Hima to receive government funding till Tokyo Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi, July 14 (PTI) Indian athletics’ newest sensation Hima Das will be provided “end-to-end” support towards her preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). Hima scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in Tampere, Finland on Thursday. “Hima, post her excellent performance at CWG 2018, where she ran her then personal best of 51.32, was inducted in ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in May 2018. “Under the scheme, in addition to the Rs 50,000 per month as Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA), she would be provided end to end support towards her Olympic preparation by the Govt under the scheme,” said Sports India (erstwhile SAI) DG Neelam Kapur. The 18-year-old from a village in Nagaon district of Assam, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. As per an earlier list, Hima was supposed to be funded by the government only until the upcoming 2018 Asian Games. “Hima and the other 400m runners, post CWG, were sent to Spala Olympic Training Centre in Poland, for a month-long training in mid May, which was funded by the Govt. “Post that she ran her personal best of 51.13s at the Inter-State Championship in Guwahati in June, 2018. Post the U-20 World Championship, she would be joining the other Indian 400m runners for pre-Asian Games camp, which has been funded by the Govt under Annual Calendar for Training and Competition.”advertisement Win her win in Finland, Hima is only second to star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. The beneficiaries under the TOPS will be reviewed after the Asian Games and the administrative mechanism of the programme will be completely overhauled, SAI had said earlier. PTI PDS AH AH KHSKHSlast_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL REACHING AUDIENCE OF MILLIONS!

first_imgThe profile of touch football in Australia is continuing to grow, with the latest media watch statistics showing touch football news has reached around 9 million people in the first three months of this year. Australian Touch Association CEO, Bill Ker says the statistics are both exciting and also interesting for the development and promotion of touch football in the media arena. “The Australian Touch Association has embarked on a twelve month media watch campaign to obtain an understanding of the extent of mentions the sport has in the media nationally,” says Mr Ker. “”The media for the past three months has been extensive with a wide reach nationally.” “It was also determined to extend the boundaries of the watch to cover New Zealand as well, because this will enable the ATA to not only quantify the media coverage in Australia but compare it with coverage from the other largest international member of the Federation of International Touch,” explains Mr Ker. The month of March saw touch football receive 138 mentions in the print, radio, television or online media. This was double the number of mentions for the months of January and February. In terms of audience numbers, it is estimated that these 138 stories reached almost 3.2 million people. This result, combined with the results recorded for January and February, shows touch football news has reached around 6.4 million people this year alone through the forms of print, radio or television. Mr Ker says the internet is another big winner in terms of coverage, with the ATA website recording a record number of hits in recent months. “Especially pleasing for the ATA is the homepage hits of over 3.5 million since November last year. The month of March produced 40,000 hits short of 1 million, which is a direct reflection of the interest the NTL generates. The ATA has studied the usage patterns of the homepage and is aiming the direction of the homepage information towards servicing those usage trends,” Mr Ker highlights. Since the beginning of the year almost 2.6 million hits have been recorded by the ATA, while at the peak of the NTL competition over 65,000 hits were recorded in just one day. It also needs to be mentioned that these statistics on internet usage relate purely to the ATA website and do not include statistics on the other international, state and local websites, who have also noticed an improvement in their website hits. Therefore these statistics can be said to be just the tip of the iceberg! By far the biggest improver in media coverage of touch was the number of television news stories. The month of March saw 20 touch football news stories produced, being primarily in state and regional news broadcasts. This number is also almost double the total number for January and February combined. In terms of audience numbers, the television coverage is estimated to have reached just over 500,000 for January and February, and over 800,000 for the month of March. The print media, which includes local, regional, state and national newspapers, reached the largest audience, with 83 stories published and an estimated number of almost 2.2 million readers. Wagga Wagga, Yass and several Western Australian media outlets are doing especially well, receiving regular coverage of their local and regional events in print and on radio and television. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are other areas becoming more regular in the coverage touch football receives there. Coffs Harbour and the NTL’s were also successful, with the tournament being reported on the daily regional television news bulletins, as well as securing print and radio stories. With regional media outlets always searching for news stories, especially those of local interest, it is important for the ATA and all state and local organisations to continue to look for opportunities for touch football development through the media. “All in all the ATA is very pleased with the results of the media watch and the homepage usage and looks forward with confidence to a wider awareness of this great sport in the forthcoming months,” says Mr Ker. Rachel Moyle, 0422233165last_img read more

NSW State Cup

first_imgThe State Cup will see teams from 53 affiliates across NSW contest 16 divisions, including the introduction of the Mixed B division.The three day tournament is in its 33rd year and 2009 is the 21st consecutive year that it has been played in Port Macquarie. All 23 fields at the precinct will be used for the 184 teams who have entered in the event. The following divisions will be contested at the event: two divisions in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open’s divisions, as well as Men’s and Women’s 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, Men’s 35’s, 45’s and 50’s and Senior Mixed. The introduction of the Mixed B division has proved popular, with 12 affiliates taking advantage of the new division. Among the most popular divisions also include the Men’s Open B Division, with 21 teams, while the Men’s 50’s division has 16 teams in the running for the title.Wests Magpies will be looking to go for back to back titles in the Men’s Open division, after their win over Hornsby in the 2008 grand final. Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Magpies will be aiming to make it four consecutive titles in the Women’s and Mixed Open divisions respectively, having won their respective titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The round games will be contested on Friday and Saturday, before finals commence on Sunday at 8am. The first of the grand finals will be played at 12.40pm. The Women’s Open final will be played at 1.50pm, followed by the Dash for Cash at 2.30pm. The Men’s Open final will be played at 2.40pm, with the Mixed Open final to follow at 3.30pm.Stay tuned for the next edition of the Touch Footy Show, which includes a preview of the NSW State Cup. NBN and Port Macquarie News have already started their coverage of the event. To view their stories, please click on the following links:http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/12/01/wests-hot-favourite-for-state-cup/http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/state-cup-boasts-international-flavour/1695426.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-macquaries-state-cup-hopefuls/1695428.aspxFor more information, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14%20last_img read more

No decision on Kanhaiya Kumars prosecution says CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Friday said the Delhi government had not taken any decision on the prosecution sanction against former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. The final call would be taken by the Home Department without any political interference, he added.Kejriwal said the Delhi government’s Home Department would take the appropriate decision after taking into consideration all the information provided by the police to the court. “There will be no political interference nor any pressure from the AAP,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The Delhi government has not yet taken any decision. The authority concerned (in the Home Department) will take a final decision after studying all the available information. We will produce the decision before the court,” the Chief Minister said. Kejriwal refuted the reports claiming the Delhi government has rejected a request for sanction by the police to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and others. “I was told that no final decision has been taken as of now. The reports are just speculation,” Kejriwal said. Police had sought sanction from the Delhi government to prosecute Kumar and others in the sedition case. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more

Tears give way to hope at the TRC in Montreal

first_imgAPTN National NewsEmotions ran high at the third day of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in Montreal Friday.As the day unfolded tears and pain gave way to hope and unity.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the storylast_img

American pipeline protesters demonstrate outside Trudeau meetings

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has followed Justin Trudeau to sunny California, where protesters demonstrated Friday outside the hotel where the prime minister was holding meetings with top state officials.About a dozen protesters made up of local climate change activists held signs demanding Trudeau reverse his decision on the project, chanting anti-pipeline slogans from across the street.Three of the protesters briefly got inside the hotel and demonstrated with their backs up against the wall directly outside the room where Trudeau met with California Gov. Jerry Brown.Trudeau has given no indication he’s willing to back down from the project, pledging to get it built one way or another.One of the protesters, Vanessa Butterworth, said Trudeau must to back up his talk about protecting the environment and climate by rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.“If you want to be a real climate leader, you’re going to have to live up to your Paris agreement and say no to Kinder Morgan or the communities are going to shut it down,” said Butterworth, who is from Toronto.The message was different than the one Trudeau received inside the stately hotel first from Brown, and then his deputy Gavin Newsom, who is a favourite to replace Brown at the end of the Democrat’s term.During staged photo-ops, Brown said his state and Canada had much to do while the White House was “temporarily missing in action in terms of climate action.” Newsom thanked Trudeau for his leadership “at a time when that’s not lost on many of us in the political sphere out here.”California and more than a dozen other states have moved ahead with carbon pricing schemes, including a cap-and-trade system with Ontario and Quebec. Brown said he wants to forge other agreements with various provinces, and push for growth in zero-emission vehicles.Tensions around the development of the controversial $7.4-billion pipeline project escalated last week when the B.C. government announced plans for more consultations on oil spill readiness and a limit on increased diluted bitumen shipments until it can be confident of response measures.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer asked for an emergency debate on the pipeline impasse, but deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton told him the issue does not meet the criteria.“The House of Commons should discuss all options in order to put an end to this crisis,” Scheer said in French in the House of Commons.Earlier during question period, Kim Rudd, the parliamentary secretary for the minister of natural resources, said Canada won’t let B.C. kill off the pipeline.“Any decision by the B.C. government to limit the flow of bitumen through the pipeline would be outside the province’s jurisdiction,” Rudd said.Protester David Turnbull, with Oil Change International, said Americans are also worried about what could happen to the waters along their western coast if Kinder Morgan is built.“The Kinder Morgan pipeline, if it was built, would increase the tanker traffic along the west coast, including in the United States along Seattle’s bay as well,” Turnbull said.“We’re concerned that the Kinder Morgan would both imperil our climate and also imperil our coast lines as well.”last_img read more

Trump campaign raises $30 mn in Jan-March

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than USD 30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to USD 40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. The Trump campaign said nearly 99 per cent of its donations were of USD 200 or less, with an average donation of USD 34.26. Trump’s fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in USD 45.8 million in the first quarter its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting USD 82 million in the bank, with USD 40.8 million belonging to the campaign alone. Trump formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under USD 2 million on hand at this point in the campaign. Obama went on to raise more than USD 720 million for his reelection. Trump’s reelection effort has set a USD 1 billion target for 2020. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement that Trump “is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.” Trump’s fundraising with the RNC is divided between two entities: Trump Victory, the joint account used for high-dollar gifts, and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, the low-dollar digital fundraising operation known internally as “T-Magic.” The campaign is set to launch a traditional “bundling” programme which it lacked in 2016 in the coming weeks. Bundlers are mid-tier donors who bring in contributions from their associates. Together, the Trump entities have raised a combined USD 165.5 million since 2017. Trump is benefiting from the advantages of incumbency, like universal name recognition and his unrivaled position atop the Republican Party. Among Democrats, dollars are divided across a candidate field of well more than a dozen, while the Democratic National Committee remains in debt and has suffered from being dramatically outraised by the RNC in recent months. Bernie Sanders topped the Democratic field in the first quarter, raising slightly more than USD 18 million, followed by Kamala Harris with USD 12 million and Beto O’Rourke with USD 9.4 million. Trump is reporting a haul of USD 30.3 million. Republicans have trailed Democrats in online fundraising ever since the medium was invented roughly two decades ago. But Trump has closed the gap, driving small-dollar donors who make recurring donations to the GOP like the party has never seen before. According to RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump’s campaign has already had eight seven-figure fundraising days this year, and has taken in money from more than 1 million new online donors since Trump’s inauguration including 1,00,000 this year. The Republican committee said it is planning on spending USD 30 million on maintaining and growing Trump’s email list alone, recently expanded its headquarters space to an annex in Virginia and will soon invest in developing an app. In 2015, Trump swore off outside money, declaring in his opening speech: “I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists’. I’m not using donors’. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”last_img read more

BJP made someone who used word Hindu terror minister: Digvijay

first_imgBhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh claimed Saturday that the BJP made the person who used the term “Hindu terror” in official parlance a Union minister. He was apparently referring to R K Singh, a Union home secretary during the UPA regime who later joined the BJP and became minister. The BJP has often targeted Digvijay Singh for `tarnishing the Hindu community’ by using the term Hindu or saffron terror. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday defended the BJP’s decision to field Pragya Singh Thakur, Malegaon blast accused, from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, saying it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely bracketed the rich Hindu civilisation as “terrorist”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Modi was apparently referring to Digvijay, who is the Congress’ candidate from Bhopal. “I think they do not have the knowledge of Hindu civilisation. The person who, as home secretary, issued a statement with the word Hindu terror was given Lok Sabha ticket by the BJP and was made a Union minister,” Singh told reporters here. “Will (BJP chief) Amit Shah speak about it?” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister asked. Amid the political row over the term Hindu terrorism, the Congress had pointed earlier that it was used by Union minister R K Singh when he was home secretary. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Digvijay also said the word Hindutva did not exist for him. “Why do you use the word Hindutva? The word does not exist in my dictionary,” he said. The Congress leader refused to comment on the Election Commission’s notice to Thakur over her remark that former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she had cursed the police officer for torturing her during the blast probe. “Ask the EC. Why are you asking me? I don’t want to get into it,” the Congress leader said. Asked if he was now in “silent mode”, Singh, known for kicking off controversy with his provocative statements, replied amid laughter, “Have I taken a contract to create news?” Interestingly, Singh, whose outlandish theories about the Mumbai attack and the Batla House encounter have incurred him the wrath of the right wing, has desisted from making any comment on Thakur’s comment on Karkare.last_img

Dutch Minister of FA Urges King Mohammed VI to Prevent Anti-Israeli…

first_imgCasablanca- According to Dutch news agency Novum, Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, has recently urged HM King Mohammed VI to prevent the adoption of a law seen as anti-Israeli law.  Last Thursday, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs urged HM King Mohammed VI, before the Dutch parliament, to prevent the adoption of the controversial draft law which is aimed at illegalizing any relations with Israel and with Israeli nationals.“I count on Morocco’s wisdom,”said Mr. Timmermans, responding to a question he was asked in the Dutch government, adding that “the Sovereign along with the government have to prevent such a law from seeing the light of day.” According to the draft law, which was presented by five parliamentary groups, the presence of Israelis in Morocco would be strictly prohibited, and would be deemed an “offense”punishable by “two to five years of incarceration and a fine between MAD 100,000 and MAD 1 million.”If passed, the anti-Israeli law would also ban the participation of Moroccans, both those residing in the Kingdom or in Israel, in Israeli-related activities.However, this is not the first time HM the King has been called upon to stop the anti-Israeli law from being adopted. In November 2013, a global Jewish human rights organization addressed a letter to King Mohamed VI urging him stop the anti-Israeli law from being enacted.The letter was sent by Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations.“In your absence, various groups in your Parliament plan to damage Morocco’s reputation for tolerance, its standing as a Western ally and its long history of warm ties with the Moroccan Jewish Diaspora in the United States, Europe and Israel,”he states in his letter.Since the anti-Israeli law was announced, many Moroccans, both Jews and Muslim, have been condemning it and warning against its negative repercussions.  “It would be a shame for our country to join the fanatics, because Morocco is known for its multicultural and multi-religious tolerance,”states Michel Attias, a Moroccan Jew living in California.“Moroccans please do not fall in this trap, the people with these insane ideas have no idea of the consequences our dear country will endure. We stand for a free Morocco with obviously the respect of each other’s religion and culture,”Attias adds. “Israel is Israel and being a Jew does not mean that you agree with Israel’s acts and policy.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UAB Shows Us How To Revive A College Football Program

Just six months after UAB President Ray Watts made what he termed an agonizing decision to shut down the school’s football program because of its pending financial insolvency, he announced Monday that Blazer football is back. Sometime in the next couple of years — once UAB has re-recruited its players, reassembled its coaching staff and regained admission to the Football Bowl Subdivision — Birmingham will once again have a (relatively) big-time college football program.A whole lot changed in the interim, including the data being used to back up the decisions. In his announcement of the reversal, Watts cited an influx of outside financial pledges to the football team as the key reason a program is once again viable. Some observers, including Paul Finebaum, a popular sports-talk-radio host in the South, point to the fervent outpouring of support for the team after its demise. (Online, the #freeuab movement has been particularly impressive and has often been coupled with the #fireraywatts hashtag.) Local politicians have also been pressuring Watts into reinstatement, perhaps because much of the pressure behind the decision to shut down the program seems to have come from Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama football program has often been hostile toward UAB’s. But the biggest change seems to be which model of Blazer football’s financial future Watts and UAB are choosing to trust.Over the past year, entities within UAB have commissioned three separate forecasts from three consulting groups to analyze the financial prospects of its athletic department with and without football. Universities often lean on projections from outside consultants when making major decisions, but these projections are controlled by the formulas the consultants use — formulas that aren’t always statistically rigorous. In this case, despite having access to much of the same data, the reports contain completely different projections about the program’s impact on the university. One says it will cost the university millions of dollars a year. Another says the program will roughly break even. And another — the one UAB tried to cancel midway through — says football will be a huge financial boon. Small differences the consultants made in the assumptions behind the models created huge effects in the data sets. As a result, their recommendations were completely different.When Watts announced the death of the program in December, he cited a report from CarrSports Consulting projecting that if the athletic department kept football, it would lose more than $5 million a year and would need to spend an additional $20 million to improve facilities. CarrSports got those numbers by pairing generous calculations for the cost of fielding what it termed a competitive Conference USA team with modest increases in ticket sales, donations and student fees. “When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable,” Watts wrote at the time.Pushback in the wake of the decision, combined with complaints over the discovery that some may have been planning for the cancellation before the review even started, led UAB’s Athletic Assessment Task Force to commission another study. This time the consultants were College Sports Solutions (CSS). CSS said that although an athletic department with a football team would lose roughly $3 million a year compared with a department without football, mainly because of financial aid for players, almost all of that would be made up by increased enrollment, donations and other revenue resulting from the national prominence a football team brings. The study concluded that either resurrecting the program or leaving it for dead were “viable options”; Watts leaned on this report when announcing football’s return.There was another study, too, that fell between CSS’s and CarrSports’s. The task force had originally engaged a firm called OSKR to lead the review before the administration vetoed its hiring in March. Allen Bolton, UAB vice president of financial affairs and administration, said he was worried that the OSKR team had already made up its mind that UAB should keep the sport, explaining that “due to their very own comments this firm does not meet the critical threshold for many of providing a fresh, new, unbiased analysis.” OSKR finished its review anyway and found that keeping football would add an additional $2 million a year to the university’s coffers once benefits from donations and exposure were accounted for. OSKR’s projections are the most optimistic, and they seem to be the most rigorous. They model not only expected changes in the athletic budget over time, but also the impact of the team on the university’s media coverage, out-of-state enrollment and conference affiliation.Two major factors caused the $7 million swing in annual projections that led to the disparate recommendations: First are projections on how fast football-related revenue will grow. CarrSports projects that with football, the athletic department’s revenue will grow a measly $300,000 or so a year, while OSKR and CSS both project more than $1 million each year in added revenues. The larger forecast makes sense considering that Conference USA’s TV deal with Fox Sports alone is worth more than $1 million a year to each team.Second are assumptions about expenses. Both the CarrSports and CSS reports treat athletic scholarships as, basically, gifts that cost the university about $4 million to give each year. In his Tumblr, OSKR consultant Andy Schwarz argues that this is willful manipulation because the actual expense to the school to feed, educate and house its players is much, much lower than the projected $52,000 each scholarship “costs.” In addition, he notes that the program attracts full-tuition-paying walk-ons who are transferring out now that the program has been shuttered. By OSKR’s math, scholarships cost the university only about a million dollars a year.Once you add in the reports’ different assumptions about football’s impact on student enrollment and alumni donations and the need to upgrade facilities to be competitive, you’re left with the final mess, in which UAB’s president can totally reverse course — and still have a model that backs him up. read more

Kobe May Go Down As the NBAs Last True Gunslinger

Bryant, the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, modeled his game after Michael Jordan and came closer to replicating His Airness’s silky offensive style than anyone we’ve seen. He finished his 20-year career with more points than MJ and stood apart by managing to hit impossible shots from all over the floor, despite having defenses draped over him.What Michael was to Kobe, Kobe became to the next generation of players. One possible sign: The number of guys wearing No. 8, which Bryant wore for the first 10 years of his NBA career, has more than tripled — from seven in 1995-96, the year before Bryant’s rookie season, to 231This list shows 25 players, but two were cut before they actually played a game for the team they entered the preseason with. this season. (In the second half of this career, Bryant wore No. 24, which was more popular than No. 8 before Bryant donned it. Bryant’s adoption of it doesn’t seem to have had much influence leaguewide.)But even though younger NBA players adopted Bryant’s number, few players have adopted his style of play — a ball-dominant one that involved taking tough contested shots inside the arc — as some offenses around the league have become more free-flowing and hyper-efficient.The current players who draw perhaps the most frequent comparisons to Kobe, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan (both of whom are from the L.A. area and played there collegiately), each count Bryant as a mentor of sorts and possess a handful of the same skills and flaws that he had.In Westbrook’s case, he’s so talented that he sometimes can dominate the ball too much — even when he has another superstar, or two, on the court with him. And much like Bryant did, DeRozan makes a living from midrange, a shot that goes against the grain of today’s league, where most star wing players have developed a respectable shot from 3-point range.Translation: On any given night, both guys are capable of shooting it less efficiently than other stars because they’re taking far tougher shots than just about everyone else. (DeRozan, in particular, has the highest degree of shot difficulty in the NBA among those who’ve taken at least 200 attempts, according to data from Second Spectrum, which uses high-level tracking equipment in NBA arenas to compile data.) That willingness to launch (miss) scores of contested shots is vintage Kobe.“I don’t care about that crap, and I’m sure he doesn’t either,” said then-Lakers coach Byron Scott after Bryant broke a record for the most missed shot attempts in NBA history. “I don’t mean to cut you off, but to me, it speaks of his aggressiveness and longevity.” It also speaks to his being wired far differently than many other players, who refuse to take shots that have little chance of going down for fear of hurting their field-goal percentages, which factor into future contracts and potential earnings.During the 2015-16 campaign, his farewell season, Bryant attempted more fadeaway jumpers than any guard in the league despite missing 16 games that year. And during the final three-season span of his career, Bryant ranked dead-last among 357 players2Those who attempted at least 500 shots total from the 2013-14 season through the end of the 2015-16 season. in Second Spectrum’s Quantified Shot Quality metric, which estimates the odds of a shot going in by tracking shot and defender distance. Put another way, this means he took the hardest collection of the shots in the NBA in that window. (He also shot worse than expected on those attempts.)It’s worth mentioning a couple of things here. First, it’s not really fair to focus more on Bryant’s misses3Especially late in his career, when he was clearly diminished and arguably the worst volume shooter in the league. than his makes — he was an absolutely devastating scorer in his prime — and defensive accomplishments. Secondly, even his missed shots often turned out to be a good thing. Kirk Goldsberry, then of Grantland, created the “Kobe Assist,” a metric that highlighted how Bryant’s shot attempts attracted so much defensive attention that they opened up easy putback opportunities for his teammates.There’s no telling how much more productive Bryant could have been in this era, one in which coaches, teams and even the league itself are more aggressive about resting their players in hopes of safeguarding them from injury. Bryant, of course, famously pushed himself to play through pain, especially during the final days of the 2012-13 season, in which he tore his Achilles tendon while playing enormous minutes during a playoff push.Both the increased focus on efficiency and the new-age strategy of holding players out for rest make it less likely that we’ll see another star with such a devil-may-care attitude on scoring and health. On some level, that’s what made Bryant’s finale — in which he scored 60 points on 50 shots, both NBA records for a player’s last game — so fitting. Having the courage to fire up tough shots from all over the floor, and worrying about the statistical consequences later, if at all, doesn’t happen much anymore. In fact, it’s an attitude that might’ve gone extinct with Bryant’s exit from the league.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Related: The Lab Retiring a number is the ultimate recognition of a former player’s contribution and legacy to a franchise. But for Kobe Bryant, one number apparently doesn’t do his years with the Los Angeles Lakers justice: Tonight, he’ll become the first player in NBA history to have two different numbers lifted to the rafters by the same team. It’s a fitting honor for a man who played more than 1,300 games, scored more than 33,500 points and won five titles for Los Angeles — yet couldn’t settle on one number to wear.But if there’s one thing we end up remembering the Laker legend for, it should be that he went out as arguably the NBA’s last true gunslinger. The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out read more

So far so good for Shayla Cooper and Ohio State womens basketball

Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper (32) attempts a shot during a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerDecember brought a joyful celebration season for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, even before Christmas rolled around.Dec. 22 marked the first time 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper took the court dressed in the scarlet and gray.The 96-54 drubbing of West Virginia was a turning point in the season for OSU as Cooper became the root of much improvement to follow.“We have gotten more tough rebounds and our post defense has been better since her addition,” coach Kevin McGuff said of Cooper. “She is a good player and has really helped us, that’s for sure.”Cooper, who transferred from Georgetown, joined the Buckeyes last spring. NCAA regulations forced her to sit out the first 11 games this season before joining her new team on the court.“When the season started this year, I was just more anxious to play,” Cooper said. “We had a countdown, every game, it was one less until I could play.”Coming from a private Catholic school like Georgetown to a large public school like OSU has been a surprisingly easy transition for Cooper, she said, in large part because of her teammates, coaches and the great people she has met in Columbus.“It’s more about the people,” Cooper said. “The people here are way nicer than back in D.C. and the environment is just different.”Cooper attributed much of her success in making the transition to junior guard Ameryst Alston and the overall closeness of the Buckeye team.“Ameryst and I have gotten really close,” Cooper said. “She was one of my hosts when I came to visit and I could tell from just interacting with her those first couple days that she would be someone I would get close to.“We tend to laugh around all the time,” Cooper said of the team. “We get on each other and joke around a lot, but that is what makes it fun. It’s a fun, happy environment to be around.”The transition on the court has been just as easy for Cooper as it has off the court. It has been her intimidation factor and aggressive play that has lifted the Buckeye defense since she became eligible, freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said.“When she is aggressive, it makes it easier for everybody else,” Mitchell said. “She is a dirty type of player, a trash talker. You are never going to find a person like that, let alone a player like that. I’m grateful and I’m glad to have her on the team.”McGuff said it is Cooper’s aggressive nature that has allowed the team to get better defensively because she can match up with the bigger players OSU has faced.“She gives us different options on how we want to play defensively,” McGuff said. “We put her on the bigger player because she is a little bigger and stronger and does a good job pushing opponents out of the paint.”Although she’s not the biggest at her position, Alston said she believes it’s the intimidation factor that allows Cooper to have so much success down low.“She is really strong, I think she intimidates a lot of players,” Alston said. “She is definitely someone we need.”Cooper has solidified her spot as the sixth man for the Buckeyes and unlike most players who would rather be in the starting lineup, she said she has relished the opportunity.“It’s fun,” Cooper said of her position in the OSU lineup. “My sophomore year of high school, I came off the bench, and then the next year I started. I am fine coming in as a sixth man and cleaning up everything and always knowing what I need to do.”Since her addition, OSU has gone 14-5 and secured the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.Cooper said she believes she made the best choice of her career in coming to OSU and thinks this is just the beginning of her efforts to change the Buckeye program around.“I thought this could be my second chance in having the opportunity to change a program around,” she said. “So far, so good. I am loving every minute of it.” read more

Mens soccer Ohio State looks to continue momentum against Rutgers Sunday

Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-1-0) will look for their fifth consecutive shutout against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-4-1) when the teams face off in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buckeyes are one shutout away from tying the program record of five consecutive shutouts set by the 2007 team, which finished as the runner-up in the College Cup.Ohio State is off to its best start to a season in 12 years and senior defender Kevin Blackwood has not been surprised by the team’s early success.“It’s based on what we did in the summer, I came here earlier before I transferred and a lot of the guys were talking about going and doing actual work on their own, getting that head start before the season actually started,” Blackwood said. “Basically, I think it’s hard work and dedication. The comradery of the team has been phenomenal and that’s one of the reasons for the start so far.” The Buckeyes are coming off a commanding 3-0 win against Penn State at Jesse Memorial Stadium Tuesday, while the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-0 loss against No. 3 Maryland. All four Rutgers losses have come at the hands of top-15 opponents. Senior defender Hunter Robertson said despite the four losses on Rutgers’ record, the Buckeyes will still need to treat Rutgers as they would any other tough opponent as Rutgers’ only losses have come against some stiff competition.“It’s a Big Ten game we really want to get three points from them, but we know that those four losses were against some really good teams — Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina,” Robertson said. “They didn’t get the best results against them, but they’re going to be battle tested and we know if we want to win we have to come in and play really hard and be really efficient to score goals.”The Buckeyes will look to contain one of Rutgers’ top weapons, redshirt senior forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker, who leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist). Robertson said that with the talent Rutgers has on the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes will need to deploy a more defensive approach to the game.“We are playing with two midfielders holding back, more than usual,” Robertson said. “Usually, we have two of them on attack, but they have a pretty special attacking mid and a fast forward, so we’re trying to keep someone on this attacking mid at all times, so when they try to play the long ball we have someone to cover because the kid’s really fast.”The team is looking ahead for the chance to win its sixth game and is beginning to focus on what they must do to come away with the victory.“We just have to be locked in, ready to go, we cannot take them lightly,” Blackwood said. “I know this is the Big Ten, every team we play from now on is going to be really good. Match their intensity, work hard for 90 minutes, and be tuned in.” read more

Saudi Arabia out for redemption – Al Muwallad

first_imgSaudi Arabia winger Fahad Al Muwallad insists that the squad are looking at their final Group A game against Egypt as an opportunity for redemptionThe Falcons have yet to score at the World Cup and are at risk of becoming one of the 11 teams that failed to find the back of the net even once at the tournament with Honduras and Algeria the last teams to do so in 2010.Saudi Arabia’s elimination from the World Cup was confirmed in their 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, after losing 5-0 to hosts Russia in their opening game.But, in what will be their first tournament meeting against Egypt since the 1999 Confederations Cup, Al Muwallad has promised the fans that Saudi Arabia will be giving it their all to win their final match.“Regarding the administrative aspect, everyone has done their best,” said the Al Ittihad forward, according to The National.Paulo Dybala reveals a falling out with Jorge Sampaoli Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 12, 2019 After having a relatively good Copa America performance with Argentina, Paulo Dybala came out to reveal a fall out with Jorge Sampaoli.We’ve discussed how…“The team managers gave us a great deal of support and Saudi Arabia supporters as well, but perhaps we wasted a few opportunities.“But we have a chance to make up for what happened. We have a bright future ahead of us as players. Tomorrow we want to win the three points and make the Saudi fans happy. We hope that we are able to do so.“Our match against Egypt will be very difficult. Every team dreams of winning a World Cup game. We want those three points, regardless of the opponent. We fully respect the Egypt side and I think they recognise that the Saudi team is a team to be reckoned with. We will enjoy our match tomorrow.”The two nations will meet at the Volgograd Arena today at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Benitez cancels holiday for transfer

first_imgNewcastle coach Rafael Benitez has ruled out a holiday to push through Newcastle transfers, however, he desires to see more signs before agreeing to a new deal, according to Mirror Football.The Newcastle manager has sacrificed his holiday, instead opting to stay in England to push through a number of transfer deals.Benitez has put talks over extending his contract as current boss of Newcastle on hold till owner Mike Ashley shows signs of investing heavily in the playing squad this summer.The gaffer achieved the impossible of leading the toon to a 10th place finish last season after his side were tipped as relegation candidates due to a lack of investment in players.Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…He was hailed as a miracle worker by the fans of Newcastle but the former Liverpool boss knows things might have ended differently.The club have completed the signing of Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague as well as the signing of South Korean captain, Ki-Sung Yeung but Benitez knows more signings will be required if the toon army are to do well this coming season.Newcastle might end up losing Mikel Merino after Real Sociedad activated his release clause, Benitez is a keen admirer of the midfielder and would hate for the midfielder to leave.The pursuit of French man Alassane Plea continues with Rafa keen on bringing the 20-goal Nice striker to St. James Park.last_img read more

Tevez urges Argentina to do everything to keep Messi

first_imgCarlos Tevez believes that it is essential that Lionel Messi remains with Argentina and he has urged the national side to do everything in their power to convince him to continue representing them at the international stageThe Barcelona superstar endured a miserable World Cup campaign this summer with Argentina being eliminated at the last-16 stage by eventual champions France after barely scraping through the group stages.The exit from the competition has extended Messi’s long wait for a first senior international title with Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli now no longer in charge.But the pressing issue for La Albiceleste now is the uncertain future of Messi, who has yet to confirm his plans for the future.The 31-year-old had briefly retired from international duty following Argentina’s Copa America final defeats to Chile in 2015-16.However, Tevez is certain that cannot happen and he urged his country to do everything in their power to hold on to their all-time leading goalscorer.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He told ESPN: “I think Leo has to think about himself,”“He has to think that, if there is not a project that makes him happy and in which he feels comfortable, it is very difficult to take the responsibility of leading Argentina to become champions by himself.“We are wasting a lot of time not having him happy and not being able to give him a hand to achieve that target. I think we are wrong in not being able to help him feel comfortable.“As a player and as an Argentine I tell him that we need him, that he tries to rest, that he keeps a cool head and that we need him. We need him because he is the soul of Argentina and, as long as he continues playing football, it has to be that way because he is Argentina’s biggest idol and he has to take that responsibility.“Now [I tell him] to rest, keep a cool head and try to be well, then we need him to take charge and on the pitch.”Tevez made 76 appearances for Argentina at international level himself, but was not included in the World Cup squad following his return to Boca Juniors earlier this year.last_img read more

For Inter the comeback made the win more satisfying

first_imgTottenham Hotspur was winning 1-0 but ended up losing 2-1 against Internazionale, tonight in the start of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueFor Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti, today’s win against Tottenham Hotspur is more satisfying than a normal triumph.Inter Milan came back from a 1-0 disadvantage and came out to win the match 2-1 at the end.“The fact we overturned the result with that final push makes it even more satisfying,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We saw how the fans in the stadium celebrated what it meant to them. We were always attacking and always tried to get behind them, so we put in a great performance.”“This result gives us different self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” he added.“[Mauro] Icardi is a serious professional and he is not someone who runs away from responsibility. We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.”“We were missing a link between Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, as at times there were big gaps. Mauro likes to go beyond the line, while Radja’s fitness levels aren’t great after his long injury lay-off. We must avoid losing the ball naively right after winning it back,” he concluded.last_img read more

Beaches Resort Recruits Over One Hundred Summer Interns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Over 100 enthusiastic students have been selected to join  the  Beaches Turks and Caicos Resorts Villages and Spa  summer intern program which is a part of the company’s work study program aimed at providing students with work experience in the hospitality industry.The new interns were selected following a rigorous recruitment exercise and have since been placed in various departments within the company working in Public Relations, Cost Control, Environmental Health Services and Concierge just to name a few.The initiative is part of the company’s long standing commitment to assisting in the growth and development of the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands providing practical experience to those who wish to venture into hospitality and related fields.Interns range from high school graduates to college students and include first time interns and returnees.Deleria Simms, assistant human Resources manager for Beaches TCI said the program has been very successful over the years. “We recruited a total of 106 interns.  Our goal is to introduce the students to the hospitality industry with the hope of developing a labor pool from which we can pull on in the future and we focus on developing skills as well as actual learning as opposed to just providing them with a summer job. Even our application process is designed to assess their interview writing skills and to develop their interviewing skills.” Simms said the interns were informed on best practices, hospitality standards and conduct during their training.Guerta Toussaint who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management at Broward College in Florida said she was excited to be returning home to gain experience in her field of study. “I am looking to gain experience in the field. I did want to spend the summer doing something constructive that would give me field experience. I’m excited to be able to foster experience in supply chain management. I’m excited to learn more about my field by actually doing it.”Tajh Missick a second year Computer Studies student at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College was also elated about the program, stating; “I don’t really think of it as a job, I look at it as a learning experience because you learn a lot by interacting with the guest and the employees.”The Internship program is facilitated in part by the Human Resources Department and the Training Department of the Resort. Successful applicants have the option of returning during holidays to intern with the company and are given special consideration for full time employment in the future. Monique Graham- Training Manager at BTC remarked, “Internship is always good because what it does is it helps team members understand what the working world is like so they are better able to transition from high school into the real job and it also helps them to have some savings to help their parents for back to school. For persons who have a greater career expectation, it gives them a true exposure of what the hospitality industry is like so they know if this is what they want to do for the future or this is not what they want to do.”Press Release: Sandals Resort Related Items:last_img read more

Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to border

first_img AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to border AP FacebookTwittercenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, a U.S. official said.Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump, who says he’s “bringing out the military” to address what he’s calling a national emergency at the border.The U.S. official was not authorized to speak publicly because not all details of the military arrangement had been worked out, and so spoke on condition of anonymity.The additional troops are to provide what one official described as logistical support to the Border Patrol. This would include a variety of things such as vehicles, tents and equipment, and perhaps medical support. It was not immediately clear how many, if any, of the extra troops would be armed. Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon arrangement.A small group of Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. As a caravan of thousands of Central Americans renewed their slow march toward the U.S. on Wednesday, others chose to travel in smaller groups following routes well-worn by decades of migrants fleeing poverty and violence.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) October 25, 2018 Posted: October 25, 2018last_img read more

Las Cruces Hosts Navy Flight Training Squadron

first_imgStudent aviators from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, returned to Las Cruces International Airport, N.M., last week for the 12th time since 2001 for two months of training flights.   Officials from Las Cruces are particularly excited this year after Navy officials last fall decided not to come to the city for winter training flights over concerns about fuel service operations at the airport. A fueling error had been blamed for the crash last year of an air ambulance, reported the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Navy typically brings student pilots to Las Cruces for training from January until March.“The Navy has an open invitation to come to Las Cruces for its training exercises, and we consider it a privilege to host them here,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima.“It’s a huge opportunity to us to have the Navy back,” said Scott Andre, president of Francis Aviation, which plans to sell about 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel a day to the Navy during its stay.The Navy contingent includes 45 student aviators and 45 instructors and maintenance personnel, along with 16 T-6 “Texan II” aircraft. The money spent on lodging, meals and other expenses will provide a substantial boost to the Las Cruces economy, according to Gary Camarano, the city’s economic development coordinator.“It’s going to pump about $1 million into the local economy,” he said. “In addition to the economic benefit, the Navy’s presence at the airport speaks volumes of the environment for other aerospace activity in the region,” Camarano told the Sun-News. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more