Special Olympics coach hails basketball’s Team Jamaica

first_img UNEXPECTED MEDAL Impressed by an unexpected silver medal in men’s traditional basketball at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, earlier this week, coach Calvin Martin says he has nothing but respect for the multi-talented, focussed and hard-working members of Team Jamaica. Jamaica’s medal haul was 29 overall, but an ‘inspirational’ silver medal, from nothing, Martin maintains, “felt good”. The basketballers finished the Games with one loss and claimed silver behind Australia. “Going into the tournament, we (basketball team) didn’t expect to win any medal. Mrs (Lorna) Bell just wanted to start back the programme, so she said, ‘make a team,'” he added. Lorna Bell is the president of Special Olympics Jamaica. That team consisted of runners and athletes from other disciplines. While Martin outlined that the efforts were great, he underlined that special-needs schools across Jamaica are good places which turn out these talents. One such school is Genesis Academy, which is run by Donna Lowe. “So many medallists are past students of Genesis Academy; we are growing them well for success. They can do it, and they have done it,” she told The Gleaner. Meanwhile, husband-and-wife medallists, Jonathan Lowe and Esther Pair Lowe, copped gold in men’s 100m freestyle swimming and women’s Bocce, respectively. The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on August 24.last_img read more

Knicks, Lakers most valuable NBA clubs – Forbes

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The Knicks remain atop that list, worth $3.6 billion (2.94 billion euros) and another iconic club, the Lakers, are now worth an estimated $3.3 billion.The Knicks are profiting from a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, which provided new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lakers, who like the Knicks have struggled in recent years, continue to benefit from raking in almost $150 million a year from their local television and radio deals.The reigning champion Golden State Warriors passed the Chicago Bulls in this year’s list to lie third with a value of $3.1 billion to Chicago’s $2.6 billion. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Phoenix turns back TNT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Warriors’ jump is due in part to the new arena due to open in two seasons.New arenas in Sacramento, Milwaukee and Detroit have also pushed up franchise values.The New Orleans Pelicans are the lowest-ranked, at an estimated value of $1 billion.The club making the biggest jump from last year was the Philadelphia 76ers, who gained 48 percent in value to $1.18 billion, according to Forbes’ calculations.The valuations were calculated with revenues and operating incomes from the 2016-17 season, while taking into consideration the league’s revenue sharing. Arena deals, and revenue from non-basketball events that take place at the venues, are also included in the totals. /cbbADVERTISEMENT New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, left, looks past Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in New York. Forbes has named the Knicks and the Lakers as the most valuable NBA clubs as of February 2018. APLOS ANGELES, United States — The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers still top the list of most valuable NBA clubs, according to a survey released Wednesday by Forbes — which for the first time says every franchise is worth $1 billion.According to its latest annual assessment, the average value of an NBA club is $1.65 billion.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

Vasyl Lomachenko returns from injury in lightweight unification bout

first_imgFILE – Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPVasyl Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound star and WBA lightweight world champion will look to unify world titles for the first time Saturday when he takes on WBO champ Jose Pedraza.Three-division world champion Lomachenko is returning to the ring for the first time since climbing off the canvas to stop Venezuela’s Jorge Linares on May 12.ADVERTISEMENT Lomachenko showed plenty of grit in his 10th-round technical knockout of Linares, battling to the victory despite a knockdown and the shoulder injury.“When the injury happened, I was mentally prepared to deal with it,” Lomachenko said. “I still had my feet. I still had another hand. I am very competitive. I feel like when you step in the ring, you need to finish the fight.”Lomachenko acknowledged that training and sparring having provided the same test of his shoulder that will come against Pedraza.“We’ll see what happens,” he said.Puerto Rico’s Pedraza, 25-1 with 12 knockouts, is back in the world title mix after relinquishing his IBF super featherweight title in a technical knockout loss to Gervonta Davis in January of 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Deontay Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Tyson Fury draw He seized his WBO lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Ray Beltran on August 25.“The titles will return to Puerto Rico with me,” Pedraza vowed. “I know that it will not be an easy fight. I will be facing one of the best fighters in the world.“He has tremendous skills, but I know that I also have great skills and the necessary focus to come out with the victory.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Ukrainian, who suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in that bout and had surgery the same month, says he’s “100 percent” for his return.“It was good for me to rest,” said Lomachenko, whose outstanding amateur career included more than 800 fights and two Olympic gold medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe claimed his first professional world title, at featherweight, in his third bout as a professional and added a super featherweight belt in his seventh pro fight on the way to his current 11-1 record.“I have been boxing since I was a child,” Lomachenko said. “I had a lot of competition. (Surgery) was my first rest and first big vacation in my life.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

What has happened to the hollow calls?

first_imgDear Editor,So now, at last, Parliament has been “dissolved”, what has happened to the hollow calls, by the likes of Moses Nagamootoo, Lincoln Lewis, David Hinds and others of that ilk, for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to consent to go back to Parliament, after the successful No-Confidence Motion, so that, among other things, the date for elections can be extended?I am left to wonder if those calls were not an admission that the NCM was successful and the requirements of the Constitution required a two-thirds vote to extend the date for elections. Oh well, at least it appears that we will have elections in March 2020, even though I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.With regards,H N Nawbattlast_img

California counts

first_imgTraditionally, presidential elections motivate larger numbers of voters than state and local elections. Considering the single-digit turnout March 6 for the L.A. municipal elections, another election could have dire consequences for local races. That’s why politicians must make good on their promise to reach a bipartisan redistricting plan. Having another election may drive some voters away, but many also stay away because they sense – correctly – that there’s little competition in California’s candidate races. Unless we want this additional election to siphon off even more voters from the other important races, voters must feel like their vote really does count. AT long last, the Golden State will get a voice in presidential primary elections. The most populous state in the union has been virtually shut out of one of the nation’s most important decisions every four years by virtue of timing. June primary elections mean that the party nominees are virtually anointed by the time Californians have their say. Last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill moving the primary election to Feb. 5, a super-primary day across the country. This change means that the state has an extra election starting next year. And another election means another occasion for people not to vote. California’s perpetual election cycle is already tiring, so it’s more important than ever that voters have a reason to go to the polls. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Crosswalk safety in school zones

first_imgCpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Fort St. John RCMP says streets around schools often become congested at drop-off and pick-up times, as parents have a hard time finding parking and sometimes resort to parking on marked crosswalks.“It is an offence to park a vehicle with six metres of a crosswalk,” Cpl. Shelkie wrote in a press release. “Doing so obstructs the visibility of crossing pedestrians and drivers approaching the crosswalk making it very dangerous.”Cpl. Shelki is also reminding pedestrians crossing at a crosswalk that they should always make the intent to cross the street known and never enter when a vehicle has already entered the intersection.- Advertisement -“Pedestrians may have the right of way at a crosswalk, but approaching vehicles need to be given enough time to stop,” Cpl. Shelki wrote in the same release. “Always stop, look and listen to ensure vehicles are going to stop before stepping into the street.”Cpl. Shelki goes one to say drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are lawfully within a cross walk.“Be safe around crosswalks,” Cpl. Shelki concluded. “Park well away from them a keep your eyes open, whether you’re a pedestrian or motorist.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Measuring sticks

first_imgSeveral of the area’s top high school basketball teams will be competing in showcases this weekend, taking a break from league play to see how they stack up against other quality Southland programs. The fifth annual War on the Floor Extravaganza on Saturday at Taft High in Woodland Hills features eight teams ranked in the Daily News’ Top 20 or Small Schools Top 10 and Price of Los Angeles, which is the top team in Southern Section Div. V-A and six-time defending section champion. “High school basketball is changing,” said Bort Escoto, whose Sylmar team will play in the tournament. “Playing in these types of tournaments on the weekend is becoming the norm. It gives the fans and teams a chance see good matchups they would not normally have the opportunity to check out.” The fourth annual Reebok Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University features plenty of intriguing games, including Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, top-ranked in Div. IV-AA, against Colony of Ontario, the best Div. II-A has to offer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Campbell Hall’s 42-game winning streak was snapped earlier this year by Taft of Woodland Hills in a Modesto Christian tournament game, and the Vikings lost to Dorsey of Los Angeles, another perennial City Section power, the following night. The prevailing wisdom is that tougher competition during the regular season benefits teams when the playoffs roll around. “These tournaments are great,” Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly said. “We get a chance to go out and challenge teams we’ve never seen before and may never see again. We’ve always tried to play anyone who has ever called us. Our motto is ‘Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere.’ ” La Canada also will receive a difficult challenge in Azusa, taking on Pasadena, Div. I-A’s top-ranked team. The Spartans, who won their 47th consecutive Rio Hondo League game on Wednesday, could face a team much like Pasadena – perhaps Artesia of Lakewood or Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita – during the Div. III-AA playoffs. center_img “How we respond early in the game, whether we show some composure and confidence against a very good defensive team like Pasadena, that’s what I’m looking for,” said La Canada coach Tom Hofman, whose team arrived at Azusa Pacific last season with a 20-0 record and lost 69-65 to Colony. “Just playing in that arena, in that environment, it tells you a lot about your team. And that’s what we’ll find out Saturday.” Among the big games at the War on the Floor Extravaganza are Montclair Prep of Panorama City – the defending Div. IV-A champion – taking on Chatsworth, and Birmingham of Lake Balboa facing Price. The festivities culminate with Sylmar taking on Cleveland of Reseda, a game with Valley and City Section bragging rights at stake. The early-morning game, Canoga Park against Van Nuys, is an interesting encounter. Van Nuys went 0-21 last season but has turned things around under first-year coach Jason Bryant and is 7-7. “Playing in games like this gives us the ability to create new rivalries,” Escoto said. “People want to see what a Price team will do against a Birmingham or Sylmar versus a Cleveland. It’s going to be intense.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL’S SONG CHOSEN FOR GAA’S 1916 COMMEMORATION ALBUM

first_imgThe students whose song was chosen for the GAA’s 1916 commemoration album.A Donegal school has had their song included on the GAA’s 1916 Commemoration CD.The transition year students from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore in Fintown had their song “Nothing Beats Being There” included on the album.The students also composed two other compositions, “The Rising Crisis” and “Padraig Pearse in the GPO” which were highly commended in the competition. In all, there were almost 70 songs submitted from 47 schools for a competition which was an initiative by the GAA’s Coiste Scór Náisiúnta. All songs were asked to use the theme of 1916 as their inspiration.Indeed, such was the high calibre of those entries that a decision has been made to make a CD of the top 10 songs and to include it in the publication of a book that lists the lyrics of all songs entered.The full list of songs to be included on the CD are:1 When the Last Gun’s Fired – Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co. Wicklow 2 Shooting Stars for GAA – St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath3 Island – Saoirse, Naoise & Ciara Carty, Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Rosbercon, Co. Kilkenny.4 Aisling – Lee O’Reilly and Cormac Mac Aodhagáin, Confey College, Co. Kildare.5 Nothing Beats being There – Transition Year Students, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir, Co. Dhún na nGall6 Ag Lorg Saoirse – Daltaí Bliain 4, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Co. Chiarraí 7 The Cherished Children of 1916 – Michaela Keenaghan, Banagher College, Banagher, Co. Offaly.8 No title – composer Orla Gardner, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny9 Éireann go Brách – Eimear Mag Aoidh, St. Mark’s Secondary School, Warrenpoint, Co. Down.10 Rise Up – St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway. DONEGAL SCHOOL’S SONG CHOSEN FOR GAA’S 1916 COMMEMORATION ALBUM was last modified: May 3rd, 2016 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:1916albumBallinamoredonegalGAAGairmscoil Chú Uladhlast_img read more

IRELAND FACE UPHILL BATTLE AS CROATIA WIN 3-1 IN OPENING GROUP GAME

first_imgIreland face an uphill task to qualify from their group after a disastrous opening game against Croatia. Despite going behind after just three minutes, Ireland battled hard but were up against it against an in-form Croatia side.Shay Given was left helpless as Madzukic put Croatia in front with a nodded header before the teams even settled down. Trapp’s men put their heads down however and equalized through a terrific header by Sean St Ledger.However in the 43rd minute a dubious goal by Jelavic, which looked completely off-side, was allowed to stand.And when Madzukic netted again after just two minutes of the restart, when his header went into the net when it came off the upright only to go in off Given’s head, it was realistically all over.Keith Andrews created three good chances in in the last ten minutes which could have put a different complexion on the game but by that stage Croatia were playing down the clock. Ireland gave the ball away too easily and we were punished for it.Croatia had the ball for long periods and Ireland could not create enough chances which they could convert.With Italy and Spain to come, it looks like it will take nothing short of a miracle for Ireland to go through. IRELAND FACE UPHILL BATTLE AS CROATIA WIN 3-1 IN OPENING GROUP GAME was last modified: June 11th, 2012 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)last_img read more