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No ‘ogoh-ogoh’ parades, large crowds during Nyepi this year

first_imgThe isolation during Nyepi in a way resembles social distancing, unlike the rituals prior to and following Nyepi, which usually involve large crowds.Amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, Bali Governor Wayan Koster has banned all ogoh-ogoh (menacing-looking giant effigies) parades across the province, not even a short march around small neighborhoods, during this year’s ngerupuk ritual on the eve of Nyepi, is allowed.“No ogoh-ogoh parade in any form [is allowed],” Koster said last week while announcing his policy.Ngerupuk is the island’s biggest street parade, in which the local youths compete with each other to create the most magnificent ogoh-ogoh. The COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia has undeniably impacted how religious communities observe their traditions.On Wednesday, Balinese Hindus will observe Nyepi (Day of Silence), which marks the Balinese New Year and is reserved for self-reflection.In Bali, Nyepi is synonymous with deserted beaches, empty streets and lights switched off at night. Nyepi is the only day of the year when Bali’s airport and seaports close. Everyone, regardless of their religion, must remain in their house or hotel during Nyepi.  Editor’s note: This article has been updated with information about religious observations in Bali during the COVID-19 pandemic.Topics :center_img Ogoh-ogoh were first introduced in the 1980s and have since become a permanent fixture at Nyepi spectacles across Bali, the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia which relies much on tourism.“Actually, the ogoh-ogoh parade is not part of the original Nyepi rituals. So, we are not obliged to hold the parade,” the head of the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council’s (PHDI) Bali chapter, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, said, urging all Balinese Hindu communities to obey the call.The PHDI, Bali Customary Village Council, and Bali governor also urged Balinese Hindus to host the melasti — a procession that features pilgrimages to the sea to purify temples — and tawur agung rituals with a smaller number of participants.“Because the virus is highly contagious, we urge people to adjust the rituals to make our island safer for all of us,” Sudiana said.Bali, a province with more than 4 million people, has six confirmed COVID-19 cases with two fatal cases as of Monday, all of which authorities said originated outside the island. The province has yet to confirm any local transmission.One day after Nyepi, Balinese Hindus perform the ngembak geni ritual, in which they travel to their hometowns or visit relatives to exchange forgiveness.But on Monday, less than three days before the ngembak geni ritual, Koster issued another notice advising people to stay at home on Thursday.Yet there have been reports of people defying authorities.Young people carried ogoh-ogoh in processions through the streets of Denpasar on Tuesday.”The Satpol PP [Public Order Agency], backed by the pecalang [Balinese traditional guard] immediately dispersed the groups,” Denpasar city spokesperson Dewa Gede Rai said.Another large crowd reportedly headed to a beach in Gianyar for the Hindu melasti ceremony a few days before Nyepi.In Jakarta, the country’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nyepi’s series of ceremonies were held with similar adjustments to the number of participants.Less than 30 Hindus — all wearing masks — gathered at Aditya Jaya Hindu temple in Rawamangun, East Jakarta on Tuesday to observe the tawur agung ceremony, held a day before Nyepi.Jakarta’s Nyepi organizing committee chairman Ida Bagus Nyoman Banjar said smaller celebrations did not reduce the meaning of Nyepi.“We will follow the government’s call to limit congregational [rituals] and keep a distance. But the meaning of the rituals is not diminished at all,” he said after the event on Tuesday.The committee has also canceled the ogoh-ogoh parade to prevent large crowds.“We already have the ogoh-ogoh here, but we will keep them for next year’s event,” said Banjar, who is also a doctor.As a doctor, Banjar said he understood well the importance of following the government’s call to maintain social distance.“Social distancing is our collective effort to fight COVID-19,” he added.Jakarta’s Hindu community performed a melasti purification ritual in Segara Cilincing Hindu Temple in North Jakarta on Sunday. It was also attended by less than 30 participants.I Gede Ngurah Utama, a Hindu who lives in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, said that Tuesday was the first time he went to the temple after the PHDI had urged Hindus to pray at home, in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instruction to self-isolate.”It was quite empty. Usually more people come,” he said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, after a meeting with religious leaders in the capital, announced on Thursday that the city would limit Nyepi ceremonies and other religious practices for the next two weeks.“During Nyepi, Hindus are required to stay at home and reflect on themselves and this is in accordance with the social distancing measure called for by the government,” said I Nengah Dharma of the PHDI’s Jakarta chapter.The policy has been put in place to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease, as Jakarta continues to see a rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, which stood at 377 as of Tuesday. Jakarta also recorded 32 deaths.Several other regions also canceled ogoh-ogoh processions and limited rituals ahead of Nyepi, including Yogyakarta and East Java’s Surabaya.Many Catholic, Christian and Muslim communities have also adjusted their religious traditions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

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$1K IMCA Modified feature at Thunderbird complements salute to veterans, fireworks

first_imgQuestions about the Saturday race program at Thunderbird, sponsored by Allstar Performance, can be directed to 231 766-3300. More information is also available on Facebook. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.  There is no entry fee for the July 11 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier at Muskegon and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, KMJ Perfor­mance State and track points will be awarded.  MUSKEGON, Mich. – A $1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature event complements the Saturday salute to veterans and lots of fireworks at Thunderbird Raceway.  Pit passes are $30. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 years and over and $5 for kids ages 6-11. Veterans with ID and youngsters five and under are free. last_img read more

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Youngsters take in competitive Navan heat

first_imgNavan stages an all-Flat card on Saturday with the valuable 40,000 euro Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery the feature event on the seven-race fixture. Five of the nine runners are already maiden winners over this five-furlong trip, with previous Nursery winner Leath Na Hoibre, a winner over six, the only one to have won over further than today’s minimum distance. None of the nine have won on their latest starts, although top weight Blood Moon possesses a fine piece of recent form, having finished third in the Group Three Curragh Stakes. However, Ger Lyons’ stable jockey Colin Keane has sided with Birdcage and the Qatar Racing-owned filly might be able to win on her handicap debut, having shown a good level of ability on quick ground thus far. The next most valuable event, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, is worth half the feature’s prize but is still well worth winning, with the Ado McGuinness-trained Bubbly Bellini looking to score a remarkable 17th career win. McGuinness has done an excellent job with the eight-year-old and while well beaten on his latest Curragh start, has already won four times this year and would have claims with an ease in ground conditions. Bubbly Bellini faces just five opponents with Jamesie now reverting to conditions company having failed on his latest four stakes efforts. The Dermot Weld-trained Alkasser has himself disappointed on his latest two handicap starts but does go well on a fast surface. The opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden over five furlongs is an interesting event, with both the Tommy Stack-trained Aspar and Michael O’Callaghan’s Moral High Ground bidding to recoup losses having both been well supported to win on debut recently. Aspar must give away weight but was second in a well-contested maiden at the Curragh in July, while Moral High Ground was third in the Curragh maiden won by impressive Smash Williams recently. Both should play leading roles and the Patrick Prendergast-trained Go Kart also showed ability when second on debut at Dundalk. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Hero CPL pumps $102M into host countries

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) continued its upward trajectory in 2016 with the world’s fastest growing T20 tournament contributing a significant economic boost of over US$102,670,565 across each of the seven host territories – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago and Lauderhill, Florida.The economic impact to the region has shown a staggering rise in recent years from $43,710,638 (in 2014) to $76,255,962 (2015) and now to US$102.6M.The Hero CPL commissioned SMG Insight/YouGov for the third successive year to conduct an Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Hero CPLT20 Tournament which took place between June 29 and August 7, 2016.The EIA was to assess the Total Economic Impact for the Caribbean economy of staging such a high profile and successful event across each of the six Caribbean host countries, as well as Florida, as a direct consequence of hosting the event.Independent research analysis was carried out at each of the venues with 15 399 attendees participating covering a range of topics based on the value of their visitor spend and length of stay in each specific country.This year marked the fourth edition for the biggest party in sport, and the figures released on Tuesday, December 6 made for positive viewing and wrapped up a fine year as the Hero CPL has firmly established itself as the number one sporting event in the Caribbean.The EIA is measured by multiples of three key areas; spend by the organisers and tournament suppliers, visitor spend on transport and accommodation and media value during TV and digital media broadcasts.Each of the host countries benefited to a sizable financial windfall which is broken down as follows: Barbados ($15,878,628), Guyana ($15,447,309), Jamaica ($11,151,017), St Kitts & Nevis ($22,722,350), St. Lucia ($10,853,052), Trinidad & Tobago ($14,034,964) and Lauderhill, Florida ($12,583,246).The economy of finals: host St Kitts & Nevis was the most notable winner overall and the combined total included the organiser spend plus the visitor spend multiplied by the media spend to make the total economic impact figure.This helped the Federation generate an economic value of over $22,722,350 over the course of the four home St Kitts & Nevis Patriots’ pool matches in Warner Park, Basseterre, as well as the finals week itself, highlighting a significant windfall for countries who host the finals.With the addition of Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, the staging of the final round of pool matches, which were held between July 28 and 31, helped generate a $12,583,246 boost into the wider Fort Lauderdale economy.The Florida swing of matches marked professional cricket’s first official entry into the United States of America, and saw in the region of 30 000 fans descend on Lauderhill which indicates that playing a select number of games outside the Caribbean has proved to be a success.Tourists who attended these matches also spent $4,751,872 in the local economy.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

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Hughes: Moderation needed in Ball’s workload

first_imgThere’s no doubt in anyone’s head who the go-to man for the Wisconsin football team is. No Badger fan would particularly want to daydream about what this UW team might be like without Montee Ball.But running back is a funny position. When a team’s – or, more specifically, an offense’s – go-to man is a quarterback, wide receiver or tight end, the objective is always to give that player the ball as many times as possible so he can be a playmaker as often as possible. The idea of “moderation” rarely applies to them.And that’s where those skill positions differ from running backs, who are routinely described as workhorses for a few good reasons. They’re counted on to punch through the trenches and to cruise in fifth-gear on every play despite the beating they take.They need doses of moderation.Last Saturday, Ball took the feed 32 times in a season opener against an FCS school, in what is hoped to be a 14-game season. That’s folly.Sure, that game became disturbingly close out of nowhere in the fourth quarter. And sure, it’d be harder to explain a loss to Northern Iowa than Nebraska or Michigan State to those who wield a vote in the national rankings.But when Ball is earning 3.8 yards per carry and the sure-as-hell capable James White is averaging 5.2 (and getting only nine cracks at the ball), Ball doesn’t need 32 carries. Not in the season opener. Not against an FCS school.Only one game has passed, so the message is only cautionary at this point: Just don’t be afraid to give White the ball (or even the yet-to-be-revealed, star-of-tomorrow Melvin Gordon, an able-bodied redshirt freshman).It would probably be easy for UW to overcommit on Ball. The offense features a sizable amount of new personnel and debuting with 26 points versus a lower-echelon school only keeps the question marks hanging around. And, after all, Ball’s already been named a Heisman finalist once in his career, it would be tough not to instinctively give a guy like that the rock when the game’s still in reach (be it by 19 points or five).But you know what? Ball didn’t produce a Heisman Trophy-worthy season by taking 32 carries a game. He did it with 21.9 on average.There are probably two reasons – other than Ball’s own athleticism – that allowed him to be so damn efficient. One is the passing game was nearly as good, which prevented defenses from a narrow focus on Ball.Another is that his relatively low amount of carries probably didn’t wear on him all that much down the stretch, which is when he was at his best. He gained 1,070 of his 1,923 yards in the final six games and never averaged fewer than 5.1 yards per carry.Ball didn’t see any contact drills between January’s Rose Bowl and Saturday’s season opener, so it’s understandable if he was a little rusty. But simply put, White moved the ball more efficiently – and did it with verve. When that happens, Matt Canada and Bret Bielema need to spare Ball a handful of carries if they want to keep him fresh and running like an All-American or Heisman type of player again.It’s better both in the long run and short run.Take Alabama, for example, who had a stacked backfield with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in 2009. Ingram had 271 carries that year, never taking more than 28 a game (he averaged 19.3), and won the Heisman. Alabama won five contests by 14 points or less that year and still never poured the weight of the game on its go-to man.Meanwhile, Richardson was there to take 145 carries off Ingram’s hands and was productive while he did it.Ingram finished that year stronger than how he began it, which makes me wonder how that Heisman hype for Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell will go if he keeps taking 50 handoffs a game.So if Ball gets 32 carries against an FCS school flirting with a win, does that mean Ball will get closer to 40 if Ohio State, Michigan State or Nebraska start acting out? There are just more creative ways to answer a challenge like the one given Saturday, especially when dealing with someone who’s going to take a couple hundred hits as the season wears on.If Wisconsin wants or needs to run more than it did last year, or if Ball isn’t behaving like a superhero Harry Houdini in a given game, then it should be White who gets first dibs on the extra carries.That way, Ball can still be rolling in November, December – and perhaps even on January 1, again.Elliot is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. What are the chances UW will wear out Ball? How many carries should White get? Let him know via Twitter (@elliothughes12) or email (ehughes@badgerherald.com).last_img read more

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Busy’s back in business

first_imgBusy Signal, whose hit songs include Nah Go A Jail Again, Smoke Some High Grade, Tic Toc and Watch Out For This (Bumaye), has been unable to work in the US due to legal challenges. Chris Roberts, CEO of the event, said the deejay has been granted a visa to perform in the United States. He joins Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley and R Kelly as headliners for ‘Groovin’ at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.“I am happy that this historic performance will be delivered on a Groovin’ stage, the biggest music platform for reggae and R&B music in the US,” said Roberts.U Roy, Leroy Sibbles, Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, and a 17-man orchestra directed by Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, will also perform. Busy Signal will be performing at Groovin In The Park on June 25, promoters of the annual event have confirmed.last_img read more

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T&T police complete “emailgate” investigations

first_imgAfter several months of investigating in illegal use of emails by former government members, TNT police have submitted their findings to the Director of Public Prosecution.Emailgate The Trinidad and Tobago police say they have completed their investigation into the so-called “emailgate” controversy in which several former government ministers had been accused of being involved in a sinister move to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the media.In the hands of DPPActing Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, speaking on a police sanctioned television show over the last weekend said the matter is now in the hands of the DPP, Roger Gaspard.Sinister moveOn May 20, 2013, then Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley told Parliament he had received 31 emails purporting to show correspondence between then Prime Minister Persad Bissessar, then attorney general Anand Ramlogan, local government and works minister Suruj Rambachan and security adviser Gary Griffith, in a sinister move to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the media.Rowley told legislators that he had received the emails in December the previous year, from a “whistle blower” indicating how operatives within the government had sought to undermine those institutions. He said he had passed them on to the Office of the President.Rowley said the emails, dating back to September 2012, were from people concerned with the government’s defense of the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act that had the effect of allowing people, whose trial has not started after a 10-year period to walk free and a verdict of not guilty entered against their names.Aimed at supporting part financiersCritics said that the clause was aimed at supporting businessmen Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, who have been described as financiers of the ruling United National Congress (UNC), the biggest partner in the four-member coalition government.The two are facing fraud and laundering charges relating to the re-development of the Piarco International Airport in 2001. They are also wanted in the United States on a number of related charges.However, the then government officials have all denied the accusations and Persad Bissessar and Ramlogan had sent pre-action protocol letter alleging that Rowley on May 23 at a public meeting continued to use the e-mails as the basis for his assertion.last_img read more

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NBA hopefuls try to impress at Agua Caliente Clippers’ open tryouts

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters They all hurled themselves onto loose balls and hazarded hard fouls, bit their lips when calls went against them and remembered to high five one another.“We’re looking for guys who can hopefully space the floor a little with shooting (and) who also know how to play within a team game,” Agua Caliente first-year coach Brian Adams said. “Who, in an unorganized situation, showed they had a little bit of organization in their game?”Mission accomplished for Bakersfield’s Chris Sterling, a 6-5 small forward who learned about an hour and a half into the session that he would be one of the four or five invitees to the next evaluation.The former Arizona Christian University standout recently spent eight months playing in Galicia, Spain, becoming more fluent in the language of basketball while playing alongside teammates who didn’t speak English.“Playing in Spain, I’d try to get everyone involved, I tried to learn everyone’s game,” Sterling said. “And here, it’s my first time playing with everyone, so it’s hard to play with people like that, but I think it went great.”Effectively showcasing your skills in a tryout is tricky, said Marek Olesinski, a big man who who took advantage of opportunities to show his range by bringing the ball up the floor and pulling up for 3-pointers.“You try to show what you’ve got, but it’s hard to show everything,” said Olesinski, a 6-8 forward who played for the Air Force Academy and now is stationed in Southern California, not far from where his brother, Alex, plays for UCLA.Allmon’s goal was to be himself. That meant calling everyone to mid-court before play began for a cheer: “Compete!”“Just do what you know how to do. If that’s play defense and talk, then play defense and talk. If you’re a scorer, go do what you do best,” said Allmon, who played at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Vanguard University and this year with the Vietnam Basketball Assn.’s Danang Dragons. “And the whole time, be a good teammate.”And if what you do best was good enough, you might be teammates for more than four hours. “There’s a lot of talent out there, so you’ve gotta keep your eyes open,” said Dee Brown, general manager for Agua Caliente. “You can’t be closed-minded about where a guy played at, what level they played at.“We had four guys who tried out last year who came to training camp, and one guy (Taylor King) who made the team. So this is real.”The opportunity to make a real impression drew a range of talent and experience Saturday, mostly from within driving distance but also from as far away as Georgia, Montana and New York.Among them were college standouts like Johnathan Loyd, an aggressive guard who played football and basketball at Oregon, where he went down as the winningest player in men’s basketball history with 97 victories over four seasons.Facing off against him Saturday were players such as Long Beach’s Gregory Watson, who didn’t play college ball (and who hadn’t even heard of the G League until a friend told him about tryouts a week ago). There also was Gardena’s Michael Chavarria, who didn’t play even in high school, but who went hard Saturday with his 6-year-old son Isaac watching. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PreviousJohnathan Loyd dribbles the ball during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Christopher Brown, center, drives to the basket during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAndrew Pearson, left, goes up for a shot against Jordan Wilkinson during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Dalante Dunklin, left, chats with Kregg Jones during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Sean McDonnell, right, chats with Gabriel Osei-Acheampong during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario held at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Zachary Allmon, left, competes against Later Mayo during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Cyrille Sandjon passes the ball during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Lester Mayo takes a break during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Zachary Allmon, center, competes against John Taylor during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Participants of the Agua Caliente Clippers open tryouts smile while listening to the coach at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Head coach of The Agua Caliente Clippers, Brian Adams talks to participants of the open tryouts at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Players listen to the coach’s words before starting open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Players warm up during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Players warm up during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)Johnathan Loyd dribbles the ball during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 15Johnathan Loyd dribbles the ball during open tryouts for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario at TriFytt Sports Academy in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)ExpandSeventy-nine men, all fashioning themselves as serious basketball players, chased their hoop dreams into a Rancho Cucamonga gym Saturday for an open tryout for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario G League team.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.For nearly four hours of scrimmaging at TriFytt Sports Academy, a mismatched collection of players fought to make a favorable impression on a group of evaluators who will be puzzling together the Clippers’ minor-league squad. They all paid $250 for the audition with the hope of earning an invitation to a second evaluation next weekend and then to training camp, and eventually, perhaps, to get a foot in the door with an NBA franchise.“I feel like every serious basketball player, that’s the dream,” said Zachary Allmon, a 6-foot-9 forward based in Huntington Beach. “That’s what we go to bed thinking about.”Now in its second year, the Clippers’ G League program immediately proved an important investment for the team, which last season was beset by injuries. Despite a league-high 37 starting lineups, the Clippers finished the season 42-40 and just out of playoff contention — thanks in part to contributions from players who split time between L.A. and Ontario, such Tyrone Wallace, C.J. Williams and Jamil Wilson.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Genesis Open: Justin Thomas, Adam Scott top leaderboard after Day 2

first_imgFan: 🗣Make this! It’s going on Instagram, Tiger!@TigerWoods: #LiveUnderPar 🐅 pic.twitter.com/dPybGjp1kr— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 16, 2019While the delay will continue to affect the tournament throughout the weekend, Rory McIlroy made the most of his round. He moved 77 places up the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd (3 under). Kevin Na is also sitting in 23rd place after climbing 29 spots himself.No golfer was able to finish their second round Friday. Play will resume at 7 a.m. local time Saturday. There was a lot of golf played on Day 2 of the Genesis Open.After inclement weather led to a seven-hour delay Thursday, golfers resumed play bright and early Friday until the second round was suspended due to darkness. More than half of the field still had to complete their first round when the day began at the Riviera Golf Course in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  The first round finished late into the afternoon with J.B. Holmes in first place (8 under) and Jordan Spieth one stroke behind in second (7 under). But, the leaderboard continued to change as golfers went back onto the course to start round two.Justin Thomas ended up moving into the lead at 10 under. Adam Scott joined him and moved into a tie for first through 11 holes.  Related News Matt Kuchar addresses criticism, apologizes for paying fill-in caddie $5Kcenter_img Genesis Open: Jordan Spieth tied for lead after rain-shortened Day 1 Holmes, who was able to start his second round, fell into third place (9 under) while Spieth — who has yet to tee off — is tied with Luke List who had a round of 7 under going through 15 holes.Fan-favorite Tiger Woods got the crowd riled up as he worked his way up, and down, the leaderboard.Woods finished at the projected cut (1 under) when the round was suspended. He was through 12.last_img read more

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Prosinecki: We can defeat every Team in Europe with the Players I have

first_imgRobert Prosinecki became a new coach of the National football team of BiH, and he commented the current situation in Real and Barcelona and his own expectations when it comes to the engagement in BiH.“I can wait for a debut at the bench of BiH. There is some pressure of course, but it is normal when you are leading a selection that has everything needed to achieve great results,” said the former selector of Azerbaijan, and described the style he is planning to implement in the game of the National team of BiH.“I am planning to make everything in accordance with the style of the player. Like everyone, I want my team to play like Barcelona or Manchester City, I am a coach who likes to have possession, dominance and foot to foot play. I can say that I have players who have enough quality to win against any team in Europe, stated Prosinecki.“I’ve played in Real for three years and I know that my performances were not impressive. I stopped playing for a year and a half due to my injury. The fact that I played for Real and Barcelona is a great success and honour for me”.(Source: fokus.ba)last_img read more

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