League Cup draw

first_imgManchester City kicked off their League Cup defence in style last night winning 7-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.The holders will welcome Newcastle in the fourth round, after the Tynesiders won 3-2 after extra-time at Crystal Palace.Chelsea got past Bolton 2-1, and will now go to League Two side Shrewsbury. Spurs 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest set up a home game with Brighton, who won 3-0 at Burton.West Brom’s 3-2 win over Hull means they’ll now go to Bournemouth.In the other games drawn last night, Liverpool will host Swansea, Stoke will go against Southampton, MK Dons will play Sheffield United, and it’ll be Fulham against Derby.last_img read more

Spirit Games is venue for athletes to compete, meet

first_imgThe effort was a win for Robbins’ teammate Jeremy Galindo, 30. “I just played the game for my uncle, who’s passed away,” he said. “That’s why I dressed in black. For him.” Participants ranged from youngsters to seniors, and the althetes’ disabilities did not dampen their enthusiasm or the support of throngs of spectators. “The carnage! The madness! The chaos!” yelled James Magdaleno, 22, as he cheered the South Bay team and his friend, player David Nelund, 20. Geyer’s tips for players: Have a good time, play as a team and ignore the scoreboard. NEWHALL – Karen Geyer gave some of the best basketball coaches in the country a run for their money Saturday in Newhall as she urged on her Special Olympics team. Despite her best efforts, Geyer’s team did not prevail in their game – but they couldn’t have cared less. “I just go out there to be myself. My team needs me and I was there for them,” said Larry Robbins, 32, whose team hails from the South Bay-Torrance area. “Basketball is my life.” Robbins was among more than 750 Special Olympics athletes from teams in Southern California who competed in a variety of sports at the annual Spirit Games held at venues throughout Santa Clarita. The opponents, from Kern County, proved gracious winners. Sean Gubrud, 22, who’s enrolled in a program for independent living, said humbly: “I did much better than the last game I had.” For many beyond school age, the games are their only social involvement with their peers. A beaming Ryland Callaway, 15, from Simi Valley, took first place in the long jump and earned a silver medal in the softball throw. He planned to compete in a 50-meter run after lunch. His brother Jordan Callaway, 17, helped train the track and field team. “I’m having fun!” Jordan Callaway said of his volunteer efforts. The Special Olympics attracts roughly 800,000 athletes nationwide and 2 million worldwide, said Chris Clark, regional director for the event. More than 200 local athletes competed Saturday in basketball, track and field, bocce, swimming and tennis events. Among about 900 volunteers was Jennifer Cohan, who studies nursing at College of the Canyons. The former high school swimmer swapped stories with athletes at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and reminded them to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. “When you could relate to the Olympians, they got excited,” she said. Organizers replaced the VIP tent with a health information center for athletes. They handed out free pedometers, which were a big hit with one competitor who was found to have high blood pressure. “He’s been back three times to show me his steps,” said Melanie Cross, clinical director for Special Olympics International. “The athletes are our VIPs. We want them to know that.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 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