first_imgYou have already heard my commentary on AAU teams and their influence on basketball today.  Now we have heard that the shoe companies who sponsor a lot of these summer leagues have been paying college coaches to take certain players from these teams.  The one closest to us that has been definitely affected is Louisville.  It has cost Rick Pitino his job.  It is alleged that Louisville is one of the schools that received payment for the acceptance of a 2017 recruit.  This player suddenly signed with Louisville on June 5 even though until that time he seemed to have little interest in going there.If all the rumors are correct, this has become quite widespread.  It is a shame that major college athletics has become such a big business that players, coaches, and their families are receiving money over a normal scholarship to attend that school.  It sure adds a new meaning to the term “full ride”.last_img read more

first_imgIt is obvious that we need to entice young adults to become basketball referees.  In the course of watching high school basketball this past season, I doubt if I saw more than a couple referees who were under the age of 40 doing a varsity game.  If you are good at your job, you move to the college ranks rather quickly.It is not that the older referees can’t still call a game, but because high school basketball has become so rapid fire a lot of them have trouble keeping up with the pace for 32 minutes.  It is not like in the old days when you had center jumps and a lot of teams played zone defenses.  Now it is “in your face” defense and “up and down” the floor offense.Unless we entice young people to enter the profession, it will become very difficult to find 3 qualified people to referee a varsity game.  There are a couple downfalls.  First, it is the money that high schools can afford to pay, and the second is the travel that is required.  If the pool were larger, you would not have to travel as far, and if the pay were raised, it would be good pocket money–something all people need.  It would also help if all of us respected the referees more.  You can’t blame people for not wanting to put up with the ridicule.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Nigerian decent and Arsenal midfielder, Bukayo Saka, has been shortlisted for this season’s PFA Young Player of the Year award.Saka would slug it out with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Manchester United pair Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Chelsea FC Women, meanwhile, dominate the candidates for the Women’s Player of the Year category, with Beth England, Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun all included.Award holder Vivianne Miedema and her Arsenal team-mate Kim Little make up the list.Striker England scored 21 times in all competitions playing in front of midfielders Ingle, Reiten and Ji as the Blues claimed the domestic league honours and the Continental League Cup.Premier League winners Liverpool have Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, alongside Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.The PFA Awards will be held on Tuesday evening. Tags: ArsenalBukayo SakaPFA Young Player of the Year award.last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is on the comeback trail after resuming light training. Press Association The 25-year-old Dutchman has been sidelined since September, when he was ruled out by the Magpies for “a number of months” because of a thigh injury. However, he tweeted on Tuesday: “Finally my boots back on! First session outside.” center_img De Jong, a £6million summer signing from Ajax, played only three competitive games for the club before misfortune struck, and it did so at the worst possible time for manager Alan Pardew. The Holland international had been recruited to provide the link between midfield and attack, and he headed for the treatment room with the club in the midst of a dreadful run of form which left Pardew under extreme pressure. However, in his absence, De Jong’s team-mates have forged a remarkable recovery which saw them claim a sixth successive victory, five of them in the Barclays Premier League, over QPR on Saturday, a return which has seen them climb into the top five. Despite his return to the training pitch, the midfielder, who was initially ruled out of action until after Christmas, still faces several weeks working his way back to full fitness. last_img read more

first_imgA childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___ March 25, 2020 ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium.The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___ Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled. Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks.Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”___ NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___ ___IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.” ___Premier League teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.The initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in.Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says “we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.” ___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___ Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley.“I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.”center_img Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market.MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date.Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.___Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. Associated Press Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine.The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___ Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4. The Latest: Argentine cyclist in UAE recovers from virus The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially.The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches.The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary.last_img read more

first_imgFOLLOWING the hosting of the successful Super 16 Cup championship, Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has now turned its focus back to the preparation of its Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) and Under-20s for upcoming and very important qualifiers.The senior ‘Golden Jaguars’ under the guidance of head coach Márcio Máximo are on a path to qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup but will have to cross two hurdles in order to punch their tickets.As a result of ending second in Group C of the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League (League B) behind group winners Jamaica, Guyana will now play a two-round qualifier in a direct elimination format against the League C (Group A) winners, Barbados.Those matches will take place in March but the dates and venues are yet to be announced by CONCACAF. In an effort to be in pristine condition mentally, physically and otherwise, coach Máximo and his technical team have been putting in work on the pitch which re-started last week.He noted that along with assistant coach Toledo Wilson and staff they have been putting in work at the office, mapping out their approach for training on the pitch which takes place five days each week.Assistance is also given to the Under-20 team currently getting ready for the CONCACAF qualifying competition. On Saturdays both the senior and Under-20s train together with the direct aim of strengthening the U-20s ahead of their sojourn in Nicaragua, next month. “We have been doing our work for the Barbados games which include studying tapes of their previous matches including friendlies. Barbados will be strong opponents but I know we’ll have the condition in order to win. We’ll go with the same confidence as before by training hard.”Commenting on the role of the international players, coach Máximo informed that they will continue to use their quota of eight noting that that amount will not increase even though they might have tougher opponents to play going forward.“We’ll stick with the eight because we have the challenge of developing local players too, despite the end result. Every player is important for me, international and local; the competition to make the final team will be the same here and overseas as players work hard to make the final cut. They all have to challenge and compete against each other and the best will come forward.” A few friendly matches are being looked at to ensure the team have some competition before the March assignment.“We expect friendly matches at the end of next month to test the local players’ level of readiness for the test at hand. I want to see the players who are ready to represent us because they should prove that they have the quality to be there.”Meanwhile, GFF president Wayne Forde says his executive and members are fully behind coach Máximo and team.“The Golden Jaguars will have to dig deep during these critical qualification playoff games. There is no question about the quality of players available to us but we also have to be respectful of the quality of players available to Barbados and Trinidad. Both teams are reaching deep into their respective Diaspora reservoirs to locate players who can improve their chances of qualifying for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.Coach Maximo has done a fantastic job with the team since his appointment, in particular he has really improved the quality of the local players and I am confident that our chances of qualifying are no different than that of Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.”last_img read more

first_img Published on November 8, 2012 at 12:43 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ After months of sprints, drills and team bonding, the Syracuse women’s basketball team will finally play its first game of the season at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Carrier Dome against Fairleigh Dickinson.Many of the players have talked about the ultimate goal for the Orange: to qualify for the NCAA tournament rather than the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The players have been disappointed at the end of the past three seasons, but this year Syracuse has a chance to make the jump to the next level and end the season on a higher note.SU’s depth will be one reason why it could make that jump. Head coach Quentin Hillsman said his team has tremendous depth and he is going to count on multiple freshmen to play valuable minutes to start the season.“I think we’ve got eight or nine players that can play right away,” Hillsman said. “It’s about having those players that can step in and play right away. We can play nine to 11 night in, night out.”One player who will see an increased role this season is center Shakeya Leary. Leary averaged 4.9 points in 15.1 minutes per game last season for the Orange. This year, with Iasia Hemingway gone, Leary will spend a lot of time on the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman said he plans to play Leary and center Kayla Alexander at the same time more often than he did last season.He said having the 6-foot-3-inch Leary and 6-foot-4-inch Alexander on the court together poses a difficult challenge for undersized opponents. Though both players have size, Hillsman cited the fact that Leary and Alexander have different styles as what makes the duo so potentially dynamic.“Shakeya can step out and handle the ball,” Hillsman said. “She can shoot the ball from outside the three-point line. Kayla’s game has really expanded. They can complement each other.”Leary didn’t make any threes in 2012, yet she said teammate Carmen Tyson-Thomas is always telling her to be more of a guard than an inside presence.Though Leary will see an increased role this season, she said her main aspiration is an NCAA tournament bid.“We’ve been to the NIT three years in a row,” Leary said. “We don’t want to be there anymore. We want to go to the Big Dance.”Though the Big Dance is a long way in the distance for Hillsman’s squad, it’s a definite possibility if Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes live up to their potential. Both McDonald’s All-Americans, the two guards have size, athleticism and an outside shot, and will see minutes right away for Syracuse.Butler is a knockdown shooter. Though Hillsman wants to mold her into a complete player over time, he wants to put her in situations where she can shoot the ball from the arc during the early stages of the season.Butler will be expected to contribute right away, like Sykes, and she said making the transition hasn’t been difficult at all thanks to the help of those around her.“It’s good having all the seniors to help us,” Butler said. “They help us with all the mistakes they had when they were coming in.”One of those seniors is Tyson-Thomas, who led the team with 7.8 rebounds per game last year. Tyson-Thomas preaches the importance of rebounding.That’s what she’s good at, what she helps other people improve at and what she loves to do.“I have springs in my shoes,” Tyson-Thomas said. “No, I have a nose for the ball. Wherever it is is where I try to be. I just tell all of them to rebound. I’m rebound-crazy. I make sure whenever someone’s on my side in practice they box out and rebound.”She said she wants the ball more than everyone else and essentially does everything in her power to ensure it ends up in her hands.“Whether it’s offense or defense I always want it more,” she said. “If you want it, it’s like magnets. It’s going to attract to your hands.”With Tyson-Thomas’ rebounding prowess, Leary’s blossoming mid-range game, Alexander’s scoring ability and the potential of the incoming freshmen class, Syracuse is in a position to make that jump to the NCAA tournament.Said Tyson-Thomas: “We’ve just got to get over the hump and knock off teams we didn’t beat last year.” Commentslast_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Brighton Racecourse, Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) and Marathonbet have announced they will continue their partnership for the 2018 Festival of Racing.The three-day meeting is a highlight of Brighton’s racing calendar and will take place between the 8th and 10th August. The online bookmaker will be headline sponsor for all three days of the Festival and its branding will appear throughout the course.On the track, Wednesday 8 August features Brighton’s richest race, The Hobgoblin Mile, with Ladies’ Day on Thursday hosting both The Brighton Challenge Cup and the Brighton leg of The Silk Series, a race for female jockeys, which was won in 2017 by eventual Silk Series champion, Megan Nicholls.Racegoers will be able to enjoy the racing alongside a whole host of entertainment, including vintage food stalls, pop-up bars and music alongside the iconic views over Brighton. Marathonbet and Brighton Racecourse will be engaging with racing fans in the run up to the Festival with competitions and chances to win prizes and tickets on social media.Executive Director of Brighton Racecourse, Paul Ellison commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Marathonbet back to Brighton for the Festival of Racing in August.  They were fantastic supporters of the meeting last year and we’re really looking forward to working with them to promote their brand, and the meeting, over the coming weeks.”Natalia Zavodnik, CEO at Marathonbet added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Brighton Racecourse’s Extraordinary Festival of Racing for another year. Last year’s three-day event proved such a success that we couldn’t wait to get involved again.” Share Marathonbet nets Man City upgrade to become training kit sponsor December 8, 2019 Marathonbet secures official partnership with Real Madrid November 28, 2019 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch will be getting some new upgrades soon. The Harrisville Library is replacing florescent lighting with LED lighting.Library Director, Denise Bearre said the new upgrades will help save energy, and money while improving library visits for readers. Bearre hopes to get the project started some time in April, but with proposals and contracts; the project may start in the fall.Bearre said the new lighting would help light up labels so that readers can find books more easily, and enjoy their visit to the library.“It will be upgrading our 20 year building, we’re also upgrading the lights in our Lincoln building. It will save energy, so hopefully it will help us save cost in the future. Currently our lighting is upward facing so it lights up the ceiling and then it bounces down, and it’s difficult to see the labels of the books at the bottom on the floor level on the bottom shelf. (So the new lights) will be brighter, and should light up those labels that our population have not been able to read,” Bearre said.The Harrisville Library will also be placing channels in the floor to add electrical outlets for laptop users.Other improvements included a new steel roof that was installed last year.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch, Harrisville Library, LED LightingContinue ReadingPrevious People For Social Justice Looking To Make An ImpactNext ‘Age is Just a Number’ so Enjoy Life!last_img read more

first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanAn early morning fire has devastated a Main Street, Georgetown building located next door to the Prime Minister’s residence and left dead a 77-year-old businessman who reportedly was trapped in the burning building.Yusuf Sankar of Lot 51 Main Street, Georgetown, owner of Rizan’s Instant Photography and Gift Centre and Jarrod’s Graphic Document and Copy Centre, perished in that fire, which broke out on the three-storey wooden and concrete building at about 05:45h.The building that was distroyed by the fireReports are that the now dead man was alerted about the fire by his caretaker of 35 years, when members of the PM’s security team came pounding on his door screaming, “Fire! Fire!” However, when the caretaker, whose only name was given as ‘Claire’, ran downstairs to inform the security personnel that Sankar was still in his bedroom, it was too late, as the smoke had already thickened inside the property.The now dead man, said to be recuperating from a recent surgery, was unable to assist himself.The Guyana Times understands that the fire, suspected to be electrical in origin, started at the back of the building, on the top floor, where the bedroom of the deceased was located.The dead man’s sons, Riyhad and Shane Sankar, were reportedly on their way to drop off another brother, Jarrod Sankar, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) when they received a telephone call informing them that the home they shared with their father and two others was on fire.The distraught sons immediately made an about turn and went back home, but by the time they reached there, the back section of the house, which their father occupied, was in flames.Riyhad Sankar rushed to get his father out of the burning building, but it proved futile, since the heat was too intense. Attempts to remove vehicles from the yard also proved futile.“When I get here, at around 05: 30hrs, no one was here as yet, but I couldn’t go in to do anything, because there was too much smoke. Then I found out that my dad was left inside, that he was trapped in his room trying to get out,” Riyhad explained.The fire fighters were summoned to the scene, and with assistance from the rain, managed to battle the blaze, but only to an extent.Attempts made to speak with the caretaker Claire proved futile, as the woman was too shocked and distraught.Grief stricken family members were also too distraught to speak to the media as undertakers removed the charred remains of Sankar from what was left of the building.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, however, spoke to media operatives and revealed that his security team informed him that steel grills on the property had prevented them from rescuing Sankar.He explained that the fire also spread very quickly, as the building is very old. “The first thing that I thought of doing was to get out all of the fire hydrants, buckets and bowls, and told the ranks in the yard to throw (water) on my house because it is also old as well,” Nagamootoo explained.He applauded the Guyana Fire Service’s quick response to the call, noting that their efforts caused the bottom flat of the property to be saved.Fire and Police officials have launched an investigation to determine what caused this historic building to go up in flames.last_img read more