US men’s basketball set for 5-game pre-Olympic schedule

first_imgIn this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks to members of the media during a press conference in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team will face Argentina and three other opponents during a five-game, five-city exhibition tour leading up to the Summer Games.The Americans will play two games against China _ their first opponent in Rio de Janeiro _ before facing Venezuela and Nigeria.USA Basketball announced the pre-Olympic plans Monday for the two-time defending gold medalists, who will face the champions from last summer’s Asian, American and African qualifying tournaments.“We’ll face some excellent and experienced international teams, which will be important in our preparations,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “Playing five exhibition games in the United States in front of home crowds will be memorable for our players and fans alike, and we look forward to representing the United States in the best manner we can.”The U.S. will hold training camp on the campus of UNLV from July 18-21 before hosting Argentina, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and No. 4 team in the world rankings, on July 22 at a Las Vegas site to be determined.The Americans will then move to California for games against the Chinese on July 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and July 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, home of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.That will be followed by a game on July 29 at the United Center in Chicago against Venezuela, which qualified for the Olympics by winning last summer’s FIBA Americas championship, before the tour wraps up in Houston on Aug. 1 against African champion Nigeria.The Americans crushed the Nigerians by 83 points four years ago in their biggest Olympic rout ever.The U.S. will then travel to Rio for the Aug. 6-21 tournament. The Americans will also play Venezuela again there during group play.last_img read more

‘No chance’ : Inter president rules out selling Icardi to Juventus

first_imgAdvertisement 773vezNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E41v8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 92t65Would you ever consider trying this?😱3pid2Can your students do this? 🌚3jjhkRoller skating! Powered by Firework Steven Zhang, the 28-year old Chinese billionaire who chairs Inter Milan has ruled out any and all possibility of selling Mauro Icardi to their Serie A rivals, after the Argentine forward was stripped of his position as Inter’s captain. Several changes into the boardroom have sparked multiple possibilities over the striker’s future.Advertisement The club’s new Board of Directors was approved on Monday after Chinese private-equity fund LionRock Capital’s purchased a 31.05% stake from Indonesian businessman and former owner Erick Thohir, following Steven Zhang’s Suning Commerce Group who bought 68.55% of the club’s stakes from Thohir for €270m back in 2016, thereby taking over the Italian club.Icardi’s present deal with Inter runs out in 2021, and disputes with the club over renewal of the deal prompted the 26-year old striker to move out of Milan, and as per statements from Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici, the Serie A champions will be keeping a close eye on Icardi.Advertisement Following Paratici’s statements, Zhang has come out and ruled out the possibility of selling Icardi to Juventus.“Will Icardi ever join Juventus? No, never,” he said after a shareholders’ meeting at the San Siro.Advertisement “We are in negotiations to renew his contract, and he’s an important player for this club,” Zhang added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ocean Hygiene Supplies Under 16 Hurling Semi-Finals and Finals

first_imgThursday July 21 – Duggan Park.C- Cup Final. Portumna v Sarsfields OR Kinvara. 6.30pm.A1- Cup Final. Meelick/Eyrecourt v Killimordaly OR St. Thomas. 7.45pm. A1- Cup Semi Final – Killimordaly v St. Thomas. 7.30pm2X10 MIN EXTRA TIME IN THE EVENT OF A DRAW IN BOTH SEMI FINALS. Friday July 15 – Duggan Park.B – Cup Final.Ardrahan v Padraig Pearses. 7.15 pm Thursday July 14 – Duggan Park. Monday July 18 – Kenny Park.B- Shield Final. Ballinasloe v Oranmore-Maree. 6.30pm.A-Shield Final. Turloughmore v Salthill-Knocknacarra. 7.45pm. C – Cup Semi Final – Kinvara  v Sarsfields 6.15pm Wednesday July 20 – Duggan Park.A – Cup Final. Ballygar v Clarinbridge. 7.15 pm. Sunday July 17 – Kenny Park.C- Shield Final. Ballinderreen v Mountbellew. 11.amA1 – Shield Final. Liam Mellows v Kilnadeema-Leitrim. 12.30pm Friday July 22. Duggan Park.B1-Shield Final. Sylane v Killimor. 6.30pm.B1- Cup Final. Mullagh/Kiltormer v Carnmore. 7.45pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Saints take show on road, play games in Nelson, Beaver Valley

first_imgIn addition to Nelson and Beaver Valley, a total of 14 of the 21 players on the roster have significant KIJHL experience as former members of the Castlegar Rebels and Creston Valley Thunder Cats. With the top talent in Junior B making the jump to college hockey, one-time rivals are now friends.“It’s one of the great aspects of hockey at this level,” says Heaven. “These guys have competed against each other pretty intensely in the past and then all of a sudden they are sitting beside each other in the dressing room. Now they are competing with each other and are good friends, that’s the beauty about the game of hockey.”The Saints have always mined the region’s best and provided an opportunity for young athletes to pursue their educational goals while continuing to play the game they love.One of the student-athletes who began his post-secondary journey at Selkirk College is Dallas Calvin, a junior hockey standout with the Nitehawks who helped lead the Saints to a league championship during his rookie season in 2016. After three years with the Saints, Calvin transferred to Vancouver Island University at the start of this season where he is completing his degree and currently leading the BCIHL in scoring.“It’s always a little bit weird to see these guys in a different jersey and coach against them,” says Heaven, who will also watch former Saints Alex Milligan, Tyler Kerner and Jordan Rauser suit up in a Mariners’ jersey over the weekend. “But for these men who get an opportunity to go on and finish their degree, it’s obviously a great situation for them and a great accomplishment for our program. These players have had an impact on that program and are an important part of their success, but when they come here and we play against them… we want to win. We can have some laughs, a hug and handshake when the game is over, but when we are at the rink it will be intense and fiery.”After a slow start to the 2018-2019 campaign, the Saints (4-3-0-3) have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last four where they have earned seven of eight points. This weekend’s set against the Mariners (6-4-0-1) will be an important test to end the first semester of play. Heaven says it’s the perfect opportunity for hockey fans in both Beaver Valley and Nelson to check out college hockey at its best.“It’s high pace and intensity in this league,” says Heaven, who also has KIJHL coaching experience with both the Castlegar Rebels and Creston Valley Thunder Cats. “Both of these teams are very highly skilled, so there should be a lot of really good quality hockey. It will be an enjoyable game to watch and hopefully after this weekend even more hockey fans will come watch this team play in Castlegar when we return home for the second half of the season.”The puck drops both Saturday (December 1) in Beaver Valley and Sunday (December 2) in Nelson at 7 p.m. The Selkirk College Saints are spreading their wings across the region this coming weekend for a pair of games in Beaver Valley and Nelson as the team eyes a strong finish to the first half of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.With a strong contingent of former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) alumni on this year’s roster, the game on Saturday night at the Beaver Valley Arena and Sunday night at Nelson & District Recreation Complex will be a sort of homecoming when they take on the Vancouver Island University Mariners.“The success we have had as a team over the last few years owes a lot to places like Beaver Valley, Nelson and the other communities in our region,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “It’s a good opportunity to show our brand of hockey to the areas that have helped us produce such a good program.”This year’s Saints’ squad includes six former Beaver Valley Nitehawks with Dylan Heppler, Tallon Kramer, Tyler Hartman Devin Nemes, Nolan Percival and Kadrian Klimchuk all making the jump to post-secondary hockey after suiting up for the perennial KIJHL powerhouse. Both Percival and defenceman Cole Arcuri grew up playing Nelson Minor Hockey and also started their junior careers with the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs.last_img read more

Burkart scores first Canada West career goal, WolfPack rally past Heat

first_img“We were poor in the opening stages as we missed two clear cut chances then not clearing our lines. We were punished going down 3-0 from UBCO’s first three attempts on goal.  We struggled to get to pressure properly and UBCO dominated the first half.”Marisa Mendonca, fifth-year midfielder from scored twice while Rylee Mugridge of Maple Ridge and Taylor Miller of Kamloops added singles.The WolfPack return to the practice pitch and have their Canada West regular season opener on Thursday, September 5th in Prince George against the UNBC Timberwolves. TRU’s home opener is Friday, September 13th on the Warner Rentals field at Hillside Stadium when the McEwan Griffins pay a visit.Kick off is 5:30 p.m. Burkart comes to TRU after a successful youth soccer campaign.Burkart won gold and silver at the BC High School AA Girl’s level as member of the L.V. Rogers Bombers as well as two gold and one silver medal while playing for Nelson Selects at Provincial B Cup competitions. Nelson Youth Soccer grad Julia Burkart scored her first career goal as Thompson Rivers University WolfPack rallied for a 5-3 come from behind victory over the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat Wednesday in the final exhibition match of the 2019 Canada West season.Burkart, a second-year defender from Nelson, scored her first Canada West career goal to tie things up on a long range strike as Thompson Rivers rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit.“It was definitely a game of two halves,” said WolfPack head coach Mark Pennington. last_img read more

Thunder big man out to inspire kids; roots for Boston to win NBA championship

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR View comments Despite their defeat, Kanter said his teammate, Russell Westbrook, who finished the season with triple double averages in points, assists and rebounds, should be the Most Valuable Player of the season over James Harden.“He’s an amazing player,” Kanter said of Westbrook. “It’s amazing to see how he makes himself better, his teammates and the organization. He doesn’t take a day off.”Asked which team he is picking to win the title, Kanter said he was rooting for the Boston Celtics.“Any team just not the (Golden State) Warriors,” Kanter said, referring to the team that former OKC star Kevin Durant joined last year. “But I like the Celtics to win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Tiu, Quimpo rule southern series Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For about an hour on Thursday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter played pick up basketball, posed for selfies and signed autographs for young, aspiring players in San Juan City.The 6-foot-11 Turkish big man loves being around kids and taking the long trip to this basketball-crazy country is more than worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “It’s amazing how welcoming this country is,” said Kanter. “You can already see their love for basketball.”Kanter is in Manila for a brief visit in line with his advocacies under the Enes Kanter Light Foundation, which was launched almost two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I want to give kids hope and confidence” said Kanter. “I want them to dream big and help them achieve this dreams.”The Thunder suffered a first-round exit in the NBA playoffs last month, bowing to the Houston Rockets. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Crime has not decreased

first_imgDear Editor,The recent robbery at the Hardware Emporium General Store is a very troubling incident that needs a detailed investigation, and to be handled firmly by the Guyana Police Force.The news reports mentioned that bandits had torched their way into the Hardware Emporium after disconnecting the company’s electricity, disabling all alarms and made off with a safe.The Guyana Times newspaper carried a very in-depth article about the robbery, stating that it had occurred a day or two after the store had installed their security system.It was also noticed that the perpetrators had been very aware of the location of the security system and the safe, making it seem as if the job had an internal staff conspiracy.Reports also stated that the thieves locked the caretaker in his room.The technique of this robbery is something for this nation to be very worried about. This is a serious matter that needs to be pursued with strict urgency.In Lamaha Gardens and Bel Air, it has been proven that one suspect has been responsible for the various robberies in the respective areas, yet the Police have still been unable to apprehend this individual. According to information, the face and body of the individual were exposed on several closed-circuit television cameras in the area.We know that in other countries, persons do terrible things during riots and protests, and through photographs alone, within days, hours or even minutes, the perpetrator(s) is/are apprehended.Not too long ago, when my company had a serious incident and one of our guards was attacked by bandits, the vehicle was robbed, and one of our personnel was severely injured and almost died; I had made an offer to the Government of Guyana and the Private Sector Commission to donate a million dollars to start a fund for apprehending these criminal individuals. The aim was to offer an award for information leading to the apprehension of criminals involved in robberies, murders and national sabotage.But no one, not of the private sector or Government bothered with the idea, not realising that people would divulge more confidential information for cash reward. Especially if it is made in such a way that the award is big enough that even relatives may bring forth each other for the incentive.At this time, my offer is no longer on the table, because of the economic crisis we are facing in recent times.However, the offer was made. Maybe it can be done again with team work and fundraising activities, and monthly contributions from the private sector.The funds can be managed by the private sector in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force.From all appearances, this writer does not believe that crime has made a serious decrease in this country, however, Public Security Minister and the Guyana Police Force’s data say otherwise, saying that there has been a reduction of 16 per cent.Nevertheless, this robbery of the Hardware Emporium has caused a specialist in the security sector and also the head of a private law enforcement agency to wonder and ponder the future of Guyana as it relates to criminality and the mental comfort of its citizens’ peace of mind.Sincerely,Roshan KhanCEO/Founder/ChairmanRK’s SecurityServiceslast_img read more

‘No Need For Re-run Election’

first_imgBong County senatorial candidate, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, has declined to participate in the re-run election which, as ordered by the Supreme Court, should take place at three of the polling precincts in Lower Bong County.At a news conference yesterday in Gbarnga, Dr. Tokpa said his decision not to participate in the re-run is due to consultations and advice from his supporters and national stakeholders.He added that the pursuit of his case to the Supreme Court was in no way intended to ascend to political position, but to expose irregularities in the election process, which he observed has been achieved.For that reason, he wants the money allocated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the re-run to be used for the completion of the Bong County Technical College.He added that though many of his supporters intended protesting against the election result, he urged them to remain calm on grounds that he wanted to pursue his case through the legal means.“Despite winning six of the seven electoral districts, it was only district seven that was overshadowed with fraudulent activities on the part of election workers in favor of the incumbent Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor,” he told a news conference.The former Bong County Senatorial candidate added that during preliminary hearing at the commission’s headquarters, the NEC knew it was in the wrong, but could rule against itself.Dr. Tokpa added that the Supreme Court’s ruling is a clear sign that there are laws on the book that are being followed.Meanwhile, Dr. Tokpa has commended his supporters for the level of support given him during the course of the electoral process.Recently, the Supreme Court instructed the NEC to conduct an election re-run at three of the polling places in Lower Bong due to fraud discovered in the mid-term election conducted in those polling places.Since the ruling, some Bong citizens have expressed mix-reactions. Some want Dr. Tokpa to file law suit against the NEC, while others argue that Senator Taylor should not be recognized as the county’s legitimate senator on grounds that the election that saw her re-elected had huge irregularities and far from the will of the people of Bong County.However, some believe that the NEC needs a strong overhauling ahead of the 2017 crucial general and presidential elections.Also, at a recent press conference, Bong County Representative George Sylvester Mulbah called on Dr. Tokpa to boycott the pending re-run election as ruled by the court.The Bong County lawmaker told reporters on Capitol Hill that it will be prudent for Dr. Tokpah to boycott the election and sue the NEC for the irregularity, or cheating, which occurred at the polling places in the county.The lawmaker said the lawsuit against NEC was to prove to the public that the 2014 senatorial election was marked by cheating—over-stating numbers.He said he would advise his candidate not to become part of the election, but sue NEC for the loss he and his party incurred during the electoral period.The Bong County legislator accused NEC of lacking the will to conduct free and fair elections in the country, citing the 2014 senatorial election as a case study.Winning the case in the court, Representative Mulbah said, clearly suggests that the 2014 election was marked by fraud instituted by NEC officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FINN HARPS SET UP AMBITIOUS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN

first_imgFinn Harps Football Club is set to launch a Youth Development Plan, which will see the club working with kids in the 10 – 18 year old age bracket.Currently, Harps have three teams – one playing senior football in the Airtricity League First Division, one playing intermediate football in the Ulster Senior League and one team competing in the Airtricity under-19 league.However, below the age of 17 or 18 years, Finn Harps have had no recognised structure. The club have been in discussions over the last year with various stakeholders in the North West including the Donegal Schoolboys League, Inishowen Schoolboys League, and clubs and schools from Derry and Tyrone along with representatives from the Schools.Finn Harps Chairman, Joey O’Leary, said that the Youth Development Plan is vital as the club seeks to move forward.“The Youth Development Plan is vital to the development of the club and a key component of the Club Licensing procedure. We will be working with underage players from age 10 up to 18 and working closely with schools, clubs and the Schoolboys Leagues in Donegal.”Finn Harps Manager, Peter Hutton commented: “The development of an underage structure is extremely important for the club to progress and strengthen going forward. “The Northwest region has always been a hotbed for young talented players and we now hope to help nurture that talent and give young players a platform from which they can reach their potential. We look forward to working with the various footballing stakeholders throughout the Northwest in what will be exciting times ahead for all involved.” FINN HARPS SET UP AMBITIOUS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN was last modified: April 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsYouth Development Planlast_img read more

Drafting Gore: there’s something in the air

first_img“He’s too good for presidential politics and too smart to run,” Malone said. “That’s why we have to draft him.”Malone tried unsuccessfully to draft Gore for the race in 2004. But he is convinced that Gore will see he’s the only hope for the Democratic party this time. Malone’s got a good point. Democrats don’t have much to offer in the primary campaign. Hillary Clinton might make a good candidate at some point in the future when she won’t be lambasted simply for being a tough woman. We might have come a long way, baby, but a country still seriously considering rolling back basic rights for women isn’t ready for a woman in the Oval Office.Nor do the likely Republican candidates look all that strong. Rudy Giuliani might have gotten national attention after Sept. 11, but he hasn’t done much in the five years since. Sen. John McCain does have the valuable vet and moderate thing going for him, but what has he done to save the world lately? And Newt Gingrich may have reinvented himself, but he still has a hard-right conservative edge and weird hair. The Democrats certainly couldn’t do much better than the man who gets rock-star treatment on his book tour. His famous wooden persona has relaxed from years performing before a live audience. And his earnest wonkiness has suddenly become an asset in a country that’s starting to realize it has a gasoline addiction that is extremely hazardous to its health. Plus, he won once. He might be able to do it again.Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A very suspicious (and perhaps a tad demented) person might see more than just evidence of global warming in this heat wave that’s crisping up the country of late. Clearly, there’s a mysterious scheme afoot to get Al Gore elected — or, re-elected if you like — as president of the United States in 2008.Laugh if you like, but chew on this: Can it be mere coincidence that a “An Inconvenient Truth,” a movie about a PowerPoint presentation that consists of mostly scientific exposition, by a guy once so stiff he made John Kerry seem like a drag queen, is a big box-office hit, while the new film by the “Sixth Sense” guy is such a dud? Or that the hottest summer in recent memory is also the summer when gas prices rose to absurd heights and stayed there? Is it at all possible that a rare confluence of such disparate factors — Al Gore as a movie star and best-selling author, record-breaking killer heat and a mad rush on hybrid cars before the ice caps melt and, whoops, there goes Florida — is anything but part of a vast left-wing conspiracy? Well, all you naysayers, it turns out there is indeed such as scheme. It’s just not very mysterious or secret. In fact, the loosely affiliated “Goristas” behind AlGore.org, the most organized grass-roots draft-Gore campaign so far, want people to know exactly what they are up to. And what they are up to is trying to convince the world and the man himself why 2008 is the year of the Gore. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For one thing, Gore couldn’t have bought this kind of political timing with all of Warren Buffet’s fortune.“We’re in the midst of the most brilliant campaign launch in history, even if he didn’t mean it,” said Dylan Malone, chairman of AlGore.org, the Internet home of a growing group of “Gore to the Core” loyalists. Malone and his group are hoping to capitalize on Gore’s current celebrity to build a vast grass-roots network of Gore supporters and raise money. So far, they have collected $10,000 in one month just through Internet donations, Malone said.Malone first became a fan of Gore in 2000, when he and his wife appealed to the presidential candidate for help when their insurance company denied his severely disabled son, Ian, the care he needed. Gore took on the issue of Ian’s plight as a core of his campaign and developed a friendly relationship with the Malones that continues to this day. When Ian died last year from the complication of his injury, the first consolation call that came in was from Gore, Malone said, even before the grandparents. Malone and other Goristas (their own nickname for themselves) aren’t the only ones who are starting to think that Gore has a real shot in 2008. Martin Peretz, editor of The New Republic magazine, last week penned an editorial saying that not only is Gore a good choice, but he is electable. Earlier, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote “the likelihood that Gore will seek the presidency is suggested not only by the logic of what he says but also by what he does not say.” Officially, Gore isn’t running for anything other than Savior of the World. His only campaign is against global warming and the emissions that cause it. So what if the main opponents of his climate change campaign are Republicans? Coincidence, surely.last_img read more