Larsson keen to make amends

first_imgSebastian Larsson will use the embarrassment of Sunderland’s humiliation at Aston Villa to fuel his bid to help them escape relegation trouble. The 27-year-old Sweden international admitted he left the pitch at Villa Park on Monday evening suffering the same emotions as the travelling fans who witnessed the 6-1 horror show. However, he will channel all that into the home clash with Stoke. Asked how they ensured a black night in the Midlands represented nothing more than a blip, Larsson said: “By making sure you feel that pain and how bad it feels. As for the fans, we probably feel the same. It’s that sickening feeling and embarrassing feeling.” He added: “It is embarrassing to lose 6-1, and we have got to use that. We have gone through the game very clearly and we have got to focus really hard and make sure we come out fighting. “It’s got to hurt a lot after a performance like this – and it does, trust me – but we have also got to remember the positives, what we had done in the previous weeks and what we can do and how solid we were. “We looked very good and there’s no reason why we can’t get back to that. We have got to try to focus on our own performance. “Yes, you do know how many points, you look for other scores, but at the end of the day, we have got it in our own hands to get to where we want to get to and if we do that, we don’t have to worry about the rest.” The Black Cats go into the game sitting just two points above the drop zone in the wake of 18th-placed Wigan’s 3-2 victory at West Brom. Villa dragged themselves closer to safety with a 2-1 win at Norwich, while Newcastle collected a point from their 0-0 draw at West Ham to leave the Black Cats hovering anxiously above the bottom three. In the circumstances, Sunderland need to take something, and ideally all three points, against Stoke in the latest of a series of fixtures labelled as “cup finals” by Di Canio. “The gaffer said that when he came in. We had six or seven games and they are all cup finals until we get to where we have to,” Larsson said. “Hopefully that will be on Monday night – but nothing is guaranteed, we have seen that. We have put in some terrific displays – we beat Newcastle away, we beat a very strong Everton side at home, and then on the other side, we go and lose to Aston Villa 6-1.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

VP Pence’s plane forced back to DC for unspecified emergency

first_imgVice President Mike Pence’s airplane was diverted from New Hampshire back to Washington Tuesday after being called back for an unspecified emergency.Pence was scheduled to visit Salem to participate in a roundtable discussion and deliver remarks on the opioid crisis in New Hampshire.However, shortly before the vice president was expected to arrive, an event official told the crowd that Air Force Two had been diverted because of an emergency.“We do have a situation where the vice president was called back to Washington,” Randy Gentry, a representative of Pence’s office, told the crowd, adding that the event had been canceled.A spokesman for Pence’s office said the vice president needed to go back to the White House, and that he will return to New Hampshire at a later date.It remains unclear to what the emergency pertains.last_img read more

Other Sports Yashaswini Singh Deswal Wins 10m Air Rifle Gold, Secures Ninth Olympic Quota For India

first_imgYashaswini ended the final a massive 1.9 points ahead of the event’s next best performer.Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh finished 1-2 in the women’s 10m Air Pistol.The 22-year-old is a former junior world champion. highlights Rio de Janeiro: An authoritative Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured India’s ninth Olympic quota in style, upstaging the women’s 10m air pistol’s numero uno shooter Olena Kostevych of Ukraine for a gold in the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The 22-year-old former junior world champion on Saturday recorded 236.7 in the eight-woman final of the season’s fourth ISSF World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters. Ukraine’s world number one Kostevych, also a former Olympic and world champion, claimed the silver with 234.8, while Serbia’s Jasmina Milavonovic bagged the beonze with 215.7. Such was the dominance of Yashaswini that she ended the final a massive 1.9 points ahead of the event’s next best performer, Kostevych. Yashaswini, a student of Economics, had also the topped the qualifications by a mile, aggregating a score of 582.  Starting the finals with 10.1, 10.5 and 10.1, the Indian was third after the first five-shot series of stage 1. A 10.6 pushed her to number two and a 10.1 to the top, eventually ending the stage as number one. She started the elimination rounds with a bumper 10.4, which was followed by 10.0.   The standing was not disturbed despite a 9 as her lead was pretty big by that time. She beiefly slipped to second with a 9.1, but a humongous 10.8, soon after, firmly established Yashaswini’s place at the top. After confirming the quota, Yashaswini shot a perfect 10.9, extending her dominance and securing the top prize with an effortless performance.   Also Read | Despite India boycott threat, shooting excluded from 2022 Commonwealth GamesHer two final shots where in the 9s, but importantly, both were higher than those of the Ukranian champion. The brilliant performance saw Yashaswini join Sanjeev Rajput, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker as India’s other quota holders for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Also Read | Abhinav Bindra not in favour of India boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games This is also India’s third gold in Rio, after Abhishek Verma and Elavenil Valarivan won the yellow metal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol and women’s 10m Air Rifle respectively. Earlier in the day Kajal Saini of India delivered a hugely improved performance in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) by finishing 22nd with a qualifying round score of 1167. Former world champion in prone, Tejaswini Sawant finished 47th with a score of 1156.  In the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, Adarsh Singh and Anish Bhanwala shot 291 out of 300 in the first precision round to be in 13th and 14th spots respectively.Anhad Jawanda, the third Indian in the fray, shot 281 to be in 48th spot. The trio will comeback for the final Rapid Fire round on Sunday to try and make it among the top six finalists. The Indians also continued to do well in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section. Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh finished 1-2 in the women’s 10m Air Pistol, shooting scores of 580 and 577 respectively.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Callahan provides multi-dimensional threat in first regular season game with Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Liam Callahan waited about eight months to play his first regular season game for Syracuse after arriving on campus in the winter.On Friday, he debuted in fashion, utilizing Syracuse’s new three-defender formation to feature in both halves of the field.The Villanova transfer wreaked havoc along the left side, playing a large part in the Orange’s second goal and creating several other chances in Syracuse’s (1-0) season-opening, 3-0 win over Niagara (0-1) on Friday afternoon at SU Soccer Stadium.Callahan served more the role of a left wing back on Friday, which allowed him to get forward more often and disrupt the Niagara defense.“(Head coach Ian McIntyre) knows we can track up and back the field without having problems,” Callahan said. “He just trusts us to be able to go back and forth and make sure we have responsibility with that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt didn’t take long for Callahan to pester the Purple Eagles’ back line, as he sent two crosses into the box from the left wing in the first five minutes of the game.All afternoon, Callahan forced Niagara’s midfielders and forwards to drop back on defense, as he’d go from the position of a typical left-sided defender up to one of a left winger.It’s a hybrid role that Jordan Murrell has played before, and one he says Callahan is adjusting well to.“It’s just good helping him, keep talking to him, giving him some advice,” Murrell said. “When he doesn’t need it, he’s flying forward, getting crosses in and crosses are important, so if he does his job well, we all do our job well.”With 21 minutes remaining in the first half, Niagara toyed with the ball in the box as the Orange was unable to clear. McIntyre screamed from the sideline for his defenders to find a man and get the ball away from danger.But just as a Niagara chance seemed imminent, Callahan came up with a crunching slide tackle inside the box to halt the threat.Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Callahan provided a game-changing play on the other end of the field.Callahan stepped up from the left of his back line, intercepted a pass, dribbled upfield and fed Chris Nanco, who scored to give the Orange a 2-0 lead.“It’s an instinct, you see a ball across and you see two players going at it, you say either I get this ball or they do,” Callahan said. “I put 100 percent into it, got it and gave it to Nanco, and he did the rest with it.”The assist was somewhat of a culmination of all the progress Callahan has showed in exhibitions.Though McIntyre said the final ball from his wingers could’ve been better in general, it was Callahan’s that virtually sealed the win.“Liam’s had a good preseason,” McIntyre said. “That final pass was just a little bit off, and then you saw that quality service with the goal.”And after his long wait to suit up for the Orange, Callahan’s debut was as promising as it was multi-dimensional.“It’s a position I’ve never played before, so it’s something new to me,” Callahan said. “But having the freedom to go up and down the field and be able to actually get chances to score and have assists is exciting.” Comments Published on August 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Ghana v Mali preview: 21 Stars train without injured Jonathan Mensah

21 Black Stars players participated in the team’s first training session in Paris ahead of Tuesday’s friendly international with Mali.Only defender Jonathan Mensah missed the session after sustaining an injury during Ghana’s 2:1 loss to Senegal in an earlier friendly on Saturday.The players trained on Sunday morning with head coach Avram Grant and his technical team in charge of the session.According to the Ghana FA’s official website, the Black Stars will hold their final training session on Monday evening.The match will be played at Stade Sebastien Charlety in Paris.Meanwhile Mali coach Alain Giresse has extended a late invitation to FC Paris’ Tierco Keita. The Frenchman has given the youngster a debut callup following the absence of captain Seydou Keita, Abdoulaye Diaby and Moussa Marega.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith read more

Tiger Woods’ score: Masters results, highlights from Thursday’s Round 1

first_imgWoods, who finished in second place in his last major, the PGA Championship, overcame some shaky putting at the start of his round to shoot a 2-under 70. MORE: Watch Tiger Woods’ Round 1 at the Masters for freeEven though he made the turn at 1-under par, Woods missed a handful of putts from within eight feet on the front nine that would have improved his score even more.He was in first place from the 14th to 16th hole but bogeyed the penultimate hole to fall one stroke back of the lead. In total, Woods had 12 pars, four birdies and two bogeys on the first 18 holes. Justin Harding, Jon Rahm, Patton Kizzire and former Masters champ Adam Scott were the four golfers tied for first place at the conclusion of Woods’ round. Sporting News provided scoring updates and highlights of Woods’ first round at Augusta National Golf Club. Follow along below.Masters live leaderboardFor complete scores, check out our full Masters leaderboard , featuring Woods and the rest of the field.Tiger Woods’ score: Results, highlights from Round 1Hole (Par)Tiger’s score  Place1 (4)EvenT-122 (5)1 underT-43 (4)1 underT-54 (3)1 underT-65 (4)Even T-176 (3)EvenT-177 (4)Even T-198 (5)Even T-199 (4)1 under T-1010 (4)1 underT-911 (4)1 under T-912 (3)1 underT-1013 (5)2 underT-314 (4)3 under T-115 (5)3 underT-116 (3)3 underT-117 (4)2 underT-618 (4)2 underT-5(All times Eastern)Hole 18: Par 4, 465 yardsA drive into the fairway bunker doesn’t prove to be much of a hindrance to Woods, who saves par and finishes the round with 2-over 70. He remains one stroke off the lead.Hole 17: Par 4, 440 yardsTough bogey for Woods. He had a nine-foot putt for par but missed it past the hole. He drops out of the lead.Hole 16: Par 3, 170 yardsThe birdie putt falls just short but Woods keeps pace atop the leaderboard with a par.Hole 15: Par 5, 530 yardsWoods pars the hole, not the ideal result he wanted, but considered he spent a considerable time during the hole in the rough, it’s not worst-case scenario.Hole 14: Par 4, 440 yardsMasterful birdie for Woods on probably his best hole of the round thus far. He drove it into the rough on the left, but rebounded with a great approach shot and sunk a putt from 25 feet. He is in a tie for first place!Tiger Woods goes OVER the trees and on to the green from the second cut at the 14th hole.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 11, 2019.@TigerWoods escapes from the trees on No. 14 and converts his 25-foot birdie putt to claim a share of the lead.— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 11, 2019Hole 13: Par 5, 510 yardsIt takes just two shots for Woods to land on the green, and despite a long eagle putt, he gets it just a couple of feet from the hole to set up an easy birdie. Woods is only one stroke back of the lead.Hole 12: Par 3, 155 yardsAfter hitting his first shot to the fring, Woods opts to pitch it and gets the ball within a couple of feet of the cup. It’s an easy par. Harding has dropped a stroke and is tied with two other for first place at 3 under, putting Woods just two strokes off. Hole 11: Par 4, 505 yardsWoods opts to play the difficult 11th hole conservatively, avoiding the water but setting up a lag putt that turns into a par.Hole 10: Par 4, 495 yardsThe good news for Woods: He reaches the green on two shots. The not as good news: The approach shot landed a ways away form the hole but he works it in for par. Leader Justin Harding made another birdie to extend his lead over Woods to three strokes.Hole 9: Par 4, 460 yardsWoods converts a short putt and he’s definitely glad he did. He is back under par for the round.Hole 8: Par 5, 570 yardsAn encouraging green in regulation for Woods, but he misses another relatively short putt and settles for his fourth consecutive par.Hole 7: Par 4, 450 yardsWoods drops his club in disgust as his approach shot from the fairway goes into the bunker to the left of the hole. He is able to hit a strong shot out of the bunker and escapes the short-putt demons that have haunted him over the last two holes. It’s a par.Hole 6: Par 3, 180 yardsAnother devastating miss on a short putt. Woods will par again after failing to capitalize on an easy birdie putt. At least the reason for his early struggles is easily identifiable. Hole 5: Par 4, 495 yardsA hole of firsts for Woods, but not in a good way. He misses his first fairway and bogeys for the first time. The putt lipped off the side of the cup from about five feet. He is back to even-par. Hole 4: Par 3, 240 yardsThe birdie putt falls just short and Woods settles for another par.Hole 3: Par 4, 350 yardsWoods’ pitch went over the green on the short par four, but he rebounds nicely with a chip near the hole and a tap-in for par.Hole 2: Par 5, 575 yards For the first time since 2010, Tiger Woods is in the top 10 after the first round of the Masters.It’s the fifth instance in total that Woods has been in the top 10 after the first round of the tournament. He has won the green jacket on two of those occasions.  Despite landing his second shot into the bunker, Woods recovers and birdies the hole, moving him to just one shot off the lead in the early going. His tee shots still look strong. Hole 1: Par 4, 445 yardsAfter a very strong tee shot, Woods’ approach shot lands on the green about 30 feet from the hole, leading to a routine two-putt for par.Tiger Woods’ 2019 Masters begins with a club twirl.Watch his round live:— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 11, 2019last_img read more

FIBAWC Preview: USA – You Come at the Champs, You Best Not Miss

first_imgIn fact, the position of USAB Head Coach may be the role which Popovich has lusted after for some time. As one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, his previous foray into international basketball was somewhat of a disappointment. Popovich was an assistant coach on the 2004 USA Olympic team that lost three games and was“only” (by USA Basketball’s modern standards) able to claim the bronze medal. Popovich’s last NBA title came in 2014, when his San Antonio Spurs executed some of the most beautiful team basketball ever seen. His body of work has always been based on perfecting the fundamentals of basketball, building a harmonious and cohesive team, and maximising role players to the point where the sum of the whole becomes significantly greater than the sum of the parts. The seventeen man practice roster, which will later become twelve, is ideally poised to succeed under Popovich despite the absence of key names. View this post on Instagram RosterThe final 12 man USAB roster that will feature at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, will be quite unlike any USA team we’ve seen in international competition since the initial addition of marquee NBA stars to USA Basketball that followed 1992. That said, despite a number of withdrawals from established star talent, the USA still has more than enough depth and quality to build a World Cup winning team.Don’t expect to know the final roster for a while yet though. “We have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Men’s National Team managing director.  “Forty-eight hours before Game 1 in China is when we have to submit a roster so we want to make sure everyone gets a real shot” (per USAB press release).  The roster is likely to be spearheaded by All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker. Having averaged a career high 25.6ppg, alongside 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals, after 8 seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, Walker left this summer to join the Boston Celtics. An electrifying, level-headed guard, Walker will excel orchestrating the USA’s offense. With only one All-NBA player (the Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker) and one All-Star (the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton), USAB have a roster primed with savvy, multi-dimensional role players and budding stars perfectly capable of leading this team to the Gold. In fact, the structure of this team, as currently comprised, is more reminiscent of European team, than a traditional US roster.The USA could become the first team to win three FIBA Basketball World Cup tournaments in a row and, despite the absence of the NBA’s superstars, expectations are high. Expect a team USA different to anything you can remember. And expect new stars to shine bright in China.Other teams beware – if you come at the champs, you best not miss. Behind the scenes with Jeff Van Gundy’s USA Team during Window 5 of the Qualifiers where they secured the qualification for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China! #FIBAWC #ThisIsMyHouseA post shared by FIBA Basketball World Cup (@fibawc) on Dec 11, 2018 at 9:00am PSTPlayers like Reggie Hearn (Stockton Kings) and Travis Trice (SIG Strasbourg) became vital components in the country’s qualification. Hearn, with 9 appearances, was USAB’s most capped player, averaging an impressive 9.7ppg and 3.2 rpg in just 21 minutes of action whilst hitting 48.8% of his threes. En route to leading USA through the qualifiers, Hearn was honoured with the 2018 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award.Even the coaching debut of Gregg Popovich has been delayed by his San Antonio Spurs duties. In his absence, Jeff Van Gundy led the USA to an impressive 10-2 record. USAB dominated opponents, outscoring challengers by an impressive 18.33 points per game and won six games by thirty or more points.The road to China wasn’t exactly a cakewalk though, with losses at the hands of both Mexico and Argentina, USAB needed a buzzer beating jumper from Hearn to steal a one point victory in their second game against the Argentines and final qualifying game. In doing so they successfully attained the top spot in Group E, edging out those same Argentines 22 points to 21. GroupUSA are the clear favourites to win Group E, here’s who they will face and how they made their way to China.Czech Republic (24th in FIBA world ranking)The Czech Republic, are one of two nations making their FIBA Basketball World Cup debut in China. Winning 8 of their 12 games, they qualified as the third seed from Group K of the European Zone. Their 74.2 points per game is the second lowest scoring output amongst all European teams who qualified for the World Cup.The Czech’s are dominant on the glass though, averaging the third highest number of rebounds across European teams, with 38.75. In eight appearances, 26-year-old, 7-1 Center, Ondrej Balvin (Herbalife Gran Canaria) led the team with 7 rebounds per contest.Turkey (17th in FIBA world ranking)Turkey’s 8 wins was good enough to secure the second slot in Group I of the European Qualifiers. Having made their World Cup debut in 2002, Turkey have qualified for five straight tournaments, with their best finish being as runners up in 2010.Only one player appeared in all 12 qualifiers for Turkey, center Sertac Sanli (Anadolu Efes). The seven-foot 28-year-old only averaged 16.7 minutes of action, but still tallied 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Cedi Osman (Cleveland Cavaliers) appeared in four qualifiers, putting up  impressive numbers with 19.3ppg and 8 rebounds per game.Japan (48th in FIBA world ranking)Japan qualified in second place, behind Australia, from Group F of the Asian Qualifiers. This will be their fifth appearance at a World Cup. Their last appearance was as the host nation in 2006 and their 17th place finish in that tournament is the worst ranking for a host in a World Cup.Nick Fazekas’ (Kawasaki Brave Thunders) 27.2ppg was the highest average (amongst the players with at least six games played) during the World Cup 2019 qualifiers in the Asia zone. He was also one of only three players in the Asia qualifiers to average a double-double, snaring 12.5 rebounds alongside his point haul.Match-upsGame 1 – Sunday 1 September 2019 vs Czech RepublicTomas Satoransky (Chicago Bulls) will lead the Czech charge, as they attempt to upset the USA in their opening game. The Bulls’ guard averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his two games during the World Cup qualifiers, the best averages for a Czech player.Reigning EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely (Fenerbahce) won’t play in China, as he recovers from a knee injury – his absence from the team is a bitter blow. Jaromir Bohacik (CEZ Basketball Nymburk), Blake Schilb (Champagne Châlons Reims Basket) and Vojtech Hruban (CEZ Basketball Nymburk) were all named in the initial roster and are the only players outside of Satoransky to have averaged double digit points. They also formed the backbone of the Czech Republic’s qualifying campaign playing in 12, 10 and 11 games respectively.Whilst the Czech’s can be a physical team, they lack the depth to keep up with the USA. Especially when it comes to offensive firepower.Game 2 – Tuesday 3 September 2019 vs TurkeyTurkey represent the biggest challenge to the USA in the group stage. 32-year-old forward Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee Bucks) has been a key component of the national team since 2006, he’ll team up with Cedi Osman and Furkan Korkmaz (Philadelphia 76ers). Although the trio only appeared in a combined 10 games in the European Qualifiers, they led the team in efficiency, with efficiency ratings of 14, 20 and 20.8 respectively.33-year-old Semih Erden (İstanbul BBSK) provides an inside presence for Turkey. The 6-11 center featured in 9 qualifying games and, in just 19.2 minutes per game, averaged 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.Turkey has a blend of savvy veterans and confident youngsters that could prove a handful for USAB. Nevertheless, a loss here would be a relatively big shock.Game 3 – Thursday 5 September 2019 vs JapanThe focus here, from an American media perspective at least, will be on Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards). The former Gonzaga University star, selected with the ninth pick in the 2019 NBA draft, impressed in his four qualifying campaign games with averages of 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals. In fact, the 6-8 forward scored at least 24 points in three of those four appearances.Japan’s three key players are Hachimura, the aforementioned Fazekas and Yuta Watanabe (Memphis Grizzlies). In two qualifying games, the 6-9 Watanabe averaged 17.5 points along with 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. Walker’s new Celtics teammates, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown also feature on the 17 man “finalists” roster. Previous iterations of team USA have been dubbed “The Dream Team” (92) and “The Redeem Team” (08). All three have a legitimate shot at making the starting five. If fellow Celtic and defensive irritant, Marcus Smart, is able to overcome his calf tightness to make the final cut as well, could this iteration of USAB become known as The Green Team?Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) has a real shot at leading Team USA in scoring throughout the World Cup. The 28-year-old made his first NBA All-Star team last season, having forged himself into an excellent, versatile offensive threat throughout his seven year career. Having entered the league as a second round draft pick in 2012, the 6-8 wing is used to being overlooked and sees the FIBA Basketball World Cup as another opportunity to address this. Speaking to the media following USA White vs USA Blue’s game at the end of the Las Vegas Camp, Middleton was optimistic, “Now we got a chance to show what we can do. The LeBrons, the Hall of Famers, they’re not here. Perfect for us. We got a chance to do great things now.”It’s a chance for a number of young stars too, one of those being Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz). In just his second year in the NBA, the 22-year-old has truly asserted himself as the focal point of Utah’s offensive scheme, averaging 23.8 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The World Cup represents a fantastic opportunity to for this explosive two-guard to really make himself known on a global stage.QualifyingNot a single player selected as part of the USA’s 17 man finalist squad played a single minute across the World Cup qualifying windows. Due to the demands of the NBA schedule, USAB were without their elite talent and selected a team of NBA Development League (G League) players to be tasked with the challenge of leading the country to the World Cup. USA shouldn’t have too much difficulty taking care of Japan. But things could get interesting if Japan are able to get to the line, their free throw average of 73.8% Asia Zone qualifiers is the highest among the teams with more than six games played. Key StoriesTeam USA’s route to the FIBA World Cup was an odd one. With the introduction of the ”qualification windows” and their clashes with the NBA’s schedule, for the first time since the Barcelona Olympics, Team USA would be qualifying using a team with no players from the world’s Marquee league. The route ahead of them now, in the pursuit of the Naismith Trophy and a record sixth Gold Medal remains just as unusual.Many of the NBA’s top stars have withdrawn from Team USA, citing a variety of reasons. But, due to the absolute abundance of World Class players available to USA Basketball, the Americans remain firm favourites to win a third straight World Cup. The growth of the game globally has led to a position where there were 108 international players on opening-night rosters for the 2018-19 NBA season. Whilst this is amazing, it also means that the 76% of the world’s biggest league is still American. USAB has an excess of quality and quantity.New Head Coach Gregg Popovich always likes to zag when other teams zig and the pool of players from which he can select his final roster is still an envy inducing array of talent. Having both coached in the NBA for 23 seasons (and counting) and served in the US Air Force prior, there is no more perfectly suited candidate to lead this team both patriotically and as a basketball-mind.last_img read more

The Kansas Star Casino is 3 years old… Was it worth the hassle of getting it?

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Star Casino just turned 3. It officially opened on Dec. 20, 2011 at Exit 33.It arrived just six months after I started the Sumner Newscow website, so its state of existence will always stay with me.Perhaps, a more defining date as far as we Sumner County residents are concerned, was when this county, Wellington specifically, became a player in the casino sweepstakes.I define time in my life based on two things: sporting events and where I was employed.I remember reading signs newly erected by Wellington developer Tom McAlister’s on the outskirts of Wellington’s city limits as I was driving to work at the Winfield Courier. Those signs were asking Bob Knight, the former Wichita Mayor who was looking to develop a casino in south-central Kansas to “take a gamble on Wellington.” Thus, that would have had been in 2004 or 2005.I’m guessing we Sumner County residents are celebrating 10 years of casino living, loving or loathing – depending how you look at it.So was getting the Kansas Star Casino for Sumner County worth the hassle?It’s an ambiguous question – and one so multi-faceted that it leads to more questions.For example:•Has the Kansas Star provided the economic windfall to Sumner County that so many were touting or expecting?•Has there been doors that have been open on the Sumner County economic development front that weren’t available before?•Has it provided the tax revenue we were expecting?•Has our crime rate gone up?•Are we as a whole more addicted to gambling since its arrival?•Are we more populated because of the Star?•Are we poorer, richer, or about the same economically?•Are we more entertained because of the Star’s existence?•Have our disposable income habits changed?•Has it slowed economic growth in the county elsewhere?•Or has the Star had any real significant impact on Sumner County at all?Over the next two weeks, Sumner Newscow is going to attempt to answer those questions with a series of articles. Look for the first article near the end of this week.But before we do anything I’m going to ask you, the reader, what you think.Because, after all, it’s your opinion that matters the most to the ultimate question:“Was it worth the hassle?”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (17) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 292 weeks ago Yes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 292 weeks ago The casino has done a lot for the schools. Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Tax Dollars Lost · 292 weeks ago The sad part is because the Sumner County Commissioners would not follow the INTENT of Senate Bill 66 we are getting only 1/2 of the money we would have gotten. Just think about the millions of dollars we have lost already and how many millions more it will be because the 3 stooges decided they could dictate to Topeka. Report Reply 2 replies · active 292 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 292 weeks ago I wish I would have been one of the county commissioners, I could have move to Okla and bought a big ranch ,. and retired with plenty of money in my pocket. Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Cherokie · 292 weeks ago Gamble in any form is a effort to gain notoriety, to become debt free, etc. However, gambling is as addictive as using drugs, tobacco or many others, Many persons who do patronize the Kansas Star, as witnessed on television, does at times win $2000.00 or more. However, they will not state the monies spent because they lose more than they gain. The win/loss ratio is much higher on the loss side because the odds are always against the player. This is the reason the state guru’s built the Kansas Star and two other. If this was not true then how could a casino in Los Vegas deposit for one day was $300,000.00. Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 292 weeks ago I have stuck to my guns and have never stepped foot on the property. I do visit casinos south of the line all the time. I personally can not wait till a monster tornado rips the hell out of the kansas star and demolishes it for being placed at the wrong exit. That’s my story and I am sticking with it. Sumner county got screwed over with it being placed at exit 33. Report Reply 4 replies · active 292 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Smoke and mirrors · 292 weeks ago Seems to me that the Commissioners acted on behalf of the voters of Sumner County. A vote was made and the answer was exit 19. After that vote the Lottery Commission allowed local government to give a Casino approval, enter the City of Mulvane. Hixson was on the television stating that Mulane was not getting into the Casino business. But later they changed their minds…Must have had Bob Knight come by for a cup of java and some figures. Then came the SNAKE annexation…so in all I don’t think that you can soley blame the commissoners. Blame the lottery commission. They changed the rules midstream…Sumner County was also the ONLY casino that the location was not decided upon by the people and leaders of that county. Wonder why. This was always meant to be in Wichita…so they got it as close as they could….End of Story Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jane · 292 weeks ago When we go to a casino, we each take a designated amount of money which is not a lot but about the equivalent of a night out to a movie and dinner. We expect to eventually lose the money but we also expect to be entertained for a couple of hours. Even being very conservative, our money was going very quickly at KS Star. We would rather make the longer drive to OK where at least we get a longer entertainment value and much better food at First Council. The KS Star buffet takes live everything came off a frozen food truck. Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Mulvanearearesident · 292 weeks ago The downfalls that are not seen are that people do not go into Mulvane from the casino, they stay on the turnpike. The economic boost is not what the citizens had hoped it would be other than the schools (gift cards at the beginning of the year and fundrasing concession stands at the events), some property tax breaks, and a fire station on the other side of the tracks. I live three miles from the casino and have yet to set foot in it. I do know that because of the casino, some of the benefits of living near Mulvane are gone. One example is just a couple of months ago, Pizza Hut changed their policies to deliver to our area and the reason given to the consumer was the casino slowed them down so they quit delivering out our direction. Report Reply 1 reply · active 292 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down dusty · 292 weeks ago Kansas Star Sucks End Of Story!!!! Total Rip Off Joint!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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New football season, same offensive names

first_img(NNPA)—I cannot let a football season open without raising the question of the names of sports teams generally and the Washington “Redskins” in particular.  I continue to be absolutely amazed at the resistance on the part of team owners to changing the names of these teams, but also the tolerance by so many fans of these racist names.I have to pick on the Washington Redskins both because I was once a fan of the team and also because I live in the D.C.-area and have watched this situation close-up.  As I raised in a column a few months ago, a poll was released this spring that indicated that most fans wanted to leave the name of the team as it is, despite the fact that it insults Native Americans.  For some this was seen as the end of the discussion because it appeared to vindicate the position taken by the team’s owners.Let’s flip the script for a moment and consider the problem from a different vantage point.  It would be worth looking at polls that were taken in the South during the early 1960s to ascertain the level of White support for the continuation of Jim Crow segregation.  The mere fact that a majority of people favor or do not favor something does not automatically settle an argument.  Rather, it serves as a barometer, telling us about where people stand today but it does not necessarily tell us anything about the morally correct position.It is unclear why it needs repeating—especially to African-Americans—that the preponderance of opinion among Native American indicates that terms, such as “redskins,” are racially offensive.  This is not about intent any more than a White person calling one of us a “nigger” should be judged based on intent.  The word is so patently offensive that, used by someone of another racial or ethnic group against us, it serves as an act of aggression.  Someone can stand before us and tell us that they love us, but were they to name a team the “Kansas City Niggers,” there would not be enough love and sincerity in the world to override our objections.So, why is it any different for Native Americans?  Why do we have to keep going through this silly argument when the morally correct position is clear? Why should it matter whether the team will need to create a new image?  That should not concern us any more than we would have been concerned about the work involved in removing “Negro Only” or “White Only” signs from public institutions 40 years ago. It is what needed to be done 40 years ago and it is, today, about what must be done.Send a note to the Washington Redskins owners.  Ask them about the last time that they permitted someone to use terms like “nigger” in the offices of the Washington Redskins.  If such terms are objectionable, why do they think that “redskins” is any different?(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us”—And Twenty Other Myths about Unions.  Follow him on Facebook and at BILL FLETCHER JR. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at read more

Crowd cries for more from Oshen

first_imgOshen entertained the crowd with a song sung in a local Morobe language before performing his hit “throw away the guns”.His third performance “meri lewa” got the crowd singing along as he involved his audience in musical fun.He left the crowd screaming “one more, one more” before Sir George Telek came on stage.And it was then  fireworks galore as Prote  J performed on stage againlast_img