Update on the latest sports

first_imgCurrently, NCAA rules require football, baseball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players to sit out a season after transferring. Athletes in all other sports are allowed by rule a one-time exception so they can play right away after switching schools.A change to the waiver was recommended by a working group in February that would mirror the one-time exception and go into effect this year. That was before college sports were shut down and thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic.SOCCER-FIFA SCANDALTwo financial institutions settle in FIFA scandalNEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary have agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials. Mahomes has completed almost 66% of his passes for 9,412 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the 2021 season.In other NFL news:— The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.— The Giants have picked up the fifth-year options for tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, thus extending their rookie contracts through the 2021 season. Engram has made 25 starts and 34 appearances overall in three seasons, catching 153 passes for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peppers was acquired in March of last year in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. They are the first financial institutions implicated in the FIFA scandal to reach a resolution with U.S. prosecutors. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, the institutions will forfeit $20.73 million and pay a fine of $9.33 as part of a non-prosecution agreement.The scheme took place through the banks’ Miami branch from 2010-15, with many of the payments tied to marketing rights for the Copa America.,Update on the latest sports — NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center with the Cleveland Browns, succeeded Eric Winston as union president earlier this year. Tretter wants the NFLPA’s executive board and the leadership of former players to come together to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as what wound up in the deal that runs through the 2030 season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-FORBESWake Forest turns to ETSU’s Forbes as men’s basketball coachWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach.The hiring comes less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning. April 30, 2020 — This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled. Little League President Stephen Keener said it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled.— The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season. Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.— Paris St. Germain has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.— German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume has been pushed back to next Wednesday. Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9. Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.— The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state. The circuit has announced it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, beginning with one more at Darlington before two outside Charlotte, North Carolina.NASCAR’s revised schedule goes only through May and has a pair of Wednesday Cup races, fulfilling fans’ longtime plea for midweek events.The first race is scheduled for Darlington, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, followed by a second race at the 70-year-old, egg-shaped oval track three days later. Charlotte Motor Speedway will then host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord, outside NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, will then host a Wednesday race three days later. There will also be lower-tier Xfinity and Trucks series races at the two tracks.The North Carolina governor has said the Charlotte races can be held as long as health conditions in the area do not deteriorate.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Mahomes has completed almost 66% of his passes for 9,412 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the 2021 season.In other NFL news:— The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.— The Giants have picked up the fifth-year options for tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, thus extending their rookie contracts through the 2021 season. Engram has made 25 starts and 34 appearances overall in three seasons, catching 153 passes for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peppers was acquired in March of last year in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. April 30, 2020 Currently, NCAA rules require football, baseball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players to sit out a season after transferring. Athletes in all other sports are allowed by rule a one-time exception so they can play right away after switching schools.A change to the waiver was recommended by a working group in February that would mirror the one-time exception and go into effect this year. That was before college sports were shut down and thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic.SOCCER-FIFA SCANDALTwo financial institutions settle in FIFA scandalNEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary have agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials. — British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.NFL-NEWSChiefs pick up Mahomes option, work on long-term dealUNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring their star quarterback will be under contract for at least two more seasons.But general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with the reigning Super Bowl MVP by the start of training camp. The contract could last four or five years and make Mahomes the first player in NFL history to make at least $40 million per season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR to resume season May 17 without spectatorsUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has set a date to green flag its Cup season. The circuit has announced it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, beginning with one more at Darlington before two outside Charlotte, North Carolina.NASCAR’s revised schedule goes only through May and has a pair of Wednesday Cup races, fulfilling fans’ longtime plea for midweek events.The first race is scheduled for Darlington, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, followed by a second race at the 70-year-old, egg-shaped oval track three days later. Charlotte Motor Speedway will then host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord, outside NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, will then host a Wednesday race three days later. There will also be lower-tier Xfinity and Trucks series races at the two tracks.The North Carolina governor has said the Charlotte races can be held as long as health conditions in the area do not deteriorate.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. He went 130-43 in his time with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also winning the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament.NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERNCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiverUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch schools once without sitting out a season.The NCAA announced the board’s recommendation Thursday after several days of meetings but added the Division I council could still a vote on making the waiver change in May and having it take effect immediately. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR to resume season May 17 without spectatorsUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has set a date to green flag its Cup season. — This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled. Little League President Stephen Keener said it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled.— The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season. Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.— Paris St. Germain has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.— German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume has been pushed back to next Wednesday. Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9. Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.— The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state. — British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.NFL-NEWSChiefs pick up Mahomes option, work on long-term dealUNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring their star quarterback will be under contract for at least two more seasons.But general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with the reigning Super Bowl MVP by the start of training camp. The contract could last four or five years and make Mahomes the first player in NFL history to make at least $40 million per season. Associated Press They are the first financial institutions implicated in the FIFA scandal to reach a resolution with U.S. prosecutors. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, the institutions will forfeit $20.73 million and pay a fine of $9.33 as part of a non-prosecution agreement.The scheme took place through the banks’ Miami branch from 2010-15, with many of the payments tied to marketing rights for the Copa America.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. He went 130-43 in his time with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also winning the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament.NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERNCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiverUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch schools once without sitting out a season.The NCAA announced the board’s recommendation Thursday after several days of meetings but added the Division I council could still a vote on making the waiver change in May and having it take effect immediately. — NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center with the Cleveland Browns, succeeded Eric Winston as union president earlier this year. Tretter wants the NFLPA’s executive board and the leadership of former players to come together to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as what wound up in the deal that runs through the 2030 season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-FORBESWake Forest turns to ETSU’s Forbes as men’s basketball coachWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach.The hiring comes less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning.last_img read more

ATP, WTA, ITF extend suspensions due to COVID-19 pandemic

first_img(REUTERS) – The ATP Tour and International Tennis Federation (ITF) have extended their suspensions of professional tennis until July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they said on Friday.The ATP and WTA announced in April that they were suspending all tournaments until July 13, with the WTA saying on Friday it had further suspended four events due to be held in July.The WTA added that it will provide an update in June on the tournaments scheduled for the latter half of July.The WTA Rogers Cup, which had been scheduled for Augist 7-16 in Montreal, had already been postponed to 2021 after Quebec government prohibited holding events until August 31, 2020.ATP events in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel will not go ahead as scheduled, while WTA events in Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala scheduled for July will not be held.“Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce our decision to extend the suspension of the Tour,” ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement here“We continue to assess all of our options in an effort to resume the Tour as soon as it is safe to do so, including the feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season.”While for tournament owners it is a blow, the decision was hardly unexpected.The Croatia Open in the picturesque setting of Umag on the Adriatic is one of the most popular ATP tournaments and is in the process of improving the showcourt named after former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.“I believe that all of us will feel a bit empty without Stella Maris (the name of the venue) and its July buzz,” tournament director Lawrence Frankopan said.“But the health and safety of our players and fans are the most important. This cancellation is an even bigger reason for all of us to feel excited about July 2021 and the 31st edition of the tournament.”Organisers of the Austrian Open in Kitzbuhel said they were looking at rescheduling the claycourt tournament for September while Hamburg organisers were “focussing on a possible postponement of the tournament.”“We have to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19 and we will wait for the next decisions of the ATP and the ITF regarding the North American swing, in particular the U.S. Open,” Hamburg tournament director Sandra Reichel said in a statement.The Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island has been cancelled and organisers said the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 induction ceremony will not take place. Spain’s Conchita Martinez and Ivanisevic will now be inducted in 2021.The WTA said in a statement that it would make a decision on tournaments in Palermo and Karlsruhe, which were to begin on July 20 and 28 respectively, when the announcements to its revised calendar are made in June.The ITF said all events – including ITF Juniors, Seniors, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, Beach Tennis Tour and the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour – would be suspended.However, the ITF suspensions will not affect any of the Grand Slams with Wimbledon having already been cancelled for the first time since World War II.The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin on August 24 while the postponed French Open is now due to start on September 20.last_img read more

FIFA President, Infantino, Congratulates Plateau Utd

first_imgFIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has felicitated with the players and technical crew of Plateau United FC of Jos over the club’s emergence on Saturday as new champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).The Jos-based club defeated last season’s champions Enugu Rangers 2-0 to amass 66 points and scoop their first-ever Nigerian championship in front of delirious home fans at the Rwang Pam Stadium.In his letter dated September 12, 2017 and addressed to President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the FIFA supremo wrote: “Plateau United are the 2017 champions of Nigeria. It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest congratulations to Plateau United for their first-ever championship title! “This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations go to the players, the coach, the administration, the entire technical and medical staff as well as the fans for this great achievement.“On behalf of the entire football community, I would like to thank Plateau United and your association for helping to spread the positive message of football. I remain at your disposal and look forward to meeting you soon.”Pinnick arrived Zurich yesterday to attend a meeting of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions taking place at the Home of FIFA today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Beat writers pick unanimously again for Syracuse’s matchup with St. Bonaventure

first_img Published on December 22, 2017 at 10:14 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-1) took down Buffalo on Tuesday night, 81-74, and will play its second-straight game in the Carrier Dome against St. Bonaventure (9-2) tonight. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be the second-to-last nonconference game for the Orange.See who our beat writers predict in the matchup here:Matthew Gutierrez (11-0)Bonafide ThreatSyracuse 72, St. Bonaventure 66The Bonnies, coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons, are the real deal. A favorite in the Atlantic 10, they pose as a legitimate threat to upset the Orange come Friday night. St. Bonaventure returns four starters from last season, including guards Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, a pair that scored more points last year than any returning duo in the nation and combine to average 35.7 points per game this season for a 9-2 team. But while the Bonnies beat Maryland and Buffalo, Syracuse will come away with a win to improve to 11-1 because the Bonnies don’t have the size to compete on the boards with SU. That doesn’t bode well for the visitors.Tomer Langer (11-0)Bonnies and ClydeSyracuse 75, St. Bonaventure 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has had a habit of playing to the level of its competition this year — it struggled to put away teams like Iona and Buffalo, but had an impressive win against Maryland as well — and I think that continues on Friday. The Bonnies beat Maryland this year and pose threats that could exploit the Orange’s weaknesses. St. Bonaventure ranks 17th per Kenpom.com at forcing turnovers, doing it on 24.1 of possessions, while Syracuse is a middle of the pack team at protecting the ball. But I don’t think Tyus Battle gets shut out the way he was on Tuesday when he scored just 13 points, and SU does just enough to escape with a win.Sam Fortier (11-0)BonniesvoyageSyracuse 70, St. Bonaventure 68The Bonnies are small but make up for it by playing quick and toughening up on defense (ninth in steal percentage). They’re also the eighth-best team in the country at getting to the free-throw line and hit 38.4 percent of their 3s, which is a recipe to beat the Orange’s zone. St. Bonaventure’s two star guards, Adams and Mobley, are senior leaders for one of the more experienced teams in the nation. The Orange shouldn’t and won’t sleep on the Bonnies, and the resiliency displayed against Georgetown and Buffalo still pushes SU over the edge for me in this one. Commentslast_img read more

Anthony Joshua Meets Challenger Kubrat Pulev In Cardiff.

first_imgRelated IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev met for the first time at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales – venue for their October 28 contest.It was a calm meet with both pugilists respectful and shared smiles accompanied with an unplanned handshake in the President’s Lounge in front of the assembled media to officially announce their heavyweight tussle.“I can tell you he’s more determined than ever to go on creating history and defend these titles against all comers, mandatory’s, unifications. What a great fight he has against Kubrat Pulev here on October 28th which is likely to house just under 80,000.” – Matchroom Sports Managing Director Eddie HearnSuccinct details on both fighters:Joshua – Started at 18 years of age – at 19 he won the ABA championships – at 21, he won silver at the World Championships which was shortly accompanied by a gold medal won at the London 2012 Olympics – at 23, he turned professional – at 25, he won the Commonwealth title – at 26, he won the IBF world title and at 27 he unified the division in front of 90,000 people at Wembley.Pulev – (25-1, 13 KOs), The Bulgarian fought at five World Championships throughout the 2000s. He represented his country at the Olympics in 2008. He won gold at the 2008 European Championships in Liverpool. He turned professional in late 2009. Currently No. 3 with the WBC, No. 7 with the WBA, No. 3 with the WBO and the No. 1 challenger, the mandatory for the IBF and No. 3 with the Bible of Boxing, THE RING Magazine.Tickets for the event are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £200, £300 and £500 – with VIP tickets priced at £1500.A reminder that it has been nearly a decade since the stadium was the venue for a boxing match, when it hosted the Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler super middleweight unification. Also, the principality was chosen as venue for the all-British heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno in 1993.last_img read more

Paf pays additional €40m in dividends to ease coronavirus impact

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Christer Fahlstedt: Paf – True responsibility is a test of all industry values September 5, 2019 Paf cuts maximum yearly loss limits by €5,000 October 3, 2019 Submit Share Share Åland Islands-based gaming operator Paf confirmed that it will be paying an additional €40 million in dividends to ‘alleviate the negative effects of the coronavirus’.It comes after the gaming operator saw a 4% increase in year-on-year profits for 2019, rising from €24.6m in 2018 to €25.6m. Meanwhile total turnover also increased from €111.8 million to €114.2 million.“We had a good year in 2019 and the decision to give an extra dividend means that Paf contributes a total of 40 million euros this year. Paf’s purpose is to generate surplus for the benefit of society and this year it feels especially good that we have the opportunity to make an even greater contribution,” said Paf’s CEO Christer Fahlstedt.The Board of Directors had previously suggested that €40 million from 2019’s profits and earlier profits should be given to the Government of Åland for distribution for socially beneficial purposes.“We would like to express our sincere thanks to the management and staff for their excellent work. The importance of Paf’s contribution to society appears to be extraordinarily high in situations such as these,” added Paf Chairman Jan-Mikael von Schantz.Last week, Paf  revealed that significant progress had been achieved on its fair play and social responsibility mandate, in which the operator has reduced its reliance on VIP customers.Paf confirmed that player losses of €30,000 had fallen by 70%. As a result, the operator has lowered its ‘mandatory loss limit’ to a new €25,000 threshold. Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year  June 11, 2020last_img read more

LA Clippers fall to San Antonio Spurs, who are now 15-0 at home

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs were upset with non-calls, became anxious as they struggled to overcome a rare deficit and grew tense as they fought to maintain a late lead against the Clippers.And the Spurs enjoyed it all.LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and San Antonio held on for a 115-107 victory on Friday night to remain undefeated at home.After winning their previous four games by an average of 26 points, the Spurs embraced the challenge of capturing and maintaining a lead in the final minutes. “Clips are a hell of a team,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Very experienced, obviously well-coached, they’re disciplined (and) they’re used to winning. So, when you can win a game like that, it gives you a good measuring stick.” Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs, who are 15-0 at home this season.Chris Paul had 27 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who entered the game having won nine of 11. Blake Griffin added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds.The Spurs leads the league in several defensive categories, but offense dominated the first matchup between the teams since the Clippers eliminated the then-defending champions in the first round of last season’s playoffs.“It’s just two very offensively powered teams,” Paul said. “We are usually right up there at the top in the league in offense and they are usually right up there, too. Tonight both teams just made shots and it came down to whoever made the most stops.” San Antonio opened the final quarter on an 11-0 run, beginning with Patty Mills’ layup on the fifth pass of the possession after the Spurs passed up three 3-pointers. Parker’s 3-pointer closed the run and gave San Antonio a 96-88 lead with 9:17 remaining.“I thought we still played all right (during the Spurs’ run),” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I just didn’t think we executed well offensively and I thought it bled over to our defense. I thought we were frustrated from the offensive end in that stretch and then they scored every time.”The Spurs then resumed intentionally fouling Jordan, and it disrupted their offense as much as it limited the Clippers.San Antonio would not score until Parker hit another 3-pointer with 6:08 remaining, but the Spurs were able to maintain a 99-93 advantage. Parker also drained a 15-footer with 1:19 remaining and ran down a long rebound off Manu Ginobili’s miss with 53 seconds.San Antonio entered the game holding opponents to 88.2 points, but the Clippers matched that in taking an 88-85 lead entering the fourth.“This is good for us,” Aldridge said. “It makes us focus at the end of the game; not be so easy. I thought our guys played well down the stretch.”Aldridge shot 11 for 18 and grabbed 11 defensive rebounds in matching his season high for points.“It was huge, it was huge,” Parker said. “I felt like we really saw the LaMarcus we’re going to need if we’re going to make any kind of run.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had 13 points in the first half. It was the 22nd time he has scored in double figures in the first half, which leads the league. … The Clippers will play just four games at home this month, which is the least in a single month in franchise history since playing three games in January 1992.Spurs: The Spurs have won nine games by 20-plus points, which is the most in the league this season. Oklahoma City is second with five wins of 20-plus. MORE 3s, PLEASEGriffin made both of his 3-point attempts, raising his season average to 40 percent on 6-for-15 shooting. Rivers said he would like Griffin to start taking more 3-pointers, but the onus is on Griffin.“He can shoot them,” Rivers said. “It’s funny, he works on them. I still think at times he doesn’t really want to shoot them unless we draw the play up for him to shoot it or it’s late clock.”NOT A FANGinobili said he is not a fan of intentionally fouling to put a poor free-throw shooter at the line. Jordan was 8 for 20 from the line, with most of the fouls being committed intentionally beginning late in the third quarter.“If they change the rule, we’ll adapt,” Ginobili said. “If the rules are like that, they’re shooting poor percentages. When you do the equation, the points per possession that they get with that, it works out. If something changes in the rules, then you adapt and look for a different strategy. Maybe it’s not the most attractive strategy, but it’s within the rules.” UP NEXTClippers at Houston, tonightcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Olimpic and Željo on Saturday on TV, Sarajevo vs. Zvijezda on Sunday

first_imgThe new season of BH Telecom Premier League of B&H starts this Saturday.It begins with some very interesting matches like the one to be held at Otoka where Olimpic and Željezničar will play at 17:00 o’clock. Match will be shown at BHT. The arbiter is Ilija Živković from Orašje.5 matches are scheduled for the same day, starting with 17:30 o’clock, while Sarajevo – Zvijezda and Široki  Brijeg – Radnik will play on Sunday. (Source: Sport Centar)last_img

Two Wellington Mexican Restaurants are experiencing owner changeovers

first_imgChelle Klein, new owner of El Chili Verde.Mi Casita takes over where La Fiesta used to be.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As required by law, the Wellington City Council approved the re-issuing of Cereal Malt Beverages licenses for two Mexican Restaurants in town because those businesses are experiencing ownership changes.La Fiesta Restaurant in Wellington is no more. The business was recently bought by Sonia and Jose Lozano. The restaurant has been renamed Mi Casita Inc. Restaurant (meaning little house) located at 1104 North A Street.In downtown Wellington, JoAnn Buckman, who has been the owner of El Chili Verde, a venerable family restaurant in downtown for 20 years, is leasing the business over to her former employee Chelle Klein, who will become the business owner. Buckman said she will help her husband run the Manilla Liquor Store and spend more time with her family.“I’m not retiring,” Buckman said.last_img read more

Wellington-De Soto State Tournament preview….

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are all the things you need to know about the upcoming Wellington vs. De Soto girls state tournament game on Wednesday at 3 p.m.Class 4A Div. 1 Girls Tournament – De Soto (14-8) vs. Wellington (22-0).Ticket prices: K-12 $7, Adults $9. Parking fee: No Charge. Community Pep Rally: 9:15 a.m. in WHS back parking lot. Student bus: $10, leaves at noon . School is dismissed at noon.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Garrett Wilson, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. FM: 100.3.  Live stats: KSHSAA will also be providing live results on this site: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Basketball/State.cfmHow to get there: If you are driving it will take about 1 hour, 57 minutes for a 122 mile trip. If you take the I-135 route get off on exit 90 and turn right onto Magnolia Road, left on Belmont Blvd. and then left on S. Ohio St. Go 2 miles north before turning left on Midway.Tournament schedule: Wednesday’s gamesWellington (22-0) vs. De Soto (14-8), 3 p.m.Paola (20-2) vs. Abilene (18-4), 4:45 p.m.Bishop Miege (22-0) vs. Andale (10-12), 6:30 p.m.McPherson (20-2) vs. Labette County (20-2), 8:15 p.m.Friday’s semifinalsWellington-De Soto winner vs. Paola-Abilene winner, 3 p.m.Bishop Miege-Andale winner vs. McPherson-Labette County winner, 6:30 p.m.Saturday’s gamesThird place, noonChampionship, 4 p.m.DE SOTO WILDCATSRecord: 14-8.  Coach: Ryan Robie.Kansas Power Index ranking: No. 12.Significant starters: Kristen Saucerman (10.5 points, five rebounds).Julia Johnson (12.5 points, seven rebounds)Mariah Grizzle (13.7 points, 10 rebounds).How they got there: Desoto went 12-8 during the regular season. Five of those losses came against state tournament qualifying teams. The Wildcats lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission West, Silver Lake and Baldwin twice. In the Tonganoxie sub-state, De Soto beat Eudora 52-29 and Atchison 68-33.De Soto (14-8) schedule: De Soto 15 Olathe Northwest 76De Soto 45 Shawnee Mission West 49De Soto 44 Ottawa 37De Soto over EudoraDe Soto 50 Spring Hill 27De Soto vs. LousburgDe Soto 43 Wamego 30De Soto 35 Bonner Springs 21De Soto vs. Basehor-Linwood (no score reporte)De Soto 50 Baldwin 53De Soto 39 Spring Hill 57De Soto 43 Ottawa 29De Soto vs. Eudora (no score reported)De Soto vs. Louisburg (no score reported)De Soto 42 Baldwin 59Sub-state:De Soto 52 Eudora 29De Soto 68 Atchison 33.What Wellington head coach Eric Adams said about De Soto:“They all look alike, 5-9, 5-9, 5-10. Very lanky and disciplined.”Fun facts: This marks De Soto’s first girls state basketball tournament trip in the school’s 32 year history.WELLINGTON CRUSADERSRecord: 22-0.  Coach: Eric Adams.Kansas Power Index ranking: No. 4.Significant starters: Grace Mitchell (21.7 points, 7.5 rebounds).Lauryn Snipes (12.1 points, 4.8 assists.)Tayland French (4.3 points, 7.1 rebounds)Avery Rusk (11.5 points, 1.8 steals).Shayland French (5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds)How they got there: Wellington was undefeated during regular season winning the Kingman and Haven Tournaments, and winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. Wellington defeated Mulvane 58-16 and Rose Hill 46-33 in the sub-state.Wellington (22-0) schedule: Wellington 47 Kingman 41Wellington 55 Conway Springs 35Wellington 56 Sterling 52Wellington 59 Andale 43Wellington 67 Mulvane 32Wellington 69 Collegiate 31Wellington 51 Circle 47Wellington 62 Clearwater 23Wellington 65 El Dorado 27Wellington 53 Chaparral 16Wellington 56 Cheney 44Wellington 47 Goddard 42Wellington 65 Buhler 41Wellington 61 Augusta 44Wellington 46 Winfield 43Wellington 65 Andale 38Wellington 65 Mulvane 46Wellington 60 Collegiate 48Wellington 51 Circle 32Wellington 70 Clearwater 27Sub-state:Wellington 58 Mulvane 16Wellington 46 Rose Hill 33.What Wellington head coach Eric Adams said about Wellington:“We need to enjoy the experience and keep focused between the lines. My daughter (who played on the 2012 state tournament team) said she doesn’t remember anything about the state tournament. It was all a blur. I can say the same thing when I was coaching South Haven. You can’t let the limelight get you.”Fun facts: Of the 128 boys and girls teams in the state tournament, 11 of those high school basketball teams are undefeated including Wellington and Bishop Miege… Wellington has played four state tournament teams this year: Goddard in Class 5A, Andale in 4A Div. 1, Wichita Collegiate in 4A Div. II and Sterling in 3A. Crusaders are 4-0 against those teams… The KPI Index website which uses a formula to determine rankings and predictions, has Wellington finishing fourth at the state tournament. Wellington is predicted to win the first round game against De Soto 52-38, before losing to Paola 53-48 and Labette County 50-49 for third place.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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