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USA register first win over New Zealand

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first_imgUSA maintained the lead on the Kiwis throughout the match grabbing their first win, 3 -1. USA kept their perfect start to dominate New Zealand in all facets of play in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into the break.USA midfielder Ashley Sanchez will not believe her luck in the 3rd minute of the match, when New Zealand defender gifted the ball to her outside the 15 metre mark and she made the Oceania Champions pay by hitting the back of the net.The three-time champions increased their lead five minutes later through the boot of skipper Mallory Pugh.Pugh who is part of the USA women’s national team proved a handful for the New Zealand defenders with her ball control.Pugh worked wonders, showing her individual brilliance and experience dribbling past a New Zealand defender before hitting a perfect shot, off-balance 15 metres out, to score. The only attempt to score by New Zealand was in the 37th minute when Jasmine Pereira, made a desperate strike outside the penalty box which went across the goal mouth.The script did not change in the second half for the New Zealanders, who found a brickwall of a five women last line of defense of USA hard to slip through easily.But the Kiwis managed to sneak a goal  past the USA defense from their first corner of the match in the 76th minute to Isabella Coombes to cut the deficit by one point. This resulted in a change from the bench which payed dividends as substitute striker Ally Watt scored to put USA in front 3-1 in the 82nd minute.Watt placed the ball to the right of Nadia Olla who had no chance of stopping it. In front of 2,399 spectators, the US women maintained their lead to inflict New Zealand’s first defeat in two matches.The USA captain was awarded the player of the match after another steely performance. In the earlier Group C encounter, France broke the hearts of the Ghanaians in the final minute of the game to score an equaliser for a 2-2 draw.last_img read more

Italy backs 2026 Winter Games bid by Milan and Cortina

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first_imgThe Italian government has given its support to a joint bid by Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo for the 2026 Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday.The two cities, Calgary and Stockholm are the only three definite candidates to host the event, and a decision is due in June.“We are leaving Rome and Italy very confident about this candidature, because we can really see things coming together,” Bach told reporters in a news conference at Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) headquarters.Bach said he had discussed Italy’s bid on Wednesday with Sports Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti, who “expressed the support of the government, which is ready to deliver the guarantees on security”.Argentina’s Olympic Committee has said it was considering a late run, but Bach seemed unwilling to consider the possibility. “We will not change the rules of the race”, he said, when asked about last-minute candidacies.The original Italian bid put together Milan, Cortina and Turin but collapsed in September because of divisions between the three city halls. The government then said it would not back any alternative proposals, but Milan and Cortina pushed ahead alone.Coni President Giovanni Malago said he had spoken on Wednesday with the two cities and the regional governments of Veneto, which surrounds Cortina, and Lombardy around Milan, to set up a working group to manage the bid.The fate of Calgary’s bid will be decided by a non-binding plebiscite on Nov. 13, after the Olympic assessment committee recommended the city scrap its plans over a funding row with the Canadian federal government.Stockholm’s candidacy also looks precarious because it does not have the backing of Sweden’s main political parties.last_img read more

Naoya Inoue going for KO vs Nonito Donaire

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first_imgHis straight out fighting style poses danger for the 36-year-old Donaire.But then again, Donaire scored his biggest KO wins against explosive, attacking fighters like Vic Darchinyan, Jorge Arce and Fernando Montiel.“I have been watching Donaire throughout his career and was stealing his moves when I was starting out in boxing. I have a lot of respect for Donaire,” said Inoue. “I have idolized him and that’s why he was the one I wanted to fight the most in this tournament. But now it’s time for a change of generations.”However, through the years Donaire has developed the bad habit of chasing KO wins with minimum punch possible as opposed to slow, crafty set-up that made him very successful in the past.“This final will be the biggest highlight of my career thus far,” the Japanese said. “It will also be like a crossroad fight for what lies ahead for my future. I’m just looking forward to seeing what is waiting ahead in my career after winning the Ali Trophy.”ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Inoue was aptly dubbed the “Monster” having won all 18 professional fights, including 16 via knockouts.He blasted through the WBSS quarterfinal and semifinal needing just five minutes and 29 seconds of total ring appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“No I never imagined it,” said Inoue when asked if he expected to finish off former champ Juan Carlos Payano in 70 seconds in the quarters, before stopping Emmanuel Rodriguez in two rounds in the semis.“I’m prepared to fight for 12 rounds with Nonito Donaire, but if I see an opening, I will aim for a knockout.” Japan’s Naoya Inoue celebrates his win over Juan Carlos Payano of Dominican Republic after their WBA world bantamweight title match in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture on October 7, 2018. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUTYoung Japanese champion Naoya Inoue is eyeing a knockout win against Filipino star Nonito Donaire when they clash for the Muhammad Ali trophy in next week’s World Boxing Super Series bantamweight title.And based on his credentials, the 26-year-old Inoue has got everything to back up his claims.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Robert Bolick undergoes surgery to repair torn ACL MOST READ ‘Gago’center_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust That’s also what the fight means for Donaire who is trying to resurrect his career that dipped substantially since he won Fighter of the Year award in 2012.They fight Nov. 7 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Pitbull, J-Lo add glamour to Samba

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first_img0Shares0000SAO PAOLO, July 13-American star Jennifer Lopez added a dash of glamour to the colourful World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday in a vivid contrast to the violent anti-tournament protests in the city.J-Lo, wearing a carnival-inspired and revealing green outfit, appeared from a trapdoor along with rapper Pitbull to sing the official World Cup song with Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte. The ceremony was held ahead of the opening game between Brazil and Croatia.With her participation not confirmed until the last minute, J-Lo was a welcome sight as she rose up from inside a giant ball positioned on the stadium floor.Gold-shirted fans started arriving at Corinthians Arena on Thursday morning, several hours before kick-off, and there was a huge cheer when the opening ceremony started.Figures dressed as trees walked on stilts and children representing flowers bounced on trampolines around the huge, glowing ball in the centre of the stadium.It was not long before samba music kicked in and traditional dancers celebrating Brazil’s ethnic and geographical range took the floor.Acrobats dressed as balls replaced the dancers and 64 children came in juggling balls on strings, to another big roar as a giant Brazilian flag entered the rapidly filling arena.Finally the big ball opened to reveal Brazilian singing star Leitte, swiftly followed by J-Lo and Pitbull.J-Lo, showing off her trademark Latin dance moves, belted out the official World Cup song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)” with her fellow performers before they disappeared back down the trapdoor.A worldwide TV audience of several hundred million is expected for the opening game in which hosts and favourites Brazil will take on Croatia at 5:00 pm (2000 GMT).Earlier, military police clashed with masked anti-World Cup protesters demonstrating a few kilometers (miles) away against the huge cost of staging the tournament.Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up an earlier, smaller protest near a Sao Paulo subway station.All 61,600 tickets were sold for the opening match. Twelve 12 foreign heads of state were to attend the Group A game.-Yahoo!Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blatter effigy to be burnt in British party

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first_img0Shares0000rank Shepherd of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society puts the finishing touches to a giant effigy of Sepp Blatter in Edenbridge, Kent, on November 4, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jack Taylor)EDENBRIDGE, November 4 -A giant effigy of suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be torched this weekend as part of a British town’s Bonfire Night celebrations, organisers revealed Wednesday.The 36-foot (11-metre) tall effigy of the outgoing Swiss head of world football’s governing body will go up in flames on Saturday in Edenbridge, south of London. Scandal-plagued FIFA has been mired in allegations of bribery and corruption this year.The effigy is of a sharp-suited Blatter carrying wads of cash, the World Cup and a football. It will be stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers, packed with fireworks and set ablaze.“Blatter was the obvious choice,” said Edenbridge Bonfire Society co-ordinator Charles Laver.“We did put some thought into who else it could be but… we went for him.“We started building it two weeks ago, and we are pleased with the result.”It was erected in a field on Wednesday with the help of a tractor.Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, is an annual event marking the foiling of a plot by Catholic conspirators to blow up Protestant king James I and the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder on November 5, 1605.It is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks displays either on November 5 or the nearest weekend, with effigies of plotter Fawkes burned.Edenbridge has been poking fun at famous figures for 20 years, torching effigies of them alongside the traditional Guy Fawkes.Other well-known figures whose effigy has been torched in recent years include former prime minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie and Blair’s successor Gordon Brown.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kenya football U20 to play Senegal in friendly

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first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars U-20 training at Kasarani Stadium in a past training.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – The national football under-20 team will take on Senegal in two international friendly matches to be played February 10 and 12 respectively in Dakar Senegal.The friendlies are part of Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) grand master plan that aims to not only foster football development at the junior level but also build a future senior national team. “We have formulated a policy that will ensure all our junior national teams play two matches in all international friendlies that they partake,” FKF CEO Robert Muthomi said.“We believe the move will provide an opportunity for the whole squad to not only experience international matches but also learn vital aspects of the game that are key to their future football development,” explained the CEO.The team is expected to report to camp at Kasarani Stadium on Thursday morning at 10 am.Head Coach John Kamau has called up 26 players to camp ahead of the international assignment, with a good number having been scouted during the Kenyan Premier League U20 Tournament that was held in December last year.Squad Goalkeepers Ahmed Musa Omar (Bandari Youth), John Otieno (Balding School), Job Ochieng (Kakamega High).Defenders Mohammed Molisia (Western Stima), Ezekiel Nyati (Passenga High), Washington Onyago (Gor Youth), Maingi Muthoka (Kilifi), Baraka Badi (Thika United), Samuel Semo (Korogocho Youth), David Owino (Laiser Hill).Midfielders Bernard Ouma (Our Lady of Fatuma), John Njuguna (Passenga), Teddy Osok (Nairobi Stima), Vincent Wasambo, John Macharia (Kariobangi Sharks), Joshua Otieno (Sony Sugar), Ramadhan “Messi” Agege (Aspire).Forwards Abdikhaliq M. Elmoge (Al-hilal Wanjir, James Mazembe (Kakamega High), Francis Kinyua (Thika Youth), Michael O. Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Masika Musa (Laiser Hill), Remy Sheikh (Ligi Ndogo), Victor Ogendo (Bukebe Boys High), Peter Kamau (Acakoro), Jaffery Owiti (Chemelil Sugar).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Monaco dream on after reaching semis

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first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s Valere Germain celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on April 19, 2017 © AFP / Valery HACHEMONACO, Monaco, Apr 20 – A brilliant Monaco side that has taken Europe by storm will not relent in their bid for glory after beating Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League semi-finals, promised coach Leonardo Jardim.The team from the Mediterranean principality were too good for their German opponents in Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg, winning 3-1 at the Stade Louis II to advance 6-3 on aggregate. “We have won nothing, but we have made history,” declared Portuguese coach Jardim after the game, as his side extended a run that began in the third qualifying round against Fenerbahce last July, nine months ago.Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, skipper Radamel Falcao and substitute Valere Germain got their goals with Marco Reus netting for Dortmund on a memorable night for the hosts.The last team to come through two qualifying rounds to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League was Dynamo Kiev in 1999, although the format was different in those days.Nobody expected Monaco — conquerors of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the last round — to get this far but they have done it playing a superb brand of football that has yielded 141 goals so far this season.Now they are preparing for their first semi-final appearance since 2004 as they join Juventus, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the draw.None of those teams will fancy playing Monaco, who for all Paris Saint-Germain’s efforts in recent years will be the first French representative in the last four since Lyon in 2010.Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe Lottin confronts Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Buerki during the UEFA Champions League match on April 19, 2017 © AFP / BORIS HORVAT“We have taken France into the semi-finals. We want to go out and enjoy it but all four sides are capable of winning the competition,” warned Jardim, whose team were visited by Prince Albert in the dressing room afterwards.Monaco are not just fighting for glory in Europe — they are also top of the French league and in the French Cup semi-finals, but fatigue is their biggest foe now.“It’s not easy to play in Europe and try to win the league. We are the team that has played the most games in Europe, so it’s tough,” added a coach who has been linked to Arsenal in the British media.“Maybe if we had lost in the last 16 we would be fresher now, but we won’t ask our players to change their mentality. We just need to recover well.”A crunch game at Lyon awaits in the league at the weekend as they look to keep going on all fronts.“If I have to choose, it’s normal to prefer to win the Champions League, but maybe our chances of winning it are slimmer than winning the league. We will give everything in both,” added the coach.– Tough for Dortmund –For Dortmund, elimination was hard to take but the tie was overshadowed by the bomb attack on their team bus en route to last week’s first leg which left Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.Bartra was there to support his teammates in Monaco but it was another difficult night as their bus was delayed in leaving for the ground, held up by police for security reasons.“It was the worst thing that could happen a week after the attack — everyone was on the bus ready to go but we were not allowed to,” said coach Thomas Tuchel.The kick-off was delayed by five minutes but Dortmund’s concentration was again affected.“It’s only eight days after the terrible attack so we shouldn’t lend too much significance to the team’s performance,” added Tuchel, who was taking charge of Dortmund for the 100th time.“It was very difficult for the players so I can’t be too critical. We felt ready to push for a semi-final place before the tie but things changed dramatically.”Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga and Tuchel added: “Our path does not end here. We will not be favourites next year but we need to qualify first and then be as unpleasant to play against as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pavlik has yet to make a dent on TV

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Arum, who promotes Pavlik, said the perception many have for white fighters is partially responsible for Pavlik being overlooked. That, Arum said, and Pavlik’s overall ability that includes a powerful punch. Arum said that during a meeting with HBO executives about a year ago, he brought up Pavlik in an effort to try to get him a fight on the network. “They all laughed at me because there is a perception with boxing network guys, with boxing people, that if you are a white guy, you can’t fight,” Arum said last week during a conference call. “But that is not the case with Kelly, and Kelly Pavlik will fight anybody in the middleweight division.” Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, hammered Arum when contacted by the Daily News. He said Pavlik’s name has come up in the past, and that he would have no problem approving him as an opponent in a big fight. Pavlik has never fought on HBO, or on one of Showtime’s main cards. Pavlik has fought on ShoBox, a minor-league version of Showtime Boxing designed for up-and-coming fighters. Pavlik also has fought on ESPN. Pavlik, 23, will take on Jose Luis Zertuche (17-2-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico on Jan. 21 on the undercard of Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao II at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The card will be available on HBO pay-per-view, but Arum was quick to point out that HBO is only carrying this telecast, it is not footing the money for it. Arum is, so he picks the fighters. “It is a disgraceful and undignified remark by a disturbed man,” Greenburg said of Arum’s comments regarding white fighters. “That is pretty much all we have to say. It is sad. This has nothing to do with race.” Arum went on to say that he doesn’t believe the network executives mean any malice toward white fighters. “It is not that the people at the networks are bad people,” Arum said. “They judge (fighters) by their color or racial background, and the general tendency is that white guys can’t fight. Therefore, it is much tougher for a white guy to break through than if Kelly was a different race.” Race aside, Pavlik is just the sort of fighter a promoter of a champion might want to avoid. Not only does he have 24 knockouts in 27 fights, he is 6-foot-3, which makes him an even tougher nut to crack. Arum said he would like Pavlik to next fight Jermain Taylor, who holds three of the four middleweight belts, but doubts he can get the deal done. Arum also said he offered Pavlik as an opponent to top contender Winky Wright, but that Wright’s promoter, Gary Shaw, “almost fainted” when Pavlik’s name was mentioned. “The guy we want to fight, who I’m confident he (Pavlik) can beat, is Jermain Taylor,” Arum said. “But here is the problem, and it’s a problem that permeates boxing: The Taylor people will not fight Kelly Pavlik at this point because they are afraid of him and they are afraid of him because he presents a real challenge. “He has tremendous knockout power. In boxing, if you have a champion, you try to keep him away from a puncher.” Pavlik, who said he is not looking past Zertuche to a shot at Taylor, Wright or anyone else, echoed Arum’s sentiments. He said it perturbs him when he hears people describe him as being a “good white fighter.” “It kind of upsets me a little bit,” Pavlik said. “I think I am just an overall good fighter. A lot of the networks, they don’t want to see a lot of white fighters because of the reputation that white fighters don’t win a lot of titles. “But if you look out there, there are a lot of good white fighters. White fighters are making a comeback.” Mayweather-Judah on? Despite an absolutely horrible performance by Zab Judah in his loss to unknown Carlos Baldomir on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Arum on Sunday said the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Judah scheduled for April 8 in Las Vegas might still be on. When it was signed, it was contingent upon Judah defeating Baldomir. But Judah shockingly lost his WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight belts by dropping a unanimous decision to Baldomir, who took only the WBC belt because he did not want to pay three separate sanctioning fees. “Don King called me (Sunday),” Arum said of Judah’s promoter, “and he wants to keep it on. I don’t know what Floyd is thinking. I would think, probably, it would be off. But maybe not, I don’t know. “Maybe Floyd fights this Baldomir.” Arum agreed the fight lost plenty of gusto by Judah losing to Argentina’s Baldomir, who did not possess half Judah’s talent. “I agree with you,” he said. “We would have to reduce the purses dramatically. We are not going to make a decision today. Sometime during the week. Needless to say, everybody is in a state of shock.” Arum said he was so convinced Judah would win easily Saturday, that he didn’t even watch the fight. He said that had Judah won, Mayweather was scheduled to make $6 million plus upside from pay-per-view revenue and Judah would have made $3 million plus upside for their fight. After his loss, Judah had the nerve to blame King. He said King ran him ragged by having him go around New York doing various interviews. First time we’ve heard that one. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kelly Pavlik has not been able to crack the starting lineup on boxing’s two largest networks HBO and Showtime and promoter Bob Arum said some of that has to do with Pavlik being white. Pavlik, of Youngstown, Ohio, is 27-0 with 24 knockouts. He is a top 10 middleweight whose highest ranking is in the World Boxing Organization at No. 3. last_img read more

JOBS BOOST AS NEW FURNITURE STORE OPENS IN STRANORLAR

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first_imgBallybofey & Stranorlar has been given a timely economic boost following the opening of a brand new furniture interior store on the Letterkenny Road, Stranorlar. The news will come as a great boost for residents in the Twin Towns, as it is expected that a number of new jobs will be created by the furniture store opening.Stockhouse Furniture has over 20 years experience in the business of furnishing homes, placing an emphasis on good quality furniture to suit all budgets. It boasts a free interior design service, and a free delivery over a wide area.It is an Irish owned furniture interiors company and it hopes to create up to at least three new jobs.JOBS BOOST AS NEW FURNITURE STORE OPENS IN STRANORLAR was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBoostBusinessEconomicFeaturesjobsNewnewsStockhouse FurnitureStranorlarlast_img read more

Tokofsky withdraws bid for fourth term

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first_imgLos Angeles Unified school board member David Tokofsky withdrew his bid for a fourth term Saturday, citing a politicized climate created by the mayor’s reform legislation. Tokofsky’s withdrawal opens the door for new candidates to consider a run for the seat. Children’s advocacy director Yolie Flores Aguilar – whom Tokofsky defeated in 1999 – is the only candidate now running. “I don’t know if there’s a school board after next Friday (when a judge will hear arguments on the legality of Assembly Bill 1381),” Tokofsky said. “The mayor’s reduced it to politics rather than policy, power rather than children, and I’m not sure where (UTLA President) A.J. Duffy is going.” But sources close to the Mayor’s Office hailed the withdrawal of a leading and vocal opponent of the mayor’s reform efforts and said it indicated Tokofsky didn’t have the support of the teachers union. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“David Tokofsky understands that there is a growing chorus for change, and incumbent school board members can no longer defend the status quo,” said Janelle Erickson, spokeswoman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Board President Marlene Canter said Tokofsky’s leadership and policymaking skills will be missed. “For the school board, the kids and me personally, it’s a tremendous loss,” she said. Tokofsky has until June30 to finish his term, and he hasn’t decided what he’ll do next. Since his election to the board as part of former Mayor Richard Riordan’s slate of reform candidates, Tokofsky worked to increase accountability and oversight of the nation’s second-largest school district. “I’ve left the place better than how I came into it. It’s slightly over a decade of school board meetings, hearing the anger and frustration of people, but knowing that we’ve made incremental progress that is noted by the people in my district,” he said. 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