AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersA Brown University-educated member in UCLA’s sociology department, Brown has already helped lead a virtual town hall meeting for team employees – her newly created role will extend her partnership with the Lakers. She’s written books and academic papers about Black migration within America, as well as the social dynamics of segregation.“She will play a key role in implementing educational programming on race and racism for our employees and helping us focus on racial equity in our day-to-day functions,” Lakers COO and President of business operations Tim Harris said in a statement, “as well as empowering the organization to identify ways to be more active participants in affecting real change.”The Lakers and the Clippers are using Friday to honor the Juneteenth holiday, which has gained recognition from sports teams (including the Dodgers and Angels) as well as several major companies including Target, Twitter and Nike. The holiday celebrates the liberation of slaves in Texas, who were among the last to know the Civil War had ended in 1865.The Lakers announced several additional recognitions of the Juneteenth holiday, including donating iPads to through four organizations they’ve had existing partnerships with: 4WRD Progress, Watts Skills Academy, Crete Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro L.A. The donations are meant to address technological inequities experienced by children in communities of color. Lakers employees have been asked to reflect on racial history and the current state of affairs, and the team is offering reading materials and a screening of the film “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”The Clippers have called for employees to sign a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. On the eve of Juneteenth, a largely unofficial holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America, the Lakers announced a new official who the team hopes will help address cultural issues within their own walls.The Lakers have tasked Karida Brown, an assistant tenure-track professor of African American Studies and Sociology at UCLA, as the organization’s director of racial equity and action. The team outlined the new position in a release, saying Brown will help “enrich their knowledge on today’s most urgent topics, as well as helping to identify ways the team can be more active and efficient in creating change.”Addressing social and racial issues is being examined across the country right now – particularly in the NBA which is largely composed of Black players. Many of them, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Dwight Howard and Kyle Kuzma, have been vocal about advocating for political and social reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Some players are calling on the league and teams to take more active steps in facilitating those reforms, with Bradley and Howard among those applying pressure ahead of the league’s restart planned for next month. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The first team to win four games takes the best of seven championships. In the women’s category JKL Lady Dolphins who lost on Wednesday to UCU Lady canons also made a strong statement to tie the series at 1-1. JKL won the game 60-56. The two teams face off on Sunday for game three at the Lugogo MTN Arena.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Oilers face UCU in game threeKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Defending Champions of the National Basketball League, City Oil stopped Uganda Christian University (UCU) Canons 79-72 on Friday night to tie the finals series 1-1.On Wednesday UCU beat the odds to stop City Oil despite Coach Nicholas Natuhereza and Centre David Kongor Deng’s ejection from the game.However in thrilling game played at the Lugogo MTN Arena, Oilers centre Landry Ndikuma dropped 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, while James Okello added 28 points and 11 rebounds to give City Oil a comfortable win. UCU led the first quarter 24-16 before Oilers led the second quarter 22-20. A slow play by the UCU side saw them trail with a big gap of 20-11 against the defending champions in the third quarter.Oilers continued their lead in the last quarter to win it 21-17. Titus Lual and David Kongor’s 15 points each could not save the Mukono based side from the loss. The win for Oilers now means the finals series is tied at 1-1 and the two teams are headed for game three on Sunday.
Submitted by Providence St. Peter HospitalAttending the U.S. Open is a once in a lifetime experience that could be yours through the auctioning of 5 pairs of VIP tickets.As U.S. Open officials put the finishing touches on Chambers Bay Golf Course, and WSDOT implements plans for an influx of more than 31,000 visitors per day, two local non-profits have learned they will be the beneficiaries of premiere tickets to the event.An anonymous donor has provided five pairs of tickets to South Puget Sound Community College Foundation and Providence St. Peter Foundation for auction online, and the non-profit organizations will split the proceeds equally. The tickets are a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the U.S. Open, and are valid for Friday, June 19. The tickets gain the purchasers access to a Gold Package Private Corporate Hospitality Tent in Cascade Village on the 7th Fairway, and each pair of tickets includes one VIP parking pass. The online auction launches Wednesday, May 27 and runs through 10:00 PM on Sunday, June 7.“These tickets are the most exclusive way to attend and enjoy the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay,” says Tanya Mote, Interim Executive Director for South Puget Sound Community College Foundation. “Each ticket includes access to a hospitality tent in Cascade Village, which includes meals, drinks, and big screen televisions to watch the tournament.”South Puget Sound Community College and Providence St. Peter Hospital have been partners for many years, primarily helping students receive an education in nursing and health care-related fields providing scholarships, and — after graduation — employment and career development.Peter Brennan, Providence St. Peter Foundation Executive Director says, “Like everyone in our area, we’re delighted for the U.S. Open to come to Chambers Bay, and we’re grateful to be a recipient of this incredibly generous donation.”As Ron Read, a former USGA staff member, has written that the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay “will be the most stunning sports venue ever televised.” But the five winning bidders of these pairs of tickets will have much more than just televised access. They will get to spend an exclusive day on the fairway, while benefiting the missions of two local non-profit organizations.Learn more and start the bidding at http://www.32auctions.com/ChambersBayTickets. Facebook30Tweet0Pin0
FAIR HAVEN – The annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair opened Friday night to large crowds and perfect weather.The fair, known for its seafood dinners, rides and fun, will continue at the 645 River Road firehouse through Saturday. Hours Monday though Thursday are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday the fair will be open from 6 to 11 p.m.The running of the fair requires the efforts of about 125 volunteers each night to operate the various attractions. The attraction requiring the most effort is the dining area. Located in a tent and the first aid squad boys, the area can hold about 150 diners per seating who can select from a variety of seafood and “landlubber” dinners, prepared and served by volunteers. During the day, volunteers work on getting things ready for evening. Among the daytime volunteers are borough kids who take on the responsibility of shucking corn in exchange for ride tickets.Last year, fairgoers consumed about 18,000 hot dogs and about the same number of hamburgers. Along with those offerings, ice cream is available and adults can go to the beer garden where for wine and beer are available. The annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, a longstanding borough tradition, is being held each night through Saturday. Scott Longfield
TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD IN ‘VERY GOOD’ WORK FOR EASTERN TRIPSuperstar filly Songbird, who reels off fractions with the rhythmical precision of a metronome, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday morning in 1:13.40, breezing, as the undefeated daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms prepares for an East Coast campaign expected to lead back to Santa Anita on Nov. 4 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“It was a very good work,” Hollendorfer said. “She galloped out nicely in 1:26 (for seven furlongs) and out a mile in (one) 39 point ninety.” Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was aboard.Songbird is scheduled to run in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 24 followed by the Alabama Aug. 20. While the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 24 has been mentioned as the finale on Songbird’s Eastern junket, Hollendorfer allowed as to how that was not written in stone.“We’ll see what happens after those (first) two races,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “But we could possibly do that. She will leave Santa Anita on the 19th (of July) and she will not work at Saratoga.” Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Tyler Baze19231403516%55%$1,559,532 Flavien Prat15038242325%57%$1,856,795 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER TOMORROWTomorrow, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 SLUGO RACING & PUYPE ‘TOUCHING RAINBOWS’ IN JULY From the National Hot Rod Association to the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, Steve Gasparrelli’s Slugo Racing is a good fit, as once again evidenced by Touching Rainbows’ impressive maiden $30,000 claiming win in last Saturday’s fifth race. Owned by Slugo, Esembee, Inc. or Strauss, the three-year-old Touching Rainbows is trained by Mike Puype and is a California-bred gelding by Aragorn who was making his third career start. Off at 5-2 in his first try around two turns, he won by 4 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat and paid $7.80.Steeped in the vagaries of nitro, burning rubber, leaking oil and the inherent life- threatening danger of racing Funny Cars, Gasparrelli’s late father, Lou, was a nationally prominent Funny Car owner and driver who won 11 division titles before succumbing to cancer in 2011, his victories including Funny Car scores in the prestigious Winternationals in 1986 and 1993.“My dad’s business was automotive, but he loved horse racing as well,” said Steve, who grew up in nearby Monrovia and himself drives the Gasparrelli family Funny Car on the NHRA circuit. “We’ve got about 16 horses now–yearlings, two-year-olds and horses of racing age, and Mike’s become a great friend. We enjoy this so much and it is such a thrill to come to the races when we have a horse running.“I love coming out here in the mornings to watch the horses train and just about everything about the racing experience. Like drag racing, there’s a lot competition, but there’s also a lot of comaraderie and that’s what makes it fun.”(And, whether it’s on turf, dirt or a quarter mile strip of asphalt, it doesn’t hurt to win every now and again, either). Doug O’Neill10112212112%53%$829,076 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Mark Glatt7113151118%55%$485,036 Chad Lindsay691171216%43%$248,830 John Sadler63971314%46%$742,733 Peter Eurton4586518%42%$488,880 Santiago Gonzalez18023243113%43%$1,124,768 Tiago Pereira10812161611%41%$535,187 SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST TOURBEHOLDER WORKS FOR HIRSCH AT DEL MARD’AMATO CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE BEJARANO ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER CROWNSLUGO RACING IS AT HOME ON ANY SURFACE Stewart Elliott959879%25%$394,355 Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947 Edwin Maldonado15026221517%42%$1,001,870 Martin Garcia781261315%40%$650,094 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 BEJARANO NEARS ANOTHER RIDING TITLELike Old Man River, Rafael Bejarano just keeps rolling along.A change in agents a year ago didn’t impair the success of the 34-year-old native of Peru, who is about to capture his 15th riding title at Santa Anita, his 27th in California and his 32nd overall.With two days left in the 40-day Spring Meet, Bejarano held a 43-38 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat. Bejarano is named on six horses Saturday and five on Sunday.Prat is named to ride in eight of the nine races Saturday and in six of nine on Sunday, so mathematically, the title is still up for grabs, although Prat would appear to have a steep hill to climb.As for Bejarano, he loves his job.“I like the competition and I like to be No. One,” he said. “Like every jockey, my dream is to one day win the Kentucky Derby, but that’s the most difficult thing to achieve, because you only get one chance a year, if you’re lucky.”Bejarano’s agent is Tora Yamaguchi, a former member of the racing department who has represented Bejarano for about a year, following the retirement of agent Joe Ferrer.“I’ve had his book since the end of the Santa Anita meet last year, July of 2015,” said the soft-spoken Yamaguchi, who maintains a relatively low profile for such a high profile gig.“It’s always tough to stay on top,” he said, “but it’s always nice to stay on top. That’s what we strive for.” D’AMATO ROLLS TO SECOND TRAINING CROWNPhil D’Amato has clinched his second straight Santa Anita training title, having won the Winter Meet crown with 41 victories. He now stands nine ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert at 25-16 with two racing days left in the 40-day Spring Meet.D’Amato also is the runaway leader this meet in purse earnings with $1,606,938, more than $600,000 in front of runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer. With 23 wins from 96 starters, D’Amato is winning at a 24 percent clip. Baffert, with 16 wins from 55 starters, leads in that category with 29 percent. D’Amato and Hollendorfer are tied for most stakes wins at four each.D’Amato won his first-ever title when he captured Santa Anita’s Winter Meet crown.“Everything’s been firing,” said D’Amato, who won two races Friday. “I’ve got great stock across the board, from younger horses to older horses, and most importantly, I’ve got owners who let me pick the spots to run them in and it’s working out great.”D’Amato has no horses entered at Santa Anita today and four on Sunday, including two in the seventh race. Baffert has one horse entered today and two on Sunday. (Current Through Friday, July 8) Peter Miller581014717%53%$479,865 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Rafael Bejarano18443413023%62%$2,421,245 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Jerry Hollendorfer751481419%48%$989,943 Richard Baltas6110121316%57%$466,765 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator worked a leisurely half mile this morning at Belmont Park in 51.63 under Kent Desormeaux in preparation for the Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 30 . . . California Chrome worked a mile in company Saturday in 1:39.60 at Los Alamitos as the 2014 Horse of the Year readies for the San Diego Handicap July 23 at Del Mar. California Chrome broke well behind workmate Mishegas but was two lengths in front at the wire . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo is back in California and expected to resume riding when Del Mar opens next Friday, July 15. The 37-year-old native of Puerto Rico renewed his California license yesterday. He will be represented by his 35-year-old brother, Nelson, who also handles Abel Lezcano . . . There will be mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five at Santa Anita on closing day Sunday. Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100 Bob Baffert551612629%62%$861,603 BEHOLDER IN ‘TYPICAL’ WORK THIS MORNINGThree-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked seven furlongs in company Saturday in 1:26.20 for trainer Richard Mandella with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard in preparation for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.Stablemate Volume was given a six furlong clocking of 1:14.40.“My company was supposed to go (five furlongs) in 1:01. I stayed four lengths off him, and Beholder did her thing through the lane,” Stevens said of the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, a champion at two, three and five whose ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“It was just a nice, steady work, nothing fancy,” Stevens said. “She ships Monday so Richard didn’t want anything too fancy. It was good, a typical Beholder work.”