GNIC’s delay tactics, rain prevent GDF outright win

first_imgUnsavoury delay tactics by the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) prevented the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) from completing a well-deserved outright win in the latest round of the Noble House Seafoods, Second Division two-day competition at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) Ground on Sunday.  GDF, who required 66 runs to complete an outright win, were left agonizingly short by 10 runs when the rain came. Prior to that, GNIC’s players employed a number of witty delaying tactics to stall proceedings. Sunday’s game saw GNIC being bundled out for 142 after winning the toss and electing to bat. Only Shane De Souza (32) and Jevin Colling (23) got amongst the runs while Leon Andrews (3-27), Jamal Chisholm (2-36) and Damion Waldron (2-38) shared the wickets for the Army men. GDF, in their first innings, captured first innings points and a handsome lead after they posted 272 before being dismissed with Waldron (52) returned to score half century. Damion Withney (49) and Letroy Clarke (44) missed out on reaching their milestones. GNIC, with a deficit of 130 runs, were dismissed for 196 in their second innings with Rashidi Benjamin (55) and Dexter Solomon (44) getting amongst the runs. Randy Lindore nabbed 4-50. Needing 66 to complete the win, GDF ended on 56-1 when rain intervened.last_img read more

Escarraga is best overall golfer at Banks DIH Classic

first_imgAhead of the upcoming Guyana Open, the country’s best golfers took to the Lusignan Golf Course last weekend where Patanjalee `Pur’ Persaud won the Citizen’s Bank Cancer Awareness title Saturday while  Guillermo Escarraga dominated the field Sunday in the Banks DIH Classic. Persaud won the overall net title with a tournament low of 64 in the ‘B’ Flight 10-18 handicap.He was trailed by a three-man tie for second place among Aasrodeen Shaw (70/13), William Walker (70/11) and Satrohan Tiwari (70/16) who edged out Shaw and Walker in the tie-break.In the championship 0-9 Flight, Patrick Prashad, Mike Mangal, Lusignan Golf Club President, Aleem Hussain and nine-time defending Guyana Open Champion, Avinash Persaud all shot a gross of 80. However, Prashad emerged net champion ahead of Mangal on the back nine countback while Persaud settled for the best gross overall due to a better back nine of 36.Mangra strolled off with the Nearest to the Pin prize while Avinash Persaud blasted the longest drive for the sixth consecutive time.In the 19-28 Flight, Nirmaldeo Sarwan netted 66 to pip Escarraga on 67 and Jordi Pinol on 69. Escarraga with a net 61 off a 21 handicap ended with the best net performance. Former LGC President, Jerome Khan, was  second with a net 70 while Mauro Remiro and Miguel Oviedo each ended with 78/28 scores. Jordi Pinol (86/28), Lloyd Fung-A-Fat (87/28), Mario Acuna (89/28), Eion Blue (90/28) and Solomon Bannister (96/28) also recorded good scores.In the largest group of the three categories, the 10-18 Flight, Mike Guyadin (64/14) was the winner and Mahindranauth Tewari (67/15) second. They were followed by Bridgelall Harry (68/16), Lakram Ramsundar (69/18), Rakesh Harry (71/18), Satrohan Tiwari (73/16), Aasrodeen Shaw (74/13), Deoram Dinanath (74/15), Hilbert Shields (74/16), and George Bulkan and Ian Gouveia (75/16).In the highly anticipated the 0-9 category, Avinash Persaud retained the Best Gross score with 73 with previous Guyana Open winner, Avinda Kishore, producing a gross of 75. The net winners were Kishore (70/5) and Avinash Persaud (71/2). The performances of Mike Mangal (72/9), Aleem Hussain (73/8), Alfred Mentore (74/9) and Patrick Prashad (75/9) were notable.last_img

Windies suffer third loss as batting fails again

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – West Indies’ freefall in the Under-19 Tri-Nations Series continued here yesterday with a five-wicket defeat at the hands of England. Once again, their worrisome batting was at the heart of their ordinary performance, leaving the visitors a mere 117 to chase at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – a target which they overhauled at the start of the 39th over.The defeat was their second to England and third in four matches, and with just two games remaining – both against Sri Lanka – tomorrow and then again five days later, are in danger of missing out on the final at Coolidge Cricket Ground.Sent in, only captain Kimani Melius with 35 managed to pass 20 and was the only specialist batsman to reach double figures. The innings was destroyed by the impressive new-ball seamer Kasey Aldridge who finished with five for 18 while left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy claimed two for 32.Kirk McKenzie sliced a drive at a full length delivery from Aldridge and was caught high at first slip in the fourth over without scoring and Leonardo Julien followed in the bowler’s next over, given out caught behind gloving a short ball to the keeper.Kevlon Anderson pulled one from seamer Joseph Evison onto his stumps in the 12th over to depart for two and when Antonio Morris (7) missed an ugly heave at Goldsworthy and lost his leg stump in the 15th over, the innings was coming apart at 41 for four. Opener Melius struck two fours and a six and put on 29 for the fifth wicket – the most productive stand – with Matthew Patrick who made 11, to revive the innings.However, once Melius charged off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri and lost his middle stump at the start of the 26th over, West Indies surrendered their last six wickets for just 46 runs.Ben Charlesworth, who top-scored with 29 off 40 deliveries, then put on 46 for the first wicket with Jordon Cox (24) who in turn added a further 25 for the second with Thomas Clark (24), to put England in command on 71 for one in the 20th over. Off-spinner Matthew Patrick intervened with two for 32 as England lost four wickets for 22 runs to slump to 93 for five in the 32nd over but the target was insufficient to put the visitors under any further pressure.last_img read more

Opening Test presents selection headache: Holder

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder has admitted to a selection headache for the Ageas Bowl opening Test but says it is a good problem to have. Pointed out that the 15-man squad had been outstanding over the last four weeks of preparation, Holder said yesterday it had been difficult to settle on an XI before the morning of today’s first day.“We’re still tinkering around with a few combinations,” the top-ranked Test all-rounder told reporters via Zoom.Off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall is an option for the opening Test.“The beauty about our side is that we’ve had people like [left-arm seamer] Raymon Reifer come back into the squad and do really well [and] Rahkeem Cornwall has obviously been outstanding in regional cricket over the years and in the last Test match (against Afghanistan) he was the Man-of-the-Match as well. “Jermaine Blackwood had an outstanding first class season scoring the most runs so it’s a good headache to have when it comes to selection and you always want to be put in that situation as a captain and a selection panel. “I think once you have selection headaches you have guys pushing the barrier and pushing down doors to be selected. I like to wait until the last minute and give myself a very good chance to see conditions and how they change overnight.”What is expected in the West Indies final XI is a four-pronged pace attack comprising Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Holder. One of the main points of discussion will be whether to include the 27-year-old off-spinning all-rounder Cornwall for his third Test or use part-time off-spinner Roston Chase as the main spin option, and opt for six specialist batsmen along with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.West Indies will be looking to keep hold of the Wisden Trophy they won last year in the Caribbean when they take on the hosts in the three-Test series.The tourists have not won a series in England since 1988 and have won just one Test in their last 16 here. However, with last year’s series win still fresh in their memories, Holder said he backed his side to spring a surprise against higher ranked teams like England.“I’m sure if you look at this West Indies Test team over the last three years we’ve had some really good results,” Holder pointed out.“We’ve won series, we’ve won Test matches, we’ve beaten top sides in the world. I don’t know how that is in comparison to the white ball format but this team is really ready for this occasion. “We’ve proven in the past that we can win against top sides and we can also beat top sides in series so it’s all to play for in this series.”The match, which will be played behind closed doors because of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, bowls off at 11 am (6 am Eastern Caribbean time).last_img read more

BetClic to close Everest Poker

first_img Submit Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 French online gambling operator Betclic Everest Group (Betclic) is set to close its online poker room Everest Poker according to reports.Under the management of Mangas Gaming Group, Betclic had acquired the stand-alone poker room for $100 million from former Everest Poker owners Giga Media in 2009.At the time of its acquisition, Betclic governance wanted to enter the fast growth online poker market by creating a challenger brand to market leaders PokerStars and Full Tilt.Having acquired Everest Poker, Mangas Gaming spent millions marketing the brand internationally to poker players, with the poker room sponsoring the 2010 World Series of Poker.Nevertheless, Everest Poker’s lofty ambitions were quickly dampened as new gaming regulations entered its core markets, and its operations were heavily impacted by higher costs and lower player values.Terminating Everest Poker, BetClic Group governance are reported to be focusing on its flagship brand BetClic as the company prepares for the start of UEFA Euro 2016 in France.BetClic is set to begin the migration of Everest Poker players to BetClic poker on 31 May, the operator will migrate all account balances, VIP profiles and loyalty/reward points. StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Putting Harbaugh hype aside, Ravens offense has tall order in front of it

first_imgAfter a few days, I admit it.I’m a little Harbaugh-ed out.With no disrespect to either John or Jim Harbaugh and the remarkable story of the two becoming the first brothers in NFL history to meet as opposing head coaches, neither will play a snap in a nationally-televised game on Thursday night. The storyline was originally meant to inject life in a game appearing to be a mismatch when the schedule-makers pegged it for Thanksgiving night back in April.But this matchup is stimulating, whether two brothers are facing off or the opposing head coaches wouldn’t recognize each other walking down the street. The Ravens are roughly where most expected them to be through the first 10 games of the season — overlooking the sub-.500 opponents their three losses have come against — but Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers are the biggest surprise of the 2011 season, having won eight in a row and suffering their only loss of the season in overtime back in Week 2.Even with a short week that clearly puts the 49ers at a disadvantage having to travel across the country, this game is simply too appealing to spend too much time focusing on the Harbaughs.Much like John’s first year in Baltimore in 2008, the younger Harbaugh has made his stamp on a San Francisco team that had plenty of talent but needed new direction after failing to reach expectations under the previous regime. He has already guided San Francisco to its first winning season since 2002, and the 49ers are right on the heels of the undefeated Green Bay Packers for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They’ve done it just like the Ravens did in 2008 — a strong defense and a power running game.Meanwhile, the Ravens have their eyes on the top seed in the AFC — currently tied with New England, Pittsburgh, and Houston at 7-3 — and sorely need a win when taking into account the Patriots’ and Steelers’ favorable schedules over the final six weeks of the regular season. For the sake of their playoff positioning, Thursday is a game the Ravens really can’t afford to lose.The Baltimore offense will need to bring its best effort against a 49ers defense that prides itself on stopping the run and taking the ball away from you at a prolific rate. Led by inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman and imposing defensive end Justin Smith, San Francisco owns the top-ranked run defense and has not allowed a rushing touchdown all season.Though they found the elusive balance between the run and pass in last Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens will be challenged to gain positive yardage on the ground against the 49ers’ front seven. The possibility may push Baltimore to slip back into the more one-dimensional offense we’ve seen in recent weeks.“It’s [about] whatever is going to move the football for us and get us first downs,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “If we’re able to do both of those things and hit chunks [of yardage via the pass] here or there, then that’s what’s going to be important.”The San Francisco pass defense is less impressive, ranking 27th in the NFL, but it’s opportunistic nature (15 interceptions) highlights the biggest area in which the Ravens need to be concerned.Turnovers.No team in the NFL has done a better job of protecting the football while causing the opponent to fail in doing so. Not only are the 49ers tied for fewest giveaways (nine) in the league, but their defense has forced an incredible 26 takeaways to lead the NFL. San Francisco’s plus-17 turnover margin is easily the best in the league.In contrast, the Ravens’ 18 giveaways are tied for sixth-most in the AFC. Following a turnover-free performance in a Week 1 win over Pittsburgh, the Baltimore offense has committed two or more miscues in six of its last nine games and at least one in all nine games.The 49ers have won the turnover battle in all but one of their games this season while the Ravens have committed more miscues than their opponent in five of their 10 games, still managing to win three of them.Short week or not, the Ravens will have their hands full on Thursday night against one of the best defenses in the league. It’s a unit that can make you pay if you’re not on your toes, protecting the football and setting the tempo by gaining just enough on the ground to keep the front seven honest.If not, the Ravens will have no choice but to let the passes fly from Flacco’s right arm and, with it, a greater chance for a turnover against defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s attacking San Francisco defense.In recent weeks, the Ravens have spoken ad nauseam about their need to get the running game going and to take better care of the football. They’ll have their chance on Thanksgiving against the best team in the league in stopping the run and taking away the football from the opposition.“I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I don’t plan on forcing anything,” said running back Ray Rice, who reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time since Week 6. “I have to take what’s given and I’m looking forward to one of those Pittsburgh Steelers kind of games with [that] defense. They’re in a different division, but they play like our defense and they’re going to be tough.”It’s not a season-deciding game, but a win over the 49ers would go a long way in determining where the Ravens wind up in their potential playoff journey.And that’s far more important than who happens to be coaching on opposite sidelines.last_img read more

Comeback Win Keeps Caps Rolling

first_img31:44 into a critical road trip, the Washington Capitals trailed 4-1 against the New York Islanders, a team that has given them fits all season long. But somehow, despite not earning a single power play while yielding five in a poorly officiated contest, Dale Hunter’s crew came back to tie the game up and then won it in the gimmick, 5-4.It was a remarkable turn of events and the victory is the Caps fourth straight and gives them 78 points with 12 games remaining. With the Florida Panthers also winning on Tuesday night, Washington remains a point behind the Southeast Division leading Cats. The Panthers also have a game in hand.Book this one in the “take the two points and run” column because the Capitals were fortunate to come back. Washington started terribly slow, and it is worth noting that they didn’t practice on Monday after three games in four nights, so it took them awhile to find their legs. The Islanders are a fast team and present matchup problems for the Caps, with John Tavares (two goals, one assist) pretty much a threat to score every time he touched the ice, including the shootout, where he tallied again. You can also put a MAJOR assist in the referees column for helping New York get two power play goals on five attempts. The job done by Dean Morton and Don VanMassenhoven was downright putrid as there was no consistency to the their decisions. Trips on one end of the ice were whistled while others were let go. In addition, a blatant high stick wasn’t called either on the Islanders late in regulation. It was one of those nights where the way the zebras call the game makes you wonder if there isn’t some Nevada-like influence going on, if you know what I mean.But the Caps found a way to come back. Keith Aucoin was outstanding with three assists, Alexander Ovechkin went to the net and potted two goals, Marcus Johansson was super most of the night and he set up Dmitry Orlov for a nifty tally that cut the deficit to just one early in the final frame. Dennis Wideman (1 assist, +2) also turned in a superior effort on the blue line getting my vote as best Caps d-man on this night.Michal Neuvirth (26 saves) allowed two fluky goals in the first frame but he settled down and played well. He made some big stops in overtime when the Islanders used their superior speed to their advantage, especially in the five minute extra session where it was a four on four affair. #30 also denied the last two Isles skaters in the shootout so when Ovechkin and then Matt Hendricks tallied on a super sweet move, the Caps got two much needed points on Long Island.It wasn’t pretty, but right now in the NHL, there are no style points. The Caps overcame a slow start, terrible officiating, and a fast Islanders team to begin their vitally important five game road trip on a winning note.Notes: The Caps went 3-0 with Mike Green out of the lineup due to suspension but his speed will sorely be needed on Friday night at 830 pm when the Caps take on a good skating Winnipeg Jets team. Winnipeg features Cap killer Evander Kane and lightning fast Blake Wheeler and it is pretty much a do or die game for the Jets, so the Capitals will need their “A” game to come out victorious…Jay Beagle was whistled for three very questionable minor penalty calls…Mike Knuble got the Caps on the board with a typical #22 style goal. He went to the front of the net and Wideman’s shot hit him on the way into the cage…Orlov was picked to shoot third in the gimmick and lost the puck before getting a shot off. It was #81’s first skills competition attempt so he was likely very nervous, especially since he had a chance to win the game…the Caps are eight games over .500, 36-28-6, for the first time all season (thanks to Mike Vogel, @VogsCaps) for that info).last_img read more

Dickson doubtful; Yanda, Pollard, six others questionable for Sunday

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s no secret that the Ravens have been ravaged by injuries throughout the season, and coach John Harbaugh wasn’t tipping his hand regarding numerous players’ status for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.Eight players were listed as questionable, including linebackers Terrell Suggs and Dannell Ellerbe, guard Marshal Yanda, safety Bernard Pollard, defensive linemen Arthur Jones and Pernell McPhee, cornerback Jimmy Smith, and fullback Vonta Leach. Tight end Ed Dickson was listed as doubtful after practicing on a limited basis all week while linebacker Jameel McClain had already been ruled out for Sunday’s game earlier in the week.“The rest of the guys are going to be up in the air,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not something that we’re probably going to want to share, because there is no advantage to us to let anybody know whether guys are going to play or not. We’ve got an idea on some guys. We have a lesser idea on some other guys. It’s just not information that we are going to put out there. We’re just going to let it go until Sunday.”Of the players listed as questionable, Yanda and Pollard are the biggest doubts to be available as neither have practiced all week. Yanda was still in a walking boot as of Friday afternoon, and Pollard aggravated the sore ribs with which he’s dealt since Week 2 of the regular season. It’s considered highly unlikely that either will play against the Broncos.Suggs practiced fully for the second straight day and deemed himself a game-time decision when speaking to reporters on Friday. Meanwhile, Ellerbe returned to the practice field on Thursday and worked on a limited basis the last two days. The inside linebacker hasn’t played the last two games after suffering an ankle injury in Week 12.“I’m looking forward to being out there [if I can],” Ellerbe said. “I’m going to work it before the game, and if I feel good, I’m going to go. If I can’t go, I’m not going to go out there and hurt the team.”Linebacker Ray Lewis was on the field for practice on Friday, but he is not required to be listed on the injury report since he is not on the 53-man roster. The 37-year-old continues to work his way back from a torn triceps suffered on Oct. 14 and has been on injured reserve with the designation to return. The Ravens would be required to place Lewis on the active roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday for him to be eligible to return to game action against the Broncos.Harbaugh was asked specifically if he could say anything about Suggs and Lewis after not disclosing specifics on injured players.“No, I can’t, but thanks for asking,” Harbaugh replied.With so many players banged up and practicing with varying degrees of participation, Harbaugh faces a difficult decision on Sunday to weigh the pros and cons of activating players who may be far less than 100 percent but might be able to offer help in limited situations.“That’s going to be in consideration,” Harbaugh said. “Will we have enough healthy guys to get to 46 [active players on game day]? That’s a consideration. What you are talking about will come down to one or two guys at the end that we will have to make a decision [on].”Harbaugh also announced McClain would be seeing a back specialist in Los Angeles to help determine his status moving forward. The team hopes to know more by Monday or Tuesday.BALTIMOREOUT: LB Jameel McClain (neck)DOUBTFUL: TE Ed Dickson (knee)QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder), FB Vonta Leach (ankle), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), S Bernard Pollard (chest), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)PROBABLE: CB Chykie Brown (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (back), S Ed Reed (shoulder), RB Ray Rice (hip), WR Deonte Thompson (thigh), WR LaQuan Williams (thigh)DENVERQUESTIONABLE: G Chris Kuper (ankle), LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle)PROBABLE: WR Trindon Holliday (knee), WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder), WR Matthew Willis (knee)last_img read more

Lewis provided identity for lost generation of football fans

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The truth is I don’t know if Ray Lewis is the greatest middle linebacker to ever play the game.Watching the best player in the history of the Baltimore Ravens over these last 17 years is an alarming contrast to the unofficial numbers, grainy images, and slow-motion video clips of yesteryear, my only exposure to seeing some of the NFL’s greatest at the position who played in a different era of professional football.Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, and Sam Huff were all retired a decade or more before I was born.I was still in diapers when Jack Lambert’s career was cut short by a debilitating toe injury.I don’t vividly recall the prime years of Mike Singletary roaming the middle of the vaunted Chicago Bears defense in the 1980s.But I will never forget Lewis punishing running backs, showing impeccable sideline-to-sideline pursuit, and displaying the cover skills of a safety in his prime years. The bone-crushing hits over the middle will be shown on NFL Films in the many years to come.The assessments of where Lewis stacks up with those other individuals will be made by others, but 13 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro selections, and two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards are more than enough to seal Lewis’ first-ballot arrival in Canton in the summer of 2018. His leadership and work ethic are unquestioned for anyone having the privilege to play with the 37-year-old over the course of his career.Selected with the 26th overall pick of the 1996 draft, Lewis has been a member of the Ravens organization for every game of its existence in Baltimore. He taught us to “raise the roof” at Memorial Stadium, to “let the dogs out” in 2000, and to get “hot in here” when walking out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium for the last decade. The fan base stood by him as he was tried for double murder following Super Bowl XXXIV and watched him rehabilitate his image after charges were eventually dropped and he pled guilty to obstruction of justice. To his credit, there hasn’t even been a whisper of off-field trouble for the linebacker ever since.And the ultimate glory was realized as Lewis was named Most Valuable Player in the Ravens’ 34-7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The performance capped off an incredible postseason run that included an interception wrestled away from Tennessee running back Eddie George in a divisional round win over the Titans that might be the signature moment of the linebacker’s career.The end of his run has been pondered for years, but it was a reality no one was quite ready for as Lewis made his announcement just over 11 weeks removed from a torn triceps that threatened to end his season. And the news made his improbable comeback and a wild-card meeting with the Indianapolis Colts fall to the background immediately.“Everything that starts has an end. It’s just life,” Lewis said on Wednesday. “Today I told my team that this would be my last ride. And I told them I was just at so much peace in where I am with my decision because of everything that I’ve done in this league.”What a ride it’s been for the last 17 years in Baltimore.Simply put, Ray Lewis is the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Ravens are Ray Lewis. That will begin to change with the Hall of Fame linebacker walking away from the game after this season, but it’s the simplest way to express his significance to this franchise and to this city.Nowadays, we’re so quick to label players as “great” and even “legendary” without realizing how special such terms truly are, but Lewis is deserving of those distinctions. Where he ranks in the hierarchy of the NFL’s top defensive players of all time is debatable, but you won’t find a player who impacted a city and a fan base in quite the same way as Lewis.And that’s where the line blurs for me as a reporter and native Baltimorean at the age of 29.Being part of a generation that grew up without football in our formative years, we settled for second-hand stories of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore and Art Donovan from our parents and grandparents. It was a heritage we cherished, mind you, but we could never fully understand it as our own while enduring quiet autumn Sundays and seeing Memorial Stadium dormant at the end of each baseball season.But the Ravens’ arrival — and Lewis specifically — provided our own stories to one day pass along to our children and grandchildren. It wasn’t the same as the Baltimore Colts, but it didn’t need to be. It was new and it was ours, with No. 52 leading the way as the best player on Baltimore’s NFL team. He provided a football identity to a town stripped of one for 13 years.We were no longer chasing what felt like ghosts of the Memorial Stadium gridiron but instead could watch Lewis chase down ball carriers with our own eyes. More than anything, he gave us an overwhelming sense of pride.CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>last_img read more

Will Ravens rise to occasion after tumultuous week?

first_imgA national audience will be hoping the Ravens fail when they take on the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.Virtually everyone outside Baltimore will be rooting against an organization viewed in a negative light for its handling of the Ray Rice saga over the last seven months before the ultimate release of the disgraced running back earlier this week. The integrity of the organization has come into question as owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged in a letter Tuesday that the Ravens needed to do more to investigate what happened between Rice and then-fiancée Janay Palmer instead of simply deferring to the New Jersey legal system.Needless to say, it’s been a rocky 19 months for the Ravens since winning Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013. In addition to Rice, four players on the current 53-man roster were arrested this offseason while there have been other examples of questionable choices — don’t tell me you’ve forgotten the “Sweet Pea” saga — over the last 12 months or so.The former heart and soul of the Ravens — Ray Lewis and Ed Reed — have both questioned leadership at different times over the last calendar year. The roster turnover has been clear with only 25 members of the current 53-man roster having been with the organization for Super Bowl XLVII. Veteran leaders have departed in addition to Lewis and Reed, including Anquan Boldin and Matt Birk.And even if too much emphasis is put on the impact of leadership and off-field issues in terms of on-field results, Baltimore has gone a mediocre 8-9 in the regular season since raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans. However you want to explain it, the Ravens haven’t been particularly good since winning their second NFL championship.Is it fair to ask if the Ravens, who long held an excellent reputation, have lost their way? There’s little disputing that the aura of the organization has taken a severe hit over how it handled the Rice situation over these last seven months.“I don’t think of it that way,” said head coach John Harbaugh when asked if he’s concerned about the Ravens’ image taking a hit. “You do your best with the situations that are put before you and try to handle things the right way and do the right thing.”Shifting their attention back to the field after a few difficult days, the Ravens are as close as you get to facing a “must-win” game in Week 2 as they’ve already lost to the Cincinnati Bengals and would fall to 0-2 with a defeat to the hated Steelers Thursday night. According to NFL Network research, no team has ever made the playoffs after dropping two divisional games at home to start a season.Under Harbaugh, the Ravens have dealt with difficult losses before and have consistently answered the bell in the face of adversity. But Rice’s release stems from something that goes beyond football or the business of the salary cap. It isn’t the loss of a standout player because of retirement or a season-ending injury but due to his cruel actions that the entire world saw on video Monday morning.And players have faced more questions about Rice than ones about what it will take to slow Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers this week. The focus began to shift on Tuesday when some semblance of normalcy — in the context of preparing for a football game, of course — returned to the facility in Owings Mills, but the challenge of playing on a short week is hefty enough despite the Ravens owning the home-field advantage and seeing a familiar opponent.“We’re going to be playing really soon, so we have to get our minds right,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “But more importantly, we have to do everything we can to physically feel good by the time that whistle blows on Thursday night, and that’s what we’re doing.”While everyone else will be talking about the individual who is no longer with the organization on Thursday night, the Ravens must focus on getting off to a much quicker start offensively while also trying to slow a Steelers offense that produced 30 points and 490 yards against what was expected to be a good Cleveland defense last week. The general consensus among the so-called experts before the season was that Baltimore and Pittsburgh were fairly evenly matched — both finished 8-8 last year — so the the Ravens will need to hold serve on their home field and put the bad taste of last week’s loss behind them.Over the course of his seven-year run in Baltimore, Harbaugh has typically been able to rally his team in these types of games to perform at their best and secure a much-needed win. But he hasn’t dealt with a situation quite like this before.And there is evidence of cracks in the foundation — both on and off the field — since the Ravens reached the pinnacle of the NFL less than two years ago. We saw it late last year when the Ravens were 8-6 and needed only one win to secure their sixth consecutive trip to the postseason before losing their final two games by a combined 51 points.A win calms nerves and puts the Ravens back at .500 as they receive the extra rest that follows a Thursday night game before preparing for a third straight division game. A defeat puts the Ravens in an early-season hole in the AFC North while the rest of the world mocks their misfortune.The best teams come together under these circumstances, even when their organization is guilty of its own mistakes as the Ravens were with Rice. The lesser ones wilt under such adversity.The Ravens know they already face a crucial game Thursday with the season less than a week old. They’re out to prove they haven’t lost their way on the field.“It’s everything. You don’t want to come out of an 0-2 hole, especially giving up two at home,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “Wins in the NFL are hard to come by, so that’s why you’ve got to win your home games. We unfortunately dropped one; [the Bengals] cashed in and they won one — a division game. We’ve definitely got to cover up some ground, but it all starts with this one on Thursday.”last_img read more

Dennison, Shanahan headline list of potential Kubiak replacements

first_imgGary Kubiak remains the offensive coordinator for now, but the Ravens can read the writing on the wall.With the 53-year-old off to Denver to interview for the Broncos’ vacant head coaching position on Sunday, head coach John Harbaugh has to think Kubiak won’t be able to pass on the opportunity to return to the organization with which he spent 20 years as a player and assistant coach. It was always going to take a unique opportunity to entice Kubiak to leave the Ravens, and that’s exactly what was presented when the Broncos parted ways with head coach John Fox less than 24 hours after Kubiak announced his intentions to stay in Baltimore.Assuming Kubiak is on the way out in taking his dream job, where will the Ravens turn to find their fourth offensive coordinator in the last four years?With quarterback Joe Flacco arguably having the finest regular season of his career and the Ravens setting franchise records for points scored and total yards, continuity is ideal and no one would provide more of it than quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison being promoted to offensive coordinator. It won’t be an easy sell as his ties to Kubiak and Denver are strong and many expect him to be the top candidate to serve as the new Broncos offensive coordinator if Kubiak is hired.But Harbaugh should sell the 56-year-old Dennison on the idea of escaping Kubiak’s shadow to establish himself as a potential head coaching candidate. Instead of going to Denver and facing an uncertain situation with Peyton Manning on his last legs or even having to start over with a new quarterback, Dennison knows he could continue working with Flacco — with whom he shares a good relationship — and an offensive line that’s a perfect fit for the zone-blocking schemes he would continue to employ.It doesn’t hurt for Harbaugh to remind Dennison that — assuming Kubiak takes the Denver job — the last two Ravens offensive coordinators will have become head coaches after only one full season on the job. It would be a unique opportunity to establish himself as someone other than Kubiak’s right-hand man.The Ravens would be promoting a man with plenty of experience as an NFL offensive coordinator as he served in that capacity under Mike Shanahan in Denver from 2006-2008 and with Kubiak in Houston from 2010-2013.The biggest key for the Ravens maintaining the offensive momentum created in 2014 will be finding a coordinator whose system fits well with the methods the offensive line employed after a disastrous 2013 campaign. Dennison wouldn’t figure to change too much if he does remain in Baltimore and appears to be the only viable in-house candidate as tight ends coach Brian Pariani has just one year of experience as an offensive coordinator at the collegiate level and it came with a 2005 Syracuse team that went 1-10.If Dennison does head to Denver to become Kubiak’s offensive coordinator, the Ravens could take another long look at Kyle Shanahan, whom they interviewed last offseason when Jim Caldwell left to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions. His ties to Kubiak also make him a candidate to wind up as the Broncos offensive coordinator, but he left a positive impression with the Ravens last year and could jump at the chance to work with Flacco and such a solid offensive line.His post-2013 dismissal as part of his father’s staff in Washington was difficult and he had to work with mediocre quarterback play in Cleveland as the Browns offensive coordinator this past year, but Shanahan ran successful offenses in Houston as well as in Robert Griffin’s rookie season in 2012. The 35-year-old is perceived by some as having a bigger ego than his résumé justifies, but his offensive philosophies would figure to mesh well with what Kubiak and Dennison started in 2014.Of course, the Ravens face key personnel decisions with running back Justin Forsett, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and tight end Owen Daniels becoming free agents and the future of tight end Dennis Pitta unclear, but they’d like to avoid blowing up the foundation established in 2014.If Kubiak does leave, persuading Dennison to stay or bringing in Shanahan appear to be the best ways to continue building in the same direction.last_img read more

Ravens list Canady, K. Young as questionable for season opener

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens officially ruled out two starters, but they should have the rest of their 53-man roster available for Sunday’s season opener against Buffalo.As expected, tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (hernia surgery) will not play against the Bills as they continue recovering from multi-week ailments, but cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh) and rookie inside linebacker Kenny Young (knee) are expected to suit up after practicing all week. Both were officially listed as questionable.Canady participated in practices on a limited basis this week after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since mid-August. His return to the field is an important development as he will be the top reserve corner behind outside starters Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr and nickel back Tavon Young while Jimmy Smith serves his four-game suspension in September.“Maurice is a very valuable player. I’m excited about him,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He looks good in practice, so it looks like he’ll be out there. I haven’t gotten the OK on that finally from the trainer, but that’s my diagnosis. I’m planning on having him unless something changes between now and then. He can play inside. He can play outside. He can play special teams. He’s a good player. It’s good to have him back.”The Bills are also in good shape from a health standpoint as no projected starters appeared on the injury report this week.According to, the Sunday forecast in Baltimore calls for temperatures in the mid-60s with a 100-percent chance of rain and winds 10 to 20 miles per hour. Rainfall could near an inch, which could make for an interesting afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.Friday marked the 10th anniversary of Harbaugh and Joe Flacco’s first Ravens win in a 17-10 final over Cincinnati to kick off the 2008 season. The victory would be the start of a surprising 11-5 campaign that would land the first-year head coach and rookie quarterback in the AFC championship game.“It feels like yesterday. It’s crazy how quickly [time goes by],” Flacco said. “You look back at the days, and they go along just like everybody says. But man, it’s been really, really quick, and we’ve changed a lot.”Below is the final injury report of the week:BALTIMOREOUT: DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot)QUESTIONABLE: CB Maurice Canady (thigh), LB Kenny Young (knee)BUFFALOOUT: WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee)QUESTIONABLE: LB Julian Stanford (nose)last_img read more

Ravens receive two compensatory picks in next month’s draft

first_imgTrying to build on their franchise-record 14-2 mark in 2019, the Ravens have officially been awarded third- and fourth-round compensatory picks in next month’s draft.Despite concerns about C.J. Mosley’s injury-riddled first season with the New York Jets hurting Baltimore’s compensation, general manager Eric DeCosta still received a third-round pick for the free-agent departure of the four-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker. Mosley signed a market-setting five-year, $85 million contract last March, but he appeared in only two games due to a groin injury in 2019.The Ravens also received a fourth-round compensatory pick for the free-agent departure of wide receiver John Brown to the Buffalo Bills. The free-agent exits of Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs were canceled out by the signings of safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram, who both made the Pro Bowl in their first year with Baltimore.DeCosta is now scheduled to have a total of nine selections in this year’s draft: a first-round pick, a second-round pick, two third-round choices, three fourth-rounders, one fifth, and a seventh-round pick. The Ravens now have seven selections in the first four rounds and four picks in the top 106 spots of the 2020 draft, good capital to address some needs and continue to build long-term depth.Baltimore received more than one compensatory pick for the first time since 2016.Determinations for compensatory picks are based on a formula considering the salary, playing time, and postseason honors earned by unrestricted free agents who left their teams the previous offseason. Since the compensatory pick program started in 1994, the Ravens have led the NFL with 52 compensatory choices as the organization has often resisted signing unrestricted free agents over the years while making difficult decisions not to re-sign their own.Below is a history of the Ravens’ compensatory picks since 1996 with the round in which the player was selected noted in parentheses:1996: none1997: LB Cornell Brown (sixth), QB Wally Richardson (seventh), S Ralph Staten (seventh), DT Leland Taylor (seventh)1998: TE Cam Qualey (seventh)1999: G Edwin Mulitalo (fourth)2000: none2001: none2002: WR Javin Hunter (sixth), RB Chester Taylor (sixth), S Chad Williams (sixth)2003: FB Ovie Mughelli (fourth), OT Tony Pashos (fifth), C Mike Mabry (seventh), S Antwoine Sanders (seventh)2004: WR Clarence Moore (sixth), WR Derek Abney (seventh), G Brian Rimpf (seventh)2005: QB Derek Anderson (sixth)2006: RB P.J. Daniels (fourth), TE Quinn Sypniewski (fifth), P Sam Koch (sixth), CB Derrick Martin (sixth)2007: LB Antwan Barnes (fourth), FB Le’Ron McClain (fourth), QB Troy Smith (fifth), LB Prescott Burgess (sixth)2008: OL Oniel Cousins (third), OL David Hale (fourth), S Haruki Nakamura (sixth), RB Allen Patrick (seventh)2009: none2010: none2011: CB Chykie Brown (fifth), DE Pernell McPhee (fifth)2012: S Christian Thompson (fourth), CB Asa Jackson (fifth)2013: FB Kyle Juszczyk (fourth), OT Rick Wagner (fifth), OL Ryan Jensen (sixth), CB Marc Anthony (seventh)2014: TE Crockett Gillmore (third), DE Brent Urban (fourth), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (fourth), G John Urschel (fifth) 2015: CB Tray Walker (fourth), TE Nick Boyle (fifth), G Robert Myers (fifth)2016: DT Willie Henry (fourth), RB Kenneth Dixon (fourth), CB Maurice Canady (sixth)2017: Traded third-round compensatory pick and DT Timmy Jernigan for Philadelphia’s third-round pick used to select DE Chris Wormley2018: OL Bradley Bozeman (sixth)2019: Traded third-round compensatory pick and two sixth-round picks for Minnesota’s third-round pick used to select WR Miles Boykinlast_img read more

AUDIO: FIFA Sanction Is Unfortunate And Embarrassing – Toyin Ibitoye

first_imgSuper Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, has described the recent FIFA hammer on Nigeria as unfortunate and embarrassing, but believes it is a sign of good things to come.Nigeria was fined $6,000 and made to forfeit the final WC qualifier against Algeria in Constantine last month for fielding defender Shehu Abdulahi who should have been suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the qualifying series.In an interview earlier today, the ace sports journalist said: “there are several levels of checks that the NFF put in place, but how this slipped through is just shocking.”“that the game was not decider is a big relief for us, we just to ensure we always re-check, re-check and re-check.” he added.According to Ibitoye, it was not time for blame games but rather time to forge ahead with more caution that could see us ultimately do very well at next year’s FIFA World cup in Russia.Meanwhile, Ibitoye who is with the Super Eagles in Kano, insists the NPFL Super 6 invitational tourney will be a good warm up for the team ahead of the CHAN competition in January.“The tournament will help us to see areas that need to be worked on, it’s an opportunity to jump – start our preparations for CHAN.” he said.The Super Eagles play NPFL Champions Plateau United on Wednesday afternoon, in their first game of the Invitational tournament that also features Akwa United, Enyimba, MFM, and Kano Pillars. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedEagles In World Cup Boost As MO Declares Leicester City Star Will Be Fit For Russia 2018May 8, 2018In “National Team”2019 AFCON Qualifiers Moved Till OctoberNovember 17, 2017In “Africa”DR Congo Friendly Will Still Hold – Eagles MOMay 12, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

Rohr Drops Five Players From World Cup Squad

first_imgSuper Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has dropped five players from his provisional squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.The Franco-German tactician has trimmed his squad from 30 to 25 players.The players dropped from the World Cup squad include goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, defenders Uche Agbo and Stephen Eze as well as forwards Moses Simon and Junior Lokosa.The World Cup list will be trimmed again from 25 to 23 players after the friendly match with England at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.FIFA deadline for the submission of various 23-man squads for the tournament is Monday, June 4.Relatedlast_img read more

Arsenal Sign Stephan Lichtsteiner On A Free Transfer

first_imgPremier League giants Arsenal have signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Italian Champions Juventus.The 34-year-old right back becomes the first signing under the new regime of Unai Emery who was named manager last month.Lichtsteiner made 257 appearances for Juventus in seven years and led the Old Lady to win seven successive Italian Serie A titles.He also helped the Italians to two UEFA Champions League (UCL) finals before they were beaten by Spanish sides Barcelona (2015) and Real Madrid (2017).On his acquisition, Unai Emery said: “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to us. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude,” said Emery.”“Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.” he stated.Lichtsteiner added: “I hope I can bring a lot of experience, a lot of mentality and, together with my team, come back to the highest level of the Champions League.”RelatedFormer Juventus Defender Stephan Lichtsteiner Announces Summer Exit from ArsenalJune 3, 2019In “England”Arsenal Make Uruguay Star Torreira Fourth Summer SigningJuly 10, 2018In “England”Arsenal Secure Bernd Leno Transfer From Bayer LeverkusenJune 19, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Luis Enrique Named Spain Manager On Two-Year Deal

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Celta Vigo boss Luis Enrique has been appointed as the new Spanish national team manager.His appointment was confirmed at a Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) press conference on Monday afternoon.The 48-year-old has signed a two-year deal to replace former Spanish teammate Fernando Hierro, who was in charge as Spain were eliminated by hosts Russia on penalties in a round of 16 clash at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.Hierro had resigned from the post on Sunday and also decided not to return to his Sporting Director role.He was elevated from the post to replace the sacked Julen Lopetegui as manager just before the start of the tournament in Russia.2010 World Cup winners Spain have now had three managers within the last one month.RelatedFernando Hierro Leaves Spanish Coaching JobJuly 8, 2018In “Europe”Pique Announces Retirement From International FootballAugust 12, 2018In “Europe”Lopetegui Dismissed As Spain Manager Just Before Russia 2018 World Cup Opener With PortugalJune 13, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

La Liga Review: Villareal, Sociedad Suffer Surprise Defeats

first_imgEuropean hopefuls Villareal and Real Sociedad suffered surprising defeats in their respective Spanish La Liga Matchday 3 clashes on Friday night.Villarreal dominated proceedings from start to finish but still managed to lose 1-0 at home to Catalan club Girona.Uruguay forward Christian Stuani scored the winning goal in the 54th minute.Villarreal are still searching for their first win of the season after one solitary point from the first three games of the season.The Yellow Submarines are presently languishing in 17th position on the league table.Real Sociedad also lost 2-1 at the home of Eibar despite taking a 15th minute lead through Brazilian forward Willian Jose from the penalty spot.Barcelona loanee Eric Cardona drew the hosts level on 26 minutes and that was how it stayed until added time when Charles scored to give Eibar their first win of the season and hand Sociedad their first loss of the new league season.In the other La Liga game on Friday, newly promoted side Real Valladolid recorded their second point of the season with a battling goalless draw at capital club Getafe.Relatedlast_img read more

Mayweather Dares Khabib

first_imgUFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has disclosed that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather in Moscow in a fight he believes will break a world record.However, Mayweather dared the Russian, to come into his world after Nurmagomedov suggested he could follow in Conor McGregor’s footsteps and give boxing.Nurmagomedov confirmed that he has met with the Secretary-General of the Russian Boxing Federation in a bid to make the fight happen.“They are sure that we will gather 100,000 spectators,” he said.In a post on Instagram, Nurmagomedov added that bringing the fight to Russia would “set a world record for the sale of paid broadcasts”.“We want the fight to take place in Moscow at the legendary Luzhniki Arena,” said the unbeaten mixed martial artist.Mayweather a former five-weight world champion, whose record stands at 50-0, beat Connor McGregor in August 2017 in a fight that generated more than £450m in revenue and earned the 4-year-old £210m.After defeating McGregor in his return to UFC earlier this month to extend his own record to 27-0, Nurmagomedov then called out Mayweather himself.RelatedFloyd Mayweather Set For Another Unusual Comeback to the RingNovember 5, 2018In “Boxing”MMA: Nurmagomedov Chokes Out Poirier to Unify UFC Lightweight TitleSeptember 8, 2019In “Mixed Martial Arts”Khabib Nurmagomedov Visits NigeriaNovember 12, 2018In “Lifestyle”last_img read more

2019 AITEO Cup Final: Ibrahim Musa Admits Kano Pillars Have No Time For Celebrations…

first_imgKADUNA – Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa has warned his players to not over celebrate their “historical” triumph in the 2019 Aiteo Cup to be ready for the August 10 clash against Ghanaian powerhouses Asante Kotoko in the preliminary first round of the CAF Champions League (CCL).Musa led Pillars to a maiden Aiteo Cup trophy at the third time of asking after the Sai Masu Gida had fallen short against El Kanemi Warriors in 1991 and against Rangers in 2018.Sunday’s 4-3 penalty shootout win over fellow northerners Niger Tornadoes at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, represented the first time a team from Kano would be hoisting the trophy after Kano XI’s triumph sixty-six years ago in 1953.And Musa, a Kano native who was also in charge when Pillars gave up a three-goal lead to lose the 2018 final couldn’t hide his joy of being the first to win the Aiteo Cup for his hometown club declaring his team “the happiest men in Nigeria’s football history” for their “historical”  feat.“It’s historical for me,” Musa told on finally landing the Aiteo Cup.“The last time Kano won this trophy was over sixty years ago. It has not been an easy journey; it’s a long journey. So, today we are the happiest men in Nigeria’s football history because back then they was no Kano [State], it was the Northern Region, sixty-six years ago.“So, we will be the first people to win this trophy for our State, so, we are happy and I can’t express how happy I am for now.”Despite acknowledging the special nature of his side’s achievement in winning the 2019 Aiteo Cup, Musa already has his eyes set on the next challenge for his team and has called for muted celebrations from his players so they don’t get carried away ahead of their all-important clash against the Porcupine Warriors at the Sani Abacha Stadium in two weeks time.Musa hopes that rather than make them rest on their oars, the Aiteo Cup win can instead, spur his players to defeat 24-time Ghana Premier League champions and two-time CAF champions league winners Asante Kotoko on the 10th of August and put themselves in good stead to progress to the next round on their return to the Champions League for the first time since 2015.   “Notwithstanding [our victory in the 2019 Aiteo Cup], we have another task ahead of us on the continent. So, I hope we will not get carried away by these celebrations and lose the concentration that [we need] to face a big team which have big history in African football. “Asante Kotoko are two-time champions, they’re the oldest team so I hope this winning will push us to face them in Kano to beat them so when we go back to Ghana anything can happen.”Related2019 AITEO Cup Final: Kano Pillars Coach Musa Reveals State of Mind as Match Progressed to Penalties (AUDIO)July 29, 2019In “Federation Cup”2019 AITEO Cup Final: Kano Pillars Coach Ibrahim Musa Reveals Measures to Forestall Asaba Repeat (AUDIO)July 28, 2019In “Federation Cup”NPFL: Ibrahim Musa Extends Pillars Deal, Aims For League And Cup Double (AUDIO)September 3, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

Basketball: FIBA Showers More Accolades On AfroBasket Champions D’Tigress

first_imgThe Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has been recognized as the federation with the Most Improved Women Team between 2017 – 2019 at the plenary session of FIBA Congress and Awards Ceremony which took place in Beijing on Thursday. Nigeria was represented by the President of the NBBF Musa Kida and FIBA International Representative Sam Ahmedu at the event which had 156 National Basketball Federations in attendance.Between 2017 -2019, Nigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress, won 2 FIBA Afrobasket Championships and became the first African country to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIBA Women World Cup which they achieved at the 2018 edition in Spain.NBBF President Musa Kida received the award on behalf of the FederationSpeaking after the ceremony, NBBF President Musa Kida said the award is a validation of the improved status of Nigerian basketball since the board was elected in 2017.“As a board, we have invested our personal money, time and energy in the last 2 years to drive basketball in Nigeria. Earlier in the year, we were celebrated by FIBA Africa which spurred us to do more.”“We have gone a step further to do more which has once again been rewarded with another AFROBASKET title in Senegal which has seen our unbeaten run in the championship stretching to 14 over the course of 3 championships”, Kida said.An elated Kida thanked every stakeholder who contributed to basketball growth saying the award is just the first of many more to come and a call for more sacrifice from all.The FIBA Award for success and excellent work was picked up by Kida.The Minister of Sports, Dare Sunday also congratulated the present board of the NBBF for elevating basketball since coming into office 2 years ago.He pledged the federal government’s unflinching support and said they are living up to the expectations of Nigerians and sports stakeholders.Relatedlast_img read more

NPFL: Ibrahim Musa Extends Pillars Deal, Aims For League And Cup Double (AUDIO)

first_imgKano Pillars Technical Adviser Ibrahim Musa has set his sights on retaining the Aiteo Cup and winning the league title after he renewed terms on a one-year contract with the Sai Masu Gida.Musa, who has been with Pillars in various capacities for over two decades was retained by the club for the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League Season alongside his backroom staff of Chief Coach Ahmad Garba Yaro, Assistant Coach Friday Christopher, Goalkeeper Trainer Muzammil Aliyu and Team Manager Kabiru Baleria.And speaking to after affirming the one-year contract on Monday, Musa who first assumed stewardship of the first team on an interim basis following the resignation of Khadiri Ikhana in 2017 said signing a new contract is a call for him to “wake up again” and lead Kano Pillars to more glory.“For this signing, I have to wake up again to defend my title by the grace of God, I’ll defend my title as Kano Pillars manager,” Musa told Kano State native learned the ropes of football management at Pillars under storied managers like Justin Tenger, Salisu Yusuf, Kadiri Ikhana, Baba Ganaru, Ladan Bosso, Abdu Maikaba and Okey Emordi.And in July, Musa became the first coach to lead the Sai Musa Gida to a first-ever triumph in the Aiteo Cup when his side beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium and in the process, atoned for the incredible capitulation which saw them lose the 2018 final to Rangers.Having progressively placed third and second on the NPFL log in the last two seasons, Musa says the upcoming season presents a chance for Pillars who were knocked out of this season’s CAF Champions League by Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko to take the “next step” and claim the league title for the fifth time and perhaps achieve a league and cup double.    Download Audio“About the league, I will try to win the league because last year I came third, this year I came second, next step, I have to win the league and I maintain my champion as a champion of the Aiteo Cup and go far in prepare well to go far in continental [competition].”Musa urged fans of the club to continue with their support for the side and said his “door is always open” to pointers that can help take the team to higher heights.Download Audio“I urge them [fans] to pray for us and advise as because it is not a one-man job. All advice that will help the team progress, I need it so my door is always open to taking advice and prayers from them.”RelatedNPFL Super Six: Ibrahim Musa Blames Players for Kano Pillars Draw (AUDIO)June 5, 2019In “NPFl”2019 AITEO Cup Final: Kano Pillars Coach Ibrahim Musa Reveals Measures to Forestall Asaba Repeat (AUDIO)July 28, 2019In “Federation Cup”Kano Pillars May Lose Junior Lokosa As Club Plans To Sack Aiteo Cup FlopsOctober 26, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

UEFA Nations League Draws: England To Battle Belgium Baring Coronavirus Spread

first_imgEngland has been drawn to face Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in the UEFA Nations League after the draws were conducted on Tuesday.The Three Lions faced Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side twice at the 2018 World Cup, once at the end of the group phase and again in the third-place play-off, losing on both occasions.They are due to face the Danes in a friendly later this month – coronavirus permitting – while they famously lost to Iceland in Nice at Euro 2016.Wales and the Republic of Ireland will meet again after they were drawn in the same group.The other sides in Group B4 are first-time Euro finalists Finland and Bulgaria.Scotland, who are due to take on Israel in a Euro 2020 qualification play-off later this month, will also face them in the 2020-21 Nations League. Steve Clarke’s men will also face the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Group B2.Northern Ireland were drawn in Group B1 alongside Austria, Norway and Romania.The group matches will be played between September and November this year.UEFA Nations League FormatThere are 55 member states in UEFA, following Kosovo’s membership being accepted in 2016.The UEFA Nations League splits these nations into four leagues: A, B, C and D. For the original format, these divisions contained countries based on their coefficient score – so the best teams in Group A, right down to the lowest-ranked in Group D.Within each league, there are four smaller groups of three or four teams; so League A has smaller groups, A1, A2, A3 and A4, for example.The winner of each of League A’s groups goes on to play knockout fixtures to determine the UEFA Nations League champion. Below that, however, relegation and promotion come into play.The bottom-placed team in each group gets relegated to the league below, whilst the top-placed team gets promoted to the league above.Due to the UEFA Nations League expanding its groups for this edition though, no one was relegated last time around. The teams that were promoted do, however, get to jump up a league.LEAGUE AGroup A1: Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, PolandGroup A2: England, Belgium, Denmark, IcelandGroup A3: Portugal (holders), France, Sweden, CroatiaGroup A4: Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine, GermanyLEAGUE BGroup B1: Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland, RomaniaGroup B2: Czech Republic, Scotland, Slovakia, IsraelGroup B3: Russia, Serbia, Turkey, HungaryGroup B4: Wales, Finland, Republic of Ireland, BulgariaLEAGUE CGroup C1: Montenegro, Cyprus, Luxembourg, AzerbaijanGroup C2: Georgia, North Macedonia, Estonia, ArmeniaGroup C3: Greece, Kosovo, Slovenia, MoldovaGroup C4: Albania, Belarus, Lithuania, KazakhstanLEAGUE DGroup D1: Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra, MaltaGroup D2: Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, San Marino2020 UEFA Nations League ScheduleMatchday 1: 3–5 September 2020Matchday 2: 6–8 September 2020Matchday 3: 8–10 October 2020Matchday 4: 11–13 October 2020Matchday 5: 12–14 November 2020Matchday 6: 15–17 November 2020Finals: 2/3 & 6 June 2021 (venue tbc)Relegation play-offs: 24/25 & 28/29 March 2022RelatedEuro 2020: Portugal Drawn With France And Germany In Group of DeathNovember 30, 2019In “Europe”World Champions Germany Handed Tough UEFA National League FixturesJanuary 24, 2018In “Europe”Europa League: PL Giants Arsenal, Chelsea Handed Tricky Group Stage FixturesAugust 31, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Official: Manchester United Extend Odion Ighalo Loan Deal

first_imgOdion Ighalo will stay at Manchester United until the end of January 2021 after the Red Devils and his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua reached an agreement to extend his loan deal.Ighalo, 30, joined boyhood club United on a short-term loan deal on transfer deadline day in January but his original contract expired on Sunday, 31 May.United and Shenhua had been locked in negotiations to extend Ighalo’s stay and an agreement has now been struck for the striker to remain at Old Trafford for another seven months.United will pay a portion of Ighalo’s wages and a fee to Shanghai. The development means Ighalo will miss a large chunk of the Chinese Super League which is expected to begin next month.Ighalo’s current contract in China expires in December 2022, but Shanghai reportedly want to keep him until at least December 2024.A lifelong United fan, Ighalo has proved a success and has scored four goals in eight appearances including a memorable volley in the 5-0 win at Lask on 12 March.RelatedIghalo Manchester United Situation Nears ResolutionMay 31, 2020In “England”Odion Ighalo Set For Manchester United HeartbreakMay 25, 2020In “England”EPL Give Man Utd Deadline To Extend Odion Ighalo’s StayMay 15, 2020In “England”last_img read more

Premier League Round-up: Faisal dumps Oly

first_imgVisiting Kumasi King Faisal made sure tottering Accra Great Olympics stayed put at the bottom of the Onetouch Premier League table with a 3:0 thumping on Sunday.Faisal opened the scores as early as the fifth minute through Samad Oppong before Eric Opoku added to the tally in the 20th minute.Out of sorts Olympics only managed to bundle their chances or found goalkeeper Osei Boateng a real barrier, allowing the visitors to dictate affairs before a rather sparse crowd at the Ohene Djan Stadium.And when Olympics appeared to regroup to redeem themselves after the break, Faisal stunned them with the third goal.At the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, homesters AshantiGold SC needed a brace by striker Alex Asamoah to ditch unyielding Sekondi Hasaacas by 2:1.Asamoah put his side up first in the 6th minute, however Hasaacas leveled up in the 20th minute through Freddie Quaison to throw the game wide open again. Hasaacas were indeed the more threatening in front of goal, as fans of Ashgold yelled and rained invectives on their players, before Asamoah netted the match winner in the 60th minute to set their hearts at ease.At the Tema Park, Real Sportive pipped visiting Liberty Professionals by 2:1 with goals from Yakubu Issaka and Alhassan Nuhu. Liberty’s lone goal, came from Kofi Nti Boakye.Zaytuna United and Tema Youth also sold out a pulsating game that ended two goals apiece at the El Wak Stadium.At the Berekum Golden City Park, homesters Arsenals pipped visiting Gamba All Blacks by a lone goal courtesy a 69th minute strike by substitute Seidu Abdulai.Kumasi Asante Kotoko play host to Accra Hearts of Oak on Wednesday at the Baba Yara Stadium in an outstanding game. Author: Isaac Yeboahlast_img read more

Sunderland lead Mensah chase

first_imgJohn Mensah is set to sign for Sunderland on a season’s long loan according to reports out of England.The Ghanaian defender has been deemed surplus to requirements at Olympique Lyon despite claims by his agent Fabian Pivetou to the contrary.And now the Sun newspaper says Steve Bruce who has attempted to sign Mensah when he was in charge at Wigan Athletic will clinch the defender on a loan deal with the option of a permanent contract if he impresses at the Stadium of Light.Mensah has spent just one season at Lyon after his 8 million Euro move from Stade Rennes which was marred by injuries and sending offs.The defender and his agent have insisted he still has a future at the Stade Gerland but Lyon president Jean Michael Aulas and coach Claude Puel have all said they will be willing to let him go.Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

ESL announces tournament series in Indonesia

first_imgESL has announced a partnership with Salim Group, a major player in Indonesia’s industry, to begin bringing their National Championship series to the country. With an online group stage, the tournament will culminate in an offline event later in 2019. ESL have previously used National Championships as a stepping stone towards hosting events in the country and to foster local talent, with ESL Meisterschaft and ANZ Championships showcasing teams that would end up participating in events like ESL One Cologne or IEM Sydney.It is unclear what Salim Group’s involvement will be, whether it is purely a financial investment or if they will help with events management as well, but securing one of Indonesia’s biggest corporations is a definite sign that ESL is making strides within the South East Asia region.Nick Vanzetti, ESL Asia Pacific and Japan Senior VP said: “We are very happy to have found a strategic partner interested in the growth of esports in Indonesia. Salim Group, with its strong worldwide reputation and history in Indonesia, is a perfect fit for what we are aiming to build in the market for the years to come.”ESL had restructured their leadership in the region last month, with Vanzetti overseeing operations in the area.  While their headquarters will be in Singapore, it seems they are attempting to make headway in multiple countries as a starting initiative to see where their biggest market lies.Esports Insider says: The partnership bodes well for the SEA region, however, it is unclear if the tournament series will be restricted to Indonesian nationals or be extended to the general region, so long as there are Indonesians within the team. Similar tournaments like the UK & Republic of Ireland region include teams with players of Danish, Polish and Swedish descent, so it would be a surprise if the tournament restricts players from neighbouring countries from participating.Join our Discord Server!last_img read more

Big East partners with Riot Games for collegiate competition

first_imgRiot Games has entered a partnership with the American collegiate athletic programme Big East Conference to launch the Big East League of Legends Championship in Spring 2019.Seven of the 10 schools in the Big East Conference will compete in the League of Legends competition. Specifically: Butler, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Villanova.Taking place in a regular season which will start in January next year, the championship will see the top four teams compete for the title. The winner and runner-up will book their spot in the League of Legends Championship Play-In, giving them a chance to reach the League of Legends College Championship.Vince Nicastro, Deputy Commissioner & COO of the Big East Conference commented: “As the Big Fast enters its second year of competitive esports, we are very excited to further our involvement with Riot Games and our League of Legends competition. Interest in esports on our campuses continues to grow and we are proud to be able to provide the opportunity for Big East students to compete on the national stage.”The League of Legends College Championship is a collegiate competition involving schools in North America. Over 300 teams competed in the initiative in this year’s iteration of the championship.Michael Sherman, College Esports Lead at Riot Games added: “We have continually been impressed by the Big East’s forward-looking approach for how esports can support their membership since we first talked with them in 2016. This partnership is a huge step forward for College League of Legends and sets a new precedent for support from a Division I conference.”In October, Big East Conference partnered with ESL to launch a Rocket League competition within the conference. A pilot event was hosted in April, and led to a more permanent inclusion for esports in the initiative.Esports Insider says: It’s clear that the Big East Conference is keen to integrate esports in a big way, and partnering with Riot Games – in addition to ESL – is certainly one way to do that. It’s great to see that two teams will get the chance to compete in Riot Games’ official collegiate competition, too.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Bombers announces New Era as official apparel partner

first_imgEssendon Football Club’s esports team Bombers has added New Era as its official apparel partner.The apparel brand will provide headwear, a match-day uniform, and travel clothing for the team to wear throughout the 2019 season of the Oceanic Pro League (OPL).We are excited to announce New Era as the official apparel partner of the Bombers’ esports team. Read More:— Bombers (@bombers) February 18, 2019Justin Rodski, CCO of Essendon Football Club discussed the partnership in a statement: “We have formed a strong partnership with New Era since they joined the club in 2016 and we are thrilled they will now extend that commitment to our Bombers’ esports team. This is a significant partnership as it is the first apparel partnership of its kind in the Australian esports scene and represents New Era’s first foray into esports apparel.”Australian Football League competitor Essendon Football Club announced its esports efforts in December 2017 when it acquired League of Legends roster Abyss. The venture was made in partnership with Executive Sports and Entertainment, a commercial rights negotiation firm.Simon Hibbs, General Manager of New Era Australia added: “Esports represents one of the major emerging trends in sport and New Era Australia is very proud to partner with the Bombers esports team and expand our presence into this exciting new competitive sport. The Bombers esports team will showcase not only our world-famous headwear but also a line of premium apparel and bags aligned with our street lifestyle heritage.”Esports Insider says: New Era is a good grab for a team of this size and status – it’s typically ‘bigger’ teams that acquire quality apparel partners so this is cool to see. This, to us, shows a further sign of commitment from Essendon Football Club in favour of its esports efforts as it’s continuing to work on forging new partnerships.last_img read more

IKON launches gaming challenge platform

first_imgGaming challenge platform IKON has officially launched, allowing players to challenge friends and fans.At the time of launch, IKON supports League of Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds (PUBG). More supported titles – including Apex Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – are set to be officially announced in the coming days and weeks. Image credit: IKONIKON is a piece of software that runs alongside a game, recording your gameplay as you go. Once the game is over, the software provides clips of your best moments and has an editing suite so the clips can be customised. From there, it allows you to share videos to social media to challenge others.Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of IKON discussed the platform in a release: “IKON, at its core, is a platform for players and creators to create new experiences for their friends and followers. Challenge and creativity is the backbone of gaming – so we wanted to create an awesome sandbox for creators to use challenges as a way to be a part of their fans’ gameplay even when they’re done streaming.” Image credit: IKONIKON has options for monetization and is seen as another means of interacting with fans. The software is already populated with challenges set by beta users and gaming brands, though anybody can create challenges. Esports Insider says: It’s an interesting concept to appeal to gamers’ competitive nature in a way other than attending events or playing online tournaments. Fostering fans and a community on social media is an important aspect of remaining relevant in today’s climate so there appears to be a market for IKON.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Nania FC face 1500 dollars fine plus 3 year ban for Africa withdrawal

first_imgDivision One campaigners, Nania FC face a ban of 1,500 US Dollars and a three-year ban for their withdrawal from the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup.Nania FC, billed to face Guinean club, Sequence FC at the weekend at the preliminary round, announced their withdrawal from the second-tier continental Club Championship few days before the first leg clash citing financial constraints.Information gathered by GNA Sports in Accra on Monday indicates that the FA Cup holders will be handed the punishment as enshrined in the regulations of the competition.Article 13 of the regulations of the CAF Confederation Cup stipulates that clubs which withdraw from the competition will taste such penalties for their ‘unfortunate’ actions.“Withdrawals declared before the start of the competition and until the 1/8th final round inclusive, shall entail a fine of 1500 dollars in addition to losing the engagement fees.“Apart from the financial sanctions, every Club withdrawing from the competition after the establishment of the fixtures will be forbidden from participating in all CAF inter-clubs competitions for three years following its withdrawal,” portions of Article 18 reads. Meanwhile, the withdrawal of Nania is expected to further stain Ghana’s participation in the continental Club Championships.Ghana’s participation in the CAF Champions Club and the Confederation Cup, which has dwindled from the two clubs per each competition to one representative per championship, is expected to remain same at least for the next year.Ghana is unfortunately also expected to be ranked outside the top 12 countries guaranteed two slots per the two competitions when the ratings are released later in the year.In the recent past, Kpando Heart of Lions and Tema Youth were also banned from withdrawing in the competition.last_img read more

Asamoah Gyan coy on future but happy at Al Ain

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan will wait until the end of the season to decide whether to make a permanent move to Al Ain, but says he is enjoying his time at the Pro League club.Gyan is on a one-year loan from Sunderland, the English Premier League club with whom he has a contract until 2014.“Everything is going well for me since I arrived at Al Ain,” said the Ghanaian.“I am doing so well for the club and everybody is happy [with] my performance. That’s the most important thing for me, to be really, really happy and enjoy my time at the club.“However, I can’t decide on a permanent move until I have completed my loan period.“Let me finish the season first and then decide where my future lies. I am honestly and definitely happy where I am playing now.” Gyan scored his 12th league goal, a penalty, as Al Ain beat Al Ahli on Friday night to extend their lead at the top of the Pro League to seven points over Al Jazira, the defending champions.“It was an important win and I am happy to register my name in the scoring sheet again,” he said, on his first Pro League match in more than two months since his return from national duty for his country in the African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.“We won and I think this was more important. We didn’t play as well as we were expected and the game plan didn’t work out well for us.“We had a little difficulty because the weather is changing now. You could see after 15 minutes everybody getting tired.“So we faced a little bit difficulty but the important thing is that we returned with three points.”last_img read more

Mike Tyson names Tyson Fury as ‘best heavyweight champion since myself’ but snubs Anthony Joshua from his top five

first_img Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! MIKE TYSON  reckons Tyson Fury is the “best heavyweight champion” since himself… and has snubbed Anthony Joshua from his current top five favourites.The 53-year-old also expressed his pride at sharing a name with the Gypsy King, referring to himself as “sky high”.Iron Mike is proud to share a name with the Gypsy KingBut Anthony Joshua isn’t among Tyson’s five heavyweight favouritesCredit: Getty Images – GettyIron Mike said: “You can say what you want about Tyson Fury, make fun of him, but there’s one guy in the US named Michael Gerard Tyson who’s so proud he has my name.“We’re all laughing at him, laughing about him, but I’m on an ego trip. I’m sky high.“The heavyweight champion of the world got my name. He is the best heavyweight champion of the world since myself.“He is the man, I don’t care what anybody says.” But as for Britain’s other current heavyweight title holder, Anthony Joshua, Tyson recently snubbed him when naming five of his favourite stars of the division.Tyson said on his show Hotboxin’: “I respect Tyson Fury, I respect Deontay Wilder, I respect all of those guys.“Andy Ruiz also, this guy named [Vasyl] Lomachenko – he’s a f***ing animal, man. He’s a master, it’s like he’s dancing.“There’s also Gervonta Davis, there’s quite a few guys that are good fighters.”Joshua, 30, will have his opportunity to silence any doubters next year, however, with Fury himself having confirmed that the pair had a agreed a two-fight deal.The Gypsy King tweeted: “It’s official FURY VS JOSUAR AGREED FOR NEXT YEAR, I got to smash @bronzebomber first then I’ll annihilate @anthonyfjoshua #WEARESPARTANS”.The first of these lucrative fights may not take place in the UK, but is set to pocket the pair £100million each.Watch moment Wilder ‘disrespected’ Mike Tyson and accidentally inspired Tyson Fury to take revenge 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTINGcenter_img Most awesome bullfighting festival Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Source: Boxing – Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelslast_img read more

British fans rejoice as Warren and Hearn bring back boxing but huge coronavirus fears over the sport’s life-blood

first_imgBRITISH fight fans will be rejoicing next week when boxing resumes hostilities on TV after suffering four miserable months in quarantine. The ceasefire ends a week today  when Frank Warren features Brad Foster’s British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight title defence against James Beech at BT’s Stratford studios.Eddie Hearn will host fights in his BACK GARDENCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdAnd next month rival Eddie Hearn will be promoting a series of  shows on Sky from the grounds of his Essex HQ, in what’s become known as Matchroom Square Garden.They will be taking place behind closed doors with everyone involved having to comply with the British Boxing Board of Control’s expensive but necessary rules to protect against the coronavirus.The Board sent a document almost as long as War and Peace to their licensed promoters setting out the strict regulations required.Warren estimated it will cost at least £20,000 to carry out the  new health and safety requirements. As he and Hearn have lucrative TV deals they can absorb the extra expense. But I’m afraid the small-hall shows, the lifeblood of the sport, are  in serious trouble.Frank Warren reckons it will cost £20,000 to carry out health checks We are unlikely to see boxing at the 1,200- seater York Hall, Bethnal Green, for another year — and maybe even longer than that.York Hall is the home of the real, knowledgeable fans  and it’s where Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno, John Conteh, Lloyd Honeyghan, Maurice Hope, Alan Minter, Ricky Hatton, Carl Froch, Kell Brook and many of our other world champions cut their teeth.When I spoke to Steve Goodwin and Mark Prior, who between them and without TV backing promote more than 20 shows there every year, they were full of gloom.Goodwin said “York Hall is 90 years old and the shower and dressing room facilities don’t measure up to the Boxing Board’s new safety standards.  Without the small halls, boxing in this country will struggle.”Prior sent me the figures he budgeted for a typical fight night in the present climate. On top of the normal expenses for catering, staff, ambulance, etc, they included two nights’ hotel stay for 60 people (£4,200),  £7,200 for Covid testing and £1,000 for PPE — taking the total expenditure  to £48,350. Without fans, the income was nil.You don’t have to be the Chancellor of the Exchequer to realise why York Hall will remain dark way into the future. 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Source: Boxing – Football player touch female referee s breast! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelscenter_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.last_img read more

Havertz ‘wants Chelsea transfer more than Sancho wants Man Utd move’ with deal ‘set to be done after Europa League’

first_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Omg this is awesome 🙂 KAI HAVERTZ is said to be pushing for a move to the Premier League more than Jadon Sancho.The Bundesliga stars are both linked with a move to the English top flight.Kai Havertz is pushing for a move to Chelsea Credit: AFP or licensorsJadon Sancho has started pre-season training with Dortmund Credit: Getty Images – GettyHavertz, valued at £90million, is subject to heavy interest from Chelsea while United are at loggerheads with Borussia Dortmund, who price 20-year-old Sancho at £108m.According to Sky Sports, of the pair it is Havertz, 21, who “is the one who is most keen to move as soon as possible”. It is understood Chelsea have already agreed personal terms with the playmaker after Petr Cech flew to Germany for talks.But Bayer Leverkusen publicly insisted if their valuation is not met, Havertz will not leave.The player is reportedly keen to wrap up a move as soon as Leverkusen’s Europa League campaign is over.They play Inter Milan in the quarter finals tonight.United on the other hand face a battle to get their transfer for Sancho over the line.Like Leverkusen, Dortmund stand firm they are in no rush to sell unless their price tag is met.But United have made it clear they have no intention of paying £108m up front for the England forward.The Germans told Old Trafford bosses they wanted an agreement in place by August 10. But it appears no deal has been met with the winger boarding Dortmund’s flight to Switzerland to start their preparations for next season.United are currently in Germany to complete their Europa League campaign.And they are understood to see the Dortmund’s deadline as meaningless with the transfer window open until October 5.On Saturday SunSport reported meeting the price tag for Sancho might lead to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side potentially blowing their entire transfer funds on one player. It also emerged Sancho will be offered a new £173,000-a-week deal at Dortmund if he stays.Although it would make him one of German football’s highest earners, it is still dwarfed by the £350k-a-week he is likely to get at Old Trafford.Sancho attended a house party in the UK with rap stars Krept and Konan at the weekend. But Dortmund posted a statement confirming they were happy for the 20-year-old to be in England.Communications chief Sascha Fligge said: “It’s common and fine for players to go home before a training camp if they’re not risky. “The same goes for Jadon.“From our point of view, the pictures that have been shown to us so far do not violate.”It is claimed former City starlet Sancho wishes to return to Manchester, but could be involved in a nervy summer saga.Man Utd transfer target Sancho spotted at UK house party Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Amazing movies best funny animals 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures!center_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Source: Soccer – read more

Watch now: Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime in first ‘Joker’ teaser

first_img© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved/Nikos Tavernise(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bros. has unveiled the first teaser to Joker, its stand-alone look at the origins of the Batman villain, played by Joaquin Phoenix.The footage shows the Oscar nominee as sad sack Arthur Fleck, who through the course of the film, becomes Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime.Set to Jimmy Durante’s cover of “Smile,” the tone from director Todd Phillips is decidedly dark, and shows Fleck’s sad attempts to “bring laughter and joy to the world,” by adopting clown makeup — and getting beat up repeatedly for it.“Is it just me,” Fleck asks in voiceover, “or is it getting crazier out there?”It is, and so is he — the preview ends with Joker nearly fully realized, causing mayhem on a subway train.And yes, we hear him laugh for the first time.Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz, Glow‘s Marc Maron, Agent Carter‘s Shea Wigham, and yes, Robert De Niro, also star.Joker opens October 4.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

To Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres speaks about being sexually assaulted as a teenager

first_imgPhoto by Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Ellen DeGeneres used an upcoming episode of season two of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman to discuss the abuse she suffered during her teenage years from her mother Betty’s then-husband.The 61-year-old comedian, who has previously opened up about being molested by the man, said she’s discussing it again, “because there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are.”DeGeneres shared that when she was a teen, Betty’s then-husband molested her under the guise of giving her breast examinations to check for lumps, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.Calling him a “very bad man,” DeGeneres explained, “He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.”She says he molested her in the same way on several other occasions.DeGeneres claims she once fled her home by escaping out a window to protect herself from him, but didn’t want to tell her mother because she was “protecting her” and knew it “would ruin her happiness — and she was happy with him even though he was a horrible man.”DeGeneres said she told her mother about the abuse a few years later, and her mother didn’t believe her. Betty stayed with the man for 18 more years before leaving him.“I should never have protected her, I should have protected myself,” DeGeneres tells David Letterman. She has since reconciled with her mother.The comedian said she doesn’t want other women to be afraid to speak up.DeGeneres previously spoke about the abuse she suffered to Allure magazine in 2005.Her full interview with David Letterman hits Netflix on Friday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Netflix gives green light to ‘Extraction’ sequel

first_imgNetflix/Jasin Boland(LOS ANGELES) — It’s official — Nexflix’s latest movie Extraction is getting a sequel.According to Deadline, Avengers series director Joe Russo, who wrote the first film, has inked a deal with the streaming giant to pen another installment of the action film.The movie, which was released on April 24, provided Netflix its biggest opening viewership and is on track to reach 90 million views over the next four weeks. At the moment it’s too early in the process to determine if Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as Tyler Rake, in a thank-you to fans on Instagram, he made it known he was interested in a follow-up to the Sam Hargrove-directed flick.In the film, Hemsworth plays a troubled mercenary tasked with rescuing the son of a drug lord from the clutches of a competitor.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Days of Our Lives’ star Judi Evans almost had her legs amputated due to COVID-19

first_imgMathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been a rough month for Days of Our Lives star Judi Evans, who contracted COVID-19 while in the hospital recovering from a serious horseback riding accident.Howie Tiger Simon, a rep for the 55-year-old actress gave an update on her condition in a Facebook post on Monday, reporting she experienced “mild” coronavirus symptoms — like fever, body aches and a cough — but ”nearly had both legs amputated on two different occasions,” due to “COVID blood clots.“On top of everything,” Simon continues, “when she went into surgery on one of her legs, they forgot to numb the leg and cut into her leg while she was fully conscience with no numbing of the area!”Evans is in “good spirits and back to Judi ‘humor’ despite all these spiraling turn of events,” adds Simon. “She has said she appreciates all the prayers for her and they’ve helped her mentally, physically and spiritually!…She just wants to continue to test negative on COVID19 before she can go home and get the rest she so needs!!!”The actress, who plays Adrienne Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives suffered a broken collarbone, several broken ribs, two chipped vertebra and a collapsed lung from blunt force trauma in the horseback riding accident that occurred on May 16, according to Access.Evans’ character died in a car accident back in January. However, Wally Kurth — who plays her onscreen husband Justin Kirakis — assured fans that Evans would be returning to the show, but didn’t reveal how.By George CostantinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UFC 230 Cormier vs. Lewis results: DC makes Lewis tap out via rear-naked choke, calls out Brock Lesnar

first_imgNew York— You didn’t think Daniel Cormier was going to slug it out with Derrick Lewis, did you?The “Double Champ” retained his heavyweight title and made it look easy, trapping “The Black Beast” in a rear-naked choke to which Lewis tapped out to at the 2:14 mark of the second round before 17,011 fans at Madison Square Garden. With the win, Cormier (22-1) became the first in UFC history to carry two titles (heavyweight and light heavyweight) simultaneously and defend both. – Isreal Adesanya faces the biggest obstacle in his pursuit of UFC gold. – Is Daniel Cormier the champion the UFC needs? – Chris Weidman tells SN that he’s ready to reclaim the middleweight belt. MORE:  Fighters and celebrities react to Daniel Cormier’s submission of Derrick Lewis to retain heavyweight titleSo, this is what DC meant when he said, “If you have a puncher’s chance to beat Daniel Cormier, then you have no chance,” leading up to the fight.”I’ve been doing this for nine years and have fought at a championship level for eight, so nothing is a surprise to me,” Cormier told Joe Rogan after his victory. “Derrick is good, but he’s just not that level yet.”Afterward, he also had some choice words for Brock Lesnar, the newly-crowned WWE champion.”Brock Lesnar, bring that WWE belt over here when you come,” Cormier said. “I feel like taking that one too. Let’s go, Brock!”DC took Lewis down several times in the bout, grinding his bigger opponent out on the ground, before making him submit to the RNC. And he made it look easy. What Lewis brought to the Octagon as far as dynamic punching power, Cormier instantly negated with a cerebral assassin’s savvy approach. Within the opening minute, it was clear that Lewis didn’t stand a chance and was completely outclassed.Here’s how the Cormier-Lewis main event and entire UFC 230 card unfolded.(All times Eastern.)UFC 230 resultsMain CardMain Event: Heavyweight title fight: Daniel Cormier def. Derrick Lewis via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)Round 2:  DC opens the round with a willingness to stand in the pocket, even weathering a couple of fist flurries from Lewis. But that didn’t last long, as Cormier got Lewis back down on the ground, with a headlock, grinding out the bigger opponent. That paved the way for DC to eventually trap Lewis in a rear-naked choke to which “The Black Beast” tapped out. Just like that, Cormier retains his heavyweight strap … and made it look easy.Round 1:  Derrick Lewis surprisingly started this fight with a couple of high kicks, before Cormier charged and mauled him against the cage, taking Lewis down to the ground at the four-minute mark. After a minute of DC mounting Lewis, the crowd is booing here at the Garden. Lewis gave them something to cheer about, managing to get back up to his feet, but the “Double Champ” took him back down to the ground efficiently. Did anyone expect anything different? Seriously. Cormier is as cerebral as it gets. This is what he meant when he said a puncher’s chance doesn’t stand a chance to beat him. He spent the first round thoroughly grinding Lewis out. 10-9 Cormier12:13 p.m.:  The “Double Champ” Daniel Cormier coming out to the sounds of Lil Wayne’s “Right Above It.”12:10 p.m.: Derrick Lewis did tell Sporting News on Thursday that he’ll be coming out to the blues for this fight and he made good on that. He told SN he’s rolling with the blues because he’s “tired of rap” at the moment. And here comes DC next.12:05 p.m.:  A great night of action all leads up to Daniel Cormier putting his heavyweight title on the line against Derrick Lewis next!Co-Main Event: Ronaldo Souza flattens Chris Weidman via third-round TKOMORE:  Twitter reacts to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza’s thrilling KO of Chris WeidmanRound 3:  An all-out slugfest just ended in shocking fashion, with Souza dropping Weidman with a vicious right hand. “Jacare” seemed momentarily miffed, looking over to the ref, as a fallen Weidman held onto his legs. But Souza quickly snapped out of it, pounding Weidman out, until the ref stopped the fight. Souza silenced the crowd, but then gained applause, declaring Weidman a “legend” to the sport.Round 2:  Some blood on Souza’s nose. Weidman’s left hand seems to be an available option all night. But a game Souza roared back under the four-minute mark, rocking Weidman with a solid left of his own. Weidman ate the punch admirably and returned fire before Souza once again began started nailing Weidman and controlling the round. The defense of each fighter leaves a lot to be desired, but the offense is there. Just under the one-minute mark, Souza attempted a high kick and missed, with Weidman mauling him up against the cage, before taking him down to the ground. Yet, Souza wrestled his way up to his feet, where both men seemingly prefer that this fight stays. Exciting second round — one we’re giving to Souza by the slightest. 19-19Round 1:  U-S-A, U-S-A chants to calls of “Let’s go Weidman” are alternating to start this bout. Both Weidman and Souza looked tentative, feeling each other out for the first couple of minutes of the first round, before Weidman seemingly stunned Souza with a pair of one-two combinations in the middle of the Octagon. Weidman spent a majority of the round’s final three minutes walking Souza down and tagging him with clean punches. But “The All American” will need to watch out for Souza’s leg kicks in the second round. 10-9 Weidman11:35 p.m.:  Here comes “The All-American” draped in the American flag. Who do you like to take this fight?11:31 p.m.: The crowd is geeked over the Chris Weidman-Ronaldo Souza co-main event, which is next. Of course, they’re about to erupt for Weidman, a Long Island native.Jared Cannonier def. David Branch by second-round TKO (punches)11:22 p.m.:  Cannonier just dropped Branch with a devastating right hand, before pounding him out, forcing the ref to stop the action. Things escalated real fast from there. Spectacular middleweight debut … and on short notice for Cannonier. After his victory, Cannonier definitely won over the Garden crowd by telling them how thrilling it was to eat New York City pizza this week. That knockdown and finish came out of nowhere. Cannonier finishes Branch in round 2! What a statement for @KillaGorillaMMA ! #UFC230— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2018 11:20 p.m.:  It looks like Branch exerted a whole lot of energy grinding Cannonier down on the mat. Let’s see if that factors into the second round at all.11:12 p.m.: Brooklyn native David Branch strolling out to Jay Z’s “Coming of Age.” Smooth. His bout against Jared Cannonier is seconds away.Karl Roberson dominates Jack Marshman via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)11:00 p.m.:  Roberson told Joe Rogan that he re-aggravated an old wrestling knee injury during the fight, but had to adapt. Well, he adapted quite well.10:56 p.m.:  Roberson started the third round like he ended the second — landing solid, timed punches seemingly at will and scoring another big takedown, adding to his ground-and-pound game until the bout came to an end. SN has him as a 30-25 winner.10:49 p.m.:  Karl Roberson has been catching Jack Marshman with some stiff shots through two rounds. And around the 2:10 mark of the second round, he slammed Marshman to the mat with a pulverizing takedown, sending a jolt of electricity through the Garden crowd. We’ve got him up 20-17 in full control here.Israel Adesanya destroys Derek Brunson via first-round TKO (punches)MORE:  Twitter reacts to Israel Adesanya’s vicious first-round knockout of Derek Brunson10:24 p.m.:  An absolutely scintillating first-round TKO for Israel Adesanya. Wow! “The Style Bender” caught a charging Brunson with a perfectly-timed high knee and followed it up with a kick and solid right hand, which dropped Brunson. A couple of punches later and it was a wrap, as the ref stepped in to stop the action. Afterward, Adesanya broke out into a dance and called it a “walk in the park…no…a walk in the Garden” in reference to fighting at Madison Square Garden. This kid is a star! UFC 230 is a middlweight-heavy card, so, perhaps Adesanya’s next opponent will be one of the others competing. ADESANYA!! @Stylebender finishes Brunson in round 1! #UFC230— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2018 10:20 p.m.: Break in the action, referee speaking with Brunson and Adesanya responds by flipping his opponent the bird. The undefeated Adesanya is already a crowd favorite.10:13 p.m.:  Israel Adesanya already wins Performance of the Night for coming out to Lil Duval’s “Smile (Livin My Best Life)” in our opinion. Derek Brunson out next.Prelims results10:04 p.m.:  The Garden’s bright lights are on and the main card is about to begin!9:59 p.m.:  Your full prelim results:Jordan Rinaldi def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision; Featherweight Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision; Women’s Flyweight Sheymon Moraes def. Julio Arce via split decision; Featherweight Lyman Good def. Ben Saunders by first-round KO (punches); Welterweight Matt Frevola and Lando Vannata fought to a draw; Lightweight Shane Burgos def. Kurt Holobaugh via first-round submission (armbar); Featherweight Brian Kelleher and Montel Jackson was canceled; Bantamweight Marcos Rogério de Lima def. Adam Wieczorek via unanimous decision; Heavyweight 9:57 p.m.:  Jordan Rinaldi’s first thoughts after defeating Jason Knight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)? “I get to meet Joe Rogan!” He earned it largely on the ground, where he completely outclassed Knight en route to the win.9:47 p.m.:  The crowd erupted here in the waning seconds of the second round, when Jordan Rinaldi had Jason Knight caught in a rear-naked chokehold and Knight responded with the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag. That’s cool and all, but Rinaldi has been getting the better of Knight this fight, so Knight better make moves in this third round.9:26 p.m.:  Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27 on all three judges’ cards). “SarJ” was in control all the way through this one, hurting Modafferi with a head kick at one point. If Joe Rogan didn’t know of Eubanks before, he definitely knows her now, as he just conducted the post-fight interview. Eubanks definitely relishes in playing the role of the villain, soaking in the boos and even telling the crowd to “shut up.” During her post-fight press conference, Eubanks said: “I’m the one who deserves to fight the winner of Valentina [Shevchenko] and Joanna [Jedrzejczyk]. Make no mistake, I will be there on championship weight. I’m a grinder and I’m just going to keep grinding and beating my opponents until there is a gold belt strapped around my waist.” Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi in featherweight action is next.9:11 p.m.:  Eubanks and Roxanne Modafferi spent the roughly the first minute trading shots, before “SarJ” was able to mount her opponent for the duration of the first round, sneaking in some ground-and-pound shots. Let’s see how much damage they did.9:02 p.m.:  Sijara Eubanks coming out to Cardi B’s “Money,” but even that pounding the loud speakers can’t drown out the boos she’s getting. “SarJ” did fail to make weight during Friday’s weigh-in.8:51 p.m.:  Prelims still taking place here at Madison Square Garden. Sheymon Moraes just scored a split-decision victory (29-28, 29-28, 30-26) over Julio Arce, leaving Arce a bloody mess in the process. Sporting News will have live coverage of UFC 230 as we inch closer to the first bout of the main card at 10:00 p.m.UFC 230 fight card resultsMain cardDaniel Cormier (c) vs. Derrick Lewis for Cormier’s Heavyweight titleRonaldo Souza def Chris Weidman by third-round TKO; Middleweight Jared Cannonier def. David Branch via second-round TKO (punches); Middleweight Karl Roberson def. Jack Marshman by unanimous decision; Middleweight Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson via first-round TKO (punches); Middleweight Preliminary cardJordan Rinaldi def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision; Featherweight Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision; Women’s Flyweight Sheymon Moraes def. Julio Arce via split decision; Featherweight Lyman Good def. Ben Saunders by first-round KO (punches); Welterweight Matt Frevola and Lando Vannata fought to a draw; Lightweight Shane Burgos def. Kurt Holobaugh via first-round submission (armbar); Featherweight Brian Kelleher and Montel Jackson was canceled; Bantamweight Marcos Rogério de Lima def. Adam Wieczorek via unanimous decision; Heavyweight UFC 230 latest news – Our MMA team breaks down the key fights at UFC 230 .- Sijara Eubanks not too concerned about missing weight ahead of Roxanne Modafferi tilt.- Derrick Lewis explains to SN how life’s struggles led him to the point of challenging for the heavyweight title.- SN discusses why Eubanks is the fighter to watch out for at UFC 230.last_img read more

NBA Power Rankings: Bucks, Warriors start strong; Lakers, Rockets stumble early

first_img21. ThunderOKC ranks second in the league in in shots attempted per game, at 93.8. But at 47.2 percent, they also have the second-worst effective field-goal percentage. That’s a lot of missed shots.22. KnicksOnly three of the Knicks’ first eight games have come on the road, and they’ve lost all three. That doesn’t bode well for a team that plays 13 of its next 17 away from the Garden.23. RocketsHouston was one of the worst teams in the league at giving up points in the paint last season, when they ranked 27th at 48.0 points per game. But this year, they’ve bottomed out, giving up 59.3 points in the paint per game, worst in the NBA.24. MavericksIt’s only eight games, but Luka Doncic has exceeded his own hype so far. He’s leading rookies with 19.6 points per game, shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from the 3-point line. He’s chipping in 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, too.25. MagicThe shooting can’t get much worse in Orlando, where the Magic are making 41.0 percent from the field (last in the NBA) and 30.5 percent from the 3-point line (28th). They’re struggling from the free-throw line, too, making 73.5 percent of their foul shots, 21st in the league. Dan Gilbert has given out bad contracts to coaches almost as a habit. Why he’s decided to play hardball with Larry Drew — who could be key to salvaging this season — is a mystery.30. SunsWins? Well, no. But the offense has been much more focused on ball movement, and it shows in the numbers. Phoenix is No. 2 in the league with a 66.4 assist percentage. Last year, the Suns were 27th at 55.3 percent. 11. PistonsLast year with the Raptors, coach Dwane Casey had the best bench in the league. This year in Detroit, much has changed: Pistons reserves average 32.1 points per game, third fewest in the league, and shoot just 44.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from the 3-point line.12. Clippers The reserves have been especially effective for the Clippers, who have two players — Lou Williams (16.7) and Montrezl Harrell (13.0) ranked in the top 18 in bench scoring this season.13. SpursSan Antonio has bucked the offensive boom in the NBA, ranking ninth in offensive efficiency (111.9 points per 100 possessions) despite ranking 29th in 3-point shot attempts (22.3 per game). Yes, the midrange game can still work.14. KingsNot since Mike Bibby and Doug Christie have the Kings had a competent and productive backcourt. That’s changed with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, who have combined to average 36.4 points and 9.3 assists.15. HornetsKemba Walker could not do much more to campaign for a max contract from the Hornets than he’s done so far. He’s averaging a career-high 30.1 points, with career highs in shooting (46.3 percent) and 3-point shooting (41.4 percent). (Getty Images) Well, we’ve made it through the first month of the season — half-month, as it were — and are careening toward Thanksgiving. It’s early still, but in a couple of weeks, we’ll have a decent enough sample size to start saying some definitive things about players and teams around the league.In the meantime, we have our first Power Rankings of the 2018-19 season… TRADE RUMORS: Which big men could soon hit open market?1. BucksHow much has Mike Budenholzer changed the Bucks’ offense? Consider that if Milwaukee continues on its current 3-point pace, they’ll pass last year’s total number of 3s made (718) in Game No. 47.2. Warriors The Warriors are averaging 125.0 points per game, just 1.5 points off the all-time record of the 126.5 per game scored by Denver in 1981-82. Their offensive rating is 120.3 points per 100 possessions, which is first in the league — way ahead of the 114.9 rating of the No. 2 team, Charlotte.3. RaptorsNick Nurse has taken the revamped Toronto offense and pushed it further. Two years ago, the Raptors averaged 84.4 shot attempts per game, 22nd in the league. Last year, they pushed that to 87.4 per game, which was sixth. Now, they’re up to 91.8 shots, tied for ninth in the league.                                                  4. NuggetsDenver is 6-1 and really has not had its offense fully clicking yet. They’re shooting 29.3 percent from the 3-point line, a number that will rise dramatically. Two of the better shooters in the league — Gary Harris and Jamal Murray — are combining to make 27.9 percent from the 3-point line. They combined to shoot 38.9 percent from the arc last year.5. CelticsAt long last, Kyrie Irving had a breakout game to boost the sagging Boston offense, which ranks 28th in efficiency (100.8 points per 100 possessions). But the defense ranks first, at 96.2 points per 100 possessions, and has carried them thus far. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) 16. SixersPhilly is 4-0 against teams that are .500 or worse, with all four games coming at home. They’re 0-4 against teams better than .500, all four games coming on the road. The losses have been by an average of 12.8 points.17. HeatWith Jimmy Butler again angling to get out of Minnesota, the Heat are biding their time. There’s little chance that — whether it’s a deal involving Butler or not — this roster remains the same when the trade deadline approaches.18. TimberwolvesFrustrated Timberwolves fans will be happy to know that Butler is working to get himself traded and finally get the team out of its conclave of controversy. But how are they going to feel when it’s Derrick Rose who takes over as the team’s offensive leader?19. LakersThe Lakers have allowed 50 percent shooting or better in four of their eight games this year. Last year, it happened 19 times, or in 23.2 percent of their games. They’re giving up 26.4 free-throw attempts per game, 29th in the NBA.20. NetsIt’s a good sign that, despite the early struggles, five of Brooklyn’s first eight games have been decided by two possessions or fewer. They’re 2-3 in those games. (Getty Images) 26. BullsEight games in, and Zach LaVine has a pretty good case for the league’s Most Improved Player award. He’s healthy (for now), and has established himself as a clear-cut No. 1 scorer. LaVine is averaging 28.1 points, shooting 51.0 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from the 3-point line.  27. HawksIt was expected that Trae Young, as a rookie point guard, would turn over the ball a lot — he’s averaged 3.0 per game. But he’s not alone. Four Hawks are averaging more than 2.0 turnovers per game, and three rank in the league’s top 50. Atlanta has the second-highest turnover percentage in the league, at 17.2.28. WizardsThe Wizards have the third-worst net rating in the league (minus-9.9) and are already sniping at each other over agendas and shots. It appears that Marcin Gortat was not really the problem. Oh, and Dwight Howard has not even joined this mix yet, either.29. Cavaliers 6. Trail BlazersThe Blazers are still the best pick-and-roll team in the NBA, but to achieve playoff success, they’ll need to rely less on the play. So far, that’s happening. They ran pick-and-roll on 21.6 percent of their plays last year, third in the NBA. This year, that’s down to 17.7 percent, or 16th in the league.7. GrizzliesRookie Jaren Jackson was forced into the starting five because of an injury to JaMychal Green. He’s been in foul trouble just about every game, but is averaging 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.8. JazzThe last couple of years have been marked by disappointing starts in Utah, including 6-10 last year and 7-8 the year before. This team has higher expectations, and at 4-3 is trying to avoid yet another sluggish start.9. PacersThaddeus Young contributes to the starting five in many ways, but if things keep up for Domantas Sabonis, Nate McMillan is going to have to consider a lineup change. Sabonis is averaging 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds on — this is not a misprint — 70.7 percent shooting. He’s averaging just 22.3 minutes off the bench.10. PelicansAfter their 4-0 start, the Pelicans are on the road for a gauntlet of a trip. So far, they’ve dropped games to the Nuggets and Warriors. They allowed 131 points to Golden State, the second time in three games they allowed 130-plus — that happened three total times all last year. They still have the Blazers, Spurs and Thunder coming on the trip.last_img read more

Robert Guerrero, Chris Arreola each chasing something different on Wilder-Fury undercard

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Thursday marked the press conference for the undercard of Saturday night’s big heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The pay-per-view card features four bouts — but there are two names on the untelevised undercard who have been in their fair share of big bouts as well — former multi-division world champion Robert Guerrero and former three-time heavyweight title contender Chris Arreola.The 35-year-old Guerrero will face unheralded Hungarian fighter Adam Mate. The 37-year-old Arreola will face journeyman Maurenzo Smith. Both are fighters who have been on the sport’s biggest stages, but will fight Saturday away from the bright lights, as people make their way into the arena for a long night of boxing.Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearEach fighter is chasing something different. Guerrero told Sporting News on Thursday that he’s trying to secure his legacy and cement himself as a Hall of Fame candidate. He’s right on the cusp of being a Hall of Famer, having won legitimate titles at 126 and 130 pounds, before picking up interim titles in the 135 and 147-pound divisions. Since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the biggest fight of his career in May 2013, Guerrero lost four out of his next six bouts, before calling it quits in July of last year after losing to Omar Figueroa in a three-round war.Guerrero served as an analyst on Premier Boxing Champions broadcasts during his time away from the ring, ultimately returning to the gym earlier this year when he couldn’t shake the feeling of boxing. When he announced his retirement, he genuinely believed it was the last time he’d fight.“I was fine to retire and retire for good,” Guerrero told Sporting News. “But I took the year off, close to a year and a half and have been feeling really good. I got to rest my body and spend time with the family and regroup and recharge. I feel like there’s a lot more in me and I love the sport so much. Sitting ringside doing commentary, you start to get that itch and get that hunger and fire back in your belly.”Arreola will have spent nearly two and a half years out of the ring by the time he returns Saturday against Smith. His last bout was his third heavyweight title opportunity, and he was wiped out by Deontay Wilder in eight rounds. He’s the last American heavyweight to fight for a title at STAPLES Center before Saturday, having lost to Vitali Klitschko in September 2009 after 10 rounds. He later rebuilt himself and got a second opportunity when he faced Bermane Stiverne in Los Angeles in 2014 for a vacant belt, getting stopped in the sixth round of a fight he was ahead on the scorecards. Whereas Guerrero is trying to build on a legacy, Arreola is trying to make up for missed opportunities.“I’m hopeful it’s not too little, too late,” Arreola told Sporting News on Thursday. “I’m taking this run as though it were March Madness — one and done. If I lose once, I’m out the game. So the end goal is always a title. I’m in this to win a title. That’s the main thing. This time I gotta leave it all in the gym and work my ass off to make it happen.”Arreola is a guy who knows he had a bunch of opportunities he didn’t make the most of. He consistently came into big fights in not the best shape, though on fight night he always gave his best.Guerrero is a guy who has been on pound-for-pound lists in the past. When he jumped two weight divisions from lightweight to welterweight and beat Selcuk Aydin, that was something few people expected out of the Gilroy, California native. But he was hardly ever in an easy fight and the multitude of wars he engaged in between the ropes took its toll on him, emotionally and physically.“The one thing that really tears your body apart is the training and putting your body through the ringer and bouncing right back and getting back into that ring quick,” Guerrero said. “The older you get you need that time to rest and recuperate. Taking that time off helped me out a lot. Not just physically, but mentally also.”When it came to returning to the ring, both fighters had to get their families on board. For Guerrero, his wife Casey saw it coming.“She was kind of iffy about it,” Guerrero admitted. “But just seeing me in the gym — because my wife has been around me since I was 14 years old and she’s seen me from my amateur days all the way until the last fight. She can see a whole different spark inside of me and a whole different outlook of the game when I’m in the gym moving around, how excited I look, the way I’m glowing in the gym, the way I’m moving, the way I’m doing things.”It was still tough for Guerrero to go to training camp and be away from his two-year-old for the first time. His older kids are at an age where they could understand and were even able to visit Guerrero during his training camp preparing for the fight.Arreola’s daughter is on board.“My [15-year-old] daughter wants me to fight if anything,” Arreola said of talking to his family about it. “She’s the one that’s been like, ‘Dad you’ve been home a lot.’ I’ve been on her butt a lot. I spend a lot of time with my son, too. He likes it. He goes to the boxing gym with me all the time. It’s kind of a little father-son time.”Arreola has lost a lot of sleep over that loss to Stiverne in the rematch. He doesn’t lose sleep over the Klitschko loss — he says he wasn’t ready for that fight, but couldn’t turn down the title shot. But against Stiverne, he felt the heavyweight title slip through his fingers.“I always think about that f— lazy jab that I threw,” Arreola said. “It was just plain and simple — I got lazy that round. I threw a lazy ass jab and he came right over the top and that’s the thing about the heavyweight division is all it takes is one punch. But I felt great in that fight and I think about how good I felt and I hurt him a couple times to the body. I was in that fight and that bugs me, but hey what can I do? That’s what’s motivating me to give it another shot.”Neither of these guys seem to be returning to the ring for money — though if either guy is any semblance of their old selves, there’s some to be made. The welterweight division is crowded and PBC has all the names. A win Saturday and Guerrero can instantly be in the mix next year against a name opponent.“Looking at the landscape of the welterweight division, it’s incredible right now,” Guerrero said. “There’s a lot of fights out there. Pacquiao is now part of the Al Haymon stable, part of the PBC. Mikey Garcia is coming up to welterweight. There’s so many big fights out there, it’s exciting.”The same goes for Arreola, who can step right back in the mix at heavyweight where 38-years-old isn’t ancient. Al Haymon has a number of guys under the PBC banner that would make for interesting fights with the fan-friendly Mexican-American.“I would love to fight someone like Dominic Breazeale next year,” Arreola said. “Him or the Polish guy, Adam Kownacki. That’s more of an entertaining one. I love watching him fight. He smiles while he’s fighting and I think that’s the coolest thing to watch.”Arreola’s longtime trainer Henry Ramirez agrees that Kownacki is the kind of guy that would make for a compelling and winnable fight for Arreola in the future.Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15“After his last fight they were calling him the Polish Chris Arreola,” Ramirez told Sporting News. “He’s fun to watch, he’s heavy, he’s not body beautiful, but he brings it. I think he and Chris would make a heck of a fight. Their styles would mesh so well where there’s no way it won’t be a hell of a fight.”While most would disagree with Guerrero and Arreola giving it one more shot, you can’t deny these are two guys who have earned the right to make that decision on their own. They’ve always left it all in the ring and I wouldn’t expect anything less from either guy in what many expect to be the twilight of their careers.last_img read more

Weather cancels opening night of Cottage Grove Modified Nationals

first_imgBy Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 27) – Unfortunately weather prevented the first night of the an­nual Modified Nationals from getting under way at the Cottage Grove Speedway on Friday June 27th.Saturday, June 28 is still on and will feature the Race Of Champions in the program. Also on the card will be the Northwest Extreme Sprints and Hornets.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:45 p.m.Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and juniors ages 13-17, $5 for youths ages 6-12 and free for five and under. A family pass good for two adults and up to four youths sells for $35.The track website is dollar coupons are still available at Boyce & Sons Landscaping and Building Materials, Jim’s Tire Factory, the Cottage Grove Community Center, Welt & Welt Inc., Bonanza Drive Up and the Pink House Restaurant in Cottage Grove, Aesthetic Surgical Arts in Eugene and Jazzie’s Deli or Giant Burger in Springfield.last_img read more

Outlaw hosts IMCA Empire State Series Friday show

first_imgDUNDEE, N.Y. – Outlaw Speedway plays host to the IMCA Empire State Series Friday night, with a $500 to win feature for the touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded at the May 20 show.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors; kids 12 and under get in free while pit passes are $30.More information is available at the website or by calling 607 228-7038.Outlaw has been site of 10 previous IMCA tour events since 2006 and hometown driver Rich Karlnoski became the first repeat winner by taking the checkers last September.Round three takes the Empire State Series to Skyline Raceway on Memorial Day Monday, May IMCA Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Matt Cole, Vestal, 40; 2. Drue Perrault, Locke, 39; 3. Eddie Sites, Towanda, Pa., 38; 4. Gary Roberts, Afton, 37; 5. James Cornell, Port Crane, 36; 6. Brad Sites, Monroeton, 35; 7. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 34; 8. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 33; 9. Beau Ballard, Grand Gorge, 32; 10. Brian Stei­gerwald, Norwich, 31; 11. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 30; 12. Robert Maynard, Towanda, Pa., 29; 13. J.J. Courcy, Parish, 28; 14. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 27; 15. Jessy Velez, Port Crane, 26; 16. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 25; 17. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 24; 18. Brad Smith, Horse­heads, 23; 19. Ray McClure, Troy, Pa., 22; 20. Brendon Shepard, Gloversville, 21.last_img read more

Winebarger is fastest on Fast Friday

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 24) – Collen Winebarger was fastest on the second Fast Friday of the season at Cottage Grove Speedway.Nearly 30 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds were checked in and Brian Thompson showed the way early. Thompson blazed the trail in the first handful of laps but was never able to get out to a large lead due to several cautions.Shortly after a sixth lap restart Thompson was overtaken by Winebarger, who maintained the top position for much of the race despite ensuing cautions.Winebarger was briefly out of the lead on lap 23 only for the yellow to come back out before the lap was complete. Winebarger stayed in front after the final restart and held on to win his second race at Cottage Grove in 2016.Mark Wauge was a close second, followed by Curtis Towns, Braedon Hand and Eric Ashley.Wauge set fast time for the night and also won the trophy dash.last_img read more

Carrell tops IMCA Modifieds at Mark Howard Memorial

first_imgMark Carrell was the $2,600 winner of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Mark Howard Memorial Nation­als main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GOVE, Ore. (July 23) – Mark Carrell led the last 22 of 52 laps in winning Saturday’s Mark Howard Memorial Modified Nationals at Cottage Grove Speedway.The $2,600 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory put Carrell on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Craig Hanson took the lead on the opening circuit and stayed in front until lap 16 when Collen Winebarger finally found a way around.The mandatory caution flew at lap 25 for refueling and Winebarger continued to set the fast pace after the restart, followed by Carrell and Craig Hanson.Carrell made the pass around Winebarger and set a wicked pace, but a caution with five laps to go bunched everyone up for one final shot at the leader.Carrell kept all challengers in check, however, and held on to win the Howard Memorial for the first time. Winebarger was second, followed by 24th starting Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson and Craig Hanson.Feature results – 1. Mark Carrell; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Nick Trenchard; 4. Jesse Williamson; 5. Craig Hanson; 6. Brian Poppa; 7. Derrick Young; 8. Grey Ferrando; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. John Campos; 11. Bricen James; 12. Steven Sturdevant; 13. Justin Dittman; 14. Kyle Casson; 15. B.J. Wild; 16. Tyler Smith; 17. Curtis Towns; 18. Kevin Roberts; 19. Eric Ashley; 20. Shane Mille; 21. Kreg Britton; 22. Ethan Landers; 23. Jake Mayden; 24. Dustin Cady.last_img read more

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints are new at Marysville

first_imgMARYSVILLE, Calif. – IMCA’s fastest growing division has a new home in Sprint Car Country.Eight RaceSaver Sprint Car dates are on the schedule this season at Marysville Raceway, which becomes the first California venue to crown a track champion in the division since 1999.“Northern California is a Sprint Car area but like everywhere else in the United States, the cost has escalated so much that most weekend racers can’t afford it,” promoter Dennis Gage said. “We thought it was time to introduce the RaceSaver cars here.”Marysville has a local sprint class, which utilizes a crate engine, and Gage is optimistic that drivers in that class as well as those who have not raced in recent seasons because of costs will find that RaceSaver fits their budget.A number of local drivers have already told Gage they’d race in the IMCA class and others have purchased RaceSaver engines.“We have a lot of parked cars in this part of the state,” he said. “I know a lot of those people are looking at this class.”None of the dates at Marysville, which also runs IMCA’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, conflict with Western RaceSaver Sprint Series dates.last_img read more

Super Nationals berth adds to Ayers’ Hobby Stock rookie of the year feats

first_imgAdam Ayers earned national and Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock rookie of the year honors this season. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)ADAIR, Iowa – Adam Ayers didn’t have a lot of on-track experience to boast of before the 2018 race season.Now he’s got IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock national and Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region rookie of the year awards to show off.Ayers traveled to eight different tracks during an ambitious 47-start season as a rookie, winning three times – all at Stuart – and posting 22 top five finishes.“I ran a couple times in the cruisers years ago, then helped crew for five-time track champion Marcus Fagan and ran his Hobby Stock or Stock Car in mechanics’ races,” he said. I’d always wanted to race myself so I got a car last year, got it ready to go and penciled out where I wanted to run. Winning rookie of the year was definitely a goal.”He shared a shop and did some traveling with fellow rookie Nick Foster and Stock Car driver/brother-in-law Alex Kading. Ayers also got advice from 2017 Modified national rookie of the year Clint Luellen and multi-time national champion Shannon Anderson in how to go about his points pursuit.Ayers won features at Stuart on May 25, June 1 and Aug. 3. He ended up third in the point standings there.“I got the rear end knocked off my first night at Stuart, which is my home track, then went out and won the next two weeks there,” he said. “I was probably more excited about the second one because it was the second in a row.”He had plenty to get excited about at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, qualifying for the main event by finishing fifth in his opening night qualifying feature.“That was pretty big. Sometimes you get lucky but I felt I was running with some legitimate guys in my feature. I started 14th and passed cars into a qualifying spot before anyone blew a tire,” Ayers said. “Qualifying for Super Nationals on opening night was definitely a highlight.”Wins-3  Top Five Finishes-22   Starts-47HIS CREW: Nick Foster, sister and brother-in-law Katie and Alex Kading, Ben McMenamin and Mike Culver.HIS SPONSORS: Big Load Trailer Sales and Codi Ayers, Pampered Chef Consultant, both of Casey; T and T Siding of Stuart; Steve and Jake Meyer Insurance of Van Meter; Chuck Wagon Restaurant and Upper Edge Ag, both of Adair; and Ben McMenamin Water Fowl of Dexter.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 6/25/17

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:INTERLEAGUEDetroit 7, San Diego 5AMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 4, Cleveland 0Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 5L.A. Angels 4, Boston 2Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 3Toronto 8, Kansas City 2Houston 8, Seattle 2NATIONAL LEAGUEMiami 4, Chicago Cubs 2Cincinnati 6, Washington 2Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 0N.Y. Mets 8, San Francisco 2L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 6Arizona 2, Philadelphia 1, 11 InningsSt. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 4Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Salem witch trial victims remembered 325 years later

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SALEM, Mass.) — A memorial to people who were executed on charges of witchcraft 325 years ago was unveiled on Wednesday in Salem, Massachusetts.In 1692, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin and 15 others were hung at the location known as Procter’s Ledge, while another victim, Giles Corey, was crushed to death.The executions were part of a mass hysteria in colonial Massachusetts in which some local people were accused of practicing witchcraft. City officials are now trying to move past their city’s dark history in the form of a stone memorial.“The sun casts few shadows this time of day, and yet the shadows from this site extend across our city in way we cannot see with our eyes,” Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.Inscribed with the names of 19 of the people killed at the site, the semicircular wall of stone brought comfort to some of the victims’ descendants who attended Wednesday’s ceremony.According to WCVB, the memorial was largely funded by a $174,000 Community Preservation Act, while descendants of the victims had also contributed smaller donations.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Missing Colorado rafter was searching for treasure, friends and family say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(FREMONT COUNTY, Colo.) — Friends and family members of a Colorado man who went missing last month while rafting in the Arkansas River say he was searching for a treasure allegedly hidden by New Mexico author and antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn.Eric Ashby, 31, had been rafting with three friends on June 28 when their raft flipped. While the three friends were able to make it out of the water safely, they told authorities they saw Ashby being swept away by the currents, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado said in a statement.The Sheriff’s Department announced Friday that a body had been found in the Arkansas River. The department’s Sgt. Megan Richards told ABC News that officers are still working to identify the remains and probably won’t know for about a week if they are Ashby’s.The news comes a little over a month after New Mexico Police recovered the body of Colorado pastor Paris Wallace, who went missing after telling his family members that he was searching for the gold and gems allegedly hidden by Fenn, and a year after authorities found the remains of Randy Bilyeu, who also went missing while searching for Fenn’s treasure.Fenn claims he hid a treasure — estimated to be worth $2 million — somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and included a poem with clues as to where to find the treasure in his self-published 2011 memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase.” Part of the poem reads, “Begin it where warm waters halt / and take it in the canyon down / not far, but too far to walk / put in below the home of Brown.”Lisa Albritton, Ashby’s sister, described her brother in a statement to ABC News as an “outdoorsman” and “a real adventurer.” She said that he loved to solve riddles, “so when he heard about Forrest Fenn’s treasure, of course, he was intrigued.”Albritton said her brother went to Colorado in April 2016 to search for the treasure. She said that now her parents are waiting on authorities to “identify the body that was discovered nearly a month after Eric went into the Arkansas River in Fremont County, Colorado,” and that her family is hoping for “closure in these difficult times.”Dave Gambrell, one of Ashby’s friends, told ABC News that Ashby “fully believed that he knew exactly where Forest Fenn’s treasure was. He had me convinced, even peaked my curiosity.”Gambrell said he thinks Fenn should put an end to the treasure hunt that has already claimed the lives of two others.“If I were to meet Forrest Fenn,” Gambrell said, “I would say, ‘What are you doing? Why are you setting people up for failure?’”Fenn told ABC News in a statement that the treasure was not hidden in a dangerous place.“It is terrible that Mr. Ashby is lost, but it is not likely that he was looking for the treasure. I have said many times that I was about 80 when I made two trips in one afternoon from my car to hide it. There was no reason for him to enter class 5 rapids in a small boat,” Fenn added. “My heart and prayers go out to his sister and other members of his family.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

West Point graduate Chris Rowley wins MLB debut

first_img Related Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Rowley, a former first lieutenant in the Army, won his first career start for the Toronto Blue Jays.The 26-year-old right-hander made his debut against Pittsburgh on Saturday and won 7-2. He allowed one run and five hits in five and a third innings.Rowley is the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to reach the Majors.He was undrafted after graduating from West Point in 2013 and signed with Toronto. Rowley played for Toronto’s Rookie League affiliate in 2013. He then missed the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active duty, including a stint in Bulgaria.In the minor leagues this season, Rowley was 6-6 in 27 games, 11 starts, with an earned run average of 2.29.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Investigators delve deeper into Las Vegas shooting as chilling new details emerge

first_img Related VEGAS) — Here’s the latest on the investigation into the Las Vegas shooting:There is evidence the gunman, Stephen Paddock, planned to escape, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.At least 59 people, including the shooter, died after Sunday night’s attack at a Las Vegas music festival.The motive remains unknown but police say the deadly assault was “obviously premeditated.”Suspected gunman Stephen Paddock was seen gambling for eight hours straight on the night before the shooting.Paddock had been reportedly stockpiling firearms since 1982.Authorities say they have recovered 47 firearms from three different locations so far.Paddock’s girlfriend has returned to the United States from the Philippines.Paddock may have visited several music festivals in the Vegas area, investigators say.Meticulous planning preceded ‘premeditated’ shootingAs investigators delve deeper into how Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas unfolded, chilling news details have emerged about the suspected gunman and how he allegedly carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Authorities say Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring 530 others. The shooting lasted between nine and 11 minutes, with the first reports of gunshots beginning Sunday at 10:08 p.m. PT and the final shots being fired at 10:19 p.m.Paddock is believed to have been solely responsible for the attack, according to police.Speaking Wednesday evening, Lombardo said that there is evidence that indicates Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada, planned to escape.However, Lombardo did not provide any details on what the evidence was or why he believes that. Lombardo added that there are indications Paddock had some kind of help.Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Sept. 28, bringing with him 10 bags and at least 23 guns, including high-powered rifles. He set up surveillance cameras inside and outside of his two-room suite. There was one camera on a room service cart in the hallway, police said.One official said Paddock also had a camera mounted in the room, apparently to record himself.Paddock was shuttered inside his suite for three days at the giant hotel-casino, perched high above from where the Route 91 Harvest Festival was taking place across the street. Room service was provided at some point during his stay.A search into Paddock’s car, which was parked at Mandalay Bay, revealed several cans of tannerite as well as 1,600 rounds of ammunition, Lombardo said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.Investigators believe Paddock used a device similar to a hammer to smash the windows in his room before he allegedly opened fire on the music festival crowd Sunday night, shortly after a rendition of “God Bless America.”Police responded to the hotel room, where Paddock was found dead. He is believed to have killed himself prior to police entry.Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Paddock utilized at least one camera outside the room possibly to monitor approaching authorities.“I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference Tuesday.Lombardo said authorities are reviewing police body cameras.While the motive behind the deadly rampage remains unclear, Lombardo said the attack was “obviously premeditated” and the shooter “evaluated everything he did.”Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told a news conference today that the shooting “doesn’t seem to have a terrorism nexus.”ABC News has obtained images from inside Paddock’s hotel room. A body is partially visibly in one of the photos, which is believed to be Paddock.The images also show rifles and bullet shells scattered across the floor, with high-capacity magazines stacked like bricks in a corner.An employee at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino told ABC News she spent a total of 16 hours serving Paddock in the casino during her shifts there over the weekend. She said she watched the man gamble for eight hours straight, from Saturday night into Sunday morning.He played high-stakes video poker on machines located in a separate, “exclusive” section of the casino, she said.As soon as she saw Paddock’s picture on the news, identifying him as the suspected gunman, the casino employee said she knew it was the same man who had been her customer the night before the shooting.A ‘plethora’ of guns and ammoAuthorities have executed search warrants at three locations as well as for Paddock’s vehicle parked at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.In addition to the 23 guns recovered from Paddock’s hotel room, which police said were purchased in Nevada, California, Utah and Texas, authorities also found a computer and several pieces of media there. Law enforcement sources said multiple loaded high-capacity magazines and a modified bump stock rifle, which allows a gun to stimulate rapid automatic gunfire, were discovered in the room as well.Investigators are still in the process of examining the firearms to determine whether they were capable of firing automatically.Meanwhile, material used to make explosives was found inside Paddock’s car. Explosive material and 19 additional firearms were discovered at Paddock’s home in a Mesquite retirement community.Five handguns, two shotguns, numerous electronics and a “plethora of ammunition” were also found at his property in Reno, according to Lombardo.Jill Snyder, special agent in charge at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told “CBS This Morning” in an interview Wednesday morning that Paddock had been stockpiling firearms since 1982. He bought nearly 50 guns legally, Snyder said, but none of those purchases set off any red flags for ATF.“From October 2016 to Sept. 28, 2017, he purchased 33 firearms, majority of them rifles,” Snyder said. “We wouldn’t get notified of the purchases of the rifles, we would only get notified if there was a multiple sale, which would be two or more handguns in an individual purchase.”Suspect’s girlfriend arrives back in USInvestigators say Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who lived with him at his home in Mesquite, is more than a mere witness.“Currently she’s a person of interest,” Lombardo said at a news conference Tuesday.Danley, 62, returned to the United States from the Philippines Tuesday night. The Filipino-born woman landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 7:17 p.m. PT on Philippine Air Flight 102.She was taken out a back way so she wouldn’t be seen in public, and FBI agents met her immediately upon landing, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.Police told reporters Wednesday afternoon that detectives would begin questioning Danley soon.The law offices of Matthew Lombard confirmed for ABC News Wednesday afternoon that she is at the FBI field office in Los Angeles with Lombard, who is representing herWhile agents met Danley upon landing, she is not officially in custody and is free to go where she pleases. Investigators hope she can shed some light on the motivation behind Paddock’s alleged massacre over the weekend.In an interview with ABC News Wednesday, Danley’s elder brother said he immediately contacted his sister when he saw the news that her boyfriend was allegedly behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.“I called her up immediately and she said, ‘Relax, we shouldn’t worry about it. I’ll fix it. Do not panic. I have a clean conscience,’” Reynaldo Bustos said in his native Tagalog language today outside the capital of Manila in their homeland.Paddock may have visited other festivalsOver the last several months, Paddock may have visited several music festivals in the broader Vegas area, officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News, adding that it’s thought that all of them were within driving distance of Las Vegas.Investigators believe Paddock started making regular visits to Mandalay Bay on Sept. 3 through the rest of the month. Paddock was known at “most of the big casinos” on the strip because he was a big player who came in a lot, the officials said.Authorities are also looking into whether Paddock tried to secure a room at the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, located on the opposite side of the Las Vegas Strip from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, on the weekend that the Life Is Beautiful music festival took place, between Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, the officials said.Paddock had rented a room at the Ogden Hotel in downtown Las Vegas the weekend of the Life Is Beautiful music festival, Lombardo said Wednesday. Authorities have recovered items and surveillance video from the weekend he stayed there, Lombardo said. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Man accused of killing young boy; three adults captured after urgent manhunt

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(IRONTON, Ohio) — A 23-year-old man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy and three adults in southern Ohio is in custody following an urgent manhunt, the Lawrence County sheriff announced Friday.Aaron Lawson was captured after spending more than 24 hours at large. He was wanted for the fatal shootings of three adults who were found dead in a house trailer Wednesday evening, as well as a young boy who was also shot dead and apparently hidden in the home, according to reports. The boy was initially thought to be missing after police discovered the bodies of the three adults, authorities said. His body was not found until Thursday.Lawson is allegedly a relative of the victims, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said at a news conference on Friday.A fourth adult was also stabbed at the home and was hospitalized for treatment, officials said.Lawless said the suspect was captured after a local resident saw him walking along a road and notified the sheriff’s office. Officers working the area quickly intercepted him without incident, Lawless said. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Once-secret, now-closed UFO program confirmed by Pentagon

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government until 2012 ran a program for investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, the Department of Defense confirmed to ABC News.As first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post, the once-secret program was funded from 2007 to 2012. According to The New York Times, DOD spent $22 million on the program.“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” the Pentagon told ABC News in a statement. “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the [Department of Defense] to make a change. The [Defense Department] takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”According to initial reports, the program investigated years of reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the program was funded at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who has expressed interest in investigating unexplained phenomena in outer space.Reid took to Twitter after The New York Times report was released, saying, “This is about science and national security. If America doesn’t take the lead in answering questions, others will.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

At least six dead as monster ‘bomb cyclone,’ thundersnow wallop Northeast

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK ) — At least six people have died and more than 3,000 U.S. flights have been canceled due to a massive winter storm hitting the East Coast, with heavy snow, gusty winds and the coldest air of the season.State officials said three of the deaths occurred in North Carolina and a fourth happened in South Carolina, as the weather system barreled up the eastern coast.Among those killed were two men whose pickup truck slid off a road and overturned into a creek Wednesday night, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a press conference Thursday morning. The storm has also caused hundreds of car crashes around the Tar Heel state, Cooper said.Two people were killed in Virginia on Thursday, according to authorities. A 75-year-old man in Hampton was clearing snow from a business parking lot when he suffered life-threatening injuries from the snowplow, while a young girl was killed while sledding down a driveway in Chester, police said.The girl slid into the path of a Toyota Tacoma as it drove down the street. She was hit and later died at the hospital as a result of her injuries, according to police. Her age and identity were not released.Meanwhile, U.S. airlines canceled at least 3,731 flights within, into and out of the United States Thursday and delayed 1,401 others, according to airline tracking firm FlightAware. Most of the cancellations were in New Jersey, Boston and New York, where some areas could get one to three inches of snow per hour starting this morning.Major cities along the East Coast — from North Carolina to Maine — were under blizzard warnings, while others were placed under winter storm warnings.“A powerful Nor’easter will move north along the East Coast through Thursday,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Reinforcing Arctic air and gusty winds will sweep in behind the Nor’easter for the coldest wind chills of the season in many eastern locations.”Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced that all state offices will be closed Thursday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also closed all state offices and declared a state of emergency in three coastal counties.ABC News meteorologists spotted lighting on the radar Thursday morning in Long Island, New York, as well as parts of Connecticut, which means residents there could be experiencing thundersnow. The rare weather phenomenon results in the unusual combination of thunder and lighting during a snow storm.As this coastal snow storm moves over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, the weather system is drawing moist, warm air into the atmosphere. That warm air rises and forms into a cloud where cold and warm air meet, producing turbulence that’s needed for lightning to form. The water droplets and ice crystals inside the cloud bump together and move apart in the air, creating static electric charges in the clouds, according to meteorologists.The storm has already brought record snowfall to cities like Tallahassee, Florida, where residents got the most snow since 2010, and Charleston, South Carolina, which received more than five inches of snow, breaking the record set in 1989.Meanwhile, some areas between Georgia and Virginia were blanketed with up to half a foot of snow by Thursday morning. A foot of snow was recorded in Atlantic County, New Jersey, by Thursday afternoon.“This will be a rapidly strengthening storm that is expected to produce strong winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding,” the National Weather Service said Wednesday after warning that the storm could result in downed trees and power outages along the East Coast.Snowfall in Boston should let up Thursday evening, while the areas surrounding New York City should get some relief by midnight, meteorologists said.But winds are expected to increase as the storm picks up off the coast of New England and “bombs out,” meteorologists said, referring to the term bombogenesis, which occurs when a storm system undergoes a quick drop in atmospheric pressure and strengthens.Wind gusts are forecast to come in between 40 to 60 mph along most parts of the East Coast this afternoon, but some areas, including Atlantic City, New Jersey, could see gusts above 70 mph.Separately, the coldest air of the season is forecast to spill from Canada into the eastern United States, bringing wind chills to as low as one degree in some major cities, including Washington, D.C., and New York City.The worst of the cold will be in the Northeast Friday morning, when wind chills are forecast to hit the minus 40s in New England. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

North Korea now blasting choral, folk music at demilitarized zone, not propaganda

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — North Korea has changed its tune — at least along the DMZ, or Korean Demilitarized Zone, a two-and-a-half-mile-wide buffer of landmines and booby traps that separates it from South Korea.For years, giant speakers at North Korea’s propaganda village, Kijong-dong, would blast a looping playlist of martial speeches. But since the Winter Olympics began earlier this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the speeches, which some American officers said they can recite nearly word for word, have given way to pleasant choral and folk music, according to United Nations Command officials.“Instead of a lot of the hard-line speeches, it has gotten softer,” Lt. Cmdr. Daniel McShane, a United Nations Command duty officer who has been posted at the DMZ for five years, told ABC News during a visit to the site Wednesday. “We’ve been hearing a lot more music, and a lot of it has been more classical, especially at night.”The new playlist may point to a wider thaw in the 65-year-old cold war that has dominated the Korean Peninsula since the communist North invaded the South in June 1950. Relations also appeared to warm when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched his sister and the president of the country’s puppet parliament to represent him at the Olympics.North Korea also sent a cheerleading team and a marching band, and the nation’s athletes marched under a unified flag with the South Koreans.McShane said North Korea’s different musical offerings near the border “could be just because there’s a good number of North Korean citizens here.”“Or,” McShane added, “it could just be a coincidence. Maybe they’ve run out of speeches.”Not much else has changed near the DMZ. Although diplomats from both the North and South recently met at the so-called Peace House, tensions remain, according to McShane. Communicating with North Korea remains challenging. In 2013, representatives of North Korea stopped answering a hotline phone that had connected them to the U.S.-led United Nations command.When messages must be sent — especially complaints about armistice violations — an American officer will descend from a command post, walk between the iconic blue huts, around the sunglasses-wearing South Korean guards, and signal for a translator who must literally yell into North Korea from the very edge of South Korea.It often takes multiple attempts. Eventually, a North Korean officer will descend, carrying a video camera to record the U.S. officer’s request. That video, according to officers on the South Korean side, is then relayed to central command in Pyongyang. Often, the North Korean officer will not even respond directly to the American who’s making the request.Nearby, to the north, an estimated 15,000 artillery pieces are pointed directly at Seoul, about 25 miles to the south.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Zazie Beetz reveals she fainted during a “Deadpool 2” fight scene, praises Ryan Reynolds’ comedic timing

first_img Related TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.(NEW YORK) — Atlanta star Zazie Beetz took on a different type of role as Domino, a superhero with the power of luck, in Marvel’s Deadpool 2.Beetz admits the physicality of the role was a new undertaking that really tested her abilities and her psychical limits.“They really just want me to be able to be strong enough to pull off all the physical activity — which is a lot,” Beetz tells ABC Radio. “Like there is one scene where Josh [Brolin] and I were fighting and I literally — in the middle of the scene — I’m passed out.”In the film, Brolin plays Cable, a time travelling cybernetic mutant soldier, who is set on changing the future. Beetz teams up with Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, to stop him.She continues, “I think I was just like overheated dehydrated — or maybe I was over exhausted. But… It’s a lot of physical work. It was intense. But, it was also cool to find out what your body can do.”While the physical nature of her character was a definite challenge that she overcame with training, Beetz admits that unlike her Deadpool 2 co-star, she had to work on her comedic timing.“Ryan is actually a really, really good improviser,” she says. “His humor is… just naturally so Deadpool. But, comedy, on the other hand, [is] relatively almost tedious.”According to Zazie, great comedy revolves around its timing.“You have to sort of hit certain beats. Especially if you’re filming it,” she explains. “You have to get certain shots and it has to follow a certain rhythm that is worked out.”  Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin and Terry Crews, hits theaters today.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Joe Mantegna and Kirsten Vangness liken their long-running “Criminal Minds” to the Rolling Stones

first_img Related ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved (NEW YORK) — Like a certain rock band, the cast of CBS’ police procedural Criminal Minds has been at it a long time, and show no signs of slowing down.“I equate it to, you know, like the Rolling Stones,” star Joe Mantegna  tells ABC Radio. “Like when they first got together and started playing together as a band, if you told them they were still be playing 50 years later, who would…know that?”Mantegna, who plays former FBI profiler David Rossi, explains, “I joined it in its third season, and for all I knew that was going to be their last season. For all I knew, who knows, you know?” He adds, “And then obviously, we resonate with enough people that we’re keeping on keeping on.”Quipped Kirsten Vangsness, who plays computer specialist Penelope Garcia on the show: “Yeah, there was another band called The Rolling Moans and they were just as good. They didn’t make it.”Timed to National Missing Children’s Day at the end of last month, We TV begun running 12-hour marathons of the acclaimed, long-running drama. Vangsness explains, “WE TV, on Saturdays and Mondays, they’re…sort of focusing a lot of the episodes …on child abduction and making…people aware of…protecting of the smaller humans of our community.”Mantegna adds, “We really do feel there’s an educational aspect to our show, in the sense that these episodes that deal with that topic, you know, they go into areas where by watching it you can say to yourself, ‘OK I can see how that happened.’ These are some tips ingrained in there so that we can avoid this happening to our own children.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Washington Nationals Minor League Report: April 23

first_imgFrom staff and wire reports: On DeckThe final game of the three-game series and five-game Senators homestand is Wednesday at noon against Altoona. Harrisburg sends RH Sterling Sharp to the mound against RH Scooter Hightower for Altoona.  On Capitol HillThe pitching staff combined to strike out 16 batters led by Erick Fedde‘s 11 strikeouts. Fedde went 5.2 innings and allowed eight hits but just two earned runs, one on a home run. Taylor Guilbeau followed by retiring all three batters he faced spanning two innings. Mario Sanchezfaced one hitter and struck him out. Dan Jennings made his Nationals’ organization debut and pitched one inning allowing the tying run to score but also stranding the go ahead run at second with a strikeout. He also picked up the win when the Sens scored in the last of the eighth. James Bourque pitched a perfect ninth inning including striking out the final two batters to earn his third save. Not only did the five pitchers combine to strike out 16, they didn’t walk a batter. With the GavelIan Sagdal delivered the big blow, a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Senators a 4-2 lead. Adrian Sanchez had two hits including a triple leading off the eighth inning. Tyler Goeddel tripled and scored a run. Drew Ward and Erick Fedde both had RBI singles with Ward’s giving the Sens the lead in the eighth. Luis Garcia started the game with a single to right.  Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast League): OFF. The game will resume Wednesday, April 24 at 5:05 p.m. The two squads will finish the nine inning game with KJ Harrison  starting at third and Jamori Blash at the plate. Approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game, the two teams will begin a seven inning contest.Please follow and like us: Potomac (High-A Carolina League): For the fifth time in April, the Potomac Nationals (8-11) failed to plate a run, as the Salem Red Sox took the series opener 2-0 on Tuesday night. RHP Jackson Tetreault (L, 2-1) allowed just one run over six innings in his second straight quality start for Potomac, but LHPJhonathan Diaz (W, 1-1) tallied his best start of the season for the Red Sox. Diaz allowed just three men to reach scoring position over six-shutout innings, while the Salem bullpen faced just one over the minimum over the final three frames. Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns and Greenville Drive were suspended in the bottom of the third inning with two outs with Greenville in front 4-3 at Municipal Stadium Tuesday night.  First pitch at Northwest Federal Field on Wednesday night is set for 7:05pm. center_img Freeman led off the sixth inning with a single for Potomac, but was caught stealing for the first time in eight attempts on the season. In the home half of the seventh inning, RHP Joan Martinez hit SS David Masterswith a pitch with two outs, but Masters was stranded at first base. CF Armond Upshaw drew a leadoff walk in the eighth inning, but was caught stealing by C Nick Sciortino. After Monge’s single made it 2-0 Salem in the ninth inning, RHP Jake Cosart (SV, 2) struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning, which closed out Salem’s victory. Off of the shutout, Potomac will turn the page to Wednesday night, when they’ll face Salem RHP Bryan Mata (1-0, 0.54). The Red Sox’s right-handed starter hasn’t allowed an earned run since his season debut (4/6) and has 17 strikeouts over 16.2 innings in his second trip around the Carolina League. The P-Nats will counter with LHP Nick Raquet (1-2, 6.43) in an effort to level the series. Raquet allowed five runs on 10 hits in a loss to Winston-Salem on Thursday night. The first four innings were fairly uneventful for both teams, as neither side put a runner past second base. Tetreault ran into trouble in the fifth frame, as DH Joseph Monge drew a leadoff walk. Monge, in his first game with the Red Sox after he started the season at AA Portland, scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from RF Jagger Rusconi, and then drove in a run in the ninth inning. Monge plated SS Ryan Fitzgerald with a two-out single off of RHP Jeremy McKinney in the final frame. Turning PointTrailing 2-0 against Cam Vieaux into the bottom of the fifth inning, Tyler Goeddel tripled with one out which brought to the plate Erick Fedde. Fedde had one RBI in his minor league batting career prior to the at bat, but with the infield in, he singled to right to drive in Goeddel. The single ignited the Sens offense and later in the inning, Sagdal hit his three-run home run.  Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): On Tuesday night, the Senators rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Altoona 5-4 for their season-high seventh consecutive win. The Senators are 16-2 on the season while Altoona is 8-10. Ian Sagdal capped a four-run fifth inning with a three-run home run to give the Sens a 4-2 lead. After Altoona rallied for runs in the sixth and eighth innings, Drew Ward singled to drive in Adrian Sanchez with the go ahead run in the eighth. Dan Jennings earned the win for the Sens and James Bourque his third save with a perfect ninth inning.  FilibustersThe seven-game win streak is a season high. They’ve already had a six-game and now seven-game winning streak.The Senators are a perfect 16-0 on any day but Sunday.After 18 games, this is the best start in modern Sens history (since 1987). The 14 games over .500 is the most over .500 since the final day of the 2011 season when the Senators finished 80-62.The Senators came into the game having committed just six errors on the season but committed four in the game.Harrisburg is a perfect 5-0 against Altoona.  Potomac’s offense scuffled against the league’s third ranked pitching staff. DH Cole Freeman double with one out in the fourth inning, but was stranded at second base. The P-Nats then loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks in the fifth inning, but 2B Osvaldo Abreu flied out to right field on the first pitch he saw from Diaz.last_img read more

Perched on the Ice: Teddy Bear Tossed!

first_imgOn this week’s show, we talk about the Bears struggles with Providence and Belleville, a win for the kids with Teddy Bears Toss night. Then I talk about one of my favorite events of the hockey calendar year, the 2020 World Junior Championships. Please follow and like us:last_img

Updated 2019 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: TE

first_imgIn standard fantasy football leagues, the bottom half of the tight end barrel becomes about who might occasionally catch a touchdown. Things shift a bit in point-per-reception (PPR) formats, though. As such, you need different rankings for your cheat sheet if you’re in a PPR league. The draft strategy doesn’t change much — but it does change.Take a player like Vance McDonald in Pittsburgh. More than 200 targets left the Steelers this offseason in the form of Antonio Brown and Jesse James. Someone has to soak up those throws from Ben Roethlisberger. McDonald hasn’t shown to be a big-play guy or touchdown weapon in his career, but for PPR owners, he doesn’t need either of those as much if he’s simply catching the ball more. Similarly, someone like Atlanta’s Austin Hooper, who will always take a backseat to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, can continue to haul in short throws like last season when he ranked fourth in receptions among all TEs. 2019 Fantasy Football: TE PPR rankingsRankings based on full-point PPR leagues1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs2. Zach Ertz, Eagles3. George Kittle, 49ers 4. Evan Engram, Giants 5. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers 6. Jared Cook, Saints7. Hunter Henry, Chargers 8. Delanie Walker, Titans9. Trey Burton, Bears10. Eric Ebron, Colts11. Jimmy Graham, Packers12. Austin Hooper, Falcons13. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings14. Darren Waller, Raiders *We are aware Rob Gronkowski retired. At this point in the rankings, he’d be a worthwhile flier in the event he came back, which seems like a distinct possibility. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetSomeone like Greg Olsen falls a bit in this format, though. At least in the realm of TEs, Olsen has always had more of a propensity for the occasional big play. In any given week, though, Olsen might not have caught as many balls as the other top options. And coming off injury, Olsen should be fine for his occasional burst, but he may not get the simple catches as frequently.2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Top 200If you find yourself in a PPR league, don’t change your thinking on the tight end position too much. How many passes they catch relative to their positional peers is more significant than any big shift in relation to other players. The top three are still the top three, and maybe the only ones worth reaching for in drafts. The middle guys, really from Nos. 4-15, are more likely to be on your roster but aren’t worth picking too early. DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STIf you somehow end up with none of the top 15, just look for some level of opportunity. (Maybe draft-and-stash Rob Gronkowski as a backup on the chance he returns at some point this season, which we think he will?) A few more caught passes each week will get the job done in PPR leagues. Check back for frequent updates to this list throughout the preseason, and for analysis of individual TEs, go here.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY TE PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWlast_img read more

Three SEC teams in the Playoff? Exploring college football’s doomsday scenario

first_imgAfter two weeks, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 LSU occupy three of the top four spots in the AP Top 25 and would likely be in the same spots if the first College Football Playoff rankings were released this week. If we’re talking four very best teams, those three can make that argument right now behind No. 1 Clemson, the defending national champion.MORE: Kirk Herbstreit talks Playoff for LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State”The committee is told to pick the best four teams, not the most-deserving, not the best conference champions out of the Power 5,” “ESPN College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit told Sporting News. “The best four. You can disagree with them all day, so with that in mind I don’t think they would politically, even though they don’t want to admit it, put three teams in from one conference.Herbstreit is right. But, just for the sake of doomsday scenario, let’s look at how the SEC could place three teams in this year’s Playoff.How it could happenThe path isn’t as complicated as you might think, knowing where we stand after two weeks. Let’s assume the Group of 5, Notre Dame and the Pac-12 are out of contention by November. That’s not that difficult to imagine. After that, the assumption is Clemson goes undefeated and clinches one spot; Texas wins the Big 12 either with one loss or — even better — two losses; and the Big Ten champion also has two losses.Now let’s get to it. LSU and Alabama remain undefeated until their showdown on Nov. 9 in Tuscaloosa in what could be a “Game of the Century” candidate if Clemson loses before that. What would the stakes be?”I think whoever wins the LSU-Alabama game potentially eliminates the other team, and then I think you could potentially have two depending on how things shake out,” Herbstreit said.Let’s say the game lives up to the hype and is the opposite of the 9-6 slugfest these teams played as No. 1 and No. 2 in 2011. It’s an all-out shootout between Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow, and it’s decided in overtime. The winner goes 12-0 and beats 12-0 Georgia — who has wins against Notre Dame, Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M ± in the SEC championship game. That’s also a classic, and Alabama or LSU wins by a field goal.”If that happened again, you could maybe see with Georgia get in with one loss if they are sitting there,” Herbstreit said.So, you would have Alabama or LSU at 13-0, Georgia at 12-1 and Alabama or LSU at 11-1. At that point they would probably all still be ranked in the top five. To date, no two-loss team — conference champion or no — has made the Playoff. Would that be enough for three SEC teams to make it?MORE: Joe Burrow and LSU give SEC good look at multiple teams in PlayoffWhy it won’t happenFirst off, we’re only two weeks into the season and Nick Saban, Ed Orgeron or Kirby Smart aren’t even going to hear of that scenario because it’s probably not going to happen.Again: We’re just two weeks into the season.”I mean right now you can’t imagine that, but you know from following the sport how quickly things can change,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t want to sit here two weeks and not admit that injuries happen in this sport. Things happen. That’s what makes this sport so great and so different.”The risks of putting three teams in the same conference in the College Football Playoff are obvious, too. That would alienate Notre Dame and at least three of the Power 5 conferences, catapulting the eight-team Playoff talk into the forefront of this year’s semifinals and championship game (which happens to be in the heart of SEC country at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans).The SEC dominoes also have to fall just right for all three teams to have one loss or fewer. Georgia’s loss at LSU last season is proof that it just doesn’t happen like that. Two teams? Maybe. Probably, even.But three teams? You’re asking too much.MORE: Week 3 Playoff outlook…But what if it did?Through two weeks, there’s a clear separation between the top six teams in the country — which includes No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State — and the rest of the FBS field.Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State have combined for 15 of the 20 Playoff appearances, and LSU looks to be the closest to break through next, given the early-season play of Joe Burrow. It’s also worth noting the SEC has half of the top-10 teams, with No. 8 Auburn and No. 9 Florida. No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 10 Michigan round out the top 10, and No. 12 Texas is the highest-ranked one-loss team.The question is whether anybody outside of that top six can break through.”I don’t want to say it’s those six and nobody else is going to get in there because there is some potential from these other teams out there,” Herbstreit said.But the longer it’s just those six, the greater chance there is for two or three SEC teams to make the Playoff. Big Ten champion Ohio State was left out with one loss last season. The Sooners have made the Playoff three of the last four seasons, but they’ve also lost two of those three games to SEC schools.Remember, it’s about the four “very best” teams. The only comparable time that’s happened in sports was in the 1985 NCAA Tournament when Villanova, Georgetown and St. John’s all made the Final Four in the first year of the expanded bracket era.The difference here is the teams get picked, and the committee has shown a tendency to do things its way. The SEC is the only conference to ever put two teams in the same four-team College Football Playoff.Is there room for one more? “Theoretically fans get frustrated that you have to be a conference champion and all that,” Herbstreit said. “That has nothing to do with it. The only thing conference champions is supposed to affect is the same thing head-to-head is supposed to affect. The same thing nonconference scheduling is supposed to affect. If you have a grouping of two, three or four teams the committee can’t separate, those three things are built in as difference-makers.”Politically, it won’t happen unless those SEC teams separate themselves entirely from everybody else.But, if the first two weeks are any indication — and the polls agree with it — then that’s already happening.last_img read more

Watch out Kolbe and co! Senatla still has Springbok dream

first_imgBlitzbok speedster Seabelo Senatla is determined to force his way into the Springbok 15-a-side team.Senatla has become a superstar on the sevens circuit, scoring 224 tries in 203 matches for the Blitzboks, leaving him fourth overall on the World Rugby Sevens Series try-scorers list.The 26-year-old Senatla has tried his hand in 15s rugby in recent seasons, playing on the wing for the Stormers in Super Rugby.ALSO READ: Siya Kolisi will determine how Siya Kolisi gets managed, says Stormers coachHowever, he hasn’t quite reached the same lofty heights in the premier format, with a combination of indifferent form and niggles robbing him of an opportunity to stamp his authority.The past though won’t deter him in reaching his goals.“Seabelo is absolutely convinced that he can become a Springbok. That is his focus. He is actually discounting quite a bit in terms of wages to be able to do that. I hope he makes it. He is really keen,” Stormers coach John Dobson said during a media briefing at the team’s High Performance Centre in Bellville.Senatla, along with Stormers team-mate Ruhan Nel, will play for Blitzboks in the first two World Rugby Sevens events in Dubai (December 5-7) and Cape Town (December 13-15), before committing to the Stormers for Super Rugby.Dobson said midfielder Nel could leave later in the season if he cracks the nod for South Africa’s Tokyo Olympic team.“We’ve got Angelo Davids, Ruhan and Seabelo. Angelo is staying with the Sevens for the whole season, while Seabelo and Ruhan will join us at our pre-season camp after the Cape Town Sevens. Seabelo will be with us full-time. If he gets selected, Ruhan will go to the Olympics and miss the Super Rugby playoffs,” Dobson added.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Regis Prograis talks staying positive in ordeal with WBSS, why Josh Taylor should thank him

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Prograis vs. Taylor on Oct. 26The tournament organizers of the WBSS, Comosa AG, failed to honor Prograis’ contract by not putting money into an escrow account due to issues surrounding his semifinal win over Kiryl Relich and other bouts. Prograis filed a lawsuit in August and removed himself from the tournament. The problems ultimately were resolved, and Prograis was back in. Even with all the legal entanglement occurring behind the scenes, there wasn’t a moment where Prograis thought he wouldn’t be taking on Taylor, who felt the former was looking for a way out. “I always figured the fight was going to happen,” Prograis told Sporting News. “We had to figure out all the contract stuff. For me, the time is now, and it’s finally here. I’m going to make Josh Taylor pay for all the stuff he’s said. People said I was ducking him. They said I was scared of him. Now, the fight is actually going to happen.” From the outside looking in when you hear the word “lawsuit,” one expects the matter to last a long time. How did Prograis remain positive and know everything would be OK and that he’d still get the chance to face Taylor?”For me, I always looked at the history of the World Boxing Super Series,” Prograis said. “Even with the hiccups, the fights always happen. I just went by their track record. They had a track record that wasn’t always good, but as far as making the fights happen, their track record was good even if people had money issues. I know (Ivan) Baranchyk was talking about pulling out, but he still fought. I just looked at the track record and knew everything would be OK.”I don’t know Josh Taylor’s contract, but I know in mine, I had some things that needed to be sorted out,” he continued. “We filed the lawsuit, and it lit a fire under them (WBSS), and it made them get things together and tighten up. To me, it was just minor things that needed to be sorted out in my contract. And it happened. It wasn’t about if the fight was going to happen. It was all about when the fight would happen.”When Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) reached the championship round of the WBSS, there was genuine interest among the hardcore boxing fan base. After Prograis went through his legal situation, the fight has now become more significant than people could have imagined and has taken on a life of its own with high anticipation. Because of that, the 30-year-old born in New Orleans feels Taylor owes him a big debt of gratitude. “I really feel like Josh Taylor should be thanking me because look at how big the fight is now,” Prograis said. “The fight is now in London at the O2 Arena. The fight is huge, and it’s that much bigger, as we’re expecting 20,000 screaming fans. This fight is going to lift both of our names.”Everything that happened is a blessing in disguise,” he added. “Taylor and his team should be thanking me. Yeah, there was some buzz to the fight in the United States, but it was only among the hardcore boxing fans. Now, look at how big it is because of the controversy and people thinking I was going to pull out of the fight. I’m glad everything panned out the way it panned out.” While Prograis has looked dominant, he still doesn’t have that one signature win on his resume. On paper, Taylor is the toughest test of Prograis’ career. Prograis acknowledges such.”Rougarou” knows when the fight is over and the ring announcer declares the winner, there will be no more questions about who is No. 1 at 140 pounds. “He should be my toughest test,” Prograis said. “He’s good. I feel like Josh Taylor is the best fighter in the world at 140 pounds after myself. I feel he is. I don’t feel like no one is better than him except me. I don’t see how he could possibly beat me because I can do so many things in the ring. It should be a tough test. I know Josh Taylor is going to bring it and I know that I’m going to bring it. He feels there’s no way I can beat him. I feel the same way, but the difference is I’m going to leave London and head back to the United States with the victory and everything that comes along with it.” Saturday’s World Boxing Super Series final between WBA junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis and IBF titlist Josh Taylor is one of the most anticipated fights remaining in 2019. The bout at the O2 Arena in London features two undefeated fighters who most boxing pundits feel are the best 140-pounders in the world. But the battle for ultimate supremacy, two world titles, and the Muhammad Ali trophy almost didn’t come to pass. last_img read more

Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron records fifth career hat trick to hold Rangers at bay

first_imgHowever, the Rangers were the first to strike, scoring the only goal of the first period off the stick of Michael Haley, leaving the Bruins down 1-0 after one.MORE: Mika Zibanejad exits game vs. Bruins after high hitIt did not take long in the second for Bergeron to make the game even once again.Just 11 seconds in, the 34-year-old center took advantage of a controversial play in front of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. With David Pastrnak crashing the net — and getting tripped up by defenseman Libor Hajek in the process — the puck laid idly by the outstretched Lundqvist, making for easy pickings for Bergeron.Bergeron ties things up….— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 28, 2019The official’s arm immediately raised once Hajek tripped Pastrnak and the continuation of the play led to the Bergeron goal, one in which Lundqvist was vying for an overturn.Brad Marchand would net two goals along with Charlie Coyle’s first of the season to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead at the end of the second. Within the first minute of the third, it was Zdeno Chara’s turn to get in on the action, scoring a slapper from the blueline.MORE: The WraparoundWith a 5-2 score following a Pavel Buchnevich goal, Bergeron scored his second — this one with no controversy — on a snipe that went blocker side on Alexandar Georgiev, who replaced Lundqvist at the start of the final frame.Bergy with one for good measure.#NHLBruins— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 28, 2019Although it may have felt like “one for good measure” as the team’s Twitter account claimed, a faint glimpse of hope arose when the Rangers cut the lead to 6-4 in the final minutes with back-to-back goals. In the end, it was Bergeron’s third and final tally that truly put all hope of a comeback to rest with 45 seconds left in the game.The 16-year veteran’s three-goal performance marked his fifth career hat trick and his fourth since Jan. 6, 2018, when he lit the lamp four times in a 7-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.Bergeron now has five goals in 11 games this season. Boston (8-1-2) will hit the ice again when the Bruins face the San Jose Sharks (4-7-1) on Tuesday. Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron lit the lamp thrice in the team’s 7-4 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday.The game had an odd series of miniature runs that kept shifting momentum back-and-forth between the two Original Six teams, but it was the Bruins who ultimately took control and took the two points in the 11-goal meeting.last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Utah can’t escape fourth-quarter woes

first_imgA few thoughts on college and pro football and my new favorite sport, women’s golf . . .Utah’s victory over UNLV Saturday stopped the Utes’ October bleeding, but also re-enforced many of the weaknesses the team still possesses. Like an inability to put opponents away, a penchant for stupid penalties and allowing big plays on defense every week . . .By being outscored 12-0 in the fourth quarter Saturday, Utah has not only been outscored 72-16 in the fourth quarter this year, but in Mountain West Conference play Ute opponents have an astounding 51-3 edge in the final quarter . . .Despite the 26-point loss at Notre Dame, the BYU football team appears to be on track with a decent chance for a winning record and bowl berth. However, if the Cougars don’t find some cornerbacks pretty quick, then the quarterbacks at Air Force, UNLV, Wyoming and Utah are going to have field days against the Cougars . . .Kudos to Ronnie Mac, who has turned things around quicker than anyone could have predicted at Weber State. After losing by big margins at North Dakota State and Fresno State, the Wildcats have come back to beat Northern Arizona and Sacramento State, lose close games to Montana and Montana State and knock off No. 6-ranked Eastern Washington on Saturday afternoon. At 4-4, the Wildcats have a great shot at a winning season . . .Speaking of Weber State, how about former Wildcat Jamie Martin leading the St. Louis Rams to a victory over New Orleans on Sunday with some help from former Aggie Kevin Curtis? . . .More kudos are in order, to Southern Utah, which won its first game of the season Saturday, beating Northern Colorado in overtime . . .What was I thinking in believing that Air Force could beat TCU? Hey, the Falcons only lost by 38. While it’s great for a Mountain West Conference team to get some national recognition like the Horned Frogs are, wouldn’t it be nice if someone from the MWC could knock them off this year? . . .Anyone who bets on sports has to be nuts. At least they are likely to be driven nuts by the strange twists games can take. Take the Utah and BYU football games Saturday for example. The Utes seemed to have easily covered the 12-point spread with a 22-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But they went into one of their usual late-game funks and quickly allowed two touchdowns in the final five minutes, breaking the hearts of those who took the Utes minus the points. Then there was BYU, a 19-point underdog to Notre Dame, trailing by 19 and seemingly driving for a score in the fourth quarter to cover the spread. Suddenly John Beck throws an interception that goes 83 yards for six the other way and the Notre Dame bettors collect . . . Last week’s controversy at the Samsung World Championship, Michelle Wie’s first pro tournament, was an embarrassment from all angles — from the Sports Illustrated reporter who ratted on Wie, to the tournament officials who changed her score a day later to the sport of golf itself. Of course, all golfers should abide by the rules, which Wie thought she was when she made a drop that was apparently off by a matter of inches. But there’s something about going back and changing a score more than 24 hours later that isn’t right. Maybe if the error was caught that day and she was disqualified. But coming back a day later after she had completed her round was going too far. Maybe it’s time for golf to allow its players to play and let someone else keep score, just like every other sport. E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Boylen bolsters Utes’ basketball schedule

first_imgI heard it for years from Rick Majerus. I’ve also heard it from the likes of Roger Reid, Steve Cleveland, Stew Morrill, Ray Giacoletti and Dave Rose.The standard line from coaches with weak non-conference schedules has always been, “We can’t get anybody to come and play us at home.”So how come Jim Boylen, in just his second year as the head coach at Utah, has already put together arguably the strongest non-conference home schedule in the school’s history and perhaps the strongest home slate in the history of college basketball in Utah?The short answer is, he tried.This coming season, Utah will have home games against Gonzaga, Oregon, Cal and LSU in addition to games against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Weber State. The only stinker on the schedule is the home opener against a Division II school called Southwest Baptist (because of the rest of the schedule, we’ll give the Utes a pass on that one).And not only are the Utes playing a tough non-conference home schedule, they’re also playing eight games away from home against the likes of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri State and Utah State, the first time in decades the Utes are playing more away than home games in the preseason.So is Boylen crazy? You might say that, if his team limps into Mountain West Conference play with a losing record.Boylen is trying to build his program and feels the best way to do it is to get his team as battle-tested as possible going into league play. And if his team is fortunate enough to get into postseason play, the experience of tough games in November and December should pay off with victories in March.The Ute coach also is hoping to set an example for the rest of the MWC schools to upgrade their schedules, which will help everyone in the league. Because the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) has become more important than a team’s record for getting into the NCAA Tournament, MWC teams are actually hurt in the RPI when they win a league game if their opponent’s schedule is weak, because an opponent’s strength of schedule is 25 percent of the RPI.The best example is New Mexico, which compiled a gaudy 24-9 record last year, yet was bypassed for the NCAA Tournament. Because 11 home non-league games against the likes of St. Bonaventure, Presbyterian and Loyola Marymount and a strength of schedule ranked No. 155 weren’t enough to impress the NCAA Selection Committee.”The landscape of college basketball is different,” Boylen said. “It doesn’t mean much to win 20 games any more.”So what was Boylen’s secret to producing such a strong home schedule in 2008-09?”You have to go there first,” he said. “We weren’t afraid to do that …”Last year, the Utes went to Oregon, Cal and Gonzaga, and this year all three schools are returning to play at the Huntsman Center. This year, the Utes play at Oklahoma, and next year, the Sooners come to Utah. In 2009, the Utes go to Michigan, and the following year the Wolverines come to Utah. The Utes are hoping Gonzaga becomes an annual opponent.”It was a leap of faith, and now we’re reaping the benefits of sticking our neck out,” Boylen said.Part of the credit goes to U. athletic director Chris Hill. After serving on the NCAA Tournament selection committee the past four years, he’s learned how important it is to have a strong schedule as part of your NCAA resume and he’s firmly in favor of a stronger Ute schedule.Hill heard from Ute fans who became so weary of the no-names that have frequented the home schedule that they stopped coming to games. A lot of fans would rather see a close loss to Wake Forest than another romp over Ripon.In going back through the media guides of the various schools, I couldn’t find a season where a local school had a better home schedule than the potential of Utah’s upcoming slate.Certainly a lot of good teams have come through the state over the years.During the Majerus era, the Utes brought in name teams such as Wake Forest, Texas, Arizona, Louisville and Alabama, but generally the Utes feasted on a steady diet of Humboldt States, Azusa Pacifics and Cardinal Stritches.BYU has played UCLA in the Marriott Center several times, and teams such as North Carolina State, Arizona, St. John’s, Pitt, Notre Dame and Michigan State have come through Provo.Utah State hasn’t brought in any big opponents since the 1980s, when Kansas State and Georgia paid a visit, while Weber State’s biggest game was in 1994, when a Purdue team featuring Glenn Robinson came to Ogden.However, those games were few and far between on Utah colleges’ schedules.I don’t doubt that scheduling is difficult and that a lot of schools refuse to come to Utah to play in these big arenas where the home team rarely loses. But I wonder how hard coaches really try to get more competitive games. Sometimes you just have to try a little harder. Just ask Jim Boylen. E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Like father, like son: Zac Blair follows in dad’s footsteps with State Am win

first_imgLAYTON — Ever since he can remember, Zac Blair has had a golf club in his hands. That’s was happens when your father is one of the best golfers ever to come out of Utah and owns the golf course across the street from where you live.Even when Zac was 3 years old, his father, Jimmy, used to take him to big tournaments he was playing in and let him ride on the back of the cart as long as he kept quiet.”It was awesome to grow up around the golf course and get those vibes,” Zac said.Sunday afternoon at Valley View Golf Course at 1:58 p.m., in perhaps the earliest State Am finish ever, those vibes paid off for Zac, who joined his father as a winner of the oldest continuous golf tournament in the world, the Utah State Amateur Championship. The 18-year-old Blair knocked off another 18-year-old, Alex Sutton, in a match featuring the youngest finalists in history. The 5 and 3 victory put Blair’s name on the same trophy that bears the name of his dad, who had won the State Am 36 years earlier, also at the age of 18.”It’s great, it feels awesome,” said Blair, who turns 19 next month but could pass for a couple of years younger because of his boyish face and diminutive 5-foot-6, 120-pound frame. The Ogden native will attend BYU starting next month.When he met the press, Blair hadn’t called his father yet but had talked to him between 18-hole rounds when his dad urged him to “keep it going.”While Zac’s mom, Cindy, and his sister, Becky, watched his victory Sunday, Jimmy was 500 miles away playing in the Wyoming Open in Cheyenne. It’s not that Zac wouldn’t have loved to have had his dad there to see his victory, but he acknowledges he usually plays better when his dad isn’t close by.”I’m a little looser when he’s not here” Blair said. “It’s not his fault, but sometimes I try a little harder and sometimes it gets me in trouble.”Blair was rarely in trouble Sunday and when he was, he quickly recovered and never let Sutton take control of the match as he had throughout his run to the finals.All week, Blair hit his drives straight and long and his irons close and only occasionally had to rely on a putter that was a bit off most of the tournament.In the morning, Sutton took his only lead of the day by making birdie at the first hole. Back-to-back birdies by Blair and a bogey by Sutton gave Blair a 2 up lead and he extended it to 3 up before Sutton birdied 17 to cut the margin to two.Perhaps the turning point of the match came at the 21st and 22nd holes, Nos. 3 and 4 in the afternoon round just after Blair has taken a 3 up lead.Sutton made birdies at both holes — his only two of the afternoon — but in both cases, Blair made birdies on top of his, with a 25-footer at 3 and a 12-footer on No. 4 after Sutton had hit it to gimme range.”When I made that birdie on top of him at 3, that was really huge and then I did it again at 4,” Blair said. “I feel like I kept the momentum, rather than letting him get it back.” Sutton agreed that those two birdies by Blair were deflating.”On 3, I made a great putt down the hill and he matched that and on the 4th, I about knocked it in and he made another birdie right on top of me. There’s nothing you can do there, when you’re making birdies and he’s making birdies.”Sutton never got closer that two holes the rest of the day and the match ended at No. 15 when Sutton missed a 12-foot birdie try and gave Blair his 8-footer.”I didn’t hit it that bad, I just didn’t make any putts,” said Sutton, who lives near Valley View and will be a sophomore on the Weber State golf team this fall. “I don’t think it was a confidence issue, they just weren’t falling for me. He just played really well.”The extra early finish was due mostly to the speed at which the two youngsters played.Blair is the poster child for ready golf, as he takes only a couple of seconds to decide on his shot before stepping up and hitting. “I don’t think you need to take a lot of time,” he said. “Just go up, find the yardage and hit it.”Even though Sutton never took a cart the whole week and walked some 140 holes, he doesn’t waste time once he gets to his shot either, often hitting his shots before photographers can get in position. Sutton said he was disappointed not to win, but acknowledged he never expected to win the tournament at the start of the week. As the No. 8 seed, he had beaten Jed Wright and Jeff Evans before upsetting defending champion Dan Horner in the quarterfinals. Then he knocked off Andrew Barton in Saturday’s semifinals.After shooting rounds of 72 and 69 in the qualifying and getting the No., 7 seed, Blair beat Conner Jones in the first round and 16-year-old Devon Purser in the second round.Then he faced Robbie Fillmore, the co-medalist and one of the pre-tournament favorites in the quarterfinals, where he put nine birdies on the board to beat his future BYU teammate 2 and 1. In Saturday’s semifinals, Blair faced a four-hole deficit after nine holes, but came storming back with six birdies on the back nine to win 1 up over Todd Francis.Blair was supposed to be in Norman, Oklahoma Sunday playing a practice round for the U.S. Public Links Tournament. Instead he had to fly out late Sunday for his 11:52 p.m. (MDT) first-round tee time today.”I didn’t get a practice round, but winning the State Am is better than a practice round, right?” Blair mused.Right.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Utah, Utah St. basketball: Stew Morrill says Utah-USU hoops series could be ending

first_img Related Morgan Grim will play against U. LOGAN — When the Utah and Utah State basketball teams play tonight at the Spectrum, it could be the final game, at least in Logan, between the two longtime rivals for a long time.According to Aggie coach Stew Morrill, the two schools may not be playing any more games because the Utes won’t be willing to fit USU into its schedule when it leaves for the Pac-12 next year.”It is the last time we will have them here in the foreseeable future,” Morrill said. “That is unfortunate, but that is what we are being told.”Morrill said his team could probably play Utah in Salt Lake every year, but he won’t go for that.”We were scheduled to go there next year, but we are not going to schedule them unless it is home and home. Would you? It is the in-state school and the university of the state. Most often times, those two schools play in most states. They have got a right to do what they want to with scheduling but from a tradition standpoint it is really too bad.”Utah director of athletics Chris Hill said he hasn’t talked to Morrill, but has talked to USU athletic director Scott Barnes and claims nothing has been decided.”It’s appropriate to take a step back and assess where we are with our new Pac-12 schedule next year,” Hill said. “It is prudent for anyone in our position. We don’t want to rush into anything.”The Utes will have two more league games in the Pac-12 and will be playing BYU every year as well as a tournament. The Utes will still have spots for several non-league games and the question will be whether they will have room for road games at Logan every other year.Utah and Utah State have been playing each other for 102 years with 223 meetings. Utah has a 129-93 edge in the series.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Jazz, Rubio hope he can be a more consistent outside shooter

first_img Gobert, Mitchell lead Jazz past Lakers Related Utah Jazz sneak past Los Angeles Lakers 105-99 to finish preseason undefeated I’ve been working on that for the past couple of years. I’ve been feeling better than ever and I trust myself. I feel good with confidence. – Ricky Rubio on his shootingSALT LAKE CITY — When Ricky Rubio missed his first 13 shots in a Jazz uniform in three preseason games last week, it likely made a lot of folks question why the Jazz acquired the veteran point guard in the offseason. At the very least, it made fans squirm in their seats watching shot after shot clang off the rim.When Rubio finally sank his first basket, a 3-pointer from out front in his 10th quarter of action in Utah, the Jazz faithful let out a cheer, with some of the cheers undoubtedly of the “yeah, he finally made a shot!” variety.Rubio ended up making one of his next three, finishing 2 for 9 on the night to get to 2 for 17 on the season.Maybe it was just the Vivint Arena baskets. Because three nights later in Phoenix, Rubio came out on fire, knocking down his first four shots en route to an 8-for-10 night as he led the team with 20 points in a win over the Suns.Then on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, Rubio started off strong again, making 4 of his first 8 shots before ending up at 6 for 18 on the night, missing his last five shots.While the young Spaniard has brought some excitement to the Jazz offense with his flair for passing and a defensive mindset, he’s also proved that you never know what you’re going to get from him in the shooting department.It’s nothing new for his career, as he’s a 37.5 percent shooter in his six years in the NBA and 31.5 percent from 3-point range. His numbers in Europe before the NBA were similar — 38.5 and 32.3, respectively.Last week, Jazz coach Quin Snyder was defensive in talking about Rubio and his shooting woes. He said he didn’t want everyone falling into the “trap” of evaluating Rubio after every game, particularly his shooting.“I’m good if Ricky was 0 for 10 from three tonight, I don’t care,” he said. “There is a tendency … we’re waiting for him to show us something. If he plays that way, if he’s trying to prove something or please someone, that’s just the wrong approach.”Snyder says he wants Rubio to take open shots, which he may get a lot if he keeps missing because opposing teams won’t guard him on the perimeter.The fact is, despite all that Rubio brings to the team with his defense and passing ability, not to mention his free-throw shooting, which at 89.1 percent ranked No. 11 in the NBA last year, he’s not a great outside shooter. His career percentages are worse than any other point guard in the league that has played a comparable amount of seasons in the NBA.Check out the other point guards who have played at least six years in the NBA: Kyrie Irving 45.7 percent; Isaiah Thomas 44.3 percent; Jeff Teague 44.7 percent; Jrue Holiday 44.1; Kemba Walker 41.1 percent. And all are at least 35 percent from 3-point range.Rubio shrugs off talk about his shooting and says it’s been improving, as shown by the fact that he was over 40 percent in a season for the first time in his career last year at 40.2 percent.“I’ve been working on that for the past couple of years,” he said. “I’ve been feeling better than ever and I trust myself. I feel good with confidence.”The Jazz emphasize that they acquired Rubio more for his defense and his ability to pass. “He thinks about everybody else so much,” said Snyder, a trait not many NBA players have. As long as he can keep that attitude and contribute defensively, the Jazz will put up with some off-shooting nights.“The goal is not for Ricky to go 4 for 4,” said Snyder. “The goal for Ricky is to become a better player, every week, every month throughout the course of the season. The way to do that is to play the right way and continue to be aggressive and then work. There’s a lot of things he can do to get better. I think he’s excited about that and I’m excited about that.” Utah Jazz unveil ‘Super Rudy Block’ gamelast_img read more

Wanda Louise Harris, 84, Wellington: August 14, 1932 – Dec. 5, 2016

first_imgWanda Louise HarrisWanda Louise Harris, age 84, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Monday, December 5, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.Wanda Louise (Bursack) Harris was born on August 14, 1932 in Winfield, to Earl Bursack and Daisy (Behymer) Bursack.  She was a graduate at Oxford High School with the Class of 1950.Wanda married Wayne L. Harris on August 30, 1952.  They were married 62 years before he passed away on August 14, 2014.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Wanda was a longtime member of Wellington Church of Christ and was active in local women’s clubs and Sumner County Extension activities.She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Wayne.Survivors include four sons, Rex Harris and his wife Jeanne of Geuda Springs, KS, Jeff Harris and his wife Debby of Edmond, OK, Keith Harris of South Haven, KS and Steve Harris and his wife Callie of Knoxville, TN; seven grandchildren, Audra Morris, Ryan Harris, Alexandra Harris, Anna Crane, Kathryn Robinson, Kristin Le Blanc, and Daniel Harris; and 10 great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be held at the Wellington Church of Christ on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.  Mr. Michael Nelson will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the Forest Hill Cemetery near Ashton, KS.There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Rex and Jeanne Harris would like to invite family and friends to their home at 1375 E. 100th St. S, Geuda Springs, KS on December 12, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. to visit and share memories.A memorial has been established with the Church of Christ.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

WALT to return to normal service hours Jan. 2

first_imgSumner Newscow report — After a shortage of qualified drivers in October prompted a reduction in WALT’s service hours—reducing weekly hours by 28% and eliminating Saturday hours—those who depend on WALT for transportation will get good news in 2018. WALT will be returning to regular service hours which are 7am-7pm M-F & 10am-3pm Saturdays beginning January 2.“We were able to hire enough qualified drivers, who are great additions to our team, and resume normal WALT shuttle hours for the New Year,” says Alicia Riggs, Futures transportation coordinator.Riders are encouraged to schedule rides in advance by calling dispatch Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm at 326-8906. This is not mandatory but greatly increases a rider’s chances of getting the ride they need at the time they need it.This is because WALT continues to be a demand-response service and transports passengers as they call in. Riders are encouraged to review the information at this link for more information: Additional information is available to riders in the WALT Guidelines handout.WALT looks forward to meeting the community’s transportation needs in 2018.last_img read more

Sumner Regional Medical Center employees recognized for years of service

first_imgSumner Regional Medical Center employees recognized or years of service. Photo by Jessica Yunker. (Click for larger version).Special to Sumner Newscow — Sumner Regional Medical Center employees enjoyed a Years of Service Reception at the Regent Theater on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 for reaching landmark years of service in 2017.  Employees enjoyed a delicious pulled pork meal and a welcome speech by SRMC CEO Les Dean.Managers presented employees with their beautifully wrapped service pins from The Gold Corner.The evening ended with remarks from Healthcare Authority Board Chair Fred Hinman and Treasurer Terry Deschaine, who thanked them for their committed service to SRMC through the good and the bad.Those recognized are pictured above. From left, Brenda Etter (25 years), Tammy Bradbury (10 years), Cari Buresh (5 years), LaRina Scheerger (20 years), Trecia Thayer (5 years), Mallory Compton (5 years), Vickie Ricke (10 years), Barbara Patton (5 years), Shari Floyd (10 years) and Wilma Cullum (15 years).Others who will be receiving pins are Danielle Shade (5 years), Julie Arebalo (5 years), Travis Taylor (5 years), Rachel Hansen (10 years), Sherry Gardner (10 years), Amy Ward (15 years), Betsy Wonser (15 years), Mike Nottingham (15 years), Mary Beck (25 years) and Cassie Townsend (25 years).“Thank you to all the employees for their continued support and service of SRMC, to Jerry Fike for the delicious meal & the use of the Regent Theater and to Ty Sober with The Gold Corner for the beautifully wrapped pins,” Yunker said.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 12, 2020

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, March 12, 2020•12:42 a.m. Officers responded to a suicide attempt in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•12:53 a.m. Officers took a Suspicious Activity Report in the 500 block N. Park St, Wellington.•9:25 a.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 1000 block W. College Ave, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers took a Fraud Report in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•12:27 p.m. Zachary J. Myers, 31, Wellington, was arrested and charged with possession of a stimulant, and possession of drug paraphernalia.•12:27 p.m. Caly D. Hochevar, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of a stimulant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license suspended.•12:27 p.m. Zachary J. Myers, 31, Wellington, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant.•1:30 p.m. Kathleen M. Seiler, 53, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for theft.•3:51 p.m. Officers responded to a neighbor complaint in the 900 block N. C St, Wellington.•9:36 p.m. officers responded to a mental subject in the 1100 block E. 16th St, Wellington.•10:52 p.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 700 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•11 p.m. Officers took an animal bite report in the 700 block N. C St, Wellington.last_img read more

Dorothy Guthrie Zoglmann, 91, Dallas, Texas: Oct. 5, 1928 – June 28, 2020

first_imgDorothy ZoglmannDorothy Guthrie Zoglmann passed peacefully on June 28, 2020, at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas Texas at the age of 91.She was born the daughter of William Guthrie and Gladys (Clewell) Guthrie on October 5, 1928, in Belle Plaine Kansas. On September 6, 1948, she and Herman G. Zoglmann were united in marriage at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wellington. Herman died October 14, 2002, just after celebrating 54 years of marriage to Dorothy. She lived most of her life in Wellington, moving to Dallas, Texas after Herman’s death to be near family.Dorothy was a wonderful mother and a successful small business owner. She founded and co-owned The Fashion clothing business located on Main in Wellington from 1967 to 1987 before retiring.A devout Catholic, after retirement she volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital as a Pink Lady, as well as volunteering at St. Anthony/St. Rose thrift shop. Dorothy will be remembered for giving of her time generously for both those in need and for her family and friends.Dorothy or “Dot” as she was known, was the consummate hostess for friends and family. She will always be known for her class, her sense of style and her love of being with her family. She was also an avid reader and was always quick to share a good book or favorite author.Her parents, brothers Ken and Lee Guthrie and sister Barbara Guthrie/McCartney precede her in death.Survivors are daughter, Margo Bertrand, Dallas, Texas; sons Myron Zoglmann (Denise), Parker, Colorado; and Steve Zoglmann (Kelly), Dallas Texas; along with 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.Cremation has already taken place and due to COVID-19, a memorial mass will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, if you’re inclined, please donate to the sustaining angles at Faith Presbyterian Hospice (12477 Merit Drive, Dallas, TX 75251) or the Wellington Humane Society (203 W Hillside Rd, Wellington, KS 67152)last_img read more

NY Times site inaccessible, Twitter problems also

first_imgSAN JOSE, California | Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site’s second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed responsibility.Within minutes of Tuesday’s attack, the New York Times quickly set up alternative websites, posting stories about chemical attacks in Syria. “Not Easy to Hide a Chemical Attack, Experts Say,” was the headline of one. The service was restored early Wednesday.“Our Web site was unavailable to users in the United States for a time on Tuesday,” the newspaper said in a post on its website. “The disruption was the result of an external attack on our domain name registrar, and we are at work on fully restoring service. We regret if this has caused you any inconvenience.”The cyberattacks come at a time when the Obama administration is trying to bolster its case for possible military action against Syria, where the administration says President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible for a deadly chemical attack on civilians. Assad denies the claim.“Media is going down …” warned the Syrian Electronic Army in a Twitter message before the websites stopped working, adding that it also had taken over Twitter and the Huffington Post U.K.Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the disruption was caused by a “malicious external attack” that affected its website and email, while Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser said the viewing of images and photos was sporadically affected. Huffington Post U.K. did not respond to requests for comment.Both Twitter and the Times said they were resolving the attack, which actually hit an Australian company that registered their domain names, Melbourne IT.Theo Hnarakis, chief executive of Melbourne IT, the world’s sixth largest registrar of Internet domain names, said the security breach occurred at a major-U.S.-based global reseller, or domain agent, where the hackers launched a “spear phishing attack” within the past week to steal the log-in details of the New York Times and Twitter domains.Hnaraski declined to name the reseller, which is a major Melbourne IT client.“This activist group used a very, very sophisticated spear phishing attack,” Hnarakis told AP. ” They sent very dubious emails to staff of one of our resellers whose area of expertise is looking after the domain names for major corporates including the New York Times.”“Unfortunately, a couple of the staff members of the reseller responded by giving their email log-in details; the group were able to search their emails for sensitive information that included the user name and password for the New York Times, and from there it all cascades,” Hnarakis said.“We don’t put this down to a technical failure. We put it down to human error where someone has inadvertently provided their information and from there, a major a site like the New York Times was down for several hours,” he added.The hackers had also tried to hack into, but failed because that domain was protected by an optional secondary security feature offered by MelbourneIT for the past two years. Times had opted not to have the same level of security.“If they had had the security option turned on, they wouldn’t have been affected,” MelbourneIT chief technology officer Bruce Tonkin said.“We do have a security mechanism that would protect the names from this sort of attack,” he added. “Naturally, we are reviewing security and doing an incident review and will probably add some additional security.”Tonkin said the hacker seemed to have also accessed the credentials of the Huffington Post domain, which is held by a UK registry.“The hackers have just posted a screen shot to say they’ve logged into the (Huffington Post) account, but I’m not aware that they actually changed anything,” Tonkin said.Tracking the hack even further, computer forensics from security firm Renesys Corp. traced the Internet protocol addresses back to the same ones as the Syrian Electronic Army’s website, which the firm said has been hosted out of Russia since June.A Syrian Electronic Army activist confirmed to The Associated Press that the group hijacked the Times’ and Twitter’s domains by targeting Melbourne IT.“I can’t say how, but yes we did hit Melbourne IT,” the hacker said in an email. No further details were disclosed.The hacker’s true identity isn’t publicly known, but he has long used an email address linked to the group, and a second group member has vouched for his credentials.The Syrian Electronic Army has, in recent months, taken credit for Web attacks on media targets that it sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels, including prior attacks at the New York Times, along with the Washington Post, Agence France-Press, 60 Minutes, CBS News, National Public Radio, The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera English and the BBC.FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer in Washington said the agency has no comment on Tuesday’s attack.Tuesday’s victims were hit by a technique known as “DNS hijacking,” according to Robert Masse, president of Montreal, Canada-based security startup Swift Identity.The technique works by tampering with domain name servers that translate easy-to-remember names like “” into the numerical Internet Protocol addresses (such as “”) that computers use to route data across the Internet.Domain name servers work as the Web’s phone books, and if attackers gains access to one, they can funnel users trying to access sites like The New York Times or Twitter to whichever rogue server they please. Masse said DNS attacks are popular because they bypass a website’s security to attack the very architecture of the Internet itself.“Companies spend a lot of time, money, resources and defending their servers, but they forget about auxiliary infrastructure that is integrally connected to their networks, like DNS.”Cybersecurity experts said hijacking attacks are preventable if website administrators are meticulous about what code they bring into their sites.“As this incident illustrates, any time you integrate third-party code into your site, it presents a new attack vector for hackers. You must not only ensure your own code is secure, but you must also rely upon third parties’ security practices,” said Aaron Titus, a privacy officer and attorney at New York-based privacy software firm Identity Finder.Michael Fey, a chief technology officer at Santa Clara, California-based cybersecurity firm McAfee, said that as long as media organizations play a critical role as influencers and critics, they will continue to be targets of cyberattacks.He said the battle tactics are broad, from denial of service attacks, to targeted attacks using social engineering and to deploying information-gathering Trojans.“Regardless of technology or tactics deployed, we should expect to see more of these attacks,” he said.___Associated Press writers Raphael Satter in London, Nick Jesdanun in New York and Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this story.last_img read more

As US demographics change, so does the menu

first_imgCopyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI | Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start.Salsas and other items are seen in the International food aisle of a grocery store Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic.Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation’s collective menu is reflecting this flux, as it always has. And it goes beyond the mainstreaming of once-esoteric ethnic ingredients, something we’ve seen with everything from soy sauce to jalapenos.This is a rewrite of the American menu at the macro level, an evolution of whole patterns of how people eat. The difference this time? The biggest culinary voting bloc is Hispanic.“When you think about pizza and spaghetti, it’s the same thing,” says Jim Kabbani, CEO of the Tortilla Industry Association. “People consider them American, not ethnic. It’s the same with tortillas.”With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the U.S. population today — and growing fast — experts say this change is dramatically flavoring the American culinary experience. Hispanic foods and beverages were an $8 billion market in the last year, according to consumer research firm Packaged Facts. By 2017, that number may reach $11 billion.And that’s influencing how all Americans eat. Doritos, after all, are just tarted-up tortilla chips.As the entire menu of the American diet gets rewritten, the taste is getting spicier, with salsa and chipotle popping into the mainstream vernacular. And onto your dinner table: Marie Callender’s has grilled shrimp street tacos with chipotle ranch dressing; Whataburger has a fire-roasted blend of poblano peppers in its chicken fajita taco; and there’s tomatillo verde salsa in the baja shrimp stuffed quesadilla from El Pollo Loco.From queso fresco to chorizo, traditional Hispanic foods — or even just the flavors of them — are making their way into our everyday diet, particularly among the millennials — those born between the early ’80s and the turn of the century. Generation Y’s Hispanic community was born into an American culture but still holds onto its traditions, often eating white rice and seamlessly switching between English and Spanish.“They are looking for products that are not necessarily big brands anymore,” says Michael Bellas, chairman of the Beverage Marketing Corporation. “They like brands that have character. They are looking for authenticity and purity, but they are also looking for new experiences.”For example, popular among the millennials and other generations on the West Coast is the Mexican soda Jarritos, which boasts real fruit flavors ranging from mango to guava. The company’s site showcases a collage of photos taken by Generation Y soda drinkers. Brightly colored sodas pop through their clear vintage-looking bottles. And the bottle caps share a simple message: “Que buenos son,” or “They’re so good.”Another Hispanic beverage making ever more rounds in households across America is tequila.In 2006, nearly 107 million of liters of tequila were exported to the U.S., a 23 percent increase over 2005, according to Judith Meza, representative of the Tequila Regulatory Council. Tequila entered the top 10 of liquors in the world five years ago, she said.Even our choice of side dishes is feeling the influence. In general, Americans are eating fewer of them. Except white rice, a staple of Hispanic cuisines, says Darren Seifer, a food and beverage analyst for The NPD Group, a consumer marketing organization.Americans ate rice on its own as a side dish (not counting as an ingredient in another dish) an average of 24 times in 2013, up from 20 servings in 2003, according to NPD’s National Eating Trend.Why has rice resisted the death of the side dish? It’s one of the traditions millennial Hispanics have held onto, says Seifer.And that’s just the start. Rice also was the top-rated side dish in a National Restaurant Association chefs survey of what’s hot. The same survey also found chefs touting taquitos as appetizers; ethnic-inspired breakfast items such as chorizo scrambled eggs; exotic fruits including guava; queso fresco as an ingredient; and Peruvian cuisine.The influence goes deeper than the numbers. Like Italian food before it, Hispanic food enjoys broad adoption because it is easy for Americans to cook at home. Few Americans will roll their own sushi, but plenty are happy to slap together a quesadilla. Hispanic ingredients also are more common than those of Indian or other Asian cuisines. Ditto for the equipment. While nearly every American home has a skillet for sauteing (a common cooking method in Hispanic cuisines), only 28 percent of homes have a wok, according to NPD.All of this has meant a near complete loss of ethnicity for many Hispanic foods. Americans now more closely associate tacos, tortilla chips and burritos with fast food than with Hispanic culture.“The Hispanic market isn’t the only one driving that taste profile,” says Tom Dempsey, CEO of the Snack Food Association. “As manufacturers become more innovative on how to use tortilla chips, that will continue to take a larger share of the snack marketplace.”Tortilla dollar sales increased at a faster pace in supermarket sales than potato chips this year (3.7 percent vs. 2.2 percent over a 52-week period), according to InfoScan Reviews, a retail tracking service.Though potato chips continue to be the top-selling salted snack in terms of pounds sold, “the growth of tortilla chips is a little bit more robust than the growth of potato chips,” Dempsey says. “And both tortilla chips and potato chips are reflecting greater influence from the Hispanic taste profile than in previous years.”Which is to say, even all-American potato chips are increasingly being flavored with traditionally Hispanic ingredients. Care for Lay’s “Chile Limon” chips? How about some “Queso Flavored” Ruffles? Maybe some Pringles Jalapeno? And of course there’s the old standard — Nacho Cheese Doritos.As testament to their popularity, the Tortilla Industry Association estimates that Americans consumed approximately 85 billion tortillas in 2000. And that’s just tortillas straight up. It doesn’t include chips.“Having been raised on Wonder bread,” Kabbani, the group’s CEO, reminisced of his childhood days, “I didn’t think that this could displace the sliced bread that was such an item of the American kitchen.” But parents are picking healthier options to wrap their child’s lunch every day, he said.“When it comes to health, the Mexican cuisines cater better to that with salsas and vegetables,” says Alexandra Aguirre Rodriguez, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University.A healthier option many Americans are choosing is the tomato-based salsa, which beat ketchup sales 2-1, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm.This isn’t simply a matter of Hispanics buying more of their traditional foods.At the grocer, Hispanic ingredients have moved well beyond the international aisle, sometimes commandeering entire aisles of their own or, increasingly, mingling freely with the rest of the products. Tortillas and taco kits outsell hamburgers and hot dog buns, according to the latest edition of Hispanic Foods and Beverages in the U.S.Packaged food is also playing a major role.“If I would look at 10 shopping carts, about half would have taco shells, the Americanized components to make enchiladas or tacos, or frozen chimichangas,” says Terry Soto, president and CEO of About Marketing Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in the Hispanic market. There are more non-Hispanics buying those types of foods, she says.“There is a larger segment of the population that wants the real thing. It’s not so much the products becoming mainstream. It’s about ethnic food becoming that much more of what we eat on a day-to-day basis.”last_img read more

Means to an end is a new start for Coda Brewing…

first_img Coda Brewing Company’s Hydle Ale is a hoppy wheat IPA with grapefruit and Juicy Fruit notes. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) AURORA | There is a science to making beer. From the complex chemical reactions that give the beer its alcohol, right down to the meticulous way brewers have to maintain their equipment, similarities between the two fields are easy to spot.At the recently-opened Coda Brewing Co., that bond between science and brewing is on full display everyday.  Reclaimed wood decorates the taps on at Coda Brewing Company. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Growlers are available for purchase at Coda Brewing Company. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April.(Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Luke Smith, founder and brewer for Coda Brewing Company, pours a Hydle Ale, an American wheat IPA, on May 1 for customers at Coda. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April.(Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Pint-sized mason jars fill the bar on at Coda Brewing Company. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Luke Smith is the brewer and founder of Coda Brewing Company. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April.(Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)center_img Coda Brewing Company currently offers an American red ale, an American wheat IPA and an oatmeal stout, with more variety currently being brewed. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Luke Smith, founder and brewer for Coda Brewing Company, serves up Dogcatcher, an American red ale, on May 1 for customers at Coda. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Coda Brewing Company’s Hydle Ale is a hoppy wheat IPA with grapefruit and Juicy Fruit notes. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Identifiers are available for Coda Brewing Company customers ordering food from Cedar Creek Pub which is located across the street. The brewery north of the Anschutz Medical Campus opened in April. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Sitting at 2101 Ursula St. in the 21 Fitz Development just north of the Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora’s newest brewery and tasting room embraces its proximity to the labs and scientists that populate Anschutz. In fact, Coda’s co-founder and brewer, Luke Smith, doesn’t just refer to himself as a brewer. Instead, his business card also reads “fermentation scientist.”And, if you order a sampler size of one of Coda’s brews, Smith will serve it to you in glass beakers, some of which were once used in a nearby lab. For Smith, injecting some science into the beer making process was only natural. Before opening Coda, he worked across Montview Boulevard in a pharmacology laboratory at the University of Colorado. Over the years, his work touched on a couple areas very important to beer drinkers — yeast and bitter taste receptors. While working at Anschutz, he regularly stopped by the Cedar Creek Pub for a beer and a bite to eat after work. There, he met Cedar Creek president Scott Procop and eventually, the two launched Coda together. Procop, who helped launch Cedar Creek in 2011, said opening a brewery just across the street from Cedar Creek makes perfect sense. For one, Coda moving in means the 2,700-square-foot storefront won’t be home to a pizza joint or another business that could siphon customers from Cedar Creek. Even more than that, Procop said the brewery is a chance to partner with the restaurant, offering up some special food paired specifically with whatever beers Smith concocts. Lots of breweries rely on food trucks to provide food, but Procop said Coda is different in that customers can order food straight from Cedar Creek, which servers will bring over to Coda. “It’s great when there are food trucks, but what if there is a food truck you don’t like,” he said. So far, Coda has three beers on tap, and each is paired with a special menu item from Cedar Creek. The Hydle Ale, an American wheat IPA, goes with the Coda Polish Dog, for example. Smith has also gone a step further and paired each beer with a song. The audio pairing for the Migration Oatmeal Stout, for example, is James Taylor’s “Walking Man.”That focus on music will be an important part of the brewery, Smith said, and something unique to Coda. Smith said he will have live bands playing there in a few months, and he plans to make small-batch beers inspired by particular bands or their songs. “When the beer is gone and the music is over, that’s the Coda experience,” he said. “You have this novel connection with the band that has never been done before.”The last several years have seen steady growth among craft breweries. According to the Boulder-based Brewers Association, more than 400 new breweries opened around the country in 2013, bringing the total number to more than 2,700. That’s up from 1,900 in 2007. But even with steady growth among craft brewers, Smith said he doesn’t think the market is nearing any sort of saturation point, especially in Colorado, where drinking good beer is just part of the state’s culture. “People love to hike and bike and ski and kayak. And then, drink beer,” he said.last_img read more

Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

first_imgLOS ANGELES | Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says initial tests have not connected the Chinese jerky and rawhide treats to the illnesses, but the San Diego-based company and its rival PetSmart vowed in May to ban the snacks.Petco is the first national pet retailer to pull the treats from its 1,300 stores. Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. said Monday that it plans to have them off shelves at its roughly 1,300 stores by March.The FDA targeted the treats after receiving more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses, including the deaths, after pets ate chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats from China. Tests have not confirmed any connection, but the agency is still investigating.An FDA spokeswoman on Monday pointed to a news release from May about its investigation and declined further comment.Petco Vice President John Sturm said all treats are now made in the U.S. or places such as the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and South America. The company risked tens of millions of dollars by changing treat vendors, he said.last_img read more

Aurora, Denver metro brewers, distillers rally against possible retail initiative

first_imgDENVER | About a dozen craft brewers and a smattering of liquor store owners from across Colorado gathered at Denver’s Ale House at Amato’s Wednesday afternoon, May 27, marking one of the first public displays of support against a possible 2016 ballot initiative.Under the moniker Keep Colorado Local, the Front Range beer masters were rallying in opposition to potential changes to state liquor laws. The group tapped the first-ever batch of Keep Colorado LocALE, a new beer made from Colorado-grown ingredients intended to act as a conversational launch pad for bartenders and patrons. Nearly a dozen regional breweries will be serving the beer in their taprooms in the coming months, and the recipe will later be shared with other Colorado suds slingers in hope of widening the scope of dialogue.At issue is whether grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to sell full-strength beer and liquor. Currently, grocery stores in Colorado cannot sell beer that contains more than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume and franchise liquor licenses aren’t permitted for grocery and conveniences stores, though franchises are allowed one full-strength alcohol outpost in the state. “Only the future will tell, but it could definitely put us in a precarious situation and, I think, a lot of breweries (as well),” said Tim Evon, head brewer at Dry Dock Brewing Company’s South Dock in Aurora.Proponents of a change toward allowing harder beverages in retail outlets argue that the current laws are decades old and that consumers should have more of a choice in regards to where they can purchase full-strength booze. Opponents — largely made up of professionals in the brewing, distilling and liquor distribution industries —argue that changing the law will largely wipe out the state’s independent liquor stores, which could decimate Colorado’s craft beer industry.“It would be completely devastating to my business,” said Carolyn Joy, owner of Joy Wine and Spirits on East Sixth Avenue and Marion Street in Denver. “We wouldn’t be able to have the variety we’d like, and distribution would be disrupted for sure.”This is not the first time this topic has reared its head, however, as several attempts to change current liquor laws have been made at the state Capitol in recent years. Each attempt was snuffed, so grocery executives are aiming to get the question on the 2016 general election ballot.“The liquor stores, of course, love the Prohibition-era laws that give them a monopoly, and there’s no amount of silly spin and gimmickry they won’t use to protect it at the expense of Colorado consumers,” said Rich Coolidge, spokesman for Colorado Consumers for Choice, the organization vying to get the issue into the hands of Colorado voters. “We congratulate the liquor store monopolies on the launch of their new beer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could pick it up while you’re shopping for dinner?  When this debate runs its course, we believe Colorado beer and wine consumers will have exactly that choice, the same choice that consumers already have in 45 other craft-brew-loving states.”There are currently just under 300 breweries and 1,600 independent liquor stores in the state, according to Keep Colorado Local. The coalition kicked off its opposition effort with a meeting at Argonaut Wine & Liquor in Denver on March 19.“If you were trying to define the exact opposite of a monopoly, you’d only have to look at Colorado’s current liquor system with nearly 1,600 independent businesses competing against each other,” Denise Baron, spokeswoman and organizer with Keep Colorado Local said in response to Coolidge’s comments. “We have a level playing field that allows each person to own one liquor store. That means anyone from the mom-and-pop store around the corner to Wal-mart have the same opportunity.”In order to make the ballot, Colorado Consumers for Choice must file a petition with at least 98,492 verified signatures with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office by Aug. 8, 2016. The organization’s Facebook page had more than 43,000 likes as of May 27. Tim Evon, head brewer at Dry Dock Brewing Company’s South Dock in Aurora, raises a glass of Keep Colorado LocALE in Denver on May 27. Image Courtesy of Keep Colorado Local.last_img read more

Breakin’ into Bieber: Young Aurora dancer’s YouTube moves secure concert spot

first_img Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, poses for a photo on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, dances with his dance class on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | For most Americans, dancing is an activity largely reserved for personal, intimate circumstance.Shimmying shoulders and frantic feet often crop up during isolated moments of exaltation — at stop lights, during sudsy ceremonies of matrimony and other bliss, and while stumbling across Internet clips of “The Ellen Degeneres Show” or myriad late-night talk show hooligans. But for Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, the bigger the stage, the better. The 11-year-old modern dance phenom has made a name for himself among the Front Range dance community in recent years, consistently nabbing the top spot in breakdancing competitions and even appearing on an episode of “The Tonight Show” when it was under the helm of comedian Jay Leno. And this weekend, Jaramillo will be taking the biggest stage in his short yet decorated career when he performs in front of some 15,000 pop music aficionados and alongside the genre’s presiding prince, Justin Bieber. Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, dances with his dance class on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, poses for a photo on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, poses for a photo on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, stretches in a dance class on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, poses for a photo on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, poses for a photo on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Aurora resident Jonathan Jaramillo, 11, poses for a photo on Friday March 25, 2016 at Millennium Dance Complex. Jaramillo won a YouTube contest to dance with Justin Bieber on stage at his concert on April 4.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel “I’m just overwhelmed with excitement,” Jaramillo said. Jaramillo will perform a short dance routine onstage with Bieber, the pop star’s professional backup dancers and three other young dancers from the metro area during the singer’s performance of his song “Children” at his upcoming concert Monday at the Pepsi Center.“We are thrilled that he’s getting this opportunity because we know it’s something he’ll never forget,” said Desiree Jaramillo, Jonathan’s mom and manager.Also a student at Denver School of the Arts, Jonathan was one of four winners of a YouTube dance contest organized by Bieber’s creative director and choreographer, Nick DeMoura. Given just two days to memorize a roughly 30-second routine, Jonathan uploaded a video of himself performing the steps the first week of March and shortly thereafter learned he had beaten out dozens of other young dancers to co-win the contest.“We were so excited,” Desiree said. “I got the email when I was at work and I started crying at my desk all by myself. I was so proud.”Partial to any dance that allows him to pop and weave, Jonathan said that the Bieber routine is a sort of funky hip-hop.In recent weeks, Jonathan has been perfecting his Bieber steps at his home in southeast Aurora and at the Millennium Dance Complex in Centennial, one of two professional dance studios at which he studies. The other is School of Breaking on East Jewell Avenue in Aurora.Taryn Vincent, co-owner at Millennium, said that Jonathan’s reputation among the Front Range dance community preceded him.“I’d seen him dance several times, so as soon as he walked in (last year) I knew who he was,” Vincent said. “He has a little reputation for being awesome.”Jonathan, who has talent agents in both Los Angeles and Denver, said that he’s excited about the prospects the Bieber performance and subsequent exposure could yield.“I hope this will open a lot more doors for me,” he said.Desiree said that Monday’s performance could provide a glimpse at what Jonathan’s future might hold.“I think he’s really excited to get the experience of what it’s going to be like on a stage that large and get a look at what he can do when he gets older,” she said.last_img read more

Colorado Department of Education announces 2016-17 free and reduced-price lunch income…

first_imgAURORA | The Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday, July 12, released the 2016-17 income guidelines for families with children who may qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunch, breakfast and milk sold at local schools.A household of four people must make no more than $31,590 a year to qualify for the free meals, and no more than $44,955 to qualify for meals at a reduced price, according to CDE. Qualification guidelines increase by $5,408 per additional family member in the household for free lunch, and $7,696 for reduced-price lunch.Potential applicants can find the necessary paperwork at their local school. Applications can be filled out at any time throughout the school year as situations change, according to CDE.Locally, 29 percent of the nearly 54,000 students enrolled in the Cherry Creek School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, according to the CCSD website. In Aurora Public Schools, 71 percent of the district’s roughly 39,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.last_img read more

Tony Martell, music exec, leukemia foundation founder, dies

first_imgMADISON, N.J. | A music executive who founded the industry’s largest foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research has died. Tony Martell was 90 years old.The founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation died at his home in Madison on Sunday. The foundation did not release the cause of death Monday.In 1975, Martell launched the foundation, which was named for his 19-year-old son who died of leukemia. It has raised more than $270 million.Martell worked with such artists as Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett and The Isley Brothers during a career in which he became president of CBS International Records.His wife of 65 years, Vicky, died in February. He is survived by a daughter.last_img read more

Stanislav Petrov, who averted nuclear war, dies at 77

first_imgMOSCOW | Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer known in the West as “The man who saved the world” for his role in averting a nuclear war has died. He was 77.Petrov’s German friend, Karl Schumacher, said Tuesday that he died in May. Schumacher called Petrov earlier this month to wish him a happy birthday, but was told by Petrov’s son that his father had died. Petrov’s son also confirmed the death to the Russian state Zvezda TV station Tuesday.Petrov was on duty at the Soviet military’s early warning facility on Sept. 26, 1983, when an alarm went off, signaling the launch of U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 44-year-old officer had to determine within seconds whether the attack was real. He decided to consider it a false alarm, which it was.last_img read more

FASHION FORWARD: 2019 Paper Fashion Show holds its 15th annual installment

first_img“Mohawk Metallica” by Barry Brown and modeled by Sarah Schriever. Brown was last last years winner but Kim Lim’s “Sakura” took home the 2019 first place.AURORA | Models glided down the catwalk in a variety of textures and colors as the crowded room cheered.The fashion show accepted designs from middle school students to professionals with only one requirement to make the cut: the clothes had to be made out of paper.The 2019 Paper Fashion Show held its 15th annual installment at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace on April 12. Hosted by One Club for Creativity Denver, the unconventional celebration of fashion was sponsored by 27 businesses both local and national.Mohawk Paper has provided paper to Paper Fashion designers for the last 13 years and sponsored 15 design teams for the 2019 event. The papermill supplies 35 26-by-30 inch sheets of folio for each group, according to Cassidy Davis business development representative for Mohawk Paper.Cindy Wilson models “Sakura” by Kim Lim and Chau Wilson. It was the first place winner of the 2019 Paper Fashion Show.“I think it’s a very unique type of event that’s not anywhere else in the world,” Davis said. “It showcases our beautiful papers in unimaginable ways.”The event is an all-hands-on-deck volunteer effort. Over the previous years, One Club has donated $58,000 of the fashion show earnings to Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, an after-school program that offers art education to Aurora youth.Children are also giving the chance to work with professional artists and designers on their Paper Fashion Show designs and see their projects on the runway. This year, Faith Resendez created a dress “Wild Queen” with the non-profit. A spectrum of blues and greens made up the dress and was paired with paper mache antlers and a lion-inspired tail.According to Paper Fashion Show co-manager Michael Garcia, the Hangar reached its capacity for the night. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house.Scotty Strehlow modeled “Leonid’s Dream” by the Celestial Toast team. Made from CTI Papers’ “kromekote” paper, Strehlow strutted in glistening shades of gold and was adorned in an ornate crown. She has modeled in other shows before but this marks the first time she was dressed in paper.Graphic design team, ArtHouse Design, created a dress called “Zephyrus – God of West Winds” for the 2019 Paper Fashion Show. The design was modeled by Amber Dextrous.“It was definitely different. More delicate, more making sure things don’t cross or rip and seeing how things lie. It was definitely more than the normal thing I wear,” Strehlow said. “Zephyrus – God of West Winds” by graphic design firm ArtHouse Design won the DAVA choice award — which was judged by a panel of students.Zach Kotel and Beth Rosa were two of the seven designers on team ArtHouse. According to them, the dress took around four months and was a side project for the firm. They used their skills as graphic designers to create test dresses out of cheaper paper. Kotel’s friend Amber Dextrous modeled the paper dress. “We thought it would be fun and different to have a drag queen as a model and also we were able to design the dress for his skin tone,” Kotel said. “So that was a big factor in the design because we wanted to play up that contrast and create something that really felt like it was made for the person who’s wearing it.”The overall winner of the night was “Sakura” by Kim Lim. Her niece, Cindy Wilson modeled the wedding inspired dress, complimented by a cherry blossom headpiece. Outside of paper, the design was made up of glue, thread, rhinestones and ribbon.Lim was inspired by haute couture designs of Chanel and Dior. For the intricacy and craftsmanship, Lim’s design impressed the judges and dethroned Barry Brown, who won first place for four consecutive times.“We won tonight because we had pockets in the dress,” Lim joked.Lim is a product manager, meaning she sews garments for other fashion designers. Despite her experience, paper served a new challenge.“With working with paper you have to glue, hold it there for a couple seconds and then you can continue. With fabric, it’s just sew and you’re done,” she said. Lim estimates that she cut more than 2,500 paper pedals.The size gradually grows larger from the bodice to the bottom of the skirt. Lim has participated in the Paper Fashion Show since 2015, but this marks her first overall win. The Paper Fashion Show is expected to return spring 2020, with more cutting-edge creations.last_img read more

Ebola vaccine’s promise undermined by deep distrust in Congo

first_imgIn this Saturday, July 13, 2019 photo, a child is vaccinated against Ebola in Beni, Congo. Health experts agree the experimental Ebola vaccine has saved multitudes in Congo. But after nearly a year and some 171,000 doses given, the epidemic shows few signs of waning. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)BENI, Congo | Until his last breath, Salomon Nduhi Kambale insisted he had been poisoned by someone and that was the reason he was vomiting blood. The 30-year-old man wouldn’t give community health teams his phone number, and when they found it, he hung up on them.Health workers were desperate to persuade him to get vaccinated for Ebola after a friend fell ill with the lethal and highly contagious disease.But within days, Nduhi was dead. His widow and their four young children were given his positive Ebola test result and a chilling warning from a team of health workers: “If you don’t accept vaccination, you can prepare to die.”Deep distrust — along with political instability and deadly violence — has severely undermined efforts by public health authorities in Congo to curb the outbreak by tracing and vaccinating those who may have come into contact with infected people.Health experts agree the experimental Ebola vaccine has saved multitudes in Congo. But after nearly a year and some 171,000 doses given, the epidemic shows few signs of waning. The virus has killed more than 1,700 people and has now arrived in the region’s largest city, Goma. The World Health Organization last week declared the outbreak a global health emergency .During the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which left more than 11,300 people dead, health workers could only dream of a vaccine with a 97.5 percent effectiveness rate that could improve the odds of survival even in those already infected.“We have it now and it’s not the miracle we wanted it to be,” said Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders. “The fact that we’ve used so much vaccine, and the epidemic hasn’t stopped, that shows us that contact tracing is not great.”WHO says as many as 90 percent of those eligible for vaccination have accepted it, but that figure only includes those who gave contact tracers enough information to be included on a list. The success rate excludes those who distrusted health workers and fled, or those who couldn’t be found in the first place.Health workers have been using what is known as a ring vaccination strategy: The vaccine is first given to those who were in close contact with a sick person. Then a second so-called ring is created by giving the vaccine to those who were in contact with those people.Because of the difficulties in making that strategy work, some people didn’t get vaccinated until they had already been infected with the virus, and they developed Ebola anyway. That increased doubts about the vaccine in communities where the public health campaigns led by outsiders already were viewed with suspicion and hostility.“The rumors were if you got vaccinated you would die,” said Liboke Kakule Muhingi, a 43-year-old farmer in Mangina, where the epidemic began last August.His mother was among the first to die. Then, one by one, six of his sisters who had cared for their ailing mother were killed by Ebola. Kakule accepted the vaccine and made sure his wife and eight children got it, too.“If I hadn’t, we’d all be dead,” he said.In some cases, health teams have been unable to reach certain areas because of violence or rebel activity. Earlier this month, the head of the Congolese health ministry’s response efforts in Beni was at one point unable to return from a field visit while the military battled ADF rebels, who are linked to the Islamic State.More often, though, contact lists have fallen apart simply because people have deliberately evaded health workers or did not understand they shouldn’t travel after being exposed. A pastor who became the first confirmed case in Goma had apparently put down fake names at health checkpoints to avoid detection. He had been sickened in the town of Butembo and then took a bus while ill.WHO and the Congolese health ministry have now switched tactics and are offering the vaccine to anyone who wants it.With Ebola’s arrival in Goma, a city of more than 2 million people, some wonder whether there will be enough of the vaccine if the outbreak continues.The vaccine’s manufacturer, Merck, said it has 245,000 1-millileter doses on hand and that could rise to 900,000 over the next 18 months. The dose in Congo also has been reduced to 0.5 mL, effectively doubling the supply.“Whether or not the available doses are sufficient to fulfill the demands depends on the evolution of the outbreak, the access to the communities and the successful expansion of the production of additional doses by Merck in early 2020,” WHO said.There is a second experimental vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson, but health officials in Congo have said it will not be used because it needs further testing and would cause too much confusion. It requires two doses given one month apart.It’s unclear how long the Merck vaccine will protect people. Scientists know from early studies that it lasts for at least a year, but the epidemic is approaching that limit. The only study to report longer vaccine durability tracked only a small number of healthy volunteers in Geneva for two years.The new strategy of giving shots to anyone who wants them involves setting up “pop-up” sites in the neighborhoods most affected. Last week a vaccination team headed to the neighborhood in Beni where Nduhi’s wife had stayed after he died.Outside the mud-brick home where his children still lived, a pickup truck full of plastic tables and chairs pulled over. Soon a tent was set up, and vaccination teams donned eye protection and yellow surgical gowns. Neighborhood children climbed the trees to watch.Baraka Kathembo Makasi, a 22-year-old motorbike taxi driver, brought his wife and two children with him.“At first I refused,” he said, “but I started seeing people die and decided to go.”Associated Press writers Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro in Beni, Congo; Lauran Neergaard in Washington; Maria Cheng in London; and Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.last_img read more

Simpson conquers the weather at Emerald

first_imgPSC golf from The Beaver Bar & GrillInclement weather did not stop the hearty souls of the Beaver Bar & Grill weekly golfers from taking on Emerald Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 13.  At tee-off time, mild showers greeted each group starting out but the inclement weather receded as the players progressed through their rounds.  Emerald Golf Club continues with their reconstructing of their fairways in front of the greens creating additional challenges for all golfers.  Even with all the hindrances, Paul Simpson carded 38 stableford points to take top honors, with Jeff Moodie taking second place on 36.  Nearest to the pin was hole 13 with the Beaver Bar winning as all the players missed the green.After golf, all returned to the Beaver Bar &Grill for lunch and refreshments.  Larry wishes to again thank all the players attending. Paul Simpsonlast_img read more

Hookey cans his first hole-in-one

first_imgMasa Takano (center) with John Pearce (left) and Andrew Kelleher.PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, Feb. 25, Burapha C & D – StablefordA Flight (0-15)1st Alan Thomas (6) 38pts2nd Dave Hewson (8) 38pts3rd Pete Seil (8) 38pts4th Garry Bright (11) 37pts5th Connie Walsh (14) 37ptsB Flight (16+)1st Wayne Greenwood (17) 36pts2nd Gordon Loviolette (24) 33pts3rd Tip Briney (27) 32pts4th Darren Beavers (17) 31pts5th Richard Dobson (25) 31ptsGarry Hookey. The ball took one bounce on the green and dropped straight into the hole. Garry Hookey didn’t see it, but the caddies did and screamed, but not as loud as Garry and his playing partners once they knew, and could be heard three fairways away.Thirty-nine golfers lined up on the first tee at Burapha and the course was presented in the usual excellent condition with nicely mown fairways.The B flight (16+) was won by first time Links player, Wayne Greenwood, and 36 points was a very good first up effort, and Gordon Loviolette took second place with 33. The next three places sawTip Briney return 32 points followed by Darren Beavers and Richard Dobson, both on 31.The A flight (0-15) saw a shoot-out at the top with three scores of 38 points. Alan Thomas came out on top in the countback ahead of Dave Hewson and Pete Seil respectively. There was then another countback required to separate Garry Bright and Connie Walsh, both on 37 points.Near pins went to Chris Barker (C5), Gary Hookey (C8), Nigel Harrison (D2) and Alan Thomas (D8).Beat consolation nines came from Frank Jelmo (19pts) and Petur Petursson with 21 points.Wednesday, Feb. 27, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA Flight (0-14)1st Masa Takano (8) 41pts2nd Paul Smith (5) 40pts3rd Chris Barker (12) 40pts4th Connie Walsh (14) 39ptsB Flight (15+)1st Nigel Harrison (22) 40pts2nd Colin Service (16) 36pts3rd Derek Phillips (19) 35pts4th Gordon Laviolette (23) 33ptsWe usually expect high stableford scores here and today was no different. The surprise packet was Nigel Harrison with 40 points taking out “B” flight (15+), making this his best score for quite some time. Colin Service has been wondering where his game went, but it was back today and he racked up a cool 36 points, for second place. Derek Phillips got third spot with 35 points, while that man Gordon Laviolette was there again, even after a handicap reduction, scoring 33 for fourth.Masa Takano made another 41 points to win A flight (0-14) and don his second Green Jacket in 7 days. Paul Smith, sporting an unusually high handicap, and consistent Chris Barker, were both right behind with 40 points each. Paul had 21 points on the run in to just edge into second. Connie Walsh quietly slipped into fourth with a nicely done 39 points.Near pins were claimed by Paul Smith (x3) and Mark Oliver.The best front nine (non winners) went to Andy Kelleher with 19 points on c/back whilst the best back nine score was recorded by George Mueller (17 points c/back).Friday, March 1, Pleasant Valley – StablefordA Flight (0-17)1st Phil Davies (12) 37pts2nd Masa Takano (8) 36pts3rd Steve Truelove (10) 35pts4th Dennis Eager (17) 34pts5th Chris Barker (12) 34ptsB Flight (18+)1st Phil Mitchell (24) 38pts2nd Len Jones (31) 37pts3rd Bjorgvin Hallgrimsson (22) 35pts4th Alan Walker (27) 34pts5th Mike Firkin (25) 34ptsForty-two golfers made up the field which was divided into two flights at seventeen and under and play got away on a decently prepared course on time and under blue skies.In the top flight three points covered the top five golfers with Chris Barker taking fifth place with 34 points, losing on c/back to Dennis Eager. Third place saw Steve Truelove return 35 points with Masa Takano, playing his swansong round this trip, taking second with 36 points. The flight winner, fittingly on St. David’s Day, was Welshman Phil Davies with 37 points. “Chwarae da iawn” Phil!In the second flight scores mirrored the top flight with Mike Firkin losing on c/back to Alan Walker with 34 points. In third place was Icelandic golfer Bjorgvin Hallgrimsson with 35 points, a couple behind Welshman Len Jones, runner-up with 37 points. The best score of the day was recorded by Phil Mitchell who returned in the final group with a score of 38 points.Near pins went to Phil Davies (5), Dennis Eager (13) and Masa Takano (8 and 17) whilst the best front nine score (non winners) was logged by Paul Durkan at 19 points, John Chelo taking the award for his 18 points on the back nine.last_img read more

Baechli back on top

first_imgWalter Baechli, Kurt Sandgaard and Dave Richardson.We had enough for two flights today with the cut at handicap 18.  Mike Allidi won the A Flight with 34 points ahead of Leif Kirkgaard in second on a count back over Walter Baechli, both on 33.  Ian Pickels took fourth spot on a count back from Tate Akifumi, both returning 32 point scores.Elias Magnusson topped the podium in the B Flight with just 32 points, one better than Svende Gaarde in second, while Karl Beter and Susan filled the minor places.A Flight (0-18)1st Mike Allidi (3) 34pts2nd Leif Kirkgaard (18) 33pts3rd Walter Baechli (17) 33pts4th Ian Pickels (16) 32ptsB Flight (19+)1st Elias Magnusson (21) 32pts2nd Svend Gaarde (25) 31pts3rd Karl Beter (28) 27pts4th Susan Gaarde (26) 25ptsThursday, Dec. 4, Treasure Hill – StablefordIt was up the 331 for the third time in a week, this time to play Treasure Hill which was in fine shape but the greens staff managed to douse most areas around the greens leaving them soggy underfoot.Mike Allidi, Dave Richardson and Elias Magnusson.We had a fairly quick round of 4 hours and 10 minutes and back in the clubhouse we said farewell to Kurt Sandgaard and Ian Pickels, both whom will be returning after the new year.Two flights today with the cut at handicap 22 and the ever-colorful Walter Bachli topped the A Flight with a fine 37 points, four ahead of Mike Allidi in second while Brian Gabe took third on a count back over Leif Kirkgaard, both on 31 points.Kurt Sandgaard won the B Flight with a meager 29 points, one better than Dave Richardson in second, and Susan Gaarde placed third after pipping husband Svend on a count back, both tied on 26 points.A Flight (0-22)1st Walter Baechli (17) 37pts2nd Mike Allidi (3) 33pts3rd Brian Gabe (21) 31pts4th Leif Kirkgaard (18) 31ptsB Flight (23+)1st Kurt Sandgaard (31) 29pts2nd Dave Richardson (27) 28pts3rd Susan Gaarde (26) 26pts4th Svend Gaarde (25) 26ptsNB:  Please make a note on your calendar – we will be holding the Alec Chilcott Cup Christmas Fayre at Plutaluang on Monday 23 December.  Hope to see you all there! PSC golf from Café KronborgMonday, Dec. 2, Pattavia – StablefordThis was our second trip to Pattavia in 4 days and after we checked in we got off the first tee 10 minutes early under sunny skies and with a big wind.The course was in fine condition and even the bunkers were raked, but it was a rather slow round of 4 hours and 30 minutes.Back in the clubhouse welcomes went out to Torben Sorensen from Canada and Mike Allidi.last_img read more

Sun shines on Blackman

first_imgAndrew Blackman (center) with Tommy Marshall (left) and Carl Lovatt.PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, Sept. 23, Bangpakong – Stableford1st Andrew Blackman (9) 40pts2nd Stuart Brown (28) 38pts 3rd Barry Oats (30) 38pts4th Petur Petursson (6) 37ptsIt was drizzling rain in Pattaya as the bus and cars set off, but hopes were high for a dryer day than of late. Well the sun certainly shone on Andrew Blackman as he recorded a convincing win, racking up 40 points in his final outing this trip.Second place became a tussle between two high handicappers as Stu Brown and Barry Oats both had 38 points. Stu had the better back nine. Petur Petursson rounded out the placings with an excellent 37 points off his handicap of six to record the lowest gross of the day.Near pins went to Andrew Blackman (A flight), Takeshi Hakozaki (A flight), Stu Brown (B flight),Consolation ‘best nines’ by non-winners came from Stuart Thompson (front, 16pts) and Rowan Lucas (back, 20pts).Friday, Sept. 27, Pattavia – Stableford1st Takeshi Hakozaki (14) 38pts2nd George Mueller (15) 36pts3rd Phil Davies (13) 35pts4th Andrew Purdie (10) 35ptsIn contrast to our previous game, it was back to our, currently, usual numbers as twenty three golfers headed for Pattavia.Weather was fine and stayed that way for all but the final group which had some drizzle approaching the last hole. Once again the course was in immaculate condition and the greens are still sensibly paced, but we need to be aware of lots of tricky contoursThe scores were on the low side of usual here, but golf journeyman Takeshi Hakozaki found enough of the course to his liking to have 38 points on his card at the end. Takeshi is a consistent golfer and this was not his first Green Jacket.George Mueller who had a day we know he is capable of, but not regularly enough, came in second with 36 points. Then Phil Davies won a countback over Andrew Purdie for third place, both with good scores of 35 points.Near pins went to Andrew Purdie (A flight), Kevin LaBar (A flight), Bill Stewart (B flight), and once again one green failed to attract a ball.Keith Melbourne returned from the UK with a nice bottle of drink with a Black Label, which he put up for a prize. Thank You Keith, from Rowan Lucas who won the long putt contest and the bottle.Consolation ‘best nines’ were posted by Petur Petursson (front, 19pts) and Steve Jones (back, 20pts).Rowan Lucas, a visitor from Australia, had a mixed day. Winning the long putt wasn’t his only claim to fame as he also had the worst score for the day and was presented with the “wig”.last_img read more

Michael Brett earns Golfer of the Month

first_imgPSC Golf from the Bunker BoysMonday, August 27 Plutaluang North and West, Stableford Laem Chabang B and C, Stableford1st Tony Robbins (24) 35 points2nd Paul Lanzetta (7) 33 points 3rd Michael Brett (14) 32 pointsA split round today for the Bunker Boys with some taking up our monthly booking at the Thai Navy Course whilst seven others joined in a round comprising golfers from several Pattaya societies to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of Colin Davis at the Laem Chabang course.A total of over sixty golfers took part in the game at Laem Chabang in a round that was painfully slow taking over five hours to complete. The course was as you would expect from this prestigious venue, difficult for most, made more so by a stiff breeze even though temperatures remained high.Sadly the Bunker Boys didn’t acquit themselves too well with our top scorer Paul Lanzetta shooting thirty-three points to stay outside the winning group. The only one in the winner’s circle was Michael Brett who shot a back nine of nineteen points to take out the best back nine in the A flight.Not all the scoring was bad with the overall winner shooting a gross sixty-nine off a three handicap, fine golf indeed. Some very fine food in the form of a free buffet was available at Colin’s Bar prior to the presentation of prizes.In Plutaluang the top score was a bit better with Tony Robbins taking the chocolates on thirty-five points. Tony is still enjoying a generous handicap at present but this may change soon as his game is improving weekly.Wednesday, August 29Pattaya Country Club, Stableford1st Tony Robbins (24) 37 points2nd Michael Brett (14) 34 points3rd Paul Lanzetta (7) 34 pointsNear pins: Steve Durey, Alan Sullivan, and Paul Lanzetta X 2.Golfer of the Month Michael Brett.A good low season group of eleven assembled for the midweek game at Pattaya Country Club. The course was in the best condition we have seen for some time but the greens were hard and fast so it was difficult to hold long approach shots anywhere on the putting surface.Rain threatened several times but fortunately held off, however, we were not so lucky with the wind which blew quite strongly for most of the day. Speed of play was ok with no real holdups.Many of our group struggled in the conditions so for the most part scoring was modest at best. For the second day in a row Tony Robbins topped the winner’s list with a good score of thirty-seven whilst Michael Brett edged out Paul Lanzetta from second place on countback. Paul did make up for it by securing two near pins with one each to Alan Sullivan and Steve Durey.Friday, August 31Greenwood C and A, Stableford1st Geoff Parker (14) 34 points2nd Geoff Coc (18) 34 points3rd Tony Robbins (24) 33 pointsNear pins Tony Robbins X 4The last game of the golfing month was played at the Greenwood Course where once again a good low season number of eleven participated. The course was virtually empty so the speed of play was good until the back nine where a group inserted themselves in between our first and second groups, thereafter play slowed down a bit but not enough to cause any problems.The course was in good condition, the weather fine, but once again the wind blew which affected scoring.Geoff Parker took the honors showing flashes of his best game coupled with some not quite so good. Geoff Cox took second place on countback also on thirty-four whilst Tony Robbins got his name on the winner’s sheet for the third time this week taking third place. Tony was also the only one to get his ball on a par three thereby taking all four near pins.Being the last game of the month it was also time to see who would take out the golfer of the month trophy. At different times throughout the month, Raleigh Gosney and Peter Allen looked like challenging but in the end, the fast-finishing Geoff Parker just missed out to Michael Brett who finally nailed one after several lost opportunities throughout the season.last_img read more

Windsurfers championed for SEA Games success

first_imgThe Windsurf Association subsequently sent the athletes to hone their skills in the RSX World Champions 2017 in Japan in September to prepare for the next Olympic Games, also to be held in Japan in 2020.  ‘Oat’ Natta­pong is currently ranked number 50 in the world in the Gold and Silver fleet and this month both he and Daow will remain in Pattaya and practice locally to prepare for upcoming competitions.Pattaya councilors at the meeting congratulated the two sailors on their achievements and stated that they are proud to have such skilled youths to represent Thailand and Pattaya, bringing joy to the country.  Thailand’s windsurfing has now stepped up to yet another level and looks set to grow further going forward. ‘Oat’ Nattapong Phonoparat (left) and ‘Daow’ Siriporn Kaewduang-ngam (right) wear their gold medals at a civic reception to celebrate their SEA Games success, held at the Surf Kitchen Restaurant in Jomtien on October 1.Pattaya windsurfers brought back pride and joy from the 29th Sea Games, held in Malaysia in August, returning with 2 gold medals and contributing to Thailand finishing runners-up to the host nation in the final overall medal table.A special ceremony was held at the Surf Kitchen Restaurant in Jomtien on October 1 to celebrate the success of the Thai windsurfing team.  Many civic dignitaries were in attendance to congratulate the victorious sailors including former city mayor Ittipol Khunplume, president of the Windsurf Association Pattaya and Vice Admiral Sorayut Danegtet, vice president of the Windsurf Association Thailand.Support Pattaya Mail – Click HereThe two gold medals performances came in the RS1 Mens competition, with ‘Oat’ Nattapong Phonoparat emerging as the champion, and the RS1 Womens category where ‘Daow’ Siriporn Kaewduang-ngam proved to be too good for her international rivals.last_img read more

The sports stories we want to remember from 2014

first_imgPennsylvania’s Mo’ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)BOSTON (AP) – Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.An Eritrean by birth, Keflezighi came to the United States to escape war and poverty in his African homeland. He did more than that: A year after the terrorist attacks shattered a scene of so much joy, Keflezighi became the first American man to win the world’s most prestigious marathon in more than three decades.Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory with an American flag after the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa).Keflezighi crossing the finish line, to the chants of “U-S-A!” and a few moist eyes, was one of the feel-good sports moments of 2014. In a year that included reports of corruption and the arrest of athletes, there were plenty of inspiring moments in sports.Lauren Hill, center, poses for a photo with her teammates after practicing with the NCAA college basketball team at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)Like Division III basketball player Lauren Hill, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer before her first game, who summoned the energy to play a few games. Philadelphia 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis brought her braids to the Little League World Series. Boston College baseball player Pete Frates inspired us all to dump ice water on our heads.Other stories brought cheers within the world of sports: LeBron James returning to Cleveland and Derek Jeter leaving Yankee Stadium for the last time with a game-winning hit; American fans chanting at the World Cup, “I believe that we will win!”; Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the Daytona 500 at the track where his father died, and then winning Martinsville to claim one of the prized grandfather clocks his dad had scattered around the house.Here are some other stories that helped remind us why we watch:This undated photo provided by publisher Harper Collins shows the cover of the book “Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name.” Harper Collins told The Associated Press on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, that the memoir will be released next March by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Davis, an honor roll student from Philadelphia, became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13. (AP Photo/Harper Collins)THROW LIKE A GIRL: Davis broke one barrier after another when she helped her inner-city team get within one victory of the U.S. championship in the Little League World Series. After making the cover of Sports Illustrated, Davis had her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the World Series.“You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere,” first lady Michelle Obama told her on Twitter.LOU GEHRIG’S LEGACY: Like Hill, Frates had more that he wanted to accomplish while fighting a terminal illness. Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Frates helped the ice bucket challenge go viral in a trend that stretched from Kermit the Frog to ex-President George W. Bush and is credited with raising more than $100 million to combat ALS.FRIENDLY RIVALS: When Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was injured in the fourth quarter of the annual game against archrival Michigan, some of his teammates gathered around him to offer support. So did Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner, setting aside one of college football’s biggest rivalries to deliver some words of encouragement. “It’s like having a little brother get hurt,” the Michigan QB said. “I didn’t like to see that at all.”BASEBALL AND HOT DOGS: A stray and injured dog who wandered into the Brewers complex at spring training became an instant celebrity with the team and the fans back in Milwaukee. When no one came forward to claim Hank – named for Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, he broke camp with the ballclub and a Brewers executive took him in back in Milwaukee. The team began selling merchandise with his likeness – including his own bobblehead, with some of the proceeds going to the Wisconsin Humane Society.IN SICKNESS AND HEALTH: Dominic Moore took a year off from hockey after his wife was diagnosed with liver cancer. She died just nine months later. He returned as a fourth-liner on the Rangers and scored the Game 6 winner against Montreal to put the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals.“I’ve had a lot of good examples of perseverance over the years, and none more so than my wife, Katie,” Moore said after winning the NHL’s Masterson Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. “So this award is very meaningful, and I’m very grateful.”O CANADA: On the night a Canadian soldier was killed while guarding the national war memorial in Ottawa, Pittsburgh fans sang an emotional rendition of “O Canada” before the Penguins game against Philadelphia.GOOD PROGNOSIS: The sports world also rallied around Chad Carr, the 4-year-old grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, who had the same kind of inoperable tumor as Hill. The Carrs said this month that the tumor, which had been expected to kill him within a year, had shrunk by 90 percent.PRINCESS LACEY: Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old girl who with a football-sized cancerous tumor in her abdomen, was befriended by Michigan State forward Adreian Payne and the rest of the Spartans basketball team. She took the court with Payne on senior night and helped the Spartans cut down the nets at the Big Ten tournament, less than a month before she died of cancer.“I learned so much, just seeing her fight every day,” Payne said after being honored at the John R. Wooden Award gala. “She taught me to preserve through anything and just be strong.”___Were there other stories that made you feel good about sports in 2014? Share them on Twitter with @AP_Sports and @jgolen.last_img read more

Kevin Durant blasted on social media for going to Golden State Warriors

first_imgPhotos: Instagram Lebron didnt join boston when they kept on beating the cavs. Damn KD— Mikee Lagmay (@mikeezowskii) July 4, 2016// NBA superstar Kevin Durant is being torched on social media for jumping ship from the Oklahoma City Thunder and joining the Golden State Warriors.Durant left OKC after eight seasons as a four-time scoring champ and one of the league’s premiere players. Already, comparisons to LeBron James’ “Decision” debacle are coming up, when James left the Cleveland Cavs to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.Durant is also being labeled a hypocrite. Six years ago, Durant told the media that stars should not want to join the big market teams, but to try to beat them. Yet, Durant is leaving to join the team that big market team that beat him in the Western Conference Finals, 4-games-3, after the Thunder had their foot on the jugular of the Warriors with a 3-1 series lead, but couldn’t close the deal.Social media climbed all over Durant for this decision. Take a look at a sampling of the anger coursing through cyberspace:last_img read more

Cavs’ Iman Shumpert arrested for DUI weed consumption

first_imgIman Shumpert was caught stepping out on his woman when he was arrested back in August for DUI marijuana possession after leaving his “homegirl’s house” in Atlanta.Shumpert was pulled over outside of Atlanta on August 10th for a lane change violation and because his taillights weren’t on in his rented Audi A3, TMZ reported.Shumpert allegedly reeked of weed and his eyes were bloodshot, the officer reported.Shumpert said he had just driven from his “homegirl’s house” and was on his way to the airport to pick up his father.Shumpert failed the field sobriety test and admitted he had smoked weed before leaving his friend’s house.During a search of the vehicle, the officers found a jar with weed in it.Shumpert also declined to do a blood test, claiming that “people would recognize him and it would cause a scene.”Shumpert was charged with DUI marijuana, possession of weed and failure to maintain his lane. Photos: Instagramlast_img read more

From Longhorn to Bull: Strong is new South Florida coach

first_imgIn this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Texas new head football coach Charlie Strong speaks to fans during a timeout against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American- Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell)Three weeks after being fired by Texas, Charlie Strong was hired Sunday to be the coach at South Florida, returning to a region where he has deep roots and a conference where he has won championships.Strong was fired by Texas on Nov. 26, the day after coaching his final game with the Longhorns. At No. 25 USF, he replaces Willie Taggart, who left the Tampa school to become coach at Oregon just a few days ago.“Charlie is a tremendous leader and mentor for our student-athletes and a widely-respected coach with a resume full of achievements at the highest levels of college football,” USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. “He combines a drive to win with great integrity and deep, long-standing connections in the state of Florida. The future of USF football is very bright under his direction.”The Bulls went 10-2 this season and finished second in the American Athletic Conference East division to league champion Temple.Strong was 16-21 with no winning seasons in three years at Texas after replacing Mack Brown. Before going to Texas, Strong was 37-15 in four years at Louisville (2010-13), including 23-3 in the final two seasons.The Cardinals were in the Big East/American Athletic Conference when Strong was coach and they won at least a share of two league championships.The 56-year-old Strong has deep roots coaching in the state of Florida. He did three stints covering 13 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Urban Meyer, mostly as defensive coordinator. He was also defensive coordinator at South Carolina from 1999-2002.“Some of the best football talent in the country is right here in the Bay Area and throughout the state of Florida, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with the young men in the USF football program and build on the strong foundation already in place,” Strong said in a statement.___More college football at Ralph D. Russo at read more

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas quiet on return to the Emirates Stadium

first_imgChelsea players celebrated as a goalless draw against London rivals Arsenal took them closer to the Premier League title. 26/04/2015 Fabregas, and another ex-Blaugrana, Alexis Sanchez, were both quiet, although Arsenal fans weren’t when it came to dealing with the former. Referee Michael Oliver decided not to award any of them, and it led to a frantic finale, where Danny Welbeck fluffed his lines to waste Arsenal’s best chance of the game. Sport EN Ospina was lucky not to be sent off in the first half, coming flying out of his goal and taking out Oscar, who had flicked the ball over him. At the other end Arsenal appealed for a spot kick of their own when the ball hit Gary Cahill on the arm, but it was from close range and the defender didn’t know much about it.  Football wise, there was little, and Mourinho was happy with that. CEST Upd. at 20:21 center_img The Blues wanted three penalties in the first half, while Arsenal claimed they deserved one. The Brazilian had an earlier shout for a penalty, but it would have been a little harsh on Hector Bellerin, who gave him a gentle shove. Thibaut Courtois and David Ospina barely had a save to make, although they spent a lot of the game with their hearts in their mouths – it was that sort of match. This might not be beautiful but it’s certainly effective, and it should see Chelsea win their fifth Premier League title.  Former Barcelona star Fabregas wanted a penalty too, when he was tripped by Santi Cazorla, but still, nothing doing. It was as if the Blues boss had allowed his team to go out in the first half looking for a goal, but failing to find it he shut up shop in the second. Arsenal are the only side who really had a hope of overtaking Chelsea at the top, so the Blues were happy to take a point from this one, and they did, in classic Jose Mourinho fashion. He was substituted at the end of the game and although there were a lot of boos, some parts of the Emirates applauded the man who had been such an important part of their sides in the mid 00s.last_img read more

Mario Gotze: There was no empathy with Pep Guardiola

first_imgMario Gotze, the player who scored the winning goal for German at the last World Cup, has spoken to DANZ about his career so far.  On Pep Guardiola, who he played under at Bayern Munich, he had praise for the Catalan coach, but he said there was a lack of empathy.  Upd. at 15:16 Asked to compare Guardiola and Klopp, he added: “It was not easy for me [under Pep], just because I came from Kloppo, who was like a footballing father. 09/06/2018 “Pep was completely different. A world-class coach needs empathy, every athlete is also human and you should combine both.” “La empatía de Guardiola no era muy grande” CEST IN SPORT.ES “In fact, that’s still a desire of mine. He’s a world-class coach and for that reason, it’s always an option. In the end, I opted for Dortmund, but it was nothing against Liverpool or Klopp.”  As for Jurgen Klopp, who he played under at Borussia Dortmund, he said: “When I decided to leave Bayern, he was interested in taking me to Liverpool. And I also wanted to work with him again.  “Technically he is one of the best coaches,” Gotze explained. “But I had the feeling that he thinks only the pitch and leaves out the people and the outside. The empathy was not that big.”last_img read more

Atletico Madrid tell Filipe Luis: “Bring the money and go”

first_img RELATED STORIES According to Diario AS, the player’s manifested his desire to leave, but president Enrique Cerezo will not let him go easily, especially not to PSG, who denied Atletico the chance to sign Thiago Motta last year. “Bring the money and go.” That’s what Atletico Madrid have told left-back Filipe Luis, who has a tempting offer on the table from Paris Saint-Germain. Atletico, despite wanting the keep hold of the Brazilian, say that if he leaves the would expect at least between 20 and 30 million euros.   Upd. at 14:14 CEST IN SPORT.ES Filipe Luis’ exit, if not now, could happen in December. According to AS, both parties are in agreement to wait until the winter to do a deal, given there’s little time for Atletico to find a replacement.  Filipe Luis trained on Wednesday with the substitutes, but on Thursday was back with the first team. Despite Cerezo’s comments (“I’m optimistic. I think he will stell, but we have to wait and see.”), the defender’s future could be in France with his compatriots Neymar, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Marquinhos, be that sooner or later.  Atlético de Madrid a Filipe Luis: “Trae el dinero y te vas” PSG have guaranteed the full-back a spot in their team, with Yuri moving to Athletic Bilbao and Kurzawa failing to convince new coach Tuchel of his worth.  24/08/2018 Daniel Parra Cerezo Monday could be the key day as Rakitic weighs up PSG movelast_img read more

Football: David Silva retires from international football

first_imgAdvertisement 6s1dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1lxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E245( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jvWould you ever consider trying this?😱f10lCan your students do this? 🌚1q1fRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement The 32-year-old Spaniard has decided to call it a day and hang up his boots.The Manchester City and  Spain national team midfielder has made 125 appearances for his country where he has scored 35 goals after debuting in 2006.Advertisement He won the 2010 World Cup along with the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.El Mago has made 249 appearances for Manchester City since 2010 and has scored 48 goals. In Man City, Silva has won almost every bit of silverware.Advertisement Silva announced on Twitter that he was “very proud” of his achievements and that his decision to retire was one of the most difficult decisions of his career.He also said: “I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.“It has not been easy, after all I’ve experienced, to write these lines.“I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person.“I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten.”Aragones who coached the Spanish team to victory at Euro 2008 passed away on 1 February 2014 aged 75.After Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, David Silva is the third Spaniard to retire having played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.   Advertisementlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil claims that he could very well end his career at the Emirates

first_imgAdvertisement 5oyNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E30ite( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dh6Would you ever consider trying this?😱bnq3Can your students do this? 🌚aamxRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star player of the Gunners, Mesut Ozil is ready to stay at Arsenal till the end of his career. The Gunners brought in the star player in the summer transfer window of 2013-14 season with a transfer fee worth £46 million. Since then, Mesut Ozil has been a star performer for the Gunners over the last few seasons. Advertisement In an interview after the launch of his wellness brand ‘Unity’ Mesut Ozil was asked about his future at the Emirates. Ozil told,Advertisement  “Why not? I am still young, I am 30,” he said. “In football, everything is possible but I am really happy to play for a big club like Arsenal. I just enjoy it and I can imagine finishing my career at Arsenal.”Advertisement He was also asked about the age when he will retire. Ozil calmly answered,“Maybe aged 38! No, really, I always think if I feel well, I could go on until I am 35 or 36, I don’t know. If everything is good, we’ll see.” Mesut Ozil recently retired from the International football after the strong criticisms came in his way. However, he is good form in this season under the management of Unai Emery. He has already scored three goals in his nine appearances so far in this season in the Premier League. The player has been trying hard to adapt the style of the play of Unai Emery. Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract with the Gunners in January to commit his future at the Emirates till 2021. The star player of Arsenal can extend his contract further if the things go accordingly in the next few seasons. Advertisementlast_img read more

Stump mics could curb sledging in cricket – England all-rounder Moeen Ali

first_imgAdvertisement 76koNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7fw55Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eplv28( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zqr2Would you ever consider trying this?😱93dCan your students do this? 🌚901Roller skating! Powered by Firework England all-rounder Moeen Ali differs with coach Trevor Bayliss and believes turning up the stump microphones could curb sledging in cricket. West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was banned for four one-day internationals on Wednesday after found guilty of ‘personal abuse’ aimed at England skipper Joe Root in the St Lucia test.Advertisement It follows a similar four-match ban on Sarfraz Ahmed after stump microphones caught the Pakistan captain’s on-field rant at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during a one-dayer in Durban last month.Moeen Ali believes stump mics should be used to catch out sledgers.“It’s time for people to behave themselves,” Moeen said before flying to West Indies for the five-match ODI series beginning at Bridgetown on Wednesday.Advertisement “Turn the stump mics up. Why turn them down? So people can swear? There is no reason to get personal.“… it’s the way society is: things come out of people’s mouths. You’re not going to get away with it now. You have to be careful.”Advertisement The 31-year-old’s view contrasts that of Bayliss who advocates turning down the microphones to protect players.“I’ve said it once before, no I’m not in favour of it and I’m not going to change my mind,” Bayliss said before Gabriel’s ban was announced.“I think (stump mics) should be down. I know there are people who think the opposite and think it is good for the game but sometimes in the heat of battle things are said, when guys given a bit of time to sit down and think about it would give themselves a bit of a kick up the backside.”Moeen, who in his autobiography claimed being called ‘Osama’ by an unidentified Australia player during the 2015 Ashes series, said turning up the microphones could also catch harmless, entertaining banter between players.“Imagine all the legendary old stories, if we had them recorded,” Moeen said.“We can do the same now. It doesn’t have to be swearing. Keep it funny. We want people to be attracted to the game. There’s brilliant ways to sledge.”  Advertisementlast_img read more

Telegraph: Atletico line up Pochettino as possible Simeone replacement

first_imgAtletico Madrid are enduring their worst slump inform since Diego Simeone returned to the club as coach at the end of 2011.  Their biggest hope for silverware this year lies in the Champions League, but they have been drawn against European champions Liverpool in the round of 16.  05/02/2020 Simeone took over at Atleti on Dec. 23, 2011. Since then, they have won one La Liga, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Supercopa, two Europa Leagues and two European Super Cups. Telegraph: El Atlético contempla el fichaje de Pochettino According to The Telegraph, Atletico are therefore looking at possible alternatives and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as a candidate. The Argentine coach has been out of work since he left Spurs in November.  Upd. on 06/02/2020 at 10:10 CET IN SPORT.ES The Telegraph reports that Atletico’s sporting director Andrea Berta is a huge fan of Pohettino and has sounded him out in the case that either Simeone or Atletico decide a change is needed.  Simeone’s going through a delicate moment. His side sit sixth in La Liga, 13 points behind leaders Real Madrid, and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by third-tier Cultural Leonesa.last_img read more

MPNFL other divisions

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Floorball world cup qualifier

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Doveton’s new beginning

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Siren to go off again

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Booze in the news

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Hey, hey, it’s Libby’s day

TWENTY-ONE women members took part in a stableford competition at Lang Lang Golf Club on 29 September, AWCR 74. Division…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.

Election signal

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All for Ethan

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Passing the buck as danger lurks

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Human resources unpacked

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Family, friends and former pupils bid farewell

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Mystery surrounds violent disappearance

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Deakin nearly back on his feet

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Cops taken for a ride

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Muscle cars to roar in

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Nar Nar Goon chapter for library service

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Gates open for exhibition

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Pirates rout B-Sens to remain alive in AHL playoff series

first_imgThe Portland Pirates scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 6-2 victory over the Sens in AHL Calder Cup Playoffs action Tuesday in Binghamton.The Pirates, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series before Tuesday’s contest, force a game six Friday in Portland. Mark Mancari, once on the power play and the second short handed and Luke Adam, on the power play, gave Portland a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. Mark Parrish made it 4-0 before the period ended.The goal by Parrish sent Binghamton starting goalie Robin Lehner to the showers in favour of Barry Brust.Portland out shot the Sens 41-37 in the game.In the first round of the playoffs Binghamton rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Manchester Monarchs.Game seven, if necessary, is scheduled for Saturday in Portland.Former Nelson Leaf rearguard Geoff Kinrade, who plays defence for the B-Sens, finished the game a with an even plus-minus.last_img read more

Leafs, Nitehawks post shutouts in Murdoch Division action on opening night of KIJHL

first_imgWow! What a difference a week makes.Andrew Walton turned away 27 shots to power the Nelson Leafs to a 3-0 victory over the defending Kootenay Conference Champion, Castlegar Rebels, in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Community Complex in the Sunflower City.The win gained the Green and White a little revenge after the Murdoch Division rivals pummeled Nelson by a total score of 14-5 in two exhibition games.The story of the game was the play of Walton, who started last season in Castlegar before being traded to Fernie midway through the campaign.Walton made 12 saves in the first period and 11 in the second before the Leafs took the play to the home side, out shooting Castlegar 11-4 in the third.Patrick Martens led the Nelson attack with a pair of second period goals. Colton Malmsten opened the scoring in the first frame with an assist coming from newly acquired Matti Jmaeff.Jmaeff came to the Leafs earlier this week in a four-team deal that sent former Nelson goalie Darren Hogg to Osoyoos.Grand Forks Border Bruins and Penticton Lakers were also involved in the transaction.Newcomer Connor Beauchamp took the loss in the nets for Castlegar.The two teams play the second half of the home-and-home series tonight at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Game time is 7 p.m.Hawks rack up 13 as Beaver Valley explodes past Border BruinsThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored 10 times, that’s right, 10 times in the final 40 minutes to blast Grand Forks Border Bruins 13-0 in KIJHL opening night action Friday in the Boundary City.Chris Derochie led the attack with six points, including three goals.Craig Martin added a goal and four assists while Ryan Edwards and Scott Davidson each scored twice.Max Flanagan, Justin Niminikin, Mason Spear and Christian Johnson.Zach Perehudoff made 30 saves to register the shutout.Ryan Bryant and Jeremy Mandoli each took turns between the pipes facing the Nitehawk onslaught.The two teams play the second half of the home-and-home series tonight in Fruitvale. Game time is 7:30 [email protected]last_img read more

Corinthians RFC News

first_imgUnderageIt is a busy weekend ahead for the club’s underage teams with games for teams from under 13 all the way to the Youths! If you can at all, please get out and support these talented young players and they would appreciate all the support that cheers them on! Despite playing well, the Firsts had to give second best to Blackrock College on Saturday last in their opening game of the Ulster Bank League losing by 20 points to 13. Blackrock led 8-3 at the break with the Corinthians score coming from a penalty from Simon Keller. The try coming from Sean Connolly in the Second Half with Keller kicking the rest of the points. While it was disappointing to start with a defeat, this team are improving with every game and the results are not far away. ThirdsThe Senior Thirds played their first game of the season against Ennis at Corinthian Park on Saturday winning by 31 points to 8 scoring five tries in the process with special mention for Greg “Flash” Faherty who scored two. Preparations continue next Saturday with another Friendly against Scarriff at Corinthian Park at 1pm. Support would be appreciated. The League starts on Sunday the second of October with full details next week. MinisLast Saturday was an excellent day of training for All Mini Rugby Players and well done to everyone for their hard work. We would also like to welcome those who have joined our Mini Coaching team this season and we also have our first lady coach Trish Garrett. Welcome Trish!The Connacht Branch is organising Coaching courses for Mini Rugby Coaches next Friday evening and again on Saturday. Please contact Kevin if you are interested and would like more information. These courses will be held in the Sportsground.  Training continues next Saturday in Corinthians at 10am Sharp. All coaches are asked to be there for 9.30. Under 17’sThe Under 17’s take on Ballinrobe this Sunday in Ballinrobe with kick off at 12 noon. Players will be advised of travel arrangements. Under 15’sThe Under 15 team are on the road this weekend as they head down the motorway to Dubarry Park and Buccaneers on Saturday. Kick off is at 2.30. Players will be advised of travel arrangements. Under 13’sThe Under 13’s have a game this weekend at home to Galwegians Black with the game kicking off at 1.30pm. Under 14’sThe Under 14’s game with Castlebar was called off last weekend and will now be played next weekend at 4pm on Pitch Two. This is a great opportunity for those who are at the Ulster Bank League game to see the future senior players of Corinthians RFC strut their stuff. Firsts Under 16’sThe Under 16’s played Buccaneers in the league last weekend and came away with an excellent 29-17 win. Hubert Costello had an incredible game scoring three tries while Ethan Connolly and Diarmuid Kilcommins scoring the other tries. David McCarthy kicked two conversions. This was a total panel performance with all twenty three on the squad getting game time. Best of luck to all who are taking part in the Connemara Triathlon next weekend.Training continues on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Contact Tom Forde for more information. The Squad were as follows: Colin Joyce, Pat O’Toole, Matthew Burke, Sean Connolly, Colin Raftery, Sam McCormack, Stuart Royle, Lise Soloa, Stephen Kerins, Simon Keller, Colm de Buitlear, Cathal Evans, James Buckley, Joe Murphy, Dave Panter, Craig Hansberry, Dylan Donnellan, Aaron Broderick, Ger O’Connor, Ross Keller.Next up is our first home game of the season in what is going to be a special day with several games on at the Club. Belfast Harlequins are the visitors to Cloonacauneen and kick off is at 2.30. President’s Pre Match LunchJust a quick note to mention that Club President Kieran Browne’s Pre-Match lunch is on upstairs in the clubhouse at 12.30 on Saturday next ahead of the first’s first home game of the season against Belfast Harlequins.If you wish to book – Please contact Aidan Siggins on 086-4082896.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Girls Rugby U13’s and U15’s Girls Rugby continues at Corinthian Park every Monday evening at 7pm. New girls are extremely welcome and are invited to come and meet our existing players and try out a training session or even come and have a look during a session to see if it is something that they would enjoy. You do not need to have played rugby before and the emphasis will be on enjoying the game of rugby, playing safe rugby and enjoying being part of a girls rugby team.If you want more information then contact Rhoda Browne on 086-8245040. SecondsThe Second’s Game with Creggs did not go ahead last weekend so all focus is now on next weekend and their game against Castlebar. Kick off at Corinthian Park on Sunday is at 2.30pm. Under 18’sThe Under 18’s are at home this weekend to Buccaneers in the League with kick off at Corinthian Park at 12 Noon. Support appreciated.last_img read more

NADO Leaders Advance Urgent Reforms in Wake of Second McLaren Report

first_img“With the best interests of clean athletes at heart, it is our hope that these proposals will help sport move past these dark times and pave a path towards a brighter future – one where the promise of clean competition is fulfilled.” said the leaders in a joint statement. “But in order to do so, steps must be taken, and it is imperative that those responsible for Russia’s state-supported system are held accountable, that calls for a truly independent anti-doping model are finally heeded and those athletes affected by this abhorrent behavior are given back at least some of what was taken from them.”Meeting for the third time in six months, the NADO leadership group once again reaffirmed commitment to the Copenhagen Reform Proposals, a series of urgent reforms brought forth last August following the release of the initial McLaren Report, while calling on the international sport community to bolster anti-doping efforts and restore athlete’s faith in fair competition around the globe.With new, irrefutable evidence of Russia’s institutionalised doping system uncovered by McLaren and his team, the leadership group has called for the exclusion of Russian sport organisations from all international competition until the sport and anti-doping systems in Russia are brought into full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.However, in line with the approach taken by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and with the understanding that there may be some Russian athletes who have been subject to the robust anti-doping practices of other countries, the leadership group has offered to help in applying standardised criteria by which athletes can be assessed in order to compete as neutrals.The leaders have also called for IFs and other major event organisers to remove all international competitions currently set to take place in Russia, as well as a moratorium on awarding any new competitions to the country.In an attempt to prevent the type of malfeasance seen in Russia, NADO leaders advocate for a more independent global anti-doping model. The leadership group re-affirms its position that all anti-doping organisations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), should be independent and adopt the necessary reforms, including a proposal that no decision-maker within an anti-doping organisation hold a policy-making position within a sport or event organiser.While there was continued recognition of the value in maintaining close collaboration with sport – especially in regard to anti-doping education, funding and intelligence sharing – the leaders stand firm that investigatory, testing and results management functions be separate from sports organisations. These reforms would help prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organisation is tasked with both promoting and policing itself.NADO leaders also recognise the need for a system of checks and balances with greater transparency for anti-doping efforts in international sport. International athletes should be subject to harmonised and robust testing from independent national anti-doping organisations and anti-doping organisations overseen by WADA in order to ensure fairness.Lastly, with many IF’s now facing extensive evidence of doping and cover-ups following the publication of McLaren’s efforts, the NADO leaders look to WADA, the global regulator, to monitor and act – as required by the Code and UNESCO Treaty Against Doping in Sport – to ensure evidence is investigated and appropriate consequences are applied.While those affected athletes can never reclaim the moments that were stolen from them, the international community must do everything in its power to honor these victims and ensure justice for them. Including, if it is the athlete’s wish, the opportunity to have a formal medal ceremony conducted at the Olympic Games or World Championship following the approval of medal re-allocation.Former Irish international race walker Olive Loughnane was one of those affected athletes, having seen her 2009 World Championship medal upgraded from silver to gold in 2016. Today she backed the NADOs work in bringing about change to the anti-doping system: “As an athlete, I was shocked and appalled following the revelations in the McLaren Report that those tasked with the protection of clean athletes and the integrity of sport were in fact aiding and abetting deception of a seismic nature. I welcome the important work of the National Anti-Doping Organisations and their calls for reform. Strong action needs to be taken to ensure a message is sent out to all that doping in sport is completely unacceptable.”The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from around the world, including: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Following the devastating evidence of wide-spread systemic corruption exposed by the second McLaren Report, leaders from 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a special summit, hosted by Sport Ireland, with hopes to restore the faith of clean athletes and to ensure that the integrity of sport is never again brought into such disrepute. Special leadership Summit held in Farmleigh, DublinIn light of the second McLaren Report, leaders call for the exclusion of Russian sports organizations at all international competitions – with a uniform process for athletes to compete as neutrals until substantive progress in reform efforts are madeLeaders also call for the removal of all major international competitions, as well a moratorium on the awarding of new competitions to RussiaLeaders endorse WADA as global regulator and offer support for ongoing reform effortsLeaders reject concept of a new one size fits all, global “Independent Testing Authority” controlled by sport and consider guidelines for development of independent testing authorities to manage anti-doping responsibilities formerly conducted by International Federations (IFs)last_img read more

3 Nominees for both Galway hurling and football manager positions

first_imgInterviews for the next Galway football and hurling managers positions will be held next Monday night. After last weekend’s nomination deadline the three candidates for the football job are Padraig Joyce, Liam Kearns and Matt Duggan while outgoing hurling selectors Noel Larkin and Frannie Forde and former Galway U21 manager Tony Ward are in the running to become hurling manager. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Sarsfields Book Place In All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Final

first_imgThe Sarsfields Panel before yesterday’s All-Ireland Club Semi-Final with St Vincents. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Michael McGrath’s side were 1-13 to 0-8 winners over St Vincents from Dublin while defending champions Slaughtneil were 2-10 to 1-10 winners over Scariff in the other Semi-Final. Sarsfields will play Slaughtneil in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Final on the 1st of March following their Semi-Final win yesterday afternoon. Here is the match report from Tommy DevaneAfter the game, Tommy spoke to Sarsfields Manager Michael McGrathTommy then spoke to Player of the Match Siobhan McGrathlast_img read more

Galway Officials Decided For This Weekend’s National League Action

first_img==Also, two Galway officials will be on duty this weekend.Killimor’s Liam Gordon is the man in the middle forKilkenny’s clash with Clare in Cusack Park; and Oranmore/Maree’s Shane Hynesover the Division 3B clash of Sligo and Leitrim in Markievicz Park.==Sunday, 23rd FebruaryNational Football League Division 1GALWAY vs Tyrone (2pm Stadium)National Hurling League Division 1Waterford vs GALWAY (2pm Walsh Park)Kilkenny vs Clare (2pm Nowlan Park)National Hurling League Division 3Sligo vs Leitrim (2pm Markievicz Park)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Conor Lane and James Owens have been named as the referees for Galway’s games this weekend in the Allianz National Football and Hurling leagues. Lane will be the man in the middle for the Galwayfootballers’ National league game with Tyrone in Tuam Stadium while Owens willtake charge of the Galway Hurlers game with Waterford in Walsh Park. Both gameson Sunday throw in at 2pm.last_img read more

Manchester United ready to splash £50m on Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED are ready to launch a £50m bid for Toby Alderweireld this week – and offer him a bumper deal to entice him away from Tottenham.The Belgian defender is stalling on a new Spurs contract at present, and looks set to be sold this summer.2 Toby Alderweireld joined Tottenham in 2015 but Manchester United are keen to sign the defenderCredit: REUTERSUnited boss Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of the 29-year-old, and has scouted him for a number of seasons.And the Red Devils chief is looking to make a huge offer to land his target, and sure-up his defence.A United insider said: “The manager considers the player one of the best in the world in his position.”The club know there could be a bargain to be had. He is an unbelievable talent for the money.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startART ATTACKInside Arsenal’s celebrations as Arteta is showered with champagne as he dancesLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVEStones update, Sancho latest, Havertz to Chelsea news”His wages certainly aren’t a problem for United. They know they can pay what he wants if they have to.”There is a feeling Alderweireld would still like to stay at Spurs if they decide to meet with his demands.”Alderweireld is demanding Spurs double his £50,000-a-week wages to put him near parity with top-earner Harry Kane.United have no issues giving him a hefty amount on top of that though, as the Old Trafford wage structure is more flexible.Tottenham, Man United, PSG… where does Toby Alderweireld’s future lie? 2 Alderweireld could be on his way to Old Trafford after refusing to sign a new contract at TottenhamCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut if he does decide to stay at White Hart Lane, the Red Devils will not come back in for him.It is thought there is also a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave on the cheap next season.DANE DEAL Real Madrid to battle Barcelona for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen as they seek Luka Modric replacementTottenham chiefs are understood to be willing to let Alderweireld leave, depending on the offer.Spurs are keen on Anthony Martial, and would like the French winger as part exchange of any deal.Football legends look ahead to the FIFA World Cup in Russialast_img read more

Moura named first Premier League Player of the Month as Gracia bags manager gong

first_imgTOTTENHAM winger Lucas Moura has been rewarded for his goalscoring exploits in August by being named as the Premier League’s Player of the Month.Watford boss Javi Gracia picked up the Manager of the Month trophy after guiding the Hornets to three consecutive wins, before adding a fourth last weekend to welcome in September.3 Tottenham winger Lucas Moura has been named as August’s Premier League Player of the MonthCredit: Premier League View this post on Instagram The @premierleague Manager of the Month for August, Javi Gracia! 🏆 • • • #watfordfc A post shared by Watford FC (@watfordfcofficial) on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:00am PDTMoura – a January signing from Paris Saint-Germain – failed to hit the heights in the top-flight last season, but has been Spurs’ key man this campaign.The 26-year-old opened his account with a fantastic curling strike in the 3-1 win against Fulham at Wembley.That was before his double helped Tottenham stun Manchester United with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.Mauricio Pochettino’s side won their opening three Premier League games before they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.3 Moura, 26, banged in a double against Manchester United during a 3-0 win at Old TraffordCredit: AP:Associated Press3 Javi Gracia’s side have won all four Premier League games this seasonCredit: Reuters View this post on Instagram The gaffer gets a soaking! 💦 • • • #watfordfc A post shared by Watford FC (@watfordfcofficial) on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:32am PDTGracia – who saw his side beat Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace in August – heaped praise on his side as he was awarded his prize at training.After a quick change of clothes having been soaked by his squad, the 48-year-old said: “We are a good family.“It’s important not to look at the end of the road, but to enjoy the journey as well.”He added: “I am very pleased. This award is a consequence of results in games we have played and that comes from the work of everyone here.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old Trafford”When you start something you must think you can do it, but it is always more difficult in reality.”Watford face Manchester United at home after the international break, while Tottenham welcome table-toppers Liverpool to Wembley.Goals of the Month: Watch the best goals from August in the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Southland Cross Country Begins 51st Season Friday

first_img School 4 Nicholls sophomore Tessni Carruthers and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sophomore Brandie Garcia, all-conference honorable mentions, return this season after top-15 finishes at the conference championships last year. Arkansas State 7 2 8 13 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Philipp Baar returns for the Islanders after finishing seventh in last season’s conference championship meet and being a second-team all-conference selection. 12 6 Men’s Programs and 5 Women’s Programs Receive Preseason Regional RankingsSix men’s programs and five women’s programs appear in the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Preseason South Central Regional rankings. Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas and Houston Baptist all received men’s preseason regional rankings with Lamar ranked the highest at No. 3. Lamar, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist all received women’s preseason regional rankings with Lamar ranked the highest at No. 6. 14 Rice Despite losing two award winners from last season, Lamar’s men’s team still returns a first-team all-conference selection in junior Sam Stabler and a second-team all-conference selection in senior Ryan Creech. Stabler had a fourth-place finish in last year’s conference championships while Creech finished ninth. Also returning is graduate student Michael Kershaw who was a top-15 finisher at the conference championship meet and an honorable mention last season. 1 3 14 Houston Baptist 2013 Final 15 Texas 4 Stephen F. Austin senior Laurie Byrd returns for the Ladyjacks after being a first-team all-conference selection last season and a sixth-place finisher at the conference championship meet. School 4 8 7 11 SMU 2 Friday, Aug. 29·         UNO Relays  at New Orleans, 3 p.m.·         Nicholls at UNO Relays, 3 p.m.·         Southeastern Louisiana at UNO Relays, 3 p.m.·         Double Duals at MacGregor Park  at Houston Baptist, 5:45 p.m.·         Sam Houston State at Double Duals at MacGregor Park, 5:45 p.m.·         McNeese 6k Relays at McNeese State, 6 p.m.·         Northwestern State at McNeese 6K Relays, 6 p.m.·         Lamar at Aggie Opener, 6:15 p.m.·         Stephen F. Austin at Aggie Opener, 6:15 p.m.·         Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Rio Grande Valley Relays, 7 p.m.·         Alamo City Opener at UIW, 7:15 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 30·         Central Arkansas at Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, 9:20 p.m. USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country South Central Regional Rankings 6 15 Baylor 14 Arkansas 7 15 Graduate students Leigh Lattimore, Louise Webb and Claire Arnold all return for Lamar’s women’s squad. Lattimore was named female newcomer of the year last season, finished second at the conference championships and was a first-team all-conference selection. Webb, a first-team all-conference selection, captured a fourth-place finish at the conference championship meet last year. Arnold was a top-ten finisher at the conference championships and a second-team all-conference selection. 7 2 Texas Postseason ChampionshipsThe 2014 Southland Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Northwestern State and will take place at the NSU Golf Course on Monday, Nov. 3, in Natchitoches, La. For qualifying teams and individuals, the NCAA South Central Regional will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on Nov. 14, followed by the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 22. 10 14 All-Conference Honorees and Three Award Winner Return for 2014 SeasonSeven men’s and seven women’s all-conference honorees from last year return this season. Lamar returns three men’s all-conference honorees and three women’s all-conference selections while Stephen F. Austin returns three men’s selection and one women’s honoree. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi returns one men’s selection and one women’s honoree. Central Arkansas returns a women’s all-conference selection and double award winner while Nicholls returns one women’s all-conference honoree. 5 10 3 Sam Houston State 14 Ark.-Little Rock 9 UT Arlington Rank 11center_img Baylor 12 3 5 Rice 2013 Final 9 Central Arkansas 10 8 1  Stephen F. Austin’s men’s team returns juniors Nicholas Guerra and Cody Brown and sophomore Anthony Gallardo. Guerra finished third at the conference championship meet last year and was a first-team all-conference selection. Brown and 2013 freshman of the year Gallardo were second-team all-conference selections, each finishing in the top-ten at the conference championships. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2 9 1 13 8 Rank Stephen F. Austin 13 5 4 UTSA Lamar 10 6 North Texas 11 Texas A&M Lamar North Texas Houston 12 9 12 Central Arkansas Texas A&M Stephen F. Austin USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country South Central Regional Rankings 5 1 11 3 Houston Baptist 6 UT Arlington 15 13 FRISCO, Texas –The Southland Conference starts its 51st season of men’s and women’s cross country Friday with eleven teams competing in races. Defending men’s and women’s conference champion Lamar travels to College Station, Texas, to compete in the Aggie Opener along with Stephen F. Austin, the men’s conference runner-up a season ago. Central Arkansas, last year’s women’s conference runner-up, competes on Saturday when the men’s and women’s teams travel to Memphis, Tenn., for the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic. Four men’s and women’s programs host meets Friday as New Orleans hosts the UNO Relays, Houston Baptist hosts the Double Duals at MacGregor Park, McNeese State hosts the McNeese 6k Relays and UIW hosts the Alamo City Opener. Weekend meets include: 6 Central Arkansas sophomore Brooke Cassar, 2013 female cross country athlete of the year and freshman of the year, returns for the Bears after finishing first at last year’s conference championship meet. Cassar also finished with the 54th (20:55.7) best time at the NCAA National Championship meet, which is the fourth-best finish among female Southland runners at the NCAA Championships. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Arkansaslast_img read more

New Orleans Falls at No. 44 LSU

first_imgAnja Luethi pushed Skylar Kuykendall deep into each set before falling to the 87th-ranked singles player in the nation. Luethi lost her match 7-5, 6-4 at the 2 spot. The rest of the rotation for LSU swept through with no player from the 3-through-6 position losing more than five games. Next up for the Privateers is a doubleheader on Saturday against SUNO at 11 a.m. and Xavier at 3 p.m. on Saturday. No. 44 LSU 6, New Orleans 1NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers women’s tennis team (3-4, 0-1) was overpowered 6-1 by the 44th-ranked LSU Tigers (7-2) on Wednesday evening at City Park. In singles, Calderon earned the only Privateers point. Calderon won the first set in a tiebreak, but was trailing 3-1 in the second set when Scott retired from the match. The win moved Calderon to 3-2 in singles play on the spring. The Privateers began the evening, falling at the 2 and 3 positions in doubles. Marta Sans and Soledad Calderon Arroyo were ahead 4-2 at the 1 position against Joana Vale Costa and Noel Scott, but that match went unfinished after the Tigers wrapped up the first point.last_img read more

Southland Women’s Golf Championship Tees Off Monday

first_imgHouston Baptist finished seventh at last year’s championship but is the second-ranked team heading into this year’s tournament. The Huskies return second-team all-conference pick Rachel Mulkey. The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, was the top Husky finisher last year at 17-over par, tied for 15th. This season, the Huskies have never finished outside of the top five in a tournament and have claimed two team titles. HBU won both of its crowns in October with a win at the Sam Houston State Harold Funston Invitational, Oct. 6-7, and followed that up with a win at the UAB Fall Beach Bash, Oct. 27-28. TEE TIMES  |  CHAMPIONSHIP PAGEFRISCO, Texas – The 14th annual Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship tees off Monday at the Hill Course at Stonebridge Country Club in McKinney, Texas. The 6,262-yard par 72 will be hosting its first Southland tournament. UIW, which is not eligible to earn the Southland’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament during its transition period from Division II to Division I, will be participating in this year’s tournament unattached. If the Cardinals were to win the event, the team finishing in second place will move on to represent the Southland in an NCAA regional. Eight Southland universities field a women’s golf team: Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, UIW, Lamar, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The conference tournament is slated to tee off Monday at 8 a.m. Pairings are based on team seeding, which is calculated using the Golfstat rankings. Players will play 18 holes of golf Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 a.m. This year will mark the third consecutive year the Southland women’s golf that the championship will be held at a truly neutral site. Lamar has won the most Southland tournament titles with five, including the last two tournaments, followed by Sam Houston State with two and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with one. Lamar has the highest conference Golfstat ranking entering this season’s tournament. Last season, the Lady Cardinals led from the opening round and claimed their second straight and fifth overall league crown. Lamar is looking to become the first team to win three consecutive women’s titles. Lamar returns two first-team and two second-team all-conference selections, including last season’s freshman of the year Wenny Chang. The sophomore from Hsinchu, Taiwan, was a first-team all-conference pick and tied for seventh in last season’s championship along with teammate Nghi Ngo at 12-over par. Ngo, a senior from Hochiminh City, Vietnam was a second-team pick in 2014. Taylor Stockman, a junior from Clear Lake, Texas, earned first-team honors after finishing 10th last year at 13-over par. Also returning for the Lady Cardinals is sophomore Bertille DuPont, a second-team pick last season. DuPont tied for 13th in last year’s tournament to help Lamar claim the team title. The Lady Cardinals have one team victory on the season, tying for first at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic, Feb. 23-24 Three other Southland teams have claimed team titles this season with Central Arkansas winning twice and Sam Houston State and UIW each claiming one team title. The Bears first shared the Islander Classic with the Lady Cardinals in February before winning the Arkansas-Little Rock/Arkansas State Women’s Golf Classic, March 30-31, in a playoff. The Bearkats took the team title at the Oral Roberts Shootout, Sept. 29-30 while the Cardinals won the Jack Brown Memorial Tournament hosted by Texas A&M-International, Feb. 9-10. Live scoring for the 2015 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship will be available at read more