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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt might be USC’s worst-loss ever, something USC coach Pete Carroll probably never expected next to his name. How embarrassing was this loss? USC was a 39- to 41-point favorite all week, which means it’s officially the biggest upset by point spread in history, eclipsing Syracuse’s victory over Louisville last month when the Orangemen were 37.5-point underdogs. That means this debacle could arguably one of college football’s biggest upsets. “It just shows you it doesn’t matter,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “That’ s sports.” Uh, not quite. Sports is unpredictable. This was a joke. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER Winning masks a lot of things, including stubborn coaching decisions, but losses expose everything and no team this season got unmasked more than USC did on Saturday night. The No. 2-ranked Trojans became an answer to a trivia question and demonstrated the Reggie Bush-Matt Leinart era might officially be dead in the process, with an embarrassing 24-23 loss to Stanford before 85,125 at the Coliseum. Stanford (2-3, 1-3) did not just upset USC, it did it with a backup quarterback. And it snapped USC’s 35-game winning streak at the Coliseum. The last time USC lost was in 2001, also to Stanford. That might also be the last time the home crowd booed as much as it did Saturday. “Nobody comes in here and wins but us,” Stanford wide receiver Evan Moore said, in between chest bumps and dances on the field after the game. “A loss is a loss whether it’s at the Coliseum or on the moon,” USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson said. Jackson was right. But some serious questions must be asked in the wake of this loss. USC quarterback John David Booty threw four interceptions and the Trojans inexplicably insisted on passing late in the game. His third interception came with just 2:50 left in the game, with the Trojans nursing a 23-17 lead and he attempted to throw all three times after USC got a first down at its own 46-yard line. “We thought about running, but we hit some things with the passing game, like the long touchdown,” Carroll said, referring to a 47-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Johnson in the fourth quarter. But USC needed to run out the clock at the end. Then again, that illustrated another, a stubborn refusal to go with tailback Chauncey Washington, who averaged 3.3 yards a carry and got 23 carries for 75 yards. Freshman tailback Joe McKnight, who each week is supposed to play more, got two carries and disappeared. Even Hershel Dennis averaged 4.9 yards in just seven carries. Booty also threw with a cracked fingertip on his right middle finger, which he injured in the second quarter and he is questionable for next week’s game with Arizona. “I don’t know if I’ll play,” he said. Booty and rest of the Trojans were booed off the field at halftime and the end of the game. “That’s football,” Booty said. “Everybody here’s expectations are so high. Believe me on the inside I was booing too. “There were some balls that were just bad and other times there was pressure and then we were forcing things at the end.” It also did not help that wide receiver Patrick Turner dropped three passes. But let’s face it, Carroll’s also a defensive guru and the Trojans’ pass coverage once again disappeared when needed most. How does a team hope to win a national title when it allows Stanford to convert a fourth-and-20 pass play to set up the winning touchdown? The Cardinal did just that as reserve quarterback Tavita Pritchard calmly completed a pass to Richard Sherman at the USC 9. “Coach called a play but I couldn’t hear it because it was so loud,” Pritchard said. “Don’t tell him I said this, but I called my own play. I think it was similar if I heard him right. I saw the coverage I wanted and Sherm made a great play.” Pritchard then capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford, also on fourth down. “In my mind I really don’t accept it,” Carroll said. “I don’t know where to put it. Like the Texas loss and all the others, it will be on my shoulders. “To give up like this is such a shame. We made a ton of mistakes. Now we start over. We ain’t losing next week. We don’t ever have the mindset we’re losing.” But start over with what? Minus Stafon Johnson, who is injured, USC has no breakaway threat, or at least will not let McKnight become one. And Booty’s gotten worse the past two weeks. “I’m frustrated,” he said. All of the Trojans experienced their first loss at home, but that’s not as embarrassing as losing to Stanford without its quarterback. “I think it’s embarrassing to lose any game, especially at home, especially being USC,” safety Taylor Mays said. Said offensive guard Drew Radovich: “We’ve been winning here for so long it’s just a big shellshock to everybody.” Maybe the first quarter was a tipoff that things were not well. Booty had a tipped pass, Turner dropped two passes and punt returner Desmond Reed getting tackled in the open field by Stanford’s punter. “It was not about Stanford. It was about us,” Jackson said.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

Details of Garcia’s capture told

first_img But a combination of good fortune and good police work on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border led to the arrest of 29-year-old Armando Garcia, officials said Friday. At a morning news conference at Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley’s office, new details emerged about the arrest of Garcia, whose real name is Jorge Arroyo Garcia. The international manhunt ended about 12:30 p.m. Thursday in a suburban neighborhood in Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico when Garcia went from his uncle’s house straight into the waiting arms of agents from the Agencia Federal de Investigaciones (AFI). “They’ve been there for a week and lo and behold, he walked out,” said John Clark, chief inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service Los Angeles Regional Fugitive Task Force. “He was totally taken by surprise. He had no idea the surveillance team was there. He wasn’t armed.” Garcia is being held in federal prison in Mexico City pending court hearings on extradition to Los Angeles. Inspector Andres Jimenez of the Marshals Service Los Angeles Regional Fugitive Task Force said they got a lead that the uncle, Honorio Arroyo Rubio, was in communication with Garcia. A surveillance team made up of AFI agents from Mexico City went to Tonala and watched the house for several days, without knowing if Garcia was there. The agents were acting on information provided by the Fugitive Task Force, the Marshals Service’s Mexico City field office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office. March’s family expressed thanks to all those involved in the arrest, as well as the media. “It’s a pretty emotional day,” said March’s widow, Teri. “I probably spent four years imagining what this day would be.” Cooley said he will seek life in prison without the possibility of parole for Garcia. Staff Writer Christina Esparza contributed to this story. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 Photo Gallery02/24: Jorge Arroyo Garcia Captured AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – For nearly four years, the man wanted for fatally shooting Temple Station sheriff’s Deputy David March at a routine traffic stop in Irwindale eluded capture. For More Infolast_img read more

DD Motoring: Donegal trailblazer, Paddy the Gate

first_imgTop gear has the stig, America had the Indianapolis Motor Raceway track but none could keep up with Donegal’s “Paddy the Gate”.In 1944 an early morning fire broke out in Rodden’s thatched pub on upper Main Street in Letterkenny, which was where Dillon’s Hotel is now.Letterkenny Fire Brigade was called and arrived to fight the fire with a trailer drawn pump. They made down to a hydrant on the Main Street but still needed more water to fight the fire. The 17th batt of the Irish army was called in to help from Rockhill barracks. They assisted in getting more water from a well located in the backyard of what is now known as Blake’s Bar. Advertisement Derry City was called to assist and rushed to Letterkenny in record time. When the driver of the fire engine arrived in Letterkenny he disappeared into a nearby house and transport was organised for him to be sent back across the border before Derry’s Chief Fire Officer arrived at the scene in Letterkenny. The driver of the fire engine that night was Paddy Mc Monagle, better known as “Paddy The Gate” a native of Churchill and Letterkenny.Paddy the Gate was a fireman in Derry in the 40s and just happened to be in the station, but off duty on the morning of the call to Letterkenny. As the crew of the fire engine were getting ready the driver of the fire engine called to Paddy to “Come on Paddy! you’ll know the road to Letterkenny better than us!”Paddy stepped in behind the wheel and the crew set off for Letterkenny. Paddy was concerned that the man that should have drove the fire engine that night would be reprimanded by his Chief for having a man too many on the fire engine on the journey to Letterkenny so thought it was best that he would disappear when he made the record run to the town and get a lift back to Derry on his own steam.Thanks to the Fire Service Derry this week our motoring column retraced the journey that “Paddy the Gate” may have travelled to that call in 1944. Advertisement Before the Northland Rd. Station was built in the late 60s the Old Derry Station was on London Street near the Fountain where it still stands. We also located a photo of one of the Fire Engines used in Derry in the 40s and early 50s that may have been the tender that Paddy The Gate flew to Letterkenny to on the morning of the Fire.The Old Fire Station on London Street in Derry where the call to assist Letterkenny may well have come to in 1944.A Dennis WhippetThe whippet was a six-cylinder petrol powered American or Canadian imported chassis that would have had its coachbuilding done by specialists in Fire Engine coachbuilding, a company called Dennis in England.The Whippet six was a well-designed engine with full pressure lubrication and a seven-main-bearing crank. When the whippet six was first built it was taken to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it averaged 56.5 mph during a 24-hour endurance run, establishing a new American record for cars of that size.If this was the Fire Engine that Paddy the Gate made the dash across the border in it would have been a sight to see and a sound to hear from that big six-cylinder petrol power plant as it powered its way to Letterkenny. 55 MPH doesn’t sound like much now but that would have been amazing speed to see on the roads in 1944 as the picture shows the fire engines were completely open with the driver and his crew exposed to the elements.A Denis Whippet, possible the one Paddy The Gate drove from Derry to a Fire in Letterkenny in 1944 in record time.The crew would have to sit sideways either side of the big escape ladder and would have had no seat belts so would they would have had to hold on tight to the fire engine as Paddy the Gate powered his way from Derry through the country roads of Donegal until he arrived in Letterkenny. By the time the Chief Fire Officer arrived in Letterkenny that night he more than likely met one of his drivers Paddy the Gate as one of his fellow Letterkenny men smuggled Paddy back into Derry. This account of the night was given by both the late Jim Mc Glynn Station Officer in Letterkenny and Paddy The Gate in a project which the Donegal Council recorded some of the emergencies that Letterkenny Fire Service attended.A big thanks to the Harkin family in Glendowan who managed to locate a great photo of Paddy The Gate for our motoring column this week, looking a ringer for the Italian racing driver Enzo Ferrari, both of who wore dark sunglasses, sadly as many would remember in Letterkenny Paddy The Gate’s glasses were not for style but his special blue tinted glasses had to be worn at all time because of the damage that Paddy received when working with lime for farming.Enzo Ferrari not to be mistaking for Donegal’s Paddy the GatePaddy The Gate. (Paddy Mc Monagle) who set the roads alight when he drove the Derry Fire Engine to Lettereknny in 1944.The Fiat Ducato Van – The perfect business partnerThree times this week I was chiselled about Canon cameras from two different types of photographers. The ones like myself who try to make a living from photography and also from people who enjoy photography as a hobby. All of those who ask about Canon were Nikon owners. I seen the time the brand of camera that I shot with would have also have been very important to me as well, now all that bothers me about my camera is that batteries that power the motor drive and provide electric for the flash hold their charge and the camera card has enough room to capture the job that I am doing!Vans, in my opinion, are a bit like what cameras are to photographers! Which is the best one to have? And which offers the best value? When Ireland was booming and the breakfast bap was the Top of the Pops, certain brands of vans fitted the must-have slot.They say the good times are back but I don’t think they have got as far as Donegal yet!Anyone who is in business will well know what it is like in January even in a good year! Never mind these trying times. And it could be as easy to close the door for good as it is to stay in business.So as February flows in we tend to think we have survived another year so we look positively at what we have got and decide to give it another go. Well this was the vibe that I got recently when I test drove the Fiat Ducato high roof long wheelbase from Donaghey’s in Letterkenny.The Fiat Ducato we test drove this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe Fiat Ducato Long wheel base High Roof which we tested this week. Photo Brian McDaidMade to measureThe Fiat Ducato that we drove was the 2.3 130 BHP long wheel based high roof version. For the couple of days I had the van out I had more requests than enough to check out the space these vans had to offer. Tradesmen and delivery people weren’t happy to just look in to check the space in the back they had to get in and walk around them!This Ducato seemed to fit every measurement that they were subjected to from stepping into the van which you would do a million times if you were in the delivery business.A view of the spacious load space in the new Fiat Ducato high-roof long wheel base. Photo Brian McDaidThe other big plus was the headroom enable anyone no matter what their height is to stand up straight something that is not always possible for other high roof vans in this sector.The Fiat Ducato comes in a range of van sizes ranging from 4 different wheelbases, 5 different lengths and 3 different heights and is also available in truck form with single cab to twin cab and the van also comes in a crew cab versionCounting the penniesThere was a time when some commercial vans were sore on fuel and that was acceptable but in the times we live in now fuel consumption has to be considered very carefully for the survival of any business big or small. The Fiat Ducato we drove this week ticked all the right boxes on both the running coast and the purchase price of the van of this size.Our van was doing over 40mpg running about unloaded which would add up to a big difference at the end of a week or month if you needed to cover big miles. The prices of these vans is very competitive too starting around €18,000 plus VAT for the basic version. Add to this 200,000 KMs / 5 years warranty and 8 years anti-corrosion warranty and that’s worry free motoring.Easy to DriveFor a van this size you would imagine it would feel like a lorry to drive but its very civilised behind the wheel with the exception of the great big mirrors which are great to see everything from the bottom of the back wheel to the top of the high roof. Driving this van you would easily be mistaken it for driving a car, the controls and the quietness inside the cab are so comfortable.In summing up The Fiat Ducato as in all of the vans in the Fiat Range, the secret to success in these hard times in business is that they keeps their head below the parapet and simply get on with the job in hand and are making an excellent job in doing just that.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Donegal trailblazer, Paddy the Gate was last modified: February 14th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:1944brian mc daidDerrydonegalfiremenhistoryletterkennypaddy the gatelast_img read more