New Zealand extend contract with coach

first_imgNew Zealand have handed coach Steve Hansen an extension to his contract.The All Blacks coach will stay on until after the Lions tour in 2017 allaying fears that Ireland coach Joe Schmidt would be poached by New Zealand after next years World cup..Schmidt’s current deal with Ireland takes him up to the end of the 2016 Six Nations.last_img

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Fans travelling to Nowlan Park warned about building work

first_imgWheelchair users should use special entrance beside Stile 8 to access Wheelchair Area in Ardan de Gras (Paddy Grace Stand)Stiles will open at 12.30.Cash will not be accepted at the turnstiles. Tickets will be on sale at the Sales Kiosks on Hebron Road(2) and O’Loughlin Rd(2).Supporters are urged to purchase in advance to avail of reduced rate and to avoid queues on Sunday. This means that the terrace will be closed to the public for next Sunday and for Kilkenny’s remaining games next month versus Galway and Dublin. The area around Aras O Cearbhaill(Admin Building) is a building site and is completely out of bounds to the public.All stands will be open but transfer from one side of the ground to the other will not be possible.Season Ticket Holders will be admitted to Ardan de Gras (Paddy Grace Stand) via Stiles 9 to 12 on Hebron Road.last_img read more

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Alpena celebrates with 4th of July Parade

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — From barbecues, to family fun and proud displays of patriotism, one of Alpena’s biggest celebratory acts, the 4th of July parade, kicked off this morning.People from near and far lined the streets of Alpena to watch the floats and performers march through the city. The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. with excited participants draped in red, white and blue, singing songs and tossing candy to children.Spectators along the parade route say they’re out to have a good time.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 4th, 4th of July, ParadeContinue ReadingPrevious Crash in Luzerne leaves one deadNext Video of the day July 4, 2019last_img read more

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Thomas Partey strikes late to see Atletico go top of La Liga

first_imgAtletico Madrid started 2016 by going top of the Liga table, but were made to sweat as Levante pushed Diego Simeone’s side all the way – with Ghanaian Thomas Partey’s late strike snatching all three points.Barcelona’s slip-up earlier in the day against city rivals Espanyol gave the capital club the opportunity to go atop the pile, with Real Madrid set to face Valencia on Sunday. And Atletico didn’t allow the chance to pass them by.However, the hosts toiled for much of the match – with Antoine Griezmann and Jackson Martinez often struggling for understanding in the final third. It wasn’t until the introduction of Thomas as a second half substitute that Atleti finally made the breakthrough.The result marked another spirited performance from Simeone’s side, who are looking more and more like genuine title challengers with every passing game. Atletico Madrid now lead the pack, with Barcelona and Real Madrid playing catch up.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Tyler Skaggs, Garrett Richards progressing toward return to Angels rotation

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak “The next step is to get off the mound and see how it feels,” Richards said. “Shouldn’t be too much longer. Probably within the next few days.”Richards said he was expecting he would need a rehab assignment before returning.Richards conceded that this hamstring injury might end up being a blessing if it provides a break for his arm in the middle of a long season. Arm injuries limited him to 62-1/3 innings combined in the last two years, and he’s already thrown 68-1/3 innings this year.“It definitely doesn’t hurt,” he said. “Obviously you want to be grinding with the guys, but sometimes you have to listen to your body.”ALSOJim Johnson (back) said he’s still feeling some discomfort, and it’s not healing as quickly as he’d like. He is throwing, though, as he tries to keep his arm in shape while waiting on his back. … The Angels recalled newly acquired right-handed reliever Deck McGuire and optioned Eduardo Paredes, who would not have been available on Friday after throwing two innings on Thursday. McGuire began this season with the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing six earned runs in 8-1/3 innings. He was then designated for assignment and claimed by the Texas Rangers, but they also designated him and traded him to the Angels after just one game in the minors.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 5-3, 3.57) vs. Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman, 0-5, 7.71), Saturday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs, the Angels’ two starters who are down with hamstring injuries, are both moving toward returning to the rotation.Skaggs, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday night but not placed on the disabled list, played long toss on Friday. He will have a bullpen session on Saturday, after which the Angels will have a better idea of when he can pitch.Skaggs had said on Thursday night he was aiming for Sunday or Monday, although Sunday would now be out if he throws a bullpen on Saturday. The Angels still don’t have a starter listed for Sunday, but Felix Peña is a likely candidate.Richards said he’s feeling better and has extended his long toss out to 120 feet.last_img read more

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Chris Paul’s late-game heroics lifts Clippers over Spurs in Game 7

first_imgBut the Clippers may not have advanced to the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets — beginning Monday in Houston — if not for a few key developments. It started of course with Paul’s game-winning bank shot that gave the Clippers a 111-109 lead with one second left, cementing a 27-point effort on 9-of-13 shooting and six assists in 36 minutes. That happened moments after Paul’s two free throws gave the Clippers a two-point edge with 13.3 seconds remaining. Despite showing limited movement, Paul lived up to the expectations his son, Lil’ Chris, outlined after his Saturday morning basketball game. “He was telling me on the way home,” Paul recalled, “that I had to win tonight.”Yet, this game went beyond Paul. Clippers forward Matt Barnes deflected the Spurs’ inbounds pass on the final possession, epitomizing a gritty effort in which he posted 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and five rebounds. It began with fireworks. The Clippers’ festive pregame introductions interjected energy into a series in which home-court advantage has helped neither the Clippers nor the Spurs. It continued with turmoil. Clippers guard Chris Paul strained his left hamstring early in the first quarter, prompting their star player first to sit and then play, show limited movement and then flashes of brilliance. It then ended in triumph, a Clippers’ 111-109 Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday at Staples Center punctuating the end of a first-round series that featured 16 ties and 31 lead changes with yet another twist. With each team stealing two road games heading into the final bout, the Clippers rewrote the ending to dethrone the NBA’s defending champions in what Clippers coach Doc Rivers called “a series for the ages.”“Playing against them, it’s like being taught during a competition how to act, how to play and how to trust,” Rivers said. “They did it and then we did it.” “I wanted to be aggressive,” Barnes said. “I hadn’t shot the ball well in this series. So I wanted to stay aggressive the whole night.”So did everyone else. Blake Griffin added 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, his second triple-double of the season coinciding with Paul scaling back his role to protect his health.In a game Rivers predicted would come down to “makes or misses,” the Clippers absorbed the Spurs’ onslaught from Duncan (27 points), Tony Parker (20 points), Danny Green (16 points), Kawhi Leonard (13 points) and Boris Diaw (12 points) by boasting a heavy supporting cast.Add DeAndre Jordan’s 14 rebounds. Tally Jamal Crawford’s 16 points and Redick’s 14 points. Credit Glen Davis’ six points and three rebounds after nursing a sprained left ankle two days ago.“You almost have to play a perfect game to win these,” Griffin said. “You can’t really pinpoint one exact play in that last six-minute stretch that you say made the difference.”But the Clippers pinpointed the entire series as a turning point for their growth. “When you play the defending champions in the first round, it gives you good belief,” Rivers said. “With just the grind of the series, it has to make you better. When you go through something like this, they make you execute. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Purple & Bold: Rich Paul’s influence on the Lakers is under scrutiny

first_img– That he is working with the Lakers to help land Davis: This is a somewhat naked ambition at this point. While Paul talked up the values of the New York markets to SI, he also acknowledged that he’s warned off Boston’s management for trading for Davis, saying that he’ll enter free agency no matter what in 2020. While that technically applies to every team that might trade for Davis, clearly Paul – who memorably compared being in L.A. to dating Jennifer Lopez – has a lean toward Southern California. Whether that has manifested into him actually helping Rob Pelinka or anyone else in Lakers management construct the blockbuster deal is a different level of allegation, but it’s not hard to see him rooting for the move to happen.– That he gauged interest for assistant coaches for a new staff: Paul denies this happened, but SI reported that he approached a person to see if he would be on Frank Vogel’s staff. If that actually occurred, it would raise questions into who has had influence over the coaching search. While the Lakers didn’t hire Lue, who had plenty of experience with James and Paul, they did hire Jason Kidd, who is friendly with James. Given that Paul didn’t get along with the last coaching staff, it would be eye-opening to see him wielding this much power in the formation of the new one.So let’s say this deal – which has been gaining momentum for a week – happens, and the Lakers’ top two clients are Klutch Sports superstars. On its face, that’s a lot of power for one agency to have over a franchise, even one with as much cachet as the Lakers. The front office has been under fire basically since the offseason began, and has appeared vulnerable at key moments. Having both James and Davis on the roster gives Klutch quite a cudgel to express opinions about team affairs.It’s also worth remembering that if Davis lands with the Lakers, he’ll still have a lot of leverage over the franchise: Almost any trade scenario involves the Lakers giving up a lot of assets to get him, so they’ll be under tremendous pressure to re-sign him in 2020. How much can someone like Paul use that to dictate what he (and his clients) would like to see in terms of team direction? Is Frank Vogel powerful enough to overrule that kind of leverage? Is Rob Pelinka?This kind of power is something that Paul campaigns on. He described to SI how the current generation of players “see through the (expletive)” and have come to see the benefits of teaming up and increasing their on-court success and influence. Green told SI what drew him to Paul was his “understanding and really, the priority, that he makes for players to control their own destiny – and for players to take advantage of the power that they have. That was very important for me, and something that I wanted to be a part of.”It might be reaching to look this far ahead and try to guess what the future holds for Klutch Sports and the Lakers. But Paul isn’t discouraging the speculation – his cover story only intensifies it, and those are the kinds of concerns such a spotlight naturally invites.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the June 14 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More Lakers linksThe pieces of a potential superdeal – Here are the players, assets and timelines involved in the Lakers’ negotiations for AD.America’s team – Hidden in our notebook earlier this week were some tidbits about how USA Basketball views Kyle Kuzma, who is coming to camp in August.Kevin Durant’s ripple effect – One injury in the Finals might be incredibly significant this summer.Across the hall … – The Lakers probably need to keep an eye on the Clippers, who have shadow-recruited Kawhi Leonard, per Mirjam Swanson.King-maker – S.L. Price’s full story on Rich Paul in Sports Illustrated is a must-read. Editor’s note: This is the Friday, June 14 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.It’s no longer the elephant in the room. It’s the elephant on the cover of Sports Illustrated.There’s a throughline between the best player on the Lakers, the player the Lakers are trying to get, as well as some back-of-the-house stage maneuverings in the coaching search: agent Rich Paul. And an S.I. cover story this week validates the impression that the super-agent has an unusual degree of sway within the franchise, and creates more questions about how that might influence the team’s direction.Rumors have been swirling for months that some within the Lakers organization have been wary about the appearance that LeBron James has too much power, but recent reporting has cast a brighter light on Paul, and the 37-year-old power broker is welcoming the attention. While he denies charges of a conflict of interest, of team meddling and other issues that have arisen, he’s not shy about his interest in uniting two of his star clients in purple and gold. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“What better place to do it than L.A.?,” he told SI about bring Anthony Davis to the Lakers. “If it was L.A. – I never said ‘L.A.’ But there’s no negative to that.”One year into the LeBron era of the Lakers, Paul is one of the most prominent figures in the show. He often occupies courtside seats just a few strides away from team owner Jeanie Buss, with whom he can frequently be seen exchanging social niceties. His L.A.-based agency has pulled in some of the biggest NBA stars in the last year alone, including Davis and Draymond Green (both of whom are 2020 free agents). SI lists his contract negotiations as totaling $624 million earned for his clients.As Drew Rosenhaus (another former SI cover subject) was to the NFL, Paul is becoming to the NBA: a brash, unapologetic and aggressive crusader for his players, and a lightning rod for people who point to him as what’s wrong in professional basketball. He might be the bane of executives and fans who want the ability to hold on to homegrown talent to try to build contenders, but he’s also cultivated a certain awe among players for his approach to building leverage. The fact that Davis might be traded this summer with a year left on his deal and a supermax offer cooling on the negotiating table only underscores how bold Paul can be.But the question more pertinent to the Lakers seems to be how much influence he can exert over the team and its decisions. Here’s a short list of some of the more eyebrow-raising accusations hurled at Paul over the last few months:– That he undermined Luke Walton behind the scenes: ESPN reported that Paul had a conversation with NBA commissioner Adam Silver as far back as November, suggesting Ty Lue would be an appropriate replacement for Walton. November was during the Lakers’ shaky start that had already created tension between Walton and Magic Johnson. Paul has declined to comment on that particular meeting, but that’s not the only reporting that has indicated that Paul wasn’t high on Walton during last season’s roller coaster.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Clear Lake council to discuss preliminary economic development agreement for Courtway Park development

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council tonight will vote on entering into a preliminary economic development agreement on the proposed hotel and convention center development on the city’s east side. The proposed agreement states that the developer, VKB Management LLC and JSM Investment LLC, plans to place an 85-room, Marriott hotel, and a 6000 square foot attached conference and events center that could hold about 450 people. The developer has secured a purchase option on the same lot that a GrandStay hotel was going to be placed. That developer, WillowStream LLC, had a purchase option for that lot but it has expired. The agreement with the new developer would allow them to work with the city in negotiating a development agreement that would include additional economic development incentives, subject to final approval by the City Council, that could include such things as property tax rebates, infrastructure incentives for water and sanitary sewer services, assistance with civil engineering consulting services, and a financial contribution upon completion of the project. === The council is also being asked to approve the city’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget that would start this July 1st. City Administrator Scott Flory says the proposed tax rate is the same as it is in this current fiscal year.  “The proposed tax rate is $9.70, and that’s the same rate that it was for the current fiscal year that we’re in right now that ends June 30th of this year. That’s five consecutive fiscal years that the city’s share the tax rate is either declined or remain the same without an increase in the tax rate.”Flory says he’s been happy that the city has been able to not raise the tax rate over the last five years.  “Go back to Fiscal Year 2017, the city’s tax rate, we had lowered it from $10.54 to $10.04, then in Fiscal Year ‘18, we dropped it from $10.04 to $9.80, and then Fiscal Year ‘19 the tax rate was decreased from $9.80 to $9.70, and that’s where it remains today, and that’s where it will remain for fiscal year 2021.” The council meets at 6 o’clock tonight at City Hall.last_img read more

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Native Americans pressing Nike to ax Chief Wahoo

first_imgJerald Beckman holds up a sign in protest of the use of Chief Wahoo by the Cleveland Indians before a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Native American group is calling on Nike Inc. to stop producing and selling products that feature the Cleveland Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo, which it calls a “grotesque caricature” of modern Indians.The logo, which appears on some team caps and jerseys, depicts a grinning, red-faced cartoon with a feather headband.The group, called Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, is planning a protest at Nike’s Oregon headquarters in Beaverton this week and is running a social media campaign using the #Dechief hashtag.“The fact that Nike is selling items that feed into the hostility toward Native Americans is really troubling,” said the group’s co-founder, Jacqueline Keeler. “Major businesses profit off of caricatures of our people. It would not be acceptable for any other group to be portrayed like this.”Nike did not immediately return a call for comment regarding the mascot protest. Supporters of the logo say it’s not racist and should be respected because it is part of the team’s history.The group’s effort is part of a larger national debate over use of Native American names and logos in sports – imagery that many consider offensive.Hundreds of high school and college teams across the country have done away with their Native American nicknames. But many others have steadfastly held to their mascots and logos, prompting continuing protests.Lawmakers in Oregon this year eased up on a ban on Native American mascots, opening the door for some schools to keep them.Native Americans have been protesting Chief Wahoo for years.Cleveland Indians mascot, 1951-1972; 1980-presentIn January, the Cleveland Indians made the Chief Wahoo logo less visible and gave more prominence to the block letter “C” for Cleveland, though the team denied it was demoting Wahoo. There were no changes to the uniforms, with Wahoo’s face remaining on the team’s home cap and on the sleeve of all the team’s jerseys – and opponents say they want the caricature completely gone.Keeler’s group is going around the team owners and targeting companies that produce teams’ gear, starting with Nike.Nike also runs a fund that promotes Native American sports and recreation programs, paid for by the sale of footwear designed specifically for and with the help of the Native American community.But Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry says it wants Nike to be more consistent with its commitment to diversity. In addition to Chief Wahoo products, the company sells branded merchandise for the Washington Redskins football team and for Florida State University, both of which use Native American imagery.Keeler, who was born in Cleveland but moved to Oregon as a preschooler, said her parents participated in marches to protest the Chief Wahoo logo. She co-founded Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry six months ago during football season, to help in the campaign to pressure the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change the nickname because it is offensive to Native Americans.Native mascots and logos such as Chief Wahoo lead to skewed perception and bad judgment about contemporary Native Americans, who are multiracial and hail from tribes that have unique histories and laws, Keeler said.“It hinders people’s ability to see Native Americans as human beings, to know our diverse cultures and our issues,” Keeler said. “All people see is the stereotype of Indians with feathers. It makes it more difficult to accept tribes as they are today and prevents people from getting to know us.”Studies have shown that Indian mascots and logos have a negative impact on the self-esteem of American Indian children, and the American Psychological Association has called for the retirement of all Native-themed imagery.“We want to finally make red face unacceptable, the way black and yellow faces are unacceptable,” Keeler said.Jordan Wilhelms, a Cleveland Indians fan who grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Portland, said some people rationalize keeping the logo, because they have become desensitized by wearing it all their life.“I grew up with it, wearing it, going to games. But as an adult, it’s easier to see that it’s largely stupid and irresponsible to have an officially sanctioned logo that’s beyond offensive,” Wilhelms said. “It’s an inherently racist logo. I think the team should get rid of it.”last_img read more

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