DCSO promotions announced

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff Dave Durant has announced the promotion of two detention deputies to the rank of Sergeant. The two pictured are Sgt. Nick Beagle and Sgt. Todd Black.Nick Beagle is being promoted to the now vacant position in the disciplinary and classification field and will also be taking an active role as a supervisor. Nick has been with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office assigned to Detention Division since June of 2013. Nick was awarded Decatur County Sheriff’s Office “Jail Officer of the Year” in 2016. We are excited to put Nick in to a more direct supervision role and watch him grow and assist the DCDC in moving forward.Todd Black is a recent hire from Ripley County and has filled a long vacant Sergeant position at the Detention Center. Todd’s experience at Ripley County Sheriff’s Office will bring a valued alternate view of how things can be done at the Detention Center and we are excited to have him as a part of our administrative team.last_img read more

Drogba: Chelsea should turn to Mourinho

first_img He continued: “The fans want him back. He loves Chelsea. Because you want to rebuild a team and to give them the strength we had a few years ago, he could be the right person. He is a winner and is close to the players. He went to Inter and is at Real Madrid but is still talking about Chelsea, so he loves this club.” Mourinho had three years in charge at Chelsea in his first spell and has been strongly linked with a second stint in charge once interim boss Rafael Benitez departs in the summer. Mourinho had success with Inter Milan and Real Madrid since leaving the Premier League, but Drogba said: “I don’t think he has got over Chelsea and they haven’t got over him. “When he came he brought success; we won league titles back to back with some great football and the only thing he didn’t win was the Champions League. Maybe that is one of the reasons why he might want to come back. It is unfinished business.” Drogba, 35, may also be interested in joining Mourinho at Chelsea in some capacity, should club owner Roman Abramovich pursue a deal for the manager. Drogba, who was among Mourinho’s first signings at Chelsea in 2004, said: “Let me finish at Galatasaray first and then we will talk about that.” In January, Drogba signed an 18-month deal with the Turkish side. Didier Drogba believes Jose Mourinho’s passion for Chelsea could mean he returns for a second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge this summer. Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is set to line up for Galatasaray against Mourinho’s Real Madrid tonight in the Champions League, suspects the Portuguese manager has “unfinished business” with the Blues. And the Ivory Coast frontman, who converted the clinching spot-kick in last season’s Champions League final penalty shoot-out, claims Mourinho returning to west London would be an arrangement that suits everyone. Drogba said, according to several British newspapers: “I think for the club it is the best solution to bring Jose back.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew aims to make statement

first_img The Magpies face in-from Liverpool at St James’ Park on Saturday and then head to arch-rivals Sunderland eight days later in a pair of fixtures which could provide a telling indication of their current state of health. Six months ago, the same two clubs provided Pardew’s men with the rudest of awakenings when the Black Cats made the short trip to Tyneside and against all the odds, left with a famous 3-0 victory a fortnight before the Reds doubled the dose in more than one sense in a 6-0 rout. Alan Pardew has challenged his Newcastle team to make a statement about the destiny of their season as they attempt to right two horrific wrongs. “It’s that mixture that is probably why they are having such success. It gives a back four a problem. “But taking all of that aside, they are also great players and that makes it doubly difficult.” Fabricio Coloccini’s absence through injury may make the process of containing the Reds’ SAS strikeforce that much more difficult, although Pardew is hoping that his defenders will be up to the task. In addition, he is planning to cause the visitors a few problems of their own with Loic Remy in top form and Papiss Cisse having returned to goalscoring form in Senegal’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier defeat by Cheick Tiote’s Ivory Coast in midweek. Pardew said: “There will be two different formations on the pitch and that will be important. “Liverpool will want to dictate with their formation and the most important thing for us is that we dictate. “Our offensive players, if they can get Liverpool on the back foot, then we can have some success. “Loic has been called into the French squad and he has had a little taster there, so it’s been a great start to the season for him, and that’s been on his performances – and strong performances – for us. “Not only his goals, but his all-round performance has been solid, so he has been a big player for us so far.” Saturday’s game will be played against the back-drop of a march organised by Time 4 Change, an umbrella group of fans, to protest against owner Mike Ashley’s continued tenure. However, Pardew, who was not adding to his own comments about Ashley’s ownership in a television interview last weekend, insisted he and the players could not allow themselves to be distracted by that. He said: “We just want to concentrate on the game, that’s what we want to do. That’s all I can focus on and that’s what, internally, we will do.” However, Pardew is hoping his players can gain a measure of revenge for both debacles and prove that they are far better than they appeared to be on either of those days. He said: “You hope so. I’d like to think it puts fire in your belly because that’s what it should do. “I have certainly got fire in my belly to get positive results and make sure they are distant memories.” If Newcastle are to achieve the first leg of their aim, they will have to find a way to shackle Liverpool front two Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Suarez was suspended for last season’s encounter, in which Sturridge scored twice, but the pair have formed a formidable partnership at the start of the new campaign, prompting manager Brendan Rodgers to suggest there are not many better double-acts around. It is a view with which Pardew agrees wholeheartedly. He said: “They carry a threat in front of you and in behind, which is the best threat you can have. “If you defend deep against them, they pick it up short and particularly Suarez starts running at you and causes you all sorts of problems, yet if you play a high line, then Sturridge’s pace is a problem in behind. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s terrible season – a timeline

first_img October 24: Chelsea lose again, 2-1 at West Ham, losing Nemanja Matic to a first-half red card and also having assistant first-team coach Silvino Louro sent to the stands. Mourinho does not emerge on the touchline for the second half, having also been sent off. October 26: Mourinho charged with misconduct over his behaviour at West Ham. October 27: Holders Chelsea are knocked out of the Capital One Cup after losing their fourth-round tie to Stoke on penalties. October 31: Chelsea suffer yet another defeat as Liverpool are 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. The club’s position on his future, publicly at least, is unchanged from the vote of confidence at the start of the month. November 2: Press Association Sport learn legal papers will be served on Mourinho as part of separate but connected claims against him and against the club by Carneiro. November 2: Mourinho is given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting an FA charge of misconduct over his behaviour at West Ham. November 6: The FA releases its written reasons for Mourinho’s ban, saying he called referee Jon Moss “f****** weak”. November 7: With Mourinho absent from the game due to his ban, Chelsea lose 1-0 at Stoke – the club’s seventh league loss of the campaign. November 23: It is announced that Chelsea made a loss of £23.1million in their Premier League-winning season. November 29: Costa is dropped to the substitutes’ bench for the 0-0 draw at Tottenham and throws his bib in Mourinho’s direction when it becomes apparent he would not feature. December 5: Blues go down 1-0 at home to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Substitute Glenn Murray was on the pitch for one minute 39 seconds before netting 82nd-minute winner. December 14: Chelsea beaten 2-1 at Leicester, putting the Foxes back top of the Premier League and leaving Mourinho’s men one point above the relegation zone after 16 matches. Mourinho says after the game that his work was “betrayed” by his players, and admits all top-four hopes are “gone”. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered another setback on Monday night, saying he felt his work was “betrayed” by his players after a 2-1 loss at Leicester. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the Portuguese’s troubled and controversial start to the season, on and off the pitch. August 8: Mourinho criticises Chelsea first-team doctor Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for naivety in running on to the field to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea. Mourinho is cleared by the Football Association of abusing Carneiro, who then subsequently leaves Chelsea. Press Association August 16: Chelsea lose 3-0 away to Manchester City, with Mourinho substituting captain John Terry at half-time. August 29: Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home match results in only a second loss as his side go down 2-1 to Crystal Palace. September 12: The Blues lose again as they are beaten 3-1 at Everton, Steven Naismith with a hat-trick. September 19: Diego Costa is banned retrospectively for a running feud with Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in Chelsea’s 2-0 win. Arsene Wenger avoids censure afterwards for calling referee Mike Dean “weak and naive”. Mourinho turns his frustrations to Wenger and the FA. September 29: Chelsea lose 2-1 to Mourinho’s old club Porto in the Champions League. October 3: Following a fourth league defeat, 3-1 to Southampton, Mourinho questions whether he will be sacked and subsequently receives the first vote of confidence in a manager in the 12 years of Roman Abramovich’s ownership. He is, though, hit with a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments after the loss about referee Robert Madley, which, an independent panel judges, alleged bias. October 15: The Portuguese maintains his attack on the FA, calls his fine a “disgrace” and says: “I’m happy that I don’t have an electronic tag.” October 17: Mourinho rounds on star player Hazard after dropping him to the bench for the 2-0 win over Aston Villa and demands the Belgian improve his defensive work rate. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Haris Sohail’s 89 off 59, Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 help Pakistan crash South Africa’s semis hopes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Haris Sohail’s 89 runs off 59 balls along with Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 helped Pakistan to knock South Africa out of the showpiece tournament. Batting first, Pakistan batsmen showed their class with bat and went onto to score 308 runs on the board, which, on the given day, turned out to be too much for South Africa as they eventually fell short by 49 runs at the Lord’s in London.At the deceptively green-looking Lord’s pitch, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bat, and his top-order emboldened that decision as Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman started fluently and hammered the opposition bowlers all-around the ground. The applause from Lord’s balcony led them to score freely and with authority.Tahir was understandably livid, but Zaman went out of his way to offer redemption to the South African leggie, with his clumsy attempt to play a scoop. Zaman ended up in an awkward position, and the edge went straight to Hashim Amla at first slip, giving South Africa their first breakthrough. However, till then, the duo strung a partnership of 81 runs, which had set the tone for coming batsmen.Babar Azam replaced Fakhar Zaman to the crease and tried to stitch a partnership with Imam Ul Haq. However, just when Pakistan batsmen were starting to look good, an exceptional reflexes catch from Imran Tahir sent Imam Ul Haq back to the pavilion and have South Africa to claw their way back into the game.And till the 30th over of the first innings, the game was evenly poised with South African bowlers not letting the opposition score some easy runs. But Mohammad Hafeez’s wicket in Aiden Markram overturned to bless in disguise for Pakistan as young Haris Sohail turned the course of the game.Haris took the opportunity with both hands and ensured there will be no more shuffling around from the team management for the crucial No.5 position. Sohail’s adventurism worked for Babar, who calmly went past the second 50-run mark in the tournament. Sohail, on the other hand, showed versatility and went after the bowlers.The pair’s partnership of 81 runs to set up the game beautifully as Pakistan ended up scoring 307 runs on the board with Sohail staying till the very end.The Proteas made a poor start to their run-chase as Mohammad Amir trapped experienced Hashim Amla right in front. Thereafter, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis put on 87 runs, but they couldn’t quite keep up with the scoring rate. De Kock got 47 and perished to a mistimed shot off Shadab Khan. Aiden Markram didn’t look comfortable during his 16-delivery stint in the middle and he became Shadab’s second victim.Du Plessis tried to take on Amir and got out after a hard-fought 63 off 79 with five boundaries. With the required rate over 10, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller tried hard, but couldn’t get going. The Pakistan bowling turned out to be too hot to handle as the Proteas capsized alarmingly. Andile Phehlukwayo threw his bat around for 46 runs and remained unbeaten, but his efforts were never going to be enough for South Africa. highlightscenter_img South Africa became second team to get knocked out of World Cup 2019.Pakistan need to win all-three games to stay alive in tournament. Pakistan will play against New Zealand on June 26. last_img read more

Syracuse goalie Bobby Wardwell anchors defense late in game to hold off Blue Jays

first_img Published on March 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Bobby Wardwell finally stopped the shot that had been eluding him all afternoon. With just under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, a Ryan Brown attempt bounced off the goalkeeper’s shin.Tom Grimm lifted the ground ball out to Mike Messina, who dumped it off to Kevin Rice in the offensive zone. His pass to Dylan Donahue was immediately placed in the back of the net just 10 seconds after Wardwell’s crucial save.“We knew that coming in, that they definitely had guys that could shoot the ball,” Wardwell said. “I just had to get into a rhythm there and it took a little bit.”But it took Wardwell 45 minutes to find that rhythm during No. 1 Syracuse’s (6-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) 13-10 win over Johns Hopkins (3-4) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Eight of the Blue Jays’ first 10 shots on goal found the back of the net, and Wardwell couldn’t do his part in limiting an opponent that got out to a 5-1 lead against the Orange.But in the fourth quarter — when Syracuse needed to make its push after seeing two leads evaporate — the senior rose to the occasion, recording three saves, including one with 4:04 left to preserve a two-goal lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought he played well and I thought he saw the ball well,” SU head coach John Desko said, “especially going down the stretch.”Wardwell made his first save on his first attempt off a backhanded bouncer from Brown to get Syracuse possession, but came up empty on his next three. After Wardwell guessed wrong on a John Crawley shot that put JHU up 5-1 late in the first quarter, he stumbled before he stood up and looked away from the Syracuse bench.He had allowed just six total first-quarter goals in the Orange’s first five games, but that number nearly doubled in just over 10 minutes Saturday.“I obviously struggled a little early on, thankfully the defense played really, really well and limited the shots,” Wardwell said. “… Toward the end of the game, I was seeing it a little bit better.”Desko admitted his biggest fear, considering the capability of Johns Hopkins’ outside shooters, was going a man down. In the fourth quarter, when JHU had two advantages, it was able to convert both times to tie the game after Syracuse had made it 10-8. Desko said he was waiting for one team to go on a small run — two or three goals was all it would take — to pull away and get a win.And in part thanks to Wardwell, Syracuse was the team that made that run. With the score tied at 10 and 10:28 left to play, Blue Jays midfielder Holden Cattoni had a point-blank look to give JHU its first lead of the second half.Instead it hit Wardwell’s stick before Syracuse controlled and cleared the ball a few seconds later.Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala said he’s seen a noticeable rise in play from Syracuse in the net this season, and wasn’t surprised when Wardwell turned things on late to help get the win. Rather, he said, it was just what he expected.“We’ve got some pretty good shooters here,” Pietramala said, “and we’ve got some guys that can put the ball in the back of the net … He’s a very good goalie.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

T&T Government rejects nomination of top cop as police commissioner

first_imgThe government of Trinidad and Tobago has rejected a notification from the Police Service Commission (PSC) for acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to be confirmed in the post. Prime Minister Rowley made the announcement n Parliament on Friday, stating that the matter surrounding the post of Commissioner now returns to the PSC.Third person rejectedWilliams, is the third person rejected from the former commission’s merit list of candidates for the job. The Government recently rejected DCPs Deodat Dulalchan and Harold Phillip, the first and second-ranked candidates, taking issue with the commission’s process.According to Rowley, the Government would await notification from the President whenever she’s advised by the PSC. He informed Parliament, “If there’s another name on the merit list and until the merit list is exhausted we’re not able to escape this process. The PSC doesn’t advise the President or Government of who’s on the list or how many are on it; we await the notification from the PSC, as it might very well be that there are others on the list who may find favor with this House (of Representatives).”Nominated 10 years ago also The Prime Minister said Williams’ was also previously nominated and his name submitted to Parliament 10 years ago when Williams was “10 years younger and 10 years less tired.” He noted Parliament’s position then was Williams wasn’t ready for the responsibility of the post. Rowley said the current Parliament can’t say Williams is ready now either.“But what we have now is the benefit of evidence which, with the best analysis in the world and the best marking of the score, we all in Trinidad and Tobago must conclude the fight against crime isn’t where we’d like it to be,” Rowley added while thanking the acting Police Commissioner for his service. “As we thank Mr. Williams for his service and treat with this nomination, confirmation of him as Commissioner of Police, in the view of the Government, is not going to make the change the country requires at this time.“Therefore, Government would not accept this notification, as we expect to respond in a way that will bring about some element of change and after seven years we don’t believe that just a confirmation – of not the incumbent, but the holder of an acting position – will change it.“We cannot make a confirmation here and tomorrow it’s ‘business as usual’- that’s not what T&T requires now. We require an intervention of change to give ourselves a chance to get the upper hand,” Rowley said.last_img read more

Luke Walton: Equal parts champion, beach volleyball bum, Zen Master in new Lakers coach

first_img“A slow-talking Californian,” says Bruce Fraser, a Golden State Warriors assistant.“Every time I see Luke,” longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says, “it’s always at the beach and he’s always full of sand.”This is the man who late Sunday night, one way or another, will become the 26th head coach of the Lakers. Following Game 7 of the Finals, Walton, the Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach, will either celebrate the culmination of one of the greatest seasons in NBA history, or mourn his team’s historic collapse from a commanding 3-1 series lead. Either way, he will gather himself, and turn his attention to the challenges facing his new team.Walton is uniquely positioned to confront them.For generations, the organization has embodied Hollywood. The Lakers are Magic and Showtime, a courtside halo of stars of television and film. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The most Hollywood thing about Walton, however, might just be the fact that he plays on a party-loving volleyball team that celebrates a cult classic.Instead, he represents the other pillar of L.A.’s glamorous reputation: the beach.Walton, who declined to be interviewed amid the Warriors playoff run, is the laid-back third son (of four) of basketball’s hippie hero, Bill Walton. By association, he elicits the same hazy images as his dad: a tie-dyed Deadhead hanging out in a backyard teepee. His contribution to the Warriors’ coaches music playlist includes the Grateful Dead.“If you were first to meet him you’d think, ‘That’s the biggest hippie stoner I’ve ever seen in my life,’” says Danny Boehle, who owns Fonz’s, a popular Manhattan Beach restaurant that Walton frequents. “Because he’s like, ‘Hey man, basketball’s cool.’ He’s that kind of guy.”Walton might be the video game generation’s first NBA head coach, but he’s hardly Jeff Spicoli, tumbling out of his smoke-filled van on the first day of classes at Ridgemont High.His easygoing nature is balanced out with a fierce competitiveness. He once played through a broken hand to help his volleyball team to the final of a Labor Day tournament in Hermosa Beach.“He plays it like it’s a professional sport,” says Nate Walton, one of Luke’s three brothers, “because he gets really into the competition of it.”As a Warriors assistant the last two seasons, star players confided in Walton as a friend but regarded him with the ultimate respect when he served as the interim head coach for 43 games last season.For a Lakers organization that spent the last several years gazing wistfully into its storied past – paying a premium so Kobe Bryant could enjoy a farewell tour and trotting out legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when Byron Scott was hired as head coach in 2014 – Walton might just bring a cultural revolution.“He’s not Pat Riley,” Nate Walton says, referencing the coach who defined the Lakers’ 1980s championship era with power suits and slicked-back hair, polished tributes to precision and fortitude.Walton’s brother, who holds degrees from Princeton and Stanford, sees the Lakers’ decision to hire his brother as consistent with a cultural shift throughout society, one spurred on by the tech industry across the San Francisco Bay from Oakland, where formal is out and creative and unique is in.“You could make an argument,” he says, “that the big-wig in the suit is no longer what’s cool. It’s the guy who’s wearing a hoodie and stays true to himself.”The simple thingsWhen Walton’s 11-year playing career ended in 2013 after two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he returned to his adopted home of Manhattan Beach, the affluent surfer’s enclave nestled 2 miles south of the Lakers’ El Segundo headquarters and about 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. That summer, he married his longtime girlfriend, former Arizona volleyball player Bre Ladd.He filled his time with the retired NBA player’s version of odd jobs: A player development gig with the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, and some work as a studio analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet.Walton, then 33, forged a daily routine of working out with former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, whose NFL career ended the same year. The two trained as if they were still professional athletes, “because that’s what we know,” Leinart says.Walton practiced yoga at a studio owned by Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson, a college teammate and the best man at his wedding. Walton and Leinart assembled a team of friends to play in a recreation basketball league that draws many former college players.“It’s not like we were in some slouch league,” Leinart says.Walton mostly coasted, pulling up for 3-pointers in transition, playing casual defense. When an opponent on one of the league’s better teams managed to get under Walton’s skin, however, he responded with a 36-point half in a semifinal playoff victory.They went on to win the league title, with Walton hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer in the championship game and sealing the victory with a game-winning steal.That this championship was celebrated at a pizza parlor rather than with a parade through downtown Los Angeles didn’t matter. Even in childhood, Walton’s competitiveness came out in board games, video games, and ping-pong.“I’ve played all those things with Luke hundreds of times,” Nate Walton says, “and it’s always the same level. He’s not laid back at all when it comes to the competition.”While much of that is passed down from Walton’s famous father, his mother, Susie Walton, is a former athlete, as well. When she lost five straight volleyball matches last month, she says she stewed for hours. She nurtured that drive in her son, who as a kid growing up in San Diego would play board games against himself if no one accepted his challenge.“He’s really one of the biggest competitors I’ve been around,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers says, “and also one that’s been able to calibrate appropriately the place that basketball has in our lives.”Walton’s second-grade teacher told Susie that she should let Luke win at games, to build self-esteem. Told this, a young Luke scowled and said, “Play me.”“His dad taught him to play chess,” Susie says. “(Luke) could see three or four moves out. He has that thing about him, where he can see something and see what can happen as a result of what’s going on in that moment, and I think that’s one of his favorite parts of coaching. Watching what other teams do with their players and then matching it. Like chess.”Walton and his brothers did not grow up lounging on the beach. It was a place to go swimming. Nate Walton says the idea of Luke as a beach bum is a misconception.“There’s a simplicity to Luke’s interests that is pretty refreshing,” he says. “He likes the simple things, generally, in life.”Hanging out with his wife and 2-year-old son, Lawson. Walking the dog. Wearing sweats and watching movies. He is nothing if not a creature of habit.As a player, he and other young Lakers like Devean George, Brian Cook and Kareem Rush comprised the “bench mob,” a gang of friends who on the night before a road game religiously went to dinner and a movie.From Toronto to Indiana to Cleveland. From Memphis to San Antonio. They were so rigid about their relaxation routine that if no new movie appealed to them, they would go to the theater and watch one they had already seen.That first year, 2003-04, George estimates they saw “Along Came Polly” eight times in theaters.“It was crazy how many times we saw that thing,” says George, who retired in 2010.Volleyball fits neatly into Walton’s new routine. Along the way, he’s become a formidable player.During that gap year hanging out with Leinart, Walton became more and more committed to volleyball, playing nearly every day and embracing a sport that was easier on his body than basketball; a game his chronically aching back allowed him to play.He had learned the fundamentals of the sport as a child from Greg Lee, the beach volleyball legend who was a UCLA basketball teammate of Bill Walton’s, but he did not take it up seriously until years later, late in his playing career with the Lakers. In doing so, he carried on a tradition of hoops stars keeping their competitive juices pumping on the sand. Players like his father and Wilt Chamberlain were fixtures.“That whole era of hippie basketball players were all volleyball players,” says Boehle, the Manhattan Beach restauranteur. “Well, what better place than the beach volleyball capital of the world?”Boehle sits in mesh shorts and a golf shirt in his restaurant, hours before it opens for dinner service. His chair groans as he rocks on its back legs and describes the stream of sports celebrities that have come through since it opened in 1997. Tiger Woods used to be a regular. Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss are known to stop by. Over the years, Fonz’s has been a hangout for Walton and his buddies. Walton always orders a rib-eye steak or a wedge salad.“Hey, that was Mia Hamm,” Boehle says, nodding toward the restaurant’s bay window as the former soccer star strolls by. She and her All-Star husband, Nomar Garciaparra, used to come in frequently, he says.The area provides a comfortable, fulfilling lifestyle and, for someone who has collected an NBA salary for 11 years, one that is easy to maintain. Perpetual summer, however, has its limits.“There comes a point,” Leinart says, “and I think a lot of athletes are the same, where it’s just hard to stay idle for too long. You want to do something. You want to feel like you’re being competitive. You want something that challenges you.“You could always tell coaching is something he wanted to do.”Balancing actFive months have passed since Walton’s stint as the Warriors’ interim head coach, when Steve Kerr missed the first 43 games of last season after offseason back surgery caused a spinal fluid leak. Kerr tabbed Walton, a second-year assistant, to be his temporary replacement. Walton guided the Warriors to an NBA record with 24 straight wins to start the season and was named coach of the month in November. They went 39-4 before Kerr returned.It was early in the season that fans and analysts began speculating about Scott’s future and whether Walton could eventually be the man to replace him. Scott and the Lakers were aimless, compiling losses at a record rate. The man hired to guide the Lakers through the end of Bryant’s career was being second-guessed on a nightly basis by the national media and sometimes his own players.He openly criticized No. 2 overall draft pick D’Angelo Russell and regularly lamented his own struggles to communicate with young players. He had an old-school mentality, honed under the watch of his drill sergeant mentor, Riley.“If you’re asking a guy every day to just hit this button,” says Devean George, Walton’s former Lakers teammate, “and you’re going off on somebody every day, it kind of becomes noise. As opposed to people actually hearing your message.”Walton, meanwhile, was seamlessly communicating Kerr’s directives to the record-setting Warriors. Players admired his command and thoughtfulness.“Obviously, we can be friends and whatever,” All-Star forward Draymond Green says. “You can talk to me and I can talk to you, but at the end of the day, business is business. He does a great job of balancing that. I don’t think it’s a very easy thing to do.”The skill can be traced down the California coast to Walton’s native San Diego, where as a fifth-grader he played in a three-on-three tournament. Most kids linked up with friends from school or their neighborhood.“Luke wasn’t like that,” Nate Walton says. “He had the best point guard from the bad neighborhood and he had the best player from Tijuana.”Not only was Walton focused on assembling a team that would win, but he was comfortable being inclusive of different people and their unique personalities.“It’s the reason he can relate to Draymond Green, to Klay Thompson,” Nate Walton says, “and hopefully why he’ll be able to relate to all these guys on the Lakers.”With the Warriors, Walton was part of the new wave, a personification of Golden State’s joyful, democratic style of play. After decades of setting NBA trends, the Lakers decided their path back to relevance involved breaking off a branch of the defending champs’ culture and planting it at the front of their bench.On April 24, after a 17-65 season, the Lakers informed Scott he would not return as coach. Five days later, Walton was announced as his replacement.With the Warriors’ season wrapping up, Walton will step into one of the most high-profile jobs in all of sports. His father, however, remains the family’s most recognizable member.Prior to Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena, Bill Walton, 63, arrives in a blue hooded sweatshirt with the team’s golden Bay Bridge logo stamped on the front.He sits courtside during pregame warm-ups, and quickly draws a crowd.The elder Walton might be more famous now for his outlandish television commentary and Deadhead image than his NCAA and NBA championships or his 1978 NBA MVP trophy. The garrulous giant’s once-scraggly red hair has turned white. When he meets someone new, he introduces himself with a handshake and thunders, “I’m Bill.”With a smile, he politely declines an interview about his son.“I’m just a dad,” he says. “This is his story.”Next Zen Master?Luke Walton was never an awesome leaper or an especially quick basketball player. Like his father, however, he had a keen understanding of the sport. He knew the angles and could deliver the right pass on time.“He was able to anticipate cuts and movements,” says Jarron Collins, a Warriors assistant coach who played against Walton in high school, college and in the NBA. “He saw the game.”But the NBA? After an all-conference career at Arizona, Walton declared for the 2003 draft, considered one of the best in NBA history with superstars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all going in the first five picks.With pick No. 33, the Lakers, whose streak of three championships had ended that spring, selected Walton. Phil Jackson and the Lakers saw him as an ideal fit for the triangle offense, which, to function, requires savvy, versatile big men.“If we didn’t run the triangle, he wouldn’t have been very successful,” Vitti says.As a rookie, it was impossible for Walton to mask his limitations while playing with future Hall of Famers Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Gary Payton.“He really wasn’t very gifted, other than his height,” Vitti says. “He couldn’t run, he couldn’t jump, he couldn’t shoot. You know what I mean? But he could play, and he competed at a very high level.”Walton spent nine of his 11 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, posting modest averages of 4.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He helped them win championships in 2009 and ’10.From a personality standpoint, Walton was a revelation to a Lakers locker room weighed down by dueling egos and titanic personalities. Immediately, Walton had a way of defusing tense situations.“He makes everybody around him feel very comfortable and feel very important,” says Alex McKechnie, who was the Lakers athletic performance coordinator from 2003-11 and now works for the Toronto Raptors.Even then, Walton was the “sarcastic joker,” George says, always needling teammates before reverting to his mellow comfort zone.“Even if you hear how he talks,” George says, “he’s just like, ‘Whatever, Dev.’”George mimics Walton’s distinctive speech when saying this. He drops his delivery to a grating, rasping growl, like gravel crunching under the tires of a big rig.In a city where celebrities are molded out of big personalities and pro athletes chase their own reality shows, Walton was an outlier. He was the only player in the locker room who, when injured, was not only tended to by the team’s training staff, but also received an alternative healing method that involves balancing out energy frequencies in his body.“That really makes it sound too woo-wooey,” Susie Walton says, “and it’s not.”She learned of the practice, called radionics, when Bill played for the Boston Celtics from 1985-87. A practitioner called the team and said she believed she could help the fragile center with his ongoing host of injuries.The elder Walton was not interested, but Susie was. For years, she made sure her sons received the treatment for various maladies, including Luke’s basketball injuries.“I don’t know if my boys 100 percent believed in it, but they would let me do it,” she says.George says the rest of the Lakers never minded Walton’s alternative tendencies.In an NBA locker room, he says, “different is good.”“I think the best thing anyone could say about a person is that they’re eccentric,” says Ron Adams, the Warriors’ veteran assistant coach. “It’s taken as a pejorative word at times, but eccentricity is a nice word. And he’s a good eccentric person.”That’s a quality that connects Walton with the coach he spent the majority of his Lakers career playing under.As Walton’s injuries piled up, causing him to miss significant time each season, Phil Jackson began warming to Walton as a future coach. Jackson took Walton under his wing, allowing him to sit in on coaches meetings and help game plan, the way former Knicks coach Red Holzman had done with Jackson when he was a young player.Kobe Bryant teased Walton that he was the next Zen Master.“He was an average player with a messed-up back,” Bryant cracked last season when Walton was at the Warriors’ helm. “I said, ‘Dude is this is not Phil. … Dude, you’re a hippie, 6-9 or whatever it is.’ I used to rib him all that time about that. But honestly, he always had a brilliant mind, understanding flow and tempo and spacing and how to manage a team the right way and things like that.”“I think Phil saw a lot of himself in Luke,” Bryant said.Back to the BeachThe members of Team Fletch shed their wigs and jerseys late on a July afternoon and splash into the Pacific, soaking up the satisfaction of a championship.With Walton subbing in to block and deliver powerful kill shots last summer, the team won its fourth title in 20 years.A year ago, Walton coached the Warriors’ summer league entry in Las Vegas. It was his first experience as a head coach, but his responsibilities devoured time he would have spent on the beach playing volleyball in the past. He eventually found his way back to the sand.The demands of coaching will only grow now that he is guiding the Lakers. And he will soon have even less spare time. His wife, Bre, is due with the couple’s second child this month. In his first true head coaching job, Walton’s friends expect he will throw himself completely into the work and temporarily retire from the Manhattan Beach social scene.“We’re not going to see him as much anymore,” Leinart says, “but we’re all excited for him, obviously. To us, he’s just Luke, and everyone’s really pumped for him.”When Walton finds a break in his schedule, however, his buddies anticipate they will receive the occasional text message, begging them to meet him at the beach for a game. And they’ll find it hard to resist.“You’ll feel like you’re breaking Luke’s heart,” says Chris McGee, the Lakers television network studio host and a founding member of Team Fletch. “You’ll do whatever you can to get there. He just knows how to get you to tell your wife, ‘I’ve got to go play volleyball for an hour and a half.’”The image of Walton on the beach could raise some eyebrows. Even coaches, however, need to exercise. To compete.“He’s going to be out there playing volleyball,” says Fraser, the Warriors’ development coach. “But he’s got substance and intellect. He’s going to be watching film at night and other times. He’s going to be prepared.”Come the end of July, the old crew will pull out their classic Lakers gear and their wigs and return to the sand next to the Manhattan Beach Pier.Don’t be surprised if Walton is among them.He already helped his team restore its championship pedigree. Now there is a legacy to preserve.center_img For warm-ups, they run a layup line and shoot hoops on a portable basket they drag onto the sand. They call their tent the Forum Club. Under a cadet blue sky, the toned bronze renegades of Manhattan Beach volleyball draw the attention of thousands of onlookers as they rush onto the sand, bearing the symbols of their peculiar faith.They wear afro-style wigs and golden Lakers jerseys in strict adherence to the scripture that guides their devotion: the ’80s Chevy Chase comedy film “Fletch.”In the middle of the highly competitive and even more irregular spectacle that unfolds every July, the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament, is an easily recognized 6-foot-8 player who is a menacing protector on the front line and an able passer, just as he was as an NBA player.The coiled auburn mop is cropped tighter than when he was a basketball player, but Luke Walton remains the portrait of a laidback beach bro.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Argentina makes history with stunning Scotland comeback

first_imgArgentina produced the greatest comeback in Women’s World Cup history to keep its last-16 qualification hopes alive.Scotland led 3-0 with 16 minutes to play in Paris on Wednesday with goals from Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and Erin Cuthbert having seemingly secured victory for Shelley Kerr’s team. Alexander saved Bonsegundo’s initial spotkick — and the rebound — but she was deemed to have moved off her line so the penalty was retaken, with the second effort smashed home.3 – Argentina have become the first ever side to come from three goals down to avoid defeat in a Women’s World Cup match. Drama. #FIFAWWC #ARG #SCOARG pic.twitter.com/wjF9EiPRQC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2019No team has ever before come from three goals down to avoid defeat in a Women’s World Cup match.But Argentina still face an anxious wait to discover whether it will be in the last 16 as its progression depends on results in Thursday’s action in Groups E and F. But Scotland collapsed in incredible circumstances, a 3-3 draw meaning it finished bottom of Group D and is out of the World Cup.Milagros Menendez got one back for Argentina before it cut the deficit to a single goal when Flor Bonsegundo’s strike rebounded off the woodwork and in off Lee Alexander.The Scotland goalkeeper would be even more unfortunate in added time as she was beaten for a third time, Argentina having been awarded a penalty when Sophie Howard was adjudged to have fouled Aldana Cometti following a VAR check.last_img read more

NFL mock draft of Alabama players: Projecting the picks for Tide’s entire 2020 draft class

first_imgDavis, Iyer’s sixth-rated defensive tackle prospect, was consistently one of the most impactful forces along Alabama’s defensive front due to his size (6-6, 311 pounds) and versatility. He can be a massive space eater but also has the ability to cause problems in the backfield. Iyer projects him as a powerful part of a 1-2 punch next to Akiem Hicks.Anfernee Jennings, LBProjected pick: Round 3, Pick No. 95 (Broncos)Alabama’s 2019 leader in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (eight) has shown a consistent talent for pressuring quarterbacks. That said, he’ll likely be used as a 3-4 outside linebacker than as a pure edge-rusher. Iyer projects him to the Broncos, who have enough picks in the draft to build up some defensive depth. Terrell Lewis, EDGEProjected pick: Round 2, Pick No. 42 (Jaguars)The fourth-rated EDGE player in Iyer’s mock draft, Lewis is a long pass-rusher at 6-5, 262 pounds. That said, has a great burst and natural quickness off the edge. Lewis unfortunately has suffered from the injury bug but was still talented enough to finish second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in his first full season in 2019. He’ll be asked to pick up the slack left by Calais Campbell and, most likely, Yannick Ngakoue.Raekwon Davis, DTProjected pick: Round 2, Pick No. 50 (Bears) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/42/ad/terrell-lewis-071018-getty-ftr_7l7ccp38ay6y190tx7a0adbjj.jpg?t=-2061193380&w=500&quality=80 Tua Tagovailoa, QBProjected pick: Round 1, Pick No. 5 (Dolphins)Once considered a lock as the No. 1 overall pick, Tagovailoa fell down draft boards due to a history of injuries suffered at Alabama, most notably a college career-ending dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture. That said, Tagovailoa has the makings of a franchise quarterback due to his pinpoint accuracy and great deep ball. He also has a flair for making electric plays as a noted dual-threat quarterback. If that’s not enough, his humble and positive attitude make for the makings of a great leader for the Dolphins, even if he has to learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick first.MORE: Tua Tagovailoa’s seven best fits in 2020 NFL DraftJedrick Wills, OTProjected pick: Round 1, Pick No. 8 (Cardinals)Iyer’s second-rated offensive tackle is slightly shorter than the average NFL tackle at 6-4, but he more than makes up for it with great footwork, agility and technical prowess. He has also shown a penchant for mean streaks. Iyer projects Wills to the Cardinals, where he will protect last year’s No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray.Jerry Jeudy, WRProjected pick: Round 1, Pick No. 13 (49ers)Jeudy, the 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner and Iyer’s No. 2 overall receiver prospect, is one of the most polished receiver prospects in this draft, with the ability to earn yards after the catch and track down deep balls. He’s also one of the most elusive, with great route-running ability, lateral quickness, top-end speed and the ability to stop on a dime. The 6-1, 193-pound receiver should be a reliable target for Jimmy Garoppolo. When it comes to the NFL draft, two college football teams stand out above all others in terms of quantity and quality of players entering the league.Alabama, and LSU. Henry Ruggs III, WRProjected pick: Round 1, Pick No. 15 (Broncos)Ruggs has earned the moniker of fastest player in the 2020 NFL Draft, posting a blazing 4.27 40-yard dash. Iyer’s No. 3 receiver in this draft isn’t as elusive as teammate Jeudy, but is arguably more dangerous in space. He has routinely outrun defenders who had the angle on him, turning slants and crossing routes into huge gains. He’ll be an immediate target for Broncos quarterback Drew Lock.MORE: Which school has the better pros — Alabama or LSU?Xavier McKinney, SProjected pick: Round 1, Pick No. 18 (Dolphins)Iyer’s top-rated safety in the draft is an enticing blend of athleticism, versatility and awareness. He can play several different positions, excelling in all of them, and is an adequate open-field tackler. He has also shown corner-type coverage ability, which should allow the Dolphins to get creative with him alongside Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.Trevon Diggs, CBProjected pick: Round 1, Pick No. 20 (Jaguars)Diggs is a special mix of size and strength for a corner at 6-1, 205 pounds. The younger brother of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, Trevon is also good at making plays on the ball and routinely excelled in single coverage at Alabama, particularly as a senior. He can get beat with consistent top-end speed but should be a powerful press corner who can be an immediate asset with the Jaguars down Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/1e/henry-ruggs-091199-getty-ftrjpg_s9gdm84gug4817un9n9oj7mxj.jpg?t=852611605&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/63/1e/tua-tagovailoa-12032019-getty-ftrjpg_r2ei5we6lg7b18fl10viv2x55.jpg?t=-834821266&w=500&quality=80 The Crimson Tide have several draft-eligible players who are surely to be selected in the draft, which runs from April 23 to 25. The most notable, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, has long been projected to go to the Dolphins with the fifth overall pick. But what about the others?MORE: Full seven-round NFL mock draftThanks to Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer, that question has been answered: He projects nine Alabama players to be selected in this year’s draft, including what would be a record-tying six in the first round.Here are the Crimson Tide players he projects will be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, and where:NFL mock draft 2020: Alabama’s projected pickslast_img read more