Former Grenada soccer star is CONCACAF director

first_imgFormer Grenada international and English Premier League star, Jason Roberts, 39, has joined continental governing body, CONCACAF, as its new Director of Development.In his new role, Roberts will be in charge of developing CONCACAF’s grassroots programs and streamlining the organization’s coaching education, and professional football development initiatives.Honored and excited “I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead the development department as CONCACAF continues strengthening and enhancing its support for member associations to advance the game,” Roberts said.“Football is my passion, I see the potential as well as untapped opportunities for growth within our region. I am especially looking forward to our department working on a foundation focused on grassroots, coaching education, and programs that raise the level of play.”Played in English leagueRoberts made his name as a dynamic forward in the English professional leagues, representing teams like West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth in an 18-year career.He ended his career at Reading three years ago and has since become a respected football television pundit.Roberts is a graduate of the UEFA MIP Executive Course and member of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee.Former Curacao head coach He is one of two new additions to CONCACAF’s development department. Former Curacao head coach, Etienne Siliee, has also signed on as the confederation’s new development manager of the Caribbean.“As part of our ONE CONCACAF Vision, we have a focused investment in football development to transform the Confederation’s future,” said CONCACAF president, Victor Montagliani.“Mr. Roberts is the right leader to continue fulfilling our mission, while providing an integral support to our member associations efforts.“Furthermore, Mr. Siliee bring significant experience and extensive knowledge of coaching and development, which will greatly contribute to raising the quality of our sport.”Siliee will report to Roberts who in turn will report to Chief of Football Officer, Manolo Zubiria.CONCACAF oversees football in North, Central America and the Caribbean.For more on CONCACAF, visit the link: new club competitionlast_img read more

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Nominated for IAAF Athlete Of The Year

first_imgAthletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Women’s 100 Metres Final – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – September 29, 2019 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning gold REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch KINGSTON, Jamaica – Coming off the heels of a historic World Championships, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been nominated for IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.Fraser-Pryce, who scored her fourth 100m World Championships title at the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, was announced alongside Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech, Brigid Kosgei and Hellen Obiri; Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser; USA’s Dalilah Muhammad; Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson; The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan; Germany’s Malaika Mihambo; Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas and Mariya Lasitskene, for the coveted Female Athlete of the Year Award.The 32-year-old won the 100m in a time of 10.71 seconds, the fastest time this year, and was also part of the Jamaican 4x100m women’s winning team at the Championships. In an Instagram post, Fraser-Pryce welcomed the nomination, saying “Representation matters….Grateful for all I have achieved this year and thrilled to be among a group of women to inspire others through our athletic performances. Thank you @iaaf_athletics for the nomination!”Having won the title in 2013, she is only one of two Jamaican women to have ever won the award, with former Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey winning in 1990.For the second year in a row, no Jamaican male athlete has been nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. Usain Bolt, who retired in 2017, was the last Jamaican to win the award in 2016. The fastest man alive has won the Male Athlete of the Year award a record number of six times.The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on 4 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019.last_img read more

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Rep of Ireland Manager Keen On Contract Extension

first_imgMartin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager,  has revealed that he is ready to extend his contract until 2020.The former Leicester City, Celtic and Aston Villa manager also confirmed that he has held talks with Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney about a new two-year deal.Speaking ahead of Friday’s game with Moldova in Dublin, O’Neill said: “I think there is a willingness on both sides [to continue].”Republic of Ireland have to win their last two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Wales on Monday to stay in the hunt for a playoff place.Speaking further, O’Neill, who has been in charge since November 2013 said: “I think there is much to look forward to.”“We qualified for a competition and I think season tickets have gone from 4,000 to 16,000 so I think there is some evidence we are doing okay.“We’re still in the mix and one out of one [qualifying] at this minute is not too bad.” he concluded. RelatedRussia 2018 Playoffs (UEFA): Italy Handed Tough Sweden Test; Home Nations Get Tricky OpponentsOctober 17, 2017In “FIFA”Manager Search: Scottish FA Make Official Approach For NI ManagerNovember 16, 2017In “Europe”McAuley Returns To NI Squad Ahead Of World  Cup QualifiersSeptember 26, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

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Racing Post gets ready for ‘unmissable’ ICE 2017

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Racing Post has described ICE as ‘the most significant business event of its year’ after confirming its presence at the 2017 event with the Racing Post Café (S2-230).The café will once again serve as an unofficial meeting point for key players within the sports betting industry, and a place for the Racing Post team to highlight its horseracing, greyhound and football products across online, mobile and retail.Eugene Delaney, Racing Post’s Head of B2B, said: “The Racing Post Cafe has become the key meeting place at ICE, an event which, without doubt, is our single most important show from a commercial perspective and the one that key decision-makers all attend. We are there to talk print, web, mobile, tablet and retail solutions, providing quality offerings for each medium.”He continued: “ICE is always one of the highlights of the entire year, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s a fantastic meeting place as well as the opportunity to showcase innovation. Clarion has done a fantastic job in growing the event year after year to the extent that it truly is unmissable.“The Racing Post B2B team will be there in force to highlight an array of horseracing, greyhound and football products and launch a range of exciting initiatives across online, mobile and retail. Our core message is there is so much more to the Racing Post than just a traditional print product.“We are making a significant investment in B2B products over the next 18 months and ICE is the best place to showcase what is a growing B2B portfolio.”Clarion has increased the net space available at ICE 2017 by 5% from 38,980 sqm to 40,925 sqm after last year’s record breaking representation from 150 nations. Racing Post will once again be running its annual competition to find the furthest travelled ICE attendee to visit the stand. Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Ronan Smith – Secure Trading – The rise of cryptocurrency

first_img Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Esports Gold offers cryptocurrency investment opportunity October 26, 2017 Winning Post – Why time is of the essence for UK Parliament July 16, 2018 Pinnacle links up with igaming payments firm MuchBetter June 21, 2018 Submit Ronan Smith, Secure TradingJust two weeks after sponsoring Betting on Football 2017 at Stamford Bridge, SBC caught up with Secure Trading Senior Account Manager Ronan Smith to discuss the evolution of mobile payments, the role of crypto-currencies and the impact of payment processing on customer acquisition.SBC: What’s next in the mobile payment space?RS: For Secure Trading, it’s obvious that mobile devices are fast becoming the predominant touch point for online operations, and it’s getting easier and easier as phones and tablets become more and more advanced.The payments industry has recognised this and there are a host of new mobile-based solutions cropping up that will both challenge and complement the more traditional methods that we are already used to.Solutions such as Funanga’s CashtoCode, a prepaid cash method, could be a game-changer. They enable users to deposit cash into their accounts via their mobiles, opening a market of customers who want deposit conveniently on the go. I’d also predict that the soon to be launched MuchBetter wallet app will create some noise.The telecom networks, not just the device manufacturers, are also recognising the need for comprehensive payment suites and security as an added service. As these develop and customers grow more comfortable with using their debit or credit card via their phone or tablet, I believe we will see more and more payments shift towards a mobile option.And, who knows, maybe as more devices hit the market with near field communications (NFC) technology some clever operator will find a way to utilise that for deposits.SBC: What role will cryptocurrencies play in the future? We’ve seen several Bitcoin only operators emerge in the past year…RS: I think everyone acknowledges now that cryptocurrencies are going to be part of everyday life, much to the chagrin and resistance of the more traditional financial institutions and card schemes. We need to accept that crypto is out there to provide an alternative means of payment.However, like with any new phenomenon, it takes time for everyone to become accustomed with how it works. There’s a strong push by the crypto industry to educate both operators and users alike on the benefits of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and, as they improve, we will undoubtedly see more and more operations accepting it as a form of payment.Bitcoin got a bad rap when it initially started making waves, particularly because of the perceived complete anonymity of it, its association with all things dark web and the volatility of the value; but I think the industry has done a lot to clean-up its image since then. It’s only a matter of time before it is a standard alternative across all eCommerce sectors, not just betting and gambling.SBC: What role does payment processing play in customer acquisition and retention?RS: Payment processing can be key to customer acquisition; it is the final stage of the initial deposit process. If the customer can’t get their funds into their gaming account, then they simply walk away and go to play elsewhere.It also plays an important role in the “first impression” stage when a customer initially arrives at your home page. They must feel instantly comfortable. One way of doing that is by displaying recognised and reputable payment service providers, so that the player knows that they are going to be using a familiar and trusted process when transferring funds into their account.The same is true for customer retention. It is important to make the user experience as seamless and straightforward as possible to encourage repeat deposits whilst still maintaining a high level of security. There is so much competition out there that if a player ever feels uncomfortable or that their payment information is not secure, they will take their business elsewhere.SBC: Finally, why did you decide to get involved as a sponsor at the recent Betting on Football?RS: Secure Trading will be focusing on the betting and gambling industry as a core sector in the future and have previously sponsored SBC events in the past, but at a much smaller level. Having seen this and other SBC events go from strength to strength over recent years, we felt that there was no time like the present to increase our association with them.last_img read more

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Kiwi Bay extends bettingexpert’s Tipster Challenge lead

first_imgShare Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 1bettingexpert2.6716.36 2Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 3Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 4Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints bettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. StumbleUponcenter_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru at bettingexpert, stretched his lead in the Tipster Challenge after a 16/1 victory for Kiwi Bay in the final race of the day at Ayr.Kiwi Bay came through to deny the 5/2 favourite Stoneboat Bill in a result which typified a disappointing day in Scotland for William Hill PR Manager Rupert Adams.Adams managed just a single victory on short-price favourite Nezwaah (1/2), who justified his pre-race confidence by easily outrunning the likes of Sophie P and Maleficent Queen.Race Winners at Ayr:Chookie Dunedin – 10/1Goninodaethat – 14/1Polly Douglas – 3/1Royal Brave – 5/1Nicholas T – 5/2Gworn – 8/1Nezwaah – 1/2Kiwi Bay – 16/1Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard Sharelast_img read more

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Playtech ‘squeeze-out’ marks final days of Snaitech as a Borsa Milan enterprise

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Updating the market, FTSE250 technology group Playtech Plc has confirmed that it will ‘squeeze-out’ the remaining minority 3.5% shareholding in Snaitech SPA, moving to obtain the full operating equity of the Italian betting group.Following the closure of its £845 million acquisition of Snaitech (deal officially completed in June 2018), Playtech currently holds 96.5 % stake in the Milan-listed enterprise.Playtech’s minority buyout will be carried out by special vehicle Pluto SPA in accordance with the rules of the Italian Financial Services Act.The FTSE technology group will put forward a  cash consideration equal to 2.19 Euros per share as previously noted in its Mandatory Takeover Offer (MTO), for the remaining equity of Snaitech.The transaction is expected to suspend trading of Snaitech stock on the Borsa Italiana’s ‘Mercato Telematico Azionario’ from 1 August 2018 and 2 August 2018.Furthermore, Playtech will move to delist Snaitech as Milan Borsa-listed enterprise on 3 August 2018. StumbleUpon Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020last_img read more

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Henrik Tjärnström – Kindred looks to new shores post World Cup

first_img Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share As a sign of corporate growth and progress, Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström has stated to investors that corporate comparative trading periods will only get tougher for the Stockholm-listed enterprise.Presenting Kindred’s H1 2018 interim leadership update, Tjärnström acknowledges that a further ‘all-time high’ trading quarter has been driven by World Cup Russia 2018, with Kindred achieving its biggest active player base of +1.5 million customers.In his update, Tjärnström details to Kindred investors and analysts the demands of navigating a successful World Cup, which should not be underestimated by corporate stakeholders.“We are very happy to be up 31 per cent as reported. Of course the World Cup has been a major contributing factor, however, these are not easy times. I’m very happy to report that every Kindred division and employee came together to deliver on our plans for these championships” Tjärnström details to investors.Closing a busy trading period, Tjärnström details that Kindred will continue to develop its broad online gambling proposition, driven through proven organic and acquired brands, able to compete in multiple European jurisdictions.For its new markets proposition, Tjärnström notifies investors that Kindred has placed a ‘ number of boots on the ground assessing open US market opportunities’.In his presentation, Kindred’s leader notes that the firm will soon unveil its first US-centric partnership with a leading US casino operator, likely to be targeting ‘New Jersey as the entry point, later this year.’For the time being, Tjärnström will not disclose what brand Kindred will seek to launch for US markets, acknowledging that its flagship Unibet has a limited profile stateside.“Our working hypothesis right now is when sports becomes available, we would see it as a big benefit if we could go with the Unibet brand, albeit we fully appreciate that it’s unknown in the US market, but it has worked well in Europe and we believe it could work well in the US as well.”last_img read more

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Facebook complies with Lega-5Star’s Italian blanket ban

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Facebook has become the latest US tech giant to confirm that it will comply with the approved mandate of the new Italian coalition government’s ‘Dignity Decree’.Updating its Italian advertising terms and conditions, Facebook states that it will no longer accept adverts, promotions, pages, Instagram accounts and apps that promote or facilitate online gambling.“Pursuant to recent legislative developments, our company is now revoking that approval in respect of the Italian market and will only allow national deferred prize-drawing lotteries to run gambling advertising in Italy”, details Facebook in its advertising update.The stark reality of governance by the populist Lega-5Star coalition is dawning on Italian betting incumbents, as last week Google announced that it would conform to the government’s blanket ban on gambling advertising, removing all Italian betting content from its search listings.Italian MPs continue to debate the policy framework of the Dignity Decree, which is likely to gain parliamentary approval on 10 August.Yesterday, European industry trade body the EGBA, stated that it supported Italian betting stakeholders and online gambling association LOGiCO challenge of the advertising and sponsorship ban.The EGBA and LOGiCO issued a joint-letter to Italian Parliament stating that the directive would be counterproductive in its objectives to minimise gambling-related harms, putting Italian consumers at risk and growing the nation’s black market for betting services. CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Share Submit Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

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Matthew Imi: Sky Racing – The first month and adapting to industry challenges

first_img UK racing remains hopeful for crowd pilot events August 14, 2020 PM casts doubt over imminent resumption for professional sport May 11, 2020 Submit Share Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon On 1 January of this year, Sky UK launched its new channel, Sky Racing , which took Sky’s dedicated sports channel tally up to 11, has been broadcasting race fixtures from both the UK and around the world.Matthew Imi, CEO of Sky RacingIt has been headed by the long term At the Races chief executive, Matthew Imi. SBC caught up with Imi to discuss how Sky Racing’s first month has faired, and how the industry will adapt to and overcome challenges in the next 12 months.SBC: Has your first month of Sky Racing gone as expected? What have been your highlights so far?MI: We’re delighted with how the launch and first month has gone, particularly after a lot of hard work at Sky and from the production team. Having said that, this is just the beginning and it’s very important to us that we continue to grow and evolve from here, rolling out new production tools, improving graphics, integrating new functionality etc. Highlights so far include some of the steps we’ve taken to improve the viewer experience and the positive feedback we’ve had on that is hugely rewarding. Along with the additional cameras, everything being fully HD and super slo-mo shots that have all been so well received, we’ve also made an important commitment to have at least one presenter at every UK fixture. That gives the viewer much more insight and access to what’s going on at the track. We also have time to hear much more from our presenters on course who do an excellent job and now deliver more in-depth analysis and reporting than ever. We have welcomed some new faces to the team and we are very pleased with how that’s worked complementing our strong exiting talent pool.SBC: Can you tell us some of the ways in which racing viewers have benefited from Sky’s expansive sports coverage this year?MI: We’re still really in the early stages of what we aim to do with our presentation and technology enhancements but already racing fans will have seen a number of improvements on Sky Sports Racing. One of our goals was to improve the standard of all our races, not just the major meetings. All our coverage is now in HD and supported by a number of new camera positions. We have two live cameras positioned on the finishing straight, allowing for both close and wide shots; we have super slow-motion capabilities on the close shot which allows for immediate analysis on race finishes; and there is a side-on camera to the stalls at our flat meetings to show who gets away effectively. For the bigger meetings, fans will also be able to enjoy our drone cameras and tracking vehicles. The drone allows for sections of the race to be captured which aren’t available to other cameras and is a superb addition to our coverage.SBC: Are you able to go into greater detail about how Sky Racing can bring the sport to a new audience in 2019?MI: Sky Sports’ broadcast and digital platforms have huge reach and an engaged audience. Our ability to cross-promote our domestic and international racing fixtures to sports fans is a huge opportunity for not only us as a channel but the sport itself. Sky Sports News is a particularly important asset and one which will help reach sports fans with all the stories racing has to offer as well as deliver more reports, build up and previews for our live racing coverage. Our challenge at that point is to attract and hold onto the newcomers, while also delivering exceptional coverage to our long-term viewers. Coverage doesn’t have to be binary in terms of its approach to expert viewers or newcomers. There is a chord to be struck which combines making the programming entertaining and engaging on a wider level while also providing the level of insight that viewers have grown to expect from us and from Sky Sports. SBC: Could you reveal some of the challenges that are involved with attaining racing media rights, compared to other sports?MI: As a media rights partner, we know we have a proposition which many racecourses find attractive. From March 1st this year, Ascot, Chester and Bangor on Dee will join Sky Sports Racing. They know we can deliver first class coverage of all their race days with the production standards associated with Sky Sports. They know we can deliver valuable cross promotion from Sky Sports News and other areas as well as the largest digital audience in racing. And they know they can expect a fully transparent and collaborative partnership tailored to their needs.I’m not sure racing’s media rights are much more complicated or challenging than other sports but it is true that racing rights in the UK are owned by a number of groups and factions and the importance of betting to racing media rights is unlike other sports.SBC: How big an issue is media piracy in racing and how do you plan on combating it?MI: Our primary responsibility is to protect our channel picture signal and this is tightly controlled through contracted distribution agreements with major networks and platforms on an encrypted channel basis, notably with Sky and Virgin Media. These are companies that deal with the threat of piracy and are well used to doing so. The risk from piracy involving live filming at a racecourse venue is a matter for the racecourses themselves although we will offer support to any of our racecourse partners as required. Anecdotally, we don’t believe the specific problem of drone filming is as severe as may have been reported.SBC: The racing industry as a whole has some significant challenges to face this year, especially with Brexit looming which is causing mass-uncertainty. How do you plan to address these obstacles?MI: All our rights agreements are in place and we don’t expect Brexit to affect us to any great degree from a broadcast perspective. Racing itself faces more complex issues, particularly in the case of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. The Tripartite agreement between Britain, Ireland and France has allowed horses to move freely between the three countries since the 1960s and is now part of EU law. Obviously this will cease to exist in the case of ‘No Deal’ which is likely to make the movement of horses between the three countries, and there is a lot of it, potentially problematic. I’m very hopeful a solution will be found though. It would be a great shame if we reached the point of horses not lining up due to border crossing issues post-Brexit. Sharelast_img read more

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Intralot shows its Turkish intent submitting Sportoto wagering tender

first_img StumbleUpon Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 As anticipated the governance of Athens-listed gaming and lottery systems provider Intralot SPA has confirmed that it has submitted its official tender offer to the Turkish Sportoto State Organisation, bidding to manage its ‘SporToto’ fixed-odds and pari-mutuel bookmaker service.Intralot submits its tender offer through Turkish subsidiary INTELTEK, operator of state-licensed betting operator ‘IDDAA’, a joint-venture which Intralot has operated alongside leading Turkish telecoms firm Turkcell since 2004.Furthermore, Intralot is the majority shareholder (51%) of leading Turkish market bookmaker BILYONER, an asset which at present accounts for 42% of Intralot’s group revenues.Entering 2019, Sportoto governance announced that it would place its operating tender up for review, seeking to gain new sports betting provisions, in a bid to boost its SporToto services.Intralot governance has made little secret of wanting to expand its presence and services within Turkey, the firm’s most important foreign market.Celebrating 15-years operating in Turkey, last November Intalot announced that it would commit to building an “INTELTEK – technology development division within Turkey, supporting all Intralot global units.Furthermore, the gambling technology group announced that BILYONER had secured its biggest sponsorship commitment to date with Istanbul football club Galatasaray SK, stating that it would support the development of all Galatasaray syndicated sports clubs – football, basketball, volleyball. Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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MannBenham forms ‘specific advisory’ for transforming global gambling marketplace

first_img StumbleUpon Isle of Man-based law firm MannBenham has announced the formation of a new igaming-specific legal advisory, offering counsel on the changing dynamics impacting the global gambling sector.The advisory has been developed by MannBenham to offer legal advice on new disciplines such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, alongside further guidance on changing compliance directives impacting all industry stakeholders.In its statement, MannBenham details that it has gathered a team with a ‘global cross-section of knowledge, jurisdictions and industry’, maintaining over 150 years combined experience in compliance, management consultancy, digital technology and business transformation.The team will work closely with clients to drive growth and reduce risk through the optimisation of technology and process, the training and mentoring of key personnel and harmonisation of business functions.Miles Benham – MannBenhamMiles Benham, Managing Director of MannBenham Advocates, commented: “We are really proud to expand the MannBenham group of companies with this new Advisory Team, it is certainly a great meeting of minds, knowledge and experience, covering multiple jurisdictions and business sectors.”The newly formed MannBenham Advisory will be involved in their first official engagement at the MannBenham International Gaming Conference later next month. There is a theme running through on sector awareness and compliant responsibilities, be that responsible gaming, CSR or internal compliance.“The event has been brought together to better promote the positive feelings around the Island gaming industry and provide help as opposed to hindrance, being positive, informative and directional as is evident from the number of speakers and the topics that will be covered,” Benham added. “We look forward to welcoming you to both the MannBenham Advisory and the gaming conference.” Share Share Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Submit Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead  July 22, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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bet365 results – in numbers

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Today saw the release of the financial results for bet365, comfortably perceived as the leader in online betting and gambling in the industry and winner of SBC’s Sportsbook of the Year award for the last five years.The report covers the 53 weeks to 31 March 2019 and so takes in figures from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As befits the industry leader, the figures alone are enough to tell a story of the firm’s success.10% – increase in Sports and Gaming revenue to £2,981.6m (from £2,718.6m)12% – increase in Sports and Gaming operating profit to £767.1m23% – increase in active customers£64,486,235,000 – amount wagered on sports (also an increase of 23%)79% – the percentage of Sports revenue derived from In-Play18% – Growth in Mobile Sports4,646 – number of employees, up from 4,030£2,564,000,000 – bet365 group’s cash pile£86,300,000 – the amount being donated to charity by the company, the vast majority of which goes to the Denise Coates Foundation charityWhile the growth has slowed, that is down to an increasingly regulated environment with the firm making big investments in social responsibility technology and processes and anti-money laundering safeguards. The firm still leads the way though as shown with its scooping of three awards at the SBC Awards at the start of the month, including the Best Affiliate Programme gong: Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Submit John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020last_img read more

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BGC plays straight bat to NHS demands over marketing

first_img StumbleUpon Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 The National Health Service (NHS) has demanded that gambling operators take ‘urgent action’ and stop taking credit card transactions ahead of the ban in April, VIP experiences and even bet to view streaming of sports. In a letter to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), NHS England‘s National Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch has called for a ban on promotions such as free bets to limit what she has called a ‘vicious gambling cycle’.She said: “I am concerned about offering people who are losing vast sums of money… free tickets, VIP experiences, and free bets, all proactively prompt people back into the vicious gambling cycle which many want to escape.“The gambling industry has a responsibility to prevent the occasional flutter turning into a dangerous habit. The links between the sporting industry and gambling are deeply disturbing, and the tactics used by some firms are shameful.“It is high time sporting bodies get back to their roots and start focussing on fans and families enjoying watching their heroes play, rather than allowing firms to hijack sport in pursuit of profit.”Responding to the letter, the BGC said that it takes its duty of care to customers “incredibly seriously” and was determined to make gambling safer.BGC Chair Brigid Simmonds OBE said the industry is determined to raise standards and improve safer gambling. “The points that you raise are important,” she responded. “Just some of the work our members have already done includes new age-verification checks, increased funding for research, education and treatment, introduced a whistle-to-whistle ban on gambling advertising, worked together as an industry to create GAMSTOP which will now be mandatory for all operators, created monitoring algorithms to monitor play both online and in retail to help identify those at risk of harmful play and just last week waived exclusivity on FA Cup games.”Simmonds revealed the company were also working on affordability checks, AdTech to block adverts and calling on search engines to block adverts from non-UK licenced operators advertising using help search terms.“We have also announced Safer Gambling Commitments which represent a set of measures to deliver long-term and fundamental changes in how gambling companies are run in the UK and how they empower, protect and support their customers. “The five core safer gambling Commitments are targeted to: Prevent underage gambling and protect young people; Increase support for treatment of gambling harm; Strengthen and expand codes of practice for advertising and marketing; Protect and empower our customers and; Promote a culture of safer gambling.“We are currently working with a range of stakeholders on safer gambling initiatives therefore it would be good to understand in greater detail your experience, knowledge and concerns and how we may address them.”The NHS has only recently been pressed into taking problem gambling more seriously, as it does for other addictions such as alcohol and drugs, after moves by Health Secretary Matt Hancock a year ago. Up until then all the problem gambling treatment was funded by the industry, including the NHS run National Problem Gambling Clinic, as well as the 120 GamCare treatment centres throughout the UK. Related Articles BGC: Industry is ‘not out of the woods’ as English casinos reopen August 14, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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BOS Sweden submits response to Spelinspektionen bet-type proposals

first_img Share Related Articles Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 A document co-authored by Swedish online gambling trade association BOS and industry market intelligence firm H2 Capital has urged regulator Spelinspektionen to rethink wagering restrictions designed to counter sports manipulations.It was submitted to Spelinspektionen as part of the regulator’s stakeholder consultation on safeguarding Swedish sports integrity and protecting Swedish sports from manipulation.The consultation launch followed the publication of draft Spelinspektionen proposals seeking to prohibit bet-types on individual athlete performance and match events (yellow cards, penalties, violations) – proposals directly contested by BOS. Spelinspektionen has justified the bet-type restrictions as a means of ‘comprehensively ensuring’ that no professional athlete could be influenced to manipulate a sports outcome based on individual performance. Publishing a 28-page document detailing research and insights by H2 Capital, BOS has refuted this justification as a measure that is counterproductive to building up the strength of the Swedish gambling framework and its channelisation to licensed operators.“Whilst these restrictions are targeting areas that appear most vulnerable to manipulation, the industry’s concern is that restricting licensed operators from offering wagers on these products will merely shift the wagering offshore where there is no integrity oversight,” said BOS as part of its document outline. Drawing on H2 Capital analysis and insights, BOS has therefore drawn key conclusions which Spelinspektionen must address as Swedish gambling’s regulatory authority.It has urged the regulator to undertake a ‘macro-level’ view of regulating Swedish sports wagering, in which the ‘optimal solution in preserving sports integrity’ is led by licensed operators working with specialist integrity associations to monitor potential match-fixing cases. The ‘regulatory logic’ of bet-type restrictions on licensed operators is questioned, as Spelinspektionen would be stifling its own market binding channelization strategy. The BOS report added: “Analysis of the impact of these regulations implies a -7.5% decline in onshore GGR and a +30% increase in offshore GGR for commercial online operators. This translates to a -5.9 percentage point decline in the channelling rate to 75% of GGR from commercial operators onshore.”Representing regulated Swedish incumbents, BOS underlined that although athlete performance wagers remain relatively small, if restricted they could serve as a trigger to promoting unlicensed actors.Further BOS concerns relate to the wagering restrictions creating an imbalanced legislative framework as the laws formulated will only apply to Spelinspektionen licensing system, thereby making it harder to prosecute actual bad actors in terms of manipulating sports Should Spelinspektionen continue with its draft proposals, BOS expects the regulatory authority to seek approval and oversight of its provisions by relevant EU authorities. StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020last_img read more

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Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture

first_imgShare StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share Submit All behind-closed-door Premier League matches are set to be broadcast following the FA’s confirmation that the traditional Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.Due to this announcement, all top flight games can be negotiated to broadcasters to be aired live until crowds start to come back to stadiums. The top-tier ban will also allow clubs to provide season ticket holders with match-day codes to stream home matches, similarly to last season. According to The Times, the Premier League was considering maintaining its original contracts with BT Sport and Sky Sports, which would result in 40 per cent of the games this season not being televised. However, over fears of fans illegally streaming fixtures, the tournament organisers have opted to negotiate with broadcasters over airing all the fixtures.  This isn’t the first time that the 3pm blackout has been voided with the rule also being lifted during the Premier League’s Project Restart last campaign. As a result all remaining Premier League games were aired on a variety of channels and platforms including the BBC and Twitch alongside BT Sport and Sky Sports.Unlike the 2019/20 campaign, the Premier League will not ask broadcasters to make some games free-to-air, which eventually resulted in Sky Sports airing fixtures on Pick.The newspaper has also reported that the 3pm blackout is only being lifted temporarily and will be imposed again once fans return to grounds. It has already been confirmed that the EFL will allow non-Sky Sports televised matches to be streamed by its clubs, following an agreement with the broadcaster.As a result of its partnership, EFL fans can pay £10 per match to see their team’s home fixtures. Alternatively season ticket holders will gain access to every home game whilst crowds are banned from stadiums. GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Citi Sports reporters predict 2019-20 Premier League winners, Top 4

first_img Tags: Benjamin NketsiaCiti SportsDaniel KorantengEdwin KwakofiFentuo TahiruNathan QuaoPremier League Will this season be a two-horse race, just like the last campaign? Is Virgil van Dijk going to be named best player yet again? Which new name will light up this season?These are a few of the questions many fans are eager to see answered as we near the start of the new Premier League season.Manchester City might not have walked away with the league title in the last campaign but following their Community Shield win over runners-up Liverpool, they are looking ominous again. Liverpool have largely kept their Champions League winning side together, Chelsea might be under a transfer ban but the premeditated signing of Christian Pulisic and a new manager has given them a good feeling.Tottenham have had a good preseason while Arsenal and Man Utd’s transfer business so far has fans hopeful again.But what do the lads who will be bringing you in-depth analysis throughout the season on Citi FM, the home of the Premier League in Ghana, think?In the first of a two-part series Citi Sports journalists, Nathan Quao, Daniel Koranteng, Fentuo Tahiru. Benjamin Nketsia and Edwin Kwakofi share their expectations for the season and give their thoughts on who will be Champions, who will finish in the top four and who’ll be relegated.WHO WILL EMERGE AS CHAMPIONS?Nathan Quao: Manchester City  “From what I witnessed in the Community Shield, they look very ready to keep their grip on the league title. They seem to have the same levels of energy and hunger and the unit is still very intact despite the exit of Vincent Kompany.”Fentuo Tahiru: Manchester City “I think the City team is still the strongest in England and Pep Guardiola is an aggressive winner who will do everything to defend his title.”Four of the five journalists believe Man City have enough to retain their title REUTERS/Toby MelvilleDaniel Koranteng: Manchester City “Pep Guardiola’s side have the best squad by far, and still look very strong. After last season’s strong show of character to come back and pip Liverpool to the title, I just have the strong feeling they can go all the way again.”Benjamin Nketsia: LiverpoolEdwin Kwakofi: Manchester City“I never doubted that Man City would win the league last season despite Liverpool’s good form; they have such a deep squad and a fantastic manager. They have all that again this season, along with Rodri as Fernandinho’s backup. The other sides just haven’t strengthened enough.”Liverpool only just missed out on a first Premier League title last season and Benjamin Nketsia believes this could be their yearWHICH SIDES WILL FINISH IN THE TOP FOURNathan: Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea.“For Man City and Liverpool, they are in their own little league at the top of the table. Spurs have grown and there is a lot of maturity about their team and that will guarantee them UCL football next season. “Between Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal, I pick Chelsea because they seem to have players who can get them out of very sticky situations in the race for top four. Fans may have issues with Pedro and Willian but I see them to be very potent tools for Frank Lampard especially when it comes to goal scoring. If they both contribute 20 goals, Chelsea will be very fine. That kind of experience will compensate for what Lampard lacks in the dugout to handle teams at this level.” Everyone except Nathan believes that Arsenal will finish in the top fourFentuo: Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal.“Chelsea is undergoing reconstruction under new manager Frank Lampard and given their inability to strengthen their squad because of the transfer ban, I can’t see them making the top 4. Man United will also miss out because I have not been convinced by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s signings and whether that will significantly improve their squad.”Edwin: Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea.“The top two are pretty much settled; Man City and Liverpool are a class above the rest.“Arsenal have made decent signings while Chelsea will benefit from a lot less media and fan scrutiny, and lower expectations  Man Utd are too streaky to maintain a consistent challenge – when they are good, they are really good but when things sour, they are woeful – and Spurs are seriously lacking in depth.”Will Chelsea miss out on the Champions League? Not everyone believes they willDaniel: Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal.Ben: Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal.Will Man United make it back into the champions League? None of the guys think soWHICH TEAMS WILL GO DOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP?Nathan: Norwich, Sheffield United, Aston Villa…or Brighton?“The three promoted teams [are top of my list] but I have my eye on Brighton as well. They limped to safety last season and I doubt if they have improved that much for this season’s relegation scrap.” Brighton are overwhelming favourites to go down this seasonFentuo: Brighton, Aston Villa, Sheffield United“Two of the new boys will go down along with Brighton who were lucky to escape the drop last season. They have not done enough to improve their squad and that could be their undoing.”Daniel: Aston Villa, Brighton, NorwichBen: Sheffield United, Brighton, NorwichEdwin Kwakofi: Newcastle, Brighton, Sheffield United.“Newcastle are going to suffer a lot this season. Losing Rondon (his loan deal ended) and Ayoze Perez is one thing but Rafa Benitez exiting is a massive blow. I don’t think Brighton and Sheffield United have enough depth in their ranks to survive.”last_img read more

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Europa League: Arsenal knocked out by late Olympiakos winner

first_img Source: BBC Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a glaring chance with the last kick of the match as Arsenal crashed to a shocking Europa League defeat at the hands of Olympiakos.Aubameyang, so often the Gunners’ saviour, looked like he had once again rescued his side from an abject showing when his superb scissor kick – which cancelled out Pape Abou Cisse’s opener – put them in the driving seat with seven minutes left of extra time.But the visitors punished awful set-piece defending for a second time on the night as Youssef El Arabi poked home in front of their raucous travelling fans.And there was still time for the unmarked Aubameyang to somehow screw wide from five yards out and condemn Mikel Arteta’s side to their first defeat of 2020.For large periods of a flat game a full-strength Arsenal XI were frustrated, frustrating and feeble in front of goal – with their first shot on target not arriving until the 77th minute.Olympiakos were hardly buccaneering in their approach, especially considering they had lost the first leg in Athens, but carried out their gameplan perfectly to steal a famous win and progress to the last 16.Limp Gunners lose route to Champions LeagueArteta had talked in the build-up of having three routes into Europe for next season but this competition was surely his best bet of an unlikely seat at the Champions League top table.To go out in such limp fashion will leave the manager livid – and for most of the night he was the most animated member of the Arsenal contingent.Familiar failings were their undoing as the Greek side twice scored from set-pieces. First, Aubameyang allowed 6ft 6ins centre-back Cisse a totally free header from a corner, and then David Luiz appeared to leave a cross from a half-cleared 120th-minute corner and gift El Arabi a lunging tap-in.Olympiakos came to defend deep and in numbers, to frustrate Arsenal and then to hopefully score from a corner. It was a strategy they pulled off impeccably.But they must have expected an Arsenal forward line of Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe – recruited at a cost of around £215m – to cause more problems.The four managed just one shot on target between them before Aubameyang’s brilliant late goal that briefly had Arsenal progressing. Ozil’s cross was nodded on by substitute Gabriel Martinelli and the Gabon striker rearranged himself masterfully to crack an acrobatic effort into the back of the net.The home fans, who greeted the full-time whistle with apathy rather than anger, roared into belated life but it was the supporters at the other end who will now have their eyes on Friday’s draw.last_img read more

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Ayew brothers at the double: Jordan, Andre score on the same day yet again this season

first_imgThe Ayew brothers are enjoying pretty stellar seasons for their respective teams in the top two divisions in England.Prior to the weekend, Andre had scored 11 league goals for Swansea City in the Championship while Jordan had found the net six times for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.This weekend, both players were at it in front of goal again, on the same day.Jordan grabbed Palace’s winner in their game against Brighton in the day’s early kick-off in the Premier League.Later in the day, Andre scored from the spot for Swansea as they drew 2-2 with Blackburn in the Championship.This isn’t the first time the two players have found the net on the same day this season.Back in October, just hours after his brother scored for Swansea City against Stoke, Jordan found the net late on for Premier League side Crystal Palace against West Ham United.And just like today, Andre’s goal was in a match where Swansea failed to capture three points while Jordan’s was the winner for Palace.The two players will be hoping that this form continues till the end of the season and beyond as will new Black Stars boss C.K Akunnor who will no doubt be eyeing up the Ayew’s as he prepares to name his first national team squad.last_img read more

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‘Deer’ fourth grade scientists

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMr. Jonathan Bradley’s class dissected a deer heart Wednesday morning on Valentine’s Day.“I try to make sure to point it out to everyone that you have a heart, what’s in the heart?,” said Lincoln Elementary teacher Mr. Bradley. “Kids don’t know what’s in their hearts. They just know it pumps.”This fourth grade teacher has been dissecting hearts every year since he started working for Alpena Public Schools. He said Valentine’s day gives him the opportunity to learn about the heart in a scientific way.“I can talk about the ventricles,” Mr. Bradley said.  “I can talk about the atrium. I can talk about the veins. I can talk about the lungs.”Watch and found what the kids had to say about spending their Valentine’s Day with a broken heart in front of them.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Meijer’s Simply Give Campaign provides 874,000 meals for local St. Vincent de Paul in 2017Next Fifth graders wait tables in exchange for field trip moneylast_img read more

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Major Prezza Morrison appointed to The Salvation Army in Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —  The Salvation Army in Alpena is getting new leadership.  Major Prezza Morrison has been appointed to replace Major Kevin and Captain Amy Cederval who are being transferred to Kansas City, Missouri effective June 28.Major Morrison has served The Salvation Army as an officer for more than 35 years.  She has a degree in Pastoral Ministries from Olivet Nazarene College.Major Prēzza has served The Salvation Army at appointments in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas and Missouri including an appointment as an instructor at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training (Seminary). Most recently she has served in Livingston County, MI for 5 years and 8 months.Major Prēzza also had the honor of serving The Salvation Army in many disaster service operations in the Midwest including New York after September 11, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and tropical storm Rita.There will be a farewell gathering for the Cedervals on Sunday, June 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at The Salvation Army at 722 N. 2nd Ave.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Scams on social media about unemployment benefitsNext Alpena Fire Department enacts drill at the Bay View Centerlast_img read more

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Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

first_imgThe Spanish Super Cup remains delicately poised after Barcelona secured a 3-2 win against Real Madrid in a pulsating first leg.Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo first headed in a corner, which Pedro levelled immediately from the kick-off.Lionel Messi scored a penalty after Andres Iniesta was fouled, before Xavi slotted home a sublime third.Angel Di Maria then pounced on keeper Victor Valdes’ mistake to breathe life into next Wednesday’s second leg.The match was the first time the two sides had met since Pep Guardiola ended his reign as Barcelona manager and was replaced by assistant Tito Vilanova.Jose Mourinho’s Madrid side looked to pounce on the counter attack from the off, and could have gone ahead if former Manchester United winger Ronaldo had played a firmer pass to Karim Benzema on the edge of the penalty box. Reigning Fifa World Player of the Year Messi – already on the receiving end of a strong challenge from the visiting defender Fabio Coentrao – then blazed over from 20 yards before Pedro tested Iker Casillas.The first half continued in the standard tempo of a ‘Clasico’ as Spanish Cup holders Barcelona dominated the ball with their relentless ‘Tiki-taka’ passing, and La Liga champions Real threatened with their incisive speed and power on the break. Their patience was rewarded in the 55th minute as Ronaldo freed himself from marker Sergio Busquets and headed in a Mesut Ozil corner to claim a goal in his fourth successive visit to the Nou Camp. Barcelona hit back one minute later as Javier Mascherano played in Pedro to slot under Casillas for a quickfire equaliser.Messi then put Barcelona ahead from 12-yards after Sergio Ramos’ clumsy foul, and midfield pair Xavi and Iniesta produced the move of the night as their artistry cut open Real for the latter to score a potentially decisive third goal.Barcelona seemed to have the trophy sewn up, before Valdes dawdled on the ball and substitute Di Maria robbed him to slot home a vital away goal. Mourinho jabbed Vilanova in the eye in a melee at the end of last year’s Super Cup, but there was no repeat of that controversial scene on the final whistle ahead of next week’s decider.last_img read more

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Glo Rewards Customers with Glo-CAF tickets, trip to Dubai

first_imgGlobacom, the African communications giant and sponsor of the annual Glo-CAF Awards, has announced it has set aside 250 special invitation slots for its active customers and subscribers to attend the 2012 edition of the prestigious African Player of the Year Awards ceremony slated for Accra, Ghana on December 20.Additionally, two lucky customers among the 250 will be picked by a lucky-dip for an all-expenses-paid trip to Dubai.The invitation is open to all active Glo Mobile prepaid and post-paid customers.A statement from Glo Ghana said “to qualify for selection to the awards, prepaid subscribers must have recharged their Glo lines cumulatively up to GHC35 between now and December 15, while post-paid subscribers must have talked cumulatively for up to GHC100.”It said the two subscribers who will win sponsored trips to Dubai will be selected through a lucky-dip conducted at the ceremony.“As a strong African brand, Glo is simply delighted about this exciting opportunity of connecting our cherished customers to the headliners and legends of Africa’s most popular sport,” the statement quoted Mr. Patrick Awotwi, Head of Business at Glo Mobile Ghana as saying. He said although the promo was meant to reward and excite our customers as Christmas approaches, “all Ghanaians are welcome to share in the fun. Non-Glo subscribers who wished to avail themselves of the excitement at the awards and the thrills of travelling to Dubai should simply port their numbers to Glo.”The Glo-CAF Awards, which Globacom Limited has partnered the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to organize for the past eight years, is Africa’s biggest platform for honouring excellence and distinction in the game of football.Ghana is hosting the prestigious event for an unprecedented fourth time and the city of Accra will once again play host to the cream of African footballers, administrators, journalists and other heavyweights in the continental soccer fraternity. Five final nominees, including Ghana’s Andre Dede Ayew, have already been unveiled to the Ghanaian public at a joint news conference held in Accra last week.last_img read more

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Okagbare Sets New African Sprint Record

first_imgNigeria’s Blessing Okagbare destroyed a stellar 100m field to set a new African record of 10.79 secs at Saturday’s IAAF Diamond League in London.An hour before that new persona best time, Okagbare had earlier in the semi final dismissed the 10.90secs African record held by Glory Alozie since 1998, clocking 10.84secs.The University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) graduate had similarly won the London leg of the IAAF Samsung Diamond League last year.In the second heat, Jamaica’s reigning Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a world leading 10.77 seconds to win thereby setting the stage for a titanic battle in the final.However, Okagbare was in her elements in the final, storming out of the blocks in bullet-like fashion to win the race and the maximum IAAF Diamond League points to take her tally to 10, two behind Fraser-Pryce who could only manage a fourth place (10.94).Barbara Pierre of the United States (10.85) came second while Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste ran 10.93 to place third. Cote d’Ivoire’s Ahoure Muriel ran a new 10.95 national record to place fifth. Interstingly, Okagbare chose the London meeting, tagged the Saintsbury Anniversary Games to commemorate last year’s Olympic Games, to announce to the whole world what happened at the games where she failed to fulfil expectations was just by happenstance.She also raced into reckoning as a firm favourite for the blue ribband title at next month’s 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.She is thus on the path of becoming the second Nigerian woman after Alozie to win an individual medal at the IAAF flagship championships and the first individual, man or woman to win a world title.Respected athletics coach, Tony Osheku who facilitated Okagbare’s move on scholarship to UTEP said Saturday that the five-time Nigerian 100m queen has shown she is right there with the very best in the world, pointing out that the decision by her kits sponsor, NIKE to take her under the coaching management of John Smith, renowned as the best sprints coach in the world as the best thing that has happened to in the last two years.“She has also received massive support from her state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State and the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Chief Solomon Ogba. “With Blessing, Nigeria now has a real chance of having our national anthem played,” said Osheku, who coached Falilat Ogunkoya to two Olympic medals, the number one ranking in the world in the 400m in 1998 and two IAAF World Cup medals the same year.last_img read more

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2nd edition of Golf Clinic postponed

first_imgThe Ghana Golf Association (GGA) in collaboration with Primeval Consult has postponed the second edition of its clinic which was supposed to come off on August 24 due to some technical challenges.In a statement signed by Group Captain Gyimah Kwakye, general secretay of the association says a new date will be communicated to general Public and that the inconveniences are deeply regretted.The Association holds these clinics to educate the public on the discipline ahead of Ghana’s participation in 2016 Olympic Games.last_img read more

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US Open 2013: Andy Murray says title defence is ‘up and running’

first_imgAndy Murray feels his US Open title defence is finally up and running as he prepares to face Germany’s Florian Mayer in the third round on Sunday.The Scot said: “I’m in the tournament now. I play every other day. I’ll stick to the same routines pretty much now until the end of the tournament.”The Wimbledon champion, 26, plays world number 47 Mayer for a place in the last 16 at Flushing Meadow.Murray had to wait until late on day three to open his title defence.A straight-sets win over France’s Michael Llodra was followed by victory over Argentine Leonardo Mayer in four sets on Friday.Murray added: “I would probably say on Monday I was a little bit nervous or kind of anxious to know what it was going to feel like when I went on the court. “By the time I got on it Wednesday night, I literally wanted to play. I wasn’t thinking about anything else. Maybe in that way it helped me a little bit.”Mayer, 29, has twice been a Wimbledon quarter-finalist but has never been past the third round in New York.Murray has won their two previous meetings, both of which were on clay, but they were tight matches and Mayer is an experienced and unorthodox opponent.“He’s very tough,” said Murray. “He comes to net a bit, he has a good slice backhand, but he hits it with two hands, which isn’t how normally you’re taught to play that shot.“He has very good feel up at the net, hits a lot of drop shots. He’s a pretty flat ball striker. He has sort of huge, looping strokes. It can be tough to time your split step and know when he’s going to make contact with the ball. “He’s caused a lot of guys problems over his career. I’ll need to play well to beat him.”After the serve-volleying of Llodra and the powerful baseline hitting of Leonardo Mayer, Murray is not concerned about facing another very different style across the net.He added: “I think going from playing a serve-volleyer to a guy that plays at the back of the court can take a bit of time because the points develop completely differently.“But against Mayer, a majority of the points will be played from the back of the court. He’s a right-hander; I don’t think now it should be an issue.”Murray and Mayer will be on court not before 18:00 BST and will be followed onto Arthur Ashe Stadium by the much-anticipated clash between American number one Serena Williams and number two Sloane Stephens . Sunday’s night session will see world number one Novak Djokovic play Portugal’s Joao Sousa at 00:00 BST (Monday), before former finalist Jelena Jankovic takes on fifth seed Li Na .last_img read more

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Ghana-Egypt match grosses GHC320,000

first_imgA record gate proceed of GH¢320,000 was grossed from the Black Stars versus the Pharaohs of Egypt World Cup qualifying play-off, which Ghana won 6-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium last Tuesday.The amount goes into the record books as the highest gate proceeds ever received from a football match in the country whether between club sides or national teams.Ghana’s game against Zambia last September, which attracted one of the highest attendances, could bring in only GH¢221,000, which stood as the highest, but has been toppled by the latest figure by GH¢100,000.The increment has largely been attributed to the increases in the face value of match tickets. For instance, a seat at the VIP attracted GH¢50 instead of the GH¢20 fans paid for the same seats in the previous game against Zambia.But the money was yet to hit the account of the National Sports Authority (NSA) as their Kumasi officials were said to be computing various deductions to be made before an onward transfer into the respective accounts of the NSA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.A total of 85 per cent of the amount was expected to hit the account of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, while the remaining 15 per cent is expected to be deposited with the NSA for their various maintenance works.last_img read more

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Landon Donovan says he’ll retire after season

first_imgA year after Landon Donovan returned to soccer, he realized he had lost his passion for the sport again. This time, the best player in American history decided to walk away for good.”I think for the last few years, I haven’t had the same passion that I had previously in my career,” Donovan said at the Galaxy’s stadium. ”To some extent, I had felt obligated to keep playing. … It’s time to enjoy the rest of the season, and there would be no better way than to go out as a champion, so that’s what I want to do.”The 32-year-old Donovan announced Thursday he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season, wrapping up the most prolific career in the league’s history with one last run at a championship with the LA Galaxy.Donovan is the top goal-scorer in MLS history and the top scorer in U.S. national team history, excelling as a forward and a midfielder. He was even named the most valuable player of his 14th MLS All-Star game on Wednesday night in Portland, scoring a goal in the All-Stars’ 2-1 win over Bayern Munich, only to make his stunning retirement announcement the next day.”All I could think is that if everyone only knew,” Donovan said with a grin.Donovan, a five-time MLS champion with the Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes, made his retirement announcement on the same stage where he agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Galaxy just a year ago, pronouncing himself revitalized after an extended sabbatical.He took several months off following the Galaxy’s second straight MLS Cup title alongside now-retired David Beckham in December 2012. Donovan traveled extensively during his time off, and he plans to see even more of the world after his career ends this fall. ”It gets me excited thinking about it,” Donovan said. ”For 16 years, almost every decision I’ve made, every hour of every day, has revolved around, ‘How is this going to prepare me for tomorrow’s training session or tomorrow’s game?’ Just having the freedom to do whatever you want is exciting, and I’m looking forward to that.”Donovan has been a key component of MLS’ impressive growth during his 14 years in the top North American league. After he struggled for playing time at Bayer Leverkusen as a teenager, he chose to pursue a pro career in his native California instead of Europe, adding a marquee attraction to the then-struggling league.”There is no doubt that Major League Soccer would not be what it is today without Landon Donovan,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. ”His decision to join MLS in 2001 was a statement to the entire soccer community, at the most crucial time in our history, that MLS could be a league of choice for the best American players.Landon is to MLS what Michael Jordan was to the NBA, Wayne Gretzky was to the NHL and Tiger Woods was to the PGA Tour: a player whose sporting accomplishments and popularity transformed their respective leagues and set a new standard for how the game would be played.”Donovan said his decision wasn’t spurred by his omission from his fourth U.S. World Cup team this summer. He was surprised and disappointed by coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision, feeling he had done enough in training camp to warrant inclusion. ”I certainly wasn’t going to allow one person’s poor choice this summer to affect a decision like this,” Donovan said.Donovan is the career U.S. leader with 57 international goals over 156 appearances, and he has scored five World Cup goals, including his famed stoppage-time goal against Algeria four years ago to send the Americans to the second round. He watched the American team in Brazil from afar as a television commentator.”Quite simply the best player ever to wear the USMNT jersey,” U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati posted on his Twitter account.Donovan has no concrete plans for his long-term future in soccer, but he is eager to work with young players in the Galaxy’s academy training program.”Landon’s legacy is secure with the Galaxy,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein, Donovan’s former teammate and roommate. ”So to be able to celebrate that for the rest of the year in terms of how he goes out will be great. When he decides what it is that he wants to do and where he wants to put his heart and energy next, we’ll be there to talk about that.” Donovan has played for the Galaxy since 2005, also going on loan to Everton and Bayern Munich during the Galaxy’s offseason. Donovan struggled early in his pro career in Europe, but was popular during his two stints with Everton.”Congratulations on a great career to (at)landondonovan as he announces he’ll retire later this year. Part of EFC fabric,” Everton tweeted from its official account.Donovan has four goals and seven assists in 17 games for the Galaxy this season as a midfielder and a forward. He passed Jeff Cunningham for the career MLS goals record shortly after Klinsmann excluded him from the World Cup team.His absence creates another hole for the LA club, which couldn’t manage a third straight MLS title last season in its first year since Beckham’s departure. But Donovan’s retirement opens up a designated player spot for the Galaxy alongside leading scorer Robbie Keane and U.S. national team defender Omar Gonzalez.After a lifetime spent in practices and games, Donovan sees his departure as another step in his personal evolution into whatever person he decides to be outside soccer. His decision to leave the Bundesliga for MLS as an unhappy teenager was unpopular, and Donovan knows many fans won’t understand his early retirement. ”Sometimes there’s a sense of obligation in people’s lives, the sense that you have to do something,” Donovan said. ”I’ve never lived that way. I have to live the life I want to live, and that’s an important thing to go by.”last_img read more

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“I was quoted out of context” – Afriyie Ankrah clarifies ‘sacrificial’ comment

first_imgFormer minister of sport Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has moved to clarify his comments that he was a political scapegoat in the events after last year’s bungled World Cup effort.In an earlier interview exclusively with Joy Sports, the embattled official – now based at the Office of the President – seemed to have made statements intimating that the political system had made a scapegoat out of him following the Black Stars dismal performance in Brazil.His earlier comment was: “When there are tournaments, naturally people are excited. There is so much expectation and when we go and we don’t do well, then we are all looking for somebody’s blood. It’s normal and so I had to be sacrificed, it’s normal.I think that we should support the New Minister. He is very capable. I have full confidence in him and his capabilities.”But in a swift move to clear the air, Afriyie Ankrah told Asempa FM on Tuesday that the comments were not couched in their proper context. “In a football loving country like Ghana, people’s emotions in the game mean that sometimes there is tension when tournaments come around,” he began. Elvis went on: “And when the national team does not do well, people get angry after being broken hearted and when that happens there is a push to look for someone to blame.” Afriyie Ankrah admitted that as the sitting minister at the time, the buck stopped with him, but offer perspective on his earlier comments.”Just like Ghana beat Egypt 6-1 [during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers] and all of who were involved were widely praised, in the same way I accepted that the World Cup fiasco was a failure and I have taken responsibilty. That is what I meant when I earlier used the ‘sacrifice’ description.”Speaking in Akan on the Eko Sii Sen program, he went on: “But what I didn’t like were the lies and half-truths peddled. Which is why we are all patiently for the incoming final report of the 2014 World Cup Commission.”In retrospect, the former minister reflected that he could probably have used another expression such as “paid the price” in his earlier interview.”I am still in government. I still work with the President so such a comment would have reflected very badly and for someone who is still committed to the better Ghana agenda, I could not possibly have done so.”  Responding to whether he felt confident that exoneration will come when the final recommendations are made by the Justice Dzamefe-led commission, Ankrah was coy.”I don’t expect to be exonerated. I am expecting the truth. There is only one truth and whether I went and embezzled public funds or otherwise will be laid bare and I know my administration worked with a clean heart.”The World Cup Commission is expected to present its final report in the next few days.–last_img read more

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Petr Cech denies he has agreed Arsenal move

first_imgThe Daily Mail reported on Monday afternoon that the Chelsea goalkeeper, who is leaving the Blues after losing his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois, had agreed a move across London after the two clubs agreed the fee.But the player’s representatives posted a message on Twitter denying that any such agreement had been reached – and the player himself then re-Tweeted the message to his 1.16 million followers.WILL THE MOVE STILL GO AHEAD?Fans will now wonder whether there is any genuine chance that Cech could stay put or head to a different club.But by far the likeliest scenario is that the denial was merely an attempt to cool off the paper talk as the final touches are put to the sale documents and the player’s new contract.After all, Cech’s PR company said not that there was no deal in the offing, merely that “no transfer deal has been done yet”. GREAT COUPIf the switch is confirmed – and given that the transfer has been rumoured for months, there seems no reason to doubt it – the deal would be a huge coup for Arsene Wenger’s side.Chelsea captain John Terry told Talksport that Cech “will save [Arsenal] 12 to 15 points a season.”If Terry’s assessment of his now-former team-mate is accurate, that means Chelsea could have caused themselves a huge amount of trouble: the Gunners finished 12 points behind champions Chelsea last season. Yet Chelsea will have had little option but to let the Czech international goalkeeper leave, given that he has just 12 months left on his contract. In light of that, they have actually secured a handsome price.Whether they end up regretting their choice to let him go to Arsenal is another matter.–last_img read more

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Italy, Belgium and Wales all qualify for Euro 2016, as Netherlands stay alive

first_imgItaly secured their qualification for Euro 2016 with a 3-1 victory in Azerbaijan.Eder edged the away side ahead in the 11th minute, slotting home after being played through on goal by Marco Verratti, only for the hosts to soon equalise through Dimitrij Nazarov.However, Stephan El Shaarawy was on hand to convert Antonio Candreva’s delivery shortly before half-time, with Matteo Darmian firing home a third — his first goal at international level — in the second half.Badavi Huseynov was shown a red card for Azerbaijan shortly before the final whistle sounded as Italy’s place in France next summer was guaranteed.Wales and Belgium both qualified from Group B despite very different results. Belgium cruised to a 4-1 win at minnows Andorra as Radja Nainggolan, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Laurent Depoitre scored goals.Wales, however, backed into next summer’s finals — their first major tournament since 1958 — as they lost 2-0 at Bosnia-Herzegovina.Milan Djuric sent a looping header over Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the 71st minute and the hosts doubled their lead with one minute to play through Vedad Ibisevic.But the result didn’t matter for Wales after Cyprus surprised with a 2-1 at Israel as Jason Demetriou scored an 80th-minute winner.That left Wales four points clear in second place, securing their spot, while Bosnia-Herzegovina are in playoff position on 14 points, one ahead of Israel and two above Cyprus, who host Bosnia in the key fixture on Tuesday. In Group A, Turkey won 2-0 at Czech Republic to increase the pressure on Netherlands’ hope of making the playoffs.Selcuk Inan scored a 62nd-minute penalty and Hakan Calhanoglu also scored as Turkey moved onto 15 points, two clear of the Dutch with one game each to play.Should Turkey earn a point at home against Iceland on Tuesday they will reach the playoffs no matter what Netherlands do against Czech Republic.Netherlands are still in with a shout of reaching Euro 2016 because they saw off Kazakhstan 2-1. Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring with a well-taken finish from the edge of the box on 33 minutes, with Wesley Sneijder then doubling Danny Blind’s side’s lead shortly after the restart.Islambek Kuat pulled one back for Kazakhstan deep into second-half stoppage time, but it only proved to be a consolation goal for the home team.Also in Group A, Latvia came from two down to claim a 2-2 draw away at already-qualified Iceland.Kolbeinn Sigthorsson fired the hosts into an early lead, with Gylfi Sigurdsson then adding a second midway through the first half. However, Latvia launched a second-half comeback with Aleksandrs Cauna pulling one back shortly after the break, before Valerijs Sabala netted the equaliser in the 68th minute.In the other games in Italy’s Group H, Norway edged closer to qualification thanks to a 2-0 win against Malta.Alexander Tettey struck for the home side in the 20th minute and Alexander Soderlund made sure of things with his effort in the second half.Croatia defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in an empty stadium in Zagreb to stay in the hunt to qualify automatically.Ivan Perisic opened the scoing just two minutes into the game to put Croatia on their way, and Ivan Rakitic made it 2-0 just before the break. Nikola Kalinic capped the scoring with nine minutes to play, but a late red card to Duje Cop means he will miss Croatia’s final qualifier at Malta.Norway are two points clear of Croatia in second place, but a win at Malta would see Croatia qualify should Norway fail to win at Italy.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. The Euro qualifying games are live on SuperSport all weekend and this week.last_img read more

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Gyan, Nana Addo and others donate to 1965 Black Stars team

first_imgThe 1965 group of Black Stars players who won the Cup of Nations were honoured by some individuals in the country at a fund-raising dinner at the Sunlodge hotel at Tesano, Accra.Black Stars captain and Shanghai SIPG player Asamoah Gyan, presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party [NPP], Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the Despite Group of Companies led by Mr. Osei Kwame Despite made huge sum donations to support the 1965 winning team.Asamoah Gyan who recently cut the sod for an Astro Turf pitch he is sponsoring at former school Accra Academy made a GHS 50 000 donation to the Cup of Nations winning side.The Despite Group of Companies coughed up a whopping GHS 80 000 with Nana Akufo-Addo donating GHS 25 000 to the 1965 squad of senior national team players.Other individuals including Kennedy Agyepong of Kenpong Travel and Tours, Mr Prosper Appiah of Prolux and a few more made donations to the team.The fundraising dinner was part of celebrations for half a century since the Black Stars won their second Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia. The event was also marked by a football game between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and the 1992 team that won silver.–last_img read more

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Roger Federer glides into quarter-finals

first_imgRoger Federer was in dominant form on Centre Court as he eased to a 6-2 6-3 7-5 win over Steve Johnson in the Wimbledon fourth round.Federer, who is chasing an elusive 18th Grand Slam title, will face Marin Cilic in the last eight.If seedings go to plan, Federer would face Andy Murray in the final.Despite considerable pre-match hype about Johnson, fresh from victory in Nottingham, there was to be no Independence Day party for the burly American, as Federer showed more than enough to suggest he remains on track for a record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles crown.While Andy Murray-supporting Brits have been rubbing their hands with glee over Novak Djokovic’s shock third-round defeat to Sam Querrey, the biggest beneficiary of the Serb’s removal may yet prove to be third seed Federer, who on Monday drew level with Martina Navratilova on a record 306 grand slam singles match wins.In the quarter-finals, Federer will play Croatian ninth seed Marin Cilic who advanced after his opponent, Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori, retired injured while trailing 6-1 5-1.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 pens): Six things we learned

first_imgIgor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a shootout as the hosts knocked out Spain and booked their place in the quarter-finalsDE GEA’S HORROR STATISTIC CONTINUESThis world cup is proving to be a nightmare for David De Gea. His stellar performances for Manchester United earned him the mantra “Dave Saves” but in a stunning turn of events, we really need to “Save Dave”. De Gea has conceded 6 goals from the 7 shots on target he has faced.SPAIN’S STRATEGYSpain completed a mammoth 1024 passes as against Russia’s 200.  In the first half, Spain didn’t pose much of an attacking threat as they managed only 2 shots on goal. The build-up play was rather slow with a lot of back passes. Spain wanted to draw the Russian players out of their defensive shell in the first half but the Russians didn’t budge. In the second half as well as in the extra time, Spain tried to quicken things up with the introduction of Andres Iniesta but the Russians were too organized and Spain just couldn’t find a way through.RUSSIA’S ULTRA DEFENSIVE STRATEGYAs expected, the Russians were expected to defend deep in their own half with reliance on counter-attacks. In the first half, Artem Dzyuba was left up front as the target man with a 5-4-1 formation. For most parts of the second half, Russia appeared “strikerless” as they lined up in a 5-5-0 formation. It was a classic match of defensive solidity versus attacking potency. In the entire 120 minutes of football, Russia had just 1 shot on target [the penalty Dzyuba converted]. A WORLD CUP OF OWN GOALSSergey Ignasheivich’s 12th-minute own goal was the 10th own goal in the World Cup. Ignasheivich, aged 38 became the oldest player to score an own goal in the world cup.SPAIN’S HISTORY AGAINST HOST NATIONS CONTINUESAs good as Spain is, it will surprise you to note that in the entire history of the World Cup, Spain has never beaten the host nation.RUSSIA PREPARED FOR THE PENALTY-SHOOT OUT Watching the game, it was clear that the Russians didn’t want to risk many men forward when they had clear opportunities to hit the Spaniards on the break. The victory justifies coach Stanislav Cherchesov’s pre-match comment. He said “Anyone can be God if he tries”. The Russians tried and guess what? They have become gods.last_img read more

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LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers likes his big, small lineups

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That doesn’t mean anything will change stylistically upon the return of Griffin, perhaps sometime around March 1.“Yeah, this is what we plan on doing,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We’re just getting better at it. We came in this season saying what we wanted to do. We wanted to establish two different groups. We wanted to have a big lineup where we could have movement still and then we wanted to have a small lineup where we could have more spacing, so that’s the good part about this.“We’ve already established the big lineup, now we’ve established that we can play both ways. Even though we were doing it, we hadn’t done it well.”Griffin has missed all this time because of a quad injury and because he now has a fractured right hand sustained Jan. 23 when he punched team equipment staffer Matias Testi in Toronto. The team is still awaiting word from the league on his punishment.Doc humbled What’s the old saying? The proof is in the pudding?Since Dec. 26, the day after the last game played by Blake Griffin before all of his troubles, the Clippers have averaged 108 points during the 18 games he’s missed. Prior to that, they averaged 102.1 points.Furthermore, the Clippers shot 45.6 percent with Griffin and are shooting 47.4 without him. They are getting 9.2 steals without Griffin, 7.3 with him. Also, the Clippers were committing 13.5 turnovers per game with Griffin, 11.9 since he’s been out.That’s not to mention the Clippers went 17-13 before Griffin went down and they had gone 15-3 since then before Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.center_img Rivers this week was named Western Conference Coach of the Month by the NBA. Not only did the Clippers go 11-3 in January, they of course did it without the services of leading scorer Griffin.Rivers is not one to jump for joy over such an accolade, and he gave credit to everyone but himself.“It doesn’t mean much,” Rivers said. “It means that our team is playing well. I was surprised I got it. I mean, I figured someone else had a better record or did something better. But it’s nice, obviously, whenever you get an award.“It usually means that your players are really, really playing well, your staff’s doing well.”Rivers said he found out about the award, which was announced Monday, when his phone started making noise that morning.“It’s funny, I get all these texts and I’m like, ‘Who in the heck’s texting me?’” he said. “And then I actually had to read them. And that even made it worse. But it’s nice when you ever get anything.”Coming upThe Clippers (32-16 before Wednesday) will hit the road for a four-game trip that begins Friday at Orlando. The Clippers will then play Sunday at Miami, Monday at Philadelphia and Feb. 10 at Boston. Then the All-Star break hits and the Clippers won’t play again until they host San Antonio on Feb. 18.last_img read more

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Paul Pierce delivers for Clippers at first asking

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> After the Clippers dispatched the Kings in Sacramento on Friday night, Blake Griffin iced his joints and marveled at what Paul Pierce just managed to do.Pierce, after not playing a second of basketball since this preseason, drilled a pair of 3s, made the right passes and performed like he’d been playing 30 minutes a game.“He’s just, obviously, a pro first and foremost. He stays ready,” Griffin said. “That’s such a Paul thing to do.”With Wesley Johnson injured and nursing a heel injury, coach Doc Rivers turned to Pierce in Sacramento to match up with the Kings’ small-ball lineup. “We anticipated that. What I loved about him is that he was ready,” Rivers said of Pierce. “When you haven’t played the entire season and step in and the first time you touch the ball, he made a pass for an assist. The second time he touched the ball, he made a 3. The third time, he had a dribble handoff that let Austin get to the basket. It was a seamless transition for him, and very few players can do that except for Paul, who has a great basketball IQ and a great feel.”Pierce came on for the Clippers in the second quarter after Rivers used Brandon Bass for three minutes early. He badly missed his first shot, a 3-point try, before drilling his next from the far corner.“He’s a pro, man,” Austin Rivers said pregame, echoing everyone’s assessment. “He’s always ready to play, and it shows you the level of player he is.”So, the Clippers are going to open the door for Pierce to take on a bigger role, right?Not exactly.center_img “We keep things the way they are. We’re doing pretty well,” Doc Rivers said. “There’s no reason to recreate the wheel or anything like that. On nights that Paul fits, he’ll play. The key is I think Paul has been great, he’s been ready for it. Last year, it was a completely different role for him. He’d never not started for the most part, so I think he struggled with it. “This year, he pretty much understands his role and he’s ready for it.”Paul ailing?Chris Paul won’t say how much his shoulder is bothering him, though the in-game padding he’s wearing and the post-game ice wraps he’s needing tell some of the story.Still, Doc Rivers isn’t concerned.“It’s more protective. I don’t think it’s an injury,” Rivers said. “I go by if the trainer says something, and (trainer Jasen Powell) hasn’t really said much.”Quick hitsWesley Johnson, who hasn’t played since the Clippers’ win in Oklahoma City, said he hopes to be back Monday against Toronto. Johnson hopes to complete an on-court workout Sunday for the first time since suffering the left heel injury. … The Clippers announced second-round pick Diamond Stone has been assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA’s Development League.last_img read more

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Amir Coffey leads Clippers to Summer League win, next up Indiana tonight

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory In his first Summer League start, David Michineau had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.Wenyen Gabriel led the Kings with 18 points, eight points and four assists. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Rookie guard Terance Mann had the night off, but the Clippers’ Amir Coffey, who signed a two-way contract with the team this week, played the stats-stuffer Thursday night, leading all scorers with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists.The University of Minnesota product helped carry the Clippers to an 83-80 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Cox Pavilion in their last opening-round game at Summer League in Las Vegas.With the victory, the Clippers went 3-1 in the opening round of Summer League play and earned an appointment at 5:30 p.m. today against Indiana (NBA TV).Rookie forward Mfiondu Kabengele finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and was 8 for 10 from the foul line Thursday, when the Clippers had a 17-for-25 free-throw shooting advantage compared with the Kings’ nine free-throw attempts. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Dodgers and Angels notes: Dodgers pitching prospect Ross Stripling injures elbow

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling was scheduled to undergo an contrast MRI exam Friday afternoon to determine the extent of an injury to his right elbow. The 24-year-old is hoping to avoid a diagnosis of a torn ligament that would require season-ending Tommy John surgery.Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte “did all the tests and said that (the injury) points to the ligament,” Stripling said. “We’ll get an MRI just as a precautionary, see how it goes.” Stripling said he first experienced pain in his elbow seven days ago while throwing live batting practice to Dodgers hitters. He pitched another inning after suffering the injury. After four days’ rest, Stripling pitched two innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday and finally reported the injury Thursday.“I probably should’ve gone in sooner once I immediately felt something, but I didn’t,” he said. “I just didn’t want to be the guy who went in the training room all the time in his first camp.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Greinke was removed two batters into his Cactus League debut Thursday when he experienced a cramping sensation pushing off the mound. He played catch from flat ground Friday with Conte, but not without discomfort.“Obviously, it puts being built up to 90 pitches (by the end of spring training) in jeopardy,” Mattingly said, “but I don’t think it necessarily rules him out of Australia at this point.”Along with Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren, Greinke is one of four pitchers the Dodgers are preparing to pitch in their regular-season-opening series in Sydney March 22-23.Outfielder Matt Kemp had an MRI on his surgically repaired left ankle performed Thursday, but Mattingly said the results would not be known until today or Sunday.Pitcher Chad Billingsley will throw curveballs off a mound today for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April.Dodgers blank SoxOutfield prospect Joc Pederson hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning off Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Petricka in the Dodgers’ 5-0 win at Camelback Ranch.Ryu, making his first Cactus League start of 2014, did not allow a run in two innings. Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright and Matt Magill finished the game with seven combined shutout innings. The White Sox were limited to three hits and three walks.Trout, Halos win bigMike Trout hit a grand slam off Chicago Cubs right-hander James McDonald and the Angels won their Cactus League opener 15-3 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Two days after signing a record-setting $1 million contract, Trout finished 2 for 3 with five RBIs.J.B. Shuck and Jett Bandy also homered in the Angels’ 15-hit attack. Shuck and Chris Iannetta finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Jered Weaver allowed one hit and struck out one in three scoreless innings.AlsoAngels closer Ernesto Frieri missed the game to be with his wife Carolina for the birth of their second daughter, Veronica. … Haren will start for the Dodgers today against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale and Josh Beckett will start Sunday against the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch. … Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin served as the Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race Friday. Partner Pepe Yniguez served as the Honorary Starter. … The Dodgers signed two right-handed pitchers from their open tryout Thursday: Agoura Hills native Danny Keller and Steve Edlefsen, a veteran of 27 major-league games with the San Francisco Giants.center_img A fifth-round selection in the 2012 draft, Stripling is considered one of the Dodgers’ top pitching prospects. He posted a 2.78 ERA average in Double-A last season and was invited to major-league spring training for the first time this year.Stripling has been shut down from throwing for at least several days.“Hopefully, it’s a situation that puts him a little bit behind schedule,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Injury updatesZack Greinke (strained right calf muscle) will not throw his normal bullpen session today and will probably not make his next scheduled start Tuesday.last_img read more

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Dodgers at Marlins: Friday game time, TV channels and starting pitchers

first_imgTHE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP BRANDON MCCARTHY (6-3, 3.12 ERA)vs. Marlins: 2-0, 0.60 ERAAt Marlins Park: 1-0, 0.00 ERAHates to face: Dee Gordon, 3 for 6 (.500), double DODGERS at MARLINSWhen: Friday, 4 p.m.Where: Marlins ParkTV: SporstNet LA Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Loves to face: Giancarlo Stanton/Marcell Ozuna, 0 for 3MARLINS RHP DAN STRAILY (7-4, 3.31 ERA)vs. Dodgers: 1-1, 7.20 ERAAt Marlins Park: 3-2, 2.54 ERAHates to face: Yasmani Grandal, 2 for 6 (.333), HRLoves to face: Chase Utley, 1 for 6 (.167), 3 strikeoutsUPCOMING GAMESSaturday: Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (10-0, 1.67 ERA) at Marlins (TBA), 4 p.m., SNLASunday: Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (5-4, 3.69) at Marlins (TBA), 10 a.m., SNLA— J.P. Hoornstralast_img read more

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Dodgers’ bullpen cracks in the eighth inning as Mets rally for win

first_imgMartin has been behind the plate for 123 2/3 of Ryu’s innings this year. Ryu has allowed just 28 runs in those innings, holding opposing batters to a .216 average.“When you’re a catcher, you’re only as good as how good the pitcher is and he’s been outstanding,” Martin said. “I think he just went through a little rough patch. Everybody goes through ups and downs during a season. I think he’s right back on track now.”Ryu wouldn’t point to any one factor for his return to form — except his new hair color. That “obviously helped incredibly,” he joked through his interpreter. He did acknowledge that “it’s hard to argue” skipping a start didn’t help.“Having that bullpen session to kind of go over all my pitches and work on some of the things I needed to improve on definitely helped for today’s outing,” he said.But Jacob deGrom also pitched like a Cy Young contender.Each team had only two baserunners in the first six innings. The Mets had a pair of singles off Ryu who retired 21 of the 23 batters he faced in his seven innings.The Dodgers had a single off deGrom who also hit a batter. The next 16 Dodgers were retired in order after that errant pitch clipped A.J. Pollock in the second inning before deGrom allowed back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh.Ryu was done after his outstanding seven innings. Adam Kolarek started the eighth by striking out Robinson Cano.Playing the matchup game that will become standard operating procedure during the playoffs, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Kolarek and brought Kelly in to face the right-handed Todd Frazier.Kelly hit Frazier with his first pitch then struck out Juan Lagares. With another left-hander, Brandon Nimmo, coming up, and Kelly having pitched in three of the past four games, Roberts pulled Kelly for Urias.“That was the factor for me,” Roberts said. “Normally in the postseason, Joe would go through and finish that inning.”Urias hit Nimmo with a 1-and-1 fastball and walked Amed Rosario to load the bases with two outs.Pinch-hitter Rajai Davis spent most of this season in Triple-A and came to the plate with just three hits in 20 major-league plate appearances this season. Urias got ahead in the count 1-and-2 but left a changeup over the heart of the plate. Davis lined it into the left-field corner for a three-run double that decided the game.“He didn’t have his best command,” Martin said of Urias. “He missed up and in on a fastball to Nimmo who had a nice big pad and just took it like a champ.“I think if I’m going to be picky about it and I could go back in time I’d probably call a slider down and in (to Davis). He hadn’t seen that pitch. … I definitely think the slider would have got him. I take the blame for calling a changeup. It was a bad call.” But the outcome might be less meaningful than the first seven innings for the Dodgers Saturday night.Pitching for the first time in 10 days, Ryu put the four-start slump (during which he allowed 21 runs in 19 innings) behind him and turned the clock back to his days as a Cy Young frontrunner earlier this season.“Just good old-fashioned, you know, Ryu,” Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. “Just mixing pitches — up and in with the cutter, the fastball, using the changeup. Really I think the key tonight was just staying away from the middle of the plate and getting ahead of hitters. He just looked in complete control.”The key might have been the nine days’ rest Ryu had before Saturday’s return to the rotation. Or it might have been the work he did refining his delivery during a bullpen session earlier this week.Or it might have been the pairing with Martin. Rookie catcher Will Smith caught two of the four starts during Ryu’s struggles and the left-hander has a 5.81 ERA when throwing to Smith (26 1/3 innings) and batters have hit .306. PreviousNew York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets interim pitching coach Phil Regan, left, has a mound conference with starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) after he allowed two hits during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches the ball after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, chases the ball as New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom runs to first after bunting during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo scores on a three-run double pinch hit by Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) forces Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty out during the first inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NextShow Caption1 of 10New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)ExpandNEW YORK — For seven innings Saturday night, the Dodgers saw exactly what they had hoped to see with October looming. Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu held the New York Mets to two hits through seven scoreless innings.In the eighth inning, though, they saw something that will haunt their dreams if it happens again in October.Joe Kelly and Julio Urias — two pitchers who could be critical to the makeup of their postseason bullpen — combined to allow three runs as the Mets beat the Dodgers 3-0.The Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Houston Astros all won Saturday, leaving the Dodgers three games up on the Braves for the best record in the National League but two games down to the Yankees and one game behind the Astros for the best record overall.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Newest Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen: ‘I’m not a broken pitcher’

first_img“Surprised? Probably not. But we’re always our worst critic, right?” Treinen said of the A’s decision to non-tender him.“I’m just blessed that teams see my situation the way that I do — that I’ve got a lot left to give and to bless an organization with, that I’m still an elite pitcher and last year is an outlier.”After three seasons with the Washington Nationals, Treinen had 67 saves in parts of three seasons as the A’s closer but he said there was “not a ton” of discussion with the Dodgers about his role in their 2020 bullpen. Despite his inconsistent stretches over the past two seasons, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Dave Roberts have both expressed support and confidence in Kenley Jansen as the team’s closer going forward.“I’m just excited to throw in meaningful innings,” Treinen said. “The decision (to sign) there wasn’t made because of role or anything. It was made because of the investment and the excitement they showed towards me and my family and the ability I can bring to help the club. I’m not worried about the role. I’m worried about going out there and showing them who I can be as a pitcher and helping them win ballgames.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers got a bounceback candidate. But Blake Treinen says there is one thing they definitely didn’t get.“I’m not a broken pitcher,” the right-handed reliever said Sunday after his one-year, $10 million contract to join the Dodgers became official. “And I feel that’s kind of been the consensus across baseball right now. It’s kind of entertaining to me to listen to. I understand, from the outside looking in, there’s some validation behind it. A guy has a bad year, there’s a lot of criticism involved and that’s just how the game goes.“I don’t really want to dwell too much on the past. It is what it is. That’s unfortunate that I did that for the A’s organization that was leaning so highly on me, maybe some expectations that I didn’t achieve. But I’m just looking forward to 2020 and seeing what that holds.”Treinen, 31, was one of the best relievers in baseball for the Oakland A’s in 2018 with a 0.78 ERA, a 9-2 record and 38 saves in 43 opportunities. He became the first pitcher in baseball history with 30 saves, an ERA under 1.00 and 100 strikeouts (in 80 1/3 innings) in the same season. The 0.78 ERA is the lowest for a pitcher with at least 80 innings in a season since earned runs became an official stat in 1912.center_img “The sinker is what makes me successful,” Treinen said. “When I was right, in my opinion, my sinker was really good and at times dominant. Being able to locate all my pitches in the zone and for chase when I needed to, that’s pretty much success for anybody — if you can locate where you want to and be able to put hitters away early in counts, whether it’s weak contact or strikeout.“There’s no magic formula. It’s pretty basic. It’s just a matter of execution.”That execution deserted him in 2019. Treinen’s ERA swelled to 4.91 (the highest in his six big-league seasons) and the A’s demoted him from the closer role in mid-season. A shoulder strain landed him on the IL in June and a stress reaction in his back ended his season early in mid-September. A recent visit with Dr. Robert Watkins affirmed the back problem has been addressed, Treinen said.“Obviously you put a lot of thought into why things happen the way they do,” Treinen said. “In my heart, I’m going to sit here until I’m blue in the face and tell you that’s not who I am as a pitcher and I believe the rest of the league believes that as well.”That stance is supported by the multiple teams that tried to trade for Treinen before the A’s non-tendered him in early December and then tried to sign him when he became a free agent. After making $6.4 million in 2019, Treinen was projected to make about $8 million in arbitration this winter. Instead, he became the rare non-tendered free agent to make even more by being cut loose.last_img read more

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LA Lakers’ Byron Scott downplays NBA lottery implications vs. Phoenix

first_imgEye testThe corneal abrasion in Bass’ right eye made it difficult to see. But so did the goggles the Lakers had Bass wear during Thursday’s practice.So Bass threw them and broke them only a few plays into Thursday’s full-contact scrimmage.“I don’t play with nothing,” said Bass, who missed Tuesday’s game against Sacramento after getting poked in the eye on Sunday against New York. “To have something over my eyes makes me feel weird.”Scott expects Bass to return for Friday’s game against Phoenix. But Bass will first have an eye exam on Friday morning.“If they say I have to wear the goggles, I have no choice,” said Bass, who has averaged 7.0 points on 55.1 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds this season. “If they say I don’t have to, I’m not going to wear them. We’ll see how it goes. I know (Lakers trainer) Gary Vitti has my best interest at heart.”Taking attendanceScott still considered it “50-50” for Kobe Bryant (right shoulder) to play against Phoenix. Lakers reserve guard Marcelo Huertas missed Thursday’s practice for personal reasons, but is expected to return on Friday. Lakers fans still cheer over every basket. They yell when the purple and gold streamers fall out of the Staples Center rafters to signify a rare victory. The volume level rises even more when the Lakers secure free tacos by holding opponents under 100 points.But there remains a large segment of fans on the airwaves, on Twitter and on Instagram that feel much different when the Lakers win a game. They fret over the team’s fortunes in the NBA draft lottery that will take place on May 17. Those anxieties will likely heighten when the Lakers (14-54) host the Phoenix Suns (18-49) on Friday at Staples Center.And yet …“We’re not in a weird position,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We play Phoenix and we’re trying to win the game.” But if the Lakers win the game, they will decrease the 4 1/2-game cushion they have over the Suns for the NBA’s second-worst record. The Lakers currently have a 55.8 percent chance of retaining their top-3 protected pick and 19.9 percent odds of landing with the first selection. But the Lakers’ win over the Suns plus a handful of other victories in the remaining 14 games could slide the Lakers with the league’s third-worst spot. That position would give the Lakers a 46.9 percent chance of finishing in the top three and 15.6 percent odds of getting that coveted first pick.“My sentiment hasn’t changed from last year to this year,” Scott said. “I just focus on what I have to do because fans are going to be fans.”The Lakers may just lose naturally.They have dropped two consecutive games to sub-par opponents (New York and Sacramento) a week after upsetting the NBA’s defending champion (Golden State). Scott wondered, “How do we take people lightly?” Both Scott and Lakers veteran forward Brandon Bass mostly attributed that to the team’s young roster.“When you’re a veteran group, you’re more aware on how you come out,” Bass said. “As you get older in the league, you learn sense of urgency.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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As Bryce Harper continues free-agent dance, Phillies focus on guys in clubhouse

first_imgMORE: Yasiel Puig isn’t only intriguing Reds outfielder in 2019They’d love for Bryce Harper to choose Philly. The Phillies and Harper have always made way too much sense, maybe more so than any other team in baseball. The franchise is on the upswing, with oodles of money to spent after years of low payrolls and a rich TV contract. Harper is a star with an MVP already under his belt and oodles of prime years left in his 26-year-old body. It’s clear the Phillies want Harper. The other way around, though? That’s a bit murky.Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, have made no secret of their desire to land a long-term mega deal. And the Phillies have reportedly offered something in the 10-year, $325 million range. That’s both long and mega. So why is Harper still on the market? Maybe he wants to be closer to his Las Vegas roots. Maybe all those years with the rival Nationals gave him a distaste for Philly and he wants a premium to play there. Maybe he wants a bigger number. Maybe he just didn’t want to deal with spring training in February. All we really know for sure is that March is almost here, and Harper doesn’t have a spot in the Philly clubhouse. Yet.I asked Pat Neshek, the veteran reliever who’s been with the Phillies since the start of the 2017 season — minus a couple of months with the Rockies in 2017 — whether the Harper drama has made much of an impact inside the clubhouse. “Not really, no. Not really,” he said. “I think it’s something the fans really get into. Yeah. If we get him, if we don’t, I think the fans, you’ll hear from them.”Philly fans certainly have a way of making their feelings known, no doubt. And they’re not exactly thrilled at the moment. MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teamsThey were promised, basically, by their owner early this offseason that something big would happen. At the end of October, at least one Las Vegas book put the Phillies as the favorites to land BOTH Harper and Manny Machado. So, yeah, the fans got a bit excited. But as you know, Machado signed a $300 million deal with San Diego, and Harper’s still on the loose. It’s not like the Phillies have been stagnant. They gave Andrew McCutchen a three-year, $50 million deal to play left field. They traded for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and they traded for All-Star second baseman Jean Segura. Oh, and they signed ace Aaron Nola to a four-year deal that buys out at least one free-agent year, two with a club option. CLEARWATER, Fla. — If you’re curious, nine lockers are currently open in the Phillies’ spring training clubhouse at Spectrum Field, almost all of them in the traditional spots next to a veteran’s locker. Become a star in the bigs and you earn a bit of extra space.As spring training progresses and cuts are made, more and more spots will become available. If Phillies fans had their way, though, that number would decrease by one very soon. Those are outstanding moves for a team that played very well for four-and-a-half months last year before sputtering to the finish line. That optimism is what Neshek said the guys in the occupied lockers are thinking about. “I think we’re just kind of building on that. We’ve added four guys, some really good players, which I think is going to help,” he said. “And there’s more guys out there, so we might add somebody — who knows? But I really like what we have in here. To me, it’s going to be how the starters step up and how they pitch this year. The East is going to be tough, though.”last_img read more

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NFL free agency news: Lions sign Trey Flowers to $90M deal

first_img NFL free agency news: Lions sign WR Danny Amendola The #Lions have signed unrestricted free agent DE Trey Flowers. pic.twitter.com/B1mQ6gxacz— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 14, 2019The #Lions are giving Trey Flowers a five-year, $90 million contract that includes $56M in guarantees, source said. $40M fully guaranteed at signing. #Patriots weren’t going there. Big deal for Detroit’s new big edge presence. Related News Detroit is starting to look a lot like New England.Former Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers officially signed with the Lions Thursday. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2019″ target=”_blank”>According to NFL Media, Flowers deal is for five years and worth $90 million over five years with includes $56 million in guarantees ($40 million fully guaranteed at signing).center_img NFL free agency rumors: Raiders to pursue Le’Veon Bell News of the move comes after Detroit signed former Patriots and Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola to a one-year deal Monday. Flowers and Amendola will reunite with Lions coach Matt Patricia, who previously served 14 seasons as an assistant coach with the Patriots, including six seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2012-17.Flowers, 25, appeared in 15 regular-season games for the Patriots last season and all three postseason games, including the team’s Super Bowl 53 win over the Rams.His 7.5 sacks in 2018 led all Patriots players for the third straight year.last_img read more

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NASCAR at California: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for Auto Club 400

first_imgBut Kyle Larson will try to do it. The 26-year-old driver out of California has a lot of recent success in Fontana with a win in 2017 and second-place finishes in 2014 and 2018. He’ll have his work cut out for him on the two-mile track as tire wear matters there and he had issues with that in Atlanta, but his track record speaks for itself.Larson competes every week and loves to hang around the top 10 at the Auto Club. We’re picking him to take the win despite the fact Busch has won four of his last five races counting the Xfinity and Truck Series.The Auto Club 400 can be seen Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.What are the betting odds for the Auto Club 400?Kyle Busch 9/2Kevin Harvick 9/2Brad Keselowski 6/1Martin Truex Jr. 6/1Kyle Larson 6/1Joey Logano 6/1Denny Hamlin 18/1Ryan Blaney 18/1Aric Almirola 18/1Erik Jones 20/1Kurt Busch 20/1Chase Elliott 25/1Clint Bowyer 25/1Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 50/1Jimmie Johnson 50/1Alex Bowman 50/1Austin Dillon 80/1Daniel Suarez 80/1William Byron 100/1Paul Menard 100/1Ryan Newman 100/1Matt DiBenedetto 200/1Daniel Hemric 200/1Chris Buescher 200/1Ryan Preece 300/1Ty Dillon 500/1Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. 500/1Michael McDowell 2000/1Matt Tifft 5000/1Field (all others) 500/1Which NASCAR drivers should you watch at the Auto Club 400?Brad Keselowski already has a win under his belt at a tire wear track in Atlanta and his last four races in Fontana only offer encouragement for his success this weekend. Keselowski has finished fourth, second, ninth and first in his last four trips to the track. Can anyone stop Kyle Busch?It will be tough this weekend, especially in Fontana, Calif. where Busch has three career wins at Auto Club Speedway and finishes in the top 10 70 percent of the time. Add that to a win last week in Phoenix, and top 10s in every single one of his starts this year and the driver will be incredibly tough to beat on Sunday. Joey Logano earned a win at Las Vegas beating out Keselowski and Logano may be competing with him for a win again this week. Logano has top-7 finishes in five of his last six races at Fontana and top 5’s in each of his last three.Kurt Busch’s recent track record at Auto Club Speedway isn’t encouraging as he has finished 14th, 24th and 30th in his last three attempts there. But before those runs he finished outside the top 9 just twice in nine races and in the top five four times. If that driver shows up on Sunday he can get a win.One sleeper for the Auto Club 400Austin Dillon hasn’t had the best success at Auto Club Speedway, but he has always been on the cusp of it. The 28-year-old has never finished better than 10th in Fontana, but he has finished 11th or better in three of his five NASCAR races there. He has to crack the top 9 eventually.last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: No. 2 Tennessee survives OT after blowing 25-point lead

first_imgIt marked the first overtime game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.Tennessee and Iowa are heading to OT tied at 71.pic.twitter.com/Bu2McghhvW— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 24, 2019Despite the 11 turnovers Tennessee had in the second half, a 7-0 run in early overtime gave the Volunteers enough cushion to secure the 83-77 win. Related News Tennessee looked like it was going to lock away its Round of 32 game against Iowa, but a late surge by the Hawkeyes forced overtime.At the half, the No. 2 Volunteers led by 21 points and had a 25-point lead at one point, but Tyler Cook led No. 10 Iowa chip away at Tennessee for an extra five minutes. It was two made free throws by Joe Wieskamp that sent the game into overtime. March Madness 2019 wrap: Kentucky, Gonzaga, LSU other favorites thwart upset-minded teams ☠️ FROM DEEP! pic.twitter.com/sIEuI69Qaf— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) March 24, 2019It’s the second time the Volunteers and Hawkeyes have met in the NCAA Tournament, with Tennessee surviving overtime, 78-65, in the 2014 First Four.center_img Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams led all scorers with 19 points each, while Jordan Bohannon led the Hawkeyes in points with 18.Williams was instrumental on defense, as well, with three huge blocks and seven rebounds.Grant Williams says NO. pic.twitter.com/wjaxHKRoPc— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 24, 2019Tennessee will face No. 3 Purdue on Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen. March Madness 2019: Volunteers suffer rare sour ending in women’s tournamentlast_img read more

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr perplexed by ‘mind-boggling’ officiating in loss to T-wolves

first_imgWarriors coach Steve Kerr was baffled by “mind-boggling” officiating in Golden State’s 131-130 overtime defeat Friday to the Timberwolves, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry also took aim at referee Marat Kogut.The Warriors are tied with the Nuggets atop the NBA Western Conference after the dramatic at Target Center. “I don’t know what else to say. Kind of mind-boggling. You catch and you go up for a shot, and you get fouled in any league – any league – that’s a good bucket and a free throw. Any league, not just the NBA.”Warriors vs Timberwolves ended in a whole overtime mess pic.twitter.com/DOHpwrLD0n— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) March 30, 2019The Warriors were also stunned when Anthony Tolliver threw a pass over Karl-Anthony Towns’ head with only 0.5 seconds remaining, but the officials ruled Durant held Towns, who won it by making the first free throw.Durant said: “Marat was his name? He was the best player on the floor tonight. He made sure of that. He’s so good with his whistle that he knew they were gonna foul me, and he called it right before I shot the ball. So he’s one of the greatest refs of all time.”Two-time MVP Curry did not hold back with his criticism of Kogut after the Warriors were denied a third consecutive win. Golden State felt aggrieved with some of the decisions, none more so than when Durant was on target with a 3-pointer to tie the score with 4.4 seconds to play, only for the basket to be waived off because of a foul called against Minnesota’s Keita Bates-Diop when Durant was in the act of shooting.”Did I think it was [a foul] before the shot?” Kerr said. “I just watched the replay. He caught and he shot – it’s a four-point play.  Related News Asked which he believed was the worst call, Curry replied: “You’d have to ask the MVP of tonight, Marat Kogut.”Curry added: “It’s just tough when your effort like that gets sabotaged. I’ve been back there looking at those calls over and over and over again and still don’t understand either one of them. KD [should have got a] four-point play which puts pressure on them with four seconds left to get a bucket.”And at the end of the game, nobody wants to see a game end like that. A crazy pass that had no chance of being caught and a soft foul that should never have been called to decide the game.”the BEST OT PLAYS as the @Timberwolves top the @warriors in a thrilling finish at home! #AllEyesNorth pic.twitter.com/u4St8W2UXL— NBA (@NBA) March 30, 2019 Stephen Curry on officiating in loss to Timberwolves: ‘It’s kind of embarrassing’last_img read more

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Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha placed on injured list with knee tendinitis

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWacha was set to start Tuesday, the Cardinals’ fifth consecutive day with a game, so no starter would be ready on normal rest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted .Among options at Triple-A Memphis, Austin Gomber (2-0, 3.22 ERA at Triple-A) started Saturday for the Redbirds, so would be unavailable. Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-0, 3.64 at Triple-A) would be on turn in the Memphis rotation but isn’t listed as a probable starter this week, according to the Post-Dispatch.In a corresponding move to placing Wacha on the IL, the Cardinals recalled infielder-outfielder Drew Robinson from Memphis, so another move would be necessary if Ponce de Leon starts Tuesday night against the visiting Brewers.Wacha (1-0) was 8-2 in 2018, but missed much of the season with a strained left oblique. He had reached double digits in victories in two of the previous three seasons. Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha, who last week got his first win of 2019, has been placed on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis in his left knee, the team announced Monday.The move is retroactive to April 19, two days after Wacha went six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers. He has a team-best 4.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings this season. The team described his problem as patellar tendinitis in his left knee.St. Louis (12-9) is tied for second in the NL Central with the Brewers (13-5), a game back of the first-place Pirates, ahead of Monday night’s opener of a three-game series against Milwaukee.Cardinals starters are 6-5 this season, with only Miles Mikolas, at 2-1, having more than one win.last_img read more

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LeBron and Lakers will have whopping 43 games on national TV next season

first_imgWith LeBron James donning purple and gold threads, the Lakers aren’t only once again the biggest show in town – they’re one of the top draws in the league.That was reinforced Friday afternoon when the NBA released its full schedule: The Lakers will play 43 games on national TV next season, more than even the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors (40).Some of the headliners: The 33-year-old James makes his Lakers home debut at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 20 on ESPN. He will also make his return to Cleveland on Nov. 21, when the Lakers play at Quicken Loans Arena on ESPN. The classic Lakers rivalry with the Boston Celtics will also get an injection from LeBron, when the two franchises clash at TD Garden on Feb. 7 (TNT), then again at Staples on March 9 (ABC). James faces former teammate Kyrie Irving in those games.Earlier this week, the NBA also announced Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day games against the Warriors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersShowtime indeed.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Lakers are no strangers to national TV presence, playing 35 such games last season when the franchise’s biggest name was rookie Lonzo Ball.With James, there’s an added gravitas – and increased hope that some marquee matchups could help propel the Lakers back into the playoffs for the first time since 2013. James has been to the Finals for eight straight seasons, winning three NBA titles.It might well be the most challenging regular-season slate ever for James, who has never played in the Western Conference (and has likely never logged as many air miles as he will this season). The Lakers have four matchups with the Warriors, four with the Houston Rockets and three with the Oklahoma City Thunder – all of whom boast multiple marquee stars and went to the playoffs last spring.The first stretch of the schedule will be as tough as any: Of the Lakers’ first 11 games, nine are against opponents who won at least 45 games last year. The finish could also get interesting, as six of the last eight games of the schedule come against playoff teams from last season, including two dates with the Utah Jazz. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On the other hand, Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, who was coveted by the Lakers before being traded out of San Antonio in July, is likely to receive some fan overtures when he comes to Staples Center on Nov. 4. The Southern California native will hit free agency next summer and was reported to favor L.A. as a destination.Of the 43 nationally televised games, four will air on ABC, 13 will air on TNT and 14 will air on ESPN. The Lakers will visit the Rockets on Jan. 19 for ABC’s first prime-time Saturday game of the season.The entire NBA schedule features the fewest back-to-backs since the league implemented an 82-game schedule, and the Lakers play just 13 such pairings this season – two of which don’t require them to leave Staples Center.The longest trip of the season is a five-game stretch across 10 days, starting on Feb. 2 at Golden State and finishing Feb. 12 in Atlanta. The Lakers will play a four-game stretch at home three different times during the season, and won’t have to leave Staples for one stretch between Jan. 19 and Jan. 31.Lakers regular-season schedule:All times PacificOct. 18 – at Portland, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 20 – Houston, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 22 – San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 24 – at Phoenix, 7 p.m.Oct. 25 – Denver, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 27 – at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.Oct. 29 – at Minnesota, 5 p.m.Oct. 31 – Dallas, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 3 – at Portland, 7 p.m.Nov. 4 – Toronto, 6:30 p.m.Nov. 7 – Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 10 – at Sacramento, 7 p.m.Nov. 11 – Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.Nov. 14 – Portland 7:30 p.m.Nov. 17 – at Orlando, 4 p.m.Nov. 18 – at Miami, 3 p.m.Nov. 21 – at Cleveland, 5 p.m.Nov. 23 – Utah, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 25 – Orlando, 12:30 p.m.Nov. 27 – at Denver, 6 p.m.Nov. 29 – Indiana, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 30, Dallas, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 2 – Phoenix, 12:30 p.m.Dec. 5 – San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 7 – at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.Dec. 8 – at Memphis, 5 p.m.Dec. 10 – Miami, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 13 – at Houston, 5 p.m.Dec. 15 – at Charlotte, 4 p.m.Dec. 16 – at Washington, 3 p.m.Dec. 18 – at Brooklyn, 4:30 p.m.Dec. 21 – New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 23 – Memphis, 6:30 p.m.Dec. 25 – at Golden State, 5 p.m.Dec. 27 – at Sacramento, 7 p.m.Dec. 28 – Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 30 – Sacramento, 6:30 p.m.Jan. 2 – Oklahoma City, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 4 – New York, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 6 – at Minnesota, 12:30 p.m.Jan. 7 – at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.Jan. 9 – Detroit, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 11 – at Utah, 7 p.m.Jan. 13 – Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.Jan. 15 – Chicago, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 17 – at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m.Jan. 19 – at Houston, 5:30 p.m.Jan. 21 – Golden State, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 24 – Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 27 – Phoenix, 6:30 p.m.Jan. 29 – Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 31 – at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 2 – at Golden State, 5:30 p.m.Feb. 5 – at Indiana, 4 p.m.Feb. 7 – at Boston, 5 p.m.Feb. 10 – at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.Feb. 12 – at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m.ALL-STAR BREAKFeb. 21 – Houston, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 23 – at New Orleans, 4 p.m.Feb. 25 – at Memphis, 5 p.m.Feb. 27 – New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 1 – Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 2 – at Phoenix, 6 p.m.Mar. 4 – Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 6 – Denver, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 9 – Boston, 5:30 p.m.Mar. 12 – at Chicago, 5 p.m.Mar. 14 – at Toronto, 5 p.m.Mar. 15 – at Detroit, 4 p.m.Mar. 17 – at New York, 9 a.m.Mar. 19 – at Milwaukee, 5 p.m.Mar. 22 – Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 24 – Sacramento, 6:30 p.m.Mar. 26 – Washington, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 27 – at Utah, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 29 – Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.Mar. 31 – at New Orleans, 3 p.m.April 2 – at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.April 4 – Golden State, 7:30 p.m.April 5 – at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.April 7 – Utah, 6:30 p.m.April 9 – Portland, 7:30 p.m. Even outside of storylines that highlight James, there will be rich subplots. Laker fans who chanted “We Want Paul George” when the Thunder star visited last season will likely be less hospitable when he visits Staples Center on Jan. 2. George, who hails from Palmdale, did not even meet with the Lakers during free agency after a year of offseason intrigue that he might take one of the team’s max salary slots.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

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Lakers’ Tyson Chandler learns on the fly in his return to L.A.

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I love this city the way they love me,” he said postgame, sporting a black Dodgers cap. “I’ve been on the other side and played the villain. Now it’s great to be on this side and actually rep ’em.”There was a whirlwind of steps between the Tuesday morning Chandler set out on his road trip and the 23-minute debut he made for the Lakers on Wednesday night, when he helped close out the 114-110 victory with two critical offensive rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not everyone could be expected to digest as much as Chandler did and still play a meaningful role in a win.But it’s that skill set, the veteran knowledge and the intuition the Lakers felt they needed when they agreed to sign Chandler over the weekend, as the Suns negotiated his $13.6 million buyout. Phoenix gained salary cap space and moved a veteran who had grown restless on a number of forgettable teams. The Lakers, however, added rebounding, defense and a base of experience they felt was lacking in their locker room.While it might be overstating the case to say Chandler’s addition is vital to the Lakers, it certainly was described in those terms by a number of key veterans and the one person who has been most embattled in the last week: Coach Luke Walton.“We needed the help now,” he said. “And I don’t know how that all works, but give Rob and Magic credit for recognizing that and going out and getting that job done for our squad. I think it helps stabilize us.” LOS ANGELES — In all, the journey took six hours. Like any true Angeleno, Tyson Chandler knew there would be traffic.He had filled his car during the few days he learned he would be moving from Phoenix back to Los Angeles, and he decided to drive rather than fly to save himself the hassle of having to go back later for more of his things.After all, what is six hours when he had been waiting 17 years for this to happen?In the back of his mind, Chandler, 36, had been hoping to come home throughout his NBA career, since he was traded by the Clippers on draft night in 2001. He had been waiting for the kind of reception he got Wednesday night when he checked into his first game with the Lakers with three minutes left in the first quarter. As he pointed toward the rafters, the Staples Center crowd cheered for his arrival – the native son finally playing for the team he grew up watching. Chandler was also vocal on a second unit that often hums with Rondo’s running dialogue. He was communicating on defense, pointing out vulnerabilities and trying to position himself correctly as the Lakers held the Timberwolves to just 33 percent shooting in the second half. James said every one of Chandler’s minutes was “impactful,” and his voice – telling the team to keep fighting – was welcome for a group that has lost a number of close games already this season.During a late timeout, Rondo was uncharacteristically quiet. Walton was concerned his point guard was upset. Rondo wasn’t – he just didn’t have anything to add.“Coach asked what was wrong; I’m like, ‘When Tyson’s talking, I don’t need to talk as well,’ ” he said. “So having another voice in the locker room is big, especially for me and Bron.”But even the most prepared veteran has weaknesses. For Chandler, it was his conditioning. Moving and going through assorted medical exams had knocked him out of his routine, and he hadn’t played much in Phoenix before being bought out. In the Lakers’ up-tempo style, his only goal was to play good defense and let the younger players run.He made good on those efforts, setting physical screens and playing tough defense on Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who didn’t hit a shot in the second half. With Chandler guarding him, Towns was 0 for 6. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.How does a player go from arriving on a Tuesday afternoon and closing a game Wednesday night?The Lakers took a lot of time with Chandler, even in the limited opportunities. As early as Tuesday, Walton squeezed in some court time with him. After Wednesday morning shootaround, Walton assembled a group of five (including himself) to help Chandler run through the team’s offensive sets.But not everything is in a playbook. In the game itself, Chandler credited veteran guard Rajon Rondo with helping him get up to speed with where he needed to be. Sometimes, Rondo would say so and point. Sometimes he would simply flick his eyes to a spot where he needed Chandler to go.All signals were picked up.“He vocally was telling me where to be at all times, making eye contact with me,” Chandler said. “And I’ve seen a lot of the sets to pick up on ’em. I knew the basics, but clearly, I didn’t know like second or third options.”Still, there were times he could have fooled the casual observer. Rondo and LeBron James credited Chandler for having a basic familiarity with certain sets that go by many names on many different teams but are common throughout the NBA. The Lakers ran a “Chin” set with Chandler on the floor that resulted in an alley-oop by Lonzo Ball. Chandler’s intuition on such plays made it possible to keep him on the floor. While he wasn’t always arriving in transition with everyone else, that will come with time, Chandler insisted.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “Tonight, I was just trying to anchor defensively and let them run offensively,” he said. “As the weeks go along, I’ll get my legs under me and really start being able to be a help on both ends.”One thing Chandler understands: There’s a lot more time. He was expecting to get bought out, but such deals are more common during the second half of the season, when teams already have an idea what their season will look like. Rather than spending a few weeks in March trying to blend in for a playoff run, Chandler has 71 more games to try to find his role on the Lakers.Maybe he’ll take some time this week to finish moving in and getting settled. The next journey is just beginning.“I was just happy to get this first one out of the way,” he said, “so I can get back into my rhythm and really just start building layers of what we’re going to try to accomplish.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Free agency guide: What the Lakers will look for at the wing position

first_imgThe prototype: Thabo Sefolosha – At 35, he’s clearly on the downward slope, but he could still be helpful to the right team. Sefolosha has a strong understanding of how to defend the league’s top scorers – knowledge which might be more valuable passed on to other teammates (think of his potential to help groom Kuzma). He can shoot from outside well enough (43.6 percent last year), and can play a few positions at 6-foot-7. He’s also a locker room presence who could be helpful to gel a roster that will be loaded with new, unfamiliar pieces – chemistry is an underrated part of any group that hopes to contend (ask the Boston Celtics). His production isn’t terribly high and he likely couldn’t start except in emergencies, but that’s generally what you’re getting with minimum contract players.Other options: It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Lakers go after players who have experience with James or want to play with James. So yes, this might mean players such as J.R. Smith (technically still under contract with the Cavaliers), Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Korver (a buyout candidate) and Iman Shumpert. Frankly, the Lakers will need bodies, and each of those players bring at least one skill to the table that might be helpful filling out a roster.Among older players who might still have value, Jared Dudley, a 33-year-old San Diego native, got on the court for Brooklyn last year. Similarly, 42-year-old Vince Carter averaged 17.5 minutes per game last year and is widely considered one of the most professional veterans in the NBA. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How should the Lakers use their salary cap space?It’s been an ongoing debate for a while, one that gained new fuel as the Lakers expanded their trade for Anthony Davis on Friday to free up enough salary to lure in another star free agent this summer. What kind of players could they get with that money? What if they split it up? Here’s a guide to help answer that question, looking at different positions and tiers of value.Though specific players are named here, this is an examination of the attributes the Lakers will need rather than which specific free agents they’re targeting. With 40 percent of the league on the market, the entirety of the Lakers’ moves will be impossible to predict. But in general, the team will be looking for consistent 3-point shooting, which none of their current three rotation players really possess, as well as defensive and overall positional versatility, which will help them match up with the small-ball powers such as Houston and Portland.Here’s a look at the wing positions (we’ll look at ball-handling guards and big men in separate stories in the days ahead). While wings are the one area where the Lakers already have two strong options with LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, they need depth and versatility for lineups when James is the main ball handler. ROTATION LEVELThe next tier of players opens up if the Lakers fail to get their max candidate. They could likely target one or two top-level role players, then start moving down the list. This is an investment in the cast around James and Davis, assuming those two are good enough to contend for a championship, but just need the right pieces around them.The prototype: Danny Green – Leonard’s 6-foot-6 teammate in Toronto also had a great season, most notably finishing second in the league in 3-point percentage (45.5 percent). He’s not an ace scorer but he had his most productive scoring season (10.3 ppg) since 2014-15. At just over 32, he’s experienced on championship teams, but not out of his competitive window. He doesn’t need the ball in his hands to make a difference, which will be key on a roster with James, who typically helps catch-and-shoot role players thrive. Green can defend competently, and the Raptors outscored opponents by 8.1 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor in the playoffs. If the Lakers strike out on Leonard, getting Green would make sense as a consolation prize (note that Green made $10 million last season).Other options: There’s a wide variance in salary here, so not every name is equivalent. On the higher end, there’s Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic, an elite shooter (49.7 percent overall, 42.5 percent from 3-point range) who stepped up after Victor Oladipo’s injury. Reports indicate that he could be very in demand, driving his salary perhaps out of the Lakers’ range. An interesting option might be Thaddeus Young, who is expected to leave the Pacers: He’s been quietly productive, with 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds, and an OK-but-not-great 3-point shooter. Terrence Ross just had a career season in Orlando, averaging 15.1 points and shooting above 38 percent from deep.The Lakers might consider bringing back Reggie Bullock, who didn’t have the impact hoped for last year, but with another season with James might find the form that helped him shoot above 44 percent from deep during the 2017-18 season. Trevor Ariza, 33, is a former Laker who would make a lot of sense as a versatile threat. He was a key piece of a competitive team just two seasons ago, when he was a starter for the Rockets.MINIMUM LEVELShould the Lakers secure a third star, they’d likely fill out the bulk of their roster with veteran’s minimum-level players. This pool generally consists of players who are borderline NBA guys or past-their-prime players who already have significant career earnings. Minimum contracts are set and include no bonuses ($2.6 million for veterans with 10 years of experience) – it’s possible that some players mentioned in this tier would want to sign for more.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMAX LEVELIf the Lakers want to use the bulk of their projected $32 million in cap space on a max player, which seems increasingly possible given how hard the Lakers worked to get to that number, there are just a few players worth chasing. Max level players are eligible for 30 percent of the available salary cap, which is about $32 million dollars next year. Any of the players in this section will have offers of that salary or near that salary. The teams that they played for last year can offer them five-year deals: The Lakers can only offer four.The prototype: Kawhi Leonard – The playoffs served as a powerful reminder of how Leonard was viewed before he spent the better part of a season out with a quad injury: He’s one of the best players in the NBA, and perhaps the top two-way player. His playoff run (during which he averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting nearly 38 percent on threes) emphasized that he can convincingly be the focal point of a championship team. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is also renowned for locking up some of the NBA’s top scorers. While he rested for a significant portion of the season, playing in just 60 games in a practice that gave rise to the dubious term “load management,” Leonard showed that when the games matter, the Board Man can be counted upon.It’s not clear how the Lakers would completely divvy up roles with three elite forwards, but common sense dictates that’s a nice problem to have. With James as a primary ballhandler and distributor, Davis and Leonard could be scoring machines, and Leonard is good enough from distance to space the floor for the offense. Leonard’s strengths on defense also help with James’ shortcomings in that area of late. With Davis as one of the league’s leading shot-blockers, it’s a powerful inside-outside defensive combo.Other options: It’s a limited market, so there are not many names in this category. There’s been little reported interest from Kevin Durant, who also probably wouldn’t help the Lakers win a championship next season as he recovers from an Achilles rupture. Klay Thompson is widely expected to re-sign with Golden State, and his ACL tear presents the same timeline issue.That leaves two borderline max candidates: Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton. Harris sparks debate as a good all-around player (20 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.8 apg) and a somewhat limited athlete who is a great outside shooter (39.7 percent). He had slightly diminishing returns in the playoffs for Philadelphia, and the Clippers were unsure enough about paying him max money that they traded him at midseason. Middleton is a do-it-all wing who is also a lockdown defender, and he might be a better overall fit alongside James and Davis, but it’s not clear that he’s a standalone star. He’s widely expected to re-sign with the Bucks this offseason. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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NBA Finals 2019: 3 reasons why the Raptors beat the Warriors

first_imgThe Raptors are NBA champions.Toronto closed out the Warriors with a 114-110 win at Oracle Arena on Thursday in Game 6 of the Finals to win their first title in franchise history. Toronto held Golden State to 110 points or less in all six games. Even without Durant for almost the entire series and a hobbled Thompson, the Warriors still had star Stephen Curry. The Raptors, however, held him in check and shut down Golden State’s role players, for the most part.The Raptors’ defense kept them in every matchup against the Warriors, which is a big reason why the Larry O’Brien Trophy is heading to Toronto. Here’s three reasons why the Raptors won the 2019 NBA FinalsWarriors, Raptors healthThe Raptors had a fantastic postseason run and no doubt earned the title. The Warriors’ health, however, definitely played a factor in the final series.Kevin Durant strained his calf in Golden State’s second round series against the Rockets and did not play again until Game 5 against the Raptors. But, his return lasted less than a half as he unfortunately ruptured his Achilles after 12 minutes on the floor. That wasn’t all the injuries the Warriors dealt with in the Finals, though. Thompson was held out of Game 3 with a hamstring issue and left Thursday’s matchup. DeMarcus Cousins was inconsistent as he continued to recover from a torn quad and Kevon Looney was banged up, as well.Toronto, on the other hand, had all of its players available and had significantly better depth than Golden State. That made a difference.Kawhi Leonard’s playKawhi Leonard was the best player in the 2019 playoffs and it wasn’t even that close.The 27-year-old star almost single-handedly carried the Raptors to the first title in franchise history. The team went to him time and again for clutch buckets and he delivered. He even knocked down one of the biggest shots in franchise history: a crazy bouncing buzzer beater in the fourth quarter of Game 7 against the 76ers in the second round.KAWHI CALLED SERIES! pic.twitter.com/V4AIuMULNO— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 13, 2019The Raptors acquired Leonard — along with Danny Green — from the Spurs in exchange for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster trade last offseason. Leonard is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent later this month.Regardless of what happens this summer, that deal will go down as one of the best in Raptors’ history and Leonard will always be remembered in Toronto.Raptors’ defensive effortThe Raptors limited the Warriors’ offense throughout the series. Kyle Lowry scored 26 points to lead the Raptors to the victory while Pascal Siakam chipped in 26, as well. Klay Thompson finished with 30 points in the losing effort, but left in the third quarter with a knee injury.The Warriors were going for their third straight championship and fourth in the last five seasons. They came up just short. Related News Kevin Durant may never be the same again, Achilles specialist sayslast_img read more

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NFL rumors: Bengals lock up Tyler Boyd with $43M extension

first_img Browns’ Baker Mayfield admits he wanted ‘revenge’ against Hue Jackson NFL training camp 2019: AFC North preview Bengals guard Clint Boling, 30, retires after eight seasons Bengals are signing WR Tyler Boyd to a four-year, $43 million extension, league sources tell ESPN. Boyd now will be under contract through the 2023 season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 23, 2019The extension will keep Boyd with the Bengals until 2023. Boyd, 24, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season.  Tyler Boyd is staying in Cincinnati.The Bengals receiver agreed to a four-year extension worth $43 million, ESPN reported Tuesday. He had 1,028 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season over 14 games and filled in for A.J. Green when he was dealing with a toe injury. Related News Green still is considered the primary receiver for the Bengals, but Green’s injuries have allowed him to complete just two full seasons in the past five years, which has primed Boyd to be a solid secondary wideout.Last year marked Boyd’s best NFL season to date after he was taken in the second round of the 2016 draft.last_img read more

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F1 German Grand Prix: Start time, TV channel, how to stream 2019 race

first_imgThe F1 2019 schedule reaches its 11th race of the season Sunday, the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. ESPN returns as the TV channel that will broadcast this weekend’s Formula 1 race, with a start time of 9:05 a.m. ET on Sunday. The German Grand Prix also can be live streamed via the ESPN app.The German Grand Prix in 2019 returns to the iconic Hockenheimring. The 17-turn, 4.574-kilometer course first hosted a Formula 1 race in 1970 and, despite a reconfiguration in 2002 that cut down on the distance, remains a relatively fast course for F1. Sunday’s German Grand Prix is scheduled for 67 laps and a total distance of 306.458 kilometers. Only Monaco (66), Italy (69) and Great Britain (70) have hosted more F1 races than Germany (63, alongside Belgium). MORE FORMULA 1: Full 2019 Grand Prix scheduleThe driver who has had the most success in F1 this season also happens to be the driver who has had the most success in Germany of late. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, the leader in F1 points standings with seven wins this year, is eyeing a third consecutive victory in the German Grand Prix. A win Sunday also would give Hamilton a record fifth at the German Grand Prix for his career.As for one of the “home” drivers, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the German has reached the podium in just four of the first 10 F1 races of 2019 — the worst run of his tenure with his current team. His teammate, though, arrives in Germany on the strength of some recent success. Charles Leclerc has reached the podium in each of the last four races.Below is all you need to know about the 2019 German Grand Prix, including how to watch and live stream the race.F1 2019 German Grand Prix start time, how to watchDate: Sunday, July 28Time: 9:05 a.m. ETTV channel: ESPNLive stream: ESPN appF1 TV schedule, live stream for German Grand PrixAs it has in years past, in the United States, ESPN will broadcast Sky Sports’ presentation of all 2019 F1 races.Below is the TV and live streaming schedule for German Grand Prix practice, qualifying and race presentations on ESPN platforms Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Friday, July 26EventStart timeTV channelLive streamPractice 14:55 a.m. ETESPN2ESPN appPractice 28:55 a.m. ETESPNUESPN appSaturday, July 27EventStart timeTV channelLive streamPractice 35:55 a.m. ETESPN2ESPN appQualifying8:55 a.m. ETESPN2ESPN appSunday, July 28EventStart timeTV channelLive streamPre-race show8:30 a.m. ETESPNESPN appRace9:05 a.m. ETESPNESPN appRace (re-air)7 p.m. ETESPNEWSN/ARace (re-air)10 p.m. ETESPN2N/AGerman Grand Prix qualifying results, starting lineupF1 qualifying for the 2019 German Grand Prix is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 27 at 8:55 a.m. ET and will be shown live on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.Fun fact: The next driver to secure a maiden career pole position will be the 100th different driver to do so in F1 history. The F1 qualifying results and starting grid for the 2019 German Grand Prix will be posted upon completion of Saturday’s session.Pos.DriverCar/team1.Lewis HamiltonMercedes2.Max VerstappenRed Bull3.Valtteri BottasMercedes4.Pierre GasleyRed Bull5.Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6.Romain GrosjeanHaas7.Carlos SainzMcLaren8.Sergio PerezRacing Point9.Nico HulkenbergRenault10.Charles LeclercFerrari11.Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo12.Kevin MagnussenHaas13.Daniel RicciardoRenault14.Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso15.Lance StrollRacing Point16.Lando NorrisMcLaren17.Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso18.George RussellWilliams19.Robert KubicaWilliams20.Sebastian VettelFerrariGerman Grand Prix facts, notesF1 Opta facts:A German driver has won the pole at four of the last five F1 races in Hockenheim (Vettel, 2010 and 2018; Nico Rosberg, 2014 and 2016), but only once has a German won the race in that time (Rosberg, 2014).Mercedes has finished first and second seven times already this season. One more one-two finish would equal the number of times the team achieved this across the last two seasons combined.If Hamilton reaches the Hockenheim podium, it will be the fifth time he has done so at the track. Only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Ayrton Senna (six) have done this more often.Valtteri Bottas is one win away from securing as many races wins in 2019 as in the rest of his F1 career combined (three, all in 2017).Bottas has finished fourth or better in his last 10 races, the best run in the Finn’s career.Vettel is one podium away from his 50th for Ferrari. If he manages it at this race, he will be 15 shy of the 65 he managed for Red Bull.Ferrari is 3.5 points away from becoming the first team to collect 8,000 points in F1.Vettel finished 16th in the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, the first time Ferrari had seen one of its drivers fail to pick up points since Kimi Raikkonen at the United States Grand Prix in 2014 (excluding retirements). It could be the first time for this to happen in consecutive races since Malaysia and China in 2012, with Felipe Massa finishing 15th and 13th, respectively.Romain Grosjean has the second most retirements of any active driver in F1 (45) after Raikkonen (67).Carlos Sainz has a chance to record the 100th F1 podium for Spanish drivers (Fernando Alonso 97, Pedro Martínez de la Rosa and Alfonso de Portago).German Grand Prix: Live updatesF1 German Grand Prix live updateslast_img read more

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Adam Kownacki talks first headline fight ahead of becoming dad

first_imgWhats your motivation? #10daysA post shared by Adam Kownacki (@akbabyface) on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:33am PDT“Everybody is thrilled,” he said. “The baby is taking some of my spotlight to tell you the truth.“Everybody asks for the kid, so I’m kind of jealous,” he continued, laughing.Let’s just say Kownacki is feeling every bit of anxiety over becoming a first-time father.“My wife laughs at me and says I’m going to faint,” he added. “I don’t know. It’s going to be a first-time experience. I’ll tell you (how I feel) after. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep cool in the ring and stay cool (in the delivery room).”MORE: WBC strips Dillian Whyte of interim crown, mandatory statusIt’s certainly an exciting time in the 30-year-old’s life.Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) believes a convincing win over a battled-tested Arreola (38-5-1 with 2 no-contests, 33 KOs) will inch him one step closer to possibly facing WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at some point next year. Although Wilder has impending bouts with Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury and is bound to have interest in facing the winner of the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch, Kownacki does know a way he could send a message to “The Bronze Bomber”: dispose of Arreola quicker than he did.Wilder dominated the July 2016 bout to the point Arreola’s corner stopped the fight after the eighth round. But the victory proved costly for the champ, who broke his right hand and tore his biceps in the same arm, needing surgeries on both. Those wounds kept Wilder out of action for more than seven months.Kownacki wants to get rid of Arreola quicker and even more emphatically on Saturday night. The 38-year-old Arreola said that if he can’t defeat Kownacki, he’ll retire. Chris Arreola says if he doesn’t beat Adam Kownacki on Aug. 3, he’ll retire. pic.twitter.com/aMQOcfDzZB— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) June 18, 2019That statement should motivate Kownacki even more. That’s fuel on top of the energy that Kownacki’s feverish fan base will certainly bring.Those same fans completely lost it during his unanimous decision win over former world champion Charles Martin in September 2018 as part of the Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter card at the Barclays Center.Adam Kownacki has an absolutely raucous following for his heavyweight clash against Charles Martin. Hometown, Brooklyn love.They’re through two rounds of hard-hitting action. pic.twitter.com/LCwo1YLmWT— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) September 9, 2018They also drowned out the same venue when Kownacki pulverized Gerald Washington with a second-round TKO as the co-main event to the Keith Thurman-Josesito Lopez fight in January.Don’t let the baby face fool you, @AKBabyFace is the real deal! #PBConFOX #KownackiWashington pic.twitter.com/zIGzkX5GAg— PBC (@premierboxing) January 27, 2019Wilder was in attendance for that and seemed to be impressed with Kownacki, who needed three fewer rounds to eviscerate Washington than he did in February 2017. Kownacki has family members converging to Brooklyn from Connecticut, Chicago, California and Poland and will be looking to feed off fans’ energy even more Saturday night during his first main event.“I think I get fans because of my fans,” Kownacki said. “People just want to join the crowd and make it an amazing atmosphere and experience. It definitely adds to all the energy and gives me more power to fight the fights.”MORE: WIlder continues to jab AJ over loss to RuizIt has been a long time coming for Kownacki to be a headliner. His family emigrated from Lomza, Poland to the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn when he was just 7 years old. He found his way into the renowned Gleason’s Gym at 16, where his amateur trainer James Thornwell took the chubby kid under his guidance.“When I put him in the ring, he could take a punch and he could give a punch,” Thornwell said. “And he punches the whole round and that’s what a trainer likes to see — a fighter punch three minutes. And if you could hit him, he could come right back at you.“He don’t even care if you hit him, but he’s going to hit you plenty of times,” Thornwell added. “Physique don’t win fights. If the guy can fight, it don’t matter what he looks like.”Andy Ruiz Jr. is a testament to that after his stunning seventh-round upset of Anthony Joshua to become the unified world heavyweight champion in June. That said, Kownacki says Ruiz spoiled it for the rest of the chubby guys in the process. View this post on Instagram NEW YORK — A funny thing happened to Adam Kownacki on the way to his media workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn on Wednesday. During the drive there, the heavyweight’s brother felt there was an issue with the rims of his car, so they stopped at a local tire shop.The attendants behind the desk gave him the mechanic spiel of, “we’ll be with you in 10 minutes.” But when Kownacki stepped out of the vehicle, their tone quickly changed to his surprise. Adam Kownacki explains how Andy Ruiz Jr.’s stunning upset of Anthony Joshua spoiled it for all the chubby boxers who hope to catch fighters by surprise. pic.twitter.com/iK4Kx0j6we— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) July 31, 2019Watching Ruiz shock Joshua to become the first Mexican world heavyweight champion did light even more fire underneath Kownacki to become the first Polish-American heavyweight champ.Whether an emphatic win over Arreola brings him that world title shot that he’s so hungry for remains to be seen.“Time will tell,” Kownacki said. “Boxing has its own way of doing things, so all I gotta do is focus on myself, continue winning and the opportunity will eventually present itself.” “I got out of the car and it was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re Adam, the heavyweight boxer!’” he told Sporting News. “They took care of us right away and tried to fix it as best they could. Great people and Brooklyn is very united.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThat’s the kind of attention — and preferential treatment — Kownacki is receiving in his hometown as he closes in on his first headline fight Saturday against former title challenger Chris Arreola at the Barclays Center, live on “PBC Fight Night” on FOX.But while he’s receiving plenty of love in the streets of Brooklyn, bound to get a raucous reception from his Polish fans at Barclays this weekend, Kownacki is currently playing second fiddle at home. His wife is nine months pregnant, with their baby boy slated to make his world debut on Aug. 29.last_img read more

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The Dives from the Old Bridge Candidate for the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage

first_imgThere are initiatives that the dives from the Old Bridge to candidate for the UNESCO‘s list of intangible cultural heritage, confirmed the club of “Divers”, Mostar. “The Ministry of Civil Affairs will publish an announcement in September for events that will candidate for the UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. The Divers Club in Mostar are already informed about that and the suggestion is that even the divers to candidate for the list of UNESCO. It is going to be a long process, but it will probably get Mostar leaps in the process”, explained a member of the Divers ClubMostar, Mustafa Hadžajlić, for the newspaper “Nove vrijeme”. There are no swimmers in Neretva for years due to the decades of the Neretva pollution from which are “recruited” even future divers stars.“If there are no swimmers there are no divers!”, describes the situation Emir Balić.“Neretva is so polluted that it is mainly the news during the jumps. However, it is polluted during the entire year. If you remember, ten years ago, we have created even environmental commercials and videos, which had the goal to raise awareness about the purity of Neretva. Unfortunately, that is associated only with the dives and with the tradition”, said the spokesperson of the Divers Club, “Mostar” , Šaša Oručević.The Divers say, that they will give their best that the tradition and this kind of performances to continue.This year’s traditional high jumping from the Old Bridge, is the  447th  in a row and will bring together thousands of fans of this extreme sport.This is an extremely dangerous sport, which in Mostar is tradition for hundreds of years.last_img read more

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Great recognition for BH Basketball: Nedim Buza elected to the World’ Team!

first_img(Source: klix/ photo muskiportal) Nedim Buza, a BH basketball player and member of the OKK Spars has qualified in the roster of the team for the World Match of Nike Hoop Summit, which will be played in Portland, Oregon on April 11th.Buza is presented as a great talent, a basketball player who has a good feel for the game. If Buza provides good performance, he could be found in the first round of the NBA draft pick this year.Except Buza, the following players are in the roster as well: George de Paula (Pinheiros, Brazil), Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American H. S. , New York/Mali), Skal Labissiere (Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy (Tennessee/Haiti), Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Ontario/Australia), Jamal Murray (Orangeville Prep, Canada), Federico Mussini, (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Stefan Peno (Barcelona, Serbia), Ben Simmons (Montverde Academy, Forida/Australia), Tai Wynyard (Rangitoto College, New Zealand) i Zhou Qi (Xinjiang Flying Tigers, China).last_img read more

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Mr. Erol Mujanović: Sport is one of the most powerful peace buildings Agents in the World

first_imgMr. Erol Mujanović, a  professional manager and a  team leader implementing complex projects, leadership trainer and a marathon runner. How would you describe yourself?You have rightly described main areas of my professional and human interests in your  question. I have three very strong engines and highly motivating goals  that are boosting me in the life. The first one is to see a better society and more educated and intelligent people we live with. I contribute to this higher objective slowly but surely through my full time managerial jobs and projects in international organizations.The second motivation and goal is to bring people together through sport and to help individuals achieve  things they didn’t know they are capable of, such things as running the first marathon or running their first 10K. The focus being on the journey, not on the goal.  I realize this objective through the NGO Marathon Sarajevo and Running school Klix where we spend time with amazing people. Last but not least, I have a permanent desire to acquire new skills and experiences, to become a better person and to always give more in my efforts. This self-development objective and competition with myself I realize through running marathons myself or  through daily workouts.Mr. Mujanović, you are a co-founder of the NGO “Marathon” and School of running “Klix” that organizes Sarajevo half marathon. Can you say for the Sarajevo Times how have you decided and what has motivated you to open this kind of running school?I have always been in sport, especially in running for last 20 years, and the sport is one of the most powerful change and peace buildings agents in the world both from individual and from collective perspective.So after having had dozens of requests from people on how to train, what to eat, when to run,  etc together with my partners in the NGO we decided to launch the running school and established a very fruitful cooperation with Klix web portal. The school operates as a recreational’ runners  running club in western Europe,  together with my friends from NGO Marathon Sarajevo we simply share our extremely long and rich experience and make other people happy in discovering their great potential and motivation through sport.  To make the long story short we opened the school because we had number of requests from public for it but also we felt it was the right moment to offer the society  an excellent and affordable stress management and self-development tool. Today running is the most popular hobby in the world and there are many reasons for that. In B&H it is having a huge boom in last two years and we already have more than 40 registered persons for 2016 so it proves we are not only doing the right thing but also doing it in an excellent way. Today, with other trainers we are simply happier when we run with others and when we help other people run the first half or full  marathon than if we do our personal best but alone. Knowledge and passion are worthless if we don’t share them and help other people.Apart from running you are also active in business and entrepreneurship training. How many young people are given the opportunity in the private and public sectors to develop their talents and realize private business?Besides my full time job and besides also managing NGO Marathon Sarajevo, I am also very often engaged as a trainer or consultant  in fields such as leadership, management skills, business plans, motivation etc and it constitutes that third pillar of my activities. It is all about skills building and transferring my knowledge  to others so it makes me happy as well.Young people are obviously not given the opportunities to the right extent, there is limited number of places and they are mainly reserved for  “preselected” youngsters with connection but not always and  these are all reasons why young people shouldn’t wait to be given a chance but they should seize it right now. Especially in highly corrupted economy such in Western Balkans countries opportunities are even more challenging to find for young people. However I don’t  know about any person  who gave 100% in the life and that didn’t succeed. Not saying success is fast and easy but if you give your best there will usually come a bit of luck as well and eventually the person will succeed whatever the success and the goal for that person is.What are the advantages of Bosnia and Herzegovina to move forward, on which ones the elites need to insist? I believe the Reform agenda has defined pretty clearly a way to go for B&H as a country in terms of crucial areas to reform and there is no alternatives to the path of EU integration. So I wont detail much about it but is all about job creation, reforming the public sector and creating much more business friendly environment.More precisely for me it comes down as simple and small things as  the way the majority of citizen think here. Once we change the mindset than everything will follow. We should stop considering reform processes as external to us and  the ownership should be ours because  nobody else will do that job at our place. In the same spirit people should become much more courageous in their choices and decisions. Right now young people are thinking and behaving like some old people, dreaming about secured and well paid jobs in public sector, with the title of manager but with no responsibilities and accountability.  It is simply unrealistic.What is the number of unemployed young people in B&H? What are your recommendations to young people in the search for a job? That number is far too high and we are the worst in Europe. To answer your second question more concretely, I have participated in more than 100 recruitment processes in my career and the best choice was always the candidate that demonstrate passion for what was at stake and for the job. These candidates performed very well and were easy to distinguish from other candidates that were  all similar. Young people are huge victims of the system because they don’t get enough opportunity to accumulate valuable work experience so the one that are excellent very often have taken their destiny in their hands started working very young and by the age of 25 they already have a significant competitive advantage over the majority of job seekers. It is far from being easy but things wont get any better for our youth so they should act and take initiative to bring changes in this country. Older generation wont certainly do it.Can you say for the Sarajevo Times, what are the future plans for the School of running “Klix” ?Back to running and smiling, our school after having 20, 40 and 120 participants in first three years will continue to grow. Demand and interest are huge and we will gladly take new participants as of march 2016.We have been named “the most positive story in the city“ and we will keep putting the smile on faces of our fellow runners. On the one hand we will keep running and growing while keeping the quality of the approach. On the other hand we keep in mind bigger goals so we try to inspire others and try  to help other organizations or vulnerable groups by fund raising or awareness raising activities during our trainings or races.In the running school we realized that the simplest pleasures are the best ones and they are available to all. One run in the nature, one bottle of water shared with a friend, one good laughter with runners and after 45 min your day looks perfect and you are full of great energy for the rest of the day. It is priceless.Interview by Zejna SYlast_img read more

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Damir Dzumhur and Larisa Ceric are the best Athletes of BiH this Year

first_imgTennis player Damir Dzumhur and judoka Larisa Ceric are the best athletes of BiH for the year of 2017.Dzumhur made a step forward in 2017, and he came to the title of the best athlete in BiH after he achieved historical results for BH tennis and sports in general. This year, he won two ATP titles from the series 250 in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and he manged to get in the top 30 players of ATP ranking list. Besides Dzumhur, Edin Dzeko and basketball player Dzanan Musa were also in the competition for this title.Larisa Ceric, member of the judo club Nippon from Sarajevo, recorded several great achievements this year. She won the bronze medal at the European Championship in Warsaw and she also became the vice champion at the World Championship in the open category. Among the top three athletes were also Aleksandra Samardzic (judo) and Lejla Tanovic (cycling).The awards for the most promising athletes went to the representative of BiH in Taekwondo, Katarina Krajisnik and karate player Munib Dedovic.The award for the development of sports went to the University Sports Society Bosna, which celebrates a great jubilee this year – 70 years of existence.The title of the most successful BH team with the largest number of trophies went to the National team of BiH in the seat volleyball, which received the award for the best team in sports for disabled persons. The award for the best athlete in the sport for the disabled persons was awarded to Igor Ignjatovic, the captain of the Basketball Club Vrbas.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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The Story of how Sarajevan Ema Ruvic made her Dream come true

first_imgFour years ago, on June 15, 2014, the National football team of BiH played a historic match at the World Cup in Brazil.Our Dragons had the honour to play against the former champion of the world, Argentina.That match was played on the famous Maracana Stadium. Besides Edin Dzeko, Asmir Begovic and the only goal scorer Vedad Ibisevic, the duel at the legendary stadium will be remembered by one beautiful Sarajevan, Ema Ruvic.A student of the Primary School “Isak Samokovlija” in Sarajevo, a fifth grade student then, was honoured to accompany our national representatives when they went out on the stadium.“I had the honour of meeting Edin Dzeko. I was a bit nervous, but he relaxed me with his friendly attitude. He took my hand and went out to the stadium with me. I was very happy that I had the opportunity to watch the match between BiH and Argentina, and I can say that those were the most beautiful five minutes of my life,” said young Ema Ruvic, four years after the match in Rio de Janeiro, which presented our country on the World Cup in 2014.Ema will graduate from the ninth grade in this Sarajevo school soon. Besides Dzeko, she also had the opportunity to meet the then selector Safet Susic and Vedad Ibisevic.“I had the desire to bring luck to Dzeko so that he scores a goal for Dragons, but Ibisevic managed to do it. I am very happy when I think about it today,” said Ema Ruvic, who will continue his studies in the Second Gymnasium.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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Basketball news tonight: WMS plays final December games; updated high school league standings

first_imgLadies SCBL Standings 00 Medicine Lodge00024.333 41.800 Wichita Collegiate101.000301.000 31.750 Augusta11.50013.250 Circle11.50014.200 Andale201.000401.000 23.400 Wichita Trinity00013.250 Caldwell Cheney00041.800 4Sedan Conway Springs00033.500 Mens SCBL Standings TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Flinthills TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Argonia 00 Chaparral00015.167 23.400 Garden Plain00015.167 Wellington02023.400 Conway Springs00042.667 Wellington11.50032.600 22.500 00 00 Wichita Independent00051.833 00 00 41.800 Douglass00032.600 Wichita Trinity00033.500 Oxford 00 Central Plains boysLeagueOverall 1CVDX 05.000 13.250 10Central Chaparral00014.200 8South Haven24.333 1Central 50.1000 W L  Pct.  W L  60.1000 00 Douglass00024.333 Clearwater01012.333 14.200 41.800 Clearwater01022.500 00 23.400 Over-all      League   Garden Plain00051.833 00 33.500 14.200 00 11Elk Valley Augusta020040 Bluestem00033.500 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Middle School basketball teams will have their last games before Christmas break tonight. Updated league standings for area teams are also included:Wellington Middle School schedule for tonight is as follows:Wellington vs. Winfield. Girls – away, 7A/8B 5 p.m, 7B/8A 6:30 p.m. Boys – home, 7B 4 p.m, 7A 5:15 p.m., 8A 6:30 p.m. Udall 3Oxford 00 Central Plains girls LeagueOverall Elk Valley 00 14.200 AV-CTL DIV boysLeagueOverall Belle Plaine00015.167 00 Medicine Lodge000060 9West Elk West Elk Udall Bluestem00023.400 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. 2Argonia 00 Standings for the AV-CTL DIV, Central Plains and South Central Border League: 3Flinthills 00 00 Circle201.00041.800 Overall      League   8Caldwell 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 comments Cheney00042.667 AV-CTL DIV girls LeagueOverall 23.400 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Wichita Independent00014.200 Wichita Collegiate010020 Belle Plaine00015.167 00 14.200 00 00       W L    W L  South Haven51.833 22.500 Andale201.00031.750 00 23.400 Sedan 5CVDX 00last_img read more

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Flood warning for Arkansas River affecting Sumner County in effect…

first_imgThe following statement was issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita…FLOOD STATEMENTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS258 PM CDT MON AUG 5 2013…The flood warning continues for the following river in Kansas…Arkansas River At Derby affecting Sedgwick County. Arkansas River Near Mulvane affecting Sedgwick and Sumner Counties. Arkansas River At Oxford affecting Sumner County.center_img Arkansas River At Arkansas City affecting Cowley County.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Do not drive into flooded areas or go around barricades. Shallow flowing water can wash a car from the roadway.The Flood Warning continues forThe Arkansas River At Oxford.* At  2:45 PM Monday the stage was 18.7 feet.* Flood stage is 17.0 feet.* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 19.2 feet by Tuesday morning. The river will fall below flood stage Tuesday evening.* Impact…At 18.0 feet…Low lying agricultural fields flood north of the river gage site.FLD    OBSERVED           FORECAST 7 AMLocation          STG    STG  DAY TIME     Tue    Wed    ThuOxford          17.0  18.7  Mon 03 PM   19.2   15.4   13.5last_img read more

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Sumner County Court Docket: June 27, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Jarrod Miller, born in 1982, of Wichita was charged with theft, a level 9 felony.Miller is accused of stealing a White Ford Expedition from 215 South G in Wellington.•••••Daniel Crump, born in 1979, of Wichita was charged with theft, a level 9 felony.Crump is accused of taking a purse and contents including a matching clutch wallet containing credit cards and about $4,000 in cash at the Kansas Star Casino.The owner had left the purse near a slot machine she had used and Crump allegedly went into the men’s restroom, removed the wallet, took the money and threw the purse into the trash can.•••••Jennine McCulley, born in 1992, of Wellington was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.McCulley is accused of pushing a household member to get her out of the way so she could get her knife collection which the relative feared she would cut herself. She also allegedly entered a bedroom for which she was unauthorized to do so where the knives were.•••••Gregory Mosely, born in 1975, living at the Sumner County jail, was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; assault, a Class C misdemeanor; interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor, criminal threat, a level 9 felony; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.Mosely is accused of angrily swinging at a person’s face, who was able to block the blow so contact was made just with the arm. When detention deputies tried to escort Moseley to a different cell after a fight he physically resisted being handcuffed and fell to the floor to avoid going to another room. He then allegedly made a threat against another deputies life.Mosely then allegedly obtained control of a phone from the jail supervisor without his consent and used the phone to pound on some glass until the phone broke.•••••Michael Andra, born in 1955, of Wichita was charged with maintaining public nuisance, a Class C misdemeanor.Andra is accused of from December 2013 to March 2014, endangering the public health, safety or welfare by keeping several cattle on his proper near 30th St and Ryan Road in Sumner County and not providing adequate fencing. The cattle were running at large on the road on Dec. 6 and 9, 2013; Jan. 2, 9, 10 2014 and March 19 and 20, 2014.•••••Alan Sellers, born in 1960, of Milan was charged with maintaining public nuisance, a Class C misdemeanor.Sellers is accused of from Feb. 27 to March 9, 2014 of endangering the public health, safety or welfare on Feb. 27, March 8, and March 9 of 2014 of allowing several head of his cattle to run loose on another person’s property and on the public road at the 700 block of South Milan Road in Sumner County.•••••Jared Holden, born in 1995, of Argonia was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Holden is accused of on June 10 of entering a house at 301 Monroe and stealing 39 vinyl records and breaking the door to get in.••••• Paige Swank, born in 1994, of Wichita was charged with defective tag lamp, a traffic infraction; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.last_img read more

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K-State pre-plant wheat meeting to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Area wheat producers, and anyone with an interest in agronomy or wheat production in Cowley and Sumner counties are invited to attend the K-State Pre-Plant Wheat meeting on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at the Oxford High School Commons, Oxford, Ks. The meal is being provided by American Ag Credit.This meeting will be great opportunity for area wheat producers to discuss wheat planting options with area and state specialist. The meeting will focus on variety selection, Wheat Diseases and Fertilization. KSU Research and Extension Specialist: Dr. Doug Shoup, KSRE Area Agronomist, Dr. Erik DeWolf, plant pathology will be on hand to discuss these and other topics that may be of interest to producers.This meeting, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension – Cowley and Sumner Counties, is free of charge and open to the public.  Please email [email protected] or call Cowley Extension Office (620)-221-5450 or 620-441-4565  or the Sumner County Extension Office at (620) 326-7477 , email [email protected]  for questions or would like to receive additional information.last_img read more

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LeBron James’ best individual performance of the decade will never be remembered properly

first_img“They have a guy who is playing basketball at a level that I’m not sure anybody’s ever seen before.”Those are the words of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was describing Cavaliers star LeBron James after Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Kerr happened to play with a guy named Michael Jordan as a member of the Bulls in the 1990s, and he has coached MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. So, yeah, Kerr’s comment carries some weight. MORE: SN’s NBA All-Decade team for the 2010sJames finished Game 1 with 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds — and Cleveland lost. That Finals contest will go down in history not because of James’ excellence, but because of JR Smith’s infamous gaffe.The play that decided Game 1. pic.twitter.com/e1UeOv57Rn— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2018Smith’s absent-minded play left the Cavs despondent and sent the game to overtime. Golden State throttled a stunned Cleveland team in the extra period and ultimately swept the Cavs for back-to-back championships.LeBron was the NBA’s most successful athlete of the decade. He has a library of notable games and playoff stretches. Many would point to his 45-15-5 game against the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals as the signature moment that elevated him and placed him firmly on a title track.That may still be considered James’ “defining” performance whenever he retires, but in terms of an individual display of brilliance and dominance against an elite opponent, it could be argued he had his “best” performance against the Warriors.After playing the full 48 minutes against the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference finals, James scored a playoff career-high 51 points in a game-high 48 minutes, becoming one of only six players to reach 50 points in a Finals game and the only one to do so in a loss. He shot 19-of-32 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 10-of-11 on free throws — the rest of the Cavs went 25-of-67, 7-of-30 and 6-of-11 in those categories.He ran through defenders on his way to the basket like a senior going against the junior varsity team, shooting 12-of-18 in the paint and 9-of-10 in the restricted area. He hit pull-up bombs from beyond the arc, found open cutters and operated comfortably in transition or half-court settings.James led the Cavs with a 39.0 usage percentage ahead of Jordan Clarkson (25.8), who scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting. Larry Nance (4-of-6) was the only other Cleveland player who shot better than 50 percent from the field. James simply didn’t have much help — of James’ 19 field goals, 16 were unassisted.Despite the heavy workload and limited offensive options around him, James never allowed the Warriors to blow the Cavs away with a trademark Oracle Arena run. He made multiple clutch plays in the fourth quarter, including a tough bank shot through contact …A charge on Kevin Durant that was reversed to a block after a questionable review process …And a double-clutch layup over Draymond Green at the rim. Then George Hill stepped to the line and missed the shot. Smith grabbed the rebound and floated out of the paint without any sense of urgency. It was effectively over. The Cavs couldn’t mentally recover.LeBron’s peak performance, wiped out in a matter of seconds. Imagine how it would be remembered now had the Cavaliers scored just one extra point in regulation.”If he had won that, it might be the best Finals game ever played, by anyone,” former Cavs general manager David Griffin told Business Insider. “Hard to think of its equal.”last_img read more

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Sumner Mental Health Center seeking full time maintenance staff member

first_imgSumner Mental Health Center is a community mental health center seeking a full time maintenance staff member to be responsible for the building upkeep and cleanliness of the facility at 1601 West 16th Street, Wellington.  Duties further include supervision of the vehicle fleet.Applicant must have the minimum of a high school /GED education with computer skills, ability to lift over 50 pounds and able to do physically demanding duties, self-motivated, available to be on call and do a split shift, knowledgeable about commercial cleaning practices, and have general skills for routine upkeep and maintenance of the building and its equipment.  Preference will be given for prior building maintenance or similar experience.Applicant must have a valid Kansas driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and motor vehicle insurance, and will be required to pass background checks prior to start date.  A detailed job description and application is available at Sumner Mental Health Center during weekday hours.  Email queries can be sent to [email protected]  Closing date is April 10, 2015.last_img read more

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KSHSAA releases volleyball sub-states for this Saturday…

first_img 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 comments Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released the volleyball substate tournament pairings for Saturday. Sub-state tournaments determine which teams go to state. Those sub-states involving Sumner County teams are listed below:Class 4A Div. 1 – Winfield#1 Independence (26-6) vs. #4 Winfield (3-32), 2 p.m.#2 Wellington (17-17) vs. #3 Coffeyville (16-18), 20 minutes thereafter.Championship match follows semifinal play.See full bracket here:Class 3A – Conway Springs#1 Garden Plain (35-2) vs. #8 Bluestem (4-33), 1 p.m.#4 Remington (24-10) vs. #5 Wichita Independent (13-21), 20 minutes after first match.#2 Douglass (31-3) vs. #7 Conway Springs (11-21).#3 Cheney (26-9) vs. #6 Belle Plaine (12-21).See full bracket here:Class 2A – Greensburg.#1 Coldwater-South Central (31-5) vs. #8 Medicine Lodge (1-30), 2 p.m. north court.#4 Pratt Skyline (12-18) vs. #5 St. John-Hudson (12-20), 20 minutes thereafter.#2 Greensburg (27-8) vs. #7 Macksville (9-23), 2 p.m. south court.#3 Udall (26-10) vs. #6 Oxford (8-19), 20 minutes thereafter.See full bracket here:Class 1A Div. 1 – Goessel. #1 Goessel (36-0) bye.#4 Peabody-Burns (8-22) vs. #5 Fairfield (3-22), 2 p.m.#2 Pretty Prairie (19-9) bye.#3 South Haven (18-12) bye.See full bracket here:Class 1A Div. 2 – Attica. #1 Attica (30-6) bye.#4 Cunningham (11-2) vs. #5 Caldwell (5-22), 2 p.m.#2 South Barber (24-9) bye.#3 Norwich (20-13) vs. #6 Argonia (2-27).See full bracket here:Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Blansett trial opens this afternoon after completion of jury process

first_img(Wednesday, 2:45 p.m.) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A nine man five woman jury has heard opening statements and testimony of seven witnesses so far in the murder trial of Lindsey Nicole Blansett, accused of murdering her 10-year-old son, Caleb.The state of Kansas is slowly building its case against Blansett, who is facing two felonies of premeditated murder and aggravated assault after being accused of using a rock and knife multiple times to fatally wound her son, Caleb, a Wellington Lincoln Elementary student while he was allegedly sleeping late in the evening last December.Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer opened the trial describing the night of the alleged murder. In his 15-minute presentation, he described Blansett as a woman who had planned out the murder of her child. Blansett’s defense attorney Michael Brown then presented his opening statement to the jury describing the hardship that his client had leading up to the alleged incident.“At the end of day, you the jury, have to wrestle with the question, ‘why would someone in their right mind do this to a child?’,” Brown said.Witnesses from the Wellington Police Department, 911 dispatch office and the Sedgwick Forensics Specialists then presented testimony. Eleven pictures of Caleb’s injuries which he allegedly incurred during the Dec. 14, 2014 incident, were presented to the jury on a projection screen.The prosecution is about to present the 911 tape to the jury. Audio problems to amplify the 911 tape content has caused a delay in the proceedings.Earlier in the day, a jury was announced at 11:30 a.m. consisting of nine men and five women. The jury selection process took nearly a day and a half with more than 40 prospective jurors interviewed. The trial started at 1:30 p.m. today. Testimony will continue until later this afternoon.Blansett dressed in a brown sweater with blue-green plaid dress has been in attendance for the jury selection and proceeding. She has remained stoic through the proceedings thus far.last_img read more

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Wellington Fire/EMS report: March 7-13, 2016

first_img7-Mar7:59 PMCarbon Monoxide100 block N. Washington 10-Mar7:32 AMMedical Emergency800 block N. Woodlawn 10-Mar3:45 PMTransfer to Wichita 8-Mar1:26 AMTransfer to Wichita 7-Mar2:38 PMMedical Emergency400 block South C 8-Mar12:43 AMTransfer to Wichita 11-Mar6:30 PMGrass Fire100th Street & US 81 Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 10-Mar11:39 AMInvestigate Odor400 block S. Washington 10-Mar3:52 PMVehicle AccidentUS 160 & Oliver 9-Mar8:54 AMCitizen Assist800 block E. Harvey 11-Mar10:00 AMPrescribed BurnOld Wastewater Plant 11-Mar2:07 PMTransfer to Wichita 8-Mar6:56 AMMedical Emergency900 block N. Poplar 9-Mar11:43 AMInvestigate Smoke12th & Broadway 7-Mar12:57 AMPower Line Down1300 block W. 8th 8-Mar1:14 AMMedical Emergency1000 block S. Cherry 7-Mar2:10 AMMedical Emergency600 block E. Hillside 11-Mar5:51 AMMedical Trauma100 block W. Botkin 11-Mar6:18 PMTransfer to Wichita 9-Mar9:15 PMMedical Emergency100 block W. Botkin Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for March 7 to March 13, 2016 is as follows: 10-Mar9:13 PMMedical Emergency400 block South C 12-Mar12:33 PMNatural Gas Leak100 block W. Botkin 13-Mar6:17 AMTransfer to Wichitalast_img read more

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Michelle Yipe: Women had an important and very tough role in U.S. Civil War

first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Women played an important role in the Civil War, even dressing up as men and fighting as soldiers, some becoming sergeants and generals, although most of it was denied by the Army at one time.During the Civil War, women were nurses, mascots who carried a drum, laundresses, ladies of the evening, and yes, these “delicate flowers” even hid their gender to fight as soldiers.Michelle Yipe speaks at Historical Society meeting Monday.Michelle Yipe of Argonia presented a program about the importance of women during the Civil War during the Sumner County Historical Society’s monthly meeting at the Good Taste Chinese restaurant to a crowd of about 20 women and four men Monday evening.When Yipe’s father took her to Wilson’s Creek Battlefield in 1982, she fell in love, and began portraying Civil War characters, dressed in period clothing. She has attended re-enactments and portrayed some of the different women who played an important role during the Civil War. Characters she has been include: laundresses, camp followers, women who were visiting from the area town, nurses, a women in mourning who had just lost her husband, a “soiled dove,” and even a young boy soldier.“I’ve always loved history, it was my favorite subject in school,” Yipe said.Her father used to be a re-enactor, and she had grandfathers who fought in the Civil War.“I fell in love with it, and I’ve been doing it ever since about 30 years,” she said.Yipe said that women’s participation in the Civil War has been overlooked, and currently, it is being written into many history books.Yipe was dressed in a working woman’s outfit from the Civil War period, which included a long dress, apron, bonnet, and corset.“I love history, it’s like a mystery, you always learn more,” Yipe said.During the Civil War era, women were considered “delicate flowers,” and the weaker sex, although put on a pedestal by men, who thought they needed to protect them.Back east, textile mills and factories opened jobs for women, which made them independent, as they had their own money.“They were making their own money, and men thought that women couldn’t handle what they could handle,” Yipe said.Primarily textile mills employed women at this time, where uniforms and shoes were made. Mainly immigrant and low class women worked in mills. Some children even worked in mills, as they were small enough to fit through looms and fix equipment. Ammunition factories also employed women and children, although mill work was considered dangerous. A lot of times, garment factories would catch fire from lint, and ammunition factories would blow up, killing several women and children, as they were locked inside and couldn’t get out.While the men were fighting the wars, the women who weren’t fighting, were left to attend to their plantations and farms. There were 48 percent of women in the north during this time period who were farmers, and 69 percent in the south. Besides working hard to support their families, women still had to come home and do the farm chores, which included cooking, sewing, sweeping, dipping candles, washing dishes, dusting, washing windows, plowing fields and cutting wood. Gardening was especially important, as that’s where they obtained their vegetables and spices to cook with.The average annual income was $300 per year.“There were lots of chores, and women worked really hard,” Yipe said. “A pregnant woman would work in the field up to the day her baby was born, then be right back in the field the next day.”Women back then were expected to be married by age 18, or they were thought of as an “old maid,” considering the age 40 life expectancy.Women also worked as motel attendants and sold whiskey.Yipe said that a woman who decided to get a divorce, was shunned by her family, as it was unheard of in society at that time.Nursing opened up as a new employment opportunity for women during the Civil War. Before this time, only men were allowed to be nurses. Women were very valuable during the war with at least 642,427 casualties, which includes those killed, injured, diseased and prisoners of war. Females bandaged wounds, made conditions sanitary and fed the soldiers using food rations.Requirements for being a nurse on the battle fields included being over 30, not being pretty, and could handle seeing naked bodies and severed limbs.Toward the end of the war, they allowed more women in, as they had so many wounded soldiers to care for.“It became a really big thing,” Yipe said. “Women could get into the hospitals, and onto the battle fields before, during and after the battles.”These women became known as the Sisters of Mercy, and worked very hard for little or no pay. Some women were paid as little as $12 a month.“It was a very thankless job,” Yipe said.The idea for women nurses, Yipe said, same from a war in England ten years prior. Some women would approach the Generals to get supplies for the men, and they listened to them, which was very unusual.At first, female nurses would receive their training back east from Clara Barton, and the Army would follow her direction. Eventually, Generals put the nurses under the direction of the surgeons.Women arrived at the military hospitals a day or so after the battles ended, and supplied many things for the men.It was forbidden for women to fight as soldiers then, but records indicate that about 750 did.“They would tape up their chests and dress as men, as the only medical exam was to have at least two teeth, no limp, and be able to walk for miles,” Yipe said.Some women served for the adventure, while others wished to fight alongside their husbands. During this time, the military looked at women who wanted to join as lesbians or abnormal, and it was looked down upon. For years, the military denied that any women served, even though records indicate that they received pensions for their service.“It took a lot of guts to be a woman soldier,” Yipe said. “They were surrounded by men, and if they were caught, they would be drummed out.”The process of “drumming” someone out of the Army was a humiliating way of dishonorably discharging a soldier. A lot of times, a rope was placed around the soldiers neck, after his head had been shaved, and the smallest drummer boy would lead him out to the tune of “Rogue’s March” or “Yankee Doodle”. They would be forced to dress in felon’s clothes, and feathers were placed above their ears. Soldiers were drummed out for a variety of reasons, including thievery and desertion, or, being a woman.A lot of women soldiers successfully hid their gender by bathing in streams alone, refusing medical treatment when wounded, and never taking their uniforms off in front of men. There is one story of an Army Sergeant whose soldiers thought “he” was just putting on weight during a winter encampment, and it turns out “she” was pregnant.There is even a story about a female Colonel. Upon finding out their Colonel was a woman, the soldiers still respected her and served under her, as she was so good at being in charge. At Gettysburg, many women were in charge.For safety reasons, most women traveled on supply trains. Female laundresses, women traveling with their husbands, or officers’ wives were allowed to ride the supply trains.“Although laundresses did nothing most of the day, they still somehow had money,” Yipe said.In the early days of the war, a woman was oftentimes adopted to be a mascot to carry a flag or drum, and would leave when the battle started.“One lady, Albert D. Cashier, portrayed a man her entire life,” Yipe said. “It wasn’t discovered that she was actually a woman until she was stripped down for bathing in a nursing home.”Women also served as spies for the other side, and smugglers.“No one was going to search a woman, as it was hands off,” Yipe said.Many medical supplies were smuggled in under women’s petticoats, especially in the south because of the blockade. Some were spies and collected information to send to the other side.Most women barely had two or three petticoats, or wore nothing under their dresses, as they couldn’t afford them.One female, who was a Union spy, was on the gallows, and the Union Army freed the town just one hour before she was to be hanged.The “soiled doves” or “ladies of the evening” also played a major role in history. The term “hooker” comes from a man named General Hooker who was known for loving the ladies. When the soiled doves would walk into an encampment, soldiers would say “those are Hookers’,” meaning those are General Hooker’s ladies of the evening. He also believed in not denying his soldiers the same pleasures.Many women lost their husbands as casualties to war, and were expected to be in mourning for at least three years. Society expected them to dress all in black, but each year, their veil could be shortened a bit. By the third year, they could wear white or lavendar, and then could eventually remarry. Many soldiers pleaded with the women to not wear all black, as it looked dreary. When men were in mourning, they were just expected to wear a black band around their wrist, and could remarry within six months of losing their wives.Sanitary Fairs were held to raise money for supplies for the soldiers, as the government didn’t have a budget for the military during the Civil War. Women made and sold items to make socks, bandages, etc. for the sanitary commissions that visited the camps and supplied personal hygiene products to the soldiers. One fair raised over $1 million, which would compare to today’s war expenses of $383 million.Yipe has been a Civil War re-enactor for over years, and attends about three events per year. While at events, she camps at the site and sleeps on her rope bed. The expression “sleep tight” she said, comes from the fact that you had to tighten the ropes on your bed or you wouldn’t sleep well.“It’s really fun showing children the things in my tent,” Yipe said.She plans on attending an upcoming Civil War event to be held in Fort Scott.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 Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Christina Ashton · 226 weeks ago This story is very inaccurate, and I am very disappointed that someone would print this rubbish without any research. Women of the Civil war were discharged quietly if discovered, most of the women either followed their husbands into the ranks or were looking for steady pay because jobs for women were scarce, these women were highly respected by their pards. Also drumming was not a practice used on women, this was a practice for someone who was involved in criminal activity. If you would like to print a factual story about women of the Civil war you may contact me. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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! 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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016: Friday, April 8, 2016•11:50 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington by known subject(s).•12:15 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 400 block W. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Frederick P. Gonzales, 80, Wellington and Karen L. Leonard, 45, Wellington.•12:20 p.m. Frederick P. Gonzales, 80, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•12:53 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Melissa G. Wilkinson, 45, Wellington and Leroy J. Lewis, 71, Wellington.•4:01 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery by known suspect(s) in the 700 block E. 10th, Wellington.•4:05 p.m. Jessica N. Falls, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driver’s license violation.•5:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block S. F, Wellington.•5:54 p.m. Officers took a report of domestic dispute by known subject(s) in the 100 block W. Apple Blossom Lane, Wellington.•6:46 p.m. Offices took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block E. 15th, Wellington.•9:48 p.m. Lindy A. Fike, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•10:15 p.m. Tyler J. Buck, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective trailer lights and defective brake lights.•11:47 p.m. Niki L V Conley, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.Saturday, April 9, 2016•12:25 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant for two counts of violation of a protective order and criminal damage to property.•Jesse D. French, 38, Wellington was served a summons to appear for criminal trespass.•Maria E. Carrasco, 60, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•4:30 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report involving vehicles operated by Olen L. Taton,88, Argonia, and Janice W. Borkowski, 66, Knoxville, Tenn.•7:30 p.m. John A. Smith III, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:36 p.m. Jeremy J. Cabrera, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and headlight violation.•10:20 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 1700 block N. A, Wellington.Sunday, April 10, 2016•11:59 p.m. Lancy R. Lough, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for wrong way on a one way.•2:25 a.m. Charles V. Chappell, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and disobeyed stop sign.•11:23 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington.•5:37 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 700 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•6:42 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1300 block N. B, Wellington.•8:58 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block E. Waldo, Wellington.•9:47 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington.•10:44 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block W. Apple Blossom, Wellington.last_img read more

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Wellington Fire/EMS weekly report: July 11 to July 17, 2016

first_img12-Jul8:55 AMTransfer to Wichita 14-Jul7:59 AMLift Assist1300 block N. Washington 11-Jul1:28 AMTransfer to Wichita 17-Jul1:12 PMMedical Emergency1300 block N. Washington 11-Jul2:18 PMTransfer to Wichita 11-Jul9:08 PMMedical Trauma2000 block E. 16th 11-Jul12:08 PMMedical Emergency900 block S. US 81 11-Jul12:44 PMInjury AccidentUS 166 & Turnpike Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 16-Jul11:37 AMMedical Trauma1400 block Michigan 16-Jul11:26 AMMedical Trauma500 block N. Olive 13-Jul11:16 PMTransfer to Wichita 12-Jul12:30 PMTransfer to Wichita 17-Jul7:50 PMTransfer to Wichita 16-Jul3:50 AMMedical EmergencyUS 166 & Turnpike 16-Jul11:04 AMVehicle Accident300 block S. West Road 12-Jul11:57 PMTransfer to Wichita 11-Jul5:44 AMMedical Emergency2000 block Madisoncenter_img 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 comments 14-Jul10:59 PMMedical Emergency700 block E. 4th 16-Jul1:36 PMMedical Trauma300 block E. 40th South 17-Jul2:56 PMTransfer to Wichita Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 11 to July 17, 2016 is as follows: 15-Jul4:57 PMTransfer to Wichita 16-Jul4:35 PMTransfer to Wichita 13-Jul12:49 AMTransfer to Wichita 12-Jul7:38 AMMedical Emergency1100 block N. Washington 12-Jul10:39 AMInvestigate Burning400 block E. 30th Avenue 15-Jul4:53 AMLift Assist500 block N. Olive 13-Jul1:32 AMMedical Emergency1000 block College 15-Jul3:33 PMMedical Emergency700 block South US 81 12-Jul9:46 AMMedical Emergency700 block W. Harvey Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 14-Jul11:39 AMFire Alarm200 block E. 20thlast_img read more

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Fortnite Challenge: Visit Coral Cove, Stack Shack and Crash Site without swimming

first_imgThanks to the guide put together by SquatingDog on Reddit, you can easily see the three locations above. The locations to pay attention to have the blue marker.Coral Cove, Stack Shack and Crash Site are all generally in the same area, as you can see on the map. It doesn’t matter what order you visit them in, just as long as you visit all three in the same match without swimming. Which brings us to the next point …How to visit Coral Cove, Stack Shack and Crash Site without swimmingAs YouTuber HarryNinetyFour put together above, it’s not so difficult to visit these locations without swimming.HarryNinetyFour suggests you do this in Team Rumble beacuse “you’ll have materials when you land already and redeploy which makes this challenge much easier.” In addition, he also has a suggested order you should follow. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/81/4b/coral-cove-stack-shack-crash-site_cv07ulvqdmat1h2vgjsvje2fn.png?t=-196234920&w=500&quality=80 The Chapter 2 Season 2 Week 5 Fortnite challenges are out, and one of the more difficult tasks is to “Visit Coral Cove, Stack Shack and Crash Site without swimming at all.”On the surface this doesn’t sound challenging, but all three of these locations are surrounded by water. So accomplishing this without swimming provides an extra level of difficulty. For instance, the other location visit challenge this week simply needs you to go to those locations. MORE: Visit Shipwreck Cove, Yacht and Flopper Pond locationsBut once you know the secret, this challenge won’t be so difficult. Just follow our guide below.Coral Cove, Stack Shack and Crash Site locations That order is:Stack ShackCoral CoveCrash SiteYou can do it in whatever order you want, but this will likely make the challenge that must easier.Just be sure to build over the water so you don’t fail the challenge by taking a swim.last_img read more

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Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin says hand is ‘pretty much 100 percent ready to go’

first_imgSince Muzzin was rehabbing an injury, he still had access to team facilities to continue getting treatment. It was a different feeling for him going into the arena.”Yeah, obviously different feel in here,” he noted. “Coming here, there’s two, three people really and you have the whole arena to yourself. Kind of a weird feeling coming in, but I was actually lucky, fortunate enough to be able to get the treatment and the work needed to be done to make sure I heal properly.”One day before his injury, Muzzin agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs. He explained his rationale for signing the new deal.”The direction the team is going, the personnel, the people, the organization and the city itself,” the 31-year-old defenseman said. “There are way more positives than negative so we wanted to be here and we called the team on it for me to be here. I’m glad and we’re really fortunate that we got a deal done before all this happened.”MORE: NHL free agency 2020: List of signings, best free agents availableAfter being traded midseason last year by the Los Angeles Kings, Muzzin said it took a couple of months for him and his family to adjust to Toronto.”I had never been traded before so I was going into a new situation so it was kind of a different experience for me,” he recalled, having grown up about a 90-minute drive outside Toronto in Woodstock, Ont. “The way the guys accepted me last year, accepted my wife and the way the organization accepted us as a family and as a group was unreal. They really made the transition as smooth as it could be.”We kind of felt that we were at home. You know we got over the initial shock of being traded and being in a new city and kind of growing some roots here. I feel we’ve done that and we’re excited for the next four years here.”  Muzzin, who has scored 39 points in 83 career games with the Maple Leafs, feels really fortunate to have signed his contract extension before the season was paused. He sympathizes with the pending free agents.”It’s the uncertainty of these days. There’s an unknown that I think would be on the back of your mind,” he said. “I don’t know if guys get what they think they should get or this is going to be fine or, you know, something is going to drastically change. Maybe you have to structure a deal differently.”For me, I don’t have that. I was fortunate enough to get a deal done before and so I thought maybe everything is going to be fine. I don’t know. That’s just the unknown and uncertainty over what’s going to happen.” Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin said his hand is almost fully healed in a call with reporters Tuesday. He suffered a broken hand on Feb. 25 after absorbing a shot against the Tampa Bay Lighting.”The hand is doing great. Today, it’s pretty much 100 percent ready to go, so getting treatment and just working out trying to stay ready like everyone else,” Muzzin said, hinting he could be back in the lineup if the 2019-20 NHL season restarts. “As far as the hand goes, it feels fine and it’s ready to go. A couple of weeks on the ice before wouldn’t hurt to get back and get some touches and feels.”last_img read more

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Odds for NASCAR race at Pocono: Expert picks & favorites to win Saturday’s Cup Series race

first_imgPicking a winner for Saturday’s race at the Tricky Triangle based on the odds is, well, tricky. Because this is no ordinary race weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. For the first time ever, Pocono’s two dates on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule are mashed together in one weekend, a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader.Which means the results of Saturday’s race, the Pocono Organics 325, should give us a good idea of who will be competitive in Sunday’s race. We don’t get that luxury when it comes to picking a winner for Saturday’s race. One top five, three top 10sAverage finish of 9.250 (second-best)Average running position of 12.023 (sixth-best)Driver rating of 89.0 (10th-best)13 fastest laps run (17th-best)458 laps in top 15; 70.8 percent (20th-most)140 quality passes (21st-most)Byron is still looking for his first career Cup Series win, and given the speed Hendrick Motorsports has shown this season (think Alex Bowman’s win at Auto Club Speedway and Chase Elliott’s win at Charlotte Motor Speedway), this could be his chance. 3. Kyle BuschCareer stats at Pocono:Three wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10sAverage finish of 15.633 (12th-best)Average running position of 13.133 (11th-best)Driver rating of 95.4 (seventh-best)322 fastest laps run (third-best)3,616 laps in top 15; 69.6 percent (fourth-most)1,018 quality passes (sixth-most)The winless streak has to end at some point, and his team’s hot streak at Pocono leads us to believe Busch is the favorite Saturday for good reason. MORE: Full starting lineup for NASCAR race at PoconoJoe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch won the pair of Pocono races last season, which is part of the reason they are two of the favorites for Saturday’s race at the 2.5-mile triangle race track. That’s the case even though Busch, the defending Cup Series champion, is riding a 13-race winless streak.Below are the complete Vegas odds to win Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR race odds to win at PoconoBusch has three career wins at Pocono, including last June’s victory. Kevin Harvick, the driver with the second best odds to win Saturday’s race, has never won a Cup Series race at Pocono, but he tends to run well at the Tricky Triangle and enters the weekend as the series’ points leader.Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, below are the complete odds to win Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono.DriverOdds to win Homestead raceKyle Busch+500Kevin Harvick+600Denny Hamlin+650Brad Keselowski+750Chase Elliott+750Martin Truex Jr.+750Joey Logano+1200Ryan Blaney+1200Erik Jones+1700Alex Bowman+1900William Byron+1900Kurt Busch+2300Jimmie Johnson+2900Clint Bowyer+5500Tyler Reddick+7500Aric Almirola+8000Matt Kenseth+9500Bubba Wallace+10000Austin Dillon+12000Christopher Bell+12000Matt DiBenedetto+12000Ryan Newman+12000Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+14000Chris Buescher+19000Ty Dillon+20000BJ McLeod+20000Brennan Poole+20000Cole Custer+20000Corey LaJoie+20000Daniel Suarez+20000Garrett Smithley+20000JJ Yeley+20000James Davison+20000Joey Gase+20000John Hunter Nemechek+20000Josh Bilicki+20000Michael McDowell+20000Quin Houff+20000Ryan Preece+20000Timmy Hill+20000There’s a reason all four JGR drivers are near the top of the oddsboard. The organization has won five of the last nine NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono, including the last three consecutive — Busch’s win in July of 2017 and his back-to-back victories in July 2018 and June 2019, and Hamlin’s victory last July.Two JGR drivers, Hamlin and Erik Jones, also have the two best driver ratings at the track.Below are the top 10 career driver ratings at Pocono among those in Saturday’s field.Denny Hamlin, 105.1Erik Jones, 103.6Kurt Busch, 100.7Jimmie Johnson, 99.1Kevin Harvick, 98.6Chase Elliott, 98.2Kyle Busch, 95.4Brad Keselowski, 94.7Joey Logano, 89.3William Byron, 88.3The pole position, which for Saturday’s race was awarded to Aric Almirola based on the results of a random draw, has produced the most Pocono race winners in the Cup Series. A total of 16 of the 84 races (19 percent) have been won by the driver who started first.Below is the breakdown of wins from varying starting positions in the history of Cup racing at Pocono.Starting positionWinning %Wins1st19.05 percent16Front row30.95 percent26Top 558.33 percent49Top 1071.43 percent60Outside top 208.33 percent7Outside top 208.33 percent7Outside top 208.33 percent7The top 10 starters for Monday’s race at Pocono are as follows: 1. Aric Almirola, 2. Ryan Blaney, 3. Denny Hamlin, 4. Kyle Busch, 5. Chase Elliott, 6. Joey Logano, 7. Kurt Busch, 8. Brad Keselowski, 9. Kevin Harvick, 10. Alex BowmanMORE: Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020NASCAR at Pocono expert picks(All NASCAR loop data stats are from 2005 through present.)1. Erik JonesCareer stats at Pocono:Four top fives, five top 10sAverage finish of 8.333 (series-best)Average running position of 8.880 (series-best)Driver rating of 103.6 (second-best)40 fastest laps run (12th-best)830 laps in top 15; 85.8 percent (13th-most)218 quality passes (17th-most)We’re going with the trends. Not only has JRG been dominant at Pocono of late, but so has Toyota in general. With Toyota drivers winning the last five Cup races at Pocono, if another were to win Saturday, the manufacturer would tie Chevrolet for the most consecutive wins at Pocono with six (August 2012 – June 2015). Jones personally happens to run well at Pocono, too.2. William ByronCareer stats at Pocono:last_img read more

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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard ‘healthy’ and now at Disney World, Doc Rivers confirms

first_imgSpeaking on Saturday, Rivers said the All-Star forward was going through the quarantine procedure put in place as part of the protocols to combat the risk of coronavirus.”Kawhi, he is here, he is going through the protocol,” Rivers said. Leonard is now expected to quarantine for two days.ESPN reported on July 2 that the Clippers had to close their team facility following a positive test for COVID-19, but Rivers says all the players in Orlando are fit, including Paul George, who had been recovering from shoulder surgery.New location. Same focus. pic.twitter.com/zjcnd3ZgKS— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 11, 2020″I think everybody’s healthy, that is a great thing,” he said. “Guys were not as healthy in training camp at the beginning of this year.”Now we got Paul George healthy, we have Kawhi healthy, we don’t have a guy that’s injured right now, knock on wood. Hope that continues.”Rivers also addressed controversy around U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, who wrote to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to question why players will be allowed to wear jerseys with social justice messaging rather than slogans such as “Support our Troops,’ “Back the Blue” or “Free Hong Kong.” “They always try to turn it into the military or the police,” Rivers said. “There’s no league that does more for the military than the NBA. But how about that senator? I’ll make up a challenge. We will do things for the troops as long as he acknowledges Black Lives Matter. I think that would be really cool for him to do.”It’s funny, whenever we talk about justice, people try to change the message. Colin Kaepernick kneels, it had nothing to do with the troops. It had to do with social injustice. And everyone tries to change the narrative. How about staying on what we’re talking about and dealing with that instead of trying to trick us or change or trick your constituents? How about being real?”I guarantee you that we have done more for the military than probably that senator. And I guarantee you this, we are going to do things for Black Lives Matter, how about him? Maybe he should join into that.” Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is “healthy” and has arrived at Disney World for the NBA season restart, coach Doc Rivers has confirmed.Leonard did not fly to Orlando with his Clippers teammates on Wednesday after being excused due to a family matter.last_img read more

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Micheal Ferland injury update: Canucks winger leaves bubble with undisclosed injury

first_img“Coming back against Toronto, I thought I was good and had a little bit of symptoms, and thought I was good to play,” he told reporters on Feb. 10, four days prior to that Utica Comets game. “I don’t think it was a step back, just a little bit of lingering stuff that was still there. We were cautious with it and just decided to take more time.”Ferland dealt with headaches, dizziness and sensitivity to light during his recovery.If the Canucks can advance past the Wild and Ferland is able to return, he would have complete a quarantine before rejoining the team. Vancouver is currently tied with Minnesota at 1-1 in their best-of-5 series. It looks like, for now, Micheal Ferland’s return to the NHL is on indefinite hold.Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Wednesday night the Vancouver Canucks forward “will be leaving the bubble due to injury.” Hearing Micheal Ferland (VAN) will be leaving the bubble due to injury. The forward played just four shifts and 2:36 in Game 2 vs. MIN. No clarification on specifics.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 5, 2020While not confirmed, Ferland has long struggled with the effects from a concussion and post-concussion syndrome and TSN’s Darren Dreger did tweet that, “Sources say he’s dealing with similar issues.” TSN 1040’s Rick Dhaliwal is reporting that Ferland is returning to his home in Manitoba and not Vancouver.Sounds like he is headed home to Manitoba instead of Vancouver. https://t.co/OYBpMruPue— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) August 5, 2020Known for a gritty, physical style of play, the winger made his return to the lineup in the Canucks’ qualifying round Game 1 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Less than two minutes in, he dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno and finished the game with 11:41 of ice time and five hits dished out. He was also involved in an incident by the Wild’s bench that resulted in him being fined $5,000 for spearing Ryan Hartman after the Minnesota player grabbed his stick from behind the boards.In Game 2, though, Ferland played just four shifts in the first period, totaling two minutes and 36 seconds of ice time. He was missing from the bench from the start of the second period, and the broadcast speculated he might have been injured after blocking a shot. Nothing has been confirmed from the team. The Canucks did announce he is “unfit-to-play” and “will be re-evaluated following the series” on Wednesday.#Canucks confirm that Micheal Ferland is ‘unfit-to-play’ for the remainder of the play-in series vs Minnesota. He has returned home and will be re-evaluated following the series.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 6, 2020Reached for comment, GM Jim Benning told Postmedia’s Ben Kuzma, “They (the NHLPA) did the verbiage and he (Ferland) has left the bubble, but I can’t comment. I’m always willing to share what I know, but as part of the agreement with this tournament, I can’t comment on injuries. And I think this goes through the postseason.” After signing a four-year, $14 million deal over the summer, the 28-year-old played just 14 games for the Canucks during the 2019-20 regular season and netted one goal and five points. He suffered a concussion in a fight with then-Kings forward Kyle Clifford on Oct. 30 and missed the team’s next 17 games; it was not the first concussion of his career.He returned against Buffalo on Dec. 7 but had to leave the next game against the Maple Leafs due to a return of his symptoms. Ferland tried to come back in February to play for the Canucks’ AHL team in Utica but could not complete his first game.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship today: Tee time, scorecard, how to watch Sunday’s Round 4

first_img3-9 p.m. (featured hole: 18th)ESPN+ 3-9 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVLive streams: ESPN+, WatchESPN, CBS All Access, fuboTVDateTimeLive streamSunday, Aug. 910 a.m.-noon (online broadcast)ESPN+ RoundTee timeHolePairings111:33 a.m. ETHole 10Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas24:58 p.m. ETHole 1McIlroy, Thomas31 p.m. ETHole 1Keith Mitchell411:30 a.m. ETHole 1Tom HogeLIVE: Follow SN’s PGA Championship leaderboard for updatesTiger Woods score: What did he shoot today?Tiger Woods shot a 2-over-par 72 in the third round of the PGA Championship, which left him tied for 59th place.RoundScore (overall)Place12 under par (-2)T-1822 over par (even)T-4532 over par (+2)T-594TBDTBDWatch Tiger Woods liveESPN and CBS are handling broadcasting and streaming of the 2020 PGA Championship. Below is the full TV and streaming schedule for the remainder of the event:TV channels: ESPN, CBS, fuboTVDateTimeTV channelSunday, Aug. 9noon-3 p.m. ETESPN, fuboTV Noon-3 p.m. (featured groups)ESPN+ Noon-3 p.m. (TV simulcast)WatchESPN, ESPN+, fuboTVcenter_img Tiger Woods didn’t have his best outing during Round 1 . . . or in Round 2. He played just well enough to make the cut of the 2020 PGA Championship. His play didn’t improve in Round 3.Tiger’s bid for a record 83rd PGA Tour win and another Wanamaker Trophy is all but over after another 2-over-par 72 on Saturday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. He’ll wear red as usual on Sunday, but he’ll be working hard just to get into red numbers for the tournament. Woods’ Thursday struggles to find the fairway largely disappeared Friday, only to be replaced by abysmal putting. The combined distance of his putts in Round 2 was 49 feet, compared to over 100 feet in Round 1. His work on the greens Saturday was not much better; his first birdie came at 16.MORE: Watch the PGA Championship live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Here’s everything you need to know to tune in and watch Tiger’s final round at the 2020 PGA Championship:Tiger Woods tee times for 2020 PGA ChampionshipTiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday (8:30 a.m. PT) in Round 4. He will be paired with Tom Hoge. 3-9 p.m. (TV simulcast)CBS All Access, fuboTVlast_img read more

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Why the Big Ten canceled 2020 football season: COVID-19 ‘uncertainty’ overrules Ohio State, Michigan pleas

first_imgThe Big Ten is the first Power 5 conference to officially nix its campaign.“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said commissioner Kevin Warren in a statement. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.”MORE: Dabo Swinney confused by Trevor Lawrence’s plan for players associationJust because there won’t be games doesn’t mean all football activities will be wiped out, though. Despite pleas from Big Ten football players and coaches in recent days to compete this fall, the conference announced the cancellation of the 2020 season on Tuesday.The decision, reportedly finalized in talks late Monday night, came as COVID-19 cases continued to rise at an alarming rate nationwide. The Big Ten ultimately felt holding football games was not in the best interest of student-athlete safety, citing unknowns over the long-term effects of the coronavirus. Fall workouts remain on the table and subject to further discussion. A spring season is also reportedly under consideration, though that would be made complicated by NFL prospects.This conversation last night about how programs would handle the *fall* with no football, hinted at what came today. Officials and coaches were discussing potential fall plans — workouts? athletic activities? strength and conditioning? — for the first time. https://t.co/hF9lMhou5P— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020Ohio State and Michigan were among the Big Ten teams pushing hard for football games to be salvaged this fall.Other Power 5 conferences continue to debate the merits of playing this year; the ACC has reportedly become more confident in recent days it can hold games.An ACC source told me today: “We’re further away from pulling out now than we were a few days ago. I think we’re more steady in the boat in sticking with our plan. Given the conditions of COVID, we know that can change quickly.” 1/2— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020last_img read more

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District court judge overturns Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ law

first_imgDES MOINES — A district court judge has ruled Iowa’s so-called “fetal heartbeat” law is unconstitutional.Last May, Governor Kim Reynolds signed the law to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat may be detected, which happens in about the sixth week of a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa immediately challenged the law in court.Governor Reynolds issued a written statement late Tuesday afternoon, saying a “beating heart indicates life” and she’s “incredibly disappointed” by the ruling. Senator Janet Petersen, a Democrat from Des Moines who’s a leading critic of the proposal, also issued a statement. Petersen called the law “extreme” and says it “forced motherhood” on Iowa women and girls.Last summer the Iowa Supreme Court ruled a 72-hour waiting period for abortions was unconstitutional. There’s no word yet on whether the state’s highest court will be asked to rule on the constitutionality of the fetal heartbeat law.last_img read more

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Iowa officials report 2nd confirmed measles case since 2011

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State health officials say Iowa has confirmed its second case of measles since 2011.Iowa Department  of Public Health said Thursday that the unvaccinated person is a household contact with the person in the first case, who also unvaccinated. The department says the first person contracted measles while on a trip to Israel, where outbreaks have been reported.The department also says there’s no threat to the public because the second person has been isolated at home during the measles incubation period.U.S. officials say 90 measles cases were reported across the United States last week, and 555 cases have been reported in 20 states this year.Measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash. It’s highly contagious to the unvaccinated and can be fatallast_img read more

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Clear Lake man faces life prison term after being arrested on sexual abuse charges

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man is facing the rest of his life in prison after being accused of sexual abuse. Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth says 40-year-old Edric Morris was arrested on Friday afternoon on one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. Roth says both charges are Class A felonies since both are second or subsequent violations. Roth says the charges stem from a complaint received in late January of this year involving a child under the age of 14. Detectives worked with the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office. Morris was being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $1 million cash-only bond. Roth says the case remains under investigation.last_img read more

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Spike in Buena Vista County coronavirus cases, no outbreak confirmed

first_imgJOHNSTON — More than 400 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in northwest Iowa’s Buena Vista County. Storm Lake, the county seat, has two Tyson meat processing plants, but Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday said no business in the county has a confirmed outbreak, which is considered to be when 10 percent of the workforce is either out sick or tests positive for coronavirus.“At this point they have not met the criteria,” Reynolds said, “but you know we’re testing to make sure that we understand what the scope of that is and how we can start to isolate those that are testing positive, immediately start the case investigation so that we can get the negative individuals separated, look at how we separate the shifts and how we continue to move forward to minimize — as much as possible — a potential spike.”One of the state’s Test Iowa drive-through sites for COVID-19 screenings has been operating in Storm Lake since mid-May. The governor has said testing resources are being deployed to areas where virus activity seems to be increasing.“It helps us identify the numbers,” Reynolds said late Wednesday morning. “It helps us start immediately the contract tracing or case investigation so we can understand the scope and make sure that Iowans in the area are aware of what we’re seeing and provide them the additional information to be cautious when they’re out in the community.”Tyson Foods released a written statement about what it called “large scale COVID-19 testing in Storm Lake.” The company’s spokesman said Tyson “will disclose verified test results, once complete data is available with health and government officials, team members and other stakeholders.”A state website with data about COVID-19 test results, coronavirus deaths and hospital stays lists nursing homes which are the site of coronavirus outbreaks, but it does not list confirmed outbreaks at businesses, like packing plants. Iowa Department of Public Health deputy director Sarah Reisetter said one reason for the policy is to let the companies first notify workers who may be affected.“Sometimes it takes us a little bit of time to pull together the information and to understand whether there has been an outbreak in a particular facility,” Reisetter said.On Tuesday, state officials confirmed outbreaks at Perdue Farms facilities in Sioux City and Sioux Center, based on testing conducted in early May.“Our business partners are trying to be proactive to let not only their employees know that they have a safe environment to work in and they want to assure them and provide the confidence to them to come to work in a safey environment, but it’s also they’re partners in the community,” Reynolds said during her daily news conference, “so they take that responsibility very serious, too.”Reynolds also announced Wednesday morning that a new “Test Iowa” facility is opening in West Burlington. It’s being run as a public-private partnership between the State of Iowa and Great River Health. The hospital set up a drive-through testing site, but could not get test kits. The kits are now being provided by Test Iowa.last_img read more

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Tunisia through to Cup of Nations quarter-finals

first_imgAfrica Cup of Nations quarter-finals line-up in Gabon (times GMT):Jan 28At LibrevilleBurkina Faso v Tunisia 1600At FrancevilleSenegal v Cameroon 1900Jan 29At OyemGroup C winners v Group D runners-up 1600At Port-GentilGroup D winners v Group C runners-up 1900 Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Tunisia became the first team to score four goals in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match as they beat Zimbabwe 4-2 in Libreville Monday to seal a quarter-finals place.The Carthage Eagles, who led 4-1 at half-time, finished Group B runners-up behind Senegal and play Burkina Faso at the same stadium Saturday.Naim Sliti, Youssef Msakni, Taha Yassine Khenissi and Wahbi Khazri scored for Tunisia and Knowledge Musona and substitute Tendai Ndoro for Zimbabwe.Senegal topped the Group B standings with seven points followed by Tunisia with six, Algeria two and Zimbabwe one.Tunisia began the match at the Stade de l’Amitie knowing a draw would suffice to clinch second place and reach the knockout phase.But there was never a hint from the north Africans that they were playing for a point and Sliti scored via a deflected shot on nine minutes.Sliti set up the second for Msakni on 22 minutes and Khenissi beat goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva at his near post for the third Tunisian goal on 36 minutes.A superb Musona goal three minutes before half-time offered Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope only for Khazri to convert a 45th-minute penalty.The tempo inevitably slowed after half-time with both teams playing for the third time in nine days and Ndoro scored the lone second-half goal. #CAN2017 ?? v ?? [ST 2-2] No dio tiempo a festejar: @19Sow aprovechó la nula cobertura argelina para marcar el 2-2 parcial pic.twitter.com/XrgcSPzF4C— Camino a Rusia (@caminoarusia) January 23, 2017center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Aubameyang hits hat-trick for leaders Dortmund

first_imgGermany Under-21 international Jeremy Toljan left-back pounced on the loose ball and fired in a short cross for Philipp to again fire in.With Gladbach unable to cope with Dortmund’s pace, Greece defender Sokratis rolled the ball behind the defence and Philipp squared for Aubameyang to make it 3-0 at the break.The Gabon striker grabbed his second when he hit the post on 49 minutes, but hammered home the rebound and completed his hat-trick by using his devastating pace on 63 minutes.Gladach’s Lars Stindl became the first player to score against Dortmund in the league this season when he netted three minutes later.But Germany midfielder Weigl chipped into the top right-hand corner in the 79th minute from outside the area for a superb sixth. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBerlin, Germany | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 6-1 home thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach to regain top spot in the Bundesliga on Saturday.Gladbach had no answer to Peter Bosz’s fleet-footed Dortmund, who opened a two-point lead over Hoffenheim at the top of the table before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with holders Real Madrid.Aubameyang, last season’s top scorer in Germany’s top flight, has now netted eight goals in six league games — one ahead of main rival Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.Left winger Maximilian Philipp scored Dortmund’s first two goals with ice-cold finishing before Aubameyang’s hat-trick, with defensive midfielder Julian Weigl scoring a superb sixth.After third-placed Bayern threw away a two-goal lead on Friday in a 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg, Dortmund are now three points ahead of the defending champions.Bayern could finish the weekend in fourth if Hanover 96 beat bottom side Cologne on Sunday.Hosts Dortmund needed just 28 minutes to take the lead at Signal Iduna Park when Aubameyang, who hit the post twice in the first half, played provider.A superb pass from Weigl released Aubameyang, who sprinted into the box and squared for Philipp to drill home and then grab a second ten minutes later thanks to Dortmund pressing.After briefly losing possession, Dortmund defended high up, forcing Gladbach defender Matthias Ginter into a mistake.last_img read more

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Man City sign French defender Aymeric Laporte

first_img“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success.”Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, said: “We are delighted to have signed Aymeric. We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time.“With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City completed a club record deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday in a move by Pep Guardiola to bolster the Premier League leaders’ defence for the title run-in.City tweeted the announcement of the reported £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) deal with the message: “Defensive reinforcements acquired!”The 23-year-old Frenchman is Guardiola’s sixth signing of the 2017/18 season and has joined in a deal until 2023.“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte said. “City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.last_img read more

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Top seeds Djokovic, Barty toppled in Cincy semi-finals

first_imgMedvedev won 12 of the last 14 points in the second set to square the match against Djokovic, then ran up a 3-1 lead in the third on the way to victory on his first match point.– Kuznetsova beats Barty –There was an upset in the women’s draw as well, as Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated top-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-4.Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion who has been hindered lately by injury, will be in search of her 19th WTA title — and her first in more than a year — when she takes on American Madison Keys in the final. Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, defeated compatriot Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-4.Kuznetsova denied Barty a chance to reclaim the world number one ranking, which the Australian would have done by reaching the final.Instead the triumph by 34-year-old Kuznetsova leaves injured Naomi Osaka atop the rankings with the US Open looming.Barty, who had rallied from a set down in each of her previous two matches, also said she was taking positives from the week to Flushing Meadows.“This was a week that I battled through,” Barty said. “At times I played some good stuff. At times I played some pretty awful stuff.“I’ve learned a lot from this week, and there are nothing but positives going into New York,” she said.Keys booked her finals spot as she won an all-American match littered with 12 breaks of serve.amazed herself with the get. “I looked at my box in shock,” she admitted. “I’m really feeling great about my tennis.Share on: WhatsApp World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia congratulates Daniil Medvedev after falling to the Russian in the semi-finals of the ATP Cincinnati MastersCincinnati, United States | AFP | World number one Novak Djokovic wilted under pressure from Daniil Medvedev Saturday, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to the ninth-seeded Russian in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals.Medvedev’s upset win sent him into a title showdown with another unexpected finalist, 16th-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final.A fuming Djokovic, who looked to have control of the contest in the early going, was caught out when Medvedev stepped things up in the second set.“I don’t know how I turned it around, I was so tired after the first set and I thought I might not be able to keep up the intensity,” said Medvedev, who has competed in 15 hardcourt matches since July 30.“But I had a momentum chance in the second set and the crowd gave me energy,” added the Russian, who will be playing his second Masters series final in eight days, after falling to Rafael Nadal in Montreal last Sunday.“Novak had been destroying me on second serve, so I just went for it,” Medvedev said. “It’s a great feeling to win and beat the number one.”Djokovic, the defending champion who was playing his first tournament since his Wimbledon triumph in July, need some time to cool down before pondering his loss.“He deserves to be in the mix, certainly, with all his results,” Djokovic said. “He’s working his way to top 5. “He’s definitely one of the best players in the world at this moment.”Djokovic said there was little he could do in the face of Medvedev’s go-for-broke style.“When I had my racquet on the ball I was returning also his serves, but you can’t really predict someone or prepare yourself for someone serving that big second serve consistently from 4-3 to the end of the match with making maybe two double faults out of God knows how many serves,” he said.With the US Open starting on August 26, Djokovic said he took “mostly positives” from the week.“Today I did lose a tennis match, but I didn’t do too much wrong,” he said. “So I’ll take that and I’ll move forward to New York and have a good practice week.“I’m going to go to fight for a title as everyone else does — and I like my chances.”last_img read more

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GolfSixes set to tee off at four centres

first_img Tags: European Tour, GolfSixes, grassroots golf 17 Apr 2019 GolfSixes set to tee off at four centres Inspired by The Masters and Tiger Woods’ historic win? Want to play golf – but short of time? England Golf and Glendale Golf have the answer.It’s the fun, fast format of GolfSixes and it will be on offer at four Glendale Golf centres during May. The evening and weekend events will be open to members and non-members and if it proves as popular as expected, regular league style events are planned for the rest of the year.The six-hole events will take place at Richmond Park in London; Tilgate Forest in West Sussex; Portsmouth Golf Course in Hampshire; and Duxbury Park in Chorley, Lancashire.Players will play in pairs and compete in a match play, better ball format. They’ll also follow Glendale’s ‘ready, steady, golf’ policy which avoids slow play.Tom Brooke, Managing Director of Glendale Golf, commented: “There’s a huge buzz about golf following Tiger’s great win and we know lots of people want to play golf more regularly, but haven’t got time for a full 18-hole round.“GolfSixes is ideal for them, it’s fun, it’s competitive, it’s sociable – and it’s quick. The team matchplay format also brings with it that extra edge that we normally only see at The Ryder Cup! Our mission is to show that golf is accessible, enjoyable and a game for all and GolfSixes is a great way to spread that message.”England Golf is supporting the project as part of its partnership with the European Tour to promote the popular GolfSixes format to club members.Claire Hodgson, England Golf Head of Engagement, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase that there are many different ways to play golf.“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got 30 minutes, an hour or three hours, there’s always a way to play golf and GolfSixes is one of them.”Feedback from the project will be used to help spread the concept to other clubs.For more information on the GolfSixes events and to book online visit glendalegolf.co.ukCaption: England’s Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 GolfSixes (Image copyright European Tour/Getty Images).last_img read more

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Steelers trample Broncos, must face explosive Bengals

first_imgThen came the second half and an entirely new Steelers offense took the field, well, after Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to the wrong team to give Denver a 10-7 lead. But then he came back in just four plays to get that touchdown back, passing for 56 yards, with Rashard Mendenhall adding 24 on the ground leading to a 3-yard touchdown reception by Hines Ward to take a 14-10 lead. The Steelers never looked back from that point as the defense, behind James Harrison and Troy Polamalu, dominated the Broncos, holding them to three and out while picking up two interceptions, one by Polamalu and a second by Carter.If it had not been for the two miscues by Roethlisberger, the game probably would have been a blowout. On one play he was stripped of the ball leading to a 54-yard touchdown by D.J. Williams, and the other play was after driving down to the 15 yard line where he threw the ball behind Ward, which led to an interception-killing the drive.The offense, however, looked very impressive in the second half as the Steelers controlled the ball with a time of possession of 24 minutes to Denver’s 7. Roethlisberger was 21 of 29 for 233 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, evenly distributing the ball to his three wide receivers, although he didn’t go to tight end Heath Miller as much as in the past. After only one reception in the previous game, Ward had seven receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns, Santonio Holmes had six for 93 yards and rookie sensation Mike Wallace had four for 69 yards and one touchdown. Miller only had three for 18 yards.The key to the game, however, was the blocking of the right side of the line led by Willie Colon, Trai Essex and Justin Hartwig, who not only protected the quarterback, but opened big holes for Mendenhall who took full advantage of any little crease as he had his second best game of his short career with 156 yards on 22 carries. This was against the number one defense in the league entering the game.While the Steelers were accumulating 173 yards rushing they held the league-leading Broncos to just 27. Kyle Orton was 23 of 38 for 221 yards passing and was forced into three interceptions, after giving up only only one coming into the game. Brandon Marshall did look impressive with 11 catches for 112 yards but most were in the middle of the field, and none turned into a touchdown.Now the 6-2 Steelers will face the surprising Bengals in Heinz Field this Sunday with first place in the AFC North on the line. The Bengals kept the pressure on the Steelers Sunday by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 17-7 in a game that was much more lopsided than the score indicates. Carson Palmer is looking impressive and he and Chad Ochocinco are really beginning to click as he was 20 of 33 for 224 yards and one touchdown, with Ochocinco grabbing five for 66 yards and Laveranues Coles six for 72 yards. One huge loss for Cincinnati is the other wide receiver, Chris Henry, who is out for the season with a broken arm. This will put a lot more pressure on Ochocinco to produce against double teams. Someone else will have to step up.The Bengals not only have an impressive passing game but Cedric Benson is second in the league in rushing as he picked up 117 yards on 34 carries against the stiff Baltimore defense. They are no longer a one-dimensional team; their defensive unit is just as impressive as the offense, holding a potent Ravens offense that had been averaging 30 points a game to just 7 points.The winner will have sole passion of first place in the division and pretty much be in the driver’s seat.In the next four games the Steelers will face the Kansas City Chiefs (1-7), the Baltimore Ravens (4-4), Oakland Raiders (2-6) and the Cleveland Browns (1-7). The Bengals will face the Raiders, the Browns, the Detroit Lions (1-7) and the Minnesota Vikings (7-1).Note: Tyrone Clark did not play due to health reasons. The fact that he considered playing is amazing. One game or an entire season is not worth your life. The Steelers put together their best second half of the season and by far their best fourth quarter to hand the Denver Broncos their second loss, setting up their biggest game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals.The Broncos controlled the first half but still trailed 7-3 as a result of a Tyrone Carter 48-yard interception for a touchdown. AGELESS—Hines Ward celebrates with offensive tackle Willie Colon after Ward caught a touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 28-10 victory in Denver. last_img read more

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Former Pittsburgh teen named starter in the Eastbay All-American Bowl

first_imgDALLAS FRAZIER Much like the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has become the “can’t miss” game for football fans across the country looking for a preview of the nation’s top prep football talent, the Youth All-American Bowl was launched to highlight the next generation of prep stars.Pitting the nation’s top 8th graders against one another in an all-star format, the bowl brings together the top youth talent in the nation.Like Frank Sinatra sang about New York City,” If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.”This year, the bowl returns to the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 9, and will be webcast live. The bowl gives these young athletes a national platform to see how they stack up against one another.Dallas Frazier, 14, is a native of Pittsburgh and now resides in Anderson, SC. He is currently rated as one of the top 8th-grade football players in the state and he will be the starting strong safety.And isn’t that appropriate for someone who virtually grew up with a football in his hand?Indeed, legend has it that when Dallas was only a few months old, his grandfather placed a football in his crib, thereby setting him on the gridiron path.Former Penn Hills All-American and University of Michigan freshman Cullen Christian played in the US Army All-American game at the Alamodome last year.“The experience down there was probably the greatest experience you can get,” said Christian. “The players down south are really fast, but the players from Pittsburgh are tougher, more physical. I learned how to watch bigger receivers and faster receivers. You just got to pay attention to who you’re playing against.”Frazier’s family lineage is filled with football and stardom. His father, Scott “Scooter” Frazier, a baller in his own right, was a running back on Gateway’s 1986 state championship football team. His uncle James played on an undefeated state championship team and his Uncle Eric “Silk” Frazier played on a team that was ranked in the top ten nationally by USA Today. Then there is his cousin, actress Tamara Tunie, of Homestead, who is a star on Law and Order.It maybe a while before you can purchase a pair of Air Dallas sneakers, but one thing Dallas Frazier has never lacked is confidence.The 5’ 8”, 160-pound eighth-grader has used his fluid stride and uncanny balance to pick off 3 passes, returning one 96-yards for a touchdown. Even more impressive? He has never been flagged, despite his hitting with the aggression of a linebacker. Frazier plays like a combination of his two idols: big hitter Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and ball hawk Ed Reed from the Baltimore Ravens.Frazier will continue to do anything that is asked of him, as last season he switched from playing tailback to fullback and from strong safety to linebacker.Dallas is truly a leader focused and determined to be the best he can be. With posters of Walter Payton and Marion Barber on the wall for motivation, the teenager trains his heart out even when the temperature drops below freezing and he’ll bundle up in a heavy coat, hat and gloves.“I’m not surprise how well Dallas is playing on defense,” said Gateway’s head coach Terry Smith. “All the Fraziers were known for what they were able to do on offense, but I think that they were even better on defense. They were all head hunters.”Dallas has been invited and accepted an invitation to attend Darrelle Revis (New York Jets) and Ty Law’s (Future NFL Hall of Famer) football camp this summer.“I’m scheduled to attend several camps this summer. I love spending the summer in Pittsburgh. I like Kennywood Park and Sandcastle,” said Frazier. “Me and my brother Zion love hanging out with our cousins DaVonte’, Derrick and Josh.”His long term goals are to earn a college division I scholarship. He has narrowed his list to seven schools including Pitt, Penn State, WVU, Texas, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson.“We stole the Frazier boys from Penn Hills.” said former Gateway and Hall of Fame coach Pete Antimarino. “They had the heart of champions. I wish I knew what made them tick.”The 80-plus-year-old coach isn’t the type to dabble in hyperbole—he knows better than to get caught up in a kid’s reputation—but he will say this: “If they gave out PhD’s for parenting then Mr. and Mrs. Frazier would be at the head of the line.”“Mr. Frazier was the president of the parent football boosters and he ruled with an iron fist,” added Antimarino.Dallas Frazier is aware of the football legacy his family has left at Gateway.“All my uncles, aunts and cousins want me to come back to Pittsburgh to play high school football,” said Dallas. “My dad is a sports agent and I see his and my uncle’s championship rings and watches, and trophies.” In the case of Dallas, he does owe a small debt to his father, who passed on to him amazing genetics that boost his athletic ability into the stratosphere.Almost as if it were meant to be. The new wave is here. Like Moses parting the Red Sea, the time has come to make room for the new generation of football players. The football universe has become diverse, and the 2011 Eastbay Football University Youth All-American Bowl game showcases the newest, most exciting, and the most promising football talent in the country.last_img read more

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Brassard lifts Rangers by Penguins 3-2 in overtime

first_imgNew York Rangers’ Brad Richards (19) fires the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) for a goal in the first period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The best line on hockey’s busiest team hardly looked gassed.The way Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot were furiously pouring in overtime goals, the New York Rangers didn’t exactly look like a group in need of a day off.Brassard beat Marc-Andre Fleury 3:06 into overtime — with Pouliot bizarrely doing the same seven seconds later — and the Rangers stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.The winner officially went to Brassard, whose wrist shot from in front beat Fleury cleanly but caromed back onto the ice. Referee Steve Kozari waved it off, however, and play continued before Pouliot slammed the puck into a wide open net moments later for good measure.“I found out way later (Brassard) got the goal,” Pouliot said. “Good for him. We’ve been playing well against Philly and now tonight. We deserved that.”Pouliot and Brad Richards gave the Rangers an early 2-0 lead. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots and stuffed a late Pittsburgh breakaway in the final seconds of regulation. The line of Pouliot, Brassard and Mats Zuccarello combined for 14 points in New York’s four regular-season meetings with the Penguins.They were the best trio on the ice on a team barely 48 hours removed from a wearying seven-game victory over Philadelphia in the opening round.“Since Christmas they’ve probably been our most consistent line,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “They’ve got real good chemistry. They read off one another and support one another well and … they scored two in overtime.”Lee Stempniak and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Fleury made 24 saves but was helpless on the winner.“It was just a big pile of guys and I was trying to find the puck out of it,” Fleury said.Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby was held without a goal for the 12th straight playoff game as the Rangers took away much of the open ice where Crosby likes to operate.“It could’ve went either way,” Crosby said. “I don’t think we played a full 60 (minutes).”Not exactly.The Rangers were supposed to be exhausted after outlasting the Flyers in the opening round, not advancing until a 2-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.Instead, it was the well-rested Penguins who appeared to need a nap.Pouliot gave New York the lead 5:04 into first period, capitalizing on a Pittsburgh turnover then splitting Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and Matt Niskanen before firing a wrist shot that caromed off Fleury’s right arm and into the net.Richards doubled the lead late in the period with his third and easiest goal of the postseason. Carl Hagelin beat Maatta to a puck in the corner and fed it to Richards, who had enough time in front to go from his backhand to his forehand and flip the puck by an overmatched Fleury.Whatever sluggishness the Penguins felt after a three-day layoff vanished in the second.Stempniak cut the lead in half by taking a nice drop pass from Beau Bennett then streaking down the middle and beating Lundqvist with a backhand 7:15 into the period.Neal tied it just over 6 minutes later thanks to a rare mistake by Lundqvist, who deflected Neal’s into the air then had it glance off his back and into the net. Lundqvist pleaded with officials that Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had interfered with him while trying to make the save, but replays showed Malkin’s high-stick swat didn’t come close to touching the puck.New York gathered itself before the third and the teams traded chances over the final 20 minutes of regulation with Lundqvist stopping a slap shot from Stempniak in the final 15 seconds to send it to overtime.Whatever adrenaline the Rangers had left fueled them during the brief extra period. New York dominated play before the madcap finish to beat the Penguins in Game 1 of a postseason series for the first time.The Penguins came in 4-0 in the playoff series against New York. Now the Rangers find themselves in control with a welcome day off before Sunday’s rematch.“Yeah we played seven games and the seventh one was a grueling match but I think most of us have been through it,” Pouliot said. “It’s the NHL and you have to find a way and we did.”NOTES: New York went 0 for 4 on the power play and is 0 for its last 25 with the man advantage. … The Rangers held out F Chris Kreider once again. Kreider wore a non-contact jersey during Friday morning’s skate and his return from a hand injury remains uncertain. …  Penguins D Brooks Orpik missed his third straight game with an undisclosed injury.___Follow AP Sports Writer Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Adds Razor Clam Digs at…

first_imgFacebook87Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeRazor clam diggers can count on openings beginning Feb. 19 at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, state shellfish managers announced today.Additionally, Long Beach remains open to clam digging on afternoon or evening tides through March 10.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a two-day opening (Feb. 19 and 20) at Copalis and three days of digging (Feb. 19-21) at Mocrocks on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.The upcoming dig at is scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:Feb. 19, Friday, 4:33 p.m.; 0.0 feet, Copalis, Mocrocks, Long BeachFeb. 20, Saturday, 5:17 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Copalis, Mocrocks, Long BeachFeb. 21, Sunday, 5:56 p.m.; -0.2 feet, Mocrocks, Long BeachFor additional information about low tides at Long Beach, check WDFW’s razor clam webpage.Ayres reminds diggers that the best digging conditions are on low tides of one foot or lower. Diggers also should monitor WDFW’s main razor clam webpage for any potential changes to the Long Beach opening.This is the first opening at Mocrocks since elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, forced WDFW to close beaches to digging last spring.The department is continuing to monitor toxin levels on all Washington beaches and will open other areas as soon as those clams are safe to eat. Toxin test results can be found on WDFW’s domoic acid webpage.Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.last_img read more

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FORMA Construction Names Brian Rich Director of Preconstruction

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by FORMA Construction CompanyFORMA Construction is pleased to announce the recent promotion of long-time Estimator, Brian Rich, to Preconstruction Director and Principal—joining owners Jim Phillips, Jace Munson, and Drew Phillips in the leadership group at FORMA.“Brian began his career with FORMA 20 years ago—essentially in our mail room. He’s risen to every new challenge and position he’s faced,” notes FORMA President Jim Phillips.Brian’s addition to the ownership group coincides with a period of strong growth for the company, which has seen its annual revenue double over the last several years, and he is a big part of FORMA’s vision for the future.“Brian’s contributions to our estimating systems, preconstruction support, and virtual construction tools have helped fuel our growth and drive FORMA to embrace new technologies that aren’t just marketing exercises, but provide real value for our clients,” adds COO Jace Munson.In his new role, Brian will continue to keep his expert fingers on the pulse of the fluctuating regional markets, emerging building innovations, and design trends that inform construction budgets and drive industry costs up and down.About Brian RichAn Olympia native who enjoys building complex pivot tables in Excel, as well as spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters—Brian has been a critical member of the FORMA team for over two decades. Focused for the last 10+ years in Estimating, Brian has amassed valuable industry experience as it relates to efficient systems integration, materials selection, and life-cycle costs analysis, to lend him unique insight into the “real costs” of delivering efficient, quality facilities, and adding significant value to FORMA’s project teams during Preconstruction.About FORMA Construction CompanyEstablished in 1985, FORMA Construction Company maintains offices in Olympia and Seattle and delivers a wide range of project types and sizes across Western Washington through design-build, GC/CM, JOC, and design-bid-build contracts. Serving public agencies and private businesses in the healthcare, education, and commercial sectors; recent FORMA projects include the replacement of Anacortes High School, Olympia’s new Hands On Children’s Museum, and Cebula Hall at Saint Martin’s University—one of the highest scoring LEED Platinum certified buildings in the world.last_img read more

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Watch: Neymar sends Strasbourg defender to the shadow realm with insane skill

first_imgAdvertisement 2ohNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs37dfiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dWould you ever consider trying this?😱5uhCan your students do this? 🌚c3bg1ysRoller skating! Powered by Firework Neymar Jr. is having a relatively tough time at Paris as the PSG fans feel betrayed by the wantaway attitude Neymar has displayed over the summer.Advertisement After coming back from injury Neymar started his first game , against Strasbourg this weekend and despite the jeers , Neymar scored a mesmerizing overhead kick goal to silence his haters.Advertisement The Brazilian looks very sharp after his recovery and a brief moment of him fizzling out from a defender’s pressure with dazzling skills has surfaced online and we can’t stop ourselves from savouring it on repeat.Watch it here :Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli chops down Steve Smith’s lead atop the test batting rankings to just…

first_imgAdvertisement 99i5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs66dr1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea7pbyf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1iWould you ever consider trying this?😱3qlwCan your students do this? 🌚2hwyRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian skipper Virat Kohli chopped down the lead of Steve Smith in ICC Test Rankings after the recent hundred in the pink ball day night test match against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Steve Smith failed to score big run at Brisbane in the first test match against Pakistan recently.Advertisement Steve Smith had the lead of 25 points at the top of the ICC test rankings. However, the recent ranking is suggesting that Smith is only 3 points ahead of the Indian skipper. Another failure of Steve Smith in the series against Pakistan could well make Virat Kohli the number one batsman in World ranking.Advertisement India are currently doing really well in ICC test rankings. Four top order batsmen of India including Virat Kohli are in the top 10. Cheteswar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal are the other players in this list. Ravichandan Ashwin is also at the ninth position in the bowlers’ list. Ravindra Jadeja is also at 15th position at this moment.India are currently at the top of the table in ICC test championship and they have won 12 home series in a row. However, the real test will begin when they will be competing against the big guns like Australia, England or New Zealand in away tour.Advertisement India women hammer West Indies 5-0 in T20 series whitewash Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aussie Ashton Agar calls this Indian cricketer a ‘rockstar’ and wants to model his…

first_imgAdvertisement x8aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3dtmxvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ev6ps( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) z9yWould you ever consider trying this?😱lflCan your students do this? 🌚23g8m0mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Australian spinner Ashton Agar helped his side register an emphatic 107-run victory win over the Proteas in the first T20 International at Johannesburg on Friday and declared Ravindra Jadeja as a “Rockstar” and his “favourite player in the world”. The all-rounder was judged the man of the match after his hat-trick and a cameo 20 from nine deliveries proved enough for the South Africans at the Wanderers Stadium. The leg-spinner prior to this fantastic figure of 5/24, had an undistinguished India tour – picking up two wickets in three ODIs. But Agar revealed that a brief chat with the Indian all-rounder filled him with confidence.Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricket CountryAustralia battered South Africa to their heaviest defeat in cricket’s shortest format with the help of Agar, but he himself was all praise for Jadeja in the post-match conference, claiming to emulate his performance out there in the middle.“He’s my favourite player in the world – I want to play cricket like he does,” Agar said.Advertisement When asked on what makes Jadeja a consistent all-rounder, Agar said that his all-round attributes whether in batting, bowling or fielding, makes him an “absolute rockstar”.“He’s an absolute rockstar. He smacks them, gun fielder and spins the ball. But it’s just his presence when he’s out there, watching him filled me with confidence,”Advertisement “And just talking to him about spin bowling, (he said to) keep trying to spin the ball. When (he’s) batting, he has a really positive attitude and he takes that attitude into the field as well. So I was pretty inspired by talking to him,” the left-arm spinner added.The Australians are eager to wrap up the series at St George’s Park on February 23, while hosts South Africa hope to keep the three-match series alive in the second T20I at the city of Port Elizabeth.The third match of the T20I series will be played in Cape Town and bot the teams will lock-horns in a three-match ODI series starting February 29 onwards. You may also like:Aaron Finch reveals who it is harder to face – Ashwin or Jadeja!Watch: Aussie cricketer Ashton Agar suffers horrible laceration on nose after getting his by his brother during a match (Graphic) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Watch UFC 248 – ADESANYA VS ROMERO

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Event for Students Interested in Attending a Service Academy

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Con­gress­­man Frank Pallone, Jr., D-6th District, will hold Academy Day on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Leonardo Pier Complex, 801 Route 36.The event will provide a forum for students who are interested in attending one of the country’s prestigious U.S. service academies.“I hope that U.S. Service Academy Day will inspire young people of the 6th Congressional District to explore the vast opportunities that our service academies have to offer,” Pallone said. “Academy graduates are selflessly prepared to assume some of the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government. I take these nominations very seriously because our nation’s service academies are some of the highest caliber institutions committed to graduating leaders of character, honor and integrity.”The event will focus on the admissions process, steps to obtaining a Congressional nomination, and lifestyles as cadets or midshipmen at the academies. Interested students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a local ROTC representative.Doors will open at 10 a.m. Presentations will begin promptly at 10:30
a.m.A reservation is required due to space and security restrictions. Those who wish to attend must RSVP by Sept. 7 to Dawn Rebscher at 732-571-1140. All attendees must present photo ID. For admittance, all drivers must present vehicle registration and auto insurance at the checkpoint on Naval Weapons Station Earle.last_img read more

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