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Lembit Tamme, 93

first_imgLembit Tamme, 93, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Morning Breeze in Greensburg.  Born, June 9, 1925 in Tallinn, Estonia, he was the son of Jaan and Elvine Siht Tamme.  Lembit served in Estonia Army during World War II.  He was injured on the front line defending his country. He was a machinist at American Lifts in Greensburg retiring in 1990. He was married to Aetna D. Youngblood on August 19, 1959 and she preceded him in death on January 31, 1986. He is survived by one daughter, Melissa (Andy) Geis, Greensburg; three grandchildren, Jordan (Whitney) Ramer, Audrey (Tyler) Reiger, Allie Geis; two great grandchildren, Isabella Ramer and Emilia Ramer. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; one son, John Tamme; two brothers, and two sisters. Private graveside services will be held at the South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Big Brothers / Big Sisters in Greensburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Sessegnon, Anichebe join Baggies

first_imgWest Brom added two forwards to their attack on transfer deadline day, bringing in Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe, while Peter Odemwingie finally got his move away from The Hawthorns. Press Association Everton later confirmed Nigerian frontman Anichebe had left them to sign for West Brom for a fee which could rise to £6million. The Toffees’ statement also said they had tied up a season-long loan deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who West Brom had reportedly been looking at re-signing themselves. Meanwhile, Odemwingie wrote on Twitter that he was signing for Cardiff. The Nigerian had been on the periphery at Albion since he failed to secure a move to QPR on transfer deadline day in January, despite turning up at Loftus Road in his car. Earlier on Monday, West Brom had confirmed two other signings in Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, recruited on loan until the end of the season, and Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Lee Camp, previously free agent, on a rolling contract until January. Sessegnon, 29, arrived in English football in January 2011 when Sunderland signed him from Paris St Germain. He went on to make 97 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 18 goals. Anichebe is an Everton academy graduate. The 25-year-old netted 26 times for the Toffees in a total of 168 appearances. Amalfitano, 28, had been with Marseille since the summer of 2011. He has one international cap for France and has also played for Lorient and Sedan. Camp has been signed as cover for Albion’s injured England stopper Ben Foster. The 29-year-old has spent time at Derby, Burton, QPR, Norwich and Nottingham Forest. As for Long, it seems he nearly left West Brom on Monday. Press Association Sport understands the striker was given permission to depart the Republic of Ireland’s training camp to discuss the prospect of a transfer from Albion to Hull. The 26-year-old was reportedly at the Tigers’ training ground when it emerged Baggies boss Steve Clarke had pulled the plug on the deal. Albion announced in the final hour before the summer window closed at 11pm that Benin international Sessegnon had joined them from Sunderland on a three-year contract. The fee was undisclosed, although the Baggies said it had broken their transfer record, surpassing what they agreed with Reading for Shane Long in August 2011. last_img read more

Bjorn close to Ryder return

first_img Donald’s flawless 68 contained an eagle on the fourth and vital birdies on the 17th and 18th to keep the former world number one in the hunt for a third victory in four years. “It was very important to make those birdies because every time I looked at the leaderboard Thomas had made another one,” Donald said. “I did not want him to get too far ahead of me and it was important to be in the last group tomorrow. “Winning here in 2011 and getting to world number one was a great feeling and with defending the following year I have so many great memories. To win here three times would be very good but I have a tough day ahead of me because Thomas is playing very good golf.” In contrast to Donald, McIlroy has never enjoyed a good record at Wentworth and missed the cut in each of the last two years. The 25-year-old also began the week by announcing he had called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, but admitted being inside the ropes for five hours a day had almost come as a welcome release. “I was a little disappointed I didn’t make a birdie at the last but after the start I had, 69 is a good score,” said McIlroy, who twice visited sand on the first before thinning his third shot over the green. “I feel like a low round is in me but I don’t know if it’s going to be good enough. I need to go out and shoot something similar to what Thomas did on the opening day (a course record 62). “I’ve had big leads and let them slip, and come from behind and won. There’s a lot of ways to win. Eighteen holes of golf is still a long way to go and if the conditions are favourable, then you never know what can happen.” The trans-Atlantic battle to be world number one will go down to the wire after Sweden’s Henrik Stenson recovered from being three over par after 10 holes to card a third round of 71. Stenson, who needs to better Adam Scott’s performance in the Crowne Plaza Invitational on the PGA Tour, goes into the final round in a share of seventh on six under par, while Scott was joint 10th after completing a 66 at Colonial. Rory McIlroy recovered from a double bogey on the opening hole to shoot a 69 and finish eight under par alongside Holland’s Joost Luiten. Bjorn had also taken six on the first after heavy rain overnight and into Saturday morning saw tee times moved back three hours, while a bogey on the fifth briefly left him three shots behind Lowry. However, the former Wentworth resident carded his first birdie of the day on the sixth and then six in a row from the 11th before narrowly missing from five feet on the 17th. “I’m starting to warm to this place,” joked Bjorn, who was not a fan of the controversial redesign by Ernie Els a few years ago. “I got off to a really rough start with a lot of loose swings early on but hit a really good shot on 10 and started to feel more comfortable. “I probably drew a little on what I did on Thursday on the back nine, putts started to drop and you get in the zone where things start to go your way. “I was proud of the way I handled the round and proud of my determination and the way I stayed with my golf. It was a remarkable run of holes.” A 16th European Tour title on Sunday would secure Bjorn’s first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002, but he added: “There are a couple of names on that leaderboard who can’t be counted out. “I have to play some good golf and be smart and aggressive when I can be and keep them at arms’ length. If I get off to a bad start it’s a wide open tournament.” Bjorn carded six birdies in a row – just two short of the European Tour record – and made another on the 18th to cover the back nine in 30 for the second time in three days. That left the 43-year-old Dane on 15 under par and five shots ahead of two-time winner Luke Donald, with joint halfway leader Shane Lowry a shot behind after a disappointing 73. Thomas Bjorn can seal his Ryder Cup return in style after claiming a commanding lead in the BMW PGA Championship with a stunning scoring burst at Wentworth. Press Associationlast_img read more

Local man accused of shooting his brother over argument about money

first_imgAuthorities in Deerfield Beach have arrested a man who reportedly shot and killed his brother during an argument about money.The incident occurred Wednesday around 12:30 am at a home on Northwest Third Avenue.Officials reported that the suspect 35-year-old Kobe Bussie Jr. and his younger brother Brian Anderson were headed home after a night out with a friend when they got into the argument.Authorities say the two argued in front of Bussie’s home and that’s when Bussie pulled out a gun and shot Anderson. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.Bussie was later arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder. He is currently being held at the main Broward County jail.last_img read more

Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Loses Reinstatement Bid

first_imgThe “sole issue” is “whether the process plaintiff alleges he received satisfies the requirements of due process clause,” the judge wrote.“Due process does not guarantee a perfect process, nor any particular process, and plaintiff cannot use the due process clause to force the Florida Senate to provide him a more exhaustive procedure just because he believes it would have been better to do so,” Walker wrote.Walker also gave Israel’s lawyer, Benedict Kuehne, until May 15 to amend the complaint, cautioning he may not “replead around facts he knows to exist.”The Senate’s lawyers have argued that the Senate is shielded from being held liable for legislative acts.Kuehne told Walker during a hearing in March that the legislative immunity does not apply in this case, because the Senate was essentially acting as a court rather than as a legislative body that was deciding on political or policy-related matters. He added that the state’s Constitution requires that the removal of an elected official be based on “evidentiary consideration.”Meanwhile, Israel’s lawyer argues that the Senate changed its rules after a special master, who was appointed by Galvano, held a trial and concluded at that time that DeSantis’ lawyers failed to present adequate evidence justifying Israel’s suspension. Special Master Dudley Goodlette recommended that Israel be reinstated.Last October, the Senate Rules Committee considered Goodlette’s report and heard testimony from the public, including two parents of children who died in the Parkland school massacre. Days before the meeting, the committee accepted testimony that had not been submitted during the June trial. The committee supported removing Israel from office. In a 25-15 vote on Oct. 23, the Republican-dominated full Senate stripped Israel from office.Kuehne says his client was denied a “meaningful” opportunity to be heard following the trial, as is required by the due-process clause of the 14th Amendment.Walker agreed last Tuesday that Galvano is not entitled to have legislative immunity from the lawsuit. However, the judge also found that the due-process clause “does not require a suspended official to receive a process amounting to a full-blown civil trial” before the Senate can remove the official from office.Sheriff Israel had several months’ notice of the charges against him, the opportunity to subpoena witnesses, take depositions and cross-examine witnesses, and present substantial documentary evidence, Walker wrote.“Plaintiff seeks to use the due process clause to transform the Florida Senate’s removal proceedings into an appeal from the special master hearing, with the Florida Senate being bound to the record before the special master and serving the limited role of reviewing his conclusion according to a narrow set of delineated rules; but the due process clause imposes no such restrictions,” the judge said.Walker concluded that taking “the facts alleged in the complaint and as supplemented by the voluminous attachments to the complaint — in the light most favorable to plaintiff, it does not state a due process claim.” Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s chances of being reinstated were reduced this week, following a federal judge’s ruling.U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled on Tuesday that Israel’s due-process rights were not violated when the Florida Senate refused to reinstate him after he was suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis.Israel’s lawsuit named Senate President Bill Galvano and DeSantis as defendants.In dismissing the case this week, Walker wrote in his 81-page ruling, “This court understands why plaintiff, believing the blame for numerous brutal murders has been unfairly and undeservedly laid at his feet, might feel wronged. He believes he was scapegoated and then railroaded, without a fair chance to defend himself.”He continued, “But the issue in this case is not whether defendants made the right decision in removing plaintiff from office, and this court is not a forum to re-litigate the merits of plaintiff’s suspension and removal.”Gov. DeSantis removed Israel from the position in January 2019, alleging incompetence in the former sheriff’s handling of mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport the year before that.The judge added that Israel, “does not have standing to bring this suit against defendant DeSantis.”In addition, the state Senate has the authority to remove or reinstate elected officials who the governor has suspended.Although he showed empathy for Israel, Walker said the issue before the court was not whether the process “was perfect or could have been fairer or more robust, nor whether it conformed to Florida law.”Today, Judge Walker granted our Motion to Dismiss in Scott Israel’s federal lawsuit against @GovRonDeSantis, finding he lacked standing to sue & failed to state a claim. pic.twitter.com/HbkaExLW5S— Nick Primrose (@NickPrimrose) May 5, 2020last_img read more

Sportradar agrees streaming and data partnership with EHF

first_img StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar has agreed a partnership with EHF Marketing GmbH, a subsidiary of the European Handball Federation, to provide a range of services across the federation’s top club competitions.The partnership, which was unveiled at the ‘European handball goes Tech’ business event, will see Sportradar provide a range of data, streaming, marketing and digital services across over 650 matches a season, while becoming the ‘official streaming and data partner of the EHF club competitions’.Meanwhile, the data provider took advantage of the sports, marketing and technology experts present in Cologne on 2 June to launch its latest product ‘Sportradar OTT’.This new service, which forms part of the agreement with EHF Marketing GmbH, includes the provision and development of the federation’s own OTT platform, ehfTV.com, as well as marketing rights for all digital content for the EHF’s club competitions. Sportradar will work closely with the marketing and media teams on the creation of digital content both for ehfTV.com and social media channels.David Szlezak, Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, said: “We have recognised the huge importance of providing high quality, accurate data from the EHF’s competitions and we are delighted to have agreed a long-term cooperation with the industry leader, Sportradar.“For the first time, we will be able to provide clubs, media and fans with extensive live statistics and data from every single European club match throughout the season. We are looking forward to working with Sportradar to realise the full potential of this data. Furthermore, Sportradar’s innovative approach to OTT will allow us to continue to expand our own platform, ehfTV.com.”Carsten Koerl, Sportradar CEO, commented: “We sometimes ask sports federations to open their minds and imagine the impact that a joined-up approach across a range of areas can bring. Not all of them can.“However, EHF Marketing grasped the opportunity immediately and with a long-term deal in place, this will be a truly collaborative approach that will ensure that our offering across the EHFs club competitions chimes perfectly with the evolving needs and wants of their fans, sponsors and stakeholders.”Speaking on the launch of ‘Sportradar OTT’, Koerl added: “While we are already well-respected and established streaming and content provider to the betting industry, we tasked our team to really disrupt the existing models of streaming across all digital platforms.“I wanted them to find solutions that would resonate for a whole range of federations across the world and across sports. What they have come up with, and what we are able to offer is genuinely unique: a fully customisable offering that can be adapted to a whole range of unique circumstances.“ehfTV.com is one such platform with bespoke branding, front end and revenue share structure. In certain circumstances, we will even be able to offer the OTT service at no cost. That should pique the interest of rights holders across sport.” Submitlast_img read more

Anthony Davis excels in Lakers’ preseason debut in victory over Warriors

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PreviousFans watch from a general view of Chase Center during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)The Lakers’ LeBron James dives for the ball during Saturday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at the new Chase Center in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis dribbles the ball during Saturday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at the new Chase Center in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) yells after dunking against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: LeBron James #23 congratulates Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after he made a basket against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 05: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie (28) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) against the Golden State Warriors during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (11) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green as the Lakers bring the ball down the court during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with guard Danny Green (14) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, center right, dribbles between Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95), forward Alfonzo McKinnie, rear, and forward Omari Spellman (4) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Marquese Chriss during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel gestures during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Troy Daniels (30) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, right, smiles with players during the second half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) against the Golden State Warriors during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry brings the ball up during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dribbles during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell (0) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in front of forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Golden State Warriors during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Troy Daniels (30) against the Golden State Warriors during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Fans watch from a general view of Chase Center during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)The Lakers’ LeBron James dives for the ball during Saturday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at the new Chase Center in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 33The Lakers’ LeBron James dives for the ball during Saturday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at the new Chase Center in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO — The striking part of Anthony Davis’ pregame warm-up routine was the range.Two hours before tipoff on Saturday afternoon, Lakers assistant Mike Penberthy fed the 6-foot-10 forward a steady stream of passes as he took shots from 15 feet and out. He worked on turnaround jumpers, on 3-pointers, on shots from the elbow.Sure, he’s working on his shooting touch, but what about the dunks?This is the Lakers, a franchise whose history has been lifted by pre-eminent big men who have muscled over opponents and finished around the rim with power and ease. And this is Davis, a combination of athletic grace and eye-popping length who the Lakers brought in from New Orleans to be the next great frontcourt star of the team. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed 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 PackersWith just 18 minutes of action, Davis delivered in his Lakers debut.“I was just ready to get back on the floor again,” he said. “I was just ready to play basketball.”The 28-year-old showcased his top-drawer talent, flushing five first quarter dunks alone and working his way above an undermanned Golden State frontcourt without much noticeable difficulty. Guided by lobs from LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, and cleaning up plenty of offensive rebounds on his own, Davis presented a strong case in the 123-101 preseason victory that this season has plenty more hope ahead than the last six have.“He’s a monster,” coach Frank Vogel said grinning. “It’s going to be very difficult to slow him down with what we have around him. I’m very excited and Lakers fans should be, too.”There was a similar optimism last fall when James stormed through the preseason in similar fashion, and the pulse of the Lakers fanbase always quickens with a star in house. But with two such singular talents — well, the Lakers might just have something here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Related Articles Vogel followed through on a pledge to play it safe with his stars: Davis and James (15 points, 8 assists) didn’t see the second half, which was divvied among rotation and bench players. But if the only goal was to find out how the latest star pairing would work: mission accomplished.It’s been a while since James, who last missed the playoffs in 2005, had missed this much time, not playing a competitive game since March. The 34-year-old admitted to having butterflies before tipoff, a rare show of vulnerability for the four-time MVP.“It was straight-up excitement, but also nervousness, too,” he said. “I got hurt in the Bay when I was at full-strength. It was great to get back out there and have a lot of fun. I didn’t think about it as a preseason game — I thought about it as a game.”There was at least one deeply felt absence: Kyle Kuzma, who is sidelined at least two more games with a foot injury, sat courtside in a black suit. Outside of Davis, James and vigorous start by JaVale McGee (10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 for 5), other key rotation players struggled to score.Danny Green scored six points, both 3-pointers, playing 14 first-half minutes. Avery Bradley, notably getting the starting nod at the open guard spot, was 0 for 3 from the field.The Warriors were even more shaky, leaning on many unproven pieces alongside Draymond Green, Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell: As a team, they shot just 39 percent. A 40-foot attempt from Curry (18 points), the first official shot in the newly christened Chase Center, was an airball.“You try to get your legs under you and get your rhythm back,” Green said. “You’re not just gonna come out firing.”Unless you’re Anthony Davis. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Handball Dragons are Hosts in Vitez

first_imgThe B&H Handball team has two remaining local qualifying matches for the World Championship against Estonia and Latvia, which will take place in Vitez, confirmed the B&H Handball Association.The initiative for these matches in Vitez was initiated by the Presidnet of the B&H Handball Association, Nevenko Herceg, and today the leaders of B&H handball signed an agreement with the Mayor of Vitez.This is great news for handball as a sport in B&H, and the team played matches before in smaller areas.The match between B&H and Latvia will take place on 2 January 2013 at 17:00, and on 8 January the match against Estonia will take place also starting at 17:00.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

MLB players must speak loudly and publicly to stop cheating in real time

first_imgIt’s hard to remember a time when MLB players were this united against one common foe. The Astros are, clearly, Player Enemy No 1 across the sport. The past few days, we’ve seen player after player speak out, without much reservation, against the Astros and the players who cheated their way to the 2017 World Series title.  Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP, didn’t hold back on Friday. You can see how visibly pissed Cody Bellinger is when talking about the Astros pic.twitter.com/QUXiNwzbxd— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) February 14, 2020Stephen Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP, isn’t one prone to outlandish statements. For him, Friday’s comment was really letting it fly. Stephen Strasburg, the 2019 WS MVP, with more high heat for the Astros: “Someday I’m gonna hopefully have some grandkids and sit down and talk to them about the experience of the World Series and not really feel ashamed of it at all.”— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) February 14, 2020And it’s not just the players with “MVP” next to their names. Everyone, it seems, is jumping in. Andrew Heaney, a left-handed pitcher with the Angels, is mad. He’s mad at the Astros, a rival team in the AL West. He’s mad that they cheated, that they used technology to steal signs, that they won the World Series using those nefarious methods. He’s mad that the Astros, already an incredibly talented team, cheated baseball. Heaney conveyed his feelings to reporters on Wednesday, including The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya, in no uncertain terms: “I hope they feel like s—.”And Heaney’s not alone, of course. His teammate, Noé Ramirez, echoed his sentiments: “They’re kind of playing the victim and it’s bulls—.”MORE: Carlos Correa denies that Carlos Beltran intimidated players into silenceIn another AL West rival camp, A’s pitcher Sean Manaea had thoughts, too, as reported by veteran baseball scribe Susan Slusser. Manaea compares what the Astros were doing to using a cheat code in a video game – it takes away the fundamental essence of baseball, the batter vs. pitcher game within the game, if the batter knows what’s coming. “That’s messed up,” Manaea says.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 13, 2020And the feeling is the same with players across the league. The Astros cheated and benefited. Flags fly forever. This isn’t the NCAA. Nothing’s being vacated. Yes, Houston’s GM and manager lost their jobs, but players were given immunity by baseball. There are no real repercussions for the players, aside from a couple of difficult questions they’ll be asked from time to time. Hard to imagine that’s much of a deterrent. Cheat to win a title, but your punishment is feeling awkward a few years down the road. For players willing to cheat in the first place, that’s a trade every one of them would make. Here’s the thing: Being outspoken now is a good thing, but if players want to keep something like this from happening again, they have the power to make that happen. It was, we have learned, pretty well-known around baseball that the Astros were cheating. This thorough Washington Post story details that pretty clearly. Everyone knew it, but baseball did nothing. Baseball let it happen. And it’s not like the powers-that-be weren’t aware. A’s manager Bob Melvin, getting yet another round of Astros questions, says Oakland HAD called league about possible cheating BEFORE Fiers allegations. “Everyone was fed up with it,” he says of numerous Houston opponents.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 12, 2020Nothing was done, though. The catalyst for something finally happening? A player speaking out, with his name attached to his words, not hiding behind anonymity. MORE: Astros owner Jim Crane bungles cheating apologyI’ve written about this multiple times, but it bears repeating again: It’s hard to imagine baseball moving so rapidly with the Astros if Mike Fiers doesn’t speak out. As thousands of screaming Astros fans have screamed since that article in The Athletic came out in November, if Fiers was so concerned, why didn’t he say something then?And it’s a good point. It’s a point Heaney brought up this week, too. Again, from Ardaya:”Somebody in that locker room had to say, ‘This is f—d up. We shouldn’t be doing this.’ For nobody to stand up and say, ‘We’re cheating the other players. That sucks.’ That’s a s—y feeling for everybody.”On Thursday, the first time the Astros made all their players available to the media, we heard a parade of current players who were part of that 2017 club express remorse (some appearing more genuine than others) for either participating in the cheating or not stopping it. Remorse in 2020 is a lot different than standing up in 2017, though. It’s pretty clear that baseball’s preferred option is to keep things quiet, or at least to drag out “investigations” as long as possible, sans public pressure. Rest assured, Melvin and the A’’ aren’t the only ones to report what they knew to MLB. If players, managers or front-office types see other teams cheating, the path to stopping that seems pretty clear.Speak out. Talk to the media. Raise a holy ruckus. FOSTER: Commissioner Rob Manfred seems to hate baseballMLB has given players no other viable option. The Astros cheated, but MLB was complicit. And you know who else was complicit? The players on that team who didn’t cheat but stayed silent. And the opposing players/managers/execs who knew of the cheating and stayed silent.They’re partially to blame, too. I know that’s easy for me to say, as a writer and not a player. I realize that’s an incredibly tough ask of a player, to step up and accuse an opposing team of cheating, publicly. Look at the initial reaction for Fiers. But also think about this: What if Melvin and the A’s — or any other player or team who knew about the Astros — had registered their complaint with the Oakland media in August 2017, in a live press conference, instead of with baseball? At the very least, with the eyes of the baseball world on them, the Astros would have stopped banging on trash cans to convey signals, right? Think about how brazen that strategy was: They cared so little about repercussions that they literally made loud noises anyone in the stadium or watching on TV could hear to transmit their stolen signs.  And if the trash-can banging stopped in August 2017, who knows how September and October 2017 would have played out? Maybe the Astros still win. That was an incredibly talented roster, fully capable of winning a title. But maybe they don’t. Maybe one key batter guessed wrong on one key pitch and swung and missed, instead of lacing a base hit on a swing that came with the confidence of knowing what pitch was closing in on the plate. There are a few things we’ve learned from how this scandal has played out: Baseball is fully invested in doling out punishments for transgressions that happened in the past, but if players want to stop cheating in real time — this isn’t just about sign-stealing, but applies to any sort of similar cheating-the-game issue that could arise — then it’s on them to make it happen.Speak up, players. The integrity of the sport is depending on you.last_img read more

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