Jones: Donovan gets 500th win at Florida, looks ahead

first_imgFlorida Gators head coach Billy Donovan waves to the fans after reaching his 500th career win against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Gators won 66-49.Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan waves to the fans after reaching his 500th career win against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators won 66-49.GAINESVILLE – At 5 a.m., Billy Donovan peeked his head out of a doorway at the O’Connell Center. It was still dark and foggy outside around the University of Florida campus as he took off on a light jog, talking about his goals and dreams, about the fact that his mentor Rick Pitino thought he was crazy to come here at first.He talked about his days as a player, his ambitions for making Gainesville a home and how sincere he was about being here a long, long time. That was in the spring of 1996 and Donovan made one critical observation — he was amazed that a reporter could actually jog and ask questions at the same time. His second honest moment? Building this program was going to take some time.Little did he realize how quickly, instead, he would become a legend in the Sunshine State. Everything he promised he would do . . . he did it.On Saturday night, after two previous tries and just one win in the entire month of February, Donovan’s 19th Gators basketball team took a double-digit lead with 3:42 left in the first half.It never fell below 10 points the rest of the way as the Gators (14-15) knocked off Tennessee 66-49. Florida has failed to reach the postseason just one year in Donovan’s tenure at UF — his first team going 13-17. He’s had 16 straight 20-win seasons, six SEC championships, four Final Four berths and two national titles.He became the second coach to get 500 wins before his 50th birthday. Bobby Knight was first. And keep this in mind. Knight went to one more Final Four after age 51 . . . and didn’t win.UF’s Donovan eyes big challengesGators’ Donovan foresees big challenge after loss to UConnNothing is given in basketball — zero. So there’s no guarantee just how much longer this legend will grow. Center Jon Horford said Donovan could win 1,000 games before he’s done.Donovan’s response?“I don’t know if I can get 501 right now,” he said.It’s been that kind of a year. Saturday was only the second 40-point half for UF in SEC play. Florida has gone 10 straight games with fewer than 70 points, beating the Volunteers 66-49.“Honestly,” said forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who came off a three-game suspension to finish with game highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds. “We wanted to get (500 wins) to him earlier.”Afterward, Donovan briefly smiled and waved as fans chanted “500” to the coach who was the 23rd fastest in NCAA history to reach that number in number of games coached.“I’ve been a part of a lot of unbelievable experiences in this building,” Donovan said. “For me, this is very, very meaningful.”But when you’ve won so many conference and national titles, had teams ranked so high so many times, sent so many players to the NBA, a number in this case is just that.The biggest concern? The Gators have not played well this year. Realistically? It’s not an NCAA team and probably won’t even reach the NIT without a good SEC Tournament. It’s a low point, not a high one for Donovan.Another concern? The Orlando Magic job is open again. Remember, he took it once then changed his mind. NBA teams seem to test the waters every year now.One of his best friends said recently there was “absolutely no way” Donovan would consider the Magic again. Then he paused and added with a light chuckle, “But the way this team has been playing . . .”Former player Corey Brewer of the Houston Rockets also said recently he didn’t think Donovan would ever leave, that he’d stay and rebuild. There is some young talent, although the agent who will likely sign sophomore Chris Walker said last spring he expected the center’s second year to be his last.Jones: Back home with 20 years of memoriesDavid Jones: Father was the best memory during my 20 years with GatorsSo there’s some real questions but Donovan always had answers. From that first year when he seemed to be running in the dark and some thought this whole thing would eat him alive since winning at Florida seemed impossible, to 500 victories, including a stop at Marshall.“This may sound strange,” Donovan said. “I’m not really worried about that stuff.”He has a contract that runs through 2018-19. There’s a very real chance he’ll coach another 8-10 years. And if the Gators come back strong, which you can pretty much count on with some solid transfers, a good recruiting class and a year of maturity for the younger players, who knows?Horford’s 1,000-win idea is probably insane. But there’s no question Donovan will keep pushing, keep dreaming, keep surprising everyone. And the program that was once in the dark?This year has been gloomy at times. Downright awful.But as Donovan smiled and waved at the student section, as fans clutched souvenirs with 500 wins on them, hold that thought. Donovan, you can bet, is about to once again pick up the pace. You get the feeling the greatest college hoops coach in the state’s history is a long, long way from done.Contact Jones at djones@floridatoday.com or follow him on Twitter: @DaveJonesSports.last_img read more

Stiggers leads Houston past East Carolina 72-54

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Jherrod Stiggers scored 17 points and Devonta Pollard added 14 with 11 rebounds on Sunday as Houston defeated East Carolina 72-54.LeRon Barnes also had 14 and Wes VanBeck 10 for the Cougars (12-18, 4-14 American), who take a three-game winning streak to the conference tournament in Hartford, Connecticut next week.The game was the 800th of UH coach Kelvin Sampson’s career with his record in 26 season standing at 511-288.Terry Whisnant led East Carolina (13-18, 6-12) with 13 points.Houston shot 52 percent in the first half to open a 35-24 lead. With Stiggers scoring 14 of his points in the second half the Cougars steadily pulled way, leading by 21 late.The Cougars are the 10-seed and face seventh-seeded Tulane on Thursday after eighth-seeded East Carolina meets No. 9 seed Central Florida. The other opening round game is defending national champion UConn, the sixth seed, facing No. 11 South Florida.last_img read more

‘Possible’ rules violation by Cinmeon Bowers won’t jeopardize Auburn’s SEC Tournament run, Bruce Pearl says

first_imgBIRMINGHAM — Auburn’s best SEC Tournament performance in 30 years will live forever in the record books no matter what the outcome is of the school’s investigation into a “possible” rules violation by center Cinmeon Bowers, according to coach Bruce Pearl.Bowers was suspended hours before Saturday’s SEC Tournament semifinal with Kentucky due to the potential indiscretion, the nature of which was not specified though is believed to be compliance related in matter.Pearl has not shed much light on what Bowers did for the school to feel it was necessary to suspend him, at least as a precaution, but did say it will have no impact on the team’s three wins in as many days.“No, it won’t jeopardize what we did at all,” Pearl said prior to a meeting of the Birmingham Tip Off Club on Monday. “That’s a real positive.”No. 13 seed Auburn knocked off Mississippi State, Texas A&M and LSU en route to the program’s best performance in the SEC Tournament since winning the event in 1985.According to a release, Pearl was made aware of Bowers’ misstep following Friday’s 73-70 overtime win over LSU. Bowers, who averaged 12.1 points and 9.6 rebounds while starting all 34 games prior to his suspenion, sat on the bench Saturday but was not available for interviews.“I’m just hopeful that when we complete the investigation into the possible rules violation that some will look back and understand what we did we had to do,” Pearl said, “without even really knowing if we have a rules violation.”last_img read more

IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe: ‘I have mercifully been spared any memory’ of crash

first_imgJames Hinchcliffe has no recollection of the accident that nearly killed him on May 18. But he’s watched the video “many times” as the No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Honda broke a part and hurtled into a wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.He knows that the safety crew monitoring the pre-Indianapolis 500 practice immediately observed his blanched face and the ever-expanding pool of blood underneath him after a suspension piece impaled him through the car, that they removed him for transport to a local hospital with such speed to save his life. And he knows that he has another surgery and months of rehabilitation remaining before coming back, he predicts, from what upper thigh injuries and a broken pelvis.James Hinchcliffe (Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)James Hinchcliffe (Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)Projecting the enduring mentality of a race car driver, the affable 29-year-old Canadian sounded optimistic and hopeful on Wednesday in his first national teleconference since his accident. Not remembering the accident, being able to focus forward, seems to help.“Honestly, I was just unlucky,” Hinchcliffe said. “But at the same time, I am incredibly lucky not just for the safety team being there, but as the doctors will tell you, if that piece had been five millimeters in a different angle or different direction, it might not have been a survivable injury. So I am the luckiest of unlucky guys, or some combination therein.”Hinchcliffe said he didn’t even learn of the mortal danger he escaped until five days after the accident.BLOOD LOSS: Doctor told family Hinchcliffe ‘may not make it’“For whatever reason, I’m not sure if it’s some sort of defense mechanism or just biology taking over, but despite being conscious through the whole process I have mercifully been spared any memory of the accident whatsoever, of the extraction,” he said. “Even the first couple days at the hospital were a bit of a blur. So for me, I remember waking up in ICU and knowing that obviously I’d had an accident and that I was probably somewhere I shouldn’t be and all the rest of it.“But it really wasn’t until several days later, when I had been moved out of ICU and was kind of sitting around with some friends and family and some of the doctors and really hearing all their first-person accounts of (how) that day was for them and hearing their stories, that it really began to sink in just how serious the injuries were and close it was to being a very different story.”Hinchcliffe lost roughly 14 pints of blood — “almost a complete oil change,” he quipped — and credits the rapid response of the IndyCar traveling safety team with saving his life. Some time, somewhere, he said, the crew members have a large meal coming on his tab.Discerning the reasons for the crash were an immediate priority, Hinchcliffe said, to the point he passed questions to team members on paper as he lay in an ICU bed on a respirator. Knowing he couldn’t have done anything about the accident was somewhat cathartic, sometimes disconcerting.“That’s one of the first things I was curious about,” he said of the crash. “When they told me part of the car broke, I was asking what part and trying to figure it all out. I sat with my engineers. I sat with my chief mechanics that look at the tub. I’ve been to the shop and seen the tub and the damage and its equal parts fascinating and terrifying, to be honest. It was literally one of those one in a million situations.HINCHCLIFFE: Rescue workers, docters are ‘my heroes’“The part that failed is a part that we have almost no recorded failures of, ever. I know a lot was spoken on mileaging out pieces in the aftermath of the crash. I knew a lot of teams changed rockers whether they were mileaged or not after my accident, but that is literally a piece that has almost a zero percent failure rate, so it was really a bizarre situation in the first place and then obviously with the suspension coming through the tub, again another situation we haven’t seen in quite some time.”Hinchcliffe joked that his weightiest daily decision is whether to lay on his couch or in bed but said his condition improves steadily. His diminishing pain level has allowed him to wean almost completely off pain medication although his pelvis remains uncomfortable. He expects to undergo abdominal surgery in the next four-to-six weeks to “undo some things that were done during the emergency surgery to keep me healthy and safe.” That will require another recovery period of nearly two months.Hinchcliffe was released from IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on May 26, where he had been providing updates via social media about his recovery from upper left thigh and pelvic injuries. To the surprise of the IndyCar community, he appeared, still somewhat drawn, but smiling, on the massive video board at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, whereupon he delivered a brief salutation and then donned a cowboy to order engines fired.Hinchcliffe had won earlier this season at NOLA Motorsports Park by exploiting the horrid weather conditions to claim the timed and shortened race on just one pit stop.Hinchcliffe was replaced on the Indianapolis and Texas ovals by former IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe. Conor Daly will drive the No. 5 Honda this weekend for Hinchcliffe’s hometown street course event in Toronto as Briscoe is competing with Corvette Racing in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Daly also handled the car on the street course in Detroit.While hoping for a return this season, and with another surgery required, he reluctantly accepts that he is working for a 2016 comeback.James Hinchcliffe, right, celebrates with third-place finisher James Jakes after winning at the Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12. (Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports) James Hinchcliffe, right, celebrates with third-place finisher James Jakes after winning at the Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12. (Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports) Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-18:330533a821f3e6997ffb1d5c Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-700197-4288517697001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Aaron Harrison goes undrafted

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.BROOKLYN – Despite all his clutch shots for Kentucky, including three straight clinching 3-pointers that propelled the Wildcats to the 2014 NCAA title game, Aaron Harrison’s inconsistency cost him on NBA Draft night.2015 NBA draft winners and losersPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-18:ba971c9052adbeb22a46c5ae Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-595282-4322611367001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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That kept the Cats from setting a new draft record with seven picks in 2015.Andrew Harrison taken by Suns, traded to GrizzIn a cruel twist, Aaron’s twin brother Andrew was selected, 44th overall by the Phoenix Suns, and promptly traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Calipari was anxious about Aaron Harrison’s uncertain draft stock but kept trying to reassure himself and others that everything would work out.“I think he’ll be drafted,” the coach said last week. “I’ll go even further: I think he’ll be in the league for a while. I believe that because of being able to play multiple positions. He’s not locked into any position – 6-6, at his size, everyone knows the kid makes game-winning shots. There’s not a whole lot in the league like that, let alone a guy in the draft like that.”Get the CJ’s free UK CatsHQ newsletter Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-18:be00da5dd3caea82443d961c Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-124433-4322914006001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Members of the 2015 NBA Draft class react to being selected.Video | Calipari talks NBA Draft, Jamal MurrayPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Even so, Harrison never heard his name called Thursday. That doesn’t mean the NBA dream is over.“He’ll be fine,” Calipari said before the draft at the Barclays Center. “I think he’ll have teams busting his door down – if he didn’t get drafted – to get him to camp.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:b659e72c6ef956d5201a4577 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-197871-4322459398001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Kentucky's Aaron Harrison drives past Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky to make the layup April 4, 2015Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison drives past Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky to make the layup April 4, 2015Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ.UK’s Towns selected No. 1 overall in NBA DraftFull list of 2015 NBA Drafteeslast_img read more

Sullivan | New Independence Day declarations

first_imgGirls present a United States flag on the field prior to the game against Germany during the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup.Girls present a United States flag on the field prior to the game against Germany during the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup.We hold these truths to be self-evident:That all men are created equal, with the possible exceptions of LeBron James and Bruce Springsteen.That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that include life, liberty and unlimited WiFi.That the bonds that unite us are stronger than the differences that divide us, even during basketball season.That if aliens were to invade, intent on subjugating mankind, Kentucky fans and Louisville fans would band together and beat them over the head with bourbon barrels.That the lunatic fringe of local fandom should take a cue from Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall and take it down a notch. Or, at the least, find fresher material.That John Calipari won’t leave Kentucky for anything less than unchallenged authority in New York, Los Angeles or Vatican City.That Calipari’s “platoon” experiment was only possible because of Coach Cal’s superlative salesmanship and his unparalleled pipeline to the pros.That a Rick Pitino team would have been much less likely to commit three straight shot-clock violations in the Final Four.That Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson would have benefitted from another year of college basketball.That Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell might have cost himself millions by staying in school.That career choices are a lot easier when it’s someone else’s career.That basketball’s “one-and-done” phenomenon is a product of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and not a cynical shortcut created by college coaches.That as much as Big Blue Nation reviles Duke, Mike Krzyzewski’s embrace of one-year players has placed UK in a more flattering light.That whenever Coach K is finished coaching the U.S. Olympic team, the first call should go to the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.That Steph Curry could thread a needle with his elbows.That Tyler Ulis could beat you off the dribble in a broom closet.That when the NBA salary cap grows to reflect new television deals, Anthony Davis’ $145 million deal will look like a discount.That Louisville will land an NBA franchise about the same time Jimmy Hoffa rides into town on a unicorn.That this city’s best shot at big-league sports is Major League Soccer. But not soon.That Donald Trump will say something stupid before the end of this sentence.That Secretariat would have shattered American Pharoah’s spirit by the quarter pole.That there’s more to Bob Baffert than meets the ear.That if D. Wayne Lukas had a time machine, he’d go back and run Man o’ War in the Derby.That governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed and/or the National Rifle Association.That people who get indignant about All-Star balloting make the mistake of thinking a marketing campaign is about merit.That Pete Rose’s worst enemy is Pete Rose.That the Chicago Cubs could be serious contenders by the end of the millennium.That 90 feet between bases is as close to perfection as mankind has come.That Katie George is out of our league. And, perhaps, Derek Jeter’s league.That if the pursuit of happiness leads Kentucky fans to BBNmeetup.com, what’s the harm?That Bobby Petrino would have called a different play at the goal line in the Super Bowl.That Bobby Petrino should have called a different play at the goal line at Clemson.That Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon can find James Quick without GPS.That Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker can find entertainment without involving the police.That Mark Stoops is making more progress than the scoreboard suggests.That Kentucky football is still looking at Mt. Everest from base camp.That NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can serve justice or save face with Deflategate, but not both.That New England coach Bill Belichick knows where you live, where all the bodies are buried, and the nuclear launch codes.That Jordan Spieth is halfway to a grand slam, and a better guy than he is a golfer.That Tiger Woods should have stopped to smell the roses while they were still in bloom.That the 4th of July should be observed with family, gluttony, fireworks and a rousing rendition of “The Stars And Stripes Forever.” And that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to push them into the pool. Tim Sullivan can be reached at (502) 582-4650, tsullivan@courier-journal.com or @TimSullivan714 on Twitter.last_img read more

Carlson put behind Outback disaster with 56-yard FG

first_imgAuburn place kicker Daniel Carlson (38) watches a 56-yard field goal go through the uprights during the NCAA football game between Auburn and Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.Auburn place kicker Daniel Carlson (38) watches a 56-yard field goal go through the uprights during the NCAA football game between Auburn and Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.ATLANTA –Daniel Carlson said during preseason camp he told Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn he was confident from inside 60 yards on a field goal.On his first attempt of the 2015 season, the sophomore got to prove he wasn’t just all talk as he split the uprights from 56 yards to give No. 6 Auburn a 17-0 lead in the Tigers 31-24 victory. Carlson’s kick, which went straight into the back net with plenty of distance to spare, broke the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game record for longest successful field goal.The previous record was set by Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin in 2008 during Alabama’s season-opening victory over Clemson.“They were just kind of figuring out whether we were going to kick it and I was in coach Malzahn’s ear saying ‘let me have a chance’,” Carlson said. “We got the kick off with probably one second on the play clock and I didn’t really have much time to think.”Carlson’s field goal also immediately wiped away the bad feelings and memory from the last game he played. Carlson missed two of three field goals in the 2015 Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin including missing the overtime field goal to end the game.McKinzy not in starting lineup Auburn’s second-leading tackler from last season was nowhere to be seen on the Tigers’ first two defensive possessions.Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn’s senior linebacker and leader in tackles for loss from the 2014 season, was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Tre’ Williams.McKinzy did make an immediately impact once he was substituted in the game as he finished the first half with five tackles and one for a loss.McKinzy and fellow senior Kris Frost had the word ‘OR’ placed by both of their names on the Auburn depth chart that was released Tuesday. Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp hinted that changes could be coming to a senior-laden linebacker group in his first game back as Auburn’s defensive coordinator.“Throughout the entire game week, nothing is given, those guys got to go out and earn it every single day, that’s what those guys need to do,” Muschamp said earlier in the week.McKinzy finished the game with six tackles and was part of an active Auburn linebacker corpse. New starter Justin Garrett had  fourackles and helped turn the momentum completely in the Tigers favor with the biggest play of the first half.After a Louisville run play was doomed from the beginning by Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams, Garrett picked up a fumble and ran untouched 82 yards for a score to make it 14-0 in second quarter.last_img read more

Afghans face Greek prosecutor over Lesbos fire

first_imgSix young Afghan men including two minors were to face a prosecutor on Greece’s Lesbos island Wednesday on suspicion of setting fires that destroyed Europe’s largest migrant camp last week.Migrants pull their belongings along a road near the temporary refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on September 14, 2020. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP)The suspects, aged 20 and below, are to be arraigned after midday, local officials said.Two of them, aged 17, had initially been taken off the island in a mass operation to put unaccompanied minors out of harm’s way, state agency ANA reported.Greek officials had insisted from the start that the fires that destroyed the Moria camp, leaving over 12,000 people homeless, were the result of arson.Earlier Wednesday, 13 migrants were detained on the island of Samos after a fire broke out near the local camp that houses over 4,700 people.Most were later released but three remain under questioning, a local police source told AFP.On Lesbos, crews this week hastily put together another tent camp which according to EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson will eventually accommodate up to 9,000 people.On Tuesday, the Greek migration ministry said roughly 1,000 of the 12,000 Moria migrants had been housed at the site.Among them, 25 have tested positive for coronavirus.But thousands have been sleeping on the street for the past week, with limited access to food and no sanitation for families including elderly and newborns.Five years after the arrival in Europe of over a million asylum seekers, many fleeing wars in Iraq and Syria, the question over how the bloc should share out its refugee responsibilities remains sensitive. European Council chief Charles Michel, flying to Lesbos after talks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens, urged the 27-nation bloc to “take more responsibilities.”Germany has offered to take in 1,553 refugees from Greece, on top of the 150 unaccompanied minors from Moria.France has agreed to take in 150 minors from the camp while other EU nations are admitting a total of 100 other youngsters from Moria.The EU Commission is expected to present proposals on a new European asylum policy within weeks. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

113 former NPAs receive P5.985-M cash aid, livelihood assistance

first_imgBUTUAN CITY – More than P5.985 million cash assistance and livelihood support were received by 113 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Surigao del Sur.REBEL RETURNEES — Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander T. Pimentel (2nd from right) receives the automatic rifles surrendered by former New People’s Army rebels during the awarding of cash and livelihood assistance to rebel returnees in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of 4th IF-PAO via Mike U. Crismundo/Manila Bulletin) The former rebels (FRs) were composed of 65 NPA regular members and 48 militias or members of the milisyang bayan (MB), 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID) Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Maj. Rodulfo S. Cordero, Jr. told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday. Gov. Alexander T. Pimentel of Surigao del Sur handed over the assistance during  the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) awarding ceremony spearheaded by the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Tandag City on Tuesday.The Caraga RTF-ELCAC is chaired by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles who is also the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Caraga. Each NPA regular member received at least P65,000 (P50,000 for livelihood assistance and P15,000 immediate cash assistance), while the militia received P15,000 cash assistance. A total of 5.985 million pesos were awarded to 113 FRs, Cordero said.Those who surrendered their firearms also received P5,000 for low powered and up to P60,000  for high powered firearm.The Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department  of Agriculture  also distributed livelihood assistance to the beneficiaries.  Of the 113 FRs, 83 came from different CPP-NPA units operating in Surigao del Sur. They surrendered to the 36th Infantry Battalion, 75th Infantry Battalion, and 3rd Special Forces Battalion which are under the operational control of 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade under Brig. Gen. Allan Hambala. The remaining 30 FRs surrendered to PNP units in Surigao del Sur.During the awarding ceremony, Pimentel underscored the importance of people’s support in ending the insurgency in the country. “To the peace loving Surigaonons, let us join together in ending the insurgency problem in our province by not supporting the CPP-NPA. Without the support of the masses, the government will not be able to end this problem,” the governor said.Secretary Nograles, via a video message, commended the FRs for returning and pledging their allegiance to the government. He assured them that the government is doing its best to provide the needed services in conflict-affected and geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas. Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th ID/Joint Task Force Diamond chief Maj. Gen. Andres C. Centino asked the remaining NPAs who are still in the mountains to come down and avail of the peace and development program of the government.“To the remaining CPP-NPA members, this is your chance to avail of the assistance from the government so you will have peaceful and productive lives with your families. The government is waiting for you. Abandon the armed struggle now while you still have a chance,” Centino added.Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) turned over a newly constructed halfway house to the provincial Government of Surigao del Sur, on Tuesday.DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba spearheaded the turnover of the facility to Surigao del Sur Gov. Pimentel in a simple ceremony at Barangay Dayoan, in Tago town.The DILG provided P5 million pesos for the construction of the building while the Local Government Unit provided the lot.Pimentel said with the active support of all the members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), he is optimistic that the insurgency problem in his province will end within the President’s term.Centino underscored the role of the LGU in operationalizing the halfway house. “We are looking forward to the operationalization of this facility. It will greatly help the deradicalization and rehabilitation of our FRs prior to their integration to mainstream society,” Centino said.  “The halfway house will serve as a processing center for surfacing rebels. They will temporarily stay in this facility while their benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) are being processed,” the 4th ID chief added. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

BPCC women give 3-time defending national champs a scare

first_imgThe Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs threw a scare into three-time defending NJCAA Division I national champion Trinity Valley Community College before falling 75-64 Wednesday night at BPCC.BPCC trailed just 53-50 with about 10 minutes left in the game, but the Lady Cavs went cold and TVCC went on a 13-3 run over the next four minutes to take control. BPCC fell to 14-8 overall and 7-5 in Region XIV. Trinity Valley, ranked No. 2 in the nation, improved to 19-1 and 11-0.Keanna Rainwater, a 5-foot-11 freshman from Saline, led BPCC with 15 points. Former Byrd standout Diamond Willis added 11. Andreanna Johnson and Charity Robinson scored eight each.Dajhae Mullins, a 5-11 freshman from Chicago, led TVCC with 16 points. Kami Mickens, a 5-7 sophomore from Dallas, scored 15. The Lady Cards hit eight 3-pointers to four for BPCC.Trinity Valley has won nine national championships. BPCC is just in the second year of its program.BPCC returns to action Saturday against Paris JC at 2 p.m. in Paris, Texas.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more