first_img Twitter Facebook Local NewsElections Facebook By Odessa American – April 19, 2021 Early voting begins today WhatsApp Early voting begins today for the Ector County Independent School District and The Ector County Hospital District.Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through April 23 and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-27 at the Ector County Courthouse Annex, room 104, 1010 E. Eighth St.Election Day is May 1.Ben Quiroz, left, and Kathy Rhodes.The District 7 board seat on the Ector County Hospital District Board is being sought by incumbent Ben Casey Quiroz, who wants a second term. His challenger is Odessan Kathy Rhodes.Quiroz, a chiropractor at HQ Chiropractic in Odessa, said he is seeking re-election because he has the experience and leadership skills to make sure Medical Center Hospital continues to provide quality services to the community.Rhodes and her husband are the co-owners of Custom Wholesale Supply and Johnstone Supply Chain specializing in the wholesale of heating and air condition systems – a family-owned business in operation for 45 years.Rhodes said she decided to make a bid for the board seat because residents need their voices heard, and she wants to make sure future decisions made by the hospital are fiscally responsible.Ector County ISD Board of Trustees Position 4 candidates Chris Stanley, left, and Jesse Christesson.In the race for the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees Position 4, appointed incumbent Chris Stanley will face Jesse Christesson.Stanley is associate professor of art at the University of Texas Permian Basin. An Iowa City, Iowa, native, Stanley earned a degree in secondary English education from the University of Kansas with the goal of becoming a middle school English teacher. At the same time, he earned a bachelor of fine arts in design with an emphasis in ceramics and that led to getting an MFA in art from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, which then led to him being hired to come to Odessa in 1992.Christesson works for Black Gold Rental Tools and said he was homeschooled through high school graduation.For sample ballets or more information, visit or the elections office if you are unsure of your voting status at the Ector County Election Office, 1010 E. Eighth St., or call 432-498-4030. Pinterest Twitter Previous articleScholarshipNext articleGOOD NEWS: American Momentum announces new market president Odessa American WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgpoco_bw/iStock(HOUSTON) — A massive chemical fire south of Houston, Texas, triggered an emergency order for locals to shelter in place even after a dangerous chemical was detected in the air.Local officials and public health experts say most of the risk from the Deer Park fire has passed and that further testing didn’t find elevated levels of the dangerous chemical after a release this morning.But activists say the nearly week-long incident brought attention to the risk to communities located near facilities in the U.S. that use dangerous chemicals on a daily basis.“We’re all being completely violated in a way that we’re really not talking about,” Yvette Arellano, an activist with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, or TEJAS, told ABC News earlier this week.She said TEJAS has been pushing for a more comprehensive air monitoring system around the chemical facilities near Houston, harsher enforcement of violations, and more transparency about the impact of fires like this on the surrounding area.The group says this week’s fire brought attention to incidents they see all the time.The Houston Chronicle reported in 2016 sees an incident at a facility working with hazardous chemicals every six weeks on average.“This is the reason why, whenever there’s a fire people finally get to see what the home of the largest petrochemical complex looks like only when this sort of thing happens and then they turn a blind eye,” said Anna Parras, another member of the group.After Hurricane Harvey, storm-related damage triggered a separate toxic fire that prompted calls for companies to be more prepared for disasters and other unexpected scenarios that could cause problems for the public.Local officials insisted the order to stay inside was a precaution and that further testing didn’t find elevated levels of the chemical. Benzene has been linked to leukemia and other health problems but the concern is typically for long term exposures.Officials from the company, Intercontinental Terminals Company, said the chemicals were released when trying to cover a compromised tank of chemicals early Thursday morning but no additional emissions were detected.But throughout the week exposure to the chemicals, smoke, and small particles from the fire led to concern about the health impacts to children, older populations, and people with chronic illnesses.Susan Arnold, an occupational health professor at the University of Minnesota, agreed with local officials that the public health threat from the smoke earlier in the week and the benzene release was probably limited and not a greater concern if tests haven’t continued to show high levels.“We want people to be informed but not inappropriately alarmed and what we know about benzene, the cancers we know about typically occur from exposure over a long period of time,” she told ABC.Some activists are still skeptical about the comments from officials and say they still want more federal oversight of chemical facilities. Arellano said she’s still concerned and wants more information from state officials on whether residents should be concerned about exposure to chemicals or ash from their homes, pets, or even swimming pools.“Our biggest concern that folks take protective measures post everything to make sure they’re not exposed to any residue,” she said.Environmental groups conducted their own monitoring after Hurricane Harvey and found Benzene levels they said were cause for concern after the Arkema fire, even though it didn’t go over Texas’ recommended limit, according to reporting from ProPublica and the Texas Tribune.Texas has a higher limit for when Benzene released into the air triggers public health warnings than other states like California, which has some of the most stringent environmental regulations in the country. Activists who have been involved in suing to force the Trump administration to implement new rules on chemical facilities say that’s one reason there should be more federal oversight.“I know everybody says well this is a matter for states but if you think about the public health threats it’s silly to think residents in California need to have lower benzene than people in Texas,” said Daniel Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.But a former EPA official who worked as deputy administrator for the agency in Texas said EPA only takes a big role in these situations when local officials ask them to, or if there’s an extenuating circumstance. Stan Meiburg, former deputy administrator for EPA Region 6, said Texas officials are very experienced in dealing with these kinds of incidentsBut he said it’s crucial for officials to communicate clearly with communities who may not have a lot of trust in government officials, especially in Texas where the state agency has been accused of close ties to industry. He said its especially important in a situation like this for government to communicate with and help communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution or have fewer resources.“One thing government can do is make sure communities in close proximity to these facilities are being protected in the same way people with more advantages are,” he told ABC.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img “There’s a real reason to be optimistic that these reform efforts will reduce and continue to reduce drug use and its consequences on society,” said Kerlikowske. Officials said the new approach looks at drug addiction as a treatable disease rather than a crime. “My colleagues — police and others — simply put, often say we can’t arrest our way out of the drug problem,” said Kerlikowske, the so-called U.S. “drug czar,” who said that current thinking by health experts views drug addiction as a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated. He added, however, that “the drug threat is far from over and, to be sure, there is more work to be done.” The administration said it is seeking about $10 billion from Congress for drug education programs and pay for expanded access to treatment programs for drug abusers. He added that “the strategy emphasizes the importance of bolstering efforts to prevent drug use before it starts.” “For U.S. drug policy, this is nothing short of a revolution in how we approach drug control,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Center, told reporters at a press event. The policy shift comes at a time when illicit drug use in the United States, broadly speaking, is on the decline. The administration said drug abuse currently is only about one-third the rate it was in the late 1970s. center_img But the administration conceded that the picture is not entirely rosy, acknowledging in a 60 page report that illicit drug abuse has risen among teenagers, from 16.8 percent in 2006 to 19.2 percent last year, and that U.S. youth perceive marijuana use as benign. Officials said that the administration would move away from outmoded policies like the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders, and toward an approach that balances public health and safety. By Dialogo April 20, 2012 The White House unveiled a new drug policy strategy on April 17, that veers away from imposing heavy prison sentences for illicit drug use and focuses instead on prevention and treatment. The administration says its revamped drug policy increases penalties on major drug traffickers while accelerating efforts to send non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail. The White House budget for 2013 also seeks $9.4 billion for domestic law enforcement, $3.7 billion for interdiction efforts, and $2 billion for international programs.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Warning: Yee be warned, herein lies spoilers galore!If there’s anything we can definitively declare about HBO’s spellbinding hit series Westworld, it’s that nothing is what it seems—absolutely nothing.And as we prepare for the season finale—wait, we’ve already sat through nine hours of sex-crazed debauchery?—the show’s maniacal creators have given us the big reveal fans have been craving for, and one that its legion of fans had long suspected: that good ol’ Bernard is none other than Dr. Ford’s oft-mentioned park co-creator: Arnold.That well-intended shocker, however satisfying, was hardly the biggest surprise of the Sunday’s episode. We were all distracted by the Bernard-is-really-Arnold-now-it-all-makes-sense smokescreen that the creators so cleverly used to conceal from us the episode’s deepest and darkest secret to date, one in which we hardly had the bandwidth to immediately recognize the enormity of it all as the park’s facade crumbled before us: William—yes, Dolores’ wide-eyed companion—is actually the same character as the Man in Black.Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by the big wigs running the show, but all the clues are there: William somehow uses the very same knife the Man in Black has in his clutches, how they both appear to be wearing the same shirt in a previous episode, William’s primal rage finally—and horrifically—revealing itself in a bloodbath, and the episode’s not-so-veiled ending in which a silhouette of a man who appears to be William emerges, staring at Dolores. “William?” she asks. Yes, well, no, it’s the Man in Black. But yes, it’s William, at least we think so.Related: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island ParallelsConfused? Let’s explain. Fans have theorized that Dolores’ storyline is actually a different timeline than the rest of the show we’re watching, speculating that we’re witnessing events take place 30 years in the past. It’s an early period when the park had just opened. An initially apprehensive William eschews the purported pleasures the park offers but seems to be interested in discovering something greater.More clues are offered in the show’s penultimate episode. Take, for example, William’s sadistic colleague, Logan, who guts Dolores so he could showcase her robotic skeleton—a stark difference from the latest host models, which most resemble the human body. Or the aforementioned knife William uses to slaughter Logan’s brigade of apparent outlaws that just so happens to resemble the same weapon the Man in Black carries around.These clues may all seem circumstantial, until we see Dolores escaping captivity at the urging of William, who proclaims, “I’ll find you.”That takes us to the episode’s final moments when the Man in Black stumbles upon William’s new love. “Hello, Dolores,” says William, err, the Man in Black.The Dolores-William-Man in Black connection was hardly the evening’s only revelation. We also learn that Dolores killed Arnold. Why? We don’t know yet, but we’re hoping the finale offers more answers.As the season’s conclusion approaches, we’ll have to see if Maeve and Hector, whom she’s roped into her plot to flee the park once and for all, are successful. She’s been prodigious so far, so why not?In Westworld, nothing would surprise us.(Featured photo credit: HBO/Westworld)last_img read more

first_imgTopics : In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing nullifies Maguire’s conviction and United confirmed there will be a full retrial in a more senior court.”An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team,” a United spokesperson said in a statement.”This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty. Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”The case will be retried within the next two years by a court on the nearby island of Syros, sources close to the process told Reuters. Following the verdict, Maguire, who was not present at the trial, said in a statement: “I remain strong and confident regarding our innocence in this matter – if anything myself, family and friends are the victims.”Maguire’s brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman were also found guilty of offences related to the incident and received suspended prison sentences. They denied any wrongdoing.England coach Gareth Southgate withdrew Maguire from his squad for next month’s Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.Ioannis Iakovos Paradisis, the lawyer who represented the police officers on Tuesday, confirmed an appeal had been filed on behalf of all three men.He said that since the case will be heard again, the defendants will have the opportunity to appear in court this time and provide explanations.”Even if they believe that they are innocent, they could have said they are sorry,” Paradisis said. center_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been granted a full retrial after appealing against Greek court convictions on multiple charges following a brawl on the island of Mykonos last week, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.England defender Maguire was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after his arrest in a brawl in which two police officers were assaulted.The 27-year-old was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days.last_img read more

first_imgWORKING DAY AND NIGHT. The Iloilo City Police Office is mobilizing over 400 policemen to enforce the enhanced community quarantine and curfew in the metro in a bid to slow down if not stop the spread of the coronavirus disease. As frontliners in the fight against the pandemic they, too, are risking their lives like healthcare workers in the name of public service. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Themost common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Somepatients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea, according to the World Health Organization. “We are praying that our personnel whoare frontliners remain safe.  We reallyneed them in securing our borders,” said Sangrines./PN As of this writing, they were waitingto be officially declared as cleared. Dampal stressed on Monday it wasbusiness as usual at the ICPO; policemen will continue to maintain peace andorder in the city and man quarantine control points. Policemen are considered frontlinersin the city government’s campaign to curb the spread of COVID-19. Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO)director Police Colonel Eric Dampal and 40 other policemen earlier classifiedas persons under monitoring (PUMs) were thus cleared, according to ICPOspokesperson Police Captain Shella Mae Sangrines. With this development, the ICPO nowhas only two PUMs left although they already completed their 14-day homequarantine.center_img Thesesymptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected butdon’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. “Our two PUMs are in good condition,”said Sangrines. The PUI cop, who eventually testednegative for COVID-19, was assigned to the ICPO Mobile Group. On the first weekof March he went to Manila. On Monday, Mayor Jerry Treñas himselfmade the disclosure about Dampal being an PUM together with the latter’s 40policemen for having close contact with the PUI cop. He observed home quarantine beginningMarch 31. ILOILO City – The policeman classifiedas a patient under investigation (PUI) for suspected coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) infection tested negative for the SARS-CoV-12 virus.last_img read more

first_imgWilliam H. “Bill” Stuckey of Brookville, was born on January 11, 1941 in Bloomington, IN, a son to William and Helen Fields Stuckey.  He served his country with the United States Marines and began his career with the Secret Service as a Special Agent in 1965.  Bill married Crystal Mayer on November 19, 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio and she survives.  He was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Fairfield Masonic Lodge, Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service, Valley of Cincinnati Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Franklin County Sheriff’s Merit Board, and he also served a term on the Franklin County School Board.  Bill loved spending time with his family and friends, telling jokes, golfing, boating, traveling, reading, and listening to music. When he wasn’t fixing things he could be found cruising in his Mustang, top down, music blaring.  On Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the age of 78, Bill passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Those surviving who will cherish Bill’s memory include his wife Crystal Stuckey; children, Elizabeth Nesius of West Terre Haute, Brian (Denise) Busony of Huntington Beach, CA, William (Selena) Stuckey of Pensacola, FL, and Kelly (Matt) Stewart of Brookville; eleven grandchildren Helen, Max, Tommy, Harrison, Jack, Ari, Taylor, Morgan, Avery, Kessie, and Chloe; one great granddaughter Paisley; and one brother, Clay (Josephine) Stuckey of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Pastor Ladonna Webb will officiate the funeral service on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery with full military honors.Memorial donations can be directed to the Franklin County Community Foundation at 527 Main Street, Brookville, IN 47012 for Franklin County Humane Society Endowment, Florence Underwood/Virginia Hunt Endowment (funeral meals at St. Thomas Lutheran Church), and Franklin County Sheriff’s K-9 Fund. In addition, memorial contributions can also be directed to the Brook Hill Golf Club Preservation Fund, c/o Larry Lunsford, 11199 Brookhaven Road, Brookville, IN 47012.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Bill Stuckey.last_img read more

first_imgJoe Alberici kept looking down at his play sheet, looking for the answer. Army’s head coach had seen his team run almost everything he could draw up. The Black Knights had maintained possession for most of two overtimes. Still, he could not crack the Syracuse defense.But as the clock dipped below 10 seconds, his offense finally broke through. Junior attack Jeremy Boltus managed to gain some rare separation from Syracuse defender John Lade. Boltus found Army midfielder Devin Lynch open at the top of the crease for the game-winning goal. With that, No. 2 Syracuse’s quest for a third-straight national championship came to a screeching halt.The goal gave Army (11-5) a 9-8 double overtime win at the Carrier Dome in front of 5,479 fans Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Despite the Black Knights’ command of possession, Junior midfielder Jovan Miller said after the game that SU had only itself to blame. ‘I’d have to say it was just a meltdown on our part,’ he said. ‘I don’t think it had anything to do with what they were doing. I think that whenever we got possession of the ball … we were in a hurry all the time. I think we put that pressure on ourselves.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe loss marks the first defeat for SU (13-2) in a tournament game at the Dome since a 1991 loss to North Carolina in the national semifinals. Bad turnovers and unproductive offense cost Syracuse against the Black Knights. Army advances to play No. 7 Cornell in Stony Brook, N.Y. next Sunday.The first three quarters of the game looked like an instant replay of the teams’ meeting earlier this season. The Orange had enough firepower to overcome some uncharacteristically sloppy play on offense (19 turnovers on the day, 10 of them unforced) as junior goalie John Galloway and the defense turned away the Army attack.But after an Army shot rolled out of bounds with 2.6 seconds left in the first half, momentum swung the Black Knights way thanks to one possession. Army junior midfielder Rob McCallion held the ball near the back end line, waiting for the referees whistle to restart play. As he waited, the rest of the Black Knights organized themselves for the inbounds play.When the whistle blew, Lynch weaved his way through the cluster of players and cut to the top of the crease. McCallion hit him with the pass and the sophomore buried the easy shot with one second left for what Alberici called ‘the most important goal of the game’. It pulled Army within two — down 6-4 — just before the break and foreshadowed the game’s stunning conclusion.In the second half, the typical Syracuse run that buried the Orange’s lesser opponents all year never materialized. Army goalie Tom Palesky made multiple saves on Syracuse possessions. SU’s passes went high, low and wide of each other’s sticks. SU’s faceoff men didn’t win a faceoff in the third quarter but even when the defense made stops, the Orange attack simply sputtered.‘We didn’t really stay composed and run our offense the way we know we can,’ said senior attack Cody Jamieson, who led Syracuse with three goals. ‘… They just did what they had to do.’Without the offensive production, Army evened the game at eight when Boltus broke free in transition for his second goal of the night with 6:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.After the score, neither team could capitalize on their opportunities before the end of regulation. SU sophomore Tim Desko bounced a shot off the post followed by Army midfielder Jeremy Butler clanging the ball off the iron on the other end.SU was turned away multiple times in the last three minutes before an Army turnover on the last possession sent the game into overtime.As the game went into extras, Alberci could sense it. In his mind, the longer the game went — and the more he exhausted his play sheet — the better the Black Knights’ chances.‘I think we probably had a little advantage at that point,’ Alberici said. ‘… When it went into overtime, I think the pressure turned to Syracuse a little bit there because everybody would be patting us on the back if we lost to Syracuse in overtime.’Once the game was in overtime, the Black Knights took over. Galloway and the defense did all they could, though. The goalie made 10 of his 16 saves after halftime and the defense kept Army in check for nearly the full two overtimes.But the offense couldn’t put anything together. On its best chance in the first overtime, junior attack Stephen Keogh dropped a pass near the crease. The only time the Orange had possession in the offensive zone in the second overtime, junior midfielder Josh Amidon sent a shot wide and Army defender Bill Henderson beat SU attack Chris Daniello to the ball.On that ensuing possession, the Orange defense finally gave in. Lynch’s shot connected with the back of the net. SU’s title defense was over.The entire Orange defensive unit dropped to the Dome turf. Jamieson jogged into the locker room and hurled a ball into the wall out of frustration. Junior midfielder Joel White sat down on the crease.White, Miller and the Syracuse juniors had never lost a tournament game before. Thanks to Lynch, they finally know what it feels like.‘It’s one of those things where you feel like crying,’ Miller said. ‘But you just don’t have it in you.‘You just can’t believe it.’ [email protected] Comments Published on May 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season SAN DIEGO — If the Dodgers are going to land one of the remaining top-tier free agents this winter, it might require them to do something they have largely avoided – engage in a bidding war at the top of the market.One of the top three free agents available, right-hander Stephen Strasburg, agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract Monday to return to the Washington Nationals. The deal is the largest ever signed by a pitcher.“I think it was a great deal for Stephen and obviously a great deal from the Nationals’ standpoint,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said of the news. “I always think it’s great when there’s a homegrown player that’s potentially signed up to finish his career in the same place. There’s something nostalgic about that for me.”In practical terms, it impacts the Dodgers’ offseason in two ways. In 2015, they made an aggressive offer to right-hander Zack Greinke after he exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with them (believed to be for five years and $155 million). That was topped not only by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who signed Greinke for six years and $206.5 million, but by an offer from the San Francisco Giants.And in 2016-17, the Dodgers added a fifth year to their offer to closer Kenley Jansen, who was prepared to sign with the Nationals.POSITION SWITCHIf the Dodgers do sign Rendon – or Donaldson, another free agent third baseman they are believed to be interested in – it would mean some changes in a crowded infield. Friedman acknowledged that he has talked with incumbent third baseman Justin Turner about the possibility of playing another position in 2020.“Not surprisingly, JT’s mindset is – ‘Whatever puts us in the best position to win. Whatever, whenever,” Friedman said. “Not surprising.”If Turner is asked to play another position, Friedman said it would be “a safe assumption” that he would move to first base, not second. That would leave a logjam of Max Muncy, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager (all left-handed hitters) at second base and shortstop and likely make newly-minted NL MVP Cody Bellinger a full-time outfielder.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Turner, who recently turned 35, will be in the final year of his contract in 2020. By most metrics, his defense at third base has declined the past two years. But Friedman said he views that “as more of a one-year aberration” than a sign of decline.“Just knowing him, knowing his work ethic, knowing all he’ll put into it, coupled with when you play as much as he does, when you get on base as much as he does, nagging things pop up and I think they can have an effect on guys on defense – I’ll bet on him to put in the work this winter and be in a really good spot going into next year,” Friedman said. “That being said, I also anticipate him playing a lot and being on base a lot which means he could develop some nagging injuries from that. But I’ll bet on him to put himself in the best position.”ALSOJosh Bard is rejoining the Dodgers’ coaching staff as bullpen coach, replacing Mark Prior who will replace Rick Honeycutt as pitching coach. Bard was on Dave Roberts’ original staff before leaving to become bench coach on Aaron Boone’s New York Yankees staff the past two seasons. Strasburg’s deal sets a very high floor for the other top free-agent pitcher, right-hander Gerrit Cole. Strasburg and Cole are both represented by Scott Boras, who is reportedly aiming for an eight- to 10-year deal for Cole worth more than $300 million. The New York Yankees and Angels are expected to duke it out financially for Cole’s services with the Dodgers interested but likely not as motivated.At the same time, the Nationals’ commitment to Strasburg makes it less likely that they will be able to re-sign third baseman Anthony Rendon as well. Also represented by Boras, Rendon could command a contract approaching the eight-year, $260-million extension Nolan Arenado signed with the Colorado Rockies in February. Principal Nationals owner Mark Lerner said recently that “we really can only afford to have one of” Strasburg and Rendon – a stance Nationals GM Mike Rizzo tried to modify Monday following Strasburg’s signing.“This ownership group has never shied away from putting the resources together to field a championship-caliber club. I don’t see them in any way hindering us from going after the elite players in the game,” Rizzo said. “I think that Mark realizes that there’s ways to fit players in. There’s ways that you can field a championship-caliber roster. And, again, the resources have always been there, so I don’t expect that to change.”In addition to the Nationals, the Texas Rangers are known to have keen interest in Rendon (a Texas native). The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves (if Josh Donaldson moves on) are also potential suitors.Under Friedman, the Dodgers have been linked to some of the most expensive free agents each winter but, from all indications, have avoided a back-and-forth bidding war except for two cases.last_img read more

first_img Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele is wanted by Liverpool Jurgen Klopp wants Ousmane Dembele but can only sign him if Mohamed Salah leaves Liverpool this summer, report Mundo Deportivo.The German manager is extremely keen on the 21-year-old Barcelona ace, previously of Borussia Dortmund, as he looks to add another versatile element to his forward line.However, despite Klopp’s desire to land Dembele, who can play on either flank or behind a striker, it’s unlikely a transfer will happen unless the club sell super Salah.The Egyptian is wanted by Real Madrid, so it’s not out of the question a chain reaction could see Dembele turn up at Anfield.Klopp is so keen on the French starlet he’s also open to a loan move, and is prepared to talk to his mother about his plans for the player should he move to Merseyside.Liverpool’s probable move to sign a goalkeeper also complicates the matter with most of their current options likely to cost a huge sum. 1last_img read more