January 2023



SAN RAMON — Mayor Dave Hudson suffered a stroke while returning from a cross-country trip and will not be able to fulfill his duties for an undetermined time, city officials said.

Hudson fell ill after returning from Washington D.C., according to a statement from San Ramon Interim City Manager Steven Spedowfski. City officials did not say when exactly Hudson had experienced the stroke.

Vice Mayor Mark Armstrong will govern in Hudson’s place, until he can return. Hudson was recovering, Spedowfski said in a statement.

“We wish Mayor Hudson a speedy recovery and look forward to his return as soon as he feels better,” Spedowfski said.

No timetable has been established for Hudson’s return, he said.

Hudson was elected the city’s mayor in 2020 and also spent five terms on the city council. Armstrong served his first term as a councilmember in 2021.


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February’s arrival marks the start of the stretch run across college basketball and a make-or-break month for a quartet of Pac-12 teams.

The mediocre conference has twice as many NCAA bubble-sitters as it does locks for at-large berths:

— UCLA and Arizona are safely in the 68-team field and are playing for seed.

— Arizona State, USC, Utah and Oregon are playing for bids.

The selection process doesn’t take conference affiliation into account; there is no limit to the number of slots for the Pac-12. But the bubble teams will pummel each other in head-to-head meetings, thereby capping the amount of momentum available.

The conference will be fortunate to get two of the four into the NCAAs.

Some notable comparative metrics and rankings for your analysis …

*** NET rankings

No. 50: Utah
No. 55: USC
No. 58: Oregon
No. 64: ASU

*** Record in Quad I (highest level) games:

ASU: 3-3
USC: 2-4
Utah: 2-4
Oregon: 2-5

*** Pomeroy efficiency ratings

No. 42: USC
No. 47: Utah
No. 55: Oregon
No. 66: ASU

*** Pomeroy non-conference schedule strength

No. 44: Oregon
No. 145: USC
No. 173: ASU
No. 314: Utah

*** Remaining intra-bubble games

ASU: vs. Oregon, vs. Utah, at USC
Oregon: at ASU, vs. USC
USC: at Oregon, at Utah, vs. ASU
Utah: at ASU, vs. USC

Our view: USC and Oregon are best positioned to land on the right side of the bubble, while Utah has the toughest road. The selection committee won’t take kindly to the Utes’ schedule.

Then again, we have repeatedly failed to get a proper handle on the Pac-12. Inconsistent teams and wild variances in results are the marks of a mediocre conference — a conference that can claim just two NCAA Tournament locks as the stretch run arrives.

(NET rankings through Monday)

1. UCLA (17-4/8-2)

Last week: 1
Results: lost at USC 77-64
Next up: vs. Washington (Thursday)
NET ranking: 5
Comment: If a slump is unavoidable, this is the best time of year to experience it. We give the Bruins until the third week of February to recapture their groove.

2. Arizona (19-3/8-3)

Last week: 2
Results: won at WSU 63-58 and Washington 95-72
Next up: vs. Oregon (Thursday)
NET ranking: 10
Comment: The Wildcats are faring slightly better with voters than computers at the moment. They are No. 5 in the AP poll but 10th in the NET and 12th in the Pomeroy efficiency ratings.

3. USC (15-6/7-3)

Last week: 3
Results: beat UCLA 77-64
Next up: vs. Washington State (Thursday)
NET ranking: 55
Comment: Boogie Ellis has topped the 25-point mark four times this season, against BYU, Auburn, Washington and UCLA. Not surprisingly, the Trojans won all four.

4. Oregon (13-9/7-4)

Last week: 7
Results: beat Colorado 72-65 and Utah 68-56
Next up: at Arizona (Thursday)
NET ranking: 58
Comment: February has typically been Dana Altman Month in the Pac-12. We’ll see if his players know the history — and can repeat it.

5. Utah (15-8/8-4)

Last week: 4
Results: won at Oregon State 63-44, lost at Oregon 68-56
Next up: vs. Stanford (Thursday)
NET ranking: 50
Comment: We are hereby declaring Craig Smith’s second season a rip-roaring success, regardless of what happens the rest of the way.

6. Arizona State (15-7/6-5)

Last week: 5
Results: lost at Washington 69-66 (OT) and WSU 75-58
Next up: vs. Oregon State (Thursday)
NET ranking: 64
Comment: The Sun Devils have lost four in a row and finish with Arizona and the L.A. schools on the road, which makes sweeping the next six essential.


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“Crash, correction or chill” looks at economic and real estate trends that give hints about how deep housing’s troubles may be.

Buzz: California house hunters should be mildly encouraged that prices in three major markets are well off their springtime peaks – though housing values are still quite inflated from pre-pandemic days.

Source: My trusty spreadsheet reviewed Case-Shiller’s November home price indexes that track 20 big U.S. markets, including three in California. It’s a widely watched benchmark that’s essentially a three-month average of values. This yardstick compares pricing from sales of individual existing single-family homes vs. measures such as those that track median sales prices.


Case-Shiller confirms bargains exist across California, bringing modest relief to budget-strapped folks dreaming of homeownership.

San Francisco prices are off the most from their top of the 20 cities tracked by this math.

Bay Area values fell 14% from May 2022 and are off 2% over 12 months – the only yearly loss among the 20. Prices are at a 17-month low but over three years there’s still a 26% gain.

San Diego had the No. 3 drop in prices – off 10% from May’s all-time high, but up 5% over 12 months. November pricing was the cheapest in 10 months but shoppers navigate a market where there was a 46% gain in three years.

And in Los Angeles and Orange counties, prices are down 7% from the May top – the No. 6 drop. Prices fell to a nine-month low. but stand up 4% over 12 months and 36% higher over three years.


The house hunter’s other challenge is last year’s rising mortgage rates. The historically cheap money that inflated values in the pandemic era became history.

Rates soared from 3.45% to start 2022, rising to 6.9% in October, effectively slashing borrowing power. As a result, affordability headaches crushed California single-family home purchases to a 16-year low, according to a California Association of Realtors index.

Now, there’s been some rate relief through January, as home-loan rates have fallen to 6.27%. Does that create more “affordability” – or simply firm up prices? That remains to be seen.

Crash, correction or chill?

What do pricing patterns suggest about the next twist for the house hunt …

Crash? This argument would focus on August to November when all 20 U.S. markets had month-to-month losses. Previously, across-the-board declines had occurred only 13 times since 1991.

And the last time there was a longer losing streak like this was the six months ending in February 2009. You know, back in the Great Recession’s bubble bust.

Or a mere correction?  Look at December’s local median selling prices from CoreLogic, and you’ll see L.A. prices are 10% off their April peak and O.C. prices are down 11% from their May top.

Attention, house hunters; There’s been additional discounting through at least the end of the year!

Just a chill? Yes, Case-Shiller’s 20-city composite index shows U.S. home prices are off 5% from the June 2022 peak. But the 20-city composite still sits 7% above November 2021.

And U.S. prices are 38% above what was being paid three years ago.


The other 17 market results, ranked by drop from their price tops …

Seattle: Off 13% from May’s peak but up 1% over 12 months. Three years? 41% gain.

Phoenix: Off 8% from June peak but up 6% over 12 months. Three years? 60% gain.


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Kenya has been confirmed to host the 2023 World Rugby U20 Championship as the U20 Trophy return for the first time since the pandemic.

The event will be hosted in South Africa between June 24th and 14the July then Kenya between July 15the to 30th.

South Africa will host the World Rugby U20 Championship for the next two years (2023 and 2024). The age-grade tournament will be held from 24 June-14 July. Played over five match days in the Western Cape Wineland regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington, the world’s best 12 nations have been placed into three pools and will all hope to clinch the coveted title and succeed two-time defending champions France. The team finishing last will be relegated to the World Rugby U20 Trophy next year.

The World Rugby U20 Championship 2023 participating teams are: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Wales.

Following the U20 Championship’s conclusion, Kenya will host the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2023 for the second time from 15-30 July, having previous staged the tournament in 2009. It will be the third time the tournament has been played in Africa with Zimbabwe having acted as hosts in 2016. Eight teams will battle over four match days at the Nyayo National Stadium with the eventual winner being promoted the U20 Championship in 2024. This will be Kenya’s third appearance at the tournament, having featured in 2009 and 2019.

The World Rugby U20 Trophy 2023 participating teams are: Scotland (relegated from the U20 Championship in 2019), Kenya (hosts), Hong Kong (Asia), Samoa (Oceania), Spain (Europe), Uruguay (South America) and two teams still to qualify through regional competition from North America and Africa.

The two age-grade tournaments are a key part of the international federation’s investment in increasing the competitiveness of global rugby by providing a meaningful pathway to the elite level for talented young players. The showpiece tournaments, first held in 2008, have seen almost 1,500 players go on to make their test debut after playing on this stage, including 28 Rugby World Cup winners.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are thrilled to unveil our two exciting hosts for the World Rugby U20 Championship and U20 Trophy taking place later this year. South Africa and Kenya will provide the perfect stage for the return of our flagship U20 competitions that play such a crucial role in the development of young talents within our unions.

“The U20 Championship and Trophy have been hugely popular since their inception 15 years ago and have proven successful with countless stars moving on to play test rugby and shine on the biggest stage and many of them will be on display when Rugby World Cup 2023 kicks off in September.

“Africa is a significant growth region for rugby and I would like to thank our friends in Kenya and South Africa respectively for hosting in rugby’s bicentenary year. We look forward to seeing the 20 teams inspiring the African continent with breath-taking action.”

SA Rugby President Mark Alexander added: “South Africa have a proud tradition and excellent track record of hosting world-class events and we are ready to welcome the next generations of rugby’s future to our shores in July, and again next year.

“We have the infrastructure and proven expertise to deliver excellent rugby events and, combined with fantastic backing from our passionate supporters, I have no doubt we will deliver two more very successful World Rugby U20 Championships.”

World Rugby Junior Trophy Pools

Pool A: Scotland, Uruguay, Canada or USA, Africa 2

Pool B: Spain, Samoa, Kenya, Hong Kong

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SANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa, who won his first NFL sack title this season, also won the 49ers’ most prestigious honor: the Len Eshmont Award, for inspirational and courageous play.

Bosa also won the Matt Hazeltine “Iron Man” Award for being the most courageous and inspirational defensive player this season, which ended with Sunday’s NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia.

Fred Warner won the Bill Walsh Award, as voted on by coaches for professionalism. Bosa won last year’s honor, following past recipients since 2017 in Kyle Juszczyk, Kittle, Buckner and Warner.

The Bobb McKittrick Award, in recognition of an offensive lineman’s service, went to center Jake Brendel, after Laken Tomlinson won it three of the previous four seasons.

Quarterback Brock Purdy received the Thomas Herrion Award, in recognition of a rookie or first-year player who made the most of their opportunity. Purdy won eight games in relief of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, then came Sunday’s NFC title game, in which Purdy sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow that will force him to have surgery and keep him out at least six months.

Juszczyk won the Garry Niver Award, as presented by the San Francisco chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America for professionalism and cooperation with the media.


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Champions General Service (GSU) will face former champions Prison Kenya, Trail Blazers and Rift Valley Prisons as Kenya Volleyball league returns.

KVF fixtures

Friday 27th January

  1. Equity Bank vs Prison Western
  2. KPA vs Prisons Central
  3. Prison Nairobi vs Prison Mombasa
  4. Prison Nyanza vs Rift Valley Prison
  5. Kenya Army vs Kenya Forest Service
  6. AP Kenya vs Trail Blazers
  7. GSU vs Prison Kenya
  8. KDF vs Vihiga County

Saturday 28th January

  • Vihiga County vs Equity
  • Prisons Kenya vs KDF
  • Trail Blazers vs GSU
  • Rift Valley Prison vs AP Kenya
  • Kenya Forest vs Nyanza Prison
  • Prisons Mombasa vs Kenya Army
  • Prison Central vs Prison Nairobi
  • Prisons Western vs KPA

Sunday 29th January

  1. Equity Bank vs KPA
  2. Prisons Nairobi vs prisons Western
  3. Kenya Army vs Prisons Central
  4. Prisons Nyanza vs Prisons Mombasa
  5. AP Kenya vs Kenya Forest Service
  6. GSU vs Rift Valley Prisons
  7. KDF vs Trail Blazers
  8. Vihiga County vs Prisons Kenya

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NBA TV will soon premiere an hour-long special on Shaquille O’Neal’s rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

The special, titled “Shaq: The Rookie Season” as part of NBA TV’s “Basketball Stories” series, will look back on O’Neal’s first season with the Magic after they drafted him at No. 1 in 1992.

The special will premiere at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

O’Neal had a historic rookie season.

En route to being named the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year, O’Neal became the first rookie since Michael Jordan (1984-85) to be voted as an All-Star starter. He was also the first rookie to win Player of the Week honors in the first week of his career.

The special will look back on multiple moments of O’Neal’s rookie season, including breaking the backboard during a one-on-one game with Ahmad Rashad on “NBA Inside Stuff”, his first time playing against Charles Barkley and breaking a backboard in Phoenix, and O’Neal playing the league’s top centers for the first time.

O’Neal, Barkley, Ewing, Rashad, Alonzo Mourning, Dennis Scott, Isiah Thomas and Reggie Miller were among the people interviewed for the special.

The “Basketball Stories” series, in addition to other NBA TV on-demand programming, is also available for consumers through the NBA App.

This article first appeared on Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.



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Andy Cohen Addresses Claims of Bravo Canceling RHONY Legacy Amid Rumors of Cast’s Salary Demands, Plus Fans React

Is the highly anticipated Real Housewives of New York City: Legacy dead upon arrival?

According to reports, Bravo has pulled the plug on the RHONY spinoff before filming even began after contract negotiations with the cast stalled over salary demands.

Per Page Six, an email was sent to the cast, which is speculated to consist of Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Luann de Lesseps, around 6 p.m. on Monday evening. The email rescinded their contract offers and consequently shelved the show.

Sources close to production told the outlet that Bravo finally realized that Legacy wasn’t “worth it” after the cast declined the network’s “generous” offers. They felt like they weren’t being paid their full value nor securing the number of guaranteed episodes they believed were warranted.

One source told the outlet, “Never say never,” to the show being revisited in the future, but for now, no plans to bring the show to air are currently planned.

But wait for it.

Just as the news broke of Legacy collapsing, executive producer Andy Cohen tweeted out a seemingly contradictory tweet disputing the validity of recent reports.

“Don’t believe everything you read #RHONYLegacy,” he cryptically posted.

Fans are now left wondering where exactly the series stands. They flooded the interwebs with questions and thoughts.

“So, is it not happening or what? Because we would like to know,” one fan commented.

Another shadily quipped, “I don’t trust Andy. He continually overpromises and underdelivers…”

A third took the opportunity to throw in some snark aimed at The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, saying, “Said the [man] who always says, ‘best season ever, just wait.’ And then season three of RHOSLC happens.”

ET reporter Brice Sanders also chimed in as he tweeted, “A source tells me the show is (*cue Dorinda voice*) “on pause” for now, but noted “in the Bravo world, nothing is ever dead.”

After a dismal season 13, Bravo chose to massively overhaul the RHONY franchise. They announced that the second longest-running Housewife iteration would be split into two shows: The Real Housewives of New York City with an all-new cast and the Legacy spinoff.

Bravo has yet to officially make an announcement regarding the alleged cancellation of Legacy.


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It’s easy throwing shade at a city when you’re 1,250 feet tall. Just be ready for some blowback.

Following a rough couple days, Tuesday’s chipper “Good morning!” message from the Empire State Building’s Twitter account was met by a swift reply from Mattress Firm.

“Heard you had a bit of a rough night buddy…” the bedding company tweeted.

Feuding between the iconic skyscraper and New Yorkers began Sunday when the the Empire State Building shined the Philadelphia Eagles’ colors over Manhattan and tweeted a photo including lyrics from the NFC Champions’ fight song “Fly Eagles Fly!”

A week earlier, the Eagles —arguably the Giants’ biggest rivals — knocked the home team out of the playoffs. Big Apple denizens on radio, TV, social media, in bars and in politics laid into the perceived insult.

“Unfortunately, someone did not get the memo at the Empire State Building, but we want to see good sportsmanship,” Mayor Eric Adams told CNN.

In fairness, the Empire State Building also lit itself red and white Sunday after the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship and advanced to take on the Eagles at the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Arizona.

But it didn’t end there. On Monday, the Empire State Building’s Twitter feed posted a selfie with the message “We’ll see you at the big game” and included video of press clippings rehashing Sunday’s controversy.

“What is happening?” one Twitter follower wondered.

“Girl, I was thinking the same thing,” another user wondered.

The bad blood between New Yorkers and their once favorite building also comes with a Taylor Swift element. That video included an audio clip played by Swift — a suburban Philadelphia native — at the start of her 2018 “Reputation” tour performances.

Swift — a New York City transplant — professed her love for the big city in her 2014 song “Welcome to New York.”

“The lights are so bright, but they never blind me,” she sang.

Neither the Empire State Building nor Swift returned a request for comment.



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Multiple champions Gor Mahia thrashed FC Talanta in today’s FKF Premier League match played at the Kasarani stadium.

The  Jonathan McKinistry side won 3-0 against the struggling Talanta as they search for the 20th title to move to third position on the table.

Joshua Onyango scored first in the 9th minute as Benson Omalla doubled the lead in the 19th minute before John Macharia sealed the victory in the 44th minute.

The victory was good for Gor to boost their hopes against rivals at the Mashemeji derby against AFC Leopards on Sunday. Leopards yesterday beat Kenya Police 1-0 at the same venue.

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