How ‘Big Mal’ gave Canberra Raiders PNG star Kato Ottio belief

first_imgAfter Papua New Guinea’s 24-10 loss to Fiji last year when Meninga was at the helm, the Canberra Raiders legend told Ottio he had the raw ability to make the top level.The 22-year-old signed with the Raiders for two years in February and is the leading try-scorer in NSW Cup playing wing for Canberra affiliate Mounties.He will represent his country for the second time against Fiji at Parramatta on Saturday, and expects to line up against fellow Raider Sisa Waqa in the centres.The former volleyball international has used the encouraging words from Meninga, one of the greatest centres of all time, as a spur to realise him dreams.”Big Mal talked to me after that game about my football and what I can work on, he gave me some good tips,” Ottio said.”He told me to just keep working hard, play good footy and one day I can make it to NRL.”Someone like that to talk to me about how I can do things better, it’s something that motivates you to work hard and that you can become someone.”I’m just patient and hoping for an opportunity.”Fellow Raider Kurt Baptiste will make his Kumuls debut on Saturday. His Papua New Guinean heritage comes from his father, Bevan, who was born on the island of Samarai and moved to Brisbane aged 14.Baptiste has already enjoyed a taste of the country’s mad passion for rugby league, having played for Canberra’s former Queensland Cup affiliate Souths Logan against PNG Hunters in Port Moresby.”It was definitely an eye-opener for me,” Baptiste said.”It was good to see how the Papua New Guineans live and how mad for footy they are up there.”I remember coming into the hotel and there was all these kids on the side of the road chasing the bus.”They knew the footy team was here and were excited to see the players in the country.”It’s always something in the back of my mind I’ve wanted to do and I’m excited I get a chance to this weekend.”They’re just a mad footy nation, it’s their No.1 sport up there and the huge amount of support you get on social media is amazing.”If the official team list is to be believed, Baptiste will emulate his role at the Raiders as bench hooker for Papua New Guinea.He believes the Pacific Tests should remain on the calendar, despite some clubs being hesitant to release their players.”I definitely think they should stay on the agenda, there’s a lot of people out there supporting these nations and they want to see the best players,” he said.last_img read more

Valera opens in a list of the first team with Cholo

first_imgGermán Valera, 17, write his name. From Murcia, like that group that is sounding so loud and so loud, Long live Sweden; as Miguel Ángel Hernández, author of Pain of others (Anagrama), one of the novels of 2018, a boy who will be heard a lot to talk about. It is done. It is one of the pearls of the quarry and reason for the rupture of relations on the part of Villarreal with Atlético. He was the captain of Spain in the last U-17 World Cup. Powerful, very fast and with a powerful shot. Lefty, you can play for both bands although where you feel more comfortable is on the right to cut in and look for the shot. This season is his first in the subsidiary. And today his first call with Cholo. Because Germán Valera is the great novelty of Simeone’s list for tomorrow’s game (18:30, Wanda Metropolitano) before Levante. A list with 18 names which is also Sergio Camello and Vitolo returns to. Not so neither Savic nor Koke, both training at the same pace as the others in recent days but to which the Cholo is saved for the Arab Super Cup. Saponjic, habitual in the last lists although still without debut, is not. The Cholo summonedAdam, Oblak; Giménez, Arias, Lodi, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier; Thomas, Saul, Llorente, Herrera, Vitolo; João Félix, Morata, Correa, Camel and Valera They are the chosen Simeone for this match. The coach, who will be eight years old at the head of the Atlético bench in three days, has already debuted 30 youth players, Camel among them, in the last game of last seasonprecisely before the Levante. Eye Valera. A name for the future that begins in this 2020.last_img read more

Wolmer’s, St George’s in mega clash

first_img With regards to the game been pushed back, Reynolds said they welcomed that decision. “We would have been aware of the situation that we had three games in four days. We have been doing what we can in order for the players to recuperate for each game. It is difficult for the schools that are still in the Super Cup with the tight schedule of games,” Reynolds also said. In the opening game, both teams will look to rebound from their losses last Thursday, and stay in contention for a semi-final spot. Haile Selassie and St Catherine met in the preliminary stage twice with each team winning 1-0. It’s left to be seen if the off-the-field issues involving coach Geoffrey Maxwell with whom they parted ways last week will affect Haile Selassie. They are yet to hire a new coach. St George’s College and Wolmer’s will be engaged in a mega clash in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition Group K today at Constant Spring Complex. Match time is 3 p.m. The game is the feature in the group’s double-header as Haile Selassie High face-off against St Catherine in the opener at 1 p.m. The games were originally scheduled for Monday, but was pushed back due to the constant usage of the venue. Wolmer’s and St George’s come into the game on three points apiece, however, Wolmer’s hold the advantage with a better goal difference. The game is crucial to both teams as a win for either would put that team into a good position to win the group and advance to the semi-finals. Wolmer’s will be playing their third game in five days, following their 3-0 win against St Catherine High last Thursday and their elimination of Kingston College (1-0) in a FLOW Super Cup quarter-final game last Saturday. The Vassell Reynolds- coached team has built a reputation for its meagre defence and incisive counterattacks, a threat that their opponents will have to be wary of. St George’s College are coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Haile Selassie in the group last Thursday and are fully aware of the importance of today’s game. Marcel Gayle, assistance coach of St George’s College is expecting a tough encounter. “The game can decide the group. It is one of those games that no team can afford to lose,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday. He also said that although Wolmer’s will be playing three games in four days, it could work to the Heroes Circle based team’s advantage. “Winning can be a momentum for Wolmer’s. We will be prepared and hopefully finish the game with a victory,” he added. Reynolds, however, has a different outlook, arguing that his team will face a rested St George’s College, which he considers a big challenge. “We need to win the game to put one foot in the semi-final. We want to put things in our own hands. St George’s is still a favourite as they have a good team. They will be fresh and that is a challenge, but our team is ready for the game,” Reynolds shared. WELCOMED MOVElast_img read more

Age doesn’t matter as De Ocampo still ‘best stretch four’ in PBA at 35

first_imgSantos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson At 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Comboy, FEU rule first UAAP 3×3 tournament

first_imgFILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWendell Comboy caught fire when it mattered the most, towing Far Eastern University to the first ever UAAP Season 80 men’s 3×3 basketball title with a 21-13 victory over University of the East Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.The third-year point guard uncorked 10 points, while perfectly partnering with Richard Escoto for the title-clinching bucket with 2:06 remaining as the Tamaraws ruled the men’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Escoto had five markers, Ken Tuffin got four points, while Michael John Casiño got a pair for FEU.Alvin Pasaol put the Red Warriors on his shoulders with 10 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkComboy’s hot streak wasn’t only prevalent in the finals as he was also pivotal in the Tamaraws’ 15-12 win over La Salle in the Final Four.The Red Warriors, on the other hand, rode Pasaol to clinch its ticket to the finals with a 19-16 thriller over National University. UE upsets Adamson for 1st win Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meanwhile, NU displayed their dominance in the halfcourt, topping Adamson, 15-6, to reign in the women’s division.Ria Nabalan carried the Lady Bulldogs with seven points, while Afril Bernardino got four markers.Jack Animam added three points, while Annick Tiky had one in the victory.The Lady Falcons went to Nathalia Prado, who had three markers in the runner-up finish.NU eviscerated Ateneo, 10-5 in its Final Four date, while Adamson downed UST, 15-8 to set up the titular clash.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal

first_imgView comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Overweight Jhack Tepora replaced, stripped of interim featherweight title ESPN has brushed off the low ratings, convinced it can offer the cross-platform exposure UFC needs to widen its fanbase. “SportsCenter.” Studio shows. Podcasts. Fights on linear TV and streaming services. Documentaries. On-demand content. UFC, which has also aired on Spike, should feel right at home in the ESPN lineup as network bedrocks such as the NFL, the NBA and baseball.“The programming that they’re going to build around the fights and the amount of money that they’re spending on advertising just shows the overall power of ESPN,” White said.ESPN kicked off the deal with a night full of classic fights and it peppered college football’s national championship game with spots for UFC’s arrival and the Brooklyn fights. It also ran a three-hour version of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA show” on ESPN2 on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2019 with the reporter giving 2018 awards and talking with fighters, including Cejudo and Dillashaw.“The entire company has really rallied behind this and has started to better understand the potential value here to us,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN vice president, UFC and Boxing. “We’re going to cover the sport the way we cover every sport, hopefully. We don’t want the UFC to be looked down or thought about any differently internally than we think about (other sports).”The contract comes with some risks. UFC will no longer have a free TV home and its most loyal fans are now expected to stretch their fight dollar each month to pay for a cable bill, ESPN-plus ($4.99), UFC Fight Pass ($7.99 to $9.99) and PPV (often $64.99 per fight) to access all content.ESPN is available in 86.8 million homes and ESPN-plus has hit 1 million subscribers; Fox was available in 119.9 million homes, FS1 in 83 million and FS2 in 57.5 million.“You get more bang for your buck right now,” White said. “Everybody has ESPN. We’re bringing all these great fights to ESPN linear that you get for free. And then it’s $5 for ESPN-plus. That’s affordable for everybody.”ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney Co., is set to start its own Netflix-type streaming service this year that could open more doors for UFC. Imagine a day when Ariel (The Little Mermaid) throws it over to Ariel (Helwani) before a podcast.But will fight fans flock to their devices for fight nights running almost every weekend?“It’s similar to what happened with NASCAR. NASCAR took a lot of money from the cable companies to put their events on the cable channels to help grow the channels. What happened is, NASCAR ended up losing its audience,” said Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company. “But I think the biggest risk is from ESPN putting up a lot of money to try and jump-start and grow its subscriber service. That to me is more of a risk element than anything from UFC.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title White said the time was right to shift to ESPN-plus and that streaming for Endeavor-owned UFC was “absolutely the future.”“Certainly the world wants to see if subscriber TV is going to work,” Pilson said. “ESPN is chasing the younger audience. Everyone else is. But are they going to get that audience to stay with UFC on a streaming basis and watch it on your phone for hours at a time? Wow, I don’t know.”Grab the phone or iPad, UFC will also unveil new championship belts Saturday to mark the new era. But so much else will look familiar. Jon Anik remains the play-by-play announcer and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the color commentator. Karyn Bryant will host and Megan Olivi reports backstage. Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will also contribute from the on-site desk team.“Any time we’re on ESPN, we’re looking to deliver the biggest and the best up-and-coming fighters,” White said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on “SportsCenter.”ADVERTISEMENT BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I was out there all the time,” White said of his trips to ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters. “For most of the time, the last 18 years, I was battling just to get coverage. We used to fight just to try and get covered by them.”Call off the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUFC and ESPN have launched a partnership that would have seemed inconceivable even a decade ago, until stars like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar helped shake the mixed martial arts promotion from a fringe sport even banned in some states to a firm, mainstream player.White will get his highlights — and so much more. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms.“It’s our time now on ESPN,” White said. “We want to kill it this weekend.”The UFC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will air on both ESPN and ESPN-plus and features a pay-per-view worthy main event: Henry Cejudo defends the 125-pound title and the fate of the flyweight division against T.J. Dillashaw, the current bantamweight champ looking to add a second belt. UFC’s career wins leader Donald Cerrone, crossover star Paige VanZant, and troubled former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy all fight on the debut show.“I would love to see my face all over ESPN,” VanZant said.UFC has opened a TV deal with a bang before: its first network prime-time appearance on Fox in 2011 earned 5.7 million viewers. UFC has soared on PPV over the last seven years — McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October had nearly 2.4 million buys — while TV ratings dipped on free TV. The final UFC on Fox show in December dropped 13 percent from 2017 and netted only 1.8 million viewers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Bad Pitch’ Pauses President’s Cup Tourney

first_imgThe on-going President’s Cup which brought 20 teams from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions was suspended on Saturday, May 16 owing to complains about the poor condition of the Blue Field.The clubs complaint to the Liberia Football Association on Friday, May 15, said the venue of the game, BYC home ground, dubbed the Blue Field, isn’t only injurious to their players but also cost demanding as it relates to destroying teams’ materials.The letter, under the signature of three clubs, indicated that their observation dated from the just ended Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament in which some of their players are still undergoing treatment, while players’ boots have been torn.The Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah in a telephone interview yesterday said a committee; headed by Technical Director Henry Brown has been set-up to investigate the complaint for further action.In the opener, Keitrace FC whipped Aries FC 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 pulsating draw.In the second derby, Darling Club, IE defeated Mighty Barrolle 2-0.Meanwhile, statistics indicated that 13 players sustained injuries during the Coca-Cola Tournament from bad condition of the Blue Field. Three other players also sustained injuries from the two games on Friday.An LFA engineer told the Daily Observer that the bad condition of the Blue Field is because the groundwork under the artificial turf is concrete, instead of sand.However, if the LFA rules against the Blue Field, there would be no LFA sanctioned games there.The Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium are two artificial turfs in Monrovia.The third artificial turf is the Kakata Sports Stadium in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Action Sports Pro Tour has new look

first_imgAthletes who do the Dew will be doing it in different cities and under a new name this season. The five-event ASPT Dew Tour tour will make stops at two new cities, and possibly a third. Cleveland and Salt Lake City will be new stops, and the season-opening Panasonic Open on June 21-24 will be held in either Louisville, Ky. or Baltimore, a Dew Tour official said on Monday. Louisville has been the site of the the previous openers. “We’re working out the logistics,” Tour spokeswoman Nicole Nanduso said of finalizing the series opener site. The Action Sports Pro Tour, owned and operated by NBC Universal and Live Nation, also will serve as the umbrella organization for the Dew Tour. The ASPT operates the pro Dew Tour and the amateur Free Flow Tour, which makes two stops in Southern California. Cleveland and Salt Lake City have replaced Denver and San Jose. Cleveland will hold the Right Guard Open July 19-23 in place of Denver, and Salt Lake City will hold the Toyota Challenge on Sept. 20-23, replacing San Jose. Portland’s Vans Open will be Aug. 16-19 and the PlayStation Open will be Oct. 18-21 in Orlando. “Not unlike NASCAR or the PGA Tour, we want the ASPT to be seen as the gold standard in competitive action sports,” ASPT general manager Wade Martin said of the name change. “The new ASPT mark and logo provide our property with a consistent messaging and the opportunity to expand under one umbrella. The 2006 Dew Cup winners were Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Anthony Napolitan (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park). Women’s surfing has been added to the 2007 X Games, while BMX dirt has been eliminated. center_img Like the men’s surfing competition, the National Surf League’s The Game again will be the focus of the event, with competition scheduled for July 5-8 at Puerto Escondido in Mexico. BMX dirt has been a part of all 12 previous X Games. Cory Bohan won his third consecutive gold medal at last year’s event at Staples Center, where he edged Ryan Nyquist. The rest of the X Games 13 schedule will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson and the Staples Center on Aug. 3-5. Tickets for X Games 13 will be available for purchase June 14 at all Ticketmaster locations and the box offices at Staples Center and Home Depot Center. Shaun White will be seeking another national title when he competes in the 25th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding championships on March 12-18 at Stratton Mountain, Vt. Santa Barbara’s Bobby Martinez has been named 2006 Association of Surfing Professionals Rookie of the Year. Martinez scored victories at Teahupoo, Tahiti and Mundaka, Spain, a feat previously accomplished by only eight-time world champion Kelly Slater. Martinez finished fifth in the series. “I’m just really excited to get back in the water and use the experience from my rookie year to move forward and focus on this year’s tour,” he said. “My goal is to go out there and try to win every heat, and every contest I can.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 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

Jet crashes in Africa; wreckage sought

first_imgYAOUNDE, Cameroon – A Kenya Airways jet that took off during a midnight storm crashed early Saturday with 114 on board after sending out a distress signal over remote southern Cameroon, officials said. Nearby villagers reported hearing an explosion and seeing a flash of fire. The jet bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, went down near the town of Lolodorf, about 90 miles southeast of the coastal city of Douala, where it had taken off after midnight, said Alex Bayeck, a regional communications officer. There was no word on survivors, Bayeck said by telephone en route to the crash site. He said search planes were flying over the forested area where the airliner gave off a distress signal but no wreckage has been spotted. Residents in the area, which has few roads and is dotted by small villages, reported hearing a “large boom” during the night, and some described a flash of fire that looked markedly different from lightning, Bayeck said. The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 114 people, including 105 passengers from at least 23 countries, Kenyan airline officials said. A Nairobi-based Associated Press correspondent, Anthony Mitchell, was believed to be among them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Lolodorf, close to a dozen ambulances stood ready and a handful of family members of passengers gathered in the city center. Some said they had traveled as far as 250 miles that day. “I don’t know what to do. I’m just terribly confused. My younger sister boarded this plane that is supposed to have crashed. I hope we can still find her alive,” said Innocent Bonu, a lawyer from the southwestern town of Buea. Jean Francois Villong, a local official who is coordinating the rescue effort, said the air search stopped with nightfall because helicopters could not operate effectively in the dark, but the ground search was continuing. “It is very difficult because this area is very mountainous and heavily forested. And we suspect the plane may have fallen into a valley,” Villong said. Much of Friday’s searching was done by volunteers from local villages, Villong added. last_img read more

Spector’s driver questioned over incriminating statement

first_img“With regards to the defendant stepping out on the porch and saying, `I think I killed somebody,’ is that clear in your mind?” Jackson said. “Oh, yes,” De Souza responded. Jackson stood about seven feet from where De Souza was sitting on the stand, showing jurors how far De Souza was standing from Spector when Spector allegedly made the self-incriminating statement. Defense attorney Bradley Brunon also described what could be perceived as benefits offered by the prosecution in return for De Souza being its witness. He showed a letter dated Dec. 22, 2003, from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office to U.S. immigration officials, asking them to defer De Souza’s deportation. De Souza was apparently in violation of the terms of his visa. The letter stated De Souza was a “material witness” for the Spector case and also asked that his mother and sister be allowed into the United States, a request De Souza admitted that he made through his attorney to the DA’s office. “Did you feel grateful for that?” Brunon asked about the advantages the prosecution provided De Souza. “No,” he replied. “Did you appreciate that?” Brunon said. “Yes, I appreciated it,” De Souza replied. “Don’t you think that’s a favor?” Brunon asked. “No,” De Souza said, noting his mother was never able to come to the United States. On Monday De Souza also denied accusations he was motivated by the prosecution to alter statements from the time he was interviewed by police shortly after the death to his testimony last week in court. Last week, De Souza indicated Spector sounded and appeared drunk on the the night of Clark’s death. But when asked by police after the shooting, his replies indicated he did not see evidence that Spector was intoxicated. “Was that motivated by a desire to help the prosecution?” Brunon said. “No, sir,” De Souza replied. “I’m here because it’s the right thing to do.” “But you’ll accept whatever help you can get while doing the right thing?” Brunon countered. “No,” De Souza replied. At the end of the afternoon session, the prosecution began to play a 90-minute videotape of L.A. County sheriff’s detectives interviewing De Souza at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003. In the interview, De Souza was repeatedly asked by detectives what words Spector said when he emerged from his home that morning. He quoted Spector as saying, “I think I killed somebody,” several times throughout the session, although he once quoted Spector as saying, “I think I shot somebody.” Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. today. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The substitute driver for record producer Phil Spector held steadfast under cross-examination Monday, claiming he was certain he heard Spector say the words: “I think I killed somebody,” after he emerged from a door of Spector’s Alhambra mansion with a gun in his hand around 5 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003. But Adriano De Souza, a Brazilian who was in the United States on a student visa at the time of the alleged murder, also admitted he told police hours after the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, that he wasn’t sure exactly what words Spector had used. De Souza, who acted as chauffeur for Spector when his regular driver was unavailable, had been in the United States, studying English for four years at the time of the incident. Defense attorneys have contended he did not have a clear grasp of the English language. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson worked to clear up any confusion about whether De Souza is now sure of what he heard Spector say that morning. last_img