first_imgC-2020-03 Attachment: RESOLUTION C-2020-03: A Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Authorizing a Conflict of Interest for Zac Heronemus, Executive Director of Aurora, Inc., and 3rd Ward City Councilman Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By Council President Discussion Date: 1/27/2020 Notify: Kelley Courses, DMD FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img ATTACHED IS THE RESOLUTION C-2020-03 FILED BY CITY COUNCILMAN JONATHAN WEAVER CONCERNING ZAC HERONEMUS last_img read more

Inside Winston Lee’s decision to walk onto the Syracuse football team

first_imgReno Ferri rattled off questions to a group of Syracuse players working with children in a gym at Fort Drum during preseason training camp.“Who’s the heaviest guy here?” he asked. “Who’s the lightest? Who’s the slowest?”Several players called out and debated after each question.“Who’s the fastest?”Standing to the far left of the group of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and linemen, one newly-acquired, 5-foot-10, 193-pound running back shyly raised his hand.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Oh yeah, Winston. I forgot,” another one of the players said. “You run track.”Winston Lee joined the SU (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) football team as a walk-on running back this summer after running track at Syracuse in the spring of 2016 — his first semester at SU since transferring from SUNY Cobleskill. The 60- and 100-meter dash runner has since moved over to defensive back and views himself as a role player, primarily playing on special teams.Lee recorded his first career tackle on a kickoff in the season opener against Colgate. But with two more injuries to the secondary during Friday’s game against then-No. 13 Louisville, his chances of significant playing time have risen.“He’s got a lot of ability,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said a few days before Syracuse’s first game and about a week after Lee switched positions. “And he’s one of those guys that we’re looking at and he’s gonna help us. We’re not sure where he’s gonna help us at.“He’s not moving because of other people’s injuries. He’s moving because he has the ability to help us at all those spots.”Lee played running back and linebacker at Hudson (New York) High School while also running track. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry and was selected to play in the 2013 Blue-Grey All Star Classic in Florida. He won a state championship in the 100-meter dash and placed fifth at nationals.At a football combine, Lee managed a standing broad jump of 11 feet, 6 inches — breaking the high school mark set by current Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III.Lee wanted to do both at the college level, but SUNY Cobleskill had no football team so he was stuck with just track. As a freshman, he was named an All-American. And by sophomore year, Lee was an NCAA Division III national champion in the 60-meter dash.In the car after winning the national title, Lee’s coach Brad Fichthorn turned to him and said “You’re the national champ.” Lee just smiled and said “Yeah, what’s next?”What was next was Syracuse, where he ran track last spring. Lee was “kind of” thinking about playing football at SU before he even arrived. He always wanted to play Division I football and this was his shot.He’s not sure when he made up his mind, but maintains it wasn’t an impulse decision. He asked no one for advice — not his parents, friends or fellow athletes.Early this summer, Lee approached Syracuse running back Jordan Fredericks and asked what it would take to join the football team. Talk to the head coach, Fredericks responded.“It was a surprise to me,” Fredericks said. “Kids come up to you and say they want to play and then you never see them. But he said it and actually did it.”Joining the team required several meetings with director of player development Roy Wittke and the OK from Chris Fox and Dave Hegland, SU’s track coaches.They had some doubt, Lee said, but they respected what he was doing.Lee hadn’t played football in about four or five years, so the adjustment is still ongoing. Learning the plays and signals — at both running back and defensive back — was difficult and frustrating he said. The change to a sport where most of your day is scheduled was the most difficult switch to make.His first hit of the season against Colgate was less intense than he thought it would be.Once the football season is over, Lee still plans to run track at SU. He thinks the training that came along with Syracuse’s up-tempo offense will help during the running season.Now that he’s on the team, Lee’s goals are simple: practice well and move up on the depth chart. With a third of the team’s defensive backs either injured or coming off injury, it could happen quicker than he or the coaches first thought.“I always try to prosper in my goals and if I want something I go for it,” Lee said. “I try to get it. Football is one of them. I just made the jump and I’m here now.”— staff writer Matt Liberman, [email protected], contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on September 13, 2016 at 11:23 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Africa wants 10 World Cup places

first_imgInfantino met Nigeria’s Buhari when he visited Africa last year. Africa wants 10 places at the World CupJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Africa wants 10 places in the 48-nation World Cup from 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told in Johannesburg Wednesday.The Swiss-Italian was attending a two-day meeting of African national football association presidents behind closed doors.“All associations back an expanded World Cup and Africa hopes for 10 places,” said South African FA president Danny Jordaan, according to a Johannesburg radio station.The expansion of the World Cup, passed by the FIFA Council last month, comes into effect for the 2026 tournament.The Infantino proposal will feature 16 first-round groups from which winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout phase.Africa has had five places since the 1998 World Cup in France without making a significant impact on the four-yearly tournament. No African country has gone further than the quarter-finals and the 2014 World Cup was the first in which two teams from the continent reached the knockout stage.Infantino used the summit to explain his expanded World Cup from the current 32, and to spell out new development projects.“The gathering was a worthwhile exercise,” said one national football association president, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.“It was good talking directly to the FIFA president about matters that concern us in running our organisations.”Infantino, who did not speak to the media while in Johannesburg, flies to Harare Thursday for the birthday party of Zimbabwe FA president Philip Chiyangwa.On Friday, the FIFA president visits Uganda and is expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Transfers you might have missed during Euro 2016

first_img Stipe Perica (Chelsea to Udinese) – £3m – Signed by the Blues in 2013 from NK Zadar in a £2m move aged 18, Perica never stood a chance at Stamford Bridge. Two loan spells later, he’s off to Udinese (where he had last been) for £3m, which means they’ve made some money on him. 12 12 12 12 Timo Werner (Stuttgart to RB Leipzig) – £8m – You are likely to here about RB Leipzig a lot next season. The Red Bull owned club were promoted to the Bundesliga this campaign and have set about landing several talented young players. Werner has now been added to their ranks after being linked with Tottenham in the past. With Euro 2016 and the Copa American both going on at the moment it’s hard to keep up with all the latest football news.It’s the summer, so transfer deals are beginning to take place, even though a huge number of stars are in France and America.Over the last two weeks moves have taken place and they may well have sneaked past your attention, especially when you’re keeping tabs on Austria v Hungary – who knows when you might have to know all about Laszlo Kleinheisler.So which transfers might you have missed? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12 Mateo Casierra (Deportivo Cali to Ajax) – £4.2m – Quick, skilful and a capable finisher, the 19-year-old is set to be the next Colombian strike star on your radar after signing for the Dutch giants. In two seasons at Deportivo Cali, the youngster has already scored 12 goals in 43 games. 12 Alberto Paloschi (Swansea City to Atalanta) – £6m – Two goals (against Tottenham and Stoke) in 10 Premier League games wasn’t enough for the Swans to hold onto the striker they signed in January. He moves back to Serie A as Francesco Guidolin continues to rebuild his side. 12 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham to Bournemouth) – Undisclosed compensation fee – Promising American international midfielder Hyndman is swapping west London for the south coast as he looks to progress his career. Given limited game time in the Championship, he could now be allowed to flourish by Cherries boss Eddie Howe in the Premier League. Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid to Villarreal) – £8m – Once rumoured with a move to Liverpool, the Russian has finally quit the Bernabeu and has joined the team he enjoyed a loan spell with during the 2014/15 season. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – £19.7m – Unlucky, Manchester United fans, it wasn’t to be. You may have been linked with the Argentine’s signature for around four years but now he’s off to join Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos. His ability to play on the left could free up Koke to star in central midfield. 12 Raphael Guerreiro (FC Lorient to Borussia Dortmund) – £9.5m – Liverpool attempted to land the Portuguese star earlier this year but Dortmund beat them and, allegedly, Barcelona, to his signature. The left-back impressed in Ligue 1 last season and has started twice for Portugal at Euro 2016. 12 12 12 Joao Carlos Teixeira (Liverpool to Porto) – Free transfer – The talented Portuguese youngster didn’t get much of a chance at Liverpool, he was only loan at Brighton last season and now has jumped ship to Porto following the expiration of his contract. 12 Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen to Borussia Monchengladbach) – £11m – The Foals are set to start next season with Danish Dynamite at centre-back. Vestergaard, a colossal 6ft 6in, will partner Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen in a young and exciting team, even if they have lost Granit Xhaka to Arsenal. Miralem Pjanic (Roma to Juventus) – £25m – The talented Bosnian midfielder was always likely to leave the Italian capital this summer. His destination though, instead of the Premier League, has been been confirmed as Turin, significantly strengthening their Serie A title rivals. Manchester United reportedly turned the player down as they mull over a move for Paul Pogba. Anthony Stokes (Celtic to Blackburn Rovers) – Free transfer – On loan at Hibernian last year, Stokes helped the Edinburgh outfit win the Scottish Cup by beating Rangers. Now he’s rocking up at Ewood Park to give English football another crack after failing to impress with Arsenal, Sunderland, Sheffield United or Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chooks’ Austin won’t back down in possible clash vs Blatche in Champions Cup That’s still not the case for Barry. Only last year, he was being hailed as “one of the best English players ever” by his then-coach at Everton, Roberto Martinez, who is admittedly prone to hyperbole, after a man-of-the-match performance against Man City in the League Cup semifinals.He was a much-cherished member of City’s Premier League title-winning team in 2011-12, shoring up the midfield to allow Yaya Toure to rampage forward. He had turned down a move to Liverpool to join City.Barry has slotted seamlessly into his new surroundings at West Brom, where he has replaced another veteran midfielder in Darren Fletcher.“They’re bastions of this sport,” West Brom manager Tony Pulis said. “The young players at our football club, I hope they realize how lucky they are to see someone of that quality and that ilk.”Barry has worn the captain’s armband for England on several occasions among his 53 caps for his country. Globally, however, the most vivid image of Barry in an England jersey was in 2010 when he trailed in the wake of Mesut Ozil in the build-up to Germany’s final goal in its 4-1 win in the round of 16 at the World Cup.Outside of the Premier League era that started in 1992, goalkeeper Peter Shilton holds the appearance record for England’s top flight with 849 games. Former Chelsea defender/midfielder John Hollins has made more outfield appearances in the top flight than any other player, with 714. “It’s a huge number when you think about it,” Barry said ahead of his potentially record-breaking game. “It’s gone so quickly.”Barry played 365 league games for Villa, 132 league games for Manchester City, 131 league games for Everton and has featured in four league games for West Brom.Having started out as a center back equally comfortable at left back, he is now an out-and-out holding midfielder—perhaps the best position on a soccer field for someone his age, as it involves a player using his head as much as his legs.Barry credits his longevity to avoiding serious injury and to support from some now-retired former teammates.“No one has said, ‘What are you doing still playing?’” the 36-year-old Barry said. “Everyone said, ‘Play as long as possible.’ You stop when you stop enjoying it and I’ll know when I’ve had enough and can’t keep up with the boys.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president In this Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 photo, West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth Barry gestures, during the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United, at The Hawthorns, in West Bromwich. Barry will make a record 633rd Premier League appearance if he is selected by West Bromwich Albion against Arsenal on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Barry is currently level with Manchester United great Ryan Giggs on 632 appearances. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Arsene Wenger was days away from winning the Premier League for the first time as Arsenal manager. Michael Owen was English soccer’s latest player of the season.The original Ronaldo had a couple of months left as the world’s most expensive player.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight It was May 2, 1998, and in a fairly non-descript occasion at Hillsborough, Gareth Barry—a 17-year-old defender with floppy dark hair and already a cultured left foot—came on as a 49th-minute substitute for Aston Villa in its 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.A remarkable, if understated, career was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMore than 19 years later, Barry is still playing in England’s top division and, on Monday, will break the Premier League’s appearance record if selected by West Bromwich Albion for its away match at Arsenal.It will be Barry’s 633rd appearance in the most-watched league in the world, surpassing the record he held jointly with Manchester United great Ryan Giggs. Of his current tally of 632, he has started 600 of them. It is a testament to Barry’s longevity, adaptability and quality that he has lasted so long in the fast-paced, blood-and-thunder world of English soccer. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

a month agoTwo Liverpool fans assaulted in Naples

first_imgTwo Liverpool fans assaulted in Naplesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo Liverpool fans were assaulted prior to the Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday.Both fans were assaulted before kick-off but were able to attend the game.The police statement read: “At around 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was reported a number of males on scooters approached the fans at a bar in the city before assaulting them.”Two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head and were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match.”Local police are aware and Merseyside Police are working with police colleagues in Naples to assist in the policing of the Champions League fixture.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Passenger vehicle sales hit speed breaker grow just 27 in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Passenger vehicle sales in India rose just 2.7 per cent in 2018-19 as weak customer sentiment led by liquidity crunch, high vehicle prices and uncertainty revolving forthcoming elections put brakes on the sales growth in the segment. According to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Monday, domestic passenger vehicles (PV) sales were at 33,77,436 units in 2018-19 beating the previous record of 32,88,581 units in 2017-18. However, despite new product launches, sales failed to revv up during the second half of the last fiscal which had even prompted the industry body to lower the sales forecast for the PVs from the earlier estimate of 8-10 per cent to 6 per cent. The final figure of 2.7 per cent is even lower than that. “If we look at the positive side then we have continued to grow, though not in high single-digit or double-digits, but low single-digit. Also, it is the highest-ever sales and production in a financial year,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera told reporters here. Domestic car sales in 2018-19 were at 22,18,549 units as against 21,74,024 units in 2017-18, displaying a growth of 2.05 per cent. Utility vehicles (UV) sales were at 9,41,461 units last fiscal as against 9,22,322 units in 2017-18, a growth of 2.08 per cent. However, exports of PVs were down 9.64 per cent at 6,76,193 units in 2018-18 as against 7,48,366 units in 2017-18. “In the year gone by, we faced many challenges. The biggest being high commodity prices during the year which prompted companies to hike vehicle prices which impacted demand. Further issues like compulsory insurance, liquidity crunch at funding companies impacted the sales,” Wadhera said. With the current fiscal lined up with many challenges, including general elections in the first quarter and transition to BS VI-compliant products later during the fiscal, SIAM said it expected PV sales to grow in the range of 3-5 per cent during the current financial year. “We expect some pre-buying to happen before the transition to BS VI emission norms. Hope it leads to some growth. We firmly believe in India growth story,” Wadhera said. When asked if the industry would be able to achieve the target, he added that with the government’s ongoing infrastructure projects and focus on rural areas expected to continue, growth is expected across both urban and rural areas. During 2018-19, market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) sold 17,29,826 units of PVs at a growth of 5.25 per cent. Rival Hyundai Motor India clocked 5,45,243 units, up 1.68 per cent. Homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra’s PV sales were at 2,45,351 units posting a growth of 2.21 units, according to SIAM data. The industry said it expects two-wheeler sales to grow by 5-7 per cent, commercial vehicles by 10-12 per cent and three-wheelers in the range of 7-9 per cent in 2019-20. In 2018-19, two-wheeler sales rose by 4.86 per cent to 2,11,81,390 units as compared with 2,02,00,117 units in 2017-18. Commercial vehicle sales, on the other hand, rose by 17.55 per cent to cross one million sales in a financial year at 10,07,319 units as compared with 8,56,916 units. Sales across categories rose 5.15 per cent to 2,62,67,783 units in 2018-19 from 2,49,81,312 units in 2017-18. In March, PV sales dropped 2.96 per cent, making it the eighth decline in eight months. The sales stood at 2,91,806 units during the month from 3,00,722 units in the year-ago period. Car sales declined 6.87 per cent to 1,77,949 units during the month as compared to 1,91,082 in March 2018 Motorcycle sales last month slipped 14.27 per cent to 9,82,385 units from 11,45,879 units a year earlier. Total two-wheeler sales in March declined 17.31 per cent to 14,40,663 units as compared to 17,42,307 units in the year-ago month. Sales of commercial vehicles were up marginally to 1,09,030 units in March, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 14.21 per cent to 19,08,126 units from 22,24,224 units in March 2018, it added.last_img read more

US halts nonlethal aid to northern Syria

first_imgWASHINGTON- Decision follows an attack last week by the Islamic Front, a radical Islamist group, on the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army.White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday confirmed reports that the US has suspended nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition in northern Syria.Washington’s decision follows an attack last week by the Islamic Front, a radical Islamist group, on the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The facilities in question are now reportedly in the hands of the Islamic Front. “As a result of this situation, as you pointed out, the United States has suspended all further deliveries of nonlethal assistance into northern Syria,” said Earnest.He added that the US is investigating the current whereabouts of its nonlethal aid.“We’re still gathering facts and consulting with General Idris and the Supreme Military Council staff to inventory the status of U.S. equipment and supplies that have been provided to the SMC,” he said.Still, he emphasized that the US would continue to provide the Syrian people with humanitarian aid.The United Kingdom has also halted its deliveries of nonlethal aid following the raid.last_img read more

201516 NBA Preview The Wizards And The Wasteland Of 500

There was a time when Ramon Sessions could shoot, pass and score well enough to offset some of his incompetence on defense. Sadly, those days are long gone. CARMELO calls for Sessions to not only play ruinous defense, but also to significantly hurt his team on offense when in the game. The result is a negative wins above replacement projection, drifting toward zero (presumably when teams realize how awful Sessions is). It wasn’t long ago that Nene was one of the game’s premier big men. That time is over. He never could stay healthy, even in his prime, so the relatively low number of minutes CARMELO projects for Nene isn’t a surprise. But his lack of per-minute offensive effectiveness is a recent development, fueled in part by drastic downgrades in shooting efficiency and foul-drawing, to go with worsening rates of offensive rebounding and turnovers. What started as a slightly negative trend upon his arrival in Washington has become a legitimate concern, and CARMELO thinks 2015-16 will be the final season in which Nene’s defensive skills outweigh his disintegrating offense. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Washington certainly has the top-end young talent to someday move beyond .500 land. Our long-term forecast1Judging from CARMELO-projected wins above replacement over the next six seasons. ranks three Wizards among the top 100 NBA players in projected future value: John Wall (10th), Bradley Beal (20th) and Otto Porter Jr. (77th). But for now, the Wiz are biding their time in the middle of the NBA pack — and that may not be as bad a strategy as it once seemed, particularly in the perennially weak Eastern Conference.You can find projections for all the Wizards (and the rest of the NBA) in our interactive, but here’s what CARMELO thinks about Washington’s key players in 2015-16: For two years running, the Washington Wizards have epitomized a “solid team,” averaging 45 wins with a pair of second-round playoff exits. It used to be argued — including by yours truly — that such status was undesirable, since those kinds of teams seldom find a springboard to greater things. In fact, teams stuck around .500 get doubly punished in the NBA: They have little chance of winning a title, yet are also unlikely to acquire a franchise player in the draft.But the unexpected rise of clubs such as the Atlanta Hawks, who last season won 60 games after years spent posting near-.500 records, gives hope to others trying to build from the middle. And for what it’s worth, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO thinks the middle is exactly where the Wizards will be again. (I do mean “exactly,” too — our projections call for them to finish 41-41 in 2015-16.) Having moved past the knee injury that cost him half the 2012-13 season, John Wall keeps getting better and better. Three years ago, the improvement was on offense; seemingly all at once, Wall boosted his assist rate, slashed his turnovers and started shooting more efficiently, all despite carrying a bigger offensive burden. Then, last season, Wall transformed into one of the league’s best defensive point guards, without sacrificing his offensive output. As a result, CARMELO thinks Wall will be a top 10 NBA player over the next six seasons — though it also bears mentioning that his top comps tended to produce only a few more great seasons before entering long and steady declines. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews The 3-and-D wing is an underrated species of NBA player — or at least it was until very recently. But even among that group, Jared Dudley is often overlooked. Sure, Dudley seldom scores, shoots almost nothing but jumpers, doesn’t rebound and wasn’t obviously good on defense until last season (his only campaign spent with the defensive-minded Bucks). But CARMELO thinks those solid defensive metrics were mostly legit, which gives Dudley real 3-and-D value when combined with his tendency to let fly from downtown on offense. Then again, CARMELO also links Dudley to a bunch of guys whose offensive skills eroded not long after they turned 30. CARMELO giveth, and CARMELO taketh away. After a breakout 2014-15 campaign, what can Bradley Beal do for an encore? Quite a bit, if you ask CARMELO. Our projections see Beal continuing to develop his offensive game, cranking out a steady stream of 5-WAR seasons2For reference’s sake, think of a player roughly as valuable as Greg Monroe, Ty Lawson or Luol Deng was last season. for the foreseeable future. What might keep Beal from reaching the truly elite class of wings, though, is his defense — as was the case with many of his top comparables, Beal hasn’t convinced CARMELO that he can ever be much more than an average contributor at that end of the court. Somewhat quietly, Marcin Gortat has ranked among the NBA’s top 10 or so centers over the past five seasons. What’s driving his value? Mainly it’s an unusual combination of durability, rebounding, defense and efficient finishing around the basket. But it’s no coincidence that many of his comps are relics of a bygone age of big men — Gortat plays the way most centers did a generation ago. And at age 31, he’s reached the stage of his career at which those players started to deteriorate. Don’t be surprised if Washington needs to search for Gortat’s successor soon. It’s to Kris Humphries’s credit that he turned around what had been a sub-replacement-level career through six NBA seasons and has become a functional NBA player in the five years since. He has plenty of limitations — particularly on offense — and his presence as one of Washington’s key bench players speaks volumes about the Wizards’ overall lack of depth, but he can be counted on to grab rebounds, play decent defense and stretch the floor a little with the threat of mid-range jumpers. After a completely dreadful rookie season in 2013-14, Otto Porter Jr. was one of the NBA’s most-improved players last season. CARMELO thinks he can build on those gains and maintain an above-average level of play for many years to come, even if he never really provides much in the way of scoring punch. Porter’s a great argument for why versatility is so important in a wing prospect: When the ability to create shots doesn’t translate to the pros, a well-rounded game can provide a nice fallback. In Porter’s case, he does enough positive things on defense and the glass to compensate for a microscopic assist percentage and comparatively small usage rate. read more

Ohio State track to honor Jesse Owens in last home meet of

Frequent trips to the trio of recreational facilities on campus with Jesse Owens in the title might have led students to forget the significance behind the man who not only left a legacy at Ohio State, but across the United States and the world. This weekend, the OSU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic, an event that holds a special meaning to the Buckeyes. “This is one of the biggest meets for us,” said senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh. “It’s something that we all look forward to because it is the Jesse Owens Classic, and to be able to run at the meet dedicated to the greatest athlete of all-time, it’s always a big deal for us.” Owens gained international fame when he became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Jesse Owens Award was named after him to honor his career, and is the highest accolade in U.S. track and field, awarded to the year’s best track and field athlete. But before Owens was an Olympic hero and international track and field icon, he was an OSU student. Owens enrolled at OSU in October of 1933 at the age of 20. In addition to track and classes, he worked part-time as a freight elevator operator at the State House to help pay his tuition. OSU did not offer Owens a scholarship. During the 1930’s, the U.S. was in a state of racial tension, and the OSU community was no exception. Owens was not permitted to live on campus with the white students because of his race; he instead resided off campus with several other African-American students. No restaurant along High Street would serve African-Americans, and when Owens traveled with the team, he often had to eat in separate restaurants. Despite facing segregation and setbacks, Owens proved to be one of the greatest athletes in the history of OSU and the world. On May 25, 1935, during the Big Ten Finals in Ann Arbor, Mich., in what some call the greatest single-day performance in athletic history, Owens accomplished in 45 minutes what some athletes never achieve their entire career: three world records and a tie for a fourth. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea said the Buckeyes strive to exemplify the university Owens once competed for and think the meet named in his honor is important for his team. “I think this weekend … should remind us of how significant Jesse Owens was and his performances were to track and field, to Ohio State and to the country,” Beathea said. “I think you always feel like you want to go out there and make sure you’re prepared to run your best, and that your efforts are everything that you have, so that you’re a good representation of the place where Jesse Owens ran.” Owens’ life off the track consisted of several business and personal ventures, including travels to India, Philippines, Malaysia and The Ivory Coast, where he lead running clinics and promoted economic and political freedoms of the U.S. Owens was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974, and two years later President Gerald Ford presented Owens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government according to OSU archives. Owens died March 31, 1980, at the age of 66. In April 2011, OSU unveiled a statue of Owens at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in honor of achievements. Women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said Owen’s life can send a message not only to athletes, but to all who are inspired by Owen’s story. “I think that he represents the epitome of greatness in track and field; as a human being, his humanity, his unselfishness and as well as his major accomplishments in his track and field. So we are all inspired by Jesse Owens. For our young people to run in the Jesse Owens relays, I think it gives them an opportunity to remember the challenges that he had, as well as how great he became despite challenges,” Dennis said. “I think that’s what we really have to do in athletics is that we have to continue to do our best, no matter what the challenge is that each of us individually face.” The Jesse Owens Classic will kick off competition Friday in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. with the women’s javelin and men’s discus. The meet will continue Saturday with events starting at 10:30 a.m. Men’s coach Robert Gary has left the university according to an OSU spokesperson. Beathea will coach the team in his place. read more