Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Harry Redknapp has tipped Moussa Sissoko to make a major impact at Newcastle.The midfielder recently moved from Toulouse to St James’ Park in what Redknapp believes will turn out to be an excellent signing by the Magpies.Redknapp was interested in Sissoko while Tottenham boss and made an enquiry about him after taking charge at QPR.“Sissoko’s a fantastic signing. I’d liked to have got him but Newcastle have absolutely nicked him,” he said.“The figures were very high but it still worked out cheap as there was no transfer fee. But he’s a good signing and I think Newcastle will do well with the players they have signed.“He’s a real powerhouse and will be a really good player in England.”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Steve hands out prizes to the winning 4-ball team of Bob St. Aubin, Dennis Persson, Simon Wilcock and Mike Elhert.The Outback Bar Golf SocietyWednesday, May 31, Eastern Star – 4-ballTwenty-eight players entered in a 7 x 4-ball comp to celebrate the Badger’s birthday at a course which has largely gone off the radar as far as the Outback is concerned.The chosen format was a ‘waltz’, team captains were assigned, given a briefing sheet so they could explain to their teams the rules, which most of them grasped straight away, unfortunately the odd one or two simpletons had to have a further briefing. The captains did a splendid job and the score cards were clear and precise, which made them easy to evaluate. The captains collected 1000 baht per team which was placed behind the bar for the evening’s celebrations. John Hoddy’s team entered into the spirit of the day by dressing as predators and not surprisingly came last.A slight detour was arranged on the way home taking in the local scenery and beauty spots, which was truly appreciated by the first time visitors to this part of Thailand. Surprisingly, everyone with wheels also ended up getting the odd puncture (or 2) and it wasn’t until dark before all staggered back.Because of the unusual format of this competition no one really knew what a winning score would be, however the winning score of 87 points seemed very commendable. This was achieved by Captain Bob St. Aubin and his team of Dennis Persson, Simon Wilcock and Mike Elhert.In second place with 84 points was Micky Beresford team, consisting of Micky, Eddie Bielby, Tony Oakes and the Sugarman while third place saw a tie on 82 points, with the prizes going to the team who showed up at the presentation, a.k.a. Charlie Heneghan, Neil Lavery, Neil Fidele and Jason Richards.Friday 2, June 2, Silky Oak – StablefordAgain due to yet another comp at Green Valley the Outbackers were pushed sideways onto Silky Oak. The reports received were very complimentary towards the course and its condition, a total of 20 players set to making it a nice even 4-ball day.There were six ‘2’s, which resulted in adjusting the day to one flight paying 5 places. The skillful recipients of the ‘2’s were Bruce Mcadam, Barry Fisher, David Davies, Michael Elhert (2) and Charlie Heneghan.As to the comp itself there were 4 players locked 37points broken down on count back in the following order; 5th place Wayne Cotterell, 4th Neil Fidele, 3rd Ian Perry, and 2nd Kim Danboise. King of the jungle and way out in front was Charlie Heneghan with a magnificent 41 points.
In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women’s soccer match against Australia in San Antonio.(AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)PITTSBURGH (June 30, 2015) – The United States women’s national team takes on Germany tonight in the semi-final of the 2015 FIFA World Cup with Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg set to resume her defensive duties in this battle of the world’s two top ranked countries.U.S. Soccer has announced that the Stars and Stripes’ first post World Cup exhibition game will take place against Costa Rica at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field on Aug. 16. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.Soccer fans in Western Pennsylvania can take advantage of a special presale code TODAY to buy tickets to watch Klingenberg, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach in action against Las Ticas.Use the code P6COMMIT to purchase your tickets via Ticketmaster.com. The presale offer ends Wednesday, July 1 at 8 a.m.
“Messi will not play in Argentina games this year,” said TNT Sports LA journalist Hernan Castillo on Twitter. Messi deja la selección temporalmente Upd. on 15/08/2018 at 10:13 CEST Messi woul dmiss the friendlies against Guatemala in LA on September 7 and against Colombia in New York on Sep 11. He would also miss the game against Brazil in October. Messi and Scaloni have been talking but the No 10 has decided to take a break from the national team to “clear the head and put himself together after the World Cup”. There is no official news from the Argentine football association. After a complicated World Cup and Jorge Sampaoli leaving, Scaloni has taken on the role of interim coach but he has not convinced Messi to play in upcoming Argentina matches in the rest of 2018. IN SPORT.ES 14/08/2018 Vero Brunati
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Tiger Roll and Davy Russell, winners of the 2019 Randox Health Aintree Grand National An online auction of racing items and memorabilia donated by the Irish racing and breeding industry, has helped raise €50,000 for the Feed The Heroes organisation. The auction, promoted and managed by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), raised €31,158 for Feed The Heroes, a not-for-profit voluntary organisation set up to fundraise to feed frontline hospital and emergency workers dealing with the Covid-19 health emergency. A Horse Racing Ireland donation helped make the final total of €50,000. The top lot was a Tiger Roll Aintree Grand National saddle cloth signed by Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott, which raised €4,100. The 36 auction lots included a Galway Festival course walk with Ruby Walsh, corporate hospitality at Longines Irish Champions Weekend, signed Al Boum Photo silks and a yard visit to Ger Lyons. Brian Kavanagh, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, commented: “I would like to thank everyone for donating so generously. It is really heartening to see how the Irish racing and breeding industry has come together to support our online auction to raise money for Feed The Heroes. In these uncertain and worrying times, it’s brilliant to see such positivity and unity by everyone to support the amazing work of the frontline staff. Horse Racing Ireland is delighted to top up the money raised to €50,000 and we hope this donation can, in some small way, give practical support to all the nurses, doctors and carers on the Covid-19 frontline to whom we are eternally grateful.”
“And then with Brexit it is worse because the cost is 30 per cent more, and then keep the best players.”For me [that] is to be brave. Of course maybe in the mind of everyone they will say ‘Oh Tottenham didn’t sign’ — but to sign for the sake of signing?”Spurs face Newcastle in the 12.30pm kick off on Saturday and will play their second game of the season at Wembley against Fulham.They then face more games on the road against Manchester United and Watford, before welcoming Liverpool to their new home on September 15.Tottenham open new £850m stadium for ‘orientation day’ to fans to check out the view from their new seatPochettino added: “What the club is doing is showing it is so brave.”Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the lodge was a massive investment.”You need to respect all the opinions but of course we are a club that our decision was not to sign, (even though) it is the fashion to sign or because we are the only club in Europe that has not signed players.”That maybe looks bad because of the perception and because of the history of football.”But that is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It’s a brave decision.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game MAURICIO POCHETTINO has blamed BREXIT for Tottenham’s lack of summer signings.Spurs became the first Premier League club to NOT sign a player before the summer deadline since the transfer window came in 15 years ago.3 Mauricio Pochettino was speaking to the media ahead of Tottenham’s first game of the new season against Newcastle on SaturdayCredit: Getty – Contributor But Pochettino, 46, admitted he is happy with the current squad ahead of their move into their new stadium next month.And he pointed to Britain’s decision to leave the single market as one of the reasons why there is less value out there and less temptation to buy new players.Poch said: “Building a stadium that is nearly £1billion.”That is true, don’t believe in £400million, that is the truth.TRANSFER NEWSExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordExclusive’IT’S BEEN TOUGH’Alan Carr reveals lockdown pressures tempted his husband to drink againBUMPING ALONG NICELYKate Ferdinand shows off her growing baby bump during holiday with Rio3 Harry Kane, right, has been back in training after clinching the World Cup Golden Boot and the birth of his baby daughterCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Dele Alli will be hoping to improve this yearCredit: Getty – ContributorSign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERE
Wentz, Hittle Named Capital One Academic All-District 7: Abilene Christian junior Parker Wentz and UIW junior Kyle Hittle were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wentz is a two-time honoree and a 2013-14 All-Southland Conference Academic First Team selection. The junior biology major with a 3.82 GPA also has made ACU’s Dean’s List on five occasions. Hittle boasts a 3.63 GPA in business administration and is in his third year with the UIW program. Northwestern State’s West Leads League in Assists: Northwestern State junior Jalan West is tops in the conference with his 7.4 assists per game average, which ranks fifth in the country. He has totaled 178 assists in 24 games, including a league-high 14-assist outing against Missouri Valley Nov. 29. West has recorded double-double four times this season with double-digit assists. Against Missouri Valley, he also scored 11 points, and he also achieved double-doubles against Louisiana-Lafayette (19 points, 10 assists), Lamar (17 points, 11 assists) and Central Arkansas (10 points, 11 assists). Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston Ranked in Mid-Major Poll: After having its 19 game winning streak snapped, Stephen F. Austin dropped two spots to No. 6 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. The Lumberjacks are also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks have a 21-4 record on the year with wins at Memphis and at home against Long Beach State, North Texas and Texas State. SFA three loses were an overtime loss against Northern Iowa (No. 11 AP Poll/No. 11 Coaches’ Poll), a road loss to Xavier, a road loss to Baylor (No. 20 AP/No. 20 Coaches’) and a road loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sam Houston State, which is 21-5 on the season and has won seven in a row, moved up one spot to No. 15. The Bearkats’ five losses came on the road to UNLV, Texas A&M and LSU, at a neutral site against Wofford and at home to SFA. Two other Southland schools received votes in the Mid-Major Poll with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UIW. Southland in Non-Conference Games: Southland Conference teams have combined to go 71-77 in non-conference play this season, which includes a 50-11 mark at home compared to 15-64 on the road. Southland teams were 6-2 on neutral sites. Sam Houston State was a league-best 7-0 at home in non-conference matchups while Lamar (5-0), UIW (4-0), Houston Baptist (4-0), New Orleans (3-0) and Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) were also unbeaten at home. The league was 38-0 against non-Division I opponents. Among the league’s non-conference wins are wins against teams from the American Athletic, Big 10, Conference USA and SEC. The Demon Attack: After averaging only 72.8 points per game in its first five games, Northwestern State has regained its offensive explosiveness by averaging 88.1 points per game in its last 16 contests. The Demons have now jumped up to No. 2 in the country with 84.2 points per game, just behind BYU’s 84.8 points per game. Northwestern State has finished second in the NCAA in scoring each of the last two seasons. Two at Twenty: The Southland Conference has two teams reach the 20-win plateau this season with still three weeks left in the regular season. Stephen F. Austin is currently 21-4 while Sam Houston State is 21-5. Sam Houston has reached 20 wins eight times, but never in as few as 25 games. For SFA, it is the seventh time in eight season the Lumberjacks has won 20 games. The most wins in a season for both teams are 32 for SFA (2013-14) and 25 for Sam Houston (2009-10). Bearkats Top Rebounding Team in the League: Sam Houston State is not only the best rebounding team in the conference, but the Bearkats rank highly in the country in numerous rebounding categories. Sam Houston ranks third in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (27.92) and in total rebounds per game (41.00), eighth in total rebounds (1,066), 10th in rebounding margin (8.3) and 24th in offensive rebounds per game (13.08). A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jordan Closing in on School Records: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior guard John Jordan became the school’s all-time scoring leader after scoring 18 points in the Islanders game against Houston Baptist (Feb. 9). Jordan passed Chris Daniels (2003-07) for the career scoring mark, and now has 1,423 points in his Islanders tenure. He also holds the school record for assists (181), free throws, minutes played and steals (164). UIW’s Livingston Leads Conference in Scoring: UIW senior guard Denzel Livingston leads the conference with 23.4 points per game. Though his stats do not show up in the NCAA rankings while the team is in the transition process to Division I, Livingston’s 23.4 points per game is tied for the most in the nation along with Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey’s 23.4 points per game. He has the top scoring performance in the conference this season with his 37 against Northwestern State (Jan. 10). Livingston is one of three conference players to average more than 20 points per game in league play. Livingston, who averages 24.5 points against conference opponents, is joined by Northwestern State’s Zeek Woodley (22.3) and Jalan West (20.5). All Good Things Must End: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team had reeled off 32 consecutive Southland Conference basketball games, which was the longest conference winning streak in the country, but it came to a halt Saturday (Feb. 14) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders upset the Lumberjacks 71-63 to hand SFA its first conference loss 728 days when it last lost on Feb. 16, 2013, to Southeastern Louisiana, 54-50. The 32-game conference winning streak is the longest streak in conference history. The second-longest streak belongs to Louisiana-Monroe with 20 straight wins in the 1970s. Along with the conference winning streak, the Lumberjacks also had their 19-game winning streak snapped in the loss to the Islanders. It was the second-longest streak in league history, behind the 2013-14 SFA team that won 29 in a row. Louisiana-Monroe (1990-91) and Texas-Arlington (2011-12) each won 16 straight while a league member. Freshman Booze Lights Up Board: Lamar freshman Kevin Booze had a career-high 35 points in the Cardinals’ 80-61 win over Abilene Christian (Feb. 10) was the most points scored by a Lamar player since Mike James set the school record with 52 points in the 2011-12 season. Booze went 9-for-13 from behind the arc, which is the second-most 3-pointers made in a single game this season, behind BYU’s Chase Fischer (10). Booze had his career high in points before halftime. McNeese State’s Guidry is League’s Rebounding Leader: McNeese State senior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, pulling down 11.6 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. Guidry pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds in McNeese State’s 80-70 win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 6 and matched that total again on Jan. 20 in a win against Abilene Christian. In 13 conference games, Guidry averages 11.4 boards. His 16 rebounds are the most in the conference this season against a Division I opponent. Guidry also leads the conference and is eighth in the NCAA with his 279 total rebounds this season. Lamar’s Booze Named Player of the Week: Booze posted a career-high 35 points in the Cardinals’ 80-61 win over Abilene Christian. The freshman from Irving, Texas (MacArthur H.S.), scored the most points by a Lamar player since Mike James set the school record with 52 points in the 2011-12 season. Booze went 9-for-13 from behind the arc, which was the second-most 3-pointers made in a single NCAA game this season, behind BYU’s Chase Fischer (10). Booze, who had his career high in points before halftime, also had four assists, three rebounds and a steal against the Wildcats. Katy Remains the Destination for Eighth Consecutive Year: The 2015 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the eighth consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with an 8:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2015 tournament will be the 16th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston before moving to Katy in 2008. McNeese’s Hardy Stealing Records: After collecting two steals in McNeese State’s game against Nicholls (Feb. 7), senior guard Kevin Hardy became the school’s all-time steal leader. He continues to add to his total and has 217 as a Cowboy. Har also ranks third at McNeese in assists (400) and joined the 1,000-point club in the game against the Colonels. Hardy now has 1,058 points for his career. Underwood’s Hot Start: Stephen F. Austin head coach started out his coaching career with a 44-6 record through his first 50 games. The 88.0 winning percentage is tied for the fifth-best all-time among Division I coaches. Underwood and Murray State’s Steve Prohm (44-6) have the best active starting records through 50 games as a Division I head coach. Underwood is currently 29-1 in conference games and 31-1 against league foes with two wins coming in last year’s tournament. Underwood is also tied with James A. “Buck” Freeman (St. John’s, 1930) and Brad Stevens (Butler, 2009) for the fifth-fastest coach to record 50 wins as a head coach, having done so in their first 56 games (50-6). Writing the Records Books at UIW: Denzel Livingston became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points as a member of NCAA Division I. He moved into third place on the school’s career scoring charts (1,602). He also became the school’s all-time leader in that free throws made and set school record for most made in an individual season with 186. He is ranked second in the nation in scoring (23.2) and eighth in steals (2.68). Three League Players Named to Lou Henson Watch List: The Southland men’s basketball players have been named to the Louis Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List. The Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. The initial list of 50 will be dwindled down with the finalists being announced in March. The three representatives from the Southland include: Experience Wins in Huntsville: Sam Houston State’s starting lineup consists of four seniors and one junior, who have combined to start 380 games in their Bearkat careers. Junior Paul Baxter has made 86 consecutive starts, followed by seniors Michael Holyfield (65), Kaheem Ransom (61), Jabari Peters (61) and DeMarcus Gatlin (19) to total 288 straight starts among the quintet. Chemistry is evident among the veteran starting five as the Bearkats are 21-5 overall and have won 16 of their last 17 games and are in first place in the league standings at 12-1. – Denzel Livingston, Sr., UIW – 23.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.7 spg- Jalan West, Jr., Northwestern State – 18.3 ppg, 7.4 apg, 2.3 spg- Zeek Woodley, So., Northwestern State – 22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg McConathy Reachs 600: Northwestern State men’s head coach Mike McConathy picked up his 600th career collegiate coaching victory as the Demons topped Lamar, 96-84 (Jan. 17). It was his 248th win in 16 years at Northwestern State after 352 victories in 16 seasons at Bossier Parish Community College. He is among an elite group of 36 active college coaches who have at least 600 career wins. The list includes iconic figures such as Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Rick Barnes, Rollie Massimino, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino. ESPN3 to Carry Southland Basketball for Third Season: ESPN3 enters its third year as the home of the Southland’s primary television package. Coverage includes eight conference doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. There are seven pre-determined broadcasts, plus a wild card selection on the season’s final weekend. The conference slate continues this weekend Southeastern Louisiana hosts Abilene Christian Saturday at 7 p.m. Guidry Leads Southland in Double-Doubles: McNeese State’s Desharick Guidry leads the Southland with 18 double-doubles on the season in just 23 games. Guidry, who put together nine consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 18-Dec. 22, leads the nation with two other players with 18 double-doubles. Guidry has also notched a double-double in six of his last seven conference games. Men’s Basketball Weekly Release (PDF)Bearkats, Lumberjacks Eyeing League’s Top-Two Seeds: With three weeks remaining in the conference season, teams are battling for tournament position. For the third consecutive year, the tournament format will give double-byes to the semifinals to the top two teams while No. 3 and No. 4 will receive a bye to the second round and No. 5-8 will open play on the first day. Currently, Sam Houston State (12-1) is a half-game ahead of Stephen F. Austin (11-1) for the top seed while the Lumberjacks are two-and-a-half games ahead of Northwestern State (9-4) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-4) for the No. 2 position. Sam Houston, Northwestern and A&M-Corpus Christi each have five league games left while SFA has six games to go. Southeastern Louisiana (5-7), Nicholls (4-8), McNeese State (4-9) and New Orleans (3-9) are still fighting to improve its tournament position as those eight teams will make up this year’s field. Saturday’s slate will be vital in postseason position as two games will tip at 4 p.m. to begin the action with Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas and A&M-Corpus Christi at UIW. McNeese will visit Lamar and Nicholls will travel to SFA for 6 p.m. starts while Northwestern starts 15 minutes later at New Orleans. This week’s ESPN3 showcase will be the nightcap for the weekend when Southeastern hosts Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. We are #SouthlandStrong: The motto encompasses a positive mindset and confident outlook for everything that happens in the Southland. It is about competitiveness and success in the conference, in the NCAA, in professional sports and many other great achievements by member institutions and student-athletes. But it is more than just excelling in competition; it is also about being successful in the classroom and in the workforce. Southland Strong is also about great works by the league’s athletic departments reaching out and giving back to the local communities and student-athletes providing leadership through their endless efforts with local charity and youth groups. The conference encourages its member institutions and student-athletes to join the social media conversation by using the #SouthlandStrong hash tag to tell why someone or something is Southland Strong.
WITH a population of more than 1.6 million people, the San Fernando Valley is equivalent in size to Phoenix, the sixth-largest city in the country. Phoenix has three major professional sports teams, major college athletic facilities, cultural venues, concert halls and arenas that can host family events such as ice-skating shows. The Valley doesn’t have a single such venue. This is why we’re proposing The Oasis events center, a 10,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue in Woodland Hills. We are confident that the overwhelming majority of Valley residents want and need such a venue and support our efforts. Why Woodland Hills? Because this area is ideal for several reasons. It has close proximity to two major hotels and shopping malls, upscale restaurants, retail shops, the highly successful Orange Line and the business and corporate offices in the Warner Center. Additionally, this area is close to the communities west of the Valley, such as Westlake, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, whose residents would gladly come to the Valley to attend events, patronize its restaurants and shops and spend their recreational dollars. When we began focusing our efforts on several sites in the Woodland Hills area, we immediately contacted Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine’s office. We were informed that we must first take the concept of The Oasis to the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council, and so we did. Our resolve and commitment to The Oasis remains unwavering, and so we are beginning negotiations to acquire a site this week. We look forward to working with the community and addressing all of its concerns once we have successfully acquired a site. Mark Steele is president and founder of The Valley Sports Authority, LLC.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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’So it took me aback when many members of the neighborhood council complained about our having the “gall” and “audacity” to waste their time by coming to them with only an idea or concept. When was the last time a business reached out to a neighborhood council at the earliest possible stages in the development process of a major potential project? We offered to create a working coalition among the City Council, Zine, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ourselves to select a site and explore developing the best possible Oasis for the community. While it is conceivable that ultimately the public may reject the idea of The Oasis in Woodland Hills, isn’t the idea at least worth exploring? Therefore, we were quite surprised that the neighborhood council chose to reject the mere concept of a new idea. But its 9-to-8 vote hardly represents a mandate. Nor is it representative of the positive feelings of the vast majority of local residents and businesses toward the concept of The Oasis. Based upon exhaustive research, we were able to provide the neighborhood council with the following projected Oasis statistics: 160 events per year, an average of three a week, with an attendance of 6,000, resulting in 2,000 car trips. That would generate $50 million in projected on-site annual taxable revenue, plus $45 million in annual taxable business revenue at local hotels, restaurants and shops. Additionally, The Oasis would provide at least 3,250 parking spaces and create 175 new jobs. The Oasis would also elevate the men’s basketball program at California State University, Northridge, and the university to greater prominence. By playing home games at The Oasis, the CSUN men’s basketball team would generate enough new revenue to eliminate most, if not all, of the $1 million annual budget deficit plaguing CSUN’s athletic department.
Share This!Trilo-Bites at Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is becoming one of our favorite snack spots. A few weeks back we tried the summer-in-a-cone Bugs ‘n Grubs ice cream cone there – um, yum. More yum, of the savory sort, comes from the stand’s Buffalo Chicken Chips. The chips are crispy, with just a hint of flavorful spice. The chicken has a not-too-gloppy Buffalo sauce and there are chopped tomatoes, celery, and a creamy dressing for contrast. This dish could be a meal for one, or a very shareable snack for two or three.Have you tried these chips? Are you a fan? Let us know in the comments.Photos: Christina Harrison