Noll nabs Canyon feature win

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. (May 2) – Jason Noll raced from ninth starting to win the Saturday World Vapor IMCA Modified main event at Canyon Speedway Park.The victory was his first locally of the season and came ahead of Mike Strobl, 11th starting Garrett Funk, Nate Warren and Shawn Zelenka.last_img

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Quarterback Akeem Jones to sign for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories Signed and delivered: Scott Shafer unveils Class of 2013 on National Signing Daycenter_img Carol City High School (Fla.) quarterback Akeem Jones is set to sign a National Letter of Intent to play for Syracuse next fall, The Post-Standard reported Thursday.The 6-foot-2 200-pound Jones will choose the Orange over Louisiana-Lafayette after visiting SU, according to the report. Jones is an unrated recruit who runs 4.6-second 40-yard dash, according to Scout.com. Jones’ signature, which is pending the arrival of his mother from Georgia, will double SU’s quarterback corps.Austin Wilson of East Pennsboro Area Senior High School (Pa.) and Mitch Kimble of Jersey Community High School (Ill.) are the other two incoming freshmen.They will compete with Charley Loeb, Terrel Hunt and John Kinder for the chance to replace Ryan Nassib as the Orange’s starting quarterback.Prior recruiting by offensive coordinator and former Miami (Fla.) wide receivers coach George McDonald helped secure Jones’ interest in SU, according to the report.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Ndiaye adapts to American game, shines as 7-foot-6 freshman at UC Irvine

first_imgIn 2010, Mamadou Ndiaye came to the United States knowing he wanted to play professional basketball. What he didn’t know was how to play the sport in an organized setting. Ndiaye grew up in Senegal playing soccer like everyone else, and had only picked up a basketball to mess around with his friends.He also didn’t know that he had a tumor on his pituitary gland, which could explain how he had grown to be 7 feet, 5 inches tall, but was also debilitating his eyesight by the day. He was lost — an entire ocean and 45 U.S. states separated him from his home. “Mamadou had a lot of complications and a lot of stuff to get through,” said Russell Turner, who coaches Ndiaye at the University of California, Irvine. “But once he adapted and figured it all out, he could focus on his game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNdiaye received medical help, polished his game and found himself as one of the most dominant high school basketball players California has seen in recent years.A freshman at UC Irvine, Ndiaye has grown to 7 feet, 6 inches and he’s widely believed to be the tallest player in the country. As the starting center for the Anteaters, he tends to make the game look easy, reaching out his rangy arms to deftly block shots or place the ball in the basket jumping no more than an inch or two off the ground. Yet there was a time when he didn’t know where he’d end up and adapting to the American game was a challenging task. Ndiaye’s path to college basketball makes him the player he is, and he’s now know for his advantaging size and astounding 3.4 blocks per game — making him the seventh-best shot blocker in the country. “There was a big learning curve,” Ndiaye said. “But now I think I have gotten it and it’s going really well.”When Ndiaye first got to Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, Calif., a physical examination revealed the tumor he didn’t know he had. Stoneridge couldn’t afford the surgery, but charitable donations could and he was soon taken in by a couple in Huntington Beach, Calif., who became his legal guardians. Their house was down the street from Brethren Christian High School, which was where he’d make his name.“I didn’t know much about him before he got here,” said Jon Bahnsen, Brethren’s head coach. “But he moved in a few blocks away and we had maybe the most dominant high school player I’ve ever seen.”Ndiaye towered over all of his teammates. He didn’t speak much English and the athletic department had to make special arrangements for him to have his own room and king-sized bed whenever they traveled. But other than that, Ndiaye fit in right away. His natural skill and size made sure of that. “The campus here embraced him,” Brahnsen said, “and he became really close with his teammates.”As soon as he stepped onto the floor for the Warriors, they centered their game plan around him. They played a loose man-to-man and he rarely left the paint. They fed him in the post possession after possession. But his game extended past the block where he showed off a working mid-range jump shot and an ability to get down the court in five or six mammoth strides. Versatility, potential and the 90 inches separating him from the ground drew attention from top programs — most notably Georgetown — but Ndiaye opted to stay close to home. “It was all I knew — California and UC Irvine,” Ndiaye said. “And the beach reminds me of Senegal.”Standing on the sideline at his first college practice Ndiaye was exceedingly nervous. The scrimmage playing in front of him was a faster game than he had ever seen. The players were bigger than the kids he posted up and swatted in high school. He wasn’t sure if he belonged. But then Turner subbed him in and he blocked a teammate on his first defensive possession. That was his first step.A month later, in the Anteaters’ upset of Washington, he nearly posted a triple-double with 18 points, eight rebounds and nine blocks. That was his second step. “He’s no doubt going to play in the NBA one day,” Turner said. “And a guy with his size and skill is going to be great there.”If Ndiaye lives up to his coach’s lofty expectations, his next steps could make history. Comments Published on February 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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3-star linebacker Grimes becomes 2nd player to decommit from Syracuse’s Class of 2015

first_img Published on September 8, 2014 at 11:23 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman South Dade (Florida) High School three-star outside linebacker Doyle Grimes decommitted from Syracuse’s Class of 2015 on Monday morning, he announced via Twitter.The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Grimes is the second verbal commit to leave the Orange’s 2015 class, after four-star cornerback Davante Davis did so on May 29. It’s also the second straight year a linebacker has decommitted, as Jason Cabinda did so last year and is now playing at Penn State.The decision leaves the Orange with 23 players in this year’s recruiting class, and three three-star outside linebackers in Troy Henderson, Daiquan Kelly and Shyheim Cullen. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Brazilian soccer legends in Jamaica to Share The Love

first_imgWalter BoysThe Brazilian team will match skills against retired Reggae Boyz Walter Boyd, Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, Andy ‘Bomber’ Williams, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardener, Gregory Messam, and Hector Wright, all heroes from the ’98 campaign, the only time Jamaica has ever qualified for the soccer’s biggest stage the World Cup.A number of young players including Alex Marshall, Ricardo Stewart, Gregory Messam Jr.,  Malik Powell, Dehaney Williams, Jahwani Hinds, the captain of the National Under-20 squad and Christopher Randall, will also suit up for the national squad to take on the Brazilians. Brazilian soccer legends Ronaldo, Dunga and Edmilson are part of a squad of players from the land of Samba who are currently in Jamaica to take part in the ‘Share the Love Tour’ match between Jamaica’s heroes of the 1998 World Cup and the legends from the land of Samba.The Brazil All Stars will take on the Jamaica All Stars at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday night.The match was organized by former footballer Andre Virtue, as part of a collective effort to bring the nation together in a time when crime and violence have the country on edge,The tour is a spin-off of an existing team’s Tour of Love that has successfully touched the shores of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Burundi, Madasgascar, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Chile, Singapore, and Japan.last_img read more

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AFCON 2013:Stallions name squad

first_imgBurkina Faso coach Paul Put has announced his final squad of 23 for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.The Stallions, who are based in Nelspruit, will play Nigeria, defending champions Zambia and Ethiopia in Group C.And the squad named is a talented one, with all of their players based in Europe.Les Etalons are involved in friendly games in South Africa prior to the start of the continental championship – against Niger on 10 January, ahead of a clash with Tanzania on 14 January, while there is also a match lined up against PSL side Orlando Pirates on the 16th.The west African side took part in both the 2010 and 2012 AFCON tournaments, but failed to go past the first round.Burkina Faso Squad: Goalkeepers:Abdoulaye Soulama (Asante Kokoko/Ghana), Germain Sanou (St Etienne/France), Daouda Diakité (Lierse/Belgium)Defenders:Mohammed Koffi (Petrojet/Egypt), Henry Traoré (Ashanti Kotoko/Ghana), Bakary Koné (Lyon/France), Mady Panandétiguiri (R. Antwerp/Belgium), Paul Koulibaly (Dynamo Buccarest/Romania)Midfielders: Wilfried Balima (FC Sheriff Tiraspol/Moldavia), Florent Rouamba (FC Sheriff Tirasplo/Moldavia), Issouf Ouattara (Chernomorets Burgas/Bulgaria), Préjuce Nakoulma (Gornik Zabrze/Poland), Wilfried Sanou (Kyoto Sanga/Japan), Abdoul Razack Traoré (Lechia Gdansk/Poland), Ali Rabo (Al Shorta/Egypt), Charles Kaboré (Marseille/France), Djakaridja Koné (Evian Thonon-Gaillard/France), Jonathan Pitroïpa (Rennes/France), Alain Traoré (Lorient/France)Strikers:Aristide Bancé (Augsburg/Germany), Moumouni Dagano (Lekwiya/Qatar), Pierre Koulibaly (Al Dhaid Sharja/Emirates), Wilfried Hughes Dah (Al Dhaid Sharja/Emirates)last_img read more

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Fifa Under-20 World Cup ‘to go ahead’ despite Turkey protests

first_imgThis month’s Under-20 World Cup in Turkey will still go ahead, says Fifa, despite the ongoing anti-government protests across the country.The demonstrations are focused on Istanbul, which will host 11 matches during the three-week tournament that begins on 21 June.But Fifa said in a statement: “The riots deal with a domestic issue based in two contained areas in Istanbul.“It is not foreseen that the tournament locations are affected.”The statement continued: “We are in contact with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and we receive regular updates regarding the security situation.“The LOC will continue its close co-operation with law enforcement and will regularly update Fifa. “Safety and security is one of the most important matters in the preparation of any major event. Fifa has full confidence in the Turkish authorities and their developed security concept for the Fifa U-20 World Cup which encapsulates any potential risks.”England are one of 24 teams due to take part and have been drawn alongside Egypt, Iraq and Chile in Group E.A Football Association spokesperson said it would only act on the advice given by the world football body.“We’ve been in regular contact with Fifa,” he told BBC Sport.“We haven’t made any extra security provisions for the team. This is Fifa’s tournament and it will decide on those matters.”last_img read more

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Paul George, Clippers unveil new courts in Palmdale

first_imgOn a crisp, clear afternoon Sunday, the crowd filled with familiar faces — family, friends, former coaches and teammates and fans of varying ages — gathered on the snow-sodden sod to cheer the pride of Palmdale. They chanted “P-G! P-G! P-G!” and proclaimed their love for the Clippers’ forward, a six-time All-Star who arrived in L.A. from Oklahoma City via a blockbuster trade this July, when the team also signed Kawhi Leonard in free agency.“When I first made the move to come back home, it was primarily to be a part of my community, to be back here,” George said. “Everywhere I went, I found a way to be a part of that city’s community, that state’s community, and then it came down to the point where I felt I was at that time where I needed to do something and do something big back home.“And here we are.”A few paces away, three new or updated courts were set to be unveiled, courtesy of the Paul George Foundation and the Clippers, who’ve also worked with the L.A. Parks Foundation to refurbish some 350 courts throughout L.A.At Domenic Massari Park in Palmdale, the public now has access to a newly covered and refurbished court, a specialized youth court and a new half-court. Additionally, the two groups refurbished courts at Melville J. Courson, Desert Sands and Marie Kerr parks with new backboards and playing surfaces. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I tell you what, cities struggle every day to try to make ends meet, to try to find those budget priorities,” Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer said following the ceremony. “And at one time, we actually thought about taking these courts out and were trying to find the money to relocate them. Now, not only have we kept those courts, we’ve refurbished them and we’ve added more courts. We would’ve never been able to do that on our own.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “That is something you see happening all around the region,” said Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations, one of about 40 Clippers’ personnel in attendance Sunday to support George’s efforts. “A lot of these places, these safe places for kids to play are disappearing because they’ve been fallen into a state of disrepair and there’s no finances or to either fix them or maintain them, and it’s really the capital expense of fixing them that’s the bigger problem.“Having somebody like Paul George step up with his foundation and through the Clippers to say, ‘Let’s do this and let’s do it in a big and meaningful way, and let’s make sure these courts are not just available to kids, but are available year-round,’ (is important).”It also was all a bit surreal for George, who said the “organic” energy of his homecoming helped him muscle through his symptoms.“This doesn’t happen,” George said. “Even when I was a kid, we were ecstatic and we saw idols in guys that played junior college, that was our hometown celebrities, so this? I never could’ve imagined basketball would take me to this point.” PALMDALE — When Paul George’s high school basketball coach Tom Hegre heard his former player was feeling the affects of flu Saturday night during the Clippers’ loss to the Utah Jazz, it didn’t cross his mind that he wouldn’t show up in his native Palmdale on Sunday for Paul George Day.“I mean, I know he’s down with the flu and had the flu last night, but I was talking to some of the ESPN guys this morning and they said, ‘So he’s coming,’ ” said Hegre, who remains the head boys’ basketball coach at Knight High School, where George grew from a laid-back 6-foot-1 youngster to a take-charge 6-8 prospect bound for bigger things than anyone could have dreamed.“And I said, ‘Of course he is; he’s not gonna cancel on his community,’” Hegre said. “He’s probably not feeling pretty well, but he’s just a genuine guy.”Although still feeling sick, George took the stage to address a couple hundred adoring folks at Domenic Massari Park, just a five-minute walk from his childhood home. George remembers spending countless hours there, developing on his skills in pickup contests and YMCA games alike. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

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Alexander: Girl hit by Bellinger foul ball at Dodger Stadium, and it’s time to take immediate action

first_imgPlayers, coaches and managers understand, better than anyone, the risks of batted and thrown baseballs. If they think the netting should go up, farther down the lines and high enough to protect any seat susceptible to a line drive, I trust their judgment over that of the fan who is convinced there wouldn’t be a problem if we all just paid attention.Major League Baseball mandated the extension of the screens to the ends of the dugouts before the 2018 season. It is helpful, but it’s also a half-measure. It absolutely did not help that girl seated down the first base line Sunday.It does say on the back of each baseball ticket that the team and sport are not responsible for what happens when a ball goes into the stands. I believe hockey tickets carry the same disclaimer, and yet the NHL installed netting behind each goal after a girl was killed by a deflected puck that sailed into the stands in Columbus in 2002. The presence of those nets is now standard procedure throughout the sport.If customer safety is a priority, as it absolutely should be, then it behooves the Dodgers – and everyone else in the major leagues – to follow the lead of the White Sox and Nationals and extend that netting down to each foul pole.Now.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter  Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Last August, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom of Los Angeles was hit in the head by a foul ball while sitting in the loge level down the first base line last August and died four days later.God willing, the girl who was hit by a Cody Bellinger foul ball in the first inning Sunday afternoon will be all right. She was sitting in the fourth row of the field seats, one aisle beyond the dugout, when Bellinger smacked a 1-2 pitch in that direction, a screamer of a line drive that hit her in the forehead. The incident stopped the game for a few minutes, with Bellinger wandering away from home plate as security and medical personnel converged on her seat.Bellinger later came to the box seat railing after the half inning to check on the girl, who was eventually put in a wheelchair and lifted up the steps. She appeared conscious and held an ice pack to the right side of her forehead. A Dodgers spokesman  later confirmed that the girl, who was not identified, was hospitalized as a precaution.There are some things to keep in mind here, because you’re going to hear the traditional “they should get off their cell phones and pay attention” response from some of the chattering class. That would be those who either (a) can’t abide watching a game through netting – though it doesn’t seem to bother the people who sit right behind home plate, in the ballpark’s most expensive seats – or (b) are certain that if your concentration is laser-focused on the action, you’ll be able to get out of the way.Maybe so with a high popup, which brings with it plenty of warning. But not with a line drive. On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Horse dies after injury during workout at Del Mar Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series PreviousA young fan holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, talks with Cody Bellinger after Bellinger hit a fan with a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, talks with Cody Bellinger after Bellinger hit a fan with a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy, left, stand with Cody Bellinger, center, and manager Dave Roberts after Bellinger hit a fan with a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A young fan is carted away after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A young fan holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 5A young fan holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Extend the netting at Dodger Stadium.Now.It shouldn’t be that difficult to extend it further down the foul lines, all the way to the foul poles. There’s time, because the team will be on the road for a week.The team can’t afford not to. The alternative? A reprise of what happened in the first inning Sunday afternoon, and possibly something way worse. In fact, something way worse has already happened in this ballpark in the last year. You can be riveted to the action on the field, engaged in every pitch, and if the ball is hit hard enough it won’t matter. Bellinger’s average exit velocity going into Sunday’s game was 93.1 mph, according to Statcast. That’s 28th best in the major leagues. The hardest fair ball hit this season was 120.6 mph by the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton.Bellinger’s foul ball seemed way harder than 93.1, though no official measurement was available.Even if you bring a glove, unless you have the reflexes of a professional athlete, when the ball comes in that hard you probably won’t be able to handle it. And how many people who sit in those seats pay close attention to every pitch and/or have the reaction time necessary to handle, or at least duck, such a hot shot?The issue came to the forefront again a few weeks ago in Houston when the Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. hit a ball into the seats that struck a 4-year-old girl. Should she have been paying better attention?In the wake of that incident, the White Sox and Nationals announced a week ago that they would extend the protective netting in their parks from foul pole to foul pole. The White Sox announced their plans June 18 and said theirs would be in place later in the summer. The Nats followed suit two days later and announced that their netting would be in place after the All-Star break.Shouldn’t this be enough of a priority, throughout baseball, for every park to install the additional netting and protect everyone within the range of a line drive?Dodgers players have already weighed in on it. Rich Hill, who is currently on the injured list, told the Los Angeles Times last week that he had called the Major League Baseball Players Association to lobby for the extension of the netting in every ballpark, saying that he notices every time a line drive goes into the stands.It’s scary enough when it’s someone else’s foul ball. It’s terrifying when it’s yours. Manager Dave Roberts had to come out to calm Bellinger down during those few moments when play had stopped.“I went over the next half-inning just to make sure, and she said she was all right,” Bellinger said. “She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it was a scary situation.”And does he think the nets should be extended?“I would assume that would be a smart decision, just to protect those people in the front row that don’t have reaction time,” he said. “I mean, I’m over at first base and I’ve got to be ready, and they’re 10 feet over from me.”Related Articles Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant last_img read more

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