Pooran set for return after mending fences with CWI

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWC) and Nicholas Pooran have settled their differences, paving the way for the promising left-hander to return to West Indies colours.The announcement by CWI came just hours after they also revealed an end to the impasse with leading Test batsman Darren Bravo, on a day of rare reconciliation in West Indies cricket.Pooran, 21, had been suspended by CWI for opting out of the Professional Cricket League (PCL) despite being selected by Leeward Islands Hurricanes for last season’s campaign.However, the CWI said the period of the player’s suspension had since elapsed and both parties had opted to “settle this matter amicably” in the best interest of West Indies cricket.“The parties jointly state, however, that following bilateral good faith discussions, they have decided to settle this matter amicably. The parties add that they are both committed to the development of West Indies Cricket at all levels and continue to have those interests uppermost in their minds,” a statement from CWI said yesterday.“Whilst not delving into the merits of their respective positions on the matter, the parties regret that it occurred as it did and accept that this has served as a learning experience for both players and administrators, in terms of best practice for the professionalisation of cricket in the region.”Pooran will now be eligible for selection to all formats.The Trinidadian, an aggressive top-order batsman and wicketkeeper, has already played three Twenty20 Internationals following his debut against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates last September.He failed to make an impression, however, and mustered just 25 runs from his three outings.Pooran was picked up in the PCL draft but then snubbed the Hurricanes contract in order to represent Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League.CWI said then there would be “consequences” for players who failed to honour their commitments to the PCL.last_img read more

Franken discusses his faith

first_imgU.S. Senator Al Franken spoke about the influence of the Jewish tradition on public service on Wednesday at the 12th annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture, hosted by the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. The event was held in the Davidson Executive Conference Center.Tradition · Minnesota Senator Al Franker speaks to students about the role his Jewish heritage played throughout his extensive political career. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe junior senator from Minnesota, who was elected to Congress in 2008, used the charisma and storytelling skills that he developed as a Saturday Night Live comedy writer and political satirist.“Today I’d like to talk about three Jews: a printing salesman, a rabbi and a professor,” Franken said. “This, mind you, is not the set up for a joke.”To many laughs and much applause, Franken began his narrative by talking about his father, who was a printing salesman. Though he spoke of the humble beginnings of growing up in a Minneapolis suburb, Franken maintained that he considered himself “one of the luckiest kids alive.” He credits his father with inciting both his love of humor, as well as his political views, which were largely shaped by images of the civil rights movement playing out in the south.“My dad, when he saw demonstrators being clubbed and having dogs sicked on them, he turned to me and my brother and he would say ‘That is wrong. No Jew can be for that,’” Franken said.His religious relationship with his childhood rabbi reinforced his ideas of righteousness.“Rabbi Shapiro always used to say that it wasn’t enough simply to be just,” Franken said. “You have to do justice.”Franken said Paul Wellstone, who was Franken’s predecessor in the Senate seat and served as his member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, said he was an helpful example of the intersection between public diplomacy and civil rights.“It really wasn’t until I met the third Jew in my story, the professor, that I understood how public service represents a special kind of call to action, a special chance to do justice,” Franken said.Franken said that he developed a strong interest in politics while campaigning for Wellstone during his first senate race because humor was inherent a part of the field.Though Franken is known for his liberal political views, his speech was not political in nature. Rather, he spoke of politics as a vehicle for positive change.“Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives,” Franken said.During the question-and-answer discussion that followed his speech, Franken continued to emphasize the role of his Jewish heritage played in his public service experience.“I hope that your Jewish faith, your Jewish values and your Jewish role models are as powerful a source of strength and wisdom for you as mine have been for me,” Frank said as he addressed the Jewish people in the audience.Though those in attendance were primarily alumni and community members, students had positive reactions toward his speech.“I loved that it was a personal story. He’s a very political guy with very strong views, but I think the lecture stayed true to his purpose,” said Brandon Cheung, a freshman majoring in political science.Aaron Taxy, the president of USC College Democrats, said he was “star struck” following the event because of the senator’s eloquence.“I thought the senator did a perfect job at articulating the Jewish mindset of public service, to always seek justice,” Taxy said. “He rightly emphasized why Jews are such an asset to our political process.”Some students said that it was the senator’s talent for storytelling that was the greatest highlight of his speech.“The way that he started with the anecdote about how he grew up and then fed it in to all of his other experiences and beliefs, it kept bringing us back to the original topic,” said Amanda Kantor, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law. “It effectively connected his faith everything that he does day to day as a senator.”last_img read more

Syracuse sets program 3-point record in 86-80 win at North Carolina

first_img Published on February 22, 2018 at 10:55 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (21-7, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) drained 20 3-pointers Thursday night, setting a new single-game program record in a 86-80 win over North Carolina (14-14, 4-11) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Gabrielle Cooper and Miranda Drummond combined for 52 points in the SU win. The duo hit 15 3-pointers, missing three attempts the entire game.“Feeling good,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We shot it well. You wanna be able to make shots and be aggressive and that’s what we did.”The 3 carried Syracuse from the opening tipoff. Less than a minute into the game, Drummond canned a 3, and Cooper followed her first make from deep just over 30 seconds later.“We had to get good looks and did a really good job of getting good looks and moving the ball around,” Hillsman said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy the end of the first quarter, SU had buried seven 3s, but only led by one point, 28-27. Still, in the second stanza, neither team could find any separation. Syracuse kept shooting from deep and finished the half shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc, but the Tar Heels countered with an efficient 48.6 from the entire field.After 20 minutes, the teams were tied, 41-41.As the second half wore on, though, Syracuse’s onslaught from behind the arc never slowed. If anything, it picked up. The Orange buried 11 more triples in the final 20 minutes, finally mustering enough offense to create a cushion.“Huge,” Hillsman said of the explosive offense. “They (UNC) were scoring, so we had to score too.”Cooper scored 16 in the second half while Drummond racked up 15 in the frame.“When they’re both hitting we’re a great team,” Hillsman said of Cooper and Drummond. “Any time you have two premiere shooters hitting from range, you’re going to be tough to beat.”Feeding the shooters was point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who finished with 14 assists and 12 points of her own.Syracuse is now one win away from 10 conference wins — the number head coach Quentin Hillsman said his team would need to feel comfortable about making the NCAA Tournament — after holding off North Carolina.If the Orange can get similar production from its offense in its home finale on Sunday against Boston College, it should be well on its way to Hillsman’s mark.“Honestly, we’re playing well, and we’re playing solid basketball,” Hillsman said. Commentslast_img read more

Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt reaches men’s 200m final but Justin Gatlin out

first_imgUsain Bolt ran his fastest time of the season to win his Olympic 200m semi-final in 19.78 seconds as Justin Gatlin missed out on a place in the final.Jamaica’s Bolt has already won the 100m and is now aiming for an eighth Olympic gold by retaining his 200m title.But American Gatlin, who won silver behind Bolt in the 100m final, only finished third in his semi-final.Britain’s Adam Gemili, 22, reached Thursday’s final (02:30 BST, Friday) as one of two fastest losers.Gatlin, 34, banned twice for doping offences, clocked 20.13 and failed to progress along with another big name – Yohan Blake.The Jamaican, who won silver behind Bolt in London four years ago, has been hampered by injury over the past couple of years and faded to finish sixth in 20.37 seconds. LaShawn Merritt, who has run 19.74 this year, is likely to pose the biggest challenge to Bolt in the final.But Bolt believes he can break his world record of 19.19 and could even go under 19 seconds in the final.”I definitely think I can try for the world record, I definitely feel that,” he said. “I need to run efficiently and get into the straight and run the perfect race.”Bolt said he would have a better chance of achieving his goal to run under 19 seconds if he gets a high lane, adding: “If I get a lower lane it’s always harder for me to run the corner when it is tighter.”On Gatlin’s exit, Bolt told BBC Radio 5 live: “Everybody’s in shock. You can tell from the 100m he’s getting old. It’s a fact the older you get, the rougher it gets to double. “Next year if I go to the World Championships [in London] I’m not going to double. I’m going to do the 100m and that is it.”De Grasse and Bolt enjoyed a moment of fun as they crossed the line’Lazy’ Bolt eases into finalBolt has won all seven of his previous Olympic finals, claiming gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.Here, the 29-year-old was laughing as he crossed the line just two hundredths of a second ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse. “Andre was supposed to slow down. He didn’t,” he joked.”I said: ‘What are you doing, it is the semis?’ He said he had to push me.”I was a bit lazy, I don’t know why, but I executed it.”Gatlin Gatlin falls short againGatlin is a divisive figure in athletics, having returned to the sport after serving two bans.He claimed Olympic bronze at London 2012 and silver behind Bolt in the 2015 World Championships.After missing out on 100m gold on Sunday, he fell short in the 200m after appearing to lose focus when he glanced across the track 60 metres from the finish.Gatlin, who ran 19.75 last month – the second fastest time of the year, said afterwards he had been hampered by an ankle injury.”I’m happy to still be here for the relays,” he said. “My ankle is giving me a lot of problems. I can’t run properly and I had a tight turn in lane three.” Gemili determined to ‘push on’Gemili, 22, was third in 20.08, with his place in the final confirmed following the third semi-final.”I really tightened up. I’m in a lot better shape than 20.08. I was really disappointed seeing that,” he said.”But that’s a good thing I suppose that I’m not satisfied with that and I will go and push on.”His team-mate Danny Talbot clocked a personal best 20.25, the same time as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, but it was not enough for either to go through.The top two in each semi-final qualified automatically, along with the two fastest losers.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant won’t play anywhere else: “I’m a Laker for life”

first_img“That’s Phil baiting you guys like he always does,’ Bryant said, chuckling. “He’s a master at it.”Warm receptionThe mention of Bryant’s name in Brooklyn sent the partisan Lakers crowd to offer a standing ovation. They yelled “MVP” as Bryant stood at the foul line. It sounds like reception Bryant receives at Lakers homes games at Staples Center. But this also described the atmosphere at Barclays Center. Although Bryant said he felt “appreciative” of the gesture, he jokingly described the reception as “an uncomfortable hug.” NEW YORK >> The idea made Kobe Bryant let out a huge groan.Would there be any chance Bryant would leave the Lakers after his $25 million contract expires after this season? Bryant strongly shook his head no.“I’m a Laker for life,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 104-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at Barclays Center. “I’m not playing anywhere else, no matter what. It’s just not going to happen. I bleed purple and gold.”That did not stop Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. He said before training camp, “I don’t think it’s his last year. It sounds like it’s his last year with the Lakers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “What I’ve always enjoyed throughout my career is that road hostility,” Bryant said. “If you’re showing respect for what I’ve done, show it that way.”Bryant advised opposing team fans not to shower him with gifts. He also said he does not want any opposing venues to offer any tributes. Still, Bryant admitted Sunday’s game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden has more meaning in what could mark his last appearance at the World’s Most Famous Arena. In 2009, Bryant posted an arena-record 61 points. Bryant also scored his first points of his NBA career 19 years ago off a pair of free throws at MSG. “I always try to embrace the moment, and kind of feel the energy,” Bryant said. “I always try to make it a point to do that. But is it a little different this time around? Yeah.”Yet, Bryant said he does not plan to add any extra plans to his road itineraries knowing this might mark his last year of extensive travel. “I don’t break routine,” Bryant said. “It could be my last time, but I don’t try to do anything different than what I’ve been doing.”Believe in World PeaceScott gave Metta World Peace a chance. After sitting in the Lakers’ first four regular-season games, the veteran forward played on Friday against the Nets, posting three points on 1-of-3 shooting and three rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. also played for the first time this season, logging six points on 2-of-4 shooting and five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench. The Lakers had struggled defensively partly because a Brandon Bass/Ryan Kelly frontcourt that struggled compensating for the lack of size. “From an intensity standpoint, they raised it to a different level,” Scott said. “That was the key to the game.” After World Peace helped them to an NBA championship in 2010, the Lakers signed him to a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million, mostly to mentor second-year forward Julius Randle. After showing frustration at a reduced role with the Knicks in the 2013-14 season, the former Ron Artest promised the Lakers he would not fret about playing time. “I love the game. If I’m on the bench, I’m very vocal,” World Peace said. “But when I’m playing, I’m going to give 100 percent.”last_img read more

Josh Rosen trade rumors: Multiple teams have inquired about Cardinals quarterback

first_img Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley defends QB Kyler Murray: ‘All he cares about is winning’ Related News The Cardinals tallied a 3-13 record in 2018 and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. They finished last in the NFL in total offense.The team fired former coach Steve Wilks in late December after just one season and hired Kliff Kingsbury to replace him. Multiple teams inquired about dealing for Josh Rosen last week at the NFL Combine, according to a new report from ESPN. The Cardinals, however, did not give “any indication” they were willing to move the 22-year-old quarterback.The NFL Network reported Tuesday that Arizona has been shopping Rosen. But, that is not the case, at least not yet, according to ESPN. Arizona is “almost universally” believed to be planning to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the top pick in next month’s draft, according to an earlier report from NFL Network. But, the team has reportedly told Rosen he’s “their guy.”Arizona selected Rosen out of UCLA with the 10th pick in the 2018 draft. He completed 55.2 percent of his passes and threw for 11 touchdowns, along with 14 interceptions, in 13 games as a rookie.last_img read more

Godin signs for Inter, Juve snap up Pellegrini

first_imgAlso joining Roma will be Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara on a 21-million-euro three-year contract.That follows the departure from Roma on Sunday of Greek international centre-back Kostas Manolas who joined Napoli for a reported fee of be 36 million euros.Godin, 33, signed for Inter after coming to the end of his contract with Atletico, where he spent nine seasons and was captain.“There’s a new sheriff in town,” Inter tweeted of the uncompromising Godin, who has won 131 caps for his country but could not prevent his country being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Copa America.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Diego GodinRome, Italy | AFP | Veteran Uruguayan central defender Diego Godin, who announced his departure from Atletico Madrid in May, signed a three-year deal with Inter Milan on Monday.In a busy day of Serie A transfer activity, Luca Pellegrini became reigning champions Juventus’ first summer signing after moving from Roma on a 22-million-euro ($25 million) four-year deal.The promising Pellegrini, 20, came through the ranks at Roma before spending last season on loan at Cagliari. Fellow defender Leonardo Spinazzola moved the other way as part of the deal.Juventus are expected to tie up the transfer of French midfielder Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain later Monday.Roma paid out 29.5 million euros for 26-year-old Spinazzola, the seven-time Italy international who also signed a four-year contract with the capital club.last_img read more

No talk of gay rights, please, we’re Olympians

first_imgA USA women’s ice hockey player jumps over the boards and into bench during third period of the game against Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics womens ice hockey match at Shayba Arena, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Olympic competition first, gay rights maybe later.Plenty of athletes made clear before traveling to Sochi how unhappy they were about gay rights being curtailed in Russia, particularly with its law banning gay “propaganda.”But now in Sochi, there has not been a squeak of public protest from the 2,870 Olympians — either at venues or at Friday’s opening ceremony.Outside the Olympic bubble, the plight of Russia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community continues to dog the games.Gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags on Friday on Moscow’s Red Square and protested in St. Petersburg were quickly arrested. Three sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee, led by telecommunications giant AT&T, have spoken explicitly against the Russian law. Google Inc. hinted its opposition by putting winter athletes and rainbow colors on its search-page logo.But in Sochi, largely silence.Olympians and coaches cite multiple reasons why they feel these Olympics are neither the place nor time — at least not early on in the 17-day games — to make a stand.___COMPETITION FIRST:  Not unreasonably, priority No. 1 is to compete. Everything else is on hold.“We’re all so focused on the task at hand,” said U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner. In the United States, Wagner spoke eloquently against the Russian law. In Sochi, she still is happily and patiently answering questions on it. She said she has also “discussed it with some athletes.”“We have a great platform to really speak out about what we believe in, but also we’re here to compete,” she said. “I did my part as an athlete, and did enough to make myself feel good at the end of the day.”Skating coach Brian Orser, who is gay, said: “I’ve avoided most of these questions about it. I don’t want to come across as a hypocrite but I also just want to be here for my athletes, just be here doing my job.”“I have my feelings about it, but I don’t know if this is the time or the place to voice it, although we do have a big audience, and that’s sort of important as well,” he said.“So I am kind of torn.”___MAYBE LATER: Once athletes are done competing, gloves could come off, especially if these are their last Olympics. That, at least, is the theory of LGBT activist Hudson Taylor, a wrestling coach at Columbia University who has traveled to Sochi to campaign. Taylor said he knows of “a handful of athletes who are interested in speaking out.”“I could see people feeling a little bit more comfortable, after they have gotten their main job out of the way, to speak their mind,” said Wagner.___NOT THE PLACE: The mantra of the International Olympic Committee and many Olympians is that the games must be kept free of the political, religious and other schisms that divide the outside world. That philosophy discourages open discussion at the Olympics of any contentions non-sport issue, not just the anti-gay chill in Russia.“I don’t really feel like the Olympics is a place for that kind of politics,” said U.S. skier Bode Miller, competing at his fifth games. “It’s a place for sports and a place for cultures to kind of put aside their differences and compete.”“It’s easy to get caught up in all the other stuff and forget what the Olympics is about.”___BEHIND THE SCENES: Some athletes say they are talking, but among themselves.“We’ve been discussing this a lot, and it really just brings us athletes closer together. We all agree that there should be no discrimination,” said U.S. cross-country skier Kikkan Randall.But esteemed figure skating coach Frank Carroll said: “I haven’t heard one single word about it. Not one. I don’t see any flags or banners.”___KEEP QUIET:  Some countries say they just don’t want their athletes involved. Canada is one of those.“We don’t participate in any political debates and any controversy and anything else but sport,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut.Canadian Olympians get “a lot of training” on how to answer reporters and are made “aware of any trigger points,” said Mike Slipchuk, who heads Canada’s figure skating team.“They’re here to answer questions about their performance and what they’re doing here,” he said.But on gay rights, “wars” and “everything,” he said: “We’re not here to be a spokesperson for those things.”Canadian skater Kevin Reynolds certainly got the message.“I’m focused on doing my job and, for the time being, doing what I need to do,” he said somewhat robotically when asked for his opinion.With a curt “thanks,” a Canadian press handler tried to cut off a follow-up question before allowing Reynolds to reply.“I think the athletes will be a little bit more free to talk about that after they have done competing,” the skater said.___AFRAID OF TROUBLE: IOC rules governing what athletes can and cannot say aren’t as clear as they could be. Laid out in the Olympic Charter, they say all demonstrations and propaganda are banned at Olympic sites, venues and “other areas.”The charter says violators can be expelled, but that has “seldom if ever” happened, the IOC says. U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos were sent home for their ‘black power’ salute at the 1968 Mexico City Games, when they thrust their black-gloved fists skyward on the medal podium.In Sochi, the IOC and Russian organizers also sent conflicting signals. IOC President Thomas Bach said Olympians are “absolutely free” to speak on gay rights in press conferences. Sochi organizers contradicted Bach but then backpedalled.The result: confusion.“At first we were like kind of afraid to speak about it, like you couldn’t even say the word ‘gay’ at all,” said U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard.Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally, argues that the IOC’s ban doesn’t extend to social media. He expects athletes in Sochi will be “tweeting or sharing pictures about these issues, too.”___MEDIA STORM: Some athletes worry that taking a strong stand will draw swarms of reporters, which could break their focus.“I just don’t want to stir the waters and don’t want to comment on any side of it. Then that’s something that can turn into a distraction if you get hounded by the media,” said cross-country skier Jessica Diggins.“So I’m keeping myself out of that.”___AP Sports Writers Beth Harris and Jon Krawczynski in Sochi and Dennis Passa and Howard Fendrich in Krasnaya Polyana contributed to this report.last_img read more

Cox Sports TV to Feature Southland Baseball, Softball

first_imgSOUTHLAND CONFERENCE ON COX SPORTS TELEVISIONSOFTBALLFeb. 8: Samford at McNeese, 5:30 pm CTFeb. 8: Arkansas at McNeese, 8 pm CTMarch 5: LSU at Northwestern State, 3:30 pm CTBASEBALLFeb. 26: Tulane at Nicholls, 6 pm CTApril 18: Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana, 6 pm CTMay 7: Southern at New Orleans, 6:30 pm CT METARIE, Louisiana – Cox Sports Television is set to carry three baseball games involving Southland Conference teams during the 2019 season, plus three softball matchups. The league’s regional partner is available to more than 5.5 million viewers across the Gulf South.All games will be streamed on ESPN platforms outside CST’s territory, available via ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps.The schedule begins with softball at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As part of the Cowgirl Classic, McNeese hosts Samford and Arkansas on Friday, Feb. 8. Baseball coverage starts Tuesday, Feb. 26, when Nicholls hosts Tulane.Initially targeted to be a Louisiana sports destination, CST has secured collegiate, professional and high school events that have expanded the network’s reach throughout the Gulf South.last_img read more

Ceballos again makes it very clear that he does not plan to go to Sevilla

first_imgNew wink from Dani Ceballos to Betis, this yet one more than wink an genuine and definitive declaration of affection. ANDThe Utreran midfielder identified within the networks with a Donald Trump meme saying ‘no’, info by which he is obtainable as a foreign money to play for Sevilla. Ceballos is on mortgage at Arsenal this season however should return to Actual Madrid when the course ends, though it is not clear that he will stay underneath the command of Zinedine Zidane.The data in query states that the white membership presents Reguilón, Ceballos himself and 30 million euros for hiring the Argentine Lucas Ocampos. And Dani does not appear to agree very a lot, as he made clear just a few weeks in the past at El Chiringuito: “I’m very Bettic. In Seville I might solely play at Betis. I did not get to communicate with Lopetegui.”Days later, the midfielder additionally remembered his debut with the Verdiblanco first group and one other phrase of unconditional love: “At this time marks 6 years of one of the best day of my life, that of my skilled debut. An unforgettable second and with my group as at all times , Actual Betis. Don’t strive to perceive it, it’s a novel feeling. I hope we will proceed to take pleasure in soccer collectively for a very long time. “ This similar Friday, Adrián San Miguel, Liverpool goalkeeper and former Heliópolis membership, made clear in El Desmarque Ceballos’ want: “It’s his choice. It’s clear that I do know that he being Beticic would love to return. The state of affairs should be given by each events as a result of he is from the Actual Madrid squad and is due to Actual Madrid. However coming residence at all times pleases. I feel if he has that alternative, alternative to return residence along with his age and proceed to present how good a footballer he is. Why not? “Mentioned the goalkeeper.last_img read more