Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard retires at 38

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer yesterday, after spending last year with New York City in Major League Soccer in the United States.Lampard, who started his career at West Ham United, established himself as one of Europe’s finest midfield players during a 13-year spell at Chelsea.“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” Lampard said in a statement.“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.“Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”Lampard, who was capped 106 times for England, is also Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in over 400 appearances in all competitions.The midfielder won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during a trophy-laden spell at Chelsea.last_img read more

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Q&A Enfield optimistic about second year with USC

first_imgAfter a rough first season, USC men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield feels optimistic about the future of his team. USC was able to land some exciting prospects that could help the team compete immediately in the difficult Pac-12 conference. Daily Trojan staff writer Nick Barbarino recently had the chance to sit down with the second-year coach to get his thoughts on the upcoming season.Dunk City LA · Head coach Andy Enfield led USC to an overall record of 11-21 in his first season, with just two wins in Pac-12 play. Enfield guided Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament in 2013. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan DT: Last season, Byron Wesley led the team in scoring with points per game. After losing him, who do you expect to step up this season?AE: We have a very talented freshman class, along with some sophomores that have experience. We have two new sophomores that were transfers that sat out (last season). So the bulk of our team is freshmen and sophomores. The advantage we have is that it’s a balanced group, meaning that we’re not relying on one player to score 20-something points a night for us. We have a lot of players capable of scoring in double figures, and we need everyone to step up in a different night. I think we have enough depth and enough potential scorers [that] it’ll be harder for opposing teams to design defenses just to stop one player.DT: Speaking of the incoming freshman class, this was the first time since 2010 that USC had brought in a top 100 recruit. Can you talk about that?AE: Well we have four guys who are top 100 players. Jordan McLaughlin, the point guard, was ranked No. 36 in the country. Shooting guard Elijah Stewart was ranked as high as 40th in one scouting service. Forward Malik Marquetti was in the 60s in one scouting service. And forward Malik Martin was in the top-100 in one scouting service. So we really have four guys that were in the top 100 in different scouting services. So to answer your last question, the advantage is bringing in talented players. Disadvantages, we’re going to rely upon our sophomores, the two transfers and the two players, Nikola [Jovanovich] and Julian Jacobs that played a lot last year, as well as Kahlil Dukes. And we have our juniors that provide leadership and depth at certain positions.DT: Speaking of the young team, how are you planning on keeping them focused throughout a long season that has many obstacles?AE: Well this is college basketball, they are here for a reason and that’s to be student athletes and have the opportunity of a lifetime. So if they’re not focused or ready to play, well then they need to be.DT: You were really famous for Dunk City two seasons ago in the NCAA Tournament. Are we going to see that type of play this year or is that in the past?AE: Dunk City was a name that someone else gave our team at Florida Gulf Coast. I was fortunate to coach a terrific group of young players that developed quickly and were able to execute a system in a very effective way on both ends of the floor. They were an excellent defensive and offensive team. There are particular parts of that system that I believe in and it starts on the defensive end and there are things that we want to do on the offensive end here at USC. Give our assistant coaches a ton of credit because those two transfers and the four freshmen that we’ve recruited and brought in as a staff are excellent players and they are able to fit what we’re trying to do on both ends of the floor. We also plan on bringing players in from the 2015 class that are able to do what we would like to do on the offense and defensive end.DT: With such a young team, what are you expecting to see this season? A lot of growth among the players or is this team ready to compete with the Arizona’s and UCLA’s of the Pac-12 conference?AE: We’re expecting to compete every game and every night out on the floor. I don’t set goals as far as wins and losses as a coach. And our coaching staff, our goal is to develop our players and make them better every week. As we go through the season, our young players need to mature and develop quickly because we don’t have any seniors. Our goal is to compete, get better and, if we do the things that we’re capable of doing on the offensive and defensive end, we should have a successful season.DT: You were able to bring in Jordan McLaughlin over many rival schools. What do you attribute that to?AE: We recruit for USC and what we’re trying to do. We recruited Jordan [McLaughlin] because we loved him as a player and he’s also a great kid. He comes from a wonderful family, and we think he has potential to be a big-time leader and just a terrific player at USC for the near future. We’re extremely excited about having Jordan [McLaughlin], and at the same time, we understand that he’s a freshman and it’s a great opportunity for him to come to a young team and develop quickly.USC kicks off their preseason schedule next Saturday, Nov. 15, against the Portland State Vikings. The game will be at the Galen Center with a tip-off time of 7:30 PST.last_img read more

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Refixed U21A hurling final down for decision

first_imgPhoto: Stephen Gleeson The big game of the day in local Gaelic Games sees Kiladangan go up against Holycross/Ballycahill in the County Under 21 A Hurling final.Throw in is at 1.30pm in Templederry.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson looks ahead… Meanwhile, the Tipperary senior footballers have an early outing – as they take on Limerick in a challenge game this afternoon.Throw in in Golden is at 2pm.last_img

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Stromsgodset suffer 15-0 crashing without goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey

first_imgThe importance of Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey to Stromsgodset was brought into sharp focus as they suffered a humiliating 15-0 walloping to Lokomotiv Moscow in his absence.The 26-year-old was given a rare rest in their pre-season game against the Russian giants in Spain.The Norwegian champions however suffered perhaps their worst ever loss in their 107 year history – and all due to the absence of their inspirational captain Kwarasey.The Ghana international has been the safest pair of hands since arriving from Valerenga in 2007.Stromsgodset contemplated selling off the Black Stars goalkeeper after their victorious domestic campaign but will be revising their notes following Sunday’s humiliating defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow.Russian striker Roman Pavluchenko and Senegalese foward Dame Ndiaye led the rout against the clueless Stromsgodset team who were coming from a 3-0 loss to another Russian side CSKA Moscow. Both teams are preparing for the resumption and start of their various domestic leagues and the qualifying round of the next season’s Champions League.last_img read more

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Astros walk over Angels in a record-setting slog

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels struggled throughout the 2019 season to extend their starting pitchers deep into games. Over the winter they added Andriese, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran to a rotation that used 19 different pitchers last season. Teheran has yet to pitch as he recovers from COVID-19. Andriese, a swingman for most of his five-year career, was hoping to be part of the solution.“My stuff was working,” he said. “I didn’t have that one pitch that was really going to get me out of that (second) inning and allow me to go deeper into the game.”Besides the absence of star center fielder Mike Trout, who is on paternity leave, Maddon attributed the Angels’ sloppy play to the unusual 2020 calendar. Players were expected to report to an abbreviated summer camp when the calendar turned to July. That was a month ago. Now is the equivalent of mid-March in a typical spring training.Andriese admitted that Friday didn’t feel like July 31 – the date of MLB’s trade deadline in a traditional season.“It’s definitely different,” he said. “Being that it’s a short season, you can’t feel your way through outings. You’ve really just got to hit it hard from the get-go and treat it hard like it’s mid-season. Command-wise, all of us are struggling just a bit.”The Astros augmented their seven walks with 12 hits, including three doubles. Tucker finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs. George Springer and Jose Altuve drove in two runs apiece. Houston went 5 for 16 with runners in scoring position as a team.For the Angels, time is of the essence. Eight days into the season, the Angels are already three games out of first place in the American League West. In theory, that’s a surmountable deficit, but a 60-game season is uncharted territory for everyone.“I want to believe it’s going to turn and come back to us,” Maddon said. “It was actually really good energy in the dugout. It was great right up until the last out. We’re constantly fighting from behind, and that makes it difficult. We have to grab a lead and hold onto it.”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM – Matt Andriese slammed his glove to the bench in the second inning Friday, his first start of the season over much earlier than he had hoped. He couldn’t find the strike zone. At least he wasn’t alone.The Angels and Houston Astros combined for 19 walks in a nine-inning game that lasted four hours and 21 minutes, an Angel Stadium record. The Angels batted 18 times with runners in scoring position, but collected only three hits and lost 9-6.Andriese, the first of nine Angels pitchers, walked three batters in 1 2/3 innings. Home plate umpire Cory Blaser was even stingier to the Astros, who issued 12 walks to the Angels’ 7. Yet only two of the Angels’ free passes resulted in runs.PreviousLos Angeles Angels catcher Jason Castro, left, catches a ball that was fouled off the ground by Houston Astros’ Martin Maldonado, upper right, as home plate umpire Cory Blaser watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Houston Astros’ Myles Straw advanced to second on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon catches a ground ball hit by Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve was thrown out at second on the play to end the half inning. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, second from left, is congratulated by David Fletcher, left, as Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, right, stands by and home plate umpire Cory Blaser wipes the plate after Goodwin hit a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros is unable to hold onto the ball while attempting to catch a two-run homerun hit by Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by George Springer as Los Angeles Angels catcher Jason Castro takes a late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels right fielder David Fletcher can’t handle a ball hit by Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Michael Hermosillo #21 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a fly out hit by Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, runs to first as he grounds out while Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, center, and home plate umpire Cory Blaser watch during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)David Fletcher #22 congratulates Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels after his two-run homerun as Martin Maldonado #15 of the Houston Astros looks on during the fourth inning of a game against against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, left, takes starting pitcher Matt Andriese out of the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds third base after hitting a two-run hjomerun during the fourth inning of a game against against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani adjusts his gloves during an at-bat din the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kyle Tucker #30 of the Houston Astros steals second base as Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels applys the tag during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Andriese throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker, center, scores on a sacrifice fly by George Springer as Los Angeles Angels catcher Jason Castro, right, takes a late throw and home plate umpire Cory Blaser watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Keynan Middleton #99 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the ninth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated at the dugout after his two-run homerun during the fourth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Cam Bedrosian #32 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Matt Andriese #35 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels catcher Jason Castro, left, catches a ball that was fouled off the ground by Houston Astros’ Martin Maldonado, upper right, as home plate umpire Cory Blaser watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Houston Astros’ Myles Straw advanced to second on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Angels catcher Jason Castro, left, catches a ball that was fouled off the ground by Houston Astros’ Martin Maldonado, upper right, as home plate umpire Cory Blaser watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Houston Astros’ Myles Straw advanced to second on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandHouston, meanwhile, took advantage of nearly every physical and mental error it was given. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone In the seventh inning, Michael Brantley reached base when Luis Rengifo couldn’t field a ground ball cleanly in shallow right field. It was scored a one-base error. The next batter, Yuli Gurriel, hit a fly ball to shallow right field that glanced off David Fletcher’s glove as he charged in. Both runners scored on a Kyle Tucker single, and the Astros extended their lead to 8-6. Those runs proved to be the difference in the game.Angel pitchers also hit two batters, and second baseman Tommy La Stella misfired a routine throw wide of first base, though these miscues did not result in any runs.Brian Goodwin’s two-run home run off Lance McCullers Jr. highlighted his 2-for-3, three-RBI performance. Fletcher went 2 for 3 with a double.Cam Bedrosian, Keynan Middleton, Ryan Buchter, Noe Ramirez, Mike Mayers, Hoby Milner, Kyle Keller and Jacob Barnes allowed only three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings of relief.“It’s hard to piece together that many guys and hold the other team in check,” Maddon said. “Normally something is going to occur.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

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Golden State makes a statement in walloping Clippers at Oracle Arena

first_imgAfter three quarter, the Warriors (4-0) were shooting 66.1 percent overall, 68.4 (13 of 19) from beyond the arc. Some of that was pure deadly shooting, some of it was too many open looks. Golden State eventually shot 58.1 percent from the field, 60 percent (15 of 25) from 3-point range.The Clippers didn’t shoot badly, making 46.3 percent of their shots, 36.8 percent (7 of 19) from beyond the arc. They got 24 points from Jamal Crawford, 17 from DeAndre Jordan, 15 from Chris Paul, 14 from Blake Griffin and 12 from J.J. Redick.But the Warriors (4-0) did whatever they wanted on offense during the first three quarters. Steph Curry led them with 28 points, Draymond Green had 24, Klay Thompson 19 and Leandro Barbosa 13. Bogut led Golden State with 14 rebounds, Jordan had 13 for the Clippers.Afterward, coach Doc Rivers was about as peeved as he could be. He said the Warriors were looking hard at this game because they were “angry” about the aforementioned playoff loss.“They ran to the game, we ran away from it,” Rivers said. Backup post Spencer Hawes agreed.“They dictated pretty much everything, every facet of it from the beginning,” Hawes said. “Played at their tempo, defensively disrupted what we wanted to do and got whatever they wanted offensively, so I’d say his assessment was pretty fair.”The Clippers (3-2) played their fifth game in seven nights to start the season. Rivers said he didn’t mind admitting his team may have been tired, but he said that doesn’t account for its lack of heart.“They played tougher, they executed better, I think they pretty much won every facet of the game tonight,” Crawford said.When it was noted to Chris Paul that his team was out-toughed, he shouldered the blame.“Man, that’s a great question,” said Paul when asked why his team is having trouble matching others’ intensity. “As a point guard and one of the leaders of this team, that’s something I’ve got to figure out.”The Clippers were outrebounded 39-30. Griffin, who is 6-foot-10 and powerfully built, had one measly rebound for the Clippers.Rivers also noted that his team committed one foul in all of the first half, and used the term “soft” to describe that statistic.Indeed, this has become a hotly contested rivalry. Whereas the Clippers lacked toughness, the Warriors had more than enough.“Absolutely, we have to attack, we have to stay in attack mode and continue to move the basketball like we have been doing, and attack,” said Green, who, by using that word “attack” three times, summed up what his team did to the Clippers all night long.First-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr liked what he saw.“It was very intense,” he said. “Right from the beginning our guys were ready. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OAKLAND >> It was almost as if the Golden State Warriors thought Wednesday was Game 8 of their first-round playoff series with the Clippers. After all, the Clippers barely beat the Warriors in a hotly contested seven-game first-round playoff series last season, and they didn’t have injured post Andrew Bogut for even one game.Of course, the Donald Sterling saga happened right in the middle of that series, so it wouldn’t be unfair to say the Clippers were having difficulty keeping their minds on the task at hand, even though they never used that as an excuse.Still, Golden State played like a pack of hungry wolves on Wednesday night in the first matchup of this new season. The Clippers were its prey. When it was over, the Warriors had rolled up as much as a 29-point lead in the third quarter on their way to a 121-104 victory over the Clippers before a very loud and appreciative crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena.The Warriors in the first half shot 67.5 percent overall, 69.2 percent (9 of 13) from 3-point range. They led by 23 points at that point, the Clippers could not recover.last_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Warren Gatland focusing on Wales’ bigger picture and making history against England

first_img“We didn’t speak about the record at all this week, but we will probably talk about it before England,” he said. “If this group of players achieve that, it’ll be something nobody can take away from them.”That’s the nice thing about records, once you’ve achieved it, it’s there for life … until someone else comes and breaks it, obviously!”We’ve got a chance, we’re at home, the stadium will be full, it’ll be some atmosphere at the Principality Stadium. There will definitely be no lack of motivation in trying to beat England and break that record.” Warren Gatland believes Wales’ opening Six Nations victories over France and Italy were useful preparation for this year’s Rugby World Cup, even if performances were below par.Gatland’s side were 16-0 down at halftime before storming back to win 24-19 in Paris last week and in Rome on Saturday the visitors were always ahead but less than convincing in defeating the Azzurri 26-15. Gatland made 10 changes to his XV from the triumph over France and conceded the side lacked cohesion and fluency as a result.But, seven months out from the World Cup in Japan, Gatland was satisfied to be heading back to Cardiff — and a date with England in two weeks — with two wins in the bag.”For us, there’s a bigger picture that we were looking at for the first two games,” Gatland told a news conference. “That was having the opportunity to get away for a week with a squad of 31 and replicating what might happen at the World Cup.”If that was a normal year, on reflection, maybe we wouldn’t have made so many changes. But we wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games.11 – @WelshRugbyUnion have now won 11 consecutive matches, equalling their best ever winning run (1907-1910). Momentum. pic.twitter.com/7Y42UdeI72— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 9, 2019″We didn’t play as well as we would have liked. Probably part of that is that we didn’t have the continuity that we would have if we hadn’t made so many changes.”There’s no regret. We’re two from two and we have a couple of weeks of training before England. It sets us up nicely for the England match. A lot of people will be writing us off, which is a good position to be in.”Hopefully we’ll go under the radar, have two good weeks of training and get ourselves mentally and physically right. You’re not always brilliant and we weren’t today. We will be a lot better against England.”Victory over Eddie Jones’ side would see Wales claim a national record 12th consecutive Test win, something Gatland hopes will act as an extra incentive for his players.last_img read more

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Cardinals, pitcher Miles Mikolas agree to reported 4-year, $68M extension

first_img Related News The Cardinals and starting pitcher Miles Mikolas have agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension, MLB Network reported.The deal — after Mikolas went 18-4 in his first season with the Cardinals in 2018 — is expected to be announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. UPDATE: Have finalized. Will announce in a few hours. (This chatter is from an earlier version of the story. Life comes at you fast these days.) #stlcards #Cardinals #MLB https://t.co/1bwa13SThS— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) February 26, 2019The right-hander, 30, already has been named St. Louis’ opening day starter.Tuesday’s eight-figure extension comes a year after Mikolas joined the Cardinals rotation as somewhat of an unknown quantity. Rockies, Nolan Arenado agree to 8-year extension He was 4-6 over three MLB seasons from 2012-14 with the Padres and Rangers but enjoyed a terrific three-year run for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. Last offseason, he signed a two-year deal worth $15.5 million guaranteed.In addition to going 18-4 in 42 starts in 2018, Mikolas threw 200 1/3 innings and had a 2.83 ERA with 146 strikeouts and 29 walks. He was an All-Star and finished sixth in NL Cy Young voting.last_img read more

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Jerry West calls Clippers meeting ‘very intriguing’

first_imgThe possibility that Lakers legend Jerry West may soon be involved with the Clippers continued to gain steam Thursday when West described his recent meeting with the organization as “very intriguing” and said “Steve Ballmer is going to be a sensational owner.”However, West, who will be an octogenarian by next year’s playoffs, otherwise left his future open-ended during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show.“I’m 79 years old,” West said. “I know how much I value the game of basketball. I know what it’s done for me. I’m still very competitive. I’m just not sure anywhere is a good fit for me.”Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Clippers were interested in bring West on in an advisory role similar to his job as an executive board member with the Warriors, a position he has held since 2011. West continues to live in Los Angeles and commutes to the Bay Area when necessary. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWest, who has long eschewed celebrity and lamented his inability to keep a low profile, said he was focused on finishing this season with the Warriors before turning his attention elsewhere. His contract with the Warriors is set to expire in July.“I don’t like it’s gotten in the newspaper,” West said, “and particularly I don’t like it because we’re playing in the Finals. It shouldn’t be a distraction. I don’t think it will be by the way. I’m more concerned about going up to Oakland tonight to watch the Warriors play and hopefully win this game tonight. Then all the other noise that’s out there about me possibly coming down here, I just don’t want to talk about it anymore to be honest with you.”West was interested in rejoining the Lakers before Jeanie Buss hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka earlier this spring, a fact he alluded to in his interview with Patrick.“Sometimes I thought in my life that might be something that I can revisit,” he said, “or they would want me to revisit. But that didn’t happen. At times — I wouldn’t say I was disappointed – but it kind of sent me a message. They wanted to go elsewhere, which is fine. To say I wouldn’t have ended my career there, that wouldn’t necessarily be true either.”Now the Clippers have emerged as the most likely landing spot for West, a man who outside the Clippers’ home arena is honored with a statue – an homage to West in a Lakers jersey.last_img read more

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School Board Candidates forum: Larry Mangan, Kevin Dodds, Darin Goodrum

first_imgAs far as the promotional board in front of the school, it appears that the site council has come up with a viable solution.  I applaud the board for endorsing their recommendation.  When considering the problem of high utilities, I would recommend an evaluation of the current infrastructure to determine where savings could be obtained. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board race for District 2, Position 5 involves three candidates: Larry Mangan, Kevin Dodds and Darin GoodrumAll registered voters from the USD 353 school district can vote in this particular race in the city/school election to be held Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Mangan, Dodds and Goodrum. For features on the other race between Maria Cornejo and Carol Hadorn you can click here… The current early retirement plan needs to be balanced against the needs of the overall budget. It’s a very good deal for some of the employees, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the other employees and the students. Dodds: I believe that our district is lacking in the area of preparing our students for the real world.  We need to stress the importance of producing quality work by the deadlines put into place. These plans incorporate higher than standard contributions from the company and give the employees the flexibility to control the investment structuring of their plans.  Perhaps a program of this sort could be a consideration.  As far as eliminating longevity pay, I am vehemently against it.  I believe that dedication is something that should be recognized and rewarded. Goodrum: I know the Early Retirement plan has been in effect for a long time in USD353.  It was promised to the teachers for years, and would be very tough to take back from teachers who, for years, have been loyal to USD353.  Before I can offer my position on the issue, I would have to have some specific numbers on costs associated with the Plan, in relation to our overall budget. c. Security – Each elementary school needs to be reconfigured to control the entrances and exits for greater security. Access needs to be controlled with cameras and a buzzer system. Sad to say, but the days of the front doors of the schools being unlocked during all the school hours are gone. 10. Ultimately, it comes down to educating our children. Do you think the school district is adequately preparing its students for college and the working world? Elaborate.Mangan: I didn’t feel like the school district did very well preparing my son and daughter back in 1998 and 1999, but they made it through college OK, as have many others. I like the “College and Career Readiness Standards” that are coming in 2014. That sounds like the right idea to me. 7. Technology in Wellington seems to be deficient. What does the school board need to do to bring the school district up to today’s standards? Mangan: At one time, about 10 years ago, USD 353 was one of the leaders. It’s my understanding that continual lack of funding has gradually diminished the school district’s technology. It’s very difficult to keep up with information technology, but this needs to be a top priority.Dodds: I look at the technology deficiency of our district like eating an apple.  We need to take it one bite at a time.  When the expense of updating our technology is considered the cost is overwhelming.  I believe that the current technology should be upgraded in smaller, manageable portions starting with the most vital systems.  By the time the circle is complete it will probably be time to start over again.  With the rapid advancements in technology we should be able to stay within a few years of the current technology for all departments.Goodrum: Technology, to me, is the number #1 issue in USD353.  We have fallen so far behind in this area, it is going to be very hard to catch up.  USD 353 invested a great deal of money years ago into infrastructure for the computers and systems but we have not committed adequate funds yearly to keep up with the ever changing technology.  Technology needs to be a priority every year.Many schools are eliminating textbooks and doing most lessons online8. Wellington High School has been built for about 10 years now. However, it seems to have some construction issues concerning the roof, the promotional board in front, high utilities, etc. What do you think the best solution is for the school district? What are some other facilities needs the school district will need to address in the near future?Mangan: The school district opted to not retain a day-to-day construction inspector on this multi-million dollar new high school project back in 2003/2004. While it would have been a significant cost for a daily construction inspector in hindsight it might have averted some of the construction problems (roofing, electrical, etc.). I attended the monthly construction progress meetings along with school officials, the general contractor, subcontractors and the City Building Inspector. However, there was no one inspecting the work on a daily basis, only after everything was covered up. Hopefully these construction problems can be resolved short of lawsuits.Other necessary projects are the following: Goodrum: The roof issues at Wellington High School have been ongoing since it was built.    It needs to be fixed and not just done so with a “band aid”.  Every angle of recourse from the architect/builder needs to be pursued.  If it has been, then the School District has no choice but to fix the problems.Facility Maintenance and Capital Improvements are a huge concern of mine.  The Board, with the help of feedback from the community, needs to make a list of priorities and plan for the years to come.   Some of our School Districts immediate needs include the Middle School Parking Lot, Locker room / restroom for Tennis Courts and Football field.  We also need to be making future plans for our aging Elementary schools. Dodds: I have only recently learned of the deficiencies concerning the construction of the high school.  I find it quite disturbing.  It seems to me that if the problems are a result of poor construction then there should be some sort of legal recourse that the district could take against the contractor to, at least, share in the expense of repairs. a. ADA – All school buildings must meet ADA standards. Lack of funding is no longer an acceptable excuse – there must be continual progress. The ADA compliance deadlines are all in the past and the District is at financial risk if out of compliance.center_img 1. Tell us a little about yourself. Mangan: I graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a BS in Civil Engineering in December of 1970. I served two years in the U.S. Army as a personnel specialist. I worked as a civil/municipal engineer from 1973 to 2012 for the Kansas Department of Transportation, The city of Liberty, Mo., the city of Liberal, Wilson and Company consulting engineers and for the city of Wellington.I am presently working part-time at the city of Derby. My son graduated from WHS in 1998 and my daughter in 1999. I have three grandchildren attending Eisenhower Elementary with one more in the future.I have been actively involved in several major school construction projects in Wellington including: renovating the four elementary schools; the construction of the new high school; renovation of the old high school facility into the new middle school in 2006, and preparing the safe routes to school grant which awarded $250,000 for the design and construction of sidewalks around the four elementary schools and the middle school. That construction begins in March 2013.Dodds: I received an associate of applied science/electronics from engineering technology from WSU/WATC. From March 1995 to May 2003 I was an avionics/instrumentation technician. From May 2003 to June 2006 I was an Avionics Technician. From June 2006 to 2010 I was an NC repairer/facilities from June 2006 to May 2010. I am currently an electrical engineer from May 2010 to the present.Some of my responsibilities includes producing electrical engineering to support the certification of Bombardier and Learjet aircraft, designing and maintaining data acquisition systems for flight test aircrafts.Goodrum: I am a 1986 Wellington High School graduate, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a bachelor of science in secondary education with a minor in business.I was a teacher in Lawton Public Schools from 1992 to 1996. From 1996 until 2009 I was owner/operator of Sunflower Wrestling and Sunflower Sports. From 2009 to the present I am a sales representative in the Sporting Goods industry. My wife, Tracy, and I have four children that attend the Wellington Public Schools. We have children at the high school, middle school and Eisenhower Elementary.2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington School Board?Mangan: I have always had an interest in education. My mother was a college professor and author of three college math books. I want to be a part of the ongoing process of providing the students of USD 353 with the best possible education and career preparation.Dodds: The main reason that I am running for school board is that I would like an opportunity to help improve our school district.I believe that I can bring to the table processes and initiatives that have been put in place at Bombardier/Learjet that have allowed us as a company to achieve “World Class” status.  Processes that include involving all of the stake holders in problem solving.  That would include the board, administrators, teachers, students, and parents.Goodrum: The main reason I am running for the Wellington School Board is because I have a concern and passion for the future of our schools and children in our schools.3. Wellington State Assessment scores have been a huge concern for USD 353. Why do you think the scores have been so low and how should we change the situation?Mangan: As I understand it, the elementary school scores are adequate and are particularly good at Washington School. The lower scores are in the High School, where there has recently been significant staff turnover. The new College and Career Readiness Standards will start in 2014, which will change the whole process of student assessment.Dodds: I know that state assessment scores have been a big concern in our district.  I feel that the biggest culprit for the situation is the approach that is being taken by our administrators, primarily the strict adherence to the pacing calendar that has been put into place for our teachers to follow.This calendar should be used as a guideline for our teachers to follow not a required schedule to meet regardless of the rate of absorption by the students.  I believe the resolution is simple.  Let teachers teach.  Our teachers are the ones who spend every day with their students.They should be allowed flexibility to adapt to the needs of their students.  They are the ones that are the most qualified to determine when it is appropriate to move forward with their lessons.  As a result of such policies, students are being left unfulfilled and under educated.  I believe that if such decisions are left in the class room, the test scores will take care of themselves.Goodrum: Test scores have been a huge concern for USD 353 and our community.  Our focus needs to be on providing better education for our youth and in turn, improving the test scores.  In recent years the test scores have improved.  USD 353 has implemented programs that are designed to help those students that may require some additional help outside of the traditional classroom setting.  Committees of teachers have been established at the high school level to research and implement ways to help our students learn.  We are identifying students who need help in the core classes and getting them assistance in the areas they need.4. Staying on the testing question. Do you feel that USD 353 is falling into a trap of ‘teaching toward the test?’ Is there a happy medium?Mangan: Teachers have to teach to the required standards and overall lesson plans all year long. However, when the time comes for the assessment tests, the teachers do prepare their students for the tests in those days preceding.Dodds: 1. I believe that, as a district, we are teaching toward the test.  I also believe that we have been left little choice due to the mandates that have been put in place by the government.  As far as content, our teachers know what needs to be covered.As far as taking the test itself, the tests are different than any other testing that is conducted throughout the year.  There is a lot of time dedicated to training students on how to take the test.  There should be a happy medium.  For the answer as to what it is, I would have to turn to the teachers themselves to put forth their recommendations as to what it might be.Goodrum: In some respects we have to “teach toward the test”.  As a school district, we are graded and evaluated based on how our students perform on these tests.5. What is your opinion of Sam Brownback’s proposal to eventually eliminate state income tax and how it will affect the school district? Mangan: There is definitely a pro-business and anti-education movement in Topeka. The State desperately needs revenue to make their “no income tax” proposal work and they are specifically targeting education funds.They seem to want to return to the pre-1992 days and put the financial burden back on the local school districts. Prior to 1992, wealthier school districts had more funding than poorer districts and the only way to keep up was to raise the mill levy. The State should remember the history of this issue and keep all schools on the same funding level. Whatever is decided, local school districts will have to adapt.Dodds: My opinion of Governor Brownback’s proposal to eventually eliminate state income tax and how it will impact the school district is one of skepticism.  I know that some states have executed a similar model and have had great success.  I hope that will be the case for Kansas.  I am sure that the transition will definitely pose financial challenges to our district and I would hope that our state legislature would prevent our funding from suffering great loss.Goodrum: If the state income tax is eliminated it will further reduce the money allocated for schools.  As we all know, the school cuts over the last few years have been substantial.  Schools are having to cuts corners in ways that can affect the quality of education for our students.  We, as a School District, need to continue to look for ways to be more efficient and effective without sacrificing a quality education for our students.6. There is some concern about eliminating the retirement plan and longevity pay. What is your position on the issue?Mangan: The early retirement plan has been in place since 1991 and has been cut back some in recent years. For example, employees who began employment after July 1, 2008 are not eligible.I believe that all long-term employees should be rewarded for their many years of loyal service and, since this early retirement plan has been in place for so long, naturally the long-term employees are now counting on it. I don’t know if any other school districts have similar early retirement plans and longevity pay, I just know that many employers have neither. Then, to add to the problem, during the second semester, after following the recommendations put in place by the board, the grades were still not up to par.  As a result, assignment grades were either dropped or counted as extra credit.  Once again, students’ grades were elevated to a level that was not earned. Goodrum: I do think the school district is doing a good job of preparing our students for college and the workforce.  We have a very talented, passionate group of Teachers and Administration who want to see our youth succeed.We, as a School District, Parents, Teachers, need to set high expectations for our Students and hold them accountable.  We need to continue to work to help them to achieve those expectations.  We have many kids that are getting college degrees and going on to do great things.  If a student wants to learn, there are many opportunities for them at USD353. b. Safe Rooms – I know the new High School has a safe room for adverse weather that will accommodate the entire building, but the elementary schools are still hiding under heavy tables and hoping for the best. All of the elementary schools need safe rooms. Dodds: KPERS has been underfunded and in trouble for quite some time.  I believe that there should be alternatives investigated.  I know that there are many companies who are abandoning traditional pension plans for enhanced 401K plans. For example, last year I had a serious issue with the way that a problem in the sophomore geometry class was handled.  Grades were inflated for students when it was realized that the method of grading homework assignments was flawed.  As a result, students who were slacking off and not turning in their work in a timely manner were allowed to turn in their work late for full credit.  My daughter was one of the students who unjustly benefited from the policy changes made by the board.  Her grade went from a D to A almost overnight. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 386 weeks ago Um….does Mr. Mangan realize that Stellex hasn’t been Stellex for several years? Get out much? They all seem to be a little out of touch on at least a few different points. But eh…whatever. Raise taxes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 386 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down drop outs rule · 385 weeks ago As a drop out in 1996 WHS I went to Boeing in Wichita that started my 17 year aircraft career. I feel the schools should do more vo-tech for those like me who could not attend college due to having a child at 17 and my parents did not have funding for college. My daughter graduates this year and will start her college; I hope WHS has prepared her for the real world. Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SRMC · 385 weeks ago I would like to vote for all three of these man. I can only vote for one. The USD #353 is living in the dark ages with District-elections, learn from the city and go to At large-elections system. Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Just saying · 385 weeks ago To Mr. Dodds point about the high schools grades. From what I heard this was neither a teachers or a boards decision. This was a Jerry Hodson’s decision so he could get his son to pass his classes. He made it to where you didn’t have to turn in homework if you didn’t want to. This rule was set up because his son did not want to do homework and the only way he would pass is for Hodson to make this rule. Also if you look at the test scores they are okay in the grade schools. The scores start to drop in the middle school (ie. Hodson). Can anybody see a trend? Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 385 weeks ago It will be interesting to have two school board members that are/have been city employees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments I would really like to see an internship-type program for high school students to learn job skills at local industries like TECT and Stellex. “Crusader Way” is another good way for students (freshmen) to interact with community leaders. Also, the “job shadow” program is very good. I had high school students interested in engineering shadow me at City Hall. One of those students went on to graduate at the top of his engineering class at Oklahoma State University. Another is currently at Kansas State University studying architecture, so I’m a believer in it. 9. What do you think will be the most important issue for the Wellington school district in the next four years?Mangan: The school district needs to go through a strategic planning process and prioritize their capital improvement plans. I can see where it’s difficult with State funding being so uncertain, but you need to know where you’re going, set goals and continually make progress.Dodds: I feel that the most important issue facing the school board in the next four years is clearly the budget issues that the district will be facing in lieu of the potential changes taking place at the state level.  I also believe that another important issue is going to be hiring qualified people to fill the various positions that have become available and will become available in the near future.Goodrum: I have several issues that I feel are the “most important” for the next four years:a.   Improving Technology in ALL Schools – we have to make this happen!b. Compensation for our Teachers including Retirement Plan.  We are one of the lowest paying districts in the area and it is hard to get quality teachers to come to USD353 and to remain at USD353.  We need to ensure our annual salaries are competitive with surrounding school districts and come up with a resolution on the Retirement Plan.c. Short and Long Term Strategic Planning – We shouldn’t have any “surprises”.  I would like to see a committee of Administration, Community Members, and Teachers established to create a Capital Improvements schedule, and yearly, allocate funds to ensure enhancements are done before we get to the “emergency” stage.d.   Improving communication within our district and with the public.   The community /public should be made aware of what is going on within our district.  School board members are a representative of the people and should let them know what is happening in our district. Such an evaluation might include whether or not the lighting that we are using is the most efficient and cost effective means available.  An evaluation could also identify areas of the school that could benefit from timers or motion activated lighting.  Over time even the smallest of changes could equate to savings.last_img read more

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