Man Utd and Arsenal on red alert as Pochettino claims he wants quick return

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert after claiming he is ready to return to management straight away.The Argentine was sacked by Tottenham after a poor start to the season – but is still held in high regard after the magnificent job he did over his first five years at White Hart Lane.2 Pochettino’s availability will have Man Utd and Arsenal on red alertAs well as Man United and Arsenal, Pochettino has also found himself linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.And having made a trip back to Argentina after his sacking, Pochettino told Fox Sports Argentina: “There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on.”But, for the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.”My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back.”It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina. However for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here.”But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me.”My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future.2″My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for ten days.”At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me.”While Pochettino has emerged as a genuine candidate for the Arsenal job – it remains very unlikely to happen.If the 47-year-old were to take another job in the Premier League this season – he would have to pay Tottenham back the £12.5million compensation he was paid when sacked.As well as this, Pochettino would be unlikely to betray his principles to accept a job with Tottenham’s fiercest rivals.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaManchester United are long-term admirers of the Argentine’s work, but for now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in the Old Trafford hotseat.Bayern Munich, managerless since sacking Niko Kovac last month, are thought to be very keen on Pochettino – despite having beaten Poch’s Spurs 7-2 earlier this season.The much sought after manager yesterday visited Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina – where he is a club legend as a player. Interim Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg thanks fans for support but is disappointed they didn’t winlast_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgBravo puts Dolphins in final DURBAN, South Africa (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo produced a superb penultimate over under pressure to help propel Dolphins to a tense five-run victory over Cape Cobras and into the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge here on Wednesday. Chasing 179 for victory, Cape Cobras found themselves on the brink of victory at Kingsmead, requiring 13 runs from the last 12 balls of the semi-final contest. However, medium pacer Bravo came up big when it mattered most, conceding just four runs, while grabbing the wicket of Robin Peterson for three, caught at mid-on off a low full toss. He finished with one for 27 from his four overs. Emrit stars in Bangladesh MIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago’s Rayad Emrit struck a brilliant unbeaten half-century to follow up an incisive spell as he helped Barisal Bulls to an important morale-boosting two-wicket victory over Dhaka Dynamites in the final game of the Bangladesh Premier League preliminary round yesterday. In pursuit of 137 for victory at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Bulls got home with two balls to spare, thanks to Emrit’s splendid 54 not out off 28 deliveries with six fours and two sixes. While the game was of academic interest only because both teams had already qualified for the play-offs, the result was important from the perspective of confidence, with both teams clashing again tomorrow in the opening game of the next round.last_img read more

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7-time champ Serena Williams gets smooth draw at Wimbledon

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S smiles during a press conference, after winning the women’s singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 9, 2016. APLONDON — Serena Williams avoided any early matchups against opponents with success to speak of at Wimbledon in a draw on Friday that could put her against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina in the third round.Williams is returning to the grass-court tournament for the first time since 2016 after missing it last year while pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter in September.ADVERTISEMENT Mavericks chasing DeAndre Jordan again, 3 years later LATEST STORIES 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ She is ranked outside the top 150, but the All England Club decided to seed her 25th based on past success, which includes collecting seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon. Williams’ first-round opponent when play begins on Monday will be 107th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, who has one career tour title.Williams is competing for the first time since she pulled out of the French Open ahead of a fourth-round showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in early June, citing an injured chest muscle. That was Williams’ return to Grand Slam action after a 16-month absence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRus has only once been as far as Wimbledon’s third round, back in 2012. That was the last time she won a match at the All England Club. She was beaten in the first round of qualifying a year ago, as were both of the women Williams could meet in the second round, 136th-ranked qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria and 167th-ranked wild-card recipient Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic.Svitolina has only once been as far as the fourth round.center_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Two-time champion Andy Murray will face 48th-ranked Benoit Paire in the first round. It’s a rematch of Murray’s fourth-round victory over the Frenchman at the All England Club in 2017.That was Murray’s last win before he sat out nearly a year because of an injured hip that was surgically repaired in January.He returned to action last week and so is ranked only 156th and unseeded at Wimbledon, which he won in 2013 and 2016.Murray could face 26th-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the second round.The top-seeded Federer’s opening opponent on Monday will be 57th-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. Their only previous meeting anywhere came in Wimbledon’s second round last year, when Federer won in straight sets en route to the title.No. 2 seed Nadal, whose 17 Grand Slam titles trail only Federer’s 20 among men, faces 129th-ranked Dudi Sela of Israel on Tuesday. Nadal has won both of their previous matchups.Men’s first-rounders to keep an eye on include Dimitrov against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who is still working his way back into form after knee surgery; 12-time major champ Novak Djokovic against Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren of the U.S.; and No. 23 Richard Gasquet against Gael Monfils in a matchup of Frenchmen.Two women who lost a Wimbledon final against Serena Williams will meet in the first round when former No. 1 and two-time major champion Angelique Kerber plays qualifier Vera Zvonareva. Kerber was the runner-up in 2016, Zvonereva in 2010.Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion who is seeded 24th, could face 2017 French Open champion and 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, and Kvitova in the fourth. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Williams’ possible fourth-round opponent, 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, made one quarterfinal appearance, while the 36-year-old American’s potential quarterfinal foe, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, has never been beyond the fourth round.Williams could face her older sister, five-time champion and 2017 runner-up Venus, in the semifinals. The ninth-seeded Venus Williams opens against 62nd-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who is 0-7 at Wimbledon.The Williams sisters are not in the doubles draw. They have won 14 Grand Slam titles as a pair, including six at Wimbledon.In the top half of the women’s singles bracket, the quarterfinals could be French Open champion Simona Halep vs. two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, and defending champ Garbine Muguruza vs. No. 6 Caroline Garcia. In the bottom half, No. 2 Wozniacki was drawn to face Svitolina, while 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens could play No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.The potential men’s quarterfinals in the top half are eight-time champion Roger Federer vs. 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic vs. No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov. In the bottom half of the bracket, it could be two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal vs. 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, and No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 7 Dominic Thiem.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihanlast_img read more

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Highway 29 reopened after condensate tanker tips over

first_imgLuckily, no product was spilled at the scene 13 kilometres north of the District near the Farrell Creek bridge. The driver was taken to the Fort St. John Hospital with undisclosed injuries, although Norton believes they were non-life threatening, and his condition is unknown. – Advertisement –last_img

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Hydro to hold open houses this summer on Site C construction

first_imgBC Hydro has released the dates of public open houses it will hold throughout the Peace River region in July regarding construction planning for the Site C dam.The dates and locations are as follows:Taylor – July 8, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Taylor Community Hall- Advertisement -Fort St. John – July 9, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference CentreHudson’s Hope – July 14, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Pearkes CentreChetwynd – July 15, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Recreation CentreDawson Creek – July 16, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Fixx Urban Grill in the Stonebridge HotelAdvertisement Hydro says the open houses will provide information to residents on construction information and notifications, and that it wants input on how to communicate construction updates to the region.The Crown corporation says it will continue to post updates to www.sitecproject.com, provide updates through Twitter, and take inquiries via telephone and email.Hydro says it will also hold job fairs in the coming months Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge.last_img read more

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AC Milan move to secure loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder

first_img1 Asier Illarramendi AC Milan are lining up a January loan swoop for Arsenal and Liverpool target Asier Illarramendi.The Spanish midfielder has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for some time and the Gunners boss missed out on the gifted midfielder when Madrid paid Real Sociedad £25.5m to land him last year.But he has struggled to establish himself at the Bernabeu and, to date, he has started just 16 La Liga games for his new club.Arsenal could be in the market for a new deep-lying midfielder with question marks over the future of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, and they could move for Illarramendi, while Liverpool are also understood to retain an interest.But the Premier League sides may have to look elsewhere with sources in Spain indicating the 24-year-old could be on his way to Italy.Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti retains good links with Milan CEO Adriano Galliano and talkSPORT understands Milan have been in touch about a potential January loan for Illarramendi.last_img read more

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Ex- Zoo man Chetambe wins May/June award

first_imgThe midfielder was in a scintillating form during the month netting five times in nine matches, goals which aided Zoo to bag 15 points out of a possible 27 and hence maintained their top flight status. Zoo registered three wins, four draws and lost twice.“I am so pleased to win this award. It was a tough month because we were fighting relegation, I am honored that my effort has been recognized today though not with Zoo but now at Bandari,” Chetambe said after receiving the award at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa.“I hope to carry on the good performance to Bandari and help the team win titles this season. It is going to be a tough season since we have the CAF Confederation Cup, the league, Super Cup and also defending the Shield. So far I enjoy my stay in Bandari and I promise our fans good results.” he added.Coming up against players who had equally impressed during the month, Chetambe garnered 19 votes in a poll conducted by the SJAK football commission, two ahead of Tusker winger Boniface Muchiri who emerged second.Fast rising Tusker striker David Majak and Ulinzi Stars hitman Enosh Ochieng finished third and fourth with 15 and nine points respectively.Chetambe’s goal scoring instincts paid dividends as Bandari beat a number of interested outfits to secure his signature and consequently made his debut in the recently concluded CECAFA Kagame Cup in Rwanda.The midfielder is the sixth recipient of the award this season after Kakamega Homeboyz midfielder Peter Thiong’o, Abdalla Hassan (Bandari),Justin Ndikumana(Sofapaka) and former Sofapaka goal poacher Umaru Kasumba who won it twice.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Danson Chetambe receiving his Kenyan Premier League May/June player of the month awardMOMBASA, Kenya, Jul 29 – Former Zoo Kericho playmaker Danson Chetambe has been belatedly named the LG/Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) May/June footballer of the month.Chetambe, who has since ditched the club to join Bandari, helped Zoo evade relegation by a whisker last season courtesy of his five goals scored within the month to finish two slots above the red line.last_img read more

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RB man won’t rest his case with State Bar

first_imgThat’s the way her son, Redondo Beach resident Jeffrey Meltzer, sees it. So when she died in 2004, Meltzer and his four siblings were surprised to learn that the legal work on her estate and trust in the mid-1980s was done by an attorney who lost his license for theft and fraud convictions. In the years since, the family has unraveled under the weight of extreme emotional and financial burdens in trying to determine what their mom really wanted. Meltzer, wanting to punish the lawyer who handled his mother’s will and estate and trust issues, filed a complaint with the State Bar against Melvyn Honig, who was reinstated to practice and works in Los Angeles. “He basically decimated the family, and has never once apologized,” Meltzer said. But the State Bar told him couldn’t do anything because any alleged wrongdoing by Honig happened too long ago. Meltzer feels cheated again, this time by the agency he feels should watch out for the consumer and ensure professionalism and ethics for lawyers – but instead seems to have lawyer’s best interests in mind. “They look for reasons to throw these inquiries out,” Meltzer surmised. “They are the protectors of the attorneys.” Meltzer is not alone in his assessment of the State Bar Discipline System, but opinions certainly vary on how effective the group is in policing its own. Those familiar with the system label it everything from “lax” and “fair” to “schizophrenic” and “random.” “I’m actually a very big fan of the State Bar, even though I represent lawyers in the discipline process,” said Ellen Peck, a former State Bar prosecutor and judge who now practices on the other side. Peck acknowledged, however, that “some of my colleagues say the Bar is very aggressive and can be unfair toward lawyers in their zeal to prosecute.” But Greg Keating, a legal ethics professor at USC Gould School of Law, says there is definitely a perception that the Bar is easy on lawyers – except when it comes to allegations of theft. “They have a reputation for traditionally being lax on everything else,” Keating said. He agreed with Meltzer that the rules prohibiting prosecution of alleged wrongdoing that occurred more than five years before a complaint is filed could be perceived as “self-protecting.” “It’s not surprising that, in an estate planning situation, the harm doesn’t materialize until long after the incompetent lawyering takes place,” Keating said. License was suspended Meltzer has taken his grievance to the next level in the complaint process – the state Supreme Court. But only rarely does the high court order the State Bar to proceed with any further investigation and prosecution. “I have never had a challenge like this in my life,” said the 47-year-old hardwood floor contractor. “This is like climbing Mount Everest.” Meltzer and his siblings did get some relief from a lawsuit they filed in civil court. But, he says, the $100,000 settlement they must share doesn’t cover the nearly $500,000 lost in legal fees litigating his mother’s will and the value of property he claims he was bequeathed but gave up in a settlement. Honig, who is still executor of Anna Meltzer’s estate and will get about $20,000 for his work, according to Meltzer, referred a reporter to his attorney, who did not return messages. It appears from the records that Anna Meltzer, a native of Belarus, Poland, who fled to escape the Nazi invasion, first met with Honig in 1971 and executed her will. At the time, Honig, a graduate of Southwestern School of Law, was licensed to practice law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1968. In 1975, he was indicted on nine counts of insurance fraud. He had received kickbacks from a chiropractor for referring his personal injury clients to him. The chiropractor was caught inflating the bills. A year later, Honig was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property for two typewriters he purchased from an acquaintance. A little more than a month after a jury convicted him in October 1979 for the typewriter case, he was placed on interim suspension by the State Bar. In 1980, Honig was convicted by a jury of five counts of grand theft, insurance fraud and conspiracy. He received probation for both convictions. Both were eventually reduced to misdemeanors and dismissed. His license was suspended for nearly six years, State Bar records show, during which he continued to work in the area of investment and tax consultation. It was during that time, at a private meeting in 1983, that Honig last met with Anna Meltzer and revised her will, Meltzer claims records show. Her family members challenged the will because they said certain estate and trust matters were not handled correctly and the will was inconsistent with what they believed their mother wanted. At a hearing in 1985, Honig, who was trying to get his law license back, testified that he provided services to his former clients – all of whom were aware of his legal problems – under the guidance of attorney Mayer Lifschitz, who was Honig’s associate in the practice. Age of case cited In a deposition for the lawsuit brought against Honig and Lifschitz by the Meltzer family, Lifschitz testified he remembered making sure every client involved with Honig knew he wasn’t licensed. However, he didn’t appear to have any independent recollection of the Meltzer case, citing the two decades that had passed. Had Honig simply assisted Anna Meltzer without giving advice, then he didn’t do anything wrong. But, because only two people were in that meeting – one of whom is now deceased and one who claims he didn’t do anything wrong – the State Bar is left without a lot of evidence to prosecute. Nonetheless, a letter to Meltzer from the State Bar’s Audit and Review Department is clear that the law prohibits the organization from prosecuting attorneys for conduct that occurred more than five years before the conduct was discovered, or should have been discovered. “? The time to look into this issue would have been in at least the 1980s,” the letter states. A small percentage of the complaints received by the State Bar are investigated and prosecuted, according to the 2006 Report on the State Bar of California Discipline System. Peck said the system operates like a funnel – just like traditional investigations and prosecutions into criminal behavior. While there are many criminal investigations, there are fewer arrests resulting in even fewer trials and convictions. “The numbers are what they are,” said Robert Hawley, deputy executive director of the State Bar, referring to the Discipline System statistics. “But just because the numbers are the numbers, that doesn’t mean there is something wrong with them.” Hawley and other attorneys say it comes down to evidence. To prove a case in State Bar Court, prosecutors must present “clear and convincing” evidence of wrongdoing – a standard that lies somewhere between the criminal standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” and the civil standard of “a preponderance of the evidence.” He said he understands why the system may seem “schizophrenic” – the Bar regulates, licenses and disciplines lawyers on the one hand and then provides outreach programs, education and professional support on the other. Fox guarding henhouse? Ted Schneyer, a legal ethics professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, says it’s understandable that the public considers the the State Bar Discipline System akin to the fox guarding the henhouse. “But from the standpoint of lawyers, many of them have reason to want a discipline process that is quite effective in order to help maintain the quality of legal services and the integrity of people who practice law,” Schneyer said. “They would just as soon have the bad apples removed from the barrel,” Schneyer added. Even those who are critical of the system, though, believe that the investigators and attorneys work hard and are diligent. Ellen Pansky, a former State Bar prosecutor who now consults for attorneys in areas of ethics and legal malpractice, said her biggest complaint is that the prosecutors are too harsh and unwilling to plea bargain. “Very rarely am I surprised that the State Bar closes something out that should not be,” Pansky said. “I think they’re very concerned about image. They don’t want the public to perceive them as being lenient.” Tom Dresslar, an attorney who handles malpractice cases against lawyers, called the Discipline System “essentially random.” “Sometimes they will ignore the most outrageous conduct imaginable,” Dresslar said. “Other times, they come down like a ton of bricks.” Dresslar said he advises clients that filing a complaint in the State Bar is merely “an act of vengeance and prosecution.” Dresslar said clients find more reward in the civil courthouse. “My clients tend to concentrate more on getting their money back,” he said. For the Meltzers, justice hasn’t been found anywhere. The sad part, besides the money and frustration, Meltzer said, was the effect on his family. Anna Meltzer went to her grave believing she took care of everything for her children. “My mom didn’t know he was disbarred. She used to call the Contractors State License Board every time she hired a plumber – that’s the type of person my mom was,” Meltzer said. “She was very diligent in making sure she was never taken. She never dreamed an attorney would do what he did.” denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAW: He wants the agency to punish a Los Angeles attorney for what he believes was a botched job on his mother’s estate. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER Anna Meltzer was a practical and loving mother. She would have never knowingly allowed an unlicensed attorney to prepare her will – let alone name him executor of her estate. last_img read more

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Rooney ‘can score 20 goals this season’, Man United great tells talkSPORT

first_imgManchester United legend Bryan Robson has warned fans not to judge Wayne Rooney too soon, insisting the striker can recover from his poor start to the season and plunder 20 goals this term.The club captain has come under scrutiny for his below-par performances in United’s first two games of the new Premier League campaign, despite the club coming away with six points.He was anonymous in their opening day victory over Tottenham – won by a Kyle Walker own goal – with statistics showing he barely touched the ball inside the penalty area, and he was panned by supporters for his sluggish display in the win over Aston Villa on Friday.Having spent the majority of last season in the supporting role, Louis van Gaal has made it clear Rooney has his backing in his favoured centre-forward position this term, though there is great pressure on the forward, with United’s goalscoring burden falling squarely on his shoulders following the departure of Robin van Persie.But while he hasn’t enjoyed the most promising of starts, Old Trafford great Robson believes Rooney will shine this season.He told Drivetime: “Wayne is a great player and people always highlight him, whenever he has a dip in form people are quick to point it out and criticise.“But Wayne has great character, he’s a team player and as long as the manager keeps picking him, he will work hard and he’ll give his best for Manchester United.“I can see Wayne doing really well this season… I’d like to see him get up to that 20 goal mark, and he’s capable of that.”last_img read more

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MB Twins Walking Against Diabetes

first_imgBy Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER Life with diabetes is definitely a drag: There’s needles for insulin shots, tests to be taken all day, advanced planning for meals and trips. No sleepovers at friends’ houses, no overnight baseball tournament trips without mom or dad and no pigging out on Halloween candy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Blake and Kyle Hammerstein, both 10, have dealt with this reality as long as they’ve had memory. The identical twins from Manhattan Beach are among the 1million people in the United States who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, a chronic disease that can be deadly without constant vigilance. “I hate waking up in the middle of the night,” said Kyle Hammerstein, who has to have his blood sugar levels checked at about 1 a.m. every day. The Hammerstein boys, however, agree there are at least a few perks: A weeklong camp in the summer for kids with diabetes, a gala fundraiser in the spring, and a huge event this weekend that draws thousands of kids, families and celebrities to Dodger Stadium. The annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk on Saturday is expected to raise about $2 million, most of which will be given to research foundations. The families who participate, including a sizable contingent from the South Bay, enjoy food, games, laps around the stadium and other activities. “It’s definitely the one day when kids feel like it’s not so bad to have diabetes,” said Liz Jackson, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the foundation. “They look around and see all these people who have come out to support them.” The Hammerstein twins will lead one of the fundraising teams, called the “Hammers Hightops.” With donations from friends and family, they expect to raise about $30,000 for the cause, said Clay Hammerstein, the boys’ father. This is the seventh year the family has participated. Unlike many children who are diagnosed with diabetes, Blake and Kyle showed symptoms when they were still infants. Kyle was the first to be diagnosed after his parents noticed he was thirsty all the time, constantly urinating, hungry and lethargic. Blake was diagnosed about six months later. “We knew things were going to change,” said Clay Hammerstein, whose sister also suffers from the disease. “We knew things were going to be different.” Having a relative with the disease doesn’t necessarily mean the disease was genetic; about 90percent of children with diabetes do not have any history in their families. Researchers are still trying to figure out what causes it. The other common form of diabetes, Type 2, usually occurs later in life and is more a result of environmental factors such as weight and general health. Jackson, however, said more children are being diagnosed with Type 2. In both cases, the disease affects the pancreas, which delivers sugar in the form of insulin that gives cells their energy. Diabetics have to constantly monitor their sugar levels. Although researchers are still far from a cure, technology to help diabetics has come a long way. The Hammerstein boys wear a clip-on device that looks like a bulky pager with a slim tube jutting out. The device allows them to give themselves insulin when levels are low. They have to test about six times a day by pricking their skin and measuring the amount of glucose in the blood. “I do it at school in front of my friends,” Blake Hammerstein said. “No one cares.” The boys otherwise lead fairly normal, active lives. They even play on a traveling baseball tournament team. “As a parent you worry when they’re not with you – it’s not like you can just let them go outside and play for four hours by themselves,” Clay Hammerstein said. “But we’ve got it pretty well under control. That’s the good news, that they get to lead a pretty normal life.” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

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