Suns want Ariza to provide talent, leadership to young team

first_imgFILE – Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets sits on the court after committing a foul in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — General manager Ryan McDonough says Trevor Ariza was the first player the Phoenix Suns targeted in free agency, speaking with him and his wife via FaceTime from a car one minute after free agency began.The Suns spent virtually all of their cap space on the 14-year veteran NBA forward, who agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract. On Friday, he was introduced as the newest member of a team that believes it is close to turning the corner after years of losing.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He’s a guy that every time he steps on the court and laces them up, goes out there to try to win,” Jones said. “It’s not just game day. It’s practice. It’s the way he approaches the game, the way he approaches the off days, film, just everything.”Ariza credited the Suns’ approach for his signing.“Phoenix was the most aggressive team, and the team that showed the most interest,” he said, “and, as human beings, we all want to feel appreciated and wanted. When a team just shows that much appreciation with what you do, naturally you’re just attracted to something like that. I understand that this is a situation we have to build to win.”Ariza has played with Kobe Bryant and James Harden, and he’s looking to help Booker on his drive to be among the best.“I get to see another extremely talented player to grow,” Ariza said. “If he needs anything from me, somebody to talk to about different situations, I’ve been around these types of players. The shoes that he’s walking in, or the places that he’s going to go, I’ve seen. So any kind of advice I can lend him, I’m always available to (do) that.”He also gets to play with Ayton, the 7-foot-1 phenomenon drafted No. 1 overall.“I think he’s an amazing player,” Ariza said. “He’s got unbelievable touch. He can get up and down the court. He seems to be a monster on the court. I’m excited to play alongside of him and try and make him better.”Notes: As for a new contract with Booker, McDonough said the two sides have had productive talks and will continue to talk through the weekend. Booker is expected to get a maximum five-year, $158 million contract that kicks in next year. … the Suns signed all four of their draft picks — Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and George King. All were expected in the Suns’ Las Vegas Summer League opener Friday night. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Former NBA player Clifford Rozier dies at 45 after heart attack Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 “They are a young team with a lot of talent that don’t know how to win,” Ariza said.The 6-foot-8 forward will go from Houston, the team with the best record in the NBA last season, to the Suns, who had the worst and haven’t made the playoffs in eight years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We need his defensive ability and versatility, his shooting ability,” McDonough said, “but I think as much as anything, maybe more than anything, we need his leadership and his winning pedigree.”When the Suns had their first interview with new coach Igor Kokoskov, they asked what free agent out there would fit the team’s needs. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I swear the first words out of his mouth was Trevor Ariza,” McDonough said.Ariza, who turned 33 last Saturday, played for the Rockets the past four seasons. Before that, there were stops in Washington, New Orleans, Houston (the first time), the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando and the New York Knicks. He averaged 11.7 points per game last season, shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. He’s a career 35 percent 3-point shooter averaging 10.5 points per game.Ariza has made the playoffs nine times and is looking to show the young Suns, with talents such as Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and this year’s No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, what it takes to succeed.“In order to be a great team you have to be selfless,” Ariza said. “You have to be a real live dog to come out there and compete every night. In order to get better, you’ve got to give to your team. If you give to your team, everybody sees it, everybody feels it, and it makes the next person next to you want to give to you.”James Jones, the Suns’ vice president for basketball operations, said Ariza “speaks to exactly what we’re looking for.”ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thai ‘dwarf giant’ boxer surpasses Mayweather record with 51st win

first_imgFILE – Undefeated Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin wears his WBC title belt after defeating Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada to win his 50th straight victory on May 2, 2018 in Nakhon Ratchasima. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHAThai boxer Wanheng Menayothin grabbed his 51st straight victory Wednesday in a long but lop-sided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.The 105-pound minimumweight champion, nicknamed the “dwarf giant” for his compact build and heavy hitting style, won on points after a bruising 12 rounds against Pedro Taduran in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan.ADVERTISEMENT Wanheng started strong, landing several hard rights in the early rounds that seemed to daze Taduran and signal a quick route.But the 21-year-old southpaw from the Philippines lived up to his alias “Rattle Snake”, enduring the abuse and biting back in the fifth round with a flurry of punches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The brief comeback was put down as Wanheng kept his composure in the second half of the bout, delivering clean hits that left Taduran visibly tired.Wanheng, 32, shot to unlikely fighting fame in May when he dispatched Panamanian Leroy Estrada, equaling “Money” Mayweather’s win streak. Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus wins UEFA goal of season Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Wanheng’s legal name is Chayaphon Moonsri but he also fights under the alias “Five-Star Grilled Chicken” due to a sponsorship deal with a Thai food company.His latest win brings him level with Mexican flyweight Ricardo Lopez, who retired with 51 wins, one draw and no losses.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All three judges scored in his favor after the final round.Wanheng’s record-busting quest has generated buzz in Thailand and in boxing media outlets.But it has also been shrugged off as a statistical quirk because of the two very different careers of the famous, flashy American and the soft-spoken Thai.Wanheng has fought undistinguished rivals on home turf while Mayweather defeated some of the sport’s all-time greats including Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.Mayweather’s fights also come with huge purses, like the $100 million on offer when he was teased from retirement last year to take on MMA star Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Andray Blatche decries ‘very unprofessional way’ Gilas left him off roster

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a lengthy statement released through Theia sports, Blatche said that he was looking forward to rejoining Gilas Pilipinas after his three-game suspension even declining offers from China teams to put his full focus on the national team.“I didn’t sign in China this season despite several offers because I wanted to be fully available for Gilas and not have to deal with my Chinese team deciding when I could leave to join Gilas practice!” said the former NBA player. “I’ve kept myself in shape and game ready for the December 3 game.”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 ChrissBut under new head coach Yeng Guiao, Blatche wasn’t called up to the national team pool for the fifth window with the seasoned mentor opting to use Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger as naturalized players.Blatched decried the “very unprofessional” way by which Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas supposedly handled the situation, saying he only found out that he wasn’t included in the roster through news reports. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Filipinos are set to face the visiting Kazakhstan on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena before battling Iran on Monday.Blatche, though, kept his doors open and said that he is ready to return to national duty any time the team needs him to.“I love the PHILIPPINES and especially Filipino basketball fans and am proud to have a Philippine passport and I will always be available should my adopted country need me in any capacity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Extreme weather ‘major’ issue for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “No one from the SBP actually communicated with me or my international agents before the news was released. I think it was a very unprofessional way to handle someone like me who has so much invested in the Gilas program,” he said.Blatche, who was granted Filipino citizenship in 2014,  said he was “very hurt” but how he was “careless discarded” by SBP.He even went on to say that he is starting to wonder whether the “loyalty and passion to win” that he has shown as a full-fledged Filipino is being “reciprocated,” believing that he’s been a factor in getting Gilas Pilipinas to a position to advance to the World Cup.“I wish I was there to make sure we win. I’d like to think that I was instrumental along with Coach Chot and my teammates in bringing the team to where it is now and I am invested in my adopted country winning and getting to the World Cup.Guiao earlier said that he is experimenting his Gilas Pilipinas rosters without Blatche, wanting to preserve the chemistry the team has built since against for the 2018 Asian Games where he first took over as coach to replace long-Chot Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT Naturalized center Andray Blatche expressed his disappointment over his non-inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the upcoming window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Real Madrid consider shock candidate for vacant managerial role

first_imgReal Madrid are mulling over Andre Villas-Boas as a potential candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach, according to reports.French boss Zidane quit two weeks ago after winning a third consecutive Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev. 2 2 Andre Villas-Boas with Gareth Bale during their time together at Tottenham. Now Los Blancos are looking to the future and with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino now seemingly out of the question, they’re turning to other possibilities.And RMC have suggested Real made contact with the ex-Tottenham and Chelsea coach, who is now a free agent after leaving Shanghai SIPG.His previous relationship with former Spurs star Gareth Bale is said to be one of the reasons behind the interest, with the Welshman’s best form coming under his stewardship. Former Chelsea and Tottenham head coach is being sounded out over the vacant role at Real Madrid. If Villas-Boas were to get the role it would be a surprise given his lack of success in England, and a reputation for dull tactics.But his spells with Porto and Zenit St Petersburg did prove fruitful and still provide him with some sway on the continent.He even won the European Coach of the Season award in 2010/11 before heading to Chelsea.last_img read more

Two men stabbed outside of Rangers’ home ground before Europa League match

first_imgTwo men are currently in hospital after being stabbed amid a mass brawl before Rangers’ Europa League second leg tie with Croatian side Osijek.The men, aged 24 and 40, were wounded at the scene and Police Scotland were called to the “large scale disturbance” in the Govan area of Glasgow. ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ Still on going helicopters out too #ibrox #rangersgame #streetfight pic.twitter.com/UX2dH0AlnZ— Marianne Chirray (@Chirray) August 2, 2018Police officers including those on horseback could be seen lining Paisley Road West and Edmiston Drive on the approach to the stadium.Detective Inspector Steven Wallace said: “This type of violent behaviour will not be tolerated and it is absolutely vital anyone with information that could assist with our investigation comes forward.“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed a disturbance, particularly anyone with mobile phone or dash-cam footage, to get in touch.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. ALMOST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions fate LANGUAGE BARRIER BOSS revealed Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day center_img McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win CLASSIC I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist Latest Rangers News Ibrox is chaotic right now!!! Flares being thrown, people getting kicked in the head – nightmare! #Ibrox #Rangersgame pic.twitter.com/X8X5vrWcuA— Marianne Chirray (@Chirray) August 2, 2018They were taken from the scene, a short distance from the club’s Ibrox Stadium, to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.The patients have been described as stable.Footage on social media appeared to show fights between some fans of the two clubs ahead of the second leg of the second qualifying round tie.Film uploaded to Twitter appeared to show one supporter being kicked about the body while lying prone in the road, while another was seen running around holding a flare. How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 BEST OF scrap last_img read more

Juan Mata to Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez latest, and Liverpool sale update

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Chelsea will compete with a number of Serie A clubs, including Juventus, to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has already been dubbed “the new Andrea Pirlo”. (Goal)Manchester United and Arsenal could miss out on Juventus Mehdi Benatia as he could join AC Milan on loan in January, with an option to buy for 15m euros next summer. (Sport Mediaset, via Calciomercato)Everton centre-back Yerry Mina, 24, says any discussions with Manchester United over a possible move in the summer was just his agent. (Guardian) Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Popular Football Stories Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion predicted revealed BEST OF Matthijs de Ligt is a must-have signing for several top clubs. Liverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 30, is a target for Patrick Vieira’s Nice. (READ MORE HERE)After reports they could be up for sale (READ MORE HERE) Liverpool have dismissed the claims that owner John W Henry is open to selling club for over $2bn. (READ MORE HERE)Danny Welbeck’s injury could see Arsenal boss Unai Emery step-up his £45million pursuit of Lille’s Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe. (The Sun)Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists he would not entertain interest in England striker Callum Wilson from other clubs and said he did not want to “break” the team he was building. (Bournemouth Echo)Howe’s comments come after Wilson was linked with a £35million move to Chelsea. (READ MORE HERE) 3 Here are the biggest transfer rumours and other football stories from Friday’s newspapers and online…center_img LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is set to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer – and join Arsenal, according to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham (READ MORE HERE)They could also lose Alexis Sanchez who wants to leave Old Trafford less than a year after joining from the Gunners. (Times)And to make it a triple exit, United’s Italian full-back Matteo Darmian is likely to leave in January, with Inter Milan and Roma interested. (Sun)Huddersfield could move for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32, who has lost his place at Turf Moor to fellow Englishman Joe Hart. (Sun)Manchester City and Barcelona look set to miss out on Ajax and Netherlands wonderkid defender Matthijs de Ligt, who appears set to sign for Juventus. (Calciomercato) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap gameday cracker tense 3 Wilson has been in brilliant form this season Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signingslast_img read more

AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’

first_imgA woman’s group in Australia has adopted a Donegal doll as their mascot to be given to thousands of children Down Under.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWomen’s Forum Australia say the Lottie doll is the perfect example for Australian girls because it is not sexualized.The group, which represents tens of thousands of women, initially ordered a small consignment of the cute dolls. But demand for Lottie has rocketed and now the group are importing more and more of the dolls.Since money the group has import one thousand Lottie Dolls and more orders are planned.Kristin Dooley, Managing Director of Women’s Forum, said Lottie is the perfect example which aims to represent young girls “as they really are.”“We monitor the harmful sexualisation of women and girls and we picked up some reporting on the Lottie Doll and we really like what we saw. “We know the harm the sexualisation of young girls and children can do.“As well as pointing to the negative impacts of such dolls as Barbie and Bratz, we think it’s important to show positive alternatives and the Lottie Doll is just that.“She’s fun, engaging and she’s modeled on the shape of a nine year old girls and she does fun things.“We started with a small number but once the word got out there has been a huge demand for them,” said Ms Dooley.Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, the Managing Director of Arklu, who manufacture the dolls, says the worldwide demand for Lottie has gone through the roof. “As well as Australia, we have had an order this week for 900 dolls from Iceland and there are orders beginning to come in from Russia, Dubai, New Zealand and Canada.“It shows there is a demand for a responsible doll and non sexualized doll out there,” said Mr Harkin.The company has set up at the CoLab at LYIT and hopes to employ 20 people as demand for Lottie continues to grow.Ends AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’ was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AustraliaIan HarkinLottielast_img read more

COUPLE’S HOUSE FIREBOMBED WHILE THEY GOT MARRIED

first_imgA couple celebrating their wedding returned home to find more than €10,000 worth of damage had been caused to their home.The mysterious attack happened in the Glencar Irish area of Letterkenny on Saturday.The groom was made aware of the attack during the course of the day but did not tell his bride as he did not want it to spoil her day. Gardai believe the attack was arson and was premeditated.A number of sheds and two vehicles were damaged but the main part of the couple’s home escaped serious damage.Local town councillor Gerry McMonagle told Donegal Daily the couple, who are in their late 20s, are mystified as to why they were targeted.“The man is mystified and at a loss as to why they were targeted like this. “It doesn’t matter what the reason for, this should never have happened and it is really a low thing to do.“This man had to get married knowing the someone tried to burn his house down. It’s just awful.“Thankfully nobody was hurt but it’s hardly the perfect way to have started a married life together.“This attack happened in broad daylight and anybody who seen anything should contact the Gardai,” he said. COUPLE’S HOUSE FIREBOMBED WHILE THEY GOT MARRIED was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:firebombGlencar Irishletterkennylast_img read more

Blaze threatens Ventura homes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Two nearby schools were closed and two American Red Cross shelters opened to assist evacuees. Besides homes, the hills in the area also have a number of oil pumps. Although the cause of the fire was under investigation, it started in “the area of an oil field facility,” according to Ventura County Fire spokeswoman Rose Rigalado. About 1,000 firefighters and other personnel were at the scene, using bulldozers, water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in their effort to stop the blaze. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. Jerry Swenson, head of maintenance at Harbor View Villas, a 90-unit apartment complex on Kalorama Street in Ventura, commended fire crews for their efforts. “The firefighters had this area soaked like it was a rainstorm. It was really amazing how they handled it. If it weren’t for the fire department, this whole area would be gone. But the wind is so unpredictable, you’ve got to be worried.” As Southern California remained under a red-flag warning, firefighters on Friday battled a wind-whipped wildfire that charred more than 4,000 acres and threatened hundreds of homes near Ventura. About 1,200 firefighters from around the state worked the late-season blaze, first reported about 3:30 a.m. in School Canyon, a rugged area between Ventura and Ojai. Despite efforts by air and ground crews, flames had consumed more than 4,000 acres by sundown, and firefighters feared that winds would intensify at night. “This is a wind-driven fire, and the winds are out of control,” Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Joe Luna said. “The fire’s been right up to backyards. We had hundreds of homes threatened. If the winds change and push the fires down the canyons again, we could have another battle.” A number of people in the complex had their cars packed with belongings and ready to evacuate, and others already had left. The entire neighborhood was closed to vehicle traffic, so people were forced to bring their belongings down on foot. Larry Heron, a hillside resident, said the neighborhood would have been destroyed if not for the firefighters who arrived before dawn Friday. “Those helicopter guys are just amazing,” he said. “These guys don’t get paid enough. They definitely saved the neighborhood.” Most of Southern California was under a red-flag warning, which advises of warm, windy and dry conditions that could lead to explosive fire growth. The National Weather Service cautioned that winds would continue in the area through early Sunday, at 15 to 25 mph with isolated gusts near 35 mph. Officials had feared a disastrous wildfire season because of the heavy underbrush caused by the near-record rainfall last winter. In late September, Santa Ana winds propelled the Topanga Fire that charred more than 16,000 acres and forced thousands of residents to flee the West San Fernando Valley. Miraculously, only two homes were destroyed, and firefighters credited brush-clearance efforts. 160Want 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

Groves to fight again next month

first_imgGeorge Groves will fight again next month following his second-round hammering of Paul Smith.Groves, 23, retained his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles – and his unbeaten professional record – by brushing aside Smith at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.Smith, a former British champion, was widely tipped to give the Hammersmith fighter a much tougher test.But having dealt with him so quickly, Groves remarked that he “hasn’t emptied the tank” and he is now set to return to the ring in December.Last weekend’s bout was his first since signing up with promoter Frank Warren, who is close to announcing details of Groves’ next fight.last_img read more