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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark kneels and waits following the injury of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Heyward-Bey had to leave the game following his injury. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Oakland won 34-31.
More ‘uproar’ about replacement officials
by BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer
Replacement officials are getting to Bill Belichick, too. The New England Patriots coach grabbed the arm of an official as they were leaving the field Sunday night after rookie John Tucker’s last-second field goal barely sneaked inside the right upright, giving Baltimore a 31-30 victory. Belichick said he doesn’t expect to be fined for making contact with the official, although that usually is NFL policy. “I’m not going to comment about that. You saw the game,” Belichick said in his postgame news conference. “What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?” Actually, it was 10 for 83 yards, fewer than the Ravens’ 14 for 135 yards. “It’s our job to go out there and control what we can control,” Belichick added. “That’s what we’re going to try to work on. Talk to the officials about the way they called the game. Talk to the league about the way they called it. I don’t know. But we just have to go out there and try to play the best we can.” The kick was close, but replays clearly showed it was good.
Week 3 produced suspect calls during several games, even as the league and the locked out officials’ union met. Two people familiar with the talks said the sides held negotiations Sunday. It was uncertain whether progress was made in an attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, or when further negotiations would take place. The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the talks are not being made public. The NFL locked out the officials in June after their contract expired. The league has been using replacement officials, and through three weeks of the regular season there has been much criticism over the way some games are being handled. Particularly on Sunday. Replacement officials admitted making two mistakes in Minnesota’s victory over San Francisco, while a few other games included questionable calls that could have affected the outcomes. Referee Ken Roan said he twice granted 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh video challenges
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night in a rematch of the AFC championship game. When the teams met in January, the Patriots squeezed out a three-point win at home to advance to the Super Bowl. The stakes weren’t nearly as high in this one, yet the game was eerily similar. In the previous meeting, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds. In the encore, Tucker — who took the job away from Cundiff in training camp — drove his kick inside the right upright. The game-winning kick followed a pass interference call against Devin McCourty on Jacoby Jones. Torrey Smith, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his 19-year-old brother, had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens. Baltimore (2-1) won its 12th straight at home behind Joe Flacco, who went 28 for 39 for 382 yards and three touchdowns. Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and a score for the Patriots (1-2). TITANS 44, LIONS 41, OT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7 to pull out a win over Detroit. The Titans (1-2) blew a 20-9 halftime lead in a crazy game featuring big plays, scoring swings and some suspect officiating. Detroit scored 18 straight points, then Tennessee answered with 21 points before the Lions scored the final 14 of regulation. Detroit recovered an onside kick and got an assist from officials who did not review a possible turnover. In overtime, Bironas’ third field goal put Tennessee ahead to stay. The Lions (1-2) lost their second straight when coach Jim Schwartz decided not to let Jason Hanson attempt to connect on a fifth field goal. Hill, in for injured Matthew Stafford , was stopped by defensive tackles Jurrell Casey and Sen’Derrick Marks on his sneak, and Tennessee escaped with its first win of the season. CHIEFS 27, SAINTS 24, OT NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift Kansas City to its first win and keep New Orleans winless. Succop’s 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a methodical comeback by Kansas City (1-2) after the Saints (0-3) had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter. Kansas City needed only one touchdown to win, a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving. The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston’s third sack of the game. Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime. VIKINGS 24, 49ERS 13 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat. After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively beating playoff teams Green Bay and Detroit, the 49ers (2-1) were beaten in every way by a team least likely to do so. The Vikings (2-1) began the game boldly with a fourthand-goal touchdown pass by Ponder to Rudolph. They finished strong by forcing three turnovers and two punts by the 49ers in the fourth quarter.
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patriots spread blame in 31-30 loss to Ravens
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Column: Timing off in pacquiao offer to Mayweather
by TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jose Arredondo slips and falls trying to field a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Cincinnati. Ethier was given an infield single and an RBI on the play. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) The Dodgers won 5-3.
Cardinals win for 6th time in seven games, hold lead
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Lohse and the short-handed St. Louis Cardinals won for the sixth time in seven games, holding their lead in the NL wild-card race with a 6-3 win Sunday over the Chicago Cubs. Minus All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from the starting lineup, the Cardinals stayed 2½ games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot. Lohse (16-3) made his team-leading 32nd start, giving up three runs and five hits in six innings. Jason Motte earned his sixth save in the Cardinals’ last seven games, and now has 40 saves this season. Molina did not play for the defending World Series champions because of lower back spasms, having hurt himself while getting out of the way of a pitch Saturday. The catcher was feeling better, manager Mike Matheny said, still had some discomfort. Cubs starter Justin Germano (2-9) worked 5 2-3 innings, giving up four earned runs and 10 hits. BREWERS 6, NATIONALS 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy had a pair of RBI singles and Milwaukee beat Washington to keep the Brewers in the playoff chase. Rickie Weeks had three hits while Aramis Ramirez had two doubles for Milwaukee, which twice benefitted from Washington outfielders losing fly balls in the sun. The Brewers are 2½ games behind St. Louis for the final NL wildcard berth. Washington (92-60) leads the NL East by 4½ games over Atlanta, a 2-1 winner over Philadelphia Sunday. The Nationals magic number to clinch the division remains at six. Reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the win. John Axford recorded the final out with two runners on for his 33rd save. Losing pitcher Ryan Mattheus (5-3) allowed three earned runs on four hits. BRAVES 2, pHILLIES 1 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tim Hudson tossed two-hit ball over 7 1-3 innings to help the Braves move to the brink of a playoff spot with a win over the Phillies. Hudson (16-6) struck out four and allowed one unearned run to send the Braves back to Atlanta with a shot at winning an NL wild-card berth.
A year after a historic September collapse, the Braves are again close to a postseason spot. They can clinch during a six-game homestand that opens Tuesday. The Braves were up 8½ games through Sept. 5 last year, but went 9-18 down the stretch and were overtaken by St. Louis on the final day of the season. This season, the Braves can almost work the final week on setting their playoff rotation. David Ross hit a solo homer for the Braves. pIRATES 8, ASTROS 1 HOUSTON (AP) — A.J. Burnett allowed one run in eight innings for his 16th win, and Josh Harrison tied a career high with four hits to jumpstart Pittsburgh’s offense in a win over Houston. The win snapped a five-game skid for the Pirates, who at 75-77 are in danger of posting their 20th straight losing season, which would extend their major North American professional sports record. They have won just three times in the past 16 games to make their chances of securing the second NL wild-card slim. Burnett (16-8), who allowed four hits and struck out a season-high 11, won for the first time since Aug. 16 to become the first Pittsburgh pitcher to win more than 15 games since 1991. He had started six games with four losses between victories. METS 3, MARLINS 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Ruben Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Mets a victory over Miami. Scott Hairston led off the inning with a single, took second on a passed ball by Rob Brantly, and was safe at third when pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin beat the throw on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, pinch-hitter Fred Lewis was intentionally walked after Valdespin was allowed to take second. Tejada lined a pitch from right-hander Ryan Webb (4-3) into shallow left field and sprinted toward first with his finger in the air as the rest of the Mets poured out of the dugout. David Wright hit a two-run homer in the first and Bobby Parnell (5-4) pitched the top of the ninth for the win.
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There’s always something to sell in boxing, some angle to make you pay. The latest from Manny Pacquiao is he’s willing to do everything but pick up Floyd Mayweather Jr. and drive him to the arena to make the megafight boxing has been waiting way too long for. Pacquiao says Mr. Money can have more money, and get top billing. He can watch him take his steroid tests, and even choose the food at the prefight press conference if he wants. “He can even wear my trunks if it gets him in the ring with me,” Pacquiao said. “I want to fight Floyd Mayweather next.” Unfortunately for boxing fans, Pacquiao is not fighting Mayweather next. He’s meeting Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time, a fight so unattractive that he needs to talk about Mayweather to get anyone to pay attention to it. That’s not entirely Pacman’s fault. Actually, most of it is Mayweather’s fault for refusing to step up for the fight that would likely define his career. His nonsensical rants about steroids and patriotism whenever Pacquiao’s name is brought up are just that. His strange reluctance to prove his boast that he is the best fighter in the world brings into doubt just how legitimate that boast is. Still, he remains the biggest draw in boxing, something he proves every fight with his big pay-per-view numbers. The mere mention of his name sells tickets, though it’s anyone’s guess when he will fight again after serving more than two months in jail this summer. It’s been nearly four years since Pacquiao gave Oscar De La Hoya such a beating that he sent him into retirement, a fight that started the buzz about a Pacquiao-Mayweather match. It seemed sure to happen, and it seemed sure to be the richest fight ever, with both boxers pocketing at least $40 million. My guess now is Mayweather and Pacquiao will never meet in the ring, even now when Pacquiao is offering to take 45 percent of the purse to 55 percent for Mayweather. I’ve felt that way for some time, and the feeling was reinforced when Mayweather went apoplectic when I dared to ask him before his fight against Miguel Cotto in May why he wasn’t fighting Pacquiao instead. That doesn’t mean Pacquiao can’t use his erstwhile rival to sell some tickets of his own. And that’s all he’s really doing by calling out Mayweather now when he’s got another fighter in front of him. I’ve been ringside for all three of Pacquiao’s fights with Marquez, and they’ve all been good, close fights that could have gone either way. Their styles guarantee a competitive fight, and if you liked the first 36 rounds you’ll probably dig the credit card out to pay for another 12. But do I want to see them fight for a fourth time on Dec. 8? Not particularly. But that is the fight promoter Bob Arum gave us when he told Timothy Bradley he wasn’t a big enough attraction for a second fight with Pacquiao, even though he won the first in a highly controversial decision. Arum believes that Hispanic fight fans will help Pacquiao-Marquez IV do more than the 850,000 pay-perviews for Bradley in June. There’s a sense, though, that Pacquiao is fading, even though he appeared to dominate Bradley before backing off in the final rounds of their fight. He has been fighting professionally now for 17 years, and the difficulty he had getting motivated for his last two fights is a sure sign that he’s inching closer to the end of his lucrative career. Beating Marquez for a third time in four fights won’t prove anything other than Pacquiao can still earn a big payday. Losing to him will mean two defeats in a row for Pacman, and almost certainly scuttle any chance of a Mayweather fight. Mayweather has been uncharacteristically quiet since his release from jail in Las Vegas, where he was serving a sentence on a domestic abuse charge. He hasn’t revealed what his plans are, though it’s clear he won’t be fighting the rest of the year. Assuming Pacquiao beats Marquez — and that’s a big assumption — the earliest the two could meet would be in the spring, most likely the first week of May. That’s also the last legitimate date for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to mean anything, and if it passes, a chance to make boxing history will pass along with it. Pacquiao’s offer to take less money does put the onus of making the fight squarely on Mayweather. He’s running out of excuses not to fight Pacquiao, and both his legacy and reputation will suffer if he doesn’t. Any serious talk about a possible fight, though, will have to wait until Pacquiao fights Marquez. Until then any offer Pacquiao makes is nothing more than a sales job for Dec. 8.
HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in more than 60 years, the Nevada football team will leave Hawaii feeling some aloha. Stefphon Jefferson tied an NCAA record by scoring seven touchdowns to lead Nevada in a 69-24 win over Hawaii on Saturday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak in Honolulu for the Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) that dated back to 1948. It was the first time since 2007 that the home team had won in the series between the two former Western Athletic Conference teams. Both schools left the WAC for the Mountain West Conference in July. “It was terrific,” Nevada coach Chris Ault said. “We’ve lost the last four times we’ve been here, and I’m the one who has been outspoken about it. ... We were fortunate tonight. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball.” Jefferson, a junior running back, carried 31 times for 170 yards and scored on 3-, 2-, 1-, 5-, 3- and 1-yard runs and added a 55-yard scoring reception. It was the fourth time a player had seven touchdowns in a game, the first since Oklahoma State’s Rashaan Woods did it in 2003. The mark is also a new Mountain West Conference record. “I really didn’t realize that at all,” Ault said of Jefferson tying the NCAA record. “What can you say? He played terrific. He caught a couple screens, did a great job with it. Our offensive front did a terrific job up front for him, and Stefphon did a great job finding the holes.” Nevada racked up 575 yards of offense and had 30 first downs. It was 8 of 12 on third downs and 7 of 7 in the red zone. After a three-and-out on their first drive, the Wolf Pack scored on their next five possessions to build a 34-17 halftime lead. Jefferson, who had 90 yards on 19 rushes at intermission, added a rushing touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters. Hawaii’s defense came in allowing just 62.5 rushing yards per game, but gave up 355 to Nevada. The Wolf Pack averaged 6.3 yards per rush on 56 attempts. It was their 13th straight game with at least one 100-yard rusher. Sean Schroeder’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Ostrowski pulled Hawaii within 20-17 midway through the second quarter, but Nevada scored 42 unanswered points until a Warriors touchdown in the game’s closing minutes. Cody Fajardo completed 14 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He had 69 yards rushing and was not sacked. Fajardo’s other TD pass was an 8-yarder to Zach Sudfeld in the third quarter. Khalid Wooten had a 78-yard interception return for a score early in the fourth quarter, and Nick Hale closed out the scoring with a 52-yard run. Brock Hekking recorded two of the Wolf Pack’s four sacks and forced a fumble. Schroeder was 22 of 40 for 234 yards with two interceptions. Will Gregory ran for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors (1-2, 0-1). It was the most points ever allowed by Hawaii at Aloha Stadium and the most in a home game since 1950, when it allowed 74 against Stanford. “It’s just one game. It’s a disappointing one,” Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. “Obviously, we didn’t play as well as we could. Give (Nevada) an awful lot of credit.” Nevada took a 9-8 lead in the all-time series. The 45-point margin of victory is the second-largest in series history. The Wolf Pack beat Hawaii 73-12 in 1948.
nevada beats Hawaii 69-24
JeFFeRSon 7 TdS
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Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson (25) hurdles over a teammate while being chased down by Hawaii defensive lineman Tavita Woodard (97) in the third quarter of an NCAA college (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner) football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Honolulu.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
RFQ No: RFQ 089-2012
Issuance Date: September 11, 2012 Date & Time Due: September 25, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for the:
“Industrial Park Road Expansion Project”
nevada’s Jefferson leads nCaa in rushing and Tds
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson now leads the nation in both rushing and scoring, averaging 174.8 yards and three touchdowns per game. The junior running back from Visalia, Calif., tied an NCAA record with seven touchdowns in Nevada’s 69-24 victory at Hawaii on Saturday to bring his season total to 12 through the first four games. He also broke the Mountain West Conference touchdown record in Nevada’s first game in the league. Jefferson is averaging 5.7 yards per carry (122 for 699). He finished Saturday with 170 yards rushing on 31 carries. He caught three passes for 76 yards, including a 55-yard score from Cody Fajardo. Jefferson was named the Walter Camp national offensive player of the week and national running back for the second straight week by College Football Performance Awards.
Submission: Original and five copies of the Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “RFQ: Industrial Park Road Expansion Project.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, September 25, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, 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. Documents: 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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Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, left, and right fielder Moises Sierra slam into the outfield wall after both went after a fly ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays’ Desmond Jennings during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Rasmus made the catch for the out.
yanks come up short and fail to sweep a’s
NEW YORK (AP) — Cliff Pennington hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning after a key error by backup shortstop Eduardo Nunez and the Oakland Athletics bounced back to avoid a sweep, edging New York 5-4 Sunday and stopping the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak. A day after their stunning 14-inning loss, the A’s held on to at least maintain their 2½-game lead for the second AL wild-card spot over the Angels, who played later. The Yankees kept their one-game lead in the AL East because Baltimore lost in Boston. Despite the defeat, the Yankees have to like their chances to win the division — their final 10 games are against three teams with records below .500. REd SOX 2, ORIOLES 1 BOSTON (AP) — Cody Ross doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Andrew Bailey escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth and the Red Sox ended Baltimore’s six-game winning streak. The Orioles began the day one game behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East and two games ahead of Oakland for the top wild-card spot in the league. Boston stopped its four-game losing streak after Dustin Pedroia led off the eighth with a double against Luis Ayala (5-5) and Ross followed with his tiebreaking hit. A double by Jim Thome helped Baltimore load the bases with one out in the ninth. But Bailey got Manny Machado on a forceout at home and struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty to finish it. ANGELS 4, WHITE SOX 1 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver kept the Angels within striking distance in the AL wild-card chase, posting his league-leading 19th victory with a decision over the struggling White Sox. The White Sox lost their fifth in a row and led Detroit by a half-game in the AL Central. The Tigers lost the opener of their day-night doubleheader against Minnesota. Albert Pujols reached the 100-RBI mark for the 11th time in 12 big league seasons with a two-run double as the Angels remained 2½ games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer that helped the Angels complete a three-game sweep.
Weaver (19-4) established a career high for wins. TWINS 10, TIGERS 4 GAME 1 TWINS 2, TIGERS 1, 10 INNS. GAME 2 DETROIT (AP) — Jamey Carroll hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Twins beat Detroit, winning both games of a doubleheader to prevent the Tigers from at least tying the Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central. Chicago still has a one-game lead in the division despite extending its losing streak to five with a 4-1 loss earlier in the day against the Los Angeles Angels. Detroit closer Jose Valverde (3-4) allowed pinch-hitter Denard Span to lead off the extra inning with a single and gave up a one-out, fallbehind single to Carroll. Jared Burton (2-1) got the win and Glen Perkins pitched a perfect 10th for his 14th save in 17 chances. INdIANS 15, ROyALS 4 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Indians routed Kansas City in their highestscoring game of the season. Santana connected for a two-run shot in the sixth inning off Jake Odorizzi, who lost in his major league debut. Santana added his teamleading 18th homer, a three-run drive during a seven-run ninth. The loss officially eliminated the Royals from playoff contention and assured them of another losing record. Kansas City has not made the postseason since winning the 1985 World Series, the longest active playoff drought in the majors. RAyS 3, BLUE JAyS 0 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Upton hit his eighth home run in 14 games and Jeremy Hellickson won for the first time in more than a month to help the Rays beat the Blue Jays. It was the fifth straight win for the Rays, who remained 3½ games behind the Oakland Athletics in the race for the AL’s second wild-card spot. Hellickson (9-10) pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander has given up only 16 runs in his last eight starts, but has won only two of them. Sunday marked his first win since Aug. 20. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 44th save.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Angel Pagan let out a cheer as he ran in from center field with both arms raised after catching the final out to secure San Francisco its second NL West crown in three seasons. Sure, the outfield around him looks a whole lot different than it did a month and a half ago when suspended All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera was still around leading the way. The Giants were never fooled. They knew full well that much of the baseball world figured this club would flop after losing its best hitter to a 50-game suspension in mid-August for a positive testosterone test. Hardly. The Giants put it out of mind in a hurry and kept on winning. “The whole lineup has come to life,” general manager Brian Sabean said as the champagne flowed in a celebratory clubhouse. The Giants won the West with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, a few hours after the rival Dodgers did their part by losing at Cincinnati as the Reds clinched the NL Central. “Some people in baseball were thinking, oh, we’re in trouble because we lost a guy who was leading the league in hitting and was doing so much for us,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Yet this group never talked about it. They never even discussed it; they kept their focus forward and kept marching. If anything, I think it did bring guys together, saying, ‘You know what, we still have a lot of talent in this room and we can still get this done.’ And they showed it.” Now, with more than a week remaining on the schedule, Bochy and the Giants have plenty of time to put together their playoff roster and rotation — and rest up a little bit, too, before beginning a best-of-five divisional series. “This is the first step,” third baseman Pablo Sandoval said. From losing All-Star closer Brian Wilson — whose 48 saves led the majors in 2010 — in April to Tommy John surgery and Sandoval to a broken hamate bone and two stints on the disabled list, and never having injured second baseman Freddy Sanchez as planned, the Giants have succeeded with so many different faces. Not unlike that eventual World Series squad of two years ago. “That just says a lot about the character of this team,” said Madison Bumgarner, Saturday’s winning pitcher. “We’ve been through a lot of adversity, and a lot of different guys have stepped up, day in and day out. That says a lot about the guys we have on this team.” Bochy has successfully mixed and matched all year long. After the Giants failed to make the 2011 playoffs as reigning World Series champions, Sabean added several key pieces to make a push this year. Like Cabrera and Pagan. Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence around the trade deadline. He kept many of the familiar faces, too. Matt Cain received a new $127.5 million, six-year contract just before opening day as the right-hander had hoped — then backed up that big money by pitching the franchise’s first perfect game, June 13 at home against the Houston Astros. “We have remnants from the 2010 team that won the World Series and some other veterans who have been around the block, and we’ve got some young guys who are coming into their own,” Sabean said. “So, it’s a very diverse group. I’ve said it before: They love the game of baseball. They respect the game, and they play for 27 outs and try to win each inning. I think that’s one of the reasons, as crazy as it sounds, we’re up by 11 games.” Bochy made do with all the moving parts week after week, month after month. Maybe not quite with the “castoffs and misfits” of 2010 this time, but close. “They were relentless. I love the way they did it. We did it how you’re supposed to do it, and that’s by winning,” Bochy said. “This makes it so special, how we did it, how resilient we’ve been all year with the adversity we’ve had to deal with — Melky, Wilson and Pablo going down.” When Wilson went down, Bochy turned to Santiago Casilla, then went to a committee approach. Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez — they all did their part in the late innings. “They did what they had to do. They had no choice,” Bochy said. “Put anything behind you that you can’t control, whether it’s an injury or a suspension. These guys didn’t dwell on it or talk about it or ‘woe is me.’ They just came out here and were ready to play a ballgame and try to win that ballgame.” Down to that final out on a cool night by the bay, Pagan didn’t think past finishing it off right until Mark Kotsay’s fly ball had landed safely in his glove. “There was a lot of time to celebrate,” Pagan said. “That’s what we were thinking as a team: Go out and play hard. We weren’t thinking about a championship or anything. Once we got the 27th out we could celebrate.”
Giants wrap up West with plenty of time to spare
by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer
overwhelming oregon makes case for no. 2
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Breaking down the AP college football poll after Week 4 of the regular season. MAKING A STATEMENT Oregon was overwhelming and now the Ducks are No. 2 in the AP Top 25, jumping LSU to get in line behind No. 1 Alabama. And No. 4 Florida State (1,340 points) is right behind the third-ranked Tigers (1,346). A case could be made for all three as the second-best team in the country and the jockeying should continue for a while. First, a quick recap: While LSU was slogging through a 12-10 victory at Auburn, Florida State was racing away from Clemson, 49-37 on Saturday night. Oregon was last up and Ducks were at their breath-taking best against Arizona, beating the Wildcats 49-0 at Autzen Stadium. The Wildcats came into the game unbeaten and ranked No. 22. The voters in the media poll were swayed. Oregon received 1,414 points. Less than a month into the season, voters are still trying to sort through bits and pieces of evidence when determining the best teams. While most have played four games, some three, none have played that many truly meaningful games. Oregon has outscored its opponents 211-73 but hasn’t played a road game. LSU had been just as dominant at home before going to Auburn (1-3). LSU did play a Pac-12 team at home and beat Washington 41-3. How much better is Arizona than Washington? Fair question. As for Florida State, the Seminoles also have yet to play outside their home stadium, and started the season with two games against FCS teams, including the sadly overmatched Savannah State. So where is this going? The Ducks finally hit the road this week, playing at Washington State on Saturday. The arrival of Mike Leach has folks pumped on the Palouse, but the Cougars just lost to previously winless Colorado. After that Oregon has Washington at home before a week off. Florida State also has to pack its bags for the first time this week. The Seminoles play at South Florida, before getting back into the Atlantic Coast Conference with a road trip to North Carolina State. LSU is back at home next week to face Towson, which should be a lot like Florida State playing Savannah State, before going to Florida. Beat the unbeaten Gators and the Tigers could easily get back whatever they have lost. Conclusion: Lots still be learned. MOVING Up Bill Snyder is up to big things again in the Little Apple. No. 7 Kansas State moved up eight spots after beating Oklahoma 24-19 in Norman on Saturday night. The architect of the Miracle in Manhattan has a top-10 team for the first time since September 2003, led by tough-running quarterback Collin Klein. As always, there were plenty of people skeptical about the Wildcats coming into this season. They won 10 games in 2011, but eight came by a touchdown or less. Were they lucky or good. Well, they’ve been awfully good again. Snyder has become a master at hiding his team’s deficiencies. Klein and John Hubert give the Wildcats a powerful running game, and their deliberate pace helps keep a defense that has trouble defending the pass off the field. Whether anybody else believes in K-State hardly matters. The Wildcats believe in themselves and their 72-year-old head coach. “All wins are important, and when you play somebody as good as Oklahoma it means something special. But it’s not like our players have never been there before. They had confidence going into the ballgame,” Snyder said. MOVING dOWN While Snyder and the Wildcats celebrated, Bob Stoops and the Sooners were sent tumbling in the rankings, and left to explain another home loss. “The players’ attitude has been good,” Stoops said. “There’s no excuses about it. We have to do a better job as coaches to polish things and get things to be sharper and more precise.” Oklahoma went from No. 6 to No. 16 after falling to Kansas State at Owen Field, a place where the Sooners are 78-4 under Stoops, but have now lost games the past two seasons when they were ranked in the top 10. Many Sooners fans are restless. The critics say Stoops, now in his 14th season in Norman, has become complacent. The record suggests otherwise. But the Sooners haven’t won a national title since 2000, and don’t stand above most of the Big 12 the way they used to.
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The Lions Club of Pago Pago held their annual Golf Tournament that was sponsored by Coors Light and G.H.C. Reid & Co., LTD, this past Saturday at the Iliili Golf Course that had over 40 teams participating. The top five mens team this year were: 1st place, ACE-60; 2nd place ASNOC60; 3rd place, Special Olympics-60; 4th, Hamburg Sud-61; and 5th Starkist #2-62. [photo: Jeff Hayner] The top women’s team was Tool Shop who shot 74.
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General Description: The Student Services Division provides support to assist students with their career, academic, social and emotional development, and with achieving their goals while attending ASCC. The general responsibilities are to work with the student population in career exploration and planning, and to guide them through the career and life-planning process in order to help students learn about their interests, abilities, goals, and values, as well to assist them in learning about the world of work.
Job Duties and Responsibilities: • Provide counseling support to the general population of students. • Work with the business community in the development of student career projects. • Set up Career Day at the college and establish other venues feasible for ASCC students. • Investigate, develop and train in Career Testing curriculum programs. • Assist in formulating and revising counseling program activities, policies, and procedures. • Assist with Registration, Recruitment, and various student support services under the Student Services Division. • Conduct drop-out and withdrawal reports and present recommendations. • Advise and counsel probationary, suspended, and at-risk students. • Work closely with Instruction and other services on campus to support the student population. • Provide data on student progress and academic problems as needed by the administration or instructional staff. • Write reports and evaluations on program service effectiveness. • Teach at least two College and Life Planning (CLP) courses. • Participate in regular and ad-hoc committee functions set up by the Dean of Student Services. • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and Dean of Student Services.
Minimum Qualifications • Incumbent must have a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or related area; and at least five (5) years of counseling experience in high school or at the college level. The incumbent must be knowledgeable with career, academic, aptitude and personality testing, and also be familiar with using a computer for word processing and spreadsheet programs. Salary: Application Deadline: Salary will be commensurate with degree and experience. October 2nd, 2012 no later than 4:00 pm.
Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office (699-9155 Ext. 403/335/436), or by emailing Silaulelei Saofaigaalii at s.saofaigaalii@amsamoa.edu.
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IN ANd OUT No. 18 Oregon State, Rutgers and Baylor made their first appearances of the season in the Top 25 after winning on the road Saturday. Oregon State went into UCLA and knocked off the Bruins 27-20 behind Sean Mannion’s career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns. The loss dropped UCLA out of the rankings, somewhat surprisingly. The Bruins offense is in good hands with redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley. Their defense needs work. It’s been a terrific and odd start to the season for the Beavers. Their first game with Nicholls State was postponed. They beat Wisconsin the next week in Corvallis, Ore., then had another week off. But the 2-0 start is huge for longtime coach Mike Riley, who is coming off consecutive losing seasons. Along with UCLA, Michigan and Arizona exited the poll. FROM THE ARCHIVES Another first for the SEC. The best football conference in the country became the first to have four of the top six teams in the AP rankings with No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 LSU, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina. Six times previously one conference has had four of the top seven teams in the AP poll. The last time was 2009 when the SEC did it. In 2008, the Big 12 did it twice. Before that the Big Ten did it for a week in 1960 and twice in 1942. OddS ANd ENdS No. 10 Notre Dame is in the top 10 for the first time since 2006. Florida State has its best ranking since October 2005 and South Carolina checks in with its best ranking since 2006. ... A big game in the Big Ten seems like an oxymoron considering the uninspiring way the season has started for its teams. Conference play starts next week and No. 14 Ohio State hosts No. 20 Michigan State, with both teams coming off victories that had their coaches griping more than celebrating. ... The other game matching ranked teams next week is in Morgantown, W.Va., where No. 9 West Virginia plays Baylor in game could test the scoreboard keeper at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Bears are averaging 51 points, the Mountaineers 47.
➧ NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP…
dIAMONdBACKS 10, ROCKIES 7 DENVER (AP) — Aaron Hill hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Colorado, the Rockies’ season-high ninth straight loss. Arizona remained 4½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Wil Nieves had four hits and Hill had three for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and six of seven. Wilin Rosario had three hits for the fourth game in a row and DJ LeMahieu also had three hits for the Rockies. pAdRES 6, GIANTS 4 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yonder Alonso’s two-run single in the seventh inning snapped a tie and helped the Padres beat the Giants. Mark Kotsay hit a home run and Yasmani Grandal also drove in a run for the Padres, who had lost four of their previous five games. Everth Cabrera had four hits, walked and stole three bases in five plate appearances. Xavier Nady, who had two hits, Eli Whiteside, Emmanuel Burriss and Buster Posey each drove in runs for the Giants, who rested their regulars a day after clinching the NL West Division title.
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Eric Stults (7-3) worked six-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, to win his sixth in seven decisions. He struck out four and walked one. Clay Hensley (4-4) took the loss after giving up Alonso’s hit. dOdGERS 5, REdS 3 CINCINNATI (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of solo homers off Homer Bailey on Sunday night, powering the Dodgers to a victory over the Reds that let them keep pace in the wild card race. The Dodgers remained three games behind St. Louis and a half-game behind Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot. All three won on Sunday. The Dodgers have dropped 11 of their last 17 games. They’re off Monday before starting a three-game series in San Diego. The Dodgers finish the season with six games at home — three against Colorado, three against NL West-champion San Francisco. Bailey (12-10) allowed five hits in 6 2-3 innings, including the two homers by Gonzalez, who has five in his career off the right-hander. Shawn Tolleson (3-1) got the victory with one perfect inning in relief. Brandon League pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances with LA.
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Upton’s 26th home run came in the first inning off Chad Jenkins, who was making his first major league start. RANGERS 3, MARINERS 2 SEATTLE (AP) — Ryan Dempster allowed two runs and six hits over six-plus innings and Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto homered to lead the Rangers over the Mariners and preserve a four-game lead over the Oakland A’s in the AL West. With Oakland’s 5-4 win over the New York Yankees earlier Sunday, the Rangers were
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looking to avoid a sweep by the scuffling Mariners in order to keep their distance over the Athletics with a pivotal four-game series against them beginning in Texas on Monday. Solo homers by Eric Thames and Brendan Ryan off Dempster (12-7) in the seventh inning were the only blemishes to a strong outing. Dempster went 6 2-3 innings allowing one walk while striking out eight. Joe Nathan earned his 35th save. The Rangers were again without Josh Hamilton, who has missed the last five games with a sinus issue that’s affected his vision.
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(AP) — Taylor Heinicke topped himself. The quarterback for Old Dominion, who threw seven touchdown passes in a blowout victory against Campbell last week, made that look like no big deal with an encore performance that earned him a place in college football history. Heinicke threw for a NCAA Division I record 730 yards on Saturday, leading the highly ranked Monarchs back from a 23-point deficit midway through the third quarter to a 64-61 victory against New Hampshire in Norfolk, Va. Make that nationally ranked New Hampshire, one of the premier programs in the Colonial Athletic Association, the closest thing at the FCS level to what the Southeastern Conference is at the FBS level. But as New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell said of ODU: “They’ve got a guy pulling the trigger who doesn’t make mistakes.” He sure didn’t make any Saturday while breaking a mark David Klingler of Houston set in 1990 with 716 yards against Arizona State. “At the end of the third quarter I was sitting on the bench with my quarterback coach, coach (Ron) Whitcomb, and we looked up at the scoreboard and there was a stat thing and it said 499 yards passing and I was like, ‘What the heck? Almost at 500 and there’s still the fourth quarter to play,’” the sophomore said Sunday in a telephone interview. “That was crazy numbers, but you’ve got to go win now.” Heinicke completed 55 pass and made 79 attempts without being intercepted, an NCAA record for all divisions. He threw for 480 yards in the second half alone, when Old Dominion erased a 47-24 deficit by scoring 40 points in the last 22:10. For good measure, he also gave the Monarchs’ defense a third-quarter pep talk. “After we were coming back and down by 16, I went over to the defense and said, ‘Come on, guys. Just get one stop. Get one stop. Let us get back (within) eight points, and then come up with another stop and we’re going to win this game. I promise you, the offense is going to score every time we get the ball,’” he recalled telling the unit. “You could just see it in their eyes,” he said. “They had a differently mentality then, and they went out and got it done.” As for Heinicke, he hit Nick Mayers from 12 yards out for a TD, and then again for the 2-point conversion, to pull the Monarchs within 54-46, then followed a stop with a 75-yard drive in three plays, the last a 9-yard pass to Mayers again, and a 2-point toss to Blair Roberts to make it 54-all
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Old Dominion quaterback Taylor Heinicke throws a pass against New Hampshire during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. Old Dominion won 64-61. Heinicke set new school records for completions (55), attempts (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) (79), and passing yards (730) in the game.
with 10:09 left. The defense forced another punt, and Heinicke led an 89-yard march to Angus Harper’s 2-yard run to put them ahead, 61-54, with 4:39 left. But on a day when it seemed the last team to have the ball would win, New Hampshire drove 60 yards in three plays, the last Andy Vailas’ 45-yard TD pass to R.J. Harris. Vailas was no slouch himself, finishing with 366 yards passing and five touchdown throws. It was tied at 61, and with 3:22 to play. This time, the Monarchs took their time, keeping the drive alive when Heinicke twice completed passes to convert third downs and keep the chains moving, and finally, with Jarod Brown’s go-ahead 25-yard field goal field goal with 0:41 left. Heinicke made all the headlines, but give credit to his offense line. On a day in which temperatures on the field approached 100, ODU’s fast-paced spread ran 112 offensive plays and the same five linemen played them all. Heinicke’s performance probably shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise. Last season, when senior quarterback Thomas DeMarco got hurt in the fifth game, Monarchs coach Bobby Wilder turned to the freshman from Georgia who had impressed him while running the scout team. “He understands the concept of protecting the football,” Wilder said Sunday. Beginning with an 8 for 11 performance for 119 yards with two touchdowns in the second half of a victory against Massachusetts, Heinicke had 25 TD tosses — and just one interception — for the season. This year, he’s already thrown for 19 touchdowns against four interceptions. He passed for 492 yards and four TDs in a 57-23 victory against Duquesne, 213 yards and three TDs in a 45-7 victory against Hampton and 486 yards with the seven touchdowns as the Monarchs trampled Campbell 70-14 last weekend. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Heinicke also leads the Monarchs in rushing. “We have this ability to be incredibly explosive, and that’s because of the quarterback,” Wilder said. “He allows us to play at such an incredible pace. I’ve never seen anything like this.” The performance Saturday left Heinicke with his first sore arm since his high school baseball days — he was a shortstop — and with more than 50 text messages and tons of love on Facebook to soak in. “I’m enjoying it because not many people get to experience this type of thing,” he said.
The Campaign – Rated: R
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.
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Sparkle – Rated: PG -13
Starring: Whitney Houston, Ceelo Green, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps Musical prodigy Sparkle struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
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Playing against his former team in the regular season for the first time, Randy Moss had three catches for 27 yards. Alex Smith’s franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249 straight passes. FALCONS 27, CHARGERS 3 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for unbeaten Atlanta. Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards, with his first interception of the season, and a passer rating of 107.8 for the Falcons (3-0), who improved to 6-0 alltime in San Diego. DeCoud’s three takeaways, plus William Moore’s fourth-quarter fumble recovery, extended the Falcons’ NFL-high turnover differential to plus-10. San Diego (2-1) was the third straight AFC West team to lose to Atlanta. Ryan Mathews made his season debut for San Diego and looked good until fumbling inside the Falcons’ 5-yard line on a hit by Sean Witherspoon, with DeCoud recovering. TEXANS 31, BRONCOS 25 DENVER (AP) — Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton Manning, throwing four touchdown passes against a confused Denver defense. Schaub finished 17 for 30 for 290 yards to help Houston move to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Six days after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter of a loss to Atlanta, Manning didn’t throw any against the Texans. But just as happened last week, the Broncos fell behind by 20 and lost by six. Manning did get the ball with 20 seconds left this time but didn’t get the Broncos close to the end zone.
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play. The Colts (1-2) had taken the lead 17-16 after Andrew Luck drove them 48 yards in five plays to set up Adam Vinatieri’s 37-yard field goal with 56 seconds left. But on the next snap, Shorts got behind Colts safety Sergio Brown and Gabbert hit him in stride. Shorts sprinted free, diving into the end zone for the score. Indianapolis had a chance to win it at the end, but Luck’s pass into the end zone was broken up by Aaron Ross. BEARS 23, RAMS 6 CHICAGO (AP) — Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Chicago’s defense had six sacks on Sam Bradford and held St. Louis to 160 total yards. That was enough on a day when Jay Cutler struggled, and the Bears (2-1) came away with the win after an ugly loss to Green Bay the previous week. The Rams fell to 1-2. The Bears had just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 in the fourth quarter when Wright came up with his big return. He caught the ball at the 45 and ran untouched to the end zone, making it a 14-point game and finally giving the Bears some breathing room. COWBOyS 16, BUCCANEERS 10 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — DeMarco Murray had an 11-yard touchdown run, Dan Bailey kicked three field goals and Dallas won its home opener. A week after the Buccaneers’ big push against the Giants in their victory formation, Tampa Bay used a pair of timeouts in the final 40 seconds after a failed onside kick attempt. The Cowboys (2-1) scored twice in the first half when starting in Tampa Bay territory after turnovers. They overcame three turnovers by Romo — two on plays reversed by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is knocked out of boards shy of the goal replay — with a defense that line during the second half of an NFL football game against Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md., held Tampa Bay to 166 total (AP Photo/Nick Wass) yards. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.
RAIdERS 34, STEELERS 31 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play as Oakland scored the final 13 points after wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked out and hospitalized by a scary hit. The game turned somber early in the fourth quarter when Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious by a helmet-tohelmet hit in the end zone by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy. The hit was not called a penalty by the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury. Carson Palmer then threw his third touchdown pass for Oakland (1-2) and Janikowski kicked two field goals to beat the Steelers (1-2) and give coach Dennis Allen his first win. CARdINALS 27, EAGLES 6 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Kolb threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and James Sanders returned one of Michael Vick’s two fumbles 93 yards for a touchdown, and Arizona is off to its best start in 38 years. Arizona (3-0) sacked Vick five times in winning its seventh straight home game, the second-longest streak in franchise history. Philadelphia (2-1) became the first NFL team to open a season with two one-point wins. The Eagles didn’t give themselves a chance to rally for another victory, picked apart by the quarterback they cast away and hounded by Arizona’s attacking defense. JETS 23, dOLpHINS 20, OT MIAMI (AP) — Nick Folk received a reprieve when his blocked field-goal attempt was negated by a timeout, and his second try was a successful
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With less than a week left in regular play in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Softball League, the Samoana Sharks have stepped up their play to try and earn a playoff spot that will have the top four teams meeting in the playoffs this coming Saturday, September 29. This past Saturday, the Sharks were able to defeat the Leone Lions in a classic battle by a score of 16-15. The Lions have dropped two in a row with one more left before Saturday. Even though this was a big win for the Sharks, they still have the Fa’asao Marist Cougars and the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats on their schedule before the playoffs. If they are able to pull off one at least one win in these last two games, they will be sitting in a good position for the #4 seeded spot on Saturday. With the surprise win of the Sharks last Saturday, the Wildcats will now have to win at least two of their last three games to take the #4 seeded spot, but if the Sharks win two games instead of just one this week, the Wildcats will most likely be through for the season. The Wildcats have to go through the Faga’itua Vikings, the Tafuna Warriors and the Sharks this week, which will be no easy task. The #1 seeded Warriors, will most likely stay at #1 going into the playoffs. The last two games they have left before Saturday are against the Wildcats and the Vikings. The only question now is, who will be seeded at #2 and #3 on Saturday? Will it be the Lions or the Cougars and who will take the #4 spot? Will it be the Sharks or the Wildcats? The Faga’itua Vikings have not won a game all season, but with two games left for them to play, they still have a chance to walk away from this season with a win or maybe two, in the win column. In today’s makeup games, it will be the Cougars going against the Sharks, while the Vikings will face the Wildcats, with each of these games starting at 4:00 p.m. In tomorrow’s games, the Wildcats will face the Warriors and the Lions will play the Cougars. This coming Thursday, the Vikings play the Warriors as the Sharks play the Wildcats. Each game is played at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field, with a scheduled starting time of 4:00 p.m. The playoff games are set for this coming Saturday, with a scheduled starting time of 8:00 a.m. for the #1 seeded
team versus the #4 seeded team, while the second game will be the #2 seeded team going against the #3 seeded team at the Solaita Baseball Field. The Championship Game is set for Tuesday October 2, with a scheduled starting time of 4:00 p.m. ASHSAA Girls Softball League coordinator Clayton ‘Boom’ Mahuka wishes to invite the public out to the rest of the games this week and for the playoffs on Saturday and the Championship Game on Tuesday October 2. HERE ARE THE LATEST SOFTBALL STANdINGS: TEAM W L Tafuna Warriors 7 1 Leone Lions 6 3 Fa’asao Cougars 6 2 Samoana Sharks 3 4 Nu’uuli Wildcats 1 6 Faga’itua Vikings 0 7 Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
The Faga’itua High School Vikings Girls Softball Team will be going into the last week of play in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association Girls Softball Season, with the [photo: Jeff Hayner] playoffs this coming Saturday and Championships set for Tuesday October 2.
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allen & Raiders “reunited” after years of turmoil
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The long-running feud between Marcus Allen and the Raiders is over. In a symbolic move after years of separation and harsh words, Allen lit the eternal flame honoring late owner Al Davis before the Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 on Sunday. Davis’ son, Mark, said Allen’s return “meant a lot to my mom.” He also said Allen “was the absolute true Raider.” The hostility between Allen and Al Davis simmered for almost three decades. Allen spent 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1982-1992 and saw his role diminish in his final years with the franchise. At one point, Davis called him a “cancer” on the team. Allen revived his career over five more seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and won AP Comeback Player of the Year in 1993. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Allen declined comment through a Raiders spokesman. “Throughout the annals of the Raiders history, the L.A. chapter was very unique,” Davis said. “We had a lot of great players come through there. You think of the Howie Longs, the Branches, but Marcus was the leader of that whole group. He was the absolute true Raider. There are very few football players I’ve seen like him, that worked that hard.” Davis declined to discuss further details publicly, calling it a private family matter. When Allen appeared to light the flame that rests on the upper corner of the concourse level, the public address announcer said, “Welcome home ... Marcus Allen.” The Oakland Coliseum crowd gave Allen a standing ovation, and Allen waved to the crowd, smiling. The Raiders have had a former player or coach do the honors since Davis died last October. Given the history between Davis and Allen, the running back was a somewhat surprising choice. The Raiders drafted Allen 10th overall in 1982 after he won the Heisman Trophy at Southern California. Allen was the 1985 NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP in 1984, when he had a thenrecord 191 yards rushing in a 38-9 romp over the Washington Redskins. The root of the Allen-Davis dispute still remains a mystery. Some believe Davis was upset because Allen might have wanted more carries and more money. Or that Allen had become a bigger star than Davis in Los Angeles. In Murray Olderman’s book published in August, “Just Win, Baby: The Al Davis Story,” he wrote that Davis disapproved of Allen’s relationship with O.J. Simpson. Over Allen’s tenure, Davis also brought in Bo Jackson, Roger Craig and Eric Dickerson among other running backs to split carries. Allen rushed for 1,759 yards in 1985 and never ran for more than 831 yards in his final seven seasons in Los Angeles. Allen said in a 1992 interview on Monday Night Football that Davis “told me he was going to get me.” In his 2010 documentary, “Straight Outta L.A.,” longtime Raiders fan and rapper Ice Cube asked Davis if Allen was a true Raider. Davis replied that Allen was “at one point.” Asked what fractured their relationship, Davis said: “I’m not going to tell you. It’s a deeper story than you even dream, that I was well aware of, and I just got a certain approach to life.”
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, left, is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Heyward-Bey was injured on the play and had to leave the game. He was taken to the hospital with a neck injury after the helmet-to-helmet hit from Mundy (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) who was not penalized.
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ONLINE Registration & payment of $98 registration fee for Scripps National Spelling Bee will be open from August 23, 2012 to October 15, 2012. An additional $75 LATE fee will be added to the $98 registration fee if an elementary school registers during the Late Registration period, October 16, 2012 to December 14, 2012. Elementary schools may “self-register” online with a credit card or mail a check in to Scripps National Spelling Bee for the registration fee. If an elementary school prefers that Samoa News process their online registration, then please remit check or cash payment for the registration fee to Samoa News before the deadline dates outlined above. The spelling bee coordinator for EACH registered elementary school will receive online access to a password-protected Web site where he or she may print out copies of the 2013 School Pronouncer Guide, the 2013 Classroom Pronouncer Guide, the 2013 School Spelling Bee Study List and Great American SpellCheck materials. The sooner schools register the sooner they can start utilizing these study tools. All participating elementary schools must submit their individual school’s champion name, picture & info to Samoa News by Feb 13, 2013 in order to be eligible to participate in the local territorial spelling bee. Please contact us at 633-5599 if you have any questions.
Raiders’ Heyward-Bey hospitalized after hit
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury Sunday after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that was not penalized. Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone early in the fourth quarter of Oakland’s 34-31 victory to catch a pass from Carson Palmer when Mundy launched his body and lowered his helmet into Heyward-Bey’s facemask. Heyward-Bey’s neck jerked violently and his head also crashed into the ground as he lost consciousness. The pass was incomplete. The Oakland Coliseum crowd fell silent. Mundy and players from both sides kneeled in prayer. The home fans also started a derogatory chant at the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey’s eyes were shut for 10 minutes as trainers attended to him as he lay motionless. He was strapped to a table and placed on a cart. As the cart started to leave the field, he raised his right hand to roaring cheers. The Raiders said Heyward-Bey was in stable condition and will stay in the hospital overnight for observation.
Tabor College player dies week after being beaten
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Tabor College football player has died in a Wichita hospital about a week after he was found badly beaten, authorities said. Brandon Brown, a defensive lineman from Sacramento, Calif., died at a Wichita hospital late Saturday, according to McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty. The 26-year-old Brown was found in McPherson, lying unconscious on a street early Sept. 16. He had been in critical condition and on life support, and his condition worsened Friday. Tabor College also announced Brown’s death on the college’s website. He had transferred this fall as a redshirt junior from a California junior college to the NAIA Tabor Bluejays. “The Tabor College community extends sympathies to his immediate family and many friends during this time of great tragedy and loss,” a statement from Tabor said. A 19-year-old Texas man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated battery in connection with Brown’s injuries and was being held on $100,000 bond, McClarty said Saturday before Brown’s death. McClarty said in an emailed statement later Saturday that additional charges are expected. “The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death is an active and ongoing case,” McClarty’s statement said. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the McPherson County Sheriff’s department were also helping with the investigation, he said. Tabor College, located in Hillsboro, about 25 miles east of McPherson, said counseling services have been set up for students at the school. “If you met him, you’ll love him,” Brown’s father, Craig Brown, told The Wichita Eagle before his son died. “He’s not somebody that goes out looking for trouble, but he’ll defend himself if he has to.” A relief fund has been established with Emprise Bank in Hillsboro for Brandon Brown, who also had a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter.
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
INVITATION FOR BID (IFB)
IFB No: 092-2012
Issuance Date: September 18, 2012 Date & Time Due: September 25, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time 1. INVITATION Sealed bids are invited to provide Security Services for the Department of Human & Social Services, in the Territory of American Samoa. 2. RECEIPT & OPENING OF BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, American Samoa Government, Tafuna, American Samoa 96799, until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. 3. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS Contract documents, may be obtained from the Office of Procurement. 4. The American Samoa Government reserves the right not to accept the lowest or any bid. 5. The American Samoa Government reserves the right to waive any informalities in bidding as may be in the best interest of American Samoa Government.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon has slipped past LSU to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 behind Alabama after the Ducks rolled to a victory and the Tigers struggled to remain unbeaten. Oregon routed Arizona 49-0 on Saturday night in Eugene. No. 3 LSU hung on to win at Auburn 12-10. Florida State remained No. 4 after its 49-37 victory against Clemson, and Georgia held steady at No. 5. No. 6 South Carolina gives the Southeastern Conference four of the top six teams in the nation. Alabama got 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel, with LSU receiving the other. Kansas State moved up eight spots to No. 7 after beating Oklahoma 24-19, the Wildcats’ best ranking since September 2006. The Sooners dropped from sixth to 16th.
oregon moves past LSu to no. 2 in the ap Top 25
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP No: 086-2012
Issuance Date: August 14, 2012 Date & Time Due: November 14, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide an:
“Eligibility System for the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ASNAP Eligibility System.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, 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. Documents: 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.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
Smith inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos honored Rod Smith in a halftime ceremony Sunday, inducting the undrafted wide receiver into the team’s Ring of Fame. Smith became the 23rd member of the Broncos to have his name etched into the inner facade encircling Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when his name was unveiled. There was a video tribute to Smith in which former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan talked about the attributes of Smith, who was an unheralded wideout out of Missouri Southern and went on to set every major receiving record in franchise history. Smith guided Denver to seven postseason appearances, three AFC West crowns and two Super Bowl titles. His last season was 2006 as an aching hip forced him to the sideline.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Forensic anthropologist Thomas Holland helps attach names to unidentified remains, interpreting old bones that tell him their age when alive, their height, gender, race and whether they were buried respectfully. Even the long dead tell tales, and Holland advised investigators from the New York State Police and around the world last week how to listen more closely to what they say. “There’s a lot of information in the ground as to how people were buried. The posture of the body, for instance, can tell you whether they were buried by friend or foe,” Holland said. “Whenever you see a time investment, it generally equates to respect.” So, he says, look to see if the hole is big enough for the body. Is the person buried on their back? Are their arms folded over their chest? The skeletons of the disrespected dead look like they were simply dropped or shoved unceremoniously into the ground. Still, it’s not like television’s popular forensic police procedurals, shows where cases are solved in an hour. Holland chuckled when asked about them. “It’s sort of like asking an astronaut what they think of ‘Star Trek,’” he said. Holland, with a doctoral degree in anthropology, is the scientific director of the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii that finds and identifies U.S. military dead from past wars. They identify about 100 a year, often with fragmented bones, a pace Congress wants accelerated. Unidentified military remains include about 8,000 from the Korean War, 1,700 from the Vietnam War and 20,000 to 30,000 that are recoverable and identifiable from World War II, Holland said. “The major problem is finding them. If we can find them and get the remains into the laboratory, our success rate in terms of being able to achieve an identification is over 90 percent.” Also a consultant to the New York State Police, his work is an amalgam of archaeology — finding and recovering remains — and anthropology — analyzing and interpreting what happened to them. New York has more than 700 unidentified dead out of about 40,000 nationally, according to state police investigators, who said they identify four or five every year. In a high-profile case, Holland and a colleague were called in to help with the investigation of Kendall Francois, a serial killer whose Poughkeepsie home contained the dismembered bones of several women he had killed. They reassembled the skeletons of eight women out of nine who were missing, gleaning information about how and when they were dismembered and ultimately helping identify them. Holland advised a few hundred investigators last week about fundamental clues and methods when searching for buried bodies. Technology like ground-penetrating radar hasn’t lived up to it hype, he said, emphasizing the old-fashioned method of interviewing witnesses and then looking for indicators like mounds or depressions along the ground, areas of softer soil, differing patches of vegetation, animal or insect activity, then flagging suspicious areas and returning with systematic probes to determine the shape of the soft spots. “Weeds pioneer disturbed soil faster,” Holland said. “It means something has disturbed that soil.” Most flagged sites get ruled out, but some lead to digging in 6-inch layers. Soil at burial sites is darker, looser and richer than surrounding ground because of oxygenation from digging and the organic material. That difference lasts thousands of years, he said. “Excavate inside that stained area, and eventually remains will start to turn up.” It needs to be done carefully, to avoid disturbing the burial site, not just pulling bones out. “You’ve got to be aware of bone fever. Everybody gets it.”
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HAWAII CANdIdATE GABBARd RECEIVEd A dEATH THREAT HONOLULU (AP) — Police are investigating congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s claim that she was the target of a death threat. Hawaii NewsNow reported Saturday that Gabbard told police she received an anonymous email death threat. Gabbard believes the threat comes from the same man who was ordered by a judge last year to stay away from her after a series of bizarre phone calls. Gabbard’s campaign spokesman Jim McCoy says the man moved to the mainland, but continued to post negative comments about the former city councilwoman online this past summer. The 30-year-old Democrat is running against Republican Kawika Crowley in the race for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. NATIVE HAWAIIAN pAINTING dISpLAyEd IN SENATE ROOM HONOLULU (AP) — Native Hawaiian artwork in on display in the hearing room of a Senate committee in Washington, D.C. The Hawaiian Way Fund says this is the first time in the history of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs that art depicting Native Hawaiians is showcased. The room already features art of American Indian and Alaska Native people and history, some on loan from the Smithsonian. The committee is chaired by Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Akaka. The committee has primary jurisdiction over legislation in the Senate addressing American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian issues. The fund says Native Hawaiian businesses and nonprofits helped purchase the piece, which will be on permanent loan to the committee. The painting’s artist is Brook Kapukuniahi Parker, who was raised in Kahaluu. INOUyE CHIdES LINGLE FOR Ad REFERENCING COMMITTEE HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye chided former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle on Friday for releasing a campaign ad that pictures the two side by side, saying that it’s misleading. Lingle, a Republican, is making a push for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Daniel Akaka, a Democrat. Central to her campaign is the idea that a vote for her is a vote for Hawaii, not necessarily the national GOP. Her Democratic rival U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, meanwhile, has tried to paint Lingle as little more than a cog in Republican plans to overtake the chamber. Lingle’s ad cast her as a moderate, with campaign manager Bob Lee saying in the spot posted online that even if the GOP wins a majority in the Senate, Inouye, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and third in line for the presidency, would still be a powerful figure as the top Democrat on that panel. “Anything else said is disrespectful to the senior senator,” Lee said. Inouye, however, said the commercial distorts the facts and suggests a relationship between them that does not exist. The ad underscores Lingle’s campaign message that she’s not a mouthpiece for the national party. She has said the race represents a generational decision because Senate seats in Hawaii don’t open up often. The winner between Hirono and Lingle will be the state’s fifth senator. Hirono, for her part, has made Lingle’s place in the national Republican Party’s plans a key issue in her campaign. Hirono says she’s the best choice because she’ll support President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii. Obama is running for re-election in November against Republican and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Lingle says the decision goes beyond Obama or Romney, and the best situation for Hawaii is having a senator in each party. STATE IMpOUNdS 3 BOATS AT ALA WAI HARBOR HONOLULU (AP) — State land resources officials have impounded three boats that were illegally moored in one of Hawaii’s largest recreational harbors amid complaints from regular tenants. An Oahu official for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that such harbors have waiting lists for paying tenants. Meghan Statts says there’s often illegal moorings at Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbor because they’re the “only harbors where liveaboards are allowed.” She says the problem is not unique to Oahu but more boats are impounded there because it’s the home port for the majority of registered vessels. If a boat is impounded, the state’s boating division takes inventory of what’s aboard and a marine surveyor values it. It is then offered at public auction or destroyed. SURVEy: 1/3 OF OAHU’S HOMELESS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE HONOLULU (AP) — A survey of homeless people on Oahu suggests nearly a third have been the victim of a violent attack since ending up on the street. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the survey of 439 homeless people by nonprofit 100,000 Homes Oahu also suggests more than a third had at least one characteristic making it more likely that living on the street could prove fatal. Coordinator Kent Anderson says those factors include simultaneously suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other health problems and being over 60 years old. Nearly two-thirds of responders reported substance abuse problems while roughly 45 percent said they suffered from mental illness. Organizers say the data will be used to determine who will get a chance at permanent supportive housing. BRIEFING ON U. OF HAWAII FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT HONOLULU (AP) — A special state Senate committee will hold its initial briefing on concerns about how finances are handled at the University of Hawaii. Monday’s briefing is expected to delve into a botched Stevie Wonder concert that needed to be canceled after officials learned the event wasn’t approved by the artist or his representatives. The university lost $200,000, along with public confidence. The Special Committee on Accountability’s briefing was called in response to the public’s concern about the concert. But the briefing will also review the university’s broader financial management. The chair of the university’s Board of Regents, the university’s president and the former athletic director are expected to go before the committee. BIG ISLANd pOLICE WARN OF SCAM TARGETING ELdERLy HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island police are warning the public about a scam targeting the elderly. Police say they have received complaints about unlicensed contractors soliciting elderly residents for home projects such as painting or power washing. The scam works by asking for full payment up front but then only a portion of the work is completed. The victim tries to contact the contractor who never returns to finish the job. In an incident earlier this week, police say an 87-year-old man reported that a couple offered to power-wash his roof. After agreeing on a price, the woman said she needed to go inside to close the windows. The man distracted the victim. After the couple left without completing the job, the victim found several valuables were missing from the house.
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IFB No: 093-2012
Issuance Date: September 20, 2012 Date & Time Due: October 11, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time
1. INVITATION Sealed bids are invited from qualified firms to provide “Airport Janitorial & Landscaping Services”, located in the village of Tafuna, Territory of American Samoa. 2. RECEIPT & OPENING OF BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, American Samoa Government, Tafuna, American Samoa 96799, until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. 3. PRE-BID CONFERENCE A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Office of Procurement Conference Room. Bids will not be accepted from bidders who are not present at the pre-bid conference. 4. CONTRACTD OCUMENTS Contract documents, including Scope of Work and Bid Form may be examined at the Office of Procurement or obtained there from, free of charge during regular business hours.” 5. The American Samoa Government reserves the right not to accept the lowest or any bid. 6. The American Samoa Government reserves the right to waive any informalities in bidding as may be in the best interest of the American Samoa Government.
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AA MEETINGS Held at Catholic Social Services. Samoan version - Tues. & Thur. 11:00am. English version - Tue. & Fri. 5-6pm (Hope House)- More info 699-6611/5683 or 258-6302 AmSAMOA VOLLEYBALL Final meeting for Club Championship, Thur. Sept 27th 4:30pm President Guest House. Kick-Off date Sept. 29th (we sell volleyballs) More info 256-9204, 731-4088 or 252-7064. TAFUNA HS BOOSTER CLUB Weekly Meeting every Tuesday @ 5:30pm in Coach’s room at the school. SAMOANA HS PTA Second Meeting, date changed to Wed. Sept 26th 4:30pm school cafeteria. ASOA General Meetings. Will be held each month on the 3rd Friday at 10am at ASOA Center in Tafuna on Tasi St. All seniors welcome. Questions, call Marilyn 699-4432. YANA If you are feeling lonely & need someone to talk to, we are here for you. Please contact us at 252-YANA(9262) 24/7 CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Have you been diagnosed with cancer & need someone to talk to? Call Stella 731-8606. SCUBA FISHING BAN It is unlawful to possess any spear while using SCUBA. Marine & Wildlife Resources. 633-4458 / 252-0445. HUMANE SOCIETY Call 699-8590 about adopting kittens & puppies. For more info about the Humane Society visit our website at http//www.ashumanesociety.org/ WOMENS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS of all ages to help in the Fale. Support your hospital, donate your free time by calling 633-1222 Ext. 199. All proceeds from Fale sales donated to purchase equipment for LBJ.[till] HUNTING BAN ON WILD BIRDS & BATS is still in effect - it is unlawful to kill or hunt wild birds & bats. Dept. of Marine & Wildlife 633-4458 / 252-0445
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HAppy BIRTHdAy: A levelheaded approach to personal matters will also help your productivity at work. Don’t let anyone burden you with responsibilities that don’t belong to you. Don’t lose sight of your goals, but remember to take time out to indulge in activities that inspire and encourage you. Keep an open mind. Your numbers are 6, 10, 27, 31, 36, 45, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t get into a scuffle over money or contracts. Either the deal you are doing suits your needs, or it doesn’t. Keep things amiable so that you can readdress what you want to accomplish when you are likely to get a better reception. ✸✸ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Stick to the job you Monopoly bill are asked to do and move on. Letting emotions 66 Do a affect the way you perform will hurt your reputation. carwash job Put pressure on anyone who is not contributing equally. Accept change positively and you will avoid PREVIOUS PUZZLE PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER criticism. ✸✸ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Put your skills to work. Demonstrate and articulate what you have to offer. Networking and reconnecting with people you have worked with will pay off. Ask and favors will be granted. Love is highlighted. ✸✸✸✸✸ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Experiment with ideas and you will come up with a tangible way to best use your skills. Traveling or getting involved in activities foreign to you will help you elaborate and execute an idea you want to get off the ground.
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✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Fix whatever isn’t working for you. Anger won’t solve anything, but doing what works best for you will. Don’t waste time when change is what’s required. Speak up and announce what you are doing and proceed with confidence. ✸✸✸ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Impulse is the enemy. Take a backseat and let others take chances. Focus on you and being the best you can be. Meditation or putting more time and energy into your past,
present and future will lead to greater mindfulness and inner success. ✸✸✸✸✸ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Choose your words wisely. Opposition at home can be expected. Concentrate on work, money and saving. Use diplomacy and charm in order to reach an agreement. A change of heart can be expected if someone disappoints you. Compromise will lead to victory. ✸✸ SCORpIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Try something new. A break from your routine will help you see projects or people differently. An emotional situation will be difficult to rectify due to limitations set by someone else. Travel down the path that leads to your success. ✸✸✸✸ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Go on an adventure. Romance is highlighted. Plan a little excitement, travel and playtime and you will enhance a relationship that brings about positive changes. Take care of professional problems swiftly so you can move forward. ✸✸✸ CApRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Avoid anyone trying to instigate something you don’t want any part of. Avoid rumors or taking part in a situation that will hurt someone’s reputation. Taking the high road will lead to your advancement. Keep travel and communication to a minimum. ✸✸✸ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Abide by the rules when it comes to financial, legal or medical decisions. Dealing with institutions will be difficult if you show anger. Put your energy into love, home and family as well as accumulating what you need to improve your lifestyle. ✸✸✸ pISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Alter your home to better suit your needs. Having a workspace that will inspire you to be more productive will bring positive results. A skill you have can be used more diversely. One of your peers, friends or a pet may need your help. ✸✸✸✸ BIRTHdAy BABy: You are direct, persuasive, observant and honor your beliefs.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
MOM SAyS WIFE IS TO BLAME FOR SON’S FILTHy ApARTMENT
dEAR ABBy: I am very concerned for my henpecked son who is expecting his first child. He works long hours (50-plus a week) at a low-paying job with an hour commute. His wife works parttime (10 hours a week). The problem is, their tiny apartment is a pigsty, and she doesn’t clean or pick up. She expects him to do it all, and he tries to, while she reads and makes baby quilts. How do I tactfully get her to do her share now, before the baby comes and she expects my son to “help her” even more? He is totally overburdened, stressed out, but seemingly happy. Until I saw the condition of their apartment I had suspected it was bad, but had no idea how bad the situation really was. -- DESPAIRING MOM IN CONNECTICUT dEAR dESpAIRING MOM: Not knowing your daughter-in-law, I can’t judge whether she is lazy, or whether the reason she isn’t doing more around the apartment is pregnancy-related. You say your son is happy. Be GRATEFUL for that. Rather than “tactfully getting her to do her share,” why not volunteer to help them until your grandchild is on a regular sleep schedule? It would make you appear to be an angel instead of critical, and bring the three of you a lot closer than you appear to be. However, if your offer is refused, then accept that this is how your son and daughter-in-law prefer to live. dEAR ABBy: I spent tonight in a parking lot, knowing I had no options. My husband of 25 years is an alcoholic and abusive. I have two teenage children at home. I’m in bad health and haven’t worked in decades. I’m trapped. I have the typical arguments with my daughter. My son is a gem who stays home because he doesn’t want to leave us with his father. It’s a sad situation. While catching up on reading Dear Abby tonight, I saw a number for an abuse hotline where they will help me with a plan to leave. I have no money, no chance of getting a job. But that number gave me a glimmer of hope. It seems too good to be true, but I’ll make that call. Thank you, Abby. -- BEATEN DOWN IN TEXAS dEAR BEATEN dOWN: I’m glad you are making that call to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Part of the reason you feel so hopeless and “beaten down” is that for so many years your abuser chipped away at your self-esteem. For any other reader who may have missed that column and needs the tollfree phone number, it is 800-799-7233. dEAR ABBy: My good friend “Claire” has two daughters, 8 and 10. Her younger daughter is the same age as my daughter and they are very close. We spend a lot of time with them and have the girls at our house often. After the last sleepover, my daughter commented that the sisters argue all the time and it’s not fun having them over anymore. She would like to invite only the younger daughter for a sleepover, but we have put off asking as we are afraid of hurting the older daughter’s feelings by not including her. Actually, I’m afraid it might hurt the mother’s feelings, too. What’s the best way to invite only one sibling? -- SLEEPOVER NIGHTMARE dEAR S.N.: If the girls are arguing when they’re at your house, you can bet it’s happening at home, too. Talk to Claire and explain what happened and your daughter’s reaction. The older girl should be interacting/socializing with friends of her own.
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after Harbaugh called timeout in the fourth quarter. Neither challenge should have been allowed once Harbaugh asked for time. “What I told him was, ‘Well you challenged it not knowing what the result of the play was going to be,’” Roan said. “So I granted him the challenge and we went and looked at it. That was wrong. I should not have.” Both mistakes happened in the span of six plays in Minnesota’s 24-13 upset of the 49ers. “My interpretation of it was that he could do that based upon the time factors and not knowing it was a challengeable play to begin with when he called timeout,” Roan said. “If you don’t have a timeout to lose, you can’t make a challenge.” Earlier Sunday, the NFL players’ union sent an open letter to team owners calling for an end to the lockout. In the Lions-Titans and BengalsRedskins games, officials marched off too much yardage on penalties. Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Craig Stevens wound up as a 27-yard penalty in Tennessee’s 44-41 overtime win. In OT, from the Titans 44, Jake Locker passed to Stevens over the middle for a 24-yard gain and Tulloch was flagged for the hit. Fourteen yards were added to the end of the play, which then was reviewed and overturned because the ball hit the ground. However, the penalty still is enforced. Instead of 15 yards, officials marked it off from the Detroit 44 — the wrong spot. “As soon as the play was declared incomplete it becomes a first down and it becomes 15 yards from the play before,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. The Redskins were penalized 20 yards instead of 15 for unsportsmanlike conduct in the final seconds of their 38-31 loss. Robert Griffin III spiked the ball to stop the clock with 7 seconds left. Then tight end Fred Davis was called for a 5-yard false start penalty. According to Washington coach Mike Shanahan, at least one official indicated there would be a 10-second runoff, ending the game — and the Bengals, led by coach Marvin Lewis, started walking onto the field. There shouldn’t have been a runoff, though, because the clock had been stopped by the spike. The Redskins began arguing, and eventually the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called. The officials never announced specifically who the call was against, just that the penalty would be added to the false start, a total of 20 yards. But they walked off 25 yards — the official game play-by-play said 20 yards were enforced for the unsportsmanlike conduct. That left the Redskins with a third-and-50. “They threw the flag at us, and there was half of the (Bengals) team on the field,” Shanahan said. “I was disappointed in that.” The players’ union posted an open letter to team owners calling on them to end the lockout of the regular officials that began four months ago. The NFL used replacements in 2001 for one week before a new deal was reached. This year, criticism from coaches and players has mounted for the replacements, who come from lower college levels or from other leagues such as Arena Football. There have been numerous complaints by players and coaches — certainly more than when the regular officials work — and Sunday was no different. In one particularly embarrassing episode, an official was removed from working a New Orleans game last week because he posted photos of himself in Saints gear on Facebook. Then there were more questionable decisions Sunday: —At Nashville, with 16 seconds remaining in regulation, Detroit’s Shaun Hill threw to Nate Burleson on the sideline and he then lost the ball. It looked to be a completion then a fumble because the side judge threw his beanie, but another official ruled an incomplete pass. Titans CB Alterraun Verner had grabbed the ball and started to run and there were questions why the replay booth didn’t review it. —Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fumbled twice on plays in the third quarter that weren’t initially ruled turnovers until challenged by Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. First, Romo was in the grasp of Gerald McCoy with his right arm extended, when he flicked the ball forward in what was initially ruled an incomplete pass. Officials watched the replay and determined the ball was loose when Romo tried to push it out, and called it a fumble recovered by Gary Gibson at the 19. Later, Michael Bennett sacked Romo and knocked the ball loose, but
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officials quickly whistled the play dead and Romo down even as Eric Wright ran toward the end zone with the football. After Schiano challenged, officials reversed it to a fumble recovered at the 31, and the Bucs failed to score. “They blew it dead. But the refs are doing a great job,” McCoy said. “A lot of people are complaining. We’ve got what we got. Everyone needs to accept it. They’re trying their hardest. No ref wants to go out there and make a bad call.” —Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury after a helmet-tohelmet hit from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that was not penalized. Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone early in the fourth quarter to catch a pass from Carson Palmer when Mundy launched his body and lowered his helmet into Heyward-Bey’s facemask. Heyward-Bey’s neck jerked violently and his head also crashed into the ground. The pass was incomplete. “Once again, the refs missed it, like they always do,” Oakland defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. —Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano was ruled to have made a catch near the Jets’ goal line and the call was held up after review, even though the ball touched the ground as he was tackled. “Well, I think the fact that we have to talk about it after every game is something right there,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. “I don’t think in my seven-year career that I’ve had to do that ever. So that probably tells you the story right there.”
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