Plea deal reduces charges against ex-Waukee schools official

first_imgWAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — The former chief operating officer of the Waukee school district has resolved criminal misconduct in office allegations by pleading guilty to lesser charges.Dallas County on Friday dropped felony charges against former Waukee chief operating officer Eric Rose.Instead, Rose pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to his personal use of a district snowblower and his solicitation of district vendors to make donations to his son’s hockey team. The dismissed charges related to allegations that he directed staff to falsify time cards of a maintenance worker who ran an errand for him.Rose was granted a deferred judgment, which means the charges will be dismissed after he completes one year probation, and fined $630.His attorney, Grant Woodard, said his client is satisfied with the agreement and “looks forward to putting this all behind him.”Rose was charged in December after a state audit of the school district described a culture of questionable spending and management decisions by administrators.last_img read more

Time running out on players wanting to guarantee a spot in the Soccer Quest Indoor Leagues

first_imgTime is running out on adult players interested in taking their soccer skills indoors.Friday, September 30 is the final day for registration for the upcoming Soccer Quest Indoor season.Soccer Quest boasts four leagues for players — Men’s Open League (Tuesday), Ladies Rec League (Wednesday), Men’s Masters League (Thursday) and Co-ed League (Friday).“Maximum number of participants for each league is limited,” said the Soccer Quest press release.“To reserve your spot register and pay by Sept. 30.”Each team has a 12-player roster, so there is plenty of playing time for the $179.20 (HST included) registration fee.To register call (250) 352-4625 (Goal) or email [email protected] indoor season begins in [email protected]last_img read more


first_img‘CHROME’ COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR SAN PASQUAL            California Chrome arrived at Santa Anita before sunrise Friday morning at 6:15 to prepare in earnest for his first race in more than nine months, the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes a week from tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 9.The 2014 Horse of the Year had an uneventful “45 or 50-minute” van trip from his Los Alamitos headquarters in Cypress and galloped a mile-and-a-half over the main track at 9 a.m.California Chrome last raced on March 28, when he finished second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.Tomorrow at approximately 12 noon, before the first race which is scheduled to go at 12:30 p.m., California Chrome will work six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza.“The horse looks great,” said Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, Art, who trains the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit.“It’s exciting to have him back. He compiled a lot of frequent flier mileage over the last nine months although he didn’t race, but he did win $2 million in Dubai, so that was good.”In 18 career starts, California Chrome has won nine races, finishing second three times and third once, earning $6,322,650. A successful venture in the San Pasqual is expected to lead to a return trip to Dubai for this year’s World Cup on March 26. WHAT RACE DID BEHOLDER LOSE AT SANTA ANITA?With apologies to Alex Trebek, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder has won 11 of 12 starts at Santa Anita.What race did she lose?(Answer below). FINISH LINES: Trivia answer: Favored at 20 cents to the dollar, in 2013 Beholder lost the Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length to Renee’s Titan, trained by Doug O’Neill for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam. The field for Saturday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Treasuring, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; One Last Shot, Mike Smith, 8-1; Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti, 7-2; Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia, 5-2; and Forever Darling, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2. Rockantharos was scratched . . . Agent Dudley Osborne is back in action with veteran jockey Agapito Delgadillo. “We’re lining up a lot of business with eight or 10 different trainers,” Osborne said. “All the responses have been very positive.” One of the trainers is Bill Spawr, who has enjoyed considerable success with the 49-year-old mustachioed rider. “He’s a good horseman and a good rider,” Spawr said of Delgadillo. “He likes winning.” . . .Trainer Gary Stute sees the glass half full as the New Year starts. “Right now,” he says, “I’m tied with Todd Pletcher in earnings.” CALIFORNIA CHROME ARRIVES FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESUNBEATEN SONGBIRD WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTD’AMATO TAKES DISPARATE MEASURES FOR SAN GABRIELTEAM HEADLEY HAS SAN ONOFRE SET FOR MIDNIGHT LUTEPORTLAND MEADOWS STARTS $100,000 RAINBOW 6 WAGER D’AMATO HAS ONE-TWO PUNCH IN SAN GABRIELTrainer Phil D’Amato has horses with disparate and in a sense desperate styles entered in Saturday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, deep closer Big John B and committed front-runner Obviously.Ideal outcome: a dead-heat for win.“That would be good,” D’Amato said. “It would keep both owners happy. It’s a good one-two punch. One’s on the lead, one comes from way out of it, but both are doing really well, so we’ll give it a shot.”Big John B, a Hard Spun gelding owned by Michael House, has been a gem of consistency, winning 14 of 36 career starts with earnings of $767,175. He came from 14th and last to be second last out, beaten two lengths by The Pizza Man in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup on Nov. 26.The Irish-bred Obviously also knows where the winner’s circle is, having won 11 of 24 starts for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. In those races, Obviously has been on the lead at some point in the race 21 times. He led early on last out in the Breeders’ Cup Mile Oct. 31, eventually winding up ninth in a wide trip under 126 pounds.The field for the San Gabriel, race eight: Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Poshky, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Texas Ryno, James Graham, 10-1; Power Red, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Obviously, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Wanstead Gardens, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Chiropractor, Corey Nakatani, 4-1; Macro Access, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and also-eligibles Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Southern Freedom, Mike Smith, 15-1; and Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 20-1.HEADLEYS HOPE TO KEEP ROLLING IN MIDNIGHT LUTETrainer Karen Headley, who saddled Silver Spirit to a three-length triumph in Thursday’s second race, hopes to continue her winning ways when she sends out San Onofre in Saturday’s Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs.A gelded son of Surf Cat bred by Karen’s father, trainer Bruce, and owned by her mother, Aase, who campaigns as Matson Racing, San Onofre hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Triple Bend June 27.“I wanted to run him in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (Oct. 3) before the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint on Oct. 31), but he got cast in his stall badly and I had to scratch him,” said Karen, who had San Onofre blow out three furlongs Thursday in 37.80.The field for the Midnight Lute, race six of nine: Seattle Serenade, Mike Smith, 6-1; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 7-2; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 3-1; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Raised a Secret, Fernando Perez, 12-1; All Run, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; and Salutos Amigos, Martin Garcia, 3-1. PORTLAND MEADOWS OFFERS $100,000 RAINBOW 6 JACKPOT            (Reprinted from Daily Racing Form)Mondays during the winter months typically don’t offer many opportunities for horseplayers to make a meaningful score, but Portland Meadows is changing that in 2016.On Monday, Jan. 4, the track presents its National Racing Club Sweepstakes Rainbow 6 Jackpot with a $100,000-guaranteed pool.The wager will be offered on the last six races of each Monday card for six weeks, and if no unique winning ticket is sold during that time, there will be a mandatory payout Feb. 8. The bet has a 10-cent base, and each ticket must total at least $1. The takeout rate is 22 percent.During week one on Monday, each race will cover a quarter-mile and offer a purse of $3,000, with jockeys being randomly assigned mounts. Jockeys will be awarded points based on the performances of their mounts, and those with the most points at the end of the contest will be eligible for bonuses.Monday’s sequence begins with race nine at 3:44 p.m. Pacific Time. Each race in the sequence drew a full field of a dozen fillies and mares ages four and up.In the opening leg, trainer Jennifer Rodriguez has a top contender in City Sensation, who has shown speed in most of her nine starts.In race 10, Power Down will look to move forward for trainer James Young in her second start following an eight-month layoff. In her return Dec. 22 at this track, she led through an opening quarter-mile in 22.18 seconds before finishing fourth in a $3,200 claimer.Race 11 is for fillies and mares that went winless in 2015, and Kameron’s Token should be hard to deny. Prior to running fifth in a Quarter Horse race last out, she had either grabbed an early lead or pressed the pace in all six of her Thoroughbred races in 2015.Race 12 also is for fillies and mares that did not win in 2015, and Slacker appears to hold an edge. In April at Mountaineer, she had the lead in a second-level $5,000 claimer going five furlongs before finishing second for trainer Troy Gayheart.The final two races in the sequence are open to all older fillies and mares. In race 13, Cardinal N Gold appears to have the earliest zip. In the final leg, many likely will single Gamblin Miss, who has three consecutive sharp efforts at this track. Two starts back, on Dec. 7, she scored a front-running 6 1/4-length victory in a $2,000 claimer going six furlongs in the slop. HOLLENDORFER ‘VERY HAPPY’ WITH SONGBIRD’S BREEZEUndefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird, a likely unanimous choice as two-year-old filly champion of 2015, worked a half-mile under regular rider Mike Smith Friday in 47.20 as she prepares for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6.“I’m very happy with where she is at this point,” Jerry Hollendorfer said. “The Las Virgenes is the race we’re pointing to,” referring to the Grade II, $300,000 race at one mile.“She’s an absolute professional,” the Hall of Fame trainer added.The link to Songbird’s work: read more

Let’s focus, says Leicester’s Ranieri

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Glance at the Champions League standings and it would seem all is just fine at Leicester City this season. Three matches. Three wins. No goals conceded.If only the defence of its English Premier League title was going so well. Few had expected Leicester to replicate the feats of last season, when the unheralded team from central England went from relegation favourites to title winners in one of the most amazing stories in all of sports. Few, though, would have expected such a drop-off in the league the following season.”When I think of the Premier League, I’m very, very angry,” said Leicester’s usually amiable coach, Claudio Ranieri.Leicester City head into Saturday’s home match against Crystal Palace in 13th place in the 20-team league, having lost four of their opening eight games. The team only lost three league matches in the whole of last season.The most obvious explanation for the drastic dip in form is a change of focus. This season, it increasingly seems, is all about the Champions League, which Leicester are competing in for the first time.”It’s just psychological,” Ranieri explained. “Because when we play in the Champions League, all the specials are switched on. You’re very, very smart, focused in every situation.”The same can’t be said in the Premier League. Leicester have lost to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea by three-goal margins and also have been defeated by promoted Hull. Their only wins have come against Burnley and Swansea, both of whom like Hull are among the contenders for relegation.There are other factors to blame apart from a preoccupation with the Champions League.The loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea has hit Leicester hard. It felt at times like the energetic Kante did the work of twoplayers in central midfield last season, providing protection for the defence and also a springboard for the attack. Off-season recruits Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy (currently injured) just aren’t in Kante’s league.As a consequence, Leicester’s defence looks vulnerable, with centre backs Wes Morgan and Robert Huth exposed and making errors. That, however, doesn’t explain the team’s tendency to concede at set pieces this season, which is simplydown to a lack of concentration and awareness.Another factor is Ranieri’s squad strengthening over the summer, which included signing forwards Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani for what were club-record fees.It has given the Italian coach more options for his lineup,but he might no longer know what his best team is.Last season, everyone knew Leicester’s first-choice lineup and Ranieri nicknamed ‘Tinkerman’ during his time at Chelsea rarely rotated, but that has changed. Shinji Okazaki, for example, rarely starts now, and the Japan forward was a key member of the title-winning team because of his work rate, unselfishness and qualities in linking the midfield and attack.Then there’s the dip in form of star players from last season striker Jamie Vardy and winger Riyad Mahrez. Vardy has scored twice this season, and not since September 10, while Mahrez hasn’t been the same effervescent force that once flustered defences. Have opponents worked out how to play them?A mid-table finish in the Premier League and getting to the knockout stage of the Champions League would be acceptable in this most unusual of seasons for Leicester. But for Ranieri, the quicker the team gets to the 40-point mark a figure widely regarded as the safety net against relegation the better.CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITEDManchester United manager JosÈ Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since getting fired by Chelsea in December, which ended his second spell at the London club.It will be the latest game in a tough period for United, who played away to Liverpool on Monday and host Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday. Mourinho adopted a defensive, containing approach at Liverpool, which eked out a 0-0 draw for United. He may do the same against a Chelsea team that haswon both of their games since manager Antonio Conte switched to a three-man defence.last_img read more

Football Partners with USA Football To Host Free Youth Clinic

first_imgREGISTRATION: account, click register for event and then complete the registration process. USA Football’s First Down Tour introduces kids to football. Join us for a FREE Clinic hosted by Drake football players before the game for kids ages 4 -14. All participants will receive a FREE T-SHIRT and a FREE TICKET to the Drake football game against Truman State. REGISTER Story Links Football Clinic Flyer center_img 1:30 PM Check-In Opens2:30 PM Clinic Begins4:00 PM Clinic Concludes4:30 PM Fun Zone Opens (inflatables and other games)6:00 PM Game time!Questions? Email [email protected]  Print Friendly Version The Drake University football program and USA Football will host a FREE football clinic Saturday, Sept. 7 at Drake Stadium prior to the program’s home opener against Truman State presented by Unity Point Clinic that evening at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Raiders, NFL ask judge to toss Oakland’s antitrust lawsuit

first_imgThe Raiders and NFL are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by Oakland, arguing the city’s claims “turn antitrust on its head” and are a “striking perversion of antitrust law.”Attorneys for the team, league and its 31 other franchises laid out their legal arguments for the first time in court papers filed March 1. Spero is expected to rule on June 7 whether to dismiss the lawsuit. Both sides met for the first time in San Francisco before U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Spero on Friday …last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli a prized wicket for Pakistan, says Mohammad Amir

first_imgPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is all set to play in the high-octane Champions Trophy final against arch-rival India after recovering fully from a back spasm.This is their first Champions Trophy final in the history of the tournament.Team administration confirmed the news about Amir’s participation in the final match against title-holders India at the Kennington Oval on Sunday, the Dawn reported.The 25-year-old was also seen practising at the Oval ground on Friday, two days ahead of the match.Amir was earlier forced to sit-out during his side’s surprising eight-wicket win over England in the first semi- final of the eight-team marquee event at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday.Rumman Raees had replaced him in Pakistan’s Playing XI during that match.Amir said that Virat Kohli will be under pressure in his first big tournament final as captain.”The Indian team relies on Virat Kohli. He will be under pressure because it’s his first big tournament final as a captain. There’s no doubt that his wicket will give us advantage,” Amir said.”Getting the top three Indian batsmen early on will be crucial,” he added.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s attitude rubbing off on openers as India face problem of plenty

first_imgIt is tough when one among three in-form players has to sit out but senior India opener Murali Vijay is relieved that his “off-the field friendship” with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan has helped him deal with sensitive selection matters with ease.Dhawan and Rahul scored 94 and 79 in the second innings of the first Test on a green top where Vijay, India’s most technically equipped opener, was dropped. With Dhawan taking a break in the second Test, it was Vijay, who made a successful comeback in international cricket with a patient hundred.With one among Dhawan and Rahul set to be dropped from the XI, Vijay was asked about how does their troika deal with the situation.”We three are very good friends off the field and that makes it much easier. Definitely, it unsettles (when one is dropped) the opener, who is playing regularly. Obviously, we three share a good rapport outside the field and this will help us big time during the (South Africa) series coming ahead and in the future,” Vijay said at the pre-match media conference.The Tamil Nadu opener revealed that sharing feelings about selection openly with each other helps them to move on rather than keeping things brewing inside.So when one among the three is dropped, how do they deal with such a situation?Vijay said: “Make it easier, lighter and more fun (for the other). Talking about it openly and having a good chat over it rather than keeping things within yourself and making the other person feel it.”advertisementThe 33-year-old said whenever he and Dhawan have faced such a situation, they thrashed it out and moved on. “It’s better off going in the open. Like whatever I feel or Shikhar feels, we put it out in the open, so that it comes off and we move forward,” he said.”Basically, we are fun-loving people and we do things together. We have good times outside the field, which is really helping us as a team.”However, Vijay sidestepped the question on what can be the possible playing XI for the final Test.”I don’t know. Whatever the team management does, we are well-equipped and all looking to contribute. I don’t know how they (team management) are going to play around with the team. It’s absolutely their choice and we are ready to do it for the team,” said Vijay, who has 3536 runs in 52 Tests with 10 hundreds.As the discussions veered towards playing in challenging conditions, Vijay said that communication and sharing of knowledge becomes important.”We have been playing Test cricket abroad for a while now and the same members have stuck together. It’s going to be very important for us to communicate and share knowledge with each other,” he said.”These are things I am looking forward to in this tour as these are the things that will add value rather than going and having hit in the centre.”We should clear our head before we are going to do. These are aspects we are looking forward to and there are definite plans for team building activity and it will be good fun.”Vijay in his mind has already started preparing for the South Africa tour and the old school practice of knocking against tennis ball to cope with bounce was an example.”I tried to do something different in practice so that it challenges me. I try to be better each and every day possible. That’s the whole concept of doing that.”With Tamil Nadu out of Ranji Trophy, Vijay plans to focus on fitness and skill development in the next three weeks before leaving for South Africa.”Definitely occupy myself with fitness and skill level where I want to go on and improve a little bit. Have a good training schedule and stick onto it and prepare for the big series coming ahead.”Vijay rated the Feroz Shah Kotla track as “good” and hoped that it would be a good experience to play on a track that had grass covering.”It has grass obviously and that’s the pattern for the whole series. Hopefully, the wicket plays good and we get a good experience before the SA tour.”last_img read more

Football Workshop by Raymond Verheijen in Mumbai

first_imgIndian Super League Indian Football: Raymond Verheijen to conduct fitness workshop for coaches in Mumbai Last updated 2 years ago 19:20 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raymond Verheijen PROSHOTS Indian Super League I-League I-League 2nd Division Calcutta Premier Division A The Dutchman who has worked with the likes of Frank Rijkaard, Louis Van Gaal and the Argentine FA will once again grace the nation… World renowned football fitness coach Raymond Verheijen will visit India later this month to conduct a fitness workshop for the top 50 football coaches from across the nation and the sub-continent in Mumbai. It is poised to be a second visit for the former FC Barcelona consultant as he had visited the country back in 2013. The All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) had called for his services four years ago when he conducted a similar workshop only for I-League coaches in New Delhi.Unlike the last time, the workshop which will be held in three week’s time will be open for all the top football coaches in South Asia.Verheijen studied Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology at the Vrije University, Amsterdam. He completed his Masters Degrees in 1995. He also studied at the Liverpool John Moores University in 1993-1995.In 1998 Dutch National Team manager Frank Rijkaard appointed Verheijen as one of his assistants in preparation for the EURO 2000 in which Holland reached the semi final. Most recently, he was also a part of the conditioning team of the Argentina squad, which reached the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by Lionel Messi. The event is being organised by Ultra Sports India, one of the upcoming sports management companies in the city.The details of the event are as follows:Date: 22nd – 24th September 2017Venue: American School of Bombay, Mumbai.Participants: 50 top football coaches from across India and Sub Continent.last_img read more