Wavell Hinds returned as WIPA president

first_imgPresident of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Wavell Hinds, was given the green light to continue leading the association after an Annual General Meeting in Antigua recently.The WIPA members, returned Hinds his entire administration for a third successive term.The AGM was held at the Halcyon Cove by Rez Resorts and included healthy debates on a number of issues affecting West Indian players.Hinds, will now be at the helm of WIPA for another two years.His team is completed by Nixon McLean – vice president, Wayne Lewis – honorary secretary, Ridley Jacobs – honorary treasurer and Liam Sebastien – honorary assistant secretary.Over the last few years, Hinds has been accused of siding with the board in creating unfair deals for West Indies players, much to the chagrin of the players who walked out on a tour of India.last_img read more

Four suspected scammers arrested in Jamaica

first_imgFour persons, three females and one male, were this morning arrested in sections of Spanish Town, St. Catherine and Mount Pleasant, Manchester by detectives from MOCA for their suspected involvement in an Oversees Employment Fraud Scheme.The four were held during an operation conducted by Police personnel from the Major Organised Crime and Anti Corruption Agency (MOCA), Mobile Reserve SWAT and the Manchester Operational Support Teams, along with members of the Military on Wednesday.The raid was another phase in an ongoing MOCA investigation.In November 2016 a report was made to MOCA stating that persons purporting to be employees of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security were bilking persons of money with the hope of providing them with overseas employment. Following investigations, the identities of the suspects were obtained, resulting in this morning’s operation.Director of Investigations for MOCA, Senior Superintendent, Dean Taylor, took the opportunity to inform Jamaicans seeking employment to do so through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Programme as they are not required to pay for this service. He also wishes to advise persons who may have been fleeced of money under this scam to contact MOCA at 754-3435 or 906-5099 or 851-0113 or 1-800-CORRUPT or by email at moca@jcf.gov.jm.last_img read more

“Let Alexis Sanchez Go, Get The Money & Move On” – Arsenal Legend

first_imgArsenal manager, Arsene wenger, remains keen over Sanchez’s future, insisting the forward will see out his current contract at the Emirates, should he not sign a new deal.The Chilean is expected to resume training on Sunday after an extended summer break.Related Smith continued: “Arsene Wenger says he is determined not to sell him, but he seems determined to leave.”“If you’ve got an unhappy player, a bit like Coutinho at Liverpool, that’s not a great situation to have in the dressing room.”“What the owners would think about keeping a player you could get £60m for and then letting him go for nothing in 12 months’ time, I don’t know.”“It happens time and time again at Arsenal.” Alexis Sanchez’s future at the Emirates have been laden with speculations and uncertainties over the last few months, following the Chilean’s refusal to pen a new deal with the Gunners.Speaking to talkSPort, Arsenal legend and former striker, Alan Smith said: “Alexis Sanchez is a big shadow hanging over the Emirates…For me, it’s a no brainer. You’ve got to let him go, get the money and move on.”28-year-old Sanchez, who has been reportedly linked with a move to Man City, has expressed his quest for Champions League football, something Arsenal won’t provide next season.last_img read more

ATP Finals: 7 Is The Lucky Number For 7th Seed Goffin Against Federer

first_imgDavid Goffin secured a first win in seven attempts against six-time champion Roger Federer to reach the final of the ongoing ATP Finals in London.The 26-year old produced a stunning fightback from a set down to win 2-6 6-3 6-4, against the 19-time Grand Slam champion.Speaking afterwards, Goffin was lost for words on his admirable feat. He said: “I have no words. I cannot describe how I’m feeling – so much joy, so much happiness.”He will now face Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final after the Bulgarian sixth seed saw off American eighth seed Jack Sock 4-6 6-0 6-3 in the second semi-final.Both players will play each other for the second time this week and Dimitrov will be favourite having thrashed the Belgian 6-0 6-2 in the group stage on Wednesday.Playing down expectations, Dimitrov said: “It’s another match – I just need to keep on playing.”“It’s the last match of the season so, full house, and we’re on.” he concluded. RelatedUS Open: Roger Federer Defeats David Goffin To Advance Into QuarterfinalSeptember 2, 2019In “Tennis”ATP Finals Wrap (Pete Sampras Group): Dimitrov Into Semis With Victory Over Goffin As Busta Is BustedNovember 16, 2017In “Sports”ATP Finals (Boris Becker Group): Jack Sock Joins Federer In The Last FourNovember 17, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Double Dose! Pistorius Given Jail Sentence Increase

first_imgSouth African athlete Oscar Pistorius has had his jail term for killing his girlfriend, Ms Steenkamp, increased to 13 years and five months.Pistorius was initially handed a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter in 2014 before he was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015.Prosecutors had insisted that the six-year term given to him for murdering his girlfriend was “shockingly light” but the lower court justified the sentence by citing mitigating circumstances like remorse and rehabilitation.According to the court, those circumstances outweigh factors such as his failure to fire a warning shot.Pistorius, who claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar, has now been handed the minimum 15 years prescribed for murder in South Africa, less time already served.The judgement was delivered by the South African court of Appeal in Bloemfoentein.A spokesman for Ms Steenkamp’s family while speaking on the new development said the ruling “verified there was justice” Related’Disgraced’ Pistorius Sustains Injury From Prison BrawlDecember 12, 2017In “Athletics”Oscar Pistorius Rushed To The HospitalAugust 3, 2017In “Sports”Former Valencia President Soler Handed 2-Year Jail TermOctober 2, 2019In “Spain”last_img read more

Fortuna extends shirt sponsorship with Legia Warsaw

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articles Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 Share Share Eastern European gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment continues to boost its coverage within football by confirming that it has extended its shirt sponsorship of Polish Ekstraklasa football club Legia Warsaw.Updating the market, Fortuna marketing revealed that following a review of its partnership and brand coverage with Legia, the operator will now extend its official shirt sponsorship for a further three years.Renewing sponsorship terms, Fortuna will additionally gain heightened exposure at Legia Warsaw’s Polish Army Stadium (capacity – 32,000).Leszek Haba, Head of Marketing for Poland, at Fortuna, commented on the extended sponsorship“The last three years has been a period of great success for Legia, and for Fortuna it has been a time where we have positioned ourselves at the top of the Polish betting market. Without the help of Legia, we would not have been able to attain this.“The extension of our contract shows that both sides aspire to progress further; we wish to help Legia Warsaw to their next sporting success and be an integral part of the club.”Fortuna Entertainment maintains its commitment to promoting its main betting brand through partnership. Last October  the operator was named as official betting partner of the Czech Football Association (Fotbalová asociace České republiky; FAČR)last_img read more

BetConstruct to unveil Spring Console at Amsterdam iGaming Super Show

first_img Related Articles Submit Share Share StumbleUpon New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Industry platform and software supplier BetConstruct has announced that it will unveil its ‘industry first’ Spring Console at the upcoming iGaming Super Show (11-14 July, Rai Conference Centre, Amsterdam).BetConstruct’s executive team is set to launch its product to market on 11 July and will host a ‘big reveal’ event at the iGaming Super Show informing existing and potential clients of its Spring Console product and dynamics.At present BetConstruct has been secretive of its new Spring Console features and capabilities. However, issuing a short market update, the platform provides detailed that the console would be a ‘first of its kind’ industry technology, which caters for evolving industry betting and gaming sector needs.“The console, a real game changer in our industry, is another step to more flexibility for both operators and providers,” commented  BetConstruct Executive Chairman Vigen Badalyan.Throughout 2017, BetConstruct leadership has pushed to differentiate its product and services through innovation and new developments.Last May the platform provider detailed a major partner initiative for 2017 stating that it had published its front-end source codes as an ‘open-source function’, with a view of giving its clients significant flexibility and agility over the management of their products and services Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020last_img read more

Andrew McIver – Jackpotjoy Plc – Good to be Home…

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Share Submit Andrew McIver Chief Executive of Jackpotjoy Plc, the latest industry incumbent to list on the London Stock Exchange (date January 2016), speaks to SBC on bringing the world’s leading online bingo operator ‘closer to home’.  McIver breaks down Jackpotjoy changes and corporate ambitions following a  crucial and busy six-month period as a London enterprise…  ___________________________SBC: Hi Andrew, the Jackpotjoy executive team has completed a key remit in bringing its operations ‘closer to home’. From leadership perspective how has the company changed in the past six months? Andrew McIver: Since our move to the London Stock Exchange in January, and the establishment of a London plc office, we have been rolling out best practice corporate governance through the entire organization which is a step change above what existed when we were based in Toronto as Intertain Plc. SBC: Leading Jackpotjoy operations, what do you believe are your firm’s core strengths and competencies. What advantages does Jackpotjoy hold in a changing online gambling industry? AM: Jackpotjoy’s core advantage in the UK bingo space, which is 70 per cent of our current revenues, is that it is just focused on that market. As a result, we are in revenue terms, the clear market leader with a 22 per cent market share and dominant customer liquidity.SBC: Facing higher costs and increasing competition, is the new ‘market reality’ that operators have to be multi-product and multi-market enterprises. Can an operator survive on a single product inventory?AM: Having almost a single brand and single market focus allows us to be very targeted with our marketing spend, which as a result is typically significantly less than our ‘everything to everybody’ competitors.SBC: As an industry leadership veteran what legacy dynamics and values do you feel are/will become redundant as operators meet tackle new technologies and customer demands?AM: I think you will see fewer and fewer companies owning their own IT as the rate of change accelerates further and experience specialist skills become too much for single operator to bear! I also think as the costs of operating in the space, including tax, continues to increase the industry will merge into just a handful of super large dominant companies.SBC: Finally looking ahead, what will be the next ‘major milestones’ for Jackpotjoy as an industry operator?AM: Our next major milestones are corporate in nature. We make our last earn out payment to Gamesys in June 2018, which is purely for the Spanish Botemania business, followed by a likely commencement of dividend payments during 2019, when our debt has been significantly reduced from its current levels. Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group April 30, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Forza Italia… Kambi increases Italian market presence with StarVegas launch

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Kristian NylenUpdating the market, Nordic Nasdaq-listed Kambi Group Plc has detailed that it has strengthened its supplier position within the Italian betting market, having secured the lead sportsbook platform provisions partnership for StarVegas Italia.The partnership will see Greentube-owned StarVegas launch a ‘premium sportsbook’ product utilising Kambi platform and system provisions. This week, Kambi detailed that it had launched the initial StarVegas sportsbook, as the ‘Italy top 10’ casino operator looks to secure a slice of the circa €500 million Italian sports betting market.Securing the partnership, Kambi expands its current Italian market client portfolio, which includes prominent brands; 888Sport, Unibet, LeoVegas Sports and Winga.A please Kristian Nylen, Kambi Chief Executive commented on the StarVegas partnership: “I am delighted to see the Kambi Sportsbook go live with Greentube’s prominent StarVegas brand in Italy, strengthen our position as a leading end-to-end sportsbook supplier in the market,”“This strategic partnership has great potential to turn Greentube into an important pan-European sportsbook player alongside its already successful casino brands, highlighting the scalability of the Kambi Sportsbook,”.The StarVegas sportsbook project furthers Kambi’s supplier relationship with Novomatic Group’s Greentube interactive division, which saw the launch of Admiral Romania’s sports betting product this July.Seeking to become a prominent player in the Italian betting market, StarVegas will promote its new sportsbook product with an above-the-line campaign through TV and print media, while it also intends to increase its presence on digital marketing channels.last_img read more

Catena signals its expansion intent with new ‘major recruits’

first_img Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Further to publishing its H1 2018 interim results, Stockholm-listed Catena Media has strengthened its senior management team supporting its ongoing ‘international expansion and diversification strategy’.Michael DalyCatena governance confirms the appointments of Michael Daly as US General Manager and Nigel Frith as General Manager of Financial Services.Furthermore, Catena confirms the appointment of Andreas Ericson as new Director of M&A, identifying new market transactions.US lead Michael Daly joins Catena from online gambling platform developer GAN, where he previously served as Executive VP of North America (2015-2018).A financial services marketing veteran, Nigel Frith joins the Stockholm-listed enterprise from legacy forex portal FXCompared, where he served as Global General Manager (2017-2018).Nigel FrithCatena’s General Managers will be supported by Andreas Ericson, a former Telenor and Kinnevik technology investment director.Updating investors, Per Hellberg, Group CEO of Catena Media, commented on the new appointments.“Major recruits have joined our team in the second quarter,” he said. “To build our London office and the Financial Services vertical, Nigel Frith was appointed in March, beginning vigorously with four new finance acquisitions.“Our new General Manager in the US, Michael Daly, will use his strong capabilities to enhance our efforts in the US market. As the new Head of M&A, Andreas Ericson will increase already high acquisition rate and help us to reach our goals in the US and globally. I am happy to have joined Catena Media as of June and the team and I are strongly motivated to take Catena Media to new heights.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur in-stadium advertising boost for 1xBet

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share 1xBet will have an advertising presence at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium after securing a long-term agreement to become the club’s Official Betting Partner for Africa.The operator will get coverage at the club’s home matches via the LED perimeter system, as well as a presence on the new website and digital channels across the continent until 2022.Tottenham Hotspur, who will again compete in the Champions League and play in their new stadium during the 2018/19 season, already has 100 million followers across Africa and fully mobilised official Supporters’ Clubs in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.The partnership, which complements 1xBet’s ongoing work with the CAF African Nations Cup and Nigerian Football Association, comes just a week after 1xBet was named as a ‘Global Betting Partner’ for newly-promoted Cardiff City in a two-year deal.Fran Jones, Head of Partnerships at Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are delighted to welcome 1xBet to the Tottenham Hotspur partner family and look forward to working with them to engage with and grow our African fan base.”Eugene Kiryukhin, 1xBet’s Director for Development of International Partners, commented: “We are thrilled to sign with Tottenham Hotspur, they have impressed us with their vision for the future, their players, their new stadium and we are committed to helping each other grow in Africa. We look forward to working alongside and supporting them.”A spokesperson for 1xBet added: “Tottenham is one of the most popular English clubs. As many as nine Tottenham players participated in the semi-finals of the recent World Cup. In particular, forward Harry Kane was named top goal scorer and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris captained World Cup winners France.”To celebrate the launch, 1xBet is offering the club’s fans the opportunity to win a signed shirt if they can successfully predict which Tottenham Hotspur player scores our first goal at home this season. StumbleUpon Submit MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Vera&John delivers for JPJ against a tougher UK backdrop

first_img Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Neil Goulden – JPJ GroupThe governance of London-listed online gambling firm JPJ Group Plc signs off on its latest Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September), confident of delivering on its full-year 2018 corporate expectations.Reporting increased customer activity across its overall portfolio, while maintaining a higher gaming revenue per customer of £99 (10% increase), JPJ records Q3 revenues of £78 million- up 8% on corresponding Q3 2017’s £72 million.Updating investors, JPJ governance points to its European online gambling brand Vera&John as being the ‘stand-out’ asset, reporting a 40% revenue increase to £26 million primarily driven by organic growth.Supported by the benefits of a proprietary technology platform, Vera&John maintains JPJ’s group momentum, during a period in which its flagship Jackpotjoy brand has undertaken an alignment with new UK responsible gambling measures – lowering its revenue and EBITDA earnings.“As part of our commitment to meeting the highest industry standards on responsible gambling, revenues at Jackpotjoy UK have been impacted by the responsible gambling measures we have implemented and the closure of a number of high value accounts,” details JPJ Group Chief Executive Neil Goulden.The Q3 2018 period would see JPJ restructure its organisation, with the company disposing of its social games division for £18 million cash to South Korean games developer BagelCode.  Closing a busy Q3 trading period, JPJ governance declares a group net income of £7.5 million off an adjusted EBITDA of £29 million (Q3 2017: £25 million). The results sees JPJ reverse 2017 comparative losses of £8.2 million.Moving forward, JPJ governance states that it will continue with its international expansion assisted by operations partners Gamesys.“Overall, we remain confident in our outlook for the full year,” added Goulden. “We continue to enjoy a strong association with Gamesys in a relationship which provides mutual benefits and we are also excited by the significant growth opportunities that exist in both existing and new markets, where we are well-placed to take advantage of this promising backdrop.” Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot  March 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

AgiproNews Italian View: Can new faces commit to Italy’s hazardous playground

first_img Amid a frantic Italian gambling scene, in which its incumbents make drastic adjustments to a new tax regime and tougher regulatory demands imposed by the Lega-5Star coalition government, this February Italy’s ADM published its updated online licensee registry.In 2019, Italy’s online gambling marketplace will accommodate 66 licensed operators, as the Italian tax authority secures €13.2 million in licensing concessions, granted at €200,000 per registered applicant.Nevertheless, the tax figure is below the €24 million (120 concessions), that the ADM had targeted in 2018, when it officially opened its licensing application window, following an almost two-year delay.As anticipated all Italian legacy gambling incumbents – Lottomatica, Snaitech, Microgame, Sisal and Stanleybet secure licensing provisions, continuing their fierce rivalry against established international operators – bwin, William Hill, bet365 and Betfair.The ADM has approved its licensee registry until 31 December 2022, however under current maligned conditions, it remains to be seen how many participants will return for business in three years’ time.In particular, the movements of fresh incumbents such as low margin sportsbook Pinnacle, CIS markets leading online betting brand 1xBet and UK fast growth betting exchange Smarkets will be monitored closely.During 2018, both Pinnacle and 1xBet stated their commitment in entering the Italian online betting marketplace, despite Lega-5Star passing the Dignity Decree’s social mandate, implementing an outright ban on all forms of gambling advertising/marketing.Speaking to SBC, Paris Smith Chief Executive of Pinnacle stated that her company remained unfazed by changing Italian prospects, as the online sportsbook had proven its capacity to scale markets whilst maintaining low marketing costs and no bonus incentives.Nevertheless, closing 2018, Italy’s populist coalition government would deliver its first ‘Budget Law’, showing no mercy to industry stakeholders, as tax increases across all gambling verticals were confirmed.Whilst new incumbents had stated that the Dignity Decree advertising ban could be a survivable dynamic, an online sportsbook GGR duty increase from 22 to 24%, combined with a 20-to-25% GGR on online casino games will serve as a cold entree for new Italian actors.Out of the 66 ADM licensed operators, the question arises as to how much money and resources new operators will commit to spending on a restrictive market with no promotional outreach.Furthermore, operating in hazardous times, will Italy’s online gambling sector, simply become the domain of its legacy operators, mirroring retail trends.Having waited for two-years to secure official ADM licenses, the changing dynamics of Italian politics and its constant bureaucracy may have led to foreign enterprises losing their appetite to invest in Italy, an all too familiar story for the nation’s business community. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020last_img read more

MaxEnt lodges appeal against UKGC licence revocation

first_img UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Following the recent announcement that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revoked the remote casino and remote linked gambling software licence of online casino operator MaxEnt Limited, the operator has since lodged an appeal challenging the licence revocation. Trading under the Maxent NRR Entertainment banner, the decision to revoke the MaxEnt licence comes after the identification of concerns relating to the operator’s finances and information supplied to the commission.As permitted by the Commission, MaxEnt has been given a deadline for an appeal submission of the 18th June 2019. The operator has since claimed the Gambling Commission’s criteria has been satisfied regarding whether the company was adequately funded both in the short- and long-term, and that the regulator is happy with the source of this funding.The operator confirmed that the Gambling Commission’s issues were not linked in any way to ‘the business is run or with how customers are treated’ but rather the issues stemmed from ‘the transition period which happened prior to the change of management’.As part of its appeal process, MaxEnt has stated that it ‘will seek to have proper regard of the change of management taken’.Expressing disappointment in the UKGC ruling, MaxEnt emphasised: “We feel that the Commission’s decision is not sufficiently objective, hence why we are appealing.  We do not intend to leave the UK market at this time.“We are hopeful of a positive outcome following our appeal, but we will be carefully considering our position in the UK market, nonetheless.”last_img read more

UKGC reviews VIP interaction with new consultation

first_img ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched a consultation which will review the rules and procedures that are in place for licensed gambling operators when engaging with high-value customers (HVC) and VIP players. In launching the review, the Commission said it recognised the exceptional commercial value that VIP customers hold for licensees and the ‘preferential service’ high-value customers receive from operators such as tailored bonuses, gifts and hospitality.In its statement, however, the UKGC underlined that the incentivisation of VIP players poses two regulatory challenges.Firstly, it noted, VIP customers are heavily engaged gamblers in terms of frequency, spend, and the manner in which they participate in gambling, with some displaying greater ‘at risk’ characteristics for the commission to monitor Secondly, the regulator highlighted the conflicts caused by the ‘disproportionate financial value of HVCs to licensees’, as operators try to balance their regulatory compliance responsibilities with short-term commercial objectives.“We are concerned that these regulatory challenges have not been consistently met by licensees. This has resulted in repeated instances of gambling-related harm and in some cases, failure to prevent criminal proceeds being spent on gambling,” explained the UKGC.The consultation will form part of the UKGC’s assessment of new industry safeguards and standards sanctioned by the Betting and Gaming Council’s (BGC) ‘working groups’ in April 2020.In its new ‘industry action plan’, BGC members have agreed to overhaul operator rules and protocols with regards to VIP engagements by restricting VIP programmes to customers aged 25-plus and enforcing rules that mean all VIP programmes are independently audited with regards to incentives and rewards.Concluding its statement, the UKGC revealed that consumer feedback collected on the subject matter suggested that ‘regulatory requirements that cover all customers are not being tailored and applied effectively to HVCs’. UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

This week in esports: Galaxy Battles, Paladins, Brentford and BELONG

first_imgIt’s been a fairly quiet week in the world of esports with news starting to gather pace as we head into what’s sure to be a blockbuster 2018. The biggest news this week comes from Valve & Galaxy Battles as well as Hi-Rez’s title Paladins with rumours of Brentford’s entrance to esports and BELONG’s Arena Clash expansion also notable news. As always, here’s our recap of the biggest stories in esports this week. Galaxy Battles has major status revoked by ValveThe Galaxy Battles Major hosted by Fallout Gaming has had its major status and Valve involvement revoked, with the game developer citing “unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players” as the main reason for the decision. Credit: ValveIt comes less than two weeks before the tournament, hosted in the Philippines was set to get underway. The blog post from Valve reads “the tournament itself may still proceed, but without any involvement of Valve or the Dota Pro Circuit”. This will mean that the prize money will effectively be halved, as Valve contributed $500,000 to majors in the Dota Pro Circuit and also the coveted Pro Circuit points that contribute towards qualification for the flagship tournament The International will not be earned.The blog post is brief, but reads:“Based on information we’ve recently confirmed regarding new government regulations for esports players entering the Philippines, we have decided to rescind the tournament’s Major designation, including the Pro Circuit qualifying points, for the Galaxy Battles 2018 tournament. This is based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players as a condition to enter the country”.It later on continues to apologise to attendees and the Philippines, stating:“This isn’t a reflection on how we feel about the fans in the Philippines, and we are sorry for those that were planning on attending the event”.Read the full article here.Paladins to introduce battle royale game modeHi-Rez Studios has announced that Paladins will introduce a new Battle Royale game mode. The news was made public during the keynote address on the opening morning of the Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta.Paladins: Battlegrounds will offer an unconventional twist on the increasingly popular battle royale genre. The genre mashup will create ability-driven combat, combined with survival gameplay and a fantasy setting to set it apart from the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds which truly took 2017 by storm.In Paladins: Battlegrounds players spawn into a large map as per a typical battle royale map. They’ll have mounts just like in Paladins, and be able to explore and loot through various outposts as well as tracking zeppelins that drop legendary gear – much like the airdrops in PUBG. As expected, the last team standing will be the team that emerges victorious.Read the full article here.Brentford FC could enter the esports frayBrentford, the West London based English Football League Championship (“EFL”) club could be entering the esports space soon, a LinkedIn job posting suggests.The post, added two days ago, for a Marketing Manager includes the following under roles and responsibilities: To create a pilot project exploring the opportunity of esports for a football club, evaluate and build and agreed programme of activity against objectives There’s no suggestion that any esports experience, or even knowledge is required although the esports segment is clearly a tiny element to a much wider job role. The esports landscape has exploded in the last year with over 175 traditional sports clubs getting involved. Recently, Founder of Code Red Esports, Paul “Redeye” Chaloner compiled a spreadsheet showing traditional sports outfits that have entered the esports space. Whilst it’s incredible to see the amount of teams now involved in the burgeoning industry, there has not been a concerted push from English teams to enter the space. Read the full article here.GAME announces expansion of BELONG Arena ClashGAME, the video game retailer has announced that its BELONG Arena Clash will return for a Spring season with registration opening today for gamers over the age of 16 in the United Kingdom. The esports tournament gives casual and hardcore gamers alike the chance to join a team at their local BELONG store and compete for a place at the live finals which will take place at Insomnia62 at the NEC in Birmingham over the Easter weekend. There are now 19 BELONG arenas across the country, and those involved will have the chance to compete in: Call of Duty: WWII, Overwatch, League of Legends and Tekken 7. Each regional team will be vying for titles and attempting to dethrone the current champions: Manchester Swarm, Colchester Centurions, Portsmouth Pirates and London Lionhearts. The victorious players will win £100 worth of accessories and £100 GAME Reward points. The runners-up in each title will receive £50 in accessories and £50 in Reward points. The programme will feature dedicated gaming nights for each title throughout the week, with players able to play on stations for each title. Teams will have the chance to challenge other players within their region specific arena as well as other players across the UK. Read the full article here.last_img read more

Sion hire coach Decastel again

first_imgSwiss soccer club Sion named Michael Decastel as their fifth coach in less than two years on Tuesday to replace Sebastien Fournier who quit after four months.Fournier resigned on Monday after he was reprimanded by the club for publicly accusing three players of spending a night on the town before a league match. A furious Fournier had identified the players immediately after Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by St Gallen.Decastel, who has spent the last decade coaching clubs in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, became the 26th coach to take charge of Sion since architect and former goalkeeper Christian Constantin became president of the club in 2003.The outspoken Constantin has appointed himself as coach on two occasions.Last season, Sion were involved in a complex legal battle with Uefa after they were excluded from the Europa League for fielding ineligible players.Sion lost the case and were docked 36 points for breaking the statutes of European soccer’s governing body which bans clubs from taking cases to the civil courts. However, Sion escaped relegation after Neuchatel Xamax were expelled from the league over financial irregularities, and officially finished bottom of the table.Sion signed former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso in the close season and last week failed in an attempt to bring former Juventus and Italy player Alessandro Del Piero to the club.Fournier took over in June, replacing Vladomir Petkovic who was in charge for three matches. Before him, Laurent Rossey had managed to stay in the hot seat for an impressive 15 months.last_img read more

Bortey: My dream is to play for the Black Stars before retiring

first_imgWinger Bernard Dong Bortey has vowed to wear the Black Stars jersey before he finally retires from football.The 29-year-old was banned for physically assaulting a centre referee during an MTN Ghana FA Cup win over second tier side King Solomon last year.The former Hearts of Oak star was also charged with inciting the Aduana supporters against the officials.His suspension ended last month and he played his first official match on Sunday when Aduana traveled to Tema Amidaus Professionals in the 1/16th MTN FA Cup Knockout competition which they won on penalties by 4-2.“I have waited for my ban to come to an end. From day one since they banned me, I have been training with my team Aduana so my fitness level is okay. I played 75 minutes and am now a born again and my form now should be monitored by the FA so I can be invited to play in the Black Stars”, Bortey told Joy Sports.The controversial winger was one of the key players of the then Glorious Accra Hearts Oak team of the early 2000.last_img read more

Joe Debrah arrives tonight for Kotoko, Hearts Oldies clash

first_imgFormer Ghana Premier League icon Joe Debrah will arrive tonight for Sunday’s historic clash between old players of Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in Kumasi.The ex-Kotoko star was flown in from his base by businessman and former Kotoko Board member Kennedy ‘Cappuccino’ Agyepong.Debrah praised Cappuccino CEO of Kenpong Group of Companies for the efforts the latter made in bringing him down for the ‘big game’.“Kenpong is the one bringing me down to Ghana for the match. He is paying for my ticket and everything. Besides that he has done a lot for me and I will continue to pray for him.“I know the fans have missed me all this time. Even though I might not perform like I used to, I will do my best to make them happy on Sunday,” Joe Debra added.Former Kotoko stars, Frimpong Manso, Opoku Afriyie, Prince Adu Poku, Isaac Kwakye and Prince Opoku Polley are expected to feature in the game. Black Stars ex skipper Stephen Appiah will lead the Phobians, who are expected to parade players like Abladey Kumah, Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Armah ‘Senegal’.The match will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium with the gate proceeds donated to the Kumasi Children’s Home.last_img read more

Inkoom expecting tough game in Sudan

first_imgSamuel Inkoom is expecting much more of a challenge from Sudan than Ghana faced in the reverse fixture in Kumasi back March of this year.Ghana, chasing a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals claimed a 4-0 home win against Sudan in the Group D qualifying of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.With three more matches to complete the second round stage of matches, Inkoom, who is making a return to the Black Stars after a long absence expects a tough test in Omdurman on Friday when Ghana plays Sudan.“Every player wants to show something and prove to the coach that he is good. The most important thing is that we need to stay focused, listen to the coach and keep on working hard,” Inkoom said at Ghana’s training camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“I believe this team. I have trust in my colleagues. It’s not going to be easy. We have been there twice. But I believe that we are going to beat them.”The Black Stars are just one point adrift leaders, Zambia on the log with the side that finishes top, advancing to the third round stage. For Inkoom and his colleagues despite a long and busy club campaign in their various leagues abroad, sacrificing to put smiles on the faces of Ghanaians means so much to them.“Everybody knows we have a big game ahead of us which is against Sudan and Lesotho. We need to sacrifice for our nation as well. Our leagues are over and we need to come and see the family and it’s not easy at all.“It’s our nation, we need to put everything aside. If the nation is happy, we are also happy. We need to sacrifice for our nation because football is different in every country. It brings a lot of people together so we need to sacrifice,” the defender said.After the game with Sudan, the Black Stars travel to Johannesburg on 9th June and will train in the South African capital for four days before departing to Maseru for the match against Lesotho.last_img read more

Inter Allies 2-1 Hearts: How Fabin masterminded shock victory

first_imgB.A. United 1-0 Ashanti Gold Scorer: Selorm Geraldo Heart of Lions 1-0 Medeama SCScorer: Osman Sackey Hasaacas 3-1 WAFA SCScorers: Ibrahim Suleman, Daniel Egyin (pen), Frederick Quayson; Zakaria Mumuni New Edubiase United 2-0 Bechem UnitedScorers: Lamine Nasir, Fuseini Nuhu Aduana Stars 2-1 Berekum Chelsea Scorers: Richard Arhin – *2; Samuel Kyere This is the first time Allies have ever beaten Hearts of Oak – and it was done in style.A late strike by substitute Goeckel Ahotor was enough for Inter Allies as they beat Hearts of Oak 2-1 in a regional derby on match day 12 of the ongoing First Capital Plus Bank Premier League on Sunday at the Tema sports stadium.[CLICK HERE FOR FULL MATCHDAY 12 REPORTS]It was a game that both coaches displayed a lot of tactical proficiency but Inter Allies looked more deadly upfront but the defensive men of the Phobians stood tall for the challenge from the home side.The first half was keenly contested as both sides tamed each other, Inter Allies danger man, Sheriff Deo Mohammed was heavily policed by Hearts of Oak central pair of Vincent Atinga and Philip Boampong but the Phobians also came close the goal area of the home side but their attack was foiled by the Eleven is To One defense led by Baba Mensah.The first half ended goalless. From the recess, it was a different story, as Inter Allies dominated the early stages of the second half and in the 66 minute their hard work was positively rewarded as Ropapa Mensah benefited from a miscommunication between Philip Boampong and Tetteh Lugard to slot home the first goal after a long ball from Baba Mensah.The Phobians after the goal re-strategized as they started picking up the pieces and in the 83 minute mark Isaac Oduro beautifully curled in a 15 yard free-kick to level the scoring for the Phobians.Two minutes later Hearts of Oak nearly doubled their lead but Osei Kwame in post for Inter Allies saved the situation for the home side.However, when everybody taught the game was ending in a draw, Goeckel Ahottor who was introduced in the second half struck the winning goal from a 25 yards as Inter Allies held on to beat Hearts of Oak 2-1 which happens to be the first win for the Tema based club over the Phobians.FCPPL MATCHDAY 12 RESULTS Asante Kotoko 1-0 Liberty Professionals Scorer: Ahmed Toure Inter Allies 2-1 Hearts of OakScorers: Ropapa Mensah, Gockel Ahortor; Isaac Oduro Great Olympics 1-0 Wa All StarsScorer: Agbashie Dotse –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

‘Louis Van Gaal is very strict, very hard to satisfy’, says Man U’s Morgan Schneiderlin

first_imgMorgan Schneiderlin has revealed what it is like to play for Louis van Gaal after having spent a few months playing under the Manchester United boss.The 25-year-old was signed from Southampton for £25 million in July and is currently on international duty with France. Schneiderlin explained that Van Gaal knew him as a player but needed to learn more about what he was like as a person following his arrival at Old Trafford. “Van Gaal knew me as a footballer but he wanted to understand my character and my personality better,” he told Le Parisien. “He set out his playing philosophy and told me about himself. “On the pitch, he wants me to repeat my performances with Southampton – that I play with the same aggression and that I win the ball back – but he’s very strict and he’s very hard to satisfy.”When asked about why he moved from Southampton, Schneiderlin said he could have spent much longer than seven years at the club.”I could have stayed,” he said. “The club offered me a new contract and I felt at home, but I needed to get out of my comfort zone.”I feel ready to face this type of challenge and I’m not putting myself under any unnecessary pressure.“Anyway, I’m living my dream. I couldn’t refuse Manchester United.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

GIMPA fitness and fun festival fixed for February 27

first_imgThe Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) will organize a health walk and aerobics session for students and authorities of the school later this month.The health exercise which is being put together by Goldstar Consult limited will see household names in the music industry such as Stonebwoy and award winning Kwaw Kese all present.The programme on February 27 is also to create awareness on the importance of regular exercises“Regular exercise is the way to go in life and I will encourage all the students and everybody to be part of this health venture,” said Prof.  Philip Duku Osei who is Vice Rector of GIMPA“This is good for everybody and that is why we have endorsed it, we are not just going to exercise but we are also going to have fun.” There will also be a health screening and sporting competitions between various schools on campus.“Some celebrities like Stonebowy and Kwaw Kese will join us on the day so it promises to be fun.”. Mr. Samuel Anim, CEO of Goldstar Consult limited and also a student at the institute also noted the importance of  this programme”As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind so obviously this is very important and we are all going to be part of it.””We all must come together on February 27 to exercise and have fun, there will be an aerobics session after the walk and that will be led by an expert in that area.” Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Usain Bolt reveals biggest regret

first_imgA new Usain Bolt biopic — I Am Bolt — aims to inspire future generations, but it also gave the Olympic great a lesson too.The 30-year-old, who showed a natural talent for sprinting growing up in Jamaica, has won nine Olympic gold medals but could his haul have been even greater?”When I started out I wasn’t that serious,” he told CNN in London, where he will end his sprinting career at the 2017 world championships.”I was more relaxed and chilled and just living my life. I would say [to my younger self] ‘get serious’ so my career could start earlier,” added Bolt as he talked about the film, which released worldwide Monday.Bolt competed at his first Olympics in Athens 2004 but left the Greek capital without a medal. By the time he got to Beijing Bird’s Nest Stadium in 2008, the stage was his as he blitzed to a trio of sprint crowns.He signed off with another golden Games in Rio eight years later, again winning the 100-meter, 200m and 4x100m titles, and remains peerless as the world record holder over 100m and 200m. Asked by CNN what he would choose as his super power he simply says: “I’d keep the speed.”Bolt may be aware his powers are waning so, when the effervescent superstar hangs up his spikes, what will he do next?”I’m focused more on my charity work,” Bolt tells CNN. “I’m working on a clinic in Jamaica, mostly towards injured athletes.”Bolt already gifts a chunk of his earnings through his Jamaica-based foundation which aims to help kids.The Jamaican will also add some fizz to a champagne company after being named as Maison Mumm’s ‘Chief Entertainment Officer.’ It seems that “Lightning Bolt” hasn’t quite done with the theater of track of field, however.”I want to stay in track and field,” he adds. “I want to focus on developing the sport.”Who would bet against Bolt breaking new ground for athletics off the track too?last_img read more

Edem Yao wins 2019 Movie House National Squash tourney

first_imgEdem Yao of the Tesano Squash club was over the weekend crowned the winner of the 2019 Movie House National Squash Championship in Kumasi.He defied stiff opposition from over 50 squashers’  assembled at the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash club to win the final match in three straight sets against Maroune Yussif of  Obuasi Squash Club.Edem had earlier displayed some top quality play from the preliminary stages to the semifinals stage of the tournament, where he encountered two-time champion, Dipson Doodo. Doodo who could not stand the energised and fresh-blood  Edem, dropped shots only for the latter to take total control for a larger part of the game.  Maroune Yussif, also known as Opeele who made it to the final with ease, however, failed to glitter in the final game losing to Edem 3-0 in the final match.For his prize, Edem was presented with a return air ticket worth $1,450.00 to Dubai, plus $500.00 pocket money. Maroune Yussif took home Gh₵500.00 plus a visit to Nigeria. All other participants were presented with cash awards. Edem attributes his victory to hard work.”I’m not surprised I won putting into perspective the work I did prior to the competition,”  he said.A patron of the host club, Nana Yaw Owusu Akwanuansa, was grateful to the sponsors, Movie House, for their consistent support to the sport which is gradually gaining popularity among the youth.last_img read more

Police arrest 12-year-old boy after racist messages sent to Ivorian winger

first_imgWest Midlands Police have arrested a 12-year-old boy after racist messages were sent to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha ahead of Sunday’s match against Aston Villa.The Ivory Coast international posted several screenshots of the racist abuse he had received to his social media accounts on the morning of the match, alongside the caption: “Woke up to this today.”West Midlands Police said after the game they have arrested a boy from Solihull in relation to the incident.The posts come just two weeks after the Premier League launched a new system to allow Premier League players to report online abuse.Palace manager Roy Hodgson supports Zaha’s decision to go public about the abuse and says both clubs are working to identify the individual responsible.“It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse,” said Hodgson. “I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don’t think it is something he should keep quiet about.“I think it is very good that our club, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable individual is and one can only hope that they will get identified and they will get called to account and they will pay for these actions.“There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all.”A Premier League statement said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside @wilfriedzaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any form. There is #NoRoomForRacism, anywhere.“We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse. “Through our dedicated reporting system, we can take immediate action on cases like this.”last_img read more

Lou Williams hits late 3-pointer to lift Clippers over Brooklyn Nets

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PreviousBrooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, drives around Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) shoots over Brooklyn Nets’ Treveon Graham during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) shoots over Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen, left, and D’Angelo Russell, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple, top, defends on Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)From left, Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert (22) works for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Montrezl Harrell, and Garrett Temple (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) is hugged by Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell after Williams hit the game-winning shot as time expired during an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, second from left, shoots over Brooklyn Nets’ Treveon Graham (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) grabs a rebound next to Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers argues a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen (31) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) blocks a shot from Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert (22) next to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert, center, shoots between Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris (12) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, front right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, front left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, drives around Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 19Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 119-116. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Mirror, mirror, two matching teams traded score after score at Staples Center on Sunday, before the Clippers’ Lou Williams eventually proved the fairest of them all, putting away the Brooklyn Nets, 119-116, with a fadeaway 3-pointer from 28 feet out as time expired.Williams’ first official buzzer-beater and the longest such game-winning shot in the NBA this season,  had him surfing on his teammates arms after he slow-walked to the corner of the court and gestured to the crowd in a rare celebration.His big shot also lifted the Clippers to their the seventh win in their past eight games, and their 10th in 13. The Clippers (41-30) remain eighth in the Western Conference standings, behind the 40-29 Utah Jazz.Williams’ heroics gave Doc Rivers his 300th victory as the Clippers’ head coach, which both ensured that he’ll have a winning season for the 12th consecutive year and made him only the seventh NBA coach to have won 300-plus regular season games with two or more teams, per the Elias Sports Bureau.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers — who rallied back from a 15-point deficit in their November win in Brooklyn — got things to click in the second quarter, when they rode a 33-9 second-quarter surge, which was made possible entirely by 13 points by Danilo Gallinari, 12 by Montrezl Harrell and eight by Landry Shamet. They turned what was a 19-point deficit with 7:21 to go into a 60-55 lead going into halftime.It turned out to be the Clippers’ largest comeback at home this season.They increased their advantage to 11 to start the second half, but after that Brooklyn (36-36)  showed some bounceback of its own, pulling ahead 82-77 on a hook shot by D’Angelo Russell, who had a a game-high 32 points.But back came the Clippers. Williams’ 3-pointer tied it 87-87 entering the final quarter, when they quickly went on a 14-4 run to make it 101-91.Then, despite trailing by 10 with a minute left, the Nets tied it up 116-116 on Jarrett Allen’s dunk with 5.3 seconds left.But Gallinari handed off the ball to Williams near midcourt and he drained the 3-pointer to seal the victory.“I just shot the ball, honestly,” said Williams, who finished with a team-high 25 points off the bench. “Just get a shot at the rim.”The talk in the locker room afterward was heavy on what Williams did after the shot.“I get made fun of that I don’t know how to celebrate,” Williams said.. “My teammates say I don’t know how to celebrate, they say I don’t show enough emotion. So I stole that one from (Montrezl Harrell).”Said Harrell: “I give it a 3.”Added Patrick Beverley: “Hit the gamer and had the weakest celebration.”Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded his first career double-double, scoring in double figures for the eighth time in nine games with 14 points and established a new career high with 14 assists.Gallinari had his fifth double-double of the season, with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 16 first-half minutes. He finished with 20 points and a season-high-tying 11 rebounds.Harrell had 20 points, Shamet had 14 and Beverley chipped in with 10. “I had no idea,” Rivers said. “It’s nice. However, it’s not what I’m here for. I want to win four games (in a Finals). That’s what I’m here for.”The milestone victory came against a spirited squad that reminded Rivers plenty of his current team.“We mirror each other,” Rivers said. “When you look at the two teams; they have (Spencer) Dinwiddie, we have Lou (off the bench). They have a ton of just good players, we play hard. The two teams are so similar. Watching it, you kept saying, ‘It’s a mirror.’ Two teams that are really exactly the same in a lot of ways, so it’s nice to get the win.”The Clippers’ pseudo-clones were, however, playing the second installment of a back-to-back that had them in Utah last night, where the Nets lost, 114-98.But it was the Clippers who looked flat early, finishing the first quarter down 30-23 after shooting 9 for 26 (34 percent) from the floor and committing five early turnovers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pau Gasol struggling in leadership role for Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I have to find myself and find ways to get involved and not just be standing at the three-point line or standing far away from the basket,” Gasol said. “I have to find ways to keep myself active and involved.” That proved difficult as Gasol spent the first two weeks of the season battling a respiratory illness that affected his breathing. Though he said the symptoms have recently vanished, Gasol confirmed he has nursed a strained muscle in his left foot from the end of training camp. “It was sore a lot of times. But I don’t like to talk about things like that because they sound like excuses,” Gasol said. “I don’t like to make excuses when things go wrong.”Plenty of things have gone wrong.Gasol has appeared overwhelmed on defense, allowing New Orlean’s Anthony Davis (32 points) and Denver’s Timofey Mozgov (23 points) to have career nights. Gasol has also gone through a stretch where he’s shot below 50 percent in five of the past six games. It hasn’t helped that the Lakers have shown inconsistency with their three-point shooting in their wins (45.9 percent) and losses (36.6 percent). That makes Gasol’s job more difficult in striking the right balance between facilitating and scoring. All those issues have shadowed some positive developments. Gasol made two clutch free throws and blocked Kyle Korver’s potential game-winner two weeks ago against Atlanta. Though he only shot 1 of 10 against the Rockets, Gasol played a large part in holding Dwight Howard to an average 15 points and 14 rebounds“It’s going to take time for him. He hadn’t been in a situation where he’s been the main focus on a team since he was in Memphis,” Young said. “But he’s still Pau. He’s still good. It’s going to happen. He’s been in the league long enough to figure it out.”But the Lakers suggest that goes beyond Gasol.“He’s going to get double-teamed. He will pass first and look for you. We have to knock those shots down,” Hill said. “He’s not the quickest big man, so when he’s trying to guard, we have to help cracking down on his man.” D’Antoni has downplayed whether fielding six different starting lineups has negatively affected team chemistry. But after initially scoffing at Gasol’s preference to operate in the post last season, D’Antoni conceded he still needs to feature him better on offense. “We’re trying to get him to be able to get him in the low post a little bit more, get him to dive a little bit more and be able to deliver the ball a little bit more,” D’Antoni siad. “Once he does that, we know he’s very talented in both spots. He should be the focus of our offense all the time whether it’s inside, which should be a lot, and whether he catches the ball at the high post and makes other people better.”So far, the Lakers say they remain patient with that process. But Gasol sounds weary of how long that will take. After all, this marks the moment Gasol wanted when more responsibility fell on him.“Guys look up to me for help and advice and for leadership,” Gasol said. “I do have to be there for them. I have to be reliable and accountable for my teammates.” So far, that hasn’t happened.Gasol enters the Lakers’ (4-6) game tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies (3-5) at Staples Center averaging 13.4 points on only 39.4 shooting in 28.3 minutes. It’s hard to believe, but those numbers fare slightly worse than his career-lows last season, when he averaged 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 33.8 minutes amid a reduced role and various ailments that sidelined him for 33 games. “With Kobe out and Steve Nash out, it makes things more difficult,” Gasol said. “We have to fight through it. There’s nothing we can do other than bringing a positive mindset and bringing effort every night.’Lakers forwards Nick Young and Jordan Hill have noticed Gasol bringing that mindset by being more vocal during practice and film sessions. They also hear Gasol feeding them positive messages every day. But that hasn’t overshadowed the more concrete issues that have emerged as Gasol has tried to excel in a larger role. That sparks questions beyond whether Gasol bulking up this offseason will prove enough to square up against Memphis’ frontline that includes his brother, Marc, and forward Zach Randolph. center_img This should’ve marked the time that Pau Gasol would no longer feel constrained in unleashing the full set of skills that once helped the Lakers secure two NBA championships. Dwight Howard’s departure to Houston paved the way for Gasol to assume his role in the post. An offseason procedure on his knees left him feeling refreshed. The Lakers invested in various castoffs on one-year contracts that boast athleticism and outside shooting, two key ingredients that help Gasol to facilitate the offense. With a prolonged training camp and a better understanding of his game, coach Mike D’Antoni no longer asks Gasol to stand behind the three-point line or run at a faster pace than his 33-year-old body allows. Long-term injuries to Kobe Bryant (left Achilles tendon) and Steve Nash (back) have also propelled Gasol into a role he has never assumed through 5 1/2 seasons with the Lakers.“Pau knows that he has to lead us,” D’Antoni said. “He has to be the guy to dominate the game.”last_img read more

Here’s what the Lakers’ design for 127th Rose Parade looks like

first_imgThe 30-foot-tall, 18-foot-wide and 55-foot-long float is designed by Charles Meier and built by Paradiso Parade Floats. The float will also feature 20,000 Florigene Moonlite carnations and Kerio roses to complement the Lakers’ purple and gold colors. Few anticipate the Lakers will host a championship parade along downtown Los Angeles next June. But the Lakers will take part in another parade, announcing Tuesday the franchise will have a float in the 127th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The Lakers said the front of the float will feature unnamed guests with a replica of the NBA championship trophy, while Laker Girls will perform alongside the float. A large animated basketball will sit at the center of the float, which will spin while circling the rim to simulate the final seconds of a close game. Fireworks and streamers will the be fired from the base of the hoop, which will also have 16 stars to represent the number of championships the Lakers have won in their 67-year-old history. • RELATED: How will Kobe Bryant fare in his 20th NBA season? The rear of the float also will feature Kobe Bryant’s jersey as well as those for the nine retired ones: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Jamaal Wilkes and James Worthy. The shape of the rear platform has also been constructed to convey rippling water in homage to the Lakers’ origins in Minneapolis. “The Rose Parade is a timeless tradition on New Year’s Day and the Lakers are enthusiastic to celebrate the start of 2016 with the rest of the country in this fashion,” Lakers President Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “Our entry into the Rose Parade is the first of its kind for an NBA team, and we’re looking forward to joining the spirited festivities.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Without Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers lose 95-90 to Phoenix & improve NBA lottery odds

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Unlike Bryant’s other absences, the Lakers did not expect this.“I don’t know what changed,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “It was good this morning. This afternoon, it didn’t feel good.”The Lakers (14-55) didn’t look good, either. They nearly set a franchise record for fewest points in a game, something the 2002-03 team still holds with a 70-point effort in Cleveland on Nov. 5, 2002. The Lakers also set a season-low with fewest points scored in the second quarter (10 points on 4-of-24 shooting). That might bring fanfare during the NBA draft lottery in New York City on May 17. The Lakers have a five-game cushion over the Phoenix Suns (19-50) for the NBA’s second-worst record, which gives the Lakers a 55.8 percent chance of keeping their top-3 protected pick and 19.9 percent odds at finishing No. 1. But Scott scoffed at such talk. “If you intentionally go out there and try to lose games, that type of karma is going to come back on you,” Scott said. “I’m going to coach to try to win these games and I hope our players come out and try to win.” The noise level reached fever pitch, and the reasons had everything to do with Kobe Bryant.This did not involve Bryant leading the Lakers to a win, making a shot or even playing. The fanfare centered on Bryant strolling to the Lakers’ bench before watching a mess unfold in the form of a 95-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday at Staples Center.That partly explains the sudden excitement among the 18,997 at Staples Center since the game offered little to cheer until the Lakers cut a 19-point deficit in the final moments. But Lakers forward Ryan Kelly missed two foul shots and was called for basket interference on the next possession. Before that, most of the attention centered on Bryant, who missed his sixth game in the previous 10 contests because of his sore right shoulder.center_img They may have tried. But the Lakers still went 31-of-86 from the field, including poor shooting nights from D’Angelo Russell (2-of-10), Jordan Clarkson (2-of-13) and Julius Randle (1-of-9), none of whom played in the fourth quarter.Lakers reserve guard Lou Williams was the lone player both to score in double digits (30) and shoot above 50 percent (10-of-17).But does Scott find it off-putting that the NBA awards teams with better chances to land a top pick because of poor records?“I could be critical about it with certain parts of it,” Scott said. “But obviously last year it worked out pretty good for us.”Then, the Lakers landed the No. 2 pick despite finishing with the league’s fourth-worst record. Hence, Scott sounded open toward becoming the team’s draft representative again along with Lakers spokesman John Black.“Just give me great talent and chemistry, we’ll win,” Scott said. “That’s what John and I did last year.” The Lakers could not say the same thing about their own roster against Phoenix. So, plenty of fans seemed more interested in Bryant, who has consistently returned only for road games and home contests against marquee players or opponents. But Scott offered Bryant some sympathy, arguing, “When he tells me he can’t go, I know he’s hurting.”“He has to think about himself more than anything and his future after basketball,” Scott said. “He doesn’t want to do damage to his shoulder so much that in 5-10 years from now he has to go get surgery again.”last_img read more

Auburn players suggest Georgia paid off 5-star WR George Pickens after commitment flip

first_imgMORE: Following National Signing Day’s biggest movesPickens was committed to Auburn for more than 500 days, so naturally Auburn fans and players were upset by the news. But a couple of players went a little further, seemingly suggesting Georgia paid Pickens in order to make the flip happen.In screenshots captured by Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara, we see defensive lineman Coynis Miller hint that Auburn needs to start writing checks or keep losing out on top talent. (Twitter) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/69/1b/auburn-player-screenshot-ftr_1ssoy3anv7yxl1xh3bqyi69c46.png?t=-1010757024&w=500&quality=80 In a somewhat surprising move, five-star 2019 recruit George Pickens — the No. 24 prospect in the country, No. 4 receiver and No. 1 player in the state of Alabama by the 247Sports Composite — announced he was flipping his commitment from Auburn to Georgia on National Signing Day.“Every year, we usually know what’s going to happen, but this is one came a little bit out of left field,” 247Sports.com writer Barton Simmons said about the move. “High-profile kid commits to a team that we weren’t necessarily monitoring significantly as a program that was going to steal him. What a pick up for Georgia.” Receiver Anthony Schwartz simply tweeted an emoji of a money bag after the announcement was made. Both players have since deleted their tweets.But Schwartz did leave this tweet up, which seems to be a subtweet regarding Pickens’ decision. Just know we know— Anthony Schwartz OLY (@anthony_flash10) February 6, 2019A Twitter user — and Georgia fan — responded with a crying baby GIF, to which Schwartz responded, “Y’all when (Justin) Fields left…” The follow-up tweet seemingly confirms Schwartz’s other tweet was regarding Pickens, even though he didn’t specifically mention him.As for Pickens, this is a pretty big pick up for Georgia. He is the second five-star prospect from the state of Alabama to commit to the Bulldogs this recruiting season.“I just felt like it was the right place for me, plus coaching-wise knowing that Kirby Smart is always going to be up for a national championship,” Pickens told reporters about his decision. “Georgia has always been the No. 2 school behind Auburn. It wasn’t an easy decision. Probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life.”last_img read more

Tarik Black impressing Walton, but can he limit foul trouble?

first_imgPHOENIX >> The noise sounds pleasant to Tarik Black’s ears when he hears his name called by the public address announcer. It’s another reminder Black has stayed in the Lakers’ startling lineup.Yet Black hardly sounds consumed with holding a position that Lakers coach Luke Walton granted him in the last month.“I never cared about starting,” Black said before the Lakers faced the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “I put more toward performance and how he has played me consistently this year. That’s more of a confidence builder and a boost in our relationship than putting me in the starting lineup.”That might make things easier for Walton, who plans to start rookie center Ivica Zubac eventually. He delayed that decision partly because Zubac had a right quadriceps contusion that kept him out of the previous two games. Still, the 25-year-old Black has also stated his case by averaging 5.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent in 18.2 minutes as a starter. Tough decisionsDavid Nwaba, who signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers last week, was encouraged by Walton’s recent compliments.But when the Lakers mull whether to grant Nwaba a second 10-day contract on Friday, the variables go beyond Walton liking Nwaba’s defense.“We want to look at a couple of people before the season ends,” Walton said. “Some of them aren’t available right now. (Nwaba’s) been good. But we have to decide if we want to wait or look at someone else.”Nwaba, an undrafted guard who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, entered Thursday’s game averaging 2.8 points on 50 percent shooting in 10.8 minutes through four appearances.“Sometimes guys don’t really believe in me. It’s your job to prove them wrong,” Nwaba said. “I can do more. I have high expectations for myself. Getting to those expectations is the ultimate goal.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m happy with the way Tarik plays,” Walton said. “He’s out there and trying to play the right way. He’s not hunting shots. When he gets open looks, he takes them and gets us extra possessions.”Walton and point guard D’Angelo Russell also praised Black for setting screens and rolling hard to the basket. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench to close out the season, Black is focused on reducing the number of personal fouls (three) he has averaged as a starter.“His reasoning is because he’s tired of giving up layups. That’s why he’s fouling,” Walton said. “I don’t think that’s the case all the time. A lot of times it’s on the guy he’s guarding. But it’s good for him.”Black agreed, arguing matter-of-factly that some of his foul issues stem from officials not giving him star treatment.“I like to be aggressive,” Black said. “I’d rather have the foul trouble now and dial it down as my career progresses and learn how to still be aggressive than to totally take away my aggressiveness.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Warm relations between Lakers, Warriors can be traced to their coaches

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe warm relations between the two Western Conference rivals can be traced to their coaches. Walton won a championship as an assistant on Kerr’s staff in 2015 and his success as the interim coach likely accelerated his path to the Lakers’ head coaching gig two summers ago.The two have remained close, speaking throughout the season.“He’s still pretty close with a lot of our players,” Kerr said. “He’ll ask about our guys and we toss around a few things but yeah, that’s just normal stuff.”Said Walton: “The times we’ve spoken this year have been more about life things than basketball things. But if I feel the need, I still feel like he’s definitely someone that I will trust and value his opinion on how to get something done.”YOUNG WARRIORNick Young appeared in 220 games for the Lakers, but when he made his first appearance since signing a one-year, $5.2 million contract with Golden State in the offseason, he received a surprising welcome. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He was booed.“Nick’s terrible,” Walton joked before the game. “Hopefully Steve puts him on the court tonight so we can kill him.”A fan favorite when playing for his hometown Lakers, Young resurrected his career in his fourth season with the Lakers, emerging as the team’s starting shooting guard and their best perimeter defender.It earned him a new deal with Golden State, but Walton knew it would likely take some time for the 3-point specialist to acclimate to a championship system.“I figured … his shooting would fit right in and his personality would fit right in,” Walton said. “The idea of how they play when you don’t have the ball in your hands and what they’re trying to do, I figured would take some time for him to get an understanding of.”Young is averaging 6.7 points for the Warriors and poured in a season-high 23 points in the season opener against Houston.“From what I’ve watched he’s still finding his way up there,” Walton said. “It’s a very different way of basketball than what Nick’s used to. … He’s figuring out the way that they get it done up there.”While Young’s role is diminished with a better team, he still seems to be making the same impact in the locker room.“He’s been great,” Kerr said. “I love Nick. He’s a joy to be around, he always has a smile on his face and is picking up what we try to do. He’s getting there. Much further along than he was in training camp.”KUZMA SITSKyle Kuzma has been one of the Lakers’ bright spots to start the season, but he was held out Wednesday due to back spasms he experienced during pregame warmups.It was the first time the 27th overall pick missed a game in his young career. Through 20 games, including 11 starts, the former University of Utah star has averaged 16.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.center_img LOS ANGELES — The night started with a practical joke.A Warriors public relations executive placed a sheet of paper on the dais where Luke Walton addresses the media pregame. The header on the page read: “All-Time Warriors’ Interim Head Coach Winning List.”It had two entries. “First” was Warriors assistant and former Lakers head coach Mike Brown, who went 12-0 with the Warriors last season. “Last” was Walton, whose 39-4 record in 2016-17 while Steve Kerr was sidelined by health issues, was good for only a .906 winning percentage.Walton smirked at the joke before saying, “They all go to Steve anyway.”last_img read more

Lakers break through in Portland, ending 16-game losing streak to Trail Blazers

first_imgPreviousPortland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, center, keeps the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and forward Brandon Ingram, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and center JaVale McGee, right, block a shot from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic vie for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, and forward Jake Layman, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives to the basket towards Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, passes around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, dribbles past Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots past Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward LeBron James, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, dunks over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, gestures against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, center, keeps the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and forward Brandon Ingram, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and center JaVale McGee, right, block a shot from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and center JaVale McGee, right, block a shot from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)ExpandPORTLAND – Any streak that last 16 games takes on a bit of a supernatural feel. The Lakers misfortunes in the Moda Center weren’t simply a pattern — they were a curse.So it made sense that the breakthrough, four-and-a-half years in the making, took unlikely form.It was the Lakers reserves, not the starters, who took on the heart of the rally on the road in a 114-110 victory, combining for 51 points and nearly doubling the scoring output of the Trail Blazers bench on Saturday night, offering rare moments of quiet in front of a hostile crowd.LeBron James had a team-high 28 points and helped close the game with a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left. But just as pivotal was the steady leadership of Rajon Rondo, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds in steadying a shaky early effort. So too was the effort of Josh Hart, who made all three of his shots while finishing with 11 points and added two blocks — and narrowly avoided a critical turnover on a slide in the final minute. As the Lakers shoot to break out of one of their darkest eras this season, exorcising their demons against the Trail Blazers felt like a needed step.“It’s tough to get a win in Portland when they don’t have a good team,” coach Luke Walton said. “When they got the team that they have right now, it’s even more challenging. So, you don’t just come up here and get hot and beat Portland.” 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 Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSome of the less heralded efforts helped add up in the victory for the Lakers (4-5).“I think we learned from the last game as a group,” said Rondo, referencing another close call against Dallas on Wednesday. “We have to come out, whether the starters are up or down, as a second unit we got to come in and dominate the second unit every night and every game we are in.”The last time the Lakers won in Portland was March 3, 2014, with a starting lineup of Pau Gasol, Kent Bazemore, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Kendall Marshall. It would go on to be the first Lakers team to miss the playoffs in years, and would serve as the first of five years out of the postseason.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The game also strung back-to-back wins together after some drama late in the week, after reports leaked of a tense meeting between team president Magic Johnson and Walton which suggested rocky early going for the team and possible precarious job security for the Lakers coach.Earlier in the day, James suggested that he wasn’t paying attention to any of the rumors around the team — only that he was focused on the bottom line. Afterward, James lent some of the credit for the win to Walton and his staff.“Listen, coaching staff put us in a position to win and it’s up to us to go up and execute,” he said. “Luke can care less about what’s going on outside, we could as well. I’m the last person to ask about scrutiny or anything of that nature. So none of that stuff matters to me, the only thing that matters to me is what goes on inside this locker room both home and away. “Again, the Lakers made it hard on themselves. The bench helped spark a 16-2 run to close the third quarter as the Blazers were dreadfully off-target, and in the fourth, they led by as much as 20 points.The one-two punch of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum stormed back, as they often have before against the Lakers. Combining for 60 points, the duo brought the game to within single digits as the minutes ticked down. It was the second straight game that the Lakers surrendered a big, late lead, but this time, four was the closest Portland would get.It helped that the Lakers finally edged an opponent in free throw attempts (25 to Portland’s 22). They made three of their final four attempts to ice the game.JaVale McGee, who had 12 points, 9 rebounds and six blocked shots, said closing out has been a focus for a team that has lost five games by single digits.“We’re just tired of letting people give up the lead and then coming back and winning,” he said. “We really harping on that like, we’re working this hard, why give it up in the end. So we’ve really been focusing on that fourth-quarter push.”A sluggish beginning seemed to offer yet another ill omen for the Lakers in Portland: In the first seven minutes, the starters seemed out of sync, throwing away five turnovers in the first seven minutes.In the middle of the first quarter, the Blazers went on a 17-2 run, leaving the Lakers looking spun out early, down by 10.It was surprising bench stints that pulled the Lakers out of the funk. Rondo helped bring stability in the first half, and Ivica Zubac, who had been cut out of the rotation entirely headed into Saturday night, performed admirably as a backup to JaVale McGee. By early in the second quarter, the Lakers had built a 10-point lead.The game is the first of back-to-back nights on the court for the Lakers, who face Kawhi Leonard’s Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening (though perhaps not Leonard himself). But now with back-to-back wins to their names, the Lakers feel like the momentum is starting to shift their way after a difficult week.“It’s early, it’s still early,” Rondo said. “My expectations are really high for this team and the young guys are going to continue to get better each night. Myself, LeBron and Coach and the other veterans on the team, our jobs as leaders is to continue to groom these guys and get them ready.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beater lifts Lakers over Celtics

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt went in.The 32-year-old veteran was carried off by his gold-clad teammates, giving the Lakers (28-27) a much-needed 129-128 win after a week that had crushed their spirit, and leaving an assembly of Boston fans torn by a former hero stealing the game. It was Rondo’s first go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his 13 seasons in the NBA, and it was one for the storybooks.“It definitely feels surreal,” he said. “I haven’t watched the replay yet but this is one I’ll be playing for the rest of my life.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.As Rondo (17 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds) prevented another New England-based team from inflicting suffering on a legion of Los Angeles fans, a strong performance by LeBron James – a 28-point, 12-assist, 12-rebound triple-double – was relegated to the background. Rondo also topped the go-ahead bucket of Celtics star Kyrie Irving (23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) moments before.Just when it looked like the Celtics had the game wrapped on a Marcus Morris 3-pointer, giving them a six-point lead with a little more than a minute left, the Lakers punched back. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “It’s super tough on a team, mentally, physically,” Kuzma said. “And for us to come out and everything we’ve been dealing with, not just trade rumors but freaking injuries, imbalanced rotations and everything, it was great to get a win. And we can build on this potentially.”The Lakers found true life for the first time in the third quarter, raining down 3-pointers and making nine of them. Kuzma scored 14 of his points in that frame, leading to a lopsided 42-27 run. It was part of a new franchise high 22 3-pointers, three more than any Laker team had ever made.The Lakers showed the sluggishness in the first half that had dragged them down in Indiana. As Tatum (22 points) and Jaylen Brown (18 points) got out to fast starts, the Lakers couldn’t hit shots – save for Lance Stephenson, who brought a peppy 14 points off the bench, all in the first half. But his hot streak didn’t coincide with a lively start for the Lakers, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half.The fact that the Lakers responded was what Coach Luke Walton hoped to see, and what he hopes to see more of in the coming months.“It was an all-out team win,” he said. “I think that’s what I was happiest with tonight. You go down the line and it was about making little plays throughout the game and stepping up for each other.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Kentavious Caldwell-Pope broke a franchise record with the Lakers’ 20th 3-pointer of the night. Then on the subsequent possession, he helped save a wild James toss in-bounds before passing it back to James, who nailed a game-tying triple from the corner in the final minute.A pair of free throws from Jayson Tatum (the Celtics shot 20 for 20 from the line) gave his team the lead, but Kyle Kuzma took it back with a 3-pointer with 18.5 seconds left.Rondo’s buzzer-beater against one of the NBA’s toughest home teams showed a dramatic turnaround from two days before, when the Lakers were dismantled in a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. After that game, in which the team looked distracted and lifeless, they sought some resolve to salvage the remainder of the season and push themselves back in the playoff picture.“We needed a response,” James said. “Just a lot was going on with our ball club in Indiana, just from energy to what they need, to the trades and everything, it just played into our heads as a collective group and for us to bounce back like this after the trade deadline, we know this is is who we have, this is our group and this was a big step for our team.”The game capped a day when emotions were already running high: The Lakers finally crossed over the midday trade deadline, concluding a period of fraught speculation and rumor about whether the franchise would trade much of its roster for New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis.The big deal never materialized, but nonetheless, the Lakers traded away three of their players who saw the floor in their previous game in Indianapolis: Svi Mykhailiuk, Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley. The fruits of their maneuvers, Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala, had not yet joined the team.That left the Lakers a bit short-handed on the road, with Josh Hart getting back on the floor and playing through knee tendinitis to help compensate.Many of the players discussed as trade chips in the last week showed their value: Kuzma scored 25 points, 19 in the second half. Caldwell-Pope had 17 off the bench. Brandon Ingram’s shooting (4 for 14) was off-target, but his length on defense was an irritant to Irving for nearly 40 minutes.If being the subject of trade rumors was a burden before the deadline, after, that weight had clearly been lifted.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates Kyle Kuzma, middle, and LeBron James (23) in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram passes while being defended by the Celtics’ Marcus Smart during the first half of Thursday’s game in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11), forward Jayson Tatum (0) and forward Marcus Morris (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James had fun drafting the All-Star teams for the second year in a row, and his selections only added to speculation about players he might try to lure to the Lakers this summer. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Lakers coach Luke Walton directs his team during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Lakers fans take pictures of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler (5) goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20), forward Daniel Theis, middle, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics defends a shot from LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls on top of Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grabs a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) goes to the hoop against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers catches a pass during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, right, chats with New England Patriots football head coach Bill Belichick and his girlfriend Linda Holliday before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after Kyle Kuzma #0 scored against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after Kyle Kuzma #0 scored against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton instructs his players in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot over Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his players in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma, right, in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) dive for the ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James struggles to retain possession of the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, and forward Jayson Tatum, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James struggles to retain possession of the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, and forward Jayson Tatum, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson (6) dive for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Former Los Angeles Lakers Ron Artest, left, and former Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett laugh together as they watch the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and guard Terry Rozier (12) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) yells to a teammate in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) complains to the referee as Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) looks on in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his team in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gestures in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call with the referee as Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram (14) and Kyle Kuzma (0) talk to each other in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot at the buzzer with teammates LeBron James, left, and Kyle Kuzma on Thursday night in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center, is picked up by LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center is swarmed by teammates after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is mobbed by teammates after his game-winning shot in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Rajon Rondo #9 after Rondo scored the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates Kyle Kuzma, middle, and LeBron James (23) in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 53The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)ExpandBOSTON — It was an ending stranger than fiction: Rajon Rondo, Celtics great, buried his old team.This time, as a Laker.It was the shortest player on the floor, the 6-foot-1 Rondo, who found the ball that had ricocheted off an Al Horford blocked shot, and threw up a 20-foot jumper as the clock ran out at TD Garden, the arena where he once hung a banner by helping defeat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.Celtics coach Brad Stevens called it a nod from the “Basketball Gods.” Kyle Kuzma called it “Celtic luck.” 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 Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Lakers work on chemistry, defensive identity in 1st team practice

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Vogel also thinks Rondo, who has traditionally been a middling 3-point shooter, could improve as a long-range threat this season. Using now-Lakers assistant Jason Kidd as an example of a great playmaker who became a better shooter late in his career, Vogel said he expects the 33-year-old Rondo to make a similar transition.“He’s going to get clean looks, he’s going to be encouraged to get a green light, and he’s going to be a good off-the-ball complement to LeBron when he has the ball,” Vogel said. “Then when they’re together he’s going to be playmaking and making things easier for LeBron so he doesn’t have to do it all himself, as well as A.D.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat’s the focus and possibly the key for the Lakers, getting James and Davis on the same page. The two are already close off the court, and Vogel foresees their games complementing one another well.It doesn’t mean the work is effortless – both men acknowledged it will take a lot of communication to get their rapport where it needs to be. That started in practice Saturday.“Every little thing to happen today, when we was on the sideline we talked about it,” Davis said. “Even those things, something that went right but something that we can do better in those situations. We’re trying to just talk through everything, figure out each other’s games.”The supporting cast to the James-Davis tandem is also of some intrigue. During the media observation of practice, the top group included James, Davis, Danny Green, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo.With Kyle Kuzma sidelined with a foot injury and Vogel interested in testing more lineups throughout the next month, there’s no surefire indication that group will be the season-opening starters. But the team also has seen that Davis has enjoyed good chemistry with Rondo, who played with him in New Orleans for a season. Vogel, who has a reputation as a defensive coach, said the practice was split about 60-40 in favor of defensive fundamentals, with the first hour devoted to defense completely. One of the most physical players in the gym was Howard – something he might have been overzealous about, Vogel said, but which could be integral to the team’s identity.“He probably overdid it a little bit, you know he’s knocking guys around,” he said. “Look, you gotta deal with that. You’re coming to play L.A. Lakers, you’re gonna get hit, you’re gonna smashed in the mouth. And he set the tone in that regard.”center_img What are the Lakers going to look like this year?Some scenes from the end of practice on Day One in Saturday’s first session: Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis colliding in the post. Frank Vogel stopping 5-on-5 to keep the tempo up when running back on defense. A fast-paced lay-up drill to end a two-and-a-half-hour workout.The final product is far from revealed, but the Lakers are aiming to be focused, fast and physical by the time the season starts. And the center of it will be the pairing of LeBron James and Davis, the duo that Vogel is trying to put on the court together the most during the preseason.“I think we got the best of ’em, of all the duos (in the NBA),” he said. “We have two top-five players, two guys who really just do it all.” 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 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Updates: Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial from Staples Center

first_img 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 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Monday’s memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant has concluded at Staples Center in Los Angeles.The event included a poignant tribute from Vanessa Bryant to her former Lakers superstar husband and their daughter.“God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other,” she said. “He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi.”“He was my everything.” [scribble src=”/event/2920012″ /] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersVanessa Bryant remembers Kobe at the Celebration of Life. pic.twitter.com/vHb9xP0qmm— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 24, 2020There will be more coverage to come from Monday’s emotional memorial from our reporters from the scene. See below for more video and images from the event.Are you using a mobile device? Click here to view updates.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Baker Mayfield slams Texas, QB Sam Ehlinger and fuels Red River Rivalry

first_img“He couldn’t beat Lake Travis, so I don’t really care [about] his opinion on winning,” Mayfield said. “Westlake is a great program, but the two best quarterbacks to come out of there are Drew Brees and Nick Foles. Sam can stay down there in Texas.”Added Mayfield: “That will stir the pot. He doesn’t like me, and I hope he knows I don’t like him either.”Right now @bakermayfield joins @RushSportsTalk with @Tyler_McComas on @Sportstalk1400 Listen Live https://t.co/UvcQakSqE3 pic.twitter.com/EgpIyHaxgJ— SportsTalk1400 (@Sportstalk1400) June 19, 2019Mayfield will surely be watching Oct. 12 when Texas plays Oklahoma in their annual Red River Showdown game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. When asked about early rumblings that Texas could contend for a national championship this season, Mayfield didn’t hold back.”They said the same thing when they beat Notre Dame a couple of years ago, and they won like three games after that,” Mayfield said. “I’m sick of that crap.” Related News .@bakermayfield made it clear that Texas is NOT back. And, he had some thoughts on the Longhorns’ starting QB, Sam Ehlinger, with @TedLehman11 and @Tyler_McComas. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/7BZ9wS5Vjw— SportsTalk1400 (@Sportstalk1400) June 19, 2019He then turned his attention to Ehlinger, who attended a rival high school, Westlake, close to Mayfield’s Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. Browns veterans confronted Baker Mayfield after negative comments about Duke Johnson, report sayscenter_img Just because Baker Mayfield plays in the pros doesn’t mean he can’t still stir up some college rivalry.During his Wednesday appearance on SportsTalk 1400 in Norman, Oklahoma, the Browns quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner ripped into Texas, Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger and, in the process, stoked the Red River Rivalry between his alma mater, Oklahoma, and Texas. Browns’ Baker Mayfield to Duke Johnson: ‘You can get out of the way or you can join us’last_img read more

NHL free agency 2019: Canadiens go big, sign Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

first_imgThe deal, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, is heavily frontloaded, paying Aho $21 million in the first year and contains the maximum signing bonus allowed. For Aho, this is the contract he will officially get, regardless if it’s with Carolina or Montreal; he has already inked the offer sheet.”I know my summer just got better because I’m not going to be negotiating a contract all summer,” Waddell said during a press conference, where he noted he thought the offer would have been more. “We make a decision and move on.”The Canadiens have announced that they have tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes. The proposed contract is for five years, with an average annual value of $8.454 million.#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2019The move by Montreal did not come as a shock; after all, they created space by moving veteran Andrew Shaw back to Chicago and Nicolas Deslauriers to Ducks on Saturday.”Sebastian Aho accepted our offer,” said Bergevin to reporters. “He wants to come to Montreal. He sees our youngsters coming up in the organization and he wants to be a part of that. We’re proud but there’s still a waiting period.” Don Waddell has been adamant that the Carolina Hurricanes would match any offer sheet given to restricted free agent Sebastian Aho — Well, Don, now the ball, er, puck, is in your court.On the afternoon of July 1, the Montreal Canadiens went big and offered a five-year, $42.27 million contract to the young superstar. Carolina has a week to determine if Marc Bergevin and the Canadiens will go home emptyhanded. “We all get along, but we all have a competitive edge. I’m responsible for the Montreal Canadiens and not other teams. I owe it to the Canadiens and Geoff Molson.” – Marc Bergevin on his relationship with other GMs#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2019Aho is coming off a season that saw the 2015 second-round pick net 83 points (30 goals, 53 assists) in 82 games. He skated in his first All-Star Game in January in San Jose. In 15 playoff games, he led Carolina with five goals and seven assists.The offer sheet is the first in the NHL since the Calgary Flames tried to snatch Ryan O’Reilly from Colorado back in 2013. It’s been 12 years since an offer sheet was not matched. In 2007, the Oilers acquired Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks. That move led to then-Ducks GM Brian Burke having some choice words for Edmonton’s boss Kevin Lowe.”Edmonton has offered a mostly inflated salary for a player, and I think it’s an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job,” he said.last_img read more

FC ‘Željezničar’ defeated FC ‘Travnik’ with 2:0

first_imgFootball players of Željezničar defeated Travnik in their first match of spring part of BiH Premier League and now Željezničar is five points away from FC Sarajevo.First half- time ended without goals, while in the 52nd minute football player of Travnik gave auto-goal, and Željezničar took lead with 1:0.In 55th minute Bogičević scored second goal for Željezničar for the final result of 2:0.With this victory, Željezničar strengthen its leading position with 38 points, while Travnik is 15th with 14 points and it will struggle to remain in BiH Premier League.last_img read more

Bašić in the Second Round of ITF Futures in Antalya

first_imgB&H tennis player Mirza Bašić qualified for the second round of ITF Futures tournament in Antalya, worth 10.000 dollars.Bašić at the start of the tournament won against Dimitri Grambul from Macedonia with the result 6:3, 6:2.Two more B&H tennis players Aldin Šetkić and Tomislav Brkić will perform at the tournament in Antalya. Šetkić in the first round will play against Maxim Tchoutakian from France, while Bašić will play against Maximiliano Marterer from Germany.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

B&H Volleyball Players in Quarterfinals of World Cup in Elblag

first_imgB&H representation in sitting volleyball is qualified for the quarterfinals of World Cup in Elblag.B&H volleyball players in the third round of competition group phase won against Croatia with 3:0 (25:19, 25:10, 27:25). With three victories, they won the first place in C- group and direct qualification in quarterfinals.Direct placement in quarterfinals will have winners of four groups, while the second and third placed representations will play for further qualification.B&H in quarterfinals on June will play with the winner of the match between secondly placed team of D-group and thirdly placed team of B group.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Igokea defeated Široki, Spurs Celebrated in Trebinje after Two Extensions

first_imgIn the seventh round of the League 6, players of Široki felt the bitterness of the defeat for the first time. Igokea celebrated with a result of 78:76 in Laktaši, and their sixth triumph lead them to the top of the rankings.What is important for the team of Željko Lukajić is that they have annulled the advantage of Široki from the first match (57:63), and that they are entering the play-off from the first position in case they win all the matches by the end of the League 6.The captain Branko Jorović scored 16 points, Marko Čakarević 15, and Duško Bunić 11. Ivan Novačić scored 16 points for the guest team, which again brought him the title of the most efficient player, while Toni Katić scored one point less.Basketball fans could watch a dramatic match in Trebinje, where Sarajevo Spars crushed the resistance of Leotar after two extensions. The match ended with a result of 74:68 in favor of Spars, while the regular part ended with a result of 53:53.Leotar has got much to regret for, since they were six points in advantage by the end of the first extension. Sarajevans equalized the result with a three-pointer of Nedim Buza and lead the match to the second extension. Adi Zahiragić scored the key points for the victory, one three-pointer and two free throws.In the host team, Dušan Cvetković had a double-double effect with 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the Spars team, Nedim Buza has shown an excellence with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Nikola Đurasović scored 21 points and made 9 rebounds.Zrinjski realized the first victory on Tuesday in Mostar. In an exciting finale, they have overpowered Sloboda from Tuzla with a result of 83:78. Vedran Princ scored 20 points for the team from Mostar, while Ramo Rizvić scored 21 points for Tuzla team.Following matches are to be played in the eighth round: Spars-Zrinjski (Saturday), Široki-Leotar, Sloboda-Igokea (Sunday).Rankings:Igokea 6-1Široki 6-1Spars 4-3Sloboda 3-4Zrinjski 1-6Leotar 1-6(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

More than 500 participants at the “Stens Open 2015”

first_img(Source: novovrijeme.ba) In memory on the 32nd World Table Tennis Championship STENS (held in Sarajevo, 1973), Table Tennis Club “Stens” organized the 4th International tournament “Stens Open 2015 ‘ in the hall “Ramiz Salčin” in Sarajevo.According to the number and categories of participants, so far this was the largest tournament. More than 500 table tennis players participated on the tournament in categories of younger cadets, sub cadets, cadets, juniors, seniors and veterans from 10 countries.Stefan Kostadinović from Serbia won the 1st place in the category of seniors, the 2nd place went to Edin Konjić (TTC Mladost, Zenica), while Srdjan Miličević (TTC Vogošća) and Edin Gutić (TTC Kreka Tuzla) got the 3rd place.Mateja Magličić from Croatia was the best in the senior competition, right before Ivo Jazbec (Croatia) who won the 2nd place, and Danira Muminović (TTC Stens Euroasfalt, Sarajevo) and Nedžma Mulalić (TTC Željezničar Sarajevo) shared the 3rd place.last_img read more

How Messi and Xavi delighted the People of Travnik?

first_imgMessi? Maybe I could try with Messi? – Jasmina Fajkić, a 28-year-old woman from Travnik, was thinking one afternoon late last year, coming up with a plan to raise as much money as possible for the Pediatric Ward of the Health Center in her town.Although she had no idea how to reach the famous player of Barcelona and officially the best football player in the world, she still decided to try.“Having Messi’s shirt, football boots or anything else at an auction sounded irrational, but still real. I contacted a friend, humanitarian Enrico Moristo who lives in Spain, and he told me he will contact the management of Barcelona. To be honest, I did not believe in success at that time, but already after several days I was notified that Leo Messi is sending his shirt-signed,” said Jasmina.“Only a couple of days after I came up with that idea, I was going to meet Morista, to take over the shirt. I thought it would be a simple bag, but it was a big box with a nicely wrapped Messi’s shirt on which he wrote: May this serve as much as possible. I took it home and told my mum to take good care of it, to stay home and keep her eyes on the shirt,” Jasmina said, laughing.This gave her a stimulus to contact other athletes and make auction of their equipment. Since she did not know any athletes personally, she tracked them via social networks.“Blanka Vlašić sent me her running shoes right away. Edin DŽeko also contacted me among the first athletes, when I first published the campaign. He sent his shirt, since he always supports all actions, but he also asked whether he can help in any other way,” Jasmina recalled.Jasmine used some little tricks on her way. For example, she reached the football player of Real Madrid Mateo Kovačić through his girlfriend, whom she found on Instagram.“By looking at the posts, I realized that Izabel A. is his girlfriend, so I sent her a message. She read it and, unbelievably, I had Mateo’s shirt in a couple of days,” Jasmina said about her first campaign which she completed entirely by herself.The B&H national team player Izet Hajrović donated a signed shirt and 2,000 BAM, of which she was supposed to allocate 1,000 BAM for the Pediatric Ward and asked to donate the other 1,000 BAM to one of several poor families she regularly supports.When Jasmina published information about her campaign in media, one reader who works in Qatar contacted her and offered to get in touch with another star from Barcelona – Xavi Hernandez. The signed Xavi’s dress soon completed the auction collection.Except for the mentioned shirts and sports footwear, the auction collection was complemented by the equipment of the best B&H tennis player Damir Dćumhur, the national basketball team of B&H, the FC Liverpool, Miralem Pjanić, Josip Kvesić, Ervin Zukanović, Krste Velkoski, Adnan Zahirović, Amer Bekić, Elmedin Kikanović, Senjamin Burić, Toni Šunjić, Edin Višća, Armin Hodžić, Avdija Vršarević, Elvedin Varupa…Jasmine got the most money for Messi’s shirt (3,100 BAM-1,550 EUR) and for Xavi’s shirt (1,000 BAM-500 EUR), both bought by the Kuwaiti Carl Saliba.In the end, Jasmina had a total of 14,000 BAM and she donated the entire amount to the Pediatric Ward where she has been working as an activist for three years, helping the patients to overcome disease and worries about getting money for expensive treatments easier.(Source: fokus.ba)last_img read more

Goal of Brave Bradley against Begovic is Goal of the Month in England

first_imgBradley Lowery is a five-year old fan of Sunderland, who suffers from cancer, and who recently had the opportunity to score against our national team goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, which was his great desire.According to The Sun, doctors estimated that five year old boy has only a few weeks of life left, and he shared the prize for scoring goal of the month with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored his amazing goal against Sunderland.Take a look at the video.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img

UEFA Delegation visited new Grbavica Stadium, pleased what they saw

first_imgUEFA delegation Nebojsa Ivkovic, together with the representatives of Football Association BiH visited the Grbavica Stadium and left the Valley of the Cups very pleased with what he saw.Given that for the first time it is planned to play a European match for a long time Grbavica stadium, UEFA delegate is in charge of carrying out an inspection and to check whether Grbavica Stadium is in satisfactory condition for category 2.The control of the whole stadium lasted for four hours, and the delegate praised everything that he saw and what was done in the record time, and the club administration got directions what to do in order to meet the criteria for category 3.He was particularly impressed by the newly built Eastern Tribune and the way of funding and used the opportunity to photograph the chairs of famous personalities which he will include in his report.The report states that it is necessary to make certain minor repairs, so that everything goes according to UEFA regulations. The deadline for completion of additional works is June 28th.To recall, FC Zeljeznicar will find out the name of the opponent in the first European Championship pre-match on June 19th and matches will be played on June 29th and July 06th and this will be the first European match at Grbavica Stadium after 13 years.last_img read more

Wellington Rec Rap: July 30, 2013

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 (2) 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 curiouscat · 367 weeks ago Is there a swim day/evening for kids that participated in spring/summer sports? Last year I remember there being a day for that, wondered if it was going to happen again this year? Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Tanner · 367 weeks ago Yes there will be a swim party for all participants in WRC Ball Programs including Blastball, T-ball, Coach Pitch, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball on August 4th from 7:30-9:00 pm. Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 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! 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 Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following is the rec rap for the Wellington Recreation Commission for July 30, 2013…•There is still time to sign up! Session 3 of summer Fitness and Aqua Fitness classes started Monday, July 29th. Aqua Fitness classes include; (self-instructed) Deep Water Moving, Lap Swimming, and Water Walking. Programs with instructors include; Wild Water, Noon Hour Zumba, Twilight Zumba and Silver Splash.  Fitness classes held at the WRC include; Sunrise Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Butz & Gutz, Zumba, Zumba Tone and Silver Sneakers.•Middle Schoolers get ready for some high flying action at the Ropes Challenge Course on Saturday, August 3rd at the Horizon Course by Arkansas City. We will depart from the WRC at 8:30 am and return at 2:00 pm. Bring a sack lunch and wear sneakers, (closed toe shoes).•There will be a RedLine Splash Bash, for Middle Schoolers, 6th-8th grades, Wednesday, Aug. 7th at the pool from 8:30-10:30 pm.•Friday, Aug. 9 is Mom’s Day at the pool, FREE admission for Moms with a child’s paid admission.•NEW!! Adult Co-ed Sand Volleyball at McKinley courts on Sundays, Aug. 11th-Sept. 15th. The first five teams to sign up and pay receive a case of RedBull Energy Drink, FREE! Team registrations are available at the WRC.Sunday, Aug. 18th is the last day pool is open, from 1 to 7 p.m.Get your four legged best friend to the pool for a cool dip at the annual Doggie Dive! Monday, Aug. 26th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Sponsored by the WRC and Wellington Humane Society. Donations by Heersche Veterinarian Clinic, Arrowhead Animal Clinic, Pearly Gaits, Doggie Do’s, Chris Carter and the Wellington Humane Society.Register for WRC programs at the WRC or online at wellingtonrec.com.last_img read more

Brian Ast Installation is offering FREE 32-inch HDTV this Black Friday week with DirectTV/Genie DVR purchase

first_imgHow to get hold of Brian or another Ast Installation provider: Brian Ast (owner) 620-326-8619 E-mail:  brian.ast@sbcglobal.net. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For many Sumner County residents, the perfect Christmas gift of all is having access to every NFL football game being played, every bowl game battled, every recent Hollywood movie uncut and ready to be viewed and every national cable channel ready for your viewing disposal. And to have the ability to record five television shows at once.Sounds like satellite television and Genie DVR would be a great Christmas gift indeed.But here’s the thing. Brian Ast Installation, a Wellington-owned company, is sweetening the deal.This Black Friday, if you purchase DIRECTV and its Genie system installed by them, you will get a 32-inch HDTV free of charge.That’s right. You get a free television and anywhere from 140 to 285-plus digital channels.Ast, a Wellington resident, has operated his business since 1995 at the 67152 address. This is one of his best specials he’s ever had.“I have 15 televisions available,” Ast said. “And this offer is good all week long, not just Black Friday. The stipulation is they must take a DirecTV genie system installed by us.” While there may be just 15 televisions available, there is also a $200 gift card, which makes a perfect economic gift for your TV viewing friend.Brian knows a little bit about satellite installation. He has been doing DirecTV, Dish Network, off-air antennas and television sales with delivery and setup for almost two decades in Sumner County. He has installed over 4,000 satellite systems in the area. That’s not to mention new home construction pre-wiring. Contact by phone: Great Christmas stocking stuffers: The $200 gift certificate can’t be beat. Your friend and/or family member will be very excited as you are sitting their watching television on your free 32-inch HDTV. Russell Rains (sales and installations) 620-440-0056 Remember this offer is good for this week. Your favorite football player or Hollywood star is waiting. Chelsea Easterly (secretary and sales)  620-440-1604.last_img read more

Springfield, Mo. woman dies in fatality accident southwest of Wellington on Monday

first_img(Updated: Dec. 4, 2013) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— A fatality accident occurred Monday afternoon at 3 p.m., south on 300 East 30th Street near the old John T. Stewart house, southwest of Wellington.Angela Lee Martin of Springfield, Mo. died Monday after driving westbound in a 1995 SUV GMC when she allegedly struck some loose gravel on the dirt road, lost control of the vehicle and rolled into a nearby pasture.A passenger was also in the vehicle. David Crawford, 28, of Wellington was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said the driver died sometime after midnight Tuesday morning at Wesley Medical Center. She was life flighted to the Wichita hospital after the accident.  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 (2) 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 Joe Williams Family · 349 weeks ago Rest In Peace Angela. I remember all the years when you lived in Wellington and went to school here. You were like part of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WIlliams family · 349 weeks ago Angela was only 38 years old and lived in Wellington for a few years and attended Wellington schools when she lived here. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 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! 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 commentslast_img read more

WHS Lauryn Snipes, Carlie McComb make 1st team All-AV-CTL basketball list

first_imgHonorable MentionTayland French – Fresh.- WellingtonKatelyn Bennett – Sr.- ClearwaterIvy Sizemore – Sr.- ClearwaterMieria Salvador – Jr. WellingtonJordan Hull – Sr.- CollegiateHayley Reibenspies – Soph.- ClearwaterTalia Highbarger – Sr.- Circle 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 (4) 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. +2 Vote up Vote down just someone · 335 weeks ago good job to all the girls and to their coach.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down DenverConnection · 335 weeks ago Lauryn, Congratulations, we are so proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down We Are Family · 335 weeks ago Congratulations Lauryn, words cannot express how proud we are of you in the “show me state”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 335 weeks ago Congratulations to each of these individuals, and to the team as a whole. Wellington is proud! Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 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! 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 Co-Coaches: Eric Adams-Wellington and Mark Kerschan-Andale League MVP: Bryna Vogelcenter_img Second TeamKate Wilson – Jr. CircleAddison Root – Soph.- CollegiateJewell Bolden – Fresh. – CollegiateKylee Ebert – Jr.- AndaleKatie Frankenberry – Jr.- CircleCaylie Kifer – Soph. – Circle Lauryn SnipesCarlie McCombby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington girls were named to the first team All Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV basketball list, voted on by coaches on Monday.Wellington ‘s Lauryn Snipes, a freshman; and Carlie McComb, a senior, was named to the first team.Tayland French, a freshman and Mireia Salvador, a junior were named to the honorable mention list.Eric AdamsWellington head girls coach Eric Adams was named co-coach of the year , sharing the honor with Mark Kerschan of Andale.Bryna Vogel was named all league Most Valuable Player.The full all-league list is as follows: First TeamBryna Vogel – Sr.- ClearwaterLauryn Snipes – Fresh.- WellingtonBrittany Meyer – Jr.- AndaleCarlie McComb – Sr.- WellingtonCasady Marlnee – Sr.- AugustaLauren Rowland – Jr. – Andalelast_img read more

BBQ, Blues and Shoes is the theme of the Oxford Roundup this weekend

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — A day of fun-filled activities await people attending the Oxford Roundup held at Napawalla Park in Oxford, June 28. The theme this year is “BBQ, Blues and Shoes.”The festivities will begin with a horseshoe tournament at 2 p.m. A Triple Threat Blues Concert follows at 6 p.m. and the Barbecue Cookoff  Peoples’ Choice starts at 6:30 p.m. For $5 it will get you beans, chips, a drink and the opportunity to taste smoked meats from all the BBQ contestants.If you are a BBQer or vender interested in being part of this event, contact Loren Schleining at 316-304-6801.If you are a horseshoe pitcher contact Tod Eflin at 620-222-2318. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 commentslast_img read more

Wellington High School Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014This week’s schedule:Thursday - •JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.•Football scrimmage at Wellington High School, 6 p.m.•Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage, 5 p.m.Friday –•No school.Saturday - •Varsity Volleyball at Winfield. Thursday’s lunch: Baked Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits/jelly, pineapple chunks.Today’s news: *If you need to purchase a new student ID, please sign up in the office Today.*A representative from Tulsa Welding School will be here today during 7th and 8th period. Students that are interested may sign up in the counselor’s office. The rep. will be in the Ag Shop.*Students enrolled in Agriculture classes may pay their FFA dues to Mrs. Chase.  Dues are set at $25.00 and need to be paid by Sept. 25.*There will be a hunter safety clinic offered again this fall here at WHS on September 13 and 14. You must be present both days.  The clinic is free and there will be a free lunch on Saturday sponsored by the FFA Chapter.  You may register online at safehunters.com. If you have any questions please talk to Mrs. Chase.  The clinic is open to anyone that is 11 years or older.*School Pictures will be on Wednesday, September 3rd.*Just a Reminder: Students playing a fall sport must have their Sports’ Fee paid before the first game.Guidance Office News: College visits during lunch:Wednesday, September 10 – Bethel College.Monday, September 15- Emporia StateThursday, September 18- Cloud County CCFriday, September 26- Kansas University.Thursday, October 2- Fort Hays CollegeMonday, October 6- Newman UniversityMonday, October 6- Washburn University.Tuesday, October 21 – Kansas State.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 commentslast_img read more

No go on the Crusader bus to Ulysses

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 — If you are taking a trip to Ulysses for the Crusader football game, it won’t be by fan bus. Wellington resident Lori Phelps said there were not enough takers. There were 28 people who signed up for the 54 seat charter bus for the final regular season game between Wellington and Ulysses on Friday night.Ulysses is a four hour and 40 minute trip or 253 miles one way. Wellington is still in the district hunt and can still make the playoffs with a win in Ulysses and Rose Hill victory over Mulvane.“I think if we had won at Mulvane we might have had more interest, but maybe not,” Phelps said. People who paid for the trip can pick up their money at the high school today or get with her at the freshman/JV game tonight against Mulvane.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Conway Springs girls pick up huge upset win over Douglass, other Sumner County scores

first_imgCALDWELL: S. Schmitz 1, Stuewe 6, Barkley 6, Ohnemiller 6, Arnett 11. Douglass — S. Dressler 8, C. Munroe 7, K. Gibson 5, S. Hajdukovich 3, S. Veesart 2, S. Wright 2, K. Banos 1 Conway4111111—37 Douglass — S. Nethercot 10, B. Caster 8, C. Banos 7, R. Fraley 5, J. Turner 3, P. Henke 1, J. Turner 1 Warriors1914219—63 WICHITA HOMESCHOOL: Swimmer 6, Tibbits 11, Brasfield 2, Warner 1, R. Tibbets 24. Total: 14 (4) 10-15 50. Caldwell2013138—54 Warriors: J. Masterson 3, Roberts 7, Peffly 8, T.J. Masterson 7, Turner 12, Wiginton 7, McClure 9, Lallement 10. Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs girls pull off a huge upset win over Douglass… Wichita Homeschool triumphant over South Haven and more Tuesday night Sumner County basketball action.••••Girls: Conway Springs 37 Douglass 28Conway Springs girls make a huge statement against Douglass. Lady Cards hold Bulldogs to 7 points in first half. Douglass was 5-1 going in and ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.  SOUTH HAVEN: Monica Harris 12, Deborah Morrison 4, Chloie Ralls 7, Paige Turek 2, Baylee Tanner 8, Dezaray Blaylock 3, Mikayla Hawkins 10. Totals 18 (0) 10-21 46. Norwich781710—42 Douglass251011—28 Belle Plaine1310115—39 Independent236158—52 South Haven: Browning 2, Pounds 13, Harris 3, Roy 6, Carner 6. Conway Springs — M. Leddy 12, D. Murphy 10, N. Barkley 9, J. Dugan 5, D. Sones 4, G. Bellar 4, Z. Barkley 3, J. Winter 2 South Haven61158—30 Independent — C. Taylor 16, C. Eikleberry 14, S. Williams 12, W. Chandler 8, C. Sevier 5, C. Springer 5, A. Riedmiller 3, M. Brzon 3, L. Banta 2, C. Barnett 2, B. Wood 2, Chase 2 S Haven6151015—46 Wichita Homeschool 50 South Haven 46Tough loss for South Haven, which led 31-24 going into fourth quarter. W. Independent 75 Belle Plaine 39Independent scored 45 points in first half. NORWICH: Stephens 11, Berry 5, Garrison 8, Schroeder 6, Kell9, Coykendall 3.center_img Boys:Conway Springs 49 Douglass 35Cardinal boys break four-game losing streak. Belle Plaine63810—27 Independent — E. Jarvis 10, A. Coccetella 9, A. Valmont 7, K. Woods 6, M. Perales 4, C. Schrage 4, J. Dougherty 4, D. Medrano 2, S. Phillips 2, R. Jackson 2, A. Kolbeck 2 Caldwell 54 Norwich 23Caldwell opens with 20-4 first quarter lead and never looks back. Belle Plaine — B. Gooch 11, T. Balsters 8, T. Balsters 7, P. Nolan 5, B. Happy 3, L. Callanan 2, C. Happy 2 Norwich 42 Caldwell 26Caldwell keeps this close early, but Eagles eventually pull away in second half. Douglass68147—35 Follow us on Twitter. Conway Springs — S. Echelberry 18, A. Carter 11, E. Ebenkamp 2, K. Jones 2, E. Barkley 2, L. Pauly 2 W. Homeschool3101126—50 Independent 52 Belle Plaine 27Independent rips this game open early. Caldwell7496—26 CALDWELL: Lee 6, Halling 18, Brown 2, Ward 19, Kendrick 5, Wenzel 4. Conway10111612—49 Belle Plaine — B. Balzer 12, C. Kimble 5, E. Kirkpatrick 4, K. Ast 3, D. Smith 2, A. Hamersky 1 Independent18271812—75 Wichita Homeschool 63 South Haven 30Homeschool takes 19-6 first quarter lead and eventually doubles up on Cardinals. Norwich4784—23 NORWICH: Roe 5, Boll 7, Allender 3, Payne 2, Poe 4, Mace 2. 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 commentslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, October 6, 2015•12:36 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•10:20 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a residence door in the 600 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•Jeffrey T. Willis, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large and no Wellington tags on dog which occurred on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m.•12 p.m. Julia M. Whitney, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.•1 p.m. Officers conducted an assist outside agency, Wellington.•4:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•8:55 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block E. Hillside, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Angela C. Sundquist, 40, Wellington and a deer.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2016: Friday, March 25, 2016•5:09 p.m. Officers took a report of a vicious animal in the 600 block Circle Drive, Wellington.•6:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:08 p.m. Edward D. Koehn, 63, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign — issued on March 23, 2016)•9:01 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block N. G, Wellington.•10:52 p.m. Officers conducted an outside agency assist in the 100 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.Saturday, March 26, 2016•11:50 a.m. Jordyn M. Miller, 20, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•1:45 p.m. Jose G. Solis-Lira, 45, Alton, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•4:46 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•6:20 p.m. Theodore E. Davis, 92, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for drivers’ license violation/expired and disobeyed stop sign.•10:47 p.m. Mathew A. Hall, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and defective headlamp.Sunday, March 27, 2016•12:21 a.m. John W. Bustran, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 32 mph in a 20 mph zone.•12:24 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block W. third, Wellington.•1:30 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1400 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Kyle R. Robinson, 52, Tonkawa, Ok and a fixed object/culvert owned by the city of Wellington.•5 p.m. Jaime U. Leyva-Sanchez, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driver’s license violation.•11:15 p.m. Officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 1100 block S. H, Wellington by known subject(s).last_img read more

Election filings: Abrams withdraw; Alley emerges as State Senate candidate; contested elections in 80th, 116th, and 79th house districts…

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 (3) 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. -4 Vote up Vote down taxpayer · 219 weeks ago Too bad Abrams dropped out. I was looking forward to voting against a Republican for the first time in my life. Guess I’ll let that idea slide by now. Larry Alley is a good person. Kasha Kelley is one of the best Representatives we have ever had. They deserve our vote. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 219 weeks ago If you consider “the best representative we’ve ever had” one of the representatives who helped Brown back administer his disastrous experiment …. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 219 weeks ago Alley would become a Koch puppet just like Abrams. Proceed with caution. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 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! 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 By Tracy McCue and Shane Farley, Sumner Newscow — All but one of the Sumner County State Races appear to be contested in what looks like an interesting election in 2016. The election filing deadline for state races was at noon today. The biggest election news in Sumner County is State Senator Steve Abrams, a Republican from Ark City, withdrew his name from consideration for the 32nd District at the last moment. Larry Alley, a Winfield Republican, will instead be running in his place. His name had appeared on the list, but it had been removed at the last moment. Abrams has been a state senator since 2008. Alley,who filed today after Abram’s withdrawal, was a candidate in 2012 and 2014 against Representative Ed Trimmer of Winfield in the 79th District. He lost by a narrow margin of fewer than 50 votes each time.Don Shimkus, an Oxford Democrat, has also filed for the 32nd District seat.In a press release sent out today, Shimkus stated: Today my opponent withdrew from the Senate race, but recruited a stand-in to continue the devastating Brownback experiment. I am running to change an unfair tax policy, enact policies that promote job growth and economic development, and ensure Kansas children have access to a quality education. We cannot continue to elect politicians who support the failed Brownback policies.Kasha Kelley, an Ark City Republican, has filed for reelection in the 80th Dist. Kansas House of Representatives.The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office shows that Kelley filed this morning just ahead of today’s noon filing deadline. Republican Anita Judd-Jenkins, Ark City and Democrat Michelle Schiltz, Caldwell have filed to challenge Kelley. Kelley, who has represented the southeastern part of Sumner County, is a businesswoman, who has held the seat since 2005.Kyle Hoffman, 116th state representative representing the western half of Sumner County, has filed for reelection. He will be challenged by Democrat Jolene Roitman of Wellington. Hoffman was unopposed in 2014.Pete DeGraaf, a Republican of the 82nd District that represents a small section in the north part of Sumner County, has filed for reelection and has an opponent. Danette Harris of Mulvane will be running as an 82nd District candidate. The only uncontested race is the 79th District where incumbent Ed Trimmer is running unopposed. The Kansas State Primary election is set for Tuesday, August 2. The general election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Montreal Canadiens’ Ilya Kovalchuk pumped after scoring OT winner vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

first_imgWith all seven of Canada’s teams in action on “Hockey Day in Canada,” it was one of the newest players north of the border that stole the show in an overtime thriller between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.Knotted at one score apiece, the Canadian rivals headed to a 3-on-3 overtime period with Ilya Kovalchuk emerging as the hero in front of the home fans at the Bell Centre. TRADE RUMORS: Chris Kreider | Alexandar Georgiev | Jason Zucker |Brenden DillonIt started — as many overtime rushes do — with a save at the other end of the ice, courtesy of Carey Price. Pushing the puck off his blocker to center ice, Nick Suzuki grabbed the rubber disk and headed for the net, all alone. Newly-acquired Toronto goalie Jack Campbell, who is filling in for the injured Frederik Andersen, poked the puck away, but straight to a trailing Kovalchuk who made no doubt about it, sending it to the back of the net and commencing mayhem in Montreal.Ilya Kovalchuk marque le but gagnant @EASportsNHL 3 contre 3! Encore.Ilya Kovalchuk with the @EASportsNHL 3-on-3 winner! Again.#GoHabsGo | #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/JMA1ThY4Uy— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 9, 2020Kovalchuk’s tally put him in sole possession of third place on the all-time, regular-season overtime goal list with 17, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (23) and Jaromir Jagr (19).Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 17th career regular-season overtime goal – third most in NHL history behind Alex Ovechkin (23) and Jaromir Jagr (19). https://t.co/wN52nCfAL9 #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Ak0js3AePo— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 9, 2020Pumping his fist, flailing his arms and screaming until his face was as red as his sweater, Kovalchuk was pumped. He brought that energy back to the locker room, as well.INJURY UPDATES: Shea Weber | Mark Giordano Il-YEAH Kovalchuk 🗣️#GoHabsGo | #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/zhiSlhlhX3— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 9, 2020After being released by the Los Angeles Kings earlier this season, Kovalchuk signed a one-year deal with the Habs and has felt a resurgence since moving to Quebec. In 17 games with the Kings this season, the forward had just three goals and six helpers but in 15 games with a better Habs team, he has 12 points (six goals, six assists).His name has been tossed around in trade talks, but if Kovalchuk can produce offense and the Canadiens can keep their playoff hopes alive, his $700,000 deal starts to look even more favorable to Montreal the longer their season goes and the more points No. 17 racks up. Currently, the Canadiens (61 points) sit five points behind the Maple Leafs (66) for an Atlantic Division playoff spot and six points out of the second Eastern Conference wild card, currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers (67).Welcome to the rivalry, Ilya.last_img read more

Suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson will make his return to racing in World of Outlaws

first_imgLarson, who also was suspended indefinitely by iRacing for his use of the racial slur, apologized for his use of the word in a video he tweeted the next day.”Kyle is an important and visible stakeholder in the World of Outlaws community as both a driver and team owner,” the World of Outlaws said in a statement on April 14. “Kyle has admitted to making a mistake and it is our expectation that he will make every effort to represent the sport in a professional manner moving forward. Provided that Kyle completes the designated training in the allotted time, he will remain eligible to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.”The virtual race in which Larson uttered the N-word was not an official NASCAR iRacing event, which have been replacing the live NASCAR Cup Series races that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. MORE: Bubba Wallace responds to Larson’s use of racial slurLarson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, but a World of Outlaws spokesman told NBC Sports that Larson had completed the sensitivity training required for his return to dirt racing.As for Larson’s return to stock car racing, NASCAR told Racer Magazine’s Kelly Crandall it “will not have anything to communicate until we announce his reinstatement at a later date.”Friday night’s sprint car race will broadcast live on DIRTVision, but spectators will not be allowed at Knoxville Raceway.  Almost a month after Kyle Larson’s use of the N-word during an iRacing event cost him his NASCAR Cup Series ride with Chip Ganassi Racing and his primary sponsors, ​the 27-year-old driver will return to racing Friday.According to NBC Sports, Larson will race the No. 57 sprint car he owns when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns May 8 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne will also race at Knoxville for the sprint car team he owns.last_img read more

Michael Jordan, David Stern deny gambling conspiracy theory in ‘The Last Dance’

first_img“I didn’t retire because the league kicked me out or they suspended me for a year and a half,” Jordan said. “That is not true. There is no truth to that. I needed a break, my father just passed and I retired.”ESPN has produced “The Last Dance” in the manner Jordan wanted — something the organization openly admits — leaving questions about how a lack of editorial independence would color coverage of the controversial elements of Jordan’s career.It was somewhat surprising, then, for ESPN to dwell on the gambling conspiracy allegations for several scenes. Jordan and then-commissioner David Stern, who died earlier this year, spoke on camera in Sunday’s showing of “The Last Dance” and denied the longtime gambling conspiracy theory.”Ridiculous,” Stern said. “I could bang on the table, say … it’s a slanderous lie, but whatever, it’s just not true. Never was and never will be no matter how many times people ask the question.””If the urge comes back, if the Bulls will have me, if David Stern lets me back in the league, I may come back.”Michael Jordan announcing his 1st retirement.pic.twitter.com/08deG4Ddy3— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 11, 2020MORE: Explaining the MJ gambling conspiracyJordan felt burned out by his first championship three-peat with the Bulls and was dealing with emotions that stemmed from the murder of his father, James. Like Stern, Jordan insisted his NBA exit that year was his own choice. Episode 7 of “The Last Dance” touched on accusations Michael Jordan was forced into retirement by the NBA in 1993 because of his gambling habits.Newspaper columnists at the time wrote without evidence that the NBA opted for a covert ban of Jordan so it wouldn’t need to smear the name of its brightest star and an important part of its brand.last_img read more

Fortnite finally has cars. Here’s your guide on where to find & drive them

first_img (Epic Games) There have beend driveable items in the past, such as Golf Carts, Quadcrashers or even the Motorboat. And we’ve seen cars in Fortnite before, but they’ve also just been a way to get some extra metal for farming. Now, instead of hitting the car with your pickaxe, you can hop in the driver’s seat.Wednesday’s update was titled the Joy Ride Update, and for obvious reasons.Being able to actually drive in a car on the Fortnite map is extremely fun, and something fans have wanted for a while. Streamers have already been enjoying the new update since its launch.Where to find cars in Fortnite?Cars in Fortnite are located all throughout the map, but not every car is driveable. There are various different vehicles you can drive such as a taxi, pickup truck and your standard vehicle. The ones you can not drive will have a boot on them.”Get behind the wheel of the first drivable cars in Fortnite! As long as the car isn’t booted, the keys are already in the ignition,” Epic Games states. Epic Games provided some examples of cars you can drive. The cars they included were the Islander Prevalent, Whiplash, OG Bear and MudFlap. In addition to being able to drive these cars, you can also turn on the radio to listen to songs (however if you’re a content creator you can disable licensed audio in the audio settings). Fortnite has provided radio stations that feature music from hit artists such as Juice Wrld, 21 Savage and Drake.Also, in case you were wondering if the cars work in water, they don’t. Fortnite finally has driveable cars!We knew this day was coming as Fortnite teased this at the start of Season 2, Chapter 3. But we didn’t know exactly when until about a week ago. Wednesday’s patch update included the thing everybody has been waiting for and that’s driveable cars. Fortnite cars https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/eb/cc/fortnite-cars-ftr_15pdjuyyqbyqb1wcu5bhfgb3za.png?t=-1099154381&w=500&quality=80How to drive cars in FortniteWhen you approach a driveable car, just go near the door and it will provide you the commands to enter. It will also tell you how much gas is in the car. It’s important to fuel up constantly, or else your car won’t work.”Here’s a tip before you grab your license,” Epic Games states. “If you run out of gas and can’t find a nearby Gas Pump, grab one of the throwable Gas Cans scattered around the Island. These can be filled up again once you find the next Gas Pump.”Gas Pumps will be highlighted on the map. To refuel your car, you just need to grab the nozzle and enter the command provided.last_img read more

25 years in prison for Mason City man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s 25 years in prison for a Mason City man who sexually abused an eight-year-old girl numerous times.61-year-old Russell Leverne was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual abuse after Mason City police say he committed sexual acts with the child on multiple occasions between June and July of last year at his apartment in the 1000 block of South Illinois Avenue.As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Leverne pleaded guilty to two of the three second-degree sexual abuse counts, with the other charge being dismissed.Leverne this week was sentenced by District Judge Colleen Weiland to 25 years in prison on each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently.Leverne must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and pay $500 worth of civil penalties.last_img read more

Panel predicts $20 million decrease in Iowa tax revenue

first_imgDES MOINES — A panel that estimates how much tax revenue the state of Iowa will collect predicts a slight slow down in the next budgeting year that starts July 1.Dave Roederer, the governor’s budget director, says he and the other two members of the panel know there’s a recession ahead, they just don’t know when.“It’s kind of like we’re heard for how many weeks that someday it’s going to quit snowing and so, you know what, it’s going to happen. We just don’t know when it’s going to happen,” Roederer says. “…We still have employers in this state and in the rest of the country that are trying to hire additional employees, so that’s always kind of an indicator as well.”The State Revenue Estimating Conference predicts lawmakers will have about $20 million less to work for next year’s budget. That won’t impact budgeting right now because Republican leaders in the House and Senate already were planning to spend significantly less than the total revenue estimate released Friday.In each of the past two years, lawmakers had to make mid-year cuts in the state budget, but current state tax receipts are steady and cuts are not necessary.last_img read more

Animal neglect charges filed against owner of alleged Worth County puppy mill

first_imgMANLY — A woman from rural Manly has been charged with 17 counts of animal neglect after over 150 animals were seized from an alleged puppy mill back in November.The charges were filed on Friday in Worth County District Court against 66-year-old Barbara Kavars. Officials seized 154 dogs and four cats from the property. In several visits to the property, a Worth County sheriff’s deputy says he saw kennels covered with feces and mud and visibly skinny dogs with no water and little food.Court records describe overcrowded and filthy conditions at the rural Manly property. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals cared for the animals and called the operation a “puppy mill.”Kavars in January wanted nine dogs and four cats to be returned to her, but Worth County Magistrate Douglas Krull ruled against Kavars, saying the dogs and cats were among those neglected and that they qualified as threatened animals.Animal neglect is a simple misdemeanor, with each charge punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to a $625 fine.last_img read more

Harris says teacher pay plan may prompt students to choose the profession

first_imgIOWA CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris touted her teacher pay proposal last night as she addressed about a thousand people at a town hall event in Iowa City.“One of the greatest expressions a society can make as an expression of love for its children is to invest in their education and, by extension, that means invest in our teachers,” Harris said.Harris is calling for a $315 billion federal investment in teacher salaries over a decade. Her campaign calculates Iowa teachers would see an average raise of $12,000. Harris told University of Iowa students in the audience last night that she hopes this encourages them to pursue teaching as a profession.“You will be able to follow your passion instead of looking at the debt that you have accumulated from student loans and the bills you have to pay,” Harris said, “and instead, you are forced to take a job working for a pharmaceutical company.”According to the Harris campaign, the average teacher is paid about 11 percent less than others with similar college degrees. Harris’ plan would spend federal money to boost teacher pay by 10 percent, then call on states to provide money to match any additional federal investment in raises for teachers.“I think states’ leaders are acutely aware of the deficiencies and the needs of their communities,” Harris told Radio Iowa. “This will give them the ability to, I think, actually have a boost and feel a boost to get back to the business of doing more, investing and supporting our schools, our students, their teachers and our families.”Harris is campaigning in Des Moiens today. She’s appearing at a midday event hosted by “Emerge Iowa” — a group that encourages Democratic women to run for office. The chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus has endorsed Harris today and will be at the event. Jean Hessburg was executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2004 election cycle.last_img read more

Lt. Governor Gregg stops at Harding Elementary in Mason City to kick off Healthiest State Month

first_imgMASON CITY — Lt. Governor Adam Gregg stopped in Mason City this morning to help kick off Healthiest State Month in Iowa. Gregg joined students and staff at Harding Elementary School as they were among more than 900 Healthiest State Annual Walk events taking place today. Gregg says events like this will help Iowans move forward with the goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.   “What that’s going to take is a lot of good choices, and a lot of doing little things right. Today is an opportunity where we’re going to get a little exercise here with the kids here at Harding Elementary, but also encourage them to make healthy choices when they have that opportunity from here on out and for the rest of their lives, and create those healthy habits that will help us become the healthiest state in the nation.” Gregg says kids need to learn good habits about exercise. “It’s so important to be intentional about getting that exercise. It’s so easy these days to live a sedentary lifestyle with looking at our phones, or being on the computer, or watching TV. Let’s get up, let’s get out, let’s have some fun and enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s great to instill that kind of ethic in the kids early, and I think they’re having fun with it.” Gregg says it’s not only important for kids to be healthy, adults needs to look at their lifestyle.  They’ve got to take control of their own health and find ways to make the healthy decision when they have that opportunity. We have decisions many times a day, every single day, where we can make a healthy choice or we can make it less healthy choice. Healthiest State Month is all about encouraging Iowans to make that healthy choice when they have an opportunity, but also empowering them with the information that they need to make the healthiest choice for them.”Gregg presented the school with a proclamation and then participated in walking and other exercises with the students.last_img read more

Iowa’s attorney general warns of census scams

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is warning Iowans about looming scams involving bogus U-S Census takers.This year, for the first time, Iowans will be able to respond to the census online — or by phone or by mail. If you don’t use any of those options, someone may knock on your door in the weeks to come.Legitimate census workers will have a photo I-D from the U.S. Department of Commerce and if you’re still not sure, call the bureau’s 800-number to verify who they are.Don’t answer emails from what may look like the census as you won’t be sent unsolicited emails. Also, callers, mailers and people at your door from the REAL census won’t ask for your Social Security number or any personal banking information.last_img read more

Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank plans to open back up next week

first_imgMASON CITY — The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank has announced they plan to re-open next week. The food bank’s Ozzie Ohl says they intend to resume operations on April 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday of each week. He says clients will receive a pre-packed box of food which will include meat, milk, eggs, bread, and sweets. Ohl says clients are asked to remain in their vehicles, and that only an ID or yellow card is required to obtain a food box. If you have other questions you can call the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank at 424-3073.last_img read more

Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead

first_imgVillarreal had to survive the final half hour a man light when Raba was dismissed for connecting with his studs on Busquets’ ankle as the Spanish international cleared.Another Alba cross was turned onto the post by Suarez on the stretch.However, the Uruguayan finally broke Villarreal’s resistance after exchanging a neat one-two with Alcacer to round Asenjo and net his seventh goal of the season.And Messi secured all three points seven minutes from time as he was played in by Busquets to smash past the helpless Asenjo.– Atletico bounce back –Earlier, Atletico bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their title challenge afloat at Betis.The hosts dominated possession throughout but were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge, as well as some fine goalkeeping by Jan Oblak.HIGHLIGHTS ?Check out the best plays from our win in Seville. ??? #AúpaAtleti #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/voarEVWhAe— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017By contrast, Atletico were clinical even in the absence of the injured Antoine Griezmann as Saul Niguez slid in at the back post to turn home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross with their first serious attack on the half-hour mark.“They played some spectacular football today, but we took advantage of the chance we had,” Atletico midfielder Koke told BeIN Sports Spain.Betis posed more of a goal threat after the break but were denied by Oblak, who produced a wonder save to turn Cristian Tello’s sweetly struck half-volley behind for a corner.? | PHOTOSTake a look at the best pictures from #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/MZCU1DTT6l#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/1jYE0wAgUV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017“One team had the ball, which was Betis, and they tried many different ways to damage us, but the team was very strong defensively,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.At the other end of the table, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao secured big away wins to ease their relegation fears.Malaga remain in the drop zone but moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad.Athletic, meanwhile, bagged their first league win in nearly two months 2-1 at Levante to move up to 13th.Share on: WhatsApp ? The table still looks good after 15 games in @LaLigaEN #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/BWA8xWC2Sw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017 Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday.Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative.And their pressure told when Suarez rounded off a fine team move before Messi blasted home a second to get the Catalans back to winning ways after successive draws with Valencia and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Final whistle!Villarreal 0-2 FC Barcelona Suárez and Messi?? #ForçaBarça? #VillarrealBarça pic.twitter.com/PimFrBIoLK— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017Valencia remain Barca’s closest challengers five points back, but Atletico Madrid also maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win at Real Betis to stay six points off the top.Real Madrid are eight points back in fourth and Barca will have the chance to go into El Clasico away at Real in two weeks’ time with an 11-point lead over their rivals.Barca host Deportivo la Coruna next weekend, whilst Madrid are in action at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.Gerard Pique nearly gave Barca the perfect start at the Ceramic Stadium, where they have struggled in recent seasons, as his header came back off the crossbar from Messi’s corner just four minutes in.However, Barca dominance of possession was largely stale before the break as Villarreal posed the greater threat on the counter-attack.Nicola Sansone had the hosts’ best effort that forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stunning one-handed stop high to his left.Messi orchestrated the visitors’ attacking threat after the break as he constantly freed Jordi Alba down Barca’s left.Paco Alcacer was denied by Sergio Asenjo from Alba’s low cross before the left-back teed up Messi for a cushioned effort that drifted inches wide. With that goal, Leo #Messi equals Gerd Müller as the top scorer in Europe’s major league with one club. Well done, Leo! ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/30vNDzu4zx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017last_img read more

Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move -reports

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund want-away star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal — with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.German daily Bild says Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for Aubameyang, the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals.Bild says Aubameyang’s father and agent Pierre is in London discussing a possible transfer with Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly considering selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.Bild also claim Dortmund are closely monitoring Belgian forward Batshuayi, who has failed to impress Antonio Conte at Chelsea, starting just two of his 11 Premier League appearances this season.Aubameyang seems determined to force a move from Bundesliga side Dortmund.He was dropped for Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg after failing to attend a team meeting — the third time he has been disciplined by the club in the last two seasons.“I don’t know what is going through his head. I don’t know him any more,” said Dortmund’s clearly exasperated director of sport Michael Zorc. “He used to be always professional, I have never experienced such behavior before and it can not go on like this – it’s intolerable.”The Gabon hot-shot has scored 21 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season, but Dortmund’s head coach Peter Stoeger, who stepped in last December after Peter Bosz was sacked, has said Aubameyang is currently a disruptive influence in the squad.It remains to be seen whether Stoeger will select Aubameyang for Friday’s Bundesliga match away to Hertha Berlin.“Disappointment is the wrong expression, rather incomprehension, because I can not really understand his behaviour, but I’m not the only one,” Stoeger told Sport Bild magazine.The Austrian head coach said he is assuming that Aubameyang, who has a contract until 2021, will stay, but if so, the player has bridges to rebuild with the club.“‘Auba’ must make it clear to the coach whether or not be is prepared to give everything for Borussia Dortmund,” echoed Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wayne Rooney catches fake T-shirt seller

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Everton F.C player, Wayne Rooney recently helped investigators catch a conman who had made £1 million (Approx. Shs5 billion) selling dodgy football memorabilia.Fraudster David Rennie sold 4,500 autographed items to sports enthusiasts for as much as £700 each after buying replica items from sports shops and using Sharpie permanent markers to fake autographs of stars. He also faked memorabilia of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo, and Brazil’s Pele. The faker supplied with his items a ‘certificate of authenticity’ that was also fake. One item he sold was a 2013/14 Liverpool FC shirt bearing 24 autographs including Gerrard and Luis Suarez.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Federer credits wife for keeping him going

first_img“But we had a very open conversation, if she was happy to do this or not, years ago. I’m happy that she’s super supportive, and she’s willing to take on a massive workload with the kiddies.“Same for me, because I wouldn’t want to be away from my kids for more than two weeks. This life wouldn’t work if she said no.”Federer also takes pleasure in seeing his parents, Lynette and Robert, enjoying watching him play and travelling to tournaments.“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it,” he said.“They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.“Many puzzles need to fit together for me to be able to sit here tonight,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp Mirka FedererMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Roger Federer has credited his wife Mirka with keeping him motivated and still going strong at 36, although his longevity has “many pieces to the puzzle”.The Swiss master won his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday when he defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The latest triumph — his sixth at Melbourne Park — came 15 years after he won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003, yet he continues to defy time when many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside.He said having a supportive partner was key to him still being able to do what he loves, with wife Mirka courtside for most of his big games, despite now having four children to look after.This, coupled with a careful schedule, has allowed him to remain at the top, with no thoughts of calling it quits any time soon.“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible,” he said on what keeps him going.“I enjoy practice, don’t mind the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible.”“Then, of course, my wife who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis no more since many years.last_img read more

Impressive CAF Champions League debuts for Nigerians, KCCA beaten

first_imgThe KCCA team that took on Cnaps in MadagascarJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Nigerian newcomers made impressive starts to the CAF Champions League Sunday with Plateau United winning convincingly at home and Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) drawing on the road.Uganda’s KCCA had a false start to their campaign away in Madagascar where they took the lead through Derrick Nsibambi in the 53rd minute, lost the lead and then fell to an injury time goal by CNaPs Sport .In Nigeria, late goals from Sunday Ingbede and Joshua Obaje for Plateau completed a 3-0 victory over fellow African rookies Eding Sport of Cameroon in central city Jos.Elijah Ogene had put the Nigerian champions ahead midway through the opening half of a preliminary round first leg in the premier African club competition.The sides meet again later this month in Yaounde and it would be a shock if United surrendered a convincing aggregate advantage, particularly as they did not concede at home.Should Plateau advance, they will face 2007 champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia for a place in the 16-club group draw.MFM, who are bankrolled by a popular pentecostal church, scored first during a 1-1 draw at Real Bamako of Mali that places them in pole position to reach the next round.The Nigerian league runners-up scored after 15 minutes through Nojeem Akinyemi only for Mohamed Camara to equalise just two minutes later.Real have upset several Nigerian clubs in CAF competitions, but they are on the backfoot this time as a goalless draw in Nigeria will suffice for MFM to progress.Overall success for MFM would pit them against Otoho of Congo Brazzaville or 1976 champions Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, who lost the first leg 2-0 in central Africa.Enyimba are the only Nigerian club to win the CAF Champions League or its forerunner, the African Cup of Champions Clubs.They won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004, but no other Nigerian club has come close to matching the “Peoples Elephant”, who also lifted the CAF Super Cup twice.Nigerian clubs fared particularly poorly in the Champions League last season with Enugu Rangers and Rivers United bowing out before the mini-league stage.Mamane Cisse and Bersyl Obassi netted in the second half for newcomers Otoho in Congo Brazzaville against vastly experienced African campaigners Mouloudia.Entente Setif, the other title contenders from Algeria, fared much better as they hammered hapless Olympic Real Bangui of the Central African Republic 6-0 in north Africa.Zakaria Haddouche scored a hat-trick and Akram Djahnit bagged a brace for the club who were crowned African champions in 1988 and 2014.While the Algerian “Black Eagles” are virtually assured of a last-32 place, who they would face next is not obvious.Al Tahaddy of Libya, who cannot host matches in Benghazi because of ongoing post-Moamer Kadhafi era violence, built a 1-0 lead over Aduana Stars of Ghana in Cairo.Mahmoud Ali scored the only goal just past the half-hour as Tahaddy seek to make an impact 40 years after last appearing in the premier African club competition.Liberian outfit LISCR shocked twice runners-up Al Hilal of Sudan 1-0 in Monrovia through a Sheriff Sheku goal to complete a miserable weekend for the east African nation.Al Merrikh, the arch domestic rivals of Hilal, crashed 3-0 away to modest Township Rollers of Botswana in Gaborone Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp Otoho (CGO) 2 (Cisse 61, Obassi 79) Mouloudia Alger (ALG) 0Plateau Utd (NGR) 3 (Ogene 20, Ingbede 86, Obaje 90) Eding Sport (CMR) 0LISCR (LBR) 1 (Sheku 21) Al Hilal (SUD) 0Buffles Borgou (BEN) 1 (Koupkpo 64) ASEC Mimosas (CIV) 1 (Toure 65)Ngaya (COM) 1 (Ibouri 79) Songo (MOZ) 1 (Pelembe 5)V Club (COD) 3 (Moloko 17, Batezadio 29, Makusu 41) Be Forward Wanderers (MAW) 0Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 3 (Bokamba 12, Bitumba 51, 58) Platinum (ZIM) 0Saint George (ETH) v Al Salam Wau (SSD) – postponedPlayed SaturdayCNaPs Sport (MAD) 2 (Ratolojanahary 59, Rafaralahy 90+3) KCCA (UGA) 1 (Nsibambi 53)Zanaco (ZAM) 3 (Tembo 34, Phiri 35, 90) Armed Forces (GAM) 0Stade Malien (MLI) 1 (Samake 18-pen) Williamsville (CIV) 1 (Karidioula 90+3)Kadiogo (BUR) 1 (Sawadogo 22-pen) Mounana (GAB) 0AS FAN (NIG) 1 (Daniel 34) Horoya (GUI) 3 (Ocansey 15, Ouedraogo 18, Sankhon 22)Generation Foot (SEN) 2 (Sabaly 55, Ndiaye 75) Misr Lel-Makkasa (EGY) 0Young Africans (TAN) 1 (Mahadhi 67) Saint Louis (SEY) 0Township Rollers (BOT) 3 (Gaolaolwe 27, Moalosi 44, Boy 70) Al Merrikh (SUD) 0Gor Mahia (KEN) 2 (Omondi 22, Guikan 62) Leones Vegetarianos (GEQ) 0Concorde (MTN) 1 (El Id 25) Esperance (TUN) 1 (Jouini 67)AC Leopards (CGO) 2 (Masombo 49, Gandze 71) Togo-Port (TOG) 1 (Ayeba 68)JKU (ZAN) 0 Zesco Utd (ZAM) 0Difaa el Jadida (MAR) 10 (N’Diaye 4, Ahaddad 24-pen, 26, 37, 43, 47, Msuva 45, 73, 87, Magri 55) Benfica (GNB) 0Wits (RSA) 2 (Kodisang 24, Rodgers 37) Pamplemousses (MRI) 0Rayon Sports (RWA) 1 (Hussein 83) LLB Academic (BDI) 1 (Bazunza 75)Second legs: Feb 20-21center_img CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg results Sunday:Bantu (LES) 2 (Motseare 18, Kalake 42-pen) Mbabane Swallows (SWZ) 4 (Badenhorst 17, Tsabedze 22-pen, 66, Nhleko 55)Al Tahaddy (LBA) 1 (Ali 31) Aduana Stars (GHA) 0Entente Setif (ALG) 6 (Haddouche 13-pen, 58, 76, Djahnit 61, 89, Rebiai 79) Olympic Real Bangui (CAR) 0Real Bamako (MLI) 1 (Camara 17) MFM (NGR) 1 (Akinyemi 15)last_img read more

Chelsea capable of the ‘incredible’ to spring Barca surprise – Conte

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the English champions can do “something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou on March 14, despite blowing a lead to draw the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1.Willian gave reason to a bold team selection from Conte on Tuesday by putting the English champions ahead just after the hour mark, having also hit the woodwork twice before half-time.However, Barca pounced on a very rare Chelsea mistake on the night as Andres Iniesta intercepted a slack pass by Andreas Christensen and squared for Lionel Messi to slot home his first goal in nine appearances against Chelsea. “We’re talking about a player he’s only 21. It’s great that he can play this game with this maturity. I am very happy. For me he was one of the best players tonight.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 “We must be realistic. We are talking about Barcelona. They show tonight to be a strong, fantastic team,” said Conte.center_img “We have showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively, but continue to have the right feeling when you win the ball when you have the chance to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.”Conte named a front three without a recognised centre-forward with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez either side of Eden Hazard, while the 21-year-old Christensen started in place of club captain Gary Cahill.And Conte refused to pin the blame on the inexperienced Dane for conceding.“I think it was a great performance, an incredible performance,” added Conte.last_img read more

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

first_imgThe mauling was complete when Isco sealed his treble on 74 minutes, capping a starring performance while leaving Sampaoli with questions to answer with the World Cup less than three months away.“We’re very happy to beat the finalists from the last World Cup, a team with a fantastic history,” Lopetegui said.“But that doesn’t change anything for this World Cup, we will have to start with zero points (in the group stage).”Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus powered in a first-half header in Berlin as Brazil gained a measure of revenge for the 7-1 demolition by Joachim Loew’s side in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. The result ended Germany’s unbeaten run of 22 matches dating back to their semi-final defeat by hosts France at Euro 2016.“It was a matter of pride, after all that has been written and said,” said Brazil defender Thiago Silva.– Mbappe, Lukaku shine –In the absence of injured striker Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy fired England ahead against Italy on 26 minutes after Jesse Lingard’s quick thinking set up the Leicester man to blast beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma.But England were unable to pad their advantage and conceded for the first time in six matches as Lorenzo Insigne converted an 87th-minute spot-kick, controversially given via the help of VAR after James Tarkowski trod on the foot of Federico Chiesa.“I’m glad it’s not the World Cup just yet,” said Southgate. “I think the ruling is ‘clear and obvious’ and it’s not. It’s one you can debate all day.”Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat struggling World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 in Saint Petersburg, with Paul Pogba shaking off his problems at club level by netting a superb free-kick.“We expect a lot from him (Pogba), I ask a lot from him,” said France coach Didier Deschamps of the midfielder who has found himself out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in recent weeks.“He was also playing a ‘comeback’ match, because it’s been a while since he played a full game, it’ll do him a lot of good.”Romelu Lukaku grabbed two goals as a strong Belgium side romped to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Brussels, with Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne also on target.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Schalke forward Breel Embolo were among the scorers for Switzerland in a 6-0 thumping of World Cup debutants Panama in Lucerne.Piotr Zielinski snatched a stoppage-time winner for Poland in a 3-2 victory over South Korea in Chorzow, where goals from Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Grosicki had put the home side in control before quick-fire strikes from Lee Chang-min and Hwang Hee-Cha.Japan lost 2-1 to Ukraine in Liege as Oleksandr Karavaev grabbed the decisive goal after Tomoaki Makino had cancelled out an own goal by team-mate Naomichi UedaShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a disputed late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.Spain underlined their status as chief contenders at this year’s World Cup in Russia as they extended their unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches in sensational fashion in Madrid.Diego Costa bravely forced home Spain’s opening goal on 12 minutes and Isco doubled the lead before Nicolas Otamendi halved the deficit prior to half-time.The absence of Messi, left out of the squad by Jorge Sampaoli despite the coach insisting on Monday that his star striker was fit, was telling as Spain dominated the South Americans in the second half.Isco bagged his second on 52 minutes and Thiago Alcantara swiftly added another for the hosts before substitute Iago Aspas struck after latching onto a long downfield pass from David de Gea.last_img read more

‘Hero’ Drotske gives thumbs-up after robbery horror

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Former hooker Drotske was an unused substitute in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final won by hosts South Africa against greatest rivals New Zealand in Johannesburg.Capped 26 times by South Africa, he was the first choice four years later when they finished third in defence of the title in England.Drotske played for and coached the Bloemfontein-based Free State Cheetahs in the domestic Currie Cup and southern hemisphere Super Rugby competitions.He also spent two seasons as a player with the London Irish club. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Former Springbok World Cup winner and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was pictured Saturday making a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after being shot during an armed robbery.The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm late Thursday at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed.After being rushed to hospital, Drotske was initially listed as “critical” but a hospital spokesperson confirmed to AFP Saturday that he was now “stable”.Many on social media hailed Drotske as a “hero” for tackling the three men and pushing them out of the house.Drotske was shot three times during the melee and suffered a severe loss of blood while being rushed to hospital.None of the other five people in the house, including former Springbok prop Os du Randt, were injured.Police said Friday they were questioning two men but no arrests had been made.last_img read more

Raheem Sterling accuses newspapers of fuelling racism

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Raheem Sterling has accused British newspapers of helping to “fuel racism” with the way they portray young black footballers after he suffered alleged abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea.Chelsea and the police are investigating the incident at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which was highlighted on social media.Sterling, 24, posted on Instagram on Sunday, referencing a story from January about City teammate Tosin Adarabioyo reportedly buying an expensive house despite never having started a Premier League match.“The young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an(d) aggressive behaviour,” Sterling wrote.“So for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an(d) give all players an equal chance.”Sterling received a barrage of abuse from home supporters as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal during the first half of the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, which City lost 2-0.The England international said he was not surprised by the behaviour of the fans but did not elaborate on what was said.“I just want to say, I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point heard I will speak up,” he posted.“Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better.”In his social media post, Sterling refers to headlines about Adarabioyo, 21, and fellow City youngster Phil Foden buying houses.While the article about Adarabioyo focuses on how he spent £2.25 million ($2.9 million) on a property without making a top-flight appearance, midfielder Foden, 18, is described as having “set up a future”. “You have two young players starting out their careers — both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are,” said Sterling.“But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player.“I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded.”– FA statement –The Football Association released a statement on Sunday condemning any act of discrimination in the game.“We take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and will work with the clubs and the relevant authorities to ensure this matter is dealt with appropriately,” it said.Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who was racially abused by Luis Suarez in 2011, expressed his dismay at the incident at Stamford Bridge.“I saw what happened with @sterling7 yesterday….How does this happen still in 2018?!,” the Frenchman tweeted.Sterling, who recently signed a contract extension with Manchester City, has previously faced negative publicity, often for non-football issues.Treated as a scapegoat during England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, he dubbed himself “The Hated One” on Instagram.Sterling was widely criticised again ahead of this year’s World Cup in Russia for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg.He explained it was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead in his birthplace of Jamaica when Sterling was just two years old.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Gambles by Ujiri pay off with NBA crown for Raptors

first_img“It’s surreal,” Ujiri said. “But I think when you put the team together and we all dream of a championship, the change was hard at the time, but we knew the kind of player we were getting and if we overcame and dealt with all the issues, we felt that could come together.“We were all positive about this kind of moment and all dreamt about it.”The Raptors added Spanish center Marc Gasol from Memphis at the trade deadline, adding a tough defender and calm influence to a young, strong, defensive-minded squad powered by Leonard.“Being able to play in the finals this year has been great, but I’ve been happy just being able to return to basketball at the beginning of the regular season,” Leonard said. “It’s pretty much something that I look back on of not being able to play and now I’m able to play. So just enjoy it. It’s why you’re here.”– Kawhi’s buzzer beater –In the playoffs, the Raptors dispatched Orlando in round one and overcame Philadelphia on a dramatic seventh-game basket at the buzzer by Leonard that bounced four times on the rim before dropping through for the winning points.If that wasn’t enough of a thriller, the Raptors fell behind NBA season wins leader Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final before rallying to win four straight games and advance to their first final.“We hit that dramatic buzzer beater to advance,” Nurse said. “We got on the plane the next day and had to play less than 48 hours after that. We came out and played unbelievably tough. The ball didn’t bounce our way that night. We didn’t get any breaks. But I thought we outplayed them.“When we went down 0-2 our guys were like, ‘OK, let’s just get home and we’ll get this thing turned around.’ So that’s probably a moment of where I thought the team had something inside them to keep on going.”Challenged to dethrone a dynasty to win the title, the Raptors used a stellar effort by Cameroon standout Pascal Siakam in game one, two impressive Leonard road performances to take two in Golden State, and clutch late 3-pointers by Fred VanVleet to edge the Warriors in the final game.Share on: WhatsApp Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse argues a referee’s call in Thursday’s sixth game of the NBA FinalsOakland, United States | AFP |  From the ashes of an epic playoff failure last year, the Toronto Raptors made a pair of risky moves and wound up winning the first NBA title in their 24-season history.The Raptors defeated defending champion Golden State 114-110 Thursday to capture the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to two, becoming the first team from outside the United States to win the title.But it was an unlikely journey that began shortly after the Raptors won the Eastern Conference regular-season crown but were swept out by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.That led Raptors president Masai Ujiri to fire Dwane Casey, who would be named NBA Coach of the Year for the campaign. Casey was quickly signed by division rival Detroit.Nick Nurse, an assistant coach with the club since 2013, was promoted to head coach and proved a perfect fit.“It was heck of a 12 months,” Nurse said. “We tried not to look too far ahead.”Ujiri, who is from Nigeria, saw Nurse as the man to guide an intense squad.“We’re a hardworking team and I think Nick has that persona and that ethic that really translates to everybody and the whole organization as a whole,” Ujiri said.– ‘It’s surreal’ –Then Ujiri traded DeMar DeRozan, the face of the franchise for a decade, to San Antonio to bring Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors.It was a risk. Leonard had been the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the champion Spurs and was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 but missed almost all of the 2017-18 campaign with a right quad injury.But Leonard clicked with the Raptors and produced career highs of 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game as Toronto achieved the second-best record in the NBA at 58-24.last_img read more

We have quality in Cranes – Onyango

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Uganda CranesKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango has said the team has the quality to get to the later stages of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).Onyango, one of the experienced players on the Ugandan team said their target is to make it out of the group stage into the knock out round.Uganda will battle against hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A of the tournament which kicks off on Friday in Cairo. The tournament which brings together 24 teams for the first time will run June 21st to July 19th.Onyango said although the team does not have star players like Mohammad Salah for Egypt, they will play as a unit to be able to get the get the results.“We shall need to work as a complete team. To get as far as we can, we need to get the best use of the team quality. We have camped for a long time in Abu Dhabi and virtually all the players know each other well. Against DR Congo, we need that first victory because it always pushes us further,” he added.In the international friendly games played in the United Arab Emirates the Crans drew goalless with lowly ranked Asian side Turkmenistan before stopping 2015 Afcon champions Ivory Coast 1-0.Head coach Sebastien Desabre also made it clear that his team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals. “We have good organisation, cohesion and quality in the team basing on values of working together,” he added.Group A: Uganda, Egypt, Zimbabwe, DR Congo Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, BurundiGroup C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, TanzaniaGroup D: Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia, MoroccoGroup E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, AngolaGroup F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea Bissau*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Legacy of 2010 World Cup ended ‘Afro-pessimism’, says S.Africa football boss

first_imgChampions: Spain celebrate their 2010 World Cup victory at Soccer City stadium in SowetoSoweto, South Africa | AFP |  Danny Jordaan, the man who spearheaded the 2010 World Cup, believes the tournament put an end to “Afro-pessimism” and helped transform the African continent from “hopeless to hopeful”.Ten years after the event, Jordaan told AFP the World Cup put sceptics firmly in their place and sparked a boom for Africa.In 2004, when then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced South Africa would be the 2010 host, it had already been a century since the governing body was formed.“It took 100 years… and the reason for that is a doubt that had been created around Africans and the African continent that they don’t have the capacity and they will never deliver the infrastructure,” Jordaan said.“This is something that we have to contend with – Afro-pessimism.”After it won the bid, the country embarked on a six-year journey to deliver the required infrastructure including rail, rapid-transport systems, roads and freeways, as well as upgrading broadcast and telecommunication systems.That came at a 33-billion rand ($1.9 billion) price tag.“After 2010, Africa became a destination for tourism, for investment for trade,” Jordaan said.“The environment has changed from a hopeless continent to a hopeful continent, a continent of the future and now, no one can ignore the African continent.”He added: “There is no contradiction between being African and being world class.“It is again, the Afro-pessimism. We are not going to allow them to put their knees on our necks,” he said metaphorically referring to George Floyd, the African-American man whose death at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis has sparked worldwide protests.– Mandela’s appearance –Jordaan, who was head of the 2010 organising committee and is now the president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), hailed the tournament’s legacy.“The infrastructure legacy together with 25 new hotels, which have been built, places this country with some of the best infrastructure on the continent,” said Jordaan at his office at SAFA house, situated at the FNB stadium on the fringes of the Soweto township. Of the 10 stadiums that hosted the 64 matches during the month-long tournament, five were built from scratch, and five received upgrades so they could collectively seat more than half-a-million spectators.The stadiums are now used by football and rugby teams.For Jordaan, the moment when former President Nelson Mandela came to wave to the crowd on the day of the final at the stadium, previously named Soccer City, remains emblematic of the significance of the tournament for South Africans.“He was already very frail and sick, but he insisted… he must be there,” said Jordaan.“Of course, that was his last public appearance. He never appeared in public again.”The tournament also catapulted women’s football to prominence, said the 68-year-old who played a critical role in preparing the bid to host the 2010 premier event.“As a result now we have more than 400,000 women playing football,” at various levels including developmental, he said.A plethora of female referees and coaches have also emerged over the last decade.A premier women’s football league, established a year before the World Cup, has since grown to boast more than 140 teams and thousands of female players.Banyana Banyana, the national women’s team, is rated among the top 50 by the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.Among the many memorable and uniquely African icons of the 2010 World Cup, were the ‘vuvuzela’, long plastic trumpet horns now adopted worldwide.“Most of the European fans didn’t like the sound of the vuvuzelas,” Jordan chuckled, “they said it’s like bees, angry bees humming in the stadium.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump slams Rep. Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban

first_imgOn Tuesday, Trump reiterated his claims that Tlaib “hates Israel and all Jewish people,” and called her an “anti-Semite.”The president has repeatedly criticized “Squad Members” Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for their anti-Israel rhetoric.Last week, the Democrat lawmakers were denied entry to Israel because of their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country.Trump was accused of pressuring Israel into the decision after suggesting Israel would look “weak” if it allowed the Congresswomen to enter.Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and an outspoken Trump critic, later requested and was granted a waiver to visit her grandmother in the West Bank.However, she reversed course a day later and announced she would not go.Reps. Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday denouncing Israel’s decision.Tlaib teared up as she spoke about growing up in Israel and recounting her family’s experiences.“As a young girl visiting Palestine to visit my family I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints even though she was a United States citizen and proud American,” Tlaib said, becoming emotional.Omar also suggested that lawmakers reconsider the annual U.S. aid allocated to Israel after they were prohibited from entering.Trump’s tweets on Tuesday came after coverage of the press conference played out on Fox News throughout the morning.It is the latest in his ongoing feud with Democrat lawmakers known as ‘The Squad.’Related content:President Trump v. The Squad – ‘If you hate our country, you can leave’ President Trump slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib via Twitter Tuesday after a press conference where she emotionally criticized Israel over its decision to ban her from entering the country last week.last_img read more

Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Mail support Ladyboy water-volleyball tournament

first_imgWe can’t overlook the contributions to the upcoming 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition made by the competing ladyboys and the bars where they are employed.  Without them and their time, given freely, there wouldn’t be a tournament and consequently our worthy charities wouldn’t benefit.  Then there are the financial contributors, both personal and corporate, who provide the funds that go directly to our charities.  But it’s not just financial contributors to which we are indebted.  This year we’re happy to have the Pattaya Mail Media Group once more giving us an outlet from which to promote the charity tournament and highlight the tremendous contribution the ladyboys are making to their communities.  And of course there are our gracious tournament hosts at the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana.But we’d be fibbing if we didn’t say we were especially thrilled to have the participation of Tiffany’s Show this year!  The world famous Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the original transgender cabaret show here and is currently in its 38th year. Its showgirls are paragons of both beauty and talent, and the show itself is a huge tourist draw for Pattaya.  Through the efforts of Pattaya Mail, Tiffany’s Show Pattaya has generously agreed to donate five tickets to the Miss International Queen competition, which will be part of the charity raffle held on the evening following the tournament.The Miss International Queen competition is a once-a-year event presented by Tiffany’s Show that draws transgender women from all over the world to compete for the title.  This year the event will be held on Nov. 1, only a week after the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition.  The tickets always sell out well in advance, so we expect these will be popular items for the charity raffle — in fact we expect some of the tournament spectators will be outbid by the volleyball contestants!All of these efforts are critical to the success of this year’s charity event, and Pattaya Mail, Tiffany Show and Areca Lodge all have our utmost heartfelt thanks.But of course raising money for charities is what the tournament is all about.  With that in mind, I’m happy to say that we are now on track to to raise 700,000 baht for said charities: Pattaya Rotary Club’s Water4Life program, Pattaya’s HEARTT 2000, Bangkok’s St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program, and Phuket’s The Life Home Project.  Thanks to many generous financial contributors and sponsors, we have more than doubled last year’s charitable contribution of 285,854 baht.To date 86 individuals have pledged 110 sponsorships of one or more of the bars competing in the tournament.  That amounts to 350,000 baht — once again, that alone puts us over last year’s mark.  To all of them, on behalf of the charities involved and the ladyboys in the tournament, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you.But this year we also have a corporate sponsor on board in NB Surveys Thailand Co. Ltd., the Thai branch of NB Surveys Global.  To say that we are thrilled to have such an august company sponsoring the tournament would be an understatement.With headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, NB Global provides surveying services to the oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, and has offices in Australia, Brunei, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates, in addition to its office in Bangkok.Established in 2001, NB Surveys Thailand began with just one expat employee, but has steadily grown over the ensuing decade to now include several local Thai staff in both the survey department and the office operations.  To NB Surveys we must also extend our heartfelt thanks as well.The 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26.  For more information or to see how you can help, email us at lbwvb@hotmail.com, or visit us on the web at www.lbwvb.com.last_img read more

United face tough start to 2017 season

first_imgThis coming Saturday sees the start of the 2017 Thai Premier League season with local side Pattaya United visiting Bangkok based BEC Tero Sasana.  Pre-season has seen whole sale changes to the Dolphins squad with only three players still at the club who started the last game of the 2016 season against Korat FC.This transfer activity has seen 20 players join the club while 19 others have departed.  Despite this large movement of players there has been great optimism coming from the squad who have been preparing for 2017 at their training base at Karti Thanee Country ClubPattaya United’s Wellington Priori.Two of the most interesting newcomers are both on loan from SCG Muangthong United.  Left winger Chaiwat Buran and centre midfield Peeradon Chamratsamee optimize the young and talented Thai players that manager Yutthana Thaweesappasuk will have available for selection.The success of the season will depend on how well the foreign signings are able to use their experience to blend the side together.  Those supporters who witnessed the 2015 promotion winning season will not forget the wonderful contributions made by South Korean centre back Lee Won Young, Brazilian midfielder Wellington Priori and Serbian striker Milan Bubalo. With these three player returning to the Pattaya squad for the 2017 season it is understandable why there are positive noises coming out Dolphins Stadium.  However, despite the efforts of Coach Ahn, pre-season results have left a lot of questions unanswered with defeats against Thai Honda Ladkrabang FC and Port FC.  Last weekend’s 3-0 victory at Rayong FC plus other wins against Air Force United FC and Hougang FC show what the squad is capable of though when it gels on the field.The side will do well to better its 2016 position of 12th and much will depend on the start that United make to the new season.  This will not be easy as the opening schedule throws up some difficult challenges.  Following Pattaya’s opening game at BEC they then play highly fancied Chonburi FC at home, followed by a visit to title candidates Buriram United.last_img read more

Orphans turn sailors for fun day on the high seas

first_imgThere was just enough wind to blow the flotilla slowly to anchor just off Bang Saray.  This is when the real fun started with the children jumping into the small dinghies and canoes supplied by Ocean Marina.  Paddling around on a nice flat sea gave them a chance to let off steam and judging by the shouts of excitement, this is when they could all enjoy the water.  Swimming was also on the agenda and included some screaming while jumping off the high deck of the biggest boat.  If the noise level was any indication of the fun being had …it was very high indeed!A day out at sea can be great fun for all.The relative quiet that followed was an indication that lunch had arrived and appetites were high.  Then it was time to head back to the marina.  Luckily the wind had picked up enough for the small racing yachts to give the children their first taste of what racing is all about, and judging by their reaction and screams they all seemed to enjoy it.And so it was back to terra firma but the fun had not stopped.  The children politely lined up to receive their t-shirts, emblazoned with a sailing yacht, as a memento of the day.  Then it was group photo time followed by some heart tugging thank you speeches from a whole range of children of all ages, down to a two year old that simply stole everyone’s heart.  Luckily the mood was lightened with the arrival of some delicious ice cream, generously sponsored by a local company that is always at the front of the queue when it comes to offering help on such occasions.All hands to the wheel – children from the Camillian Center steer for home.It is a great credit to the foundation that cares for these children that they were all well dressed, well behaved and polite but still retained that essential of all children… full of life and mischievousness.A big “thank you” goes to the organizers and everyone who contributed to a wonderful day!Note: For more information on the Camillian Center, visit website: www.hiv-aids-kids.org. In this day and age of what seems to be almost daily bad news, it comes as a great relief to be able to bring an uplifting story about a group of good people.A small band of sailors, based at Ocean Marina Yacht Club near Pattaya, got together recently and organized a day out for the children of the Camillus Foundation of Thailand.  These are orphans and most of them carry the added burden of being infected with HIV.  By giving their time, energy and resources, this small group of sailors provided a day out to remember for 50 children and their ten carers.  It was also a day out to remember for the organizers because these children were so happy, well behaved and appreciative of the day’s fun.Orphans and more experienced deckhands pose for a photo on one of the luxury yachts.Credit must also go to the staff and management at Ocean Marina Yacht Club who backed up the organizers with enormous help and assistance, both on and off the water, and a big “thanks” goes to them.The weather was very kind and provided a nice calm day with good shade from the normally merciless sun.  And so a small flotilla set off from the marina in yachts ranging from multi-million dollar catamarans to small racing yachts so that the children could witness the wide variety of craft based here that provide fun for their owners.last_img read more

Real Madrid comes to Thailand

first_imgThe training must have done some good as two days later the boys played in a local match and won 5-2, their first victory of the year. Imagine playing more than ten months without a win, it is hard to put in to words just how excited they were when the ref blew the final whistle.New kit and boots for all the boys.Each player at the football camp received a certificate of attendance. Youngsters from the Father Ray Children’s Home pose with former Real Madrid and Liverpool footballer Alvaro Arbeloa at the SCG Stadium in Muang Thong Thani.Twelve soccer obsessed, and very lucky boys from the Father Ray Children’s Home in Pattaya recently took a day off from school to travel up to Bangkok to claim a prize after winning a competition – a day of football training with coaches from the Real Madrid Football Academy.Arriving at the SCG Stadium, home to Muang Thong United, the boys were greeted by former Spanish international, Real Madrid, Liverpool and West Ham United footballer Alvaro Arbeloa.The Children’s Home was one of three charities that were chosen to train for the day, and each boy received a Real Madrid kit, shirt, shorts and socks as well as a pair of brand new soccer boots.For more than six hours the boys were put through their paces by the Spanish coaches. They played in small and large groups, learned new skills such as passing and heading the ball, and teamwork, and by the end they were so exhausted that they slept all the way home to Pattaya.last_img read more

United off and running with first win of the season

first_imgPattaya United’s next game is away at Chainat FC on Sunday, May 1 with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m.In AIS League Two East (Bangkok Region), Inter Pattaya continued their winning ways by sinking the Naval Fleet with a 1-0 win at the Navy Stadium in Sattahip.  Inter did not break stride despite changing coaches over the holiday period and new head coach Bertrand Crasson would be happy with the welcome victory.  The win keeps the pressure on division leaders Samutprakan United, with Inter second on goal difference.Dolphin supporters celebrate the team’s first league win of the season. (Photo courtesy Pattaya United FC)Another of Pattaya’s footballing representatives, Pattaya FC, lost 4-2 to Look Issan which leaves them currently 8th in the 11 team league.  Pattaya FC chased for most of the game despite being level at 2-2 at one point, however they could not keep up with their opponents and Look Issan pulled away for the win.  Pattaya FC’s next game is away to Kasen Bundit University on the 30th April.There is also Pattaya City FC, which plays in the AIS League Two Eastern Division and who lost 2-1 to neighbors Chonburi FC at the weekend but stayed 4th in the 12 team table. After a short hiatus for the Songkran holiday break, Pattaya’s professional football clubs dried off and headed back to competitive action last weekend.Pattaya United were away to Army United on Sunday in the top flight Premier League and managed to attain a 2-1 victory in Bangkok in a huge ‘need to win’ encounter.  The Dolphins went into the match languishing at the foot of the table but opened the scoring through Brazilian Junior Negao in the 31st minute and wrapped up the valuable three points with a goal in the 85th from Lebanese striker Soony Saad.  Army United were able to stay in the game in the first half via a penalty in the 42nd minute.  Pattaya United had the better of the exchanges during the match but could not capitalize until Saad’s late winner.Pattaya United striker Soony Saad (10) is congratulated by teammate Júnior Negrão (9) after scoring the winning goal against Army United FC in Bangkok, Sunday, April 24. (Photo courtesy Pattaya United FC)With their first win of the season the Dolphins moved off the bottom of the league standings and out of relegation zone but the Pattaya team will be looking for more similar performances as they continue the battle to stay in the top tier of Thai football.last_img read more

Itthiphol re-elected windsurfing association president

first_imgPattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome has been re-elected president of the Windsurfing Association of Thailand citing a pledge to have Thais compete in every future Olympics.The mayor said the goal of the association should be to expand the sport and improve the local sailors’ skills so that they qualify for every Summer Games.Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome has been re-elected as President of Windsurfing Sport Association of Thailand.Pattaya School No. 7 is the group’s current base for training youths and Itthiphol said more youngsters are flocking to the sport than ever before.To help maintain momentum, he has appointed Thai national champion Ek Boonsawad to the association’s technical committee. Windsurfing was introduced to Thailand around 1972 through both the manufacturing of surfing equipment for export and also by tourists looking to enjoy the warm sailing waters of the Gulf.Worapan Chotikapanich partnered with his German friends to bring samples of windsurfing equipment to Thailand to later be developed and produced for export worldwide.The sport was also introduced by a tourist who came to Pattaya in the early 1970’s and became friends with Bamrung Ruamsap, a Pattaya local. Bamrung was believed to be the first Thai to try windsurfing and became the first windsurfing representative for the country. He then co-founded the Windsurfing Association of Thailand in the 1972 with Adm. Uman Mongkolnavin as the first president.last_img read more

Princess Cup aims to put Thai equestrianism on the map

first_imgThe competition will begin on November 22 with an official opening ceremony presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha,Spectators and equestrian aficionados are welcome to attend. For directions to the venue, visit: www.princesscupthailand.com. The Princess Cup Thailand 2017 takes place in Bangkok from Nov. 22-26. (Photo courtesy Princess Cup Thailand)Tourism and Sports Minister Kopkarn Watthanawa­rangkura announced earlier this week that preparations for the upcoming Princess Cup Thailand 2017 are now in full swing.In her capacity as the president of the tournament’s organizing committee, Ms Kopkarn said the show-jumping and dressage event, supported by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, will be held from November 22-26 at the 29th Royal Stable Unit in Bangkok.  The Princess is the chairperson of the event’s Management and Policy Committee.The Sports Minister also revealed that this year’s Princess Cup aims to improve and develop equestrian skills at the local level and raise them to meet international standards, as well as to promote equestrianism and eventing among Thai people.  There are five competition categories at the Princess’s Cup 2017: dressage, jumping, eventing, best groom and best farrier.The Princess’s Cup event has been held four times previously, in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2016.  However, this year’s event is special because there will be international equestrians competing in various categories for the first time.  Moreover, representatives from the diplomatic corps and international organizations in Thailand will also be participating in the event, to help promote the Princess’s Cup’s on the global stage.last_img read more

Registration open for Pattaya Marathon

first_imgWheelchair marathon participants will receive free registration.Runners in the official half-marathon will be split into the same age and gender brackets.  Registration for Thais is 400 baht through July 13 and 500 through July 20.  Foreigners will be charged 900 baht through July 13 and 1,260 baht thereafter.Registration fees for the quarter-marathon are not discounted.  Prices through race day are 300 baht for Thais and 720 baht for foreigners.Race day will also offer a “student race” of just 3.5 km., split into under-14 age brackets for boys and girls.  Registration is free, but must be completed by July 10.Those registering before July 16 will receive 100,000 baht in insurance coverage for accidents related to external factors, such as falling or car collisions.  Internal problems or illness are not covered.The first three runners past the post in the full marathon will receive 200,000, 70,000 and 50,000 baht, respectively.  The top Thai female and male finishers will each receive 70,000 baht.  Second place earns a 50,000 baht prize and the third-place finisher will take home 30,000 baht.The top-three finishers in the wheelchair marathon will win 25,000, 20,000 and 15,000 baht, regardless of nationality.Only Thais, however, will be eligible for prize awards in the half-marathon.  The top three finishers will receive 40,000, 20,000 and 10,000 baht, respectively.Winners of the quarter-marathon and winners age 60 and above will receive prizes of up to 6,000 baht.  Youngsters in the student race can win up to 3,000 baht.  In addition, there will be prizes awarded to running clubs with the largest number of members participating in the Pattaya Marathon.For more information, contact the Sports Development for Tourism Office at 038-253-127-9 or visit Pattaya-Marathon.net. Applications are now open for runners looking to participate in the July 21 Pattaya Marathon.Early registration – which offers lower prices and other benefits – runs through July 13.  Participants are eligible for insurance coverage if registered by July 16.  Registration fees include a jersey. More than 2 million baht in prizes are up for grabs in the internationally contested races.  Prizes will be awarded in six categories.Runners in the full 42.2 km. race will segregated by gender and into six age brackets: 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and over 70.  Registration for the full marathon costs Thais 500 baht through July 13 and 700 baht until July 20.  Foreigners will have to pay 1,080 baht through July 13 and 1,620 baht through July 20.last_img read more

Hayes’ short-handed goal helps Flyers beat Capitals 3-2

first_imgPhiladelphia Flyers’ Kevin Hayes, right, celebrates after scoring a goal as Washington Capitals’ John Carlson watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia (AP) — Kevin Hayes scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period short-handed to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Loading…Sponsored ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Stars 2, Kings 1Los Angeles (AP) — Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored 37 seconds apart during the second period as Dallas extended its winning streak to five with a victory over Los Angeles.Dallas has come from behind for all the wins on its current streak, and this was only the second time the Stars didn’t trail going into the third period.Anton Khudobin gave up a goal to Anze Kopitar on the Kings’ first shot before making 30 saves.Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight and six of eight. Carter Hart made 26 saves for Philadelphia while upping his home mark to 12-1-2.The Flyers, who were home for the first time in 16 days, play the next two and five of six in Philadelphia.Jakub Vrana and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby finished with 24 saves. The Capitals, who entered with an NHL-best 65 points, had won three straight and 14 of 19.center_img Robert Hagg and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers, who improved their NHL-best home record to 14-2-4. The Flyers returned to Philadelphia after losing five of six games on a disappointing road trip. Jets 4, Maple Leafs 3, SOToronto (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored the winner in a shootout and Winnipeg beat Toronto, spoiling a milestone performance by Toronto star Auston Matthews.Nikolaj Ehlers, Mason Appleton and Mark Scheifele scored in regulation for the Jets, who won their second straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves.Matthews had two goals, including the tying score with 14 seconds left in the third period. Dmytro Timashov also had a goal.Matthews joined Washington’s Alex Ovechkin as the only active players to start their NHL careers with four consecutive seasons with 30 goals or more. He’s also the first player in Maple Leafs history to accomplish the feat.Jason Spezza and Matthews had goals in the shootout for Toronto. Patrik Laine, Scheifele and Wheeler gave Winnipeg the 3-2 edge in the shootout.Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots two days after being pulled in the second period of the Maple Leafs’ 6-4 loss to Edmonton.last_img read more

Record setting 8-year-old shines as track and field star

first_imgDREW HINES Drew attends Penn Hills Forbes Elementary School, where she is a second-grade student and is coached by Carlson Christian. Under his tutelage Drew earned first place on Feb. 26, as she competed in the USA Track and Field Championships for the Northeast in New Jersey. Immediately following these wins, Drew was invited to the USATF National Indoor Championships in Chicago on March 10 where she won every race she competed in. Not only did she win every race, but she also set the record for her age group in the 55-meters, finishing in 9.26 and 200 meters, finishing in 33.77. Coincidentally, Drew also celebrated her birthday on this day.When asked who she admired Drew answered, “Florence Griffith Joyner because of her hair and nails.” Not only does Drew have books on Joyner, but stated that she “likes her fashion” as well. She has high aspirations as she confidently stated her future plans.“I wanna be a secret agent! Because I’ve seen a lot of James Bond movies.” She giggled and then took a moment to consider another possibility, “Or I think I’ll be a track coach, because I really like track.”Rick Hines, Drew’s father, commented how his daughter got involved in this sport, “I happened to see Drew running in the back yard one day and noticed how graceful and fast she was. She’s a natural born runner, I thought.”He was set on nurturing his daughter’s talents when he noticed her natural ability two years ago. “And I thought we have to get her out there.” He was an athlete during high school. “I played football and ran track all of high school. I was a distance runner. So what I noticed in Drew came from my own experience and knowledge.”Drew’s parents are committed to their daughter’s success but are also aware that there needs to be a balance between school, track, and other activities. “We always make sure that she does homework first.” Nancy Hines stated. Drew has practice four days a week from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where she has a rigorous work out of 75 sit-ups and 75 push-ups, which are completed in three sets of 25.“She gets 9-10 hours of sleep,” the father added. “She’s just a regular kid. She does her homework, goes to practice and then she’s out.”When asked if Drew was pressured to perform well, the mother, “Coach Christian is really well balanced. Drew is practicing with a group of 20 children, older children. But the pressure comes from herself. Drew gets frustrated at times and puts a lot of pressure on herself to win and beat records.“Drew knows that we support and love her whether she wins or not and we remind her of that often. We just have to look for balance.”Even though Drew is a disciplined and dedicated student and athlete, she makes time to have fun. When asked about a favorite movie, she replied, “My favorite movie is “Selena,” I like the singing and the outfits.” She also added, “And I love wings and pizza.” Her family frequents JT’s Rib Shack in Penn Hills and she always has a fresh plate, put aside by owner, James Taylor.“Drew has fun. She’s going to a birthday party soon,” the mother said. “But she’s not the type of kid who doesn’t listen though. She’s very disciplined and by the book.”Drew comes from a high achieving family and her strong dedication to track is a result of the people in her immediate environment.“It’s just automatic for her,” Nancy Hines commented, “She doesn’t understand why some of her classmates won’t listen or choose not to do their work or choose not to do it well, she doesn’t understand that. She could be good at whatever she chooses to do because she’s so focused.”“I’m very proud of her,” the father said. “Never have I seen a kid work harder and not complain.” When asked about Drew’s future and whether it would be in track he said, “In our family, college is expected and we are setting Drew up for that option. And the option of what she ultimately chooses to do while in college is up to her, but I think track will be that option.”When speaking to Drew one notices instantly that she is not only a joy to be around, but a little lady. Her future, whether in track or not, appears bright. The unwavering support and dedication of her mother and father are unlimited and will serve as constant support no matter her interests.The mother advice for parents who notice potential in their children no matter what, “Don’t be just a parent to your child. Invest in your child.” by Maryam Abdul-QauiyyFor New Pittsburgh Courier “If you notice your child has an affinity for something then sacrifice, save money, and invest in your child’s interests,” said Nancy Hines.As the mother of 8-year-old Drew Hines, a rising track star whose natural talent is not only noticeable, but exceptionally impressive, Nancy Hines is aware that her daughter’s success lies in an unwavering support system. “Let your child go as far as they can go with their interests. Make all the resources available to them.”last_img read more

Sleeping dwarves

first_imgOver the last few years, the offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been considered somewhat of a “sleeping giant” especially when it came to basically playing down to their opponents or just plain sleep walking until they were well into the second half. Quick question: What does Monsieur Ben Roethlisberger have in common with Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, Alex Smith, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson? Answer: Absolutely nothing. Why you ask? Because first and foremost, five of the teams that are directed by the aforementioned signal callers will be making some “playoff” dough while Roethlisberger will be out Christmas shopping spending the Steelers dough. Oh, also two of the QBs mentioned are rookies Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson and both of them at least at the time that I wrote this column have the distinct possibility of being invited to the NFLs big dance.Roethlisberger still doesn’t get it. His ego is far, far, bigger than his “enormous” talent. The Steelers need to bring in some younger, less egotistical hungry quarterbacks. In the last two games Roethlisberger has thrown two game ending, game losing picks. Now check out the wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah wah, wah wah, wah, wah syndrome. The following are actual post-game responses from “Big” Ben. [Hey Ben], what were you feeling as you were leaving the field? Ben said, “Disappointment, pain, letting a lot of people down, and it doesn’t feel good.” Kum bah yah, my lord; uh, huh. Tell us what happened on the final interception? He had the audacity to say, “There is nothing to talk about. You saw it, I threw it to them.” Nothing to talk about? The game ending pick that you threw in Dallas still needs some “splainin” and you say there is nothing to talk about?Oh let’s get back to one of my original points of the Black and Gold sleepwalking. Mr. Roethlisberger had this to say. “We have to do better. We have to start moving the ball, and stop getting behind the chains making it hard on ourselves. I have to play better.”Has this boy lost his ever loving mind? After the Steelers play the Browns in a meaningless rubber game for both teams, Ben will be sitting at home on the couch playing video games “getting better.” Another one sentence quote from the Steelers wunderkind was, “they are a good team that played well and we didn’t.”Although the Steelers defense played well, they toed the company line. Safety Ryan Clark was asked this question: “Is it fair when you have a short field all the time when the offense turns the ball over?”“We have no control over how we take the field,” he said.“But we do have control over how we defend it. It’s with all-out effort; it’s with 100 percent tenacity. I think we did that today. I think we went out and we played well. I say it every time we lose but it’s the truth. We needed one more play. We needed not to let them get in field goal range at the end of the fourth. And they did.”Ryan there is no reason that you should hang any of this loss around the necks of the Steelers defense. If Ben Roethlisberger does not throw two picks that the Bengals turned into 10 points, all the Steelers would have had to do this weekend would be to beat the Browns at Heinz Field.Now let’s get to the very, very, very, suspect NFL officiating. What is more heinous than a corrupt police chief? As far as I am concerned, it is the crooked cops that are subordinate to his rule. One of the first questionable calls was the “unsportsmanlike conduct” call on Steelers defensive lineman Brett Kiesel in the first quarter after he sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.Finally, Roethlisberger has been quietly feuding with the Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. No one seems to mind that Roethlisberger can be arrogant, insolent and insubordinate to Haley, who has remained graceful and classy under the most difficult of circumstances. The Steelers are very lucky to have landed him. I hope that he remains after this season. Trust me, there are many teams that would love to run his “dink and dunk” offense, especially if it meant relieving pressure on a quarterback who holds the ball too long in order to perpetuate, “guts and glory.” Has Roethlisberger taken too many hits over the years that his judgment has become clouded by maybe, just maybe one too many blows to the head? The Steelers had better start a serious youth movement because if they don’t, in forty years they will be celebrating the “Immaculate Interception” and “Immaculate Deception” instead of the sacred ‘Immaculate Reception’.Note: I am saddened to inform all of my readers and listeners that after almost a decade of radio appearances on WCWA Fox Sports Toledo my last appearance was Thursday. Close to ten years ago, I initially appeared on the Troy Neff show as an NFL pregame analyst. When that show was cancelled I was then invited to appear as a regular co-host on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” produced and hosted by one of the former producers of the ‘Troy Neff’ show Adam Ragle. I reported from three Super Bowls, two Thanksgiving Day games and two NFL Pro Bowls. I am forever grateful that Troy Neff, Adam Ragle, Chris Shmidbauer and Fox Sports radio gave me the opportunity to reach thousands of listeners in the Toledo, Ohio and Detroit Michigan markets.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Bill Nunn Jr laid to rest

first_imgFAREWELL—Bill Nunn Jr., a Steelers scout and pioneering Black journalist, died Tuesday, May 6 at age 89. His viewing was May 13, and he was buried Wednesday, May 14 from Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church. Above are his wife of 63 years Frances, and daughter Lynell. Not shown is son Bill Nunn II. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)Bill Nunn Jr., a Steelers scout and pioneering Black journalist, died Tuesday, May 6 at age 89. His viewing was May 13, and he was buried Wednesday, May 14 from Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church.PALLBEARERS CARRY BILL NUNN TO THE CAR PAYING THEIR LAST RESPECTS—Football legends from left: Mel Blount, John Stallworth, Joe Greene, and J. T. Thomas are just some of the Steelers who paid their last respects to the great sports pioneer who open the doors to the NFL for so many Blacks. (Photos by J. L. Martello)last_img read more

Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents 35th Anniversary Concert

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Masterworks Choral Ensemble Join a gala celebration April 16, 2016 as Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents its 35th Anniversary concert.  The choir returns to its roots with a performance of choral and orchestral masterpieces that launched the community choir in 1981.   It’s a celebration not just of a milestone anniversary, but thanks to strong donor support, an orchestra will once again be sharing the stage with the choir.To top if off, Gary Witley, long-time Artistic Director of the choir as well as a founding member, will be honored with a “Salute to the Arts” Award for his many contributions to the music scene and music education in the South Sound.  Gary has taught music for over 35 years, has written and performed many musicals with his students and has taught over 1,000 students on band and string instruments.Gary Witley , long-time artistic director and founding member. will be honored with a “Salute to the Arts” award.The April performance will include works from the Baroque, Classical and Contemporary periods.  For many of the composers’ works highlighted in this concert – Vivaldi, Mozart and Telemann, and Pergolesi, who all lived in the 18th century – the choir’s inception thirty-five years ago is barely the blink of an eye. Vivaldi’s luscious Magnificat was written in the early 1700’s and features glorious choral singing and an orchestra composed primarily of stringed instruments including violins, violas and cellos along with two oboes.  Mozart wrote Ave Verum Corpus in 1791 at the request of a choirmaster for Mozart to write something for his choir to sing.  Written in just 6 days, the work has become an enduring classic.  Pergolesi wrote both sacred and secular works and his Magnificat is notable for its simple beauty and melodic interest.The contemporary work featured is by Howard Hanson, one of the first 20th century American composers to achieve widespread acclaim.  Hanson’s style is anchored firmly in the mid-20th century with complex harmonies and strong rhythm.  The work was inspired by excerpts from two poems by Walt Whitman, another quintessential  American.The orchestra performing in this concert has been specially commissioned by well-known Olympia musician, Ian Edlund.  A MCE Salute to the Arts Recipient, Edlund is a former Maestro of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, cello player and teacher, retired music specialist from North Thurston School District, and a friend to organizations performing music in the region.  Several of the musicians contracted by Edlund are also members of the relatively new South Puget Sound Community Orchestra. Formed in 2014, the orchestra has deep roots in the community.  One of the violinists on stage will be Austin Schlichting, a 3rd generation family member of Olympia-area musicians.  Some longtime Olympia residents will recognize the name from Fred Schlichting, a former Maestro of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.Angi Swan accompanies the Masterworks Choral Ensemble during rehearsal.The concert includes a performance by Vadim Pascua on piano.  A student of piano teacher Vera Dvorak, and a junior at Olympia High School, Mr. Pascua won MCE’s Youth Music Competition in the High School Category.The concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $21 for Seniors, and $13 for Students, and are on sale now. You may purchase tickets online at Masterworks secure website MCE.org, as well as at the Washington Center Box Office, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia, 360-753-8586, or online via the Washington Center’s website: Olytix.org.For more information contact: Sally Alhadeff; 360-349-3635; sallya@scattercreek.comlast_img read more

SPSCC Partnership Confirmed for Craft Brewing and Distilling Center

first_imgFacebook685Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has signed a letter of intent to partner with Craft District, LLC, to lease space in a craft brewing and distilling center that will serve as the long-term home of SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program.Plans for the new Craft District are underway with Sandstone Distillery as an anchor of the new project. Photo courtesy: Sandstone DistilleryCraft District began work in August to develop a commercial site in Tumwater near the former Olympia Brewing Company brewery. When complete, SPSCC intends to lease up to 10,000 square feet of space that will include classrooms, labs, small scale production space, offices, and a conference room.According to John Peters of Craft District, the center will also feature production space and tasting rooms for two distilling companies and a local brewery. Tenino-based Sandstone Distillery and Heritage Distilling Company of Gig Harbor, Wash., have each confirmed their intent to occupy the distilling facilities. SPSCC also plans to link its educational program with these commercial production spaces to give students the ability to gain hands-on experience.“This is exactly the kind of space and partnership we were hoping to find for our program,” said SPSCC President Dr. Timothy Stokes. He continued:“Co-locating our educational program with these successful local organizations will give our students a broad depth of experience and exposure to industry best practices. This great location will also allow us to build partnerships with manufacturers throughout the South Sound that will create a critical employment pipeline for our graduates.”SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling program is launching in April 2018. Students in the program will complete 95 credits in classes covering business fundamentals, fermentation science, compliance and legal issues, and product development and will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.In this inaugural year, classes will be held on SPSCC’s Olympia campus, online, and in existing commercial production facilities in Thurston County. They expect to be in the center by fall quarter 2018.last_img read more

Statistics prove Jesse Lingard has had downright terrible goal involvement over the last year

first_imgAdvertisement hjdhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbmjg8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esrf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) maWould you ever consider trying this?😱bsxw6dCan your students do this? 🌚88pozRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has produced only a single goal and zero assists in the last 11 months for his side. The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday and the attacking midfielder had an excellent chance to extend the lead, but completely failed to grasp it. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might start worrying about this problem as his side are in a revamp process under his stewardship.Advertisement The game was in parity during the second half, when Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka pulled the ball back just outside the six-yard box to the academy graduate. But unfortunately, Lingard failed to take a touch and as a result, the ball struck his thigh before ricocheting his face. Beside this awful miss, United had another chance to double their lead but Paul Pogba failed to score from the spot-kick penalty, thus the Red Devils procured just a single point in the second game of the Premier League season.Advertisement However, there isn’t any shortage of supply for Jesse Lingard, but his decisiveness in the final third has been absolute below par over the last year. The England International, who was once hailed as the next huge talent, has found the back of the net last December but has failed to assist a single goal.    Advertisementlast_img read more

See why Michael Vaughan says India still isn’t a ‘great team’ in Tests

first_imgAdvertisement tndNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsinwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3w9Would you ever consider trying this?😱yb5hCan your students do this? 🌚5sg32zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, heavily criticised Team India for their dismal performance against New Zealand in the ongoing test series – saying that the No.1 Test team needs to win games in England and New Zealand to be considered great! The first day of the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, saw the guests suffer yet again through the hands of speedster Kyle Jamieson, who picked up a five-for as India were bundled out for 242. Even though Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari fought valiantly with their half-centuries, the hosts dominated the day with some fine display of fast-bowling. Advertisement Picture Credit: Getty ImagesAfter the end of the day’s play, the former England captain took to social media to dispraise the ‘Men in Blues’.  The 45-year-old claimed that the guests were taught a lesson by the Kiwis on how to play on such conditions.“NZ giving India a lesson in how to play in conditions where the ball moves through the air … They can’t be regarded as a great team till they start winning in places like NZ & England ..” he tweeted.Advertisement Asked to bat once again, India had to be patient while dealing with the swing bowlers, as rain played its part early in the morning. But Mayank Agawal, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja, were all dismissed in single digits while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant could only manage 12 runs.Virat Kohli’s rough-patch continued, this time with just 3 runs to his account; the skipper once again fell victim to Tim Southee who has now dismissed Kohli for a record 10th time in international cricket. Meanwhile, his deputy, Ajinkya Rahane looked poised to score big today, but it was Southee once again. This time a fantastic outswinger caught the Indian vice-captain by surprise as he was caught at the first slip with only seven runs to his name.The three half centurions Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari helped their side cross the 200-run mark, however, the team lost their last six wickets for just 48 runs adding more salt to the injury.At stumps New Zealand remain in a commanding position with 63/0 on board as openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell easily managed the Indian pace attack in the final session. The hosts will look forward to pile on the misery from the first ball tomorrow morning while India must come up with something really special. You may also like:NZ vs Ind 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Kiwis edge out India with early honours at Hagley OvalWhat India needs to do to win the 2nd Test match against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

For These Summer Campers, It’s More Than Riding a Bike

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnLINCROFT – Their faces told the story.Volunteers help one of the 40 campers participating in the Lose the Wheels Training Camp at Brookdale Community College.Wide smiles, grins, and the looks of sheer determination, concentration, and pride were everywhere as youngsters rode specially adapted bikes at Brookdale Com­munity College during the Lose the Training Wheels Bicycle Camp for children with challenges.“It’s a childhood rite of passage,” said Jane Kleiman. Bike riding “is something most of us take for granted … Now these kids can learn to ride, too.”The camp, held on the college campus Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24, offered 40 people, ages 8 to 20, the chance to learn to ride a bike. It’s a skill some parents have found difficult to teach but, with the use of the special bicycles, the nonprofit Lose the Training Wheels organization says its weeklong camps have an 80 percent success rate.Kleiman, a Red Bank resident who coordinated the effort at Brookdale, has an 11-year-old son, Jackson Miller, who participated in the camp last year in Hoboken. Though he didn’t progress to a two-wheeler by the end of the session, Kleiman is hopeful he will this year.The program, Kleiman said, often leads to a boost in self-confidence that helps the young riders to believe they can learn other skills. “They try other things,” she said. “They say, ‘If I can do that, I can try this.’ ” The bike camp also gives students a chance to socialize, improve their physical fitness, gain some independence, and interact with volunteers who quickly become their cheerleaders.Those who attend the camp have a variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and ADHD. The participants need to be able to walk and step to the side to take part.An important part of the camp is the bikes that are used by Lose the Training Wheels. Developed by Dr. Richard E. Klein and his students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the bikes have a regular front wheel but use a roller in the rear. The roller is cylindrical at the start. As the child’s skill and confidence improve, the rollers are progressively tapered, fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends, offering a more unstable ride that requires a certain amount of balance. There is also a handle at the back of the bike for volunteers to grab when riders begin to wobble too much. The roller bikes are used until the rider is comfortable enough to ride a two-wheeler – without training wheels. A tandem bike is also used for some of the young students.The children spend 75 minutes a day for five days learning the new skill. There were five sessions a day with eight students each and many volunteers assisting the riders.As one young man pedaled past a group of moms waiting on the bleachers and yelled “Hi, Mom!” it was hard to tell which mother was his because they were all smiling.“They love it,” said Michelle DePasquale of Edison whose sons Emilio, 9, and Anthony, 12, were learning to ride in the 8:30 a.m. class.For her boys, the class offered a confidence boost, an opportunity to focus on a fun task, and a chance to socialize. “It allows me to give them an avenue to go out and play like typical kids,” DePasquale said.She also liked the idea that bike riding is a three-season sport and that the skill is being taught by volunteers who were instructed how to help by the Lose the Training Wheels program.“To have others working with them is great. It allows the volunteers to tell them things that I can but that they won’t listen to because I’m the mom. [The volunteers] tell them things and they listen to them,’’ she said.Lynda Mazzella of Howell said having her 14-year-old daughter Courtney learn to ride a bike was on her list of things for Courtney to accomplish. “I was sad when kids in the neighborhood were out riding bikes and she wasn’t,” Mazzella said.Courtney, whose fine-motor skills are poor, was gaining strength during her camp sessions and was happily pedaling around the gym.“This is a confidence and self-esteem builder,” said Mazzella, who has made sure her daughter has been introduced to many skills, sports, and experiences. “I don’t want her to fear things.”Volunteers at the Lose the Training Wheels Camp at Brookdale Community College assist a youngster learn how to ride a bike.Linda Argiro of Belford was pleased with the progress her son, Vincent, 19, was making. She hopes bike riding will be added to his set of activities to help him stay fit and avoid the heart problems which have been part of their family’s history.Lose the Training Wheels was begun in 1991 in Canada, according to Andrea Patrick, floor supervisor for the nonprofit organization. Last summer, 86 camps were held in the United States and Canada.Patrick, who has been with the program the past three summers, has seen exciting results. “It affects the riders, their families, everyone,” she said. “Last week we heard of a rider who asked his father to teach him how to cast a line and fish because he had learned to ride a bike and wanted to try something else.”During the first day of the Brookdale camp, Kleiman said she saw what the program can mean to young riders and their families. As one camper was riding around the gym, she heard one of his siblings, a 7-year-old, say, “Hey, Mom, he looks like a different kid out there!”Kleiman’s wish for her son Jackson at the end of the week is that he develops the skill to ride with his family, including 4-year-old sister Mina, on the bike paths of Sandy Hook to visit his favorite lighthouse.last_img read more

Natural Gas Regulator Station Proposal Raises Real Estate Concerns

first_imgBy Vincent Ferrer |HOMDEL – The Zoning Board met Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Holmdel’s Town Hall to hear from experts and residents on a controversial utilities development project.Following a failed application nearly two years ago, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has applied to the Zoning Board for 12 variances to permit a natural gas regulator station at 960 Holmdel Road in the southern part of the township. The station – a 16.51-acre site owned by Holmdel Venture LLC – is currently zoned for office/laboratory use, but more concerning to Holmdel residents is the proximity to residential homes, offices, preserved farmland and the nearby Village School.The greatest point of contention came after a real estate valuation expert for NJNG testified that the station would have no impact on local real estate values. The expert drew this conclusion from a study that observed the impact of similar stations built in Colts Neck, Lincroft, Wall Township, Aberdeen, and Morris County.Residents took issue with the real estate study, which excluded any quantitative effect on more than 400 acres of nearby farmland. The study was limited to “dominant land uses” – specifically residential uses, building lots and office space – and disregarded land encumbered by use restrictions.Anthony Sposaro, Esq., who appeared on behalf of the Casola family and Fox Hollow Vineyards in Holmdel, along with a dozen other residents, voiced their concerns over the study’s accuracy. NJNG was represented by Nancy Skidmore of Connell Foley LLP.Board member Chris Briamonte called attention to the fact the highest valued homes sold in the study were neither in close proximity to a station nor over $1 million. A recently constructed housing development in Holmdel containing several homes valued in excess of $1 million is located near where the station will potentially exist.Briamonte cited a correlation in the study between pricing and proximity to a station. “In most cases, as I get closer to your station, my price gets significantly lower,” he said. Board chairperson Valerie Avrin-Marchiano asked for NJNG to supply the data used in creating the study.Richard Reading, a Princeton-based economic consultant who also appeared on behalf of NJNG, testified that the new station would only cost the town an additional $5 per year.Opponents of the construction say the proposed regulator station is unnecessary given Holmdel’s population and a lack of substantial power outages. Yet NJNG argues the current and future needs of the utilities network, to which Holmdel is just one part, call for an upgraded station.The Holmdel Zoning Board will be voting next month on whether or not to grant the variances.This article was first published in the Oct. 18-24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Quick starting Baker foils L.V. Rogers 54-46

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Mount Baker Wild jumped out to a 21-11 first quarter lead en route to a 54-46 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action Tuesday at the Hangar in Nelson.Scott Watinoogh led the charge for the Wild with 10 of the 21 points. LVR rallied back in the second quarter, out scoring the Wild 13-12 but Baker increased its margin to 45-31 after three periods and never looked back.Mike Hamm led the Wild with 22 points while Watinoogh added 15. Leading the Bomber attack was John Zak with 15 while Jason D’Andrea had 11. Jesse Zak had seven and Clay Rickaby chipped in with six.The Bombers now travel to Vernon Thursday to play in the Clarence Fulton Maroons Invitational Tournament.The tourney is loaded with top caliber AA teams in the province, including second ranked South Okanagan Hornets from Oliver.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Saints close out exhibition campaign perfect after 6-1 blasting of Eastern Washington

first_imgIf this keeps up college staff may want to reserve the marching band for the victory celebrations.The Selkirk Saints closed out the preseason Sunday undefeated after stopping Eastern Washington Eagles 6-1 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex. The Saints dominated possession and established a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal, but only managed to put one puck past Eagles netminder Cash Ulrich during the opening period.Second-year forward Nick Cecconi was the goal scorer, with Jordan Wood and Justin Sotkowy adding assists. Selkirk extended its lead in the second period with a pair of shorthanded goals, as Logan Proulx and Dylan Smith each took advantage of neutral zone breakdowns and converted on breakaway opportunities.Former Spokane Braves forward Uriah Machuga put Eastern Washington on the board with 2:49 remaining in the frame, but Wood quickly restored his team’s three-goal advantage just 12 seconds later.Linemates Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson rounded out the scoring for the Saints in the third period, as the home side finished the game with a 53-26 advantage in shots. “Getting pucks and traffic to the net has been a focus over the past two weeks, and we followed through with a good performance in the offensive zone,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Certain parts of our game are still a work in progress, but we’ve experienced some success in our exhibition games and we’re focused on carrying that momentum forward into the start of the regular season next weekend.” Alex Sirard and Stephen Wolff split duties in the Saints’ net on Sunday, with Sirard earning the win in his first preseason appearance. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in 30 minutes of action before Wolff allowed one goal on 12 shots over the game’s second half. Selkirk now travels to Vancouver Island to open its regular season with a games against the University of Victoria next Friday and Saturday.The Saints’ home opener is set for Friday, September 12th against Trinity Western University from Langley, B.C.last_img read more

Miller shoots down Hawks in overtime sparking Nelson to 5-4 victory

first_imgJust when fans are ready to write the eulogy for the Nelson Leafs the hockey club finds a way to come off life support.Rayce Miller scored an unassisted marker in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over Beaver Valley Saturday night at the Hawks’ Nest.The win evens the Murdoch Division Semi Final a 1-1.Game three of the best-of-seven series is scheduled back in Nelson at the NDCC Arena Monday.Game four of the series goes Tuesday in Nelson.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.The series shifts back to Fruitvale for Game five Thursday.After failing to solve Hawks’ netminder Drake Poirier in a 5-0 loss Friday during the opening game of the series, Nelson scored three times in the first period Saturday to take a 3-2 advantage into intermission.Tyler Fyfe and Michael Crawford with a pair put the visitors into the lead.Crawford then scored his third goal of the game in the second period to increase Nelson’s lead to 4-2.However, in the third Beaver Valley turned up the heat on the Leafs, out shooting the Green and White 22-15 in the frame.Reid Anderson cut the advantage to 4-3 with a goal four minutes into the period before Spencer McLean tied the game with 1:26 remaining in the third period. But the Hawks could not put any more pucks behind surprise goalie starter Jason Mailhoit.The Kootenay Ice backstopper faced 58 shots and was named the Leafs’ game star.Kyle Hope, Hawks’ game star, and Spencer McLean also scored for Beaver Valley, which out shot the Leafs 58-45.Both teams played without key players Saturday.Nelson’s Darnel St. Pierre was suspended for two games for an accumulation of checking-to-the-head penalties.Meanwhile, Jace Weegar was ticketed for three games after receiving a major penalty — checking-to-the-head — and game miscondut in last 10 minutes of game Friday’s game.Braves steal game two against Rebels, series tied 1-1In Castlegar, a second period goal by Paxton Malone, proved to be the winner as Spokane Braves posted a 6-3 road upset win over the Rebels to even the Murdoch Division Semi Final at 1-1.Castlegar won the opener Friday 4-3.Tyler Wilkerson, Tanner Stolz, Keith Anderson, Lance Nooman and Kyle Davis also scored for Spokane, which led 4-3 after 40 minutes.Yanis Wilkie, Cal Owens and Jeremy McNeil replied for Castlegar.Spokane out shot the Rebels 33-31 to make a winner out of netminder Trevor Dilauro.Patrick Zubick took the loss in goal for Castlegar.Game three and four are schedule for Monday and Tuesday in Spokane.The series shifts back to the Sunflower City for Game five Thursday.last_img read more

Nitros snap long drought by capturing KIJHL Championship

first_imgThe top song of 1979 was My Sharona by The Knack.That same year the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup and the Boston Bruins retired Bobby Orr’s Number “4”.That was also the last time the Kimberley Dynamiters won the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship.The Nitros snapped the 36-year drought by ousting the Kamloops Storm 4-2 in the best-of-seven KIJHL Final Sunday in Spoolmak Country.Four players each had two points to spark the Dynamiters to a 5-1 series-clinching win.The victory came on the heels of a thrilling 3-2 overtime win Friday in Kimberley. Trevor Van Steinburg scored twice and Jordan Busch, Justin Meler and Jason Richter each had singles to lead Kimberley.Busch, Braden Saretsky, and Richter also finished with two points.The story of the game, and most of the playoffs, was the play between the pipes by goalie Tyson Brouwer.The native of Lethbridge, Alta. stopped 33 of 34 shots in the game to register his 16th win of the playoffs for Kimberley in 20 games.During the playoffs Brouwer had a 1.78 goals against average and a .949 save percentage to finish second to Brock Lefebvre of Columbia Valley.The big difference is Lefebvre played only three games to 20 for Brouwer.Kimberley now represents the KIJHL at upcoming Cyclone Taylor Cup April 3-6 in Mission.The KIJHL is the defending champion after Beaver Valley Nitehawks won the title last year in Nelson.Kimberley opens play Friday against the host Mission City Outlaws.last_img read more

DOWNHILL SPECIALIST VELVET MESQUITE HEADS A FIELD OF 14 IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Stakes winner Velvet Mesquite returns once again to the surface she has clearly excelled over on Saturday. Velvet Mesquite will take on 13 rivals in the Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day’s edition of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Owned and bred by Harris Farms and trained by Blake Heap, the 5 year-old mare was a strong third in the Gr. II Monrovia down the hillside in her last out Jan. 4. A staggering five for seven when running over the course, Velvet Mesquite will seek her second stakes win Saturday. By In Excess out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $284,606.A hillside professional in her own right, Carla Gaines’ Heat Trap comes off a second place finish in the Gr. II Monrovia. Owned and bred by Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, the 6- year-old will break from the far outside with regular rider Victor Espinoza in an attempt to win her first-ever stakes race.By Unusual Heat, Heat Trap has two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries down the hill. She is 12-4-5-1- overall with earnings of $291,956.Current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Doinghardtimeagain in only her second-ever attempt down the hill. Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 5-year-old has run in 15 straight stakes races.In her latest turf try, the mare by Ministers Wild Cat was pulled up and vanned off in the one mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17. Jockey Mike Smith said it was purely precautionary and that “I knew she had a foot issue before and I felt her feet were stinging her so I didn’t want to take any chances.”Third in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Dec. 28, Doinghardtimeagain will again be reunited with Elvis Trujillo, who when paired with Hollendorfer has been in the money 55% of the time this meet.The complete field for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: More Complexity, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Air of Royalty, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Home Journey, Tyler Baze, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 123; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heavens Stairway, Corey Nakatani, 120; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 123; Doinghardtimeagain, Elvis Trujillo, 123; Kathleen Rose, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Shakeitupbetty, Alex Solis, 118; My Monet, Martin Garcia, 120; Marks Mine, Frank Alvarado, 118; Magic Spot, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Heat Trap, Victor Espinoza, 120.                 There is a specialfirst post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED PACIFIC HEAT TAKES $200,000 XPRESSBET CALIFORNIA OAKS BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; PRAT & EURTON TEAM TO WIN AT ONE MILE TURF 1:35.75

first_img– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–In her first-ever try on turf, heavily favored Pacific Heat responded with a resounding 5 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Peter Eurton, the California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat got one mile in 1:35.75.Attentive to the pace throughout, Pacific Heat took command going to the quarter pole and the Oaks was, for all intents and purposes, over.“She was relaxed going down the backside,” said Prat. “But when a horse came up on her outside (Run Like the Boss, with Joe Talamo), she grabbed the bit and was a little bit aggressive after that. I think it was just because she is a ton of horse and she doesn’t know much yet. She’s pretty impressive.”Off at 4-5 in a field of eight, she paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20.“The way she was training, it (a dominating performance) wasn’t surprising,” said Eurton. “The biggest question to me was not the turf, but whether she could get two turns and there was no question about that today.”Owned by Alesia, Burns and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Pacific Heat got her third win from four starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $250,250.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Patriotic Diamond put in a good bid around the far turn, but was second best. Off at 4-1, she paid $3.60 and $2.40 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Eurton’s second entrant, Cheekaboo.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Cheekaboo was off at 7-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.48, 46.77, 1:11.13 and 1:22.28.Pacific Heat was bred in California by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo.last_img read more

THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH BEER & SOUR FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE GREAT RACE PLACE!

first_imgThe California Gold Rush Festival returns to The Great Race Place for the third year in-a-row Saturday, May 28! California Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita Park will be jam packed with five stakes races all celebrating California bred and sired Thoroughbreds.If you’re not yet a fan of horse racing, and even more so if you are, the Gold Rush Beer and Sour Festival was designed just for you! This trackside event package located along the rail for access to all the live action will feature unique craft brews and sours from the best breweries in California. Plus, the best of the best in local food trucks will also be serving up delicious fare!For $35 you’ll receive Club House admission and entrance into the reserved trackside event area, 10 beer tastings, four sour tastings, a racing program and tip sheet plus, your very own souvenir acrylic Pint glass! Use promo code RUSH16 to get $10 off your ticket when purchasing exclusively online! Additional beer and sour tastings will be available for purchase during the event.Visit santaanita.com/events for more information and to purchase your ticket for Saturday, May 28!last_img read more

O’NEILL & PRAT TEAM WITH AVANTI BELLO FOR 1 ¾ LENGTH WIN IN $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES AS CAL-BRED SON OF INCLUDE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.95

first_imgTIZNOW IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat.   Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95.Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command.“The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat.  “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end.  With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush him.”Owned by Pablo Suarez, Steven Keh, Jim Richardson, Tom Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who won last year’s Tiznow, was off at 3-1 and paid $8.00, $4.80 and $3.20.Now five for 11 at a mile, Avanti Bello is now 23-6-3-6 overall and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $413,416.“He won this race last year, so he’s a repeat winner,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill.  “He shows a lot of heart.  Flavien knows this horse very well.  This horse doesn’t have a huge kick and he knows you have to time it right.  He’s a miler for sure.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Grazen Sky had two horses beat mid-way around the far turn and rallied for the place, finishing a half length in front of favored Solid Wager.  Off at 6-1, Grazen Sky paid $5.60 and $3.60.Off at 5-2 with Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager never threatened the winner while finishing third, one length in front of Acceptance and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.38, 1:10.87 and 1:23.08.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday.  First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more