Saint Mary’s finds a ‘new home in Rome’

first_imgPending final negotiations with John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome, the Saint Mary’s study abroad program will have a “new home in Rome,” the Rome program director Portia Preybs said.According to a press release, Prebys, who has worked with the College’s Rome Program since it began in 1970, personally recommended the JCU program as the best fit for Saint Mary’s students after much research on her part.Mana Derakhshani, Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said the new program will offer students a different kind of experience, immersing them more in Roman culture.The current program began 45 years ago, according to a press release, and the new collaborative program will offer students the opportunity to study abroad even as a junior or senior.​“[The new program] will offer Saint Mary’s students a richer intercultural experience, because they will be in classes with Italian students as well as students from 70 other countries,” Derakhshani said.“Saint Mary’s students will have the experience of creating community because they will be living together in one apartment building,” Derakshani said. “They will also experience more of an immersion experience because they will need to interact with their neighbors and other classmates.”Junior Kate FitzMaurice said she spent her entire sophomore year abroad in Rome and is excited about the new program.“The new program also offers an extensive amount of classes from all different majors including accounting, and it also offers upper level courses and internships, which means juniors and seniors have the opportunity to study abroad,” FitzMaurice said.FitzMaurice said the program will allow more students to enjoy the sights, culture and events in Rome.“This program makes all of the wonders of Rome available to so many more girls,” she said. “It makes me so happy to think that so many more girls can now have the opportunity to call Rome their home.”One major change to the Rome Program is that there will be no surcharge for students, Derakhshani said. They will still be required to buy their own flights, but there will no longer be a $2,500 additional fee to participate in the program.Another change is in the Rome semester calendar, Derkhshani said. In the current Rome program, students’ program officially ends before Easter, whereas in the new arrangement the program ends in early May just like at the College.Derakhshani said JCU offers an expanded curriculum both in general education and some major level courses, which provides students with the opportunity to study abroad during their junior or senior year instead of taking only general education classes in Rome during their sophomore term.Additionally, Derakhshani said, an affiliation with JCU will provide students with the option of studying in Rome during the summer, an option that was not available before.Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students interested in the new Rome program with John Cabot University may contact Jill Vihtelic in the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at John Cabot University, New Rome Program 2016-2017, Rome Program, saint mary’slast_img read more

Saudi Arabia detains two senior royals, including king’s brother: Sources

first_imgSaudi Arabia has detained two senior members of the Saudi royal family – Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman, and Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Salman’s son and the de facto ruler of the world’s top oil exporter and key US ally, has moved to consolidate power since ousting his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, as heir to the throne in a palace coup in 2017. He arrested several royals in an anti-corruption campaign later that year.One source said the detentions took place on Friday. Reuters could not immediately determine the reasons behind the detentions. Saudi insiders and Western diplomats say the family is unlikely to oppose the crown prince while the 84-year-old king remains alive, recognizing that the king is unlikely to turn against his favorite son. The monarch has delegated most responsibilities of rule to his son but still presides over weekly cabinet meetings and receives foreign dignitaries.Prince Ahmed has largely kept a low profile since returning to Riyadh in October 2018 after 2-1/2 months abroad. During the trip, he appeared to criticize the Saudi leadership while responding to protesters outside a London residence chanting for the downfall of the Al Saud dynasty.He was one of only three people on the Allegiance Council, made up of the ruling Al Saud family’s senior members, who opposed Mohammed bin Salman becoming crown prince in 2017, sources have earlier said.Mohammed bin Nayef’s movements have been restricted and monitored since then, sources have previously said.The latest detentions come at a time of heightened tension with regional rival Iran and as Crown Prince Mohammed implements ambitious social and economic reforms, including an initial public offering by oil giant Saudi Aramco on the domestic bourse last December. Saudi Arabia is also the current chair for the Group of 20 major economies.Prince Mohammed has been lauded at home for easing social restrictions in the Muslim kingdom and opening up the economy. But he has come under international criticism over a devastating war in Yemen, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate and the detention of women’s rights activists seen as part of a crackdown on dissent.  Topics :center_img The Wall Street Journal reported the detentions of the two royals earlier on Friday, and said they related to an alleged coup attempt.Saudi officials could not be immediately reached for comment early on Saturday. The Saudi government media office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.Prince Mohammed has fuelled resentment among some prominent branches of the ruling family by tightening his grip on power and some question his ability to lead following the 2018 murder of a prominent journalist by Saudi agents and the largest-ever attack on Saudi oil infrastructure last year, sources have said.They said royals seeking to change the line of succession view Prince Ahmed, King Salman’s only surviving full brother, as a possible choice who would have support of family members, the security apparatus, and some Western powers.last_img read more

Premier League, Serie A, others to show on GOtv

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend A series of exciting Premier League, Serie A, and Champions League matches will be available this weekend on GOtv.Arsenal, will on Thursday,  December 5 seek to secure another win when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirate Stadium. The match is to air live air at 9.15 pm on SuperSport Select 2 (channel 32).Freddie Ljungberg, Arsenal’s interim head coach is currently on the hot streak, as Brighton head to north London.Following Unai Emery’s sacking, Ljungberg, will be hoping that a strong run of results will earn him the job on a full-time basis. However, there is a glimmer of hope for the Gunners as they are yet to lose at home in the League.Meanwhile, the Seagulls make the trip to north London having suffered three successive defeats in the top matches.It’s going to be a great start to the 2019-20 Serie A season as Italian giants, Inter Milan will on Friday, December 6 play host to Roma at the San Siro in what is expected to be a tough game. The match will be live at 8:45 pm on SuperSport Select 5 (channel 36).The Inter Milan team who have won just one of the last seven Serie A matches have made a stunning start to their season, sitting at the summit of Italy’s top tier after 14 games. As for Paulo Fonseca’s Roma, they are currently in fifth place on 28 points, nine behind the league leaders. They would be putting their best foot forward since they have not beaten Inter since a 3-1 victory in the San Siro back in August 2017.On Saturday,  December 7 Bournemouth will hope to begin their recovery from all their recent losses with their match against Liverpool in England.  There has been a total of 11 games between the teams.AFC Bournemouth have won in 1 of these matchups, while their opponents, Liverpool have won 9 matches. The match is scheduled to air at 4pm on SuperSport select 2 (channel 32).GOtv subscribers will have the chance to watch Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match between Borrusia Dortmund and Slavia Prague on SuperSport Select 4 at 9pm. The German club will face a tense final day in Group F and will be taking nothing for granted against a Slavia Prague side who have already earned two draws in the section.Reconnect now on GOtv with as low as N1900 to enjoy these football matches and other programmes. Download the MyGOtv app on iOS or Android at no cost.For more info please visit Tags: Premier LeagueSerie Alast_img read more

FL man causes $30,000 in damages to 20 cars, blames President Trump

first_imgA Florida man went on a vandalism crime spree because he believes President Donald Trump owes him money.Justin James Wilson, 30, caused an estimated $30,000 in damages to 20 cars at the the Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa Island, according to police.The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 30-year-old on Monday.Deputies say he admitted to breaking the windows, saying “Take me to jail. I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.”Wilson, who is homeless,  is now facing 14 felony and six misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.last_img read more

The Latest: European swim championships postponed by 1 year

first_imgAll players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday. May 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic.The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___ Associated Press Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic. There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___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 French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities.Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines. The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.”Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020. The Latest: European swim championships postponed by 1 year ___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.”Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.last_img read more

ICC to use ‘common sense’ if players pay tribute to George Floyd in play

first_imgTHE International Cricket Council (ICC) could loosen its interpretation of a playing code and take a “common sense” approach to players who may “take a knee” or wear and display slogans as a mark of solidarity to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement – a move that will bring it in line with organisations such as FIFA.In the past, ICC had acted when players made statements that could be considered political. Most recently it disallowed former India captain MS Dhoni from wearing wicket-keeping gloves with the dagger insignia during the 2019 World Cup.Dhoni, ICC said, had breached two clauses of the clothing and equipment regulations: one relating to display of “personal messages” and the other concerning the logo on his glove. Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant-colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army and the dagger is similar to the regimental emblem.In July 2014, ICC match referee David Boon had asked England all-rounder Moeen Ali to remove wristbands bearing the slogans ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’, during a Test against India. Boon told Ali that he was not permitted to wear the bands under the ICC’s Clothing and Equipment regulations, although ECB had defended Ali’s stance as humanitarian (rather than political). Boon pointed out that teams were not allowed to make such statements during a match.However, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the USA, and the feeling of strength it has generated across the world to protest against racism, ICC will treat displays of solidarity by players on a “case-by-case basis”.“The ICC stands against racism and is proud of the diversity of our sport,” an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. “We support players using their platform to appropriately express their support for a more equitable society. We will exercise a common-sense approach to the implementation of regulations in relation to this issue and they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the match officials.”The ICC regulation on statements that veered outside the confines of sport is clear: “Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.” ICC has also listed “guidelines” for determining the nature of the message: “cricket should be used as a tool to bring people and communities around the world together and not as a platform to draw attention to potentially divisive political issues, rhetoric or agendas.”The rules say that each message will be examined on a relevant set of circumstances including if it is a “one-off” statement and what is the “purpose and impact of conveying” it.“By way of example only, and without limitation, where the purpose of a message appears to be commemorative in nature (e.g. the use of a black armband or a poppy) or to serve a charitable purpose (e.g. to generate funds or awareness for a non-political charitable cause), it is more likely to be permitted; where a message appears to indicate support for a particular government, political party or individual, it is more likely to be prohibited.”Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 in Minneapolis, after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, restrained Floyd by pressing down on his neck with a knee for nearly nine minutes while he was handcuffed. Chauvin is facing a second-degree murder charge and three other policemen have been charged for abetting.The incident triggered massive protests across the world from North Carolina (where Floyd came from) to New Zealand with people bypassing the warning from the World Health Organisation which discouraged social gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Many protesters have “taken a knee” referencing Colin Kaepernick, the former National Football League (NFL) quarterback, who famously kneeled during a rendition of the U.S. national anthem at an NFL game while representing San Francisco 49ers to protest police brutality and racial injustice in 2016. Kaepernick was reprimanded by the NFL and has not played since then.Athletes including Anthony Joshua, the world heavyweight boxing champion, and tennis legend Boris Becker joined the protests in London over the last weekend. West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was also part of the march on June 6 in London wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt.The protests over the past two weeks, though, have forced sports bodies to relook at rules governing peaceful protests by athletes. Last Friday the NFL commissioner Roger Goddell admitted that the league had “erred” in how it had dealt with player protests, without naming Kaepernick.Recently FIFA, too, weighed in saying football authorities should use “common sense” and be more flexible without simply slapping the player with the laws which do not allow any form of protest during play. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

How Syracuse prepared for the biggest week in recent SU Athletics memory

first_img Published on February 21, 2019 at 12:06 am Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ College GameDay brings a production staff of 65 of its own, and will arrive via bus Friday, Sala said. The production will require SU to add a number of different sound, light and camera systems. SU will even add a spider cam, a camera system that enables film and television cameras to move vertically and horizontally over a designated area.The Duke game is the first event in a series of three-straight Carrier Dome changeovers, with SU women’s and men’s lacrosse set to play back-to-back games on Sunday, the Notre Dame women’s basketball matchup on Monday and a women’s lacrosse game on Wednesday. “Pete was a magician at the changeover,” Gross said. “Flipping the Dome over wasn’t something that was foreign to us at all. That was just how we lived.”While Gross said 2014’s Syracuse-Duke game was one of the most memorable moments of his basketball fandom, Wildhack said his intention with this weekend is to stretch to communities outside of SU. With as many people in the area as there will be, Wildhack imagined the possibilities for shops, restaurants and local businesses. Then, he envisioned the Carrier Dome to be packed Saturday.“You get 35,000 people in Orange. You want to talk about a visual? You want to talk about a memory?” Wildhack asked. “That will be a memory.” Five years ago, Syracuse’s first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange were riding an undefeated men’s basketball season and were the top-ranked team in the nation. SU left the Big East and yearly matchups with some of its most storied rivals, but in the docket for that weekend was a new threat: Duke.Through the logistics and talks for the game, ESPN College GameDay’s presence and even the T-Shirts, Syracuse’s former Athletics Director Daryl Gross sensed the momentum, at the time.The Orange would already welcome the largest on-campus basketball crowd in history, so why not aim for more?“The Duke game would have been the game to do it,” Gross said of the potential of moving SU’s basketball court to the center of the Dome. “It was a one-time deal.”Syracuse didn’t make the change but the Carrier Dome still welcomed a record 35,446 people to the game. The next year against Duke, they opted against moving the court again. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow, in 2019, Syracuse looks to break its five-year long attendance record as part of one of the biggest SU Athletics weekends in recent memory, Syracuse Athletics Director John Wildhack said. The week-long stretch from Wednesday, Feb. 20 to Wednesday, Feb. 27 features seven SU Athletics events in the Carrier Dome, two potential basketball attendance records and three Dome changeovers from the facilities staff.Kaci Wasilewski | Asst. Digital EditorThe previous Carrier Dome basketball attendance record is expected to be bested by eight attendees for the Orange’s matchup against the No. 1 Blue Devils. SU added four seats beside both the home and visitor benches, a move that was imitated from many programs around the country, Wildhack said. Wildhack added that the Carrier Dome women’s basketball record (11,051), which is expected to be set in No. 18 Syracuse’s Monday matchup with No. 6 Notre Dame, could be broken by more than 1,000 attendees. The most-recent figure for tickets sold was 10,000. But Wildhack said SU Athletics is “comfortably” expecting a record-setting crowd.“I think we’re on track to take that number and beat it significantly,” Wildhack said. “Significantly.”SU marketed the Notre Dame women’s basketball game — which will air on ESPN2 as a part of its “Big Monday” coverage, the first time women’s basketball will be featured — well after the Duke men’s basketball matchup was sold out. “We want to set an attendance record for the women’s game National TV,” Wildhack said. “Let’s show the nation we’re a great basketball community, not just a great men’s basketball community.”Talia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorChanging the Carrier Dome floor from a lacrosse field to a basketball court, and vice-versa, is not something out of the ordinary for the Dome facilities staff. The Carrier Dome floor has been changed over 19 times in the past month, Syracuse Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala said Tuesday. The process of changing over the floor typically begins immediately after the stands are cleared following an event that uses either the Carrier Dome basketball court or turf field. To set up for basketball, the workers have to cover 87,000 square feet of the Carrier Dome turf field with blue-square floorboards. The floorboards are separated on 175 palettes with each covering about 497 square feet. Workers lay down the palettes and multiple forklifts are used to haul the stands from the West end of the Carrier Dome as a courtside section for basketball games. The actual court is constructed from 15-by-14 rows, or 210 hardwood pieces. With the addition of ESPN’s College GameDay’s attendance at the game, an ESPN feature presentation that travels to campuses around the country for marquee college basketball and football matchups, the logistics were further complicated. Commentslast_img read more

Heisler: Lakers still No. 1 in Anthony Davis Derby, despite what others are saying

first_imgPelicans GM Dell Demps went days without returning Johnson’s calls, a breach of NBA manners that suggested how disinterested the Pelicans were, and how angry they are over what they can only regard as wanton tampering by the Lakers and LeBron.Magic finally tired of raising his own offers and withdrew, leaving a ringing silence with no other teams calling.Segue to summer.As involved as this far-flung, star-studded story is, some things remain clear:• Davis’ preferences will drive his part of this.Going all-out to make it happen now, A.D.’s people leaked the four teams he would consider signing with:The Lakers, with LeBron;The Clippers, dreaming of signing Kawhi Leonard and/or Kevin Durant;Milwaukee, alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo.New York, dreaming of signing K.D. and Kyrie Irving.The Lakers remain the favorites for A.D.Davis began this, hiring LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, in case A.D. wanted to get to the Lakers.That meant asking New Orleans to trade him, which Davis wasn’t ready to do after last season’s 48-34 finish … until the Pelicans went south this season, showing how hard realizing his exalted career goals would be there.If this is still an open competition you can’t underestimate LeBron’s magnetism and ability to wheel and deal in plain sight while staying between the lines. Last week, he all but acknowledged his role in this, noting he loves being able to “put teams in position to compete for championships.”James tried for years to get other stars to join his Cavaliers without success, but he’s not in Cleveland anymore.• The Clippers are in this, big time.Showing how far they’ve come, they made A.D.’s list, suggesting they’re now seen as a prime destination under Steve Ballmer & Co., rather than a joke under Donald Sterling.Last week’s six-player trade essentially sent Tobias Harris to the 76ers for two first-round picks – after the Clippers learned they were on A.D.’s list – to acquire assets to offer the Pelicans.This isn’t just about A.D. The Clippers have one max slot, can probably create a second one and could conceivably land multiple superstars … like the Lakers.The Clippers are pursuing the same superstars the Lakers are. Nor can the Lakers enjoy facing off against their own fabled icon, Jerry West, the Clippers consultant whom they never bothered to try to bring back, themselves.• Both local teams showed they were ready to blow off this season for the opportunity at hand.With Johnson offering six players and two first-round picks, literally half his roster, and all their names in the papers – Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley – the Lakers were out on their feet in a 42-point loss in Indianapolis, amid reports of angry words between embattled Coach Luke Walton and veterans Javale McGee and Beasley.Fans on the road crooned “LeBron’s going to trade you,” as Lakers shot free throws.Johnson then flew to Philadelphia to meet the team, where he will encourage all to be professional about finishing the season … after which, of course, half of them will be gone.In other words, good luck, guys, while you’re still here.Meanwhile, Clippers coach Doc Rivers got the word from upstairs that this season’s gallant run was over.“I guess the good news there is being an eighth seed, seventh seed or sixth seed is not our goal in the long run,” said Rivers, swallowing hard. “We want to be champions.”So this season was fun while it lasted, assuming you’re not Walton.• The Knicks are in the hunt for A.D., too, kind of.K.D. and Irving, who are pals, have reportedly mused about joining forces there for months.Now with A.D.’s people telling everyone Kyrie won’t stay in Boston, the Knicks leaped into action, dumping their adored Kristaps Porzingis to clear cap space.Lending credence to the scenario, the amiable K.D. went nine days without talking, then railed at the press for speculating about him and the Knicks … having started it by turning down a $150 million extension for a one-year deal after winning two titles with the Warriors.“Y’all come in here every day, ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches,” he said. “You rile up the fans about it. … What’s the problem? What am I doing to y’all?”Meanwhile, Irving, who said he would stay in Boston, now refuses to deny reports he might leave, instead noting, “I don’t owe anybody (anything).”The Knicks are also drooling at the thought of getting A.D., but that’s only possible if they draw the No. 1 pick for Williamson, who they could then trade to New Orleans.Even with their NBA-worst record, the new anti-tanking odds leave the Knicks with only a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 pick.• The Celtics aren’t likely to pursue A.D. for long.The Pelicans have a fallback plan if they can’t get Jayson Tatum: Take other young Celtics such as Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier with the cream of GM Danny Ainge’s collection of first-round picks.However, the Celtics, who long dreamed of Davis, expected him to welcome their interest. Instead, his people made it clear A.D. doesn’t want to play there, with horror stories leaking from everywhere, including Anthony Davis Sr., who said – unfairly – that the Celtics mistreated Isaiah Thomas … whom they traded for Irving.Under these circumstances, Ainge isn’t likely to offer a boatload of assets, the more so with the risk of losing Kyrie.• The Pelicans are eyeing Williamson as avidly as any NBA player.With a 40-inch vertical leap at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds in stocking feet, the Duke star is stirring rare excitement … even as scouts debate how well he can play inside with an 8-7 standing reach, less than some point guards.Unfortunately, their goal of getting him can only come to fruition if Williamson goes to a team that would trade him, such as the Knicks.The other teams best positioned to draw the top pick (Cavaliers, Hawks, Suns) are rebuilding and would keep Zion.• LaVar Ball is still out of his gourd.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis just in: With the Pelicans adamant about waiting until summer, there was no A.D. Derby to fall out of.Of course, the Pelicans aren’t the only ones upset at seeing the Lakers close in on Davis. The entire NBA, all other agents and, by proxy, many other press outlets were rooting for them to fail … but not doing the impossible isn’t failing.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Johnson had no shot but went all-out anyway since A.D. and LeBron were dying to do it now … with Magic willing even to forego the chance of adding another star this summer with the maximum salary slot he would lose by trading for A.D. now.Nothing has changed. The Lakers were in the best position before and remain so as long as they’re A.D.’s top preference.From the moment Davis dropped the big one on them, the Pelicans wanted to wait until the summer when all teams could bid, including Boston with its array of prospects and first-round draft picks … and they would also then know who won the lottery for Duke phenom Zion Williamson to see if they could get him.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years With everyone talking about their preferences, there was no way we weren’t going to hear LaVar’s … although his son is a mildly accomplished, second-year player and no one cares what either of them prefers.“We want to be in L.A., but if he’s traded I don’t want Lonzo in New Orleans,” LaVar told ESPN. “Phoenix is the best fit for him and I am going to speak it into existence.”Unfortunately for LaVar, the Pelicans not only like Lonzo, they reached their zenith last season when they were starting two point guard alongside each other, Jrue Holiday and Rondo.Speak away, LaVar. We’ve got a few months to kill and everyone will enjoy the laughs.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. No, the Lakers didn’t just blow it.An Anthony Davis trade was always going to happen in the summer, no matter what A.D., Magic Johnson, LeBron James, the press and the hordes on social media yearned for.It shouldn’t have been surprising that the deadline passed with A.D. stuck in New Orleans, but it was.Myriad media platforms – although none of the mainstays doing first-hand reporting – said the Lakers had fallen out of the A.D. Derby, pointing fingers at Magic Johnson, even asking how long he’ll run the Lakers.last_img read more

Giménez does not travel to Barcelona due to knee discomfort

first_imgArias, Lemar, Herrera, Saponjic and Giménez do not travel to Barcelona to measure himself at Espanyol. The five players are the discards of Simeone for the meeting of the twenty-sixth league day, although in the case of French for a muscle injury and in that of the Uruguayan central for some discomfort in the knee, As explained by Atlético on its website. Arias, Herrera and Saponjic for their part will not be in the match by technical decision. Giménez has physical problems again after return to a call on February 14 for the match against Valencia. The Uruguayan had fallen injured in the extension of the final of the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid by a muscular edema in the left leg.It is a particularly complicated season for the third rojiblanco captain, who began as the undisputed holder until on October 23 he suffered the puncture again, in that case on the right thigh. A Grade I medical condition from which, when I was returning, relapsed: 47 days off. Some injuries that year after year have punished the player. In the 2015-16 season he played 21 games until January, but since then the numbers were falling, in many cases due to physical problems. 9 in 2016-17, where Savic and Godín were the starters, 16 in 2017-18, 13 in the last season and 15 in the current one. Since his return to the Giménez group he had witnessed three straight matches from the bench, against Valencia, Liverpool and Villarreal. Felipe’s good work with Savic in the center of the rear complicated his return to eleven and now some new inconveniences force him to stop again. As stated by the Cholo at a press conference, “we have always said that we have four very good centrals, very strong and when they have played each other indistinctly, they have performed at a great level. The continuity that Savic and Felipe are having is giving us assurances and Hermoso and Giménez are training enthusiastically to compete and have opportunities to play. ” The one who returns to the call is Diego Costa, absent from the yellow submarine. The 18 summoned by Simeone are: Oblak, Adam, Vrsaljko, Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi, Llorente, Thomas, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco, Vitolo, Correa, João Félix, Diego Costa and Morata. Apparently the eleven against Espanyol will consist of: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Thomas, Saul, Koke, Carrasco; Correa and Morata.last_img read more