On one-year anniversary of Kawhi Leonard’s ‘The Shot,’ Raptors fans react on social media

first_imgThe sports world looked a lot different one year ago today.Of course, the biggest difference was that sports were actually taking place. Beyond that, Kawhi Leonard was still a member of the Toronto Raptors and the team from up north was still without an NBA championship. Little did we know that one year later, all three of those things would have changed. On May 12, 2019, Leonard hit “The Shot” to send Toronto to the Eastern Conference finals over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was arguably the greatest moment in Raptors franchise history — until about two weeks later, that is, when the team defeated the Golden State Warriors to lift their first-ever Larry O’Brien trophy. Kawhi Leonard’s “The Shot”: A look back at the iconic moment | Ex-Raptor Danny Green reminiscesRaptors nation took to social media on Tuesday to relive the legendary moment, which was also the first and only Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA playoff history.The team posted a goosebumps-inducing video on their official Twitter account.  Fans and media also shared some of their favorite photos and videos of the shot.center_img Of course, Sixers fans have very different memories of the shot…last_img read more

Wigan end Man City quadruple bid with Cup shock

first_imgThe pivotal sending-off arrived in first half injury-time when Fabian Delph made a rash challenge on Wigan’s Max Power, prompting referee Anthony Taylor to pull a yellow card out of his pocket before changing his mind and producing red.That infuriated City players, who surrounded the referee, and the dispute spilled into the rival technical areas with Sergio Aguero having to be dragged away by Guardiola as he argued furiously with Wigan coaches. The scene turned even uglier, with television cameras in the tunnel capturing footage of Guardiola and Wigan manager Paul Cook in a major verbal confrontation and being kept apart by staff.– Wasteful Aguero –City might have enjoyed a far more comfortable evening had their record goalscorer Aguero not missed a golden opportunity after just two minutes, heading over Bernardo Silva’s pinpoint cross from just six yards.And home keeper Christian Walton needed to be alert a few moments later, diving smartly to parry away a fierce strike from Ilkay Gundogan.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Earlier the drama had been provided by Northern Ireland international Grigg who capitalised on an error by Kyle Walker — who allowed a pass to run through to the Wigan man — and kept ahead of John Stones before finishing clinically from just inside the area.It was only City’s second defeat to English opposition since losing an FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal last April while their opponents can now look forward to a quarter-final home tie with Southampton.center_img Wigan, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola’s quest to win an unprecedented quadruple with Manchester City came to a stunning and controversial end when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at third-tier Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.In an uncanny repeat of the 2013 FA Cup final, in which City had a player sent off before losing to a late Wigan winner, Guardiola’s side had Fabian Delph dismissed amid stormy scenes before Will Grigg’s 79th-minute goal decided the game.A famous night was marred, however, by a post-match pitch invasion by Wigan supporters which saw a number of them confront City players, with striker Sergio Aguero required to defend himself.last_img read more

The half-full glass and the complacency of Barça

first_imgThe defeat against Real Madrid that has meant losing the leadership of LaLiga in favor of the whites in the absence of 12 days to finish the championship has the self-criticism shining by its absence. Unlike, the discourse that has been imposed, at least publicly, from the locker room to the boardroom is that of complacency. It is considered in the Camp Nou in most estates that the Setién team played to win at the Bernabéu and that nothing happens here.The first to publicly state this argument was Guillermo Love, director of institutional relations of Barcelona who said that “in the first half you have to give the team a very good grade, we have had occasions and we only lacked the goal to leave with advantage, if Madrid forgives them they take advantage of their chances. They have pressed, they saw that they could win and they went up to press. In the first part was the triumph very clear in our favor. The team has not been bad, there have been times when we were very opor above Madrid. “ A speech he had its corresponding echo in the locker room where the staff preferred to praise the first time to do self-criticism regarding the globality of the party. Piqué was one of the examples in saying that “I’ve seen the worst Madrid in years in the first part” o Busquets, who said that “there is a lot of league, we are one point below and we have to keep going, keep the good things.”For his part, the coach Quique Setién said that “our party was in the first part and we did things quite well and we generate occasions, even with one before they scored, we have the ability to recover. There are positive things to rescue and we will analyze what we have not done well. “An analysis that shares the Catalan press that speaks of “forgiveness” as a word that defines the party. Only L’Esportiu It is something more critical with the Barcelona game.And another topic of debate is the role of Messi, who remained unmarked again at the Santiago Bernabéu. His performance from the board is also seen as “phenomenal,” as spokesman Guillermo Amor said: “Messi has been phenomenal in the first half and then has been isolated. Then when you lose everything seems negative.”last_img read more

Work on drugs bond ahead of schedule – Lawrence

first_img…says Kingston construction project more than 65 % completePlans to construct a Government-owned drugs bond — hatched after criticisms of the Sussex Street arrangement — are ahead of schedule; with the latest reports from engineers indicating that more than 65 per cent of the work has already been completed.The Sussex Street bondThis is according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who made this disclosure when asked for an update on the side-lines of an anti-suicide walk through the streets of Georgetown on Sunday.“With regard to the bond in Kingston, the contractor is way ahead in terms of the percentage of work done so far. It was over 65 per cent of work, that was my last report a week ago, that has been completed,” she said.The Minister is optimistic that construction of the bond would be completed and the structure officially handed over ahead of schedule.One feature the bond will have, she explained, is the accommodation aspect that would facilitate staff staying on site.“So I’m quite certain that (the bond) will be handed over ahead of schedule. It is being built in a way that is off the ground, so we will avoid the flooding. And because it’s an entirely new bond, we are going to alleviate the leaking of the roof, which we had. And we’re doing it in various sections, so it can be more accessible. And in terms of storage, we will be able to do a better job, including accommodation for staff,” she detailed.The Minister also gave an update on the expansion of the Materials Management Unit’s (MMU) Bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).“Also, the expansion of the bond at Diamond, our Materials Management Unit; the entire framework is completed, the enclosure is done, and now they are working on the electrical and the air condition,” she explained.Last year, Government had invited tenders for the construction of a bond that would be located at Lot 1 Mudflat Kingston, as well as the extension of the MMU Bond at Diamond. Estimates for these projects were $2.4 million and $1.6 million respectively.Earlier this year, questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition in the National Assembly revealed that the State had expended over $264 million in rental fees for the Sussex Street Drug Bond. In the response tabled by Minister Lawrence, it was stated that this sum was paid to Linden Holdings Incorporated for the period July 2016 to March 2018.In regard to action being taken to end the arrangement with the Sussex Street Bond, Minister Lawrence revealed that a Notice of Quit dated October 31, 2016 had been sent by the then Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Trevor Thomas, and current Permanent Secretary Colette Adams had sent a reminder, dated October 3, 2017.The transaction first came to light in 2016 during consideration of Financial Papers. It was discovered then that Government had in fact entered a contract to pay a VAT-excluded $12.5 million monthly rental to Linden Holdings Inc for the use of the bond to store drugs and medical supplies.It was also discovered that $25 million had already been expended as a security deposit; in addition to $12.5 million, representing monthly rentals from August to December 2016.last_img read more

General says he needs more troops

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. commander in northern Iraq said Friday he doesn’t have enough troops for the mission in increasingly violent Diyala province. Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon also said that Iraqi government officials are not moving fast enough to provide the “most powerful weapon” against insurgents – a government that works and supplies services for the people. Mixon commands the area that includes Diyala province, north of Baghdad. It was a hotbed of the Sunni insurgency before the start of the Baghdad security crackdown and has worsened since militants fled there to avoid the increased U.S.-led operations started in the capital in February. His comments on the Iraqi government were unusually candid and in keeping with the sentiment in Congress and among some administration officials as well as an American electorate becoming ever more impatient with the war. “I laid out a plan for General Odierno on the numbers of forces that I would need,” Mixon told Pentagon reporters by video conference from Iraq. “We have made progress … we have taken terrain back from the enemy. General Odierno intends to give me additional forces as they become available.” Additional troops have been flowing into Iraq for months as part of President George W. Bush’s plan to try to get a handle on violence in the four-year-old war. Initially, Bush ordered an extra 21,500 combat troops to the country – mainly to be used in Baghdad, but also in Anbar province. An additional 7,000 are going in support positions. There are some 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq now.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mixon has already received extra troops, but violence in Diyala is on the rise, he said, both because more militants have moved in and because coalition forces are taking the offensive. “We are sure there are elements of both Sunni extremists and Shia extremists that have moved out of Baghdad and relocated into not only Diyala province, but also into Salah ad Din province,” he said. The U.S. is taking increasing casualties in Diyala. One soldier was killed Thursday from an explosion during combat operations in the province; one was killed and four others were wounded Tuesday in a shooting attack; and six U.S. soldiers were killed Sunday when a massive bomb destroyed their vehicle. “I do not have enough soldiers right now in Diyala province to get that security situation moving,” Mixon said. “We have plans to put additional forces in that region.” He declined to give details but said Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, is planning to send more forces. last_img read more

Military’s search for Torrance soldier ends sadly for family

first_img When word surfaced that the body bore a tattoo, the Anzacks continued to hold out hope, Anzack Sr. said. Last time he saw his son, he had no tattoos. “I was really thinking, ‘That’s a different person,’” he said. “Somebody said that God takes you away from the bad stuff. And evidently he took Joe. He didn’t want him going through any more bad stuff.” The tragic news came exactly one month after a false rumor of Anzack Jr.’s death circulated so widely, via MySpace and word-of-mouth, that his alma mater South High changed its marquee to read: “In Loving Memory – Joseph Anzack – 2005.” But after American Red Cross workers located him alive and well, the soldier himself dispelled the rumor with a phone call home, relieving family and friends across Torrance. After the rumor turned out to be just careless gossip, word of Anzack’s real disappearance in mid-May brought the toll of the war in Iraq home to students at South High, according to athletic director Robert Kutsch. “It’s really opened up a lot of kids’ eyes,” Kutsch said. “It’s somebody who walked the same hallways as them and is gone.” Denise Mandel’s son, Mike, a 12th-grader this year, played middle linebacker with Anzack two years ago and told the Daily Breeze in April he was a “great mentor.” After hearing the news Wednesday, Denise said the family was heartbroken. “This young man had nothing but class,” Mandel said. “He was a wonderful leader on the field, just as he was in life.” Chris Lee graduated two years ahead of Anzack and the two played together on South High’s varsity football team. Anzack, who played on the defensive line, made the team as a 10th-grader. His enthusiasm made an impression on Lee right away. “He was so excited to get out there, he forgot his assignment,” Lee said. Anzack Sr. said his son approached his military duty in much the same fashion, describing Joseph Jr. as “a man who made his own choices, stuck by his choices and gave 100 percent.” “I was honored to have him serve this country,” he said. “I know he went over there and made a difference.” “I’m so grateful to have had the relationship that I had with my son. It was an honor to be his father.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We said a prayer for the other two boys, then sat around and talked about Joseph,” he said, “just sharing the love of my son and why we all loved him.” “I’m not really sure where I’m going to go from here,” Anzack Sr. told the Breeze. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do tomorrow. But I have to keep living. I have to keep my family strong. “His sister, she can’t believe it. His mom, she’s doing OK,” he added. “We lost our son. It’s not fair.” A former prep football standout who graduated from Torrance’s South High in 2005, Anzack Jr. was on his first tour of duty in Iraq, where he served as a gunner with the Army’s noted 10th Mountain Division. He and two fellow soldiers went missing after their patrol was ambushed south of Baghdad on May 12, leaving four soldiers and an Iraqi aide dead. Al-Qaida later claimed credit for the attack and the abductions of Anzack Jr., Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. Their families and America watched as military forces launched an intensive, exhaustive search involving thousands of troops that spanned desert, farmland and irrigation ditches. News broke early Wednesday that a body in an American uniform had been pulled from the Euphrates River. More than 10 days into a massive search for three missing American soldiers that has held the attention of a hopeful nation, the Torrance family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, learned the worst Wednesday. Late in the afternoon, Army representatives notified the infantryman’s father, Joseph Anzack Sr., that his son was the dead soldier found earlier in the Euphrates River. He had been “visually identified by the commander of his unit,” Anzack Sr. told the Daily Breeze. “The mourning started right then. Speaking by phone Wednesday night, Anzack Sr. said his immediate family and several extended family members held a vigil inside his apartment – a second-story stucco building with a yellow ribbon on the front door – that was led by an Army chaplain.last_img read more

Zamalek are toughest CC opponents – Oktay

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay takes his team through a pre-training talk during a session at teh Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 22 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay believes they have been placed in a fair CAF Confederations Cup group stage pool, but has picked out Egyptian giants Zamalek as the toughest team from the pool.Gor have been placed in Group D alongside the Egyptian side, NA Hassan Dey of Algeria and Angola’s Petro Atletico. The Kenyan champions begin their campaign at home against Zamalek on February 3. “It is a very fair group for us. When you are in the group stage, you shouldn’t pick things. You have to go out and play for a result. What I have noticed with us is that we play great at home and that is something we will maximize,” the tactician told Capital Sport.The tactician added; “We now have to work to be good away from home and we need to get used to things like weather and different conditions,”“I think Zamalek is the toughest team there and they will give us a big challenge. But, I have friends over there in Egypt and during my time in Saudi Arabia, I also coached some Egyptians so I have an idea of what they are capable of,”Zamalek’s goalkeeper Ahmed Elshenawy let three goals past him during the first leg of the CAF Championship final on October 15, 2016 in Pretoria“I will do my research also about the Angolan and Algerian teams and we will be prepared very well for them.”Gor made it to their second consecutive group stage appearance in the Confederations Cup after holding Cameroonian side New Star de Douala to a barren draw in the return leg last weekend, having won the first leg 2-1 in Nairobi.Oktay says he was pleased with the result and furthermore how his players executed the pre-match plan for the game and he believes they will keep improving as time goes by.“It was very important for me and the team to qualify but most importantly for Kenyan football and the national team. It is a good test now to get into the group stages,”“It was a difficult match and I even told my players before. We knew how to contain them because they did not have a plan B or C. I had two play with two defensive midfielders so that we win all the second balls. I knew I have players who can keep the ball and we did that very well especially in the final 20 minutes when they pressed,” he added.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge against Lobi Stars defender Itodo Cletus. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAs he plans to get into the group stages, Oktay’s biggest target is to plan better and improve the team especially in terms of finishing.“I did one mistake when we played Lobi Stars and I don’t want to do the same mistake again. We have to go step by step and strategize to get a result. I am not worried now because we have a great target and with such good players we will achieve it,” the tactician further stated.Last season, Gor missed out on a place in the quarter finals by just a point, with their loss at home to Rayon Sport toppling them out of contention.This time round though, Oktay is optimistic that with better planning, they can breach that group stage membrane and get into the last eight for the first time ever.“We will achieve that, I am not worried. We are improving day by day and the more matches we play the better we are. I found the team very unfit but now, they are getting into my philosophy very well. I have tried to inject some new things in the team and they are doing well,” he noted.After playing Zamalek on February 3, K’Ogalo will take a trip to Angola to take on Petro Atletico in Luanda 10 days later before facing Na Hassan Dey at Kasarani on February 24.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transit worker strike disrupts public transportation system

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The dispute centers on Sarkozy’s plans to scrap a special pension plan meant to give advantages to those in physically tough jobs. They are able to retire earlier and on more generous terms than the majority of France’s working population. The government insists that reforms are needed to keep the pensions plan afloat for hundreds of thousands of workers. PARIS (AP) – Commuters roller-skated, drove and biked to work, or simply stayed home. The biggest strike in 12 years crippled France’s public transport system Thursday and handed President Nicolas Sarkozy the biggest political test of his young presidency. The walkout, which came on the same day Sarkozy announced his divorce from his wife, appeared set to continue for a second day and showed that the president’s ambitious plans to reform France will not be smooth. Only a third of the subway system was expected to run in Paris today. The government was unbowed in its determination to scrap special retirement privileges for some state workers – but unions also stood firm, hoping to repeat past successes in blocking efforts to make France more competitive. More than 90 percent of high-speed TGV trains were not running Thursday. Only one Paris subway line – which is automatic, with no drivers – was running as usual. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jose Mourinho showing signs of ‘over-arousal’, says sports psychotherapist

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shown signs of ‘anxiety, stress and over-arousal’ with his recent behaviour on the touchline, according to leading sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom.Bloom – the presenter of talkSPORT’s On the Sporting Couch series – believes the coach is ‘losing the plot’ as he struggles to cope with the pressure of the Red Devils’ turbulent start to the season.United booked their place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night with a late victory over Young Boys at Old Trafford.But Mourinho stole the headlines with his over-the-top celebration of Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winning goal – kicking one bottle carrier full of energy drinks over and picking up another before smashing it to the ground. “The good thing is it [Mourinho’s celebration] happened so late in the game. If you’re going to display that level of passion and excitement it’s not something you want the players to see during the game as I think it might have put them off.“The collective psychology of the team is directly related to the behaviour of the coaching staff, not just the manager but the other first-team coaches as well.“Great football teams who are working really well together, the message from the coaches to the players has to be there is a measure of control in our emotional engagement in what’s going on.”Listen back to Gary Bloom’s verdict on Jose Mourinho’s behaviour IN FULL aboveOn the Sporting Coach with Gary Bloom is back on talkSPORT from 8pm this Sunday evening Mourinho celebrated by hurling a water bottle carrier to the floor Bloom studied the manager’s behaviour throughout the game.And asked what he saw in Mourinho’s body language, he told talkSPORT 2: “Anxiety, stress and something we call in sports psychology ‘over-arousal’.“It means you’ve kind of lost the plot a little bit.“When we try to measure the ideal performance for a footballer, or any sports person, we often measure under-arousal and over-arousal at points where performances don’t go particularly well.“Essentially, you’ve lost the concept of what you’re trying to achieve and you’ve got carried away with the moment. “I think that was really evident in watching him last night.“What you’re looking at there is pure and utter stress, and relief at just getting the victory and relief of getting the anxiety over and done with.”MORE: Mourinho sends message to his ‘lovers’ as Man United progress in EuropeManchester United have suffered a severe drop in performance levels in recent weeks and Bloom says it’s likely Mourinho’s conduct is having a negative effect on the team on the pitch.“I’ve worked with football clubs and I often say to the coaching staff: ‘Your behaviour will influence the player. If you’re screaming and shouting, what happens to them?’ Mourinho kicked off when Fellaini scored an injury-time winner for United center_img United have put in a string of sub-par displays both domestically and in Europe 3 3 3last_img read more

Woodward Scores 22 In An 82-74 Loss To End The Regular Season

first_img vs. Bradley 3/2/2017 – 8:30 p.m. Bradley (12-19, 7-11 MVC) earned its third-straight win while outrebounding Drake, 48-24, and recording 23 second-chance points compared to Drake’s eight. The Braves were led by Donte Thomas with 20 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Darrell Brown added 15 points while Koch Bar just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. “We had a hard time stopping them and a big part of stopping them is finishing the play with a rebounds and we had a very challenging day on the boards,” Rutter said.Despite a 7-of-29 shooting performance in the first half as both offenses struggled early, the Bulldogs were down only 30-26 going into halftime.”It was tough to find some flow in the first half,” Rutter said. “We had a couple pretty good spurts in the first half where we had that flow, but the second half was much better offensively.”Drake used a 7-0 run early in the second half to tie the game at 43-43, off a Schlatter jumper with 13:26 left. The Bulldogs stayed with two possessions for the next eight minutes until Bradley began to pull away to amass a 12-point, 78-66, lead with 2:50 left. The Bulldogs continued to battle and drew as close as eight points before ultimately falling in the season finale.Drake plays next at the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., as the No. 10 seed. The Bulldogs play the No. 7 seed Thursday, March 2 with tipoff at 8:30 p.m.”I’m a lucky guy having the chance to work with this team each and every day,” said head coach Jeff Rutter. “They are incredibly coachable, and really play for each other. We’re not done yet.”Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with an 82-74 loss to Bradley at the Knapp Center Saturday afternoon.Drake (7-23, 5-13 MVC) was led by redshirt junior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who scored a season-high 22 points and matched a career-high with five three-pointers on a 5-of-7 afternoon from the arc. Woodward has now made 15-of-25 three-pointers in his last four games to continue his strong play to end the season. He was followed by junior De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and redshirt sophomore Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) who recorded 15 and 10 points, respectively. McMurray also added five assists while Schlatter nabbed four rebounds.”I’m incredibly proud of our guys and how they fought this afternoon,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “We didn’t get the win we were hoping for, but we did some good things today.”last_img read more