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Organisers of the Onitsha City Marathon Holds Parley With Media on…

first_imgAccording to Okereke-Ekpe, the maiden Onitsha City Marathon will take place on October 5, 2019, but she explained this edition will only be half marathon while subsequent ones will include both the 10km and 5km races.She said: “We are starting with just half marathon this year but from next year, it will definitely be bigger with the addition of the 10km and 5km races.“The race will start by 6.30am and registration is absolutely free for everyone capable and ready”According to the organisers, registration for the Onitsha City Marathon will run through till the end of September to allow for more participants.Over 20,000 runners from across the world are expected to take part in the race which coincides with the popular Ofala Festival.The Onitsha City Marathon have secured the needed endorsements from all relevant professional bodies including the IAAF/AIMS following the expert touch by world-renowned Course measurer, Norrie Williamson from South Africa.Also, the Obi of Onitsha has given his blessings for this historic race.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Organisers of the Onitsha City Marathon will on Sunday, August 18, 2019, be in Lagos meet selected members of the Nigerian sporting press at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.In a statement signed by Chisom Okereke-Ekpe, Head of Marketing and Branding of the Onitsha City Marathon (first international marathon in the South-East), she said Lagos is the heart of sporting press in Africa and there is no way an event of this magnitude will be done without carrying the vibrant Lagos press along.“We know the importance of the Lagos sporting press and its environs, that is why we have chosen to have this parley in order for all to be aware of what we are planning to do,” she said.last_img read more

IHOC : Freshmen Knerr, Hirsch record first career goals to lead SU to victory

first_imgJulie Knerr waited in front of the net as Megan Skelly sent a shot toward the New Hampshire goaltender. After the puck deflected off the goaltender, the freshman forward put the rebound in the back of the net for her first career goal.‘It was a bouncy puck, and I felt like it was never going to go in. When it did, Skelly tackled me, like my helmet almost flew off,’ Knerr said. ‘My first goal, I just couldn’t believe it.’Casey Hirsch, a fellow freshman, felt a similar rush when she matched Knerr’s accomplishment to put the Orange up for good early in the third period.SU head coach Paul Flanagan said Hirsch and Knerr played with great energy all night and provided a spark that seemed to be missing in Syracuse’s previous game against Northeastern. Their first career goals led Syracuse (2-2) to victory and helped them relax while boosting their confidence. The freshmen forwards are starting to understand their roles in the Syracuse system, and it showed as they capitalized in key moments in a 2-1 win over the Wildcats last Saturday.Hirsch and Knerr will be crucial to SU’s success on offense moving forward. They provided a first glimpse of their potential with their impressive play last weekend. After losing to Northeastern last Friday, Flanagan decided to experiment with his line groupings to force his team to play hard for all three periods. Hirsch and Knerr had played sparingly in the team’s first three games, but got a chance to play as part of the line changes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd they seized the opportunity.‘We shook up the lines a bit on Friday night, giving people chances and seeing what they can do,’ Flanagan said. ‘Both goals were very opportunistic, a result of being in the right place at the right time. I think you’ll see all these freshmen start scoring goals and contributing a little more offensively.’But what Flanagan admires most about his freshmen duo is its ability to create competition on the ice. He stressed that they are both confident in making plays and add a level of depth to the lineup. Hirsch and Knerr also bring a stronger sense of character in the locker room, Flanagan said.Their confidence is built during practice. Both Hirsch and Knerr understand the importance of repetition in ice hockey, especially when transitioning to the next level.Flanagan said the veteran players have helped the freshmen adjust to the change in competition from high school to college. The four seniors have provided guidance to the freshmen in balancing their classes and arriving to practices and meetings on time.‘The older players have done a real good job being role models for them and giving them expectations both on and off the ice,’ Flanagan said. ‘So I give kudos to the upperclassmen for leading the way.’Syracuse goaltender Kallie Billadeau said some incoming freshmen struggle to fit in on the team, but said Hirsch and Knerr have adapted well.‘Coming from high school, the game was much slower-paced,’ Hirsch said. ‘Practicing with these girls at this level has made a big difference and definitely helped me with my speed.’Hirsch and Knerr have adjusted to the faster game at the college level by attending morning sessions for the players held by the SU coaching staff. It is a chance for them to receive further instructional help. They practice one on one with members of the coaching staff before the rest of the team arrives for practice at 10 a.m.The sessions are not mandatory, but both freshmen have taken advantage of the extra attention. Flanagan said Knerr is specifically working on face-offs and shooting.The freshman duo’s eagerness to improve has created a higher level of intensity for SU early in the season. And after leading the team to a win Saturday, Hirsch and Knerr left an impression on their teammates and coaches.As the season goes on, Flanagan and the Orange will be relying on them to provide a level of depth and continue to make plays on the ice.‘For that second game, we had to change up the lines and the freshmen really stepped up,’ Billadeau said. ‘They’re the reason we won that game.’awmirmin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

QuASA plans for upcoming semester

first_imgOn Jan. 12, Queer and Ally Student Assembly hosted their spring barbecue in Alumni Park.Catered Hawaiian barbecue awaited attendees on brightly colored tablecloths. The atmosphere was a fun and vibrant one, due to the music that blared loudly from speakers.Rainbow colors · Banners QuASA put up in honor of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 still fly proudly over Trousdale Parkway. – Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanAlec White, a sophomore majoring in political science and a QuASA member, spearheaded the spring barbecue.“QuASA is a great organization, especially for those who are not out yet. We put on events to show our support — to show that they aren’t the only ones who feel a certain way about themselves,” White said.White’s involvement with QuASA is unique as he identifies as straight in an organization of predominantly queer and gay students.“QuASA is here because it’s everyone. It reaches so many different kinds of identities, whether you are queer or straight. Maybe you are Latino or Jewish — we get everyone,” said Becca Grumet, executive director of QuASA.Grumet described how her role in such an active student group on campus serves as her main inspiration.“I love giving people what they want. Once, QuASA brought a couple of famous YouTube bloggers to campus,” Grumet said. “Seeing students shaking when meeting the stars they are obsessed with was so cool. It sounds cheesy, but it’s that feeling of making people’s dreams come true.”According to Grumet, one of the events that are currently in the works for the semester are the Valentine’s Day Sex Carnival and a dodgeball event called Everybody’s Dodgeball.Glenn Young, assistant director of QuASA, is looking forward to the Sex Carnival, in particular.“The Sex Carnival is a fair that will promote safe sex and sexual awareness and awareness of different identities,” Young said. “We plan to bring in food trucks and though I don’t want to compare it to Springfest, we want to make it big like that.”One of QuASA’s signature and most popular events is the Second Chance Prom, which will be held at The Lorenzo this year. In the past, the Second Chance Prom featured themes like “Zombies” and was held at the California Science Center.Within the next two weeks, QuASA has planned a Rainbow Skate Night and a Welcome Back Dance.One of the organizations under QuASA is OUTreach. Its service-oriented projects range from helping the homeless to working with LGBT senior citizens.As QuASA and its member organizations move forward, Co-President Dawson Ray stressed improving the partnership between LGBT students and their allies.“One thing that the USC community could do a better job of is joining the Ally Alliance group. As of right now, I feel like we have two members — the president and vice president,” Ray said. “It was started recently, but I feel like not a lot of people know about it, or those who know about it identify as queer or gay. Getting the word out about Ally Alliance would be great.”last_img read more

Paul Flanagan’s St. Lawrence roots give upcoming match extra significance

first_img Published on November 13, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ It may have been the happiest St. Lawrence assistant coach Ted Wisner has ever been after a shutout loss.To Wisner, St. Lawrence’s 3-0 loss to Syracuse on Feb. 4, 2014 at War Memorial Arena was more than just the first-ever meeting between the two programs — it was the first battle of long-time friends, former co-workers and between a coach and the coached.The coach, Syracuse’s Paul Flanagan, was born and raised in Canton, New York, home of St. Lawrence. He played for the Saints, then became assistant coach of the men’s team, eventually taking over the women’s program from 1999-2008. He went to four straight Frozen Fours, won a school-record 31 games in the 2005-06 season and became one of the most successful women’s college hockey coaches of all time.Then, in 2008, he left. Flanagan hasn’t coached at St. Lawrence for over a decade, but his legacy remains. When St. Lawrence (4-4-3, 1-1-1 Eastern College Athletic) comes to War Memorial Arena on Saturday for another match against Syracuse (2-10, 1-1 College Hockey America), friends, former co-workers and past players will once again face off.“There’s so many generations of both men’s and women’s players that have had a (Paul) Flanagan connection,” Mare MacDougall, a St. Lawrence assistant said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlanagan got his start as a hockey coach at Canton High School in the 1980s, coaching teenagers such as Chris Wells and Wisner — who now make up two-thirds of the St. Lawrence coaching staff.Wells played under Flanagan again when Flanagan became the men’s assistant at St. Lawrence, and even filled his role when Flanagan moved to the women’s team in 1999. When Flanagan decided to take on the new challenge of starting a Syracuse women’s hockey program from scratch, Wells once again filled his role.Initially, Flanagan’s decision to come to Syracuse shocked some members of his coaching staff, such as MacDougall, who took the St. Lawrence assistant job in 2007 because of the opportunity to work alongside Flanagan. However, sitting on the shoulder of a Toronto highway during a recruiting trip, she learned of Flanagan’s decision.“The initial sting of it,” MacDougall said. “Oh my gosh, I only got to work with him for one year.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorJust a day after Flanagan took the Syracuse job, fellow Canton native Wells was hired as his replacement.Wells said he was molded, in part, by every hockey coach he’s ever had, from Flanagan to broadcaster Pierre McGuire, but his high school coach and college assistant taught him “when to turn it on and when to turn it off.” The biggest thing Wells learned from Flanagan was to serve the program and community, not for acknowledgement, but “because you want to do it,” he said.“You’ll never hear Wellsy say ‘my team’,” MacDougall said. “It’s always us, our.”Like Flanagan, Wells is a players-first coach, said Wisner. Wells has replicated Flanagan’s tendency to let the players in the locker room dictate the program’s culture, MacDougall said.“I’d like to think that there’s still a little bit of part of me still there,” Flanagan said. “Just in the fact that I’m so close to Wellsy, Boomer (Wisner) and Mare. You know, at times it feels like you never really left the place.”But Flanagan did leave, and now his former and current team compete against each other both on and off the ice.Sharing a similar recruiting base, Wisner often sees Flanagan at rinks across the United States and Canada, where each program “wins some battles,” he said, but the friendship they have transcends the business side of the sport. On recruiting trips, they’ll often share hotel rooms.When they play against each other, they’ll often give each other postgame dinner recommendations. For MacDougall, playing Syracuse is a chance to prove that St. Lawrence is “in good hands” since Flanagan’s departure.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorFlanagan’s legacy lives on with the coaching staff he coached worked alongside, but also lives in their program’s record books. In 2018, Flanagan was inducted as a “Legend of Appleton,” celebrating his impact as a coach and player. The women’s program’s 100-point club is also named in honor of him.While introducing Flanagan during the award ceremony, Wells brought out a t-shirt he had received during Flanagan’s bachelor party to soften the crowd. But it was Flanagan who got the last laugh. Wells had given no thought to the color of tie he was wearing, but Flanagan was quick to point out that Wells’ orange tie may be signalling his habit of following in Flanagan’s footsteps, whether it be as men’s assistant or women’s head coach, might not be over.“We always joke about it,” Wells said. “But I’m quite happy where I am right now.”Under Wells, the Saints have not been able to return to the Frozen Four, or complete Flanagan’s biggest regret about his time at St. Lawrence – not winning a national championship.But if any coach is able to bring the title to St. Lawrence, Flanagan’s impact on his hometown program is undeniable.“I think anyone who talks about St. Lawrence women’s hockey talks about not only what we’re trying to do now,” Wisner said, “But where the program has been in the past.“He’s always going to have his name on the program.” Commentslast_img read more

The Remix, Volume 7: Holloway, Shevchenko shine, UFC divisions, Jack Shore one to watch

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile he hasn’t faced a ton of familiar names, “Tank” has finished inside the distance in nine of his 10 appearances, showing no real preference between strikes (four) and submissions (five). Plus, he has tremendous size for the division and only turns 24 in February, so there is still a ton of time for Shore to continue gaining experience and improving.He’s a perfect 22-0 inside the cage, having gone 12-0 as an amateur before turning pro, so clearly, Shore isn’t just some upstart on a little hot streak. He’s a legitimate talent with serious upside and someone all fight fans should be paying attention to from here on out. Watching the featherweight champion successfully retain his title Saturday night in Toronto in a blistering performance against the previously-unbeaten — and favored — Brian Ortega, it became clear that the UFC’s search for the next superstar champion to build around has ended and should have ended a year ago.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearPrior to his rematch with Jose Aldo last year in Detroit, I questioned why Holloway wasn’t getting the same “future superstar treatment” that had been afforded to Cody Garbrandt in advance of his title defense against TJ Dillashaw a month earlier. A year later, the miscalculation feels even more pronounced, as Garbrandt has subsequently dropped a second consecutive fight to Dillashaw and Holloway has cemented his status as one of the best fighters on the planet.Although this year has been a trying one for the Hawaiian champion, his performance on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena extended his winning streak to a baker’s dozen and put any concerns about his health to bed by taking the best Ortega had to offer and firing back with two-, three- and four-punch combinations.He spent the entire fight talking to the challenger and playing to the crowd before calling his shot at the start of the fourth round and forcing the fight to be stopped before the final round could begin. Along the way, he set a record for the most significant strikes landed in a single fight and made a dangerous, undefeated Ortega look like he had no business being in the Octagon with him at times.Holloway is an all-time talent who remains more interested in facing the toughest challenges possible and proving himself rather than cherry-picking names and transitioning into the whiskey business.He’s an electric competitor inside the cage, charming outside of the cage and universally respected by his contemporaries and the hardcore fan base… and he just turned 27 a couple days ago.Holloway once again showed on Saturday night that when it matters most, he’s everything you could possibly want in a cornerstone talent. He wasn’t preordained as a potential superstar — he turned himself into one through hard work, tough fights, and an unwavering belief in his skills — and just because he doesn’t have grown men living their lives as Max Holloway cosplayers doesn’t mean the dominant, entertaining featherweight champion doesn’t deserve the superstar treatment from fans, media and the promotion going forward.Regardless of how many units UFC 231 wound up moving or how few casual fans know his name, Holloway has proven himself to be a superstar inside the Octagon and if you’re not all-in on the Hawaiian standout at this point, you’re really missing out.Speaking of fighters who have earned greater acclaim and recognition…How good is Valentina Shevchenko?Saturday night, “Bullet” dominated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim the vacant flyweight title, outworking the Polish superstar from the outset to finally bring her yearlong pursuit of UFC gold to a close. After mauling an overmatched Priscila Cachoeira in her divisional debut, the Kyrgyzstani standout showcased her fluid technique and fully-stocked arsenal of skills to capture the belt, getting the better of Jedrzejczyk in every frame, despite what that commentary team might have led you to believe.The 30-year-old is now 5-2 in the UFC with victories over two former champions, the current Invicta FC bantamweight champ and a top contender who had been on a nice run of success. Both of her setbacks came against reigning bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes — the first in a three-round fight where Shevchenko was rallying back in the final frame and the second in a five-round championship affair that could have gone either way.Though she throws beautiful spinning kicks, there isn’t anything particularly flashy about Shevchenko’s game. She’s a tactician and a life-long martial artist who travels the world training, shooting guns and detailing her adventures on Instagram. While English isn’t her first language, her trash talk game is subtle and smooth.The UFC has struggled to promote women who aren’t Ronda Rousey or Paige VanZant, but like Holloway, Shevchenko’s accomplishments and abilities in the cage should be leveraged as a major selling point going forward. She’s a phenomenal talent with the potential to reign over the flyweight division for an extended period of time and unfinished business with Nunes as bantamweight.While Jedrzejczyk envisioned establishing herself as the greatest fighter of all-time on the women’s side of the sport at UFC 231, it turned into an opportunity for Shevchenko to take another step towards that same destination instead.Stop trying to mess with divisionsLast week, Dana White took yet another shot at welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, suggesting “The Chosen One” is never available to defend his title and that he was considering an interim title fight between Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman.It was an odd statement given that Woodley successfully defend the belt in September and has been one of the most active champions in the organization since ascending to the welterweight throne at UFC 201 and that Covington was just stripped on an interim title not that long ago for no real reason whatsoever.Following Saturday’s event, the UFC president stated he wanted to see Holloway move up to lightweight, saying there are a lot of interesting fights available to him in the Top 5.You know who else there are a lot of interesting matchups for in the lightweight Top 5? The actual fighters in the lightweight Top 5!One of the many things people should take away from Saturday’s epic featherweight title bout is that you don’t have to have fighters changing divisions and cobble together fights between major names in order to have something special happen inside the Octagon. Holloway and Ortega worked their way to the top of the featherweight division organically and then paired up to put on a show.Would it be cool to eventually see the Hawaiian fighting in a higher weight class and running it back with Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor or taking on the likes of Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov?Absolutely, but there are contenders at featherweight who surely want their chance to dethrone the current champion and tenured lightweights who don’t want to get bumped out of position in the title chase in order to accommodate Holloway. The same goes for welterweight, where Woodley has proven himself as the top fighter in the division and shouldn’t get treated like a long-term holdout who never defends his belt.As I wrote last week, the UFC needs to stop trying to mix and match champions and shuffling names into and out of different divisions. Just let things progress naturally. Even if there are positive short-term returns, there is a greater negative impact in the long run and that should be the company’s chief concern.Let these divisions bend and move and shift without interference.Don’t be in such a rush to throw something random together; just make the fights that make sense, see how things shake out and go from there.Fight of the Weekend: Max Holloway def. Brian Ortega at UFC 231Thiago Santos’ win over Jimi Manuwa was sloppy fun, but there is no doubt that the best bout of the weekend was Holloway’s systematic destruction of the gutsy, game and tough-as-all-get-out Ortega in Saturday’s UFC 231 main event.This was Holloway at his punch-taking, combo-throwing, trash-talking, high-volume best and while Ortega never backed down and had some moments of his own, this was ultimately “The Blessed Show” and we were all witness. What year layoff?🏆 @BlessedMMA is going to work. #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/kWbH7uAphR— UFC (@ufc) December 9, 2018 Holloway’s ability to switch stances and maintain his flow whether working from orthodox or southpaw is a piece of his brilliance that doesn’t get talked about enough.Imagine how difficult it is to prepare for him fighting out of one stance, but then he can do all the same things at the same pace with the same impact from another stance as well. He confuses you with his looks and buries you with volume, plus he’s got that Robbie Lawler thing where he takes your best shots, smiles and keeps pressing forward working for him and you know that messes with fighters when they’re in there.This was a truly masterful performance.Submission of the Weekend: Vitaly Bigdash by Submission Combo Platter at ONE: Destiny of ChampionsThe former middleweight champion got back into the win column for the first time in nearly two years by hitting a three-piece meal on Yuki Niimura near the end of the first round of their main card clash on Friday in Kuala Lumpur.Bigdash connected on an inverted triangle and armbar, with a little bit of a shoulder lock mixed in there for good measure, and after some diligent defending and trying to survive — plus a few elbows to the dome — Niimura had no choice but to tap. Vitaly Bigdasharmbar/ reverse triangle/shoulder lock (ONE) pic.twitter.com/TpwQqX7tlh— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 7, 2018 The 34-year-old Russian lost the middleweight strap to Aung La Nsang in June 2016 after beating him by split decision five months earlier, but a rubber match between the two has yet to come together. Perhaps now with Bigdash coming off a key win and “The Burmese Python” short on challengers, they’ll run it back for a third time in 2019.Knockout of the Weekend: Dhiego Lima def. Chad Laprise by KO (left hook) at UFC 231Walk-off knockouts are great and they’re even better when they’re of the “one shot, one kill” variety like this one. WALK OFF!On the button, @DhLimaMMA! #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/xc8kyNePbt— UFC (@ufc) December 9, 2018 Laprise was controlling the action through the opening 90 seconds, pressuring Lima, landing some good shots and finding his rhythm. But the Canadian veteran dropped his hands and elevated his chin and the Georgia-based Brazilian found the mark with a no-doubt-about-it shot that required no follow-up.A two-time TUF finalist who lives in the shadow of his older brother, Bellator standout Douglas Lima, this was a job-saving win for the 29-year-old, who improved to 2-5 in the Octagon and snapped a three-fight skid overall with the victory.Prospect to Watch after this Weekend: Jack ShoreBantamweight is a division on the rise in MMA at the moment and one name to watch going forward is Jack Shore.The 23-year-old Welshman moved to 10-0 on Saturday with a third-round stoppage victory over the previously-unbeaten Mike Ekundayo to claim the Cage Warriors bantamweight title. .@jackshoremma wins world gold for Wales! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🌎#CW100 will go down in Welsh fighting history 👏 pic.twitter.com/P9xNXExc1V— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 9, 2018 The British promotion has been a pipeline to the major North American organizations over the years, especially for its champions, and with the 135-pound ranks gaining steam, seeing Shore get tabbed to compete in Bellator MMA or the UFC in 2019 seems like a sure thing. In fact, with both the UFC and Bellator primed to hold shows in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe next year, don’t be surprised if Shore gets scooped up sooner than later. Every week, we’ll release a new MMA mix tape entitled “The Remix” that looks back at not only the biggest stories of the last seven days, but some of the ones that aren’t getting enough attention too, with some weekly awards and a prospect to watch going forward added in for good measure.“Blessed” is bestMax Holloway is a superstar, regardless of what the pay-per-view buy rates and Fight Week traffic suggests.last_img read more

Whicker: The Clippers’ eyes might be weary, but they’re still on the prize

first_imgFor the Clippers it begins Monday with Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks.But they find themselves in need of more Neil Armstrongs and Buzz Aldrins and fewer imitators of Michael Collins, the ultimate wingman, who circled the moon until he got a call for pickup.On Sunday coach Doc Rivers ticked off the names that weren’t available in the eighth and final practice game: Beverley, Montrzel Harrell, Landry Shamet and Lou Williams. Harrell will at least escape quarantine for Game 1.“It’s just one of those years,” Rivers said. “I look at rotations. It would be great if you knew exactly the rotations you wanted to play, but that would be impossible with us going into the playoffs. That’s unusual, though.”The team that Rivers envisioned 13 months ago rarely stood as one in the pre-virus season. Then trouble followed the Clippers into The Bubble. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If the Clippers ever won an NBA championship, you figured it would happen in a studio. You know, like the moon landing did.Steve Ballmer would dance at zero gravity while Doc Rivers planted the flag. Kawhi Leoanrd would launch a two-mile three-pointer, while Patrick Beverley jawed at whatever little green men he found.Such a faraway title would feel real enough. New Yorkers weren’t in Paris when Lindbergh landed. The parade was even more glorious when he returned.Four rounds of playoffs will turn the NBA’s Small World into basketball’s best self, if Portland’s stirring play-in victory over Memphis is an indication.center_img “There were periods during the shutdown when I’d look at our team, and I’d say, man, we’ve got a shot here, and we may not have a season,” Rivers said. “And then we came to the bubble and I was thinking even greater things now. Man, not only are we going to start the season back, but we’re going to have a chance to build our chemistry for the first time all year. And that doesn’t happen.“But now the playoffs are here. Whether we’ve been together or not, this is what we’ve been waiting for. This is our opportunity.”The Clippers finished 49-23, their fourth best winning percentage ever, but this wasn’t supposed to be their fourth best team. The injuries and Leonard’s load-management requirements led to inconsistency, which led to occasional tensions. The Lakers definitely weren’t supposed to be more harmonious and defensive-minded than the Clippers, but that’s how it worked out.The Clippers lost pre-virus games to Phoenix, Atlanta and Chicago. They lost by 27 at Minnesota.Still, at least one bookmaker thinks the Clippers are the playoff favorites, and most of their problems are first-world stuff.“We’re the most overscouoted league in the world,” Rivers said. “I thought the shutdown allowed each team not to go out and scout other teams, but take an inward look at your own team. You can see there’s several teams that have been clearly better coming back. Some have made dramatic changes in how they play.”In that way, the Clippers have more tools to sharpen than anyone else. JaMychal Green upped his game during the warmup. Ivica Zubac already had, but now he is being hailed for it. He was the only Clipper to play more than 70 games, and his fouls are like gold, as the leading rim guardian.“He’s unstoppable right now,” Green said. “He’s catching everything that’s thrown his way. He’s finishing with his right and left hook. We’re going to need him to keep playing that way.”“It’s amazing the confidence the guys have in Zu,” Rivers said, “compared to this time last year.”The Mavericks are tricky because their defensive numbers are better than one might think, and they have one of the NBA’s best Armstrong/Aldrin combos in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. They also take the second most three-pointers of any league team and they will be playing a team that gives up the fourth most. They, like the Clippers, have an NBA championship coach (Rick Carlisle).Whatever the outcome, we know who should be handling the American response to the next contagion: NBA commissioner Adam Silver.With four consecutive rounds of testing with no Covid cases, and with the resolute bubble rules that ruffled the Clippers when Harrell was given a week-long quarantine, the league has cracked an incomprehensible code. Its players have been far more businesslike than their reputation, and it has functioned without whiny, entitled college football coaches or baseball pitchers who can’t follow the guidelines.The players have taken care of business and promoted social justice simultaneously. In fact, you could even say the NBA has Stuck To Sports.last_img read more

Whether Johnny Manziel plays in XFL ‘remains to be seen,’ Oliver Luck says

first_img“There are a lot of guys that played in the AAF and played all seven games or whatever they had. We didn’t invite them here because we’ve got enough tape on them,” Luck said. “So Johnny has some tape, right? Whether it’s Canada — and we have two coaches from the CFL, (Marc) Trestman and June Jones. Or there’s college. What he did obviously in the NFL.”If eight guys say, ‘we’d like that guy in the league,’ we’ll put him in the league. Or put him in the draft pool. Whether teams draft him, that’s up to the individual head coaches.”Manziel said earlier this month that he’d like to play for one of the two XFL teams in Texas, either in Dallas or Houston. The XFL’s reboot is set to debut in February 2020. Johnny Manziel wants to play in the XFL, but the feeling may not be mutual.The controversial quarterback has expressed his desire to join his fourth professional league, a move XFL commissioner Oliver Luck has yet to consider. “The biggest draw for me is having two XFL teams in Texas,” Manziel told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “I’m still young and in good shape. I’m looking at all opportunities to play.”Manziel, who is still only 26, is seeking another chance to resurrect his football career after failed stints in the NFL, CFL and AAF.The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner last played with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football in mid-March, but the league suspended operations a couple of weeks later. Jaguars fine Telvin Smith $88K for missing minicampcenter_img “Well, I don’t know that yet,” Luck told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “That remains to be seen.”However, just because Manziel didn’t receive an invitation to one of the league’s ongoing showcases doesn’t mean it won’t pursue him down the road. Related News Travis Kelce: Kareem Hunt’s release from Chiefs ‘ripped our hearts out’last_img read more

Wellington boys lose to Haven 55-38 in Kingman Tournament championship

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader boys basketball team lost the Kingman Tournament Classic Championship game to Haven 55-38 Saturday evening.Two slow starts to start the first and second half doomed the Crusaders. After a spirited first half, in which Wellington was down by 3 or less points with Haven, the Crusaders had their one and only lead when Noah Wolf scored inside the paint with 1:29 in the second quarter. Haven came back and immediately tied the game thus making Wellington’s lone lead of the night for a mere 5 seconds.In the second half, Haven would pull away for a 17-point win.The loss drops the Crusaders to 2-1 as they will start league play Tuesday night when Andale comes to town.After Haven took a quick 8-0 lead, Wellington whittled the lead to nothing and was tied with Haven 14-all at the end of the first quarter. Haven and Wellington traded baskets before Haven scored the second quarter’s last five points to lead 23-20 at intermission.Like the first half, Wellington came out slowly to start the third and let Haven build the lead to double digits. It was a run for which they couldn’t recover. Wellington was still in it at the end of three, though, down 39-31.Haven would outscore Wellington 16-7 in the fourth quarter.Haven 55 Wellington 38Wellington: T. Miles 1, B. Miles 8, Weiss 6, Peck 5, Becker 2, Nance 7, Woodbridge 5, Wolff 4. Total: 11 (3) 7-17 38.Haven: Johnson 18, Regier4, Crabtree 7, Ensz 3, Lacoy 3, Hendrixson 9, Beachy 7, Fritzemeier 4. Total: 19 (2) 11-16 55. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

‘Famous Jameis’ leads top-ranked Florida State comeback over Auburn to win BCS title

first_imgFlorida State’s Jameis Winston with his brother Jonah after the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Auburn Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Florida State won 34-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a regular season filled with blowout victories and easy fourth quarters, Jameis Winston and Florida State showed they could close like champions, too.No. 2 Auburn wobbled the top-ranked Seminoles by jumping out to an 18-point lead in the first half, and then put Florida State on the brink of defeat for the first time this season.Winston responded with the drive of his life and a game-winning touchdown pass with 13 seconds left that topped everything else he has done in one of the most sensational debut seasons a college quarterback has ever had.The Heisman Trophy winner led the Seminoles 80 yards in the final 79 seconds, flicking a 2-yard TD pass to Kelvin Benjamin to give No. 1 Florida State a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS championship game Monday night.“The last drive, that’s a great way to cap off our season,” Winston said. “That’s the way we wanted to cap off our season.”The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang, too, with one of the best title games in its 16-year history, right there with Texas 41, USC 38 at the Rose Bowl in 2006. That night it was Vince Young leading the Longhorns and capping a comeback by scooting into the end zone with 19 seconds left.Now Winston is the Prince of Pasadena.Florida State’s P.J. Williams holds up his defensive player of the game trophy after the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Auburn Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Next season the BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff. Winston and the Seminoles should be contenders again after snapping the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year national title streak.“The SEC is great football, I coached in that league for 13 years, I respect every bit of it,” coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but there’s some other folks in this country that can play some football, too.”Florida State, which played in the first BCS championship games but had not been back since, was voted a unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25. Auburn finished second.Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the last drive.“It was the best football game he’s played all year,” Fisher said of Winston, “and I’ll tell you why, because for three quarters he was up and down and he fought.”Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes on his 20th birthday. He zipped the Seminoles down the field on the final drive, with a 49-yard catch and run from Rashad Greene.“I was ready,” Winston said. “I wanted to be in that situation because that’s what great quarterbacks do. That’s what the Tom Bradys, Peyton Mannings, Drew Brees, that’s what they do.”Florida State also got help from Auburn. A pass interference penalty in the end zone on Chris Davis on third-and-8 from the 10 gave Florida State a first down at the 2.“Thought it was great defense. That’s all I can say,” Davis said, adding, the officials “should have just let us play.”On the next play Winston threw high to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin for the touchdown.“Once the ball is in the air on that post route, I’ve got to go get it, and I did,” Benjamin said. “Simple as that.”There was no miracle finish this time for the turnaround Tigers, who went from 3-9 to SEC champions in their first season under coach Gus Malzahn. They tossed the ball around on one final play, but it ended with Florida State jumping on a fumble, and the Seminoles sprinting onto the field under a storm of garnet and gold confetti.Florida State scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the teams combined for 24 in a breathtaking last 4:42.“It felt storybook again,” Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. “It really felt like we were going to bring it out again. We’re just on the other end of the stick. It’s usually us going out on the field and celebrating. It’s been a long time since we had an ‘L’ in this locker room.”Auburn won nine straight to get here after starting the season unranked.Tre Mason gave Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.Mason ran for 195 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers.“I told them in the locker room, we put together the biggest turnaround in the history of college football. We were on the brink of making it one of those magical seasons,” Malzahn said.Florida State hadn’t been challenged like this all season, winning by an average of 42 points.Florida State and Winston’s biggest problem this season came off the field. Winston was investigated for a year-old sexual assault complaint in November, but after three weeks the Florida state attorney’s office determined it did not have enough evidence to charge him.The Seminoles were down 21-3 in the first half to Auburn. They hadn’t trailed in a game since Sept. 28.“I knew we were fighters,” nose tackle Timmy Jernigan said.And now Florida State is national champion for the first time since 1999, the first team to win the BCS title game after being down at halftime. The state of Alabama’s national championship run is over at four, stopped by a quarterback from Bessemer who never rooted for the Tigers or Tide.“Only thing is we’re victorious and glad to say Florida State is the national champion again, and I guarantee you we’re bringing that swag back,” Winston said. “You’d better believe it.”___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAplast_img read more