Irish joy in Moscow

first_img Press Association His country were proud too, with president Michael D Higgins saying the people of Ireland would celebrate his success. “All of us will share in this wonderful moment for Rob and his family,” said President Higgins. “Rob came so close to success in the London Olympics and now, through hard work and dedication, he has achieved all that he deserves.” Heffernan’s triumph saw him follow in the footsteps of Eamonn Coghlan, the last Irish man to take global gold when he won the 5,000m in Helsinki in 1983. Heffernan was Ireland’s first world champion of either sex since Sonia O’Sullivan triumphed over 5,000m in Gothenburg 18 years ago. He went to Moscow in fine form and was considered a genuine medal hope for an Irish team, although few could have predicted gold. In a composed morning run, he was with the leading pack at the halfway mark and, when one by one it was whittled down, he went toe-to-toe with Ryzhov. Heffernan looked far fresher going into the final 5km, though, and was away and gone by the time he came into the Luzhniki Stadium, winning by 62secs. The 35-year-old, who finished an agonising fourth at London 2012 last summer, strode away from home favourite Mikhail Ryzhov in the closing kilometres to win in a world-leading three hours 37 minutes 56 seconds. He said: “I wanted to go to Moscow and take on the Russians in Moscow and that’s what I did. I’m very proud that an Irish man can come to Russia and beat them in walking.” “It’s surreal, it’s just a great feeling,” he said. “When I came into the stadium it just felt like an out of body experience. It’s hard to take it all in at the moment. I’m delighted. “Coming into the stadium I felt as if I was watching myself on the outside, looking at myself on the big screen and thinking, ‘This fella looks good’.” Victory earned Heffernan his first major medal after years of near misses, including fourth-placed finishes over 20km and 50km at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona. He added: “I knew I was motivated. People go on about medals, for the last 11 years I’ve been motivated and challenging for a medal. For some reason or other I hadn’t won one. “I was prepared for everything coming into it. I stayed thoroughly motivated this year after London when a lot of people take their foot off the gas. “I was very conscious of training hard and I had to be more motivated, because there was less hype for the World Champs. I was prepared for that mentally.” Australia’s Jared Tallent took the bronze, with Heffernan’s compatriot Brendan Boyce finishing 25th in a new personal best of 3:54.24. Robert Heffernan became Ireland’s first male world champion in 30 years by defeating the Russian challenge in their own back yard to win the 50 kilometres race walk gold in Moscow.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis signs sanctuary city ban in Florida

first_imgOn May 2, 2019, voting on Bill 168 passed the House in a 68-45 vote.It also passed the Senate with 22-18 vote.The bill outlaws ‘sanctuary city policies’ and enables “law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”Related content:DeSantis Set to Sign “Sanctuary Cities” Bill On Friday, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill prohibiting sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State.Gov. DeSantis took to Twitter to celebrate following the official signing Senate Bill 168 — titled “Federal Immigration Enforcement.”Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise. I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the FL Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that our communities are safe. pic.twitter.com/xKQDOPRBHx— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 14, 2019last_img read more

Florida teacher arrested and charged in alleged sexual relationship with student

first_imgA Doral Academy Preparatory School teacher has been arrested for having a alleged sexual relationship with her 15-year-old student that was recorded on video.Police took Desiree Cartin Rodriguez,27, into custody on Friday after they discovered a video that confirmed the relationship she had with the teen.Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes says  “It wasn’t like it was a hidden camera. She was aware that there was video. You can clearly tell by the proximity of her face to the camera that she was aware she was being filmed.” “I’m not going to go into details, but I can tell you it’s graphic and explicit, and we’ll leave it at that,” said Valdes.Police said Rodriguez, who is married, confessed to the crime and was placed under arrest. She is facing two felony counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a child.Doral Academy Prep fired her right away.Police will continue to investigate the incident.last_img read more

The Latest: Lambeau Field dining staff distributing food

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ The Lambeau Field dining staff that typically serves meals to Green Bay Packers players, coaches and personnel are instead preparing and delivering food throughout the community while the stadium is closed. ___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes.The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue.Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season. ___Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama and someone who has advised the NBA throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, will take questions from NBA fans later this week.The league is setting up a live question-and-answer session on its Twitter account with Murthy, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern.NBA fans are being urged to send in questions ahead of time to Murthy with the hashtag of #NBATogether.The NBA Together initiative was born “to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic” and has seen members of the NBA family engaging globally with followers. Murthy’s new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” examines loneliness as a public health concern. It will be released April 28.___China’s government has ordered all major sports events to remain suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning the country’s basketball league will have to push back its planned restart. The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. Instead, China’s General Administration of Sport issued a statement saying any large sporting events that draw crowds “are temporarily not being resumed.” The agency did not give a timeline for when the suspensions may be lifted, but said it will “make timely adjustments according to the epidemic prevention and control situation.” Colombia’s soccer league has asked the country’s government to help clubs affected by the new coronavirus outbreak. The league tournament was stopped on March 13, with initial hopes for a restart in April. The head of the league, Jorge Enrique Vélez, says he doesn’t want taxpayer money but policies to support the affected. ___Reigning NCAA women’s singles tennis champion Estela Perez-Somarriba has decided to delay the start of her professional career and remain at the University of Miami for another year. A $75 million rescue package was rolled out by English cricket’s governing body on Tuesday to help teams at all levels withstand the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board said 40 million pounds (about $50 million) was being made available at the top-tier level. More than 20 million pounds (about $25 million) will go to the local cricket clubs, via loans and grants. “It will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said. “We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond.” The start of the English cricket season has been delayed until May 28 at the earliest. A range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are being modeled.___ The Vikings Table food truck is being used to help distribute free, nutritious meals to at-risk youth via a local food pantry. The goal is to provide 100 individually packaged meals each weekday over a two-week span, to be delivered to neighborhoods lacking transportation options or access to free meals being served at schools.The food truck is also employing recently laid off restaurant workers for preparation and delivery.___Baseball fans who want to brush up on the history of Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente and others from yesteryear now have an extra opportunity.The magazine Baseball Digest has made its entire archive file — dating to its first issue in 1942 — available for free through July 15. Publisher Norman Jacobs said he wanted to provide the service to help fill the void while the season is delayed because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Perez-Somarriba, a senior, will take advantage of an NCAA decision Monday to give Division I spring-sport athletes an additional year of eligibility after the coronavirus pandemic curtailed their 2020 season.Perez-Somarriba won the singles title last May. She’s 141-23 at Miami and holds the school record for match victories.___Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus.McEnroe, younger brother of eight-time major champion John, said he did a drive-through test in upstate New York after developing what he called “minor symptoms” about 10 days ago. The money will be used to address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution, and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States.___The National Hockey League has extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff until April 15.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The league had previously sent out a memo recommending self-quarantining until April 4.So far, four NHL players — two each from the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche — have tested positive for COVID-19. Patrick McEnroe said: “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel, really, 100 percent.”As a player, he won one tournament in singles and 16 in doubles, including the 1989 French Open.He succeeded his brother as Davis Cup captain and served in that job for nearly a decade, leading the United States to the title in 2007.The younger McEnroe also served as general manager of player development for the U.S. Tennis Association.He and his brother now are both TV analysts for tennis matches, sometimes working alongside each other in the booth. The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war. Birmingham won the right to stage the 11th edition, beating out Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California for the inaugural World Games.Birmingham expects some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate.The IWGA has been especially affected by the coronavirus outbreak that has largely shut down sports around the world. The organization’s president, José Perurena, has tested positive in Spain.___ League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1. The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States. The SEC meetings have been held annually the last week of May in Destin, Florida, since 1985.Sankey says the spring meetings are one of the SEC’s great traditions to celebrate the past year and plan for the future. He says the SEC knows canceling is the right move during this unprecedented public health crisis.___NASCAR star Joey Logano has established a $1 Million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.The fund is from the Joey Logano Foundation in partnership with Elevation Church. Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed.___ The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen. March 31, 2020 The CBA has been suspended since Jan. 24 because of the spread of COVID-19. The league is reportedly considering a proposal to bring all 20 teams to one or two cities and play the remainder of the regular season in empty arenas.___Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California.Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can. Associated Press The Latest: Lambeau Field dining staff distributing food — Reporting by Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno___The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 will have an impact on numerous other events — including an Olympic-style event for sports that are not part of the Summer Games.The new dates for the Olympics — July 23-Aug. 8, 2021 — now overlaps with the 2021 World Games, which were set to be held in Birmingham, Alabama between July 15-25.The International World Games Association says it will shift the dates of its signature event to an earlier date in 2021 or to a similar time in 2022. Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.” Packers officials said the Lambeau Field staff has given out 400 meals per week to feed local school district employees responsible for ensuring all students have lunch access and 1,000 meals per week to staffers at area health-care facilities.Packers officials added that 5,000 protein bars and 3,500 protein shakes that had been stored for future player use have instead gone to local public schools to help feed students in the community. The Lambeau Field staff also has provided as many as 300 meals plus non-perishable food items to supporting area food pantries and shelters.Packers director of performance nutrition Adam Korzun and his team dining staff are leading the effort.___The Minnesota Vikings are steering their charitable foundation’s food truck to support community members disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille. Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.The last game played was on March 11. The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___ Baseball Digest has produced features, crossword puzzles, cartoons, stats and schedules over the years, along with stories written by players and popular quizzes, including the well-known, So You Think You Know Baseball?Fans can access the archives by going to baseballdigestarchive.com/free and registering.___The Southeastern Conference now has canceled its spring meetings because of the coronavirus.Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the move Tuesday and said the league will figure out a different way to meet to consider SEC operations and how to recognize award winners. The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament. The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February. The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field. It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

School receives $12 million for clinics

first_imgThe School of Pharmacy received more than $12 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve safe use of prescription drugs by bringing pharmacists into Southern California safety-net clinics. The award is the largest that the school has ever received, according to a press release from the school.Over the counter · School of Pharmacy’s grant will go toward a project to improve medication adherence and the safe use of prescriptios drugs. – Ani Kolangian| Summer TrojanThe school plans to partner with AltaMed, which works to close health disparities in Southern California, to launch the project in three Orange Country treatment clinics serving communities with large uninsured populations and poor access to medical services. The project will ultimately include AltaMed clinics in Los Angeles County.“The project is designed to address both the widespread misuse of prescribed medications and the shortage of primary care providers in low-income populations,” said Geoffrey Joyce, the project’s principal investigator and an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy, in a statement. “Further, pharmacists are remarkably underutilized in the U.S. health care system and this demonstration will test and evaluate the impact of using them in primary care settings.”According to the school’s statement, poor compliance with prescription drugs results in avoidable negative health effects that total $290 billion in annual national medical spending. Some of these effects include hospitalizations and a higher risk of death.“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to again demonstrate and evaluate a model of care that uses pharmacists to cost-effectively improve health outcomes,” said R. Pete Vanderveen, dean of the School of Pharmacy, in a statement. “Our faculty has over a decade of experience in the safety net [and]… this important project that promises to provide desperately needed medication management services to some of the most vulnerable in our community.”last_img read more

APASA kicks off fifth annual Heritage Festival

first_imgAfter writing, students shared stories of struggles and discussed the meaning of the event with APASA members. “Considering we have 27 different member organizations that span from the Chinese American Student Association to the Pacific Islanders Student Association and everywhere in between, we really wanted to help bond all of our organizations together but also reach out to the greater USC community,” said APASA historian Ashton Tu, a sophomore majoring in media arts and practice and communication. “I think, at the end, when you get to read everything [on the board], you gain everybody’s perspectives on the different levels of struggle that there are,” said APASA intern Kimberly Phung, a sophomore majoring in accounting. APASA set up its first event Monday for the semester’s Heritage Festival, which will focus on the theme “Strength in Struggle.” (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) APASA Programming Director June Moon wanted this  year’s theme to focus on Asian Americans’ struggles throughout history. “The interactive art piece is not just for Asian Americans, but for everyone, which is why it is so all-encompassing,” said APASA co-assistant director Joshua Limlingan, a junior majoring in human biology. As one of the activities present at the festival, students were able to interact with their struggles by writing them down. The chalkboard was full within the first hour of the event, with responses such as, “I struggle because my parents are immigrants,” or “I struggle because I am a woman.” Attendees crowded around the art piece, taking photos and reading responses out loud to each other. “It’s really empowering to see all of these other people and seeing this vulnerable side that we really try to, at least as an Asian American community, …  hide,” said Michael Chun, a sophomore majoring in economics. “Being vulnerable is really powerful.” Students scribbled personal struggles on a chalkboard and poster at the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly’s fifth Heritage Festival Extravaganza Monday. The Extravaganza kicked off the annual semester-long festival that will focus on the theme  “Strength in Struggle,” through multiple events including keynote speakers, movie nights and other activities. The festival is entirely run by undergraduates. Programming is split between the executive board and APASA interns. “A lot of the Asian [and] Pacific Islander experience in America is really deeply rooted in our struggles and also, consequently, our triumphant moments,” said Moon, a sophomore majoring in cognitive science and business administration. “From our heritage to our culture right now, [it] is all about struggle.” The schedule for the rest of APASA’s festival has yet to be released.last_img read more

Kilruane McDonaghs through to next round of County Championship

first_imgKilruane McDonaghs are through to the next round of the county senior hurling championship after they defeatedCarrick Swans 3-21 to 1-7 at Boherlahan.An early goal from Declan Barrett set the tone as the McDonaghs went in 1-12 to 1-9 ahead at the break.Cian Darcy fired home with an exquisite finish after the restart and Thomas Cleary added anothermidway through the half as the North team ran out 3-21 to 1-17 winners.last_img

Glo Congratulates Anthony Joshua for Reclaiming Titles

first_img*Hails world champion’s fighting prowessNational Telecommunications Company, Globacom, has congratulated Nigerian–born British boxer, Anthony Joshua, on his victory on Saturday nightagainst Mexican Andy Ruiz in Diriya Arena, Saudi Arabia.In a unanimous points decision, Joshua regained his four world heavyweight titles: International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA),World Boxing Organisation (WBO), and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) after the 12-round bout. Globacom, in a statement in Lagos, congratulated the boxer on his unlimited performance which earned him victory, thus regaining his world heavyweight titles.According to Glo, “The match was tough and tight, we commend Joshua for his hard work, concentration and never-say-die spirit which Nigerians are known for globally and which earned him the much needed victory”“Your victory in Diriya is a testament to your outstanding boxing prowess and determination to excel. You gave a good account of yourself and we are very proud of you,” Globacom said.The telecommunications company said Joshua’s victory is a sweet reminder of a globally acclaimed TVC where the boxing icon outlined the characteristics he shares with Globacom, including “the never-say-die, unlimited and can-do spirit”. Joshua further proclaimed in the TVC that, “You need strength. Yeah, that comes from the hard knocks that life throws at us and we are Nigerians, we know all about that.”Anthony Joshua had surprisingly lost his world heavyweight boxing titles to Andy Ruiz who was last minute replacement of WBA no 2 contender, Jerry Miller, at Madison Square Garden, New York, on June 1, 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Black Stars technical team flies out for Montenegro friendly

first_imgThe Black Stars technical team from Ghana left Accra for Podgorica on Sunday night for Wednesday’s international friendly against Montenegro.The technical Ghanaian delegation is headed by coach Kwesi Appiah and his assistants Maxwell Konadu, Nassam Yakubu with team manager Sabahn Quaye also part of the team.This will give the delegation ample time to arrive before players start trickling in for the match.Only one home-based player goalkeeper Stephen Adams was part of the team following his heroics at the CHAN tournament in Suoth Africa last month.The delightful news for the team however is the fact that several players who were on the injury have fully recovered to play a part in the match against Montenegro.Wednesday’s friendly is expected to be played at the Atlanta Georgia Dome with both countries parading their potential World Cup squads for the encounter. The team is expected to start training on Monday evening at the venue of the match.last_img read more

A movie, some yoga and a Finals split for LeBron

first_imgMiami Heat forward LeBron James (6) and center Chris Bosh (1) react against the San Antonio Spurs after Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 98-96. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James knew he had to do more than just get his body right between Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.His mind needed a little work as well.So that’s why, without anyone else with him — no security, no friends, nobody, and that almost never happens — James quietly showed up at a theater a couple miles from where the Miami Heat were staying for a 5:40 p.m. showing Saturday of “Maleficent.” And it’s also why he and his regular massage therapist joined two strangers for a yoga class at 8 a.m. Sunday, where he focused on his breathing.“I needed to get everything right,” James said.After a virtuoso, cramp-free performance, it looks like he succeeded.The NBA Finals are headed back to Miami knotted at a game apiece, and James’ weekend of work away from the court paid big dividends on the floor to make that happen. He scored 33 of his 35 points in the final three quarters, made a play call to set up Chris Bosh’s 3-pointer that provided the 17th and final lead change of the night with 1:18 left, and the Heat topped the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in Game 2 on Sunday night.“I just try to make plays out there on the floor,” said James, who had to leave Game 1 in the final minutes because of cramps. “And like I continue to say, put myself and my teammates in a position to succeed and live with the results after that.”Just like last year’s finals, the Spurs won Game 1 and the Heat took Game 2.That should be no surprise. Miami is 13-0 since June 2012 in playoff games following a loss.“We’ll figure it out,” San Antonio’s Tim Duncan said. “We have things to talk about and film to look at and we’ll be ready for the next one.”The next one is Tuesday night.Bosh scored 18 points for Miami, which got 14 apiece from Dwyane Wade and Rashard Lewis. There were a lot of things on the stat sheet that would suggest it was a long night for the Heat — like having their bench outscored 37-12, finishing with only 16 assists, trailing by 11 points in the early going and giving up 12 3-pointers.Having James cures a whole lot of ills. When the Spurs seemed on the brink of building a decent lead in the third quarter, he needed about a minute to snuff it out with a personal 8-0 run. And in the fourth, he was the primary ballhandler, driving, pulling up or passing based on what the defense showed him. His signature play was finding Bosh for a corner 3-pointer that put Miami up for good.“You can double (James) if you want,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team had won nine straight playoff games at home, the last eight all by at least 15 points. “He’s a pretty good player. I’m going to guess he’s going to find the open man.”Tony Parker scored 21 points for the Spurs, who got 19 from Manu Ginobili and an 18-point, 15-rebound night from Duncan, who tied Magic Johnson for the NBA record with his 157th career playoff double-double. But the Spurs shot just 40 percent in the last three quarters, and saw Parker and Duncan miss four free throws over a nine-second span of the final quarter.Miami guard Mario Chalmers was driving with 6:43 left when he elbowed Parker in the midsection, getting called for a Flagrant-1 foul. But Parker missed both free throws. On the Spurs’ possession that immediately followed, Duncan missed two more.“It definitely affected me,” Parker said of the pain from the Chalmers elbow, which left him writhing on the court for a few moments. “But I’m a little bit frustrated. Should have made them.”One play never wins or loses a game by itself, but that stretch sure loomed large.“It was a toughie,” Ginobili said.It wound up getting tougher a few seconds later.James made a 3-pointer from the left wing, said a few words to those in the courtside seats, and the Heat had an 88-87 lead. Back and forth the teams went, but in the end, the Heat simply found a way.“We had to really fight and make plays,” Wade said. “They missed four free throws that were key for us as well. But that’s part of the game. I’m sure we missed some things that we should have made. We got stops and that’s how we won.”NOTES: Both teams get Monday off, with no practice. … Miami’s Ray Allen made his 50th finals 3-pointer, six shy of matching Robert Horry for the top spot on the all-time list. … The Spurs fell one shy of matching the NBA record for consecutive home wins in a single postseason, last accomplished by the 1997 Utah Jazz.last_img read more