Spieth in control at Augusta

first_img Spieth added a second round of 66 to his opening 64 to post a total of 130, one shot better than the previous best set by Ray Floyd in 1976. That also equalled the 36-hole record in any major – shared by Nick Faldo, Brandt Snedeker and Martin Kaymer – and at 14 under is the lowest 36-hole score in relation to par. Jordan Spieth carded the lowest halfway total in Masters history to take a massive step closer to a first major title at Augusta National on Friday. Faldo was 12 under on his way to winning the 1992 Open at Muirfield, with Snedeker and Kaymer 10 under at the 2012 Open and 2014 US Open respectively. ” It’s cool. Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome,” said Spieth. “I’m very excited about today and the way I struck the ball. I struck it, I thought, better than yesterday and didn’t rely on the breaks as much.” Spieth, who led by two shots after seven holes of the final round 12 months ago before finishing second to Bubba Watson, came into the week having finished first, second and second in his last three events. And the 21-year-old has experience of winning tournaments by big margins after claiming the Australian Open by six shots in December and the Hero World Challenge by 10 a week later last December. “I just need to keep my head down, set a goal for myself,” the world number four added. “It’s definitely going to be more challenging and I am going to have to be aware of that and be okay with a bogey or two. “The hardest thing to do is put aside wanting to win so bad and just kind of going through the motions and letting my ball striking and putting happen. “I got off to a great start and had a chance to win last year on Sunday. I’d like to have that same opportunity this year. Again, this is only the halfway point and I’m aware of that. W hat I learned (last year) was patience. The weekend of a major, those rounds can often seem like two rounds in kind of the mental stuff that’s running through your head, the stress levels.” Spieth is just five months older than Tiger Woods was when he became the youngest Masters champion in 1997 and is playing at Augusta for only the second time. ” I got the awe factor out over six months before I even played the first time here,” he explained. “To get here and to play rounds ahead of time; to play the golf course and after getting into contention last year and seeing what Sunday in the final group was like, now it feels more like a regular event. “I think just having the experience of playing it a few times was all I needed to feel that way.” As the second round drew to a close, Spieth held a record-equalling five-shot lead over fellow American Charley Hoffman, who bogeyed the last to add a 68 to his opening 67. Ernie Els was another four shots back after a disappointing 72 with Tiger Woods on two under after a 69, his first sub-70 score at Augusta since the final round in 2011. “I have been there before but then again there’s a pretty big separation between first and third which I didn’t have back in 1997,” Woods said of Spieth. “He has played beautifully, I played with him and Ben (Crenshaw) on the back nine on Wednesday and it was just a matter of continuing that and he has. “Anything can happen here. You can play well and shoot over par, it’s one of those courses that does that to you.” Els added: ” Jordan is playing unbelievably well but we know how far there is to go. Front runners tend to do well here, but there have been some really good comebacks, so it’s a big weekend ahead. “I’d really like to shoot two 67s and see where that leaves me. That’d make me 15 under and that’s about as good as a man can do. “If it keeps blowing like this and the nerves get going… I don’t want to wish badly on anyone but if he takes his foot off the gas or has a bad break here and there, it really gives you thought of catching him.” Rory McIlroy’s bid to complete the career grand slam looked certain to end in disappointment, the world number one covering the front nine in 40 before a birdie on the 10th left him two over par and just inside the projected cut. Press Associationlast_img read more

Special K: Krabbenhoft sparks Badgers

first_imgAlando Tucker was selected as the Big Ten’s preseason Player of the Year, but judging by Wisconsin’s 72-48 season-opening victory over Mercer, he may be playing second fiddle to Kammron Taylor at times.Taylor shot the lights out of the Kohl Center from the get-go, scoring 18 points in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc to make the Bears alter their zone defense strategy.”Tucker deserves every accolade he gets, but for me personally, I thought Taylor was their best player,” Mercer head coach Mark Slonaker said. “He brought so much energy to the game, he defends and he shot us out of that zone early.”Taylor finished with a game-high 22 points, and Tucker was right behind him with 21.After the game, UW head coach Bo Ryan was impressed with how Taylor set the pace of the game as the team’s point guard.”He wasn’t forcing anything,” Ryan said. “He was aggressive. Intelligent aggression was being used and not wild aggression, so I thought his decision making was good.”But after halftime, Taylor’s scoring barrage slowed down, and he suffered a few mental lapses that resulted in three second-half turnovers.”In the second half, he made a couple of those flip passes we’ve been talking about for years,” Ryan said. ” … [T]hose one-handed flip passes he knows have not been successful.”If he eliminates the flip pass, who knows, he could be a [better] player.”While Taylor was satisfied with his performance and the team’s victory, he also knows he still has some improvements to make in regard to handling the ball.”Coach tells me if I get rid of the flip passes then I’ll cut down on my turnovers,” he said. “It’s still a work in progress. I’m trying to get better, and I just have to focus on making the right pass and not trying to force the issue.”Super-JoeWhile Taylor may have been the most impressive Badger from first glance at the stat sheet, sophomore Joe Krabbenhoft turned some heads with his grit and hustle.Krabbenhoft hauled down 10 rebounds and was all over the place, diving for loose balls.”Anything that was loose, Joe got,” Ryan said.Due to his all-out style of play, Krabbenhoft was banged up with some minor nicks and bruises from practice heading into Sunday’s game.But while Krabbenhoft will certainly endure a great number of minor injuries throughout the year with the way he plays, it’s something Ryan can live with.”It’s not like he runs into the wall full speed like Super-Dave, or Super-Joe,” Ryan said. “He doesn’t do things on purpose to get hurt.”And it’s also something Krabbenhoft’s teammates can live with, as they know he’s giving it his all to help the team win, night in and night out.”If there’s one guy that I’d love to have on my team, who I know is going to fight for me, it’s Joe,” Taylor said. “He just attacks it, he’s so aggressive.””He’s an enforcer, he’s our enforcer,” Tucker added. “He’ll take a punch, he’ll take a punch for me, he’ll take a punch for the 15 other guys down the line, he takes a lot of beating.”RotationWisconsin’s rotation didn’t become any clearer Sunday as all 14 available players saw playing time.The usual five suspects started: Tucker, Taylor, Michael Flowers, Jason Chappell and Brian Butch. Krabbenhoft, Marcus Landry and Jason Bohannon received the bulk of the minutes off the bench, but Greg Stiemsma, Trevon Hughes and Mickey Perry all saw their fair share of time on the court as well.At times in the second half, Ryan went with a small line-up with Tucker as the Badgers’ lone post player. Mercer combated with a small lineup of its own, and Tucker was able to grizzle his way to the rim against the Bears, scoring 16 second-half points, mostly on penetration drives to the basket.As a result of Wisconsin’s deep roster, the players are still adjusting to playing with one another.”It’s a work in progress,” Krabbenhoft said. “We’re still in November here, and come March, April down the line, I think things will start clicking. We’re making the right steps toward a successful season.”last_img read more

USC hangs with Pac-10 foes in Tempe

first_imgPlaying on one of the toughest fields in the country in hot and dry desert conditions, the No. 10 USC men’s golf team finished in third place at this week’s Pac-10 championships in Tempe, Ariz.Consistent · Junior Matthew Giles finished the Pac-10 tournament at 8-under-par, good enough to finish in a tie for 10th place. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information The Trojans closed with a strong final round of four under par Wednesday, helping them jump up two places on the leader board after entering the day in fifth.USC, which ended the week at 24 under-par, finished well back of newly crowned Pac-10 champion                     No. 4 Washington (-37) and runner up No. 3 Stanford (-34).“It’s kind of a similar story to the last few events,” junior Matthew Giles said. “Close [to winning] but just not quite there right now. But it’s coming around.”Eric Mina of California won the individual Pac-10 championship with a four round total of 16 under par.Giles led the Trojans, shooting a consistent 68-70-70-68 to finish the tournament at eight under par, good for a tie for 10th place.“I played pretty solidly all week and hit the ball quite well,” Giles said.Freshman T.J. Vogel had a great start to the tournament, sitting in fifth place after his opening three rounds of 65-70-67. Vogel struggled in Wednesday’s final round, however, shooting 78 and falling into a tie for 16th at 4 under par.“He played great leading up to today,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “He got off to a rough start today and couldn’t recover. But he’ll bounce back. He’s too good not to.”Freshman Sam Smith, playing in his first tournament for USC in nearly two months, performed well, carding 68-74-71-69 to finish tied for 20th at two under par.“He put up some good rounds for us,” Giles said. “Especially today, when we really needed it.”Sophomore Steve Lim finished one shot behind Smith, shooting 69-69-73-72 and putting him in a tie for 26th.Freshman Martin Trainer shot 70-66-78-70 to finish at even par for the tournament and tied for 28th place.“It was perfect scoring conditions,” Trainer said of the course and the weather. “I’m hitting the ball so much better than I’m scoring right now. I really should be doing a lot better.”Stewart Hagestad, the fourth freshman competing for a young USC squad at the tournament, struggled with his game and shot 74-81-75-72 to finish in 59th place at 18-over-par.USC will tee it up next in one of six NCAA Regional Championships to be held May 20 to 22.If they finish among the top five teams in their region, the Trojans will play for the national championship June 1 to 6 in Chattanooga, Tenn.“We just need to be more consistent,” Trainer said. “We have the game to be the best team in the country.”Last season, USC lost to Michigan in the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA championship.“We probably haven’t been good enough to win a bunch of times,” Zambri said about his team this season. “But we have two of the biggest and best events left, and we’re getting better all the time, so we’ve got a chance to win a national title still.”last_img read more

After coming out, hack struggles to find self-acceptance

first_imgI was drunk and lonely at my own going away party, four days away from calling Syracuse home for the next four years. I’d been nervously looking forward to what was in my future. A new home with new friends. New classes and a new life. This was a night to celebrate the excitement of looking forward. But I was looking back.The late hours of Aug. 17, 2012 were creeping into the early ones of the following day. Everything before has run together, and the days after are a blur. The day I first came out. The day I first said “I’m gay” out loud, instead of letting it repeat in my head, over and over and over. I just wanted to tell someone before I left for college. It was a goal that consumed me. It was a goal that I was constantly aware I was failing at.My right shoulder rested on the living room armchair, my left hand carrying the drink that I was slowly sipping on. I blocked out the 50 drunk high schoolers around me dancing to music blasting out of the small speakers on my counter top. People would come up and talk to me, asking if I was OK. Each time I wanted to just come clean and be honest, break down into an emotional mess and say everything that was isolated to my own tormented head.I had gone every day of my life that I could remember wanting to say it. Different loops of when, where, how and who ran through my mind in what felt like every waking moment.The party made worse everything that was already making me sad. It’s hard to pinpoint why I was too scared to say it. I can’t really explain why I pulled my best friend aside later that night and finally did say it. All I know is that expressing it out loud in the long and echoing hallway of my apartment building felt liberating in the moment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEverything would be easy after that, I had convinced myself. But the short-term relief hasn’t provided me the same long-term liberation that I had hoped and expected. Not even close. Today, as I write this, I feel the same as I did four years before.I’ve spent the four years since as a writer, editor and general addict of The Daily Orange. Each and every single one of my 624 bylines has told someone else’s story. The past three months alone have included stops to St. Louis, Chicago, North Carolina, Queens, Houston and even a Donald Trump rally. I started by covering women’s tennis as a freshman, and finished by covering the Final Four to end my senior year.This is the last time my name will appear, and this is the last chance I have to tell the story that defines me. It’s a story that I thought, by now, would be easy to tell.In the days after my first coming out story, I felt like a pro at telling people.The next afternoon I told two of my friends on two different walks. One on Broadway near my home, the other in Central Park. I told another on Facebook chat and one over text. I told my freshman year roommate over the partial wall of our split double. (I was the first gay person he’d ever met!) I let down a girl who liked me at a party. I told people that were my friends and people that weren’t. I was riding a high, but it didn’t feel natural. I still had an uneasy lump in my gut before the words ever came out. It felt relieving, but it didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like I was telling people about the person I wanted to be, just the person that I was.It wasn’t because I got negative reactions. In fact, I only got support. Sure, some people were surprised. Others said awkward things or asked awkward questions. One person apologized for not knowing, another proclaimed they always knew. Everyone accepted me. Except me.It’s supposed to be easy now. It’s no longer weird and people don’t judge you. The Supreme Court said gay people could get married, everyone changed their profile picture on Facebook for a day and it became normal, maybe even mainstream. I wish I was one of those people who could blindly bandwagon with the rest. But seeing the celebration of others only adds to the torture because it reminds me of a feeling I don’t think I can have. I’m a part of a community that I don’t feel like I fit into.There are so many success stories about people being themselves. It gets better, I’ve heard. It might not be a secret anymore, but it’s still a struggle. It was before I wrote this and will be after.Having this platform to write shows what I’ve accomplished. I came to The Daily Orange to write about sports. I lived a dream come true. But it’s also served as a way to perpetuate what I didn’t accomplish, and may never will.I still look back to Aug. 17, 2012, and to the hours that crept into the morning after. I remember how I felt, because it’s how I still feel. In that moment, I wanted the courage to tell people the truth. In this moment, I’m still trying to live that truth.Sam Blum is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at sblum@syr.edu or @SamBlum3.-30- Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 1, 2016 at 9:54 pmlast_img read more

AL-SMITH: Robert Mensah’s death and Sunday’s Kotoko 3-0 shame

first_imgChelsea XI: Michael Sai- Kelvin KP Boateng, Paul Aidoo, Osei Agyemang, Rashed Abdul- Bennett Ofori, Samuel Kyere, Prince Gyamfi, Stephen Baffour Asare- Kofi Owusu, Asiwome Fumador.–CLICK TO READ: Matchday 23 league preview –Gary Al-Smith is assisting Joy Sports editor. Follow on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more from the team with the #JoySports hashtag on Facebook/Twitter How long has it been since Kotoko lost by three clear goals in Kumasi?It’s neither 40 nor 45 years.It’s actually 44.Berekum Chelsea’s 3-0 victory against the Porcupine Warroris on Sunday made them the first team to beat Kotoko by that margin at home since 1971.Various media reports have had it that it was Cornerstones who last beat Kotoko at home. This is incorrect because it was a 1970 league match that was indeed played in Kumasi, but not at the then Kumasi Sports Stadium.The game was played at the home of Corners. The team that was actually responsible for that piece of history was Akotex, who had been newly promoted from the lower tier. The Kotoko side that was beaten was studded, which made the defeat even more peculiar.There were greats like Malik Jabir, Ben Acheampong, Abukari Gariba, Bobie Ansah and Essel Mensah. Others were Akuamoah Boateng, Ohene Brenya and Yaw Sam.  But that was not the only thing that made that 1971 defeat unforgettable.Robert Mensah’s disgrace Ghana’s football folklore will never be complete without a mention of the great Robert Mensah (above, extreme right), perhaps the best goalie the country has ever produced.Having joined the Porcupines in 1969 following critically acclaimed performances for Dwarfs, Robert had competition from the equally good Essel Mensah for the goalkeeping slot. But due to Robert’s reputation, he was given the gloves for the derby game with Cornerstones.It ended in disgrace following the three goals he conceded. 3-0 it ended.Essel was given the position again, a job he handled with aplomb until he was called for national duty. Essel, a miltary man, had seen his excellence for Kotoko get him a callup to be part of the Ghana team at the Africa Military Games in Burkina Faso.This was a great chance for Robert to reclaim the position, and he grabbed it. Kotoko had been on a good run in the African Clubs Championships and the quarterfinals was nigh. Due to Essel’s absence and Robert’s recent good form, he was the inevitable choice to keep the posts against Stationary Stores of Nigeria.This was in 1970. And Robert excelled.By this time, the goalkeeping position was his, and he dispelled any doubts about it with a mesmerizing two-legged show against Young Africans of Tanzania in the semis. Kotoko won and qualified for the final, where they beat Englebert. Ghana had produced an African champion at club level. Fast forwardAfter winning the African title, Kotoko had to contend with the ongoing league as well.Fans were desperate for revenge against Akotex and the return leg was slated for Somanya.But on that trip, there was no Robert Mensah. The great man, at this time 32 years, was the reigning best ‘keeper in Africa. However, he was unhappy with the way his club had treated him.  Following his heroics in Africa which had led to the win of the 1970 African Clubs Championships, Kotoko had promised Robert a car but it was delaying. Ibrahim Mahama, a former board member of Kotoko, told the Graphic Sports in 2013 that Robert had been very peeved with the turn of events. Mahama recalls that a few days before he passed on, Robert kept telling him to let the Kotoko management honour their promise.“Kotoko must give me what is due me now. They shouldn’t wait till I die before they come organising a flamboyant funeral,” Robert had said, according to Mahama who was then in charge of Kotoko welfare.In pursuit of his claim from the management of Kotoko, Robert abandoned camp as he refused to keep the Kotoko post, and in the words of Mahama: “I pursued Robert to Tema and finally persuaded him to keep the post in a match against their bogey club, Akosombo Akotex, at Somanya.”Mahama said he met Robert at a drinking spot at Community Four in Tema, and just when they were about to board a taxi from the spot, Robert saw two young men, namely Nana Ahwere and Melfah engaged in a fight. Robert went between them in his bid to separate the two men. But in the process, Melfah – who broke one of the bottles in order to gouge his opponent – rather ended up stabbing Robert in the stomach. Robert fell on the broken bottle, the other end of it still stuck in his stomach. “We rushed Robert to the Tema General Hospital, and he was immediately sent to the operating theatre. In what appeared a successful operation, Robert was brought back the next day looking well, but unfortunately he told me that he would not make it. So he directed me to take his famous goalkeeping accoutrements, including his cap, boots and jersey, and give them to his son Papa, who is now a Prison officer at Ghana Prisons,” Mahama recounted in an interview with the Graphic Sports.The next day, November 2, 1971, Robert Mensah died.Pictured below (standing, right), tall and stylish as ever, he was so loved that the old Siwitu Park in Cape Coast was renamed after him.44 years onIn 2015, Robert Mensah’s heroics are remembered in Kumasi now as his beloved Kotoko lost to Berekum Chelsea on Sunday.”We are absolutely thrilled with this result and there’s no doubt we were really prepared,” said Chelsea’s Kofi Owusu, who got the first two goals.In winning like this, the Blues also became the first non-Kumasi team to beat Kotoko 3-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in a league game since organised league football started in Ghana.In reaction to this unprecedented state of affairs, the Kotoko hierarchy has apologised to the fans and also promised to bring the team back to winning ways.Reactions”Kumasi Asante Kotoko has lost many matches in the its rich history but being annihilated at our own Baba Yara Sports Stadium is not worth describing and I therefore render an unqualified apology to the fans of the club,” said a contrite Opoku Nti in a press release on Monday.”The historians of our game will struggle to find the last time we recorded such score line at the Baba Yara Stadium. It is an unwanted record which taints and hurts our pride pride as a club. There is no excuse for the appalling results and I share the pain of our fans.”On behalf of the board of directors, management, technical team and playing, I render an unqualified apology to all our fans near and far. We have learnt painful lessons from the match and we promise to halt the rot,” the release continued.The apology has come but the anger was raw on Sunday.For the third time this season, Kotoko fans nearly blocked the team from leaving the stadium, following similar occurences after they lost to Algeria’s Eulma and 3-1 to Liberty Professionals in Dansoman on June 21.Duncan’s undertonesEver the politician, Duncan’s words in the post-match presser were carefully chosen. But they were interesting, nonetheless, in light of the club’s recent financial problems.”I am not the one who said anything about losing bonus or some players not showing commitment so if management, who are insiders feel there is more to our failure this season, then that’s fine,” he (below, right) is quoted by Ghanasoccernet as saying.”I don’t want to state anything in specific terms but you are mature and can understand what I am driving at. I would only focus on my area of specialization (coaching) but, if the management decides that I should go then fine I would accept that.”The background is that the Reds have failed to pay salaries for up to three months, according to Joy Sports sources.No official word has come to explain the anomaly, but performances from players have been inconsistent, as evidenced by this big defeat which came a week after they beat Aduana to qualify for the FA Cup final.Fan angerLive coverage of the game from the Baba Yara Stadium was provided by Kofi Asare of Luv FM, who reports angst among the support after fulltime. “Some of them besieged the mixed zone which is usually used by players and officials to leave the stadium after games. Security was quick to respond,” Asare says.”Getting to the end of [coach David] Duncan’s postgame presser, a number of policemen came in to escort him together with [left-back] Eric Donkor. The coach however decided to have a word with the fans instead. He told them to be patient with the project just as he had told the press. “The fans calmed down and made their way home, crestfallen though.”While Duncan walked to his car, another angry fan hurled invectives at the 54-year old. Duncan lost his cool and nearly engaged the fan in a brawl but was separated by stadium security.Teams on SundayKotoko XI:  Ofori Antwi, Attah Kusi, Ahmed Adams, Kwesi Acheampong, Christopher Bonney- Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Michael Akuffu, Jordan Opoku, Eric Donkor- Dauda Mohammed, Obed Owusu.last_img read more

Carson Wentz raises $500,000 at 2nd annual charity softball game

first_imgThe AO1 Foundation benefits three ministries, Haiti Sports Complex, Outdoor Ministry and Thy Kingdom Crumb and the funds raised will benefit the foundation’s mission to “uplift individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for His people.” The participants were separated into two teams, Team Offense and Team Defense. Team Offense consisted of Carson Wentz, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Zach Ertz, Corey Clement, DeSean Jackson, Wendell Smallwood, Nate Sudfeld, Jordan Howard, Jason Kelce, Richard Rodgers, Stefen Wisniewski, Miles Sanders, JJ. Arcega-Whiteside, Dallas Goedert, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Mailata, and Lane Johnson. Rodney McLeod, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Nathan Gerry, Rasul Douglas, Jake Elliott, L.J. Fort, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Malik Jackson, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Cameron Johnston and Rick Lovato made up Team Defense. The players seemed to have a great time trading in their shoulder pads and helmets for baseball gloves and bats.  Jason Kelce wore a black crop top, Richard Rodgers won the home run derby and Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to win the game for Team Offense in walk-off fashion. “It was too restricting. I needed more freedom.”#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/JoDeuJDjpr— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 1, 2019Richard Rodgers nearly hit the upper deck a few times during the home run derby at the @AO1Foundation Softball Game 👀 pic.twitter.com/7ZDPBNv928— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 31, 2019SHOT CALLED.@ZERTZ_86 @goedert33 & RICHARD RODGERS WITH BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOMERUNS TO WALK IT OFF FOR TEAM OFFENSE #AO1LeaveYourMark pic.twitter.com/Z0yZghC80o— AO1 Foundation (@AO1Foundation) June 1, 2019On June 3, Wentz announced that he will be hosting a second charity softball game on June 26. He will return to his alma mater, North Dakota State University, for a home run derby and a seven-inning softball game with members of the NDSU football team. The rosters have not been released yet. In the two years of hosting this event, Wentz has raised $1.35 million for community service. On May 31, 29 Philadelphia Eagles players and 15,000 fans came out to Citizens Bank Park for a home run derby and softball game to benefit The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation. Wentz, with the help of his Philadelphia Eagles teammates, raised $500,000 at his 2nd annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game. last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick says ball is in NFL’s court after contentious workout: ‘Stop running from the truth’

first_imgColin Kaepernick’s workout eventually took place Saturday after multiple changes and several rounds of finger-pointing. When it was over, Kaepernick pointed a finger directly at the NFL and team owners.”I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why. I came out there and showed it today in front of everybody,” he said at the Atlanta-area high school the workout was moved to. “Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people,” Kaepernick added as he referred to commissioner Roger Goodell and the teams.Colin Kaepernick made a 90 second statement before leaving pic.twitter.com/QlH2RTnLp5— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 16, 2019MORE: Watch a replay of Kaepernick’s workoutKaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he was a member of the 49ers. The quarterback believes he is being blackballed by the league for sitting, and then kneeling, on the sideline during the national anthem before games that year, in silent protest against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid filed a grievance in October 2017 against the NFL, claiming collusion by owners to keep them out of the league. The two reached a settlement with the league in February, before the case was to be heard. Reid, a fellow on-field protester, signed with the Panthers in September 2018. He attended Kaepernick’s workout Saturday.NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported that not all of the team representatives who came to watch Kaepernick followed him from the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., to the field at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., after Kaepernick and his representatives decided to move the workout on short notice. Kaepernick’s camp said it changed venues because the league was not allowing for full transparency (specifically, media access and suitable video recording) at the Falcons’ facility. It also objected to the non-standard injury waiver the league wanted Kaepernick to sign. The NFL sent a strongly worded memo after the change in location, adding to the public tension between the sides. Kaepernick’s reps had previously objected to numerous league actions, including the short notice the league provided about the workout; the workout being scheduled for a Saturday rather the NFL’s customary Tuesday, potentially depressing turnout; and that the league would not disclose which teams were attending. Once Kaepernick got on the field, it was time to evaluate him as a potential signee. Some anonymous observations:After today’s workout in Atlanta, an NFL executive at Colin Kaepernick’s throwing session said his arm talent is “elite” and is the same as when he came out of college. He said that Kaepernick threw the ball well.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2019Colin’s workout is said to have consisted of 60 throws. The session was conducted by his camp and he used his own receivers. He thanked the scouts afterward but did do any “interviews” with them, I’m told.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) November 16, 2019I’m told it was clear he’s been working out and is in shape. He had excellent arm strength but, I’m told, his ball placement was just OK. …— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) November 16, 2019Among the teams that reportedly kept up with Kaepernick and watched the workout: the Eagles, Chiefs, Jets, Redskins — and 49ers. Kaepernick’s agent Jeff Nalley said altogether, eight teams were present at the workout, ESPN’s Howard Bryant reported.last_img read more

Obama honors NBA Champion Miami Heat

first_imgNBA CHAMPS HONORED—President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, fifth from left, Dwayne Wade, third left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Stacey AndersonAssociated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA Championship title after falling short just a year before.“Everybody doing their part, is what finally put the Heat over the top,” Obama said, as he welcomed the team to the White House Monday to celebrate their victory.The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals last June.The president also recognized the franchise’s work off the court. He thanked them for supporting military service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama said one of the things he’s proudest off is that many of the team members including LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade—“take their roles as fathers seriously.”“For all the young men out there who are looking up to them over time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them, day in, day out, that’s a good message to send,” Obama said.Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the nation of what can be done “when you come together and sacrifice your egos for a greater goal” and “hard-hat work ethic.”James, who presented Obama with an autographed basketball, said the team including members that hail from Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and South Dakota were honored to be in the executive mansion.“We’re in the White House right now, which is like, like ‘mama I made it,’” James said, as the audience laughed and cheered.The crowd of well-wishers included actress Gabrielle Union, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Heat last visited the White House after winning the 2006 title.last_img read more

Northwestern State’s Ivanova Earns Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Ceci Mercier, Southeastern Louisiana; Sarah Jurakova, McNeese; Jelana Dzinic, Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisi; Gabi Guilarte, Stephen F. Austin; Jelena Dordan, UIW. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Polina Ivanova, Northwestern State – Sr. – Moscow, Russia Ivanova did not surrender a set across her four matches in Southland singles and doubles competition this past weekend. She improved her singles record to 5-1 while remaining undefeated in doubles with junior Polina Mutel at 5-0. Ivanova and Mutel’s 6-2 doubles victory at the top slot in Saturday’s match against Southeastern helped the Lady Demons earn the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. The senior from Moscow, Russia, gave up just one point across the two sets at the No. 2 flight, defeating the Lions’ Dany Raygadas 6-0, 6-1. On Sunday against New Orleans, the tandem of Ivanova and Mutel garnered every point to win 6-0 and clinch the doubles match point. Ivanova then finished singles first for the second time in as many singles matches, defeating the Privateers’ Anja Luethi 6-3, 6-2. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Polina Ivanova is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. NSU has now claimed three consecutive weekly awards. Polina Mutel earned the honor March 6, and Ela Iwaniuk won the award a week ago. The Lady Demons (10-5, 6-0 SLC) strung together their third straight weekend sweep of Southland opponents, winning Saturday 5-2 against Southeastern Louisiana and Sunday 6-1 over New Orleans. Ivanova and her side sit atop the standings as one of three league teams – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-5, 3-0 SLC) and Central Arkansas (9-2, 2-0 SLC) – unbeaten in conference action. In their lone match this week, the Lady Demons will host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Fort Hotel Fence Mural Project

first_imgYoung people in Fort St. John will get a chance to personalize the new wooden fence being built around the old Fort Hotel property.The cities Celebrate! Fort St. John Committee (formerly known as the Communities in Bloom Committee) is spearheading a Community Art Mural Project. It’s being put forward as a graffiti counter measure, and involves recruiting artists between 16 and 20, to design and paint murals on the fence.- Advertisement -Earlier this year, Council decided to tear down the old fence surrounding the property, and dished out $30,000 for a new and better constructed one. Now, it has decided to spend another $3,000 for marketing and supplies for the mural project, with the funds to be taken from the 2010 Communities in Bloom budget.last_img read more