Alabama-Louisville to kickoff ABC’s Saturday Night Football, Pitt-Penn State Week 2

first_imgBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC’s first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn’t compete against the NFL.In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh for the ABC Saturday Night Game. Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas, the following Saturday night.___More AP college football: and read more

Column: Jack Johnson’s biggest crime was being Black

first_imgFILE – In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. Black athletes have been finding a way to fight for social change for more than 100 years, from Jack Johnson, to Muhammad Ali to Kaepernick. (AP Photo/File) Jack Johnson’s biggest crime was being an unrepentant Black man who beat up White men for a living.High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being convicted of squiring a White woman — his girlfriend at the time — across state lines.Now Johnson’s name has been cleared, thanks to an actor who famously portrayed a fighter and a president who has an affinity for the Sweet Science himself.Unfortunately, it took way too long to get it done.Years of work by Sen. John McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had failed to convince previous presidents to do the right thing and pardon the former heavyweight champion.But when Rocky — aka Sylvester Stallone — came calling at the White House, an unjust conviction was quickly wiped away.More importantly, perhaps, a family’s pride was restored.“I did not realize and know he was my uncle until I was 12 years old because of the shame that the family carried, and most of them took it to their graves,” said Linda E. Haywood, Johnson’s great-great niece. “By this pardon being issued, that would help to rewrite history, and erase the shame and the humiliation that my family felt for my uncle, a great hero, being in prison unjustly.”President Donald Trump center, posthumous pardons Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Trump is joined by, from left, Linda Haywood, who is Johnson’s great-great niece, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Keith Frankel, Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Stallone was the one who got President Donald Trump’s ear and convinced him to pardon Johnson. He was joined at the White House ceremony Thursday by former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and current champ Deontay Wilder, who talked a little boxing with the president.For Wilder it was a chance to celebrate a wrong finally being made right.“I don’t think people know the significance behind this,” he said. “Of course it’s 90 years or so too late, but it happened. It was an amazing moment to be there.”The story of Johnson is as much a story of the times as it is about his work as a boxer. Shunned by white champions who refused to fight him, he traveled to Australia in 1908 to beat Tommy Burns and become the first Black heavyweight champion.He defended the title easily against a series of so-called “Great White Hopes,” leading to an outcry among Whites to find someone who could win the title back. Finally, former champion Jim Jeffries agreed to come out of retirement to take Johnson on in 1910 in what was a scheduled 45-round fight in Reno, Nev.It was dubbed the Fight of the Century and the hype lived up to the billing. A temporary arena was built in downtown Reno, special trains were commissioned to bring fans into town, and 18,000 people packed the stands with another 2,000 paying $5 for the right to stand outside.“If the Black wins,” author Jack London wrote, “it may be the last act of his life.”Under a blazing sun on July 4 in the most eagerly anticipated fight ever, it was no contest. Johnson dominated the fight, breaking Jeffries’ nose and blackening his eyes. After Johnson knocked him down in the 15th round, Jeffries’ corner threw in the towel.“John Arthur Johnson, a Texas Negro, the son of an American slave, tonight is the heavyweight champion of the world,” The Associated Press reported.There was violence across the nation that night as angry whites clashed with fearful Blacks. A mob of 200 Whites chased blacks off the sidewalks in Washington, and in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Whites were so upset about the triumphant shouting of Blacks that they formed a 1,000-man posse to chase all Blacks off the streets, including one who was led about with a rope around his neck.Johnson wouldn’t fight for another two years and, soon afterward, was arrested on trumped-up charges of violating the Mann Act by transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes, which got him a year’s prison sentence.It hardly mattered that outside the ring, Johnson was a man of culture who played music on his Renaissance-era viol — a type of violin — was conversant in several languages and often read novels in French.The color of his skin determined how he was treated.“He had swagger, gold teeth, spoke his piece and had three wives, all White women,” Wilder said. “Back in those times you didn’t do that. But he did as he wanted, and did as he pleased.”Wilder says he understands the irony of Johnson — who died in a 1946 car crash — being pardoned by a president who some have called racist himself. But he believes Trump’s motives were genuine, and he’s genuinely happy for Haywood and other descendants of Johnson.“My people have been through so much through the years but we’ve always been strong people,” Wilder said. “I’m just glad it’s done. It might not benefit him but his family is overwhelmed by it.”____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or read more

Nelson Minor Hockey host kick off registration session at Save on Foods

first_imgNMH volunteers will receive completed registration forms  from players for the 2018-19 season, will be handing out forms to new players as well as providing information about the association — including new programs and upcoming camps.As an added incentive, first-time players register for $100. These players registering in Initiation and Novice division receive a gear package, (not including skates) from Mallards, with their paid registration. First time registrants are players who have not previously registered with a minor hockey association.Volunteers will also be handing out free cupcakes and cookies as well as giving away free T-shirts to younger players. As well, NMH is raffling off two new Nelson Minor Hockey jerseys to anyone attending the booth.All paid registering players receive a free season’s pass to the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.For more information, contact Deb Matthews at Minor hockey has never been so easy for young, aspiring players to join.Nelson Minor Hockey volunteers will be at Save On Foods from 1- 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday hosting a registration session to kick off the new season.last_img read more

Suarez out to torment struggling Norwich again

first_imgBy Josh ReichIT would be a brave gambler who wagered against Luis Suarez becoming the first Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season when the leaders head to struggling Norwich City on Sunday.The Uruguayan has played a major role in taking Liverpool – two points clear of Chelsea with four games left – to the brink of their first league title since 1990, with his 29 league goals one better than Robbie Fowler’s previous club best in the Premier League era.He is also two goals shy of equalling the Premier League 38-game season record held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo.Suarez has taken particular pleasure in tormenting Norwich, netting 11 times in four games including four goals in their last meeting, a 5-1 demolition at Anfield in December, and has scored hat-tricks in his past two trips to Carrow Road.Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen said Suarez’s performances this season were on par with Arsenal great Thierry Henry.“Suarez has been the best player in the Premier League this season,” Owen said.“Yes, there are others who’ve done well – Yaya Toure, Steven Gerrard, Adam Lallana and Eden Hazard.“But, when it comes to Suarez, I don’t think I have seen anything that good since probably Thierry Henry was playing in the Premier League. He has been absolutely outstanding.“And it’s important to mention he has been absolutely exemplary this season. His discipline has been great.”Sunday’s match comes at the end of an emotional seven days for the Merseyside club, with last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Manchester City putting them in the driving seat for the league crown, and Tuesday the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster which claimed the lives of 96 fans.Liverpool will be heavy favourites against 17th-placed Norwich, who also have to play Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal as they bid to retain their top-flight status.Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said they had to treat their lowly opposition like they did AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.“Every game is getting bigger because we are getting closer to the last game of the season,” he said.“Man City was always going to be huge because they are in the race with us, but Norwich now become Man City. Norwich become Chelsea. Norwich become Manchester United. That’s how big it is.“We have got to treat Norwich like we treated AC Milan in 2005. That’s just how football is. We can’t think about what colour shirts Norwich are wearing and the personnel in them. We have got to treat them like the best team in the world.”David Moyes will return to Everton on Sunday for the first time since leaving to become Manchester United manager, hoping to build on consecutive league wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle.United’s hopes of retaining their league title have long since gone and they are very unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League.In seventh spot on 57 points, three behind Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand, United are still in the running for the Europa League.“There are still plenty of important games to play. We are Manchester United and it’s our duty to win every game we take part in,” Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea told the club website (“That’s what we’ll try to do now because we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we’re playing in a European competition next season, and show we are still around and that we will never give in.”Everton, who suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Wednesday, are on 66 points, locked in a battle with Arsenal (67) for fourth spot and a place in next season’s Champions League.The Gunners visit Hull City in Sunday’s other match, a dress rehearsal for next month’s FA Cup final.Chelsea will seek to keep the pressure on Liverpool when they host Sunderland on Saturday, with the Black Cats’ hopes of an eighth season in the top-flight improved by a shock 2-2 draw at Manchester City on WednesdayThird-placed City, six points behind Liverpool with one game in hand, host West Bromwich Albion on Monday.Saturday’s other matches see 18th-placed Fulham travel to Spurs looking to continue their recent revival after two successive wins, and fellow relegation candidates Cardiff City host Stoke.Aston Villa entertain Southampton, Newcastle play Swansea and Palace visit West Ham United.last_img read more

Argentina relish dream Irish quarters win

first_img0Shares0000Argentina wing Juan Imhoff (L) celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth try in their World Cup quarter-final against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 18, 2015. PHOTO/AFPCARDIFF, October 18- Argentina were left basking in a “dream come true” after their sensational 43-20 victory over Six Nations champions Ireland in the World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.Los Pumas scored four tries through Matias Moroni, Juan Imhoff (2) and Joaquin Tucqulet, fly-half Nicolas Sanchez missing one penalty but on target with five others and all four conversions for a personal tally of 23 points. A scintillating opening quarter in which they raced out to a 17-0 lead proved to be the bedrock of their victory despite a spirited Irish comeback to within three points at 23-20.The Argentinians then turned the screw in the last quarter, curtailing a sudden propensity for ill-discipline that had left Ireland a way back in to regroup and score a further 17 unanswered points.“We have played in the Rugby Championship for the last four years and this has given us the pace to be used to play at this level on a regular basis,” coach Daniel Hourcade said of the tournament that also comprises Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.“I’m very happy obviously. We’ve met our second objective, which was to play seven matches at the World Cup.“We really want to develop. Sometimes it’s not about playing the whole 80 minutes, but the beginning and the end of the match, so we’re very happy.”Hourcade, whose team play the winners of the fourth and final quarter-final clash between Australia and Scotland, hailed the impact of “fresh blood” off the bench, notably backrow forward Facundo Isa, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente and scrum-half Tomas Cubelli, and also the never-say-die attitude which denied the pressing Irish a score of their own.“I feel very proud about the way we played and the way we won. And also the way we played at the end because we did everything we could to avoid conceding a try,” Hourcade said.Sanchez, the coach said, deserved the plaudits not only for his unerring boot but also the way he steered the Pumas’ game.“He was chosen for the man-of-the-match award, he carried out the gameplan very well. With Juan Martin Hernandez next to him, he’s very effective,” Hourcade said.“Nicolas is a great player. Sometimes you think of him as a defence-driven player, but he really showed his all-round skills today.”Hourcade said the future for Argentinian rugby was “fantastic” because of their involvement in the Rugby Championship and also the fact they will have a side joining the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby set-up from next season.“For us growth has been enormous since 2012,” said the 57-year-old, who took over in October 2013 from Santiago Phelan.“We started changing, building, it’s not something that has just started, it goes back.“You need time to work on it. Since the moment we joined the championship, it has proved very important.“Playing on a regular basis you need precison and this kind of game becomes normal. We trained to play for 80 minutes and we’re used to the end of the game being more intense than the beginning.“Being part of the Rugby Championship and Super rugby next year means the future for Argentina is fantastic.“This match was really hard, we now have seven days to recover. We’ve been doing that for a while and I’m sure we’ll be in good condition against any team we face.”Captain Agustin Creevy warned, however, that Argentina were not at the same level as the All Blacks, who smashed France 62-13 in the quarter-final on Saturday.“Yesterday I was watching the All Blacks wondering when can we win by scoring 40 points and we did that today,” the hooker beamed.“But I don’t think we’re at their level yet, we’re really improving our game but not at their level.“We’re a long way from being like them, we’ve a long way to go.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stars out to thrive against the odds

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8- Harambee Stars will have to marshal team spirit as history does not favour them in their quest to disarm the Brave Warriors in their second Group F 2014 World Cup qualifier at Namibia’s Independence Stadium on Saturday.As the two nations endeavour to keep their Brazil Mundial campaign alive with a win, the hosts come to the clash with a better home record against Stars. Being the third time they have been pooled together, their first clash in the race for the 1998 Burkina Faso Nations Cup saw Kenya lose 1-0 in both legs finishing last behind Cameron and Gabon in Group 6.Stars were again felled in Windhoek during the 2010 World Cup cum Nations Cup qualifiers in a 2-1 reverse before edging the return leg 1-0 in Nairobi.Despite odds being stuck against the visiting side, Stars head coach, Francis Kimanzi, who was in charge when a late Brave Warriors goal sealed the win in May 2008 believes his team can deliver.“I said earlier that it is disappointing not to get maximum points at home but now we have a chance to see if we can disappoint our opponents in their own ground,” Kimanzi said at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ahead of departure as he underlined their mission after Stars were held to a barren draw by Malawi. On the other hand, their hosts are preparing to lord it over Stars with their coach, Bernard Kaanjuka calling for the home fans to pack the 20,000 Independent Stadium.“I want to see more than 15,000 people at the stadium on Saturday. This is our pride and we need to do well at home. Home support will be crucial.“This group is not going to be easy and so we need our people to motivate us as well. Pack the stadium please,” the coach told Windhoek Observer website.Despite the disappointing draw against Malawi, Stars head to the game having risen six places in the latest FIFA Rankings (111th/29th in Africa) with Kimanzi promising to improve from their limp display last Saturday.“The corporation between our lines of play was not sufficient and we were very nervous at home since we could not settle down after failing to get an early goal. The game we played in the last ten minutes was not our game; it was not a good show,” the head coach attested on Thursday.The coach welcomes back Norway based custodian, Arnold Origi to the fold after he missed the Malawi encounter due to club commitments. Deputy captain, Pascal Ochieng, Dennis Odhiambo (defence) and keeper Patrick Matasi missed the trip through injury.Eugene Asike was called-up as cover for Ochieng with the forward line of leading scorer, Dennis Oliech, Slovakia based Patrick Oboya and Kepha Aswani charged with netting the goals.In the Namibian corner Kaanjuka has options upfront after leading striker, Rudolf Bester, recovered from calf muscle injury with Henrico Botes and Lazarus Kaimbi available for selection. The pair missed the tie against Nigeria through suspension and injuries and could work their way back into the starting line-up at the expense of Lovers Kamuhanga, Awilo Stephanus and Petrus Shitembi.Stars are scheduled to depart from Namibia on Tuesday for Ghana where they will conduct their training before leaving for Lome, Togo for their return leg of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifier on June 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NEAT hosts an Environmentally Minded evening

first_imgThe evening will begin with wine and appetizers and will feature live music by Naomi Shore and Ryan Sebastiano. NEAT will also be presenting information about their upcoming projects including recycled tire pavers and a NEAT shop. Tickets for the event are $30 available at the NEAT office at 10027 100 St. You can call 250-785-6328 to reserve tickets.- Advertisement –last_img

Two forest fires burning near the Cecil Lake road

first_imgThe fire near the Beatton River bridge is current the largest of the two fires, approximately 20 hectares in size.  The second fire is 12 hectares in size.Currently the Ministry of Forests has two water bombers working the larger fire trying to box in the fire and prevent it from taking power lines and a well head in the area.The second and smaller fire is under control at this time.  At this time the cause of both fires is unknown.- Advertisement -The Cecil Lake road is still open.We will post more information as it becomes available.last_img read more

FIFA announce candidates for World Cup’s best player

first_img1 FIFA have announced a 10-man shortlist for the Golden Ball which will be awarded to the World Cup’s best player.The World Cup final will be contested between Germany and Argentina on Sunday and seven of the stars come from those two countries.Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Javier Mascherano represent La Albiceleste while Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos feature for the European nation.The rest of the list is made up by Colombia’s James Rodriguez, Brazil’s Neymar and the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben.The best goalkeeper award, named the Golden Glove, will be contested by Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Germany’s Manuel Neuer and Argentina’s Sergio Romeo.Lastly, the World Cup’s best young player shortlist includes the Netherlands’ Memphis Depay and France’s Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane.The winners are voted for by representatives of the media and the winners will be announced after the conclusion of the tournament. Germany’s Toni Kroos could win the World Cup’s Golden Ball last_img read more

Promises made, and promises kept

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card It’s pretty incredible to think that women had just gotten the right to vote and Prohibition had turned the country dry in 1920, when Claire made her deal with the Lord. “As long as you give me breath, I’ll serve you,” the young Sunday school teacher promised. Obviously, the Lord took the deal. “My mother grew up in a house without electricity and indoor plumbing, and a world without airplanes and everything else we take for granted today,” said her son, Ron. She was the daughter of a circuit preacher who visited his churches on the South Side of Chicago every Sunday in the early 1900s on horseback. Odds and ends from around the Valley: If you’ve been reading this column for a while, you probably remember Claire Klint. When we first met her in 2003, she was 105 – and still teaching Sunday school at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. Every Sunday morning, Claire would walk up a flight of 20 stairs to teach the Scriptures to 40 children. Next week Claire turns 108. And while she’s no longer able to teach Sunday school because she lost her eyesight, she’s still active and an inspiration to everyone she meets. Claire would wrap her arms around her father’s waist and ride behind him in the saddle to those churches – listening to him preach and learning from him until she was old enough to make her own deal with the Lord for a long, fruitful life. Happy 108th, Claire – from your fans. While we’re talking about long, fruitful lives, no one had a better one than Connie Haas, who died last week at 84. In 48 years, Connie and her late husband, Frank, took in more than 700 foster-care children – many of them special-needs kids. “There’s nobody like her, nobody who’s basically dedicated her whole life to helping so many kids who needed a lot of help,” said Judge Michael Nash, presiding judge of Juvenile Court in Los Angeles County. “I don’t know any other way to say it. She’s just one of the greatest people I have ever met coming through my courtroom.” Last year, I wrote about how Connie was worrying about the end of her life approaching – not for her, but for the three special-needs boys she had guardianship of since they were babies. There was Josh, a Caucasian born to a mother strung out on drugs 17 years ago, and Joe, also 17, a Latino born with severe heart problems. And finally Benny, 15, an African-American boy who weighed 2 pounds at birth and suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. Their parents didn’t want them anymore – but Connie and Frank Haas did. “We always had guardianship, but never really thought of adopting them because we thought their mothers might come back for them some day,” Connie told me at the time. “But they never did.” She was worried because the boys were still minors and would most likely be separated and placed in other homes after she died. “I couldn’t let that happen,” Connie said, standing in the hallway outside the courtroom of Judge Nash after formally adopting her boys last year to make sure they would always remain brothers. “This is the only home they’ve ever had,” Connie said. “They’re not going anywhere. They’re my boys now.” RIP, Connie. You were such an inspiration to so many of us who knew you. And finally, in a touch of class, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, located in the historic James Dodson Bungalow at Los Angeles Valley College, named its new library this week after Austin Conover, its former curator who died last November at 92. After a colorful career as a newspaper reporter covering World War II and interviewing world leaders such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Conover came to work at Valley College and was named the museum’s curator in the mid-1980s. The museum – named after one of the college’s original teachers – is in the first bungalow built on the campus for returning servicemen who wanted to take advantage of the GI bill. “It’s a historic building filled with San Fernando Valley history, and Austin was the caretaker and prime mover in making so much of our local history come alive,” said Gerald Fecht, president of the museum. For more information on the museum, call (818) 947-2373. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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