Weekend Pick: MoTown Throwdown Urban Rail Jam

first_imgThe 7th Annual MoTown Throwdown, presented by Pathfinder, is this Saturday, November 2nd in Morgantown, West Virginia. This is the last standing block party in Morgantown and unlike any other. They track in tons of snow and bring in the famous Seven Springs terrain park crew to build structures for skiing and snowboarding. Think of it as a snowy, urban terrain park. Gotta see it, to believe it!Morgantown is the only city in the South that shuts down its main thoroughfare to hold a sick rail jam. The Halloween weekend event has become one of the region’s most anticipated, attracting the Mid-Atlantic’s best new-school skiers and boarders. The event kicks off the season for many competitive riders in the Mid-Atlantic, offering enough prize money to attract talent from as far away as Vermont. It is also one of the biggest parties of the year for this college town, with the students rallying downtown to cheer, heckle and rabble-rouse. It rained during the competition last year, but even that didn’t stop the competition and the crowds still packed High Street.The competition kicks off at 6:00pm and lasts until 8:00pm. Want to participate? Email the event coordinators and they can make that happen. Admission is free.There will also be tons of wintry gear for sale (and marked down 20-50% off) to get you excited for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Music will be provided by DJ Zimmie again this year and there will be food and refreshments galore. Come one, come all, this is definitely something not to be missed!View Larger Maplast_img read more

Carrying the Weight: Backpacking with Diabetes

first_imgWhen I was first with diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, backpacking became yet another line on my mental list of things I’d probably not be able to do now that I was managing such a complicated condition.Although the first thing they reassured me of (while I was still in the ER, without me asking), was that with the advent of modern technology, I would be able to safely have children, they did not assure me I’d still be able to romp through mountain streams, swim in crystal clear pools, and sleep under the stars. They did not go so far as to assure me that I’d still be able to stretch my skirt over my kayak and paddle all day, or travel to third world countries. Needless to say, the first consolation did not address my main concerns.Eight years have passed since then, and as I get to know myself more and more as a person with diabetes, I learn that to do what I’ve always loved to do and to try new things is definitely possible, but both require more planning. It’s been a long road to accepting that my version of spontaneous will not look like it used to, when I could decide on a whim to jump in a car headed for Gauley Fest or throw some granola in my pack and head off for a weekend of camping, like I had a few months before my diagnosis. My version of spontaneous does not need to look like anyone else’s, and I’ve learned to validate that for myself by moving one adventure at a time off of the, ‘Can’t Do It’ list, and onto the, ‘Plan It!’ list.The first time I went backpacking with diabetes (and also with an ex-boyfriend, a seasoned backpacker himself) the car ride to the trailhead was mortifying. My brain was in an endless feedback loop of, “What did I forget? What if I my blood glucose meter stops working? What if my insulin gets hot? What if I run out of honey and glucose? I’m going to die on the trail and let all the people who love me down!” And so on.I told myself to pull it together and then we plunged into the woods. The trip was miraculous. We backpacked for just one night, up and over Black Balsam, down and around, to camp at my beloved Flat Laurel Creek in the shadow of Sam’s Knob. We gazed at a small fire. We ate food that tasted like a five-star meal as we spooned it out of crinkly aluminum bags. During the hike I downed an entire honey bear just to keep my blood sugar high enough to walk on. I’ve learned that the added weight of my pack causes me to burn glucose at a rate like nothing else, and it takes me a while to get enough carbohydrates in my system to sustain the activity. Luckily I love honey and I don’t get to eat it like a bear (or straight from the bear) as often as I’d like. There were things I forgot, non-essentials, but it was hard to miss them. From day one backpacking made me feel self-sufficient and whole in a way that I hadn’t since that day at the hospital, when I came to grips with the fact that my pancreas was no longer working for me.Type 1 diabetes is a funny condition. In one way you get to know yourself much more intimately than before, taking over the job of organs and hormones that once ran themselves. In another way, there are so many mysteries, so many unanswered questions, from, “Why has my body turned on itself?” (Stop that immune system, chill out!!) to, “Why do I wade through a dizzy dream of low blood sugars one day and spend other days slogging through persistent high blood sugars that make me lethargic and frustrated?” With diabetes there are no guarantees, no continuity, and a thousand variables, except that it is always there, accompanying you like a weight you can never put down.But the good news is, and here’s the point I’ve been switchbacking my way around to: carrying a weight can make you stronger! And, beautifully, it can make you more prepared to face whatever arises in your life with positivity, preparedness, and resilience. Those things, I’ve found, are essential in both chronic condition management and adventuring, whether it be backpacking in the woods, through a foreign country, or entering bravely into a new job or life experience!Most recently backpacking led me to celebrate Independence Day 2014 under the stars and half moon in a small clearing on Higgins Bald with my house-mate and dear friend. Sweating our way through the steep Appalachian Mountains has brought us closer, each of us seeming to remember what the other forgot, one whipping out hummus, one bringing sunflower seed butter to slather on shared tortillas. More than that, we’re there for each other to share laughter and glorious sunsets. We joked, as we tore through the underbrush searching for the open space that gave Higgins Bald its namesake, that someone must have applied a heavy dose of ‘Rhodo-Gain©’ to this mountain man, because the hillside is now covered with scrubby undergrowth and a tangle of rhododendron and laurel.Before we left I ran through the list of things I would need to survive in the woods, but since I’ve developed a go-to paper checklist, with my medical supplies listed next to my camping essentials, diabetes no longer gets all the attention when I’m planning. Loading my pack is an equalizer for me; everyone has to deliberate, prepare, and strategize before heading off into the woods and away from their myriad belongings and comfortable routine. I’m managing my survival every day anyway, and with my pack on, I’ve got everything I need. The heaviness of it helps me to realize that the time and energy diabetes takes, although it can be huge, is necessary. More than that, it’s worthwhile. Planning for and honoring my unique condition allows me to reach new heights and places, and feel as good as I can along the way.For about a year and a half I’ve worn the Omnipod insulin pump. It’s a funny little thing if you’re new to the concept, comprised of a PDM, which is like a remote control the size of a chunky phone, and a small hard plastic pod, which looks like a tiny computer mouse. Every three days I fill a new pod (or ‘big white leech thing’ like a friend once called it), with insulin and stick it on to my body (it uses strong tape). I check my blood sugar on the PDM about ten times a day. Once I count and enter the amount of carbohydrates I am going to eat it suggests a dosage which I can accept or alter. I am able to choose a higher or lower baseline rate depending on my activity level. It’s my own personal perma-pack of insulin, a little bit like an external pancreas, and it’s helped me to live a more flexible life than when I was on 4 to 6 shots a day.We people with Type 1 diabetes are always toting around something: the things we need to actually balance our blood sugar every minute of every day and the emotional and mental load of taking over for one of our organs. On the trail, the load is simplified and well balanced. The smell of Galax and rich soil, the sight of the mountains and trickling sound of streams helps my mind even out to smooth waves. On the way to Higgins Bald, I realized that my mental checklist has become manageable. I reviewed it calmly: “insulin, a way to get insulin into my body, glucose, water….okay, I have all I need to survive.” It was freeing.Maybe because managing diabetes requires me to constantly consider what I need to survive day in and day out regardless of where my adventures take me, I have gained an appreciation for what I really need to thrive and what is excess. In the woods, my journal tends to lie dormant. There is no space for technology, for vanity, or for ‘entertainment.’ There is also no need. The woods etch beauty into your mind, they are accepting and non-judgmental, and are endlessly captivating in a way that stills my drive for external stimulation.There is a simplicity in the trees and rocks that allows silence to be nurturing and brings a person into the present moment whether alone or with friends. With my pack on my back I feel strong, joyful, and whole, carrying the weight of diabetes in stride.— Katie Souris works as the Coordinator of Preventive Health at the YWCA and writes a blog about living adventurously with diabetes in mind at: thesweetadventurer.wordpress.com/last_img read more

Albertson Suspect Shot, Wounded by Nassau Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police officers shot and wounded a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at officers responding to a call of a suspicious man in Albertson on Wednesday morning, authorities said.Third Precinct officers responded to Netz Place after a 911 caller reported a man with a gun near the corner of Willis Avenue and upon arrival, the officers found the man walking down the block with a handgun, according to a police spokesman.The officers ordered the suspect to drop the handgun, but he instead raised it toward the officers, the spokesman said.That’s when the officers opened fire, hitting the suspect three times. He was taken to Winthrop University Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the right leg, left thigh and right hand.The case is the second time in five weeks that Nassau County police have opened fire on a suspect armed with a handgun. Officers shot and killed 30-year-old Dalton Smith, who police have said was committing a home invasion near Hofstra University on May 17.Andrea Rebello, a 21-year-old Westchester woman and Hofstra student that police said Smith had in a headlock and was threatening to kill at the time, was also accidentally shot by the same police officer.The investigation is continuing into both the Albertson and Hofstra shootings.last_img read more

3 ways mentors can mold you

first_img 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details Kids have lots to learn about life, so it’s not surprising that many people list their parents as key mentors. I certainly do.When I had to give my first presentation in school, my dad gave me some sage advice about public speaking. This was advice he tested every Sunday when he delivered the sermon to his congregation in a large church in Chicago: 1) Stand up to be seen. 2) Speak up to be heard. 3) Sit down to be appreciated. That is something that has influenced me. I try to be conscious of people’s time and attention span, and to the context of what I’m saying. When it comes to making a presentation, I get up, communicate and sit down.As I take the helm at CUES, I’ve been reflecting a lot on mentors and the role they play in our mission to develop talent in the credit union movement. I see three key ways that mentors can help other people progress professionally and personally. Here they are, with more examples from my personal experience.Mentors help build knowledge base. My first mentors in business were the board members at the Chicago credit union where I had a high school internship. A senior, I was just a kid who was good at math. The board members’ willingness to have me apply that talent for the credit union drove me to learn more about income statements, transactions, cash flow, benefits of membership, and how share accounts and loans work. The experience opened a door to walk though: I credit these mentors with pointing me toward a career in business, with supporting what I wanted to do in life.Mentors help expand network and influence. After getting my MBA, I worked for Procter & Gamble, a huge organization composed of highly competitive personalities. One of my mentors there—then President/Chief Operating Officer Durk Jager—helped me better understand the people aspect of business. He said you could have great technical mastery, analytical skill, and strategic thinking skills but, at the end of the day, in order to get anything done, people are going to have to work with you. Working really well with others is the only way you’ll be able make the transition from individual contributor to leader, Jager taught me. Other mentors in my career have helped me add key people to my professional network.Mentors help identify the forest when it’s lost in the trees. I am a very focused and driven individual. That’s a double-edged sword. When you have these qualities, you can focus so much on opportunity or challenge that you can lose perspective on the situations you encounter. You need someone to provide objectivity and help pull you back out of the details. A teacher by training and an amazing professional, Dave Serlo of PSCU taught me to take a step back and look at any situation I was confronting, to see how it came into being, to understand the fuller context and gain perspective on how to move forward.CUES is an organization chock full of people that could be your next—and most valuable—mentor. When you do things like become a CUES member, attend CUES meetings, participate in the CUES Net listserv, or even comment on a CUES Skybox blog post or Credit Union Management magazine article, you might get great mentoring counsel from your peers in the process.I want to end by saying that there’s a fallacy that you reach a certain point in your career and you don’t need mentors anymore. That’s not true. You can never have enough mentors, and they can always help. I’m establishing new mentor relationships today. Maybe with you. If you have feedback on CUES or its offerings, I’d love to hear your thoughts.last_img read more

How scheme size can affect consultant, fund manager relationships

first_imgThe size of a pension scheme has a bearing on its trustees’ relationships with fund managers and consultants, according to wide-ranging new research.It was led by Iain Clacher, associate professor in accounting and finance at Leeds University Business School, in partnership with Aon.The research found that trustees of large schemes place greater emphasis on fund managers’ investment philosophy, decision-making and risk management than small scheme trustees.Small scheme trustees, in turn, focus more on past performance, costs and fees, fund size, firm size and volatility. “Size brings buying power and the ability to be selective, which is not present at smaller fund sizes,” according to the report. “As such, larger funds, and particularly those with in-house investment teams, can use the asset management industry in a strategic way.”Clacher noted that the main reasons for trustees changing fund managers were not as predicted. Investment strategy shifts and de-risking were the main reasons given, with past performance ranking third.The publication of the research comes shortly before the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is expected to publish its final report on its investigation into the asset management industry. This includes major scrutiny of investment consultants, which the regulator wants to refer to the Competition and Markets Authority.Varied expectations of consultantsThe picture was much more mixed when it came to trustees’ relationship with investment consultants, according to the report’s authors.John Belgrove, senior partner at Aon Hewitt, said: “We found that trustees of different sized schemes look for very different things from their consultants, meaning it is hard to pin down a generalised statement of what trustees look for in their investment consultants.”“In examining this issue, it raises a key challenge for the provision of advice in circumstances where the goals of trustees and the beliefs of consultants clash,” the report said. “It is not clear how trustees would respond to advice that conflicts with their beliefs, nor is it clear that investment consultants are able to have honest conversations with trustees about such issues.”Trustees’ views of consultants ranged from them being a service provider with limited remit, to being a sounding board for trustees to road-test ideas.Interactions between trustees and consultants are complex, the report noted. “Trustees have specific goals and objectives in mind and investment consultants therefore operate within those constraints.”Some trustees felt consultants were tailoring their advice, which the report said could result in the range of options being considered not necessarily being what the investment consultant believes is the optimal strategy. Belgrove said tailoring advice would seem a key part of how trustees and consultants can work together, but warned that it was less likely to be challenged.The report can be found here.last_img read more

Under 13 Team to leave for St Kitts on Wednesday

first_img Share 35 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsSports Under 13 Team to leave for St Kitts on Wednesday by: – August 23, 2011 Manager of the Under 13 Team, Fernix ThomasA fourteen-man squad will leave for St Kitts on Wednesday to represent Dominica in the 2011 St Kitts Under 13 Invitational Cricket Festival, which will be held from August 24th to 30th.The unit is being captained by Brian Joseph and includes six surviving players from last year’s squad.Manager of the team, former Windward Islands fast bowler, Fernix Thomas is confident that the team will represent the island well, following weeks of intensive training, which included a few trial matches at the Windsor Park Stadium.“We are very confident that we can capture the championship this year. We’ve worked hard despite the little hiccups that we’ve had in the weather but I think with the program that we have with the Youth Division; it has helped us very well. We’ve been able to select a very balanced team including players from the National Youth Team and the Gary Sobers School Team, and so we are very confident that we can do well and should do well in St Kitts.Thomas is hopeful that with suitable training, these young players can grow into becoming professional international cricketers in the not-too-distant future.“Continuity is something that we expect but we know that we have some difficulty as they move from one category to the next. We are hoping that when we are finished with these players that the Cricket Association can continue with them and with the talent that we have, we should reap some great rewards from the group that we have at the moment”, said Thomas.The team is being coached by Thomas Kentish, who also expects a good performance from the players.The full squad includes Brian Joseph, Shervon Dorsette, Terrel Toussaint, Kassim Peltier, Lestus Lewis, Dion Burton, Leic Charles, Gamaliel Ophar, Josh Toussaint, Tahj Tavernier, Maldini Royer, Leslie Lewis, Ajaya Royer and Paulson JosephParticipating teams will come from the islands of Antigua, Anguilla, Barbados, Bermuda, St Kitts and Nevis and there is also a Nevis Development Team.Dominica is expected to play five games at the festival.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Leising: Indiana District 42 unemployment remains low

first_imgOldenburg, In. — Indiana’s unemployment rate has remained lower than the national average for more than four years. In August, Indiana’s rate was 3.5 percent, and the national rate was 3.9 percent.At this rate, we also continue to outrank our neighboring states, with Michigan at 4.1 percent, Illinois at 4.1 percent, Ohio at 4.6 percent, and Kentucky at 4.4 percent.Many counties in Senate District 42 also outrank our neighboring states. Below are the unemployment rates of each county in the district in August 2018.Decatur: 3.2Fayette: 5.2Franklin: 3.9Henry: 3.8Ripley: 3.8Rush: 3Shelby: 3.4Click here to view the full report.last_img

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgPULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month.Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental.The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR Nationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday. — The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic, and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Goff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.In other NFL news: Achiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia.Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest in sports: NCAA OKs 28- or 29-game schedules for upcoming hoops seasonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday.The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games.center_img U. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers. The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. After having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2.Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round.Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.NFL-NEWS A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.MLB-DODGERS-LAWSUITDodgers sued over parking lot attackLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage.Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security. Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement.The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury.A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-PLAYER DEATHCoroner says Cougars player died of acute intoxication April 24, 2020 — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23. — The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgWashington, Orlando and Brooklyn are the three teams left in the race for the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots. If the Wizards finish within four games of whichever club finishes eighth, then two games will be played to determine the No. 8 seed. But with Beal and Davis Bertans out, a Wizards team that has been without John Wall all season will have to replace more than 40 points a game if it is to somehow get into that postseason mix.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LOUISVILLETwo in Louisville program test positiveLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two members of Louisville’s men’s basketball program have tested positive for COVID-19 and the team has suspended voluntary activities for two weeks.A news release from the school did not specify whether it was players or staff members who tested positive. It added that those impacted are being quarantined and proper protocols are being followed. NFL-BROWNS-VERNONCLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells the Associated Press the Cleveland Browns have re-worked defensive end Olivier Vernon’s contract for next season. Vernon’s future with the Browns seemed uncertain as he was set to make $15.25 million in 2020. But the club reworked his deal and the source says he’ll earn $11 million. The 29-year-old Vernon joined the Browns last season after coming over from the New York Giants in the blockbuster trade involving wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.OLY-OBIT-MIKE MORAN Ex-USOC spokesman Mike Moran dead at 78 after short illnessCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — Former United States Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran has died after a short illness. He was 78 years old. Moran was born in Nebraska and after playing both baseball and basketball at South Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha he went into sports information. He succeeded the renowned Fred Casotti at the University of Colorado in 1968. He spent 11 years as the Buffaloes’ sports information director before moving on to the US Olympic Committee where he worked from 1978 to 2003. He spent the last 17 years as senior media consultant for the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. AUSTRALIA-PULLIN DEATH July 8, 2020 — The Cleveland Indians are keeping outfielder Franmil Reyes away from training camp after they spotted him on social media attending a weekend holiday party without wearing a mask. Manager Terry Francona said Reyes is not in any trouble with the team. But by not practicing social distancing or wearing a mask, he says Reyes exposed himself — and his teammates — to infection, and the team is being overly cautious. Francona said Reyes, who was traded to Cleveland last season from San Diego, will have to be re-tested for the virus “when it’s appropriate.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBABeal, Dinwiddie won’t playWASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won’t take part in the restart of the NBA season.Beal is out because of a right rotator cuff injury. Dinwiddie announced that he is still testing positive for coronavirus and won’t participate. NFL-EAGLES-JACKSONJackson apologizes for anti-Semitic postsPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. In a video posted on Instagram, he said his post “was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” He added that he ”just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person.” The team and the NFL both issued statements condemning Jackson’s posts. But the team’s new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball’s new coronavirus safety protocols Tuesday night during an intrasquad game at Yankee Stadium. Cole allowed a home run to the second hitter he faced, Miguel Andújar, one pitch after being forced to give up the ball he used to strike out leadoff man Mike Tauchman. Cole grumbled that he liked the ball used to strike out Tauchman. But among the safety steps instituted by Major League Baseball for this virus-shortened season is that pitchers can’t reuse a baseball once it has been touched by other players. After Cole struck out Tauchman swinging, catcher Gary Sánchez whipped the ball around the infield — a customary ritual that’s frowned upon in MLB’s 2020 operations manual. In other MLB news:— The San Francisco Giants say they are “suspending workouts at Oracle Park, pending the results of tests conducted this past weekend.” On Monday, the club announced two people had tested positive for the coronavirus without providing further details on whether the two were players, coaches or staff. Prospect Hunter Bishop and pitcher Luis Madero, in the 60-player pool, already tested positive. — The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals have resumed training camp after canceling workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays. General manager Mike Rizzo said the team felt confident about getting back to Nationals Park for practices after receiving all player and staff test results from Friday. The American League champion Houston Astros also resumed workouts on Tuesday. A handful of players did not take part in the Nationals’ workouts, including Starlin Castro, Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles. Without naming names, Rizzo said two players tested positive for the coronavirus and that any players and staff who came into contact with them had to be re-tested NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty guard Asia Durr will miss the upcoming WNBA season after testing positive for the coronavirus on June 8.Durr detailed her struggles with COVID-19 in a post on Instagram. The former Louisville star says she hasn’t fully recovered.The second pick of the 2019 WNBA draft averaged 6.7 points in her rookie season, starting 15 of her 18 appearances before being sidelined for the season with a hip injury.In other WNBA news:— Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA’s social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement when the season begins in Florida. Loeffler is a Republican U.S. senator running for re-election in Georgia. She asked the commissioner to scrap plans for players to wear warmup jerseys reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” and instead put an American flag on all uniforms and apparel. VIRUS OUTBREAK-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENWomen’s British Open to take place without fansUNDATED (AP) — Organizers are going ahead with the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon without spectators.The Women’s British Open is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon along the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It would be the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule that is played this year and it would be the week after the Ladies Scottish Open on the other side of the country just east of Edinburgh.Qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open has been canceled. The field will be made up of leading players from the women’s world ranking and recognizing top performances at recent events on the world’s leading tours.center_img ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer has postponed Wednesday night’s match between Nashville and Chicago.MLS says five Nashville players have received positive tests for COVID-19 since arriving in Orlando. Two players received positive results during the weekend, while three others got their positive results Monday night. Four other Nashville players need further testing after receiving inconclusive results.The league is continuing to evaluate Nashville’s participation in its tournament. FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players tested positive for coronavirus.VIRUS OUTBREAK-WNBADurr will miss season Associated Press VIRUS OUTBREAK-RAVENS QUARTERBACKJackson to hold annual event amid Florida spikeBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced he will hold his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida amid the state’s spike in coronavirus cases. A flyer posted on Jackson’s Instagram page Monday says the event will be held in a park in his hometown of Pompano Beach in Broward County. The city’s website says social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are currently not allowed. The announcement comes more than a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases. Florida’s Health Department says there are more than 21,000 positive coronavirus cases in Broward County. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBYanks’ Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquadNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn’t have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. Update on the latest sports Snowboard world champion Pullin drowns in diving mishapGOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Two-time world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin has drowned while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast. A police spokesman said a 32-year-old man was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment from paramedics. The accident happened at Palm Beach around 10:40 a.m. local time. Pullin won gold medals in the snowboard cross event at the 2011 and 2013 world championships and was Australia’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OKLAHOMA-TEXASDALLAS (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas officials are cautiously optimistic that their annual football showdown still will be played at the Cotton Bowl in the Fair Park in Dallas, despite the announcement Tuesday that the fair would be canceled.Oklahoma-Texas is one of the longest-running and most intense rivalries in college football. This year’s game is scheduled for Oct. 10.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCERMLS match postponedlast_img read more

Grant rides evident potential into NBA Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ DeMatha Catholic head coach Mike Jones called it an “unknown.”Players leave college because they want to enter the NBA Draft when their stock is highest, not knowing how an extra collegiate year could affect it.But that same “unknown” could be Jerami Grant’s greatest strength.“The best quality he has is that you really can’t see how good he’s going to be because I think his ceiling is limitless,” Jones, Grant’s high school coach, said. “I have known Jerami since he was 6 or 7 years old and that’s always been a thing with him.“For people to still be talking to this day about how much improvement he can make, I think it’s just incredibly impressive.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrant lies in the middle of former SU teammates Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair in the draft projections, and is expected by most to come off the board in the mid-to-late first round at the Barclays Center on Thursday night. But lingering questions about his back, outside jump shot, skill set and position have him slipping closer to the fringe of the first round and possibly into the second. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said he thinks Grant isn’t a small forward because he doesn’t shoot or dribble well enough, but that he’s also undersized for a power forward, the position he thinks Grant will end up playing.“He’s not an ultra-skilled player right now and that’s something he’s really got to work on,” Bilas said in a teleconference on Tuesday. “He’s got to be able to face up and hit an 18-footer.“I think he’s more of a latter-part-of-the-first-round guy.”In his sophomore season with the Orange, Grant showed the capability to knock down an occasional elbow jumper. But he hardly moved beyond that, only taking five 3-pointers on last year and making none. In an age when the outside-shooting big man is becoming more of a commodity in the NBA, Grant may need to incorporate more of a long-range jump shot into his game, especially when he’s not of the build of the prototypical power forward.“He definitely needs to continue to improve his jumper,” Jones said. “I think we all saw last year that has begun and we maybe didn’t see it in games, but all reports are that his jump shot has gotten a lot better.”Then there’s his back.It hindered him late last season, keeping him out of Syracuse’s loss to N.C. State in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in March.Jones said it won’t cause him to fall on Thursday night.“I’ve spoken to 15 or 16 teams, and I can only remember the back coming up one time,” Jones said. “He did the pre-draft camp in Chicago and they’ve seen him work out, so I really don’t think that’s a concern at all.”Grant’s untapped potential still has him highly regarded among many NBA teams.It’s what makes them willing to risk a higher pick on him, simply because the room for improvement makes him a much more enticing prospect.“He has so much potential,” Ennis said at NBA Draft media day. “I think a lot of people don’t realize how much he can dribble the ball and make plays.”Bilas criticized Grant’s skill set, but praised his explosiveness around the basket. He worried about the forward’s stature but complimented his shot blocking.Plays such as Grant’s monstrous put-back dunk against California in the Maui Invitational or his two-handed rejection against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden are just microcosms of the athleticism he’s working with. And though his game needs polishing to fit that circular athleticism into a square peg, the “unknown” alone may be what has him selected in the first round. “Just hearing your name called is what this is all about,” Jones said. “He can worry about all that other stuff afterward.” Comments Published on June 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more