Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico’s cartel heartland

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo provided by Prensa Club Dorados de Sinaloa, Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona walks through the airport in Culiacan, Mexico. Maradona, the soccer world’s poster child for the perils of substance abuse, is setting up camp to lead a team in the heart of Mexico’s drug cartel land. (Prensa Club Dorados de Sinaloa via AP, File)CULIACAN, Mexico — Diego Maradona, whose public battles with cocaine made him soccer’s poster child for the perils of substance abuse, is setting up camp in Mexico’s drug cartel heartland as the new coach of a second-tier team.Draped in official club gear, the Argentine soccer legend arrived this weekend in Culiacan, home turf of the Sinaloa Cartel, to take over the bottom-dwelling Dorados in what some describe as a publicity stunt for the team and a last-ditch effort to resurrect a career marred by drugs and antics.ADVERTISEMENT The gig marks a return to the country where Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals in soccer history during Argentina’s World Cup quarterfinal against England in 1986. Photos and TV replays showed Maradona’s hand helping the ball into the net. He attributed the assist to the “Hand of God.”The match 32 years ago exemplified Maradona’s theatrics both on and off the field. Some consider him to be the greatest player to have ever played the sport. But he is also prone to outlandish outbursts, profanity-laced tirades and public debauchery.Maradona struggled openly with drugs for more than a decade after FIFA briefly banned him for testing positive for cocaine in 1991. He again tested positive for drug use during the 1994 World Cup and was subsequently denied entry by the United States, leading him to seek drug rehabilitation treatment in Cuba. He was hospitalized in 2000 and again in ’04 for heart problems blamed on cocaine.The soccer great began coaching in 1994 with uneven results. He led the Argentine national team to the quarterfinals in the 2010 World Cup before notching stints with the Al Wasl and Al-Fujairah squads in the United Arab Emirates. He accepted a role as honorary president for the Belarus premier team Dinamo Brest in July before promptly departing for Argentina.But Maradona has gotten more attention recently for his behavior as a spectator at Argentine matches than as a coach. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Maradona launched his middle fingers into the air after Argentina bested Nigeria and was captured on video appearing seriously inebriated in the stands. At another match, he apparently pulled his eyes into slants while gazing at a South Korean soccer fan.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children PLAY LIST 01:30Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maradona, 57, is a big fish for a little-known team founded just 15 years ago. He will reportedly earn $150,000 a month to coach a team where players complain of missed paychecks. A Dorados club representative could not be reached to confirm or deny the salary or missed payments.Tom Marshall, who covers Mexican soccer for ESPN sports network, said the question floating among fans is whether the Maradona hire is part of a long-term plan to raise the prospects of the Dorados or an “ego trip” for the owners, the Tijuana branch of the politically connected Hank family which also owns casinos and horse racetracks?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Few expect Maradona to succeed in the post. Many anticipate an inevitable clash of personalities.“Is this kind of a joke?” Marshall wondered. “Is this making Mexican football look a bit ridiculous?” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img 2 players kneel for anthem, Kaepernick tweets to thank them Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Culiacan locals are hopeful that Maradona’s off-field tomfoolery won’t interfere with his ability to lead the Dorados.“We all make mistakes and we all deserve a second chance,” says Culiacan resident Jose Luis Morales.The northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa is an agro-business stronghold known for producing lots of beef, tomatoes and drug lords. By some estimates the drug trade accounts for 20 percent of Sinaloa’s gross domestic product. Drug money permeates throughout Mexico, but narco culture is more visible in places like its capital Culiacan, where residents flash bling and expensive watches.Sinaloa-raised Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman climbed to the cartel’s top through a combination of brutal repression of rivals and Robin Hood-like handouts to the poor. The Sinaloa Cartel, run by his sons while El Chapo faces trial in Brooklyn, dominates wholesale distribution of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in much of the U.S.“The Sinaloa Cartel will love Maradona. They are patriots. They really love their home state and this will raise the profile of Sinaloa,” said Mexico security specialist Alejandro Hope, who sees drugs and sports intersecting as much as drugs and music.But Sinaloa is now contested territory with Guzman in prison. The Sinaloa Cartel has fractured, with top lieutenants challenging the sons for power. And the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is waging war across Mexico, including in Sinaloa. “The whole system is destabilized,” says Vanda Felbab-Brown, an expert on Mexican organized crime with the Brookings Institution.Adding to the questions surrounding the Dorados, the Hank family’s Tijuana-based gambling operations have long drawn suspicion from U.S. officials. Law enforcement agencies often see gambling as an easy way to launder illegal money, and Tijuana is a major corridor for drug traffic to the United States.Yesenia Barraza, a 33-year-old soccer mom, hopes Culiacan can overcome the stereotype of being a drug hub. Moms like her are holding Maradona up to their children as a soccer star to emulate.“As a city we are known for negative things; now we will be known for sports,” she said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Taxi driver confesses to killing Guyana Goldfields employee

first_imgThe 28-year-old taxi driver who was arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of Neil Whyte has confessed to the heinous crime during interrogation by detectives.Murdered, Neil WhyteAfter his confession, the East La Penitence man led a team of Police ranks to a taxi base at Fifth Street, Alberttown Georgetown, where he handed over several items belonging to the late Neil Whyte, along with a knife suspected to be the murder weapon.A Police source close to the investigation told this publication that the motive for the murder was robbery. With the confession, Police are also now focusing their attention on the security guard, who might have intentionally let the suspect into the compound to carry out the robbery on Whyte, who had returned from the interior hours prior to his death.Investigators believe that Whyte might have put up a fight with his attacker, thus the marks on his hands. Meanwhile, the initial suspect, an ex-employee of the mining company, who was arrested at his Berbice home hours after the murder, was released from Police custody on Friday.Guyana Times was told that the Berbician and the late Neil Whyte had been friends, but on the Monday last, the young man indeed visited Georgetown, where he collected a friend at a popular beauty salon. Based on information received, after conducting business in the city, the young man drove back to Berbice.This was confirmed by CCTV footage collected from the Berbice Bridge Company, this publication was told. In addition, the man provided his receipt, which also vindicated his claims that he was at home at the time Whyte was murdered.The Police have stated that Whyte was found dead in his apartment at the Guyana Goldfields Inc headquarters between 22:22h and 23:45h. Based on all the evidence, the first suspect was granted bail, the source said. “The timing did not march up,” a source close to the investigation told Guyana Times.The initial suspect, who worked with Whyte at the mining company, was also in shock when he heard about the murder.When Guyana Times contacted a family member of Whyte’s, he explained that the taxi driver is a complete stranger, and it is in that context that the family believes the security guard may have had a hand in the murder.Meanwhile, the post mortem performed on the late Whyte’s body proved that he died from multiple stab wounds. Initially, it was reported that the man was stabbed at least seven times. Whyte’s body was handed over to his family in order to facilitate funeral preparations. He is expected to be cremated on Monday at the Le Repentir Crematorium.The nude and bloodied body of Neil Whyte was found on his bed on Monday evening last. At the time of the discovery, his hands and feet were bound, and several stab wounds were seen on his neck and other parts of his body.Prior to the discovery, the security guard for the apartment had told Police that Whyte escorted a friend into the apartment. He claimed the friend was seen shortly after, leaving the apartment with a haversack, claiming that he was going to collect an item. The guard also claimed that following protocol, he went to check on Whyte, and it was then the gruesome discovery was made. Whyte was expected to leave the country with his parents for Canada on Thursday evening last. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Armed bandits rob teacher, nurse

first_imgA headteacher and a nurse were recent victims of armed bandits operating in the desolate Tucber Park community in New Amsterdam, Berbice.Reports reaching this publication state that three men, each masked and carrying a handgun, attacked and robbed 51-year-old Moira Thomas, Head Teacher of the Zorg Primary School, as she was about to park her motor cycle in her yard at Tucber Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice.Thomas explained to this publication that she had left home at about 21:30h on Wednesday to purchase dinner. She returned shortly afterwards, and was in the process of mounting her motor cycle on its stand when she was held from behind and a cold piece of metal was placed against her neck.“They tell me not to scream, but I loose the bike and it fall, and I start to scream out of fright; and then I see is three of them, and the two in front of me had what appeared to be guns in their hands, so I calm myself down,” Thomas detailed.She said that by that time she had fallen to the ground, and began begging for her life while indicating that she would give the bandits whatever they wanted. But even before she had so said, the box of food was pulled from her hand. The men also took a pouch containing her driver’s licence and other documents for her motor cycle.“They just collect everything and run out the yard, and I get up and start running to go inside; but I had to turn back to turn off the bike and take out the key, because the house key and the bike key (are) on the same bunch,” she said.Thomas said she called the Police and informed them of what had transpired, even as she expressed fear that the bandits might return now that she was inside the house. She said she was told that a patrol was in the area.The woman said she also called one of her daughters and several friends, and related the incident as she waited for the Police to arrive.Police a no-showAt about 01:30h on Thursday, still in fright because she had not seen the Police, Thomas called a taxi, and when it arrived, she left her home and went to a relative’s home to sleep.“When the taxi come I peep outside, and then I run out the house and in the taxi with speed,” she detailed.She said that when she returned home at about 06:30h on Thursday, there were two officers in her yard. They said they were responding to a call. She said the officers told her that they were given the wrong direction.“They say that I was hysterical and so the direction (I gave them) was wrong. They lie! I know I give them the right direction to my house every time I call. What about my daughter? What about my friends? They were hysterical?” she questioned.Thomas has since filed a report of the Police action, or rather lack of action.On the evening prior to Thomas’s attack, three men — also carrying guns — held a nurse at gunpoint as she was walking home in Tucber Park, New Amsterdam. The men escaped with the woman’s cash, jewelry and a cellular phone.Significantly, that incident took place just outside of Thomas’s premises.Police say they are investigating both incidents.last_img read more

MP Bob Zimmer hosting town hall meeting on proposed firearm legislation Friday evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer will be hosting a town hall meeting in Charlie Lake on Friday evening.The meeting is being jointly hosted by the North Peace Rod & Gun Club and the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights.Among the topics of discussion slated for the meeting is the firearms legislation being proposed by federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.- Advertisement -On Friday morning, Zimmer spoke about his party’s opposition to Bill C-71 during an interview on Trev Talks on 100.1 Moose FM.Residents can also speak with the MP about other issues affecting the community.The meeting will be taking place at the North Peace Rod & Gun Club, located at 13300 Sunnyside Drive, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Supervisors OK Spierer contract

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Board of Supervisors approved an estimated $150,000 contract this week with retired sheriff’s Chief Robert Spierer, a candidate for Santa Clarita City Council, to review reports of child abuse and excessive force in the county’s youth lockups. Spierer will be paid an hourly rate, amounting to a maximum $150,000 a year for up to three years, under the terms of the contract unanimously approved Tuesday by Los Angeles County supervisors. The move comes at the recommendation of a federal monitor working to reform the Probation Department after complaints of abuse surfaced at youth probation camps and the higher security juvenile halls. Spierer, a former captain at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station, was rejected this year in his quest for an open seat on the City Council, then announced plans in March he would run in the April 2008 election.last_img read more

Capital FM in ‘Group of Death’ for StarTimes Media Challenge

first_img0Shares0000Capital FM team posing with former Nigeria and Arsenal great forward Kanu Nwanku after finishing third at the innuagural StarTimes Media Challenge on Saturday at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – The Capital FM football team has been drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ as they are set to face defending champions Radio Africa, Ghetto Radio and minnows ATG in the StarTimes Seven-a-side Media Challenge slated for Saturday at the Upper Hill School.Capital FM, who were seeded alongside Nation Media, Standard Media Group and Royal Media, will be out to maneuver the tough Pool D as they seek to make the amends after finishing third at the last inaugural edition held in 2016. Royal Media headlines Pool A where they will square it out with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Ebru and hosts StarTimes while Pool B is headed by Standard Media Group who will take on Mediamax, Homeboyz Radio and Lolwe Tv.Nation Media Group top Pool C, where they will be up against Kass, Qwetu Radio and Freelancers.Capital FM have been drawn against Radio Africa, Ghetto Radio and ATG Radui. Photo/SJAKThe Best Mix of Music team will be motivated entering this clash after overcoming all the odds to lift the Neymar Jr’s Five title last weekend to secure a trip to Brazil where they will represent Kenya in the global competition.“We are ready for the tournament, the last time this event was held we finished third, this time we are going for it. It is a tough Pool having faced Radio Africa several, Ghetto are a strong team and we will not underrate ATG ,” Capital FM Team Manager Duncan Kikata said.Last year, Radio Africa edged out 1-0 to clinch the inaugural StarTimes Media Challenge at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in Nairobi.In the third place play offs, Capital FM, the two-time Road to Anfield champions, pipped 442 Media 2-1 through post match penalties after settling for 1-1 during normal regulation time.Capital FM celebrating after beating Letshego 1-0 to write history as the first team to defend the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield title.During the last edition, Capital FM custodian Shaffie Soud was voted as the best goalkeeper for conceding the fewest goals by not letting in any goal during normal regulation time.Kass Media Group were picked as the most disciplined team as a consolation after being eliminated in the preliminary stages while Steve Ayoo of 442 Media was crowned as the top goal scorer by scoring six goals.Fifteen media teams and hosts StarTimes will duel for the ultimate glory and cash prizes on offer for top three finishers. Thursday morning draw served to whet appetites ahead of group stage kick-off as big wigs are set against one another, each with raw ambition for bragging rights.Winners of the tournament will walk home with a replica of the World Cup trophy as well as cash rewards and goodies from the sponsors. There will also be individual awards for the best defender, best goalkeeper, top scorer and overall Most Valuable Player.The Pay-TV company has partnered with the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya in organizing the event.Draw:Group A:  KBC, Ebru, Royal Media Services, StarTimesGroup B: Standard Media, Mediamax, Homeboyz, LolweGroup C: Nation Media Group, Kass FM, Qwetu Radio, FreelancersGroup D: Capital FM, Radio Africa, Ghetto Radio, ATG0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgHE is now an All-Star of the game, now Donegal star Neil McGee is relishing representing his country Down Under in the International Rules series.Neil may have been celebrating last night – but as part of Anthony Tohill’s travelling party, he is excited with the honour of playing for his country and playing with some of football’s greats.“It is a brilliant experience working with the likes of Anthony Tohill, Kieran McGeeney, Mick McGowan, the fitness trainer, Sean Og De Paor and Kevin O’Brien from Wicklow and playing with some of the best players in the country,” said Neil. “We have been training hard and putting in a lot of work over the last six weeks since we were brought together by Anthony Tohill.“Anthony did not hold any trials this year; he just called up a group of 34 players at first and he eventually whittled it down to 23, and thankfully I made the cut and I’m in the squad.“The emphasis in training is mainly on physical contact with a lot of concentration on the tackle. It is a big change from what I was doing with Donegal, but I must say I’m enjoying it.”McGEE EXCITED AS DONEGAL STARS FLY DOWN UNDER was last modified: October 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All StardonegalGAAneil mcgeeRules Serieslast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Opens MVC Tournament Against Valparaiso on Tuesday

first_imgDrake concluded the regular season with a hard-fought scoreless draw against the league champions, Missouri State, on Saturday night at the Cownie Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs had several good scoring opportunities, including one in the first overtime period, but couldn’t net the game winner. Bradley held off Drake for a 1-0 win on Sept. 30 in Peoria, Ill. The longtime rivals have met 41 times with the Bulldogs owning a 20-18-3 advantage, including three wins over the Braves last season. Central Arkansas defeated Drake, 3-1, on Sept. 26 in Conway, Ark. The Bears pulled closer in the all-time series which sits at 5-4-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. Print Friendly Version Drake (5-10-2, 2-4-2 MVC) is the No. 7 seed in the annual tournament while Valparaiso (8-8-1, 3-5-0 MVC) is the No. 6 seed. If the Bulldogs win on Tuesday, they will play the host school, No. 3 Bradley (10-7-2, 4-3-1 MVC), on Wednesday at 3 p.m., with the winner of Wednesday’s match advancing to Friday’s semifinal against No. 2 Central Arkansas (8-10-0, 5-3-0 MVC). Valparaiso rallied for a 3-2 victory over Drake in the first meeting between the schools on Sept. 16. The Crusaders, who are in their first season in the MVC, trailed 2-0 at halftime after Bulldogs goals by Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) and Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.). Valpo netted two goals in the second half, and then won midway through the second overtime with a golden goal by Jonas Engler. It is the first Crusaders’ win in the all-time series that Drake leads 2-1-1. PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University men’s soccer team plays Valparaiso on Tuesday in the play-in game of the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill. The match kicks at noon and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.last_img read more

49ers’ defense shows improvement, but issues remain

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery or video on your mobile device.WATCH: San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on loss to Arizona Cardinals. SANTA CLARA — Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals could not have started any worse for the 49ers’ defense. Already ahead by a touchdown, the 49ers did not get any type of pass rush on Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, who was able to step up into the pocket and launch a 75-yard touchdown pass to an open …last_img read more

US firm to build new power plants

first_img28 August 2007A consortium led by US power producer AES has been selected as the preferred bidder to build, own and operate two new power plants in South Africa, representing an investment of over R5-billion during the construction phase, a significant portion of which will constitute foreign direct investment in the country.In what has been seen as a decisive step towards involving the private sector in South Africa’s energy arena, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on Monday that the AES consortium was the preferred bidder to build two open cycle gas turbine peaking power plants, a 760MW plant in Durban and a 342MW plant in Port Elizabeth.The plants will contribute to state electricity company Eskom’s efforts to improve the reserve margin of SA’s power system, which has fallen in recent years due to strong economic growth in the country.To address the need for new generation capacity, the government has set a policy requiring that the private sector build 30% of the country’s new generating power through independent power plants.According to the Department of Minerals and Energy, the new peaking power generation projects in Durban and Port Elizabeth represent the first of these planned investments by the private sector, in addition to Eskom’s plans to invest R150-billion (US$21-billion) over the next five years.“The preferred bidder will finance, design, construct, own, operate and maintain the two new power plants, which are expected to be fully operational before the end of 2009,” Sonjica told journalists in Pretoria.At least 200 permanent and 6 000 temporary jobs are expected to be created during construction of the plants, which is set to begin at the end of the year, once the contract with the consortium has been finalised.The consortium includes three local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners: Tiso Energy, Mbane Power, and Kurisani Youth Development Trust, the investment arm of HIV/Aids awareness programme loveLife.“This is a great success for AES and our BEE partners in South Africa that will help reduce the country’s power supply challenge and support economic growth, while also promoting skills and knowledge transfer,” AES president of Europe and Africa John McLaren said in a statement.The Eastern Cape plant will be built in the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth, while the KwaZulu-Natal plant will be built at the Avon sub-station on the coast north of reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more