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Reed packs emotion, Strahan laughs at Hall of Fame

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgHall of Fame inductee Michael Strahan kisses his bust during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Andre Reed delivered the emotion and managed to hook up for one more catch from Jim Kelly on the Pro Football Hall of Fame stage.And leave it to Michael Strahan and his familiar gap-toothed grin to bring the laughs in closing the ceremony honoring the seven inductees Saturday night.The defensive end cracked he was still a little scared of former New York Giants teammate Lawrence Taylor. Strahan singled out former Philadelphia tackle Jon Runyan in the crowd and referred to him as his toughest opponent and “350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal.”And Strahan even had a kiss blown to him on stage from Kelly Ripa, his morning TV show co-host.“Thank you, baby,” he said.Strahan, one of the game’s most dominant pass-rushers, closed the ceremony that ended just before midnight — nearly two hours later than scheduled.The ceremony went so late that Strahan noted that it was past his bedtime and joked that if the event lasted any longer he and his fellow inductees would be considered the 2015 class.Hall of Fame Inductees Aeneas Williams, left to right, Derrick Brooks, Claude Humphrey, Michael Strahan, Walter Jones, Ray Guy, Andre Reed pose with their bustsduring the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Scott Heckel)Also inducted were offensive tackle Walter Jones, linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive back Aeneas Williams, defensive end Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy, who became the first full-time punter to be selected.It was Reed, the former Buffalo Bills receiver, who stole the spotlight by closing his induction speech with a poignant surprise.Turning his back to the crowd, Reed caught a pass from Kelly before sharing a lengthy hug with his former teammate and now fellow Hall of Famer.It was a fitting finish for a tandem that set a then-NFL record by hooking up 663 times in Buffalo. And it was a moment that paid homage to the quarterback, who has spent the past 14 months battling cancer.“You taught us not to quit,” Reed said about Kelly. “You have endured a lot in your life. The loss of your son, and most recently your battle with cancer. You’re an inspiration to all you touch.”Kelly was near tears, and the thousands of Bills fans in the crowd cheered.Even louder cheers went up when Reed delivered a message to any Bills prospective ownership group having an intention of buying and relocating the franchise.“Oh yeah, and the Bills will stay in Buffalo, too,” Reed said.The Bills are on the block after founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.The ceremony began with Brooks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, who was selected for induction in his first year of eligibility, and followed by the 70-year-old Humphrey, who retired after the 1981 season.“Now they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I’ve waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don’t rush me guys,” said Humphrey, a six-time Pro Bowl selection who split 13 NFL seasons between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.Guy’s wait was nearly as long. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection spent his 14-year career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. At 64, he was selected for induction in his 23rd year of eligibility.“It’s been long, long overdue, but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” said Guy, who had as many as 20 former punters in the crowd to help him celebrate. “To know my legacy will be forever part of pro football history and that my bust will be alongside the greatest athletes of all time, it leaves this old punter speechless.”Williams livened up the mood late in his speech during which he had one side of Fawcett Stadium chanting: “Begin with the end in mind,” to remind people how important it is to set goals.And he had the other side chanting: “Die empty,” to remind people to give their all.It was a fitting message from an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He was an accounting major at Southern University, who walked on to the football team a week before the start of his junior season.Selected in the third round of the 1991 draft, he proceeded to split 14 seasons between the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. Williams retired after the 2004 season and was selected for induction in his fifth year of eligibility.“If you would have told me, ‘Aeneas, you have to the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks,’ I would have thought you were crazy and hit you with my right hand,” Williams said. “I’ll just take a moment to soak this all in.”Brooks, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, paid tribute to family members, teammates and coaches, from his Pee-Wee playing days to his 14 NFL seasons in Tampa Bay.He thanked his late mother Geraldine Brooks-Mitchell for instilling humility in him. He referred to former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy as his mentor. And Brooks thanked Dungy’s successor, Jon Gruden, for helping the Buccaneers believe they could be champions.It was under Gruden when the Bucs blossomed into Super Bowl winners during the 2002 season in which Brooks earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.“There is no higher place to go in this game, and I thank you guys,” Brooks said.Jones, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection who spent his 12-year career in Seattle, thanked Seahawks fans for their overwhelming support.And he was honored to be only the third player who spent their entire careers in Seattle, joining receiver Steve Largent and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Partners for Possibility garners international recognition

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe Partners for Possibility education initiative has been awarded sixth place at the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organisation was one of 200 in the running for the award.Partners for Possibility received well-deserved recognition when it came away with sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner in the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in February. (Image: Partners for Possibility)Mathiba MolefePartners for Possibility, the South African education development organisation, was awarded sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner at the annual HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony.Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee in US, the annual HR.COM awards are held to recognise the work being done in leadership development throughout the world by individuals and organisations such as Partners for Possibility (PFP).The HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony was held during the LEAD2017 leadership forum on 7 and 8 February.Partners for PossibilityEducation is one of the most important factors in South Africa’s development and improving the country’s education system is one of the most pressing issues when it comes to securing its future.It was with this in mind that PFP was created, uniting some of the best business minds with teachers and principals from schools around the country.These partnerships were created to bring some of the best business practices to the running of the schools. The objective was to help these schools run more efficiently and ensure learners got the most out of their time there.By developing partnerships and leadership, the programme ensures that everybody involved benefits, from the business leader and principals to the children at the schools and the communities around them.“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.“It’s important that we showcase this as much as we can.”“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.Proud partnersHR.COM is not the only group to recognise the value of the work being done by PFP. Because of the great promise the organisation has, Brand South Africa has partnered with it.This budding venture is part of Brand South Africa’s ongoing efforts to support the development of South Africa, which is made easier by supporting organisations that have already laid the groundwork.Stand up and be counted, get involvedIf you are inspired by what Partners for Possibility is doing and you feel like you need to play a part in helping it realise the goal of providing high-quality education, you can visit the organisation’s website to find out more about how you can get involved.PFP aims to spread its influence as far as possible, facilitating more partnerships and paving the way for younger generations. If you want to become a partner, visit its Become a PFP web page to find out how you can do this.Play Your PartAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then submit your story to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all; we want to hear it.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH squash team brings in second bronze

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Aribado also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles Wednesday together with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida. Host Malaysia finished 1-2 in the podium like in the women’s doubles. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA 2K18 promises to release Celtics version of Kyrie Irving cover MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next The Philippines earned another bronze medal in the squash tournament of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado captured the third place for the Philippines, a finish they shared with Singapore. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Shane Warne wants to coach Team India

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgAustralian spin legend Shane Warne on Tuesday threw his hat into the ring for the post of India coach, which has been vacated by the departure of Gary Kirsten.Warne, who was in Jaipur to unveil the new jersey for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals, was asked who he was tipping to replace Kirsten.”It is a very difficult job to be India coach, it is never easy. But with India doing so well, it is a lot easier to take over right now than it has been in the past. I’ll enjoy working with the Indian cricket team for sure,” Warne told reporters in the presence of franchise co-owner Shilpa Shetty and former India captain Rahul Dravid, who is now his teammate.”He (Kirsten) is a quality person and it would be hard to find a replacement for him. Under him, the Indian team has reached the number one spot in Tests and won the World Cup. He is a fantastic coach and a quality person,” Warne added.This is not the first time Warne, who is the Royals’ captain and coach, has been linked to the Indian coaching job. Ever since the Royals’ run to the inaugural IPL title in 2008, there has been speculation that he could take up a coaching role with the national side as well, given his penchant for bringing the best out of virtually anonymous players.Speaking about Sachin Tendulkar, Warne said that it would have been a fitting finale if the Indian legend could have scored his 100th international century in the World Cup final.advertisement”Sachin is my old friend. It would have been wonderful had his 100th international ton had come in the World Cup final. He has been in fine form for past few months,” he said.Dravid feels that although Sachin Tendulkar is yet to be conferred the ‘Bharat Ratna’, he is already one for the millions of cricket-crazy Indians.”I don’t know when he will get it officially as I am not aware of the rules. But he is already a ‘Bharat Ratna’ for Indian people because of his phenomenal success and the manner in which he has served Indian cricket for years,” Dravid said.Warne was also asked about his World Cup predictions, which turned out to be more or less true.He had correctly predicted the India-England tied result, and said: “I was coming out of the hotel and saw the match in a close balance. With both sides good enough I thought it might end in a tie. It had started as mere fun only.” Talking about the team composition for the new season, Warne said they have replaced injured England batsman Paul Collingwood with Kiwi all-rounder Jacob Oram. “Collingwood had injured his left knee. We will miss him but Oram is a handy addition for us.He has been in fine form during the World Cup and his presence would give us more depth,” he said.last_img read more

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How Roy Hibbert Became Roy Hibbert Again If Only For a Night

By on September 28, 2019

Heading into Wednesday night’s NBA playoff game against the Washington Wizards, the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert had scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his past four games combined. For the better part of three weeks, his struggles had transformed him from a basketball player into a talking point. But Wednesday, Hibbert shredded the narrative, netting 28 points and nine rebounds to help even the series to 1-1.It helped that the Pacers got him the ball. According to NBA.com’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Scores, Hibbert touched the ball 47 times on offense (including rebounds) in just over 33 minutes of game time, an average of 1.4 touches per minute. The Pacers averaged 1.8 possessions per minute, meaning Hibbert touched the ball on nearly every offensive possession when he was on the floor. That’s a huge difference from the level of offensive involvement he’s had over the rest of the regular season and playoffs.What we can’t know is whether the Pacers fed him the ball because Hibbert was playing well or whether that was the plan all along. It’s a chicken-or-the-egg question: Was Hibbert getting the ball because he was scoring, or was he scoring because the Pacers were getting him the ball?It seems unlikely that Hibbert’s scoring barrage in Game 2 will become a trend; he’s scored more than 25 points just twice in his playoff career and just 16 times in 457 career games. But keeping him involved can pay dividends in other ways. Going back to the SportVU Player Tracking Box Scores, we see that Hibbert contested nine of the Wizards’ shot attempts at the rim, the most he’s contested in any game in these playoffs. In addition, 57 percent of the Pacers’ shot attempts in this game were uncontested by the Wizards, suggesting Hibbert’s success in the post was forcing the Wizards to leave shooters open elsewhere. That 57 percent figure is by far the highest percentage of open shots Indiana has seen during the playoffs. If we narrow the focus to the four Pacers starters besides Hibbert, the percentage of uncontested shots rises to 69 percent.The Pacers don’t need Hibbert to score 28 points in every game to extend their playoff run. But they do need him to be engaged and active at both ends of the floor. Even when he’s not scoring, getting him touches helps bend the defense to open shots for others and gives him the confidence to do the dirty defensive work that is crucial to their success. Get that man the ball. read more

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Agent Sergej MilinkovicSavic to sign new Lazio contract

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgThe agent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has confirmed that his client will sign a new contract at LazioThe Serbian midfielder has been strongly linked with moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain over the past few months following a breakthrough campaign in the Serie A last season.But his agent, Mateja Kezman, has now announced that a new long-term deal with Lazio is imminent.The former PSG and Chelsea striker also revealed that they had turned down a number of big offers for Milinkovic-Savic this summer.“Yes, we’ve reached a new agreement and it will be signed very soon,” Kezman told La Gazzetta dello Sport, via ESPN.“If €70-80 million is being paid for a goalkeeper, then Sergej cannot be worth less than €100m.“He’s one of the best players in Europe in his position and he’s got great margin for improvement.“A lot of clubs asked about Sergej this summer and we even presented a few very interesting offers to Lazio, but in the end we had no problem accepting the club’s decision not to sell him.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“[Lazio president Claudio] Lotito and [sporting director Igli] Tare explained to us that they want to aim for the Champions League and that Milinkovic is a key player to achieve this.“This is also his objective.“He could have earned much more elsewhere — they were offering him €8m in France — but he stayed because he wants to gift [qualification for] the Champions League to the Lazio fans.“Besides, he’s only 23 and he’s improving day by day with [coach Simone] Inzaghi and another year for the Biancocelesti will do him good.“We have a great relationship with Lotito and Tare and they are two passionate men who live off and live for Lazio.“They rejected all the offers and we never pushed for a sale because he’s happy in Rome.“He loves the city and has a great relationship with all of his teammates.”last_img read more

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Luka Modric urges Florentino Perez to sign Harry Kane

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first_imgReal Madrid star Luka Modric believes his side should go after Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane to fill the gap left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.When the Portuguese star left the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, many people thought Los Blancos are going to put maximum efforts to grab one of Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.However, a dry summer transfer campaign saw the Champions League holders only getting their hands on former Lyon forward Mariano Diaz, who is yet to find the regular playing time under Julen Lopetegui.Los Merengues are not doing well either in the Champions League nor La Liga, showing many signs of weakness especially in the final third.Therefore, the Croatia international urged Florentino Perez to open the wallet and splash out whatever Spurs ask for, hailing Kane’s performance over the past couple of seasons.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“He is one of the best players in the world,” Modric told Mundo Deportivo.“Look at how many goals he scored with Tottenham. Spurs are genuine title challengers thanks to his goals and that’s not an easy target because there are other clubs that invest more money to win the title.”“If he continues to grow, he can achieve, even more, he is already one of the best in the world.”However, even if Perez were to listen to his number 10, Kane won’t come cheap, as Tottenham reportedly look for at least €200 million to let the 25-year-old star abandon London.last_img read more

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PSV wonderkid prefers Mexico over MLS

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first_imgThe Mexican winger Hirving Lozano has had a great season so far with the Dutch Eredivisie team and praised his former league.Hirving Lozano joined Dutch Eredivisie club PSV in the summer of 2017.Since then he has played 66 games, scoring in 37 occasions.He is loving his first time playing outside Mexico, but he said that if he would ever stop playing in Europe, he would prefer the Mexican Liga MX over the United States’ Major League Soccer.“I would not rule out MLS, right now things are going well for me here though. I am young and I hope to have a long career here,” the 23-year-old told ESPN.“Hopefully that would be a long way away, although no one knows what the future holds. I would never rule it out, although [if I did have to leave Europe] I would lean more toward a return to Mexico.”“All the Liga MX clubs are good and [if I had to return] I would opt for the one that would be the best option for me,” he added.“Lozano, who said it was always his dream to play in Europe, added he would love to sign with a club in England or Spain someday.”There were many rumours over the summer about him leaving the Netherlands to join a team in other European competitions.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I like both leagues and I would not rule out either one. I would love to play in both [Premier and LaLiga],” Lozano explained.“It would be great if something really nice were to happen and then I would take the decision that was best for me and my family.”“But I have a way to go. I have to see what will happen in this season. I always try to think about what would be best for my family and for me,” the Mexican footballer added.“The rest is a long way away, but those would be my main reasons [in any decision].”“To be here, to be improving, to have this dream for my future and to try to be the best I can be – and yes, I am aware that this was a big jump for me. All I can do right now is to live in this moment. The future, it will come and I have faith that it will be good. But right now I am living each day at this moment,” he concluded.Goooooolazo de @HirvingLozano70!!!! pic.twitter.com/VAe2ROT5ZJ— Alberto García Aspe (@betogarciaaspe8) February 24, 2019last_img read more

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