Rockets, Bucks seek to avoid falling into 2-0 holes

first_imgThe Rockets were frustrated by Golden State’s defense, for far different reasons.Houston contended that Golden State was closing out recklessly on 3-point attempts and not giving the Rockets the proper space to land in many cases — a play that the NBA has tried to crack down on over the last couple seasons, especially since then-Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in such a play where then-San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard got hurt in the playoffs two years ago.Harden took 858 free throws during the regular season, 172 more than Antetokounmpo — who was No. 2 in the league in that category — attempted. And Harden got to the line 14 more times against the Warriors on Sunday, but felt he should have been there more.“I just want a fair chance, man,” said Harden, who had a 3-point attempt to tie the game late Sunday — on a play where he wound up falling to the court after a closeout by Warriors forward Draymond Green. “Call the game how it’s supposed to be called and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results.”Losses on Tuesday obviously wouldn’t doom either the Rockets or Bucks, but the task would get significantly tougher going forward. Only 20 teams in NBA history have successfully rallied from a 2-0 series deficit in a best-of-seven matchup. Milwaukee is trying to avoid becoming the 28th team to lose the first two games of a seven-game series at home; of those, only four have recovered and actually won the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s going to be tough to surprise anybody with a strategy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s all about execution.”TUESDAY’S GAMESCELTICS AT BUCKSCeltics lead 1-0. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The Celtics are 5-0 so far in the playoffs, and have kept Indiana and Milwaukee under 100 points in four of those five games while seeing their own scoring number increase in every outing so far. Al Horford was fantastic on both ends in Game 1 against the Bucks, and the Celtics had walls of defenders around the rim it seemed on every drive by Antetokounmpo.INJURY WATCH: Celtics reserve big man Aron Baynes was limited to nine minutes in Game 1 with an ankle issue, but he’s hopeful of being out there for Game 2.KEEP AN EYE ON: Milwaukee’s shooting. The Bucks’ starters shot 30 percent — 15 for 50 — in Game 1. For comparison’s sake, Boston guard Kyrie Irving was 12 for 21 by himself.PRESSURE IS ON: No question, the Bucks. A team that rolled to 60 wins and swept through the first round is facing its biggest adverse moment of the season. Title-contending teams shrug off Game 1 losses, and that’s what the Bucks must do Tuesday.ROCKETS AT WARRIORSWarriors lead 1-0. Game 2, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown dunks over Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Celtics won 112-90 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The MVP front-runners are in some trouble.It’s a virtual certainty that either Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Houston’s reigning MVP James Harden will win the coveted award this season. And while the voting results there won’t be known until June 24, the only results that truly matter right now to both players are the ones that were determined on Sunday — and the ones that are coming on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NEED TO KNOW: Houston hasn’t lost consecutive games in more than two months, winning each of its last six games following a defeat. And they’ve already won at Oracle Arena twice this season, so the Rockets will be confident — probably even moreso now that they believe non-calls helped the Warriors in Game 1.INJURY WATCH: Golden State guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson played through gimpy ankles in Game 1; they shot a combined 10 for 25, and it was only the second time all season where both played, neither had more than five field goals and the Warriors won anyway.KEEP AN EYE ON: Houston guard Chris Paul. He scored 17 points in Game 1, got ejected late for picking up a second technical — but what might trouble the Rockets is he only took nine shots in 36 minutes. If he’s more aggressive in Game 2 that could help Harden (who took 28 shots) get even cleaner looks.PRESSURE IS ON: The referees. They’ll know that every call will be met with probably more scorn and disbelief than usual after the way the Rockets were angered in Game 1. Landing areas on 3-point tries will be a point of emphasis, for obvious reasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 10 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Antetokounmpo and the Bucks were handed their worst loss of the season, a 22-point defeat by the Boston Celtics that cost the NBA’s No. 1 overall seed the home-court edge in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. And the Rockets were angered by what they felt were a series of calls that didn’t go their way in a 104-100 loss to Golden State on Sunday in Game 1 of a West semifinal series.Both matchups resume with Game 2s on Tuesday: Boston at Milwaukee and Houston at Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Right now, we’ve got to focus on playing better,” Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee fell 112-90 in Game 1. “Obviously, it was one of the toughest tasks we’ve had all season long and especially at home. We’ve just got to regroup … and be ready for Tuesday.”The Bucks were frustrated by Boston’s defense; Milwaukee’s 90 points represented its third-lowest total of the season.last_img read more

Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi Leonard: Throw the whole kitchen at him

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The only thing that has slowed Leonard in these playoffs was the flu, which he was dealing with when he shot 5 for 19 in Game 3 against Orlando. Not even a leg injury has been able to derail Leonard. He’s averaged 31.2 points in the playoffs, along with 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 51 percent.The numbers he’s put up so far in the playoffs compare to what LeBron James in his last four playoff runs with Cleveland.The East isn’t owned by James anymore.For now, it belongs to Leonard and the Raptors — who’ll take their turn in the role James has held, facing Golden State for a title. The Warriors’ primary task in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 was slowing James. This year, slowing Leonard is the priority. And he’s been boning up on film, trying to figure out what he can do to maximize his chances.“I think it just really comes down to being smart and just being in those situations before and just knowing what’s going to happen,” Leonard said. “Going through years of playing and seeing defensive schemes or offensive schemes and watching film and seeing how they guarded other guys or me in the past.”ADVERTISEMENT Leonard hasn’t faced Green since May 14, 2017 — Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that year between the Warriors and San Antonio, the game where the Spurs were up big and Leonard had 26 points in the third quarter and was generally unguardable. And then Zaza Pachulia closed out on him, got his foot under Leonard’s on a jumper, creating an awkward landing that knocked Leonard out for the rest of that series.Iguodala and Thompson have seen Leonard once since, that being back in November, a game in Toronto where the Raptors’ star scored 37. He made his first six shots that night, the first four of them when the Warriors matched Damion Jones against Leonard. By the time the fourth shot fell, Jones just put his head back in mock disbelief. It wasn’t like he wasn’t trying. He just didn’t have the capability to stop him.It’ll be a different approach on Thursday night.“I would say they’re going to probably do something similar to what we’re going to do,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “There are a lot of bodies that can guard a lot of different people. I think you are going to see a lot of different people.”Green said Leonard doesn’t dominate games in the same way that James, or Curry, or still-injured Warriors star Kevin Durant, or Portland’s Damian Lillard can when they get rolling.It wasn’t a knock. Green insisted Leonard’s style is just as effective.“Kawhi didn’t come into this league as a scorer, yet he’s one of the best scorers we have in the league now,” Green said. “It just doesn’t look the same, but the results are the same and/or better. He’s really worked to get to where he is today.”Thompson also tipped his cap to Leonard, saying he’s MVP-caliber. And Iguodala went a step further, saying the Warriors have to be ready to “throw the whole kitchen at him.”“He’s kind of got a different game than anybody,” Iguodala said. “He’s very unique with his strength, with his quickness, being able to explode to the basket but also being a threat from the perimeter. He’s pretty much got it all.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Near perfect And they all respect Kawhi Leonard’s offensive game.They will probably all get a turn at guarding Toronto’s best player at some point during the NBA Finals, whether the assignment is by design or just sort of happens organically when defenders get switched during a Raptors possession. When the title series starts on Thursday night, the biggest key for the Warriors will likely be slowing down Leonard — the dominant player so far in this postseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He’s been playing amazing this whole playoff run and really all season,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “He’s always at his own pace, and never seems to get rushed or be in a hurry. He’s obviously physically gifted and strong. He can get to his spots, but he’s become a really good shooter. Off the dribble, getting to a spot, rising up. … But we have some capable — beyond capable — defenders to guard him.”Those capabilities will be tested. Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kyle Lowry (7) react during the second half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors won 100-94 to advance to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Draymond Green believes he’s the best defensive player in basketball. Klay Thompson sought inclusion on the NBA’s all-defensive team for years. Andre Iguodala, even at 35 years old, can still neutralize just about any opponent.Golden State has some big-time defenders, without question.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeover

first_imgKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Call of Duty gamers converge on Toronto for national championship

first_imgAdvertisement Eight teams are competing for a total of $65,000 in prize money at the downtown Scotiabank Theatre. It’s an active spectator sport with fans paying from $9.50 to $40 to get into the 500-seat cinema with twitch.tv/worldgaming providing online tournament coverage. With PlayStation and game publisher Activision actively involved in the “Call of Duty” tournament, just about every part of the gaming equation is involved. Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter “I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playing,” he said. “So it’s kind of spoiled the rest of gaming for me in a way, because I don’t really play that many other games just casually.” Advertisement Login/Register With: And with the event starting at 10 a.m. and the final rounds set for 5-6 p.m., spectators will no doubt take advantage of the concessions. There were also “Street Fighter” and “Uncharted 4” competitions with events involving more games planned for this year. It also holds collegiate competitions. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to continue to make a little bit of money and see the world a little bit,” he said. “And kind of see where it goes from there.”Ivers won some US$10,000 in prize money in 2016 and also was on salary with his team. “So I didn’t do too bad last year,” he said. “It’s tough to take vacations and stuff because there’s always another tournament or I’ve always got to practise or I have to be away this weekend at a different place,” he said. “So I told my mom to just come and we’d kind of have a mini-vacation while I’m out there. So we stayed two extra days to kind of explore the city which was cool.” Aside from work, Ivers doesn’t spend much time in front of a console. You won’t find him putting his feet up to play FIFA for fun. While he takes a controller and headset to work, it’s still serious business. Ivers moved to Michigan last year for several months to live and train with teammates at the Detroit Renegades. Cineplex, seeing both a growing trend and another use for its theatres, got into the growing world of competitive gaming in September 2015 when it purchased WorldGaming for US$15 million while promising an additional $5-million investment “to expand the business model.” By: Neil Davidson GIRG — which also includes Jevon (Goonjar) Gooljar-Lim, Peirce (Gunless) Hillman and Matteo (Royalty) Faithfull — is up against Ontario’s SetToDestroyX, Fury Gaming, 1Hype and Solar HQ and Quebec’s Earthroot Gaming, ReZist Esports and Team Impulse. Twitter WorldGaming ran a solo-player “Call of Duty” tournament last year with 18-year-of Allameen Ally of Brampton, Ont., taking home $20,000 for his “Call of Duty — Black Ops III” prowess.center_img Facebook The name GIRG comes from the first letter of the members’ handles. At present, Cineplex has 24 theatres across the country — including two at the Scotiabank Theatre — that are equipped to host gaming events. TORONTO — Many people have a go-to tool at work. For Andrew Ivers, it’s a KBAR-32 this weekend. Not surprisingly, he’s enjoying the life and plans to keep doing it for a few years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The experience we offer not only to the teams and players but the fans is pretty cool,” said WorldGaming CEO Wim Stocks. Ivers had a minor setback this week when a button on his controller stopped working properly. He’s calling in a loaner from a friend for the tournament. And while he’s not driving a Porsche yet, his TV producer dad has one. “He doesn’t let me drive it yet.” Gamers come with handles (Ivers is Ivy, for example) while Sunday’s broadcast team of Maven, Courage and Mr. X evokes memories of “Top Gun.” Players change teams regularly and Ivers plays with a different group in the “Call of Duty” World League. He estimates his team played six hours a day together in advance of last week’s event in Dallas. Ivers is in his third year as a pro gamer but missed out on last year’s national finals because he was 20 days too young. Advertisement Sunday’s finalists survived online and regional qualifiers and online playoffs to get to the finals and the chance of the first-place purse of $20,000 and a trip to the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open. He was competing in Dallas last week and Atlanta and Paris in February, scoring good son points by taking his mother with him to France. The 19-year-old from Toronto is a professional gamer who hopes to use his virtual assault rifle to help Team GIRG win the Cineplex WorldGaming “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” tournament final Sunday. Each season, the pros decide which tournament maps they will use for the year.last_img read more

China upbeat ahead of US trade talks but differences large

first_imgBEIJING — China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks with Washington, but economists warn they face lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship.Both sides have expressed interest in settling their tariff battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed despite a Dec. 1 agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases.A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said American and Chinese envoys will have “positive and constructive discussions” during meetings Monday and Tuesday.Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded with penalties on $110 billion of American goods.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pramod Sawant to face floor test today

first_imgPanaji: The new BJP-led government in Goa will face the floor test in the state Assembly on Wednesday to prove its majority just a day after Speaker Pramod Sawant was sworn in as chief minister with an unprecedented two deputies past midnight capping a frenetic day of political wrangling.The government claims majority with the support of 21 MLAs–12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents. The strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 36 following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte. The Congress, which is the single largest party with 14 MLAs, had also staked claim to form the government. There is also an NCP legislator in the House. Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly at 11.30 am Wednesday to enable the chief Minister to prove his majority in the House, an official said. After multiple postponements of the oath ceremony on Monday, Sawant, a two-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa, was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan at 1.50 am. An ayurveda practitioner, Sawant is a dedicated RSS worker. Reflecting a generational shift in the BJP, Sawant, 45, was administered the oath of office and secrecy along with 11 other ministers including those from the MGP and the GFP. He succeeded Parrikar, who died on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for over an year. Interestingly, all the ministers who were part of the Parrikar Cabinet were sworn in by the Governor. As per the power-sharing arrangement reached by the BJP with allies, an MLA each from the two smaller parties backing the saffron party — GFP chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP’s Sudin Dhavalikar — were made deputy chief minister. It is for the first time that a tiny state like Goa has two deputy chief ministers. Besides Sawant, Sardesai and Dhavalikar, the others who were sworn in were Mauvin Godinho, Vishwajit Rane, Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral(all BJP), Palekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar(both GFP), Manohar Ajgaonkar(MGP) and Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade. BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Nitin Gadkari played a critical behind-the-scene role in ensuring that the party retained power in Goa, sources familiar with the developments said.last_img read more

Chinas first lunar rover lands on moon

first_imgBEIJING – China becomes the third country, after the US and Soviet Union, to deploy a rover onto the moon since 1976.China’s first lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit, landed on the moon on Sunday and sent the first images taken after departing from the Chang’e-3 probe.The 140 kilogram six-wheeled vehicle embarked on the moon’s surface at around 4:35 in the morning, the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center announced.China has become the third country, after the US and Soviet Union, to deploy a rover onto the moon since 1976.The Jade Rabbit’s deployment was recorded by the Chang’e-3 camera and transmitted to the earth. The Jade Rabbit and Chang’e-3 will pursue separate scientific discoveries.The Jade Rabbit will cover a five square kilometer area in 90 days to record scientific observation on surface materials, natural resources and the geological structure. The Chang’e-3 spacecraft will meanwhile undertake yearlong field inspections in its landing area.The Chang’e-3 made a soft landing on the moon Saturday at 21:00 local time.last_img read more

Scott Barnes falls short in Clippers 42 loss to Louisville

Left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes made his first career Triple-A start for the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday night, after starting twice for the Double-A Akron Aeros. Barnes began the season for the Aeros by giving up just two runs in 11 innings pitched, but he wasn’t quite as impressive in Columbus. He gave up four runs in five innings in his Clippers debut and, despite his team losing, 4-2, to Louisville, manager Mike Sarbaugh said he liked what he saw from Barnes. “It was a good first outing for him,” Sarbaugh said. “He gave us five good innings … definitely something to build off of.” The first runs Barnes gave up came after he walked two of the first three batters he faced in the top of the second inning, before Bats center fielder Dave Sappelt sent a hit down the right-field line to give Louisville the early 2-0 lead. Columbus battled right back and scored its first run of the game when first baseman Wes Hodges drove in shortstop Luis Valbuena in the bottom of the third, cutting Louisville’s lead to 2-1. The Clippers scored only one run in the third inning, despite having the bases loaded with no outs. Sarbaugh said it was a lost opportunity. “We had our chance in the third with bases loaded and no outs and only came up with one (run),” he said. “It had a chance to get us back in the game or even get ahead.” Barnes walked the first batter he faced in the top of the fourth, Louisville second baseman Chris Valaika. The next batter, right fielder Michael Griffin, made Barnes pay by sending a triple down the right field line to give Louisville a 3-1 lead. Center fielder Kristopher Negron grounded out in the Bats’ next at-bat, but Griffin scored to extend his team’s lead to 4-1. The most physical play of the night came in bottom of the fourth inning. After leading off with a base hit to center field to start the bottom of the fourth, Columbus center fielder Bubba Bell took second base on a wild pitch, and then third base on a ground ball. Catcher Paul Phillips was up to bat next and sent a fielder’s choice to Louisville shortstop Zack Cozart, who fired the ball to his catcher, Devin Mesoraco, as Bell sprinted toward home plate. Cozart’s throw skipped in the dirt before Bell lowered his shoulder and pummeled over Mesoraco, knocking him on his back and the ball out of his mitt for the Clippers’ second run of the night, this one unearned, again cutting the Louisville lead in half, 4-2. But following six runs in three innings, the bats stayed relatively quiet for the rest of the night. Bell was walked by Louisville reliever Carlos Fisher to start the ninth inning, and then Luke Carlin came up to pinch hit in place of Phillips for the Clippers. Carlin hit into a double play, and the next batter, Valbuena, grounded out as well. The Clippers lost back-to-back games for the second time this season. Louisville improved to 10-3 and remains in first place in the division, while Columbus fell to 8-5, two games behind the Bats, but still good enough for second place. The Clippers will have the opportunity to redeem themselves, as they play Louisville at home each of the next three nights. read more

SaberCat clawing his way back Former Buckeye Jamario ONeal is back in

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. That goes for former Buckeye safety Jamario O’Neal as he continues his career in the Arena Football League with the San Jose SaberCats. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, O’Neal moved to Cleveland and played his final two years of high school at Glenville High School. O’Neal was the first commitment of the Buckeyes’ 2005 recruiting class. His career at Ohio State, however, never panned out. “I didn’t do the little things and stay on the grind that got me to that point,” O’Neal said. “I had a lot going in my life with school and everything, and I just kind of lost my passion for football.” O’Neal was an All-Ohio team selection his junior and senior years of high school. His senior year garnered him a Parade All-America honor before he came to OSU. Four years later, after splitting time at safety and cornerback with the Buckeyes, O’Neal amassed 49 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and two passes defended. His recruiting class also included Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Donald Washington, New Orleans Saints’ cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and Washington Redskins’ defensive back Anderson Russell in the secondary with him. “Just thinking about all the times I could’ve done extra films, gassers (and) time in the weight room, I had talent but didn’t work hard,” he said. “You had guys like Malcolm and Donald who worked hard and had talent.” After being suspended for the Spring Game and first two games of 2008 for a team violation, O’Neal didn’t make it back into the starting rotation. O’Neal worked out during Pro Day, but no one offered him a contract during the NFL Draft. He spent the next two years out of football, until he got a phone call from his agent in October 2010 regarding the SaberCats and another chance on the field. “I had time to reflect while I was away,” he said. He immediately began to study the team playbook and prepare for the faster pace of the indoor game. “I was out of football for damned near two years,” he said. “Adjusting to the mental aspect was easy. With the physical aspect, that is something that you have to work on everyday.” After missing the first four games of the season with a strained hamstring, O’Neal had an immediate impact with a forced fumble and recovery in his first game against the Tulsa Talons. “Jamario brought real good enthusiasm,” teammate Mervin Brookins said. “He turns it on when he gets on the field.” In week seven, O’Neal had an interception return for a touchdown in a 68-61 win against the Philadelphia Soul. Since then, he’s had 11.5 tackles, nine of which were solo in three games for the 5-3 SaberCats. Having proved his playing abilities to everyone who said he was a bust, O’Neal is confident when talking about his future after football. “After this: big things. I just need to stay focused,” he said. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 24 minor NCAA violations

Coach Pete Hanson sent letters to two prospective student-athletes in March 2013 that promised them athletically related financial aid. At the time each athlete received said letter, they had not yet reached their senior years in high school. The Compliance Office determined there to be seven impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents after an April 2013 review of phone records between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The report states they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.” A coach inadvertently sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Men’s GymnasticsReported Nov. 5 Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not being enrolled at OSU. Program engaged in seven hours of out-of-season conditioning activities involving gymnastics equipment. Members of the synchronized swimming team posted photos of prospective student-athletes they were hosting to both Facebook and Instagram on Oct. 21, 2012. The photos that were posted were then commented on by the student-athletes and coach Holly Vargo-Brown. Coach Geoff Carlston made an impermissible telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school on Oct. 8, 2012. On April 24, an assistant coach replied to an email from a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. Reported Nov. 4 Women’s LacrosseReported July 23 Two private camps in spring 2013 impermissibly used the names of an OSU coach and two student-athletes to advertise the camps. A women’s hockey volunteer coach was involved with a local sports club that had multiple prospective student-athletes residing outside a permitted 50-mile radius of the university. On May 7, the coach provided a private lesson to a current member of the women’s team, and while also serving as a volunteer coach for the men’s ice hockey team from 2009-11, the coach provided three student-athletes a combined total of four private lessons during summer vacation. Women’s SoccerReported July 25 Synchronized SwimmingReported July 9 Click to expand.The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013, including nine for “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as three violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.The figures are a result of an open records request submitted Thursday by The Lantern and released Friday by the OSU public records office.None of the violations are considered major, but the report included 19 violations that included “prospective student-athletes.”The last 2013 violation was reported Nov. 6.In each case, the school proposed its own corrective action to either the Big Ten or NCAA, who accepted the proposals but at times, offered further recommendations to each sport. Common resolutions include issuing a letter of education to the respective coaching staff and restraining them from contacting the prospective student-athletes for a period of time, usually two weeks. The football program, however, was only restricted to one week of no contact for impermissible phone calls.OSU athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith said the school typically has “about 40” self-reported secondary violations annually during an interview with The Lantern May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”FootballReported June 27 WrestlingReported July 11 Carlston replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete in February 2013 who was a junior in high school. Carlston mistakenly thought it was an email, not a text. Reported July 19 On Jan. 10, 2013, the Compliance Office approved and provided what was determined to be an official visit for a prospective student-athlete who had not yet been registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reported July 29 On Oct. 17, 2012, coach Alexis Venechanos made an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete in the 2015 class. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete March 26. A total of three incoming student-athletes were employed as volunteers at the LiFE Sports Camp June 26. All three were enrolled in summer school, but were still considered prospective student-athletes in terms of employment. On both March 25 and May 7, coach Tom Ryan made two impermissible phone calls to 2014 prospective student-athletes. The field hockey program received approval from the OSU Compliance Office that allowed it to put an image of a current member of the team on an institutional brochure. Women’s VolleyballReported July 15 BaseballReported July 29 A member of the coaching staff was reported to have used a smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete April 25. An assistant coach and an assistant director of compliance distributed camp postcards at a soccer tournament May 4. Reported Nov. 6 Field HockeyReported July 24 Men’s SoccerReported July 29 The baseball director of operations participated in an off-campus baseball league against prospective student-athletes. Women’s GolfReported Sept. 12 On June 25, coach Therese Hession accepted a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in women’s volleyball and the other in men’s soccer — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at OSU. Men’s and Women’s Ice HockeyReported Aug. 1 Men’s VolleyballReported July 15 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingReported July 15During a dead period, then-men’s and women’s diving coach Vince Panzano flew to The Woodlands, Texas, April 15 and observed several unknown prospective student-athletes practice. read more

Higuain to return to Italy

first_imgJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in Italy today to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.Reports in the Italian press suggest that the Argentina international will arrive in Turin today to discuss his future with the club hierarchy.Both Chelsea and AC Milan are interested in the services of the former Madrid Man and the San Siro based outfit want him in part exchange for Leonardo Bonucci.It is understood that Higuain will arrive at Juventus with his brother who is also his agent as they seek to make a firm decision over where the player would be playing his football next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Higuain wants a contract of 8million euros per year and is yet to agree personal terms with Milan but in the presence of Nicolas, his agent should speed things up.Chelsea are believed to be waiting in the background should the deal to join Milan fall through as Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with the former Napoli hitman.Reports suggest Higuain would favor a move to England to join Chelsea and a decision over his future is expected in the next three days.last_img read more

Fire crews battle brush fires around San Diego County

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Firefighters have halted the spread of that roughly 1 1/2-acre brush fire just north of state Route 905 and east of Interstate 805 in Otay Mesa, in the area of Cesar Solis Community Park, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Firefighters are working to extinguish a brush fire that has spread over about 10 open acres in the area of state Route 76 and Pauma Valley Drive in Pauma Valley, according to Cal Fire. There are no immediate reports of structural threats.Firefighters are also working to extinguish a brush fire in the area of South 47th Street and Solola Avenue in Lincoln Park, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. No structural threats have been reported. Posted: June 10, 2019 Updated: 2:19 PM June 10, 2019 Fire crews battle brush fires around San Diego Countycenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Sams Club Reportedly Closing All Alaska Locations

first_imgKTUU reported that security guards were stationed outside the front entrances of each store letting people know of the closure. and stating that the stores closed today in order to conduct meetings with associates and staff. The Walmart official said it was too soon to know how many jobs would be eliminated with the Sam’s Club closures. He said some employees would be re-hired at other Walmart locations or at the newly created e-commerce distribution sites. The official said at least eight stores closed Thursday and the rest would shutter in the coming weeks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the decision publicly. Update- 11:00 AMA Walmart official says the company is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the country. About 10 of those stores will be repurposed into e-commerce distribution sites. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on January 12th, 2018 at 02:17 pmUpdate- 5:30 PMAccording to KTUU-TV, the Sam’s Club stores in Alaska are set to reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m., and will remain open until their official closing date of January 26. Sam’s Club released the following statement on their Twitter account stating: After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition. Additional details will be posted as they are made available. The closures came on the same day that Walmart announced it would boost its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour and hand out one-time cash bonuses. According to KTVA-TV a viewer said he visited an Anchorage Sam’s Club location this morning for before-hours business shopping and found security officers turning customers away at the door. Original Story: All Sam’s Club stores throughout the state are reportedly closed effective immediately without notice to the public. According to numerous reports the stores’ official closure date is January 26, with their pharmacies serving customers until that date.last_img read more

Bangladeshis among 409 held in Malaysia

first_imgMap of MalaysiaThe Malaysian authorities have detained 409 foreign nationals including Bangladeshis in a counter-terrorism raid, according to The Star Online.Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said out of 409 foreigners arrested, 133 of them are being held under the Immigration Act.He said the remaining 275 were released after stringent screening in Bukit Aman.DCP Ayob said the background of all the foreigners were checked against the Interpol Foreign Terrorist Fighter database, as well as the Special Branch Lookup database.“We will continue to mount more large scale operations and not take any chances,” he said.DCP Ayob said its focus would be in the Klang Valley and other major cities and towns.The operation over the weekend was part of its preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on 19 August.last_img read more

Report Fewer International Students Enrolled In Texas Schools

first_img Share X 00:00 /00:50 In Houston, over 120 campuses serve international students. One of those institutions is Houston Baptist University, which welcomes the majority of its international students from Nigeria and China. Shannon Bedo, Director of International Student Services at the university, said although her school saw more international students last fall, she expects a drop later this year.“My guess is that we will probably start seeing the effect of the decline starting this fall,” Bedo said. She also sits on the board of Study Texas, a collaborative that recruits international students to study in the state. Bedo said many of her students fear instability around immigration and come to her with rumors. “If they go home to visit their families, they are afraid their visa wouldn’t be renewed so they can come back and finish their studies,” Bedo said. Despite some uncertainty around immigration, Bedo said Houston is an attractive city for immigrants for numerous reasons including affordability, diversity, job opportunities and the medical center.  center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen iStockInternational student enrollment in Texas schools dipped 2.2 percent to 86,076, according to a new report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 1,929 fewer students are enrolled in Texas schools as of March 2018, compared to the same month a year ago. The data contrasts with a slight increase in the number of Texas institutions that are certified to accept international students, now at 509 up from 500 in March 2017. The study accounted for international students pursuing K-12, university and vocational education. last_img read more

Hill Aston My Relationship With the NAACP is Fine

first_imgTessa Hill-Aston asserts “there is more to the story” behind her departure as president of the Baltimore NAACP in late Oct. Despite reports to the contrary, Hill-Aston says there has been no rupture in her relationship with the branch.  “My relationship with the NAACP is fine,” Hill-Aston told the AFRO. “I’m working closely with the administrator who will be taking over the branch.”Tessa Hill-AstonMaryland State Conference President Gerald Stansbury has been charged with overseeing the Baltimore branch by the NAACP National Office.  First Vice President Ronald Flamer assumed the presidency after her departure. Hill-Aston said she is vested in working toward a smooth transition.  “I’m working with him [Stansbury] because he’s the person who will be overseeing the day-to-day operation of the branch,” Hill-Aston said.Hill-Aston won re-election as president of the Baltimore branch, a volunteer position, in November 2016 in one of the most closely contended elections in recent history for the branch. She defeated the Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon. Hill-Aston admits it was a tough fight, but she said after the election was done, the fight never ended.“The problem is that if you lose, you are not supposed to continue to verbally attack the person who won the position. This is a volunteer position. All of us are volunteers on the branch level,” she said.Hill Aston says branch meetings became battlegrounds. “I resigned because outside forces came to NAACP meetings to interrupt,” she said. “I don’t need anybody to come to a public meeting of the NAACP, cause havoc and attack me. I do not like people who try to bully people. I will not tolerate it.”Hill-Aston insists she has not heard from the national office since the organization’s July convention, hosted by Hill-Aston and the Baltimore branch. She said she believes the NAACP’s national office should have had a technical assistance process in place to support the Baltimore branch when meetings continued to be contentious.Hassan Giordano, former chair of the Baltimore branch’s Criminal Justice Committee said that Hill-Aston’s collaborative leadership style agitated opponents who wanted the chapter to move more aggressively to a protest model.“She was given a bad rap because she worked for the city. I didn’t see that. Tessa was more of a person who wanted to build bridges. She would rather meet with the mayor and governor first before we organized a rally or a demonstration to make our point,” he said.   Hill Aston works full-time as a program administrator in the Baltimore Health Department.Hill-Aston says she is leaving the Baltimore branch with her head held high.  “I’m not leaving the NAACP in a negative way at all. We just hosted a very successful national convention in Baltimore,” said Hill-Aston, who maintained that she is not finished with civil rights work.“I help people every day of my life. People who know me well know that. I help people with court, evictions, gas and electric bill turn-offs.  The Baltimore branch of the NAACP was right there and opened an office in West Baltimore immediately after the unrest,” she said.last_img read more

Students of 4 RKM Schools in top 10

first_imgKolkata: The students of four Ramakrishna Mission Schools have ranked within 10 of the merit list of the HS examination results of which were announced on Monday. Five students from Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission have ranked between 5 and 9 in the merit list. Seventy students have scored more than 90 percent, 75 have got above 85 percent and 76 students have got above 75 percent. Four students of Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home High School, Rahara, have ranked between 5 and 9 in the merit list. Out of 129 students who appeared from this school, 57 got more than 90 percent marks. 100 students have got above 80 percent while another 107 scored more than 75 percent. Aritra Mondol, an orphan student, has scored 472/500 in Arts. Out of the 32 tribal students in Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Jhargram, 18 have got more than 75 percent marks. Two from Midnapore Ramakrishna Mission came 9 and 10 in the merit list while one from Malda claimed theighth position in the merit list.last_img read more

Bahamas Tourism Minister urges hoteliers to do business in Bahamas

first_imgWhile speaking at International African American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit held in South Florida, Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for The Bahamas said, “The Bahamas is a vacation paradise, that’s well known, but the message I’d like each of you to take away from my short talk this morning is that when it comes to investing, ‘It’s Better in The Bahamas’.”The Minister, who was presented with an Apex award for distinguished service at the closing banquet of the summit, provided his remarks at the Summits Annual Scholarship Awards luncheon, sponsored by the Marriott, at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, Florida. He shared that in the last 12 months, The Bahamas have engaged in an overhaul of procedures and protocols to create an environment where the ease of doing business in The Bahamas is historically at its optimum best.Annually, the summit is attended by African American hoteliers, entrepreneurs, national leaders and hospitality representatives, city/state/country development representatives and financial experts.D’Aguilar disclosed that in the last quarter of 2017, the Government of The Bahamas enacted the Commercial Enterprises Act, “which is a package of legislation specifically designed to improve the ease of doing business and attract new and diverse businesses. Implementation of the policies attached to this legislation will streamline and fast-track the start-up businesses in a number of areas,” he provided.The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), hosts the Summit annually with the Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine and Horizons International Group. This year’s theme is ‘New Opportunities with Great Partners’.Now in its 22nd year, the annual summit is designed to educate attendees on becoming a hotel owner or investor, share minority investment trends, explore supplier opportunities, learn how to market to minorities and discuss diversity issues affecting the industry. The summit features a number of executive level professionals from the world’s leading hotel brands who share a wealth of information needed to succeed in the industry.The declared goal of NABHOOD is to increase the number of African-Americans developing, managing, operating and owning hotels; increase vendor opportunities and executive level jobs for minorities, thereby creating wealth within the African-American community.last_img read more

Kevins going to start this week like we said an

first_img“Kevin’s going to start this week like we said, and we’ll let it play itself out.”So, Kolb will get the start Friday against the Raiders, looking to rebound from a pair of poor preseason outings. Playing well would certainly go a long way towards winning the job, but it’s impossible to say right now if he must have a big game to stay in the race.“We’re trying to get the best player that gives us the best chance to win,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ve said all along it’s a process. I think everybody wants an instant evaluation or wants to say that, but we just don’t think in those terms.”The Cardinals have three preseason games left to figure out who the QB will be, and Whisenhunt said the decision will be made when it is apparent who the right choice is.“We’re going to let the process play out,” he said. “When we feel like we have a player that’s going to give us the best chance to win we’ll move in that direction.”Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Ken Whisenhunt said he doesn’t know much about Adam Schefter’s report that John Skelton is the favorite to win the Cardinals QB job.“I just know that as far as favorites and longshots, really I’ve never thought of it in those terms,” he said at his daily media briefing Tuesday in Flagstaff. “I think we just, we’ve always been true to what we’ve said and we’re going to stick to the process. 0 Comments   Share   ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-875-9940 ErrorOKlast_img read more

Metrological will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 102

first_imgMetrological will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, booth H21. Metrological co-founder and CEO, Jeroen Ghijsen, will also feature in the technology session, ‘RDK – Technical Implications and Opportunities’ at 13:15 on June 10. Pay TV operator app store specialist, Metrological, will highlight its device- and software-agnostic application platform at this year’s ANGA COM. The platform is designed to support operator app stores and content provider apps on any screen, while giving access to business intelligence data.Included in the platform’s capabilities is an app store platform that lets operators launch operator-branded TV app stores to STBs and other connected devices.Contextual  app experiences merge live TV and OTT content, enabling operators to present a unified app experience in one screen.Social media integration and mobile pairing lets viewers link TV viewing to their mobile devices – allowing them to interact, vote, use their mobile phone as a TV remote or game control and swipe pictures and videos from their mobile to their TV screen.A real-time app dashboard offers real-time insights on operations and app usage, an app manager lets operators to manage, in real time, app store content, while the app developer and RDK emulator workflow highlights the step-by-step process for developers to develop, publish and test apps on RDK-based devices.Metrological is headquartered in the Netherlands and its partners include Liberty Global. The firm delivers a complete product suite that enables pay TV operators to launch, manage and monetise their own branded TV and multi-screen app store and unified user experience across devices.last_img read more