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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) catches a pass against Cleveland Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown (24) during the second quarter of an NFL preseason foot(AP Photo/Mark Duncan) ball game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Cleveland.
Rookies shine for Bucs in victory over Patriots
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — First-round draft picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin scored touchdowns, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 30-28 on Friday night. Barron intercepted a pass tipped by Ronde Barber and returned it 22 yards for a firstquarter TD. Martin scored on a 1-yard run that finished a game-opening drive led by Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. Brady played three quarters in his most extensive action of the preseason, but didn’t really get the Patriots offense on track until after Tampa Bay built a 23-7 lead. He finished on a high note, though, throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski on his final play. The Patriots (1-2, No. 2 in the AP Pro32) traveled to Florida early in the week to practice with the Bucs (2-1, No. 26) twice in preparation for the game — workouts that first-year Bucs coach Greg Schiano felt would be especially beneficial to his players because of what they could learn from being on the field with Brady and other veterans who have been vital to New England’s success. In what likely will be the most playing time he’ll get before the regular season, Brady completed 13 of 20 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and one interception. BEARS 20, GIANTS 17 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Anderson with 8:22 to play and Chicago rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit against New York’s second-team defense. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, and Robbie Gould kicked two field goals for the Bears (2-1, No. 11 in the AP Pro32).
Isaiah Frey intercepted a pass in the end zone with 1:06 to play to preserve the win. Eli Manning (17 of 21 for 148 yards) threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ramses Barden, Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal for New York (1-2, No. 3). SEAHAWKS 44, CHIEFS 14 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a just under three quarters, leading Seattle to a rout of Kansas City. The third-round draft pick has been competing for the No. 1 job with Matt Flynn, the former Green Bay backup who signed in the offseason. Wilson had impressed in the second half of preseason wins over Tennessee and Denver, but was downright dazzling in his first NFL start for the unbeaten Seahawks (No. 22 in the AP Pro 32). Matt Cassel was 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a touchdown, and was intercepted by Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who returned it 75 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Even the special teams were a disaster for Kansas City (No. 18), which watched Golden Tate zigzag 95 yards on a punt return with 2:12 left in the third quarter. EAGLES 27, BROWNS 10 CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie quarterback Nick Foles, filling in for injured starter Michael Vick, threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Philadelphia over mistake-prone Cleveland. With Vick sidelined with bruised ribs, Foles stepped in and played impressively for the Eagles (3-0, No. 8 in the AP Pro32), who open the regular season in Cleveland on Sept.
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DENVER (AP) — Since switching teams, Peyton Manning has made everyone around him better, from his teammates to his coaches, even the Denver Broncos’ luxury suite sellers. “He’s raised all boats,” coach John Fox said. The biggest question in the NFL this season is whether Manning will be able to stay afloat himself after missing all of 2011 with a nerve injury that weakened his throwing arm, required four neck operations and led to his tearful departure from Indianapolis after 14 years. Manning, his surgeon, Dr. Robert Watkins, and the Broncos all believe he’ll hold up just fine. As John Elway famously declared after luring the league’s only four-time MVP to this quarterback-crazed town with a five-year, $96 million bet, “Plan B? I don’t have a Plan B. We’re going with Plan A.” At age 36, the most prized free agent in NFL history certainly looks like he hasn’t missed a beat — or a year of football, for that matter. Although he insists his rehab, like his timing with his new targets and his transition to the Rocky Mountains is a seasonlong work in progress, Manning showed plenty of arm strength in the preseason along with an ability to bounce back after a big hit thanks to Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin. Never in question was Manning’s mental prowess, that uncanny ability he has to decipher defenders’ intentions at the line of scrimmage and adjust accordingly. “He looks great. So, for us now it’s kind of a non-issue how Peyton’s feeling, how he’s doing,” said slot receiver Brandon Stokley, who played with Manning in Indianapolis. “He’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with him.” Sure, some of his passes, particularly to his right, wobble at times, but he was always the crafty quarterback, not the flamethrower — although he hit wide receiver Eric Decker in stride with a 60-yard frozen rope during one jaw-dropping moment at training camp. Manning said his arm isn’t what it used to be — not because of his injury, but because of age. Fox said that means he’ll have to rely more on that big brain of his. “Like anything, your first day on a job versus 20 years later, the more you do it, the better you get. You learn, there’s certain things you learn the hard way. That’s the advantage of experience,” Fox said. “And in his case, this game is about playing fast, you don’t necessarily have to be fast, all right? But it’s about playing fast and seeing and diagnosing something quickly. And I don’t care what side of the ball you’re on or what phase of the game you’re in, that’s the key. It’s not about how tall you are, how big you are, how quick you are, it’s how fast you play the game.” Manning said he’s still adjusting to Colorado, to the cuisine, the culture, the climate. It’s a good thing he has a GPS because he still gets lost driving around town nearly six months after his arrival. Although he’s still learning his surroundings and those who surround him, Manning has shown he has plenty left in a right arm that has thrown for 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns and hoisted a Super Bowl trophy. He’s just not about to declare himself 100 percent. “It’s a process,” he said. “It’ll be all season long. So, it is definitely a lot of change.” Even at less than full health, the Broncos consider Manning’s know-how and accurate arm an upgrade over Tim Tebow’s exuberance and scrambling ability. Manning averaged 42 passes a game in his last full season, in 2010, but the Broncos don’t plan on having him air it out quite that much. They’re meshing some of the power formations they used in leading the league in rushing last year during the Tebow
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Reconstruction of Peyton Manning & Broncos going well
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“Rocket” says he’s not ‘major league ready’
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — Roger Clemens says his weekend start in the minors shouldn’t be viewed as a prelude to a big-league comeback. The 50-year-old Clemens is scheduled to pitch Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters against the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League. “I don’t know how much clearer I can say it,” Clemens said Friday. “I’m nowhere near major league ready, nor have I been training or pitching in that type of mode.” But Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told KRIV-TV the team is open to the idea of adding the seven-time Cy Young Award winner and is sending a scout to the game. “If it goes all right and he comes to us, we’ll talk to baseball about it at length,” Crane said. “The only thing we don’t want to do is make it a publicity stunt. If we did it, I want to try and take it and turn it into a positive, which would be Roger’s doing it for the good of baseball. The extra proceeds on the game might go to the (Astros’) community charity deal to build (baseball) fields, do something positive out of it.” Clemens has a personal services contract with the Astros and he said Crane has been supportive of him. Clemens last pitched in September 2007, with the New York Yankees. Two months later, former trainer Brian McNamee accused Clemens of using performance-enhancing drugs in the Mitchell Report. In June, Clemens was acquitted of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using PEDs and he’s maintained a low profile until this week. Clemens acknowledged that he and Crane may talk, but he was vague about what that meant for his future. He did say that he wasn’t interested in working for the Astros as a coach or in the front office. “I appreciate his comments, and I’ll go to bat for him, whatever he wants me to do,” Clemens said. “I’m looking forward to it, when this is all said and done, whether we do something this year, or we do something in spring training, I’ll get up there and demonstrate, just like I have. I like to get up and demonstrate with the guys. I’ll do this the next couple of days here, too.” If Clemens appears in a major league game, it will push back his appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot from the one going out late this year until 2017. For now, Clemens says he’s looking no further than Saturday and will decide later how much — or if — he pitches again. He compared the outing to a spring training start and says he’s not concerned about the results. “I’m going to go out and pitch and try and stay healthy,” Clemens said. “If I feel good, I’ll turn a couple loose. If I don’t, I’ll try and pitch a little bit, get out there and let everybody whoop it up and get out of there and let ‘em start playing well.” Clemens decided to join the independent team on Monday and was introduced on Tuesday. The Skeeters, in their inaugural season, instantly gained national attention and overshadowed the Astros, who have the worst record in baseball. The capacity at the Skeeters’ home ballpark is 7,500, and all the tickets for Saturday’s game sold out within 90 minutes. The team ordered 1,500 T-shirts with his name and No. 21 on the back, and Clemens’ jerseys — at $15 — were hot items in the merchandise store inside the ballpark. “Hopefully, this is not the only time he’ll pitch for us,” said Christopher Hill, the team’s vice president of business development. “He’s the biggest name in baseball.” The Skeeters’ manager is former Minnesota Twins third baseman Gary Gaetti, a two-time All-Star who turned 54 on Sunday. He and Clemens became friends when Clemens pitched for the Astros and Gaetti was Houston’s hitting coach from 2004-06. Gaetti began talking to Clemens about his oldest son, Koby. Originally a first or third baseman, Koby Clemens was drafted by the Astros in 2007, and recently signed a minor-league contract with Toronto. Along the way, Gaetti texted Roger in April and asked if he would consider playing for the Skeeters. “He said, ‘That sounds interesting,’” Gaetti recalled. “I think I could go out and do five innings right now.” Clemens joked that he may not last more than two innings on Saturday. “Get here early,” he said, “’cause it might go by pretty quick. I hope it’s more than one or two innings, but it might not be. I don’t know what to expect. I’m going to get out here, kick my leg up and try to get behind some baseballs, and turn ‘em loose.” Clemens says he bought 125 tickets for family and friends, including some former teammates.
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New York Mets’ Jordany Valdespin (1) is out at second base as Houston Astros’ Tyler Greene leaps and throws to first base to get Mets’ Andres Torres out at first for a double play in the second (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) inning at Citi Field in New York, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
Harrison 8 scoreless and Beltre cycle for Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Harrison took a no-hit bid into the seventh and went eight innings for his career-high 15th victory and Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle for the Texas Rangers in an 8-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Harrison (15-7) didn’t allow a hit until Trevor Plouffe lined a solid single to left with two outs in the seventh. That came right after left fielder David Murphy made a diving catch on Ryan Doumit’s sinking liner to keep the no-hit bid intact, though Murphy had no chance to get to the next ball hit his way. Beltre’s second career cycle came two nights after he hit three homers in a game against Baltimore. Over the past four games, Beltre is 12 of 18 with five homers, three doubles and a triple. ATHLETICS 5, RAyS 4 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jonny Gomes’ two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Athletics to a victory over the Rays. Gomes’ homer off Joel Peralta (1-6) broke a 3-3 tie and sent the Rays to their second loss in eight games. Ryan Cook (6-2) earned the win in relief for the A’s, who have won seven of nine. Luke Scott’s pinch-hit double got a run back for the Rays in the ninth before Grant Balfour finished for his 13th save. Gomes, who played for the Rays from 20032008, has hit safely in all eight of his games against his former team with three homers in 26 at-bats. It was his 15th home run of the season. REd SOX 4, ROyALS 3 BOSTON (AP) — Pedro Ciriaco put Boston ahead with a two-run double in the seventh inning, Jon Lester had his third straight solid start and the Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Royals. The victory capped a day in which the Red Sox and the Dodgers discussed a major trade that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Boston’s best hitter, to Los Angeles. Minutes before the game, Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup. In Los Angeles, first baseman James Loney was pulled from the lineup against the Miami Marlins. Gonzalez was leading the Red Sox with 86 RBIs, 145 hits and 37 doubles and was first in the majors with a .398 batting average with runners in scoring position. yANKEES 3, INdIANS 1 CLEVELAND (AP) — CC Sabathia came off the disabled list and went into the eighth inning and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer to help the Yankees snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Indians. Cleveland lost its ninth straight as ex-Indian Sabathia (13-3) worked 7 1-3 strong innings. The left-hander had a perfect game until Asdrubal Cabrera homered with one out in the fourth.
Derek Jeter was beaned by Indians starter Corey Kluber, but stayed in the game. Jeter had two hits and scored twice. Swisher broke a 1-1 tie with his 19th homer, off Cody Allen (0-1) in the seventh. Rafael Soriano loaded the bases in the ninth, but got his 32nd save in 34 chances. ANGELS 2, TIGERS 1 DETROIT (AP) — Zack Greinke gave up one run and Howie Kendrick broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth, lifting the Angels to a win over the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera’s two-out solo homer in the eighth chased Greinke. Scott Downs got the Angels out of the inning by getting Prince Fielder to ground out and retired Brennan Boesch to lead off the ninth. Garrett Richards struck out Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta for the final two outs to earn his first career save. Greinke (2-2) gave up five hits and two walks while striking out five over 7 2-3 innings. Rick Porcello (9-9) allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings. He allowed a walk and struck out six. ORIOLES 6, BLuE JAyS 4 BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis hit three home runs in four at-bats and had four RBIs to lead the Orioles past the skidding Blue Jays. Davis hit solo shots off Carlos Villanueva (6-4) in the second and fourth innings, then greeted Steve Delabar in the sixth with an opposite-field, two-run drive to left field to put Baltimore up 5-1. Facing Brad Lincoln in the eighth inning with a chance to become the 17th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game, Davis took three mighty swings but struck out on four pitches. Zach Britton (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles, who have won seven of 11 to remain in the thick of the AL wild-card race. WHITE SOX 9, MARINERS 8 CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko’s single with one out in the bottom of the ninth gave the White Sox a dramatic victory over the Mariners. The Chicago bullpen imploded and allowed six runs in the top of the ninth before the offense rallied for two runs in the bottom half. Kevin Youkilis singled to drive in the tying run off Tom Wilhelmsen (4-3), and Konerko lined a gapper to the opposite field. Outfielders Michael Saunders and Eric Thames collided as the ball fell to the ground and Dewayne Wise crossed the plate. Addison Reed (3-1) earned the win despite blowing his fourth save. Adam Dunn hit two home runs for Chicago and Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in three runs. Trayvon Robinson and Jesus Montero homered for Seattle.
NEW YORK (AP) — So, you’ve got two big-time quarterbacks and plan to play them both throughout the season. Well, good luck with that. In the NFL, that kind of thinking has mostly added up to double trouble. Two-quarterback systems have rarely worked in the pros, but the New York Jets will test that theory with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow this season. And no matter what the critics — who include President Barack Obama — say about having Tebow and Sanchez on the same team, the Jets are willing to find out if two quarterbacks are better than one. “We have a starting quarterback who’s as clear-cut a starting quarterback as other teams have,” coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s Mark Sanchez, our starting quarterback. But we have an athlete and a special talent in Tim Tebow that allows us to do different things that maybe other teams don’t have. So we’re going to play Tim Tebow, because it’s going to help us. “It’s going to help our football team win games. That’s how I feel about it.” New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and the Jets (No. 17 in the AP Pro32) have made it clear that what they have is not technically a two-quarterback system where the players rotate, but rather a system that includes two quarterbacks. There will likely be times, particularly on third-down and goal-line situations, when Sanchez will come off the field for Tebow. Whether or not that’s as part of the wildcat package — the Jets’ top-secret scheme designed for Tebow — remains to be seen. But, one thing’s for sure: This could be one messy situation if it doesn’t all work. “In a normal world, it might be easier to manage,” said former NFL quarterback and league MVP Rich Gannon, now an analyst for CBS Sports and SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But because it’s Tim Tebow, because he’s such a dynamic persona with almost like a cult following, I think it’s going to be really difficult for the team to manage and juggle this whole thing. I mean, the minute the offense struggles and Sanchez struggles, the crowd is going to go crazy and people will be calling for Tim Tebow.” That’s the exact scenario many fans and media are predicting, maybe by Week 5 or 6. “If Mark plays well, they’re scoring points and winning games, there’s not going to be a big Tim Tebow show,” said Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP. “But, if they’re not, you’re going to see more Tim Tebow, and it’s going to be hard to manage the Tebowmania. I’m just a little skeptical of how this is going to work out for the Jets.” General manager Mike Tannenbaum saw firsthand what Tebow could do as the then-Broncos quarterback led a lastminute comeback for a victory over the Jets in Denver last season. When Tebow became available, he met with Ryan, Sparano and owner Woody Johnson and they all decided the backlash was worth bringing in one of the league’s most exciting players. “In Tim’s case, just like most of them, you think it out, go through the plusses and minuses and measure twice and cut once,” Tannenbaum said. “With that said, if we felt it was the right football decision, we’ve got to manage the other part of it, knowing that it was going to be a challenge. I think we’re a really strong organization that can handle the ancillary attention that Tim brings.” A handful of teams over the years have tried to make use of two quarterbacks, mostly with negative results. Since the 2000 season, when Baltimore benched Tony Banks midway through and used Trent Dilfer to win the Super Bowl, the last 11 champions each had clear-cut starting quarterbacks who rarely left the field for anything other than an injury. “Of the teams we talk about in January, how many of them have gone this route?” Gannon said. “Not a lot.” But most teams also don’t have backup quarterbacks with quite the skill set Tebow offers, either. The Los Angeles Rams might have been the first to have success with rotating quarterbacks, splitting time between Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield — and playing in three straight NFL championship games from 1949-51. All those victories didn’t necessarily breed happiness, though, as Van Brocklin wasn’t pleased about sharing the field and eventually asked for a trade. Oakland tried it with Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda in the late-1960s and early 1970s, with Blanda mostly serving as the kicker but also coming out to throw an occasional touchdown pass against opposing defenses that planned all week to face Lamonica.
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Are 2 QBs better than one? NY Jets about to find out
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dominique Davis (14) looks to hand off the ball in heavy rain during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Friday (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Aug. 24, 2012, in Miami. The Falcons defeated the Dolphins 23-6.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP No: 086-2012
Issuance Date: August 14, 2012 Date & Time Due: November 14, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide an:
“Eligibility System for the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ASNAP Eligibility System.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Documents: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
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By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Reporter
HS Boys Volleyball season starts Mon.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin, right, breaks up a pass to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Owen Spencer in the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game Friday, (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Aug. 24, 2012, in Cleveland. The Eagles won 27-10.
Cubs rally past Rox 5-3, stop 5-game win streak
CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Mather hit a goahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Friday and Chicago ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over Colorado. The Rockies had matched a season best with a five-game winning streak. Chicago trailed 3-2 going into the eighth before Brett Jackson led off with his second homer of the season. Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena doubled with one out and Mather, batting in the leadoff spot usually occupied by David DeJesus, followed with an RBI single against reliever Matt Belisle (3-5). Mather scored on reliever Matt Reynolds’ throwing error. James Russell (6-1) got two outs for the win and Carlos Marmol closed for his 16th save. Chris Nelson hit his sixth homer for the Cubs and Carlos Gonzalez hit his 21st and first since July 23. Alfonso Soriano and Welington Castillo hit solo home runs for the Cubs. BREWERS 6, PIRATES 5 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Fiers pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Aramis Ramirez had a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh and Milwaukee held on to win its fourth straight. Fiers (7-6) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts. The rookie allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Ramirez went 2 for 4 and scored two runs. He cleared the bases with a two-out double to rightcenter in the seventh, breaking a 2-2 tie. Ramirez then scored on Corey Hart’s single. The Pirates rallied for two runs in the ninth off closer John Axford, but Kameron Loe struck out pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez to with two men on to end the game. Loe’s save was his second in two weeks, the fourth of his career. Rod Barajas homered for the Pirates, who have lost four straight. The Brewers won on the road for only the second time since the All-Star break. They had lost 14 of their previous 15 road games. Wandy Rodriguez (8-13) fell to 0-4 as a starter with the Pirates — he earned a win by pitching the 18th and 19th innings Sunday in St. Louis — since being acquired for three prospects in a trade with Houston July 24. Rodriguez allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings. He had three strikeouts. PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 2 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Kendrick pitched effectively for 6 2-3 innings and Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs to lead Philadelphia. Kendrick (7-9), one of seven pitchers used by Philadelphia, allowed four hits and struck out three to help the Phillies win for the fifth time in the last seven games. Tyler Moore homered for Washington, which lost its second straight. Moore snapped Kendrick’s 21 2-3 innings scoreless streak with a two-
out, two-run homer in the seventh. Edwin Jackson (11-8) gave up three runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in six innings to fall to 0-4 with a 5.32 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 28th save in 31 chances with a scoreless ninth. Rollins gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the fourth when he lined an opposite-field, two-out single. ASTROS 3, METS 1 NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Lyles won for the first time in two months and Houston snapped a seven-game skid and gave Tony DeFrancesco his first win as a major league manager. Tyler Greene homered and Lyles knocked in a run with his first career double as the Astros (40-86) improved to 4-0 against the Mets this season. Houston, with the worst record in the majors, won for only the eighth time in its last 51 games. David Wright hit his 200th homer for the Mets, who have lost six straight and nine of 11. Despite facing the two worst pitching staffs in the NL over the past five days, they have gone seven games without scoring more than two runs for the first time since September 1982, according to STATS LLC. Jonathon Niese (10-7) went seven innings but the Mets are 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position over their last two games, leaving them 25 for 151 (.166) in those situations this month. The Astros had dropped all four games since DeFrancesco took over as interim manager Sunday after Brad Mills was fired, getting outscored 32-8. CARdINALS 8, REdS 5 CINCINNATI (AP) — Allen Craig and Yadier Molina homered during a six-run sixth inning for St. Louis. The Cardinals’ big comeback off Mat Latos (10-4) started a 10-day trip against the Reds, Pirates and Nationals. Cincinnati knocked out starter Lance Lynn in the third inning. Joe Kelly (4-5) fanned six in three innings of relief. Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 35 chances. Latos tried to extend his August dominance — only three earned runs allowed in his four previous starts. He suffered a meltdown in the sixth inning, when he gave up four runs without retiring a batter. The inning started poorly for Latos, who was slow to cover first base on Carlos Beltran’s grounder, letting him reach on an infield single. Matt Holliday singled, and Craig followed with his 19th homer, trying it 5-all. Three pitches later, Molina hit an opposite-field homer — his fourth off the Reds this season. They Cardinals have won four straight and 13 of their past 20 to move a season-high 13 games over .500.
The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Boys Volleyball season is just around the corner with play set to begin. The current champions, the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats, are looking to keep the Varsity championship title at their school this year. In the 2011-2012 season, the Wildcats were able to defeat the Tafuna Warriors for the title with these two West Side teams battling it out at the net. At that time, the Warriors also made it to the championship finals in the Junior Varsity Division but were defeated by the ‘Red Wave’ from the East Side, the Fagaitua Vikings. The level of play has stepped up a notch this year due to the overall improvement of the game in the territory, thanks to clinics, leagues and programs throughout this past summer and year that will make the championship title run this school year more competitive than it has been in recent years. The action begins this coming Monday, August 27, at Tafuna High School, as the Warriors take on the reigning champions in the Varsity Division. On the same day, the boys from the West Side, the Leone Lions, will be trying to make their roar heard on the East Side to start the season off strong, as they face the Fagaitua Vikings in Fagaitua. On Wednesday, August 29, the Samoana Sharks will try to take a bite out of their competition when they travel to Kanana Fou, the home of the Stallions, while the Fagaitua Vikings will host the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats. To finish out the opening week of play on Friday, August 31, the Stallions will be hosting the Warriors, as the Lions travel to Samoana to face the Sharks. All games are scheduled to begin at 4:30pm with Junior Varsity taking the court first, followed by Varsity. The season is scheduled to run to October 3, when the playoffs begin and October 5 for the championships. Samoa News will carry the latest updates on this year’s 2012-2013 ASHSAA Boys Volleyball season. ASHSAA Boys Volleyball League Coordinator Tumua Matu’u invites the public out to all of the games in support of ASHSAA sports. Reach the reporter at email@example.com
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Tom Landry had so much trouble trying to decide between Roger Staubach and Craig Morton as Dallas’ quarterback that he decided to use both during the 1971 season. The two quarterbacks even rotated on every play during a game against Chicago, with each man running in with the next offensive call. “Well, it was a problem because it divided the team and Coach Landry realized that in ‘71, when actually Craig and I alternated games, and a lot of guys believed in Craig, and a lot of them believed in me,” Staubach recalled. “It’s not a good situation.” Landry went with Staubach after the Bears game, and he led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory while carving out a Hall of Fame career. Morton, meanwhile, was traded to the Giants in 1974, and then to Denver three years later to finish a solid career. “It makes it tough,” Staubach said. “The fans were divided on Morton and I, too, and the team, (the) players. They knew Craig when he was with Don Meredith, and Craig’s a great guy. I didn’t want to be a backup quarterback, so either I was going to get a chance to start, or I would have been traded.” Miami had its “WoodStrock” combination in the early 1980s, when the Dolphins used David Woodley as the starter and had Don Strock come in as a “relief” quarterback if he was ineffective or struggled. The Dolphins even nearly won a playoff game that way, as Strock entered a playoff game against San Diego down 24-0 in the third quarter before tying it and eventually losing 41-38 in overtime. How the Jets use Tebow likely won’t be fully revealed until the regular season, when games matter and the offense is doing whatever it can to put points on the scoreboard. If Sanchez is ineffective behind an underperforming offensive line, Tebow’s scrambling ability could be exactly what the offense needs to get going. “Look, you wouldn’t do this to Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees,” Gannon said. “Let’s just be honest. It affects the rhythm and the timing of the offense, and that’s going to be the challenge for Rex and Tony Sparano. I’m interested in seeing how this all plays out.” It could lead to a full-blown quarterback controversy. Just like the one the Cowboys had with Staubach and Morton. Or, the 49ers had with Joe Montana and Steve Young, or the Cowboys with Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh. Or, even the Steelers with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Gilliam. “It’s a little different in that the Jets are using (Tebow) in a special, whatever they call that, wildcat deal, and all that,” Staubach said. “I don’t know if Tim is going to like that, I mean, if he wants to be a quarterback the rest of his career.”
DALLAS (AP) — It’s been nearly 20 years since Dallas crowds cheered on a brawny boy from Texas’ first family of wrestling: the Von Erichs, whose story at times resembled a Greek tragedy. Until recently, Kevin Von Erich’s 1993 retirement seemed to have ended the dynasty built by his father, Jack Adkisson, known in the wrestling world by his stage name, Fritz Von Erich, a tough, make-believe Nazi sympathizer. But now a third generation of Von Erichs is staging a comeback: Kevin’s two sons, Ross, 24, and Marshall, 19, made their debut in April in Sedan, Kan., and are on a three-month tour in Japan. They are well aware of their family’s heartbreaking past. By the time their grandfather Jack died in 1997, he had outlived four of his five wrestling sons, their dad the only survivor. They’ve heard how three of their uncles committed suicide, how another died of an intestinal disease at age 24. What they haven’t heard is discouragement from jumping into the ring. Especially not from their 55-year-old father, Kevin Adkisson, who has receded from the spotlight to a quiet life on his farm in Hawaii. “You can’t stay gun-shy and avoid contact or avoid disaster to the point of living your life any different,” Kevin said. “We pull out all the stops and give it our best shot.” Of course, the specter of Fritz Von Erich and his signature “Iron Claw” are never far away, fueling the young wrestlers’ desire to carry on the family name. “My grandfather’s always been my hero since I was little,” Marshall said. “I was always with him, always hanging out with him. He was kind of feared as a bad guy . but really he was a big teddy bear. He was big like a giant.” On training days, Ross and Marshall wake about 9 a.m. Their small apartment is underneath the offices of Pro-Wrestling NOAH, a Japanese promotional group. They help clean the dojo, the room where they train. Ross keeps close tabs on his diet, but his younger brother is glad there’s a McDonald’s nearby. As they tour Japan with NOAH, the brothers are losing more matches than they’re winning. But that’s not the point, their father said. For the next month and a half, their tour is about wrestling multiple nights a week and learning new skills. Ross and Marshall have been playing in the ring since they were babies, Kevin said. As kids, they loved watching tapes of old matches from World Class Championship Wrestling, which their grandfather produced. Kevin’s been teaching his sons wrestling moves, like the never-gets-old Iron Claw, since they were tiny. “What I’m doing is just getting a good hug, but they’re wrestling,” he said. But Kevin didn’t want his sons to grow up too fast. He hid the weights in the barn at their Denton County farm so they’d focus on being kids. That still didn’t deter Ross, who said he found them at age 12. Their boyhood wrestling dreams faded as they found other athletic outlets. Ross became a football star and Marshall excelled at the discus throw — like his uncle Kerry. Last year, the two decided they wanted to give wrestling a try. They attended Harley Race’s wrestling camp in Missouri, where they caught the eye of NOAH scout Ken Hirayama. “Without knowing they were Von Erichs, (I) saw a lot of potential,” Hirayama said. Most notably, he said, they were well-conditioned athletes. In January, Ross and Marshall found themselves on a plane to Japan, where they trained for three months. The training and endless exercising was rough. “When we first started, both me and my brother were coughing up blood. I (couldn’t) believe people do this for a living,” Marshall said. “We came home really beat up, but we got a lot stronger.” Home is now Hawaii. Kevin and his wife, Pamela, moved their family to Kauai, the state’s northernmost island, about seven years ago. They built their dream house on seven acres in the shadow of Mount Namahana, about a mile from the rugged northern coast. Texas, though, will always have a place in Kevin’s heart.
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“There’s no place like Texas, and I always will consider myself a Texan,” he said. Far from the lights of wrestling, Kevin is a farmer and a fisherman. His family grows coconuts, guavas, star fruit and papaya; they raise chickens, goats and ducks. When time allows, he goes diving, spearing rainbow runners, tuna and parrot fish to cook for dinner. His goal is to barter for his needs. He’s traded tuna for propane and swaps his crops for his neighbors’ yields. “My dad’s as happy as could be,” Marshall said. Like his father, Marshall wrestles barefoot. He relishes the comparison made between his aggressive style and that of his grandfather’s. Ross wants to develop his own approach. “I don’t really like being compared to my family too much,” he said. But with a wrestling legacy stretching from the 1950s to the early 1990s, from Texas to the Middle East to Asia, some comparison is inevitable. Jack Adkisson was born in Jewett, Texas, in 1929. He had a promising football career in the early 1950s at Southern Methodist University and with the Dallas Texans until injuries turned him toward wrestling. It was later that decade he became known as bad guy “Fritz Von Erich,” the picture of a post-World War II villain. Dressed in a cape emblazoned with the German Iron Cross, he goose-stepped into matches and vanquished his foes with the “Claw,” wrapping his big hands around his victim’s skull and digging in hard with his fingertips. “You squeeze the temples and you kind of lock your hand on there, and then you can kind of relax,” said Marshall, who’s been learning the family move since he was little. Jack and his wife, Doris, had six sons. The first, Jack Jr., died of accidental electrocution at age 6. As Jack stopped his frequent tours to spend more time with his growing family, the crowds saw a change in his wrestling persona. “He didn’t want his little boys to think he was a bad guy,” said Bill Mercer, a family friend and former play-by-play announcer for WCCW. In the mid-1960s, Jack changed from villain to hero, making way for his boys to join him in the ring as they grew up: first Kevin and David, then Kerry. They were crowd favorites. “They were all-American,” Mercer said. “David was tall and blond. Kevin was athletic and beautifully sculpted -- he had the ability to be like a gymnast around the ring. I called him the barefoot boy. Kerry was the hunk.” Syndication of WCCW wrestling shows from Dallas’ Sportatorium and Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center made the Von Erichs famous around the world, especially in Japan and Lebanon. Later, Mike and Chris, the youngest brothers, joined the family business. But tragedy struck again. David died of an intestinal disease while on tour in Japan in 1984. Three years later, 23-year-old Mike was found dead in a sleeping bag by Lewisville Lake. He overdosed on sleeping pills, and his death was ruled a suicide. Mercer said Mike had never been the same after a shoulder surgery and his slow recovery from a case of toxic-shock syndrome. Chris, the youngest brother, had asthma and could never quite live up to his brothers’ legacy. He put a gun to his head at his parents’ ranch in 1991. Amid a failing marriage, imminent arrest for cocaine possession and a sea of debt, 33-year-old Kerry fatally shot himself in 1993. (Kerry’s daughter wrestled as Lacey Von Erich until recently). “It was sad, it was very sad,” said Mercer. “They were strong, but there was something missing. . They just didn’t seem to have the ability to withstand adversity.” Faith keeps Ross and Marshall grounded as they tour Japan. Most of the other wrestlers don’t speak English well, but they have each other and their Bibles for support. And if wrestling doesn’t work out, that’s OK, too. “I’m just going through doors as they open,” Ross said. “If it ends up not working out, something else will work out, just like it always does.”
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9. Foles finished 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception. The Browns (2-1, No. 30) had two costly turnovers in the first quarter, when they also had a punt blocked. It was not a good showing for their new owner, Jimmy Haslam III, who sat in the stands in the first quarter watching his $1 billion purchase. Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden went 9 of 20 for 117 yards. FALCONS 23, dOLPHINS 6 MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Tannehill went 11 for 27 for 112 yards and one interception in his first game as Miami’s starting quarterback, and the Dolphins lost to Atlanta. Four of Tannehill’s passes were dropped, including a potential 4-yard touchdown throw that Anthony Fasano bobbled in the end zone. Shaky pass protection was also a problem for Tannehill, who was sacked once, forced to run twice and hit several other times. Miami (No. 27 in the AP Pro32) fell to 0-3, and Atlanta (No. 13) improved to 1-2. The Dolphins managed only three points in Tannehill’s seven possessions. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan played midway into the third quarter and went 18 for 26 for 220 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Roddy White
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against reserves. CHARGERS 12, VIKINGS 10 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Novak’s 45-yard field goal as time expired gave San Diego Chargers a victory over Minnesota, after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled along with the rest of the starting offense. Nate Kaeding made field goals of 50 and 54 yards for the Chargers (No. 16 in the AP Pro32 rankings). Novak, the token training camp competitor who’ll most likely be cut next week, kicked two of his own. The Chargers had a scare in the third quarter when first-round draft pick Melvin Ingram, the outside linebacker from South Carolina, limped off in pain after trainers looked at his left knee. But the team later announced he was treated for a thigh bruise. The most encouraging development for the Vikings (No. 29 in the AP Pro32) was probably in pregame warmups, when running back Adrian Peterson took part in drills to continue to ramp up his rehabilitation. He’s close to returning from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. The Vikings, though, lost promising rookie cornerback and punt returner Josh Robinson to a possible concussion in the second quarter.
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experiment with some of the spread formations that Manning ran in Indianapolis. A clear indication that there’s give and take is in the acquisition of fullback Chris Gronkowski, allowing the Broncos to pound the ball out of a two-back set, something Manning never had with the Colts. The reconstruction of both the quarterback and the Broncos (No. 10 in the AP Pro32) appears to be going very well under the hot lights of the public spotlight. Manning noted this summer that he never before was asked questions about incompletions in practice and he jokes that every step of his comeback, like his every throw, is analyzed by the media and fans. Manning, the NFL’s top pitchman, grew up on football and is accustomed to living in the public eye, but never before has he faced so much scrutiny of his ability, adaptability, dependability, durability, reliability, stability, viability, vulnerability, you name it. He gets it. And he’s eager to show everyone he still has it. Tom Moore, Manning’s offensive coordinator for all but one season when the two were in Indianapolis, said Manning’s well-known work ethic is what will push him through this transition. “Nobody works harder than him,” Moore said. “On anything. Anything. I mean, his work habits are fantastic. He’ll be successful his entire life at whatever he does. Because of his work ethic and his dedication and his commitment to what he’s doing.” That, and his superb talent, Fox interjected. “I mean, and his dad played. He grew up with football, so he understands the game of football. And he’s talented, so that’s even better. So, to have that combination, that’s why he’s accomplished what he’s accomplished,” Fox said. Stokley said that even if Manning’s right arm isn’t 100 percent this season, his mind is. He noted that while “he’s never had the strongest arm,” nobody can decipher a defense and then pick it apart like Manning with his robotic passing proficiency. “The first thing I really noticed with Peyton is he’s the hardest-working person regardless of any profession I’ve ever been around,” said rookie Brock Osweiler, the first quarterback ever drafted with the intention of one day replacing Manning. “And the thing about Peyton is he doesn’t waste a single minute in a day. He utilizes all of his time from the moment he walks into the building until the time that he leaves. “So, for example we’re in the weight room and normally you do your set, you take a little break. Well, with Peyton you don’t take a break. You’re doing some ball-handling drills, you’re doing drops, you’re doing something. So, I really learn from him how to use all the time in the day.” That’s not because Manning has a new appreciation for the game or because he knows time is catching up to him, like it does everyone. It’s just in his nature. “I really have tried to play with a sense of urgency since I’ve been 22 years old,” Manning said. During lulls in practice, Manning grabs a receiver to practice red zone routes or summons a running back to iron out the kinks. He even demonstrated, in slow motion, of course, a zigzagging route for rookie running back Ronnie Hillman, coaching him up on how to deke his defender so that he could zip to the pylon for a grab over his back shoulder. Manning stopped a simple progression drill during training camp in which the quarterbacks, working by themselves, threw to an assistant equipment manager and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s 17-year-old son to give his backups clues on what subtle signs to look for. “He can show you the shortcuts,” quarterbacks coach Adam Gase said. “The thing that he does so well is he gets you in the right play, the right read, the right progression. That’s his thing is just the meticulous study of hey, ‘Where does this ball need to go against this defense, what’s this defense trying to accomplish against me?’” Offensive players say they’re better off for having Manning around. He’s so demanding that they don’t dare round off their routes, lose focus or not hustle lest they get an earful and a bad reputation in No. 18’s eyes. Defenders pick his brain to figure out how he’s picking them apart. Coaches even say Manning makes them better at their own crafts. “It’s a cliche, but at the end of the day he really is one of those unique guys that really is a coach on the field,” Fox said. “Whether it’s in practice, in the game, on the sideline, in the offseason and whether you’re on offense, defense or the kicking game, you need that kind of leadership on your football team. “I think I always kind of knew that about Peyton, but until you’re with him every day and see it in action, that reputation definitely comes to fruition. To watch it firsthand, it’s even more unique and really it’s probably more than advertised.”
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Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Roger Clemens, center, watches from the dugout along with teammates during the first inning of the Skeeters’ baseball game against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Sugar Land, Texas. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young winner, signed with the Skeeters of the independent (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Atlantic League this week and is expected to start for the minor league team Saturday at home against Bridgeport.
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“It’s exciting,” Clemens said. “It’s into the summer, the kids are going back to school, it’s going to be fun.” Wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a burnt orange University of Texas baseball cap, Clemens walked into the Skeeters’ clubhouse about 4:15 p.m. Friday and peeked into Gaetti’s office. “Tell me what I need to do,” he said. Clemens walked through the clubhouse and shook hands with every Skeeter, including former major-leaguer Scott Kazmir, who started Friday night. A piece of masking tape above Clemens’ locker read: “Rocket (hash) 21.” Clemens reserved his last greeting for right-hander Tim Redding, who was pitching for the Astros when Clemens arrived in 2004. Redding only signed with the Skeeters a week ago. “He just wants to be one of the guys, and it’s great to have him here,” Redding said. “I know we all can’t wait to see him perform.” Gaetti said he’s only expecting one start from Clemens, and will leave the decision to make more to the Rocket. “I know Roger, I know what he can do,” said Gaetti, who hit a grand slam off Clemens in September 1993. “I’m anticipating one start, right here. One start. Depending on how things go, and what he decides he wants to do — if he feels like he can help us win some ballgames, and he feels good about what he’s doing, then why not (more starts)? “A lot of it is going to be determined on how he feels,” Gaetti said. “I’m certain that he can help us win ballgames.
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If that’s what he wants to do, then he’s more than welcome to do that. If he has other plans, then that’s his deal.” As of Friday night, not even Clemens seemed certain of what may come next in his career. “I’ll get out there and get loose, it shouldn’t take long in this heat,” Clemens said. “I’ll get after it, and we’ll see how far I can go. I’m not looking past tomorrow (Saturday). I want to get through tomorrow and then we’ll worry about that.”
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BY TOM & RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Tom and Ray: After some locker break-ins at the gym, I started leaving my wallet and phone in the glove box of my Volvo S60. The other day, there was a discussion about this in the sauna. Several people claimed that glove boxes are not safe at all, and can easily be opened by a crowbar. So I ended up getting a little Master Lock 5900D box. It’s not very secure and could be broken into. It does have a metal rope chain that I looped through the metal framing in the trunk, so it hangs down. I figure if someone were to break into the car and then discover this in the trunk, they would have to stand in the parking lot, trunk open, with wire cutters. That’s too much work for your average thief. Plus, I thought the lock box might be good for travel -- especially overseas. Any comments or advice? -- Sol RAY: Well, your sweaty, naked sauna friends are correct that the glove box provides almost no security. Even when locked, most 50-cent glove-box latches can be pulled open with bare fingers -- crowbar or no crowbar. TOM: It’s also the first place most thieves look for valuables once they break into a car, because it gives the illusion of security. RAY: So the trunk is a better bet. It’s considerably harder to break into, unless you have a -- wait for it -- remote trunk release in the passenger compartment! Then, if a thief doesn’t find what he wants in the glove box, he can pop the trunk and have a look in there. TOM: And that’s where he’ll see your dangling lock box. In general, you’re right that by increasing the difficulty of a theft, you make the theft less likely -- because thieves are often in what? A hurry! RAY: But the danger of chaining a lock box so visibly is that you’re basically putting a big neon sign on it that says: “Hey! There’s Something Really Valuable In Here!!!” TOM: And then you take the risk that the thief not only will leave with the box (which he can open later, at his leisure, with a diamond-bladed radial arm saw), but that he’ll damage your car in his determination to remove it quickly, and leave you with (a) a broken trunk hinge and (b) no wallet with which to buy a new one. RAY: So if I were really worried about theft, I’d put my valuables in the trunk, as you do. But I’d just hide them somewhere out of sight. There may be room in the spare-tire compartment, in a toolbox or in a corner behind some less-valuable trunk junk. What you want is for the thief to look quickly, conclude that there’s nothing valuable there and leave. TOM: Or you can clip your phone to your own spare tire and wear it into the sauna, Sol. It’s up to you.
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• • • • • • • • • “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” -- oliver Wendell HolmeS • • • • • • • • • HuSBANd IS dETERMINEd TO LIVE AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT • • • • • • • • • Lately, I’ve been wondering what retirement will be like. My days now are so full of things like going to writer’s lunches, writer’s seminars, writer’s conferences and, of course, emailing other writers, complaining about how there’s never enough time to write -- I can’t imagine the emptiness without all that. My concerns about retirement began when my sister-in-law, Sally, who had just retired, came for a visit and shared some of the projects she was involved in. “I’ve started collecting fruit peels,” she told me. “I have three jars full already.” Quickly, I closed the windows so the neighbors wouldn’t hear. Then I explained to her that statements like that could earn her a one-way trip to a country estate where the music is soft and the walls are quilted. “You don’t understand,” she continued enthusiastically. “See, after I have enough fruit peels, I’m going to turn them into candy and send them out as gifts.” “Right ...” I said. I had an urge to put all the sharp knives on the upper shelves. Instead I just handed her an orange to keep her amused until my brother-in-law, who’s also retired, came back. “Where did Bob go anyway?” I asked. “To get another book on genealogy. He wants to be the first person to trace his family roots
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back to the Neanderthals. Isn’t that exciting?” I thought about the word exciting. If I looked it up in my Funk & Wagnalls, would it say: “The art of collecting fruit skins for fun and profit”? I figured this was something I should talk to my wife about, so I waited until Bob and Sally had gone to bed, turned off the evening news, poured us each our nightly drink, and made up a plate of anti-aging supplements. “Is tonight the night we take ginkgo biloba?” I asked. “I can’t remember,” she said. “Is that a Rolling Stones T-shirt?” “Yup. Found it in the bottom of the closet. I think it shrunk a little.” “Yeah, about three decades’ worth. What’s this all about?” “I think we should start preparing for an activity-filled retirement. You know, take rockclimbing lessons, things like that.” “Rock climbing? You don’t even like to stand on a chair to replace a light bulb. Now you want to scale cliffs?” “OK, maybe not rock climbing. How about competitive sailing? Or scuba diving? We could dive with the manatees and swim with the sharks.” She tossed back a couple of vitamin E tablets. “I think you should stop watching the Discovery Channel.” “I’m serious. I don’t want to end up accumulating cats or becoming vice president of a bonsai pruning club. I want to live life to the fullest. Explore exciting new horizons. Throw caution to the wind. Are you going to finish your herbal tea?” “No, you go ahead,” she said. I gulped it down, belched and then ran my forearm across my lips in a manly fashion. This was a situation that called for a proactive approach. I slammed down the teacup, turned my International Wine Festival cap around so the visor was in the back, and hiked up my relaxed fit, extra-room-in-the-seat jeans. “Where ya going?” my wife asked. I managed to put on a hardened look. “To search the Internet until I find a fitting retirement lifestyle,” I said. “Don’t wait up.” The next morning I was up early studying some of the websites I had bookmarked the night before, featuring rogue horse round-ups, wilderness survival schools and parachuting lessons, and I had just opened one on river rafting when I heard a voice behind me. “That’s a good one,” said Sally. “Especially in the spring when the rapids are really churning.” “And dangerous,” said Bob. “We tipped a few times.” I turned around in surprise. “You guys have done this?” “Sure, and next month we’re going whitewater kayaking.” “But what about that fruit peel thing?” “We like doing stuff like that, too,” said Sally. “Matter of fact, today we’re on our way to a quilt show. Just wanted to say goodbye.” Later that morning I was just finishing a bowl of warm Mueslix when my friend Rich called. “Golf?” he asked. I thought about my new commitment to an active retirement lifestyle, then I said: “OK. But, today -- no carts.” I’m feeling better already.
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NEED FAST MONEY? Bring unwanted gold, broken jewelry, Successful candidate must display a willingness to learn rings, pendants, necklaces, earwith good communication skills. Candidate must also rings. We’re paying good monFor rent demonstrate the ability grow and work within a team ey for your gold. Contact us @ environment. 258-9049 or 733-8697. We can Closing date will be August 27, 2012. 5 BDRM 2 STORY HOUSE 2 full come to you!! [08/27] If you feel you meet all of the above requirements and are interested baths, living room, family room, in this position, please submit your application to: full kitchen, double carport, The Human Resources Department fenced property across from MisceLLAneous Tradewinds Hotel ASCC. Call Joseph Faamuli P O Box 999, Pago Pago 733-5914 or email: faamulijoe@ MALE & FEMALE CATS up for Email: TVoka@tradewinds.as yahoo.com [08/29] adoption in Leone. No charge, Phone: 6991000 (Extn: 716) 3 BDRM HOME Behind the golf Free. Call 688-1770 Moru for AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER course, partly furnished, with more info. beautiful view. Call for appt to view. Rates can be negotiated. 733-8834. [08/28] PARTIALLY FURNISHED 2 BDRM HOUSE in central Nu’uuli area. A/C, hot water, fridge & DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES store. Full bath & kitchen. Near PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA 96799 ocean with huge yard and great view. Call 256-3509 for more info. [08/29]
American Samoa Government
Posting Type: Employment Opportunity/Open to the Public
Job Title: FIREFIGHTER TRAINEE (24) Department/Division: Public Safety/Fire Crash Type of Position: Full Time/Permanent Appointment
Posting Date: August 23, 2012 Closing Date: August 29, 2012
Serial No.: 179-12 Announcement No.: 101-12 Pay Grade and Salary Range: GS 5/09 $9,431-$17,677 pa
2 ROOM For rent in a new home. Fully furnished with new furniture. Free cable, 42” Flat screen, hot water, washer & dryer. Water & electric bill included. In Pago, call Sonny 731-6376. [08/27] 3 BDRM 2 BATH HOME In Leone. Very clean & well kept up home. Fully fenced home for security. Must see. $1,000/mo. Call 699-9169 or email sreid41@ yahoo.com [08/27]
Note: This is exempted from the freeze as per the Governor’s General Memorandum
General Description: This position is assigned to a Cadet fire Fighter who is attending a certified Fire Fighter Academy of the American Samoa Government Department of Public Safety; the incumbent will perform general duties of a Fire Fighter and related work assigned to them from time to time. Key Duties and Responsibilities: • Responsible of conducting fire inspections to ensure that proper preventive measures are in place to prevent fires, distinguish fires and escape routes to exit places or areas where fires may occur. • Performs salvage operations such as throwing covers,sweeping water and removing debris • Performs general maintenance work in the up-keep of fire department property, cleans and washes walls and floors, makes minor repairs, washes and dries hose, paints and otherwise maintain quarters. • Remove persons from danger,holds life nets, administers first aid to injured persons • Respond to areas involving hazard materials establishing containment and assist with evacuations. • Responsible in attending training to gain knowledge in exercising their duties • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor Knowledge Skill and Ability: • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions • Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods including the basic operation of firefighting apparatus in a reasonable working test period. • Ability to perform the mechanical work involved in operating and maintaining firefighting apparatus equipment and tools • Physical strength and ability free of physical defects as Indicated by a physical examination • Must have effective communication skills in English and Samoan languages,both verbal and written Academic and Experience Requirements: • Applicants must have a High School Diploma plus eighteen (18) months of work related experience;the applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of hiring; must pass and agility test conducted by the Department of Public Safety,pass a background check conducted by both OTICIDE and the Department of Public Safety, and also pass and illegal drug test administered by a certified laboratory technician of LBJ Medical Center. Complete information concerning this vacancy may be obtained from the Personnel Division of the Department of Human Resources, or please contact the Recruitment unit at 633-4485/ 633-4000.
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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. MANULELE TAUSALA in Nuuli PTA MEETING Wed. Aug. 29th 4pm at the school. Election of new officers for 2012-2013 school year & meet the staff. LEONE HS FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING Tues. Aug 28th 5:30pm school Gym. contact: Andrew 731-1100 or Leilani 770-1647 TAFUNA HS BOOSTER CLUB Weekly Meeting every Tuesday @ 5:30pm in Coach’s room at the school. SAMOANA HS PTA Second Meeting, Wed. Sept 12th 4:30pm school cafeteria. AYFS FOOTBALL CHARGERS Looking for players 12 & 13 yrs. Call Fauuga 733-2863, Matase 770-5878 or Jeff 252-4185 for more info. 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 SURVIVORS TAKING ACTION THROUGH SHARING Meeting every Saturday. Open Fellowship, everyone welcome @ Lion’s office by Showers of Blessing. Elizabeth 770-2504 or 699-0272 (Victiims of Violence)
samoa news, Saturday, August 25, 2012
Edited by Timothy E. Parker August 25, 2012
ACROSS 1 Goulash or mulligan 5 Be a sore winner 10 Dines late 14 Rombauer of cookbook fame 15 Boxer’s datum 16 Connected to the ear 17 Attractive woman 19 Venus de ___ 20 Ballpark snack 21 Mortgage restriction 23 Cheetah’s forte 24 Dining gear 26 Jeans fabric 28 “Well, ___-di-dah” 29 Yr.-end consultant 32 Lennon’s partner, often 33 One who goes marching in, in a song 37 What people want things to get? 42 Inappropriately appropriate 43 Hot tar, e.g. 44 Extremely messy abode 45 Reading for the lost 47 Animal that sleeps
upsidedown 50 Lessen the seriousness of 54 Torah authority 58 Lightningstorm sound 59 Abject fear 60 Terse order to a chauffeur 61 “I hope you succeed” 64 Wife of Osiris 65 L.A. hoopster 66 ___ upon a time 67 No-goodniks 68 Wickerworker’s willow 69 ___ the line (conformed) DOWN 1 Weary exhales 2 Scout group 3 Be a ham in “Hamlet” 4 Like a spitball 5 Pirate’s potable 6 Zodiac lion 7 Acorn bearer 8 Acidic 9 Someone held in bondage 10 To an extent 11 Central New York city 12 “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
character 13 Marksman’s aid 18 Deposit of ore 22 Make fun of 24 Musical Turner 25 Mingling with 27 Snow-rain or rain-heat connection 29 Letterman’s letters 30 Housecat, for example 31 Dug in, so to speak 34 “___ show time!” 35 Type of earnings or income 36 Attempt 38 Docility 39 African antelope 40 1996 Clinton
challenger 41 Scary shout 46 Colorado city 48 Like pork and shellfish 49 Woman of ill repute 50 Moral principle 51 Mandela’s mother tongue 52 Bombastic 53 High school math calculations 55 Kirby in “City Slickers” 56 Italian lawn game 57 Annoyed 59 Unit of pressure 62 Type of boot in Aspen 63 Ball elevator
Saturday, August 25, 2012
PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
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DARE TO COMPARE By Milton J. Ruff
HAPPy BIRTHdAy: Conflict between work and home can leave you in a quandary. Scheduling and planning will make a difference and help you reach goals that can determine how far up or down your personal and professional positions will move this year. Your numbers are 6, 13, 20, 28, 35, 39, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll multitask amazingly well. Load up your to-do list and chip away at the numerous projects you want to accomplish. Don’t let someone’s negativity slow you down. You will make a good impression with an expressive presentation. ✸✸✸✸✸ TAuRuS (April 20-May 20): Make a decision based on what works for you. Do whatever it takes to enhance your love life. Actions will speak louder than words. Good fortune is heading in your direction. Make plans that allow you to mix business with pleasure. ✸✸✸ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Emotional deception is apparent. Proceed with caution, especially when dealing with financial matters. Not everyone will think and feel the same way you do. Write down your thoughts before you say what’s on your mind. Precision and detail will count in the end. ✸✸✸ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Do something creative or unique. Visit a destination you’ve never been to before, or get involved in community events that will bring you in touch with different cultures and traditions. Love is highlighted, but don’t let anyone limit your plans. ✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t take “no” for an answer. Be straightforward, aggressive and persistent. Play to win and you will make an impression. Speak your mind and you will force necessary change. Look out for the underdog and you will form a close alliance. ✸✸✸✸✸ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Bypass emotional turmoil. Stick to the activities and projects that ease your stress and bring you satisfaction. Don’t let someone
else’s melodrama ruin your day. Consider measures you can take to protect your professional security. ✸✸ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t think about what you want to achieve; start moving in a direction that will help you reach your destination. Travel and exploring avenues that will bring you in contact with experienced people will help you change your life. ✸✸✸✸ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t give your creative secrets away. Use your ideas to get ahead, not to help someone else advance. Control whatever situation you face and you will stand out. Love is highlighted. Include someone you cherish in your plans. ✸✸✸ SAGITTARIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may think you have everything under control, but someone is likely to take over when you aren’t looking. Offer to help someone physically, but don’t give financial support. Save your cash for the changes you want to implement at home. ✸✸✸ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t rely on others. Do the work and keep moving. Trust in your own judgment, and focus on using your attributes to get what you want. A love relation must be handled carefully. Not everyone will have your best interest at heart. ✸✸✸ AQuARIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Fixing up your surroundings or making changes that will help a relationship you cherish grow into something special should be your plan. Altering the way you live your life will result in unexpected support and compliments. ✸✸✸✸ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Pick a direction. Appearing to be wishy-washy will work against you. Show your strengths, and you will avoid being taken for granted. Love is in the stars. Be brave and make the first move. Self-improvement projects will turn out well. ✸✸ BIRTHdAy BABy: You are clever, risky and funloving. You are quick and adventuresome.
by Abigail Van Buren
SISTER LIKES GIFT IdEA SO MuCH SHE STEALS IT
dEAR ABBy: My sister sent me an email asking what I was getting our mom for her birthday because she had very few ideas. I told her I was planning to get Mom a gift card so she could buy a book for her e-reader. Two days later, my sister emailed me back telling me she liked my idea so much she used it and mailed Mom the same gift card herself. She said it’s “no big deal” if we got Mom the same thing. It’s a big deal to me. I think it was rude and inconsiderate. She says I’m being “ridiculous” because “it’s only a gift card” and it doesn’t matter if Mom got two of them. To me, if you ask what I’m getting someone as a gift, it’s rude to run out and buy that item yourself. Who do you agree with? -- LEARNED A LESSON IN LEWISBURG, PA. dEAR LEARNEd A LESSON: I agree with you. But rather than hold a grudge, take the lesson to heart. The next time your sister asks you for gift suggestions for a relative, tell her, “Gee, I haven’t decided yet.” dEAR ABBy: I am an 11-year-old boy who lives in San Francisco. I read your column in the San Francisco Chronicle every day. I love your thinking and wish I could be as sensible as you. I just wanted to ask: How old do you think someone should be to read your column? I know your column can be possibly inappropriate, but love reading it anyway. -- T.P. IN S.F. dEAR T.P.: You are not the only young person who reads my column. (I printed a letter from a 7-year-old earlier this week.) I have been told that my column has been used for many years to start important conversations between people of all ages. When I was growing up, no literature in our house was off limits -- and any question I asked my parents was given a straight answer. I hope it’s the same in your family because if it is, you will grow up to be at LEAST as “sensible” as me. dEAR ABBy: My daughter has given me permission to resume communication with my grandson, “Justin.” She has kept us apart since he was 3. Justin is now 17. I have been told by the other grandparents that Justin holds no animosity toward me. He knows I have never given up hope that one day we could reunite. Because of my daughter’s unpredictable temperament and her use of my grandson as a way to control me, I’m leery and don’t trust her to keep the door open between us. I’m afraid she’ll slam it shut again. What steps should I take? Justin turns 18 next year and his mom plans to “move without him, once he’s 18.” Should I contact him now or wait until he reaches 18? I am tired and all cried out, but I want to do the right thing for my grandson’s mental health, given the craziness his mother has created. -- LOVING, LONGING GRANDMA dEAR GRANdMA: Write your grandson a sweet note and inform him that his mother has given “permission” for you to make contact with him. Ask him to call you, so he can begin getting to know you. Find out what his plans are, and invite him to visit. However, do this SLOWLY -- because you still don’t know how much damage your daughter’s “unpredictable temperament” has done in the formation of his personality and character. Proceed with your eyes wide open. Because it appears your daughter wants to abandon her son as soon as she legally is able to, he will need all of the caring and supportive relatives he can find.
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The children crawled out to play in the waves that lapped the shore. Seeing her family so peaceful, the mermaid decided to explore, and off she swam. Drawn by the scent of flowers -- heath and eyebright and moneywort -- she swam on until she reached a rock and stopped to rest and brush her hair. The sun was hot, the sky bright blue. The flowers grew out of reach along the cliff tops, so the mermaid sat and contemplated this lovely world. Time passed by. Suddenly she heard a human voice call out, “Young lady, are you all right?” She spun around and saw the tide had gone out, and now she was surrounded by a bar of sand that separated her from her loved ones, and there was an old man looking closely at her. She had noticed him a while ago -he had been wandering along the shore, seemingly as enchanted as she was by this beautiful world. But she had never met a human being, and she had heard terrible tales. Her husband said they kidnaped mermaids, and now what? What if he meant her harm? She turned away, but what could she do? Where could she go? He called to her again: “Please don’t be afraid. I would never hurt a soul, I promise you. I have lived my whole long life trying to be kind. Please tell me if you need some help. I shall do whatever is in my power to help you.” After some time, her fear of this human diminished and she realized that she needed his help, or she could not cross the sand. “I have made a terrible error,” she said sadly. “My husband and children are out there,” and she pointed to the cavern where her husband slept. “If my husband wakes and I am gone,” she continued, “he will be furious and very hungry, and in his fury he could do anything. He might eat our children, for his temper knows no bounds! I must reach them before the tide. If you will help me, I will grant you three wishes.” The old man nodded and said, “I am glad to help, dear girl.” He stepped closer and knelt on the rock, his back toward her. “Put your arms around my neck and I shall carry you across the sand,” he said. The mermaid wrapped her arms around his neck, and the old man lifted her on his back. As he walked across the sand, she said, “What are your wishes, sir? I can grant you wealth and success and great power.” The old man nodded. “Very well,” he said. “I do not wish for wealth, but I do desire power.” “It will be yours,” the mermaid said. “I wish to have the power to keep my family and my friends and neighbors from harm,” he said. “I wish the power to charm away disease. Third, I wish the power to return to others what has been taken from them.” The mermaid was amazed. Her husband had told her tales of human beings. He said they were selfish, greedy creatures, but here was a man who wished nothing more than to do good for others. “I grant you all this,” she said, “but you must return to this rock tomorrow so that I may instruct you in the charms and spells you will need.” At that moment they reached the water, and he bent to let her slide gently into the waves. “I shall meet you tomorrow at noon,” she called, and she swam away. The next day at the appointed time, the old man and the mermaid met at the rock. There she taught him all the charms and spells he needed to know so that his wishes would come true. “Now,” she said, “I can grant you one more wish. I can make you young forever.” The old man smiled and said, “No thank you, my friend. I love my life just as it is, and I am glad to let nature take its course as it will.” “Very well,” the mermaid said, “but take this comb and if you ever need me, use it to call on me.” She handed him the comb from her hair, and they said farewell. The old man lived many more years, and he used his powers to help people recover their health, their lost belongings and their happiness. Often he showed people the mermaid’s comb and told the tale. Before he died, he passed them on to his descendants. Ever since that day, the comb has passed from generation to generation, and so has this tale. There are skeptics, of course. Some people see the comb not as a mermaid’s comb at all, but only as the jaw of a shark. But those who do not believe also often miss seeing the most beautiful sights in this world.
C Y M K
TELL ME A STORY: THE MERMAID’S COMB
nce upon a time a mermaid and a merman were swimming off the coast of Cornwall. They were leading their many children on a race through the waves, laughing and swishing their tails, playing hide and seek among the seaweed and rocks. After a few hours, the merman grew tired, and he pointed to the southern shore of Lizard Peninsula. “Let us swim to the cavern over there,” he said, and off he swam. His wife and children followed close behind. The cavern was cool and peaceful, and merman rested upon a bed of seaweed. “I shall sleep awhile,” he said. “Make sure to wake me when the tide begins to rise, and it is time for my supper!”
adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
(A cornish FoLktALe)