Antetokounmpo poised to handle ball, bigger load, for Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has a new contract extension and likely a lot more responsibility once the Milwaukee Bucks open the season.The athletic, 6-foot-11 matchup nightmare will start with a full season as a full-time ball-handler. It’s the latest step forward for a fourth-year player who has come a long way from the raw 19-year-old rookie from Greece picked 15th overall by the Bucks in 2013.“Since Giannis has arrived, he has done everything he can possibly do to become the best player he could become,” general manager John Hammond said. “We have full faith and confidence in Giannis (that it’s) not going to stop.”Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season. He really took off after the All-Star break when coach Jason Kidd had him take over running the offense.Antetokounmpo finished with five triple-doubles over the season’s final two months. The Bucks rewarded him in September with a four-year extension worth $100 million.The young forward has grown up in Milwaukee, where Hammond even taught him how to drive a few years back. Antetokounmpo and fellow forward Jabari Parker have shown that they have the maturity to handle the spotlight of being franchise cornerstones.Parker, who is in the third year of his rookie deal, figures to get an extension a year from now.“The thing we focus on is just to win. We win games, everything else will take care of itself,” Antetokounmpo said.Parker is well-spoken and passionate about social justice issues. He is focused and intense, but quieter than Antetokounmpo in front of the microphones after a game.Antetokounmpo alternates between smiles and scowls on the floor. He’s always up for a laugh, just like at his first preseason meeting with reporters in September when he cracked this knock-knock joke:“Who’s there?” reporters answered.“Obama,” Antetokounmpo said, referring to the President.“Obama who?“Oh by myself,” replied Antetokounmpo in song, to the tune of the Eric Carmen ballad, “All by Myself .”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

12 days agoArsenal striker Aubameyang determined to win over Gabon fans

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal striker Aubameyang determined to win over Gabon fansby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is determined to “change this image” Gabon fans have of him.Aubameyang, 30, has a point to prove to his nation after coming in from the cold to play for Gabon this week.Aubameyang scored as his country secured a late win over Burkina Faso in a friendly played just outside of Paris.It was his first game for Gabon since March – a 1-1 draw with Burundi – and only his fifth match since January 2017.In 2018, national chiefs claimed Aubameyang’s father had been named joint-coach of the team – but the Arsenal man slammed them on social media, calling it untrue.That prompted a self-imposed exile by the Arsenal striker – with the striker also citing players’ treatment and welfare as a cause for concern.In the process, he snubbed national team call-ups and ultimately considered retiring from international football.Now back with Gabon under new manager Patrice Neveu, Aubameyang revealed: “I’m vengeful. Things haven’t gone well lately [at international level].”I want to change this image of me that I might have with the national team.”I would rather show another side as a player in terms of performances.” last_img read more

Queen Bee sharing a lifetime of bead work at conference in Iqaluit

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIqaluit is hosting the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association annual meeting this week.And that means Nunavut artists are offering workshops in the capital.One of the people sharing her wealth of experience is the “Queen Bee.”[email protected]last_img

North Peace Seniors Housing Society receives TV donation after break in

first_imgWilson goes on to share all entrances/exits to the buildings have been secured and that she and the residents are grateful to the generosity of the community for looking out for their needs. This donation puts a positive light on an unfortunate incident.To view the press release, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a break and enter March 17th to the North Peace Seniors Housing Societies (NPSHS) complex the incident left the residents of apartment one without a TV, a donation of a 50″ TV was later made to the seniors by the Laboucane family.After images were released by the RCMP, members of the community would recognize the NPSHS and contact ‘Better at Home’ office to see if a donation of a TV could be made to the seniors.Kim Wilson, Executive Director for the NPSHS shares each building is set with a lounge type common area with a TV to provide a source of entertainment for the seniors. Wilson said they were thrilled by the Laboucane’s donation of the TV and made sure it was chained down once received.last_img read more

Break and Enter Prevention Tips Presentation

first_imgInformation will also include how to report the incident in the event you are the victim of a break and enter.All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.To access the hall please park in the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre parking area (north side of the building) and use the lower lobby entrance doors for the building (doors to the right of the aquatic centre entrance)There will be a short question and answer period at the end of the presentation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The RCMP are hosting a Break and Enter Prevention presentation.On Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 5:00 PM, at the Co-Op Mercer Hall, located on the lower level of the Encana Events Centre.The presentation will cover off preventative tips on how to protect commercial buildings, residential buildings, vehicles and yourselves from becoming the victims of a break and enter.last_img read more

The National League Finally Is Getting Some Interleague Revenge

Obviously, it’s still early. But even if we limit ourselves to the first 50 interleague games of each season (to make an apples-to-apples comparison with 2018), this is the NL’s best record in interleague play ever, supplanting its 31-19 start in 1999. Back then, the NL was competitive — it ended up winning almost 54 percent of its games against the AL that year. This season might bring a long-awaited return to its old form.Some of the reasons for the change were emerging last year. The DH just isn’t the advantage it used to be; so far this season, AL designated hitters have an on-base plus slugging (OPS) of only .725, their worst mark in nearly three decades. Perhaps that’s why AL teams are just 6-19 (a miserable .240 winning percentage) at home against the NL this year, a complete reversal of the trend that used to fuel American League dominance.The specter of tanking also applies here. Of the nine teams tracking for at least 88 losses in FiveThirtyEight’s MLB prediction model, six (the White Sox, Royals, Orioles, Tigers, Rangers and Rays) are in the AL. 4After Tampa Bay at 88 losses, the next-losingest predicted record belongs to the Oakland Athletics (84 losses), a big gap that probably can serve as the de facto barrier between tankers and simply mediocre ballclubs. Meanwhile, some of the most improved teams in the majors (such as the Braves, Phillies and Pirates) are in the NL, along with a group of already solid teams who got better over the offseason (the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Brewers).Although the AL still has the advantage in top-line talent — only one of this year’s top 10 in WAR (Nationals ace Max Scherzer) is in the NL — things appear to have tilted in the NL’s favor overall. It’s worth noting that the NL has gotten off to a hot start before, only to crash and burn by year’s end: In 2016, it won 30 of the first 50 interleague games… then promptly went 105-145 the rest of the way. So we could end up looking back and thinking how cute it was that the NL had such a large early edge on its AL rivals. But at least there are some reasons to think this year is different, and that the NL’s newfound success is sustainable. For all the talk about conference imbalance in the NBA, basketball isn’t the only pro sport in which one half of the league usually dominates the other.1And the West does dominate in the NBA. Even after a rocky start, it ended up winning the NBA’s interconference battle for the ninth straight season in 2017-18, 221-199. Since baseball’s Interleague play was introduced in 1997, it has largely served as an excuse for the American League to show its superiority: The AL went into the 2018 season having run up a 1,503-1,257 record on the National League in interleague play over the previous decade. How good is that? If the average AL team were playing a 162-game season against its NL counterpart over that span, it would win 88 games — roughly good enough to make the playoffs in the NL most seasons.Why the big disparity? For one thing, the AL has typically had more star power: In the past decade, eight of the top 10 players in baseball according to wins above replacement2Using an average of the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. (Mike Trout, Adrian Beltre, Zack Greinke, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Evan Longoria and Dustin Pedroia) spent time in the AL, while only three (Clayton Kershaw, Joey Votto and Greinke) played in the NL.3You can extend this further down the list if you want: 13 of the top 15 played in the AL, versus just six in the NL, and so forth. The rule difference that grants AL teams a designated hitter at home also helped them rack up a big home-field advantage over the years.But so far in 2018, the AL’s edge has eroded. After about a month and a half, NL teams are 32-18 against their AL foes, outscoring them 242-208. If this holds, it would be the first time the NL has won interleague play since the 2003 season. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to open their season at the University

OSU and University of Delaware are set to face off both days this weekend at noon in Newark, Delaware. 9/02/06Ohio State 2, Delaware 1 (Newark, Delaware) 8/25/07Delaware 4, Ohio State 0 (Columbus, OH) OSU then-sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) tries to defend the ball from California then-freshman forward Janaye Sakkas (20) during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Managing EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team opens up its 2016 season with a doubleheader against the No. 14 Delaware Blue Hens.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson welcomes back eight starters, including junior midfielders Maddy Humphrey, Carolina Vergroesen and junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro. Humphrey and junior midfielder Morgan Kile were the second and fourth leading scorers last year, respectively. In games where Humphrey scored in 2015, the Buckeyes were 6-3. Vergroesen also made a strong impact last year, starting in all 19 games and average 69 minutes per contests.OSU’s defense is also experiencing the return of key players, none more important than Tamburro. The junior led the Big Ten in saves (134) and saves per game (7.1) in 2015. Tamburro also ranks eighth in OSU history with 250 stops in only two seasons.In front of Tamburro is trusted junior defender Caroline Rath. She ranked second nationally with eight defensive saves last fall. Together, Rath and Tamburro, were responsible for being the core of the defensive that led to three shutouts in 2015. As for the Blue Hens, they’re coming back from clinching their third straight CAA title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament last season. Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof welcomes back nine starters and 14 letter winners. This includes senior Esmee Peet, the CAA’s Preseason Player of the Year.OSU vs. University of Delaware HistoryThe Buckeyes and the Blue Hens have met four times in the past and have split the contests. Their last meeting was back in 2008 at the Blue Hen Classic where OSU had a successful 2-1 win in overtime. Previous matches also include:08/25/07: Delaware 4, Ohio State 0 (Columbus, OH)09/02/06: Delaware 1, Ohio State 2 (Newark, Delaware)09/12/81: Delaware 5, Ohio State 0 (Storrs, Conn.) 9/12/81Delaware 5, Ohio State 0 (Storrs, Connecticut) read more

Tressel asks for 5game ban after NCAA upholds players suspensions

Zack Meisel contributed to this story. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has asked for a harsher suspension after the NCAA determined Thursday its initial ruling of a five-game suspension in a case involving five OSU student-athletes will not be reduced. “Throughout this entire situation my players and I have committed ourselves to facing our mistakes and growing from them; we can only successfully do that together,” Tressel said in a press release. “I spoke with athletics director (Gene) Smith, and our student‐athletes involved, and told them that my mistakes need to share the same game sanctions. Like my players, I am very sorry for the mistakes I made. I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together.” The ruling comes just eight days after OSU suspended Tressel for two games, as well as fined him $250,000, for withholding information regarding the players’ misdeeds. He was first made aware that the players might have broken NCAA rules on April 2, 2010, when a Columbus attorney, Christopher Cicero, alerted Tressel in his first of a series of e-mails. “Coach Tressel has requested that he sit out the first five games of the 2011 season,” Smith said. “I have accepted his request and we are taking action to notify the NCAA. Until the NCAA has completed its investigation, we will not be publicly discussing the details of this case.” On Dec. 23, the NCAA ruled that five junior Buckeye football players — quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas — would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia, awards and game-worn clothing. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting was suspended for one game for receiving discounted tattoos. “While we are disappointed that our appeal request was denied, we respect the NCAA and accept its ruling,” Smith said. “The players are sorry for the disappointment they have caused, will learn from their mistakes and will strive to earn the confidence and support of everyone associated with the university through their future conduct.” OSU began working on an appeal on behalf of the suspended players shortly after the NCAA made its initial ruling on the matter. All six suspended Buckeyes were eligible to participate in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas on Jan. 4, a 31-26 Buckeye victory. In the press release, a Big Ten athletics representative and professor at OSU stressed that the university has been working toward ensuring student-athletes are receiving a proper education regarding NCAA rules and regulations. “The university remains steadfast in its commitment to continually improve the compliance education process,” said John Bruno, faculty athletics representative to the Big Ten and NCAA, and OSU professor of psychology. “We believe that we do a good job in educating our more than 900 student-athletes, but we strive to do better to help them make good decisions.” Besides the suspensions, the players will have to repay benefits they earned, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. This was the university’s final opportunity to appeal. read more

Loukanikos the legendary Greek riot dog dies

first_imgSad news from Greece – Loukanikos, the valiant dog who faced down Greek riot police during the height of the eurozone crisis, has died.Greek media report that Loukanikos (Greek for sausage) passed away peacefully, having retired from protests in 2012.Loukanikos began hitting the headlines in 2010, when the stray hound began appearing in the front line of anti-austerity protests.According to Avgi journalist Petros Katsakos, the dog’s health was adversely affected by tear gas and from being kicked from police, forcing him to ‘retire’ from active protest about two years ago.“He was on the couch sleeping, when suddenly his heart stopped beating,” Loukanikos’ carer told Avgi.At the height of his fame, Loukanikos even featured in Time Magazine’s review of 2011.Loukanikos ‘retired’ in autumn 2012, around the time that the eurozone crisis was easing. He swapped tear gas and riot shields for a gentler life with an Athens family, who offered “all the care, love, food and vaccinations” a dog could need.Source: The Guardian Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Valverdes plan for Barcelonas new signings after the break

first_imgWe reveal the plans that Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has for the new arrivals after the international break, detailed information from the inside.Just when you maybe thought that the latest FC Barcelona signings weren’t getting the playing time everyone expected, we come and tell you what manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans for all the new players are, or at least the most prominent. The start of the new season has been mostly dominated by players who were already a part of the squad before the summer transfer market, with only Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal really getting some participation on the first three official matches of La Liga season for FC Barcelona. But the other three prominent players who have been signed by the club this summer have barely gotten any minutes, people started wondering why this was happening and it was recently revealed that this is part of the overall plan that the Spanish manager has for his new arrivals. This new season with the latest signings is not going to be like the ones from previous seasons, in which many of the players who arrived will not get any participation at all. We tell you the specific plans Valverde has for his most interesting new signings.Alegria por viver esse momento ??— Arthur Melo (@arthurhromelo) September 4, 2018Arthur MeloLike Lionel Messi said it during his latest interview for Catalunya Radio, Brazilian Arthur is the player that surprised him the most because his playing style is very reminiscent to Xavi Hernandez’s. We all know what the Catalan player meant to the institution, which is why Ernesto Valverde is being extra careful with this player’s adaptation to the club, he didn’t receive any minutes at the start of the season because he plans to rest a couple of names from his usual starting eleven and then Arthur will get his playing time.  The plan is to give him more minutes for the crucial match at Real Sociedad after the international break, this will be a perfect test for everyone to find out if he has what it takes to play for Barcelona.Seguimos sumando gracias a Dios!!???? buen triunfo equipo!!?? @fcbarcelona @miguelruizfcb— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) September 2, 2018Arturo VidalThe Chile international has already gotten a few minutes during some of the first matches of La Liga season, but Arturo Vidal should get a more prominent role in the squad because both Leo Messi and Luis Suarez feel a lot safer with him covering their backs. There is a misconception about Arturo Vidal not being a great football player and only being good at tackling, but people who have followed his career know that he plays top-class football and there is a lot he can give to FC Barcelona in the near future. The problem with Arturo is that he is still not fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last year, which is something that everybody should worry about because of how sensitive this area is.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.? Bienvenue @clement_lenglet!?? Welcome to Barça!⚽️ #EnjoyLenglet? #EnjoyBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2018Clément LengletThis French center-back has been playing impressive football for some time now at Sevilla FC, Barcelona had been following him for years and he is destined to replace Gerard Pique in the future for when the Catalan player decides to hang up his boots. The 23-year old just needed one season at Sevilla to impress the world, but the Catalan club had tabs on him since his days as a Ligue 1 player for Nancy. Lenglet has all the characteristics that the prototype Barcelona defender must have, he has perfect ball control, prodigious technique, and GPS like positioning on the field than any player in the world would kill for.❗ [MEDICAL REPORT] Malcom has a sprained right ankle.More details ? ?? #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 3, 2018MalcomThe plan for the Brazilian was quite simple, they wanted to get competition for Ousmane Dembele who appeared to have lost the will to fight for his position at the end of last season. But the Frenchman’s explosive first few matches may delay the Brazilian’s playing minutes for Barcelona, he also suffered an ankle injury this week that will keep him out of competition for a few weeks but it’s nothing serious. After the international break, the most likely scenario is that Dembele will stay in the starting eleven but Malcom will become more important as the season gets more progress. This is a player who has all the usual abilities that any Brazilian winger usually gets from birth, but his youth may get in the way of an evolution that will transform him into a world-class offensive player for Barcelona. Which of these new Barcelona signings are you expecting to watch more frequently after the international break? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more