Rea raring to go

first_img Press Association Britain’s Jonathan Rea is looking forward to launching his World Superbikes title bid but believes his Pata Honda team still have much work to do before their campaign gets under way at the weekend. With Max Biaggi announcing his retirement after winning his second championship in three years, the rest of the paddock will be sensing an opportunity to make their mark. However, Rea was given a fitness scare before the season had even begun after a crash last week and while he acknowledged he is not at 100 per cent, he confirmed he did not seriously injure a pre-existing complaint. “I had a big crash at turn two in last week’s private testing, which aggravated the conditions of the AC joint that got separated two years ago at Imola,” he added. “After some X-rays I spoke with my surgeon back in the UK and he said that there’s no further damage, it’s just a bit weak.” Rea also has a new team-mate with compatriot Leon Haslam joining the team from BMW to replace Japan’s Hiroshi Aoyama. And 26-year-old Rea is welcoming the added competition Haslam will provide. “I have to say that Leon is one of the most competitive team-mates I’ve had for many years. I find the relationship with Leon to be really strong, we share a lot of data and on the weekend we can both test different settings to make the bike good,” added Rea. “We’ll see, right now we are working on different programmes on both sides of the garage, and it’s always nice to have the possibility to check his data in case we’re struggling, and vice versa.” center_img Rea, who will be looking to better his fifth-place finish from last season, is approaching his fifth full year in the championship and is still looking for his first shot at glory. The Northern Irishman is optimistic his team will be able to improve his bike before Sunday’s opener at Phillip Island track in Australia after setting the sixth-fastest time in Tuesday’s final pre-season test. “The guys are working very hard and there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Rea told the official World Superbikes website. “I wouldn’t say we are confident right now but for sure going into the weekend we are in a much better place than we were at the start of the year.” last_img read more

Ozil move stuns former team-mates

first_img He said in AS: “I’m a little bit surprised, it’s a shame, and it’s a big loss to the dressing room, on a footballing level and on a personal level too. “He said goodbye to us on Sunday, but I thought he was joking. He’s very different, there’s no player like him in the world. He makes the difference on the pitch. “He’ll have his reasons for moving. But we will keep looking forward, we have other great players. I understand it’s tough for the fans, they loved him. He is a phenomenon and got on well with everyone. It’s a real loss.” However, Ozil revealed in an interview with the German Football Association’s official website, www.dfb.de, that he made the decision to leave because he felt he did not have the faith of new coach Carlo Ancelotti or the Madrid hierarchy. The news of Ozil’s departure caught his former Madrid team-mates unawares. Defender Sergio Ramos said: “Mesut is a different player. If it was up to me he would be one of the last players to go. But he and the club have made their decision and I can only wish him the best. “I get on really well with him. He’s a unique player and it’s a shame. These are personal things, he decides his future. Everyone chooses what’s best and he’s free to do what he wants. “We have a great team and hopefully it will be a great season.” Madrid playmaker Isco, who joined the club from Malaga this summer, added of Ozil’s sale in Marca: “To be honest it has surprised me, and more so after he said last week that he was going to stay. “We all know Ozil, he has a lot of quality and he’s a player who is capable of changing a game.” Alvaro Arbeloa, who like Madrid team-mates Isco and Ramos is currently on international duty with Spain, echoed the thoughts of his colleagues and admitted Ozil would be missed both on and off the pitch. Just hours after Madrid had finalised the world-record signing of Gareth Bale, it was confirmed that the Spanish giants had agreed a deal with Arsenal for Ozil believed to be worth 50million euros (£42.2m). Having proven himself a valuable member of the Madrid squad since joining from Werder Bremen in 2010, it came as something of a shock that the nine-time European champions were willing to let the 24-year-old playmaker go. Mesut Ozil’s former colleagues at Real Madrid have admitted their surprise and disappointment after seeing the Germany international complete a deadline day move to Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more

Narine stars for Devonshire Castle in T20 competition

first_imgFORMER national T20 all-rounder Ramesh Narine exhibited a fine display with both bat and ball in the first round of the Motie Lall, Jai Lall and Praboo Lall T/20 cricket competition played on Sunday for teams in North Essequibo.Despite initial poor weather conditions,two matches were played at the Walton Hall ground.In the first encounter which had to be reduced to a 12-over affair,Devonshire Castle humbled Sparwin by 72 runs .Batting first,Devonshire Castle amassed 135-4 from their 12 overs with Narine stroking an unbeaten 87 including 8×6 and 5×4,to pulverise his opponents.In reply,Sparwin were reduced to 63-7 when their overs expired. Narine was again destructive,this time with the ball,claiming 3-12 from 2 overs of leg-spin to enjoy an excellent match.In the second game, Police ‘arrested’ Walton Hall to claim an emphatic 10 wicket victory.In a game also reduced to 12 overs, Walton Hall was scuttled out for a meagre 40 in the eleventh over as Delon Parris was impressive,claiming 5-14 from three overs of controlled off-spin.In response,Police raced to 42 without loss in five overs with Ravindra Ramnarine scoring a brisk unbeaten 32 containing 2×6 and 3x4s to lead the Officer’s discharge of duties on the field.Meanwhile, the competition will resume this weekend with several matches to be played at various grounds across the Essequibo Coast. The competition is being coordinated by the North Essequibo Cricket Committee and it is being played in memory of the Lall Brothers of Walton Hall.It is the second year of the competition with Devonshire Castle being the defending champions. Monetary incentives, trophies and other memorabilia will be presented at the completion of the tournament. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Prithvi Shaw misses ton, Delhi Capitals stun Kolkata Knight Riders in super over

first_imgIyer broke the shackles by lofting Kuldeep Yadav straight down the ground but Shaw kept the scoreboard ticking by hitting yet another six this time off Kuldeep. The confidence shown by Shaw rubbed off on Iyer, who pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep midwicket and deposited Kuldeep’s googly into the deep midwicket stands. Shaw notched up his fifty in grand style by smashing a six and a four off Kuldeep and the game was evenly poised.Shaw’s sheer brillianceThe 12th over of the innings bowled by Russell witnessed plenty of action. After Shaw slammed a boundary off Russell, Iyer pulled a short ball to deep midwicket only for Shubman Gill to spill the chance. However, he earned redemption two balls later by taking a high catch really close to the ropes. Replays showed that Gill’s foot was inches inside the line when he took the catch and the partnership was broken. With 34 needed off 24 balls, Shaw and Rishabh Pant survived some nervy moments, including a run-out attempt. The game was sealed in the 17th over when Shaw smashed three boundaries off Prasidh Krishna. Shaw looked set for a century but on 99, he top-edged a short ball from Lockie Ferguson to be caught by Dinesh Karthik on 99.With six runs needed off the last over, Kuldeep Yadav missed a run-out chance and with Delhi Capitals needing two runs off the last ball, Colin Ingram mistimed the sweep and was run-out in an attempt to take the second as the match headed into the super over, the first of IPL 2019 which was won by Delhi Capitals.Earlier, Delhi Capitals chose to bowl and they made a couple of changes, bringing in Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Morris, Harshal Patel and Hanuma Vihari while Kolkata Knight Riders replaced Sunil Narine, who was injured with Nikhil Naik. Naik was promoted to open with Lynn and the batsman struggled to cope with Lamichhane as he was trapped LBW for 7. Chris Lynn struck some crisp boundaries but Harshal Patel struck at the other end, removing Robin Uthappa for 11. Lynn’s knock of 20 was ended when he gloved a short ball from Kagiso Rabada to be brilliantly caught by Pant diving to his left one-handed.Karthik showed his intent by hitting a boundary and a six but Kolkata Knight Riders continued to sink further with Nitish Rana (4) and Gill (4) falling cheaply.Russell madnessRussell showed his intentions by muscling Amit Mishra for a six over long-off. Kolkata Knight Riders knew momentum was with them when the West Indies all-rounder decided to target Sandeep Lamichhane, the Nepal legspinner who had figures of 3-0-12-1 heading into his final over. After a boundary by Dinesh Karthik, Russell mauled Lamichhane over deep midwicket and another one straight down the ground for another massive six.The match had swung decisively in Kolkata Knight Riders’ favour and Russell survived a scary moment when a beamer from Harshal Patel hit him flush on the left shoulder which required treatment. Harshal had inflicted some physical pain, but Russell decided to inflict some mental pain. A streaky inside-edge off Morris for a four to fine leg was followed with another huge six straight down the ground. Harshal came into the attack for the 16th over and on the last two balls, Russell blasted him straight down the ground, one 98 meters and one close to 100 meters to dent Delhi Capitals severely.When Russell pulled Kagiso Rabada for a four to deep midwicket, Russell had notched a fifty off just 23 balls. At the other end, Karthik matched him for aggression and notched up a fifty off 35 balls by slog sweeping Amit Mishra to the deep square leg fence. The partnership between Russell and Karthik had revived Kolkata Knight Riders, but at the end of the day, they withstood a special knock from Shaw and dragged the match into the super over. However, Delhi Capitals managed to hold their own in their own backyard, but only just. highlights This was the first super over of IPL 2019.This was Kolkata Knight Riders’ first loss in IPL 2019.This was Delhi Capitals’ second win in IPL 2019. New Delhi: Andre Russell put in yet another display of power-hitting in the death overs, blasting 62 off 28 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach 185/8. In response, Prithvi Shaw and his 89-run stand with skipper Shreyas Iyer put Delhi Capitals on course for a win. However, Russell gave Kolkata Knight Riders a slight opening with the wicket of Iyer. Shaw was looking good for a century but on 99, he top-edged a short-ball from Ferguson and was caught by Dinesh Karthik. With Delhi Capitals needing six off the last over, Kuldeep Yadav missed a run-out chance and with two runs needed off one ball, Colin Ingram was run-out attempting the second and the match entered the super over at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.Prasidh Krishna bowled the super over for Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals sent in Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. The Delhi Capitals skipper got a boundary in the second ball but Krishna roared back by having Iyer caught by Piyush Chawla. The youngster held his nerve and Delhi Capitals managed 10 runs in the super over. Kolkata Knight Riders sent in Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik and Kagiso Rabada was given the task of bowling the super over for the Delhi Capitals. The hosts started disastrously when Russell flicked a full toss to deep square leg where none of the Delhi Capitals fielders moved. However, Rabada roared back by dismissing Russell with a yorker. Dinesh Karthik paddle swept a full toss to fine leg but Hanuma Vihari put in a fine stop and Rabada sealed the deal by helping Delhi Capitals win the super over by three runs and inflict Kolkata Knight Riders their first defeat in IPL 2019.At the half-way stage, Russell remarked, “I think we can defend this total. At one point we were thinking of 150 but the partnership between me and Dinesh Karthik has helped us post 185.” Momentum was definitely with Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals needed a good start. Shikhar Dhawan got going with a couple of boundaries and a six but in the quest for aggression, the left-hander miscued the lofted shot to mid-off where Russell took the catch. Iyer joined Shaw and the skipper found the initial going tough but Shaw broke the shackles when he targeted Russell, first by hammering a lofted shot over mid-off and clobbering a short ball into the stands at deep midwicket. 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No. 1 beach volleyball prepares for Pac-12 title defense

first_imgFresh off of hard-fought dual victories over Cal Poly and crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, the No. 1 USC beach volleyball team will look to defend its title as reigning conference champions this weekend when they compete in the second annual Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships in Tucson, Ariz.With the regular season now behind them and a 60-match winning streak in tow, the undefeated Trojans (30-0) will make their first-ever appearance at Bear Down Beach in the tournament, hosted by the University of Arizona, with double-elimination team bracket play beginning on Thursday. The conference will crown a team champion on Friday and then play an 18-pair single-elimination tournament to crown a pairs champion on Saturday.Two Trojan duos have crossed the 30-win plateau this season, with senior All-Americans and reigning Pac-12 pairs champions Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes boasting a 35-1 overall record this season and a 29-1 mark in dual matches at the top court. At the bottom of the lineup at No. 5, juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer are 30-4 overall with a 26-2 dual record, and they reached the 30-win mark after an exciting three-setter against UCLA on Saturday.Following right behind is the No. 3 pair of junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin, who own a 28-7 overall record and 25-5 mark in duals together. USC’s No. 2 pair of seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler (17-5 overall, 16-4 duals) and No. 4 pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis (16-5 overall, 15-5 duals) will look to crack the 20-win threshold over the weekend.The Trojans are eager to defend their conference title in Tucson against largely improved competition from last year, and they hope to finish the season out strong.“The team is really excited,” Kremer said. “We really want to win another Pac-12 Championship. There is going to be some great competition, and we’ve been waiting all season for these last two tournaments — Pac-12s and NCAAs — so we’re ready for that final push.”This year’s conference field includes three teams ranked in the AVCA Top 10, with No. 1 USC(30-0), No. 2 UCLA (26-3) andNo. 8 Arizona (15-8) at the top. Pac-12 rivals Arizona State (12-14), Washington (7-5) and Stanford (12-8) also received votes in this week’s AVCA poll.In the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament held at Merle Norman Stadium last season, the Trojans picked up 5-0 wins over Oregon and California in the quarterfinals before posting a 3-2 victory over UCLA in the semifinals. USC was then crowned the first-ever league champion with a 3-0 sweep over Arizona in the finals. The Trojans could potentially meet the Bruins and the Wildcats again this weekend in the team bracket, although USC owns a perfect all-time record against both schools.As the top seed in the team bracket, No. 1 USC will kick off its tournament on Thursday at 1 p.m., taking on the winner of the de facto play-in match between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. Should the Trojans advance, the quarterfinal matchup will begin at 6 p.m. The semifinals of the tournament begin on Friday at 9 a.m., with the Pac-12 team title match is scheduled for later in the afternoon at 1 p.m. Finally, the pairs championship will begin on Friday and run until the final at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Former Black Stars striker George Alhassan is gone

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club is sorry to announce the demise of one its most illustrious sons, George Alhassan whose sudden death occurred on the 26th of July, 2013 at the age of 72.The former Hearts of Oak striker, born on 9th September, 1941, led the line for the Phobians in the 1960s through to the early 1970s.His playing mates were Abeka Ankrah, Robert Foli, Joe Ghartey, Joe Dakota and others. George Alhassan, affectionately called “Ga Mantse” for his stint with Accra Hearts of Oak was a loyal servant of the Black Stars. The former Black Stars striker also played in the 1968 Olympics game where Ghana finished third in their Group behind Hungary and Israel respectively.George Alhassan was a thorn-in-the-flesh of arch-rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko, and he scored five times against the Porcupines in the league during his stint with Accra Hearts of Oak.The “Ga Mantse” scored in a classic 3-2 thriller win over Kotoko in Accra to end the Porcupine warriors’ unbeaten streak in the league in the 1963/64 season. He was also part of the Accra Hearts of Oak team that toured the United Kingdom for preseason in August, 1970.Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club expresses its profoundest condolence to the family of George Alhassan. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Fare thee well, our “mantse.”last_img read more

Melvin Gordon addresses Chargers holdout: ‘I want to get paid’

first_img Dolphins assistant head coach Jim Caldwell to take leave of absence Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott taking legal action against event staffer he had altercation with “I want to end up with the Chargers,” Gordon said. “I mean, that’s my home. I’m not going to sit here and be like, I don’t want to go back to the Chargers. That’s the team who blessed me with an opportunity. They changed my life. Out of all 32 teams, that was the team that called. I can’t forget them for that.”But like I said, it’s an opportunity right now where I know I need to take advantage of it. I want to get paid. And that’s just kind of what it is. Hopefully I end up a Charger, that’s the goal. I want to end as a Charger.” Redskins’ Derrius Guice reportedly tweaks hamstring, could miss start of training camp Related News Melvin Gordon isn’t giving up yet.While speaking Saturday at SportsCon 2019 in Dallas, the Chargers running back made it clear that while he wants a new deal, he also wants to stay in Los Angeles. Melvin Gordon at @GoSportsCon says he wants to ultimately work things out with the Chargers. pic.twitter.com/8hZiAERpLW— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) July 13, 2019Gordon, who is scheduled to earn $5.6 million in 2019, was at mandatory minicamp last month after sitting out voluntary workouts earlier this offseason. However, he recently informed the team that he will not report to training camp without a new contract and will demand a trade if he doesn’t get one.Gordon, 26, had 1,375 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns last season, despite missing four games. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has had three consecutive seasons of at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns.The Chargers are scheduled to open training camp July 24.last_img read more

UEFA Invests in Bilino Polje Stadium: Even Better Conditions for Zmajevi

first_imgThe chief of the section for development of national associations, Thierry Favre, was in Zenica, and the aim of the visit was to consider the opportunities of UEFA investments in Bilino Polje.During the tour of the rooms and the field, it was decided that for the qualifications for the European Championship Bilino Polje stadium will have new lighting on the field and the internal works in the official premises.Director of the Football club “Čelik”, Alija Porča, said that they are happy because “Zmajevo gnijezdo” (Dragon’s nest) will be more beautiful and lighter.“Since today, Bilino Polje went through several phases of reconstruction, and this was one which will offer even better conditions for the European Championship in 2016. This time UEFA will grant the financial resources for lighting enhancement and several internal works, all in order for our representatives to play in better conditions”, said Porča.After the matches of the half finals of the Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina Čelik – Široki Brijeg, almost until midnight  workers went on the field and measured the strength of reflectors. It was planned that the works should be finished by September this year.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Matt Rhule’s Panthers contract puts pressure on team owner David Tepper to prove he’s not clueless

first_imgThere undoubtedly were conflicting emotions around the NFL landscape when the news broke of Matt Rhule’s surprising new contract with the Carolina Panthers.The gnashing of teeth was from the NFL owners who surely were angry in hearing that Panthers owner David Tepper gave Rhule a seven-year deal for $70 million including incentives ($60 million reportedly guaranteed) as an unproven NFL head coach coming from the college ranks, a pathway that has rarely led to coaching success. Tepper also had to kick in a $6 million buyout to Baylor, according to league sources. I’ve attended a lot of league meetings in the NFL, including the privileged executive sessions in which only the team owner or chief executive would be allowed in the room. I can tell you that with the Rhule contract fresh in everyone’s minds, there will be plenty of consternation expressed in the meeting room and in hallway conversations among owners at the upcoming annual league meeting in March.Meanwhile, there will be a fascinating juxtaposition of joyous feelings from the head coaches who also will be in attendance. They’ll be lined up to pat Rhule on the back and thank him for setting up their huge future pay increases.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. Meanwhile, there were high fives and unbridled joy among the NFL and college coaching community who are thrilled by the fact that Rhule’s contract will help give them more leverage in future negotiations and likely lead to significant escalation of their salaries.Tepper, the second-year team owner in Carolina, better see playoffs and Super Bowls in the near future for his Rhule-led team, or the ridicule will only increase for an owner who will be portrayed as clueless in the coach negotiation process.MORE: How Panthers will approach their breakup with Cam NewtonNFL head coaching salaries are not easily obtained by the outside world. There is no salary cap that governs them, so teams don’t have to report to the league — and certainly not to the media — the full amounts they’re paying.It’s estimated that Rhule’s deal — including the larger-than-normal incentive package — currently places him tied for third among active NFL coaches. Bill Belichick leads the way at a reported $12 million per year, followed by Pete Carroll ($11 million average). Then come Jon Gruden and Rhule at $10 million per year.It’s an incredible salary for the 44-year-old Rhule, who has been a college head coach for only seven years (with four winning seasons) and has just one year of NFL experience as an assistant offensive line coach with the Giants. Tepper raised eyebrows around the league when he fired a two-time Coach of the Year in Ron Rivera and announced he would personally handle all elements of the coaching search. He obviously was unconcerned about the repercussions of his ground-breaking entry level contract for Rhule and the ripple effect that is sure to follow.The carryover from this deal will not only be an inevitable big jump in head coaches’ salaries. It filters down to offensive and defensive coordinators, who already have seen tremendous increases in salaries (with many in the $1.5 million-$2 million range) and then to position coaches.And the colleges follow the NFL, so we’ve already seen coaches such as Saban and Swinney land close to the $10 million-per-year level. Their salaries will continue to rise along with the younger up-and-comers such as Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma and P.J. Fleck at Minnesota.MORE FROM DIAMOND: Projecting Patrick Mahomes’ contract (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a7/f9/matt-rhule-getty-ftr-010720_1r6fizr8ltfix1kol3r96s8guv.jpg?t=-2136252281&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ff/d6/david-tepper-120319-getty-ftrjpg_1dqj3oim5p5yf1bet3ocn67wld.jpg?t=-845555394&w=500&quality=80 Rhule has had some college success, but it’s nowhere near the Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney level. Rhule took Temple from 2-10 in his first season in 2013 to 10-3 in 2016 before leaving for Baylor, where his records were 1-11, 7-6 and 11-3 this past season, including losses to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game and to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.The Giants reportedly were trying to lure Rhule back to his native New York, but Tepper gave him a Godfather-like offer he couldn’t refuse. This was shortly after the Cowboys signed Mike McCarthy, a Super Bowl-winning coach with nine playoff appearances, to a five-year deal for $6 million per year.Think McCarthy would like to renegotiate with Jerry Jones after learning of the Rhule signing?As a further comparison, most rookie NFL head coaches receive four-year deals worth $4 million-$6 million per year. This includes coaches such as Matt LaFleur, who has led the Packers to a 13-3 record and the NFC North title in his first season under his $5.5 million-per-year contract. And likely Joe Judge, the former wide receivers and special teams coach in New England who the Giants hired after the Rhule bidding got too high for their taste.2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT: Panthers begin defensive rebuildWhile the money Tepper has committed to Rhule has to be infuriating to his fellow owners, they surely are even more upset by the seven guaranteed years in the deal. It basically ensures Rhule will be at the Panthers helm for three or four years, as no owner would want to pay out over $30 million to a fired coach.With this deal in place, there’s going to be a bunch of NFL coaches and their agents telling their owners it’s not right for them to be lagging far behind Rhule, who has yet to win his first NFL game, much less lead a team to the playoffs.Imagine the conversation that could take place when 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer meet at mid-field prior to or following their divisional playoff game Saturday. Both coaches are probably in the $4 million-$5 million-per-year range, with Shanahan having three years remaining and Zimmer one more year on his contract. They could exchange greetings and say, “How about that Rhule deal? What does that make us worth?”Andy Reid is preparing for the Chiefs’ divisional playoff game against the Texans, but perhaps he put a call into his agent Bob LaMonte and suggest, in light of the Rhule contract, he could use a raise from his $7.75 million per year after 21 years as a very successful NFL head coach. Same thing for John Harbaugh, a strong candidate with Shanahan for NFL coach of the year honors after leading the Ravens to the AFC’s top seed. Harbaugh, who is making $9 million, has nine winning seasons and a Super Bowl title to his credit.last_img read more

Sumner judge delays preliminary hearing decision on Jason Boyd case

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The preliminary hearing of South Haven Police Chief Jason Boyd, charged with depositing a $2,650 philanthropic donation into his personal account and spending some of it on non-police related items, has been put on hold.Judge William Mott has delayed ruling on the Nov. 25 hearing at Sumner County District Court until he is able to review briefs that is applicable to the evidence presented in the case.Jason BoydMott is then expected to make his ruling sometime in January, 2016 on whether there is enough evidence to bring Boyd to trial or to dismiss the case.Boyd is charged with three felony counts of theft, misuse of public funds and interference with law enforcement. Boyd has pled not guilty to all three charges. He is accused of depositing a check from a patron that was meant to go strictly to the South Haven Police Department but instead went to his personal account. According to the criminal complaint, around $1,600 of that money is unaccounted for.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the judge has to determine if and when that patron’s money is considered public funds.“Was it when the check was given? Was it when the check was cashed? Or were these funds a personal gift from the patron to Chief Boyd, who could spend it the way he pleases,” Spencer said.If Mott renders a decision next month and determines there is enough evidence to warrant a trial, then this case could be headed toward a jury, Spencer said.Spencer said the crux of the argument is whether Boyd had deliberately mislead a donation from a patron, who had left a blank check to Boyd with the understanding that it was going toward South Haven Police purchases. Boyd then allegedly filled in his name and deposited it in a farm checking account (see story here).Boyd, who has served as police chief for three years, was suspended by the South Haven City Council after the Sumner County Sheriff’s office started an investigation in late July, 2015. Both the sheriff and attorney’s office seized Boyd’s financial records and after examining 90 checks from three different personal accounts, determined  less than $500 of the $2,650 donation was spent on South Haven police items – mostly on ammunition and a police uniform. The complaint read that he had deposited the check on January 9, 2014, but the amount in his personal accounts by September, 2014 was significantly less than what it should have been.A preliminary hearing is standard for judges to determine whether there is enough evidence admissible for trial. In this case, Mott’s delaying of the ruling, came after a day of witness testimonies. Spencer said there were six or seven witnesses who took the stand. Ten were subpoenaed for the hearing including: Randy Wyckoff of Wellington; John Skrdla of Medford, Kim Allen-Miller of Caldwell, Stephen Nicholson of South Haven, Amy Brown of South Haven, Katrina Hallman of South Haven, Thomas Bacon of South Haven, Carly Cole of Wellington, Frances Stevenson of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, and Rodger Church of the Sumner County’s Sheriff’s office.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more