first_imgTOP HORSEMEN BACK TO COMPETE AS SANTA ANITA READIES FOR ITS 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET OPENER ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 SANTA ANITA TO HOST RECORD 10TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2    ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2019)–America’s top horsemen will converge on Santa Anita Park next Friday, Sept. 27, as The Great Race Place opens its doors for its 23-day Autumn Meet which will also include a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.With five of the nation’s current top 14 trainers by money-won competing on a full-time basis, messrs Bob Baffert (9), John Sadler (11), Doug O’Neill (12), Richard Baltas (13) and Michael McCarthy (14), leading the way, Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet training race figures to be very competitive indeed.Along with this high-powered quintet, Mark Glatt comes into the Autumn Meet holding a red-hot hand as his barn is enjoying its best-ever year. Phil D’Amato, fourth behind Doug O’Neill, Glatt and Baltas in Santa Anita’s Spring Summer standings, figures to again be a major Autumn Meet player as does Peter Miller, with both barns well stocked and ready to run in a variety of different categories.American racing’s most recognizable figure, Hall of Famer Baffert has the nation’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, who is expected to prep for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28. Baffert also has an abundance of top two and three year old fillies and colts, and although he’s not expected to vie for the most races won, his stable is again well positioned to take home the most money.A total of four Hall of Famers, Baffert, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella and Ron McAnally all call Santa Anita home and will again be very much in evidence here this fall.Additionally, a number of other well established conditioners, such as Dan Blacker, Simon Callaghan, Jim Cassidy, Jack Carava, Vladimir Cerin, Keith Desormeaux, Peter Eurton, Carla Gaines, Paddy Gallagher, Bruce Headley, Bob Hess, Jr., David Hofmans, Steve Knapp, Brian Koriner, Eric Kruljac, Andrew Lerner, Craig Lewis, Steve Miyadi, Kristin Mulhall, Jeff Mullins, George Papaprodromou, Leonard Powell, Shelbe Ruis, Gary Sherlock, John Shirreffs, Bill Spawr, Gary Stute, Eddie Truman, Jonathan Wong, Tim Yakteen and others will all be competing on a regular basis.For comprehensive biographies on a total of 33 Santa Anita-based trainers, please visit read more

The Fajardo factor

first_imgGuiao sees how the Gin Kings and Tim Cone can take the Beermen to the distance—and possibly win it for themselves.“The June Mar (Fajardo) advantage can be neutralized, or at least contained, with (Greg) Slaughter there,” Guiao said. “And knowing coach Tim, he can use Japeth (Aguilar) as help defense [for Fajardo].”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’Norman Black also sees the series going to a Game 7, but predicts Ginebra to come out on top—not because of the big men angle but because of Justin Brownlee.“He has been exceptional, not to say that (Renaldo) Balkman is not playing well,” Black said. “But in the last seven games or so, Brownlee has been dominant.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer vs. Barangay Ginebra for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup looks dead even. At least that’s the way some of the other coaches see it.“San Miguel will win in seven games,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said as the series, which the Beermen need to win to creep closer to another shot at a Grand Slam, starts on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. “It’s a very close, even series.”ADVERTISEMENT TNT KaTropa’s Nash Racela sees it going the Beermen’s way, but in six games.“Ginebra, with their lineup, can match up better with San Miguel than any other team in the league,” Racela said. “But San Miguel has June Mar (Fajardo) and that counts for a lot.”Fajardo will be shooting to win a record sixth Best Player of the Conference award and avenge a title series loss to Slaughter during their collegiate days in Cebu 11 years ago.And that only adds to the motivation for Fajardo, who can take the Beermen along for the ride once again. No matter how bumpy this one gets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team UST, FEU rip foes Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And Black didn’t fail to mention the obvious: “And Ginebra will have the crowd support every game. I remember that during the time we played them while I was San Miguel coach. And that always gives them the edge.”San Miguel has won six of the last 10 conferences with coach Leo Austria a perfect 6-for-6 in the run.“I have no idea,” Alaska’s Alex Compton told the Inquirer when asked for his forecast. “All I know is that San Miguel is awesome and Ginebra is really good.”But Compton seems to have given the Gin Kings a slight edge: “And coach Tim is the winningest coach of all time.”Cone gets to challenge Austria with a complete lineup this time. The last time they clashed in the title series, it was 4-1 San Miguel’s way with Slaughter sidelined because of a foot injury.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Third parties have proven to be cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled

first_imgDear Editor,The lure of power and pecuniary gain will always rule paramount for third parties. This was evidenced in the 1964 elections, and again in the 2015 elections by both the UF and the AFC. The pretenders and the pretensions of these third parties are well documented.In fact, those in the AFC are currently squandering the opportunity to become patriots who can bring about the necessary changes to propel this country towards socio-economic growth. Where have the progressives gone? Without an iota of doubt, they have been utterly consumed by the PNC, because of their greed and lust for power. Another third party just dissipated!It must be recalled that the main thrust and objective of the leaders of the AFC was to ‘get rid of the PPP’, as evidenced even before the coalition was formed by the subversive tactics they used in Parliament. It was never about putting Guyana first, but rather about getting rid of their arch enemy. At no point in time was the AFC honest about tackling the socio-economic problems facing this country. They made the country ungovernable, and this led to a vote of no confidence tabled by Nagamootoo, the dissolution of Parliament, and the calling of an early Election in 2015.It must also be recalled that, at its formation, the founding leaders had vowed never to coalesce with either the PPP or the PNC, since they claimed that both had destroyed this country. They had vowed to remain independent, but the grand entry of the genuine pretender Moses Nagamootoo just before the 2011 Elections changed all of that, with his guile and innate ability to manipulate.Therefore, Mr Ralph Ramkarran’s proposal outlining the characteristics which a third party must have in order to be viewed as utopian in nature is meant for academic discourses rather than being based on the realities of our situation. I am sure he is genuine in what he has proposed, but it simply will not work.There will never be ‘political unity,’ such stuff are what dreams are made of; it is a myth! The ‘waste, extravagance and corruption’ of our oil monies have been set in motion. Furthermore, no third party will be willing to hold the reins of the Presidency until the Constitution is amended to include shared governance, in accordance with the parties’ support at the elections. This will happen only if the third party wins a majority and can get a two-thirds majority or call a referendum. This will never happen!On the other hand, if the third party does not secure a majority or a plurality, then it will be in opposition advocating for a unity Government. This, again, will never happen, since the winner takes all mentality bears a strong incentive against this. The alternative scenario is that, if this call is ‘resisted,’ then the third party will support ‘the party which agrees to implement its policies of constitutional reform, leading to inclusive governance,’ to fight poverty, crime and corruption. In opposition, the AFC has proven that it will work to topple the Government to secure power and a ‘good life’ for itself. So this, again, will not happen.Where will we find a third party which possesses ‘that higher purpose which resonates with the Guyanese people’? Third parties have proven themselves to be the means by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of Government. Another third party is criminal!When I was a boy, I once said to my father, “Dad, we need a third political party.” He said to me, “I’ll settle for a second.” (Ralph Nader)Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, Region Sixlast_img read more

Deadlier Than the Ebola Virus

first_imgMy wife and I had a friend, Samson Rightfoot, whose wife, Dorothy Rightfoot, left him three years ago. The experience depressed him that he had hallucinated about ending his life, but we realized that though at the age of 35, he had much more to live for.  “You have much to be happy about,” my wife told him, “hold yourself together.”  “I’ve worked for the last five years,” he sobbed, and my wife had fought back a tear that was betraying her.  “I know how much your wife meant to you,” I added my voice in consolation. “We’ll be with you all the way.” My friend had lifted his head and gazed directly at me. It was a delight for my family to be useful to a depressed soul. I felt, however, disturbed that a family man of more than ten years would sink into disrepair, but considering my own love for my wife and our two children, I felt pity for his condition.  I was learning much more from the weakness of human nature, for here was a man who had devoted his life to the progress of his family and when that forward march was interrupted and the one who meant a lot to him left unceremoniously, he sunk into utter hopelessly. What crime could one commit to bring him such humiliation and disappointment! I was not judge on human nature, but I felt extremely disturbed and examined how far my family had come. I argued with myself that the situation could be reversed for he was like one of those living dead roaming in Monrovia searching for life’s meaning, but sadly their misfortunes had been greater than their fortune, and they simply lived for the day.  Samson was a jovial fellow, and I remember fairly well his positive response after we examined his situation, one Sunday evening.  “I appreciate both of your concerns for me,” Rightfoot said, smiling.  “That’s what friends are for,” I said, and my wife, Elizabeth Bluecross, nodded to reassure him that we meant well.  “Sam,” Rightfoot said, “it takes friends to make friends and truly speaking, I am overwhelmed,” his eyes filled with tears, and I moved in to console him.  I held his hands together and squeezed them, with a comment, “Don’t give up, dear friend.”  My response forced a grin and a laugh from my friend, and we all laughed, including my wife.  “We need each other sometimes, Sam,” I pleaded, with a look of concern on my face.  “I had loved her with everything,” my friend moaned, wiping his face with the back of his right hand. I said, “You are welcome to our home and though New Kru Town has its own minuses and pluses, come here whenever you need someone to even talk to.”  With his eyes filled with tears, Samson extended his right hand and I grabbed it, as we pumped it for a while, before he eased his grip and I followed suit.  That evening, Sam got the best entertainment from us and before he left, my wife managed, with my agreement, to push some money into his pocket, to enable him reach Logan Town.  When his troubles began, Samson resorted to heavy drinking that took a toll on him and our swift intervention, and his eventual realization that we were there for him, rescued him from his dissent into what many saw as his journey to the abyss of despair and hopelessness.  In the course of time, Samson discovered his jovial self. He became a frequent visitor to our home, as we had instructed him to do.   In all fairness, Samson was an amiable fellow and I was particularly grateful that I was able to use my influence on my wife to help another soul. We showed him every bit that we wanted him to know we cared for, and about him.  “What we are doing for you,” I told him during one of his visits, “means our love and with Christ’s directive to lend a hand when a brother is down.” My response elicited a smile from my friend, and he was forced to reply, “Sam, it will be better for you to take the Cross.”  “I was not meant to be a preacher,” I confessed, “but maybe one day, when the Lord wills it, I will be.”  We all laughed over it.  I knew that life had a way of punishing people, and particularly with the increasing number of family problems; one would always need another’s shoulder to cry on.  Many people fail to work through their problems; they would not even make an attempt to find a workable solution, and as a result, they contribute to their own misery and would make it seem as though the family arrangement would always be on a try and error basis.  The recent discovery of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, and the manner the news was publicized in the country created much apprehension that I wondered what preventive measures were clearly necessary. I was not particularly pleased with the kind of preventive measures broadcast to the nation, but I knew it was someone’s job to get the message across and so be it.  Two days after sample tissues of those affected with the deadly Ebola virus returned from Paris, France, and it was announced that at least two of the dead had the virus; my friend Samson Rightfoot came to my house, visiting with my family as usual.  As we sat to talk, we joked about the unnecessary tension the confirmation of the virus’ presence in Liberia had raised, and later my wife suggested that we should get something to drink and some food from a nearby shop, since it was a Saturday, and the day was wasting away, slowly.  It was a good thing and I decided to rush to the nearby shop to get something for all of us.  “I think I should go with you,” Samson said, but I felt he should not bother.  “Just wait right here,” I said, “I will be back with the drinks.”  “A couple of stouts will be fine with me,” he told me, and I nodded my consent. He did not appreciate my refusal for him to go along with me, but I insisted, because I knew it was my duty to make him more comfortable anytime he was around my family. So I left him with my wife.  The location of our house sat across a smaller road, jutting toward the main trunk road. The house’s windows were located in opposite, but awkward positions that one could be coming from either of the two windows, without anyone in the room being aware.  It took me about twenty five minutes to get the drinks from a center just across from the nearby Plaza Cinema. I was approaching towards one of the windows, and to my shock, I saw what I thought it happening in a dream; or like it was happening in a movie.  My friend Samson was in close contact with my wife, and as I approached, the two held each other in an uncompromising posture that filled me with disgust and anger.  Perhaps it was the reality of ‘thirty days for rogue, and one day for master’ and as the couple did not notice my presence, I stood watching them painfully till they ended up their passionate kiss.  It was rather too late for them to have claimed any of the many things as the reasons for their intimate closeness and fumbling and betrayal.   The moment they saw me, they let each other loose and over-reacted so violently that in a few seconds, my friend began to sweat.  At the store, along with the drinks I bought several tins of corn beef, some loaves of Fula bread. I placed them on the table before my faithful wife and wonderful friend.“How was it while I was gone?” I said, and it was like torture to both of them, but my friend mustered some courage.“Everything was fine,” he said, in a voice that betrayed his sincerity to our relationship and avoided my gaze.I said, “Ok, what about you Honey?” My wife could not raise her head to look into my face, and though I was enjoying the torture, I felt sorry for them at the same time.It became apparent to me that the uneasiness, as a result of what had happened was so overbearing that my friend Samson wanted to ask for leave, and save himself the painful memories of the tragic scene that I had openly witnessed.“It was fine,” my wife managed to say, and began to move towards the kitchen.I said, “Give me one of the butcher knives from the counter.”Suddenly, she said, “For what?”“I just need a butcher knife,” I said derisively, “I left my faithful wife with my true friend to get something from the store.“I returned with what I went to get for us, and I need a butcher knife, and you don’t want to give it to me?”“You don’t need a butcher knife to slice bread,” Samson retorted with a grin.  “You’re right,” I said, “but did anything go wrong here?”  I meanwhile walked towards the kitchen for a butcher knife but when I turned to look at my friend, Samson had already urinated (pepe) in his trousers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rotarians Urged to Attract New Members

first_imgThe District Governor 9101 of Rotary Club International (RCI), Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua, has urged members of the Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS) to attract new members to join and become part of the organization’s service to humanity in the country.Governor Richmond-Ahoua, who presides over 10 West African countries of the RCI, 2015-2016, said that the club is for friendship, with many of them getting involved in humanitarian work around the world.She made the statement recently in Monrovia during an official working visit to RCS members of District 9101, and to inspect several of the club’s projects in communities around Monrovia.Madam Richmond-Ahoua said attracting new members to join a service organization is not an easy task, adding, “In fact, we observed that even though a majority of people are aware of Rotary, only a few know what Rotarians actually can do.” The prospective members that would be recruited, according to her, should be friends, colleagues or family members, “because these are people that are easy to recruit, who share personal relationships with them and to whom they can easily explain the work of Rotarians.” DG Richmond-Ahoua said Rotarians are great people who are in leadership around the world, “therefore, everyone by now in Liberia should be able to sponsor a new club or members in the country.”“Rotarians,” she said, “Are a gift to the world because they are respectfully known for doing humanitarian work in their respective communities and countries.”She told the RCS members to keep focus on the basic social responsibilities that would uphold the objectives of the club in Liberia.She then urged every Rotarian to serve the purpose and vision of the International Rotary by ensuring that the club serves humanity and champions the cause of peace-building in Liberia. DG Ahoua acknowledged RCS’ president Eva Morgan Mappy (2015/2016) and other past officials as well as members of the club in buttressing the government’s efforts in the fight against the recently ended Ebola virus disease (EVD).She said this was not the first time that Rotarians have assisted government in health crisis because they played a major role worldwide through the international Rotary Club where they made financial donations to help the World Health Organization (WHO) to eradicate the childhood disease, Polio, out of the various nations including Liberia.According to her, such assistance by Rotary International could be demonstrated by the Rotary Club of Sinkor when members commit their minimum financial contributions to combat any future outbreak.For her part, Eva Morgan Mappy, president of the Rotary Club of Sinkor expressed gratitude to the DG Marie for the visit.Rotarian Mappy assured the DG that as head of the club in Liberia, she will ensure that the objective for which the club was created is achieved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Quite possibly the best sports story ever!’ Foxes extend their lead at the top

first_img1 Wes Morgan was the surprise scorer as Leicester were 1-0 winners against Southampton The Leicester City story goes on and football fans still cannot believe it. Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes beat Southampton 1-0 on Sunday to extend their lead at the top to seven points, thanks to Wes Morgan’s second-half header.As they capitalised on Tottenham dropping points against Liverpool, the East Midlands outfit are now 11 points clear of third-placed Arsenal. This time last year, Leicester were seven points adrift of safety and now they are leading the way, deservedly so. See some of the best fan reaction, below:center_img [View the story “Leicester City edge closer to Premier League title” on Storify]last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Supervalu Killybegs requires a butcher

first_imgRooney’s Supervalu in Killybegs are now recruiting for the following position: Butcher.Previous experience is essential.Successful applicants will be enthusiastic, demonstrate a passion for quality and be able to work in a busy environment. Candidates must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and public holidays.Please visit for further details.Job Vacancy: Supervalu Killybegs requires a butcher was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:butcherjobKillybegsSuperValuVacancylast_img read more


first_imgTIM McNulty was crowned Donegal International Rally champion on an historic weekend for the sport.You can watch a video round-up of the third and final day by clicking the video above. DDTV: VIDEO ROUND-UP OF FINAL DAY OF DONEGAL RALLY was last modified: June 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO ROUND-UP OF FINAL DAY OF DONEGAL RALLYlast_img read more


first_imgThe large crowd which attended the conference.Mental health awareness has been voted as the top priority for Donegal Youth Council to work on over the next 2 years.More than 150 young people aged 12-18 from every corner of the county attended the annual Youth Council Agenda Day in the Clannree Hotel in Letterkenny.The conference gave them the opportunity to put forward issues for discussion, participate in facilitated discussions around each topic and vote to identify the top 5 key recommendations for the newly elected Youth Council to work on during their term. There were 15 recommendations put forward for voting on the day, with the top 5 identified for further development by the Youth Council being:MENTAL HEALTH – reduce stigma, knowing 5 a day & Positives, Teaching people to identify negative (help)SPORT – more opportunities to try new and different sportsBULLYING – SPOT & STOP Road Show, to educate young people and adults, to be aware of and take action on bullying. BODY IMAGE – Organise Express yourself DISCO in all schools (Boys and Girls wear what they want, Girls = no makeup or getting hair done)SPORT – Raise awareness of lack of funding and opportunities in schools in DonegalThe event for the Youth Council also marked the end of term for the 2012-2014 Donegal Youth Council where they presented to the audience the progress they made in relation to identified topics from the previous AGM, while the day also saw the newly elected Donegal Youth Council presented before their peers for the first time. The audience was also addressed by Cathairleach of Donegal County Council John Campbell.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and aims to provide young people with opportunities to identify, prioritise and work on topics and projects which have been identified by the wider youth population of the county and also to provide young people with opportunities to have their voice heard by being involved in the development of local services and policies which affect themOTHER RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD FOR VOTING PROCESS Road Safety – Fun Interactive workshop in schools for 5th Years on Road Safety and the consequencesSexual Health – Get teachers who are interested in teaching sexual health having the opportunity to do so, or bring in professionals from other servicesBody Image – Campaign to promote healthy Body Image among Teens in DonegalPhysical Health – DYC plan, organise and facilitate a school challenge of a couch to 5K programme and aim to raise awareness of diet, consequences of no physical activity and bad diet. Physical Health – Helping everyone become involved in some physical activity through providing events to showcase sports, especially alternative sports like tag rugby etc.Drugs & Alcohol – Organise an event for Parents that highlights the dangers of underage alcohol and drug abuse. eg hold meeting in local school.Drugs & Alcohol – make Donegal’s young people more aware of the affects of Drugs/Alcohol/smokingBullying – hold a big event promoting bullying awareness & make a DVD to be shown at it & also available to take back to school youth clubs etc.Racism/LGBT (Inequality) – We feel it is really important to educate young people about discrimination issues such as Racism and LGBT. To result in better Mental Health, confidence and atmosphere in schools. We want to do this through awareness training, starting with teachers, students and the community.Employment – Raise awareness amongst local companies about Youth unemployment. Encourage business to employ young people/offer work experience and CV SkillsYOUNG DONEGAL PEOPLE VOTE MENTAL HEALTH THEIR KEY PRIORITY was last modified: November 7th, 2014 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)last_img read more

High School Football Caps

first_img Key stat: 3. This is the third and final matchup this season involving defending Southern Section champions. Long Beach Poly (Div. I) defeated Centennial of Corona (Div. V), and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (Div. XI) beat Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (Div. XII). Outlook: St. Bonaventure of Ventura, the defending Southern Section Div. IV champion, brings a 14-game winning streak against defending Div. X champ Crespi of Encino. The Celts’ 11-game winning streak was snapped in Friday’s 28-27 loss to Birmingham of Lake Balboa. The closest game during the Seraphs’ run has been a 29-27 victory last season over Crespi. St. Bonaventure, led by junior RB Michael Lee (533 yards, seven TDs) and senior QB Matt Evans (544 passing yards, five TDs), has won 85 of its past 88 games. Crespi will be without senior OL Sione Fua, who is sidelined at least a week with a right ankle injury. Without Fua, the Celts still have the skill players to compete with St. Bonaventure, led by QB Matt Wabby (640 passing yards, seven TDs) and RB Josh Morgan (489 yards, five TDs). LOYOLA (3-0) at No. 17 ANTELOPE VALLEY (2-1) 7 p.m. Key stat: 11-2-1. 11-2-1Loyola’s all-time record against Antelope Valley. Outlook: The history of this rivalry has diminished in the past two years with the departures of longtime coaches Brent Newcomb, who retired after the 2003 season following 34 years at Antelope Valley, and Steve Grady, who retired after the 2004 season following 29 years at Loyola of Los Angeles. Nonetheless, the rivalry remains fierce. Both programs are off to a good starts, although Loyola has faced only one significant challenge, winning a 28-13 victory over City Section contender Venice in Week 2. Cubs senior RB Chad Peppars leads the Cubs’ offense. Peppars has rushed for 272 yards on just 32 carries (8.5-yard average) and five touchdowns. Antelope Valley’s defense is among the area’s best, but its offense hasn’t found its stride despite the presence of big-play threats RB Andre Chrenshaw, WR D’Andre Goodwin and WR/TE Randy Burton. The Antelopes will be without leading tackler Allan Mohan, a senior LB who was suspended after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in last week’s 14-0 victory over Silverado of Victorville. OTHER GAMES No. 1 NOTRE DAME (3-0) vs. SAUGUS (2-1) College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m. Outlook:This is the second of five consecutive tough games for Saugus, which rolled past two soft opponents before a one-sided loss at Chino last week. Three-time Southern Section Div. III champion Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks is a heavy favorite. Few teams can match the Knights’ skill-position talent, crisp execution and terrific special teams. Saugus’ Zach Summers has passed for 408 yards (66 percent) and four TDs, including two long TDs to TE Alex Koval last week, and scored three TDs. Ryan Purdy, a stocky 5-5 RB, has rushed for 229 yards (11.5 avg.) and five TDs. Key stat 10Touchdowns scored by Notre Dame senior RB Rodney Glass. He has scored four in each of the past two games and is one of four area players with 60 points. ST. JOHN BOSCO (2-1) at No. 2 VALENCIA (3-0) 7 p.m. Outlook: St. John Bosco of Bellflower will try to slow down Valencia, which is averaging 44.6 points and an area-best 517 yards per game – although starters have been pulled in the second half of the first three games. Valencia QB Michael Herrick, who’s closing in on the state career passing yardage record, has completed 63 percent of his passes for 945 yards and five TDs. RB Shane Vereen has rushed for 380 yards (11.9 avg.) with a team-best 13 receptions and 10 TDs. He’s had several breakaways of 50 yards or longer. St. John Bosco, coming off a 34-7 victory over Fullerton, has some talented players, including DL Erich Kelmme, a 6-3, 230-pounder who has 30 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery. Andrew Aguila, who kicked 16 field goals last year, has seven field goals and averages 42.8 yards per punt. Key stat 106First-half points scored by Valencia, versus seven allowed, in victories over Bishop Amat of La Puente, Birmingham of Lake Balboa and El Toro of Lake Forest. GRACE BRETHREN (1-2) at VILLAGE CHRISTIAN (2-1) Saturday at Kennedy High School, 7 p.m. Outlook: This is a matchup of the past two Southern Section Div. XII champions, now rivals in the Div. XI Olympic League. Grace Brethren of Simi Valley has played the toughest nonleague schedule of any area small school, suffering early losses to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and Oak Park, the top two teams in Div. XI. Village Christian of Sun Valley RB Chris Handy is third in the area with 536 rushing yards. Key stat 6Consecutive first-half possessions resulting in touchdowns for Village Christian in a 54-7 victory Saturday over St. Genevieve of Panorama City. Tito Spilsbury also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD. No. 15 LANCASTER (3-1) at QUARTZ HILL (2-1) 7 p.m. Outlook: It’s never too early to talk playoff implications, and this game is loaded with them. Quartz Hill has finished fourth in the Golden League each of the past two seasons and needs a win over one of the top three teams (Lancaster, Antelope Valley or Palmdale) to jump up a spot and earn a playoff berth. Lancaster has league title aspirations after finishing second last year to Palmdale. The Eagles are the most consistent team in the area. Senior RBs Josh Gaines (303 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and Tony Jackson (333 yards, 5 TDs) make a potent one-two punch in the backfield. Key stat 25Points allowed by Lancaster in the three games since its 28-14 loss to Orange Lutheran on Sept. 3. CRESCENTA VALLEY (0-3) at LA CANADA (3-0) 7 p.m. Outlook: The records might not indicate this will be much of a game, but with any rivalry, the wins and losses get discarded. Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta is coming off a 20-14 loss to Verdugo Hills of Tujunga, resulting in an 0-3 start for the second year in a row. The Falcons turned things around last year with a 42-17 victory over the Spartans en route to winning five of their final eight. A victory here might propel La Canada to a 10-0 regular season. Key stat 11Consecutive losses by La Canada to Crescenta Valley in the annual intercity rivalry. Note: the bottom 3 games are on the verge of being canceled because of the fires or fire-related air quality. When Erik comes back around 6 p.m., he’ll make a final determination on what’s going on. But the rest of the caps are ready to go. Thanks. No. 16 NEWBURY PARK (2-1) at No. 9 AGOURA (3-0) 7 p.m. Outlook: Xxxxxx. Key stat XXXKey stat info xxxx. No. 4 THOUSAND OAKS (3-0) at No. 19 MOORPARK (1-2) 7 p.m. Outlook: Xxxxxx. Key stat XXXKey stat info xxxx. No. 10 WESTLAKE (1-2) at No. 14 ROYAL (2-1) 7 p.m. Outlook: Xxxxxx. Key stat XXXKey stat info xxxx. _ Erik Boal, Gerry Gittelson and Ramona Shelburne contributed 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Prior to Birmingham’s victory last year, the Indians were 10-0 against City opponents during the Herrington era – and all of the wins were by 13 or more points. The big question for Hart is whether QB Tyler Lyon will return. The 6-foot-6 senior is questionable after sitting out last week’s game with a separated shoulder, although he’s practiced this week. Alex Pettee replaced him and passed for 177 yards and two TDs in a 38-7 victory over Westlake. GAMES OF THE WEEK ST. BONAVENTURE (4-0) at No. 7 CRESPI (2-1) 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Key stat: 475. Rushing yards by Birmingham of Lake Balboa sophomore RB Milton Knox Jr., who has scored seven TDs. None of his teammates have more than 57 rushing yards or two TDs. Outlook: Birmingham of Lake Balboa last year defeated Hart of Newhall 33-27, a milestone victory – no City Section had previously defeated the high-powered Indians during 17-year coach Mike Herrington’s career. It’s a new year, and most of the faces have changed, but the stench of that defeat has remained with revenge-minded Hart. center_img GAME OF THE DAY No. 5 HART (2-1) at No. 6 BIRMINGHAM (1-2) last_img read more