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Opening arguments in Roger Stone trial underway

first_imgOpening arguments are underway in the Roger Stone trial following a lengthy process of jury selection inside a Washington D.C. federal courtroom.The selected jury consists of 11 women and three men, including two alternates.Stone is a longtime Trump associate who is charged with obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress.The charges are related to the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential election.Stone has denied any wrongdoing.Prosecutors began opening statements by linking his alleged crimes directly to Trump, saying Stone lied ‘because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump,’ according to The Washington Post.Stone’s defense team is expected to give their opening statement at 2 p.m.This story is developing.Related content:Roger Stone Blasts FBI For Using More Force Against Him Than on Osama Bin Laden or El Chapolast_img read more

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SpaceX Launch Today at Kennedy Space Center Will Further Connect the World

first_imgConditions are 80% go for this morning’s launch set for 9:51 a.m. EST at Kennedy Space Center.SpaceX is planning to send 60 Starlink satellites into space to increase high-speed internet connectivity for people around the globe.It will be the company’s heaviest payload ever, and it also marks the first time SpaceX has used a rocket booster four times. Team is go for launch of 60 Starlink sats tomorrow—heaviest payload to date, first re-flight of a fairing, and first Falcon 9 to fly a fourth mission. Watching 1 sat that may not orbit raise; if not, 100% of its components will quickly burn up in Earth’s atmosphere pic.twitter.com/OrI8L0ntFK— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 11, 2019 The launch will mark the first time SpaceX reuses a nose cone, as well. Weather permitting, the rocket will blast off sometime during the eleven minute launch window.last_img read more

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MDI girls defeat Ellsworth in regular season finale

first_img Latest Posts Bio Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. tbigler@mdislander.com MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017center_img Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 ELLSWORTH — The regular season ended on a high note for the Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball team, which defeated rival Ellsworth 38-25 on Wednesday night in Ellsworth.It was a defensive battle for much of the first quarter, during which the Eagles, who were in search of a Senior Night victory, scored just four points. The Trojans notched six points via baskets from Maddy Good, Mariah Hamor and Hannah Chamberlain.Both sides were gunning for the basket early and often in the second quarter, but the Trojans had the edge on both offense and defense. Maddy Candage scored four points for MDI, and Good, Maya Watras and Alexis Clarito each had two. Ellsworth scored three and entered halftime trailing 16-7.MDI and Ellsworth continued to press each other in the third quarter. Ellsworth cut MDI’s lead to three at one point, but the Trojans responded to extend the lead back to 10 by the end of the quarter. MDI then outscored Ellsworth 12-7 in the last eight minutes to close out the victory and a season sweep of the Eagles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMaya Watras led MDI (11-7) in scoring with nine points. Candage and Good scored seven apiece, and Julia Watras had five. Trinity Montigny led Ellsworth (9-9) with 11 points, and Callie Hammer added eight.The win gives the Trojans the No. 8 seed and a home playoff game against the Maine Central Institute Huskies (11-7) in the preliminary round of the Class B North tournament. That game will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.“We really wanted to be able to play at home in the prelims,” MDI head coach Brent Barker said. “We came out and did our job tonight.”Games between the two rivals are always intense, but this one had extra importance for both teams; if the Eagles had won, they would have received home-court advantage next week instead.“It’s always intense when you have a rival game, especially going against Ellsworth,” Barker said.Ellsworth will receive the No. 10 seed. The Eagles will face the John Bapst Crusaders (11-7) on the road at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Ellsworth won 60-52 in the most recent meeting between the two teams last Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.“We’ve come a long way from back when we were 2-6,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “It was hard to climb our way back, but we did it and made the playoffs. It doesn’t matter if the next game is in Connecticut, Canada — anywhere we have to go, we’ll go there.” Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all)last_img read more

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The Latest: George Washington dropping 7 sports

first_img Throughout the museum are 6-foot spacing markers, one-way flow signs, hand sanitizer stations, and styluses given to guests on entry so exhibits are “touchless” to guest hands. ___“This is one of the most anticipated updates to the Super Bowl Theater in many years,” Saleem Choudhry, vice president of museum exhibit/services says of the film. “The Chiefs Nation has been eagerly anticipating this new edition to the museum experience, and the final production does not disappoint.” ___Indiana University’s football team has resumed voluntary workouts after a two-week pause following six positive COVID-19 tests.The school’s medical advisory group approved the resumption of enhanced voluntary summer training. Players are now permitted to spend up to eight hours per week on strength training, six hours per week on meetings and film review, and six hours per week on walk-throughs. Associated Press The athletic department says it has conducted 480 tests, with 33 coming back positive. Anyone with a positive result must isolate themselves until further notice, and contact tracing measures are established. Anyone to be found in close contact with the person who tested positive also is quarantined until further notice.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods, who has played for five teams during his 10-year NFL career, is opting out of the 2020 season.The 33-year-old Woods signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Jacksonville in free agency. He played for Seattle in 2019. He also spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay since being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. He has 196 tackles and 5 ½ sacks.“The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life,” Woods said in a statement. “I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to rejoining the Jaguars in 2021.” GW announced after this academic year it was cutting NCAA programs in men’s indoor track, men’s tennis and women’s water polo. The university also intends to eliminate men’s rowing, sailing, and men’s and women’s squash.George Washington competes in the Atlantic 10 in most sports. The schools said if the sports can be self-sustaining they would be supported at the club level.___The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be presenting “Road to the Super Bowl” in its theater, but with new protocols due to the coronavirus.The film recapping the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in a half-century is being shown on a 40-plus-foot screen with 15-channel surround sound and was specially created for the Hall’s Super Bowl Theater. The theater has a capacity of 44 viewers but will be limited to nine patrons per viewing. Masks are required throughout the hall per state of Ohio guidelines. Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he understands Woods’ decision.“We will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season,” Marrone said. “It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.”___Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___George Washington is discontinuing seven sports programs, three that compete at the NCAA level and four non-NCAA sports, as part of the university’s attempt to address an expected $200 million budget shortfall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15.They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October. July 31, 2020 The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation.Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.” The Latest: George Washington dropping 7 sportslast_img read more

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UW emerges victorious in physical match against in-state rival

first_imgIn soccer, a “derby” is defined as a match between two teams from the same city or region.For the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, Wednesday’s match against cross-state rival UW-Milwaukee was most definitely a derby.The intensity and physicality of Wednesday’s match reached a level these Badgers haven’t experienced so far this season. In fact, with so many freshmen on this year’s squad, many of these guys had never ever experienced a match with this level of intensity.“This was the first real big rivalry game for me so it was kind of an eye-opener as I wasn’t used to this,” freshman forward Mark Segbers said. “But once you get hit a couple of times, it wakes you up and gets you ready for the battle.”Despite both teams getting chippy and into it with each other, the Badgers held strong, stay focused and were able to walk away with a 1-0 victory over the Panthers.“It’s kind of hard to keep your composure when your blood is boiling and everything like that,” Segbers said. “It definitely gets in your head a little bit to start, but that’s where you got your captains to keep you focused and keep you on your game. You can’t lose your game over something stupid and start talking to the other team or anything like that.”Wisconsin knew coming into Wednesday night’s match that this sort of battle awaited them. Playing Milwaukee yearly like they do, they know the Panthers are always going to bring their best and bring the intensity.Redshirt junior defender Carl Schneider, who scored the lone goal of the match on a header off a perfect cross from redshirt sophomore midfielder Luc Kazmierczak, knew what the team was getting themselves into as they approached kick-off.“It’s always expected when we play Milwaukee. They are a chippy group and obviously being an in-state rivalry adds more to it,” Schneider said. “Coach told us before the game that we have to keep our heads straight if we want to be successful tonight.”With both programs in the heart of conference play, it may be difficult for the teams to get up for a mid-week non-conference matchup. However, that was not even close to being the case for these two teams.There was fresh bad blood between these two programs, as Wisconsin had beat Milwaukee in last year’s NCAA tournament by the same count, 1-0. With that bad blood flowing, Milwaukee was going to do everything they could to get revenge. Unfortunately for them, that didn’t happen for them despite their physical play.“Both programs are looking forward to their conference games, but it still got feisty tonight,” head coach John Trask said. “We know them, they know us, we knocked them out of the NCAA tournament last year. You could tell that as soon as we got the goal, the game kicked into a totally different gear physicality-wise.”With that physical play, both teams are constantly fighting for the ball and it really moves that game into the midfield. When that happens, it can be difficult to get anything going offensively.It ultimately gets to the point where both teams are frustrated, and it becomes more of a match of pushing and shoving, but that is to expected during a derby.“Both programs didn’t want to lose this game and it started to get personal,” Trask said. “There was a big strong battle going on there in the middle of the field, and that was just because neither team could get the ball out of the middle and down the field. There were good isolated moments of soccer for both groups, but it was just a lot banging going on.”The level of intensity these Badgers experienced was something they hadn’t yet experienced this season, but it was also something that will help prepare them as the regular season winds down.With just three Big Ten games remaining, Wisconsin should expect some of their toughest matches to date, and despite not having the most successful season record-wise, this team knows they need to be ready to put up the fight.“Sometimes, when you’re not having a good season, this is the kind of game that rallies the guys because it was not a game for the feint of heart,” Trask said. “The physicality here was a lot like some of the Big Ten games, so hopefully we have learned some lessons here tonight and learned how to compete in that environment.”last_img read more

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November begins with another earthquake in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago began November in the same manner as it ended the previous month with an earthquake rattling the twin island republic.The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 rattled parts of the country on Thursday at 8.40 am (local time).It is the ninth tremor felt in as many days and the SRC said that it was located Latitude: 9.85N Longitude: 60.48W and at a depth of 30 kilometers (km).There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage .Seismologist and Acting SRC Director Dr Joan Latchman, has been warning Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean to be prepared for a major earthquake and that the various tremors in recent days are not nothing new.On Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 but in August, many residents ran into the streets after a quake with a magnitude of 6.8 rocked the country followed by several aftershocks causing damage and but no loss of lives.last_img read more

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In the Whoorks! Betclic seeks 50 new Bordeaux recruits for 2019

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Finalising its 2018 relocation projects/programs, French online bookmaker Betclic confirms that in 2019. The firm will relocate its headquarters to the newly built ‘Whoorks’ building in Bordeaux’s Bacalan area.Betclic will move all 200 Bordeaux employees working within its European headquarters to the new hi-tech and innovation built Whoorks building, designed and serviced by Groupe Legendre.The French bookmaker will occupy nearly half of the 8,000 m2 of office space available at ‘Whoorks’, further confirming that it will move to recruit a further 50 new employees in 2019.The firm’s ‘Bordeaux relocation’ has been a key initiative of Chief Executive Nicolas Béraud, who in 2017 was reappointed as Betclic CEO, charged with revitalizing the legacy French online betting brand.Taking leadership of Betclic, Béraud would merge the former head offices of Betclic London and Paris, by relocating to Bordeaux, detailing that the bookmaker needed a central and concentrated hub for its day-to-day operations.In further news, Betclic confirmed this week that it had secured an online betting licence from Swedish National Gambling Regulator – Lotteriinspektionen. Submit Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Lyon Gaming face $12,500 fine and forced rebranding

first_imgMexican League of Legends team Lyon Gaming will soon be forced to compete under a new brand, as a contract breach saw Riot Games fine the team $12,500 (£9,490).The team, which competes in the Latin America North League (LLN), faces the punishment as Riot announces a violation of the contract that the team had signed upon entering the league.The ruling comes after Riot was notified by a third party that the name and logo of Lyon Gaming did not belong to the organisation’s owner. When Lyon had joined the LLN, they had signed legal documentation acknowledging their rights to the brand – whilst apparently aware that the appropriate rights were actually in conflict.It has now come to light that Lyon has been living on borrowed branding for the last three years, as notification from the rightful owner’s legal representation has led to Riot to enforce punishment.The fine, and change in name and logo have been accepted by the organisation, who will enter the 2018 season under a new moniker. The team will retain its space in the league and is free to make player transfers in the off-season under the same terms that apply to the rest of the organisations in the LLN and CDLN.Lyon’s punishment comes after one of the most successful seasons in the team’s history, as a dominant domestic season culminated in a strong run to a 17th-20th placing at the League of Legends World Championships, where they were knocked out at the final stage of the Play-Ins by Cloud9. As a result of that finish, the team stands to win around $35,000 (£26,600), depending on the final result of fan contribution to the prize pool.Esports Insider says: It’s a shame that Lyon’s history has been blighted by what appears to be an amateurish wrongdoing, but we’re glad to hear that they have cooperated with Riot. Hopefully similar teams in growing leagues will learn from their mistake.last_img read more

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Nana Addo congratulates Black Stars, Black Meteors after crucial Thursday wins

first_imgStars start in styleGoals from Thomas Partey and Kudus Mohammed either side of the break gave Ghana a perfect start to their 2021 qualifier.Partey’s deflected long-range effort flew past the South African goalkeeper in the first half to give Ghana the lead.In the second half, debutant Mohammed Kudus came off the bench to seal the three points for the Black Stars after a great run and finish.Owusu ‘s nightThe Black Meteors also progressed to the semi-final stage of the U-23 AFCON after their 2-0 win over Mali.A brace from substitute Kwabena Owusu gave Ghana the win and, coupled with Egypt’s 2-1 win over Cameroon in the other Group A game, Ghana secured the semi-final spot.The Black Meteors are one win away from an Olympics spot. The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated the Black Stars and the Black Meteors after the two national teams picked up important wins on Thursday night.The Black Stars beat South Africa 2-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium in their first game of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers.Over in Egypt, Ghana’s U-23 side also beat Mali 2-0 in their final group game, a result that took them through to the semi-final stage of the competition on goal difference.In a tweet on Friday, Nana Akufo-Addo commended the entire Black Stars team for their win in Cape Coast while also applauding the Meteors for their performance on Thursday.“Great performance by the Black Stars, and a thoroughly deserved victory against South Africa. Very proud of the players, technical and management teams. Next stop, São Tomé and Príncipe. Kudos also to the Black Meteors.”last_img read more

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Hearts PRO: Underdog tag is a blessing in disguise

first_imgHearts of Oak are unperturbed by the underdog tag given to them by various critics and pundits ahead of the upcoming league.The Phobians have come under scrutiny after a woeful 2014/2015 league season coupled with a poor preseason which has seen the Phobians win in only one game.This follows the decision to appoint Japanese American Kenichi Yatsuhashi who has little or no experience in club management.Critics in recent weeks have mocked the club for picking the coach on social media after he was seen on facebook by a member of the club.All these issues have culminated to leave Hearts as rank outsiders for the league title but PRO of the club, Kwame Opare Addo, believes the tag is a blessing in disguise.“If they say we are the underdogs for the season we have accepted it,” Opare told Asempa Sports. “We have accepted it as a challenge but when the season starts, our performance on the pitch will prove everybody right or wrong.”“The concentration is to make sure that we get more consistent than last season.”“We have to work very hard to ensure places people believe Hearts can’t cross that line, we are able to cross those lines.”“Then we sit back and listen to the comments of the same critics who wrote us off.”Hearts of Oak round off the preseason with a game against newly promoted Dreams FC in Dawu to re-commission the Dawu Park. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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NBA awards ballot 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo or James Harden in MVP race?

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a1/58/paul-george-james-harden-getty-041219-ftrjpg_10mkzscqdjvsc10u3d5jn1cyo3.jpg?t=308202506&w=500&quality=80 Let the arguments commence.I’ve been voting for MVPs in the NBA for almost 20 years, and this year’s choice was as difficult as any, with the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rockets’ James Harden engaged in a duel all season. It was a brain-twister, but I finally made my decision. NBA Most Improved Player list1. Pascal Siakam, Raptors2. Nikola Vucevic, Magic3. Domantas Sabonis, PacersDisclaimer: This is a silly award. It is too often given to a player who just had some early-career struggles and bounced back to fulfill the potential he was supposed to have from the beginning. If former No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell of the Nets wins this year, he will be a case-in-point.As far as guys who have actually changed their games and elevated their positions in the league, none has done so more than Siakam, who looked like a low-skill guy who could stick around in the NBA because he played within his role and played with high energy.He shattered all those preconceptions about him this year, averaging 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists, playing top-shelf defense and making himself an essential player on a championship-caliber team.He even improved within the very year that he should win Most Improved. After the All-Star break, Siakam averaged 19.0 points on 54.5 percent shooting and 42.1 percent 3-point shooting. From energy dude to budding star? Now that is improvement.  NBA MVP list1. James Harden, Rockets2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks3. Stephen Curry, Warriors4. Paul George, Thunder5. Nikola Jokic, NuggetsThe hunch here is that Antetokounmpo will win this trophy, and just about any voter would concede that either Harden or Antetokounmpo would make a worthy choice.The question, essentially, is whether the seven more games won by Antetokounmpo’s Bucks outweigh the enormous offensive load that Harden had to carry. Everything — Harden’s usage percentage, Antetokounmpo’s shooting percentage, Antetokounmpo’s excellent defense, Harden’s subpar defense, Harden’s historic scoring mark, Antetokounmpo’s perimeter struggles — can be filtered through that lens.Antetokounmpo had better and healthier players, top-to-bottom, around him in 2018-19 and helped push those players to near-maximum output. Harden’s team was wracked with injuries — three starters missed at least 14 games — and questionable front-office choices (Carmelo Anthony) before being rebuilt as the season went on.The Rockets’ regular starting five was together for just 26 games, but that group had a 21-5 record. The first three players off the Houston bench heading into the playoffs were not with the team when the season started.Additionally, Houston plays in the West, where eight teams won at least 48 games. The Rockets won 53, the Bucks 60.Statistically, the two players stand out in their own ways. Antetokounmpo’s combination of length and athleticism shone through in his numbers: 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.5 blocks. Harden’s smarts and toughness shone through in his: a league-high 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists.But the load Harden had to carry with such a beaten-up and mish-mashed Rockets roster gives him an edge. It’s a slight one. Antetokounmpo likely will win, and there should be no complaints if he does. The vote here, though, goes to Harden. NBA Defensive Player of the Year list1. Paul George, Thunder2. Rudy Gobert, Jazz3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, BucksIt’d be an upset if George wins this award, but watching his performance against opponents’ top perimeter players over the course of the season has to garner him consideration. And the numbers suggest the kind of impact he has had: Opponents’ offensive efficiency is 111.7 when he is not on the floor, but plummets to 106.0 when he is on the floor.Antetokounmpo and Gobert play for the top two defensive teams in the league and may wind up with more votes because of it. But George has had a heavy load for the No. 4-ranked defense in the league, and he’s been up to the task. NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | West breakdown | East breakdownThe rest of the ballot for this NBA awards season wasn’t quite so difficult. The winners for Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Rookie of the Year should be consensus picks, with Defensive Player of the Year and maybe Most Improved providing small bits of controversy.With that, SN’s 2018-19 award winners… (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8b/15/pascal-siakam-getty-010819-ftrjpg_1qn78p7xlc82u13tejno9sgg73.jpg?t=775098656&w=500&quality=80 NBA Rookie of the Year list1. Luka Doncic, Mavericks2. Trae Young, Hawks3. Marvin Bagley III, KingsThe difference between Doncic and Young in this race was that Young’s early-season struggles hit much harder than Doncic’s late-season shooting slump (41.1 percent from the field, 26.8 percent from the 3-point line over his final 18 games). Doncic was simply more consistent over the course of the year, while Young came on strong in the final few months.The final stats are not so out-of-whack. Young had 19.1 points per game and 8.1 assists, shooting 41.8 percent and 32.4 percent from the 3-point line. Doncic had 21.2 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists, shooting 42.7 percent and 32.7 percent from the 3-point line.Both appear headed for stardom. But for this year, Doncic seized control of the Rookie of the Year race in the early going, and Young’s late surge was not enough to take it away. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6d/33/james-harden-getty-041219-ftrjpg_138ycsi1cg2271kdgrruuypfkd.jpg?t=308512002&w=500&quality=80 NBA Sixth Man of the Year list1. Lou Williams, Clippers2. Domantas Sabonis, Pacers (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/0/0/mike-budenholzer-getty-010819-ftrjpg_vittiyjg8zqq1xmu19xyuzhhe.jpg?t=775078720&w=500&quality=80 NBA Coach of the Year list1. Mike Budenholzer, Bucks2. Mike Malone, Nuggets3. Doc Rivers, ClippersIt’d be wrong to say that the Bucks made no personnel changes from last year to this year. Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova were signed in the offseason. The team traded for George Hill in December and Nikola Mirotic in February. So there were changes.But the crux of the Bucks — Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Eric Bledsoe — remains the same. Yet this was a team that started 7-0 and hung around the top of the Eastern Conference for the duration of the season, finishing with the best record in the league.It wasn’t the players who changed. It was the coach. Bringing in Budenholzer was the perfect move for this roster, as his spread-the-floor offense helped create room for Antetokounmpo to make an MVP run and played to the team’s strengths.Defensively, parking Lopez near the rim and using the team’s long-armed perimeter guys to intercept passing lanes was brilliant, and the Bucks wrapped the year with the No. 1 defense in the league.This was a 44-win team that was eliminated in the first round last season under Jason Kidd and Joe Prunty. Budenholzer has turned it into the best team in the league, with much higher postseason expectations ahead. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/58/c1/lou-williams-ftr-020218jpg_1hb99glhagjde1kif643ws3fsg.jpg?t=1486864865&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/21/luka-doncic-getty-041219-ftrjpg_1ok8c1dfffnww1xgvf3luqx9cq.jpg?t=308640002&w=500&quality=80 3. Spencer Dinwiddie, NetsWith due respect to Danilo Gallinari, Williams has been the best player on the most pleasantly surprising team of the year, and he has done it off the bench. He’s averaged 20.0 points and 5.4 assists, the league leader off the bench in both categories.Williams is a shoo-in to win, which would make him a three-time recipient of the award.last_img read more

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FGCU savors its ride to NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16

first_imgCINDERELLA STORY–Florida Gulf Coast’s Sherwood Brown, center, celebrates with teammates after their 81-71 win over San Diego State in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Philadelphia. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) by Tim ReynoldsFORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Sherwood Brown only wanted a bagel.The Florida Gulf Coast star walked into a restaurant on campus Monday and was quickly surrounded. People wanted autographs. People wanted photos. People just wanted to yell words of encouragement.A school that opened a mere 16 years ago finds itself front-and-center in March Madness, one of only 16 college basketball teams left from a field of 68, hoping to win the NCAA national championship.“I had no idea it was going to be like this, but I’m loving it,” Brown said as he made his escape from the shop. “I feel like we’re getting a lot of America behind us. I guess you could say we’re a part of America’s team at this point.”And the Eagles spent the day savoring their moment.Lines in the campus bookstore snaked from one side to the other, more than 100 people waiting for the chance to pay for their FGCU shirts and hats. Phone lines were jammed by those seeking tickets for this weekend’s South Regional, and even the university president half-seriously wondered if he would be able to obtain what he needed. And as they arrived at classes, players were met with applause.“It’s so brand new,” Eagles coach Andy Enfield said Monday, as emails popped into his mailbox at a fairly dizzying rate. “No one knows — no one knew — what FGCU stood for, the letters. Now it puts our university in a national spotlight and rightly so, because this is a great place. It’s a young, vibrant university with just a lot of energy. I’ve been trying to tell that story to a lot of people.”The Eagles play Florida in the South Regional semifinals Friday night, two wins from a most-improbable trip to the Final Four. Seeded 15th in their region, FGCU knocked off both No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State in Philadelphia over the weekend to keep their season going.Enfield’s lone mistake so far in the NCAA tournament may have been what happened when he went to bed around 5:30 a.m. Monday, roughly two hours after the Eagles landed home in Fort Myers after punching their ticket to the regional semifinals.Before Enfield went to sleep, he forgot to silence his ringer. Suffice to say, he was awakened long before he wanted.“It’s part of the moment,” Enfield said. “We’re happy to sacrifice a little sleep for the success of our program.”Here’s maybe the best way to explain what’s happening right now with FGCU: In a state where the Gators are back in the regional semifinals, where the Miami Hurricanes (who lost to FGCU early this season) are still alive in the field and look very much like a title contender, and as the Miami Heat took a 26-game winning streak into their game at Orlando on Monday, it’s the Eagles who might be the best story.LeBron James picked them to win one game in his bracket. Not two, though.“Just a hunch,” the NBA’s reigning MVP said.The Eagles — 26-10 overall and 13-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference — are starting their own tradition, since they have no real tradition yet. Of the 19 banners that sway in their gym to commemorate various accomplishments, the earliest entry on them is for a women’s volleyball trip to the NCAA Division II tournament in 2004.“You come from a small school like that, and everyone just kind of looks at us like a mid-week prep game. ‘All right, we’ll get our win mid-week and then we’ll get ready for conference play,’” said Chris Sale, a former FGCU pitcher now with the Chicago White Sox. “I don’t think that’s the way it’s going to be from here on out.”The school has about 11,300 students, half of whom come from the state’s southwest section. The campus — which includes a manmade lake and actual beach where students flock — sits on 760 acres of land donated by Ben Hill Griffin III. And that lends a certain irony to this Eagles-Gators matchup, given that Florida’s football team plays its home games in what everyone calls The Swamp but what officially is named for Ben Hill Griffin Jr.FGCU is in such infancy as a school that its oldest alumni probably have yet to turn 40.“I’ve been in higher ed for a long time, worked at several institutions, and I have not experienced anything like this phenomenon,” FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw said. “What has happened in the last three or four days has been exceptional. We’re getting, I’m getting, my staff members are getting emails and texts from all over the country, and it’s been very gratifying.”The interest has been overwhelming, at least to the servers that host the school’s athletic department website. It crashed twice Sunday night, and other university sites were seeing huge upticks in visits.Will Morse, a former soccer player at the school and now a graduate student, was waiting to buy a white sweatshirt at the bookstore. He hoped the investment of his time would lead to his parents making an investment of $200 for student tickets to this weekend’s games at Cowboys Stadium near Dallas.“It’s for my mom’s best friend. I don’t know,” Morse said. “They live in Colorado and they became fans overnight, and they wanted a sweatshirt for their birthday. So I’m the kid who’s trying to make sure my parents buy me tickets.”And the wait in those long lines lasted about as long as FGCU’s games have taken so far in this tournament.“I think everybody’s shocked, mostly,” said senior Kristi Hurson. “We went out to watch the game Friday and were all joking that this wasn’t going to be a big deal. And then it was.”Her friend and fellow shopper Erica Turczyn used three words to describe the mood on campus right now — crazy, nuts and chaos.“Professors canceled classes today, some of them,” Turczyn said. “I don’t know how anyone can focus right now.”Give FGCU guard Brett Comer some credit. He was trying to focus, anyway.Comer got three hours sleep before waking up Monday to hit his statistics class. As he arrived, his professor asked why he was there.“A lot of students didn’t seem to make it to class today,” Comer said. “But I was.”He won’t be at any classes later this week. The team’s annual banquet is scheduled for April 2. Someone in the lobby of the arena saw that sign Monday and asked if it would be canceled if the Eagles make the Final Four.A good question, one that no one even a few days ago would have imagined would have ever been uttered at FGCU.“Our heads have not gotten bigger,” Bradshaw said. “But we really are excited about the attention that we’re getting. And I’ve said this before: If it takes our very successful basketball team to get people to come to our website and learn more about Florida Gulf Coast University — and there is so much more — then I’m fine with that.”last_img read more

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Arias: “Liverpool must feel that we play in our house”

first_img“Mané? I already faced him at the World Cup, I know it’s very good …” “But it bothers to be almost eliminated?”–No, in the end it’s football. There is nothing written, you have to play, go to the game and prove. The party who is stronger, has faith and we have it will win.—They play at home, where they haven’t lost in the knockout round in the Champions …–It’s pretty good. We are locals and we must make that feel to any rival who comes to play at our house. We have the fans on our side, a very strong hobby, which is with the team always in good and bad and that they will make themselves felt in the game.—You came to play these games …–There is always the desire to face this game, take it as a final. Here you can not miss the moments or minutes, you have to go to death on each ball and I think we are all in the same tonic, thinking about getting a victory that will not be easy, but if you work and understand the game How we can get it. “He had minutes after his injury.” How was it found?-Fairly good. I am happy to have played the match against Valencia, a complicated match. The most important thing is that I am one hundred percent for what is coming.– Last year he competed with Juanfran and this year with Trippier and Vrsaljko …– It is difficult, it is competition that in the end helps you to grow as a player and as a person. I take it for the positive part, if you have someone who competes with you, has conditions and is good helps you improve. For me it is to take advantage of every moment I have, every possibility of playing it in the best way. —It’s his second season at Atlético. How do you see the club?–It’s excellent. Before coming to Atleti I had teams that wanted to count on me and I decided on Atleti for the way they played, for their delivery, for their desire, for everything. I had the opportunity to talk to Falcao, who is my friend and told me about the team. He told me that things were not like his time, the team has grown a lot and I think that helped me choose Atlético de Madrid and now I’m here, happy and I have to continue working to improve day by day and continue learning.“To what extent is it important not to fit at home?”–The top three are important, but their entire team is strong, they have shown. The bands are very strong, with the sides reaching the bottom line and pulling centers. We must try to counteract that. We have to go out and do our football, we are at home and we have to respect that. “Is Diego Costa’s return a reinforcement?”–It is important. We all want to be well, contribute to the team and the players who return from injury have the desire and the strength to want to go out and demonstrate. Costa is a great player, has a lot of experience, brings a lot to the team and helps a lot of new players. It’s good to come back.center_img —Now Liverpool and Mané arrive on the left side …–He is a complicated player. I don’t know if I’m going to play or not, but if I have the opportunity I want to do it as usual, giving everything of myself to contribute to the team. I already had the opportunity to face Mané in the World Cup, we were in the same group and I know the conditions he has, how good he is and how complicated the game is going to be. But we have team and players to face the match.“Does such a rival take your dream away?”–It is respect what we have. There is no fear here, there is no reason to lose sleep. We respect the rival and I think they do too. They know that Atleti is a difficult, hard-working team that will go out to look for victory and it will be beautiful for both of us.“Are you motivated to see how they give Liverpool a favorite?”–It is always better that the other has favoritism. We with humility, working as a team, I think we can get things done. It is not going to be easy, a complicated game against a very strong opponent, who has achieved great things and we are full, we have commitment and attitude. “It is always better for the favoritism to have another, but let’s butt …” – Would you sign 0-0?–I think not, you have to go out to win. As a player you always think of winning, never in a draw or losing. You always have the desire to go ahead and win, we all think alike.– On the other hand, playing again with your club is important for the Copa América.–Now I’m just thinking of the Atleti. Then there are important matches with the national team, first qualifiers for the World Cup and then the Copa América is already in the holiday period. Thinking about the national team, it is important for me to have a rhythm of competition, to have minutes, to have games … but the coach knows what conditions I have. Despite not having much rhythm I am always one hundred percent, I showed it when I had the opportunity to do it in the Copa América last year and for my part I am at the top of the selection.—In addition, it is important that the tournament be played in Colombia.–It is a pride. It is something unique to have a Cup at home, it encourages you much more to demonstrate, to give you what we have lacked in recent years that is to get a title for Colombia. It is not easy at all, in South America it is increasingly difficult, there is more competition and the teams are becoming stronger, there are many players abroad in large teams, it is increasingly difficult, but team we have, conditions we have and we are waiting The time to be champions.last_img read more

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Total tiebreaker

first_imgIt will not be final, because after the Classic there will still be 12 days, but yes it’s a match that is worth half a league. There was no similar situation since Madrid-Barça that was played on day 33 of the Liga del double white, at 16-17. Madrid reached the first game of the table with 75 points and Barça second with 72. The team was bound, then of Luis Enrique, to win so as not to lose the league. And he did (2-3), although it served little because Madrid ended up winning it, like the Champions League. Three years later, a Classic can decide the League again. Madrid, in a delicate momentThere is no thing to launch rockets at either side of the airlift, but a priori it seems that it is Madrid that has lost the predominant position it had Only a few dates ago. He was three points ahead of Barcelona, ​​who had all the pressure, before drawing (2-2) with Celta and lose (1-0) with Levante. To top, there is no network for the white team, that with the knockouts against the City so difficult he runs the risk of staying, in case of losing and as happened last season, without options in the League, Champions and Cup in the month of March. The pressure is maximum …Zidane’s team has become vulnerable in the BarnabasU overnight. There he has only won one match in this Champions League and he chains three games without winning (in which he has received seven goals). And losing defensive strength is precisely what has made him plummet. He has conceded 10 goals in his last five official matches, the same amount as in the 22 games prior to that streak. Given the obvious lack of goal this season, Madrid had survived based on zero doors (up to 16) … Zidane discusses an action with Benzema in the defeat against City in the Champions League.JUAN MEDINA Beyond that circumstance is a Classic that decants the balance. It does it in two ways. On the one hand, Madrid and Barcelona are tied for 72 wins in the history of the championship (to that we must add 35 draws). Whoever wins will undo the tables. There are Madrid and Barça so even in the championship that the whites have scored 286 goalss in the Classics and blaugrana 288. Tables that also appear in the locker of both coaches. Zidane and Setién have faced each other six times: two wins for each, two draws. It happens, however, that Setien’s two victories were especially painful. Both with Betis and both at the Bernabéu, a fief in which the Cantabrian coach has not yet lost: in March 2017 he tied with Las Palmas (3-3), in September of that same year he won with Betis (0-1) and in May 2019 he won again with the Verdiblancos (0-2). A Barça, a mystery armed with MessiSo that respect to Barcelona, it’s still a mystery, but with Messi, which is not little. The technician relay in January when Valverde was fired to hire Setién after Xavi and Koeman said no and Pochettino was ruled out by the social opposition follows an irregular process. Little has changed in a club that continues to have its weakness in games in the opposite field. The Blaugrana have not added 50 percent of the points they have played away from home. Of the 12 league games played as a visitor, he has won five, has drawn three and has lost four with a balance of 18 goals in favor and 17 against.With Setién the dynamics has not changed. He won by the hair in his visits to Ibiza and Villamarín, he was lucky not to be thrashed Mestalla, was eliminated from the Cup by Athletic in San Mamés and in his visit to San Paolo four days ago the feelings were depressing despite the tie.Barcelonistas cling to Messi’s inspiration and their situation in the table, unthinkable only a month ago when they fell in Valencia.last_img read more

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United Men’s Club Distributes Medical Supplies in Nimba

first_imgA United States based Nimba organization, United Men’s Club, has concluded distribution of Ebola related medical supplies valued at more than US$5,000 to citizens in Karnplay, Gbelay-Geh District, and Bahn, Zoe-Geh District, respectively.   On behalf of the United Methodist Church (UMC), the vice president, Leadopoe Geain said, “I just want to extend our thanks and appreciation to all the men and women that made sacrifices during the deadly Ebola outbreak.”Special appreciation was expressed to all the medical personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice during the outbreak.“These supplies are our way of joining these men and women to help the fight to eradicate Ebola and protect them even after the disease has left the country,” he said. “We hope to continue similar services to our home county even after this deadly virus has left.”United Men Club is an all men’s organization based in Pennsylvania, USA. It consists of young men who focus on promoting brotherhood among their members and are committed to improving their community through services such as mentoring.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UP Demands October 10 Election Voting Records

first_imgDeadlock deepens: Cllr. Sherman (right) wants NEC to exonerate itself from the fraud charges by submitting their records. NEC’s lead lawyer, Cllr. Dean (opposite Sherman), says UP’s “technicalities” are delay tactics.Unity Party (UP), the intervening political party in the Liberty Party’s alleged fraud and irregularity case before the National Elections Commission (NEC) has called on the Commission to make public all voting records, including results of the elections.UP’s lead lawyer, Senator Varney G. Sherman, in his argument yesterday at the hearing of the case, said the NEC must bring forward records showing the October 10 results in order to verify how it came up with the representative and presidential election results.“How the NEC arrived at the October 10 elections final results needs to be known. Are they saying there are no documents to show how this Commission went on with the creation of addenda (additional list of names of voters whose names were not seen on the final register roll)?” Cllr. Sherman asked during his argument at the hearing.He said the LP’s complaints, as well as those of others about the way the elections went on, are based on pieces of evidence, and as such the NEC should exonerate itself from the charges by submitting their records on the processes.It may be recalled that LP, ALP, ANC and lately UP have filed complaints alleging that more people voted exceeding the number registered at some polling centers and that ballots were allegedly tampered with by some presiding officers (PO), among several other complaints.He accused the NEC chief lawyer, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, of serving as an accomplice of the Commission to hide basic public documents in connection with the electoral processes. Sherman also called on the Commission to make available the final voter registration roll for the ongoing investigations as well as for the runoff election ahead.He argued that the NEC has nothing to lose even if there is no runoff this year. “It is not about speeding up with a process but what is right to do is what we are demanding. It is practical and a very relevant functioning of our democracy,” he stressed.He said buying voters’ cards as in the case of Othello Deshield, a representative candidate who contested on the Liberia Restoration Party’s (LRP) ticket in Nimba County Electoral District #1, the discovery of ballot papers in Grand Gedeh County beneath the earth, among several other cases, should be reported by the NEC with necessary clarity and outcomes from investigations conducted so far.Taking the stage to argue, NEC lead lawyer, Cllr. Dean, said Sherman’s technicalities are wrong and intended to cause more delay in the electoral process. “We are not interested in your technicalities and remember that rules that are applicable to the court are not applicable here. This is a hearing office and it cannot be overburdened with tasks such as revisiting all records and submit them into evidence,” Dean noted.He added that the cases involving Amos Seibo, a staff in the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Othello Deshield from Nimba District #1 were investigated by the Liberia National Police and forwarded for prosecution.“We don’t have any legal right to go back to the police or the court and request for the cases in order to re-investigate them. They are criminal cases and the concerned authorities have already taken care of them,” he said.Meanwhile, NEC chief hearing officer, Cllr. Muana S. Ville, granted UP the opportunity to get from the NEC the FRR but denied the request for addenda from all polling centers in the October 10 elections.Cllr. Ville will today rule as to whether UP has a valid ground for intervening in LP’s case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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