Buss brothers agree to new board of directors for Lakers, with Jeanie Buss on it

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Lakers president Jeanie Buss appears to have won the battle with two of her brothers to remain in control of the team – at least for now.According to court documents filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Jim and Johnny Buss signed a consent agreement on Monday that waives the team’s annual shareholders meeting and elects Jeanie Buss to the Lakers’ board of directors.In addition to Jeanie Buss, the consent agreement elects brothers Johnny Buss and Joey Buss – president of the D-Fenders development league team – to the board, along with Lakers CEO Francis Mariani and AEG President Dan Beckerman.Two weeks ago, Jeanie Buss thwarted an apparent coup attempt by Jim and Johnny Buss to oust her from her job as the team’s governor. Jeanie Buss filed a temporary restraining order to prevent the brothers from scheduling a board meeting that did not include her on the ballot for directors. If she was not elected, she would not be able to serve as the team’s president. In his will, late Lakers owner Jerry Buss placed Jeanie Buss in the top position on the club, and her brother Jim as vice president of basketball operations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJeanie Buss withdrew her request when the brothers canceled the meeting.That coup attempt came just days after Jeanie Buss fired her brother, Jim Buss, and installed Lakers legend Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations. She also fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and replaced him with Kobe Bryant’s former agent, Rob Pelinka.In the court affidavit, Jeanie’s attorneys said the agreement lasts for a year, requiring her to “file yet another series of petitions to prevent Jim and Johnny from breaching their fiduciary duties.” The document asks a judge to mandate her brothers elect her to the board every year for the rest of her life.A probate hearing is set for May 15.Meeting of the minds About an hour and 45 minutes before Friday’s game against Milwaukee, Lakers coach Luke Walton emerged from his Staples Center office with Pelinka. Since Pelinka’s hiring, Walton has often talked about the NBA and college basketball with his new colleague.“It’s been a very nice and easy transition considering how complex it really is while that is happening in the middle of the season,” Walton said. “As far as my relationship, it’s been great.”Walton said he has abstained from talking about offseason plans with Pelinka, saying he is solely focused on coaching the rest of this season. But Walton welcomed Pelinka and Johnson speaking individually with players following Thursday’s practice.“It’s good just because of all the change,” Walton said. “It’s good when they come down here and they talk to the guys and let the team know ‘We’re still united and we still believe in this young core we have and the future of our team.’ ”Providing perspectiveBucks coach Jason Kidd clearly figured out how he wanted to run an offense during his 19-year NBA career. He ranks second all-time in assists (12,091) and 80th in points (17,529).“It was always to set the table. That would make it a little bit easier for me to score,” Kidd said. “It’s just about a feel, basketball IQ and also having the right teammates that can help you set the table. When it comes down to it, you want the ball to be a part of a winning play.”Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell admittedly has struggled with knowing when to look for his shot and when to pass. Though Kidd said that learning curve applies to most young players, he also stressed not being afraid to fail and to learn from mistakes.“It’s alright to put yourself out there, to miss a shot or make a mistake, to be able to learn from it and own it,” Kidd said. “If you can do that, good things will follow.”Injury updateLakers forward Tarik Black missed Friday’s game because of flu-like symptoms.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Terry Kirby: inspiring more disabled golfers

first_img17 Oct 2016 Terry Kirby: inspiring more disabled golfers Terry Kirby, 60, from Chesterfield, was an active rugby player in his youth, but a tumour on his spinal cord in 1994 left him paraplegic, and unable to walk, aged just 38.During his recovery, Terry tried different para-sports to stay active and keep competitive and he represented Great Britain in ice-sledge hockey and horse driving trials.Terry had initially started playing golf in the year before his surgery, and had a long break from the game after his tumour. It was on the advice of his physio that Terry gave handigolf a try, playing from a seated position. Once he started playing regularly again Terry was able to get back into golf quickly, seeing his handicap fall and his love of the game pick up.Now, Terry will be the 2017 Senior Captain at Tapton Park Golf Club in Derbyshire, playing regularly in club competition against non-disabled golfers as well taking part in disabled competitions with great success, winning five national championships.Terry said: “Golf is such a fantastic sport for disabled people. You are able to play either on your own or with friends, no matter if they are disabled or not. For other sports, like wheelchair basketball or wheelchair rugby, you need to have a group of wheelchair users in order to have a game – golf isn’t like that.“With the handicap system, I am able to play competitively against other golfers from my buggy and have a really good game, no matter who I am playing.”Terry is very active when it comes to getting other disabled people to get into golf. He is heavily involved with the Handigolf Foundation, the charity dedicated to wheelchair golf, and helps to organise golf taster sessions in his area.Chris Turner, National Sports Director at WheelPower said: “It can be easy to overlook physical fitness and exercise if you are a wheelchair user. But playing golf can bring important health benefits and can help make everyday living easier and also more enjoyable.“Taking part in regular physical activity such as golf is good for physical and mental wellbeing, and can be a great way for wheelchair users to meet new people. Taking part in golf will make your heart stronger and more efficient, help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, helps maintain a healthy weight and makes pushing your wheelchair easier.”Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about beginner courses, taster lessons and special events at clubs and ranges nationwide.last_img read more

Zebu Forno Makes a Move

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Look for Zebu Forno in a new location in about a month. Finding it shouldn’t take too long as the café is moving just three storefronts on Broad Street.The downtown eatery is actually moving from 20 Broad Street, where it had operated for 11 years, to 12 Broad, just north of its longstanding location.Zebu’s owner and proprietor Andrew Gennusa said the reason for the move was because of an ongoing dispute with his former landlord over rent prices.“They tried to work with us,” Gennusa said of the 20 Broad property owner. “But we just couldn’t afford the rent anymore. And they weren’t willing to work with us to the level that we needed to be worked with to stay in that location.”The new site, he said, gives his café about the same approximate 2,400 square feet of space but for “literally close to half of the existing rent,” he said, without noting the actual cost.For Gennusa the move was not a matter he entered into lightly, as he was aware that closing for a number of months could mean the loss of his regular clientele who patronized his location for his coffee and baked goods in the morning and other items for lunch. “But in this case the gain is just so tremendous it was worth the down time,” he said.The new location and operation will be “virtually identical” to what he had been running, he said. The difference with the new location, Gennusa explained, would be a somewhat more centralized kitchen where sandwiches and entrees would be prepared; in the old location, the counter employees would do it right there, in some regard slowing down the process, he said. Gennusa had been looking for another Broad Street location for a while. “It’s not a secret there’s a lot of locations available on Broad Street,’ given the number of vacancies the business thoroughfare has seen in the last few years, he said. But the deal he received for this spot was the best of the offering. And Gennusa has entered into a 10-year lease for the site. The last couple of years have been tough business-wise, he said, but things have seemed to be turning the corner, not just for his operation but for other spots in the downtown business district. “My expectation is when we reopen we’ll be busier than ever,” he predicted.His 20 Broad Street location closed on Sept. 12 and the new spot is expected to open at the end of November or early December.Gennusa’s other site is in Morristown, which operates as a licensed location. Other Zebu Forno sites, such as in Holmdel and Freehold have since closed.last_img read more

PROCTOR’S BIRDATTHEWIRE HEADS GRADE II, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIELD OF SEVEN OLDER FILLIES & MARES TO CONTEST 1 1/16 MILES

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2016)–Formerly trained by Dale Romans, Birdatthewire, fresh off an upset win going seven furlongs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, heads a field of seven older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.Ridden by Mike Smith, Birdatthewire, who is now conditioned by Tom Proctor, rallied from far back to take the La Brea by a half length and is well suited to the stretch out, as she has two wins from four tries at a mile and a sixteenth.Although she has a penchant for “running out” in her races, Birdatthewire was full of run early in the La Brea and won easier than her margin of victory would indicate.“Dale told me that she likes to run out when she’s making her run, ‘So just let her,’” said Smith following the La Brea. “So, as long as she kept catching them, I just kept letting her run to the outside. We were way past the middle of the racetrack, but she just kept running…This is the only time I’ve been on her, but I’m certain she’s getting better.”Owned by Forum Racing, IV, Birdatthewire, who has four wins from 11 starts with earnings of $569,090, will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.Although he was impressed with Birdatthewire’s effort in the La Brea, Smith will instead ride trainer Jim Cassidy’s Yahilwa, who had been handled in her last four starts by the recently departed James Graham.Third, beaten a neck two starts back in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Spinster Stakes Oct. 4 at Keeneland, Yahilwa has been idle since running sixth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Oct. 30. Owned by Deron Pearson’s D.P. Racing, LLC, Yahilwa, a 6-year-old mare by Medaglia d’Oro, is 31-6-5-5 overall with earnings of $519,495.Trainer Simon Callaghan’s Taris, a facile winner of the Grade III, one mile Go For Wand Handicap Nov. 27 at Aqueduct, returns to her home base at Santa Anita Saturday and could pose an elusive target on the lead with Gary Stevens engaged to ride. Off at odds of 4-5 in New York, the 5-year-old mare by Flatter pressed the early pace and took command around the far turn under Joel Rosario.Ridden by Stevens to an impressive win four starts back in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Rancho Bernardo Handicap Aug. 16 at Del Mar, Taris could get early pressure from Tara’s Tango or supplemental entrant, Illuminant, who has raced primarily on turf.The complete field for the Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockey and weights in post position order: Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 118; Illuminant, Flavien Prat, 118; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 118; Honey Ride, Tyler Baze, 118; Yahilwa, Mike Smith, 118; Birdatthewire, Drayden Van Dyke, 120, and Taris, Gary Stevens, 118.                First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. ALTHOUGH RIDDEN TO VICTORY BY SMITH IN GRADE I LA BREA, ‘BIRD’ TO BE HANDLED FOR FIRST TIME BY VAN DYKE ON SATURDAYlast_img read more