Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe Bundesliga resumed last month and the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ends on Wednesday, with fans prohibited from stadiums in Germany and England.The Qatar World Cup does not start until November 2022. The 40,000-capacity Education City stadium is the third venue to be completed.In other virus related sports news:— The Champions League final is heading to Lisbon. UEFA plans an Aug. 23 final to cap seven broadcast nights in a 12-day span of elite European teams playing knockout soccer. UEFA’s widely reported wish for an eight-team knockout bracket in two empty stadiums in Portugal’s capital has been confirmed by broadcaster Sky Italia. UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday. It’s rescheduling international soccer for Europe’s clubs and national teams after the coronavirus pandemic upended the calendar.— Michigan’s athletic department says football and basketball players are welcome back on campus starting this week if they choose to take part in voluntary strength and conditioning work. Michigan says its process for reopening the athletic campus includes a 14-day pre-report risk assessment and a six-day resocialization period to campus. The resocialization period includes COVID-19 and antibody testing. Players and staff will have daily screening before being admitted to facilities. People who test positive for COVID-19 will enter a defined quarantine protocol. — Iowa’s athletic department has reported two positive COVID-19 tests during the second week of its return-to-campus protocol. The school has not disclosed whether it was athletes, coaches or staff members who tested positive. In the two weeks since Iowa began testing, there have been three positives and 343 negatives. According to an Associated Press count, at least 45 athletes, coaches or staff members at a total of 17 schools have tested positive in June.— A football player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts. The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said.FIFA-TAKING A KNEEFIFA urges ‘tolerance’ after Trump’s anthem kneeling rebukeFIFA has appealed for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” after President Donald Trump denounced the annulment of a policy that required soccer players to stand during the national anthem. Associated Press Lawsuit seeks to prevent NCAA from limiting athletes’ incomeUNDATED (AP) — Attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court. It seeks to prevent the association from limiting the amount of money athletes can make off their names, images and likenesses.Arizona State swimmer Grant House and Oregon women’s basketball player Sedona Prince are the plaintiffs. The suit seeks class-action status.The legal challenge comes as the NCAA is the process of changing its rules to allow college athletes to earn money from third parties for things such as social media endorsements, sponsorship deals and personal appearances. NHL NEWS NASCAR wants 30,000 fans at All-Star race in TennesseeCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans at the track in Bristol next month when it moves the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the second time in the history of the race.If the expected attendance count holds, NASCAR would open to the largest gathering of sports fans in the United States in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic __ all while numbers in some states continue to spike.NASCAR is set to brush off those concerns and open the gates in Tennessee. Bristol holds about 146,000 fans.The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina sparked the move to Bristol Motor Speedway. The race will remain on the July 15 date with a 7 p.m. start time. Gundy is seen in a photograph on Twitter wearing the t-shirt with the letters OAN. The conservative publication is a strong advocate for President Donald Trump.Hubbard, who usually doesn’t Tweet much, has been more active lately since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. He has been supportive of protests around the world, especially of those in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, near his hometown.Elsewhere:— The Big Ten has created a voter registration initiative to go along with its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition. The conference hopes its 14 schools and thousands of student-athletes can leverage their platform to spur social change. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren says he hopes the nonpartisan program will encourage student-athletes to become part of the electoral process. It will include participants from each Big Ten school with monthly programming, beginning in July and ending with the general election in November.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that he received a call from another team about Kaepernick. Carroll and the Seahawks brought in Kaepernick for a workout in 2017 and had another planned in 2018 before it was canceled.Goodell set up a tryout for Kaepernick in Atlanta last year for scouts of all 32 teams to attend, but it unraveled at the last moment due to lack of media access and what Kaepernick’s representatives saw as an unusual liability waiver.In other NFL news:— Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon criticized the timing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s assertion that “black lives matter” to the league, saying the message should have been delivered long ago. Speaking in a video conference call with the Baltimore media, Judon said Goodell’s comments on June 5 were long overdue. Judon said Goodell should have addressed the issue when he was named commissioner and when he was re-elected to the post. Judon said the Ravens are discussing the best way to protest racism when they start playing the 2020 season.— The San Francisco 49ers have rewarded coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract after he took the team to the Super Bowl in his third season at the helm. The Niners are replacing the three years remaining on Shanahan’s original six-year contract signed in 2017 to keep him under contract through 2025. ESPN first reported the new extension. IOWA-STRENGTH COACHStrength coach departs Iowa after accusations of mistreating African AmericansIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Chris Doyle is out as Iowa’s football strength and conditioning coach. He and the university have agreed to a separation agreement paying him more than $1.1 million.Doyle was accused by former players of mistreating African American players. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, son of head coach Kirk Ferentz, and assistant defensive coordinator Seth Wallace also have been alleged to have made inappropriate comments to players.The university says a law firm has been hired to conduct an independent review of the football program. Vegas Golden Knights sign Reaves to $3.5M, 2-year extensionLAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed tough guy Ryan Reaves to a two-year contract extension worth $3.5 million.He’ll count $1.75 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. Reaves announced the new deal in a video on the Golden Knights’ Twitter page.“There’s two things I haven’t accomplished: No. 1 haven’t won a Stanley Cup, No. 2 haven’t won a scoring title,” Reaves said. “Now, I can win a Stanley Cup this year. I can do it. Can’t win the scoring title. Can’t do it. Just missed it by a couple points.”The 33-year-old from Winnipeg had eight goals and seven assists for 15 points — 95 short of Leon Draisaitl’s league-leading 110. Reaves did lead the NHL with 316 hits in 71 games this season. NFL NEWSNFL commissioner Goodell encourages team to sign KaepernickUNDATED (AP) — Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season.The NFL commissioner said during ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn’t played the past three seasons.Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Trump tweeted Saturday that “I won’t be watching much anymore!” Trump retweeted a tweet by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (gaytz) who wrote: “I’d rather the US not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem.”It was United States captain Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick that led to the U.S. Soccer Federation adopting the rule in 2017.AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE SPORTSGundy’s OAN support angers star Oklahoma St RB Chuba HubbardUNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard said on Twitter that he won’t do anything with the program until there is change after coach Mike Gundy was photographed wearing a t-shirt representing far-right online publication One America News Network. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBManfred says there might not be an MLB seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there may be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. WNBA SEASON STARTWNBA plans 22-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has announced plans to play an abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July.The league is still finalizing a partnership with IMG Academy in Bradenton to play the games at the facility and possibly others nearby. Players would be housed at IMG and teams would hold training camps there as well. The games would be played with no fans in attendance.The WNBA would use its regular playoff format, with the top eight teams making the postseason and the first two rounds being single-elimination. The top two seeds would have byes until the semifinals. The postseason would end in early October. The league also revealed several players have tested positive for COVID-19.Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sent a seven-page letter to players’ association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell MLB to announce a spring training report date and a regular-season schedule.These were just the latest escalating volleys in a sport viewing disagreement over starting the season as a preliminary battle ahead of bargaining to replace the labor contract that expires on Dec. 1, 2021.In other baseball news:— Major League Baseball has delayed the start of the new international signings period from July 2 until Jan. 15, a move that will cause teams to push back deals of 16- and 17-year-old Latin American prospects. MLB says the current signings year, scheduled to end Monday, had been extended until Oct. 15. There has been a transaction freeze since March 28, and any agreements between the end of the freeze and Oct. 15 will count for the 2019-20 signings year. No international amateurs can be signed from Oct. 15 until the new period opens on Jan. 15. The PGA of America has submitted plans to hold the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August with no fans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that public health officials have approved the plan.An announcement is expected as early as Tuesday.It at least answers one question for the PGA Championship, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-9. The PGA of America had said moving it from Harding Park was a possibility depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-US OPENUSTA plans US Open without fans NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association intends to hold the U.S. Open in New York starting in August without spectators if it gets governmental support. A formal announcement could come this week.The operational plan to hold the event amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic includes no spectators, limited player entourages, centralized housing, increased cleaning at the tournament grounds in Flushing Meadows and testing for COVID-19.Also part of the plan: There would be no qualifying for singles, and the Cincinnati tournament that is scheduled for earlier in August would move to New York ahead of the U.S. Open.If played, the U.S. Open would be the second of three Grand Slam events this year.NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACE-FANS A 36-game season that was supposed to start May 15 was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSQatar launches 3rd World Cup venue, flags virus precautionsUNDATED (AP) — The chief organizer of the 2022 Qatar World Cup says he is consulting with the English Premier League and Bundesliga to learn about how they are dealing with the coronavirus.Hassan Al-Thawadi’s comments underscore how sports are taking into account the potential for ongoing health precautions at events, if there is no vaccine for COVID-19. OBIT-PURDUE-BURKEBoilermakers’ longest-tenured AD, Morgan Burke, dies at 68WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Morgan Burke, the longest serving athletic director in Purdue history, died at his home Monday after battling a rare disease for the last year. He was 68.University officials said in a statement Burke had been diagnosed with amyloidosis, an ailment caused by the build-up of abnormal protein which prevents the body’s organs from functioning properly.Burke served as athletic director from 1993-2016. He spent the last four years working closely with university president Mitch Daniels. Burke presided over one of the school’s most successful eras — national championships in women’s basketball and women’s golf, three straight Big Ten men’s basketball titles in the mid-1990s and the 2000 Rose Bowl trip. DURANT-PHILADELPHIA UNIONNBA’s Durant now part-owner of MLS teamPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.The 10-time NBA All-Star has a 5% ownership stake, with an option for 5% more in the near future.The Union will partner with Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, a firm he runs with sports executive Rich Kleiman, to grow the team’s profile and community outreach through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. A person with direct knowledge of the diagnosis tells The Associated Press that Elliott had the positive test about a week ago and could be described as symptomatic.Only players who have been rehabilitating injuries have been allowed inside team facilities during the shutdown. That hasn’t included Elliott.VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOLFPGA Championship staying at Harding Park, but without fansFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — There were no fans at Colonial for the return of the PGA Tour. Now get ready for no fans at a major championship. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is joining CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice. Jenkins says he believes he can “be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives” to promoting equality through legislation and other reforms. Jenkins is an 11-year NFL veteran out of Ohio State who has won Super Bowls with both New Orleans and the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins says his motivation to join CNN stems from his experience addressing inequalities in criminal justice and educational systems affecting members of “marginalized communities.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLCowboys star Elliott tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The agent for Ezekiel Elliott says the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys has tested positive for the coronavirus.Rocky Arceneaux tells the NFL Network Elliott is feeling OK and recovering. June 15, 2020 Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

John ounce of gold richer after copping Kadir Mohamed Memorial Cycle road race

first_imgGUYANA’s current number one ranked cyclist, Briton John, is an ounce of gold richer after he won the lucrative annual Kadir Mohamed Memorial Cycling road race, yesterday morning.Some of the country’s top cyclists battled through a gruelling 80-miler, which started and ended at Homestretch Avenue after proceeding to Dora on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway and back.Briton John stormed to the finish line in three hours, 18 minutes and 23 seconds to beat Michael Anthony (second place) and defending champion, Jamaul John (third).Walter Grant-Stuart ended in fourth position, followed by Jornel Yearwood, Andrew Hicks, Christopher Griffith and Marcus Keeler.Jamaul John, Deeraj Garbarran and Balram Narine finished with two sprint prizes each while Briton John, Anthony, Grant-Stuart and Keeler had one apiece.JUNIOR BATTLEMeanwhile, Berbician Ajay Gopilall continued his good form with a victory in the Junior category of the eighth annual event.He finished his ride in a time of three hours, 22 minutes and 30 seconds. Jason Seenarine and Jason Sampson finished second and third respectively.Lear Nunes stormed to victory in the veteran U-45 division. He finished in three hours, 29 minutes and 47 second, which placed him ahead of Paul Choo-Wee-Nam, Kwame Ridley and Junior Niles.In the veteran over 45 event, Ian Jackson was the first across the finish line. He won ahead of Nigel London and Oliver Young.Mario Washington, who finished ahead of David Hicks, Steven Bhim Shing and Sherwin Sampson respectively, won the Juvenile’s battle. Meanwhile, in the mountain bike race, Ozia McCullay won ahead of Jamal Kapil and Jermain Jordon.last_img read more

April’s Madness almost here

first_imgThe term “March Madness” has been around for decades. For those of you who have been living under a rock your entire lives and haven’t heard the phrase, it relates to the men’s (and women’s) NCAA college basketball tournament, where millions of money-hungry Americans clutch that invaluable paper bracket while cursing out the backup point guard from Southern Methodist Community College for missing that layup to beat Southeast Oklahoma State in overtime. After the first weekend, however, most people’s brackets have been put through the household paper shredder when your national champion lost to a No. 15 seed by thirty. But, hey, they played tough, right?March Madness can also be related to a college student’s midterm exams, which usually fall right before spring break. Instead of thinking about getting their tan on, students are forced to get their study on, which is a far cry from drinking a piña colada in paradise.Despite basketball, March Madness in Wisconsin can also accurately portray the weather and the emergence of spring. After months of snow, ice and chilling wind, the snow has started to melt, the ice has evaporated and the wind begins to get a little warmer. However, as the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, wait five minutes.”Now, as March comes to its conclusion, I begin to ponder these two things: Is it still going to snow? And, more importantly, I can’t remember the last time I played a round of golf. Playing golf in the crisp morning air is one of the best recreational and healthiest activities around. For most golfers, the season ended in early November, which means those new Titleist clubs with the super flex shafts have been collecting dust in the basement for more than four months. Every time it seems like you can rush out and practice chipping in the front yard, the Wisconsin weather gods quickly dump three feet of snow and ice in your yard, telling you that it’s time to go back to your studies because it’s not time to lace up those leather golf shoes just yet.Sure, there are other sporting events to pass the time. The Wisconsin softball team overcame a six-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to shock Loyola Tuesday, and the women’s basketball team advanced to the WNIT Final Four for the first time in seven years. But since you can’t steal second base like Sam Polito, and Rae Lin D’Alie can break your ankles with a sly crossover, you’re forced to watch from the sidelines. With golf, you can go out there and play like Tiger Woods and win a major championship. But for most of us, scoring a Jean Van de Velde-like triple bogey is about the best you can hope for.Along with the golfers, the winter is just as harsh on the caddies. For most caddies, myself included, caddying is the major means of income over the year. Without golf, we slowly watch our bank accounts whittle away while our debts increase. I don’t know about the caddies living the dream in the Evans Scholar house, but I have (in order of importance) Wisconsin football tickets, poker losses and, oh yeah, tuition fees to pay for. You might say, ‘Well Benjamin, why don’t you get another job over the winter to pay your bills?’ My response can be simply put as, “If you take my finite mathematics exam, I’ll be happy to search for employment opportunities to pay the bills.”Over the winter months, diehard golfers try to maintain focus on work and business, but often find themselves daydreaming about just how much fun this season is going to be compared to last. It’s a fact, and it’s the true meaning of March Madness.Why do we do it, putting ourselves through the madness over a simple game? The simple conclusion is that golf is the ultimate sport for all ages and sexes (the debate on whether golf is a sport or not will be left for another time). Golf is the type of game that takes very little skill, but good weather to thoroughly enjoy. With April comes that glimmer of hope that the crummy weather should be gone for good and that golf season can begin. It’s just a matter of time until the links are crowded once again, and that lovely beverage cart girl makes her way around to quench my Gatorade thirst for another year. Name one other sport that has all that. After five months of miserable weather, April Madness can finally erupt, as golfers can no longer be contained inside as they dive deep into their closets, looking for their plaid pants and polo shirts. As for me, I think it’s almost that time to strap on the caddie vest for another year, because, lets be honest, I really need the money.Spring is in the air, folks. Let the April Madness — the real month of insanity — finally begin.Benjamin is a senior majoring in Journalism and Bracketology, although he’s choosing to take advantage of the weather and hit the links instead of the Final Four. If you want to book a tee time or share your favorite golf course, email him at [email protected]last_img read more

#Donkomi: Recreativo Granada announce signing of Kingsley Fobi

first_imgSpanish Football Club Recreativo Granada have announced the signing of Kingsley Fobi from English Premier side, Watford on loan.The Ghana U-23 defender will spend two seasons at the club with an option to extend.Fobi spent last season with on loan at CD Badajoz in the Segunda division, making eleven appearances for the club, scoring two goals and also providing one assist.The Ghana international was part of the Black Satellites’ squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World cup in New Zealand.Recreativo Granada announced the signing of the player on the club’s official twitter handle.last_img read more

How do Man City compare to Premier League’s best?

first_imgManchester United 2006-07Premier League record after 14 games: W11 D2 L1 F30 A7 Pts 35Having been left for dead by Chelsea in the previous campaign, there were few expectations United would become front-runners, but Alex Ferguson’s side took the title race by the scruff of the neck with 11 wins in their first 14 games. United’s early-season form showcased the nascent partnership between Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose goals would fire the club to three successive Premier League titles and Champions League glory in 2008. United finished the 2006-07 season six points clear of Chelsea, who suffered the indignity of having to offer their rivals a guard of honour when they hosted Ferguson’s men on the season’s penultimate weekend.Manchester City 2011-12Premier League record after 14 games: W12 D2 L0 F48 A13 Pts 38The only team to have outscored Guardiola’s City at this stage of a Premier League season, Roberto Mancini’s side made a blistering start to the campaign, averaging 3.43 goals per game in their first 14 matches. The centrepiece of that run was a seismic 6-1 victory away to defending champions Manchester United in the October, which was their derby foes’ worst home defeat since February 1955. It left City five points clear of United at the top of the table, but a spring surge by United took the title race right to the wire. Mancini’s men ultimately prevailed on goal difference courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s immortal stoppage-time goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day.Manchester City 2017-18Premier League record after 14 games: W13 D1 L0 F44 A9 Pts 40Guardiola’s City are the first Premier League team to have amassed 40 points in their first 14 games, their sparkling sequence of victories featuring a 6-0 win at Watford, a 7-2 annihilation of Watford and 5-0 thrashings of Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Spearheaded by Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, they have not dropped points since a 1-1 draw with Everton on August 21. Eight points clear of Manchester United, the title seems to beckon and if they win their next two games — at home to West Ham United and away to Manchester United — they will set a new record for successive victories within the same English top-flight campaign.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City’s dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday restored their eight-point lead at the Premier League summit and further enhanced their status as overwhelming title favourites.Pep Guardiola’s sparkling team have smashed record after record since the start of the season and are currently on a 19-game winning streak in all competitions.But how do they match up against teams who have made similarly impressive starts to a Premier League campaign?Arsenal 2003-04Premier League record after 14 games: W10 D4 L0 F28 A10 Pts 34One of the most feted teams in the history of English football, Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ became the first side since Preston North End in 1889 to complete a top-flight season unbeaten. After 14 games of the 2003-04 campaign Arsenal were actually second in the table behind Chelsea, who had flown out of the blocks under Claudio Ranieri. But Chelsea wilted during the English winter, winning only three of their next eight games, and Arsenal, inspired by Thierry Henry, stormed past to glory.Chelsea 2005-06Premier League record after 14 games: W12 D1 L1 F33 A7 Pts 37Chelsea took England by storm in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager in 2004-05, finishing 12 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table, and they picked up where they had left off the following campaign. Mourinho’s men won their first nine games and although Manchester United beat them 1-0 in early November, Chelsea were 10 points above them — having played a game more — after 14 matches. Chelsea responded to the defeat against United with a salvo of 10 successive wins and finished eight points clear at the top despite losing their last two matches.last_img read more

Kenyan punter hits jackpot with countryman’s goal

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur.Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi’s sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest jackpot in Kenyan history after correctly guessing the outcome of 17 matches in different European leagues. “I was happy when the Kenyan national football team captain Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane scored the two equalising goals for Tottenham in the dying minutes of the second half. I had stopped watching the game when Liverpool went one up,” said Opiyo.The giant jackpot was paid out by Kenyan betting firm SportPesa. Last May the company paid another jackpot worth 221 million shillings.Smartphones have brought sports betting to a new generation of Kenyans, with SportPesa leading the charge.center_img The final prediction that sealed his good fortune was Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Spurs and Liverpool, in which midfielder and Kenyan captain Wanyama scored the first equaliser at Anfield to keep Tottenham — and Opiyo — in contention.last_img read more

Andree Makes CBA History

first_imgBy Rich ChrampanisLINCROFT – As he stood at midcourt soaking in the applause of the home crowd following his record setting shot, it would have been perfectly acceptable for Pat Andree to take a moment and realize what he accomplished. After all, with names like John Crotty, Bob Roma and his head coach, Geoff Billet, on the list of all-time CBA greats, the fact that Andree stood above them all as the Colts all-time leading scorer afforded him the chance to think about what he has accomplished.Instead, Andree and his coach stared straight into the cameras not even flashing a grin. At the time of his record setting shot, the outcome of the game was still in doubt against the Howell Rebels. It’s this mindset and attitude that is the exact reason that Pat Andree will forever be a part of CBA’s rich basketball history.Andree needed 23 points to surpass the legendary Bob Roma as the Colts top scorer in history heading into the Howell game. With 15 points at the half, Andree opened the third quarter with three straight three pointers to get him to 1,672 career points. His record setting triple put the Colts ahead 44-42 and once the moment happened, the entire CBA team seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief and went on to a comfortable 69-52 win over the Rebels.Following the game, Andree did take the time to smile and appreciate what he accomplished, but on a day where all the media wanted him to talk about was himself, he still made it about the team.“This is actually a team achievement for me because all the guys I’ve played with over the last three years helped me get here. This was not just me,” Andree said. The forward then went on to illustrate his point by describing the three point shot that gave him the record. “The way I got it was a wide open look from a great rebound from my teammate. I’m just capitalizing on the hard work of my teammates who got me the ball.”Towering over the majority of his competition at 6-foot-8, Andree can dominate in the paint with polished moves in the post and the basketball IQ to get great looks. But what makes him one of the all-time greats in CBA history is his total game. His ability to shoot three pointers is astonishing; you don’t expect to see a big man have the kind of range that is reserved for shooting guards. Just as impressive is his ability to distribute the basketball with the kind of no-look passes that you would normally see from an elite point guard.“He’s the whole package – student, person, family. He’s the type of kid we want representing our school and our basketball program,” coach Geoff Billet said. “The points are great and I’m very happy that he got the record and is well deserving, but he’s become such a well rounded player and he’s worked so hard to do that. It’s been fun watching him develop over the past four years.”The “Colt Crazies” show their appreciation to Pat Andree after he surpassed Bob Roma as the top scorer in CBA history.The development will continue in the Patriot League when Pat begins his college basketball career playing for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. He chose to head to Pennsylvania over five other Division I offers including George Washington University in the higher profile Atlantic 10.“I can tell it’s just a great team, they all love each other, a bunch of brothers just like CBA,” Andree said. “Just to get up there, I’m very excited, but first I want to win a Shore Conference championship and win a state title.”The climb to the top of CBA immortality is an arduous one, which makes the fact that Andree’s wide open three to set the record is a little bit ironic. The good news for Colts basketball supporters is that Pat Andree isn’t done climbing. Perhaps the greatest part of his legacy is the fact that this humble and quiet superstar isn’t a “me” guy. The talk of records and accomplishments will most likely happen at CBA reunions and just like on the day he set the mark, it will be other people asking him the questions. In the halls of the Lincroft campus, the name Pat Andree will be talked about right alongside the all time greats from over six decades of championship.last_img read more

DD LOCAL – MEVAGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS

first_imgSchool Holiday Activity – Children’s Arts and Crafts, Mevagh Family Resource Centre will run arts and crafts sessions for children during Holy week. Details are: Tuesday 26th March from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon for 5 to 7 year olds and Wednesday 27th March from 10.30 am until 12:00 noon for 8 to 12 year olds. Booking is essential and activities will only run with sufficient numbers. For further details, please contact the centre on 9155055 or text 087 9228944.Mevagh Men’s Group – usual meeting on Tuesday 26th March at 8:00 pm in the Resource Centre. Facilitator: Noel McBride.Craft Group meet every Thursday at the Resource Centre from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon. Rambles around Ros Goill – Mevagh Family Resource Centre are holding a fundraising 5k & 10k walk on Good Friday, 29th March beginning at the centre. Registration at 10am for 10:30am start. Sponsorship forms are available. Refreshments served afterwards at the centre. The walk is open to everyone from hill walkers to ramblers, teens to toddlers. No dogs are allowed on walks. More info. on 074 9155055.Mevagh Family Resource Centre will be closed on Good Friday, 29th March and on Easter Monday, 1st April.Yoga for Beginners – Help reduce stress and tension, create a sense of well being and calm and improve muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina. A six-week course will commence in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre, Downings on Thursday 4th April at 7pm. Cost is €40. Contact Helen on 087 0545744 to reserve your place. Classes for Children and Senior Citizens to follow.Moving Mevagh Forward propose to produce a map of an area encompassing the parish of Mevagh. It would include such items as tourist attractions, things to do, things to see, places to go and of course the many and varied tourist facilities in the area. If you would like your establishment or attraction listed on map, email your interest to [email protected] Féile Carraig Arts & Culture – Would you like to facilitate a workshop or event at féile carraig arts & culture 2013? We are currently programming events for this years Festival & are looking for some new ideas and upcoming talent to showcase! Visual art, literature, dance, music or drama or any cultural activities e.g. crafts, baking, history. Email [email protected] or contact Anna on 0877698653.Library Service – Members of Taobh Tíre, our rural library service, can order books from Donegal County Library that can then be collected in Mevagh Resource Centre’s Library. The Centre has a computer that provides access to an online catalogue of books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free and 6 books can be taken out at a time for 6 weeks. To become a member please call in to Mevagh family Resource Centre with proof of your address (i.e. drivers licence or utility bill).Information Fair on Education, Training and Jobs, taking place at the Gateway Hotel on Wednesday, March 20th from 10:30 am until 2:30pm. There will be a wide range of organisations and colleges in attendance and it’s a great opportunity for people to get a flavour of what’s on offer and be able to have a chat with the different providers. DD LOCAL – MEVAGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mevagh Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

NFU pleased with GIPSA progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A long-awaited regulation, which would offer contract farmers more protections in the marketplace, has seen a renewed commitment from the nation’s capital. In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, eight champions for farmers recently reiterated their support to move forward with implementation of the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Protection Administration (GIPSA) rule — an effort that National Farmers Union was quick to applaud.“Producers and consumers alike benefit from competitive and transparent markets… Deceptive, fraudulent, retaliatory, and anti-competitive practices have no place in a well-functioning market, and we need to have sound rules of the road to protect consumers, livestock producers and poultry growers in increasingly concentrated market environments,” the lawmakers stated in the letter.The GIPSA rule was included in the 2008 Farm Bill to mitigate abusive contracting and marketing practices in the highly concentrated livestock and poultry sectors. However, lawmakers repeatedly blocked the USDA from actually implementing the law through an annual appropriations rider until late last year when that rider was omitted from the congressional appropriations omnibus bill.USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos agreed to take “a very well-balanced approach” to finalizing the GIPSA rule during his testimony today before the House Agriculture Committee. Secretary Vilsack delivered a similar message at the NFU annual convention last week, when he said finishing work on the GIPSA rule would be a priority during the remainder of his tenure.“We are pleased to see the progress and commitment towards implementation of the GIPSA regulations,” NFU President Roger Johnson said. “Our family farmers and ranchers are competing in an increasingly more concentrated market. These regulations will protect growers during contract disputes and help level the playing field.”Johnson said that NFU will continue to work closely with USDA throughout the process to finalize the rule.last_img read more

BJD plans to form bloc with JD(U) and YSR Congress to push its demand for ‘special category State’ status

first_imgTo push its demand for special category status for Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is planning to join hands with the YSR Congress and the JD(U) in Parliament and raise their voice together. The Chief Ministers of Odisha, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh – Naveen Patnaik of BJD, Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy of YSR Congress – have been demanding special category status for their respective State. The BJD, JD(U) and the YSR Congress have substantial presence in Lok Sabha with 12, 16 and 22 members respectively. While the JD(U) is part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the BJD and the YSR Congress are not aligned with any bloc. “Though the idea is in nascent stage, we are in favour of making a move with other Parties in order to make an impact in the Parliament,” BJD Parliamentary Party leader and Puri MP Pinaki Mishra told PTI. Mr. Mishra said it is better to raise the demand in a big way in the Parliament along with the MPs of both YSR Congress and JD(U). “All together, the three regional Parties have 50 MPs in the Lok Sabha and a good number in Rajya Sabha. If we are fighting for a common demand, what is wrong in joining hands and making our voice louder in the Parliament,” Mr. Mishra asked. Replying to a question on whether his Party has started any move to unite the two other like-minded Parties in the struggle for the special category status, Mr. Mishra said, “Not so far. But there is no harm in making an effort. Let the first session of the Parliament begin. We will make a move taking other Parties into confidence.” Mr. Mishra also appealed to all MPs from Odisha, irrespective of their Party affiliation, to join hands and demand special category status for Odisha, which has been frequently hit by natural calamities. Earlier this week, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged him to include natural calamity as an indicator for getting special category status. Since then, Mr. Patnaik urged Mr. Modi to consider ‘Special Focus State’ status to the calamity-hit States and allow them to get the benefits being availed by the States categorised as the special category States. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been raising the demand for special category status for the State for a long time. He had organised public meetings in support of the demand in Patna and New Delhi too in the past. The YSR Congress is also seeking special category status for Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more