The Indianapolis Star did a feature story on Teddy Valentine, a long-time Big Ten Basketball official. Valentine is one of the first Afro-American Big Ten Basketball officials. As a child, he was never expected to be involved in anything so public as an official. He was a stutterer and was very shy in school. Not only was this a problem but his best friend shot himself at the age of 13.Despite his problems as a kid, as a young adult he started refereeing. Another official told Valentine the best way to make a name for himself was to be loud and demonstrative on the basketball floor. As the years have passed, Valentine has mellowed. However, if you are an IU or Purdue fan, you probably will disagree. Neither university believes that Valentine has ever made a call in their favor. This obviously is not the case, because in reality, Valentine is one of the top rated officials in the league. Teddy’s official referring style is probably a reason for these reactions.
PLEASANTON, Texas (June 6) – The two-week break in racing at I-37 Speedway proved a blessing Saturday night for Chris Carroll, whose IMCA Modified had sustained significant damage in the last outing. Carroll started in row four and caught leader Rick Green in traffic to get by. In the latter stages, Carroll had to fend off rookie Logan Dinsmore, fresh off his high school graduation. “This was Rick’s race. He clearly had the better car tonight. Everything just fell my way,” Carroll said. “I was watching Rick, he was gone. It’s easier being in second place sometimes when you get to traffic.” By J.M. Hallas Jamie Campbell ended in second and Ryan Doyon was third. read more
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Following is a list of English Premier League clubs that have furloughed staff after professional football in the country was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Some clubs are using the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where employers can claim for 80 per cent of furloughed employees’ monthly wage costs, up to 2,500 pounds per month.Liverpool: Furloughed some of their non-playing staff but reversed their decision and apologised after it drew sharp criticism from the British government and supporters. Tottenham Hotspur: Imposed a 20 per cent pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May, with the club planning to use the government’s furlough scheme where appropriate. Spurs fans have urged the club to reverse their decision.Newcastle United: Non-playing staff on temporary leave but they will be paid their full salaries until the end of April.Bournemouth: Staff furloughed for at least three weeks. The club’s chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes, manager Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall have all taken significant, voluntary pay cuts.Norwich City: Furloughed staff members unable to work but will receive usual salary in full after club top up money received from the government scheme.Sheffield United: Furloughed some permanent and casual staff but will continue to pay them in full. The club said it would assess at a later date whether or not to participate in the Job Retention Scheme. Reuters/NAN. Tags: Coronavirus DiseaseCoronavirus Job Retention SchemeLiverpoolNewcastle UnitedPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspur read more
Immediate Response returned to winning ways in the Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel. The winning trainer said: “He is a lucky horse for Patrick who is five wins from six starts on him now. He seems to make improvement and he idled a bit in front today but he jumped well. We will try and find another race like this for him now and I might step him up to two-mile six or three miles.” Ruby Walsh successfully teamed up with Michael Hourigan when guiding The Crafty Butcher home in front in the opening Holy Thursday Maiden Hurdle. The Vinnie Roe gelding had proved a touch frustrating, having already had seven attempts over timber, but he made no mistake as Walsh cruised to a nine and a half-length victory over Jewel Star after taking it up two out. Hourigan said: “He shouldn’t have been a maiden coming here today. I thought he was a right horse at one stage but they would make liars out of you! I will keep him going now but I’m not sure that he’ll go on rock hard ground.” The Conker Club upset the market principals with a gutsy display under Michael Butler in the Easter Holiday Maiden Hurdle. In front from a long way out, Billy Harney’s mare – a well-backed 18-1 shot – kept finding for pressure and ultimately had two and a quarter lengths to spare over Coolnaforna Giggs. Rachel Harney, daughter of the winning trainer, said: “Dad is on a veterinary course, I tend to be lucky when I deputise for him. We’ll have to leave him at home again the next day! She wasn’t healthy until around six weeks ago and she’ll be kept on the go now but not on firm ground. She might go for a mares’ novice hurdle next.” The Clonmel Races Easter Egg Hunt Handicap Hurdle went to Rodger Sweeney’s Fiery Oscar (11-10 favourite), who defied an 8lb hike for last month’s course and distance success. The race was marred when Pretty Happy, second and challenging at the time, took a fatal fall at the second-last flight, leaving the winner to coast home eight lengths clear of Faranadooney. Winning jockey Colman Sweeney said: “My father has gone to Dundalk, where our better chances are running. I didn’t think he’d win as easy but obviously the other horse falling made it easier.” Press Association The switch to Willie Mullins’ yard sparked a transformation in the gelding’s hurdles form last year and he continues to impress, showing a good attitude to record his second success over the larger obstacles. After jumping economically under the trainer’s son, Patrick, the 4-6 favourite knuckled down on the run-in to repel the rallying Rubert by three parts of a length. read more
WITH less than a month left to properly prepare for Guyana’s inaugural showing at the FIBA Centrobasket U-17 tournament, the Lugard Mohan-coached team will resume training today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Team Manager Junior Hercules told Chronicle Sport that Mohan will be working with a shortlisted team of 14, while two players residing in the US will be joining the squad shortly.Following today’s session, according to the GABF, training sessions will continue from July 1-10, after which the team will be encamped from July 14-24, prior to their departure for the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, July 25.Guyana were placed in Group ‘A’ of the tournament and will open their campaign against the Bahamas on July 26, followed by a clash with Puerto Rico on Thursday July 27, and then close off their group-play against Mexico on July 28.According to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the competition system of the tournament consists of two phases.In the Group phase, the eight participating teams (Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) will be divided into two equal groups.Teams will play in a round-robin format for three days. The top two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first-placed team of Group A will oppose the second-placed team in Group B and vice versa.The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the ‘gold medal match’, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.The top three teams from the tournament will qualify for the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship 2018, to be played in St Catharines, Canada, June 11-17, 2018.Guyana qualified for the 2017 FIBA Centrobasket U-17 championship by finishing behind the Bahamas at last year’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 tournament which was hosted at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. read more
MINISTER Dr George Norton yesterday said the $520M allocated for sports in the 2018 Budget, will help to create a cohesive society, while touting athletes and infrastructural development, as well as coaches’ education and support for national sport teams.In his over 35-minute presentation, the Minister of Social Cohesion who also holds the portfolio for Sport, spoke passionately as he highlighted the vital role of sports in today’s society, while adding how proud he is of Guyana’s achievement in sports since the change of Government in 2015.Norton mentioned the achievement in the field of athletics alone. “Guyana now stands out as a proud nation, not only in the Caribbean but in all of South America.“For the first time, Guyana hosted the South American Junior Under-20 Championship in June of this year and Guyana gained, for the first time, 25 medals, including 3 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals but that, not being a flash in the pond, we also participated in the CARIFTA Games held in Curacao in April where with 5 athletes, we got 4 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.“The icing on the cake was the feat of Daniel Williams from Linden, who copped a silver medal in the world U-18 Championship in Nairobi, Kenya and in the South American Senior, Winston George won a gold medal in the 400 metres.“Only recently in the South American Youth Games in Chile, we had young rising female star, Deshanna Skeete winning gold in the 400 metres, also from Linden and Jermaine King from Cumberland, Canje placing second in the 200 metres and Kenisha Phillips gaining silver medals in both the 100 and 200 metres,” said Norton.In 2017, Dr Norton noted the Ministry moved to enhance a number of grounds for recreational purposes and “all of the regions have been targeted, because of the value of sport and particularly the availability of open spaces for promoting cohesion.”“In Region 1, the Mabaruma Settlement Ground is being upgraded, as well as the Pomona Ground in Region 2, Parika and La Retraite Stanleytown ground, to name a few. Region 6 would see work done at the Number 53, Union Ground and Gibraltar/Fyrish ground,” Dr Norton highlighted.Meanwhile, the Social Cohesion Minister told the National Assembly that Government is pursuing the application of a comprehensive National Sports Policy, based on consultations, as a matter of good governance, transparency and accountability.Looking ahead, Dr Norton related that phasing into 2018 two additional synthetic tracks will be laid in Guyana, in the coastal and interior hubs of Regions 6 and 10.The remodelling of the National Gymnasium, Norton told the ‘House’, will see the addition of two multipurpose courts to facilitate Futsal, Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball as well as the addition of bleachers.This allocation, Norton said, would ensure that the Multipurpose facility being established in Bartica to cater for at least six disciplines (Circle Tennis, Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Cricket and Futsal) at the Bartica Community Centre ground, would be completed.The support of athletes through the provision of grants will continue to be a permanent feature of the Guyana Government, with the budget providing G$25M being made available to assist athletes to participate in local and international tournaments.“We plan to not only participate in the Commonwealth Games, but to participate with 23 athletes, as well as in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia with a large number of athletes. The male and female hockey teams have already qualified,” the minister said.He further added, “We must also not forget about boxing where we gained a silver in the Commonwealth Youth Boxing Championship in Mr (Keevin) Allicock as well as winning the Caribbean Boxing Championship in 2015 and 2016.”“Mr Speaker, the budget of the Ministry of Social Cohesion would be expended, in the areas outlined. It would enable the Ministry to make contributions to support Guyana in achieving the UNDP sustainable development goals, particularly Goal 10, which addresses Reduced Inequality, Goal 11 which gives attention to Sustainable Communities and Goal 16, which emphasises Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.”“Summarily Mr Speaker the allocation would also position the Ministry to provide support to my Government’s vision of a Green Economy. It would allow me to continue to lead the Ministry to ensure that our country becomes a unified one, where diversities are embraced, conflicts are resolved, networks and collaboration with stakeholders strengthened, equity promoted and decision-making processes result in equal opportunities and benefits for all.” read more
Kick off is at 7.45. The Foxes won the league last year but have struggled domestically this season and sit just one point above the relegation zone.According to reports Ranieri’s constant changing of tactics and personnel is causing frustration.In the Championship relegation battlers Wigan host promotion chasing Norwich tonight.
AFA Sports management has hailed the achievement of Civil Defenders Basketball Club in their Africa League campaign, describing the players as a rare breed.AFA who spoke through its Chief Executive Officer, Ugo Udezue said the team exhibited a lot of determination and professionalism in their preparation and run at the topmost African club competition.He said the Defenders were able to pick an Elite 8 ticket in their very first outing on the continent because they dared to and followed up with a lot of sweat. “We’re celebrating them because they have proven that they have the heart and the required approach to reach their goals.“This is a team that put themselves together quite professionally with such a little time left from qualifying from the Nigerian league. They didn’t just want to participate and make up the numbers and they actually worked hard to get far above the average target some people may have set for them given their peculiar situation.”The Abuja-based Defenders qualified from the preliminary stage which ended in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on Sunday.They are scheduled to face AS Sale in Abuja on March 30th when the jump ball is taken for the Elite 8.The other teams in the African Top 8 bracket include; ES Rades/JS Kairouan; Primeiro de Agosta/Petro de Luanda and Smouha/Al Ahly.AFA is the kit sponsor of the Defenders team. The Defenders are part of a long list of the Nigeria’s foremost kit firm with the country’s national basketball team D’Tigress top on the list.For the deal with Defenders, Ugo said: “They approached us with quite an interesting proposal and we hooked up with them. Those managing the team have astute business acumen and that’s the way to go for Nigerian clubs.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Share International betting operator Parimatch has strengthened its commitment to fight against the corruption of esports matches and athletes after becoming the latest to join the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).The new membership adds to the current Parimatch partnership with FederBet, which focuses on combating fraud. The new agreement will provide ESIC with betting data in order to help investigate possible cases of match-fixing and fraud.Head of Esports at Parimatch, Stepan Shulga, commented: “Parimatch stands for complete transparency and honesty in working with its clients. We care about fair play, not only in traditional sports but also in esports, as the fastest growing and most promising category.“We do not see reason for different approaches to traditional sports and esports, and respect the choice of each fan. That is why we did not hesitate to become a partner to ESIC in the fight against fraud, and thank the ESIC team for their initiative.“Targeted actions aimed at identifying suspicious matches in esports can help the entire industry to be sustainable and reliable, both for people who are keen on betting and ordinary fans of esports.”Parimatch has emphasised that its membership in the ESIC ‘underlines its belief that it is vital to promote openness and honesty in traditional sports as much as esports.’ According to ESIC, the number of betting alerts potentially connected to match-fixing nearly doubled between 2017 to 2018, increasing from 39 counts to 74.ESIC Commissioner, Ian Smith, added: “We are delighted to welcome Parimatch into our global anti-match fixing supporter network. To have a key betting operator, with a huge esports offering in Russian language territories, becoming a member is a big step forward for ESIC as we seek to expand our suspicious betting alert system.“The team at Parimatch has been wonderful and very professional to work with, and we are looking forward to continuing our co-operation with them.” read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– At this past Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, the county confirmed the sale of bonds to the George N. Fletcher Alpena County Library to help fund the building’s upcoming renovation efforts.On Monday, that process will begin with the transportation of the building’s seventy six thousand books to new, temporary locations in the county. Specifically, they will be moved to makeshift libraries set to open later this summer.The renovations are intended to bring the library into the twenty–first century, with greater accessibility for disabled people and more open space.Information about the construction process can be found on the Alpena County Library’s website or facebook page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local gallery owner reopens for one nightNext Thunder Bay Theatre reveals fire damage read more