Back to the roots and onto the finals

first_imgThe journey for us this year has been tough and grueling. We have come a long way to be here at the final game of the year. When the 2019 season started, we had to start from scratch when our core players departed for Hunters and greener pastures. We had to go back to the roots in Hela to find talents by hosting Unity Cup in Koroba over the 2018 charismas period. The journey took us to Mendi, then to Enga playing the Ipatas Cup with our best select side. The journey further brought us to Port Moresby where we had our final selection trails fielding teams from different suburbs of Hela boys in Port Moresby including our select side from Hela. The journey came with trimming and fine tuning players to play at the elite level. We had a dream of unearthing unknowns to become knowns. A dream to make unknowns to become Hunters and Kumul players and to have a better life. This wouldn’t be possible without our Sponsors, Kroton; A subsidiary of Kumul Petroleum Holdings, Hela Provincial Government and Ipwenz Construction. They are the reason why the Wigmen brand is playing in the last week of the competition and uniting a whole province. The start of the season wasn’t good for us. Over time, with the right training regime and discipline, the system systematically refined and trimmed down the players. What we have are the best and we so fortunate that the players have found the right form at the business end of the season with the guidance of Andiki Andrew and Charlie Wabo. Hela is a province that is torn by both man-made and natural disasters. Amid these calamities, Hela is a tribal nation that has the wit and stamina to preserver. The Wigmen Rugby League brand has given us hope just like how we live our own lives back in Hela. The Wigmen Rugby League team is a team composed of players not only from Hela ethnic origin but all through PNG. We are band of brothers that binds a tribal nation. We want to sell the message of hope and unity through the Wigmen brand. We want to showcase to PNG through the Wigmen brand that Hela is prepared to work with all our brothers and sisters throughout PNG not only in sports but in all facets of life to make PNG a better nation for all. We are still the underdogs. We respect the Tigers being the minor premiers. They are a quality side. But before we put of jerseys on for the biggest showdown ever yet against Lae Snack Tigers this Sunday at the NFS, we pay homage to our ancestors for preserving the Laitebo to power PNG, we pay homage to our great grandfathers that walked the breath and length of PNG to be plantation laborers to build the economy of PNG, pay homage to our political pioneers who fought hard for the Hela brand. We will be carrying your dream in our heart for the 80 minutes and you will be in our thoughts. We know your spirits will be with us. We won’t let you down. Best wishes to Konton Hela Wigmen and Lae Snack Tigers. May the best team win in the true spirt of rugby league.last_img read more

MLB opener was most-viewed regular-season game in 9 years

first_img The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was the sport’s most-watched regular-season game on any network in nine years.The New York Yankees’ rain-shortened 4-1 win at the Washington Nationals on Thursday night averaged 4 million viewers on ESPN, according to Nielsen fast national ratings. The game peaked at 8:30 p.m. EDT with 4.48 million viewers.No regular-season game had been viewed by that many since 4.7 million watched Boston beat the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings on Aug. 7, 2011, also on ESPN.ESPN’s previous high for an opener was 3.7 million for a 2017 matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. Chicago tied the score with three runs in the ninth, and Randal Grichuck hit a walkoff single off Mike Montgomery in the bottom half. Seattle’s 12-4 victory over Boston on opening night last year was seen by 1.2 million on ESPN.The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-1 win over San Francisco in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader averaged 2,764,000 viewers on ESPN. The network said it was its most-watched late-night Eastern time baseball telecast, topping the previous high of 1,817,000 for the Chicago Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 10, 2017, a game that ended on Anthony Rizzo’s single off Kenley Jansen.Image credits: AP Written By Associated Press Television News LIVE TV FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Last Updated: 25th July, 2020 07:01 IST MLB Opener Was Most-viewed Regular-season Game In 9 Years The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was the sport’s most-watched regular-season game on any network in nine years SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 25th July, 2020 07:01 ISTlast_img read more

Team Ireland Equestrian showjumpers in 5 star action this week

first_img Team Ireland Equestrian’s showjumpers will compete at three 5 Star shows this weekend, at Calgary Spruce Meadows (CAN), Saugerties New York (USA) and Rome (ITA). Elsewhere on the showjumping circuit, Irish riders will fly the flag at Lier (BEL), Ising Am Chiemsee (GER) and Chazey Sur Ain (FRA).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Team Ireland Equestrian showjumpers in 5 star action this week Tags: Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  Team Ireland Equestrian showjumpers in 5 star action this week 4 September 2019, 17:15last_img read more

Emmanuel Baffour yearns for more Black Stars call up

first_imgNew Edubiase striker Emmanuel Baffour is yearning for more playing time after impressing on his debut last Wednesday against Chile in an international friendly in Philadelphia, USA.Baffour who lasted the entire duration of the match in an interview with JOY Sports stated that, Coach Goran Stevanovic after the game commended his performance and is hoping to build on that to get more playing time in the team.“The coach said we did well and I believe if I get more playing time I can make it”. Said Baffour“As a player you have to psyche yourself for every opportunity that’s comes your because you will never know what will happen in the future”Emmanuel Baffour is the Glo premier league top scorer with 14 goals in 15 matcheslast_img

40 years ago, the Final Four came to Utah and gave fans Bird vs. Magic — and the tournament hasn’t been the same since

first_img Magic Johnson says at Qualtrics X4 event that all of his life’s most ‘powerful’ moments happened in Utah Indiana State’s Larry Bird (33) gives a helping hand to a fallen Magic Johnson of Michigan State during the final game of the NCAA men’s basketball championship in Salt Lake City in March 26, 1979. Because of the match-up of Bird vs. Magic, it became known as the game that changed college basketball. (AP Photo) Jerome McLendon, AP Michigan State stars Earvin Johnson (33) and Gregory Kelser (32) are all smiles and the scoreboard tells why, Saturday, March 24, 1979 in Salt Lake City after their team defeated Pennsylvania 101-67 to advance to the finals of the NCAA Championships. (AP Photo) Penn State’s Ken Hall tries to shoot over the top of Michigan State Gregory Kelser (32) during first half action in the semi-final of the NCAA Championship at Salt Lake City, March 24, 1979. (AP Photo) What’s in a name? Utah Jazz and former Utes announcer Dan Roberts can tell you Johnson finished with 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds and handed out five assists. Underrated forward Greg Kelser finished with 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.Guard Terry Donnelly, who averaged just 6.4 points during the season, came up big in the final, scoring 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from the foul line. He said later he found himself free with the Indiana State defense trying to stop Johnson and Kelser. Most of his shots were from 3-point range — however, the 3-point line wasn’t implemented in college basketball for another seven years.Bird, who had shied away from reporters for most of the historic season, refused to speak to the media after the disappointing loss. This was before the days when star players were required to go to the podium and be interviewed while the rest of the players stayed available in the locker room for 45 minutes after the game.Instead, Bird dressed in an adjoining room to the main locker room and was ushered into a training room before walking out red-eyed. That left his teammates to speak of their disappointing defeat.“We made believers out of a nation,” said ISU’s Leroy Staley. “This loss can’t take away from our season. I’m not ashamed.”Later Bird gave a statement to an ISU spokesman, which read, “I hate to lose, just like all the other guys on the team. But I guess we did all right, we won 33 games.”The normally effusive Johnson wasn’t too talkative in the locker room, perhaps because he’d already been interviewed on TV and on the dais.“I’m done with questions,” Johnson said, more than an hour after the game ended. “I’m tired right now. I really can’t enjoy it. It hasn’t soaked in yet. I can’t answer no more questions.”Earlier this year, the University of Utah reached out to Bird and Magic to see if they would come out to Utah at some point to commemorate the historical Final Four, but nothing could be worked out with the two men’s schedules.Just like 40 years earlier, they weren’t talking.Instead, we’ll just have to live on with the memories of that historic weekend in March 1979 when the final Final Four came to Utah and gave us Larry and Magic. ASSOCIATED PRESS APcenter_img The Quakers couldn’t find the basket, making only 6 of 36 shots in the first half and falling behind 50-17 at halftime. They went nearly nine minutes without scoring and a 29-2 run made the score an embarrassing 33-6 as fans squirmed in their seats. For the game, Penn shot just 26 percent, compared to 63 percent for MSU, which was able to rest key players in the second half. Despite not playing the whole game, Johnson finished with a triple-double of 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.“People say I can’t shoot,” Johnson said afterward. “But I know if I’m straight up to the basket, it’s a-gonna go in. I don’t care how many points I score, though, as long as we win.”At least Penn was able to erase some of its embarrassment from its awful semifinal showing in Monday’s third-place game, a meaningless contest that was eliminated by the NCAA a couple of years later. The Quakers took DePaul to overtime before falling 96-93 in a foul-plagued game in which six players fouled out.The final gameIt was the matchup everyone wanted to see — Magic vs. Larry — and it became an even bigger deal in retrospect because of the success Johnson and Bird had as professionals and their rivalry in the NBA, which continued for more than a decade.Unfortunately, the game didn’t live up to the hype as Bird had an off night, shooting just 7 for 21 from the field and scoring 19 points, 10 below his average, in a game that was never really close.The Spartans took control from the start, racing to a 16-8 lead that quickly moved to double digits before settling for a 37-28 halftime lead. The Sycamores pulled to within six at 52-46 with 10 minutes left, but the Spartans pulled away from there for a 75-64 win, their fifth double-digit win during their NCAA tourney run. In this March 25, 1979 file photo, Magic Johnson, left, of Michigan State, and Larry Bird of Indiana State are shown during a news conference for the NCAA college basketball championships in Salt Lake City. Related The Final Four featured a pair of amazing college basketball players in Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird, aka the Hick from French Lick, who weren’t quite legendary yet. Those two would go on to forge a decadelong rivalry as two of the NBA’s best players for two iconic franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The weekend also featured a beloved old coach named Ray Meyer and his “men of steal,” as well as a Cinderella squad from the Ivy League that had fashioned four unlikely upsets on its way to the Final Four.All these years later, the final between Michigan State and Indiana State remains the most-watched NCAA championship game ever with a 24.1 rating, edging out the 1985 game’s 23.3 rating. Some 35 million people watched that game, more than double the number that watched last year’s NCAA Final between Villanova and Michigan.The lead-upThe Final Four had been awarded to the University of Utah five years earlier in 1974, giving the U. plenty of time to get ready. By 1979, the NCAA Tournament was in the process of rapid expansion, going to 40 teams for the first time that year with seeding for the first time, before making a big leap the following year to 64 teams.Tickets cost just $15, if you can believe it, but they weren’t available to the general public as fans had to apply a year in advance just as they do now (when the tickets cost $210) and hope to get them through a lottery. And less than 5,000 seats were available, with the rest going to competing teams and NCAA officials.Many folks who were lucky enough to get tickets, expecting to make a killing, were disappointed when the market dried up. Scalpers were reportedly expecting around $150, according to media reports at the time. However, the market fizzled and scalpers outside the Special Events Center for the semifinals couldn’t even sell them for face value. According to one local story, “one despondent scalper … settled for $3” for his single ticket.The 1978-79 college basketball season turned out to be the zenith for local colleges, with 10 percent of the field coming from Utah as all four major colleges qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Although it wasn’t likely, Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State each had a chance to make it to the Special Events Center for the semifinals and finals in their home state on March 24 and March 26.Utah, Utah State and BYU all played in Los Angeles with the Utes and Aggies playing first-round games as the eighth and 10th seeds, respectively, while BYU got a first-round bye as the No. 5 seed.The Utes lost a heartbreaking first-round game to Pepperdine, 92-88 in overtime, while the Aggies were beaten handily by USC, 86-67. Playing in the Midwest Regional in Lawrence, Kansas, Weber State was a seventh seed and got by New Mexico State, 81-78 in overtime, before losing to Arkansas, 74-63. With a win, BYU had a chance to advance to its home court for the West Regional at the Marriott Center, but lost to San Francisco by 23 points at Pauley Pavilion.During the regionals the following weekend, Michigan State cruised to three double-digit victories in the Mideast Regional in Indianapolis, while Indiana State stayed unbeaten with two easy wins and a two-point win over Arkansas in the Midwest Regional finals in Cincinnati.In the West Regional in Provo, DePaul knocked off favored UCLA in a game where the Marriott Center fans became DePaul fans after UCLA players rudely interrupted a halftime show by BYU dancers, and cheered the Blue Demons to a 95-91 victory.Penn was the ninth seed in the East and had won four games by a total of 15 points, including a one-point upset of No. 1 seed North Carolina and a two-point win over St. John’s.Indiana State defeated Virginia Tech and Oklahoma handily in its first two tournament games and edged Arkansas by two points in an Elite Eight game in Cincinnati to punch its ticket to Salt Lake.As it turned out, three No. 1 seeds — UCLA, Notre Dame and North Carolina — failed to advance to Salt Lake City, with Indiana State being the only No. 1 to survive.The semifinalsBecause of what happened in Provo the week before and with 65-year-old Ray Meyer coaching in his 37th year, DePaul was the sentimental favorite when it showed up in the Special Events Center.Indiana State came with rookie coach Bill Hodges, who had already been named the national coach of the year with the only unbeaten team in the country.The Sycamores led most of the game and by as many as 11 midway through the second half until DePaul, which unbelievably played the same five players for 40 minutes, came back to take a 74-73 lead in the final minute. But the Sycamores scored on a basket by Bob Heaton and later added a free throw.DePaul had one more chance to send the game to overtime, but freshman Mark Aguirre’s 20-footer from the right baseline with three seconds left bounced away, leaving Indiana State with a 76-74 victory.The star was Bird, who scored 35 points on 16-of-19 shooting from the field and quipped afterward, “I kind of feel sorry for the other guys, when I hit like I did today. When you’re as hot as I was, you beg for your guys to throw you the ball.”The other semifinal was as big of a blowout as the Final Four has ever seen as Michigan State treated Penn like a high school team in winning 101-67. ASSOCIATED PRESS SALT LAKE CITY — The headlines that week were all about Middle East peace talks, the sharp rise in the U.S. inflation rate and a special counsel investigating President Jimmy Carter’s family peanut business. A local newspaper story touted the advantages of spring in Utah, how one could go skiing in the mountains for $7 one day and play 18 holes of golf in the valley for $2 the next.That last weekend in March 1979 was also a time when the sports world was focused on Salt Lake City as the NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four made its first and only appearance in Utah’s capital city.And what a weekend it was, 40 years ago.last_img read more

Wellington Police Labor Day weekend report: Friday, Aug. 30 – Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

first_imgWellington Police Labor Day weekend report for Friday, Aug 30 to Monday, Sept. 2, 2019: Friday, August 30, 2019•Adrian C Rosewicz, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for failure to report an injury accident. It occurred on July 28, 2019.) •10:40 a.m. Joseph C. Rachal Jr., 44, Aberdeen, S.D. was issued a notice to appear for passing in a no Passing Zone.•11:12 a.m. Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 700 block W. 4th, Wellington.•11:52 a.m. Officers responded to children in need of care in the 1200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•12:02 p.m. Sarah I. Treft, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for noisy dog.•8:24 p.m. Officers investigated theft in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:43 p.m. Kimberly K. Pritchard, 51, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for an improper turn and expired drivers’ license. •10 p.m. Brodrick G. Henton, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective tag light. •10:04 p.m. Matthew K. Malone, 42, Augusta, was issued a notice to appear for turn signal violation. •10:05 p.m. Blas O. Ibarra, 28, Arkansas City, Ks was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp.•10:20 p.m. Rami N. Mir, 35, Houston, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. •10:25 p.m. Richard N. McCulley, 46, Enid, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 59 mph in a 45 mph zone.•10:25 p.m. Stanton E. Palmer, 48, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective tag light. •10:40 p.m. Phillip P. Dominquez, 25, Denton, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. •10:51 p.m. Adam J. Edgerton, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for a defective tail lamp.•11:05 p.m. Patrick S. Grable, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for a defective tail lamp.•11:09 p.m. Keaton H. Jackson, 21, Englewood, Colo. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone and possession of marijuana.•11:47 p.m. Stacy J. Bright, 49, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for failure to signal.Saturday, August 31, 2019•12:47 a.m. Melissa B. Davis, 46, Longview, Texas was issued a notice to appear for a defective headlamp. •10:13 a.m. Alberto Gonzalez, 38, Shawnee, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 54 mph in a 30 mph zone.•1:58 p.m. Michael A. Steele, 35, Wellington was arrested for a parole violation.•2:08 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 1300 block E. Michigan Ct., Wellington. •7:54 p.m. Krista L. Wells, 40, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property in the 200 block N. Elm, Wellington.•11:26 p.m. Officers investigated minors in consumption of alcohol of known suspects in the 400 block Terrace Dr., Wellington.•11:42 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1200 block S. G, Wellington.•12:29 p.m. Officers responded to a juvenile problem in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington. •1 p.m. Officers took a found property report in the 400 block N. Terrace Dr., Wellington.•6:16 p.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 900 block E. Lincoln, Wellington. •7:49 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1900 block N. A, Wellington.Sunday, September 1, 2019•11:42 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1200 block S. G, Wellington.•12:29 p.m. Officers responded to a juvenile problem in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1 p.m. Officers took a found property report in the 400 block N. Terrace Dr., Wellington.•6:16 p.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 900 block E. Lincoln, Wellington. •7:49 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1900 block N. A, Wellington.Monday, September 2, 2019•Saturday, August 31, 11:20 p.m. Officers investigated unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcohol. •12:21 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1000 block Mission Rd., Wellington. •2 p.m. Austin M. Harriger, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 40 mph in a 30 mph zone.•2:15 p.m. Walter P. Handloser, III, 37, San Luis Obispo, Calif. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. •8:47 p.m. Officers responded to a suicide threat in the 700 block N. Olive, Wellington.last_img read more

Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, personal info posted

first_imgNEW YORK  | The parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online.In addition, the person or persons behind the attack are threatening to release all of the site’s personal information — including its members’ sexual fantasies and financial information — if the company doesn’t take Ashley Madison offline, according to a prominent security blog.Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc. says it has had the hackers’ posts — which included snippets of personal information — taken down and has hired a technology security firm. The company and law enforcement agencies are investigating.The breach was first reported late Sunday by Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecurity, a website that focuses on cybersecurity. Ashley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” purports to have 37 million members.FILE – In this June 10, 2015 photo, Ashley Madison’s Korean web site is shown on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. Avid Life Media Inc., the parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, said it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online. The breach was first reported late Sunday, July 19, 2015, by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cybersecurity. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)The hacking follows the May breach of the dating website Adult FriendFinder, which involved the theft of names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million of that site’s members.According to Krebs, the hacker or hackers, in the Ashley Madison breach identified as “The Impact Team,” posted large caches of data from the Ashley Madison site, claiming to have compromised user databases, financial records and other information.Besides random personal data from members, the hackers also posted maps of the company’s internal servers, employee network account information, company bank account data and salary information, Krebs says.The hacker or hackers also posted a manifesto alongside the data, accusing Avid Life Media of lying to its customers about a $19 service that would scrub all of their personal information from its data bases, saying that the data doesn’t actually go away,” Krebs says.The hackers say that if Avid Life does not take its Ashley Madison and Established Men sites offline, it will release all of the company’s information — including customer records, nude photos, sexual desires, online conversations, matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, along with employee documents and emails — according to a screen capture of the hackers’ manifesto posted by Krebs.Avid Life released a statement Monday morning saying that it has been able to secure its sites and close the back doors into its systems.“We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act,” the company’s statement reads. “Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held responsible.”last_img read more

Jay-Z leads Grammy noms with 8 as rap, R&B take center…

first_imgNEW YORK |  Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big.The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including album, song, and record of the year. Bruno Mars is also nominated for the big three, while Kendrick Lamar — who earned seven nominations — and Childish Gambino are also up for major awards.Jay-Z’s personal and revealing album, “4:44,” is nominated for album of the year alongside Mars’ 90s-inspired R&B adventure “24K Magic,” Lamar’s hard-hitting rap masterpiece “DAMN.,” Gambino’s funk-soul project “Awaken My Love!” and Lorde’s critically acclaimed pop album, “Melodrama.”Record of the year nominees include Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson; Mars’ Top 5 hit, “24K Magic”; Lamar’s No. 1 smash, “Humble”; Gambino’s “Redbone,” which peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100; and the year’s biggest hit, “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.“Despacito” is also nominated for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — along with Mars’ No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Like”; the title track from Jay-Z’s “4:44”; rapper Logic’s suicide prevention anthem, “1-800-273-8255”; and “Issues” by Julia Michaels, the singer who has written hits for Bieber, Selena Gomez and other pop stars.Michaels is also nominated for best new artist, where R&B and rap rule again: Her competition includes singers SZA, Khalid and Alessia Cara, as well as rapper Lil Uzi Vert.No rock or country acts were nominated in the top four categories. The rap- and R&B-heavy nominations, which include numerous black and Latino artists, come after the Grammys were criticized earlier this year when some felt Beyonce’s multi-genre “Lemonade” album should have won album of the year over Adele’s “25.” Adele also expressed that Beyonce should have received the prize.The win for Adele, though, marked another year when the Grammys awarded its biggest prizes to an artist outside of the rap or R&B genre. Kanye West, Eminem, Mariah Carey and others have also lost in the top categories over the years to pop, rock and country acts despite owning the year in music, critically and commercially.“We have a current membership that is savvy and certainly timely, is current, and reflective of what music is about today and in the future. And clearly the diversification work that we’ve done for our membership is evident in all of the nominations this year,” Neil Portnow, the academy’s president and CEO, said in an interview. “I think it’s a testimony to our hard work and intention of having a very vibrant, current, relevant, diverse voting membership.”Jay-Z or Lamar could make history next year when the Grammys take place in New York City on Jan. 28, 2018: Either album could become only the third rap-based album to win album of the year; and either song could become the first in the rap genre to win record or song of the year.“4:44,” which includes songs about Jay-Z’s relationship with Beyonce and family life, marks the rap icon’s first nomination for album of the year as a lead artist; it is Lamar’s third in the top category. Lamar will compete with Jay-Z in all seven categories he is nominated in, including best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance, best rap sung performance and best music video.Mars is behind Jay-Z and Lamar with six nominations, including best R&B album, best R&B song and best R&B performance. Gambino, better known as Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Glover, scored five nominations.Others who earned five nominations include SZA, Khalid and No I.D., who produced Jay-Z’s album and is up for non-classical producer of the year.Ed Sheeran, who has the second best-selling album of the year with “Divide,” was snubbed in the top categories. “Divide” earned a nomination for best pop vocal album, while his No. 1 hit, “Shape of You,” is up for best pop solo performance.Nominees for best pop vocal album include Lady Gaga’s “Joanne,” Coldplay’s five-song EP “Kaleidoscope,” Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve,” Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” and Kesha’s “Rainbow,” marking her first Grammy nomination. Kesha, who has been in a legal war with former mentor and producer Dr. Luke, is also nominated for best pop solo performance for “Praying.”Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell are both nominated for best rock performance; other deceased nominees include Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman and Carrie Fisher, who is nominated for best spoken word album, where Bernie Sanders, Mark Ruffalo and Bruce Springsteen are also nominated.In the country categories, Chris Stapleton leads with three nominations. Miranda Lambert, who earned two nominations, was surprisingly shut out of best country album though her double album, “The Weight of These Wings,” was a critical favorite.Others who earned multiple nominations include Pharrell, Ledisi, Nothing More, Alison Krauss, Daniel Caesar and Foo Fighters. Randy Newman’s song “Putin,” his sardonic ode to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is nominated for best arrangement, instruments and vocals.Taylor Swift, who didn’t earn nominations for her single “Look What You Made Me Do” — released before the Grammy cutoff date — did earn a nod for best country song for writing Little Big Town’s No. 1 hit, “Better Man.” Swift is also nominated for best song written for visual media for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her collaboration with Zayn from the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack. Her new album, “reputation,” will qualify for nominations at the 2019 Grammys.Cardi B, who had one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” earned two nominations: best rap song and best rap performance. Another female rapper scored nominations, too: Rapsody is up for best rap song for “Sassy” and best rap album for “Laila’s Wisdom.” In the latter category, she will compete with Jay-Z, Lamar, Migos and Tyler, the Creator. Snubs include Future, J. Cole and DJ Khaled, who has two of the year’s biggest hits with “Wild Thoughts” and “I’m the One.”Albums and songs eligible in the 84 categories at the 60th annual Grammys had to be released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. This year is the first year the Grammys used online voting for its main awards show; it started online voting for the Latin Grammys last year.________Online:https://www.grammy.comlast_img read more

Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected

first_imgMinnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer leaves the field on Nov. 12, 2000, in Minneapolis. Stringer died Wednesday morning, Aug.1, 2001, from heat stroke, a day after he collapsed at the team’s training camp. The 335-pound Pro Bowl tackle developed symptoms of heat stroke including weakness and rapid breathing following the team’s morning practice Tuesday, when the heat index reached 110 degrees. (AP Photo/File,Tom Olmscheid)NEW YORK (AP) — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat stroke.More than 7.8 million high school students participate in sanctioned sports annually. KSI announced the results Tuesday at a news conference at NFL headquarters. The league partially sponsors the institute.The state-by-state survey of all sports played in high school showed North Carolina with the most comprehensive health and safety policies at 79 percent, followed by Kentucky at 71 percent. At the bottom were Colorado (23 percent) and California (26 percent). Those scores were based on a state meeting best practice guidelines addressing the four major causes of sudden death for that age group: cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke and exertional sickling occurring in athletes with sickle cell trait.“The bottom line is that many simple policy changes can have a massive impact when a life is saved,” says Dr. Douglas Casa of KSI. “That is the goal of KSI in releasing these rankings, to prevent needless deaths in high school sports. We have had countless conversations with loved ones who have lost a child/sibling/grandchild/athlete. If these rankings can get more kids home for dinner instead of to a hospital or morgue, then we have succeeded.”The institute is a sports safety research and advocacy organization located at the University of Connecticut and named after the former Vikings star who died from exertional heat stroke in 2001.Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for the age range.Casa notes that progress is slow because most states only make a change after a tragedy. But he stresses that the policies KSI promotes are not difficult to adopt.“At least one state has adopted each individual item, and for many items, more than half of the states have the policy in place,” he explains. “So this tells us it is feasible (to maximize protection). Now we need to collectively get states to learn from their colleagues and adapt these (programs) in their own state. Our top state is at about 80 percent, showing that, with effort, these policies can be implemented.”Bob Gfeller lost his son, Matthew, at age 15 in 2008, after a traumatic brain injury while playing in his first high school football game. Gfeller is an executive vice president at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. He found the wide range of results by state “enlightening.”Asked what can be done to get states to adopt more of the guidelines to protect high school athletes, Gfeller says: “Sharing of best practices amongst the state high school professionals. For each state to study where they are gapping and what other states who are scoring high are doing, so then to be able to determine how to close their gap.”In his field of expertise, exertional heat stroke, Casa notes that states that have adapted significant changes to heat acclimatization policies have not had such a death when the policies have been followed.“Keep in mind these policies are for the phasing in of initial practices in August,” Casa says. “Some of these states have still had exertional heat stroke deaths during summer conditioning in June/July or other times of the year, because they lack policies that govern these other circumstances.”To prevent death from EHS, it comes down to three things:— Prevention — heat acclimatization, modifying work/rest ratios based on environmental conditions, hydration, body cooling, etc.;— Recognition — being aware, acting quickly, rectal temperature;— Treatment — cold water immersion, cool first/transport second.Casa adds that the monetary cost of reaching the desired preventive measures is not high.“To be honest, you could get to 90 percent implementation with very little cost and effort,” he says. “Spending probably less than $5,000 per school could get you close to 90 points. You also would probably need a two-day meeting with the key state association officials to refine the details of the changes.“It is matter of convincing people that these issues are important and that they need attention.”last_img read more

Cut by Browns, Haden signs 3-year deal with Steelers

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden needed a job, a change of scenery and a chance at a Super Bowl. In this Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) walks off the field after an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File) The Pittsburgh Steelers were more than happy to give the longtime Cleveland Browns cornerback a shot at all three.The Steelers signed Haden to a three-year contract on Wednesday night just hours after the Browns granted Haden his release.Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, gives the defending AFC North champions an upgrade in the secondary in their bid to chase down Super Bowl champion New England.Haden’s deal has a total value of $27 million, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details were not released. Initial talks between Pittsburgh and Haden were first reported by ESPN.The Browns cut Haden earlier Wednesday, breaking ties with one of the few fixtures for a franchise that has spent the entirety of Haden’s seven-year career rebuilding and then rebuilding some more.They don’t do that in Pittsburgh. The Steelers reached the AFC title game in January only to get blown out by the Patriots, with Tom Brady throwing for 383 yards and three touchdowns.Pittsburgh made taking a more aggressive approach a top priority and Haden is eager to prove he’s still an elite defender after two subpar seasons marred by injury.The former first-round draft pick has 19 interceptions in seven seasons, but has been limited to just 18 games the past two years. Haden’s signing adds spice to the season opener between the Browns and Steelers on Sept. 10.This is the second straight season the Steelers have taken on a former Browns defender late in training camp. Pittsburgh sent a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft to Cleveland last August for former first-round pick Justin Gilbert. Gilbert never earned a starting spot, played in just 12 games and was released the day after the Super Bowl.The expectations will be considerably higher for Haden, who will get a shot to line up opposite Artie Burns.Ross Cockrell and Coty Sensabaugh have spent much of training camp vying for a starting spot, but both could take on lesser roles or perhaps even be out of a job entirely depending on what direction the Steelers want to go in when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Saturday.The Steelers took cornerback Cam Sutton in the third round of the draft and also have veteran William Gay and Mike Hilton in the mix, among others.Pittsburgh went 11-5 last season despite a middling performance against the pass. The Steelers finished 16th in yards passing allowed, 15th in interceptions and ninth in sacks, rankings they have said repeatedly during training camp need to improve if they want any chance at catching up with the Patriots.If Haden can recapture some of the form he displayed in 2013 and 2014, the Steelers could inch closer to ending New England’s vice grip on AFC supremacy.___AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: and read more