first_imgNowitzki has already said he is considering a 21st season. Barring a dramatic improvement through a trade, the draft or free agency, that likely means another year of helping turn Smith into a point guard that can guide a champion the way Nowitzki credits Jason Kidd for doing in Dallas.Assuming the Mavericks stay near the bottom of the West standings, they’ll have another high draft pick after getting Smith at No. 9. That will be another young player who sees the work Nowitzki does away from the court to stay in shape, and a 13-time All-Star who is frequently the last player to quit shooting after practice.J.J. Barea spent his first five seasons with the Mavericks and was still a relatively young guard at 26 when the Mavericks won the title.“I used him a lot,” said Barea, who returned to Dallas three years ago. “If I work half of what he does, I’m going to be all right. These guys, they really didn’t get him at his best like I got him. But they still see how hard you’ve got to work to be able to play out there with us.”Nowitzki doesn’t mind admitting that practice isn’t quite as fun as it used to be.“But once the ball goes up, it’s still great,” said the 2007 MVP, who has career averages of 21.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. “I still love to compete. I still love to be out there for the guys and trying to help them with my experience and spread the floor for them and maybe getting some timely scoring here and there.”Always big on self-deprecation, Nowitzki quips that he can’t help the younger players by showing them any moves. He doesn’t have to be joking to acknowledge that his patented one-legged fadeaway jumper isn’t nearly as dangerous as it was when he was Finals MVP.What Nowitzki can offer is work ethic and experience, not to mention longevity. He became the sixth NBA player to reach 50,000 minutes Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers.“It’s been two decades of fun and competing,” Nowitzki said. “Getting to 20 years is special. There’s not a lot of guys that have done it. Not a lot of guys have done it with one franchise. I’m proud of that, but want to finish the season strong.”Nowitzki always finds a way to steer the conversation back to the present — and future. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first title and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again.“I just think I pride myself with this city, with this organization, whatever this city or this franchise goes through, I want to push it through,” Nowitzki said. “I want to be there for it. If it’s rebuilding, I want to push it through and help as much as I can. If we’re playing for a championship, then I’ll do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since beating Miami in the Finals in 2011, LeBron James’ first season with the Heat. They had a woeful start for the second straight year, all but assuring that they will miss the playoffs with consecutive losing seasons for the first time since Nowitzki’s first two.The slide out of contention means little to the context of Nowitzki’s career: a 7-footer who changed the game with his 3-point shooting, the first foreign-born player to reach 30,000 points and the distinction with Kobe Bryant (Lakers) as the only players to spend 20 seasons with the same franchise. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – In this May 25, 2011, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, holds up his arms as fans cheer during the final seconds of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first championship and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki made peace years ago with the reality that spending his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks would likely mean little or no chance to win a second championship.The most accomplished European player in NBA history never seriously considered leaving the franchise that courted him as a teenager in Germany and drafted him five days after his 20th birthday in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Wizards beat Pacers to win 5th straight without Wall NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police 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 “I think the reality is that when you see this kind of consistency of greatness, there’s a tendency to take it for granted,” said Rick Carlisle, in his 10th season as Nowitzki’s coach. “And we must be careful about taking this for granted. We’re seeing a generational player that’s changed the game.”Nowitzki still starts — Carlisle pretty much declared earlier this season that he will start as long as he’s playing — but often sits at the end of close games. He’s probably the fourth scoring option, behind Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and even rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.But the 39-year-old played the first 54 games, an important measure for him to feel he’s contributing. Nowitzki, the only 7-footer to win the 3-point contest that’s part of All-Star weekend, is in position for the best shooting percentage of his career from beyond the arc. The number of attempts isn’t far off from his prime either.“I wish he can play forever,” said Washington coach Scott Brooks, who was at Oklahoma City when the Thunder lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference finals and beat them in the first round the next year.“You know the time is winding down, you don’t know how many more years he has. He probably has maybe six or seven more left in him,” Brooks said, trying to keep a straight face.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_img The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reminding Jamaicans that energy conservation should still be the first priority, even as Jamaica launches into the oil and gas exploration industry.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communication at the PCJ, Camille Taylor, said the agency is encouraging persons to practise energy conservation and efficiency, which is now being called the ‘first fuel’.She explained that the company’s mandate in managing energy security for Jamaica is two tiered – looking at supply, which is the oil and gas exploration and development of renewables; and managing demand, which is the energy efficiency projects done in the public sector.For his part, Group General Manager at the PCJ, Winston Watson, pointed out that the agency is driving the energy management of the country from different areas.“Finding oil and gas is one solution, but the best solution we have is conservation, so we must still practise energy conservation…use it wisely,” he urged.Mr. Watson explained that in addition to oil and gas exploration, the PCJ does a number of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.He noted that Wigton Wind Farm in Manchester is one such project, and is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean.In the meantime, the Group General Manager said that the PCJ is also working on implementing a programme with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Union (EU) to put energy solutions in hospitals, schools and Government agencies.Oil and gas exploration activities are being undertaken by the PCJ and Tullow Oil, and will move into a higher gear with the initiation of the first ever 3-D seismic survey in the waters off Jamaica’s south coast between the Pedro Bank and Portland Cottage this month.-30- The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reminding Jamaicans that energy conservation should still be the first priority, even as Jamaica launches into the oil and gas exploration industry.  “Finding oil and gas is one solution, but the best solution we have is conservation, so we must still practise energy conservation…use it wisely,” he urged. Story Highlights She explained that the company’s mandate in managing energy security for Jamaica is two tiered – looking at supply, which is the oil and gas exploration and development of renewables; and managing demand, which is the energy efficiency projects done in the public sector.last_img read more

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsThe national inquiry hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls concluded Wednesday in Moncton with more testimonies from families in search of answers.Barbara Bernard of Abegweit First Nation on P.E.I. shared the story of her mother’s disappearance decades ago.Mary Francis Paul went out on evening and never come home.Days later her body was found stuffed in an oil drum, with a broken neck.Bernard, who had her own baby at the time, said she doesn’t recall much after hearing the news — until the day she buried her mother.“I remember a social worker coming up to me at the graveyard asking me, what am I going to do with my baby? And it hurt so bad, because they had already took my brothers and sisters,” said Bernard.A decade passed before she would speak with a police officer about her mother’s death.“He said, you need to remember your mom for your happy memories, he said. You don’t want to remember your mom stuffed in one of those drum cans,” she recalled during the hearing Wednesday. “And that kind of stuck with me, and I was like that’s not what they told me when I was younger.“I couldn’t believe that they wouldn’t have [investigated more thoroughly], because it felt like they didn’t think my mom’s life was worth anything, and that hurt,” she said, fighting tears. “My mom matters. My mom is a human being. And I just need to know.”Bernard wants to know whether the RCMP investigated her mother’s death and whether it was ruled suspicious.Leona Simon of Elsipogtog shared the story of her aunt, Gladys Marie Simon, 41, who went missing from a hospital in Campbellton, N.B. in 2004. She had been institutionalized there as a patient.She had intellectual disabilities and was frequently taken advantage of by people, Simon recalled.Eight years later some of Gladys’ remains were found and her family was told foul play had been ruled out.They want the case re-opened.Simon recommended to the inquiry Wednesday that adequate mental health facilities be placed on reserves.“It would be nice to have some institutions home, so we can facilitate people that need that, that have mental health issues, so we don’t have to worry about them,” she said.In its interim report last fall the inquiry recommended the establishment of a national police task force that could re-open investigations and review cold cases.Responding to Bernard’s testimony inquiry Commissioner Michèle Audette said Canada’s justice system “should be changed, and it has to change.“We pray for that, we push for that, and it will be in the hands of our leaders after,” she said.In total, 38 people testified in Moncton, most of them in private.Audette told reporters the inquiry is on the cusp of submitting a request for a two-year extension to its mandate, and that with an extension it will be able to visit more communities and ensure more people and families are able to tell their stories.She also announced Wednesday that the inquiry will visit Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador during the first week of March.Next week the inquiry will visit Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.last_img read more

The best rivalry in professional men’s1In women’s tennis, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova played each other 80 times, including in 60 finals. tennis history continues to unfold — and it isn’t Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal.It’s Federer against Novak Djokovic.Federer and Nadal are probably the best players of all time.2A whole article, or book, could be written about what that means. In tennis as in other sports, the level of play keeps rising as competitors get bigger, fitter and stronger, so the two dominant players of the last decade likely are the best ever. In relative measures, such as dominance of their peers, major titles and consistency, Federer and Nadal also stand up well to the likes of Pete Sampras and Rod Laver. They may have played the best match of all time. But their head-to-head history is mostly predictable and one-sided. It’s better than nearly every rivalry that came before it, yet it’s not even in the top two current matchups.Nadal’s rivalry with Djokovic, the current world No. 1, is much better. Nadal and Djokovic have met 42 times, more than any other pair since the sport went pro in 1968, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract. From September 2010 through June of this year, Nadal and Djokovic have played a remarkable 21 times,3More than all but 24 other pairs of players who have played each other throughout their careers since 1968. including in seven major finals, and have contested several classics. But they’ve also played many duds. And while their overall record is nearly even, the rivalry breaks down into several lopsided sub-rivalries: Nadal dominates on clay (14-4), Djokovic on hard (14-7). Nadal won 14 of their first 18 matches; Djokovic has won 15 of 24 since.Compare that to the running feud that is Federer vs. Djokovic. They have been playing close matches since their first meeting after Djokovic’s 20th birthday, when Djokovic won in a winner-take-all third-set tiebreaker. Since then, neither man has won more than three of the matches between them in a row. They’ve been even on every surface: 1-1 on grass, with Federer holding narrow leads of 4-3 on clay and 14-13 on hard courts. Djokovic is 6-4 in finals, Federer 11-10 in semis. They’ve split their 12 Grand Slam matches. They could meet for a 37th time in the World Tour Finals, the year-end event featuring the tour’s best players that ends Sunday in London.These are three of the sport’s greatest rivalries ever, and they remain very much alive, with the three participants currently holding the three top spots in the rankings. The continuing drama of these rivalries owes to the greatness of the trio, the happy coincidence that Nadal and Djokovic were born a year apart and the stubbornness of Federer, sticking around at age 33 to keep challenging his younger rivals.Federer-Djokovic provides plenty of intangible pleasure for neutral fans. Each can defend but prefers to play the aggressor, making for quick reversals and for many unpredictable points. Federer has one of the sport’s most effective serves ever. It has a mighty foil in Djokovic’s possibly best-ever return. Federer’s rekindling of his love for the serve-and-volley raises the tension.Many of their matches have been meaningful and memorable: Federer’s French Open win to break Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak in 2011 was bookended by two Djokovic wins in U.S. Open five-set semifinals after saving match points in 2010 and 2011. Their final this July at Wimbledon was about as high in quality and excitement as Nadal’s more celebrated win over Federer at Wimbledon in 2008.The Federer-Djokovic relationship has occasionally been tense; last July Djokovic’s father criticized Federer’s character. Other external figures keep the rivalry interesting: Djokovic coach Boris Becker and Federer coach Stefan Edberg are former world No. 1s who played each other 35 times.The statistical side of ranking a sport’s best rivalries is necessarily arbitrary. There is no single, universally accepted way to assess matchups, but here is what we can safely look for in a great rivalry: Frequent, competitive matches in significant situations. Just as the world’s best player probably isn’t best at every shot but must be really good at each one, the Federer-Djokovic rivalry doesn’t rule each category but it’s strong in all of them.Let’s take them in turn.FrequencyNadal-Djokovic is the most common meeting among men’s tour players since 1968. Federer-Djokovic ties for second; its next edition will push it past Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe. Nadal-Federer ranks eighth.SignificanceFedal, as fans call it,4Since Nadal has dominated the rivalry, his name probably should come first, but that doesn’t lend itself to as pithy a nickname. Naderer? ranks higher for total significance of matches. Of their 33 meetings, 20 have come in finals — double the number of Federer-Djokovic finals.After Federer’s match Sunday in London, I asked him to compare his rivalries with Nadal and with Djokovic. He ranked his Nadal tussles higher because of all the finals they’ve played. “I know Novak, the matches and the rivalry is nice,” Federer said. “I really enjoy playing against him. It’s very evenly matched, you know. But I played him more often probably in semis than in finals most likely. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s kind of how it felt like.”He’s right, but you have to win semis to reach finals. I came up with a quick way to assess the importance of matches in winning titles, which I call title leverage.5A final counts as one, a semi as one-half — since winning a semi gives you a chance to play a final — a quarterfinal as one-fourth and a round-of-16 match as one-eighth. By this measure, Nadal-Djokovic ranks first in title leverage overall, and second at Grand Slams. Nadal-Federer is second in title leverage, and first at Grand Slams. Federer-Djokovic ranks sixth and third, respectively.CompetitivenessSo far, Federer-Djokovic looks like a contender for top rivalry but it’s hardly the leader. Consider competitiveness, though, and today’s top two players are the very best at challenging each other:The rivalry is unusually even. Djokovic, who trails in the head-to-head, has won 47.2 percent of their matches. That’s the highest winning percentage for the man who’s trailing in any rivalry with at least 25 matches. They mount comebacks. Two in nine of their matches were won by a player who trailed by a set at some stage. That’s higher than average and ahead of Nadal-Djokovic, though just behind Nadal-Federer.10Matches are considered comebacks only if they occur in completed matches; walkovers, retirements and defaults aren’t included. The sets are close. They’ve played the closest sets of any rivalry with at least 27 meetings.8If the loser of the set won five or more games, I counted that as leaving no games on the table. So I counted a 7-5 set and a 7-6 set the same, as leaving no games. A 6-4 set left one possible game, a 6-3 set two, and so on. Federer-Djokovic has averaged 1.47 games, compared to an average figure for rivalries of at least 15 matches of 1.73. The smaller the figure, the closer the sets. One-third of their sets have been 7-5 or closer. That’s the highest mark for any rivalry with at least 25 meetings.9The average is 25 percent for rivalries with at least 15 meetings. No amount of evidence will trump taste for most tennis fans. They might appreciate a matchup for the personalities, for the aesthetic joy of watching one player’s backhand volley against another’s forehand passing shot. Or they might adopt a favorite in their hearts, not in their minds, after a single memorable match. As much as I enjoy Federer-Djokovic, and especially was gripped while attending their Wimbledon final this year, I had more fun watching two players ranked outside the Top 100 playing a late-night five-setter in the third round of the 2009 U.S. Open.The players themselves use their own criteria for ranking rivalries.I wanted to lay out my entire statistical case to Federer and Djokovic this week, but their post-match press conferences weren’t the right setting. So I asked them, simply, where their rivalry ranked in their careers. Federer ranked his rivalry with Nadal over his tussles with Djokovic. He also put in a good word for rivalries with players closer to his age or older: Tim Henman, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.11Federer won as high a percentage of his matches against those five as Nadal has won against him.“Both of these rivalries that I have with Roger and Rafa are special in their own way,” Djokovic said Wednesday. “I do feel those rivalries have contributed to my success a lot.” And he, like Federer, put in a good word for Nadal-Federer. “Their rivalry was amazing, and still is.”CORRECTION (Nov. 14, 5:25 p.m.): Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova played each other 80 times, including in 60 finals, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. An earlier version of a footnote to this article said that they played each other 56 times, including in 47 finals. (There is some disagreement about their record; Tennis Abstract lists 56 Evert-Navratilova matches and 47 finals while the International Tennis Federation lists 59 non-walkover matches and 50 finals.) They play very few duds. Just 47 percent of their matches have ended in straight sets, below the average rate of 58 percent and below the level for Nadal-Djokovic, though just above the 45 percent for Nadal-Federer. And just 14 percent of Federer-Djokovic matches have been what I call duds: straight-setters without a set 7-5 or closer. The rate is at least 30 percent for the two Nadal rivalries, and averages 33 percent overall for frequent matchups. They rarely leave any tennis unplayed. They’ve played 77.6 percent of possible sets in their matches.6If they finish a best-of-five-set match in four sets, they’ve played 80 percent of possible sets. That’s above average for rivalries with at least 15 matchups,7The average figure is 75 percent. Unless otherwise noted, the averages in this section are among matchups with at least 15 meetings since the professional era began. better than Nadal-Djokovic and behind only Nadal-Federer, by a nose, among rivalries with at least 27 meetings. read more

first_imgHerb Quarles, Washington AFRO-American’s former church and arts notes editor.(Updated 12/17/2014) Herbert Quarles, the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper’s former church and arts notes editor, recently died. He was in his early 80s, a friend, Geraldine Jackson, said.Quarles’ home going services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20th at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, with the viewing of the body at 10 a.m. and the funeral service at 11 a.m. He will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery.Quarles, a native of Charlottesville., Va., wrote a weekly column for the AFRO for decades and became known in the Washington metropolitan area for reporting on Black church activities and the new pastors who came into the area. He was a member of the Peoples Congregational Church where he also played a role in church members taking trips overseas to countries such as South Africa.“Mr. Quarles was a long time member of Peoples Congregational Church. He was very faithful, very committed and involved in church every Sunday,” Rev. Michael C. Murphy, senior minister at the church told the AFRO, explaining that Quarles held several leadership positions. We appreciated all the outstanding pictures that he took of our worship services and special events and he will be missed.”Rev. Murphy said that everyone knew Quarles from his position at the AFRO.Hamil Harris, staff writer for the Washington Post and former AFRO writer, remembered Quarles hard work and helpful personality.“He was a guy who had a joy of covering news, Harris said. “For Herb, it was a joy to cover the church community as well as the bridge community. He loved the AFRO.” Harris said that Quarles helped him out when he got to the Post by giving him several church contacts to build his files with.He also wrote a column on the District’s bridge circuit which developed a following. The bridge page would include emerging bridge players, report on who won key bridge tournaments and even write about the food at club meetings.According to a tribute from Karen Pollock with the Washington Bridge Unit, Quarles became a dynamic, well respected leader, organizer, teacher and communicator.“Herb will be missed for all he contributed to the bridge world,” she said. “But most of all he will be missed for being: kind, helping, friendly, giving, loving, trusting and a good christen.”While at the AFRO, Quarles wrote a weekly “Arts Notes” column. For this column, he attended plays, musicals and recitals at the Kennedy Center or at neighborhood venues. He would also interview the artists and would often capture insights that other arts journalists would miss.Quarles taught music in the District of Columbia public school from September 1959 to June 1980. He was an amateur baritone singer.“I knew his mother, sister and brother and we always stayed in touch,” Geraldine Jackson, a friend, said. “Herb loved volunteering for the Washington Teachers Union and at social events, he would take pictures. He was a good person.”last_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China on Saturday after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.Burkina Faso’s decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.A document establishing diplomatic ties was signed Saturday in Beijing between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry.The move leaves Taiwan with just one remaining African ally, Swaziland, and Wang appeared to indicate the small nation in the continent’s south was being actively courted by Beijing.“Now Africa has only one country with which we have not yet established” diplomatic relations, Wang said. “We hope this country can join the big China-Africa family of friendship as soon as possible.”On Friday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that “China’s growing pressure will only strengthen other countries’ support for us.”She added defiantly, “We will never back down.”Taiwan has previously condemned what it called China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign of luring away Taiwan’s allies with promises of vast financial aid and investment.Tsai has angered Beijing by refusing to endorse its “one-China principle” designating the island as a part of China.last_img read more

first_imgAyars and Meghan Schneider are both in their second stints with the U21 squad after being initially selected in July 2018. U.S. Women’s National Team U-21 SelectionsCarter Ayars (Wilmington, Del.) is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-West Region selection and was named to the ACC Field Hockey Championship all-tournament team in 2017. The defender started 17 games in 2018 and anchored the Cardinals’ defense which produced five shutouts and a 1.27 team goals-against average. Story Links Walsh (Louisville, Ky.) started all 19 games during her senior season and led the Cardinals with a career-high 11 assists.Stone and Walsh were also named to the U.S. Development Team in July 2018. Stone was a member of the U21 team and the U19 team for two years apiece. The U-21 USWNT will travel April 17-24 to Monchengladbach, Germany for a 3 Nations Invitational with Germany’s U-21 team and Great Britain’s U-21 team, where they will play two games against each opponent at both the Viersener Tennis and Hockey Club and Warsteiner HockeyPark.U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Schedule:Saturday, April 20             U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Germany                 11:00 a.m. ETSunday, April 21                U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Great Britain          12:00 p.m. ETTuesday, April 23              U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Germany                 10:00 a.m. ETWednesday, April 24       U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Great Britain          11:00 a.m. ET The U.S. Women’s National Development Squad embark on a tour of The Netherlands April 13-22 where they will play two games against the Scotland senior team, one against Belgium’s U-21 team and the Stichtsche Cricket en Hockeyclub (SCHC) team at the AMHC Rood-Wit and SCHC. U.S. Women’s National Team U-21 SelectionFreshman Katie Schneider (San Diego, Calif.) was selected to the USWNT U19 team in January after having been previously selected to participate in USA Field Hockey’s U19 and U17 Junior National Camps. As a freshman at UofL, the forward played in 19 games and three starts and scored four goals. Katie Schneider was named the USWNT U-19 travel roster while Carter Ayars and Meghan Schneider will travel to Europe with the USWNT U21 squad. Additionally, Taylor Stone, Katie Walsh and Erin McCrudden were selected to the USWNT Development Squad’s traveling roster for its tour in The Netherlands. U.S. Women’s National Development Squad SelectionsStone (Herndon, Va.) is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association and all-ACC selection (2017, 2018), earning her most recent nods after starting all 19 games for the Cardinals. The defender/midfielder finished her senior season tied for third on the team with five goals. McCrudden (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) completed her senior season at UofL in 2016 and earned NFHCA All-America honors that year. She was named to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad in 2016 and went on to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team and competed in 13 international caps. The U-19 USWNT will travel to Dusseldorf to take on Germany’s U-18 team twice and Belgium’s U-18 team once at the Dusseldorfer Hockey Club.U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team Schedule:Thursday, April 18            U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Germany                 1:00 p.m. ETSaturday, April 20             U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Belgium                   10:00 a.m. ETSunday, April 21                U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Germany                 6:00 a.m. ET The selections were made by the USA Field Hockey Junior High Performance Staff following additional training camps in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia over the past month. The University of Louisville field hockey program is well-represented in the USA Field Hockey program with six current or former players listed among the High Performance Tours to Europe in late April. Meghan Schneider (San Diego, Calif.), previously spent two years as a member of USA Field Hockey U19 team. The sophomore started every game this past season and scored her first career goal when she delivered the game winner against UMass Lowell. She was a valuable part of the defense with registered five shutouts and held opponents to a 1.27 goals-against average. U.S. Women’s National Development Squad Schedule:Monday, April 14              USWNT Devo vs. Scotland Seniors             8:00 a.m. ETTuesday, April 16              USWNT Devo vs. Scotland Seniors             8:00 a.m. ETThursday, April 18            USWNT Devo vs. U-21 Belgium                   7:30 a.m. ETFriday, April 19                  USWNT Devo vs. SCHC                                   12:00 p.m. ET Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img“His power came from some great reservoir of spiritual life else it could not have been so universal and so potent, but the majesty and beauty of the language with which he clothed it were all his own.” — Claude Bragdon. The musical play titled Paighamber staged at India Habitat Centre is inspired by the classic The Prophet, written by Dr Kahlil Gibran. The plays revolves around the character Anannt, portrayed by Harsh Mayar. The entire act was divided into many chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, joy and sorrow, buying and selling, crime and punishment, reason and passion, pain, good and evil, beauty, religion, and death. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Our life is made of five elements — earth, water, fire, air and ether, each having its own character. The play begins with the birth of a human life Anannt, created out of these five elements. In the play, Anannt discusses his life with these elements, portrayed by a group of people.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play depicts the various moments in his life when he met Paighamber and how Paighmaber guided and enlightened Anannt with his advice which led him grow up as a better human being. Tom Alter playing the role of Paighamber and Amit Behl in roles of Khalil Gibran, the narrator, showcased their characters with finesse. It was later divulged that the grown up-bright-witted Annant is none other than Dr Kahlil Gibran and the Paighamber who guided him at various aspects of life was his own subconscious. On the musical note, the play incorporates the rich folk music of Chhattisgarh and Haryana and the famous Karma dance form of Chhattisgarh. The manifestation of Khalil Gibran’s famous novel was never less than a life where his believes always regarded humanity.last_img read more

first_imgPan-European sports channel Eurosport has named Philippe Denery as chairman and Jean-Thierry Augustin as CEO following the appointment of Laurent-Eric Le Lay, who combined both roles, as CEO of TF1 Publicité.Denery will remain in his current post as executive vice-president of TF1 Group finance, combining that with his chairmanship of the TF1 majority-owned sports broadcaster.Augustin (pictured, left) has been promoted from his previous position of managing director, distribution, right acquisition and development.Le Lay was last week named as the successor to Laurent Solly at TF1’s advertising arm following the latter’s departure to take over as head of Facebook France.TF1 said that the change at Eurosport reflected its ambition to enable to the broadcaster to continue developing as part of the partnership agreement signed with Discovery.Discovery has acquired a 20% holding in Eurosport, with the option to increase this to a 51% majority stake.last_img read more

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