The high school basketball scene is moving in a direction that some high school coaches fear. The potential McDonald’s All-Americans are leaving their home high schools and are enrolling in prep academies. When you ask these athletes why they are doing so, they typically answer “I want to play with the best. I want that daily challenge at practice so that I am better prepared to enter the collegiate ranks.”According to a recent article in Sports Illustrated, some of the top academies in the United States include Oak Hill in Virginia, Mount Verde in Florida, St. Anthony’s in New Jersey, Findlay Prep in Nevada, Huntington/St. Joe in W. Virginia, Simeon in Illinois, and Mater Dei in California.It does mean that these young men have to leave the conference of their home school and face an unknown future at these highly competitive prep schools. However, they do so because they know that if they reach any kind of success at one of these schools, they will have the top college programs looking at them. This gives them one step up on going into professional basketball.
RelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP After 13 years of enmity, Enugu ex-Governors in closed door meeting Rangers International of Enugu has rested the late Ifeanyi George jersey.The club’s General Manager, Davidson Owumi, disclosed this at an emergency management meeting on Thursday. Owumi said: “After a lengthy deliberation by management, we came to a conclusion to rest the jersey number worn by our late attacker, Ifeanyi George, for the whole of next season as a mark of respect and honour for his services to the club.”This gesture, Owumi said, was to further cement the good relationship the club had with late George while defending the colours of Rangers on the field of play, just as plans are in top gear to make the insurance benefit cheque presentation to the family left behind by the player a grand event since it was the first of its kind in the country.He said: “All thanks to the sports loving Governor of the state, H.E, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his approval of the insurance policy for registered players and officials.”Recall that George scored his last goal for Rangers in a CAF Confederations Cup 2019/2020 Match Day 6 Group A encounter against Egyptian side, Al-Masry, which ended in a 1-1 draw, in jersey number 15 inside the main bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.Tags: Davidson OwumiEnugu StateIfeanyi GeorgeRangers International
The 64-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season and negotiations have been going on for some time to tie up Wenger’s long-term future, with the club currently top of the Barclays Premier League. Wenger continues to play down the concern when pressed on the issue by the media, but last month indicated he had made a decision. Gazidis also indicated there was no panic over time frames when speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s new long-term partnership with Puma, which will see the company become the club’s official kit suppliers from July 2014. “We have always been completely behind him. We are comfortable in the position and relaxed about it. Arsene will be extending with us and at the right time we will make that announcement,” Gazidis told the news conference. Although no official figures were confirmed on Monday, the commercial deal has been described as ”the biggest deal in Puma and Arsenal’s history”. The Gunners are understood to receive around £30million a year from main sponsors Emirates Airlines, and it has been reported the new deal will be for a similar amount when Puma takes over from Nike, who Arsenal have partnered since 1994. Arsenal smashed their transfer record in the last window with the £42million signing of German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. It has been reported the Gunners are keen to bring in Ozil’s compatriot Julian Draxler from Schalke, although Wenger continues to play down suggestions another big money deal can be completed ahead of the January 31 deadline. Gazidis indicated significant funds were still available, although those from the new kit deal would not be added to Wenger’s warchest until the summer. “The new partnership represents the biggest commercial deal in Puma’s and Arsenal’s history,” the Arsenal chief executive continued at Monday’s news conference. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is confident Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract to remain at the Emirates Stadium. “The money from this deal will be available to the club from this summer. It represents an important step in our progression on and off the pitch. “One of our long-term goals has been to increase commercial revenues and there is a football reason for that – from the summer onwards the money will be available for the manager to spend how he sees fit. “We have a vision to be competing at the top of the world’s game, but we don’t get there overnight. “We are doing it our way, without relying on any single individual, on an independent path. “When we achieve success it will mean so much to everyone that has been in this journey, so let’s get there as soon as possible.” Press Association
New Delhi: Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia will spearhead the 30-member Indian contingent at the World Wrestling Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungary from October 20 to 28.The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has selected 10 members each in freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling categories.The burden of India’s medal hunt at the worlds will mostly be on the shoulders of Bajrang (65kg) and Sandeep Tomar (57kg) in the men’s freestyle category.In the women’s section, Sakshi (62kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg) and Ritu Phogat (50kg) are expected to be strong medal contenders in their respective weight categories.Ritu is the only Phogat sister to feature in the squad as Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh was ruled out because of an elbow injury during the trials.Four wrestlers — Bajrang, Kuldeep, Gurpreet and Harpreet — have been training in Hungary for more than a fortnight while the rest of the squad joined a week back.The squads:Freestyle: Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Sonba Tanaji Gongane (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Pankaj Rana (70kg), Jitender (74kg), Sachin Rathi (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Deepak (92kg) Mausam Khatri (97kg), Sumit (125kg), Jagminder Singh (chief coach).Women: Ritu Phogat (50kg), Pinki (53kg), Seema (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Sangeeta (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Ritu (65kg), Navjot Kaur (68kg), Rajini (72kg), Kiran (76kg), Kuldeep Malik (chief coach).Greco Roman: Vijay (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Gaurav Sharma (63kg), Manish (67kg), Kuldeep Malik (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Manjeet (82kg), Harpreet Singh (87kg), Hardeep (97kg), Naveen (130kg), Kuldeep Singh (chief coach). (IANS)
Associated Press NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEHeat outlast Bucks for 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler bailed out the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee. The Heat squandered a six-point lead in the closing seconds before Butler drained two free throws with no time left to give Miami a 116-114 triumph over the top-seeded Bucks. The foul shots give the Heat a 2-0 lead in the series.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points, Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) added 17 off the bench and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Heat. The 2018 women’s champ reached the third round as Noami Osaka defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Osaka committed only 11 unforced errors.Unseeded Americans Ann Li and Shelby Rogers have pulled off upset victories. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) each needed four sets to win their second-round matches at the U.S. Open. Djokovic dropped his opening set before advancing with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kyle Edmund. American Brandon Nakashima gave Zverev fits for two sets before the German prevailed, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.Other winners on the men’s side include seventh seed David Goffin and No. 19 Taylor Fritz. No. 13 Cristian Garin was knocked out in five after winning his first two sets.Over in the women’s bracket, sixth seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah) and No. 8 Petra Martic moved into the third round, as did No. 17 Angelique Kerber. Both fines stemmed from actions in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series, which the Clippers won to eliminate the Mavericks.NHL-NEWSAllen goes from Blues to HabsUNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired goaltending insurance for Carey Price.The St. Louis Blues have traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Canadiens, along with a 2022 seventh-round pick. The Blues receive third- and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft. The man called “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” has died at age 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he passed away Monday following complications from dementia and COVID-19.Seaver was selected by the Mets in a special draft in 1966 after his contract with the Braves was nullified by Major League Baseball. He spent just one year in the minors and won the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year with a 16-13 record and 2.76 ERA for the last-place Mets.Seaver won the Cy Young three times, all with the Mets. He remains the franchise leader in most career categories, including 198 victories, 2,541 strikeouts.Seaver was the first pitcher in major league history with eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. He also was a 20-game winner in 1969, ’71, ’72, 75, and ’77.Seaver finished his Hall of Fame career with a 311-205 record, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and 231 complete games. MLB-SCHEDULERockies cool off GiantsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are leaving Denver with only a split of their two-game series despite scoring 29 runs.The Colorado Rockies avenged Tuesday’s 23-5 loss by rallying for five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Giants, 9-6. Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) laced a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, two days after being acquired from the Red Sox.Garrett Hampson hit his third homer in two days and Sam Hilliard also went deep for the Rockies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-SEAVERHall of Famer Tom Seaver diesUNDATED (AP) — Tom Seaver was so good, he was given two nicknames. Bengals extend MixonUNDATED (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon has signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension through the 2024 season. Mixon has emerged as one of the NFL’s top running backs, running for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round in 2017 out of Oklahoma, where he was suspended for punching a woman in the face. The Bengals drew a backlash with the choice, prompting owner Mike Brown to acknowledge they were “taking a risk” on Mixon because he’s so talented.In other NFL news:— Coach Ron Rivera announced that Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Haskins got the nod over Kyle Allen and Alex Smith. Update on the latest sports September 2, 2020 — Chargers safety Derwin James will miss the season after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. James had surgery on Tuesday after he sustained the injury during a scrimmage on Sunday. NCAA-FURLOUGHSMemo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeksUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move. A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press was sent by NCAA President Mark Emmert to the association’s more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough. Some staff will be furloughed for up to eight weeks. — Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) homered and Hyun Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn ree-OO’) pitched six solid innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Marlins. Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez had thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings until Gurriel belted a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. — The Reds picked up a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Joey Votto’s (VAH’-tohz) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Redbirds were leading 3-1 and in line for a three-game sweep until Tucker Barnhardt smacked a two-run homer in the fifth.— Michael Conforto was 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Mets whipped the Orioles, 9-4 to halt a five-game losing streak. Mets slugger Pete Alonso also homered, the fifth ever to reach the second deck in left field at Camden Yards. MLB-NEWSChapman suspended for throwing near Brosseau’s head UNDATED (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is available to pitch tonight after appealing his three-game suspension.Chapman was punished by Major League Baseball for buzzing a fastball at the head of Tampa Bay pinch-hitter Michael Brosseau on Tuesday. Brosseau eventually fanned for the final out of the game before jawing with the Yankees, leading both benches to empty. Chapman says the pitch wasn’t intentional.Both teams are without their manager tonight. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone and Rays bench boss Kevin Cash received one-game bans for their roles in Tuesday’s incident.Elsewhere in the majors:— The Pirates will celebrate Roberto Clemente when the entire team dons his No. 21 on Sept. 9 against the White Sox. The Hall of Fame outfielder collected 3,000 hits during his 18-year career. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 at age 38 while attempting to bring humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. In other tennis news:— A three-day exhibition tennis tournament ahead of next year’s Australian Open has been canceled due to expected COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. The Kooyong Classic was to be held in the week before the January 18 to 31 Australian Open.NBA-MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS FINESClippers’ Morris, Mavs’ Doncic fined for actions in Game 6LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) of the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has been penalized $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee. The move clears $4.35 million of salary-cap space for the Blues and also signals that Jordan Binnington is the starting goalie of the present and future. He backstopped the Blues to the Cup last year. The extra cap room might be enough for the Blues to re-sign top defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh), who is set to be a free agent this fall. Also on ice:— Todd Reirden is back with the Penguins as an assistant coach just a week after being fired as head coach of the Capitals. Reirden served as an assistant under Dan Byslma (BYLZ’-mah) from 2010-14 before leaving to join the Capitals. The Penguins also hired Mike Vellucci as an assistant after he spent last season as GM and head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.NFL-NEWS Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but he also committed the foul that sent Butler to the line. Khris Middleton scored 23 points for Milwaukee, the last three of those coming when Dragic was called for fouling him with 4.3 seconds left.TENNIS-US OPENKerber gets past uncertainty, advances at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) has become the first top-seeded woman to be ousted in the second round of the U.S. Open since 2008.Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and was knocked out by Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 7-6. The Giants took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, hours after banging out 27 hits.San Francisco lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.Elsewhere around the majors:— Adam Duvall slammed three home runs and drove in five to lead the Braves past the Red Sox, 7-5. Marcell Ozuna’s (oh-ZOO’-nuhz) solo blast broke a 5-5 deadlock in the seventh.— Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings, and Jay Bruce hit a solo homer in the Phillies’ eighth win in nine games, 3-0 over the Nationals. Neil Walker was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Phils, who handed the defending champs their fifth consecutive loss and dropped the Nats to 12-22.
The status of the maiden Dolphin Swimming League continues to grow as Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has pledged its support for the inter-school tournament already certified by the Nigeria Aquatics Federation.In a letter signed by the Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Sports, Deji Tinubu, it becomes imperative for the state to collaborate with the organisers in fulfillment of the stateâ€™s vision of creating a sports culture.â€œThe Lagos State Sports Commission is pleased to proclaim our partnership with the Dolphin Swimming League in conjunction with Sports Commission and Lagos Stateâ€™s vision of creating a sports culture within Lagos State. The Dolphin Swimming League is an organisation passionate about creating a brighter future for all young people through sports with an emphasis on swimming. Their work supports the personal development of youths, preparing them for lifeâ€™s challenges by developing a range of positive character traits such as aspiration, resilience cum empathy for success and establishing a better community. These are part of values dear to the Lagos State Sports Commission which makes the Dolphin Swimming League easy to partner with,â€ he said. The chairman of LSSC however said that it was based on this the commission decided to endorse the Dolphin Swimming League. The Dolphin Swimming League is organised by Dynaspro in partnership with Advanta Interactive Global Limited.According to the initiator and CEO of Dynaspro, Oluseyi Oyebode said the aim behind the tournament is to discover and develop young, talented swimmers to compete on the international stage for Nigeria while also developing youth swimming coaches across the country.Among the objectives of the tournament is to grow the sport as well as unearth talents and improve the technical know-how of the coaches.President of the Nigeria Aquatics Federation, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, has commended the organisers for initiating the tournament while assuring of the federation support. â€œWe are so excited that the organizers of this tournament muted this kind of idea to take the sport to grassroots level. All over the world, sports is a private public partnership and that is why we have not been able to utilize the potential of sports in this country. We are going to assure the organizers that we will keep tab of the talents that will emerge from this tournament.We are going to support them technically through the Lagos State Swimming Association and we are assuring them we will keep record of the talents so that we can consider them for major competitions,â€ Fatayi-Williams said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Mired in a fourth-set 11-11 deadlock, senior opposite Murphy Troy, renowned for his serve, approached the service line.The USC men’s volleyball team would win the next nine points on the strength of Troy’s four aces — one of which even ricocheted off a defenseless Bruin player’s face.Senior leadership · Senior opposite Murphy Troy had a match-high 26 kills that led the Trojans to victory over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The No. 1 Trojans (6-0, 6-0) extended scoring streak in the fourth set eradicated any chance for the No. 4 Bruins (7-3, 2-2) to mount a comeback, as the Trojans cruised to a 25-22, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16 victory.Though Troy, the incumbent NCAA Player of the Week, amassed stratospheric numbers, he was not alone in his success.USC coach Bill Ferguson attributed much of the victory to the adjustments his middle players made to their blocking scheme after the second set.“Our middles did a great job of adjusting to their middle attack toward the end of the match,” Ferguson said. “Their middle blockers hit for pretty good numbers at first, but when it counted, I thought our guys made the stops and forced a couple of errors.”In all, the Trojans out-blocked the Bruins 14.5 to 7.USC’s three left side blockers — senior opposite hitter Tri Bourne, junior opposite hitter Tony Ciarelli and sophomore opposite hitter Maddison McKibbin — all played stout defense.They limited junior setter Kyle Caldwell and junior opposite hitter Jack Polales to nightmarish -.042 and -.250 hitting percentages, respectively.Statistics and analytics aside, perhaps the Trojans’ most impressive quality thus far has been their ability to quash all attempted comebacks, as they have yet to allow their opponents to engage them in a five-set match.Ferguson drew a parallel between this match and the only other match this season in which the Trojans have ceded one set.“What I’m most happy about is that we’re closing matches out,” Ferguson said. “Similar to the UC Irvine match, there were a couple of emotional sets in the second and third, but we came back to finish it before it got out of hand.”Of course, one cannot neglect the additional satisfaction derived from trouncing a storied rival in the hallowed Pauley Pavilion.USC fans, especially students, came in droves to this match to absorb this rivalry and naturally, to heckle a UCLA sports program that has struggled immensely this year against any team donning the cardinal and gold.“It was a great atmosphere,” Ferguson said. “Our fans came in partway through the first set and made their presence known, countering the Bruins’ fans. The UCLA fans were great for them, and made it a real hostile environment. After the match, [the USC fans] stayed and cheered for us, chanting guys’ names individually. That was really cool.”USC now enjoys a two-week hiatus during which the team’s strength and conditioning coaches will work to build up players’ stamina, ensuring the team is prepared for the extensive set of games ahead.The Trojans will return to action against No. 8 Pepperdine Feb. 11.
The highlight of the afternoon is the Irish Gold Cup, which goes to post at 3.40 and features last year’s Lexus Chase winner “Road To Riches” for trainer Noel Meade.The action at the County Dublin venue gets underway at 12.55.
Jordan, who averages 11.5 points, scored 22 on Saturday. Like Rivers and others, he’s getting the chance to provide more offense with Griffin on the shelf.“Blake is our number one scoring option, so when he is out, there are definitely going to be more opportunities for other guys,” Jordan said. “Chris (Paul) and J.J. (Redick) make it so much easier for other guys to score because they are such big weapons.“We’re learning to play without Blake, and we’re picking it up. We know when he comes back, we will be a lot better.”Garbage time for SmithJosh Smith played 6 1/2 minutes Saturday during the fourth quarter, when the game against the 76ers was out of reach. Smith had not played in three consecutive games and five of the previous six since being taken out of the rotation. Six consecutive victories, and the Clippers (22-13) are now rolling. The past five have come without injured leading scorer Blake Griffin, who hasn’t played since sustaining a partially torn left quad tendon in a Christmas win over the Lakers.The way DeAndre Jordan and Austin Rivers see it, the team will be that much better upon the return of Griffin, which could be a week away.“I think we have been defending really well,” said Rivers, who scored 26 points in Saturday’s 130-99 victory over the hapless Philadelphia 76ers. “I think that has been our key. We have been playing defense and on offense the ball has really been moving. We have been really trusting each other.“It will be even more fun when we have Blake out there. Right now we are playing like this and we do not even have Blake. We just have to continue to trust each other and defend the way we are, and we will keep it going.” Coach Doc Rivers initially seemed a bit perturbed postgame when a reporter asked him what Smith has to do to get back in the rotation. His spot has basically been taken by Cole Aldrich, who has been playing well.“I don’t even want to think about that stuff right now,” said Rivers, whose team next plays Wednesday at Portland. “We’re playing well, so for me, I’m just worried about who I’m playing and then when someone else is not, then we’ll put Josh in or someone else in. But right now, why would you want to touch what’s going on?“That’s what I would be thinking from a coaching standpoint.”Doc Rivers again intimated Smith is handling his demotion with professionalism.“I’ve gotta tell you again, Josh’s spirit has been terrific,” Rivers said. “He’s been very good. I usually don’t put veterans in down the stretch like that and I asked him and he said, ‘I want to go, I want to play,’ which was very nice. He could have said no and I think nine out of 10 veterans would have.”Redick on OkaforClippers guard Redick and 76ers post Jahlil Okafor both played at Duke. Okafor showed a smooth touch in scoring a team-high 23 points off the bench on 10-of-14 shooting for Philadelphia on Saturday. Redick likes what he sees from the rookie.“There is a really high skill level there,” Redick said. “I ran into him at halftime and I just told him, ‘Do not let anybody change your game.’ He is a unique talent who is going to play a long time in this league and he is going to win a lot of accolades. He is a big guy who you can give the ball to and can score, and if he remembers that, he is going to be fine.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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