3 ex-guards convicted in abuse of inmates

first_imgProsecutors said the incident was retaliation for problems guards had with inmates that day. In one of the earlier incidents, inmates threw a jacket over the head of an officer and beat him. In response, officers shackled several inmates and loaded them into a van to take them from one section of the prison to another. Once there, McGowan pulled two prisoners from the van and allowed them to fall to the ground. The inmates could not break their falls because they were handcuffed and shackled. They suffered minor injuries. Flores tossed another inmate to the ground, prosecutors said. Ramos, a sergeant, later submitted a memo to prison officials claiming one of the inmates assaulted by McGowan had slipped, even though he knew of the assault, prosecutors said. They also claim Flores initially lied about the incident to a federal grand jury. The officers’ trial lasted about a week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Jurors deliberated for parts of three days before announcing their verdicts Monday. Clark said he believes the officers have a good chance of winning an appeal. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14. hurling shackled inmates to the ground [email protected] (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Three correctional officers from the California Institution for Men were convicted Monday for and conspiring to cover it up. Robert McGowan of Apple Valley was found guilty of two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Thomas Ramos of Montclair and Hector Flores of Whittier were both convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice for lying to investigators after the May 9, 2002, incident. McGowan, 38, faces up to 25 years in federal prison. Ramos, 51, and Flores, 39, face up to five years each. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lawyers for the three men did not return calls for comment late Monday afternoon. However, the local president of the union that represents them spoke out in their defense, saying all are honorable men and accusing prosecutors of blowing the case out of proportion. “Most of the officers at CIM feel this is an injustice, a travesty,” said Gary Clark, who heads the Chino chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. “I’m not saying there wasn’t an incident, but I definitely don’t believe it was what the prosecution made it out to be.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tammy Spertus, who helped prosecute the trio, rebuffed that claim. “It’s never a minor incident when correctional officers take the law into their own hands, abuse inmates and cover it up, which is what happened in this case,” she said. last_img read more

Andy Murray looking to keep up momentum as Wimbledon gets serious

first_imgMurray has been well and truly overshadowed by world number 772 Marcus Willis during the first week, while British number four Dan Evans now takes on Roger Federer.Having the spotlight lifted a little off him is surely welcome, but Murray said: “I don’t think it changes anything in my mind really.“I’ve played here a number of times, sometimes when there’s been big competitions going on elsewhere in different sports, sometimes when some of the other Brits have made deep runs, as well.“But it makes absolutely zero difference to me, how I perform and how I play. When the attention’s been on me a lot, I’ve played well. When it hasn’t, I’ve also played well.” Andy Murray wants to keep his momentum going as Wimbledon moves into the latter rounds, with the Scot yet to drop a set at the tournament this year.The Dunblane ace moved into the third round with a straight sets win over Lu Yen-hsun on Thursday, winning 17 of the last 20 games against the man from Chinese Taipei.Murray now wants to keep that kind of form going, aiming to preserve his energy before the competition gets serious in the second week.“I think the second and third sets, I played well,” he said after the win on Centre Court. “The first set was a tough set. Both of us had a bunch of chances, a lot of deuce games. Once I got that, got an early break in the second, I started to settle down, played better tennis. I finished the match really well.“I’ve started well here quite a few times over the years. I don’t know if this is the best one or not.“But today was, for sure, a good match, an improvement from the first round, against a guy who has won a lot of matches on grass recently.“I was just happy that I improved as the match went on. Hopefully I start the next match like I finished this one, keep it going.”last_img read more

South African cycling shines in 2010

first_img17 December 2010South Africans continued to build on their ever-improving performances in all forms of cycling in 2010, excelling on the road, on the track, in mountain biking and in BMX.The country had the honour of hosting the UCI BMX World Championships in August in Pietermaritzburg and the venue certainly sparkled with a one-of-a-kind track that sported two starting ramps and was rated as one of the finest tracks ever built.Latvia’s Maris Strombergs raced to the men’s elite title, but South African star Sifiso Nhlapo gave the home crowd plenty to cheer by finishing second.Great Britain’s Shanaze Reade won the women’s elite title, while South African women picked up three gold medals in age group racing.UCI Mountain Bike World CupIn June, it had been learnt that Pietermaritzburg would host a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2011. The city had previously very successfully hosted a round in 2009, but the withdrawal of global sponsor Nissan due to the worldwide economic meltdown had prevented the 2010 event taking place.South African hopes for 2011 will be high after Pietermaritzburg local Greg Minnaar won the downhill title in his home town in 2009 and Burry Stander, from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, finished third in the cross-country.Both men continued to shine in 2010. Minnaar, a three-time overall World Cup winner, finished runner-up to Britain’s Gee Atherton in the final standings as the South African’s team, Santa Cruz Syndicate once again dominated.During the year, Minnaar recorded wins in Leogang (Aut), Maribor (Slo), and at Fort William in Scotland. He finished third in the World Championships.Stander finished seventh overall in the cross country rankings. His best result was a third place at the World Championships in Canada, and at the first World Cup stop in Dalby Forest in Britain.In 2009 Stander was crowned the under-23 world champion so his best years are still ahead of him.World championAnd speaking of young talent, Bernard Esterhuizen scored one for South African track cyclists when he sprinted to the one-kilometre time trial title at the UCI Junior World Track Championships in Montichiari, Italy.Former Olympic track cyclist JP van Zyl told Cycling South Africa: “Bernard Esterhuizen is the ‘Real Deal’ of South African track cycling.He continued: “His winning time of 1:03.265 is world class. In my opinion, it is lightning fast.”Esterhuizen is based at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.On the women’s side of things, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio made a favourable impression when she became the first African to finish in the top 20 Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile. What made her achievement even more remarkable is that Moolman Pasio was ill on the final four days of racing in the mountains.Tour of South AfricaThere was good news for South African cycling in late November when it was announced that the UCI-backed Tour of South Africa will take place from 19 to 26 February 2011.The eight-day, seven-stage event is expected to prove a popular draw for international teams, scheduled as it is just after the Tour Down Under and before the start of the Spring Classics in Europe.Phil Liggett, known as “The Voice of Cycling”, is a big fan of South Africa (he owns a couple of properties in the country) and will lead the television coverage of the event.Pat McQuaid, the president of the UCI, commented at the launch of the race route: “I am looking forward to the future, where it will have a place among the greatest races of the world.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh swings his way back on centrestage

first_imgSWINGING TIME: Jeev Milkha Singh in actionJeev Milkha Singh, by all accounts, should qualify as a gaikokujin. It is Japanese for foreigner and this tall, solitary Indian, who carries a stack of Bollywood DVDs along with his golf clubs should be an outsider in a country that first made the,SWINGING TIME: Jeev Milkha Singh in actionJeev Milkha Singh, by all accounts, should qualify as a gaikokujin. It is Japanese for foreigner and this tall, solitary Indian, who carries a stack of Bollywood DVDs along with his golf clubs should be an outsider in a country that first made the Orient inscrutable.But with his rudimentary Japanese and occasional sushi, Jeev today hops on and off bullet trains while the tabukin courier transports his luggage all over the windy courses where they are now familiar with his regular smile and peculiar swing.Jeev is at home not only with the surroundings, but he is also, after a long while, at ease with himself. His first title in seven years followed by two top 10 finishes, and it is as if a competitor has come to life again. As if he has leapt off the dusty pedestal he had been installed on and, shaking his fist in our faces, declared that he was still vital, still relevant and still fighting.In truth, ever since he became India’s first-ever touring professional, fight is all Jeev has done-against the precedent and the unknown. As titles evaded his reach and younger men surged past him, ceaseless struggle was all he knew.It was like golf pared down to the raw: one man versus the elements, the golfer versus himself. For close to 250 weeks of tournaments, Jeev wrestled with injuries, doubt, confidence and a spreading hush of dismay.He would carve the courses for two days and then blow leads, losing play-offs, finishing second five times and in the top five on many given Sundays. He wasn’t yet 35, but his 12-year career was being regarded not as a living entity but an epic event belonging to the past.advertisementVictory at the Volvo China Open in Beijing, a co-sanctioned event on the Asian and European Tour, came as reaffirmation and release. “I knew I had it in me to win again, but to actually win again… belief-wise, internally, it was huge.”Today, he’s back-on the respectable part of the leaderboards, striking the ball with singular purity. When they break through on the other side, golfers-more than most other athletes-seem keen to explain what it is like to be separated from victory by an eight-foot downhill putt on an oxygen-depleted Sunday afternoon.Perhaps the vast and constant solitude of their work makes them communicate so lucidly away from it. Jeev talks about “trusting” himself under pressure, positivity and reverse psychology. “If you could control your thoughts, nobody could beat you-golf is a battle you fight with your brain,” he says.If his career was a round of golf, the front and back nine look like they have been played on two different courses. He was the first Indian almost everywhere- successful on the US Collegiate circuit, heading out into Asia, winning a European PGA tour card, qualifying for the Japanese Tour, holding an EPGA putting record, breaking into the world top 200. In 2000, with his career smoking and tour cards earned for Europe and Japan, a wrist injury felt merely like bad timing, rather than a dire warning.With so much to play for, he rushed back, and damaged it again. He had to take eight-odd months off the tour but fellow pro Amritinder Singh reckons it cost him in years-“four, maybe five”.Jeev Milkha Singh with Caddie Fujimuro in ChinaAfter the lay-off, in instinctively trying to protect his wrist, Jeev’s swing morphed into an unfamiliar series of minute movements. The swing is the soul of every golfer’s game, his foundation, opening address and the statement of purpose. The loss of muscle memory in the action had its after-effects on the rest of his game.The worse it got on the course, the more he got out there, trying to-what Jeev says all winners do-“find my own solution.” As he rushed around between the European, the Japanese and the Asian tours, playing nearly 75 weeks over two years, he joked to a friend that he had more points on frequent-flier programmes than the world golf rankings.In the golfer’s unwritten code, no one talked to him about it unless he brought the subject up. “I’m a person who never gives up. You have to become a dheet (pig-headed), you know,” he says, before realising the word is not quite golfspeak and changes it to “taking things in one’s stride”. Harmeet Kahlon, another pro, says Jeev has “steel”. Amritinder says he has “a very strong mind”. Dheet will do nicely.advertisementRather than go to a golf doctor in the West, he turned to those who knew his game best-like Amritinder, with whom he shared a classroom as a 10-year-old in Chandigarh. Jeev’s slow return to the old feel of his swing, to confidence and something like winning form, has taken close to two years. He cut down play in Europe and worked on the basics of his game, like his stance.Those around could see progress in inches before it was felt on the acreage of east Asian courses. Amritinder saw the old swing and clean strike return. Kahlon noticed him hitting the ball further.His sister’s husband, Manish Sanwalka, has his own barometer: whenever they played a few rounds together, Sanwalka would place a friendly bet on Jeev’s score. He says, “I used to win a lot. But all of last year, I’ve been losing that bet.”As Jeev walked towards victory in the Volvo China Open in Beijing, Sanwalka sat glued to a mobile phone in Delhi listening to a friend delivering a running commentary off the live TV feed being aired in Dubai. “It was his time to win,” says Kahlon.”Jeev is very hard on himself. If you walk the course with him, you can see smoke coming out of his ears.”Digraj Singh, Director, Tiger Sports MarketingIt does not, however, mean the contest is over and everything will miraculously be easier, with titles toppling into his lap. It means the competitor is refreshed and the working parts of his game are in order. It is a rare passage of play and Jeev realises he must make the most of it. Only this time he has to remember to exhale as he goes along.On the surface, everything around him is methodical, very Japanese. His mantra-‘Follow your dream’-actually translates into the more monotonous: ‘Follow your routine’. His work week is all documented discipline, with little visible evidence of bachelor hijinks. Monday is travel, and practice days begin with half-an-hour of yoga before eight hours of practice on the golf course. Dinner by seven, a movie (Sarkar during the China Open) and lights out by 9.30 p.m.. Before sleeping, almost like a daily act of faith, he reads portions of a dog-eared copy of The Power of The Sub-Conscious Mind.To strangers, he appears wellspoken, engaging. But that is not all that maketh the man. Friend Digraj Singh, who presented him the book, says, “He is very hard on himself. If you walk a round of golf with him, you can see the smoke coming out of his ears.”Jeev gives himself marks on every stroke and when he makes a mistake or a point, they talk about his blazing eyes. Maybe the routine is what keeps it all together, keeps a lid on golfing pyromania. Maybe he can’t help it, it’s in his genes.In Chandigarh, his legendary father Milkha, whose name continues to echo with the son’s, waits for his daily phone call. Singh Senior shares the advice he gives his son, “Betaa, hard work, willpower and discipline.” That, and to never try out a new club in competition.advertisementIn a land of mechanical precision, Jeev has found his groove and is ticking again. He is the lone gaikokujin to be sponsored by GMA, a Japanese golfing manufacturer, and the bag they specially designed for Jeev features the Tricolour.He appears on a weekly golf show on TV in Osaka and, for the last six years, has been travelling with Japanese caddie Ippei Fujimuro. Not only can Fujimuro nail down killer hotel deals off Japanese websites, but when Jeev unconsciously says, “Paani nikaliyo yaar”, the caddie knows what to reach for.As an EPGA winner, Jeev now gets a shot at the bigger European events and the US Tour, his ultimate goal, is once again on his radar. When the year ends, he reckons he could have played 38 to 39 weeks of tournaments.A decade ago, whenever Jeev played the Indian Open in the Capital, a Delhi teenager would diligently follow him around the course. Today, Shiv Kapur is a touring pro, named 2005 Asian Rookie of the Year.Kapur says, “Jeev has shown the way-in his actions and in his words. He has been a great mentor to me.” Many believe the courtly Sikh will now win more and win bigger. But wherever Jeev Milkha Singh finishes, he knows he will have more than most golfers, more than just silverware to his name-he will have a legacy.Competitive CompatriotsIN THE RUNNING: Shiv Kapur, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti RandhawaIndians are a force to reckon with at all major international tournaments.They are called the Curry Cartel and they don’t care.Whenever an Indian golfer wins a title anywhere, the cartel-all compatriots who compete-gathers for a noisy celebration, usually at an Indian restaurant.On the Asian Tour, Indians who now turn up 12-at-a-time at an event are considered the bunch hard to beat. In the last four years, two Indians, Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa, have topped the Asian Order of Merit (that determines the top golfer of the year) and Jeev Milkha Singh leads the 2006 list. Shiv Kapur was declared Asian Rookie of the Year 2005. Atwal (who now plays on the US Tour), Randhawa (a European Tour regular) and Jeev are India’s first golf millionaires.Pro Harmeet Kahlon says, “We are respected for the fact that we’re Indians. We carry ourselves with dignity.” Off the course, it’s slightly different. “We hang together, it’s like boarding school,” laughs Kapur.Recently, Kapur noticed roommate Gaurav Ghei’s green Alfred Dunhill Cup sweater, and he realised he had seen it before-in ‘golf history books’. In 1996, Ghei had beaten the then world No. 2, Colin Montgomerie, to record a shock victory for India over Scotland in the event. Kapur was all of 14 then.When the number of Indian pro golfers reaches critical mass, history and the history books will be well within reach.last_img read more

AP Accidentally Names Denzel Washington, Not Denzel Valentine, Player Of The Year

first_imgDenzel Washington and Buddy Heild AP tweet.denzel washington ap tweetBack in the 1970s, Denzel Washington, now one of the most famous actors on the planet, played basketball at Fordham for head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Apparently, he was so successful, that decades later, he’s being recognized for his greatness.…or, the AP just made a fairly big typo.Thursday, the Associated Press named its Player of the Year, which is actually Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. In their tweet to announce the news, they accidentally named Denzel Washington as the winner.denzel washington ap tweetThe AP later corrected the mistake and poked some fun at itself.Sorry Denzel Washington. We do love you, but Denzel Valentine is actually AP Player of Year https://t.co/9lsVtHDL1b pic.twitter.com/bvucSh5G5D— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) March 31, 2016 Well, that was fun. In all seriousness, congratulations to Denzel Valentine.last_img read more

Video: Idaho State Runner Finishes Race After Rupturing Achilles Tendon

first_imgShelby Erdahl finishes race with ruptured achilles.shelby erdahl finishes raceIf you’ve ever suffered an Achilles injury, you know that there’s a great deal of pain involved. This week, a runner named Shelby Erdahl, who competes for Idaho State, put on one of the most gutty performances of the year – while finishing in last place.Erdahl, who just needed to complete the 400-meter hurdles at the Big Sky Championships to score a point for her team, did just that – despite tearing her Achilles early on in the race. Video of Erdahl struggling to get through the race – including clearing hurdles – has now gone viral. Check it out: Props to Erdahl for toughing it out for her teammates. For those wondering, she had successful surgery on Wednesday. Well done.last_img read more

Jackson Browne Announces Honoring Quiltman Benefit Concert

first_imgSinger songwriter Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & Casino on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM.Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & CasinoThe benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, will be held in the Pechanga Theater. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.com.Accompanying Jackson are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals) and Jeff Young (keyboards). Also performing is John Trudell’s BAD DOG with Joel Rafael.The benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, celebrates Quiltman Sahme, a traditional American Indian singer and drummer from Simnasho in Warm Springs, Oregon. In August of 2017, Quiltman lost his family home in the Warm Springs Reservation wildfire.In the early 1980s, Quiltman began performing with American Indian activist, speaker and poet John Trudell. Trudell was a leader of the Occupation of Alcatraz in the late 1960s and Chairman of the American Indian Movement from 1973-79. He passed away in December 2015. Quiltman continues to sing with the original band members of John Trudell’s BAD DOG. John Trudell’s BAD DOG includes Mark Shark (guitars), Ricky Eckstein (bass & keyboards), Billy Watts (guitars), Debra Dobkin (percussion), Quiltman and his son Teewhanee Sahme (traditional vocals) along with Joel Rafael (vocals).For more information, please visit www.jacksonbrowne.com.last_img read more

Gattuso happy that Higuain is a quality signing

first_imgGonzalo Higuain joined AC Milan after spending two years at Juventus and winning two Scudettos – and his new coach, Gennaro Gattuso, insisted that he is very happy to have such a quality player in the squad.The Italian coach insisted that Higuain will be a great addition to the squad and even though the transfer wasn’t easy, he is happy that it was successfully done and the attacker can help the team.Gattuso spoke about the new signing of the Rossoneri as he said, according to Football Italia:“I am happy. They are important players.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Mattia is an interesting young player. We all know Gonzalo, but we are a team. We need to make them feel at home and feel part of the group.”“Then, I am sure they will help us to have an important season. For us, it should be a source of pride. When you speak to players, nobody tells you they don’t want to come.”“This is a club with great history and organisation. We’ve gone through four or five years where we haven’t found consistency.“But I think that with this team, these young boys and players like Higuain and Caldara, we can do well.last_img read more