Lamar Names Janell Howland Head Women’s Golf Coach

first_imgAfter college, Howland won the 2001 Bermuda Match Play Championship. She also dominated women’s amateur golf in Idaho, winning both the Women’s Stroke Play and Match Play Championships in 2001 and 2002 before turning pro in October of 2002. She was a leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on the Duramed Tour from 2004-2010. During her time in Oxford, Howland helped the Rebels to three NCAA Regional appearances in four seasons. During her last season, Ole Miss sent an individual to the NCAA Regionals as Abby Newton finished 36th in Tallahassee. The Rebels had three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regionals during Howland’s first three years, heading to Daytona Beach in 2011 (14th place), Columbus in 2012 (13th place) and Auburn in 2013 (18th place). “We are very excited about the hiring of Janell,” remarked Director of Athletics Marco Born. “We had a very strong group of candidates for our women’s golf position, but Janell stood out as the top candidate. A former Lamar Cardinal standout, she is very excited about the opportunity to comeback and coach for her alma mater. Even after her graduation, Janell has continued to succeed on the golf course at professional level. We look forward to seeing where she will take this program moving forward.”Howland, a 2000 graduate from Lamar, returns after spending the previous six years as the head coach at UNC Greensboro. Prior to being named the head coach at UNCG, Howland spent four years as the Associate Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Mississippi. Besides coaching, Howland played eight years professionally. “I am so honored and grateful to Marco Born and the committee for giving me the opportunity to come back to my Alma Mater and coach,” remarked Janell Howland. “With the growth and change that has been going on at the University it is an exciting time to be a Cardinal. I look forward to getting back on campus with the team and embracing the opportunity to move the program forward. I want to say a special thank you to Kim Record, Tim George and all the athletes I coached at UNCG for the knowledge I gained over the last 5 years there and wish them continued success.” Howland started her collegiate career at Trine University (Tri-State University) and led the squad to the 1997 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship. She won individual medalist honors at the 1998 Manchester Championship and posted a runner-up finish at the Tri-State Championship. After two seasons at Trine, Howland transferred to Lamar University and continued to enjoy success on the links. She won the Sam Houston State Championship and the Springlake Championship in 1999. She earned her degree in business administration marketing in 2000 from Lamar.center_img Over the last two years under Howland’s leadership, UNCG had three student-athletes named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in Tara Bettle (2018), Keri Kenkel (2018) and Hailey Joy (2019). During the 2018-19 season, UNCG finished in the top 10 seven times including a program-best second-place finish in the team’s annual home fall tournament, the Starmount Fall Classic. Additionally, UNCG finished tied for fourth place at the Pinehurst Challenge along with another top-five finish in the SoCon Championship.   While at Ole Miss, Howland has handled a variety of aspects of the program and specializes in the short game area of women’s golf. She created a Big Break Rebel Style short game competition for her student-athletes and is a certified AimPoint Putting Green Reading Instructor. Additionally, she has served as the Tournament Director for the Rebel Intercollegiate Tournament. Prior to Ole Miss, Howland worked for a year as a volunteer assistant coach at UNC-Wilmington, helping Sofia Hagsund to an NCAA East Regional appearance. Story Courtesy of Lamar AthleticsBEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born has announce the hiring of LU alum Janell Howland as the next head women’s golf coach.last_img read more

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Spurs trolled over lack of trophies as they’re to feature in All Or Nothing

first_imgAre you *absolutely* certain this is a good idea.— Adam Nathan (@adamdnathan) October 18, 2019 TOTTENHAM have been brutally trolled over their lack of silverware after they were named as the latest team to feature in Amazon’s “All or Nothing” series.The hit TV series has already covered the likes of Manchester City, New Zealand’s All Blacks and a host of NFL teams.1 Spurs have been trolled after it was revealed they would feature in All Or NothingBut, in part thanks to their phenomenal new stadium, Spurs have been named as the latest team to be honoured with their own docuseries.Announcing the news, Tottenham said: “The multi-part series will offer viewers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access throughout our season.”[It will give] a unique insight into the day-to-day workings of the football club at our world-class training facilities at Hotspur Way and Lilywhite House offices.”They will also cover the club’s broader story at our state-of-the-art new stadium.”Away from the pitch, the docuseries will focus on the unique aspects of the club, including its extensive work and impact in helping to transform the local area and showcasing the workings of our world-class stadium.”But fans on social media have been quick to slam the idea, with one tweeting: “Are you *absolutely* certain this is a good idea.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAnother wrote: “LOOOOOOL any season to do it and you pick this one – INJECT ITTTTTTTTTT”.A third added: “We already know it finishes at nothing so what’s the point of watching?”One even joked: “Scenes when we get knocked out of every competition and it’s just an hour on us finishing 10th.”Taking to Reddit, one user said: “All Or Nothing. Nothing it is.”Another added: “Given current performances sounds like that will be a must-watch for everyone except Spurs fans.”Despite the fan reaction, Spurs’ head of business development, Aidan Mullally, said: “This is an exciting time to be a part of our football club and Amazon will be joining us on this journey during the current season.”From showcasing the emotions we experience in the lead up to and at every game, to the efforts we are making to drive real change in our home of Tottenham, to our key partnership with the NFL, we are excited to share our unique story.” MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearGeorgia Brown, director of European originals at Amazon Studios, added: “We are delighted to be embarking on this journey with Tottenham and delivering another extraordinary look at one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League.”All or Nothing has become a franchise defined by true quality and unprecedented access, and that will be no different with this series.”We can’t wait for Prime members worldwide to again experience the highs and lows of a world-class team in the greatest football league on earth.”We already know it finishes at nothing so what’s the point of watching?— Jad ~ 🇦🇺 🇱🇧 (@afcJad) October 18, 2019 LOOOOOOL any season to do it and you pick this one 😂😂😂INJECT ITTTTTTTTTT 💉 💉 💉— FutbolChelsea (@FutbolCheIsea) October 18, 2019 Spurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t wantlast_img read more

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Take control! – Spencer, Hylton accused of anti-doping offence; Dawes calls for vigilance; Athletes deny wrong doing

first_img LEGAL REPRESENTATION “Athletes and their associations should take charge,” Dawes told The Gleaner yesterday. “What has to happen, they are going to have to have each athlete who has potential of being selected, go through a seminar, and probably test them at the end of it to ensure they understand the seriousness of anti-doping.” “It is incomprehensible that you have senior athletes – who have been to international games – can be caught out like this. The athletes need to be taught about the requirements and obligations. The associations ultimately have to take the lead in this education process. It cannot be left only to JADCO,” he added. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday confirmed it had been informed of the violations but noted that no further comment would be forthcoming on the matter. OBLIGATIONS Sports medicine expert Dr Winston Dawes is calling on Jamaican athletes and sports associations to take charge of their anti-doping efforts, this after it was confirmed that World Championships medalists Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton had committed an anti-doping rules violation. Both athletes are denying the allegations with Spencer, who described the allegations as “baseless”, confirming to The Gleaner that she will be pursuing all legal channels to clear her name. As reported yesterday morning on www.jamaica-gleaner.com, the pair, who now face up to four years on the sidelines, allegedly violated article 2.3 of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s (JADCO) Anti-Doping Rules 2015, which speaks to an athlete “Evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection.” “Ms Spencer’s management and legal teams view this alleged violation as entirely baseless and intends to pursue all legal channels necessary to protect her good name and her reputation as a true Jamaican ambassador,” read a response sent to The Gleaner from Spencer’s management team. Spencer is a Commonwealth Games champion over the 400m hurdles and won silver as a member of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team at the 2009 World Championships. Meanwhile, Dawes, a well-respected figure in the field, believes that athletes need to take greater care in their efforts to ensure that they adhere to the anti-doping efforts and is urging sport associations to offer greater education and support for their representatives. Both athletes have been referred to the Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel for a hearing, with Spencer, a well-known name on the international circuit, said to have already secured legal representation. Hylton, was yesterday uncertain of his next move, but was surprised by the development, describing the situation as a “misunderstanding” and arguing that he did not in fact refuse to provide a urine sample to the anti-doping agents. Hylton, who was a member of Jamaica’s bronze medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, explained that on the day in question, he was watching a training session at the Stadium East field involving his Cameron Blazers teammates. He noted that he was unable to take part in training because of an ankle injury but that he was never approached by the JADCO officials or advised that a sample was needed. “This is a whole misunderstanding, and things have gotten out of hand wrongfully, it isn’t right,” Hylton told The Gleaner. “I heard that I refused to do a drug test which is totally incorrect.last_img read more

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Creamline favored vs PetroGazz

first_imgLATEST STORIES Joining Valdez are Jia Morado, Risa Sato, Melissa Gohing and Jema Galanza, who all saw action in the recent Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup in Thailand.The Cool Smashers underwent a training camp in Thailand ahead of the Asian Cup all in preparation for the Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThat makes the Angels heavy underdogs in their 6 p.m. showdown.Pocari Sweat eyes back-to-back wins when it takes on winless Iriga City in the other match at 2 p.m. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fiba Asia Champions Cup: Meralco loses 2nd straight, bows to Alvark Tokyo Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Warriors survived a scare from the Angels on Wednesday before scoring a five-set win at Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.Thai coach Tai Bundit, who stayed in Thailand to watch his players during the Asian Cup, will have a full arsenal going into the match with the likes of Michelle Gumabao, Pau Soriano, Danielle Cabaños, Rose Vargas, Rizza Mandapat, Kyla Atienza, Paula Maninang, Coleen Bravo and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano completing the roster.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fresh from their stints in the national team, Alyssa Valdez and three other players will power debuting Creamline against PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Guava tree showdown lands neighbours in court

first_imgWales Magistrate Rushell Liverpool has released 65-year-old Rosemary Bobb on a warning for her admitted unsavoury conduct over the unauthorised cutting of her overgrown guava tree at Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara.The showdown unfolded on April 9, 2018 when her neighbour, Kieth Scotland, trimmed Bobb’s tree after his complaints to the elderly woman went unheeded.During her appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s Court earlier this month, the pensioner claimed that before the heated verbal exchange, she did promise Scotland that she would eventually trim her guava tree, as it was hanging in his yard. The 65-year-old told the court that after he complained again, she told him that she could not cut the tree at that time, since it was bearing fruit.“I know the tree went in the yard, but I tell he that cutting a bearing tree is like cutting a pregnant woman,” she stressed.Having pleaded guilty to the abusive language offence, the woman also explained to Magistrate Liverpool that it was after her reluctance to trim the hanging sections in Scotland’s yard that she noticed him cutting her tree on April 9, which angered her.“I see he cutting me tree and I cursed him,” Bobb told the magistrate.After releasing the pensioner on the warning, Magistrate Liverpool told the Stanleytown resident that she should report such matters to Police, as against taking her own action.last_img read more

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“Rock Bottom”

first_imgBut, what Adam Brash is lamenting, is that the Flyers don’t seem to sense the urgency. AB will be the first to point out (and has to me several times) that you can’t expect this team to simply turn it on in April. Commitment to winning that National Championship starts now. It’s tough when you’re playing against inferior teams. It’s tough when you’ve been kicked out of the playoffs. It’s tough when April seems so far away. The thing is, April is going to sneak up on these guys in a real hurry, and if they don’t start getting their act together, it will be too late. The Flyers have added a bunch of key guys this year. Their defensive corps has the depth that was lacking last year, and a few more scoring forwards will help put pucks in the net (particularly on the powerplay) when it counts. On paper, we now have a team that really should be able to compete for a national championship. It’s tough to figure out just what’s going wrong with this team. Sure, if Troy Hunt had been in net, there’s no way they would have lost those games to Hythe. But, can Sweden blame Tommy Salo for their quarterfinal loss to Belarus in the 2002 Olympics? The answer is no. Good teams find a way to win, regardless of goaltending, refereeing, or bad bounces. If you’re so much better, then don’t be tied 3-3 heading into the dying minutes of the game.  The Flyers demonstrated what I’m talking about the next night, when they killed off a few bad penalties late in the game, and beat the Mustangs 5-4. It was a bounceback night for the Flyers – and here’s what Adam Brash said after Friday’s win.  Now, firstly, we have to point out, that some of these teams they’re facing are better than we sometimes make out. Grande Prairie and Spirit River were the two best teams at Alberta ‘AA’ provincials last year. A bunch of the Rangers have gone to Hythe, and now the Mustangs have some high-end talent to go along with their blue-collar work ethic. The Senior Canucks already have 8 wins on the season (8-5-1 heading into Thursday’s game against Fort St. John). They’re tied with Grande Prairie for first in the West, and have added a few more guys (including Kip Noble), making them worthy competition. But, while they looked good against Augustana College a couple of weeks ago, the Flyers have been seriously struggling in NPHL regular season games.  I left during the first intermission, and hoping to catch up with Rob Larson, I went down to the dressing room area. While down there, I saw Adam Brash, head in his hands, sitting forlornly in the hallway. He looked depressed, frankly, and I’m not sure I can blame him. Here’s a guy with a lot of pressure on him this year. The Flyers are guaranteed a spot in the Allan Cup, but they have made it very clear, they want to win. And at this point, the team that just isn’t coming together like it needs to. [asset|aid=2387|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fb252901b3f99c34d1cdfac187e5fa94-brash-pride_1_Pub.mp3] JZ- Advertisement – There’s still a lot of building to do, and a long way to go, and I’m sure this weekend’s games (Thursday in Dawson Creek, Saturday vs. Hythe) will be steps in the right direction. I was working the early morning shift for a couple of days last week, so I left the Flyers / Canucks game on Thursday a little early.  I’m looking forward to seeing them play on Thursday. I’m hoping last week’s loss to Dawson really was rock bottom. I’m hoping these guys will come together, will find whatever’s missing. Too bad you can’t just hope a national championship.  But, the Flyers will be the first to point out; the competition is still not at the national ‘AAA’ level, and losing to the Mustangs and Canucks shows that the Flyers need to find their game, and in a hurry. last_img read more

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Nixon, Reynolds tops in BWC

first_imgAnd it’s the first time a Long Beach coach has been honored. The conference (known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association when it was formed for the 1968-69 season) didn’t begin selecting a Coach of the Year until the 1977-78 season. Coaches could not vote for their players or themselves. Seniors Kejuan Johnson (a first-team choice after a second-team berth a year ago), Kevin Houston (second team) and Sterling Byrd (honorable mention) also bagged All-Big West honors. Nixon, averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals for the 22-7 49ers, was also picked up conference Player of the Week honors Monday for the fifth time this season. The only other Big West player to be so honored was Michael Olowokandi of Pacific in 1998, when he later became the first player selected in the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-2 Nixon, who helped lead the 49ers to a 12-2 conference mark that gave them the regular-season title by three games, was chosen the Big West Player of the Year, while Reynolds was tabbed the conference’s Coach of the Year. It’s the first time a Long Beach player has won the honor since 2000, when Mate Milisa was the choice, and only the second time in 30 years a 49er has been the Big West’s top player. “It’s a nice honor and I’m happy the coaches voted for me,” Nixon said late Monday morning, after hearing of the selection just moments after leaving a classroom. “But the most important thing now is getting into the NCAA Tournament.” Long Beach, as the regular-season champion, has a bye into the semifinals of the conference tournament and doesn’t play until 6:30 Friday night against the lowest remaining seed following the games that will be played Wednesday and Thursday in the Anaheim Convention Center. Johnson, who joined Nixon on the six-player first team, averages 15.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Houston (11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game) is among the six players on the second team while Byrd (14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game) was one of nine honorable mention choices. Larry Cunningham, a 6-3 junior from UC Riverside who graduated from Downey High, is another honorable mention selection. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LONG BEACH – Coach Larry Reynolds and four of his Long Beach State men’s basketball players were honored by the Big West Conference coaches Monday. And the conference honors bestowed up senior Aaron Nixon and Reynolds don’t come any better for a player and coach. last_img read more

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Students learning history basics, but not much more

first_imgWASHINGTON – More students are learning the basics when it comes to history and civics, but they aren’t rising to the next level, national tests show. The history and civics tests were given to students nationwide in the fourth, eighth and 12th grades last year, and the results were released Wednesday. History scores increased in all three grades over 2001, the last time that subject was tested. Only fourth-graders showed progress since the last civics test, given in 1998. None of the grades saw an increase in students moving beyond a basic competency for either subject. The gains could counter arguments by critics who say the 2002 No Child Left Behind law has placed too much emphasis on reading and math by requiring those subjects to be tested and led to less time spent on history, civics and other courses. Some critics of No Child Left Behind say the law has focused educators’ attention on students at the lower end of the spectrum at the expense of students working at higher levels. “That’s a concern, obviously,” said Darvin Winick, chairman of the independent National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the tests. “We’re delighted to bring up the lower-performing kids … but we haven’t brought up the higher-performing kids.” The history results show: Seventy percent of fourth-graders performed at the basic level or better, meaning some of them scored at proficient or advanced levels. That is up from about 66 percent in 2001. Fourth-graders who can work at the basic level should understand the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty, for example. Among eighth-graders, 65 percent performed at the basic level or better, up from 62 percent in 2001. Eighth-graders working at that level can typically identify slave states on a map. While there’s been an increase in 12th-grade history scores – a rare occurrence on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests – the results are still not seen as great news. Just 47 percent know at least basic-level history, up from 43 percent in 2001. Seniors working at the basic level should be able to explain the historical context of Supreme Court decisions. There was no change in the percentage of students performing at or above the “proficient” level, at any grade level. About 20 percent reached that mark in the fourth and eighth grades, as did 14 percent of high school seniors. In civics, only fourth-grade students showed progress since 1998. As in history, the gains were only made by lower-performing students. The civics results show: Seventy-three percent of fourth-graders performed at the basic level or higher – up from 69 percent in 1998. Fourth-graders working at the basic level know that only citizens can vote in the United States. Seventy percent of eighth-graders could do basic work or better in civics – the same percentage as in 1998. Eighth-graders demonstrating basic knowledge should be able to identify the term limit for the president. Sixty-six percent of 12th-graders scored at the basic level or higher, also the same as the 1998 results. A student whose performance falls in that category should be able to identify a leadership position in Congress. About one-quarter of fourth- and eighth-graders rated “proficient” or better, and almost one-third of seniors did. A sampling of what students know about U.S. history. Fourth-graders: – 66 percent understood the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty – 35 percent explained how two inventions changed life in the United States – 24 percent explained why people settled on the western frontier Eighth-graders: – 64 percent identified an impact of the cotton gin – 43 percent explained goals of the Martin Luther King Jr. march – 1 percent explained how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected foreign policy 12th-graders: – 67 percent identified an important Great Society idea – 36 percent identified immigration pattern and explained its causes – 14 percent explained a reason for U.S. involvement in the Korean War A sampling of what students know about civics. Fourth-graders: – 75 percent knew that only citizens can vote – 41 percent identified the level of government that signs peace treaties – 14 percent recognized that defendants have a right to a lawyer Eighth-graders: – 80 percent identified a notice for jury duty – 63 percent determined an instance of abuse of power – 28 percent explained the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence 12th-graders: – 72 percent analyzed a historical text on the importance of education – 50 percent identified the outcome when state and national laws conflict – 43 percent described the meaning of federalism in the United States Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress reports – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Washington-based Center on Education Policy reported last year that one-third of elementary school districts reported cutting back on time for social studies, which includes history and civics. However, a recent government study showed increases in social studies credits being earned by high schoolers. Some officials say the extra attention on reading could explain the gains on history and civics tests. “If kids are learning how to read better, then they can take these assessments. They have a very large reading component to them,” said Mark Schneider, commissioner of education statistics at the Education Department. The progress in history and civics was made by students working at the lowest levels, meaning there have been significantly more students working at or above the basic level than in the past. But there has been no increase in students working at or above the “proficient” level since the last time the tests were given. 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I will fight to keep Lloris and key Spurs men, vows Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says he will fight to keep Tottenham’s best players at White Hart Lane beyond the summer.The North London club have become well known for selling their star assets in recent years with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Dimitar Berbatov all making big-money moves.In recent weeks, Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris has been linked with a switch to Manchester United, while Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen are all likely to attract interest from top clubs in Europe, which is a real concern for Spurs fans.However, the Argentine head coach is adamant he will do everything to ensure the best players remain at the club and give them every chance of securing a top-four finish next season.Pochettino said: “Personally, if I want a player to stay with us, I will fight for them to remain at the club.“In football it is difficult. If you sign a contract, there is still no guarantee.“The key is to take the right decision, it is not just about money but about the right profile, the right position to build the right squad. This is our job now.” 1 Mauricio Pochettino last_img read more

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Second man convicted in 1999 robbery, slaying of Woodland Hills businessman

first_imgA jury on Friday convicted a 37-year-old man of robbing a Woodland Hills businessman and then killing him during an escape from police. The jury found Boris Graham guilty of murder in the 1999 death of Christopher Rawlings, who was stuffed into the trunk of his Bentley and killed when two robbers crashed his exotic car. The other robber, Kirrell Francis Taylor, was convicted in 2001 of first-degree murder for Rawlings’ death. Taylor testified during Graham’s three-week trial in Van Nuys, denying that he told authorities Graham was his partner. But the jury also heard DNA evidence tying Graham to a ski mask found in the Bentley. And one of Graham’s acquaintances, Tuesday Henderson, testified that she overheard him say he committed the robbery. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBeth Silverman, the prosecutor in Graham’s trial, spoke to Rawlings’ family members after the guilty verdict. “They are completely relieved,” Silverman said. “This has been an eight-year-long struggle for them … to get the second guy, and for them this is a tremendous relief knowing that the guy who terrorized their son is going away for the rest of his life.” After the robbery, Rawlings fled to Chicago and later to Florida. The show “America’s Most Wanted” twice profiled the Rawlings robbery, which helped authorities generate leads and arrest Graham in Hollywood, Fla. On Friday, Graham was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping to commit robbery, kidnapping to commit carjacking, robbery, burglary, carjacking and evading an officer causing death. The jury deliberated for a day and a half. During the Feb. 8, 1999, robbery, Taylor and Graham stormed Rawlings’ Woodland Hills home, took cash and jewelry and stuffed Rawlings into the trunk of his Bentley. While trying to evade police, the robbers crashed and Rawlings was thrown from the trunk and hit a brick wall. Taylor and Graham escaped, but Taylor was charged in August 1999 after authorities were tipped off that he was one of the robbers. Graham, a former Pacoima resident, faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. But first he will have an Oct. 15 hearing to determine if a prior criminal conviction could enhance his sentence. Rawlings, who turned 30 the day before he was killed, owned an upscale clothing store and wore a diamond-encrusted Rolex watch, Silverman said. It appears Taylor and Graham targeted Rawlings because he appeared wealthy, she said. Rawlings died in a hospital two days after the crash. Shortly after his death, it was revealed that federal investigators had been after him for allegedly running a telemarketing boiler room operation that bilked victims from across the country, who thought they were investing in unreleased Beatles and Marvin Gaye recordings. During the trial, jurors heard from Barbie Rawlings, Christopher’s widow. She said that when she entered the garage the day of the robbery to help bring in groceries, she saw her husband on his knees by the Bentley, with two masked men standing nearby. She fled to the roof with her young children and called 911. Marilynn VanDam, the attorney for Graham, said after talking to a few jurors that she plans to appeal her client’s conviction. “It seems like they relied pretty heavily on Tuesday Henderson, (a) convicted felon, and that’s a little bit disconcerting,” VanDam said. “And I wish I’d done a better job of cross-examination of her.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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