first_imgMission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project.center_img Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIsrael Folau Israel Folau has broken the spirits of many children who once idolised him Australia rugby union team Read more Share on Messenger Erik Denison Twitter Facebook Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau)🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/zPnPGk9vdBMay 17, 2019 Since you’re here… Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle prepares to speak as she stands next to NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/EPA The panel, which had considered written submissions from the player’s legal team and Rugby Australia, had the option of handing out a fine or a suspension, but given Folau’s refusal to back down they chose termination.Folau, Super Rugby’s all-time record try-scorer, is believed to have rejected a $1m settlement offered by Rugby Australia before the code of conduct hearing over a week ago in Sydney, and will now be forced out of the Australian game without financial compensation.His immediate playing future is unclear, although it will certainly not involve his Super Rugby club NSW Waratahs or the Wallabies, who will have to mount a World Cup campaign later this year without one of their best players.European clubs are unlikely to risk signing him, given the threat of further social media controversy. But billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest said he might be interested in bringing Folau to his new Global Rapid Rugby tournament, which begins life next year.A return to the NRL has been ruled out by Australian Rugby League chairman Peter Beattie, although some figures in the game still believe Folau could be accepted back in the league, while the Tongan national rugby league team has indicated they would welcome him into the fold, albeit in an unpaid role.In a church sermon at the weekend, fundamentalist Christian Folau admitted he was finding the financial drain of the case “really challenging”. Sports apparel sponsor Asics pulled out of a deal with him last week, and should Folau decide to appeal the verdict, the cost of his defence will rise even further with the case to drag on for weeks and maybe even months. Announcing the decision on Friday afternoon, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said it was a sad day for Australian rugby but that Folau had left the governing body with no alternative than to seek termination of his contract.“We want to stress that this outcome is a painful situation for the game,” Castle said on Friday.“Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action.”“This has been an extremely challenging period for Rugby and this issue has created an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport and for the Wallabies team.” Rugby union Israel Folau’s rugby career appears over after an independent panel backed Rugby Australia’s intention to rip up his four-year, $4m contract following the player’s controversial social media posts which said hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.The three-member panel, comprising John West QC, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee AM, announced on Friday that it had decided to terminate the Wallabies star’s employment for what had been determined a high-level breach of RA’s code of conduct.The full-back, who has 72 hours to appeal, later issued a statement in which he said he was “saddened” by the decision but that he was “considering his options”. … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. newscenter_img Share on Facebook Share via Email Australia sport Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Support The Guardian The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Super Rugby “When we say rugby is a game for all, we mean it. People need to feel safe and welcomed in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion, or sexuality.“We thank the tribunal panel for their decision and we respect the time, consideration and expertise the panel members brought to this process.”The three-times John Eales medallist and 73-cap Wallaby has shown no remorse for the posts and refused to take them down. Nor has he given any guarantees that he would refrain from posting similar messages again. On Wednesday, before the decision was delivered, he changed his social media profile picture from a photograph of him playing for the Waratahs to a No 1 overlaid with the words “God first”. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp In his statement, Folau thanked those who had defended his right to “share his beliefs” but he believed he had the right to express his views because it was “God’s word”.“As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression,” he said. “The Christian faith has always been a part of my life an I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.“Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.” Topicslast_img read more

first_imgREVEALED: Spurs were keen to keep new Napoli hero Llorenteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were prepared to hand Fernando Llorente a new deal this season – but delays allowed Napoli to snap him up, it has been revealed.Llorente already has three goals with Napoli and is fast proving a transfer coup.Gazzetta dello Sport says Llorente, having seen his contract expire, was informed by Spurs that a new deal would be tabled before the start of the season.But having learned it would be on reduced terms, the veteran started shopping himself around and was soon convinced after a series of phone calls with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.With the Azzurri offering €5m-a-year and Spurs dithering, Llorente was persuaded to move to Naples.The former Juventus striker has made an instant impact and is already being celebrated across the national press. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield Utd stopping Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield United stopping the Reds.The Blades host Liverpool today.Writing in his weekly BBC Sport predictions column on, Lawro claimed United would be hard pushed to pick up the three points against the Reds, and stated: “The Blades got a great win over Everton at Goodison Park last time out, but it is asking a lot for them to beat Liverpool too.Offering his opinion on how the Blades could trouble the Reds at the back, the former Liverpool man contended: “I like Chris Wilder’s team a lot, but I don’t really see them causing the Reds many problems – apart from at set-pieces – or keeping them quiet at the other end.” last_img read more

first_imgThe logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” Michigan@HailEquipment Michigan@HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Belowlast_img read more

first_imgThe images above show Egbert Wagenborg, a multipurpose ship (MPP) owned by Dutch shipowner and operator Royal Wagenborg, transiting the sea locks in Delfzijl. Egbert Wagenborg was towed from Royal Niestern Sander shipyard to the Port of Delfzijl.This ice-strengthened MPP vessel of the EasyMax type is said to be the largest vessel ever built at the shipyard.The 14,200 dwt Egbert Wagenborg features a length of 149.5 meters and a width of 15.9 meters.The vessel will be delivered to the owner in April 2017 when christening and name giving are also scheduled to take place, according to Wagenborg.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIt was late fall in 2005 when Alma Jane Bruyere appeared at the door of her grandson’s house in Fort Frances, Ont., carrying in her left hand a lawyer’s letter stating she had qualified for compensation for the abuse she faced while attending an Indian residential school.She handed the letter to her grandson, Ryan McMahon who is now a well known Indigenous comedian.“She came, as she often did, unannounced and sort of quietly,” said McMahon. “We sat down at the table and put the tea on.”She told McMahon her story.“She told me what happened,” he said.And she cried.Bruyere described the darkness of the experience, the repeated sexual, physical and emotional abuse at St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School in Fort Frances.But it was only part of the story.“The most difficult thing for me is that some of what she said was contradictory to what you would expect,” he said. “She endured these traumas, the most horrific traumas a human being can survive; she experienced those, and yet volunteered at the church and found herself at times talking about the positive things that residential schools brought to her. Things like the square meals every day, the friends and the beading and the sewing she learned inside the schools from the nuns. She talked about the poverty that her family faced on the reserve…and the difficulties found on reserves and the poverty and the struggle.“I can’t wrap my head around what that had to have been like to live with those paradoxical understandings in your life,” said McMahon.Before that autumn visit, McMahon’s grandmother had travelled to Thunder Bay for a hearing through the alternative dispute resolution program which pre-dated the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential School settlement agreement. While the letter informed her she had qualified for compensation, it also told her she would have to retell her experiences to get any money.It was something she wouldn’t do, said McMahon.“She stated she didn’t want to go back and wondered why they would make her go back. She felt insulted and hurt again. She had already proven that she qualified and she had to go back and tell her story,” he said. “Her rejection was a statement that they can’t take it back, there is no way to change what happened and how it happened and she didn’t feel a financial payment was ever going to remove the trauma.”Bruyere died on Jan. 14, 2007. She was 72 and never heard Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s June 11, 2008, apology to residential school survivors. She never got to the chance to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her story now lives only in her grandson.“I know part of her sharing that with me was so that we can honour that past and walk with that knowledge and never let people forget,” he said.And so, this Tuesday, June 11, 2013, on the anniversary of Harper’s apology which was delivered in the House of Commons, McMahon took to Twitter to tell fragments of his grandmother’s story.“She went to Thunder Bay. She brought a feather with her. I’d never seen carry a feather before then. She told me she was scared,” tweeted McMahon, through his handle @RMComedy. “Those hearings changed her forever. She cried, told me her story. ‘You’re strong enough to use this pain for good.’ I carry her story.”McMahon said Harper’s apology has done little to change the reality facing Indigenous peoples in Canada.“We kind of see it for what it was. It was necessary the country was at a boiling point. We also see what is coming from it, more funding cuts than ever. The situation we are now in its way worse than it was five years ago,” he said. “If you are blindly saying reconciliation is here, let’s all work together and hold hands, well that’s not the reality.”McMahon said the anniversary of the apology shouldn’t be about moving on, but about remembering and ensuring the darkness is never forgotten.“As a father…it is my job to break that cycle and free (my children) of the burden of the past and to teach them,” he said. “On Remembrance Day (Nov. 11)…we say, ‘lest we forget.’ But in Canada, (when discussing residential schools) we are always saying, can’t we just all move on? Can’t we just forget it already, can’t you let it go? But, if we are never supposed to forget those other traumas, why should we forget these ones…It is our responsibility to remind people that it is an ugly past and we have to be willing to put it on the line because of that past.”Bruyere’s story also taught her grandson about the resilience of his culture.“She was a Catholic and a pretty devout Catholic, but when she went to those hearings she brought that eagle feather with her,” he said. “She was a lot more traditional than any of us even knew. She spoke the language and carried the histories of her community in her, but rarely talked about it.”But it was one of her last requests that left a permanent mark.“When she passed, in her will, she requested new moccasins. In our traditional funerals, you put on new moccasins on those that pass so when they are on that journey and are greeted by our ancestors, our ancestors know they are ready to take that journey with then,” said McMahon. “That is not something found in any scripture or part of the Bible…She went back home with our ancestors in the way that she really wanted.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker will change leaders in January when Pfizer Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla replaces CEO Ian Read, who has led the company for nearly eight years.Pfizer Inc. said Monday that Read will become executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors.The move comes after Pfizer’s board in March gave Read an $8 million bonus contingent on boosting Pfizer’s stock price and staying on for up to a year. That allowed Read time to groom Bourla, who had been appointed last January to the newly created chief operating officer post.The maker of Viagra and the advanced breast cancer drug Ibrance has been dealing for several years with declining revenue as patents expired and generic competition began for a series of big-selling drugs, as have many other drugmakers. For Pfizer, those drugs include Viagra, blood pressure pill Norvasc and high-cholesterol pill Lipitor, which had reigned as the world’s top-selling drug for nearly a decade.The success of Ibrance, other recent cancer drugs and pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 have revenue growing again, and Pfizer shares have risen about 22 per cent so far this year.Read, who started working at Pfizer in 1978 as an auditor, spent much of his tenure as CEO trying to pull off mega-acquisitions, the strategy that had enabled Pfizer to leapfrog to the top among U.S. drugmakers. But Read failed on deals to acquire first Allergan and then AstraZeneca, primarily to be able to move Pfizer’s headquarters — just on paper — to lower-tax countries in Europe.The New York company said in July that it was again reshaping its business, this time into three units: Innovative Medicines; Established Medicines, which handles older drugs that have lost protection; and Consumer Healthcare. It said Innovative Medicines will bring in most of the company’s revenue and has strong growth potential, due partially to an aging population that will create growing demand for new medicines.A couple of weeks after announcing the business reorganization, Pfizer reported a second-quarter profit that surged 26 per cent in a performance that beat Wall Street expectations.But Pfizer drew the ire of President Donald Trump in early July when it announced price hikes for about 40 of its drugs — shortly after Trump promised without any grounds that drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary price cuts by mid-June. Those cuts never came and most drugmakers have continued to hike prices, but Trump publicly shamed Pfizer on Twitter for its increases, leading the company to reverse them, but only until January at the latest.The 56-year-old Bourla just became chief operating officer in January. He also has run the drugmaker’s vaccines, oncology and consumer health care business.Read, 65, became CEO in December 2010 and has served as board chairman since 2011.When he took over, Pfizer’s share price was just $16.72, after steadily declining by more than one-third during the 4 1/2-year tenure of his predecessor, Jeffrey Kindler — a key reason Pfizer’s board forced Kindler out suddenly.On Monday, Pfizer shares climbed 20 cents to $44.27.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at https://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma___Johnson, based in Trenton, covers the pharmaceutical industry. Murphy reported from Indianapolis.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: In a clear indication of lack of support from the lenders on further funding, Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube has said it is painful that there is no commitment on the part of the all stakeholders on paying salaries to the employees which are due in a few days. The now grounded airline has not paid March salaries to its over 20,000 employees. Jet ceased operations on April 17. April salary is due in a few days. The airline suspended operations after the SBI-led consortium of lenders rejected its demand for a Rs 983-crore lifeline to help carry out operations and pay to the employees their March salaries. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While we will continue to support the bank’s bid find a buyer or the airline, it pains us to communicate that no clarity or commitment on salaries has been provided by any of our stakeholders so far,” Dube said in a communication to employees Friday. Significantly, on Friday the employees had planned to take out a peace walk towards the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in the BKC are here, but was cancelled at the last minute on request from the police and the state government. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”While on the one hand, we are being told to preserve the value of Jet Airways during the bid process, on the other hand, with no salary payment, some of our colleague have no choice but to find employment elsewhere. “When we highlight the disappointing irony of this situation to the lenders, we are simply told that this problem is to be addressed by the shareholders, who should and could have agreed on a resolution plan a long time ago,” Dube lamented in the letter. He also said though there have been many board meeting, the promoters and strategic shareholder (Etihad) there was no favourable outcome on funding and paying salaries so far. “We have also approached government at the highest levels seeking intervention and assistance but that too has not yielded any positive results,” he added. Dube also said in the past few days the leadership team is trying to convince the lenders to release some funds to the employees, while continuing to support the bank led bid sale process. “We have told them repeatedly that our employees are facing grave hardships owing to non-payment of salaries and that if this were to continue any longer, our employees will have no option but to find employment elsewhere. “Unfortunately, the banks have said they are unable to make any salary commitments, until after the bidding process is complete,” he said.last_img read more

2018St. John’sDuke1977Villanova2117Marquette17611511 2007AuburnArkansasAlabamaLSU1577 Win No. 1Win No. 2Win No. 3 2017NebraskaIndiana1910Maryland1840Iowa17671577 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 1997MissouriNebraskaTexasOklahoma1619 SeasonTeamOpponentEloOpponentEloOpponentEloStarting Elo 2017NebraskaIndianaMarylandIowa1577 1997MissouriNebraska1764Texas1810Oklahoma18681619 1970W. ForestUNCDavidsonUNC1627 1977VirginiaMaryland1843W. Forest1828Clemson18901583 1985Miss. St.AlabamaLSUGeorgia1586 2008Georgia*Ole Miss1758Kentucky1788Miss. St.18931599 1985Miss. St.Alabama1827LSU1831Georgia17671586 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 2008Okla. St.BaylorTex. A&MKansas1607 SeasonTeamNo. 1No. 2No. 3Starting Elo The 2018 St. John’s Red Storm might go down as the most erratic team in men’s college basketball history. When they were losing, they couldn’t do anything right. But now that they’re winning, they’re taking down some of the most feared programs in the country. No team has ever rattled off a more impressive series of victories from a less likely place than the Johnnies did over the past week and change.But let’s roll things back a bit. To start things off, coach Chris Mullin’s squad began the season 10-2 — tied for the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. Although most of those wins came against relatively weak opponents, the team was competitive late in each of its losses (to Missouri and Arizona State, both of whom rank among the top 40 in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings). Coming off a season of progress in Mullin’s second year at the helm, things finally appeared to be looking up for the Storm in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015.Then the wheels fell off. Starting with their first Big East game of the year, a loss to Providence three days after Christmas, the Johnnies proceeded to drop 11 straight games. Before the calendar could even flip to February, St. John’s had matched its in-conference loss total for all of last season. An early season-ending injury to sophomore guard Marcus LoVett, who’d finished second on the team in scoring last season, helped tank the offense,1It dropped from 120th nationally in KenPom’s rankings before the losing skid to 165th. and the defense collapsed from 13th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to 41st over the span of a month.St. John’s found numerous ways to lose during the streak. For instance, there was the 25-point loss to Butler, in which the Storm almost instantly found themselves in a 19-2 hole and scored just 45 points all game (the school’s second-worst offensive output in a game since 2010-11). Then there was the marathon back-and-forth defeat against Georgetown that it took two overtimes to decide — and that the Johnnies led by 5 with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, only to watch Hoyas forward Marcus Derrickson tie the game with a personal 6-1 run.After their 11th straight loss, a hard-fought 73-68 defeat against sixth-ranked Xavier, the Johnnies’ future looked even more bleak. Games against Duke, Villanova and Marquette were coming up, so there was little to suggest that the Red Storm would be able to pull their season out of its death spiral.And that’s when one of the most absurd eight-day turnarounds in college history started: an upset win over the then-No. 4 Blue Devils to snap the losing streak. An even bigger upset at Villanova, which was No. 1 at the time. A relatively — dare I say it? — routine victory over a tough Golden Eagles squad, with the kind of second-half performance that good teams grind out. All the while, sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds has transformed into a superstar, averaging 34 points per game on 55 percent shooting during the shocking three-game winning streak. For a team that might not even make the NIT, they’ve looked like a tournament dark horse in recent days.How unexpected was this sudden reversal? Our Elo power-rating data goes back to the 1949-50 season, and over that span there have been 1,207 streaks where a team won three games in a row against opponents who each had Elo ratings over 1750 — the mark of a good team.2For reference’s sake, a 1750 Elo would be the equivalent of an Oregon or Maryland — the 57th-best team in the nation this season, according to Elo. Of those 1,207 teams, none had a lower Elo at the start of their streak than St. John’s, who’d dropped to a 1511 rating at its nadir (which was a low point since Dec. 2016, and the program’s fifth-lowest rating in a season since 1964). Statistically speaking, the Johnnies might have been the least likely team in history to rattle off those three particular wins at that particular moment in time. 1970W. ForestUNC1835Davidson1751UNC18271627 2000MarquetteDepaul1768Louisville1800Charlotte17671621 1977VirginiaMarylandW. ForestClemson1583 2018St. John’sDukeVillanovaMarquette1511 2007AuburnArkansas1770Alabama1761LSU17671577 2008Okla. St.Baylor1767Tex. A&M1928Kansas20511607 2008Georgia*Ole MissKentuckyMiss. St.1599 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 Win 2000MarquetteDepaulLouisvilleCharlotte1621 The victories over Duke and Villanova alone were historic. According to Elo, St. John’s was the lowest-rated team ever to knock off two teams with ratings over 1900 in back-to-back games, toppling a record that had previously been held by the 1957-58 Nebraska Cornhuskers (when the Huskers beat No. 4 Kansas and then No. 1 Kansas State). But unlike that Nebraska team, which lost the following game, the Red Storm tacked on another impressive win to bring their streak up to three in a row.They’ll try to extend it to four straight on Wednesday night, against DePaul in Chicago — and according to Pomeroy’s projections, there’s a 49 percent chance that St. John’s will pull it off. If so, it would only add to one of the most up-and-down seasons the sport has ever seen. Even after three big wins, the Red Storm still aren’t on anybody’s NCAA tourney radar. In fact, with 13 losses already on the books, maybe the only sure way for St. John’s to get to the dance would be for them to win the Big East Tournament — possibly by knocking off Villanova again. But hey, stranger things have already happened. 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

first_imgCELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed poor defending for Celtic’s Champions League exit.AEK Athens defeated Celtic 2-1 in their Champions League second leg third qualifying round tie in Greece. Brendan Rodgers was disappointed as his side lost 3-2 on aggregate.Brendan Rodgers warned his side that the third qualifying round tie in the Olympic Stadium was his biggest qualifying challenge they would after the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Scotland last week.However, it took only six minutes for his side to go behind, thanks to a Rodrigo Galo strike.Things got worse for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second goal just five minutes into the second half.Substitute Scott Sinclair scored in the 78th minute for Celtic to reduce the deficit a goal, but the Scottish champions could not score a second goal which would have helped them qualified on away goals.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.And Brendan Rodgers was far from pleased with his side’s defending in Greece. Daily Star reports.Speaking to the press after the game, he said: “Over the course of the two games it’s disappointing to have that much control and opportunities in the games and concede soft goals,”“We gave ourselves a chance with a goal at the end and we threw everything at it.””I thought a lot of our build-up play in that final third was worthy of something from the game.“But you can’t defend that softly and in the end, we were punished for it.“This is the competition we want to be in and qualification is getting even harder now.“But I still felt this was a game with our play and the qualities that we had more than enough to win.”last_img read more

first_imgAs Everton prepare to face West Ham at home on Sunday, Marco Silva has confirmed they will be without Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Andre Gomes.Everton will also be without £27.2m signing Yerry Mina, who signed from Barcelona in the summer.“He started training with the group. Now it is a matter of getting him ready to play.” Silva told Sky Sports.“It is the same situation with James McCarthy. He has to win some confidence as well. It was a bad injury. He is doing well, he is happy and confident, now we must give him time for sessions.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] is okay, he is in normal condition and worked with the group. Seamus [Coleman] is out for the [West Ham] game. Our medical staff will make a report but he is out for one or two weeks.“[Andre] Gomes is not ready yet. Bernard is okay and worked with the squad this week.”last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists he has no issues over his playing time and will instead give it his all when called upon by coach Jurgen KloppThe England international has been in stellar form this season with four goals in seven appearances across all competitions, which includes a stunning late equaliser in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.However, Sturridge is yet to make a start in the Premier League this term with Klopp often preferring to use Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane up front for Liverpool.But Sturridge is just focused on making the most of his opportunities, no matter how small or insignificant they may be.“Whatever decisions the manager makes, he’s the boss,” he told the club website.“Whatever team he picks, you just give your best whether you come on for five minutes or start the game. It’s just about giving everything on the pitch whenever you get the minutes.”The 29-year-old is keen to win silverware at Anfield after near misses for Klopp in the last three years.The German suffered defeat to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, while also losing the Europa League and EFL Cup finals in 2016.“There’s no point in worrying about what we haven’t won or what we need to,” he added.“We’ve got a great squad, a great manager, the backroom staff are top drawer, the fans are great. What more would players want?Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We want to get over the tipping point where we’re able to win something.”Bittersweet. Tomorrow we go again. Big tings a gwan!! Let’s go!! pic.twitter.com/2Ho2TxgTfv— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) September 28, 2018He continued: “That’s the goal for us. Once we lift that first trophy, you’d hope that would have a domino effect and we’d be able to win a few more.“I feel like I’m a winner – I’ve won stuff in the past. But it’s the future now. I want to win something here with Liverpool.“We’ve had opportunities, we’ve been to a couple of finals since I’ve been here and weren’t able to win. To be able to win a trophy is what would take us to the next level.“It’s one of those where you just have a positive attitude about it, don’t put any pressure on winning something or have it in your mind that we have to do this or that.“When we play with a smile on our face and we work hard and put the opposition under a lot of pressure – stamp our style on them – I believe we can beat anybody on our day.“We got to the Europa League final and the League Cup final, last season we did well in the league and the boys got to the Champions League final. This season, we’re just focusing on trying to take the next step.”last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Saints not to dwell on their 1-0  defeat at Cardiff on Saturday.Ralph Hassenhuttl told Daily Echo: “Confidence comes with good results. A 1-0 here is not a good result.“We should prepare them and they have to believe in what we are doing.”“I saw today they do it for a very long time and then it would be perfect if you get some good results for the self-confidence.”“We didn’t and we have to work on and when we work on I am sure they will come.”Saints are proving to be masters of their downfall with some significant mistakes costing them dearly.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.This time out it was Jannik Vestergaard’s whose awful pass played in Callum Paterson for the only goal of the game.“It is all about staying focused and physically a question,” reflected Hasenhuttl.“It’s intense and at the end of the game when you get a little bit tired it is more important to stay focused on holding it easy and not make it too difficult.”“This ball was not really difficult I think and Jannik is very disappointed about that.”“It’s gone, the points are gone, and now we have to focus on the next exercises we have”last_img read more

first_imgFlamengo have confirmed they’ve signed Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa from Inter Milan on loan for the whole yearThe Brazilian side confirmed their interest in signing Gabigol towards the end of last month after an impressive loan spell with old club Santos last season.The 22-year-old forward had returned to Inter on January 7 and expressed his hope that manager Luciano Spalletti would give him a chance to prove himself.But it turns out Gabigol has no part of Inter’s plans with the Brazilian tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer as a Flamengo player on Wednesday to announce his exit.Now Flamengo have confirmed it on their website and added that they will have Gabigol on loan until the end of the 2019 Brazilian Serie A season, which ends in December.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Gabigol scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.GABIGOL É DO MENGÃO!AGORA PODE COMEMORAR, NAÇÃO! É OFICIAL!#BemVindoGabigol pic.twitter.com/LVMfPk41ft— Flamengo (@Flamengo) January 11, 2019last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint-Petersburg as a replacement for Cesc FabregasThe Spanish playmaker ended his four and half year stay at Stamford Bridge this month in favour of a move to AS Monaco following a lack of game time.Now Chelsea are short of midfield options and have begun a frantic search for a suitable replacement before the transfer window closes in less than two weeks time.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But The Express reports that Blues look set to succeed with a £31m deal for Paredes from Russian side Zenit on the verge of being completed.The Argentina international could even make the squad for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Tottenham.Paredes has been at Zenit since 2017 after joining from AS Roma for £24m and joins Chelsea after their failed bid for Cagliari’s Nicola Barella.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Coral Harbour Base, 30 OCT. ‘17 (RBDF): For Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner, Telley as he is called by those who know him well, the Scotia Bank 2018 Calendar competition presented him a unique opportunity to receive unbiased feedback on his new found love, photography.And that he did.   His photo Sunrise out at East End Point, captured the hearts of the judges and will be leading the ScotiaBank 2018 Calendar off, being featured in January.   He was presented his official award at Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend.He has been involved in photography a relatively short time.   Back in 2015, Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner bought a drone because it was a cool and trendy big-boy-toy. He took pride in flying it and began taking photos simply because it was an option in the drone he purchased.What he didn’t expect was that his interest would grow exponentially in capturing imagery.   He began studying online tutorials from global artists about photography and editing and began posting some of his favorites on his Instagram handle Telley G Aerial Photos. Gardiner also purchased a good DSLR camera and began shooting photos all around New Providence.He felt he found his calling and his goal became to “bring the beauty of The Bahamas to the world.’   He wasn’t sure how to digest the praises from his followers, as they gushed and awed at his photos, high-fiving him for his creative eye. Until Now.   He plans to continue shooting and creating masterpieces, bringing vivid images of our way of life to the world.Petty Officer Gardiner joined the Force in April 2001 as a member of Entry 36 along with Woman Entry 8.   He has served his entire career as an engineer, currently billeted as the Chief Engineer onboard HMBS Leon L. Smith.Photo shows: Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner with his wife Lieutenant Gardiner at the Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend. Also shown are photography work done by himself. (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Press Release: RBDF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer believes his predecessor at Manchester United will have no trouble finding a new managerial role given his strong recordIn his first media appearance since United sacked him in December on beIN Sports, Jose Mourinho announced his intention to return to “top-level football”.The Portuguese tactician’s confidence remains unwavered despite the upturn in form United have enjoyed under his successor Solskjaer with six wins in as many games.But, for Solskjaer, when it comes to Mourinho there is nothing but respect for a coach who has conquered four different leagues across his career.“Why shouldn’t he [be ambitious]?” said Solskjaer on Mourinho, according to SportsMax.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He’s a fantastic manager, with the results he’s had, I don’t think he’ll be struggling to find work.”On Mourinho’s comments that player power undermined his reign at United, Solskjaer said: “I can’t really comment on everything he says.“I’m enjoying working with these boys and that’s all I can say.”Solskjaer will be hoping to make it seven wins in a row in his opening matches as interim manager in Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton at Old Trafford.last_img read more

first_img Updated: 4:44 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday more than 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and Trolley services in 10 cities and the county. In FY 2017, MTS served more than 88 million riders. Posted: May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Metropolitan Transit System has announced that their Board of Directors has unanimously approved the purchase of six electric buses. The press release can be read below:In continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions in San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of six (6) 40-foot electric buses from New Flyer and options to purchase nine depot chargers. The total cost is estimated to be $6 million and the buses are expected to arrive in mid-summer 2019.“This is a major milestone for MTS,” said MTS Board Chair Georgette Gómez. “These buses will serve as the benchmark of MTS’ zero-emissions bus pilot program and continue moving the agency toward operating the cleanest possible bus fleet.”In October 2017, the MTS Board directed staff to implement a zero-emission bus pilot program. As part of the pilot, MTS will purchase nine zero-emissions buses and use them on existing routes throughout San Diego for a period of two years.  The pilot program will allow MTS analyze vehicle performance, challenges and capabilities. Staff will analyze characteristics such as in route vs. depot charging, climate, route profiles, passenger loads, operator performance, battery capacity and more.The new electric buses will have a maximum range of 150-200 miles. The buses are equipped with 480 KW of stored energy and will be charged through individual depot chargers at MTS’ operating facility.The buses will have many modern amenities including the newest onboard video surveillance systems, enhanced wheelchair restraint systems with forward-facing safety barriers for improved safety, electric air conditioning and engine coolant systems.Six of the depot chargers will be installed at the Imperial Avenue Division as the primary operating facility for the zero-emissions bus pilot program. The three additional chargers will be installed at the other fixed route operating facilities to allow testing and provide continuity of service as the pilot program progresses.MTS has been aggressively helping San Diego and California reach climate action goals in many ways including:Transporting about 42% of passengers on a zero-emission light rail systemOperating of nearly 600 buses with clean-burning compressed natural gasPurchasing 100% renewable natural biogas for bus operationsDeploying 128 eco-friendly propane-powered buses into service that will reduce carbon emissions by 3 million pounds annuallyInstalling near-zero NOx engines into existing fixed-route busesAchieving LEED Silver status for new bus operations facilities in Chula Vista and El CajonInstalling solar power at 500 new bus shelters MTS Board approves electric bus purchase May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more