We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Warriors’ Green sidelined with ankle injury Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after defeating Nicholas Walters, of Jamaica, in a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. APLAS VEGAS — Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defended his WBO junior lightweight title, winning when Nicholas Walters was unable to continue after seven rounds Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan.Lomachenko, the 28-year-old Ukrainian star who won two Olympic gold medals, improved to 7-1. Walters dropped to 26-1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Lomachenko had his best round of the fight in the seventh, landing multiple power shots, including a hard shot to the temple that ultimately led Walters to stop fighting.Lomachenko began to take control in the sixth, displaying superior technical skills and controlling the ring. By the end of the seventh, Lomachenko had the fans on their feet as he looked to finish the fight, landing a number of powerful combinations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWalters survived the flurry and appeared fine as the round ended and he headed back to his corner. However, between rounds, Walters’ corner informed the referee that he was unable to continue and the fight was stopped and ruled a TKO for Lomachenko.
Three years ago at the same venue, Marchand covered 26.927 kilometers (16.731 miles) in one hour to better his own world record in the over-100s category.Still, impressed fans and chanted “Robert, Robert” during the last minutes of his ride. Marchand received a standing ovation once he completed the last of his 92 laps and was then mobbed by dozens of cameramen and TV crews.“He could have been faster but he made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment,” Marchand’s physiologist, Veronique Billat, told The Associated Press.By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 54.526 kilometers (33.880 miles) set by British rider Bradley Wiggins in 2015. But Wiggins, who smashed the previous record using the world’s leading track cycling equipment, is now retired.Marchand, who lives in a small flat in a Parisian suburb with a meager pension of about 900 euros ($940), keeps pedaling and stretching every day. As if time had no effect on him.ADVERTISEMENT In a skin-tight yellow and violet jersey, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category — created especially for the tireless veteran — by riding 22.547 kilometers (14.010 miles) in one hour.“I’m now waiting for a rival,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMarchand had ridden faster in the past on the boards of the Velodrome National, a state of the art venue used to host the elite of track cycling. But he had warned before his latest attempt that his current form was not as good.“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” Marchand said after his effort. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m not tired. I thought my legs would hurt, but they don’t. My arms hurt, you have to hurt somewhere.” “Reading a lot keeps his mind alert,” Mistler said. “He does not watch much TV, apart from the Tour de France stages.”At 105, Marchand is not making plans for the future. His coach would not be surprised to see him back on the boards, though.“Setting goals for himself is part of his personality,” Mistler said. “If he tells me he wants to improve his record, I’ll be game. Robert is a great example for all of us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s got two essential qualities. A big heart that pumps a lot of blood, and he can reach high heart beat values that are exceptional for his age,” said Billat, a university professor. “If he starts eating meat again and builds more muscle, he can better this mark.”Marchand, a former firefighter who was born in 1911 in the northern town of Amiens, has lived through two world wars. He led an eventful life that took him to Venezuela, where he worked as a truck driver near the end of the 1940s. He then moved to Canada and became a lumberjack for a while.Back in France in the 1960s, Marchand made a living through various jobs that left him with no time to practice sports.He finally took up his bike again when he was 68 years old and began a series of cycling feats.The diminutive Marchand — he is 1.52 meters (5-foot) tall and weighs 52 kilograms (115 pounds) — rode from Bordeaux to Paris, and Paris to Roubaix several times. He also cycled to Moscow from Paris in 1992 and set the record for someone over the age of 100 riding 100 kilometers (62 miles).“If the president of his teenage club who told him he was not made for cycling because he was too small could see him today, he would kick himself,” Marchand’s coach and good friend Gerard Mistler told the AP.According to Mistler, the secret behind Marchand’s longevity relates to his healthy lifestyle: eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, no smoking, just the occasional glass of wine and exercising on a daily basis.“He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m., there’s no other secret,” Mistler said. “If had been doping, he would not be there anymore.”To stay fit, Marchand rides every day on his home trainer and puts himself through outdoor training sessions on the road when the weather is good enough.“One needs to keep his muscles working,” said Marchand, a faithful reader of communist newspaper L’Humanite. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, pedals in a bid to beat his record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike.He proved that prediction wrong again on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Murray battles through, Djokovic gets selfie surprise Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments
Both father and son were unhurt but have been flown to Nairobi for precautionary checks.“It all happened very quickly,” explained Waldegård Snr following the accident. “We were going flat out over a concrete drift. We had a triple caution in the notes so I’m not sure what went wrong exactly but the back end got caught and it flipped the car.“Of course, it’s very disappointing – yesterday was such a good day and everything was going fine and then today this has happened. I am feeling fine but Mathias seems to have a little concussion so the team are flying us to a hospital Nairobi as a precaution.”Team owner Richard Tuthill concluded: “Obviously it’s very disappointing for Björn and Mathias but now our main priority is to ensure they are both thoroughly checked over in Nairobi. I’d like to take a moment to personally thank the excellent medical team on-event: they had flown a helicopter over within minutes of the incident and have done a great job so far.”Waldegård was placed third prior to his retirement and had clocked the fastest time on yesterday’s closing stage.Following Saturday’s opening test, team mate and former winner Stig Blomqvist has resumed his lead on the Safari Classic and is leading Ian Duncan by 31 seconds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000TANZANIA, November 23, 2013 – Tuthill Porsche driver Björn Waldegård has retired from this year’s East African Safari Classic following a crash on Saturday’s 154 kilometre Jeshini stage in Tanzania.Waldegård and his navigating son Mathias were 8km into the day’s opening stage when the Swedes passed over a concrete drift and rolled their Tuthill 911 one and a half times before the car landed on the co-driver’s side.
It’s true that the Police Commission should do more than just rubber-stamp Bratton’s reappointment. Indeed, in light of the May Day incident, some extra scrutiny may be in order. But coming from you, these objections ring hollow. Let’s be honest: You are not an objective party on this question. You have a personal stake in this issue. Getting dropped for Bratton had to smart, and it’s understandable that you would want history to remember that move as a mistake. But when we get consumed with history, we lose sight of the present. When the public hears you criticizing Bratton, it thinks – fairly or not – sour grapes. In the court of public opinion, you’ve been deemed ineligible to sit on Bratton’s jury, due to a conflict of interest. So do yourself a favor, and recuse yourself from this decision. If the community has concerns about Bratton – which various groups have raised – let the community voice them for itself. Coming from the people, these questions carry more weight than they do from you. You have much to offer Los Angeles, as a veteran of the LAPD and city politics, and now as a city councilman. There is too much good you can achieve to get bogged down in old battles. So Councilman, do yourself and us all a favor, get over it. Let’s get it on with the task of making L.A. work for the people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Five years ago, Mayor James Hahn, acting gutlessly, refused to re-appoint you as chief and hired Bratton instead. And since you’ve joined the council, hardly a week has passed without your criticizing Bratton about something. You blast the way he manages the department. You were indignant about the May Day melee. Whenever Bratton produces statistics showing how crime has dropped since you were chief, you quibble about the methodology. And now you’re trying to derail his reappointment to another five-year term. On Wednesday, you urged the Police Commission to postpone voting on his reappointment. This is necessary, you say, so that “the community can do its own due diligence” on the chief, whom most observers agree has done wonders to improve the culture and the efficacy of the LAPD. The problem isn’t your concerns, Councilman, it’s – well, it’s you. BERNIE, before we go any further, know that we’re doing this because we respect you. You have too much to give (and the city has too many problems) to waste time and energy seeking personal vindication. The problem, Bernie – is it OK if we call you Bernie? OK, Chief Parks. The problem, Chief – scratch that. You’re not chief of the Los Angeles Police Department any more. Haven’t been for five years. You’re now a member of the Los Angeles City Council, and that’s a much better job, really. You were elected to this position by the people, not just appointed by a bunch of political hacks. The problem, Councilman, is your obsession with Police Chief William Bratton.
A summer of heat and sun is becoming the summer of love with engagements at one Donegal hotel having TREBLED on last year.It’s not just ice-cream and prosecco sales rising in the best summer since 1976, romance is top of the agenda too.And forget about ‘Love Island’ – it’s ‘Love Ireland’ when it comes to couples declaring their adoration for each other at the Shandon Hotel & Spa at Marble Hill. “The number of bookings at the hotel involving marriage proposals has gone through the roof,” said Shandon Hotel & Spa resort General Manager Carolynne Harrison.“Last summer we had around one every week; now it’s one every other day and of course we always put on a special welcome when we get a call saying a surprise proposal will be taking place during a couple’s stay.“I think the warm weather since May has something to do with it. It really has been an incredible summer for businesses along the Wild Atlantic Way here in County Donegal.“We’ve had to double orders for champagne and prosecco since the summer season began. “I think the good weather must just increase the desire to celebrate something and the increase in the number of engagements is all part of that.“And of course there’s simply nowhere better on our ‘Love Ireland’ than the most beautiful place on the island right here in Co Donegal.”The Shandon Hotel is now practically booked out until the end of August, with advance bookings for the autumn at another record high.“The season is no longer the summer months, it’s all-year-round now as more and more people come to Ireland on holidays, but in particular to Donegal,” said Carolynne.The 4-star Shandon Hotel & Spa recently spent €2M on an extension and refurbishment and now has 68 rooms. Summer of sun creates ‘Love Ireland’ at top Donegal hotel The Shandon was last modified: July 30th, 2018 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)
Naomh Colmcille held their annual dinner dance which was a huge success.The special guest on the night was Donegal GAA star Mark McHugh.Among the many awards made was to John Fullerton who received the Young reserve player of the year award, as well as Conor Grant who received the most improved player for the reserves. Thomas McKinley and Willie Gillespie received recognition awards to mark their involvment with the Donegal senior and minor teams.Sean and Mary Grant accepted an award on behalf of their son, Liam, to mark his recent selection as an Asian Gulf Games All-Star recipient. NAOMH COLMCILLE DINNER DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: November 24th, 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) Tags:dinner danceNaomh Colmcille
(818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All good things must come to an end, as Valencia High’s boys’ volleyball team learned when its 29-match winning streak was snapped by La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad in the semifinals of the Redondo Union of Redondo Beach tournament. “The loss took the wind out of our sails,” said Valencia coach Mark Knudsen, whose team, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News, fell to 30-1. “Our heads were in the clouds there for a while. “You never want to lose, but at least there’s no pressure now, no need to worry about going undefeated. We were doing so well that it was hard not to think about a perfect season. There won’t be any more of those distractions. We have to move forward.” The Vikings, the No. 1 in Southern Section Div. II, looks to bounce back Friday against St. John Bosco of Bellflower, the top-ranked Div. I team most of the season, and currently No. 8. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“The loss could be a blessing in disguise,” Valencia senior Teddy Goetz said. “We just have to play our game – Viking volleyball. “We’re going to worry about things on our side of the net, not the other team. We do that, and good things are going to happen. We know that.” The Southern Section will announce the playoff pairings on Monday, and Valencia figures to receive the top seed regardless of Friday’s outcome. “Beating St. John Bosco would be nice and get us back on track, but our ultimate goal is to win in the playoffs and bring home a title,” Goetz said. “We have a good chance – a great chance – at doing that.” email@example.com
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“This one hit really close to home,” said KCAL program director Steve Hoffman. “Some of the firefighters who died listened to this station. About a third of our DJs said they’d had calls from Engine 57 families. All we’re trying to do is give back for what these guys sacrificed.” The firefighters of Engine 57 who perished Oct. 26 were Mark Loutzenhiser, 43, of Idyllwild; Jess McLean, 27, of Beaumont; Jason McKay, 27, of Phelan; Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, of San Jacinto; and Pablo Cerda, 23, of Fountain Valley. The fire, which burned 40,000 acres, started Oct. 26 and was contained Nov. 1. Death benefits and life insurance may help offset funeral expenses and initial losses of income for families of fallen firefighters, said Matt V. Payne, a Rialto firefighter who helped organize the fundraiser. “But you’re talking about families where the main breadwinner is gone,” Payne said. “My wife and I have two small children. I can’t imagine what would happen to them if I didn’t come home from work one day.” REDLANDS – Local rock station KCAL-FM (96.7) teamed with firefighters and fire academy cadets Friday to raise more than $13,000 for the families of five firefighters killed in the Esperanza Fire. “We just want to give people a chance to show their appreciation for what those guys did,” said 20-year-old Jeff Snellings of San Bernardino, who is 10 weeks into academy training at Crafton Hills College. “These people dedicated their lives to their communities.” Snellings and about 25 other cadets and firefighters brought spare boots to solicit cash donations from motorists in west Redlands. With KCAL personality Syeda Jafri amping the fundraiser on the airwaves, cadets and firefighters collected more than $2,100 in the first hour. Jafri, who is also a spokeswoman for Rialto Unified School District, said the fundraiser stemmed in part from listeners’ feedback. “People were calling and wanting to know how they could help,” he said. “This is the least we can do. We don’t have a goal, but we hope to raise as much as we can for these families.” The radio station’s fundraiser continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday. For more information, tune in to 96.7 FM or log on to www.kcalfm.com. firstname.lastname@example.org (909) 386-3872160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I’m not happy to see there is an increase in ethnic hate crimes involving African-Americans and Latinos,” county Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke said. “The only way we are going to stop this is to get to the core of some of the feelings behind this.” The Rev. Eric P. Lee, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, said the violence and hatred are rooted in low employment and poor educational opportunities. “Working-class people have to struggle to survive, and in that struggle, we lose sight of the fact that our enemy is not those who live next to us, but institutional injustices,” Lee said. “We have to attack hatred by loving one another. We call upon people of faith to walk in love toward their sisters and brothers. We have to deal with hatred as a spiritual wickedness that we must defeat.” The report’s authors also reported a rise in hate-related violence spurred by the heated public debate over illegal immigration. The number of anti-immigrant slurs muttered during a hate crime rose from 17 in 2004 to 40 last year. “We have to have a civil debate on the immigration issue,” said Alvaro Huerta, spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles. “It’s going to be a big issue next year.” The report also found an increase in white supremacist crimes, with 95 incidents reported last year. “While many experts believe that less than 5 percent of the national hate crimes involve white supremacists, there is evidence that white supremacist ideology is at the crux of 17 percent of the hate crimes committed in Los Angeles County,” Commission President Adrian Dove said. Amanda Susskind, director of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, said anti-Semitic incidents have continued a three-year upward trend in California, up to 247 last year. In the county, religious hate crimes rose from 81 in 2004 to 101 last year, a 25 percent increase. And anti-Semitic hate crimes comprised 81 percent of religious-based crimes, up from 78 percent the previous year. Susskind said she is disturbed by a concerted campaign by white supremacists to use the Internet to spread their beliefs, especially targeting school-age children. “There is a whole effort to reach kids through the white power music industry,” Susskind said. “There are some really evil forces in our community that are reaching kids and getting into the playgrounds and schoolyards.” Of the total hate crime reports, 333 occurred in Los Angeles, an increase from 249 in 2004, according to the commission report. But Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Paul Vernon said LAPD figures showed a 10 percent drop in hate crimes from 293 in 2004 to 264 last year. And Vernon said the department expects an 8 percent further drop this year. “They had a few more reported to them that didn’t get reported to us somehow,” Vernon said commissioners. “Depending on how you organize the numbers, it can appear to be an increase or a decrease. We are reporting consistently what is reported to us, and we show it as a 10 percent decrease.” email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In contrast, the number of hate crimes statewide dropped 6 percent last year and the number nationwide dropped 8 percent. “We see additional evidence of the tension between the (Latino and black) communities in the widespread occurrence of brawls in the county jails, juvenile detention facilities and public schools,” said Robin Toma, executive director of the county’s Human Relations Commission. The data showed that gang members were responsible for five of the six hate-motivated attempted murders last year. Nearly 80 percent of the racially motivated crimes involved mostly Latino gangs targeting blacks without provocation, authors of the report said. In addition to racial violence spilling out of the jails and juvenile halls onto the streets, the report found a disturbing escalation in racial hate crimes on or near school campuses. Racial crimes at schools more than tripled, from 18 to 64. Most involved conflicts between blacks and Latinos, primarily in South Los Angeles, but some also took place at Sylmar and North Hollywood high schools. Hate crimes in northern Los Angeles County surged nearly 45 percent last year, fueled by anti-immigrant sentiment, white supremacist activity and racial tension in schools, jails and neighborhoods, officials said Thursday. Bucking national and statewide trends – and reversing three years of declines – the number of hate crimes countywide hit 633, with about half involving violence, according to the report by the county’s Human Relations Commission. North county communities – including Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Clarita – reported 75 crimes, up from 52 in 2004, statistics show. Much of the countywide increase was driven by hate crimes against blacks, which rose 47 percent – from 156 to 230 – while anti-Latino incidents surged 179 percent – from 19 to 53. Specifically anti-Mexican crimes rose 71 percent, from 41 to 70.
Derby, meanwhile, suffered further late-season despair, losing in the play-offs for the fourth time in six seasons.Frank Lampard’s men, who impressively came back to knock out Leeds in the semi-finals, struggled to create for much of the game and could have few complaints about a result which condemns them to a 12th successive campaign in the second tier. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Anwar El Ghazi celebrates his goal at Wembley tense 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY no dice Jack Marriott’s shot is deflected in by Martyn Waghorn in the Championship play-off final Getty shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Getty Images REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won John McGinn scores Aston Villa’s second Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Villa dominated the first half and took a deserved lead a minute before the interval.Ahmed Elmohamady crossed from the right and Anwar El Ghazi stooped at the far post to head into the net.Villa doubled their lead in the 59th minute through John McGinn.El Ghazi’s shot was deflected high into the air and Derby keeper Kelle Roos made a mess of the catch, allowing McGinn to divert the ball into the net. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 deals 3 Lampard’s disappointment contrasted with the jubilation experienced by his former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry, who was in the opposing dugout in his role as Villa assistant boss. gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Getty Derby gave themselves hope with nine minutes remaining through substitute Waghorn.Jayden Bogle headed a loose ball across goal and Jack Marriott was on hand to lash it past Jed Steer, with the help of a Waghorn deflection, and make it 2-1 to Villa.Victory for Dean Smith’s side in the most lucrative game in world football will pocket the West Midlands club a minimum £170million and returns them to the top flight for the first time since relegation in 2016. Aston Villa survived a late scare against Derby County to win the Championship play-off final 2-1 at Wembley.Goals either side of half-time from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn looked to give Dean Smith’s side a comfortable win.Jack Marriott’s strike in the 81st minute, which was deflected by Martyn Waghorn, got a goal back but it was not enough to take them to extra-time. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow