A recent article in the Indianapolis Star related a story about Shelbyville High School retiring Bill Garrett’s No. 9 jersey. It was a unanimous vote by the board to do so. The question is: Why did it take 43 years to retire his number? Shelbyville renamed their gymnasium in his honor just 2 months after he died. I think it would have been logical to have done it at that time as well.Garrett led the Golden Bears to their only state title in 1947. He also was one of the players who helped break the color barrier in college basketball when he was signed by Indiana University. Members of his family were able to attend the ceremony to retire his jersey at Shelbyville’s first game this year.
The Franklin County Lady Wildcats Track team placed first at The Connersville Tri-Meet.FC won with 77 followed by the host Lady Spartans with 68 and Lawrenceburg had 11.The FC Wildcats Boys team also placed first at the meet.FC won with 69 followed by Connersville with 45 and Lawrenceburg had 42.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Joe Davidson.
West Ham have their relegation fate in their hands Thrashed 5-2 at Manchester United on Saturday, Eddie Howe’s side are in free-fall after an eight-game winless run featuring five successive defeats. The second bottom Cherries, one point from safety, face Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City in their next three games. That sequence that will surely determine whether Bournemouth can extend their five-season stay in the top-flight for another year. Bournemouth’s lack of goals has been a huge part of their downfall, with the starting line-up at Old Trafford managing just eight between them so far this season. “Games are running out. If we’re going to stay in the division, we’re going to have to start picking up points,” Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas said. “We’ll have no excuses. We can’t keep talking. It’s time for action. “There’s no reason why from now until the end of the season we can’t pick points up.” Aston Villa Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe shows the strain of the relegation battle “I don’t want to be a valiant loser, we’re scrapping for points,” Smith said. “To out-shoot Liverpool at home at Anfield, in terms of efforts on goal, it’s excellent, but we need to take our opportunities. We never found the quality in the final third they did.” Watford Sitting four clear of the relegation zone in 16th place, West Ham are in the best position to stay up thanks to their surprise 3-2 win over Chelsea last week. Twice blowing the lead in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle was a setback in their survival bid, but David Moyes’ side have control of their own destiny. West Ham have now lost 24 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Saturday’s 3-0 drubbing at Chelsea condemned Watford to a third consecutive loss, leaving them perilously positioned one point above the bottom three. Nigel Pearson’s fourth bottom team have not won just their stunning 3-0 success against Liverpool on February 29. After five years in the top-flight, the Hornets, who face Manchester City and Arsenal in their last two games, could find their fate settled by Tuesday’s home clash with Norwich and a visit to West Ham on July 17. “The important thing is we understand our situation, that we don’t fear it,” said Pearson, whose men have managed just two goals in their last five games. “We need to show fighting spirit, and we also need to have the ability to still make good decisions.” West Ham Loading… Watford are clinging onto their top-flight status Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Read Also: Video: Sevilla stand-in goalie Octampos saves from Eibar’s No 1 But with games against Norwich, Watford and Aston Villa to come, their forward Michail Antonio is confident of beating the drop. “The mindset for our next few games is that we want three points from each of them, and that’s what we believe we can get,” said Antonio, whose club have not been in the Championship since 2012. “Now we’ve managed to show our attacking form and we are scoring goals, we need to shore up our back as well.” Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish stops Liverpool’s Naby Keita in his tracks A wretched run of nine matches without a win has left third bottom Villa one point from safety. Dubious pre-season investment in several underwhelming signings have left Villa relying on captain Jack Grealish to inspire their survival bid. But Dean Smith’s side have lost three of their five games since the restart and still have to face Manchester United and Arsenal before a potential final-day shootout with West Ham. They could count themselves unfortunate not to have secured what would have been a point at Anfield in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against champions Liverpool. That obdurate display offered hope that Villa could still avoid an immediate return to the Championship, but Smith knows they will have to be more ruthless to achieve that aim. Tension is mounting at the bottom of the Premier League as the fight to avoid relegation heads towards a dramatic conclusion. With just five games left, rock bottom Norwich are seven points from safety and are sliding towards the Championship. Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who currently fill the remaining two places in the relegation zone, are locked in a four-team battle for survival with fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham. AFP Sport takes a closer look at the teams scrapping to preserve their top-flight status: Bournemouth
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe accepts his side have been naive this season but refuses to see the performances as a negative. Press Association “You can’t take away the instincts of the players. We were 4-1 down and tried to attack, but the alternative is to sit on your 18-yard box and put your tin hats on and then you are maybe looking at worse. “But you can’t find yourselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes and not expect a tough afternoon from that position – hopefully we have learned lessons from it. “We did make tweaks before the game and we will continue to make tweaks until we get it right.” Last weekend they were taken apart at Manchester City, losing 5-1 having been 2-0 down after just 11 minutes. The Premier League newcomers were criticised by some pundits for chasing the game at 4-1 and Howe could not argue with that assessment. “I’d probably agree with that. It comes with the territory for us in terms of lack of experience,” he said. “Managing some game situations, I don’t think we have been particularly good. “West Ham second-half (where they were 2-0 up at half-time and won 4-3) was hard to watch because we had been so dominant and we should have been out of sight, and suddenly we were clinging on to the win. “I would probably agree with the assessment for Man City. “I have no problem handling the criticism, I’ll take that rather than aim it at the players but with the more experience we get and the more hardened we get to these situations the naivety will lose us.” Howe insists he has no issue with the team’s approach and would rather have them trying to be positive on the pitch than slipping into a damage-limitation exercise. “From our perspective, this season was always going to be really tough and an incredible learning experience not just for myself but the rest of the squad,” added the manager, ahead of Sunday’s visit of Tottenham. “The experience of City everyone will see as a negative, but we are trying to embrace it as a positive to see how far we have to go to be competitive with these teams.
Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month.The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately.The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak.___ ___German chancellor Angela Merkel says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to Wednesday.Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9.Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.Merkel says “we have to do all we can to ensure there is no regression.” Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus.Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.”___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July.The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Latest: Broncos’ Miller says he’s now negative for virus Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25.___ Little League President Stephen Keener announced the cancellations in a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday afternoon from league headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, saying it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel.The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. Next year was to be the 75th playing of the tournament; that milestone has been pushed back to 2022.Keener added that travel restrictions would make it equally impossible to hold qualifying tournaments for international teams and to bring those teams safely to the United States.The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled, MLB said.___ “Our plan of record in the Big Ten is we need about six to eight weeks of good practice to keep our players safe,” he told regents. “I’m sure our coaches would love a lot more time so they can make them winners. But the key issue here is safety. We need six to eight weeks. We have a moratorium on all team related activities until June 1. So we are ever so hopeful this virus will be behind us at that point, we’ll be able to get back into what we normally do.”Harreld pointed out that teams missed spring practice, then added: “If we got to the worst of the worst, would we let the players play with no fans? I don’t know, because if we’re at that stage with this virus, we’d have to do a lot of testing of the individual players, and I’m not going to go yes or no on that. I’m going to refer to the experts.”___Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker thinks the U.S. Open should not be held as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Becker, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 1989, said: “New York was pretty much the worst city hit by the virus a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think it would be wise to have a tournament there.” Race organizers are buying $25,000 in gift cards to local businesses to hand out randomly to participants. The first 5,000 to register get guaranteed entry into the 2021 race.First run in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race typically draws a field from Olympians to recreational runners. Past winners have included Boston Marathon champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Catherine Ndereba and Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus. Portugal’s government says the country’s soccer league will be allowed to resume on May 30 following a stoppage forced by the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister António Costa included the announcement in Thursday’s presentation of his government’s plan to roll back lockdown measures.Costa said the resumption of play still depends on health authorities approving measures to make stadiums meet hygiene conditions. The games will be played without fans. Porto leads Benfica by one point at the top of the standings. Miller tweeted that he got his results Thursday.Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16. He said he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even someone such as a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape.Miller, who has asthma, was under the care of Broncos team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks.___University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld tempered comments he made about the Hawkeyes hoping to start football practice June 1. Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion.The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors.The French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds.___ The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April.The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season.The Dodgers were supposed to open the season on March 26; however, the start of baseball was postponed by the new coronavirus.Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.___ The Canucks for Kids Fund is donating $500,000 to Vancouver-area groups to help provide critical community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to provide meals and care for seniors, youth and families, cleaning, security, emergency shelter, child care, and drop-in counseling sessions by voice, video and chat. Groups receiving money include Feeding the Community, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, BC Care Providers Association, Senior Services Society of BC, Canucks Family Education Centre, Mackie’s Place, Foundry, YWCA, and Kids Help Phone. Fans are also invited to participate if they can by donating online.The Kids Fund normally dedicates its resources to assist charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. Churchill Downs’ spring meet without spectators will open May 16, with the historic track expected to release a revised schedule of stakes races online this weekend.Last weekend’s scheduled opening was delayed because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, which already has forced the postponement of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby from this weekend to Sept. 4-5. The track’s new opening will come five days after its stables and training center reopen in phases following approval Wednesday from state officials with strict guidelines to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.Racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays with a Memorial Day card on May 25. The meet will be spectator-free until government officials approve their return.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he tested negative for the coronavirus two weeks after announcing he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. A ban on all large gatherings through the end of August will remain.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining.___The Falmouth Road Race will go on as an “At-Home Edition.”The 48th edition of the seven-mile run that usually winds along the Cape Cod seashore in Massachusetts will instead have participants running 7 miles in their own neighborhoods at some point in a two-week period at the end of August. The race was originally scheduled for Aug. 16, but the Town of Falmouth has implemented a “no large event” policy through the end of August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Green Bay Packers have donated $250,000 to Green Bay-area health care systems to provide personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and staff working in the fight against the new coronavirus.This donation includes $83,333 grants to the Bellin Health Foundation, HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, and Aurora Health Foundation.The donation is part of the Packers’ Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. The $1.5 million fund will provide $1 million in support to Brown County, which includes Green Bay. It also will direct $500,000 to initiatives in Milwaukee County.___This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. April 30, 2020 The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less.___A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads.Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk. Harreld was asked at a board of regents meeting Thursday about the resumption of athletic activities in light of the coronavirus pandemic.“Right now, June 1 is the date, we’re going to get back to practice and here we go,” he said.In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday night, Harreld said: “I would like to clarify my comments from earlier today. As I said, in conjunction with our fellow members of the Big Ten, we are exploring all options. But our first priority is the health and safety of our student athletes and fans.”Harreld received some blowback on social media about his original comment. College athletics leaders have said there are doubts about whether the football season will be held as scheduled because of the pandemic.Harreld told regents that the Big Ten has appointed a commission of medical experts to advise on how conference schools should go about resuming athletic activities and that schools were prepared for there being a “slight delay” to the football season. ___Red Sox fans can still have their messages posted on the scoreboard at Fenway Park — even though the ballpark is closed and no games are taking place.For a $50 donation to the team’s charity, fans can have a message posted on the 40-by-100 foot center field video board. For $100, they can have a message and a picture. The team will take a picture and send a picture of the scoreboard bearing the message.The money will go to the Red Sox Foundation, which has been maintaining operations and programming during the coronavirus crisis to ensure consistent and necessary support and resources to hundreds of other non-profits and youth throughout New England. ___ Becker spoke in an interview with Laureus.com; he is a Laureus Academy member.The U.S. Tennis Association says it expects to decide by June whether to hold its Grand Slam tournament as planned from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The professional tours have suspended competition until at least mid-July. Wimbledon was called off for the first time in 75 years.That cancellation is “going to leave a big, empty void,” said Becker, who won titles at the All England Club in 1985, 1986 and 1989 and was the runner-up there four times.___
Dundalk are looking to complete their first League and Cup double since 1988. It kicks off at 3.30 That will be preceded by the FAI Women’s Cup Final meeting of Shelbourne Ladies and Wexford Youths WFC.
Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Related Articles An eventful Premier League gameweek 18 is now behind us, with Spurs losing ground in the race for the Champions League courtesy of defeat at Manchester City, and the revivals of both West Ham United and Everton still in full swing.In the SBC League of Legends, unlike England’s top flight, it is very tight at the top and we have a new leader. Paddy Power Betfair trader Sean McRory is new man at the summit, after threatening for a number of weeks, with 67 points proving enough to leapfrog his way to the summit. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta saw his score doubled from seven to 14 to top score, accompanied by fellow Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, Liverpool talisman and overall fantasy football top scorer Mohamed Salah and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku with eight points apiece.Fractionally adrift, with five points the margin, in second place is Constantinos Digonis, a trader at Greek gaming operator OPAP. Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso notched a goal on his way to 14 points to lead the way for his side, with captain Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling’s 12 points each also notable mentions, on the way to an overall 69 point haul.Despite the league of legends being littered with high scoring managers, it was Adam Myers who top scored with 88 points. Captain Salah getting things underway with 16 points, with four other players, Roberto Firmino (12), Wayne Rooney (13) and Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne (10) and Sterling (12), crashing into double figures.You don’t have to wait long for the next fix of Premier League football, with Friday Night Football being welcomed back as Liverpool travel to The Emirates to take on Arsenal.Potentially tricky away days await Chelsea and Manchester United, as they visit Everton and Leicester City respectively, with huge games in store for Stoke, Swansea and West Ham United who welcome West Brom, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United to their respective home grounds.
Former world 100metres record holder, Asafa Powell, has received an 18-month suspension for a positive doping test.The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year’s national championships but the ban has been backdated from last year so will end on 20 December 2014.Earlier on Tuesday, another Jamaican sprinter, Sherone Simpson, was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel.Powell’s lawyer said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medalist, is a training partner of Powell and took the same substance at the same event.They were joined by another Jamaican, Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall, who was also handed a two-year ban for using a prohibited diuretic on Tuesday.The disciplinary measures are taken from when Powell and Simpson first provided a sample – 21 June 2013 – and the pair will now miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. The Chairman of the three-member disciplinary panel, Lennox Gayle, said: “The panel arrived at a unanimous decision, and it is a decision that in all the circumstances Mr Powell was found to be negligent and that he was at fault, especially in light of the fact he is an elite athlete.”Powell, who was the biggest name in Jamaican sprinting before the rise of double world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, missed last year’s World Championships in Russia as a result of his failed test.In January he testified that Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb provided him with nine supplements, including Epiphany D1.His legal team had presented three different laboratory reports that Epiphany D1 contained the stimulant oxilofrine.However, the two-time 100m world championship bronze medallist told the hearing that he had failed to list them because he could not remember their names.Xuereb has denied providing performance enhancing drugs.Prior to the verdict, Powell’s coach Stephen Francis called on the Jamaican Prime Minister to disband the country’s anti-doping organisation and sub-contract the testing procedures to a credible overseas testing agency.Earlier this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of a doping violation.Francis said: “After the Veronica Campbell incident, after the whole issue of not testing people, I think we need to get rid of these people. “We need to go back to the days when we were tested from overseas. They need to sub-contract it to England or Germany or whoever it is who can carry it out properly because obviously we in Jamaica can’t do this thing properly.”It is embarrassment after embarrassment after embarrassment.”IAAF spokesman Chris Turner said there would be no comment from athletics’ world governing body while the case was still open.
With peace at hand and agreement on a division of spoils (50 percent for the players, down from 58 percent), the stage was set for a TV bonanza that launched the NBA into unprecedented prosperity.The nine-year, $2.6 billion deal was announced in the fall of 2014, eight months after Stern retired … launching his hand-picked successor, Adam Silver, on the best possible start, which explains why the new commissioner’s rein has been so tranquil while Stern’s was so tumultuous.What Stern had created, with all the pain of childbirth, was the modern NBA.As long as it lives, its owners, players and fans can never forget him. The NBA Stern inherited was a peculiarly haunted, largely African-American enterprise, always seemingly a step from disaster, prompting him to live on the cutting edge.No commissioner in any sport, not even the NFL’s Pete Rozelle, did it the way Stern did or overcame as much.THE SALARY CAPIn a league dominated by major markets with a few haves and many have nots, the NBA introduced the first cap in 1984, putting teeth into the notion that all league members should compete on a level playing field.Announced by outgoing Commissioner Larry O’Brien, it was negotiated by Stern, then the NBA’s counsel, with union head Larry Fleisher.With Stern and Fleisher inclined to displays of temper and volume, their disagreements were said to be operatic but resulted in an oft-refined system that has increasingly given all teams a chance.A FAREWELL TO THUGGERYNBA players once bumped in the night as routinely as hockey players, with famous bouts such as 5-foot-9 Calvin Murphy one-punching 6-8 Sidney Wicks and 6-8 John Brown … Kermit Washington’s terrible blow to the face of onrushing Rudy Tomjanovich … with routine examples of bad behavior like Kevin McHale clotheslining Kurt Rambis during the 1984 Finals.Stern, repulsed at sitting up close and personal to a Knicks-Bulls rumble in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, began putting in rules against flagrant fouls and fighting, making the game more about skill and grace than physicality and intimidation.In this, Stern was effectively throwing in with Jordan and the Bulls against Detroit’s Bad Boys and Pat Riley’s Game of Force Knicks, even if they were the NBA’s hometown team.The wisdom in this was soon evident in the Bulls-led boom times of the 1990s, with Finals ratings topping out at 18.7, a mark they haven’t come close to since.Stern was granted the power to levy huge fines and suspensions and did so with a mighty wave of his metaphorical sword … whatever criticism came with it … as when he took $1.2 million from seven players following a 2006 Knicks-Nuggets brawl.It took years, but fights are largely a thing of the past n the NBA.ATTORNEY FOR THE DEFENSEThe NBA had long been an easy target with its just-rode-in-on-a-turnip-truck past and preponderance of minority players, until the arrival of Stern, the razor-tongued former trial lawyer who rhetorically pistol-whipped accusers.Called before Congress with the other commissioners in 2005, Stern was grilled by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who asked why the Pistons and Pacers hadn’t been tested for steroids after the 2004 Auburn Hills riot.“You don’t know,” said Lynch, dismissively. “You don’t test the players.”Replied Stern in an icy rebuke: “It worries me greatly if the absence of testing for anybody – including the members of Congress – would somehow be used to say, ‘Well, if you don’t have it, that’s proof that it must exist,’ and then referring to a policy as pathetic.“On behalf of the players of the National Basketball Association, I would like to say that the guilt you seek to attribute to them on the basis of this policy is ill-taken and very unfair.”THE MARKETERWhen Stern arrived, commissioners mostly hired game officials, gave interviews on the league’s health and let the teams worry about making money.Instead, Stern partnered with his players and sponsors, especially sneaker and soft drink companies, to highlight the high-wire exploits of his stars, starting, of course, with Jordan.Decades later, baseball has yet to recognize that as its mission, as demonstrated last summer by Commissioner Rob Manfred saying Mike Trout should work harder at promoting himself, rather than Manfred working harder at promoting Trout.THE PRODUCERSTV money, which had flowed in during the 1990s, dried up after Jordan’s 1999 retirement, with NBC’s Bob Ebersol – supposedly Stern’s close friend – offering him a 50 percent cut in rights fees.Instead, Stern took his package to cable TV, another first, enabling him to continue squeezing out raises, albeit modest ones … at least until his last one.THE WARRIORThe league Stern inherited was dominated by its players. With owners hard-pressed to show profits, the league endured years of labor unrest that ended when the commissioner’s forces routed the union in the 2011 lockout … bringing a return to labor peace as the pro-business LeBron James-Chris Paul generation took charge of the players.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers To get the clichés out of the way first …David Stern didn’t invent the NBA.He became commissioner in 1984. The league had been around since the 1940s, albeit with humble origins in places like Fort Wayne and Tri-Cities that led Wilt Chamberlain, to sneer at it as “a bush league” on the cover of Sports Illustrated.Nor did Stern create Michael Jordan. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters That, of course, was James and Deloris Jordan.Nor did Stern save the NBA after the post-Jordan crash that followed Michael’s 1999 retirement with plummeting TV ratings; on-court violence capped by the 2004 Auburn Hills riot; and the sport’s worst officiating scandal with Tim Donaghy in 2007.The league would have survived without Stern, who died last week at 77.Of course, without him, it might have shrunk too, or never climbed past, the stature of the NHL, once seen as its winter-time competition, rather than ascending to its current status as the nation’s No. 2 pastime, behind only the NFL.(Baseball fans who thank the gods for putting the pitching rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate might insist their “National Pastime” remains No. 2. I would point to championship TV ratings – with the NBA Finals beating 10 of the past 12 World Series, far below baseball’s zenith circa 1980 when World Series got ratings in the 30s with the NBA Finals in single figures – and network TV spoils, with the NBA on a $2.6 billion deal to MLB’s $1.6 billion.) Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Students in Selkirk College’s School of Health & Human Services are starting the new year by giving back to peers who struggle to make ends meet while gaining an education.Partnering with the student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints, the second annual food drive will take place on Friday (January 8) during an exhibition game against Williston State at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.Students in the Community & Classroom Worker Program, Early Childhood Care & Education Program, Social Service Worker Program, and Human Services Diploma Program will volunteer at the game where they will be collecting food items that will be donated to the Selkirk College Food Bank.“One of the grounding principles of all of our Human Services programs is a focus on solutions,” says Jane Green, an instructor in the Classroom & Community Support Worker Program.“The food drive provides an outlet for generosity and is a solution aimed at tackling poverty, one of the social determinants of health. Simply put, people do better if they are not hungry.” Selkirk College students will be starting the Winter Semester portion of their studies in the first week of January. It is after the opening weeks of a semester that some students run into trouble and are distracted from their studies by financial pressures.The food bank operates throughout the year, but during this critical time it’s essential to keep the shelves fully stocked.“We see increased usage of the food bank service during mid-semester when student’s budgets are challenged or diminished,” says Robin Legere, Selkirk College Students’ Union representative.For the January 8 food drive, students are asking hockey fans to bring items that require minimal preparation and fit a college student’s busy pace. Breakfast cereals, quick and convenient meals, snack foods, and grab-and-go items that provide an energy boost are all on the list of valued items.The Selkirk College Food Bank provides confidential access for students. It is available on all campuses/extension centres and can be accessed by contacting the students’ union or campus manager.After a successful first half of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, the Saints return to the ice after winter break includes two exhibition games against Williston State (North Dakota) on January 8 and January 9.In the second half of the season, the Saints will be resuming their pursuit of a fourth straight league title.The puck drops on both nights at 7 p.m.