Olympic Day Celebration Holds TomorrowÂ

first_imgIn Lagos participants will jog and walk from the National Stadium car park down to Ogunlana Drive and through Bode Thomas down to Alaka Underbridge and back to the National Stadium Surulere where the event will be rounded off with a brief ceremony.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Olympic committee (NOC), in conjunction with the Nigeria Sports For All commission under the auspices of the International Olympic committee, has concluded plans for the 2018 Olympic Day Celebration holding on Saturday June 23rd, 2018 across the globe.In Nigeria, the event will hold in Lagos and Plateau states and will commence exactly 8am with participants engaged in physical exercises that will help them in burning calories thereby promote healthy living and physical fitness.These including walking, jogging aerobics, cultural and sports display including demonstration. Last year over four million people took advantage of the opportunity provided to be part of the global exercise by participating while the number is expected to increase this year.last_img read more

Wisconsin staying wary of underdog

first_imgNATE GREENBAUM/Herald PhotoAfter running Southern out of the building Sunday evening, the No. 7 Wisconsin men’s basketball team (3-0) will face Delaware State (1-3) Tuesday in their second game as part of the South Padre Invitational Tournament.Though certainly not a marquee matchup, the Badgers will face a Hornet team that has a track record of winning, as well as one of the best players in the MEAC, Jahsha Bluntt.”He’s a very good player, very athletic,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said of the senior guard.Bluntt, the reigning MEAC Player of the Year after averaging 14.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season, has averaged 15 points through the team’s first four games this season.Having already played No. 5 Pittsburgh this season, and with two other Big Ten foes still on their schedule, playing against top competition is not something new to the Hornets. Last season, Delaware State faced off against NCAA runner-up UCLA as well as perennial contenders Maryland and Louisville, and though the team was unable to pull off any stunning upsets, the squad certainly gained big-game experience.”They play pretty well, their coach has done a good job, they’ve been to the tournament, and we know that they’re used to traveling,” Ryan said. “I’m sure they’ll come in here and give us their best shot, and we’ll try to give them ours.”Plenty of parityTuesday’s matchup with Delaware State, a relative unknown, also raises questions about what happens when power teams play, and lose to, smaller and less-talented programs.Early-season losses by top teams like Kansas and Georgetown to Oral Roberts and Old Dominion, respectively, have the basketball world talking.With several more games against smaller schools not known for basketball still on their schedule — and last season’s shocking loss to North Dakota State still lingering in his memory — Ryan understands the parity that exists in college basketball.”There are a lot of good teams out there, and every night that you go out on the court, the other team could shoot better, or you might be off,” Ryan said. “[Losing] can happen. Whoever it is, you have to play well that night. There’s maybe a margin of 5 percent of the games that you play where you could’ve played poorly and still won, but in the rest of the games, if you play poorly and the other team is in stride, you get beat.”The losses have also raised questions about how Wisconsin schedules their non-conference opponents and what they look for in a matchup.”We look for teams that are going to be good, and when it gets down to the very end sometimes, it’s whoever is willing to play,” Ryan said. “I know what we’re always looking for. Can we always get it? Probably not, but we’ll try.”Having coached at UW-Platteville earlier in his career, Ryan knows firsthand what happens to a smaller school when they start beating bigger ones.”When [smaller schools] beat [bigger ones], they won’t get scheduled anymore.”No rest on the horizonAs part of the South Padre Invitational, the Badgers will play four games in a span of six days, a difficult task for any team early in the season, but one that Ryan feels the team is equipped to handle.”I think conditioning and depth can help us. It’s there; we just need to use it properly when we have our opportunities,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, conditioning and depth can give us something that we wouldn’t have otherwise.”Wisconsin’s capable conditioning may stem from their practices, which have been especially tough and hard-fought, according to Ryan.”They’re very competitive in practice,” Ryan said. “That’s tough every day to go two-and-a-half hours, grabbing and bumping and elbowing.”last_img read more

The Super team

first_imgWith Super Bowl XLI this Sunday, Herald Sports picked the All-Time Super Bowl team, position by position.QB — Joe Montana defines Super Bowl success. Joe Cool was super smooth in the Big Game, quarterbacking the 49ers to four rings. In three of those victories he was named the game’s MVP — a Super Bowl record. Montana twice engineered fourth-quarter comebacks in the Big Game, and still owns six Super Bowl records. Most impressive about Montana’s performances is his absurd 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions ratio. RB — It took John Elway a long time to win a Super Bowl. Maybe if he had had Terrell Davis earlier in his career, it would have happened sooner. Despite suffering from a migraine headache, Davis literally carried Elway and the Broncos to an upset win in Super Bowl XXXII versus the Packers, rushing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Davis followed that performance up by gaining 152 total yards a year later in another Denver Super Bowl win.FB — Playing in three consecutive Super Bowls, Larry Csonka bulled and bowled his way through countless defenders as the most punishing option in Miami’s triple-threat attack also featuring Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris.Csonka was named MVP of Super Bowl VIII after carrying Viking defenders for 145 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the process.WR — The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the NFL in the ’70s. The “men of steel” won four Super Bowl championships and appeared in the playoffs six consecutive years from ’74 to ’79. Highlighting those Super Bowl teams was wide receiver Lynn Swann. Swann played in four Super Bowls, and was named Super Bowl X MVP for his four-catch, 161-yard game. Those four catches included Swann corralling a 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw and making a juggling 53-yard reception while falling over a Dallas defender in one of the Super Bowl’s most endearing images. All told, Swann ended his Super Bowl career with 398 all-purpose yards and three scores. The most consistent wide receiver of all time got it done in the postseason too. In four Super Bowl appearances, Jerry Rice accumulated a record eight touchdowns, 589 receiving yards, one MVP and most importantly, three rings.In Super Bowl XXIII, Rice snatched 11 balls for 215 yards — both single-game records — including making several key catches on San Francisco’s late game-winning drive.TE — At a position where nobody has had a noteworthy performance, Jay Novacek makes the all-time team. He is one of a handful of players to have won three Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) and is the only tight end. Novacek led the ‘Boys in receptions with seven during their 52-17 drubbing of the Bills in Super Bowl XXVII, including a 23-yard touchdown pass from Aikman to knot the score up at seven apiece.Although his other two Super Bowls weren’t as impressive, Novacek did manage to find paydirt to help upend Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXX. For his three appearances in the NFL’s biggest game, Novacek caught 17 balls for 148 yards and 2 scores.OL — The entire Cowboys Offensive Line of the early 1990s makes the team.Running back Emmitt Smith wouldn’t have been able to win the MVP award of Super Bowl XVIII on 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns if it wasn’t for the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line. No offense to Smith, but the Cowboys’ line of the early ’90s may go down as one of the best in history.Headlined by guard Nate Newton, Dallas’ bruising O-line helped the Cowboys win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1993 and 1994, and another in 1996.Tackles Mark Tuinei and Erik Williams were by Newton’s side for Dallas’ three championships in the ’90s while bad boy Larry Allen jumped on board in 1996.DL –The first real free agent in football was considered the missing piece to helping the Packers return to the Super Bowl. During his time in green and gold, White became the franchise’s all-time sack leader and led the Pack back to the Super Bowl for the first time nearly 30 years. Against New England in Super Bowl XXXI, White was constantly in the Patriots backfield, sacking Drew Bledsoe a Super Bowl record three times.Representing arguably the best team in NFL history, defensive end Richard Dent and the Chicago Bears stomped New England 46-10 to win Super Bowl XX. With a hand in two quarterback sacks and a pass, plus forcing two fumbles, Dent was named the game’s MVP.One of Dallas’ best defensive lineman corps, Randy White and Harvey Martin shared the MVP award in Super Bowl XII. Dallas defeated Denver 27-10 thanks to eight forced fumbles and constant pressure from White and Martin.Martin still holds numerous Cowboys records, including most sacks in a season (23) and is considered one of the best pure pass-rushers of all time.Linebackers — Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley became the first defensive player to win MVP honors and remains the only recipient to come from the losing side. In Super Bowl V, Howley picked two balls and recovered a fumble in the Cowboys’ 16-13 loss to the Colts. He won his only ring the following year when Dallas thumped Miami 24-3. Ravens anchorman Ray Lewis led Baltimore back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1971 with perhaps the best defensive team in NFL history. For his fantastic season and contributions in holding the Giants to zero offensive points in Super Bowl XXXV, Lewis was named the game’s MVP. Perhaps the greatest linebacker of all time, New York’s Giant Lawrence Taylor rounds out the top three. In 1986, Taylor won the regular-season MVP unanimously — the first defensive player to win outright — and led the Giants to a 39-20 rout over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Taylor picked up a second ring when the New York eked by Buffalo 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV. Safeties — Dolphin Jake Scott had probably the most productive Super Bowl of all time for a safety, returning kicks and athletically picking off two Billy Kilmer passes in Super Bowl VII to help seal Miami’s perfect 17-0 season. The Dolphins defeated the Redskins 14-7 as Kilmer had one of the worst passing days in championship game history thanks largely to Scott’s ball hawking ability. For his efforts, Scott was named the game’s MVP.Dexter Jackson was the MVP of the Buccaneers Super Bowl win in 2003, intercepting two Gannon passes and setting the tone of the game early — a game, which quickly turned into a blowout. It was fitting that a member of the Bucs “D” won the award because it had been the best all season long. Cornerbacks — Dallas cornerback Larry Brown was Super Bowl XXX’s MVP with two second-half interceptions in the Cowboys’ 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it was Deion Sanders’ shutdown defense that was the difference.Super Bowl XXX was Sanders’ second Super Bowl win in as many years as he helped the 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX.Sanders is the only player in NFL history to record an interception and catch a pass on offense in the Super Bowl.Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a win in Super Bowl III and cornerback Randy Beverly helped him seal the deal with two key interceptions — both in the endzone to prevent potential Colts’ touchdowns.Return man — In the Packers 35-21 win over the Patriots, Desmond Howard became the first special teams player to be named Super Bowl MVP. His Super Bowl record 99-yard kickoff return sealed the victory for Green Bay. He set another Big Game record with his 90-yard punt return, and tied the record for return yards with 244. With out a doubt, the former Heisman winner is the best return man in Super Bowl history.Kicker — Super Bowl XLI will be Adam Vinatieri’s fifth (he has won three). Regarded as one of the game’s all-time greatest clutch kickers, Vinatieri booted a 48-yard field goal on the game’s final play to lift the Patriots to a 20-17 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Vinatieri was a big reason why the Patriots were even in Louisiana. During a blizzard, “Iceman” knocked home a game-tying 45-yard field goal against Oakland in the game’s closing seconds. He later won it for New England in overtime. Two Super Bowl’s later, with the score knotted at 29 apiece, Vinatieri coolly hit a 41-yarder with four seconds left to send Carolina home empty-handed. Punter — Despite the Seahawks’ 21-10 loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, Seattle punter Tom Rouen did all he could to help on special teams.While he had plenty of chances to boot the ball (six) with a stagnant Seahawks offense, Rouen holds the Super Bowl record for highest punting average with 50.2 yards.Rouen is second on the highest career Super Bowl punting average as he also played for the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl teams in 1998 and 1999, but wasn’t needed to punt as often as he did in 2006. In three career games, Rouen punted 11 times for 482 yards, an average of 43.8 yards per punt.Coach — Other coaches have won more Super Bowls, but no coach epitomizes greatness more than Vince Lombardi. Heck, the championship trophy is named after him. “Saint Vince” wrote the book on how to win the big game, coaching the Packers to wins in the NFL’s first two Super Bowls. Had his career not been winding down at the start of the Big Game, or had the format started before 1967, Lombardi may have ended up with a hand full of rings.last_img read more

USC, city officials sign lease on the coliseum

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan On Thursday, officials from USC, the California Science Center Board of Directors, the Coliseum Commission and various other officials from the city of Los Angeles, the county of Los Angeles and the state of California met to sign a new lease regarding the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The signing occurred the day after the California Science Center board of directors gave the final approval in a unanimous vote.Money well-spent · USC plans to spend $100 million in renovations, including $70 million in the first 10 years. The university has also committed to pay the state $1 million in annual rent for naming rights. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Coliseum has been the home of Trojan football since its opening in 1923, and has remained a landmark in Los Angeles since then. It is the only stadium to have hosted two Olympic games, as well as two Super Bowls and a World Series, and will host the 2015 Special Olympics. With a capacity of  more than 93,000 people, it is also one of the largest stadiums in Los Angeles.“[The Coliseum] represents Trojan pride in our football team, how much we care for it and how it represents USC,” Joyce Zhan, a freshman majoring in biology, said.The deal was finally approved after nearly two years of negotiation, and marks the transfer of the master lease from the Coliseum Commission to USC. The deal guarantees a restoration of the stadium as well. USC has committed to about $100 million in renovations, including $70 million in the first 10 years.As the sole continuous tenant of the Coliseum since its opening, USC has been in position to gain control of the master lease since the Coliseum Commission made clear two years ago that it would be unable to make the $50 million in renovations promised to the unviersity.“This agreement assures that Expo Park will remain a community asset that provides recreation to thousands of kids and their families,” Fabian Wesson, the chair of the California Science Center Board of Directors, said.USC President C. L. Max Nikias spoke at the signing, where the Trojan marching band also made an appearance.“Throughout USC’s enduring connection to the Coliseum, we have been committed to making it a source of pride not only for the present moment, but also for generations far into the future,” Nikias said.The deal also gives control of the Sports Arena to USC. USC will pay $1 million in annual rent to the state, and must also pay the state 5 percent of the receipts for naming rights. This marks the transfer of the Coliseum from a publicly owned structure to a privately owned and operated structure.“This is a great day not just for USC but for the neighborhood and the whole city of L.A. We’re planning to do a restoration, and this will continue to be the home of Trojan football for another 99 years,” Nikias said in a short message to the USC student body.Overall, the officials who spoke at the signing all expressed their satisfaction with the deal and their thanks to everyone who had helped them in the long two year negotiations, which were originally supposed to last 90 days or less.Don Knabe, president of the Coliseum Commission and supervisor for the fourth district of L.A. County, applauded the deal as a great example of “public [and]private partnership” and said that he “look[s] forward to the preservation and improvement of this iconic building for generations of Southern Californians to enjoy.”“I think the renovations that USC has done in the surrounding area, as well as on its own campus, are a testament to how well the school maintains and improves its property,” Chasen Washington, an undecided freshman, said. “I hope that the lease will make up for the years the Coliseum has been forgotten by the city and restore the beauty of its architecture and its legacy.”Many of the speakers also mentioned their wish for the Coliseum to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.“We look forward to having the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in the Coliseum two summers from now, and we hope that this renaissance of the Coliseum under USC leadership will also bolster the pending proposal of Los Angeles to the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics,” Knabe said.USC officials also expressed a desire to make the Coliseum a landmark for future generations to come.“We look forward to restoring and upgrading the coliseum to its former glory … We also welcome educational partnerships that will attract more students and families to Exposition Park, and we will ensure that the coliseum will stand proudly in the heart of Los Angeles in the 21st century,” Nikias said.last_img read more

Done Deal…Scientific Games completes NYX Gaming acquisition

first_img Kevin SheehanIssuing a corporate statement, Nasdaq-listed gambling technology provider Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has today confirmed that it has completed its acquisition of online gambling platform and software supplier NYX Gaming Group.SGC governance closes its pursuit of Toronto TSX-listed NYX Gaming, which began in September 2017, when the technology firm proposed a $630 million deal to acquire NYX assets outright.Seeking to bolster its digital betting/gaming operations, SGC governance would undertake an aggressive buyout of NYX’s shareholding.Gaining the deal approval of key stakeholders William Hill and Sky Bet, SGC governance called for final NYX shareholder vote this December, securing a unanimous 99% approval for its takeover.Updating stakeholders, Kevin Sheehan, Scientific Games Chief Executive Officer stated “Today, Scientific Games moves forward as a leading digital provider of sports betting, iGaming and iLottery technologies, platforms, content, products and services”.“As we look to 2018, we are truly excited by the opportunities that this acquisition presents to us.”In its deal prospectus, SGC governance announced that following the acquisition of NYX assets, the company would move to realign its digital services division, which would be now led by NYX CEO Matt Davey as SGC Group President of Digital Gaming.The deal completion, sees SGC boost its online gambling software securing NYX’s popular Open Gaming Systems. Furthermore, SGC will gain a significant foothold in the global online betting market, adding the OpenBet systems to its client provisions.NYX Gaming is expected to end its trading as a Toronto TSX enterprise on the 10 January 2018. Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Submit Related Articles Luckbox gears up for Toronto IPO May 21, 2020 Scientific Games confirms Michael Eklund as inbound Group CFO  May 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Paa Kwesi Fabin named Uganda U-17 and U-20 coach

first_imgUganda have named Ghanaian coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin as new coach of their national U-17 and U-20 sides.The 60-year-old has joined the east Africans on a one-year contract, his first assignment set to be next month’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.He comes with wealth of experience, having guided Ghana to silver at the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon and to the quarter-finals of the Fifa U-17 World Cup in India same year.“Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed the appointment of Samuel Fabin Kwasi as the head coach for the national U-17 and U-20 teams for a period of one year,” the football federation announced via their official website on Wednesday.Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabian has been appointed the new Uganda youth (U17, U20) teams coach. pic.twitter.com/DQG0dFMX80— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) March 20, 2019“FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, flanked by the second vice president Darius Mugoye and CEO Edgar Watson officially introduced Kwasi before the media.“Kwasi’s immediate task at hand will be to handle the team at the 2019 Total Africa U-17 finals in Tanzania.”Fabin’s rich profile also includes coaching Ghana’s two biggest clubs Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, as well as Inter Allies and Heart of Lions.“I am here for a mission,” said the coach at his unveiling on Wednesday.“First, I want to guide the Uganda U-17 team at the Afcon U-17 finals.“The time is very short but I will give it all my best shot.“The youth need patience to work with and develop to their best.”Uganda will face hosts Tanzania, Nigeria and Angola in Group A at the U-17 Afcon.–Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Anthony Davis flashes all-around skills as Lakers squeak by Thunder

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis, who finished with a team-high 33 points (24 after halftime), 11 rebounds and seven assists, notched some of the most memorable plays of the evening, including two 3-pointers while being fouled (and finishing both four-point plays).The Thunder had back-to-back layups by Chris Paul (18 points) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24 points) to cut the Lakers’ lead to a single point twice in the final 12 seconds. But the Lakers inbounded both times to Davis, who entered Friday night shooting nearly 87 percent from the line and was a perfect 11 for 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.“There’s no one like him in the NBA, that’s how unique it is,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “And the amount of ways he impacts the game, both at the basket and shooting the 3-ball – four threes, two four-point plays tonight – and elite defense all over the place. It’s something special.”His confidence at the line was needed as LeBron James (23 points, 14 assists) missed several late dagger attempts in the closing minutes.The back-to-back home-and-home series is unusual in the NBA regular season, and Vogel compared the second game against the Thunder to planning a playoff series. While Oklahoma City is a longshot to make a playoff bid, the two teams scrapped like series opponents, combining for three technical fouls in the first half. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But only one team brought a consistent postseason-like focus – or perhaps best described as hunger. Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley and Hamidou Diallo cut through the Lakers’ second-ranked defense with the urgency of a group trying to turn things around for the struggling Thunder.The Lakers’ often stout interior was a sieve: They gave up 21 of 31 on 2-point shots before halftime. Foul trouble plagued Dwight Howard, who had three in the first half, and JaVale McGee looked unsteady at times protecting the paint. While the Lakers didn’t pay for sloppy perimeter play, they allowed a host of open looks.It helped, then, that Davis’ touch was especially good around the 3-point line, where Davis, (a sub-30 percent shooter this season) was 4 for 7. The key, he said, was something Vogel pointed out, which was that he had been hesitating on his 3-point attempts.Davis’ guiding principle seemed a little like Mamba Mentality.“The ones that I miss I’m either falling back or hesitant on a shot because I want to make the right play,” he said. “I probably drive or find another player for a shot or I’m not getting my feet set or whatever. Now I’m always shot-ready. Knowing that if it comes to me I’m going to shoot it.”Not that Davis was selfish on his shot selection: His seven assists matched a season-high.A change in the winds for the Lakers started two-and-a-half seconds before the intermission. Rajon Rondo, a former high school quarterback, tossed a 70-foot inbounds pass to James, a former high school receiver, who dished it to Caldwell-Pope on the wing for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the halftime gap to a single point.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years That carried over into a supersonic start for the Lakers in the third quarter, when they scored 28 points in the first five minutes. The Lakers hit their first five 3-point attempts, and the offensive tear hit a high point when Davis leaped and tipped a pass back in transition to James, who casually hammered the dish home.But more careless mistakes added up, including ones that transcended court strategy. Rondo was ejected early in the fourth quarter with a flagrant-2 foul for lifting his right leg to strike Dennis Schroder in the groin. Rondo later declined to go into detail on why he disagreed with the call: “Just did.”A 15-point third-quarter lead was erased in the fourth, when Paul hit a 3-pointer that tied the score at 116 with 6:25 left.The Lakers, who made a season-high 17 3-pointers, stressed that a lesser team could have folded at that moment. Even when they’re not their best, folding hasn’t been part of their character so far this season.“Anytime you play a team in back-to-back situations in the same week, you know you’re going to get their best punch,” James said. “We got that and we still were able to get the win.” PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) is ejected during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Lakers center Dwight Howard defends as Thunder guard Dennis Schroder during the first half of Friday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) shoots in front of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Alex Caruso (4) during the fist half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) loses the ball after a foul by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) grabs a rebound in front of Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, right, reaches in to knock the ball away fro Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroeder (17) shoots in front of Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mike Muscala (33) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo dunks in front of Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, forces a jump ball with Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mike Muscala, top, defends against Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) dunks in front of Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, reaches for the ball with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, front, in front of guard Dennis Schroeder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with center JaVale McGee (7) during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) goes to the basket in front of Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) is ejected during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Lakers center Dwight Howard defends as Thunder guard Dennis Schroder during the first half of Friday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NextShow Caption1 of 17Lakers center Dwight Howard defends as Thunder guard Dennis Schroder during the first half of Friday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ExpandOKLAHOMA CITY — At 6-foot-10, he can loom above his defender for the inbounds pass. And then he has a touch light enough to make all of his free throws.He can dunk furiously in the lane against a center as stout as Steven Adams, but also has the grace to tip back an errant pass to a teammate on a fast break.Really, what can’t Anthony Davis do?A Friday nail-biter strained the limits of that question, as the Brow executed an impressive late-game sequence: A four-point play, a forced jump ball, a key defensive rebound and four straight free throws in the final eight seconds. It was a big night for Davis, but more importantly a win for the Lakers, who improved to 13-2 with a 130-127 victory over their Oklahoma City hosts, their sixth straight. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Positive COVID-19 tests among Cowboys, Texans are giving NFL coaches pause on 2020 season

first_imgAt least a few NFL coaches are questioning the viability of the 2020 NFL season now that players from the Cowboys and Texans, including star Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, recently tested positive for COVID-19.One head coach told ESPN’s Ed Werder those positive tests are “scary.” Another insisted to Werder the start of the season should be delayed, and a third “questioned the wisdom of playing during a pandemic.” As for the NFL coach who told Werder the start of the 2020 season should be delayed, the league built its schedule in a way that can accommodate such a necessity. All teams are scheduled to play two home games and two away games in the first four weeks with no division games scheduled in Weeks 3 or 4, and all the teams scheduled to play each other in Week 2 have the same Week 9 bye. So the season could be pushed back to October relatively easily.But as was the case when the pandemic shut down live sports globally in March, everything is fluid. The NFL will do everything in its power to give that coach who “questioned the wisdom of playing during a pandemic” reasons for optimism, but as health officials have said for months, the virus will decide whether a 2020 NFL season is possible.”Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.” The NFL to this point has not done much to alleviate the inevitable concerns associated with playing a season in such conditions. Because the league was fortunate the outbreak reached the United States during its offseason, it has been proceeding business as usual — albeit virtually — through the spring and now the summer.But training camps are scheduled to begin in a little more than a month, and the clock is ticking for the NFL to establish comprehensive health and safety protocols to be implemented for players, coaches and all team and league personnel.MORE: Will Goodell kneel with protesting players in 2020?”Positive tests are going to happen,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted Monday in a conversation with Mike Greenberg for ESPN’s The Return of Sports special. “The issue is, can we obviously prevent as many of those from happening, but in addition, treat them quickly, isolate them and prevent them from directly impacting our player personnel.”So none of those players were in the facilities. All of those players, fortunately, have had either mild symptoms or are asymptomatic.”But players soon will be invited back to team facilities, where all teams must stay for training camps this year. NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith reportedly “expects to make headway on overall protocols going forward in the next 30 days or so.”Part of the plan, according to NFL Network, will be to test players for COVID-19 three times per week and isolate anybody who tests positive. NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer reportedly told player agents “there’s a 90 percent chance reliable saliva testing (will be) available before players return to facilities.”The NFL and NFLPA on June 8 released a memo that established safety protocols for players to return to team facilities, including locker/meeting room modifications to account for social distancing, cones to establish one-way traffic in common corridors and a limit of 15 players at a time for conditioning workouts. Players also will have to wear masks “except when interfering with athletic activities.”The protocols established thus far, though, do not account for on-field practice and/or games. According to NFL Network, the league is considering expanding practice squad rosters from 10 to 16 players (after initially planning to expand them to 12) for “greater roster flexibility” to account for positive tests.MORE: Dr. Anthony Fauci outlines NFL’s COVID obstacleslast_img read more

Inside Conditions…The way we were

first_imgSt. Johns Field in Lawrenceville was my “field of dreams.” On evenings and weekends you would find most of us playing unorganized “street” ball and later on down the line little and pony league baseball. There were players with names like Gerald “toe-zee” Picket, Ronnie Alexander, Frank and Jerry McKeithen and of course Kevin Best and my main man Lawrence van Buren. From the crack of dawn until the crack of dusk we were armed and ready. Our weapons of choice were bats that we bought at the Goodwill, reclaimed from the garbage, or stole.My favorite bat was a Matty Alou Louis­ville Slugger that had such a hellacious crack in it that it had my father, an electrician who had a degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee, scratching his head as to why rolls and rolls of his black electrical tape continued to disappear from his tool belt. I loved that bat because strange things used to happen when the ball made solid contact with that taped up crack. The ball was liable to go in any direction. All I had to do was run toward first and glance to see where the ball was. Even when I hit a pop up, there was such a weirdo type spin on the ball that there was a 50 percent chance that the ball would be dropped.“After one particular encounter with my “magic stick,” “Toe-zee” yelled at me after he had dropped his 1,001th pop up as a result of one of my at-bats. He stood on his soapbox and made an argument that “the bat was cursed and should be banned from all future games.” All the crew voted in favor of disallowing the bat until they looked over at me all alone surrounded by the majority of the gear. They soon realized that I owned all of the balls, four of the remaining six bats and all of the bases except for home plate. There was a runoff vote immediately and somehow the “altered” bat was allowed to remain as part of our “equipment inventory.” To be used only by me.You wanna see a grown man cry? When I came home from the Army tearing the basement apart looking for that bat, my mother unceremoniously informed me that she had thrown the bat away. Well like “Toe-zee” Picket I am going to stand on my soapbox. If there is a “heaven” for baseball bats I am sure “Peanut’s” bat made it. By the way, back in the day my nickname was “Peanut.” Don’t even think about calling me “Peanut” unless your dental insurance is current. Those were the days, my friends, I thought would never end.“Boy, hand me down my walking cane. Hand me down my walking cane, I’m gonna take me a stroll down memory lane” (the late Lou Rawls).A Barbara Streisand special was on PBS a while back. I dozed off and it seemed that she continued to sing to me even in my dreams. “Memories, light the corners of my mind, misty watercolor memories of the way we were. Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind, smiles we give to one another. For the way we were.”Man, I wanted to be that cat to hit the ball over the left field wall to end the game. I needed to be the one to throw or catch that TD pass as the gun sounded or the hero that swished the net with the game winner or blocked the opposition’s shot that would have snatched victory from my team. But those were only dreams. I also had dreams and visions of becoming a sportswriter; that “drision” (dream, vision) manifested, man did it ever.With my health being “questionable” my heart desired to connect with you now while I still have the power and faculties to do so because the Holy Scriptures tell us that “no man knows the time or the hour.” King David asked the question in the book of Psalms. “How can I praise you from the grave?” I want, no I need to take this time to praise you the readers of my work. Those of you who stop me on the street know that I have always paused to listen to the rhythm of your heartbeats for you have forever been at the center of my work. I have always attempted to be sensitive and attuned to what “we” needed to hear because I realized early on in my career that like in real estate, location, location, location is the primary reason for success. Well in journalism, the reader, the reader, the reader, is the main component for achievement.See folks whether you are from the be-bop age, hip-hop age, Stone Age or any age in between, do not ever be afraid to dream. Just remember that whatever you dream can only become a vision when hard work is attached to it because when you work at anything and the intent of your heart is good, chances are only good things are going to happen. Where is my bat with the black tape? I guess it’s around here somewhere.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) I remember when I used to play shoot em up, shoot em up, bang, bang, baby. I remember when I chased the girls and beat ‘em up. (Lyrics from the Intruders hit, “Cowboys to Girls”.)Oh, how the world has changed and maybe not for the better. If you go pulling a girl’s hair nowadays, you are definitely running up on a case, a serious one at that.last_img read more

Safety Officers Gather for Annual Military Salute

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Port Of OlympiaAfter cheering military guests, participants gather near the new harbor security vessel.Safety and emergency officers gathered once again on the Port dock to salute our Armed Services men and women at Foofaraw on September 6. The flag, flashing lights, sirens and cheers honored military guests as they cruised off for a day of rest and recreation.This year’s Foofaraw also marked the debut of the harbor security vessel, Integrity, with Sheriff John Snaza aboard. Integrity will handle law enforcement matters that occur in Budd Inlet within City and County boundaries, as well as other emergencies. The boat is also equipped with fire suppression devices.Integrity is a result of interagency cooperation between the Thurston County Sheriff and Port of Olympia.Participants in the Foofaraw salute were: Washington State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Olympia Police Department/Harbor Patrol, Olympia Fire Department, ILWU Local 47 and staff from Weyerhaeuser Company, Brusco Tug & Barge, Securitas and Port of Olympia.Sponsored by Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Olympia Yacht Club and other area businesses and organizations, Foofaraw occurs annually on the Friday following Labor Day.last_img read more