Tony Gwynn, sweet-swinging ‘Mr. Padre,’ dies at 54

first_imgIIn this Oct. 7, 2001 file photo, San Diego Padres’ Tony Gwynn fights back tears as he acknowledges the standing ovation prior to the Padres’ game against the Colorado Rockies, the final game of his career, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego’s most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday. He was 54.Gwynn, nicknamed “Mr. Padre,” had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater. He died at a hospital in suburban Poway, agent John Boggs said.“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Commissioner Bud Selig said.Gwynn had two operations for cancer in his right cheek between August 2010 and February 2012. The second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn’s neck to help him eventually regain facial movement.Gwynn had said he believed the cancer was from chewing tobacco.San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery played a long time with Gwynn and then coached him. Flannery says he’ll “remember the cackle to his laugh. He was always laughing, always talking, always happy.”“The baseball world is going to miss one of the greats, and the world itself is going to miss one of the great men of mankind,” Flannery said. “He cared so much for other people. He had a work ethic unlike anybody else, and had a childlike demeanor of playing the game just because he loved it so much.”In a rarity in pro sports, Gwynn played his whole career with the Padres, choosing to stay rather than leaving for bigger paychecks elsewhere. His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game’s greatest contact hitters. He had 3,141 hits, a career .338 average and won eight NL batting titles. He excelled at hitting singles the other way, through the “5.5 hole” between third base and shortstop.Gwynn played in the Padres’ only two World Series and was a 15-time All-Star.He homered off the facade at Yankee Stadium off San Diego native David Wells in Game 1 of the 1998 World Series and scored the winning run in the 1994 All-Star Game. He was hitting .394 when a players’ strike ended the 1994 season, denying him a shot at becoming the first player to hit .400 since San Diego native Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.Gwynn befriended Williams and the two loved to talk about hitting. Gwynn steadied Williams when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the 1999 All-Star Game at Boston’s Fenway Park.Gwynn retired after the 2001 season. He and Cal Ripken Jr. — who spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles — were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 2007.Gwynn was a two-sport star at San Diego State in the late 1970s-early 1980s, playing point guard for the basketball team — he still holds the game, season and career record for assists — and outfielder for the baseball team.Gwynn always wanted to play in the NBA, until realizing during his final year at San Diego State that baseball would be the ticket to the pros.“I had no idea that all the things in my career were going to happen,” he said shortly before being inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Ripken in 2007. “I sure didn’t see it. I just know the good Lord blessed me with ability, blessed me with good eyesight and a good pair of hands, and then I worked at the rest.”He was a third-round draft pick of the Padres in 1981.After spending parts of just two seasons in the minor leagues, he made his big league debut on July 19, 1982. Gwynn had two hits that night, including a double, against the Philadelphia Phillies. After doubling, Pete Rose, who had been trailing the play, said to Gwynn: “Hey, kid, what are you trying to do, catch me in one night?”Survivors include his wife, Alicia, daughter Anisha and son Tony Jr., who plays with the Philadelphia Phillies.___AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Vanuatu beat PNG A by 28 runs

first_imgVanuatu batted first and set a mammoth target of 172 runs thanks to Nalin Nipoko’s 40 runs. His knock included 4 fours and 3 big sixes.Middle order batsman Andrew Mansale chipped in late in the innings with 28. Vanuatu finished at 9/172.PNG’S Kabua Vagi Morea was the best of the bowlers taking 4/20.In their response, PNG’S openers Chris Amini (80) and Riley Hekure (33) got things going. But their dismissals spelt the end for PNG as 6 wickets fell in close succession for 21 runs.In the end it was left to tail enders Joel Tom and Kohu Dai to chase down the target. Both batsmen finished unbeaten as PNG ran out of overs.PNG finished with 6/144. Vanuatu’s Patrick Matautaava was in devastating form taking 4/25.In the other match today, Tonga beat New Caledonia by 37 runs.last_img read more

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Usain Bolt has never run a mile

first_imgThe world’s fastest man may have six Olympic gold medals, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect.Far from it, in fact, if you consider his agent Ricky Simms’ most recent shock admission about the Jamaican track star.For all his celebrity and speed, Bolt has never run a mile.He’s never run the 1609m middle distance mark. Ever.Sure, the 29-year-old, has never needed to run further than 200m to cement his reputation as one of the greatest athletes ever seen, but one would assume a professional athlete would have, at some point, shuffled the 400m Olympic track four times consecutively.Wrong.“Usain has never run a mile,” Simms told The New Yorker.The magazine attempts to answer the question of how quick Bolt could run the magic mile in a piece by Charles Bethea.The mechanics of running the 100m do not necessarily transfer to the physical attributes needed to run 1600m.In fact, as you may expect, exercise physiologist experts believe Bolt would get nowhere near the mark of the fastest mile ever run.Moroccan legend Hicham El Guerrouj ran his magic mile in 1999 with a time of 3:43.13.Some human movement experts believe Bolt would even struggle to record a 1600m distance under five minutes.There is an explanation.“Speed over short distances does not automatically guarantee relative speed over long distances,” exercise physiology professor at University of the Free State professor Ross Tucker told The New Yorker.“Mainly because the system used to produce energy sent to muscles is quite different. What a 100m or 200m sprinter relies on is incapable of meeting his demands over a mile. By definition, the training a short-distance sprinter does is in polar opposition to that of a middle-distance runner. One-hundred-metre speed translates pretty well up to 400m. But after that there is a large change.”Former cross-country coach at university level Robert Johnson said Bolt’s speed would not aid him over a mile.“He’s a total fast-twitch-muscle-fibre guy,” Johnson, the co-founder of letsrun.com, said.“To expect Bolt to be good at the mile simply because he is the world’s greatest sprinter would be like expecting a great 320 pound (145kg) NFL offensive lineman to be good at playing running back simply because he’s a great football player. It’s ludicrous.”Fortunately, for the athletics superstar, 1600m is a distance he doesn’t need to be concerned about.Taking care of business in the 100m and 200m is the only thing he needs to do to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.Since he coasted to the 100m finish line in world-record time at the Bird’s Nest eight years ago, Usain Bolt has been the smiling face of track and field. He has served as the anchorman of the Olympics — virtually the only reason any casual fan would pay attention to a sport that has orchestrated its own slow, sad, drug-infused downfall.His tender hamstring improving, Bolt will be back for a final crack at Olympic glory when track starts in Rio de Janeiro on August 12.If, as expected, he wins all three sprint events — the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay — he’ll only add to his legacy and cement himself at the fore of any conversation about Greatest Olympian Ever. He is already the first person to win back-to-back Olympic gold at 100 and 200 metres.Whether viewed over the six days he runs in Rio, or over the eight years he’s graced the world with his once-in-a-lifetime mix of speed, smiles and showmanship, the World’s Fastest Man has offered track a reprieve from the wasteland of corrupt countries, reshuffled medals and win-at-any-cost malfeasance it has become.That’s not so much Bolt’s concern.Over the past four years, only one man, American Justin Gatlin — the 2004 100-metre gold medallist who, himself, has served two doping bans — has been able to seriously challenge Bolt at either 100 or 200 metres. More than racing against Gatlin, though, Bolt is racing against the clock — and into history.And yet, the doping scourge doesn’t elude him, either. His relay medal from 2008 is in jeopardy now, thanks to retests conducted by the IOC that indicate teammate Nesta Carter could have used a banned substance.In the past, the IOC has stripped entire relay teams of medals even when only one person dopes.At almost every stop he makes, Bolt is asked about doping.In an interview before his tune-up race in London in July, he showed off the Band-Aid covering the mark where testers had drawn their latest tube full of blood.“Rules are rules and doping violations in track and field is getting really bad, so if you feel like you need to make a statement then thumbs up,” Bolt said of the Russian ban.He has never tested positive, has mostly managed to smile through the thinly veiled questions about his own doping virtue, and, when the stakes are greatest, has rarely failed to put on a show people want to watch.The next act starts with 100-metre qualifying on Aug. 13. Bolt, who turns 30 on the day of the closing ceremony in Rio, has said he’ll hang up the spikes after an encore season in 2017, but more recently has left the door slightly cracked for racing beyond that.last_img read more

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Father wishes for cheerful funeral

first_img HONOURING DOMINIC Wearing his deceased son’s number 7 jersey yesterday, father David revealed to The Gleaner that he would like today’s thanksgiving service for the life of his only child, Dominic James, to be cheerful. The funeral will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, located on George Headley Road in Kingston, adjacent to St George’s College, at 10:00 a.m. “I would like the service to be cheerful, especially given that his life was what it was. I didn’t know that he had made such an impact,” said James. “I just want to give God thanks for his life and the impact that he has made on the society,” James told The Gleaner. James was attending the St George’s College ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at Winchester Park yesterday, where he would normally watch his son train and play football. “I would prefer not to have to deal with the loss of my son, but I have to accept it now or eventually. It’s difficult. God is our strength, and we’ve got a lot of support from well-wishers near and far,” he continued. The former St George’s College captain collapsed during a Manning Cup match on September 20 and died after being rushed to hospital just shy of his 19th birthday on September 26. Speaking of the loss of his son, James said: “A huge vacuum is left in the home, and the home is just not the same.” He added: “We hope that something can be set up in his honour. We want to, hopefully, play a part in assisting unfortunate footballers with their academics.” Besides the Flow Super Cup Most Valuable Player award named in honour of Dominic, James was of the view that youngsters who strike the balance between school and academics should be assisted in his son’s honour. “We believe in the balancing of both books and football. Thank God for Dominic, he had natural ability,” he stressed. Yesterday, The Gleaner Company and other organisations presented sympathetic plaques to the St George’s College team at Winchester Park.last_img read more

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Stephenson’s antics help Pacers turn corner

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP): Lance Stephenson flapped his arms and screamed loudly after scoring an innocuous first-half basket Wednesday night. In some corners, fans may scowl at the sight of a journeyman bench player creating unnecessary drama. In Indiana, it’s embraced as a welcome change. After five months of watching erratic and often uninspired play, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird gambled on one of his favourite players. He believed that Stephenson’s occasionally overbearing act would give the Pacers the energy boost they needed to make the play-offs. The difference has been stunning. “We’re playing with a little bit more edge than we have all season long. I’m seeing more of a sense of urgency,” coach Nate McMillan said when asked about Stephenson’s impact. “More fight and toughness. We’re seeing more consistency in what we’re doing on both ends of the floor.” While Paul George continues to produce big numbers, Stephenson has become a force in other ways. He’s made excitement, enthusiasm and effort chic again in the locker room. He’s brought panache to the defence. And the combination is a major reason the Pacers are heading to defending champion Cleveland on Saturday rather than home for the summer. BRINK OF ELIMINATION Before the 6-foot-5 guard re-signed with Indiana on March 30, the Pacers hadn’t posted consecutive wins since early February as they slid from a tie for fifth in the East to the brink of elimination. Stephenson’s return changed everything. Since making his first appearance in a double-overtime loss at Cleveland on April 2, Indiana have won five straight and heads into the postseason as the hottest team in the East. What’s different? “He’s different. He’s the oddball and you need that,” George said. “You need the guy that’s energetic and live, a guy who’s going to stir the pot and we work very well off of each other.” But Stephenson has learnt the hard way that his theatrics aren’t for everyone – even in Indy. During the 2014 Eastern Conference finals, he was criticised by Bird and others for trying to play mind games with LeBron James by embellishing contact, flopping and even blowing in James’ ear. Indiana wound up losing the series in six games. A few months later, Stephenson signed with Charlotte. Over the next three years, nothing went right. Stephenson played for five different teams and went from budding star to out of the league. Things deteriorated so much that the man nicknamed ‘Born Ready’ was actually looking ahead to next season. That’s when Bird called with a three-year deal, an offer that brought Stephenson to tears. “Certain teams and certain situations just don’t work for certain guys,” Stephenson said. “I learnt a lot from it and I’m a better person on and off the court because of it.”last_img read more

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Olynyk’s putback off Wade’s miss lifts Heat past Wizards

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Anytime you lose by a shot like that at the end … that’s very devastating,” Wall said.With new starting center Howard still sidelined by a sore backside that kept him out of all of training camp and the preseason, and backup Ian Mahinmi on the bench, Washington’s small-ball lineup was unable to prevent Olynyck, a 7-footer, from getting the rebound that settled things.The 6-foot-10 Markieff Morris, normally a power forward, was at center. Morris pointed at himself and 6-9 reserve Jeff Green as the culprits for letting Olynyk into the pain unencumbered.“That might have been the easiest layup of the game,” Morris said.Green’s take?ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got to find a way to grab that rebound,” he said. “They outhustled us. That’s pretty much it.”And that’s even though the Wizards were playing their first game at home, while the Heat were playing on the second night of a back-to-back road trip after losing at Orlando on Wednesday.“NBA didn’t do us no favors at all,” said Wade, who shot a combined 7 for 24 in Games 1 and 2, “but we figured out a way to get a win.”TIP-INSHeat: Josh Richardson led Miami with 28 points, Rodney McGruder added 20, and that pair hit consecutive 3s late in the fourth quarter. … Coach Eric Spoelstra was asked beforehand about Wade, 36, appearing in both ends of the season-opening back-to-back. “Right now, it’s Game 2. He wants to play. We want him to play,” Spoelstra said. “And he’s in great shape, he feels good, so he’s able to go.” … Derrick Jones Jr. scored 17 points, while Hassan Whiteside had nine points and 10 rebounds.Wizards: Ian Mahnimi started for Howard, but picked up his fourth foul 15 seconds into the third quarter. By quarter’s end, four Wizards — three starters — each had four personal fouls. Mahinmi ended up playing about 11 1/2 minutes, with three points and one rebound. … F Kelly Oubre Jr. was the first substitute used by Washington, entering for Otto Porter Jr. midway through the first quarter.WHERE ARE THE 3S?Wizards coach Scott Brooks put an emphasis on pleading with his players to shoot more 3s this season. Didn’t work. At least not in Game 1. Washington was only 7 for 26 from beyond the arc. Porter, who was specifically given a green light by Brooks did not attempt a single 3. “Other than offensive rebounds and missing 3s, I think we should have won the game,” Wall said. Oh, other than that, Mr. Wall, how was the play?TOLIVER’S DEBUTWNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver made her regular-season debut as an assistant coach on Scott Brooks’ staff. “I love her. Our staff loves her. Our players feel the same way,” Brooks said. “She adds value to our program. She’s very talented. She loves the game. She’s passionate. And she wants to learn. She has this incredible desire to get better.” Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, second from right, puts up a shot against Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) during the closing seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Washington. Also seen are Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) and forward Markieff Morris, second from left. The Heat won 113-112. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Kelly Olynyk certainly wasn’t counting on Dwyane Wade to miss. When Wade did, Olynyk was in the perfect spot.Olynyk grabbed the rebound off Wade’s errant turnaround jumper and layed in the go-ahead basket with 0.2 seconds left Thursday night, lifting the Miami Heat to a ragged 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards, who probably could have used sidelined center Dwight Howard’s rebounding skills in their season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UP NEXT:Heat: Host Charlotte on Saturday.Wizards: Host Toronto on Saturday in a rematch from last season’s playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Olynyk was booed every time he touched the ball, on account of a past playoff fracas with the Wizards when he was with the Boston Celtics. He certainly got to enjoy the way this game ended, after Miami trailed by as many as nine points.“As a rebounder, you got to assume a miss, but I thought he was going to make it, for sure,” Olynyk said. “I was surprised I was that open. I kind of just popped loose, and you’re kind of just standing right there. Right place, right time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt was a fitting conclusion to a game in which Miami outrebounded Washington 55-40 overall and a “Did I read that correctly?!” 22-7 on the offensive glass, leading to a 27-10 edge in second-chance points.“That’s really where they killed us,” said John Wall, who led the Wizards with 26 points and nine assists and combined with Bradley Beal to score the hosts’ last eight points. 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Cheque Presentation For Proposed Rehab Centre

first_imgThe Robert Conconi Foundation, through Dominion Securities, has been awarding groups as much as 500-thousand dollars annually, in years past.The Recovery Centre Society is the organization behind the building of a 20-room alcohol & drug rehabilitation facility in the Fort St. John area.Chair Bruce Lantz says they’ve raised about 20-percent of the five-million dollar capital cost.- Advertisement -To date, it’s been unable to secure land, however, Lantz is optimistic both the property and the money will become a reality in the future.Lantz says the proposal has the support of local, provincial, and federal elected officials.He says the next step will be to approach the different levels of government for support.Advertisementlast_img read more

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No concerns for Henderson as new Liverpool deal nears

first_img1 Jordan Henderson Jordan Henderson admits he has no concerns about signing a new Liverpool contract.The 24-year-old, who was named the Reds’ vice-captain last month and is viewed as the long-term successor to Steven Gerrard, has less than two years to run on his current deal.Striker Daniel Sturridge signed a new long-term extension last week and Henderson is expected to follow suit as low-key talks have been on-going for some time.“I am just concentrating on playing football. I am not worried about that,” said the England midfielder, who scored Liverpool’s winner against West Brom on Saturday.“I am enjoying my football, I love this club and I want to be here for many years so that shouldn’t be an issue.“I’ll let my agent sort that out, it’s nothing to do with me.”Raheem Sterling, who has reportedly attracted the attention of this month’s Champions League opponents Real Madrid, and Philippe Coutinho are next in line for new contract offers to reflect their growing importance to the team.last_img read more

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Mourinho makes instant impact as Spurs beat West Ham

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho celebrates Son’s opener as his reign started off with a victory against Tottenham’s London rivalsLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 23 – Jose Mourinho delivered Tottenham’s first away win in the Premier League since January in his first game in charge with a 3-2 win at West Ham to catapult Spurs up to sixth.Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane got the goals as Mourinho made an instant impact after replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday. A much-needed three points will help to endear Mourinho to a skeptical Spurs support who were sad to see Pochettino’s five-and-a-half year spell in charge of the club end just six months after leading the club to a first ever Champions League final.There was no love lost between Mourinho’s Chelsea sides and Tottenham in the past, but his arrival had the desired impact for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, even if a West Ham team devoid of confidence made for perfect opponents.Mourinho followed Pochettino’s example in leaving out Christan Eriksen with the Dane one of a number of Spurs players into the final months of his contract and showing no signs of agreeing a new deal.“We have to make the right decision for the club,” Mourinho said on Eriksen’s future before kick-off, but his decision to field a front four of Dele Alli with Son, Moura and Kane worked.Kane had smashed the ball past beleaguered West Ham goalkeeper Roberto after just three minutes from Alli’s pass but was denied by the offside flag.Instant impact: Jose Mourinho won his first match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur at West HamAn injury to first-choice stopper Lukasz Fabianski has coincided with a run of eight games without a win for West Ham with a string of errors from Roberto spreading a lack of confidence throughout the team.The Spaniard could have done better when Tottenham did open the scoring nine minutes before half-time when another through ball from Alli found Son, whose shot had too much power for the hapless ‘keeper.However, Roberto was blameless for Spurs’ second seven minutes later when a lovely flick from Alli sent Son racing down the left and his inch-perfect cross was met by Moura at the back post.The same two players should have combined for the visitors’ third just two minutes into the second half when Son sent Moura clean through on goal, but the Brazilian dragged his shot wide to the despair of Mourinho, who sank to his knees on the touchline.Tottenham’s celebrations were only put on hold for another two minutes as Serge Aurier’s cross picked out Kane to head home and become the third highest goalscorer in Spurs’ history with 175.The England captain was furious at himself for not adding another on the hour mark as he dallied with just Roberto to beat and was dispossessed by a last-ditch challenge from Issa Diop.Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the hosts 17 minutes from time, but by the time Angelo Ogbonna scored West Ham’s second six minutes into stoppage time it was too little, too late.West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini now waits to see if he faces a similar fate to Pochettino.The Hammers were expected to challenge for European qualification in the Chilean’s second season but instead are 16th and in danger of falling even closer towards the relegation zone by the end of the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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NFL-L.A. a story that won’t die

first_imgAnd they did not include the Coliseum or Anaheim. Yes, folks, step off the carousel, step on the carousel. Dodger Stadium was again mentioned, along with a second site believed to be in the City of Industry. Neil Glat, the NFL senior vice president now in charge of any possible move to Los Angeles, confirmed Wednesday that at least a pair of potential sites will be examined by the league next month. “We owe it to ourselves to see if there are other opportunities,” Glat said. “But we’re not looking to create some public groundswell of attention.” Yes, truth be known, the NFL is keenly aware of the disillusionment in the Los Angeles region over the inexhaustible search for a new stadium site. If it had its way, those kiss-off letters – written over three months ago – would never have seen public light. Everything would be all hush-hush until it was ready to make a grand announcement. There are so many people in the NFL and the variously involved communities, the most shocking news here was that it was actually kept on the QT for so long. Now that it’s out, we are almost required to follow Chapter 37 in the tedious “NFL Returns to Los Angeles.” Dodger Stadium is another of those phoenix-like NFL destinations, albeit one that has made more sense than most. Dodger Stadium’s biggest obstacle in becoming a legitimate NFL objective has always been the political trifecta that supported the Coliseum as the Los Angeles destination of choice. The NFL returning to L.A. anywhere but the Coliseum was seen as nothing short of a death knell to the venerable stadium. The city, county and state agencies that make up the Coliseum Commission formed a unified Los Angeles front. It had enough political wherewithal to pound former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley into submission 10 years ago when he first seriously pursued an NFL site next to Dodger Stadium. If they’d just left O’Malley alone, the NFL probably would have returned when the last expansion franchise went to Houston in 1999. And he would still own the Dodgers. Then two years ago it was leaked that representatives from the NFL and current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt had met to discuss a potential stadium near the ballpark, and once again there was local political outcry. The Coliseum worked hard to establish deal points, get its environmental impact report filed and architectural renderings updated, all in an effort to finally win NFL favor, and to many the clandestine meetings smacked of betrayal. The NFL and McCourt quickly backtracked, calling the meetings exploratory and claiming nothing would be pursued until it was determined a deal could not be reached on the Coliseum. Which just happens to be where we are in this convoluted mess at the moment. Glat, naturally, would not name the sites the NFL would next investigate. “At this point, there has not been any outreach by us or Dodger Stadium,” he said. That sounds rather carefully worded, almost suspiciously so. McCourt declined comment Wednesday, which is telling in itself given that his entry should be cleared now that the Coliseum is rightfully moving forward on a long-term deal with USC. Safe to assume, the NFL and the Dodgers are again talking. As to this mysterious City of Industry site, it should be noted that one of the main cogs behind the Coliseum expansion bid in ’99 was Ed Roski Jr. Roski is a part-owner of the Kings and Lakers, and his Majestic Realty is one of the biggest developers in Southern California. Majestic’s headquarters happens to be in the City of Industry. Roski was not in his office Wednesday and did not return a phone message. There’s a lot of that going around. In the NFL’s July 18 letter, when it told the Coliseum Commission a team would not be coming to the Coliseum, Glat said the costs of the stadium renovation, now believed swelled to $1 billion, were prohibitive. “We have determined that the Coliseum renovation project as currently contemplated would create significant economic risks for the NFL, such that we are not prepared to move forward with the project at this point,” Glat wrote. Like building a stadium on a plot in the City of Industry or a Chavez Ravine hillside would cost less? “The economics are going to be different at every site,” Glat said Wednesday. “There could be a series of commercial developments built in conjunction that could defray some of the costs.” The Coliseum, Anaheim’s stadium, the Rose Bowl, Carson and Hollywood Park have all come under NFL scrutiny in this 12-years-in-the-making saga. And however dead the Coliseum now appears by all concerned, there is always the possibility of some unforeseen 11th-hour, Michael Myers rebirth. “I would never eliminate the possibility, but I wouldn’t hold out any massive hope, either,” said Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch. “Options are what the NFL is all about.” There is more to come. With the NFL and Los Angeles, there is always more to come. Scream all you like. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The NFL and Los Angeles are a never-ending soap opera sans the off button. Sometimes you’re briefly able to hit the mute, but always it comes blaring back. Even after the L.A. Daily News reported Sunday that the NFL and the Coliseum had finally, belatedly blown each other kisses and said goodbye, you just knew that wouldn’t be the end of it. Cats don’t have this many lives. John McClane isn’t this hard to kill. It should be clear by now, Los Angeles will never rid itself of this on-going story until someone mercifully builds a stadium and a team is relocated to the nation’s second-largest market. One day after the story, the Los Angeles Times followed with a piece that said the NFL planned to send staff to Southern California within the next month to investigate two potential stadium sites. Scream into the night all you like. Feign weariness, exasperation, cry out for some modicum of reason. Some things just never come to complete resolution, even when every one has pretty much agreed the road’s stopped at sheared granite. Somehow there is always the possibility of a bend missed, a turn not taken, a step to revisit. last_img read more

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