Blair gives back to city that gave him everything

first_imgStart spreading the news: The DeJuan Blair and LaMarr Woodley Independents Day Celebrity Basketball Extravaganza was a big success. The Hill District native and San Antonio Spurs star stunned the city when he defied conventional wisdom by hosting and coaching in four highly competitive celebrity games at the Petersen Events Center July 3. Blair, an All-American at Pitt, just completed his rookie season in the NBA. He scored a season-high 28 points and had 21 rebounds in a game against Oklahoma City in January and became the first rookie not selected in the first round of the draft to post a 20-20 game in 29 years. ALL SMILES—DeJuan Blair has a good laugh as he watches his team play in the final game of the day. “The Basketball Gods” were shining on the “Big Fella” in the final contest of the regular season against the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks. He scored 27 points and grabbed 23 rebounds. Blair played mostly backup center to Spurs superstar Tim Duncan. Will he play behind Duncan again next season?“No I’m going to be a starter next season,” Blair said. “I’m going to move to power forward. I will be leaving next week to play in the NBA summer league.”Blair treated the Pittsburgh crowd to one of the most stacked lineups you would ever hope to see and the fireworks began early. In the first game coaches Marvin Wright and Mitch Adams led the WPIAL Standouts over coach Rob Cash and the City League Stars. Mike Lamberti of South Fayette and 6-10 Barnett Harris of Gateway were co-MVPs for the WPIAL and Ishmael Swain of Allderdice was MVP for the City Stars.Coach Chuck Sanders led the Media team over the Pittsburgh Legends and coach James Larkin. J. Kruz, formerly of WAMO and Tony Houghton were the MVPs for the Media team while Efrem Whitehead and Shon Crosby were the MVPs for the Legends.Coach Carl Valenti led the Pitt Legends to a 137-132 overtime victory over coach Barnett Harris and the Pittsburgh Stars. Jamaal “Onion” Bryant was the game’s MVP.Bryant, a 2007 graduate of Schenley High School, concluded a four-year career with a 103-16 overall record, including a 57-0 career record vs. Pittsburgh City League teams and led Schenley to a PIAA state championship. Schenley became the first City League team to win the state title since 1978 and was ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today. Greg McGhee, of Perry and Sofion Moore, of Oliver were co-MVPs of the Pittsburgh stars.Coach DeJuan Blair led the DeJuan All-Stars over coach Chuck Sanders and Woodley’s All-Stars. “Onion” Bryant, arguably the greatest playmaker in western Pennsylvania history, was again the game’s MVP. Shawn Hawkins, who is related to NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, and 15-year NBA star Armon Gilliam were the co-MVPs for Woodley’s All-Stars.In the wake of the Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger scandals, some sponsors are shying away from celebrity events. Woodley was a “no show” at his own event. This lack of accountability is one of the reasons the Steelers failed to reach the playoffs in ’09. Big Ben, Santonio Holmes and now Woodley are breaking the hearts of the Steeler Nation.“A lot of kids came here to see LaMarr Woodley and the Steelers,” said model and actress Bella’lisa Smith. “Today was a great event. I just feel bad for all the children who showed up in their black and gold hoping to get some autographs.”“I want to thank B. Marshall Productions, Community Empowerment Association, Sanders Charities and Valenti Capital Management,” said Blair. “I would also like to thank Ace Pippens, Armon Gilliam, Mitch Adams, Terry Jones, Arieene Wrigley, Jason Hood, Chuck Sanders, Mike Reed, all the interns that assisted, and the many players and coaches involved for making this event truly special.”Proceeds from the event benefit the DeJuan Blair Foundation, and this is Blair’s way of giving back and improving the lives of children in Pittsburgh. Blair was born and raised in the Hill District and he’s good for his word.last_img read more

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Castlegar faces Osoyoos in Game one of the KIJHL Final Saturday

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels face an uphill battle when the Kootenay Conference Champs meet the best from the Okanagan in the Osoyoos Coyotes in game one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Saturday in the South Okanagan City.But the Rebels are ready for any challenge. Castlegar just disposed of the second-best team in the KIJHL, in the Fernie Ghostriders. So why not do the same to the regular season champs?The teams begin the best-of-seven final Saturday in Osoyoos. Game two is Sunday in the Desert City.The series then shifts to the Castlegar Complex for games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday.If necessary, game five returns to Osoyoos Thursday, March 24. Game six is back in Castlegar Friday, March 26 with a seventh game, if needed, set for Osoyoos Monday, March 28.The Coyotes enter the series as the early favourite, having lost six regular season games all season — four coming in overtime.The Dogs also rallied from a one-game deficit to dispose of the defending KIJHL champs from Revelstoke in six games.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Touch footy to begin preparations for World Cup

first_imgPNG currently has a total of 30 players on the elite squad for both women and men.TFPNG will be looking to expand the team following the 2017 National Touch Championships in Port Moresby, proposed for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.TFPNG president Dadi Toka Jr told Loop PNG that this selections will also be in preparation for future international events leading up to the 2019 World Cup.Toka confirmed that they will select a total of 60 players after the national championships.“The World Cup is in 2019 so we need a bigger pool of elite players as it allows us to anticipate any changes to players getting injured, pregnant or facing disciplinary action,” he said.Brisbane-based touch football association, Queensland PNG Magani, as a new affiliate to TFPNG, will manage four of PNG’s current Australian-based players.Toka added that TFPNG has a very positive outlook as they prepare for more touch football activities and the national championships.PNG men’s, women’s and mixed teams finished in the top ten out of 53 countries that took part in 2015 Touch Footy World Cup.The men’s and women’s teams both grabbed gold at the 2015 Pacific Games and the mixed team won silver.last_img read more

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Hyatt expresses confidence in TT administration

first_img “So we have a lot of similar philosophies, and whether we agree everyday and see eye to eye is irrelevant. The bottom line is that it is very important that we stick together and not flip a new association because someone out there believe they can do better. We must stay the course, try to fix it and work together to make it a little better,” he said. “Our biggest issue is how they execute with zero budget. It’s just difficult to implement anything when you don’t have resources. So if I can help them execute a little better, and after a time get more sponsors confident that we are a good product to invest in, then we can get more plans executed. I have a lot of experience in business and in this sport, so I can help from a sporting administrative perspective on how to approach sponsors. This is something I have done on my own for the last ten years and I am very good at it and I want to help this particular association get that,” Hyatt added. SIMILAR PHILOSOPHIES Recently retired table tennis star Michael Hyatt gave the Godfrey Lothian administration his full vote of confidence and called on stakeholders to work together for the continued development of the sport. Speaking to The Gleaner at a press conference to announce his retirement from competitive tennis late last week, Hyatt said he was impressed by Lothian and his team and that he is confident that with his assistant in his new role as a marketing agent, they can continue to improve on the strides the current administration has made. “If I wasn’t confident in this administration and what they are doing, they can tell you, I wouldn’t be here. I, unfortunately, don’t have time to waste,” he declared. “I am very impressed with their communication and their planning. Mr Lothian and his team understand what they are doing.” Recently, Lothian’s administration has come under scathing attacks from former Jamaica Table Tennis Association Vice-president Samuel Lamont, but Hyatt believes there are more important issues than in-fighting. “There is a lot of negativity recently about what the association has done and hasn’t done. And the problem is everybody is always looking for the negative. It is so easy to complain and be negative, but what is hard is trying to figure a way to solve the problem, because that takes work, planning and requires confidence. It’s easy to talk,” Hyatt said. “Me and this administration have had our ups and downs and I look at it from a positive perspective that Mr Lothian has a passion for helping young people, like how I had a passion for helping my team when I played. Mr (Stephen) Grant (national coach) has a passion for improving players like how I have a passion to see the players do well.last_img read more

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Hot-shooting San Antonio Spurs rout Orlando Magic

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Rudy Gay finished a 9-0 run with a dunk late in the first half, stretching San Antonio’s lead to 60-35.The Magic (13-15) never cut their deficit to less than 17 points in the second half.“We weren’t ready to defend or fight at all,” said coach Steve Clifford. “They played great and we were terrible.”It was Orlando’s first game this season without Vucevic. But although Popovich called the veteran center’s absence “a huge factor,” it wasn’t as huge as their margin of defeat.“It hurt the team, obviously, to not have Vuc,” said Evan Fournier. “But we lost by 37 (actually 39) tonight? So Vuc, as good as he is, doesn’t make that much of a difference. We were just bad.”BIG DEFENSIVE CHANGE FOR SPURSAfter a five-game stretch (including three losses) in which they gave up 112.2 points per game, the Spurs have held six straight opponents under 100, yielding just 91.5 per game.“We didn’t change the strategy at all. We watched film, talked about some things, and I guess they listened,” Popovich said. “Or maybe the other teams just all missed shots every night. I don’t know. It’s a big change, for sure.”TIP-INSSpurs: Forbes, who was 2 for 13 from 3-point range in the preceding three games, was 3 for 3 in the first nine minutes and had 13 points. … The Spurs held a sixth straight opponent under 100 points. … Although nobody had more than seven rebounds, the Spurs had a 45-33 advantage. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Magic: C Nikola Vucevic missed his first game of the season due to the birth of his son, Filip, on Monday. … F Jonathon Simmons sprained his ankle in the third quarter and did not return . … The Magic have not won in Orlando since Nov. 18, although they were officially the “home” team in two wins at Mexico City last week.UP NEXTSpurs: At home against Minnesota on Friday night.Magic: At Chicago on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, left, passes the ball around Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The San Antonio Spurs came out shooting — and hitting.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and five San Antonio players scored in double figures as the Spurs rolled to a 129-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Everybody was hitting shots. We were moving the ball well with 29 assists,” Forbes said. “That’s the effort we want night-in and night-out. That’s exactly what we’re looking for.”D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 17 points. Rookie center Mo Bamba had seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks in his first NBA start.“I’m learning that this is an every-night league and we’ve got to bring it every night or things like this are going to happen,” said Bamba, who played 26 minutes as a replacement for Nikola Vucevic.Aaron Gordon, who had 26 points in the Magic’s win at San Antonio on Nov. 4, went scoreless in the first half and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.Forbes, Belinelli and Davis Bertans combined for eight 3-pointers to help the Spurs (17-15) take a 47-27 lead with 8:41 left in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder’s Raymond Felton, Dennis Schroder suspended as NBA reacts to brawl ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The NBA’s leading 3-point shooting team, the Spurs went 12 for 19 from behind the arc and 50 for 77 overall to win for the sixth time in seven games. The overall shooting percentage of .649 is the highest ever against the Magic in Orlando.“Obviously we had a great night shooting,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “and when you shoot that well it gives you a good chance to win the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThere wasn’t much of a game after the Spurs shot their way to a 20-point lead just 3:19 into the second quarter.Marco Belinelli came off the bench and scored 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes added 17 points each. View commentslast_img read more

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Sorrow and Joy

first_imgThe placid morning nap is sweetEspecially when the spring breeze is dallingWith the flowers and trees around the casementAnd the delicate fragrance of the roses permeatingEverywhere.The paths of glory lead but to the grave.We merry today and tomorrow we die intestateSome woo fame; some woo wealthBut doomsday shall be the endThe salt has lost its tasteAnd if worst comes to worst,We all shall bowAnd indeed paradise shall be unreachableOur thoughts and deeds are evilI know mercy shall never show its face nor goodnessOur hearts have become so darkAnd psyche filled with fiendsThe frame of minds of man has become vileWe laughAnd the world laugh with usBut when we cry, we cry along.Sorrow is along; joy is togetherThe moon wanes when fullAnd summer wanes as autumn approachesThe sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flowersShall soon lose their sweetnessAnd that no man shall live foreverShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Trackers start the season by going 3-0 on road trip

first_imgThe Trackers are back on the ice this weekend, playing a game in Peace River against the Royals on Friday, before hosting the Grande Prairie Athletic Club Storm at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on Sunday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers got a big start to the season, willing all three games on a road trip to Central Alberta.The three games over the weekend were the team’s first since their record-breaking 2017/2018 season that saw the team go 31-12-5, good enough to make them the NAMHL Boucher Division’s Regular season champs.In the playoffs, the Trackers took home the Boucher Division Playoff title before hosting the BC Hockey Tier 1 Provincials, where the team placed third.- Advertisement -The Trackers began their road trip with a game against the Lakeland Panthers in Bonnyville. Nick Loewen scored a pair of powerplay goals, while Logan Kimmie scored once with the man-advantage and both Nathan Brownlee and Kurtis Lee each contributed even-strength goals in the Trackers’ 5-1 victory. Brownlee also had two assists, while Devan Minard, Connor Kindrat, and Markus Ruehl each tallied helpers.Northeast B.C. faced a closer battle against the Wainwright Polar Kings on Saturday. Chase London and Kurtis Lee gave the Trackers a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Duncan Ross assisting both goals and Brownlee getting the second assist on London’s tally. In the third, the Polar Kings made it 2-1, but goaltender Landon Hatton stood tall between the pipes to seal the deal.On Sunday, the Trackers thoroughly demolished the Southside Athletic Club. Though the Athletic Club got out to a 1-0 lead early in the first, it wouldn’t stay that way for long. Ruehl and Brownlee each scored a pair of goals, with Lee, Minard, Ross, Cayden Frenette, and Justin Brownlee in the team’s 9-1 win. Kindrat led the team with four assists, Noah Lang had three, Ross had a pair, and both Ruehl and Kimmie had one helper each.Advertisementlast_img read more

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November 7th Community Events Photos

first_imgThe Move Dance Centre Society held it’s 11th Annual Ladies Day Out at the Pomeroy Hotel.                                                                                                                                       Picture: Amber DavyOver 47 different venders from small and home based businesses showcased their products at the Pomeroy Hotel for Ladies Day Out.                                                               Picture: Amber DavyThe Catholic Women’s League of Fort St. John hosted their Winter Wonderland Tea & Bazaar at the Seniors Citizens Hall.                                                                                        Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –The Totem mall hosted it’s Fasion Show, which showcases clothing from local retail stores in Fort St. John.                                                                                                            Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

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GCA cricket fixtures continue

first_imgMatches organised by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will continue this weekend with some crucial fixtures.The highly anticipated New Building Society (NBS) Second Division 40-Over finals will today be played between the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) and the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) at the DCC Ground in Queenstown, Georgetown. The action is scheduled to begin at 10:15 hrs.The Noble House Seafoods two-day tournament will resume today as well, and the Police will attempt to detain the GDF at Eve Leary Sports Complex Ground. Play in this tourney starts on both days from 10:30 hrs.The Friends of Cricket Under-17 hundred-over tournament continues today as well, with Everest colliding with Bel Air at Everest Cricket Ground.On Sunday, the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) will trash it out with GCC at the MYO Ground. Match commences at 9:30 hrs.last_img read more

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RAPHOE MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM JUST MISS OUT ON FINAL

first_imgRAPHOE Men narrowly missed out out the Trophy final after an epic battle with Portadown on Saturday.When Jamie Wright fired the visitors into a 2-0 lead, it looked like Raphoe just weren’t going to have a chance of progressing to a third trophy this season.But then Raphoe staged an incredible comeback with Gavin Lecky hitting two before Lee Coll struck to make it 3-2 to the home side. The home crowd must have thought this season was Raphoe’s.But Portadown did the same thing to Raphoe – coming back to hit two late goals and snatch the tie 4-3. RAPHOE MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM JUST MISS OUT ON FINAL was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAPHOE MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM JUST MISS OUT ON FINALlast_img read more

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