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Video: Kerr recalls when he knew Draymond Green was a special player

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/20/bang_71117d19-1d0b-4460-89fb-ede96f7a73af”]It was a practice day for the Golden State Warriors and that gave coach Steve Kerr time to reflect on the veterans on the team.He offered updates on Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, two key pieces to the team’s dynasty. He also talked about the first time he realized Green would be a special player in the NBA. It was back in 2014 when he watched the Warriors vs. Clippers series that went to a Game 7. He said …last_img read more

Jomo Sono: top player, top coach

first_imgJomo Sono, affectionately known as “the Black Prince”, has enjoyed success both as a superbly skilled player and as a coach with an astute eye for talent.Sono, the player, displayed a creative flair, an ability to tear teams apart with defence-splitting passes or to turn defenders inside out with a sublime display of individual skill.A complete player, he could control the game from midfield, either by playing deep and laying on passes for his team mates or by rattling the opposition defence by running at them with the ball. His all-round ability was even visible in front of goal; he could either curl a shot beyond the reach of a despairing goalkeeper or blast it past him with a powerful shot.Played alongside PeleSono, together with Kaizer Motaung, the founder of South Africa’s most famous club Kaizer Chiefs, played part of his career in the United States alongside the game’s greatest player, Pele, at New York Cosmos. Motaung plied his trade with the Atlanta Chiefs.When the two South African stars returned home, they both formed clubs named after their American teams. Sono bought the Highlands Park Football Club and renamed it Jomo Cosmos. The side plays in the Premier Soccer League to this day.With Sono at the helm, Cosmos has, with monotonous regularity, unearthed some of the best football talent in South Africa. There has tended to be a sizeable turnover of that talent because of big money being thrown at the players Sono discovered. His excellent eye has always uncovered stars to replace the former stars who had moved on.Grooming players for overseas successIn addition, he has always encouraged his players to pursue careers overseas. Examples of his success include former national team players Mark Fish, Philemon Masinga and Helman Mkhalele, all of whom went on to earn themselves lucrative contracts with European clubs.Although Cosmos have won only the Bobsave Super Bowl in 1990 and the National Soccer League title in 1987, Sono’s club has consistently finished among the top teams in the country’s Premier League.Besides his role as a top talent spotter, Sono’s role as a top coach has never been in question. In fact, the former midfield ace helped the national team out as a technical adviser during the victorious 1996 African Cup of Nations campaign. One of the finest jobs he has yet done was in 1998 when he was appointed caretaker coach of Bafana Bafana just before the African Cup of Nations finals.A remarkable featCoach PhilippeTroussier had been sacked just before the event. With the coaching team in disarray, many experts predicted a disastrous showing for South Africa in Burkina Faso. They were wrong. Under Sono’s guidance the side made it all the way to the finals where they lost to Egypt. It had been a remarkable feat given the circumstances.After a dismal performance by Bafana Bafana at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali, Sono was appointed as technical director to the team. There were, however, differences between the Black Prince and coach Carlos Queiroz. The SA Football Association threw their weight behind Sono and, in a decision similar to the one made in 1998, he was appointed caretaker coach for the 2002 World Cup.South Africa’s national football team may not have progressed beyond the first round in Korea and Japan, but five goals, one win, one draw and a 3-2 thriller against tournament favourites Spain did more than erase the disappointment of Mali.Radebe credits SonoMuch of the credit for South Africa’s performances went to Sono, with skipper Lucas Radebe saying that Sono had “instilled a spirit that wasn’t there before under many previous coaches. The atmosphere among the squad at this World Cup has been better than on most other occasions over the ten years I have been playing international football.”Sono said the team could return home with their heads held high: “This is maybe the best South African team ever, certainly better than four years ago. In another four years I think we will qualify for the second phase.”While Sono obviously loves the role he plays with his club, he says his God-given talent is that of talent spotter. The steady stream of exports from Jomo Cosmos to football league’s around the world bears corroborating testimony to Sono’s claim.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa ‘has lost its greatest son’

first_img6 December 2013 “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” President Jacob Zuma said as he announced the passing of former president Nelson Mandela in a live address on national television shortly before midnight on Thursday. “My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” Zuma said. “He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013. He is now resting. He is now at peace. “Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love.” Zuma said the nation’s thoughts and prayers were with the Mandela family. “Our thoughts are with his wife Mrs Graca Machel, his former wife Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and the entire family. “Our thoughts are with his friends, comrades and colleagues who fought alongside Madiba over the course of a lifetime of struggle. “Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nationhood. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause. “This is the moment of our deepest sorrow,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. “Yet, what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. And in him we saw so much of ourselves. “Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell.” Zuma said that all flags in the country would fly at half-mast until after Mandela’s funeral. “As we gather, wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world, let us recall the values for which Madiba fought. Let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another. “Let us commit ourselves to strive together – sparing neither strength nor courage – to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. “Let us express, each in our own way, the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity. “This is indeed the moment of our deepest sorrow,” Zuma said. “Yet it must also be the moment of our greatest determination. A determination to live as Madiba has lived, to strive as Madiba has strived, and to not rest until we have realised his vision of a truly united South Africa, a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a better world. “We will always love you, Madiba. May your soul rest in peace. God Bless Africa. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SDC to Host Youth Empowerment and Job Fair in Portmore

first_img The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on each day and will assist the unemployed youth in Cumberland and surrounding areas to secure employment. The Social Development Commission (SDC) will be hosting its inaugural Youth Empowerment and Job Fair at the Cumberland Community Centre in Portmore, St. Catherine, from February 20 to 22.The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on each day and will assist the unemployed youth in Cumberland and surrounding areas to secure employment.Participants will be engaged in the areas of résumé writing, skills development, leadership training, career counselling and interview preparation.Young persons between the ages of 17 and 35 are encouraged to take their résumes and meet with prospective employers from various sectors, including communications, security and business process outsourcing (BPO). Participants will be engaged in the areas of résumé writing, skills development, leadership training, career counselling and interview preparation. Story Highlightscenter_img Entrepreneurship Officer with the HEART Trust/NTA, Michelle McLymonth addresses participants of a recent Social Development Commission (SDC) Fair in Annotto Bay, on workplace etiquette. The Social Development Commission (SDC) will be hosting its inaugural Youth Empowerment and Job Fair at the Cumberland Community Centre in Portmore, St. Catherine, from February 20 to 22.last_img read more

How Will Porzingis And The Knicks Cope With Life After Melo

The vast majority of the attention given to the Carmelo Anthony trade has focused on Oklahoma City, and rightfully so. The Thunder, coming off a campaign in which MVP Russell Westbrook was perhaps the NBA’s loneliest franchise player, have added two All-Stars this summer and possibly positioned themselves as the top challenger to the Golden State Warriors.Meanwhile, the Knicks — the league’s most valuable club and the team on the other end of the Anthony deal — have been an afterthought in all this. The swap was one New York badly needed to make so it could fully turn the page on an era in which the Knicks haven’t secured a playoff berth in four seasons. But this new chapter without Anthony figures to present an entirely new set of questions.Chief among them: Can 22-year-old Kristaps Porzingis — who averaged 18 points a night as a second or third option — step into Anthony’s role and become the Knicks’ leading man?At first glance, the answer would appear to be yes. This past season, Porzingis became a far more efficient scorer at the rim and from midrange. He improved from 58 percent at the basket as a rookie to 70 percent in Year 2 while also jumping from 41 percent from the 10-to-16-foot range to 48 percent. He managed to get better from the 3-point stripe, too, knocking down shots from the arc at a league-average clip. And it can’t be overlooked that the 7-foot-3 big man with the skill set of a guard actually managed to shoot better when Anthony (and former MVP Derrick Rose) was off the court than when they played together.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/kpfadeaway.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/kpdrive.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, that detail alone isn’t evidence that Porzingis will thrive without Anthony. In fact, when you look more closely, it appears that at least some of Porzingis’s success as a lead option stemmed from who his competition was. Specifically, he turned in some of his most accurate shooting during the first six minutes of second and fourth periods last season, per NBA Savant — times where he likely would’ve been feasting on second-string defenses.1Though it may be a coincidence, Porzingis has struggled most in his first two seasons during first quarters, when he’d likely be facing starting-level competition. By contrast, he’s shot nearly 50 percent for his career during the first six minutes of second periods, when he’d be facing backups, since the majority of NBA starters catch their breath for the first few minutes of the second quarter.That speaks to why the Knicks were just 2-16 without Anthony2And 2-11 when Porzingis played without Anthony. the past two seasons: No one else on the roster could generate offense as efficiently as Melo while also facing the sort of defensive pressure he was seeing.3While he generated a greater share of his own baskets with Anthony off the court, it’s worth noting that nearly 42 percent of Porzingis’s makes last season were assisted by Anthony, Derrick Rose or Brandon Jennings, all players who are no longer with the Knicks. That was especially the case in one-on-ones and post-ups, for which Melo has an affinity.New York scored on 47 percent of Anthony’s one-on-one plays and came away with at least one point when he was aggressively double-teamed in the post 43 percent of the time, according to Synergy Sports. The Knicks scored on just 34 percent of Porzingis’s one-on-ones and were successful just 23 percent of the time — for a measly 0.57 points per play — when opponents sent hard double-teams at him in the post. A lot can be attributed to Porzingis’s need to develop more lower-body strength and establish better position, as he often catches the ball way too far from the paint to back down his man.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/badearlyshot.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/porzingistoofarout.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.None of this is to suggest that Porzingis — the rare budding star who has as much defensive ability as offensive ability — isn’t capable of eventually being the centerpiece of a team. At this point, he should be the least of the Knicks’ worries; the club should be using this coming season to figure out who to slot next to him going forward.However, that open-tryout mentality will be complicated by the current roster configuration, as the Knicks are currently heavy on bigs they need to find playing time for. Enes Kanter (acquired in the trade), Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn are all talented, but figure to create a logjam at center if they all make it to opening night. The presence of 32-year-old Joakim Noah, who has three years left on one of the NBA’s worst contracts, doesn’t help matters, either.A trade to move one of them — and possibly veteran swingman Courtney Lee, who deserves an opportunity to latch on with a contender rather than taking part in a rebuild — would make sense. Ideally, the Knicks would use those returns to get future draft picks and a young player or two who can defend, since Kanter, Doug McDermott (also acquired in the Melo deal) and Tim Hardaway Jr. are all solid scorers while being subpar on the other side of the ball. New York, which has ranked in the bottom 10 on defense for 11 of the last 15 seasons, will need to find some sense of balance — a process that will likely take the better part of the next few years as these players figure themselves out.But even if the next couple seasons are marked by growing pains, at least the Knicks can finally turn their attention to roster development instead of wondering how to make the failed marriage with Anthony work. read more

Board of Trustees Finance Committee approves changes to football basketball ticket pricing

Fans cheer as players run onto the field at Ohio Stadium before a game. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State’s Department of Athletics cleared its first hurdle in requesting that changes be made to the current ticket-pricing system for football and basketball: The Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the plans Thursday afternoon.Under the proposal, individual, home-game football tickets for the 2017 season would range from $65 to $190; the current price scale has tickets ranging from $70 to $195. Both price ranges use a system of dynamic pricing, where varied prices are set based on the perceived demand of the game.The current 15-percent discount that season ticket holders receive, and 20-percent discount that OSU faculty and staff receive when buying season tickets, would remain in place for next year, said athletic director Gene Smith, who was in attendance during the meeting. Student prices, which are $34 per game when bought in Big Ten and full-season packages, are to remain at the same price through 2020.Army and University of Nevada, Las Vegas are scheduled to be the cheapest tickets, at $65 and $70 each, respectively. A ticket for Michigan State or Oklahoma is set to cost $190.Screen grab of the proposed OSU home football game ticket prices for the 2017 season. Credit: Ohio State Board of TrusteesChanges to the pricing model for Buckeye basketball were also approved at the Finance Committee meeting. Individual, home-game tickets for the 2017-18 season would range in price among a system of four seating sections and classifications of games. The first rank of games, exhibition games, would range from $5 to $10 depending on the seating section, and the most expensive “premier” games would range from $14 to $57. Student-section prices would remain unchanged, ranging from $10 to $13.The proposal also introduces a 12-percent discount for season-ticket holders, and the faculty and staff season ticket discount of 20 percent would remain unchanged.Both plans require final approval from the full board on Friday. read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse off to undefeated 50 start

Five games into the 2012 campaign, the undefeated Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continues to dominate every team in their path with their best start in 10 years. Led by second-year coach Alexis Venechanos, the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 86-26, and allowed less than 15 shots per match. Brown University was OSU’s latest victim Saturday. OSU won, 16-3, in Ohio Stadium on the heels of a 21-7 win against Louisville on Feb. 19. “I am pleased with how we turned it around and put the tempo in our favor,” Venechanos said in a press release Saturday. “Brown is a good team and the game was closer than the score shows. They definitely made it difficult for us to get our game going at the beginning.” On the defensive end, the Buckeyes forced 15 of Brown’s 18 turnovers, which helped the Buckeyes score 12 unanswered goals at one point in the match. Senior attacker and co-captain Alayna Markwordt became the leading scorer in school history, edging the previous mark by four points, in the game against the Cardinals. Markwordt stands at 252 career points which date back to the fourth game of her freshman season on March 1, 2009. “As a team, we were really just focused on coming out and winning, and breaking the record was just part of that,” Markwordt said in a Feb. 19 press release. “I’m very grateful to have been able to play here for four years and remain healthy to get to this point.” The Buckeye offense is averaging 17.2 points per game, second in the American Lacrosse Conference only to Johns Hopkins’ 19. A newly installed “man-advantage” rule, where teams play without a player in each attacking zone for two minutes after a yellow card penalty, has not slowed down the Buckeyes. OSU was called for yellow cards three times in the Robert Morris game and twice against No. 6-ranked Stanford. No points were given up during those two-minute impediments. Co-captain and senior midfielder, Gabby Capuzzi, was honored as the ALC Offensive Player of the Week after the opening weekend of play. Capuzzi tallied six points in the 14-10 upset against Stanford. She leads the team with 15 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers. In OSU’s season opener against San Diego State Feb. 11, senior midfielder and co-captain Kirsten Donahue added four goals to her 15 on the season . Freshmen goalies, Caitlin Hester and Tori DeScenza, had a combined six saves in their first match of their collegiate career. The Buckeyes take on Notre Dame (2-0)  at home next at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

Zidane is as good a head couch as he was a

first_imgKlopp launched a defence of his rival Zinedine Zidane, saying that the Frenchman is already proving to be as good a head coach as he was a player.‘If a lot of people think Zinedine Zidane has not a lot of tactical knowledge and then people think the same about me that would be really funny.‘The two managers in the Champions League final have no clue about tactics? What would that say about the game?‘For me, Zinedine Zidane is one of the best five players of all time in football. I’m longer in Liverpool than he is at Real Madrid and he can win the Champions League for a third time. That’s never happened before.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…‘Unfortunately, I have to accept that he is as brilliant as he was as a player. This group of players work like a clock from Switzerland. I saw his team playing a lot of times and it is just fantasy football.‘It is organised when it needs to be organised and chaos when it needs to be chaos. They are all world-class players but it is football and always there is an opportunity for the other team.‘Zinedine Zidane has been fighting all his career, from where he grew up in Marseille he had to fight. It just maybe didn’t look that way when he played.‘I saw his face when someone asked him if Liverpool would be hungrier in this final. He is still a fighter. I would have had the same face and I’m from a small village in the Black Forest. We are proud to be here. Let’s do the best we can and play,’ he said, according to Dailymail.last_img read more

Mega Millions will hold their 321 million dollars drawing on Christmas

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – You have a chance at becoming a millionaire this Christmas.Mega Millions will hold their next drawing tomorrow for a whopping 321 million dollars.This comes after no one claimed the week before.You’ll need a Christmas miracle to get the money, your chances at winning is one in 302.5 million. December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mega Millions will hold their 321 million dollars drawing on Christmas Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 24, 2018last_img read more