China rejects Trump criticism on trade

first_imgThe twogovernments are locked in an escalating tariff war over complaints aboutBeijing’s trade surplus and technology ambitions. It threatens to tip theglobal economy into recession. (AP) A foreignministry spokesman called on Trump to “meet China halfway” in settling trade disputes. In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, a woman walks by a money exchange shop decorated with different countries currency banknotes at Central, a business district in Hong Kong. APcenter_img BEIJING – Chinaurged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to listen to developing countries andoppose bullying after the American leader criticized its trade status at theUnited Nations.last_img

‘NO EXTENSION’ Businesses sans permits face closure

first_imgThe most prevalent type ofbusinesses in the city were in wholesale trade and merchandising, followed bythe food and beverage and hospitality sectors, with real estate and leasingcoming in fourth. ILOILO City – The deadline for businesspermit renewal this year is Jan. 20 and it won’t be extended, said Mayor JerryTreñas. On Jan. 21 the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of the citygovernment will start inspecting business establishments. “BPLO inspectors will check allestablishments. Those that have nobusiness permits or failed to renew them would be padlocked,” said Treñas. Treñas recently reprimanded BPLO chiefNorman Tabud for complainingthat the latter’s office did not have enough logistics to check if some businesseswere operating without permits. Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN BPLO’s 2018 data showed that the business sector here was predominantlymade up of microenterprises – around 90 percent of which had asset sizes of notmore than P3 million. The BPLO would be assisted by the Bureauof Fire Protection, City Tourism and Development Office and the City Treasure’sOffice. In a related development, the mayor issueda memorandum to barangay captains that the community tax certificate (CTC) or cedula would no longer be a requirementin the issuance of the barangay clearance for business. center_img “So very disappointing, it should nothappen again,” Treñas stressed. It recently came to Treñas’ attention that aseptic tank desludging company had long been operating without a businesspermit. He was referring to the MalabananSiphoning Services which littered the city with stickers advertising itsservices yet the BPLO had no idea it did not have a permit. “Nag-createna ko gani task force para mabuligan sya,” stressed the mayor. Treñas said the CTC would now becomputed and paid together with the business tax and other fees at the CityTreasurer’s Office. This is in line with the one-time assessment and one-timepayment at the business one-stop shop at the City Treasurer’s Office.  According to the mayor, this is part of the city’s effort to further streamline its Business Permits and Licensing System. The goal is to make securing and/or renewing business permit easier, he stressed./PNlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Vaughan rues ‘empty seats’ at India-South Africa game

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Southampton: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Wednesday expressed his displeasure after seeing “so many empty seats” at the World Cup match between India and South Africa here.He stated that there were a sizeable number of vacant seats when the match started at 10:30 am local time.“Such a shame there are so many empty seats,” Vaughan said while commentating on BBC Radio.“They keep saying it’s sold out but where are the tickets?” asked Vaughan.Although the people started pouring in as the day progressed and there was a good number in attendance when India skipper Virat Kohli came out to bat after opener Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal.The organisers have already come under fire for empty seats during the England and Pakistan match at Nottingham on Monday.Some fans expressed their anger on social media at the non-availability of tickets, saying that the corporate ticket-holders do not turn up for the games while the genuine fans miss out on a chance to catch the action. last_img read more

SU’s Alexander preps for toughest test of season in Ohio State’s Lavender

first_img Comments Quentin Hillsman’s answer was less than definitive. When asked whether Kayla Alexander is ready to take on Ohio State’s two-time All-American center on Saturday, the Syracuse women’s basketball coach wasn’t entirely certain. ‘I think she is,’ Hillsman said. But he couldn’t say for sure. Saturday the Orange (7-0) and certainly Alexander will face their toughest test of the season in the No. 6 Buckeyes. All eyes will be on the matchup at center between OSU’s (7-0) Jantel Lavender and sophomore center Alexander for SU. Early on this season, Alexander has done nothing but dominate opponents to the tune of 16 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. But she hasn’t faced anyone quite like Lavender, who is the three-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year. For the first time all season, Alexander will face someone who can match her 6-foot-4-inch frame. For the first time all season, she is not the more talented center on the floor. No longer will she face an opponent three and four inches shorter than her like she did against Delaware State and Cornell.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 ‘I’m going to have to go out there and play tough,’ Alexander said. ‘I have to play good defense and try to stay in the game.’ And perhaps that truly is the key for Syracuse. Last season, as a freshman, Alexander struggled against the Big East’s most talented center. In a 36-point loss to Connecticut in the Big East tournament, Alexander picked up four fouls in 22 minutes. On the other side of the court, UConn’s Tina Charles went off for 34 points on 16-of-19 shooting from the field. Alexander shot only 3-of-9. The other meeting between the two teams saw a 21-point UConn win in which Alexander scored just six points. ‘(We need to make sure) we’re not putting her in a position where she is down there on an island by herself guarding a first-team All-American,’ Hillsman said. ‘We’re going to play team defense and make sure that when (Lavender) touches it, that we put ourselves in position to where we are able to help her out.’ So far this season, it doesn’t matter what defensive scheme Lavender has faced. Through seven games she’s averaging 25.7 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. Lavender is coming off a 32-point performance against Oklahoma, a team ranked in the top 15 in the country. Last season, she had four games of 30 points or more. ‘We have to find a way to make her a little uncomfortable when she does catch it and try to keep the ball out of her hands initially,’ Hillsman said. One way Hillsman said his team can make Lavender feel uncomfortable is by making her work on the defensive end of the floor. All season long, SU has looked inside to Alexander on nearly every possession at the start of games. Hillsman said a game like this should be no different. In fact, that should be an even larger focus, he said, and perhaps Lavender will pick up some early fouls. Although Hillsman said he thinks the Lavender and Alexander will cancel each other out with fouls, Saturday’s game might well be decided by which interior player can stay on the floor longer. If it’s Lavender, Syracuse will have to turn to its guards to pick up the bulk of the scoring. In some respects, though, this isn’t so bad for the Orange. In the meeting between OSU and Syracuse two years ago which the Buckeyes won 78-71 in Columbus SU’s Erica Morrow had a huge game. Her 23 points lead the Orange on a night when all-time leading scorer Nicole Michael was held in check. ‘These are the games you look back on once you’re older,’ Morrow said. ‘These are all the type of games that you want to reminisce on.’ If the Orange wants to avenge that loss, Hillsman said the team needs to come through in the game’s closing moments. That loss saw Syracuse miss eight of its final 13 shot attempts and go 1-for-4 from the free-throw line over the final five minutes. This year, that can’t happen. The Orange needs a consistent scoring option to go to if the game is tight down the stretch. In other words, Alexander needs to be on the floor. ‘We’re going to do like we’ve been doing,’ Hillsman said. ‘(And that mans) throwing the ball inside to Kayla and letting her play. ‘We know that we can put her in positions where she can be successful in this basketball game.’ Mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Florence continues run of Baylor’s football success after departure of Heisman winner Griffin

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Last year was a bizarre one in Waco, Texas. For one school year, the college football world fixed its eyes on Baylor.Long a laughingstock in the Big 12, 2011 was a renaissance year for the Bears. Baylor followed up its first bowl appearance in more than a decade with its first 10-win season in 30 years and, to top it off, Robert Griffin III won the program’s first Heisman Trophy.“It was a game changer,” BU athletic director Ian McCaw said. “Robert had a tremendous year on the field, but he’s also such a great ambassador. He’s very articulate and represented the university so well.”But Griffin graduated after the season and became the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. All the leaps that Baylor had taken could be undone with one of the most electric college football players in recent memory gone.Nick Florence, a senior who had thrown 24 passes over the prior two seasons, was asked to fill the void left by the departure of the greatest player in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s that pressure,” Florence said. “Everyone was talking about it; everyone was saying we weren’t going to be a good team this year knowing that I was replacing Robert. But ultimately I just tried to change and reframe the situation, and now I’m getting a chance to play college football, and that’s what everyone wants.”The BU offense didn’t miss a beat. In fact, Florence’s Bears outscored Griffin’s over the first four games of the season 217-190 and each boasted identical 3-1 records. Through five weeks, Florence leads the nation with 434.5 total yards per game. Over the same five-week stretch, Griffin had totaled just 374 yards per game.Of course Florence did have the benefit of learning behind the Heisman Trophy winner.During his freshman year, Florence was forced into action after both Griffin and then-backup quarterback Blake Szymanski injured their knees. That year, Florence completed 62 percent of his passes (165-for-266) and threw for nearly 1,800 yards in seven starts.But the next two years, Florence learned behind one of the best in the business.“You learn a lot,” Florence said. “He was a great player on and off the field, honestly. He had great leadership skills that made everyone around him better. He strived for himself to be the best that he could, which ultimately made everyone around him better. … I don’t want to try to be him, but I definitely want to learn from what he did.”Griffin’s arrival at Baylor nearly cost Florence his opportunity with the Bears.Florence was initially a lightly-recruited dual-threat quarterback without a scholarship offer into his junior year. Florence asked Mickey Moss, his head coach at South Garland (Texas) High School, to send his game film to the coaching staff at Baylor.Within 24 hours, the Bears had offered Florence a scholarship.But when Guy Morriss was fired as BU head coach, Florence’s status became uncertain.Art Briles arrived at Baylor after compiling a 34-28 record in five seasons at Houston. With him he brought Griffin, a four-star quarterback originally committed to play for the Cougars. After initial uncertainty, Briles decided to hang on to Florence, but give the quarterback job to Griffin.Florence didn’t arrive at Baylor until January 2009 after doing missionary work in China after the Olympics. He was set to have two seasons as the Bears starting quarterback after Griffin’s departure. Florence would redshirt his junior season as Griffin finished out his career.But in the penultimate game of the 2011 regular season against Texas Tech, Griffin scrambled for a first down in the second quarter. As the quarterback slid to the ground, Red Raiders defensive back Cornelius Douglas’ elbow knocked Griffin’s head hard into the turf.With fewer than three games remaining in the season, Florence gave up his redshirt to close out the game for BU.“He unselfishly said, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes,’” said Moss, now the head coach at Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High School. “As a person and a human being, I don’t think you can find anyone better than Nick Florence.”Florence’s success in that game — he was 9-of-12 with 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a little more than a half of action — was an indicator that the Bears weren’t going to just go away.After years of athletic struggles, Baylor has recently become one of the most successful athletic departments in the country.The basketball team went 20 years without an NCAA Tournament appearance until 2008. The football team went without a bowl appearance for the first 15 years of its Big 12 tenure.Now, the basketball team has been to the Elite Eight twice in the past three seasons. The football team has been to back-to-back bowl games. Even the women’s basketball team posted the first 40-0 season in NCAA history.If Griffin was the face of that change, then Florence is the face of the hopeful future consistency.“Nick’s picked up right where Robert left off,” McCaw said. “Nick is a tremendous student — he’s already graduated. He’s very intelligent, has tremendous character, is a really strong leader and he’s doing a great job on the field as well.“We called last year the ‘Year of the Bear,’ and we’re trying to continue the ‘Year of the Bear’ this year.”The bowl game two years ago made BU relevant. The 10-win season last year made it elite. Another successful season with a new quarterback would prove the Griffin era wasn’t an aberration.After another strong start, Florence says that Baylor is “absolutely” here to stay. Over the last eight games of the regular season, Florence can prove that.“We’re going to ride that momentum, we’re going to ride that wave and keep things going,” Florence said. “We want to set new standards each year and I think we’re starting to do that as an athletic department, and we’re starting to build some tradition here.”Game of the WeekNo. 23 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 22 Texas A&MWithout a doubt the biggest surprise in this week’s AP Top 25 is the addition of Louisiana Tech. After a 5-0 start, the Bulldogs cracked the Top 25 for the first time since 1999 and just the second time in program history. But their stay in the Top 25 could be a short one as La. Tech gets an immediate test against Texas A&M.Though Louisiana Tech’s third-ranked offense has rolled over all five of its opponents this season, the defense has allowed nearly 36 points per game and more than 161 yards per game on the ground. That could spell trouble for the Bulldogs, as the Aggies’ rushing attack, anchored by a pair of 300-pound tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, ranks 20th in the nation. Comments Published on October 11, 2012 at 1:43 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Feeling the pressure, LaBate plays beyond his years

first_imgJoseph LaBate skipped the traditional rout to college hockey through junior league play, but has already found his way to Wisconsin’s top line alongside Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes. LaBate has five goals and 14 assists on the season for 19 points – fifth best on the team.[/media-credit]Straight out of high school, Joseph LaBate embodies the youthful state of the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.Hockey is a rare beast in college athletics. Players can leave early for their shot at a professional career, but more often than not, they don’t even start their collegiate campaigns until they spend a few years playing in juniors after they graduate from high school.But as one of Wisconsin’s youngest skaters – still only 18 years old – LaBate decided to skip those habitual years with a junior team where players generally get stronger and faster and have an opportunity to adjust for the pace of the college game.“Everyone talks about how big of a switch it is both mentally and physically, with bigger guys and just the demand of what coaches expect from you,” LaBate said. “It’s a very big leap, and I think I’ve handled it pretty well. My family is pretty supportive of me, and obviously my teammates are too. I think I’ve handled it pretty well and keep trying to do it day by day.”While knowing the jump would be more difficult, the Eagan, Minn., native didn’t expect to find himself consistently skating on the top line.Skating alongside sophomore forwards Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes, LaBate has notched five goals this season and 14 assists. His 19 points are fifth most on the team – but the most of any freshman.While his stats could certainly be better – sitting 20 points behind team leader Zengerle, who has 39 on the season – head coach Mike Eaves has some pretty high – and tough – expectations for his youngest forward.“We’ve got a true freshman, an 18-year-old man who’s coming out of high school, and we’ve got him on our top unit, so he’s expected to some degree to be able to put numbers on the board,” Eaves said. “We’re expecting him to be good down in his own zone. It’s like he goes from being an undergraduate to getting graduate course work in terms of where he comes from and the responsibilities that we’re giving him. It’s a lot to handle, … (but) he’s a battler.”This “battler” attitude that Eaves describes is a quality that has led to his progression throughout the season, something his linemates can’t deny.“It’s been tremendous growth he’s had over the year, just with his strength, his speed, his awareness out there – it’s a lot faster game; it’s a big jump,” Barnes said. “It’s a lot of little things that you can see him picking up on and seeing the ice a lot better and making plays.”Standing tall at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, LaBate gave UW its most recent victory by knocking in the game-winning goal with just over four minutes to go in the third period in a 3-2 victory over Alaska-Anchorage Jan. 21.The goal certainly made LaBate stand out and served as a sort of benchmark from his progress, but when he first stepped onto the first line, it was admittedly intimidating.“Oh yeah,” LaBate said. “I remember when I came into practice, … and I looked up and I saw I was with Zengs and Barnes on the first line, and I was like ‘holy smokes, this is a big step,’ and I just tried to focus on playing my game. I’ve just done that ever since. They’re such good linemates to have, so supportive and stuff, and we gel pretty well together.”When deciding where to commit, LaBate was specifically looking for a school where he’d have the chance to play immediately and get as much experience as possible.For him, Wisconsin was that team – more than he even knew, at the time.“I wasn’t expecting this big of a role right away,” LaBate said. “I’ve been really enjoying it. I’m pretty lucky to be on a team where I can play this much and have this much responsibility, so I think it’s just good for me. It’s going to benefit me in the future.”But, he definitely had a lot to learn, specifically some little details that high school hockey just can’t provide.“You learn a lot of little stuff,” Zengerle said. “Obviously, he’s a skilled player, and he skates well and handles the puck well and shoots well, but you learn a lot of things away from the puck and things like that, and things in the d-zone – just so many details that Coach Eaves teaches you that you wouldn’t think of before you get here.”But with such a youthful team trying its hardest to make something out of its up-and-down season, a lot of pressure falls on LaBate and the first line as a whole.Barnes acknowledged that they are completely aware of this pressure off the ice, but on the ice, it disappears.“There’s definitely a lot of pressure, but we don’t really let it bother us too much,” Barnes said. “We’re used to it; we just go out there and play. Once you go out on the ice you notice it. … On the ice, everything’s carefree. You’re out there just playing. He’s done a really good job this year just filling the role and he’s grown a lot over the year, and it’s been fun playing with him.”Eaves is well aware of the amount of pressure he’s put on LaBate, but he still has some higher expectations that the freshman has yet to meet.“We put a lot on his shoulders, but we think eventually, by sticking with him, it’ll pay off for us, Eaves said.“I wish there was fruit on the vine right now, we’re just getting little buds on it, but the fruit’s coming. He’ll be damned good one day.”last_img read more

‘Get real’ on in-play restrictions and surveillance urges DSWV

first_img StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 DSWV, the ‘German Sports Betting Trade Association‘, has welcomed the new consensus reached for the online gambling components of the ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’, which would allow for federal provisions on online casino and poker.This week, the Bundesrat press agency confirmed that all 16 Länder (states) had agreed ‘in principle’ to allow for concessions on online casino, poker and slots licensing on the proviso that legislation protects minors and vulnerable consumers.DSWV governance has welcomed the reforms, underlining that the ‘prohibition of online games has proven ineffective in a digital age’.Despite progress on online gambling, the DSWV maintains its stance that Germany’s planned federal framework will remain ineffective for sports wagering, particularly by limiting monthly player deposit limits to €1000 and restricting inventory on in-play markets.DSWV President Mathias Dahms described the Treaty’s unappealing sports framework as the German federal market’s biggest sticking point.“It is particularly problematic for us is the very tight criteria of live bets held exclusively on the final result or on the next goal in sports with a small number of goals, such as football,” said Dahms.Of further concern, Dahms underlines that an unclear Bundesrat mandate on market in-play restrictions could see popular markets such as tennis, handball and basketball (all high points scoring sports) become obsolete to the consumer.With wagering in-play functions becoming the standard-norm for sports betting customers, Dahms that current frameworks will only lead to ‘disappointed consumers turning to the black market’.In addition, the DSWV maintains its stance that a monthly deposit limit of €1,000 per customer ‘should not be regarded as consumer protection’, instead advising Länder to consult with industry leadership on implementing comprehensive safeguards.Further to securing consensus on online gambling provisions, this week Länder states agreed that German gambling would be monitored by a ‘super surveillance authority’, which would be charged with registering customer files on all gambling consumers.Whilst the DSWV supports the foundation of a ‘supervisory authority’, the trade body underlines that the unit will have to be ‘flexible to market developments’. Dahms also questioned the need and resources required to maintain ‘activity files’ on German consumers.“It will be a gigantic technical effort to maintain all central ‘activity files’ recording consumers parallel use of various gambling product and engagement with offers across the Internet,” he added. “The associated waiting time of 5 minutes when switching from one offer to another completely ignores the reality of life for consumers in the digital age.” Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

How the Lakers stay in shape under coronavirus quarantine

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the meantime, the Lakers’ strength and conditioning staff is logging feedback in various ways. Peterson was pleased to see Cook running suicides in the limited floor space of his apartment in a video he posted last week. Other times, players will just send him texts and emojis – sometimes with a few expletives thrown in.That, Peterson said, is a sign the new workout plans are running as they should: still challenging some of the best athletes in the world, regardless of the circumstances or the equipment they have on hand.“It’s just a fun, fun group,” Peterson said. “The videos I get back (from players) and ‘the commentary’ on the workouts make it all worthwhile.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions In the hunt for the silver linings of social distancing, there’s never been a better time for Danny Green to run outside.Under normal circumstances, the Lakers guard wouldn’t be able to run in his South Bay neighborhood without running into someone who wants to stop him for a picture or an autograph. But last week, when he and his girlfriend left home to go jogging by the beach, they were blissfully uninterrupted.“No one’s bothering you – everybody’s six feet away, not near anybody,” he said. “It’s kind of cool and chill. You can get a little vitamin D.”While the world is dealing with many new social dynamics and challenges from the threat of COVID-19, for the Lakers, one of the paramount tasks at hand is to find ways to stay in shape. While the NBA has not released a timeline for resuming the season – and as quarantines stretch on, there’s a looming threat that the season could be canceled – players are attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy through at-home workouts and staying ready for when they can again take the court. A former personal trainer before he joined the Lakers, Peterson possesses a relentless pragmatism, refusing to frame the quarantine conditions as anything but a positive. It’s common on the road that players will work out in the hallway before games when a visiting weight room isn’t available – Peterson sees the challenges of working out at home as something of a natural extension of some of the circumstances the Lakers face during the season.“Motivation comes from within, and these guys are motivated, they’re just counting on us to eliminate as much gray area as possible and make things efficient,” he said. “Yes, it’s unprecedented as to what’s causing this. But instead of saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s unfamiliar,’ we’re saying, ‘It’s not ideal, but we’re making it work.’”The workouts rely heavily on fundamentals: weighted lifts and lunges, core and ab routines, and other things to keep up strength. Peterson said the strength and conditioning staff has drawn inspiration from military workouts and bodyweight exercises to create routines.One of the foundational pieces of conditioning for the players is cardio, and that’s where they have some flexibility. While Green goes on runs, Alex Caruso told he prefers to jump rope. While it’s all an approximation because no one can play basketball at the moment, the goal is to keep close to playing shape.“The biggest thing about now is that nobody is going to be where they were at when we stopped playing,” Caruso told “It’s about staying as close to normal as you can.”The Lakers are continuing to experiment with new strategies during a quarantine that public officials recently acknowledged could last several months. As many businesses hop on Zoom to conduct virtual meetings, Peterson said he’s done a trial workout session on Zoom with a few players and anticipates he could have the entire team on one class next week.Green echoed what other players have estimated: He thinks it would take two or three weeks to get back into shape acceptable for the playoffs if the NBA is able to resume. On the Road Trippin’ podcast this week, James said he thought the NBA could ramp up to the postseason with a week-and-a-half long mini-camp and between five and 10 regular-season games.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat has its own unique set of obstacles. Players are used to going to external facilities – either the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility or other gyms throughout the region – for workouts. At home, some of them don’t even have their own basketballs.While LeBron James is one of the few players with an elaborate home gym, where he has streamed several workouts, others have less sophisticated set-ups. Quinn Cook admitted on the “Posted Up” podcast with Chris Haynes that he didn’t own a basketball – most players are used to round-the-clock access to the facility. Green told Southern California News Group that he does have a basketball – but he had to put a little air into it.“Most guys would ask, ‘What the hell do I need a home gym for? I have one I can always go to,’” Green said. “It’s usually a good reason to get out of the house, too. But now, when you can’t get out of the house, it’s like, ‘Oh (expletive), what do we do now?’ You might go in your garage, find weights, get a run in, bike or work on the stairs. Anything you can do.”Gunnar Peterson, the team’s director of strength and conditioning, is responsible for helping players tackle these challenges. Along with staffers Ed Streit and Chattin Hill, he has assembled and shipped equipment “kits” with some workout essentials: adjustable dumbbells, weighted bands, floor sliders and – of course – basketballs.They also send out daily workouts via text and e-mail, position-specific drills and concepts to keep the players in the best possible shape they can maintain during the quarantine. If a player needs clarification or additional direction, they send videos of themselves doing drills, too.last_img read more

‘The Last Dance’ brings back brilliant TV roast of Doug Collins

first_imgDoug Collins coached the Bulls in the late-80s when Michael Jordan ascended into superstardom and the franchise established itself as an Eastern Conference power.”The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series about Jordan’s career, chronicled Collins’ tenure in episodes three and four on Sunday. Doug Collins never recovered from this— THIS LEAGUE (@thisleague) April 27, 2020MORE: A stat-oriented look at MJ vs. LeBronCollins went 137-109 while in charge of the Bulls. He was just 35 when he took over the organization.Despite the team’s improvement under his watch, Collins couldn’t push Chicago to the NBA Finals, where Jackson would emerge victorious six times with the Bulls. While there were plenty of positive moments about him shown from the era — including his famous “Get the ball to Michael and everyone get the f— out of the way” quote — there was also a memorable burn.After getting ousted in favor of Phil Jackson after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, Collins wore a TV broadcast zinger that was replayed in “The Last Dance” to begin the scene about his exit.”If you’re getting ready for work right now, then you’re probably not Doug Collins,” said the morning newscaster.last_img read more

Locke kids burning up cross country trails

first_imgThe happy Locke family would not be complete if sister Robyn didn’t participate too.The younger sibling has not disappointed the rest of the family at most of the same events Peter and Julien competed at — except for Junior Nationals.“Last year my biggest race was going to Terrace for B.C. Winter Games,” said 14-year-old Robyn Locke. “I finished eighth and 12th in my category (midget girls). These were probably of my two best races of the year.”Some results for Robyn Locke has the Nelsonite 18th and 16th at Canmore to start the season, and 12th and 15th at a B.C. Cup race in Prince George.Robyn Locke plans on joining older brothers at the Westerns and By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLong time ago in a far away place, humans realized by attaching two shaped pieces of wood to their feet they could travel faster when hunting in snow-covered fields and woods. You won’t see Peter or Julien Locke breezing through the forests around the Heritage City with rifle strapped on back looking for dinner.They shop at the Co-op.However, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see the two Nelsonites leading the pack during a provincial or national cross-country race.The two Nelson skiers have quietly turned more than a few heads at the elite level and are looking for more success in the coming months.“The season is going very well,” Peter Locke told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the Western Canadians this weekend in Kelowna. “I’ve had some very good results this year, however, they were as good as I hoped for at (junior) nationals.”“My sprinting this year has been very good,” added Julien Locke. “One of my best races was the Thunder Bay sprint (January 6-9).”Not that long ago the two Locke boys, twins you know, were being towed around the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails in a sled by their parents.It wasn’t that long before the two were up on skis, competing in the Jackrabbit program, passing up on the traditional team sports like soccer and hockey.“It’s not like don’t like team sports, I just prefer individual sports like cross-country,” Peter Locke said.“Nothing against team sports at all . . . I used to swim when I was younger,” added Julien Locke. “I just never did any.”After a few years in the Nelson Nordic Ski Club system, the two decided to join the more competitive Blackjack club in Rossland.“There wasn’t much happing in Nelson and Rossland ran a higher caliber team so we thought there was more opportunity for us,” Julien Locke explained.The Blackjack coach is none other than Dave Wood, formerly of the Canadian national team for the past 16 years. Wood wrapped up his career in 2010 helping Canadian athletes at the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics.
 The Locke boys, who home school but find time to put in 500 hours per year or eight to 24 per week of training, have already logged more miles than Greyhound this season competing on the cross country circuit.There were races in Canmore, the Alberta Cup; at Vernon’s Silver Star Resort for the Haywood NorAm; and at the home Blackjack Club for the Haywood NorAm Senior World Championship trials. The two then traveled to Thunder Bay, Ont., for the World Junior Trails.Peter Locke, at 6’3”, 175 pounds, finished 26th in the 20-kilometer continuous pursuit, 31st in the 1600m classic sprint and 19th in 15km skate.Julien Locke, at 6’1”, 180-pounds, finished 34th, eighth and 25th.“I was hoping to land one of the spots for Canada at World Juniors but I came up just a little short,” said Julien Locke.“I had a fast heat, with the eventual first, second and fourth-place guys in it and unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay with them up the hill. I did everything I could but they were all a year or two older than me and with the long course, they had the advantage.”“My best race was the Thunder Bay . . . the 15 km,” Peter Locke admitted. “So far this year we have mostly raced up in Junior Men’s category, which has been quite a change from last year as the distances have increased from 10 km to 20km. I really like the longer races and have been having a really good season so far.”The two 17-year-old skiers, Julien is part of the B.C. Team and Peter the B.C. Development squad, have been racing most of this season in Junior Men’s category against many older skiers.This weekend another major test comes in Kelowna at Westerns.The Westerns is going to be a “tour” race.  The first stage is a skate sprint. The next day is a prologue race, which will be one of the first times this type of race being been held in Canada. It’s a 3.5 km classic individual start. The race is so short, competitor need to ski at a sprint pace for the duration. The final day is the 15 km pursuit. For this race skiers are seeded according to times and bonus seconds from the first two days of racing. The start is staggered accordingly. The first person to the finish wins the overall three days of racing. The whole idea of tour races has been around for a long time in other sports but it’s quite new to cross country skiing.The field won’t be as strong as World Junior Trials, a field that included many of the top skiers in Canada, but most of the top skiers from the west will be competing.“Last year we did not attend Westerns but at Nationals I won the skate sprint and got fourth in the aggregate, just a few points out of third,” said Julien Locke, whose goal is to ski for Canada on the World Cup circuit. “So I expect westerns should be good again.”Next month in Canmore, March 12-19 promises to be the ultimate test for the two Locke boys.“I am looking forward to all of the races but I’m especially exited for the sprint,” said Julien Locke. “The classic (my favourite), the course is perfect and I am going into it as last years winner. It’s not going to be easy to hang on to the title but I am looking forward to the challenge.”Then again, if it doesn’t work out on the cross-country circuit for the two Blackjack skiers, there’s always the chance of putting those skills on boards to good use trying to find dinner.Sister Robyn keeps up with older brotherslast_img read more