Fan favourite Asafa Powell

first_img OUT OF THE BLOCKS QUICKLY Undoubtedly, the most popular athlete on Saturday night at the Jamaica International Invitational meet was former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell. The man with the most sub-10 clockings in history, despite not winning a major individual title in his illustrious career, continues to be very popular among the local crowd, and this was evident once again as thousands of fans, especially the females, showed their admiration for the man who, in the last decade, put Jamaica back on the map in the 100 metres. When the athletes’ names were announced for the men’s 200 metres, there was a large roar from the crowd when Powell’s name was mentioned. The noise got much louder when the big television screen at the National Stadium showed Powell striding out. The defending champion in the 100 metres, Powell did not compete in that event, but instead, the half-lap. With the likes of Commonwealth champion Rasheed Dwyer in the line-up, many did not give the ‘big man’ a chance to win as this was his first 200m appearance on local soil in five years. Using his 100 metres speed to good effect, Powell got out of the blocks very fast, much to the delight of his fans, who cheered wildly as he took a clear lead. Coming off the curve in first place, he held his form well, and despite slowing down a bit towards the end, held on for the win in 20.45 seconds, much to the delight of his fans, who went into wild celebration as they stood for several minutes. After his post-race interview, Powell went to greet his fans in the bleachers. The atmosphere was unbelievable as the women showed their love by rubbing his head and holding his hands as most of the fans there were not interested in the event on the track at the time – the women’s 400 metres. Powell said he is thinking of doubling up at the National Trials. “I felt very comfortable before the race and I felt good especially in the first 150 metres, but towards the latter stages, I felt a bit tired and I dropped my knees a bit due to lactic acid as I had worked hard all week leading up to the event. But I just wanted to win before by supportive fans,” said Powell. Asked how he felt, given that he has not been running the event on a consistent basis, Powell said: “Honestly, I don’t remember how to run the 200 metres, but it is a work in progress and, hopefully, by national senior trials, I will get there.” Commenting on doubling, he said: “Time is running out now, and I have been concentrating on the 100 metres for years and most of the other sprinters have been doubling and I will be doing both at trials.” He stated that beating Dwyer had motivated him to do so. “I was not focusing on anyone in the race, but I was aware that Rasheed was in the race and I have a lot of respect for him as I know he is a tough competitor, and to get the win over him has really boosted my confidence in doing the event.”last_img read more

Decomposed body of Essequibo man found in rice field

first_imgThe badly decomposed body of a man who has been missing for over a week was found on Saturday morning in a rice field at Better Hope, Essequibo Coast.Dead: Cedrick Riley called “Jkee”Dead is 58-year-old Cedrick Riley called “Jkee” of Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast. The discovery was made at about 06:00h.According to reports, a 22-year-old cattle farmer was tending to his animals when he was hit by a pungent smell coming from a rice field behind his home. He then observed what initially appeared to be a decaying animal, so he alerted other residents who went to investigate.Upon further examination, it was revealed to be the body of a human. The police were summoned.A close relative of the now dead man positively identified him from his clothing. The body was removed and is presently at the Onderneeming Funeral Home awaiting an autopsy.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Bolt’s coming! Star to train with Dortmund on Friday

first_imgThe event could be seen as a publicity stunt as both Bolt and Dortmund are sponsored by Puma.The training is scheduled at 1030 local time (0930 GMT) and will be open to the public, with huge media interest expected.Bolt, who holds the world records for the 100m and 200m, had already announced last January that he would be training with Dortmund during the current international break.“The invitation was made a year and a half ago,” Carsten Cramer, Dortmund’s director of sales and marketing, told SID, an AFP subsidiary.“His injury and the Rio Olympics put a stop to that. He’s in Europe and that fits quite well with the international break.“Of course, you have to see this with a bit of a wink, but there are a few outstanding athletes in the world, and if they are interested in Borussia Dortmund, we feel honoured.“We’d like to be good hosts, we will take care of him so that he gets to know more of Dortmund than just the club.”Since retiring from athletics last year, Bolt has made no secret of his dreams to play football and insists he is serious.“I do not want to hurry, I’ll test myself, so I’ll be able to say if I can do this or not, then I’ll talk to clubs,” he said recently at a charity event in Switzerland.“Right now, I do not want to deal with that until I see how good I am.”The Manchester United fan will also line up opposite British pop star Robbie Williams in a charity football match at Old Trafford on June 10.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, will captain the Soccer Aid World XI in a match to raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, multiple Olympic and world champion, is to train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIBerlin, Germany, Mar 22 – Athletics legend Usain Bolt, who has ambitions to start a football career at 31, will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday, the Bundesliga club confirmed.“Bolt is coming!” tweeted the German club on Thursday, while the Jamaican sprint star wrote “BVB, get ready for Friday #BVBolt #NewLevels @bvb09 @pumafootball”, on his official account.last_img read more

Gor’s Kerr named Coach of the Month for June

first_imgWith the award, the Briton was awarded a trophy and Sh75,000 from title sponsors Fidelity Insurance.Fidelity Insurance’s Elizabeth Wamae signing the cheque. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKerr, who was caught by surprise acknowledged the brilliant work being done by his backroom staff and his players in general.“Honestly when I came here I did not know that it was me getting this award. I have to say thank you to the technical staff who have been amazing during this period. They have helped me a great deal, that is why we are here,” the Briton said.“My players too have been amazing, and I can’t take that away from them. No matter who is selected, they have done a brilliant job and that is why we are getting these results,’ Kerr said,” he added.Gor started the month with a 4-0 drubbing over Wazito FC, then thrashed Nzoia Sugar 3-1 in Kisumu.Gor Mahia players with head coach Dylan Kerr. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe run-away KPL champions then swept aside Ulinzi Stars 2-0 before blanking Posta Rangers 5-0. They ended the month with a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar.“We respected every opponent we faced in the month of June and all I can say is that teamwork and dedication helped us grind the results. Despite taking part in many competitions and playing a match after every three days, we are happy to have won all our fixtures,” Kerr revealed.Kerr was nominated alongside Sofapaka tactician John Baraza but the K’Ogalo was unanimously voted the football writers after guiding his unbeated team to 52 points from 20 matches.This is Kerr’s second accolade as K’Ogalo coach, having picked his maiden award in September 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia Dylan Kerr receives an award from Fidelity Insurance representative Elizabeth Wamae. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, July 24 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was on Tuesday feted as the June Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month after guiding the Kenyan Premier League champions to five wins that month.Kerr was unanimously voted by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Football Commission after going unbeaten that month, winning all the five games played scoring 15 goals, and conceding only one to collect the maximum 15 points.last_img read more

Crowe enmeshed in ‘Body of Lies’

first_imgAng Lee wins top Venice prize Taiwan-born Ang Lee’s erotic spy thriller “Lust, Caution” won the Venice Film Festival’s top award Saturday, two years after he captured the same prize here with “Brokeback Mountain.” Brian De Palma won the 11-day-long festival’s award for best direction for his film “Redacted” about the Iraq war. Lee’s film is set against the backdrop of Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II. “Lust, Caution,” which contains explicit sexuality, has been given an NC-17 rating in the United States, banning viewers under 17. The film also does not shrink from a graphic portrayal of violence. It is due out in the United States at the end of September. Winning the Golden Lion in Italy for a second time “is a wild one, which frightens me, like the film,” Lee said at the ceremony. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Russell Crowe is spending much of September in the Baltimore-Washington region filming scenes for a new thriller, “Body of Lies.” The movie is Crowe’s fourth collaboration with director Ridley Scott. They teamed up for the Oscar-winning “Gladiator,” 2006’s “A Good Year” and “American Gangster,” co-starring Denzel Washington, which is scheduled for release this fall. Scott is using locations in Baltimore to stand in for Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. The production will later move to Morocco. “Body of Lies,” based on a novel by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who has not yet arrived in the area. last_img read more

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth: A quick-fire double seals Saints’ derby win

first_img Graziano Pelle celebrated his goal with a member of the Saints’ backroom staff 1 A clinical first-half performance helped Ronald Koeman’s Southampton to a 2-0 derby win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. Ronald Koeman’s men extended their unbeaten run to five matches, as goals from Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle, in the space of five minutes, gave the Saints a platform to see out a rather comfortable victory at St Mary’s.They had to complete the match with ten men, after Victor Wanyama was shown his second yellow card 12 minutes from time, but they proved too strong for Bournemouth, who rarely tested goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.  The scoreline means Bournemouth have now conceded 12 goals in nearly two-and-a-half Premier League matches.Billed as a south coast derby, it was the first meeting between the clubs since the 2010/11 season, when they met three times – twice in League One and once in the League Cup – and Southampton emerged victorious on all three occasions.Southampton, whose fans claim to disregard this as a rivalry, named an unchanged side from their draw at Liverpool last week.Eddie Howe’s Cherries, meanwhile, handed a debut to Harry Arter, also changing goalkeepers after Artur Boruc’s string of errors in the defeat against Spurs last week, so Adam Federici was given a start between the sticks.Bournemouth had a nervy start, showcasing exactly why they had shipped five goals at Manchester City before conceding the same amount against Tottenham Hotspur, with Koeman’s side instantly starting on the front foot.The Cherries could not contain Southampton and they were struggling to retain the ball, inviting the hosts to attack and Pelle looked lively.Bournemouth made a rare venture forward after ten minutes, but Virgil van Dijk, a commanding presence, was able to soak up the pressure from Glenn Murray.Sadio Mane squandered another Saints chance as Pelle headed down for the Senegal forward to blast a half-volley over the crossbar, to the relief of Federici but it was only a matter of time before Southampton drew first blood.Federici will have seen this match as an opportunity to stake a claim as first-choice goalkeeper, but he looked uncertain and uncommanding, punching balls away unconvincingly.Saints’ inevitable breakthrough came after 31 minutes, with Davis continuing his goal-scoring form for club and country.The Northern Ireland captain scored his fourth goal in 20 appearances so far this campaign, his second for Southampton, when Pelle flicked the ball on to Ryan Bertrand, marauding down the left, whose low cross to the far post allowed Davis to tap in from close range.It took over half an hour to find an opening and it was two just five minutes later.A wonderfully-floated ball by Mane to the left-hand side found Dusan Tadic. The Serbian winger teased his marker Adam Smith before darting to the byline and crossing, with Pelle rising highest to head past Federici.A poor first period for Howe’s men saw them fail to test Dutch goalkeeper Stekelenburg, but the 37-year-old boss sent his men out fighting, with an obvious improvement  as he bolstered his attack with the additions of Junior Stanislas and Joshua King from the bench, to assist Matt Ritchie upfront.Ex-West Ham forward Stanislas went close as he struck an out-swinging free-kick past the wall and it was curling towards the goal, but it went past the side-netting, as Bournemouth looked to pull one back with 25 minutes remaining.Lee Tomlin was introduced for the Cherries as they tried to rescue something from the match. The former Middlesbrough forward soon made a direct run towards the edge of the box, with Wanyama lunging in and he was shown his second yellow card, as Southampton had to see out the match with ten men.last_img read more

Queen Elizabeth II joins YouTube ranks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“The queen always keeps abreast with new ways of communicating with people,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The Christmas message was podcast last year.” The palace said, “She has always been aware of reaching more people and adapting the communication to suit. This will make the Christmas message more accessible to younger people and those in other countries.” On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas speech can be downloaded as a podcast from www.royal.gov.uk. It also is being made available on television in high definition for the first time. ON THE WEB: The Royal Channel: www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press LONDON – Britain’s 81-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, considered an icon of traditionalism, launched her own special Royal Channel on YouTube on Sunday. The queen will use the video-sharing Web site to send out her 50th annual televised Christmas message, which she first delivered live to the nation and its colonies on Dec. 25, 1957. Buckingham Palace also began posting archive and recent footage of the queen and other royals on the channel Sunday, with plans to add new clips regularly. last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: FANS SICKENED AS TICKET TOUTS DEMAND €1,000 FOR FINAL TICKETS

first_imgAll-Ireland tickets will be hard to come by yet again for Donegal fans.DONEGAL GAA fans have been left sickened in their hunt for golden All Ireland Final tickets.Touts are flogging tickets online for up to  €1,000, a Donegal Daily investigation has found.Even ticket sites demanded up to €1,400 for a pair of tickets last night at premium levels – with a shocking €350 for a seat in the Davin Stand. Global Tickets was offering seats right around Croke Park this Sunday, despite an official GAA ban on the re-sale of tickets.Those with the money to buy had the choice of picking as many tickets as they wanted – anywhere in the ground including the Hogan Stand.With so many genuine fans unhappy at the ticket issuing process, the sale of expensive tickets is sure to cause further upset.First the Donegal County Board was only given just over 16,000 tickets; while clubs did get 84 per cent of these tickets, they were given a huge number of terrace tickets. There have been rows in a number of clubs over the criteria used to give out tickets to members, coaches, mentors and club executives.Croke Park has vowed to tackle touts and sites flogging expensive tickets.“Thousands of genuine GAA supporters can’t get All-Ireland final tickets so we don’t want some unscrupulous people who get their hands on them, by whatever means, making a killing on the black market,” said Alan Milton, GAA head of media relations.“We bought tickets from unofficial sources last year, checked where they came from and cancelled contracts for premium and other long-term deals. We’ll do the same again this year.“Some premium ticket holders came to us last year and provided us with evidence where they knew that tickets had been sold on the black market. “If the GAA ascertains that a ticket has been bought on the black market, it will be cancelled, leaving the purchaser locked out of Croke Park.“The message is clear. Don’t buy on the black market, or you may not get in, and don’t sell on the black market because we’re tracking it and will take action against those involved,” he added.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: FANS SICKENED AS TICKET TOUTS DEMAND €1,000 FOR FINAL TICKETS was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:all-irelanddonegaldonegal county boardGAAKerryrowsterrace ticketstoutslast_img read more

MEN BEAT UP OWN BROTHER IN ROW OVER ARRANGED MARRIAGE

first_imgFour Letterkenny men who assaulted their brother after driving to Kilkenny to bring him home have each been given a three-month prison sentence.Letterkenny Circuit court heard that Michael, Martin, Thomas and Terence McDonagh, drove to Kilkenny to bring their brother home after he had left over a disagreement about an arranged marriage.The four brothers – all from Big Isle, Letterkenny – pleaded guilty to assaulting Johnny McDonagh on December 4th, 2009. The court heard they were all involved in the assault on the journey back to Donegal. The victim’s phone was taken from him but he managed to call gardaí to report the incident.Prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said Johnny, who was 17 at the time, had left the family home “over an arrangement to marry a certain person” that he was not happy about.After he left home the four brothers went to Kilkenny and put him in a car. He was assaulted by two brothers in the back of the car and later again by the other two brothers.The court heard that all four brothers had previous convictions for various offences including theft.Paul Kelly BL, counsel for Martin McDonagh, said his client’s view was that the incident had nothing to do with a marriage and was due to concern about his brother taking illicit substances.The court heard that all four men are married with young families and that “peace had broken out” between the brothers following the incident.Judge John O’Hagan told the four men that the legal system is there to protect everybody. “You can’t as a community of people take the law into your own hands,” he said.All four were given a three-month prison sentence suspended for six months and ordered to pay €500 to charity.At hearing. THIS COURT REPORT IS COPYRIGHT DONEGALDAILY.COM. WE HAVE BEGUN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST A COPYCAT SITE WHICH HAS BEEN ILLEGALLY STEALING OUR STORIES.DONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH THE NEWS. BEWARE CHEAP IMITATIONS.MEN BEAT UP OWN BROTHER IN ROW OVER ARRANGED MARRIAGE was last modified: November 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:ARRANGED MARRIAGEletterkennylast_img read more

Volleyball beat

first_img T(ALENT) O(VERLOAD) One of the Marmonte League’s most talented setters sees limited playing time. That’s what happens when a team has as much depth as Thousand Oaks, which has two very good setters. Rebecca Robertson remained with the junior-varsity team last season to get more playing time, but as a senior – playing on the same team as Keri Reinholm – she epitomizes the Lancers’ abundance of ability. “It’s tough for me,” Thousand Oaks coach Yariv Learner said. “I know at any other school, she’s a starter. Keri’s just a step above, but I’d think we have two of the top setters in the league.” Robertson, who had 20 assists Tuesday against Calabasas, is surrounded by talent on the bench. The Lancers have nine seniors, all hungry for a winning finish to their prep careers, so those not in the starting lineup take their jobs seriously during practice, providing the toughest challenge possible for the starters. Learner says practices are often more difficult than matches, and the manner with which Thousand Oaks swept through its first seven Marmonte matches seems proof. The Lancers, who finished third last season, took sole possession of the league lead week and are ranked fourth in Southern Section Div. I-A. They are undefeated since opening the season with a five-game loss to Valencia, a match Reinholm missed because of injury. Other top players include Kristen Berthiume, Meghan Fischer and Tori Boden. “Everyone is saying, ‘Is the league weak this year?’ ” Learner said. “I don’t think so. It’s just our team is used to some really tough battles and having to go all out (in practice). Everyone in the gym is strong, so that makes us competitive. We’ve had a lot closer battles in practice than a lot of our matches. “I challenge our second team every day. ‘Here’s what you have to do.’ It makes them better and makes the first team better.” HART’S BIG GAIN Hart of Newhall’s volleyball team benefited when Linda Chisholm decided to move to Castaic to open a kennel. Chisholm, a former Olympian and professional beach volleyball player, is the Indians’ first-year head coach. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m out here, I might as well give it a try,’ ” Chisholm said. Players and parents say Chisholm’s addition has provided instant credibility to a program that has had a high turnover of coaches in recent years. Chisholm acknowledges that implementing change is difficult with a veteran group used to do things its way, but the Indians (7-5) can’t argue with her credentials. Chisholm was a Pepperdine All-American in 1979, won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and played professionally on the WPVA tour and in Italian pro leagues. She’s been an college assistant coach and turned to high school coaching when a parent of one of her club players suggested she apply for an opening at Immaculate Heart of Los Angeles, where she was the head coach the past three years. The Indians, who are ranked 10th in Div. I-A, are usually more focused on their future than on Chisholm’s past. “A couple times they’ve asked (about my playing days),” Chisholm said. “The other day I made this dig, and they were like, ‘Oh, wow, you know how to play.’ I was just, like, ‘Yeah, I’ve played once or twice.’ I hurt my shoulder, so I don’t hit a lot, and they don’t see me out there playing all the time.” YOUTHFUL LEADERS Grant of Van Nuys has one of the youngest coaching staffs in the area. Head coach Ian Lee turned 21 last week, and he’s in his third year at the helm. He was joined this season by assistant coach Ryan Purrugian, also 21. The coaches’ youth has been anything but a hindrance. Grant is enjoying one of its most successful seasons, heading into the final week of the City Section regular season within reach of the Sunset Six League title. “The players have been great,” said Lee, who played at Taft of Woodland Hills and began his coaching career as a Taft assistant. “I think it’s easier to relate to them because we’re closer in age. There’s trouble with some refs – I don’t think they always take us seriously – but it hasn’t been too bad.” WELL-RESTED Hart of Newhall headed into its biggest Foothill League match of the season Tuesday without having practiced in four days. Indians coach Linda Chisholm gave the team a day off from practice Friday, planning to return from the weekend break with a hard workout Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s showdown with first-place Valencia. Things didn’t go according to plan. Hart’s practice Monday was canceled when Chisholm had a flat tire on her way to the school. “Yeah, it sucked,” Chisholm said. “And it was in all that rain.” Maybe the rest helped. Hart lost to Valencia, but it was the league’s first team not swept by the Vikings. LEAGUE UPDATES Alpha League Paraclete of Lancaster, ranked ninth in Southern Section Div. IV-AA, remained undefeated in match play by beating Calvary Chapel of Downey in five games Monday. The Spirits maintained a one-game lead over Windward of Los Angeles, which was taken to five games Tuesday in a victory over Grace Brethren of Simi Valley. With only one match this week, Paraclete is hoping to rest senior outside hitter Jenna Novelli, who has been slowed by a groin injury. Foothill League Valencia setter Taryn Robertson, the 2004 Foothill League Player of the Year, was questionable for Tuesday’s match against Hart of Newhall because of a pulled ligament in her right wrist. She has played with the injury for about a month, but it was reevaluated last week. She was cleared to play and had 29 assists while playing in three of four games in the victory over Hart. Marmonte League Thousand Oaks senior Keri Reinholm has extra incentive to prod the Lancers to play as deep into postseason as possible. Although one of the area’s top players, she doesn’t plan to continue her volleyball career once she’s out of high school. “I’m hoping, as a coach, she changes her mind,” Thousand Oaks coach Yariv Learner said. “Schools are definitely interested in her. She’s just decided to pursue other avenues.” Reinholm missed her sophomore season because of a stress fracture in her back. She is in her second season as Thousand Oaks’ starting setter, and last week she played a critical role, with 93 assists in victories over Westlake and Simi Valley, to keep the Lancers atop the Marmonte League standings. “She’s awesome,” Learner said. Thousand Oaks, Westlake and Simi Valley are listed among prepvolleyball.com’s top 50 teams in California. Mission League Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge on Tuesday won its 22nd consecutive league match, sweeping Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Although 22 sounds impressive, compare it to Harvard-Westlake of Studio City’s 88-match league streak from 1992 to 2001. The Wolverines’ streak was snapped in 2001 by FSH. The Tologs, unbeaten since October 2003, were last beaten in league by … Harvard-Westlake. FSH sophomore setter Sam Orlandini is on track to record her 1,500th career assist today against Alemany of Mission Hills. The second-year starter has 1,487 career assists in 161 games. Sunset Six League Verdugo Hills of Tujunga senior libero Layle Busante broke the school record for career digs last week. She had 18 in a victory over North Hollywood, giving her 383 – four more than the old mark. Grant of Van Nuys senior Vanessa Murray had 17 aces in Monday’s three-game victory over Hollywood. She had nine consecutive aces in the second game and six in a row in the third game. Verdugo Hills is closing in on a second consecutive undefeated league season, but the Dons can expect a challenge from Grant in Wednesday’s finale. Grant is in second place, having lost only to Verdugo Hills. Valley Mission League Sylmar is winless in nonleague matches, but the Spartans are 7-0 in league play after Monday’s victory over Reseda and on track to repeat as league champions. Sylmar on Saturday stages one of the City Section’s final tuneups before playoffs. The all-day event features several City teams, including Verdugo Hills and Chatsworth, and Southern Section teams, such as Canyon of Canyon Country and Highland of Palmdale. Erik Boal contributed. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 heather.gripp@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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Oak Park essentially can end La Reina of Thousand Oaks’ 13-year hold on the Tri-Valley League title with a victory Oak Park won the previous meeting, but the match went five games. If the Regents win, they would be the first team this season to beat the Eagles in match play. POTENTIAL UPSET Royal of Simi Valley’s young lineup appears to be coming together, and the Highlanders could surprise crosstown rival Simi Valley on Tuesday. Royal just swept defending Marmonte League co-champion Moorpark. POTENTIAL HERO Always a pivotal part of Quartz Hill’s attack, senior Tara Henn will look to spark the young Rebels in its Golden League match Tuesday against Highland of Palmdale. Quartz Hill has a share of the Golden League lead, but its lone league loss is to the Bulldogs. TOP 10 No., Team, Record, LW 1. Flintridge Sacred Heart 17-2 1 Ranked in state top 50. 2. Valencia 14-2 2 Hart is Foothill’s first to go 4 games vs. Vikings. 3. Thousand Oaks 11-1 3 Dropped only five games all season. 4. Harvard-Westlake 15-4 4 Maintaining hold on No. 1 in Div. III-A. 5. Oak Park 21-1 5 Rematch tonight with La Reina. 6. Westlake 15-3 6 Home tonight against Simi Valley. 7. Saugus 9-2 8 Hopes Valencia showdown goes better than last time. 8. Oaks Christian 7-3 7 Up to fifth in Div. IV-AA rankings. 9. Verdugo Hills 14-1 9 Perryman leads City Section in kills. 10. Simi Valley 7-3 10 Only Marmonte team not swept by T.O. Records through Tuesday. SEVEN-DAY FORECAST center_img MATCH OF THE WEEK La Reina at Oak Park, today, 5 p.m. last_img read more