FAIRLY EASY: Fair scores career-high 26 points as Syracuse cruises to victory against Fordham

first_imgThis time there was no unexpected suspension. There was no first-half scare and Syracuse didn’t need any surprising heroics.Instead, Syracuse’s second game of the season went exactly as anticipated. The Orange was at full strength and held a commanding halftime lead. Trevor Cooney had cooled off, but C.J. Fair took his place as the star of the day. Even a late push by Fordham wasn’t quite enough to qualify as a scare during an 89-74 SU victory.“We had a very good first half,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We just have to look at what we did the second half and try to work on that.”Tuesday featured all the drama of a usual opening-week game for No. 9 Syracuse. Jerami Grant was in his typical role as sixth man. The Orange (2-0) cruised to a 46-21 halftime lead over the Rams. Fair scored a career-high 26 points. Fordham (1-1) cut the lead to as slim as 12 in the second half, but there were never more than murmurs of restlessness from the 22,667 that trekked through the snow to the Carrier Dome. From wire-to-wire, SU had control.Almost 15 minutes into the game, Fair had matched the Rams’ scoring output. Minutes earlier, Grant was in the same position. Fordham missed its first nine 3-pointers to drain any drama from this upset bid in a hurry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It did feel good when everything was going our way,” Fair said.After a layup by Tyler Ennis to start things off, Fair went to work doing what he does best. He knocked down a baseline jumper from the right side and followed it up with another mid-range score moments later. Two minutes after, Fair drilled his first 3 of the game.He hit another jumper to bring his total to nine with 13:09 left in the first half — a number that Fordham wouldn’t reach until seven minutes later.“He scores almost every time he touches the ball,” Grant said, “so it’s definitely great to have a high-profile guy like him.”Turnovers, though, were once again an issue. Fair turned the ball over seven times in the opener and followed it up with a four-turnover first half against the Rams.He knew coming into this season that he would have a greater role as a creator.“I knew I was going to have to handle the ball a little more and create more offense for myself,” Fair said.So he had to work on everything. Shooting. Passing. But especially ball-handling.Some of the turnovers have been careless — he’s tried to start transition too quickly at times — but other times he’s just gotten out of his element. In the second half, he remedied the one issue that’s plagued him in the earliest stages of the season.“I don’t want to be known as turnover prone,” Fair said.And when Fordham started to come back, it meant he was the most obvious option to counter the run.With 3:33 remaining, the Rams showed signs of life. The lead was down to 12 and Syracuse needed a bucket.Fordham leaned on Branden Frazier and Jon Severe, who finished with 33 and 19 points, respectively, to charge back and make the second half a frame that frustrated the Orange.“There’s a lesson learned here,” Boeheim said, “if you don’t guard people — every team has guys that can shoot.”But SU had a trump card. A pair of Rakeem Christmas free throws stretched the lead back to 14. Grant blocked a shot on the other end and Fair started transition.The forward set up on the right wing. He pump-faked and headed to the rim. Fair drew contact and finished. And-one. Twenty-three seconds later he hit another jumper. He had a career-high 26 and the Orange had a 19-point lead.This time, Syracuse didn’t need any heroics from Cooney — who had just two points. It could have cruised without Grant. Fair and the Orange disposed of a lesser opponent in the fashion that SU has made customary during November.“We played a very efficient first half. We were very good offensively,” Boeheim said. “If we didn’t play really well it would’ve been a lot closer game and if they made that run it would’ve been a difficult game.” Comments Published on November 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC opens series with California

first_imgThe USC baseball team looks to win its first Pac-10 series of the season this weekend as it hosts No. 30 California at Dedeaux Field beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m.Minor slump · Junior infielder Joe De Pinto is one for his last eight and was held without a hit in USC’s loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan The Trojans (15-14, 2-4) defeated CSU Bakersfield Wednesday behind a strong effort from the bullpen and a tie-breaking solo blast off the bat of sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa in the bottom of the eighth, giving USC a 4-3 victory.Cal (17-10, 3-3), has been riding a five-game win streak heading into the contest. Most recently, the Golden Bears defeated then-No. 18 Arizona over the weekend and also beat their rival No. 22 Stanford on Monday, 2-0.The Trojans most likely will turn to senior Kevin Couture (2-0, 5.66 ERA) to start the series. In his outing last Friday against Oregon State, Couture pitched five innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out seven. He took a no-decision in the Trojans’ 4-1 loss.Following Couture in the weekend rotation will be sophomore right-handers Ben Mount (3-1, 3.28 ERA) and Andrew Triggs (1-4, 4.11 ERA).The Golden Bears will hand the ball to right-hander Erik Johnson (4-1, 2.70 ERA) Friday. Johnson, who has racked up 32 strikeouts in 33 and one-third innings, has set the tone for the Golden Bears’ rotation so far this season. Following Johnson will be left-hander Justin Jones (6-2, 3.07 ERA), who has two complete games this season, and right-hander Dixon Anderson (2-1, 3.38 ERA).Cal is hitting .327 as a team with a staff ERA of 4.07 compared to USC’s team batting average of .287 and 4.51 staff ERA.Trojan pitchers will have to look out for Cal catcher Chadd Krist, who is batting .406 on the season and leads the Pac-10 with 12 doubles. He also has a .713 slugging percentage and five home runs on the season. The Golden Bears’ All-Pac-10 first baseman Mark Canha also poses a threat to the Trojans. He is hitting .380 with a team-best 31 RBI.USC has some firepower of its own on the offensive side. Oropesa hit his 10th home run of the season Wednesday night, leading the Pac-10. The sophomore is hitting a team-best .348 and has driven in a team-high 30 runs.Sophomore left fielder Matt Foat also provides a big bat for the Trojans. He is hitting .321 on the season with five home runs and 27 RBI.After Friday’s contest, the series will resume Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before concluding Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. USC leads the all-time series against the Golden Bears, 224-130-2, and has won five of the last six meetings at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

Can Duncan pass first test at Bechem?

first_imgThe First Capital Plus Premier League returns after a week’s break with leaders Ashgold expected to tighten their grip on the top spot when they host Sekondi Hasaacas at the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi in a tie that swings in favour of the Soccer Miners, who are unbeaten at home this season.Mid-table Hasaacas have not been very impressive this season and will hope for a improve result at the mining town, following their 1-1 draw game against Accra Hearts of Oak at the Sekondi Stadium at Essipon.However, the club’s poor away record — they have picked just one point out of a possible 15 — when juxtaposed against Ashgold’s home makes the task a very hurculean one for the Giants of the West.On Sunday all eyes will be on Coach David Duncan as he faces his first test in charge of  Kumasi Asante Kotoko against Bechem United at the Bechem Park.The Porcupine Warriors, who managed a goalless draw with Mouloudia Club d’El Eulma of Algeria in their CAF Champions League campaign in Algiers last weekend, have no choice but to climb up the league log where they are currently second from the bottom.Kotoko have had issues both on and off the pitch and since the commencement of the season, including the unceremonious exit of their substantive coach Mas-Ud Dramani. But with the unveiling yesterday of Duncan, there are high hopes that stability will return to the club and translate into good results, beginning with victory on Sunday at the Bechem Park, which has become a slippery ground for many visiting teams. Struggling Hearts of Oak will sort it out with bottom-of-the-table B.A. United at the Sunyani Coronation Park, while sixth-placed Liberty Professionals and Accra Great Olympics battle it out at the Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman, Tarkwa-based Medeama SC will engage New Edubiase United at their favourite T and A Park, with Chelsea and Heart of Lions settling old scores at the Berekum Golden City Park.–last_img read more

Anthony Rendon is still sore, leaving him questionable for Angels’ opener

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rendon felt tightness in his oblique during Wednesday’s intrasquad game. The Angels everyday players had the day off on Thursday, and Rendon didn’t play in any of the three intrasquad games over the weekend. Most of the other regulars were in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Padres in San Diego.If Rendon is unable to play this weekend, the Angels would likely go with David Fletcher at third, Maddon said.There are other possibilities, including Matt Thaiss at third. Maddon also said that there’s a chance that Luis Rengifo could be available, which could affect the lineup. Rengifo missed the start of camp and has also been dealing with a hamstring issue.Asked if Rendon could miss just a few days of the season, or if the injured list was a possibility, Maddon said he wasn’t sure. If a player starts the season on the 10-day injured list, it can only be retroactive three days, so the minimum he would miss would be seven days.“All I know is that he’s a little bit sore today,” he said. “It’s one of those things. Those types of injuries are so unpredictable. And I really don’t like to give finish lines for injuries.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Anthony Rendon’s availability for the Angels opener isn’t looking quite as promising as it was just a day earlier.Joe Maddon said on Monday afternoon that Rendon’s oblique was “a little bit sore today” and they had to “back off his work.”The Angels are set to open the season on Friday in Oakland, and Maddon was noncommittal about his readiness.“Knowing him, he’s going to want to play that first game,” Maddon said. “I can’t tell you for sure he’s out of it yet or how long he’s going to be out of it. He’s very motivated. It’s just that we’ve got to get past the soreness.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TROUT’S MINDSETMike Trout said at the start of camp that he was uncertain about playing amid the coronavirus, but since then he has not expressed any concern about the matter to Maddon.Maddon said he and Trout had a heart-to-heart at the start of the camp, and “ever since that, frankly, he’s kind of like been better about things and he hasn’t asked me a whole lot of questions.”Maddon said Trout participated in some group conversations in which the coronavirus was addressed, but otherwise his talks with Trout have centered on baseball.Trout’s wife is due to deliver the couple’s first child early next month, leading to his reluctance to play. Even if Trout remains an active player the whole season, he is likely to miss at least a couple games at the time of the birth.LA STELLA AT FIRSTTommy La Stella got the start at first base on Monday night, as the Angels have continued to use him more often at that position in preparation for the season.The Angels’ other options to fill in at first when Albert Pujols is the DH or on the bench are Thaiss and Jared Walsh. La Stella is obviously the most accomplished hitter of that group, but he’s still inexperienced at first, so Maddon said it’s still not something they’d do regularly.“It’s just a matter of getting him comfortable,” Maddon said. “It’s not his favorite spot on the field. He’ll be the first to tell you that. But he’s such a team guy he’ll do it. At this point I don’t see as a regular thing but you’ll see it sporadically.”ALSOFelix Peña will start on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Angels had planned on Griffin Canning pitching Tuesday, but Canning and Dylan Bundy were each moved up a day to give the Angels options for Friday and Saturday in Oakland, in case Opening Day starter Andrew Heaney couldn’t pitch. Heaney felt back stiffness on Saturday, but said on Sunday he’s fine and  he expects to pitch on Friday…A day after Shohei Ohtani’s final intrasquad outing, Maddon said he was encouraged by his performance over five innings. “I though he pitched well,” Maddon said. “Definitely better command. It was obvious he wanted to work on his breaking pitches yesterday… I thought I looked really good and I was pleased with that and I thought he was too.”Related Articleslast_img read more

Zion Williamson injury update: Duke star to play Thursday against Syracuse

first_imgHe has been sidelined since, and the Blue Devils (26-5) have struggled in his absence, winning just three of their last six games. Related News 🚨 ZI🤯N STATUS UPDATE:🍿🍿🍿💨💨💨🚀🚀🚀✈️👀🎬🚂‼️🍽☀️🦁😈(He’s back) pic.twitter.com/VleciNZ6V6— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 14, 2019Williamson injured his left knee Feb. 20 against North Carolina when he planted his foot to cut and his shoe split apart. Williamson practiced fully with Duke this week in preparation for his return against the Orange (20-12). He is averaging 21.6 points per game with 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Zion Williamson is back.Duke announced that its freshman star will take the court Thursday in the No. 5 Blue Devils’ ACC Tournament matchup against Syracuse at 9 p.m. ET. UNC coach Roy Williams reacts to win over Duke: ‘It was ugly’last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram keeps charting his own course

first_imgBut there are also parts of Ingram’s development that are flying under the radar. Did you know that Ingram is one of the better foul-drawing players at his position (96th percentile)? Did you know he’s improved his accuracy on midrange attempts from 35 percent last season to 42 percent? In the past 10 games, the Lakers offense virtually grinds to a halt when he’s not on the court (from 110.4 points per 100 possessions on the floor to 91.4 when he’s off).There’s also his defense, where Ingram has been asked to defend a wide range of dangerous scorers. Kyrie Irving notably praised Ingram’s use of his 7-foot-3 wingspan when the Lakers beat Boston, saying he was able to close off lanes that the Celtics guard usually can dart down. That versatility has taken time to develop.“When he’s using that length, sometimes the guys won’t even shoot it, or sometimes they’ll airball it,” Keefe said. “He’s learned how to use it.”It’s intriguing that Ingram has become one of the most reliable pillars of the Lakers’ attack after withstanding withering criticism for his play while James was sidelined with a groin injury, when the Lakers went 6-12.There were games when Ingram played brilliantly, besting the Sacramento Kings at home and the Dallas Mavericks on the road. But the losses, as many as there were, had a way of drawing more attention: a no-show in Minnesota and tight home losses to Oklahoma City and New York made plenty question whether Ingram was really poised enough to be one of the foundational pieces of the franchise the Lakers once envisioned.But NBA seasons are like rapids: full of unexpected stops and starts, bumpy and always rushing constantly ahead, ignoring any reasonable sense of pace. Ingram was hit hard early with obstacles: A four-game suspension for his role in a fight with the Houston Rockets at the home opener, and a seven-game stretch he missed with an ankle injury. Tossed in and out of action in the first half of the season, he barely had opportunities to gulp for air, and others’ injuries forced him on and off the ball.Since February began and James has returned, Ingram has had more of a chance to solidify a consistent role. That’s made a huge difference, he said.“Our team was always unbalanced – I was trying to figure out things,” he said. “Now I have a chance to sit back and reflect on how I can be better … how I can be more aggressive, how I can be more effective on the offensive end and defensive end. I just try to come in and apply it. That’s been my M.O. from the first year I’ve been here.”While James spoke of getting activated after the All-Star break, no one has quite kicked it up proportionally like Ingram, who has 111 points over the last four games, the most he’s scored over any such stretch in his career. James might have said it best when a reporter recently mentioned Ingram being his “wingman,” responding: “Nah, he wasn’t a wingman for me. He was special for our team.”Keefe noted that one of his favorite developments was in last week’s win over Houston, when Ingram grabbed 13 rebounds in a scrappy home effort.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “He plays a physical style – he’s actually played that way since before he came to us,” he said. “It’s just now that he’s obviously stronger, even though he doesn’t look it.”But one thing the Lakers are not is surprised. Even as others continually draw boxes around Ingram, judging what he can and can’t be, they’ve tried a less limiting approach.It’s paying some dividends now, as the team fights for a playoff berth. But they’re not ready to say this is all they expect to get.“I think he continues to grow as a player, and he’s getting more confident and comfortable getting to his spots and just shooting the shot that he works on in practice all the time,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said. “We see this all the time in practice. It’s just a matter of time.” By his own description, Brandon Ingram’s 3-point stroke used to look a bit like a “slingshot.”On a recent morning in Memphis, Ingram talked about the years-long process of altering his deep shooting motion, of paring it down with Lakers assistant coach Brian Keefe and making it more reliable. He’s still shooting below 31 percent for the year, but that has risen to nearly 39 percent in the month of February, as has any meaningful statistic for the 21-year-old forward.That morning, he talked about his desire to take more 3-point shots, something Ingram’s critics have been shouting from the rafters for the last two seasons. Later that night, he would go on to hit all three of his 3-point attempts, a surprising stat for a player who hazards just under two long-range shots per game.Do you recognize that others want you to take more 3-pointers, he was asked. Is the criticism a reason why you think you need to do this more?center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Nah,” he said with a glint of a smile. “That’s for y’all to talk about.”Ingram’s circle is a close one: His teammates, his coaches, his family, and what is said outside that circle doesn’t seem to bother him. On one hand, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft is among the most scrutinized and picked-over players on the Lakers, with both devout believers in his game, as well as skeptical detractors. The type of player he is – a lanky scorer whose midrange attempts make analytics devotees cringe – is bound to polarize.But it’s inherently wrong to view Ingram along narratives drawn by anyone outside of the Lakers organization. He’s got his own plans.“That’s the beauty of Brandon to me,” says Keefe, who has worked with Ingram one-on-one for the better part of three years. “Regardless of good game, bad game, he comes in and keeps doing the work. He focuses on the stuff he wants to be great at. And there’s no limiting him.”Ingram’s proposed ceiling seems to be rising again lately, given the February he just had: In nine games, Ingram averaged 21.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. While his second-year counterpart Kyle Kuzma (19.2 ppg) is still the second-leading scorer behind LeBron James, Ingram has slowly ticked his way closer to challenging him: His scoring average has been rising every month since November. 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Bosom Buddies—Landry Jones, Mason Rudolph too comfy in QB carousel (Aug. 22)

first_imgThe Steelers held their 2018 “Family Fest” on Aug. 19 at Heinz Field. The players, “scrubs” and all, made their entrance onto the field. When the quarterbacks were introduced, it was definitely a “3 tiered” intro. All of the team’s QBs ran onto the field, but one thing in particular caught my eye. Leading the signal callers onto the gridiron was obviously Ben Roethlisberger; the second tier was comprised of Landry Jones and Mason Rudolph, they appeared to be almost “lateral.” Joshua Dobbs was last and least. Rudolph was the third-round pick of the Steelers in the 2018 NFL draft. Dobbs was the fourth-rounder in the 2017 draft.When Mason Rudolph was chosen, the handwriting on the wall began to dry. First, Dobbs is a leftover from Todd Haley’s tenure with the team and I have a sneaking suspicion that some of those that are charged with deciding who should stay and who should go, including Ben, may not want any “remnants” of the “Haley era,” floating around like a fly in their soup. Also, Rudolph has the advantage of beginning his career with the Steelers’ new offensive coordinator, Randy Fichtner. Rudolph and Fichtner can grow together as the Steelers move forward. Dobbs has a small advantage of having an extra year of experience in the league but he is at an enormous disadvantage because of almost zero support from Roethlisberger, as well as having to learn another system from the new OC and “unlearn” a few things, implanted in his psyche by the former offensive coordinator, Haley.I am not an NFL GM or head coach, nor do I play one on television, but if I am the decision-maker, I want my veteran on the field…but I also want two “young bucks” battling it out on a daily basis to be the understudy, occupying the second chair, ready to perform in the event that the headliner falls flat or is flattened.Dobbs does not have a chance to make this team… Why? It’s been noted on some websites that “Dobbs has had the strongest preseason of any Steelers quarterback. With Ben Roethlisberger sitting out, Dobbs has taken the increased reps and really showcased just how far he has developed in his second year in the NFL. In fact, through two games he has outplayed rookie Mason Rudolph, the guy who is ultimately going to take his spot on the roster.”What?? This logic is craaazzzy!If Dobbs is outplaying Rudolph, why should Rudolph be “given” a spot on the roster? As far as trade bait is concerned, it would seem logical that Landry Jones would have more value than Joshua Dobbs when it comes to a trade, ya think? But as I have stated many times before, Landry Jones does not deserve a roster spot on any NFL team. If the Steelers cut Jones, the only other chance that Jones will even get a shot to occupy an NFL bench will be if that team is desperate and is at the end of their rope and are at the bottom of the “crab barrel.”If this were a real competition, Jones would be worried about his job! It seems as if Landry Jones has found his niche. He is in danger of possibly being forever remembered as the highest paid “clipboard bearer” in the history of the Steelers. His competitive fire seems to have been doused a long time ago. It seems as if the primary motive for Mr. Jones is not to win, but to get paid. As far as being a number 2 quarterback is concerned, Landry Jones is no Jimmy Garoppolo. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Man charged for attempting to kill Police Officer

first_imgThe man who in April 2016 attempted to kill Police Officer Donald McKenzie was on Monday remanded when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on an attempted murder charge.The accused, Kerry Dick, was not required to plead to the indictable charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.It is alleged that on April 25, 2016 at William Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he fired shots at McKenzie, who was off duty at the time, with intent to cause bodily harm.Reports are that on the day in question, around 08:30h, McKenzie of Sandy Place, Kitty, was attacked by two men on a motorcycle who fired shots at him, hitting him in his right hand.The men managed to make good their escape. According to McKenzie, he was involved in an argument with the defendant and the other man who carried out the act. They were later arrested and charged. The case will continue on July 18, 2016.last_img read more

Turner ‘most prolific serial killer’?

first_img Most of the slayings went unsolved for years until an unrelated case – and the work of the LAPD’s Cold Case Unit and its forensics specialists – began to connect the cases, one by one, to Turner. In the meanwhile, David Allen Jones confessed under interrogation by police to three of the slayings and served 11 years in prison before DNA evidence exonerated him. Jones subsequently received a $720,000 settlement for his false conviction and imprisonment. The DNA evidence that freed Jones and turned suspicion on Turner was taken from Turner during a 2002 rape investigation. According to prosecutors, the victim in that case identified Turner by name and by the Skid Row mission where he was working at the time. While Turner served an eight-year prison sentence for his conviction in that rape, investigators used DNA to connect him to each of the victims in the serial killings – beginning with a link to Vance and Mildred Beasley, whose body was found Nov. 6, 1996, in the 9600 block of South Broadway. “Case after case after case came back to Chester Turner,” Grace told jurors. “Now, amazingly, stunningly, 11 murders have a murderer, and he is Chester Turner. The knock of justice is now banging loudly on Chester Turner’s door.” Defense on attack Turner’s defense attorney, John Tyre, deferred giving an opening statement. But he has been quoted in news reports of planning an O.J. Simpson-style defense, attacking the veracity and integrity of the DNA and evidence-gathering. Turner’s defense suffered a setback earlier this year when a judge ruled that it could not present evidence related to Jones’ confession and conviction in three of the killings. But Turner’s lawyer scored a victory when Judge William Pounders approved a request keeping the trial from being televised. Unsolved slayings In an interview outside the courtroom, Grace said his characterization of Turner as Los Angeles’ most prolific identified serial killer stems from the fact that not all of other serial killers’ victims were killed within the city limits. In addition, he said, Turner could be linked to other unsolved slayings, as well. Bonin, Bianchi and Buono were convicted of 14 murders each, and Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders. Along with several accomplices, Bonin is also believed to have raped and killed as many as 20 young men and boys. He was executed in 1996. Buono was found dead, apparently of a heart attack, in 2002 at Calipatria State Prison while serving a life sentence. Bianchi is serving a prison term in Washington. Ramirez is currently awaiting execution on California’s Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 Death Toll Chester Dewayne Turner is charged with killing the following women: Diane Johnson, 21, found face-down and partially nude March 9, 1987, in the 10200 block of South Grand Avenue, alongside the Harbor Freeway. Annette Ernest, 26, whose partially nude body was found face-down Oct. 29, 1987, in the 10200 block of South Grand Avenue, west of the Harbor Freeway. Anita Fishman, 31, whose badly decomposed body was found by children Jan. 20, 1989, in the 9800 block of South Figueroa Street. Regina Washington, 27, was 6 1/2 months pregnant when she was strangled with an electrical cord in September 1989 in the back of a vacant house in the 8800 block of South Figueroa Street. Andrea Tripplett, 29, was 5 1/2 months pregnant when she was strangled in April 1993 in the 7800 block of South Figueroa Street. Desarae Jones, 29, whose body was found May 16, 1993, beside a vacant house in the 6800 block of Estrella Avenue. Natalie Price, 31, whose body was found Feb. 12, 1995, outside a home in the 500 block of West 80th Street. Mildred Beasley, 45, whose body was found Nov. 6, 1996, in a field area in the 9600 block of South Broadway. Paula Vance, 38, who was killed Feb. 3, 1998, at 630 W. 6th St. Brenda Bries, 37, was found dead April 6, 1998, with her head resting on a portable toilet in Skid Row.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That evidence is graphic, as jurors learned Tuesday, watching a grainy Feb. 3, 1998, surveillance video of the rape and strangulation of Paula Vance, whose body was found next to an office building at Sixth and Hope streets. A couple of jurors winced during the video, and three women spectators got up and left the courtroom. In the front row, Jerri Johnson Tripplett, the mother of another of Turner’s alleged victims, wiped tears from her eyes with a handkerchief. “My daughter was killed in 1993, and it was 11 years later that they found her killer,” Johnson Tripplett said in an interview during the lunch break. “There have been degrees of closure. But when you’ve lost a child you’ve brought into this world, I don’t think there can ever be closure.” Andrea Tripplett’s body was found April 2, 1993, in the 7800 block of Figueroa Avenue – close to the area where Turner lived and worked during much of the 1980s and 1990s. The other victims also were found in the so-called Figueroa Corridor – areas reputed to be linked to prostitution and drug trafficking. Cases finally linked The long, ugly scar running from the right side of his shaved head down the side of his face, the cold stare from empty eyes, tells you that 6-foot-2, 260-pound Chester Dewayne Turner is not someone you want to meet in a dark alley in South Los Angeles. The partially nude bodies of 10 women – most believed to be prostitutes – found strangled on downtown’s back streets between 1987 and 1998 are even better evidence, prosecutors said during opening arguments Tuesday in the death-penalty case against Turner. “The evidence we will introduce will show that Chester Turner is possibly the most prolific serial killer in the history of the city of Los Angeles,” Deputy District Attorney Robert L. Grace Jr. told jurors, equating the defendant to the likes of “Freeway Killer” William Bonin, “Hillside Stranglers” Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, and “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez. Turner, 39, a onetime Domino’s Pizza worker and Skid Row mission worker, sat expressionless during the first day of a weeks-long trial, with prosecutors saying they will introduce evidence linking him to the murders of 10 women and one unborn child. last_img read more

Chelsea face fight with Atletico in race for £6m Spanish wonderkid

first_imgChelsea face competition from Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Spanish wonderkid Dani Ceballos.Jose Mourinho has been tracking the 18-year-old Real Betis winger for months and would like to do a deal this month before taking him to London in the summer.But that has prompted Atletico to step up their interest in the £6m-rated youngster.Sources in Spain claim neither club has made a formal bid yet, but are expected to swoop soon.And it is believed Betis will offer the former Seville player a big pay rise and long-term contract in an attempt to keep him, or at least increase his transfer value. 1 Chelsea face competition from Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Real Betis wonderkid Dani Ceballos last_img read more