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first_imgSt. Joseph’s girls’ softball and boys’ baseball (for girls ages 5-18 and boys ages 5-12) will have final registrations Feb. 16 and 23, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the St. Joe’s School lobby, Keyport. Register early, as there are limited spots available. Call (732) 739-4503 for more information, or visit the league’s Web site at www.leaguelineup.com/sjgs. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be sponsoring its Ninth Annual Basketball Tournament from Feb. 22 to March 11. Entrance fee is $275, which entitles teams to a three-game minimum. Age groups are as follows: boys 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13; girls 9U, 11U and 13U. Birthday cutoff to determine eligibility is July 31, 2001. For more information, call (732) 264-3060 ext. 6. Applications can be obtained at www.hyal.org. The St. Catherine Athletic Association will be holding sign-ups for its spring recreational basketball league. The league will have a boys’ and girls’ division and will be open to children from third through eighth grades. The association will also be featuring its first girls’ high school recreational league. The sign-ups will be held Saturdays mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. at the St. Catherine gym on Shore Acres Drive (off Bray Avenue) in Middletown through Feb. 13. Any questions, call Steve at (732) 787-9589 or Jim at (732) 495 4758. Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League will be accepting registrations for its 2002 spring baseball/softball season on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and Feb. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Middletown Library (New Monmouth Road). Registrations will also be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth Clubhouse (McMahon Park) on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. The leagues are for ages 5-16. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. The Central Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association (NJFOA) is seeking candidates to become certified high school football officials in New Jersey. Candidates must be 18 years old, residents of New Jersey, and must be able to work Monday afternoons (subvarsity games) and Friday afternoons (freshman games), in addition to Friday nights and Saturday mornings (varsity games). Candidates also must be available to work as part of the chain crew on Saturday afternoons. Deadline is March 28. For more information, call (732) 251-0360. The Jersey Nightmare, a Central Jersey-based girls’ fastpitch softball organization, is looking to complete the roster of its 2002 12U (born 1989 or later) team. The program is looking for a pitcher and position player. Indoor winter practices and clinics are under way. For more information, call Jacko Ballo at (732) 446-5900 (day), or (732) 786-0638 (evenings). The Nightmare Web site is www.eteamz.com/jn.last_img read more

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first_imgSport Shorts The Fluke Masters Tournament, sponsored by the Community Fire Company, will be held on Aug. 9 at the Leonardo State Marina. There will be more than $12,000 in cash prizes, with the top prize going to the highest combined weight of five fish. First place is worth $5,625, followed by prizes of $3,375, $2,063 and $1,125 for second through fourth place (one prize per boat). If the 250-boat limit is not reached, winnings will be distributed as follows — 30 percent of the total entry fees for first prize, 18 percent for second, 11 percent for third, and 6 percent for fourth. Entrance fee is $75. In the event of a cancellation, the tournament will be held on Aug. 10. If it is canceled on Aug. 10, there will be a lottery drawing for the prizes. A mandatory captain’s meeting will be held at the Community Fire House on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and the tournament will run from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry commences at 6 a.m.; deposit entry slips with the committee boat at the outer red buoy of the marina. No fish will be weighed after 4 p.m. Any boat seen giving another boat fish will be disqualified. Any fish considered suspicious by the marine biologist will be disqualified from the tournament and the captain’s name will be given to the police for prosecution. For more information, call Jeff at (732) 291-0073 or John at (732) 787-6022. The Jersey Intensity 10U/12U/14U/16U/18U girls’ softball teams will hold tryouts for the 2003/2004 seasons on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 9. Please visit the Web site www.eteamz.com/jerseyintensity/ for the times and locations. The Intensity is a Junior Olympic softball program, which trains year-round. This is for the intense player. If interested, call (732) 577-0797 or e-mail bightr17@aol.comlast_img read more

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Lancers ready to compete for tournament crowns

first_imgComing off a season that included two heartbreaking tournament losses, the St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team is counting on veteran starters to carry it deep into postseason play.The Lancers were on the losing end of an overtime game against Manasquan High School in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. In the state tournament, St. John Vianney secured the NJSIAA Non-Public South A title, but it later fell to Immaculate Heart Academy in the group finals.Now, the team is determined to erase the memory of those defeats.The Lancers are equipped with a fair amount of experience this season, despite having no seniors on the varsity roster. Part of a talented junior class is DePaul University bound point guard Kelly Campbell, who was also in the starting five the last two seasons. Sophomore Kimi Evans saw minutes last season and is slated to start at center this season. Junior Gigi Caponegro is another returning player at forward.Junior Kellie Crouch is expected to start at guard, while the third and final guard spot could include a rotation of players. Head coach Dawn Karpell said sophomore Courtney Dobrzynski and juniors Tina Lebron and Vanessa Pinho are all capable of being in the lineup for tipoff.Noticeably missing from the starting five is Emily Uribe, a junior guard who will miss the entire season due to a knee injury.With the loss of Uribe, St. John Vianney can count three starters from last season’s 26-5 team who are absent this winter. Katie Beriont and Jackie Gallagher, two veteran leaders of that squad, graduated in the spring.But Karpell is confident that her team is well-prepared for the rigors of the season. “We have a lot of players who had plenty of time on the court last season,” said Karpell, who is coaching the Lancers for a ninth season. “With the amount of experience we have returning, we have the potential to have a great year up to SJV standards.”As in seasons past, St. John Vianney is challenging itself to face the best competition around, all in an effort to stay a step ahead in the Shore Conference and state tournaments.St. John Vianney will be tested right from the start. The new season will begin on Dec. 20 with a showcase hosted by Francis Lewis High School in Queens, N.Y. St. John Vianney is scheduled to face Roland Park Country School from Baltimore, Md.Following a matchup with Shore rival Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, the Lancers will return to the Mount St. Dominic Holiday Basketball Festival to play Montclair High School, Franklin High School and Immaculate Conception High School (Lodi). The tournament starts on Dec. 27, and all games are played at Caldwell University.“We want to be successful by March. That’s the ultimate goal,” Karpell said when asked about the challenging schedule.Thus far, the Lancers are shaping up to be a balanced team with strong guard and forward play that makes them tough to defend, Karpell explained. She added that St. John Vianney must polish its defense in order to meet the team’s tournament goals.“If we develop that skill and rebound, that will be important to our development this year,” Karpell said.St. John Vianney is looking at a deep bench, as well. Karpell said Zoe Pero, a junior forward, will be a strong contributor. Another junior, Megan Furch, is a newcomer at forward.Freshman guard Madison Doring and sophomore guards Julia Ramos, Riley Kehoe and Abby Anderko are also new names on this season’s roster. By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

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Arch-rivals ready for Nicosia derby showdown

first_imgLast week’s results in the Cyprus football championship reduced the gap between the top two to four points, while at the other end the same margin separates the three teams battling to avoid relegation.The Nicosia derby between leaders Apoel and fifth-placed Omonia takes centre stage this weekend with Apoel unbeaten against their bitter rivals in over four years.However Apoel are going through a poor run of form, clearly evident in their last couple of games where they were predictable and complacent, meaning their long run against the Greens could be under threat.Their coach Thomas Christiansen has come under fierce criticism from a large section of Apoel’s demanding fan base for his team selection and poor results, and any mishaps against their bitter rivals may signal a chain of unpleasant events for champions.Winger Aloneftis has added to Christiansen’s woes as he is highly doubtful for Sunday’s game after picking up an injury in last Wednesday’s cup game against AEL. With Yianniotas suspended, and Efraim still out injured, Apoel have been left with just one recognised wide players in Vander. Influential midfielder Vinicius will also miss the game as he is still at least a week away from full match fitness.Things are looking much brighter (for a change) for their rivals Omonia both on and off the field.The feud between management and the fans seems to have been overcome after the former caved in to the demands of the latter, something that will signal the return of Omonia fans to the ground. The 2,200 tickets allocated for the visitors have been snapped up in record time. On the playing side, their coach Akis Ioakim has a full squad to choose from as both Arnasson and Constantinides have been training with the rest of the squad for 10 days now while Margaca has served his one game ban.Elsewhere, second-placed Apollon travel to Larnaca to face Anorthosis. They are aware though that their hosts remain the only team they have been unable to defeat this season and more importantly it’s been two and a half years since they last won at the Antonis Papadopoulos.Apollon will be without their midfield strongman Sachetti and Semedo but the Limassol team has the squad depth to replace both effectively.Anorthosis will also be without two key players in goalkeeper Koprivec and defender Mitrovic with Papdopoulos standing in for the suspended keeper while either Economides or Calderon will take the place of Mitrovic.In Limassol AEL entertain AEK with both teams desperate for the three points.AEL want to hang onto fourth place while AEK do not want their remarkable win against Apoel last week to go to waste.AEL have begun to improve in recent games under new coach Bruno Baltazar and will be tough opponents for the Larnaca team who will be without the suspended Triscovski and possibly Laban, who injured himself in training during the week.Despite winning five of their last six games Doxa Katokopias are still four points from safety and against Ethnikos Achnas they will be playing out another final if they are to keep alive their hopes of first division football for next year.Karmiotissa and Aris are the two teams being chased by Doxa and both have tough games against Nea Salamina and Ermis Aradippou respectively.SaturdayChampionship group:Anorthosis v Apollon 7pmRelegation Group:Doxa v Ethnikos 4pmKarmiotissa v Nea Salamina 5pmSundayChampionship Group:Apoel v Omonia 4pmAEL v AEK 6pmRelegation Group:Ermis v Aris 5pmStandings:Championship Group:Apoel 68 pointsApollon 64AEK 62AEL 55Omonia 54Anorthosis 39Relegation Group:Ermis 38Nea Salamina 37Ethnikos Achnas 33Aris 30Karmiotissa 30Doxa 26last_img read more

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Ferrari’s Leclerc says F1 rivals are ‘sandbagging’

first_imgFerrari newcomer Charles Leclerc has played down talk of his Italian team being faster already than Formula One champions Mercedes and said he suspected rivals were hiding their true pace.Speaking after Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas told reporters on Thursday that Ferrari looked like they were a step ahead in pre-season testing, the Monegasque suggested appearances were deceptive.“The performance has no sense for now,” the 21-year-old said on the final day of the first test at the Circuit de Catalunya. “It remains testing and they are probably not pushing and we are not either.“We don’t how much the others are ‘sandbagging’,” he added, referring to the pretence of being weaker than is actually the case.Bottas, team mate to five-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, had said Ferrari looked “very strong” after they lapped fastest on the first two days.The sport’s oldest and most successful team have also covered an impressive amount of mileage in their new SF90 car while Mercedes have been working through their programme without setting any truly eye-catching times.“No matter which kind of fuel load or engine modes they are running, whatever you try to correct that for, in any case they are quick on short runs and long runs,” said Bottas.“I think we feel at this point they are maybe a bit ahead, but obviously it’s impossible to make detailed calculations. It is very early days. With the new rules its going to be a big development race.”Bottas said the cars would be very different by the time of the Melbourne race on March 17 and Mercedes had new parts coming before then.The Finn warned, however, that even with the upgrades Mercedes still needed to make the car better and quicker, with work to do on the balance.“It feels a little bit different (to last year), at least in these (winter) conditions,” he said. “It seems to be again, with the tyres, quite a narrow window to get them to work.“It seems like balance-wise a little bit on a knife-edge at the moment. But there’s nothing fundamentally wrong, we feel. I think there is definitely a lot of potential but it is not yet quite there.“In the team, (there is a) kind of … excitement to discover more about the car and really try to improve it because at this point it looks like we are not miles ahead of everyone. It seems like Ferrari are in a better place.”Mercedes have said they intend to focus more on speed and performance at next week’s second test after mainly concentrating on reliability until now.Hamilton also recognised Ferrari were quick when he spoke to reporters earlier in the week but said that was the case in testing last year and Mercedes prevailed in the end.Mercedes are chasing a record sixth successive title double this season.Ferrari last won a constructors’ championship in 2008, the year of Hamilton’s first drivers’ title with McLaren.last_img read more

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Ayo on loss to Ateneo: La Salle still ‘lack maturity’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may just be the preseason, but La Salle coach Aldin Ayo admitted that La Salle’s 80-78 loss to Ateneo on Sunday in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup left a stinging pain.“It’s like already the UAAP. These are the kinds of losses that really sting,” Ayo said.ADVERTISEMENT “We can’t get anything from our team. The rookies we had were capable of playing, but they seemed overwhelmed with the hype that comes with Ateneo-La Salle. They still have to adjust to how they are performing in our practices,” he said.Ayo said that regardless of who the Green Archers’ foe is, the team must come in motivated to get the victory as he tries to cultivate the same winning culture he has ingrained last year in Taft.“Every game, we’re motivated to play, so it’s not necessarily who’s the favored and who’s the underdog. When the light is on, we have to perform,” he said. “I told them, with the way we practiced the whole week, we deserved to win, but with the manner we lost, this is a good loss for us. For sure, we’re going to learn from this.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in With things getting heated at times, the intensity is comparable to like any other Ateneo-La Salle game before. Regardless of what’s at stake, both teams just won’t flinch as they refused to bow down to their fierce rivals.Still, Ayo noted that the Green Archers must lick their wounds and come out better after this heartbreaking loss, while also picking up valuable lessons going forward to the upcoming UAAP season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“We saw that we still lack a lot in terms of maturity, especially with the rookies. There were defensive situations that the rookies weren’t able to follow my instructions. In those three times, the ball went to the corner and Ateneo made those shots and made us pay,” he said.Not helping La Salle’s cause was its health issues as the team missed the services of Kib Montalbo, Prince Rivero, and Brent Paraiso for the game, forcing Ayo to extend the minutes of Ben Mbala and Aljun Melecio, who were the lone bright spots. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’center_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Penguins end Predators magical postseason runlast_img read more

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Govt, GPL to defend $4.6B contract to Chinese firm

first_imgThe Government and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated will have to show why their decision to award a $4.6 billion contract to a Chinese group for the rehabilitation of the power company’s low and medium voltage distribution network should not be quashed when the matter is called up in Chambers at the High Court today.This is following an application for an Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari by rejected bidder Fix-it Depot, filed by owner Paul James, who is contending that the contract awarded to China National Machinery Import and Export/China Sinogy Electric Engineering Co Ltd Consortium is “in flagrant breach” of the Procurement Act and the bid invitation did not meet the tender evaluation criteria.The court action was filed on January 31, 2017, and during a hearing on Monday, acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards granted an order directing the respondents, namely: Guyana Power and Light Inc; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; the Ministry and its Permanent Secretary, Balraj Balram, and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and its representatives, to show cause why a writ of Certiorari should not be issued quashing: firstly, the rejection of the applicant’s (Fix-it Depot’s) tender for the rehabilitation works and secondly, the award of the contract to the Chinese group.According to the court documents seen by this newspaper, the application is made on the grounds that the process of rejection of tender and award of the contract was in violation of the provisions of the Procurement Act 2003 and in violation of the terms of the Invitation for Bids.The Main Street, Georgetown establishment is further contending that the decision was “made and issued arbitrarily, unreasonably, irrationally, unlawfully, illegally, erroneously, in bad faith and in breach of the rules of natural justice,” and were “procedurally improper, unfair, and unreasonable without the requisite transparency by failing sufficiently to disclose contract award criteria and weightings in advance and by failing to properly apply those criteria which were disclosed; and (iv) are null and void and of no legal effect” .The court noted that the application would not be granted “unless cause can be shown why the said Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari should not be made absolute”.According to James in his Affidavit in Support, the essence of this dispute has to do with the legitimacy of the decision and the decision making process undertaken by the parties named in the court documents in rejecting the tender submission by Fix-it Depot to rehabilitate 328 kilometres of GPL’s medium and low voltage distribution network, despite the fact that the tender was the lowest by more than $1 billion and the fact that there was no legitimate reason to reject it. Fix-it Depot had formed a joint venture with Colombian civil engineer Enrique Lourido Caicedo, and bid for the contract at some $3.5 billion when the engineer’s estimate for the project was $3.8 billion.“The decision to award the contract to [the Chinese group] in no way benefits the public since the tendered sum is G$1,093,737,993 higher than the Applicant’s tender, that amount resulting in a waste of taxpayers’ funds, being approximately 25 per cent higher than the engineer’s estimate…,” the rejected businessman stated.Moreover, James outlined that not only did a plain reading of the tender evaluation criteria reveal that they were vague and without the requisite transparency, failing sufficiently to disclose the contract award criteria and weightings in advance, but GPL failed to properly apply the disclosed evaluation criteria and in so doing, improperly awarded the tender to the Chinese group, a company which did not satisfy the tender evaluation criteria.In this regard, James submitted that the decision to reject the applicant’s tender and subsequent award of the contract to the Chinese consortium must be quashed in its entirety, as that decision and award was unfair, irrational, ultra vires, and without lawful basis, and the tender and contract award process fundamentally unfair, illegal and flawed.The rehabilitation of 328km of GPL’s low and medium voltage network, including the procurement and installation of smart meters throughout the network, is part of the Power Utility Upgrade Programme, which is intended to enhance the company’s operational efficiency. It is being funded through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan.last_img read more

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Gossip: Liverpool want €150m for Coutinho, Man United target Spurs star and more

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Carlo Ancelotti could return to Chelsea – as a replacement for current boss Antonio Conte. The Blues apparently do not expect Conte to see out his contract until 2019, and are already planning for his departure. (The Sun)Meanwhile, in-demand Watford boss Marco Silva has told the club he will stay at Vicarage Road despite links to the Everton job. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool want €150million for Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho in January – €50m less than they asked for the 25-year-old Brazil midfielder in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)Arsenal will ask for at least £30m from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez in January. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are monitoring Tottenham left-back Danny Rose and will make a move for the England international if Luke Shaw fails to prove himself to manager Jose Mourinho. (Manchester Evening News)England Under-17 starlet Rhian Brewster is set to be offered a new contract at Liverpool when he turns 18 next year. The young striker has scored seven goals in the Under-17 World Cup in India, including hat-tricks in both the quarter and semi-finals. The Young Lions play Spain in the final on Saturday. (Daily Mail)Arsenal have held talks with Stuttgart’s Berkay Ozcan after scouting the 19-year-old. It is claimed the midfielder is not in a rush to move to London, but that he would like to join them in the future. (Daily Mirror)World Cup-winning Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is on the radar of Liverpool and Newcastle. The 36-year-old is currently unable to get a game at Porto and both Premier League clubs might look to take on the former Real Madrid star. (The Sun)Leicester City are considering a move for France international and former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa – currently rt Paris Saint-Germain – in the January transfer window. (RMC Sport)Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have all made enquiries about Barcelona’s 22-year-old forward Jose Arnaiz, who scored on his Barca debut in the Copa del Rey this week. (Mundo Deportivo)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has slammed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino for his remarks about the Carabao Cup and only targeting ‘real trophies’ this seasonNapoli have slapped a £45million price tag on Chelsea, Everton and Southampton target Kalidou KoulibalyInter Milan are confident of completing a January loan move for former Chelsea midfielder RamiresManchester United are tracking Benfica full-back Alex GrimaldoSevilla are preparing a January swoop for Brighton target Stevan JoveticManchester City sent scouts to watch Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in action for Lazio on WednesdayChelsea boss Antonio Conte has reportedly asked Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to move to Stamford BridgeTurkish giants Fenerbahce are preparing a January swoop for Manchester United target Arda Turanlast_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTHURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Eric Riddle at (661) 274-8252. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. FRIDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will attend the Celebrate Downtown Lancaster street fair, 7:15 p.m. at the main stage at Fern Avenue and Lancater Boulevard. Call (661) 267-2586. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club hosts cancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Dance lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $2. Call (661) 945-3734 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700.160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. at Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month, when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. last_img read more

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Brown: Title triumph would be sweetest Old Firm win

first_imgScott Brown believes clinching the title against Rangers on Sunday would be his “sweetest” Old Firm win.The Celtic captain has enjoyed many fine moments against the Ibrox side but said winning the league in front of a sell-out crowd at Parkhead would top the lot.Brown also played down his treble triumph at the club’s Player of the Year awards and praised the progress winger James Forrest has made this season.He also expressed his hope that Brendan Rodgers will not be tempted by the managerial vacancy at Arsenal. Looking ahead to Sunday’s match, Brown said: “It would be the sweetest Rangers-Celtic victory.“Especially with our fans there as well. “It would be the icing on the cake.”Celtic could have secured a seventh successive title on Saturday but lost 2-1 to Hibernian at Easter Road. Brown said: “Everyone wanted to do it but Lenny has got Hibs flying going for second spot. “It was a great result at the weekend for them and now they can push on.” Asked if Rangers should expect a backlash from Celtic after the defeat, the ex-Scotland international replied: “Yes.”Celtic are now ten games undefeated against their rivals and the most recent match ended in a convincing 4-0 win.Brown agreed Rodgers’ side have the psychological advantage going into Sunday’s match and he acknowledged the club’s fans will relish an Old Firm title triumph.He added: “They will love it.“It puts a smile on everyone’s faces again.“But we need to make sure we turn up and do our job.“We need to make sure we win as well.“We have had a couple of hard games against them at Celtic Park.“The pitch is looking good and the lads are looking forward to it.”The midfielder expects Rangers to go at Celtic from the start.Speaking at an event to launch the club’s new kit, he said: “I think they are going to have to come after us a bit more and set their own mark on the game“But we will do what we always do.“We will turn up and play out own game.“As I have said before we know that when we turn up we know we can beat any team in the country.“We have done it in the past and we will do it again.”Despite Celtic’s dominance Brown said Graeme Murty’s side will make it tough for their rivals.He added: “They are going to make it harder for us that they have in the past but we believe that when we turn up we can dominate the game.”Brown scooped three awards at the club’s Player of the Year awards on Sunday and said his consistency was down to remaining injury-free and only picking up one suspension.But he added: “For me, James Forrest has been outstanding this season and he has really kicked on and showed his potential this season.”The Celtic skipper hailed Rodgers’ contribution to the club over the last two seasons as “unbelievable”.But the prospect of an unprecedented double treble means the former Liverpool boss will inevitably be linked with other clubs, such as Arsenal.Brown said: “He has been fantastic for myself and everyone in that dressing room so we hope he stays.“He is loving his time here and he has got the seventh title to pick up as well.”last_img read more

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