Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president, Ambassador A.B. Stewart Stephenson, is expected to announce that he is stepping down from the role in a press conference today. Stephenson, who is a lawyer by profession, is said to be stepping down because of what he describes as “personal reasons”. He first came to power in 1996, served for 11 years and was then succeeded by Rudolph Speid. He then returned to replace Speid in 2014 for two terms and continued after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) extended the term limit for confederation presidents to four years. Sources say that Speid will be nominated for a return to the role as he has publicly declared an interest, while the association’s general secretary Wayne Shaw, told The Gleaner that he would be contesting the election. No other names are expected to be put forward to challenge them. “We’re surprised and we weren’t expecting him to go,” Shaw said yesterday. “He was in the first year of his four-year term and we did not want him to go. We tried to convince him to stay, but he made his choice.” Shaw says that he does not expect much to change in the association as the rest of the executive body is expected to remain. “The team will still be there,” he says. “We will be OK. The only change is that I will be running for the presidency.” Some of Stephenson’s achievements in the last year of his tenure include brokering a television rights deal with Television Jamaica to broadcast quarter-final, semi-final, and final matches for its competitions for five years; ridding the confederation of debts; and relocating to larger headquarters. Also, during Stephenson’s stint last year, a television rights contract was signed between Television Jamaica and Television Jamaica Sports Network and KSAFA to provide televised coverage of the Jackie Bell Knockout competition. Stephenson had been previously tipped to challenge JFF President Captain Horace Burrell for the top job in local football, but he recently told The Gleaner that he would only consider the position if the money was right, as he has more important priorities. Nominations for the post will be presented to the public next week. KSAFA is a leading confederations in Jamaican football, with 39 clubs as members, across the Corporate Area. HIS ACHIEVEMENTS
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3Y&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. #5 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 54.0 71.00 50.002. #1 LIGHTNING LILY OMullings 50.0 3L 50.003. #2 TWILIGHT DREAMS AndreePowell3 48.5 4L 50.004. #3 AKASH PFrancis 53.0 11/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:05.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DEVIL WOMANTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $204.00 Ex: $312.00Trifecta: $169.00Race 2 1700 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #6 BARS OF GOLD JErwin 54.0 214.00 83.00*2. #2 NATASHADONTPLAY SMuir 53.0 1L 58.003. #5 MINNIFFIA AntThomas3 50.0 Head 109.004. #1 MONEYNEVERSLEEP AndreePowell3 47.0 3LLate scratch : #9 A VESSEL OF LOVEFinal Time : 1:48.3 Splits : 24.3, 47.3, 1:13.0, 1:40.4Winner : 6yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – GEM LEATrainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : PAUL SMITHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $269.00 Ex: $780.00D/E: $331.00Superfecta: $6,776.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #2 UNCLE VINNIE BebHarvey2 53.5 547.00 76.002. #9 MUSKETOON LSteadman2 55.0 3L 59.00*3. #5 TWILIGHT STORM DaneNelson 54.0 Neck 53.004. #3 BLOOD SONG SEllis 54.5 9/2 5Final Time : 1:34.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b colt – BRIDLED QUEST – KATHYTHETRAINATrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner: THE SUCCESS FARMBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQu: $598.00 Ex: $1,864.00D/E: $4,341.00Superfecta: $3,565.00Rolling Triple: $4,970.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)*1. #6 VISION JInnis2 54.0 87.00 67.002. #8 RALLY BABY AndreePowell3 50.0 1L 154.003. #4 MESMERIZE RHalledeen 54.0 Head 181.004. #9 ZUGULU OFoster 55.0Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 4yo ch colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of MONEY SPINNER byTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $574.00 Ex: $875.00D/E: $1,809.00Superfecta: $3,496.00Rolling Triple: $8,914.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #1 FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RHalledeen 54.0 167.00 84.002. #10 PRINCE SAMMO JErwin 54.0 1L 232.00*3. #5 SUNDANCE DDawkins2 52.0 1L 72.004. #8 TOUGH COOKIE BebHarvey2 53.5 2LLate scratch : #3 ALEXANDER, #4 ROYAL GIRLFinal Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo horse – KEYED ENTRY – M. Y. BRIDLEWOODTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by BRIDLEWOOD FARMQu: $1,904.00 Ex: $3,842.00D/E : (6-1) $406.00 (6-3) $135.00Superfecta: $9,455.00Rolling Triple: $8,451.00Race 6 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #1 LATE N DRAFTY RHalledeen 55.0 307.00 147.00*2. #9 CHIEF PROSPECT LSteadman2 55.0 Head 76.003. #4 JAFETICA AntThomas3 52.0 Neck 188.004. #2 CAUSE FOR CONCERN AChatrie 57.0 1L5. #10 THE SALESMAN JJackson 56.0 4LFinal Time : 2:01.3 Splits : 27.4, 54.0, 1:19.1, 1:46.2Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – OVER DRAFTTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CUDSBred by COURTNEY WALSHQu: $445.00 Ex: $898.00D/E: $481.00Trifecta: $2,260.00Hi-5: $44,627.00Rolling Triple: $2,433.00Pick-4: $24,852.00Super-6: $102,920.70Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 GOFORHOME DaneNelson 53.5 320.00 132.00*2. #11 BEAST JErwin 54.0 1L 66.003. #6 PLAY BACK RLahoe 52.0 16/1 2 182.004. #3 WICKED TUFF OWalker 56.0Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 5yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – SWEET JADETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner: GARY GRIFFITHSBred by PHILIP AZARQu: $524.00 Ex: $1,113.00D/E: $2,838.00Superfecta: $20,344.00Rolling Triple: $9,971.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #4 PROFILE JPatterson2 51.0 108.00 66.002. #1 NEWTON’S FIRST LAW SEllis 54.5 2L 136.003. #10 LEEKOUT AndreePowell3 52.0 Sh.Head 92.004. #12 CAPTAIN CUDJOE JErwin 55.0 5L5. #15 JASON’S GOLD JJackson 55.0 NoseFinal Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – LADY AJIBANTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner : B. A. LBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $644.00 Ex: $889.00D/E: $901.00Trifecta: $637.00Hi-5: $154,148.00Rolling Triple: $8,668.00PlacePot 8: $6,369.00BONNIE BLUE FLAG TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. #3 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 55.0 61.002. #1 BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 53.5 Sh.Head3. #7 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 57.0 4L4. #4 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 52.5 1LLate scratch : #5 ANOTHER BULLETFinal Time : 1:55.0 Splits : 28.0, 53.1, 1:17.0, 1:41.4Winner : 6yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $116.00 Ex: $140.00D/E: $150.00Trifecta: $41.00Rolling Triple: $1,719.00Race 10 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 53.5 590.00 119.00*2. #5 VICIOUS LOOK AntThomas3 53.0 1L 59.003. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 51.5 4L 135.004. #4 SAMORA AndrePowell3 53.0 1L5. #12 BIG BUCK OWhite 54.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL -MINERVATrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $740.00 Ex: $1,965.00D/E: $522.00Trifecta: $2,675.00Hi-5: $27,866.50Rolling Triple: $1,637.00Pick-4: $13,524.00Super-6: $55,597.70Pick-9: (8/9) $31,066.00; (7/9) $542.00.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds.Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Pacers, the NBA’s third-best shooting team, shot 39.6 percent the previous night in Portland and then opened Friday’s game by missing 13 of their first 17 attempts.They shot 38.1 percent on the night, including 2 for 25 from 3-point range. It was the first time this season they shot less than 40 percent in consecutive games. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES The Pacers had won five of seven.TIP-INSPacers: Three former UCLA players returned to Los Angeles with Indiana, including two rookies making their first appearances as pros: forward TJ Leaf (18th overall draft pick) and C Ike Anigbogu (47th). Both have struggled to earn playing time, while G Darren Collison has become a fixture at point guard. … C Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive game with a strained right elbow.Lakers: Maybe it’s Staples Center. The Lakers played without three regulars: G Lonzo Ball (knee), F Brandon Ingram (ankle) and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (strained Achilles). So all five players on the court for the opening tip were not typically starters. Their arena-mates, the Clippers, have been playing down at least three starters for most of the season.UP NEXTPacers: Travel to San Antonio, where they have lost their last three, to face the Spurs on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Knicks on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
After failing to secure a US$2,500 bond, the Monrovia City Court on Wednesday forwarded a political party youth leader, Jefferson T. Korjee, to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping.Korjee is the National Youth Chairman of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), whose political leader is Amb. George M. Weah.Party members created a spectacle trying to raise the bond in time to prevent Korjee from going to jail. A dramatic effort by Korjee’s lawyers and other executive members of the party including Representatives Acarous Gray and Thomas Fallah of Montserrado County Districts 8 and 5 respectively could not muster the bond fee of US$2,500.They were expected to file the bond before 3 p.m. because under the State of Emergency, every court throughout the country is ordered to be closed by that time instead of the normal 6 p.m. closing time.Because party members delayed in obtaining the bond fee, Magistrate James Dudu ordered Korjee’s detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.Previously Korjee had spent two nights at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) before he was charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping. His charge is based on a complaint from one Gbeh Salinto Montgomery said to be the deputy national secretary for youth affairs of the CDC.Montgomery accused Korjee and another CDC executive, Mulbah Morlu of stripping and flogging him. He alleged that the beating caused him several bodily wounds.Morlu did not appear before the court on Wednesday and the reason for his absence was not disclosed.Interestingly, at Wednesday’s hearing, a group of young people believed to be followers of Korjee and the party was seen holding placards in their hands, protesting against his imprisonment and describing it as “politically motivated.”They were, however, prevented from entering the courtroom by officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the LNP. The PSU officers managed to restore calm at the Temple of Justice before they drove Korjee away to his prison cell. Montgomery recounted that the alleged flogging happened on October 21 at the CDC party headquarters during one of their meetings.Montgomery alleged that Korjee and Morlu harmed him because of his support for the party’s former chairman, Mr. George Solo. “On the morning of October 21 at about 3 am, I received a call from Korjee and he said that he was disappointed in me because my car was parked in the fence of Solo,” Montgomery explained in his allegation to police.Montgomery said his response to Korjee was that they as youth leaders needed to do something to maintain peace in the party.Montgomery further recounted that after the conversation he called one Habakkuk Wommie who is the vice chairman for International Affairs of the party’s Youth League. It was Wommie who suggested for them to meet at the party headquarters to discuss the matter, Montgomery claims.“While we were in the discussion a young man threatened me not to leave the area,” the CDC’s deputy youth secretary said.“While I was arguing with the young man, a group of other young men, including Korjee, Morlu and Habakkuk grabbed me and took me to the back of the headquarters. They put me into a small room where I met another man identified as Tetoe, whose two legs were tied,” Montgomery further recounted.Montgomery said it was in the room that Morlu, Korjee and Habakkuk stripped and flogged him.“They claimed that they were acting upon the instructions of Amb. George Weah,” Montgomery alleged.“After beating me,” Montgomery added, “they started questioning me about several issues relating to my alliance with George Solo.”“Who’s supporting George Solo in the government?” he quoted one of the questions his tormentors asked him.“They threatened that if I didn’t tell them what they wanted to know, they would kill me because Amb. Weah had asked them to kill me for going against his interest,” Montgomery claimed regarding Amb. Weah’s alleged involvement in the plot.Montgomery further claimed that Morlu and Korjee promised to release him only if he agreed to lie on himself in a video recording.“They intimidated me into declaring on the recording that I sexually harassed a little girl, which was the reason why the angry mob attacked me,” Montgomery said in his testimony to police.He further alleged that Korjee and Morlu also threatened to release the video if he tried to disclose anything to the media about his mistreatment.Police said during the investigation that the accused, Korjee, Morlu and Habakkuk denied the allegations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 12-member jury was on Wednesday empanelled to hear the case of security guard Marlon Callender who has denied killing fisherman Envil Pollard on January 29, 2015, at the Pritipaul Wharf at McDoom, East Bank Demerara. State Prosecutors Mandell Moore and Lisa Cave presented the State’s murder indictment before Justice Sandhill Kissoon at the High Court in Georgetown. Callender entered a not guilty plea upon his arraignment.Murder accusedMarlon Callender will go on trial next weekThe matter was adjourned to next Monday when the trial will commence with the prosecution’s opening address. The defendant is represented by Attorney Lammy Singh. Callender was committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Judy Latchman in July 2016 at the conclusion of the preliminary inquiry.According to reports, the shooting occurred following a confrontation between the two men. It was alleged that the deceased met his demise while fishing in the vicinity of Pritipaul Singh Investments Inc and it was reported that the accused was a security guard attached to that entity. The murdered man, who had resided in Crane Playfield, West Coast Demerara, was a fisherman for over 30 years. He was also a father of eight children.
…100% pass rate at NGSA for the first timeAt its 9th Annual Graduation Exercise held on Sunday last, the Meten-Meer-Zorg Islamic Academy celebrated the 100 per cent pass rate of its students who had sat the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment.Head-teacher of the school, Brother Hasib Azeez, described the performance of the students as commendable. Delivering a report on the school’s performance, he said the school has been growing from strength to strength as it continues to promote good morals and values.He said the goal of the institution is to transform an empty mind into an open mind. He said that this year is the first time the school has achieved a 100 per cent pass rate at NGSA. According to Azeez, 26 per cent of the students who had written the examination have been placed at senior secondary schools in Guyana.Further, he noted that the school’s Parent- Teachers Association (PTA) has also seen 100 percent improvement regarding the attendance of parents at meetings.Besides the historical performance at the Grade Six examinations, Azeez also congratulated the students who had written the Caribbean Secondary EducationThe teachers of the Meten-Meer-Zorg Islamic Academy sharing a moment with Education Minister Nicolette Henry following the graduation exerciseCertificate examination (CSEC) for their stellar performance.Education Minister Nicolette Henry, in delivering the feature address at the graduation ceremony, told the gathering that all the hard work has been worth it.She said Sunday’s graduation was more than the gowns and outfits, but rather the feeling of accomplishment. “It is the awareness that all of your sacrifice and efforts achieved the desired results,” Minister Henry noted.Further, the Education Minister noted that education plays a major role in the growth and progress of a society. She said, “It is one of the key components that can make or break a culture’s advancement. If citizens of a society are educated, they can provide significant contributions in the fields of arts, literature, science, technology, oil and others, and help establish a well-rounded and stimulating community.”Henry congratulated all of the graduates on their achievement, and reminded that Guyana welcomes progress in all forms, since it indicates growth as individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole.Meanwhile, Region 3 Vice-Chairman Ayube Inshan urged the graduates that, as they continue on their path, they should embrace good values, morals and principles.Regional Chairman Dennis Jaikaran said although the students must be congratulated, the parents, teachers and guardians must also be congratulated for their support and hard work.Delivering the Charge to the graduates was Sister Zohorah Singh, who advised the children that they should not let the excitement of success and youth make them forget the Creator. She asked that they use their talents not only for personal gain, but for the development of the world.The school’s top student at this year’s NGSA was Zackiea Ali, who secured a place at Queen’s College, while the top student for the school at CSEC was Kaecia Winter. The school also awarded students from all of the classes who performed exceptionally at the school’s internal examinations. Those who participated in the Spelling Bee Competition and Science Quiz were also recognised during the function.
When authorities determined that a 9-year-old boy playing with matches had inadvertently started the Buckweed Fire, they declined to press charges. And now they have concluded that five partying young men inadvertently started the Malibu fire over Thanksgiving. As a result, prosecutors have charged the men with felonies. In both cases, authorities made the right decision. Unlike the boy who caused the Buckweed blaze, the men in Malibu were all adults. Moreover, they all knew, or should have known, that starting fires in the cave above Corral Canyon is illegal. Doing so during a dry season of hot Santa Ana winds only compounded the infraction. So did failing to report the fire to authorities. That recklessness caused $100million in damages. Those responsible should be held accountable, if for no other reason than as a warning to others who could make the same horrible errors in judgment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PALMDALE – Four Palmdale residents are among 11 Californians accused of cheating the United States government out of $1.9 million by filing fraudulent tax returns with fake W-2 forms. The 11 are suspected of participating in a ring that federal investigators say filed more than 450 false tax returns claiming about $3.5 million in refunds. The Internal Revenue Service launched an investigation before issuing all of the checks, a federal attorney said. “The IRS actually issued checks for $1.9 million,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas D. Coker said. Coker said he didn’t know how the money was spent. Butler, who remains in federal custody, faces up to 250 years in prison and a $10 million fine if convicted of all counts, officials said. Most of the other defendants were released on bail or on their promise to appear for hearings. The sailor is in Navy custody. An IRS spokesman declined specifics on what aroused suspicion, but said investigators typically look for tax returns sharing common features, such as the same refund address or the same employer. Frequently, false W-2 forms report a fairly low income, and the applicants apply for the earned-income tax credit in addition to seeking funds supposedly withheld, IRS special agent Patrick Caruth said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventInvestigators said the scheme was carried out from 2001 to 2003 with counterfeit W-2 forms from fictitious employers reporting fake wages and withholding. The forms were sent in with false income tax returns to claim refunds, officials said. Accused of being the ringleader, Mervin Butler of Palmdale faces 10 counts of conspiring to defraud the government by filing false income tax returns and W-2 forms. In a federal grand jury indictment handed up on March 29, he also was charged with 30 counts of submitting false claims for income tax refunds. A Lynwood man identified as George Allan Smith was charged with two counts of conspiring with Butler to defraud the government. Nine other people – including a U.S. Navy sailor and two other Palmdale residents, as well as residents of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Victorville, Compton and El Sobrante – were accused of providing Butler with dozens of names and Social Security numbers. Investigators said Butler, Smith and a third man had control over addresses to which tax refunds were sent, including post office boxes listed in financial-firm names.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I’m just trying to stay out of trouble,” Bates said. “It’s all about choices, and all I want to do is stay humble and work hard. Life is about adversity, and if you can’t deal with it, then you’re weak as a person. You’ve got to take the good with the bad.” No one ever has doubted Bates’ football skills. He was a first-team All-City Section selection at Taft who was roundly considered the division’s hardest hitter during his junior and senior seasons. A national recruit, Bates failed to meet academic eligibility requirements at Oregon State. A year later, he passed his ACT exam and signed with Mississippi, but in his short stint at Ole Miss, he was involved in a fistfight with a teammate, then arrested by campus police on a drug charge. Bates said the bust in Mississippi was a bum rap. “There were four of us in a car, and one (marijuana) roach on the floor, and the other three all said it was mine,” he said. “What was I going to do? It was three against one.” Nevertheless, Bates isn’t trying to minimize the importance of his latest chance. He has vowed to turn his life around and dedicate himself to receiving another Division I football scholarship. “I think I can get another deal,” he said. “I want to play big-time football, and this time I want to stay closer to home. I messed up going to the (Southeastern Conference) instead of staying in the Pac-10. I should have done more research.” Bates transferred from Moorpark because he believes Canyons is the region’s top program, so he mended his relationship with Lyon. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his cousin, Justin Tryon, a defensive back who played at Taft and Canyons before signing with Arizona State this year. “I think Wallace understands that this is it,” Lyon said. “He’s very focused, and I’m expecting good things. I think he’s going to be fine.” Through the years, Lyon has seen his share of project players. The nature of junior college football is about second chances, about giving wobbly hopefuls a soft place to fall. “When someone like Wallace Bates comes in, a guy who has some history, I always sit them down and put parameters on what we expect,” Lyon said. “The leash is a little tighter, but so far I haven’t seen any problems. He’s been good for us, and I think he’s going to be quite a football player.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week email@example.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – It was the first day of spring football practice Monday at College of the Canyons – and the last chance for Wallace Bates. The troubled but talented linebacker might be the team’s best player, but he also has the worst reputation. The former prep star from Taft High of Woodland Hills has worn out his welcome at two programs – lasting less than two months at Oregon State (ineligible) and Mississippi (kicked off the team after pleading to a drug paraphernalia charge) – and had what he called “run-ins” with Canyons coach Chuck Lyon. After a productive season at Moorpark College last year, Bates, 20, has been welcomed back at Canyons, and he realizes he’ll be scrutinized every moment until he proves himself trustworthy on and off the field.
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners of the Jurys Belfast competition.Angie Cochrane from Loughanure won a break at Jurys with a pass to the kids adventure centre at W5.And Elaine Robinson from Mountain Top, Letterkenny, won a Jurys break with a pass to Belfast Zoo. Watch out for more great competitions on donegaldaily.com.AND THE WINNERS OF OUR JURYS COMPETITION ARE… was last modified: June 2nd, 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:jurys belfast donegaldaily competition