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Freshmen Hill & Williams lift BYU over Hawaii 47-0
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Hawaii coach Norm Chow joked a few days ago that Provo would bring back some fond memories. Friday night instead was a nightmare, one the former BYU assistant couldn’t wait to escape as evidenced by a noticeably brief postgame handshake with Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall after being shut out 47-0. “We’ve got to grow up,” said the 66-year-old Chow, who watched as two defensive linemen were carted off early and also lost two offensive linemen to injury. “This is a big-boy business; nobody is feeling sorry for us. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.” It didn’t help that a couple of freshmen backups — quarterback Taysom Hill and 17-year-old running back Jamaal Williams — did most of the damage as BYU (3-2) racked up 396 yards rushing. “We came out and started fast,” said Hill, making his first college start in place of injured senior Riley Nelson. “It was the first time we scored on the first drive, which was phenomenal. And to come out and win the way we did was great.” Hill ran for 143 yards, including a 68-yard TD scamper out of the no-huddle offense. “On the sideline I’ve been asking for that play,” said Hill, who also passed for 112 yards and two TDs. “They were gassed and when we could go no-huddle and run something like that, it works pretty well. My line got to their backers and their safeties split. It became a foot race, and luckily I outran them.” The Cougars led 20-0 at halftime and 40-0 through three quarters. The shutout was BYU’s first since Nov. 7, 2009, when it beat Wyoming 52-0. Hawaii (1-3) had not been shut out since Oct. 3, 1998, a span of 182 straight game. The 47-point margin of defeat was the largest since a 70-14 loss at Fresno State in 2004 — another reason social media sites lit into first-year head coach Chow afterward. In three losses, Hawaii has been outscored 165-34. Its only win this year came against unheralded Lamar. Against Nevada last week, running back Stefphon Jefferson scored seven TDs. Friday, BYU split up the wealth, with rugby player Paul Lasike adding a pair of late TDs in mop-up duty. Williams was the one who stepped up early when starter Michael Alisa broke his right forearm. “It felt pretty good, to be 17 and to have them trust me like that,” said Williams, who gained 155 yards on 15 carries, with two TDs. “I’m learning to mature faster.” So is Hill, who is a returned missionary and not the average freshman. Hill finished 12 of 21 for 112 yards, with TD passes of 22 and 12 yards. His rushing totals were the most by a BYU quarterback since Brandon Doman — the Cougars’ offensive coordinator — gained 164 yards on 18 carries in 2001. Despite Hill’s solid showing, Mendenhall insisted Nelson would remain his starter when healthy and capable. For now, Mendenhall said Nelson’s injured back needs rest to heal and couldn’t say how long that would take.
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Brigham Young running back Jamaal Williams (21) carries the ball as Hawaii players persue in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) BYU defeated Hawaii 47-0.
Raiders receiver… no recollection of big hit
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey still has no recollection of the devastating hit by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy last week that left him with a concussion and neck strain. Speaking to reporters for the first time since being carted off the field and hospitalized overnight following the play, Heyward-Bey said he’s seen television replays of the hit but otherwise has no memory of it. “I don’t remember any of it,” Heyward-Bey said Friday. Heyward-Bey appeared to be knocked out immediately after getting hit on the chin by the crown of Mundy’s helmet early in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ 34-31 win over the Steelers. His limp body crashed to the turf headfirst and his neck twisted awkwardly. The game was halted for several minutes while Heyward-Bey’s motionless body lay in the southern end zone at the Oakland Coliseum as team trainers and medical personnel checked him out. He was eventually strapped to a backboard and taken off the field by cart before being trans-
ported to Eden Medical Center for observation. Since then, Heyward-Bey has been put through a battery of tests required by the NFL for players suffering from concussions. According to Raiders coach Dennis Allen, Heyward-Bey has not passed all the tests and has yet to be cleared to participate in contact drills. He attended practice Friday as an observer but is doubtful to play in Sunday’s game against AFC West rival Denver. “He’s made a lot of progress,” Allen said. “Obviously, he’s doubtful this week. The biggest determining factor is we want to make sure that he’s fully recovered and ready to go before we put him out there on the field. That’s really for the doctors to determine when he passes all the NFL protocol for concussions.” The Raiders are already without wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who was placed on injured reserve two weeks ago, and rookie Rod Streater injured his neck in practice Friday. This is the second straight year in which Heyward-Bey has had to be carted off the field
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34) celebrates with Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan (29) after getting the final out of a no-hitter in a baseball game against the Pitts(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) burgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The Reds won 1-0.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds threw the season’s seventh no-hitter, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night. The seven no-hitters matches the modern record for most in a season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884. The last no-hitter for the Reds was a perfect game by Tom Browning on Sept. 16, 1988. This was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history. Bailey (13-10) walked one and struck out 10. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Brock Holt then getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry and Alex Presley to both pop out. When Presley’s popup was caught by second baseman Brandon Phillips, Bailey was mobbed near the mound by teammates who doused him with water. The 26-year-old Bailey improved to 5-0 in his six career starts with a 1.40 ERA at PNC Park. All three of his complete games and both his shutouts have come against Pittsburgh. mETS 3, BraVES 1 ATLANTA (AP) — Lucas Duda’s three-run homer in the seventh gave New York the lead, Jonathon Niese pitched seven strong innings for his third straight win and the Mets beat Tim Hudson and the Braves. The Braves, who have wrapped up at least a wild-card berth, began the night four games behind the Nationals in the NL East. Atlanta has only five games remaining in the regular season. Chipper Jones, starting his final regularseason home series before retirement, was 0-for-4 with four groundouts. Jones was honored by the Braves in a pregame ceremony that included former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. The tribute helped draw a sellout crowd of 51,910. Niese (13-9) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings for his third straight win. Freddie Freeman gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead with his 23rd homer off Niese in the fourth. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Hudson (16-7) took the loss. marLINS 2, pHILLIES 1 MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Lee’s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Marlins to a win over Philadelphia and eliminated the Phillies from playoff contention. The Phillies overcame a horrible first half and came from way behind to get within three games of St. Louis for the second wild card spot. But they
Bailey pitches no-hitter, Reds beat the Pirates 1-0
lost five of the next six to fall out of the chase. Bryan Petersen began the ninth with a double to right field off Josh Lindblom (3-4). Jose Reyes grounded out and Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked setting up the at-bat with Lee. Lee lined a single to left-center field scoring Petersen from second as Laynce Nix’s throw to home was off-line. Steve Cishek (5-2) pitched one inning in relief for the win. CardINaLS 12, NaTIONaLS 2 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Allen Craig matched his career best with four hits to go with two RBIs, Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and the Cardinals punished Edwin Jackson and the Nationals early to win a matchup of teams on the cusp of clinchers. Roger Bernadina homered for Washington, which had its magic number for wrapping up the NL East reduced to two when Atlanta lost to the Mets. The Nationals, who secured the first postseason berth for Washington, D.C., since 1933 a week earlier, lead the Braves by four games with five to play and could wrap up the division title Saturday night. Adam Wainwright (14-13) halted a string of four so-so starts with six solid innings for the Cardinals, whose magic number is three for securing the second NL wild card. aSTrOS 7, BrEWErS 6 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Edgar Gonzalez allowed one hit before tiring in the sixth and Brett Wallace, Jason Castro and Jose Altuve all homered and the Astros beat Yovani Gallardo for the first time in three seasons, dousing the Brewers’ faint playoff hopes. The win helped Houston avoid matching their franchise-worst loss total set last season (56106). It was their first victory since Bo Porter was named as the 17th manager in franchise history on Thursday. His role with Houston begins immediately following his service as the third base coach for the playoff-bound Washington Nationals. The loss practically eliminated the Brewers from contention as Milwaukee fell five games behind St. Louis for the NL’s second wild card with five games left for both teams. The Cardinals beat the Nationals 12-2. dOdGErS 8, rOCKIES 0 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, Shane Victorino hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Rockies
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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James looked at the assembled talent in the Miami Heat locker room, and one word came to mind. “Scary,” he said. Translated, that means James thinks the Heat will be even better than they were a season ago. Oddly, James’ teammates expect the same from him. After a season where he won just about everything besides Powerball — his third MVP award, his first NBA Finals MVP award and, of course, his first NBA championship — James is going back to work. He and the Heat convened for their annual media day Friday, the prelude to Saturday morning’s opening practice and the first step toward what the Heat hope is another championship push. “We can be better than we were this past season,” James said, on the day when he got sized for his first championship ring. “Are we better right now than we were just a couple months ago? Of course not. ... But we have the potential to be better. “We have the potential to be a lot better. That is scary.” Chances are, the Heat will have to be better than they were last season to hoist another championship trophy next June. As if they weren’t the team on radar screens across the NBA already once James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up in Miami during the summer of 2010, winning a title will only make them more of a target. And then adding a player like Ray Allen, whose last NBA game was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in Miami when he played for the Boston Celtics, only raises the ante that much more. “We have one target,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Friday. “And that’s Miami.” There was plenty going on around the Heat on Friday, some of it newsy, some of it more humorous, as typically is the case at a media day. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh talked about how they’re healing after injuries struck in last season’s playoffs. Allen and Rashard Lewis — free-agent additions — posed for photos in new Heat uniforms. Shane Battier talked about the NBA’s pet-peeve issue, flopping, hilariously calling it “a silent killer.” Udonis Haslem was followed by a camera crew to, as he said, document “The Little 12,” what he calls everyone not in the “Big Three” club of Wade, Bosh and James. Haslem’s cameras might have been the only ones not on James, who hasn’t spoken publicly much since the Olympics ended. “He’s not on cruise control, no,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked about James. “He’s as driven a professional as I’ve been around. He understands not only his legacy, but team legacy and the opportunity that this team and organization has. And he savors that. He’s the ultimate competitor.” It took James nine years to win that long-coveted first title, after leading the Heat past the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. His clinching performance was a classic — a tripledouble, 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. James came out with 3:01 remaining and the celebrating started, waving his arms and jumping on the sideline, then wrapping anyone and everyone he could reach in massive embraces. So began his summer vacation. It lasted about a week. His commitment to USA Basketball and the London Games started only a few days after the Heat championship parade. When that ended — with a gold medal — he jumped back to his personal business matters, including a trip to China and a decision to switch agents from Leon Rose to longtime friend Rich Paul. There were more workouts with Thunder star Kevin Durant, just like last year, and a little bit of vacationing thrown into the mix. Now, it’s all about basketball business. “I’ve thought that for a long time that I’m the best player,” James said. “That’s the way I approach the game. Anytime I step on the floor, I think I’ve told you guys that before, I want to be the best player on the floor. That’s just the confidence I play with. That’s not taking away from all these other great players that we have in this game today.” He averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in this past regular season, then upped the ante to 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in the playoffs. Monster numbers, and the Heat can’t wait to see what he does for an encore. “Do it again,” Bosh said, when asked what to expect from James. “Just continue to be himself. He’s a hard worker, naturally. He doesn’t have to repeat what he did last year. This year’s a new year. It’s going to present different challenges and we’re going to have to overcome them. He’s going to have to overcome them. We’re all going to have our team challenges and personal challenges that come our way.” James said he found time to work on some aspects of his game during the offseason, though he obviously didn’t have anywhere near the same break he had after the 2010-11 season — which was lengthened by a lockout, and didn’t have an Olympics in there, either.
LeBron James: Champion Heat can be better…
by BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer
How long will refs welcome mat be out?
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That white horse the regular NFL officials are riding in on could throw a shoe very quickly. Welcomed back warmly Thursday night by players, coaches and fans after the debacle that was replacement refereeing, the regulars will be under unprecedented scrutiny this weekend. Once they make calls that anger someone, things will really be normal again in pro football. Normal might be good considering the angst of the first three weeks. Don’t forget, though, that players and coaches still will be looking for an edge, and even with all the referees, umpires, linesmen and judges they are accustomed to back on the field, controversy — if not chaos — is one whistle away. That controversy didn’t come Thursday in Baltimore, not even after the Ravens’ Paul Kruger was penalized for a late hit that allowed Cleveland one more chance to tie the game. There were no complaints because it was the proper call, and a desperation pass into the end zone — sounds familiar, doesn’t it? — sailed well out of bounds, making for a peaceful ending. That won’t always be the case, of course, something for everyone to keep in mind when questionable calls come along. And they will. Asked about a honeymoon period for the returning officials, Giants placekicker Lawrence Tynes said, “There will be rousing applause and then come the second or third quarter, they will be back to being ‘the officials.’” Titans coach Mike Munchak was just as succinct. “I don’t think there is one,” he said when asked about a grace period for the regulars. “We’re playing a game on Sunday. We need to do our job, they need to do theirs. And hopefully, theirs won’t affect ours.” That is impossible. As became so clear with the replacements, the work of on-field officials is a critical piece of the NFL. Football might be the most difficult team sport to officiate, although hockey referees and linesmen obviously also need to be excellent skaters. The NFL has rules and addendums to them, plus interpretations and judgment calls. There are 112 pages in the league’s rulebook. Plus, 22 players must be watched by seven officials, with each player seeking an advantage over his opponent. Often that edge comes through an illegal tactic. Not all of those tactics get spotted. “When the real refs were there, people complained about them, too,” Giants defensive tackle Rocky Bernard said. “But I think it will hold the league more accountable with those guys here.” Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, one of the NFL’s best players for the past 13 seasons, won’t exactly be hugging the regulars. But he is eager to see them Sunday when Denver hosts Oakland. “I think the most frustrating thing is I have this thing with the regular officials where I would talk to them before the game or during the game. Most of them, I know their names or whatever,” Bailey said. The replacements “wanted no part of communicating with me. I mean, I would talk to them, they’d just look at me like I’m stupid. Some of them probably don’t even know half the players. That kind of messes you up a little bit because you have no relationship with them whatsoever. And they don’t want to build anything because they know they’re in and out.” With the veteran officials back in, some players are concerned about their conditioning. Although referees and umpires don’t run all that much, side and back judges and other officials sometimes must keep up with — or stay close enough to — the likes of Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson to make the correct call. “I know (veteran ref) Ed Hochuli came out and said something about they’ve been preparing for this moment, so they’ll be ready to go,” Giants DE Justin Tuck said. “As players we need that preseason warm-up to take the rust off. I think referees do, too. So It’s kind of encouraging to see them come out and say they’ve been preparing for it.” What they never could have been prepared for was the returning hero reception they got in Baltimore. They understand there is absolutely no chance that will last. “You’re not really beloved by the public. You’re tolerated. And to see that type of reception that our guys got (Thursday) was really heartwarming,” said line judge Jeff Bergman. “After the euphoria of the moment wears off, probably sometime early in the second quarter, it’ll be back to regular NFL football mode. Players will be questioning our judgment, our ancestry. Coaches will be screaming at us. And it’ll be life as back to normal on Sundays.”
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval lands on the elbow of San Diego Padres’ Will Venable after failing to catch a wild throw from left field during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 in San Diego. Venable was advancing after a wild throw to second. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) The umpire is Lance Barksdale.
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez added a two-run shot and the New York Yankees maintained their one-game lead atop the AL East by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Friday night. The victory let New York keep its slim lead over second-place Baltimore, which used six first-inning runs to beat Boston 9-1. Nick Swisher had two hits and two RBIs for the Yankees, who have not lost consecutive games since a three-game skid from Sept. 2-4. Hiroki Kuroda (15-11) won for the third time in five starts despite matching a season-high by allowing 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He gave up two runs, walked two and struck out four. David Phelps worked 1 2-3 innings and David Robertson pitched the eighth. Cody Eppley got two outs in the ninth and Rafael Soriano finished for the Yankees. OrIOLES 9, rEd SOX 1 BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Tillman pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Ryan Flaherty hit his first career grand slam and the Orioles beat the Red Sox to secure their grip on the top AL wild-card spot. Chris Davis also homered for the Orioles, who remained one game behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Tillman (9-2) gave up a bunt single to leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik, then allowed only two walks the rest of the way in his longest outing since July 4. The right-hander retired the final 14 batters he faced, and the only run he allowed was unearned. Troy Patton worked the ninth to complete the one-hitter. Boston has lost 14 of 20. Starter Aaron Cook (4-11) was knocked out in the second inning after allowing six runs, five hits and three walks. INdIaNS 8, rOyaLS 5 CLEVELAND (AP) — Sandy Alomar Jr. won his first game as Indians manager as Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and Cleveland beat Kansas City, handing the Royals their sixth straight loss. Alomar, one of the most popular players in franchise history, went from bench coach to interim manager when Manny Acta was fired Thursday. David Huff (3-0) gave up three runs over six innings as Cleveland got its first three-game winning streak since July 3-5. Chris Perez closed Cleveland’s fourth win in five games for his 39th save in 43 chances.
Blue Jays sloppy in 11-4 loss to Yankees
Cleveland had 16 hits, including a string of five straight with one out to score three runs off Will Smith (6-9) in the second inning. TWINS 4, TIGErS 2 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Doumit had four RBIs for Minnesota, including the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to help the Twins beat Detroit and keep the Tigers from moving any closer to the AL Central title. The Tigers’ lead dropped to one game over Chicago, which beat Tampa Bay 3-1. Rookie Drew Smyly struck out five over 5 1-3 scoreless innings, but Brayan Villarreal (3-5) walked three to load the bases in the eighth before Doumit’s one-out hit put the Twins in front. Omar Infante’s two-run homer after an error spoiled Scott Diamond’s shutout in the eighth, tying the game at 2, and Glen Perkins picked up his 16th save with a perfect ninth inning. WHITE SOX 3, rayS 1 CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rios hit his careerhigh 25th homer and the White Sox gave their fading playoff hopes a boost, beating Tampa Bay to end the Rays’ eight-game winning streak. The White Sox got a bit of a reprieve after dropping eight of nine and moved within a game of first-place Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers lost to Minnesota 4-2. The Rays began the night two games behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. But they came up short in this one, ending a streak that launched them back into playoff contention. Both teams have five games remaining, including two against each other. aNGELS 7, raNGErS 4 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jered Weaver became the American League’s first 20-game winner, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer and the Angels beat Texas to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff berth. Los Angeles trails Oakland by three games for the last wild-card spot. Texas’ magic number remains at three to clinch its third straight division crown. The Rangers need one more victory to lock up a postseason spot. Weaver (20-4) allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings to beat Texas for the fourth straight time this season. Trout homered off Ryan Dempster (12-8), his fifth starting off a game since Aug. 18. The Angels rookie also set a club record by scoring
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➧ National League Action…
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ASHSAA girls softball playoffs starting this morning @ 8 a.m.
By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Reporter
The Tafuna Warriors Girls Softball Team who will be competing today in the American Samoa High School Athletic Association Girls Softball playoffs against the Samoana Sharks beginning at 8a.m. at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. The Warriors are the #1 seeded team, the Sharks are seeded #4. In the other playoff game today, the #2 seeded Fa’asao Marist Cougars, will play [photo: Jeff Hayner] against the #3 seeded Leone Lions following the first playoff game.
The playoffs are now set in the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Softball League taking place this morning at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field starting at 8a.m. The #1 seeded team, the Tafuna Warriors who are favored to take this year’s ASHSAA Girls Softball Championship title, will be taking the field first this morning when they meet the #4 seeded team, the Samoana Sharks. The Sharks made it to the #4 spot when they defeated the Nu’uuli VocTech Wildcats this past Thursday, 18-3, to secure the spot, ending the Wildcats season. The Warriors earned their way earlier in the season after they secured their fifth win of the season. The #2 seeded team, the Fa’asao Marist Cougars, who are the defending champions, got off to a slow start, found their stride in the second half of the season and was able to overtake the #3 seeded Leone Lions. The Lions who did just the opposite of the Cougars, got off to a strong start at the beginning of the season, but fell short in the second half dropping their last three games of the regular season, allowing the Cougars to overtake them for the #2 spot. The Faga’itua Vikings who was never really any threat since day one, played their last game of the season this past Thursday against the Warriors and unfortunately for the Vikings, they were defeated in this game, ending their season without any wins. In today’s playoff match ups, will the Sharks sudden surge to the playoffs be enough to take down the Warriors who have been dominate since day one, or will the Warriors take care of business like they have been doing all season? In
the other playoff game, can the Lions regain the quick start they had at the beginning of the season and defeat the defending champions, or will the Cougars keep playing at that championship level that they regained going into the playoffs? “I invite the public out to the playoff games today to watch the Warriors take on the Sharks starting at 8:00 a.m. while the Cougars play against the Lions in the second game,” said ASHSAA Girls Softball Coordinator Clayton ‘Boom’ Mahuka. “These teams played hard all season to get where they are today. I want to thank all of the players, coaches and everyone who supported the teams throughout the season. Thank you very much,” he said. The championship game will be this coming Tuesday October 2, with a scheduled starting time of 4:00 p.m. at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. The Sharks and the Wildcats are one game short of a full ten game regular season schedule due to a ‘rain out’ between these two teams earlier in the season. Due to the Sharks being up by two games on the Wildcats at the end of the regular season and the Vikings not winning any games, the ‘rain out’ game was not rescheduled between these two teams. Here are the final standings of the regular season of each team: TEAM W L Tafuna Warriors 9 1 (seeded #1) Fa’asao Cougars 8 2 (seeded #2) Leone Lions 6 4 (seeded #3) Samoana Sharks 4 5 (seeded #4) Nu’uuli Wildcats 2 8 Faga’itua Vikings 0 9
to remain three games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card with five games to play. The Dodgers’ third victory in a row clinched a winning season for the second straight year under manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw (13-9) allowed five hits, struck out 10 and walked two. He helped himself in the seventh, starting a double play when he turned around and fielded Andrew Brown’s comebacker between his legs with his back to the plate and fired to second for the first out. The Dodgers provided Kershaw with early run support, taking a 4-0 lead in the second off Jeff Francis (5-7). Andre Ethier’s RBI double scored the first run and Victorino followed with his 11th homer. dIamONdBaCKS 8, CuBS 3 PHOENIX (AP) — Justin Upton and Cody Ransom homered to power the Diamondbacks past the slumping Cubs. The Diamondbacks snapped a two-game losing streak but still were eliminated from the NL wild card midway through the game when St. Louis beat Washington. Arizona starter Ian Kennedy (15-11) was uncharacteristically wild, walking six in 5 1-3 innings but held the Cubs to three runs and four hits. The right-hander struck out five. Aaron Hill and A.J. Pollock had RBI doubles and Adam Eaton added a run-scoring single for Arizona. Dave Sappelt homered and Travis Wood (6-13) allowed five runs and five hits over five innings for the Cubs, who have lost six straight and 10 of 11. Wood struck out three and walked two in his second straight loss. GIaNTS 3, padrES 1 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong pitched six strong innings and Buster Posey increased his lead in the NL batting race, but not before giving the Giants a big scare in a win over the Padres. Posey took a wild pitch off his neck in the second inning with Everth Cabrera batting. Vogelsong’s pitch bounced in the dirt, ricocheted up and hit right underneath Posey’s hockey-style catcher’s mask. The slugger was on his knees for a few minutes and was attended to by a trainer before staying in the game. Posey went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double to increase his average to .334, four points better than Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh. McCutchen went hitless in two at-bats with a walk, dropping his average two points to .330, during the no-hitter thrown by Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey.
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➧ Freshmen lift BYU over Hawaii 47-0…
“I am a Riley Nelson fan and believe in his leadership ability when he is healthy,” Mendenhall said. Hill, meanwhile, wasn’t about to get caught up in any quarterback controversy but was preparing as if he’d start next week against Utah State. Chow, who was back in Provo for the first time as a head coach, was simply trying to regroup — especially after seeing defensive tackles Geardon Hanohano and starter Siasau Matagiese carted off the field following apparent helmet-to-helmet collisions on back-to-back series during the first quarter. Team officials said initial X rays to the neck area were negative and both had movement in their limbs. Both players flashed the “shaka” — the Hawaiian sign for hang loose — as they were being carted off the field. That was about the only good sign for Hawaii fans, who watched on national television as BYU outgained the Warriors 540-149, and held a 30-9 advantage in first downs and a 396-41 edge in rushing.
during a game. He suffered a neck injury against Minnesota in 2011 but did not miss a game. He’s not likely to return so quickly this year. “So far I’ve been able to walk, talk and eat,” Heyward-Bey said. “Right now I’m just trying to go through the process of trying to get everything right. I’m in tune to what’s going on. I don’t want to say I’ve been around for everything but I’ve been in tune with what’s going on.” He also said he has no hard feelings toward Mundy. The two men exchanged text messages while Heyward-Bey was in the hospital, with Heyward-Bey telling Mundy the play was simply a part of the game. “That’s just football,” Heyward-Bey said. “I signed up to put on pads and go out there. That’s what happens out there. People get hit, people get hurt. It happens.” Oakland tight end Brandon Myers, who also suffered a concussion against the Steelers after getting hit by Mundy, has passed Reach the reporter at email@example.com the NFL-required tests and has been cleared to play in Denver. Notes: Allen said the team will wait until Sunday before deciding whether to play newly signed defensive end Andre Carter. ... Oakland safety Michael Huff will make his second conContinued from page B1 secutive start at cornerback. ... Right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) Still, BYU defensive back Preston Hadley and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) have been ruled out. ... Tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) was a late addition to the was not about to get overconfident. “I do not think we should walk off just pat- Raiders injury report. ting ourselves on the back,” he said. “That is not the best team we played. But it is a confidence booster to hopefully get us in the right direction.” Chow has a ways to go for that to happen. Continued from page B3 Chow spent 27 years at BYU (1973-1999), from graduate assistant to offensive coordinator his 125th run on that homer. aTHLETICS 8, marINErS 2 and assistant head coach, and helped the team OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Drew hit a two-run win a national championship in 1984. But the first-year Hawaii coach stirred things up in July homer, Coco Crisp added a solo shot and the Oakland Athletics when he reiterated the university’s position that gained ground on the first-place Rangers in the AL West with a a returning missionary, defensive back/return win against the Mariners. The A’s trail the two-time defending AL champions by three specialist Michael Wadsworth, could transfer to any school except BYU and intimated the Cou- games with five to play. The Rangers lost 7-4 at home to the Los Angeles Angels. Texas finishes the season with three games in gars engaged in unfair recruiting. Mendenhall denied the charges, and let his Oakland starting Monday. Josh Donaldson had a two-run single in a four-run seventh and team handle things on the field. “Our team took some steps forward today, A.J. Griffin (7-1) received ample support as the A’s stayed two certainly with an emphasis on running the foot- games ahead of the Angels in the race for the second wild card. Tampa Bay fell three back after losing to the Chicago White Sox. ball,” he said.
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VAITOGI LAND Private location, priced right. Call 7704947. [10/04] BLACK - ONE OF A KIND Super sporty truck. 2009 Ford Sportstrac - Unlimited. Low mileage. Must sell. $20,000 OBO. [10/04] 2001 NISSAN FRONTIER TRUCK $5,900 negotiable.2WD, 2 door Extra Cab, blue, 95,000 miles. Call 258-2000. [10/03] 2007 FJ CRUISER With Chrome rims. Asking $18,500 OBO. Call 254-5801. [10/01] NEW 2012 FORD F150 Flex Fuel Supercab. Bought 3 months ago. Owner moving overseas. Asking $34,000 OBO. Call 252-0568 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org [09/29] 05 ATV POLARIS PREDATOR 500 selling for $5.5k or trade for a truck. Less than 1 yr onIsland. Registered & insured till May 2013. Serious inquiries only. 770-1689 or 731-4040 [09/29] 1/2 ACRE VACANT LOT Located in a prime residential area in Am Samoa near private & public schools, shopping areas, the airport, Lavalava Golf Course, Tradewinds Hotel & churches (Catholic, CCCAS, Methodist & Mormon) all within 5-10 min. Property is ready & zoned for residential use. Sale price ONLY $165,000 & available for viewing. Call 684-6993131 or email roy@rhalljrlaw. com [09/29]
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AA MEETINGS Held at Catholic Social Services. Samoan version Tues. & Thur. 11:00am. English version - Tue. & Fri. 5-6pm (Hope House)- More info 699-6611/5683 or 258-6302 TAFUNA HS BOOSTER CLUB Weekly Meeting every Tuesday @ 5:30pm in Coach’s room at the school. GROUP SUPPORT HANNAH to rebuild strength, to restore wisdom & understanding & working together side by side to overcome any obstacle, please call and join us. Pua 770-6938 or 633-2855 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 HUMANE SOCIETY Call 699-8590 about adopting kittens & puppies. For more info about the Humane Society visit our website at http//www.ashumanesociety.org/ WOMENS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS of all ages to help in the Fale. Support your hospital, donate your free time by calling 633-1222 Ext. 199. All proceeds from Fale sales donated to purchase equipment for LBJ.[till] HUNTING BAN ON WILD BIRDS & BATS is still in effect - it is unlawful to kill or hunt wild birds & bats. Dept. of Marine & Wildlife 633-4458 / 252-0445 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Weekly meetings: Monday 12noon Barstow Library upstairs Utulei & Thursday 2:30 VA Clinic, Tafuna. 699-3725. Both meetings are open. ASCADSV (AS Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence) invites you to talk to us on two TALK LINES 254-talk and 258-talk about anything you want to speak out about. Anything at all. Talanoa mai.
GENERAL MANAGER (Reports to CEO)
Oversees & coordinates the planning, organizing, training and leadership necessary to achiever stated objectives in sales, costs, employee retention, guest service and satisfaction, food quality, cleanliness and sanitation. Have knowledge of policies, procedures, standards, specifications, guidelines and training programs, Ensures all food products are consistently prepared and served as pre restaurant’s recipes, portioning, cooking and serving standards; achiever company objectives in sales, service, quality, appearance of facility and sanitation and cleanliness and create a positive, productive working environment. Reports to CEO. MINIMUMQ UALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree + at least 2 years of experience in food service, or Associate’s degree + 5 years culinary experience with 2 years as a manager/supervisor. Be able to communicate and understand the predominant language(s) of the restaurant’s trading area; service and food & beverage, generally involving at least a three years of front-of-the-house operations and/or assistant management positions. Possess excellent basic math skills and have the ability to operate a cash register or POS system. Must have the stamina to work 50 to 60 hours per week and lift at least 50 lbs. Must have clear concise written and verbal communication skills in English, be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; have excellent organizational, interpersonal and administrative skills.
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Edited by Timothy E. Parker September 29, 2012 alternative 58 Korean menu listing? 63 Olympian Korbut 64 Completely inoperative 65 Tip for a blackjack dealer 66 “OK, OK, I hear you” 67 Typewriter type size 68 Cornell of Cornell University 69 Shipwreck locale 70 Gather, as a fortune 71 Two of a kind DOWN 1 Totals 2 ___ En-lai (Chinese premier) 3 “Beloved” novelist Morrison 4 Wide strips 5 Shiver from fear 6 Drivingcourse marker 7 “Sesame Street” curmudgeon 8 Positive thinker Norman Vincent 9 Mentalist’s claim 10 Where Perdue shoots baskets from? 11 In the lead 12 Journalist Sawyer 13 More blackand-blue 21 End a fast 22 Swimming spots 25 Mu ___ pork 26 Vegan’s staple 27 Tennis great Lendl 28 Word with “bicycle” or “beaten” 29 Was sorry about 33 Toymaker for Santa 34 Circulate, as blood 35 Prefix for “while” 36 Second-year student, for short 37 Persuade 39 When stunned employees earn their pay? 40 Breathing anomaly 44 ___ de cologne 45 Disproves 49 Word with “pro” or “purpose” 50 Sent high in the air 51 Japanese room divider 52 Targets of golf greens 53 Stained glass figure, perhaps 54 One of 150 in the Old Testament 55 Photo pigment 59 Baseball threesome 60 Tending to seep slowly 61 Fried Cajun veggie 62 Beyond recharging 64 Hawaii’s Mauna ___
ACROSS 1 Does a thespian’s turn 5 Rifleman’s aim improver 10 Short-lived rages 14 Indian Ocean vessel 15 Firefighters’ equipment 16 Youngstown’s state 17 Spanish lady 18 Open, as a jar 19 “I haven’t a thing to ___!” 20 Bargain at a luxury hotel? 22 Leveling tool 23 Used to own 24 Mend metal connections 26 Informal informant 30 ___ polloi 31 Eggs in labs 32 Regretful sadness 38 Islamic declaration 41 Right-angle wing 42 Asian goat antelope 43 So unexpected as to have not been imagined 46 Place to be pampered 47 Part of the genetic code 48 Rolling in dough 51 Corporate reorganizations 56 Eb’s wife? 57 Toyota
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SOUNDS LIKE PUN! By Tim Burr
Happy BIrTHday: Know your limits and explore possibilities. Learn from the people you associate with and the information you gather. Follow through with your plans, and exercise resistance when it comes to lending, borrowing or donating. Face aggressive action with dignity and a powerful mind. Embrace change and make it work for you. Don’t fight the impossible. Your numbers are 2, 7, 20, 27, 33, 35, 49. arIES (March 21-April 19): Challenge yourself mentally and you will alleviate stress and tension due to other people’s actions, comments and complaints. Focus on the present and the people you love. A romantic opportunity will arise through a work-related event you attend. ✸✸✸ TauruS (April 20-May 20): Don’t be fooled by what’s being presented to you. Look past the impression you are being given and ask questions that will allow you to see how tangible the prospects actually are. Protect your reputation. ✸✸✸ GEmINI (May 21-June 20): Forget about the past and things you cannot change. It’s a new day. Time to engage in what you know and do best. Circulate with peers who can contribute to whatever cause or project you want to accomplish. Love is enhanced. ✸✸✸✸ CaNCEr (June 21-July 22): Do your own thing and don’t count on anything or anyone. A physical challenge will help to ease your stress and get you back on track. A shopping spree may help your emotional outlook, but don’t overspend in the process. ✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Face any dilemmas head-on so you can move on. Discussing matters may cause upset and anger, but it’s still worth your while to expose your true feelings. Change is required, and in the end you will be relieved, regardless of the outcome. ✸✸✸ VIrGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Consider a past experience to help you avoid making a similar mistake. Don’t allow emotional insecurity to lead
to an impulsive change you’ll live to regret. Don’t let a love interest interfere with your professional prospects. ✸✸✸ LIBra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Plan to have some fun, but don’t overindulge in the process. Moderation coupled with good friends and interesting entertainment will instigate a plan of attack on a project you have been having difficulty finishing. ✸✸✸ SCOrpIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Make creative changes at home that will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Go after your goals. Avoid negative people who are threatened by your intentions. Believe in your abilities, and put your energy into doing instead of arguing. ✸✸✸✸✸ SaGITTarIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make positive changes at home. A new look at surroundings more conducive to your needs will add to your personal comfort. Travel plans will be riddled with mishaps. Refuse to argue or take part in something underhanded. Love is highlighted. ✸✸✸✸✸ CaprICOrN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Problems will arise while traveling or dealing with authority figures. You are best to avoid any impulsive moves based on an emotional incident. Make sure you understand what you are getting into before you offer to help an old friend. ✸✸ aQuarIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Wasting time on negativity or anger will set you back. Focus on the present and the people who share your interests and concerns. Doing things to improve your finances or your home environment will impress someone you love. ✸✸✸✸ pISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t confuse someone’s intentions. Keep an open mind, but realize that nothing in life is free. Ask questions and re-evaluate your position before you agree to do something that may not be in your best interest. Avoid secret involvements. ✸✸✸ BIrTHday BaBy: You are unique, charismatic and giving. You are passionate, intent and protective.
by Abigail Van Buren
GIrLFrIENd rEFuSES TO SEE maN’S WrITING ON THE WaLL
dEar aBBy: My boyfriend of one year has told me he needs to focus on getting his life together -- getting a better job, concentrating on his career and finding himself. At this point in his life, he knows he can’t provide for me and give me what I want, which is to settle down in a few years. He said he is unsure when he will have his life together and he doesn’t want me to wait for him. He feels he needs to be “selfish” now and focus only on himself. We have talked about breaking up, and while he has faith that we will be together again, I can’t bring myself to end things with this amazing man. -- AFRAID TO LET GO dEar aFraId: When a man says he wants to focus only on himself and he doesn’t want you to wait for him, what he is really saying is, “It’s over.” While the prospect of moving on after having invested a year in the relationship may be anxietyprovoking, at this point, you really have no choice. And don’t expect to “be together again” anytime soon because his road to self-discovery could take a long, long time if it happens at all. Please accept my sympathy for your heartache. dEar aBBy: I am a 13-year-old boy. My dad and I have a disagreement. I have been throwing away the lunches my mom packs for school because I don’t like them and buying school lunches. I realize this was ungrateful and dishonest, and I regret doing it. As a punishment, Dad won’t let me go to one of my best friends’ birthday party. I’m fine with being punished, but I think this punishment is unfair to my friend because he doesn’t get to have me at his party. Instead, I think it would be better to be grounded or made to do extra chores. Who’s right? -- NORMAL TEEN IN ORINDA, CALIF. dEar TEEN: You are a born negotiator. Instead of taking your punishment, you’re trying for a plea bargain. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future you become a successful lawyer. However, regarding your question -- I’m not getting in the middle of this one. And I’m pretty sure that this is a punishment you won’t soon forget. Bon appetit! dEar aBBy: My aunt has been diagnosed with a progressive form of dementia and has had to be permanently hospitalized. She is no longer able to perform basic life functions and also has violent outbursts. Her prognosis is not good, and she’ll likely die within a year. I’m engaged and getting ready to send out invitations to my wedding. However, I’m unsure how to address the invitation to my uncle. My aunt will almost certainly be alive at the time of my wedding, but there is no possible way she can attend. It seems wrong to ignore her existence and address the invitation only to “Mr. John Smith.” But it feels equally wrong to address it to “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith,” knowing she cannot attend. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. -- POLITE BRIDE-TO-BE IN CONNECTICUT dEar pOLITE BrIdE-TO-BE: Address the invitation to both your aunt and uncle, but when you do, include a sweet note saying you understand that she won’t be able to attend, but hope that he will be able to join you on your special day. I’m sure it will be appreciated.
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Hiawatha grew quickly. He was curious about the world around him and asked his grandmother countless questions. He asked about the rainbow, and Nokomis explained that this was the heaven of flowers, the place the blossoms on Earth traveled after they had faded. He asked his grandmother to tell him why the owls laughed and hooted. Nokomis taught him to listen closely until he could understand their language. Then he learned the language of all the birds, and how they built their nests and where they hid. The birds became Hiawatha’s friends. So, too, did all the animals, for as Hiawatha listened, he learned. He knew the names of all the animals; he knew how they built their dens and lodges, and why they were timid or bold. He called them his brothers and sisters. Hiawatha understood that all creatures share the Earth with one another. When Hiawatha was a young man, the aged storyteller Ioagoo told him he would become a great hunter. Ioagoo made a bow and arrows for him from the branches of the ash trees, the skin of the deer, the bough of the oak and the feathers of the birds. With his new bow and arrows, Hiawatha went into the forest to hunt his first deer. The deer were his friends, and Hiawatha knew the deer offered themselves as gifts to his people. He shot a deer and returned to his people. From the deer’s hide Nokomis made her grandson a warm cloak, and from its flesh she cooked a great feast. All the people celebrated that night, for they knew Hiawatha would be a great man among them. Hiawatha knew in his heart that he must bring good things to his people, but he did not know how. So one day he went into the forest to fast and to pray to the Ojibway god Manito to show him how he might help his people. On the first day of his fast, Hiawatha sat in the forest waiting for a message from Manito. Suddenly a herd of deer fled past, calling out to Hiawatha as they ran. Watching the herd, Hiawatha suddenly felt sad. “If the deer die out,” he said to himself, “my people will starve. What shall I do?” Manito did not answer. Hiawatha waited and prayed. On the second day of his fast, Hiawatha walked through a field filled with ripe berries. He looked up at the bright blue summer sky and again he grew sad. “When winter comes to the land, the berries will wither and my people will go hungry,” he said. “What shall I do?” Still Manito said nothing. On the third day of his fast, Hiawatha sat upon the banks of the lake, watching the fish swimming beneath its gleaming surface. “One long, hot summer may dry up our lake,” Hiawatha sighed. “The fish will die. Then what will my people eat? What shall I do?”? But Manito did not answer. On the fourth day, as Hiawatha lay upon the grass watching the sun begin to set, he was startled by a young man who appeared before him as if by magic. Hiawatha sat up and stared at the stranger. The tall, slender man wore clothes of green and yellow. His hair was soft and golden, and on his head grew golden plumes. Hiawatha watched in awe as the man seemed to dance in the wind, though his feet were planted firmly on the ground. “Who are you?” Hiawatha whispered. “I am Mondamin,” the young man answered. “Manito has sent me to answer your prayers. He wants you to know your people will always have food. But they must work hard for it. And now you must work. You must wrestle with me.” Hiawatha was weak from his fast, but he stood up and began to wrestle with Mondamin. The moment they began to struggle, Hiawatha’s strength returned. But in the midst of their wrestling, Mondamin vanished as quickly as he had appeared. The next day, the fifth day of Hiawatha’s fast, Mondamin appeared again. As before, he told Hiawatha to wrestle with him, and Hiawatha obeyed. Again Mondamin vanished. On the sixth day, the same thing happened, though this time Mondamin stayed longer. Just before he disappeared, he stopped wrestling and smiled at Hiawatha. “You will win, my friend. Tomorrow when we wrestle, I shall fall as if dead. Let me whisper to you what you must do.” The next day they wrestled, but this time Mondamin fell to the ground, and Hiawatha remembered Mondamin’s words. He leaned over the stranger, stripped him of his clothes and buried him beneath the soft earth. Then Hiawatha waited and watched over the grave. He was careful to weed and to make sure the sun warmed the soil. He drove away the squirrels and the crows. Soon, as Mondamin had promised, a green shoot sprouted, and beside this one grew another, and then another and another. By summer’s end, the field was full of tall, slender plants with coats of green leaves and yellow tassels that waved in the wind. Hiawatha called Nokomis and Ioagoo and his people to the field. “This is Mondamin, Manito’s gift to our people! This corn will be our food forever.” In autumn Mondamin’s leaves turned yellow, and Hiawatha showed his people how to strip away the leaves. Inside they found hard yellow kernels, and these they gathered and cooked. They held a joyous feast in honor of the great Mondamin, and forever after, with Hiawatha as their guide, they cared for Mondamin and reaped his rewards, and they never went hungry.
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TELL ME A STORY: HIAWATHA AND MONDAMIN
Long ago, by the shores of the great lake Gitchee Gumee, a boy was born to a beautiful young woman. His father was Mudjekeewis, the West Wind. Alas, just after the boy’s birth, Mudjekeewis flew back to the kingdom of the West Wind, leaving his wife and newborn son. The boy’s mother died of a broken heart. The boy, whose name was Hiawatha, was raised by his grandmother, Nokomis, daughter of the Moon, who had long ago fallen to Earth. By the time Hiawatha was born, Nokomis was very old, but she was a marvelous nurse, teacher and mother. She rocked Hiawatha in a cradle made of linden. She stilled his weeping with gentle words and songs. She taught him the secrets of the sky and the Earth and all the creatures. In the winter months Nokomis taught Hiawatha about the northern lights, and in summertime she showed him the Milky Way, explaining that this was a wide, white road in heaven. She taught him to listen to the whispering pines and to the lapping waters, and to know that all of Earth was wonderful.
adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
(A NATIvE AMERICAN LEgEND)