Police make arrest in connection with Chris Brunt coin throw in FA Cup

first_img1 Chris Brunt Police have made an arrest as they investigate the incident that saw West Brom’s Chris Brunt hit by a coin.The midfielder appeared to be struck as he approached his own club’s fans following Albion’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.Thames Valley Police wrote on Twitter: “TVP and Hants Police made an arrest today in relation to a coin throwing incident at @ReadingFC vs @WBAFCofficial FA match on Saturday.”On Saturday police confirmed they were treating the alleged incident as assault while the Football Association is also investigating the matter.Northern Ireland international Brunt had walked to the away end to hand his shirt to a supporter but went down clutching his face after being struck by an object.He was led away by West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, appearing to have suffered an injury just below his left eye, after remonstrating with fans.Brunt said on Saturday: “I’ve been here a long time and I’ve loved my time here and that’s the first time I’ve been ashamed of our supporters.”The club will not comment during the investigation but it is understood they are prepared to issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.last_img read more

Pilot Light

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAs a freshman, Limosnero was one of the few bright spots of the 2005 season as a midseason junior varsity call-up in an otherwise dismal 1-9 campaign in which Banning fired its coach after just two games. Limosnero was witness to the return of legendary coach Chris Ferragamo as a sophomore and saw the start of Banning’s reclamation project. Now Limosnero is the driving force for a Banning team that is 4-0 and on the cusp of breaking back into the L.A. City Section’s elite heading into tonight’s showdown at Venice (4-0). “This is his team,” Ferragamo said. “It’s a team that he has nurtured as we’ve come along. Our guys fell in love with him, and our line blocks like crazy for him. They normally block well, but they’ll block a little more for Limo, that’s what we call him.” Limosnero has been on cruise control this season, racking up 601 yards and 11 touchdowns on 53 carries for an average of 11.3 yards a carry. Limosnero said he knows what is at stake against Venice, especially for a program that is hungry to reclaim some of its glory. “It’s important to help the program rebuild,” Limosnero said. “It takes time, a lot of time. And patience. I’m working hard and I know everyone else is too. We’re starting to see that hard work pay off. “My goal is to win a championship – this year. That’s everybody’s goal, to get back to the top of the mountain. This is one of the biggest games we’ll ever play in, besides maybe a championship game. We believe we can beat Venice, but time will tell.” Limosnero has an appreciation for Banning’s history. His older brother, Michael Limosnero, was a running back for the 1998 team that went to the City title game and the 1999 team that plowed to the City Invitational title. Michael Limosnero later was a running backs coach for the 2000 team that made an improbable City title run, the last of Banning’s nine City championships. Josh Limosnero said he and his brother are close. “He always has something to tell me,” Limosnero said. “We go over game film and go work out together. We have a good bond. He always tells me to keep my legs moving and to look to score every time I touch the ball. “He thinks he’s faster than me, but no, that’s definitely not the case.” Limosnero’s speed is one of his greatest assets. However, the shifty runner isn’t afraid to run up the gut of the field, especially with a big and effective line that includes All-City returner Sam Tupua, All-Marine League returner Rocky Garibay, Matthew Kriste, Giovanni Tejada and David Fuentes giving Limosnero plenty of running lanes. “He’s Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. He can run both inside and outside,” Ferragamo said. “Plus, it’s hard to see him on the field. When he gets behind our line, the linebackers have a hard time seeing the kid. You just can’t let your guard down against him. “And the amazing thing is that I don’t think he puts any pressure on himself.” So how would Limosnero describe himself as a running back? “Nifty,” Limosnero said. “I’m small, but I’m pretty quick and I’m a get-upfield kind of guy. Luckily, the line is pretty big.” Limosnero, also a standout baseball player for Banning, said his true passion is football. He said he tries to not let the expectations at Banning affect him. “I don’t feel any pressure, and they don’t put any pressure on me,” Limosnero said. “I just love football. I’ve always believed in working hard for what you want.” Ferragamo said Limosnero is the kind of player any coach would want on his team, especially when trying to turn a program around. “He’s an amazing kid,” Ferragamo said. “He’s so quiet, you never even know he’s around. The only way you come off the field during a game is if someone taps your shoulder in the huddle, and when we tap him, he runs off the field without saying boo. “That’s an ultimate team player right there, and we’re very fortunate to have him on our team.” tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PREP FOOTBALL: Running back Limosnero remains a small wonder for unbeaten Banning. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER Josh Limosnero may only be 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, but the junior running back has been carrying the resurgent Banning football program on his back. last_img read more

Gun-toting off-duty cops taking more shots at crime

first_imgSheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the number of off-duty shootings has fluctuated in recent years, with the department recording eight in 2001. “Obviously, the Sheriff’s Department takes these cases very seriously, and there is always a shooting review,” Whitmore said. “These shootings are looked at from top to bottom. “But it’s not a spike. And don’t forget that the sheriff’s policy says if you have your badge, you can have your gun.” Most of the recent shootings have been similar to the Pavilions incident, with armed off-duty officers foiling everything from car burglaries and bank robberies to drive-by shootings. But in the past decade, several off-duty shootings – including ones involving intoxicated officers – have resulted in discipline and legal payouts. Last year, the city of Los Angeles paid $1.4million to the son of a Woodland Hills man, Christopher Oliver, who was shot and killed by off-duty LAPD Sgt. Steven Ulrich, according to court records. The incident occurred in July 2000 when Oliver drove into several parked vehicles near his home, Woodland Hills attorney Larry Grassini wrote in court records. Ulrich, a neighbor, called 911 and then ran to the scene, Grassini wrote. According to a 911 tape, Ulrich shot through the front windshield six times, missing Oliver, Grassini wrote. He then went to the passenger side and fired three more rounds through the window, killing Oliver, Grassini wrote. Before settling the case, city representatives argued that Oliver tried to flee the scene and attempted to evade arrest by putting his vehicle in reverse. But Grassini said the car was inoperable and Oliver was trapped inside. Ulrich was not disciplined, Grassini said. Today, Grassini said officers need better training in the use of off-duty weapons. “The policy should be that you don’t take your gun out unless it’s a very, very unusual circumstance and you are actually protecting yourself and others,” Grassini said. LAPD and Sheriff’s Department officers are allowed to carry weapons off duty, but are required to undergo periodic weapons-training courses. Police officers are expected to follow the same policies and procedures off duty as they do while on duty. “A crime can occur anywhere, anytime and anyplace,” LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said. “And we know that when crimes occur, suspects are often armed with knives and other deadly weapons.” Michael Gennaco, chief attorney of the Office of Independent Review that oversees internal investigations at the Sheriff’s Department and makes disciplinary recommendations, said a “significant proportion” of officers carry concealed guns at least for some portion of their off-duty hours. Special Counsel Merrick Bobb, who provides semiannual reports to the county Board of Supervisors about the Sheriff’s Department, said it is fine for officers to carry concealed weapons off duty as long as they are capable of fully performing their duties. “My concerns relate to situations where officers are inebriated and have their guns,” Bobb said. “If they are inebriated, or even had a bit too much to drink, those are the situations where having a gun is dangerous and the risks outweigh the benefits.” In 1996, a federal jury awarded $750,000 to the family of a Rowland Heights man who was killed by an intoxicated, off-duty sheriff’s deputy. In Bobb’s 1997 report, he analyzed 28 off-duty shootings from 1993 to 1996 and found that six involved deputies who had been drinking. But Whitmore and Bobb said they are unaware of any similar cases in recent years. The first shooting by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy last year involved an intruder who broke into the deputy’s home in October and threatened him. The deputy pulled his gun and shot twice, hitting the suspect once. The suspect fled to a nearby hospital where he was arrested, Whitmore said. In December, an off-duty deputy was in his front yard in Van Nuys with some friends when gang members drove up, asked him where he was from and started shooting after the deputy said he was a law enforcement officer, officials said. The deputy returned fire, injuring one of the gang members. Both cases are under administrative review, Whitmore said. The LAPD cases last year were similar, mostly involving off-duty officers who used their guns to defend themselves or the public. In one case in May, off-duty LAPD Detective Won Chu foiled a car burglar after he fired a warning shot when the man tried to enter his car while he was parked in front of his West Covina home, police said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since 2000, LAPD officers have been involved in 68 off-duty shootings. Last year alone, there were 14 off-duty shootings – up from just six the previous year. Nine of the cases involved injuries. In the same period, sheriff’s officers have been involved in 41 off-duty shootings. Last year, there were seven – up from just four the previous year. Two of the cases involved injuries. The increase comes as law enforcement officers nationwide have come under increased scrutiny for off-duty shootings and officials try to determine whether it reflects a larger trend. “We’re not sure what the increase is due to,” LAPD Officer April Harding said. “It’s possibly related to the fact there is more violence out there and more robbery incidences. “There are more crimes in which officers have to utilize their guns.” Last year, an off-duty Los Angeles cop was at the Pavilions market in Sherman Oaks when Jonathan F. Reyes walked in and pointed a gun at a clerk. Reyes took cash from one clerk and then moved to another. But that’s when the officer – armed with a concealed gun – shot Reyes. Reyes, 24, of North Hollywood pleaded no contest last month to two counts of second-degree robbery and was sentenced to 14 years in state prison, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. While the case highlights how off-duty officers carrying weapons can help thwart crimes, it also is one of a growing number of off-duty shootings involving the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. last_img read more

LAX braces for 1.85 million travelers over 10 days

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Some larger airlines have hired up to 500 seasonal workers to assist with flights that are expected to be 90 percent full during the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel rushes, said James May, president of the ATA. On average during the year, planes are 80 percent full at the nation’s airports, according to the ATA. “The Thanksgiving travel season traditionally is the busiest time of the year for air transportation,” May said. “Our customers deserve nothing less than safe and on-time travel, and we will do our best to deliver that.” Due to anticipated crowds and long waits at security checkpoints, travelers at LAX are advised to check in two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. The airport is expected to be busiest on the day before Thanksgiving, during the morning of Thanksgiving and on the Sunday after the holiday, airport officials said. Peak travel times at LAX are from 6 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Los Angeles International Airport is expected to be as stuffed as a trussed-up turkey during the extended Thanksgiving holiday period, according to projections to be announced today. About 1.85 million passengers are expected to make their holiday pilgrimage through LAX during the 10-day surge that will begin Friday, a 3 percent increase from the same period last year, according to airport officials. “This is one of the busiest periods here at LAX, so we’re advising travelers to arrive early, don’t bring anything illegal and take public transportation or one of the FlyAway buses at Van Nuys, Westwood or Union Station in downtown L.A.,” said airport spokesman Tom Winfrey. Nationwide, about 27 million passengers are expected to take to the skies during the Thanksgiving travel season, a 4 percent increase from last year, according to the Air Transport Association, the industry group that represents the airlines. Although there are no changes to security check-in procedures, passengers were reminded that the “3-1-1” policy for liquids remains in effect for carry-on baggage. That means packing liquid containers no larger than 3 ounces inside a single one-quart zip-top plastic sandwich bag. “We want to see passengers check in early because it’s going to be busier than ever this year,” said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, which operates security checkpoints at most of the nation’s airports. “I think that demonstrates an increasing confidence in the aviation and security system that TSA offers,” Melendez said. “But passengers have to realize that the process takes some time.” About 210,000 passengers are expected to use L.A./Ontario International Airport during the 10-day travel period, up 5 percent from last year. Travelers using Ontario airport were advised to arrive 90 minutes before domestic flights and two hours before boarding flights bound for Mexico. Airport officials are expected to announce the holiday travel forecast during a news conference this morning at the Encounter Restaurant, located within the iconic Theme Building at the center of LAX. The futuristic-looking eatery was shuttered in March when airport engineers found rust and decay in the structure’s metal frame. Although the restaurant reopened Monday as part of an effort to accommodate holiday travelers, a $10 million repair project on the Theme Building is expected to last until next fall. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com 310-543-6674160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Thank you

first_imgRe “Calling all turkeys” (Editorial, Nov. 11): As the director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, I want to thank the business community and residents of the San Fernando Valley for their responsiveness to a Daily News’ report that we were short on turkeys for our Great Thanksgiving Banquet. In a week, we received over 500 turkeys. Within our organization, we served nearly 1,800 meals to the homeless and needy. Special thanks goes to L.A. City Councilman Tony C rdenas, Jon’s Market, Interstate Poultry, Secret Garden Restaurant, Whole Foods Market, Eastern Poultry, Rage Against the Machine, and the set of “Desperate Housewives.” The citizens of Los Angeles should be grateful to the city’s Planning Department planner, John Chiang, for carelessly misdialing a developer’s telephone number and leaving the following message on an unknown answering machine: “You will have the council office’s support and our support. You’ll win the appeal no matter what, OK?” Chiang has brought to light what is going on behind closed doors in City Hall. This new light of alleged collusion between our city’s Planning Department and developers should be enough to demand an independent audit of these offices and individuals. – Fred Peters Burbank `Peace’ parity Israel is considering or has released over 400 Palestinians as a goodwill gesture. I haven’t heard of the Palestinians making any such gestures. Their militants are still holding three kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Will the so-called peace meeting in Annapolis this week end up being the usual concessions by Israel and nothing by the Arabs? I hope that Bush and Rice don’t pressure Israel into anything that will lessen its safety and security. I would also like to see Bush and Rice pressure the Arabs into releasing the soldiers they are now holding. – Gene Goodwein Van Nuys Faith matters Re “Huckabee’s faith matter of concern” (Comment, Nov. 21): Contrary to Richard Cohen’s assertions, strong beliefs and the faith that shapes them are important positives. Should you vote for Mike Huckabee, who has a strong moral compass, honestly states his positions, and can be trusted to implement honest policies, or someone who will flip-flop, lie and say or do anything just to get elected? Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave us a rare glimpse of who they really are when unable to answer a direct yes or no question about issuing driver licenses to illegal aliens. The answer? They don’t know who they really are. Huckabee does. – Steve Koraly Westlake Village Honest coin Re “A flop” (Your opinions, Nov. 25): If, as Ruth Farrington said, “In God we trust” were not on the Madison dollar, it would be an honest coin. Because like millions of Americans “we” don’t believe or trust in gods. Long ago, when the dollar was as good as gold, we could have said “In gold we trust.” But Nixon completely disconnected the dollar from gold, and now it’s in free-fall with neither gold nor God holding it up. – Ernst F. Ghermann Winnetka Still a criminal Re “Man illegally entering U.S. rescues boy” (Nov. 25): Crossing our border and entering the U.S. illegally is a crime and makes those who do so criminals. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada thinks Jesus Manuel Cordova’s (an illegal alien) action in saving a boy in the Arizona desert “should remind people not to quickly characterize illegal immigrants as criminals.” Have I got this right? An Arizona law-enforcement officer thinks a good deed or compassionate act changes the criminal’s status of a criminal? Note to Estrada: Give the man a cookie and do your job by sending him back to the country he came from, or at least turn him over to ICE. – William Rush Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsI stand in awe of people’s willingness to reach out and help their fellow man. On behalf of those we serve, thank you. – Ken Craft North Hollywood Dialing for dollars Re “Misdial shows how things work in City Hall” (Editorial, Nov. 25): last_img

Huge boost! Wayne Rooney set for Man United first team return against West Ham

first_imgWayne Rooney made his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt in two months on Monday night.The United skipper, who has been sidelined with a groin injury since February 13, played just over an hour of the Under-21s’ clash with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.Rooney emerged unscathed from the outing and could now make his first-team return in Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at West Ham.His comeback for the season’s run-in will provide a huge boost to Louis van Gaal, whose side have scored just five times in their past eight fixtures.Van Gaal has a shortage of options in attack and has been forced to rely on rookie striker Marcus Rashford in recent weeks.He also selected Ashley Young to play as a striker in the second half of the 3-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.Rooney will be desperate to make his mark for United as he looks to ensure he is on England boss Roy Hodgson’s team-sheet come the European Championship in France this summer, having seen Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy continue to star for both club and country while he has been out. 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more

Transfer tips: 15 star players likely to move this summer – to your club?

first_img 15 3. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – After a glorious Premier League title-winning campaign last season, the Algerian looks likely to jump ship and earn a ‘dream’ move. He won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in April, and is now set to choose between Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona for his next destination. 11. Hal Robson-Kanu (Unattached) – A shock star of Euro 2016, the Welshman ran down his contract at Reading and could now find himself moving to a top-flight team. Hull City, Celtic and even (reportedly) Leicester are fighting it out for his services. 15 2. Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona) – Versatile French centre-back Mathieu appears to have been ousted by compatriots Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne, who moved to the Nou Camp this summer. At 32, he’s edging towards the latter stage of his career but will be more than capable to do a job for someone over the next couple of years. 15 The new football season is coming up fast so get ready for some transfer scrambles.In less than a month, the new campaign will be underway with a host of stars lining up for new clubs.But who are the players likely to move teams in the coming weeks? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which superstars are likely seal a transfer before the summer window ends… 9. Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) – After four seasons over in Russia, the Belgium midfielder could well be on his way back to western Europe. Everton and Leicester City are both keen on the player who scored against Ireland at Euro 2016, while Inter Milan are also keeping tabs. 1. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich) – Click the right arrow above to see which others stars are likely to be on the move this summer… – It wasn’t meant to be like this. The German youngster should have seen his career hit an upward curve after scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final. Instead, he’s seen his career stagnate a little in Bavaria under Pep Guardiola. It appears even with Carlo Ancelotti coming into the club, his days are numbered. And while he has been linked with switches to Tottenham and Liverpool, it’s more likely he’ll end up back at Borussia Dortmund. 15 12. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – His first season as a Liverpool player is likely to be his only one, if a suitable buyer can be found, following last summer’s £32.5m transfer. He didn’t suit the Reds’ style of play and now is way down the pecking order at Anfield. Crystal Palace, who are in desperate need of a goalscorer, could hand him a Premier League lifeline. 10. Arda Turan (Barcelona) – It was always going to be hard for the Turkish midfield to make an impact last season given he could only play from January onwards. Now, after just nine starts, he could well be leaving the club in the coming weeks. Arsenal and Chelsea could make bids, along with several other top European clubs. 15 8. Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) – After appearing in every game at the European Championship in France, Mario is, understandably, interesting a couple of clubs. Chelsea and Inter Milan are currently the likely contenders for his signature, despite his club’s insistence he won’t be sold. 7. Enner Valencia (West Ham) – After an excellent showing at the 2014 World Cup, injuries have stopped Valencia showing his true talent with the Hammers. Now, under Slaven Bilic, it appears he’s been left behind, with Swansea and Lazio wanting to sign him. 5. Piotr Zielinski (Udinese) – After impressing with Empoli last season, the Polish international is set for a transfer this summer, according to agent Bartolomej Bolek. He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “We’ve decided [what his next club will be], but it’s a secret.” Liverpool and AC Milan have been rumoured with interest so far. 15 13. Clinton N’Jie (Tottenham) – Many felt the Cameroon international would be handed another chance this year after his debut campaign was cruelly interrupted by injuries. It seems, though, he’ll move back to France on loan as Spurs plot their summer transfer business. 15 15 6. Gabriel Barbosa (Santos) – Another year, another Brazilian wonderkid. ‘Gabigol’ has been handed the ‘new Neymar’ tag and could well move to Europe this summer. The player himself has hinted a move is imminent, with Barcelona, Arsenal, and Chelsea interested. 15 14. Paul Pogba (Juventus) – It might not happen in the next couple of days, but the Frenchman’s return to Manchester United should go through, unless something serious happens to derail it. Juventus would be foolish to turn down a bid of around £100m. It’s a game of poker now, between Ed Woodward, Pogba’s agent and Juventus. 15 15 15 15. Andre Gomes (Valencia) – Another Portuguese player who can earn a transfer off the back of Euro 2016, Gomes has previously been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. Real Madrid and Barcelona were also sniffing about, but it’s probable he will move to a club with a slightly lower standing. 15 15 4. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) – The Frenchman was absent in patches for the Magpies last year as they were relegated from the Premier League. Now, though, after some excellent Euro 2016 displays, he could be about to ditch the Championship side for top-tier club. Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, and Arsenal keep an eye on his availability. 15last_img read more

Texas plans to separate abusers in evacuations

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe intent, he said, is to make sure vulnerable residents aren’t victimized during the evacuation process. He also said that state officials will be able to segregate undesirable evacuees, even in the chaos of an emergency. “We’ll be able to do it,” Colley said. “We’ll have procedures, and we’re not going to advertise what they are.” After Hurricane Katrina, about 1,700 parolees didn’t check in with authorities in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. “We’re all entitled to privacy, but we’re not entitled to anonymity,” Colley said. AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who board buses to evacuate during the next hurricane or other emergency will first have to submit to criminal background checks, the state’s emergency management director said. The policy is an attempt to keep sex offenders and fugitives from boarding evacuation buses with children, the elderly and the disabled, said Jack Colley, the chief of the state’s Division of Emergency Management. No sex offenders or other criminals will be left behind in an evacuation, but they will be evacuated on different buses. “This will allow us to help them evacuate. We’re not going to leave anyone,” Colley said. last_img read more

Google gets DoubleClick go-ahead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“The FTC’s strong support sends a clear message: This acquisition poses no risk to competition and will benefit consumers,” said Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.’s chief executive. “We hope that the European Commission will soon reach the same conclusion.” The European Commission declined to comment on the FTC’s decision, spokesman Jonathan Todd said. The FTC’s approval of the deal without conditions could push European regulators to take a tougher line, says Rebecca Arbogast, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. For example, they could restrict the ability of the two companies to share the market data they collect or require the combined company to sell off certain assets, analysts have said. But Arbogast thinks Europe will ultimately approve the deal, noting that Google could benefit from the fact that Microsoft has had significant antitrust problems in the EU. U.S. antitrust regulators on Thursday approved Google Inc.’s $3.1billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc., removing a key obstacle to a formidable combination in the burgeoning online advertising sector. The transaction still faces substantial antitrust scrutiny from European regulators and cannot be completed without their approval. The European Commission has set a deadline of April2 to finish its review. The Federal Trade Commission appeared to accept many of Google’s arguments that its online ad sales business doesn’t compete with DoubleClick’s ad-serving tools, saying its analysis “showed that the companies are not direct competitors in any relevant antitrust market.” The deal, announced in April, will combine Google’s leading position in online text ads with DoubleClick’s ad-serving tools that help publishers place and track display ads. “With enemies like Microsoft, you don’t need friends when you’re in Europe,” Arbogast said. In addition to selling text ads on its own Web site, Google acts as an intermediary, selling ads through its AdSense network to thousands of online publishers, from small Web sites such as AsktheBuilder.com to large media companies such as the New York Times Co. DoubleClick Inc., meanwhile, helps publishers place and track display ads. Oppenheimer & Co. says DoubleClick, with 40percent market share, is the leader in display advertising technology and services. Microsoft and other critics argue the deal would enable Google to dominate two aspects of the Internet advertising market – ad sales and ad-serving tools.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Browne takes first lead of the year

first_imgOlin Browne waited six years before getting back to the winners-only Mercedes Championships, and played Thursday as if he doesn’t want to wait that long again. Browne was the only player to break 70 in blustery conditions at Kapalua and finished with a 4-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh as the PGA Tour season began without some of its biggest stars. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen decided to take the week off, leaving a 28-man field to tackle a Plantation course that played long and soft, and deceptive because of its new greens. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson His 69 matched the highest score to lead after the first round in the eight years the Mercedes Championships has been played at Kapalua. Jesper Parnevik also had a 69 in 2000. Singh, coming off a year in which he won four times but surrendered his No. 1 ranking to Woods, overcame some more balky putting with consecutive birdies down the stretch, but he tried a high pitch from just off the par-5 18th green that ran some 20 feet past the pin. Two-time defending champion Stuart Appleby hit his tee shot into the weeds on the 17th and took bogey to settle for a 71, leaving him in a group that included David Toms, Carl Pettersson and Sergio Garcia. Jim Furyk, who has a house beyond the 18th green, might have joined them except for a penalty stroke he called on himself on the 14th green when a gust moved his ball a fraction of an inch as he stood over a putt. He made the 5-foot putt, but had to score it as a par. Captain King Betsy King was selected Thursday as U.S. captain for the Solheim Cup next year in Sweden, where she will try to lead the Americans to only their second victory overseas. King, with 34 victories and six majors that got her into the Hall of Fame, will have the most Solheim Cup experience of any previous captain. She played in the first five matches, earning eight points, and was part of the team that defeated Europe in Wales. “I look forward to the preparation and competition over the next two years,” King said. Helen Alfredsson previously was picked as captain of the European team for the Solheim Cup, which will be held Sept. 14-16, 2007 at Halmstad Golf Club in Sweden. Europe earned its most decisive victory since the Solheim Cup began in 1990 when it was played three years ago in Sweden, leading from the opening day for a 17 ½-11 ½ victory at Barseback Golf Club. The United States won last year at Crooked Stick in Indiana behind a mix of youth and experience, as 19-year-old Paula Creamer and two other rookies paved the way to a 15-12 victory. Beth Daniel at 48 was the oldest player in Solheim history, and she will be an assistant captain next year. Daniel, another Hall of Fame member, has played in all but one Solheim Cup. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Only nine players managed to break par. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Browne said. “I would like to play well enough to be invited back. And there’s only one way to get back.” last_img read more