LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lone high school player Gozum overwhelmed in presence of Gilas stars OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I hope that we inspired them that they had a chance to train with us. In the future, we’ll be the ones watching them once they are the ones playing for the national team,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It feels good because you can see it in their faces that they’re excited and they want to learn. It’s a good feeling for me as a veteran that I can give them advice about the international game that they can use in case they get called up.”Seeing the young guns buckle down to work, Castro was ecstatic for the future of the national team as he worked with guys like Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Paul Desiderio, and Juan Gomez de Liaño in the session, giving them pointers on how a guard’s role in coach Chot Reyes’ system is played.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 folkCastro said the young guards are lucky that they are already getting valuable lessons and exposure at their age.“Their advantage is they started this early. At their age, they’re already part of the pool. They still have the time to develop their skills and there are still lots of training camps and tournaments that they can join to fast track their development. I just hope they grow quickly so they will be ready for 2023,” he said. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJayson Castro felt more rejuvenated with the infusion of the young bloods in Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice session at Meralco Gym.“I feel younger,” Castro said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track With the Elite on fire from distance for the entirety of the game going 13-of-25 from three, the famed Beermen starters failed to find a spark and suffered the upset to fall for only the second time in eight games.Ross finished the game with a near triple-double effort with his 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.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 folkOf course, part of those struggles root from the absence of Alex Cabagnot, who is still at the sidelines nursing a plantar fasciitis injury, as San Miguel scampers for an able replacement to fill up the absence of the veteran guard — a fact that Ross acknowledged.“We’re still trying to figure out ways to fill that void. We’ve had Brian (Heruela) do it in a game and Chico (Lanete) do it in a game. But we can’t just rely on one of those guys, it has to be a team effort,” he said. “Alex will be back soon, but we can’t wait on that. Injuries are part of the game and we just have to figure it out somehow, some way.” Alvarez grateful for coach’s trust in career season for JRU OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The loss, though, was shocking enough to trigger alarms given that these shortcomings happened late in the eliminations, a time where the Beermen should be fine-tuning their weaponry going into the quarterfinals.For Ross, that should pose as a legitimate challenge for the four-peat seeking squad.“We got to be ready for that challenge because we’re going to get everyone’s best punch every night out and we just got to prepare for that,” he said.And that should start as soon as next Saturday in Batangas when San Miguel takes on Alaska in a surefire intense duel between two of the current league leaders.“They’re the hottest team in the league right now and we got a week to get prepared, rest our bodies, and get ready for them because that’s going to be a battle,” he said. “We got to find a way to just play better. We know teams aren’t just going to lay down just because we’re the three-time champions.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA IMAGESChris Ross isn’t one for excuses after San Miguel dropped its second loss in its last three outings in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just got to play better,” he said, moments after his side suffered a shock 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday. “Every game’s close, so we just got to play better.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
Paul missed a go-ahead 3 with 14 seconds to play, then fouled Lowry in the scramble for the rebound. Lowry made both, giving the Raptors a 106-102 lead with 10 seconds to go.Gordon answered with a 3, making it a one-point game. Houston fouled Valanciunas, who made a pair to put Toronto up by 3 with 5.4 seconds to go.Harden got the final shot but his deep 3 from the edge of the center court circle went short, giving the Raptors the win.Lowry connected on his first five shots and scored 13 points in the opening quarter as Toronto led 32-16. The Rockets missed eight of their first 10 field goal attempts and shot 6 for 21 in the first, missing all five 3-point attempts. It was Houston’s lowest-scoring first quarter of the season and just the second time they’ve failed to score at least 20 points in the first.Harden scored nine points in the second but the Rockets continued to struggle from long range, making one of four 3-point shots. DeRozan had seven points for the Raptors, who led 58-43 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Houston’s only lower-scoring first half this season was a 39-point effort in a Feb. 26 win at Utah.The Rockets were 1 for 12 from 3-point range before Harden drained back-to-back shots with 2:48 left in the third. Harden scored 14 in the third, overcoming nine points from Lowry, as Houston cut the deficit to 83-75 after three.TIP-INSRockets: F Ryan Anderson (left hip) missed his sixth straight game. … Joe Johnson returned after missing the previous two games because of an illness. … The Rockets had 62 points in the paint.Raptors: Forward OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his fourth straight game. … G Delon Wright (sprained right big toe) was unavailable after leaving Wednesday’s win at Detroit. Wright initially suffered the injury in Tuesday’s home win over Atlanta.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Dallas on Sunday. Houston has won seven straight in the series, its third-longest streak all-time.Raptors: Visit New York on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Tenorio admits Ginebra ‘step slower’ in Game 1 as fatigue takes its toll UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) celebrates after their 180-105 win over the Houston Rockets in an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Friday, March 9, 2018. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets’ 17-game winning streak.James Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their seventh straight in a matchup between the respective conference leaders.The Rockets shot 9 for 27 from 3-point range, matching their fewest made 3-pointers of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkClint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon each scored 14 points, and Trevor Ariza had 13 as Houston’s road winning streak ended at 10.Houston tied it at 102 on Harden’s 3 with 2:10 remaining, but DeRozan restored Toronto’s lead with a jump shot with 1:49 left. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), from France, gets away from Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — With Utah beginning a four-game trip while jockeying for position in the tight Western Conference playoff race, the objective in its first game was clear — contain Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal.Beal had posted back-to-back 40-point games for the Wizards, who are clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nuggets clinch first NBA playoff berth in 6 years after overcoming Celtics Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Jae Crowder had 18 points and Joe Ingles scored 16 as each spent time trying to frustrate Beal. Kyle Korver added 10 points off the bench, and Ricky Rubio had eight points and 10 assists.Jabari Parker led Washington with 19 points while Beal finished shooting just 4-of-12 as the Wizards wrapped up a five-game homestand at 3-2.Beal said he hadn’t been defended like he was on Monday since high school.“They face guarded me the whole game,” Beal said. “You know I’m not going to score 40 points every night, everybody knows that. I’m not Superman.”Washington fell 4½ games behind eighth-place Miami in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Beal missed his first three shots and managed just five points in the first half.“They did a good job when (Beal) was open, they sent another guy,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “When he was driving the lane they had the big buy down there. That’s how they play. They’re a good defensive team.”Washington shot 42 percent for the game and 30 percent from long distance. Utah shot 54 percent from the field and made 14 3-pointers.TIP-INSJazz: Gobert joined Mitchell on Monday as the second Utah to player to earn Western Conference Player of the Week honors this season. … Gobert had his 55th double-double of the season. … Thabo Sefolosha returned after missing Saturday’s game against the Nets with left hamstring tightness and had six points in 12 minutes. … Dante Exum missed his second straight game after partially tearing his right patellar tendon on March 14.Wizards: Beal earned his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week award on Monday. … Have lost three straight at home to Utah. … Brooks picked up a technical foul in the second quarter.MESSAGE RECEIVEDAfter the Wizards hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions — two by Bobby Portis — to trim a 12-point deficit to nine early in the third quarter, Snyder called timeout and yelled at his stars.“We were bad,” Snyder said. “A couple of them Rudy didn’t get back to Portis and he’s been shooting the ball well. We had a couple breakdowns that weren’t acceptable, not just to me but to them, too. I thought Donovan and Rudy really needed to pick it up.”The pair responded and just over three minutes later the lead was up to 19. View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra HOWARD UNLIKELYAsked if Dwight Howard was being shut down for this season, Brooks said: “Not officially.”Howard (back surgery) has played just nine games this season for Washington and is now dealing with a hamstring issue.“The season is winding down. It’s going to be tough, but you never know,” Brooks said.UP NEXTJazz: Visit New York on Wednesday.Wizards: At Chicago on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Jazz were up to the task on Monday night as Beal managed only 15 points and failed to hit a 3-pointer for the third time this season in Utah’s 116-95 win over Washington.Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 as Utah won its fourth straight game and sixth overall against Washington.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGobert, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, was perfect from the field (6 of 6) for Utah, which remained seventh in the West, one-half game behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City.“We had some guys that guarded (Beal) that worked and you’re not going to guard a player of his caliber with one guy,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We had a good awareness.” Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Read Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption
Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have opened the 46th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS with focus on the political and security situation and the Ebola virus in the sub region.According to a Foreign Ministry dispatch, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, host of the occasion, outlined both success and challenges the regional body has encountered as it prepares to observe its 40th anniversary come 2015. At the opening ceremony held this morning at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the Nigerian Leader spoke of the improved economic growth in West Africa which he noted is one of the fastest growing economies on the continent.He, however, lamented the over 7,000 deaths in West Africa resulting from Ebola, which he identified as one of the many very serious challenges facing the sub region: “In the last six months, I have witnessed the negative impact of the Ebola virus disease in the region.”Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, is representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who could not attend because of the frontline role she is playing in the crucial fight against Ebola in meeting the ‘zero-cases before Christmas’ target.Making an appeal for more support towards the Ebola fight, the Nigerian leader called on member states as well as development partners and the international community at large to contribute generously to the ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund to fight the Ebola virus disease.President Jonathan also named the rising trend of terrorism in West Africa as a worrisome issue that threatens the peace and insecurity of the sub-region as a result of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, which he stressed, has direct consequences.Also speaking was the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority, Ghanaian President John Mahama, who asked for “all hands on deck to contain the scourge of the Ebola virus”. He said the socio-economic setbacks created by the Ebola epidemic in the three most-affected countries also have sub regional consequences.”We acknowledge that Ebola is a threat to our regional integration process and to our regional peace, security and economic development”, Chairman Mahama said.He cautioned that despite progress in Liberia and Guinea against the virus, details from Sierra Leone warrant a cause for serious concern.”Let me caution that Ebola is still a very serious challenge and we cannot entertain any complacency or relent in our efforts until the last infected person is cured of the disease and the disease is wiped out from the affected countries. I wish therefore to urge all of us to keep our hands firmly on deck, spare no effort, and [remain] vigilant until we eradicate Ebola from our sub region”, he statedEarlier, the Chairman stressed peace and security in West Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso and in Guinea Bissau as he urged his colleagues to reflect and take stock of all the work ECOWAS has managed to do in this past year and also to take practical steps to consolidate peace and security in the sub region, strengthen democracy and good governance and to address topical issues affecting the more than 350 million people of the sub region.He said notable progress has been made in addressing political and security challenges, citing the holding of successful presidential election in Guinea Bissau. The Ghanaian leader then added that 2015 will be key for the sub region as Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Ivory Coast hold elections in the coming year.Other speakers at the opening event included Mohammed Ibn Chambers, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representation for West Africa and the head of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo who all re-echoed previous speakers during the opening session.The summit will be climaxed with a communiqué at the conclusion of deliberations of the day-long event.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
According to the Amnesty International 2015/2016 report there is a high level of acceptance of domestic violence in Guyana.Amnesty International also noted discrimination and violence against the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community remains a serious concern.The report stated that the incidence rates of sexual and physical violence against women and children continue at an alarming rate. It noted that a Latin American Public Opinion Project survey published in 2014, had indicated that acceptance of domestic violence was soaring in the country.Although the Guyana Police Force had registered 300 reports of rape for 2015 as of November, compared with 238 for the same period the previous year, the report found it alarming that the convictions rates were low. It stated that Guyana’s Women’s Rights groups have disclosed that the Police continually fail to take domestic violence reports seriously.On the other hand, child rights are being infringed with corporal punishment in schools still being implemented. The report indicated that this is in breach of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and despite consultations being held with the Government and civil society, the law remains unchanged.Violence towards LGBT peopleThe report further said that there continues to be no legal protection against discrimination, based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Also noting that same-sex sexual conduct between men remained criminalised.In July 2015, days after civil society groups held a candlelight vigil to mark the one-year death anniversary of two transgender sex workers, a transgender sex worker known as “Nephi”, was killed in Georgetown.The report added that the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), a local NGO, continued to receive reports of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.It stated that, according to SASOD, transgender youths continue to be made homeless due to discrimination from within their home environment, while children’s homes lacked the capacity to respond to their needs.It said that while Guyana had agreed “to strengthen the protection of LGBT individuals and to continue its effort in eliminating discrimination against LGBT people, starting with the review of its related legislation,” the reform of the Criminal Law Offences Act, was rejected.
firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The effort to unionize hotels near Los Angeles International Airport drew criticism Thursday from some employees who work there, even as union supporters announced plans to hold a demonstration today. Several workers at the LAX Hilton challenged some of the claims made by UNITE Here in its organizing efforts at the hotel and said workers who do not want to join the union are being harassed. “As employees of the LAX Hilton, we are tired of being bullied by UNITE Here,” the workers said in a prepared statement. “In these last two years, we have been the target of a campaign not for the betterment of employees or wages or benefits, but simply to increase the union’s membership.” Meanwhile, union supporters announced plans to hold an interfaith rally of religious, political and community leaders today in support of a boycott at the LAX Hilton. “The LAX Hilton has been at the center of a year-long effort to transform conditions for thousands of hotel workers on Century Boulevard,” the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy said in a statement. “The hotel spent nearly $250,000 to oppose a living wage for these workers and is challenging the law in court with other hotels.” Several former employees of the hotel recently filed a labor complaint over their dismissals, saying they were fired for their union activities. The LAX Hilton has been targeted for a boycott by the unions, who won the support of City Council President Eric Garcetti. Garcetti last month issued a letter that was sent to potential L.A. Convention Center attendees, urging them to boycott the Hilton and find accommodations elsewhere.
Can you remember Peter Schmeichal’s amazing overhead kick against Wimbledon in the FA Cup?The Manchester United goalkeeper sprinted to the other end of the field to hammer home a late striker, only to see his effort chalked off for offside.Well son Kapser, currently on the books at Leicester City, wanted to get in on the act and scored this amazing overhead kick during training.Check out the 27-year-old in action above and relive Peter’s effort below….
“I’m happy for the team, all the fans, we needed that, even if it was not a match for the purists,” said Monaco coach Henry afterwards.“Style is important, in general, but… we can think about style later.”Falcao’s fifth league goal of the campaign secured Monaco’s first win in any competition since the opening day of the league season, a miserable run of form that has left them second-bottom in Ligue 1 despite Saturday’s win.The victory came seven games into Henry’s reign at Monaco, where a host of injuries has further complicated an already difficult start to his tenure.“This is only the beginning, there are still a lot of matches and battles to come. I happy for the team, for the hard work they put in that for a while was not rewarded.”– Disjointed PSG –Earlier on Saturday Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani saved a disjointed performance from runaway leaders PSG to maintain their 100 percent start to the season ahead of the crunch Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.Neymar and Mbappe were both injured during friendlies in the international break, and PSG are sweating on their recovery for the huge Group C clash with the Parisians just a point behind the Reds and Napoli and gunning to qualify from the competition’s tightest group.Shorn of their two stars, PSG dominated possession but struggled to create chances against 15th-placed Toulouse.However coach Thomas Tuchel said that he was “optimistic” that the pair could return for the match at the Parc des Princes.“I am more optimistic (than on Friday) because both did individual training today,” said Tuchel after his team’s win.“I hope they will be able to train with the whole team on Monday.”Cavani ensured that their domestic dominance was consolidated when he expertly controlled a ninth-minute knockdown after a period of scrappy play, then spun Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian with a neat flick before firing home the winner.His goal put PSG a full 15 points ahead of second placed Lyon, who prevailed in a tight derby with Saint-Etienne on Friday night thanks to Jason Denayer’s second half header.On Sunday Lille can take back second place from Lyon with a win over Nice, while local rivals Montpellier and Marseille continue their battle for the Champions League places.Rudi Garcia’s Marseille are sixth but would overtake Saint-Etienne should they beat lowly Amiens, while their fellow southern club Montpellier take on Rennes knowing a win would take them second should Lille stumble at Nice.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry Was yet to see Monaco win in his three games since taking chargePARIS, France, Nov 25 – Radamel Falcao secured Thierry Henry his first win as Monaco boss with a free-kick that would have made his manager proud as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for Liverpool’s visit by strengthening their hold on Ligue 1 with a routine win over Toulouse without Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.The Colombian striker struck with a dipping set-piece nine minutes after the break, and Henry could be seen smiling on the touchline as his players celebrated Falcao’s winner wildly.
A partly cloudy morning with little wind and small waves should make weather a non-factor. The men start at 6:45 a.m. and the women at 6:50.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The point-to-point Olympic distance course begins with a swim of nine-tenths of a mile in the Pacific Ocean off Venice Beach, transitions to a 24.8-mile bike ride from the beach through Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles, and finishes with a 6.2-mile run to the finish line at Staples Center. Bennett (5 hours, 11 minutes last year) leads the men and Snowsill the women in the series standings. Bennett is 3-for-3, having won in Minneapolis, New York and Chicago. If he wins this event and the series finale, he will earn $208,000 for the five events plus a bonus of $300,000 awarded for winning all five races in the series. Snowsill is 2-for-3, and traveled to Los Angeles directly from last Sunday’s ITU World Championships in Germany, where she finished second. She is a three-time ITU World Champion. Among those who figure to contend in the men’s division are Craig Walton of Australia, American Paul Matthews and Simon Lessing of Great Britain. Walton is the 2002 and 2003 L.A. champion, and stands second behind Bennett in the series points race. Challenging Snowsill are Julie Dibens of Great Britain and Pip Taylor of Australia, who stand second and fourth, respectively, in the women’s points standings. TRIATHLON: Defending champions also lead series. By The Associated Press Australians Greg Bennett and Emma Snowsill will defend their titles today in the eighth annual Los Angeles Triathlon. More than 2,700 recreational, amateur and professional triathletes will be competing in the fourth of five events in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series that finishes Oct. 14 in Dallas with the U.S. Open Triathlon Championships.