The City of Lauderhill is always seeking ways to improve our changing community. The Economic Development Division of the Finance Department is hosting a Retail Recruitment Project Open House at City Hall. This forum is part of an ongoing study the City of Lauderhill and Retail Management Associates(RMA) is conducting to help recruit new retail and establish a wider spectrum of businesses in the City of Lauderhill. This Retail Recruitment Project Open House is open and free to residents and business owners.The Retail Recruitment Project Open House will take place at City Hall’s Commission Chambers and Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The ongoing study will help to improve our business climate as well as increase the variety of our shopping and dining establishments. We encourage you to attend this Open House where you may submit your observations and recommendations directly to the RMA consultants who will moderate the meeting.Refreshments will be provided. City Hall is located at 5581 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33313.Please RSVP or direct concerns to Economic Development Coordinator, Kenneth Lopez at (954) 714 – 3128 or email him here.
Thousands of human rights activists want justice for a mentally ill Jamaican-born immigrant shot to death by NYPD officers as millions around the country were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holding silver pipeVassell, who was born in Jamaica and migrated with his family to Brooklyn, NY at age 6, was holding a silver metal pipe with a head on it on April 4th at Utica Avenue near the corner of Montgomery Street, in Brooklyn, when police opened fire, killing him. Shot 10 timesNYPD officials, including Chief of Department Terence Monahan, say the two plainclothes and two uniformed officers responding to a 911 call just before 5 p.m. ET about a man pointing what was described as a “silver firearm” at people at the corner, mistook the item for a silver gun. He said when officers arrived Vassell, 34, reportedly pointed the object at them and they opened fire, shooting a combined 10 times. Vassell was transported to Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood, where he was pronounced dead. Wants justiceVassell’s mother, Lorna Vassell, called the killing of her son “unjustified.” “I want justice. They murdered my son, and I want justice for him,” she said, while questioning why police didn’t simply shoot her son in his leg. His father, Eric Vassell, said his son had bipolar disorder and had been admitted to the hospital multiple times in recent years, sometimes after encounters with the police. Ironically, police also shot dead Vassell’s best friend, Ortanzso (Marlon) Bovell, on a Brooklyn street in August 2008. That killing, according to family members, set Vassell on a downward spiral mentally. “We were taking care of him, doing everything for him,” his mother stated. Vassell was one of four siblings who lived in their parents’ two-bedroom apartment as children in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. He dropped out of high school but ultimately built a career as a welder before his mental health breakdown. Kept stack of BiblesA stack of Bibles and religious books were among the items on Vassell’s bedroom dresser at his parents’ apartment, according to the New York Times. His various Bibles were placed neatly in size order, one on top of the other, with the largest at the bottom. He, reportedly, routinely attended 7:30 a.m. service at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church. Vassell, a father of a teenage son, also went to Mass at the church every Sunday. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman now also wants to know why the Jamaican immigrant, whose shooting has sparked an intense standoff between angry residents who knew Vassell, and police. and days of protests, was shot dead by police. “We’re committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation,” Schneiderman said late last week. Protest marchAbout 2,000 people marched in the streets of Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights in response to the killing of Vassell. Nerdeen Kiswani, an organizer with Within Our Lifetime, said, “People who live here, people who worked here all knew Saheed. They knew that he walk around with various objects that he found. He would come into my dad’s store and show off what he had. Then my dad would give him water,” she said. Marchers also yelled: “FTP! F… the police!” to “How do you spell criminal? NYPD!,” as they tried to come to terms with yet another Black man shot down by police. (NewsAmericasNow.com)
The Broward County Commission unanimously voted for Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness (District 9) to serve as Vice Mayor today at its Reorganization meeting. The Broward County Charter stipulates that Commissioners, elected from single member districts, vote annually in November for the position of Mayor and Vice Mayor. First Elected in 2010Vice Mayor Holness was elected in 2010 to represent residents living in Broward County’s District 9, which includes a population of approximately 215,000. Prior to being elected a Broward County Commissioner, he served as a City of Lauderhill Commissioner from 2004 to 2010, during his terms as a Lauderhill City Commissioner, he served as Vice Mayor twice, 2007, 2010, respectively and started the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce and established the Lauderhill Business Incubator. BusinessmanA practicing real estate broker for over 30 years, he is the President and CEO of All Broward Realty. He is a well-known advocate for small, minority and women-owned businesses, fair wages for workers, improving and providing economic development opportunities for all, and home ownership. His global advocacy includes positioning Broward County as the center for international trade with the recent success of the Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) held October 17-18, 2018 with representation from 54 countries and over 1200 people in attendance. Vice Mayor Holness worked for many years to bring the event to Broward County with the inaugural FITCE occurring in 2015. “Thank you Mayor Furr for your hard work this past year and doing a great job representing Broward County. Thank you to my colleagues for your vote of confidence. I will continue to speak for those who are not represented and underrepresented, champion for the small and minority business owners, our senior citizens, giving people second chances with the adult civil citation program, which I was able to pass earlier this year, fighting for our children to have a good education so when they graduate they can either go on to college, technical or vocational school, and to have compassion for those who need our help when it comes to social services, because my district has many economic and social needs. I look forward to working with Mayor Bogen and everyone on the Commission and to give Broward County, my best nothing less,” said Vice Mayor Holness.
TORONTO, Canada, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says it will honour Trinidad-born storyteller, Rita Cox, with its Lifetime Achievement Award later this month.It said that Cox, who chronicles the Caribbean legacy, will be given the award during the CTO Media Day luncheon scheduled for August 22.CTO said that Cox, a librarian by profession, “is a renowned storyteller and admired leader in the community”.She joined the Toronto public library as a children’s librarian in 1960 and in 1972 she became the head of the Parkdale branch where she launched literacy programmes and other initiatives that promoted multiculturalism throughout Toronto.During her tenure, Cox pioneered the library’s “Black Heritage and West Indian Resource Collection,” which was renamed in 1998 to the “Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.” It soon became one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada and today, continues to be a source of pride for the community.“The Caribbean Tourism Organization appreciates Rita Cox’s passion for promoting Caribbean heritage through the collection she developed for the Toronto public library as well as her storytelling events that pass our history on to the next generation,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA.“Her commitment to preserving Caribbean culture and dedication to keeping the region at the forefront of Canadian society over decades is the reason we are honouring her with the lifetime achievement award.”Cox established “Cumbayah,” a festival of black heritage and storytelling. As a renowned storyteller who has entertained audiences worldwide, and she ensured the Toronto public library’s storytelling legacy by training a new generation of storytellers, many of whom are current library staff. After her retirement from the Toronto public library in 1995, Cox was appointed a citizenship court judge by the government of Canada.Cox has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Library Association’s Public Service Award and the Black Achievement Award (1986). In 1997,She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her outstanding work in storytelling and literacy. Both Wilfrid Laurier University and York University have awarded her honorary doctorate degrees.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s unemployment rate has dipped to a new record low of 7.2 per cent as of October 2019, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).The new rate represents a decline of over 1 percentage point. In July 2018, SATIN reported that the unemployment rate had fallen to a new low of 8.4 per cent.According to STATIN, the employed labour force for October 2019 was 1,248,400, which was 29,200 or 2.4 per cent larger than in October 2018.It said the increase in employment for females was nearly twice that of males during the period under review. The number of employed males increased by 10,600 to 682,800 while employed females moved up by 18,600 to 565,600.STATIN said the occupation group ‘Clerks’ had the largest increase in employment of 17,700 persons (19.3per cent), between October 2018 and October 2019. Some 109,400 people are now employed in this group. Of the increase in employment in this group, females accounted for 11,200 persons.The second-highest increase was for the occupation group ‘Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers’ which grew by 13,900.The government’s increased efforts to strengthen the numbers in the security forces are paying off as STATIN is reporting that the largest change in employment by industry group was in ‘Public Administration & Defence; Compulsory Social Security’. This group increased by 10,800 persons, moving from 60,300 in October 2018 to 71,100 in October 2019.This group also saw the largest increase in male employment (6,700), moving from 31,100 to 37,800. The industry group ‘Hotels & Restaurants Services’ accounted for the largest increase in female employment of 4,800 moving from 62,300 in October 2018 to 67,100 in October 2019.However, employment decreased in ‘Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing’ by 6,500 persons to 188,500 over the same period.And, while it remains high, the unemployment rate for youth aged 14-24 years, was 21.1 per cent in October 2019 compared to 24.9 per cent in the comparable period in October 2018. The unemployment rate for male youth decreased by 3.6 percentage points to 18.2 per cent in October 2019, while the unemployment rate for female youth declined by 3.9 percentage points to 24.7 per cent during the same period.In the meantime, STATIN has advised that the number of unemployed persons in Jamaica in October 2019 was 96,700, a decrease of 19,000 (16.4per cent) when compared to October 2018. It said male unemployment decreased by 3,000 to 43,300 in October 2019 while the number of unemployed females declined by 16,000 persons to 53,400.
Nigerian players John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme scored for their Israeli club Hapoel Beer Sheva FC in the 3-2 win over hosts and Hungarian champions Budapest Honved FC in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) second round clash.The result at the Stadion Jozsef Bozsik secured a 5-3 aggregate win that was more than enough for Hapoel to qualify for the third round of the UCL qualifying stage.Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu gave his side an early lead in the 12th minute before compatriot Anthony Nwakaeme doubled the advantage four minutes later. Davide Lanzafame pulled one back for the home side from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime.Botond Barath equalized for Honved to give his side slim hopes with 17 minutes left on the clock however those hopes were extinguished after the previously mentioned Nwakaeme completed his brace six minutes from time for a 3-2 win in favour of his team.John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme both featured for the entire duration of the game.RelatedEuropa League: Super Eagles Duo On Target In Nicosia DrawAugust 10, 2018In “Europe”Hapoel Beer Sheva Duo Nwakaeme & Ogu Get Super Eagles Call UpAugust 19, 2017In “National Team”Anthony Nwakaeme To Get Eagles Call Up?August 17, 2017In “National Team”
Share BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share England’s casinos to reopen on 1 August July 17, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 The Gambling Commission has ‘targeted a range of possible gambling offences’ in a joint operation with Police Scotland at betting shops in Falkirk.In cooperation with betting shop operators, the multi-purpose compliance exercise on 19 January was designed to help train police officers on how to conduct inspections of gambling licensed premises, and to raise awareness amongst betting shop staff of the risks of crime.Helen Venn, Gambling Commission Programme Director, said: “Today’s action is just one of many operations we have conducted over the last year across Scotland from North Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire. We have used this operation to target a range of possible gambling offences.“Since 2014, we have undertaken nearly 200 proactive compliance inspections of gambling licensed premises in Scotland, which often involve police officers, licensing standards officers, and other agencies.“We are committed to working with all our partners to ensure that gambling is fair and open, that criminal activity is prevented and that children and vulnerable people are protected.”The regulatory body has also seen Walter Merricks’ term as Commissioner of the Gambling Commission extended for one year until 31 December 2017. The extension for the qualified solicitor has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. Related Articles
Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Betfair has been unveiled as the global betting partner of prestigious Spanish side, Sevilla. As part of the partnership, which was announced at the spectacular Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium, Betfair will be the sleeve sponsor of the home, away and third strips as well as the main sponsor of all the side’s training kits.Dom Crosthwaite, International MD at Betfair, commented: “This is a club that is consistently competitive at the top level and will help us achieve our ambition of growing the Betfair brand internationally. We very much look forward to working with the club to offer the incredible fans unique promotions, content and experiences.”Gabriel Ramos, VP at Sevilla added: “Undoubtedly Betfair is one of the most prestigious companies in the world, and will be our great partners on our journey. This partnership is created to strengthen our current goals and future ones.”Ramon Loarte, Marketing Director at Sevilla, also spoke well of the agreement: “This partnership announcement has allowed us to make another step in Sevilla FC´s commercial growth. We are pleased to welcome such a famous brand as Betfair to our Club, not only as our Exclusive Global Betting Partner, but also as our Official Sleeve and Training Kit Partner. We look forward to a long partnership together.”The Spanish club, who ended Manchester United’s Champions League campaign last season, join the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal in Betfair’s strong sponsorship portfolio. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition looks at the postponed Copa Libertadores final and a broadcasting expansion for DAZN.Copa Libertadores heads to the Santiago Bernabeu After the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final was postponed twice due to fans attacking the Boca Juniors bus prior to kick-off at the River’s Monumental stadium, there’s been much speculation about where the eagerly anticipated second leg would eventually take place. South America’s governing body, CONMEBOL, has finally found a venue to determine the fiercely contested derby, announcing the game will be played at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu on 9 December.A statement released by CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominquez detailed: “The administration has elected to hold the Copa Libertadores final return leg in front of both sets of supporters, in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday the 9th.“Those of us who know the beautiful game know that it is only about winning and losing, not killing or dying.”The group also detailed that River Plate have received a fine of $400,000 (£313,000) because of the events that took place prior to the scheduled second leg. When the second leg takes place at the Bernabeu both sides will get the same allocation. The tie is delicately poised after the first leg in Boca finished in a dramatic 2-2 draw. Eleven Sports elevates social engagement Eleven Sports is seeking to enhance the social element of its sports broadcasting platform, with the arrival of an innovative new feature that enables fans to watch live action together with friends and family in the same online space at the same time.The new watch together feature, designed by tech start-up Reactoo, has been created to drive engagement and make watching sport a fun and social experience for fans, even when they are in different locations.Tom Middleditch, Global Head of Digital, Eleven Sports, detailed: “Live sport is special because of the raw emotions that are attached to it. Watch Together enables fans to share these emotions and debate every decision, kick, tackle or punch, wherever they are. This is an exciting first for ELEVEN.“Watch Together will help to drive engagement in the live event by encouraging active, as opposed to passive viewing habits. Currently fans debate talking points on text or social media while watching a match or fight passively, but our inventive new product will enable in-person interaction while remaining fully immersed in the action.“Together with our partners Reactoo, we have created an easy-to-use viewing experience. We are delighted to be the first to bring it to the sports market globally, harnessing the versatility of online streaming and fulfilling our commitment to introduce innovative ways for fans to watch, engage in and enjoy live sport.”DAZN enters Brazilian market with Serie A and Ligue 1 DAZN is seeking to strengthen its global expansion gaining the rights to Serie A TIM and Ligue 1 games in Brazil. The Brazilian launch is set for March 2019, with CONMEBOL also awarding DAZN the exclusive broadcast rights for all Copa Sudamericana matches from 2019, for four seasons. Before launching in March 2019, DAZN will broadcast selected Serie A TIM and Ligue 1 matches free-to-air via its pages on Facebook and YouTube, so Brazilian football fans can watch teams including Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus with global superstars Neymar Jr and Cristiano Ronaldo in action. Coverage starts from 7 December.Simon Denyer, CEO of DAZN Group, commented: “Football is a way of life in Brazil and so launching there with such significant rights is a huge moment for DAZN, cementing us as the fastest growing sports broadcaster in the world. We’ve expanded our footprint to nine countries on four continents in just over two years, and that is only the beginning.”CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez added: “We are delighted to announce this agreement with DAZN and for Brazilian football fans to be able experience Copa Sudamericana games through a new and exciting platform. DAZN’s fans first approach of offering flexible and affordable access to the world’s biggest sports is a perfect fit for us and we look forward to working with them over the next few seasons.”IMG nets Premier League deal IMG has strengthened its relationship with the English Premier League, agreeing a new three-year deal for global inflight and inship media rights.As part of the partnership, which commences at the start of the 2019/2020 season IMG will retain rights to live coverage on both Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra, the company’s 24/7 sports channels which are utilised on the likes of Lufthansa, Alitalia, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and AeroMéxico, as well as the Carnival Cruise Line.Richard Wise, IMG Media’s Senior Vice President, content and channels, commented: “We remain committed to delivering the very best live sporting action from world-class federations for our airline and cruise ship partners and their passengers. The Premier League matches play an important part in contributing to the 6,000 plus hours of live sport we will broadcast across both Sport 24 channels in 2019.”Premier League Director of Broadcasting Paul Molnar added: “Many Premier League fans across the world want to follow their club when travelling and IMG, through its Sport 24 channels, does a great job of making the competition available through a range of airlines and shipping companies.”
Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Related Articles Giuseppe “Bepi” Pezzulli – SKS365Continuing its senior executive restructure, Italian betting group SKS365 has confirmed the appointment of Giuseppe “Bepi” Pezzulli as new General Counsel.Pezzulli takes charge of SKS365 legal representation and corporate compliance frameworks, following this January’s departure of former incumbent Angela Gemma, who retired from SKS365’s executive management team alongside departing Chief Executive Ian McLoughlin.A seasoned legal executive in corporate financing for media and technology led enterprises, Pezzulli has formerly served as the Italian/Greek Head of Legal Compliance for multi-national private equity firm BlackRock (2013-2015).This January, SKS365 governance announced the creation of a new executive leadership team, following a raft of C-level departures. The Italian bookmaker’s corporate leadership has been split between its four core operating divisions, led by the following executives: –Francesco Gaziano as Chief Marketing OfficerJim Parkins as Chief Product and Technology OfficerBrian Dean as Chief People OfficerTroy Cox as Chief Commercial OfficerSKS365 governance has yet to confirm the leadership replacement of Ian McLoughlin and further seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) following incumbent Aaron Meli’s decision to serve the company in an advisory position.This February, SKS365 launched its ‘new identity’ for flagship property Planetwin365, featuring a new logo and corporate slogan ‘Planetwin365 – Our game is from another planet’. StumbleUpon Share Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share
Jenny Watson – GAMSTOPThe governance of GAMSTOP has announced the appointment of Mike Dixon, current CEO of Addaction, as a further Non-Executive Director for UK gambling’s self-exclusion scheme.An expert in developing treatment support networks and operating voluntary communities, Dixon has served as Chief Executive of addiction recovery and mental health charity Addaction since May 2017.The executive has held further leadership positions within the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Victim Support crime unit.Dixon commented: “I’m delighted to join and add my independent voice to GAMSTOP at this important time. We are focusing on how to offer the best possible service to people who need help, and I’m pleased to contribute to that.”During the course of 2019, GAMSTOP has moved to restructure its governance to become an independent entity, clearly separated from the UK gambling sector.In its update, GAMSTOP further communicates that the organisation has changed ownership with effect from 26th September 2019.Prior to June 2017, GAMSTOP operated as the ‘National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme – NOSES’ – an organisation founded by industry body The Remote Gambling Association (RGA).In order to provide the organisation with greater independence, GAMSTOP has withdrawn its RGA membership with ownership transferred to its current board of directors.Jenny Watson, Chair of GAMSTOP, said: “These changes help to strengthen our independence and I would like to thank the RGA for the constructive nature of our discussions. As we continue to develop, Mike Dixon’s insight and experience will provide the operational team with strong independent challenge.” Related Articles Submit Share UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020 Gamstop assesses impact of lockdown in new report May 13, 2020 Share UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 StumbleUpon
Strengthening its fight against betting-related corruption, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has secured a data-sharing agreement with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).The duo, which have worked alongside one another for a number of years, will continue to collaborate on their joint efforts to combat match-fixing.The MGA’s Sports Integrity Officer, Antonio Zerafa stated: “The MGA has long held an excellent relationship with the TIU, but this agreement will allow the MGA & the TIU to formalise a structure to share data and information in compliance with the law, for the purposes of detecting, preventing and investigating the manipulation of sports competitions.”Under the terms of the data-sharing agreement, the MGA will work with TIU on enhancing prevention and investigation processes, with a focus on tackling manipulation in the professional tennis market.Last week, the Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board gave the green light for the organisation’s anti-corruption and anti-doping divisions to be merged to form a ‘single, combined and expanded integrity organisation for professional tennis.’The merger of the two divisions will integrate both the anti-corruption and anti-doping divisions in a single location with shared services, including player education, with the new organisation due to take on full responsibility for tennis anti-doping matters on 1 January 2021. Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020
Submit StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Stockholm-listed Global Gaming AB has had its latest attempt to revive its flagship Ninja Casino property within Sweden rejected by gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen.Spelinspektionen governance is reported to have blocked the transfer of Ninja Casino’s SE domain to Global Gaming marketing partner Viral Interactive.A marketing services provider, Viral Interactive had applied to secure the Ninjacasino.se domain under the management of its Spelinspektionen online gambling B2C licence.A Spelinspektionen judgement enforced outright that no Ninjacasino related domain could be launched within Sweden, as part of its sanctioned market suspension of Global Gaming AB and its subsidiary partners.Despite its rejection, Viral Interactive will be allowed to appeal Spelinspektionen judgement.Global Gaming Chief Executive Tobias Fagerlund would issue a corporate statement, detailing Spelinspektionen actions as illegitimate as its subsidiary Safe Ent the operating company of Ninja Casino awaits a further review of its licence revocation by Sweden’s Administrative Court of Appeal.“The Swedish Gambling Authority ‘s decision to revoke SafeEnt’s licence has not yet gained legal force and can therefore not be used as an argument” Fagerlund stated in his communication.Global Gaming AB continues to seek injunctive relief of its indefinite Swedish market suspension, sanctioned Spelinspektionen in 2019 on the grounds of ‘serious customer care failures’ related to KYC, care-of-duty and AML compliance.Posting a November trading statement, Global Gaming governance reported that 2019 net losses had totalled SEK 40 million (€4 million), due to the firm’s home market withdrawal.
Esports is set to play a big part at the 2017 edition of GiGse (April 26 – 28, Marriott Marquis Marina, San Diego) with sessions looking at how the gambling sector can gain a market share of the economy. Sadie Walters, GiGseIt will look at this relationship both in terms of igaming and casinos. Day 1’s Talking Heads session, entitled ‘Our relationship with esports – we’re moving in together!’ will feature the likes of Adam Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group; Kingsley Edwards, Founder and CEO, Leet; Seth Schorr, CEO, Fifth Street Gaming and Dan Kelly, Principal, The Factory Network. The debates will include how operators can refine their casino based esports offering, how to monetise the tournament industry as well as posing the question of whether there is a conversion between on-premise esports activity and casino revenue?Sadie Walters, Conference Manager responsible for GiGse said: “With architects confidently predicting the development of purpose built state of the art esports arenas and the very real possibility of esports becoming an Olympic event, perhaps as early as Tokyo 2020, the commercial opportunities for gaming entrepreneurs are huge.”When it comes to Las Vegas and casinos, there is unmatched potential for these to be used to hold mid-level esports tournaments in their venues. Only yesterday it was announced that Esports Arena, in partnership with Allied Esports, is re-vamping a 30,000 square foot nightclub space in the Luxor on the Strip for a dedicated esports venue.Nearby in the downtown part of the city, Millennial Esports has its 200 seater venue at the Neonopolis. This is a company which recently saw a $2m cash injection. Sadie Walters added: “Gaming is one of the earliest adopters of new technology and the marriage with esports could be one made in heaven.”GiGse offers a solid opportunity to prepare gaming brands for the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. With a focus on ‘unconventional thinking’ it will explore the technology, innovations and potential regulatory hurdles facing all gaming brands operating in North America.Esports Insider says: The likes of Seth Schoor are extremely well placed to discuss how esports and casinos can work best together. As the Chairman of the Downtown Grand he’s seen the potential of these two linking up for some time, and if you happen to be in San Diego for GiGse 2017 stop by and listen.
The Korean e-Sports Association (“KeSPA”) has announced today that it will not take part in the 2017 Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games (“AIMAG”), Turkmenistan. In brief, the reasons for its refusal are as follows:Esports discipline conducted by a non-international federation (and lack of general procedures as a huge sporting event);Esports disciplines decided without consensus with National Federations.The news also outlines that China, Iran, Mongolia and Vietnam are to respond to the issue with a unified statement. It comes after recent news of the esports trials at AIMAG, including the titles: Hearthstone, Dota 2, FIFA/NBA and Starcraft II.The release details in extensive detail the reasons as to why KeSPA will not participate. It mentions the history of KeSPA and AIMAG, with the former assisting the latter at the 2009 and 2013 trials. At the last AIMAG, which was held on Korea, KeSPA worked closely with the International e-Sports Federation (“IeSF”) to conduct and manage esports discipline during the AIMAG. The IeSF has been in continuous conversation with the OCA and 2017 Turkmenistan AIMAG Organising Committee for esports to continue its involvement as a title in the Games. However due to the lack internet infrastructure and budget, it was concluded that it is not able to manage esports with sufficient resources in the region.The main issue that KeSPA has is the fact that instead, the OCA has announced that esports will be managed for 2017, 2018 and 2022 games by Alisports, a private enterprise owned by Alibaba – rather than conducting itself through the officially recognised international federation, which in this case is the IeSF. It also bemoans the fact that official national team selection will not be conducted through the National Federations and National Olympic Committees, but anyone can register online and the qualifiers will be conducted online. A further gripe is the way the specific game titles were selected. KeSPA outlines in its statement that no consensus was made with the NOC, National Federation or the athletes. It also goes on to say “it has been found through investigation, that the announcement to include esports has been conducted without consideration of the athletes, not being eligible to receive support in becoming a member of the national team squad”. KeSPA approached the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) to ask about the participation process of the 2017 AIMAG and received the following feedback:“KOC has already finalised national team squad for all participating disciplines and therefore cannot dispatch additional esports athletes as official national team members. KOC added after their internal check, that it is a non-medal event, and moreover, that the registration platform is connected a web of a private enterprise (Alisports), and not the official registration platform of Turkmenistan Organizing Committee, an incident which has never been seen or existed before. Considering the current circumstances, KeSPA has also concluded not to dispatch national team members for the rights and interest of Korean esports athletes cannot be protected at this point of time.”The final issue that KeSPA raise is the fact that Alisports formed an organisation called Asian Esports Federation, supposedly “under the nose” of IeSF, in order to manage esports at events such as AIMAG. Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that KeSPA aren’t happy about this at all. From what they’ve said, it’s fairly easy to see why.
British independent game studio Automaton Games yesterday announced the securing of a $10m (£7.37m) investment from Cambridge Ventures as they work on a survival-combat game of enormous proportions.Automaton is on the warpath. Teaming up with games technology company Improbable, they have their eyes set on the Battle Royale-themed gaming space, where PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (‘PUBG’) is currently blazing a trail to the top of the PC market.The indie producers will be utilising CryEngine and Improbable’s cloud-based SpatialOS tech, which the company claims is ‘unconstrained by the computational and concurrent player limits of a single engine’. Therein lies the key to the ludicrous-sounding map population, which will see a thousand concurrent players occupying a single shared world, with up to 400 engaging in direct combat.It’s a novel pitch from Automaton, who describe a company-wide philosophy of ‘pushing forward virtual world development and massively multiplayer experiences’. Earlier this year, their pioneering approach was aptly demonstrated with the release of unique asymmetrical horror game Deceit, which has turned heads for its intriguing concept after a March release on Steam.Currently in development, Automaton’s as-of-yet-unnamed brainchild will feature a gargantuan map with some impressive dynamic properties. For example, the world will feature a destructive environment, changeable weather, blood trails, effects for both fire and water, and even wildlife that will roam around the map – presumably dodging bullets and reconsidering the benefits of migration.If that doesn’t sound impressive enough, the map will encompass 12 square kilometres – over double the size of PUBG’s Erangel. The decision to go large or go home was made early on – and SpatialOS provided “an extremely natural fit”, according to Automaton CEO James Thompson.“We’ve spent the last two years building the technology for a next-generation massively multiplayer online game that requires an entirely new approach to game design and development,” James said. “This project delivers an unprecedented fidelity and scale of world simulation, and complex interactions between authored and player-driven content.”“I’m hugely excited that our next step is deploying this $10m investment to bring the game to launch in 2018.”Achieving the unachievable is a key driver for Improbable’s CEO Herman Narula, who described the company’s aim “to give developers the power to make previously impossible games.” Herman said that Automaton proved themselves with Deceit, and is looking forward to seeing what they can do next:“We’re excited by their vision for this new game: the survival genre is seeing a huge amount of attention and excitement, and we’re excited to see what this talented team can do with the massive scale, persistent world and rich systems made possible by SpatialOS.”The game is scheduled for release early next year, with the first playable content slated for access sometime in Spring.Esports Insider says: PUBG has seen a meteoric rise to the top, but this game is on another scale. Whether that will ultimately add sufficiently to gameplay to attract as significant a playerbase as PUBG commands remains to be seen. But whether the product dominates sales or not, this investment promises to push Automaton towards broadening the horizons of the gaming experience regardless.
Todd Sitrin, EATodd Sitrin is the SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. An advisor to the upcoming Esports BAR (February 12-14 2018), the ‘World’s Esports Business Arena’ in Cannes of which we’re a Key Content Partner, we caught up with him to discuss this, as well as plans for the new seasons for both FIFA 18 and Madden NFL 18. Esports Insider: The format for FIFA esports’ main competition has been changed for this coming season, with the introduction of the FIFA eWorld Cup. What was the thinking behind this?Todd Sitrin: We fostered incredible competition with the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series last year as millions competed in pursuit of the FIFA Interactive World Cup. It was a landmark achievement for a competitive gaming ecosystem in its first year.“Unifying all football competitions under one global series was key to our strategy”Entering year two, it is our top priority to exponentially expand the global competitive ecosystem to reach even more players. Unifying all football competitions under one global series was key to our strategy. Through our intrinsic partnership with FIFA the organization, the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series will enable millions to join The Road to the eWorld Cup. This global ecosystem is comparable in scale to the top MOBAs in esports and it is the logical next step for moving competitive FIFA into the mainstream. Considering this is a World Cup year, the time to rapidly accelerate is now. ESI: Can you reveal any more about the ‘league partner’ and qualifying competitions, and the licensed qualifying competitions, or when can we expect to learn more about these?Todd: One outcome of our last year’s competitive series is that we received a tremendous number of requests from football leagues and other 3rd parties to partner on FIFA 18 tournaments this year. Partners want to get in early on the fast-growing FIFA competitive gaming ecosystem and to be part of the world’s most popular sport. We will be announcing the official league partner competitions as well as 3rd party competitions that feed into the global EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series very soon.ESI: Away from FIFA, and over to Madden. With NBA 2K making a big splash with its inaugural league and reportedly lots of plans for brand activations, how will you be competing with the Madden 18 Championship Series?Todd: Firstly, we’re looking forward to seeing the NBA 2K eLeague. Success across the industry is beneficial for all players.“We received a tremendous number of requests from football leagues and other 3rd parties to partner on FIFA 18 tournaments this year”In August we announced the first-ever Madden NFL 18 Club Championship in close partnership with the NFL. This landmark competitive gaming event is underway now and involves the entire NFL – all 32 team – as millions compete to be the official representative of their favorite club.No traditional North American sports league has ever committed all franchises to competitive gaming in this capacity and if you’re a NFL fan, you now have a new way to root for, support and connect with your favorite team. The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship is poised to quickly grow the community by connecting NFL fans to Madden through this uniquely engaging experience. After months of competition to locate the official 32 representatives, the Madden NFL Club Championship will pit the players, one per team, against each other at the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando this January. From there, the final four will advance to compete at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis – there, one will lead their favorite NFL team to a championship through Madden NFL.ESI: With the Olympics being mentioned in connection with esports a lot lately, what are your thoughts here? After all sports simulation games are perhaps a more natural fit for the IOC…Todd: The mere fact that we are talking about the Olympics and competitive gaming is a great sign of how far the industry has come.“We’re watching closely and would love to see competitive gaming featured at the Olympics”We’re watching closely and would love to see competitive gaming featured at the Olympics. We are also heavily intrigued by the medal competitions at the 2022 Asian Games and believe global competitions on the world stage moves the industry forward.ESI: Have things changed much at EA Sports since Peter Moore’s departure? What are the objectives for the remainder of 2018?Todd: Our vision has remained since we founded the EA Competitive Gaming Division (CGD) in December 2015. That vision is to ‘Make Stars of All Our Players’ by creating a global ecosystem of competitive gaming accessible to as many players as possible.“For spectators, we are focused on building a more watchable broadcast that more deeply engages viewers. Our games should be as fun to watch as they are to play”In 2018 we accelerate our efforts to deliver on this vision. We want to further our engagement with both game players and spectators. This means turning more people into game players and having them play our games longer. For spectators, we are focused on building a more watchable broadcast that more deeply engages viewers. Our games should be as fun to watch as they are to play. And we want to get that broadcast in front of as many people as we can via both digital and linear TV distribution deals. 2018 will also be the year we introduce our Battlefield Competitive Gaming, our first non-sports competitive product.ESI: You’re on the board of advisors for the Esports BAR which is stepping it up a gear for its events in 2018. Can you tell us why you’re involved and what you’re looking forward to at the February Cannes edition?Todd: The esports industry is rapidly expanding with new entrants joining every few months.“The Esports BAR is a catalyst to creating these crucial partnerships”Esports will grow faster through partnerships. The Esports BAR is a catalyst to creating these crucial partnerships. I joined the board of advisors because I’m committed to helping the industry grow. In February, I’m most excited to meet new companies and explore ways in which we can partner to bring esports to a mass audience.Disclaimer: Esports Insider is a Key Content Partner of the Esports BAR Cannes
Last week it was revealed that 100 Thieves Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team was unable to compete at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston due to issues with visas. Instead of drafting in a team to compete, ELEAGUE has now decided that a ninth team will qualify for the newly named Legends Stage from the Challengers Stage. The 100 Thieves roster that did not make it to Boston is comprised, in the bulk, of the Immortals roster previously involved in controversy resulting in their departure from the organisation.Vito “kNg” Giuseppe, Henrique “HEN1” TEles, Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles were joined following their Immortals departure by Lincoln “fnx” Lau and Bruno “BIT” Fukuda in mid-December, and as a result maintained their major spot due to having the majority of a previous legend roster. We are disappointed to share that due to immigration issues, the 100 Thieves CS:GO team will not be attending the upcoming Boston major. It goes without saying that this is devastating for the players and for us. We are truly sorry for them and their fans.— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) January 13, 2018The organisation tweeted their apology to fans, and will be hoping that visa issues do not persist going into future tournaments. G2 and Cloud9 are the two organisations that have already cemented their place in the next stage of the major and will join the seven existing legends that remain. There’s still a whopping seven spots up for grabs so it’s all to play for in the coming days of qualification.FaZe, Natus Vincere, mousesports, Space Soldiers, Team Liquid and Vega Squadron are all just one win away from making the main event, whilst Quantum Bellator Fire, EnVyUs, Misfits, AVANGAR, Renegades and Sprout are all just one defeat away from complete elimination. Normally, teams that reach three wins will qualify for the next stage of the event but this time around one team that finishes 2-3 will qualify, too. The process for qualification is that the teams that finish 2-3 will be ranked further by looking at head-to-head results if possible, and ultimately a random draw.Esports Insider says: A random draw would draw some very interesting criticism from the community but given time constraints it could be all that’s available. Here’s hoping it doesn’t go down to the RNG of a coin flip, but you never know.
Source: Karela United FC Karela United FC has appointed Mr. Elloeny Amande as its new Chief Executive Officer ahead of the 2019/2020 season. Mr. Amande is a lawyer by profession as well as an astute broadcaster and marketer. He has worked with different media outfits including the Multimedia and Media General groups, as host of flagship sports programmes.Mr. Amande has broad experience in marketing, having worked in the last 10years in various marketing roles in Ghana and across the African continent. In his current role at BTL Africa [a pan African marketing organization], he oversees five countries.A passionate football fan, his stint in marketing took off 10years ago when he branched from broadcasting into a sports Sponsorship management role with the Black Stars, managing the Sponsorship relationship between Gold Fields Ghana limited as headline sponsors of the senior national team and the Ghana Football Association.Describing his expectations for the club, Mr Amande who hails from Krisan in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region said that;“As a son of the land, I am excited to be able to bring my expertise in marketing, media and law to help my home region club Karela FC fulfil the objectives that the founders set for the club.I am grateful to the board for this opportunity to serve and I am confident that we will be successful on and off the pitch”.The Chairman of the Board, Abena Brigidi stated that‘This club in its relatively young existence, has had success and we believe that this appointment will further the tradition of sound management and development of our home region’.The club has also appointed Nii Armah Ashong-Katai as its communications Manager.Nii Armah Ashong-Katai has had spells with both Radio and television productions as a sports presenter and analyst. Nii Armah Ashong-Katai, has also worked as the Media and PR Manager for EXP Ghana limited, FBN bank and as a Marketing Service Executive and currently the Media and PR Manager for Pleimeiker Sports limited.The club will announce appointment of other members of the management team in the coming days.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFor years U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow has been hearing complaints from providers, veterans and hospitals across the state about the serious problems in the Federal Veterans Choice Program. The program was designed to make sure veterans receive the services they need close to home and in a timely way, but it has failed. Across the state hospitals have not been getting paid, rural hospitals have pulled out and vets are not getting the health care they deserve Stabenows new bill called The Veterans Deserve Better Act has three parts to help vets get the care they deserve..AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious City Reminding Property Owners to Shovel Their SidewalksNext APS in the Works of Getting a New Phone System
Santos star Neymar has once more voiced his dismay with the way he was treated during Brazil’s 1-0 international friendly win over South Africa on Friday.The tricky attacker was booed by his own fans as the Selecao struggled to impress against the 2010 World Cup hosts, and Neymar feels that people are perhaps expecting too much of him.“I felt sick because of what happened against South Africa. I am not a machine,” he was quoted as saying by Globo Esporte.“I was exhausted after Friday’s match, both physically and mentally.“I just want to keep on playing and help Santos and the national team.”Brazil will be looking to improve on Friday’s performance in the upcoming friendly against China on September 11.
The Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) has confirmed the kick-off to the 2012-13 beach soccer league season.Twenty teams will be in action as West Africa’s only double tier beach soccer competitions get underway on Saturday 27th October 2012.According to the GBSA, the association needed ample time to finalize a sponsorship package for the Division 1 league which last season was sponsored by South African based company, Clementia Contacto.Following a successful maiden season, the GBSA and Cal Bank renewed their sponsorship deal for another season with an improved package from Ghana’s fastest growing bank. Voltic Mineral which is long term partner-sponsor of Beach Soccer, have also confirmed extension of sponsorship.The association will head to congress on Saturday the 13th of October, to elect new officers before a gala to select three new teams to join the Division 1 League.In a related development, the GBSA has opened registration of new beach soccer clubs to join the existing twenty teams. There are three available spots to be filled in the Division 1 League which would be decided in a knockout tournament at the La Beach Soccer Arena on Saturday 20th October.The defending Division 1 champions Teshie United will play against league winners Keta Sunset in the Championship following promotion last season.Other clubs expected to mount a serious title challenge are Ada Assurance, Havedzi Warriors from Keta and La-Yoca.The President of the GBSA Yaw Ampofo Ankrah has assured a professional, competitive and exciting league.He says the GBSA will soon announce a new marketing and sponsorship partner and then unveil the identity of a new sponsor in the coming days. As to the identity of the sponsors, the GBSA President declined to give the slightest hint.
Ghanaian athlete Raja Lagble placed second in the 5th edition of the Bank of Africa International Marathon in the Malian capital Bamako last Sunday.Participating countries for this year’s event included Mali, Kenya, Senegal, Madagascar, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Ivory Coast. The former student of Ho Poly made a time of 2hours 30mins to pick a cash prize of one thousand five hundred dollars.For the second time, Bank of Africa Group, Ghana sponsored two other Ghanaian athletes in addition to Raja. The other two athletes, Akakia Atempuri and William Akuka, placed 8th and 26th, respectively. Raja tells JOY Sports that with more competitions, long distance runners will excel in the country.“We the long distance runners in this country are talented and we need more competitions to put us on the World stage. Apart from the Milo marathon there is no standard race for us in this country which is killing us, but we thank Bank of Africa for this opportunity”, he told JOY Sports.The young runner has promised to win this year’s edition of the Milo marathon to prove his critics wrong.
Senator Abdallah Wali, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco has enjoined the Golden Eaglets to go all out and win the 10th Orange CAN Under-17 trophy as a special gift to President Goodluck Jonathan, even as he commended the team for their 6-1 win over Black Starlets of Ghana on Sunday.The Ambassador, who met the team at their Ryad Mogador Menara Hotel before the game, told the players to preserve the country’s rich pedigree at the Under-17 level and show the rest of the world that the Golden Eaglets is the team to beat.Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament’s history, with three titles and three runner ups at the global stage and Senator Wali has tasked the current boys to extend the record.“When any Nigerian national team is playing, we all pay attention but when it is the turn of the Golden Eaglets, we pay special attention,” a well-informed Senator Wali stated.“In 1985, Nigeria was the first to lift the U-16 World Cup and we have won it three times; a record better than any other country.“Now it is your turn to keep that tradition as you are now the torch bearers and we have no doubt that you are going to do the country proud following all the spectacular results you have recorded coming into this competition.” The Ambassador said he and his family would be with the team throughout the tournament in order to keep President Jonathan abreast of the situation within the camp: “I want to assure that President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians generally are following you and I’m going to be here with you throughout the tournament to support you.”He later commended the players for their victory over Ghana and asked them not to rest on their oars.
An investigation is under way after two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon left three people dead and more than 100 injured.The FBI has taken over co-ordination of what it described as a “potential terrorist inquiry”.Boston police say officers are working around the clock and all leave has been cancelled.At least 17 people are critically wounded, officials say, and the injuries include several amputations.In a televised address, President Barack Obama vowed to bring those behind the attack to justice.“We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this,” he said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”Although he did not use the word “terrorism”, a White House official later said: “Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror.”The first explosion came at about 14:50 local time (18:50 GMT) on the north side of Boylston Street, about two hours after the winners crossed the line.There was initial confusion and panic. Some runners fell to the floor while police and bystanders ran to help those caught in the blast.Then seconds later, a second explosion ripped into the crowd further away from the finishing line. TV footage showed bloodied runners and spectators being treated at the scene and the road strewn with debris. Rescuers tore down temporary fencing to reach the casualties.At an initial news conference, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said authorities had received “no specific intelligence that anything was going to happen”.He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.At a second conference he said the death toll now stood at three. He said that no suspects were in custody.A local TV station reported that a search related to the inquiry was under way at a flat in a Boston suburb. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, speaking at the same news conference, confirmed reports that more than 100 people had been injured, some gravely.He said Boston would be “open” on Tuesday but that there would be “a heightened law enforcement presence”.“There will be random checks of backpacks and other parcels. We are also asking that everyone be on a state of heightened vigilance,” he said.FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers also appeared, saying that the inquiry involved city, state and federal officials, but refusing to give any details of the investigation.Details of the victims have also not been revealed, however the Associated Press news agency reported that an eight-year-old boy was among the dead. Quoting a family friend, the report said the boy’s mother and sister were also injured as they waited for his father to finish the race. Officers have already begun poring over video and photographs from the marathon.State police officer Roupen Bastajian had just finished the race when he heard the blasts.“I started running toward the blast and there were people all over the floor,” he said.“We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital said “several amputations” had been performed there. As a massive security operation swung into operation, the Federal Aviation Administration barred low-flying aircraft from within 3.5 miles (5.6km) of the site.Key sites in Washington DC and New York have also seen security tightened.Officials in Washington said no group or individual had so far said they carried out the attack.Shortly after the blasts, a fire broke out at Boston’s John F Kennedy Library a few miles away from the explosions.Police said the blaze might have been caused by an incendiary device but it is unclear whether it is related to the explosions. The annual Boston Marathon this year had a field of about 23,000 runners and was watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators.It is held on Patriots Day, a Massachusetts state holiday which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution in 1775.British police are reviewing security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon, the next major international marathon, following events in Boston.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will come up against Real Madrid just two month after leaving the Spanish club as the two sides clash in the final of the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.The Portuguese tactician departed the Bernabeu in June to take up the manager’s position at Stamford Bridge for a second time, and will now confront his former employers in a highly anticipated pre-season friendly in the United States.Much of the pre-match hype has revolved around the recent comments made by Mourinho regarding compatriot and Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, where the boss claimed ‘there is only one Ronaldo,’ referring to the former Brazil international striker who Mourinho coached as an assistant during the pair’s time at Barcelona.That jibe now appears to have upped the stakes of what is scheduled as a friendly, leaving pride on the line in what promises to be a thrilling affair.New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will himself be looking to pull one over his old club, having worked at the Blues between 2009 and 2011, while he will also be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in pre-season ahead of his debut campaign with the Galacticos.
FIFA has released the draw procedure for Monday’s African Zone play-offs involving ten teams.Ten teams from the continent who topped their second round groups will be entered into a draw to be held by the Confederation of African Football – CAF in Egypt.Ghana and nine other group winners – Ivory Coast, Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal and Cameroon – will be drawn for the two-leg ties, with the winners going to the finals in Brazil.African Zone Playoff Draw ProceduresPlayoff Format:– Draw on 16 September 2013 to match playoff opponents– 5 home-and-away playoff series– Playoff dates:– 11-15 October 2013: 1st leg– 15- 19 November 2013: 2nd leg– 5 playoff series winners qualify for 2014 FIFA World Cup Ranking and Seeding:According to Article 18.1 of Regulations for 2014 FIFA World Cup, groups seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (12th September 2013):– the 5 highest-ranking group winners will comprise Pot 1– the 5 lowest-ranking group winners will comprise Pot 2Pot 1 – Seeded teamsCôte d’IvoireGhanaAlgeriaNigeriaTunisia Pot 2 – non seeded teamsEgyptBurkina FasoCameroonSenegalEthiopiaDraw Procedures:1.One ball from Pot 1 and one ball from Pot 2 will be drawn and placed into a central pot2.The two draw balls will be stirred, then drawn one by one3.The first ball drawn from the central pot will be the home team for the first leg; the second ball drawn from the central pot will be the home team for the second leg4.Steps 1-3 will be repeated for the remaining four balls in each potTie-Breaking procedures, Article 18, paragraph 9 of the Regulations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: – If teams are tied after two-match series (on basis of Results, Goals Scored, Away Goals), then Cup System will take effectKnockout format:– After conclusion of second match (i.e. 90 minutes of regulatory time), 30 minutes of overtime will be played (2 x 15 minutes)– Goals scored during overtime period will be decisive•a) Team scoring greater number of goals advances•b) If both teams score same number of goals, then team with more away goals advances– If no goals are scored in the extra-time, then penalty kick procedures will apply, as described in the Laws of the Game
After his 9.98 100m performance in Warsaw on Saturday night, Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100m in the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich this coming Thursday, organisers for the Swiss meeting announced on Sunday (24).Usain Bolt’s background training this year was disrupted by injury and while his coach Glen Mills is satisfied with his performances in the three competitions he took part in, he feels it is now time to bring an end to the season while the sprinter is healthy and injury free, with a view to his preparations for the 2015 season.Bolt will now take a period of rest, do some sponsor activities, and then resume training in October.Patrick Magyar, Meeting Director of Weltklasse Zurich, regrets but understands Bolt and his coach’s decision: “Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years but it is a body and not a machine.If an athlete of that level and his coach feel more rest is needed, we are certainly not going to question this and fully support this decision.”
Manchester United have announced the signing of Angel Di Maria on a five-year deal.United announced they had broken the British transfer record by signing the winger for £59.7m from Real Madrid.Posting the news on Twitter, the club revealed: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Angel Di Maria has completed his transfer for a British record fee of £59.7million. Angel joins on a five-year contract.”The fee surpasses the previous record of £50m, which Chelsea set when they bought Fernando Torres from Liverpool in January 2011.Di Maria become United’s fourth signing on the summer, following Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo in putting pen to paper at Old Trafford.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome believes he will never be able to completely silence the questions over whether he is drugs-free.The 30-year-old Briton’s impressive climb to victory on stage 10 of this year’s race has been described as “abnormal” by a French physiologist.Team Sky released data on Tuesday to prove his innocence.”I’d imagine it’s going to be never-ending,” said Froome after keeping hold of the yellow jersey on stage 18.Tuesday’s rest day was dominated by conjecture about Froome’s performances, after physiologist Pierre Sallet produced his own data on television channel France 2, who displayed pictures of shamed drugs cheat Lance Armstrong alongside Froome’s climb at La Pierre-Saint-Martin.Sallet has insisted the data he has on Froome is accurate, despite Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford saying it was “wildly wrong” and Sky’s head of performance Tim Kerrison presenting a set of numbers that he says prove the claims are incorrect. “I was quite sure when we released the file yesterday it wouldn’t be enough. The data will never be enough,” Froome said.”There are a lot of people out there who have already made up their minds and no matter what information we release or make public that’s not going to change their opinions.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
A board member of Hearts of Oak Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has stated that new coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi will be required to win next season’s Ghana Premier League.The Phobians have been mocked by football fans following their decision to appoint the hugely unknown the Japanese-American trainer.Hearts settled on the 46-year-old after failing to reach an agreement with Medeama SC coach Tom Strand.The former African champions struggled in the 2014/15 top flight as they finished 13th with 40 points. They were saved from the drop by a good head-to-head with Hearts of Lions, who were relegated.Dr. Tamakloe has been defending the appointment of Yatsuhashi but notes that new man’s main target is to win next season’s league for the Phobians.“Our aim is to win the league this coming season and that is what he will be told in a very clear language. Anything short of that then he will have problems with management and the board,” he told Joy Sports. On why the Phobians did not go for an established name: “I have handled Hearts [before], years back. And, [at the time] we had from the onset had some experiences with so-called highly respected coaches and they all let us down.“I went in for coach Kobina who was a police officer and he was the man who really put the team on the map internationally so I don’t believe in this certificate thing.”The last time Hearts of Oak won the Ghana Premier League was in 2009.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.
Eight-times Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt ran under 10 seconds for the first time this year as he narrowly won the 100 metres at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.The Jamaican was slow out of the blocks, just as he was in his last race in Ostrava last month, and never managed to put a big gap between him and the field.He won in 9.95 seconds, three hundredths of a second ahead of American Isiah Young. South Africa’s Akani Simbine was third in 10.02.Before the meeting, Bolt went to Germany to have treatment on back issues that have troubled him for years. It was his last outing before next month’s world championships in London where he will race in the 100 metres and 4x100m relay.Olympic and world champion Wayde Van Niekerk won a titanic battle against Botwana’s Isaac Makwala to take the 400 metres.The South African, also the world record holder in the event, made a lightning start, then Makwala recovered to lead coming off the final bend before Van Niekerk powered down the final straight to win in 43.73 seconds. Makwala’s time of 43.84 was a personal best. Van Niekerk’s fellow South African, Caster Semenya, won a dramatic women’s 800 metres in a season’s best and meeting record time of 1:55.27.The Olympic champion snatched the win in the last few metres ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson, who both set national records. The trio had been neck and neck down the final straight.Wilson’s 1:55.61 shattered the previous U.S. record of 1:56.40 set by Jearl Miles-Clark in 1999.Elijah Manangoi upstaged a strong field to win the men’s 1500 metres in a year’s best time of 3:28.80. He sped past compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot on the final straight after the two broke clear of the field while Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz was well beaten in ninth.Manangoi’s fellow Kenyan, Emmanuel Korir, also ran the fastest time of the year as he won the men’s 800 metres in 1:43.10.
With round one matches ending this weekend at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Stadium, a special media challenge tournament for sports journalists covering the league would be staged alongside the main league.A cracker between second placed Immigration, and third placed SmartLine@Emefs would climax the first round. The two glamourous teams battling for the second position have 40 points each and are therefore bent on dethroning leaders, Tesano Spinners, from the top spot.Nigeria trio of Ajulo Gbenga, Favour Ayobame and Ayodele Sunday who have propelled SmartLine@Emefs to the third spot would be expected to turn the heat on the defending champions to sustain the competitive spirit of the league.Incidentally, the champions who have three national best top seed Derek Abrefa, second seed Felix Lartey and Emmnanuel Commey, will not be push overs and are likely to prove their worth as the players to watch.The last time the two met Immigration edged SmartLine@Emefs 3-2 in the first leg, so SmartLine@Emefs are bent to revenge this time.The last time the two met Immigration edged SmartLine@Emefs 3-2 in the first leg, so SmartLine@Emefs are bent to revenge this time.In other first round matches, Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA) will play Police, Western Table Tennis Club will engage Synergy, Kings Royal Academy(KRA) will meet Ashaiman Club and Fire encounters Team Coach Addo. The other matches will see Navy against leaders Spinners, Loopers engage Madina Stars, Ashanti Otumfuo Stars play Team Baboo while Army gets a bye.In round two matches, Immigration meet Police, SmartLine@Emefs play Synergy, GRA face Ashaiman Club, Western encounter Coach Addo and KRA play Tesano Spinners.The rest of the runs as follows; Fire against Madina Stars, Navy against Army, Loopers versus Team Baboo and Otumfuo Stars gets a bye.
Ghana has a rich history of sporting scandals that have brought disgrace to the nation at international level.We’ve profiled some of the most notorious of them (click here to read), but what all of them have had in common is how successive governments have failed to punish culprits for political expediency.Politics pervades every aspect of Ghanaian society, and to think a sector as politically lucrative as sports will be spared represents the height of naiveté.Sports is an instrument of political influence which is used in diverse ways to further the cause of political entities. The phenomenon is hardly limited to Ghana or Africa. The difference, however, is the level of abuse which ultimately result in disgrace and shame for the country.A lot of decisions in Ghana sports are tainted with political considerations to the detriment of the sector. The shame at Brazil 2014, when Ghana airlifted more than $3 million for Black Stars players and officials, and indeed the other tournaments could have been avoided had laid down structures been allowed to work.Now that the nation is reeling from yet another one in the shape of the Australia visa scandal, where investigations have started into how dozens of Ghanaians tried to illegally exploit the just-ended Commonwealth Games for their own ends, can we trust the President to finish what he’s started? How we dealt with Brazil – a reminderThe outrage after the Brazil 2014 airlifting fiasco was palpable for two reasons: the GFA/Black Stars players seeming lack of patriotism and the political dealings which contributed to a botched football campaign. The Justice Dzamefe Presidential commission of Inquiry was instituted by a Constitutional Instrument (CI 82) to, among other things, look into the preparation of the Black Stars and the lapses that culminated in Ghana’s early exit from the tournament.For four months the commission sat. It interviewed 87 witnesses, and presented a report to the President, a further two months later. Then President, John Mahama, promised to work on the recommendations, but that promise was received with skepticism. Failure to sack Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the man under whose watch the entire World Cup saga unfolded did the government of the day and the country a huge disservice.Long story short, the John Mahama administration issued a White Paper on the Dzamefe Commission report, locked and forgot about it. By December 2016 when his government were voted out, the report was but a memory. Can Akufo-Addo be trusted to crack the whip?The ruling administration has pontificated protection of the public purse by rooting out corruption, with the newly appointed Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu as its poster boy. Nana Akufo-Addo is a man who has long had a reputation for being intolerant towards corruption.It was no surprise that his first response to the latest shame at the Commonwealth Games in Australia was to suspend the Deputy Sports Minister Pius Hadzide.President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah; the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, and the Chef-de-Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Sahnoon were recalled from the Games to assist the Criminal Investigation Department in a probe.Ordinarily the President’s response should inspire confidence of an end to this canker, and although some have lauded the move, many more still are skeptical. I’m one of those who is not overly excited by the suspension of Hadzide, at least until the Police CID conclude their investigations and the real culprits, which include people from the sports ministry and the NSA, have been made to face the full rigours of the law. We’ve been here beforeThe Kufuor administration prosecuted and jailed Mallam Issah, then sports minister, in 2001.The conspiracy theories vary depending on who’s speaking. What is clear was that Mallam Issah was not ‘one of their own’. He was a member of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and was co-opted into the NPP administration under the President’s all-inclusive government policy, which also saw the CPP’s Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom made Energy and Public Sector Reform Minister.Issah has always maintained his innocence and insists he was framed by elements within the Kufuor administration with the connivance of the then President.The John Mahama administration moved Elvis Afriyie Ankrah from the sports ministry to the presidency when Ankrah was implicated by the Dzamefe Commission, a move which afforded him a safe haven. It shielded him from being dealt with by the law. Worlanyo Agra, implicated in a probe into stinking money guzzling in 2011, continues to walk a free man despite been culpable for several breaches of the country’s procurement laws.The President’s current response is consistent with what we’ve seen in recent years. The various political regimes tend to shield ‘their own’ in matters like these.If there’s a reason Ghana continues to be the subject of ridicule and shame on the global stage it is because successive governments have failed to crack the whip when situations have called for it.A missed opportunity The President will look back at an utterance he made in January and admit it was a grave error.At the Presidential Encounter, Asempa FM’s Patrick Osei-Agyeman (aka Countryman Songo) asked the head of state what he planned to do about the World Cup’s Commission of Inquiry report.“I have forgotten about the 2014 paper…it has not been very much on my radar,” the president confessed. With the current nonsense from Australia threatening to mar his zero tolerance of corruption quest, Nana Addo will be the first to admit that, perhaps, implementing the recommendations of the Dzamefe Commission would have forestalled this visa scandal.Implementation of the recommendations made by the Dzamefe Commission, one of many from the several scandals the country has been engulfed in, would have inspired confidence in the actions by his excellency today, in response to Ghana’s latest shame. At the moment it looks like business as usual…until those found culpable stand in the witness box of a law court to prove their innocence. If it’s some of ‘their own’, that would be massive political points for the regime.But they never touch their own, do they?—
Scioscia insisted Saturday that he’s not more concerned about overtaxing his bullpen than in the past. The Angels’ new six-man starting rotation this season also is not a reason for keeping a closer watch on their relievers than usual, according to Scioscia.The Angels have seven relievers to go with a six-man rotation used to accommodate Shohei Ohtani, a rookie from Japan who is pitching and serving as a designated hitter this season. Even if the Angels had eight relievers, Scioscia said he would keep a close watch on his bullpen.The starters simply haven’t chewed up the needed innings to give the bullpen a break, he said.“You always pay a lot of attention to your bullpen,” Scioscia said. “But when you’re in the situation that we’ve been in for the first quarter of the season, you certainly have to pay more attention to it. We’ve been fortunate to have mostly an eight-man bullpen, which helps for the first 40 games.”Seven relievers should be plenty, as far as Scioscia is concerned. ANAHEIM — No question, the Angels’ bullpen was overworked to start the 2018 season. Their relief corps needed to be monitored and protected as much as possible as the days and weeks passed and their starters failed to pitch deep enough in games.Matters seemed to be changing for the better, with Angels starters posting a 2.14 ERA in May, the fourth-best mark in the majors. Handoffs from their starters to their relievers continue to be problematic, however, with Friday’s bullpen collapse the latest case in point.Manager Mike Scioscia tried to avoid using Jose Alvarez, Kenyan Middleton and Jim Johnson on Friday, giving them a rest after they pitched Thursday. Instead, Scioscia stayed with Justin Anderson, who gave up three runs in 1-1/3 innings in the Angels’ 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.Middleton is the only Angels reliever to have pitched three consecutive days, and he ended up on the disabled list because of a right elbow inflammation after throwing April 21-22-23. Three consecutive days of throwing now seems to be the no-go zone.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Our issue has been for a lot of the first quarter of the season is we were averaging 14 outs from a lot of the rotation,” he said. “That’s a lot for you bullpen to pick up every night. We’re protective of every pitcher in our bullpen. They need a day (off), they get a day.”OHTANI WORKLOAD UPDATEThe Angels hope Ohtani will shift from pitching every seven days to every six days, which was their game plan going into the season. When it happens is anyone’s guess, although the Angels finally have six healthy starters with the return of Nick Tropeano from the disabled list Saturday.“Hopefully, Shohei will be able to come back on a six-day rest instead of a seven-day,” Scioscia said. “As he gets comfortable and starts to get innings under his belt, hopefully, he’ll be able to recover and be able to do that at some point. It will help us a lot.“(But) we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”COVERING THE BASESThe Angels sent reliever Akeel Morris to Triple-A Salt Lake in order to make room for Tropeano on the roster. Tropeano, who started Saturday against the Twins, had been on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation since May 2.Reliever Blake Wood is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday, Scioscia said. Wood, a right-hander, has been on the DL since April 23 because of an impingement in his right shoulder. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the Silver Slugger for the seventh time in his eight full major league seasons on Thursday, extending his franchise record. The previous record-holder was Vladimir Guerrero, with four.The award goes to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as voted by managers and coaches. Trout, 28, beat out the other center fielders in the American League by hitting .291 with 45 homers and a 1.083 OPS.Only two outfielders have won more Silver Sluggers. Barry Bonds won 12 and Manny Ramírez won eight. Trout is tied with Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn and Guerrero, who won three with the Montreal Expos before joining the Angels.Next Thursday, Trout will find out if he won the American League MVP for the third time. He finished in the top three – along with Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Here is a complete list of this year’s winners:OUTFIELD Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros AL winners: Mike Trout, Angels; George Springer, Astros; Mookie Betts, Red SoxNL winners: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers; Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves, Christian Yelich, BrewersFIRST BASEAL winner: Carlos Santana, IndiansNL winner: Freddie Freeman, BravesSECOND BASENL winner: Ozzie Albies, BravesAL winner: DJ LeMahieu, YankeesSHORTSTOPAL winner: Xander Bogaerts, Red SoxNL winner: Trevor Story, RockiesTHIRD BASENL winner: Anthony Rendon, NationalsAL winner: Alex Bregman, AstrosCATCHERAL winner: Mitch Garver, TwinsNL winner: J.T. Realmuto, PhilliesPITCHERWinner: Zack Greinke, DiamondbacksDESIGNATED HITTERWinner: Nelson Cruz, TwinsRelated Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
McCollum, in just his third season, played only 24 minutes in the playoffs in 2013-14. Lillard is in his fourth season and has 16 playoff games under his belt.Paul and Redick have 65 and 75, respectively.“To think that J.J. Redick and Chris Paul can’t figure out ways to manipulate those guys over the course of this series while they play with that chip on the shoulder, I just think that could be the difference,” said Barry, who played his first 2 1/2 seasons for the Clippers.That chip Barry speaks of comes from the Clippers never having advanced past the second round of the playoffs.Austin Rivers on LillardBackup Clippers guard Austin Rivers intimated his team knows what it is up against with Lillard.“They can score the ball,” he said of the Trail Blazers. “They’ve got one of the best players in the game — Damian Lillard. We’re going to have our hands full with him and they have a really good cast around him, so we’ve really got to try to slow him down and make them defend us.”Lillard is averaging 25.1 points — sixth in the league — 6.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds. McCollum is averaging 20.7 points.Paul and Redick average 19.5 and 16.3 points, respectively. Paul averages 10.0 assists, fourth in the league. Redick shot 47.5 percent (200 of 421) from 3-point range.The Clippers went 3-1 against Portland during the regular season. Lillard averaged 18 points, but he scored just seven in one loss after playing only 17 minutes because of a stomach issue. He shot just 32.4 percent (24 of 74) over the four games.SCHEDULE(All times local)Sun, April 17: Portland at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., TNTWed, April 20: Portland at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., TNTSat, April 23: Clippers at Portland, 7:30 p.m., ESPNMon, April 25: Clippers at Portland, 7:30 p.m., TNT*Wed, April 27: Portland at Clippers, TBD*Fri, April 29: Clippers at Portland, TBD*Sun, May 1: Portland at Clippers, TBD*If necessary Reggie Miller believes Clippers point guard Chris Paul is “the best floor general” in the NBA.But if the Hall of Fame guard and current TNT analyst were a Clippers fan, he’d be worried about Portland point guard Damian Lillard.“There was a stretch run that Damian Lillard had post All-Star break when he was he was slighted — when he definitely should have been an All-Star — when you were mentioning him in the same breath as Steph Curry. He had that type of run,” Miller said Thursday morning when discussing the first-round Western Conference playoff matchup between the fourth-seeded Clippers (53-29) and fifth-seeded Trail Blazers (44-38).The teams begin their best-of-seven series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Staples Center (on TNT). After not being selected to the All-Star team, Lillard averaged 33.5 points over the first 11 games following the break. He scored at least 50 points twice and also had a 41-point game that included 11 assists. He scored 51 during a 137-105 drubbing of Golden State on Feb. 19, the first game out of the break. He had six steals and seven assists, as well.Not only is the Paul-Lillard matchup intriguing, throw in the Clippers’ J.J. Redick and Portland’s C.J. McCollum, and the backcourt battle figures to play a large role in this series.Analyst Brent Barry, who played 14 seasons in the NBA, is impressed with Portland’s guard tandem. He said McCollum was “awesome” in the Trail Blazers’ first-round playoff series loss to Memphis a year ago. The Grizzlies won in five games, but McCollum averaged 17 points.Still, Barry believes the postseason experience factor will work in the Clippers’ favor. “I know come playoff time, guys like Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, who have been there before, they know all the tricks,” Barry said. “There is not a thing they haven’t seen yet in their playoff careers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“It means everything to us to finally have everybody out here you know be at full strength,” he said. “We can figure out what exactly we’ll be moving forward.”The new-look, full-squad Clippers era began Wednesday with a lineup that was their 14th starting combination this season, though this one was similar to the one they used on opening night – with the exception of six-time All-Star Paul George, who replaced second-year guard Landry Shamet. Like in Game 1, veteran forward Patrick Patterson again got a surprise start, just his 14th this season and third since George returned from rehabbing his shoulders.“We’re still trying to get the hang of each other,” Leonard said. “We’re still in a good position like I said, we still got a lot of growth, and I think everybody knows that. (We’re) not complacent and that’s what’s gonna make us a better team.”CHRISTMAS INSIGHTRivers joked that the Christmas as his home involved at lot of giving but little receiving on his part – although he did get himself something, he said.“I bought myself terrific presents,” the Clippers coach said, pausing a beat before adding, “I drank it all.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Harkless said Tuesday he’d be low-key for the holiday: “Dinner with some friends and family, you know just sitting around, maybe watch a movie, play some cards (likely spades), just real chill. Nothing crazy.”And what about the Clippers new homegrown superstar Kawhi Leonard, what was Christmas like in his household?“Private,” he said. “I don’t discuss that with you guys.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Due to an assortment of ailments, including Leonard’s doctor-prescribed load/injury management on half of back-to-backs, the Clippers have had players miss a combined 68 games through 32 games so far.Having everyone available would taking some getting used to, Rivers acknowledged.“Preparation doesn’t change, except for you put a different name in,” he said. “Then you’ll see some guys aren’t gonna play at all, some guys will play less who’ve been playing, and so now you have a chance for your chemistry to really start building and guys will understand their roles a little bit better.“I think that’ll help in the long run, it’s just going to take a minute.”Forward Moe Harkless was ready to get to it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — It was something of a Christmas miracle, or maybe like opening night all over again?For the first time all season, every member of the Clippers had his sneakers laced up and was available to run them out onto the court.“I think we are gonna be way better as this year goes on, I just do, we haven’t been together long – [Tuesday] was the official first day that every single player on our team practiced,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday’s game. “So we have a lot of building to do, but we want to win while were doing it.”A Christmas Day showdown against an in-arena rival was as good a time as any to get totally right, right? Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum
The first time Greinke faced Cardinals No. 2 hitter Carlos Beltran, for example, was a three-pitch at-bat. All of the pitches were called strikes.The first two pitches nicked the outer edge of the strike zone box. The third, a back-door slider, was a hair outside, but umpire Gerry Davis called Beltran out.Beltran stood at the plate a bit baffled but walked away.In the third inning, after Greinke set down eight in a row, he gave up a single to pitcher Joe Kelly. Then came a walk to Matt Carpenter.Beltran came up again with Greinke suddenly on the ropes.First pitch: Taken low, ball one.Second pitch: Shows it hits the bottom left of the batter’s box. Beltran takes it. Davis calls ball two.Third pitch: Low and just outside the box. Beltran swings and misses. Strike one.Fourth pitch: Way outside. Ball three.Fifth pitch: Bottom right of the strike zone. Beltran swings and doubles off the wall in center field to tie the game 2-2.What did we learn from that exchange? Not quite sure. But maybe the fact Greinke got the borderline strike call the first time, but not the second time, was either just how the graphic was calibrated or Davis was adjusting his calls to how Greinke performed at the moment.It’s left to our own confusing interpretation, really.When the Dodgers start up their own network next season, will they resort to employing it based on a producer’s philosophy on how to do a game that’s supposed to be more in tune with how younger viewers are used to watching? Or is there already enough clutter on a TV screen, having more real estate to cover because of today’s wide-screen technology?It may be that we’ve finally been able to finally decipher that score/ball/strike/out/baserunner dot-pattern on the top left corner as a baseball instrument rather than a bowling alley scratch pad.Would a Dodger PitchTrax cause Vin Scully to adjust the way he describes a game on TV? It could. And if it did, would we all be better for it?Keep watching, and see how it starts to skew your judgment, right or wrong. Then decide if it’s something you want in your wheelhouse.• If you’re apt to believe the Vegas wise guys have it figured out, the Dodgers will knock the Cardinals out in seven games, according to Bovada, which has set the odds of that prediction at the lowest, 7/2. A Dodgers win in six is next at 4/1.A Cardinals win in six or seven is next at 5/1.But then again, why even bother with that? The Dodgers already are dead even with Boston to win the World Series at 12/5, according to them as well. St. Louis is only a 3/1 choice.A Dodgers-Red Sox match-up, if you wanted to pick a match-up, is at 2/1, with Dodgers-Tigers at 5/2. Read between the lines: they’re saying the Dodgers’’chances are better than advancing than the Cardinals, since a pairing of the Cardinals/Red Sox (11/4) or Cardinals/Tigers (7/2) are higher odds.• TBS reported viewership has been up six percent compared to last year for viewership of the division series games, even with two fewer Game 5’s.The five most-watched games, however, don’t involve the Dodgers, who exist in the country’s No. 2 TV market.Those would be:1.Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis, NLDS Game 5: 6.1 million total viewers2.Detroit vs. Oakland, ALDS Game 5: 5.5 million3.Boston vs. Tampa Bay, ALDS Game 4: 5.2 million4.Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland, A.L. Wild Card Game: 4.7 million5.Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, N.L. Wild Card Game: 4.6 millionFact is, none of the Dodgers-Braves games cracked the TBS Top 10 most-watched contests of the 18 previous live postseason games through the division series.In L.A., the four game NLDS had ratings of 8.4, 6.9, 9.6 and 12.0.• Lauren Miller of Washington D.C. seems to be the latest one willing to try to post a petition on Change.org in order to let those at Fox and TBS know some prefer to hear Vin Scully call the games instead of the hired network crews.Since it was posted Oct. 7, however, only 25 have signed up. She’s seeking 100 responses.Then what?Not much, really. They’ve been attempted in past years, and none of the networks have been tempted to bite.Representatives at TBS already have admitted getting Scully to be part of its NLCS coverage has been discussed but is not likely. Fox has the World Series starting Oct. 23 and likely would consider having Scully as a guest broadcaster only in middle innings. TBS has used it for years now, refining it on its regular-season Sunday package of games that you’ve most likely checked out infrequently.The pros: If accurate, it’s another decent tool to demonstrate things such as how a) Yasiel Puig really does swing at a lot of balls or b) an ump can change the zone to his liking no matter what the computer says, and the players seem to live with it as long as he’s consistent.The cons: If you start relying on it as an exact science, you miss the point.It’s daunting enough to try to figure out just what the rectangle box with red and green circled numbers means after a while. During some extended at-bats, it looks like an overhead shot of a billiards table.Where we found it somewhat compelling was how it showed the way Dodgers starter Zach Greinke worked the zone during his outing in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sidetracked enough yet by gazing at TBS’PitchTrax during the Dodgers’ playoff coverage?Not that it’s a complete dis-Trax-ion.You’d think most of us would be used to it by now. But the more we see it, the more we tend to focus too much on it. Not in a good way.Years of Dodgers and Angels coverage on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket have avoided such a video-game type graphic, and we’re thankful. But other Fox regional networks use it on their local coverage.
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Kiké Hernandez has spent his first five years in the big leagues trying to shed one label for another – every-day player.For the first time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, he can see that happening.“Yeah,” Roberts said before Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. “Does that mean he’s going to start every game this series? Maybe, maybe not. But this is the first time I see that he has a legitimate case to be an every-day player, yeah.”Hernandez has always had value as a role player. He plays seven positions and might be the best defender on the Dodgers’ roster at a few of them. But he has always been limited to playing against left-handed pitching because of severe splits – a .221 career average and .665 OPS against righties, .266 and .847 against lefties. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I’ll never be done saying thank you to Chase Utley.”Roberts sees the growth in Hernandez but he also sees refinement in his approach and swing as being instrumental in smoothing out the inconsistencies in Hernandez’s game.“There has been a mechanical component to it with him, kind of getting on plane sooner with his swing,” Roberts said. “That’s kind of the mechanical part of it. I think more important there’s a commitment to using the big part of the field and also just really appreciating the value of staying in the strike zone and not always trying to slug.“So there’s the mechanical piece to be able to stay on the baseball when the ball is going away from you, with the secondaries (breaking pitches) typically, and to not always try to slug allows you to see the ball a tick longer. I think those three things have allowed him to be the player he is.”PITCHING PLANSBraves manager Brian Snitker said before Game 2 that “we’re going to lean toward (Kevin) Gausman” to start Game 3 in Atlanta on Sunday.“That being said, I was going to send him back (to Atlanta) today but we’re not,” Snitker said.Instead, Gausman was available to pitch in relief Friday “just in case something happens tonight.” Snitker already used one starter (left-hander Sean Newcomb) in relief in Game 1 after starter Mike Foltynewicz lasted just two innings.Gausman was obtained from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline and went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 10 starts with the Braves.LEFT OUTAfter platooning aggressively in September, Roberts used the same eight position players in Games 1 and 2. That could continue with the Dodgers likely to see only right-handed starters from the Braves.So Roberts said the Dodgers will have a simulated game Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park so that players like Matt Kemp, Brian Dozier and David Freese can get at-bats in a live setting and stay “current.”Related Articles That imbalance has leveled off this season. Hernandez hit .252 against righties, .260 against lefties, with a higher OPS (.833 to .780) and more home runs off righties (12) than lefties (nine). Combine that with Brian Dozier’s deep slump since arriving from the Minnesota Twins at the end of July and a window of opportunity opened for Hernandez, who made 39 starts against right-handed pitchers during the regular season and the first two games of the postseason.Hernandez took advantage by hitting .349 with a .976 OPS over the final two months of the season. He hit one of the Dodgers’ three home runs in their Game 1 win.“I think for like three years now everybody knows what I can do with my glove and my arm or whatever, but it was about putting it together at the plate,” Hernandez said. “The last two or three years I’ve been fighting myself, fighting my brain … wanting to play every day really bad and not really focusing on the big picture and taking it one day at a time.”The 27-year-old Hernandez has always had a Gold Glove-level ability to find his way in front of a camera. But this year he has gone from wearing a banana suit to T-shirts celebrating his adopted ‘dad,’ veteran Chase Utley. The relationship with Utley has helped him mature and understand what a work ethic really looks like, Hernandez said.“I had probably the best season of my career so far,” Hernandez said. “Obviously I’m not going to say that my talent, my ability didn’t have anything to do with it. But I give most of the credit to Chase, because the work ethic that I created by being around him was what allowed me to have a pretty solid season and contribute a lot to the team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A pair of organizations that provide meals to those in need will receive a total of around $85,000 as the beneficiaries of a two-week fundraising campaign from Clayton Kershaw’s foundation, the organization announced on Wednesday.Kershaw’s Challenge, which is led by Kershaw and his wife Ellen, raised money and personally matched the donations to contribute to the Dream Center in Los Angeles and Behind Every Door in Dallas.The Dream Center is serving 13,000 meals a day to those in need during the coronavirus crisis. Behind Every Door is distributing boxes containing basic food essentials to families in need.“This campaign has been such an awesome surprise,” Kershaw said in a statement. “We really wanted to figure out a way to address the immediate needs of a couple of our beneficiaries who are serving families due to COVID-19. It has been incredible to see the swell of support from so many people. Our season—baseball and Kershaw’s Challenge—has been far from ordinary. We are just grateful for a tangible way to continue our mission of making life better for kids—especially in the middle of such an extraordinary time.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Kershaws were set to make Zoom calls to five winners selected among the donors, as well as any individuals who donated at least $5,000.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire
Meanwhile, the Lakers have a promising young roster headlined by D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Yet, skepticism remains on how quickly the Lakers can rebuild considering both the team’s youth and finishing the last two seasons with its worst records in franchise history. Nonetheless, Durant’s apathy toward the Lakers arguably validates his contention that Kobe Bryant received unfair criticism about his presence deterring free agents. Concerns arose about the size of Bryant’s contract (two years, $48 million), his durability (three season-ending injuries in recent years) and personality. Yet, Bryant played a factor in the Lakers landing a meeting with Carmelo Anthony and nearly convincing Pau Gasol to stay. LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly found Bryant’s talk one of the few positives out of a meeting he believed centered too much on business opportunities instead of basketball. Although Dwight Howard clashed with Bryant during their lone season together in 2012-13, Howard also left because of the team’s rebuilding direction and philosophical differences with former coach Mike D’Antoni.“I just like having the back of our players in this league,” Durant said, referring toward defending Bryant. “It’s a brotherhood and I respect every guy in this league. So you can’t get me to talk to you about anybody else in a negative manner.” Plenty have talked about Durant in a negative manner ever since leaving the Thunder for the Warriors. LAS VEGAS >> The Lakers chased another star. Once again, that star ran away. This time, the reasons had nothing to do with personality conflicts with teammates, salary or a poor sales pitch in its meeting. Kevin Durant did not grant the Lakers a meeting at all namely because he figured it would be a waste of time. “Nothing against the Lakers, but I already had my mind set on who I wanted to talk to,” Durant said following practice with the U.S. Olympic team on Monday at UNLV. “I really respect their team. I just thought they were a couple years away from where I wanted to be.”Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State, a move that on paper could make the Warriors seemingly unstoppable. They have two sharp shooters (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson), versatile forwards (Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala) and an innovative coach (Steve Kerr). TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller became the most vocal, arguing Durant took the easy way toward pursuing an NBA title after failing to win one in Oklahoma City through 10 seasons. Although the Warriors lost the NBA Finals in seven games to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State set an NBA record for most regular-season wins (73). “I chose my own path,” Durant said. “They had their careers and they did what they wanted to do. I respect the hell out of Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley.”Durant also stressed he respects Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Although Durant admits he has not spoken to him leaving Oklahoma City, he dismissed reports that Westbrook’s presence as a dominant scorer partly factored into leaving. “I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go,” Durant said. “It’s just simple. This is where I wanted to play basketball.”Durant also considered playing basketball for the Clippers and Boston Celtics, which featured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as part of their pitch. Durant admitted “it was great to be in the presence of greatness.” Durant then added, “I couldn’t let that distract me.”Neither did the ensuing criticism as Durant enters the 2016-17 season as the league’s villain. So much that he has not sought out advice from LeBron James, who experienced a backlash after leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010 before eventually winning two NBA titles and returning in 2014 to the Cavaliers. “When you make decisions based on everyone else, I think that’s the wrong decision. I can’t make a decision on my life because everybody else is going to be upset about it,” Durant said. “I just told myself to put me first and think about what I wanted. This is what I wanted.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“Not everyone has leadership capabilities,” Murray insinuated, considering his roster is bolstered by Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique. “There are leaders and there are followers. I got too many guys following and I think there should be people leading here. One of the biggest things I have to determine here is if I have people that can do that. I thought we did and I haven’t given up on them, but I’m obviously very worried.”The Ducks will play their first game with Murray at the helm Feb. 13 at home against Vancouver. He does expect to feel the pressure when the Canucks come to town.”I think Wednesday night is going to be interesting and I’m sure I’ll be very nervous,” the first-time bench boss said. “I’ll be very focused on watching my players.” “I don’t think it would be fair to put anyone else in this position right now,” Anaheim Ducks executive vice president and general manager, and now newly-appointed interim head coach, Bob Murray said Sunday on a conference call with reporters. Murray assumed the role after the team announced it fired the winningest coach in Ducks history, Randy Carlyle, earlier in the day. “I felt I needed to be in the trenches,” Murray said. “I talked to enough people where I know this is the right move for our organization right now. This is the only way for me to determine what the problems are.”Carlyle leaves Murray with a team that has lost seven consecutive games and sits at the bottom of the Pacific division with a 21–26–9 record. “What bothered me the most was the lack of emotion, the lack of pushback,” he noted. “This has always been a pride team and it’s gone away, it’s not there.”As we prepare for our three-game homestand, Bob Murray leads practice @the_rinks – Anaheim ICE. pic.twitter.com/MlcTjPEVJF— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 10, 2019The 2014 NHL General Manager of the Year, Murray has worked in NHL front offices since 1991 but has never taken on the position of head coach before. In fact, he has never coached at any pro level.He said the decision to personally take over came from the advice he received from other executives.”We’ve got problems here and they’ve got to be fixed,” said Murray, who won the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Ducks. “Some real wise GM’s told me ‘You should go behind the bench just so you know what coaches go through.'”This is my job and I’m looking forward to finding out what the issues are.”As the long-tenured GM commented on the call, he must now find out if the team currently has players with the proper leadership skills to get the team back on track.
View this post on Instagram • How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?The rivalry will most certainly help market the fight as there is no love lost between the two. Should Joshua come out victorious, a unification fight between the winner of the Wilder-Fury rematch could materialize and is arguably the biggest fight in boxing. NYC 4 The W 🍎🗽 #AJBXNG (Link In Bio)A post shared by Anthony Joshua (@anthony_joshua) on Feb 13, 2019 at 6:40am PST A superstar who has routinely sold out stadiums in the United Kingdom — including a British-record of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London for his 11th round knockout of Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 — the knock by many boxing pundits on the unified heavyweight champion is that Joshua hadn’t fought in the United States and needed to do so in order to become a global star. Now, the 29-year-old will touch American soil and clash with an opponent that he’s established a heated rivalry with.“June 1 I am heading to The Big Apple and I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” Joshua said in a statement. “I will be fighting Jarrell Miller at the legendary Madison Square Garden. It has been an honor and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the World at home in the U.K., not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my heavyweight titles in the USA. I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer and a brilliant talker, it will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”Join DAZN and watch Joshua vs. Miller on June 1After Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) notched a seventh-round TKO over Alexander Povetkin last September, he hoped to face WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder on April 13 at Wembley Stadium. But Wilder fought to a thrilling split draw with Tyson Fury in December, and a rematch between the two is reportedly set to occur in the first half of 2019.With the two biggest opponents for Joshua occupied with one another, the focus shifted to a rematch with fellow countryman Dillian Whyte, who stopped Derek Chisora in December, to seemingly punch his ticket to avenge his 2015 knockout loss to Joshua.Negotiations between the two sides hit a snag, and Miller, a charismatic heavyweight from Brooklyn, entered the picture.Joshua and Miller haven’t faced each other in the ring before, but things have already been heated between the two. At a press conference to announce the launch of DAZN in July, Miller got into a confrontation with Joshua as the two exchanged words in front of the crowd. Miller wasn’t finished and proceeded to make comments about Joshua’s mother to Sporting News.Later that same day in an interview with SN, Joshua was visibly upset when he was told of Miller’s comments.Since the incident, Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) has scored two knockout victories over Tomasz Adamek and Bogdan Dinu. Miller has won 11 of his last 12 fights by stoppage.Although unbeaten, Miller has yet to face an opponent the pedigree of Joshua. Nevertheless, Miller’s size and strength could prove to be a challenge for the unified champion. In his bout against Dinu in November, Miller tipped the scales at 315 ¼ pounds.“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” said Miller. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand. It’s dog eat dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite; he’ll be leaving New York empty-handed. This is the fight that I’ve been chasing all my life and on June 1 I’m going to achieve the thing I was born to do and win the heavyweight championship of the world. That punk AJ is standing in the way of my dreams and on June 1 he’s getting run the hell over.”More about DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN? Anthony Joshua will make his U.S. debut when he defends his WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller” on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, live and exclusively on DAZN.Joshua took to his Instagram account Wednesday to announce the exciting news.
CHICAGO — The opponent on this day was Ohio State, but the teams Michigan State will fight against most furiously as the Big Ten Tournament advances actually were eliminated before the Spartans began competing.Illinois was the last team to lose in Thursday’s second round. Indiana was the first. They are responsible for half of the defeats on the Spartans’ resume, and it is those games that likely will keep Michigan State from claiming a No. 1 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Spartans also did not have good fortune in their nonconference schedule. They entered a tournament in Las Vegas loaded with big names, but their opponents in that event, UCLA and Texas, finished with a combined 33-32 record. North Carolina was in that field, and the Tar Heels tied for the ACC title. But they stumbled against UT and Michigan State missed the chance to play them.A championship-game shot at Michigan or Purdue in this tournament would provide the opportunity for another high-quality victory. Whether that comes too late is for the committee to decide.“We try to make it simple. We kind of just want to take every game to get better, not put too much pressure on ourselves,” center Xavier Tillman told SN. “And think, ‘OK, this has to prepare us for the championship.’ If we make a mistake, we want to go back and watch it, break it down and see how we can fix it.” MORE: Sporting News’ March Madness CenterAs long as the word “likely” is embedded in that sentence, however, Michigan State will attempt to continue its climb. The culture coach Tom Izzo has created through a quarter-century and now — yes, now, on this day — 600 victories will permit no course other than the one toward excellence.“Coach Izzo doesn’t hold back on that,” assistant coach Dane Fife told Sporting News. “Everything is geared to winning a championship, and getting better.”The 77-70 margin of MSU’s victory on Friday at the United Center makes it seem this was a struggle, but the lead was as many as 21 points before Ohio State put on an ornamental rally in the final minutes. MSU got 18 points and five assists from All-America point guard Cassius Winston, but perhaps more important to the goal of surviving through this weekend were the 14 point and 18 minutes delivered by freshman backup point guard Foster Loyer, both of those figures career bests.“This was our goal at the beginning of the year. We set out to win a Big Ten championship and a tournament championship,” senior forward Kenny Goins told SN. “We accomplished one goal, but we’re not done yet. We’ll keep pressing for that second title.”He said the question of their NCAA seed comes up “a little bit, but right now we’re just focused on getting this title.”The Spartans know what they let slip in the two Indiana games and their road trip to Illinois. Fortunately for them, it was not the Big Ten regular-season championship, which they coveted and were able to claim by completing a sweep of rival Michigan on the final weekend.But the best team in the nation’s best league fell to teams that probably (Indiana) and definitely (Illinois) won’t make the NCAA field. Part of that equation is the Big Ten is the best league because it is the deepest league. Even the teams that finished ninth and 11th were capable of defeating quality opposition.MORE: Top 80 upsets in March Madness historyThe Spartans could have done better and probably should have done better. But look at what they did.Here are the No. 1 seed candidates broken down by Quadrant 1 victories…12: Michigan State, Virginia10: North Carolina, Kentucky9: Duke7: Tennessee4: Gonzaga…and by Quadrant 1 and 2 combined:17: Michigan State, North Carolina15: Duke, Kentucky14: Virginia13: Tennessee10: GonzagaFour of MSU’s victories were against opponents ranked in the NET top 20. Virginia had three entering its ACC semifinal game against Florida State, which is ranked 19th.MORE: WIth Winston, Big Ten was always MSU’s to loseMichigan State has the disadvantage of playing in a league whose tournament championship game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. It is difficult for the selection committee to factor those results into its seeding, except perhaps in the case of two teams whose seed lines could be interchangeable. The Big Ten doesn’t have another clear No. 1 seed candidate.
“It’ll hit me at some point,” Westbrook told reporters afterward, when asked about the trio of triple-doubles. “Like it’s gonna hit everybody else in this room, too.”Thunder teammate Paul George has already pondered the accomplishment.”He’ll go down as a Hall of Famer, one of the best,” George said (via ESPN). Nobody, I don’t believe, will be able to match that or beat that. You’ve got to be wired a certain way on a nightly basis to be able to compete at that level. He’s special.”OKC coach Billy Donovan echoed those thoughts. And just like that, Westbrook will now average a triple-double for the third straight season.Before Westbrook’s first triple-double season a couple of years ago, no one had performed the feat since 1962, when Oscar Robertson became the first player in league history with the achievement. Related News NBA wrap: Magic put on stunning offensive performance, move up in playoff race Russell Westbrook has done it again.The Thunder point guard had 15 assists in a 123-110 win over the Pistons Friday night. Just another typical Westbrook performance in that category, yet that outing means he will now average at least 10 assists per game this season. “I think the fact that he has done this three years in a row, people don’t understand what has happened, in my opinion,” Donovan said. “And I’m shocked that they don’t talk about it. And I know they’re numbers, and I get all that stuff, but in terms of the historic part of the game, people are going to look back in time, and I think what he has done will be more appreciated later on than it is right now.”Westbrook is now averaging 22.9 points,11.1 rebounds and 10.6 assists this season. There’s not a statistic for “incredible plays,” but he performed one Friday night with this no-look assist to Steven Adams.T-Ferg is all of us right now. pic.twitter.com/7Eoxcq3MkR— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 6, 2019″[I’m] just blessed,” Westbrook said. “I do what I do every single night, regardless of what anybody says, what they call it, what they say.”
— Bellator 220 presents some of the more notable names in the organization. Don’t sleep, though, on Gaston Bolanos, who begins the main card action.— A lot is on the line for MacDonald ahead of his first title defense.— Benson Henderson wanted Brent Primus. Instead, he’s getting Adam Piccolotti. Henderson goes in-depth to SN on why he’s getting the latter and not the former. MMA pundits expected welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to steamroll through Jon Fitch and advance to the semifinals of the Welterweight Grand Prix in the main event of Bellator 220.Fitch and the judges inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., had other plans. MacDonald and Fitch fought to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47). Sporting News scored it 48-47 for MacDonald. Despite the bout ending in a tie, MacDonald, as the welterweight titleholder, advances to the semifinals to face Neiman Gracie on June 14. Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4If the ending of the fight wasn’t strange enough, MacDonald’s comments during his postfight interview should be of concern. He wouldn’t even say whether he will take on Gracie a little less than seven weeks from now at Madison Square Garden in New York.”It’s hard to pull the trigger,” MacDonald told John McCarthy. “I don’t have that killer instinct. It’s hard to explain … it takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain and I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.”MacDonald (20-5-1) got off to a good start in the first two rounds. He landed the harder shots and was able to get right back to his feet when Fitch took him down. The momentum shifted in Fitch’s favor in the third round when he was able to get MacDonald to the canvas. This time, though, Fitch didn’t let MacDonald go. The 41-year-old connected on sharp elbows to bloody up MacDonald, digging punches to his body and grinding him to knock the wind out of him. MacDonald came out relentless in the fourth round, landing a sharp elbow and immediately connecting on a head kick that staggered Fitch. But Fitch remained determined; he moved forward and scored another takedown to remain in top control for the rest of the round. Fitch (32-7-2, one-no contest) went back to grappling in the fifth, taking down MacDonald and giving him no space to get back to his feet. That paved the way for the controversial majority draw ruling.Here is what happened at Bellator 220 (all times Eastern):Bellator 220 updates, resultsRory MacDonald and Jon Fitch fight to a majority draw; MacDonald advances to semifinals1:12 a.m.: MacDonald and Fitch go to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47); by rule, the champion advances to the next round. Hard to see where a judge gave Fitch an apparent 10-8 round. He wasn’t dominant enough to warrant such a score. Not a fan of MacDonald moving on this way. A sixth round should have been ordered and whoever won it would have advanced. Round 5: Knowing he needed to be dominant, Fitch sent MacDonald right back to the mat. Fitch had himself in great position and didn’t give MacDonald room to breathe by pounding the body. I don’t get why Fitch didn’t try to go for the finish because it wasn’t a 10-8 round and he didn’t put MacDonald in a dangerous position to be stopped. I have a feeling these scorecards are going to be all over the place. (48-47 MacDonald)Round 4: MacDonald started out on fire, wobbling Fitch with a sharp elbow and following it up immediately with a hard body kick. To Fitch’s credit, he hung in there and took MacDonald back down to the canvas. Unlike the previous round, Fitch didn’t do much with it. Hard to award rounds when you have dominant position and do nothing with it. Fitch needs a stoppage to win the championship. (39-37 MacDonald)Round 3: Fitch needed to change the tide and he did just that. Not only did he secure another takedown, but this time, he kept MacDonald down and went to work. He got into MacDonald and bloodied up him with elbows and continuous punches to the body and head. It isn’t the most crowd-pleasing style to implement, but it is effective. If Fitch is going win the belt, he needs to keep getting takedowns. (29-28 MacDonald)Round 2: Fitch once again scored two takedowns, but MacDonald got up each time with relative ease. MacDonald is doing a good job in controlling the action on the feet and using his distance well. An impressive takedown at the end of the round by MacDonald to let Fitch know he can do that, too. If MacDonald can do it again with some time, watch out, as he’s lethal when on top. (20-18 MacDonald)Round 1: The fight is already playing out the way pundits had expected it go. MacDonald needed to keep it on the feet and Fitch to get takedowns. While Fitch scored two takedowns, MacDonald threw and connected on the harder punches. (10-9 MacDonald)12:28 a.m.: It is now time for the main event of Bellator 220: Rory MacDonald puts the welterweight title on the line against Jon Fitch in the final bout of the opening round of the Welterweight Grand Prix. Will MacDonald (20-5) be able to erase the nightmare of getting battered by Gegard Mousasi in their middleweight title bout in September? If he can’t, Fitch (32-7-1, one no-contest) has a good shot at walking out with the gold.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane stops Veta Arteaga to retain the women’s flyweight championship12:14 a.m.: Macfarlane def. Arteaga via TKO at 1:56 of the third round when the ringside doctor stopped the fight. Macfarlane began the third with another takedown, then connected on one of the most vicious elbows you will ever see (or hear). The crack from elbow to forehead was audible. Immediately, blood gushed out of Arteaga’s forehead. Referee Jason Herzog called for a timeout. The ringside doctor looked at the deep cut and wouldn’t allow Arteaga to go on.Big elbow from the champ, @Ilimanator in round two. 💪💥 pic.twitter.com/sTAlCSajzk— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 2019An entertaining fight and one that should be run back. Even though Macfarlane won the first two rounds, they were close and Arteaga made a good showing. Macfarlane wants a rematch and, hopefully, Bellator officials let it happen.Round 2: Macfarlane wasted no time going right at Arteaga and taking her to the mat. What she didn’t expect was Arteaga landing a sharp elbow to cause a cut to Macfarlane. But what Arteaga didn’t expect when the fight made it back to the feet was that Macfarlane would be effective standing by staying on the outside and throwing leg kicks to control distance. Arteaga has to find a way to get on the inside. (20-18 Macfarlane)Round 1: A fun opening round. Smart move by Macfarlane going for and being able to get a takedown right away. She tried for a kneebar and submission to no avail. Have to give Arteaga credit. She didn’t get overwhelmed and kept herself in the right positions to avoid trouble. (10-9 Macfarlane)11:47 p.m.: What an entrance by Macfarlane. One of the best in MMA.🍍👊The champ is here! @Ilimanator makes her walk to the cage in typical and extravagant fashion. pic.twitter.com/7quLTaZVMF— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 201911:44 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Bellator 220: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends the Bellator women’s flyweight championship against Veta Arteaga. Since winning the belt, Macfarlane (9-0) has won both of her title defenses, over Alejandra Lara and Valerie Letourneau, by submission. Arteaga (5-2) earned her shot at the belt by defeating Emily Ducote and Denise Kielholtz, respectively.Arteaga has to keep the fight on the feet because if Macfarlane gets it on the ground, it’s all over.11:31 p.m.: Henderson def. Piccolotti by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Unbelievable fight. That was one of the best grappling contests you will see inside an MMA cage. Piccolotti had the advantage in the first round and Henderson had the upper hand in the second. Everything came down to the third round. Each guy secured a choke, but Piccolotti made a gigantic mistake with his. He left a slight opening and Henderson capitalized. He stayed composed, slipped out and got into full mount to land right and left hands to the final bell. The judges remembered what happened at the end, and it was Henderson in control. Henderson has now won three consecutive fights and is back in the lightweight title picture. One more win and Henderson will get another chance to win the championship.11:15 p.m.: Highly entertaining first round. Piccolotti tried for a couple of chokes and Henderson rose back to his feet with about 40 seconds remaining. Henderson blasted Piccolotti with a series of leg kicks and a sharp elbow and staggered him with a head kick to close the stanza.11:08 p.m.: Coming up at Bellator 220, Benson Henderson squares off with Adam Piccolotti in lightweight action. Henderson (26-8), a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, seems to have gained his footing inside the Bellator cage, winning back-to-back fights after losing three of his first four bouts in the organization. After losing back-to-back affairs, Piccolotti (11-2) has gotten those two wins back. This fight is the biggest of Piccolotti’s career and one Henderson cannot overlook.Phil Davis chops down Liam McGeary to earn a submission victory11:57 p.m.: Davis def. McGeary by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:11 of the third round. Davis threw a left jab to break McGeary’s jaw and send him to the canvas. Davis mounted McGeary and threw a couple hard ground-and-pound punches. Davis went for a rear-naked choke and as soon as he touched McGeary’s jaw, the Englishman tapped out. A surprising performance by Davis. Very shocked to see him willing to engage, stay on the outside and throw leg kicks. McGeary had no answer for the strategy until he decided to go forward in the third round, but Davis’ striking proved to be too much..@PhilMrWonderful gets the victory via TKO! 💥@BellatorMMA #Bellator220 pic.twitter.com/JYgW533yGs— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 2019If Davis can keep working on his striking, light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader better watch out.10:45 p.m.: Why isn’t McGeary checking Davis’ leg kicks? All those kicks are adding up to a ton of damage. McGeary needs to alter his strategy in a hurry as the third and final round is about to begin.10:31 p.m.: Up next at Bellator 220, Phil Davis goes up against Liam McGeary in light heavyweight action. Davis and McGeary (13-3) met at Bellator 163 in November 2016 with the former using his dominant wrestling to become the light heavyweight champion. Can Davis put on a repeat performance, or has McGeary learned from his past mistakes?Gaston Bolanos makes quick work of Nathan Stolen 10:18 p.m.: Bolanos def. Stolen by TKO at 2:21 of the first round. A great ending to the fight when Bolanos and Stolen were attempting to throw left hooks at the same time. Bolanos connected first to send Stolen to the mat. He threw two ground-and-pound punches to finish off Stolen. It’s time for Bolanos to face a quality opponent. The talent is there; now he needs a test to see how good he really is. Couldn’t ask for a better start to the card.Gaston Bolanos starts the @BellatorMMA Main Card with a BANG! 💥We’re just getting started. Watch #Bellator220 now! 👉 https://t.co/j4BIUf4XnH pic.twitter.com/56V0vnBbGf— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 201910:13 p.m.: Gaston Bolanos takes on Nathan Stolen in lightweight action to kick off the main card of Bellator 220. Bolanos (4-1) makes his 2019 debut having won three consecutive fights. Stolen (8-4) is in desperate need of a victory after losing three in a row and four of his last five. This is designed as a showcase for Bolanos. Can he rise to the occasion?Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Bellator 220. An exciting night of action is in front of us with two world championship fights at the top of the bill. Grab the refreshments and enjoy what should be a great night.Bellator 220 undercard resultsAviv Gozali def. Travis Crain via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of the first round; lightweightsMatt Perez def. Justin Tenedora by knockout at 4:52 of the first round; flyweightsJosh San Diego def. Brandon Laroco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26); featherweightsJordan Williams def. Diego Herzog by TKO at 1:21 of the third round; middleweightsAbraham Vaesau def. Justin Roswell via TKO at 1:59 of the first round; middleweightsBellator 220 fight cardMain cardRory MacDonald (c) vs. Jon Fitch for MacDonald’s welterweight title.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (c) vs. Veta Arteaga for Macfarlane’s women’s flyweight title.Benson Henderson vs. Adam Piccolotti; lightweights.Phil Davis vs. Liam McGeary; light Heavyweights. Gaston Bolanos vs. Nathan Stolen; lightweights.Preliminary card Tom Ponce De Leon vs. Jamario Mulder; welterweights.Diego Herzog vs. Jordan Williams; middleweights. Justin Tenedora vs. Matthew Perez; flyweights. Abraham Vaesau vs. Justin Roswell; welterweights.Aviv Gozali vs. Travis Crain; lightweights. Josh San Diego vs Brandon Laroco; catchweight. Boris Novachkov vs Chris Inocencio; Featherweights Ignacio Ortiz vs Roger Severson; Featherweights Bellator 220 latest news — Jon Fitch explains to Sporting News when and why he considered stepping away from MMA.— Ilima-Lei Macfarlane talks with SN about a variety of topics leading into her title defense in Bellator 220’s co-main event.— Rory MacDonald tells SN why he regretted moving up to middleweight to challenge champion Gegard Mousasi.
Hart scored 18 points for the Lakers in the quarterfinal victory over the Pistons. LA will play in the semifinal. Josh Hart, who has put on a show for the Lakers during Summer League, and James also shared a quick embrace. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James did share a laugh with Tyronn Lue, the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and former Laker. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions John Holland scored 23 points as the Cavalliers defeat the Toronto Raptors. As a result, Cleveland will play the Lakers in the Summer League semifinal. Will James be in attendance?Related Articles Brandon Ingram of the Lakers also made an appearance at the game and walked over for a hand shake and a hug. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The free agency rumors are over and the contract was signed.Still can’t believe it?LeBron James arrives to watch the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league game against the Detroit Pistons. James arrived in purple and gold shorts. It doesn’t get any more official than that right? As Cleveland took the floor for warm ups, James would exit the arena. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The arrival of James had the Las Vegas crowd buzzing. 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 PackersIt shows how the NBA virtually dominates our entire calendar.It is also one of the great legacies of LeBron James.As we await the leakage of the white smoke that will tell us where Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant are playing next year, we are reminded of the way Durant lured the Warriors to the Hamptons three summers ago and signed what would become two championship banners.We remember how James tantalized us with The Homecoming to Cleveland in 2014, and how he interrupted our Sunday cookouts when he committed to the Lakers. (He never called it a Homestaying.)For that matter, you heard the huzzahs from every beach a few days earlier, when the Lakers got Steve Nash. In real terms this began in 2010, when James put Clevelanders through an emotional car wash and announced, at the end of a tawdry 30-minute ESPN special, that he was taking his talents to South Beach. The subsequent burning of No. 23 jerseys was the most famous Cleveland fire since the Cuyahoga River.Sure, stars had left before, like Shaquille O’Neal left Orlando for L.A. in 1996. But the Larry Bird free agency clause, allowing teams to exceed the salary cap to keep their own players, usually held sway.It promoted stability. Bird, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan are associated with one uniform (no throwbacks or alternate jerseys, either).There were trades. The 76ers gave up Caldwell Jones and a first-rounder to get Moses Malone and, ergo, a title in 1983. The Celtics picked up Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in trades that cost them Theo Ratliff, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and three first-round draft choices. This left them with a skeleton crew that Danny Ainge artfully fattened with James Posey, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Tony Allen. The Celtics pulverized the Lakers in the 2008 Finals.But James was the NBA’s first real Lone Arranger, the one who became director, producer and casting director.None of these free agents will have James’ influence, but they will be the primary determinants of the 2019-20 season.As it turned out, the Toronto-San Antonio trade was the defining moment of last summer. Leonard and Danny Green became Raptors, DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl became Spurs. The risk was that the rehabbing Leonard would play a sabbatical season and then sign elsewhere. Instead, he and Toronto won a championship and now there’s every reason for Leonard to stay.This, of course, is a delicious time for a league that once begged for attention in January. And remember when Jordan was going to retire and take all the NBA’s eyeballs with him?Years ago, the NBA generally had one game on Christmas Day, matching teams that moaned about sacrificing the holiday. Now there are five Christmas games, all status symbols. Imagine Christmas 2019 and a menu of Lakers-New Orleans, Toronto-Philadelphia, Houston-Golden State, Clippers-Milwaukee and Denver-Portland. Or make up your own lineup.Then the NBA takes us to the All-Star Game and the trade deadline and the playoffs. Shortly after that comes the sensory overload that has become the draft, with a televised combine as the lead-in.Then come the NBA Awards, on a Monday night with a red carpet and the whole league on hand. Remember when they used to parcel out those awards at halftime during the playoffs, and when Dirk Nowitzki glumly accepted his MVP long after the top-seeded Mavericks were eliminated? This is much better.Then comes free agency, followed by the bewildering success of the NBA Summer League.It is quite a takeover, fueled by a procession of identifiable stars and a sudden sense of unpredictability. Wasn’t Boston supposed to win the East? Weren’t the Lakers supposed to make the playoffs? Wasn’t Giannis Antetokounmpo a stretchy No. 10 pick in the first round, and nobody’s idea of an MVP?The league that compensates its players like no other is also the league that encourages their free expression and nurtures their humanity. It captures our consciousness, year-round, because it deserves to.The Decision moved this process. Like most decisions, it had consequences. On Sunday, the 10th official day of summer, we will play volleyball, grill some tri-tips, ride bikes and watch basketball.The season itself might not be endless, but the game is.The Free Agent Shopping Network has become the most consequential day in every NBA season that does not have a Game 7 in the Finals.It is certainly more compelling than anything else going on in sports that day, with sincere apologies to the U.S. Women’s National Team and the various home run/strikeout practitioners around us. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Canadian Open DFS adviceHamilton Golf and Country Club is a short course by modern PGA Tour standards and measures only 6,950 yards for a Par 70. The course gets most of its distance from its Par 3s, three of which measure over 210 yards. The two Par 5s are both very reachable for even moderate-length hitters and virtually all of the Par 4s — barring the 481-yard 11th — will require just a short iron or wedge approach shot. The fairways are tree lined, so we may also see some players club down off the tee to make sure they are playing out of the fairway.The last three times the Canadian Open was held here in modern times (2003, ’06, ’12) we saw shorter hitters take the title, and this is certainly a week where we can’t rule out taking some of the shorter hitters in the field who are accurate off the tee and solid with short approaches under 150 yards. The top end of this field has extremely short odds with Dustin Johnson coming in at only +450, so you will need to make a difficult decision between loading up on a heavy bet with one of the top-tier golfers or spreading out your exposure to a few golfers in the mid-range.Before we get into the Canadian Open picks, we always like to remind you that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools and the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key StatsBall StrikingPar 4 ScoringApproach 125-150 YardsBirdie or Better PercentageRBC Canadian Open picks (Daily Fantasy Golf)DFS Core Plays to Consider: Top Tier: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar (GPP), Brandt Snedeker, Bubba WatsonMid Tier: Jim Furyk, Erik Van Rooyen, Joaquin Niemann, Nick WatneyValue Plays: Ryan Armour, Harold Varner III, Curtis Luck, Julian EtulainRBC Canadian Open betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookSergio Garcia 33/1I’m really tempted to load up on Dustin Johnson in this spot, but I just can’t bring myself to bet him at +450 in a field that features a pretty solid top end of golfers. I also don’t want to bet Brooks Koepka at his number and don’t like where some of the other top-tier players’ games are at right now at an event that they may see as a tune up before next week’s U.S. Open. This brings me to Garcia at 33/1. He hasn’t won since the Masters three years ago, and it feels like he is due for a victory after playing well in spurts this season. Hamilton is a nice setup for a ball striker like Garcia, and I see his 33/1 odds as a discount in a field that has a weak middle tier.Bubba Watson 40/1Watson doesn’t really stand out at first glance, but at 40/1 you have to give him a look in a field this weak. Watson killed everyone in DFS and in the betting markets at the PGA Championship, but that was mostly due to one of the worst putting performances he has had in his entire career. If he can maintain his solid tee-to-green game, then he can compete at Hamilton. We are getting a massive value on his 40/1 odds.Brandt Snedeker 45/1 Snedeker is a former Canandian Open Champion, and on paper, Hamilton sets up nicely for what he does well. Snedeker has quietly had a solid season, making 14 of 16 cuts and has strung together back-to-back top-20 showings at the PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge. I like the value on Snedeker at 45/1 in this field and at a course that will allow him to take advantage of his solid wedge play. Starting my card off with Garcia, Watson, and Snedeker gives me three players with long track records of success, and I prefer that angle of attack at a course that doesn’t favor the bombers.Danny Lee 150/1There are a few interesting long shots this week, and my one long-bomb sprinkle play is going to be Lee at 150/1. Lee is a guy who can show zero form and come from nowhere to contend, and we’ve seen him play well at short courses in the past, including a T2 showing last November at Mayakoba. We’ve had some great moments this year with our picks, but last week certainly was one to forget as none of our four bets even sniffed the top of the leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament. This week, we’ll look to get back on track at the RBC Canadian Open, which will be held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2012.The field this week is very top heavy, as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, and Justin Thomas will headline. After them, the quality of this field drops off significantly, and the bottom end of the field is among the weakest that we will see all season as many players opted to skip this event to prepare or try to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.
MORE: Durant cleared to practice with WarriorsAnd then the injury happened. At the time, Durant’s calf strain, which came in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, looked to be a death sentence for the Warriors. Their lack of depth made them ultra-reliable on Durant’s scoring in the playoffs. But Stephen Curry came alive, James Harden and the Rockets choked and the Trail Blazers didn’t have enough to win even one game in the Western Conference finals.We now sit and wait as Durant feverishly attempts to rehab his strained calf and rejoin his teammates in their run at a three-peat. His ability (or inability) to play against the Raptors will have a huge impact on determining the result of the 2019 NBA Finals. It may also play into his future with free agency on the horizon.How could the outcome of the Finals alter Durant’s decision-making process this summer?Kevin Durant misses the NBA Finals; Warriors win without himDon’t let anyone, including Durant himself, fool you into believing that this isn’t the worst-case scenario for Durant. It would be very damaging for his legacy.Durant’s jump to Golden State was widely viewed as the former Thunder star taking the easy way out. He couldn’t beat the Warriors with his roster in Oklahoma City, so he joined them. While two championships and two Finals MVPs for Durant validated his decision, there are still those who want to put an asterisk next to his rings.He may do and say all the right things, but Golden State going on to three-peat without Durant would sting. It appears that he’s aware of how a Warriors championship with him in street clothes would change how he’s viewed historically against some of the league’s greatest players.I see a little exaggeration there buddy, my worst nightmare?? U sure that this is the worst that it can get???— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) May 20, 2019Was his addition necessary in order for Golden State to win the past two titles? Or was it simply a luxury? The questions about the validity of Durant’s rings will only grow louder in this scenario.Durant may have no choice but to bolt for another challenge. It’s a situation that would be eerily similar to the path LeBron James took — win two rings in Miami by teaming up with two superstars, then leave to attempt to win one as the signature player for a franchise desperate for any kind of success. A Warriors ring means a Durant exit with New York as a likely landing spot.Verdict: Durant leaves the Warriors.Kevin Durant misses the NBA Finals; Warriors lose without himor…Kevin Durant returns mid-series; Warriors win with himAre the Warriors more enjoyable to watch without Durant? Yes, but in no way does having the most lethal offensive force in the game sitting on the bench make the Warriors better.Before the Warriors’ Game 1 loss to the Raptors, Golden State was 30-1 when Durant sat and Curry played, but that loss illustrated just how badly the Warriors require Durant’s talents. The length of Toronto certainly affected the flow of the offense. The Warriors desperately needed the security that Durant brings to the floor. When the offense breaks down, just get the ball to Durant. He’s usually is able to bail them out.If they lose without him or he is able to return and lead the Warriors to their third consecutive championship, it will prove once and for all that the Warriors needed him in order to go on their championship run. His doubters will be silenced, at least for a little while.Durant and the Warriors would also have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done since Bill Russell’s Celtics — win a fourth consecutive title. But will the validation that a third ring would bring and the opportunity for a fourth be enough to make Durant’s return to Golden State more likely? Not exactly.Durant has checked every box while in the Bay Area. There is nothing left that he hasn’t already accomplished. Another championship with the Warriors might not be worth as much to him as turning around a struggling team and the fanfare that would come with it.Plus, Durant saw the way his teammates played against Portland. He witnessed the renewed sense of joy that they brought to the court. The patented ball movement that made the Warriors of old so fun to watch was back in a big way.Verdict: Durant leaves the Warriors, but he seriously considers chasing history if they win the title.Kevin Durant returns mid-series; Warriors lose with himAll great teams eventually get beat or break up. Michael Jordan’s Bulls disappeared with his retirement. Kobe and Shaq’s Lakers ran into the Pistons before an ugly divorce. We could be watching something very similar unfold.If Durant’s return still isn’t enough for the Warriors to get past the Raptors, a logical endpoint would emerge for the Warriors-Durant relationship. The Warriors fell into a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals with a loss at Oracle Arena on Friday night, but the play on the court is taking a backseat to the treatment in the training room.For the entirety of the 2018-19 season, the chatter around Golden State kept coming back to the possibility of Kevin Durant’s final run in a Warriors uniform. From the early-season altercation with Draymond Green to Durant’s tense relationship with the media, this has mostly felt like a swan song, the last run by one of the greatest teams ever assembled. The Warriors won a title without Durant back in 2015, and with their core still in place, losing Durant doesn’t seem to be a major concern. Durant could walk off the floor at the end of the Finals proud of what he has done with Golden State but ready for a new challenge.A loss to the Raptors ends the dynasty. The summer will bring questions about where the Warriors go from here. Durant leaving for New York or Los Angeles will be accepted. Klay Thompson will be a free agent. But at least we’ll get to see this group make one more run.Verdict: Durant leaves the Warriors.
“I liked it. We saw an overreaction from the umpires the other night,” Plesac said. “If you look at the way (the Rockies) have pitched Kris Bryant … as a pitching staff you cannot whether it’s by accident or not, you cannot let a team throw up-and-in (to your star player).”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThere were plenty of fireworks between the Cubs and Rockies 🎇@Plesac19 explains why he’s in favor of how things went down.#ChangeUp pic.twitter.com/IeAr8U3DsO— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 13, 2019Colorado and Chicago are not scheduled to play again this season, so barring a playoff matchup, Arenado’s “spicy” series must wait until next year. By then, perhaps tensions will have cooled down. More likely, though, the star figures in this beef will continue to hold a grudge moving forward, even if it doesn’t translate to additional on-field theatrics. Three years of dislike doesn’t dissipate overnight. Four hit by pitches — two each way — prompted strong words from the Rockies and Cubs clubhouses Wednesday afternoon. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, clearly unhappy with being plunked on the forearm by Cole Hamels in the third inning, said his team’s next meeting with Chicago could be “spicy.”The animosity between organizations dates back to several up-and-in pitches to Cubs infielder Kris Bryant in recent years, spilling into this week when Bryant took another two offerings from the Rockies to his body. In a departure from what baseball fans witnessed a couple of days before, when Josh Donaldson and Joe Musgrove were given quick ejections for a confrontation in Atlanta, umpires did not dismiss anyone from the Rockies-Cubs contest. Longtime MLB pitcher Dan Plesac, who now works as a baseball analyst, appeared on DAZN’s “ChangeUp” to support how the teams were allowed to govern themselves Wednesday.
Boxing pisses me off for that reason robbery @KidGalahad90 put it all on the line— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) June 15, 2019 Still, Warrington escaped the weekend with his title in tow and now looks to unify stateside. After a controversial split-decision win over Kid Galahad to retain his IBF world featherweight championship in Leeds, England on Saturday night, Josh Warrington wants title-unification fights in the U.S.“I want to go on and try to push myself forward and win another belt and to test myself against other champions,” said Warrington during his post-fight press conference after improving to 29-0 with six knockouts. “[Lee] Selby, [Carl] Frampton, Kid Galahad who else is there left for me to fight over here? “I’m ranked highly in all the governing bodies now, number two in the Ring Magazine, so it’s got to be another world champion for me. “[WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez] it would be a fantastic fight, or [WBA champion Leo] Santa Cruz he’s the top of the tree, isn’t he? And I’ve been saying for a long time, ‘let’s go for the very best.'”Warrington made the comments after edging Galahad by split decision (116-113, 113-115, 116-112 ) in a bout that many feel could have easily gone in favor of the challenger. Galahad disrupted Warrington’s high-pressure style and landed the more eye-catching shots, as he switched from orthodox to southpaw throughout the bout and tied up the champion at every available opportunity — for which he received a warning during the sixth round.Galahad had nullified Warrington’s offense for the majority of the bout and looked to be heading toward winning his first world title, but the champ landed some head shots that the Leeds crowd at First Direct Arena responded to and might have swayed the judges to rule in his favor. Unbelievable support in the arena last night. Support from everywhere!Passion, noise and energy.Thank you 👍👏 pic.twitter.com/ppv67XR2ei— Josh Warrington (@J_Warrington) June 16, 2019 Galahad didn’t make any excuses after the narrow loss, as he saluted Warrington, instead. #TeamGalahad pic.twitter.com/0TnW6uLNuO— Barry Awad (@KidGalahad90) June 16, 2019 That being said, Galahad’s promoter Eddie Hearn and fellow boxer Billy Joe Saunders thought that the challenger was robbed. Head up @KidGalahad90 clear winner tonight 👍🏼— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 15, 2019
NHL DRAFT 2019: Former Rangers GM Neil Smith on the process, mistakes and pressure on Ray SheroThe league instituted a third category for coaches’ challenges. In addition to offsides and goaltender interference, coaches will now be able to challenge any goal in which a play stoppage in the offensive zone should have occurred prior to the score. “This change will allow challenges of plays that may involve pucks that hit the spectator netting, pucks that are high-sticked to a teammate in the offensive zone, pucks that have gone out of play but are subsequently touched in the offensive zone and hand passes that proceed without a play stoppage and ultimately conclude in the scoring of a goal,” the league said in a press release.Basically the NHL has addressed the hand pass and blown major penalty calls from the playoffs, but not the missed trip from the SCF.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 21, 2019Such challenges will only be allowed if the puck does not leave the offensive zone between the missed stoppage and the goal.Coaches will also be able to make as many challenges as they like, but those challenges will carry greater risks. Teams will now receive a minor penalty for delay of game on a first unsuccessful challenge and a double minor for each subsequent unsuccessful challenge. Previously, a team’s ability to challenge was based on the availability of a timeout. Bettman stresses #NHL does not want challenges in games, hence the penalties for an incorrect challenge. He says it shouldn’t be for “I hope it’s goaltender interference” or “maybe it looks like it’s close.” They are supposed to be for “crystal clear, unmistakable errors.”— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 21, 2019Another change concerning video review: Referees are now required to review all non-fighting major penalties and match penalties. Officials will not be able to nullify the penalty, however; they can only confirm it or reduce it to a minor penalty. The 2018-19 contract year isn’t yet over, but the NHL is already changing its rules for next season.The changes were approved this week by the league’s Board of Governors, general managers and the Competition Committee and announced Thursday by commissioner Gary Bettman in Vancouver, site of this weekend’s NHL Draft. The most notable adjustments: Coaches’ challenges and video review have been expanded, and enhanced player safety initiatives have been taken. Referees will also be able to check the video after a double minor penalty for high-sticking to confirm the call and ensure the correct player is penalized. Such reviews are not mandated, however.To enhance safety, a player who loses his helmet must return to their team’s bench or replace the helmet before returning to the play. Any player who attempts to take off an opponent’s helmet will receive a minor penalty for roughing.Offensive teams will now be able to select which faceoff circle they would like to start from following icings and at the beginning of power plays as the league looks to increase scoring opportunities. Goalies are also no longer allowed to intentionally dislodge the goal on a breakaway. Doing so will result in a goal for the offensive team.
“I sort of have a bit of a decision to make,” he said. “I either set a goal of maybe trying to play singles post-U.S. Open and then I would maybe have a few weeks training. Two weeks training after Wimbledon and then maybe keep going with some doubles through the U.S. Open swing. “Or take a little bit more time to train and maybe give myself three or four weeks, another month of building up and playing some singles.”I could potentially try just before then at some of the tournaments, like Cincinnati or Winston-Salem. I could do something like that, but I need to see my team. I’m just really happy that my body’s fine, I’m feeling good, I’m healthy and I’m going to take my time.”I’m not going to rush this because I don’t want to and I don’t need to and if it means not playing singles until a bit later fine I’m just happy to be back on the court with no pain in my hip.” An emotional Murray said that his tennis career may be over when he pulled out of the Australian Open in January before going under the knife again.The 32-year-old hopes to play singles this season but is unsure how soon he will be able to go it alone.It really happened.Andy Murray. Feliciano Lopez. #QueensTennis pic.twitter.com/JLOC4x6XA7— Fever-Tree Championships (@QueensTennis) June 24, 2019″I could start practicing for singles through the U.S. Open swing, while I continue playing doubles and then try to maybe play singles after that,” the former world No. 1 said in his BBC Sport column.”Or maybe I will take a month or six weeks off after Wimbledon to get myself ready for singles. Then I might be able to play singles close to the U.S. Open.”But getting to the U.S. Open this year and being competitive isn’t the target.”Murray, who will pair with Marcelo Melo in the doubles at Eastbourne this week before teaming up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon, also discussed his options on court after his Queen’s success. Andy Murray says playing singles at the U.S. Open “is not the target” after his victorious return in doubles at the Queen’s Club Championship.The three-time Grand Slam champion and Feliciano Lopez took the title Sunday in London just five months after the Brit underwent hip resurfacing surgery.
Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Nets no longer front-runners for Warriors star Orlando made a big stride to secure its big man.According to a report from The Athletic, the Magic put together a four-year deal that will exceed $100 million and that was good enough for Nikola Vucevic. The Orlando Magic are preparing a four-year offer believed to be in excess of $90 million to their All-Star center Nikola Vucevic in hopes of completing a deal shortly after Sunday’s opening bell in free agency, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2019According to an earlier report from The Dallas Morning News, Vucevic was eyeing $25 million per year, which is what he’ll get with the team’s newest terms.”Last, but not least, is the question of All-Star center Vucevic, who has long been reported, including by The News, as a likely Mavericks free-agent target. Sources, however, now tell The News that while the Mavericks see Vucevic as a viable fit alongside Kristaps Porzingis, Vucevic is seeking a starting salary of $25 million and thus is out of Dallas’ price range. And there is little-to-no chance of Vucevic falling into the Mavericks’ comfort-level price because his current team, Orlando, wants to keep him and because he has other suitors, particularly Sacramento and Boston.”Vucevic wrapped up his seventh season with the Magic and is coming off a career year where he averaged personal bests in points (20.8) and rebounds (12). Related News Celtics’ problems extend beyond Kyrie Irving, report says Klay Thompson free agency rumors: Warriors, star agree to 5-year, $190M max contract He is planning on committing to the offer when free agency begins 6 p.m. ET Sunday. Orlando free agent All-Star Nikola Vucevic plans to commit to a four-year, $100 million deal to return to the Magic, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019A previous report hinted that the deal would exceed $90 million, which would have been under the amount the All-Star was hoping for.
NBA free agency rumors: Hornets to acquire Terry Rozier in sign-and-trade Free agent Kemba Walker has agreed to sign a four-year, $141M maximum contract to join the Boston Celtics, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Even though Walker insisted his top choice was to stay with the team that selected him ninth overall in the 2011 draft, he couldn’t pass up the Celtics’ offer after a tough couple of years that saw the Hornets miss the playoffs three consecutive seasons.According to an earlier report from The Athletic, which cited unidentified league sources, Walker and Charlotte experienced “sizable gaps and a stalemate” in their contract discussions. Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points, along with 5.9 assists for Charlotte last season. He shot 43.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range.The Hornets will attempt to replace Walker with Terry Rozier, who it reportedly acquired in a sign-and-trade with Boston on Sunday. Related News NBA trade rumors: Kings unwilling to deal first-round pick for Rockets’ Clint Capela Kemba Walker is heading to Boston.The longtime Hornets guard has committed to signing a four-year, $141 million contract with the Celtics, his agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN.
MORE: Watch the Daytona race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The original 7:30 p.m. ET start time for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona would have been the third such start time this season (Richmond and Kansas were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series is on NBC for the first time this season. (Fox’s portion of the broadcast schedule ended a couple weeks ago, and last week’s race was on NBCSN.) As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC is slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, which will consist of three stages (50 laps, 50 laps, 60 laps), is the 19th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (18th when not counting the All-Star Race).Daytona International Speedway is a 2.5-mile oval that features 31-degree banking in the turns, 18-degree banking in the tri-oval and three-degree banking on the backstretch. The speedy-yet-narrow superspeedway is arguably NASCAR’s most famous track for a reason — expect some tight, exciting racing.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Daytona.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Daytona raceRace: Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International SpeedwayDate: Saturday, July 6 (Postponed to Sunday)Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET (1 p.m. ET)TV channel: NBCLive stream: fuboTVRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway will be the first of seven races this season to be shown on NBC. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBC, Sunday’s race at Daytona is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreQualifying for the race at Daytona was canceled due to lightning in the area, meaning the lineup was set based on owner points. Joey Logano will start on the pole. The Team Penske driver has six top-10 finishes in the last nine races at Daytona, but he has led only 74 laps (in 21 starts) and posted an average finish of 17th in his career at the track.This will be the first night race at a superspeedway (and the first at Daytona) with the rules package that’s new for 2019 — no restrictor plates; just a tapered spacer to control the cars’ speed.”Obviously, they are different kind of race tracks a little bit in their own ways and I think teams will go to Daytona with a little different mindset of what they had at Talladega,” Ryan Blaney said this week regarding comparisons to the superspeedway race with this package earlier in the year. “Just trying to figure it out. I think it will be a good race. I thought Talladega was a pretty good race and I think it will get better as teams start to understand the package.”It’s a race I look forward to every year.”MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series schedule What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, which was postponed due to storms in the area Saturday night, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBC. The start time for the race at Daytona is 1 p.m. ET with a green flag time set for 1:22 p.m. ET, although more rain was expected to impact the race Sunday. It’s a race Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones is looking forward to, as well. Jones scored his only career victory in this race last season. One of his teammates, Denny Hamlin, won the Daytona 500 this year. Another, Kyle Busch, has been dominating at all tracks this season. So can Jones keep up?”I’m looking forward to getting back to Daytona,” Jones said this week. “It’s always cool coming back to a track where you are the defending race winner. Looking forward to the race and defending our win from last year.”It’s always fun to get down there on the 4th of July. It’s usually a great crowd, a great turnout and great atmosphere for the race. Looking forward to getting out there and hopefully we’ll be able to get another win to lock ourselves in the playoffs and have a lot fun at the same time.”
Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli done with catching after latest concussion: ‘I can’t live like this’ Cleveland was good all around in its 11-1 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.The Indians excelled at the plate, notching 18 hits and four home runs. On the mound, Trevor Bauer tallied nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. Cleveland (50-38) enters the All-Star break riding a six-game winning streak and sits 5 1/2 games back from the AL Central-leading Twins.Going into the All-Star break on a 6-game win streak!SPICY HOT! 🔥🔥🔥#WWWWWWindians | #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/Bu9CC0UDKs— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 7, 2019The Reds on the other hand have lost two straight and are fifth in the NL Central standings, but still just 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs. Related News Rafael Devers was held hitless in five at-bats as Boston topped Detroit 6-3.HighlightColorado’s Nolan Arenado bare-handed this ball and made a great throw to first.We have no words, Nolan. pic.twitter.com/kF86iuIb22— MLB (@MLB) July 7, 2019What’s Next?All-Star break — Yes, the All-Star break is upon us. So you know what that means. The 2019 Home Run Derby kicks off Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET, but fan favorite Christian Yelich was forced to pull out due to a back injury. Then there’s the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Plenty of fun festivities are ahead before regular season play returns Thursday. Studs of the NightJesus Aguilar hit two home runs in the Brewers’ 6-5 loss to the Pirates.Jay Bruce went yard twice as the Phillies took down the Mets 8-3.Duds of the NightAnthony Santander went 0-for-4 at the plate in the Orioles’ 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Todd Frazier: Jake Arrieta went ‘a little overboard’ with dented skull threat
Everything you need to know for SEC Media Days 2019:MORE: Major storylines for every Power 5 media daysLocation for SEC Media Days 2019SEC Media Days will return to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., in 2019 after foraying into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta last year — the first time since 1985 it wasn’t held around the Birmingham, Ala., area (with the Wynfrey Hotel hosting it since 2001). That said, commissioner Greg Sankey has said he is open for the event to change locations every year, including Nashville, Tenn., and Dallas.SEC Media Days 2019 TV scheduleSEC Media Days will be televised on ESPN and the SEC Network, starting each day’s coverage with “SEC Now.” The show will broadcast live from Birmingham featuring hosts Peter Burns and Dari Nowkhah, with coaches from all 14 SEC teams scheduled to join the set following their podium trips. The Southeastern Conference helps kick off the unofficial start of the college football season next week with its annual media days.This year, the questions are sure to center around Alabama after its loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship to Clemson. Other topics that will likely dominate headlines include whether Georgia can finally clear the hurdle under coach Kirby Smart, Year 2 of the Dan Mullen and Jimbo Fisher eras at Florida and Texas A&M, respectively, and whether this is the year for LSU to truly challenge in the west. DateTime (ET)ProgrammingJuly 15NoonSEC Now…5:30 p.m.The Paul Finebaum Show…7 p.m.Homecoming with Titus O’NeilJuly 169:30 a.m.SEC Now…4:30 p.m.The Paul Finebaum ShowJuly 1710 a.m.SEC Now…4:30 p.m.The Paul Finebaum ShowJuly 1810 a.m.SEC Now…3 p.m.The Paul Finebaum ShowFull SEC Media Days schedule, speaking times(all times Eastern)Monday, July 15Barry Odom, Missouri (1:05 p.m. -1:35 p.m.)Dan Mullen, Florida (3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.)Ed Orgeron, LSU (4:55 p.m.-5:25 p.m.)Tuesday, July 16Kirby Smart, Georgia (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)Matt Luke, Ole Miss (11:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.)Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee (2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.)Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M (4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)Wednesday, July 16Nick Saban, Alabama (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)Chad Morris, Arkansas (11:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.)Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State (2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.)Will Muschamp, South Carolina (4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)Thursday, July 17Derek Mason, Vanderbilt (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)Mark Stoops, Kentucky (11:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.)Gus Malzahn, Auburn (12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m.)MORE: Ranking SEC coaches for 2019SEC West players attending SEC Media Days 2019AlabamaJerry Jeudy, WRDylan Moses, LBTua Tagovailoa, QBArkansasMcTelvin Agim, DLDe’Jon Harris, LBDevwah Whaley, RBAuburnDerrick Brown, DTMarlon Davidson, DEPrince Tega Wanogho, OLLSUJoe Burrow, QBGrant Delpit, DBLloyd Cushenberry, CMississippi StateFarrod Green, TEErroll Thompson, LBDarryl Williams, COle MissMatt Corral, QBMoMo Sanogo, LBAlex Givens, OLTexas A&MKellen Mond, QBJustin Madubuike, DLBraden Mann, PMORE: 2019 SEC early conference primerSEC East players attending SEC Media Days 2019FloridaFeleipe Franks, QBLamical Perine, RBJabari Zuniga, DLGeorgiaJake Fromm, QBJ.R. Reed, DBAndrew Thomas, OLKentuckyLynn Bowden Jr., ATHKash Daniel, LBLogan Stenberg, OLMissouriKelly Bryant, QBCale Garrett, LBDeMarkus Acy, CBSouth CarolinaJake Bentley, QBT.J. Brunson, LBBryan Edwards, WRTennesseeDaniel Bituli, LBJarrett Guarantano, QBDarrell Taylor, LBVanderbiltKalija Lipscomb, WRJared Pinkney, TEKe’Shawn Vaughn, RB
The first name that springs to mind for help would be Jon Gray of the Rockies. There’s a couple of reasons for that. For one, he is a predominantly four-seam fastball/slider pitcher, which Houston loves, and the Astros already considered drafting him back in 2013 when they passed over him and Kris Bryant to take Mark Appel. Gray hasn’t been great, but get him to the Astros and Brent Strom and out of Coors Field and who knows what will happen. It should be noted, Gray is not available just yet, but if the Rockies continue to struggle, he very well could be.Jeff Samardzija is along the same line as Gray. He’s a four-seam fastball/slider pitcher (or at least those are his most effective pitches) and he has had to pitch in a division with some tough ballparks in Colorado and Arizona. Now, does Houston want to pay another $25 million on an older pitcher? Maybe not. But with only three pitchers locked up for the rotation next season, Houston will likely want to add a player with team control and Samardzija might be a good bridge man for a year. Houston has had interest in him in a trade in the past, as well.Phillies: Steven Matz, Mets; Marco Gonzales, MarinersThe Phillies need a lefty in their rotation — desperately. It’s why they had interest in Dallas Keuchel before the year and it’s also why they have been looking at Mike Minor of the Rangers. While their pitchers have different arsenals, all of them are right-handed, including the top three rotation of Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta and Zach Eflin. The team has to pick up a lefty for a potential playoff run and Steven Matz is the odd man out right now in New York. He is also controllable with two years of arbitration left and has great stuff too, so he’s definitely appealing. The only question is whether the Mets would trade him to a division rival? We all know who is going to be traded at the July 31 deadline. You could write that yourselves. Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman and Matthew Boyd are all likely to move and you’ve read just about all you can take on those guys.But, what about the pitchers who are going to surprise you? Because let’s be honest, there is a surprise move every year. In 2015 the Astros got Mike Fiers in the Carlos Gomez deal, in 2018, the Yankees picked up Lance Lynn and even this year Andrew Cashner has already been dealt to the Red Sox. MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier MLB trade rumors: What could Yankees, Astros, Padres offer for Noah Syndergaard? Marco Gonzales probably won’t get dealt, but if the Mariners want to get a good return with a trade at the deadline, he could be the player to get it for them. He still has one year left on his pre-arbitration deal and three years of arbitration remaining. While he hasn’t been fantastic, that would definitely be enough to send some talent back Seattle’s way. He’s also left-handed and has been pretty good over the last two years. If the Mariners truly want to blow it up, then the Phillies could come calling, especially considering the two teams have a good working relationship after they made a big deal involving Jean Segura this offseason.Yankees: Aaron Sanchez, Blue Jays; Jason Vargas, MetsAaron Sanchez is the definition of a buy-low candidate, but that’s what general manager Brian Cashman loves right now. The team doesn’t want to take on big money and Sanchez is certainly not making that. He has not been good this year, though, which makes it a leap of faith to acquire him, but he has fantastic stuff and has shown flashes of great this season and was pretty good recently at Yankee Stadium. Now, it might be more of a question of if Toronto even wants to deal him because of how little value it might get for him.Jason Vargas isn’t a popular name, but he’s shown he can be a very good innings eater and will give quality starts here and there. It wouldn’t be a popular move if the Yankees pulled it off, but it would give New York someone it could pitch for a second half and possibly ease the wait for Luis Severino to return — if he does return. He could also eat up some innings late in the season while the team waits for the playoffs, which could take some burden off of Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, who need to be 100 percent in the playoffs. MLB trade rumors: What could it take to land Madison Bumgarner? These weren’t widely talked about moves before they happened, but they did have influences on teams down the road. So who could those players be this year? We took a few of these out of left field, but, while they would be surprising, it wouldn’t surprise us if they happened.Potential sleeper moves Astros, Yankees, Phillies could make to bolster rotationsAstros: Jon Gray, Rockies; Jeff Samardzija, GiantsThe Astros are desperate for help in their starting rotation as is evident in the team’s last two pitching outings. Add that to Brad Peacock’s questionable health, Josh James and Collin McHugh’s limited current pitch counts and the team’s disappointment with their minor-league pitchers and Houston will almost undoubtedly look outside the organization for assistance. Related News
In Cullen’s 21-season NHL career, he recorded 731 regular-season points (266 goals, 465 assists) and was part of three Stanley Cup winning teams: Carolina (2006) and Pittsburgh (2016 and ’17).In total, Cullen played in 132 career playoff games, registering 58 points (19 goals, 39 assists). Related News “Matt’s knowledge of the game and understanding of our organization will make him a valuable asset moving forward,” Rutherford said in a statement. “With over 20 years in the NHL and three Stanley Cups, we are certain he will continue to have a positive influence on our players.”Cullen recorded 36 goals and 47 assists for 83 points in 225 regular-season games with the Penguins. He served as an alternate captain in parts of each of his three seasons with Pittsburgh, and his seven shorthanded goals during that span were more than any other Penguin. Longtime NHL center Matt Cullen, who played three of the past four seasons with the Penguins, will move into Pittsburgh’s hockey operations department in a player development role, executive VP and GM Jim Rutherford announced Thursday.For more than two decades, Cullen appeared in 1,516 games with the Ducks, Panthers, Hurricanes, Rangers, Senators, Wild, Predators and Penguins, putting the Virginia, Minnesota, native second in games played by an American-born player, behind only Chris Chelios (1,651), and 19th overall in NHL history. Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner NHL trade news: Penguins deal Phil Kessel to Coyotes for Alex Galchenyuk, prospect Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson bitten by dog, hospitalized In his new role, Cullen will work closely with Rutherford, coach Mike Sullivan and his staff.”Cully was a cerebral player with great leadership skills,” Sullivan in a statement. “He is a natural coach who will offer great insight to our coaching staff and to our players. We look forward to adding him to our staff.”Originally drafted by the Ducks in the second round (35th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft, Cullen recorded 10 or more goals in 16 of his 21 seasons, including a career-best 25 goals during the Hurricanes’ 2005-06 championship season. He also eclipsed the 40-point mark seven times.
Which independent FBS school will have the best season in 2019?Notre Dame is the easy answer — on the surface. The Irish are coming off a College Football Playoff appearance, and Brian Kelly returns a talented roster. Notre Dame, however, has company in the independent ranks. POWER 5 PRIMERS: ACC | SEC | B10 | B12 | P12Army, ranked 16th in Sporting News’ preseason top 25, continues to roll under coach Jeff Monken and is looking for more after a school-record 11 wins in 2018. BYU returned to a bowl game as well, and Liberty will welcome Hugh Freeze back to the college coaching ranks. UMass also has a new coach in Walt Bell, and New Mexico State is looking to improve from a 3-9 season.There are several storylines worth watching in 2019. A look at the best among the six independent teams:Independent college football team rankings1. Notre Dame2. Army3. BYU4. Liberty5. New Mexico State6. UMassNotre Dame has a much tougher schedule this season, but Kelly has done an impressive job with the program-wide makeover the last two seasons. The Irish are 22-4 in that stretch, one game better than Army’s 21-5 mark. Those are the two best bets to crack the New Year’s Day Six this season. It’s tough to pick which school will have the better record.Biggest independent games in 2019Army at Michigan (Sept. 7). The Black Knights took Oklahoma to the limit in 2018, and they’ll get a noon kickoff at the Big House to test Don Brown’s defense. A win here would vault Army into the New Year’s Day Six discussion.BYU at Tennessee (Sept. 7). The Cougars also play Utah, USC and Washington in September, but an upset in Neyland Stadium against an SEC opponent would get the most attention.Notre Dame at Georgia (Sept. 21). This game shaped both teams’ seasons in 2017. It will be the same case in Athens in a great quarterback matchup between Ian Book and Jake Fromm.Notre Dame at Michigan (Oct. 26). It’s an odd place on the schedule for one of the game’s classic rivalries, but the Irish catch the Wolverines coming off a trip to Penn State the previous week. Notre Dame hasn’t won at Michigan since 2005.Independent Heisman hopefulsIan Book, Notre Dame. The Irish have not had a Heisman winner since 1987, but Book could have a chance over a full season. He completed 68.2 percent of his passes over 10 games and will add to last year’s yardage and touchdown totals. The big-game spotlight won’t be an issue here.Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Army. The Black Knights haven’t had a Heisman winner since 1958, but Hopkins should pile up the statistics as the quarterback of an option offense. Hopkins was a 1,000/1,000 player last year. Keep in mind that Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman voting in 2015.Zach Wilson, QB, BYU. Wilson had a brilliant performance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl by finishing 18 of 18 for 317 yards and four touchdowns. That continued development against the rough September schedule will be key for the Cougars.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonIndependent stat that mattersNotre Dame, Army and BYU will get the most attention of the independents, and to keep that attention you must play ranked opponents. The Irish are 7-4 against ranked teams the last two years. BYU is 1-4 and Army is 0-2. Given those big September matchups we outlined for all three teams, they need to be on top of their games. Independents’ biggest question: Notre Dame or Army in NY6?That’s a difficult question. If the Black Knights upset Michigan, then there’s a decent chance they could have a 13-0 record at season’s end. The Irish face Georgia, Michigan and Stanford on the road, along with their rivalry with USC and five-game arrangement with the ACC.Both teams have a good chance to get to double-digit victories, but what about crashing the New Year’s Day Six?Independent predictions for 2019Army will make the Wolverines nervous in the second half at the Big House, but without that upset they won’t make the New Year’s Day Six. Notre Dame will lose at Georgia and Michigan but still make the New Year’s Day Six with a 10-2 season. BYU and Liberty also make bowl games, and Hugh Freeze’s name will get tossed around for Power 5 jobs again.
Chi Chi Gonzalez was tagged with the loss. Studs of the NightBo Bichette went 2 for 5 in the Blue Jays’ 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Rays and became the first batter to ever have 10-or-more extra base hits in the first nine games of his career. He also became the first Toronto player to start his career with a nine-game hitting streak.The Brewers got it done without Christian Yelich, who was held out of the game for rest, after Yasmani Grandal had two doubles and an RBI in a 4-3 win against the Pirates.Jose Abreu hit a home run and drove in three runs as the White Sox beat the Tigers, 5-3, to split a doubleheader.Duds of the NightMookie Betts was 0 for 4 in the Red Sox’s 6-2 loss to the Royals.The Marlins couldn’t get anything going as they were shut out by the Mets, 5-0. HighlightsMike Tauchman’s reaction to his own over-the-wall catch was almost better than the play itself. MLB trade deadline: Astros ‘can’t believe’ they landed Zack Greinke, GM says Mariners’ Tim Beckham suspended 80 games after positive PED test The Astros “couldn’t believe” they landed Zack Greinke before the MLB trade deadline, and he came away with a win in his team debut Tuesday.The ace pitched six innings, allowing five runs off seven hits while striking out two and walking two against the Rockies. Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers could use lefty out of bullpen in playoffs Mike Tauchman has earned his pinstripes. pic.twitter.com/NFTxBhZXTE— MLB (@MLB) August 7, 2019Ronald Acuña Jr. was definitely ready for the first pitch.You think @ronaldacunajr24 was ready for the 1st pitch? 😱 #Crushed pic.twitter.com/adfeDV6qOf— MLB (@MLB) August 7, 2019What’s Next?Rangers (58-54) at Indians (66-46), 1:10 p.m. ET — The Rangers squeaked by the Indians in the series opener, but had to wait to face Cleveland again after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to weather. Now, the two teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday. The Indians are trying to gain some ground on the American League Central-leading Twins. Greinke got some support from Yordan Alvarez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and Houston managed to pull away late for an 11-6 victory over Colorado.Nothing new here… Just Yordan, upper tank!#TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/K9kcMcoQZg— Houston Astros (@astros) August 7, 2019The Rockies scored two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth. Colorado added another run in the seventh but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the streaking Astros, who have now won five in a row. Related News
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/40/d3/valentine-holmes-081619-getty-ftrjpg_pkn3jis2vu6v1touu0pakep8f.jpg?t=-1703654396&w=500&quality=80 But there’s something that has been on the superstar rugby player’s mind since he jumped across the pond and joined the New York Jets this offseason.”Probably coffee, is the main thing,” Holmes told Sporting News, with nostalgic eyes. “The one thing I always think about is coffee. They don’t really do nice coffee here — sorry.”2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:How Jets will fare in AFC East, conferenceIn a nutshell, that’s Holmes: calm, collected, unconcerned. He welcomes the stage of the big city and the big moment. While coffee is a good wake-up call, the 24-year-old rolling the dice on an NFL career probably comes on like a brick to the face.Going from being a record-breaking superstar in the National Rugby League to trying to break in with an NFL team is no easy task, but Holmes has made his presence felt with the Jets. As part of the NFL’s International Pathway program, Holmes has found himself in the mix returning punts and getting a few snaps out of the backfield as a running back.A gridiron is just a bit different from the rugby pitch, on which Holmes set records and won championships. He was a member of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, making his pro debut at age 19, and was a winger on for the championship squad in 2016. Holmes also helped secure a World Cup for Australia as a member of the the Australian rugby national team in 2017.”Helped” might be an understatement: Holmes was the tournament’s top try scorer with 12, a record. He also set the record for trys, with six, in the semifinal matchup vs. Fiji.Those records, respectfully, mean nothing in Florham Park.MORE: NFL QBs with most to prove in 2019Holmes is starting from Square 1 in a brand new sport and is competing in a loaded running back room — led by superstar free-agent signee Le’Veon Bell and veteran Ty Montgomery — and finding a niche as a punt returner. While he’s competing, Holmes is finding a lot of value in learning, as well — and his teammates are a big part of that, including fellow Aussie and Jets punter Lachlan Edwards.”(Lachlan) helped me out when I first came in April for preseason,” Holmes said. “He just let me know what it’s like, what to get used to. ‘It’ll get easy as you stay longer, you get to know the boys.'”I don’t really see too much of him, because he’s a punter. He goes to different classrooms and trains at different times. But I catch up with him every now and then at lunch.”The learning didn’t stop with Edwards, though.”It’s awesome — just coming to training everyday, hanging out with the running back class, even these other boys, all the offensive players,” Holmes told SN. “It’s awesome just to rub shoulders and communicate with them, learn off each other.”Just today, I was learning off of Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Eli (McGuire) and (Trenton) Cannon, what they were doing. It’s been great since being here, they’ve been helping me out a lot.” FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Valentine Holmes misses home.Now on the opposite end of the globe from where he was born and raised, there’s a lot about Australia for which he yearns: his wife and puppy dog, the weather, the beaches — even if it’s winter there currently — chief among them. With the preseason yet to unfold — while the same can be said of Holmes’ NFL career — there are many questions left unanswered. Playing time and position are the most obvious. Holmes is unsure how it’ll shake out. He is adamant he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him as he continues to learn and grow.But there’s a simple message he’d like to deliver to as it all happens.”The best is yet to come. Just hold on.” The education seems to be paying off and turning some heads. Montgomery believes Holmes is the “LeBron James of rugby.” Coaches and teammates have been impressed with his toughness. But more than his reputation or his aura, Holmes has sure hands and seems to find himself in the right part of the field at the right time — two key aspects to becoming an NFL player — while demonstrating a dose of signature rugby toughness. It has caught the eyes of some coaches, including the man in charge.”He’s picking up the offense, that hasn’t really been his issue,” Gase told media after practice earlier in August. “It’s just when everything starts moving super fast, he’s trying to get used to that, and I think it’s starting to work for him. It’s slowing down for him and I think it just keeps slowing down.”Gase praised Holmes’ ability to pick up on the playbook — a daunting task for anyone, let alone someone learning a brand-new sport — which is an impressive feat in itself. Given Gase’s reputation for being an offensive guru whose scheme features intricacies and high-level concepts, Holmes’ grasp of the playbook is more impressive.That doesn’t mean Holmes is guaranteed a spot on the roster come September; Gase stressed that there’s still room for growth.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS:Jets surge upward with new look for 2019While Holmes is learning what to do on the field, learning to play it in the biggest sports market in the world just adds to the equation. He’s not totally foreign to the area, after all — he’s actually pretty familiar with New York; he has been to the Big Apple more than a handful of times and got his first taste of appreciation for American football some years ago.”I was a fan of the Giants,” Holmes said with a guilty smile. “That was the first real, live NFL game I went to — Giants vs. Colts. Since then, obviously they’ve had some real classy players, classy years. That’s the team I’ve mostly supported.”Holmes’ fandom for football goes beyond just the Giants, though. While he made a name for himself playing rugby, Holmes has wanted to compete in the NFL for a long time, with interest coming to a head back to the international pro day in Los Angeles in 2016. Holmes said roughly 15 teams were interested in him following that workout.”What it came down to, I just wanted to test myself as a player, a person, an athlete and see if I can come over here and test myself among these guys. So far, I’m here now, just finishing up training camp, I’m just having fun at the same time, enjoying it. It is a lifelong dream.”Holmes understands that all of Australia has its eyes on him as he trains and tries to steal a roster spot, but he isn’t losing sight of the true reason he made this move to the NFL.”I’m just doing this for myself, my family,” Holmes said. “I’m not really thinking about anyone else. Some people are supporting me and following me, some people aren’t. Obviously, I would like to do everyone proud who has supported me, I don’t want to look like a bust out here.”
The 6-4, 210-pound forward brings a lot of size to the lineup and though he’s not the most physical, he’s able to make space for himself and his linemates and is not afraid to throw a hit when needed. Nichushkin is also a fast skater who can win 1-on-1 battles and make creative plays on the fly. Equipped with a heavy shot, he’s able to shoot from anywhere with a power forward’s mentality, which helps him crash the net and get to the right areas.Nichushkin with the wheels! And a very nice goal.https://t.co/fwgiKIdX51— NHL (@NHL) March 5, 2016Joining Colorado may just be the right opportunity. He’s gotten much better defensively over time, is able to better handle the puck and carry it up ice — it just needs to be seen on a consistent basis. Regardless of whether or not he can find his touch with the Avalanche, the team will be just fine; they have plenty of depth on the wing, and their 3.15 goals per game last season ranked 10th in the league.Ultimately, he’s a safe backup option — and may even win a spot in the lineup if he shows improvement in the preseason. The Avs have shown that they’ll take a chance on unproven, young wingers (Andre Burakovsky), and the kid has shown that he can play. A change of scenery may just be the answer, as seen before in the NHL, and there’s not really a downside to the deal. How he’ll stack up is a toss-up, but Colorado isn’t losing anything by signing a former first-rounder to a low-risk, inexpensive deal. NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Tracker for all 31 teams’ RFAs, UFAsHis lackluster play, as well as inconsistency and lack of scoring since entering the organization, led Dallas to buy out the final year of his contract early in the offseason; however, the Avs see potential in the 2013 10th-overall pick and could benefit from his presence.”Valeri is a big, young winger who adds depth to our roster and brings competition to our training camp,” general manager Joe Sakic said in a team-issued press release. “He brings NHL experience to our team and we are excited to have him with our organization.”Once carrying the potential to become a first-line winger, Nichushkin has seen a decline in his play. After impressing with a solid 14 goals and 34-point performance in his rookie campaign, he suffered a hip injury the following year which held him to only eight games (one point). After that, he managed just nine more goals in the final year of his entry-level deal in 2015-16 before deciding to sign with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow.Overseas, he was able to register a combined total of 27 goals and 51 points in 86 games over the last two seasons, which included a 27-point campaign in 2017-18 topped off by a team-leading seven game-winning goals. However, none of that appeared to translate over to North America, where he struggled yet again and ultimately become a UFA.So what do the Avalanche get out of signing him? The Colorado Avalanche are taking a gamble on Valeri Nichushkin. They signed the 24-year-old winger to a one-year, one-way deal worth $850,000, the team announced Monday.Last season marked Nichushkin’s first NHL campaign with the Dallas Stars since 2015-16 (as a restricted free agent, he chose to sign overseas rather than return to the Stars). In 57 games, he failed to impress, going without a goal and putting up just 10 assists. He had a groin injury early on in the year and ultimately couldn’t live up to expectations or play any kind of top-6 role; he was scratched 16 times and appeared in just one postseason game.
BiH team has defeated Latvia in Riga with a very good result of 5:0 as a part of the 6th round of qualifications for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil,reports klix.baApart from 5 goals, BiH players had many other good opportunities. In 6 qualifying matches they scored 23 goals or 3.8 per game which is an excellent result. After BiH Germany comes second with 22 goals or 3.7 per match, followed by England with 21 goal or 3.5 per match.Netherlands, who won all six matches, has scored 20 goals or 3.3 per match and they are positioned fourth.BiH also has the best striker in Europe- Edin Džeko who scored 8 goals, while Vedad Ibišević is third with 6 goals.BiH football players are coming home today at 3.30 p.m.(photo: fifa.com)
The basketball players of Igokee from Aleksandrovac won against Pinar Karsiyakaju with the result 110:98 last night in Laktaši in the the sixth round of ULEB Euro-Cup group “E”.This is the second win of B&H champions in this competition.The most efficient players of Igokee were Branko Jorović with 27 points and Sergerio Gipson with 25 points, while B&H representative Nemanja Gordić had “double-double” performance of 16 points and 10 assists.Igokee will play in Hapoel Migdal on 26 November for the seventh round of the competition.(Source: Fena)
The meeting of leaders of coalition parties – the Alliance for a Better Future of BiH (SBB), the Croatian Democratic Union of BiH (HDZ BiH) and the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) will be held in Sarajevo on Tuesday.This was announced by Omer Cevra, spokesman for the Alliance for a Better Future (SBB).All the open issues between the coalition partners will be discussed at the meeting that will be attended by coalition partners Fahrudin Radoncic, Dragan Covic and Bakir Izetbegovic.One of the inevitable topics will be the current political situation in BiH, confirmed Cevra.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representative and captain Mirza Teletovic is the new president of the Basketball Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Teletovic was unanimously elected to the top position in Basketball Association of BiH (KSBiH) at an extraordinary session held on Saturday.Also, it was decided that the Vice Presidents of the KSBiH Steering Committee will be Dalibor Milos and Boris Spasojevic.“As I am fighting while playing basketball, I will fight for KSBiH to function properly. I give you my promise. Once again, I thank you,” Teletovic said in his brief address.The president of the KSBiH Assembly is Dalibor Milos, the vice presidents are Nihad Selimovic and Ognjen Mihajlovic.New members of UOKSBiH are Aid Berbic from Tuzla and Feda Jovanovic from Zenica, Boris Spasojevic, Dana Muminovic and Milan Plavsic from Republika Srpska and Dalibor Milos, Nikica Petrovic and Vinko Batinic from KS Herceg-Bosna.Mirza Teletović (born September 17, 1985) is a Bosnian former professional basketball player who spent six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represented and captained the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team. Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he played at the power forward position.After a long career in the NBA and Europe, Mirza Teletovic decided to call it a day from the professional action, after facing several health issues these past years.Teletovic, 33, spent the last few seasons in the NBA with Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets.
The three-season wait is over. Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares is the team’s new captain.MORE: NHL predictions 2019-20: Final standings, playoff projections, Stanley Cup picks The last captain in Leafs history before Tavares was defenseman Dion Phaneuf from 2010-16. Defenseman Morgan Rielly will serve as an alternate captain for the season while forwards Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner alternate wearing the other ‘A’ on their jerseys throughout the year.Toronto Maple Leafs captains throughout team historyYEARSCAPTAIN2019-John Tavares2010-16Dion Phaneuf1997-08Mats Sundin*1994-97Doug Gilmour*1991-94Wendel Clark1989-91Rob Ramage1981-86Rick Vaive1975-81Darryl Sittler*1969-75Dave Keon*1957-69George Armstrong*1956-57Ted Kennedy*1956-57Jimmy Thomson1955-56Sid Smith1948-55Ted Kennedy*1945-48Syl Apps*1943-45Bob Davidson1940-43Syl Apps*1938-40Red Horner*1937-38Charlie Conacher*1927-37Hap Day*1926-27Bert Corbeau1925-26Babe Dye1924-25John Ross Roach1922-24Jack Adams1920-22Reg Noble1919-20Frank Heffernan1917-19Ken Randall*Hall of Fame Prior to puck drop on the 2019-20 NHL season Wednesday night, the Leafs revealed the Oakville, Ont., native as the 25th captain in franchise history. Tavares was the last player introduced, sporting the “C” on his jersey, before the team’s season-opening game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena.OFFICIAL: John Tavares has been named the Captain of the @MapleLeafs . pic.twitter.com/U3Ki8zFvvT— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 2, 2019The team utilized Tavares’ wife Aryne, and newborn son, Jace, to deliver the good news: he was greeted by his son wearing his jersey when Toronto’s front office and coaching staff told him he would be named captain.”It’s a real honour. I won’t ever take it for granted.” #LeafsForeverThe Leaf: Blueprint Moment presented by @Molson_Canadian. pic.twitter.com/6eyYUXQhvg— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 2, 2019″That’s a hell of a surprise,” Tavares said as Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas brought him into a room with coach Mike Babcock and team president Brendan Shanahan. He greeted his son with a kiss, saying “[The jersey] looks good on you, bud.””We don’t expect anything from you other than you just continue to be who you’ve been,” Dubas told Tavares. “It’s been a lot of discussion and it’s because of who you are and how you do things every single day, yourself and Morgan [Rielly] and the rest of the group and how you conduct yourselves day in and day out. It’s what we want as a representation of our team every single day in here and to the public. We’re just fortunate we have some willing help to share the news with you.”Tavares, 29, had the best season of his career in 2018-19 (47 goals, 88 points), his first with the Maple Leafs. He played nine seasons for the New York Islanders and served as their captain for five seasons before signing with Toronto in July 2018.
2. Sumner County gets broken up by legislative redistricting.The 80th State House District used to encompass almost all of Sumner County. It was a district for more than 50 years that guaranteed the people of Sumner County would have at least one representative at the house in Topeka.That all changed when three federal judges, due to state legislative inactivity, were asked to redraw the new state house and senate districts in 2012 and they carved the county into three districts and split Wellington right down the middle. As a result, when the state legislature reconvenes next week, there will not be one representative with a Sumner County address.Â It wasn’t supposed to be like this. By law, every 10 years legislators are asked to redraw boundaries based on new census figures. Both the Republican and the Democrat plans in the state legislators had the 80th District intact. But because of political infighting, state legislators were unable to come up with an agreement and the issue was sent to court.Thus three U.S. Federal Judges were asked to redraw the lines. Some will debate whether the judges knew specifically what they were doing when they split Sumner County into three equal pieces (with a fourth district sliver representing Peck on the north end), but the new boundaries most certainly neutered Sumner County’s legislative power.As a result on election night in November, Vince Wetta, a Democrat from Wellington, lost his bid against Kyle Hoffman, a Republican, from Coldwater despite carrying the Sumner County vote. It is not that Hoffman won’t represent the northwest part of Sumner County well. It is just that he lives more than 100 miles a way. On the south side, Kasha Kelley from Arkansas City will be our representative. Ed Trimmer of Winfield represents northeast Sumner County.Our state senator, Steve Abrams, hails from Ark City.It may not seem like a big deal to some. But remember this. Sumner County, and Wellington specifically, does not have its own voice if such an issue comes up that will directly affect this county. Despite what you think of the casino, had it not been for Wetta, it is likely none of the revenue or the location of the facility would have been in Sumner County.There is a chance that Sumner County will not have a representative with address here for 10 years. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” We are counting down the top 10 Sumner Newscow news stories for 2012. This segment includes our pick for stories No. 5 to 2.5. Hotel owners look to build in Wellingtonâ€¦ maybe.Ultimately, whether Wellington lands a big hotel chain, will be decided when we look out the car window and see a hotel getting built. When it comes to bringing in guest lodging, Wellington has had a dickens of a time getting any earth turned.At least in 2012, people were talking about it.First there was Johnnie and P.J. Palmer who currently owns the Hampton Inn in Derby and a Holiday Inn Express in Maize. They told the Wellington City Council in 2012 that they will be building an 85-room hotel complex. At the time they had not secured a brand name, but it was later revealed it will be a Best Western. The facility is to include a 120-person meeting banquet room, a large breakfast area, indoor pool, fitness/exercise room and a business center to be built across the street from the current McDonald’s Restaurant.Then in December, a couple of venture capitalists from Tulsa visited with the council twice hoping to land a developer who would build a Candlewood Suites type of facility just west of the Turnpike, provided the council will extend the sewer that way. The price tag for the sewer is estimated at $700,000 with the developers chipping in $100,000 in special assessment taxes.So far nothing has materialize. Check the year end 2013 countdown in 2014 to see if “hotels get built” is one of the top 10 news stories. 3. Controversy engulfs Wellington High School.During the spring of 2012, one could consider Wellington High School having a nervous breakdown.Let’s just say it’s “complicated.” There were a myriad of issues at WHS which came to a head at the same time.Â First there were WHS’s low state assessment scores. Then there was block scheduling and whether to abandon it for traditional scheduling of yesteryear. Then there was the administrative turnover.Then came a math directive sent out by the USD 353 Central Office outlining how the high school math department should conduct its business. Then came the retaliation of the high school math teachers.That led to several school board executive sessions, i.e. closed meetings, that led some to question whether the board was being completely truthful with the public.The results? Wellington has a new group of high school math teachers. Although outgoing WHS Principal Dale Liston had already resigned, the board had voted to end the contract of assistant principal Joe Jacobs. Longtime assistant superintendent Jackie Glasgow would resign for personal reasons and Wellington Middle School principal Jerry Hodson would take her place.The block vs. traditional scheduling has yet to be resolved and is now part of the union negotiations. Wellington High School Dale Adams from Central-Burden was hired to take over and he most certainly has a different way of doing things. The state assessment scores continue to be a worrisome issue.Was anything accomplished through all this? Well, it’s hard to tell. One thing is for sureâ€¦ things seem to have cooled down this fall. But that doesn’t mean tranquility will last. After all, school board elections are coming in April. 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 (5) 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 Questions for Tracy · 397 weeks ago What was the, “retaliation of the high school math teachers”? Was it higher than ever state test scores for math? Was it removing nearly 200 years of teaching and leadership experience from one building? Was it following directions when given no other option? Report Reply 1 reply · active 397 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 397 weeks ago It meant the math teachers were vocally displeased at the math directive at the time. There were no hidden messages or “between the line” commentary. I’m too tired for that kind of stuff. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down confused · 397 weeks ago ? for Tracy….I am trying to decide if your comment is pro or con against the math teachers thet were there. I do know for a fact that the State testing plan that was put into place by Mr. Liston and Mr. Jacobs was followed and the scores on the tests proved what they did worked. If you are stating that what they did at the end should take credit for that you are wrong. If not I apologize now. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Questions for Tracy · 397 weeks ago Changing the last three statements from interrogative to declarative, the previous comment could read as follows…What was the, “retaliation of the high school math teachers”? The state test scores for math were higher than ever due to an outstanding effort from leadership, educators, and students. It is unfortunate that so many experienced people who care about education and students felt that the best solution would be to work somewhere other than Wellington. It is regretful that bullying could occur in a professional workplace. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 397 weeks ago First off Traci, Hodson is not the assistant super. He is some kind of curriculum coordinated. Second don’t just blame the high school for low testing scores. The elementary scores have been typically good but when the students get to middle school they drop off dramatically. The high school is just the end of the negative cycle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 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 4. Bumper wheat crop.Yes, there was a drought these past two years in Sumner County. But what little precipitation we did get, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for area wheat farmers.The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported that Sumner County growers cut 17.9 million bushels of wheat in 2012. No other counties were close. McPherson County cut 11.3 million bushels and Reno County had 10.8 million bushels.The wheat crop was unusually early this year. Farmers started cutting on Memorial Day Weekend – two weeks before the usual start-up date of June 10. But by mid-June in 2012, farmers had already gotten the wheat into the bin and the custom cutters had long left.The wheat harvest averaged 45 to 50 bushels to the acre. The crop quality was 12 percent protein and 60 pound test weights. Some said there was wheat averaging over 80 bushels to the acre.Farmers have been seeing the price of wheat ranging from $6.43 a bushel in June to the more intriguing $8.60 a bushel as of late.But after a failed spring crop due to the drought and another wheat crop in the ground which is promising to be not as good, it never gets too good to be a farmer.
Wellington Police Notes for Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2013:Friday, March 08, 2013â€¢12:28 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute by a known suspect in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢2:34 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1400 block. E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Kristi Slaughter, 30, Oxford and a ditch.â€¢2:24 a.m. Miguel D. Ibanez, 27, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm, distribution of certain stimulants and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block. E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢5:29 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1300 block. E. Michigan, Wellington.â€¢8:38 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1300 block. Michigan, Wellington.â€¢5:53 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢Jesse A. Deason, 27, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of a dog bite violation and dog at large.â€¢Christy M. Davis, 22, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.â€¢Jason B. Burnett, 34, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of battery and disorderly conduct.â€¢Jennifer Doerge, 28, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of battery and disorderly conduct.â€¢8:22 p.m. Michael W. Washington Jr, 37, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington Bench Warrant for failure to appear. Sunday March 10, 2013â€¢4:45 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.â€¢5:43 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary, theft and criminal damage to property in the 300 block E. 13th, Wellington.â€¢No news release.â€¢Allan D. Roths, 56, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of unlawful discharge of fireworks.â€¢9:41 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and disorderly conduct by known suspect in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢10:06 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington. Saturday, March 09, 2013â€¢11:49 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.â€¢2:46 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block E. 7th, Wellington.â€¢4:37 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary and theft by an unknown suspect in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢Terri L. Brawley, 50, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of unlawful discharge of fireworks.â€¢Cassandra N. Huck, 23, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of theft and unlawful use of a financial card.â€¢9:50 p.m. Tracy L. French, 49, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic violence, battery and criminal damage to property/DV in the 1800 block. N. A, Wellington. (bonded)â€¢Lashawn R. Barnes, 27, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.â€¢11:10 p.m. Officers investigated criminal restraint by a known suspect in the 200 block N. A, Wellington.
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Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down CaptAmerica008 · 371 weeks ago Amen those guys are great. Thank you for doing the job you do in the conditions that you have to put up with Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 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 â€” Now that is what you call a Kansas storm.A storm with up to 70 to 80 mph winds blew through Sumner County yesterday around 7 p.m. creating a tree-limb and power outage mess thereafter. The city of Wellington has announced that the Wellington Compost Site on East Lincoln will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and open regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.Crews from Wellington and Sumner County are busy clearing out tree limbs from roadways and alley ways this morning. Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said if someone absolutely cannot get their limbs to the compost pile these next few days, they can drag them to the curb and the city will come pick them up.Â A storm with high winds and thunderstorm moved into the area after a rather steamy hot Thursday afternoon in which the temperatures rose into the 100s.About 5:30 p.m. the day turned dark and soon after, a dust cloud similar to what you would have seen in the dust bowl 1930s, was heading for Wellington. The wind storm hit the community at once and sustained anywhere from 70 to 80 mph winds for more than a couple of minutes knocking down power lines and causing the community to lose power.There were two spurts. After the wind died and power was restored in certain sections of town, a second wave of wind with rain hit the town. Estimated rainfall ranged from a half-inch to 1 inch in the general vicinity.Vic Sandell, assistant Wellington Fire Chief, reported emergency crews took reporter of seven electric poles and one cable pole that were knocked down, as well as a few transformers that were sparking. Several people were without power inside the city limits for much of the evening. But power was restored by 11 or 11:30 p.m.As far as the rural population goes, at one point, there were over 2,000 Sumner-Cowley Electric Co-op customers who were without power Thursday evening, according to Richard Mitchell, manager of operations.He approximates that about 50 residential and commercial accounts, i.e. horizontal oil rigs, are without electricity this morning.“We probably won’t get everyone fully restored until Saturday evening,” Mitchell said.He said the primary focus is to get as many farmers and elderly in the remote area with electricity restored because of the heat.Mitchell said most of the power problems occurred in the middle of the county stretching in almost a straight line from the state line to the Sedgwick County line. He heard reports of 90 mph wind.“We have about a mile of transmission line down on the ground east of Rome,” Mitchell said. “Our substation is down in South Haven but we have rerouted electricity from other sources so the community has electricity.”As far as accidents were concerned, the Kansas State Patrol reported three non-injury accidents including a toppled semi-truck on the Kansas Turnpike south of 47th Street.Sandell said there were no injuries due to the storm Thursday evening.Elsewhere the damage was worse. In Derby, MJB Heating and Cooling at 201 S. Baltimore was burned to the ground.Temperatures which plummeted during the storm were quickly restored – almost too quickly, as it was back in the 90s later in the evening. People reported seeing quite a sunset – probably the result of the dust particles still in the air.
14-Dec Mulvane2 Bookings Murphy, Michael S.22Wichita, KSKansas Dept.’ of CorrectionsSUCOFelony Theft X212/12/13 Lea, Anthony29Wellington, Ks200 N C Wellington, KsWPDAggravated Battery, Interference with LEO12/9/13 Patton, Anthony35Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Dr, MulvaneMPDPossession of Opiate, Opium, Narcotic, or certain stimulants, Unlawful use of drivers license12/14/13 Lea, Meredith26Wellington, Ks1213 N C Wellington, KSWPDSumner County Warrant12/13/13 Frias, Jamie Eduardo24Winfield, KSCowley County JailMPDFTA12/11/13 WEEKLYÂ Â BOOKINGS12/9/2013 thru 12/16/2013 Debuhr, Karlyss51Wellington, Ks715 N Gardner Wellington, KsWPDWarrant Arrest X3, Aggravated Assault, Assault LEO,Criminal Use of Weapons12/12/13 Koehn, Lisa32Wellington, Ks1202 Crest Ridge Wellington KSWPDSumner County Warrant12/13/13 James, Tyron32Ashland, KS1201 W 8th Wellington KSWPDForgery, Theft, ID Theft, Obstruction12/14/13 Loveland, Harold H. Jr.27Argonia, KS.610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.SUCOFailure to appear12/9/13 Harper, Ashley C.27Wichita, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington KSSUCOFailure to appear12/13/13 Sedgwick Co30 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Nguyen, Long Ngoc39Wichita, KSKansas Star CasinoKRGCTrespassing12/15/13 Hughes, Dakota Ray19Oxford, KS402 N Sumner Oxford, KSOXPDBurg non dwelling x4, Burg of auto x4, Theft x812/11/13 Monday 0800Â toÂ Monday 0800 Fisk-James, Amanda30Wichita, KS1201 W 8th Wellington KSWPDPossession of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia12/14/13 White, Kimberly L50Wichita, KS1500 E US 166 Hwy Gueda Springs, KsSUCODriving Under Influence, Transporting Open Container12/15/13 Mosely, Kelvin L.49Guthrie, Ok.I-35, MP 18KHPPedestrian on turnpike and Violation of K.T.A. rules and regulations12/12/13 Caldwell PD Cooper, Susieanna50Wichita, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.SUCOBattery, Disorderly Conduct12/12/13 Delgadillo, Luis E.34Wichita, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington KSSUCOFailure to appear X212/12/13 Oxford1 Livingston, Rebecca E.40Wellington, Ks500 N. Washington, Wellington KSSUCOServing Sentence12/12/13 b Gibson, Randy W.41Wichita, KS2206 W. McCarther, Lot 16, Wichita, KS.BondsmanBond Revocation12/10/13 KHP2 Wolfe, Jeffery34Wichita, KS217 S 6th Conway Springs KSSUCOSedgwick County Warrant, City of Anthony Warrant12/14/13 White, Daniel C18Wellington, Ks1226 E Lincoln Wellington, KsWPDFailure to Appear12/14/13 Wellington PD7 Sumner Co11 Bail Bondsman2 Browning, Craig57Chanute, Ks425 S. Kansas Chanute, KsBondsmanFailure to Appear12/13/13 Belle Plaine Sharpsteen, Don56Wellington, Ks610 E Hillside Wellington, KsSUCOProbation Violation12/14/13 Patee, Eric33Belle Plaine, KSHighway 160 mp 294KHPD.W.S., No Seatbelt, and Unlawful use D.L., unknown circumstances12/11/13 Carver, Sean41Derby, Ks1200 Blk 119th St. Mulvane, KsSUCODomestic Battery12/15/13
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report â€” The Wellington varsity boys lost to Augusta 64-49 to fall to 1-3 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. The Wellington girls, however, was victorious 40-36. The Wellington girls are 2-2 in the AV-CTL Div. IV.After falling behind 6-0, Wellington had a great first quarter and trailed the Orioles 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, scoring tapered off with both boys combining for 16 points. The score at half saw Augusta leading 27-23.The third quarter sunk the Crusaders as Augusta outscored Wellington 28-16 and led 55-39. Wellington would go on to lose by 15.Scoring for Wellington were: Trevor Nance 18, Colin Reichenberger 10, Connor Phelps 7, Payton Baker 5, Austin Dunn 4, Wesley Gilmore 3.Things went much better for the girls. It didn’t start out that way, though. Wellington was down 12-4 at the end of the first quarter after making seven turnovers. They were then down 14-4 at the 7:17 mark of the second quarter. However, Wellington came back though and pulled within two, 20-18.That set up a spirited second half. Orioles continued to lead 25-24 after three quarters. In the fourth, Wellington tied it up at 33-all with three minutes to play the would outscore the Lady Orioles 5-1 to lead 38-34 with about 30 seconds to play.Augusta made a layup to pull within two, but Wellington sunk two free throw down the stretch to win.Lauryn Snipes was the leading scorer with 15 points. Tayland French had 8, Taylor Zimmerman 6, Carlie McComb 6, Holly Wright 2, Mireia Salvador 2, and Kelsey Whaley 1. Leading rebounders were Snipes with 10, French 9, McComb 5, Salvador 5, Ledesma 5. Wellington is now 2-2 in league and 4-3 overall. Both teams host Circle on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to wrap up the first half of the league season.In junior varsity action, Wellington boys fell to Augusta 64-49 and the C team lost 55-54. All of Wellington’s scoring were two boys. Hamel had 32 and Driskell had 22.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Oxford boys 45 Sedan 30Oxford led 10-8 at the end of the first and 22-15 at the half. The Wildcats upped their lead to 10 after three quarters and would go onto win after a 13-8 output in the fourth.“It was a good win for us tonight to open up SCBL league play,” Kyle Green, Oxford head boys basketball coach said. “I felt like we played solid defense tonight. Anytime you hold a team to 30 for a game you should win.”Green said Oxford’s half court offense looked better, and the team got quality shots.“But we missed too many buckets inside the paint. We need to finish,” Green said. “All in all a solid ball game for us though.Oxford hosts Caldwell Tuesday.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Other Sumner County scores:Boys: Douglass 66 Belle Plaine 47Chaparral 63 Conway Springs 61.Girls: Conway Springs 37 Chaparral 27Douglass 42 Belle Plaine 31.
A physical therapist for Sumner County Home Health is needed.Â Full-time, part-time, PRN and contracted options are possible.Â In-county travel required.Â Candidate must possess current KS PT licensure, KS Driverâ€™s License and reliable transportation. Must pass a drug screen, criminal background check and physical.Â For Complete job description contact the Sumner County Clerkâ€™s Office, 501 N Washington, Wellington, KS.Â ph 620-326-3395Apply online at www.HRePartners.com or at the Sumner County Clerkâ€™s Office.Â Interested in contracting call 620-326-2774 and ask for Laura.Â Applications close 08/22/2014. EOE
Sumner Newscow report â€” David Vandyke, a Wellington Police Department officer, has been issued a criminal complaint and notice to appear in Wichita Municipal Court for possible misdemeanor charges.According to the complaint Vandyke has been accused of â€œknowingly placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm.â€ A Wichita Municipal Court Check advisor said Vandyke is likely to have his first court appearance at the end of October, but no specific time has been set.He could face an assault and willful criminal damage misdemeanor charge, but that will be up to a Wichita Municipal Court judge, the advisor said.Â In the complaint, Vandyke, who lives at 3309 S. Kessler in Wichita, is accused of â€œknowingly damaging a cell phone in which (another person) has an interest without his consent by: slapping the phone out of his hand and causing the phone to hit the wall and break apart, and said property had a value less than $1,000.â€According to a report on the Wellington Daily News website, Vandyke has been suspended from the Wellington Police Department pending the outcome of the case.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath was unavailable for comment at the time of this writing.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. 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. -5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 305 weeks ago Due to the sensitive nature of this story, we will be disabling comments. If you want to comment please e-mail us at email@example.com with your full name and valid e-mail address. We will then place it on site provided we think it is a legitimate response to the story. We will allow anonymity only if full disclosure is considered harmful to the subject making the comment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 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
Bill MillerBill Miller, of Wellington, longtime local businessman, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at his home at the age of 88.Bill was born the son of Floyd and Byrd (Thompson) Miller on Thursday, July 29, 1926 in Wellington.On August 9, 1949, he and Donna Katzenmeier were united in marriage in Craig, Colorado. Â Together they celebrated 65 years of marriage.Survivors include his wife, Donna Miller of Wellington, son, Bryon Miller (Susan) of Wellington, daughter, Carmen Davis (David) of Derby, granddaughter, Brandy Sutton of Lawrence, granddaughter, Breeanna Malik (Trent) of Sugar Land, Texas, grandson, Myles Miller of Wellington, great-grandchildren, Boston and Acea Malik of Sugar Land, Texas and Raynee Miller of Wellington. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Dorthea Miller and three brothers: Hank, Chuck and Bob Miller.Funeral services for Bill will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, December 29th, 2014 in the First United Methodist Church, Wellington. Interment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington. There will be no visitation.A memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the Chisholm Trail Museum. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 73%. Audience review: 66% approval. This week at the Regent Theater: Penguins of Madagascar (Movie trailer is below).When:Â Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 32 minutesMovie Synopsis: Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. (c) Fox
Drew Brees and Jameis Winston were the two highest-scoring players on DraftKings in Week 14, and 12 more scored 30-plus points in what was a monster DFS slate. While it’s difficult to project if a similar range of high outcomes will occur in daily fantasy this week, there are a number of solid value options available, all of which would allow you to spend up on some studs. Let’s check out some Week 15 values. But before we break down top Week 15 value plays, please note that the picks and analysis below are provided by the industry-leading DFS experts at RotoQL Find out why 100,000 DFS players trust RotoQL to build lineups. Optimize, find value plays, and increase your chances of cashing today! WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPNFL DFS Picks Week 15: QB sleepers, valuesKyler Murray: Cardinals vs. Browns (DraftKings $5,600 | FanDuel $7,600)Since Murray hasn’t eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark in any of his last three starts, he will most likely be extremely low-owned this week. Over that span, his offensive line has let him down (he’s taken 15 sacks), and he’s thrown four interceptions. However, in this price range on both sites, Murray’s upside (due to the rushing ability he’s flashed a few times this year) makes him a solid GPP target in Week 15. Gardner Minshew: Jaguars at Raiders (DraftKings $5,500 | FanDuel $6,900)Minshew went 24-for-37 for just 162 yards and a touchdown in last week’s start, but added 31 yards on the ground in a lopsided loss. The Raiders have allowed 34, 40 and 42 points to the Jets, Chiefs and Titans in consecutive games, and Minshew Mania might be in store once again on Sunday. It’s also worth mentioning that Jacksonville’s defense has been torched in recent weeks, which only inflates Minshew’s fantasy upside.David Blough: Lions vs. Buccaneers (DraftKings $5,200 | FanDuel $7,300)Blough only comes into play if Matthew Stafford (hip/back) sits again. The Bucs have allowed 278.8 passing yards per game (2nd-most), and even though the Lions just lost Marvin Jones Jr. (ankle) to the IR, Tampa Bay’s pass funnel defense hasn’t posed much of a risk to opposing quarterbacks all season long.WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 15 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, valuesRaheem Mostert: 49ers vs. Falcons (DraftKings: $5,200 | FanDuel: $7,500)In Week 13, Mostert saw 73.7 percent of the running back snaps and broke out against the Ravens. Last week, as part of a healthy three-headed monster with Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, Mostert saw an impressive 59.7 percent of the snaps and might have earned himself lead-back duties due to his production. He took 10 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for 40 yards and another score in last week’s shootout win over the Saints. On the year, he’s averaging an insane 6.0 yards per carry (on 102 attempts) and 13.3 yards per catch, both of which convey his explosiveness. While he’s slightly priced up on FanDuel, he’s one of the best DraftKings values of the week.Patrick Laird: Dolphins at Giants (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $5,500)Other than becoming a viral sensation on Twitter, Laird’s appealing at his price tag due to the volume he’s been seeing. He rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries against the Jets last week and also caught four of five targets for 38 more yards. The week before, he rushed for a touchdown and caught four of five targets for 43 yards. While Laird isn’t the most gifted runner between the tackles, his chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick has been clear. Laird played 81.9 percent of the snaps against the Jets and should see a similar rate against the Giants this week.Dion Lewis: Titans vs. Texans (DraftKings $3,700 | FanDuel $4,700)With Derrick Henry (hamstring) slightly banged up, there’s a chance that Lewis could see additional work this week against the Texans. While Lewis hasn’t found the end zone yet this season and has only averaged 3.5 yards per rush and 5.8 yards per reception, Houston’s defense was annihilated by Patriots running back James White a couple weeks ago. White primarily assumes a passing-down role, and there’s a chance former Patriot and current Titans coach Mike Vrabel and company check out that film and find an edge. FanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 15: WR sleepers, valuesGreg Ward: Eagles at Redskins (DraftKings $3,000 | FanDuel $4,900)Due to numerous injuries at the position, Ward could be one of a few healthy Eagles receivers that can suit up against the Redskins. Although he hauled in just four of nine targets on Monday Night Football, that volume is a sight for sore eyes on DraftKings, where he’s the minimum price. While it’ll be important to pay attention to the injury news throughout the week, Ward will be a stellar target if he’s projected to be a piece of Philadelphia’s passing game. JJ Arceda-Whiteside: Eagles at Redskins (DraftKings $3,300 | FanDuel $5,500)The same goes for Arceda-Whiteside. While he only had two catches on three targets for 29 yards on Monday, he could be vaulted into a starting role against Washington. If you recall, the former Stanford standout was a preseason monster. At this price tag, especially on DraftKings, he can easily pay off his salary if he’s involved in the offense. Once again, monitoring the health of the other wideouts is necessary throughout the week. Corey Davis: Titans vs. Texans (DraftKings $3,800 | FanDuel $5,000)Limiting Derrick Henry has been no easy task for opposing defenses this season. However, it appears that the Texans are going to sell out in an attempt to do so. Per USA TODAY, Bill O’Brien indicated that their defense is going to attempt to “build a wall” in front of Henry and force Ryan Tannehill to beat them through the air. Based on last week’s performance, A.J. Brown will be a popular target from this game, but Davis is a stellar GPP play with upside who can pay off his salary with one long touchdown catch.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 15 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, valuesO.J. Howard: Buccaneers at Lions (DraftKings $3,500 | FanDuel $5,700)While Howard’s involvement in Tampa Bay’s offense hasn’t been consistent this season, he’s had nine catches on 11 targets for 134 yards over his last two weeks and caught a 25-yard pass and 33-yard pass in that span, which indicates that he’s catching Jameis Winston’s eye. Winston is going to sling the rock every week and Howard is due for his first touchdown since November 10th. Mike Evans’ injury could also create more opportunity for Howard.Logan Thomas: Lions vs. Buccaneers (DraftKings $2,600 | FanDuel $4,700)Last week, with T.J. Hockenson out, the Lions decided to split snaps between Jesse James and Logan Thomas at the tight end position. James started the game and saw 38 snaps and just two targets while Thomas saw 40 snaps and received four targets from David Blough. Although that turned into just two catches for 21 yards, it’s worth mentioning that Thomas caught a touchdown pass the week before and might see additional looks due to the fact that Marvin Jones Jr. was just placed on the IR. At this point of the season and out of playoff contention, perhaps Detroit elects to give Thomas a more extended look. BetQL, RotoQL’s sister product, simplifies the research process for sports bettors by equipping them with real-time line movements, value bets of the day and meaningful team trends. Check it out here!MORE WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderWeek 15 NFL DFS values: D/ST sleepersNew York D/ST: Giants vs. Dolphins (DraftKings $2,700 | FanDuel $3,900) They’re facing the Dolphins. End of analysis. Washington D/ST: Redskins vs. Eagles (DraftKings $2,600 | FanDuel $3,500)If Philadelphia’s main wide receivers are all slated to miss this game, Carson Wentz might be in store for a difficult time finding open targets. Washington has been awful this season, but their defense hasn’t been an issue lately. They’ve allowed 16, 21 and 20 points over their last three contests, the last of which came against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field. You can do a lot worse than rostering them in this spot and at this price considering that rostering any defense is subject to variability.
At age 42, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career, but neither he nor coach Bill Belichick was keen on discussing Brady’s future after New England’s 20-13 loss to Tennessee in the wild-card round Saturday.”I don’t know what the future looks like, and I’m not going to predict it,” Brady said when asked whether he’ll return to the Patriots in 2020. “I wish we would have won tonight, and I wish we would have done things better over the course of the season. But we just didn’t get the job done.” MORE: Takeaways from Patriots’ upset playoff lossBrady has said he hopes to play until he is 45. But the 2020 season on the two-year, $70 million contract extension Brady signed last summer is set to void, and there’s a provision in the deal that does not allow New England to place a tag on him.That means Brady — assuming he and the Patriots don’t agree to another extension before March 18 — will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his Hall of Fame career. Brady also said it is “pretty unlikely” he will retire before the 2020 season.MORE: Analyzing Brady’s options for 2020“I don’t know what the future looks like, and I’m not going to predict it.” – Tom Brady on whether he’ll be back with the Patriots in 2020 pic.twitter.com/ON0jpTWONd— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 5, 2020Belichick quickly dismissed the only question he received about Brady at his post-game media conference.”Right now, we just finished the game,” Belichick said. “So we’re focused on this game, OK?”Brady and the Patriots’ offense struggled Saturday just as they did for much of the year. His yards per attempt dipped to 6.6 in 2019, his lowest mark since 2002. Tennessee held New England scoreless after halftime, causing Brady to miss the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Brady’s last throw would be a pick-six to seal a 20-13 loss.LOGAN RYAN WITH THE REVENGE PICK SIX 🔥 @RealLoganRyan(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/qvoZ5dfEeF— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 5, 2020″Playing for (Patriots owner Robert Kraft) and for Coach Belichick, there’s nobody who’s had a better career, I would say, than me,” Brady said. “Just being with them. I’m very blessed.”
Commentary by Tracy McCue â€” Tuesday, the Wellington City Council found itself in a no-win situation when it chose a replacement for B.J. Tracy, who resigned from the board last month. The council was split, and ultimately the majority chose Bill Butts to represent Wellington in the vacant seat until the spring or fall of 2017 depending when the Kansas Legislature mandates the next municipal election.Cindy AntonichThe debate centered on whether or not to choose in a field of seven applicants candidate Cindy Antonich who received the fourth largest vote total â€” and highest number of those candidates not elected â€” in the previous April election. Instead, three of the council members: Kelly Green, Vince Wetta and Kip Etter ultimately went with Butts, who they felt was the best candidate to represent Wellington. Butts did not run for office in 2015.Bill ButtsAs city law is written, those council members did nothing wrong. They did what they were asked to do under the bylaws of city policy. They also did not do anything unusual.On national, state and county levels where there are partisan politics, when elected officials resign or retire in midstream they are replaced by members of their own party. If itâ€™s a Republican official, nobody thinks twice when appointing another Republican. For example, when U.S. Senator Bob Dole resigned to run for U.S. President in 1996, fellow Republican Sheila Frahm replaced him.Frahm did not run against Dole in the previous election in 1992. A Democrat named Gloria Oâ€™Dell was his challenger. Was Oâ€™Dell appointed because she had the second most votes? No. Was Democrat George McGovern appointed as President when Republican Richard Nixon resigned? Has Sumner County Republicans ever replaced a midstream vacancy with a Democrat?This view that the council has a morale obligation to go with the next candidate vote total especially so soon after an election, may have validity since the city council is non-partisan.But it most certainly is not a requirement. Appointments are not the same as elections. We elect those in office so they can make these kinds of decisions. That is why it so important for you to make an informed vote during an election so you have the right elected official making the right decision.In the Butts vs. Antonich issue, the council can be absolved of any wrong doing.But here is what the council did do wrongâ€¦â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢The council did itself no favors by how it conducted the process.After a 15-day application process, the council went over applications at the end of a previous work session and asked candidates to approach them.Two applicants told Sumner Newscow they never got a chance to address or speak to the council. One candidate said he never received an e-mail and for that matter did not know the meeting took place.And if the Wellington City Clerk Shane Shieldâ€™s e-mail was the only thing that was used to contact these applicants, there is nothing that indicates that they would be interviewed.When the vote came around at the next public meeting, neither the applicants or the citizens were allowed input, before the vote was taken.As citizen Tom McAlister pointed out, it appeared as if the council was ramrodding this through.What the council should have done is either hold a special meeting, not a work session, or hold the interviews during the regular session on Tuesday.I would have given each candidate a certified letter saying such a meeting will take place, that they would be asked to speak, and invite the media and public at large.The council members should have given each candidate an opportunity to speak for five minutes, follow with a question and answer session, allow input from the audience, before debating amongst themselves and voting. Get the whole meeting taped on Channel 55.If the council would have shown more transparency, they may have avoided much of the ensuing wrath.Â I, personally as a voter and city taxpayer, didn’t feel as if I got a chance to learn anything about the seven applicants. Â As a reporter, I didn’t make it a priority to attend that work session for which I should have. But I, like at least two of the applicants, must have missed the memo.There is no indication each council member did not invest the time to pick who they thought would be the most deserving council member to serve out Tracy’s term. But that didn’t get conveyed.Maybe, next time.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Guest · 270 weeks ago One thing good about the outcome, of their decision, if we ever have to go with option three , we now have a couple of council members with experience in that field.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Our new council make up is a joke. Report Reply 2 replies · active 270 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down #1 guest · 270 weeks ago Good news Tracy. You hit it dead on. I like that you said something slipped by you . YOU ARE HUMANE? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down Sally · 270 weeks ago Roy Eckert is responsible for day to day decisions at city hall and he did a very poor job in the notification of the work session to the applicants for the city council member open position. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down lead don’t follow · 270 weeks ago If you were wanting to be on the counsel why would you not attend a work session. Why would you need to be asked or told? Would it not be advantage to have attended the session so you would be up to speed on what the counsel was working on. You would have been sworn in if appointed so any extra knowledge would only be a plus. Why is it that some feel like they need to have been guided or told to attend. What kind of leader has to be told to be somewhere. Some seek out the opportunity. Tracy you even pointed out you knew about the meeting you just didn’t attend. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down David · 270 weeks ago Appointing your own guy over a group of candidates who have just undergone the rigors of a campaign and the discourse of an election process … well, that sort of thing is going to upset people, and especially the voting public. Many of the candidates who “lost” in the election attended many workshops and work sessions along the way. Why should they have to undergo an “interview?” You already know them. Finding loopholes and wording it “best candidate” to justify an appointment does not make it right. Best candidate in whose eyes? The eyes of three. This is the problem. This situation really has a bad scent to it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Spot on David thanks for clearing it up for the ignorants in town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 270 weeks ago It sounds to me as this Council should make the confirmation of the appointment process a priority, and make adjustments if necessary. The details should be outlined step by step, including the timeline for applications, those who will conduct interviews, the interview process, and the approval process. When it is clearly outlined, it makes it much more difficult to doubt the process. You still might not like the outcome, but you must be able to stand behind the process. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down move on · 270 weeks ago David you are correct there was an election. We as voters voted whom we thought would do the best job. They decided that Mr. Butts would be the best candidate for the position. That is why we elected them. If the other candidates had already had their chance to speak and was interviewed in such a rigorous process then there would not have been a reason for them to be at the work session. The two that did not run were. They picked someone who didn’t run for the position. So now we need to move on and support those we elected to do their job as a city counsel person. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago There is no real representation with out all areas of the city being represented as a whole not with the new process where everyone can come from the same City block or neighborhood. WE seriously need to revamp the voting process over again and have someone from each district on the council so no one/area is left out. Before long all the tax money will be spent in the rich areas/developing areas and the rest of us that are south of the tracks will be fed bread crumbs from the budget. Report Reply 2 replies · active 270 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. 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Ingram, Bradlee J29Belle Plaine, KS424 Arborview, Belle Plaine, KSBelle Plaine PDDomestic Battery10/5/15 Monday 0600Â toÂ Monday 0600Â Â WEEKLYÂ Â BOOKINGSÂ 10/5/2015 thru 10/12/2015Â Mirt, Kelly E57Charlotte, NC700 N Woodlawn, Wellington, KSSumner CoDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Transporting an open container10/11/15 Hurt, Maurice S34Wichita, KSSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KSSedgwick CoProbation Violation10/6/15 Kemp, William T53Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended, Transporting an open container, Unlawful registration, Operate vehicle without liability insurance10/6/15 Gingerich, Tremain D20Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSumner CoServing Sentence10/7/15 Barber Co1 Bold Warrior, Justin39Baldwin City, KSKTA I-35 MP 11KHPFailure to appear10/10/15 Bail Bondsman1 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Conway Springs PD1 Vaughn, Christopher J22Mulvane, KS1000 N Oliver, Belle Plaine, KSSumner CoDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Transporting an open container, Possession of firearm while under influence of alcohol or drugs, Battery on LEO, Interference with LEO10/10/15 Total57 Arrieta, Angela D37Wellington, KS16th andÂ Woodlawn, Wellington, KSWellington PDDriving while suspended, Operate vehicle without liability insurance, Failure to yield at stop or yield sign10/10/15 KRGC Means, Alyson D28South Coffeyville, OK500 S K-15, Mulvane, KSMulvane, KSFailure to appear10/7/15 McKamie, Julie R33Winfield, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSBail BondsmanBond Revocation10/7/15 Ewertz, Brent A54Conway Springs, KS129 S Highland, Conway Springs, KSConway Springs PDTheft, Fleeing or attempting to elude a LEO10/7/15 Ellis, Michael L19Belle Plaine, KS435 W Sumner Ct, Belle Plaine, KSBelle Plaine PDProbation Violation10/6/15 Kirk, William S45Wellington, KS1100 N A, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of hallucinogenic drug, Possess drug paraphernalia10/5/15 Gentry, Amber R33Milan, KS944 W 10th, Milan, KSSumner CoFailure to appear10/7/15 Belle Plaine PD2 Hoss, Dustin L33Wellington, KS1821 W 8th St, Wellington, KSWellington PDTheft10/10/15 Shell, Kristopher N26Wichita, KSKTA I-35 MP 33Sumner CoProbation Violation10/10/15 Favela, Jasmine M27Wichita, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSumner CoFailure to appear10/9/15 Lough, Vance J49Wellington, KS1001 Shady Lane Ct, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of certain stimulant, Possession of paraphernalia, Drving while license suspended10/11/15 Sears, Brady M30Derby, KS900 E 140th Ave, Mulvane, KSSumner CoDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Refusal to submite test for drugs or alcohol10/10/15 Bookings Deines, David D56Belle Plaine, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner CoServing Sentence10/5/15 Sumner Newscow report â€” The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Oct. 5 to Oct. 12, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:Â Wellington PD4 Mulvane PD1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Oxford PD Jeffery, Clinton E23Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSumner CoServing Sentence10/7/15 KHP1 Padgett, Michael T36Wichita, KSEl Dorado Correctional FacilitySumner CoProbation Violation10/8/15 Sedgwick Co34 Sumner Co12 Wagoner, Justin D31Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner CoServing Sentence10/9/15
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MORE: Steven Adams has only correct take on Durant-Perkins beefAfter Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a 128-123 win over the Celtics on Thursday night, ESPN caused a commotion on NBA Twitter by posting a quote from Stephen A. Smith about Antetokounmpo hypothetically joining the Warriors. Smith originally expressed his full thoughts Tuesday as part of a Q&A session.”Honestly, I wish Giannis would go to the Warriors this offseason because I personally think a superstar like that should be in a bigger market,” Smith said. “Or could you imagine somebody like Giannis surrounded by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and those shooters? Golden State would be back in the championship for the next three to five years.”And the Lakers nor the Clippers would beat them. I’m telling you that right now.”Q: #askstephenA do u think Giannas will go to the warriors this offseason- @gregorygoodrow1A: pic.twitter.com/0NhOmLnKaw— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 14, 2020Bucks fans will disagree with Smith and anyone else who keeps trying to push their MVP out of Milwaukee, but hey, the man is entitled to his opinion. And he’s paid quite well for sharing it, too.(Please read this next word in a very Stephen A. Smith voice.)HOWEVER . . .Smith is contradicting himself. Travel back to 2016, and you’ll hear Smith crushing Kevin Durant for joining the Warriors. Here is what he had to say during an appearance on “SportsCenter” after news broke that Durant was heading to the Bay Area.”I’m viewing it as the weakest move I’ve ever seen from a superstar. Plain and simple. That’s just how I look at it. It’s not that he’s leaving Oklahoma City — if you’re not happy there, and you want to move on, and you want to grow as a player, there’s nothing wrong with that. He’s one of the top three players in the world. He’s a quintessential superstar. He deserves all the credit in the world for the talent that he possesses. But the flip side is this: [the Thunder] were up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. Not one, not two, but three different times he was 48 minutes removed from getting to the NBA Finals by winning the Western Conference. Three times he failed, particularly in Game 6. And you depart for the team that beat you? When you’re on the cusp of getting to the Finals yourself or ultimately winning the championship for the franchise that you’ve been with since you’ve come into the NBA? I think it’s incredibly weak. . . . In the end, what it comes down to is that Kevin Durant is one of the top three players in the world. And he ran away from the challenge that he faces in order to jump on the bandwagon of a team that’s a little bit better, that’s already rife with at least one superstar, a couple of guys, that can really, really get it done. I just view it as him jumping on the bandwagon, and I think it’s the weakest move I’ve ever seen by a superstar. Plain and simple.”On a 2017 episode of “First Take,” Smith told Durant’s mother, Wanda, that because Durant was so great, “joining that team, to me, was almost unfair. And we’ve witnessed his greatness and how lopsided it made things.” How would Giannis leaving the Bucks for the Warriors be any different from KD’s decision? Obviously Milwaukee hasn’t lost a 3-1 lead to Golden State, but almost everything else Smith declared applies to both cases. Antetokounmpo is a top-three player and undoubtedly a superstar. He’s been with the Bucks since they selected him in the 2013 NBA Draft, and now they are a true title contender, if not the favorite. Milwaukee owns the league’s best record (27-6), point differential (plus-12.4), net rating (plus-11.9) and defensive rating (101.7). It’s also easy to forget the Bucks held a 2-0 advantage over the Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals before Toronto rattled off four straight wins and eventually captured the franchise’s first championship.”The Greek Freak” is so close, and now you want him to leave? Antetokounmpo should be in a bigger market, but Durant shouldn’t have stretched beyond Oklahoma City? Antetokounmpo would help the Warriors eliminate any sense of competition in the West and heroically conquer the Lakers and Clippers, but Durant made things too lopsided? What are we talking about here?Unless there is some secret expiration date on takes, let’s try a little bit harder to be consistent. When your job consists of talking for several hours at a time on live television, mistakes will inevitably be made. Maybe you mix up one number with another while reciting a statistic, flub the name of a player or completely miss on a prediction for a playoff series. It happens.But even by “embrace debate” standards, this is pretty ridiculous.
MORE: College football 2020: 20 questions for scheduleSporting News is willing to talk about those storylines any time. Today, we answer 20 questions about college football coaches:Will Nick Saban break Bear Bryant’s title record?We can almost guarantee Alabama will be in the College Football Playoff mix in November: Saban’s Crimson Tide teams have been unbeaten heading into November in nine of his 13 seasons in Tuscaloosa. The 2020 team will be playing with a chip created by November losses to LSU and Auburn in 2019. Alabama will still be the prohibitive favorite to win the SEC and return to the Playoff.Will Dabo Swinney win No. 3 instead?Clemson has the best record in the Playoff era at 79-8: a half-game better than Alabama. Think of the Playoff success in Super Bowl terms — they have played for the championship in four of the last five seasons. Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne will lead a ridiculous offense that should burn through the ACC again, too. We think the Tigers have a better chance to win the national championship than the Tide, based simply on the easier path of resistance.Which coach is the best bet to join the national title club?Saban, Swinney, LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Kansas’ Les Miles and North Carolina’s Mack Brown make up that exclusive club, and half of those coaches aren’t at the school where they won it all. Pressed for a guess on who is next, we would go with Ohio State’s Ryan Day over Georgia’s Kirby Smart. Bulldogs fans might hate that, especially knowing Justin Fields started at Georgia, but the Buckeyes are the better bet to win their conference and make a run this year.Which coach faces most pressure to win a championship?Smart, without a doubt. Georgia was close in 2017 and ’18, and the Bulldogs are 44-12 since he arrived in Athens. The program is still looking for that first national championship since 1980, the longest drought among true blue-blood programs. With each miss, the psychological pressure mounts. Ask Mark Richt.Which coach will be next to hit 200 wins?It’s a race between TCU’s Gary Patterson (172) and Ohio’s Frank Solich (171), unless Urban Meyer (187) comes out of retirement. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (162) is the only other active FBS coach with more than 150.MORE: Cincinnati would be wise to make Fickell’s stay more comfortableIf not Michigan State, what team is Luke Fickell waiting on?We would say Notre Dame, but we used to say the same thing about Meyer. Plus, Brian Kelly has won 33 games the last three seasons with the Irish — he’s not going anywhere. Fickell is in a good spot for the foreseeable future at UC, and continued success there will give him a shot at a bigger program, one that falls between Michigan State and Notre Dame.Who wins more games: Mike Leach or Lane Kiffin?Leach averaged 7.7 wins per season at Texas Tech and Washington State. He can hit that number consistently in Starkville. Kiffin averaged 7.8 wins per season through stops at USC, Tennessee and FAU, and he can hit that number in Oxford. It’s close, but you can expect 7-5 and 8-4 seasons. We’ll give the slight edge to Leach because we’ve seen him do it at tougher places.Which coaching hire did you already forget about?Willie Taggart is coaching at FAU, and it won’t be a surprise if the Owls win more games in 2020 than Florida State under Mike Norvell.Which Power 5 coaching hire did you like the most?Boston College hasn’t had a double-digit wins season since Jeff Jagodzinski led an 11-win team with Matt Ryan at quarterback in 2007. New coach Jeff Hafley, 40, helped flip Ohio State’s defense a co-defensive coordinator last season, and he has the East Coast roots to help get the Eagles going again. His hiring didn’t get the same headlines as Leach and Kiffin in Mississippi, but his will turn out to be a better investment.Which Group of 5 coaching hire did you like the most?Ricky Rahne was an excellent offensive coordinator at Penn State, and he should thrive in his first head coaching job at Old Dominion. Rahne is personable, and the former Cornell quarterback should help get the Monarchs back on track. Keep in mind Old Dominion won 10 games in 2016. It can be done.MORE: Mel Tucker a solid hire for Michigan State, despite school’s messy searchWill Mel Tucker work out at Michigan State?Tucker must recruit better than Dantonio did while maintaining that chip-on-the-shoulder-attitude that helped the previous regime to a 17-17 combined record against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. That record is better than it looks, but Tucker’s job will be more challenging because the Wolverines and Nittany Lions aren’t on a downward spiral. If Tucker can push through the first two or three seasons (which won’t be easy), then he will have a chance.Better chance to break out: Jeremy Pruitt or Manny Diaz?Define “breaking out.” Miami was 75-53 in the last decade, which ranked 46th among FBS schools. Tennessee had the 67th-best record at 63-62.Pruitt and Diaz both brought in top-15 recruiting classes in 2020, which shows progress. Now they must win with those classes. There’s a distinct possibility that neither program rises to the level of national championship contender again. Pressed for an answer, Miami remains the better bet: The ACC Coastal is more negotiable and the Hurricanes could win that division with incoming transfer quarterback D’Eriq King.Which coaches will still be on the sideline at 70?Solich, who turns 76 in September, is the elder statesman among FBS coaches. That group of age-70 coaches likely won’t expand until the 2021 season, however. That group includes Mack Brown (69 in August), Saban (69 in October) and Butch Davis (69 in November). After that, the next-oldest coaches are Les Miles (67 in November), David Cutcliffe (66 in September), Herm Edwards (66 in April) and Ferentz (65 in August).Brown and Saban will make it to 70 at their current schools, and we like Edwards’ chances at Arizona State.Which coach has the most to prove?You can stay in Arizona and look at Kevin Sumlin, who is 9-15 with a 6-12 record in Pac-12 play the past two seasons. That said, his job status won’t be the most talked-about the most this offseason.Can Clay Helton survive another season?Clay Helton kept the USC job despite a 13-12 record the last two seasons. The Meyer rumors swirled all season, and they will bubble up again under new athletic director Mike Bohn. The schedule is brutal again, with Alabama, Stanford, Arizona State and Utah all featured in the first five weeks. The Trojans close the season with a November slate against Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Notre Dame.MORE: Composite top 25 preseason rankingsWhen is Jim Harbaugh going to win a Big Ten title?Harbaugh has a winning record against Michigan State (3-2) and Penn State (3-2) and has split against Wisconsin (2-2) and Notre Dame (1-1).None of that really matters. The Wolverines are still on the same one-game referendum for Harbaugh: It’s that 0-5 eyesore against Ohio State and the talent gap that is holding the Wolverines back. Michigan has lost the last three meetings by an average of 21 points per game since “The Spot” in 2016.It’s on Harbaugh to infuse life back into “The Game,” and the Wolverines have not won at Ohio State since 2000. Michigan can’t win the Big Ten until it beats the Buckeyes. It’s as simple as that.Is it too hard to coach at your alma mater?You can win — it’s just that national championship standard that gets in the way. Look at the current Power 5 coaches at their alma mater: Harbaugh at Michigan, Smart at Georgia, Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State, Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern, Scott Frost at Nebraska, David Shaw at Stanford and Paul Chryst at Wisconsin.Those seven coaches have a combined record of 485-238 at their respective alma maters: a winning percentage of .670. None has broken through and won that elusive national title.Who faces more pressure: Lincoln Riley or Tom Herman?There is less pressure on Riley, who is 36-6 with three consecutive Playoff appearances. But that 63-28 loss to LSU put a serious dent in Oklahoma’s blue-blood credentials, and it’s fair to wonder if it can win a Playoff game after four losses in six years.Still, the pressure is on Texas and Herman, who has elevated the recruiting but still has a 25-15 record in the same three-year stretch. In other words, the Longhorns average three more losses than Oklahoma per season. Sam Ehlinger is back, but the same early-season tests against LSU and Oklahoma will determine whether Texas can stay in the Playoff hunt.What will Ed Orgeron do for an encore?It’s going to be impossible to live up to the standard LSU set last season, especially with the departures of Joe Burrow to the NFL Draft, Joe Brady to the Carolina Panthers and Dave Aranda to Baylor. Scott Linehan and Bo Pelini filled the coordinator vacancies, but the program now faces the same issue Auburn did after the 2010 season: How do you repeat the perfect season?That leads to our last coach:How unpredictable will Auburn be with Gus Malzahn?We started with Saban and end with Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator on that 2010 Auburn team. The 2020 college football season doesn’t begin until Aug. 29, when Notre Dame and Navy play the first game of the season in Dublin, Ireland.That’s a long time from now, and we still have a ways to go to get through the abyss that is the offseason. That doesn’t mean we can’t think about all the great games, coaches and players who will dominate college football headlines in 2020. We looked at 20 questions about the schedule last week. The Tigers won nine games last season and have averaged nine wins the last three seasons. So, the question becomes, Which three games do they lose? Last year it was against top-10 teams in Florida, LSU and Georgia before a fourth loss in the bowl game to Minnesota.This year, the Tigers play North Carolina at a neutral site on Sept. 12, travel to Georgia on Oct. 10 and play LSU and Alabama in the final two weeks of the season.Anything is possible with Auburn, and by that we mean anything from seven to 12 wins.
— Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles in a No Disqualification match— Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo for the United States championship— Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak Keep checking for updates here as more matches are announced and make sure to follow along here on Sporting News for live coverage of WWE Elimination Chamber 2020.What time does WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 start?Date: Sunday, March 8Time: 6 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn.TV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: WWE.com/livestream+WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 will air live on Sunday, March. The preshow is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and the main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET.How to watch WWE Elimination Chamber 2020, PPV costWWE Elimination Chamber 2020 will be available for purchase on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.The WWE Network is available at WWE.com or by downloading the app on certain smart TVs – including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic – as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.It costs $9.99 per month to sign up to watch the WWE Network online.You can purchase WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 on pay-per-view through cable and satellite providers including Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, Verizon FiOS TV, Cable One, Dish Network and DirecTV for $59.99-$69.99.WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 match card— Shayna Baszler, Asuka, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan in an Elimination Chamber match with the winner facing Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 36 for the “RAW” women’s championship— The Miz and John Morrison vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) vs. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) vs. Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) vs. Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode for the “SmackDown” tag-team championship— Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn and Cesaro in a 3-on-1 handicap match for the Intercontinental championship— The Street Profits vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy for the “RAW” tag team titles While the WWE is on the Road to WrestleMania, it has to make a stop along with the way with the WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 event on Sunday, March 8, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and airing live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view.No matches have been officially announced yet but expect both a men’s and women’s Elimination Chamber match, a steel structure that surrounds the entire ring with six pods inside with participants entering the match in intervals until only one person or team is left standing. The fallout of this show will have a bearing on WrestleMania 36, WWE’s annual showcase event taking place on April 5.
Joe Burrow will fare better than other first overall picks because he “hasn’t had a silver spoon in his mouth,” according to his coach at LSU.Ed Orgeron believes Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to a national championship in 2019, is capable of handling the pressure and intense scrutiny that comes with being taken at the top of the NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to pick him first overall on Thursday. “The way he worked every day, the way he earned the right to be the starting quarterback at LSU,” Orgeron said. “The way he got better, the way he captured the football team, the way he led.”His work ethic, attitude and smarts will [translate to the NFL and] make him a great player.”The last quarterback to be taken No. 1 overall and win a Super Bowl was Eli Manning, who was the first pick in 2004. He famously did not play for the team that picked him, though. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers, who dealt him to the New York Giants for a package led by No. 4 pick Philip Rivers and Shawne Merriman, taken 12th that year by San Diego. Manning led Big Blue to two Lombardi Trophies. BENDER: Why Burrow’s connection to Ohio matters more than everBurrow had to fight for a role as a college starter after being unable to make a breakthrough with Ohio State. He took time to progress once he had transferred to LSU.”You know, Joe didn’t play in three years, and he came here and he earned the respect of the football team,” Orgeron said to ESPN. “Joe wasn’t the Heisman Trophy winner when he got here. He developed, he got better, he kept his mouth shut. “Obviously we all heard the stories [of other No. 1 picks] going to this team or that team, they haven’t had a good record or whatever. “I think that Joe has not had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life. I think Joe has had to fight all his life. “And I think if he does have to fight — and it may be Cincinnati — he’s willing to fight for that. And he’s willing to build a team. And he’s willing to go through adversity if he has to.”Nothing was promised to him here [at LSU]. He came here with faith and built a championship team. And I don’t see why he couldn’t do it at Cincinnati.”https://t.co/ZLrAyTP5lr pic.twitter.com/07HvwgqJUr— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) April 20, 2020Orgeron was asked why he was so certain Burrow — who had 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions as he threw for 5,671 yards in an unbelievable 2019 campaign — would thrive at the NFL level.
The lowest round of his PGA TOUR career. @DJohnsonPGA was unstoppable on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/3AZR6wX3Hq— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 27, 2020The 2014 champion, Kevin Streelman (-15), shot a 7-under 63 to sit in outright third, with Mackenzie Hughes (-14), Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na (-13) all in the hunt.There was disappointment for veteran Phil Mickelson, who had led overnight. The American carded a 1-over 71 and is now six shots back.Rory McIlroy also struggled to get firing, and now the world No. 1 is eight shots adrift after a 1-under 69. Todd, who now leads at 18 under par, drained a tough 13-footer at the first and recorded four more birdies prior to the turn on Saturday.A further four gains followed on the back nine and Todd rolled a birdie putt just past the cup on the 18th that would have seen him start the final round three clear.”Whenever I get a two- or three-week stretch in a row, I tend to be playing better by the end of it,” Todd said in quotes reported by the Tour’s official website. “That’s just something I’m using to my advantage now after missing two cuts. I’m peaking in the third week and hopefully I can get it done tomorrow.”New career-low on TOUR.Third round of 62 or lower this season.Brendon Todd was in the zone today @TravelersChamp . pic.twitter.com/yW20a6QaGL— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 27, 2020Johnson, whose last win on the PGA Tour came in February 2019, was playing a couple of holes in front of Todd and also went bogey-free.After going out in 31 strokes, former world No. 1 Johnson made five birdies on the way home.The American felt he left plenty more opportunities out on the course, though, with just two of his birdies made with putts of 9 feet or more.”I really felt like I controlled the distance with my irons really well and hit tons of good shots,” he said. “I had a lot of really good looks at birdie.” Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson carded career-low PGA Tour scores as the former moved into a two-shot lead from the latter on a moving day that lived up to its billing at the Travelers Championship.Tee times were brought forward for Round 3 due to the threat of inclement weather in Cromwell, Conn., and Todd — chasing a third PGA Tour victory of the season — signed for a stunning 9-under-par 61.
DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says there are dangers associated with “vaping” and she’s discussing policy options with key advisers.“I think it’s alarming what we’re continuing to see and the increase in the number of cases and so we continue to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health to collect the data,” she says.State officials announced last Friday that nearly two dozen Iowans had been diagnosed with a respiratory illness linked to so-called “vaping” with an electronic cigarette. Reynolds says a majority of the illnesses involved vaping products containing THC, a chemical from marijuana.“That’s a significant concern,” Reynolds says. “That’s, you know, illegal.”According to federal officials, nine people have died in the U.S. from the mysterious illness connected to vaping and hundreds have been hospitalized.“The increases that we’re seeing in people using, especially young people, is concerning,” Reynolds says, “to see the growth really in a short time frame.”This week the Republican governor of Massachusetts declared vaping a “public health emergency” and imposed a four-month ban on all vaping products. Also this week, Minnesota’s governor called on his state’s legislature to ban the sale of the flavored pods inserted in “e-cigarettes.” Similar bans are already in effect in New York and Michigan.A federal study found the number of high school seniors who were “vaping” doubled from 2017 to 2018. Preliminary data from this year’s survey indicates one in nine teenagers “vapes” daily.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to child endangerment charges connected with a van crash last spring. 24-year-old Deairreo Cryer was operating a vehicle that crashed into a ditch in the 1500 block of 12th Northwest on May 2nd, injuring all five occupants. Three of the victims were children between the ages of three and seven years old. Cryer had a blood alcohol content level of .137 after the crash, well above the legal limit for driving of .08. Cryer was originally charged with: one count of serious injury by vehicle, one count of child endangerment causing serious injury and two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury. During a hearing this week in Cerro Gordo County District Court, he pleaded guilty to three of the charges, with District Judge Rustin Davenport sentencing Cryer to ten years in prison on the child endangerment causing serious injury charge and five years in prison on each of the child endangerment causing bodily injury charges. Online court records show prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss the serious injury by vehicle charge.
MASON CITY — It’s been 23 days since Cerro Gordo County has had a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, and the county’s public health director Brian Hanft credits the preventative measures put in place. Cerro Gordo County saw its first lab-confirmed case of coronavirus on March 20th and has had a total of 14 cases.“At that point in time, there was no social distancing measures in place. On April 1st, the governor’s social distancing proclamation started. On April 12th is when our last lab confirmed case was identified in Cerro Gordo County. Recognizing that the incubation period for COVID-19 is between 12 and 14 days, and on average in that five to seven day range, we have not identified a lab-confirmed case outside of the two to 14-day incubation period when the proclamation was in place.”Hanft says that shows the social distancing guidelines worked. “We hope that we continue to really focus on these social distancing guidelines as we unfold a little bit as a community, to help continue to help make this area, our region, our place, a slow spread…it’s going to spread we know that for sure… but a slow spread, and with everybody’s help and assistance, we know that we can be successful in that way.”Hanft reminds everyone that if they are sick to stay home and he recommends people continue to wear facemasks while out in public, even if it’s something simple as a bandana or a cloth tied in place.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea’s shock defeat against Crystal Palace breathed new life into the title race as Tottenham closed the gap on the leaders. Arsenal and Manchester City played out a thrilling draw and Liverpool won the Merseyside derby.Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:Chelsea rocked by PalaceWhen Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead after just five minutes of Saturday’s London derby with Crystal Palace, it looked like the leaders’ march to the title was about to clear another hurdle. Antonio Conte’s side had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since September 16. But Palace have been resurgent in recent weeks and they breathed new life into the title race with two quickfire strikes. First Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha fired home in the ninth minute, then Christian Benteke netted with a deft finish 91 seconds later. Chelsea were stunned and despite 24 shots at goal, their second-highest total in 29 league games this season, they were unable to find an equaliser. Chances came and went as Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made 11 saves, leaving Chelsea frustrated as their first defeat in nine league games allowed Tottenham to close within seven points. Game on. Spurs back in the hunt As news filtered through to Turf Moor of Chelsea’s shock defeat against Crystal Palace, the realisation quickly sank in with Tottenham’s players and fans — the title race is back on. A 2-0 victory over Burnley, usually so formidable at home, was already reason enough for optimism in the Spurs camp, but Chelsea’s slip was the icing on the cake. Second half goals from England international Eric Dier and South Korea forward Son Heung-Min moved Spurs to within seven points of Chelsea with nine games remaining and even the injuries suffered by Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama couldn’t quash the north Londoners’ glee as they headed home dreaming of an incredible title triumph.Arsenal rediscovered some backboneAfter a dismal sequence of four defeats in five games, during which dissent towards manager Arsene Wenger reached a crescendo, the last thing Arsenal needed was to fall behind after just five minutes of their home game with Manchester City. Theo Walcott equalised, only for Sergio Aguero to restore City’s lead just 131 seconds later. But Arsenal dug deep to level again courtesy of Shkodran Mustafi’s header and while neither side could find a winner, Wenger’s men at least managed to stop the rot. The Arsenal manager’s future remains the subject of intense speculation, but in the short term, he said the performance against City would help “rebuild confidence”.Coutinho left Barkley in the shadeIt was a tale of two playmakers in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool’s number 10, Philippe Coutinho, ran the show, restoring Liverpool’s lead with a brilliant solo goal after Matthew Pennington had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener and setting up Divock Origi for Liverpool’s third. But his opposite number, England international Ross Barkley, had a torrid afternoon. The 23-year-old seemed incapable of influencing proceedings and his display was chiefly memorable for two wild challenges on Emre Can and Dejan Lovren in the first half. The second — a crude, studs-up foul that caught Lovren on the shin — should have yielded more than a yellow card. While Barkley’s ability is clear, he remains some way short of the finished article.Home draws have hurt Man UnitedManchester United’s 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches, but nobody was celebrating at Old Trafford. United have now drawn eight times in front of their own fans this season. Had they won even half of those games, they would be in the thick of the Champions League picture, instead of five points adrift of the top four (albeit with a game in hand). Top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence through suspension was clearly a contributing factor against West Brom. But the Swede was on the pitch when United dropped points at home to Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal, West Ham United, Liverpool, Hull City and Bournemouth. United’s attacking problems run deeper.Share on: WhatsApp
Share on: WhatsApp Micho announces his depature from the Uganda Cranes on Saturday. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONGKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Orlando Pirates Head Coach Kjell Jonevret has tendered his resignation from the club.The South African club’s official twitter account has just made the announcement.“I’d like to thank the Club for the opportunity. It didn’t work out as planned. I wish the club and its supporters all the best,” Jonevret said.The resignation increases speculation that former Uganda head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will take over. Micho handled Orlando Pirates in a brief stint before, June 2006 to January 2007.Fans at the giant South African club have not been happy“Kjell Jonevret, he seemed promising, until Orlando Pirates finished the 2016/17 PSL campaign outside the top eight, and this was a shock. They had a chance to redeem themselves in the Nedbank Cup final, where they failed yet again. As things stand, the fans are calling for the head of coach Kjell Jonevret,” a fan told Soccerladuma.co.za a few days ago.“About four to five coaches were appointed at Orlando Pirates in a period of three to four years. When one looks at that, one begins to think perhaps it’s not just the coaches but players need to be changed also. Changing the coaches is not doing the club any justice, because a new head coach will still have to deal with same players who are not willing to fight for the jersey, ” said SoL37.****BELOW, THE Orlando Pirates ‘Coach resigns’ statement on their website****Head Coach resignsPosted on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 – 12:09 Orlando Pirates Football Club Head Coach, Kjell Jonevret, has tendered his resignation.Mr Jonevret has thanked the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, Dr Irvin Khoza, the Club and its supporters for giving him an opportunity to coach the Club.Mr Jonevret said: “I would like to thank the Club for the opportunity. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned. I wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.”In accepting Kjell Jonevret’s resignation, Dr Khoza expressed his understanding of the enormity of expectation; the Head Coach of a big Club like Orlando Pirates is put under from day one.Dr Khoza said: “I wish Kjell Jonevret well in his future endeavours.”
14.35 – the world best Bolt set over 150 metres in Manchester, England, in 2009. He ran the final 100 metres in a startling 8.70sec, the fastest time ever recorded19 – major global medals19.19 – the world record he set for the 200m at the 2009 worlds in Berlin30.97 – his best time over the rarely-run 300m, set in 2010. Only South African Wayde van Niekerk and American Michael Johnson have gone faster31 – the Jamaican turns 31 on August 2136.84 – the world record for the 4x100m relay set at the London Olympics, Bolt anchoring a team also comprising Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake. Bolt had been part of two previous world relay records, in Beijing in 2008 (though this was later voided) and at the 2011 Daegu worlds37.58 – Bolt’s average speed in km/h (23.35mph) in his 100m world record race. Should you subtract his reaction time of 0.15sec, his time is actually 9.43sec, making his average speed 38.18km/h (23.72mph)41 – the number of strides it took for Bolt to cover the 100m on his record-setting run in the German capital44.72 – top speed in km/h (27.79mph) reached during his 100m run in Berlin in 2009, between the 60 to 80-metre mark53 – the number of times Bolt has run sub-10 second 100m races195 – his height in centimetres, or 6ft 5in4.82 million -followers on Twitter7.4 million – followers on Instagram18.8 million – follows of his Facebook page34.2 million – dollars earned by Bolt last year according to a list of the world’s richest sportspeople by Forbes magazine.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Usain Bolt retired from track and field championships after Jamaica in the 4x100m relay at the world championships in London.Unfortunately there was to be no fairytale as he pulled up and collapsed injured on the track running the anchor leg.Here AFP Sports looks at his glittering career in numbers.1 – world bronze, after being beaten in the 100m in London 2017 by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman3 – the number of Olympic treble sprint doubles, in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. It should have been a treble treble including all three relay titles, but teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping in the Chinese capital4 – times Bolt has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2013, 20175 – the number of sprinters to have beaten Bolt over 100m: Gatlin, Coleman, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, American Tyson Gay and Antigua’s Daniel Bailey6 – times Bolt has won the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20168 – Olympic gold medals: 100, 200m (2008, 2012, 2016); 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)9.58 – the world record he set for the 100m at the 2009 worlds in Berlin9.63 – the second fastest time ever run, when Bolt scorched to 100m gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics9 – times Bolt has run sub-9.77 seconds or faster for the 100m11 – world gold medals: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015); 200m (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015); 4x100m relay (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)14 – world medals amassed since making his debut in Helsinki in 2005, when he finished eighth and last in the 200m final
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that began in 1996 straight out of a high school and lasted until his retirement in 2016.He also was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, helping spark the US squad of NBA stars to titles in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London.Bryant bowed out of the NBA in 2016, scoring 60 points in his final appearance before his adoring fans at the Staples Center.It was a fairytale farewell to a sporting career which had begun two decades earlier.The son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, the Lakers legend was born in Philadelphia in 1978 while his father played for the 76ers.The elder Bryant played from 1984 to 1991 in Italy, giving young Kobe a global worldview as he grew up dreaming of following his dad into the NBA.When his father retired as a player, the family moved back to the Philadelphia area and Kobe began his star turn at Lower Merion High School, where his jersey number 33 was retired.He decided at age 17 to jump directly from the prep ranks to the NBA, only the sixth player and first guard to make such a leap.Bryant was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft but they were picking for the Lakers in a deal made before the draft.At 18, Bryant became, at the time, the youngest player or starter in an NBA game and the youngest winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.In 1998, he became the youngest NBA All-Star starter. In a 1999 campaign shortened by a labor dispute, Bryant started every game for the Lakers and signed a six-year deal worth $70 million.As the Michael Jordan era ended in Chicago, Bulls coach Phil Jackson wound up joining the Lakers and with sharpshooter Bryant joining dominating inside force Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers captured three NBA crowns in a row from 2000-2002, returning the team to glory days unseen since 1988.He remained with the franchise for the remainder of his career, successfully branching out into the entertainment industry following his retirement.In 2018, he won an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball”, a love letter to the sport which brought him fame and fortune.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 5x NBA Champion2x Finals MVP1x NBA Most Valuable Player 18x NBA All-Star4x NBA All-Star Game MVP11x All-NBA First Team2x All-NBA Second Team2x All-NBA Third Team9x NBA All-Defensive First Team2x NBA Scoring Champion2x Olympic Gold MedalistLos Angeles, United States | AFP | NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, leaving five people dead, US media reported on Sunday.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a rugged hillside in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles.The helicopter was described as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.TMZ was the first US outlet to report that Bryant was among the fatalities. The NBA icon’s death was later confirmed by ESPN, CNN and the Los Angeles Times citing unidentified sources.TMZ reported that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa was not among those on board the helicopter.Early reports of Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the world, with fellow stars and celebrities expressing disbelief at the news.“I’m stunned,” wrote Hall-of-Fame NBA star Scottie Pippen. “Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.”“This can’t be true,” Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic wrote on Twitter. “No please.”Tennis great Martina Navratilova added: “Gone much too soon, how devastating to hear of his passing, he gave joy to so many for so long – deep condolences to his family, his friends, his Laker family. RIP Kobe.”At the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, dozens of shocked fans gathered to pay tribute to the star.The crash came only hours after the 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers icon was passed by current Lakers star LeBron James for third on the all-time NBA scoring list in a Saturday game at Philadelphia.Bryant’s final post on social media had been a tweet congratulating James on surpassing him.“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” Bryant wrote. “Much respect my brother #33644”.– Five-time champion –
Captain Maguire heads home to give Man Utd a 2 goal advantage.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United moved to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea with a smash and grab 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire on Monday.Chelsea had two goals disallowed by VAR reviews and were furious Maguire was not sent-off early on for an off-the-ball kick out at Michy Batshuayi.However, Blues boss Frank Lampard cut a frustrated figure as the flaws in both boxes which have seen his side win just four of their last 14 league games were exposed once more against ordinary opposition.Victory lifts United up to seventh and within two points of Tottenham in fifth, which could be good enough to qualify for the Champions League next season pending Manchester City’s appeal again a two-season ban from European competition.Lampard made a bold call before kick-off by again dropping the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, Kepa Arrizabalaga, to the bench in favour of the 38-year-old Willy Caballero.Batshuayi also started with Tammy Abraham ruled out by injury and Lampard’s anger at missing out on a striker in the January window was borne out by a poor night for the misfiring Belgium forward.Chelsea suffered another injury blow early on when N’Golo Kante hobbled off and the France World Cup winner is now a doubt to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week.The loss of Kante did not disrupt the home side’s early rhythm as Reece James and Willian fired just wide.Chelsea were then furious Maguire somehow escaped without being sent-off for kicking Batshuayi after the two collided in front of the dugouts.The former Marseille attacker then squandered the first of a host of chances by firing wide from Mason Mount’s cut-back.– One-way traffic – Chelsea’s sense of injustice increased when Willian was harshly booked for diving as he went down under a challenge from Bruno Fernandes looking for a penalty.United had not made Caballero make a single save before going in front a minute before the break when Martial planted a brilliant header into the far corner from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross.There was still time for Batshuayi to miss another chance before half-time when he skewed wide from a narrow angle.The one-way traffic continued at the start of the second period as Mount hit the post and a brave block from Wan-Bissaka deflected Pedro’s goal-bound effort behind.But even when Chelsea did get the ball in the net through substitute Kurt Zouma, the goal was ruled out by VAR for a push on Brandon Williams by Cesar Azpilicueta.Fernandes was unable to make much of an impact from open play in his second United appearance since a £47 million ($62 million) move from Sporting Lisbon.However, the Portuguese international is a huge threat from set-pieces and nearly caught Caballero out with a free-kick that crashed back off the post.Moments later, Fernandes provided his first assist for the Red Devils with a corner which Maguire powered home.Lampard had seen enough from Batshuayi and handed Olivier Giroud a rare appearance off the bench for the final quarter.The French striker thought he had given Chelsea a lifeline with a near post header, but was ruled offside after a VAR review.Share on: WhatsApp
Officials in Rigby, Idaho have sentenced two people to 15+ years in prison for making child porn with a 4-year-old.32-year-old Joseph Lavern Harris and 28-year-old Elizabeth Dawn Evans were sentenced Tuesday after officials discovered video and images during an investigation.It is unclear what led authorities to investigate the pair, however, it was reported that Harris appeared in the film with the child and that investigators discovered several sexually explicit images of the child on electronic devices that belonged to Evans.Officials also found a list of people that Harris desired to have sex with. The 4-year-old girl was number 5 on the list.During a police interview, Evans admitted that the list was his, but says that he wanted to engage in sexual acts with the child when she came of age.He also denied appearing in the video with the child but later admitted that he could tell it was him in the video due to his tattoo but says he was under the influence of narcotics and the time and does not remember the incident.Both have been sentenced for crimes related to owning and making child pornography. Harris was sentenced to 25 years, while Evans was sentenced to 15 years.They will both also be required to register as sex offenders.
Teams from Lincolnshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey have booked places at the final of the England Golf women’s inter-county championship, at East Devon Golf Club from 17-21 September.They each won through their regional county match week and will be joined at County Finals by a sixth team, to be decided at this week’s Midlands South competition at Mentmore Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.Lincolnshire, representing Midlands North, are the defending national champions and this will be their fourth consecutive appearance at County Finals. They secured their place at their regional final at The Nottinghamshire where they won all five of their matches.The team included Holly Clyburn who had travelled straight from Nairn in Scotland, where she had helped GB&I win the Curtis Cup for the first time in 16 years. She was joined by Sophie Beardsall, India Clyburn, Helen Hewlett, Emily Slater, Emilee Taylor, Emma Tipping and Jess Wilcox.Midlands North final placings: Lincolnshire 5pts, Derbyshire 3, Staffordshire 2½, Leicestershire & Rutland 2½, Nottinghamshire 1, Shropshire 1.Essex, representing the East, were unbeaten during their regional match week at Ipswich Golf Club, Suffolk. They conceded just half a point during the series of matches when they were held to a draw by Norfolk. Essex have won the English county championship on two previous occasions, both in the late 1970s.Their team was Phoebe Cipa, Gabriella Cowley, Daisy Dyer, Liz Gibson, Paige Kemp, Sam Lovell, Kelly Martin, Dulcie Sverdloff, Charlotte Thompson, Trish Wilson.East region final placings: Essex 4½ pts, Suffolk 4, Hertfordshire 3, Cambs & Hunts 2, Norfolk 1½, Bedfordshire 0.Gloucestershire, who have been national runners-up twice in the last six years, won all five of their South West regional matches at Trevose. They secured their clean sweep with a final day 5-4 victory over the hosts, Cornwall, who finished runners-up.Their team was Hannah Barwood, Corinne Durber, Jemima Gregson, Jo Hodge, Alison Kelly, Lucy Padley, Bethan Popel, Alex Saunders, Shelby Smart and Victoria Wakeley-Jones.South West final placings: Gloucestershire 5, Cornwall 4, Somerset 2, Dorset 2, Devon 1½, Wiltshire ½.Lancashire, (pictured top) the 2009 national champions, were also unbeaten in the North regional week at Ganton, Yorkshire. They conceded just a half-point to Cheshire, whose team included Bronte Law, another member of the winning Curtis Cup side. They confirmed their overall win by beating Yorkshire 6-3 on the final day.The Lancashire team was: Gemma Batty, Emma Clegg, Sarah Cousins, Nikki Foster, Bethany Garton, Gill Nutter, Sophie Powell, Catherine Roberts, Emily Taylor and Brogan Townend.North region final placings: Lancashire 4½pts, Yorkshire 4, Northumberland 3, Cheshire 2½, Cumbria 1, Durham 0.Surrey, representing the South region, won all four of their matches at Princes, Kent. They secured their place at County Finals by beating Sussex by one point on the final day. They began the week in style when Katie Fewster had a hole in one on the first day on the second hole.The Surrey team was: Tana Churchill, Annabel Dimmock, Katie Fewster, Sammy Fuller, Charlotte Griffith, Daisy May Kenny, Lisa McGowan, Inci Mehmet, Louisa Tarn and Nicola TaylorSouth region final placings: Surrey 4pts, Sussex 3, Hampshire 2, Kent 1, Middlesex 0. 18 Jun 2012 Five teams book places at County Finals
20 Jun 2016 Successful 19 book places in Gold Medal national final A total of 19 golfers came through regional qualifying yesterday to book places in the national final of England Golf’s Gold Medal Tournament to find the male handicap golfer of the year.They qualified at regional finals held at Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, and Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in Somerset.They will play off for the title, alongside qualifiers from two other regional finals, on Friday 12 August at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, during England Golf Week.The qualifiers from Ingestre Park were:Robert Dickinson of Sudbrook Moor Golf Club, Lincolnshire; Roman Toloczko of Scraptoft Golf Club, Leciestershire; Steve Collins of Bransford Golf Club, Worcestershire; Matthew King of Ely City Golf Club, Cambridgeshire; Gavin Rogers of Stock Brook Manor Golf Club, Essex; Matthew Phillips of Ingon Manor Golf Club, Warwickshire; Ron Logan of Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire; Christopher Bryan of Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire; Raph Richards of Oakmere Park Commanders Golf Club, Nottinghamshire.The qualifiers from Burnham & Berrow were:Stephen Dawes of Tewkesbury Park Hotel Golf and Country Club, Gloucestershire; Brian Winteridge of Churston Golf Club, Devon; Graham Virgin of Saunton Golf Club, Devon; Christopher Hicks of Clevedon Golf Club, Somerset; Russell Weller of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Dorset; James Barnes of Shirehampton Park Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Nigel Hoskins of Fingle Glen Golf Club, Devon; Graham Anstey of The Kendleshire Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Martin Lee of Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire; Steve Crabb of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Dorset.All the regional finalists had won a club medal during 2015. The national final will be played during England Golf Week which is staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Click here for full scores from Ingestre ParkClick here for full scores from Burnham and BerrowImage © Leaderboard Photography
England Golf has announced it is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s Longest Day Golf Challenge to help raise the profile of the fundraising event among its 665,000 members and 1,900 clubs.The challenge sees teams of four take on 72 holes – covering over 20 miles of course in one day – to fundraise for Macmillan. Players are encouraged to ask friends and family for sponsorship to help the charity support the growing number of people living with cancer.After registering to take part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge participants can compete to win a three-night break to the final at golf challenge at Boavista Golf Resort, Portugal. The prize includes flights and accommodation and will be awarded to the four eligible teams who raise the most sponsorship money for Macmillan by 3 September 20181.England Golf is urging all golfers to get involved and its staff will be tackling the dawn-to-dusk challenge at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to support Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Challenge and to encourage more golfing heroes to set out on 14 hours of non-stop golf and help to change the lives of people affected by cancer.”Kirsty Hobbs, Fundraising Marketing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “England Golf is helping us take our Longest Day Golf fundraising challenge to more clubs and players in the UK than ever before, which is really exciting. We’re hugely grateful to everyone that will be getting involved and helping us support the growing number of people living with cancer.”In 2017, over 3,400 teams took part and raised £1.7 million. This vital money has helped Macmillan to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people living with cancer across the UK.How to get involved:Clubs• Register your club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.• Once registered, your club is listed as a venue at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf.• Reserve a day on or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, and let your members and other golfers know you’re hosting the challenge on your course.• Plan to open when the sun rises, and consider waiving green fees and make refreshments available.Players • Once you have a team of four select a captain and register at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf• Plan your challenge for or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, to maximise daylight hours.• Play at your own club or any golf club around the UK. Use the Macmillan website to find Longest Day Golf Challenge friendly clubs nearest to you.• Spread the word at your club and encourage other members to support you with sponsorship and fundraising events.1The prize includes return economy flights from London to Faro, and three nights’ accommodation and meals courtesy of Boavista Golf Resort. Date restrictions apply. Over 18s only. Four persons per team only. Full Competition Terms and Conditions apply. Promoted by Macmillan Cancer Support (registered charity in England & Wales, (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Tags: Challenge, Charity, Macmillan 23 Apr 2018 England Golf goes the extra mile for Macmillan Cancer Support
Tags: elite golf, England squads, performance England teenage internationals Conor Gough and Annabell Fuller pulled off a national double when they won the individual titles at the Major Champions Invitational at Bella Collina in Florida.Gough was 15-under in the boys’ event, while Fuller was 11-under in the girls’ championship.The event, in its second year, was created by six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo to give opportunities to young golfers. It was supported by 18 major winners including England’s Georgia Hall, the Women’s British Open champion.Hall was represented by a team of four: Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O), Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) and fellow England player Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex), alongside Switzerland’s Alexis Valenzuela. Together they were runners-up in the team event, on 26-under, three behind Annika’s team.Gough, the British Boys’ Champion, shot scores of 68 65 68, playing the final five holes in two-under par to finish three clear of the USA’s Andrew Goodman. Defending champion Tom McKibbin was third on 11-under.Fuller, a Curtis Cup player, snatched a one-shot victory over Korea’s Jung-Min Hong when she birdied the last hole and her opponent bogeyed it. The 16-year-old had rounds of 68 69 68.Gough, Fuller and Humphreys are all members of England Golf national squads.Click here for more informationCaption: Annabell Fuller and Conor Gough (copyright Leaderboard Photography). 11 Mar 2019 England pair win Major Champions titles
Tags: Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Yorkshire 19 Sep 2019 Gloucestershire glee after back-to-back Women’s County Finals victories Gloucestershire maintained their grip on the Women’s County Finals when they won this year’s championship at Delamere Forest with a day to spare.The reigning champions beat Norfolk, Surrey and Lincolnshire on the first three days of the annual round robin competition and they went on to retain the title when they defeated nearest challengers Yorkshire 5 ½ – 3 ½ in a tense deciding match.The victory took Gloucestershire’s total to eight points which leaves them with an unassailable four point lead over Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with one round of matches to go. Surrey and Buckinghamshire have three points each while Norfolk have two.Gloucestershire’s victory extends an impressive run that started back in 2016 when they claimed their first ever title at Waterlooville. They lost narrowly to Yorkshire at Felixstowe Ferry in 2017 but then won 12 months ago at Royal North Devon before making it three wins in the last four years in bright sunshine in Cheshire.Yorkshire needed to win against Gloucestershire to have any chance of catching the leaders but their task was made more difficult when they lost the morning foursomes 2 ½ – ½.Ffion Tynan and Issy Hopkins got the ball rolling for Gloucestershire when they beat Nicola Slater and Hannah Holden 4 & 2 and Alex Saunders and Sam Round extended their advantage with a 4&3 victory over Lily Hirst and Evie Cooke before Deb Henery and Melissa Wood gave Yorkshire a lifeline when they came from behind to halve with Claudia Ovens and Ebonie Lewis.The singles also started brightly for Yorkshire when Hirst beat Hopkins 3 & 2 in the top match but consecutive victories for Bethan Popel and Tynan put Gloucestershire in the ascendancy again before Wood and Norton responded for Yorkshire with wins over Lewis and Round. Saunders took the final singles for the champions with a 3 & 2 win over Cooke.A thrilled Gloucestershire captain Su Mallon couldn’t hide her delight after another exciting day of golf and heaped praise on her players. She said: “I’m so, so proud of them all.“They just give it their all – they just love this County Finals week and come together as a team. When one is down they pick each other up.“To win three out of the last four years is incredible – and we’re one of the smallest counties.“We have lost funding but we do our very best to bring through talent. We start from our juniors and once they get a handicap of under 12 we bring them into our training programme and they go through the system into the second team and then progress.“They have been exposed to competition right the way through and they all get the same training and that’s where this incredible bond comes from.“They have all grown up with each other since the age of eight.“We have two of the team who are not yet 18 – they can sniff the champagne in the trophy rather than drink it!“The county is so proud, but this is also for the South West. We don’t just do this for Gloucestershire and I’ve had good luck messages from all over the region asking us to bring it back.“Gloucestershire will be dead chuffed to win it back-to-back and now I have the nice problem of how to get the huge trophy into my car for the trip home!”In the first match on the course Lincolnshire earned a narrow 5-4 win over Norfolk helped in no small measure by the battling Billy-Jo Smith who was four down with four to play against Eve Neild in the singles. However, she escaped with a halved match helped by hitting a three-wood to three-feet at the par-5 final hole.The match was close right from the start with the two teams sharing the foursomes 1 ½ – 1 ½ before Lincolnshire squeezed home with victories from India Clyburn, Tilly Garfoot and Meg Illingworth in the singles. Abigail O’Riordan and Tiffany Mills were the winners for Norfolk.The third match featuring Buckinghamshire and Surrey ended in a 4 ½ – 4 ½ draw after Buckinghamshire’s Daisy Kennedy beat Surrey’s Olivia Horsfield by one hole in the final singles on the course.Surrey claimed a 2-1 lead after the foursomes but Buckinghamshire pegged them back with singles victories from Amelia Curtis, Rosie Bee Kim and Kennedy plus a halve from Grace Rigby-Walden against Nicola Taylor. Lottie Woad and Rafiah Banday were Surrey’s winners in the top two singles.The final day sees champions Gloucestershire take on Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire play Lincolnshire and Surrey are up against Norfolk.Photograph credit: LeaderboardView the full table of results here.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Most major college basketball players are recruited by multiple schools. Chase Adams landed at Pitt after recruiting the Panthers. When Centenary dropped from NCAA Division I to Division III, Adams went looking for a program that fit his skills.Last season’s Summit League defensive player of the year wanted to play on a team that valued defense. He also sought to move up to a higher level, but not have to sit the bench. He also wanted a team that needed an experienced guard—now.Whenever he went down his checklist, Pitt landed on top.“I did my research, I contacted Pittsburgh and sent stuff out to a couple of schools and I was able to make this transition,” said Adams, who doesn’t have to sit out a season because of his former school’s downgrade. “This is the best situation I could ever want.”Some players might be intimidated at moving up from what was the nation’s smallest Division I program to a school that was ranked No. 1 for a time last season. Adams is certain he can make the transition, and in a hurry.He must, since he is a senior and this will be his only Big East season.Curiously, what he is trying to achieve at Pitt, which has about 33,000 students, is similar to what he was trying to get done at Centenary, which had fewer than 900 students.There, he sought to get noticed on a team that gets little national attention. At Pitt, he’s trying to help a team that was gutted by graduation not get overwhelmed in one of college basketball’s toughest conferences.Pitt lost its top three players—NBA second-round picks DeJuan Blair and Sam Young and point guard Levance Fields—plus starting forward Tyrell Biggs. The Panthers also will be without their lone returning starter, injured guard Jermaine Dixon, plus forward Gilbert Brown, who is academically ineligible until late next month, when the season starts Friday against Wofford.Pitt is starting over, much like Adams is doing in his career.“It’s a major step,” said Adams, who is from Baltimore. “We were the smallest D-I school in the nation and there you’re fighting for respect. We’re going to be fighting for respect this year because people are going to be counting us out. This is the big-time and the big level.”Adams isn’t big—he’s 5-10—but he’s shown coach Jamie Dixon during practice he can be a lockdown defender much like Jermaine Dixon, one of the Big East’s top defensive players last season.Adams also has surprised Pitt with his outside shooting. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season, and could help Pitt fill what seems to be a yearly need for a reliable long-range shooter.“I’m going to bring a lot of intensity, a lot of patience on the offensive end—and I shoot pretty well,” Adams said. “Competitiveness, that’s the main thing.”Jamie Dixon welcomes that.Once Jermaine Dixon’s broken right foot heals, Adams will join Dixon, Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and redshirt freshman Travon Woodall in a crowded backcourt. Adams doesn’t plan on sitting, not with so much to do in so little time.“This is it for me,” Adams said. “This is my shot.”
Coach Mike Tomlin showed absolutely no confidence in his backup quarterbacks, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon, as he started a severely injured Ben Roethlisberger and played him the entire game despite him being terribly ineffective, which led to an embarrassing 20-3 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. SACKED—Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith during the fourth quarter in San Francisco, Dec. 19. Smith had 2-1/2 sacks for San Francisco’s stingy defense. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Three interceptions and one lost ball led to 20 unanswered points by the 49ers that pushed the Steelers out of the driver’s seat into the back seat of the AFC race.After the San Diego Chargers slaughtered the Baltimore Ravens 34-14, Steelers’ victories over the 49ers, the St. Louis Rams (2-12) and the Cleveland Browns (4-10) would have given them home field throughout the playoffs. But instead of going with one of his backup quarterbacks, Tomlin stayed with the banged up Roethlisberger, who could barely walk, let alone play the quarterback position. He couldn’t plant his feet because of the pain which caused inaccurate throws leading to three interceptions, and his inability to move in the or out of the pocket, led to a fumble. In essence, he made good defensive players look like Hall of Famers. Just about every turnover led to San Francisco scores.San Francisco also became the first team in NFL history to hold an opponent without a rushing touchdown through each of the first 14 games. The 49ers also have gone 36 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Rashard Mendenhall had 15 carries for 64 yards.“It’s very frustrating to feel like you let down your team and your fans and your coaches. It’s tough,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not going to make excuses. I played a bad football game, I turned the ball over and that one’s on me.”Once again the defense played outstanding ball but without James Harrison, and LaMarr Woodley for most of the game, but with the offense showing absolutely no life, they could not pull off the victory.Even the announcers in the booth wondered why Roethlisberger played the entire second half despite being totally ineffective, and the game being out of reach late in the fourth quarter.If the Steelers are going to be a factor in the playoffs, Tomlin needs to make some tough decisions. The first is to bench Roethlisberger so he can be healthy for the playoffs. Batch and Dixon showed last season that they can do the job if given the chance. Now it’s time to give the ball to one of them dropping Ben down to third string for the final two regular season games. Why even suit him up.The Steelers, Ravens and Houston Texans losses put the New England Patriots in first place. Their final two games should be easy wins, against the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens have a tougher schedule against the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. But they would have to lose both games for the Steelers to have a chance of winning the AFC North title.“I think we need to acknowledge that was 49er football tonight,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.“We played the game on their terms. They created turnovers, they got turnovers, they got us with a few concept plays, they controlled the ball offensively. We had an opportunity and we didn’t seize it. We’ll evaluate this performance and make the necessary corrections. We’d better make them quickly and be prepared to move on here when we get back into Pittsburgh.”“He (Roethlisberger) was healthy enough to play,” Tomlin added.“We always like what Ben provides us, not only from his quality of play, but his leadership. This guy is a tremendous competitor. We appreciate his efforts, obviously we fell short tonight.”
Raise over $15,000 for Cystic Fibrosis FoundationPittsburgh—On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated VSI Tampa Bay 3-2 and clinched a berth in the USL PRO playoffs. In a critical match-up for a ticket into the post-season, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay didn’t disappoint the sold-out crowd, as five goals were scored in the second half to deliver an exciting atmosphere at Highmark Stadium. With goals from Jose Angulo, Rob Vincent, and Darren Amoo, along with a “Jersey off the Back” raffle, the Riverhounds also raised over $15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.With both, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay playing two matches over the weekend, the tempo in the first half was extremely slow. Carrying tired legs into the match, along with a temperature near ninety, both sides were scoreless at the half.Coming out of the break with playoffs on the mind, the Riverhounds would strike first in the 53rd minute when Angulo converted from the penalty stripe. Driving down the right flank with speed, Mike Seamon would travel over sixty yards on the break. Cutting inside the penalty area to hold off his marker, Seamon would attempt a cross for Angulo, but his service struck the arm of Josh Rife at the near post. The referee awarded the Riverhounds a penalty kick and Angulo stepped up to score the game’s first goal.Seven minutes later, second-half substitute Stefan Lundberg took a page out of Seamon’s book and drove down the left flank with speed. Waiting for his teammates to join him in the attack, Lundberg found defender Mike Green in the left corner. Green played a ball back for Alfonso Motagalvan at the edge of the penalty area. Motagalvan set the ball back for Vincent racing into the attack. Taking a touch to prepare his body, Vincent rifled a shot that tucked just inside the left upright to put the Riverhounds up two goals.The Riverhounds counter-attacked well on the night, and their third goal came on a combination between multiple players inside their own defensive third. Following the combination, Motagalvan found Angulo all alone on the right flank with a ball over the top. Traveling with speed towards Tampa Bay’s goal, Angulo slotted a ball towards the penalty spot for Amoo. Taking a first-time shot with his favorite left foot, Amoo passed the ball past goalkeeper Alex Horwarth to provide the Riverhounds with a three-goal lead in the 68th minute.VSI Tampa Bay recorded their first goal of the night one minute after Amoo’s goal. Mauricio Salles found Cheyne Roberts overlapping into the right corner. Roberts delivered a cross towards the middle of the penalty area for Chad Burt. Taking a first-time shot on frame, Burt’s close range shot was blocked by Hunter Gilstrap, but his save was not cleared. Following up his shot, Burt’s second chance effort would find the back of the net.Tampa Bay would cut the lead to one goal with ten minutes remaining in the match. Receiving a dangerous set piece on right flank, Salles would deliver a cross for Andryy Budnyy at the penalty spot. Rising up in the crowd, Budnyy’s header would deflect off of a Riverhounds Andrew Marshall and at his feet. Taking a touch out of pressure, Budnyy would pass the ball around Gilstrap for the game’s final goal.The Riverhounds return to USL PRO action next Wednesday in North Carolina. The Pittsburgh side will meet the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 p.m. in Legion Stadium. Tampa Bay returns to the Sunshine State next Thursday to match-up with Charlotte Eagles. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at Plant City Stadium.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, hands off to running back Ray Rice during a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote: “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing.Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.“You knew something was going to happen,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”Coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s part of the process. There are consequences when you make a mistake; we’ll move forward.”Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning test.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Facebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersThurston County has pioneered a fish passage barrier removal program that has become a model across Washington. On Monday, July 16, 2018 the County broke ground on one of five fish passage barrier removal projects scheduled for completion at the end of this year.John Hutchings, Thurston County Commissioner District One, summed up the significance of the project, saying “This is for everyone, because everyone is impacted by this major effort of conservation.”Over the next several months, Thurston County Public Works will replace a culvert, located on Hunter Point Road near Steamboat Island, with a pre-fabricated bridge that will open the waterway and allow for the passage of salmon and other fish species.“It is absolutely marvolus to be here today and give back to mother nature,” said Bud Blake, Chair for the Board of County Commissioners. “Thurston County is the first county to proactively address fish passage barriers.”Thurston County has been working to develop a program to restore fish passage habitat since 2016, allocating $4 million from the Real Estate Excise Tax to begin the process. In March 2018 the Board approved work to begin on five fish passage barrier removal projects.Hunter Point is one of those five fish passage barrier removal projects slated for completion in 2018. Other approved projects include: installation of pre-fabricated bridges at Troy Drive SE and Flumerfelt Road SE; upgraded stream crossings with fish passable structures at 26th Avenue NE; and Waddell Creek Road SW at Pants Creek.Gary Edwards, Thurston County Commissioner District 2, spoke briefly about why the investment in fish passage barrier removal is so important. He invited a young woman who was at the groundbreaking ceremony with her baby to join the Commissioners.“This is who we’re doing this for; that is what our future is all about,” he said. “This youngster might only be representative of about 30% of our population, but is 100% of our future.”Also in atttendance at the groundbreaking were tribal leaders from the Squaxin Island Tribe. The County worked closely with the Tribe and other neighboring tribes in selecting the fish passage barrier projects to pursue in 2018.County Engineer Scott Lindblom mentioned the County met with resource agencies and members of the Squaxin, Chehalis, and Nisqually Tribes to gather their input on the proposed projects. Lindblom said, “Their feedback has been extremely valuable to us in selecting which projects to pursue in 2018.”Squaxin Island Tribal Council Chairman Arnold Cooper spoke about the Tribe’s partnership with the County and said, “Working together is the only way we can get stuff like this done. It’s a joint effort. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, these projects benefit everyone… because the importance of salmon is critical for everyone. We’re helping generations down the road.”Squaxin Island Tribal Council Vice-Chair Charlene Krise gave a blessing over the project before the groundbreaking.“We pray a blessing for all the workers who will work on this project, and we pray a blessing for all the salmon that will be running through these creeks in the future.”In addition to its partnerships with the tribes, Thurston County Public Works used a comprehensive prioritization process to help identify the fish passage barriers that would maximize return on investment for fish habitat.“There are many fish passage projects we would like to accomplish, but we have to be strategic in our approach with the funds allocated each year,” said Lindblom.Thurston County maintains nearly 3,000 culverts to prevent roadway and inland flooding. There are an estimated 336 fish barrier culverts based on existing culvert data and information from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.You can find a short video of the ground breaking ceremony at https://youtu.be/3KCdFGd8GyA.
Facebook302Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyToday, the Thurston County Board of Health voted unanimously, then subsequently the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to submit the Thurston County application for a variance to move Thurston County to Phase 3 of the ‘Safe Start’ recovery plan to the State Department of Health. If accepted, the variance will allow Thurston County to move to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery.Phase 3 of the Safe Start Recovery Plan includes increased openings and/or capacity for outdoor group and recreational activities, restaurants and taverns, movie theaters, and other categories of service. It also allows for gatherings with no more than 50 people and resuming non-essential travel.Businesses must develop a written safety plan outlining how the workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. The plan must be kept on the premises of the business and must be made available to regulatory agencies or local health or safety authorities upon inspection. Businesses can find the template on the Governor’s website.“One of my main jobs as the health officer is to stop the spread of an infectious disease and the only thing I can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to ask you to follow the advice of physical distancing, washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and staying home when you are sick,” said Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu. “Ninety-five percent of prevention is expecting the people receiving the message to follow the advice and the biggest problem I see is the community not following the advice for preventing the spread. Our numbers are going up, and they are going up because the community isn’t responding. Please follow this advice so we can slow the spread.”Yu added, “So many of us express that we are ‘so done with COVID-19!’ The only thing is, unfortunately, COVID is not done with us. We need to learn to co-exist with this disease safely and responsibly.”“I am wary yet encouraged to move into Phase 3 of Safe Start. It is vitally important for businesses to reengage, people return to work, folks get out of their houses to shop, eat and recreate,” said John Hutchings, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “If Thurston County is approved for Phase 3, a reversion back to Phase 2 could be devastating economically and psychologically so please follow Dr. Yu’s advice, mask up, and keep yourself and others protected!”Chair of the Board of Health, Tye Menser said, “If our application for Phase 3 is successful, local government will be able to re-open to the public and our community will resume most of its economic activities. But this will only be successful if you — and visitors to our community — remain diligent about physical distancing and using masks any time distancing cannot be maintained.”For the most up-to-date information for the Thurston County COVID-19 response and recovery, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.