“They’re good,” Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said Thursday after naming his team for Saturday’s season climax between two sides brimming with internationals.“We’re really impressed with their quality of play, their variation in their style of attack. They rank really highly in all the stats, defensively they’re second in the comp, they’ve got a lot of international experience. They’re on a roll.”But the Crusaders have homeground advantage and even more impressive statistics, being equal with the Jaguares on defence while leading the way for tries scored and clean breaks.Although the Jaguares have won their last seven games, coach Gonzalo Quesada downplayed talk of a history-making final victory and the relevance of statistics.“We are trying to keep the team a little bit away from that picture of what’s happening concerning that history thing,” he said.“It’s great, it’s amazing, but I think it can distract us from what we should have the focus on now — that is to keep on trying with lots of humility to improve our game.“Whenever we talk about the history of the points, or the statistics that are quite interesting … but we have to be careful because that can make us lose focus.”Quesada has strengthened his front row with Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro starting at prop while Marcos Kremer resumes his openside flanker role and Ramiro Moyano will start on the left wing.On the bench, he has also brought back the 36-year-old veteran Juan Manuel Leguizamon ahead of an expected titanic forward battle.For the Crusaders, 23-year-old Mitchell Dunshea replaces injured lock Scott Barrett while new All Black Braydon Ennor will partner Jack Goodhue in the centres with Ryan Crotty sidelined by a broken thumb.The two teams avoided each other in the regular season when the Crusaders finished top of the table with the Jaguares heading the South African conference.When the Jaguares despatched the ACT Brumbies in the semi-finals last week they dominated, except for in the scrum, which would not have gone unnoticed by the Crusaders.Similarly, the Jaguares would have taken note of Crusaders’ errors around the ruck and defensively in the midfield.“Mostly finals are won off great defence,” Robertson said, adding the Crusaders had concentrated this week on taking the emotion out of the occasion and focusing on performance.– Latin passion –But while he has quelled the Crusaders’ emotion, Robertson is in awe of how the Jaguares use their Latin passion for inspiration.“The passion and emotion they bring I think is a danger. If they come out and play with that energy, which is great and I enjoy that Latin expression that they bring, they’ll be emotional, they’ll be up for it, and they’ll be dangerous,” he said.The Crusaders’ key motivator is helping the recovery of a city that was stunned less than four months ago when a gunman opened fire in two mosques and killed 51 Muslims.“There’s been a lot of adversity for us as a team and as a city,” Robertson said.“One thing we’ve done, and I’m really proud of, is every time we’ve played we’ve showed how much we care about (the city) and care about each other.”Eight years ago the Crusaders were beaten finalists after being forced to play every game away after a destructive earthquake, which killed 185 people.Captain Sam Whitelock believes a title this year will be a significant boost for Christchurch.“I think it would,” he said, adding that the effort of the players would be evident in “the little things you can see as a player and hopefully the city and our whole region can see as well”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“They’re good,” Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said of the Jaguares, who were Thursday going through their paces training in Christchurch ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby final © AFP / Sanka VIDANAGAMAWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jul 4 – Helping to heal a devastated city has become a motivating factor for the Canterbury Crusaders as Super Rugby’s most successful side prepare for a showdown with the Jaguares, the season’s success story.The Christchurch-based Crusaders are bidding for a third successive title and their 10th overall while the Jaguares have reached the final in only their fourth year in the southern hemisphere competition.
Fellaini is understood to have his heart set on a move to London, but Arsenal are still mulling over whether to break their club transfer record for the midfielder.Everton maintain they will not sell the 25-year-old for less than his £23m buy-out clause, leaving the door open for either Chelsea or Manchester United to swoop in ahead of the Gunners, who are dragging their heels.New boss Roberto Martinez is bracing himself for a bid though, with the 25-year-old revealing to close friends that he would love a switch to the capital – where he would be less than two hours on the Eurostar away from his Brussels birthplace.Former Goodison boss David Moyes is also thought to be interested in taking the player with him to Manchester United, but sources close to Fellaini suggest that if Arsenal or Chelsea make a move, then he would encourage their interest.Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has made his admiration of the Belgian clear, and the Emirates club insist they have the funds in hand to make a major impact in the transfer market over the next three months.Wenger has insisted Arsenal are ready to finally spend big this summer, and Everton’s hardball stance over Fellaini will test this new philosophy.Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis said this week of Wenger: ‘He is not scared to spend money, but he has to believe he is a getting a top-class player.’– By Metro and Daily Mirror0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marouane Fellaini’s dream move to Arsenal has hit the rudders, with Arsene Wenger reportedly reluctant to trigger his £23million release clause.The Gunners have been strongly tipped to make a move for the Belgian international, but Goodison Park sources claim no inquiry has yet been lodged.
Mourinho says any player would find the Premier League tough after four years in Italy, but is tipping him to be a Ballon d’Or contender next year, if the voters judge the players on more than goals.“The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR. “You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.“He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year, but finished down in 14th despite a title-winning season with Juventus and helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Mourinho feels that the sheer volume of goals scored by this year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his only real rival, Lionel Messi, means the less glamorous work Pogba gets through in midfield is overlooked.“At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho said. “But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.“Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.“Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better.”-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba is the best midfielder in the world. PHOTO/AFP.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 28- Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba is already the “best midfielder in the world” but expects him to be even better next season.Pogba has been slowly improving after a slow start to the season following his world record £93.25m move from Juventus in the summer.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MNP and Shell Canada announced yesterday that they will be partnering with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society to provide free personal tax return preparation services to financially disadvantaged individuals in Fort St. John.Staff from MNP and Shell will be volunteering to provide tax preparation assistance for individuals and families who are unable to complete their own tax returns and who are on a low or fixed income. The tax clinic is open to individuals whose total individual or family income is not greater than $32,000, plus $2,000 per child. Exclusions also apply for those that are :Self-employed or have employment expensesHave a business or rental income/expensesHave capital gains/lossesHave other investment incomeHave filed for bankruptcy, orAre representing a deceased taxpayerTax returns are only being prepared for the 2016 income tax year, and not for previous years. The tax clinic will take place at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, at 10051 – 100th Avenue on Saturday, April 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement -To sign up for a spot, individuals can contact the Women’s Resource Centre 250.787.1121.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Just as the bottle of sherry was the sole survivor of its companion goldleaf bottles labeled Solera – Vintage 1844, Santiago & Gross, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain – so, too, Bill Scavo recently became the last of a circle of 26 friends who met for lunch over a period of 25 years at the Whittier Elks Lodge. And, one by one, they were gone. Ironically, it was Scavo who originally came into possession of the rare bottle of sherry and came up with a long-term plan for getting rid of it. He estimated that, through the years, he had probably purchased well over $1 million worth of spirits for his restaurants so he knew a little bit about their relative worth. “I used to go to the old Sunset Swap Meet,” said Scavo. “About 30 years ago at the swap meet, I saw an old couple drive up in a car. Among the things they unloaded was a case full of wine and other bottles. I asked the woman what she would want for them. She said she wanted $5 for the whole case. I offered her $2 and she took it. This bottle of sherry was in the case.” A red sherry, bottled 163 years ago in Spain, was recently uncorked in Whittier. On Nov. 1 the venerable sherry was poured into glasses and sipped by a small gathering of old men for lunch at the Whittier Elks Lodge. It was a solemn occasion, in a way, yet savored heartily with rich conversation and respectful laughter befitting the mission of such a fine bottle of sherry. The host of the event was longtime Whittier resident, World War II veteran and local Elk Bill Scavo, 89, retired owner-operator of several large banquet-style restaurants that bore his surname in Commerce, Downey and Long Beach. He said he couldn’t venture a guess as to its value but an auctioneer once said he believed it could fetch around $500. For the next five years, it existed languorously in the Scavo home to the distraction of Bill’s wife, Lola, who urged him to drink it or dispatch it in some other way. So, 25 years ago, he came up with the plan to invite his circle of friends into a “sole survivor” pact, with the ultimate survivor to be given the bottle of sherry to share with his new circle of friends. Here is the original circle of friends: Bill Scavo, Wally Cullis, Gus Carras, Jake Calkins, Joe Knott, Teery Kilman, Earl Moon, Vern Haims, Norm Schartoff, Bob Bradley, Leroy Ankenman, Elmer Lee, Russ Wessburg, Vaughn Smith, Bill Sevold, Malcolm Lincoln, Dick Riley, Leroy Ray, Johnny Fulco, Al Zito, Bill White, Ernie Vargas, Chuck Urbaur, Don Sperry, Warren Lynd and Jim Schaffer. Several weeks ago, when Whittier resident and Elks member Jim Schaffer died at the age of 89, Scavo became the sole living member of the old circle of friends and, thus, the rightful uncorker of the bottle of sherry. “What are the odds that it would be me, who originally donated the bottle of sherry, who would also be the sole survivor?” asked Scavo, rhetorically. “I’ve lived a charmed life, and I don’t know why. I survived two airplane crashes and one train wreck during (World War II).” He was an aerial photographer in the Pacific Theater. Scavo said he opened the bottle of sherry on Oct. 30 to make it ready to drink by straining out the residue from the bottom of the cork that he knew must have begun disintegrating over the years. Scavo will turn 90 in May. A little more than a year ago, Bill and his twin brother, Vic, had a big party at the Elks Lodge to mark their 88th birthday. Vic also still survives but is in a rest home now. Scavo called for a gathering of his new circle of friends for lunch at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 1. Besides Scavo, those who came and sat around a large round table were: Joe Salvador, a World War II Army vet and 52-year resident of Whittier; Roger Cossette, 79; Ernest Flament, 81, of Whittier; Paul Riccobon, 87, of La Habra Heights; David Lynd, 53, son of deceased member Warren Lynd; and Phil Wintner, 90, of Whittier. Wintner is one of Whittier’s living legends, well-known for his natty personal appearance and local historical activism. On this day, these men were part of Scavo’s new circle of about 10 friends who meet for lunch on a fairly regular basis at the Whittier Elks Lodge. Joe was selected to deliver a eulogy in the memory of Schaffer, and as a tribute to the old circle of friends he described Schaffer as “a religious man of honor who always held true to his word.” So, after waiting 163 years, the sherry was finally poured by Scavo around the table. Glasses were held high and then put to the lips of the new circle of friends who drank in fond memory of the bygone circle of old friends. Bill Bell is former editor of the Whittier Daily News. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A man was shot and killed following an argument in the Thai Town neighborhood of the city early this morning, police said. Jonah Michael Alexander, 24, of Los Angeles was shot at about 3 a.m. near Western Avenue and Carlton Way, police said. The shooter, who was arguing with Alexander, fled with two others in a light-color vehicle, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez said. The suspect was described as 5 feet 9 inches, about 180 pounds, African-American and in his mid 20s. Alexander was taken to an area hospital, where he died.
Harry Winks Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks could turn his back on England to play for Spain.According to the Daily Mirror, the 21-year-old has Spanish grandparents and could be eligible to play alongside the likes of Diego Costa and Andre Iniesta.Their report claims the Spanish FA have been investigating whether he is indeed eligible and whether he would interested in representing them.Winks has represented England at various youth levels, including the Under-21s, but can switch allegiances as he is yet to make an appearance for the senior side.He is rated highly by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season.Winks recently penned a new long-term contract with the club, but his future at international level now looks less certain. 1
WASHINGTON – The Navy has begun a criminal investigation after Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family members were found on a civilian Web site. The Navy said Friday that the information was in five documents and included people’s names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Navy spokesman Lt. Justin Cole would not identify the Web site or its owner, but said the information had been removed. He would not provide any details about how the information ended up on the site. Cole said there was no indication so far that the information was used illegally, but individuals involved were being contacted and encouraged to monitor their bank accounts and credit cards. Meanwhile, the General Accountability Office said it removed archival records from its Web site this week containing some personal identifying information of fewer than 1,000 government workers. The data included some individual names and Social Security numbers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The breach regarding the Navy comes amid a rash of government computer data thefts, including one at the Agriculture Department earlier this week in which a hacker may have obtained names, Social Security numbers and photos of 26,000 Washington-area employees and contractors. As many as 26.5 million veterans and current military troops may have been affected by the theft of a laptop computer containing their Social Security numbers and birth dates. The computer was taken from the home of a Veterans Affairs Department employee in early May, and officials waited nearly three weeks before notifying veterans May 22 of the theft. As many as a half-dozen federal agencies have been affected by computer data losses in recent months. 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsClassic Wine Benefit for the Senior Center Home-Delivered Meals and other programs that serve the homebound, 11 a.m. Saturday at Le Chene French Cuisine, 12625 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $60. Call (661) 259-9444. Night hike, 7-9 Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Adult Comedy Concert to benefit families and soldiers, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 6885, 16208 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Campfire program, 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Native American Heritage Pow-wow will feature story-telling through dance performed by 50 different American Indian Nations in their respective costumes, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24251 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free. Call Maryline Schultz at (661) 255-9295. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Berlin will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256 or fax her at (661) 257-5262.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Getty Images – Getty 3 Stoke came from behind to beat Wigan update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti PEP TALK Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta West Brom and Leeds both left it late as they moved clear of the pack at the top of the Championship.The Baggies were 2-1 winners over Sheffield Wednesday thanks to an 88th-minute penalty, while a last-minute own goal gave Leeds a 2-1 win at Luton. Jed Wallace’s impressive season continued as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 Millwall win at Swansea, while Ryan Yates was sent off as Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 at Bristol City.Marc Roberts earned Birmingham a point as they drew 1-1 at Huddersfield, for whom Fraizer Campbell had opened the scoring.Michael O’Neill’s first home game in charge of Stoke ended in a second win thanks to Mame Biram Diouf’s 90th-minute goal in a 2-1 victory over Wigan.Sam Morsy put Wigan ahead (39) but Danny Batth (55) equalised before Diouf’s late winner. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS In the day’s early game, Neil Harris’ first game in charge of Cardiff ended in a 2-2 draw at Charlton.Conor Gallagher and Jonathan Leko had the Addicks 2-0 up before the break, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Lee Tomlin turned things around after it.Bradley Dack scored a winner for Blackburn four minutes from time as Gerhard Struber’s first game in charge of Barnsley ended with a 3-2 defeat.Dack (24) and Stewart Downing (69) twice put Rovers ahead, but Conor Chaplin and Cauley Woodrow twice replied, before Dack’s late winner. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets on target Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 3 statement LATEST West Brom remain at the top of the Championship Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Huddersfield drew with Birmingham rookie error Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman latest With Preston losing at Derby, West Brom are top on 36 points and Leeds second on 34, with a three-point gap to North End in third.Charlie Austin’s penalty was the clincher for West Brom, with Hal Robson-Kanu and Steven Fletcher (penalty) having traded earlier strikes. Liam Palmer was sent off for Wednesday in time added on.At Kenilworth Road, Patrick Bamford’s goal for Leeds was cancelled out by James Collins, with James Pearson then putting through his own goal to win it for United, despite it looking as though Bamford was claiming it himself.Brentford’s rise up the table continues, Ollie Watkins scoring the only goal as they beat Reading 1-0, while Martyn Waghorn’s strike was enough for Derby to see off Preston. Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule appointed @WBA stalemate Getty Images – Getty Full results from Saturday’s Championship matches:Blackburn Rovers 3-2 BarnsleyBrentford 1-0 ReadingBristol City 0-0 Nottingham ForestDerby County 1-0 Preston North EndHuddersfield Town 1-1 Birmingham CityLuton Town 1-2 Leeds UnitedStoke City 2-1 Wigan AthleticSwansea City 0-1 MillwallWest Bromwich Albion 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayCharlton Athletic 2-2 Cardiff City