BACOLOD City – In a bid to end thecity’s illegal drug woes, Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, deputy citydirector for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), has asked thecity government here to upgrade the capabilities of local police throughenhancement of facilities and procurement of equipment. According to Espenido, since his arrivalin Bacolod City, he noticed the BCPO has “several equipment woes,” noting alack of police vehicles and fuel.He also pointed out food supply shortages for police officers conductingoperations, along with a lacking incentive system for the ongoing campaignagainst illegal drugs.Espenido recalled his stint in Ozamis City, he asked the city government formotorcycles and the city immediately complied the following day and delivered10 motorcycles. Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido. RAPPLER Montoyo said that the council willinform Espenido about the help and support being extended by the city to thepolice. He said that this year, the city hasallocated a P8-million fund for the utilization of the BCPO. Montoyo cited BCPO’s annual allocationwhich is included in the annual budget of the city. The city government even contracted agasoline station to provide fuel for police vehicles, he said. Aside from that, Montoyo said MayorEvelio Leonardia also increased the fund of CADAC from P1.5 million from last yearto P10 million for this year. For his part, Executive AssistantSammy Montoyo, City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) focal person, said that thecity has been very supportive to the police. He added that the council had alreadyrecommended to the city council to give incentives and commendations to policestations and personnel with commended accomplishments./PN
MLB official thought Manfred would stop Hernández for SeriesNEW YORK (AP) — A major league official testified he suggested Ángel Hernández be removed from consideration for the 2015 World Series because he did not think Commissioner Rob Manfred would approve the umpire to work baseball’s premier event. The Cuba-born Hernández sued Major League Baseball in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited his failure to be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and MLB not promoting him to crew chief. The documents and testimony from senior VP Peter Woodfork were filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.A member of the big-league staff since 1993, the Cuba-born Hernández worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005. He was not picked after Joe Torre was hired in 2011 to head baseball operations.Hernández was involved in a controversy in 2013 when Oakland’s Adam Rosales was awarded a double after a video review rather than a home run. The replay system in use at the time did not provide sufficiently clear images to the New York control room.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS San Francisco then traded wideout Marquise Goodwin to Philadelphia for a swap of sixth-round spots.NFL-DRAFTNFL draft wrapping upUNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft entered its third and final day with Cincinnati selecting an Appalachian State linebacker. Akeem Davis-Gaither was the Sun Belt’s defensive player of the year and a standout at the Senior Bowl, a game the Bengals coaching staff worked.The Redskins dealt their unhappy veteran tackle Trent Williams to San Francisco on Saturday morning, then chose LSU tackle Saahdiq Charles. Associated Press They agreed to acquire seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins on for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder.The 49ers had a big need at left tackle because their longtime standout left tackle Joe Staley has decided to retire. Staley announced Saturday that a deteriorating neck injury led to his decision to retire after 13 seasons. Staley also missed nine games last season with injuries to his leg and finger.The 31-year-old Williams must pass a physical for the trade to be finalized. He sat out the entire 2019 season because of a dispute with Washington’s front office. The Redskins did not trade him before the Oct. 29 deadline and Williams renewed his request for a trade this offseason. In November, Williams revealed he had cancer and said that situation led him to distrust the Redskins’ medical staff and organization as a whole.The deal reunites Williams with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010.The 49ers later sent Matt Breida, who was their starting running back for part of their NFC title season, to Miami for a fifth-rounder. They used the pick to select West Virginia tackle Colton McKivitz. In other college basketball news:— Gonzaga sophomore Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA draft on Saturday but will not hire an agent. The 6-foot-5 guard from France said his top option remains returning for his junior season. Ayayi averaged 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds last season and was voted the most outstanding player of the West Coast Conference Tournament. He is the second Gonzaga player to declare for the draft without hiring an agent, joining Corey Kispert.—Chris Marcus, a two-time Associated Press All-America honorable mention during a decorated career at center for Western Kentucky, has died. He was 40. The school said Marcus died in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, but did not state a cause of death. Considered one of WKU’s most dominant big men, the 7-foot-1 Marcus posted 1,113 points and 795 rebounds for the Hilltoppers and led the nation at 12.1 boards per game in 2001. He was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that season and earned his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGF1 driver Lando Norris wins in IndyCar iRacing debut NBA to allow some practices starting FridayMIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says NBA players will be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement. Any workouts that take place would be voluntary and individual sessions only. The directives from the league were not released publicly.Group practices would not be allowed yet, and teams will not yet be permitted to organize in-person workouts.The NBA’s move is not a sign that a return to play is imminent. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said on several occasions that the league does not anticipate being able to decide until sometime in May — at the earliest — if a resumption of the season is possible.MLB-UMPIRE LAWSUIT Update on the latest sports April 25, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSEarnhardt race car up for auction to fund virus relief workUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s cars to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts.The Charlotte Observer reports that this is the first time Childress has sold or given away an original Earnhardt car from his personal collection. A news release from Richard Children Racing officials doesn’t specify which of Earnhardt’s trademark No. 3 race cars is up for auction. Childress tweeted Friday that parting with one of his cars is “a small sacrifice” for him to make.Earnhardt died in a crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Tampa mayor lightheartedly apologizes to NFL’s Tom BradyTAMPA — Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is poking fun at last week’s attention-grabbing incident involving NFL superstar Tom Brady. Tampa didn’t exactly give Brady the best of welcomes when he was ejected from a downtown park while working out last Monday. In a letter posted on social media, the mayor apologized “for the miscommunication,” saying her previous law enforcement background prompted her to “investigate the sighting of a G.O.A.T running wild in one of our beautiful city parks.” Brady is considered by some as the NFL’s “greatest of all time.” Brady recently left the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.On Monday, Brady was working out at the park and spotted by staff patrol, who ordered the four-time Super Bowl MVP to leave because the park was closed to the public because of the coronavirus outbreak.In her letter, the mayor thanked Brady “for being a good sport.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA UNDATED (AP) — Formula One driver Lando Norris embarrassed the field in his IndyCar iRacing debut by dominating Saturday’s race at virtual Circuit of the Americas in Texas.Norris was poised to begin his second F1 season with McLaren in March when a team member tested positive for the new coronavirus at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the series immediately suspended competition.The 20-year-old British driver is a skilled iRacer and competed in the virtual event for Arrow McLaren SP, an IndyCar team that McLaren partnered with for this season to enter the American series.Norris dominated qualifying to start from the pole and relinquished the lead during a pit stop. He then picked his way back through the 33-driver field on the virtual road course in Austin, Texas, and regained the lead with four laps remaining when Felix Rosenqvist spun.His victory snapped a three-race iRacing winning streak for Team Penske that included consecutive victories by Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN’ PA’-zheh-noh). Wake Forest fires coach Danny Manning after losing stretchUNDATED (AP) — Wake Forest fired coach Danny Manning on Saturday after losing seasons in five of his six years and only one NCAA Tournament appearance.The decision came more than six weeks after the Demon Deacons lost to Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, capping a third straight losing season.Manning, a former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, went 78-111 in Winston-Salem with a 30-80 mark in ACC regular-season games. Those league struggles included a 6-49 mark in league road games and 1-6 in the ACC Tournament.Manning had said after the Pitt loss on March 10 that he “absolutely” expected to return next season. — Eric DeCosta wanted to make Baltimore’s impressive offense even better. Then the general manager went to work in the NFL draft. Over the course of three days, DeCosta added several key pieces to a unit that led the league in scoring and rushing yardage last season. Baltimore snagged Ohio State star running back J.K. Dobbins, wide receivers Devin Duvernay of Texas and James Proche of SMU and a pair of offensive linemen who hope to ease the sting of eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda’s retirement in March. DeCosta didn’t ignore the defense. He secured LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round.— The two-win Bengals took full advantage of their favorable draft position and made themselves interesting again. How it translates into on-field success is still a question. Taking quarterback Joe Burrow and receiver Tee Higgins with their first two picks set them on a very different course on offense. The defense also will look much different in coach Zac Taylor’s second season with an influx from both free agency and the draft.— The Miami Dolphins this week have added 11 draft picks, including a potential franchise quarterback, and a veteran running back. Even so, they may still be at least a year away from playoff contention. That’s partly because last season’s team was so bereft of talent, and partly because of the type of players Miami drafted, especially with the top two picks. Neither is likely to start when the 2020 season begins. That includes No. 5 overall choice Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah), who is still recovering from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in mid-November.— Maybe the Southeastern Conference should simply hold onto its players and become part of the NFL. The home of national champion LSU and perennial contenders Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, the SEC dominated the first four rounds of the NFL draft. By the time this unusual draft was over, 63 players had come from the SEC’s 14 teams — well, 13, because Ole Miss was ignored. LSU sent 14, tying the most in a seven-round draft, followed by Alabama with nine. The SEC fell just short of last year’s record of 63 selectees. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell declared the draft a success with its remote, virtual format.NFL-NEWS-TAMPA-BRADY APOLOGY The first quarterback chosen on Day 3 was Washington’s Jacob Eason, who went to Indianapolis. The Colts already have Philip Rivers, who signed as a free agent, and incumbent Jacoby Brissett. But both have contracts only through this year. Eason transferred to Washington after losing out to Jake Fromm at Georgia. Fromm was claimed by Buffalo with the 167th overall pick.The New York Jets took Florida International QB James Morgan with the 125th pick.In other NFL draft news:— The Kansas City Chiefs return 20 of 22 starters who helped them win the Super Bowl last season, so they spent their six picks in the NFL draft on guys who could help them not only defend the title but also plan for the future. They took LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round, Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay Jr. in the second and TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang in the third. They wrapped up the draft Saturday by selecting Louisiana Tech defensive back L’Jarius Sneed, Michigan defensive end Mike Danna and Tulane cornerback Thakarius Keyes.— The Las Vegas Raiders spent the first two days of the NFL draft getting quarterback Derek Carr playmakers such as Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards. They added some offensive line depth and a promising cornerback prospect in Amik Robertson on the final day. Now the question for the Raiders is if all the moves they made in free agency and the draft will help close the gap in the AFC West with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-TRADES49ers make a series of tradesUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made a flurry of trades on Saturday, the final day of the NFL draft.
The Tennis Davis Cup of B&H traveled to Helsinki, where from 4 to 6 April they will play against the Finnish team the second round of the second group of the Euro-African Zone.Damir Džumhur (160th on ATP list), Mirza Bašić (223.), Tomislav Brkić (474.) and Nerman Fatić (806.), will defend the colors of the B&H flag, and trainer Aljoša Pirić will lead the team.Finland will perform in a changed composition in relation to their last match against Bulgaria, because due to injuries their second best tennis player Micke Kontinen (409.) will not play. The Finnish team is composed of Jarko Nieminen (40th on ATP list), Henrik Sillanpaa (715.), Juho Paukku (1451.) and Henri Kontinen (1699.).In the absence of coach Amer Delić, trainer Aljoša Pirić expressed his satisfaction that he would lead the young and talented B&H team.‘’In the match against Finland there are no favorites. We are all aware that it would be hard for Mirza and for Damir against Nieminen, but both of them already have wins against the top 100 players, and if they play as best as they can against Nieminen, everything is possible. But for us our priority remains to provide a point, or two, at other courts and in this way maintain pressure on the Finns during the entire weekend’’, said Pirić, who has been working and living in the USA for several years.The winner of the match Finland-B&H for entrance to the first group of the Euro-African Zone will play as the host against the winner of the match between the host South African Republic and Lithuania.(Source: Fena)
Garrett said the team believes Vander Esch will return this season. He also said the injury isn’t believed to be related to a neck injury Vander Esch suffered in college, which prompted some pre-draft speculation he would slide down draft boards in April.In his redshirt sophomore year at Boise State, Vander Esch missed half the season with what was initially diagnosed as a concussion but was actually a neck issue later corrected by a chiropractor.”The whole area up there just needs to calm down a little bit,” Garrett said. “So we’ll take his situation really week-by-week.” Vander Esch has battled neck and back injuries throughout his second NFL season, leaving Week 7 against the Eagles with a stinger and not playing in the following game. After a bye week, he was in the starting lineup against the Vikings and was pulled early for a back injury and listed as questionable to return, only to re-enter after missing one series.NFL PICKS WEEK 12: Against the spread | Straight-upThe 2018 first-round draft pick played last week’s game against the Lions seemingly without issue, but the neck injury apparently flared up during Thursday’s practice.”It probably stems back to the injury he had a few weeks ago [against Philadelphia],” Garrett said. “He had no symptoms, but it was a similar feeling he had.”The injury comes during a crucial week for the Cowboys, who are trying to stay atop the NFC East and regain their preseason status as Super Bowl contenders with a game against the Patriots. Four days later, Dallas will host the Bills on Thanksgiving. Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch’s will miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a neck injury and possibly additional games this seasons, but Dallas coach Jason Garrett said the team doesn’t consider the situation to be “career-threatening.””Leighton was having some symptoms yesterday, so we had him checked out,” Garrett said Friday. “It was determined he has an issue in his neck. He’s not going to be available for this week’s game. … We think at some point, he’s going to be back.”