Postponed El Clasico date confirmed

first_img0Shares0000Postponed Clasico to be played on December 18MADRID, Spain, Oct 23 – The rearranged Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on December 18 despite opposition from La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday.Spain’s most prestigious fixture, which was due to take place at Camp Nou on Saturday, was postponed last week because of violent pro-independence protests in Catalonia. La Liga had proposed December 4 or 7 and may decide to appeal.“The decision of the Competition Committee has taken place after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who were invited to agree a date and decided on December 18,” an RFEF statement read.“It has also analysed a report from the RFEF Competitions Area as well as numerous reports submitted by La Liga, which are not binding.“At today’s meeting, the Committee also analysed the latest reports from both clubs, who maintain their initial proposal to play the match on 18 December.”It means Barcelona, who insisted the original match should have gone ahead this weekend, will face a testing few weeks before Christmas.In December, they are already scheduled to play away at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan in the Champions League and Real Sociedad, who sit fourth in La Liga.Real Madrid will play away at Club Brugge in the Champions League and then Valencia, just before travelling to Barca.But both clubs swiftly settled on Wednesday, December 18 last week, hours after being instructed to agree a new date by the RFEF.La Liga, who originally proposed the postponement, disagreed, claiming December 18 would clash with fixtures in the Copa del Rey and harm the economic interests of the clubs involved.– Common sense –FC Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 6, 2018“The decision to change the date of the most important La Liga match cannot be left to the decision of the two participating clubs,” La Liga said on Friday, adding that they have a responsibility to “maximise income” from television rights.La Liga initially suggested swapping the two Clasicos, with the first one being played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, and then proposed the weekend of December 7, when Barcelona and Madrid already have fixtures.Their last proposal was Wednesday, December 4, which comes just after Barca play away at Atletico Madrid.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday he hoped the two clubs would not be drawn into a political “war” between La Liga and the RFEF, who have clashed on various issues in recent years.“I would like common sense to prevail,” Valverde said “I would like there to be a date settled and for the internal wars between La Liga and the RFEF not to involve us.”Barcelona, who visit Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday, moved top of La Liga last weekend, one point ahead of Real Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New group set for honors

first_img Mark Seay keeps finding new ways to redefine the concept of success. In 1988, the second-year 49er wide receiver from San Bernardino was shot twice while protecting his niece from gang gunfire during a birthday party. He lost a kidney and still has a bullet lodged in his chest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He returned to the field in 1990 he initially was denied medical clearance to resume his career, but 49er football coach George Allen supported his return and led the team in receiving two more seasons. He then went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, topped by his 58-catch season in 1994 and trip to Super Bowl XXIX with the San Diego Chargers. Seay had seven catches for 75 yards in the 49-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. More than 10 years after his college career ended, Seay went back to school in 2000 and in 2004 earned a degree in criminal justice at UC San Bernardino. He now works in promotions and community relations for Stater Bros. Markets and is preparing to take the sheriff’s test. “I was a junior academically when I left Long Beach State, and back then you could load up on courses in your major,” Seay, 38, said from his Stater Bros. office in Colton. “So when I decided to go back to school, I was staring at one ugly transcript.” He went to Riverside City College to catch up on his core classes before moving to UC San Bernardino. He’s not sure he would have ever gone back to school, though, if it hadn’t been for the urging of his boss at Stater Bros., Jack Brown. “When I retired, Jack hired me to work in community relations and speak to kids and youth groups, and really inspired me to hone in on a second career. He really wanted me to get my degree. “It was tough. I’m married with a son and it would take four years for me to finish going to school part-time. But his patience and support kept me at it. He never stopped encouraging me.” Seay now is preparing for the tests he needs to join the sheriff’s academy. Before being shot and restarting a football career, Seay had two career dreams, make it to the NFL and someday work in law enforcement. “This is another huge project,” Seay, who is also active with the NFL Alumni, said, “and there’s a lot of demands, physical agility and academic, and I still am a Cadillac with one door. “If someone had told me I’d find the gas to do it at 38, I would have laughed. But I still feel inspired.” And still inspiring. helv95 :Monica Havelka Women’s basketball, 1975-78 Hall of Fame Class of 1987 Excellence and versatility One of the finest two-sport athletes in Long Beach State history can now be found either teaching ceramics or dropping a fishing line into Lake Shasta. After teaching for almost a decade in the Long Beach Unified system, Monica Havelka went from urban to rural, moving to Redding and taking a job at Shasta High School as a ceramics and art teacher so she could be closer to her folks and indulge her hobbies. “I love to fish and I love to bird hunt,” the former basketball star and Olympic rower said. “I got an old German short-hair pointer that was a former service dog and bought a pontoon. “There’s a lot of recreation up here. You’re real close to Lake Shasta. I was a saltwater fisherman growing up but now it’s mostly freshwater, trout and salmon. I’m determined to learn how to bass fish, too.” Havelka was one of the first women’s basketball stars at Long Beach State, she and teammate Lynne Stith being the first 49ers to score 1,000 points in a career. This came in the late ’70s, before the Joan Bonvicini era, when Dr. Fran Schaafsma was the coach and the game was beginning its transition from AIAW play to the NCAA. She averaged 13.3 points and a still-school record 11.7 rebounds in her career while shooting 47 percent from the field. More than a quarter-century removed from her career, she still ranks in several career and single-season top 10 lists. “My years at Long Beach State were probably the most fun I’ve ever had,” she said. “It was a great time with a lot of good friends. We kind of did everything together within the university. They’re my fondest memories.” Even the one that got away. In 1978, the 49ers lost to UCLA in triple overtime in the tournament, and the Bruins went on to win the title. Havelka spent a year in Europe playing professional basketball before switching sports, joining the Long Beach Rowing Assn. and becoming a world-class sculler. She won a gold medal in the 1983 Pan Am Games in double sculls, and in 1988, despite suffering compression fractures in both arms in January, won the Olympic trials and advanced to the Olympic finals in double sculls. In the finals, her partner broke down during the race and they finished sixth. “Our best times were better than the time that won the gold medal, and our slowest were faster that the silver medalists,” she said. “It took my quite a while to get over that. “I owe a lot to (longtime 49er trainer) Dan Bailey, who kept me going in both sports. I loved it at Long Beach. I got a great education and met great people. It’s always in my heart.” Bob Gross Men’s basketball, 1974-75 Hall of Fame Class of 1987 Important role on special team Bob Gross can’t think about his Long Beach State basketball career without wondering whether the 1974 team might have won a national title. The 49ers went 24-2 that season under the guidance of Lute Olson, who said that team was more talented than many of the fantastic teams he’s had during his storied career at Arizona. Besides Gross, a classic 6-6 guard-forward, the ’74 team included Leonard Gray, Roscoe and Cliff Pondexter, Glenn McDonald, Rich Aberegg and Carlos Mina. The first five won All-American honors during their career and played in the NBA, and Aberegg and Mina were all-conference choices. But the ’74 season was the first of the post-Jerry Tarkanian era, after the NCAA had descended with massive probation penalties that kept the 49ers off television and out of the postseason. One of their two losses that season was to Marquette, which advanced to the NCAA title game against North Carolina State, which had dethroned seven-time reigning champ UCLA in the semifinals. “What I remember most is that we had a ton of talent and were on NCAA probation and couldn’t go to the tournament,” Gross said from Portland. “We had one of the best records in the nation and I don’t think anyone outside of Long Beach knew who we were, because we couldn’t even appear on television. “I thought we did a very good job keeping our focus considering that.” Gross works in specialized restorative construction now after owning his own general contracting company for almost two decades. “I wanted someone else to be the boss,” he said. “I got into contracting after starting to do work on my own house.” Gross launched that career after spending eight years in the NBA, seven of them with the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his pro career that was most notable for being a starter on the 1977 Blazers team that won the NBA title behind Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas. Gross averaged 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 1977, one of his two best seasons. Gross won All-American honors in 1975 while leading the 49ers in rebounds (8.5) and assists (4.5). His wife Cindy works for the Trail Blazers and he played on the Trail Blazers alumni team for several years, “until all 12 of us reached the age that we didn’t have two good legs among us.” Bob Wuesthoff Baseball coach, 1964-69 Hall of Fame Class of 1987 Big hit right off the bat Most everyone around Long Beach State recalls the birth of the Dirtbags and the way Dave Snow took a program that went 14-45 in 1988 to the College World Series and a 50-15 record in 1989. But he wasn’t the first to turn around the Long Beach State baseball program. In 1963, the 49ers went 6-25-1. In Bob Wuesthoff’s first season as coach in 1964, his team went 31-13 and won the school’s first-ever conference title. In Wuesthoff’s six seasons, the 49ers won 161 games and he posted a .615 winning percentage, winning one more CCAA title in 1969 and finishing second two other years. Those 31 wins in 1964 remained a school record until 1979. College baseball has changed since Wuesthoff’s era. He didn’t have much in the way of scholarship or recruiting money, but he was an experienced baseball coach who had played at San Jose State he’s a member of the Spartans’ Hall of Fame, too and built a team on the fly. “We played half of our home games on the campus field and the other half at Blair Field, which has always been a great baseball field,” Wuesthoff said from his home in Los Alamitos. “We had some games in Arizona that first season and we had to drive our own cars to get there, and what made it memorable was that one of our guys got a ticket for speeding. “That first season, we had a doubleheader scheduled to end the season and needed one win to clinch the title. So we won the first game, and everyone goes into the locker room to break out the champagne. I had to remind them they had another game to play.” They won that one, too. Wuesthoff’s teams featured some very well-known players, including Bill Biefeld, a transfer from Cal who helped pitch the 49ers to the 1964 title, as well as several local legends, fellow Hall of Fame member Rick Bryson, respected local basketball coach Dave Yanai, and John Gonsalves, who played for Wuesthoff and succeeded him as head coach. Rod Gaspar and Randy Moffitt, Billie Jean King’s younger brother, both went on to the major leagues. “We have a reunion of the guys every five years,” said Wuesthoff, who coached at Madera High School near Fresno and Menlo College in Northern California before coming to Long Beach. “I get out to watch as much of the (Dirtbags) as I can said at my age (79).” Wuesthoff and former 49er Athletic Director Fred Miller also launched the 49er Summer Camps, an all-sports program for kids up to age 12 that has been a campus staple for years. Wuesthoff was its director for 30 years and still participates as a coach and staff advisor. “It was a great program, and it’s interesting when kids come to the camp whose parents once were campers when they were kids,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Tonight’s Long Beach State Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony marks the 20th anniversary of the Hall’s creation that has enshrined 180 athletes, coaches, administrators and community leaders. The inductees tonight are outgoing Long Beach State President Dr. Robert Maxson, his wife Dr. Sylvia Maxson, basketball star Morlon Wiley, football standout Herb Lusk, volleyball All-American Brita (Schwerm) Bolane, water polo coach Bill Barnett, administrator Dr. Tom Dean and community leader Art Johnson. In honor of the 20th anniversary, four athletes already installed in the Hall were tracked down for a “Where Are They Now?” feature football standout Mark Seay, basketball players Bob Gross and Monica Havelka, and former baseball coach Bob Wuesthoff to recall what they did as athletes or coaches to earn their place in the hall and what they are doing with their lives now. helv95: Mark Seay Football, 1987-88, 1990-91 Hall of Fame class of 2001 Good degree of success last_img read more