News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the appalling conditions in which journalists are detained in Iran and calls on the authorities to stop denying them medical attention. June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa News January 21, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Iran must stop denying medical care to imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF is very concerned about the state of health of some of these detained journalists, and already wrote to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 14 March 2015 urging him to intercede.The victims include Hossien Ronaghi Malki, a citizen-journalist who has had several kidney operations. Originally arrested on 13 December 2010 and granted a medical parole on 18 June 2015 on bail of 1.4 billion toman (500,000 euros), he was recalled and reimprisoned yesterday to resume serving a 17-year sentence in defiance of medical advice. His life is now in danger.He should have been freed under article 134 of the Islamic criminal code (as amended in 2013), which stipulates that a defendant convicted on several criminal charges serves only the main sentence.Said Razavi Faghih, a journalist detained since 24 February 2014, should have been released on completing a one-year sentence in March 2015 but, at the end of a an unfair trial, he was given a new sentence of three and a half years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Assembly of Experts.After undergoing a heart operation on 12 January 2015, he awoke in a pool of blood on his hospital bed and demanded to be returned to his cell in Rajaishahr prison. His brother said: “We alerted the judicial authorities about his alarming state of health on several occasions and, if anything happens to him, we will regard it as murder.”Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and spokesperson for the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, was arrested on 5 May 2015 to serve a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison, where she is not getting the medical care she needs. Her husband Taghi Rahmani, a fellow journalist now living in exile in France, said: “She does not have regular access to medicine. This could endanger her health.”She is supposed to be tried again on various charges including “cooperating with Islamic State,” but the trial has been postponed three times since June. In October she was taken to a Tehran hospital, where she spent ten days handcuffed to a bed before being returned to prison against the advice of her doctors. She has not been allowed to contact her husband or children.Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, a citizen-journalist with dual Iranian and British citizenship who is serving a five-year sentence, has fainted several times in her cell in the women’s wing of Evin prison. After falling as a result of one of these fits on 7 December, she was taken to the prison infirmary where a doctor found her condition to be “normal” and injected with a tranquilizer. The next day she had convulsions and lost consciousness. A neurologist said her fainting was due to a “drug prescription error by the infirmary” and requested her transfer to a specialized hospital. Prison officials refused, presumably to cover up the prison’s mistakes.“We point out that under articles 102 and 103 of Iran’s prison regulations, adopted by the judicial body that oversees the prison system, prison officials must provide detainees with any medical care they need,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk.“And according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is party, depriving detainees of medical care constitutes a violation of the ban on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Follow the news on Iran Organisation News
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Chris Robinson Brotherhood have teamed up with (((folkYEAH!))) to present the third installment of Freaks for the Festival, a two day live music and camping event under the ancient redwoods and California coastal stars. The festival is set for April 21st and 22nd at the FernwoodCampgrounds in Big Sur, CA.The lineup includes four sets of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, David Nelson Band, Morgan Delt, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang, Farmer Dave & The Wizards of the West, and DJ sets by Ben Knight.This will be the first time ever the festival will be held in Big Sur, with the first two installments held in Pioneertown, CA. Only 333 tickets will be sold to the event to ensure it is an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience. Camping passes for the two day festival go on sale Friday January 19th, 2017 at High Noon PST. More information can be found here.
Porter Airlines is launching seasonal service to Burlington, Vermont, this winter, expanding its US network and adding a new destination for passengers looking to enjoy a season on the ski hills. With twice-weekly roundtrip flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport beginning on Dec. 15 until April 8, passengers can enjoy easy access to some of Vermont’s best skiing and a rich assortment of local attractions.”This is a great partnership that will boost tourism in Vermont and provide an economic boost to our ski areas,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.In a joint statement, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch said, “Porter Airlines, Ski Vermont, Governor Shumlin, the Burlington International Airport and Customs and Border Protection came together to introduce the people of Toronto to the best skiing and riding in the U.S.A. This announcement underscores the ‘international’ in Burlington International Airport, creating seasonal scheduled nonstop service between Toronto and Burlington. While it will offer a much-needed influx of visitors to the state this winter, especially needed following the devastating blow of Hurricane Irene, it will also give Vermonters an unprecedented opportunity to visit and do business in Toronto.” Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch wrote to Porter Airlines this summer inviting them to begin service between Toronto and Burlington. This fall, the lawmakers have worked with the airport and other stakeholders to help iron out details surrounding clearing international visitors at the airport. “Our new service to Vermont is a perfect complement to our current winter schedule already featuring prime destinations such as Mont Tremblant and Quebec City,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Burlington offers access to an incredible array of spectacular ski hills, and a vibrant community to explore.”The Burlington schedule includes weekly roundtrips on Thursdays and Sundays, with the exception of long weekends which offer Thursday and Monday roundtrip options. One-way fares start as low as $99, plus applicable fees and taxes.Special Porter ski packages from Stowe Mountain Resort, Jay Peak, Smugglers Notch and Sugarbush will be offered at the Ski, Snowboard & Travel show in Toronto, October 13-16, and at www.skivermont.com(link is external) in the coming week.About Porter Airlines Porter Airlines is Canada’s third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering speed, convenience and service as part of a premium travel experience. A refined journey begins on the ground with comfortable airport lounges and service-oriented team members. The experience continues seamlessly in the air with spacious interiors and well-appointed crew. Passengers enjoy complimentary services, including free in-flight wine, beer and premium snacks, all aboard modern aircraft.The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s,Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston(Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.Join VIPorter frequent flyer program to earn a free flight after as few as five one-way trips. www.flyporter.com(link is external) SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc. TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire
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Ghana’s Andre Ayew had a fantastic debut for Swansea as they picked up a point at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The player was the only one of Garry Monk’s new signings to be selected to start the Premier League season opener and impressed from the outset, even though he was being marked by his former Marseille team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta.Champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Oscar when, just minutes later, the Swans were level. Ayew showed his predatory instinct to slot home after Thibault Courtois made a stunning save to deny Bafetimbi Gomis.Gary Cahill blocked Ayew’s first effort but the Ghana star was on hand to fire home the rebound.Sadly for the Swans, they were back behind less than two minutes later as Willian scored a fortunate goal, which ballooned off Federico Fernandez and gave the hosts a 2-1 half time lead.The game finished 2-2 as Bafetimbi Gomis leveled through a penalty in the pulsating game. Courtois had a day to forget as he was sent off. The Belgian rushed out to close down Gomis as he chased Jonjo Shelvey’s lofted through ball. But after the French forward knocked it round Courtois, the Belgian keeper dangled his right leg out and tripped Gomis.He was dismissed as Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.Andre Ayew made the move from Marseille in a highly-publicized move that saw him become the Swans marquee signing. On the live Sky Sports coverage of the game, Theirry Henry praised Ayew for his predatory instinct, saying: “He is not a winger, he wants to get in the action.”He took the goal really well.” Swansea’s next game is against Newcastle on August 15.Starting XIsSwans: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis.Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Cork, Routledge, Eder.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao– ––Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
9:45 p.m. — Huge run. Michel.. @Flyguy2stackz finds open space for a HUGE gain.:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/AYenmEM1L7— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20199:41 p.m. — Interception! Gilmore plucks it out of the air. With that, New England is in full command. 9:27 p.m. — Los Angeles punts the ball back. There is 9:49 left on the clock.9:13 p.m. — The Rams force the Patriots to punt to start the fourth quarter.9:10 p.m. — End of third quarter.9:09 p.m. — Michel rushes to around midfield, breaking a few tackles in the process.9:03 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Rams. A 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein ties the game after Goff was sacked on third down. 3-3.9:02 p.m. — The Rams are moving the ball here. They almost had a touchdown throw to Brandin Cooks and now face third-and-7 at the 29.8:53 p.m. — Aaaaaaaand time for another punt, this time by the Patriots. Back and forth we go.8:47 p.m. — Nowhere for Goff to go with the ball. Eight straight punts by the Rams. The longest punt in Super Bowl history at least helps reverse field position.8:42 p.m. — Rams cornerback Marcus Peters breaks up a Brady pass on third-and-2 to force a punt.8:40 p.m. — Edelman makes a 27-yard catch. That’s the biggest play for either team tonight.Brady + @edelman11 connect AGAIN.This time for 27 yards. The longest play of the game so far.:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/TnjSZw0P8M— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20198:37 p.m. — The Rams punt, their drive falling apart following a promising start.8:34 p.m. — Patriots defender Patrick Chung appeared to suffer a serious arm injury while tackling Gurley.8:32 p.m. — Todd Gurley has had a couple of nice runs on this drive. The running lanes weren’t there in the first half.The 2nd half is underway! @TG3II on the move for a gain of 16 and a @RamsNFL first down!:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/CUOdv9Ub21— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20198:28 p.m. — The second half is underway. Los Angeles gets the ball first.8:19 p.m. — This Super Bowl commercial featured plenty of NFL legends.Super Bowl commercial debut. Such a blast! Thank you @NFL for letting me take part! #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/9ofERlbpyT— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 4, 20197:57 p.m. — Halftime.7:56 p.m. — Almost immediately the Rams are forced to punt. That’s six first-half punts.7:54 p.m. — New England goes for it on fourth-and-1 in field goal territory but does not convert.7:47 p.m. — Edelman is almost past 100 yards receiving in the first half. He’s at 93 right now on seven catches.7:42 p.m. — Goff is walloped behind the line on third-and-2, prompting another punt for LA. SN SHOP: Get Patriots SB championship gearWide receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP for his 141-yard effort.Sporting News provided live coverage of the action. Here’s how New England won Super Bowl 53:Super Bowl 53 results: Patriots vs. Rams score, highlightsPatriots: 13Rams: 3(All times Eastern)10:28 p.m. — Edelman has been named Super Bowl MVP. He was the one constant for New England’s offense throughout that win, continuously breaking free from a tough group of defensive backs. 6:34 p.m. — New England’s first play from scrimmage is a nice run by Sony Michel for a first down.6:33 p.m. — Kickoff.6:30 p.m. — Rams win the coin toss. They elect to kick first.Super Bowl 53 related links— As Super Bowl returns to Atlanta, family of 2000 homicide victim embraces tributes— For Tom Brady, retirement after Super Bowl 53 would preserve superhuman image— Revenge aside, former Patriot Brandin Cooks is key to a Rams Super Bowl win— Rams’ Andrew Whitworth is easiest player to root for in Super Bowl 53— Spygate revisited: How Patriots scandal, false Rams connections impact legacies— Love, hate and plenty of -gates: The many twists of the Patriots’ dynasty timeline— How much are Super Bowl halftime show performers paid?— Super Bowl halftime show history: List of best, worst performers all time— Super Bowl prop bets 2019: National anthem, halftime show, coin toss and more obscurities — How much do Super Bowl 53 commercials cost in 2019?— Super Bowl 53 ticket prices in 2019 as compared to past years— Super Bowl national anthem history: List of best, worst performers all time 9:40 p.m. — Now the Rams are clicking. Goff finds Robert Woods and LA is suddenly at the Patriots’ 29.9:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Michel pounds it in. 10-3, Patriots.. @Flyguy2stackz scores the first TD of @SuperBowl LIII! @Patriots up 10-3.:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/iEgjAq3TFw— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20199:32 p.m. — Brady to Gronk all the way to the 2. 10:04 p.m. — Final: Patriots 13, Rams 3.10:03 p.m. — No good. The Rams miss a 48-yard field goal attempt. This one is over.9:58 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Patriots. That kick juuuuust snuck inside the left upright. 13-3, Patriots.It’s good!:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/MJkDulefVX— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20199:56 p.m. — Rams stop the Patriots a smidge short on third-and-1.9:52 p.m. — Two-minute warning.9:48 p.m. — A first-down burst by Rex Burkhead might just seal this one. We’re at 2:30 remaining and the Rams have no timeouts. 7:36 p.m. — It’s New England’s turn to punt. There are about six minutes remaining in the first half.7:30 p.m. — Despite the benefit of a catch that maybe should not have been ruled a catch, the Rams are forced to punt for the fourth time.7:24 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Finally, we have points. Gostkowski is now 1 for 2 on field goal attempts. 3-0, Patriots.7:17 p.m. — The Rams offense is really struggling right now. Another drive stalls, and New England will now take over with decent field position as a result.7:12 p.m. — End of first quarter.7:11 p.m. — The Patriots punt it deep and pin the Rams inside the 10.7:09 p.m. — Immediately after the positive play, Brady is stripped in the pocket. New England falls on the loose ball and maintains possession.7:08 p.m. — Brady connects with Julian Edelman down the sideline for a big play.Tom Brady finds @edelman11 down the right side for a gain of 25! #EverythingWeGot:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/sElFhD86dV— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20197:03 p.m. — The Rams again pin New England inside the 20.6:52 p.m. — No good. Stephen Gostkowski misses a field goal attempt from 46 yards out.6:46 p.m. — LA is flagged for an illegal hit to move the chains for New England. Looked like a call that could have gone either way.6:42 p.m. — The Patriots get a stop and will take over again inside their own 20.6:37 p.m. — Interception! Brady is picked off and the Rams will get an opportunity to strike first. New England’s defense grabbed most of the attention in a 13-3 win over Los Angeles on Sunday night, holding the Rams to 260 yards in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history. Brady did not throw for a touchdown, and the defining moment came when Stephon Gilmore picked off Rams quarterback Jared Goff late in the fourth quarter.STEELE: Rams waste all-time defensive performanceBut with an NFL-record six championships now under his name, Brady’s legacy nonetheless grew. After throwing an early interception, the Hall of Fame-bound signal-caller settled in for an efficient, mistake-averse outing, finishing 21 of 35 passing for 262 yards.LIVE-STREAM NFL: fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)New England running back Sony Michel scored the lone touchdown of the contest, carrying it in from 2 yards out to give the Patriots a fourth-quarter edge. Super Bowl 53 did not belong to Tom Brady, but it may have cemented his status as the greatest quarterback of all time.HAISLOP: In sports math, Pats’ sixth is a big number
DES MOINES — Former Vice President Joe Biden today said if he’s elected president, he will build on what he called “the squeaky clean…environment” of the Obama White House and have a policy for his family’s work that’s different than President Trump’s.“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they’re a cabinet, will in fact have any a business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or to a foreign country,” Biden said.Biden’s comments came during a Sunday afternoon news conference in Iowa. His son’s attorney issued a public statement early Sunday morning saying Hunter Biden will resign from a Chinese company and will not take any foreign work if his father is elected president.President Trump’s request that Ukraine’s president initiate an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine is at the center of an impeachment inquiry. The former vice president, in speaking with reporters, said no news operation “of any consequence” that has examined the record has found he or his son did anything illegal.“What I’m not going to let you all do is take the focus off the problem,” Biden said as he started to rap the lectern with his knuckles to emphasize his points. “No one, no one has asserted my son did anything done. No one has asserted that I have done anything wrong except a lying president.”Five days ago, Biden for the first time called for Trump’s impeachment. Biden appeared Sunday afternoon at a forum sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Biden told the crowd of about 350 that it is a crime to ask a foreign power to interfere in a U.S. election.During an interview with Radio Iowa later Sunday afternoon, Biden said if he is elected, he will not follow President Ford’s example in pardoning Richard Nixon so Nixon was not prosecuted for his role in Watergate.“It wouldn’t unite the country,” Biden said. “You’d say: ‘Wait a minute. I get a parking ticket and I’ve got to pay it. This happens to me and I’ve got to go to jail. This guy does all these things that put us jeopardy and he gets off? I think this is of a different nature. And I think President Ford, God love him he’s a good guy, I knew him pretty well, I think if he had to do it over again he wouldn’t have done it…because he didn’t get re-elected.”According to Biden, Trump’s assertions about him and his son have had “no negative impact at all” on the Democratic presidential race.“Everybody knows he’s a liar — the president — I mean, for real,” Biden told Radio Iowa. “…I’m the reason he’s being impeached. He’s indicted himself by calling in foreign powers to try to impact the election.”A CBS News poll released Sunday found Biden and Elizabeth Warren were each the top choice of 22 percent of Iowa Democrats and Bernie Sanders was the top choice of 21 percent. Biden describes that as a “tie” among the three. The past four Democratic nominee for president all won the Iowa Caucuses, but Biden said he could win the party’s 2020 nomination without winning Iowa.“I’m going to win the Iowa Caucuses, but the answer is I could because this is a totally different circumstance now,” Biden told Radio Iowa. “You have, I don’t know how many candidates are going to be left, but you have somewhere between 10 and 20 and, you know, you’ve got to get a percentage of the vote in each caucus to count anything and I think we’ll do just fine and I think we’ll do extremely well in the following states as well.”Biden credited his lead among voters over the age of 50 to his history of campaigning in Iowa over the past three decades. Biden is expanding his Iowa campaign and by the end of this week will 70 paid staff here. Biden suggests there’s plenty of time to lay the groundwork for a Caucus Night victory.“You know, in Iowa it’s not over until the last person shows up,” Biden told Radio Iowa.
“Now we are working in groups of four. Avoiding contact; no tackling.”“Football is a contact sport. A player needs that,” Schmid said.“We’re already happy to be back on the pitch, on the ball, and having fun with a few team-mates on the field.“We’re ready to go! We’ve been training more intensely than we do in the pre-season. There have been a lot of sprints, a lot of changes of direction.“To avoid injuries that we are training harder. Maybe there will be less training and more games. As a player, I’d rather play lots as they do in England than train for five days!”– Giving it your all –If the Bundesliga resumes it will be behind closed doors, with players’ voices echoing around empty stadiums. It is not the way Schmid wanted to try to lead his club into a place in European competition next season.“I’ve never played behind closed doors. There’ll be something missing. With the stadium and the fans behind us, it’s tough for away teams to win at Freiburg. It’s always a plus,” said Schmid, who came up through the club’s youth system.“You have to be prepared for that and keep giving it your all.”There has been talk of Bundesliga players wearing masks on the field.“Walking around with a mask is uncomfortable. I wear one when we go shopping. It’s not comfortable to breathe. So playing football…,” he said, ending with a laugh.Like their Bundesliga counterparts at other clubs, Freiburg players have taken a pay cut.“The club asked us to lower our salaries to help groundstaff and office workers. We agreed. It was a good thing to do it compared to everything they do for us.“We wanted to give back something that would allow them to continue to live, because they also have families and rent to pay. It’s harder for them than it is for us. A little gesture does good.” Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fans Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fansParis, France | AFP | Freiburg midfielder Jonathan Schmid said he is “not at all” afraid to return to the pitch but acknowledges that a second wave of coronavirus infections would put paid to German football’s plans to complete its interrupted season.“Germany wants to finish their championship,” the 29-year-old Frenchman told AFP. “We’re training for that. We’ll be ready when it resumes.”The German Football League (DFL) wants to restart matches in empty stadiums from May 16, providing it gets the final green light from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. A decision is expected on Wednesday.Those plans were thrown into question on Monday when the league said its testing of players, coaches and backroom staff had produced 10 positive cases. Three are known to be from top-flight side Cologne.Germany has been less affected by the pandemic than other European countries, an outcome partly attributed to mass testing.Schmid said any signs that football’s return had produced a new surge in infections would halt the restart plans.“If there is a second wave and it affects some clubs, I think the season will be over,” said Schmid.“The clubs don’t want to risk everything. But it’s also important to get back on track for the economic survival of the clubs.”Despite having two children, Schmid said he was not worried about the possibility of infection.“No, not at all afraid. If we’re allowed to do it, then it’s safe,” said Schmid.“We get tested once a week. If I am positive, I will stay away from my children and my wife. That’s the advantage for us, we’re being followed.”Most German clubs resumed training on April 7 but put in place stringent social distancing measures.“At first it was weird. You arrive at the training area already changed and go straight home for a shower. We don’t have a lot of time to communicate either.“We don’t shake hands, we greet each other from a distance. It feels weird. The coaches don’t want us to get too close to each other.“But the most important thing is to get back on the pitch… with the ball, doing a few exercises and a fresh environment, it was a change compared to being at home!”The training is evolving. Share on: WhatsApp
GIRLS CITY LEAGUE CHAMPS—The Allderdice girls team celebrates their City League Championship as Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, presents them with the championship trophy, Feb. 25. Allderdice (21-3) beat Westinghouse (19-5) 49-46. See story and more photos on C5. (Photo by William McBride) by Malik Vincent New Pittsburgh Courier Recalling reigning All-City MVP Justin Dobbs’ sophomore year, another player who led his team in scoring all season long did so again in the City Championship game. Behind sophomore JaVaughn Moultrie’s 15 points, the Courier’s preseason favorite Allderdice (18-6) edged USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama), 56-49, for their third consecutive City title on Feb. 25 at Peabody.Jevaughn’s twin, DeVaughn, also chipped in seven points to help Allderdice push past a taleneted USO team.“We can’t stress enough the importance of playing great defense,” Allderdice coach Andre McDonald said. “We’ve always preached that to the kids in our program and it’s worked out tremendously for us.”As the league’s stingiest defense, the Dragons have given up a city-low 52.9 points per contest. They’ve maintained that title all of the last five seasons. So much so that during games, the students wear shirts with their team’s coined nickname, “Hawk D” on it, which also appears on their uniforms.“It’s really something that our entire student body, faculty, and team take great pride in,” McDonald added.Ishmael Swain was the city’s leading scorer in 2010 when the Dragons brought their first of three consecutive titles to Allderdice. But Dobbs led the pack with a game-high 17 points.The 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward leads the city in scoring, averaging 20.2 points a contest. He, and fellow senior and All-City first teamer Ben Mickens, have both received attention from Division-I programs.Mickens led the team with 14 rebounds and added 8 points for the Dragons.“Our seniors have been blessed with tremendous talent,” McDonald said. “If it wasn’t for the hard work, unselfishness, and pure dedication to this team, we would not be where we are today.”USO (16-6) was led by sophomore D.J. Porter, who shot 7-of-13 from the field and ended up with 15 points. Senior guard Dontae Forte added 10 for the Eagles. Their coach, Kevin Reid, was unreachable for comment.The success of the Allderdice basketball program, according to McDonald, is due to the undying support of the boosters’ organization always providing for the team, and to the students who always rally around them.“We have a great atmosphere for sports at Allderdice,” he said. “It’s no mistake that our football team appeared in its title game and that we’ve three-peated in ours. We have a tremendous following, a great support from our family and friends. That brings a great feeling to us as a team.”Allderdice will play in the PIAA Class AAAA first round March 10. USO advances to the PIAA play-in round and will take on the WPIAL’s third-place team.GIRLSA familiar face to the Lady Dragons’ success, Lanise Saunders led her team with a game-high 14 points to solidify a three-peat of their own.Syndnee Abernathy followed up with 12 points and senior guard Janay Bottoms added 10 points as Allderdice (21-3) pushed past Westinghouse, 49-46, on Feb 25 at Peabody.“I think both teams brought what they could and played their best,” Saunders said. “But (we) took it a step further and played like a family.”A 6-foot-2 post player, Saunders signed a National Letter of Intent with Division-II Gannon University earlier this year for a full athletic scholarship.“We got the win,” she said with pride. “But we don’t plan on stopping here. We plan to carry that exact same intensity into State competition.”Saunders carries a 4.2 GPA and has been the driving force behind the Dragons in their quest for a title. She added 11 rebounds to her point total and has become one of the main producers of the double-double in the city.Westinghouse (19-5) was led by Cassandra Flowers who had a team-high 10 points.Allderdice, which also defeated the Bulldogs in the final game last year, advances to the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament on March 9.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.)
Juan Mata’s emphatic finish and Frank Lampard’s penalty put Chelsea in command in the London derby.Mata, who scored their winner at Arsenal earlier in the season, put them ahead after only six minutes in the snow at Stamford Bridge.Believing Francis Coquelin had been fouled by Ramires in midfield, the Gunners switched off and Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the ball towards Mata, who controlled it beautifully before holding off Bacary Sagna and firing home.The opener came shortly after Olivier Giroud had missed a great chance for Arsenal, dragging a shot wide after being set up by Theo Walcott.Once in front, Chelsea – with Fernando Torres preferred to Demba Ba up front – took control and doubled their lead after Ramires was brought down by keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who escaped with a yellow card.Lampard tucked away the resulting spot-kick – his 195th goal for the Blues.Ramires might have made it three but blazed over after going past Kieran Gibbs.Torres also shot wastefully over in the final minute of the half.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar, Hazard, Mata; Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Terry, Ba, Bertrand, Ake.Click here for our Chelsea v Arsenal quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook