AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We know there’s an imagination in there trying to get out,” Kevin told me that night 11 years ago. “We’re hoping that when Matt sees the person signing at story time, he’ll understand and let that imagination run free.” Matt’s 16 now. And that year he spent at weekly sign-language story times did help his parents find that key, the Moores say today. “It definitely helped Matt start to connect the dots and get that imagination out,” Kevin said. Kevin and Pat were talking about that long-ago experience after dinner a few months ago while 10-year-old Madison played nearby with her brother. Madison listened to every word as her parents went on to talk about the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, which works to find the myriad causes of severe birth defects, and which is holding its biennial conference in Los Angeles next year. There were just the three of them in 1995 – Kevin and Pat Moore, with 5-year-old Matt – sitting in the children’s section of Northridge Library and waiting for story time to begin. Madison hadn’t been born yet, but Pat could feel the baby inside kicking – again. Their daughter was going to be a real fighter, she joked to Kevin. It was the first night the Los Angeles Public Library system was offering a story time in sign language so kids like Matt, who was born deaf and was learning to sign, could be included. The night was important for the Moores. They were looking for a key to help unlock some of the mysteries inside their young son’s mind. Dozens of renowned doctors and experts will be there sharing their research and findings. It was too bad, the Moores said, that so many parents from around the country would be unable to attend because they couldn’t afford the trip. Even with the best medical insurance, the Moores knew, families with children suffering from severe birth defects often live hand to mouth. “I want to help,” Madison interrupted. “I’ll open a lemonade stand or have a carwash for them.” Her parents smiled. That’s nice, honey, they told her. You keep at it. The $10 or $20 she could make at that lemonade stand would help. But the little girl with the big imagination did the math and figured it out for herself: 20 bucks doesn’t go very far. A few days later, she walked into the kitchen and hit her parents with a brainstorm. “When I’m home, you let me earn extra money doing chores,” Madison said. “What if hundreds or even thousands of kids did chores for their parents and neighbors for charity?” The little ones could help set the table, clear the dishes and get the mail. The older ones could take care of pets, wash the car, vacuum or mow the neighbor’s lawn. You get enough kids doing enough chores, and who knows how many families you could fly to L.A. or help in some other charity? “Kevin and I just looked at each other, smiled and nodded,” Pat said. “She was right. It could work.” So, that’s what Madison and her mom were doing last Saturday at the Granada Hills street fair – standing in front of the Rotary Club of Granada Hills booth, handing out fliers and talking to parents and kids about a great idea. It made a lot of sense to dozens of parents who stopped to talk. It also made sense to Cleveland and Miller High in Reseda, where Matt is a student, to sign on to Chores-4-Charity as a service learning project. It made sense to several local churches and charities, and to dozens of people who have already checked out Madison’s Web site – www.chores-4-charity.com. And, finally, it made sense to the Los Angeles Public Library system, which has invited the Moores to distribute and post their fliers at all branches citywide. It turns out that Pat Moore was right 11 years ago while she sat with her husband and son in the children’s section of Northridge Library and waited for story time to begin in sign language. Her daughter was going to be a real fighter. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. email@example.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Nick Saban does not have a personal Twitter account. If I had to bet on it, I’d guess the Alabama head coach will never have one. The five-time national champion said today he’d consider getting one, though. During an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show, Saban said he’d get a personal Twitter account if “someone can prove to me there’s an advantage.” Nick Saban on @twitter“If someone can prove to me there’s an advantage in it I’ll certainly do it” pic.twitter.com/t0vAjoDRLF— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016Most college football coaches do have Twitter accounts.Jim Harbaugh’s is probably the most-popular and he has 417K followers. Urban Meyer has had one for a year-plus and he also has 417K followers. How many could Saban get up to? During his interview with Finebaum, he was also asked about Lane Kiffin’s use of social media. The Alabama offensive coordinator has done some trolling of his rivals and his use of bitmojis. I asked Nick Saban about @Lane_Kiffin‘s trolling & use of bitmoji’s“I don’t think that’s something anyone should do for attention”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016“Lane, Coach Saban wants to see you in his office. Bring your phone and your Twitter password.”
Urban MeyerThe Cavs have a three-time national champion cheering them on in Game 4 of the NBA Finals this evening. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is in Cleveland for this evening’s contest against the Warriors. #ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016Many photos of the Buckeyes’ national title-winning head coach were snapped pregame. We have an Urban sighting #GoBucks #ALLIN216 #nbafinals pic.twitter.com/dwQm5LvxFk— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer here to bring the #cavs some Championship luck! #3cavs @wkyc @WKYCSports pic.twitter.com/BSxQg8V5PK— Dave Chudowsky (@DaveChudowsky) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer chatting with Spike Lee before game 4 of the #NBAFinals #ALLin216 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/gXKUyudAaM— Kyle Robertson (@KRobPhoto) June 11, 2016Meyer’s sitting behind the Cavs’ bench and reportedly looks a little nervous.#ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5 — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016 Urban Meyer is right behind the Cavs bench and looks like a nervous wreck because Urban Meyer is the best. — Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) June 11, 2016It’s gotta be Ohio good luck to have @OSUCoachMeyer sitting behind the @Cavs bench. #ALLinCLE #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bsEStkFKNU— Kyle Kutuchief (@KyleKutuchief) June 11, 2016The Cavs and the Warriors are currently playing on ABC.
The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (18-4) will be making its first NCAA Tournament semifinals appearance in program history. On Friday, the Buckeyes face No. 1-ranked University of Maryland (21-1), six-time NCAA Tournament champions. “Maryland’s a big opponent, traditionally a highly ranked team, winners almost every year of the national championship,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. The Buckeyes are the underdog heading into Friday’s game but are using it to their advantage. “I think it’s an advantage for us. Maryland might not see us as something that they have to worry about, but I think that we are going to give them a game for sure,” Cacciatore said. This isn’t OSU’s first daunting task during its tournament run. OSU beat Albany 2-1 in overtime in the first round. Freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque scored a goal with just 1:30 remaining in regulation. Ten minutes into the overtime period, Pastor-Pitarque scored again for the OSU victory. The second-round game against Syracuse ended in similar fashion for the Buckeyes. OSU trailed Syracuse 2-1 in the second half when junior midfielder Aisling Coyle tied the game for the Buckeyes, scoring off an assist from Pastor-Pitarque with 12:26 left in regulation. The game went into overtime, when Coyle scored the game-winning goal off a penalty shot. “Going into overtime both games to get to the Final Four, from behind, shows a lot about (the players’) character and commitment, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said. Even though it will be OSU’s first visit to the Final Four, Coyle said the experience the team has gained from the first two tournament games gives it confidence against Maryland. “We are relaxed about it. The girls that were playing the past weekend in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight had never even got to that stage before, so we have a lot of confidence and have fun when we play,” Coyle said. “We know that we can do this. We aren’t too worried about Maryland. They should be more worried about us even though we are the underdog.” OSU plays Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Friday in College Park, Md.
No. 6 Ohio State welcomes No. 2 Penn State to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a showdown between two of the Big Ten’s top teams. Sports editor Colin Hass-Hill, assistant sports editor Edward Sutelan and sports director James King preview the much-anticipated matchup.
Scotland international goalkeeper Craig Gordon has revealed he won’t throw any tantrums should he fail to regain his place as the country’s first choice goalkeeping optionThe Celtic shot-stopper was in goal for Scotland’s opening game in the UEFA Nations League, which they lost scandalously to Belgium, but he soon found himself on the bench after head coach Alex McLeish opted for Allan McGregor in goal for the second group game.The Rangers Football Club goalkeeper who replaced Gordon kept a clean sheet as Scotland defeated Albania 2-0. However, despite being dropped, Gordon insists he will not be tempted to consider his international future.“I’d love to go to a tournament and I like to think we have a good chance of getting to the Euros,” said the 35-year-old, according to Evening Times.“So I definitely not going to say I don’t want to be involved – I want to be the first choice but I’d be happy to go along as back-up if need be.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I won’t be chucking the toys out of the pram because I want to do the best I can for my country. If the decision is taken out of my hands then fair enough but at some point we are going to have to bring young goalies through. It’s a balancing act between being selfish and giving others an opportunity a couple of years down the line.”“I want to play as many times for Scotland as I can. But if there comes a time when it’s more beneficial for the country to bring in some younger ‘keepers to give them a taste of it then it may become the case [that I quit].”“If they came to me or Allan at some point in the future and say that’s what they want to do then that will be the time for us to step aside but right now I want to win as many caps as possible. So I’ll continue to play until I’m no longer asked to.”Gordon insists he will now turn his attentions to Celtic, as they look to defend their Scottish Premiership crown whilst also making a good appearance in this season’s UEFA Europa League.
Everton manager Marco Silva is happy with the man-of-the-match performance of Yerry Mina in his first start at Stamford Bridge.Everton signed Yerry Mina signed from Barcelona in August, and he made his Premier League debut as a sub just last weekend due to a foot injury, but he replaced Kurt Zouma and played fulltime.Sky Sports named Mina man of the match as he kept Chelsea’s attack at bay in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and Silva was happy with his contribution.“He did everything I expected,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was his first official match in maybe three or four months and he showed his quality.“He is very good on the ball and he is a player who will give us quality on the ball. Even without the ball, he did what we planned, our defensive organization and process.“I think he did really well.”
Inter Coach Luciano Spalletti admits their Champions League crunch tie with PSV Eindhoven are the stuff of dreams as they aim to qualify.Inter can seal a spot to the next round with a win but only if Tottenham fails to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou.The Beneamata must simply better the English side’s result, as Spurs hold the head-to-head advantage with both sides on seven points.“I think what we’ve done so far is very good,” Spalletti told InterTV and cited on Football Italia.“Because of that we have a chance to qualify from a group which we all said from the start was very hard.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“My life plays out from here on, I can’t go back to the past. So that means all our attention has to be in that direction.“We need to win the match tomorrow night, the most important since I arrived here, replacing the one against Lazio last season.“We’ve dreamed of playing games like this.“The injuries? We have 18 players in our squad and we need to find the solution, taking into account our qualities and characteristics.“There’s always a solution for anything, we just need to find it.”
West Ham’s Samir Nasri insists training with the club’s first team throughout the month of December helped him cope with the speed of Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.The Frenchman made his Hammers’ debut in the FA Cup against the Midlands club and impressed after almost a year out of football.“I’ve trained with us for a few weeks and that has helped, obviously,” Nasri said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “The manager has said once you know how to play football you never forget it, the only thing we were a little concerned with was the match fitness and the rhythm.”What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“That’s what we tried to achieve today and my partners helped me a lot with everything. Every time I was on the ball I had one or two solutions and it’s always easier like that.”“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.”Meanwhile, Nasri also spoke about facing his former club Arsenal, who play West Ham on Saturday when the Premier League resumes.“I’m sure the atmosphere will be even crazier,” he said of the Arsenal match.
Levante UD manager Paco Lopez revealed that he kept the controversy surrounding Barcelona’s Copa del Rey fate out of his mind to concentrate on Thursday gameThe Catalan giants have been accused of playing an ineligible player in Juan Brandariz “Chumi” from last week’s 2-1 Copa del Rey first-leg defeat to Levante.19-year-old Chumi had in fact been suspended for a fifth booking in a second division game against Castellón on Sunday for the B team.Levante president Quico Catalan has vowed to lodge a complaint to the Spanish FA (RFEF) over the matter, which could result in Barcelona’s expulsion from the competition.Speaking after his Levante side lost the second leg 3-0 to be knocked out of the last-16 stage, however, Lopez declared that he had no idea what’s going to happen.“I’ve been focused on the game all day,” said Lopez, according to AS.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I have enough with that along with what happens on the pitch. The club are within their rights to do whatever they do.“I didn’t want to know anything and I’ve tried to keep the players focused on the game.“I haven’t spoken to the president over the subject.”“As an athlete, I like to win things on the pitch. But there is a regulation that we must all follow. From then on, it’s not up to us what happens.”Ousmane Dembele’s brace and a Lionel Messi goal were enough on Thursday night to secure Barcelona a 4-2 aggregate win over Levante for a quarter-final spot.But, depending on the outcome of this saga, it could all have been for nothing if the RFEF decide to take action.