Lakers Ramon Sessions To Become A Free Agent

Ramon Sessions, acquired to add speed to the Los Angeles Lakers’ backcourt, hardly did that, and now he is forcing the Lakers to commit to him as their point guard of the future.Sessions chose against exercising the final year of his contract to stay with the Lakers next season and will explore the free-agency market, his agent said Tuesday.“Ramon has carefully considered this decision,” said Sessions’ agent, Jared Karnes, in a statement. “He had to make a career decision and ultimately decided to do what was best in providing stability and longevity for him in the NBA, and this could only be achieved through a multi-year contract.”Sessions, 26, was acquired by the Lakers at the trade deadline from Cleveland to replace 37-year-old Derek Fisher, who was moved to Houston.The 6-foot-3, 190-pound point Sessions averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds on 47.9 percent shooting from the field and 48.6 percent shooting on 3-pointers in 23 regular season games with the Lakers. Sessions’ numbers plummeted in the playoffs, however, as he averaged just 6.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 35.3 percent in the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City.It was his first trip to the postseason in his five-year career after starting off with cellar-dwelling teams in Milwaukee, Minnesota and Cleveland.Sessions would have made $4.55 million next season had he opted in to the final year remaining on his contract. Free agency begins on July 1st. Steve Blake, who has two years remaining on his deal, paying him $4 million annually, is the only Lakers point guard under contract. read more

Criscito wants to retire in Genoa

first_imgThe captain is wearing his armband after seven years in the Russian Premier league where he defended the colors of Zenit Saint PetersburgItalian left-back Domenico Criscito loves Genoa so much, he has played in the team in many occasions.The player debuted in the Italian Lega Serie A team in 2003, then he went onto play five years with Juventus.He was loaned twice to his old club in 2006 and 2007 until Genoa decided to buy him from the Bianconeri in 2009.But he then spent seven years in the Russian Premier League with Zenit Saint Petersburg, until he returned over the summer to Genoa.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“You should call me Capitan Presente, as I returned and will end my career at Genoa” the player was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.“I had a special relationship with the fans in Russia, seven years went by very quickly and I was fine there. it’s been a privilege for me to be part of that group”.“I haven’t had any doubt when the president called me, what I feel for the Genoa jersey is really special,” he added.“This team only need a bit of luck to emerge, we have a few less points but if we think about the games we’ve played, our journey has been good so far and the results will come.”last_img read more

Civilian Ambassadors Forge Links between Grand Forks AFB Community

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A group of civilian ambassadors appointed by the wing commander of Grand Forks Air Force Base has been staying busy, keeping the Grand Forks community in eastern North Dakota up to date about activities at the installation, organizing military appreciation day events and traveling to Washington to meet with Pentagon officials.“Having a close relationship between the community and the base is very important. We always want the community to know what we’re doing out here, so we’re not a mystery,” said Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman, who has been at the installation for about two years.The ambassadors are briefed on Air Force and air base activities during at least one event annually, and are invited to attend events planned for visiting high-ranking military leaders and other important visitors, reported the Grand Forks Herald. There currently are eight base ambassadors.The base ambassador program is an outgrowth of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, and the ambassadors typically work with the committee on military appreciation day events. But Bauman drew a distinction with the community support groups that are active in most defense communities.“It’s unique,” he said. “One of the things that’s been interesting is feeling the closeness of the community to the base.”The tight connection between the installation and the community likely stems from the series of crises the two have been forced to cope with, including earlier BRAC rounds when the base was targeted for closure and the devastating flooding of the Red River in 1997.“A lot of that has forged close ties between the base and the community,” Bauman said. “Not every community has gone through that degree of trauma, so that adds to the uniqueness.”last_img read more

Kesha Ed Sheeran SZA More To Honor Elton John In GRAMMY Salute

first_img Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John News Facebook 5 Charities Elton John Supports Email All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Tune in to CBS on April 10 to catch “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” featuring an all-star tribute plus special performance of a medley of hits from John himselfNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2018 – 7:00 am How do you celebrate a career as illustrious as that of the great Elton John? With a star-studded concert, of course. “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” will air April 10 on CBS and features performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and SZA. 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Additionally, there will be special appearances by Jon Batiste, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Gayle King, Lucy Liu, Valerie Simpson, and Hailee Steinfeld.The festivities will culminate with a medley of hits performed by John himself, culminating with the event’s title song, “I’m Still Standing” from John’s 1983 album, Too Low For Zero.Here is the full list of performances:”The Bitch Is Back” — Miley Cyrus”Candle In The Wind” — Ed Sheeran”Daniel” — Sam Smith”I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” — Alessia Cara”Your Song” — Lady Gaga”Rocket Man” — Little Big Town”Border Song” — Christopher Jackson & Valerie Simpson”Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — SZA & Shawn Mendes”Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris”We All Fall In Love Sometimes” — Chris Martin”My Father’s Gun” — Miranda Lambert”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — Kesha”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” — John Legend”Bennie And The Jets” — Elton John”Philadelphia Freedom” — Elton John”I’m Still Standing” — Elton John & Ensemble”Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A GRAMMY Salute,” continues the tradition of previous Emmy-winning TV specials presented by CBS, the Recording Academy, and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, including “Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute” and “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John 5 Charities Elton John Supports How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Tune in April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for this two-hour concert special, only on CBS.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger All-Stars Unite For GRAMMY Salute To Elton John kesha-ed-sheeran-sza-more-honor-elton-john-grammy-salute 5 Charities Elton John Supports Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Read morelast_img read more

SpiceJet shares soar after airline records highest load factor in January

first_imgSpiceJet’s stock soared over 4 percent Friday after industry data showed that the budget carrier had recorded the highest load factor among Indian carriers in January.SpiceJet shares were trading Rs 68.60 at 2.15 p.m. on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), up 4.8 percent compared to the previous closing price of Rs 65.70.Ajay Singh-led SpiceJet recorded the highest passenger load factor of 92.1 percent in January, followed by GoAir and IndiGo, at 84.9 percent and 84.7 percent, respectively, according to data released Thursday by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.SpiceJet posted a net profit of Rs 238.40 crore in the Oct-Dec quarter, as against a loss of Rs 275 crore in the corresponding quarter a year earlier.  The carrier plans to buy airplanes worth Rs 75,000 crore either from Boeing Co or Airbus Group, but wants the delivery of the aircraft to be on time.Overall, domestic air passenger traffic increased 22.58 percent to 76.55 lakh passengers in the month, compared to the 62.45 lakh registered in January 2015.IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, remained the largest carrier in the domestic air traffic market in January, followed by Jet Airways and state-owned Air India. IndiGo’s share stood at 35.6 percent, followed by Jet Airways and Air India with 18.7 percent and 16 percent, respectively.InterGlobe Aviation’s stock price was down 0.3 percent to trade at Rs 846, while Jet Airways shares rose 2.5 percent to trade at Rs 556.Jet Airways shares surged following the reports of stake sale in the airline to Eithad Airways. A report by the Financial Express said Eithad Airways has finalised a deal with Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways to raise its stake in the airline by 25 percent to 49 percent.last_img read more

Simone Biles Soars To AP Female Athlete of The Year

first_img Share Florian Martin/Texan Olympian Gold medalist Simone Biles thanks the crowd awaiting her at George Bush Intercontinental airport as she arrived from Brazil on Wednesday August 24th, 2016.Simone Biles tried to treat the 2016 Summer Olympics like just your average ordinary gymnastics meet. So what if the stage and the stakes were different?The floor was still the floor. The vault still the vault. The uneven bars still uneven. The balance beam still a four-inch wide test of nerves.And the 19-year-old with the electric smile and boundless talent was still the best in the world. Maybe the best of all-time.Over the course of 10 days in August, the biggest meet of her life ended like pretty much all the others in the four years that came before it: with Biles standing atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck and the sport she’s redefining one boundary-pushing routine at a time staring up at her. Not that she remembers any of it.“It’s kind of a blur,” Biles said.Maybe to Biles, but not to the rest of the world. Her massive haul in Rio de Janeiro — a record-tying four golds to go along with a bronze for the dominant U.S. women’s team — propelled her to stardom and rendered her last name superfluous. Now there’s one more honor to add to what on Twitter is known simply as #SimoneThings: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Tuesday.Biles became the fifth gymnast to win the honor, joining Olga Korbut in 1972, Nadia Comaneci in 1976, Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and Gabby Douglas in 2012. It’s company Biles joined while completing a run of dominance that included three straight all-around World Championships, an unprecedented run at the top in a sport where peaks are often measured in months, not years.The teenager from Spring, Texas, hardly seemed burdened by the outsized expectations. If anything, she embraced them. She opted out of a verbal commitment to compete collegiately at UCLA to turn professional so she could cash in on the lucrative opportunities afforded an Olympic champion, a bit of a gamble considering the window is so narrow and directly tied to success at the Games.Yet Biles seemed immune to it. At least on the outside. Inside, there were more than a few butterflies when she stepped onto the floor during team preliminaries on Aug. 7. They vanished the moment she stepped onto the green and cream colored floor at Rio Olympic Arena as she and the rest of her “Final Five” teammates — Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — put on a clinic that showcased how substantial the gap between the Americans and the rest of the world has grown.Then again, the gulf between Biles and every other gymnast on the planet — even her good friends in red, white and blue — may be even wider.“In prelims I did very well I kind of shocked myself,” Biles said. “I came in thinking, ‘I’ve been to three worlds.’ I knew the gist of it. Once I got (prelims) out of the way, I just kind of relaxed.”What followed was a run of brilliance: a team gold as a fitting send off to retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. Another in the all-around two days later, where her score of 62.198 bettered Raisman by more than two full points, the gymnastics equivalent of winning a football game by three touchdowns. A third gold came on vault, the first ever by an American woman at the Olympics and Biles’ first in major international competition to fill the only hole in her increasingly peerless resume.A bronze on beam followed thanks to a messy landing on a front flip, her only major form break in Rio. No matter, she put the exclamation point on her gold rush with a gravity-escaping floor routine that ended with Biles rushing to embrace longtime coach Aimee Boorman as their long journey to this moment ended in triumph.The ensuing four months have been a whirlwind. Biles carried the U.S. flag at closing ceremonies, published her autobiography, took part in a post-Olympic tour with her teammates (including performing in eight shows despite a fractured rib) and hung out at the White House with the president. She remains open to giving it another shot in Tokyo in 2020. That’s for later. In January she’ll sit down and plot out her goals for the upcoming year. For the first time since she can remember, gymnastics won’t be on the list.It’ll be weird, sure. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.“I miss training with the girls and having a good time,” Biles said. “Whenever I go to the gym to visit them and I see them, I do not miss this part at all right now.”last_img read more

After A Snub From Kylie Jenner Can Snapchat Bounce Back

first_imgDisney ABC Television Group/FlickrKendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Khloe Kardashian.Does anyone use Snapchat anymore?It sounds like a simple question, but when pop celebrity Kylie Jenner asked it, her tweet wiped $1.3 billion off the market value of one of the nation’s biggest social media companies. After a week-long skid on Wall Street, amid stories that the app is fading in the U.S., the company claims its far from capitulating.sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says Snapchat has been taking to steps to redesign the app to make it more accessible for new users – and that might be why some long-time users are walking away.What you’ll hear in this segment:– How social media users react to redesigns– What Kylie Jenner’s tweet means for the platform– How Snapchat is strategizing for the futureWritten by Jen Rice. Sharelast_img read more

Capital hit by football madness

first_imgThough cricket seems to have become our national sport, no Indian can entirely ignore football. School and college boys playing a fun game of football come rain or angry sun. Football is an adrenaline fuelled sport and the age old rivalries of East Bengal and Mohan Bagan or Brazil versus the rest of the world is legendary for football lovers. And thanks to the extensive sports coverage, footballs clubs from across oceans have found loyal fans in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Something closer to home, Noida witnessed a high-energy football tournament on 24 August. Nine spirited teams from various Bengali associations across Delhi and Noida clashed in the Pushpa Saha Memorial One Day and Night Football Tournament held at Kali Bari Ground, Sector 26, Noida. Aniel Kuumar Saha, CMD of SAHA Groupe, who is an ardent follower and supporter of the sport himself, sponsored the exciting event.The tournament was played with much vigour and enthusiasm by the teams to promote football, a game close to every Bengali’s heart. Anadi Barua, a former Indian international football player and the present coach of Indian women’s football team and India’s football team selector, graced the occasion as a distinguished guest. The games began at 3 pm and continued with rousing cheers for the competing teams till late night. The tournament was organised by the Noida Bengali Cultural Association.last_img read more