December 26, 2018 Police Blotter

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Driver crashes into a building after being shot

first_imgAuthorities in Miami-Dade are currently investigating a car crash where the driver of the vehicle had been shot moments before the crash occurred.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue say that they responded to a building on the 11800 block of Northwest 12th Avenue Thursday, after witnesses reported that a vehicle crashed into the building.When authorities arrived to the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the head.The victim was then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition and is currently undergoing surgery.A witness who lives in the area says he heard a gun go off , a pause, and then more gunshots.Another witness told reporters that they saw the victim and the gunman’s vehicle were side-by-side before the gun went off and the victim crashed into the building.Authorities are still conducting their investigation.last_img read more

Visions and Voices event explores the intersection of theatre and social change

first_imgBranscrombe replied, “Back to our cells? We have the room for a full two hours, we just got in here.”  The Visions and Voices event was a product of “Performing Policy: The Justice Project,” a theatre performance program that connects students from professor Brent Blair and Sol Price School of Public Policy doctoral candidate Jocelyn Poe’s classes with formerly incarcerated people. The scenes are primarily set in a prison art room, Bare Bones. Prison’s art rooms provide a special place for the incarcerated to heal through activities like painting, reading and writing, and both Branscombe and Tubbs were advocates for these spaces while serving their time. “Restorative justice programs have been proven to reduce recidivism by nearly 50% over time,” a voiceover stated. “One program in Wisconsin showed significant declines in youth violent arrests, crime and recidivism. Five years after the program began, violent juvenile offenses decreased [by] almost 49% and overall juvenile arrest rates decreased almost 45%.” To these men, restorative justice is anything but useless. Rather, it is a resource that leads to their releases and rehabilitation. Poe said one goal of the play is to help people understand that “each day the decisions we make, the choices we have are all influenced by policy.” She further shared how “using theatre as a method to explore policy provides us a unique opportunity to understand how policy impacts lived experiences resulting in better policy.” “If you really care about the victims of violence then you want programs like this because this is how you prevent them from becoming victims in the first place,” Gilligan said on Zoom after the play concluded. These scenes detailed the tribulations the duo faced as inmates, but also the power of restorative justice.  The hard facts aimed to dismantle a common narrative that restorative justice programs are a waste of taxpayer dollars and generally unhelpful. “We’ve created a space for Christians, Muslims, … Black and white people,” Tubbs said in the play. “For everybody to come in here and to heal and to love one another. Now that’s the truth, that’s the truth that’s gonna set us free.” Blair, who leads the program and is a professor of theatre practice, worked with Poe, who is also a Price faculty member, and Javier Stauring from Healing Dialogue and Action, an organization focused on restorative justice. Throughout the play, the scenes “paused” and videos with statistics and information on the U.S. prison system and restorative justice were shared. The play centers on Christian Branscombe and Tobias Tubbs, two individuals who were convicted of separate violent crimes and sent to the California State Prison in L.A. County. Branscombe was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while Tubbs was given two life sentences. Both men have since been freed and perform as themselves in the play. “Alright, ladies, break it up,” said an officer played by Adam Torres, a sophomore majoring in theatre. “Pack up your stuff and get back to your cells.”  Unlike most Vision and Voices events, the play was presented on Zoom, instead of in a traditional theatre, which made for a memorable performance. Despite a few brief technical difficulties, the production proved to be a success with 190 people in attendance, learning that theatre and policy are in fact interconnected. The play also reenacted the many times Branscombe and Tubbs were targeted by prison security guards who impeded on their art sessions, seemingly just to get a rise out of them. From their respective homes across the nation, activists and USC students came together Monday evening to perform “Pause,” an original and interactive play about restorative justice and the failures of the U.S. prison system. “There’s only two entities — entities of light and entities of darkness,” Tubbs said of overcoming the hostile environment that was prison. “Torres, he’s given himself over to a mean and vindictive spirit, bro. Imma reject it every time with my heart and with my mind.”  Students from Blair and Poe’s classes “Theatre in the Community” and “Topics in Public Policy and Urban Studies,” respectively, act in secondary roles as a prison guard, a game show host and reporters, among many other roles. All scenes were skillfully crafted to explore different aspects of restorative justice, a form of criminal justice that focuses on rehabilitation rather than retribution through communication between victim and offender, and the reality of the prison system. The play reminded audience members that prisons are meant to be a place of rehabilitation and not serve as a purely punitive environment. Restorative justice has the power to heal both survivors of violent crimes and the perpetrators, if the U.S. prison system chooses to embrace it. “Art healing programs have miraculous results,” Tubbs said. “I wouldn’t have been looking at freedom in five months if it wasn’t for Bare Bones.” After the play ended, an audience member, Dr. James Gilligan, made connections between what he saw in the play and his own research. Gilligan is a psychiatrist and author of a series of books entitled “Violence,” where he draws on 25 years of work in the U.S. prison system to describe the motivation behind violent behavior. “It’s a story about challenges in the prison industrial complex and a hope and a prayer and action for restorative justice solution,” Blair said.  In one particularly relevant scene, mass incarceration was compared to the current coronavirus pandemic, providing a lens into the complexity of the U.S. prison system. “Hurt people hurt people,” Branscombe said, “and healed people heal people brother.” “I can’t see any of you, I’m trusting that you’re there,” Blair said. “I hope that you can trust that I’m here and that we’re together in the same space and heart.” “Imagine social distancing in a cell with another person for your whole life — maybe not another person if you’re in solitary,” Mikki Benjamin, a senior majoring in theatre, said in a scene. “Prison is like having COVID-19 all the time.”last_img read more

FH : Argentine Hussey shares deep bond with grandmother

first_img Published on November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Julia Hussey remembers watching her granddaughter, Stephanie, carry her field hockey stick around as a small child. When Stephanie got older, Julia attended many of her elementary school games at St. John’s School in Pilar, a province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.But when her son, Eduardo Hussey, left Argentina for Miami after his company transferred him in 2004, that all changed. Stephanie, her mother and her brother followed Eduardo a year later. After being so close for many years, there was suddenly a 4,300-mile gap between Julia and her closest family members.‘When they lived in Argentina, I used to see them every weekend,’ Julia said. ‘So when they left the country to come to the United States, it was very hard for me to even think that I would maybe not see them very often because I’m old and I can’t travel.’For Stephanie Hussey, a freshman on the Syracuse field hockey team, it has been equally as difficult to deal with being away from her grandmother. Until earlier this year, Stephanie hadn’t seen her grandmother in person since leaving Argentina six years ago. But the two have stayed close through phone calls, emails and field hockey. On Friday, the two reunited again, as Julia traveled all the way from Buenos Aires to watch Stephanie and the Orange win its second consecutive Big East tournament title. It was a highly emotional reunion both had looked forward to.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Just the fact that I can show her all this,’ Stephanie said. ‘Show her my team and show her my coaches, the university itself, for her to understand, and whenever she goes back home and I tell her, ‘I’m walking around here, I’m walking around there,’ she can actually visualize it.’These are images she can take back with her to Argentina and hold onto for the rest of her life.Julia said not seeing her granddaughter was one of the most torturous aspects of being separated from her family. She had been used to seeing her regularly since she was born, and it was tough to lose that close bond.Stephanie knew it would be a harsh transition for the family, but it was also what was best for everyone. In the last six years, they’ve done everything in their power to remain close with Julia.‘We’ve been always there for her to help her out, and at the same time, she’s been looking after my hockey and my brother’s rugby,’ Stephanie said. Though Stephanie refused to lose the connection with her grandmother, she had to overcome other challenges to continue playing field hockey.Stephanie’s high school in Miami didn’t offer field hockey, so she often had to travel 40 minutes just to play. The Husseys regularly drove 12 hours for her to participate in the Futures Elite program in North Carolina.For the majority of the last six years, Stephanie and her grandmother have been forced to communicate solely through phone calls and online messages. At first it was very difficult, but over time her grandmother has transformed into a ‘cyber friend,’ even making Facebook and Hotmail accounts.‘It was hard at the beginning not to see them, not to be able to kiss them or touch them or share some of the everyday life, but I got used to that way of connecting,’ Julia said.And just as it was in Stephanie’s youth, field hockey has been a strong part of maintaining that bond.When Stephanie provides pictures and regular updates of how she’s playing, her grandmother reciprocates by filling her in on the Argentine national team after each of its games.Last weekend, Julia got to watch Stephanie in her biggest games as a collegiate athlete. Coming off her second-career goal against Bucknell on Oct. 30, head coach Ange Bradley said she’s adapting to the college game well.‘It takes freshmen time to adjust,’ Bradley said. ‘The speed of play, everything is just happening so much faster. You’re playing more structured. So Stephanie, through time, has really adjusted and started to understand the concepts of team hockey.’But that on-field adjustment is nothing compared to the changes she’s had to make since coming over from Argentina. Her grandmother’s presence in the stands last weekend served as a reminder of her journey and relationship with her.Said Stephanie: ‘To keep in touch and everything, she’ll look at pictures, she’ll look at whatever’s possible for her to be informed and be here with us.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

A community in mourning

first_imgAlthough three of the deaths have been confirmed suicides, the increased risk of self-harm due to contagion after each death has led the administration to look at the issue from a public health perspective, Crisp said. “It’s a conversation that should be universal, and I don’t think that the school [is] fazed at all and that’s super scary,” said Lauren Rothman, a junior majoring in film and television production, at the time.  “While something like this is happening, it’s incumbent on the campus services to be reflective and thoughtful and active, [but] it’s also not necessarily the case that they’ve done anything wrong that resulted in this,” he said. “That said, they need to be vigilant and self-reflective and very careful in making sure there aren’t things that they could be doing that they haven’t.” Wagner also believes that listing resources at the bottom of these emails does not help students who do not feel comfortable using campus health facilities. “This is, in my estimation, a very complicated and difficult issue,” Crisp said. “At the same time, we have grave concerns about the evolving nature of some of the mental health concerns.” Since the start of the year, the University community has been coping with these losses.  On Saturday night, President Carol Folt and three other administrators addressed the high number of deaths this semester in a letter to the community. However, Van Orman said the University has to walk a fine line between informing the student community and avoiding the spread of misinformation. “We have no reason to think that the others were suicide,” Van Orman said. Prayers, hymns and moments of silence filled every space in the room, as the community mourned the loss of a School of Cinematic Arts senior.   “It’s not that we want to hide it, but we also don’t want to repeatedly send information to too many people who, maybe it isn’t in their community,” said Van Orman. “We want the people who are close to that person to have that information without the risk and the harm that it creates because of the large number of people in our community.” Just two days before the start of classes in August, a freshman died on a freeway near campus. Following his death, the community was informed in an email from the University administration, urging students to seek guidance and support through several hotlines.  She believes an open forum will allow students to air their concerns with how the announcements have been handled. Less than two weeks later, University administrators sent another campus-wide email about the death by suicide of a junior who majored in industrial and systems engineering who died by suicide in September. At the end of the email, the same hotlines and additional resources were listed. According to psychiatrist Victor Schwartz, data on college student suicides is difficult to come by because there is no organized model for collection. Schwartz is the chief medical officer at the Jed Foundation, an organization USC partnered with in Spring 2018 that helps universities improve their mental health programs. Seeking answers Andrea Klick, Tomás Mier, Kate Sequeira and Mia Speier contributed to this report. “It’s just deeply troubling to know that other students have gone through what I’ve gone through and not been given the resources that they need to survive,” Wagner said. “It just breaks my heart because I know that if it wasn’t for my friends and a few professors who really came through for me and offered support when I needed it, I don’t know if I’d still be in college right now. Because of my experiences suffering from mental health disorders, I don’t know if I’d be alive right now.” Dean of Religious Life Soni explained that there has been a rethinking of communication strategy due to the addition of a new communication team under the new University administration and wanting to make sure students’ safety and health is the priority. (Lillian Zeng | Daily Trojan) At a mental health forum hosted by Undergraduate Student Government last month, Soni explained that feelings of loneliness among students on campus, particularly when first-year students are transitioning into college life, can cause isolation and mental health challenges. Blake Wagner, a senior majoring in cinematic arts, critical studies, who lives with bipolar disorder, said he has felt frustrated with the campus’ wellness resources. Van Orman said that sending an email to the entire community was a change in strategy after speculation arose regarding the two most recent deaths. “I think that the University leadership wanted to acknowledge to the community that knew that there had been two student deaths that we were trying to gather more information,” she said, adding that most of the deaths this semester have not been caused by suicide. “In these cases, we had no evidence that that was the case. And so to try to help kind of dispel some of the rumors and misinformation that was out there.” “We’re in the process of evolving this and trying to figure out what the best way to provide the notifications is,” Van Orman added. Content warning: This article contains information regarding death and suicide. Students dealing with mental health concerns can walk into USC Student Health centers or contact the 24/7 phone line (213) 740-9355 for professional assistance. When a university experiences a cluster, widespread anxiety heightens, he said. This general sentiment may normalize suicidal thoughts or actions within a community.center_img In 2017, suicides were the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once a campus has dealt with a death, there can be an increased risk of self-harm, known as contagion. Schwartz said universities experience suicide clusters, where news of a death impacts vulnerable individuals in a community who may or may not have known the victim.  “This isn’t a normal fact of university life … this is something that makes us feel crazy and there isn’t a dialogue between the administration and the students about what’s been going on,” she said. “And then it just feels like at any moment, another classmate could die.” The next night, a junior who majored in business of cinematic arts died near campus. That time, only a small portion of the campus received notice. One month later, two more students died. And just days before Trojan Family Weekend earlier this month, USC held the vigil in Our Savior Parish in honor of the SCA senior who died.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that suicide rates for students ages 15 to 19 have increased 76% from 2007 to 2017. Additionally, suicide rates for people ages 20 to 24 increased 36% from 2000 to 2017.  “We have to … look at the causes, and trying to get at some of the causes and pressures that young people are feeling today and are experiencing on campuses to try to improve on the prevention side of mental health,” he said. “We share the information we have. We don’t want to hide anything,” Van Orman said. “But I also want to be really careful — I don’t want to say things that make people think I know when I don’t know.” Krupa Naik, a junior majoring in cinema and media studies, said she will meet with SCA Dean Elizabeth Daley this week in hopes of planning a forum between students, faculty and administrators to discuss the handling of information regarding student deaths.  “These student losses are devastating and heartbreaking for all of us,” they wrote. “People are searching for answers and information as we attempt to make sense of these terrible losses.” Additionally, Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp said the emails are sent to different members of the community  in compliance with the wishes of each students’ families and out of concern for community wellness. Students dealing with mental health concerns can walk into USC Student Health centers or contact the 24/7 phone line (213) 740-9355 for professional assistance. Faculty and staff members can reach out to the Center for Work and Family Life at (213) 821-0800. Students, faculty and staff members concerned about a fellow Trojan can notify Trojans Care 4 Trojans online or by calling (213) 821-4710. Preventing more harm On Sunday, Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman confirmed to the Daily Trojan that at least eight students have died in the last three months, compared to six during each of the last two academic years. Twelve students passed away during the 2016-17 academic year and four during the 2015-16 academic year. Campuses similar in size to USC typically see an estimated three suicides per year, Schwartz said. Because universities are self-contained communities, they are especially prone to contagion. “The reality is that being in college is tough and can be a traumatic experience,” Soni said. “A normal college experience can be a traumatic experience, and no one ever tells us that.” While the University has not confirmed the nature of these deaths and some are currently being investigated, Van Orman said that three of the eight  have been caused by suicide.  Lauren Rothman believes that while USC is trying to support students, it has room to improve its outreach. “On a whole level as a university, I think they’re trying,” Rothman said. “I’m not proud of how [the University] has responded to these things when they’ve happened … but beyond the email about it and the email telling people to come to the vigil, I didn’t see any real response on a tangible level for somebody who didn’t know the person.” Students at the School of Cinematic Arts have been some of the most active in demanding answers and voicing their concerns as two of the confirmed deaths have been of students at their school. “I want all of you here to know that you are loved, that you are seen, that you are heard, that you matter, that you belong, that you are not alone,” Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni told a crowd of 150 people gathered at Our Savior Parish late last month.  “Anger is a huge part of the grieving process, and it’s very easy to want to blame and point fingers, but it’s important to remember that we’re all on the same side and that nobody wants this,” Naik said. “But we don’t feel that as a student body. We don’t feel like the school was making an effort to make that known and to hear us.” “It’s ridiculous to me that we’re getting emails with lists of contacts, people to reach out to,” Wagner said. “Ultimately, if you’ve had a bad experience with counseling services or you’ve been in crisis and USC hasn’t been there for you, now when you really need it, you’re not going to trust them.” Eloise Rollins-Fife, a junior majoring in cinema and media studies, said students have been paying close attention to these deaths. She does not feel like these events are normal. But many students are still left with questions. Correction: A previous version of this article reported that the two students who died by suicide in early September were both sophomores. They were juniors. The second student is a business of cinematic arts major, not a business administration major. The Daily Trojan regrets these errors.last_img read more

Gordon Hayward injury update: Celtics forward in NBA’s concussion protocol

first_imgCeltics forward Gordon Hayward has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol and is doubtful for Monday’s game against the Nuggets, the team announced.Hayward was injured Saturday against the Hawks after running into a screen set by Hawks forward John Collins only a minute after checking in to the game in the first quarter.  Hayward made contact with Collins’ shoulder and was visibly shaken. He went to the locker room for further evaluation, and the team later described his injury as a “strained neck” that kept him out of the remainder of the game.Hayward looked groggy coming off the floor, and coach Brad Stevens described him as “woozy” in his post-game comments (per Related News Hayward, 28, has averaged 11 points with 4.3 rebounds this season while shooting 44.8 percent from the field as he has gradually worked his way back to full health and productivity from the season-ending broken ankle he suffered in the Celtics’ opener in 2017-18.He has been relatively healthy this season, appearing in 64 of Boston’s 70 games, though he missed some time with ankle issues.The Celtics (43-27) enter Monday’s game against the Nuggets (46-22) in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, a game back of the fourth-place Pacers and two games behind the third-place 76ers. It’s not clear how long Hayward will be sidelined. The NBA’s protocol is a multi-step process that compares the injured player’s current status with a baseline neurological scan taken before the season. Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star (ankle) out vs. Thunderlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Heat might be stuck with Dion Waiters

first_imgThat stance hasn’t changed, as the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported this week the Heat can’t find a “palatable trade scenario” for Waiters. The 27-year-old isn’t a high-value asset considering he hasn’t played more than 46 games in any of  last three seasons with the Heat and the fact that he is due nearly $25 million through 2021.Waiters, who has averaged 14.0 points and 3.6 assists as a member of the Heat, found himself behind two-way player Chris Silva and Miami lifer Udonis Haslem ahead of the team’s game against the Nuggets on Tuesday. Considering the Heat are off to a 5-2 start with a number of intriguing options at guard — Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, Justise Winslow — president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra might be hesitant to bring Waiters back into the fold and risk ruining chemistry.The Heat could ultimately decide it is better to play Waiters to increase his trade value, but it would not be surprising to see Waiters stuck on his own little island as the Heat continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings. Any takers out there for a veteran shooting guard in exile? Anyone?Dion Waiters has yet to suit up for the Heat through seven games. He was suspended for the season opener because of a “number of unacceptable incidents,” but he has remained inactive following the punishment. It’s possible this relationship has reached the point of no return, so is it time for Miami to execute a trade? NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020: Knicks pick star guard at No. 1One problem here — there is no interest in Waiters.”[The Heat have] been trying to trade him since last Christmas,” one NBA general manager told Sean Deveney of prior to the start of the 2019-20 regular season. “No one was trying to take him on then. After this kind of thing, it would be really hard to take him on now. He has had this kind of junk attached to him just about his whole career.”last_img read more

Alleged gang members arrested in cocaine and crime ring in Des Moines

first_imgDES MOINES — About a dozen alleged members of a street gang linked to a series of crimes were arrested in central Iowa on Wednesday.After a three-year investigation, federal agents raided several homes and businesses in the Des Moines area, arresting the men who range in age from 26 to 48.The FBI says the men are facing a host of charges, most for trafficking cocaine. Reports say the gang, known as C-Block, is responsible for a list of killings, shootings, robberies and other violence.Those arrested include 31-year-old twin brothers Daeron and Marshaun Merrett. The bureau says they’re the leaders of the gang, which is said to be associated with the Crips.Here’s more on the arrests: C-BLOCK-arrests-PDFlast_img read more


first_imgVALE DORI: A rousing 10-length allowance winner on Oct. 28 following her third place finish behind Stellar Wind and Beholder in the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes here Oct. 1, this 5-year-old Argentine mare comes off an authoritative win at odds of 1-2 in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes Dec. 3 at Del Mar. With both of her recent wins coming at the La Canada distance, Vale Dori is proven at the trip and should again be on or pressing the early lead under Mike Smith, who was aboard for the Bayakoa win. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori, who was a Group I winner in Argentina going 7 ½ furlongs, is now three for five under Baffert’s care and has an overall mark of 10-5-3-1. By far and away the leading money earner in the field, Vale Dori has banked $454,943. SHOW STEALER: Based at Los Alamitos with trainer Art Sherman, this 5-year-old mare by Eskendereya closed well to be fourth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths by Vale Dori in the Bayakoa at odds of 11-1. Owned and bred by George Krikorian, she’ll be reunited with Tyler Baze, who orchestrated an off the pace allowance win at a mile and a sixteenth three starts back here on May 26. With three wins from 19 starts, the Bayakoa will be her second graded stakes assignment. AUTUMN FLOWER: Last early in the Bayakoa, this Dan Hendricks-trained daughter of Flower Alley kept to her task late in the Bayakoa, finishing sixth, beaten 5 ½ lengths at 21-1 in what was her first stakes engagement. Owned by her breeders, Priscilla Webb and Thomas Traver, this 5-year-old mare has three wins from 13 starts.THE GRADE II LA CANADA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 5 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PSTVale Dori–Mike Smith–125Show Stealer–Tyler Baze–120Wild At Heart–Flavien Prat–120Enduring Erin–Corey Nakatani–120Autumn Flower–Drayden Van Dyke–120 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2017)–Third behind superstar distaffers Stellar Wind and Beholder three starts back, Bob Baffert’s Vale Dori seeks her third consecutive win on Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth. The La Canada, to be run for the 43rd time, has attracted a field of five.Vale Dori’s most serious challenger would appear to be the Richard Mandella-trained Wild At Heart, who was second, beaten three lengths by Vale Dori in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar Dec. 3. WILD AT HEART: Although never at threat to the winner, this 5-year-old Indian Charlie mare was clearly second best to Vale Dori in the Grade II Bayokoa and will hope to improve her position on Saturday when ridden by Flavien Prat, who was aboard for her seven furlong maiden score eight starts back at Santa Anita in February, 2015. In her only other try at the La Canada distance, Wild At Heart was a well beaten third to Stellar Wind in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks six starts back in April, 2015. Owned by Ramona Bass, LLC, she will hope to get a stalking trip as she seeks her first graded win. With two wins from nine starts, she has earnings of $199,305. MANDELLA’S WILD AT HEART WILL TRY TO TURN TABLES ON VALE DORI WITH PRAT ABOARD ENDURING ERIN: Claimed four starts back on July 31 by trainer Richard Baltas, this 7-year-old mare by Kela has won two of her last three starts for her new connections and will test stakes company for the first time in the La Canada. Owned by Baltas and Paymaster Racing, she’ll stretch out a bit off a neck win going one mile in a second condition allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 11. Ridden by Flavien Prat in both of her recent wins, she be handled for the first time Corey Nakatani and can be expected to press the pace early on Saturday. First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

World Cup withdrawal for Foran

first_imgThe five-eighth, who has just completed a disappointing and injury ravaged season will call Kiwis coach David KIdwell this week and tell him he’s not going to play in the tournament, according to the Sunday Telegraph.Foran wants to get himself right for the Bulldogs next season and is prepared to put this ahead of representing New Zealand in the tournament the country will co-host in just over a month’s time.”I tore my quad during the season,” Foran told The Sunday Telegraph.”My back’s been pretty stuffed too. I’m busted.”I saw the Canterbury medical staff last week and we’re getting scans to work out the best treatment and best way forward.”Medically I can’t play in the World Cup.”I played under strength for much of the year at the Warriors and I just wasn’t strong enough for NRL football. I’ve got to get my body right. I really need a big off-season.”With Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor already ruled out of the Kiwis’ World Cup team because of disciplinary reasons, the Kiwis will be desperately under strength at the tournament.Jordan Kahu is also unlikely to play for the Kiwis at the World Cup as he needs to have an operation.One of their strengths for the Kiwis at the World Cup would have been Foran and Shaun Johnson in the halves, but that looks unlikely to happen now and once again the Kiwis team could have a makeshift look to it.With the Kiwis having moved on from Benji Marshall, despite having a good season for the Broncos, it leaves Te Maire Martin and Kodi Nikorima as the two likely options to team up with Johnson.Tuimoala Lolohea, who played for the Kiwis on the 2015 tour to England has already pledged that he’ll play for Tonga at the World Cup.Meanwhile, Foran confirmed to the Sunday Telegraph that the sacking of Des Hasler as Bulldogs coach hasn’t changed his plans to move to the Bulldogs next season.”I’m fully committed to the Bulldogs,” Foran said.”I’m close to Des and I feel for him as a friend. He’s a great footy coach and his record speaks for itself.””I guess I saw it coming from all the speculation,” Foran said of Hasler. “Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, which is disappointing personally.”But the Bulldogs have made their decision and all I can do is play. We’ll get behind the new coach and hopefully have a really strong year.” Photo by: GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Kieran Foran will join the Bulldogs for the 2018 NRL season).last_img read more