McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate “There is no way McGregor can defeat Mayweather,” Aldo said. “Mayweather has done this his entire life, and it’s a different sport.”The way Aldo sees it, McGregor has obvious motivations for the spectacle that will occur Aug. 26 in Las Vegas — and those motivations don’t include boxing glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“After the Mayweather fight, he’ll get lots of millions of dollars,” Aldo said. “Probably he’ll never fight again.”Aldo was the most dominant champion in mixed martial arts until McGregor set his sights on the Brazilian star several years ago. McGregor embarrassed and infuriated the champ with his loquacious showmanship during the buildup to their December 2015 bout — and then McGregor stunned the UFC with a 13-second knockout of Aldo, flattening the feared 145-pound star with one punch. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ While McGregor’s win ended Aldo’s 10-year winning streak, nobody found it to be as utterly improbable as a potential victory over Mayweather (49-0), the most successful boxer of his generation. McGregor worked relentlessly to get under Aldo’s skin during the months before their fight, and Aldo recognizes the similarities in the mental game McGregor is playing against Mayweather.McGregor calls himself “Mystic Mac” due to his ability to predict the results of his fights. While he has been wrong before — such as in his submission loss to Nate Diaz last year — he has shown a remarkable ability to back up his boasts with results.McGregor vowed to stop Mayweather within four rounds during their uproarious promotional tour last month, but Aldo is among those who don’t think even McGregor believes it. Aldo saw the posturing and insult-trading as something else entirely.“It’s a joke,” Aldo said. “He’s just looking for the money.”Aldo spoke while in Los Angeles to support Brazilian boxer Esquiva Falcao, who fought on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko’s victory over Miguel Marriaga.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas McGregor never defended the featherweight belt that he took from Aldo, who reclaimed that 145-pound title last year with a win over Frankie Edgar. Aldo lost the belt again in June to Max Holloway, who stopped him in the third round in Brazil.Aldo said he doesn’t plan to move up to lightweight, but hopes to reclaim the featherweight belt from Holloway, who received praise from Aldo. The loss to McGregor stings much more.“(McGregor) can say whatever he wants, but he was a lucky guy,” Aldo said. “One punch and he finished it. No skills.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ WATCH: Cavs unveil fresh Nike jerseys for upcoming season LATEST STORIES Irish boxer Connor McGregor, background, touches US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on the head, during a press conference to promote their upcoming fight, at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, London, Friday July 14, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor became known as a fighter with a mystical ability to defy the odds because of his stunning upset victory over Jose Aldo, the former UFC featherweight champion.Aldo says there’s zero chance McGregor can beat the daunting odds he faces when he steps into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

M&CC unaware of court order

first_imgThe demolished Dread Shop structureDemolition of “Dread shop”In a press release by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Friday, it was indicated that the demolition of the 48-year-old business known as “Dread Shop” at the Stabroek Square, Georgetown, did not breach any court order.According to the release, the “Dread shop” was an unlawfully erected formation, as it fell within the district of the “council area” as stated under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01. It was stated that numerous reports were made to the M&CC, alleging the involvement of immoral activities being permitted at and around the entity.The M&CC’s statement highlighted that notice to vacate the premises was given to the “Dread Shop’s” owners by the council in ample time. It was then the proprietors began engaging the courts without informing Council. Thus the Mayor and City Council contended they were never restrained by any court order, since they were not involved in any proceedings pertaining to this matter.It was further highlighted that had the council been aware of an existing court order against the removal of the illegal structure; they would have abided by the judicial orders.Proprietor of the business Anthony Forde’s lawyer Nigel Hughes however, had accused City Hall of disobeying the court order. According to Hughes, the dispute over the “dread shop” is presently ongoing in the Court.“This has got to be the most outrageous act I’ve seen in a long time because [the matter is] actively going to mediation on the recommendation of the Court of Appeal and then they failed to turn up at the mediation and the Court of Appeal still has conduct of this matter and they believe they can disregard this act,” Hughes posited.The attorney explained that after he called the City Engineer on Thursday afternoon, Town Clerk Royston King then confirmed that demolition had indeed happened.“I believe that where people decide that they are not going to obey the law of the land and where they are not going to obey the outcomes of the court proceedings to deal with this particular piece of property then we are in a very dangerous state,” the attorney had posited.Hughes had further said: “There is a dispute right now between Mr Patterson’s Ministry and the City Council about who actually owns this square because it was donated by the Russell family [while] the Ministry [of Public Infrastructure] claims it is their territory and the city council claims it is their territory.”Meanwhile, also slated for demolition is the nearby “Island Snackette” which has been in operation for a similar time.Proprietor Abeola Fung told this newspaper that her family has invested “millions of dollars” to improve the standard of the business. They claimed that City Hall said their structure will also be torn down. Fung further related that some years ago City Hall had approved a plan for rehabilitation works to their structure.City Hall has been relocating vendors and stall owners in a move it said will see a transformation of the Stabroek Market Square. While some vendors have welcomed the change, others have protested the short-shrift initiatives of City Council, viewing them as “unfair” and “uncaring”.last_img read more

Rev. Walter Richards’ Funeral Saturday June 27

first_imgThe death is announced of the Rev. Dr. Walter D. Richards, former Deputy Minister of Education, former principal of Ricks Institute in Virginia, former president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and former Chairman of the Board of the Baptist Theological Seminary. This sad event occurred on Friday, May 29, 2015 in his sleep at his home in the Jallah Prall compound on Broad Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia. He was in his 84th year. Rev. Richards was also instrumental in the coming to Liberia of the Liberia Opportunities Industrial Corporation, which trained thousands of Liberians in many technical and vocational trades. He was also a founding member of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) and a member of the Inter-faith Council, later named the Inter Religious Council, which in 1990 intervened along with Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael K. Francis, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Canon Burgess Carr and others to help stop the Liberia civil war. Rev. Richards was also former pastor of Brewerville’s Salem Baptist Church and Clay Ashland’s First Baptist Church. He served both churches for extensive periods. A powerful Baptist preacher, his sermons often incurred the wrath of the Samuel Doe government. Indeed, when soldiers loyal to Doe entered the Richards family’s native Clay Ashland one afternoon in June, 1990, they went looking for Rev. Walter Richards, but mistook his brother, the eminent Liberian sculptor R. Vanjah Richards for Pastor Richards. The soldiers arrested R. Vanjah, beheaded him and threw his body into the Po River on the Bomi Hills highway.Family sources say Rev. Walter Richards was on his knees in a state of prayer when at between 12 and 1 o’clock p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, the household staff went to his room. By that time he had already answered his eternal summons.His wife Mrs. Ora Gibson Richards and their children are in the United States of America. They are due in Monrovia shortly for the funeral.Walter Dossen Richards was born on August 24, 1931. His father was the Rev. David Richards, long time pastor of First Baptist Church, Clay Ashland and former Senator of Montserrado County.Walter’s two brothers, R. Vanjah and the eminent Liberian architect Winston D. Richards, like Walter himself, were all born the same year, 1931.A graduate of the University of Liberia, Walter began his career in eduction as principal of the Student Union at the foot of Benson Street on Crown Hill, Monrovia. The school was run by the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU).He later became the private secretary to the Vice President of Liberia, Dr. William R. Tolbert. It was Dr. Tolbert who sent Walter to the United States for further studies. He obtained a Master’s degree in Divinity and Religious Education.He was twice married, first to a Brooks lady from Harper, Maryland County, to which union a son was born. Walter later wedded Ms. Ora Gibson Richard and to this union several children were born.His brothers R. Vahnjah Richards and Winston D. Richards predeceased him.He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Ora G. Richards, his children Audrey Catherine Richards, Julius Wilfred Richards Sr., Walter David Richards, William Fred Cooper, Ingrid Martha Richards, David Sherman, Walter D. Richards, Jr., Warren Dean Richards and Hadiya Richards; 15 grand children; his sisters Bendu Moore and Louise Richards; nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. The Home-Going Events are as follow:June 26, 2015 – 1-3 p.m. Prayer Service & Viewing at Providence Baptist Church, MonroviaJune 26, 2015 5 p.m. – Wake Keeping at Salem Baptist Church, Brewerville (All Tributes Will Be Done At The Wake Keeping Except For Immediate Family, Churches, Liberia Baptist Convention, LOIC and Official Tributes)June 27, 20159 a.m. – Viewing at First Baptist Church, Clay Ashland11 a.m. – Funeral Service & Burial at First Baptist Church, Clay AshlandRepast Immediately Following Internment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top-Rated Liberian Artists Missing in Action

first_img3Mighty BlowAbout five years ago, Mighty Blow was the hottest rapper on the block with singles like ‘WWP,’ ‘Old Fire Chunk,’ and ‘Strange Food.’ Shockingly, the one-time favorite rapper has been left in the cold and has not been able to get back his crown as that hit maker. This was the artist who during his heyday as a top artist would hardly be left out of a show promoter’s event. 5K-Zee BignameK-Zee Bigname is not an ordinary rapper. He is a rap legend who is among the few rappers to have scored numerous nationwide hit singles. But in the last two years, the ‘Kountry Chicken’ and ‘Da Who Say’ hit man has not yet been able to produce any major hits.This article will continue in another series…6Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) F.AOver the last decade, there has been many truly talent musicians who made some good impact with their songs. Before their quick fall from grace, these artists were booked for almost every show covering magazines and front pages of newspapers, granting interviews and receiving the superstar treatment from fans.But nowadays, these artists are hard to find on the charts or books like before, and have literally disappeared or lost prominence. For some of them, it’s been ‘ages’ since we saw them or heard of or from them. And for those who have tried to stage a comeback, they have not been able to succeed. Below is the list…1F.AWhen F. A dropped ‘Desire,’ the most popular single so far in his musical career, that was also popular outside Liberia’s borders, he was considered that long awaited star who was going to bring home that MTV Africa Music Award due to his unique voice and lyrical ability.Alas, he fell off the radar before he attained that super stardom status, even at the height of his reign due to the fact that he was unable to drop something hotter after ‘Desire.’ That slowed down his fame and popularity. Even his latest single – ‘Generation Change,’ did not make any impact on the airwaves, and died down in a week’s time. Picador4Picador With hot songs like ‘Chameleon,’ ‘Major Headlines,’ and ‘Dream Girl,’ Picador rocked the airwaves with these single, which pushed him into superstardom and fame. These massive hits brought him huge recognition, and awards. But almost after a decade now, the artist has gone silent and has not been able to come out with any new hit singles. 2Friday the Cell Phone ManFriday the Cell Phone Man became a household name in Liberia with songs like ‘Simple Mistake’, ‘Play Your Low’ and ‘Monrovia Young Geh.’ These bangers rocked the entire country and were almost like national anthems at the time. They earned him rave reviews and saw him perform at sold-out concerts nationwide.But in recent times, he has not been able to maintain his fame despite dropping some good songs like “Banana”- a situation which put him in a kind of perpetual darkness for now.last_img read more

Wanted bulletin issued for janitor

first_imgVictoria murderWanted: Clive Frederick WilsonDead: Shamaine FrankThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has issued a wanted bulletin for a 37-year-old man who is wanted in connection to the murder of his reputed wife, Shamaine Frank, which occurred last Sunday at Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara.Clive Frederick Wilson, whose last address is Lot 37 North Haslington, East Coast Demerara, and B Starlite, is wanted for stabbing the mother of his three children at her home before fleeing the scene.Frank, who is a 27-year-old janitor, shared a rocky relationship with the suspect. Reports are at about 03:00h on August 25, Wilson was seen entering the woman’s yard and was ordered by her brother to leave the premises, because of the abuse his sister had suffered at the hands of the suspect.This brother told investigators that shortly thereafter, he heard screams and went to his sister’s aid.He then discovered her with a stab wound to her left side breast, and upon inspection, he also discovered that three louvre panes had been removed from a window. It is believed that the suspect gained entry into the house by removing the louvre panes. After committing this act, the suspect reportedly departed through a back door, which was discovered open.“He never used to live here. He used to come and visit the children them. She used to live here and she end up moving and go by him. They had a problem so she decide to move and come back about four months back. I had to ban him from the yard. When I come home the night, I drop to sleep in the chair and I see somebody hovering over me and it was he. We had a little talk and I put him out the yard. Because it was dark, I didn’t get to see which direction he went. After that, I went inside and bolt the door and went to bed. About half-hour after, I hear she shouting for me,” the younger brother, Junior Frank, told this publication.It is suspected that the victim and Wilson were engaged in an argument when the victim was attacked and fatally stabbed. The injured woman was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Anyone with information that may result in the arrest of Wilson is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-6978, 225-8196, 226-2870, 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station.last_img read more

Kotalik added to Sabres’ injury list

first_imgKotalik’s name is added to a growing list of banged-up Sabres. Buffalo is now down sixregulars after Maxim Afinogenov, the team’s second-leading scorer, broke his left hand and Jiri Novotny twisted his left ankle in a 2-1 overtime win Thursday over Edmonton. Afinogenov is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks, while Novotny will be out indefinitely. Buffalo has already lost forward Paul Gaustad (torn tendon) for the season, and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (broken left hand) will be out for about a month. Center Tim Connolly has yet to play this year after sustaining a concussion in last season’s playoffs. Kotalik has 14 goals and 36points in 59 games this season after setting career highs in goals (25) and points (62) last year. To replace Kotalik, Buffalo recalled Michael Ryan from Rochester of the American Hockey League. Oilers place Pisani on IR: Edmonton placed forward Fernando Pisani on injured reserve while he recovers from a concussion. The Oilers recalled Tom Gilbert and Jean-Francois Jacques from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Pisani missed the first threegames of a seven-game trip after suffering a concussion in a win over Atlanta on Feb.11. He has 11 goals and 21points in 56games this season. Buffalo Sabres forward Ales Kotalik will miss the next 4-6weeks because of a right knee injury. Kotalik hurt the knee colliding with Boston defenseman Andrew Ference five minutes into the second period in Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday. center_img 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

La Salle waits out a one-point victory

first_imgJared McCray then iced the game by inbounding the ball to Tyson Lisboa, who held on for the win. “It’s important for guys like myself to step up with some big plays,” McCray said. “Everyone is expecting Troy (Baugh) or Scott Jones to score, but the other guys can help.” Baugh led his team with 16 points. “I thought we played a pretty good game defensively,” Goldstein. “Well, not counting the last two minutes.” Up next for La Salle (23-5) is a Friday date against No. 1 seed Twentynine Palms (26-2), a 53-45 winner over the Lancers on Jan. 20. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They just kept on hitting everything they were throwing up,” La Salle coach Steve Goldstein said. “It was an incredible stretch.” After the Lopez basket, the Lancers inbounded to Jones, who had the ball slapped out of his hands with three-tenths of a second on the clock. After officials cleared the court because of a premature celebration, the Lancers threw the ball out of bounds without anyone touching it. The turnover wasn’t capitalized by Valley Christian, however. The Crusaders’ lob attempt from Blake De Jong to Jeff Rochon ricochetted off the rim and out of bounds to give La Salle the game’s final possession. Valley Christian (23-5) rallied over the next 2:50 with four 3-pointers during a 13-2 run. The Crusaders’ Alex Lopez brought Valley Christian to within one point when he hit a 27-footer with 2.0 seconds left. center_img PASADENA- In what may have been the longest three-tenths of a second in school history, the La Salle High School boys basketball team waited out that fraction of time for about 10 minutes to defeat visiting Cerritos Valley Christian, 59-58, in Tuesday’s quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs. The Lancers led 57-45 after a Scott Jones’ six-footer with three minutes left and almost let the game slip away. last_img read more

Eriksen ‘could become a Tottenham great’, claims Vertonghen

first_img Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes team-mate Christian Eriksen can become one of the Premier League’s best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore.The 22-year-old Denmark international arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 among the flurry of transfer dealings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s record-breaking move to Real Madrid.Eriksen has so far proved the pick of the bunch and, after a slow start to this campaign, is beginning to show his potential once more, impressing in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Newcastle.With three goals in his last six matches, the midfielder pulled the strings again as Spurs triumphed 4-0, earning a semi-final clash with League One Sheffield United as well as the praise of former Ajax team-mate Vertonghen.“As a playmaker, I think he can be one of the best in the Premier League,” the defender said.“I’ve played with him since he was 16 or 17, so probably for six or seven years now. He’s improving every season.“In the end of his Ajax days, I think they were a bit critical because his stats weren’t as good as they should be, they said, but I think he shows now that he can score and get assists as well – and he’s a very hard worker.“He’s in first [for training] and he’s on the pitch until the last minute and I’m a big fan of his and I’m happy I convinced him to come here.“We had good contact when he was still at Ajax and we always kept in touch.“They [Tottenham] obviously asked me what I thought of him and I was very positive, and I think I did my job to convince him to come here.”Eriksen’s impressive performances for Spurs have seen him become a firm fan favourite at a club synonymous with style.Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne have wowed the fans in previous years, and Vertonghen believes Eriksen will soon be placed alongside modern greats such as Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.“He can reach their level, 100 per cent,” the Belgium international said.“I know Luka and Rafael better as they’re playing in my era, but I know the reputation of Hoddle and Gascoigne and I think Christian can be one of the better players Spurs have ever had.” 1last_img read more

Mike Sprague: Water problems ignored

first_imgA new Public Policy Institute of California poll found that 55 percent of Californians think the state is on the wrong track, he said. And he doesn’t know if Schwarzenegger will run for U.S. Senate in 2010. But even if he does run for U.S. Senate, it won’t be an easy victory, he said. “(Barbara) Boxer is no Phil Angelides,” he said of the incumbent, a Democrat who has been in office since 1997. Angelides lost to Schwarzenegger in 2006. “She’s a tough campaigner, and I think the Democrats would do all they could to try and protect her.” He also discussed the 2010 governor’s race. The Democrats have a number of potential candidates, including state Attorney General Jerry Brown, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villairagosa, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, former state Controller Steve Westly and the 2006 Democratic candidate Phil Angelides. “I would put my money on Brown,” he said. As for Republicans, he said, he doesn’t have a clue who will run. ASSEMBLY REPORT: Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk, will speak at the 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Mark Twain Democratic Club. It will be at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For information, call (562) 587-0487. FORUM: The Whittier chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold a candidates’ debate from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for Montebello city and school board candidates at the Quiet Cannon Country Club, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello. MORE DEBATES: Three forums for candidates for the Whittier Union High School District will be held, beginning Oct. 3. All three will be combined with either an elementary school district or Rio Hondo College school election. The one for East Whittier City will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Whittier City Council chambers at City Hall, 13230 Penn St., Whittier. The Rio Hondo College forum will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Santa Fe High School, 10400 S. Orr and Day Road, Santa Fe Springs. The third combination involving South Whittier will be held at 7p.m. Oct. 10 at Richard Graves Middle School, 13243 Los Nietos Road, Whittier. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The delta supplies 24 million people in Southern California,” he said. “If there were to be a major earthquake in the Bay Area and the levees were to break, the system would be shut down for months.” It would be an economic disaster, he said. “The economic fallout would be in the billions,” he said. Water was just one of the topics Rosengarten discussed; others included the state of the state to whether Schwarzenegger would run for U.S. Senate. The state of the state isn’t good at least as far as what Californians think, he said. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Water has been a long-ignored subject and Californians may soon pay for it, said Dick Rosengarten, co-publisher of California Political Week, a California political newsletter. Rosengarten said Friday that former Govs. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis ignored it during their time in office and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t do anything until after he was re-elected. “The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is in terrible shape,” he said at the monthly breakfast of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. last_img read more

Moving to Kansas City, senior Embree throws Hart for a loop

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The loss of Embree means Hart has no returning receiver who totaled more than eight receptions or scored a touchdown last year. Michael Vairo, who had eight catches for 81 yards, should play a key role, along with Brandon Arndt, a converted defensive back. “The biggest surprise (during spring workouts) has been Brandon Arndt,” Herrington said. “We didn’t expect him to move to the offensive side. We thought he was just a defensive player.” Hart has three spring practices remaining. The team scrimmages Valencia in a seven-on-seven passing matchup on June 7. In other Hart football news, offensive lineman Ricky Vittallo plans to play at UC Davis next season, and former standout running back Ted Iacenda has accepted an offer to work as an assistant at Alemany High of Mission Hills under new coach Dean Herrington, a former Hart quarterback and 11-year offensive coordinator. Both were veteran assistants at College of the Canyons, and the two have a strong friendship. “Ted is coming over. He’s a great football coach,” Herrington said. “He’s knowledgeable in a lot of positions. He’ll coach the wide receivers on offense and maybe the defensive linemen, too.” Taylor Embree, a starting receiver for Hart High’s football team who’s considered one of the Foothill League’s top returnees, is moving to Kansas City for his senior year – a major blow for defending Southern Section Div. II finalist Hart. Embree’s father, Jon, has accepted an NFL assistant job with the Kansas City Chiefs, following a 15-year career as a college assistant at UCLA (2003-2005) and Colorado (1993-2002). The plan was for Taylor and the rest of the family to remain in Santa Clarita through next spring, but that changed when a relative got sick. Now the whole family is moving. “We’re losing our top wide receiver. He looked real good, too,” Hart coach Mike Herrington said. “He’s being recruited, he’s a Division I type of player, plus he’s a great kid and a hard worker. It’s just an obstacle we’re going to have to overcome.” As a junior, Embree, a fast 6-foot-2, 170-pounder, caught 29 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Herrington, who has replaced Alemany head coach Ted Corcoran of Santa Clarita, has yet to make a final decision on which former Alemany assistants he’ll keep. Herrington said two of Corcoran’s assistants have left, and Alemany’s JV staff remains intact. Another former Hart player, Marc Zimmerman, has been offered an assistant job at Alemany. Zimmerman, who works as a Saugus assistant, hasn’t accepted. And finally, former Hart defensive back Robbie Moore, brother of ex-Hart standout quarterback Matt Moore (now at Oregon State,) has joined the team at Cal Lutheran after a year off from football. After hitting a grand slam home run against former Valencia High softball teammate Christina Ross a couple of weekends ago, UCLA’s Ashley Herrera faces another ex-teammate, Tennessee’s Kortney Bell, in the Women’s College World Series opener at 6 p.m. Thursday (PST) in Oklahoma City. The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2. Herrera, a natural right-hander, has been batting left-handed on nearly every at-bat this season – even against left-handers – but she switched to righty for the home run against Ross that sparked a 7-0 regional playoff victory over San Diego State. Herrera is batting .192 with four home runs in 146 at-bats. In his first year of high school baseball, senior Mason Feldman, younger brother of former Hart standout Ian Feldman, batted .321 to help Thacher of Ojai to the Southern Section Div. VII quarterfinals. Valencia volleyball coach Mark Knudsen has been about as close to perfect as you get, winning three titles (including a Div. II championship this year) and finishing once as a runnerup in his four-year career. Of course, Knudsen would love to go out on top, but for now the 39-year-old has no intention of leaving anytime soon. “I’m absolutely coming back. I love what I’m doing,” Knudsen said. “My only thoughts of walking away will be when it’s time to focus on my daughters.” For now, Knudsen’s daughters, Delaney, 10, Lindsey, 9, and Kelsey, 7, are focused on Valencia volleyball, just like Daddy. Delaney works the scoreboard, Lindsey videotapes the matches, and little Kelsey “helps out where she can.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or 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