still qualify for the knockout stages, at Old Trafford, but what results are needed for Manchester United to top Group A?To finish top of their group, Manchester United must not lose by four goals or more to CSKA Moscow.Elsewhere, Benfica can’t finish anywhere other than fourth so if Basel better CSKA Moscow’s result against Manchester United they will take second spot.Can Manchester United hold onto top spot? Tell us below…last_img read more

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