Responders on a boat rescue a person stranded inside a flooded tunnel in Pilar dela Horadada, Spain on Sept., 2019. REUTERS ORIHUELA, Spain– At least five people have been killed and some 3,500 evacuated in two days oftorrential rains in southeastern Spain, with many roads, railways and anairport closed on Friday and emergency services rescuing people stuck inflooded highway tunnels. Floods swept away cars and debris in theregions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucia. Motorway tunnels in someareas were flooded almost up to the tunnel lighting, with some vehicles partlyor fully submerged. A man who had been missing since leavinghis home on foot earlier on Friday was found dead in the village of Redovan inValencia. Another was found in Granada province after his car was swept off amotorway and a third man in Almeria after trying to drive through a floodedtunnel, rescue services said. (Rueters)
LOS ANGELES — All that offseason shaking and baking was the recipe for a liberal mix of delicious new matchups around the NBA – including Friday’s in L.A., pitting Paul George and Russell Westbrook against each other for the first time since they were Oklahoma City Thunder teammates.“It’ll be fun,” George said Friday at shootaround.Via offseason trades, George, a Palmdale native, landed in Southern California with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, and Westbrook was teamed with fellow Angeleno James Harden in Houston, with the Rockets.Although the George-Westbrook partnership didn’t advance past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in the two seasons it lasted, it otherwise worked in a lot of ways – especially for George. “I knew it was going to work. Russ is a winner. Russ wants to win, Russ does whatever it takes to win,” George said. “My time playing with him, Russ don’t really have an ego. He puts his ego to the side. He allowed me to be myself, he allowed me to be comfortable. And I had one of the best (seasons) of my career while playing alongside him. Russ is a heckuva teammate.”He’s made Houston a heck of a lot more dangerous, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“He adds pace. I said that right away. when that trade happened,” Rivers said. “People were like, ‘This won’t fit.’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, Houston’s gonna have pace now.’ This is what the league’s coaches have always feared. They’re already a good offensive team, now add pace to that, that makes them tougher, and he’s done it.”George knows about that, too, he said, remembering having to alter even his off-the-court habits to keep up with Westbrook.“I had to change my diet, I had to change my conditioning,” George said. “Coming from the East to the West was a big adjustment, but then playing alongside Russ was an even bigger adjustment, just because he’s a blur. He gets up and down the court so fast and he creates action so fast that you got to be ready.”SHAMET UPDATE: SHOESRivers said he doesn’t know how long it will be before he can expect to reincorporate Landry Shamet, the Clippers’ second-year shooting guard – sidelined with an ankle sprain – back into the rotation.The Clippers have been bugging Shamet, Rivers said, just not about a return date.“We have this thing with Landry, and I think it’s irritating him, but we keep saying, ‘If you can put on a shoe, you can walk, if you can walk you can run, if you can run, you can sprint, if you can sprint you can play,’” Rivers said. “He’s wearing shoes now, so that’s better than what he was doing.“I talk to him every day, and I have yet to ask him, like, ‘When do you think you’re coming back?’ I just always think when a coach asks that question, a player thinks that’s pressure. So I literally never ask that question.“But,” Rivers confirmed, “he’s wearing shoes.” George finished third in league MVP voting last season, averaging career-highs of 28 points and 8.2 rebounds, and a career-high-tying 4.1 assists per game – despite shoulders that needed surgery once the season was over.So it was George’s own experience that told him that the Westbrook-Harden pairing would play out well for the Rockets, who entered Friday’s game 11-4.“They are one of the best teams in the West, so they are working well,” said George, who’s recently returned from the surgeries that repaired a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder and a partial tear of his left labrum, and who entered Friday’s game averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his first four games with the Clippers.“I don’t really watch too much of the Rockets, but I know their standing and what their record is, and the indication of that is they are playing well this year.”While Westbrook came into Friday averaging 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season, Harden was averaging a league-best 38.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh Courier The “green weenie,” “there’s a bug loose on the rug,” “a bloop and a blast,” “we had ’em all the way.” Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end. But wait, the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates are over .500 and you know what? If Pittsburgh gets decent starts (12 wins) from three starters and 10 wins from two marginal ones, well as far as I am concerned, they may do a little damage. Last weekend, they retrieved the broom from a cobweb- filled utility closet and swept the Cincinnati “Redlegs.” Now I am fully aware that there may not be chills of fear running up and down the spine of the Pirates’ opponents but with the speedy lineup that the Bucs are putting on the field, there may be a few goosebumps of negative energy felt by opposing pitchers and catchers when they are faced with attempting to hold the speed merchants of the Pirates close to first base or throwing them out as they head for second. At this moment the Buccos are in the mix. They are young and exciting and by the looks of things have an extremely bright future.However, one of the elements that will lessen the chances of the Pirates having a more than respectable 2010 season will be the pitching. There are not many teams that can play above “cellar” baseball with pitchers sporting E.R.A. numbers in excess of 24.00.Boys and girls, please feast your eyes on this Aubrey Bruce proverb. There was a poor old man. He had reached the ripe old age of 100. One day he went to the refrigerator and it was bare. Ditto for the cupboard and even in the attic where he had always stored food. When he informed his 30-something-year-old neighbor of his dilemma and the possibility of perishing from starvation, his neighbor replied in a matter of fact tone of voice, “heck Martin, you have lived a good righteous life for over a century, if you die now, in all probability you will go straight to heaven.” The old man replied, “That all sounds good but as of right now, heaven can wait because unless you are deaf and can’t hear the rumbling, my stomach cannot.” Are you guys getting it? The Pirates have loads and loads of prospects and projects but time is not at the bus stop waiting to catch a bus home.There is no wiggle room to wait for the development of any one player on the 2010 squad because for the Pirates to achieve respectability their baseball machine must be become synchronized and remain that way. All the pieces of the puzzle must be in place simultaneously in order for the “curse” of Barry Bonds to be broken. I have often wondered if ex-Pirate GM/VP Dave Littlefield is directly descended from the long lost “Indian” tribe affectionately known as the “giveaway” tribe, you know the tribe that possibly came from the Canarsies, one of the tribes that “sold” Manhattan to the Dutch for a few beads and trinkets. Now there was another Native American tribe, the Weckquaesgeeks, living on Manhattan island at the time of the alleged sale. They controlled a considerable part of the island. They loved Manhattan. They would not consider selling it. So the Dutch waited. A succession of inter-Indian wars, some instigated by the Dutch, and epidemics weakened the Weckquaesgeeks. Then they moved in for the kill armed with the most infamous set of beads in history.The rest of MLB waited until the Pirates became fiscally weakened with an even bleaker image and then initiated their “beads for Buc’s” sale. Get ’em, cheap and win big. The Pirates fattened the lambs not to slaughter for their own consumption but they provided big healthy stock for jaws of the “runaway wolves” franchises of baseball. But wait, we must give credit where it is due. Even if by chance the Pirates end up without a wild card spot or a tad below the 81-81 mark, I guarantee all those who mosey on over to PNC Park for the remainder of the 2010 season will see a squad that’s reckless, exciting, fearless and always, always ready to battle.Off to the RacesThere are fewer things held closer to our hearts than children who are saddled with life-altering and life-threatening diseases and disabilities. Take the case of 13-year-old James Keith Stefano. “Jimmy” Stefano has OL (Brittle Bone) disease. He is wheelchair-bound but refuses to allow that dampen his spirits. This weekend a fundraiser will be held to make his home wheelchair accessible by installing an elevator lift. He needs the help and support of all Pittsburghers. The event is “Night at the Races,” held April 24 at 7 p.m., at St. Mary of the Mount Church, 115 Bigham St., Sullivan Hall (off Grandview Avenue) Mt. Washington (doors open at 6 p.m.). Donations are $15 per person, $30 per couple. Purchase a $20 horse for free admission. Call Nancy at Saint Justin’s Parish at 412-381-9879 or 412-381-9878(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-.583-6741.)
Jason Richter fired a power play marker past Hawks netminder Tallon Kramer in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Nitros to the victory.Franco Colapaolo, added an insurance marker for Kimberley while Tyler Van Steinburg scored to give the host club a 1-0 first period lead.Allan Pruss scored the lone goal for the Hawks, ousted for the second time in as many years by the Dynamiters.Kimberley outshot the Hawks 35-30.In Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Finals 100 Mile House defeated Summerland Steam 3-1 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1.The KIJHL champ represents the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 7-10 in Victoria. The Kimberley Dynamiters are four wins away from defending the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title after disposing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in five games in the Kootenay Conference Playoff Series.The Nitros booked a ticket to the KIJHL Final after edging the Hawks 3-1 in Kootenay Conference Playoff action Monday night in Kimberley.Kimberley won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and now meets 100 Mile House Wranglers in the KIJHL Final beginning Friday in the Bavarian City.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers came ever so close to winning back-to-back BC High School Tier I Rugby Championship.The Bombers dropped a heartbreaking 17-13 decision to Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria in the Division Final Saturday in Abbotsford. The Bombers advanced to the final by stopping Seycove 22-17 in the semi-final.The Bombers, representing the Kootenay zone, opened the tournament with a 24-5 shellacking of DW Poppy of Langley.Michael Caldecott was named winner of the Commissioner’s XV award as top player on the Bombers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Silver Medal showing of LVR with Team of the Week honours.The Bombers include, Dyllen Dixon, Relmu Sanchez, Sebastien Bohdine, Ezra Harding, Michael Caldecott, Seamus Howard, Liam Smith, T.J. Winters, Raven Johnson, Rowan Megale, Eli Lusted, Joel Bokenfohr, Owen Pfeffer, Cian Sanchez, Evan Klenk and coach Michael Joyce.
Martin Pedroza17618262310%$772,804 Thomas Proctor5386315%$564,378 Kent Desormeaux20834372716%$2,074,810 Tyler Baze31741413513%$2,451,248 Peter Eurton8715131517%$878,756 Rafael Bejarano28869453724%$3,387,918 Martin Garcia14729201720%$2,719,810 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 SAHARA SKY RETURNS IN GRADE II KONA GOLDGOOD POST FOR MASOCHISTIC IN KONA GOLDTHEATRE STAR WORKING WELL FOR COMEBACKESPINOZA: AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘AMAZING’ HORSEMIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYWARREN‘S VENEDA PREPS FOR GRADE I VANITY Philip D’Amato8019121324%$920,270 Michael Pender5288615%$217,900 Mark Casse62106816%$802,986 Victor Espinoza18535352619%$2,437,156 John Sadler14022191816%$1,473,100 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas821714721%$740,135 SAHARA SKY SET TO CATCH THE SPEED IN KONA GOLDWith speed, speed and more speed on paper in Saturday’s Grade II Kona Gold Stakes, stretch-running Sahara Sky is primed to pick up the pieces in the 6 ½ furlong race for older horses that offers $200,000 in prize money.“He’s ready,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said of the 7-year-old Pleasant Tap horse owned by Hollendorfer and the Sweetwater Stable of former trainer Kim Lloyd.“He’s not a fast worker, but he has two 13s (six furlong drills in 1:13, handily from thegate on March 28 and six furlongs in 1:13.20 on March 22), and that’s a good work for him.”On Sunday, Sahara Sky worked six furlongs in 1:16.“There are six other speed horses in there, but you know what happens,” Ward cautioned. “You look at an overnight and it looks like there are four speed horses, and somebody will go 23 and 46 by himself, so you never know.“But the horse is doing very well.”Sahara Sky, winner of the Grade I Metropolitan Mile in 2013, has earnings of $1,145,578 with eight wins, four seconds and four thirds from 21 starts. The Kona Gold: Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 8-1; Caminetto, 8-1, Martin Garcia; Seeking the Sherif, Kayla Stra, 4-1; Sahara Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 3-1; Masochistic, Tyler Baze, 2-1; and Ankeny Hills, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1. THEATRE STAR SHORTENS UP IN LAS CIENEGAS STAKESTheatre Star is cutting back in distance after 10 career starts at a mile or longer when she runs in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. It will mark her first start in six months.The 5-year-old War Front mare trained by Tom Proctor for Glen Hill Farm has four wins, but seeks her first stakes score Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke, who has ridden the bay three times, has been aboard for her recent drills.“She’s working lights out and Tom knows where to put his horses,” said the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014. “If he thinks she belongs in that spot, I think she does. I hope for a nice, clean break and a nice trip to give her the best chance possible.”The field for the Las Cienegas: Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Home Journey, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Living the Life, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Salsita, Felipe Valdez, 50-1; Blingismything, Elvis Trujillo, 4-1; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Unforgettable U, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; and Heavens Stairway, Tyler Baze, 5-2.‘PHAROAH’ SPEAKS VOLUMES TO ESPINOZAAmerican Pharoah will try to trump stablemate Dortmund in their running battle of one-upmanship in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.Regular rider Victor Espinoza will be aboard the son of Pioneerof the Nile owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat.“He’s an amazing horse,” Espinoza said of the bay colt trained by Bob Baffert. “He’s improving all the time and every time I ride him I learn something new and different that shows me how amazing he is.“He has everything a horse needs to win the Kentucky Derby.”Espinoza should know. He won his first Run for the Roses in 2002 on War Emblem for Baffert, and captured the Derby last year on eventual Horse of the Year California Chrome. Mike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Peter Miller15729271918%$1,438,956 James Cassidy71981213%$396,690 Hector Palma3575220%$191,100 Edwin Maldonado12518121414%$614,204 Agapito Delgadillo5066512%$166,238 Flavien Prat15216182011%$930,344 Mark Glatt8314161217%$619,602 Steve Knapp4072318%$289,197 Felipe Valdez9213121614%$428,337 FINISH LINES: Streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda, prepping for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9, worked five furlongs at 6:30 Friday morning in 1:00.40 under exercise rider Manny Rotela for Craig Lewis. Asked if he was happy with the drill, Lewis said, “Everything about her makes me happy.” . . . Gusto Dolce, stablemate of 1-5 morning line choice Beholder in today’s Santa Lucia Stakes, was one of three scratches in the 1 1/16-mile race. “She hit her head in her stall and there was blood in her nose,” said trainer Richard Mandella, displaying a picture of the mishap on his iPhone . . . Joe Talamo is recovering in Palm Springs from a sore right shoulder suffered when his mount, Sensitively, fell after the finish of Sunday’s Santa Paula Stakes. Agent Scotty McClellan said the 25-year-old Louisiana native would resume riding next Thursday . . . Trainer David Hofmans passed on today’s Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland with Home Run Kitten and now will point to the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 19 . . . Safety Steward Luis Jauregui is well-satisfied with the innovation several months ago that announces the location of loose horses on the track during morning workouts. “It’s really important,” said Jauregui, a former jockey, “because when you’re on a horse, you hear the sirens (warning of a loose horse), but you don’t know where the horse is. By announcing it over the PA system, it gives the riders on the track a chance to look up and see where the incident happened. We started this at Santa Anita. I approached (President) Tom Ludt and he jumped right on board and said, ‘Let’s do it.’” Jauregui ended his career in style, going out on a winner at Hollywood Park in December of 2006 on a horse named Charming Dot trained by Roger Stein. “I’ll never forget that,” Jauregui said. “It paid $160 to win.” . . . On Sunday, April 19, Santa Anita celebrates Hispanic music and culture with a Latin music festival in the Infield. Enjoy Los Ramones and other top musical acts for concert admission of just $5. Parking is free through Gate 6 . . . John DeSantis of Xpressbet.com, and TV host/analyst Peter Lurie,will be Tom Quigley‘sguests Saturday and Sunday, respectively,11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . .Today’s Santa Lucia Stakes trophy will be presented by Anthony Barr. A 2013 Consensus All American at UCLA, Barr was the No. 9 pick in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he is currently a starting outside linebacker. Gary Stevens9817141817%$1,534,828 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Gonzalo Nicolas936546%$152,546 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 (Current Through Thursday, April 9) Richard Mandella6915101322%$944,646 Mario Gutierrez112101699%$554,602 Doug O’Neill18323162513%$1,113,242 Aaron Gryder8861187%$431,950 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo23126322311%$1,501,840 Jack Carava53710813%$222,870 MIKE LUZZI TO ACCEPT WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYMike Luzzi will accept Santa Anita’s 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony after the sixth race on Sunday.Sidelined because of a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident last Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is going through rehabilitation for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most coveted honors in racing, as it recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, is expected to be accompanied by his wife, Tania, and children Larue and Lane. Eddie Truman2373230%$325,690 MASOCHISTIC MAY RATE FOR ELLIS IN KONA GOLDThe only time Masochistic didn’t make the lead or wasn’t in front at any point in the race came in his first start, March 15, 2014, when he finished fifth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths.The 5-year-old California-bred son of Sought After won four of five subsequent starts, each time in front-running fashion, all under the aegis of trainer A. C. Avila.Purchased privately following his most recent start by Samantha Siegel and now trained by Ron Ellis, Masochistic is favored at 2-1 on the morning line to capture Saturday’s Kona Gold Stakes, although there are several other speed horses in the race.Asked if he had to be on the lead to win, Ellis said, “I hope not, because it’s kind of one dimensional. He drew a good post to be able to kind of adapt to whatever goes on. We’ll see how the break goes and see what Tyler (Baze) thinks.“I would hope he can rate a little bit. He’s been good since I’ve had him. He’s been working great.” Mike Puype10712151511%$525,346 Tiago Pereira1251791514%$503,732 MEET, GREET UNBEATEN DORTMUND AT TOC CLINIC TOMORROWAs a special bonus, all attendees at Saturday’s TOC Conformation Clinic will get an up-close look at undefeated Santa Anita Derby winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund at the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has graciously agreed to bring the towering colt out for viewing during the morning’s program.The Conformation Clinic starts 10 a.m. at Santa Anita’s Top o’ the Stretch. The workshop, which is intended to help participants develop an “eye” for a horse, will be co-hosted by trainers Dan Blacker, Matt Chew, Mike Machowsky and Howard Zucker.There is still time to register for the event by calling (626) 574-6620. Drayden Van Dyke21623262511%$1,466,663 Steven Miyadi4496620%$304,820 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 Ron Ellis63145922%$481,840 Brice Blanc6173511%$339,980 Santiago Gonzalez13317152013%$751,634 Jerry Hollendorfer16930222418%$3,292,688 Bob Baffert11026191424%$2,952,602 Fernando Perez2041824259%$867,618 -30-