first_imgHorse Racing ResultsTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. INFANTRY OFFICER AChatrie 52.02. CHANGE HIM NAME MWard4 49.0 Neck3. EL NUMERO UNO SMuir 54.0 Sh.Head4. SOUND OF MIRACLE DaneNelson 55.0 3 3/4LLate scratch : #3 MINNIFFIAWIN: $226.00PLACE: $74.00, $231.00, $173.00Final Time : 1:14.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 5yo b mare – STORM CRAFT out of TRAIL RIDER by HESABULLTrainer : GARY,GRIFFITHS J Owner : DENNIS G WILLIAMSBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQuinella : (1,7) $957.00 Exacta : (7-1) $1,715.00Superfecta : (7-1-5-2) $5,100.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. *CLASSIK MAKIT MWard4 49.02. DANISH BROWN HPottinger4 51.0 3L3. THEGREATALLIANCE RDuhaney 54.0 9L4. BOOK OF RULES WHenry 54.0 1 1/4LDNF #6 DAINTY DOTTIE AndreePowell4 47.5Late scratch : #7 ROYAL PRIESTHOODWIN: $91.00Final Time : 1:04.3 Splits : 24.0, 49.1, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – WAR MARSHALL out of SIXTH SENSE by MAVERICKTrainer : LANCE,RICHARDS P Owner : MILLENIUM STABLESBred by OSWALD M. CLARKE & OSWALD CLARKE (JR.)Quinella : (1,3) $652.00 Exacta : (3-1) $953.00D/E : (7-3) $814.00 (7-7) $85.00Trifecta : (3-1-2) $1,127.00Race 3 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. LITTLE RHEA JInnis4 48.02. GIRSHOM AndrePowell4 52.0 Sh.Head3. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 54.0 1L4. *LUCKYBEGOOD AChatrie 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $246.00PLACE: $84.00, $78.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:44.2 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL out of PRINCESS AKEEM by MAVERICKTrainer : RYAN,DARBY O Owner : RYAN O DARBYBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (6,8) $614.00 Exacta : (6-8) $1,997.00D/E : (3-6) $794.00Superfecta : (6-8-1-3) $3,400.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-6) $6,180.00Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES1. FIX IT UP VNajair 52.02. *KACI WHenry 55.0 2 1/4L3. PRINCESS STATISTIC DaneNelson 55.0 Head4. FREE RANGE OWalker 55.0 1 1/4L5. I HAVE A DREAM RMitchell 54.0 3/4LDNF #5 MAMETA RCole 51.0WIN: $1843.00PLACE: $135.00, $58.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:02.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, ,Winner : 3yo filly – URBAN KING out of LA CHAISE byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (8,11) $2,582.00 Exacta : (11-8) $5,264.00D/E : (6-11) $5,846.00Trifecta : (11-8-1) $7,771.00Hi-5 : (11-8-1-10-2) $200,321.00Rolling Triple : (3-6-11) $37,962.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. *SCOOP JORDYNE DDawkins4 49.02. BORDER LINE DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L3. RED FLAG JInnis4 48.0 1 3/4L4. RUM PUNCH PFrancis 52.0 5LLate scratch : #2 DANOS LA PAZWIN: $100.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits : 22.3, 45.2, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE out of ONE ONE NINE by THE MEDICTrainer : PHILLIP,LEE A Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by DAVID ECCLESTONQuinella : (3,6) $282.00 Exacta : (3-6) $553.00D/E : (11-3) $1,495.00Trifecta : (3-6-7) $299.00Rolling Triple : (6-11-3) $20,683.00SUNNYSIDE STAKESRace 6 1100 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. BIRD CATCHER WHenry 52.02. *GLOBAL PFrancis 54.0 1 1/2L3. POISON GAS RLunan 54.0 3L4. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 54.0 2 1/2L5. DUTCHESS URIEL JInnis4 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $174.00PLACE: $92.00, $138.00, $176.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 2yo filly – BURNING MARQUE out of BYE BYE BIRDIE byTrainer : FITZROY,GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $225.00 Exacta : (3-2) $689.00D/E : (3-3) $363.00Trifecta : (3-2-6) $1,724.00Hi-5 : (3-2-6-11-4) $14,662.00Rolling Triple : (11-3-3) $10,405.00Race 7 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUG.131. *POWER OF THE CAT MWard4 48.02. TIMEFORACAT LSteadman3 52.5 Head3. FASTANDFLASHY WHenry 50.5 1/2L4. *ALDEBARAN JErwin 55.0 Neck5. EXCLUSIVE PRINCE DDawkins4 49.0 2L6. RULES OF THE CAT AChatrie 51.5 2 1/4LLate scratch : #5 HERECOMESTROUBLE, #10 SACHINWIN: $164.00PLACE: $95.00, $188.00, $260.00Final Time : 1:09.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – TRADITIONAL out of RUSSIAN ACTRESS by ABSENT RUSSIANTrainer : CARL,ANDERSON D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (3,14) $1,019.00 Exacta : (14-3) $1,745.00D/E : (3-14) $1,133.00 (3-10) $325.00Trifecta : (14-3-2) $2,461.00Hit-6 : (14-3-2-12-6-) $99,645.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-14) $1,948.00Super-6 : (7-6-11-3-3-14) $1,149,713.50 (6 OF 6)JOSEPH ARMOND MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 8 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-RESTRICTED ALL.II1. CAMOUFLAGE PFrancis 53.02. SIR BIGGS LSteadman3 52.0 1/2L3. *ABBEY ROAD DaneNelson 53.5 3 1/4L4. SHINE AndrePowell4 51.0 1 1/2LWIN: $201.00PLACE: $56.00, $66.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:59.2 Splits : 26.3, 21.1, 1:15.4, 1:43.4Winner : 3yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of PEACE BY PEACE by ALISIOSTrainer : DELROY,SPENCER Owner : DELROY SPENCERBred by BACCAS, IMRAAN ALLIEQuinella : (2,5) $1,229.00 Exacta : (5-2) $1,797.00D/E : (14-5) $1,809.00Superfecta : (5-2-8-4) $5,436.00Rolling Triple : (3-14-5) $8,457.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 55.02. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 1/2L3. *WAR CHIP JErwin 55.0 Neck4. NUH VEX OFoster 57.0 2 3/4L5. MAGIC CITY RLahoe 55.0 1 1/2LWIN: $701.00PLACE: $174.00, $72.00, $100.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – OUTRIGGER out of SAILING by SAILOR’S WARNINGTrainer : VICTOR,WILLIAMS G Owner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (4,10) $3,407.00 Exacta : (4-10) $5,979.00D/E : (5-4) $2,748.00Trifecta : (4-10-6) $3,666.00Hi-5 : (4-10-6-11-8) $27,156.00Rolling Triple : (14-5-4) $24,116.00Pick-4 : (3-14-5-4) $76,684.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (11-3-3-14-5-4) $14,055.60 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $969,837.37Pick-9 : (7-7-6-11-3-3-14-5-4) $34,131.50 (7 OF 9) (7-7-6-11-3-3-14-5-4) $667.50 (6 OF 9) Carry-over : $4,272,888.06PlacePot 8 : (1,7-6,8-8,11-3,6-2,3-3,14-2,5-4,10) $329,074.00 (8 OF 8)last_img read more

first_imgArcata >> For the first three innings of Friday’s game against the Perth Heat Colts, the Humboldt Eagles American Legion 19-and-under team was in cruise control.As it has been apt to do this season, Humboldt’s offense scored early and often to stake the Eagles to a 7-0 lead after three innings of play during Friday’s game at the Arcata Ball Park. But as the game wore on, the early-inning rout took the shape of a late-game nail-biter as the Colts chipped away at the large deficit and …last_img read more

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi next week in a bid to resolve the mining crisis in the the state. The crisis has led to protests by mining-dependent stakeholders after the Supreme Court of India banned mining in all 88 operational mining leases from March this year. “The Chief Minister will hold a joint meeting of all MLAs from mining areas, shortly to arrive at a consensus after which the matter will be taken up with the Centre and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said on Friday, after Mr. Parrikar met legislators from the coastal state’s mining belt. Resolving the mining imbroglio is one of the first challenges before Mr. Parrikar, who returned to Goa on June 14 after more than three months of absence, during which he was undergoing treatment at a U.S. hospital.Among the legislators who met the Chief Minister were Speaker Pramod Sawant, Pravin Zantye, Rajesh Patnekar (BJP), Prasad Gaonkar (Independent) and Deepak Pauskar (Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party), where the Chief Minister discussed ways and means in which mining can be resumed in Goa. After more deliberations with legislators and a joint meeting with all the legislators, Mr. Parrikar is likely to meet Modi during his visit to the national capital next week. The mining issue has been on the boil in Goa following a Supreme Court order in February this year banning extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases from March-end this year. The court has directed the state government to reissue the leases following appropriate process. Mr. Pawaskar, MLA of MGP told presspersons after the meeting with Mr. Parrikar on Thursday evening that the government has three options open, namely, passing an ordinance in Parliament to extend the life of the leases, auctioning the leases, and forming a state-run mining corporation to oversee mining operations. The decision will be taken by the government only after the Chief Minister discusses the issue with Prime Minister, reiterated Mr. Pawaskar.Meanwhile, Goa Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar, who called on the representatives of mining dependents, who are sitting on a protest in the city for some time demanding immediate resumption of mining activity in the State after the monsoons. He reiterated his party’s stand at a press conference at the Congress headquarters on Friday that they will support any solution for the mining crisis from the government provided it is within legal framework.last_img read more

first_imgA few missed opportunities by New Zealand stopped them from making inroads but they persevered at the task at hand and eventually Moore scored again to make it 5-2. One of the Touchdowns of the match came from McCarthy linking with Jenna Hitch to give the Aussies a bit more breathing space. It didn’t last long with New Zealand responding almost immediately. It was a deliberate start by both Under 21 Women’s teams in Game 2 of the series with neither able to crack the line or risk any big plays so early on. Australia’s Melissa Peters was the first to score but the lead didn’t last long with Emma Moore diving over not long after to tie the game at 1-1. Talia Yarden then reinstated Australia’s comfort zone with a fine diving effort. New Zealand kept attacking and scored once more but were kept at bay with the Aussies taking the match and series with a 8-4 victory.20’s Boys 18’s GirlsThe Australian 18’s Girls have become the first team to win a division at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, winning game two in a four-on-four drop-off. Yesterday’s match between these two teams went down to the wire and if the crowd were on the lookout for similar entertainment today then they wouldn’t have been disappointed. In contrast to Game one, Australia started the strongest with Hannah Dyball scoring in the corner.The Aussies followed this up with a nice play  and quick hands that was completed by Evania Pelitte-Denny. When Breannan Singman crossed not long after it looked like NZ were staring down the barrel.Just as the game looked like it was swinging Australia’s way, the kiwis countered with Codie Taute coming up with a play from nowhere to make the score 3-1.Ariia Tainui-McIntyre then scored twice in two minutes to life her team and draw the scores level. It was very much Game On at this point with both teams striving for Touchdown and not being bale to convert.After letting in three, Australia regained their rhythm and peppered the New Zealand line. Yasmin Meakes just missed out on a Touchdown out wide but not long after Sam Rodgers chimed in a spectacular diving effort out wide to return the lead to the Aussies. Still in high gear, Caitlin Moran then crossed as well to extend the lead by two after some well-worked play.With New Zealand on the back foot again and the clock ticking down fast Tainui-McIntyre stepped up for a second back-to-back Touchdown effort to tie the match up. Her team lifted thanks to the inspired play, but Australia did the same with each team making crucial saves.The full-time whistle blew and with the teams locked at 5-5 it was time for the first drop off of the tournament. New Zealand had the better of the opening exchanges but Australia soaked up the pressure and when the teams were down to four players, the Aussies found space out wide to complete the win of the match and series.18’s BoysThe 18’s Boys have gone down to New Zealand, 8-6, to take the series to a decider tomorrow. Stay tuned to the website for the full match report. 20’s Girlscenter_img After some strong drives and lead-up, Rebecca Mounsey made no mistake in crossing out wide after a long ball to give Australia the lead. It was quickly extended with a flurry of touchdowns, including a beauty to Kate McCarthy to create a 5-1 advantage to the visitors. After their 10-2 loss on the first day of competition, New Zealand were determined to take charge of game two and they didn’t disappoint.Australia was first to score when captain Sam Brisby set up Simon Lang to dive over in the first match of the game. Two quick touchdowns to Sonatane Tu’akalau gave New Zealand the lead for the first time in the game, before Brisby combined with Jordan Marshall to level it up at 2-all. Australia got out to a two touchdown lead and were unable to maintain this advantage up until the half-time break, leading 8-6. New Zealand were quick to bridge the gap after the break, scoring in their first set, to bring the score to 8-7. Australia then put on three touchdowns, including a great touchdown to Madalitso Masache, to extend their lead, 11-8. A touchdown to each country after this took the score to 12-8 at full-time, with Australia taking a 2-0 series win, with the last test to be played on Thursday. Tu’akalau impressed for New Zealand, scoring four touchdowns, while Daley was just as impressive for Australia. Related Links18’s Girls Winlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp snappy with Italian, English reporters after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was snappy with questions from both English and Italian reporters after their Champions League defeat at Napoli.Klopp admits he was unimpressed by claims that Napoli were superior and fresher.He rapped: “Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? “After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. “How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant brace for England U21sby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi scored two brilliant goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.The Chelsea winger converted a difficult volley to open to scoring for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.His second goal was a display of sublime speed and dribbling as he travelled more than half of the pitch before dispatching the ball into the top-corner.
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah collected the match ball after scoring the game’s other three goals.Hudson-Odoi with a great volley. @btsportfootballpic.twitter.com/At5TMN0wZW— Paree (@ACParee) October 15, 2019Watch HUDSON ODOI goal and retweet pic.twitter.com/z4YJWKrljG— Chelsea4Ever (@wadja_roland) October 15, 2019 last_img read more

first_img Mr. Malcolm will receive the Badge of Honour for long and faithful service to education. Story Highlights Principal of Windward Road Primary and Junior High School in Kingston, Norman Malcolm, is among over 170 Jamaicans who will be conferred with National Honours and Awards by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at Kings House on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 21.Mr. Malcolm will receive the Badge of Honour for long and faithful service to education, adding to his already impressive résumé of awards.Other honours which the distinguished educator has received include: the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education; the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Golden Torch Award; and the Ministry of Education’s Teacher of Excellence Award. He is also a two-time Lasco Principal of the Year nominee.Windward Road Primary’s Vice Principal, Noel Pennant, who nominated Mr. Malcolm for the National Award, describes him as a very interactive Principal.“I nominated Mr. Malcolm because I believed it was time for him to be recognized for the work he has been doing. He has a passion for all things that are educational. He locates resources and ensures that his teachers and students have all they need to function adequately and progress. He is very deserving of this award,” Mr. Pennant explains.Having had his life transformed through education, Mr. Malcolm, a man of humble origins, has made it his mission to facilitate a similar experience for his students.“Education is responsible for where I am today. And if it did that for me, I am entrusted to ensure that it does the same for everyone who comes under my care; that is my daily drive. So it, sometimes, makes no sense (that) I have an office, because my job is to be on the school grounds, in the classroom, where everything is happening,” he tells JIS News.In advancing his mission, this transformational leader has sought to continuously improve Windward Road Primary’s physical appearance and enhance its curricular and non-curricular deliverables.With the help of his staff, Mr. Malcolm has piloted several initiatives at the school. These entailed construction of three rooms, inclusive of a computer lab and a reading room, with assistance from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) which provided approximately $26 million for the undertaking.This particular initiative has served to strengthen the relationship between the school and residents of adjacent communities, who were recruited to carry out construction activities.“The wall at the school gate says: ‘The School Belongs to the Community, Protect It’…we strongly believe this. We have not had a break in for the past 10 years (as) community members protect the school. We enjoy an extraordinary relationship with community,” the Principal shares.Under Mr. Malcolm’s stewardship, Windward Primary’s academic performance has improved significantly. This is partly attributable to his firm belief in the use of technology to advance the institution’s learning/teaching experience.Through this thrust, the institution has, among other things, been able to win the ‘Flow in My School Technology Competition’, which identifies and recognizes institutions integrating technology in their curriculum.“We are proud to say that we were able to challenge some traditional high schools and we came out as victors. We also take pride in the fact that we are the leaders in the initiative to integrate technology and education,” the proud Principal states.The school’s latest technological pursuit is the use of Mimio technology in the classrooms. The Mimio Teach interactive system is attached to a wall or dry-erase board using magnets and is, thereafter, connected to a projector and computer.The Mimio system is operated using a stylus pen attached to a computer, which is calibrated to the Mimio Teach system. This enables the user to manipulate the contents of their computer while these are displayed on the dry erase board.“All our classrooms have white boards that can use this type of technology and our students are quite familiar with its use,” Mr. Malcolm highlights.The Principal says based on Windward Road Primary and Junior High’s exemplary track record, the students enrolled recognize and acknowledge it as an institution of excellence and a school of choice. “The fact that a student is at this institution means that their lives have been transformed,” he says.Mr. Malcolm attributes the school’s accomplishments, under his stewardship to a very supportive and dedicated complement if staff. “I, probably, have the finest staff in all of Jamaica, who are highly motivated. Everyone here shares our vision, from the man at the gate, right up,” he points outEvidence of this, he cites, is borne out in the fact that he has been able to encourage teachers to come to school at least 30 minutes before the scheduled commencement of classes, to assist students with their assignments, as well as facilitate interaction with parents. This interaction, he says, better enables parents to assist their children with home work, adding that “the students perform better, as a result.”Mr. Malcolm describes his tenure at Windward Road Primary and Junior High School as a “fulfilling experience”, while noting that due recognition has been given to all the work that he and his team have done over the years. He also offers encouraging advice to fellow educators.“All of us in the field of education need to understand that we are a part of a transformation process. We are here to make a difference in our children’s life and we need to become motivated. (Memories of) the child that you fail to help meet his or her needs will come back to haunt you. If you are not yet motivated, get motivated and do the job you were entrusted to do,” he urges. Mr. Malcolm is described as a very interactive Principal. Principal of Windward Road Primary and Junior High School in Kingston, Norman Malcolm, is among over 170 Jamaicans who will be conferred with National Honours.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement MOLLY McGlynn is the Toronto-based director behind touching drama Mary Goes Round. The film, starring Aya Cash and Sara Waisglass, will screen as part of the Canada Now film festival this month.Close-up Culture spoke to Molly about her impressive debut-feature, female perspectives, personal feedback to the film and much more.Q: Mary Goes Round deals with addiction, family and forgiveness. What led you to write this story? A: IN some ways, the culmination of my entire life led to this story – experiences with family misunderstandings, sister relationships, loss, estrangement and forgiveness.I wanted to write a film about a father and daughter, but funnily enough it ended up being about sisters. The father becomes the connection between these two characters, half-sisters, who are forced to confront the other and decide what they want to make of their circumstances.Q: Smashed and Suck It Up Buttercup are a couple of the films in recent years to deal with addiction through a female lead character. What do you think this female perspective brings to the film and to the subject?A: I LOVED Smashed although I have yet to see Suck It Up Buttercup – but I will now!First of all, I think there is an enormous range of addictions. Though I do not identify as an alcoholic, there have been moments in my past when I had to kind of check myself with what was bordering on self-destructive behaviour.A lot of time in film, we see women guzzling wine by the jug, usually in broad comedies a la Bad Moms, Bridesmaids and Rough Night. It is so much fun to watch, but if you unpack it all, it starts to be a little bit concerning.Why are women drinking this much? What is it in their-our lives that is so overwhelming that alcohol becomes the main form of release and connection? Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Molly McGlynnlast_img read more

Dylan Moses, an eighth-grader from Baton Rouge, La., must be an amazing talent, for the middle-schooler received a scholarship offer from the No. 1 program in the country, Alabama.The 2017 running back prospect also was offered a scholarship by LSU last summer. He and his father, Edward Moses Jr., visited the Crimson Tide campus, and the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Moses was impressed.“For Dylan, excitement spilled over,” Moses Jr. said to ESPN. “When he heard those words from coach (Nick) Saban, ‘We’re offering you,’ you could see him light up. It was shocking because we were going in thinking we were just going to get a tour of what Alabama has to offer.“To hear, ‘You’re impressive, keep your grades up, we want you to come here, and we’re offering you a scholarship now,’ I can’t even put that into words.”It’s not the first time Alabama has offered a scholarship to a younger recruit, and it doesn’t happen very often.The Tide offered current 2013 signee Tim Williams as well as 2014 ESPN Watch List running back Leonard Fournette scholarships when they were both freshmen.Still, Moses might be the first eighth-grader to receive an Alabama offer. Other schools haven’t started showing interest yet, but his father anticipates things to pick up in the spring and summer. For now, Alabama and LSU have the early advantage.“The battle for Dylan internally is who would be the best fit,” Moses Jr. said. “Right now, he’s an eighth-grader, he doesn’t have to worry about that.“We have LSU right here. They have access to us. At Alabama, we know what they have over there with the great running backs and another first-rounder on the way. Those two schools are No. 1, and everybody else is 2, 3, 4 and 5.”The offer from the Tide and the earlier offer from LSU has the 2017 phenom on top of the world, but his father knows it’s his job to keep him grounded through the recruiting process. After all, he still has four years before he signs his national letter of intent.“The attention from those levels of institutions, No. 1 and No. 2 in the SEC and arguably in the country, he feels like a boss, like he’s untouchable,” Moses Jr. said. “We have to bring him back on down to earth, let him know that he still has to do his work down here to make sure that dream comes true.” read more

JaVale McGee has gone a long way toward shedding the persona he got from “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” the TV blooper segment on which he held residency for years. Coming off consecutive NBA titles with Golden State, the 7-footer is currently logging career highs in points and blocks per game with the Lakers while serving as a full-time starter for the first time since 2011-12. Not bad considering the collective confusion when he agreed to a deal to join LeBron James in Los Angeles.But for all the improvement he’s shown as a mainstay in this lineup, the 30-year-old still has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to his defense: McGee remains the league’s supreme goaltender.As of Wednesday, McGee had been called for goaltending an NBA-high 13 times, nearly twice as many as Orlando rookie Mo Bamba, who ranks second in the league with seven violations. The Knicks, who also have 13 goaltending violations, are the only team that’s been called as many times as McGee himself, according to PBP Stats, which tracks a wide array of advanced NBA statistics. But this is nothing new for McGee: Since his rookie year, he has somehow managed to lead the NBA in goaltending violations per 100 possessions in each of the eight seasons in which he logged at least 400 minutes of playing time.With 214 goaltends in his career,1This includes 11 in the postseason. including one season when he logged a league-high 55, there have obviously been some true head-scratchers. One violation in 2012 was particularly egregious: The ball was in clear, undeniable descent before McGee launched it, volleyball-style, into the stands 25 or so feet in the air.Puzzling as they might be from time to time for his coaches, the goaltending calls probably aren’t that big of a deal. Getting called for something that costs his club 2 points — 2 points they might have surrendered anyway — is arguably small potatoes compared with the upside of blocking a shot. And that’s likely even more true of McGee, who this year has blocked 5.3 shots for every goaltending violation.But McGee’s willingness to lunge at nearly every shot attempt the way a cat flails at a laser pointer can cost his team in other ways. His block attempts often hurt the Laker defense more than if he had simply stayed on the ground. Take a late October game against the Spurs, when McGee committed three shooting fouls — resulting in seven San Antonio free throw attempts in a 1-point defeat — that stemmed from him ramming into jump-shooters. Twice, LaMarcus Aldridge pump-faked McGee into the air, knowing his constant tendency to go for blocks. (DeMar DeRozan did the same thing to McGee when the Lakers visited San Antonio.) Over the past two seasons, McGee has posted the second-highest foul rate when it comes to big men bumping into jump-shooters, according to data from Second Spectrum.2Among those with at least 10 such fouls. Only Portland’s Zach Collins has a higher foul rate in such scenarios.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JaVale1.mp400:0000:0000:55Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While McGee may not have the greatest on-court instincts, the reason he attempts to block so many shots is simple: He thinks he’s capable of cleanly blocking them all. He’s highly athletic — remember the dunk contest in which he jammed on two side-by-side rims at the same time? — and at one point McGee owned the largest wingspan in the entire league, at more than 7-foot-6.“That’s something [the referees are] not used to seeing,” McGee said of a particularly ridiculous block, when he caught the ball with one hand — and appeared to do so cleanly — but was whistled for goaltending anyway.“I think he tries to be spectacular,” then-Nuggets coach George Karl said in 2013 when asked about McGee’s game. “Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular come. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if … you just let us orchestrate the game, something big-time will happen.”Another prolific rim protector, Tyson Chandler, sized up McGee’s game nearly eight years ago in a post from a Wizards blog. Chandler presciently said the then-Wizards center needed “to understand how he can be effective,” and that he would learn that by playing with more established veterans. McGee gained that experience with Golden State — and now Chandler is backing up McGee with the Lakers.McGee has been a force this season. He’s been a top-10 rim protector3Among players who’ve logged at least 15 games and who have defended five shots or more from inside of 6 feet per game. so far, holding opponents more than 10 points beneath their averages from inside of 6 feet, according to NBA Advanced Stats. In large part because of their play at center, the Lakers rank fifth in the league in opponent field-goal percentage inside 3 feet and ninth in overall defensive efficiency. And while there were once questions about McGee’s basic fundamentals, those concerns have largely evaporated. Just look at last year’s NBA Finals, when McGee played incredibly solid defense after being switched onto LeBron.What will be worth watching on Thursday, when the Lakers play foul-drawing maestro James Harden and the Rockets, and this postseason4If Los Angeles makes it. is whether McGee can avoid being baited by fakes. If savvy teams like the Spurs already know to test his ability to stay on the ground, it’s almost a given that other teams will try it in a series.In a way, the key to the Lakers rising to become true contenders could very well be based on McGee’s ability to stay grounded on defense.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more