These races figure to be heated and compelling, considering the league will be one of the best in Southern California. But something unique has happened to these four competitors, these adversaries battling for league supremacy. They actually like each other. “When we run, we all want to do our best, but at the same time, we root for each other,” Fairley said. “It would be great if all four of us could go to state and have the Bay League represent.” Curtis took it a step further. “I hope we can go 1-2-3-4 at state – that would be very cool,” Curtis said. It’s quite a quartet. Murphy is the two-time reigning Daily Breeze Cross Country Runner of the Year, though she is trying to come back from a shin injury that cut her track and field season short last year. Tabatabai, a star in her second season of running, helps form a lethal one-two punch with Murphy that has shot Mira Costa to the No. 1 ranking in CIF Southern Section Division II and No. 2 in the state Division II, according to dyestatcal.com. Fairley looks to regain the touch of her sophomore year, when she took sixth in the CIF Division I cross country state finals and sixth in the state 1,600 meters in track and field, and hopes to show she is completely healthy after an injury-plagued junior season. Curtis, after bursting onto the scene as a freshman last year, hopes to power resurgent Redondo as it challenges for the Bay League title and readies itself for a possible state finals run. “We’re all nice. We’re like the Care Bears,” said Murphy, who occasionally worked out with Curtis in the summer. “It’s fun because we’re racing our friends, but we also want to beat each other, and that’s the not-so-cool part. “At the same time, we just don’t want to see the other girls stumble. We’re all from the South Bay. Different schools maybe, but we all represent the area. We’re the best league and the most friendly.” No team has more firepower in the South Bay than Mira Costa, which won the Bay League title last year but hopes to take it a step further by advancing to state as a team for the first time. The expectations are there with Mira Costa’s preseason rank. “That was random, but exciting too,” Tabatabai said. “Our team is getting confidence. I want to do well for myself, but I want to help the team out more, especially since we’re definitely aiming for state.” In addition to Murphy and Tabatabai, the Mustangs also have sophomore Aleyna LaCroix, who took 19th at CIF Division II finals last season despite a late start due to Junior Lifeguards over the summer. LaCroix is poised for a big year. Senior Kelly Shambaugh also returns and appears healthy. Senior Carly Yarbrough, another returner, and junior Juliette Personius should be key contributors. “I think we’ve got a good team, but we’ve had good teams in the past and have fallen apart at the end,” Murphy said. “If one of the girls falls apart, we have other girls this year who can pick them up, but I don’t think we’re going to fall apart at all.” Mira Costa coach Renee Williams-Smith said Murphy likely will miss the first two meets of the season while still recovering from a shin injury suffered in track, but expects her to be back at the top of her game. “Even if Kevyn’s hurt, she’s still pretty darn good, and she’s close to healthy now,” Williams-Smith said. “This is going to be a special year.” Fairley missed the majority of the cross country season last year with a stress fracture in her back, but came back at the end and took fifth at the Bay League finals, qualifying for CIF. In track and field, despite an array of nagging injuries, Fairley won the Track is Back! 1,600, but finished fourth at league finals and missed CIF. Fairley seemed determined to regain her winning form, enduring strenuous pool workouts as she rehabbed from her injuries. “I’m not getting in a pool any time soon,” said Fairley, rolling her eyes. “I guess I’m more careful and cautious on the downhills and I’m watching my mileage closer. I don’t want to have to go through that again.” Fairley said her main objective is to rebuild her confidence so she can be at the top of her game. “For me, it was more mental,” Fairley said. “It was believing I could come back. There were so many setbacks last year, and it’s been about getting good workouts in to get back at that same level. I needed a fresh start.” Fairley hopes to lead the Peninsula program back to prominence. Sophomore Ella Yuen has big-time potential, and the Panthers have a solid core with seniors Kristin Kawashima, Elyse Willard, Kaeli Yuen and Renae Shibata and junior Julia Light. “We have a lot of seniors, and it will be a lot of fun because I’ve been running with them throughout my high school career,” Fairley said. Curtis clearly is the cornerstone of Redondo’s rebuilding plan, and the Sea Hawks continue to make strides under Coach Bob Leetch. Senior team captain Rachel Baker will be looked upon to provide veteran leadership. Senior Kara Sopp, sophomore Michelle Pittman and junior Chenoa Ladabouche are viable threats. Freshman Olivia Loveland might be the darkhorse of the South Bay this season. “We’ve been training extremely hard over the summer and have really ripped it up,” Curtis said. “We’re grouping very well as a team, and we all talk about how bad we want it.” Also in the Bay League … West Torrance: The Warriors will be solid up front with senior Elena Inouye and junior Allison Haugen, but Coach Kristin Green hopes to tighten the overall pack. Palos Verdes: Senior Melanie Solandt, last season’s 800-meter Bay League champion in track and field, will look to step up for top-10 league finisher Natalie Wingerning. Junior Erin Simmons and freshman Erica Capellino should be big factors for the Sea Kings. In the Marine League … San Pedro: The Pirates have won 10 straight Marine League titles and six of the last eight L.A. City Section titles. Though Courtney Stephens (El Camino College) graduated, Coach Bruce Thomson still has plenty of depth to run away with the league title and make a run at a City-record seventh City title. Junior Maggie Tortoledo is the top returner after running 19:40 last season. Senior Maddy Post, senior Akiko Thomas, junior Laura Traeger and sophomore Brooke Asa figure to be major contributors. Junior Aleene Webber is the younger sister of former San Pedro standout Cora Webber. Narbonne: The Gauchos will be solid with senior Charmaine Camu, the Gauchos’ top distance runner in track, and senior Angelica Placentia. In the Pioneer League … Torrance: Two-time reigning league champion Jessica Schell returns, giving the defending league champion Tartars a legitimate front-runner. Sophomore Shelby Sato, a transfer from North Torrance who was the Saxons’ No. 2 runner last season, bolsters the pack. Coach Israel Pose said junior Natasha Huey turned in a stellar summer. Freshmen Kelly Fruth and Amy Carr figure to make an immediate impact, and sophomores Jessica Ito and Rochelle Gonzalez have improved too. South Torrance: Junior Kelly Keenan was the league runner-up to Schell last season while sophomore Melissa Wenzel placed third. Natalie Bullock earned a seventh-place finish. North Torrance: Junior Danielle Quan will be the front-runner for the Saxons. Coach Mary Schena has three other returners – junior Stephanie Sakaguchi, sophomore Alyssa Nguyen and junior Lauren Hada. In the Prep League … Chadwick: The Dolphins were surprise CIF Division V winners last season, earning their fifth title in the last nine years. Junior Kelly Owen, an all-state runner the last two seasons, might blossom into one of the best runners in Chadwick history. She should challenge for the Southern Section and state titles, though she will have to surpass Woodcrest Christian’s Amber Collier at Southern Section finals and Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay at state finals. Coach George Ramos said freshman Abbey Bush might already be the Dolphins’ No. 2 runner on a deep team. Junior Elise Yoshida had a strong summer, and sophomore Sara Figel lowered her times in every race last year as a freshman. Three-year varsity runner Breck Winokur, a senior, hopes to show she is fully recovered from shin splints. firstname.lastname@example.org ——— GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER The starting line at the Bay League girls cross country meets will be abuzz, much like at a postseason race. The league boasts four star runners in Mira Costa juniors Kevyn Murphy and Shadeh Tabatabai, Peninsula senior Megan Fairley and Redondo sophomore Chloe Curtis.
But in it, he gave away the Warriors’ gameplan for the first … Here’s what we’ve learned so far about the Warriors halfway through thee 2019-2020 preseason:The Warriors are going to be a fancy version of the Rockets(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)Stephen Curry played 26 minutes in Thursday’s preseason game against the sad, dumpy, Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting, 6-of-9 from beyond the line.It was a really good performance from the two-time NBA MVP.
7 February 2013South Africa’s move to a so-called “twin peaks” model of regulation will boost the country’s resilience and further stabilize its financial system, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) says in its peer review of South Africa.The FSB was set up following the global financial crisis of 2008-09 to coordinate the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies at an international level.Based in Basel, Switzerland and hosted by the Bank for International Settlements, it aims to develop and promote effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies in the interest of global financial stability.In 2011, the South African National Treasury issued a policy document for financial reform that proposed the adoption of a “twin peaks” model of financial regulation.This regulatory structure involves separate prudential and market conduct regulators, aimed at creating a more resilient and stable financial system.“The FSB welcomes the planned reforms and agrees that a shift to a twin peaks model provides a good opportunity for South Africa to streamline responsibilities and elevate the importance of market conduct regulation,” the FSB said in its peer review on South Africa this week.Last week, the Financial Regulatory Reform Steering Committee, comprising the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank and Financial Services Board, published for public comment a summary of the proposals for implementing the twin peaks model.The Treasury said the twin peaks approach entailed creating a prudential regulator housed in the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), and transforming the Financial Services Board into a dedicated market conduct regulator.The objective of the prudential regulator will be to maintain and enhance the safety and soundness of regulated financial institutions.The FSB suggested that South Africa consider shifting legal authority for financial disclosure and regulation of public companies from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Financial Services Board, which would remain the lead regulator of the exchanges under the twin peaks structure.“There is scope for additional cooperation between the South African Reserve Bank and the Financial Services Board with the National Credit Regulator,” the FSB added.South Africa was the seventh country to be voluntarily peer reviewed by the FSB. The United Kingdom, United States, Indonesia and Germany will undergo a peer review in 2013.Source: SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
A medium intensity earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands on Wednesday morning. The quake, which had its epicentre in the Andaman islands, occurred at 6:09 a.m., the National Centre for Seismology said.The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is prone to earthquakes.
1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Azkals manager Dan Palami said the road to Qatar begins with a weeklong training camp in Bangkok starting March 18.Palami said there will be 42 players in the pool with the majority of them newcomers to the Azkals pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“The camp gives us an opportunity to really take a closer look at new players who can represent not just the senior team, but also the Under-22 team for the Southeast Asian Games,” said Palami. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japan ace tows Southwoods to first-round interclub lead Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Raring to continue its improvement, the Philippines will expand its talent pool as it prepares for the next cycle of World Cup qualifying beginning in September.After losing all three matches against higher-ranked opponents in their first AFC Asian Cup appearance in January in the United Arab Emirates, the Azkals are now setting their sights on making a strong push for qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT
Man Utd icon Schmeichel: Pogba not bigger than the clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Peter Schmeichel feels Paul Pogba needs to be brought into line.There’s been reports of Pogba celebrating the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho last week.Schmeichel stated, “It has been portrayed as if Pogba has won a war. It doesn’t work for me. It can’t happen to United. It is extremely important that the club handle this situation. Pogba, or anyone else, can’t get bigger than the club.”Schmeichel believes caretaker manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer has what it takes to handle the situation.”I think it’s the key, that Ole can tames the situation, get one like Pogba to play to the potential we all know he has in him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Government is committed to strengthening the capacity of regional labour inspectors to eliminate child labour. Story Highlights “The Government is very pleased to be hosting this workshop to strengthen the capacity of our regional labour inspectors as part of our international thrust to eliminate child labour,” the Minister said. She was speaking at the opening of a ‘Training of Trainers Workshop’ on Labour Inspection, with a focus on Child Labour, and Occupational Safety and Health, held on July 2 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Government is committed to strengthening the capacity of regional labour inspectors to eliminate child labour.She was speaking at the opening of a ‘Training of Trainers Workshop’ on Labour Inspection, with a focus on Child Labour, and Occupational Safety and Health, held on July 2 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.“The Government is very pleased to be hosting this workshop to strengthen the capacity of our regional labour inspectors as part of our international thrust to eliminate child labour,” the Minister said.“This regional initiative will promote integrated strategies at all levels to end hazardous child labour and address the specific safety and health issues faced by workers,” she added.Thirty-three trainers from the Ministries of Labour in Jamaica, Guyana and The Bahamas are participating in the workshop, which is slated to run from July 2 to 6. It forms part of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour regional initiative.For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Colette Roberts Risden, said the workshop will greatly enhance the capabilities of labour inspectors in identifying issues of occupational safety and child labour, “which, ultimately, will lead to a better and safer region for our children”.The workshop is being facilitated by Brazilian inspectors under the South-South Technical Cooperation Programme between Brazil and the ILO and hosted by the Ministry’s Child Labour Unit.Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Jamaica, His Excellency Carlos Alberto M. Den Hartog, who brought greetings at the ceremony, said the workshop will assist in building the capacity of labour inspectorates to deliver training programmes to address child labour in Jamaica and other participating countries.“It represents an important opportunity for countries to enhance the (resources) available in each country of the region to achieve a comprehensive and quicker result in eliminating child labour. It is a tool for the strengthening of the political efforts of governments to mobilise resources for eradicating child labour,” he noted.There are nine participating countries under the initiative. These are The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Haiti, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.The objectives of the workshop are to build national capacity in labour inspection, with the aim of improving the enforcement of national labour laws and contributing to the reduction and elimination of child labour in the country.
Ohio State 11-18230%22% ▲ 216% Florida State 10-2138100%<1% ▲ 21<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Washington St. 8-42044530%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%99% ▲ 3541% Notre Dame 10-26139—a<1% ▼ 21<1% We can think of the four playoff positions as belonging to the following teams: UCLA 8-42235210%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 11-1541462%60% ▲ 138% Mississippi St. 8-42125220%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma looked impressive. Clemson and Alabama held their ground at the top. Iowa and Michigan State are now on a collision course. Stanford and North Carolina remain in the hunt, but don’t control their own fate. Ohio State lurks in the background.So ends the final weekend of regular-season college football. Now the conference championships will decide which four teams make the playoff. There were 13 teams in contention for a playoff spot going into this past weekend; coming out, only eight of them realistically have a shot now.Here are our updated projections following the Thanksgiving weekend games. (These numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released.) Utah 9-32337280%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 10-2191060%<1% ▲ 21<1% Alabama 11-121274%79% ▲ 1525% Toledo 9-22432480%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 10-2961148%10% ▼ 6a2% Michigan 9-31021190%<1% ▼ 7a<1% Northwestern 10-21618560%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 9-21530440%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma St. 10-21119170%<1% ▼ 10<1% North Carolina 11-11491544%16% ▲ 6a2% Clemson 12-015756%74% ▲ 2113% Mississippi 9-3181150%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 10-212222326%<1% ▼ 12<1% Temple 10-225274947%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 12-04122638%39% ▲ 8a3% Baylor 9-271740%<1% ▼ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 24. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 25; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Oregon 9-3177250%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma. Oklahoma wrapped up its regular season by winning the Big 12 championship on Saturday night, after an 58-23 domination of Oklahoma State. The Sooners now must wait for the final committee rankings to be released on Dec. 6, but by our model’s estimation they are shoo-ins to make the playoff (99 percent).Iowa or Michigan State. The Big Ten title match between Iowa and Michigan State is a de facto play-in game: the winner is almost certainly getting in the playoff. Michigan State is a 64 percent favorite according to the Football Power Index (FPI), and if the one-loss Spartans do prevail, our model gives them a 96 percent shot at making the playoff. If instead the undefeated Hawkeyes win, they’re in the playoff in 98 percent of our simulations.Alabama or an open slot. Alabama won on Saturday and will face Florida for the SEC championship. The Tide’s playoff odds rose to 79 percent, while Florida’s fell to below 1 percent following an ugly loss to Florida State. That means even an upset of Alabama probably wouldn’t be enough to get the Gators in. Instead, a Florida win could open the door for Ohio State or Stanford (if Stanford wins the Pac-12 title game — only about a 50/50 proposition, according to FPI). Our model even thinks there’s an outside shot Alabama could get in despite a loss next weekend, although we doubt the committee will agree.Clemson, UNC or an open slot. Clemson’s an absolute lock if it beats UNC in the ACC championship. If it loses — and the matchup is competitive, according to FPI — what happens next is anyone’s guess. Should UNC beat the Tigers, those odds only rise to 37 percent, meaning there’s a chance the committee could opt for Ohio State or Stanford instead. It’s also theoretically possible the committee could choose Clemson ahead of UNC even if Clemson loses, deciding Clemson’s superior schedule outweighed its head-to-head loss.
Nearly a month removed from his withdrawal from the Players Championship, Tiger Woods and all the drama that surrounds him return to competition today at the Memorial Tournament.Maintaining the No. 1 spot atop the World Golf Rankings for the last five years, there is never a lack of public intrigue surrounding Tiger Woods.With his recent neck injury and issues with his personal life, however, the 14-time major champion has drawn even more headlines than usual in the last six months. It has been a rocky road for Woods dating back to his Nov. 27 car accident. From the admittance of his adulterous ways to his pending divorce, Tiger’s life off the course was a mess.Professionally, things started looking up for Woods following a strong showing at Augusta National in which he finished tied for fourth. Tiger’s moment of light was short lived. After missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship, Woods couldn’t even finish the following week at the Players Championship, withdrawing on the seventh hole during Sunday’s final round due to a sore neck. Resting and rehabbing his neck since the Players, Tiger is back at the Memorial trying to right the ship once again. “I think that life is moving forward … the last six months have been pretty tough, and I’m now starting to get into golf and starting to play golf again,” he said.Being the defending Memorial champion and having the most all-time wins of any player at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, this week seems as good as any for Tiger to get back at it.“I’ve always had good memories here,” Woods said. “It’s nice to come back to a golf course when obviously I haven’t played a whole lot this year, but it’s nice to come back to a venue where I have played well.”While Muirfield has treated him well, it remains to be seen whether Woods’ game is back to the form that golf fans are accustomed to, especially considering his recent break-up with longtime swing coach Hank Haney.“I’ve hit the ball much better,” Woods said. “It’s just like anything, though. It’s great to hit it at home, but I need to bring it out here.” For the time being, Tiger is using video to analyze his own swing and says as of now he has no plans for hiring a new coach.Even with the recent neck injury and mediocre play of late, Tiger’s competitors know not to count him out this week.“Anytime Tiger is in the field, you know you are going to have to be on top of your game to win,” said 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.For many, after playing just nine competitive rounds all season, simply making the cut would be a victory in and of itself, but for Tiger Woods nothing is out of the realm of possibilities. “I never like to assume what he can and can’t do because he proves us all wrong all the time,” said Aussie golfer Adam Scott. Woods will take to the course at 12:44 p.m. today to begin his first round of play alongside Steve Stricker and Jason Bohn.
The Ohio State Buckeyes stand together to sing “Carmen” after the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won 30-14. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter defeating Minnesota 30-14 on Saturday, Ohio State moved up one spot in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll to No. 2. Ohio State was also ranked as the No. 2 team in the nation in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes remain in the Top 4 along with No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame. Ohio State is one of six teams from the Big Ten in the latest poll, with No. 6 Michigan, No. 18 Penn State, No. 19 Iowa, No. 23 Wisconsin and No. 24 Michigan State. No. 2 Ohio State will face Purdue at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana. The AP Poll: Week 8AlabamaOhio StateClemsonNotre DameLSUMichiganTexasGeorgiaOklahomaUCFFloridaOregonWest VirginiaKentuckyWashingtonNC StateTexas A&MPenn StateIowaCincinnatiSouth FloridaMississippi StateWisconsinMichigan StateWashington State