Asian Winter Games offer athletes ideal prep for Olympics

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan and China have traditionally been the dominant countries at the games but with Pyeongchang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022 hosting the next two Winter Olympics, athletes in the region are making a major push to be more competitive in global terms.“China is expecting to introduce 300 million people to winter sports during this period, so the next few years are pivotal in establishing a vast, new winter sports scene outside of the traditional markets of North America and Europe,” Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Sapporo Games will also feature athletes from Australia and New Zealand competing, bringing an Oceania element to event.At the request of the Australian Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia and the Sapporo 2017 organizing committee agreed to allow athletes from the two countries to take part as guest athletes in individual sports only. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studycenter_img They won’t be eligible to win medals, but will gain experience by competing against world-class winter sports athletes from the region an in the time zone that will be the same as the Olympics.“Their participation will add value to the Games and further expand the footprint of Asia,” Sheikh Ahmad said.South Korea, the next Olympic host, will have 142 athletes taking part and has set an ambitious goal of 15 gold medals and second place in the medals standings.Many of South Korea’s golds are expected to come in speed skating, a sport the country has excelled at over the years.Lee Seung-hoon, the 2010 Olympic champion in the men’s 10,000 meters, is currently the world No. 1 in mass start. Kim Bo-reum, an emerging star on the women’s side, leads all female skaters in mass start this season.ADVERTISEMENT Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties South Korea’s men’s ice hockey team, meanwhile, is coached by former NHL defenseman Jim Paek. With an automatic berth in the Pyeongchang Games, Paek’s team is in Japan aiming to boost its competitiveness.Chinese short track speed skaters, who captured six gold medals at the last two Winter Olympics, will be strong medal contenders in Sapporo.Among them are Han Tianyu, who won the men’s 1,500 meters at the 2016 world championships, and Wu Dajing, who claimed the men’s 500 meter title at the 2016 World Cup in Shanghai. World champion Fan Kexin will be among the goal medal contenders in the women’s 500 meters.Japan is targeting medals in events including ski jumping, speed skating and figure skating, although Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu is sitting out the Games. In his place, Japan national champion Shoma Uno is among the favorites.Australia’s delegation features a number of experienced athletes, including three-time Olympic snowboarder Holly Crawford, short track skater Deanna Lockett and Ben Sim, a Vancouver Olympian in cross country skiing.The games have not been without controversy stemming from recent and older geopolitical tensions. Organizers were forced to ensure a book denying the 1937 Nanjing Massacre will be removed from guest rooms at a hotel to be used as a dormitory in the Athletes’ Village.APA Group, the operator of the hotel chain, has been under fire after it was revealed it had distributed the book, which was written by Chief Executive Toshio Motoya, in its hotel rooms. The book claims the Nanjing Massacre never happened. China says the massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 people.The Japanese government decided to allow North Korean athletes and officials to enter the country to take part in the Games despite Japan’s entry ban on North Korean citizens.Tokyo will treat the athletes as an exception to its punitive measure taken as part of its sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests and rocket launches. FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 file photo, Uno Shoma of Japan skates his free program to take the silver at the Rostelekom Cup ISU Grand Prix of figure skating event in Moscow, Russia. With the Winter Olympics just a year away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent’s leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018. The eighth Asian Winter Games will open in Sapporo on Sunday, Feb. 19 and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events. Japan is targeting medals in events including ski jumping, speed skating and figure skating, although Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu is sitting out the Games. In his place, Japan national champion Uno is among the favorites. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)With the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent’s leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.The eighth Asian Winter Games will open Sunday in Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Accused Blythe Street gangster arrested in 2006 nail clipper stabbing

first_img ——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Martinez said Alma Alvarez was violating a gang code by fighting with someone who was with child. “The gang code is that you don’t fight with anyone when they are with their kids,” he said. “It’s not considered manly. With girls, they’re supposed to follow the same guidelines.” Police arrested Alvarez on Blythe Street near her home. She was being held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood with bail set at $540,000. Detectives connected Alvarez with an October 2006 nail clipper stabbing after hearing that “Flaca” was involved. Detectives re-interviewed the victim, who has since recovered from cuts to her face and arm, and she identified Alvarez in a photo array as the suspect in the attack, Martinez said. The suspect apparently extended the nail file on the clipper to use as a knife, Martinez said. Her cousin, Catalina was held on narcotics related charges. A man identified as Jorge Larios, 31, also an accused Blythe Street gangster, was arrested on a misdemeanor gang injunction violation. Blythe Street was the first gang to be targeted by the Los Angeles City Attorney in an injunction barring members from associating with each other, among other things, in the 90s. PANORAMA CITY – An accused female member of the Blythe Street gang has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a 2006 nail clipper stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in a beef over a boy, police said this morning. The woman, identified as Alma “Flaca” Alvarez, 19, was arrested on Labor Day, after she had been fighting with a former schoolmate who was three months pregnant and was shopping for clothes for her baby at a store in the 9800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez. The fight started inside the store and spilled outside, Martinez said. Alvarez’s cousin, Catalina, also 19, noticed the woman was pregnant and tried to stop Alma from fighting with her. But Alma got mad and punched Catalina to try to prevent her from interfering, police said. There were no serious injuries. The baby and the mother, who suffered bruises, were fine, said Martinez.last_img read more

This definitely wasn’t in Mourinho’s plan – Chelsea held at the Bridge

first_img Thibaut Courtois is sent off against Swansea Swansea twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season.Thibaut Courtois was sent off in a thrilling match where both teams did not stop attacking until referee Michael Oliver blew for full-time.Chelsea were boosted ahead of the game when Diego Costa started, but it was Swansea striker Befetimbi Gomis who made the bigger impression, scoring the club’s second after a debut goal from Andre Ayew.Oscar opened the scoring and the Blues had a huge slice of luck when Willian’s cross deflected in off Federico Fernandez, but Swansea will feel unlucky not to have gone ahead.Gomis’ header in the first ten minutes tested Courtois and he was threatening again shortly afterwards but John Terry was there to block the Frenchman’s shot.Moments later Ki Sung-yueng’s shot from the edge of the area was saved and Chelsea immediately broke and were appealing for a penalty when Costa was tackled by Federico Fernandez, but replays showed it was a finely timed challenge.However, it was Chelsea who struck first, courtesy of Oscar on 22 minutes as his free-kick on the right hand side of the penalty area flew past everyone and beat Lukasz Fabianski in the visitors’ goal.Swansea hit back when Ayew pounced to score on his debut after Courtois kept Gomis’ powerful header out, but 90 seconds later, the Blues were back in front thanks to Fernandez’s own goal.And it took Swansea just ten minutes of the second half to drag themselves level again and this time Gomis finally got his goal when he beat Asmir Begovic from the spot.Controlling Jonjo Shelvey’s fantastic pass, he was then brought down by the onrushing Courtois.It was a rash challenge and Michael Oliver deemed it worthy of a red card, though the Chelsea players did not agree, with captain John Terry arguing he was able to cover Courtois if Gomis had broken clear.The striker was finally allowed to take his spot-kick after Begovic had replaced Oscar and Terry booked for fiercely protesting his team-mates’ sending off.Chelsea were forced to defend for their lives as Swansea mounted an onslaught and Gomis actually had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled out for offside.Then Jose Mourinho decided to throw Radamel Falcao on in the final five minutes bringing cheers from the home support, but the Colombian could not break Swansea’s defence.It was a point well earned and Garry Monk’s men can count themselves unlucky not to win and the players rightly took the acclaim of their travelling fans at the end. 1last_img read more