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3 NBA playoff games set for Wednesday postponed after Bucks don’t take court following shooting of Wisconsin Black man

By on September 18, 2020

first_img Associated Press 3 NBA playoff games set for Wednesday postponed after Bucks don’t take court following shooting of Wisconsin Black man Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — 3 NBA playoff games set for Wednesday postponed after Bucks don’t take court following shooting of Wisconsin Black man.center_img August 26, 2020last_img

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Jamaica’s underdog ‘Reggae Girlz’ ready to take on World Cup.

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgJamaica’s underdog ‘Reggae Girlz’ ready to take on World Cup.Kingston, Jamaica | AFP |   They don’t have tons of money, sponsors or flashy practice facilities but they didn’t let that stop them: Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Girlz’, the women’s national football team that did not even exist a few years ago, are heading to France to do battle for the World Cup.With the help of the daughter of late reggae legend Bob Marley, the team — the first from the Caribbean to make it to the finals — are ready to compete for the sport’s Holy Grail.Before heading to France, the Reggae Girlz gave their fans something to celebrate with a 3-1 victory over Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston on May 19.The friendly was only part of the day, which turned into a colorful Sunday street party, complete with blaring vuvuzelas and blasting dancehall music.But the festivities did not mask the difficult task ahead — the Reggae Girlz stand only 53rd in the world in FIFA’s rankings, and on paper, they are clearly the weakest squad in the draw.The players are certainly aware of their humble pedigree: the stadium’s malfunctioning scoreboard and malfunctioning sound system symbolize where they stand in terms of the world’s top teams.But the women are used to playing through adversity — until just before the friendly with Panama, they were not even paid by their home federation.“It’s a milestone — they deserve it. Obviously it took the World Cup to get us to this point but we got it done,” head coach Hue Menzies, who has helped the women negotiate their contracts, told AFP.“We had the boxing gloves on,” Menzies added.The Reggae Girlz are a young team, made up mainly of players who competed at the university level in the United States.On a Friday in mid-May, they launch into a practice without Menzies, who is going to argue with the federation on their behalf. They play on a field at a college campus in Kingston that is way too dry and covered with divots.Players carry their own water and equipment to the field from the bus. It’s a far cry from what awaits them in France.– ‘They needed help’ –By qualifying for the World Cup, the Reggae Girlz have duplicated the feat achieved in 1998 by the Reggae Boyz, who went to the men’s World Cup that year — also in France.But their path to the tournament was far more challenging.“Of course, (it was harder) because  we qualified with little resources,” said 22-year-old striker Khadija Shaw, one of the team’s stars, who is rumoured to be drawing interest from French professional clubs.“Coming from where the women’s program was a few years ago, it’s great.”A few years ago, there simply was no program.After Jamaica failed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the national federation effectively disbanded the team.By not playing internationally, the Reggae Girlz tumbled down the FIFA rankings and eventually fell off the list entirely in 2011. Enter Cedella Marley, the daughter of Jamaica’s most famous son, who himself was a super-fan of the game. In 2014, the businesswoman and singer found sponsors for the team and organized fundraisers.She breathed new life into the program, and became its de facto ambassador in the process.In football circles on the island, her name is said with near-sacred reverence.“They needed help. They are women — they were being told they couldn’t play a sport that they love. So we got involved and here we are,” Marley told AFP after receiving an ovation from the crowd at the friendly against Panama.The logo of the Bob Marley Foundation figures prominently on the Jamaican team’s jerseys.–  Girl power –Menzies has nothing but praise for Marley, noting: “She stuck her neck out for us. She has been here from day one.”The coach’s personal investment in the team, which has received less media attention, has helped keep the Reggae Girlz going.Menzies activated his network in US college circles to help find schools for his players.“We took players out of Jamaica and placed them in different parts of the world so they could develop,” Menzies said.“We have better resources in America and Europe. And it benefited us. We turned the negative to the positive,” he added.“We did it for more than football. We wanted to change our mindsets and the way we look at female football and females in sports in general.”For Cedella Marley, “there is lots of progress to be made all over the world, not just in Jamaica and the Caribbean… we can do whatever the boys do!”The Reggae Girlz, who are thrilled to be where they are, want to set an example.“For younger kids in Jamaica and all of the Caribbean, it means a lot because we are the stepping stone to show them there is a lot to achieve,” said 21-year-old team captain Konya Plummer.“They can follow their dreams like we did and create history.”For the women’s World Cup this time around, FIFA doubled the money allocated to teams that qualified, from a total of $15 million to $30 million.Last year, for the men’s World Cup, the total was $400 million.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Swin Cash Day in McKeesport

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgINSPIRED— Swin Cash with 14-yr-old student Nadiarah Valentine holding autographed photo. Nadiarah says she is inspired to follow her dreams of being an anesthesiologist. Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA star Swin Cash came back home to McKeesport, Oct. 27, at The Palisades to share the story of her latest Olympic journey and raise money for her charitable work with Cash for Kids.McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko was there to provide Swin with a special recognition from the city. Senator Jim Brewster was also invited. Fresh off the heels of her second gold medal victory in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Swin Cash discussed a wide range of topics—from her experience in London, what it was like in the Olympic Village, to her work with E!News and NOC documenting her time at the Olympics.Swin also shared her passion off the court working with children through her own charity, Cash for Kids (CFK), as well as her philanthropic partnerships with excellent organizations such as YouthPlaces in the Pittsburgh and McKeesport communities and Girls In The Game in Chicago. The basketball leagues sponsored by CFK are now run almost year round in McKeesport and have become a favorite pastime of children in the city. Several of the children who have played in these popular and FREE leagues spoke about their experiences with CFK and how the charity has impacted their lives. Representatives from YouthPlaces also shared information about their programming and partnership with Swin.Then on Sunday, Oct. 28, she was the official celebrity Terrible Towel Twirler for her beloved Steelers.last_img read more

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LIMEberry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt : Giving Back

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0If you haven’t heard about LIMEberry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt yet, you probably will! It’s a local frozen yogurt shop, located in Tumwater across from Costco. They have ten different flavors of yogurt and over 45 different toppings. The yogurt is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the place is family oriented. However, the best thing about LIMEberry is not their yogurt, which is delicious but their desire to make our community a better place by giving back. Almost weekly you can walk into their business and be supporting some sort of local or global cause. They regularly have fundraising events in which they give 20% of their proceeds for that evening to a local charity or need. LIMEberry has already helped to raise money for breast cancer, children with leukemia, various local high schools, 4-H, Clean water in Africa, and Boy Scouts.  Stacy Crain the manager says, “Relationships are important to us, and this is our way to develop meaningful and supportive relationships in our community. We take pride in not only trying to be a successful business but in making others successful as well.”  LIMEberry has a facebook page that is updated regularly. You can find all of their information about upcoming fundraisers there. If you are interested in a fundraiser to raise money for a specific need, contact LIMEberry because they will be eager to help!last_img read more

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JamLegend Rocks at Startup Event in Los Angeles

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell LaunchBox startup JamLegend began in 2008 as an idea to take Rock Band and Guitar Hero online and make them infinitely more fun for more people with more songs.While presenting at Twiistup in Los Angeles today, Andrew Lee took a few moments to chat with us about how the product was developed and how they’ve worked out great incentives for users while providing great value for brands, from major record labels to independent artists. Watch the interview below. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly: Indian cricket’s knight in shining armour

By on November 19, 2019

first_imgJune, 1996: India are in the middle of a tough England tour. Up against a hostile pace attack in testing conditions, two young batsmen were called up into the side. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid marked the start of a golden era and an upward surge for Indian cricket.Early 2000: India were reeling from crushing defeats in Australia down under and against South Africa at home. Enter Ganguly. A few months later, India reach the final of the ICC Knockout Tournament. In 2001, India stop Australia’s record-breaking winning streak in Test cricket and finally in 2003, the Men in Blue stormed into the final of the World Cup only to lose to Australia.Dada, as Ganguly is popularly known in cricket circles, brought the curtain down on his illustrious career in 2008 but not before firmly defining how India would play the game in the time to come.He brought about a rapid transition in the team. He wanted his men to be world-beaters and he did not take a step back on the field. The Aussies were paid back in their own terms, younger players were encouraged to go out and blossom while the seniors felt safe knowing they were being led by a fair and honest man.Years after his retirement, Ganguly continues to play an important role in Indian cricket. The former captain, as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), has worked wonders at the Eden Gardens.WATCH VIDEOPakistan were scheduled to play India in Dharamsala at the World T20 last year. Political compulsions forced the game to be shifted out and Eden Gardens put its hand up. Ganguly was more than happy to host the high-profile game and it went smoothly without incident.advertisementIndia returned to play a Test match at the venue against New Zealand and the trueness of the surface left even the visitors pleasantly surprised. There was pace, movement and bounce for the pacers while the batsmen found they could get runs if they spent enough time in the middle.Ganguly now, of course, plays an even more critical role. As part of the cricket advisory committee (CAC), he was responsible for selecting Anil Kumble as India coach last year. A leader by nature, Ganguly has been sought after by the BCCI’s mandarins in complex administrative issues.Ganguly is once again in focus along with Tendulkar and Laxman as the CAC seeks to appoint Kumble’s successor. It cannot be an easy task – dealing with the frail egos of cricket stars and officials. The Kohli – Kumble rift had left a bad taste in the mouth and Ganguly was convinced the powers-that-be could have handled it better.With so much already on his plate, he became the only cricketer to be named in a seven-member committee appointed by the BCCI to study the critical points in the implementatio nof the Lodha Panel.Ganguly, Captain Courageous, master tactician, ace commentator is now soon turning into a seasoned administrator. One man, many sides. What a player.last_img read more

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QUEENSLAND STATE CUP BLAZES ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

By on November 7, 2019

first_imgQueensland Touch State Cup Grand Final Times for all divisions are as follows:9.20am – Men’s 30s11.20am – Men’s 50s12.20pm – Women’s 20s, Women’s 30s 1.20pm – Men’s 20s2.20pm- Mixed 3.20pm – Men’s, Women’s Open  A full wrap up and results will be provided after the completion of today’s finals series. Day One of the Queensland Touch State Cup commenced Saturday 2 December 2006 with some high quality clashes on offer in the eight contested divisions at the Quad Park Corporation, Nicklan Way, and Kawana.Round games commenced at 9.00am and concluded at 8.00pm with over 1000 players, coaches, referees, and spectators converging on the Quad Park fields on a perfect Sunshine Coast day to enjoy the action and excitement of the 2006 State Cup.In the Premier Men’s Open Division short priced favorites Kawana had the hometown fans in raptures after producing commanding displays in their Pool 2 games today.The Kawana outfit, led by 2007 Australian World Cup representatives Ben Roberts, and brothers Chris and Ash Farrow recorded big wins over Gladstone (15-0) Red Hot Welding (12-2) and Noosa (9-2).The Kawana combination look on track to defend their State Cup crown after rocketing to the top of their pool and booking an automatic entry to the semi-final stage of the tournament tomorrow.Pool 1 was closely contested with Brisbane, Toowoomba, and Mackay dueling for top spot in the other side of the draw. Brisbane drew with Mackay 5-5, and had a narrow 7-6 victory over Toowoomba to wrap up a direct birth into the semi-finals.Toowoomba and Mackay produced a thrilling 7-7 draw and have advanced to the quarter- finals tomorrow.Gladstone will take on Toowoomba, and Mackay will confront Noosa in the quarter- final stage of the competition.The Brisbane side, brimming with big names, is building momentum and it would not surprise to see a high quality State Cup final featuring the Metropolitan side against the defending champions from Kawana.  In Women’s Open action, Pool 1 was dominated by Redcliffe Colts. The Colts girls produced a perfect day for three wins from three games to book a direct semi-final berth.In other Pool B results, Griffith Sharks lost a tough clash with Colts first up, but rebounded to play solidly for the rest of the day. One round game is to be played on Day 2, with Sharks advancing to the quarterfinals along with the Victorian Women’s Team who have produced some spirited efforts during the day.In Pool B Crushers and Country Club United (CCU) head the pool after three wins from three games today.Sunday’s ESUS “Match of the Round” first up at 8.30 am on Field One between the two sides will decide top spot in the Pool.Local Sunshine Coast affiliate Kawana is likely to secure the other quarterfinal position on offer in the Women’s Open division.In a highly entertaining Mixed Open division, Rebels have remained undefeated in Pool A and Figjam have a clean sheet as well in Pool B.Quarter final action will feature Rebels up against a willing Maleny combination, Uni taking on the visiting Thursday Island combination, The Australian Open Mixed Team playing Coomera, and Figjam will do battle with Redcliffe to secure semi-final berths.In Men’s 20s action, with three of five rounds completed, Chalkies have got off to a flyer, notching three wins from three starts.Toowoomba, Young Guns, Redcliffe, and Redlands are still in the hunt and will be looking to put their best foot forward on Day 2 to clinch semi-final spots.In the Women’s 20s section, four of six rounds have been completed.Colts are the stand out performers in this division with a perfect four from four record on Day 1.Noosa, Logan, and Crushers battled well throughout the day and will be looking to bridge the gap on Day 2 between themselves and the well credentialed Colts outfit who look in fine form coming into the business end of the tournament.The Senior Men’s and Women’s sections have been combined across relevant age divisions. The Men’s 30s final will feature Kawana and Red Hot Welding.In Men’s 40s Semi-final action Ipswich will play the Sunshine Coast, whilst Coomera will confront Maleny to wrap up a State Cup Grand final appearance.In the Men’s 50s final Toowoomba will take on Redcliffe.In the Senior Women’s competition, Kawana 30s, Golden Girls, and Brothers will clash battle it out for a finals spot today.The State Cup actions swings back into gear on Sunday 3 December 2006 at 8.30am with round games, quarterfinal, semi-final, and Grand Final action providing a feast for Touch Football fans.last_img read more

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