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By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter
ASVBA’s Club Final ends on ‘high note’
Captains for the 14 competing teams including (back row from left) USA Joseph Paulo, Tonga’s Breat Kite, Scotland’s Danny Brough, Samoa’s Harrison Hanson, PNG Neville Costigan, Italy’s Anthony Minichello, Ireland’s Liam Finn, (front row left to right) France’s Olivier Elima, Fiji’s Petro Civoniceva, Cook Islands’ Zeb Tgig, Australia’s Cameron Smith, Wales’ Craig Kopzcah, England’s Kevin Sinfield, New Zealand’s Simon Mannery, during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (AP Photo/PA, Martin Rickett) launch at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
By Barry Markowitz
World’s largest Under-20 Rugby Sevens tourney is set for Hawai’i
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Honolulu, Hawai’i – The world’s largest Junior Men’s and Women’s (Under-20) annual Sevens Rugby championship tournament, ALOHA WORLD SEVENS (AWS), takes center stage in Honolulu next year featuring 24 representative teams from 24 countries. The AWS venue is the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium, Hawai’i’s most prestigious sports facility. It is also the largest stadium site for any major annual Rugby tournament in the United States. “We are very excited to introduce and host the 3-day ALOHA WORLD SEVENS (AWS) as the world’s largest Junior Sevens Rugby (U20) international championship tournament. It is the first world class Rugby tournament of this scale ever held in Hawai’i,” according to Reg Schwenke, AWS Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added: “We plan to make Hawai’i our permanent home and further enhance the state’s image as a worldclass sports and multicultural destination.” The ALOHA WORLD SEVENS tournament is scheduled from Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, June 7, 2014, with 16 Men’s and 8 Women’s teams competing. It will include 68 competition matches – 24 matches on Day 1; 24 on Day 2 and 20 matches on Day 3. All Men’s teams will play six matches over three days and the Women’s teams will play five. Each participating country is represented by only one team. The final ALOHA WORLD SEVENS competition line up will be based on world IRB rankings and timely responses from invited rugby unions. USA Rugby’s President and Chief Executive Officer will assist AWS in coordinating contact with the world’s top national rugby union officials to ensure there will be a full complement of teams.
The ALOHA WORLD SEVENS tournament has already been officially sanctioned by USA Rugby (USAR), the national organization that governs the sport in the U.S. “USA Rugby enthusiastically supports the initiative and hard work behind the development of the ALOHA WORLD SEVENS (AWS) international championship tournament. We have been working with them for over a year,” said Nigel Melville, President and Chief Executive Officer for USA Rugby, adding that “there is so much talent and untapped potential for development of the sport in Hawaii.” Melville noted that “many former USA Eagles Sevens and 15’s national team members have come from Hawai’i and have proudly represented the state and our country. That will continue and the ALOHA WORLD SEVENS will only encourage and foster more talented Rugby players for the Eagles.’ Invitations will be sent to the following countries: USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, France, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Kenya, Hong Kong, Argentina, Italy, Japan, China, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Uruguay, Georgia, Namibia, Romania, South Korea, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Netherlands, Cook Islands, and American Samoa. Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui announced last Tuesday (October 15) in a major joint press conference the establishment of a new Sports Development Initiative (SDI) to encourage and foster more international and world class sporting events in Hawai’i by “taking the lead role and advantage of the state’s unique characteristics in becoming an (sports development) anchor in the AsiaPacific region.”
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The American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVBA) concluded its 2013 Club Volleyball Championships this past Saturday at the Kanana Fou High School gymnasium with over 15 different volleyball clubs from around the island competing during the finals. There were a total of 37 teams competing this year in five different divisions; 13 and under (4 teams), 16 and under (5 teams), 19 and under (8 teams), Women’s Open (8 teams) and Men’s Open (12 teams). Teams included: Kokoland Youth, Taumafai Boys and Girls, All-Sports, (all divisions), Osana (all divisions), Sea Breeze, Alofau XTreme, Snow Spikers (all divisions), Polynesian Beat, ASCC Boys and Girls, Swaggers Girls, Annex Boys, Side-Out Boys, It doesn’t Matter, United Brothers, Sea Breeze and Fetuao. Teams battled it out in finals resulting in Division Champions with Most Valuable Player awards, while Team Osana was named the Club of the Year and Coach Laauli Mase of Osana earned the Coach of the Year Award. DIVISION CHAMPIONS & MVPS 13 and Under Division Team Osana of Nu’uuli claimed this year’s Club Championship title in two straight sets last Saturday against All-Sports; 17-15 and 17-12. Most Valuable Player-Laauli Mase of Team Osana. 16 and Under Division Osana and All-Sports battled it out with Osana taking the match in three sets in a hard fought game; 17-15, 12-17 and 15-13. Most Valuable Player-Vitolio Vitolio of Osana. 19 and Under Division Side-Out Boys edged out Annex of Malaloa in three sets; 17-15, 15-17 and 15-10. Most Valuable Player-Donosky of the Side-Out Boys. Women’s Open The Osana Girls defeated ASCC in three sets; 10-17, 17-16 and 17-15. Most Valuable Player-Aiga Faasavalu Sineti of the Osana Girls. Men’s Open Team Fetuao claimed this year’s Men’s Open Club Championship title in three hard hitting sets against the Annex Boys of Leloaloa; 17-14, 11-17 and 15-13. Most Valuable PlayerTolutasi Sineti and Ali Tupou of Fetuao. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
In this year’s American Samoa Volleyball Association 2013 Club Volleyball Championships Women’s Division, Team Osana won the Open Women’s Division last Saturday when they defeated Team ASCC in three sets, 10-17, 17-16 and 17-15. The championships took place last Saturday at the Kanana Fou High School gymnasium; and, Team Osana was also named the Club [photo: Jeff Hayner] of the Year. See story in Sports section today.
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Texas high school coach Tim Buchanan benched his starters after only 21 plays, kept to a conservative ground game and even allowed the clock to run uninterrupted after halftime to hasten the final whistle. Still, his Bearcats won 91-0. Now the coach is facing formal accusations of bullying. The impressive victory for undefeated Aledo High School, a football powerhouse in suburban Fort Worth that has put up similar numbers against other schools, has forced an investigation after a parent from the opposing team filed a bullying complaint. The complaint, which must be investigated under state law, says Buchanan should have done more to prevent the lopsided score. “It wasn’t good for anybody,” Buchanan said of the Friday win over Western Hills in a Class 4A matchup. “I’ve sat and gone over and over and over it on what we could have done differently. The score could have very easily been 150 to nothing.” Western Hills coach John Naylor told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he disagreed with the bullying allegation, which Buchanan said suggested his coaches “should have made their players ease up and quit playing that hard.” Naylor did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday. Under state law, Aledo’s principal must investigate the complaint and prepare a report. The complaint was filed with the school district, which the law requires to provide bullying complaint forms on its websites. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body for high school sports in Texas, only has a mercy rule for six-man football that ends a game when one team gets ahead by 45 points by halftime or later. There is no mercy rule for 11-man football, though coaches can agree to end a game early, UIL spokeswoman Kate Hector said. Buchanan said Tuesday he wasn’t aware of that option. There were about 1,500 fans still in the stands at the end of the game, most of them Aledo’s, he said. About 5,000 were at the Bearcats’ stadium in Aledo at the beginning because it was a recognition night for band members’ parents. A cold front that brought rain added another
reason to leave when the game started to get out of hand, Buchanan said. While blowouts are not uncommon in Texas high school football, Aledo has racked up several of them this season, due in part to being placed in a new district that has not been as strong in football. The Bearcats’ average victory margin in four district games is 77 points. The UIL bases its realignment decisions on enrollment and geographic location to minimize travel time, a move aimed at reducing class absences. When Aledo was placed in a different district before last season, its travel time to the furthest location was cut from two hours to about 35 miles, Buchanan said. Buchanan’s team, which is averaging 69.3 points a game with a 7-0 record, ran just 32 plays but scored on about every third one during Friday’s game. Aledo rushed for 391 yards. It scored eight touchdowns on the ground, two each on passes and punt returns, and one on a fumble recovery. “It certainly didn’t seem like they were trying to run up the score in this case,” Hector said. Western Hills had 79 yards rushing and 67 yards passing. The UIL follows NCAA rules, but most other states follow guidelines of the National Federation of State High School Associations, said Bob Colgate, the federation’s director of sports and sports medicine. Colgate said many of the federation’s 48 member states and the District of Columbia have adopted a mercy rule in 11-man football. He noted that a survey published in February found that 16 states reported using a mercy rule with point margins, which are set by individual states, ranging from 30 points to 50 points. Aledo Principal Dan Peterson said his report on the bullying complaint should be completed this week. It will be given to the father who filed the complaint and the staff at Western Hills. Hector said anyone can submit a proposal for a rule change, which could then be considered by the UIL’s legislative council. Buchanan said his school, winner of four state titles since 1998, and district are very supportive of the football program. The same, he said, cannot be said of Western Hills. “It’s not so much money as it is lack of emphasis,” he said. “If you’re going to have a program, support it.”
Cardinals & Red Sox set to renew “October rivalry”
BOSTON (AP) — Lance Lynn squeezed through a door leading into the Green Monster, shimmied along a cramped space behind the famed left-field wall and peered out a tiny metal slot in the Fenway Park scoreboard. “A little snug for me,” the burly St. Louis pitcher said. Plenty of Cardinals got their first look at the century-old ballpark during a workout Tuesday, a day before they opened the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox saw a neat sight, too. As they took batting practice at dusk, a giant, vibrant rainbow formed high in the sky beyond center field. Slugger David Ortiz noticed. “Oh, yeah,” he said. “It’s a Dominican thing.” Whatever, Big Papi. Something special always seems to happen when the Redbirds and Red Sox meet, from Stan the Man vs. the Splendid Splinter, to Gibby vs. Yaz, to Pedro vs. Pujols. Now, they’re set to meet for the fourth time in “that Octobery kind of air,” as Cardinals Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright described it. Jon Lester will oppose him Wednesday night, facing a lineup that got a late boost. Allen Craig, who hit a major league-leading .454 with runners in scoring position but hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because of sprained left foot, is set to return. “I feel like I’m in a good spot,” said the cleanup man, who will be the Cardinals’ designated hitter. Weather could be a factor. Temperatures are supposed to dip into the low 40s and rain is in the forecast. Boston was listed as a slim favorite in the matchup between teams that tied for the big league lead in wins. The clubs haven’t met in the regular season since 2008, and Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to this pairing that some are billing as the Beards vs. the Birds. “It will be exciting to see some unfamiliar faces,” he said. Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and many of their scraggly Boston teammates figure to get a good look at the Cardinals’ crop of young arms, led by postseason ace Michael Wacha and relievers Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist. Ortiz is the link to the Red Sox team that swept St. Louis in the 2004 Series — Boston never trailed at any point — and ended an 86-year championship drought. “Obviously I’m aware of the history of the two teams,” Ellsbury said. “Once the first pitch happens, all that goes out the window.” The Red Sox are trying to win their third crown in 10 years. St. Louis is aiming to take its second title in three years and third in eight seasons. “Some of us have some pretty bad memories of being here in 2004, and we’re looking to kind of right that ship,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. Matheny was the Cardinals’ catcher that year, backed up by rookie Yadier Molina. Now Molina is considered the best defensive catcher in baseball, charged with trying to stop Ellsbury and a Red Sox team that’s run a lot in the postseason. “It’s fun to be part of this history, to be here in Fenway Park, to be part of this Series against Boston,” Molina said. “It’s different to play here overall. Playing defense, offense, pitching. It’s different, but at the same time it’s fun,” he said. David Freese grew up in St. Louis and became MVP of the 2011 Series. He heard about Stan Musial vs. Ted Williams in 1946, knew about Bob Gibson facing Carl Yastrzemski in ‘67 and recalled watching on TV when Red Sox reliever Keith Foulke fielded Edgar Renteria’s tapper to finish off 2004. “I remember the comebacker that ended it. The sweep. You don’t expect a World Series to end in four games,” the 30-yearold third baseman said. Freese said he’d always hoped to get a chance to play at Fenway, and he got his first look Tuesday. After Matheny stood near the mound and pointed out the particulars of the dirt triangle in center field, Freese stepped in for batting practice. He launched a long drive that hit high off the Green Monster in left-center, the loud thwack echoing all around the ballpark. “That’s my Wall ball,” he hooted to teammate Matt Holliday. Good for a hitter, maybe not so great for a pitcher. “A ballgame can change with one swing of the bat in this ballpark,” said Wacha, who also climbed into the wall. “It’s pretty crazy. Crazy dimensions, that’s for sure.”
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In this image taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) and outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) in the third quarter of an NFL football game,in Denver. Increasingly, teams are having trouble getting what they need on the ground on third or fourth down, with 2 or fewer yards needed for a first down or a touchdown. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File) And increasingly, they’re trying to pass for those short gains.
Smash-mouth a dying art in pass-happy NFL
by HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer
On Peyton Manning’s first drive of his first game as a visiting player in Indianapolis, the Denver Broncos faced third down and 1 yard to go. Manning handed the football to Knowshon Moreno, who was stopped short. Denver punted. On Manning’s third drive, again he faced third-and-1, again he gave the ball to Moreno, and again the play was stuffed. Again, Denver punted. “Hit a little rut there,” Manning said hours later, after the Colts gave his Broncos their first loss of the season. Other NFL offenses failed on similar plays Sunday, and it happens week after week: In the most critical of short-yardage situations, teams are converting at the lowest rate since at least 1995. The days of smash-mouth football, of bruising backs pushing piles forward with the help of run-blocking offensive linemen, are gone. Teams that have perfected the pass are not as equipped as they used to be for getting a key yard — or even inches — on the ground. “The concept of running the football,” former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer said, “has kind of taken a back seat.” One of his 1980s Browns teams had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. One of his 1990s Chiefs clubs led the league in yards rushing. His tenure with the Chargers in the early 2000s featured LaDainian Tomlinson. Times have changed. “People have decided that the best, most efficient, way to go about it is to go ahead and spread the field out and try to get the quarterback a chance to do a pre-snap read,” Schottenheimer said. “And essentially, the play is called after the quarterback has stood there and looked at the defense and its deployment and figured out where to throw.” Increasingly, teams can’t gain what they want on the ground on third or fourth down with 2 or fewer yards needed for a first down or a touchdown. And increasingly, they’re passing on those plays. In all of those situations — third-and-2-orless, fourth-and-2-or-less, including goal-to-go — NFL teams were successful 58.5 percent of the time through games of Oct. 14, according to STATS. That is a lower rate on such plays than for any full season since 1995 (that’s how far STATS data goes back).
The rate in 1995 was 65.1 percent. In 2008, it was 63.7, and has been declining steadily since. “My only answer,” Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said, “would be they don’t quite run as much as they used to.” That, of course, is true. Games this season are averaging 53.2 running attempts, the fewest in the Super Bowl era, and 213.7 yards rushing, the third-fewest. Passing, meanwhile, is on pace for records of 72.3 throws and 489.2 net yards passing per game. In 1987, for example, offenses were far more balanced, with 62.8 runs and 64.2 passes per game. “We’re more of a throwing league. ... Whatever you do more, you’re likely to get a little better at,” LeBeau said. Plus, he noted, “It’s easier to throw the ball over somebody’s head for 40 yards than it is to pound down the field 3 at a time.” Dan Reeves, who coached in four Super Bowls, pointed out various rules changes that promoted passing, from restrictions on defensive backs to reductions on practicing in pads. “Blocking and tackling are fundamentals you can’t teach without pads,” Reeves said, “but one of the things you can do is work on timing in the passing game.” In short-yardage situations, teams pass more than they used to: This season, the breakdown is about 55 percent runs, 45 percent passes on third- or fourth-and-short. Back in 1995, it was 63 percent runs, 37 percent passes, STATS said. In 1995, the success rates on those runs was 71 percent. It dropped a bit below 66 percent the past two seasons, meaning teams are failing about one out of every three tries. Take a look at Sunday. At the end of the second quarter against the Jaguars, the Chargers threw on three consecutive plays that began at or inside the 1, then tried a quarterback draw. They did not score, and time expired. The Rams had a fourth-and-goal from inches out against the Panthers and attempted a play-action pass. It fell incomplete, and when the Panthers took possession, they tried running the ball but got knocked backward, resulting in a safety. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles, third in the NFL in rushing, was thwarted by the Texans on a third-and-goal from inches away in the fourth quarter, and when the Chiefs tried a play-action pass on fourth down, it was incomplete.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant has spent half of his life in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, and he’s not comfortable sitting on the sideline while his teammates play without him. Yet Bryant’s health is just one concern surrounding the Lakers as they begin a season of profound transition. Dwight Howard’s decision to take less money to sign with Houston last July removed a cornerstone of the Lakers’ rebuilding plan and put their short-term future into flux. Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon last April also left Los Angeles without its top player for the short term, with no firm idea when he’ll return. Pau Gasol and Steve Nash will attempt to hold the team together until Bryant is back to something close to full strength. “It’s really important for us to embrace these low expectations, try to find a chemistry and build ourselves into a team that has some confidence,” Nash said. “Let’s not talk about championships right now.” The 16-time NBA champions are nobody’s pick for a title, even with a roster featuring three likely Hall of Fame players. But in transition, the current Lakers see opportunity. Coach Mike D’Antoni is hoping the Lakers’ new roster is more suited to his style of play. Several free-agent signees — Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Jordan Farmar, Shawne Williams — are hoping to play their way into a longterm job after burning out with other franchises. “We may not be as talented at the top like last year, but I think we got younger, more athletic with more shooters who can space the floor,” Nash said. “I think it looks as though we’ve gone from a favorite to being a non-contender, (but) we’ve still got the opportunity to build a really great team if we can find a way to play that can be really successful.” Here are five reasons to watch the Lakers’ season of transition: PAU UNDER PRESSURE: With Andrew Bynum and Howard elsewhere, Gasol is the Lakers’ man in the middle again. If he proves he’s still an elite NBA center, he might be able to keep the Lakers in playoff contention — and he’ll earn a major contract when his current deal expires in the summer. “I don’t look at this as the last ride, but you never know,” Gasol said. “I’ve learned to live my life on a daily basis and try to have fun in the process.” OLD MAN NASH: The 39-year-old Canadian point guard is the NBA’s oldest player this season, a distinction that doesn’t exactly thrill him. The two-time MVP thinks he’s still got plenty of fuel to challenge the league’s best at his position, and while Bryant is out, he doesn’t have to give up his favored role as the D’Antoni offense’s primary facilitator. If Nash stays healthy and demonstrates he’s still one of the best point guards in NBA history, the Lakers will be better — and more interesting. LOCK IT DOWN: D’Antoni’s teams have never been known for their shutdown defense, and that’s unlikely to change much this season. Howard’s shot-blocking presence was maybe his biggest contribution to last season’s Lakers, and Bynum was an elite defensive player before his departure. Gasol and Kaman probably can’t match them. They’ve also lost Metta World Peace, whose defensive reputation and pure toughness sometimes outstripped his actual contributions on that end of the court. The Lakers must establish a new defensive identity, particularly if they’re unable to outscore teams on pure offensive talent. HOMECOMING SEASON: The Lakers brought in reinforcements from their glorious past to encourage optimism for the future. D’Antoni added former Lakers players Kurt Rambis and Mark Madsen while overhauling his coaching staff with two respected, veteran voices. Los Angeles also re-signed Farmar, a backup point guard on the Lakers’ two most recent championship teams. He left to spend time with the Nets and in Turkey before returning to compete for playing time with Steve Blake, giving D’Antoni two solid options behind Nash. WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR: Lakers fans aren’t used to losing. After all, their team has missed the playoffs just once in Bryant’s career. But while they serenade D’Antoni with chants of “We Want Phil!” and boo the Lakers’ likely struggles this winter, the savvier fans will remember the Lakers have oodles of cap space and a pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent NBA history. Sure, it’s likely to be a difficult season for Hollywood’s team. But the sequel prospects are tantalizing.
Kobe Bryant’s health colors LA’s transition
The National Football League Talofa Video gets ‘A’ grade for racial hiring
by STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer
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The NFL received its fourth consecutive A grade for its racial hiring practices amid concerns over a significant drop in minority head coaches this season. The league also drew a C+ for gender hiring practices in the annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released Tuesday. Overall, the total number of women and people of color at or above the vice president level in the NFL increased by 11 percent. The league received an overall grade of B. The institute says it issues the grades in relation to the overall patterns in society. Richard Lapchick, the main author, said the league continues to receive high grades because of what he sees as a continued emphasis on diversity from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff. “It’s been a priority of his commissionership since he took over,” Lapchick said, pointing to Goodell’s decision to hire Robert Gulliver as the executive vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer in 2010. However, the number of coaches of color in the NFL has unexpectedly fallen from a league-high eight in 2011 to four this season. The report also expressed concern that of the eight NFL coaching vacancies this offseason, none was filled by minority candidates. “I think it’s a big concern not only for people who monitor it like myself, but for the league as well,” Lapchick said. “I don’t think the league was expecting that to happen. The telling tale will be what hap-
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pens after this season.” Lapchick believes the “Rooney Rule” — a mechanism to assure that teams interview at least one minority for their head coaching vacancies — is still working. But he said perhaps more can be done. Lapchick points to an initiative taken by college football — gathering minority assistant coaches and athletic directors at conferences in an effort to introduce the ADs to potential head coaching candidates. “If the NFL does something like that at the annual meetings it might help,” Lapchick said. In 2011, the NFL launched the Women’s Interactive Network to help accelerate career advancement for women in the NFL. It was one of the several programs designed by the league to foster greater diversity. It seems to be working well. According to Tuesday’s report, the league office has 20 women and 14 ethnically diverse employees at or above the vice president level, both increases from last year. The NFL also broke two barriers this past year: The San Francisco 49ers hired Gideon Yu as the first president of color in league history; the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Shahid Khan, a Pakistani-born American businessman, became the first majority owner of color. There are six AfricanAmerican general managers in the league, including Ozzie Newsome, who became the second GM of color to win a Super Bowl last season with the Baltimore Ravens. General manager Jerry Reese of the New York Giants has won two Super Bowl titles.
Lapchick notes that nine out of the last 14 Super Bowl participants have had either an African-American head coach or general manager. Amy Trask, of the Oakland Raiders, is the only female president or CEO of a team in the NFL. She has held that position since 2005. On the field, the percentage of African-American players decreased slightly from 66.6 percent in 2011 to 66.3 percent last season. The NFL also received an A+ for gender diversity initiatives.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Four people accused of roles in an altercation caught on video following a New York Jets-New England Patriots game in New Jersey are now banned from all events held at the stadium. The Jets made the announcement Tuesday night, shortly after New Jersey state police filed simple assault and disorderly conduct charges against the three Massachusetts residents and a New York man. The four will be allowed to apply for readmission privileges once the legal process has run its course, but will have to meet certain conditions. The team said that includes the completion of an online conduct course and the submission of a written apology. The charges were filed Tuesday afternoon against Amanda MacDowell of Marlborough, Mass.; Jaclyn Nugent and David James Sacco, both of Boston, and Kurt Paschke of Holbrook, N.Y. MacDowell and Nugent allegedly kicked and punched Paschke. He then allegedly punched Nugent in the face. Sacco also allegedly hit Paschke in the face. It wasn’t immediately clear if the three Massachusetts defendants had attorneys; phone numbers for them could not be found Tuesday night. Paschke’s attorney has said a full review of the evidence will vindicate his client. The game was played Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In comments made Tuesday before the charges were announced, Paschke’s father defended his son, saying he was defending himself. “My wife is a breast cancer survivor and he brought her to the game to have a nice day and these people ruined it and now it’s being turned around like he is the aggressor,” Kurt Paschke Sr. told The Associated Press. “If you watch that video, you can clearly see he is being pulled back by one kid in a Patriots jersey while the other Patriots fans are smacking him in the face.
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Heat look for 4th straight Finals trip
MIAMI (AP) — Anytime an NBA franchise is trying to do something only previously done by the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, that’s rarefied air. That’s what the Miami Heat are trying to reach this season. After going to the NBA Finals in each of the past three seasons — winning the last two titles — the Heat now aim to join an exclusive club. Only the Celtics, from 1957-66 and again from 1984-87, and the Lakers, from 1982-85, have made at least four consecutive trips to the championship series. “It would mean everything, man,” said Heat forward LeBron James. “First of all, it means that I’m doing my part and I’m helping our team get better. It would mean everything to our team. That’s what we’re here for. We work our tails off every day. If it can pay off with another Finals appearance, we’d represent the Eastern Conference the best way we can.” Miami was taken to the limit twice in last season’s playoffs, needing to prevail in Game 7s to beat Indiana in the East finals, then topple San Antonio in the NBA Finals. Ray Allen’s dramatic 3-pointer to save the Heat in Game 6 against the Spurs will forever be the stuff of highlight lore. They put together a 27-game winning streak in the regular season a year ago, the second-longest in NBA history. All that, the Heat say, is pretty much pushed aside now. “This has been a very competitive camp,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Guys are in here, working, every single day.” They’re doing so with a singular goal of winning it all. “When you put this kind of talent together, there’s always people on the outside trying to figure out ways why it shouldn’t work,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “When you’re on the inside and can put it together and show them that it can work, it’s a great feeling. For us to be able to go to the Finals three straight times and hopefully go again, what more can you ask for? Here’s 5 things to watch from the Heat in the 2013-14 season: LEBRON BETTER?: He’s won four MVP awards, two championships, two Finals MVP awards and he’s considered the best player on the planet. And yet every year, LeBron James insists he can get better. Whether it’s his mid-range jumper, his post game, his foul shooting, James typically finds a way to improve his game every season. If he pulls that trick off again this year, the Heat will become even bigger favorites to claim a third straight title. DRIVEN WADE: The Heat guard knows he’s being secondguessed. Again. He’s one of only four players to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists last year, but knee problems during the playoffs have led to him fielding questions about his perceived decline. Wade is going into his 11th Miami season, and it would seem like there’s a strong chance he could be in the Eastern Conference finals for the sixth time. With three rings already, he’s playing for legacy now. BOSH’S ROLE: On the offensive end, it’s usually quite clear — James is option No. 1, Wade is option No. 2, which leaves Chris Bosh as option No. 3. He made his peace with it long ago, but his stated goal for this season is to not play like a third option. Bosh says he wants this to be the best season of his career. SHOOTERS ABOUND: Mike Miller — a 3-point postseason hero for Miami — leaves through the amnesty provision, and the Heat have James Jones or Rashard Lewis or Roger Mason Jr. to slap in his place. And that’s with Ray Allen and Shane Battier still leading the way as Miami’s designated sharpshooters, and with point guard Mario Chalmers also a proven commodity from long range. Yes, losing Miller makes Miami less deep on the perimeter. There’s still plenty of shooting. AVOIDING BOREDOM: Don’t look for the Heat to take the regular season for granted. Spoelstra is fond of saying there’s no shortcuts, so it’s pretty clear that Miami will not take the 82-game regular season as just a meaningless stretch of games before the inevitable playoff run.
Lakers guard Xavier Henry, left, shoots over the top of Utah Jazz guard Ian Clark during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (AP Photo)
Ducks on top & the rest of Pac-12 filled with surprises
PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12 just passed the midpoint of the 2013 season and one thing hasn’t changed from previous seasons: Oregon is the team to beat. The second-ranked Ducks have dominated through the season’s first seven games, winning by an average of 40 points per game while churning out more yards and points than all but one team in the country. Beyond Oregon’s dominance, the Pac-12 has been full of surprises through the first half of the season, from upsets, breakout performances and newfound depth across the conference. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights and lowlights of the season so far: BEST TEAM: Oregon. As stated above, the Ducks are the class of the conference, their closest game so far a 21-point win. Oregon didn’t face a ranked team early in the season, but blew past then-No. 16 Washington 45-24 on Oct. 12. The Ducks will be tested a little more over the final five games of the season. Oregon plays No. 12 UCLA on Saturday, then No. 8 Stanford and still has games against Utah, Arizona and rival Oregon State left. BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER: A case could be made for several players in the conference, including Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, who’s leading the nation in rushing yards per game for the second straight season. But for the best player on the best team, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota has to be the choice. He’s been superb in leading the undefeated Ducks, accounting for 28 touchdowns and over 2,500 yards without turning it over once. MOST PRODUCTIVE PLAYER: Arizona State running back Marion Grice is sixth in the conference in rushing yards per game at 79 per game. He makes the most of those yards, though, leading the nation with 15.4 points per game — more than six other teams in the FBS — and he has scored 18 touchdowns. He’s also closing in on Arizona State’s career touchdown mark in just his second season. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy has been one of the best defensive players in the country, not just the Pac-12. The fifth-year senior leads the conference and is tied for sixth nationally with seven sacks and is second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss with 10 per game. He had two sacks in
Stanford’s win over UCLA last weekend. BEST NEWCOMER: Few players have had as big an impact in a short amount of time as Colorado linebacker Addison Gillam. The freshman has racked up huge tackling numbers in his first season in Boulder and leads the conference with 9.8 tackles per game — 59 total — and has two sacks on a defense that’s been battered since the Pac-12 season started. BEST TURNAROUND: When Oregon State opened with a home loss to Eastern Washington, it looked like the Beavers might be headed back down after last year’s breakout season. Oregon State has bounced back nicely from that disappointing loss, winning its past six games, including a 4-0 start in conference, to remain in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title. BIGGEST SURPRISE: Stanford won the Pac-12 championship and the Rose Bowl last season, and appeared to be headed toward a showdown with Oregon on Nov. 7 after winning its first five games. Then Utah got in the way. The Utes had struggled since joining the Pac-12 and were expected to be nothing but a minor speed bump for the Cardinal. Instead, Utah stood its ground against Stanford, beating the fifth-ranked Cardinal at their own power game for a 27-21 victory and the Utes’ biggest home upset in program history. BEST COACH: The turnaround UCLA’s Jim Mora has orchestrated in Southern California the past two seasons is impressive enough, but this season he also had to deal with one of the most difficult situations a coach and team can go through. Nick Pasquale, a walk-on freshman receiver, was killed on Sept. 8 when he was hit by a car after going home to visit family. Mora helped hold the Bruins together after the tragedy and still has them in position to win the Pac-12 South. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Even after fading last season, USC opened this season ranked and with return-to-glory expectations. It never panned out. The Trojans struggled to find consistency on offense early, receiver Marqise Lee has struggled with injuries and coach Lane Kiffin was fired after a lopsided loss to Arizona State. USC lost to rival Notre Dame last weekend and still has games against Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA.
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A week earlier, the Ravens had first-and-goal at the 4 against the Packers, tried four runs by Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce, and turned the ball over on downs in a 19-17 loss. The Bills had firstand-goal at the 2 against the Bengals, and proceeded to run for 1 yard, run for no gain, run for no gain and get sacked on fourth down on the way to an overtime loss. This is not to say zero teams can run. But they’re rare and tend to create running room via zone-read options: Chip Kelly’s Eagles when Michael Vick is healthy; the Seahawks with Russell Wilson; the 49ers with Colin Kaepernick. Those are the top three teams in yards rushing per game. The Redskins, led by Robert Griffin III, are second to Philadelphia in average gain. “We like throwing the ball, too,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, “but we really want to run the football.” Especially when it’s time to extend a drive while trailing. Or run out the clock when ahead. Or bulling the ball in on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
FIFA bans three more El Salvador players for fixing ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has imposed worldwide bans on three more El Salvador national team players in a match-fixing case, bringing the total to 19. The players were not identified. FIFA says one player was banned for five years by the El Salvador soccer association this month. Another player was suspended for one year and the third for six months. FIFA announced 16 global sanctions, including 14 lifetime bans, last week. The case involves international matches, including El Salvador’s 5-0 loss to Mexico at the 2011 Gold Cup and a 2-1 loss in an exhibition against the United States in 2010. Under-20 national team matches were also involved. El Salvador authorities shut down the senior national team during their investigation. Digital billboard at Big House under fire ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three Ann Arbor City Council members say they want the University of Michigan to turn off the $2.8 million digital billboard outside Michigan Stadium because it distracts drivers. Christopher Taylor and two others say they will present a resolution at a Nov. 7 council meeting. Taylor told MLive.com they’re asking Michigan to either decommission the billboard or only use it for sports events at the stadium or nearby Crisler Arena. The billboard has been up several months. It is 21 feet above the ground, 27 feet tall and 48 feet wide. Athletic director Dave Brandon has said the billboard is similar to those at other schools and says it’s across the street from a golf course to avoid annoying people. Calif. JC QB throws for 796 yards, 9 TDs in loss UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino College quarterback Trevor Taylor’s prolific passing game ended in a loss. Taylor threw for 796 yards against the College of the Redwoods on Saturday only to see his team lose 69-66 on a touchdown pass with 5 seconds remaining. Taylor completed 38 of 52 passes and threw for nine touchdowns in the California Community College Athletic Association game. The NCAA record for yards passing in a game is 731 held by Zamir Amin of Menlo College of California in a Division III game on Oct. 7, 2000, against Cal Lutheran. Houston’s David Klingler has the FBS record of 716 in 1990 against Eastern Washington. Redwoods quarterback Will Hissong went 39 for 54 for 573 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning 6-yard pass to Caleb Lomboy-Chavez. All Sochi Olympic athletes to get Galaxy Note 3 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Athletes who fail to clinch gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics can take home something else: a $900 smartphone from Samsung. Samsung Electronics Co. is giving the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to all athletes competing at the Sochi Games in February. The announcement Wednesday is part of the South Korea company’s marketing campaign as a sponsor of the Olympic Winter Games. It reflects Samsung’s growing clout in the smartphone market and willingness to shell out to promote its brand and products. Samsung Electronics spent $10 billion last year on promotions and advertising. Hirschbeck is crew chief for World Series BOSTON (AP) — John Hirschbeck will umpire his fourth World Series and will be crew chief for the matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Hirschbeck will be behind the plate for Wednesday night’s opener at Fenway Park, with Mark Wegner at first, Dana DeMuth at second, Paul Emmel at third, Bill Miller in left and Jim Joyce in right. Hirschbeck also worked the Series in 1995 and 2006 and was crew chief in 2010. DeMuth will be working his fourth Series and Joyce his third but first since 2001. This will be the second Series for Miller and the first for Emmel and Wegner. Umpires will continue to wear “WB” patches honoring umpire Wally Bell, who died Oct. 14. Bell umped the 2006 World Series and this year’s All-Star game. Calif. race complaints get directed to sex line SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — People who tried to complain about noise from a San Francisco marathon got an earful of racy language instead. When they called the city’s 311 hotline to complain about Sunday’s Nike marathon, they were incorrectly directed to a phone sex line. City officials now say they were given the wrong number and are investigating how the mix-up occurred. The phone sex number and marathon number differed only in their prefix: 800 versus 866. 311 Director Nancy Alfaro says the wrong number was given out for about a half hour before city officials were alerted. It’s not clear how many people were misdirected. The San Francisco Chronicle reports people were complaining about noise from the marathon’s festivities that began around 5:30 a.m. An email to Nike was not immediately returned.
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
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RFQ No: RFQ-007-2014
RFQ No: RFQ-007-2014 Issuance Date: October 17, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 31, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for the:
“Construction of Youth Center – Gymnasium”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “RFQ: Construction of Youth Center - Gymnasium” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Thursday, October 31, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any Statement of Qualification received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as being non-responsive. Document: The RFQ document outlining the qualification requirements is available at the Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Qualification data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all Statements of Qualification and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted qualifications that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
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RFP No: RFP-010-2014 Issuance Date: October 21, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 28, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
“Security Service for School Lunch Program”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope Marked “Security Services for School Lunch Program.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Monday, October 28, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at the Office of Procurement Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
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This is a Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 photo of New Zealand’s All Blacks’ Sonny Bill Williams, right, as ne tackled by Australia’s Anthony Fainga’a during their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Billed by organizers as 2013’s biggest global sporting event, the 14th rugby league World Cup was in real danger of passing by largely unnoticed just three weeks out from its first game. Now there is a buzz around the tournament — and it’s all because of one man. Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand’s headline-grabbing cross-code rugby star, originally ruled himself out of selection for the reigning champions, saying he wanted to take a break from sport to spend time with family. He has since back-tracked, and he’s now the face of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
The Samoana Sharks (pictured) made it to the ASHSAA Girls Softball Championship Finals that were played last Saturday at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. Unfortunately for the Sharks, they were defeated by the defending ASHSAA champions, Fa’asao Marist [photo: Jeff Hayer] Cougars by a score of 23-6.
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Lt. Governor Tsutsui, who will oversee the new SDI, met with ALOHA WORLD SEVENS co-founders Reg, Mac and Carolyne Craig Schwenke the same day of the press conference and voiced his unwavering support. “We are ecstatic that Hawai’i will be hosting the ALOHA WORLD SEVENS tournament next year. The tournament is a fine example of how teams from all over the world can converge in Hawai’i to showcase their sport,” said Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui. “The ALOHA WORLD SEVENS is in alignment with our new Sports Development Initiative (SDI), which seeks to expand and enhance our sports portfolio in hosting and attracting international events, making Hawai’i the center-stage of athletic events in the AsiaPacific region,” he added. The lifeblood of this and any major event of this scale are the corporate partners or sponsors involved. Current AWS sponsors include the Polynesian Cultural Center; WorldRugbyShop.com; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; ESPN 1420 and NBC Sports Radio 1500 (Honolulu); PacificBasin Communications; Pepsi, Rukutai International (China); and Adult Friends for Youth (AFY). Other major sponsorships are under review or being negotiated. “For the ALOHA WORLD SEVENS to become an unparalleled world class event, we want more major sponsorships and funding support from local, national and international private sector companies,” Schwenke noted. To provide more memorable AWS game-time experiences, “we know the ‘aloha spirit’ of Hawai’i is unique, infectious and cannot be duplicated. We plan to incorporate “Adopt a Country” general admission seating sections in the stadium where fans can cheer for their national country teams or adopt an international team to root for. It’s going to be a crazy fun, entertaining and family friendly environment. We want it to be a memorable and unforgettable experience for everyone in attendance,” Schwenke added. McKay Schwenke, AWS Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and Tournament Director, said “our AWS tournament will actively reach out to various ethnic communities and consular offices in Hawai’i to support their representative teams from visiting countries. Unlike virtually all other Rugby-related tournaments and events worldwide noted for the sport’s fun “beer-drinking culture”, the ALOHA WORLD SEVENS organizers will NOT serve alcoholic beverages in any of their official events and activities because of their specific youth Under-20 participant demographic. “We have an obligation to ensure our competition is not marred by intoxicated, disruptive or unruly fans because of the presence of many families with young children,” Schwenke concluded. He will oversee all AWS tournament field functions. To ensure a higher standard of play and officiating, top referees for the AWS tournament certified by the IRB or USA Rugby will be flown in from outside Hawai’i. USA Rugby is assisting in selecting the best qualified officials for the tournament. The AWS co-founders have set loftier goals for the future development of their ALOHA WORLD SEVENS tournament and related special events under the parent organization, AWS Events Group LLC, a Hawai’i-based entity. Carolyne Craig Schwenke, AWS Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, noted that “one of the critical future goals of our AWS Events Group is to provide unprecedented opportunities for multicultural interaction, exchange and learning about dance, music, performing arts and fashions of other world cultures involved with our AWS tournament.” ALOHA WORLD SEVENS tickets will go on sale in November on Ticketmaster.com web site and through their worldwide offices, at the ALOHA WORLD SEVENS web site at www.AWSrugby.com and also at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. AWS Tickets can be prebooked at www.AWSrugby.com ticket sales web site link for best seating options. All AWS ticket prices will increase from January 1, 2014, when the AWS Earlybird ticket specials expire. All questions and inquiries should be directed to info.awsevents@ gmail.com
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for 9-year-old Dennis Schrader at a 1956 spring training game in Florida, it began a lifelong obsession. Today, Schrader has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, certified by Guinness as the largest such collection in the world. That obsession is now on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida. “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown” opened to the public Tuesday, and Schrader was grinning from ear to ear. He and his wife have loaned the balls to the museum for 20 years, and after that, they will be returned to the family. Previously, Schrader’s baseballs were displayed in a 12-by-14-foot room in his home that had walls a foot thick, a bank vault door, motion sensors and video camera surveillance. The semi-retired mobile home executive once spent $25,000 on a single ball, signed by Joe DiMaggio and then-wife Marilyn Monroe. He estimates the collection is worth $2 million to $3 million. The collection is a trip through baseball history, and Schrader will personally give tours of the collection to groups. There are the obvious great signatures: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. There are several Negro League balls, a tribute to the AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League featured in the movie “A League of Their Own,” and several signed by celebrities and politicians. “He captured the essence of baseball,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. In August 2011, Guinness World Records certified him as the owner of 4,020 baseballs signed by major league baseball players. Duplicates and balls signed by non-baseball celebrities — including President Barack Obama — brought his collection of baseballs to more than 4,600. Guinness requires the sign off and authentication from a reputable auction house or relevant institution or society, which specializes in collections of the type submitted, spokesman Jamie Panas said in an email. The collection was verified by the president of All American Sports Collectibles and St. Petersburg Museum of History who are versed in baseball histories, he said. It cost the museum $300,000 to design the exhibit and two years for city officials to convince Schrader to loan the precious collection. The museum, which sits along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront, is also gearing up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of baseball spring training in the city. Spring training began in St. Petersburg with the St. Louis Browns playing at Coffee Pot Park in 1914. Schrader admitted that “there’s an emptiness” in his home without the baseballs, but said the vault was filled with other collectibles, including his wife’s 500 cookie jars and several hundred celebrity autographed photos. Schrader’s wife, Mary, said she and her husband won’t stop collecting signed baseballs. “In fact, I have a ball in my purse right now,” Mary Schrader said, laughing and showing the blank ball. “I always carry one around, because you never know who you’ll run into.”
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A portion of Dennis Schrader’s autographed baseballs are seen Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at the St. Petersburg History Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for Schrader in 1956, when Schrader was a 9-year-old boy attending a spring training game in Florida, leading to a lifelong obsession: He now has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, certified by Guinness as the largest (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) such collection in the world.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 14-foot oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy. The serpent-like fish — one of two discovered along the coast last week — was dissected Monday and marine biologists found that the healthy female was ripe to spawn, H.J. Walker of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said Tuesday. The silvery fish’s 6-foot-long ovaries contained hundreds of thousands of eggs that were nearly ready to be released, Walker said. The fish had lost its tail somehow while alive and it had disc-shaped wounds from cookiecutter sharks, but those injuries wouldn’t have been deadly, Walker said. In fact, it’s unclear why the creature died, although Walker said it was possible the deep-water fish came too close to the surface, where it may have been knocked around by waves. The oarfish washed up on a beach in the San Diego County coastal city of Oceanside on Friday. Several days earlier, a snorkeler found the carcass of an 18-foot oarfish off Catalina Island and dragged it to shore with some help. The cause of death for the larger fish also remains a mystery. The rarely seen deep sea-dwelling creatures, which can grow to more than 50 feet, may be the inspiration of sea monsters found in literature and throughout history. Photos of the oarfish have circulated widely online, spurring general interest in the mysterious creature but contributing little to scientists’ knowledge of the fish. Here’s a closer look at the oarfish: HOW OFTEN DO THEY VENTURE CLOSE TO SHORE? Oarfish beach themselves around the world. Every so often, one wanders to the Southern California coast. In 2010, a 12-foot oarfish washed ashore in Malibu. The most recent stranding before last week’s sightings occurred in 2011 when a 14-foot oarfish was found on a beach near the Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, said Rick Feeney of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. HOW DID THE TWO OARFISH DIE? While necropsies — the animal version of an autopsy — were done on the oarfish, the cause of death remains unknown. Scientists said the deaths may forever remain a mystery. The smaller oarfish appeared to be in good health before it died. Oarfish are thought to be poor swimmers and it’s possible that the ones found last week got caught in a current that pushed them to coastal waters, marine experts said. “If they get disoriented and into the surf zone, they’ll probably have trouble maneuvering back out to sea,” said Phil Hastings, curator of the marine vertebrate collection at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. WHY IS SO LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT OARFISH? Oarfish are highly evolved. They tend to remain quiet in the deep ocean, luring smaller fish toward them. They are found in tropical waters, generally from around 500 feet to 1,000 feet deep, although some may reach more than 3,000 feet deep. That means scientists don’t get many opportunities to study these serpent-like creatures. The dead oarfish that float ashore don’t tell the whole story. It’s like trying to study deer that end up in the windshield, said Milton Love, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “You wouldn’t know much about deer based on roadkill,” he said. WHAT’S NEXT? Scientists have dissected the oarfish, preserved some tissue and organs, and plan to send samples to researchers around the world to examine.
College prices appear to be “moderating”
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s some good news on college tuition. Yes, the cost has gone up — but not as much in the past. For in-state students at a four-year public college or university, published tuition and fees increased this year on average $247 to $8,893. That’s a 2.9 percent increase — the smallest one-year increase in more than 30 years, the College Board said Wednesday in its annual report on college prices. Out-of-state prices, as well as the costs to attend public twoyear colleges and private institutions rose but they also avoided big spikes, said Sandy Baum, co-author of the report. These more moderate increases could lessen concern that an annual rapid growth is tuition prices in the new normal. “It does seem that the spiral is moderating. Not turning around, not ending, but moderating,” Baum said. The average published cost for tuition and fees at a private college for the 2013-14 academic year was $30,094 — up $1,105. An out-of-state student at a public college or university faced an annual average price tag of $22,203, which is up $670. The average price tag to for an in-state student to attend a two-year institution was much less at $3,264 — up $110. Most students don’t actually pay that, though. There are grants, tax credits and deductions that help ease the cost of going to college. About two-thirds of full-time students get grants, most from the federal government. But, in the two years leading up to the 2012-2013 school year, the federal aid per full-time equivalent undergraduate student declined 9 percent, or about $325. That means students have to foot more of the bill themselves. “The rapid increases in college prices have slowed, however, student and families are paying more because grant aid is not keeping up,” said David Coleman, president of the College Board. While the average published price for tuition and fees for a private college is $30,094, the net price is $12,460 — up $530 from last year. The net price is what they actually pay after grants. There were years this decade that saw the net price going down, but it has gone up the last two years. The average published in-state price for tuition and fees at a public four-year school is $8,893, but the average net price is about $3,120. Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, in a statement called it “troubling” that overall grant aid is not keeping up with prices. Her organization represents the presidents of U.S. colleges and universities. “Institutions are committed to holding down costs, but it is equally important for state and federal governments to play their part to make college affordable,” she said. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership group that promotes college access and owns the SAT exam. The report spells out the large declines in state appropriations given to public institutions in recent years. These cuts have been blamed for rises in college costs. Other causes often cited range from the high cost of health care for employees to the demand by students for flashier campus amenities. Among the other findings in the report: — Adding in costs for room and board to live on campus, average annual published costs: At public, four-year universities, $18,391 for in-state students and $31,701 for out-of-state students; $40,917 for private colleges and universities; $10,730 for in-state students at public two year schools. — The average published tuition and fees at for-profit institutions increased by $70 to $15,130 — an increase of less than 1 percent. — New Hampshire and Vermont had the highest published in-state tuition and fees at both four-year and two-year institutions. Wyoming and Alaska had the lowest published in-state tuition and fees at a four-year institution, while California and New Mexico had the lowest in-state among two-year schools. — In 2012-2013, $238.5 billion in financial aid was issued to undergraduate and graduate students in the forms of grants from all sources, Federal Work-Study, federal loans and federal tax credits and deductions. Also, students borrowed about $8.8 billion from private, state and institutional sources. — About 60 percent of students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2011-2012 graduated with debt, borrowing a total of $26,500 on average.
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP No: RFP-009-2014
RFP No: RFP-009-2014 Issuance Date: October 21, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 28, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms or individuals to provide:
“Pest Control for School Lunch Program”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope Marked “Pest Control for School Lunch Program.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Monday, October 28, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at the Office of Procurement Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
“Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action”
TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
RFQ No: RFQ-008-2014
RFQ No: RFQ-008-2014 Issuance Date: October 18, 2013 Date & Time Due: November 01, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues REquest For Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for the: “Supply and Installation of New Air Conditioning System for Fagaitua High School” Submission: Original and five copies of the Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Supply and Installation of New Air Conditioning System for Fagaitua High School.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, November 1, 2013. Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any Statement of Qualification received after the aforementioned date will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as being non-responsive. Document: RFQ documents may be examined at the Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Qualification data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all Qualification and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interest of the American Samoa Government or the public.
“Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action”
TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
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Hawaiian surfer throws punches to escape shark
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A 25-year-old Hawaii surfer and former boxer went toe-to-fin with a shark off Kauai and survived. Jeff Horton was surfing Sunday morning with about 10 others near Kilauea when someone spotted a fin in the water, The Garden Island reported. Twenty minutes later, Horton was sitting on his surfboard with his legs dangling in the water when he spotted a dark shape approaching from the left. He thought it was a stingray — dark on top, white on the bottom. “It came flying straight toward me,” he said. He pulled his left leg out of the water and the shark got a mouth full of surfboard. The impact knocked Horton off the board. He rolled onto the shark and grabbed a fin. On top of the shark, holding on with one hand, he began punching as hard as he could with his other fist. He estimated he landed eight blows. “I finally got one nice punch into the eye,” Horton said. “I put some really good hits on it, for sure.” When his knuckled jammed into the shark’s eye, the shark spit out the board and retreated. Horton scrambled onto his board. With another surfer, he caught a wave and paddled toward shore. The shark briefly followed but did not attack again, he said. After they reached shore, a tourist gave him $50 and told him to buy a bottle. Horton’s only injuries were scratches from the shark’s rough skin. The 7-foot board, however, was left with a semi-circle imprint of the shark’s jaws. It will not go back in the water. “I’m going to put it up on my wall,” Horton said. He surfed again Monday at another beach.
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Surf hampers attempt to stop Sunset Beach erosion HONOLULU (AP) — Large waves pushed sand onto Oahu’s Sunset Beach on Sunday and Monday, but the temporary break from erosion brought little relief to residents living perilously close to the edge of a 20-foot cliff inching closer to their homes. High surf and high tides have blocked efforts to take additional steps to slow erosion along the North Shore beach, the Honolulu StarAdvertiser reported. Officials described the situation as critical. “It looked pretty bad out there,” said Dolan Eversole, coastal storms program coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A couple of foundations are exposed and are very severely threatened.” State officials were scheduled to inspect the beach Tuesday and offer advice to homeowners. Sam Lemmo, administrator of the state’s Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, said four property owners have asked to place sandbags on the beach. Another received permission to move in sand from Paumalu Stream but was thwarted by surf and tide. “(It’s) gonna be interesting to see what happens,” Eversole said by email. “Sand is stockpiled at Paumalu Stream for a temporary fix, but one swell could easily take out a foundation or two.” Officials say the severe erosion may be due to unusually high tides. Kuhio Beach in Waikiki also was affected. The city postponed a beach replenishment project at Kuhio Beach after sand moved to the beach was swept away. NOAA recorded tides 3 to 6 inches higher than normal in the last month. Residents have sought the opinions of coastal engineers about beach protection. A sea wall is a measure of last resort, and residents probably would not be allowed to build a permanent wall, Lemmo said. A temporary structure could cost as much as $50,000, he said. “If you see a train wreck coming, you’ve got to do something about the train wreck,” Lemmo said. Bankruptcy judge to consider bids for Hilo hotel HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Three bids have been submitted for the bankrupt Naniloa Volcanoes Resort in Hilo, but only two of them meet qualifications. Bankruptcy trustee David Farmer said a federal bankruptcy judge will consider a motion to sell the hotel Nov. 6, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday. The top qualifying bid will be up for consideration at the hearing, but Farmer said other bids also will be accepted. This will give other potential buyers a chance to make a better offer. “Everybody sees the cards,” he said. Farmer said he couldn’t discuss who submitted the bids and how much is being offered beforehand. Hawaii Outdoor Tours won a 65-year lease for land under the property from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources at an auction in 2006. The company borrowed $10 million to buy the 383-room hotel, but later defaulted on the loan. The resort went into foreclosure last year. Farmer said he would seek to attain the lease for the land and transfer it to a successful bidder for the hotel. Hawaii County has cited the hotel for about two dozen building code violations. One wing remains closed after being gutted during previous renovations. The kitchen also is closed. The top bid won’t cover all of the hotel’s debts. “This one, I can confirm, would be a short sale,” Farmer said. “The sale of collateral nets less than what is owed.” The bids will cover the $1.6 million Naniloa owes the state in lease payments as well as county and state taxes.
Hawaii Gov. wants more on special session agenda HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is asking lawmakers to discuss three additional measures when they meet next week for a special session on whether to legalize gay marriage. The governor said Tuesday he’s asking the state Legislature to expand the special session agenda to include an emergency $2.5 million appropriation for public hospital and clinic services on Kauai. He also wants lawmakers to consider funding collective bargaining agreements recently reached with units of the Hawaii Government Employees Association and United Public Workers. The special session is scheduled to begin next Monday. It’s expected to last about a week. Abercrombie called the session after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings gave gay marriage proponents momentum to push for Hawaii’s laws to be changed. Ex-Hawaii school principal arrested in Los Angeles HONOLULU (AP) — A former principal of a Hawaii public charter school is being held in Los Angeles on charges of stealing and laundering more than $100,000 in school funds. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force says Jeffrey Piontek was arrested Monday at a residence in Santa Monica, Calif. The 47-year-old Honolulu resident is the former principal of Hawaii Technology Academy, a charter school that combines classroom and online instruction. The Marshals Service says Piontek he allegedly fled Hawaii after he was fired and the criminal allegations were turned over to the Hawaii attorney general’s office. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment at the Los Angeles County jail, where he’s being held pending a court appearance and extradition to Honolulu. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer. Commercial airplane lands on Maui highway WAILEA, Hawaii (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a commercial airplane’s emergency landing on a Maui highway. None of the 10 people on board Flight 1770 was injured Monday night and there was no damage to the Mokulele Express singleengine plane, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said Tuesday. The Cessna Caravan lost engine power after departing from Maui, bound for Kamuela on the Big Island, Gregor said. “Nobody on the ground was injured and nothing on the ground was damaged,” Gregor said in a statement. Dispatch received a call at about 7 p.m. saying the plane needed to make an emergency landing, said Lt. William Juan, Maui police spokesman. “The pilot conducted a safe landing onto Piilani Highway between Kilohana Drive and Okolani Drive in Wailea,” he said in a statement. The plane carried eight passengers and two pilots, said Maui County Fire department spokesman Lee Mainaga. Adam Burke, who lives in a condominium off Piilani Highway, told the Maui News the highway is usually busy with cars: “By the grace of God, there were no cars on the road at that time.” “This one was kind of a shock because I looked and out the corner all of the sudden, there was a plane super low, low, low,” witness Kevin Olson told Hawaii News Now. “I saw it kind of skip on the highway.” Witness Shaun Doyle told KHON-TV it was a smooth landing, narrowly missing power lines and light posts. “I saw the cars in the flow of traffic that were headed straight for it, I mean cars were having to move out of the way left and right to avoid an airplane landing literally on their hood,” Doyle said. “It was pretty bizarre.”
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NO, YOU ARE, KINDA By Lou Holman
Happy Birthday: Flexibility will help you change your direction to better serve your needs. Use your discipline and insight to guide you into unfamiliar territory. Think matters through and calculate what you want and how you are going to achieve your desires. Travel, picking up knowledge and being receptive to that which is unfamiliar will help you excel. Your numbers are 2, 13, 18, 20, 29, 34, 45. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make a decision and stick to it. Staying focused and being consistent will help you pick and choose with greater clarity. Your intuition regarding partnerships and secret matters will be precise. Love is in the stars. ✸✸✸✸ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Playful interaction will attract favorable attention from the people you want to collaborate with professionally, financially and personally. Explore new interests, get involved in physical activities that are challenging, and improve your overall look and attitude. ✸✸✸ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep your life simple, truthful and free from emotional complications. Honesty will play a major role in your relationship personally and professionally. A problem with someone you live or work with is apparent. Love is plentiful but will also lead to trouble. ✸✸✸ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Indulge in entertaining pastimes and enjoying the company of people who are quite different than you. The more you share, the more you will discover. Travel or taking part in a community or cultural event will bring rewards. ✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your generosity will impress new acquaintances but won’t have the same affect on those who know you well. A change of plans that ensures you keep loved ones happy should be your goal. You cannot buy love; you must earn it. ✸✸✸✸ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Talk to anyone and everyone and share your ideas. Don’t let emotional matters interfere with your productivity. It’s important to put what pays the bills first and foremost. A
change of heart is apparent. Distance yourself from drama. ✸✸ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get involved with people from different backgrounds. Love and romance are highlighted and will lead you in a new direction. Don’t pay for others or relinquish your cash to someone wanting to handle it for you. Stay in control and have fun. ✸✸✸✸✸ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take a break, try something new or consider a lifestyle change that will lead to better health and personal rewards. Don’t spend money on something that sounds too good to be true. Avoid being hustled by a smooth operator. ✸✸✸ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Stick to what you know and avoid dealing with government agencies and financial or medical institutions if possible. Emotions will escalate and a personal situation will come to a head. Take time out to focus on personal improvements and a new direction. ✸✸✸ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can call the shots, but before you decide to make alterations to your home or status, consider whom you will affect and the consequences that will unfold. Baby steps are your best bet. Stability will create a solid opportunity. ✸✸✸ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Collaborate with people you find inspiring and motivational. Take pride in how you look and what you are doing to stay fit. Confidence will help carry you through any difficulty you encounter. An innovative idea will lead to a profitable endeavor. ✸✸✸✸✸ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You can talk anyone into anything if you use your imagination to promote what you are contemplating. Your intuition will help you pick and choose the right people to join forces with in order to excel. Safeguard your health. ✸✸ Birthday Baby: You’re engaging, questioning & adventurous. You’re opportunistic & productive.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
CROSS-DRESSING HUSBAND WORRIES HIS SECRET IS OUT
DEAR ABBY: I am a happily married, heterosexual cross-dressing male. My wife understands and is supportive, and we have a wonderful life together. During the past week I have been caught unexpectedly by three different neighbors, and we are now in a state of panic. We’re not sure what to do. If you have any suggestions, we are all ears. -- CAUGHT IN A PANIC DEAR CAUGHT: Because you would prefer to keep your cross-dressing private and this is October, you could tell your neighbors your female attire is what you’ll be wearing to a costume party. It’s plausible. However, when someone is “caught” engaging in a private activity once -that’s an accident. When it happens three times in one week, I can’t help but wonder whether on some level you would like to be more open about your lifestyle. If you’re not aware, a resource, The Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess International), offers support for heterosexual cross-dressers as well as their spouses, partners and families. It has been in my column before and is the oldest and largest support organization for cross-dressers and those who love them. It promotes cross-dressing with dignity and decency, and treats spouses on an equal basis with their cross-dressers. You can learn more about it at www.tri-ess.org. DEAR ABBY: My best friend’s husband has been texting me. When he did it the first time, he had been drinking and my friend was asleep. Some of the things he said made me uncomfortable, but I also didn’t like that he said his wife didn’t know what he was doing. He stopped after I told him I was uncomfortable with it. Now he has started up again, offering support because my mother passed away recently. I am honestly not sure whether he’s trying to be a good friend or if he’s looking for something more, and that scares me. I don’t want to start trouble between my friend and her husband, especially because they seem so happy together. Any ideas on how to handle this? -- UNSETTLED IN OHIO DEAR UNSETTLED: Yes. Your friend’s husband may be a genuinely sympathetic person -- or he could be trying to take advantage of you while you’re emotionally vulnerable. Listen to your gut. Tell him you appreciate his thoughtfulness, but you already have a support system in place and are receiving all of the emotional support you need. DEAR ABBY: My 17-year-old cousin died in 2010, and I’m still hurting. I have tried to get over it, but we were really close. When I walk the halls at school, I hear people say bad things about him. When I bring his name up, no one has anything good to say about him. It seems like they don’t really care that he was my cousin and I loved him. How can I ask these people not to say bad things about him? -- HURTING IN INDIANA DEAR HURTING: Because people forget that the young man who died was your relative, feel free to remind them. All you need to say is: “You know, he was my cousin and we were close. I still miss him, and I wish you wouldn’t say things like that about him when I’m around.” Losing a relative at any age is hard, but when the person is young, it can be even harder. Because you are still hurting and it has been three years, consider talking about this with a school counselor or joining a grief support group. Your clergyperson can help you locate one.
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