Los Angeles councilmen to request MLB award World Series titles to Dodgers following Astros sign-stealing scandal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(LOS ANGELES) — Officials in Los Angeles believe they have found a way to rectify the World Series titles they feel they were cheated out of during the sign-stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros.The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to request that MLB award the Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles, which they lost to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, respectively, Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV reported.Last week, MLB announced stiff penalties against the Houston Astros for stealing signs during their 2017 World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.MLB also announced an investigation into the Boston Red Sox’s 2018 World Series win against the Dodgers, after then-manager Alex Cora was identified as the ringleader of the scandal while with the Astros.On Jan. 13, two days after the news broke, Los Angeles Councilmen Paul Koretz and Gilbert Cedillo formally introduced a resolution calling on MLB hand over the titles, stating that it would “uncharted territory” but a fair move.“There have been scandals in the past over the century-plus that we’ve had Major League Baseball in this country,” Koretz said, according to KABC-TV. “I’m not sure if we’ve had this documented an effort to steal two World Series, and we know the results.”Koretz added that stripping the titles from Houston and Boston would be “appropriate payback” in light of the scandal.“I think this really besmirches the national pastime and the most historic sport in American history, and there has to be a message that this isn’t allowed,” he said.The Astros were fined $5 million, the maximum allowed under current MLB rules, and forced to forfeit first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch about an hour after they were suspended by MLB for the 2020 season.The Red Sox parted ways with Cora the next day, but a decision from MLB on whether to punish him is being withheld until the separate investigation is complete.Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who was a player for Houston during the alleged cheating, resigned in the wake of the scandal as well. He was the only player implicated in the MLB report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund January 21, 2020 /Sports News – National Los Angeles councilmen to request MLB award World Series titles to Dodgers following Astros sign-stealing scandalcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Cowboy landlords cheating students

first_imgSarah McWhinney names the winners and losers in tenancy deposit disputes… Edd Southerden was in his second year and living out along the Cowley road when he went down to his basement one night to find himself wading around in three inches of raw sewage. “We didn’t realise what it was at first,” he said. “It had filtered through the bricks so all the particles had been left outside. It wasn’t so much poo as poo-juice!” Further investigation revealed that the sewage pipe in his house had become blocked over two years previously, leaving waste accumulating until it forced its way back into the house in a flood of mouldering effluent. Amazing as it seems, stories like this are far from rare in Oxford. Our landlords were recently branded the second worst in the country and the Student Union declares itself regularly deluged with complaints relating to substandard housing and unscrupulous property practice. Most relate to the ongoing problem of reclaiming housing deposits, which are often pocketed by crooked landlords in an attempt to make quick profits. “It seems to be all tactics,” said Nigel Simkin, Vice President of Mansfield JCR, who spent the summer trying to reclaim over £400 of deposit money for each of his housemates and eventually had to resort to the threats of a solicitor. “Students are the worst hit, as we don’t have jobs and can’t afford to lose such substantial amounts. Landlords know that most students can’t afford to take legal action, which leaves them able to take advantage.” Adam Thoday of Homefinders Letting Agents was quick to refute such a claim, calling the suggestion that landlords deliberately withheld deposits “grossly unfair.” “Deposits are categorically not a profit-making part of the contract”, he emphasised. “There are a few cowboy landlords out there, but then there are anywhere.” But are landlords really to blame? Perhaps not. Kate Davenport, of University of Oxford Administration and Accommodation Services, suggested that the delay in returning deposits and the seemingly unjustified costs often seemed to stem from letting agents rather than landlords themselves. But Adam Thoday contradicted her, pointing out that as regulated bodies, letting agents are often a safer option than landlords operating on a freelance basis. “Landlords tend to be after quicker profits,” he said. “As part of the National Approved Letting Service and the National Association of Estate Agents letting agents are bound by the rules, unlike landlords.” Rosie Buckland, OUSU VP (Welfare), blamed the problem on the lack of an independent third party to regulate the exchange of money throughout tenancy deals. “Unlike many university cities, we don’t have an accreditation scheme, which leaves students vulnerable to dodgy landlords,” she told Cherwell. OUSU are attempting to free students from this situation with plans to institute a housing bank – a website where students can search the database for landlords and letting agents and read the accounts of previous tenants. “This will free tenants from the landlord spin,” said Buckland. Edd Southerton and his housemates blamed the University for their predicament. “Colleges owe a responsibility of care to their students which they utterly fail to fulfil,” said Edd. Asked whether he had found the University Accommodation Offices helpful, he replied, “Not really – most of our information was got through the Citizens Advice Bureau.” Premiere, who deal with the Cowley Road area, expressed surprise at the ranking, saying, “We do a good job and most of our tenants are happy.”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

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Colombia Seizes Half a Ton of Cocaine

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo April 25, 2017 Carrying out a coordinated joint operation within the framework of the Colombian Armed Forces Strategic Plan, the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym), Navy, and police units have seized half a ton of cocaine in Caribbean waters as they confront transnational organized crime. The seizure took place when Colombian authorities detected a go-fast boat that had capsized in rough weather. “After making contact with the foundering power boat, 17 sacks wrapped in plastic and one container filled with communication equipment were found. These items were taken to the Coast Guard Station in Cartagena, a Colombian port city,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Leal, commander of Neptuno 53 Antinarcotics Task Force, told Diálogo. During their routine investigation authorities found that the illegal shipment contained cocaine hydrochloride and that it belonged to a criminal group known as the Gulf Clan, a cell that frequents this route to ferry drugs to Central American and Caribbean countries en route to the United States and Europe. The half-ton seized has a market value of more than $30 million on the international market, reported the Colombian antinarcotics force. Modified aircraft and versatile crew The boat was detected by an SR-560 airplane from the FAC’s 3rd Combat Air Command and by aircraft attached to the Caribbean Naval Air Group. “This [SR-560] is a specialized aircraft outfitted with search and tracking equipment that has been modified for these kinds of operations into a versatile craft capable of very high as well as low speeds, and of remaining at one location for a considerable amount of time in order to carry out interceptions,” said Colonel Alexander García Agudelo of the 3rd Combat Air Command. “These aircraft are manned by crews who are specially trained to direct Colombian Navy fast boats, or those of other nations, out to the illegal vessels.” “At present, we have three routes along the Caribbean coast that are used by criminals for drug trafficking. The southern route is without a doubt the easiest one, for its proximity to Panama. The central route is used by vessels departing from the cities of Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Coveñas. And the northern route is used by power boats setting out from Santa Marta and La Guajira,” Rear Adm. Herrera reported. “We made this seizure at one of the interdiction checkpoints for the northern and central exit routes.” Boats with fewer drugs A large portion of Colombian water interdiction is conducted using go-fast boats, which are the type most used by criminal organizations for narcotics trafficking. These boats measure 10 meters in length and use two or three outboard motors of 200 horsepower each, enabling them to reach speeds of up to 50 knots, depending on sea conditions. Using these boats, criminals can travel on the high seas for 36 hours nonstop. They generally carry half- or one-ton drug loads and an average of 25 55-gallon fuel tanks as the engines require a great deal of fuel. “We managed to reduce the number of drugs being transported in these boats in the months of January, February, and March of this year [2017], compared with the corresponding period over the last three years,” said Rear Adm. Herrera. “Before, we would seize 1.5 tons per boat on average; but this year the numbers have changed. The shipments don’t exceed 400 or 500 kilograms.” As a result of the successful interdictions performed by Colombia’s security forces, the boats now carry less contraband. So far this year, the Colombian authorities have seized 11.2 tons of drugs while dismantling major crime syndicates through the criminal prosecutions relating to those seizures. Greater monitoring of ports In their continuing fight against crime, Colombia’s antinarcotics forces have decided to ramp up monitoring of Caribbean coast ports. During 2015 and 2016, 27 tons of drugs reached the European Union in merchant ship containers, which were seized by local authorities. Colombia’s security forces calculate that up to 80 tons of narcotics may have traveled along this route. For that reason, the Colombian Navy is working with the antinarcotics and port police in a joint interagency effort coordinated by Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to reinforce port monitoring. “We are in an ongoing struggle to achieve our goal of preventing the trafficking of narcotics out of Colombia. This crime is fueling instability in our country. We are working to refine this system involving the participation of government agencies such as the Colombian Armed Forces, police agencies, and agencies from other countries that we have accords with, such as the United States and Central American and Caribbean countries. Through this domestic and international synergy we hope to stamp out this scourge,” Col. García told Diálogo.last_img read more

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Mason City man charged with sexual abuse

first_imgNORA SPRINGS — Floyd County authorities have charged a Mason City man with sexual abuse. 34-year-old Chris Ott is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old victim in Nora Springs between April and June of 2010 when Ott was 25 years old. Prosecutors filed the third-degree sexual abuse charge on October 9th, with Ott being arrested on October 14th. Ott is scheduled to be arraigned in Floyd County District Court on October 28th. Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison.last_img read more

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Any publicity is good for Mayweather

first_imgBoxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. laughs during a news conference Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS (AP) – The big question surrounding Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming into this week wasn’t about how well he can fight but how well he can read.Sure, Marcos Maidana gave him fits his last time out, so much so that they are fighting again Saturday night. But the fight seems like just another big payday for Mayweather, which may be why a lot of people on social media thought it was more interesting that the boxer was captured on a video struggling to read a radio station promo.Mayweather’s estranged BFF, rapper 50 Cent, found the whole thing so funny that he offered to donate $750,000 to charity if Mayweather could read one page of a Harry Potter book out loud. That helped spark a debate over the literacy of the high school dropout, who responded by posting copies of paychecks from his last two fights.“Read this $72,276,000.00,” Mayweather tweeted.Mayweather addressed the issue in a conference call with reporters last week, pointing out that he gets paid to hit people, not read things.“I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family,” Mayweather said. “Once again, intelligence and education are two different things.”That Mayweather’s reading skills – or lack thereof – are fodder for online debate isn’t surprising. He’s rich and often outlandish, a combination that opens him up to the haters almost as much as it draws wannabes to his corner. Watching him struggle over some simple words got laughs.But now there’s something else to consider about Mayweather, and it’s not funny in the least. It was raised last week in a civil lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles by his former fiancee, and goes directly to a problem far more serious than Mayweather’s reading ability.Shantel Jackson claims in her suit – filed by noted attorney Gloria Allred – that Mayweather publicly humiliated her by posting a sonogram of her pregnancy online and then claiming she aborted their twin fetuses. Jackson also claims Mayweather assaulted her and kept her a virtual prisoner in his Las Vegas mansion at times during their seven-year relationship.Certainly, there are two sides to the story. These aren’t criminal charges, something Mayweather is quite familiar with because of past domestic abuse problems.This is a fighter, you remember, who spent the better part of the summer of 2012 in a Las Vegas jail cell for assaulting his former girlfriend in front of their children. Mayweather claims he was railroaded by the legal system. He pleaded to reduced charges rather than face trial on felony counts that could have put him away for a lot longer.If nothing else, the lawsuit is a reminder that things are not always what you see on Showtime when Mayweather waves around piles of money and invites people to look at his vast collection of cars. The image Mayweather likes to project of himself as a fighter who is also a crafty businessman is in sharp contrast to the image Jackson paints of him in her lawsuit.Surely Mayweather can’t be happy about a wave of publicity that paints him as an illiterate abuser of women, even when he has a fight to sell. But with his continued refusal to fight Manny Pacquiao in the only bout true boxing fans want to see him in, any publicity might be good publicity for the rematch with Maidana.Yes, he and Canelo Alvarez set a money record last September for their bout, but that had more to do with the popular Mexican fighter than it did with Mayweather. Meanwhile, Mayweather’s first fight with Maidana in May was such a box office clunker that the Showtime network would not even announce how many pay-per-views it sold.For the rematch, Mayweather offered up his 154-pound title to go with the welterweight title on the line to help convince people to pay $74.95 for the bout. Showtime is also experimenting with starting the fight an hour earlier than usual to see if fans in the Eastern time zone will be more inclined to buy it.It just might be, though, that the problem is this: The more people see and hear about Mayweather, the less they want to pay to see him fight.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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Cisco Entering Tablet Market with Android-Based Device

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Cisco announced today the Cius, an Android-based seven-inch tablet computer aimed at the enterprise. The device will feature both front and rear-facing cameras, Cisco TelePresence-compatible video conferencing and access to applications such as Cisco Quad, WebEx and AnyConnect Security VPN Client, as well as access to the Android app store. The launch further diversifies Cisco’s offerings.The device will weigh 1.15 pounds and feature Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data, Bluetooth, and HD audio and video. In addition to its phone-like docking station, the Cius will support Bluetooth keyboards and mice. Cisco says the tablet will be available for customer trials Q3 2010, followed by general availability Q1 2011.Cisco has been diversifying its product line beyond networking equipment in recent years, and this tablet complements the company’s cloud computing, collaboration and conferencing initiatives. Cisco has been selling VoIP and video-conferencing hardware for some years now, and entered the consumer video market with its Flip Video acquisition last year, but this is the first time the company has offered its own computing device.Cisco also announced a partnership today with MobileAccess to provide in-building cellular coverage over an organization’s existing network infrastructure, a sensible additional service for enabling mobile video conferencing. Enterprises are very interested in the iPad, and Cisco is already offering WebEx for the iPad. Although Cisco is new to the space, it has a trusted name and brings a different, video-focused spin to tablet computing that could help break tablets into the mainstream.By using Android, Cisco is able to tap an existing developer base and take advantage of Android’s slowly evolving enterprise features. Cisco’s support for Android could also help the adoption rate of the OS in the enterprise. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contest

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comFilipino pro dunker David Carlos gave the crowd a dazzling show and emerged as the dunk king in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters Sunday at Global Center in Chengdu, China.A first timer in the 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest, the 28-year-old showcased his 41-inch vertical leap as he jumped over a volunteer and nailed a reverse slam for his title-clinching jam to amass 73 points in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Carlos edged four-time World Tour Dunk champ Rafel Linpinski of Poland in the championship round after the latter missed the second of his three dunk attempts and could only muster 54 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was nervous because I was going up against one of the best in the planet in Lipek. But I just gave it my best,” he said in a report from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ website.Carlos took home the $2,000 cash prize for winning the competition. Hometown bet Jiang Wenjian of China was the other participant in the contest but was booted after the first round. San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trainer Glenn Rushton and Jeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—Prominently posted at the center white wall of the gym where Jeff Horn trains are posters of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather, Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.Also in the gallery, fourth from left, of course, is that of Pacquiao’s July 2 tussle with Horn simply billed as “Battle of Brisbane.”ADVERTISEMENT Though Horn is still nine pounds over the 147-lb limit, Rushton hardly felt any concern.Rushton bared it was normal for his ward to be at this weight range days before the official weigh-in on Saturday.Fact is, Rushton said Horn would be between 70.5 to 72 kg on fight day.Though Pacquiao has been installed as the heavy favorite even here, a $100 bet on Pacquiao earning just 25, while the same bet on Horn will net 420, Horn is unperturbed.Horn believes Pacquiao’s tremendous edge in experience (67 fights against 17) and quality of opposition, could work both ways.The former school teacher insists Paquiao is o longer as hungry for glory and money and money and neither is the 11-time world champion at his optimum best.The main argument being that Pacquiao hasn’t stopped any opponent after pulling off a 12-round stoppage over Miguel Cotto in 2009.According to Horn, he’s not nervous but rather excited days heading into the fight to be beamed live in the USA via free TV by ESPN.Horn said he intends to “go in their hot” and give Pacquiao a really good fight.And hopefully, land that same overhand right on Pacquiao. They were put there to remind Horn of the caliber of the fighter he’s challenging for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown before his countrymen at Southcorp Stadium.They also serve as inspirational and motivational tools for Horn to achieve his cherished dream of becoming a world champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNoticeably missing was any poster of Pacquiao’s epic fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out the eight-division world champion cold in their fourth showdown in 2012.Perhaps, the posters’ absence was intentional, as Horn, with the guidance of trainer Glenn Rushton, intends to make Marquez’s one-punch knockout as blueprint toward success against Pacquiao.  WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Horn said during Monday’s media workout that he knows the enormity of the task at hand.That’s why he punished his well-chiseled 29-year-old body to the extreme to be ready for whatever Pacquiao will bring into the ring.According to Horn, who is three inches taller, his size would be his biggest advantage against the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao.Then comes his youth. Horn is nearly 10 years younger.As of Monday, coming from a long run, Horn told Filipino sportswriters that he weighs between 71 to 72 kilos and aims to be at that level when he climbs the ring before an expected sellout crowd of over 50,000 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Beermen ‘won’t back down’ from KaTropa after intense Game 3 What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

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Chiefs wary as they prepare for meeting with Harper

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeveral First Nations chiefs from across Canada met in Winnipeg this week to discuss what they want to bring to the table at the Jan. 24 First Nations-Crown gathering.APTN National News reporter Todd Lamirande went to gauge what chiefs expect from this meeting with the prime minister and his cabinet.last_img

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