Everyone loves Riquelme

first_imgRodrigo Riquelme, Roro, is one of the jewels in the crown of the red and white quarry. His name is noted on many club agendas across Europe. Ajax and PSV in the Netherlands. Betis, Valencia and Real Madrid in LaLiga. With just 20 years old his contract with Atlético ends this summer and on the table he has a renewal offer with the Atletico club that has not yet signed. It worries in the offices of the Wanda Metropolitano. For all those siren songs that keep growing around her. The last to join has been Celtic, interested in Riquelme after seeing him live against the Rangers youth team in the Youth League. 2019-20 is his First season with the Athletic B but has been training all the season at the orders of Simeone, with the first team, with whom you have already debuted. It was on the third day of the League this season, he played 12 minutes and touched the goal. In summer was one of the youth squads who more shone in the preseason. With an assist to Llorente, with his impudence against Juventus in the game that closed the summer. Because that, personality, is what defines you. Its fundamental renewal“He always says it, that by playing like this he has come this far and why he will change“confessed his father, José Manuel Riquelme, in Onda Madrid, during the summer. His life is read in rojiblanco, a quarry that he reached when he was ten years old and where he has been climbing up to filter his name into the first team. Hold you back is one of the priorities set in red and bold in the rojiblanco club at this time, it is not going to be that one of the siren songs snatches it. Carries five goals in 21 matches with the B (in addition to 2 in 7 with the youth in the Youth League). ‘Girlfriends’ do not stop dating, every week.last_img read more

D-League: Ebondo sizzles as CEU rebounds with rout of Akari-Adamson

first_imgRunning event urges locals, tourists to ‘love Boracay’ PBA IMAGESWith a better supporting cast this time, Rod Ebondo delivered big in Centro Escolar University’s 76-57 bounce back victory over Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Congolese big man was magnificent anew, pouring 25 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks to lead the charge for the Scorpions.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Quarters: 23-11, 40-32, 62-44, 76-57.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Fortunately for Ebondo, the CEU locals also came out to play, with Joseph Manlangit contributing 13 markers and six boards, and Mark Neil Cruz chiming nine points and eight rebounds.The Scorpions caught the Falcons off guard early, racing to a 19-4 lead and breaking away in the second half, leading by as much as 23, 74-51.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s all about preparation. We really worked on our practice and that’s the reason why we got a good result today,” said coach Yong Garcia.CEU lorded the boards, 57-42, with Akari-Adamson missing the services of Papi Sarr and Tyrus Hill. LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Scorpions regained the pole position at 4-1, while dropping the Falcons to 4-2.Conrad Joey Catapusan led the Falcons with 13 points and six rebounds, while Sean Manganti got 12 markers and three boards in the defeat.The Scores:CEU 76 — Ebondo 25, Manlangit 13, Cruz 9, Wamar 8, Aquino 7, Caballero 4, Fuentes 4, Guinitaran 2, Chan 0, Opiso 0, Saber 0, Uri 0, Veron 0.AKARI-ADAMSON 57 — Catapusan 13, Manganti 12, Lastimosa 9, Ahanmisi 7, Camacho 6, Lojera 4, Pingoy 3, Macion 2, Espeleta 1, Bernardo 0, Buenaventura 0, Mojica 0.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Pacers use late surge to beat Clippers, close in on playoffs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The result: Indiana is closing in on its seventh playoff trip in eight years.And Friday’s game exemplified why the Pacers are sitting in this spot.After taking an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter and falling behind midway through the fourth, the Pacers continued trading jabs and refused to let the Clippers get away.Bogdanovic’s mid-range jumper with 1:40 left broke a 100-all tie, and when the Pacers scored the next seven points, it was over.“We’ve been (closing out games) all year long,” guard Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and 10 assists. “If you have your team playing with the type of resilience and chemistry we have, it’s easy to close out games. That’s the easy part. Sometimes it’s hard to get wins when your team is not locked in and playing well together, but we’ve been playing well together all year long.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Clippers learned — the hard way — what most Eastern Conference teams already knew.Despite leading for most of the first half, they allowed Indiana to break a 53-all tie with five straight points in the final minute. In the second half, the Pacers extended a 58-53 advantage to 75-57 with 6:20 left in the third quarter.Los Angeles scrambled to get back into it on a night when Lou Williams had 27 points, 10 assists and one of three Clippers turnovers in the final 88 seconds. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 11 rebounds.The Clippers lost for the fifth time in six games and saw their fading playoff hopes dealt another blow.“We don’t have time to drop games like these,” Jordan said. “They’re a really good team and they let us back into it and we fought to get back into it, too. But we turned the ball over in moments and we can’t afford to do that.”TIP-INSClippers: Have lost three straight in the series. … Clippers coach Doc Rivers called two timeouts during a 13-second span in the third quarter and was clearly upset with the response from his players following the first timeout. … Tobias Harris had 18 points, Montrezl Harrell wound up with 16, and Milos Teodosic and Austin Rivers each had 10. … Los Angeles was outrebounded 41-33 and committed 15 turnovers.Pacers: Victor Oladipo missed all seven of his first-half shots, wound up 4 of 16 from the field and still had 18 points. He also had six rebounds and two steals, extending his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 56, breaking a tie with Chris Paul and Gary Payton for the sixth-longest streak in NBA history. … Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lance Stephenson added 13 points and four rebounds.PLAYOFF TALKRivers isn’t normally big on predictions. He sure didn’t hesitate Friday. LATEST STORIES Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is greeted by Trevor Booker (20) as he returns to the bench following a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Eight months after the Indiana Pacers embarked on a major rebuilding project, the first phase is almost complete.They’re on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. Then the real work begins in phase two, and the Pacers are just as eager to get started.ADVERTISEMENT “Cleveland is still the favorite in the East, but they’ve had so much stuff,” Rivers said before the game. “Pat Riley always used to tell us we had to get rid of the clutter. Cleveland’s had more clutter this year than any team I’ve ever seen. … And there will be an upset in the East in the first round, you can just feel it. You just don’t know where it’s going to come from.”UP NEXTClippers: Finish a four-game road trip Sunday in Toronto.Pacers: Host the Miami Heat on Sunday before starting a four-game West Coast swing. Nuggets beat Wizards to keep pace in playoff chase MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points Friday night and Indiana used a late 9-0 run to pull away from the Los Angeles Clippers for a 109-104 victory that moved the Pacers within one win or a Detroit loss from wrapping up a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.“(Making the playoffs) will mean a lot for all the Pacers organization because no one expected us to be in a playoff race,” Bogdanovic said. “We’ve just got to stick together and get a W against Miami.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBack in July, after Indiana traded four-time All-Star Paul George to Oklahoma City, most people wrote off the Pacers’ chances.Instead, general manager Kevin Pritchard cobbled together a core of young players ready to break out and a group of experienced veterans with potential to improve. They gelled quickly and began proving doubters wrong. View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Quite elated at the moral courage of the Zadok Ministers Fellowship

first_imgDear Editor,In addition to the Guyana Bar Association, FITUG, the US/British/European Union, Chamber of Commerce, and some others, now Zadok – a network of Christian churches and ministers across Guyana— have become the latest to add its voice calling on chief caretaker and chief plenarist David Granger to comply with the Constitution.The bold stand of Zadok puts to shame the other Christian organisations who continue to have nothing to say while the country goes to hell in a hand basket as the PNC has catapulted once again into a state of illegality. The Assembly of God and Full Gospel Fellowship are big on Christian rhetoric about Holy Spirit power, but as they did between 1968 and 1992, they are real scaredy cats quietly backing the PNC regime. Gone are the days of Bishop Benedict Singh of the Catholic Church and Bishop Randolph George of the Anglican Church who were the prophets of Guyana speaking out against the first PNC dictatorship.Those who are old enough should be quite outraged that the PNC does not want to resign and call elections. Last time the PNC were in government, they did not leave for 28 years, as Caricom did nothing and the international community did not impose sanctions against the PNC.The PNC should understand that times have changed and they would not be allowed to pull the same stunt they did between 1964 and 1992. But now is the time for every social and religious group and organisation to speak out, band together and march for peace, democracy and respect for the Constitution.I trust the PPP is taking the situation to the UN, OAS, US Congress, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other International bodies to inform them of the PNC Government’s illegal status. Sanctions need to be imposed now on the caretakers and plenarists. The PNC must learn that they cannot violate the laws of Guyana, as there are penalties to face. It is sheer wickedness what the PNC is doing in not following the constitutional mandates.Sincerely,Jerry Singhlast_img read more

Local NGO to Combat Drowning

first_imgA retired Coast Guard Lieutenant has launched a new non-governmental organization, Lifesaving-Liberia Incorporated (LIFESAL) in Monrovia.Lifesaving-Liberia Incorporated, with headquarters on Gurley Street, South Beach, Monrovia, aims at preventing water-related accidents and minimizing the rate of drowning in the country.According to the founder and executive director, a retired Armed Forces of Liberia lieutenant, Pastor Alfred S. Junes, the motto of his organization is “Help Us Save Lives.”Pastor Junes, LIFESAIL’s executive director, said the body is organized to provide awareness on the dangers of swimming on the various beaches without lifeguards.Quoting statistics from the Irish Live-Saving Foundation (of Ireland), about I.2 million people drown every year, mostly in the world poorest countries.Pastor Junes said drowning is an epidemic that kills, and that water safety education is the only defense against drowning.He has meanwhile appealed for public support, stressing the need for medical remedy to save the beaches and also to encourage the public to take advantage of the entity’s Lifeguard Training aimed at training lifesavers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Today proclaimed Denny Morrison day

first_imgThe provincial government has proclaimed Feb. 27, 2011 as “Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day” as part of a program to recognize British Columbia’s medal-winning athletes from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, announced Deputy Premier Colin Hansen today.Denny Morrison led Canada in the speed skating men’s team pursuit event to the Gold medal with Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky. – Advertisement -Chris Le Bihan won a Bronze medal as a member of Canada’s four-man bobsleigh team alongside teammates Lyndon Rush, David Bissett and Lascelles Brown.In total eight proclamations will be made by the Province recognizing 17 British Columbian athletes who won medals individually or as members of a team and those who served as volunteers during the Olympics or Paralympics.last_img read more

‘Verbal agreement’ reached between Chelsea and Wolfsburg, claims Schurrle’s agent

first_img Andre Schurrle in action for Germany 1 Andre Schurrle’s agent confirms Chelsea and Wolfsburg have reached a ‘verbal agreement’ about the striker’s return to the Bundesliga.A sum of around €30million (£22.5million) is reported to have been agreed for the transfer, which Schurrle’s agent Ingo Haspel told Germany’s SID agency “should go through on Friday.”“There are still a few things to discuss, but we’re no longer talking about figures,” Haspel added.Until those have been resolved, Wolfsburg are holding back on confirming the transfer, focusing instead on Friday night’s Bundesliga clash with Bayern Munich.“The fact is, all of the required signatures are still lacking,” Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs told ARD television.“No contract has been signed and I’m a bit old-fashioned and there are still some obstacles to get round. The ink is not yet dry.”The 24-year-old nevertheless looks certain to return to Germany, where he played for both Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen before joining the Blues in 2013.He would become the most expensive player in Wolfsburg’s history, eclipsing the 22 million euros (£16.5million) they paid Chelsea for Kevin De Bruyne in the summer.last_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal preview: first London derby for two new managers

first_img0Shares0000The opening weekend of the new FA Premier League season threw up plenty of goals and drama, and the second round shows no sign of abating. This coming Saturday (18 August) Chelsea and Arsenal meet at Stamford Bridge, with new coaches Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery given their first taste of a London derby.Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery will get their first taste of a fierce local derby at Stamford Bridge this weekendFirst things first Before you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting agency and get your account up and running using your credit card. As a new customer and with the new Premier League season already underway, there should be a whole host of promotions and offers available to you.Where can I win money in this tie?These two teams have met 162 times previously, with Arsenal boasting the better head to head record. The Gunners have won 62 games with Chelsea only winning 51, with Arsenal scoring 226 goals to Chelsea’s 209.But while history may point to Arsenal, more recent history has most certainly been with Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge club have won three Premier League titles since Arsenal’s last win back in the 2003/04 season.And it is Chelsea who come into this game as the favourites to make it two wins in two at the start of the new campaign. The Blues comprehensively beat Huddersfield 3-0 on the opening day and are at just 1.80 to take all three points against Arsenal as well.For Arsenal fans, there was a horrible sense of déjà vu this past Sunday as they saw their side comfortably outplayed by current champions Manchester City, who comfortably won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. And the odds are against the Gunners once again in this one, with Arsenal out at 4.50 to record an away victory.Chelsea looked composed across the back line last week, with new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga making his debut. And while it is never easy trying to predict the exact score of a game – particularly so early on in a new season – a 2-0 win for Chelsea is priced competitively at 10.00, offering a ten-fold return on any investment.Arsenal failed to make much impact against City and could have just as much trouble at Stamford Bridge. You can more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals at 2.15 – this may not be one for the annals.Emery’s best ploy may well be trying to absorb pressure and then hit Chelsea on the counter attack. If that ploy is to work then the lightning pace of Gabon forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will be crucial, and you can back the striker to get on the score sheet at2.25, while he is at 5.25 to score either the first or last goal of the game.Only Belgian ace Eden Hazard is at shorter odds than Aubameyang. The Chelsea playmaker is at 1.95 to score at any time and you can also back him at 4.50 to open the scoring.Chelsea took a bit of time to get going against Huddersfield and, after a disappointing showing in the Community Shield against Manchester City, things look like they might just be beginning to click. You can back Chelsea to win this game to nil (without Arsenal scoring a goal) at a price of 3.40, giving you the chance to potentially more than triple your money.Arsenal won just four out of 19 away games last season and there doesn’t look to be much cause for optimism here either. Chelsea, meanwhile, are at 5.00 to win both halves and just 2.50 to score in both halves.As ever, remember the golden rule of betting – the more specific your bets, the higher the potential rewards.  You can bet on a Chelsea win with under 2.5 goals also at 5.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$25 pay out.The exact number of goals in the game could also be a money spinner. Two goals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is priced at 3.75, while three goals rises slightly to 4.00, with four goals at 5.00.It is also worth pointing out that five of the last six meetings between these two teams have ended in a stalemate. You can back a draw here at a price of 3.75, while a 1-1 draw comes in at 7.50 – both teams to score is priced low at just 1.61.Premier League round 2 fixtures:Saturday, 18 August(3.25) Cardiff x Newcastle (2.55); draw (3.10)(1.90) Everton x Southampton (4.75); draw (3.50)(2.05) Leicester City x Wolves (3.90); draw (3.50)(1.28) Tottenham x Fulham (12.00); draw (6.00)(2.10) West Ham x Bournemouth (3.70); draw (3.60)(1.80) Chelsea x Arsenal (4.50); draw (4.00)Sunday, 19 August(2.45) Burnley x Watford (3.40); draw (3.10)(1.10) Manchester City x Huddersfield (26.00); draw (13.00)(5.50) Brighton x Manchester United (1.75); draw (3.60)Monday, 20 August (7.50) Crystal Palace x Liverpool (1.44); draw (5.00)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man Utd fight back but Arsenal extend unbeaten run

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard celebrates his equaliser in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United players of shooting themselves in the foot as he saw his under-strength team gift Arsenal two goals in a 2-2 draw that extended their winless Premier League run to four games.United, who started with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench, showed great spirit to twice come back, with equalisers from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard earning a much-needed point. But, after a defeat at Manchester City and dispiriting draws with Crystal Palace and Southampton, United are now 18 points behind leaders City and actually closer to the relegation positions than they are first place.United also trail Chelsea and Arsenal, who are now unbeaten in 20 games, by eight points in the battle for a place in the top four.And Mourinho, who saw a bad David de Gea error and Marcos Rojo own goal twice hand Arsenal the lead, believes the performance continued their run of self-inflicted harm.“We scored four goals and we drew 2-2,” joked Mourinho.“But we scored four goals and even in matches like today where we play well, we always shoot ourselves.“Sometimes we miss chances with an open goal, other times defensive mistakes but tonight there was a fantastic spirit, good performances.“Our problem is finding a performance like this without the mistakes we made and we had very good performances where we make mistakes and we are always punished.”Mourinho’s frustration was especially understandable given that Arsenal’s opening goal, after 26 minutes, featured that rarest of collector’s items, a mistake by his Spanish international goalkeeper David de Gea.Chris Smalling slipped at Lucas Torreira’s 26th minute corner, allowing Mustafi the space to send a free header bouncing into the ground and goalwards.It looked a routine save for United’s number one but he succeeded only in pushing the ball into the air, two-handed, over his own head and over the goalline, despite Ander Herrera’s desperation clearance.But United responded within four minutes as Rojo, playing for the first time this season, unleashed a terrific free-kick which Bernd Leno kept out at the foot of his left-hand post.Herrera responded quickly, although replays suggested he may have been fractionally offside, reaching the loose ball on the by-line and turning it into the six-yard area where Martial was able to convert.That dramatic pattern would be repeated after 68 minutes when Arsenal regained a lead they could only hold, on this occasion, for 74 seconds.Lacazette played a one-two with fellow substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan and advanced into the area where Rojo tackled him from behind and succeeded only in turning the ball into his own net.But there could be no faulting United’s response as Arsenal panicked at a long ball punted forward, almost directly from kick-off.Lukaku caused uncertainty in the visitors’ area and as Sead Kolasinac tried to turn the ball back to his goalkeeper, he allowed Lingard to ghost in and complete a simple finish past Leno.Error-strewn as it might have been, there could be no faulting the entertainment in the first Manchester United-Arsenal fixture since 1986 to take place without either Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger in one of the dug-outs.De Gea made amends for his first-half error with two fine saves to deny in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Mkhitaryan also wasting a good close-range chance in between.Neither Mkhitaryan nor the injured Alexis Sanchez have shone since a January swap deal between the clubs, but only the offside flag denied the Armenian coming back to haunt United in stoppage time when he rifled home after another decent De Gea stop from Torreira.“I am proud of my players and the second half gives us confidence,” said Arsenal manager Unai Emery.“We controlled the game and if one team deserved to win, we did more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Surfers rejoice as weird weather brings humongous waves

first_imgMALIBU – When the sun rises at Topanga State Beach today, Darren Hao will be on the break for some of the best surf of the decade. “I’m crackin’ it, 5 a.m., 5:15,” said Hao, 37, of Malibu, waxing his board Tuesday as the sun prepared to drop over the horizon. “I’ll pile out when it’s dark to be the first on it. “There’ll be 20 guys in the water when the sun comes up – whatever. There’s gonna be waves.” Hot days. Humongous surf. And a huge incoming storm bearing snow for surrounding mountains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThree weeks before Christmas, Southern California is undergoing a schizo weather week. It began with rain Friday, turning to hot Santa Anas on Sunday and near record heat Tuesday and is expected to chill a full 30 degrees when a cold Pacific storm rolls in late Thursday. And in the calm before the storm, surfers await some of the finest surf of the season – at heights of up to 15 feet. “Cowabunga, dude,” said Bill Patzert, an old-time surfer and climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca ada Flintridge. “You need a monster storm for monster surf.” A red flag warning was posted throughout the region Monday as northeast winds made Lake Balboa choppy and drove the mercury up to 85 degrees in Chatsworth and Northridge. Humidity hovered at 10percent. Wind advisories were also issued for mountain areas, with high-surf and small-craft advisories offshore. But Angeles might be replacing sunblock with umbrellas soon as the frigid storm that hammered the Pacific Northwest stalks Southern California late Thursday. “It’s definitely weird weather,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It’s a roller coaster, starting with offshore winds and then leading to wetter weather. “This might be one of the biggest storms for rainfall for the season.” While the NWS had not prepared a forecast, Patzert said the storm could drop between 2 inches and 5 inches of rain between Thursday and Sunday. Snow is expected as low as 5,500 feet. But while skiers might brace for powder, surfers across the region girded for some of the largest swells of the decade. Lifeguards prepared for some of the nastiest riptides in memory. “We’re fully staffed. We’ve got our personal watercraft ready to be deployed, sitting out on the berms. We’ve got all the Baywatches in operation,” said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Terry Harvey, who advised swimmers to check with lifeguards before wading into the water. The surf was forecast to peak this morning at between 7 and 10 feet at west-facing beaches such as Zuma, with breakers as high as 15 feet. Areas north of Point Conception could see breakers up to 28 feet. More important, the waves could be long and shallow – ideal for good surfing. Some say they haven’t seen such good surf since January 1998. “It’s an amazing swell,” said Nathan Cool, founder of Wetsand.com, a surf-forecasting site based in Thousand Oaks. But at 15 feet, he said it may be “out of my comfort zone.” Not for surfers at Topanga. Like other hot surf spots, surfers knew of the rising swell expected to peak at between 1 and 3 a.m. today, then subside Thursday. By dawn, the towering waves could be lined wall to wall with surfers. “Everybody’s all excited about it,” said George Mays of West Hollywood, his board dripping as he walked from the surf. “The only thing that is damping my enthusiasm is the crowds. “(Instead of) an ordinary surf day (it) will turn into a logjam.” “I’ll be there at dawn,” added Buzz Alexander of Venice Beach, stepping into his Alfa Romero Spyder. “It’ll be scrumptious. “The conditions are beautiful. It’s clear and glassy. You couldn’t ask for more – it’s almost Christmas.”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