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A total of 171 United States Marines will provide support, starting this week, to the Security Forces of Guatemala, in an operation called Martillo, focusing on countering drug trafficking in Central America, reported an official source on Aug. 21. The Guatemalan Defense Minister, Ulises Anzueto, said operations will last two months and will aim to neutralize the drug gangs that smuggle drugs across the Guatemalan Pacific. “‘We try to counteract drug trafficking and provide the restraint needed for their entry into Guatemalan territory, and if they enter, bring them to a place where we can stop or disrupt their activities,” said Anzueto to the internet newspaper, Prensa Libre. The actions will cover six departments of southwestern Guatemala. Operation Martillo is an initiative of the U.S. government to combat drug trafficking, together with Central America and the Caribbean, and so far, it has only been implemented in Honduras. According to Anzueto, the joint operation will involve some two thousand Guatemalan soldiers. The Americans used the South Air Command in Retalhuleu, about 105 miles from the capital as a strategic point, but the Brigade Base Paratroops of Puerto San José (South) of Central Air Command, in the capital, will be added to the Task Force operation of Northwestern San Marcos (southwest), explained Anzueto. The drug traffickers began to use the south coast, especially since the sea is easy access. What they do is unload [the drugs] at sea, and then they use routes to move toward the border of Mexico’, reported the Guatemalan President, Otto Pérez last Monday. The presence of foreign military in Guatemalan territory, under the Constitution, can only be approved by the legislature, which has not happened so far. By Dialogo August 23, 2012
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Source: ESPN The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Brett Brown on Monday, sources tell ESPN.Brown’s dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval for the 76ers, whose senior leadership — including general manager Elton Brand — will begin exploring changes in the front office structure, sources said.The franchise’s plan is that Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, sources tell ESPN.Among the Sixers senior leadership, there’s still a strong desire to keep the franchise’s two young All-Stars — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons — together, sources said. The Sixers are determined to let a new coaching staff search for ways to maximize Embiid and Simmons together before even entering into a discussion on trade scenarios.Brand met with Brown on Sunday night in Orlando and conducted exit interviews with players before traveling back to Philadelphia on Monday morning after the Boston Celticscompleted a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference first-round series. This was the 76ers’ third straight playoff appearance under Brown, but the loss of Simmons in the seeding games to a knee injury and surgery was a significant blow to their playoff chances.Brown is still owed several million dollars on the remainder of his contract.The Sixers plan for a head coach will focus on LA Clippers assistant Ty Lue, sources said. Lue won a championship in 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach, and his ability to challenge and command the respect of high-level players makes him attractive to the Sixers — and others — in this job market.Another possible candidate the Sixers are expected to gauge interest in, sources said: Villanova’s two-time national championship coach, Jay Wright.The search is expected to expand beyond those two candidates, but Lue fits the profile of an extremely limited pool of candidates with championship, playoff and high-profile star coaching experience.Brown is well-respected figure inside and outside the organization and credited with shepherding the franchise through the darkness of The Process and eventually into Eastern Conference playoff contention. After seven seasons on the job, there was a sense that the organization had gone as far as it could with Brown — a decision that he privately expected his superiors to reach short of a deep playoff run, sources said.The Sixers reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2019, losing on a Game 7 buzzer-beater in overtime to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors.The 76ers made dramatic roster moves in the past two years — including acquiring and then moving All-Star Jimmy Butler to Miami — and have a payroll and luxury tax bill projected to be among the highest in league history for 2020-2021.
But that’s just where the trouble for Jerry’s boys started. Dallas’ team plane was deemed “not viable to fly” following the game, so the team was stranded in Philly for hours waiting to get home after the loss. Brutal.MORE: Jason Garrett explains pulling Amari CooperTwitter, ever timely, ever present, decided to rub some salt in Dallas’ wounds by letting the jokes fly in the wake of their big loss and subsequent travel issues.The Cowboys fall to 0-2 vs. jets in 2019. https://t.co/Vhr0l2piXk— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 23, 2019Nah that’s the Cowboys waiting around for an update on their plane. https://t.co/Gw0Ge1Cf14— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) December 23, 2019The functional plane wasn’t sidelined, it just wasn’t in the Cowboys’ rotation https://t.co/cxtvtF6e1v— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 23, 2019I think I’ve figured out this whole Cowboy charter plane chaos…the flight crew got word from the FAA that under no circumstances to allow any player of the offensive side of the ball on that plane…if they do..they’ll never ‘touch down’…— Greggo (@TCUWhiteTrash) December 23, 2019Dak Prescott: Loser.Skip Bayless: Loser.Orlando Scandrick: Loser.Jerry Jones: Loser.Whoever jammed up the Cowboys plane so they had to sit and stew in the belly of the Linc for 2 hours: Winner.— Sundiata Fox Pittman (@BewareTheFoxII) December 23, 2019That’s ok. Jerry Jones has delayed Jason Garrett’s departure for 5 years now🤷🏻♂️ One little plane malfunction should be cake— Matt Vallee (@mvall13) December 23, 2019Even their plane couldn’t touchdown— Joseph Mastriano (@JMastrianoJR) December 23, 2019Did they let Garret on?Now to check how many times this joke has already been made…— Gunther Porchman (@GuntherPorchman) December 23, 2019Are we sure there just isn’t a goal line painted in front of the buses?— Nittany Tar Heel (@NittanyTarHeel) December 23, 2019This is actually fitting because Dallas literally couldn’t break the plane today, just sayin— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) December 23, 2019 Uh … how ’bout them Cowboys?It was a rough Sunday night for Dallas. First, the Cowboys lost to the Eagles 17-9 in a game that could have clinched the (hapless) NFC East. Instead, the Cowboys’ hopes at a second consecutive division crown hangs in the balance with Week 17 games the deciding factor. Should the Eagles beat the Giants, the division is wrapped up for Philly. (Good luck with rooting for an upset).
The Borussia Moenchengladbach striker has scored four times in as many games since the Bundesliga resumed last month to reach double digits in his debut season in Germany.Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup winner and anti-racism activist Lilian, made a statement of his own in last Sunday’s 4-1 win over Union Berlin, kneeling and bowing his head after scoring the first of his two goals, in a gesture reminiscent of past protests by NFL players in the US against racism and police brutality.Gladbach return to action on Friday at Freiburg as they jostle with RB Leipzig and Leverkusen for Champions League qualification.Key stats86 – Bayern’s league goals this season. No team has ever scored as many times through 29 games of a Bundesliga campaign.17 – seconds Stefan Ilsanker was on the field before scoring against Werder Bremen. The Austria international struck twice in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory after coming on as a late substitute.308 – Bundesliga appearances made by Japan’s Makoto Hasebe, an Asian record he shares with South Korean great Cha Bum-kun.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayFreiburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1830)SaturdayRB Leipzig v Paderborn, Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim (all 1330), Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin (1630)SundayWerder Bremen v Wolfsburg (1130), Union Berlin v Schalke (1330), Augsburg v Cologne (1600)Share on: WhatsApp Jadon Sancho calls for justice following the death of George Floyd in the United StatesBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich face one of the final obstacles in their hunt for an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title this weekend as players in Germany contemplate staging collective protests following the death of George Floyd in the United States.The German FA said on Wednesday footballers including Jadon Sancho who paid tributes to Floyd during last week’s games would not be punished, with calls since growing from several Bayern players for further action.“Sport always was and is able to share the power, to try to show to the world we are a community and that we are strong together,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller, ahead of Saturday’s game with Bayer Leverkusen.“We have so many different people in the sport, it doesn’t matter the colour. Sports have the power to bring people together to speak with one tongue.”Joshua Kimmich revealed Bayern players have talked about using their platform to reinforce their stance against racism, while World Cup winner Jerome Boateng urged more famous white sportspeople to add their voices to the chorus of outrage over Floyd’s death.Floyd, a black American man, died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked several days of protests in US cities, some of which have turned violent amid accusations of further police brutality used against demonstrators.– ‘We can do much more’ –“Our voices carry, we have a platform and we touch many people,” Boateng, whose father is from Ghana, told Deutsche Welle radio.“All white sportspeople who don’t speak out are obviously not racists, but of course it is desirable that they also use their notoriety for this cause. Many do it, but I think we can do much more.”With five games remaining Bayern hold a seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, whose players took a knee during Thursday’s training session in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said he “stood 100 percent behind” Sancho’s call for justice although a number of players including the England winger courted controversy after they were pictured without masks alongside a hairdresser.At the other end of the table, Werder Bremen have slipped back deep into relegation trouble after a 3-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday greatly complicated the task of maintaining their top-flight status.The loss was all the more disappointing for the four-time champions after a 1-0 win at Freiburg on May 23 had given them hope. Werder are now three points from safety and need a positive result at home against Wolfsburg on Sunday.“That was a setback but definitely not a knockout,” Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt said after the Eintracht defeat. “It has become harder but it’s not impossible. We all knew that it would be hard, but we’re going to give it a go.”One to watch: Marcus Thuram
Submitted by Thurston County Enjoy a fun and free tour of north Thurston County on Saturday, May 16 where water quality experts will help you see your neighborhood through the lens of a drinking water glass.The “Dive into Your Neighborhood Tour” will depart aboard a luxury tour bus at 10 a.m. and will include free local food, a scenic tour of spots where you can witness water quality issues in action, plus lots of tips and information about how you can help protect the quality of the water in Puget Sound, in our lakes and streams, and in your very own home.The free “Dive into Your Neighborhood Tour” is hosted by Clear Choices for Clean Water, a partnership between Thurston Conservation District and Thurston County Environmental Health. Residents who live in the Henderson or Nisqually Shellfish Protection Districts are encouraged to register for the tour. Residents who live outside the shellfish protection districts will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified a few days in advance if space is available. All interested residents are encouraged to register as early as possible. To register for the tour and to find out if you live within one of the shellfish protection districts, visit www.thurstoncd.com/clearchoices or call Melissa Sanchez at (360) 754-3588 x105.The tour will begin with refreshments and check-in at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services building at 412 Lilly Road NE in Olympia. After a presentation on the underground mysteries of septic tanks, the tour will visit several locations in the Henderson and Nisqually Watersheds to understand where our water comes from, where it goes, and how our everyday choices affect the health of the water and the ecosystems it supports. The tour will end with local beverages, free shellfish tasting, music and more! Tour participants will also get to take home free native plants, fertilizers, compost, and other items to help protect water quality for all of us.Not able to join the tour? Henderson and Nisqually Watershed District residents can still learn about local water quality, get tips, tricks and tools to help you protect water quality, and sign up for the Clear Choices for Clean Water rewards booklet with coupons and discounts worth more than $300. Just visit www.thurstoncd.com/clearchoices for more. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler68128618%38%$553,654 Vladimir Cerin3593526%49%$312,499 Martin Garcia991691016%35%$914,339 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s main track was sealed after Saturday’s last race, and an inch and one-fifth of rain had hit as of 7:30 Sunday morning, according to Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, but by 8 o’clock the sun was out in all its glory, reproducing the picturesque setting with the San Gabriel Mountains as its backdrop familiar to fans worldwide . . .Happy birthday to Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. A native of Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens puts up number 53 today…The $75,000 Aboretum Stakes scheduled to be run today at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, was not drawn when rain was forecast for this weekend. The race for older fillies and mares will be run Friday, March 18, as Arboretum II. All original nominations will automatically be honored, but new nominations also will be accepted . . . Santa Anita is dark Monday through Wednesday. Racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. with free Grandstand admission and free general parking . . . First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon. On-track fans will receive a free (with paid admission) Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino . . . On Saturday, March 19, Santa Anita presents the biggest Michelada Contest in Southern California, featuring live horse racing, live music, a car exhibition and an art show in its spacious Infield. For further information, visit www.micheladarumble.com . . . Through 42 racing days, favorites at Santa Anita were winning at a 36.94 percent clip, 133 out of 360. The average on dirt was higher, 39.47 (105 of 266), but lower on turf, 29.79 (28 of 94) . . . Talk about living on the rail: Johns Journey, a five-year-old gelding trained by Paul Aguirre that was scratched from today’s second race, had the No. one post position in nine of his last 12 races, the last three in a row and six times in his last seven races, never winning from the one hole in any of them. He had drawn post position five today. Jose Verenzuela3131310%23%$106,545 EFFINEX HIGHWEIGHT FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPSONGBIRD ‘PERFECT’ AFTER SANTA YSABEL ROMPBAFFERT SEEKS FIFTH WIN IN GRADE II SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM YES, OBVIOUSLY NO FOR KILROEDAUGHTER TRIES TO EMULATE DAD IN SAN CARLOS Joseph Talamo18120202211%34%$1,054,654 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 Fernando Perez1391115198%32%$659,499 Gary Stevens51116722%47%$1,148,603 Jeff Bonde3172523%45%$172,420 George Papaprodromou4073618%40%$214,235 Doug O’Neill14522212115%44%$1,169,138 Rafael Bejarano20447382123%52%$2,009,122 Santiago Gonzalez21941292519%43%$1,584,933 Mike Smith74971312%39%$1,052,510 Flavien Prat19634332917%49%$2,041,926 Agapito Delgadillo78118714%33%$305,817 BAFFERT EYES FIFTH SAN FELIPE WIN ON SATURDAY Bob Baffert will seek his fifth win in the San Felipe Stakes next Saturday when he sends out likely favorite Mor Spirit and stablemate Cupid in the Grade II, $400,000 race for Triple Crown aspirants at 1 1/16 miles.Baffert won last year with Dortmund; in 2009 with Pioneerof the Nile; 2005 with Consolidator, in 2001 with Horse of the Year Point Given; and in 1999 with Prime Timber.Probable for the San Felipe: Cupid, Martin Garcia; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez.MIDNIGHT STORM SET FOR GRADE I KILROEIf trainer Phil D’Amato wins the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf Saturday, it will be with Midnight Storm and not the speedy Obviously.“The horse is fine,” D’Amato said of Obviously, a committed front runner who missed by a neck as the 9-10 favorite in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes Feb. 13.“But I like to space his races and give him only five or six a year to keep him fresh. I will be running Midnight Storm, however.”A son of Pioneerof the Nile, Midnight Storm captured the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar’s turf course Nov. 27 under Victor Espinoza, who retains the mount for the Kilroe.Probable for the Kilroe: Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; Bolo, Mike Smith; De Treville, no rider; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Ocho Ocho Ocho, no rider; Om, Gary Stevens; and What a View, Kent Desormeaux. Edwin Maldonado13625131518%39%$873,205 Mark Glatt7098313%29%$389,605 LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER IN SAN CARLOS?Karen Headley will try to emulate her father, Bruce, when she sends out San Onofre in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs.Bruce, who was 82 on Feb. 14, won the San Carlos five times, with Surf Cat (2008 and 2006), champion Kona Gold (2001), Son Of a Pistol (2000), and Softshoe Sure Shot (1995).Karen will attempt to win with San Onofre, a 6-year-old California-bred son of Surf Cat owned by Karen’s mother and Bruce’s wife, Aase, who campaigns as Matson Racing.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, meanwhile, will seek to win the San Carlos for the fourth consecutive year, either with Wild Dude or Outside Nashville. He won with Wild Dude last year and Sahara Sky in 2014 and 2013.Probable for the San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Mystery Train, no rider; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia; Salutos Amigos, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; and Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano.Trainer Phil D’Amato said Clockers’ Corner winner Coastline could start in either the San Carlos or the Kilroe. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato10221171821%55%$1,133,070 Alonso Quinonez634846%25%$206,840 Tyler Baze20420313010%40%$1,093,021 David Lopez1242091716%37%$612,416 (Current Through Saturday, March 5) Kristin Mulhall3876218%39%$307,505 Drayden Van Dyke11813131511%35%$745,224 EFFINEX GALLOPS AS HE PREPARES FOR BIG ‘CAP East Coast invader Effinex, the probable favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, was assigned highweight of 123 pounds for the Grade I classic at a mile and a quarter and is expected to have his first and only breeze over the track Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting.“He galloped this morning,” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, who trains the five-year-old Mineshaft horse for the Tri-Bone Stables. “He’ll probably work a half mile Tuesday or Wednesday. Being highweight is no surprise. We figured he would be.”Effinex has not raced since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27. He had been working at Palm Meadows in Florida before arriving at Santa Anita early Thursday evening.The New York-bred horse was second to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 prior to his victory in the Clark. He has earned $2,112,950 thanks to a 7-2-3 record from 20 lifetime starts.Probable for the Big ‘Cap: Effinex, Mike Smith, 123; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 120; Hard Aces, no rider, 118; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 117; General A Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 115; and Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 114.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Bob Baffert8117121221%51%$1,269,915 Richard Baltas8715121317%46%$1,023,644 Patrick Gallagher3063520%47%$468,713 Peter Miller1001291212%33%$492,380 Brice Blanc474579%34%$452,580 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton7412201116%58%$766,022 Kent Desormeaux8812211614%56%$1,027,285 Alex Solis2030415%35%$219,423 Steven Miyadi51911818%55%$305,849 Jerry Hollendorfer10516101515%39%$1,063,556 Abel Lezcano5872412%22%$293,654 SONGBIRD: ‘PERFECT’ IS AS PERFECT DOESSongbird, perfect in six races after her front-running, 3 ¾-length victory in the GradeIII Santa Ysabel Stakes Saturday, was fittingly “perfect” Sunday morning.That was the succinct description offered by her trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer. Now it’s on to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 9 for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who has won her six career starts by a combined margin of more than 32 lengths, an average of slightly over five lengths per victory.Just call her American Pharoah in a skirt.“What a beast she is,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who has saddled Land Over Sea to finish second to the undefeated Eclipse Award champion five straight times, including Saturday’s Santa Ysabel, in which she was 3 ¾ lengths behind, the closest any horse has ever been to Songbird at the end of a race.“Running second to her shows how good our filly is, too,” O’Neill said. “Songbird was definitely geared down, but Mario (Gutierrez) said our filly was geared down, too.“It was a super race by Songbird, but we’re super-proud of Land Over Sea, too.”After five consecutive losses to Songbird, O’Neill said Land Over Sea would head eastfor her next race on March 26 in the Fair Grounds Oaks, a Grade II test at 1 1/16 miles offering a $400,000 purse.Songbird, meanwhile, will remain at home for the Santa Anita Oaks, a race TeamHollendorfer hopes will lead to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 6. Clifford Sise, Jr.1854128%56%$196,540 Tiago Pereira8331064%23%$258,489 Mario Gutierrez15419282112%44%$1,165,894 Carla Gaines3972218%28%$468,360 Brayan Pena553395%27%$125,345 Jeff Mullins2566024%48%$174,234 Mike Puype60611410%35%$308,435 Steve Knapp2751319%33%$153,830 Ron Ellis2352322%43%$166,650 J. Keith Desormeaux3665817%53%$241,414 Michael Machowsky3155316%42%$223,041 Hector Palma3353515%39%$138,127 Victor Espinoza6389613%37%$685,080