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by BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer
Ravens must avoid letdown versus Browns
In this Sept. 24, 2012, file photo, an official, rear center, signals for a touchdown by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, obscured, as another official, at right, signals a touchback on the controversial last play of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Seattle. The Seahawks won 14-12. The NFL and the referees’ union have reached a tentative contract agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 26, ending an impasse that began in June when the league (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File) locked out the officials and used replacements instead.
NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs
NEW YORK (AP) — So long, replacement refs. The NFL’s regular crews will be back on the field starting Thursday night. After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration among coaches, players and fans — the NFL and the referees’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was at the bargaining table Tuesday and Wednesday, said the regular officials would work the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore. “Welcome back REFS,” Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller tweeted shortly after the news broke. The replacements worked the first three weeks of games, triggering a wave of outrage that threatened to disrupt the rest of the season. After a missed call cost the Green Bay Packers a win on a chaotic final play at Seattle on Monday night, the two sides really got serious. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games,” referees’ union president Scott Green said. The tentative eight-year deal is the longest involving on-field officials in NHL history and was reached with the assistance of two federal mediators. It must be ratified by 51 percent of the union’s 121 members, who plan to vote Friday and Saturday in Dallas. The agreement hinged on working out salary, pension and retirement benefits for the officials, who are part-time employees of the league. Tentatively, it calls for their salaries to increase from an average of $149,000 a year in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013, rising to $205,000 by 2019.
Under the proposal, the current defined benefit pension plan will remain in place for current officials through the 2016 season or until the official earns 20 years’ service. The defined benefit plan will then be frozen. Retirement benefits will be provided for new hires, and for all officials beginning in 2017, through a defined contribution arrangement. The annual league contribution made on behalf of each game official will begin with an average of more than $18,000 per official and increase to more than $23,000 per official in 2019. Beginning with the 2013 season, the NFL will have the option to hire a number of officials on a full-time basis to work year round, including on the field. The NFL also will be able to retain additional officials for training and development, and can assign those officials to work games. The number of additional officials will be determined by the league. “As you know, this has to be ratified and we know very little about it, but we’re excited to be back. And ready,” referee Ed Hochuli told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “And I think that’s the most important message — that we’re ready.” Replacement refs aren’t new to the NFL. They worked the first week of games in 2001 before a deal was reached. But those officials came from the highest level of college football; the current replacements do not. Their ability to call fast-moving NFL games drew mounting criticism through Week 3, climaxing last weekend, when ESPN analyst Jon Gruden called their work “tragic and comical.”
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Championship teams avoid letdowns after big wins. The Baltimore Ravens know that, and they’re coming off one of their most significant regular-season victories, that entertaining and dramatic squeaker against New England. Normally, the Browns wouldn’t be much of a test for the Ravens. The vitriol in this rivalry belongs to the folks in Cleveland who still consider the original Browns’ move to the Inner Harbor in 1996 a betrayal. Not much hatred comes from the other side, in great part because the Browns have been a weak opponent for most of their 13 years back in the NFL. Indeed, the Ravens (2-1) are ranked third in the AP Pro32 power rankings, while the Browns are all the way down at the bottom with an 0-3 record. Baltimore is favored by 12 points, but remember this game Thursday night comes on the heels of that oh-so-satisfying win over the Patriots, who survived against the Ravens in the AFC title game last January. Coach John Harbaugh’s team better make sure it is looking ahead, not behind. “We have to let this one go right now. We have to move on,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “It’s going to be tough, and we knew that,” star linebacker Ray Lewis said. “So we’re going to have to get healthy and get healthy real quick. Cleveland doesn’t care how we feel.” All the Browns care about is getting a win, but the Ravens swept the AFC North last year and have won eight straight against Cleveland. On a short week, the experienced team usually has an edge, as the Giants proved last Thursday at Carolina. Go with the better, more seasoned teams at home. RAVENS, 30-10 No. 4 (tie) San Francisco (minus 3 1-2) at No. 18 New York Jets 49ers weren’t ready in Minnesota. They will be primed at Meadowlands. BEST BET: 49ERS, 17-6 No. 4 (tie) New York Giants (plus 2 1-2) at No. 12 Philadelphia Giants showed their mettle in last two wins, Eagles are too careless. UPSET SPECIAL: GIANTS, 23-21 No. 27 New Orleans (plus 7 1-2) at No. 7 Green Bay Last thing you want is to face a ticked-off Packers team. PACKERS, 37-28 No. 8 New England (minus 3 1-2) at No. 20 Buffalo Unless, that is, it’s facing a ticked-off bunch of Patriots. PATRIOTS, 38-27 No. 17 Minnesota (plus 4 1-2) at No. 19 Detroit Vikings a pleasant surprise so far, will test disappointing Lions. LIONS, 28-27 No. 23 Carolina (plus 7) at No. 2 Atlanta Some feel Falcons are NFL’s best team so far. Hard to argue. FALCONS, 31-17 No. 25 Tennessee (plus 12) at No. 1 Houston Some feel Texans are NFL’s best team so far. Hard to argue that, too. TEXANS, 33-20 No. 28 Miami (plus 6 1-2) at No. 6 Arizona Some feel Cardinals are NFL’s best team so far. If defense keeps this up, could be. CARDINALS, 24-10 No. 10 Chicago (plus 3 1-2) at No. 11 Dallas, Monday night Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times last Monday night. Jay Cutler could go down more often.
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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, right, is greeted by current player David Ortiz during ceremonies honoring the “All-Time Fenway Team” prior to a baseball game against the (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.
Tigers beat the Royals on Peralta’s groundout in 8th
DETROIT (AP) — Jhonny Peralta brought home the go-ahead run when Andy Dirks’ hard slide broke up a potential inning-ending double play in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Wednesday night. Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera was robbed of a tiebreaking homer in the fifth inning by Alex Gordon’s catch above the left-field wall. Detroit, which started the day tied with the Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central for the first time since Sept. 2, found a way to break through the eighth, though. Delmon Young hit an infield single with one out in the eighth off Kelvin Herrera (4-3) and was replaced by Kelly, who stole second base and took third on Dirks’ single. Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Austin Jackson had a solo shot in the fourth inning to tie the game. Luis Marte got two outs in the fifth and Al Alburquerque gave up only one hit over 2 1-3 innings. Joaquin Benoit (4-3) allowed one hit in the eighth. Jose Valverde closed the game for his 32nd save in 37 chances. OrIOLES 12, BLuE JayS 2 BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis and Manny Machado each connected twice and the Baltimore Orioles tied a team record with seven home runs and stayed within 1½ games of the AL East lead. The Orioles ended a two-game losing skid against the Blue Jays and remained close to the division-leading New York Yankees, who won 8-2 in Minnesota. Nate McLouth hit a leadoff shot in the first inning and Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds also homered. Baltimore has hit seven home runs three times, most recently on Aug. 26, 1985. Davis finished with a career-high five RBIs. Davis’ three-run drive gave the Orioles a five-run inning and finished Carlos Villanueva (7-7). Miguel Gonzalez (8-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He allowed Edwin Encarnacion’s 42nd home run with two outs in the top of the first. INdIaNS 6, WhITE SOX 4 CHICAGO (AP) — The slumping Chicago White Sox fell out of the AL Central lead for the first time in two months, walking 12 batters in a loss to Cleveland. Chicago, which has lost seven of eight, had been in sole possession or tied at the top every day since July 24. But Detroit moved ahead by
a game, beating Kansas City 5-4 with a week left in the regular season. The White Sox have lost 7 of their last 8 and have seven games remaining — four at home against Tampa Bay and three at Cleveland next week. They’ll need to regroup in a hurry. Shin-Soo Choo had a go-ahead RBI grounder in the seventh off Matt Thornton (4-9) and Vinny Rottino hit his first homer for Cleveland in the eighth off Brett Myers. The Indians — who are 21-50 since the All-Star break — won two of three at U.S. Cellular Field. Tony Sipp (1-2) pitched one-third of an inning for the win and Chris Perez finished in the ninth for his 38th save in 42 chances. He issued the Indians’ sixth walk of the game and after a throwing error by shortstop Brent Lillibridge, he retired Paul Konerko on a fly to shallow left to end it. rayS 4, rEd SOX 2 BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Pena and Ben Francisco hit back-to-back, tape-measure homers in the fifth inning on Wednesday night to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their seventh consecutive victory, 4-2 over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays remained 3 1-2 games behind Baltimore for second place in the AL East. Tampa Bay began the day three games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. It was the final home game of the season for the Red Sox, and perhaps the last at Fenway Park for Boston manager Bobby Valentine. Hired to inspire a fractious clubhouse after the team went 7-20 last September under Terry Francona, Valentine instead presided over what could be the worst Red Sox team since 1965. Alex Cobb (10-9) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out five in five innings as the Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 45th save in 47 chances. Jon Lester (9-14) gave up three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out five in six innings. He didn’t allow a hit until Jeff Keppinger singled to left with one out in the fifth, then he gave up back-to-back home runs. yaNKEES 8, TWINS 2 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — CC Sabathia struck out 10 batters over eight innings and New York beat remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles beat Toronto 12-2 on Wednesday night. The Yankees visit the Blue Jays for four
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SEATTLE (AP) — Preparing to face Washington a season ago, Stanford thought they would need the arm of Andrew Luck to dispatch of the Huskies. Then Stepfan Taylor and his teammates started running — and never were stopped. “Everybody just executed everything together. It was like how our offense needs to be run,” Taylor recalled. “Once the line starts it off, fullbacks, tight ends, quarterbacks, receivers, it’s a group thing. After watching the film, everybody was on pace that night.” The eighth-ranked Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) head out on the road for the first time in 2012 on Thursday night when they travel to Washington looking to keep on running over the Huskies like they did a year ago when Stanford set a school record with 446 yards rushing in the 65-21 victory. It’s been a dramatic few weeks for Stanford, who has gone from being peppered with questions about how they would survive without Luck, to now cracking The AP Top 10 following its 21-14 upset of USC less than two weeks ago. That escape from San Jose State’s upset bid in a 20-17 win to open the season is now long in the memory banks. These Cardinal seem to be doing just fine without the No. 1 pick from the NFL draft. The next challenge is moving past the upset of the Trojans and proving Stanford can win away from The Farm. “I think with the bye week and the extra preparation, maybe it was 36 hours that we focused on USC and had a little fun with that,” Stanford tight end Zach Ertz said. “I think Tuesday of last week we were kind of on to Washington.” The next four games all pose trouble for Stanford with three of them away from home. Following their road opener against Washington, the Cardinal return home for improved Arizona, and then have back-to-back road games against long-standing rivals tossed into the middle of the season — at No. 10 Notre Dame and across the bay at California. That would be a difficult stretch if Luck was still around. This time, the Cardinal will be doing the road work with first-year starter Josh Nunes, and head coach David Shaw realizes going on the road is a vital step in the growth of his quarterback. “You can’t simulate that environment. You can’t simulate the emotions and all that, but once again, Josh is not a young man,” Shaw said. “Josh is a (redshirt junior). But at the same time, he hasn’t been in this environment in college football yet, and this will be one of the next stages of his development.” Washington (2-1, 0-0) might be one of the few teams with a schedule that compares to the difficult that Stanford faces the next few weeks. Four of the Huskies’ next five opponents are ranked and the first three are a brutal trio to face — vs. Stanford; at No. 2 Oregon and vs. No. 13 USC. The Huskies were supposed to get a reprieve after that stretch at Arizona and home for Oregon State, but those appear decidedly more difficult than first thought with Arizona just outside the Top 25 and Oregon State ranked 18th this week. Washington did get the benefit of extra preparation for Stanford being off last weekend and get a couple of extra days to recover before going to Oregon. “I think it was a good bye week,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We addressed things internally that I thought needed to be addressed that will help us Thursday night when we take the field.” Washington got well its last time out against Portland State, finally discovering some offensive rhythm and getting the big plays that were lacking in its opener against San Diego State and in the blowout loss to LSU. Quarterback Keith Price didn’t have eye-popping numbers against the FCS squad, but didn’t need to with a blocked field goal and interception returned for touchdowns in the 52-13 rout. Price is still seeking a breakout game after throwing for a school record 33 touchdowns last year. Through three games in 2011, Price already had 11 TD passes. This year, he’s thrown four. “He’s the X-factor. Our secondary has done an extremely good job, but Price can make them have to cover for 3 more seconds,” Shaw said. “That’s tough. That’s really hard, particularly with a good receiving corps and good tight end.” The key for Washington will be in the interior and if the Huskies can hold off Stanford’s defensive front, while also keep from getting bulled over by the Cardinal’s offensive line. Washington is down three expected starters on the offensive line due to injuries, while the 446 yards rushing allowed is still a fresh wound and just one of the many notches against the Huskies defense from a year ago. “I try not to remember bad memories. I’m just excited for the game and ready to play,” Washington safety Sean Parker said.
#8 Stanford first road test comes vs. Washington
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In this Sept. 22, 2012, file photo, Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, right, and quarterback Bryan Bennett both carry the football over the goal line for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona in Eugene, Ore. Lyerla was credited with the touchdown. Lyerla can be forgiven for momentary lapses because he’s still getting used to playing a role in Oregon’s backfield. He still has to work on taking _ or not taking _ a handoff, which led to one (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) of the more odd touchdowns of Oregon’s latest rout.
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West Virginia is ready to start a new era, with what is primed to be a classic Big 12 scoring spree, and Urban Meyer will coach a Big Ten game for Ohio State for the first time. Florida State, meanwhile, is on letdown alert. The ninth-ranked Mountaineers host one of the two games this weekend matching ranked teams. No. 25 Baylor comes to Morgantown, W.Va., for West Virginia’s first Big 12 game. The Mountaineers fled the Big East last year, paying the conference $20 million for an early release so they could play in the Big 12 this year. The timing was excellent because West Virginia (3-0) brings a team capable of contending for a Big 12 title into its new neighborhood. Heisman Trophy contender Geno Smith is piling up huge passing stats (1,072 yards and 12 touchdowns) and leading an offense that is averaging 47 points — or four less points than what Baylor (3-0) is averaging. Nick Florence has proved to be a morethan-capable replacement for Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. He has passed for 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns. The other ranked matchup is unlikely to be as much fun. No. 14 Ohio State visits No. 20 Michigan State as the Big Ten begins conference play after a rather uninspiring four weeks of nonconference games. Meyer’s first Buckeyes team is saddled with NCAA sanctions, so it can’t go to a bowl game or play for the Big Ten championship. But Ohio State could still end up being the best team in the conference. “I think by the end of the year this might be a hell of a football team,” Meyer said. “I mean, it might be sooner than that.” To be that, Ohio State needs to work on its defense. The Buckeyes are last in the conference, allowing 395 yards per game. Ohio State features two of the best defensive linemen in the country in Johnathan Hankins and John Simon. Tying up blockers isn’t the problem. Wrapping up ball carriers has been. That could be an issue when facing Le’Veon Bell, the Spartans’ 245-pound tailback who is third in the nation in rushing at 152 yards per game. Michigan State can win the Big 12 title, but will need to fix an offense that has struggled to find a complement for Bell in the passing game. All of the top six teams in the nation are big favorites this week, but it might be worth keeping an eye on No. 4 Florida State.
The Seminoles are on the road for the first time this season, facing South Florida in a nonconference game. Coming off last week’s 49-37 victory against Clemson, Florida State has to avoid a letdown against a Bulls team that has talent but is hard to figure. USF lost at Ball State last week. One thing is for sure, the Bulls can make their season by beating Florida State. The picks: ThurSday No. 8 Stanford (minus 6 1/2) at Washington Stanford has won last two meetings by combined 86 points. ... STANFORD 35-24. SaTurday Mississippi (plus 31) at No. 1 Alabama Rebels are 1-24 in Tuscaloosa. ... ALABAMA 48-14. No. 2 Oregon (minus 28 1/2) vs. Washington State at Seattle Losing to Colorado is no way to prepare for Ducks. ... OREGON 42-21. Towson (no line) at No. 3 LSU Towson’s mascot also is the Tigers. That is only thing these two have in common. ... LSU 60-7. No. 4 Florida St. (minus 17) at So. Florida Bulls won 17-7 in Tallahassee in 2009. ... FLORIDA STATE 28-13. Tennessee (plus 13 1/2) at No. 5 Georgia If Vols can protect Tyler Bray from Jarvis Jones, they have a shot. ... GEORGIA 35-24. No. 6 South Carolina (minus 20 1/2) at Kentucky Wildcats QB Max Smith (shoulder) expected to play. ... SOUTH CAROLINA 38-14. No. 25 Baylor (plus 13 1/2) at No. 9 West Virginia Prediction: Fun. ...WEST VIRGINIA 48-38. No. 12 Texas (minus 2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys have won two straight in series, but only 4 of 26 overall. ... TEXAS 31-21. upSET SpECIaL No. 14 Ohio State (plus 3) at No. 20 Michigan State Spartans last beat Buckeyes two straight in 1998-99. ... OHIO STATE 24-21. BEST BET No. 15 TCU (minus 16) at SMU Mustangs upset Horned Frogs last season. ... TCU 45-14. No. 17 Clemson (minus 9 1/2) at Boston College Tigers can’t afford another ACC loss. ... CLEMSON 34-24.
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By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter
Sharks, Wildcats vying for spot in Softball Playoffs
Milwaukee Brewers’ Norichika Aoki, from Japan, hits a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) Ryan Hanigan catches at right.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 41st home run on Wednesday night, and Milwaukee kept its wild-card chances flickering with an 8-1 victory over Cincinnati. Milwaukee moved within 3 1-2 games of St. Louis for the final NL wild-card spot, a long shot that left them with no margin for error. The Cardinals lost 2-0 to Houston. Shaun Marcum (6-4) went six innings for his first victory since returning from an elbow problem, allowing four hits, including Joey Votto’s RBI double. Norichika Aoki homered to start a three-run third inning off Bronson Arroyo (12-9) and added an RBI double. Braun, the NL’s MVP last season as the Brewers won the NL Central, hit a two-run shot in the seventh off Logan Ondrusek. Jonathan Lucroy also homered and had three hits. The Reds played all of their healthy regulars even though they have clinched the NL Central. BraVES 3, marLINS 0 ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as Atlanta showed no hangover from their champagne celebration after clinching an NL wild-card spot the night before. The Braves remained four games behind first-place Washington in the NL East. The Nationals beat the Phillies, 8-4. Prado hit a first-inning homer off Josh Johnson (8-14) and drove in Jose Constanza with a third-inning single. The Braves had only four hits. Miami has lost six straight and eight of nine. Maholm (13-10) earned only his second win in his last seven starts. The left-hander gave up five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. Chad Durbin recorded the final out in the seventh. Eric O’Flaherty pitched the eighth. Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save, matching Jason Motte for the NL lead, with a perfect ninth inning. Johnson allowed three runs, two earned, four hits and five walks in six innings. NaTIONaLS 8, phILLIES 4 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper hit his 20th homer, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki also connected and Washington moved closer toward winning its first division title since moving to Washington.
Ryan Braun homers & Brewers beat Reds 8-1
The 19-year-old Harper joined Tony Conigliaro as the only teenagers to reach 20 homers in big league history. The Nationals reduced their magic number in the NL East to four, holding a four-game lead over Atlanta, which beat Miami 3-0, with seven remaining. John Lannan (4-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to win his second start since taking Stephen Strasburg’s spot in the rotation. Strasburg, the All-Star righty, was shut down after reaching his innings limit. The Phillies, who closed within three games of St. Louis for the NL’s second wild-card spot following a late push, are on the verge of elimination. The five-time defending NL East champions are 5½ games behind the Cardinals. Kyle Kendrick (10-12) got roughed up, allowing five runs and five hits in two-plus innings. Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer, his teamleading 23rd, to snap an 0-for-19 slump. dOdGErS 8, padrES 2 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp had four hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle, and four RBIs as Los Angeles used a rare offensive outburst to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Los Angeles, which has scuffled for the better part of a month, remained tied with Milwaukee, 4 ½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card berth. Kemp singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run double in the fourth and drove a two-run homer well over the fence in center in the sixth, his 20th. His four hits and four RBIs tied his season highs. In 17 games against San Diego this year, he’s hitting .407 with seven homers and 19 RBIs. The Dodgers won for just the 13th time in 33 games since Aug. 19, the last time they were in first place in the NL West. Aaron Harang (10-10), San Diego’s opening day starter in 2011, held San Diego to four singles in 5 1-3 innings, walked four and struck out three. mETS 6, pIraTES 0 NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright broke the Mets’ record for hits and Jeremy Hefner bounced back from a horrendous start in a victory that eliminated Pittsburgh from playoff contention. Ruben Tejada tied a career high with four hits, including two RBI singles, and Scott Hairston doubled home a run as the Mets took
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This is the final day of the regular season for the American Samoa High School Athletic Association Girls Softball League with the top three teams set for the upcoming playoffs this Saturday. The only teams left vying for a spot in the playoffs are the Samoana Sharks and the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats, who will be facing each other today. If the Wildcats win in today’s match up, they will be tied with the Sharks in the win column. The Sharks however are one game short this season due to a rain out and if they drop today’s game, they will be forced to make up that game to see if they advance to the playoffs earning a 4th seeded spot. But if they win today’s game, there will be no need for a makeup game. In their last game of the regular season this past Tuesday, the Fa’asao Marist Cougars were able to defeat the Leone Lions by a score of 18-3. This was the third straight loss for the Lions, as they dropped from the #2 spot, down to the #3 spot. This second half of the season has not been good to the Lions, as three of their four losses came in this second half. On the other hand, the defending ASHSAA Champion Cougars have regained their championship forum late in the season and just in time for the playoffs seeded at #2. This coming Saturday, the Lions and Cougars will face one another to try and advance to the ASHSAA Girls Softball Championships that are slated for next Tuesday October 2. If the Lions can get out of their slump and regain what they had earlier in the season, they might be able to knock off the defending champions. The only two losses the Cougars suffered were against the Tafuna Warriors and the Lions, but that was in the first half of the season and since then, the Cougars have been on a roll, winning seven straight games. The Warriors have one last game of the regular season to play which will be today against the winless Faga’itua Vikings. If the Warriors drop this game today against the Vikings, there will be a tie for the top seeded spot between the Warriors and the Cougars, which will force these two teams to meet once again to see who will take the #1 spot for the playoffs. But for that to happen, the Vikings need to pull off a miracle which will be the biggest upset in ASHSAA Girls Softball history. In the playoffs, the #1 seeded team plays the #4 seeded team, while the #2 seeded team plays the #3 seeded team. Today’s games between the Warriors vs. the Vikings and the Sharks vs. the Wildcats have a scheduled starting time of 4:00 p.m. and will be played at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. Standings going into today’s games: W L TEAM Tafuna Warriors 8 1 (seeded #1) Fa’asao Cougars 8 2 (seeded #2) Leone Lions 6 4 (seeded #3) Samoana Sharks 3 5 (seeded #4) pending after today’s game Nu’uuli Wildcats 2 7 Faga’itua Vikings 0 8 Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
➧ American League Action…
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games starting Thursday. Baltimore, after an off day, plays Boston at home this weekend. Sabathia (14-6) threw 89 of his 118 pitches for strikes. Robinson Cano hit a two-run double and Curtis Granderson added a two-run triple during a six-run third inning against Brian Duensing (4-11), and Sabathia took care of the rest. The burly lefty gave up six hits, two runs and one walk. aNGELS 4, marINErS 3 Torii Hunter’s RBI singles tied it in the seventh inning and ended it in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to keep pace in the AL wild-card race with their fifth consecutive victory. Erick Aybar had an early two-run double before Hunter ended it for the Angels (86-69), who remained two games behind Oakland (88-67) after the other three teams in the AL wild-card race all won earlier in the day. Pinch hitter Maicer Izturis opened the ninth with a single off Stephen Pryor (3-1) and advanced to third on a wild pitch and Peter Bourjos’ bunt. Seattle walked rookie Mike Trout to face Hunter, who coolly stroked a single to center. Ernesto Frieri (4-2) pitched the ninth for the Angels.
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USA’s Steve Stricker, left to right, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson putt during a practice round at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Medinah (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) — Coach Jim Harbaugh wants the San Francisco 49ers to get focused, avoid obstacles and get back to winning. Harbaugh refused to let a day-long rain dampen plans to get the offense untracked Wednesday. A purposefully placed bus wouldn’t get in his way, either. Still smarting from a 24-13 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, Harbaugh directed a morning walkthrough on the rain-slickened asphalt of a hotel parking lot. Then practice took place in rain at their home-away-from home, Stambaugh Stadium at nearby Youngstown State University. Patrick Willis, Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn returned from injuries to work in full pads, though nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, nursing a left knee injury, did not. Harbaugh couldn’t wait to work on issues that kept the 49ers from a 3-0 start. He ignored a bus parked in the middle of his walkthrough, then had players slog through rain to correct mistakes. “I think when you come off a loss, you want to get back to work and make darn sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “That’s the mindset we have every day, including today, to work on that mindset in preparation for the game.” The 49ers moved practice to Ohio this week in preparation for playing the Jets at the Meadowlands on Sunday. A year ago, they came to the area between road wins in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Harbaugh said then it was a unique experience for a young team to bond with its new coach. Now in his second season and after a trip to the NFC championship game, Harbaugh doesn’t want distractions derailing the same atmosphere from developing. It was business as usual, with an extra helping of hard work. “The challenge (is), see how much you can get out of today as it relates to preparation for the Jets game,” Harbaugh said. “Don’t know that there’s any rule that it has to be exactly like it was when we’re back in San Francisco or even similar. Challenge is to see how much we can get out of today.” Quarterback Alex Smith believes the 49ers are more advanced at this point than a year ago. He cautioned that it won’t automatically lead to an eight-game winning streak and 13-3 finish like last season. “We certainly feel like we’re a lot further ahead,” Smith said. “With that, nothing’s guaranteed. This is the NFL. But for sure I think we would all say we feel a lot more confident about where we’re at right now than a year ago.”
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Smith said he probably should have played with a bit more urgency against the Vikings. “Looking back, could we have taken more shots?” he said. “For sure, but hindsight it’s so easy to say.” Smith said he’s getting more comfortable working with receivers Mario Manningham and Randy Moss. Fans expect those two free agent signings to add a more exciting dimension to the offense. So does Smith. “Mario was an awesome player when he came here and I think it’s not so much the development, just all of us kind of molding and shaping this thing together,” Smith said. “It’s going to change as we go on.” Harbaugh said Manningham already has contributed as expected. “He’s fit in real nice here,” Harbaugh said. “He just has a knack, has a savvy, very talented. High character guy that makes plays.” Smith is still upset at missing connections with Moss in Minnesota, though he insists he will continue to utilize all his receivers. “We missed, threw the high ball in the corner there, another high ball on the over,” he said. “I really feel like we hit those two, we’re not necessarily talking about this, especially with him. “We got a lot of guys, a lot of guys that can make plays, not just those two. Going to continue to spread the ball around and go to the best matchup.” The opportunity could arise against the Jets with star cornerback Darrelle Revis out for the season. Still, Smith is wary of Jets coach Rex Ryan’s ability to make defensive adjustments. “Don’t know what to expect,” Smith said. “There’s the unknown right there.” Harbaugh listed plenty of attributes about the Jets other cornerback, Antonio Cromartie. “Outstanding ball skills,” Harbaugh said. “Very aggressive. Talented, prototypical type of corner. Big challenge for us.” Notes: Harbaugh congratulated the Youngstown State football team on a 4-0 start, which includes a win over traditional power Pittsburgh. ... The 49ers are aware of various situations in which QB Tim Tebow may be used by the Jets. “You have to be prepared for it. That’s our job,” Harbaugh said. ... Manningham, a native of nearby Warren, is spending special time with his family. His grandfather passed away last month. ... S Donte Whitner said defensive backs have been “getting away with things you don’t normally see,” but he is hopeful regular NFL referees return soon.
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.
Friday: — 4:15 7:15 9:30 Saturday: 1:15 4:15 7:15 9:30 Sunday: 1:15 4:15 7:15 — “Discount Tuesday”: — 4:15 7:15 — Mon-Wed-Thurs: — 4:15 7:15 —
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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A 2nd QB leaves Penn State with Jones’ departure
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is down another quarterback after coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday that backup Paul Jones had left the team for personal reasons. The rocket-armed sophomore, once a highly touted recruit, had slipped behind true freshman Steven Bench to third string. Senior Matt McGloin is the entrenched starter. O’Brien still sought to keep Jones involved and had him practicing at tight end the last several weeks. He played sparingly the last two games, getting his first career reception Sept. 15 against Navy for seven yards. Jones also had one rush for minus-7 yards in last week’s 24-13 win over Temple. Jones is the second quarterback to leave Penn State this year. Rob Bolden left over the summer, about two months after O’Brien tabbed McGloin the starter. Bolden is now at LSU. O’Brien replaced the late Joe Paterno in January and installed a new offense based on the high-powered passing attack he coordinated at his previous job with the NFL’s New England Patriots. Jones and Bolden were once top prospects recruited by Paterno. Both quarterbacks were beaten out for the starting job by McGloin, the top passer in the Big Ten (251 yards per game) headed into conference play. The Nittany Lions (2-2) visit Illinois (2-2) on Saturday. O’Brien, who was the position coach for Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady, said there would still be a package of plays for Jones at quarterback when he announced the move to tight end several weeks ago. The departure is the latest on a Penn State roster that has taken a big hit this year. Jones is the third player to leave the team since the season started, after receiver Shawney Kersey and backup kicker Matt Marcincin, a walk-on. Both also left for personal reasons. Nine players left before the preseason started in August after the NCAA slammed Penn State with strict sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Tailback Silas Redd was the most notable player to take advantage of an exception to leave immediately to play for another school and went to Southern California. Bolden was also allowed to transfer right away, but had been granted permission to talk to other schools before the sanctions were announced July 23. The NCAA waiver allows any Nittany Lions to consider other schools for an immediate transfer until the start of the 2013 preseason, meaning Jones could hook on with another FBS school right away next season. Players aren’t allowed to leave Penn State this season once they enter a game.
Former Boston Red Sox pitchers Luis Tiant, left, and Roger Clemens greet each other as Tim Wakefield applauds, right, during ceremonies honoring the “All-Time Fenway Team” prior to a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 26, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) 2012.
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advantage of some shoddy Pittsburgh defense to win for the fifth time in six games. Jeff Locke (0-3), still searching for his first major league win after nine starts, was chased in the fourth inning. Tied for the NL Central lead a week after the All-Star game, the Pirates have faded quickly in the second half for the second consecutive year. They have dropped 19 of 25 and must go 5-2 the rest of the way to avoid a 20th straight losing season. Wright reached on an infield single during a four-run third inning for his 1,419th hit, snapping a tie with Ed Kranepool atop the team’s career list. A six-time All-Star, Wright accomplished the feat in 1,256 games from 2004-12. Kranepool played in 1,853 games from 1962-79. GIaNTS 6, dIamONdBaCKS 0 Matt Cain pitched seven innings and had two hits and an RBI to lead the San Francisco Giants over Arizona. Brandon Belt added three hits, Pablo Sandoval singled twice and drove in two runs, and Marco Scutaro extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games while helping Cain to his career-best 16th win. It’s San Francisco’s first victory since clinching the NL West division for the second time in three years. The Giants were the fifth NL team to pitch a shutout Wednesday. The last time there were at least five shutouts in the same league on the same day was Sept. 18, 2003, in the NL, according to STATS LLC. Cain (16-5) looked sharp in his next-to-last start in the regular season. He scattered four hits and struck out six. The Giants scored twice off Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley (16-11) in the third on an infield hit by Sandoval and an RBI single from Buster Posey. Posey joined Walker Cooper (122 in 1947) and Dick Dietz (107, 1970) as the only other catchers in franchise history to reach 100 RBIs in a single season. rOCKIES 6, CuBS 0 DENVER (AP) — Drew Pomeranz tossed five scoreless innings for his first win in more than two months and the Colorado Rockies beat Chicago. The game was delayed by rain in the seventh inning for 1 hour, 24 minutes. Charlie Blackmon homered and Chris Nelson had two hits and two RBIs in the Rockies’ third straight win.
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Dave Sappelt had two hits for Chicago, which is winless in 15 road games against NL West opponents. Pomeranz (2-9) had been 0-6 with a 6.84 ERA since the All-Star break. He allowed three hits in his first win since July 6. Jason Berken (0-2) took the loss. aSTrOS 2, CardINaLS 0 HOUSTON (AP) — Bud Norris pitched into the eighth inning for his first win since May 21, and Jose Altuve homered as Houston avoided a sweep. Norris (6-13) allowed two hits and struck out seven without a walk in 7 1-3 innings to snap a career-long 12-game losing streak which spanned 18 starts in the last National League game in Houston with the Astros moving to the American League West for 2013. The victory broke a 10-game winning streak for the Cardinals over Houston and cut their lead over Los Angeles and Milwaukee to 3 1-2 games for the second NL wild-card spot after both teams won Wednesday. Norris hurled the gem despite a tough stretch where he has been slowed by a blister on index finger of his right hand and flu-like symptoms. Wilton Lopez got the final five outs to complete the three-hitter and get his eighth save. Chris Carpenter (0-1) allowed four hits and two runs in six innings in his second start since missing 150 games following right shoulder surgery.
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No. 18 Oregon State (plus 3) at Arizona Beavers going for two in a row on road. ... OREGON STATE 28-27. No. 19 Louisville (minus 10) at Southern Miss Winless Golden Eagles off to worst start since losing first nine in 1976. ... LOUISVILLE 37-28. Wisconsin (plus 12 1/2) at No. 22 Nebraska Badgers welcomed Huskers to Big Ten last season with a loss. ... NEBRASKA 28-21. No. 24 Boise State (plus 26) at New Mexico Lobos already matched win total of last two seasons combined. ... BOISE STATE 28-13. LaST WEEK’S rECOrd: 16-3 (straight); 8-10 (vs. points) SEaSON rECOrd: 72-14 (straight); 35-36 (vs. points)
Those comments came during “Monday Night Football,” with Seattle beating Green Bay 14-12 on a desperation pass into the end zone on the final play. Packers safety M.D. Jennings had both hands on the ball in the end zone, and when he fell to the ground in a scrum, both Jennings and Seahawks receiver Golden Tate had their arms on the ball. The closest official to the play, at the back of the end zone, signaled for the clock to stop, while another official at the sideline ran in and then signaled touchdown. The NFL said in a statement Tuesday that the touchdown pass should not have been overturned — but acknowledged Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch. The league also said there was no indisputable evidence to reverse the call made on the field. That drew even louder howls of disbelief. Some coaches, including Miami’s Joe Philbin and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, tried to restore some calm by instructing players not to speak publicly on the issue. Fines against two coaches for incidents involving the replacements were handed out Wednesday. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was docked $50,000 for trying to grab an official’s arm Sunday to ask for an explanation of a call after his team lost at Baltimore. And Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was tagged for $25,000 for what the league called “abuse of officials” in the Redskins’ loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. Two other coaches, Denver’s John Fox and assistant Jack Del Rio, were fined Monday for incidents involving the replacements the previous week. “I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident,” Belichick said. Players were in no mood for apologies from anyone. “I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but you have to have competent people,” Carolina receiver Steve Smith said. “And if you’re incompetent, get them out of there.” Added Rams quarterback Sam Bradford: “I just don’t think it’s fair to the fans, I don’t think it’s fair to us as players to go out there and have to deal with that week in and week out. I really hope that they’re as close as they say they are.” They were.
Pago A keeps cup against Pago B…
(FFAS MEDIA RELEASE) — It was big brother vs. little brother with Pago A easily beating up on their little brother Pago B 7-0 in the Division 1 FFAS National Cup challenge match on Sept. 22, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. In other games it was Black Roses 2, Vaitogi United 1; Lion Heart A 3, Tafuna Jets 1 and Utulei Youth 16, Kiwi Soccers 0. Pago Youth A maintains its FFAS National League championship lead by four points over Utulei Youth and Black Roses with one more match remaining in the first round robin. Below are the standings so far for Division 1: No. 1 Pago Youth A (5-1-0, 16 points) No. 2 Utulei Youth (4-0-2, 12 points) No. 3 Black Roses (4-0-2, 12 points) No. 4 Vaitogi United (3-0-3, 9 points) No. 5 Lion Heart (2-2-2, 8 points) No. 6 Tafuna Jets (2-1-3, 7 points) No. 7 Kiwi Soccers (1-1-4, 4 points) No. 8 Pago Youth B (0-1-5, 1 point) Utulei Youth has the differential in goals tiebreaker in hand for second place over Black Roses with 16 to the latter’s five. paGO yOuTh a 7, paGO yOuTh B 0 Rambo Tapui scored a brace for Pago A in one of their easiest defenses of the Division 1 FFAS National Cup. Contributing with a goal apiece were Ryan Samuelu, Daru Taumua, AJ Tualaulelei, Alatina Vaialii and Iotamo Lameta. BLaCK rOSES 2, VaITOGI uNITEd 1 Iele Siaulaiga scored in the first half to put Black Roses up 1-0 in the first half and Fau Fea added another goal to give them a bit of a cushion in the second half. Vaitogi United found themselves defending more in the first half while things turned slightly better in the second half for them, but not by much. Mikey Unasa scored for Vaitogi United but an equalizing goal was not to be found on that day. LION hEarT a 3, TaFuNa JETS 1 A week after an inspiring 1-1 draw against cup holders Pago Youth A, the Tafuna Jets produced a lackluster performance in losing to Lion Heart A 3-1. Ufi Feagaimaali’i scored a brace for the Jets while an own goal by Tafuna gave their opponents that third score. William Chan Kau scored for Tafuna. uTuLEI yOuTh 16, KIWI SOCCErS 0 Playing against only seven players, Utulei Youth had a field day in the scoring department as they racked up 16, good enough to give them an 11-goal lead over Black Roses for second place in the standings. Utulei scored 12 in the first half alone. Kaleopa Siligi finished with a game-high nine goals while Elama Fa’atonu completed a hat trick (three goals). Pesamino Victor scored two. Siligi had six in the first half and three in the second.
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Vaiala Tongan defenders hustle to clear the ball from the edge of the box as PanSa players try to take possession of it. [FFAS MEDIA]
PanSa escapes close one against Vaiala Tonga, 2-1
Pago Youth A’s Liatama Amisone Jr. in action during the FFAS Division 1 National Cup challenge match against Pago Youth B on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Pago Soccer Stadium. [FFAS MEDIA]
(FFAS MEDIA RELEASE) — PanSa eeked out a 2-1 men’s Division 2 FFAS National Cup win over Vaiala Tongan in a very close contest played on Sept. 22, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. In other Division 2 round 6 matches of the 2012 FFAS National League it was Atu’u Broncos 1, Lion Heart B 0; FC SKBC 6, Ilaoa & To’omata 1 and Taputimu Youth 7, Green Bay 1. There is one more match remaining in the first round-robin of the competition and currently the standings are: No. 1 FC SKBC (5-0-1, 15 points) No. 2 PanSa (5-0-1) 15 points) No. 3 Taptutimu Youth (4-1-1, 13 points) No. 4 Atu’u Broncos (4-0-2, 13 points) No. 5 Ilaoa & To’omata (2-0-4, 6 points) No. 6 Green Bay (1-1-4, 4 points) No. 7 Vaiala Tongan (1-1-4, 4 points) Lion Heart B (0-1-5, 1 point) The seventh and final round of the first round-robin will not take place this week as the second round of the 2012 President’s Cup group stage will be played on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. paNSa 2, VaIaLa TONGaN 1 Casper Kuresa came out the hero for PanSa with a brace against Vaiala Tongan during the Division 2 FFAS National Cup challenge but it was a victory that could have turned the other way. Vaiala Tongan let their speedy forwards and midfielders loose and they almost came away with two goals in the first half. Bad second
touches with the ball saw it get away from them after beating PanSa’s goalie. Kuresa headed in a perfect corner kick for his first goal and then added a second one in the last half. Sinisa Tua, after giving PanSa trouble all throughout the match with his blazing speed, finally shot one in for a 2-1 final score. aTu’u BrONCOS 1, LION hEarT B 0 Atu’u Broncos and Lion Heart B kept attacking one another with vigor all throughout the match but still could not score. Not until two minutes to full time when Rafael “Fish” Rocha finally blasted a shot into the back of the goal after many tries to give his team the 1-0 win. FC SKBC 6, ILaOa & TO’OmaTa 1 Ilaoa & To’omata made things interesting with a 2-1 score in the first half. But Chris Seui went on a four-goal rampage in the second half to turn the match into a blowout for the division-leading SKBC. Seui totaled 5 goals for the match including the game’s first score. TapuTImu yOuTh 7, GrEEN Bay 1 Taputimu romped to a 7-1 win thanks to the best striker duo in the league, Bobby Nu’usila and Ryan Petaia. Petaia scored twice in the first half to help Taputimu to a 3-1 lead while Nu’usila finished it off with a four-goal, second half performance. Scoring one goal for Taputimu was Pepa Meredith. Ryan Paaga scored the lone goal for Green Bay.
FIFA gives $1M to South Sudan soccer federation
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is to give $1 million to the South Sudan soccer federation to help its newest member build a headquarters in capital city Juba. South Sudan was accepted as the 209th FIFA member in May and played its first recognized international match several weeks later, drawing 2-2 with visiting Uganda. South Sudan is currently ranked 197th. FIFA says its development committee has granted $500,000 from Goal Project funds to build offices and a playing surface in Juba. South Sudan will receive an additional $500,000 from a fund targeting poorer members to help with “laying solid foundations for the new organization.” South Sudan became officially independent from Sudan in July 2011.
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Female golf champ can play with boys
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The board that oversees Idaho high school sports won’t bar a female golf champion from playing with the boys’ team if not enough girls turn out to form a team of their own. A proposed rule change that would have blocked Sierra Harr’s participation emerged over the summer at the Idaho High School Activities Association after she helped the Castleford High School boys win the 2012 championship for Idaho’s smallest schools. Harr, a 16-year-old junior, says the debate came up after rival coaches complained. Association executive director John Billetz said Wednesday there was just a single vote in favor of the rule change at a meeting in Coeur d’Alene. Billetz says the 11 board members voting in the majority concluded Harr’s situation happens so infrequently, it didn’t merit a big change. “Nothing has changed, everything is back to the way it was,” he said. If enough girls turn out to form a Castleford girls’ team in 2013, Harr will play with them. If not, she can still compete for a spot on the boys’ team. Taking a brief break in between classes Wednesday, Harr told The Associated Press that a potentially difficult situation has come to a satisfying conclusion — not just for her, but for other girls in Idaho. “If you believe in something ... you should stand up for it,” she said. Harr says the process has been a learning experience and that the resolution will allow her to focus on golf. Her next tournament is this weekend in Sun Valley. Two years ago, in Harr’s freshman season at Castleford, she easily won the individual girl’s state title for schools with fewer than 160 students, taking the championship by 6 strokes. In 2012, however, only three girls turned out for Castleford’s girls’ squad, one too few to field a formal team. Rather than play as an individual in female competitions, Harr won the Idaho High School Activities Association’s permission to play with Castleford’s boys’ team — provided she qualified every week. Hitting from the same tees as the boys, she finished in seventh at the state tournament in May, helping her 2A school to the boys’ team title. Harr said some opposing coaches then raised concerns, saying she should continue to play with the girls as an individual, rather than being allowed to play for the boys’ team. After the activities association board voted to consider the proposed change in July, Harr, who is the No. 3 ranked female golfer in Idaho with a 2.2 handicap, openly campaigned against it. “The mental mind set a golfer gains from golfing for a team cannot be replaced,” she wrote to the association. Before the vote, lawyers who work on discrimination cases in sports also told the AP that federal Title IX provisions would likely make the proposed rule change illegal because barring Harr from the boys’ team, in the absence of a girls’ squad, would deny her access to equal educational opportunities. Billetz, the association director, said there was no discussion among board members about Title IX before their decision. “The bottom line was, this is something that was just like an anomaly,” he said.
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A Sept. 6, 2012, file photo shows Sierra Harr, who helped the Castleford High School boy’s golf team win Idaho’s 2A championship in May, at the Clear Lakes Country Club near Buhl, Idaho. The board that oversees Idaho high school sports won’t bar Harr from playing with the boys team (AP Photo/John Miller,file) if not enough girls turn out and form their own team.
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WHAT: International Outreach Forum WHERE: South Pacific Academy WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012 2PM – 5PM WHO: Open to the public WHY: Hear Salu & Savusa’s plans for a principle-centered Government that is responsive to the needs of ALL families to include those of our international/multicultural community. E valaau atu ma le faaaloalo lava i le mamalu o le atunuu, aemaise e e fia faafofoga i se folasaga mai Sui Tauva ia Salu ma Savusa i le faatasiga a Aiga Fai mai, e faia i le Aso Toanai 29 Setema 2012, mai le 2 – 5 i le afiafi, i le gym a le Aoga a le South Pacific Academy in Tafuna.
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Broncos: We’re not the NFL’s new bad boys
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are the NFL’s new bad boys. Or maybe they’re just victims of circumstance and perception. They’ve racked up $134,000 in fines already for crossing the line on both tackles and talk, and they’ve watched three of their players get served with suspension letters from the league office. Linebacker Joe Mays is appealing his $50,000 fine and one-game suspension for his vicious hit last weekend that sent Matt Schaub’s helmet and a chunk of his left ear flying. If the NFL upholds his punishment, the Broncos will have to face the Oakland Raiders, the league’s longtime renegades, without Mays, who’s known as one of the game’s hardest hitters and is also considered one of the nicest men in pro football. “Joe Mays is not a dirty player. He was not intentionally trying to hurt anybody,” coach John Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday, choosing his words carefully so as not to incur the wrath of the commissioner’s office again. “He was playing football, and in football sometimes there’s a fine line in putting the hurt on somebody and trying to hurt them.” The Broncos (1-2) are already thin at linebacker with Nate Irving (concussion) hurt and D.J. Williams serving a sixgame suspension for violating the league’s banned-substances policy, the same infraction that sidelined tight end Virgil Green for the first four games. Mays was docked $7,875 after Week 2 because of his unpenalized hit on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan after he slid to declare himself down. The latest Mays penalty came a day after the NFL levied a $30,000 fine against Fox and a $25,000 fine against defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio for verbal abuse of the replacement officials during the Atlanta game. “That’s life, man,” said safety Rahim Moore, who was fined $21,000 for his illegal hit on defenseless Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the Broncos’ opener. “When the coaches curse, that’s not something they intend to do. And we’re not just out there hitting guys for fines. I mean, who wants money taken from them? Nobody does. “So, we just play the game, we’re passionate. At the same time, we respect the rules and regulations here at the Denver Broncos. They don’t teach us to do things the wrong way. We just try to play hard every snap.” Moore cringed at the notion that the Broncos are crossing the line willy-nilly. “When it’s all said and done, you want people to be able to get up out of bed the next morning,” Moore said. “And unfortunately, we’ve been fined and had some problems with our team, but we’re trying to win. So, we’ve got to deal with the consequences.” Fox insisted he wasn’t worried that the Broncos might be viewed as the NFL’s new bad boys. “I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been doing it the same way for almost a quarter of a century,” Fox said. “I know Joe Mays. I know Jack Del Rio. If people want to create that image they can. But I know differently.” The big, bad Broncos? Hardly. “That just makes me laugh,” defensive tackle Mitch Unrein said. “Well, of course, we want to be considered a tough team and you try to set a standard of play: we’re going to play hard and we’re going to hit you hard, but we’re not going to try to do anything cheap. That’s not the name of the game. Unfortunately, some guys have gotten fined for it, but nothing’s intentional.” Mays said after the game that he expected a fine but not a suspension, adding, “it was definitely not my intention to do that. I’m just trying to play fast.” He explained that Schaub “kind of ducked his head toward the end” as he came free and was about to make impact. “So, there’s nothing I can do about it, I can’t take it back,” Mays said. “I guess it’s on to the next game.” Not for Mays, unless he can get his suspension overturned by Art Shell or Ted Cottrell, who are jointly appointed by the league and union to review discipline handed out for on-field conduct. “I think it’s terrible,” defensive tackle Justin Bannan said. “Joe’s one of the best human beings I know, and there’s no way he would maliciously go after a quarterback like that or hit him in the head on purpose. You guys have got to realize how fast these things happen.” Bannan said the league is asking the impossible of players to avoid those types of hits entirely. “Especially on the back end, you’re watching these safeties and cornerbacks coming to hit a guy across the middle and that guy adjusts at the last second or something happens, I don’t know how you adjust in midair going fullspeed,” Bannan said. “Sometimes your head may hit him, and a lot of times, that’s an accident.” If Mays isn’t allowed to play, the Broncos will go with Keith Brooking in the middle. He’d been rotating with Wesley Woodyard at weakside linebacker. Two rookies who haven’t played any defensive snaps, Danny Trevathan and Steven Johnson, would be in the rotation. Mays apologized to Schaub during and after Denver’s 31-25 loss Sunday, and Schaub indicated Wednesday he didn’t begrudge Mays for the hard hit that left him bloodied and with a chunk of his left ear somewhere in the grass at Sports Authority Field. “It’s a violent game we play. Things happen. It’s the nature of playing football, there are no hard feelings,” Schaub said. “The league does what the league needs to do. He definitely came up and apologized and felt bad about the hit. And I’m fine, so we’ll just move on.” Unrein said it was a shame Mays might be getting a bad rap, though. “It’s a violent game and from ever since you’re a little kid, you’re always preached to go as hard as you can, hit as hard as you can every play,” Unrein said. “Things happen so fast out there, a split-second, if he sees you coming, he lowers his head, too. “And you know, Joe’s such a nice guy, he never plays to hurt anybody. He just plays the game so hard and with so much passion.” Johnson looked at Mays’ empty locker Wednesday and shook his head. “Back in the day, it probably would have just looked like a good hit and they probably would have moved on to the next play and put it on a highlight reel,” Johnson said. “But now the game’s changed. You’ve just got to roll with the punches.” Notes: Help is on the way for QB Peyton Manning, who’s been sacked eight times so far, putting him on pace for a career-high 43: RG Chris Kuper practiced Wednesday for the first time since breaking his left forearm on Aug. 14. Kuper declined comment until he’s played in a game, which may not come until Week 5 at New England. ... WR Matthew Willis (hamstring) and CB Quinton Carter (knee) missed practice.
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As Steelers struggle, Roethlisberger shines
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t sandbagging. At least, not intentionally. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback really did have concerns about how long it would take to develop the rapport necessary to execute Todd Haley’s gameplan without drawing the ire of his sometimes combustible new offensive coordinator. Turns out, it took less than a month. While the Steelers (1-2) are off to a sluggish start, the arranged marriage between Roethlisberger and Haley is blossoming. The quarterback ranks second in the NFL with a 109.2 rating and is tied for the league lead with eight touchdowns while completing 68 percent of his passes, five points above his career average. So much for the concerns about whether Roethlisberger and Haley could co-exist. The two certainly look like they’re on the same page through the season’s first three weeks. Whether he’s running things out of the no-huddle, firing off a quick hitter to one of the deepest receiving corps in the league or using his legs to extend plays long enough to make something happen, Roethlisberger looks like he’s been working with Haley six years, not six months. “He’s made very good decisions,” Haley said. “When you see us in quick mode, when the ball is coming out on three-step timing, he’s been tremendous.” Even if Roethlisberger’s been forced to holster a bit of his inner gunslinger. Defenses have challenged him to stay patient, taking away the deep stuff and making Roethlisberger settle for shorter passes instead of allowing him to let it fly. Rather than trust his arm, Roethlisberger is trusting the system. The results have been spectacular. “I think he’s playing as good as any quarterback in the league,” wide receiver Mike Wallace said. One who isn’t afraid to just make things up as he goes. When Oakland went to press coverage on fourth down in the first quarter last Sunday, Roethlisberger used a hand signal held over from Bruce Arians’ tenure as offensive coordinator to communicate with Wallace about a specific route. Wallace turned the play into a first down, one of two instances Roethlisberger went old school during a 34-31 loss. The quarterback raised some eyebrows after his 384-yard, four-touchdown performance by hinting he ditched Haley’s playbook in the second half. Turns out, he didn’t, clarifying on Tuesday he talked to Haley afterward about the hand signals, which are now a permanent part of the offense. “I know there’s some people out there that were saying that I’m resistant to Todd,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s one of those things, we went to Todd and it’s in the playbook now.” Call it a show of the growing confidence Roethlisberger and Haley have in each other. At times, Roethlisberger has been almost surgical in his approach. Save for a couple of late-game gambles in a season-opening loss to Denver, the quarterback and the coordinator have been in sync. “He knows when he’s hearing my voice in his headset and giving him a call that I’m putting him in the best position for him to succeed,” Haley said. “I have to trust him that when I make the call, he’s going to make it work. At this point it’s been really good and I expect it to continue.” Having a seemingly endless number of targets, helps. The only skill position player who hasn’t caught at least one pass this season is rookie tight end David Paulson. When defenses have put most of their attention on Pro Bowlers Wallace and Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger has no trouble hitting fullback Will Johnson wheeling out of the backfield. The team’s thirdlongest play from scrimmage so far isn’t a bomb to Wallace but a 26-yard toss from Roethlisberger to a player who wasn’t even in the league a year ago. “Ben’s in complete control out there,” left tackle Max Starks said. “Instead of trying to feel his way through and trying to understand this or that, when he goes out there, he knows what he wants to do.” Maybe it’s just the final step in a nearly decade-long process that’s seen Roethlisberger win a pair of Super Bowls but also make his fair share of headlines for his off-the-field transgressions. The precocious kid who derailed a title defense in 2006 by wrecking his motor cycle and was suspended four games in 2010 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy turned 30 last spring. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami (Ohio) in May and is expecting his first child with wife Ashley this winter. While not exactly thrilled with the way the team handled Arians’ departure — the Steelers said Arians “retired” in February only to watch him get hired by the Indianapolis Colts a few weeks later — Roethlisberger didn’t pout. Though he and Haley aren’t unlikely to be BFFs anytime soon, they’re starting to produce the kind of numbers that are reminiscent of the eye-popping totals the Arizona Cardinals put up in 2007-08 when Haley was calling the plays and Kurt Warner was turning Larry Fitzgerald into a superstar. The Cardinals ended that 2008 season in the Super Bowl, where all Haley could do is watch from the sideline as Roethlisberger led the game-winning touchdown drive in the final moments to give the Steelers their sixth championship. Now Haley and Roethlisberger are on the same side in Pittsburgh’s pursuit of a record seventh ring, the fiery coordinator and the sometimes stubborn quarterback creating harmony one play at a time. “Ben can be explosive and he’s off to that start right now and it’s pretty awesome to see,” Starks said. “It’s awesome to see that maturation when he’s on all cylinders.” NOTES: Steelers S Ryan Mundy was fined $21,000 by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. Mundy knocked Heyward-Bey unconscious after slamming into him during a pass into the end zone during the fourth quarter last Sunday ... Steelers LB James Harrison did not practice on Wednesday. The four-time Pro Bowler had practiced on Tuesday, his first full practice since undergoing minor surgery on his right knee six weeks ago.
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Ex-QB McMahon talks about earlystage “dementia”
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is suffering from early-stage dementia, has told a Chicago television station that while he appreciates what football has done for him, if he could do it over, he would play baseball. In an interview with Fox affiliate WFLD-TV, aired Wednesday, the 53-year-old McMahon says he knows where he’s going when in an airport. But when he meets people, “I’m asking two minutes later, ‘Who was that?’ “When my friends call and leave me a message ... I’ll read it and delete it before I respond and then I forget who called and left me a message,” he added. McMahon says he is not currently worried about his mind withering away. He says he still reads a lot and is doing other things to keep his mind active. However, he said he doesn’t know whether he is getting worse. “Other than just sitting in the house, I’m on the road doing these different events and charities, helping my buddies out,” McMahon said. “When I’m home, I’m usually sitting in the back of my room just watching TV in the dark and when I come out it’s to the kitchen to get something to eat.” Knowing what he now does about the effects of the punishment he received in his 14-year NFL career, McMahon said, he would have chosen a different career. “That was my first love, was baseball, and had I had a scholarship to play baseball. I probably would have played just baseball,” he said. “But football paid for everything, it still does. That Super Bowl XX team is still as popular as it ever was. Until they win again, we’re gonna still make money.” McMahon led the Bears to the 1986 Super Bowl victory over New England. He is now among the retired players suing the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain trauma. More than 2,400 retired players are plaintiffs, looking for the kind of success smokers had against the tobacco companies. The result then was a landmark, $206 billion settlement shared among 46 states. The ex-players are taking on a multibillion-dollar industry that is the most popular sport in the United States. McMahon said he suffered four concussions while playing. He said after being slammed by the defense, team doctors generally would ask him how hef felt and whether he could follow a finger with his eyes. “They’d ask you questions, basic questions. Where are you, what day is it? Stuff like that. And if you were able to answer that and seem like you were OK, they would let you back in.” McMahon said he realizes fans believe the lawsuit is motivated by greed, but he said many players didn’t make a lot of money in the 1980s. He noted that his contract was mostly incentives, and if he didn’t play he wasn’t going to get paid.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas casino took an unusual step Wednesday and offered refunds to gamblers who lost money when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial touchdown at the end of Monday night’s game. Derek Stevens, owner The D Las Vegas, seized on the attention being paid to the much-derided decision by replacement officials handling the NFL game and became the only casino in Las Vegas to offer refunds. “I know exactly how it would feel if I was laying the number and I saw what happened,” Stevens said. He declared himself “disgusted” with the ruling and said he just couldn’t accept the outcome. The Seahawks won 14-12 after a Packers defender and Seahawks receiver fought for the ball on a final “Hail Mary” pass play. Officials missed an offensive pass interference call and then decided there had been simultaneous catch by the two players. Under NFL rules, that gave Seattle the touchdown and the win. Nevada gambling regulators said Stevens could make refunds if he wanted. Another Las Vegas sports book operator worried the move set a bad precedent. “Whenever there are bad calls we’re going to start refunding? Based on what?” said Jay Kornegay, race and sports book director at The LVH casino. “We’re supposed to pay out winning wagers based on official final scores by the league, in this case the NFL.” Some offshore online betting outlets have also issued refunds. Stevens, who has been renovating and rebranding the high-rise downtown casino formerly called the Fitzgerald, said D Las Vegas will refund straight and money-line bets made on the Packers until Sunday — but only on wagers made at his sports book. State gambling regulations prohibit a sports book from rescinding a wager without prior approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission chairman. The chairman, Mark Lipparelli, said a refund is different from rescinding a bet. He said that in his four years on the regulatory panel he couldn’t remember a similar move.
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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.
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HONOLULU (AP) — A Molokai man has filed a lawsuit seeking to use DNA to prove his ancestry so he can qualify for the Hawaiian homelands program, which leases land at almost no cost to Native Hawaiians. Applicants must have 50 percent Native Hawaiian ancestry to qualify for the program, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands allows for birth certificates and other records such as marriage and death certificates to be used as proof. But Leighton Pang Kee argues in a lawsuit filed this week in Circuit Court that the agency’s rules on what can be considered “documented proof” are unclear. Kee was adopted and his birth certificate doesn’t list his biological father, the lawsuit says. He contends DNA establishes his Native Hawaiian ancestry and should be accepted as proof. The lawsuit “is focused on the need for DHHL to create a policy that allows for a beneficiary to submit DNA evidence to show their genealogy,” said Camille Kalama, one of Kee’s attorneys with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. “It’s one more way of proving who your mother or father is.” The Hawaiian homelands program was established as a way to make it possible for Native Hawaiians to live on Hawaiian land. It provides them with 99-year leases at $1 per year. Kalama said Wednesday other applicants have reached out for help when they’ve been denied benefits because they lack proper documentation, usually because they were born out of wedlock and their birth certificates don’t list a father’s name. But as far she knows, this is the first lawsuit that seeks to use DNA to prove ancestry to get Hawaiian homelands benefits. The department issued a statement saying it hasn’t had an opportunity to review the suit with its attorneys and can’t comment on active litigation. The agency said it will confer with the attorney general’s office. According to the lawsuit, Kee was born in 1960 in Honolulu to a mother who is at least 81.25 percent Native Hawaiian and a father whose birth certificate shows his parents were Native Hawaiian. The father died in 1983. Kee grew up knowing about his bloodline, Kalama said. After he was deemed ineligible for homelands benefits, Kee found his father’s brother living on homestead land in Nanakuli and obtained DNA from him. The DNA showed a 96.35 percent probability that Kee and the man were related, the lawsuit said. Kalama noted that Kamehameha Schools allows for DNA to show ancestry. The private schools on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island give admissions preference to Native Hawaiians. Being able to prove one’s Native Hawaiian lineage is important not only for homelands rights, but for other benefits such as scholarships, Kalama said. “You’re affecting multiple generations by that one break,” she said.
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COWBOYS, 20-13 No. 13 San Diego (minus 1 1-2) at No. 24 Kansas City Just can’t trust Chargers — not that Chiefs are anything special. CHIEFS, 20-17 No. 9 Seattle (minus 2 1-2) at No. 29 St. Louis If it comes down to a desperation pass on final play, go with Seattle. SEAHAWKS, 27-13 No. 26 Oakland (plus 6) at No. 16 Denver Steelers handed Raiders a gift. Peyton won’t be so charitable. BRONCOS, 26-24 No. 14 Cincinnati (minus 1 1-2) at No. 30 Jacksonville Bengals beat a better Washington team on road last week. BENGALS, 22-14 No. 21 Washington (plus 3) at No. 22 Tampa Bay Bucs play teams tough, can handle this NFC East foe — barely. BUCCANEERS, 30-28 2012 rECOrd Against spread: 5-10-1 (16-30-2); 7-9 (26-22) Best Bet: 2-0-1 against spread, 3-0 straight up. Upset special 2-1 against spread, 2-1 straight up.
GuILTy pLEa IN maKaha BuS STOp dEaTh OF BOy, 3 WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — The man charged with negligent homicide in a hit-andrun crash that killed a 3-year-old boy at a west Oahu bus stop has pleaded guilty. Potasi Uta Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in a plea deal that will put him in prison for 20 years. Ashton Brown died at the bus stop alongside Makaha Beach in March. Four of his family members were also injured. His father was across the street setting up camp for the reportedly homeless family. Uta’s family members say they’ve raised money for Ashton’s family. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that under the plea deal, Uta must complete his 10-year sentence for a 2004 burglary before he begins his 20-year term for the negligent homicide case. Prosecutors say he was drunk at the time of the crash. FEdS dECLarE KauaI dISaSTEr arEa GIVEN drOuGhT CONdITIONS LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department has designated Kauai County as a disaster area because of ongoing drought. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a letter sent Wednesday to Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie that the declaration will give farmers access to assistance. The letter says Kauai is on the list because it has had at least eight straight weeks of severe drought during the growing season. Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui counties already have the designation. 20 yEarS IN BIG ISLaNd TOddLEr’S aBuSE dEaTh HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Big Island man to 20 years in prison for the death of a 3-year-old girl. Ezekiel Wakinekona was sentenced Tuesday for manslaughter and domestic abuse. He pleaded guilty in June to manslaughter in Marley Makanani’s death and abuse of her two sisters. An autopsy found the toddler died of near drowning and traumatic head injury due to abuse. Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Marley’s mother said in court she doesn’t hate Wakinekona and that he was like her big brother. Tasha Nihau-Lindsey is the cousin of Wakinekona’s wife. His wife Kahealani Wakinekona testified previously that he had been giving Marley a bath and left, then returned to find her partially submerged and making gurgling sounds. NO CONTEST pLEa IN raCING dEaTh OF Oahu BOy, 11 WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) — A man police say was racing with another driver that caused a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy has pleaded no contest over his role in the Waimanalo death. Travis Murray pleaded no contest Tuesday to negligent homicide and two counts of assault. He had been charged with manslaughter. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports he faces fiveyear prison terms for reach of the three charges when he’s sentenced in December. Samuel Kassebeer was ejected when the car he was riding in was hit from behind. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Prosecutors say Herbert Kaio-Campbell was the driver of the car that hit Kassebeer. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and assault but was found dead from an apparent suicide two days before he was scheduled to be sentenced.
$90K FOr haWaII aThLETIC dIrECTOr SEarCh FIrm HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii plans to spend about $90,000 on a firm to help search for the next athletic director. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday the university says it has identified a firm to help review applications and recruit a new athletic director. Former Athletic Director Jim Donovan was put on leave during an investigation into a botched benefit Stevie Wonder concert. University President M.R.C. Greenwood told a special state Senate committee the school created a $200,000-a year position for Donovan because of pressure to reinstate him and a lawsuit threat. Spokeswoman Diane Chang says there have been more than 60 applications for the job so far. She says private donations are being solicited to pay for the search firm’s fees. The university didn’t name the firm. uS hOuSE CaNdIdaTES dEBaTE ON haWaII puBLIC radIO HONOLULU (AP) — A debate between the candidates vying for urban Honolulu’s 1st Congressional District focused on issues such as jobs creation and the federal government’s debt. Democrat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and her Republican opponent former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou sounded off Tuesday on Hawaii Public Radio. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Hanabusa pressed Djou on his vote on a bill with reductions to veterans’ programs and military construction. Djou served six months in Afghanistan. He says he cares deeply about the military and favored spending reductions, not elimination of programs. Hanabusa says she’ll focus on the nation’s economic recovery while Djou says he would focus on the debt. SCIENTISTS rETurN FrOm OpIhI rESEarCh EXpEdITION HONOLULU (AP) — A research team has returned from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands with new information on opihi reproduction. Scientists with the team that returned Tuesday say they gathered evidence that female opihi live higher on the rocky shore than male opihi. This discovery will help when considering restoration of opihi habitat in populated areas such as Oahu. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the information gathered at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will help lead to better management of the highly sought-after delicacy. Consumers pay a premium for the small limpets that cling to rocks in high surf, making them dangerous to harvest. There have been calls to restrict harvesting in response to concern about dwindling supply. KauaI VISITOrS BurEau CELEBraTES “BLuE haWaII” LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Kauai Visitors Bureau is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Elvis Presley movie, “Blue Hawaii.” “Blue Hawaii” will be screened and an Elvis Presley tribute artist will perform at a celebration hosted by the agency at the Kauai Marriott Resort on Saturday. The movie was filmed on Oahu and Kauai in 1961. It was released later that year, but didn’t debut on Kauai until early 1962. It was the first major motion picture to showcase Kauai as Kauai, and triggered a wave of interest in the island. The last 20 minutes of the movie were filmed at or near the now-closed Coco Palms Resort. The film ends with a lagoon wedding scene in which Presley and his fiancee are carried to a chapel in a double-hulled canoe.
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GOLD 4 CASH Bring your unwanted gold, broken jewelry. We’re paying good money for your gold. Contact us @ 2583272 or 733-8697. We come to you. [10/02] FEMALE PEN PAL by College Graduate for friendship and possible marriage, age PRIME LOCATION, spacious 18-23. Mail to Lloyd D. Robert3 bd/2 bth, partly furnished son, 1231 Dattel St. Memphis, home on 1/4 acre land in Tafe- Tenn. 38122 [09/28] ta. Electric stove/oven, refrigerator, washer/dryer hook up, huge fenced front & back MISCELLANEOUS yard. Available Now. Tanya @ 258-7629. [10/02] FEMALE DOG Only 1 year old 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOME up for adoption & looking for a In Leone. Very clean & well loving home. Already spayed. kept up home. Fully fenced Call 258-9973. home for security. Must see. $1,000/mo. Call 699-9169 or email sreid41@yahoo.com [10/02]
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
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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:
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“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
THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AS Parent Meeting Thur. Sept 27th 5pm BGCAS Clubhouse, Tafuna. AllClub member parents are encouraged to attent this important meeting. Info 699-2222. 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 volleyball balls) 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 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/
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Universal Crossword
Edited by Timothy E. Parker September 27, 2012
ACROSS 1 Bit of a tiff 5 Disgusted chorus 9 Like a lit lantern 14 Code word for “A” 15 December air 16 “Ghostbusters” gunk 17 Persuade gently 18 Gaucho’s weapon 19 French philosopher Georges 20 “Hit it!” 23 Picnic pest 24 Letter from Greece? 25 Name of many English kings 29 Actor Kilmer 31 It may get plastered 35 Jeweled crown 36 Extremely smart people 38 Spring month 39 Are ahead of schedule 42 Before, to a bard 43 Nab with a noose 44 Insurance ploy 45 Classical instrument 47 Vague amount 48 Event with a pinata
49 Brooks behind “Blazing Saddles” 51 Constrictor, e.g. 52 Home with floors separated by half a story 61 Doctor’s request 62 Like some salsa 63 Had memorized 64 Conservative start? 65 ___ Royale (Lake Superior park) 66 Frost 67 Pair of sixes 68 Sly look 69 Baseline on a graph DOWN 1 Black Hawk’s group 2 Novel creation? 3 Not proximately 4 Picker-upper, of a sort 5 Straighten, in a way 6 Socialize 7 Beatles album 8 Jalousie unit 9 Money in the bank, say 10 All over the world 11 Bit of old Italian bread? 12 Storm clouds, to
some 13 Unite with heat 21 Ingot units 22 Prefix meaning “sun” 25 Lucy’s pal on TV 26 Book with a lock and key 27 Not stick to one’s guns 28 “Where the Wild Things ___” 29 Small American thrush 30 Poker buy-in 32 Stockpile 33 Predictive deck 34 Carnivorous cackler 36 Dillinger chaser 37 Hebrew prophet 40 Excluding nothing
41 Cautionary beginning? 46 Displaced person, often 48 Computer desktop icon 50 Hawke of “Snow Falling on Cedars” 51 Ball girl 52 Mideast missile 53 Marco ___ 54 Leap with one full rotation 55 Disney’s “ ___ and the Detectives” 56 Shop tool 57 Pod vegetable 58 Alternative to DOS or Windows 59 Turnpike rumbler 60 Merino mamas
Thursday, September 27, 2012
PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
happy BIrThday: Your observation will pay off. Expand on your plans and your mind. Pick up information and new skills that will help you reach your goals. Put less emphasis on the things that bother you, and more on how you can be successful. Your numbers are 3, 17, 23, 29, 32, 38, 40. arIES (March 21-April 19): Not everyone will share information. Listen carefully and observe what those around you are doing. It will be important to stay in the loop if you want to reach your goals. An interesting partnership will develop from an inquiry. ✸✸✸ TauruS (April 20-May 20): Pick and choose your arguments and make sure you know what you are talking about before you engage in a conversation. Sticking to doing what you do best and saying little for the time being will bring the best results. Emotional deception is apparent. ✸✸✸✸ GEmINI (May 21-June 20): You won’t see what’s going on around you clearly. Your emotions will supersede practicality, resulting in trouble at work and with those you count on for help. Keep life and the things you do simple. Avoid overdoing it. ✸✸ CaNCEr (June 21-July 22): Don’t hold back; clear the air, even if it means you’ll have to face adversity. It’s better to know where you stand and who is by your side at the end of the day. Communication, travel and lifestyle changes are all prevalent.
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BOWL ME OVER By Henry Quarters
✸✸✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Live life your way, and don’t pick fights with those who don’t do or feel the same way you do. Gravitate toward the people who do share your sentiments and are striving to make the same improvements as you, and you will find strength. ✸✸✸ VIrGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pick and choose your friends wisely. You may be attracted to someone for the wrong reasons. Don’t let emotional deception lead to a problem. Mixing business with pleasure
may entice you, but it will not be practical or productive. ✸✸✸ LIBra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Mixed emotions will surface over money matters and past relationships. Leave the past behind you and look to new opportunities that will enhance your chance to be successful. A change in the company you keep will pay off. ✸✸✸ SCOrpIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Rely on your intuition and you will make good personal and creative choices. A chance to make money is available, but will only happen if you adjust what and the way you invest. Support your ideas and believe in what you do. ✸✸✸✸✸ SaGITTarIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Avoid serious pursuits that are not clearly defined. You will end up running in circles if you believe everything you hear. Stop and decipher what it is you actually want and who is leading you astray. Don’t take chances. ✸✸ CaprICOrN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Learn from the past. Expose what hasn’t worked and remember who may have gotten in your way. Do not make the same mistake twice when there is so much to gain by relying on what you know from the experience you have encountered. ✸✸✸✸ aQuarIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t let anger show your weakness. Concentrate on improvement and getting the most out of whatever you pursue. Fixing up your residence or expanding your circle of friends will lead to greater options. Love is on the rise. ✸✸✸ pISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Follow your intuition, but don’t overreact, overdo or overspend. Not everyone will tell you the truth, and it’s up to you to decide what is fact and what is fiction. Be true to your beliefs and standards first and foremost. ✸✸✸ BIrThday BaBy: You are caring and affectionate. You face challenge with courage. You are inventive.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
BrEaKup OF LONG marrIaGE may BE ONLy ShOrT-TErm
together more than 10 years and have a 2-year-old daughter. Tom was diagnosed with a terminal illness early last year and is close to the end now. He’s very angry, which I understand, but he takes it out on me since I am his caregiver. I’m also a full-time student about to graduate with my degree in registered nursing, so I’m busy all the time. Between school, my daughter and giving full care to my husband, I’m stressed out. He yells a lot about everything, from money woes to the wrong bread on his sandwich. To top it off, we haven’t been intimate since our daughter was born. I’m not considering straying from our marriage, but at times I feel I’ll be ready to date as soon as he’s gone. It makes me feel guilty. Is it wrong to feel this way? Do you have any advice to help me through this tragic time in our lives? -- DEPRESSED AND LONELY IN MICHIGAN dEar dEprESSEd: Yes. Stop beating yourself up for experiencing human emotions at a time when you’re hauling a load that would crush an ox. Of COURSE your husband is angry. He has good reason to be -- but he’s misdirecting it on you. Guilt is the last thing you need to add to what you’re dealing with. It’s normal to crave the closeness you haven’t experienced in two years. If there are counseling services offered at your nursing school, please avail yourself of them. Venting your feelings in a supportive environment will lighten your load and help you cope with your husband. There are also online support groups for caregivers. If you reach out in either direction, you’ll feel better. It could also be helpful to ask your hus• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • dEar aBBy: I have been married to “Tom,” band’s doctor for a referral to someone who does the love of my life, for four years. We have been end-of-life counseling for him. dEar aBBy: My husband and I just got some shocking news. His father -- age 81 -- is leaving his wife of 60 years! Mom is not entirely self-sufficient and seems dependent on him. Dad found himself a younger woman -- a “chick” of 70. He has announced that he still has sexual needs and wants to enjoy the rest of his life. My husband thinks it will be a short-term fling and he’ll return to Mom, but she says she won’t be taking him back. (Who knows how she’ll feel later?) My problem is, no matter what happens between them, I’m having a hard time even considering forgiving him for his selfishness. I know it’s not my place as his daughter-in-law, but I don’t know how I can bring myself to face him feeling as I do. Any words of wisdom? -- JUDGMENTAL JUDY IN ARIZONA dEar JudGmENTaL Judy: I do have a few. If your mother-in-law hasn’t already done so, make sure she gets the best legal advice possible. After 60 years of marriage, there should be plenty of assets to split. They will make her financially independent, and from that, emotional independence will follow. Do not count her out as a weak sister just yet because she appears to be stronger than you think. While it’s possible your father-in-law may want to reunite after the fling, it is equally possible that when the “chick” sees his nest egg is cracked in half, he will be less appealing to her. Only time will tell. In the meantime, keep the peace, bide your time, and as tempting as it may be to voice everything that’s on your mind, keep your lip zipped. This isn’t your marriage, so don’t stir the pot.
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