Asher-Smith win SJA awards

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – England’s World Cup cricket hero Ben Stokes and world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Sports Journalists Association (SJA) British Sports Awards on Thursday.Asher-Smith took the top women’s prize for the second year in a row. The 23-year-old won three medals at the 2019 world championships in Doha, including 200m gold.Heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the award for outstanding performance.All-rounder Stokes beat six times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton into second place with England and Manchester City soccer player Raheem Sterling third. Hamilton, one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and by far his country’s most successful, has won the award once before — in his 2007 debut season when he failed to win the title — and has now been among the runners-up on five occasions.His Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said repeatedly that he feels the 34-year-old, third in last year’s SJA vote, is under-appreciated by his compatriots. Unsurprisingly in a World Cup year, cricket featured heavily with Stokes’ England team mate Jofra Archer awarded the trophy for international newcomer.The England men’s one-day cricket team beat Champions League winners Liverpool and the nation’s Rugby World Cup finalists to Team of the Year.last_img read more

Jill Biden to speak at University Park Campus

first_imgJill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is slated to speak about Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at supporting military families and veterans, on campus today.The Department of Defense Education Activity has funded a four-year $7.6-million project based at the USC School of Social Work to address military students’ special needs for financial support. Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools joined San Diego State University, several Navy and Marine school liaison officers and a consortium of eight school districts around San Diego.Kim Becker, a graduate student in social work involved with the program, will also speak at the event. Becker, a 20-year military spouse and parent, created a school-wide celebration at Jefferson Middle of the Marine Corps birthday School to raise awareness about the differences between military and civilian culture.“Military students bring strengths into their schools and have unique life experiences that often go unrecognized,” Becker said. “Military students need to be recognized because they are proud, honorable and an asset to our public schools.”About 1.2 million military children are enrolled in civilian public school districts, according to USC News. Building Capacity’s principal investigator Ron Astor, a professor of social work and education, and Victoria Downs, an eighth-grader whose father was deployed, will also speak.last_img read more

Faces of a new era: Pat Haden

first_imgImagine selling businesses that have net profits upwards of $100 million. Pat Haden, USC’s new athletic director, did just that for 23 years. But as of Aug. 3, he put away his investment portfolio and grabbed a clipboard.James Watson | Daily TrojanHaden left a cushy high-rise equipped with secretaries, plasma screens and leather bound books with a view of hometown rival UCLA for another cushy office at USC — but one with a lot more clutter on its desk.When President C.L. Max Nikias took office, he brought Haden, a former Trojan quarterback two-time academic All-American and Rhodes Scholar, on to fill one of the highest-profile positions in college athletics.In a series of recent upheavals by USC’s administration, Haden replaced Mike Garrett, former USC running back, Heisman winner and athletic director of the last 17 years. Haden’s hire was a move that happened very quickly, yet was not without much deliberation.“I had heard the rumor, time and time again,” said Chris Lewis, Haden’s partner in the private equity firm Riordan, Lewis & Haden. “But I wasn’t surprised that USC wanted him. I was surprised that he’d do it.”Haden said he also surprised himself when he took the job. He rejected the offer a few times but after some careful thought, he liked the idea of a different kind of challenge than finance, a field he’s been in for much of his career.“There are a lot of good people that do have [athletic administrative] experience, but this university is in some respects a business, and he has that experience covered,” said John McKay, Jr., USC’s new associate athletic director.Experience will be key for Haden. As athletic director, Haden assumes the reigns of a department shackled with sanctions from the NCAA, which said the university had “a lack of institutional control” over its athletic programs after concluding a four-year investigation in June. The men’s basketball and women’s tennis teams self-imposed penalties on themselves before the ruling and face no additional punishment, but the NCAA came down hard on the football program, primarily because of improper benefits received by former Trojan great Reggie Bush. The team lost 30 scholarships over the next three years and cannot compete in bowl games for the next two seasons.The university is appealing the decision and hopes the second year ban will be lifted, McKay said.McKay, who played with Haden on the football team, said he believes the athletic director sets the tone for the department, and Haden’s tone reiterated that of compliance.“Winning is important to me, but winning ethically is a little more important,” Haden said.Those around Haden, who is most recently known as a NBC commentator for Notre Dame football, said he should have no problem governing by compliance as his integrity stands out above any other quality.“Pat will bring instant credibility,” Lewis said. “People will say, ‘Here’s a guy that will follow the rules,’ and there won’t be any question about it.”Haden has always been about rules. He received his law degree at Loyola Law School in 1982, after playing for the Los Angeles Rams from 1976 to 1981. A few years later, he met former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, who asked Haden to be a member of his law firm. Within the spans of a few years, Haden went from NFL quarterback to a law degree-holding member of a prominent law firm.“He’s always had a lot of irons in the fire,” Lewis said.Haden never thought one of those irons would lead him to the athletic director at his alma mater, but now that he’s here, he said he believes his leadership skills will help bring the athletic department up to speed.“I told the direct staff that reports to me, ‘Hey, I’m new at this, but you need to let me know what your goals are, and I will do my best to help you get there,’” he said.Despite his inexperience in athletic administration, Haden didn’t wait long to digest some of those goals and make his first major move.Just more than a week into the job, Haden fired head baseball coach Chad Kreuter. His 111-117 (.487) overall record was subpar in Haden’s eyes.“Chad’s a fine man, but at the end of the day, we didn’t win. We were last place in the Pac-10 [in 2010],” Haden said. “Chad had four years to turn it around, and he didn’t. Our baseball heritage is so strong; we won all four years when I was here. I grew up with our baseball being the best in the country.”The Trojan baseball program has won 12 baseball national championships, twice that of any other university.It just so happens that interim baseball coach Frank Cruz has served on the NCAA baseball rules committee for four years. But Haden insists that notch on Cruz’s résumé had nothing to do with his promotion.“It wasn’t an afterthought, a pre-thought or a thought period,” Haden said. “Frank Cruz was the right man for the job at this point in the year.”Haden’s baseball move reflects his dedication to increasing the focus on and support of sports that don’t have the same national recognition as football and basketball.“I don’t want any athlete around here to think they’re second-class citizens to football,” Haden said. “That’s not the case at all.”Immediate goals Haden has for student-athletes include providing a more fulfilling, wholesome and most of all, legal college experience.“I don’t want to see our athletes locked up in Heritage Hall. I want to see our athletes at concerts, at plays,” Haden said.Haden, who graduated magna cum laude from USC, said he plans to focus on closing the GPA and graduation gap between the general student population and student athletes.But that doesn’t mean that Haden is just going to abandon putting a successful product on the field.Although Haden said every meeting he starts with compliance, he doesn’t want a “compliance culture” to prevent athletics from flourishing.“We must do what we have to do without dampening the competitive spirit. You don’t want to be so compliant that all you’re doing is saying ‘no’ to everything,” Haden said.In order to be successful while staying within the lines, Haden is urging coaches to be selective in their recruiting.“Lane Kiffin has to be really selective about the kind of kids he brings in; all the coaches need to be continually vigilant about our recruiting of quality kids,” he said.He said he hopes the dark cloud on USC will one day evaporate, but realizes a lot rides on his shoulders.“At the end of the day I’m going to be judged by graduating rates, winning championships and staying out of NCAA trouble,” he said.Staying out of NCAA trouble will arguably be the toughest task. But removing Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy from Heritage Hall helped send a message, Haden said.“While we want great athletes like Reggie Bush to come here, we’re going to win the right way,” Haden said. “We’re going to do our best not to allow our players to be corrupted.”Haden’s longstanding reputation in the community of Los Angeles aims to bring a better image to the school, McKay said. Any future actions of the USC athletic department rest on this new administration’s reputation.“We’ve been through these [tough times] before, and like a phoenix, we will always rise,” Haden said.last_img read more

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap (Matchday 8): West African Teams Suffer Contrasting Fortunes

first_imgMatchday 9 Fixtures:Group EFrance vs. HondurasJapan vs. New CaledoniaGroup FEngland vs. IraqMexico vs. ChileRelatedFIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: Ghana, Mali Secure Second Round SpotsOctober 12, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (Matchday 5 Wrap): Iran, Brazil Secure 2nd Round BerthOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA World Cup Wrap: Nigerian Player Stuns GhanaOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA” West African sides Guinea and Niger Republic suffered contrasting fortunes amidst respective defeats on Matchday 8 at the 2017 FIFA u-17 world cup in India.Guinea were beaten 3-1 by Germany in their final game in Group C and didn’t make it to the next round after missing out on the best third-placed finish spots. Jann-Fiete Arp scored the opening goal for the Germans before Ibrahima Soumah netted his 2nd goal of the tournament to level proceedings for his Guinean side. Nicolas Kuhn and Sahverdi Cetin thereafter scored for Germany to seal a 3-1 win.In the other game in Group C, Iran showed their supremacy once again following the 3-0 thrashing of Costa Rica thereby maintaining their 100% record at the tournament.Another West African side in Niger Republic however made it to the second round after finishing in one of the best third-placed spots despite a 2-0 loss to favourites Brazil in Group D. Lincoln netted the opener for his 3rd strike of the tournament before Sao Paulo forward Brenner completed the win to make it 3 victories from 3 games for the Brazilians.In Group D’s other game, Spain also defeated North Korea by the same 2-0 scoreline through goals from Moha and Cesar, who has now scored 2 goals.Group CCosta Rica 0-3 IranGuinea 1-3 GermanyStandingsIran 9 pointsGermany 6 pointsGuinea 1 pointCosta Rica 1 pointGroup DSpain 2-0 North KoreaNiger Republic 0-2 BrazilStandingsBrazil 9 pointsSpain 6 pointsNiger Republic 3 pointsNorth Korea 0 pointlast_img read more

CAN 2013 Final draw date change

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football has announced that the final draw for the South 2013 Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations will now take place on 24th of October in Durban.Fifteen teams will join hosts South Africa in the draw and the matches will take place in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Nelspruit and Durban.The tournament will run from 19th January to 10th February 2013.Zambia is the reigning African Champion of the continent’s biggest sports event.The draw had been initially set for 26th of October prior to this CAF announcement.last_img read more

Panthers to retire Roberto Luongo’s No. 1 jersey

first_imgLuongo’s No. 1 jersey is scheduled to be sent to the BB&T Center rafters March 7 before the Panthers host the Canadiens.Luongo will become the first #FlaPanthers player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired on March 7, 2020.» https://t.co/q7q72fVI6l pic.twitter.com/SZd1bykdvr— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) August 12, 2019″Roberto is a cornerstone of Panthers history and an icon of the game,” Panthers owner Vincent J. Viola said in a release. Related News “He has represented himself and the Panthers with tremendous dignity, determination and a standard of excellence throughout his career. Roberto exemplifies what it means to be a Florida Panther. His level of commitment to this franchise, his teammates, his family and the South Florida community is second to none. There is no player more deserving to be the first Florida Panther to have his jersey number retired.”Luongo, 40, retired in June after 19 seasons in the NHL that also included stints with the Canucks and Islanders, citing the hip surgery he had a couple of years ago as a major reason he decided to call it a career. He finished last season with an 18-16-5 record, 3.12 goals against average, and .899 save percentage.In 1,044 NHL games played, the three-time All-Star posted a career 2.61 goals against average and .919 save percentage. NHL free agency news: Kevin Shattenkirk gets 1-year deal with Lightning Roberto Luongo will go down in Panthers history in more ways than one.The team on Monday announced the veteran goaltender will become the franchise’s first player to have his number retired. “I want to thank the entire Panthers organization for this incredible recognition,” Luongo said. “It’s quite an honor to be the first player to have his number retired by the Panthers. I’m truly looking forward to sharing this special night with my friends, family, teammates and the Panthers fans.”Luongo’s 489 career wins put him third all-time behind only Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy. He also owns Panthers franchise records for games played by a goaltender (572), wins (230), shutouts (38) and saves (16,068).last_img read more

Hot Car being featured at Wellington Wal-Mart

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Fire and EMS in conjunction with Walmart, Countryside Motors and Futures Unlimited will be displaying a “hot car” at Walmart through August 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The Hot Car will be parked between the two front doors and will have the windows rolled up with child mannequins and thermometers to show citizens how hot temperatures get inside a car.  This would be a great time for the public to familiarize themselves on the dangers of leaving a child in a car just for a few minutes during the summer months.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

New York bar owner arrested for ignoring lockdown orders

first_imgA bar owner in New York has become the first business owner to be arrested for not adhering to the coronavirus lockdown of nonessential operations.56-year-old Vasil Pando was arrested on Saturday after his bar was found to be still operating as normal despite Governor Cuomo’s order for all bars and restaurants in New York to remain closed until April 15th.When authorities arrived, they found several people inside of the bar drinking, gambling, and not adhering to the social distancing rules.The business owner is now facing charges for the illegal sale of alcohol, prompting gambling, and violating the mayor’s order.last_img read more

Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among Black women

first_imgIn this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) Retired professional tennis player Zina Garrison defended tennis player Serena Williams after Williams was hit with three code violations that led to a $17,000 fine at the U.S. Open final, saying some of the chair umpire’s calls were unfair. (Sept. 10)“If I’m upset about something, I should get to express that to you,” Martin said.During Saturday’s championship loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested that and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Many people, Black women among them, echoed Williams’ contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language.Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women’s finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)“A lot of things started going through my head in that particular situation. You know, first and foremost, what was going to be said about her the next day? The typical angry black woman, you know … when she really was just standing up for herself and she was standing up for women’s rights,” said former tennis champion Zina Garrison, who is Black. “A woman, period, is always, when we speak up for ourselves, then you have the situation where people are saying, you know, they’re too outspoken. They’re acting like a man, all of that. But then a Black woman on top of that, the angry Black woman, who does she think she is?” Willingham isn’t a tennis star, but she is a Black woman. She and others like her say Williams’ experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.And if they’re not careful, they say, they risk being branded “Angry Black Woman.”“So much of what she experiences we experience in the workplace, too,” said Willingham, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “As Black women … we’re expected to stay in our lane, that lane that has been created for us. Any time we step out of that lane, then we become a problem.”The stereotype of the “Angry Black Woman” is alive and well, said Felicia Martin, 36, a federal employee who lives in Brooklyn. She recalls once seeing a white female co-worker cursing and throwing things and not facing repercussions, while she’s been told to calm down for expressing her own upset in a normal tone of voice. NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Martin and others pointed to a cartoon by an Australian artist as the clearest example of the stereotype facing Black women. Mark Knight of Melbourne’s Herald Sun depicted Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?”“I was deeply offended. This is not a joke,” said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.The cartoonist “completely missed the point of why she was upset,” De Luca told The Associated Press. “It was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn’t get that is perpetuating the erasure that so many Black women feel when they are trying to speak up for themselves. It’s like our opinions don’t matter.”Some Black women say they have to worry perpetually about how they’re coming across to make sure they’re not dismissed as angry or emotional. Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) “It’s exhausting,” said Denise Daniels, 44, of the Bronx, who works in professional development for educators. “It does diminish from the work satisfaction that other people get to enjoy because it is an additional cost.”Willingham thinks that was part of Williams’ experience on Saturday as well, but that it was also about a career’s worth of frustrations that she has had to endure, such as when the French Open banned the type of catsuit she wore.“I felt it for her. I felt she was fed up, she was tired of this,” Willingham said. “How much is she supposed to take, really? How much are any of us supposed to keep taking?”___Associated Press video producer Noreen Nasir contributed to this report from Washington.___Deepti Hajela covers issues of race, ethnicity and immigration for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dhajela. For more of her work, search for her name at https://apnews.com.last_img read more

Have the current offenses passed up Steelers DC Keith Butler? (Sept. 19)

first_imgSTEELERS ROOKIE SAFETY TERRELL EDMUNDS missed a number of tackles in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, 42-37, Sept. 16. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)The Kansas City Chiefs massacred the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Steelers’ house on Sept. 16, 42-37. There are all types of blame to spread around but let’s start with the kicking game. On several occasions, Steelers punter Jordan Berry gift-wrapped the Chiefs excellent field position, giving them a very short field to exploit a questionable Black and Gold defense. More on the “McNasty” Steelers defense later.Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt punted twice for an average of 47 yards per punt. His opponent that was wearing “black and yellow,” Jordan Berry, punted five times for a net of 31.6.When the opposing punter outkicks you by a 15-yard average, that automatically gives any opposing offense an advantage, especially when the defense is “suspect.” The punt return blocking for the Steelers special teams was atrocious—the Steelers only returned one punt for a measly six yards, while the Chiefs brought back two punts for 54 yards. This lackluster effort seemed as if the offense, defense and special teams of Pittsburgh was “plumb tuckered out,” maybe from the maximum effort they had to put forth just to exit FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland the Sunday before, which, as you know, resulted in a tie of all things.Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers can no longer “start slow” because with Pittsburgh’s questionable defense, the Steelers will become “ketchup” at Heinz Field or any other field as opposed to “catching up” if the Steelers happen to land in a hole. As far as I am concerned, with Steelers star cornerback Joe Haden injured and less than 100 percent, any opposing offensive coordinator can spread the ball around without too much concern. When Haden is in the lineup, teams must game plan for his presence at all times. Also, teams will more often than not shy away from him.In 2017, the defensive scheme of Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler didn’t end up as bad as everyone thought it would. Pittsburgh was ranked fifth in total defense and surrendered an average of 201 passing yards and 105 rushing yards per game.Not too shabby for a team that was and remains in the process of rebuilding but almost always teetering on the precipice of failure because of youth and inexperience. But they have grown. If not for five turnovers in their 2018 season opener and lousy kicking in their home opener, who knows? Pittsburgh could and should be 2-0 as opposed to 0-1-1.Butler should go back to the drawing board, look at some defensive film from the Steelers defensive past and rip a few pages out of the “Nasty D” playbook as opposed to the “McNasty” playbook. The “Nasty D” playbook imposes their will on the offense of the opposition. The 2018 Steelers defense comes from a lineage that was once esoteric. Now Pittsburgh’s “McNasty D” is simply generic and predictable, running prevent and cover-two hybrid defensive schemes that only prevents them from being successful. Letting opposing offenses “have it their way.”Keith Butler was once thought of as the “heir apparent” to former Steelers Hall-of-Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Instead, Mr. Butler, like the “prodigal son,” has squandered away the rich Steelers defensive inheritance and legacy left to him by Mr. LeBeau and others, both alive and dead. It seems as if just in the recent past, folks were pining about Dick LeBeau and how he hadn’t adapted his defenses to modern offensive playbooks and how offenses had passed him by.Have the current offenses passed up Keith Butler as well?(Aubrey Bruce: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more