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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Offensive linemen are known for being one of the quirkiest position groups in football, which often leads to strange off-the-field traditions. In Wisconsin, the linemen enjoy Campfire Sauce at Red Robin. Last season, Central Florida offensive linemen bonded by wearing one shirt for all of training camp before their undefeated 13-0 season.Before pre-game walkthroughs, usually one day prior to kickoff, Syracuse big men play 7-on-7 football, a skill position form of football which eliminates both guards and tackles. When the “cows,” as the lineman have referred to themselves, play the mini game, it takes an opposite form.Rule one: No athletic movements.“Big man football, yeah, that’s one of our traditions before a game,” redshirt sophomore center Airon Servais said. “It’s called fat man …”He paused and corrected himself: “It’s walking football. It’s a lot of fun.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game, which senior tackle Cody Conway described as “just an unathletic version of football,” is exclusively for SU offensive lineman. It’s not always the traditional 7-on-7 and takes the form dependent on however many players want to play.If all of the 17 offensive lineman listed on the team’s roster participated, and no exceptions were made, the group could play with eight participants on each team and one substitute. The O-line, which averages 300.1 pounds, sometimes invites guests to join the game. Most recently, 282-pound fullback and defensive tackle Chris Elmore was invited to a game last season.“Walking football is probably the best way to (bond),” guard Sam Heckel said. “This year is kind of like, we all kind of just know each other … which is great to see.”The linemen don’t know how long the tradition traces back. Aaron Roberts, a redshirt senior guard, remembered playing during his freshman season in 2014. Heckel said “it’s gone on for a longtime” and believed it was played while Macky MacPherson played at SU from 2010-13.Regardless of when the game originated, when asked who the best player is, all the lineman are quick to highlight themselves.“I don’t want to toot my own horn,” Servais quipped, “but I’m pretty good.”Senior left tackle Cody Conway said he’s the best player. “It’s not even close,” he added. Heckel took the question in a different direction.“You can’t really pinpoint a person,” Heckel said. “You can name a great role player, that’s me. I do everything extraordinary. I bring the best defense.” Heckel — who claimed to have scored 10 touchdowns in a 90-minute game — added tat since athleticism is banned, the game plays to his strengths. He mentioned Conway as a top quarterback, Roberts at receiver and Redshirt senior Keaton Darney “all around.”“It might be me, to be honest with you,” Roberts said of the game’s best quarterback. “I’m nice at a receiver. I try to switch it up, you know what I’m saying? But I can get the ball there. I like Colin, Colin Byrne is nice at quarterback, Dakota (Davis).”The biggest discrepancy, of course, comes back to the main rule. Roberts called out Conway and Servais as two of the most common cheaters. In a game with no athletic movements, gaining an edge is easy. As the ball approaches, players speed up their slant route or break too fast on the ball from the safety position, Roberts said.Heckel described how he cheats: “Try to be as athletic as possible, without anyone knowing. Do little hops on defense. They all know it, but what are they going to do.” Comments Published on September 5, 2018 at 11:36 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko’s players and technical team are making their way to the capital Accra ahead of their Ghana Premier League game against Bechem United on Friday.The game is extra significant because it is the first time Kotoko are going to be playing a home game at the Accra Sports Stadium.The club shared photos of some of their players, including starlet Matthew Cudjoe, getting ready to set off from Kumasi.Kotoko host Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium in the evening kick-off, before the weekend’s full schedule.The Baba Yara Stadium, Kotoko’s traditional home ground, is currently undergoing renovations and presumably, will not be available until the end of the season at least.As such, the Kumasi club have been forced to abandon their traditional home comforts for Accra.Asante Kotoko still manage to draw huge crowds when they play in AccraKotoko have 12 home games left in the current Ghana Premier League season, with more than a few tasty ties in there.They start this run of games against Bechem United and they round off their season at home to King Faisal.In between those games, they face Great Olympics and Legon Cities – who also call the Accra Sports Stadium home – in Week 16 and Week 19 respectively.Fellow tenants, Inter Allies are Kotoko’s opponents in their penultimate home game of the league season.The match against fellow title contenders, Medeama in Week 21 is certainly another game that will get tongues wagging.Arguably, Kotoko’s biggest remaining home game is the Week 23 clash with Accra Hearts of Oak.The match will be even more anticipated because Hearts will be seeking revenge for January’s last-minute defeat to the Porcupine Warriors on the same ground.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dodgers announced their 30-man Opening Day roster Thursday. Pinch running specialist Terrance Gore nabbed a spot. So did pitcher Dennis Santana, who beat out a pair of veteran right-handers for a spot in the bullpen.Gore, Santana and others face a new crunch in two weeks, when rosters must be reduced to 28. With spring training postponed nearly three months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, teams were granted additional roster spots for the early weeks of the 60-game regular season. Rosters must be reduced to 26 four weeks from today.For now, the Dodgers will have 16 pitchers and 14 position players at their disposal for their series against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. The opener, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.Players who did not make the Opening Day cut have no minor league games to play. Rather, they will work out at the Dodgers’ “alternate training site” camp at USC with other minor leaguers. That group includes AJ Ramos, the former Marlins closer who signed a minor-league deal in July and Edubray Ramos, another non-roster invitee who appeared in 173 games for the Phillies from 2016-19. Besides Santana, the rest of the Dodgers’ bullpen includes right-handers Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly, Brusdar Graterol, Pedro Baez and Dylan Floro, and left-handers Jake McGee, Caleb Ferguson, Scott Alexander and Adam Kolarek.Besides Gore, the Dodgers’ Opening Day position players include Bellinger, Betts, Pederson, Pollock, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty, Kiké Hernandez, Edwin Rios, Will Smith and Austin Barnes.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The final bullpen job went to Santana, 24, who has struggled in his brief major league career. With the Dodgers, Santana has allowed nine runs in 8 ⅔ innings over the last two seasons. But he turned a corner after moving to the bullpen at Triple-A last season, limiting opponents to a .211 batting average and only two home runs.Gore, 29, has more stolen bases (40) than hits (15) in his unique career. He parlayed his speed into postseason jobs with the Royals, then the Cubs, after spending most of the season in the minor leagues. He’s made 61 career appearances as a pinch runner and didn’t crack a major league starting lineup until last season.With the Dodgers, Gore’s role figures to be similar. They have the reigning National League MVP, Cody Bellinger, in center field. They have Mookie Betts in right field for the next 12 years. Joc Pederson and AJ Pollock are unlikely to be displaced in left field.Gore might have gotten a boost from a rule that will place a runner on second base to begin the 10th inning of tie games. The rule is ostensibly designed to prevent marathon extra-inning games in a sprint of a regular season with few days off.Right-hander Dustin May will begin the season at the USC camp after making an impressive roster bid of his own. He figures to be the team’s sixth starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Julio Urías, Alex Wood and Walker Buehler. Manager Dave Roberts said it’s possible May will piggyback Buehler’s start against the Astros next Tuesday in Houston. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

first_imgMORE: Ranking March Madness’ finest momentsIf you’re interested, I’ll share some of what made the first 29 special to me — and rank them in order of which was the most special (so far).29. 2011: Houston, Reliant Stadium​Champion: ConnecticutSingular memory: The media weren’t the only people stashed at the disgusting media hotel. Members of the VCU pep band were placed there as well, and anyone at all concerned with getting a decent night’s sleep had no chance. Hotel security evinced no interest in stopping the frat party going on in their courtyard. At 4:30 a.m., several of these young people loaded the balcony of the room adjacent to mine and amped up the noise quotient. The following day, when it looked as though VCU had fallen too far behind to catch up, it occurred to me that at least this would mean the traveling party would pack up and head home and I might be able to sleep the night before the title game. Nope. They stayed. And they rocked and rolled all night.28. 2017: Phoenix, University of Phoenix StadiumChampion: North CarolinaSingular memory: Let’s be honest here. Most of what I remember is being on a bus — or, on one of the trips out to the stadium, in a car when Dennis Dodds of CBS Sports offered a lift. Final Fours in places like this suck so much of the joy from the event. The one plus was the terrific operation in the media workroom; Doug Tammaro of Arizona State was there whenever needed. I covered Doug as a high school point guard in Ellwood City, Pa., where his biggest claim to fame was defending star Sean Miller as Ellwood City upset Blackhawk in the state tournament.27. 2014: Dallas, AT&T StadiumChampion: ConnecticutSingular memory: Jimmy Jackson had been my partner along with host Dave Revsine on our weekly show “Big Ten Basketball and Beyond” on BTN for four seasons when his son, Traevon, led the Wisconsin Badgers to the Final Four. In the national semifinals, Wisconsin and Kentucky were tied with 16 seconds left and Traevon was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. He missed the first free throw, then made the next two. But nine seconds later, Wisconsin left a small crack in its defense for UK’s Aaron Harrison, and he nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Wildcats ahead a point. Traevon got the last shot but couldn’t connect. I saw Jimmy in the stadium tunnel later, discussing what had occurred with his son. That was a moment I would not interrupt.26. 2009: Detroit, Ford FieldChampion: North CarolinaSingular memory: Sporting News recognized Tyler Hansbrough’s excellence before many in the media and thus were the only outlet to name him first-team All-America all four years of his college career. Four-time first-teamers are more rare even than undefeated NCAA champions. This connection gave us a special appreciation for his college career, so it was nice to see his dedication to the college game rewarded with a dominant Tar Heels performance in the title game against Michigan State — a game that easily could have been a 30-point victory. In the final minutes, when UNC coach Roy Williams pulled his starters for a final ovation, Hansbrough came across the sideline and gave Williams a hug with such force it nearly drove the coach over the edge of the elevated court. It probably would have hurt, but not in that moment.25. 1990: Denver, McNichols Arena​Champion: UNLVSingular memory: CBS chose to release on the morning of the title game that Brent Musberger was being replaced as the lead announcer for its college basketball telecasts. The timing was curious and awkward and, given Musberger’s prominence, threatened to overshadow the more important event involving UNLV and Duke. Of course, as we know, that horrible game — one of the worst title games ever played — needed all the overshadowing it could get.24. 2016: Houston, NRG StadiumChampion: VillanovaSingular memory: I was right there for Kris Jenkins’ shot. The amazing acrobatics of the shot Marcus Paige had made for North Carolina to tie the game with six seconds left happened at the opposite end of the court. It was an amazing play, and it seemed sure that would send the game into overtime. Then Villanova ran a play I’d seen once before, when Western Kentucky beat Drake in the 2008 tournament: Point guard advances the ball, shooter trails, point guard turns and drops a short pass and the shooter steps into a 3-pointer. When Ryan Arcidiacono turned and pitched the ball to Jenkins, it was all directly above where I was sitting at courtside. When the ball went through, I turned and caught the eye of Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports. Our jaws were dropped. I don’t think either of us yelled Yahoo! or anything. I certainly would have enjoyed another five minutes of that game. But you don’t see something like that every year.MORE: Ranking best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history23. 2000: Indianapolis, RCA DomeChampion: Michigan StateSingular memory: Mateen Cleaves’ brand of point guard play never quite worked at the professional level, but it could not have been more effective against collegians. Cleaves ranks as one of the finest point guards ever to play NCAA basketball, a two-time first-team All-American who would have made it three if not for an injury that truncated his senior season. When he twisted his ankle in the second half of the title game, it seemed as though the Spartans might be overtaken without him in the game. He went back in the tunnel underneath the stands with the MSU trainer and worked to get it loose, and when he dashed back into the arena the roar from the Spartans’ cheering section was overwhelming. It was like magic.22. 2002: Atlanta, Georgia Dome​Champion: MarylandSingular memory: The one thing I recall well is that Indiana guard Dane Fife spent nearly all of the title game making Juan Dixon insignificant until Dixon finally shook free about midway through the second half and busted a 3-pointer. And it was like he’d unlocked a secret: Dixon controlled the rest of the championship game and delivered Gary Williams and the Terps their only title.21. 2015: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil StadiumChampion: DukeSingular memory: This was a unique Final Four. It was my first ever with three “home games.” I’d moved to Indy the previous autumn, so the company saved a bunch on hotel costs and I commuted from home. It didn’t feel at all like I was part of the Final Four. There were two great things about it: seeing my wife each day, and an interview I happened to catch on Sirius/XM’s Broadway channel with singer Josh Groban. He described leaving Carnegie Mellon after a single semester because he’d been offered the chance to record an album with legendary producer David Foster. And so I became the only sportswriter in history to cite Josh Groban’s experience in a column about basketball “one-and-dones.”20. 2006: Indianapolis, RCA Dome​Champion: FloridaSingular memory: On the Sunday night before the championship game, I was at a dinner at Palomino in downtown Indianapolis with a group of writers from ESPN. We were at our table inside when someone announced that no one was to leave the restaurant — a tornado was rolling through the city. No joke. There was only a bit of damage around downtown, but it was a serious tornado, something that was reinforced when I drove home toward Cincinnati on Interstate 74 on the day after the title game. Over the first several miles on the highway I could see trees down, equipment overturned, houses damaged. It was a dreadful sight.19. 1998: San Antonio, AlamodomeChampion: KentuckySingular memory: The picture that sticks in my mind is of Rick Majerus leaving the court after his Utah Utes had defeated North Carolina in the national semifinals. He’d done all the on-court CBS interviews and was held up just long enough that when he was leaving through the tunnel the teams took from the court he intersected with the queue of reporters waiting to be allowed to move toward the locker rooms. Majerus saw one of his friends among the media and stopped and gave the guy a hug. I’d never seen that before.18. 2003: New Orleans, Superdome​Champion: SyracuseSingular memory: It is amazing how far, how fast one can advance in this game. In 1998, I was covering the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Cincinnati Enquirer and their first-round assignment was in Boise against Northern Arizona, coached by Ben Howland. Long after NAU had tortured Cincinnati with a dazzling game plan, I was heading into the restroom and bumped into Howland as he exited. I introduced myself. He was very down, of course, but I told him what I saw convinced me that he’d get as much personally out of losing that game as he would have winning it. Now, in New Orleans, I needed a column for Sporting News magazine and saw Howland in the stands behind press row. He invited me to sit with him and watch some of Texas-Syracuse. And we talked about how, five years from the day we’d met, he’d become head coach at UCLA.MORE: ’40 Minutes of Hell’ to hog heaven17. 1994: Charlotte, Charlotte ColiseumChampion: ArkansasSingular memory: As someone who came of age with a passion for basketball, I always suspected the game would truly become established on the same level as older sports such as baseball and football. In my view, that officially arrived on the day President Bill Clinton attended the NCAA championship game between his Arkansas Razorbacks and the Duke Blue Devils. It made it tough for all of us to get inside the arena because of the extra security, but it was a thrill to see him down on the floor as Arkansas cut down the nets following its victory.16. 2013: Atlanta, Georgia DomeChampion: LouisvilleSingular memory: On the Thursday of Final Four week, there now are interviews available with the starters from the various teams in small breakout rooms. I took a cab from the downtown hotel over to the Georgia Dome, where I’ve covered about a dozen basketball events, and was left off where the typical media entrance had been for big events, where I expected to pick up my credentials. Nobody home. I went to the opposite side of the building, where the Champions Classic entrance had been. Nothing. I asked around and was pointed toward the Georgia World Congress Center. Do you know how big the World Congress Center is? About as big as the world. I went all over that place, couldn’t find a soul associated with the Final Four. Finally I bumped into someone who told me where to pick up credentials: back at the hotel. Such a fun day.15. 2018: San Antonio, AlamodomeChampion: VillanovaSingular memory: OK, going to brag a little. With Michigan involved in the Final Four, BTN was on location with a set just behind the Marriott Riverwalk. On the day of the championship game between the Wildcats and Wolverines, I was part of the pregame show. One of the questions we discussed was a hidden key to the game, something that might easily be overlooked. I came up with mine: Villanova sixth man Donte DiVincenzo. I thought he could be a difference-maker because it would be so much work for UM to cope with the Villanova starters. So I said that. He nailed five 3-pointers, scored 31 points and was named Most Outstanding Player.14. 2004: San Antonio, AlamodomeChampion: ConnecticutSingular memory: Everyone in the college basketball media picked UConn to win the championship that year. There might have been only one dissenter: Sporting News. With 3:28 left in the national semis, Chris Duhon hit a pair of free throws to put Duke ahead by 8 and then a television timeout commenced. SN had correctly picked the champion from 1999-2001, and I sat there thinking: We’re going to do it again. And we’re going to be the only ones. Then Shavlik Randolph fouled out, joining Shelden Williams on the bench. Duke’s only remaining big man was Nick Horvath, and he was overmatched against Emeka Okafor. Down the stretch, Okafor scored five as the Huskies rang up 12 unanswered points and won the game. As it turned out, we were about the only ones that got it wrong.13. 1995: Seattle, KingdomeChampion: UCLASingular memory: As we all filed into the press room prior to the national semifinals, dumping our bags on the tables and getting prepared for the evening’s work, I noticed a familiar gentleman seated by himself a few tables over at the end. A roomful of reporters, and nobody was talking to Jack Nicholson. Seriously? I wasn’t passing that up. If he was going to be in a media room, he was dealing with the media. I went over and said hello and started asking why he was there — UCLA, of course — and how much he followed college basketball given his confirmed devotion to the NBA. After a few moments, we weren’t alone, but it never got crazy-crowded around him. Eventually whoever was arranging for his seats or pass or whatever came and got him. If it weren’t for Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela, Nicholson might rank as the most famous person I’ve interviewed.SN REMEMBERS:March Madness heartbreakers | Best March Madness memories12. 1997: Indianapolis, RCA Dome​Champion: ArizonaSingular memory: Andy Katz and I had taken to hanging around at most Final Fours by that point, and we were wandering around about 2 a.m. on Thursday when we decided to take one last stroll through the coaches’ hotel to see who might be working the lobby. The coaches’ convention is held at every Final Four, and coaches hang around the hotel talking shop, trying to make connections and, most often, literally lobbying for new jobs. It’s a great place to find industry gossip. I was just finishing my first season covering Bob Huggins’ Bearcats for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Katz had moved on from Albuquerque to cover Jerry Tarkanian’s Fresno State Bulldogs for the Fresno Bee. And who were the only coaches still in the lobby when the two of us walked in? Bob Huggins and Jerry Tarkanian. It was such a weird coincidence.11. 2008: San Antonio, Alamodome​Champion: KansasSingular memory: As part of my prep for the magazine story that would run in Sporting News if Memphis won, John Calipari allowed me to sit in on the video session assembled to take a first look at the team the Tigers would be playing in the championship game: the Kansas Jayhawks. Members of his staff were there, as well as a few coaching friends, including Tom Crean, newly appointed at Indiana. It was a fascinating scene. The room was huge. Way bigger than it needed to be. It was painfully late, past 2 and on toward 3 or 3:30 a.m. And when it was over one of the coaches was staying up the Riverwalk at a different hotel — Memphis’ hotel was near the very end — so Calipari and his staff decided to walk him up just to get some fresh air and exchange a few ideas on the way. All of us were sober, but it was so dark I kept thinking one of us would fall in the canal.MORE: 10 years later, Mario Chalmers’ shot still resonates10. 2010: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium​Champion: DukeSingular memory: Who can ever forget what it felt like to see that ball in the air? It seemed like there would be almost no chance for Butler to steal the game after Brian Zoubek was fouled with 3 seconds left and Duke up a point. He made the first free throw, missed the second so that the Bulldogs couldn’t inbound and set up a play for a game-tying three. But Gordon Hayward rebounded, dribbled to near midcourt and launched the shot. All of this was happening directly above me. I was seated just to the left of the CBS broadcast position, so Hayward was literally a few feet above my head when heaved the 3-point attempt. Because the court was elevated it was hard to tell at first if it was on line. But it seemed to have a chance. That ball seemed to float in the air forever. If the shot landed, Butler would become the most improbable NCAA champ ever. We know what happened. But that always will remain the most suspenseful few seconds in tournament history.9. 1999: Tampa-St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field​Champion: ConnecticutSingular memory: There are lots of parties at the Final Four sponsored by various companies, and one of the biggies belongs to CBS. I can’t remember if it was their party that I, Katz and Ed Graney (now with the Las Vegas Review-Journal) crashed/attended. I’m pretty sure Kevin Costner was more welcomed than we were. As Graney and I tried to drift into his circle just to see what it was like to be around a movie star holding court, we wound up being more entertained by watching Katz chatting up every single person in the place with an ESPN connection as he tried to lobby his way from contributor to full-timer. (Hey, it worked.)8. 1992: Minneapolis, MetrodomeChampion: DukeSingular memory: It wasn’t unusual for me to be among the last people working in a press room at the Final Four. I worked at an afternoon newspaper, so I had later deadlines, and I cared enough to make sure I got everything done right. I left the Metrodome and walked out to the shuttle stop pretty late on Friday evening after writing advance copy for Saturday’s games. I stood there for what seemed like forever with another guy, and we started to talk. Eventually we gave up on the ridiculously tardy media shuttle and decided to catch a cab back to the hotel. The guy, Andy Katz, almost immediately became one of my closest friends and helped me through the closing of The Pittsburgh Press, the darkest period of my career. A couple years later, I attended his wedding in New Mexico; he and Denise will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. By the end of the decade, I was writing for Sporting News and he was at ESPN. There’s no question observing his work ethic and passion pushed me to improve.7. 2007: Atlanta, Georgia Dome​Champion: FloridaSingular memory: There’ve been times at various Final Fours when the advertising team at Sporting News would arrange for dinners with clients, and I’d be asked to invite a coach to the dinner. It never hurts to have a celebrity in the room. So for this one I invited Sean Miller, then finishing his third year at Xavier. I walked over to his hotel and we rode in a cab together. And when we got to the restaurant out near Buckhead, I went to pay — but the cabbie wouldn’t take a credit card. And I didn’t have any cash. So I had to borrow the money off Sean. That was terribly embarrassing, and I wanted to get the money back for him as quickly as possible. I asked the host when we walked in if there was a bank around, and he said there was one up the block. I got Sean settled in the dining room and introduced him to a few people, then excused myself and hustled up to the bank. The ATM was broken. I started walking in the hopes I’d find another, and I had to go what seemed a half-mile before I found a shopping center that had a grocery store with an ATM. I got the money, ran back through the heat of an Atlanta dusk and arrived in the dining room covered in sweat. But I gave Sean his money back.6. 2005: St. Louis, Edward Jones Dome​Champion: North CarolinaSingular memory: For all my travels during the course of the regular season and the NCAA Tournament, I carry two bags: my suitcase or garment bag, and a computer bag. The Final Four is different. Because I’m visiting for six days, I need an extra case. This can cause problems, because if you’re used to wheeling two bags it feels natural to wheel two bags — even if you’re supposed to be in possession of three. So I got to talking to my friend Steve Carp on the shuttle from the airport, and I departed the bus and checked into the hotel and went up to my room and got ready to write — and I had no computer. I had no computer because I had no computer bag. I’d put it in the overhead bin on the shuttle bus and left it there. Now, the beauty of something as precisely organized as the Final Four is that if you can provide a few details about what your driver looked like and when you arrived, the volunteers can get on their walkie-talkies and track down your bag. I sweated all afternoon and then about five hours later the bus driver returned to the hotel with my bag. And the coda to the story: I made the exact same mistake for the exact same reason in Houston six years later, and I got the bag back again.5. 2001: Minneapolis, MetrodomeChampion: DukeSingular memory: I had written Sporting News columns as a side gig for five years, and this was my first Final Four as a full-time staffer. The editors at SN were pleased enough with my freelance work to offer me a job, and that certainly was flattering, and I was treated with respect by coaches I regularly came in contact with: the Big East from my Pitt days, the Great Midwest and Conference USA guys. But I hadn’t had much interaction with some of the game’s biggest names. I’d not yet had a private interview with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, for instance. So after the championship game and Duke had won its third title, I walked down the hallway from the locker room toward the press area and passed a golf cart carrying Coach K back to his players. I saw him and said, “Congratulations, Coach.” He said, “Thanks, Mike.” I don’t want you to think this was some star-struck thing. It was nothing like that. It was that I was making enough of an impact with my writing that he’d notice without having met me. It meant I was doing something right.MORE: Ranking the 80 greatest upsets in Tournament history4. 1996: New York, Continental Airlines ArenaChampion: KentuckySingular memory: This was the one and only time I covered the College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships, staged by Intersport. I was assigned because Memphis forward Michael Wilson — who’d later become the high-flying “Wild Thing” of the Harlem Globetrotters — was competing. Problem was, it was being staged at Fordham’s Rose Hill Gymnasium. That was a $55 cab ride — or $82 today. I’m a conscientious business traveler, but I had to get there. And I had to get back. After the event, however, there was essentially no way to get a return cab. There was no cab stand with taxis waiting to ferry dopes like me back to Times Square. So one of the organizers took pity on me and allowed me to hop on the bus that was carrying the participants back. It was so overcrowded that players such as Chris Collins of Duke and Dante Calabria of North Carolina couldn’t find seats. So I surely wasn’t going to sit. We stood the whole ride back and chatted about basketball. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Every year when I walk into the arena to cover the Final Four — on semifinal Saturday and championship Monday both — I say a short prayer of thanks for being allowed to do this another year. I recognize how blessed I am to be covering college basketball for Sporting News.I’ll be 30 times blessed this week when I arrive in Minneapolis. This will be the 30th Final Four I’ve covered, from The Pittsburgh Press to the Commercial Appeal of Memphis to the Cincinnati Enquirer to SN. Each of the 29 before it contained some magnificent basketball, some lively debates about the game that lasted deep into the night and some deeply personal memories. 3. 2012: New Orleans, SuperdomeChampion: KentuckySingular memory: This was the year I was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame. The Monday morning ceremony was lovely, attended by my Sporting News colleague David Steele and several other friends from the industry. But the most special part of the weekend was this became only the second of all the Final Fours I’ve covered that my wife attended. She arranged for a special celebratory dinner at Shula’s Steak House — she’s been married to me for three decades, so she knows — and my closest friend, Tom Dias, came all the way from Pittsburgh to join us. She had the staff make up a special desert that had “Congrats Hall of Famer!” written on the plate in chocolate. Hard to beat all that.2. 1988: Kansas City, Kemper Arena​Champion: KansasSingular memory: The memory here was of the anticipation. This was the first Final Four I ever covered. I had spent most of my 20s trying to improve enough as a reporter that I would be assigned to a college basketball beat. My bosses knew it was what I wanted, so they held it out until I’d proved enough covering high schools and Penn State football. Heck, I was getting championship fights like Spinks-Tyson, but they wouldn’t let me have college hoops until I was ready. And they were right. The week of the Final Four, however, my father’s closest friend passed away. I’d grown up going to high school basketball games with Bob Carothers and my father in the front seat, and me in the back — with my brother Pat in the early days, and then going to watch Pat play when he was on the high school team. Mr. Carothers had a front-row seat, literally, as I fell in love with the game. I remember how excited some of the visitors at the funeral home were that I’d be leaving for the Final Four the next day. Wish he’d been there to see that, too.1. 1991: Indianapolis, RCA DomeChampion: DukeSingular memory: How good is your Final Four if Kansas-North Carolina is the undercard game? As much glamour appeal as that one had, it was the Duke-Vegas game we all wanted to see. This was right in the heart of a major recession, so The Pittsburgh Press had told me it couldn’t send me to the Final Four. It wasn’t a long drive from Pittsburgh to Indy, so I asked if they’d let me count it as work days and publish my material if I paid for the trip myself. They signed off on that. So I had a little freedom to decide that I was going to just cruise on the first game — a running story that I’d top off with some quotes so I could concentrate on the huge nightcap game. Then Pete Pavia threw Dean Smith out of the game against Kansas — for leaving the coach’s box to ask how much time he had to sub for a disqualified player, as it turned out. Well, I was on my dime, but I still was a reporter. So there was no way to ignore that. It had to be covered. Instead of being in my seat and focused on Duke-UNLV, the first half of one of the great college games ever played essentially went on without me. At least I got to see all the good stuff at the end.last_img read more

first_img“Cincinnati is home for me,” Green told reporters. “This is home as much as South Carolina. All I know is Cincinnati.”I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city. Hopefully, I can be here for a couple more years. We’ll see on that part.” Related News “Almost back to normal so I’ll be ready for training camp.”Green, who turns 31 next month, has spent OTAs working on the sideline but has been cleared to resume football activities.He will report for the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday. A.J. Green (speaking at his football camp in Cincinnati) is entering the final year of his contract with the #Bengals: “I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city.” pic.twitter.com/H9nrDFfJvT— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) June 7, 2019Green is entering the final season of his four-year contract extension signed in 2015 and is set to earn around $12.2 million. While the team said earlier this year there was no need to wait until he plays out the final year of his current deal to receive another extension, one has yet to be drawn up.In the meantime, the seven-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection will continue rehabbing his toe. He missed the final five weeks of last season after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe but appears to be finding his footing again.”It’s doing great,” Green told Omnisport as part of a Rockin’ Protein campaign in May. “I’m back running routes, these past two weeks I’ve been running routes every day, so it feels good. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins played through brutal injuries in 2018 T.J. Watt: Steelers rookie Devin Bush ‘quicker than snot’ Which Super Bowl ring is Tom Brady’s favorite? ‘The next one’ A.J. Green wants to finish his career where it began.While speaking Friday at his youth football camp, the Bengals wide receiver expressed his desire to stay in Cincinnati beyond 2019.last_img read more

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is a big star and he is famous all over the world, and it was not any different during the preparation of Paris Saint Germain in Qatar when he was welcomed by hundreds of fans who wanted to take photos with him, get autographs, greet him or just to touch the football giant.One of the lucky ones was in the front row while Sweden was giving autographs and taking photos with others. He wanted to capture the moment, so he turned his back to Ibrahimovic and then quite funny thing happened.The best football player of the world took off cap from his head and signed on it. Everyone started laughing, even Ibrahimovic, but the young man who got this valuable memory was most certainly the happiest of them all.Click here to watch the video.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

first_img Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County K-State Research and Extension will host Row Crop Update and Greenseeker Technology program on Wednesday, February 5th, 2013 at 1 p.m.,held at the Raymond Frye Complex, 320 N. Jefferson, Wellington.The program will include discussions on a variety of crops production with Dr Doug Jardine, extension specialist field row crops, row crop disease update to include aflatoxin in corm and Doug Shoup, KSU SE area extension specialist, argronomy, row crop update. This meeting is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact Randy Hein at the Sumner County Extension Office, (620)326-7477 or Email: rvhein@ksu.edu. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Come join the Caldwell Historical Society for a very special evening 7 p.m.  December 15, 2013 at the Opera House, Main and Central, downtown Caldwell.The Caldwell Historical Society will present, “An Enchanted Christmas Evening With Elvis” starring Caldwell’s own celebrity Marshall Matthews.  Matthews is an International Elvis Entertainer and will perform Elvis Christmas Music. Matthews performs his Elvis Tribute Show coast to coast in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and can be seen on “You Tube” with his 12 piece concert band Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings.He has won several entertainment industry awards including Five Star Performer and Gold Standard award.  Joining with Marshall in this performance will be the New Era Brass Quartet.The New Era Brass Quartet is conducted by lead trumpet Roger Lewis, who also conducts and plays lead trumpet for Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings.  That band has 12 musicians, and backs Matthews in larger concerts for his Elvis Show.Lewis, one of the more prominent professional musicians in the Midwest has a long career playing with orchestras behind Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.He was an original member of the Flippers, and The Red Dogs rock bands, and is in four different Music Halls of Fame.  He recently retired as Director of Instrumental Music at Butler Community College.Other members of the quartet are Kevin Pickrell, Angela Addis and Denny Brunk, who have all attained excellent status as professional musicians and have similar backgrounds as Lewis.  Brunk recently returned to Kansas after 20 years in Los Angeles where he was in constant demand as a trombonist for many famous performers and studios.Marshall Matthews and the Memphis Kings recently performed for a large audience at First Council Casino at Newkirk, Oklahoma.This evening is being planned as a fundraiser for the Caldwell Historical Society with proceeds going to the repair of the roof of the Border Queen Museum and the Opera House.Also on the agenda for the evening will be a pie auction to be held during intermission.Seating for this special performance will be limited so please call Schaeffer Mortuary (620-845-6424) to reserve your ticket or stop in at the Nostalgia Nook, Flowers Plus or Impact Bank to purchase your tickets which are $10. Please hurry, because seating is limited.Please come join us for an evening of Christmas music and fun. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgThis video shot by Terrence Nichols of Wellington showed the rotating clouds west of Wellington yesterday afternoon.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The great storm of 2016 passed through Sumner County, not coming close to its pre hype. However, there has been some slight flooding and Woods Park in Wellington is now closed until further notice the city of Wellington just announced.Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair said two funnel clouds formed in the Mayfield-Perth area, but neither one would touch to the ground.“Not that we know of,” Fair reiterated.Fair said the funnel system formed just north and west of Perth, but lowered slightly never reaching the ground. The second funnel was located south of Mayfield, but it too did not touch ground. The tornado-like system traveled north and dissipated about two or three miles south of Anson.As far as hail is concerned, that too would not match the hype. Fair said there was some quarter to half-dollar sized hail in the Conway Springs area. But the rest of Sumner County was spared of any hail damage.The county did get some nice rain from the storm. Wellington received one inch of rain. Argonia had 2.5 inches. Belle Plaine had 1.34 inches and there was two inches in Peck.“It varied greatly across the county,” Fair said.The storm, overall, will not be a memorable one and failed to meet the hype generated on social media and the various weather stations.“This was the first major weather event of the season,” Fair said. “The weather service wanted to get people’s attentions, hoping so people could protect themselves. Oftentimes that results in overplaying the situation.”Fair said there were over a hundred storm chasers in the area, mostly private individuals looking for an adrenaline rush (more on that later). He said it is a situation that is creating issues for those who are professionally trained to handle weather situations.The storm at one point on Monday was considered to be a major one.According to the National Weather Service on Monday:“Supercell storms will have the potential to produce long-track, damaging tornadoes along with destructive hail greater than three inches in diameter.”The potential for serious weather comes from a combination of a low pressure cold front that was established in eastern Colorado that moved towards Hays and then south toward Wichita Falls, Texas. A potent dry line was extended from near Salina eastward.As these two frontal systems collide during the afternoon (heating hours), and with mid-level winds pulling warm moist Gulf air northward, helping to create unstable areas in the atmosphere…thus the south/north development of severe super cell thunderstorms will be possible.” But by Tuesday morning, the NWS determined that the potent dry will continued to move through the area at a high enough pace that the severe thunderstorm tornado like did not have time to develop in Sumner County. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 224 weeks ago Got 3 inches of rain in Wichita and the hail was pretty brutal. Seems like you guys got it easy down there. Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Tammy Stewart · 224 weeks ago So it sounds like you wouldn’t have been happy (or had a good news story) unless a few rural homesteads would’ve been scraped off their foundations and some livestock would’ve been killed from flying debre and such. I’m so sorry the storm “failed to meet the hype generated on social media and various weather stations.” Hype or no hype I take the weather very seriously out here in the middle of no where. I depend heavily on the weather forcasts by the professionals whether they’re somewhat close or spot on with their predictions. I like knowing way in advance what I might could expect out of a rapidly changing weather environment. I’ve got lots of hatches to baton down out here. I’ve lost about everything I own in a tornado, so it’s no joking matter with me when the weather starts getting rough. I know what I seen with my own eyes, and we were very lucky that the storm wasn’t as organized as it could have been. There were two very pronounced funnel clouds developing. No they weren’t on the ground. But they could’ve been in a heart beat. I don’t know about everyone else in sumner county, but I know we had a brief hail storm(golf Ball sized). I don’t care if you think the situation was overplayed or not, this spring storm stuff is serious buisness. We simply got lucky this time. These were the feelings I had after reading the above article. It was as though you guys were thumbing your noses at the professional meterologists, for missing the mark. We didn’t get the BIG ONE. maybe I’m reading it wrong. I read it three times. To me it sounded like you guys were disappointed that parts of sumner county weren’t wiped off the map, cause that would have been a better story. I’m just feeling very thankful that today my house is still attached to it’s foundation and all my livestock is not dead. Report Reply 3 replies · active 223 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 224 weeks ago I think you are reading my story wrong. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 224 weeks ago “maybe I’m reading it wrong” Ya think? Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Terrence · 223 weeks ago The problem isn’t the professional storm chasers. Also if you want to see what is happening with your own eyes check this out! www.tvnweather.com has live video feeds from storm chasers Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Janice Bruey · 224 weeks ago We had larger than golf ball sized hail here west of Caldwell. And then another round of hail. Guess no one else in southwestern Sumner County has posted. Report Reply 1 reply · active 224 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 224 weeks ago There’s, what…35 people in that area? Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 223 weeks ago I would like to know why the sirens didn’t sound when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Wellington. I got the warning on my weather app and verified with KAKE that it came from the NWS. Was it a judgement call by Emergency Management? Report Reply 1 reply · active 223 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 223 weeks ago Ummm, because there was no tornado? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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first_imgA Florida man says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria without touching the water.Tyler King was working in Santa Rosa Beach last week when his left bicep suddenly swelled to three times its normal size.He went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria often found in brackish water.King is the third person in less than a month to contract a flesh-eating bacteria in Florida.Lynn Fleming, 77, died last week when she was infected after falling at a beach on Anna Maria Island.A young Indiana girl contracted the infection while swimming in Gulf along the Florida Panhandle. The 12-year-old recovered after having several surgeries to save her leg.It remains unclear if the cases are somehow related, but all have contracted the bacteria in Florida sparking safety concerns.last_img read more