GUYANA’S youngest One Star Referee/Judge Lawrence Assanah was on Wednesday presented with his AIBA badge by Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) president Steve Ninvalle.Assanah’s badge was posted to Guyana some time ago but was never received because of a mix-up in the mail. Here Assanah, a Warrant Officer in the Guyana Defence Force (right) receives his badge from GBA president Steve Ninvalle.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoDec. 11, 2004: Fresh off upsetting No. 2-seeded Hawai’i, the Badgers are swept in the Elite Eight by Pac-10 powerhouse Stanford, who goes on to win the national championship.Dec. 10, 2005: Following the toppling of No. 5-seeded Notre Dame, the Badgers are swept in the round of eight by another Pac-10 heavyweight Washington, who goes on to win the title.Two years in a row, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team has ended a tremendous season by folding just two matches away from the NCAA final. And just to make things more frustrating, at the hands of the eventual winner both times.No more, says Amy Bladow, one of the three Badgers who will assume leadership as team seniors in the fall of 2006.”Getting beat two years in a row consecutively by NCAA champs [in the tournament], that’s not a bad way to go out, but we want to make it to the Final Four this year,” said Bladow, an outside hitter. “That would be a big goal for us as well as really fighting for [being the] Big Ten Champs this year.”But before UW sets out on its quest to dethrone the Penn State Nittany Lions as conference top dog, the spring season will get Bladow and the others more comfortable as a unit in the wake of losing outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto and middle blocker Sheila Shaw to graduation.”I think that we could always depend on them [Meierotto and Shaw] to get us through tough matches,” said outside hitter Maria Carlini, another upcoming senior. “Especially against Washington, I think they really just showed what they’re all about and led the team. Even though we lost, they just showed that this is what we need to do to step up.”The last of the seniors-to-be, setter Katie Lorenzen, concurred.”We lose a couple of amazing hitters and blockers,” Lorenzen said. “Sheila wasn’t a tall middle, but she was so athletic that she was just everywhere [on the court]; and Aubrey, everyone knows she can slam the ball. They were both just awesome players.”UW head coach Pete Waite said that the team will need to retool, both in replacing his two star players and in enhancing certain aspects of the team, if the Badgers plan on getting further than the Elite Eight this December.”We are right there; it’s another big step up we have to make, and we really have to start fighting in the spring season to become better and improve in a few different areas,” Waite said.There will be some new faces in the spring season that will last long into the regular season and NCAA tournament throughout the year. Bladow is expected to jump from the 2005 bench to a potential starting spot. When Wisconsin traveled to the Aloha State over Spring Break, she shined with 16 kills and two blocks in a five-game set against the University of Hawai’i.”We’d only had four practices [before Hawai’i], so it was still a little shaky,” Bladow said. “We’re still trying to figure out where everybody’s going to fit into the rotation, but for just four days of practice, I think that we actually did pretty well.”Freshmen Katherine Dykstra and Morgan Salow will also look to find a spot on the starting roster by performing will this spring. Salow appeared in just eight 2005 matches, whereas Dykstra will be removing the redshirt from this past year.Dykstra will be competing with Bladow for a spot in the middle, and it looks that Salow may be in the driver’s seat for the left side slot.”[Salow] is getting some work on the right, as well as some work on the left, so she’s going to have to battle for it and see if she can keep that spot, I’m sure she’d love it.”While they won’t get into the swing of things until August, three incoming freshmen will also be pressuring the current Badgers for their spots in the lineup. Brittney Dolgner of Waupun, Wis., Caity DuPont of Muskego, Wis., and Nikki Klingsporn of Oakdale, Minn., according to Bladow, will be the team’s “three new little sisters.””It’s always interesting to see what they’ll bring, if they can step right in,” Lorenzen said. “Every freshman that comes in obviously is great, they are really athletic, and [they have] a ton of potential, so it’s really exciting to see who can step in right away.”Lorenzen, who shared court time with sophomore Jackie Simpson last season, ran the offense during the trip and produced 56 assists against Hawai’i, along with seven digs and four blocks.According to Waite, seeing as Simpson will miss the next six to eight weeks of action with a broken hand, Lorenzen will have the opportunity to step up her game during the course of the spring season.”Jackie will be out pretty much the whole spring season, so Katie has a shot here to run the offense and improve as a player,” Waite said. Mimicking the styles of Meierotto and Shaw, the three oldest Badgers were explicit about their goals for their final seasons at UW.”Big Ten Championship. We want it really bad,” Carlini said. “I think every senior says that, but I just think with the team that we had and the experience that we had going into the Elite Eights, taking all of our experiences from our collegiate careers, we just [want to] go out with a bang.”
Related Stories Eskridge stands out with 2 interceptions on Day 5 of campSophomore Winfield moves from wide receiver to cornerbackSyracuse puts on full pads and other observations from Day 5 of training campVideo: Knapp runs offensive linemen through hands drill Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb Syracuse cornerback Joe Nassib has a separated shoulder, head coach Scott Shafer said on Wednesday after the fifth day of training camp.The fifth-year senior, the cousin of the former Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib, played in 11 games last year, primarily on special teams. Nassib is listed toward the bottom of the cornerback position on SU’s depth chart.Shafer said the team expects to receive the MRI results pretty quickly.“Joe’s been such a valuable teammate for a long time,” Shafer said. “I’m extremely close to him and it’s disappointing, but he’s a tough little cowboy and when they tell him he’ll be able to get back, he’ll be back three days before that.”Walk-on Santos decides to leave team; Laguerre takes his placeAdvertisementThis is placeholder textFranklin Santos, a senior cornerback who made the team as a walk-on before the 2011 season, decided to leave the team, Shafer said. Santos had played cornerback and wide receiver for the Orange and appeared in two games last year after not playing at all his first two seasons.“I think he just decided that it was his time,” Shafer said. “Difficult decision, I’m sure, for him.”In Santos’ place, walk-on junior linebacker Hernz Laguerre, has joined the team after not being asked to come to camp early. Laguerre made a name for himself last season by reading poetry during a team-bonding exercise at Fort Drum.Football Bowl Subdivision teams are limited to a 105-man practice roster between the start of camp and the team’s first game or the beginning of the school year, whichever comes first.Laguerre took in his first day of practice Wednesday but needs four more days before he’s “full-go,” Shafer said.“One of the most difficult things I’ve had to do since I’ve been here is tell Hernz Laguerre that I wasn’t going to bring him to camp early,” Shafer said. “But with one guy departing, it opens another door up for Hernz.”Shafer raves about freshmen progressSyracuse hauled in the nation’s 53rd-best recruiting class for this upcoming season, one of the program’s best in years.Just five days into camp, Shafer raved during his post-practice press conference about what he’s seen from the following newcomers:•On three-star tight end Adly Enoicy: “Adly Enoicy is one of the sharpest kids I’ve been around in a long time. He’s picked things up extremely well, been able to move from different positions — inside, outside. We’ve been pleased with him.”•On three-star wide receiver Jamal Custis: “Jamal Custis is raw, a young guy out there. But it’s hard to teach that 6-foot-6, 235 (pounds), and he can run. I’m excited about him.”•On three-star linebackers Jonathan Thomas, Parris Bennett, Colton Moskal and Zaire Franklin: “Tough, hard-nosed kids who learn well. That room learns extremely well.”•On three-star safety Rodney Williams: “You guys are going to like this guy. You guys are going to like this guy.”Shafer also name-dropped running back Ervin Phillips (twice), wide receiver Steve Ishmael and cornerback Juwan Dowels.Additional notes•Syracuse is taking it easy with senior nose tackle Eric Crume, who Shafer said had a small procedure done on his knee earlier in the summer to “clean things up.” Crume is receiving reduced reps at this point in training camp. “We’re being smart,” Shafer added, “trying to get his quadriceps back before we go full-go with him with too many reps.”•Shafer said the explosive Brisly Estime will contribute to the Orange’s return game but the head coach indicated that Ritchy Desir will still be a major factor in punt returning. “We want to take good care of (Estime), too,” Shafer said. “We have to develop a couple guys, because he’s a big part of our offense… Ritchy’s stacked up a ton of hidden yards for us over the years because he catches everything and a lot of people don’t realize how important that is.”Shafer added that against Villanova, a team that he said likes to run the punter to the right and boot it on the run, the Orange may elect to send two returners downfield in hopes of fielding the shorter punts. Comments
The University of Wisconsin football defense is relishing in an amazing opportunity to learn from former NFL safety Jim Leonhard.The former Denver Broncos safety arrived to Wisconsin in February 2016 as a defensive back coach, and was promoted to defensive coordinator after Justin Wilcox left to coach at the University of California-Berkeley.For young athletes, having someone with as much intimate knowledge of the game as Leonhard is a real game changer. With his almost nine years of experience in the NFL, Leonhard offers each defensive player he meets an amazing opportunity to learn what skills are needed to be successful, both in college and beyond.Football: Former Badger Jim Leonhard announced as defensive backs coachThere is no better teacher than a person who has been in exactly the same the shoes as their students. Read…Just ask senior safety Natrell Jamerson, who is taking in the knowledge that his coach gives him.“Coach Leonhard is great,” Jamerson said. “He knows a lot. Just from his experience, telling us certain situations he was in and how he handled it and he gives us the best advice on how to handle [those situations].”The safeties aren’t the only ones that are relishing in Leonhard’s knowledge of the game. Everyone from the defensive backs to the inside linebackers are trying to pick the new defensive coordinator’s brain in any way that they can.The decision to step up to defensive coordinator was not one that came easily for Leonhard. He was actually surprised when head coach Paul Chryst asked him to consider the position.“[My mind] went a lot of places initially,” Leonhard told UW Athletics. “Trying to decide if it was the right time and if I was ready. The actual calling of the plays and designing everything, I feel very comfortable with.”Football: Jim Leonhard named Wisconsin defensive coordinatorPaul Chryst didn’t have to look far for his new defensive coordinator. The University of Wisconsin football team announced Thursday Read…For Leonhard, it’s about building the relationships with the guys and the staff. From It’s making sure of all the details in the day-to-day (operation). It’s structuring practices and meetings. It’s kind of the whole big picture of it. I was just making sure I was going to be comfortable with that and the time that went along with it.”Leonhard provides insight to the team in many ways. Not only is he an asset to the defense, but he can also help the offense stop strong defenses.That skill alone is something that Wisconsin will need this year, as it takes on some of the best defenses within the Big Ten. Teams like Nebraska, Minnesota and Michigan have always posed such a threat for UW offense, with fast-moving players and strong defensive lines that are capable of breaking through the Wisconsin offensive lines.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…Allowing UW offense to understand how it is that another defense might think during a game is crucial, and can help reduce the number of incomplete passes and interceptions UW acquired last year. This kind of information is valuable, especially if the Badgers would like to find themselves back in the Big Ten Championship game come December.This inside information is crucial, especially when one considers it offers a new perspective for UW’s offense. While Wisconsin’s offense frequently goes up against one of the best defenses in the Big Ten, if not the nation, daily, all sports fans know that practicing against your own team can sometimes become stale and less productive over time.Having the mind of a former NFL safety is a benefit for this team. Leonhard will not only be able to help take this defense to new heights, but he can also help the offense understand the thought process of defensive players.Football: Chryst’s 100th win begins slowly, develops momentum in second halfWhile the first game of the season might have resulted in a win, the University of Wisconsin football team definitely Read…Many people questioned Chryst’s decision when he brought Leonhard onto his coaching staff back in 2016, saying that Leonhard was too inexperienced to be a defensive back coach. But Chryst knew that Leonhard’s experience was worth just as much as practical experience coaching a team.“To me, for a coordinator, there has to be certainly a football knowledge level,” Chryst told UW Athletics. “[Leonhard] has far more than just a one-year level of coaching knowledge; X’s and O’s, scheme knowledge. In fact, I think he has got great football schematic knowledge.”This year should be an interesting one for the Wisconsin defense as they hope to lead their team back to a Big Ten title game. With Leonhard at the helm, their core is going to be stronger and should be a formidable opponent for anyone they face.
According to a statement by the club the 23-year-old will link up with the western province with immediate effect.Farrell joined Bedford last summer after coming through the Leinster academy.
Conor O’Shea conceded England simply had too much power at Twickenham on Saturday but he was “immensely proud” of his Italy side after it was crushed 57-14 in the Six Nations.The Azzurri’s losing streak in the tournament was extended to 21 matches, the excellent Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields claiming doubles as England scored eight tries to move just a point behind leaders Wales with one round remaining. A classy score from Tommaso Allan – which brought Italy level – and a second-half Luca Morisi try gave Italy fans something to shout about, but it remains without a point.Head coach O’Shea was pleased to see Italy battle on but felt it was unable to match the physicality of Eddie Jones’ men.@EnglandRugby keep their #GuinnessSixNations title challenge alive with an eight-try victory #ENGvITA highlights pic.twitter.com/OyHsn4cKFr— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 9, 2019″It was difficult,” said O’Shea. “That was an incredibly powerful England performance.”We tried to play and we created a lot when we had the opportunity, but there was too much power out there.”I’m immensely proud of all of these boys because they never stopped trying. “What you saw out there was a lot of people who played until the end. I wouldn’t get too carried away with the scoreline against us.”It was straight one-on-one tackles that cost us dearly but there were some individuals who put in an incredible shift for us.”Italy faces France in Rome in its last match of the tournament next Saturday.
NBA PLAYOFFS: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every seriesThankfully there were plenty of replays available on this play to find out what happened. We’ll go through each of them to try and come up with a conclusion as to what actually happened between these two.LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Garry Harris: Angle 1Here is the very first angle we all saw on the broadcast.This all happens very fast, so we need to pause the film and slowly play it to try and see what’s happening. When we do this, we see what appears to be Aldridge winding up his right arm, and then swinging it towards Harris’ no-no area. UPDATE: Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Wednesday he doesn’t believe Aldridge’s hit was intentional. But he did say the team was in contact with the league about the incident.“It was sent to me from the truck in different feeds in slow motion,” Malone said, via the Denver Post. “I will say this. I think we sent it (to the NBA) as an organization. Having had a chance to coach LaMarcus at the All-Star Game, I do not think he’s a dirty player. I don’t see that in his game. I think it was an accident, I think it was unfortunate. I don’t think there was any malicious intent there. That’s not who LaMarcus Aldridge is.“If there was a windup, if there was something that looked really deliberate, that’d be different, but from what I saw, and I didn’t spend much time looking at it, obviously who cares what I think? It all comes down to what the NBA thinks. In watching it, obviously Gary was unfortunately the recipient of that accidental blow but I didn’t see it as something that was premeditated or done with the intent to hurt Gary.” Late in the Nuggets’ 114-105 Tuesday night win over the Spurs, it appeared as if LaMarcus Aldridge punched Gary Harris in his, well his nuggets.Just under the two-minute mark in the fourth quarter, Harris goes to set a screen. Aldridge attempts to fight off this screen, and in the process we see Harris go down, clutching his private area. He struggled to run back to the other side of the court, still holding his privates, so he was clearly in pain. But it’s still too far away. We know what this looks like, but there’s no definitive proof that was an actual punch.Aldridge’s hand disappears behind his body so we can’t see where it lands. But that’s where Angle 2 comes into play.LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Garry Harris: Angle 2Here, we can see exactly where Aldridge’s hand lands, and it’s not on Harris’ privates.From this angle it looks like Aldridge did nothing wrong. He just fought off a screen, as he’s supposed to do as a defender. So can we put down the pitchforks? Not exactly. Because even though we can rule out Aldridge punching Harris with his right hand, it still doesn’t explain why Harris went down.Clearly something happened here. And thankfully Angle 3 shows it.LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Garry Harris: Angle 3We spent all this time focusing on Aldridge’s right hand, when we should have been watching his left. While his right was focused on trying to swim past Harris, his left clearly gave Harris a little love tap.ConclusionIt’s hard to know whether the NBA will take action on this. If nothing else, the video deserves to be analyzed by the league. Hitting an opponent in the groin is punishable, and action has been taken in the past. In 2016, Dahntay Jones was suspended after punching Bismack Boyombo in the groin. Joe Ingles, however, had a less severe punishment. He was just fined $15,000 by the league for “making contact to the groin area.” So the punishment by the league will depend on how seriously it determines Aldridge’s intent was. If he ends up being suspended, it would make a huge impact in the rest of the series between the Spurs and Nuggets, currently tied at 1-1. (TNT) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/40/e8/aldridge-punch-maybe_tzv3f1e4w9he1s39r6zcdh9u7.png?t=737076194&w=500&quality=80
Now with the Knicks as squalid as the Sterling-era Clippers, East Coast media outlets are sending flights of NBA correspondents west.The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis notes a line of newly minted, L.A.-based NBA writers. The New York Times and Washington Post each have one, as do NBA.com and Fox.com. The Athletic has six writers and podcasters based here. ESPN has a veritable bureau focused on the NBA with Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, Baxter Holmes, Kevin Arnovitz and Ohm Youngmisuk.Los Angeles, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay told Curtis, has become “Hemingway’s Paris of NBA media dorks.”As for wrinkles, the dorks will have plenty to keep themselves occupied.The Lakers want to go back to being the Lakers of Old … which they haven’t been in this decade, missing the playoffs the past six seasons while averaging 55 losses.Their immediate challenge is securing Anthony Davis, who refused to commit himself beyond this season upon arrival. (“I have one year here, so I’m going make the best of this year. And when that time comes around in the summer or, you know, whenever the season’s over – hopefully, around, you know, mid-June, after we just had a parade and I need a couple days to think – then we can talk about that.”)At 26 to Kawhi Leonard’s 28 and Paul George’s 29, Davis was the prize of the summer – or would have been with any assurance of keeping him – representing a bridge to a future that would enable the Lakers to recruit more stars to join him, as LeBron James recruited A.D. to join him.So, Lakers fans wouldn’t want to see anything go too wrong this season.You know, the way things went despite the arrival of James last season.The Clippers conquered respectability, averaging 52 wins over the past seven seasons. Their challenge is legitimacy in a market in which the Lakers long ago raised the standard to championship-or-bust.Now the Clippers directory starts with owner Steve Ballmer, GM Lawrence Frank and consultant Jerry West, heading a staff of young officials whom other teams keep trying to steal.Their Blake Griffin-Chris Paul-DeAndre Jordan trio that unraveled two seasons ago was a star-studded show, just not good enough to reach the Western Conference finals.It remains to be seen how far the less glamorous, more efficient Kawhi-PG-Lou Williams-Montrezl Harrell nucleus gets, but they look like legitimate contenders (and NBA GMs appear to agree).It also remains to be seen if the Clippers can peel off Lakers fans.It never has happened, but there has never been an opportunity like this.Harry Bluebond, a die-hard Lakers fan, notes he will have more interest in the Clippers with “so many pieces in place and with a great infrastructure from Ballmer to Frank to (Coach) Doc (Rivers) to Kahwi, George, Lou, Montrezl.”On the other hand, Bluebond has seen Lakers owner Jeanie Buss “passing on Jerry West when I knew he wanted back in with the Lakers as a consultant,” to Magic Johnson quitting, to LeBron’s denouncing Daryl Morey’s use of freedom of speech regarding the Hong Kong protestors, noting, “It will take a little time to settle back with the Lakers.”Now to see if this will again be their town. It’s a tale of one city, but whose? Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles, Part One … of many.Yes, it’s finally on. Ever since the Clippers moved here in 1984, people have pushed the notion of an intracity rivalry, but between owner Donald Sterling’s farcical bumbling and the Lakers’ majesty, there never was one.Now there is. You could argue there has been one for years with the Clippers going 23-5 against the Lakers the past seven seasons, but it’s not about winning games in the regular season. It’s about which team(s) can go deep into the playoffs, the only thing that counts here … and it could wind up being “both of them.”In any case, I expect to write about 20 or so Lakers-Clippers updates. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersI know, why so few?Hey, the season is only 25 weeks long or I would do more.It’s not just the local teams, fans and press girding for excitement.Until recent years, New York was the capital of NBA writers, with access to league officials leading to scoops for media heavyweights, starting with the New York Post’s Pete Vecsey, who invented the breezy notion of NBA columns with his slashing, news-hound style.Vecsey retired to be replaced by … no one. Instead of capitalizing on the opportunity, the Post’s struggling rival, the New York Daily News, laid off NBA columnist Mitch Lawrence, as well as star Knicks beat writer Frank Isola, who tripped adroitly into an on-air role at ESPN. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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The teen, who would have started as a cornerback at a local high school this season, was practicing with his varsity football team last Wednesday morning. He collapsed later that day and was taken to the hospital.His head coach, Bill Leach, said Jovante was impressive in the classroom. They believe Woods was a NCAA Division 1 prospect due to his high GPA and test scores.“I told the kids if there’s anyone to aspire to, aspire to what Jovante did he came to every work out, worked all the way through, always with a smile on his face, never complained,” said Leach.Leach said his teammates loved him like a brother. One player held up Woods’ jersey for a team photo Saturday.Scott Kaufman, the athletic director of the Princeton school district told the Cincinnati Enquire, “I am sure everyone here can only imagine the pain and sadness the Woods family is feeling right now,” Kaufman told the Enquirer.“As I left the hospital, Jovante’s mom and dad both said that ‘God has a plan.’ They are both pillars of strength for their family and friends. The Woods family is sincerely grateful for the love, support and prayers that everyone has shown them during Jovante’s battle.”Woods was remembered with a moment of silence before Sunday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos.Bengals president Mike Brown says Jovante was a gifted athlete and a talented student who showed a lot of promise.Ickey Woods played for the Bengals from 1988 to 1991. He’s now the head coach of the Cincinnati Sizzle, a women’s football team, and he also runs the Ickey Woods Youth Foundation. ELBERT JOVANTE WOODS CINCINNATI (AP)—The teenage son of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods has died, days after he collapsed from an asthma attack.School officials say 16-year-old Elbert Jovante Woods died Aug. 14 at a Cincinnati hospital.