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August 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — Another road trip without LeBron James wasn’t ideal for the Lakers this week, but at least there’s an optimistic note when they return.Wednesday’s news that James (strained left groin) will be cleared to practice next week was a welcome development given that the Lakers haven’t had him able to do much in nearly a month, save shoot and pass in half-court scenarios. But Luke Walton was a little cautious to say it’s a total green light.“We’ll see how this weekend goes,” Walton said. “He stayed back so that he could obviously get more work in, more treatment, not have to travel, hotel rooms. Just 100 percent focus on what he needs to do. And depending on how that goes and how he feels after this weekend will determine how much he can practice.”James’ troublesome groin will now keep him out a minimum of 13 games, and while the Lakers are hopeful he can join them during a stretch of five straight games at Staples Center to end the month, it’s far from certain. James’ agent Rich Paul recently told The Athletic that James’ health was not on anyone’s timeline but his own. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat tracks with what the Lakers say: They’ve largely left James’ readiness to play in his own hands, even though he is often taking treatment with team staff. There seemed to be no pressure from Walton for him to rush back, so he doesn’t aggravate the injury.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“With him, his health is top priority, so it’s gonna be one of those things,” Walton said. “Until he is healthy-healthy, he won’t play.”Even without James, Walton said, he’s appreciated the energy of his players. On Thursday morning in Oklahoma, the team did more work than usual during shootaround despite having a number of minor injuries that many players have soldiered through.“It’s easy to say it, but our guys actually, they go out and do it,” he said. “They come in and work, and they bring the right energy no matter what’s happening. Now obviously everyone’s happier when you’re winning, but for the most part, it’s been the same.”KUZMA PLAYS IN POWER-LACE SHOESKyle Kuzma became the second NBA player on Thursday night to wear a futuristic shoe with no knots required. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The 23-year-old wore the Nike Adapt BB, a power-lacing shoe that the user tightens by pushing a button near the sole. The shoes charge with a battery, and can also be “tied” using a phone app.Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics was the first to debut the shoe, which will not be sold to the general public until Feb. 17 (the day of the NBA All-Star Game) at a retail price of $350.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Of those, 24 per cent are from B.C. 27 medical staff are supporting the Canadian Paralympic team. The Canadian Paralympic team in London is getting a big boost from Canada’s western-most province, with British Columbia-born or-trained athletes making up 29 per cent of the team. 29 per cent of the athletes representing Canada were either born in, or train in, British Columbia. Of those, 15 per cent are from B.C. 19 athlete support personnel play key roles with the Canadian Paralympic team during the event competitions. Of the 42 athletes B.C. is sending, 38 were born and raised here, while the other four have received substantial training support through the B.C. sport system. B.C. Paralympians in London will be competing in 18 different sports.British Columbia is also sending a strong contingent of coaches, technical staff, medical and administrative team members, as well as athlete support personnel who call British Columbia home.Kelowna wheelchair rugby athlete Garett Hickling will magnify British Columbia’s presence at the Opening Ceremony. In addition to his role as a competitor, Hickling has the honour of leading the Canadian Paralympic team as flag-bearer.The 2012 London Paralympics begin Wednesday and concludes Sunday, September 9.Quick Facts: 147 athletes make up the Canadian Paralympic team. 45 coaches and technical staff lead the Canadian Paralympic team in London. Of those, 21 per cent are from B.C.last_img read more

August 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBentley plays in the five-team Chinook Hockey League, against teams from Fort Saskatchewan, Okotoks, Innisfail and Stony Plain.The Generals dominated the league, finishing in top spot with a 23-1 record.However, Macleod said the playoff run was anything but easy as Bentley won the league championship by defeating Innisfail in the final.“At the beginning of the year I was a little unsure I was making the right decision to play for the Generals but as the year went on, playing with the guys, in realized I missed hockey,” MacLeod, finishing the season with a goal and six assists in 13 games, said.The sour taste MacLeod experienced at the beginning of the season came from time toiling in the ECHL and SPHL.“I really didn’t like the business side of hockey,” said MacLeod, who played for South Carolina Stingrays, Columbus Cottonmouths and Stockton Thunder.MacLeod graduated from Nelson Minor Hockey before playing for Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the KIJHL.He joined Penticton of the BCHL before being traded to Camrose Kodiaks during his final season of junior hockey.MacLeod then spent four years on a NCAA hockey scholarship at Michigan Tech where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.“I realized after a few seasons (of professional hockey) I wasn’t going to make NHL. I was happy to have an education and decided to go and start the next chapter of my life.”The Generals are 2-0 at the Allan Cup tournament with round robin wins over host Clarenville Caribous 3-2 and a 4-1 victory over Lameque Au Ptit Mousse from New Brunswick.Bentley now faces GF Windsor in semi final round action Friday with a win advaning the Alberta squad into the Final Saturday.MacLeod said the teams at the Allan Cup tournament are very evenly matched.“We could have just as been 0-2 as 2-0,” he said.“But we have a very deep teams and a great group of guys who are really fun play on the same team with.”A team with a Nelsonite playing that will hopefully give Nelson that historical Allan Cup victory. A hockey player from Nelson is trying to accomplish what no Nelson team has ever done before — win the Allan Cup, emblematic of Canadian Men’s Senior AAA Hockey supremacy.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Alex MacLeod is currently in Clarenville, Newfoundland playing in the six-team 2015 Allan Cup Tournament for the Bentley Generals.“I was pretty young when Nelson played for the Allan Cup,” MacLeod said from Clarenville where the Generals were enjoying a much-needed day off in preparation for a spot in Friday’s semi finals.“I remember hearing about Nelson playing in the 1965 and in the 80’s but that about it.”The Allan Cup is the oldest national championship in the country dating back 106 years as the best Senior hockey teams in Canada battled it out for the coveted prize.Nelson Maple Leafs were part of the Western International Hockey League, playing in three Allan Cup Finals in 1965, 1986 and 1987.The WIHL folded in the late 1980s.Playing in the 2015 Allan Cup tournament was probably the last thing on MacLeod’s mind when the season started for the Generals in the fall.Deciding to retire from professional hockey after a few seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League, MacLeod was working as a mechanical engineer in Fort McMurray, Alta., when a friend told him about the Generals Hockey Club.“I asked him to gently tell the coach I was interested in still playing,” MacLeod explained.The rest, they say, is history as Macleod’s name was given to a company in Calgary that had an opening for — you guessed it — a recent mechanical engineer graduate.“It all happened within a few weeks,” MacLeod said.last_img read more

August 2, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img            VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “Whether the pace was going to be slow or fast…everything changed out of the gate and I was ready for it. I bounced out of there and I was going to figure it out when we hit the first turn. I wanted to see how fast we were going. They slowed it down pretty good, so I kept her closer. That was the best thing because with that pace I couldn’t leave her too much to do.“I have to give Mike (Smith, aboard Tara’s Tango) a lot of credit because Tara’s Tango was really fighting and he was riding her so hard. But Stellar Wind got the job done and she felt great. I know it’s a little bit hot but she seemed to come back really well after the wire.”MIKE SMITH, TARA’S TANGO, SECOND: “I’ve been waiting for this, to run long. In saying that though, I didn’t want to have to make such a long run. But, it was a good tactical move on Victor’s part because I don’t think he wins if he didn’t move on me that early.“He had a horse that was more seasoned, who’s been around two turns several times and it was Tara’s Tango’s first time around two turns. All that happened was that she got a little tired at the end. If that doesn’t happen, I think I get it.” JOCKEY QUOTES JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “She ran very well and had to give away the weight, she gave away five pounds today. With the pace slow she had a long, extended, wide run. The second filly, Tara’s Tango is a very nice filly. It felt like a Stonestreet exacta with Curlin (Stellar Wind’s sire) being so close to Stonestreet’s Mrs. Banke and the late Jess Jackson who also owned the horse that finished second.“I don’t really have anything planned yet. I’ll take her down to Del Mar and then we’ll decide if we want to take her out of town or if we want to run her on the grass. We have two choices with her down there. We’ll see how it goes.” NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. TRAINER QUOTES KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “I think we’d like to keep her on dirt for now. If we stay home here at Del Mar, we’d probably have to switch her over to the grass. If we keep her on dirt, we might go to Saratoga.” -30-last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img23 November 2012 Football fans can expect a carpet-perfect pitch at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium for the opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), says the City of Johannesburg. The FNB Stadium will host the Afcon opening ceremony and opening match on 19 January, as well as the final match and closing ceremony on 10 February. The pitch at South Africa’s flagship football venue was damaged during a Linkin Park rock concert ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between Bafana Bafana and Zambia a week ago.Semi-artificial surface for FNB Stadium Chris Vondo, member of the City’s mayoral committee for community development, said: “In terms of the pitch which appears to be bumpy, this matter to us is history. Come the opening day of the tournament, the pitch will be ready … we’ve ordered the desso, which is a long-term solution.” Vondo was speaking to reporters at FNB stadium on Thursday after making a presentation to the Afcon local organising committee (LOC) about Johannesburg’s state of readiness for the tournament. Desso is a sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres. The artificial grass fibres are injected 20 centimetres deep, and cover about 3 percent of the surface while the grass is growing; the roots intertwine with the artificial fibres. The 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa was the first international football tournament to be played on grass pitches partly made up of artificial grass. The system was installed at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium and Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium. According to Vondo, the City of Johannesburg will install the desso after the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 8 December. There are fears that “the calabash stadium” will resemble a cabbage-patch for the derby because of a Lady Gaga concert taking place there on 30 November.City of Joburg ‘ready for Afcon’ Afcon LOC chief executive officer Mvuzo Mbebe reiterated that the pitch at FNB stadium would be ready for the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde. “This pitch will be at the standard that we require it to be, whether there is going to be a concert or no concert between now and the tournament.” “The City of Johannesburg is quite advanced with their preparations, and we are happy with what we’ve seen in terms of their training venues, that include Dobsonville, Rand, Orlando and Milpark stadiums.” Mbebe said that the LOC was comfortable with the plan presented to it by the city. “What is left for all of us is to get the tickets and come to the stadium in large numbers on January 19,” he said. Afcon project coordinator for the City of Johannesburg, Bongi Bokaba said the city had lined up a series of events to make sure that there was maximum visibility and awareness about the tournament. “Our commitment is to ensure that our residents embrace the Afcon in line with the LOC’s call to action, which is ‘eyethu – Be Part of it’. “We want to use football to build social cohesion in the city, because we want Johannesburg to be the city of choice during the tournament,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri insists Kamara row now overby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri insists his row with Aboubakar Kamara is now over.Ranieri says he has patched up his differences with Kamara over the penalty debacle in Fulham’s win over Huddersfield.He said, “Now everything is finished. He came to me after I called all the squad, all the people around us, and they (all) apologised. For me it’s finished.”The team is the first in my idea, if I need him he continues to play but he has to improve what I ask. He’s a good guy and I hope also the fans are behind him and all the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola delighted with Fernandinho as Man City cruise past Shakhtar Donestkby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has hailed Fernandinho after the Brazilian filled in at centre-half for Manchester City’s comfortable win over Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday.John Stones’ injury in training meant Guardiola had one out-and-out centre-back to choose from in Ukraine.Playing alongside Nicolas Otamendi, 34-year-old Fernandinho was impressive in the role, helping keep a clean sheet as City romped to a 3-0 victory.Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gündoğan and Gabriel Jesus were the scores for Guardiola’s side.Speaking after the game, the City manager heaped praise on his make-shift defender.He said: “Fernandinho is a clever player and so intelligent, an incredible guy. He did well, it’s the first game he played.”He has a lot of experience and personality. What he says, the people follow him in the locker room.”He added: “He is a player who can play many positions and has a good personality – that’s why he is so important for us. I didn’t have doubts that he would [look so comfortable in the back four].” last_img read more

October 14, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN NewsAt the time, Alexis Joveneau was highly regarded in the Innu community of Pakuashipi and La Romaine (Unamen Shipu). The missionary from Belgium had such an effect on the Innu that for years they kept their silence about what he was doing.Joveneau didn’t just have a hold on the Innu – Canada and the province of Quebec threatened to pull all subsidies from the community if they didn’t follow his plan. But as it turned out, Joveneau was a sexual predator.Simone Bellefleur was nine years old when she was abused for the first time by Joveneau. “Now I notice things what this priest put us through I always felt anger,” said Simone Bellefleur who was nine years old when she was first abused by Joveneau. He harassed and molested many young Innu girls and women during his years along the northern shores of the St. Lawrence river – with impunity. Joveneau first arrived in Unamen Shipu in 1953.The missionary (Oblate) learned the Innu language and translated religious courses and the mass in Innu.He stayed 39 years and died in 1992.(Alexis Joveneau in an undated photo)He is buried in Unamen Shipu. The government gave him control of the welfare cheques to distribute to the Innu.Hi plan was to move the Innu of Pakuashipi to Unamen Shipu, 300 km west along the St. Lawrence River.“I was carrying this anger within me,” Bellefleur told the commissioners. “What frustrated me and angers me today I am a mother I always want to be violent against my daughter.”Catholicism is still being practiced by many Innu communities today. But Bellefleur said she decided to take another path after attending a Sundance Ceremony a decade ago. “That is where I saw the faith of my ancestors my grandparents, grandfathers, grandmothers,” she said. “And now I live my life with these aboriginal beliefs they are part of my life and it has been some ten years that I am following a spiritual path.”As part of her healing, she also made recommendations to the inquiry. “I made my recommendation for us to receive a camp with a therapy centre because everyone needs it,” she said.last_img read more