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The legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, the country's football association has said

November 25, 2020

Maradona, who captained Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning team, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time - if not the greatest.

There will be three days of national mourning, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez has said, adding that Maradona "made us immensely happy".

A minute's silence will be held in the player's memory at all the Champions League matches on Wednesday evening.

The star, who underwent surgery for a subdural haematoma a few weeks ago, died of a heart attack, his lawyer said.

It happened at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, according to Argentinian media.

A subdural haematoma is a serious condition where a blood clot develops between the skull and the surface of the brain. It is usually caused by a head injury.

The player's doctor, Leopoldo Luque, said he had shown signs of improvement since the operation.

Maradona was also admitted to hospital recently because he was "not well psychologically".

Senator Kenneth Gittens submits bill to honor St. Croix baseball great, Horace Clarke

August 14, 2020

ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Senator Kenneth L. Gittens has submitted a drafting request for a resolution to posthumously honor Horace Meredith Clarke as a notable Virgin Islander and baseball great.

His legislation seeks to honor and commend Horace Clarke for his outstanding performance as a major league baseball player and for being an icon among Virgin Islanders and Crucians specifically. The bill also calls for naming the road surrounding the Terrence Martin Baseball Field and Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Mr. Clarke’s honor.

Senator Gittens said the Territory has seen its share of outstanding citizens and sportsmen, and among them Clarke has always been a standout.

“Growing up, while playing Little League Baseball, I always heard of how amazing Horace Clarke was as a major leaguer and, today, it is an honor and pleasure to be in a position to honor and commend him for his dynamic place, in not only Virgin Islands history, but also world history,” Senator Gittens said.

Horace Clarke was born in Frederiksted, St. Croix in 1938 and was signed to the New York Yankees at just 19 years old. He played professional baseball with the Yankees and the San Diego Padres from 1965 to 1974. He was a second baseman and a switch hitter who threw right-handed. According to the New York Times, Clarke leads all Virgin Islands born Major League Baseball players in the number of games played, hits, runs, R.B.I.s and stolen bases.

He died on August 5, 2020.

Senator Gittens naming the road in honor of Horace Clarke will give the late athlete the additional and permanent recognition he deserves.

“We have lost an icon and, at this time of Clarke’s recent passing, I would like to again extend my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans from St. Croix and beyond who have followed his career and his life, on and off the baseball field. May he rest in peace and may his legacy live on,” Senator Gittens concluded.

Watch: Remembering Horace Clarke

Tim Duncan Inducted into Hall of Fame

March 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS - Roger Mayweather, a former world boxing champion who also coached his famous nephew Floyd after his retirement, has passed away. He was 58 years old.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced the death Tuesday in a statement. Roger Mayweather suffered from diabetes and other chronic health problems.

"My uncle was one of the most important people in my life, in and out of the ring," said Mayweather. "Roger was a great champion and one of the best coaches in boxing. Unfortunately, his health had failed him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace. Roger meant everything to me, to my father Floyd Sr., for my uncle Jeff, for our entire family, in and out of the Mayweather Boxing Gym and throughout the world of boxing. "

Mayweather, whose nickname was "Black Mamba," held the super featherweight and superlight titles, during a professional career spanning 72 fights. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he faced prominent boxers such as the Mexican Julio César Chávez and Pernell Whitaker.

He was 59-13 with 23 knockouts, throughout an 18-year career that began in 1981.

Mayweather was a colorful figure in the boxing world. He conquered titles, but gained more notoriety later, as his nephew's coach.

He was on the corner during some of Floyd Mayweather's best fights.

Last week, Josie Harris, mother of three to Floyd Mayweather, was found dead inside her car and outside her home in Valencia, California.

The Kansas City Chiefs Make Comeback and Defeat the San Francisco 49ers

February 2nd, 2020

Miami Gardens, Florida - The Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a nightmarish third set in which disadvantaged fell 10-20 to beat the San Francisco 49ers 21-0 in points towards a victory 31-20 in Super Bowl 54 that was held at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.

San Francisco was the first team to score thanks to a 38-yard Robbie Gould field kick subtracting 5:58 for playing the first set.

The Chiefs, however, counterattacked in the second quarter by putting together a 15-play, 75-yard run that culminated in a touchdown haul of Field Marshal and Most Valuable Player of the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, in San Francisco's yard one. , annotation that put the Chiefs in the lead, 10-3.

Mahomes, who became the youngest player in the history of the league to be the Most Valuable of the regular season, also carried the award for the most outstanding Super Bowl athlete.

The 49ers finally crossed the Kansas City goal with 5:05 on the clock and after seven plays. Kyle Juszczyk caught a pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that equaled hostilities at 10 points per side.

 

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NBA Legend Dies in Helicopter Crash

January 26, 2020

Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, Sunday morning, Yahoo Sports confirmed. His daughter, Gianna, was also on board as was another player and parent en route to a travel basketball game, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli also died in the crash, the Orange County Register reported.

Altobelli’s wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, were also on board, according to a CNN interview with Altobelli’s brother.

Christina Mauser, an Orange County girls basketball assistant coach, was traveling with the group as well, per CNN.

There were nine people on board in total, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced, with no survivors.

 

VING Represented in the Recent 2020 Biathlon

January 24, 2020

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Members of the Virgin Islands National Guard competed in this year’s Central and Eastern Region Biathlon competition at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minnesota, Jan. 16-17, 2020.

Lt. Col. Ruth Cresenzo, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mervin Mills, Capt. Jeremy Garfoot, Capt. Elvor Narciss and Sgt. Priscilla Desormeaux are athletes and competitors within the community and were not afraid to brave extreme cold weather conditions to represent the VI.

“You learn a lot of different skills, it’s all about shoot move and communicate,” said Lt. Col. Ruth Cresenzo, special legal advisor for the VING, who has competed in the Biathlon before.

An impressive group of individuals, some who have never skied before, hopes to gain training and experience to share with future athletes.

Sgt. Priscilla Desormeaux, a member of the 23rd Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil Support Team, was eager to experience this year’s event.

“I have never skied before, but I have always been interested in snow sports,” said Desormeaux. “I expect to learn how to ski comfortable enough to where I am not scared and learn how to control my breathing when it’s time to shoot.”

The Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship. The National Guard Biathlon program and the Minnesota National Guard hosted this year’s competition.

Before the competition, the team got one and one training with a coach on how to ski and shoot.

Capt. Elvor Narciss, a logistics officer for the joint force headquarters and a cyclist who competes within the community, was unable to make the races the year before but decided to attend this year.

“The experience was challenging, cold and fun,” said Narciss. Narciss, who is also a first-time skier, adds that if anyone is interested in competing, “to be prepared to fall and get back up.”

Along with a coach from the Alaska National Guard, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mervin Mills, a former Taekwondo instructor for the VING, served as the coached for the team.

Mills hopes to increase the membership of the team and to be able to compete in future competitions. “The goal is to go and get the experience and come back and improve from what you’ve learned,” said Mills. "It is not easy, but it is worth the try."

The team hopes to get equipment and uniforms for future races.

NFL Championship Sunday: 49ers decimate Packers and Patrick Mahomes magic takes Chiefs to the Super Bowl

January 19, 2020

.he San Francisco 49ers are NFC Champions!

The 49ers quickly took a commanding lead over the visiting Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The home team kept veteran Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers from scoring anything in the first half, and they entered halftime with a massive 27-0 lead.

Green Bay didn’t score their first touchdown until halfway into the third quarter, but that was quickly matched with another touchdown by San Francisco. With a 34-7 lead headed into the fourth quarter, a 49ers victory was all but secured barring a miraculous comeback by the Packers. San Francisco won with a final score of 37-20.

They will now head to Miami to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. This is their first trip to the Super Bowl since 2013 when they were led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. They lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Leading up to the championship game, both the 49ers and Packers enjoyed one of their best years in recent memory. They finished atop of the NFC, with the 49ers claiming the No. 1 seed thanks to San Francisco beating Green Bay 37-8 during their only regular-season meeting in November. During that matchup, Rodgers was sacked five times, according to ESPN.

Despite the 49ers’ win during the season, they were cautious heading into Sunday’s game.

 

St. Croix Sports, Parks & Recreation Governmental & Industrial Coed Leagues

December 13, 2019

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands — The Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation would like to invite all government agencies and local industrial businesses to register for the upcoming St. Croix Governmental & Industrial Co-Ed Leagues.

 keep in mind only the first eight agencies/businesses to register for each event will be eligible to participate in those events. There will be a maximum of eight (8) teams per event. Agencies/Businesses are allowed to partner with one (1) other department or industrial business.

The following events and dates are as follows: (dates and times subject to change)

Softball - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to March 5, 2020

Basketball – Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to May 21, 2020

Biggest Loser – April 1 to June 7, 2020

Interested agencies and businesses are asked to contact our office at 340-773-0160 or email Jamilah Henry at jamilah.henry@hpr.vi.gov.

Deadlines to register:

Softball - Friday, December 20, 2019

Basketball – January 31, 2020

Biggest Loser – March 1, 2020


Ten Former NFL Players Charged in Alleged Nationwide Fraud on Health Care Benefit Program for Retired NFL Players

December 12, 2019

Former Players Allegedly Defrauded Plan for Millions of Dollars in Claims for Expensive Medical Equipment That Was Never Purchased or Received

Ten former National Football League (NFL) players have been charged in the Eastern District of Kentucky for their alleged roles in a nationwide fraud on a health care benefit program for retired NFL players.

The alleged fraud targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan (the Plan), which was established pursuant to the 2006 collective bargaining agreement and provided for tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses that were not covered by insurance and that were incurred by former players, their wives and their dependents – up to a maximum of $350,000 per player. According to the charging documents, over $3.9 million in false and fraudulent claims were submitted to the Plan, and the Plan paid out over $3.4 million on those claims between June 2017 and December 2018.

“Ten former NFL players allegedly committed a brazen, multi-million dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket medical expenses,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “Today’s indictments underscore that whoever you are, if you loot health care programs to line your own pockets, you will be held accountable by the Department of Justice.”

“The defendants are alleged to have developed and executed a fraudulent scheme to undermine a health care benefit plan established by the NFL – one established to help their former teammates and colleagues pay for legitimate medical expenses,” said U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr., for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “The defendants allegedly submitted false claims to the plan and obtained money for expensive medical equipment that was never purchased or received, depriving that plan of valuable resources to help others meet their medical needs. We have prioritized the investigation and prosecution of health care fraud in our office, and we appreciate the partnership we share with the Criminal Division and the FBI in pursuing these important matters.”

Two separate indictments filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky outline two alleged conspiracies involving different players related to the same scheme to defraud the Plan. Those charged in the indictments are the following:

*Robert McCune, 40, of Riverdale, Georgia, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, nine counts of wire fraud and nine counts of health care fraud.

*John Eubanks, 36, of Cleveland, Mississippi; Tamarick Vanover, 45, of Tallahassee, Florida; and Carlos Rogers, 38, of Alpharetta, Georgia, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of health care fraud.  

*Clinton Portis, 38, of McLean, Virginia; Ceandris Brown, 36, of Fresno, Texas; James Butler, 37, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Fredrick Bennett, 35, of Port Wentworth, Georgia, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of health care fraud.

*Correll Buckhalter, 41, of Colleyville, Texas, and Etric Pruitt, 38, of Theodore, Alabama, are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud. 

In addition, the government has filed notice that it intends to file criminal informations charging Joseph Horn, 47, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Donald “Reche” Caldwell, 40, of Tampa, Florida, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The indictments charge that the scheme to defraud involved the submission of false and fraudulent claims to the Plan for expensive medical equipment – typically between $40,000 and $50,000 for each claim – that was never purchased or received. The expensive medical equipment described on the false and fraudulent claims included hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines designed for use by a doctor’s office to conduct women’s health examinations and electromagnetic therapy devices designed for use on horses.

According to allegations in the indictments, McCune, Eubanks, Vanover, Buckhalter, Rogers and others recruited other players into the scheme by offering to submit or cause the submission of these false and fraudulent claims in exchange for kickbacks and bribes that ranged from a few thousand dollars to $10,000 or more per claim submitted. As part of the scheme, the defendants allegedly fabricated supporting documentation for the claims, including invoices, prescriptions and letters of medical necessity. After the claims were submitted, McCune and Buckhalter allegedly called the telephone number provided by the Plan and impersonated certain other players in order to check on the status of the false and fraudulent claims.

December 5, 2019

VIPD Announces Road Closures for 2019 Beauty & the Beast Triathlon

St. Croix, USVI – The 2019 Beauty & the Beast Triathlon will be held on Sunday, Dec 8. Parking will be prohibited along the entire triathlon route from 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Any vehicles parked on the triathlon route will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense, except vehicles legally bearing handicapped license plates or parking placards parked in marked handicapped parking spaces.

The following road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place for the event:

Christiansted – 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

King Street, Hospital Street, Queen Cross Street, King Cross Street, Church Street

Other Road Closures

East End Road from Christiansted to The Buccaneer Resort: 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

East End Road from The Buccaneer Resort to Southgate: 7:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. East End Road from Southgate to Great Pond Road: 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Great Pond Road (both directions): 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lowry Hill Road from Great Pond Road to Tide Village: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Watergut Street to Northside Road: 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Northside Road from Watergut to Golden Rock: 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Northside Road from Golden Rock to Five Corners: 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Northside Road from Five Corners to Salt River Road / Northshore Road: 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Salt River Road / Northshore Road to River Road: 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The Beast - River Road: 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Midland Road from River Road to Upper Love Road: 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Upper Love Road to Melvin Evans Highway: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Melvin Evans Highway (from the entrance to the Airport Industrial Park) to Queen Mary Highway: 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Queen Mary Highway from Hess Road to Southside Road: 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Southside Road / Southshore Road to Great Pond Road: 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Southshore Road / East End Road (East End Loop) to Southgate: 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Police officers will be stationed along the triathlon route at certain intersections. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians attempting to cross the triathlon route will be allowed to do so by officers in a safe manner when feasible, providing it will not interfere with or endanger the triathletes.

November 25, 2019

Rams vs. Ravens odds, line: Monday Night Football picks, predictions from advanced model on 92-63 run

Teams looking to surpass last year's success meet when the Los Angeles Rams host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The Rams (6-4), who won last year's NFC West title at 13-3 before eventually falling to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, are 10-3 at home since the start of last season. The Ravens (8-2), who won the AFC North crown at 10-6 a season ago, are 8-5 on the road since last September. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the Ravens are 2-0 against the Rams under coach John Harbaugh. Baltimore is favored by 3.5 in the latest Rams vs. Ravens odds, while the over-under is 47 after the total opened at 46.5. You'll want to see the latest NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before entering any Ravens vs. Rams picks.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception four years ago. It has nailed its recent top-rated NFL picks, entering Week 12 of the 2019 NFL schedule on a strong 30-20 run that dates back to last season. It's also on an incredible 92-63 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season, The model has also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch the past three years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 96 percent of CBS Sports office pool players during the 2018 season. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Rams vs. Ravens. We can tell you that the model is leaning over, and it also says one side of the spread hits in more than 50 percent of simulations. 

NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019

DC United Team to play on St. Croix

Sports tourism in the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive another kickoff when a Major League Soccer team arrives next week for an exhibition match.

Four-time championship team D.C. United will play Bermuda’s national team on Friday, November 15, at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex on St. Croix, the only FIFA-certified pro turf pitch in the Caribbean.

The exhibition game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., is part of D.C. United’s five-day post-season tour of the Territory being coordinated by the Office of the Governor; the Department of Tourism; the Department of Sports, Parks, and Recreation; the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association; and Events DC.

Tickets for the soccer game are $20 and will be available from Friday, November 8 at Le Baron Men’s Clothier in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center, Jane’s Bridal Boutique across from Plaza Extra West, and the One Love Service Station in La Grand Princesse on St. Croix. On St. Thomas, patrons can visit Urban Threadz for tickets.

Entrance is free for students accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Our new marketing strategy emphasizes sports tourism and St. Croix,” said Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, adding that the event will be “a major boost to the economy as the players, their families and season ticket holders explore the many attractions the ‘Big Island’ offers.”

“We are excited to have two professional soccer teams … join us here in St. Croix for their exhibition match. I truly feel this is a big step in the right direction for sports tourism and I’m looking forward to seeing our locals come out and enjoy the game,” said Commissioner of Sports, Parks and Recreation Calvert White.

On Friday, November 15, players will join the Office of the Governor at a Health and Fitness Expo at D.C. Canegata Recreation Center on St. Croix. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, November 16, the team and their families will explore the island on a guided tour before leaving the next day.

 

November 6th, 2019

Chargers owner Dean Spanos says London relocation report is B.S.

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Blood boiling, Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos strongly denied his team has any interest in relocating to London, addressing a report broaching the possibility Tuesday.

"It's total f---ing bulls---," Spanos said. "We're not going to London. We're not going anywhere. We're playing in Los Angeles. This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f---ing time. Period."

Spanos was responding to a story Monday by The Athletic, which reported the Chargers and the NFL could look at moving the team to London, partly because of concerns over the Los Angeles market.

The NFL issued a statement later Tuesday, saying there was "no substance" to the report.

"No consideration has been given to the Chargers playing anywhere other than Los Angeles at the new stadium in Hollywood Park next season and beyond," the league's statement said. "There have been no discussions of any kind between the NFL and the Chargers regarding moving to London. Both our office and the Chargers are entirely focused on the success of the team in Los Angeles."

Since the Chargers relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles three years ago, the team has experienced an uphill climb in building a fan base, with opposing fans regularly taking over the team's temporary home at Dignity Health Sports Complex, a 27,000-seat soccer stadium that serves as the home of Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy.

However, the Chargers believe they will have more success earning new fans in Los Angeles once the team moves into its new home of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, starting next year.

South Africa wins Rugby World Cup

NATIONALS BEAT ASTROS TO WIN MAIDEN WORLD SERIES TITLE

 The Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 in a winner-take-all Game Seven showdown on Wednesday to secure their maiden World Series title.

For the Nationals, who began playing in the nation's capital in 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved there and changed their name, the win put the finishing touches on a stunning turnaround after they began the season with a miserable 19-31 record.

It also marked the first time in any American professional sport where the road team went 7-0 in a best-of-seven games series.