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Champions will automatically emerge if sports culture can be developed: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgNEW DELHI: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju believes community coaches and PE teachers have a big role to play in reaching every child in every corner of the country and motivating them to take up sports and fitness as part of their daily life.Sports Ministry on Monday launched a 25-days Khelo India Community Coach development program for 15,000 PE teachers and community coaches across India. “Earlier physical education in school used to be an ad-hoc arrangement and never given much importance. But if India has to be a sporting superpower we need to create a culture of sports in the country,” Rijiju said. “Community coaches and PE teachers have a big role to play in reaching every child in every corner of India and motivating them to take up sports and fitness as part of their daily life. If the culture of sports can be developed, champions will automatically emerge,” he added. Speaking about how fitness has slowly become a way of life for people is India, the Sports Minister said, “The way our Honourable PM has envisioned the Fit India Movement, it has created an impact on citizens. Everyone always knew fitness is important, but with the movement people have been encouraged to take up fitness as a way of life.” “We will work closely with the HRD ministry and start taking this to every school in India. Fitness should be a part of daily life, not something optional. This is the beginning and in a few years, this will have far-reaching effects and India will turn into a fitter country.” The course module will equip PE teachers and community coaches with the right set of knowledge and skills to help children of all ages to take on a variety of fitness-related activities and conduct age-appropriate fitness tests. IANSlast_img read more

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Initial football picks for 2006

first_imgRight now, Pittsburgh and Seattle fans alike are getting especially jazzed up for the biggest game of the year.The Super Bowl will still be watched by most other football fans since it is an event that cannot be missed.However, the sting for fans of Denver, Carolina, Indianapolis, Chicago and the other 26 teams who will be watching the Big Dance from their couches like the rest of us takes some of the fun out of it.So, before I discuss who I think will be hoisting the silver trophy with a football on top three days from now, here are the teams who should be expecting to be among the 12 playoff teams come next December.My predictions for the 2006 divisional winners and wild-card teams:NFC East: Washington will take it with Dallas pulling in a wild-card berth. With coaches like Joe Gibbs, Al Saunders and Gregg Williams, this should be one of the most consistent and disciplined teams in the league.If that offense can play better than it did in these past playoffs — which they should, with Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss — the stout defense should put them in the postseason. The Cowboys have enough talent to slide into January as well.NFC South: Carolina wins the South, and Atlanta will get the other wild-card spot. The Panthers have been inconsistent, yes, but I believe they simply ran out of gas against Seattle. They have a load of talent and should fight off Michael Vick and the Falcons for the top spot in this competitive division. I’m just not impressed enough with Tampa Bay at this point.NFC North: Minnesota. Seriously, there’s no real reason for picking these guys. But Detroit is a joke, and Green Bay isn’t going anywhere without #4 (start making your peace with that, Packer fans. Brett’s NOT coming back). And I just didn’t feel like saying the Bears will return to the playoffs, because this may have been a once-in-a-decade type of year with that D.NFC West: Seattle. Win or lose the big one on Sunday, they’ve simply got no competition for next year’s division title. I can see the Rams giving them a run, but in the end, while the ‘Hawks might lose Shaun Alexander, their core team is enough to return to the playoffs.AFC East: New England, with Miami getting in as well. Here’s my one bit of reasoning: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company are hurt right now (literally, in Brady’s case). I don’t think they will allow themselves to miss the playoffs.However — and this is a shout-out to my good friend and colleague “Miami” Dave — I really like the way the Dolphins ended the season, and I think they were underrated. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them knock out the Pats, and since Buffalo and the New York Jets are the spitting image of the word “disastrous,” they’ll get some easy wins en route to the AFC’s fifth seed.AFC South: Indianapolis. I’m not going to say that next year is their year — yet. But Jacksonville benefited from a laughable schedule, and while I do believe Tennessee has upside, the Colts have too much to play for and enough weapons to use, as they will get a first-round bye.AFC North: Well, I’ve got a hunch the Steelers are in for a down year. With Palmer out or hurting, the Bengals are reduced to dust. The Ravens are still a year away, so that would leave … Cleveland?That’s right, you heard me. My eye-popping pick of the column, the Browns will win this very good division. Charlie Frye has much confidence, Reuben Droughns is a solid running back and Braylon Edwards is a budding star who returns from injury next season. Don’t forget, Romeo Crennel was the mastermind behind the defense of New England’s three Super Bowls, so any impact he can make on the Browns’ unit will get Cleveland its first division title since 1989.AFC West: Denver, with a nod to San Diego. Believe it, BroncoNation. T.O. is coming to the Mile High City, and he’s the shot in the arm we need to get the big one. I just hope Mike Shanahan keeps him from becoming a shot in the Broncos’ head.The Chargers will get the job done this year, actually reaching the postseason as the conference’s other wild-card representative.So who will be in Super Bowl XLI? My early thoughts say Washington and Denver, but that’s another debate for another time.Enough about next year. We’ve got a great game on the horizon here, two teams that have been impressive on their way to Motown.It really speaks volumes about the two conferences that the number six seed in the AFC is favored over the top seed in the NFC. Don’t read too much into that. While the Steelers pulled off the improbable run of three wins over the top three seeds — all on the road — they’ve done so in a flashy manner, giving them the “favorite” status.But the Seahawks have done very nice work quietly, like it was an expectation that they would run over their competition. They did so, and that shouldn’t take away from their ability to play with the NFL’s best.I love the way Seattle is playing right now, I really do. I think Shaun Alexander will have the best statistical game, the Steeler blitz won’t be able to combat the running game. Matt Hasselbeck will play nicely as well.But, good readers, there’s a thing about destiny that seems to exist in the National Football League. Two things: Jerome Bettis has had an unbelievable career, and he has the chance to one-up John Elway — go out on top, in his own hometown. And Bill Cowher, after defeating the Broncos, told his owner “one more.”The road that his team has taken, it’s hard to believe the Bus that is the Pittsburgh Steelers will break down without completing the job.Steelers 27, Seahawks 23.Enjoy the game, and remember: There’s always next year.last_img read more

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November showed Badgers how close, far they are from top

first_imgDefenseman Justin Schultz thinks UW can still be a championship-caliber team if the Badgers learn from their November losses.[/media-credit]Hope springs eternal.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team is just 1-4-1 in its last six games, all of which came at home. After a surprising 6-2-2 start to the season, the Badgers are currently just 7-6-3 and in the middle of the pack in the WCHA. Any realistic thoughts about making a return trip to the Frozen Four – or the NCAA tournament period – are on the backburner.But, you wouldn’t know it talking to the team.“I think we’ve gotten a lot better. We’re really close to being a championship team; a couple breakdowns here and there have cost us a couple games,” defenseman Justin Schultz said. “If we tighten those things and fix that, we should be real fine, go far at the end of the season.”Schultz should know. He’s one of the veterans on the team. He leads the nation in points for blueliners. He’s been to a national title game.He’s also just a sophomore.So you can excuse his view as simple youthful optimism about a young team, or you can look and see his teammates seem to agree with him: the Badgers are a step or two away from competing with the best.“I think that’s a big part of it, that we are right there,” freshman forward Mark Zengerle said. “It’s just a matter of one or two steps that we’ve got to put into our game.”The results, to an outsider, might agree. Wisconsin tied No. 8 Michigan last Friday and lost two heartbreaking games in overtime to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth. Preseason WCHA favorite North Dakota won a close-looking 1-0 game at the Kohl Center.But subjectively, the Badgers were dominated in the series against the Fighting Sioux, even more so than the lopsided shots-on-goal totals would indicate. Against the Bulldogs, goaltending – which was supposed to be a strength – let the team down in game one.But at the same time, credit must be given to the No. 15 Badgers, who weren’t supposed to be in a position to be disappointed to begin with.“I guess before the season everybody was counting us out,” goaltender Scott Gudmandson said. “We had a really good start; I think that surprised a lot of people.”November seemed to be the point where Wisconsin would find out if it was for real. A trip to Minnesota, followed by visits from UND, UMD, UM and MSU was a murderer’s row of scheduling.The 3-4-1 November didn’t say anything definitive about the Badgers, except that they’re not quite there – yet.“We knew going into it, it was going to be a big-time measuring stick and it became just that,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We lost some games that were close, that shoulda-coulda-woulda, that would have been some statement games for us. But we weren’t quite ready to get over that hump.”UW’s young squad still has some growing to do, but also showed it’s been improving as well. Eaves said consistency was the big thing he wanted from his team, and that’s still yet to surface.Against the Sioux, the third-in-the-nation Badger power play disappeared against a veteran team. The offense, in general, was non-existent against a veteran UND team. But the goaltending was there, as Gudmandson stood on his head for the better part of both games.Yet one week later, he was yanked just 5:15 into the second period against Duluth, after UW gave away a 3-1 lead.The ingredients seem to be there for Wisconsin. Getting everyone on the same page at the same time is the problem.“I think against Duluth, the first night, the team was playing a little better, and I wasn’t playing well. It was [untimely],” Gudmandson said. “Against North Dakota, I was playing pretty well, and I don’t think the team was playing very well. We’ve just got to put that together, and I think that will make for some pretty good games.”“I think we learned we’ve just got to tighten up a few things,” Schultz said. “We’re not too far off from any one of those teams. I think any given night, we could beat any one of those guys.”The growing pains will continue, though, as Wisconsin regularly starts six or seven freshmen in its lineup. UW knows what needs to be fixed, what needs to be more consistent. It’s simply a matter of consistent execution.And while Schultz and fellow sophomore Craig Smith think this could be a championship team with the right prodding and production, Eaves is going back to the same goal from the beginning of the season: just get better. From there, things will fall into place.“That hasn’t changed. It’s such a process,” he said. “I go back and look at my notes after the last time when we had a young team like this. There are little things that are there, we need to work on this, it’s the same things that we need to work on.“It’s the same process, about not respecting your [opponents] too much, knowing how you have to play in order to beat a good team.”last_img read more

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ITF/CAT Junior Championships: Injury Knocks out Holmes for Nigeria

first_imgReya Holmes’ dream of representing Nigeria at the junior international level has been put on hold following an injury she sustained while preparing for the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Tennis Championships (AJC) which serves off from April 25th-30th at the National Stadium, Lagos.The 10-year-old, born of a Nigerian mum and British dad, has been one of the talented prospects in Nigerian junior tennis, and had relished the chance of featuring in the AJC. However, she twisted her ankle while featuring in a tournament in London during the week in preparation for the tournament.“It’s so unfortunate she won’t be in the Nigerian team any longer despite the commitment to have a very good tournament. She twisted her left ankle during a match in London and she is now on POP (Plaster of Paris) because the injury is a bit serious,” her coach, Paul Moses said on Sunday.The absence of Holmes has now guaranteed the trio of Serena Teluwo, Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu their places in the girls’ team for Nigeria while Daniel Adeleye, Gabriel Inyang and David Ekpeyong form the boys’ team.Meanwhile, Benin, Togo and Ghana have confirmed their participation in the event which will see two teams each in the boys’ and girls’ categories qualify from CAT Zone 2 to the Africa Junior Championships billed for September in Casablanca, Morocco.Nigeria Tennis Federation scribe, Mariam Akande, also hinted that Cote d’Ivoire has withdrawn from the tournament.Participating countries are scheduled to arrive on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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‘The Bull’ Backs Unsworth For Everton Job

first_imgFormer Everton forward Daniel ‘The Bull’ Amokachi has backed former teammate David Unsworth for the vacant managerial post at the club.The Merseyside club sacked Ronald Koeman on Monday after a wretched start to the season prompting the club to put the club’s u23 manager, David Unsworth in temporary charge.In a chat with BBC World Service, former Super Eagles player and coach Amokachi drummed up support for his firmer teammate. He said:“He is somebody who is willing to die for the team.”“Once a blue, always a blue.“I would love to see him appointed. He has all the qualities to take Everton to the next level.” he added.Speaking further, Amokachi said:“There is always a first step that you take to become great.”“And he made that first step with the Under-23s.“He’s shown all the Evertonians he’s capable of bringing the best out of football players. I was back at Goodison Park three weeks ago and I saw how respected he is by all Evertonians.“We’ve seen in France, in Spain, where youth coaches came on board and did a great job. Why not Everton?“Give him a chance. You don’t need to bring somebody in and spend a fortune when you have somebody who can bring the best out of the players. Some fans want a high-profile coach but if you have somebody who can do the job, why not stick with him?” he concluded.Daniel Amokachi and David Unsworth played their part for Everton during the club’s last title win, the 1995 English FA Cup.Relatedlast_img read more

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#Donkomi: Manchester United signs Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon

first_img Source: BBC Sports Fernandes’ move is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.The two clubs have been negotiating throughout the transfer window with a breakthrough made on Tuesday amid reports of interest from Barcelona.Bruno Fernandes after completing the move to Old Trafford says he will give “everything” to bring “success and trophies” to Manchester United after joining on a five-and-a-half-year deal from Sporting Lisbon.“For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible,” said Portuguese international Fernandes.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the midfielder was a “fantastic addition”.Fernandes’ move is the biggest in the Premier League so far during the January transfer window – with the deadline at 23:00 GMT on Friday. He follows Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Marcos Rojo in joining Manchester United from Sporting.His deal, which runs until 2025, also has an option to extend for a further year.“My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club,” added Fernandes.“I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.“I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me. It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team.” ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Manchester United have agreed on a deal to sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.United will pay an initial fee of around 55m euros (£47m) for the 25-year-old, though add-ons could increase the overall cost to 80m euros (£67.6m). Tags: Bruno FernandesDonkomiManchester UnitedSporting Clubcenter_img RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculationlast_img read more

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Lakers edge Hawks as Tyson Chandler makes game-saving block

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Even as James admitted “I’m garbage” at the free throw line lately, he still expressed relief at winning a close one — something that wasn’t easy at the beginning of the season. James said he took his emotional cues from Chandler, who he thinks has been rejuvenated from his move from Phoenix to his hometown of Los Angeles.“For him to be playing winning basketball once again, I think those emotions came out,” James said. “You see a lot of game-winning shots, you see game-winning assists, but for you to see a game winning defensive block like that, you don’t see that much in our league.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Win, man,” Chandler said. “I still get excited by every single win.” PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler, right, celebrates with teammate LeBron James after Chandler blocked a shot from Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young as time expired in the NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles won 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Member of the Los Angeles Lakers, from left, Tyson Chandler, Lance Stephenson, LeBron James and Moritz Wagner wear t-shirts with the word ‘enough” in memory of the 12 victims killed in Wednesday night’s shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, is defended by Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter, left, and Trae Young during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14), LeBron James, second from left, Tyson Chandler (5) and Kyle Kuzma celebrate after a 107-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Atlanta Hawks’ Alex Len (25) drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James wears a t-shirt for the 12 victims of Wednesday night’s shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, center, grabs a rebound next to Atlanta Hawks’ Omari Spellman, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Josh Hart wear t-shirts bearing the names of the 12 victims of Wednesday night’s shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, center, wears a t-shirt bearing the names of the 12 people killed in Wednesday night’s shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Member of the Los Angeles Lakers, from left, Tyson Chandler, Lance Stephenson, LeBron James and Moritz Wagner wear t-shirts with the word ‘enough” in memory of the 12 victims killed in Wednesday night’s shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Atlanta Hawks’ Miles Plumlee (18) works for a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler (5), Lonzo Ball (2) and Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler (5) celebrates after a 107-106 over the Atlanta Hawks during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler (5) blocks a layup attempt from Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young, center, as time in the game expired during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles won 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, left, shoots over Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) dribble down court against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler (5) works for a loose ball against Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler, right, celebrates with teammate LeBron James after Chandler blocked a shot from Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young as time expired in the NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles won 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter (15) dunks next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Atlanta Hawks’ Alex Len, right, dunks over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, is defended by Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter, left, and Trae Young during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young, center, loses his footing as he dribbles next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler, right, celebrates with teammate LeBron James after Chandler blocked a shot from Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young as time expired in the NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles won 107-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 24Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES – LeBron James has so far fulfilled his early promise of bringing more wins back to the Lakers.But even on nights when the Lakers win, even the most unintimidating opponents have required some breath-stealing heroics to seal victory.It was heart-pounding until the end on Sunday night, as Trae Young drove into the paint determined to upend the Lakers at Staples Center with a buzzer beater. But 36-year-old Tyson Chandler — the oldest Laker who is the team’s newest signing — rose up to deny his floater at the rim, flexing and pumping his fists with a proud fury as confetti streamed down after a 107-106 win.If the reaction seemed outsized, with James hugging Chandler and pounding his chest on the court, it might be that his enthusiasm hasn’t worn off since he signed on Wednesday. After all, since then, the Lakers have won three straight. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs It was just the Hawks, a team that on paper the Lakers (7-6) should’ve easily put to bed. But winning required James (26 points) to make a thrilling slam with 15 seconds remaining, just moments after a sellout crowd had groaned after watching him miss a pair of free throws. It was the Lakers’ third win in a row, and the fifth in the past six games.Josh Hart helped fuel a late push for victory, first drawing a foul to make a free throw, then dishing off to Kyle Kuzma on a fastbreak to tie the game at 104 with 1:34 remaining. Kuzma then made a free throw on a technical foul on Kent Bazemore to put the Lakers up by a point.Temporarily, 41-year-old Vince Carter stole the show by driving in for a go-ahead dunk before the final minute of play.At one point in the third quarter, the Lakers were leading by 15 points and appeared poised to easily win a second game in as many nights against a rebuilding team with young stars.But while the Hawks are youthful, they were not pushovers. Rookie guard Trae Young (20 points, 12 assists) helped push Atlanta back in the third quarter, making plays by threading under the basket on search dribbles, and also stepping back for his much-hyped long-range shots.The Lakers also struggled in the frontcourt, giving up 17 points and 11 rebounds to one-time lottery pick Alex Len. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler (Len’s former teammate in Phoenix) combined for just 12 points and 14 rebound.The Lakers looked like a team that had played on the road less than 24 hours before, showing a sloppiness that repeatedly allowed the Hawks back in the game. The very start was particularly sluggish: The Hawks ripped nine straight points from the tip-off before Kyle Kuzma finally put the Lakers on the board two minutes in.In the first half, the sloppiness manifested as 15 turnovers, with the Lakers too often testing the limits of high-risk passes in transition or awkward lob attempts that weren’t converted.“It was not a pretty win for us tonight, but a win is a win,” coach Luke Walton said. “We will take it and learn from it.”last_img read more

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Henry Wolf, Jr., South Haven: Aug. 7, 1922 – Jan. 21, 2013

first_imgHenry Wolf, Jr.Henry Wolf, Jr., age 90, of South Haven, died Monday morning, January 21, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  He was a retired farmer and stockman.Henry Wolf, Jr. was born on August 7, 1922 in Portland, KS to Henry Wolf, Sr. and Amy (Fredrickson) Wolf.Henry served in the United States Navy during WWII from September 1942 – December 1945.He married Betty Lee Worley on May 8, 1950 in Wellington, KS.  They celebrated 45 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on December 12, 1995. Henry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; one son, Ronald Wolf; two brothers, Carl Wolf and Wallace “Bud” Wolf; and two sisters, Doris Haines and Anna Mae Rosenberry. Survivors include two sons, Steven Wolf and his wife Sandra of Wynnewood, OK and Douglas and his wife Julie Wolf of South Haven, KS; two sisters, Harriet Coulter of Winfield and Lois Jordan of Wichita; seven grandchildren,  eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in South Haven on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.  Pastor John Minor will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Forest Hill Cemetery near Ashton, KS. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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Politics casts doubt on Kenya’s ‘Safari Sevens’

first_imgNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s annual ‘Safari Sevens’ rugby tournament is the latest sporting event to be postponed over political uncertainty ahead of a re-run presidential vote.The tournament, which attracts foreign, national and local sides, was due to start next month at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds in the capital Nairobi, but with the annulled presidential election to be re-run a week earlier organisers have decided to postpone it.“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has regrettably arrived at the decision to postpone this year’s Safari Sevens which was set for 3 November 2017 at the RFUEA ground,” the federation said in a statement.Although “planning and preparations were at an advanced stage” the KRU statement pointed to “mounting challenges and uncertainty in the prevailing political climate” and said “it would be prudent to postpone the event”. It is possible the tournament may now be cancelled altogether due to the busy international rugby calendar, including the World Rugby Sevens Series, which starts in Dubai on December 1.Kenya’s national team was due to compete in the two-day tournament against teams from Fiji, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Germany and Uganda.Cricket, football and marathon events have also been affected by the political uncertainty and were either postponed or moved to other countries.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Five things we learned from the Premier League weekend

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool are one step closer to a long-awaited Premier League title, but only just after a seven-goal thriller against Crystal Palace at Anfield, while Chelsea imploded in losing 2-0 at Arsenal.Manchester United and Tottenham were also victorious as the race for a top-four finish tightened and Manchester City were routine 3-0 winners at Huddersfield to remain just four points adrift of Liverpool.Here, AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Liverpool get luck champions needFor the second consecutive week Liverpool got the job done by a solitary goal, but in stark contrast to a dogged 1-0 victory at Brighton last weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s men needed their forwards to come to the party and a touch of fortune to see off Crystal Palace 4-3.Trailing 1-0 at half-time, the Reds turned the game around in the space of eight minutes at the start of the second period thanks to deflections that favoured Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Palace hit back to level again at 2-2, but the leaders biggest break came when 39-year-old goalkeeper Julian Speroni, playing for the first time in 13 months due to injuries to Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita, fumbled a simple James Milner cross towards his own goal and Salah slammed into an empty net.Another hurdle cleared, Liverpool are now 15 games from a first title in 29 years.Will Sarri be short-lived?With a post-match thrashing of his players a former Chelsea manager in Jose Mourinho would have been proud of, Maurizio Sarri left no one in any doubt where he placed the blame for an insipid performance at the Emirates.The Italian lambasted his players’ desire and commitment, labelling them “difficult to motivate”.Sarri must also, though, accept his measure of responsibility with Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante again struggling in unfamiliar positions.Not many Chelsea managers have taken on the dressing room and succeeded in Roman Abramovich’s reign.Sarri is just six months into a three-year contract, but they have tended to matter for little under Abramovich and he may be the latest in a string of illustrious coaches that does not last long at Stamford Bridge. Solskjaer reaps Rashford rewardArsenal’s victory closed the Gunners to within three points of Chelsea in the fight for a top-four finish, but it is a rejuvenated United who look even more likely to beat Sarri’s men to Champions League qualification.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now masterminded a magnificent seven straight wins since taking charge as caretaker boss.An 11-point gap to the top four when Mourinho was sacked little over a month ago is down to three and United will have the chance to erase it when Chelsea visit Old Trafford towards the end of the season.A 2-1 win over Brighton was not the Red Devils’ best display under the Norwegian, but his influence was still decisive as Marcus Rashford’s stunning solo goal proved the difference between the sides.Finally afforded a run of games in a central role up front, Rashford has now scored in four straight Premier League games for the first time in his career.Winks rallies Spurs’ walking woundedShorn of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, Spurs needed Harry Winks’ first goal since 2016 to see off struggling Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.Winks’ header with virtually the last action of 93 pulsating minutes ensures Spurs maintain a seven-point cushion over Arsenal and United.And they might need it as Alli joined a worrying list of injury casualties.The England international had scored Tottenham’s equaliser before pulling up with a hamstring injury.With Kane out until March with ankle ligament damage and Son on duty for South Korea at the Asian Cup for the rest of the month, Spurs are desperately short of firepower as they try to maintain a challenge in four competitions.Little Silva lining for EvertonUnlike Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs who didn’t spend a penny on transfers in the summer, Marco Silva was handed £90 million worth of new arrivals to begin the challenge of taking on the top six at Everton.Instead, the Toffees are just three points better off and two places lower in the table than they were at this stage last season under Sam Allardyce.Of Everton’s big summer signings, Colombia’s World Cup hero Yerry Mina was left on the bench, while Andre Gomes, Richarlison and Bernard were all substituted by Silva in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton.At the very least, Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri would expect to be the best of the rest in seventh come the end of the season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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