Eboue Considers Suicide after Split with Wife  Â

first_img He played in a UEFA Champions League final, earned millions in a seven-year English Premier League career, slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars.But in a shock revelation former Arsenal cult figure Emmanuel Eboue admitted to UK’s  Mirror he’s penniless and has been close to suicide.The 34-year-old from Côte d Ivoire who appeared for Arsene Wenger‘s side between 2004 and 2011 has admitted he’s seriously considered taking his own life after financial mismanagement has left him skint and a bitter divorce that has meant he is estranged from his three children.At the height of his career at the Emirates he took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Turkish giants Galatasaray.However, with his former wife Aurelie being awarded of all the couple’s assets, he has been forced to dodge police and bailiffs following a court order – insisting he hand over his home in Enfield to her.Heartbreakingly, the former Gunner – whose infectious smile and unorthodox defending helped build a cult following among football fans across the globe – has been unable to visit his kids since the estrangement from Aurelie in June.Eboue is inconsolable at not being able to see his nine-year-old son Mathis and two daughters Clara, 14, and Maeva, 12, this Christmas.To add to that he has been grieving since his late grandfather Amadou Bertin, who brought him up, sadly died after a brave battle against cancer. To top it all he lost his brother N’Dri Serge, who died in a motorbike crash.Eboue, who won the free-kick that led to Sol Campbell’s goal for Arsenal against Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final, has been hit hard with misfortune which has brought him to the brink of suicide.Speaking to The Sunday Mirror he said: ‘I want God to help me. Only he can help take these (suicidal) thoughts from my mind. It hurts me a lot (not to see his children). They used to call me. But now, no contact. It pains me to be alone without them.’A deadline for troubled Eboue to surrender ownership of the mansion he once shared with Aurelie passed earlier this month, meaning a judge will sign the transfer if Eboue doesn’t.The Mirror also reported his former wife will rent out the Enfield property but he says he lacks the funds for a barrister or lawyer to help fight his cause.So now he waits with his bags packed in the hallway for the dreaded knock on the door which will see the law force him to vacate the property he bought in happier times.He added: ‘I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come. Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.‘My own house. I suffered to buy my house but I am now scared. I am not going to sell my clothes or sell what I have. I will fight until the end because it is not fair.’His plans to return to the Premier League for one final payday with Sunderland last season faded after FIFA slapped him with a year’s ban following a dispute with a former advisor.The former Ivory Coast international who gained 79 caps for his country is remarkably free of bitterness at his former partner Aurelie – but blames previous advisors for FIFA imposing their damaging 12-month playing ban on him.Eboue, who admits he had a limited education growing up in his country’s capital Abidjan, as he focused on trying to become a professional footballer, also concedes he was ‘naive’ with his fortune.He accepts he allowed his former wife to take control of their financial affairs, but claims hangers-on bled him dry as they saw him as an easy target because he was never given good advice on how to manage his fortune.Staggeringly Eboue even recalls having to sign financial paperwork while he was supposed to be training when he was visited by bank staff at London Colney, Arsenal’s training ground.The Arsenal cult hero now sleeps on a friend’s floor, washes his clothes by hand because he can’t afford a washing machine and can just about find the money for an Oyster card – despite once having a bank-busting balance in the black.But he thanks the PFA for their help and is sharing his story as a cautionary tale to help young African footballers learn from his errors.He needs a job and would love a role at his former club Arsenal to help tide him over – but says he would be ’embarrassed’ if he saw some of his former team-mates, including Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, because of the current plight he finds himself in.Eboue’s is a tragic situation which, despite the glamour and undreamed riches available at the top tier of English football, is a heart-breaking and salutatory tale for those in charge of the Premier League.Yet despite his troubles he is still fighting hard, as he thanks God, adding: ‘I didn’t want what has happened. I don’t wish it on anybody.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kiffin, QBs waste talented roster

first_img“Four-Point Shot” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this story, email Jacob at jefreedm@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Jacob on Twitter @Jacob_Freedman After another stalled drive against Washington State, USC’s star wide receiver, junior Marqise Lee, who will almost certainly be nabbing passes from an NFL quarterback a year from now, stormed off the field.He yanked off his helmet and screamed in frustration in the direction of the stands that were once filled with cheers but were now rife with boos and chants of “Fire Kiffin.”Two years removed from a 10-2 season in which the Trojans clobbered UCLA 50-0 to finish the year, the result for USC’s players, many of whom were on that 2011 team, on Saturday was a 10-7 loss at the hands of a Washington State team that couldn’t muster an offensive touchdown.For Lee, who didn’t catch a pass longer than 10 yards for the first time since his first game at USC, talent will win out over statistics when it comes to his draft status next April. Regardless of how much his production drops this season, his athleticism and overall pedigree ensure that he will be a first round pick. Senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin, who had two sacks and looked to be at full strength coming off of an injury, will still hear his name called in the early rounds.This USC roster is brimming with elite talent, stockpiled by USC head coach Lane Kiffin and his predecessor Pete Carroll. And therein lies the real shame of the Trojans’ newfound ineptitude. How unfair is it for the Trojans that, despite a plethora of talent up and down the roster, the startling incompetence of two quarterbacks and their head coach can snowball into a loss to one of the Pac-12’s least talented squads?The portion of blame between Kiffin and his two signal-callers is up for debate, but there is little doubt that the quarterback situation has become a hot mess.It was USC’s biggest question coming into 2013 following the 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl that left an unpalatable taste in the mouth of every Trojan supporter. After the quarterback duo struggled in an ugly 30-13 season-opening win over Hawai’i, the pair’s performance went up in flames on Saturday. Redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek each played a half, and combined to throw for 54 yards with an interception each.Kessler was named the starter for the foreseeable future on Monday, and with that announcement should come a system tailored to his strengths and set up to mask his weaknesses. The damage, however, has been done.Many top recruits were in attendance for Saturday’s game. Expecting to see the supremely confident and talented Trojans wallop the Cougars back to Pullman, Wash., they instead were treated to a night full of bubble screens and redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden (admirably) punching the ball up the middle. Highly touted defensive ends Kylie Fitts and Eddie Vanderdoes decommitted last year after the 7-6 debacle, as did safety commit Max Redfield. Even with Kiffin’s reputation as a recruiting guru, games such as last Saturday’s, where the standout performance of the entire defense was wasted, are the type that make commits re-evaluate their prospects and move the Trojans down a notch on their wish lists.The worst betrayal in all of this, though, is suffered by the players already on the Trojan roster. USC’s defense has been outstanding in 2013, allowing three points to a Cougar offense that put up 24 points against Auburn the week before. On Saturday night, it felt as if USC had a better chance of putting points on the board when the Cougars had the ball, rather than when the Trojans did. The level of frustration after constantly stopping your opponent only to see your offense sputter must have been unimaginable.Sophomore defensive tackle Leonard Williams looked lost as he wandered around the far side of the field following the final whistle. A highly sought-after recruit in high school, Williams chose USC over football powerhouses in his home state of Florida. So far, he’s been treated to a 7-6 season and now, this. Sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor also made the cross-country trek from Florida, and the Trojans’        No. 2 wide receiver was targeted just once on Saturday and has only two receptions all season.There’s no doubt the 2011 season was a feather in Kiffin’s cap, but USC has now lost six of its last eight games. The players won’t ever admit it, but if on-field emotions and body language were any indicator, they have to be wondering why they are at USC if the incompetence of one coach and two quarterbacks can torpedo their collective efforts.Nearly all college football coaches lure talent with the promise of being part of a winning program. And though USC went 7-6 last season, there was at least some competence on offense until the Sun Bowl disaster — at least more than 54 passing yards’ worth.Redshirt junior defensive end George Uko, who forced the fumble that led to USC’s only score of the game, was sobbing as he left the field Saturday night. He didn’t choose USC because he wanted to lose to Washington State at home. None of these Trojans did. Yet that’s the new reality. It’s not fair to the players, and it has to change.last_img read more

Malachi Richardson reportedly signs with agent, officially ending his college career

first_imgUPDATED: Monday, May 16 at 2:10 p.m.Malachi Richardson’s college career is officially over as he has signed with an agent and will keep his name in the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. The reports come nine days before the deadline for underclassmen that declared early to either stay in the draft or return to school.Richardson didn’t participate in the 5-on-5 scrimmages at the NBA Draft Combine because of a tweak in his back, he told ESPN’s Andy Katz on the combine’s ESPN2 broadcast last Thursday. During the interview, he emphasized making the best choice for both him and his family, and that he was 50-50 on staying in school and leaving.Richardson wanted a guarantee that he’d be taken in the first round in order to keep his name in the draft, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman also reported last Thursday.Richardson ranked second on Syracuse as a freshman with 13.4 points per game. He chipped in 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest as the Orange tore through the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament to the Final Four. The surprise run was kept alive in large part by Richardson, who scored 21 second-half points against top-seeded Virginia to erase a 16-point deficit in the Elite Eight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith his departure, SU will have eight scholarship players on its roster next year: Seniors Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson and John Gillon, sophomores Paschal Chukwu, Tyler Lydon and Frank Howard and freshmen Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer.It also opens up a spot in the starting lineup, likely at shooting guard, which is where Jim Boeheim said Richardson would see more time in 2016-17 rather than his wing position he played alongside Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney in 2015-16. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Sky Bet collaborates with Leeds charity to support individuals with autism

first_img Industry big guns issue response on levy commitment June 20, 2019 Share Sky Betting & Gaming has collaborated with Leeds-based charity Lighthouse Futures Trust to create a new approach which will see the duo help boost technical talent and increase employability for young adults with autism across the city.As part of the new programme, Sky Betting & Gaming has rolled out its ‘coding for beginners’ initiative which has already been proven to be successful in enhancing digital literacy across the North East.Rik Barker, Chief Technology Officer at Sky Betting & Gaming, said: “We’ve lots of ways in which a diverse range of candidates can access a tech career, including our Graduate Academy, apprenticeships and internships. “This pilot scheme is the first to provide a completely new and accessible opportunity to an underutilised talent pool of neuro diverse young people, who we know find it particularly challenging to gain full time employment. “Students attending the programme can gain the skills needed to improve their digital literacy and employability, as well as get to know more about the inner workings of a large and complex technology company.” The partnership consists of a two-week bootcamp-style training course which offers students a variety of educational courses tailored towards the development of both technical and vocational-style skills. The main focus will be training participants about the best ways to practically apply their skills.It will teach individuals with disabilities and autism how to code using Ruby and Java script, and the key principals of Agile, a project management method adopted by many technology companies. Katie Parlett, Chief Exec at Lighthouse Futures Trust, added: “We have been absolutely delighted to work with Sky Betting and Gaming on this exciting pilot. They have been excellent partners – flexible, enthusiastic and understanding, with a real commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. “The students on the programme were given an amazing experience with inspiring tutors, a great learning environment as well as learning how to code in an interesting way – using hangman and noughts and crosses. “We are very excited about working with Sky Betting & Gaming on similar opportunities in the future as this is a perfect way in which young people with support needs can gain work experience as a first step to gaining employment.” Jack Hemsworth, a student on the programme, commented on the opportunity: “I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity and want to thank the Lighthouse Futures Trust for enabling it to happen, and Sky Betting & Gaming who are making coding easier to understand. I am looking forward to gaining more experience in the near future.” Share Related Articles UK drives Stars Group growth despite international ‘disruptions’ February 27, 2020 Submit UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures November 6, 2019 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Morocco 2015 Qualifier: Black Stars begin workout on Tuesday in Casablanca

first_imgGhana will continue with their push for top place in their group as the qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations returns this weekend.The Black Stars are in Morocco for the first of their double-header group E fixtures against Guinea on Saturday, 11 October. After a frustrating opening draw with group leaders, Uganda, the Black Stars entered the second match against Togo and managed an important win in Lome.Now sitting second on the table and level with leaders, Uganda, Ghana will simultaneously be targeting further improvements and victory as the international break kicks in.Stand-in Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu will conduct his first training session with his 23-man squad on Tuesday in Casablanca.Konadu’s squad includes debutants Kwabena Adusei of Mpumalanga Black Aces in South Africa and T.P. Mazembe’s Yaw Frimpong.  Ghana squad:Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Chippa United, South Africa), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)Defenders: Yaw Frimpong (T.P. Mazembe FC, Congo DR), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian FC, France)Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyeman Badu (Udinese, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Atsu Christian (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe FC, Congo DR.), Edwin Gyimah (Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) and Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul Majeed Waris (Trabzonpor, Turkey), David Accam (Helsenborg, Sweden).last_img read more

Clippers can’t catch Trail Blazers, lose 4th consecutive game

first_img“It’s tough to take the loss in general,” said Harris, who shot 15 for 22 and also had 11 rebounds. “We got off to a slow start, we battled back. In the third quarter, they got out there and gave us a first punch and it was tough and give them credit. Our bench did a good job of fighting back, just a couple of game-changing type things that happened and we weren’t able to get the win, so it’s frustrating.”The Clippers’ bench outscored Portland’s 42-24, even without go-to scorer Lou Williams, who remains sidelined with a sore hamstring.Harrell played with the infectious energy off the bench that has been his trademark until a recent funk. Before he was ejected, Harrell put up 15 points on a variety of hard-charging hustle plays, and some static ones too. Harrell – who was 12 for 29 from the stripe in the past eight games – was 7 for 8 from the line on Monday.Reserve guard Tyrone Wallace also provided a spark, with eight points, two assists and four rebounds in 17 active minutes.Rivers said the starters’ shortcomings Monday – starting guard Avery Bradley finished with no points, no rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes – were stark enough that he’d consider adjusting his lineups, perhaps.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The Trail Blazers shot 54.7 percent for the game, even better than the Clippers, who were 50.6 percent from the field.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“This is the second game in a row where we shot over 50 percent and lost,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whose team shot 50.7 in Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma City. “That’s usually the benchmark. If you shoot over 50 percent, you usually win or are in the game.”The Clippers never wilted, rallying in the fourth quarter despite losing backup center Montrezl Harrell – who was ejected on a flagrant 2 foul call for elbowing Jusuf Nurkic in the face while going for a rebound – and a frustrating non-call on a Gallinari 3-point attempt.They outscored Portland 39-31 in the final 12 minutes and shaved Portland’s lead to one with 18.8 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Danilo Gallinari (22 points).Finally, two free throws apiece from CJ McCollum (27 points) and Lillard in the waning moments sealed the Clippers’ fate. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PreviousThe Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks during the first half of Monday’s game against the Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Nik Stauskas (6) drives to basket between Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, left, and Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic (27) dunks Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic (27) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers chases a loose ball during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic (27) attempts a rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Tobias Harris #34 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against a driving Maurice Harkless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers battles Boban Marjanovic #51 of the Los Angeles Clippers for position during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers calls a play during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers grabs a loose ball during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Seth Curry #31 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends during the first half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers yells from the bench during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers battles Marcin Gortat #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers for position during the first half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles past Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles into the defense of Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Portland’s Damian Lillard shoots over the Clippers’ Avery Bradley during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. Lillard had 39 points in the Trail Blazers’ 131-127 victory. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers collides with Evan Turner #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers on a rebound attempt during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Boxer Floyd Mayweather watches an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Zach Collins #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers battles Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: CJ McCollum #3 and Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers defend against Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: CJ McCollum #3 and Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers defend against Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles past Nik Stauskas #6 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers fouls during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks to pass past Al-Farouq Aminu #8 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on after being fouled during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 17: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles past Maurice Harkless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum (3) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Tobias Harris, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, center, and CJ McCollum (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, right, dribbles next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic (27) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) dribbles around a screen from Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, left, is defended by Portland Trail Blazers’ Zach Collins during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Seth Curry (31) shoos over Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, is defended Portland Trail Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Evan Turner, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks during the first half of Monday’s game against the Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 50The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks during the first half of Monday’s game against the Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers continued to sputter Monday at Staples Center in a 131-127 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, squandering career-highs from Tobias Harris (39 points) and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24), as well as a dominant effort from their reserves.Surging early but slumping lately this season, the Clippers (17-13) extended their season-long losing streak to four games and dropped their third consecutive home game, dipping to 9-4 at Staples Center, where Monday’s attendance was 16,030. It was their seventh loss in nine games.Harris’ baskets helped the Clippers keep within shouting distance, but they couldn’t overcome Portland’s collective hot hand – which was especially blazing in the first and third quarter, when it scored 37 and 42 points, respectively.The Trail Blazers (17-13) had 100 points already with 1:26 still left in the third quarter, during which Damian Lillard poured in 22 of his 39 points. “There may be (changes),” Rivers said. “We’ll look, but right now, the way we’re coming out of the gates we have to be better.”It was advantage Portland in the first quarter – on the boards (11-8), in the paint (20 points to 12), in assists (10-6) and, yes, on the scoreboard (37-29).“We’ve just got to start with the defensive end, picking up our physicality and letting that fuel our offense,” said Harris, who kept the Clippers in it early with 14 of his points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting. “That was something we did when we did make that first run and it worked, so we just gotta be a little more locked in.”In the second quarter, The Clippers rode a 32-16 run to erase the Trail Blazers’ early advantage, which had grown to 15 in the first. L.A. took a 52-51 lead with 4:32 to go in the first half after Harris fired a pass downcourt to Wallace, whose layup put the Clippers ahead, where they ended the half, up 60-58.last_img read more

Atlantic League makes ball-strike ‘robot umpires’ a permanent fixture

first_img“This is a landmark day for the Atlantic League and professional baseball,” league president Rick White said in a statement. “After successfully unveiling the ABS at our All-Star Game in York, Pennsylvania, and following positive feedback from managers, players, umpires and fans, we are eager to implement the consistent strike zone accuracy offered by ABS technology.”Games hosted by the High Point Rockers, Lancaster Barnstormers and Long Island Ducks on Thursday will be the first to implement the technology. Related News MLB wrap: Twins turn triple play, hit 5 home runs in win over Yankees The independent Atlantic League will use the Automated Ball-Strike system for the remainder of the 2019 season, making it the first professional league to use technology to help monitor balls and strikes.Home plate umpires will have ABS assistance after it was deemed successful during the league’s All-Star Game earlier this month.center_img MLB trade rumors: Big-contract players Braves, Indians, Phillies should deal for no matter the cost According to the release, ABS technology “utilizes radar technology to provide a reliable, precise, ‘rule-book’ strike zone for pitchers and hitters.” The umpires are expected to monitor a player’s swing to determine a strike and other judgment calls.The use of technology in the Atlantic League is part of a three-year partnership between the league and MLB, where the Atlantic League will test the ABS to determine if it’s something that could be used in the majors.last_img read more

See how shooting legend Abhinav Bindra is helping refugees prepare for the Olympics

first_imgAdvertisement f53wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6upcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pyWould you ever consider trying this?😱53Can your students do this? 🌚5Roller skating! Powered by Firework In a heart-warming gesture, veteran shooter Abhinav Bindra along with three-time Olympic gold medallist Italy’s Niccolo Campriani hosted young refugee shooters to prepare them for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This wonderful initiative saw the light in 2019 when Campriani decided to help these young shooters score the minimum qualifying points in order to participate in the Olympics this summer. The athletes will represent the Refugee Olympic team, which itself debuted four years ago in the 2016 Rio Games. Advertisement Photo Credit: tw/@camprianiLast year, Campriani launched this project and asked some of his friends to join the process, which included his former rival Abhinav Bindra. As of now, there are three refugees training hard in Campriani’s group, who took the trip to Bengaluru to practice under India’s sole Olympic gold medallist.Advertisement Speaking on this initiative, Bindra said that the project is unique because it transcends sport while bringing the world together.“Mahdi and Khaoula have been making great progress. I see more understanding of the sport. I see that they start feeling more things, and they are understanding the various elements of technique in a more effective manner. And they both seem very determined. I think more than anything, more than the performance aspect, I have seen a big change in them as human beings,” Bindra said. “The first time I saw them, they were quiet and very, very reserved, and I see a greater degree of confidence every time I meet them. Sport is helping them define their personalities in a little way and helping them become better human beings, helping them gain more self-confidence. And I think that is a great victory in itself” he told the Olympic Channel.Khaoula, who is competing in her first tournament this year under the ISSF Refugee Team Banner in the H&N Cup, scored her personal best of 606 and 612.3 in the first and second 10m Air Rifle event respectively. Mind you, the minimum qualifying score for the Olympics is 590 for her category.Meanwhile, Campriani’s initiative is being filmed by the Olympic channel in a series named Taking refuge: Target Tokyo 2020. You may also like:Sports minister Kiren Rijiju: Top 10 performers in 2028 Olympics is India’s goalShooter Deepak Kumar books himself a Tokyo 2020 berth with bronze medal win at Asian C’ships Advertisementlast_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane gives his thoughts about the Elephant-icide in Kerala

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/TwitterAdvertisement zov646NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4e9dhbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enfi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4zz3oWould you ever consider trying this?😱nrkCan your students do this? 🌚c27Roller skating! Powered by Firework If the novel Coronavirus pandemic wasn’t already the reason of wary for the Indian citizens, the recently traumatic news of the death of a pregnant elephant who was tortured to death is Kerala has left the netizens and animal loves both angered and shocked. Ajinkya Rahane, Team India’s Test cricket specialist batsman takes to social media to express his grief on the saddening incident.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/TwitterRahane posted his views on his official Twitter handle earlier today, emphasising on the proper treatment humans should have towards animals.“We need to be a lot better in the way we treat these innocent creatures. Really ashamed of this cruel act and hope this makes everyone realize the importance of being kind towards animals and act like a human. #KeralaElephantMurder” the 31 year old tweeted.Advertisement Rahane’s teammates Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan have also shown their concern on the heartbreaking news.“We are savages. Are we not learning ? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.” Rohit Sharma tweeted.“Heartbroken and gutted to hear what happened in Kerala. It’s high time we understand all the creatures on planet earth need equal space for survival. Horrific and heart-wrenching,” tweeted Yusuf, with a couple of photos of the elephant in her last moments.The elephant, who was carrying a baby, died on 27th May in Kerala’s Palakkad district, after she was fed pineapples stuffed with locally made crackers, which exploded in her mouth. The elephant, after sustaining the injury, ran to a nearby pond to stand in the water. Unfortunately, it was reported that both the mother and baby had died.The news had made the netizens fierce, with animal rights activists coming forward seeking punishment for the perpetrators involved.“In a tragic incident in Palakkad dist, a pregnant elephant has lost its life. Many of you have reached out to us. We want to assure you that your concerns will not go in vain. Justice will prevail.” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted on Thursday.The Forest Department of Kerala has stated that the offence comes under The Wild Life (Protection) Act, and have also confirmed that investigation is underway and a number of suspects possibly involved in the cruel incident are being questioned.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Hardik Pandya claims his parents didn’t know of his engagement to Nataša Stanković Advertisementlast_img read more

Father drowns while trying to save children

first_imgA father died on Friday while attempting to save his two children from a watery grave, as the boat in which they were travelling capsized in the Kamarang River in Region Seven.This dead father has been identified as 43-year-old Larchman Benjie, a farmer of Waramadong Village in Region Seven.Based on reports reaching Guyana Times, the farmer and his two children, aged two and three, were returning from the family’s farm when their small canoe capsized midway across the river.The father of five managed to push his two daughters to safety, but fell victim to the rough waters of the Kamarang. His body was recovered on Saturday morning.The Benjie family had reportedly relocated to Waramadong from Jawalla so that the children could have access to education.When contacted, Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, confirmed occurrence of the tragic accident, while noting that a team of Police ranks had travelled up to the area to investigate the attending circumstances. The commander noted that getting to the area will take some time because of the terrain.Guyana Times understands that after Benjie’s body had been retrieved on Saturday morning, the farmer was thereafter laid to rest.last_img read more