Eternal San Mamés for Athletic and Barça

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgCardsNelson Semedo (5 ‘, Yellow) Messi (38 ‘, Yellow) Sunrise (39 ‘, Yellow) Yeray (43 ‘, Yellow) Vesga (52 ‘, Yellow) Frenkie De Jong (56 ‘, Yellow) Dani Garcia (62 ‘, Yellow) Pique (71 ‘, Yellow) Arthur Melo (81 ‘, Yellow To make the Barcelona attack more mordant, Setién entered Griezmann at the time of the game by withdrawing Ansu and Barça moved closer to Simon’s area, that in order not to leave Ter Stegen alone, he got into a seemingly easy play leaving a candid ball to Rakitic that Athletic’s defense took out of the line. They were the moments in which Barça, with De Jong very off the hook in attack, stepped on the area of ​​the lions, but fang was still missing in the last fate. For sample, the occasion failed in the 70 of Griezmann only before Unai. The clearest opportunity of a game that was complicated to Barça with the Piqué injury, which was damaged in a race in which Williams dismantled him and had to give up his position to Umtiti while Aduriz, the last executioner of the Blaugrana, entered Athletic. A new scenario opened that He was on the way to an extension that Unai first avoided when Messi stood before him and that he finally settled in the 92nd minute with Williams’s goal that won the game to Busquets. There are two ways to be eternal. San Mamés is eternal for Athletic and Barça is eternal. ChangesGriezmann (57 ‘, Ansu Fati), Saint Joseph (65 ‘, Vesga), Arthur Melo (68 ‘, Rakitic), Aduriz (76 ‘, Muniain), Umtiti (79 ‘, Piqué), Ibai Gomez (88 ‘, Raúl García)center_img San Mamés is eternal for Barça and is eternal for Athletic. The Blaugrana fell eliminated (1-0) in the time of discount with a Williams goal that derailed the Setién project in the Cup in a match in which the Blaugrana improved in the game, but paid their lack of success in the meters late. The Blaugrana team showed up at all times, but the lack of evidence, which makes hiring a striker more urgent than ever, and the lack of troops, Piqué’s injury weighed like a slab. On the other side, Athletic continues its idyll with this Cup in which he continues saving eliminatory in the purest agony.Griezmann’s absence of the eleven starter was Setién’s tactical surprise, which arranged Sergi Roberto as a false right winger to help conserve the ball and form an attack line with Messi and Ansu Fati.The idea of ​​Barcelona was to have long possessions and recover the ball as close as possible to the Athletic area. During the first 15 minutes the plan went well for the Blaugrana squad, which had a pair of dangerous arrivals when Ansu and Messi met. In one of them, Unai avoided the goal of the young striker. But It soon became clear that Barça lacked depth and intimidating ability.It was the moment when Athletic took a step forward with the hint of bugle that supposed the Williams goal at the exit of a corner kick, the first that the Basques dumped, which was immediately canceled out of play.Those of Garitano advanced the pressure and began to lose respect for Barcelona, ​​which in its insistence of wanting to always play out with Ter Stegen enabling the flyers got into more of a mess. The risk with which Barça played that allowed Athletic to recover balls that were clear chances was the fuze that lit San Mamés and allowed Athletic to feel dominating the game.Barça did not find a very motivated Messi, but extremely guarded that he failed to kill. The Argentine had a dangerous foul in the last minute of the first half, but his shot crashed into the barrier.It did not change the panorama in the resumption, which was still playing on a tile and especially in the hall of Ter Stegen, who continued to play with their midfielders before the pressure of the locals, who came like wolves to the front of the culé area.last_img read more

Ecobank to Appeal Awards of US$26M to Former CEO

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Board of Directors of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, held a special meeting in Accra on Tuesday to discuss recent court judgments in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. Those judgments awarded over US$26 million to the company’s former CEO, Mr. Thierry Tanoh, whose appointment was terminated in March 2014, after he had spent less than two years in the position.The board evaluated its legal position in regard to these judgments, and resolved to pursue its appeals. It is confident about the robustness and merits of these appeals, and feels assured that the higher courts will ultimately uphold them.  It also resolved to continue other legal proceedings against Mr. Tanoh. The new board of directors, which was constituted in 2014, is a highly credible and vastly experienced board.  Under its guidance, the group’s management has subsequently completed a rigorous 51-point action plan to implement best practice governance controls and systems, including quarterly reporting to regulators. Since the inception of the new board and the current management team, two institutional investors, Nedbank and Qatar National Bank have both become significant ETI shareholders.  The Ecobank Group reaffirmed its financial strength and its commitment to transparent corporate governance as a systemically important banking group in Africa. The bank has total assets of over US$23 billion.In the last six month, Ecobank raised approximately US$1 billion in combined equity and debt capital for both its parent company and its business in Nigeria, the largest of the group’s subsidiaries. The Group employs over 20,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices.last_img read more

‘LRA Will Govern Professionally’

Posted On Jan 15 2020 by

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Madam Elfreda Stewart Tamba, has assured members of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) and the business community that her institution will be governed professionally in keeping with its mandate.Commissioner General Tamba gave the assurance last evening at a dinner organized by the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) where officers-elect were installed into office for the second time.The program was held on Tuesday, July 1, in the LCC Conference Room on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.According to her, the Revenue Authority will collect taxes and duties, which form part of the public service to benefit all,  regardless of whether one is a resident, Liberian or non-Liberian.She pointed out that the Institution will also protect society through its Customs Service, working, or frontier control in tax collection in Liberia.“LRA will foster voluntary compliance with tax laws that provide care or complete, accurate and timely guidance with taxpayers, to help them understand and meet the obligations under the law,” Commissioner Tamba declared.The LRA Commissioner, who served as keynote speaker at the installation ceremony, said the LRA will administer the law fairly, constantly and would seek to collect no more, the unlawful and corrupt tax or duty.“Our customer chattel will set up a neutral expectation between the customers, who happen to be the taxpayer and the LRA,” she added.However, she said the LRA will treat information with confidentiality and care, assuring that it will not be disclosed except as provided by law.“We can assure you as tax payers that you will be treated cautiously with consideration and in non-discriminatory way,” she stressed.Madam Tamba emphasized that customers will receive necessary information and all reasonable assistance to enable them clearly understand and meet the tax and customs obligations, and to claim their entitlement.“LRA will expect you to provide true and correct information in all your contacts and to further advise it in a timely manner of development, such as change of business address,” she stressed.  Liberia, said the Commissioner General, needs to be a part of the global economic growth and in so doing, “We must create a better opportunity for the revenue sector of Liberia.”At the same time, she assured the business community that LRA will treat everyone with honesty unless there is a clear reason to believe otherwise.For his part, Liberia Chamber of Commerce president, Francis A. Dennis, Jr. lauded Commissioner General Tamba for her new appointment as head of the Liberia Revenue Authority and the official opening of the entity.Mr. Dennis told Commissioner Tamba that the LCC would work in partnership with LRA in ensuring compliances.According to him, the LCC will continue to fulfill its roles as the primary and most credible voice of the business community.He used the occasion to applaud the Government of Liberia through the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for their swift intervention in the rubber industry of Liberia.“We applaud CBL for the various reforms to improve the financial landscape, which is a key lubricant for the smooth functioning of the private sector of our country.”Also speaking, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, thanked the LCC and its executive for electing people who have Liberia at heart.Ambassador Malac said the private sector is the main engine of economic growth of any country.She urged the elected officials to push the economic development of their country, adding, “The US government will support all Liberians in the private sector.”Attending the program were some members of the business community, representatives of the Chinese Embassy and other embassies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth shot during robbery along Cemetery Road

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgA 22-year-old man is now nursing a gunshot wound to his knee after being attacked, robbed and shot by an armed bicycle bandit and his accomplice at Cemetery Road, Georgetown, on Saturday afternoon.Reports are that the young man had been walking along the roadway when two men on a pedal cycle approached him from behind.One of the bandits attempted to snatch his mobile phone and demanded that he hand over his valuables.However, the young man reportedly put up a fight and a scuffle ensued.One of the men then whipped out a gun and fired a single shot, hitting the victim’s knee and causing him to fall to the ground.The two perpetrators then quickly snatched the cellular phone, cash, and other valuables belonging to the young man and escaped on their bicycle.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas when contacted by Guyana Times on Sunday said that the probe into the robbery is ongoing.It was explained that investigators will be reviewing footage from the CCTV cameras that are closest to where the crime occurred.He also stated that the injured young man is currently admitted at the hospital and recently underwent an “emergency surgery” to have the bullet removed from his knee.The victim is said to be in a stable condition.last_img read more

Sullivan: West Ham have made offers for four strikers

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img1 David Sullivan West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan admits the club have tabled bids for four strikers.With Hammers hitman Andy Carroll sidelined for four months due to an ankle injury, the east London club are desperate to improve their options in front of goal.And Sullivan claims the Irons have made offers for a number of stars, both domestically and further afield.“We’ve got offers in for three or four strikers – one in England, three abroad – and we just hope to land one of them. We do need to sign another player,” he told the club’s website.“We have worked 24/7 all summer and we still want to get at least one more striker in. It’s been very, very tough but we’re pleased with what we’ve got – there are players with massive potential for the future but we know there isn’t enough goals in the team at the moment.”Sam Allardyce has been linked with moves for Stoke’s Peter Crouch, Samuel Eto’o, Lille’s Salomon Kalou and FC Basel captain Marco Streller.last_img read more

Gareth Bale ‘very confident’ Real Madrid will reach Champions League final

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_img1 Gareth Bale is confident Real Madrid will progress to the Champions League final, despite the frustration of failing to make their chances count at Manchester City.The absence of star turn Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side a great opportunity to take a first-leg lead on Tuesday, yet they were made to sweat for a goalless draw on their first ever semi-final appearance.Jese hit the crossbar as Real improved markedly after half-time, with Joe Hart having to be at his best late on to prevent Casimero and Pepe netting all-important away goals.Bale was frustrated not to have found a winner, especially having felt both he and Lucas Vazquez should have had penalties, but was upbeat about the 10-time champions’ chances of making the Milan finale.“I didn’t think we had to change too much,” the attacker said of coping with Ronaldo’s absence. “I think the players, Jese and Lucas, who came in did a very good job.“We looked solid, we looked a threat on the counter and we were unlucky maybe not to get the goal and a few penalties.“It was a little bit frustrating not to be able to score, but we got a clean sheet and we go back to the Bernabeu now very confident.“Obviously we’d loved to have scored a goal, but it is not a bad result.“We got a clean sheet and we go to the Bernabeu where we have a great record, where we score a lot of goals, very confident and, yeah, we are looking forward to it.”Zinedine Zidane’s side certainly go into the home leg in a far better position than they did in the quarter-finals, when Wolfsburg inflicted a shock 2-0 first-leg defeat in Germany.However, Real rallied rather than wilted on that occasion and progressed thanks to a 3-0 triumph on home turf – a result that gives them understandable confidence, albeit Bale knows City are a different calibre of opponent.“Of course you have to play it carefully, but ultimately when we’re at home we attack a lot,” he said.“We’ll try to keep it defensively tight as well so it will obviously be a difficult game at home, we know that. They’re a very good team.“I think both teams are evenly matched. We’re very confident at home. We know it’ll be a difficult game, but we will be going all out to try and win it.”Toni Kroos echoed the sentiments of team-mate Bale, underlining the belief in Madrid’s squad that they will make it to the San Siro.“Manchester City are a good team, but we’re playing at the Bernabeu and we believe we can win the tie,” the Germany midfielder said.“It doesn’t matter who the favourite is. The winner will be in the final. Everyone knows we’re good at home, we showed that in the quarters and we hope to do so again on Wednesday.“We have to play well and do things like we did against Wolfsburg. If we play like that I think we’ll be in the final.” Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid against Manchester City last_img read more

Vet awarded Silver Star

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When U.S. Army Pvt. Manuel Robles braved bullets during World War II to rescue a badly wounded comrade, the only reward he wanted was for his fellow soldier to live. On Tuesday, almost 62 years after his heroic actions on the battlefield, Manuel “Manny” Robles finally got his medal. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, pinned the Silver Star above Robles’ left breast pocket, but its sparkle was overshadowed by the one in Robles’ eye. “This means so much,” said the 83-year-old Pomona resident, who was surrounded by family – including his wife, Margaret – and friends at Pomona’s American Legion Building. “When I got the call from Grace Napolitano’s office, I felt like I’d been hit by a train, I couldn’t believe it. The guy who called said, `Your Silver Star medal is on her desk right now.”‘ Napolitano spoke to more than 150 people in the standing-room-only audience. “Freedom is not free,” she said. “It’s made with the blood and lives of our veterans. I am honored to pay homage to a man who earned this recognition for what he did for his country. I’m so glad that he’s alive and able to enjoy this long-overdue recognition of valor.” James W. Rockett, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11546 in Chino, presented Robles with a plaque “from the comrades who love him dearly.” “We are so glad we didn’t have to do this after he’s gone,” continued Rockett, who has known Robles for four years. “It’s wonderful. He’s here, his family’s here, his friends are here. He will be able to enjoy and remember this moment.” Something else – or rather someone else – Robles will remember is Ed Samaniego. It was his relentless persistence that sped the wheels of government. Samaniego met Robles in a FedEx Kinko’s and the two started talking. Samaniego was there having his father’s wartime journal transformed into a book. “I heard his story and knew this wasn’t right, this man should have the Silver Star,” said Samaniego, a Chino contractor. “I made up my mind to do what I could. I am so grateful that he is finally getting his medal. It touches my heart. It’s like he represents all the soldiers that have done heroic deeds that will never be recognized.” Samaniego started a letter-writing campaign, contacted every media outlet he could find and many times would appear when Napolitano made public appearances. “Everywhere I went, Ed was there with a picket sign,” the congresswoman said, laughing. “My staff was working on it but not fast enough. Government works very slowly. Manuel Robles had someone come to his defense, to convince people to do the right thing.” During the war, German soldiers ambushed Robles’ unit on an Italian battlefield. He rescued a bleeding and severaly wounded Pvt. Quentin Hasse. Hasse had been shot in the head, the foot and arm; his right calf was blown away. He remains paralyzed to this day. Robles and Hasse each believed the other had died during the war. They reconnected when Robles put a notice in a military magazine asking for contact with soldiers from his unit. Hasse, who lives in Illinois, responded. The two have kept in touch ever since. When Robles received the news he was getting his medal, the first call he made was to Hasse. “He was laughing, I was laughing, we could hardly talk,” said Robles. “I’m sure he had tears in his eyes like I had in mine. And Ed Samaniego, he’s my hero. He never backed off. He wrote everybody, even President Bush. And the president, he answered.” The room went silent when Robles took the microphone. “We were like brothers,” he said. “When I saw the movies `Band of Brothers’ and `Saving Private Ryan,’ they really got to me. That’s what it was like; we were like brothers. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. God bless you all, God bless America, and God bless our troops over there.” (909) 483-9381last_img

Best passers in FIFA 19, including Modric, Hazard, Eriksen, Pogba, Ozil, and Messi

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgIf you’re going to score goals in FIFA 19, you’re going to need a superstar playmaker in your side to pull the strings.Every top team has one, but who are the best in the world according to EA Sports? MONEY RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 20= Santi Cazorla (Villarreal) – Passing = 85 (Overall rating = 79)20= Emre Belozoglu (Istanbul Basaksehir) – Passing = 85 (Overall rating = 80)19. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 91) Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Well, with their extensive rating system, they’ve given their view in the new game which is set to be released.We’ve already found out who they have rated as the best player overall, and the fastest too.But who do they believe are the current passmasters of the beautiful game? Find out below. 8. Dani Parejo (Valencia) – Passing = 88 (Overall rating = 86)7. James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) – Passing = 88 (Overall rating = 88)6. Koke (Atletico Madrid) – Passing = 88 (Overall rating = 85)5. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – Passing = 88 (Overall rating = 84)4. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) – Passing = 89 (Overall rating = 88)3. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – Passing = 89 (Overall rating = 90)2. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – Passing = 90 (Overall rating = 91)1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Passing = 92 (Overall rating = 91) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 6 This quartet are all amongst the best passers in FIFA 19. BEST OF 6 ADVICE 6 6 no dice 14. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 88)13. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 82)12. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) – Passing = 87 (Overall rating = 87)11. David Silva (Manchester City) – Passing = 87 (Overall rating = 89) Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 18. Ever Banega (Sevilla) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 83)17. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 86)16. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 86)15. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – Passing = 86 (Overall rating = 88) 10. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) – Passing = 87 (Overall rating = 87)9. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – Passing = 88 (Overall rating = 94) REPLY huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining REVEALED 6 REVEALED last_img read more


Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgFROM JOHN SMITHSON IN READING: The widow of a man found buried under a pile of sand inside a workvan has told a jury his accused killers – including a Donegal Town man – treated him like family and even called him a son or brother.Shaleem Amar, 33, died from massive head injuries allegedly suffered in a brutal hammer attack on November 17 last year carried out at a luxury home he was renting through the men charged with his murder.Donegal Town man Robert Derek Johnston, 57, known as Derek (right), and his sons Ben, 27, Tom, 25, and their employee Shaun Matthews, 56, all deny the murder charge. The victim’s widow, Shajiba Amar, 32, told Reading Crown Court that she met the entire Johnston family in the summer of last year at a central London restaurant where the birthday party of Derek’s son Jamie Johnston, who is not involved in the case, was taking place.She described the men’s relationship with her husband as being “very close.”“They were laughing, joking and hugging each other,” she said from behind a screen, shielding her from the four men standing in the dock flanked by prison officers. “They were very jovial. Derek hugged my husband and said he was like a son to him.“They were fond of him and my husband was fond of them.”She said Jamie Johnston had also described her husband as being a brother to him. They had also nicknamed him Max, she added.Prosecutor Noel Lucas QC told the court that Mr Amar had been at large right up to his death.Mrs Amar said her husband had absconded for three years after he was arrested in 2004 for possessing a firearm.He was arrested and sentenced to four and half years in prison in 2007, but three years later he did not return to prison while on day release.Mrs Amar said she had their third child while he was in jail and her husband had regretted not being there for the family.She said her husband wanted to make it up to them and asked them to move into a gated luxury property with a pool called Tresanton that he was renting in Sunningdale, Berkshire.“I disagreed and said ’I don’t want a big house with a pool, I just want to be a family’,” she said.“He saw how I struggled financially while he was in prison.”She said six weeks prior to his death the family had moved in but she was still renting an apartment in east London.A week before her husband’s death, she said the Johnstons told them social services were asking questions.She said she had intentions of dropping social benefits she received as it became apparent her husband could support them.“We were working on our marriage,” she said.She said during their final six weeks together they had “become very close” and added: “We had rediscovered each other.”She said her husband trusted the Johnstons and asked them what to do when he was told social services were on to them.“Derek suggested that I go back (to her apartment) just for a week,” she said.She said she and the children moved out that Friday but visited him at the weekend and she had also visited Tresanton on the day of his death.She dropped her children off at school and her youngest daughter at nursery and arrived at her husband’s home just before 1pm.But she said there was a white van parked in the driveway behind the gates, blocking her from entering.She said she hit the buzzer and after several minutes Derek Johnston came out of the house.“He shut the back door of the van. He was ignoring me,” she said.“When I greeted him he didn’t look at my face. I thought he was being rude but didn’t say anything.”She said when she asked where her husband was, he told her he’d gone to the airport to pick someone up and called out to his sons telling them she was here.“He said my husband had left him to lock up after he dropped off the tumble drier,” she said.“I had no reason to doubt him.”She said she walked up to the front patio and entered the front door, when she saw Tom and Ben to her left facing the swimming pool.Mrs Amar said she never saw anything in the van.She said her husband forged a business relationship with the Johnstons in 2009 in what he described as “investments”.Pausing and breathing heavily, the emotional Mrs Amar said her husband only had good things to say about the men.“I thought it was investments as far as I know,” she said.“He said they were a good family, honest and well respected.”The trial of Johnston senior, 57, and his two sons, all from Pampisford, Cambridgeshire, and Matthews, from Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, is expected to run until mid-December.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content and Ideas including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comHAMMER MURDER TRIAL: DONEGAL TOWN ACCUSED WAS ‘LIKE FAMILY’, SAYS VICTIM’S WIDOW was last modified: November 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

Let’s settle this on the field

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img At the same time, Redell can’t help but notice how all the other teams in the region managed to get their games made up. And if those schools were able to make up their games, he wonders why his game wasn’t. “I’ll say this,” Redell finally said. “In my opinion, this game could have and should have been played.” On this, we’re in agreement with Redell. League rule or no league rule, and with all the inconveniencies that might have resulted, this game could have and should have been played. It was too important not to. That isn’t to say Oak Park set out to dodge the best team in the league, thus creating an undeniable advantage over everyone else in the league. But when given the chance to conveniently navigate around the Lions, Oak Park looked a lot like Tony Stewart roaring past his fellow NASCAR racers at the Daytona 500. With proper planning, the game could have been played Saturday. After all, the Marmonte League played three games at one site that day, so there’s no credible reason why this one couldn’t have been played that day, too. Unfortunately, a seeming unwillingness on one team’s part ruined any chance of that. As a result, fans were robbed of one of the best new rivalries in the region. These two teams know each other well, sharing parts of the same neighborhoods to stock their rosters and battling each other the past two years to decide the league title and the Southern Section Div. XI championship. In that time, a friendly rivalry has turned heated, as is usually the case when two schools so close in proximity begin playing such high-stakes games. It’s one thing to play for neighborhood bragging rights, quite another when championships get thrown into the same mixing bowl. When that happens, the cake that emerges from the oven is usually layered in contention. Let’s just say another layer recently was added, and this one left a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth. Billingsley understands some of those feelings, but only to a point. He contends his options were limited when the fire displaced some members of the team, which ruled out playing the game Saturday, and when most of Monday and Tuesday were eliminated by Rosh Hashana. “We wanted to play this game and I hope people understand that,” Billingsley said. “The fact is we couldn’t get it in. There were too many factors working against it.” The most damaging effect of Oak Park’s decision is the advantage the Eagles gained over the rest of the teams in the league. One that could be the deciding factor in Oak Park edging out another team for a playoff berth and perhaps even beating out Oaks Christian for the league title. All because the Eagles don’t have to play the best team in the league and everyone else does. And that’s wrong. Consider the scenarios. What happens if Fillmore beats Oak Park but loses to Oaks Christian, Nordhoff and Fillmore to finish with a 3-3 record? And let’s say Oak Park finishes with a 3-2 record, its losses coming to Fillmore and Nordhoff? Finally, let’s say the final league standings are Oaks Christian (5-0), Nordhoff (6-1), Oak Park (3-2) and Fillmore (3-3). Despite beating Oak Park, Fillmore would finish out of the playoff race. The reason: By avoiding Oaks Christian and the near guaranteed loss, Oak Park would finish with one less loss than Fillmore, negating the need for a head-to-head tiebreaker. Simply put, that isn’t fair. “It’s not just about us against Oak Pak, it never really was” Oaks Christian athletic director Jan Hethcock said. “When you start thinking about the possible domino effect this has, it becomes a league-wide situation.” A domino that can reach all the way to the top of the standings. Let’s say Oak Park and Oaks Christian finish tied for the league title with undefeated league records. If that happens, a quirky rule would give Oak Park the edge over Oaks Christian for the top playoff seed in the league. In the Tri-Valley League the team that won the most recent league title – in this case Oaks Christian – always gives way to the team it finishes tied with. Again, unfair. The only good thing to come from this is the added intensity it will add to a potential playoff meeting between the teams. To his credit, Billingsley truly hopes this debate eventually gets settled on the field. “Absolutely, we’d like to see them down the road,” Billingsley said. On this, we can all finally agree. Vincent Bonsignore covers high schools for the Daily News. His column appears Saturdays. He can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Oaks Christian of Westlake Village football coach Bill Redell pauses for a moment, trying his best to choose the right words to explain a delicate situation. Two weeks ago, Redell’s Lions were scheduled to host rival Oak Park in the biggest Tri-Valley League game of the season, but much like dozens of other games in the region that week, the Topanga Fire forced a postponement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Oak Park insists there was no logical way to fit the game in, not without exposing their players to the rigors of three games in nine or 10 days. Oak Park also argues it faced too many obstacles by the fire and the following week’s Rosh Hashana holiday to adequately prepare its players for so many games in such a short period of time. Lastly, Oak Park coach Dick Billingsley claims the Eagles were simply following league rules that stipulates canceled games are just that – canceled. “It’s not like we didn’t want to play the game,” Billingsley said. Depending on which side you stand, Oak Park either acted responsibly or found a convenient excuse to avoid playing the best team in the Tri-Valley League. Hence Redell’s hesitation in summing up his feelings. Redell considers Billingsley a friend, and he sympathizes with the burden caused by the fire. center_img The majority of the postponements were made up over the following four days. Conspicuously, the Oaks Christian-Oak Park game never was. How that happened – and why – has grown into a serious matter of contention between the two rivals. Oaks Christian claims it did everything possible to squeeze the game in, only to have Oak Park conspicuously squash every single proposal. last_img read more