Blackwood, Thomas lead Scorpions fight

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC):Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood struck a half-century to prop up Jamaica Scorpions after they suffered a batting slump to leave Guyana Jaguars in command of their final round Regional four-day championship game here yesterday.Replying to the hosts’ 420 all out, Scorpions finished the second day at the National Stadium here on 171 for five – still 249 runs adrift.Blackwood, batting at number three, top-scored with 62 while Devon Thomas stroked an unbeaten 40 and Shacaya Thomas, 32.Scorpions were cruising at 70 for one before losing four wickets for 50 runs to crash to 120 for five, with left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claiming three of the wickets to fall to finish with three for 33.Thomas, who hit a hundred in the last round, has so far put on 51 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas, who was unbeaten on 21.The Antiguan Thomas has faced 70 balls and cracked five fours and a six.Earlier, captain Leon Johnson missed out on his third hundred of the season but became the first batsman to pass 800 runs, when he made 93.Starting the day unbeaten on 58 with Jaguars on 297 for four, the left-hander faced 185 balls in just under 41/2 hours all told, and struck six fours and a six.AT NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE: Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, trailing Windward Islands Volcanoes by 78 runs on first innings, were 33 for one in their second innings.Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Larry Edwards 4-77, Kyle Mayers 3-37) and 33 for one.VOLCANOES 289 (Devon Smith 127, Tyrone Theophile 75; Imran Khan 4-93, Rayad Emrit 3-59).AT WARNER PARK: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Barbados Pride by 317 on first innings, reached 18 for one at the close.Scores: HURRICANES 119 all out (Jahmar Hamilton 42, Kieran Powell 33; Jomel Warrican 3-33, Kemar Roach 2-21) and 18 for one.PRIDE 436 (Shane Dowrich 96, Roston Chase 62, Kemar Roach 53, Omar Phillips 42, Kevin Stoute 42; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-155).last_img read more

Villanova edges Seton Hall for 3rd straight Big East title

first_imgThis certainly isn’t the best team he’s been a part of, but it can boast an unprecedented accomplishment.With Booth and fellow senior Eric Paschall leading the way, the 25th-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats became the first school to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, holding off Seton Hall 74-72 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSeton Hall star Myles Powell, guarded closely by Booth, missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left. Anthony Nelson’s long inbounds lob bounced off the backboard and was slapped away by the Wildcats (25-9), who got to party at the Garden yet again.“This one is special, very special. This team has taught me so much,” Booth said during the postgame ceremonies at center court. “These young dudes are like a fresh breath of air for me, being around them.” MOST READ The young dudes, such as sophomores Jermaine Samuels and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and freshman Saddiq Bey, have had to fill big roles this season. Villanova had four players drafted into the NBA off last year’s national championship team. Wildcats coach Jay Wright said he has asked as much of Booth and Paschall as any senior leaders he’s had at Villanova.“They really have been like coaches this season,” Wright said. “We can do so much on the court, but they’ve got to take guys in the locker room and teach them how they prepare for practice, how they prepare for games. They’ve got to teach them how to sleep at night, how to eat the right way. They’ve been like big brothers, fathers almost to these guys.”Paschall had 17 points and eight rebounds against Seton Hall, and Booth scored 16 and was selected most outstanding player of the 40th Big East Tournament.Villanova stormed to a national championship last year, wiping out opponent after opponent. This year’s team lost three straight games and four of five in February.“I feel like we’re a special team in a different way this year,” Paschall said. “We fought through a lot of adversity. Coach challenged us and we accepted that challenge.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We know we still have a lot of basketball left,” Powell said. “We can play with anybody in the country.”Villanova: If Wright’s team is going to make another deep NCAA run, the Wildcats will need more games like this one from the young dudes.PARTY TIMEWhen the Wildcats were finally done with their postgame interviews in the Knicks’ locker room, the doors were closed, the hip-hop music got turned way up — and the dancing and hollering started.Moments later, Wright peeked inside from the hallway.“I wanna just take a look at this,” he said, smiling. “They like each other, man. The old fart that’s leading the crew is Booth in there”UP NEXTSeton Hall: Headed to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament, matching a school best (1991-94).Villanova: Will be in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season, but will probably be seeded worse than a 2 for the first time since 2013. Villanova also won the 2016 national title. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And those young dudes that Villanova fans hope will lead the next wave of championships were ready for prime time Saturday night.Bey had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Samuels filled up the box score with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cosby-Roundtree added six points and seven rebounds.The only Big East Tournament loss over the last five years for the Wildcats was to Seton Hall in the 2016 title game, and Powell and the third-seeded Pirates (20-13) gave Villanova all it could handle once again.Powell scored 25 points to cap a spectacular three days in Manhattan for the high-scoring guard. He totaled 78 points, but needed three more.“I thought it was going to drop,” Powell said of his last shot.The Pirates sent Paschall to the line with 13.7 seconds remaining and he made the first and missed the second. Seton Hall rebounded and called a timeout to set up a final play with 8.9 seconds left.Booth and everybody else at the Garden knew Powell would take the last shot.“Try to make him take a tough shot, contest it well without fouling him. That’s what I tried to do,” Booth said.BIG PICTURESeton Hall: The scrappy Pirates will go as far as Powell and a tough defense take them in the NCAA Tournament. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Villanova guard Phil Booth hols the MVP trophy after his team defeated Seton Hall 74-72 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big East Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Phil Booth entered the New York Knicks’ locker room — only the best for the defending champs at Madison Square Garden — wearing a net around his neck. The senior guard stopped at every locker to give each Villanova teammate a hand clap and a bro hug.Booth has been at Villanova for five years and won two national titles. The Wildcats have played in the last five Big East Tournament championship games, winning four, and Booth has been around for all of it.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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PYJ Accuses President Sirleaf of Tampering With Elections

first_imgSen. JohnsonWith just 11 days to the representative and presidential elections, Senator Prince Y. Johnson has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of playing sinister games with the elections.Sen. Johnson’s accusation was made during a press conference on Monday following President Sirleaf’s recent meeting with the chairman, 19 magistrates and some other officials of the of the National Elections Commission (NEC) at her private residence before her trip to New York to give her final address to the United Nations General Assembly as Liberia’s head of state.Addressing journalists at his party headquarters in Monrovia, the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR) said “under no condition President Sirleaf’s meeting with the NEC officials could be void of selfish and devilish plans.”“An intelligence from within has informed me that President Sirleaf has recommended a list of 5,000 new names to the NEC so they can be recruited to be in charge of the counting of ballot papers right after the elections,” he claimed.Although Johnson did not state the name of the source of his information, he alleged that credible information he has received says that the magistrates received parcels and huge sums of money to work at the will and pleasure of President Sirleaf.“We are all aware that some time back we, leaders of political parties, went to the Farmington River Hotel and signed a peace accord  known as the Farmington River Declaration and accepted to also respect the Ganta Declaration, an agreement which is also in line with the Farmington Declaration. The Farmington Declaration was signed by all political leaders and approved by Madam President so that all of us would ensure that there is a peaceful democratic transition of power, a transition which no one will manipulate,” he said. Furthermore all the signatories to the Declaration want to see free, fair and transparent democratic elections. “That is our dream, that is our hope and that is what we envisage for Liberia,” said Johnson.Johnson pointed out that he and his colleagues in the opposition block, as well as some members of the Unity Party, want to see a violence free election process during and after the polls.“The intent of Madam Sirleaf’s meeting with those guys is unknown but it is not to be taken lightly. She has openly announced the name of Vice President Boakai as the candidate she supports in these elections. Therefore, she is no longer neutral. Having announced her choice, I think there was no need to invite Korkoya and others to her private residence for a secret meeting,” he said.Johnson called on President Sirleaf to be neutral. “We are spending millions of US dollars to do all of our political activities, including campaign. Therefore, if we will accept the results it must mean that we are squarely defeated on the field but any manipulation from Madam President or whoever is in favor of anyone will not be welcomed by us,” Johnson warned.He called on the international community and partners of Liberia to advise both Madam Sirleaf and the NEC “to avoid any ugly electoral acts that may threaten the peace of the country.”Concerning President Sirleaf’s statement that she would like to see a younger generation take over the nation’s leadership, Senator Johnson asked, “I wonder how old she was when she ran for president? And if she decides to turn power over to a young man, then she should allow the process to be free and fair. If the young person she wishes to see ascend to power wins freely and fairly we will accept the results and continue to serve our country in the best way possible. Anything short of transparency, credibility and fairness will not be accepted and we will use all constitutional means to challenge those results.”Korkoya: “It is good to ignore triviality”When contacted via mobile phone to comment on Johnson’s allegation, the chairman of the NEC, Jerome Korkoya, said if the public or media outlets mean well for the country, they would do well to “ignore triviality,” adding, “It sounds comical to have heard that Johnson’s so called intelligence has informed him that we at the NEC have accepted names from President Sirleaf for immediate inclusion on our list of polling staff, more so to make them presiding officers or ballot enumerators.”He reiterated that the meeting with the President was not a secret meeting, neither was there any sinister motive. “We as officials of NEC, including the magistrates were accompanied by EU and Angie Brooks Center representatives. Even the deputy to the SRSG (Farid Zarif) was in attendance,” he said.“Are you saying Madam President called them too to bribe them or demand anything in her favor? I have told you that the meeting had no selfish reason embedded. And what people should have known by now is that inasmuch as we are an autonomous agency, we are not an island. There is nowhere in the world an elections commission works in isolation of the ruling establishment or other partners.”Korkoya further explained that the Commission’s funding comes from legislative appropriations with the support of the President, who is the head of government. “What I can say is that no one in this country should think that he or she wants a more free, fair and transparent elections process. Madam Sirleaf wants her gains to live beyond her tenure, and so she is highly interested in the conduct of a peaceful electoral process,”  said Korkoya.“You people sometime back overheard Mr. Benoni Urey making a remark that unless there are electoral frauds he does not see himself losing the  presidential election. Are we saying he was right, too? We have to be serious here, particularly so when we all are aware that it is only one president we will have after the elections. There must and will be losers but their defeat will not come because we have a fish to fry. We at the NEC are committed to doing the right thing for our country, not just an individual because he or she threatens us or the President.”Commenting on the excess ballot papers for the elections, Korkoya said he was taken aback by the Daily Observer editorial that expressed suspicion over the excess.“I wish the Daily Observer and all other institutions and persons could take time and research on standards of elections globally. There is nowhere in the world wherein a national elections commission procured the exact numbers of ballots as per the number of registered voters. Why the suspicion then? We have to go beyond our own perimeters sometimes and search afar for answers to some of our critical questions,” he said.He clarified that the essence of the excess ballots is to replace damaged or lost ballots. “What if a canoe carrying a consignment of ballots capsizes? What if an individual marks a ballot and realizes later before dropping it in the designated box that he or she had made a mistake? Considering all of these unforeseen circumstances and others even not named now, we don’t have to postpone or cancel elections because of any of them,” Korkoya said, adding that elections are expensive and the cost of postponing or canceling one is more than holding it in the first place.All efforts, meanwhile, to get comments from the official spokespersons of President Sirleaf did not materialize as their contact numbers were switched off.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grande Prairie police pursuit ends in six charges

first_imgOne man is facing six charges after a police pursuit Tuesday afternoon in Grande Prairie.Grande Prairie RCMP say the incident began Tuesday at around 2 p.m. when an officer saw a Ford F150 truck he believed to be stolen.- Advertisement -They say the officer followed the vehicle to an apartment building where he saw the vehicle’s driver side door open and a male crouching in front of a small car.The officer then yelled at the male, saying he was under arrest, but the man fled running more than 100 metres before reaching a fence he could not get over.The officer arrested the 22 year-old Grande Prairie man and found alleged stolen items in the truck, along with a knife.The man already had an outstanding warrant for a break and enter and is currently facing one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a weapon and obstruction.Advertisementlast_img read more

DA charges driver in crash that killed three teens

first_img Investigators had ruled out drugs and alcohol as factors in the crash. No other car was involved. Lowe said the SCION was originally traveling north on Colima Road when it made a U-turn at one point and headed south. While southbound on Colima Road, the car went out of control just north of Mar Vista Avenue and slammed into a tree. The impact tore the vehicle in two. The parts came to rest within 25 to 30 feet of each other. Three of the SCION’s passengers, Albert Joseph Valasquez, 19, of Whittier and Jennifer Unzueta, 18, of Whittier, and Joshua David Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera, were pronounced dead at the scene. WHITTIER – Prosecutors filed vehicular manslaughter charges Wednesday against the driver of the car that crashed April 3 on Colima Road, killing three teens. Xenia Guerra, 18, of Whittier was also charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless driving causing bodily injury, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. She said Guerra’s arraignment is set for Sept. 20 at Whittier Court. Whittier Police Sgt. Dan Lowe said the crash was caused by Guerra driving “in a reckless and gross negligent manner.” Guerra was injured as well as Hector Saenz, 18, of Whittier who was sitting behind her.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMullantyboyle Bridge, GlentiesAn application for funding for a new bridge at Mullantyboyle in Glenties has been formally submitted to the Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government for consideration.Donegal County Council has submitted the application for funding for the bridge.Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty said he met with council officials last week to discuss the possibility of having the bridge reinstated after its collapse a number of years ago. “Following these discussions in County House it has been confirmed that the local authority has now formally submitted an application to the Department requesting that funding be allocated for the long awaited new bridge.”“Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher and I have been working closely with the local community in Glenties to have this project prioritised as the bridge’s absence has been sorely felt by the entire community here ever since its destruction in August 2010.”“The bridge had served the area well for many years prior to this and was a vital structure for traffic locally and also acted as a key walking route for local residents and visitors alike.”“While plans had been drawn up and completed for a new bridge for quite some time now the issue of funding has prevented the project from going ahead as money was previously unavailable for the bridge’s reinstatement.” “Of course nothing has been decided yet by the Department but the fact that a funding request for the project has now been lodged with the Department means that this a step forward for this project and the ball is now very much in the Department’s court as to whether or not work can begin on the new bridge.”He said he now intends to raise this matter with the Minister in the Dáil this week so that his attention can be drawn to this very important issue.“I also think it should be recognised that the local community has been excellent throughout all this and they have been steadfast in their campaign to have this important piece of infrastructure reinstated for the mutual benefit of the entire area.”COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING FOR NEW BRIDGE AT MULLANTYBOYLE IN GLENTIES was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse DohertyDonegal County CouncilGlentiesMullantyboyle Bridgelast_img read more


first_imgMicheal Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigMicheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig has voiced his disappointment at those Donegal County Councillors who have refused to back his call for a walkout in the chamber over Cllr John O’Donnell’s failure to resign.The Independent Councillor said he is disappointed that councillors for all three main parties, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein have said they will not walk out if Cllr John O’Donnell attempts to participate in the next Council meeting.“It is little more than a week since the emergency council meeting where councillors from all sides expressed their outrage at revelations about O’Donnell on RTE Investigates and voted unanimously to call on him to resign. But when it comes to following up their words with actions they are found wanting.”“I cannot understand how those who said they will find it difficult to now work with Cllr John O’Donnell are effectively saying they will do exactly that. The credibility of the Council will be further damaged if we now roll over and accept this situation. Some councillors have said that we will be letting the people down if we “shut down” the council. He added “We will be letting the people down if we continue as if nothing has happened. Quite simply any decision which we take, particularly in relation to planning and policy matters, risks being compromised by the continued presence of John O’Donnell. If he continues to resist doing the decent thing by resigning, then we must force the issue.”“I believe the public want us to take action. They are fed up with the sort of cynicism from the political parties which sees them one week make fine statements but then the next week refuse to back it up with any actions. I will continue to press for councillors to see through what we started at the emergency meeting. Cllr John O’Donnell must go.”COUNCILLOR – ‘HOW CAN MY COLLEAGUES WORK WITH COUNCILLOR O’DONNELL?’ was last modified: December 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soccer personalities to undergo ‘marathon’ charity trek

first_imgTwo well-known local soccer personalities are taking part in the Extreme North Quadrathon Challenge – four half-marathons over four days – next month.St Johnston duo Paul Duddy and Ciaran Bovaird are set to embark on the gruelling challenge, in order to raise money for two charities: the Donegal Cancer Bus and Pieta House.Duddy is a former League of Ireland referee, who still officiates at games in Donegal, while Bovaird played for and managed Kildrum Tigers in the Donegal League. The Quadrathon takes place around Inishowen from August 11-14, with four separate events: the Kinnego Marathon, the Malin Marathon, the Mamore Marathon and the Muff Marathon.It is an anti-clockwise course around the Inishowen peninsula, incorporating 104.8 miles of roads, beginning at Moville and ending at the Redcastle Hotel.The event is being run by Extreme North.“My motivation to do this is in memory of my Mum (Sadie), who passed away earlier this year,” Paul Duddy said. “Ciaran lost his father (Hugh) ten years ago. This is something we’ve decided to do to raise money for two very important charities.“Everyone knows the importance of the Cancer Bus and Pieta House are doing fantastic work around suicide.“I mentioned this to Ciaran around May and we decided to give it a go.”Both are multiple marathon finishers and have been clocking up a lot of miles in preparation for the Quadrathon. They’ve been regulars at the local 5ks and have also done the Cookstown half-marathon, the Buncrana half-marathon and Buncrana 10k events.Paul Duddy with Matthew Crossan of Matt’s TakeawayCiaran Bovaird with Seamus Crawford of SOS Tyres“We do a lot of running together,” Paul Duddy said. “I helped train Ciaran for his first marathon. “Before we did any running like this, we’ve been running around together since we were kids. We grew up together and played football together.“We’re excited about this challenge. It’ll be tough but we’ll be ready for it.”They have been sponsored by Matt’s Takeaway, Mac’s Mini Mart, SOS Tyres, CoreFit – Russell Porter and McIntyre Engineering.Soccer personalities to undergo ‘marathon’ charity trek was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Croatia vs Denmark: Preview, team news and live radio commentary

first_imgCroatia and Denmark have both successfully made it through to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup and now face an evenly balanced fixture as they meet in the last 16.Zlatko Dalic’s side topped Group D by beating Nigeria and Iceland, as well as emphatically thrashing Argentina 3-0.Denmark meanwhile, finished second behind France in Group C, having beaten Peru, but drawn with Australia and the French. What is the team news?Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Strinic, Vida, Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Perisic, Rebic, MandzukicDenmark: Schmeichel, Kjaer, Knudsen, Christensen, Jorgensen, Dalsgaard, Delaney, Eriksen, Braithwaite, Poulsen, CorneliustalkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. When is Croatia vs Denmark?The last 16 tie will take place on Sunday, July 1 and is set to kick off at 7pm UK time.The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will host the tie, with a capacity 45,000 crowd expected. Christian Eriksen has been hugely important for Denmark How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?For Croatia, Luka Modric of course stands out above the rest. Despite now being 32 years of age, the midfielder has rolled back the years at this World Cup. Modric was influential in the Croats’ stunning Group D campaign and scored twice along the way.Denmark’s star of the tournament so far has also been a creative midfielder. Christian Eriksen has a goal and an assist from his country’s three Group C matches. 3center_img The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will host Croatia v Denmark Luka Modric has led the way for Croatia 3 3last_img read more

Pirates eye Tracy as Dodgers lose finale

first_img The other top candidates for the job are former Pirates manager Jim Leyland, now a scout for St. Louis, and Oakland manager Ken Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native who reportedly is negotiating a possible contract extension with the A’s, but Tracy’s ties to Littlefield might put him ahead. Littlefield joined the Pirates during a four-game series at Dodger Stadium Sept. 23-26 and arrived separately from the team on a commercial flight. Assistant general manager Doug Strange also was with the club on that trip. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A source close to the Pirates said Sunday it is highly unusual for Littlefield and Strange to be on the road with the club at the same time. Tracy was a minor-league manager for the Expos from 1993-94 and was then-Expos manager Felipe Alou’s bench coach from 1995-98. Littlefield joined the Expos in 1991 as a national crosschecker and East Coast scouting supervisor and was the club’s player development director from 1996-98. Tracy is signed through next season, but has an escape clause that allows him to leave the Dodgers and pursue other opportunities. That clause must be exercised within the next eight days or not at all. Tracy has requested a contract extension, but doesn’t appear likely to receive one with the Dodgers coming off a lackluster season in which they went 71-91 and finished fourth in the National League West, 11 games behind the division champion Padres. That means Tracy likely will finish out his contract next season or be fired. Asked on Sunday morning what he thought the next few days would be like for him, Tracy said he planned to watch his youngest son Mark, 17, play football for Claremont High School for the first time this season on Friday night. Asked if he thought his situation would be cleared up by then, Tracy said, “I hope so. But beyond that, I don’t know that there is anything else to say at this time.” DePodesta repeatedly has said he wants the situation resolved before he leaves on Wednesday afternoon for his sister’s wedding in Italy. Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy, meanwhile, made an ominously similar statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday. “We will know more … of the important information in about two days,” he said. The Pirates fired most of their coaching staff on Sunday, including interim manager Pete Mackanin, and reassigned the rest within the organization. That eliminates Mackanin from consideration for the job. “(Littlefield) said he has someone in mind who has more major-league experience,” Mackanin told the Post-Gazette, a statement that clearly points either to Tracy, Leyland or Macha. Mike Rose hit his first major-league homer, but the Dodgers struck out 11 times against Padres starter Adam Eaton. Elmer Dessens (1-2) started and pitched four innings for the Dodgers, allowing one run to finish the season with a solid 3.56 ERA. Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN DIEGO — While Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta and manager Jim Tracy remained mostly silent on the subject of Tracy’s future on Sunday — the day the club concluded its season with a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres in front of 37,748 at Petco Park — Tracy appears to have emerged as a leading candidate for the managerial vacancy in Pittsburgh. Tracy developed a strong relationship with Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield during the late 1990s while they were employed by the Montreal Expos and is known to have been on the Pirates’ short list since Littlefield fired Lloyd McClendon on Sept. 6. last_img read more