Spurs’ Leonard to miss contest against Warriors

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. APSan Antonio Spurs leading scorer Kawhi Leonard will miss Saturday’s National Basketball Association contest against the Golden State Warriors with an apparent concussion.The all-star forward was placed on the league’s Concussion Protocol list after being injured when he was struck in the head by an elbow from Oklahoma City player Victor Oladipo during Thursday’s game, the team announced Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Badminton: Lee and Lin on course for one final showdown The 25-year-old Leonard, who left the game and did not return, has been leading San Antonio’s charge at overtaking Golden State for top spot in the Western Conference.Leonard played a total of 26 minutes on Thursday, finishing with 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe’s averaging career highs this season with 26.3 points and 3.4 assists to go with 6.0 rebounds. Leonard is also a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.RELATED STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Leonard the spur as San Antonio down RocketsLeonard’s 31 points lead Spurs to win over PacersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

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Positive attention

first_imgIf the President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde, delivers on implementing development programmes over the years and remains in check to do the best for football, then it is possible that the sport could become Guyana’s number one sport.In addition there must be respect for positive contributions from opposition patterns set aside so football could get to the summit of all sports in Guyana.However, it is easier said than done but it is not an inconceivable or impossible task. With strict regulations and governance reform then it is imminent.It was reported in the media, ahead of the launch of the GFF-Pele Alumni Frank Watson Intra-Association U-15 Tournament that the GFF boss said that football will become the most successful and popular sport in Guyana as reform and development programmes bear fruit in coming years.The reports further stated that with increased funding from world governing body FIFA and a stable administration in place, the GFF is working to lay a sustainable foundation for football across Guyana through grassroots and youth development, as well as strict regulations and governance reform.Guyana’s Under-15 league is part of the GFF’s strategic plan to have consistent football played at every level. At the local level there are now two commercial partners that will ensure that football is played at the under-15 and under-17 year round for the next five years. In the recent history of Guyana there was no other period in Guyana’s football where there were commercial relationships that ensured that structured age specific football is played all year round in every association.At Tuesday’s launch of the tournament, the public also heard that in a matter of weeks the GFF will be announcing a similar nationwide Under-13 League and there after a Under-20 league. This is all part of a bigger plan being implemented. Notably, the academy training centre is one of the most important components of football development in Guyana. These Leagues will feed players into those academies; the U13s, U15s, U17s and U20s will feed players into the academy.According to the President, the GFF is already seeing results from the work that they have been doing at the youth level. One of these successes was a mere weeks ago when the Guyana Golden Jaguars U-17 team did exceptionally well in a tournament in Martinique to the extent that prevailed over the Region’s powerhouse Haiti 3-1.These fresh implementations and drive to develop the sport here is commendable; however, there must not be an ‘overkill’ of tournaments without proper structure or ‘real development’.At present football is regarded as the second most popular sport here behind the gentleman’s game; cricket.However, if the infamous governing Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) continues to hammer cricket into the ground and the public’s interest is shifted, then Forde’s dream will be manifested very soon.There seems to be a lot of potential development in and around football, one of it being the playing of more tournaments, especially youth competitions.In contrast to football’s recent strides, the view of every cricket match or tournament organised by the GCB, there is poor structure. The GCB/Dave West Indian Imports Inter-County U-15 tournament is underway and prior to the tournament, the Demerara team only had one practice session at the Ogle Ground.Preceding the inter-county tournament, the GCB – since there is no functioning Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) – was tasked with organising the Demerara inter-association tourney. The Georgetown team for the tournament was selected from a meeting the afternoon before the tournament. Locally, cricket has been stagnant and while some other sports; lawn tennis, volleyball and motor-racing have progressed over the years, those sports do not possess the scope like cricket and football.In addition, football here seems to be gaining positive attention from the world governing body FIFA.There might be several challenges that may prevent football from progressing rapidly but once the intentions are good and have a supportive and industrious team, then brighter days loom for football and the possibility of the sport emerging to the number one spot in Guyana is not impossible.last_img read more

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Bat goes for a fly on Spirit Airlines

first_imgPassengers on a Spirit Airlines flight got a little more than they bargained for when a bat starting flying around the cabin just 30 minutes after take-off.Peter Scattini tweeted that he sworn he would never fly Spirit again after this last flight but decided to save $12 and was aboard the flight.me, twice a year: “i’ll never fly spirit again.”me, this morning, after deciding i’d rather save 12 dollars: pic.twitter.com/ASqk3bb89j— Peter Scattini (@jpscattini) July 31, 2019A spokesman for Spirit Airlines told Newsweek: “Spirit Airlines can confirm a stowaway bat was located on one of our recent flights from Charlotte to Newark.“The bat was eventually corralled into a lavatory and removed once on the ground by animal control officers.“The aircraft was disinfected and searched as a precaution. It is believed the bat started its journey in Charlotte, flying into an overhead bin while our crews were doing overnight maintenance. No one was hurt in this incident, including the bat.”last_img read more

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‘Where will Indian cricket be without Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Kumble?’

first_imgWithout Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman (above) and Kumble; it is what Indian cricket will look like in 2014.The question this week is:where will Indian cricket be the day after tomorrow? Not literally, but say a decade from now. We have seen what the batting looks like without Sachin Tendulkar. Now,Without Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman (above) and Kumble; it is what Indian cricket will look like in 2014.The question this week is:where will Indian cricket be the day after tomorrow? Not literally, but say a decade from now. We have seen what the batting looks like without Sachin Tendulkar. Now take away Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman and Anil Kumble as well because in 2014 they will not be around.From the current lot, who will be captain? The anchor of the batting? The sane voice in the change room? Ask the current selection committee.There is a good chance they will say that they don’t know and they don’t particularly care because they won’t be picking teams then. It will be someone else’s headache.Indian cricket-as in the long-term, big-picture entity and not the money-spinning hype-fest-is always someone else’s headache. When the BCCI can forget to book the team’s hotel rooms in time for the Bangalore Test (oops, sorry fellas, slipped the mind), planning a smooth hand-over of generations is hardly priority.Captain Ganguly may believe that the Indians are the world’s best side after Australia but what he has is a competitive team, a moment in time. What his team is up against this month though is an idea, a dynasty, an ascendant cricketing empire. The difference lies in the details.Australia are without all but two of the batsmen (Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer) and two of the bowlers (Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne) who beat the West Indies in 1995, the event that marks the beginning of their rise to power. But they haven’t broken stride since. They have been smart with selection, methodical with their planning and only then, lucky to be blessed with bowlers of the calibre of McGrath, Warne and Jason Gillespie. If Simon Katich and Damien Martyn on the current team touring India, spent years waiting to break into the playing eleven, they were years of tough, domestic cricket. Look at them now.And look at India. The domestic game is not a support structure for the elite team, but a parallel universe. This is the end of October and there is no first-class cricket where Parthiv Patel can work out his problems. Where players can be spotted for slots that may open up in six months. If there is no vision for six months from now, what will the next decade look like? The bowling is finding its feet, but the gen next of batsmen seem to be made up entirely of kamikaze pilots.Indian cricket continues to be run by the seat of its pants, more so this year with the fallout of the BCCI elections. This is India’s toughest home season in more than 20 years.Australia are standing on the windpipe every second of every session of every contest, with South Africa and Pakistan to follow. The batsmen are struggling, the bowlers are keeping body and soul together on will alone.Into this scenario, the entrance of the enigmatic and powerful Sunil Gavaskar is intriguing. Not just for its theatrical timing-approached through a text message from Ganguly, named consultant at the very last instant- but its novelty. Of course, the players will respond to and benefit from his presence; he is not Indian cricket’s Mr Ten Thousand for nothing. But the questions and conspiracy theories remain: is this a one-off? Or a long-term relationship? If no,why not?Is this all a dark plot to undermine John Wright? Yes, no, maybe? Whatever for? Nobody knows. There is no clarity to be found outside the dressing room.Hopefully, there is plenty inside. If not, we are toast. The Aussies are already 1-0 up, remember.Deterred either by the BCCI’s administrative wasteland or the prospect of putting their reputations on the line all over again, the best minds in Indian cricket have worked outside the elite level and its key decision-making areas like planning, coaching and selection for too long. It has led to inferior intellects taking-or rather not taking-important decisions. Elsewhere, Richard Hadlee is chairman of selectors in New Zealand.Gavaskar’s Aussie rival Allan Border is a selector and Greg Chappell has already had a crack at the job. It means getting the hands dirty, but there is no other way to build monuments or dynasties. Only when India’s cricket systems evolve will its cricket team.advertisementlast_img read more

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Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgLIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Mohamed Salah has returned to training after missing Liverpool’s past two fixtures with a groin problem.Daniel Sturridge, who has not featured since the Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow on December 6, was also involved in the sessions after shaking off illness and a muscle injury. Alberto Moreno was back with the group on Thursday following an ankle lay-off, but is not likely to be involved on the weekend. Jordan Henderson (hamstring) hasn’t trained yet while Nathaniel Clyne (back) is a long-term absentee.OPTA MATCH FACTS Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Indeed, the only team Man City have had a longer winless away run against in the competition is Arsenal (15 games between 1992 and 2012). Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is at 16:00 GMT (10:00 ET) and the match will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Liverpool Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 16:50 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday Manchester City will have essentially a full strength squad for their game at Liverpool on Sunday.David Silva has been in Spain all week as he tends to a personal issue and his availability will be assessed over the weekend, though it is likely he will be able to feature.Other than that, City only have long-term injuries to worry about, barring any unforeseen late issues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN CITY INJURIES Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus are known absentees due to knee injuries.Vincent Kompany’s exact injury status is unknown but he is unlikely to start even if available.Gabriel Jesus Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP City could name what has become their strongest possible line-up at Anfield. Only Benjamin Mendy, and perhaps Gabriel Jesus, could hold serious hopes of getting into Pep Guardiola’s go-to line-up at the moment.Fabian Delph has done a fine job at left-back in Mendy’s absence, while Sergio Aguero is scoring enough goals to keep Guardiola’s concerns about his conversion rate at bay. Just about.Man City possible XI (strong)last_img read more

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In the news today June 25

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, June 25———SAINT-JACQUES RETURNS FROM SPACE MISSIONDavid Saint-Jacques returned to Earth on Monday after more than six months aboard the International Space Station. The native of Saint-Lambert, Que., has set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days. The Canadian astronaut was joined by NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko aboard a Soyuz capsule that landed in Kazakhstan. NASA described the landing as “picture perfect” as the capsule descended in Kazakistan at 10:47 p.m. ET. Saint-Jacques was the last to be carried out of the capsule and he gave a thumbs-up sign as he emerged. The crew were offered water and fresh fruit as they sat in chairs about 15-feet away from the capsule before being taken away for initial medical checks.———NEW HEARING FOR FERTILITY DOC WHO USED WRONG SPERMA fertility doctor previously disciplined for artificially inseminating several women with the wrong sperm is set to appear before Ontario’s medical regulator today to face additional allegations, including that he used his own sperm in certain procedures. Dr. Bernard Norman Barwin admitted to committing professional misconduct when he appeared before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee in 2013, saying errors in his practice had left three patients with children whose biological fathers were not the ones they intended. The committee suspended him from practising medicine for two months, but Barwin gave up his licence the following year.———BLACK CIVIL SERVANTS NOT GETTING PROMOTED: MPQualified black Canadians are being passed over for promotions to senior positions in the federal government due to systemic racial barriers, says Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes. Caesar-Chavannes, who is not running for re-election in October, used her final act in the House of Commons last week to shine a light on what she says is discrimination in the civil service. She says in all of Canada’s history, no black person has been appointed as a federal deputy minister, the bureaucratic head of a department. She also says there has been a “thinning out” of visible minorities at the assistant-deputy-minister level.———INDIGENOUS SPEAKERS GATHER IN VICTORIASto:lo Nation educator Ethel Gardner is confident that the fate of the Coast Salish language Halq’emeylem is looking up, despite its classification as critically endangered by UNESCO. She says the language is alive. Gardner, who also goes by her First Nation’s name Stelomethet, served as an elder-in-residence at Simon Fraser University, where she wrote her dissertation on the relationship between Halq’emeylem, pronouced halk-ah-may-lem, and Sto:lo communities of B.C.’s Fraser Valley. She says decades of arduous work to preserve Halq’emeylem is paying off as more people begin to learn the language.———WICKENHEISER WAITS FOR POSSIBLE HALL CALLCanada’s Hayley Wickenheiser is one of the headliners among eligible players for selection into the Hockey Hall of Fame today. The class of 2019 will be announced this afternoon. Wickenheiser is a 40-year-old native of Shaunavon, Sask. She was one of the top players on four Olympic champion Canadian women’s teams. She retired as the country’s all-time leading scorer after 23 years on the national team and now works at the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna makes an announcement on how the federal government will allocate a portion of the proceeds collected as a result of carbon pollution pricing, and holds a media availability.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan makes an announcement in partnership with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative on the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers. A media availability follows.— Trial for Tasha Mack who faces second-degree murder charges in the death of her boyfriend Joey Crier’s 19-month-old son. The toddler was found outside an Edmonton church in April 2017.— Conference to celebrate Indigenous languages from around the world in support of language revitalization.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Wladimir Klitschko Knocks Out Illiteracy

first_imgAs part of a unique charity project, Wladimir Klitschko – the longest-reigning IBF, WBO & IBO heavyweight champion in history – has covered his famous fists in blue paint and punched the 26 letters of the alphabet onto canvases to create a unique, distinctive font.Wladimir Klitschko KOs IlliteracyFans across the world can download for free Wladimir Klitschko’s fist-painted font from typeface provider Monotype at its e-commerce website. Voluntary monetary contributions will go to the Klitschko Brothers Foundation in partnership with German charity organization BILD’s A Heart for Children charity to combat illiteracy internationally.Video: Klitschko vs. IlliteracyThe art prints created by Wladimir Klitschko will also be auctioned live on Ebay over the next 10 days.Wladimir Klitschko said: “Charity means to give something back and usually you shake hands on the red carpet and say something. But today was a little different and I’ve done it the way I can do it the best – with boxing! Over 250 million children around the world are illiterate and will only have a future if they have an education – today we’re trying to make it happen!”“This is a great effort by Wladimir Klitschko to bring attention to the problem of illiteracy which affects children internationally,” said Frank Wildenberg, managing director of Monotype GmbH. “This campaign worked with our typeface experts to offer the public a ‘fist font’ that is striking, but also easy to read. We’re proud that Monotype is in the corner of a world heavyweight boxing champion helping children to read.”Monotype typeface experts optimized the font to ensure quality and clarity.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

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Stars Set To Attend Food Bank For New York Citys Can Do

first_imgFood Bank For New York City’s Can Do Awards Dinner Gala will take place on Wednesday, April 9, and it looks set to be a star-studded affair.The Can Do Awards Dinner is the premiere Food Bank For New York City event that helps support the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on our programs and services to put food on the table. Highlights of the evening include a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, live and silent auction, awards presentation, and a special musical performance. The evening will be presented by Bank of America.The evening will be hosted by Cat Greenleaf and will feature appearances by Honorary Chairs Mario Batali & Susan Cahn; Event Chairs Jodisue Rosen Feldman & Scott R. Feldman; Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis and Honoree Dorothea Bongiovi.Other guests expected to attend include: Jon Bon Jovi, Mariska Hargitay, Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio, Lori Silverbush, Ted Allen, Lauren Bush Lauren, Sandra Lee, Jill Hennessy, David Chang, Katie Lee, Marisa May, Kelly Bensimon, Mary Giuliani, Phillip Baltz, Susan Ungaro, and Rene & Susie Lopez.The event will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. Find out more here.last_img read more

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