(CMC) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has welcomed the return of veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to the West Indies Twenty20 squad, following a three-and-a-half year break, and believes the Caribbean side are beginning to make strides based on recent performances.Mitchell recently hosted the Windies team during a special dinner event on the Spice Isle earlier this week for the third and final One-Day International and the opening Twenty20 International at the Grenada National Stadium.“I am happy to have you here on my beautiful island of Grenada, and I want to wish each and every one the very best,” Mitchell told the Caribbean side during the gathering.“You’re doing a great job of representing the people of the West Indies. I urge you to keep up the good work. We are seeing the signs … we are seeing improvement, we are seeing more successes … you are growing as a team and as individuals.”Mitchell, an avid cricket fan, gave a special welcome to the talismanic Bravo, who turned out in Wednesday’s first T20 International against Ireland which the home side narrowly lost by four runs.Speaking during last Sunday’s ODI, Mitchell said Bravo’s presence would be good for the unit, especially with the experience and personality he possessed.“You can’t go wrong with having the experience of Dwayne Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard and all the guys,” said Mitchell, a former chairman of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial sub-committee on cricket.“Even the guys like (Darren) Sammy and the others who may not necessarily be playing, but being involved in the cricket matches and helping the younger players is such an important aspect of possible success for West Indies cricket.“Dwayne is a motivator. He loves the game, he loves what he’s doing and I think he has a passion for West Indies cricket. I think having these guys coming back to the fold is a clear demonstration (of a change in West Indies cricket).The dinner event was organised by Rawl Lewis, the West Indies team manager and former Grenada national team captain.Sammy, the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, was also in attendance.
There I sat, head in hands, all the energy and life sucked from my body. Less than one minute earlier, I had been standing, screaming my lungs out in anticipation and with an excitement never felt before.With bases loaded and two batters out, the playoff hopes and dreams of Brewers fans everywhere were hanging in the balance and all-star MVP candidate Prince Fielder at the plate. But Mighty Fielder grounded out, and the Brewers flickering hopes for the postseason more or less died. If you’re a sports fan, the ebb and flow of a game or season can build you up, giving you some of the most euphoric feelings imaginable. By the same token, it can tear you down just as quickly. Almost never was that more painfully evident than the last seven days in the world of baseball. For Brewers fans, the decisive day was last Thursday. The Cubs had just lost their second game in a row to the Marlins, sending cheers up throughout tailgates in the Miller Park parking lots. If the Brewers were to make a move in the Central division, it would be that night.In what was the biggest game of the year for the Brewers (arguably the biggest game since 1992, the last time the Crew had a shot to make the playoffs), they laid a total egg: a 9-5 loss in which the team booted and threw the ball around for five errors.As heartbreaking and depressing as the result on the field was, equally depressing were the fans in the stands — rather, the lack thereof.This was the biggest game for the franchise in the last 15 years and far fewer than the announced crowd of some 34,000 actually showed up. As a Brewer fan, I was, and am, embarrassed by that. In the middle of a pennant chase, the team should be selling out every game, no excuses.But the heartbreak wasn’t limited to the Midwest. On the east coast, the Mets undertook one of the most heartbreaking collapses in baseball history. Up 7 1/2 games with only 17 games to play, the Mets went into an all-out tailspin, losing 12 of their last 17 games, including six of the last seven.Just two nights ago, more heartbreak ensued. Up two runs in extra innings, the Padres lost the tiebreaker Wild Card game to the Rockies with the all-time saves leader on the mound. Trevor Hoffman gave up three runs in the bottom of the 13th, the last one in very controversial fashion after replays showed Matt Holliday apparently did not touch home plate with his face-first slide.On the flip side of all the heartbreak, however, is sheer joy.For diehard Cubs, Phillies and Rockies fans (can they actually exist for the Rockies if the team has been around less than 15 years?), those heartbreaking cases were nothing short of amazing.Scenes of the towel-waving masses that packed to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park the brink joyously celebrating a post-season berth stood in stark contrast to the drab and downtrodden masses which filled Shea Stadium as Mets fans realized their team’s season was coming to a swift end. The carnage isn’t just limited to the diamond. On the college football scene this past weekend, top-ranked teams like Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all saw their national title hopes essentially go down the tubes with losses to lower-ranked teams.Fans who started the season posting on message boards about lofty expectations for their teams and quietly planning out roadtrips to the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans are now left to the depressing realization of needing to make new arrangements to travel to a lesser bowl.Here in Wisconsin, Badger fans have been able to avoid that heartbreak so far. But somewhere in the back of everyone’s mind is the knowledge that that empty feeling in the stomach and head-in-hands moment always could be just one play around the corner. Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Feeling heartbroken after a tough loss too? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The School of Religion at USC announced that they will be offering a doctoral program for students to receive their Ph.D. in religion beginning in fall 2015.The five-year program, which begins accepting applications this fall, will allow graduate students to pursue a particular concentration within religion. There are three tracks for students to choose from: Comparative Christianities, Global Islam and Asian Pacific Religions.The application process for the program includes submitting scores from the Graduate Record Examination, an academic writing sample, a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Students will also be expected to be proficient in their track’s respective language. For example, students studying Global Islam should be capable of reading primary sources in Arabic.Sherman Jackson, a professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity, has been named the new Director of Graduate Studies and was part of the effort to start this Ph.D. program at USC.“There has been a very keen interest among students to have a graduate program at USC,” Jackson said. “Part of that has to do with the quality of our faculty and what they’ve achieved and what their national and international reputations are, and part of it has to do with the very diverse population we have in Southern California.”Though students will focus primarily on their respective tracks within the program, they will also have the opportunity to take classes in other departments and programs in the university. This will allow for a broader context of the issues affecting global religion, as well as to be able to put what they learn into practice.“We have a very interdisciplinary focus as well, and that’s one of the things that really enhances our students’ ability to place their training into conversation within the real-world reality,” Jackson said.Associate Professor Lori Meeks was appointed the chair of religion in August, a position through which she oversees both the undergraduate and graduate programs in religion at USC.“Even though this is a graduate program, we believe that it will add a lot of vitality to our undergraduate program, as well,” she said. “We think it will help us create even more enthusiasm around the study of religion at USC.”Along with the new doctoral program, the School of Religion will be starting a lunch series on Wednesdays where students will have the opportunity to learn about ongoing faculty research.Like many other doctoral programs throughout the country, the program at USC will be fully funded by the university. Tuition will be covered for students, and they will receive health insurance and a stipend for housing and living expenses.Several faculty members said they are excited to begin the program next fall. Their focus will be on ensuring a welcoming environment for students to share ideas and beliefs, allowing them to learn not only from faculty, but also from each other. Eventually, students will be prepared to pursue careers in fields such as academia, religious institutions and community activism.“Here at USC, our focus is on ensuring that students have mastered the textual traditions of the respective religions,” Jackson said. “But at the same time, that they’re able to place all of that erudite knowledge into conversation with the real-life comings and goings of religious communities in the world.”
Published on February 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm Syracuse’s first lead came under a minute into overtime, but the Orange (16-8, 6-5 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 68-60 overtime win over Virginia Tech (12-11, 4-6) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange struggled to score in regulation against the worst defensive team in the conference, but a string of deep balls in the extra period put Syracuse above .500 in ACC play for the first time.Here are three quick reactions from the game.OutletEven as Syracuse couldn’t hit water from a boat in the first half from 3-point range, Tyler Roberson grabbed eight boards and added eight points to stabilize the Orange. Four of those were of the offensive variety, which equaled Virginia Tech’s first-half team total.A second-half sequence where he flushed a two-handed dunk through contact and hit the front end of a one-and-one seconds later erased VT’s lead for the first time since the beginning of the game. It also gave him a double-double with about 10 minutes to go, his sixth on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse finished with a 14-7 advantage in second-chance points as Roberson ended with six offensive boards, 15 total rebounds and 12 points.Mustached manTyler Lydon thrust his arms in the air from the bench with 30 seconds remaining in overtime. The freshman had fouled out earlier in the extra period and was relegated to the bench for the finish of a frantic game that Syracuse rarely had in its grasp.Minutes earlier, Lydon corralled a missed layup by Michael Gbinije and slammed it home to put Syracuse up five for its largest lead of the night at the time. He provided a more than sufficient reinforcement to Roberson’s standout day down low.Lydon finished with 13 points and six rebounds, along with being the only Syracuse player not to miss a foul shot.Grinding it outTrevor Cooney stepped to the foul line for his inevitable first points late in the first half, an 0-for-6 mark from the field already to his name. But two misses and two scrunched faces from his dad in the stands later, Cooney stood 0-for-3 from the line in addition to a fruitless shooting first half.The first shot of the second half went to him, though, and he sunk a 3 from right in front of Syracuse’s bench to cut Virginia Tech’s lead to three. That’s about all he had going for him in regulation.Cooney finished an abysmal 1-of-9 from the field with only three free throws to account for his regulation scoring after opening the second stanza with a long ball. But with three minutes left in overtime, his second 3-pointer and made field goal of the night, Cooney screamed toward the Carrier Dome roof after putting the Orange up 61-58, a lead that never vanished. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Boys’ 14 No 1 seed, Daniel Adeleye from Ekiti stayed on course to defend his title when he bested Lucky Hileja from Rivers 9-1 but will have to overcome his nemesis, Sadiq Kushimo from Ogun State, in the semifinals. Kushimo eliminated Sunday Ameh from Lagos 9-4 to progress. Joshua Maxwell, the fourth seed from Rivers and Michael Akinmusere from Oyo, the second seed, are also on course.Iye Onoja from Abuja leads the title chase in the Girls’ 14 and was very decisive in her match against Peace Obaduru from Lagos who she beat 9-1 to qualify for the semifinals. The other seeded players who played through to the semifinals in the category are Serena Teluwo from Lagos, Mary Udofa from Kogi and Blessing Otu from Lagos.All the quarterfinal matches are scheduled to start at 10 am today at the National Stadium Tennis Centre in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All the top four seeds in the eight events of the ongoing SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship avoided upsets to get to the quarterfinals.In the Girls’ 16, Favour Moses from Kaduna and Omolade Aderemi from Ondo who played in the finals of the CBN Junior Tennis Championship two months ago, kept their hopes of a rematch alive.Moses beat Rachel Emmanuel from Lagos 6-2 while Aderemi overpowered Omoyemi Oguntoye 9-1. The No. 1 seed, Toyin Asogba eliminated Deborah Abiodun 9-4 while the fourth seed, Omolayo Bamidele, whitewashed Fatima Ganiyu from Oyo 9-0.
To qualify for the super fan draws, fans are to visit select bars where they will get a scratch card upon purchase of at least two bottles of Trophy lager. With the scratch card, fans can win either t-shirts, face caps or receive a raffle ticket. At the finals of the tournament, a live raffle draw will be held and four lucky winners selected to go on the trip to Tanzania. A fifth winner will be selected via online draws.The maiden edition of the tournament is currently taking place the across four states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun States as a pilot phase. Subsequent editions will cover more states and eventually extend to the 36 states of the federation. The next round of matches will begin April 13 and 14 across the four states.In Lagos, they will hold at National Stadium Surulere, Trade Fair Complex Mini Stadium, Ojo and Gbagada mini stadium. In Oyo State, matches will take place at the Liberty stadium, Ibadan, Adamasigba stadium, Ibadan and Ogbomoso stadium.Matches in Osun will take place at the OAU football field, Arubidi football field, Ile-Ife and Osun State University football field, Oshogbo.In Ogun State, the draws and matches will happen live at the MKO Abiola stadium, Abeokuta, practice pitch Dipa Dina stadium, Ijebu Ode and Honda football field, Sango.All participating teams will go home with memorabilia and other merchandise in appreciation of their participation. The semi-final and final matches will take place May 11.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the conclusion of the first round of knock-out matches, the Trophy 5-a-side Field of Honour tournament has entered the next round geared towards producing the successful 16 teams that will vie for the top prize.The first round matches were exciting as teams came with their supporters who cheered them on to victory, fighting for the top position that will see them play for N3 million, as well as, earn bragging rights of being the best 5-a-side team in the country. In addition, the winning team will proceed to the Pan African regional finals taking place in Tanzania to compete for the African title. They will also have the opportunity of meeting with Samuel Eto’o, the African ambassador for the tournament.Five lucky winners, also known as super fans, will be selected to accompany the victorious team to Tanzania on an all-expense paid trip. The selection of the super fans has commenced and four of the super fans will be selected via in-bar recruitments across the four states. One super fan will be selected online.
Related Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho says he felt emotional when Wayne Rooney departed Old Trafford to return to boyhood club, Everton.Wayne Rooney ended his trophy laden 13 years stay at Manchester United last month by moving back to boyhood club Everton, with Romelu Lukaku moving the opposite direction.With just 25 Premier League appearances for United last season, 10 of which he started from the bench, Mourinho noted that it’s in Rooney’s best interest to leave the club for more playing time, but admits missing the 31-year-old striker: “I miss him a lot,”“I think he’s a fantastic guy. I’m not the kind of guy that gets normally emotional in my job and I did it with him when he left.” Mourinho said253 – Wayne Rooney departs Manchester United as the club’s all-time record goalscorer, with 253 goals in all competitions. Emotional. pic.twitter.com/maF54h0ssm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 9, 2017The Portuguese manager continued: “But I’m sure that he’s going to be very, very good for Everton and Everton is going to be very, very good for him,”16 – In 2002, Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to score a @premierleague goal, netting for Everton vs Arsenal (16y 360d). Return. pic.twitter.com/Z36jOEj8TD— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 9, 2017“It was not difficult because he deserves that, it’s not difficult. He deserves what he got and what he got was our desire for him to stay and our respect by letting it be completely clear that we would like him to stay.”“And at the same time, the respect that allows him to be happy – allow him to try to play every game, every minute which honestly I think he needs.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis OSCODA, Mich.— A body found floating in a creek in Oscoda has been identified as 32 year old Timothy Bryan Morrison who had earlier been reported missing. The Oscoda Township Police Department was dispatched to an area on Van Etten Creek after a resident who went fishing Tuesday saw a body by an embankment.Morrison was last seen Friday by his girlfriend. The case is still under investigation at this time.Anyone with any additional information is encouraged to contact the Oscoda Township Police Department at 989-739-9113.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary selects 2020 artist in residenceNext Treasury: Unclaimed property text messages may be a scam
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In this April 26, 2014, file photo, fans cheer as Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter stands in the corner after he made the game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer in the fourth quarter against the San Antonia Spurs in Game 3 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Dallas. More 3-pointers got shot than ever before in the NBA last season, and everybody, or so it seems, is adding that shot to their repetoire. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI (AP) — The offensive concept of pace-and-space was nearly an unbeatable combination for the Miami Heat, the plan of surrounding LeBron James with multiple shooters good enough to net two straight NBA titles.Plenty of teams are having success with the approach.None more than the San Antonio Spurs, who ended Miami’s championship reign with their pace-and-space attack.Shooters might be valued more now by NBA teams than ever, particularly those who can connect from beyond the 3-point line. More than 86 percent of those who played in the league tried at least one 3-pointer last season, and the most attempts in the history of the league were taken from that distance — continuing a trend and smashing the previous mark that was set just one year earlier.And no one seems to believe the fascination with movement, passing and plenty of 3’s will end anytime soon.“The teams that are playing with the pass and shooting seem to be doing really well,” said Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, one of the league’s best shooters. “I think the Spurs are the model that a lot of teams are understanding that not everyone gets to have LeBron James on their team. Not everyone gets to have one of the few super-dominant, all-pro, superstars in this league and so playing with the pass and playing with space and playing quick is a really good backup.”The Spurs led the league in 3-point accuracy last year, making more shots from deep than ever before.In the playoffs, their percentages got even better, and in the NBA Finals against the Heat they shot a wildly good 47 percent from 3-land.“I hate it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.No, he wasn’t kidding when he said that in June. Popovich detests the 3-pointer, but in this NBA, it’s a prerequisite.“It’s changed the game,” Popovich said. “It makes it tougher to cover that much room defensively on the court, so you do have to pay attention to it defensively. It’s a heck of a weapon. … To me it’s not basketball but you’ve got to use it. If you don’t, you’re in big trouble.”To wit: Of the 14 teams that made 600 attempts or less from 3-point range last season, 10 didn’t make the playoffs. The other four combined to go 14-21 in the postseason.“All the analytics guys have looked at it and they see the value of the 3-point shot, especially the corner 3-point shot,” Heat forward Danny Granger said. “Teams are obviously game-planning to get those shots and to get shooters to space the court.”It’s not accurate to say everybody in the NBA is shooting 3-pointers.It just seems that way.Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George were all among the 10 most prolific 3-takers last season — and they’re all listed at 6-foot-9 or taller. James made eight straight 3’s in a game against Charlotte, on his way to a 61-point night. Spencer Hawes and Chris Bosh combined to take more than 500 shots from past the arc — and they’re both 7-footers, give or take an inch.Hawes actually shot a smidge better from long range last season than San Antonio’s Danny Green — who just happens to have record for most 3’s in an NBA Finals.Now the Cavaliers are surrounding James with shooters in Cleveland, including Love.“It’s more of a skilled league,” Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Just the way fouls are called, the way the offense and the freedom of movement is, if you’re a skilled basketball player there’s a place for you. And skill is shooting the basketball. I think we’re seeing that across the board in our league now.”When Vaughn played, the game was more physical, defenders allowed to do more things within legal limits. Vaughn said the first time he ever had a pick set against him was by longtime league strongman Charles Oakley, and he laughed at saying that he’s “still recovering” from that hit.Suffice to say, there aren’t many Oakleys in today’s game.Finesse is in, force is out.“The game has definitely changed,” Vaughn said.Preseason numbers show more of the same. The Heat took nearly 50 shots from 3-point range in a team scrimmage earlier this month. Corner 3’s seen to tax teams defensive rotations more than anything else, and offenses aren’t going to take away that weapon anytime soon.In short, 3’s are wild in this NBA.“The game that we play today is a different game that was played 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago,” Korver said. “Rules are different, philosophies are different, and shooting is a big part of the game. I think for a while people thought that shooting was a lost art in the NBA and I feel like it’s made a huge comeback recently and the trend is that it’s probably going to keep going.”