Phil Younghusband engaged to Fil-Spanish GF

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The couple made their relationship public in 2015 after posting photos on social media of their travels. Since then, they have constantly updated their social media pages of their trips together.  The footballer previously dated actress Angel Locsin for over a year. Their relationship ended in 2013. He and sexy star Bangs Garcia exclusively dated for six months in 2014. JBRELATED STORIES:Phil and James–On losing Mom and Dad, living their passion, being with the women they lovePhil Younghusband officially admits breakup with Angel LocsinYounghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Azkals striker Phil Younghusband is engaged to girlfriend of two years, Margaret Hall.Younghusband announced on Instagram that he had a “magical Christmas” after proposing to the Filipino-Spanish model.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Curry makes season-best 10 3-pointers in return from injury Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We are beyond blessed to have shared this special moment with our family,” wrote the 30-year-old Fil-Brit. According to their posts, they have been spending their Christmas vacation in Switzerland. LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

Nigerian Arrested with Cocaine Concealed in Slippers

first_imgThe Nimba County branch of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) over the weekend arrested a 32-year old Nigerian with over US$7,000 worth of cocaine.Suspect Paul Omenyi Ikegbunam was arrested at the Immigration Check Point near Ganta, Nimba County.According to the DEA the cocaine was found concealed in a pair of African slippers the suspect had on his feet. The content was filled with the cocaine and the edges sewn with a thread.Security personnel took notice of the suspect when they observed him walking uncomfortably as though he was physically challenged (crippled) but the slippers were puffed up, suggesting that something was hidden in them.The DEA put the quantity of the cocaine to about 315.1 grams with the street value of US$7, 875 and L$677, 250.“This is our normal routine as DEA officers so we searched his bag and, not satisfied, we decided to search his slippers on his feet,” said one of the officers.The suspect, the DEA said, was hesitant at first to take off his slippers, “after we asked to search his slippers; but we took them any way from his feet and discovered that the cocaine was concealed in the slippers.”The officer explained that the suspect entered Liberia on board a taxi cab with plate number TX-0156, along with other passengers.He said later the driver, identified as John Kollie was asked to help security with further investigations.“If this man has ridden on a private car or on an NGO vehicle, which sometimes collect passengers on the side walk, the suspect would have had a free ride to Monrovia, thereby evading arrest,” an observer remarked at the DEA office in Ganta.Suspect Paul Ikegbunam told investigators that he traveled by road from Nigeria passing through several West African countries, including Togo, Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire, and entered Liberia through the Loguatuo Port of entry in Gbelay-Geh District, near Karnplay City.“I rode on car from Lagos to the Ivory Coast before crossing to Liberia,” he was quoted by the DEA as saying.The suspect, has meanwhile pleaded for mercy, saying that the slippers were given to him by one John Obiora, also a Nigerian, residing in Lagos, Nigeria, but did not know it contained cocaine.He said it was his first time coming to Liberia and he claimed that Obiora, “told me that when I reach Monrovia, I should inform him so he can connect me with another Nigerian in Monrovia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNICEF Newly Constructed School Delights Students in Fofee Town

first_imgCaldwell dwellers in the Fofee Town community over the week jubilated after a newly constructed and furnished school was handed over to the Ministry of Education (MOE) by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for use by students in the town and neighboring communities.Students of the Fofee Town Primary School, which has 180 pupils, (83 males and 96 females) from six communities say they will benefit tremendously from the new school.“Every month my mother spends L$1,500 for me to cross the river in a canoe to be able to attend school. As you can see, the school was in a poor condition with no bathroom. But this new school that has everything inside will give us all the zeal and something to look forward to when we come to school now,” added Princess Khran, a student of the 6thgrade.Principal Morris Dixon Fofee says that he is overwhelmed by the commitment of the government and looks forward to working with the MOE further. “This is a dream we’ve had. The school started with a study class and the people saw the need to build a school here. PLAN International had a quick impact project and built this school in 2008. Due to the poor condition we wrote the government and told them that there was a need for a new school to be built and luckily for us it happened,” he said.UNICEF managed the construction of the new school, which was funded by the government of Japan. The school has chairs, black boards, desk, library room, teachers lounge, administration office, bathroom and equipment.“The children of Fofee Town will be able to continue their education in a safe learning environment designed for their needs in mind. The school includes seven new classrooms, toilets for boys and girls, hand washing facility and a separate hand pump for clean water,” stated UNICEF’s brief media briefing note.Also, the facility, which is the latest to be launched under a grant from the Government of Japan who is facilitating the construction or rehabilitation of 90 schools in 11 counties across Liberia, has a unique feature.“For the very first time, the school also features a reading room, and a principal’s office and a teachers’ lounge which will serve to enhance the school administration and provide teachers with a dedicated workspace,” the briefing stated.Meanwhile, UNICEF’s representative during the handover ceremony, Sheldon Yett, stated that UNICEF looks forward to further working with the dynamic leader in the educational sector and is optimistic and looking forward to it.Mr. Yett, who said he was present during another handing over ceremony in the same Louisiana months earlier, said:“We have a whole new set of buildings here, buildings where an old school existed before, a school that had no working doors, no plumbing, no toilets, no water and sanitation. This week with the MOE we’ll be distributing over 700,000 kits of basic teaching supplies for all the schools because UNICEF believes in the future of education.“Thanks to the generosity of Japan. Parents do whatever you can to keep these girls in the classroom, make sure that they’re fit and given time to study because studying is essential. Teachers have an important role to play, teach them, ask them questions; the future of this country is in your hands,” Mr. Yett added.Furthermore, the Minister of Education, Hon. George K. Werner added that the Fofee community gave the land free of charge to the GOL and holds it accountable in making sure to deliver on the promise of education.“We have a shared responsibility, the community owns what’s on the land and that means you should protect it along with your students so they can have a conducive atmosphere for learning. We thank the community for giving the free piece of land to educate children in this community,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Werner added that MOE is interested in promoting education for all, especially for girls.“The enrollment here is more girls than boys, I’m happy to see that. We need to empower our girls and help them to stay on course until graduation. MOE will be monitoring this school to support these girls through graduation,” he disclosed. “We’re at the point of this coalition to change the direction of education. We’ll work with Fofee Town Primary School to make this school what it was meant to be.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scores benefit from Better Hope medical outreach

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Better Hope Assembly of God Church, on Saturday hosted its first ever health fair at Better Hope.A pharmacist dispensing medication to patients at the Better Hope medical outreachA pharmacist dispensing medication to patients at the Better Hope medical outreachThe health fair targeted residents of Better Hope and neighbouring communities.While delivering brief remarks, Inter-Ministerial Sector Coordinator within the Public Health Ministry, Seewchan (only name), told the gathering that there is dire need for cooperation among faith bodies and ministries in such activities. A doctor attached to the David Rose Mental Health Unit, Oletia Halls, said hosting health fairs is a way of delivering health services to the outlying areas.“So far there has been a great turnout, (and) we are expecting more by the end of the day; so basically, we have had persons come in to do different tests, including eyes screening and blood pressure testing. We are trying our best to take the health (care initiatives to every) area, whether it is by outreaches or educational programmes. Health is an area we have to pay close attention to,” Dr Halls emphasised.Dr Halls said the fair has seen great response from villagers, and has gone well over the target.“In the blood donors section, out target was to receive 15 units of blood, and so far we already have 20 units of blood; so that tells us that persons are really interested and are getting involved,” she declared.Pastor Dale Persaud of the Better Hope Assembly of God Church noted that, through the initiative, persons will be able to access health care at ease.The fair offered the residents blood pressure testing, random blood sugar testing, HIV and blood grouping screening, blood drive, dental services, eye vision testing, and mental health screening.The fair is expected to be taken to different communities across the country in the coming months.last_img read more

More must be done to end DV, promote same-sex relations – UK envoy

first_imgWhile Guyana has made some progress in addressing societal issues, much more needs to be done in key areas such as domestic violence and legalising same-sex relations.This is according to British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn who was at the time speaking at a reception at his residence in honour of the 92nd birth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II.According to the UK diplomat, even with progress being made in some areas, challenges still remain.“Domestic abuse and child abuse is still a problem. Over my three years here, I have heard much talk about it but yet it still happens and that should be a shamePresident David Granger joins British High Commissioner Greg Quinn and his wife to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birth anniversary on Thursday evening, as Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Audrey Waddell look onon all of us – especially those who know this happens, who see it happen and who do nothing to help the victims. There can be no impunity from prosecutions if a crime has been committed, no one is above the law… And I was happy to see the first Pride parade in Guyana on June 2. I encourage all to work towards the decriminalisation of same sex relationships. Everyone has rights and it is time that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) community received the rights they deserved,” Quinn posited.He further stated that Guyana’s positive improvement on the World Press Freedom Index this year, noting that journalists’ rights cannot be taken for granted and they should be allowed to operate free from restrictive legislations.Quinn also spoke of the need for a collaborative effort to curb the “dangers that exist in the modern world”, referring to the recent piracy attack off the coast of Suriname.On this note, the British High Commissioner reflected on areas in which the UK has helped to develop in Guyana, particularly with regards to Security Sector Reform (SSR).“The past year has also seen the bedding in of significant UK support to Security Sector Reform… [But] the work being done under SSR is only part of a broader relationship we have combating serious organised crime through a wide range of assistance… There is also over £61 million of DFID (Department for International Development) expenditure committed to Guyana over the next five years. This is focused on developing infrastructure and improving health facilities,” Quinn detailed.Additionally, he noted that the UK is working with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to pave the road from Linden to Mabura Hill and construct a bridge at the Kurupukari crossing. This project falls under the multimillion-dollar UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), from which Guyana is among nine countries in the Region to benefit.Against this background, President Granger lauded the relations between Guyana and the UK, saying that it will further be strengthened over the coming years as they collaborate in various areas.“The UK, through the Department of International Development, has provided assistance to Guyana in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, disaster-relief, education, economic competitiveness, governance, law enforcement, trade facilitation, water supply, judicial service reform, public sector reform and security sector reform,”According to the Head of State, as Her Majesty steps down as Head of the Commonwealth, she leaves behind an excellent environmental legacy in the form of the ‘Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy’ – a network of forests conservation projects under which Guyana has dedicated the Kanashen Protected Area, located in the Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), spanning almost 7000 square kilometers.Britain’s ties to Guyana were initiated in the Convention of London by which the Sovereign Principality of the United Netherlands formally ceded the three colonies, Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice, to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1814 in the reign of King George III. The colonial ties were severed 52 years later when Guyana became independent under Queen Elisabeth in 1966 but cordial relations continued.last_img read more

Miner severely chopped by cutlass-wielding colleague

first_img– tells victim “a man send me to done you”A miner is now nursing several chop wounds about his hands and arms after he was brutally attacked and chopped by a co-worker who attempted to kill him after being allegedly contracted to do so.The injured man, identified as Mark Wilson called “Punter”, was at a creek in the Eroma backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), on Sunday washing his clothing when he was attacked.Reports are that Wilson noticed the suspect, who hails from Ann’s Grove on the East Coast Demerara (ECD), watching his every move from a distance.The now injured miner told the police that after he completed washing and was walking back to his camp, the suspect confronted him with a cutlass.The alleged perpetrator reportedly told Wilson “a man send me to done you” and immediately started to fire chops at him.The man reacted instantly and barely managed to use both of his hands as shields to prevent being chopped to his head.However, the cutlass and the impact of the chops resulted in a number of gaping wounds on Wilson’s hands. Moments after the chopping incident, the suspect fled the scene.Wilson managed to make it back to his camp and notified persons there about what transpired. The police were immediately contacted and a manhunt was launched with the aim of arresting the suspect.After a short search, Police ranks were able to locate the suspect and he was taken into custody. He subsequently admitted to wounding Wilson.According to a police source, the suspect told investigators that he sold Wilson a quantity of ganja but he refused to pay.As such, the suspect claimed an altercation took place between them which led to Wilson being wounded in the process.Meanwhile, the badly injured and bleeding Wilson was rushed to the Aurora Mining Company’s location in the area where he was treated for his wounds and then air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for further treatment.According to the police, the 34-year-old suspect is currently in Police custody at the Aranka Police Station, Region Seven, pending charges.last_img read more

Former Canuck Dave Babych to attend Crystal Cup

first_imgA former fan favourite of Vancouver Canucks fans will be attending the Crystal Cup. Dave Babych played seven seasons for the squad, and will be making his second appearance at the event in the last three years.Being on the lake for hockey two years back reminded of Babych of his time playing on the lake at his home when he was a youngster in Edmonton, so the decision to come back to the event was an easy one.“A couple of years ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. I grew up in Edmonton playing on outdoor rinks and we had a farm and once in awhile you got a chance to go play on the lake but it had been awhile since I did that,” Babych explained. “It was a blast; I couldn’t believe the set up they had there. The weather was beautiful. It was a little crisp out there but it was sunny and really well done. I enjoyed myself.”- Advertisement -Among the things Babych will be doing at the Crystal Cup includes being involved with the children’s portion of the event. He will also be going on a helicopter ride with two lucky winners to be determined by a draw. Giving back to young ones wherever he played was something that was important to him throughout his playing days and he’s happy to be able to continue doing that.“Even when you’re playing the team always had generic charities that you did but you always were involved in your own,” he said. “I was involved in Child Foundation and now Athletics for Kids where I’m a director. It’s something where kids need a boost too. If me showing up helps one kid or people donate money or whatever it might be, then great. It’s just part of living, helping out where you can.”The registration deadline for the Crystal Cup is next Friday. The fee to enter is $200 per team. Forms can be picked up, and dropped off at the North Peace Leisure Pool.Advertisementlast_img read more

Clark, Johnson grind out victories on Day 1

first_img“That was my fourth six-minute match all year,” a winded Clark said after barely beating Bonita’s David Stubblebean. “I could have used a first match.” As a top seed, Clark only needed to wrestle once and win to stay in the winner’s bracket when competition resumed today. So did Diamond Bar senior Marcus Johnson, who like Clark had to ease in to his victory. RIALTO – The stakes were raised, and Alta Loma senior Alton Clark was on his back. He had just won his match all right, a 9-7 nailbiter, the first and only time Clark took the mat at the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet Friday. But considering his 43-1 record with 39 pins, considering he’d only been a 145-pounder (down from 171) for two weeks, considering his seven-hour down time from weigh-in to competition, Clark had earned a brief nap. Ultimately, Johnson’s season record stayed perfect at 42-0 with a 7-2 win over Ontario’s Oscar Navarette. “They’re gunning for me, it’s not me gunning for them. I’ve never had that before,” Johnson said. “It’s kinda nice having everyone want a piece of you.” Rancho Cucamonga senior Ryan Eagleson extended his undefeated season to 42-0, beating Orange Lutheran’s Danny Salazar by technical fall and pulling out a 14-9 win over Sunny Hills’ Joseph Park. The 130-pounder was leading Park 8-7 after two periods but, typical of his season, Cougars head coach Rangi Smart said, Eagleson simply had more strength than his opponent in the third. “He’s got a lot of offense,” Smart said of Eagleson. “He’s got the conditioning, and that only comes from working your butt off.” center_img Eagleson opens competition today against Dana Hills’ Bobby Scofield, who is ranked first in the state in the 130-pound class. Etiwanda heavyweight Marcus Austin provided one of the day’s more dramatic moments in his second-round match with Jason Fonzi of Quartz Hill. Locked in a bear hug early, Austin and Fonzi lost their balance and fell onto an adjacent mat, hurtling their combined 430-plus pounds into an unsuspecting referee. The ref fell down, took a minute to regain his composure, then continued to officiate his match. Up 2-0 in the third, Austin body-slammed Fonzi to the canvas – a one-point penalty – then immediately allowed a 1-point escape to tie the score. Only a takedown in the final seconds allowed Austin to avoid an upset and win, 4-2. Austin’s reward? A tangle today with Hesperia senior Ryan Hoover, the top-ranked heavyweight in the state. Victoria Anthony and Carter High were the other notable winners Friday. Anthony, a sophomore from Huntington Beach Marina, is the first female to compete in the CIF-SS Masters meet since its inception in 1983. After dropping her first match 13-0, she came back for a 22-10 win in the consolation bracket and will be back on the mat today. Carter, which supplanted Fountain Valley as tournament host this year, orchestrated a smooth day of competition that ended ahead of schedule. “I don’t think there were any drawbacks,” Sultana coach Rocky Humphrey said. “I like it better because it’s a lot closer to home, too.” Third-round competition begins at 9 a.m. today, and Carter athletic director Joe Paluba expects winners to be crowned by 7 p.m. Temecula Valley’s 44.5 points led the team standings. Behind second-place Sultana (36.5) and fifth-place Hesperia (30.5), ninth-place Barstow (20) was the only county school among the top 20. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Brand ready for rehab after cast is removed

first_imgBrand was injured Aug. 3 during his daily workout in El Segundo, and Morgan performed the surgery four days later. Brand was examined and had his cast removed at the hospital in Wilmington. ETC.: Guard Royal Ivey signed a one-year contract with the Bucks one day after Milwaukee backup point guard Charlie Bell signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat. The Bucks have a week to match Bell’s five-year, $18.5 million offer. Jurisprudence Months after berating her in an expletive-filled tirade, New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas moved from cursing to courting a fellow executive now suing the basketball Hall of Famer for sexual harassment, a former team employee testified. Jeffrey Nix, a 15-year employee of the NBA team, took the stand in U.S. District Court to recount a series of conversations he had with his friend and co-worker, plaintiff Anucha Browne Sanders, throughout 2004. From news services Clippers forward Elton Brand had the cast removed from his left leg and was fitted for a removable walking boot Tuesday, six weeks after he had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. The Clippers said Brand will begin a rehabilitation program under the supervision of their training and medical staff. The program includes local therapy, cardiovascular work and a flexibility and strengthening program. Brand is expected to wear the walking boot for six weeks before being reevaluated by Dr. Craig Morgan at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital in Wilmington, Del. ETC.: A company that distributed human growth hormone to “well known athletes and entertainers” has agreed to pay a $10.5 million penalty and cooperate with law enforcement in ongoing investigations, federal prosecutors said. Under the terms of the agreement, Specialty Distribution Services Inc., a subsidiary of Express Scripts Inc., will not face prosecution for three years if it fully complies with terms of the agreement. Tennis Vania King of Long Beach upset top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 6-1, 7-5, in the first round of the Sunfeast Open in Calcutta, India. ETC.: Martina Hingis advanced to the second round of the China Open, beating Sun Tiantian of China, 6-2, 6-3, in Beijing. … Second-seeded Sybille Bammer beat Yvonne Meusburger, 6-2, 6-1, in an all-Austrian match to reach the second round of the Slovenia Open in Portoroz. Cycling Colombia’s Leonardo Duque won the 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Denis Menchov of Russia remained the overall leader. Duque, riding for the Cofidis team, beat Alexander Kolobnev of CSC to win the 100.4-mile stage from Jaen to Puertollano in 4 hours, 39 seconds. Joan Horrach of Spain was third. Motorsports Except for one race, the IRL’s IndyCar schedule next season will be identical to this year. The series will not return to Michigan International Speedway because the IRL and track officials could not agree on a new contract. The 2-mile oval track in Brooklyn, Mich., had hosted open-wheel racing since 1968. ETC.: Kasey Kahne is the new beer man, picking up Budweiser as the primary sponsor for his No. 9 Dodge. The sponsorship was announced at Gillett Evernham Motorspots, where Kahne entered the event on the famed Budweiser Clydesdales. Boxing After 82 years, Madison Square Garden will retire its storied boxing ring and donate it to the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, N.Y., where it will go on display this fall. Hockey Nine-time NHL All-Star defenseman Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler, and longtime communications executive John Halligan will be this year’s recipients of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Olympic sports Russian Olympic champion Alexey Mishin won his first World Wrestling Championship gold medal in the Greco-Roman division, defeating American Brad Vering, 5-0, 4-0, in the 84-kilogram class at Baku, Azerbaijan. Deaths Garrard “Buster” Ramsey, the first coach of the Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 87. Nephew Knox Wagner Ramsey Jr. said Ramsey died of pneumonia Sunday at a retirement center near Chattanooga, Tenn., where he had been living. ETC.: Louis J. Willie Jr., a black businessman who helped defuse a racial dispute surrounding the 1990 PGA Championship by becoming an honorary member at the all-white Shoal Creek club in Birmingham, Ala., has died. He was 84. Volleyball Reid Priddy registered eight of his 16 kills in the second game and had two aces and a block to lead the U.S. to a 25-19, 27-25, 25-18 over Puerto Rico in the NORCECA championships at the Anaheim Convention Center. Clay Stanley added 10 kills and two aces for the Americans (3-0), who finished unbeaten in Group play and drew a bye into Thursday night’s semifinals.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Broxton rockedby another big blast

first_imgBASEBALL: Dodgers’ young setup man has no answers after allowing a late homer to Hawpe. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER DENVER – The intensity and the desire might have been there all night, but afterward, the disappointment wasn’t. Not that it was that difficult to figure out. “Baseball is always going to catch up with you,” Broxton said. “I’m just going through a little struggle right now, and I just have to get over the hump.” This is the same Broxton who routinely pitches in the mid- to high-90 mph range, whose stuff is devastating enough to make him one of the league’s most feared setup men. This also is the same Broxton who gave up exactly one home run between opening day and the end of August, a harmless solo shot by Philadelphia’s Tadahito Iguchi on Aug. 23 that ended a stretch of more than a year since anyone had last taken Broxton deep. In these first three weeks of September, though, Broxton has given up five home runs over a stretch of 12 appearances totaling nine innings, during which he also has allowed nine earned runs. He has given up game-winning homers to San Francisco’s Daniel Ortmeier on Sept. 7, the Giants’ Ray Durham on Sept. 9 and now Hawpe. He gave up what would have been a game-winning homer to Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano on Sept. 6 if Andre Ethier hadn’t answered with a shot of his own in the top of the ninth. The reasons for Broxton’s sudden tendency to get lit up like the Las Vegas strip depend largely upon whom you ask. “He is finding out that the league is adjusting to him,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he will do a good job of adjusting back. His stuff is there, so it’s not a fatigue situation.” Broxton, whose 80 appearances are a professional career high even if his 79 innings aren’t, tells a slightly different story. “I’m a little sore,” he said. “I can tell it’s September. I can tell by my location, especially on the breaking ball. But part of baseball is that you have to learn how to get through a whole season and pitch with a lot of appearances.” Broxton’s struggles aren’t coming at an especially bad time, at least not anymore. The Dodgers (79-73) aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt, but they might as well be, and they have fallen a game behind the resurgent Rockies by losing three in a row to them in a series that concludes this afternoon. Still, this isn’t the way Broxton (4-4) – potentially the Dodgers’ closer in some not-so-distant season when the still-dominating Saito decides to retire – wants to go into the offseason. He is still young enough (23) that the memory of fading down the stretch could haunt him all winter and possibly still be stuck in the back of his mind come spring training. Little has considered using Broxton earlier in games so he can rebuild his confidence in less pressure-packed situations. For now, though, Broxton will stay in his usual role. “We’ll see how he feels (today),” Little said. “If he feels good, look for it.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The funereal silence that had filled the clubhouse the previous evening was noticeably absent, making it clear these Dodgers had reached a point in their season where even the most poorly timed mistakes were no longer critical and even the most devastating defeats no longer carried the same sting. Not that it was any consolation to Jonathan Broxton. The struggling setup man had left yet another pitch in yet another bad location resulting in yet another home run, this time by Colorado right fielder Brad Hawpe in the bottom of the eighth inning. It had all led to yet another, mind-numbing defeat for these lame-duck Dodgers, who dropped into fourth place in the National League West following a 6-5 loss to the Rockies before 26,184 on Wednesday night at Coors Field. The night before, it was Rockies left fielder and likely NL Most Valuable Player Matt Holliday who had taken Broxton deep in the eighth, bringing Colorado to within a run before Takashi Saito gave up a two-run, walkoff blast to Todd Helton an inning later. This time, the Dodgers didn’t have the luxury of a three-run lead when the suddenly vulnerable Broxton jogged in from the bullpen, and this time, it was Broxton who was left standing at his locker, trying to explain what had just happened. last_img read more