Losing more gold medals? Not worried says Bolt

first_imgUsain Bolt The world’s fastest man Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt says he harbors no fear of losing further relay medals should future tests reveal doping violations by teammates.Bolt, former world record holder Asafa Powell and Michael Frater were stripped of their 2008 Olympic 4x100m relay gold medal when first leg runner Nesta Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine after samples were re-tested.Bolt’s Olympic medal tally was reduced to eight instead of nine as a result, robbing him of the famous triple-triple accolade in the process.The medals lost could, however, be quite significant for the global icon should Carter’s samples fail to pass the future re-tests.Carter was the starter in the 2012 Olympic Games relay team and 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championship teams.  The 31-year-old Carter has since appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).“Even if I lose all my relay gold medals, for me, I did what I had to do, my personal goals,” Bolt said in a recent CNN interview.The sprinter has ruled out an appearance at the 2022 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.“Maybe if it had come before the Olympics, maybe it would have taken away a little from me, and then I would have thought about it, but the fact that I got the chance to say, ‘the triple-triple,’ kind of made me feel good,” he said.last_img read more

Five Ivy League Colleges jostle for Trinidadian teenager

first_imgFive U.S. Ivy League universities are lining up to enroll a brilliant 17-year-old Trinidadian youngster who has aced the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).The teen, Malcolm Reid has landed acceptance letters from five United States Ivy League universities, including the prestigious Harvard University.Reid, also known as “Jamieson”, will make his decision by April 25 on which university he will choose as he will spend the next couple weeks visiting the institutions and meeting the staff and alumni.Malcolm was also accepted into the College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and Brown University.The young man migrated to the United States two and a half years ago.last_img read more

Four year old girl mauled by dog in Miami-Dade

first_imgWitnesses said the 4-year-old tried to grab a toy and that’s when the dog turned on the little girl.“She got chewed up pretty bad — cheek, back of the head, her ear, inner thigh,” said Mike Gonzalez, who also lives nearby.Animal Services did not remove the dog Monday night, but officials said the owner planned to surrender the canine Tuesday. The dog, named Troy, is a male terrier mix.The young girl was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital. Police did not release the child’s identity. A 4-year-old girl underwent emergency surgery Monday after she was attacked by a dog in Southwest Miami-Dade.The child was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition after the incident happened on Southwest 161st Street and 154th Court, officials said. The family’s pet attacked the young girl inside the home.David Fernandez, who lives next door, said he heard screaming before he saw the girl with bloody wounds to her face and leg.last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Returns To Manchester United, To Wear Jersey Number 10

first_imgManchester United have announced the return of striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one year deal.The 35-year-old Swede, who is recuperating from his knee injury at United’s training facility and is expected to be fully fit by December, scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for United last season.Confirming the return, Jose Mourinho told Manchester United’s official website: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us.”“After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”He’s not finished yet – @Ibra_official has signed a new one-year contract with #MUFC! https://t.co/ATiksSrLDT pic.twitter.com/PDh9fDEgrg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Ibrahimovic joined United on a free transfer in July 2016 and was released last June following the knee injury that ended his season prematurely last April.The big Swede told manutd.com: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay.”“I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.”“I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”RelatedVideo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Back?!August 21, 2017In “England”Champions League Ouster Prompted Ibrahimovic ExitMarch 28, 2018In “England”Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Nominated For MLS MVPOctober 31, 2018In “Events”last_img read more

Wozniacki Clinch WTA Finals Trophy With Win Over Venus

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki has clinched the WTA Finals trophy in Singapore after he defeated Venus Williams in straight sets.The Danish star saw off Venus 6-4 6-4 to win the final trophy of the season on Sunday in what was her first career win over the American.The 27-year old had been beaten by Venus in seven previous matches before she made it eighth time lucky to win her first WTA Finals. She was a runner-up in 2010.Speaking after the match on-court, Wozniacki said:“I’m still shaking.”“I was up 5-0, everything was going well, and all of a sudden, Venus just starts upping her game. She went for her shots, she started serving to my body, and I’m just so happy that I managed to win in the end.” she added.Wozniacki speaking further said: “Eight is my lucky number!”“I was hoping that if I’m going to beat her, at least once in my career, it has to be today.  I just went out there and I just did my best.” Wozniacki concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

Eagles Land In Russia Ahead Of Huge Argentina Clash

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have touched down in Russia ahead of the big international friendly clash with 2-time world champions Argentina.The team’s status was revealed via the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles on Saturday night. The friendly match between the two countries is scheduled for the Krasnodar Stadium in Krasnodar on Tuesday, November 14 and is part of preparations for the two teams ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.The last time both teams met was in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and it was Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi who stole the show as he scored a brace to lead Argentina to a 3-2 win. He is however expected to miss Tuesday’s game after his manager Jorge Sampaoli chose to rest him.RelatedRohr Set To Drop Ezenwa For Argentina ClashNovember 13, 2017In “FIFA”Eagles Are Stronger Than Ghana – Iceland Assistant CoachJune 21, 2018In “Africa”We Can Beat Argentina Again – IwobiFebruary 14, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

NYX boosts commercial arm with appointment of Steve Mayes as Third Party Sales lead

first_img Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Submit Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Share Share Steve MayesToronto TSX-listed industry platform and systems provider NYX Gaming has moved to strengthen its commercial team announcing the appointment of Steve Mayes as new Third Party Sales Director.Mayes joins the NYX commercial team from Playtech, where he held the position of Commercial Manager for Playtech Open Platform and further industry business intelligence tools.In his new role, Mayes will be responsible for growing NYX Gaming Group’s network of third-party suppliers including game developers, payment providers and trading services across its sportsbook, casino, lottery and bingo operations.“I’m thrilled and excited to have joined NYX Gaming Group. They have a fantastic customer base and a growing partner network with many of the leading suppliers in the industry,” said Mayes on joining NYX Gaming“My focus will be to work closely with our internal product leads and partners across the business to implement a clear third-party strategy. It’s important that NYX continues to attract and build long-term relationships with best-of-breed suppliers across casino, sportsbook and our full portfolio of products to offer the best possible third-party network for our customers.”NYX Gaming Group CEO Matt Davey said: “We are happy to welcome Steve to the NYX Gaming Group team where he will have an integral role within our strategy that will further improve the products we offer our customers.“Steve has extensive experience in the betting and gaming industry following his time at bet365 and Playtech. He will be a valuable member of our third-party network and we look forward to working alongside him.”last_img read more

Scientific Games puts forward $350 million note issue for NYX acquisition

first_img Updating the market, the governance of Nasdaq-listed gambling technology supplier Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has announced that it will sanction a private offering of $350 million senior secured notes due for reimbursement in 2025.  SGC governance will use the net proceeds of its note offering, to fund its cash and debt $631 million outright acquisition of NYX Gaming Group assets, announced on 20 September.The technology supplier informs that should its pending acquisition of Toronto TSX-listed NYX be suspended, SGC will use the funds for general corporate purposes, which may include the prepayment of corporate loan borrowings under the previous terms of its existing credit facilities.This September, SGC announced that it had entered a ‘definitive agreement’ to acquire all related NYX assets, with a view to accelerate its digital gambling dynamics and further gain a strong foothold in the global sports betting market gaining NYX’s OpenBet division as a new vertical.Expanding its omni-channel capabilities, SGC will seek to create a new ‘digital gambling division’ led by current NYX CEO Matt Davey, who will join SGC as President of Digital Gaming should the acquisition be approved.Taking over NYX assets, SGC will gain one of the biggest industry digital services portfolio, as NYX services a number of tier1 industry operators for platform and games content provisions including William Hill, Betsson, bet365 and Caesars Interactive. Scientific Games records $198m loss as COVID swamps casino and lottery performance July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

NSoft releases Lucky Six to Efbet Romania

first_imgShare Submit Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Continuing its expansion into the Romanian market, NSoft has launched its most popular set of virtual draw based games Lucky Six, Lucky X and Next Six in Romania, on the SEVEN platform.The news follows on from multiple successful NSoft launches in the last few months, including its recent breakthrough into the Polish market with Greyhound Races, Virtual Motorcycle Speedway and Live Betting MTS.All the games hat are part of the new expansion are running with RNG (Random Number Generator) in the background. Since they are founded on computer generated events, their benefit is that they can be played all the time therefore players can enjoy it 24/7.Forming in 2008, NSoft’s stated aim is to provide betting shop owners with powerful and visually appealing platforms, amazing virtual games and a data-packed sportsbook – while also helping them grow their business.NSoft’s content and technology are delivered throughout a modern customer platform providing dynamic gaming solutions and remaining fully focused on ensuring the most realistic user experience possible.Romanian gambling regulator ONJN recently issued the first set of B2B licenses in the country, following on from that just three months later, it issued the first batch of licenses to online operators in the region. Nonetheless, in spite of the Romanian market being relatively young one it’s one that’s retained growth since it opened its doors in 2015.last_img read more

InCrowd’s John O’Connor: Delivering betting-based engagement for fans and sports brands

first_img Since the end of the domestic football season, InCrowd has been working with Sky Sports to raise anticipation levels for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.  The fan marketing platform provider forged a successful partnership with the “multimedia colossus” to develop ‘Road to Moscow’, an interactive pre-tournament predictor game which saw 9% of those who played backing England to lift the World Cup.We caught up with John O’Connor, the company’s head of business development and sports betting, to discuss the future of mobile first-platforms, and why games like Sky Sports ‘Road to Moscow’ are a significant step in the right direction for InCrowd.SBC: John, can you give us a quick rundown of what InCrowd do?JOC: InCrowd has built its own proprietary native mobile app platform. The initial focus was football but we are now active in cricket, rugby union, rugby league and motor sport. InCrowd help rights holders understand their customer from both a transactional and behavioural viewpoint, and then use this information to deliver timely and relevant messages that drive engagement and enhance propensity to spend against the brand.     SBC: How can InCrowd apply its experience in app development and data analysis to lead the way in regard to mobile-first technology within the betting industry?JOC: Driving incremental revenue is a business fundamental for InCrowd. Having successfully launched mobile ticketing with our partner clubs, betting was an obvious “next product” to put in front of the audience we have developed.   ‘Road To Moscow’ is a key milestone for InCrowd and a statement of intention. After an initial focus on generating engagement and transactional revenues for rights holders and sports brands, ‘Road To Moscow’ sees us working with a multimedia colossus and with a tier one betting partner offering the transactional outlet.SBC: What sets ‘Road To Moscow’ apart from the games we are already seeing in the industry?JOC: The launch of ‘Road To Moscow’ is a step change from the free-to-play (FTP) games have been positioned as the universal panacea in the gaming industry, but there is a science to deployment – UX is vital, games must be intuitive and easy to play, engaging and entertaining with the ability to develop opinion and conversation. The post prediction environment is crucial, and the betting transaction is just one of the engagement options. Unilateral solutions won’t deliver but ‘Road To Moscow’ does on all of the above.SBC: What is the next step for InCrowd, based on the success of ‘Road To Moscow’?JOC: ‘Road to Moscow’ generated over 2.6 million predictions in three weeks. It’s a prime example of something that really works and engages users. InCrowd want to work with betting brands to help them deliver against sponsorship spend. We view betting as a similar opportunity to selling a ticket or a piece of merchandise. The engagement plays may be FTP games, but it could also be polls, voting on MOTM and goal/try/shot of the season. The Our League app, developed by InCrowd in partnership with the RFL, enables Sky Sports viewers of Super League to vote on MOTM via app/TV dual illumination – this provides engagement for the broadcast audience and provides another customer channel for the title sponsor Betfred.SBC: And what does the future look like for InCrowd?JOC: InCrowd will be looking to work with new sports, in new territories and with new brands over the next two years. Increasing ticketing and betting revenue will remain a focus for the sports in which we are already active.  InCrowd has always been focused on generating valuable fan data, but moving forward there is an increased focus on the visualisation and accessibility of this data for our partners. We are building sophisticated insights platforms with real time data that will become vital tools for stakeholders in sport to solve a number of commercial ambitions. It’s all about understanding sports fans, fan types and their behaviours to tailor the right messages and campaigns to the right people at the right time, and crucially with digital platforms that allow communication to take place on a segmented and personalised level. StumbleUpon Submit Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020last_img read more

Befred online bingo advertisement not upheld by ASA

first_img StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Submit The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decided against upholding a complaint against a recent Betfred advert, after an individual questioned whether the broadcast normalised gambling.The advert in question featured a woman in the bath, a man preparing a meal and a woman exercising, all while playing online bingo on mobile devices.A voice-over could be heard during the advert, stating: “Love to chill in the bath? Make it a thrill and a laugh with Betfred bingo. Forget those two little ducks, soak up the action and win big bucks. You can even join in whilst making the tea with games from as little as just 1p.“Play with Betfred bingo and enjoy top promotions such as daily free bingo games, bonus back and more. Put the fun back into [the] house. Kick back and bingo with Betfred.”The complaint pertained to whether or not the advert could be construed as irresponsible. Betfred, in response to the complaint, commented: the ad did not suggest that people should play bingo excessively, or that it should take priority over any other social interaction.”The bookmaker further added that there was no promotion of high stakes gambling, nor were any negative associated emotions displayed during the advert either. The advert was intended to imply that playing online bingo could become a part of a player’s leisure time, and not something that could be essential to someone’s enjoyment.Furthermore, Betfred emphasised that gambling was not shown as being indispensable, characters were not displayed as being isolated figures and the ad did not portray a taboo or forbidden act which people should be ashamed of or hide, but the community aspect of bingo.The ASA, in response to the complaint, stated “the ad focused on how people could gamble using Betfred bingo while also undertaking tasks or leisure activities around the house. The characters taking a bath and exercising were shown playing bingo in conjunction with doing those tasks, rather than instead of them. Gambling was therefore not portrayed as taking priority over those tasks or as indispensable.“During the section showing the character preparing a meal, he was seen throwing food in the air when he realised he had won a prize. While we considered the character’s exaggerated reaction to winning showed he was briefly distracted from his task, again we did not consider that this scene portrayed gambling as taking priority in life.“We concluded that the ad did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible, or portray gambling as indispensable or as taking priority in life.” Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

October sees GamCare Helpline become a 24hr service

first_img Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share UK problem gambling support and treatment charity GamCare has reminded its betting industry and national health stakeholders that from 1 October 2019, the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ will be run as a 24-hour service.The National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) updates its operating schedule of 8am-to-midnight, transforming into a ‘UK Helplines’ accredited 24-hour support structure open every day of the year.GamCare is able to extend its support functions thanks to funding provided by GambleAware, allowing the charity to operate its helpline as a ‘two-year pilot scheme’ with the aim of offering instant round-the-clock support for anyone impacted by problem gambling across the UK.The UK charity reminds stakeholders that its team of advisers are trained to further help the family and friends of problem gambling victims, providing advice and on treatment and support options available across local communities, online or over the phone.Anna Hemmings, CEO at GamCare, said: “It is important that treatment and support services reflect the availability of gambling. As such, we are delighted to be able to extend the hours of operation of the National Gambling Helpline to further support those affected by gambling related harm.“With the 24-hour nature of gambling, people sometimes feel at their most isolated overnight, when other support services are closed. They will now be able to reach our highly trained advisers 24 hours a day, who can offer immediate support, advice and referral to our network of treatment services nationally.”Helen Garratt, Director of Clinical Services, added: “GamCare provides a wide range of services to people in need, and we are very pleased that the helpline hours can now extend this support throughout the night. People can be trying hard to change their gambling, but the sheer availability of gambling options makes it a struggle. We hope that the new availability of the National Gambling Helpline will be able to match this round-the-clock activity and offer even more support.”Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, commented: “GambleAware is responsible for commissioning the National Gambling Helpline, which is a core element of an emerging National Gambling Treatment Service. Our priority is to keep people safe and to ensure support services are easily accessible. As such, we are pleased to be funding an extension to the helpline’s operating hours, and we will evaluate its performance over time.”Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, said: “The pilot to extend the hours of the National Gambling Helpline is a very welcome step. GamCare’s specialist advisers are now there if people need support at any hour of the day. This change arose out of the input of people with lived experience into research and demonstrates why that continued input is vital.”last_img read more

Valencia moves to revamp its autonomous gambling code

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Valencia becomes the latest Spanish autonomous region to update its laws governing gambling establishments operating within its municipality.Concluding its plenary session, Valencia’s municipal government ‘Generalitat Valenciana‘ confirmed that it had given approval to drafting the ‘Ley del Juego’ bill, moving to establish measures preventing minors from accessing gambling halls and implementing further support programs tackling problem gambling.In its mandate, the council underlines that Valencia requires a comprehensive makeover of its gambling code, which has not been updated since 1988.Furthermore, Valencia’s municipal government seeks to develop a ‘single regulatory text’ updating legal and fiscal requirements for gambling venues, which must ‘adapt to new social, economic and technological realities’.Laws related to operating land-based gambling venues are sanctioned by the regional governments of Spain’s seventeen autonomous communities, who determine individual standards and business requirements.Moving to revamp its gambling frameworks, Valencia will seek to establish tougher ‘street-level controls’ supervising public access to licensed gambling venues.In turn, the Valencian government will significantly increase penalties on venues that do not undertake age verifications or background-check vulnerable customers against its municipal self-exclusion registry.Further controls will see Valencia ban the ‘cashing of prizes in bars’, limiting the services of licensed gambling venues, with the regional government further confirming that it will reclassify the authorisation of which premises can operate ‘type-b’ fruit machines.Scrutiny of gambling establishments has intensified across Spain this 2019, with the governments of Madrid and Euskadi revising laws on gambling premises, customer verification and marketing of services.Last week, Barcelona’s city council confirmed that it would not allow for any more gambling expansions for a period of one year, supporting the city’s addiction treatment networks.last_img read more

MGA cancels Sports Fantech’s B2C gaming licence

first_img Related Articles Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Share Share Submit MGA survey reveals investment postponements as COVID-19 biggest rupture  May 28, 2020 StumbleUpon MGA report reveals 14 licences cancelled in 2019 June 23, 2020 The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has continued its crackdown on operators in breach of the country’s gaming laws after it confirmed it has cancelled Sports Fantech’s B2C gaming licence with immediate effect. Under the new ruling, Sports Fantech will no longer be permitted to carry out any gaming operations, register new players or accept new customer deposits. However, the regulator has specified that the operator ‘is required to retain and provide all registered players with access to their player accounts and to refund all funds standing to the credit of players in line with the applicable law’.Sports Fantech was previously authorised to offer type 4 gaming services such as controlled skill games on a B2C basis via its licence.The MGA ruled that Sports Fantech breached paragraph H of the Third Schedule to the Gaming Act, whereby it failed to make payments to the MGA when lawfully due.Sports Fantech will be permitted to appeal the ruling under article 43 of the Gaming Act. Earlier this year, the MGA announced a trio of licensee suspensions, confirming that it had suspended the licences of German/Turkish online bookmaker Betixx Limited, alongside Silema-based industry games developer Morpheus Games (MT).The MGA also fully terminated the operator licence of World-of-bets EU Limited, which had held a licence in Malta since 2008. Under the termination, the regulator redirected visitors from the World-of-bets flagship portal wobets.com towards an MGA holding page.last_img read more

EC investigates Bundesland casino tax regimes

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Share The European Commission has confirmed this week that it will investigate German state regulatory frameworks attached to land-based casino taxation policy to assess whether certain tax grants favour state-owned operators.Confirming its investigation, the EC details that it has received several complaints branding Bundesland (German state) tax grants and guarantees offered to ‘public casinos’ as forms of state aid, breaching European Union business laws.Furthermore, the EC will assess whether additional state-level tax charges placed on the ‘economic capabilities’ of private casino operators have created an unequal marketplace for competition.At present, there are 65 land-based casinos operating in Germany, of which half are owned or part-owned by Bundesland authorities.Under existing regulatory frameworks, individual German states have the authority to set individual licensing conditions and operator taxation rates within their respective Bundesland ‘Casino Acts’.Of particular concern, the EC will investigate the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia’s adaptation of its ‘Casino Act’, which is alleged to have granted numerous tax concessions to state-backed operator Westspiel GMBH, which allow the operator to secure its market dominance across the region.EC officials confirm that individual parties and wider stakeholders will be allowed the opportunity to submit comments and information with regards to assisting its investigation on German casino taxation. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

bet365 shows the way to Google search success says Receptional

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon There are almost as many Google searches for bet365 by UK consumers as there are for its top three competitors combined, according to new research from Receptional.As part of a new eBook, ‘What’s new in Gaming PPC?‘, Receptional revealed that searches for bet365’s brand each month topped 6.5 million (6,504,290), with searches for its closest competitors William Hill (3.14 million), Sky Bet (2.74 million) and Ladbrokes (1.66 million) just exceeding the 7.5 million mark.Receptional, a digital agency founded in 1999 to specialise in search marketing, also highlighted the three key factors considered by Google to measure the quality of ad campaigns, and in turn determine how much an advertiser needs to pay – ad click through rate, ad relevance and landing page experience.Inevitably, the eBook encourages online gambling advertisers to tailor ads to mobile given that “mobile traffic accounts for 80% of searches in most consumer markets”. Meanwhile, it also covers “interesting and exciting changes” to audience targeting and Google increasing the size of its search ads by 76%, as well as responsive search ads, ad extensions and video ads.Last year, Receptional generated 621 million views and 6.9 million clicks on Google’s ad network. To download the eBook, click here. Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Digitain enters Portuguese and Romanian markets

first_imgShare Submit Digitain has continued its global expansion with the launch of its product offering in Portugal and Romania. The move further enhances Digitain’s extensive international reach as it looks to push its sportsbook software, sports data and tracking systems and casino aggregation among its other products.Nora Galstyan, Compliance Manager at Digitain, stated: “Going live in Portugal and Romania is another win in our ambitious plans for continued international expansion, with plenty of other exciting market entries also in the pipeline for 2020.“The debuts allow us to further enlarge our operator network, giving a range of Portuguese and Romanian operators the chance to service their sportsbook with one of the most respected global platforms on the market.”The news follows Digitain’s recent accreditations by Gaming Associates, which enables the company to supply its sportsbook in EU-based markets where regulators do not mandate individual compliance checks. Digitain’s API provides an intuitive multi-lingual, multi-currency, customisable interface that can be easily integrated, allowing for effective services with both new and existing platforms for online and land-based operators, no matter where the partner is based.Digitain’s latest partnership continues the company’s progressive year having been granted a B2B licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) in February. The licence allowed Digitain to supply a wide array of Tier 1 B2C operators across Malta, as well as extending its global player reach.In December 2019, Digitain was also given the green light to expand into Romania after gaining a Class 2 licence certification from the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN). Share Related Articles Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020last_img read more

Highlight Games inks new partnership with Microgame S.p.A

first_img Related Articles Highlight Games goes live with MaxBet June 26, 2020 Submit Highlight Games goes global with ComeOn deal June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Highlight Games’ SOCCERBET goes live with Iforium July 29, 2020 Share London-based video virtual sports specialist Highlight Games has agreed to supply its virtual sports products to Microgame S.p.A after securing a new partnership with the Italian platform provider. The agreement will see Highlight Games offer its Soccerbet product featuring Italian and English games in league and single match formats, as well as the NBA Last 60 across Microgame’s retail, online and mobile channels.Soccerbet is currently available with Italian operators including GoldBet, Sisal, Lottomatica, Snaitech and Eurobet.Nick Gardiner, Co-CEO, Highlight Games, commented: “I’m delighted to announce this important deal with Microgame, which further strengthens Highlight Games’ position in the Italian virtual sports market. “The appetite for our exclusive games continues to grow globally, and I’m pleased to add Microgame to our expanding list of valued customers in Italy.”Marco Castaldo, CEO, Microgame S.p.A added: “I’m thrilled to be offering Highlight Games’ compelling video virtual sports content to our players. “Soccerbet has revolutionised the virtual sports market in Italy and we can’t wait to offer Soccerbet and NBA Last 60 to our customers’ online, retail and mobile players.”Earlier this year, Highlight Games secured a new agreement with Sisal Loterie Maroc to supply its Soccerbet single-match product to customers of the Moroccan National Lottery (SGLN) in over 700 retail locations across Morocco.last_img read more

H2K write open letter to EU LCS community, threatens to exit the EU LCS

first_imgH2K esports released a letter late last week slamming the set-up of the European LCS and Riot for the substantial losses they’re incurring.The organisation outlines first and foremost that it’s an organisation based in the United States, but has been committed to the European region as a result of competing in League of Legends. The letter goes on to commend Riot for the organised structure of the League of Legends esports format, which sees the European League of Legends Championship Series sitting atop the European division format, with the European Challenger Series a division below.last_img read more

exceL Esports finds new health sponsor in Neubria

first_imgexceL Esports has brought Neubria, a health supplement company, on board as its official health sponsor. Neubria has launched one of the UK’s first gaming supplements, which is said to aid gamers during training and competitive matches.Together, both exceL and Neubria will create unique content that looks at the health aspect of being a competitive gamer.Josh “Furndog” Furneaux, Head Coach of exceL Esports discussed the partnership in a statement: “It’s really exciting as the head coach of exceL Esports that our partnership with Neubria has come to fruition. We are once again paving the way for the UK scene’s development by demonstrating the importance of physiological and psychological development as essential components of peak performance. Our healthy body, healthy mind approach is aiding in breaking down the gamer stereotypes in order to professionalise the esports industry in the UK.”Rosendo “Send0o” Fuentes Boveda, Player for exceL Esports also commented: “As a professional esports athlete it always helps to stay one step ahead of the competition no matter what. This is something that the new partnership between exceL and Neubria is really helping to push. I believe it is as important to be as healthy in mind as in body in order to play to your full potential. With Neubria as exceL’s newest partner, I have no doubt that my own performance and that of the entire team will improve exponentially.”exceL Esports has added Neubria to its existing list of partners, which includes OMEN by HP, Cooler Master, Scuf Gaming, Gamers Apparel, Zip Buddy, and Twitch.Esports Insider says: Other supplement companies have done great things in the industry, so we hope to see a nice and fruitful partnership for both exceL and Neubria.last_img read more

Chelsea will have to pay £4m in compensation to take Lampard from Derby

first_imgLampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Sarri is closing in on a return to Italy with Juventus Sarri, who guided Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League win, will complete a return to Italy after a single season in English football. Other managers have been linked with the role, but it is understood Lampard is now Chelsea’s top choice to replace the outgoing Italian.Massimiliano Allegri, who had been touted as a potential candidate for the role, announced on Thursday he is to take a year out of football after leaving Juventus.Lampard still has two years on his existing contract, and it is understood while he would find it impossible to turn Chelsea down if an offer is made to him, he is also very respectful of Derby’s fans and the club’s owner, Mel Morris, who gave him his first chance as a manager. Lampard spent 13 years in west London, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League, and Champions League, becoming the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the process.Morris, who started his playing career at Chelsea, impressed as a youth coach at Stamford Bridge before leaving to join Lampard at Derby.Both have an acute understanding of the club’s youth setup and players who are out on loan, which could be vital given their impending transfer ban.Chelsea have appealed against their two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.If Chelsea appoint Lampard, he will be the first English manager to take charge of the club in 23 years. Source: Scenter_img Under the terms of his current deal, any club wishing to take him is required to pay £3.5m in compensation to Derby and that figure rises to £4m if the buying club is playing Champions League football, which Chelsea will be doing next season.With negotiations and legal discussions yet to start, it is thought it may still take a week or more before Lampard could be introduced as the new Chelsea manager.Lampard enjoyed an impressive debut season in management, leading Derby to the Championship play-off final where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.Chelsea are facing the prospect of a two-window transfer ban but would be appointing two figures with a deep understanding of the club should Lampard return alongside his Derby assistant Jody Morris. Derby will demand £4m in compensation if Chelsea are to take Frank Lampard as their new manager – though there is a clause in his contract which allows him to move, according to Sky Sports News.Chelsea are yet to make a formal approach, but Derby are bracing themselves for that to happen now an agreement has been reached for Maurizio Sarri to take over at Juventus.Sky in Italy understand that, while Chelsea and Juventus have agreed the details of Sarri’s move to Turin, he will not be confirmed until the Premier League club have finalised plans for his replacement, who they hope will be Lampard. Maurizio Sarri won the Europa League trophy with Chelsealast_img read more

Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah named in African Team of the Decade

first_imgGhanaian footballers, Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah have been named in the Supersports African Team of the Decade.The list includes legendary Egyptian goalkeeper, El Hadary, Ivorian midfielder, Yaya Toure and Nigerian winger, Musa Ahmed.The list has however been criticized by fans on social media as some iconic players missed the list.Drogba won the league and Fa in 2010, won the UCL and Fa cup in 2012, won the league and league cup in 2015. Maybe decade has another meaning— Callum_Cheek77 (@hadheyhemor) December 27, 2019 Drogba for Gyan, Mo Salah for Musa and Kolo Toure for Aurier….then shift Mane to occupy Musa’s position— Samuel Wamujwa (@SWamujwa) December 27, 2019The likes of Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Michael Essien, Mohammed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, Kolo Toure were all excluded from the XI list put together by SuperSports.Here is the list of players that were put together:4-3-3Essam El Hadary – Egypt.Serge Aurier – Ivory Coast.Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal.Medhi Benatia – Morocco.Kwadwo Asamoah – Ghana.Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast.John Obi Mikel – Nigeria.Ahmed Musa – Nigeria.Sadio Mane – Senegal.Asamoah Gyan – Ghana.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Gabon.Background:SuperSport is a South Africa-based Pan-Africa group of television channels carried on the DStv satellite platform. It provides sports content in South Africa and many other African countries.It is noted for the broadcasting of European competitions like the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Italian Serie A among other major tournaments.last_img read more

Ghana FA releases 2019/ 2020 Division One League fixtures

first_imgThe 2019-2020 Division One  League kicks off on the weekend of 10- 12 January 2020 at match venues across the country.All three zones will kick off their opening round of matches next weekend.Below are fixtures for this season’s Division One League matches for all three zones:ZONE ONE:Zone One Fixtures for 2019-2020 Division One League matches. The second tier league is scheduled to commence next weekend#BringBackTheLove#IgnitingPassionCreatingWealthForAll pic.twitter.com/RB1kkpi0G6— Division One League (@DivisionOneGH) January 2, 2020 ZONE THREE:Zone Three Fixtures for 2019-2020 Division One League matches. The second tier league is scheduled to commence next weekend#BringBackTheLove#IgnitingPassionCreatingWealthForAll pic.twitter.com/QzBtp2bWZ2— Division One League (@DivisionOneGH) January 2, 2020 ZONE TWO:Zone Two Fixtures for 2019-2020 Division One League matches. The second tier league is scheduled to commence next weekend#BringBackTheLove#IgnitingPassionCreatingWealthForAll pic.twitter.com/IN0LOXNZyw— Division One League (@DivisionOneGH) January 2, 2020last_img read more

Arsenal fans descend on C.K Akonnor after he advised Thomas Partey not to join Gunners

first_imgFans of the North London club predictably took to social media to take on the Black Stars gaffer after he made those comments, asking why the Black Stars were chasing Gunners youngster Eddie Nketiah to represent Ghana, if Akonnor didn’t think Arsenal was good enough.Some went further to accuse C.K Akonnor, who once captained German Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg and the Black Stars, of jealousy.Others, however, commended the coach for his forthrightness on the matter.Take a look at some of the reactions below: Arsenal fans weren’t too happy with Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor’s advice to midfielder Thomas Partey not to move to the Premier League club.Speaking on Starr FM on Wednesday night, Akonnor suggested that staying at Atletico Madrid might be the best thing for Partey, as he would be guaranteed Champions League football, unlike at Arsenal.“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because, with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play. With Arsenal, I’m not too sure,” Akonnor said.“I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”Akonnor, who knew that his comments would not go down well with Gunners fans, remarking: “Arsenal fans will kill me.”Thomas ParteyAnd that has indeed proven to be the case.Arsenal have been pursuing a deal for the Ghanaian midfielder since January.The English club are reluctant to pay Partey’s €50m release clause and recently had an offer of £23m plus Matteo Guendouzi rejected by Atletico.More from Citi Sportslast_img read more

DDA addresses concerns over paid parking downtown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last week we reported on possible paid parking and received quite a bit of feedback from residents on our Facebook page. We wanted to give the Downtown Development Authority the chance to respond to some of the criticism.One user posted, “there’s never been a problem parking in Alpena. All the empty store fronts and parking lots, why on earth is there an issue with parking?” DDA Executive Director Anne Gentry responded to this tweet saying, “So if you come here between 9 a.m. and noon, a lot of these lots are full already, a lot of the key spaces are full already because we have close to 800 employees downtown.”Many of the comments mentioned how the downtown area used to have paid parking, but removed meters after the mall started taking too much business.  Gentry says, “We’re at a point right now where people realize the value of our downtown again.” She added, business downtown is rising and parking will only become more of an issue. “Now that we’re seeing more businesses relocate to the downtown, we need to have a strategy to accommodate for cars that come with those.”The top comment on our post said, “Making people pay to park might not be the best for drawing to the downtown area,” which got 35 likes. Gentry says that paid parking could be necessary to make sure that there is enough parking for customers who would shop there. “We’re not just trying to get more money from people because we can. It’s because that money will go towards improving the experience for visitors, and employees that use our downtown every day.”The next DDA meeting is on September 3, at 3 p.m. at city hall. Citizens can address the board for five minutes each before the agenda starts. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Downtown Development AuthorityContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena 4-H Club helps with livestock display at the county fairNext An upcoming family 5k run to support children in need this monthlast_img read more

Kotoko eye more wins after recording first victory in Glo Premier League

first_imgAsante Kotoko board member Jerry Asare says the club’s first victory at the weekend in the Glo premier league has paved way for an unending winning streak.The porcupine warriors finally recorded their first victory in this season’s premier league after beating Berekum arsenal 2-0 at the Baba Yara stadium on Sunday. After struggling to find their rhythm in the last four premier league matches the porcupine warriors were on top of their game as Michael Helegbe and Ugandan import Joseph Ochaya scored two second-half goals to end their poor run.“This begins our winning spree and there was no way we were going to lose the match”, said Jerry Asare“I’m excited we have recorded our first victory, our supporters were down having drawn the four opening matches and this victory I must say will motivate us to do more in our subsequent matches”.And the win will serve as a timely boost ahead of their crucial visit to the Tartwa T&A Park where they face leaders, Medeama next Sunday. The win lifts Kotoko to fifth on the standings and 6 points off the summit.last_img read more

GFA bags another Black Stars sponsorship with Cheki Ghana

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association and Cheki Ghana Limited has signed a two-year agreement to sponsor the Black Stars ahead of the 2014 World Cup.The online car selling and buying firm signed the agreement worth $100,000 at a ceremony held at the Ghana FA headquarters in Accra on Thursday.Country Director of Cheki Eric Amoako Twum says the opportunity to associate with a powerful brand like the Black Stars was too much of an attraction to ignore.“The Black Stars is the passion of the nation and we wanted to be part of something that truly binds the nation like the Black Stars,” he said at the event“We are looking to grow our brand and for us, the Black Stars provides us with the most powerful support needed to do this.”Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who signed the agreement on behalf of the Ghana FA says the new sponsorship deal will help further enhance the finances needed to guarantee the continued success of the Black Stars. “What this sponsorship does is that it makes the kitty for the Black Stars bigger so that we are able to offer better bonuses to the players and also employ competent staff,” he said.“Money plays a very key role in the success of any organisation especially football and we are happy with this new sponsorship agreement.”Ghana will be making a third successive appearance at the World Cup this June in Brazil.The Black Stars look to go at least one better than their quarter final feat achieved in the last finals four years ago in South Africa.last_img read more

Watch Video:Ayittey Powers & Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan perform for President John Mahama

first_imgCheck out the performance of Brazil ambassador Shatta Wale, Ayittey Powers and captain Asamoah Gyan performing at the Banquet Hall for the Black Stars before they left for Holland.last_img

Ghana medics to continue assessment of Kwarasey injury

first_imgGhana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey will be assessed by the medical staff after leaving training early with a suspected thigh injury on Tuesday in Miami.The medical team will monitor Kwarasey in the coming hours as the continue with their assessment to determine the degree of the injury.Kwarasey pulled out of the Black Stars’ training at the Florida International University early on Tuesday after suffering the injury.Ghana will play South Korea in their final warm-up match on Monday before jetting out to Brazil for the World Cup.last_img read more

Ghana U-23 to begin preparations ahead of Olympic Qualifiers

first_imgCoach of Ghana’s Under twenty three (U-23) team, Malik Jabir has emphasised he will begin the 2015 All-Africa and 2016 Olympic Games qualifying preparation on Monday October, 20.The Black Meteors will engage their Liberia counterparts  in the preliminary round of the Congo-Brazzaville All-Africa Games football qualifiers on dates yet to be confirmed by the Confederation of African Football(CAF).According to the CAF calender, Ghana is likely to play Congo in the second qualifying round if they oust Liberia. Should they survive that test, they will face Nigeria in the final qualifying round which looks like a difficult qualification route for Malik Jabir and his charges.“We are starting the preparation for the qualifiers on Monday and I think we have no time to waste and will be monitoring our group opponents,” Malik said.The Meteors were due to travel to Egypt and play an International friendly with Egypt’s U-23 team, but the said match hit a snag due to lack of preparation on the part of the Meteors.last_img read more

David Ginola to run for Fifa presidency against Sepp Blatter

first_imgFormer France international David Ginola says he will stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.Despite the announcement, it is not certain Ginola will actually be able to carry through his intention.He needs the support of five football associations and must show active involvement in football for two of the past five years to be eligible.Ginola, 47, is being backed by a betting firm with whom he has arranged a news conference in London on Friday.He served as an ambassador for England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.A spokeswoman for the former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder said: “We will be looking for the full support of Uefa and five football associations.” Nominations for the presidency of world football’s governing body close on 29 January.Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and former diplomat Jerome Champagne, who joined Fifa in 1999, are the other candidates to announce they will stand.Blatter has been Fifa president since 1998 and is seeking a a fifth term in officelast_img read more

Chiellini to miss date with Suarez in Champions League Final

first_imgJuventus’s hopes of winning the Champions League suffered a devastating blow as key defender Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out with an injury.Chiellini had reportedly been struggling with a calf problem on Wednesday, but it was not initially thought to be serious. But on Thursday Juventus confirmed that a scan had revealed a first grade tear to the player’s soleus muscle in his left leg, which rules him out of contention for the match.The 30-year-old centre-back has been one of Juventus’s key players this season, with some suggesting he is the key to stopping Barcelona’s mighty strike force of Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Juventus were already a long shot before Chiellini’s injury, with bookmakers pricing them at 5-1 to win the match in 90 minutes and 12-5 to lift the trophy, against Barcelona at 13-20 and 4-11 respectively. But without the Italian international, Juventus’s hopes of winning the tournament – and with it, a historic treble – will lengthen further.WHO WILL REPLACE HIM?Chiellini’s place in the starting line-up will undoubtedly be taken by Andrea Barzagli, who has been in and out of the side since returning from a serious ankle injury just a few months ago. Since his return the 34-year-old Italy international has played a key role, either at the heart of a back-four or on the right of a back three, producing solid defensive performances in key matches including the Serie A-clinching victory away at Sampdoria at the beginning of May.Chiellini has made 44 appearances for the Turin giants this season scoring a single goal. –last_img read more

Real Madrid advance to Liga ACB semi-finals

first_imgReal Madrid advanced to the Liga ACB semi-finals on Sunday, after routing Herbalife Gran Canaria.The league’s most successful club with 31 titles are on track to continue their domination of Spanish bastketball’s domestic league, joining Barcelona (19 titles) in the semi-finals.Sergio Rodriguez (26 points) and Sergio Llull (22) helped power Real to a 93-86 game two win at Gran Canaria Arena, progressing from their best-of-three series 2-0.Gustavo Ayon (10 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double performance for the Spanish capital club, while Albert Oliver (18 points) top-scored for Gran Canaria.Real Madrid will play either Bilbao or Valencia in the final four, with that series set for a game three on Monday.The semi-finals and finals in the Spanish domestic basketball league are best-of-five-match series.last_img read more

UCL Preview: PSG, Real Madrid set to entertain, Manchester clubs face tricky tests

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have won five games on the trot, and will certainly send out more pure attacking talent than anyone Real Madrid’s faced this season. Headlining their attack are household names Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, who have six goals apiece this season. Zlatan, 34 now, is not the physical specimen he once was, but the man still holds his unreal ability to find the net from nearly anywhere. Meanwhile Cavani has taken a dip of form following an electric start to the season, having not scored since September.PSG’s midfield is really where their magic happens. With Matuidi, Motta, and Verratti, PSG’s had no problems creating chances (6 per match) for their targetmen. But PSG, too, felt the undying wrath of the international break, with Matuidi, Verratti, Angel Di María, and keeper Kevin Trapp all nursing injuries. Though the severity and duration of their players’ injuries pales in comparison to Real’s. Trapp will miss the match for certain, and the rest of them should be ready to go.Where to even start with Real Madrid’s injuries?Gareth Bale has been ruled out with a thigh injury. Luka Modrić and Karim Benzema are hopeful to play against PSG, but one could argue it might be better to let them take their time. Modrić and Benz are vital to Real Madrid, and to rush them back from muscle and hamstring injuries, respectively, would be short-sighted. Pepe and James are unlikely to make the trip.Sergio Ramos seems to be ready to go, so yay. Juventus vs. Borussia Monchengladach is indeed a top-of-the-table vs. bottom-of-the-table situation. And, for all intents and purposes, if Juventus do win on Wednesday night, they will be sitting pretty atop the group with nine points — exactly what you want after three Champions League group stage games and two of the next three away from home.That sounds like a pretty good spot to be in, doesn’t it?Easier said than done, sure, but as we have come to know about this version of Juventus, they certainly look the part when playing against European competition. That might not always be the case in Serie A — although Sunday’s derby draw was a step in the right direction — but it’s been true in the Champions League. They got the job done on the road at Manchester City. They dispatched of Sevilla rather easily, and now we look for them to get three more points at home against the only club in the group yet to win a game.Manchester City have the opportunity to move into the top two in Champions League Group D when they welcome Sevilla to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.City face the first of back-to-back Champions League fixtures against the La Liga side, but come into the game in excellent goalscoring form after hitting six past Newcastle and five past Bournemouth in their last two Premier League matches. Unai Emery’s Sevilla have failed to match the form that led to fifth place in La Liga last season, and currently have just nine points from their opening eight league games.Inconsistency has been their main concern, with impressive wins over Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach followed by disappointing performances against Celta Vigo and Eibar.On a sodden night in the Russian capital seven years ago, Rooney and his team-mates defeated Chelsea on penalties to clinch United’s third European Cup.The venue may be different – CSKA Moscow play in the Khimki Arena, not the Luzhniki Stadium – but the feeling of going back to Moscow remains the same for Rooney ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Group B encounter. The 29-year-old, speaking to the English press aboard United’s chartered flight east, recalled that night in Moscow with a warm smile.“It was the highlight of my career,” the striker said. “It is a massive competition to play in, to win the trophy it’s obviously great memories.”The Champions League has brought Rooney pain in his career too, including last year when he had to watch it from the sidelines because of United’s failure to qualify under former manager David Moyes.“We want to get back to winning trophies, of course. That is why you play football – to try and be successful, certainly at this club,” Rooney said. “In the last few years we haven’t been good enough.“There has been a big change in the club over the last few years and it’s now starting to settle back down into a good rhythm with what the manager wants from us and we are improving. “If we keep going the way we are, keep improving the way we are, then we will have a good chance of being successful.”Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is hoping to avoid another “horrible” night against United.The last time United came up against CSKA was six years ago. United won 1-0 in the Russian capital, but in the opposing fixture CSKA came within a whisker of recording a historic win.CSKA established a 3-1 lead over the hosts, but Paul Scholes pulled one back and Antonio Valencia scored in the 92nd minute to snatch a draw for the Red Devils. Catch all Champions League games and highlights from SuperSport today.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Asante Kotoko show gratitude for unwavering support

first_imgManagers of Kotoko have expressed their gratitude to the teeming supporters of the club for their unwavering backing in recent weeks. They say efforts by ordinary fans including notable personalities have tremendously contributed to the team’s rising performance adding that, those efforts needed to be appreciated.“Our first appreciation goes to the Life Patron and Owner of the Club, His Royal Majesty, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his unflinching support, wisdom and inspiration” said a press release dated May 4, 2016 and signed by General Manager, Opoku Nti.The press release stated that, the Asantehene’s motivation has seen the club moving from the lower ranks of the league with the objective of getting to its top ranks. It said the role played by the Greater Accra Regional Circles Council (GARCC) whose backing was massive at the Accra Sports Stadium where Kotoko beat Hearts 1-0 deserved to be commended.“We furthermore acknowledge fans of the club, especially the Greater Accra Circles Council whose backing at the Accra Sports Stadium has provided the club the invincibility which baffles our foes”. The release also singled out some past Kotoko managers and players for praise.“Also to former players, former management and board members like Herbert Mensah, Kennedy Agyepong, Bernard Xiel, Wilberforce Mfum, Dogo Moro, Malik Jabir and Ibrahim Sunday; your support did the trick. Three of our benefactors, Christopher Denenya; Alhaji Salamy Amadu and Christopher Opoku who showed unwavering financial commitment to winning the match last Sunday” are additionally being applauded.  The club’s managers finally thanked the technical team and the players for their hard work. “The technical team and the players who are the main actors cannot be forgotten in this regard” said the release as it urged fans to continue throwing their weight behind the team.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Herbert Mensah lashes out at authorities for ignoring families of May 9 victims

first_imgFormer Asante Kotoko chairman Herbert Mensah believes not enough has been done for families of victims of the May 9 stadium disaster.Ghana will be remembering the over 126 soccer fans who lost their lives in a stampede which occurred at the Accra Sport Stadium when Hearts of Oak clashed with Asante Kotoko in 2001.Today ( Monday) marks exactly 15 years the sad event occurred and the then chairman of Asante Kotoko Herbert Mensah says enough has not been done for this worst disaster.“As you see for fifteen year we have not had any political recognition, any political assistance, we have not had proper association with the football association,” he saidThe people in authority who should know better have shown that they do not know better, those that should have had greater concern for the families and not their political images have shown over the years that they are not worth the positions in which they sit“The people who matter are the families of whom we give respect to year in and year out and we ensure the world does not forget.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Kurt Busch leaving Stewart-Haas: ‘I’m looking forward to the future’

first_imgTeam co-owner Tony Stewart responded directly to Busch about his announcement. “You brought passion and a never-ending drive to win,” Stewart wrote, in part. “You helped shape (Stewart-Haas Racing) into the team it is today.”Beyond these numbers, you brought passion and a never-ending desire to win. You helped shape @StewartHaasRcng into the team it is today. Thank you. https://t.co/W7xtFKZ6ag— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) December 3, 2018SHR’s official Twitter feed echoed Stewart: “Your dedication and desire are hard to match. Know the next chapter of your career will be great.” Amazing how fast five years goes by… especially when @KurtBusch is at the wheel. Your dedication and desire are hard to match. Know the next chapter of your career will be great. From all of us, thank you. pic.twitter.com/zOh1FsLkGy— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) December 3, 2018While Busch has been linked to Ganassi Racing’s open ride, Stewart-Haas has given no indication who might take his place. Kurt Busch confirmed Sunday night that he will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing, ending a five-season run that included six NASCAR Cup Series victories, the 2017 Daytona 500 among them.Busch, who joined SHR in 2014, wrote, in part, on Twitter: “I would like to thank Stewart-Haas for 5 fantastic years driving the #41. … Unfortunately, it’s not in the cards for me to stay. I’m looking forward to the future (and) new opportunities ahead.” pic.twitter.com/iMIP8n9DSl— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 3, 2018There has been speculation that Busch will move to Chip Ganassi Racing, but the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion didn’t indicate who he would be driving for in 2019, his 19th full-time Cup Series season.Busch, 40, is coming off a 2018 season in which he won at Bristol, qualified for the playoffs and finished seventh in the standings.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia Dossier: World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_imgSaudi Arabia used to qualify for World Cups as a matter of course, but failure to make 2010 and 2014 had fans desperate to reach the 2018 World Cup.Led by Bert Van Marwijk, they did. Just. There was some luck along the way, but a last-day victory over an already qualified Japan did the trick and put the Green Falcons above Australia on goal difference. Yet qualification was followed by chaos, as Van Marwijk was replaced by Edgardo Bauza – who then left himself. Currently, former Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has taken up the head coaching role.Key Moments in QualifyingSep 2016The opening game against Thailand in Riyadh was proving to be a frustrating experience until the softest of penalties six minutes from the end allowed Nawaf Al Abed to secure the points. Five days later, the midfielder scores twice more from the spot to give the Saudis a come-from behind win against Iraq.Oct 2016With 11 minutes remaining, Van Marwijk’s men are trailing at home to Australia. Then Nasser Al Shamrani strikes to earn what will turn out to be a vital point won.Nov 2016A 2-1 defeat in Japan prevents Saudi Arabia from breaking free at the top of the group.Sep 2017Needing to beat Japan at home in the final game to qualify, winger Fahad Al Muwallad makes the second-half difference and the 1-0 victory is celebrated wildly. But days later Van Marwijk announces he is leaving, with Edgardo Bauza replacing him.Nov 2017After just five games in charge, Argentinian Bauza was sacked as Saudi coach.Saudi Arabia World Cup GroupIn Group A, Saudi Arabia are in a group containing the hosts Russia, Uruguay, and Egypt, lead by Mohamed Salah.Saudi Arabia World Cup FriendliesSaudi Arabia recently played two friendlies as preparation for the World Cup, a 3-0 victory against Moldova, and then a 4-1 loss to Iraq at the end of February. They then drew against Ukraine, but got hammered by Belgium four days later. Two wins against Algeria and Greece followed, and then two losses to Italy and Peru nearly concluded their World Cup friendlies. Finally they lost to Mats Hummels and Germany on the 8th of June. 26th February – Moldova (won 3-0)28th February – Iraq (lost 4-1)23rd March – Ukraine (drew 1-1)27th March – Belgium (lost 4-0)9th May – Algeria (won 2-0)15th May – Greece (won 2-0)28th May – Italy (lost 2-1)3rd June – Peru (lost 3-0)8th June – Germany (lost 2-1)Saudi Arabia World Cup FixturesSaudi Arabia will play in the opening game of the tournament against the hosts Russia on the 14th of June. This will be followed by matches against Uruguay on the 20th and Egypt on the 25th.14th June – Russia20th June – Uruguay25th June – EgyptThe CoachJuan Antonio Pizzi, age 49 (07.06.1968)Even by Saudi standards, the recent coaching merry-go-round was shocking. Van Marwijk, who had been in place for two years and was building a solid team, left just days after the Russian deal was sealed. In came Bauza, who had taken over the United Arab Emirates just weeks previously. A month later, the Argentinian had also said his goodbyes. Juan Antonio Pizzi, who lead Chile to the Copa America Centenario in 2016, has come in to fill the void.The PlayersStarsNawaf Al Abed was cool and composed throughout the final stage, and he scores as well as creates. When given the opportunity, Fahad Al Muwallad is exciting.StalwartsOsama Hawsawi has been in the centre of defence for a long time – although some feel for too long.MissingNasser Al Shamrani was Asian Player of the Year in 2014 but he started just one game in qualifying.DebutantsVan Marwijk gave a first call-up to right-back Mohammed Al Burayk and the 25-year-old performed well under pressure. Saudi Arabia World Cup SquadFinal 23-man squad – GOALKEEPERS: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).DEFENDERS: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).MIDFIELDERS: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).FORWARDS: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli). The Unanswered QuestionsWhat effect will the change of coaches have?Losing the experienced Bert Van Marwijk, who took his homeland to the 2010 Final, was huge. Not only did he know the players, they knew him and his system. Edgardo Bauza barely had time to get to know the squad, but friendly performances against Portugal and Bulgaria ended with much criticism and his departure proves that there are few seats as hot as that of Saudi Arabia’s coach. Time will tell if Pizzi can be as effective in this role as he had been with Chile.Is Osama Hawsawi up to the job?At 33, the centre-back and captain came into the team just after the 2006 World Cup but his ageing legs have been showing a little of late.What about international exposure?Almost all the Saudis play at home and this is a problem. Nine were loaned to La Liga clubs in a marketing move to increase the league’s visibility in the Kingdom, but it did not work as they spent all their time on the bench. *Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

Namibia: AFCON 2019 ranking, schedule and basic info [Infographic]

first_imgExpectations will be low and that may mean they play a bit more openly.The squad is full of useful foreign-based players like Ryan Nyambe, the impressive Blackburn Rovers defender, and the prolific Carl-Zeiss Jena forward Manfred Starke, who returns after a long absence. If they start quickly, they could battle a vulnerable South Africa for third place and a spot in the last-16. A first appearance in the finals since 2008 is a welcome achievement but Namibia came through the weakest qualifying group and it’s hard to see them laying a glove on the big guns. The lack of top-level experience in the squad is clear; the margins are unlikely to work in their favour at this level.–Follow all the Namibia games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fanzones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more

MLB legend Rod Carew discusses ‘the gift of time’ and the 2018 Rose Parade

first_imgFor Mary and Ralf Reuland, the image of their son Konrad Reuland’s face appearing on this year’s Donate Life Rose Parade float is bittersweet.PreviousRhonda Carew and her husband Rod Carew adjacent to a Donate Life Float exhibit at Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena Friday December 29, 2017. Transplant recipient Carew will be among the floatÕs 17 riders. In December 2016 Carew received a heart and kidney transplant and these two organs helped him regain health after suffering a massive heart attack the prior year. His donor was former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, who will be present on the float through one of 44 floragraphs honoring donors whose generous act gave others a second chance at life. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former NFL Coach Sam Wyche and Rod Carew, sports legends, meeting at Pasadena Hilton Friday, December 29, 2017. They will be among the riders on the Donate Life Float at the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade. sports legends. San Wyche received a donated heat and Rod Carew received a donated heart and kidney. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDeceased NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, donated a heart and kidney to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who will ride on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Parents met Rod Carew at Pasadena Hilton Friday, December 29, 2017.Mary and Ralf Reuland adjacent to a photo of their deceased son, NFL tight end Konrad Reuland. Konrad Reuland donated a heart and kidney to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who will ride on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Parents met Rod Carew at Pasadena Hilton Friday, December 29, 2017. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Rhonda Carew and her husband Rod Carew adjacent to a Donate Life Float exhibit at Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena Friday December 29, 2017. Transplant recipient Carew will be among the floatÕs 17 riders. In December 2016 Carew received a heart and kidney transplant and these two organs helped him regain health after suffering a massive heart attack the prior year. His donor was former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, who will be present on the float through one of 44 floragraphs honoring donors whose generous act gave others a second chance at life. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 4Rhonda Carew and her husband Rod Carew adjacent to a Donate Life Float exhibit at Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena Friday December 29, 2017. Transplant recipient Carew will be among the floatÕs 17 riders. In December 2016 Carew received a heart and kidney transplant and these two organs helped him regain health after suffering a massive heart attack the prior year. His donor was former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, who will be present on the float through one of 44 floragraphs honoring donors whose generous act gave others a second chance at life. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandOn one hand, it’s a reminder that Konrad is gone. On the other hand, it’s an opportunity to remember his generosity — and inspire viewers worldwide to designate their organs for donation.“Coming to these bigger events, it’s not like a dream world, it’s reality, and it hits us emotionally,” said Ralf Reuland, of San Juan Capistrano. “By the same token, it’s a very wonderful thing he’s being recognized among other donors, and bringing awareness to organ donation with such a huge platform like the Rose Parade is a phenomenal thing.”This year’s Donate Life float’s theme is “The Gift of Time,” and that’s exactly the gift that Konrad Reuland gave about a year ago to baseball legend Rod Carew, who will ride on the float New Year’s Day. A football player at Mater Dei and Mission Viejo high schools, Stanford and the NFL, Konrad suffered a brain aneurysm at age 29 that claimed his life. Because he was a registered organ donor, his heart went to Carew. Carew said he’s feeling strong these days, and he attributes that to Konrad’s heart beating in his chest.“We’re always together, and we’re going to do good things together by spreading the word about organ and tissue donation,” Carew, 72, said.With his physical therapy assignment mostly done, Carew said he’d like to travel with his wife, Rhonda, and continue to use his name and presence to promote organ and tissue donation. The Carews said they hope to get either or both MLB and the NFL to officially support the Donate Life campaign.Carew also promotes heart health education via his “The Heart of 29” campaign in partnership with the American Heart Association. The campaign was named after Carew’s uniform number with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels, but it holds an even greater significance now because Konrad was 29 years old when he died.Carew and Konrad met about 15 years ago at a middle school basketball game in Rancho Santa Margarita. Carew’s son and Konrad’s younger brother were teammates, and at one point teenage Konrad went up to Carew to introduce himself and to say that one day he hoped to be a professional athlete like him. Mary Reuland told Carew later that Konrad was elated to have met him.For Carew, the gift of time has several meanings — in this case, many years after Carew showed Konrad kindness by spending a few moments with him, Konrad gave Carew the greatest gift any person can give to another, Carew said.Including Carew, a total of 75 people received organ and tissue donations from Konrad.“I believe in the saying that if you do good, good will come back to you,” Carew said. “I hope people can come back into the lives of others to help.”Those interested in becoming organ, eye or tissue donors can visit donatelife.net.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Albert Pujols homers twice to tie Ken Griffey Jr., David Fletcher gets his first as Angels clobber Mariners

first_imgPreviousA fan wearing traditional Japanese kimono walks through the seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ David Fletcher, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAngels manager Mike Scioscia and teammates Ian Kinsler (3) and Albert Pujols (5) congratulate David Fletcher as he returns to the dugout after hitting his first career home run during the first nning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager connects with an RBI single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, right, slides into home to score on a single by Kyle Seager as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado waits for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon scores on a single by Kyle Seager during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his two-run homerun during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches the flight of his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners looks on after allowing a two-run homerun to Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas, right, adjusts his mask as Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mike Trout during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, left, and a trainer walk off the field after he was removed during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz heads back to the dugout after striking out during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)A single hit by Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy flies past Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)A single hit by Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy flies past Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Denard Span takes off his helmet after he grounded out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, bottom, steals second base as Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon catches the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton comes around after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, center, celebrates his three-run home run with Mike Trout as Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas stands near the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols rounds the bases past Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager after hitting a home run, his second homer of the night, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after hitting a single during the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Kole Calhoun #56 and Mike Trout #27 congratulate Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the dugout after his solo homerun during the sixth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, celebrates his second home run of the night with Mike Trout during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, celebrates his second home run of the game with Mike Trout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, and Mike Trout celebrate the team’s 11-2 win against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)A fan wearing traditional Japanese kimono walks through the seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 33The Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — The first home run ball of David Fletcher’s career was sealed in a clear plastic bag in his locker Thursday night. If he had any immediate plans for where the ball would go, Fletcher was not willing to share them with the media.Fletcher, a shy 24-year-old rookie from Cypress High, grinned sheepishly when it was suggested that he needed only 629 more homers to catch his most prolific teammate. Across the Angels’ clubhouse, Albert Pujols waxed about the friendship he formed with Ken Griffey Jr., whose 630 home runs are now tied for sixth place on baseball’s all-time list.Time and again, the Angels’ 2018 season has celebrated the old and the young, with surprisingly little assurance of team success in between. Their 11-2 thumping of the Seattle Mariners was the latest example.Pujols hit two home runs and collected three hits, tying him for 25th all-time with Rickey Henderson – another former opponent now in the Hall of Fame – with 3,055 for his career. Justin Upton hit a three-run home run, his 18th of the season. Tyler Skaggs continued the best streak of pitching in his career, allowing one run over six innings. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Their reward: a small step closer to the Mariners (58-36), whose lead in the American League wild-card standings is now 10 games over the Angels (48-46).On the same day Garrett Richards was lost for the remainder of the season, two quick home runs by Pujols and Fletcher roughed up Mariners starter James Paxton before a bad back knocked Paxton out for good.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Listed at 5-foot-10, Fletcher had never hit more than three home runs in three professional seasons prior to 2018. But he had six homers at Triple-A Salt Lake before earning his first major league call-up in June.“I’m not a home run hitter but every now and then I’ll run into one,” Fletcher said. “I think I made a big jump this year with some swing adjustments.”Paxton (8-4) lost a start at Angel Stadium for the first time since April 2015. The Mariners left-hander owned a 2.07 earned-run average in 11 prior starts against the Angels. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 But he lasted just five batters before a trainer escorted him off the mound with what the Mariners described as “low back tightness.” Paxton was charged with three runs in two-thirds of an inning.Just like that, the remaining eight innings were bushwhacked into an unobstructed path to victory.Pujols finished 3 for 3 with a walk, the first time this season he’s reached base four times. The last of his three hits: a no-doubt, 419-foot home run to left field in the sixth inning against Nick Rumbelow.Ian Kinsler also had three hits for the Angels. Fletcher and Upton each had two of the Angels’ 15 hits against Paxton and six relievers. Former Angels infielder Andrew Romine mopped up the final inning, his fifth career pitching appearance, and allowed two runs.Skaggs (7-5) rebounded nicely from an early error. Dee Gordon began the game with a chopper toward first base, went to second base when Skaggs scooped an underhand throw to no one in particular and scored on an RBI single by Kyle Seager.Skaggs threw 26 pitches in the extended first inning but limited the damage to one run. Over the next five innings, the left-hander faced two batters above the minimum before turning the game over to the bullpen. He walked one batter while striking out five and scattering five hits, all singles.Skaggs was 3-4 with a 3.60 earned-run average on May 28. In six starts since, he hasn’t allowed a home run, going 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA.“This is the best I’ve ever thrown the ball in my whole career,” he said.Right-hander Noe Ramirez pitched a scoreless seventh inning. The last batter he faced, Gordon, hit a laser ground ball back to the mound that left a bulbous bruise on Ramirez’s right calf. Ramirez said Manager Mike Scioscia planned to remove him at that point anyway, but he was limping after the game. His next outing might have to wait at least a day.Right-hander Oliver Drake allowed one run over the final two innings for the Angels, who visit the Dodgers for a three-game interleague series beginning Friday night.With an announced crowd of 44,027 for a Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway, Ohtani did not appear in the game. Scioscia preferred Jefry Marte at first base, and Pujols as his designated hitter, with the left-handed Paxton starting the game. Despite Paxton’s quick exit, Ohtani remained on the bench.Even without their rookie sensation, the Angels had plenty to celebrate. Pujols and Griffey were opponents for seven and a half seasons in the National League Central, when Pujols played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Griffey was with the Cincinnati Reds.Related Articles “Griffey was everybody’s hero growing up,” he said. “As a little boy, even though I was a right-hander, everybody wanted to have that sweet swing.”Pujols could only smile as he spoke about Fletcher’s home run, a 393-foot shot against a genuine ace. Pujols’ first victim was Armando Reynoso, whose greatest claim to fame might be his role as Pujols’ first victim.“Since we called him up, he’s been really our spark in our lineup. He’s really done a great job,” Pujols said of Fletcher. “Not just any pitcher. Paxton’s really tough against anybody in the league. That’s really special. I’m really happy for him.”When Ohtani hit his first career home run in April, the Angels gave him the “silent treatment” – an oft-repeated tradition of ignoring a player in the dugout after his first career home run. By contrast, Fletcher was greeted warmly.“We don’t know how many more Fletch is going to hit,” Scioscia said. “He’s a little guy. We knew Shohei’s going to hit a lot. We don’t know where Fletch’s next one is going to be, so we better celebrate it.“That’s Ian Kinsler, not me, talking.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Omar Vizquel was among Angels’ managerial candidates, but out of the running now

first_imgFormer manager Mike Scioscia’s contract expired at the end of the season after a 19-year run at the helm of the organization.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner who has been pursuing a career as a manager since the end of his playing days, was one of the 10 candidates the Angels interviewed for their manager opening, although he said he did not make the cut to the second round of interviews.Vizquel described the process, including the written test administered to the candidates, while speaking in Spanish to “Talkin’ Beisbol,” a podcast released on Thursday out of Vizquel’s native Venezuela.The Angels have completed their first round of interviews, and it’s possible they could have a decision before the start of the World Series on Tuesday. If not, the announcement of their new manager likely won’t come until after the World Series, in November, because Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during its jewel event.Vizquel is the fifth confirmed candidate among the 10. The Angels also interviewed Brad Ausmus and Eric Chavez, who are special assistants to General Manager Billy Eppler; along with Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Angels’ Albert Pujols drops below fifth in batting order for first time since 2001

first_imgAusmus said he “would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned” about the 33-year-old.Cozart spent the past four weeks mulling mechanical changes to his swing and speaking to coaches on possible modifications. When asked if this could evolve into a career-altering injury, Cozart paused for a moment.“It’s kind of looking that way,” he said, rubbing his forehead.SIMMONS BACK ON REHAB ASSIGNMENTShortstop Andrelton Simmons continued his rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Tuesday after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain in late May. The 29-year-old’s recovery was slowed last week when trainers detected a “noticeable limp” during another rehab assignment in Orem, Utah.Simmons was scheduled for just one rehab game so far, Ausmus said, and he was expected to play seven innings Tuesday.“Literally, the old adage (of one day at a time) is true,” the manager said with a smile.OFT-INJURED ALEX MEYER RETIRESPitcher Alex Meyer announced his retirement on Instagram on Tuesday after the righty suffered multiple shoulder injuries. The former first-round pick of the Nationals last pitched two years ago for the Angels, throwing one of his finest games in what would be his last. In seven scoreless innings against the team that drafted him in 2011, he gave up just one hit and one walk in a 7-0 victory on July 19, 2017.“I never thought in 2017 I was throwing my last pitch, but not everything goes how we expect it to,” Meyer wrote on Instagram. “After multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehab, the end of the road for my baseball career has come.”ALSOPitcher Trevor Cahill will be activated Wednesday, Ausmus said, but he will not necessarily start in the second game of the six-game homestand. Ausmus had not settled on a Wednesday starter when asked by reporters before Tuesday’s game. Cahill has been on the IL since Jun 9 with right elbow inflammation.UP NEXTAngels (starter TBD) vs. Reds (RHP Tanner Roark, 5-6, 3.47), Wednesday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Since being placed on the IL about a month ago, Cozart said he’s received almost every possible treatment allowed on his shoulder. Yet his range of motion is still limited to just lifting his left arm to shoulder height and stretching it across his chest, he demonstrated to reporters in the clubhouse on Tuesday.“Not only do I have pain, but it’s affecting (me) to where I can’t even be half of what I can be out there, so it’s just super frustrating,” the infielder said. “I don’t have an answer for you.”He’s hoping Meister will give him a clear answer about what to do next. The news doesn’t have to be all positive, Cozart said, he just wants it to be clear.“I just want, like, a firm answer on how we’re going to do the rehab and get after it,” Cozart said.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img ANAHEIM — Brad Ausmus didn’t realize what he had done when he set his lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Reds. The Angels manager innocently listed Albert Pujols as hitting sixth, but instead ended an 18-year streak for the slugger.It was the first time since 2001 – Pujols’ rookie season – that he batted lower than fifth. Ausmus said he wasn’t aware of the streak heading into the game.“He’s one of the greatest hitters ever. I’m not surprised,” Ausmus said of Pujols’ rare position toward the bottom of the order.The Angels’ first-year manager said improved health prompted the lineup switch, along with hoping to mix right-handed and left-handed hitters. Right-handed-hitting left fielder Justin Upton, nearly two weeks removed from the turf toe injury that cost him 71 games on the IL, batted fourth Tuesday. Shohei Ohtani has yet to pitch after Tommy John surgery but returned in May as a designated hitter. “We have Ohtani back, Upton back,” Ausmus said. “Throw (Tommy) La Stella in there. He’s exceeded what our expectations were by a lot. That’s all that is.”La Stella, a finalist for the All-Star starters election, is hitting .297 this season with 43 RBIs and 15 home runs this season.COZART CALLS REINFORCEMENTS FOR SHOULDER INJURYAfter four “frustrating” weeks on the IL, infielder Zack Cozart will see Rangers team doctor Keith Meister on Monday for another opinion on his surgically repaired left shoulder. He has already consulted with the Angels’ physician Steve Yoon, who spoke with surgeon Neal ElAttrache but hasn’t seen any progress since undergoing a procedure last year.ElAttrache told Cozart his shoulder would feel different after the surgery tightened the labrum that had been loose for nearly a decade. The procedure worked, but Cozart admitted Tuesday he didn’t fully understand how difficult the process would be.“I would hope that I would have an answer, or OK, it might be going slow, but I’m progressing to where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but right now, I don’t really see it,” Cozart said. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Angels sign lefty Ryan Buchter to minor league deal

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels signed Ryan Buchter to a minor-league deal on Monday, bringing in a reliever with a career 2.86 ERA.Buchter, however, may have been unable to find a major league deal because of baseball’s new three-batter rule, which minimizes the value of lefty specialists. Relievers will now have to face at least three hitters, or pitch until the end of an inning, which makes it more difficult to use a pitcher to face just one or two left-handed hitters.Buchter faced fewer than three hitters in 23 of his 64 games last season. Last season Buchter allowed a .904 OPS against righties, compared with .728 against lefties.ALSOManager Joe Maddon said the Angels will use relievers to pitch their first couple exhibition games over the weekend. … Utility player Luís Rengifo said he was confused by rumors that he was going to be traded to the Dodgers in the Joc Pederson-Ross Stripling deal. He never heard from GM Billy Eppler, and obviously the deal never happened. “It was a little confusing not knowing where I was going to go, but I am here now and I’m really excited to get the season started,” he said.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Dodgers at Padres (Sunday): Wood vs. Chacin, TV, time & more

first_imgLoves to face: Erick Aybar, 0 for 6, 2 strikeoutsPADRES RHP JHOULYS CHACIN (11-10, 4.03)Vs. Dodgers: 10-8, 4.11 At Petco Park: 9-4, 2.11 Hates to face: Cody Bellinger, 3 for 7 (.429), 1 home runLoves to face: Yasmani Grandal, 2 for 16 (.125), 4 strikeouts Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP ALEX WOOD (14-1, 2.41)Vs. Padres: 3-1, 2.09 At Petco Park: 2-0, 1.23 Hates to face: Jose Pirela/Matt Szczur, 1 for 3center_img DODGERS at PADRESWhen: Sunday, 1:40 p.m. TV: SportsNet LA Where: Petco Parklast_img read more

Will Smith leads Dodgers’ home run barrage in Miami

first_imgThe rookie right-hander retired the first nine batters he faced and didn’t allow a ball hit out of the infield until the fourth inning. May gave up just one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings earning his first major-league win.“Dustin didn’t get ahead as much as he did his last start, wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said.“In spurts there were some good throws in there. Getting ahead, he didn’t do as good a job. But when you don’t have your best stuff or your best command, to still go out there and put up zeroes, that’s where you have to tip your hat to a young player like Dustin.”It remains to be seen how May might fare in October — if given the chance this year. But August has been a breeze.Since being promoted from Triple-A at the start of the month, May has a 2.65 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over three starts with 15 strikeouts and just two walks in his first 17 big-league innings.“That they’re just normal people too. They get out like everybody else,” May said when asked what he had learned about big-league hitters in that time. “The only real difference is they hit the mistakes a little bit harder. So I just have to minimize the mistakes on my end.” The man Smith passed in both categories, Cody Bellinger, also homered Tuesday, matching his rookie season total (39) with 41 games to go.Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Matt Beaty also hit home runs as the Dodgers pounded Marlins pitchers. The first three (Jordan Yamamoto, Wei-Yin Chen and Austin Brice) didn’t give up a single hit — but gave up six home runs and five doubles (three to A.J. Pollock).The Dodgers didn’t get a single until the 12th of their 15 hits in the game (a two-out base hit by Kristopher Negron in the ninth) and that was immediately followed by another double, Ferguson’s, and the only triple of the night. Three runs scored when Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson made an unsuccessful dive for Beaty’s line drive, allowing three runs to score.All of that made maintaining his curly locks in the Miami humidity Dustin May’s only real worry.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start It ended with catchers pitching for both teams. Bryan Holaday got the last out in the top of the ninth becoming the only one of six Marlins pitchers to record an out and not give up a run. Russell Martin topped that, closing out the game with a scoreless bottom of the ninth — maintaining his career 0.00 ERA after three appearances.“It was as good of a night as we’ve had all year and that’s saying a lot,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the offensive assault which included back-to-back home runs on two occasions. “We only had two singles and that didn’t come until the ninth inning. Just really good at-bats all around to a man, really.“It’s just a relentless approach.”Rookie catcher Will Smith hit two of the Dodgers’ six home runs and drove in three of the runs. The two-homer game was Smith’s first, yet another item checked off his big-league bucket list. His nine home runs and 26 RBI are the most over the first 23 games of a career by anyone in franchise history — more of an offensive impact than the Dodgers could rightfully have expected.“Yeah, I guess so, I mean, up to this point as far as the production. You know you can bet on the makeup and the work ethic,” Roberts said. “He’s just very confident right now. He stays in the strike zone, has a really good plan every time he steps in the box and when he gets a pitch he’s not missing it.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) tosses his bat after striking out during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, left, rounds first base after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins’ Starlin Castro holds his helmet after flying out during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen waits as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock runs after hitting a double during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) is met by A.J. Pollock (11) at the plate after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May is high-fived after being removed during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches two-run home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, right, hands the ball to manager Dave Roberts (30) as he is removed during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin delivers a pitch in relief during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins assistant trainer Mike Kozak, right, talks with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after Fairchild was hit by a pitch thrown by Miami Marlins reliever Jarlin Garcia during the ninth inning of the Marlins’ baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ExpandMIAMI — It’s a long way from the top to the bottom of the National League.The Dodgers, the league’s best team with 80 wins, hammered that point — along with a lot of pitches — home Tuesday night, battering the league’s worst team, the Miami Marlins, 15-1.The Dodgers tied a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits (six home runs, six doubles and a triple) and set a Marlins Park record with six home runs. Nine different Dodgers had at least one extra-base hit — including reliever Caleb Ferguson who now has two major-league hits to cherish.The lopsided evening played out in front of announced crowd of 8,729 fans — many of them wearing Dodgers blue and not Marlins … whatever their latest team color is. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Kobe’s homecoming soiled with poor play in Lakers’ 103-91 loss to Sixers

first_imgPHILADELPHIA >> The night started with Kobe Bryant receiving loud cheers and performing as if Father Time never became an issue. But it ended with the 37-year-old Bryant showing his age and the Lakers showing their ineptitude.The Lakers hit a new low in a season full of them. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 103-91 on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center, an outcome that handed the Sixers their first victory after 19 games and soiled Bryant’s last game before a hometown crowd that suddenly loved him. It also raised questions about the Lakers (2-15) amid a six-game losing streak and the worst record in the Western Conference. Will the 37-year-old Bryant ever figure out how to manage his health? Bryant finished with 20 points while shooting 7 of 26 from the field and 4 of 17 from 3-point range in 31 minutes. He has attempted 16 or more 3-pointers only two other times in his 20-year NBA career. Bryant lamented his legs stiffening up on him despite altering his routine on when to stretch, take ice baths and lift weights. Yet, Bryant maintained he will try to play as many games as possible, including today’s game in Washington. “I’m not going to save myself for pickup basketball at Equinox in December. I’m going to play,” Bryant said. “I’m not coming back to these venues anymore. God willing, I’m healthy and I can walk and run, I’ll be out there.”Will Bryant ever change his shot selection? Bryant made three of his first four shots within the first two minutes. That sparked Bryant to say, “I’m just playing possum because I know my legs can’t carry this energy for 48 minutes.” That sparked Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, “I was hoping he could keep it up.” But after ending the first quarter with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, Bryant missed 14 of his next 16 shots. Scott conceded Bryant took some 3-pointers that were “ill-advised.” But the coach quickly said, “I didn’t do a good job” in setting Bryant up for shots in the mid-post. Yet, Bryant also shot a few airballs and even attempted a left-handed layup that just hit the backboard. “I do trust he’ll get to a point where he will make them on a much more consistent basis. But it’s just not happening yet,” Scott said. “There’s going to be some games like that where you live and die with it. You just hope you don’t die too much.”Will the Lakers’ patience with the team’s X’s and O’s wear thin?No one in the Lakers’ locker room criticized Bryant’s shot selection. Guards Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young actually defended it. But Clarkson, Young and Lou Williams all lamented the team’s struggles with making adjustments.“We have to make the game easier on (Kobe) instead of trying to iso,” said Clarkson, who had 19 points on 9-of-19 shooting. “We can get screens for him. We put more emphasis on that instead of having all eyes on him the whole game, that’s taxing.But what will it take for that to happen?“You can’t blame (Kobe). He takes a lot of shots. But it’s everybody,” Young said. “From the coaches to the players, we have to get on one page and on the same page. I can’t tell you why that’s not happening right now. All I know is the circus came to town today and we did what we normally do.”The circus featured an extra element in Philadelphia. Bryant’s first road game since announcing his retirement happened to be his hometown, which he admitted became a “cherry on top” and partly planned. He had sparked boos during the 2001 NBA Finals and the 2002 NBA All-Star game, but the overwhelmingly partisan Lakers crowd cheered and yelled his name during starting lineup introductions.Bryant then met his high school coach, Gregg Downer of Lower Merion High, and Sixers luminary Julius Erving at center court. Then, Bryant was presented with a No. 24 Lower Merion jersey. After the game ended, Bryant touched his chest twice near his heart and waved to the crowd as he walked off the court. “They got me. I wasn’t expecting that,” Bryant said. “It was emotional. I’m deeply appreciative beyond belief.”Then Bryant spoke in a bizarre press conference where non-media members asked him questions after drinking beverages. Others told Bryant they loved him. Bryant soon thanked reporters when the press conference ended. The vibes in the Lakers’ locker room were not as pleasant.“We’re a circus,” Young said. “We’re playing terrible. We lost to Philly. Philly! What does that make us?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Six Nations 2019: England’s ‘remarkable’ depth softens Maro Itoje loss

first_img“This is no discredit to Maro because he’s an absolutely wonderful player and I love watching him, but where England are at the minute compared to other home nations is just the remarkable strength in depth,” Moody, speaking on behalf of Land Rover, told Omnisport.”Maro went off and you ended up with [number eight] Nathan Hughes playing in the second row. To bring Courtney Lawes on — he’s a world-class player, in any other side in the world he’d be starting and there’s also Joe Launchbury. “You’ve got four second-rows there that could start in any other team in the home nations, they are absolutely brilliant.”So, the amount of pressure coming on each and every player to perform week in and week out [is high] because the amount of players queueing up underneath them is remarkable.”As a coach that is exactly what you want, you don’t want players resting on their laurels thinking their place is assured, you want everyone thinking ‘Christ, if I don’t play well today I could potentially lose my spot.’ “And that just drives everyone’s performance and that’s why we’re seeing England play as they did at the weekend because it’s not just in the second row, it’s in the back row, the front row, fly-half, centres, wing, it’s just wonderful to watch at the minute and wonderful to watch Eddie Jones pick from virtually a fully fit squad.”Countdown to #LeCrunch #ENGvFRA #CarryThemHome  pic.twitter.com/IcSr79jzeE— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 6, 2019Powerhouses Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola have seen their respective England careers marred by injuries in recent years, but both started in Dublin and Moody believes the duo make a huge difference to Jones’ side.”There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that without Billy Vunipola, England are a different team,” he said.”I think the players he plays against, they know how dangerous he is and it’s not just the danger he poses of running over you as a defender, it’s getting past the gainline and being able to offload out of contact.”His presence creates space outside him because it attracts more defenders into the hit. It’s one thing trying to make the tackle [but] it’s another trying to stop the offload, all of a sudden that drags defenders in and creates space out wide for everyone else. “It’s the same case for Manu Tuilagi, you look at the opportunities created at the weekend and many of them were off the back of them two carrying the ball hard and creating space out wide in attack for others.”On the flip side in defense, look at some of the hits Manu put in. So many were just well timed and that’s what he can bring, that destructive power in the tackle in the centres. “It wasn’t just Manu or Bill on Saturday, you look at the defensive prowess across the board. The stat that blew me away at the weekend – the tackle count was quite equal – but it was the dominant hits, it was nearly 50 dominant hits, which is a crazy amount.”Normally you’re looking at 10 to 20 if you’re lucky. Nearly 50 in a game, you as a defender smashing the attacker back over his own gainline, that to me just says this is a proper team performance.”Lewis Moody is a Land Rover ambassador. Land Rover shares and understands the values of rugby. @LandRoverRugby England confirmed Tuesday that Itoje definitely will miss this weekend’s contest against France at Twickenham, while reports suggest he also will be out for the trip to Wales on Feb. 23.Itoje is expected to play a part in the closing rounds of the tournament and, in the meantime, Moody — a member of England’s victorious 2003 World Cup team — is sure the likes of George Kruis, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes will fill the void. Related News Maro Itoje’s absence will not hit England too hard because of the “remarkable” depth at coach Eddie Jones’ disposal, Rugby World Cup winner Lewis Moody says.Itoje, considered one of the best locks in rugby, sustained a ligament injury to his right knee during the superb 32-20 opening-round Six Nations win Saturday against defending Grand Slam champion Ireland.center_img Six Nations 2019: Camille Chat replaces injured Julien Marchand (knee) for France Six Nations 2019: England forward Itoje (knee) to miss France clashlast_img read more

Six Nations 2019: Joe Cokanasiga, Ben Te’o to start against Italy

first_imgMaro Itoje will not be involved against the Azzurri after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury in training.Your England team to face Italy on Saturday in the #GuinnessSixNations, LIVE on @ITVSport from 16:45 GMTPreview https://t.co/uLeASojzEL pic.twitter.com/eIu2Es3UZz— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 7, 2019Italy is at the bottom of the table without a point from three games, but Eddie Jones is not expecting a walk in the park as title hopeful England looks to respond to its loss in Cardiff.The England head coach said: “Italy is a bit of an unknown quantity but when [head coach] Conor [O’Shea] allows them to play rugby they play well. Te’o comes in at inside center for his first appearance of the tournament, having recovered from a side strain, so Manu Tuilagi moves to outside center and Henry Slade drops to the bench.Prop Ellis Genge is preferred to Ben Moon, while lock Joe Launchbury replaces Courtney Lawes (calf) and Brad Shields starts at blindside flanker, with Mark Wilson named among the replacements. Related News Six Nations 2019: Maro Itoje (knee) limps out of England training; Charlie Ewels called up as cover Joe Cokanasiga will make his first Six Nations start and Ben Te’o is recalled for England’s Six Nations encounter with Italy at Twickenham on Saturday.Cokanasiga gets the nod on the right wing with Jack Nowell ruled out due to a shoulder injury as Eddie Jones makes five changes to his side that was beaten by Wales. “They have played terrific games in the Six Nations. They are fitter, physically stay in the contest a lot longer and they are quite unpredictable in the way they attack.”England: Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Te’o, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (captain), Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Brad Shields, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Dan Cole, Nathan Hughes, Mark Wilson, Dan Robson, George Ford, Henry Slade.last_img read more

Scardina vs. Kekalainen: Date, time, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgUkraine’s rising welterweight powerhouse Maxim Prodan (15-0-1, 14 KO’s) will also be in action against former Belgium Super-Lightweight Champion Steve Jamoye (25-6-2, 5 KO’s) when the pair fight for the vacant IBF International Welterweight title.The evening’s third title fight involves Milan’s former World title challenger Vissia Trovato (12-1, 5 KO’s), who takes on Mexico’s Erika Cruz Hernandez (9-1, 3 KO’s) for the WBC World Silver female featherweight title.Join DAZN to watch Canelo vs. Jacobs, Joshua vs. Miller and more than 100 fight nights a year“I’m excited to promote our first show in Milan,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing managing director. “It’s a stacked card full of exciting matchups with the hugely popular and exciting Daniele Scardina topping the card. We had a great start in Florence, and we expect another sold out Arena in Milan.”Salvatore Cherchi of OPI Since 82 said: “After a successful night in Florence we are back in Milan with the second show of the partnership with Matchroom Boxing Italy and DAZN. Milan has a very important boxing tradition and in the last four years we kept it alive promoting 28 shows at Teatro Principe. We are Looking forward to a great night of boxing on March 8.”“We are very happy to bring boxing back to Milan, a city that includes sports among its greatest excellences, especially within a unique location that has always been linked to great international fashion and design events that animate the city every year,” said Veronica Diquattro, Executive Vice President of DAZN Italy. “Together with our partners, the goal is to reawaken the excitement and interest around boxing in Italy, trying to bring more people close to this sport.”When is the Scardina vs. Kekalainen fight?Daniele Scardina vs. Henri Kekalainen will take place Friday, March 8, the undercard is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET followed by the main card at 5 p.m.How do I watch Scardina vs. Kekalainen?The Daniele Scardina vs. Henri Kekalainen fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can take advantage of a 30-day free trial to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.MORE ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?• How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does the Scardina vs. Kekalainen fight cost?A new subscriber to DAZN gets the first month of service free, which means you wouldn’t have to pay a penny to watch the Scardina vs. Kekalainen fight. If you have previously signed up for DAZN, the fight is included as part of your $9.99 monthly subscription cost.A subscription also includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live news reports. There is no contract, so DAZN subscribers can cancel at any time.Where is the Scardina vs. Kekalainen fight?Daniele Scardina and Henri Kekalainen will fight at the Superstudio in Milan, Italy.Daniele Scardina record and bioName: Daniele ScardinaNationality: ItalianBorn: April 2, 1992Height: 6-0½ Total fights: 15Record: 15-0 with 14 knockoutsHenri Kekalainen record and bioName: Henri KekalainenNationality: FinnishBorn: January 6, 1992Height: 6-0Total fights: 16Record: 11-5 with 5 knockoutsScardina vs. Kekalainen fight cardDaniele Scardina vs. Henri Kekalainen – IBF International super-middleweight titleMaxim Prodan vs. Steve Jamoye – IBF International welterweight titleVissia Trovato vs. Erika Cruz Hernandez – WBC World silver featherweight titleDario Morello vs. Ivan NjegacMirko Natalizi vs. Predrag Cvetovic Marzio Franscella vs. Frane RadnicSamuel Nmomah vs. Adam CieslakJamie Cox vs. Geard Ajetovic The vacant IBF International Super middleweight title is up for grabs at the Superstudio in Milan, Italy this Friday when the undefeated Italian prospect Daniele Scardina (15-0, 14 KOs) takes on Finnish super-middleweight Champion Henri Kekalainen (11-5, 5 KOs) live on DAZN.This is the second installment of the Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN’s historic eight-year joint venture in Italy, and it promises to be a great night of European boxing with three titles, nine bouts and an array of emerging Italian talent on the card.  last_img read more

Richie Incognito reportedly accepts plea deal in case involving funeral home incident

first_imgRichie Incognito has agreed to a plea deal in the case involving an incident at a funeral home in August 2018, according to TMZ Sports.The ex-Bills offensive lineman was arrested at a funeral home following the death of his father. He became enraged and caused a scene by “acting erratically and making the employees feel incredibly uncomfortable.” He reportedly made a gun gesture and said he had weapons in his vehicle. Incognito, 35, is four-time Pro Bowl player. He announced in April 2018 he was retiring, but the following month asked the Bills to release him so he could try to find work with a different team. However, he could be hard-pressed to find another opportunity. Police who responded to the scene reportedly found and seized weapons from his truck. The deal requires Incognito to serve an 11-month long probation and a 90-day suspended jail sentence providing he completes a mental health evaluation, the report says.Incognito also must pay fines, restrain from having firearms and stay away from the mortuary the incident took place while he is on probation, according to the report.This isn’t the first time Incognito has been at the center of controversy, as he was involved in a bullying scandal as a member of the Dolphins in 2013. He later received an eight-game suspension for engaging in a “pattern of harassment” against teammate Jonathan Martin, who was Miami’s center at the time.last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Flames’ Game 1 jerseys hold special significance

first_imgBut for the team from Alberta, there’s a cool reason for why — other than the fact these red and yellow sweaters are some of the coolest in the NHL.These are the same jerseys the team wore 30 years ago in the 1988-89 season. Related News That was the last — and only — time the Flames won a Stanley Cup.Calgary Flames jerseys tonight are 🔥🔥🔥. Sabres need to take note… pic.twitter.com/6y6dxCU6Yd— Wiscoy Headwaters (@The_Headwaters) April 12, 2019During that season the Flames finished with a 54-17-9 record, accumulating 117 points on the year.The Flames’ 107 points this season is the most the team has had since that year. So Calgary is doing all they can to bring about as much juju from that year as possible.The players are even doing their best to channel the facial hair of that season as forward Sam Bennett is rocking the Lanny McDonald mustache and looking pretty good with it in fact.Sam Bennett looking like a boss #flames pic.twitter.com/aqrF88MZqt— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) April 11, 2019The Flames received a tough draw in the first round by catching one of the hottest teams in the NHL via the Avalanche, but Calgary has home-ice advantage and one of the best lines in the league with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm. So it can counter Colorado’s best which was one of the highest scoring units in the league. NHL playoffs 2019: Jets’ Mark Scheifele levels Blues goalie Jordan Binnington during first shift The Flames did something a little bit different for the first game of their playoff series with the Avalanche on Thursday.Calgary came out in their third alternate jerseys which are a fan favorite, but a bit of a surprise as teams don’t wear alternates all that often in postseason games, especially in openers.last_img read more

Lakers pre-draft workouts: Ivan Rabb believes 2nd season at Cal helped his development

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOf that group, several NBA mock drafts tabbed Rabb as the most likely candidate the Lakers would select with their No. 28 pick on June 22.Among the reasons: Rabb finished tied for sixth in the Bears record books for career rebounding average (9.5 per game), and the 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward can defend multiple positions.“It’s having a nose for the ball and wanting it,” said Rabb, who also had pre-draft workouts with Milwaukee, Orlando, Miami, Boston and Oklahoma City before training next week in Orlando, Chicago and Toronto. “A lot of times, especially with offensive rebounds, you’re tired from setting screens and doing all types of stuff. You have to find the ball. When it hits the rim, beat the ball to the spot and grab it. It’s a mindset.”Rabb believed he developed that mindset by staying in college for another year, something he argued NBA teams have noticed.“I think they understand I’m trying to be a pro and be here a long time,” Rabb said. “I’m here to work. All you need is one team to love you. Whichever team takes me, I’m just going to give it my all and listen everyday and do whatever I can to be great.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error First things firstTuesday’s gathering resembled a near reunion of the Lakers’ NBA title teams in 2009 and 2010. After the workout ended, Lakers coach Luke Walton huddled with associate coach Brian Shaw and former forward Lamar Odom.Does that mean Odom will join Walton’s coaching staff? Odom said he hopes so, but the Lakers said Walton has simply invited Odom to observe the past two days of workouts. Nonetheless, Walton expressed openness last season about Odom helping the Lakers in some capacity.Familiar faceUnlike many of the draft prospects the team has been working out, Brown was not star struck when he walked into the Lakers’ practice facility. His brother, Shannon, played for the Lakers from 2009-11, so Brown already knew Walton and Odom.Nonetheless, Brown’s brother offered him advice for a workout that he called “definitely exciting.”“Go full force at everything I do,” Brown remembered his brother saying. “Try to build relationships with the coaches and go out there and have fun and don’t take nothing for granted.”Shannon Brown did that with the Lakers, becoming a reliable reserve with his dunking, athleticism and hustle.“I can score the ball and definitely defend,” said Sterling Brown, who averaged 13.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting during his senior season at SMU. “Those two things, that’s what I tried to show.”center_img EL SEGUNDO >> The idea was tempting, as Ivan Rabb pondered an NBA future in which he would represent the latest one-and-done player intent on basking in earnings and playing time.Even with the Cal forward projected to become an NBA lottery pick, however, Rabb chose to stay in college for his sophomore season. A year later, Rabb has fallen in NBA mock drafts as a likely late first-round selection. Still, Rabb said he had no regrets about prolonging his college career.“That helped me with my mentality, just knowing how to prepare myself coming into this year, knowing what to do before games and knowing what to do before practice and after practice,” Rabb said. “Small stuff like that that will help your longevity in the league. I feel like I really needed that year to just realize what I needed.”Rabb was one of six players to work out for the Lakers on Tuesday, joining Clemson senior forward Jaron Blossomgame, SMU senior guard Sterling Brown, Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, Nevada sophomore forward Cameron Oliver and Florida State junior guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.last_img read more

Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball prepares to return to Las Vegas

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball’s debut as a Laker was entirely forgettable. The prized rookie arrived at the Las Vegas Summer League with massive expectations and promptly clanked 13 shots, including 10 3-point attempts. Ball’s father, LaVar, called it his “worst game ever.”What came next was the most important lesson Ball learned in Las Vegas, where the Lakers will play a preseason game against Sacramento on Sunday.“Once you play a game forget about it and move on,” Ball said. “In college you get a week. You can sit up, sit back and watch film and stuff. But the NBA it’s a quick turnaround.”Ball obviously recovered just fine. He averaged 16.3 points over the six games he played, leading the field in assists (9.3 per game), and was crowned Summer League MVP en route to a Lakers tournament championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just went out there and played the game I know how to play,” Ball said. “Started slow, finished strong. That’s all there was to it.”The No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, Ball was a limited participant in Lakers practice on Friday. He is still recovering from the sprained left ankle he suffered in Monday’s loss to Denver. The mild injury kept him out of an exhibition game Wednesday in Ontario, and could prevent him for playing Sunday.“I’ll make the trip,” Ball said, “but whether I’ll play or not it’s too tough to tell.”On Friday, Ball “went over some plays” but was held out of the five-on-five portions of the practice.“Just being out there with my team,” Ball said. “Showing them I’m still here for them. Regardless of whether I play Sunday or not, I’m going to be here.” Coach Luke Walton said Ball would have played Wednesday had the regular season already begun, but given that it’s still the exhibition season there is no reason to rush him back.“We would love to have him out there obviously,” Walton said. “But … if he is not ready to go then he won’t play.”For Walton, watching Ball at summer league proved “he is capable of doing it at this level.”It didn’t matter that the rosters were populated mostly by rookies and a lot of players who will never make it to the NBA.“He makes the gym exciting to be in,” Walton said. “I was just observing out there and kind of evaluating. When he is playing basketball it is fun to sit there and watch. That is what he is going to bring to our team.”In two preseason games before spraining his ankle, Ball averaged 6.5 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds.Forward Brandon Ingram, who missed Wednesday’s game with a bruised head, was a full participant on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday.NUMBERS AS NEWSIt was only a few years ago that the Lakers were viewed as well behind the curve in the analytics movement. That has certainly changed, and on Friday the team announced a new director of basketball analytics.A Harvard graduate, Jason Rosenfeld previously had the same title working in the league office, where he developed new statistics – like hustle plays – to better evaluate players.In May, Rosenfeld’s predecessor, Yuju Lee, resigned from the position rather than accept a demotion, according to an ESPN report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball’s cleaned-up shot draws approval from Lakers brass

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — What can Lonzo Ball do to improve his shot? If you asked 10 different people, you’re likely to get 10 different answers.But it seems Ball went in search of his own answers to that question after shooting just 36 percent from the field last year, one of the worst guard efficiencies in the league. And watching Ball lately, the powers-that-be in the Lakers’ front office seem satisfied that he’s come a long way.“Man,” said Magic Johnson, pantomiming Ball’s adjustments Thursday afternoon, “it is beautiful.”Ball’s stroke has always been unconventional, and even in recently released team footage, it’s still odd-looking: The 20-year-old holds the ball further left than most right-handed shooters, and he flicks his wrist sideways from his set hand. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe new motion has traces of the old motion, but cleaned up: The Lakers like that he sets more to the center than he used to, and General Manager Rob Pelinka thinks the release is a little less clunky.Pelinka, who used to have shooting contests with former Michigan teammate and 3-point ace Glen Rice, admitted he has talked to Ball a lot about shooting. But he insisted the team hasn’t pushed him to make huge changes in mechanics, only to find a more consistent, fluid stroke.“I feel like you can boil it down to release, the spin on the ball and arch,” Pelinka said. “So I had many conversations with Zo of, just get those things right where you feel fluid about it. He would take things in. The way he’s shooting the ball looks a lot more fluid now.“Before he was the No. 2 overall pick back in 2017, Ball had a transcendent one-and-done year at UCLA, during which he shot 41 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers hope he finds the touch he once had as a prospect, which could help him play more off the ball – a necessary role since he’ll be sharing the court with playmakers LeBron James and Rajon Rondo next season. Pelinka said he thinks Ball could be valuable as a catch-and-shoot player in those instances, as long as the shot continues to improve.center_img Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s not the only thing Ball has worked on, of course: Johnson cited Ball’s rapt attention for film study, including a handful of sessions with Magic himself. While he spent the summer recovering from knee surgery, he was often in the team’s weight room, watching his teammates play scrimmages on the court feet away. Johnson thinks the development of other young players, especially Kyle Kuzma, could be a motivating force for Ball.Johnson, the president of basketball operations, famously said last summer he expected Ball’s jersey to hang from the rafters one day. He was more tempered Thursday when evaluating the second-year point guard, but still confident.“I am excited for Lonzo,” he said, “and he is going to be fine.”OFF-CENTERMore than a few people have noticed the Lakers seem precariously thin close to the basket.While the team’s wing options are robust, the only center with significant NBA experience on the roster is JaVale McGee, a 10-year vet who averaged less than 10 minutes per game the past two seasons for the Golden State Warriors. While Croatian big man Ivica Zubac is also a traditional center, the roster structure has fueled speculation that other forwards (including LeBron James) might play more small-ball center.Johnson and Pelinka didn’t seem to sense a weakness: In an era when the “positionless” basketball the Warriors often play is a goal for many teams, a traditional big man takes on less importance, Johnson suggested.“You know the game has gone to (smaller play),” he said. “There’s not a true center playing backup, and we’ve got one of the best going to be there.”McGee, a long-limbed shot-blocker, hasn’t averaged double-digit points since 2012. But defensively, he’s expected to make a difference, and the Lakers think he’s gained character from his runs with the Warriors.Outside of McGee, Pelinka said the front office wanted to design the roster with “thrust”: a variety of players who could attack and pounce the length of the court to pressure opponents. Just because the Lakers don’t have a ton of big man experience doesn’t mean they lack length. Pelinka also pointed out the team has seven players who are 6-foot-9 or taller (even though some of those players are guards).“As the game is moving to be more positionless, we really don’t talk about center or point guard,” he said. “It is a positionless game and we have a long roster with adequate size for sure.”ROSTER SPOT REMAINS OPENIt was notable that Pelinka said Thursday he feels the Lakers’ roster is especially deep from “one to 14.” Because there’s a 15th spot that so far is unfilled.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Expect that spot to remain empty for at least a little while longer. Even as training camp begins Tuesday, the Lakers want to keep a spot open. It could serve as spot help for a need identified in camp, Pelinka said, or if the team gets into a trade discussion, they could receive two players for one.The Lakers want to keep their options on the table.“We do want to have that flexibility, and we just want to keep it open because the team is so deep,” he said. “We don’t have any current needs right now.”last_img read more

Alabama police issue arrest warrant for DeMarcus Cousins, according to report

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Police in Mobile, Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, USA Today reports.The mother of Cousins’ son recorded a phone conversation in which a man is heard telling her he will “put a bullet in your (expletive) head.” She told police the person on the other line was Cousins.She filed a police report on the call and sent a copy of the recording to TMZ Sports.USA Today reports that Mobile’s court website lists a third-degree harassing communications charge against Cousins. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe argument stemmed from Cousins’ desire to have his son travel to attend his wedding, which was last weekend.The alleged victim confirmed to USA Today that she knew of the warrant. This news organization has chosen not to identify her in this story.The NBA and Lakers on Tuesday said in statements that they were “investigating the allegations.”Related Articles With the Warriors last season, Cousins played 30 games after returning from an Achilles tear suffered with the Pelicans. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game for the Warriors.Prior to his trade to New Orleans, Cousins was the Sacramento Kings’ franchise player. He was named a Western Conference All-Star every season from 2014-15 to 2017-18.The Lakers open training camp with media day on Sept. 27. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the league can fine, suspend, or dismiss and ban players who violate the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse policies. The harshest punishments are reserved for repeat offenders. Cousins has had no such violations.Cousins tore his ACL earlier in the offseason after signing a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lakers. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Clippers seizing their moment to challenge Lakers for L.A.’s heart

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWho runs L.A.? For much of the Lakers’ and the Clippers’ cohabitation here, there hasn’t been much substance to the question. But starting Tuesday, when the two teams face each other to kick off the season, that will become one of the most interesting storylines of the season, with data points that will play out in nationally televised duels on the court.The conversation has never felt more relevant to Los Angeles than it does right now. And that might just be enough of a foothold for the Clippers to matter in a town whose basketball soul has long been defined by the stars and championships of the Lakers.“It feels like an opportunity,” said Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations, “but also a responsibility.”The Clippers aren’t taking direct aim at the Lakers in their marketing, but there certainly feels like a lot of subtext. Last season, they adopted the slogan, “L.A. Our Way,” and this week introduced this season’s “City Edition” jersey, featuring Old English script meant to evoke a connection to L.A. street art. They plan to give away “Hustle Over Hype” shirts for the season opener – against the Lakers.It’s not a surprise, given how hard it’s been to be a Clipper in a city that rolls out the red carpet for Lakers. Years of losing and poor management by former owner Donald Sterling tested even the most devoted Clippers employees. It didn’t help that the crosstown team always set the bar high, from “Showtime” to Shaq-and-Kobe. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Brian Sieman, the Clippers’ longtime radio voice who is moving to TV this year, remembered being in Minneapolis the day the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol in 2008 – a move that spurred three consecutive NBA Finals trips and two more championships. He remembered commiserating with longtime play-by-play man Ralph Lawler, wondering if their time would ever come.“Ralph and I were like, ‘We’re never gonna get it right, man. We’ll never have that,’” Sieman said. “And now we’re that team at the trade deadline, where they’re like, ‘Your team just continues to hit grand slams.’ And it feels like it’s sustainable. … It’s such a fun turnaround to see. Now it’s eternal hope, eternal optimism.”Doc Rivers joked that he has a mind to design a shirt for fans who want to clamber onto the bandwagon – “I’m a Laker fan, but …” – based on what he’s heard from strangers around town. Previously, being the coach of the Clippers was often a short walk to the end of the plank with lots of losses and a tiny paycheck. These days, it’s a more upbeat path.“I hear that a lot, the ‘but’ part,” he said, “and that’s a good thing.”So far, the machinations of the Clippers seem far off the Lakers’ radar. The players and coaches aren’t keen to stoke the fires of any tangible crosstown rivalry, real or imagined.“That’s up to you guys to hype up the Clippers-Lakers rivalry thing,” said All-Star big man Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ key offseason addition. “We’re here to play basketball, and I’m sure they are as well. They have a great team, a great coach, great organization, but for us it’s all about getting better each time we step on the floor.”The biggest acknowledgment any Lakers player has made toward the Clippers came from LeBron James himself. Apparently shaking off any lingering disappointment about missing out on Leonard as a teammate, he suggested that local fans were being granted a rare opportunity to see him and Davis one night, and Leonard and George the next.“Everyone talking about the big winners of the summertime: is it the Nets? The Clippers? The Lakers?” he said. “It’s actually Staples Center. … The city of Los Angeles should be very proud of what is going on.”There’s a case that what’s good for the Clippers’ business is good for the Lakers’ as well. For as much as they’re pitted against each other, the teams are strange bedfellows – sharing a building in a revenue-sharing league. A narrative of two contenders facing off in the same city is more compelling than a little brother continually getting steamrolled.But it wouldn’t be genuine to say that any of these issues are weighing on minds within the Lakers’ organization. They want to win the four regular-season meetings, two of which will be nationally televised, this season. Beyond that, the Lakers say they have no marketing strategies, branding concerns or other community outreach events specifically geared to keep the Clippers from encroaching on their fanbase. As an organization, the Lakers are more likely to view the Boston Celtics as their true legacy rivals than the other in-town team.Tim Harris, the team’s president of business operations, says one of Jerry Buss’ key tenets in all of his sports teams dealings was that any league is only as strong as its weakest team.“I don’t believe you can do addition by subtraction,” Harris said. “If anybody in this building is spending their days trying to make a way so the Clippers don’t succeed, then we’re not doing our job. … We need to spend our time worried about growth.”The Clippers contend they’re not even targeting the same fans.Three years into Steve Ballmer’s ownership, they surveyed more than 100,000 people, asking stakeholder groups including fans, sponsors, players, alumni, media and focus groups (including one identified as “haters”) to share their feelings about the Clipper brand.“And what we were left with, was everybody saw us exactly the same,” Zucker said. “The Clippers were the underdogs, the grinders, we had to try a little harder and we had to be experts in blocking out the noise as people were saying we would never be great.“It was that research that led us to a clear, concise vision of who we were, and a real mandate from Steve to all of us that we would be disciplined in turning those words into actions.”Their marketing reflects what they like to call “blacktop” fans, those who don’t fit the Southern California stereotypes.“There’s a velvet-ropes-and-paparazzi side of L.A.,” Zucker said. “But when we think of L.A., we think of the brave, creative entrepreneurs and innovators who have always been a part of the fabric of this city.”For all the great teams they’ve put on the court over the years, a Lakers game has always been as much a social event as an athletic contest – a place to see and be seen. Denzel Washington sat courtside for the Lakers’ first preseason game at Staples Center last week when James and Davis didn’t even play.It would be hard to build an organic replica of the effervescent celebrity-laden atmosphere. And the Clippers aren’t trying. Their hope is to appeal to the blue-collar fan, one who can relate to the hounding defense of Patrick Beverley, or the willful smoothness of Lou Williams.Going forward, the Clippers are focused on a different kind of fan: the young ones.Everything in the past that weighs the Clippers down – losing seasons, historic draft whiffs, penny-pinching, the dark cloud of Sterling – won’t have the same residue for future generations as it does for those who grew up knowing the franchise as a punchline to a bad joke.Between the new stars and a plan to build their own state-of-the-art arena in Inglewood, there’s an opportunity to reshape the brand under Ballmer, who bought the team for $2 billion in 2014.Their community outreach efforts – such as donating $10 million to renovate public basketball courts throughout the city, or helping fund free eye tests and eyeglasses for children in L.A. Unified, Long Beach and Inglewood schools – have altruistic intentions. They also add a shine to the Clippers name and contribute to building a reputation among young fans as a team that’s both active in the community and worth rooting for.Adding homegrown talent like Leonard and George, who already have shown a willingness to connect to the local fanbase, adds gravitas to those initiatives.“I think that’s really what we’re doing to capture the hearts and minds in L.A. that draws them into feeling a connection to the Clippers,” Zucker said. “You see it in the work we’re doing in the community, and it’s not about words – although we do have a lot of words we attached to it, it’s really about the actions that back that up.”So far, any shots the teams have taken against each other seem to be friendly fire. While ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Beverley went out of his way to find James and Davis at a Las Vegas restaurant to taunt the Lakers after the news broke that Leonard and George were joining the Clippers, the rhetoric has been tight-lipped.Danny Green, a former teammate of Leonard in San Antonio and Toronto, said he’s kept up with his new “rival” via text, but trash talk hasn’t really surfaced yet with both so new to their franchises.“I’m very new to this,” Green said. “The crosstown thing for me is not there yet.”Historically, not much has prevented the rivalry from being somewhat congenial. The two teams have never met in the playoffs, and typically when one has been good, the other has been subpar. The Clippers’ Lob City era – up until now the most successful stretch in franchise history – was contrasted by Lakers teams that didn’t make the playoffs.Whatever happens during the season, Sieman hopes that L.A. fans, regardless of affiliation, can pull for the Clippers to come out from under the eclipse of their more accomplished neighbor.“I love Laker fans, they’re awesome,” he said. “I just love NBA fandom. But when the day comes – and it’s not ‘if’ anymore – when that day comes, if you can’t say, ‘You know what, Clipper fans, good for you,’ then something’s wrong with you.”For as much as the Lakers and Clippers might stress that they’re running different races, their milestones in each are the same: championships.The Lakers know their standard is to add to their collection of the 16 NBA title banners that already hang in Staples Center. As General Manager Rob Pelinka said after executing the trade for Davis: “For us, anything short of a championship is not success.”The Clippers similarly understand that they’ll never be true peers of their neighbors unless they hang a banner themselves. Rivers was asked in February – as the Clippers were positioning themselves for their seventh postseason appearance in eight years and the Lakers were starting to slip – how the “other” L.A. team can permanently maintain its fanbase.The answer had nothing to do with marketing strategies, with adding stars, or with undermining a rival. It was much more simple.“By winning. That’s the only way,” Rivers said. “It really is. And someday being the winner. That’s when you really get them.”center_img LOS ANGELES — The embrace of home, for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, sounded curiously like rejection.For Leonard, it happened at the Coliseum: As his image flashed over the video screen at a Rams home game, the freshly minted champion and franchise star of the Clippers was showered with boos. George, a native of Palmdale, got similar treatment last month attending an MMA event – jeered in the very city he requested a trade to get to.This is, after all, still a purple and gold town. Even though the Clippers just enjoyed their fifth appearance in the playoffs during the Lakers’ six-year postseason drought, there’s never been much of a rivalry in terms of popularity. The Lakers still dominate local airwaves, revenue and raw fan totals. A Kobe Bryant jersey is forever in vogue.That might not change anytime soon, but if ever there was an opening for the Clippers to finally try to punch upward, this is it. The “other team” in L.A. just added two stars, both Southern California natives, to an established core of pesky, blue-collar role players. It’s a good place to start for a franchise that has rarely had many positive narratives to nurture.last_img read more

Anthony Davis trade grades: Lakers begin title chase; Pelicans exploit LA’s desperation

first_imgMORE: NBA Twitter reacts to Anthony Davis tradeWhile the move pushes Los Angeles and New Orleans in different directions, it accomplishes the intended goals for both sides. It could be a rare win-win trade, but the final grades won’t be known until years down the road. The draft compensation in this deal could stretch all the way out to 2025.Here are the reported details of the trade and a breakdown of the short- and long-term ramifications for each side.Anthony Davis trade gradesLakers receive: Anthony DavisPelicans receive: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks2019 No. 4 pick2021 first-round pick protected for Nos. 9-30 (unprotected in 2022)2023 first-round swap rights unprotected2024 first-round pick unprotected (option to defer to 2025)NBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospectsLakers: A-The Lakers’ front office followed the flawless plan of running the franchise directly into the ground for a season and acquiring a superstar anyway. Must be nice. Jokes aside, team owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka knew they needed to bring AD to LA, and they got the job done.Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals in a lost season for New Orleans. Imagine what a properly motivated Davis will look like next to LeBron James. He is an ideal fit inside as a rim-runner and finisher offensively, and he can cover up for a lot of defensive shortcomings with his length and rim protection.The scary part? James could unlock more of Davis as an outside threat. Davis isn’t known as a long-range shooter (31.4 percent on 3-pointers for his career), but he did shoot 37.7 percent on 122 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in 2018-19. If Davis manages to shoot 35-37 percent on deep attempts, that opens the floor and creates lethal pick-and-pop options.MORE: Here’s what Magic Johnson had to say about Davis tradeThis trade also immediately positions the Lakers as a player in free agency. Los Angeles will have $23.7 million or $32.5 million in room depending on the timing of the deal, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. That space could be used to sign another star like Kemba Walker (already a rumored target), Kyrie Irving or Jimmy Butler. Walker seems to be more realistic at point guard because Irving is widely expected to sign with the Nets, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.Or, if the front office wants to fill out the roster, it could spread that money out over a number of role players. After all, the Lakers will only have James, Davis, Kuzma, Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga under contract once this trade goes through. We already saw what happened when the team had zero shooting on the floor. (Maybe call JJ Redick once free agency kicks off?)As for the future, Davis (26 years old) can take the reins from James (34) once Father Time finally catches up with him. Davis’ trade demand may have changed his reputation among fans and media, but don’t forget just how good this guy can be. He still has his full prime ahead of him.Over the last three seasons, Anthony Davis has:* more points than Steph Curry or Kevin Durant* more rebs than Nikola Jokic or Joel Embiid* more steals than LeBron James or Klay Thompson* more blocks than Andre Drummond or Giannis Antetokounmpo* higher FT% than Bradley Beal— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 15, 2019But there’s a reason this trade isn’t an A+++. The Lakers gave up a ton of assets, and the Pelicans will essentially control their drafts for the next half-decade.There will be comparisons to the failed Dwight Howard-Steve Nash combo of 2012. The pick compensation will bring back memories of the 2013 Nets-Celtics that set Brooklyn back for years. There is at least the possibility things go south, forcing Davis to re-evaluate and consider leaving LA as a free agent in 2020. That would be a complete catastrophe. The counter to the traded-away-too-much argument: picks and prospects won’t matter if the Lakers win. Los Angeles had four top-10 picks from 2014-17 (Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Ingram and Ball) and didn’t hit on any of them. Plus, it’s freaking LeBron James and Anthony Davis, not a broken down Howard or old Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.MORE: After Davis trade, are Lakers favorites to win the West?With Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) out for the majority (if not the entirety) of next season, the Warriors won’t be the Western Conference favorites. The championship window is open — and yes, that’s the expectation. The Lakers must maximize whatever James has left in the tank.The Lakers have two top-10 players and put themselves in a position to attack free agency as well. They are instant contenders. There are dark future scenarios in play, but for now, the lights will be shining bright at Staples Center with James and Davis leading the way.Pelicans: APelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin wasn’t involved in the nasty negotiations ahead of the February trade deadline. He brought a fresh perspective to New Orleans, and once it became clear he couldn’t persuade Davis to stay, he began searching for the best possible package.Consider this a massive victory for Griffin, who knows from his Cavs days just how desperate a team can be when it needs to build around James.Ball, Ingram and Hart are all intriguing prospects with potential to improve now that the drama is behind them. Remember, this core had been making progress under Luke Walton before James arrived.Jrue Holiday and Ball could be an elite defensive backcourt, as both players finished in the top 10 among point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus. There are some concerns about Ingram’s blood-clot issue, but he should be fully recovered ahead of the 2019-20 season. Hart can be a valuable rotation piece off the bench.The primary source of excitement for the Pels, of course, is Zion Williamson, the assumed No. 1 selection in this year’s draft. The thought of Holiday stealing the ball and kicking ahead to Ball, who then lobs an alley-oop to a flying Williamson . . . oh yeah, this team will be high on the NBA League Pass rankings. New Orleans could use some additional shooting to create better spacing, but that’s a terrific start in a post-AD world.MORE: Biggest winners and losers from the Anthony Davis tradeAnd the Pelicans are far from done when it comes to the impact of this trade. There is already plenty of interest in the No. 4 pick they just acquired from the Lakers, and it could easily be flipped for another player. (One fun hypothetical from The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie: using the fourth overall pick to land Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen. He’d slide in perfectly next to Williamson.) If they keep it, a young forward like De’Andre Hunter or Jarrett Culver makes sense. The future draft swaps and protections sound complicated, but they basically give New Orleans options and chances at snagging stars with LA’s picks. Even shorter version: Griffin thinks the Lakers will be bad eventually.Though Davis will still be performing at a high level, James will be in his late 30s when those picks are in play. (His current contract runs through 2022.) If the Lakers find themselves in the lottery, this trade will shift dramatically in the Pelicans’ favor.Considering the Pelicans didn’t have much in the way of competing offers — the Celtics reportedly wouldn’t include Jayson Tatum in trade discussions — that is a wild haul regardless of what happens next. It finally happened. Anthony Davis is going to be a Laker.The Pelicans agreed to trade Davis to the Lakers on Saturday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Los Angeles will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks (including this year’s No. 4 pick) to New Orleans. Kyle Kuzma, who had been a significant part of trade discussions, will stay in LA.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott to discuss Las Vegas incident with Roger Goodell, report says

first_img Brett Favre’s grandson meets favorite quarterback Aaron Rodgers “I think that the main thing is that I don’t see anything that needs supporting,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “In terms of his status with us, (it) has not been impacted in any way. And frankly, I know how conscientious he has been in the offseason, and that’s good enough. No, I don’t see that having any consequences for us.”Elliot previously has been suspended for an off-field altercation in which he was accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, though he wasn’t arrested or charged.The latest incident comes after Dallas picked up the fifth-year option on Elliott’s rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for the 2020 season. He is set to make $3.9 million in 2019. Robert Griffin III: Ravens’ new offense will shock people in 2019 Elliott was handcuffed at the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in May after a shoving incident with an event staffer. Elliot had been seen arguing with his girlfriend in the parking lot of the event before the altercation.Elliott’s attorney, Frank Salzano, told TMZ Sports that his client was detained but not formally arrested or charged. Related News “Security misconstrued and overreacted to the situation,” Salzano said. “He was cuffed as a precautionary measure. He was released with no charges. He left Vegas that night and went to his [youth football camp in Dallas] on Sunday.”Cowboys owner Jerry Jones later said he doesn’t see the NFL taking any action against Elliott, though the upcoming summit is an indication that he could face discipline for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Could another suspension be on the horizon for Ezekiel Elliott?The Cowboys running back will have a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Tuesday regarding an incident at a music festival in Las Vegas earlier this year, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source. Saints’ David Onyemata gets 1-game suspension, report sayslast_img read more

Packers lost Khalil Mack bid because Raiders didn’t like draft pick, says Green Bay CEO

first_img NFL decision on Tyreek Hill ‘stuns’ league observers NFL free agency news: Bills add veteran safety Kurt Coleman as Rafael Bush retires Green Bay really wanted to trade for Khalil Mack last year, but Oakland apparently thought the Packers were too good, so to speak.A little explanation is in order. As reported last summer, Green Bay was one of the front-runners to land the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Raiders, of course, ended up trading Mack to the Bears for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-round pick in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in 2019. Sean McVay says Rams’ Super Bowl loss on his mind ‘every minute’ Green Bay President and CEO Mark Murphy told 105.7 The Fan in Milwaukee that the Packers “aggressively” pursued Mack, but he thinks the Raiders assumed the Packers would finish with a better record than the Bears last year, and thus the Bears would have a better draft position.“Well the whole Khalil Mack thing. It’s not that we didn’t try,” Murphy said. “We were aggressive. We wanted to sign him. I think, ironically, the Raiders took the Bears offer because they thought they would be a better draft pick.” Related News We all know what happened after the trade. The Bears, thanks in large part to Mack, went on to finish 12-4 and win the NFC Central. The Packers finished 6-9-1. As a result, Green Bay had the 12th overall pick, while the Raiders ended up picking 24th with the pick they acquired from Chicago for Mack.Murphy did concede that it might not have made financial sense for the Packers to acquire Mack, who ended up signing a six-year deal reportedly worth $141 million, after signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a record-breaking four-year, $134 million deal.“I don’t know if it is good to have the highest-paid offensive player in the league, and the highest-paid defensive player in the league,” Murphy said. “Is that a good way to build a team?”last_img read more

LeBron James ‘shocked’ by David Griffin’s comments about being ‘miserable’ with Cavaliers, report says

first_imgGriffin told Sports Illustrated he knew he was going to leave the Cavaliers after they won the championship in 2016. He parted ways with the team about one year later. “Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was going to leave. There was no way I was going to stay for any amount of money.” Related News David Griffin admits he was ‘miserable’ as Cavaliers GM James appeared to respond to Griffin on Twitter shortly after Sports Illustrated’s story was published.Alright alright. Enough is enough. The throne has been played with to much and I ain’t for horseplay. Ether coming soon! 😁🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥👑 #JamesGang✊🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 1, 2019James eventually left the Cavaliers and inked a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers in July 2018. He averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists during his first season with Los Angeles, but a groin injury limited him to 55 games. LeBron James was surprised by David Griffin’s comments.Griffin told Sports Illustrated he was “miserable” during his time as the Cavaliers general manager, which “shocked” James, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified sources close to the star. James was playing with Cleveland while Griffin was in the front office. Zion Williamson says he wants to stay with Pelicans for entire career Griffin, meanwhile, was hired as the Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations in April. He helped rebuild New Orleans’ roster by sending star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and three first-round picks.The Pelicans also signed Derrick Favors and JJ Redick this offseason and selected former Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft. Lakers’ Anthony Davis says not winning a title would be one of his ‘biggest failures’last_img read more

Best sportsperson of SBK will be known on 1 February

first_imgBest sportsperson of SBK will be known on 1 February in Centre of Culture, Travnik at 7.30 p.m.The expert jurors of this event are: Edhem Ekmeščić, Zvonimir Čilić, Mulo Hadžić, Hazim Čukle and Osman Mešan. The athletes will be categorized in 18 categories.But, unofficially, the votes of the audience and visitors of hronika.ba already chose Tatjana Stanić as the best sportswoman of SBK. Tatjana Stanić is the player of football club ”Mladost” and she received 1337 votes. She is also the top scorer of the club who won second place in the tournament in BiH.last_img read more

Vlado Zadro – new player of Široki Brijeg

first_imgFormer football player of Široki Brijeg, Zrinjski, and Zagreb Vlado Zadro will again play for BIH premier league team of Široki Brijeg, reports sportsport.baFootball club Široki Brijeg by winning the Cup of BIH has qualified to play at the European Championship.Zadro confirmed to sportsport.ba that he has signed a two-year contract with Široki Brijeg and added he hopes that his team will do well in Europe.(photo:  prvaliga.tportal)last_img

Football Tour “PIKSI CUP” from 22 – 25 August on Jahorina

first_imgThe seventh International Football Tour ” Piksi Cup Jahorina” will be held from 22nd to 25th August in Jahorina.The tournament will be attended by 184 teams with about 1.000 young  football players from Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Romania.(Source: Fena)last_img

Basketball Players of Široki Brijeg Ended ‘League 4’ Unbeaten

first_imgThe basketball players of Široki Brijeg won first place in ‘League 4’, after they beat Igokee last night with 73:64 (18:16, 18:19, 17:14, 20:15).Široki Brijeg, which in this part of the competition remained the only undefeated team, were led to victory by Robert Rikić with 26 points and six rebounds, and Dalibor Peršić had 10 points.In the team from Laktaši, which will start in the semifinals from second place, Nemanja Gordić was most efficient with 10 points.The opponents of Široki Brijeg and Igokee in the semi-finals will be known tonight after the meeting in Mrkonjić Grad between the teams Mladosti and Spars from Sarajevo.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Historical Victory by Bosnian Handball National Team

first_imgFormer coach of Handball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Halid Demirovic, rated yesterday’s victory in Qatar as a historical one, in a talk for klix.ba“First half was full of anxiety. Still it was the first game and it didn’t seem  hat they were playing as agreed. At the beginning we had a lot of turnovers and Iran used them in one large pace, too big will and thanks to our mistakes in attacking. That led to the result of 16: 12, but coach Markovic surely found right words at the half- time“, said Demirovic for klix.ba referring to the results of Markovic’ s intervention in the locker room.“In the second half we saw that the defense played great, we were scoring from simple counterattacks, and the attack was more organized and that’s how Bosnia came to the series of 7: 0. It was historical victory and it is very important for the self- confidence and motivation before todays match against Austria“, said Demirovic.(Source: klix.ba/ photo oslobodjenje)last_img read more

Coach Bazdarevic revealed Plans that will delight All Fans of BiH

first_imgCoach of the national football team of BiH, Mehmed Bazdarevic, summarizing the whole year that is about to end, said that he is satisfied with performance, starting from the players, coaching staff and Football Federation of BiH.This year, the Dragons played nine matches and recorded six wins with one draw and two defeats. The year started with two victories in friendly matches against Luxembourg and Switzerland, and the first defeat came in the match against Spain.The national team of BiH had a successful performance at the Kirin Cup in Japan this year, where they won the first place with somewhat altered composition and without several standard national team players. They won against Denmark in the semi-finals after penalty shoot-out and in the finals they won against selection of Japan, lead by BH expert Vahid Halilhodzic.Encouraged by excellent performances and good results, football players of BiH started qualifications for the World Cup in Russia in September and won against the team of Estonia with the score 5: 0 in the first leg in Zenica.After four matches, BiH has seven points and it is in the 3rd place with two wins, one draw and a defeat. Our team is lagging behind the second-placed Greece by three points and five points behind leaders in Group H, the team of Belgium.He also commented on two top BH team members who play for Juventus and Roma, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko, noting that he is satisfied with their game. He said that the two of them did their best in a representative jersey, and that they contribute a lot to their clubs.He underlined that the expectations for the coming year are great, but that all of them have to be stronger. As he said, he expects from his players to be at the top of their game.BiH will play next match within the qualification for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 on the 25th of March, when it will be host to Gibraltar. Then we will welcome Greece in Zenica (June 9), then play guest match with Cyprus (August 31), and Gibraltar (September 3). In the last two qualifiers, Bazdarevic chose to host Belgium on the 7th of October, and three days later qualifications will be finished in Estonia.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

Panel Discusion ‘Integration of Migrants through Football’ to be held in Bihac

first_imgAs part of the grassroots activities, the Football Federation of  Bosnia and Herzegovina  will organize a round table and panel discussions on the topic “Integration of Migrants Through Football” in Bihać on Friday, 26th June.With this project, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to encourage social cohesion, and enable regular sports activities for migrants, with the aim of integration into society.The aim of the round table is to gather in one place relevant people from local government, NGOs, sports community and all others who can contribute to the planning and implementation of the project.The project will discuss the needs of migrants, and in what way and in which centres a football game can be organized, taking into account primarily the safety and health of migrants and the staff who work with them.Lecturers, who have extensive experience in organizing similar projects, will participate in this event live and online.last_img read more

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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 (7) 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 MCarroll · 321 weeks ago Huge multi-family garage sale this Saturday June 21st @ 1304 N. Plum Wellington! We’ve got little girls clothes, name brand teen women and men’s clothes, toys, shoes, purses, a weight bench , home decor, holiday items , stuffed animals galore and much much more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Megan · 321 weeks ago Huge Multi family garage sale Saturday June 21st 7am-? 919 Crestview Rd. Lots of girls clothes newborn to 4t all seasons, boy clothes newborn to 18 month all seasons, women’s clothes, maternity clothes, kids toys, furniture, home decor, etc Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 321 weeks ago Garage Sale 1401North B, Friday June 20th 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. only. Lots of boy and girl toys, stuffed animals, girls 2T clothing, DVDs, Barney and Wiggles VHS tapes, kids books, household misc. Report Reply 1 reply · active 320 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 320 weeks ago Saturday 8:00 – 12:00. Halloween costumes, turtle sandbox, doll bed. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Ybarra · 321 weeks ago 5 family yard sale! 1215 south Washington. Saturday June 21 from 8-2. Adult and children clothing, household items, kids toys, origami owl, and a lemonade stand! No early sales and cancel if rain. No reasonable offer will be refused! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle Lloyd · 320 weeks ago Yard Sale June 20th and 21st at 305 East 11th in Wellington: Friday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Lots of miscellaneous. Table and chairs, hutch, tiled buffet table, lawn chairs, tools, total gym, men’s jeans and shirts in great condition. Plus size women’s clothing, teen girl clothing, jewelry, purses, shoes, and lots more to see. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Woodring · 320 weeks ago Downsizing Sale 14 Crestway June 27th & 28th 800am – 200pm Vintage glassware, Tools, Vacuum Sweeper, Bass Boat, Exercise Bike, 57 Chevy Parts, Surround Speakers with Amp, Art by S J Covacevich & L. Rinehart and much more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 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, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for June 20-22, 2014. If you still need garage sales advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

‘If I stay’ will be played this weekend at Wellington Regent

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “If I Stay.” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes.Movie Synopsis: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. “If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. (c) Warner Bros Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 37%. Audience review: 67% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Oct. 3-5 – DolphinTale 2.Oct. 10-12 – The Maize Runner.Coming soon:No Good Deed.Halloween weekend – The Rocky Horror Picture Show!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

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014:MondayTuesday• Basketball at AndaleWednesday• Finals: First – fourth period.Thursday• Finals – fifth – eighth period.• Wrestling at Augusta 5 p.m.• Band Concert 7 p.m.Friday• NO SCHOOL- Inservice• Basketball at WHS vs. Mulvane• Wrestling at Marion 3p.m.• Winter Formal after gameSaturday• JV Wrestling at Rose Hill 8:30Monday’s lunch: Pork Rib/Bun, Romain and Tomato, tri tater, green beans, fresh kiwi.Tuesday lunch: Lasagna, garden spinach salad, garlic bread stick, pears, tomato wedges.Today’s News•Thespian Conference money needs to be turned in on Tuesday.•Students: If you have been exempted from taking a final by a teacher in any or all of your classes, you must bring a handwritten note from your parents excusing you from being at school during those exempt finals periods. Please bring it to the office by Tuesday in order to not be marked absent on Wednesday and Thursday.•You do not have to take finals if you have three absences or less with an A in the class and 3 or less tardys.•Beginning second semester, double lunch entrees will go from $1 to $1.50. Some ala carte items will also increase in price.•Did you hear? Winter break is near. What a better way to spread a feeling of cheer, than sending a message to those you hold dear! Student council will be selling candy cane grams during lunch through Monday. They are two for a dollar or five for 2 dollars and will be handed out eighth hour next Tuesday. Don’t let someone have a blue Christmas, make it a mint fresh one!•Attention Early Completers: Remember the local scholarship application is due January 9. You are responsible to make sure you turn this in on or before that date.•ATTN. SENIORS: Remember in order to be eligible for the Crusader Website “LAPTOP” give-a-way at Class Night in May, 2015 – you have to complete a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION through the Guidance Office. Those completed applications are due no later than Jan. 9, 2015.”•Dancing with the Teachers will be held on January 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Sign-up sheets are in the office.•Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money by January 16th.•Seniors: The Local Scholarship application is due January 9, but why wait… get it turned in before the winter break and you will be able to enjoy your time off with no worries.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

Draymond Green gets ejected for arguing a call in Warriors return: ‘I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk’

first_imgDraymond Green on the ejection: “I disagreed with the call and I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 12, 2019It’s Green’s “If you feel like you got the call wrong — or right — don’t tell me not to talk,” Green said post game. “I’m a grown man. I got my own kids. So that’s what happened.” In 22 minutes played, Green had four points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor, as the Warriors fell to 2-9 on the season. Welcome back, Draymond Green.The Warriors forward has never been one to shy away from controversies on the court, and on Monday night, it was no different: In Green’s first game back since injuring his left index finger, he was handed his eighth career ejection and the first of 2019. In the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 122-108 loss to the Jazz, Utah’s Mike Conley barreled over Green, and Green took issue with the foul call — he was charged with two technical fouls and an early shower.NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020:Knicks pick star guard at No. 1; LaMelo Ball lands with HawksAndddd Draymond Green just got ejected. pic.twitter.com/LuLR8l3YeU— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 2019 Green couldn’t peel himself away from arguing with the referee who made the call, and it proved for naught, as he was sent to the locker room with just over eight minutes left in the game.There was some question on the foul, and it appears as though Green reached for the ball initially before Conley ran him over. Following the game, Green “expounded” on the call.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua predicts ‘iconic’ night in December rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

first_img“It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m thrilled so many of my fans are going to be there, particularly from the United Kingdom,” said Joshua. “It’ll definitely be a night people will tell their grandchildren they were at, one of those iconic evenings of boxing. Everyone from Saudi has been brilliant to work with.”Landed safely.. we give thanks KSA pic.twitter.com/PIfNJ1ZCY0— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 24, 2019Joshua also posted a video on social media after landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the former world champion posing for pictures and chatting with fans.✈️🇸🇦🧳🚶🏾‍♂️🚖🎟 https://t.co/3RqR1N24nv pic.twitter.com/7viyYLkq4W— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 24, 2019 Anthony Joshua has promised an “incredible night” of boxing on Dec. 7 after arriving in Saudi Arabia ahead of his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua is aiming to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after suffering a shock loss — the first of his professional career — at the hands of replacement opponent Ruiz last June. Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and 100-plus fight nights a yearHaving dropped his rival earlier in the round, the Briton was sensationally floored in the third. He was also knocked down twice in the seventh, leading to the contest being stopped.After their first bout was staged at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, the duo will meet again in Riyadh, with the determined challenger predicting an unforgettable fight as he bids to avenge the only blot on his boxing CV.last_img read more

NFL playoff schedule: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores for 2020 wild-card round

first_imgNational: NBCSeattle: KINGPhiladelphia: WCAUStream: NBC Live (cable subscription)Seattle (11-5) couldn’t quite catch the 49ers for the NFC West crown, but still nabbed a wild-card spot. Philadelphia (9-7) held off the Cowboys to win the weak NFC East.The broadcast will sound like an NBC Sunday night game. Al Michaels has the play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth is the color commentator, with Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox bringing sideline insights.NFL scores for wild-card gamesYou can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Jan. 4GameTexans 22, Bills 19Titans 20, Patriots 13Sunday, Jan. 5GameVikings 26, Saints 20Seahawks 17, Eagles 9 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS: Full TV schedule | AFC & NFC bracket | SN’s picksNFL playoff schedule: What games are on today?Here’s the full wild-card round schedule for the NFL playoffs, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Sunday, Jan. 5GameTimeChannelSaints vs. Vikings1:05 p.m.FoxEagles vs. Seahawks4:40 p.m.NBCNFL playoff game TV channels, live streamHere’s how to watch every wild-card game during the NFL playoffs.Bills vs. Texans(4:35 p.m. ET kickoff)National: ESPN/ABCBuffalo: WKBWHouston: KTRKStream: WatchESPN (cable subscription)Each of Houston’s six postseason appearances since 2011 has begun with the Saturday afternoon game, a testament to the Texans (10-6) rarely being a favorite to advance and having a relatively small national following. Buffalo (10-6) made the playoffs for just the second time since 2000.As this is ESPN’s only broadcast of the wild-card round, it will be called by the regular Monday Night Football crew: Joe Tessitore on play-by-play, Booger McFarland in the booth as an analyst and Lisa Salters reporting from the sideline.Patriots vs. Titans(8:15 p.m. ET kickoff)National: CBSBoston: WBZNashville: WTVFStream: CBS (cable subscription)New England would be resting this weekend if not for a 27-24 loss to 5-11 Miami in Week 17. The Patriots still won the AFC East but fell short of the first-round bye. Tennessee took its Week 17 chance, clinching a wild card spot by beating the Texans 35-14.CBS is sending its top broadcast team to Foxborough. Jim Nantz will handle the play-by-play, Tony Romo offers analysis and Tracy Wolfson is down on the sideline.Saints vs. Vikings(1:05 p.m. ET kickoff)National: FoxNew Orleans: WVUEMinnesota: KMSPStream: Fox Sports Go (cable subscription)New Orleans (13-3) is tied for the best record in the NFC, but lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers and is playing in the first round. It’s the first time a team with a record of 13-3 or better has played in the first round since the Saints in the 2011-12 season. The strength of the conference meant Minnesota’s 10-6 record is the worst of the NFC playoff teams.The No. 1 Fox crew is covering this game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are in the booth, while Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will offer reports from the sideline.Seahawks vs. Eagles(4:40 p.m. ET kickoff) The 2020 NFL playoffs have arrived, and the schedule begins with four games during wild-card weekend.Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL wild-card round games, including a full schedule with TV channels, start times and scores.last_img read more

Garage Sales for this weekend…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for June 19, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!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 (14) 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 JODI WALTRIP · 269 weeks ago HUGE MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE- FRIDAY JUNE 19TH 9-6 AND SATURDAY JUNE 20TH FROM 8-NOON 905 NORTH JEFFERSON WELLINGTON LOTS OF MISC. ITEMS Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned citizen · 269 weeks ago 4 wooden oak chairs for a total of $20 317 East 15th Call first 620-399-3059 Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Amy · 269 weeks ago Garage sale Saturday, June 20 from 8:00-?. Furniture, dishes, lawn mowers, bedding, Christmas decor, tools, etc… Much, much more! 1223 N. B. Sale will be inside the house. Make offers. Everything must go. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim Bales · 269 weeks ago YARD SALE Saturday, June 20th 8:00-12:00 604 E Mill Street – Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David Carroll · 269 weeks ago CARPORT SALE Saturday June 20th 8:00 to ? 1502 N. Blaine Lots of fishing equipment, tools, dishes and lots of misc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Terri Campbell · 269 weeks ago Friday, June 19, 4-7 pm and Saturday, June 20, 8-12. 119 West 13th. Garage/estate Sale. Home decor, tools, outdoor furniture, Christmas, dishes, antique glassware, etc…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Brian · 269 weeks ago Yard Sale 1203 E 10th Street Fri. 5:00-7:00 6/19 Sat. 8:00-11:00 6/20 Lots of misc. Some hunting and fishing stuff Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Dwyer/Defore · 269 weeks ago 901 S. Blaine Saturday 7 – 11 a.m. Name brand teen girl clothes size 0 – 5 (jeans, dress clothes, coats, etc.), nice golf polos, prom dress, shoes, boots, lamps, b&w printer, nintendo ds with games, digital camera, fishing poles, home decor, seasonal items, George Foreman grill with waffle iron, books, bird cage and so much more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mike Glick · 269 weeks ago Garage sale. 610 N Washington, oak and walnut boards, planed two sides, rough edges. Walnut 1×6’s 75 to 100 inches long, Oak: 1×4’s, 1×6’s, 1×8’s, 1×10, 1×12. Garage will be open 8:00 AM. To 12:00 Sat June 20 or call 620-326-3163 to view. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Melissa · 268 weeks ago Multi family garage sale 114 north Plum. Lots of misc. hide a bed couch, large desk with hutch, clothes all sizes, and some baby stuff. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago 12Next » 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 opens district with 45-20 win over Rose Hill; Mulvane next

first_imgW- Kop 8 run (Jones PAT run). RH- Moore to Moore 28 yard pass (PAT no good) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the third consecutive year, the Wellington football team has won its district opener. Now getting that second district win seems to be the hard part.Wellington did what it had to do against winless Rose Hill, winning 45-20 and getting the 21-point padding needed in a four-team district where points always seem to be in play at the end of the season.The Crusaders will battle Mulvane in a game that will probably again determine Wellington’s playoff fate. Mulvane lost to Ulysses 34-31 after leading in the third quarter, 31-14.The one bit of bad news for Wellington was Remington Gilkey, who had five carries for 58 yards tonight, may be out for the season with an ACL tear.Overall, Wellington sealed victory by playing keep away from Rose Hill. The Dukes would accumulate 217 yards in the second half on 42 plays while holding the Rockets to 13 plays, most on their lone fourth quarter scoring drive.But once again, Wellington’s special teams were exposed. The Crusaders would allow another touchdown, including a 93 yard run by Ross Nolan that sparked a brief period in the second quarter in which the Rockets were kicking Wellington’s tail including a sudden successful passing game.At the half, Wellington was leading 22-13, but it was unclear which team was going to show up to start the third quarter. In the past two games, the Crusaders have gotten off to a tremendously bad start after intermission.This time though, the Crusaders were patient to start the second half and went on 14 play six-plus minute drive that was capped by a Chris Kop touchdown at the 5:47 mark. That would put the Dukes in front 30-13.“I have to hand it to our offensive line,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “They really played an outstanding game and won this game for us.”After a three-and-out for the Rockets, Wellington would get rolling again and would score a few minutes later on an 8-yard run by Kop after another methodical clock-churning drive.Rose Hill would score two minutes later. But the Crusaders would finish things off with another long drive that was capped by Logan Jones scoring from the 2 with just 28.2 seconds to play.Wellington opened the game scoring three touchdowns to take a 22-0 lead. It was a deficit the Rockets could not overcome. But for awhile in the second quarter it sure seemed like it could. Rose Hill:Moore 10-7, Flannagan 5-30, Hollis 4-16, Wallis 1(-1). Total 20-54. RH- Hollis 1 run (PAT kick). Scoring W- Gilkey 47 run (PAT run no good) Wellington 45 Rose Hill 20  W- Phelps 13 run (Gilkey PAT run) Rose Hill:Nolan 5-37, Rapp 2-31, Moore 1-30, Cafney 2-40. Receiving: W- Jones 2 run (PAT kick no good). Passing: 1234Finalcenter_img Rushing: Rose Hill0130720 W- Kop 4 run (Phelps PAT run). RH – Nolan kickoff return (PAT kick good) Wellington:Phelps 24-185, Gilkey 5-58, Jones 17-74, Kop 17-100, Ca. Phelps 2-0. Total 67-448 Wellington:Ca. Phelps 1-2-26. Rose Hill:Moore 10-19-138 W- 25 pass Ca. Phelps to Shields (PAT run no good) Wellington14881545 Wellington:Shields 1-26 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

Sunday blog: Talking terrorism, financial hardships, Royals, stupid protesters and A&A football

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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down RLS · 247 weeks ago You say in your article that it is not relevant to know about a candidate’s bankruptcy. I disagree and for the very reason you mentioned regarding how the person reacts to the bankruptcy. The reason for the bankruptcy might have been out of their control due to economic times or health issues. But also, we the electorate need to also know how what they did afterward. I will use your example of Abraham Lincoln. He and a friend bought a store. The friend had the money for his half but Lincoln signed a note with the previous owner for his half of the investment. After going broke Lincoln sold his assets but was still short for his payoff but he continued to make payments to the previous owner even though he was not required to do so. However, his partner died and left debt from the store and Lincoln assumed that debt and also paid off his partner’s debt even though he did not have to do so. That shows good moral character and represents a person that does the “right” thing even if not required to do so. That is the reason it is relevant to the electorate if a person has had financial issues in the past. You also mention that the government can not release this information, you are correct but a simple google search will reveal a lot. You mention it is your job to ask for the records. Then why didn’t you? The electorate should have full disclosure of a candidate’s background, good and bad. Does it mean that they can not be a good money steward for the government? No, but that is for the electorate to decide not the media and in this case the media decided by not requesting the information. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Pat · 247 weeks ago I like what you have to say! Very well put. I think all of our city councilmen should have to put their rocks on the table or get out. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Meryl · 247 weeks ago Very well said. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago As far as the Paris attacks, the terrorist again hit a soft target where they knew there would be no or little response to there attack on the citizens of Paris and until it was to late. We have the same problem in this country where all the attacks that have occurred at school and malls have been on again SOFT targets where they can commit the assault with little or no response back at them. It is always to late. When the terrorist do attack in this country again they will again hit a SOFT target. Do we see a pattern here. Yet out president doesn’t even have a clue to what is going on. You can not and will never be able to negotiate with terrorist because they only want to destroy and kill all of us. The president and those that support him will be the first to asked for help when it happens, and they will be asking law enforcement and armed citizens to safe them. These are the people the president and his follower want to disarm and destroy. Time to Wake up America. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 247 weeks ago ” These are the people the president and his follower want to disarm and destroy.” Are you just trying to make a hawk/dove point or do you seriously believe this? Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago I disagree, the president doesn’t want to disarm or destroy, he can’t even call them what they are: Muslim terrorist. I will say that the majority of Muslims are not terrorist and it is the extremist that make them look bad. But I don’t see our president doing much of anything to destroy them, but I do see him releasing terrorist back to there countries where they go back to trying to destroy us. Bringing all the refugees to this country is a big mistake. They have already noted that terrorist are mixed in with the refugees that are coming here and he is just ignoring the warnings and doing it anyway. With his actions he is helping them to try and destroy us from within. Report Reply 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 Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for November 13, 2015…1. Paris attacksThe recent attacks in Paris, France, leads me to three conclusions…1) It’s miraculous that we haven’t had a major terrorist attack on our U.S. soil since 2001.2) When we humans finally decide to destroy ourselves once and for all, it will come with little or no warning.3) Somewhere, someplace some fringe terroristic lunatics are planning a Paris type attack on this country as we speak and there really isn’t anything we can do about it. As the well orchestrated Paris attacks demonstrated, all it takes is money, intelligence, loyalty and resolve.As for me, I’m not going to think about it and hope someone a lot smarter than me can figure out how to keep us safe. I’m too busy raising my kids, riding my bike and gathering news for Sumner County, Kansas to worry about things I can’t do anything about.———2. Financial recordsLast week, when many were having a collective cow about what was or wasn’t said at a Wellington City Council meeting, I thought the more interesting issue was the contention that the financial records of people running for city council should be released to the general public. Some believe if you have difficulty with your finances, there is no way you are qualified to run the city’s business.I couldn’t disagree more. First of all, the government can’t just release personal financial records of its private citizens. That would be my job as a news reporter to go ask for them.Excluded from Wellington City Council because of personal financial hardship.Second of all, it isn’t relevant anyway.Having financial troubles to the point of declaring bankruptcy may result from many things – whether it be a healthcare calamity, a bad risk on a business, or simply bad luck you never know. Oftentimes successful entrepreneurship is as much about luck as it is about skill or smarts.I also disagree with the notion that those who have had personal financial troubles would not be good stewards of our city funds. You know who went bankrupt before he became President? Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Jefferson did too. Walt Disney was bankrupt before he built his empire. Henry Ford, Milton Herschey… etc. It’s not the bankruptcy, that should be scrutinized but how that person reacts after his/her downfall that’s more important.Overcoming hardship says a lot about a person.———3. Kansas City RoyalsIn case you haven’t heard, the Royals won the World Championship a couple weeks ago. I’ll wear a T-shirt around in case you forget.  I kind of feel bad for those around me who can’t jump on the bandwagon and celebrate like the rest of us. That’s a spoonful of happiness at their disposal. There may be just 10 or 20 dyed in the wool Royals fans in Sumner County, who stuck through 30 years of suck-fest baseball. But who cares? The rest of us are celebrating the fact a World Championship has finally come to the area for the first time in 30 years, and it’s our turn to tell everyone we are better than everyone else.I get accused of being a bandwagon fan, but I’m pretty consistent in my bandwagon-ism. I always cheer for the local teams to do well on the big stage — whether it be the Royals, the Wildcats, the Wichita State Shockers, or the Wellington Crusaders. The only exception I have is the Kansas City Chiefs – because they are, um, the Chiefs. But if they ever win a Super Bowl in the next 1,000 years, I will still be happy for those people around me just because they have suffered so long.As for the Royals, let’s just name general manager Dayton Moore — the second smartest guy in America behind KSU football coach Bill Snyder. His team today is the toast of the world — built around athleticism, speed, and a bullpen like no other. Hard to believe this once pathetic franchise has turned into something all of baseball now wants to emulate.I have never been a Major League Baseball aficionado and didn’t get trapped in the nation’s obsession with the game until I started watching the Royals intently last season. Now I can’t get enough of it. What a great time to be alive.———4. Stupid protesters Are these the dumbest protesters in the history of mankind?Isn’t the whole point of a public protest is to create attention to yourself or to a cause you are promoting or protesting?So what in the heck are these moronic University of Missouri college students so upset about a reporter coming over and taking pictures of them? They don’t want the media to promote their cause?Then you have Madam College Professor at the end of the video, who obviously hasn’t left her herbal tree enclave since the last U of M protest in 1969, demanding that the reporter be physically removed by her entourage. Hey, Moonbeam. Taking pictures on public grounds is completely within your constitutional rights something you should have learned in your third grade social studies class.If this is a future of our country, I’m thinking we might as well turn over the keys to some third-world despot leader now.———5. Shout out of the weekThis week it goes to the Argonia-Attica football team that just qualified for the Class 1A 8-man Div. II state championship game for the second consecutive year.The Titans ripped Axtell 52-0 – which was the same team that beat Caldwell the week before 62-14. The Titans have been so dominating this year that they have played just one fourth quarter all season. In eight-man football if you outscore your opponent by 45 points at the end of the first half you can end the game right then.This could be what next Saturday’s 8-man state championship game will look like.Yet despite its weekly drubbing of opponents, the Titans are going into the state championship game as underdogs. Victoria beat A&A 52-8 in last year’s state championship game and is currently on a 24 game winning streak.Next Saturday when these two teams square off for the state title in Newton, it could be the Ali vs. Frazier battle of eight-man football. I can’t wait.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Help wanted: City of Wellington accepting applications for seasonal laborers

first_imgHelp Wanted: The City of Wellington is accepting applications for numerous positions for Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $7.25 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  See available positions and apply at www.HRePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5:00pm, Friday, April 22th,  2016.last_img read more

Arthur Johnson, 87, Oxford: Feb. 4, 1929 – June 25, 2016

first_imgArthur JohnsonArthur M. Johnson, 87, of Oxford died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Oxford Christian Church. Visitation will be held on June 28, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Memorials have been established with the Kansas Veterans Home and Oxford Church of Christ and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements are with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Arthur Milton Johnson was born on February 4, 1929, the son of John and Ruth (Putnam) Johnson in Spencer, NE. He was known to his family and friends as Art or Johnny. He graduated from Spencer Nebraska High School in 1946 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and was a training mechanics instructor. Following service he worked briefly for O’Neill Outlaw Grocery and then for H.C. Leach Oil Field Construction. He worked on in-flight refueling and rebuilding helicopters during the Vietnam War.Art was also a defense contractor administrator as the regional manager of DCA’s quality assurance completing 33 years of civil service. On March 3, 1951 Art was united in marriage to Margaret Leach. They lived in Electra, TX, O’Neill, NE, Holliday, TX, and Amarillo before moving to Oxford, KS in 1973. Art was a member of the Oxford Church of Christ.Art is survived by his three children: Larry Johnson and his wife Linda of Winfield, Gary Johnson and his wife Susan of Oxford, and Susan Spoon and her husband Robert of Oxford; grandchildren: Jonathan Johnson and his wife Abby of  Dexter, Daniel Spoon and his wife Stephanie of Oxford, Kaly Spoon of Oxford, Seth Johnson of Derby, Aaron Johnson and his wife Eden of Clearwater, Kaydee Johnson and Laura Riggs of Winfield, and Zac Johnson of Oxford, Jessica Lucas of Lawrence, Nick Lucas of Wellington, and Mary Lucas of Winfield; great grandchildren: Keaton and Charlee Johnson, Grayson Drake, Kase and Kale Johnson, Reignor Abasolo, Mary Tyler, Corbin and Carson Lucas; two sisters: Helen and Duane Bolliger and Caroline Rossi and one brother, Leo Johnson.He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Margaret, two brothers: Carlton “Buck” Johnson and Kenny Johnson, and 3 sisters: Evelyn Liable, Nancy Gamble and Opal “Soapy” Miller.last_img read more

National Signing Day: Final rankings reveal precious few college football champion contenders

first_imgThe NFL doesn’t suffer from the same talent gap as college football. The Chiefs and 49ers don’t get the first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s not a comparison that fits, because college football relies on recruiting more than anything else.Five schools have mastered that in the CFP era. They continue to stockpile the nation’s best players at programs that are ready-made for national title runs. College football is cyclical, sure, but look how long Saban has kept the wheels spinning in Tuscaloosa. Swinney, Day, Smart and Orgeron are rolling, too.If you want to break the wheel, then you have to find a way to consistently break up those teams in recruiting. Until that happens, expect more of the same in January. National Signing Day affirmed what continues to be the overwhelming theme of the College Football Playoff era. Only a select few schools can truly say they can win a national championship.Those schools — there are five — are, unsurprisingly, at the top of 247Sports’ Composite team rankings for the 2020 recruiting class. And they are going to dominate the sport again in 2020 and beyond. You don’t have to wait until next January to complain about it. Just look at what Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State are doing on the recruiting trail: Those five schools combined to reel in 19 five-star recruits and 72 four-star recruits (14.4 per school) in this year’s class.MORE: Georgia, Alabama once again lead top-10 recruiting classesThe schools comprising the rest of the top 25 totaled 10 five-star recruits (Oregon landed three) and 206 four-star recruits, an average of 10.3 per school.Those five powerhouses have the most difference-makers, and that accumulation of talent — even if it’s one five-star recruit and three four-star recruits per cycle — continues to create a gap in the competition that shows on fall Saturdays. Yes, the rankings matter. Until there’s a sizable shift in recruiting between the haves and have-nots, don’t expect anything to change in the CFP era, even if it expands to eight teams. Consider the following trends:— Alabama has eight No. 1 classes since 2011, and the classes continue to remain strong under Nick Saban. Even if the Tide didn’t finish with the top class in 2020, they’re continuing the greatest continuous recruiting run of all time. Five-star quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2020, should keep that going.— Georgia has put together four straight top-five recruiting classes under Kirby Smart, including the No. 1 class in 2018 and, now, 2020. Florida finished No. 8 this year — its highest mark in that four-year stretch.— LSU is back in the top five for the first time since 2017 after winning the CFP championship under Ed Orgeron. The Tigers have put together back-to-back top-five classes, which was the standard under Les Miles and Saban before that.— Clemson brought in the most five-star recruits (five) this cycle, including quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Dabo Swinney is recruiting at the highest level, and nobody else in the ACC has a top-10 class.— Ohio State didn’t drop off from the Urban Meyer recruiting level with Ryan Day. The Buckeyes landed three five-star recruits, while Penn State and Michigan failed to land a single five-star player in this cycle.The rich got richer, and it’s easy to see why. Those five schools can offer the best chance at a national championship, complemented with the best three-year developmental plan to the NFL. All five were among the top 10 highest-producing schools when it came to NFL Draft picks in the 2010s. It’s a safe bet they’ll start this decade with the top five spots.MORE: Updated top-100 recruit rankings for 2020They do it better than everybody else, and are pulling away from everyone else trying to break through. Is anybody close even close?— Oregon might be the best longterm bet, considering how well Mario Cristobal has done in the Pac-12 (and how well he has recruited California).— Oklahoma and Texas have each put together three straight top-10 classes in the Big 12, but they must be in the top five more often. The Big 12 remains the only Power 5 conference that has not won a Playoff game.— Notre Dame has not had a top-five class since 2013.— Penn State and Michigan are the next-best bets in the Big Ten, but both slipped out of the top 10 this year.— Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida have the sixth-, seventh-and eighth-ranked 2020 recruiting classes, and are still trying to catch up in the SEC. Those are ranked fourth, fifth and sixth in the SEC, respectively.Those nine schools have combined for one Playoff victory since 2014. Not a national championship — a single Playoff victory, which came when Oregon beat Florida 59-20 in the first-ever Playoff game. The Ducks were then routed by Ohio State 42-20 in the first Playoff championship game. The Buckeyes had better players and better recruiting classes.Those five schools have accounted for 11 of the 12 Playoff championships appearances, too.MORE: Updated recruiting class rankingsIs that bad for college football? That depends on whom you ask. The championship games are heavyweight fights, flush with NFL talent. But they have also become regionalized and repetitive over the last five years. An eight-team Playoff field would help freshen up the field, but it wouldn’t eliminate the lack of parity. You still have to beat those five schools.Fans expecting something in the realm of the NFL playoffs would be sorely disappointed. Upsets such as Tennessee-Baltimore in the AFC divisional playoffs happen at the NFL level. At the college level, Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006.last_img read more

Weird sports-related records you can break while social distancing

first_imgLargest town cryThis one requires some help, but given the times we’re living in, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Being in a densely populated city would help unlock the achievement. Crying has the benefits of stress relief and perhaps a few extra calories burned.Your group needs to include at least 281 people to top Dorchester, U.K. Plus, your feats could give you five minutes of fame — live video streams of the marathons have attracted thousands of viewers.RIVERA: ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ is sports, and I won’t be convinced otherwiseIt should have been the Guernsey Marathon today… 🏃‍♂️For one local runner, it still is! Graham Merfield is doing it in his garden right now. He says it’ll take him more than five hours to cover 130 or so laps 💪Donate 👉 https://t.co/jRiHf4luBv pic.twitter.com/Uc1NVJsSu8— Tony Curr (@tonycvrr) March 29, 2020Here are a few things you can do from the comfort of home:Longest marathon dancing the MacarenaThis one, listed in the Guinness World Records without a named record-holder, actually doesn’t make a great deal of sense as worded. Marathons are always 26.2 miles, so a “longest marathon” isn’t really a thing that exists.The record is instead obviously referring to time spent doing the Macarena. This one is completely up for grabs.These jumping jack world recordsYou could live in a 5×5 cube (aka the average NYC apartment) and attempt any of these. Maybe don’t try the fire one, though.3,183 jumping jacks in one hour103 jumping jacks in one minute12 jumping jacks while on fireLongest time fist pumpingThe magic number is 17 hours and 15 minutes, set in 2012 by a man in Austin, Texas. It’s an unofficial one, though, not tracked by Guinness World Records.Just make a playlist of favorite sports highlights to watch during the attempt and this one could be in reach. And maybe work out your other arm separately so you don’t end up looking like Quagmire from “Family Guy.”MORE: An oral history of a magical Final Four runRecord for finger snaps in one minuteA child currently holds this record. A child! Surely you can best Niclas Nadasdy’s 334 mark from last year.Bonus points for video of this record looking hilarious. While you may be using quarantine as an excuse to not exercise, people around the world are finding creative ways to get their cardio work completed.Some runners have even taken the step of completing full marathons in the form of backyard circles. So, there’s little reason you can’t get off your couch and be active, even if long-distance running in small enclosures isn’t your thing.last_img read more

Packers infuriate fans by not drafting a wide receiver with any of their nine 2020 picks

first_imgThe Packers were widely expected to invest heavily in pass catchers during the 2020 NFL Draft given the talent depth at the position and the need to support quarterback Aaron Rodgers.But Green Bay caught many fans by surprise with its decision to take no wide receivers with its nine picks, leading to frustration. As the non-receiver announcements continued to roll in during Day 3 of the draft Saturday, the angst boiled over on social media. It wasn’t pretty, though it was pretty funny.A selection of the tweets, which escalated as the draft progressed:MORE: Why Aaron Rodgers-Jordan Love drama doesn’t compare to Favre-RodgersA RUNNING BACK?!?! pic.twitter.com/n6d3qYhfqf— Wisco Disco (@Wisco_Disco_) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/PyfUnqygc4— 𝚂𝚊𝚖𝚒 𝚉𝚊𝚢𝚗’𝚜 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚕 (@samizaynpiedKO) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/wJjSbnvNnX— Deployed. (@PackersJohn) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/cmh7bd8d48— Dylan Greco (@DylanJGreco) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/EqUqxp2j0F— Moneybagg Yo(hannes) 🇪🇷 (@AronYohannes) April 24, 2020pic.twitter.com/jlPGmxRZV1— Joseph Matron (@JosephPMatron) April 24, 2020pic.twitter.com/Rix1Md0lkl— Moneybagg Yo(hannes) 🇪🇷 (@AronYohannes) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/8OBgrASi2I— RunningBlade2184 (@ralls_reese) April 25, 2020 Here’s a list of who the Packers went with:Round 1, Pick No. 26: Jordan Love, QB, Utah StateRound 2, Pick No. 62: AJ Dillon, RB, Boston CollegeRound 3, Pick No. 94: Josiah Deguara, TE, CincinnatiRound 5, Pick No. 175: Kamal Martin, ILB, MinnesotaRound 6, Pick No. 192: Jon Runyan, G, MichiganRound 6, Pick No. 208: Jake Hanson, C, OregonRound 6, Pick No. 209: Simon Stepaniak, OT, IndianaRound 7, Pick No. 236: Vernon Scott, S, TCURound 7, Pick No. 242: Jonathan Garvin, DE, MiamiMORE: Worst value picks of 2020 NFL DraftBefore the draft, Rodgers expressed hope (and some attitude) regarding the direction the Packers would take. He wanted outside help to prevent defenses from keying in only on Davante Adams.”We haven’t picked a skill player in the first round in 15 years,” Rodgers told the Pat McAfee Show, “so that would be kind of cool.”Many Packers fans, loyal to their favorite signal-caller, used Twitter to tell the team how they felt about no receivers being selected.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick to Browns? Hue Jackson claims he wanted it to happen in 2017

first_imgSince becoming a free agent in 2017, Kaepernick has not received a workout from any NFL team. But if Jackson had it his way, he would have brought the QB in that year.”I wanted him,” Jackson said, via the News-Herald. “It just didn’t work out. Obviously, those things do have to work from a finance, draft, whatever all that is. And that wasn’t my decision.”MORE: Team considering Kap projected to lose ‘20% of season ticket holders’ (Getty Images) Former Browns coach Hue Jackson claims he wanted to sign Colin Kaepernick when the quarterback became a free agent in 2017.Speaking with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on “The Really Big Show” last week, Jackson said he wanted the Browns to sign Kaepernick, but claims the final decision was out of his hands. Kaepernick started his protest in 2016 and opted out of his contract ahead of the 2017 season after the 49ers informed him they planned to cut him. Hue Jackson https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d3/c3/hue-jackson-123117-getty-ftrjpg_19s0k0vl7bxo613cf6357x7u4r.jpg?t=-1369031264&w=500&quality=80Jackson went on to say he also wanted Kaepernick back when he was a rookie, and the coach was on the Raiders.”I’ve known Colin. When I was with the Raiders, we were going to draft him when I was there,” Jackson said. “So, obviously he’d been a really good player in the league. He had tremendous success. He is a guy who has stood for something. I think everybody is seeing exactly where he was coming from. I always thought Colin deserved an opportunity in this league, but he has to want to play. If he really wanted to play, I think he would have a chance again.”Jackson’s comments are interesting when you consider what he said at the time. When asked about Kaepernick in March of 2017, Jackson said the Browns hadn’t discussed the quarterback despite his own recent claims that he wanted to sign him. “We haven’t really discussed Colin,” Jackson said in 2017. “There’s other players at this point that we’ve had a lot of conversations about to see if we can put them on our team. Not saying it won’t come up later on. You have to exhaust everything. But at this point he hasn’t come up.”He also said in August of 2017 he didn’t want to see any players on his team join the protests during the national anthem saying, “I would hope that we don’t have those issues.”As for the Browns, they obviously did not sign Kaepernick ahead of the 2017 season and famously went 0-16 that year. Cleveland played DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler in games throughout the season at quarterback instead.last_img read more

MLB Draft results 2020: Complete list of picks for Rounds 1-5 in baseball draft

first_imgThis year’s draft was originally set to undergo some serious changes, the primary change heading from MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, N.J. to Omaha, Neb., just a few days before the start of the College World Series. MORE MLB DRAFT 2020:Mock draft | Slot values | Pool money by teamUnfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic drastically altered plans for the 2020 and 2021 drafts . This year, the amount of rounds in the draft have been slashed from 40 to just five, with next year’s installment featuring just 20 rounds total. Between the coronavirus and the hacking of some minor league teams, This year, Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson is went No. 1 overall to the Tigers, with Heston Kjerstad going No. 2 as a shocker to the Orioles. Max Meyer rounded out the top three. The Show must go on.Not a single inning of professional baseball has yet to be played in 2020, and who knows when first pitch for the 2020 season might come. That doesn’t mean, though, that the 2020 MLB Draft is on hold. Sporting News tracked every pick from the 2020 MLB Draft draft below.JUMP TO ROUND: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5MLB Draft tracker 2020: Live picks, results from Rounds 1-5 Round 1 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool1.Detroit TigersSpencer Torkelson3BArizona State2.Baltimore OriolesHeston KjerstadOFArkansas3.Miami MarlinsMax MeyerRHPMinnesota4.Kansas City RoyalsAsa LacyLHPTexas A&M5.Toronto Blue JaysAustin MartinSSVanderbilt6.Seattle MarinersEmerson HancockRHPGeorgia7.Pittsburgh PiratesNick GonzalesSSNew Mexico State8.San Diego PadresRobert Hassell IIIOFIndependence High School (Tennessee)9.Colorado RockiesZac VeenOF Spruce Creek High School (Florida)10.Los Angeles AngelsReid DetmersLHPLouisville11.Chicago White SoxGarrett CrotchetLHPTennessee12.Cincinnati RedsAustin HendrickOFWest Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)13.San Francisco GiantsPatrick BaileyCNC State14.Texas RangersJustin Foscue2BMississippi State15.Philadelphia PhilliesMick AbelRHPJesuit High School (Oregon)16.Chicago CubsEd HowardSSMount Carmel High School (Illinois)17.Boston Red SoxNick Yorke2BArchbishop Mitty High School (California)18.Arizona DiamondbacksJarvis BryceRHPDuke19.New York MetsPete Crow-ArmstrongOFHarvard-Westlake School (California)20.Milwaukee BrewersGarrett MitchellOFUCLA21.St. Louis CardinalsJordan Walker3BDecatur High School (Georgia)22.Washington NationalsCade CavalliRHPOklahoma23.Cleveland IndiansCarson TuckerSSMountain Pointe High School (Arizona)24.Tampa Bay RaysNick BitskoRHPCentral Bucks High School East (Pennsylvania)25.Atlanta BravesJared ShusterLHPWake Forest26.Oakland A’sTyler SoderstromCTurlock High School (California)27.Minnesota TwinsAaron Sabato1BUNC28.New York YankeesAustin WellsCArizona29.Los Angeles DodgersBobby MillerRHPLouisvilleCompetitive Balance Round APickTeamPlayerPositionSchool30.Baltimore OriolesJordan WestburgSSMississippi State31.Pittsburgh PiratesCarmen MlodzinskiRHPSouth Carolina32.Kansas City RoyalsNick LoftinSSBaylor33.Arizona DiamondbacksSlade CecconiRHPMiami34.San Diego PadresJustin LangeRHPLlano High School (Texas)35.Colorado RockiesDrew RomoCThe Woodlands High School (Texas)36.Cleveland IndiansTanner BurnsRHPAuburn37.Tampa Bay Rays (via St. Louis)Alika WilliamsSSArizona State Round 2 resultsRounds 2-5 of the 2020 MLB Draft take place on Thursday, June 11.PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool​38.Detroit TigersDillon DinglerCOhio State39.Baltimore OriolesHudson HaskinOFTulane40.Miami MarlinsDaxton FultonLHPMustang High School (Oklahoma)41.Kansas City RoyalsBen HernandezRHPDe La Salle Institute (Illinois)42.Toronto Blue JaysCJ Van EykRHPFlorida State43.Seattle MarinersZach DeLoachOFTexas A&M44.Pittsburgh PiratesJared JonesRHPLa Miranda High School (California)45.San Diego PadresOwen CaissieOFNotre Dame Catholic (Ontario)46.Colorado RockiesChris McMahonRHPMiami47.Chicago White SoxJared KelleyRHPRefugio High School (Texas)48.Cincinnati RedsChristian RoaRHPTexas A&M49.San Francisco GiantsCasey Schmitt3BSan Diego State50.Texas RangersEvan CarterOFElizabethton High School (Tennessee)51.Chicago CubsBurl CarrawayLHPDallas Baptist (Texas)52.New York MetsJ.T. GinnRHPMississippi State53.Milwaukee BrewersFreddy ZamoraSSMiami54.St. Louis CardinalsMasyn WinnSSKingwood High School (Texas)55.Washington NationalsCole HenryRHPLSU56.Cleveland IndiansLogan AllenLHPFIU57.Tampa Bay RaysIan SeymourLHPVirginia Tech58.Oakland A’sJeff CriswellRHPMichigan59.Minnesota TwinsAlerick SoularieOFTennessee60.Los Angeles DodgersLandon KnackRHPEast Tennessee StateCompetitive Balance Round BPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool61.Miami MarlinsKyle NicolasRHPBall State62.Detroit TigersDanny CabreraOFLSU63.St. Louis CardinalsTink HenceRHPWatson Chapel High School (Arkansas)64.Seattle MarinersConnor PhillipsRHPMcLennan CC (Texas)65.Cincinnati RedsJackson MillerCJ.W. Mitchell High School (Florida)66.Los Angeles DodgersClayton BeeterRHPTexas TechFree-agent compensatory picksPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool67.San Francisco GiantsNick SwineyLHPNC State68.San Francisco GiantsJimmy GlowenkeSSDallas Baptist69.New York MetsIsaiah GreeneOFCorona Senior High School (California)70.St. Louis CardinalsAlec Burleson1BECU71.Washington NationalsSammy InfanteSSMonsignor Edward Pace High School72.Houston AstrosAlex SantosRHPMt. Saint Michael Academy (New York) Round 3 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool73.Detroit TigersTrei CruzSSRice74.Baltimore OriolesAnthony ServideoSSOle Miss75.Miami MarlinsZach McCambleyRHPCoastal Carolina76.Kansas City RoyalsTyler GentryOFAlabama77.Toronto Blue JaysTrent PalmerRHPJacksonville University78.Seattle MarinersKaden Polcovich2BOklahoma State79.Pittsburgh PiratesNick GarciaRHPChapman University80.San Diego PadresCole WilcoxRHPGeorgia81.Colorado RockiesSam WeatherlyLHPClemson82.Los Angeles AngelsDavid CalabreseOFSt. Elizabeth Catholic High School (Ontario)83.Chicago White SoxAdisyn CoffeyRHPWabash Valley College84.Cincinnati RedsBryce BonninRHPTexas Tech85.San Francisco GiantsKyle HarrisonLHPDe La Salle High School (California)86.Texas RangersTekoah RobyRHPPine Forest High School (Florida)87.Philadelphia PhilliesCasey MartinSSArkansas88.Chicago CubsJordan NwoguOFMichigan89.Boston Red SoxBlaze Jordan3BDeSoto Central High School (Mississippi)90.Arizona DiamondbacksLiam NorrisLHPGreen Hope High School (North Carolina)91.New York MetsAnthony WaltersSSSan Diego State92.Milwaukee BrewersZavier WarrenCCentral Michigan93.St. Louis CardinalsLevi PraterLHPOklahoma94.Washington NationalsHolden PowellRHPUCLA95.Cleveland IndiansPetey HalpinOFMira Costa High School (California)96.Tampa Bay RaysHunter BarnhartRHPSt. Joseph High School (California)97.Atlanta BravesJesse Franklin VOFMichigan98.Oakland AthleticsMichael GuldbergOFGeorgia Tech99.New York YankeesTrevor HauverLFArizona State100.Los Angeles DodgersJake VogelOFHuntington Beach High School (California)101.Houston AstrosTyler BrownRHPVanderbilt Round 4 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool102.Detroit TigersGage Workman3BArizona State103.Baltimore OriolesCoby Mayo3BStoneman Douglas High School (Florida)104.Miami MarlinsJake EderLHPVanderbilt105.Kansas City RoyalsChristian ChamberlainLHPOregon State106.Toronto Blue JaysNick FrassoRHPLoyola Marymount University107.Seattle MarinersTyler Keenan3BOle Miss108.Pittsburgh PiratesJack HartmanRHPAppalachian State109.San Diego PadresLevi ThomasRHPTroy110.Colorado RockiesCase WilliamsRHPDouglas County High School (Colorado)111.Los Angeles AngelsWerner BlakelySSDetroit Edison High School (Michigan)112.Chicago White SoxKade MechalsRHPGrand Canyon University113.Cincinnati RedsMac WainwrightOFSt. Edwards High School (Ohio)114.San Francisco GiantsRJ DabovichRHPArizona State115.Texas RangersDylan MacLeanLHPCentral Catholic High School116.Philadelphia PhilliesCarson RagsdaleRHPUSF117.Chicago CubsLuke LittleLHPSan Jacinto College North (Texas)118.Boston Red SoxJeremy Wu-YellandLHPHawaii119.Arizona DiamondbacksAJ Vukovich3BEast Troy High School (Wisconsin)120.New York MetsMatthew DyerCArizona121.Milwaukee BrewersJoey WiemerOFCincinnati122.St. Louis CardinalsIan BedellRHPMissouri123.Washington NationalsBrady LindslyCOklahoma124.Cleveland IndiansMilan TolentinoSSSanta Margarita High School (California)125.Tampa Bay RaysTanner MurraySSUC Davis126.Atlanta BravesSpencer StriderRHPClemson127.Oakland AthleticsDane AckherRHPOklahoma128.Minnesota TwinsMarco RayaRHPUnited South High School (Texas)129.New York YankeesBeck WayRHPNorthwest Florida State130.Los Angeles DodgersCarson TaylorCVirginia Tech131.Houston AstrosZach DanielsOFTennessee Round 5 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool132.Detroit TigersKeith Colt3BBiloxi High School (Mississippi)133.Baltimore OriolesCarter BaumlerRHPDowling Catholic High School (Iowa)134.Miami MarlinsKyle HurtRHPUSC135.Kansas City RoyalsWill KleinRHPEastern Illinois136.Toronto Blue JaysZach BrittonOFLouisville137.Seattle MarinersTaylor DollardRHPCal Poly138.Pittsburgh PiratesLogan HofmannRHPNorthwestern State139.San Diego PadresJagger HaynesLHPWest Columbus High School (North Carolina)140.Colorado RockiesJack BlomgrenSSMichigan141.Los Angeles AngelsAdam SeminarisLHPLong Beach State142.Chicago White SoxBailey HornLHPAuburn143.Cincinnati RedsJoe BoyleRHPNotre Dame144.San Francisco GiantsRyan MurphyCLe Moyne College145.Texas RangersThomas SaggeseSSCarlsbad High School (California)146.Philadelphia PhilliesBaron RadcliffOFGeorgia Tech147.Chicago CubsKoen MorenoRHPPanther Creek High School (RHP)148.Boston Red SoxShane DrohanLHPFlorida State149.Arizona DiamondbacksBrandon PfaadtRHPBellarmine University150.New York MetsEric OrzeRHPUniversity of New Orleans151.Milwaukee BrewersHayden CantrelleSSUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette152.St. Louis CardinalsLJ Jones IVOFLong Beach State153.Washington NationalsMitchell ParkerLHPSan Jacinto College North154.Cleveland IndiansMason HickmanRHPVanderbilt155.Tampa Bay RaysJeff HakansonRHPCentral Florida156.Atlanta BravesBryce ElderRHPTexas157.Oakland AthleticsStevie EmanuelsRHPWashington158.Minnesota TwinsKala’i RosarioOFWaiakea High School (Hawaii)159.Los Angeles DodgersGavin StoneRHPCentral Arkansas160.Houston AstrosShay WhitcombRHPUC San Diegolast_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory from midday Friday to Saturday morning for majority of listening area

first_img* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Snowfall and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and create slick, snow-covered roads. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. IAZ007-017-025>028-036>039-046>050-057>062-070>074-081-082-092- 171815- /O.NEW.KDMX.WW.Y.0004.190118T1800Z-190119T1200Z/ Worth-Cerro Gordo-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Bremer-Hamilton-Hardin- Grundy-Black Hawk-Greene-Boone-Story-Marshall-Tama-Audubon- Guthrie-Dallas-Polk-Jasper-Poweshiek-Cass-Adair-Madison-Warren- Marion-Adams-Union-Taylor- Including the cities of Northwood, Manly, Mason City, Clear Lake, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison, Dumont, Waverly, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Jefferson, Boone, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer, Dysart, Gladbrook, Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Perry, Waukee, Adel, Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Indianola, Norwalk, Carlisle, Pella, Knoxville, Corning, Creston, Bedford, Lenox, and New Market 415 AM CST Thu Jan 17 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY… …Patchy Freezing Drizzle and Areas Of Light Snow Creating Slick Conditions, Additionally Accumulating Snow and Blowing Snow Friday into Friday night… .A weather system passing across the state this morning is producing a variety of weather across Iowa. Over the north, light snow is falling. Across southern Iowa, the weather is a bit more messy. Patchy freezing drizzle is occurring along with areas of fog. Both are putting down a light glaze of ice on sidewalks, elevated surfaces and untreated roads. In addition, light snow is occurring in some areas also making some roads slick. The morning commute will be difficult especially on secondary roads and elevated surfaces. A second stronger system will impact the state Friday into Friday night bringing accumulating snow to the entire state of Iowa. Snow will spread across the state Friday morning into Friday afternoon and continue through the evening hours into early Saturday morning. Widespread moderate to locally heavy snow is expected. North to northeast winds will increase Friday afternoon through Friday night creating areas of blowing and drifting snow as well. There is the potential that some or much of the advisory area for Friday into Friday night may be upgraded to a warning at some point. Snowfall rates may be higher at times during the Friday afternoon commute which could lead to slick, snow-covered roads and reduced visibilities. * WHEN…From noon Friday to 6 AM CST Saturday. * WHERE…Southwest, central and northeast Iowa.center_img For more information from the National Weather Service visit https://www.weather.gov/desmoines * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches expected, with locally higher amounts possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. && $$last_img read more

Mason City council approves roofing project for South Federal fire station building

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week awarded a contact for replacing the roof on the old fire station building on South Federal Avenue near the water tower. The council re-bid the project after rejecting two bids back in March after one of the bids was deemed non-responsive because of an error in the bid submission. Two bids were submitted in this round, with Black Hawk Roof Company of Cedar Falls having the lower bid at $86,422. City Engineer Mark Rahm says that’s higher than the engineer’s estimated cost of $71,855 but it’s still a good bid for the project.   “That’s because there’s some uncertainty with the roofing structure itself, the steel trusses in there. The contractor may be anticipating a little more work than we are.” Rahm says getting the roof replaced is a key part of saving the building.  “That’s the main concern right now is to get that roof replaced and sealed up to stop that infiltration of water and the degradation of the building itself. The exterior, it looks rough and it is, it looks kind of tough, but structurally the building is sound, it has been looked at by structural engineers, but not to the point of putting together an estimate or a project to re-fabricate the building or rehab it.” The South Federal Fire Station building is over 80 years old and was constructed as part of the Public Works Administration program. The city at some point hopes to get a national historic designation for the structure.last_img read more

BOXING: Briton too good for Uganda’s Katende

first_imgBuatsi showed no nerves as he took the bout to his more experienced opponent, 31, and was in complete control from the first bell.The Ugandan did open up a few times, but when he did Buatsi blocked him, and as Katende tired Buatsi went in for the kill.Buatsi said he had been tempted by the Ghana offer because he was desperate to get to the Olympics.“I wanted to get there so badly, but I needed these four years to develop. Four years ago I was not the fighter I am today.”Reflecting on the life-changing move as a child from his birthplace Ghana to London aged just nine, he said: “My parents were living in Britain so I went there to join them. I feel like I have been living there my whole life and everything I have learnt has been from London.“The trade and talent I’ve got I learned in England and this is where it has brought me so it has been a really good thing.”Buatsi’s demolition job made it a perfect start of four wins in four for British boxing in Rio.“It is good to keep the ball rolling,” said Buatsi.The Ugandan also has his own intriguing story, having fought for Sweden at the last Olympics, before returning to his motherland.After the fight, he posted a message to his fans on facebook.“A big thank you to everyone for all the support I have got during and before the Olympics. Its been a tough road and we made it here, too bad the trip ends here, but we never give up. Now everything lies in Gods hands to see what happens when I came home. Thanks again.”UGANDA’S SCHEDULE PAGE 2 (click here to read key facts about Team Uganda)Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Great Britain’s Joshua Buatsi (L) fights Uganda’s Kennedy Katende during the Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro . AFP PHOTORio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP and Agencies | A light heavyweight prospect who chose Britain over Ghana to pursue his Olympic dreams clocked the first knock-out of the Rio Games boxing after pulverising his outclassed opponent on Sunday.Joshua Buatsi, 23, who was born in the Ghanaian capital Accra, simply had too much quality for Kennedy Katende of Uganda, sending a powerful warning of intent to the rest of the weight class.Buatsi capped an imperious performance when the referee stopped the fight in the third and final round to save the stumbling Katende from more punishment and Buatsi won by technical knock-out.It left his opponent slumped in his corner on a stall after the one-sided bout, rubbing the back of his head, and he was later seen with an ice bag on the injury and a doctor in attendance.The level-headed Buatsi is not the most prominent member of a Team GB boxing squad rippling with talent, but his first tilt at Olympic gold got off to the perfect start.“I noticed he was hurt from a right hand but the referee didn’t step in so I just kept applying the pressure and when I landed another right hand I knew he was hurt,” said Buatsi.“I didn’t want to hurt him like that. I am in there to win, not to hurt people, so I am glad the referee stopped it,” added Buatsi.“I had the chance to represent Ghana at 2012 (Games in London) but I chose not to and to represent Britain.“My trainers are British and they taught me my trade and they said, ‘Josh, hang on, a better opportunity will come.’“Now I can stand here and testify that it was good for me to listen to them because this is where it has brought me.”Katende: A big thank you to everyone for all the support I have got during and before the Olympics. Its been a tough road and we made it here, too bad the trip ends here, but we never give up.Keep the ball rollinglast_img read more

The Roses edge She Cranes in Vitality Netball International Series opener

first_imgThere were no changes for the Vitality Roses at the start of the second quarter, as they added two quickfire goals to their belt..The She Cranes demonstrated good vision to retain possession following a centre pass but momentum shifted back to the Roses as Clarke – the Roses’ most-capped player – continued to show her experience and talent to win the ball back. The teams assembled before the action. PHOTOS @charltonpe & @EchoArena Match 1 – England 50 Uganda 46 Match 2 – November 30, London Match 3 – December 2, LondonLiverpool, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vitality Roses beat Uganda 50-46 to take the opening match of the Vitality Netball International Series as they played on home soil for the first time since being crowned Commonwealth Games champions. “It was a closely-fought and physical affair against the She Cranes,” reports englandnetball.co.uk.The Vitality Roses had last faced Uganda on their way to winning gold in April, and England were mentally strong and tenacious in seeing off a Ugandan fightback.Tracey Neville named five gold medallists in England’s starting seven with the Vitality Roses proudly wearing their new Nike kit for the first time.After a warm reception from the home fans, England captain Serena Guthrie took the first centre pass for the Vitality Roses.Natalie Haythornthwaite picked out Rachel Dunn, who linked up nicely with Guthrie to edge closer to the post, before opening the scoring. The She Cranes responded in kind immediately though, drawing level at 1-1.It continued to go goal-for-goal in the opening stages with both Helen Housby and Uganda’s captain, Peace Proscovia, on target.The She Cranes kept possession well and patiently worked the ball through court time and time again. Eboni Usoro-Brown read the game perfectly though to win the ball back and set the Vitality Roses on the attack with Housby putting England 7-4 in front.The Vitality Roses continued to press Uganda and had established a five-goal lead midway through the opening quarter.Housby displayed her aerial ability to pick off a lofted cross-court Ugandan pass with the Vitality Roses transitioning quickly through court and Dunn rewarding her teammate’s efforts.As both teams gave it their all, Layla Guscoth was involved in a collision but quickly got back to her feet and was replaced by Jodie Gibson.A strong first quarter left the Roses leading 15-8. Excellent team work between Guthrie and Dunn meant the Roses continued to stretch their lead to 30-21 at half time.Neville made a change at the break with Guscoth coming back on as GD and Gibson moving to WD.Uganda started the third quarter brightly, scoring four unanswered goals before George Fisher, brought on at GS in place of Dunn, had an immediate impact with a number of goals in quick succession.The Roses piled on the pressure against the She Cranes with Fisher extending England’s lead to eight.The world number two worked tirelessly and went into the final quarter with the score at 38-31.There were morechanges for the Vitality Roses as the final quarter started with Haythornthwaite moving to GA, Housby taking the GS bib, Sasha Corbin coming on at WA and Clarke returning to WD.It was a close affair most of the game, Uganda vs England. PHOTOS PHOTOS @charltonpe &@EchoArenaUganda opened up the final quarter with first centre-pass and a goal, making the score 38-32.The She Cranes continued to keep plugging away at the gap and were back on level terms – 43-all – midway through the final 15.But the Roses kept their cool and benefited from an overcooked pass, as well as the fantastic support from the home fans, to end the first match of the Vitality International Netball Series with a 50-46 win.The Vitality Roses will go head-to-head with Uganda again on 30th November and 2nd December at the Copper Box Arena in London, as part of the highly anticipated three-match series.Prior to the Vitality Netball International Series opener, Roses A put in a strong performance to beat Scotland 63-33 in the battle of the home nations.England’s starting7 – Dunn (GS), Housby (GA), Haythornthwaite (WA), Guthrie (C), Clarke (WD), Guscoth (GD), Usoro-Brown (GK)Uganda’s starting7 – Proscovia (GS), Nanyonga (GA), Meme (WA), Nakachwa (C), Namuwaya (WD), Ajio (GD), Oyella (GK)******SOURCE: englandnetball.co.ukShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Man City look to Spurs to slow Liverpool Premier League charge

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Premier League leaders LiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City have the chance to exert some short-term pressure on runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend as Manchester United look to end their away day blues.Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their long winning streak ended by a hungry United in a draw at Old Trafford last week but still have a comfortable six-point lead over second-placed City.Guardiola’s defending champions can cut that gap to just three points, at least temporarily, if they beat Aston Villa at home on Saturday, while Liverpool have a trickier-looking tie against Spurs the following day.Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side travel to Burnley on the back of a six-match winning run in all competitions while third-placed Leicester visit Southampton on Friday.Manchester United will be desperate to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone but travel to Norwich without an away win in the Premier League since February.AFP Sport picks out some of the talking points ahead of the weekend’s matches.Fortress AnfieldLiverpool go into their home match against Tottenham after falling one game short of matching Manchester City’s record 18-match winning run in the Premier League.The European champions, on a 44-match unbeaten run at home in the league, have forgotten how to lose at Anfield but will be facing a Spurs team buoyed by a 5-0 victory at home to Red Star Belgrade in midweek.Erik Lamela, who scored against Red Star on his 200th appearance for Spurs, said the size of the victory had given the struggling team an injection of confidence.“Our confidence is better after winning the game 5-0,” said the Argentine. “We need to take this game, keep going, try to get better and better and now focus on Liverpool.”Spurs are seeking revenge for defeat in last season’s Champions League final, but the odds are stacked against them.Tottenham have won just once in 15 matches against Liverpool and have not won away in the Premier League since January.Sterling soarsPep Guardiola urged his team to be more clinical after their 2-0 victory last week against Crystal Palace and his team responded by thumping Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League.Despite Guardiola’s exhortations, City have not been shy in front of goal this season, hitting 29 in just nine Premier League matches.Their top-scorer in all competitions is Raheem Sterling, whose hat-trick in midweek led to gushing praise from his boss, who called him an “extraordinary player”. Sterling has 16 goals already this season for club and country — already more than half of his tally of 31 during the previous campaign.Despite his comments about his attackers, Guardiola’s more pressing concern will be sorting out his defence, which has looked vulnerable this season in the absence of Aymeric Laporte.Rodri’s hamstring injury against Atalanta has restricted the manager’s defensive options even further but John Stones will be hoping to put a frustrating spell behind him and re-establish himself in the starting XI.United’s away-day woeManchester United came within minutes of beating Liverpool at Old Trafford last week but Sunday’s visit to Norwich will likely be a truer test of the team’s current form.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, just two points above the relegation zone, have not won away in the league since the Norwegian was appointed as the permanent boss.The match at Carrow Road will be the second of four successive away games in all competitions.United did at least secure their first win on the road since March at Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.“It’s an issue that we have to deal with and sort out as soon as possible,” said Solskjaer on his side’s away form.Fixtures (1500 GMT unless stated)FridaySouthampton v Leicester (1900)SaturdayManchester City v Aston Villa (1130), Brighton v Everton, Watford v Bournemouth, West Ham v Sheffield United, Burnley v Chelsea (1630)SundayNewcastle v Wolves (1400), Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Liverpool v Tottenham, Norwich v Manchester United (all 1630)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Deficit Surpasses $1 Trillion

first_imgSurprise! The federal deficit now exceeds a trillion dollars.According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit surpassed the trillion-dollar mark in the first eleven months of the current fiscal year.To put that in perspective, that’s about $181 billion more than last year’s number.The CBO estimates the actual deficit for the year will be around 960 billion once the U.S. Treasury collects quarterly tax payments for September.Right now this massive deficit is not sustainable according to economists.Congress headed back to Washington this week once again facing a government shutdown with little time to act.Lawmakers have only three weeks to stop federal funding from lapsing. Current appropriations run out at the end of September.Facing the risk of a shutdown that could upend federal workers’ lives and drag on the economy, the Democratic-held House will push to pass a short-term bill to keep the government running. The chamber will consider a so-called continuing resolution during the week of Sept. 16.last_img read more

Some States Receiving Rotted, Broken Medical Supplies from National Stockpile

first_imgSome states and cities across the country that have received shipments of masks, gloves, ventilators and other equipment from the nation’s medical stockpile to fight say the materials are unusable.For example, about 6,000 medical masks that were sent to Alabama had dry rot and a 2010 expiration date.In addition, more than 150 ventilators shipped to Los Angeles were broken and had to be repaired.Meanwhile, in Oregon, some masks came with faulty elastic that could cause the straps to snap.“Several of the shipments we have received from the strategic national stockpile contained (personal protective equipment) well past expiration dates and, while we are being told much of the expired equipment is capable of being used for COVID-19 response, they would not be suitable for use in surgical settings,” Charles Boyle, a spokesman for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, said in an email.He added that some of the equipment had been purchased during the H1N1 outbreak more than a decade ago and that the masks were among products that had previously recalled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association and the former top public health official in that state, says he has received multiple emails from hospitals about stockpile shipments of N95 masks in which the rubber bands that hold the mask tight around the user’s face had dry rot. A shortage of protective gear has challenged doctors, nurses and other medical workers. In particular, ventilators have been in short supply as more states experience COVID-19 outbreaks.center_img “It’s really alarming because those masks are desperately needed,” explains U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama. “When our national stockpile is not monitored enough to know that you’ve got expired masks and rotted masks out there and not replenished, that is a real problem.”Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado on Friday requested an investigation into the management of the supply and distribution of ventilators from the national stockpile. Among other issues, he cited reports that maintenance failures were contributing to the lack of working ventilators “at a time our country desperately needs them.”The CDC has acknowledged that some of the items in the U.S. stockpile have exceeded their manufacturer-designated shelf life but are continuing to be distributed due to the urgent demand.last_img read more

Unemployment Numbers Decrease in Florida

first_imgLast week’s jobless numbers are lower than the previous week around the country, they are also much lower in Florida.More than three-million more Americans are out of work according to the Labor Department.According to today’s report, more than 3.1 million workers filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That’s half-a-million fewer than the previous week’s total. More than 33-million U.S. workers have lost their jobs over the past seven weeks. The biggest increases in claims were in Washington, Georgia, New York, Oregon, and Alabama. The sharpest decreases were in California, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.Florida was most responsible for the big dip in unadjusted numbers, reporting about 260,000 fewer claims over the past week. Maryland reported a jump of 27,337.At the current pace, the week claims numbers should fall below 1 million by mid-June, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “We’re very hopeful that June will see the beginnings of a rebound as states begin to reopen,” Shepherdson said.The layoffs associated with social distancing practices have wiped out all of the job gains the economy has seen since the recovery from the Great Recession.last_img read more

England battle back to clinch tie with Wales

first_img England demonstrated their fighting qualities to secure a tie with hosts Wales on the opening day of the Home Internationals at Southerndown. After the morning foursomes were shared equally, Wales looked to have taken command in the singles and seemed to be heading for victory. But the England tail wagged to ensure a first day defeat was avoided. Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters boosted England with a 3 and 2 victory over David Boote which helped erase the setback of Ryan Evans losing to Mike Hearne by one hole. However, the Welsh took a grip with Evan Griffith and Ben Westgate recorded 2 and 1 wins over Ben Stow and Seb Crookall-Nixon respectively. New cap Dan Wasteney kept England in the hunt by beating Matthew Moseley by one hole while fellow debutant Tomasz Anderson recorded England’s biggest success with a 5 and 3 margin over Richard James. Still Wales looked to have the upper hand as Lee Jones overcame Paul Kinnear 2 and 1 while Zach Galliford beat Harry Casey 3 and 1. It was left to new English champion Nick Marsh to close the gap with a 2 and 1 win over Owen Edwards while Adam Chapman’s one hole victory over Jack Bush ensured the spoils were shared. More details and scores can be found on the Golf Union of Wales website. Image of Nick Marsh and Harry Casey copyright Leaderboard Photography. 14 Aug 2014 England battle back to clinch tie with Wales last_img read more

Low scoring spree prompts upsets at the English amateur

first_imgImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Eagles and birdies were flying on an afternoon of upsets in the English men’s amateur championship at Formby which saw top seed Sam Rook and international Jake Burnage knocked out.Burnage (Saunton) chipped in for eagle on the 17th to go all square in his match. But his opponent, Oliver Farrell (Evesham) birdied the 18th to win the close-fought game 1up and take his place in the quarter finals.“Jake’s chip-in helped me a little bit,” said Farrell. “I told myself to respond in a good way and hit a great drive down the middle on 18. I had 99 yards left, which was perfect, I hit a 90-yard shot and let it release down to the pin to about 4ft away.”Burnage’s approach was almost as good, finishing 6ft away, but his birdie attempt lipped out.Farrell, 21, is a student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and is playing in the match play stages of this championship for the first time. “My game has been close all year,” he said. “Sometimes the results don’t reflect the way you are playing.”Tomorrow he will play Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County) who knocked out the top seed Sam Rook (Lindrick) 3/2.Farr was slow starting but once he got going, he was on fire. He lost the first to a birdie then, by his own account, made a mess of the second. After that he played the next 14 holes in six-under par, with birdies on 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13.Farr, who celebrates his 20th birthday next week, is also playing in the match play stages for the first time and remarked: “It’s nice to beat the top seed, it shows you can beat anyone.”Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton joins them in the quarter finals, after defeating Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool) 3/2.Poppleton had a marathon match this morning, going to the 23rd hole to beat Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale.) But the long game brought the added bonus of a fresh swing thought: “I found something in the play-off holes and started to hit some better shots.“I played lovely in the stroke play but I haven’t been swinging it as great in the match play or putting as great. But this afternoon I played nicely and played some lovely wedge shots”He took an early lead, winning the first three holes when Ainscough found sand off each of the tees, and he had his chances to get to four under. But, instead it was Ainscough who made a move, getting back to 2 down after 15, only for Poppleton to convert a lovely nine-iron approach on 16 into a winning birdie.Tomorrow Poppleton takes on Joe Long (Lansdown), who came through another marathon game. He finally beat Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) on the 20th.Tom Thurloway (Chartham Park) moved confidently into the quarters with a 4/3 win over Hexham’s Matty Lamb. His opponent will be Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill) who knocked out boy international Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Flanagan finished with a run of birdies: on the 15th to get to one up; on the 17th to halve the hole; and on the 18th to win 2up.The final quarter final will be between Jamie Li (Bath) and Alex Ireland (Brickhampton Court). Li was a 19th hole winner over England squad player Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge). Ireland meanwhile, won the 14th, 15th and 16th with a par, birdie, par sequence to defeat Rhys Lawrence (Coventry) 3/2.Burnage (Saunton) chipped in for eagle on the 17th to go all square in his match. But his opponent, Oliver Farrell (Evesham) birdied the 18th to win the close-fought game 1up and take his place in the quarter finals.“Jake’s chip-in helped me a little bit,” said Farrell. “I told myself to respond in a good way and hit a great drive down the middle on 18. I had 99 yards left, which was perfect, I hit a 90-yard shot and let it release down to the pin to about 4ft away.”Burnage’s approach was almost as good, finishing 6ft away, but his birdie attempt lipped out.Farrell, 21, is a student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and is playing in the match play stages of this championship for the first time. “Tomorrow he will play Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County) who knocked out the top seed Sam Rook (Lindrick) 3/2.Farr was slow starting but once he got going, he was on fire. He lost the first to a birdie then, by his own account, made a mess of the second. After that he played the next 14 holes in six-under par, with birdies on 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13.Farr, who celebrates his 20th birthday next week, is also playing in the match play stages for the first time and remarked: “It’s nice to beat the top seed, it shows you can beat anyone.”Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton joins them in the quarter finals, after defeating Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool) 3/2.Poppleton had a marathon match this morning, going to the 23rd hole to beat Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale.) But the long game brought the added bonus of a fresh swing thought: “I found something in the play-off holes and started to hit some better shots.“I played lovely in the stroke play but I haven’t been swinging it as great in the match play or putting as great. But this afternoon I played nicely and played some lovely wedge shots”He took an early lead, winning the first three holes when Ainscough found sand off each of the tees, and he had his chances to get to four under. But, instead it was Ainscough who made a move, getting back to 2 down after 15, only for Poppleton to convert a lovely nine-iron approach on 16 into a winning birdie.Tomorrow Poppleton takes on Joe Long (Lansdown), who came through another marathon game. He finally beat Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) on the 20th.Tom Thurloway (Chartham Park) moved confidently into the quarters with a 4/3 win over Hexham’s Matty Lamb. His opponent will be Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill) who knocked out boy international Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Flanagan finished with a run of birdies: on the 15th to get to one up; on the 17th to halve the hole; and on the 18th to win 2up.The final quarter final will be between Jamie Li (Bath) and Alex Ireland (Brickhampton Court). Li was a 19th hole winner over England squad player Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge). Ireland meanwhile, won the 14th, 15th and 16th with a par, birdie, par sequence to defeat Rhys Lawrence (Coventry) 3/2. 3 Aug 2018 Low scoring spree prompts upsets at the English amateur center_img Tags: Mens Amateurlast_img read more

Convincing win for England in mixed U16 international

first_img Tags: England teams, U16s 15 Oct 2018 Convincing win for England in mixed U16 international England won the first mixed U16 international against Ireland with a convincing score of 15.5-8.5 at Limerick Golf Club.The team laid the foundations of their success in the first day’s foursomes and fourballs, in conditions described by manager Nick Over as “particularly wet and trying.”Despite that the team played excellent golf to lead 10-2 going into the final singles session.Three players had a 100% winning record during the weekend: Caitlin Whitehead, Rafiah Banday and Ben Schmidt. Another three were unbeaten, with 2.5 points from three: Rosie Belsham, Conor Gough and George Leigh.CaptionsTop, the England girls, from left: Rosie Belsham, 16, Whitley Bay, Northumberland; Ellie Gower, 16, Chateaux des Vigier, France; Jess Baker, 16, Gosforth Park Ladies’, Northumberland; Caitlin Whitehead, 16, Carus Green, Cumbria; Rafiah Banday, 15, Royal Mid-Surrey, Surrey; Daisy Kennedy, 16, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.Below, the England boys, from left: George Leigh, 16, Trevose, Cornwall; Ben Schmidt, 16, Rotherham, Yorkshire; Conor Gough, 16, Stoke Park, BB&O; Max Hopkins, 15, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire; Josh Hill, 14, Jumeirah, Dubai; Ben Pierleoni, 16, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.last_img read more

Bigham grafting to be Jack of all trades

first_img Tags: England Boys’ Squad, Hertfordshire, Jack Bigham 2 Mar 2020 Bigham grafting to be Jack of all trades Jack Bigham is looking to kick on from a season where he threatened leaderboards, made every cut and earned his place in the England set-up.The Hertfordshire teenager is a key member of the boys’ squad for 2020 after showing fine form at under 16 level.Bigham has always been a naturally powerful hitter and it’s amazing to watch him smash drives 290 yards down the range.This winter the 16-year-old has spent time working on his wedge play with England coach Rob Watts and leaning on putting expert Mike Kanski for tips with the flatstick.Stints at the National Golf centre at Woodhall Spa have helped him focus on what he must improve for the year ahead.Now a great week of work in the sunshine at Quinta Do Lago with the boys’ squad two weeks ago (see picture below) has him energised for the opportunities that lie in store.Bigham said: “Last year I started the season strongly at the McEvoy and Fairhaven and I got picked for the under 16s v Spain.“I was undefeated and the highest points scorer in that one.“I carried on and had more top tens and made every cut and was selected again.“My game has become technically better and throughout 2019 I was consistent.“But I’m always looking to get better and I’ve been working with Rob on wedge play and Mike on putting. I’ve seen improvements already.”Bigham will combine his golf this spring with preparing for GCSEs in Business Studies, History and PE.But once the books are packed away he has his eyes on some prizes with England.“I want to play in the Home Internationals and European Boys – they are great experiences,” added Bigham who plays out of Harpenden Golf Club.“You get more of a buzz playing for your country and it’s great to win.“I used to play a bit of football, but stopped that to carry on with golf.“My dad started me off. My brother plays as well and, because he was older, I followed them up the range and I loved it from the start.“I was naturally good from the start – I could hit it straight away.“Now I do hit it far for my age. The stats show that my long game is good.”Bigham admits he loves to study Tiger Woods’ game as much for his attitude as his skills on the course.“Tiger is unreal,” said Bigham with a smile.“I’ve watched all the videos of him and he’s just different. He always wanted to win. Even when he was behind you knew he would come back and never give up.“I like watching Justin Rose and the younger ones such as Matt Wallace. He’s from Hertfordshire too and that’s good for me.“I just want to be like them. I want to be a professional.“That’s been the case for a few years.“It’s hard work – especially when you have school as well. But you have to put in the work to achieve.”There’s an obvious camaraderie within the boys’ squad this season and that was shown at the last gathering at Woodhall Spa.The fun forfeits for losing out in tasks are now part of the weekend – and Bigham and team-mate Max Hopkins earned some strange glances when they headed for dinner after one of the challenges.“Me and Max had to carry weights from the gym into the restaurant and back to the hotel!” said Bigham with a wry smile.“I only lost out by a shot. We got some funny looks!“The get-togethers are intense and that’s good. You’re always learning either with work in the gym or on the range.“I enjoy the gym work. I do that with Hertfordshire every week and it’s about finding a way to fit in a couple of more days a week to boost my power and distance.”Main photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Power play

first_imgThe official attendance for Saturday’s game was 9,190 and it is my opinion that the fans satisfied their football addiction and got their money’s worth. The atmosphere was pro family and definitely pro Pittsburgh. Ticket prices are buyer friendly and I suggest that if you want to get that football “monkey” off your back, then take your family, friends and neighbors and mosey on down and check out a Power game. If you like offense; you will love the style of play of the Power. They took care of business beating the Iowa Barnstormers, 58-28 for their initial AFL win (they lost their home and season opener 58-52 in overtime to the Philadelphia Soul). I was impressed by two local college players who made the team, fullback Joshua Rue from Duquesne University and former Pitt Panthers defensive back Josh Lay. Both players had above average performances and if they remain healthy have a chance to have solid AFL and possibly NFL careers.Elizabeth I think I lost the “Big One” again.The look on the face of Pitt coach Jamie Dixon as he and his team were about to go down to Butler University 71-70, reminded me of the late Redd Foxx when he portrayed the character Fred Sanford on the TV series ‘Sanford and Son’. Every time Fred was faced with adversity he would call up to his late wife and say, “Elizabeth I’m coming up to join you.” Redd would then clutch is chest as if his heart could only pump one or two more beats before his introduction to Jesus was about to commence.Before the game, Dixon appeared as if he was too busy picking out the right suit, spending far too much time observing himself in the mirror, making sure that every single hair was in place. His “mirror” time might have caused him to miss the introduction of a lifetime to a higher power which was crucial because in the end Dixon needed all of the help he could muster up. The University of Pittsburgh has a serious character flaw when it comes to recruiting and utilizing athletes that perform on their men’s basketball or football squads. They want publicity for their program and coaches but they sort of covertly shun pushing personal accolades because what do you know, an athlete might want to declare for the NBA or the NFL before their four years of college “eligibility” is exhausted.As I was exiting the Power game, one of “Pittsburgh’s Finest” was manning a traffic light at the corner of Washington & Centre Ave a few feet south of the Consol Energy Center. I made a sarcastic remark and criticism about Jamie Dixon’s strategies almost always failing in the big games. He said to me as serious as one of Fred Sanford’s imagined heart attacks; “you can only coach them; you can’t play the game for them too.”I instantly flashed back to the recent Big East tournament loss to UConn and the 2009 NCAA tournament loss to Villanova. During the final seconds, Dixon decided to call a half court press when the Wildcats were about to inbound the ball with almost no time left. “Nova” read it like a bad romance novel, inbounded the ball almost three quarter lengths of the court to one of their best shooters and bingo, there goes the ballgame. Was that flawed strategy the players fault? In fact Pitt had just called a timeout to draw up a defense for the play, what a waste!Pitt took the same path with Dixon as they did with former football coach Dave Wannstedt. They gave them perverted money because it was possible they could have been “lured” away. Wannesdt ended up getting canned anyway. He, like Dixon, was a great recruiter but along with their coaching strategies, they both seem to melt under the lights of primetime. When the going gets tough, their coaching mechanisms get ghost. Let’s hope Jamie Dixon will never have the “big one” because, hey it is only basketball, but will any of his squads ever “win” the “big one?”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) With the NFL collective bargaining agreement on hold, Pittsburghers have to get their football from somewhere and it seems that the Pittsburgh Power might satisfy the football “jones” of most of “dem dere Stillers” fans, well at least for the time being. However, if this NFL “work stoppage continues beyond mini-camp you just might be hearing some “here we go Power” chants “dawntawn.” The Power seems to have a pretty good product to please their fan base. The ownership group is led by the former Steelers Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann. The team appears to have an excellent marketing strategy but there appears to be one glaring flaw. I suggest the team concentrate most of their ticket sales in the lower bowl of the Consol Energy Center so that it will appear as if there are more fans for the television cameras.last_img read more

Domino’s Pizza Grand Opening Benefits Hands On Children’s Museum

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Domino’s PizzaDomino’s Pizza is holding the Grand Opening for its first and only Olympia restaurant this Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to Close (10:00 p.m. for carry out and 1:00 a.m. for delivery) and is donating 100% of sales to the Hands On Children’s Museum.The donation will support the Museum’s Free-and-Reduced Admissions Program. Guests are invited to the ribbon cutting and for a tour of the new space.The Olympia Domino’s doesn’t look like many of the chain’s restaurants you have seen before. Domino’s is introducing its Pizza Theater store design, where kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to watch their pizza being made and interact with crew members. The new restaurant also features hardwood floors, booth seating, a chalk wall to entertain kids, and a new cold case with fresh-made salads, milk, cookies, cakes and other desserts.Join us to help support the Hands On Children’s Museum and for FREE pizza samples, prizes, pizza-making races, face painting and more!Domino’s Pizza3225 Harrison AvenueOlympia, WA 98502Phone: 360-357-2277last_img read more

Olympia Community Members Advocate for Compassionate Immigration Reform

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sitara Nath“And what makes this country great for me, as an immigrant and now, a United States citizen, is really that America is a place I can finally call home,” said Meenu Nath, a local Olympia constituent and one of the 12 community members who lobbied Congressmen Denny Heck’s Lacey office for compassionate immigration reform on Thursday, May 18. The combination of leaders, local activists and faith-based organizations came together to ask Representative Heck to cosponsor the BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill which will protect young, undocumented immigrants if their protected status is revoked.Along with Charo Portaro, CIELO’s Director of Educational Programs, a team from the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, and local activists, Representative Heck’s conference room was entirely filled by the Olympia advocacy network. Photo courtesy: Sitara NathThe visit was organized by Sitara Nath, a local community organizer who takes part in the Advocacy Corps Intern Program with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a DC – based Quaker lobbyist group in the public interest. Last year, after attending a conference in Washington D.C. just days after the presidential election, Nath’s interest in compassionate immigration reform grew stronger as anti-immigrant rhetoric continued emanating from the White House. Now back in Olympia, Nath has teamed up with the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, a local coalition of faith activists who seek to support immigrant communities in the area. Dallas Roberts, the congressman’s district representative, met with the constituents and reiterated the power of stories in immigration advocacy.“What we really need is people like all of you out there and sharing these stories with other members of Congress as well – it would really support the Representative if other Washington leaders were united on this issue,” said Roberts, who also noted that the Representative is supportive of the BRIDGE Act but, due to the bipartisan nature of the bill, needs a Republican congressional member to sign on alongside him.At the visit, the constituents discussed their personal stories in relation to the BRIDGE Act in an effort to bring politics back to personal roots. Beth Halpern, a member of Strengthening Sanctuary and an ally through the Temple Beth Hatfiloh, shared a moving story of a young woman she is acquainted with who has excelled in her education but is restricted from further pursuing her dreams due to her undocumented status.Charo Portaro, the Director of Educational Programs at CIELO (Central Integral Educativo de Olympia) also joined the visit to discuss how the Congressman’s legislative decisions impact the immigrant communities she works with.“We are working to change lives through education,” said Portaro of the programs which CIELO offers, including English classes, GED preparation courses and sewing classes, to build support for immigrant families in Olympia. Portaro concluded firmly that, “This is an issue which comes down to our basic humanity and that’s why I am here – that’s why we want the Representative to support this issue.”You can learn more about CIELO and their volunteer-based programs by visiting the CIELO website or by emailing cieloproject@comcast.net. You can also find information regarding the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, which provides ‘Know Your Rights’ training and Family Safety Planning, through the local Interfaith Works newsletter. To contact Sitara Nath about local lobbying opportunities for compassionate immigration reform, you can email her at sitaranath@gmail.com.last_img read more

Lacey Appoints New Administrative Services Director

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyCity Manager Scott Spence announced today the appointment of Candice Bock as the new Administrative Services Director for the City of Lacey. Her first day with the city will be October 3.Candice Bock is the new Administrative Service Director for the City of Lacey. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey“Candice comes to the City of Lacey with a broad background in public service,” said Spence. “Her tenure at the Association of Washington Cities, as well as local government executive experience, makes her uniquely qualified to assume the duties of the Director of Administrative Services.”Bock served as Government Relations Advocate for the Association of Washington Cities and was responsible for guiding development of policy encompassing a wide range of fields, including personnel and labor relations, criminal justice, public safety, and emergency management. In addition, she served as the City Manager of the City of Carnation, and as the Assistant City Manager and Government Relations Director of the City of Lakewood.Bock earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).The Administrative Services Director is responsible for managing the city’s public affairs, human resources, and city clerk functions. The position serves as a member of the executive team and reports directly to the City Manager. Twelve full-time employees assist the director in carrying out responsibilities of the city’s employee recruitment, training, and compensation programs; risk management and safety initiatives; public information and outreach programs; citizen assistance efforts; public records management; and intergovernmental and legislative relations activities.last_img read more

Olympia Named a Top 100 Best Place to Live

first_imgFacebook195Tweet0Pin0Submitted by LiveabilityOlympia has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by Livability.com, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking.The list is an exclusive, independent, editorial ranking by Livability.com. The 2018 ranking builds on a process initially developed with one of the world’s leading urban theorists, Richard Florida. Livability.com’s research team worked with the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute and later with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies a program he directed along with Steven Pedigo.“The 2018 Best Place to Live list includes a fascinating mix of familiar cities and first-timers that are starting to carve out a reputation as wonderful places to live,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Livability.com’s managing editor.“It’s great to see these under-the-radar cities getting more attention on a national scale — and the accolades are certainly well-deserved.”The capital of Washington, this modest-sized city offers vibrant culture, a charming downtown and a range of outdoor activities for residents. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Tumwater Falls Park and Wolf Haven International are just three of many natural attractions, and Puget Sound provides fantastic views, boating opportunities and great seafood. The economy of Olympia is strong in education, government, healthcare and manufacturing, and abundant neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options and architectural styles. Olympia also earns high livability marks for its abundance of parks as well as Evergreen State College with more than 60 fields of study. In addition, much of the local population is tuned-in to social causes.last_img read more

Bangladeshi batsman detained at airport for overstaying in India

first_imgAdvertisement 0dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6xsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4t6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 63pab1zWould you ever consider trying this?😱587vCan your students do this? 🌚2xv0kRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bangladesh cricketer Saif Hassan was detained at the Kolkata airport for staying in India on an expired visa on Tuesday. The batsman had to pay a penalty of Rs 21,600 in order to fly back home next evening. Hassan arrived with the Bangladesh team as a back-up opener for the Test series but missed the day-night Test at Eden Gardens due to a split webbing and stayed back with his team without a clue that his six-month visa had already expired.Advertisement “His (Hassan) visa expired two days ago and he realised it only at the airport. He could not board the booked flight. As per the new rules of overstay, he had to pay the fine,” Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commissioner Toufique Hassan said. “Thankfully the Indian High Commission processed his visa and gave him the exit clearance and he left for home yesterday.”Advertisement Following their loss on Sunday, the Bangladeshi players returned home on that evening while Saif and the rest of the team were scheduled to leave on Monday. But the young opener was held up at the NSCBI airport for overstaying and paid a hefty sum before leaving for his country. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Wrestling juggernaut Sushil Kumar withdraws from Tokyo 2020 trials citing hand injury

first_imgImage Courtesy: HindustanAdvertisement 7sicjtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs693jxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 28nkWould you ever consider trying this?😱6rCan your students do this? 🌚45eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who is suffering a shoulder injury, has pulled out from the 74kg category trials for next month’s Asian Championships and the continental Olympic qualifiers in March. The trials are scheduled to be held in New Delhi on January 3rd, while the winners will compete in the year’s first ranking series in Rome from January 25-28.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times“I am not participating in trials as I am sustaining a minor fracture on my hand. I enjoy sports and only take part in any competition when I’m fully fit,” he said.One of India’s most decorated wrestler, Sushil Kumar, also submitted his medical certificate to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) stating his unavailability for the trials.Advertisement “I have sent a medical certificate to the federation and they will look at it and discuss that in the coming days. I will abide by the decision of the federation,” he added.However, a spokesperson of the WFI said that the committee will sit on Thursday to look into the matter of Sushil and will make a decision on him.Advertisement “Committee will sit today and take a call on Sushil Kumar,” the WFI spokesperson confirmed.Sushil Kumar, who won consecutive medals in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games in the 66kg category, is trying to compete in the challenging 74 kg category for the first time in his career.There have also been some doubts over his future; following his early departure from the Asian Games and the World Championships, while 18-year-old Gaurav Baliyan is emerging to be a strong contender to take his place.But if the federation accepts Kumar’s request then the young Baliyan will have to wait for a shot at international glory.India picked up four Olympic quotas at the 2018 World Championships and will be eager to earn another spot in the 74kg, 97kg and 125kg categories at the Olympic qualification event in Xi’an, China.You might also like: Wrestler Deepak Punia clinches World number 1 ranking in 86Kg categorySports Minister Kiren Rijiju wants kabaddi to be included in 2024 Olympic Games Advertisementlast_img read more

Tara Page and David Aho

first_imgJim and Judy Page of Interlaken announce the engagement of their daughter Tara Page to David Aho, son of Amy Aho and the late Mike Aho of Little Silver.The bride-to-be is a student at the City University of New York. She is employed as a model at Ford Models of New York.The future groom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a partner of Colbeck Capital Management.The couple met at Felix Restaurant in New York City. They live in Manhattan with their three cats: Gus of New York, and Ophelia and L.A., both of Anguilla, BVI.A fall 2012 wedding is planned.last_img read more

Exchange Students Learn Our Culture from Red Bank Tour

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyRED BANK – Twenty-two graduate students from the People’s Republic of China attended a delegation visit and tour of Red Bank Monday to broaden their understanding of our culture.All of the attendees were either M.B.A. or M.S. accounting students of the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business. In addition to being given a visual tour of Red Bank, the students were able to speak with several community partners during a panel discussion.One student added a bit of comedy into the session, asking if the town of Red Bank was named after a large crimson finance building and where it might be located, unaware of the red clay that used to cover the riverbanks that gave the town its name.The F.I.S.H. Institute, the company that organized the tour, is an international student experience company and a vendor with Seton Hall University. The goal of this company is to get foreign students involved with the community and society that they are studying in, said the super visor of the students, Brad Childs. “The way that the communities and businesses work together in Red Bank is completely different than what these students are used to in China. We want them to understand the environment they’re in, and what better way to provide them with culture than this?” Childs said.Mayor Pasquale Menna said the event came about through his participation in a program sponsored by Seton Hall’s urban development project conducted by faculty member Henry Amoroso, Menna’s friend.The Student Delegation began with a question and answer session by a few dignitaries and other partners of the community to educate the graduate students of the Red Bank community. Members of the discussion panel included Mayor Menna; Christopher Cole, the CEO of Metrovation Terranomics Development; Tria Deibert, director of marketing for Meridian Health, which operates Riverview Medical Center; Domenic DiPiero, Jr., owner of The Two River Times and the financial services firm Newport Capital Group, LLC; Adam Philipson, CEO of the Count Basie Theatre, and James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, which oversees the borough’s commercial special improvement district.Menna and the other panelists talked about how Red Bank works together in order to thrive. “Every municipality, in order to survive, has to change,” Menna explained to the students. The students were able to hear how partnerships between the municipality and other local organizations and companies directly benefit the community as a whole. “It’s all about partnerships in the community, which is a critical element of being successful in business,” CEO Christopher Cole said. “These little things keep our community interesting and unique.”The exchange students asked about the meaning of the black POW-MIA flag flying high outside the municipal complex at 90 Monmouth St., how to operate a successful nonprofit theater like Count Basie, and how Red Bank’s medical centers are able to compete with larger hospitals and treatment centers in major cities, like Manhattan and Jersey City. Deibert explained that “in order to stay current, we have to reinvent ourselves,” referring to the $130 million investment in new equipment, technology, and medical professionals, to provide patients with the same treatment as larger facilities along with that close-to-home convenience.Menna touched on many aspects of the Red Bank community, including the large Hispanic population, sustainable assistance for those living in rent-controlled apartments, and the long list of restaurants to choose from that has now grown to over a 100.Menna called the visit “a wonderful opportunity,” and explained his hope of educating the exchange students on the endeavors that make Red Bank successful, especially in the areas of the arts, the medical field, and finance redevelopment.Sean Mulheren, a research assistant for the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall, attended the visit as well. “I just wanted to participate, and bridge the gap between foreign and American students on campus,” Mulheren said. He explained that the experience Seton Hall provides these students, where they are introduced to a part of America that they were unaware of, is an experience that many of the students can’t find anywhere else. “They seem to be enjoying it,” Mulheren said.One of the visiting students, Vincent Wei, had never been to any area outside of the Seton Hall campus in South Orange. The accounting and finance major, a native of Beijing, was looking for ward to the trip.The tour of the community began with the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., where the students met the Golden Dragon Acrobats, natives of the People’s Republic of China who have toured the U.S. since 1978. They were welcomed upon entering the theater by rows and rows of young children anxiously waiting for the performance to start, who serenaded the exchange students with a sing-along of Br uno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” The exchange students were pleased with the joyous, welcoming atmosphere, and the beautiful architecture of the Count Basie Theatre.The tour included the Two River Theater, the West Side Lofts apartment complex, and the Galleria shops/farmers market, which holds businesses such as Pilates of Red Bank and the restaurant The Melting Pot. The tour ended at Riverside Gardens Park, where the group saw the beautiful scenery and took a photo with Menna.Jing Zhang, another accounting student of the Stillman School of Business and native of Beijing, said that this visit helped her realize the importance of actively participating in environmentally-conscience actions, to benefit the lives of her generation’s children and grandchildren. Zhang’s favorite place on the tour was the Count Basie Theatre. “I could feel the culture there, and the ceilings were really cool,” she said.The exchange students were able to see the artistic, residential, business, and environmental aspects of Red Bank, a town that one student referred to as, “the new New York.”last_img read more

Raised Houses Deterred Storm Damage

first_imgBy John Burton“I think we all breathed some sigh of relief when (Hurricane) Joaquin went off to the right,” heading of f into the Atlantic Ocean, Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf said this week after assessing damage.Zipf was echoing many others who were planning for the worst, given reports that the hurricane could be barreling toward the Eastern Seaboard.Thankfully, it was not a hit but on the negative side areas prone to flooding once again showed our vulnerability; there was beach erosion and one storm-related death occurring in Colts Neck. But property damage was minimal, according to officials, thanks very much to the number of homes raised as a result of Super Storm Sandy. On the positive side, the rainfall over the of period of days last week went a long way to alleviating the water shortfall the county has had for months now.Tragically, Stacey Weathers, 46, Tinton Falls, was killed last Saturday, when the convertible Ford Mustang she was driving was hit by a falling tree along state Highway 34, near the intersection of Route 520. There was heavy rain and wind at approximately 4:25 p.m., when the incident occurred according to Colts Neck police.Weathers was the executive director of the state chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and she was instrumental in the organization’s efforts raising $7 million for patients and support research.That was the only reported injury related to the severe weather, according to Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.“We were fortunate,” given we were spared the brunt of the hurricane, Golden said. “That was good news.“The bad news,” he continued, “any time we get these nor’easters,” given the county’s 27 miles of shoreline and 22 coastal towns, “It’s prone to flooding” and “it showed in the usual spots,” Golden said, such as Sea Bright and Highlands and other locations.Since Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, “We’re more sensitive to it. Residents in those areas know what to expect,” Golden observed, meaning they know to do things like move vehicles from low lying areas, as well as taking other steps.“We had a lot of flooding,” acknowledged C. ReadMurphy, Sea Bright Office of Emergency Management director. The ocean and river front Sea Bright had on some side streets, at their end, facing the Shrewsbury River, as much as 5 feet of flooding. On portions of Ocean Avenue/ Highway 36 there was 2 1⁄2 feet of water blocking the roadway. But emergency services were prepared and traffic continued to move without disruption, Murphy said.“It was nice and quiet,” he said. “It was as good as flooding can be.”One interesting point, Murphy noted, given the number of homes elevated when rebuilt after being damaged and destroyed by Sandy, the structures were spared the effects of this flooding. “No houses took on water,” he said.Highlands had localized flooding in the traditional area, in the low-lying areas off of Bay Avenue, explained Tim Hill, Highlands administrator, as well as some tree damage. “It’s hard to gauge overall beach erosion,” on the narrow bay front beaches available in the borough, Hill said, “but we don’t think the beaches were severely impacted,” and there was “no significant damage to any municipal property.”“We were prepared,” Hill said. “Thank goodness we didn’t need it.”The hurricane hung around the Caribbean islands before turning east in the Atlantic Ocean sparing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. And the weather we experienced for much of last week, with heavy rain and strong winds, wasn’t really a nor’easter, according to David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist, at Rutgers University.“It was a very complex situation,” involving the colliding of a persistent cold front and its low pressure “bringing a long fetch of moisture,” and rain and high-pressure front, along with some strong onshore winds. “We were squeezed between the two systems,” from about late Tuesday/early Wednesday until Saturday, coupling with it higher than normal high tides – as much as 2 feet higher, Robinson said.This weather formation resulted in as much as 5.47 inches of rain falling over that period in portions of Monmouth County. And that, Robinson pointed out, is “the bulk of a month’s precipitation,” for the area and the only rainfall we’ve had in more than three weeks.“That gets us a good ways toward replenishing some of the ground water,” which had been depleted by the dry spell, he said.That’s the good news. “The bad news is the beaches took a pounding,” with the high tides and winds eroding shorefronts, he explained.“The worrisome part of that is we have the winter storm season ahead,” said Robinson, and any buffer that the beachfronts may have had for an added bit of protection for between November and March and April storms, is now virtually gone. “And that makes the coast more vulnerable,” he warned.Robinson told of weather predictions for an El Nino weather patterns for the Pacific Ocean. That traditionally results in a more active and severe storm activity for New Jersey. “No guarantee but that’s what’s been known to happen,” he said.“With every storm we’re reminded again and again about sea level rise and the reality of what happens when Mother Nature kicks up our heals,” Zipf observed. “We’re playing touch and go and praying for good weather and that’s no way to conduct public policy for creating sustainable communities.”Robinson agreed and in any face-off “Ultimately, the odds are going to continue to tilt in Mother Nature’s favor.”last_img read more

NJ Summer Flounder Season Hits a Snag

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Efforts to compromise on what New Jersey representatives believe are draconian recreational fishing regulations were sunk last week, meaning the summer flounder season could potentially be shut down in coming months.A vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) on May 22 denied the state’s proposal for changes to three tiers of regulations. They also found New Jersey to be noncompliant.For greater New Jersey waters, the state had proposed an 18-inch minimum, three-fish limit and a 104-day season for the summer flounder season, a 24 percent cut from 2016. That differs from the ASMFC’s Addendum XXVIII decision in February of a 19-inch minimum, three-fish limit and a 128-day season, which made for a 33 percent reduction.“We’re disappointed by the actions of ASMFC’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Committee,” said Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), in a statement on May 22. “New Jersey firmly believes that we have passed regulations that meet the conservation equivalency of the Commission’s proposed quota limits.”Despite New Jersey not falling in line with the regional regulations, the summer flounder season still opened on May 25 and will end on Sept. 5.On May 18, Martin approved the 18-inch minimum, three-fish limit and 104-day season for New Jersey. In the Delaware Bay and its tributaries, there is a 17-inch minimum, three-fish limit and 104-day season. For shore fishing on Island Beach State Park, there is a 16-inch minimum, two-fish limit and 104-day season as well.“There was no support by other board members for the New Jersey proposal,” said Tina Berger, spokeswoman for the ASMFC.In February, the ASMFC voted to approve Option 5 of Addendum XXVIII, which was in response to findings that the summer flounder stocks were close to being unsustainably low.“Because (summer flounder) was in an overfishing status, the states and the federal government had to take action to end overfishing immediately,” Berger said.Berger also added that the ASMFC board unanimously found New Jersey to be non-compliant. If the state doesn’t administer the board-approved regulations – 19-inch minimum, three-fish limit and 128-day season – a letter will be sent to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior.Fishing boats in Atlantic Highlands Harbor. If New Jersey doesn’t fall back in line with regionalfishing regulations, some fear the summer flounder season may be shut down.A conference call set for June 1 at 9:30 a.m. for the ASMFC’s Interstate Fisheries Management Policy will consider a recommendation to find New Jersey non-compliant.If that department and the federal offices also find New Jersey to be non-compliant, Berger said, after a 30-day window “a moratorium for fishing of that fish species in that state’s waters” could be implemented.New Jersey’s main concern with the ASMFC guidelines were that the number of summer flounder throwbacks would increase due to the 19-inch limit. The state believes that practice is ultimately connected to more fish deaths.“There’s simply no way we can believe that is responsible management,” said Adam Nowalsky, a former charter boat captain, and one of three New Jersey commissioners on the ASMCF.Through its proposed plan, the state believes that lowering the size limit by one inch and shortening the season by 24 days would lessen the burden on recreational anglers and keep the summer flounder stocks healthy.Also tied into its proposal was a major education outreach program aimed at informing recreational salt water anglers – those who fish from head boats, charter boats, in the ocean surf and also shop at bait and tackle shops.Through the FishSmart program lead by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and guidelines from TakeMeFishing.org, the state laid out a plan to distribute brochures and videos to anglers across the state.It also called for the creation of 30-second radio spot PSA’s, New Jersey-based videos showing proper catch-and-release techniques, and blasting out information via social media.Martin said he looks forward to working with NOAA in efforts to create a more responsible fishing culture. In turn, he said, that would “help protect the stock without devastating a multi-billion-dollar industry here in New Jersey.”Though for those who are unsure about the 2017 summer flounder season, Nowalsky said recreational anglers have to become more educated about the situation.In the meantime, he said, “I encourage people to go out and have a good time and enjoy what they can for as long as they can.”This article was first published in the June 1-June 8, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Microgrid Study To Determine Middletown’s Future Resiliency

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – An effort to make the township more storm resilient while protecting many essential services is advancing.On Nov. 13 the governing body agreed to spend a $150,000 grant from the state Board of Public Utilities on a 12-month microgrid feasibility study. The goal is to explore the creation of a backup power source on a portion of Naval Weapons Station Earle’s waterfront base in Leonardo which would connect to more than a dozen municipal, county and federal services.“It’s a pretty big deal for us, when you think about what happened to Middletown after Sandy,” said Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger.A microgrid is defined by the BPU as “a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources (DER) within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid.” Microgrids have the ability to connect and disconnect from the electrical grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or island mode.The wish list of services being sought for connection to the microgrid are NWS Earle’s Waterfront Administration Area, Township of Middletown Sewage Authority, NY Waterways Ferry Terminal, Middletown Public Works and CNG Fueling Facilities, Middletown’s municipal complex, Leonardo Elementary School, Bayview Elementary School, Bayshore Middle School, Monmouth County Highway Department, Middletown Fire Stations 3, 4 and 7 and the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority, according to the BPU.Middletown was one of 13 entities in New Jersey awarded grant money in January by the BPU for the studies, which totaled over $2 million. Neptune Township was the only other Monmouth County town given a grant.Middletown officials are supporting the study, hoping it can provide significant backup to flood-prone areas along the Bayshore.Scharfenberger compared the township to a checkerboard with the microgrid protecting one or a few of the squares in a specific area.“I think we submitted a good proposal,” added township administrator Anthony Mercantante. “Because we were partnering with a federal agency, particularly the military, that made it attractive. We were also a town that was significantly impacted by the last two hurricanes, so clearly there’s a need for power resiliency along the coast.”Mercantante noted two specific areas in Middletown which could benefit the most: the Route 36 corridor and Port Monmouth. He said Route 36 is a key evacuation route out from the Bayshore which should have a backup.Also, Phase II of the $110 million Port Monmouth Flood Wall is under construction. “Reliable power to that during a storm is important,” Mercantante said, considering it would protect low-lying areas in the event of another major hurricane.Cooperation with NWS Earle was necessary for the study to go forward as preliminary plans have the microgrid positioned inside the base’s Leonardo post.Continuing to invest in storm resiliency is important for the United States Navy, said Dennis Blazak, NWS Earle’s community plans and liaison officer. He said NWS Earle suffered more than $50 million in damages and was out of power for a week after Super Storm Sandy.“It would mean that if we had another Hurricane Sandy, we’d still be able to operate and do our mission and work with our partners in the community,” Blazak said.William Addison, NWS Earle’s spokesman, said keeping military operations open is of utmost importance. He said NWS Earle is unique along the East Coast because of its ability to quickly supply ordnance to the Atlantic Fleet’s Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups.“Nobody can do it on the scale that we do it, and nobody can do it with the speed that we can,” Addison said. “That’s really where it comes into play for us.”Blazak also said microgrid consideration is laid out in the Joint Land Use Study, a federally funded project by the Department of Defense looking at how NWS Earle and its neighboring Monmouth County communities coexist.Mercantante said a microgrid would have no connection to the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a proposed 230-kV transmission line travelling from Aberdeen through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown before terminating in Red Bank. The Jersey Central Power & Light proposal currently sits before an Office of Administrative Law judge for a preliminary decision.Middletown awarded the $150,000 grant money to Leidos Engineering, a Massachusetts-based firm, and Scharfenberger anticipates a contract will be signed this week. Mercantante added a public hearing would ensue once the 12-month study is concluded. He also said it’s too early to tell what the cost of a microgrid would be if it’s found feasible, but said grant money and help from different agencies would be important.Addison echoed those statements, saying the study is a “joint effort.”“It can’t just be the Navy or the townships,” he said. “We certainly have to work together. We share that shoreline and we share that need.”This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Red Bank Human Rights Advocates Urge Respect at Rally

first_imgBy Chris RotoloRED BANK –When he was practicing law on the social justice front, Rabbi Marc Kline spent the better part of a decade in Columbia, South Carolina, where he stood side by side with giants of the field like attorney Morris Dees and Martin Luther King III.Kline said that experience of working, advocating and going toe-to-toe with the Klu Klux Klan during a spree of mid-to-late ’90s church burnings has informed the way he approaches the battle against hatred and bigotry still being fought today in the Two River area, though frustration and exasperation are setting in.“I’m tired of combating the same force over and over and over again,” Kline said to a congregation of approximately 150 demonstrators, including state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, who gathered outside Red Bank’s borough hall Aug. 30 to rally in support of the borough’s Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC) and the launch of its “No Hate at Home” campaign.“I’ve been fighting the Klan for many years, too long, and I’m tired of the hate,” Kline said. “It’s gotten uglier and uglier. And the Klan is code word for all hate speech right now.”Demonstrators gathered outside Red Bank’s Town Hall Aug. 31 to support a rally for the “No Hate at Home” campaign. Photo by Chris Rotolo.According to Kline, who leads the Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, the initiative is a response to pro-KKK fliers distributed on Hudson Avenue Aug. 14 and KKK recruitment literature containing candy that was discovered on Leighton Avenue the week prior.Kline made it clear this campaign was comprehensive of all hate speech, including racial, religious and political prejudices he said are tearing society apart at the seams.“I’m tired of the fact that we can’t talk with each other without screaming at each other. We’re at a point where, if you don’t agree with me politically or religiously, you don’t have value. And then everyone goes about their business assuming they’re right…It really doesn’t matter what your politics are. There are some things that we’ve made partisan politics that are still about the human. And we’ve forgotten the human piece of it.”Leading the effort with Kline is David Pascal, who has served as the HRAC chair since 2006, and who hopes “No Hate at Home” can become a movement focused on respect and understanding between individuals, even if positions and ideas may not align.“For those who believe that another person can’t have value if you don’t agree, today that has to stop,” Pascal said. “This is about bringing respect for one another back into our homes, our communities, our places of business, schools, everywhere. It has to happen everywhere if we’re going to change the conversation and change the culture.”Kline and Pascal were adamant that this movement can only take hold if community members in attendance were willing to carry the message back into their own communities, a sentiment shared by Menna.According to Menna, the borough has a history of assisting the general community by providing an avenue for expression, quite literally providing a route through town earlier this year for the “March for our Lives” demonstration March 24 and again in July for the “Families Belong Together” protests. But he believes the key to ensuring “No Hate at Home” makes an impact is carrying the messaging beyond Red Bank’s borders.“The sense that I get is that people who participate in events like today’s are overwhelmingly from outside of Red Bank,” Menna said. “It tells me that the people we need to reach need to be reached in their own communities. For each person in the crowd today who is from Rumson or Little Silver, there are a thousand people who are not reached.”Menna said surrounding municipalities can’t be forced to form a committee similar to HRAC, but individuals from those communities should be making applications to their respective governing bodies to host the types of events “where people can voice their collective sentiments about human rights.”“The people (HRAC) is trying to reach are not the people who are living in Red Bank,” Menna said. “We already know about it. The people (HRAC) is trying to reach are the people who are living in the leafy communities of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Interlaken. That’s where the message has to go.”Kline called the Aug. 30 rally a good start, but said the work to ensure this is not a “one-off” begins now.“Rallies and marches are nice because you get to wave your flag and hold your sign and go home feeling good about it. But then what?” Kline said. “We need to have signs in yards, decals on cars and conversation in our communities. We need to create a change in our culture. With this rally, we’ve started the conversation.”This article was first published in the Sept. 6 – 13, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Thousands of Jobs available for 2020 Census

first_imgMandated in the Constitution, the census is conducted every 10 years and determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. It also allows state officials to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts to account for population changes, among other benefits. RED BANK – Adults looking to earn extra money this winter can apply for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau, officials told the public at a meeting Nov. 20 at the Red Bank Public Library. The census asks questions about a resident’s name, sex, age, date of birth, origin, race, relationship, and if they are renters or homeowners. Census takers also ask for phone numbers in case they need to contact that person again. But all information is private and census takers are sworn to secrecy regarding the information they receive from others. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. They also must have a valid Social Security number and email address and must pass a background check, the application process and an assessment. Those interested in working with the 2020 Census team are welcome to apply online at 2020census.gov.jobs or by phone at 1-855-JOB-2020.center_img Office positions include area census office manager, census field manager, administrative manager, information technology manager, recruiting manager, office operations supervisor and clerical support. In the field, there are positions for recruitment, census field supervision and enumerators. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of individuals to help conduct the 2020 Census. And for the first time, citizens will be able to answer the census online, making it – according to Census Bureau representatives – easier than ever. The first U.S. census was conducted in 1790 and served as an important piece of the country’s history and future.last_img read more