Popovich has ‘never’ seen an injury like Leonard’s

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion NBA: Paul George demands more ‘respect’ for his defensive prowess NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Luckily for the Spurs, Parker is doing a little better in his recovery from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in the Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets and might be on his way to return “very soon.”“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” the coach said of the French guard, who could suit up as early as late November.San Antonio is currently tied for third in the Western Conference at 11-7, with its last game ending in a loss to New Orleans, 107-90, on Thursday (Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “What’s really strange is that Tony has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys,” he said.Leonard has not hit the court since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. He came to training camp before the season in the team’s injured list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe same ESPN report also cited that Leonard “needs to advance through a rehabilitation process that comprises several steps, including individual work followed by 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, before he can get full clearance to return to the court,” something which the 26-year-old hasn’t gotten yet.“I keep saying sooner rather than later. It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything,” said Popovich. San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, left, is being helped by teammate Pau Gasol in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on May 14, 2017. Leonard hurt his ankle after landing on the foot of Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia. APAlmost a month into the new NBA season and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still couldn’t wrap his head around the quadriceps tendinopathy injury that has been keeping his star swingman Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup.In a report of ESPN, Popovich admitted that he “never” seen an injury like Leonard’s. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has missed 17 games so far for the Spurs and doesn’t have a timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

Zion Williamson excites NBA like no rookie since LeBron James

first_imgMOST READ NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 11: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 11, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPZion Williamson has excited NBA fans like no rookie since LeBron James, but knee injuries before his debut have also brought worries about the New Orleans Pelicans teen star.An incredible pre-season run saw Williamson average 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game in four games for the Pelicans, sinking a staggering 71 percent of his shots and dominating inside.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s a monster,” New York Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “He’s a beast. He’s just going to continue to get better and better. We understand that kid is a heck of a player.”But the 19-year-old US forward’s size — 6-foot-7 (2.00m) and 285 pounds (129kg) — combined with his high-leaping heroics as well as speed and power, has many worrying that nagging knee injuries will continue and worsen unless he loses weight and improves his fitness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He’s carrying so much weight. He’s so athletic. I think he’s going to have to lose a little bit more weight,” says retired NBA star and television analyst Paul Pierce.Williamson will miss the Pelicans’ NBA season opener Tuesday at Toronto and at least a couple of weeks as a result of a right knee injury suffered in a pre-season game. It’s the same knee he famously sprained in college when his Nike shoe exploded during a game. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The shoemaker’s stock fell $1.1 billion the next day but Williamson’s stock has been rising since he turned high school stardom into a one-season run at Duke University — where he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots a game.His 68 percent accuracy rate was the best ever for a freshman in major US college basketball.“He’s too big, too strong. He’s going to continue to do that hopefully over his whole career,” said New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett, formerly Williamson’s roommate at Duke.It was enough to convince the Pelicans to select Williamson with the top pick in June’s NBA Draft and trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for young supporting talent that figures to blend well with Williamson.“For me to be selected number one, I can’t dream it no better than that,” Williamson said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I think we can build something. I see myself trying to step into a leadership role. I have to understand my teammates and understand where their heads are. It’s a matter of us coming together, making the same goals and just willing to win, and I think we can do something special.”– ‘I’ll adjust very well’ –Williamson played only nine minutes in the Vegas Summer League before he banged left knees in a collision and was benched for the remainder of the get-acquainted NBA games.“The physicality is a little bit different. There are more players that are a lot stronger, so you have to find more skilled ways to score,” Williamson said.“But I feel like with my size, it’s not going to be that big of an adjustment. I feel like I’ll adjust very well.”There are plenty of other lifestyle changes in the NBA, the travel and longer schedule as well as faster and more physical rivals.“It’s just a different lifestyle,” he said. “The grind is different. You always have to find different ways to stay ahead of your opponent.”That has proven troublesome for the Pelicans in past years. New Orleans went 33-49 last season and the team has won only two playoff series since starting in 2002, never going past the second round of the post-season.NBA general managers, however, predicted Williamson will be the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year with 68 percent support.“I’m a Zion believer and whatever he does I’ll be right behind him 100 percent,” said Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker. “If he wants to shoot wide open threes and knock it down, then by all means keep doing that. It’s only going to make him harder to guard and the team better.” This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man LeBron, Kawhi co-star in ‘Battle for Los Angeles’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

It’s been a pleasure playing in front of amazing Kolkata crowd: Jadon Sancho

first_imgSoon after leaving the England U-17 squad for club commitments, star attacking midfielder Jadon Sancho said it was a “pleasure” playing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in front of big crowds at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.”I just wanna say a Big Thank you to Kolkata for the support, it’s been a pleasure playing in front of such amazing crowd! Come on England!,” Sancho wrote on his Twitter handle.Playing down the left channel with his shimmies cutting inside and teeing up teammates with exquisite passes and at times weaving past defenders, Sancho has been a crowd favourite from the very first day when England took on Chile.In all three of England’s group matches, attendance has been over 40,000 at the colossal venue with chants of “Sancho Sancho” frequenting the stands.The 17-year old Borussia Dortmund player scored a brace in that game as England won 4-0 following it up with another stellar display against Mexico where he netted another from the spot.Sancho played a part in the Young Lions’ final 4-0 triumph over Iraq before having to leave Indian shores to join his employers in Germany.The former Watford and Manchester City player was withdrawn before England’s final training session ahead of their Round of 16 game against Japan.Sancho said his farewell to the squad on Sunday evening before leaving the team’s base in Kolkata and heading to Cyprus where Dortmund play APOEL in the Champions League on Tuesday.”People enjoyed seeing him play and it’s a disappointment for him because he very much enjoyed his time in India and relished the chance to play in a World Cup. He loves playing for England and this team in particular so it’s sad to see him go.advertisement”I can only imagine Dortmund want him back to play in their first team at the weekend and I assume he will be starting for them, because I can’t think of a reason why you would take a player away from a World Cup,” coach Steve Cooper had said at the pre-match press conference on Monday.last_img read more

Indian casinos across US wary of betting on sports books

first_imgLas Vegas, Dec 26 (AP) Two dozen large-screen TVs showing football and other sports line the walls. There’s beer on tap, bar top seating and leather chairs. Chicken wings are on the menu. And at this American Indian casino in the heart of college-football mad Mississippi, you can legally bet on the games.The sports book owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is the first to open on tribal lands outside of Nevada following a US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, a no-brainer business decision given the sports fans among its gambling clientele.”We are basically two hours from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and then, we are just an hour from Mississippi State. We have Ole Miss just to the north of that, and we have Southern Miss they’re not SEC, but they are a player. We are not that far from Louisiana,” said Neal Atkinson, the tribe’s director of gaming.The book at Pearl River Resort is packed every college football Saturday, but remains an outlier months after the high court opened the door for expanded sports gambling across the United States by striking down a federal ban.Tribes enthusiastically welcomed the decision in May but since then, the regulatory challenges and low-margin nature of the business have sunk in.Few Indian casinos have an enviable location like the Choctaw and many need state approval to add sports betting to their offerings.Indian casinos started small three decades ago, but they have grown to be an annual USD 32.4 billion segment of the US gambling industry.advertisementThe roughly 475 casinos operated by nearly 240 tribes create jobs for tribal members and profits that help pay a variety of services, including health care and housing.Some casinos only have games like bingo or pull tabs that don’t need state approval. But the majority of them also have state-authorized slot machines, blackjack and other table games, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission.Many tribes share a portion of casino profits with state governments in exchange for exclusive rights to conduct gambling operations within their states.To offer sports betting, the majority of tribes would have to renegotiate compacts that vary widely in cycles and the issues covered, though some tribes believe their existing agreements already give them the right to offer the new wagers.”There’s a broad spectrum in Indian Country covering two extremes: Tribal nations that would not benefit at all, and on the other end, tribal nations that would significantly benefit,” commission chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri said.”Those are largely business decisions that each tribe will have to make given its own economic landscape and its unique market realities.”Some federal lawmakers have also proposed regulating sports gambling more widely, adding yet another layer to a complex debate already involving commercial casinos and lotteries, plus sports leagues themselves.So far, only the Santa Ana Pueblo near Albuquerque, New Mexico, has followed the Choctaw’s effort into sports gambling. Neither tribe was required to obtain additional state approvals.Contrary to popular belief, sports betting is a low-profit business that requires highly skilled employees. In Nevada, sportsbooks last year contributed only 2.4 per cent of the gambling revenue of casinos statewide dwarfed by the proceeds from table games and slots.The limited payoff has tribal casinos balancing the allure of a Las Vegas-style amenity with the risks of opening compacts for negotiations.”Tribal leadership is extremely protective of what they have because it’s meant so much to us, and there’s always a risk of upsetting the apple cart,” Washington State Gambling Commission member Chris Stearns said.”Is this going to help us? Is this going to hurt us? That’s really at the heart of why you see Indian tribes gently venturing into sports betting…In a lot of states, tribes write a check out to the state in exchange for exclusivity.So, any time there’s a new gambling product, and you ask the state to authorize it, there is a risk the state will say ‘Sure, but it is going to cost you.'”The only sports book in New Mexico, inside the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, began taking wagers in October. It offers bets on professional and college sports, but not for games involving two public in-state universities.In Washington state, all casinos are tribally operated. Changing the state’s laws to allow betting on sports would require a 60 per cent super-majority vote in the legislature or a ballot initiative. Only then could sports betting be added to a tribal-state compact.In California, where tribes have exclusivity on casino-style gambling, voters would have to approve a change to the state constitution.advertisementCasinos are operated on and off reservations in South Dakota. Before the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe can try to to edge out its nearest competition across the state line in Iowa, South Dakota’s constitution will have to be amended through a public vote.The legislature could choose to put the question before voters or supporters could gather enough signatures to add the measure to the 2020 ballot. If the measure passes, it would open the opportunity for tribes to negotiate their compacts with the state.Tribal councilman Kenny Weston said a sports book could attract new patrons who may also choose to play games already offered and spend nights at the hotel for big sporting events, like MMA fights.”Normally, with the brick-and-mortar casino like we have, we attract a lot of older crowds and retired people,” Weston said. “I think with sports betting we can bring a different age demographic and different people…and have the opportunity to do the same that they do in Vegas.” (AP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Peter Nappi Nashville’s Secret

first_img The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Repurpose Your Baseball Glove Into a Wallet With the Pastime Custom Program Editors’ Recommendations This week we’d like to highlight a Nashville-based leather shoemaker Peter Nappi. The brand makes men’s and women’s shoes with Italian craftsmanship in their creative hangout turned store. Founders Philip and Dana Nappi studied leather and shoemaking in Italy before they created the brand, which has become one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. Peter Nappi is the epicenter of Nashville’s cool kids (like). The luxury shoe retailer is housed within a former meatpacking warehouse in East Germantown. Now it caters to shoppers as well as local creative types. The space has become a local hangout as well as an event space with its carefully curated vintage design.Peter Nappi (Philip’s grandfather) is the inspiration the brand. He emigrated from Italy as a shoemaker in 1904. When the two founders discovered this while studying in Italy it solidified their decision to reinvigorate his legacy with the creation of the brand. The latest collection wears a broken-in look very well. We love that it’s not too glossy and has some character right off the shelf.“The FW14 collection is inspired by the rich, time-worn structure and color palette of Italian architecture, combined with classic American dress/work style,” Philip Nappi said. “Some of the leathers were treated to bring out the luster of the hides, while others were specially treated for a subtly broken in effect.”We are impressed by their two boot options. The Alfeo is their lace-up cap toe brogue boot that comes in both suede and leather. The other is their Rocco, which is a leather lace-up work boot that comes in suede, leather and a cotton canvas. Both hit just above the ankles. If you’re looking for something a little more dressed up try out the Pietro, their cap-toe wingtip that comes in a leather and suede. They also have a plethora of other finely made kicks. Browse their online store to pick up a pair here. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019last_img read more

A New Interchange for Highway 111 Receives Funding

first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–A New Interchange for Highway111 Receives Funding Heavy traffic on Portland Street in Dartmouth may soon be reducedthanks to a project being funded by the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program. A new diamond-shaped interchange will be constructed on Highway111, about 1.7 kilometres southwest of the intersection atPortland Street, it was announced today, Jan. 28. The interchangewill provide an alternate route into Woodside Industrial Park andwill create access to newly developed lands in the area. It willalso help reduce traffic congestion on Portland Street. The total cost of the project is $7 million. The joint federal-provincial investment will be $2.5 million. Halifax RegionalMunicipality will fund the balance. “This new interchange on Highway 111 will benefit many people,”said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations. “It will not only provide a safer driving environmentfor motorists by reducing traffic on Portland Street, it will mean economic opportunities for Woodside Industrial Park and will allow for potential future access to the Caldwell Road area.” The infrastructure program supports long-term economic growth,community infrastructure improvements and environmentalenhancements. “By investing in projects such as this, the government of Canadais helping to strengthen communities through the provision ofmore efficient and safer transportation systems,” said MikeSavage, Member of Parliament, on behalf of Joseph McGuire,Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “This project will help reduce traffic on Portland Street and itwill provide for economic growth in our area,” said Peter Kelly,mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. “The Canada-NovaScotia Infrastructure Program has enabled us to work with otherlevels of government to achieve a common goal — to make NovaScotia communities the best they can be.” To date, more than $211 million has been invested in 134 projectsthrough the program. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program isadministered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency andService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise CapeBreton Corporation is a member of the management committee. TheUnion of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on theprogram’s management committee.last_img read more

Spotify paying tax on less than 1 of paid subscribers Apple

first_imgSan Francisco: Swedish music streaming service Spotify is not paying 30 per cent ‘Apple tax’ on its subscriptions via App Store as claimed but even less than 1 per cent of paid subscribers, Apple has said. In a fresh filing to Spotify’s complaint to European Commission (EU), Apple said the music streaming service only pays 15 per cent revenue share on just 0.5 per cent of its 100 million premium subscribers, reports Music Business Worldwide (MBW) and German site Der Spiegel. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app According to Apple, “Spotify hasn’t paid any additional commission on a single subscriber obtained via the App Store for the past three years”. In March, Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The tug of war between Spotify and Apple has intensified, with the Swedish music streaming service calling Apple a “monopolist”. “Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart,” said Spotify which entered the India market in February. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “This is evident in Apple’s belief that Spotify’s users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the very heart of the issue with Apple,” it added. Apple hit back at Spotify for its anti-trust complaint with the EU. “A full 84 per cent of the apps in the App Store pay nothing to Apple when you download or use the app. That’s not discrimination, as Spotify claims,” Apple said in a statement. In its complaint with the EU, Spotify said that Apple requires it and other digital services to pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to premium subscription. Apple has slammed Spotify for wanting “all the benefits of a free app without being free”. The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant also alleged that Spotify was trying to squeeze the artistes, musicians and songwriters, not just the App Store.last_img read more

New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

CARLSBAD, N.M. — New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia’s crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show.New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia’s 56 million, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports .Georgia, traditionally the largest pecan-producing state, saw its crop crippled by the storm, cutting production by almost half from 107 million pounds.Lenny Wells, associate professor of Horticulture with a focus on pecans at the University of Georgia, said 17 per cent of the state’s pecan acreage was lost to the storm.Georgia lost about $100 million in pecan crops, $260 million in trees, and up to $200 million in future income, Wells said.“We had some pretty severe devastation,” Wells said.The storm landed in the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10 and quickly moved into Georgia’s southwest corner with winds up to 125 mph.It proceeded into the state with winds sustained at about 100 mph.Hurricane Michael was the first Category 3 storm to impact Georgia since the 1890s, the National Weather Service reported.In 2017, about 97 per cent of New Mexico’s 90 million pounds of pecans were produced in five of its 33 counties, according to the most recent data from the USDA’s New Mexico Annual Bulletin.About 73 per cent of the statewide crop came from Doña Ana County, with Eddy County producing about 11 per cent.Records show Texas and Arizona ranked third and fourth in pecan production.New Mexico reported a growth of almost 50 million pounds in the past decade from 43 million pounds in 2008.___Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/The Associated Press read more

Rev John C Holland remembered

Exactly 60 years ago, a prominent member of Hamilton’s black community passed away after dedicating his life to helping others. Today, those who knew Rev. John Christie Holland personally, as well as those who know him through his great accomplishments, gathered together to celebrate his life.The Stewart Memorial Church was packed with people wanting to honour Rev. Holland’s memory. There were politicians, police officers, community leaders, as well as family members who came all the way from California.The ceremony lasted a few hours, but it could have been an all-day event with all that the reverend achieved in his lifetime.Music, laughter, and memories fill the stewart memorial church, celebrating the full life of a prominent figure in the community.“He was an inspirational man who despite the obstacles faced as an African-Canadian person, was able to triumph over those, and he really inspires us to not looking at the glass as half empty but but as half full,” said Evelyn Myrie, co-founder of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards.Rev. Holland was a community leader who helped out those in need, no matter their skin colour, even though he lived in a time when that mattered. It’s been 60 years since he passed away, but as the packed room full of people at the memorial shows, his memory is alive and well.“What’s important is what’s come out of it. The lessons my Uncle John taught me that, you know, in my family we’re now dedicated to combating racism in the city, doing presentations all across the region, to educate, to educate students and to educate adults,” said Nerene Virgin, a great niece of Rev. Holland.It’s fitting that Rev. Holland’s life is being celebrated here at the Stewart Memorial Church. He was instrumental in keeping it going during financial difficulties, essentially saving an important piece of black history for not only Hamiltonians, but Canadians as well.The church was one of the first places of refuge for slaves who fled the U.S. through the underground railroad.“In the history of fighting for human rights and dignity, in terms of supporting the underground railroad, we here in Hamilton were a key component of that, and it was John C. Holland that brought that history to life, and made it part of our current and future celebrations and we’ll always be proud of that and it was John C. Holland that gave us that,” said David Christopherson, MP for Hamilton-Centre.Holland became the first Canadian of African descent to be named citizen of the year shortly before he passed away, and coming full-circle, his great, great, great nephew was a recipient of the same award this year.“The time we live in right now, being a black male myself, it’s so fortunate that I don’t have to deal with the things he dealt with, because of people like him who were trailblazers and set the bar for equality,” said Jackson Virgin-Holland.Showing that Holland’s hard work in the past continues to be a lasting legacy, making an impact here in the present.Each year, a young person in the community is given the John C. Holland Award. It was established to recognize the contributions of volunteers and professional leaders, and the winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship.Rev. Holland continues to be remembered and honoured here in our community in a meaningful way. read more

I dreamt about playing for that club signing on the dotted line

first_img‘I dreamt about playing for that club… signing on the dotted line was surreal’ After leaving Leeds United, Eric Grimes is hoping the League of Ireland can kickstart his career. Derry City goalkeeper Eric Grimes. Share Tweet Email Source: Derry City FC/Twitter WHEN HE’D RETURN home from watching them play on TV in the company of Cork’s Leeds United Supporters Club, Eric Grimes would lie in bed and imagine what it would be like to be a Leeds player.He was a goalkeeper, yet Grimes idolised the club’s Irish contingent. Gary Kelly, Ian Harte and Robbie Keane were his heroes. At the age of 16, he no longer had to dream.Nearly six years have passed since Grimes signed for Leeds United from Ringmahon Rangers. Still awaiting a taste of first-team action which eluded him in England, he has come to Derry City in pursuit of senior football.Galway United approached him over the winter. They were prepared to make Grimes their first-choice goalkeeper. But he opted for Derry instead, despite accepting that he’d be joining the Candystripes as deputy to arguably the league’s best goalkeeper in Ger Doherty.He knew that breaking into the team wouldn’t be easy, but Europa League football and the likelihood of being part of a club pushing for the Premier Division title instead of aiming to avoid relegation were major factors in Grimes’ decision to sign for Kenny Shiels’ side.“There would have been more first-team football at Galway but, to be fair, Derry is just a bit more exciting at the moment. Obviously European football is part of that,” he says.“I actually went to meet Kenny during the off-season and I got a great feel for the club from him, and a sense of what he wants to achieve. He’s ambitious and he really believes that we can challenge for the title. I just wanted to be part of that.“There’s a lot of young, local lads here that really want to play for the club and they want to have success with their local club. It feels like there’s something special happening here, like we’re on the cusp of something.” Image: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO Short URL Derry City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Eric Grimes – former @LUFC & @CorkCityFC goalkeeper. Welcome Eric! #rawa pic.twitter.com/P29uvu1Rx0— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) January 6, 2017 http://the42.ie/3290009 Derry City goalkeeper Eric Grimes. Image: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO 4 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 16th 2017, 9:30 PM 26,116 Views By Paul Dollery Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM It’s difficult to argue with that assessment in a week when Derry maintained their 100% start to the season by recording a 3-1 win over a Dundalk side chasing their fourth consecutive Premier Division title. It was Derry’s first victory over the Lilywhites in nearly four years.Grimes says: “Obviously I wasn’t here then but there was a feeling of grievance among the boys that they didn’t get the results they deserved last year against Dundalk. We did quite a bit of analysis on them and came to the conclusion that some of the goals we conceded against them last year were through our own fault rather than their brilliant play.“We just had to be more intelligent and not so naive. We took that into the game and deserved the win. Dundalk get a lot of praise for how they play and manage games, but I think we played them off the park in the second half especially. It just goes to show that Dundalk aren’t the only team that can play football.”The League of Ireland rarely lacks captivating characters and Kenny Shiels certainly fits into that category. Since he took over as manager last season, this Derry City side has been greater than the sum of its parts. Under Shiels, a young team assembled with a relatively modest budget has defied its lack of experience and big names by leading the chasing pack behind Dundalk and Cork City.Shiels has fostered an us-against-them mentality, portraying his accomplished young side as a band of plucky underdogs fighting an uphill battle. In spite of their third-place finish last season, Derry again came into this year below the radar.Having overcome the champions, however, they now look ready to join the title race. Grimes has been impressed by Shiels’ management. Nevertheless, he says the former Kilmarnock boss has no magic formula.“Kenny gives us freedom to play and express ourselves. He’s very encouraging. Don’t get me wrong, because he’s stern, but he gives you a licence to play and that’s all you need. Everyone understands their role and what’s expected of us. That’s it. It’s nothing new, nothing mad. He just wants us to enjoy and express ourselves. I think the boys then take that into games.” Grimes has represented the Republic of Ireland up as far as U21 level. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOShiels’ approach to management, while not complicated, is certainly rare, Grimes explains. He only turned 22 last month but the young goalkeeper has already worked with his fair share of managers. During his time at Elland Road, he saw eight different first-team bosses come and go.“If you compare it to England it is quite unusual because the pressure over there is unbelievable, especially at a club like Leeds United where they expect to be better than mid-table or in the bottom half in the Championship.“With that expectation, maybe managers sometimes don’t get the time to build something. It’s quite refreshing and brave from Kenny to stay true to his beliefs like that. It’s definitely something different.”Simon Grayson was in charge at Leeds when Grimes rejected offers from other big clubs in England to join the side he grew up supporting in the summer of 2011. Turner’s Cross featured often in Grimes’ footballing upbringing. He seldom missed a Cork City home game, or a gathering of the Leeds United Supporters Club next door in the Horseshoe Inn.“I remember watching Leeds when they were flying in the Champions League when I was younger, and when they were always in the top half of the Premier League,” he says.“I remember being with my dad at the Supporters Club and watching the games and thinking, ‘Yeah, that’s all I want to do. I want to play for Leeds United’. I’d go to bed thinking that afterwards. I dreamt about playing for that club.“I had a few offers on the table but when your boyhood club comes in it’s an easy decision. When I signed on the dotted line it was surreal. For the first few weeks there I was just blown away by it all. From watching on TV all my life to then being there at the age of 16, it was amazing.” Grimes training with Leeds United. Source: Twitter.com/LUFCFor the most part, Grimes’ time at Leeds went according to plan. He was playing for the reserves at 16, made the bench for the first team on a couple of occasions and continued his progress at international level by representing the Republic of Ireland through to U21.After two years with the club, Grimes was given his first professional contract. A one-year extension followed in 2015 but a chance to play first-team football never arrived. With a high turnover of under-pressure managers, throwing a young, unproven goalkeeper in at the deep end was a risk none of them could afford to take. Grimes understood that and was therefore keen to pursue opportunities elsewhere by going out on loan. But Massimo Cellino, the club’s divisive owner, was reluctant to agree.“It was a bit frustrating because I felt I needed to get out and play first-team football somewhere. I had a few opportunities to go but with Cellino, for some reason, they didn’t want to send the young boys on loan at all,” says Grimes.“The final say was his and that kind of hampered my progress a little bit. It’s all well and good doing it in the reserves and U21s but they needed someone with first-team experience of playing against men when the pressure is on. People’s livelihoods depended on it and three points could mean extra money or getting closer to the play-offs instead of the relegation zone.“I was pretty desperate to go out on loan, the opportunities were there, but it wasn’t allowed to happen. The last two years at Leeds were a bit topsy-turvy but I really enjoyed my time there. It’s where I got my football education.”Grimes’ five-year spell with Leeds United ended last summer when the club declined to extend his contract. Initially there was a possibility of joining his former Leeds manager Neil Warnock at Rotherham United, but that move fell through when Warnock left the job.From one boyhood club to another, Grimes decided to come home and sign a short-term deal with Cork City. The Mahon native says he was assured by manager John Caufield that opportunities for first-team football would be available, but — aside from a 1-1 draw against Oman in a friendly last August — he ultimately had to be content with competing against Matthew Connor to provide back-up to Mark McNulty. Grimes lines up behind Colin Healy before last August’s friendly against Oman, his only Cork City appearance. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOGrimes: “To be honest, it was a bit disappointing not to play some first-team football with Cork City because I believe the opportunities were there. It became a bit of a lame duck at the end of the season because Dundalk had theoretically already won the league.“I felt there was an opportunity to play the last few games to see out the season. I told John I needed games and he told me I’d play in the cup, so I was disappointed that I didn’t. There’s no animosity, that’s just how things pan out in football. I’ll just take the good with the bad and learn from it.”Grimes’ departure from Cork City is what led him to Derry in January. That long-awaited first-team debut won’t came easily there either, although again he has been promised a chance in the cup competitions. When the time comes, he’s keen to make it count.“I told Kenny [Shiels] that the main thing for me was getting games, especially because I had the offer to go in and be number one somewhere else, but probably in a lesser team. But minutes are vital. He told me the jersey wasn’t nailed on but that the cup games would be there for me to impress. Hopefully we’ll get a few of those and that will be my opportunity. But taking nothing away from Ger [Doherty] because, in fairness, he’s been unbelievable.”Grimes believes goalkeepers can be a little more patient than their outfield peers during the wait for a chance to make a mark. Having said that, he knows he can’t afford to be a reserve for too much longer if he’s to emulate the likes of Peterborough United captain Chris Forrester and QPR midfielder Ryan Manning by using the League of Ireland as a launchpad for a successful career in England.“As a goalkeeper in England you probably don’t start playing regularly until you’re 25,” Grimes says. “There aren’t many first-choice goalkeepers around who are much younger than that. It’s a bit of an older man’s game, although I still think if you’re good enough you’re old enough.”He adds: “I don’t hold any bitterness about how things have gone for me. You do need a little bit of luck but my attitude is that the cream will always rise to the top if you’re good enough. The road to success isn’t always straightforward. Grimes (front row, left) celebrates with the Cork City squad after their 2016 FAI Cup final win over Dundalk. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“You look at what guys like Chris Forrester and Ryan Manning have done because clubs love looking at how many first-team games fellas have played, whether it’s in England or Ireland. More first-team games gets you a better contract at a club than what you’d have if you came through an academy.“If you’re good enough you’ll find a way to get back. It’s down to me now from here.”Caulfield forecasts open title race as Cork City move ahead and Dundalk falterDerry maintain perfect start with stunning comeback win over champions Dundalklast_img read more

Week In Review 08120816

first_imgWednesday 8/14Audio PlayerWednesday-0814.mp3VmWednesday-0814.mp300:00RPdNo Resolution At Recent Bargaining Session With District, Reseeding Begins On Swan Lake Fire Dozer Lines, With Moderate Fire Activity, DF&G Close Set Gillnetting In the Upper Subdistrict For The 2019 Season Monday 8/12Audio PlayerJennifer-0812.mp3VmJennifer-0812.mp300:00RPdKenai River Brewery Wins People’s Choice at Beer Festival, Parents Arrested After Missing Children Found, Legislators Call For Statutory PFD To Be Paid In Full Tuesday 8/13Audio PlayerTuesday-0813.mp3VmTuesday-0813.mp300:00RPdCity Of Soldotna Moving Forward With Petition To Annex, Borough Denies Country Singer Right To Privacy At Homer Residence, Rumors Swirl That BP Might Be Selling Off Its Alaska Assets Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Thursday 8/15Audio PlayerFriday-0816.mp3VmFriday-0816.mp300:00RPdFire Activity Moderated On Swan Lake Fire, Some Areas In Refuge Closed, $2.54M In Capital Budget For Hiland Mountain Women’s Mental Health Unit, Homelessness: The Forgotten Problem On The Kenai Friday 8/16Audio PlayerFriday-0816.mp3VmFriday-0816.mp300:00RPdNWS Issues Fire Weather Watch For Kenai Peninsula, Recall Dunleavy Surpasses Necessary 28,000 Signatures, Candidate List Finalized For Local Municipal Electionlast_img read more

Nod for trunk line to Aagamayya Colony

first_imgMansoorabad: LB Nagar MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy and division corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy participated in the get together programme of Aagamayya Colony residents.Speaking on the occasion, Sudheer Reddy said, “A Trunk line worth Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for Aagamayya Colony. It will solve drainage problems in the colony and rain water will not get stagnated on roads after its completion.” Furthermore, Reddy said “Everyone should arrange a water harvesting pit in their house for our future generations. Empty lands in the colonies should be filled with trees and plants in order to increase the level of ground level water.” Eeswaramma Yadav, Jakkidi Malla Reddy, Jakkidi Raghuveer Reddy, Kanna, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Praveen, Obireddy, Yamuna, Prasad, Suman, Nagaraju, Murali, Narender and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

Amy Jackson announces her pregnancy shares cute picture flaunting baby bump

first_imgAmy Jackson announces she is pregnantInstagramActress Amy Jackson surprised all her fans by making a big announcement of her pregnancy. Sharing an adorable picture and a beautiful caption, Amy confirmed that she is pregnant.Amy took to Instagram and shared a photo that shows her boyfriend George Panayiotou kissing her forehead. The picture also shows Amy having a baby bump.As United Kingdom celebrates Mother’s Day on March 31, Amy took this opportunity to share the big news. “I’ve been waiting to shout it from the roof tops, and today, being Mother’s Day couldn’t be more perfect… I already love you more than anything in this world, the purest most honest love. We can’t wait to meet you our little Libra one,” she captioned the picture.It indeed is a pleasant surprise for all her fans as there were no talks about Amy’s pregnancy. Amy is yet to get married, but the actress and her partner are all set and happy to welcome their little bundle of joy.As soon as she made the big announcement, series of congratulatory messages started pouring in on social media. Amy was last seen in the big movie 2.0 starring Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth.last_img read more

To Prevent Drunk Driving Deaths TxDOT Says Plan While You Can

first_img Share Listen – / 4For years now, Harris County has had some of the highest DWI fatality rates in the country. Allison Bainbridge with the DA’s office says a lot of it has to do with Harris County’s large size and growing population. “But it really comes down to someone’s individual choice,” adds Bainbridge. “Someone’s going to make a bad decision to drink and drive, something bad is going to happen.”Eric Stephens knows all too well what can happen. His daughter Jade was killed in a drunk driving crash in July of 2014. The family was driving home from Jade’s 10th birthday party when they were hit by a drunk driver in north Harris County. “You don’t understand how it is when you can’t get out of your head your baby dying in your wife’s arms,” says Stephens. To try to keep the roads safe this holiday season, many local law enforcement departments are conducting “no refusal” efforts. If someone suspected of DWI refuses to take a breath test, police can get an immediate search warrant for a blood draw.TxDOT has also rolled out an interactive video game to illustrate the dangers of impaired driving. Players have to dodge snowballs while under the influence of “digital” drinks.  00:00 /00:56 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Toy Tuesday The Best Persona Toys

first_imgAtlus’s Shin Megami Tensei series is one of the most storied in Japanese RPG history, a sprawling supernatural epic that has seen myriad spin-offs and side stories (including dancing and fighting games). The Persona series takes the lore and mythos of the mainline and sets it in high school, delivering stylish and innovative storytelling bolted to rock-hard battles. The series’ character design is top of the line, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of dope Persona toys. Here are our picks for 11 of the coolest.Makoto Yuki FigureEach Persona game features different methods for the teenage protagonists to summon the supernatural manifestations of their inner selves that give the games their title. In the third installment, they pointed a device called an Evoker at their head and pulled the trigger. It’s a pretty edgy visual, which fits perfectly with the atmosphere. The game’s unnamed protagonist was dubbed Makoto Yuki for the movie adaptation, so that’s what we’ll call him. This Figma action figure features Max Factory’s unique jointing system that allows for smooth motion and durability, and flexible plastic over certain connections lends a smoother appearance. Comes with a stand and accessories.Get it at AmazonMorgana NendoroidThe second-in-command of the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5, Morgana might appear to be a humanoid cat but is in reality a human trapped in that form, and he won’t let you forget it. Good Smile’s Nendoroid line is perfect for capturing his proportions, and this poseable figure is a pitch-perfect rendition. Morgana stands a little over two and a half inches high and comes with his slingshot and saber, as well as a stand to pose him in his “All-Out Attack” stance. A total of sixteen different combinations of eye and mouth parts are available for a wide range of facial expressions.Get it at Amazon.comPanther Funko PopEach of the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5 have a unique costumed identity that they appear in as they raid the mind palaces of their targets. In the real world, Ann Takamaki is a kind if somewhat withdrawn high school student, but when she springs into action she takes the nom de crime Panther and, clad in a red catsuit with matching whip, acts as the team’s moral center while kicking ass. Funko has made a variety of Persona Pops, but this one is our pick for the sculpt quality and level of detail.Get it at AmazonTamashii Nations Raidou Kuzunoha FigureWe’re going to bend the rules here, as Raidou Kuzunoha is the protagonist of the Devil Summoner games and hasn’t popped his head up yet in the Persona series. But this totally badass figure from Bandai’s Tamashii Nations line is cool enough that we let him make the jump. Multiple points of articulation let you replicate his fighting style, and he comes with a massive amount of accessories and alternate parts — eight hands, a katana with removable eldritch energy effects, demon containment tubes, and even his feline companion Gouto. It’s just an incredibly solid and robust figure.Get it at Amazon.comJoker FigureThe leader of the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5, Joker is a high school student who is expelled following a false accusation and forced to transfer to a new school, where he joins other teens to explore a mysterious realm linked to the human subconscious. This Max Factory figure has the company’s classic articulation and attention to detail, measuring five inches tall and coming with weapons and his mask. Three different faceplates let you try out alternate expressions, and he even comes with a pint-sized version of Morgana to pal around with. A stand lets you execute more difficult poses with ease.Get it at AmazonTeddie PlushWhen we first meet Teddie in Persona 4, he meets the three main human leads in the Midnight Channel and ushers them to an exit so they can escape. When they return, the odd bear-shaped creature realizes they could serve as allies and joins their party in a support role. Teddie’s backstory and character arc is one of the weirder things the series has ever pulled, but we’ll always remember how we met him. If you’re taken by his cuddly form, this Great Eastern plush rendition is perfect for a quick snuggle. Measures eight inches high and has three plastic buttons on his midriff.Get it at AmazonD-Arts Thanatos FigureThe core gimmick of the Persona series is that human beings can be bonded with supernatural entities from throughout mythology and be granted incredible powers. In Persona 3, the protagonist first meets Thanatos when he attempts to summon another Persona, only to see him grotesquely murdered. After accomplishing a social link, he becomes awakened for use. This incredibly detailed figure from Bandai’s D-Arts has tons of articulation, with each of the creature’s floating coffins individually moveable. His jaw even opens and closes!Get it at AmazonPhat Futaba Sakura StatueUnlike the other leads of Persona 5, Futaba Sakura isn’t a student at the same high school — instead, she’s a hikikomori, a shut-in who communicates only over the Internet. When the Phantom Thieves start their adventures, she discovers their identity and invades her own mind palace alongside them to come to terms with her guilt over the death of her mother. She’s one of the game’s most popular characters and this detailed statue from Phat features interchangeable parts so you can pose her either in her jacket or without it. Sakura also comes with a smartphone and Morgana in cat form that she can hold.Get it at AmazonChie Satonaka FigureOne of the most popular characters from Persona 4, Chie is a bundle of energy who loves martial arts movies, so she naturally also appeared in the fighting game spin-offs. Clad in her signature green jacket and houndstooth skirt, Chie is ready to venture into the Midnight Channel to rescue her friend Yukiko and unravel the mystery. This is another Figma style toy from Max Factory, so it has a solid level of detail and poseability. Chie comes with three alternate faceplates and effect parts to illustrate the power of her kung fu attacks.Get it at AmazonTamashii Nations Jiraya FigureBandai’s Tamashii Nations line is one of our favorites on the market. They do figures that are both strikingly accurate to their source material and extremely playable and poseable. Their take on Yosuke Hanamura’s first Persona from the fourth game is incredible — the shapeshifting ninja is all sharp angles and hyper-extended limbs, and it can be moved into some seriously outrageous attack poses. The figure includes a special base to support Jiraya’s more ungainly poses.Get it at AmazonJack Frost NendoroidThe Shin Megami Tensei franchise has a number of iconic enemies, but none is as closely tied to the series as cheerful ice demon Jack Frost. He’s become the unofficial mascot of developer Atlus due to his popularity among fans, and he’s even served as the protagonist of his own game. This lovely rendition of the little guy comes with a number of accessories, including a magically created chunk of ice to blitz enemies with and alternate arm and leg parts. Buy four of them and you’ll be set to stage a battle scene.Get it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:The Best Animal ToysThe Best ‘My Hero Academia’ ToysThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toyslast_img read more