first_imgMcGee joins the Lakers from the Golden State Warriors, where he won his second straight NBA championship ring. The 7-foot veteran could be the starting center for the Lakers, who have only young big men Moe Wagner and Ivica Zubac under contract after allowing Brook Lopez to leave.“JaVale changes the geometry of the game,” general manager Rob Pelinka said. “His unique combination of incredible length and foot nimbleness will allow us to play fast at both ends. His ability to both protect the rim and create angles with rim rolls will present a number of advantages in coach (Luke) Walton’s system.”The Lakers chose Mykhailiuk with the 47th overall pick in last month’s draft. The Ukrainian shooter averaged 14.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for Kansas last season while setting the Jayhawks’ single-season record with 115 3-pointers.Mykhailiuk has been impressive early in Las Vegas summer league play, and the Lakers decided they didn’t need to wait to sign him later in the offseason. Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The Lakers formally announced the signings of Stephenson, center JaVale McGee and second-round draft pick Svi Mykhailiuk on Tuesday.Coming off a productive season in his latest stint with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal to join James, McGee and Rajon Rondo in the Lakers’ influx of veteran talent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Stephenson has been one of James’ most famed antagonists during their careers, and even Stephenson is surprised they’ve become teammates. But it only took a phone call from LeBron to persuade Stephenson to join the Lakers.“I was actually surprised he made the move to LA,” Stephenson said. “I guess he needed a new look, and I just feel like him reaching out and showing he likes what I bring to the game, it’s amazing. I’m just happy to be on a team that wants to win.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Stephenson and James competed fiercely in the Eastern Conference over the years, with Stephenson applying tough defense and creative tactics to the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. Stephenson created multiple memes during the 2014 East finals between the Pacers and James’ Miami Heat by blowing in James’ ear and making a famously exaggerated flop.“It’s actually funny that I’m actually on the same team as him,” Stephenson said. “I’m very excited to see what that brings. Just playing with him, one of the best players in the game, I can’t wait to get on board with him and have a fun season this year.”Stephenson appeared in all 82 games for Indiana last season, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. The Lakers are his seventh NBA franchise entering his ninth season.Stephenson is eager to run with the up-tempo Lakers and their young core, including Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.“It’s going to be amazing,” Stephenson said. “Especially playing with the talent I’m playing with, the high tempo, just playing without thinking too much and playing in the flow of the game and having fun at the same time, a team that run and guns, that’s basically how I love to play.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get around Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 29, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lance Stephenson always felt his famed rivalry with LeBron James was rooted in mutual respect.When James called Stephenson last week to pitch him on teaming up with the Los Angeles Lakers, Stephenson’s feelings were confirmed — and he quickly accepted the invitation.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Seeking to reach the group stage for the first time in four years, Ajax added goals from Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic before halftime. Ajax hit the crossbar and post in the second half, but couldn’t score another.Elsewhere, AEK Athens beat Hungarian team Vidi 2-1 away in their first-leg game to strengthen its chances of ending a 12-year absence from the Champions League group stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Vidi — known as Videoton until this season — played most of the game with 10 men after Szabolcs Huszti’s reckless challenge in the 23rd minute earned him a red card. The teams were even again in the 53rd when Tasos Bakasetas was sent off for a poor tackle shortly after scoring AEK’s second goal.Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb salvaged a 1-1 draw away to Young Boys Bern after Kevin Mbabu gave the Swiss team an early lead. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins FIFA takes control of Uruguay federation amid World Cup bid DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Niklas Hult, center, and Vasileios Lampropoulos, right, of AEK Athens challenge Loic Nego of Mol Vidi during the soccer Champions League playoff match between Mol Vidi and AEK Athens in Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)AMSTERDAM — Four-time European champion Ajax is on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League group stage after beating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first leg of their playoff Wednesday.Dynamo goalkeeper Denys Boyko handed Ajax an early lead when he fumbled Donny van der Beek’s shot, but Tomasz Kedziora soon made it 1-1 from a corner.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday swore in Petronilla Browne-Stewart as Registrar for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal with the charge that she must discharge her duties with competence, efficiency and fairness.During the simple ceremony held at State House, President Granger reminded of the provisions of Article 215 A (1) of the Constitution of Guyana which states that, “Parliament may, by law, provide for the establishment of a public service tribunal…” The tribunal was established by the Public Service Tribunal Act 1984. The Act empowers the tribunal to hear appeals from any decision of the Public Service Commission in respect of appointment by promotion of any person to a public office and exercise of disciplinary control over any person holding or actingThe new registrar for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal signing her oath of office before President David Granger on Fridayin any public office.The Act also provides for the appointment of a registrar who shall be the chief executive officer of the tribunal. A vacancy had arisen for the position of registrar and that vacancy has been filled.“The Public Service Appellate Tribunal safeguards fairness and promotes meritocracy and professionalism within the public service by providing an inexpensive and quick means of justice for public servants aggrieved over promotions and disciplinary actions by the Public Service Commission. The Public Service Appellate Tribunal was reconstituted on May 17, 2017 after an absence of more than two decades. The tribunal provides recourse to public servants who feel aggrieved by decisions of the Public Service Commission. Aggrieved public servants, prior to the reconstitution of the tribunal, were forced to seek redress through the courts,” the Head of State is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The Head of State also noted that the work of the Public Service Appellate Tribunal must be enhanced by a competent and efficient registrar.last_img read more

first_imgThe disappointment of his departure was soon forgotten as he led Leicester City to their historic Premier League title triumph in 2016 before returning to the French game with Nantes in the summer.“I have fantastic memories. We were Ligue 2 champions then second in Ligue 1. I often went to see them in the Champions League last year and their project has not changed,” said the Italian, who still has a home in the principality.Monaco head to the Stade de la Beaujoire in need of a boost after a week which saw them eliminated from Europe following a 4-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig and then lose 2-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.That result left Leonardo Jardim’s side nine points behind the unbeaten leaders.“We know it’s very difficult against Paris,” said Ranieri, whose team lost 4-1 at PSG recently.“They (Monaco) are rebuilding after selling a lot of players. But I am convinced that they will fight for second place with Lyon and Marseille.”Nantes are currently fifth having lost three of their last four matches, while Lyon have moved above Monaco into second on a run of eight league games without defeat.– PSG home banker? –Monaco head to the Stade de la Beaujoire in need of a boost after a week which saw them eliminated from Europe following a 4-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig © AFP/File / Valery HACHEBruno Genesio’s Lyon have won 5-0 in each of their last three away games and haven’t conceded a league goal in nearly eight-and-a-half hours, and next up they host crisis club Lille, in the relegation zone and without a coach after Marcelo Bielsa was suspended by the club.Nobody can keep up with Neymar’s PSG, who are still unbeaten this season and would have won by a far greater margin in Monaco if they had taken half the chances that fell their way.Coach Unai Emery may be tempted to rotate his squad for Wednesday’s home meeting with Troyes and again at Strasbourg at the weekend with a Champions League trip to Bayern Munich to follow.The likes of Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore, Thomas Meunier and Presnel Kimpembe can hope to get a run-out against Troyes, who sit in mid-table with the South Korean Suk Hyun-Jun impressing on loan from FC Porto.There will be a strange atmosphere at the Parc des Princes as the end of the stadium where the club’s most boisterous fans gather will be closed.That is as a punishment for the use of flares during a match against Nice last month.Man to watch: Memphis DepayHeavily criticised for his performances at the start of the season, Dutch winger Depay has found some stunning form in recent weeks to help a prolific Lyon side climb up to second in the table. The former Manchester United man, 23, scored twice in Sunday’s 5-0 romp at Nice, as Lyon coped admirably in the absence of ill skipper Nabil Fekir and the injured Bertrand Traore. He has scored seven times in Lyon’s last seven outings in all competitions and now has his sights set on struggling Lille.Fixtures (1800 GMT kick-offs unless stated)TuesdayAmiens v Dijon, Strasbourg v Caen, Bordeaux v Saint-Etienne (2000 GMT)WednesdayAngers v Rennes, Guingamp v Montpellier, Lyon v Lille, Metz v Marseille, Nantes v Monaco, Toulouse v Nice, Paris Saint-Germain v Troyes (2000 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nantes’ head coach Claudio Ranieri said he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Nov 28 – Claudio Ranieri admits he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions in a midweek round of games in Ligue 1.The Italian was appointed by Monaco in 2012 and lasted two seasons in the principalty, winning Ligue 2 and leading them to promotion in his first campaign before taking them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.last_img read more

first_imgThe bidding process that awarded the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively came under intense scrutiny, causing widespread upheaval at FIFA.Football’s world governing body has changed its approach to selecting World Cup hosts and rejects claims from the African Football Confederation (CAF) that the technical evaluation of bids is loaded in favour of richer nations.Morocco is one of two candidates for the 2026 World Cup © AFP / FADEL SENNA“I challenge anyone to point out an organisation that conducts a bidding process as fair, objective and transparent as the one that FIFA is carrying out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday.Morocco’s bid lists 12 stadiums including a 93,000-capacity venue in Casablanca.The United States-Canada-Mexico bid will select up to 16 host cities from “23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network”.FIFA’s technical evaluation committee led by Swiss lawyer Marco Villiger and former AC Milan and Croatia star Zvonimir Boban is due to evaluate the facilities and infrastructure of the two candidates in April.Moroccan media have speculated that the evaluation process could effectively put Morocco’s bid out of contention before the decision comes down to a vote, an assertion Infantino has described as “unfounded”.A source close to CAF complained that the evaluation process was unfair.“The excessive margin left to this evaluation commission whose conclusions are not even subject to appeal, is a clear denial of justice and a violation of the principle of dual jurisdiction,” the source said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mexico is part of a joint bid including the US and Canada for the 2026 World Cup © AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLALAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 26 – The host of the 2026 World Cup is set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published the official details of bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada, currently the front-runner.The decision will be announced at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But Tuesday at Staples Center, the Kings built on the momentum of a dominant first period and cruised to defeat the Nashville Predators, 6-0, in front of an announced crowd of 14,076, to earn their third victory in their last four games. “We have really put together a good string of games this past week,” Kings coach Mark Crawford said. “This was a strong effort and great way to start our homestand.” The Kings outshot Nashville, which has lost six straight games after winning its first two, by 14-3 in the first period and struck when Michael Cammalleri scored the first of his two goals, which gave him an NHL-leading 10 this season. The center gave the Kings the early lead when he redirected a Rob Blake wrist shot past Predators’ goalie Chris Mason 6:09 into the game. “(Cammalleri) wants to score,” Crawford said, when asked if 25-year-old can keep up his scoring pace. “He will continue to be a guy who pursues the puck and with that will come more goals.” About 10 minutes later, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line, also assisted by the veteran Blake. The Kings increased their lead when Derek Armstrong, with a stickless Nashville defenseman Greg Zanon hanging on him to draw a delayed penalty, powered past the blue line into the slot and slid a centering pass right on the stick of Ratitis Ivanans to put the King up, 3-0, with 12:58 left in the second period. Almost three minutes later Alexander Frolov scored on a power play to extend his team-high point streak to six games, with assists from Ladislav Nagy and Brad Stuart, prompting Nashville coach Barry Trotz to replace Mason (2-6) with backup goaltender Dan Ellis. The Kings (4-6) also made many solid defensive plays, including one by a diving Blake, who broke up a 2-on-1 Nashville attack with a sprawling poke check midway through the second period, when the Kings were up, 2-0. But, Blake isn’t quick to say that a strong win like this is a reason to think the Kings have fully recovered from a slow start. “It’s going to take time,” Blake said. “It’s great to get a win like this, but there are things we still have to work on to keep this up.” Goalie Jason LaBarbera (2-2) also played well for the Kings, making 16 saves on the way getting his first shutout of the of the season. “We didn’t lose a single puck battle and we didn’t turn pucks over. We just did a great job of supporting each other,” LaBarbera said. “It was awesome to watch out there.” “Tonight gives Jason a great deal of confidence,” Crawford said. “He moved the puck well behind the net.” justin.frank@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NHL: Cammalleri scores two more goals and LaBarbera faces only 16 shots for a shutout. By Justin Frank STAFF WRITER Despite winning only three of their first nine games, the Kings are no strangers to getting off to a quick start. The youthful team has held multiple-goal leads in five of those games, two of them losses. last_img read more

first_imgThe World Cup is fast approaching, with just two a day left until hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia get us under way.England kick off their 2018 campaign against Tunisia on Monday (7pm kick-off, live on talkSPORT) and, ahead of their opening game, we welcomed former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce into the studios.Big Sam, who will be part of the talkSPORT team bringing you all the drama from Russia, discussed Gareth Southgate’s likely line-up with a number of spots still seemingly up for grabs.He went on to reveal who he would pick if he was still in charge, and gave the reasons why.Check out his England XI below and let us know whether you agree with the selections… A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Sam Allardyce picks his England team for the World Cup Explaining his choices, Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Jordan Pickford is definitely the number one, for me.“I don’t mind the back-three if it gets an extra man in midfield or an extra attacker, so I would have Gary Cahill over Harry Maguire for his experience, I’d pick Kyle Walker and I’d have John Stones because of his ability to come out from the back.“He can be a bit risky at times, but if you take that risk he’s probably the best with the ball and coming out from the back with it. If you put him in the middle of the three, that can be very strong.“If you’re having wing backs I think Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose. misery LU BEAUTY Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football NO JOY diamond geezer Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings center_img Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch 1 Good times Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song SUPERSTITION “I’d have both Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier in midfield and leave them there sitting and have one player in front of them, and that would be Dele Alli for me.“Harry Kane would obviously be up front and I would have one of Raheem Sterling or Marcus Rashford up there with him – I’d probably go for Sterling.”TEAM IN FULL: Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford, Defenders – Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Wing-backs – Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Strikers – Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Shy guy You’re the one Pure class World Cup latest on talkSPORT.com Fallon d’Floor last_img read more

first_imgIf he ever stops singing then Wagon Wheel star Nathan Carter can always take up modeling.The singer stepped out from behind the microphone to do a bit of catwalk work for Evolve.And we’re sure many of his thousands of fans will agree – he’s looking sharp!  NATHAN CARTER ‘EVOLVES’ FROM BEHIND THE MICROPHONE – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:EvolveNathan Carterlast_img read more

first_imgBURBANK – Neighbors’ opposition led the City Council to kill a restaurant proposed on Magnolia Boulevard. Opponents said the California Chicken Cafe restaurant would have brought “virtual gridlock” to a neighborhood with a small-town atmosphere, and would have added to a slew of chain businesses already in Burbank. “There should be no fast food. We don’t want a chain restaurant,” Niagra Street resident Penny Church told council members at a meeting Tuesday night. “We don’t want increased congestion. We don’t want parking problems or high-rise buildings.” The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday night to kill the project, which had earlier been approved by the city’s Planning Commission. Residents appealed the commission’s decision to the council. Nearly two dozen residents took to the podium at a lively City Council meeting. Fourteen residents opposed the project, seven were for it and two were neutral. Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said the issue for her came down to congestion and parking. “I think I was good about listening to all sides of the issue,” she said. “But there would have been serious circulation problems, if we were to grant it.” The 4,700-square-foot restaurant was proposed at 2921 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank Assistant Planner Abo Velasco told the City Council that the restaurant would be a nice addition for the Magnolia neighborhood. He described it not as fast food, but as a “high-turnover, sit-down restaurant.” “Food is brought to the table. It is prepared to order, and plates and silverware are used,” he said. Velasco said the eatery wouldn’t significantly impact traffic. Chicken Cafe President Andre de Montesquiou, whose company operates five restaurants in Southern California, told the City Council that he would pay $25,000 for a traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk at Magnolia and Niagra in two years, if the Planning Commission found that his restaurant had a big impact on the neighborhood. De Montesquiou accused the neighbors of a personal attack on his business. “The people spearheading the very organized and persistent campaign against us are doing so out of highly personal reasons,” he said. “Is that fair?” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Growing up in Pacoima as the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants who never finished elementary school, Maritza Lopez dreamed of attending college, but didn’t think she could afford it. She had heard about Project GRAD Los Angeles, which provides scholarships for promising students, but didn’t take it seriously until program representatives showed up at her home one Saturday when she was in the ninth grade. “That’s when I opened my eyes and said, I’m not making this program as important as I should be – this could make it possible for me to go to college,” recalled Lopez, now 18. Today, thanks to Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), Lopez is a freshman at California State University, Northridge, with plans to be a marriage and family therapist. And on Saturday, just as she did last year, Lopez will join about 1,000 other Project GRAD volunteers as they visit 2,500 homes in Arleta, Pacoima, San Fernando and Sylmar, encouraging other teens to fulfill their dreams. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys; Assemblywoman Cindy Monta!tildelown!ez and Los Angeles City Council members Alex Padilla and Wendy Greuel have been invited to help kick off the event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pacoima Middle School. They and other parents, teachers, administrators, business leaders and community members will reach out to sixth- and ninth-grade students and their families to talk about education and the Project GRAD Los Angeles college scholarship program. “The one-on-one contact is really important because most of these students are the first in their families to go to college,” said Ashley De Lucca, communications director of Project GRAD Los Angeles. “The families can see these students who are successful, who are going to college on a scholarship, and they’re from the community – and (the families) know it’s possible.” Students who participate in the pre-college outreach program and graduate from San Fernando High School are eligible for up to $6,000 in college scholarships. Many local universities and colleges, including Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Mount St. Mary’s College, Marymount College and the University of Judaism will match Project GRAD’s scholarship, making it worth up to $12,000. “I think there is a myth about the price of college,” De Lucca said. “A lot of families want this for their children, but think, ‘There’s no way we can do this financially.’ They don’t understand the opportunities with financial aid and scholarships.” Ninth-grade students sign a scholarship agreement in which they pledge to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average, take all the courses required for admission to the University of California and California State University systems, take the PSAT, SAT/ACT, and participate in two four-week college institutes during their school breaks. This June, Project GRAD Los Angeles celebrated its third class of scholars to graduate from San Fernando High School. Today, there are 450 students enrolled in college with Project GRAD scholarships. “These kids are the future of our country,” De Lucca said. “The more prepared they are on the front end, the greater the chances are they’ll be successful in college and come back to the community and really make a difference.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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