Riding the wave

first_img(FILE) PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netNico Elorde’s career performance against TNT KaTropa guard Jayson Castro and Jeric Teng’s return to the PBA weren’t the only feel-good stories for GlobalPort on Wednesday night.GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio feels his team is playing their best basketball at a critical time in the Philippine Cup, where the playoff race is headed for a down-the-wire finish.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:38Akyat-bahay na nanloob sa mga kapitbahay ni San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora sa Greenhills, arestado na01:24Martha Stewart shops for jewelry in San Juan mall02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, the league approved on Thursday the revised trade involving Rain or Shine and TNT, which sent guard Kris Rosales, rookie Sidney Onwubere and a first-round pick in exchange for guard Jericho Cruz.The Texters added Rosales to the deal, paving the way for the approval of the swap by commissioner Willie Marcial.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Magnolia is coming off a 101-95 loss to Rain or Shine in a road game in Calasiao, Pangasinan province, last Saturday. The Hotshots are looking to avoid a third straight loss, even as top gunner Paul Lee remains doubtful due to a high ankle sprain.In contrast, GlobalPort whipped up an early storm to extend TNT’s woes with a 99-84 win and climb up to seventh in the standings with a 4-4 slate.Elorde sparkled with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while being matched up with Castro in the game.“I’m just glad to repay the trust coach has shown to me,” Elorde said. “More importantly, we need to stay consistent if we want to make the playoffs.”Signed by GlobalPort just a day before the game, Teng made the most out of his 10-minute stint on the floor with nine points on three triples as he reunited with Jarencio, who coached him at the University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The Batang Pier try to sustain their momentum when they clash with second-ranked Magnolia on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to continue playing the way we did (against TNT) and not worry about other results,” Jarencio said. “We have to stay aggressive. The players want to make the playoffs and I feel this is our best chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBlackwater faces Kia in the curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. with the Elite gunning for a share of the ninth spot with the Texters. With just two games separating the fourth to 10th ranked teams, Blackwater, with a 3-5 record, is hard-pressed to win its remaining three games to stand a chance of making the quarterfinals.The Picanto, with only one win to show from their first eight games, will kiss their quarterfinal hopes goodbye with another loss. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Real ‘battle’ happens on POC General Assembly, not on Feb. 23 polls UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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The APNU/AFC coalition Government destroyed Guyana in 4 years

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to clarify and compare several issues that were misrepresented by Freddie Kissoon in his article “APNU/AFC has done more in 4 years than the PPP in 15 years”. The PPP Government was able to demonstrate more social cohesiveness among Guyanese and ensure that the resources were spread equally among all Guyanese. Many persons will ask for justification on that.The most evident example is the numerous house lots that were distributed in the various housing schemes to persons despite their political affiliations or their racial background. The present Government, for the last four years, gave houses to a majority of their supporters. The records will unveil the evidence.The APNU/AFC Government destroyed the trust of racial unity since a section of the Indian population trusted the coalition and voted in 2015 to bridge the gap of racial unity but unfortunately, Granger and his Government destroyed that trust which was given to the APNU/AFC coalition Government.This four years of governance by the APNU/AFC coalition Government is the worst period ever in the history of Guyana. In every sector, there is a constant pattern of decline that is definitely impacting negatively on Guyanese eg corruption, crime, social cohesion, construction, communities, businesses, governance etc.The corruption level has risen to uncontrolled heights. Senior Government officials are now demanding kickbacks even before the contracts are even awarded to contractors, bids are being overpriced to accommodate these huge amounts of kickbacks and what is even more disgusting is that from the top level to the bottom level, there is evidence of corruption.The APNU/AFC coalition Government in four years, destroyed the lives of 30,000 workers who lost their jobs, these were the victims of the coalition governance who voted for a better future but only the Ministers are benefiting from the good life.The destruction that is being done to Guyana by this Government will be a herculean task for the PPP/C to fix.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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Linden teen found guilty of simple larceny – fined $50,000

first_imgA Linden teen who was found guilty of a simple larceny offence was fined ,000 by Magistrate Clive Nurse when he made an appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.The defendant, 18-year-old Miguel Andrews, had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between December 30 and December 31, 2015, he stole a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $40,000 and an amplifier valued $85,000.The incident allegedly occurred at 139 Lower Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden.  The items, valued a total of $125,000, are the property of Nial Loimer. Andrews was previously granted bail in the sum of $40,000 by the presiding Magistrate.However, when the case was called on September 14, Magistrate Nurse indicated that the prosecution had established sufficient evidence to prove its case against the defendant. He also noted several inconsistencies regarding the defendant’s evidence which he presented to the court.  Asked by Magistrate Nurse to present a reason why the court should be lenient with him, the defendant again denied committing the act, while noting that he has a wife, children and his mother to support. A probation report on the defendant was ordered by Magistrate Nurse, and it was presented on Wednesday.The defendant was ordered to pay the $50,000 fine or face six months imprisonment if in default.last_img read more

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Ex-official seeks $12M from city

first_imgAfter Lopez was hired in November 2001, he often was criticized by Siccama and his community group, Montebello Citizens for Open Government. Siccama often claimed Lopez had too many ties to Los Angeles-based developer TELACU. When Siccama won a council seat in the November 2005 election, he joined Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell in a new three-vote majority that immediately called for performance evaluations of all department heads. At the time of Lopez’s resignation, Siccama told this newspaper that he thought the director had focused too much on senior housing projects that provide relatively little tax revenue. He also questioned millions of dollars in forgivable loans Lopez had recommended for council approval, including some for TELACU. Councilwoman Rosie Vas- quez said she was not surprised that Lopez was seeking damages “after the way he was treated by the majority.” Vasquez, along with Councilman Bill Molinari, had voted against replacing Lopez. “\ thinks they’re above the law, but \ is just following his legal right,” Vasquez said. “It’s heartbreaking to see this action taken against the city. We’re not in any way, shape or form financially ready for any kind of a lawsuit of this size. It’s a lot of money.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Ruben Lopez, Montebello’s former community development director, is seeking $12 million from the city in damages, saying city officials ruined his reputation by making negative comments about his performance when he was forced to resign in August. Lopez had agreed to leave in return for a severance package and a stipulation that his job performance would not be discussed publicly. In a claim form submitted last Friday, Lopez alleges that disparaging remarks made by certain council members and staff to the press have caused harm that is “continuous and ongoing.” As a result, Lopez has had difficulty acquiring another full-time position since he left, said his attorney, Arnold Alvarez-Glasman. Alvarez-Glasman is a former Montebello city attorney who was terminated by the city earlier. Alvarez-Glasman said if the city denies the claims, he and his client intend to pursue a lawsuit for the damages. “Damage to someone’s professional reputation is significant and can cause serious problems,” Alvarez-Glasman said. “\ is intended to send a message. The council can’t conduct themselves like they have.” Councilman Jeff Siccama declined to comment on the case Wednesday. Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid could not be reached for comment. Alvarez-Glasman blamed Lopez- Reid for saying the city wanted someone with a “different vision.” “Unfortunately, the mayor especially has not been cognizant of the fact that she breached her contractual obligation,” he said. last_img read more

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Bush calls Dems ‘irresponsible’ on war funds strings

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Bush denounced “irresponsible” Democrats on Tuesday for going on spring break without approving money for the Iraq War with no strings. With Congress out of town, Bush tried to take the upper hand over Democrats who are making increasing forays into foreign policy as his term dwindles and his approval ratings remain low. Democrats, buoyed by recent Republican defections from Bush on Iraq, shot back that they are the ones pursuing effective solutions overseas in response to a national desire for change from his approach. “We are not going to allow the president to continue a failed policy in Iraq. We represent the American people’s vision on this failed war,” Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said at a ceremony for a new Nevada National Guard armory near Las Vegas. “We have said time and time again the troops will have everything they need.” Speaking a day before he heads out of town for six days for events in the West and an Easter break at his ranch, the president said Democrats are failing their responsibility to the troops and the nation’s security by leaving for their own recess after passing bills to fund the war that contain timelines for American withdrawal. Given his promised veto of anything containing a deadline – and the likelihood that his veto would be sustained on Capitol Hill – Bush said Democrats are merely engaging in games that “undercut the troops.” “Democrat leaders in Congress seem more interested in fighting political battles in Washington than in providing our troops what they need to fight the battles in Iraq,” Bush said. “In a time of war, it’s irresponsible for the Democrat leadership – Democratic leadership in Congress to delay for months on end while our troops in combat are waiting for the funds.” Nearly two months ago, Bush asked for more than $100 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year. Congress has approved the money, but the Senate added a provision also calling for most U.S. combat troops to be out of Iraq by March 31, 2008. The House version demands a September 2008 withdrawal. These bills still must be reconciled before legislation can be sent to the president. “They need to come off their vacation, get a bill to my desk, and if it’s got strings and mandates and withdrawals and pork I’ll veto it,” the president said. “And then we can get down to the business of getting this thing done.” Not so fast, Democrats responded. “Americans want compromise, not a cowboy-style showdown,” said House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. Fresh from a briefing by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president sought to put pressure on Democrats by detailing ways that delaying the money could harm troops and their families. After the current $70 billion war appropriation runs out in mid-April, Bush said, the military would have to consider cutting back on equipment, repairs and training for National Guard and reserve forces. After mid-May, he said, more steps would be considered, such as delaying or curtailing the training of some active duty forces. Despite Bush’s warnings, dire consequences can be avoided even after the money starts to run out. It has become routine in recent years for Pentagon accountants to move money around in the department’s half-trillion-dollar budget to make sure operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not disrupted. The money is repaid, usually with minimal disruption, when the president signs a new war spending bill. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, Bush and Congress have about three months to resolve their standoff before Iraq operations would actually be affected. Democrats told Bush to stop blaming them for being the ones to keep money from soldiers, and to start negotiating. “If President Bush vetoes funding for the troops, he will be the one who is blocking funding for the troops. Nobody else,” said presidential candidate John Edwards. 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

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‘Don’t send me to Bahrain’: refugee footballer pleads in Bangkok

first_imgAraibi was convicted in absentia on charges of vandalising a police station in Bahrain, but says he was out of the country playing in a match at the time of the alleged offence.The player has said he believes he is being targeted over his criticism of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling family.Araibi was stopped at Bahrain’s request at a Bangkok airport in November when he arrived in Thailand for his honeymoon. He has been held in detention since then as Thai courts decide whether to send him back to the Gulf state. “Please don’t send me to Bahrain,” he pleaded as he arrived at the court where former Australian football captain Craig Foster and other campaigners were on hand to lend support to the embattled player. “Your wife sends her love! Hakeem, Australia is with you, mate,” Foster shouted.The court said Araibi would be given 60 days to object to the extradition request and would need to present his case in April when the judges reconvene. Along with the objection papers, the footballer’s lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman said they needed to submit evidence “to show the court that Hakeem’s extradition to Bahrain will pose danger to his life.” Outside the court, Foster, who has been leading a protest in the football community for Araibi’s freedom, said the case was politically motivated and represented “retribution from Bahrain to Hakeem”.– Australia calls for release –Australian premier Scott Morrison has called on his Thai counterpart to release the 25-year-old, saying that returning him to Bahrain would infringe on his rights under international human rights law.Hakeem al-Araibi arrived at the Thai court in chains, and pleaded with reporters and football officials to help secure his freedom © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA“We are asking the Prime Minister to allow Hakeem al-Araibi to return to Australia,” Australian ambassador-designate Allan McKinnon reiterated Monday outside the court, adding that representatives of 15 other countries were present to observe the proceedings. Araibi had played for Bahrain’s national youth team before he fled his homeland and was granted asylum in Australia, where he plays for the semi-professional club Pascoe Vale FC. “We believe if Hakeem is not released there have to be some sanctions levied on Bahrain and Thailand,” international players’ union FIFPro’s vice president Francis Awaritefe, a former Australian football player, told reporters outside the court.Both countries “should at least be excluded from being able to host” international matches, he added.FIFA’s head of sustainability and diversity, Federico Addiechi — who was present for the hearing — told reporters FIFA has had numerous exchanges on the “formal and informal level” with Bahrain, Thailand, Australia and the AFC.“We want to show our support to him… to ensure the right thing happens and (Hakeem) goes back to Australia as soon as possible,” Addiechi said.Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday in a statement that Araibi had fled the country while awaiting trial on charges of “possessing incendiary devices” and arson. It added that issuing an international warrant for his arrest is “standard practice”.Araibi violated the terms of his bail the statement said and has “the right to appeal” his conviction. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi fears torture and even death if he is returned to Bahrain © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABangkok, Thailand, Feb 4 – A refugee footballer fighting an extradition request pleaded for his freedom Monday, saying “please don’t send me to Bahrain” as he arrived in shackles at a Bangkok court, which extended his detention by another two months.Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee and Australian resident, fears torture and even death if he is returned to his homeland.last_img read more

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Float gets finishing touches

first_img• Photo Gallery: Rose Court decorate Float • Video: Rose Court decorate FloatDUARTE – The Rose Queen and her court Thursday helped decorate Azusa-based Rain Bird Corporation’s parade float. This year’s float, entitled “Preservation Celebration,” is based on ancient Indian traditions that celebrate water, and is meant to represent the need to preserve the resource, officials said. The 32-foot-tall float is Rain Bird’s 12th Tournament of Roses Parade contribution. The float will feature eight waterfalls over which 15,000 gallons of recycled water will flow while in motion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Staff reportlast_img read more

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MOTORISTS WARNED TO TAKE CARE AFTER CRASH

first_imgMotorists are advised to drive with caution following a single car crash at Crolly just before 9am.One car travelling through the village crashed into a wall on a bend as a result of an oil spillage there.It is understood there were no serious injuries. Workers from Donegal County Council were at the scene dealing with the slippery surface.Gardai are investigating how the spillage occurred. MOTORISTS WARNED TO TAKE CARE AFTER CRASH was last modified: March 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Softball Opens MVC Championship Friday Afternoon

first_imgSmith is on the All-MVC Second Team for the second time in her career after being on the 2016 team. A two-way standout, she is a pitcher/utility player selection, who is 9-3 with the second-lowest ERA in the MVC behind Newman at 1.14 and is second in saves with seven. At the plate, Smith has crushed a team-best five home runs and 21 RBI. In her first season, Johnson is second on the team in batting average at .344 along with swiping a team-best 19 stolen bases. She has collected 44 hits, one triple, two home runs, six doubles and 23 RBI. Earlier this week, Johnson, who has played primarily in the outfield, earned her first career MVC Newcomer and Player of the Week awards. This is the second All-MVC accolade for Frank, who was tabbed to the 2016 All-MVC First Team. This season, she is batting .279 with six doubles, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored and is third on the team in stolen bases with 14. Frank has played in 46 games this season, primarily at second base. Drake is hosting the MVC Championship for the third time in program history. The Bulldogs previously hosted the championship in 1992 and 2010. This is the first all-conference award for Alexander, who has played in 50 games in center field and is batting .267 with four home runs, 25 RBI and is second on the team in stolen bases with 15. She raised her play in league action with a .313 batting average with one triple, two doubles and two home runs with 13 RBI. Alexander is No. 5 all-time in career stolen bases with 53. Newman, who missed nearly all of 2017 due to injury, has dominated in her return to the circle. This season, she is 19-3 with the second-lowest earned run average in the nation at 0.64 and has struck out 213, which is the second-best total in MVC. This past weekend, Newman moved to No. 1 all-time at Drake and No. 7 in MVC history in career strikeouts with 768. Newman, who won her first MVC Pitcher of the Year award in 2016, is 12-1 with a 0.41 ERA, has 137 strikeouts to 18 walks and tossed two no-hitters against Valley opponents in 2018. She helped at the plate with a .297 batting average, two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in league play. This is the third time in her career, Newman, who is third all-time at Drake in wins with 61, has been selected to the All-MVC First Team. ESPN+ Timmons is having a great first season in the circle. She is 13-4 with a 1.97 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 110.0 innings. Timmons has combined with Newman and Smith to compile a 1.21 team ERA, which ranks fourth in the nation. Timmons was 8-0 with a 2.44 ERA against Valley teams. She was named MVC Newcomer of the Week twice and MVC Pitcher of the Week once. Sophomore Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) was the first-ever Drake softball player to be named MVC Player of the Year while redshirt junior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was the MVC Pitcher of the Year for the second time in her career. Head coach Rich Calvert and assistant coaches Tina DeAngelo and Kasey Griffith were tabbed the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team is the No. 1 seed for the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Championship this week at Buel Field. The Bulldogs open the tournament Friday in the first semifinal matchup at 4 p.m. The championship’s title game is Saturday at 1 p.m. Every game of the MVC Championship will be on ESPN+. Sophomore Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), Newman, junior Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Roemmich were picked to the All-MVC First Team while senior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), freshman Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), senior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) were selected to the All-MVC Second Team. Junior catcher Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) rounds out the awards as she was named to the MVC All-Defensive team. Drake defeated Valparaiso (26-23) twice in a weather-shortened series in April. The series was moved from Buel Field to the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa due to inclement weather in Des Moines. The Bulldogs beat the Crusaders of 4-0 and 2-1. In its first in the Valley, Valpo earned the fourth seed and a bye to the quarterfinals. Drake (41-10, 24-1 MVC) enters the 2018 MVC Championship as the No. 1 seed after the Bulldogs claimed their third MVC Regular Season Title to be the top seed as the championship host. The winner of the MVC’s three-day tournament earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Roemmich, who had an outstanding first season and was an All-MVC Second Team selection in 2017, is having a great sophomore season. This year, she leads the team in batting average at .360, triples with two, doubles with 12, walks with 24, runs scored with 34, hits with 58 and slugging percentage at .478. Roemmich, who has started every game at shortstop, also hit her first career home run this season and has driven in a career-high 21 runs. She has a career batting average of .369, which is already No. 2 all-time at Drake. Roemmich blistered MVC pitching with a .429 batting average, which ranked third in the Valley. This is the first All-MVC honor for Maddox, who is batting .324 with four home runs, six doubles and a team-high 29 RBI. She batted .324 with two home runs and 14 RBI against MVC foes. Maddox played in all 51 games with 49 starts at first base. Drake will play the winner of No. 4 Valparaiso and No. 5 Indiana State, which will play Friday morning at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs are trying to win their fourth MVC tournament title in school history (1993, 1994, 2008). Since the Valley went to a 27-game league schedule in 2001, Drake is the only MVC team to suffer just one loss in regular season league play. The Bulldogs’ impressive winning percentage of .960 in conference games is a new league-record since the 27-game schedule was adopted. This is the second All-MVC selection for Pena, who was on the 2016 All-MVC Second Team. She made 49 starts at third base and is batting .297 with two home runs, 10 doubles, 16 runs scored and is tied with Maddox for the team lead in RBI with 29. Earlier this season, Pena was selected MVC Player of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. Story Links Live Stats Drake won two games over Indiana State (26-27) in Terre Haute, Ind. in March. The series between the Bulldogs and Sycamores was also shortened to just two games due to inclement weather in Terre Haute. Drake won by scores of 4-0 and 8-0. No. 5 Indiana State rallied for a 4-3 win over No. 8 Bradley Thursday in the championship opener.This season has been a banner year for Drake, which finished the regular season with a 41-10 overall record, including a 24-1 record in MVC games. Both win totals are school records. The 24 league wins tied the all-time mark for an MVC program in regular season play, equaling the 2005 SIU team (24-3). Drake claimed multiple MVC end of the season honors Wednesday night at the MVC Awards Banquet. Jonas played in 42 games at catcher and helped the pitching staff have a tremendous season. 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San Jose Sharks get back one winger, but lose another

first_imgNASHVILLE — One left winger will return to the Sharks’ lineup Tuesday, but another one has to sit out.The Sharks, still looking to earn their first win of the season, get Evander Kane back after a three-game suspension but will be without forward Marcus Sorensen when they face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.Sorensen is considered day-to-day after he was injured at the 9:23 mark of the second period of Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.Sorensen was near the Ducks net of …last_img read more

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