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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Behind-the-Scenes Drama Through the Years

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Behind-the-Scenes Drama Through the Years

first_imgShe added: “It’s been a very interesting journey. … It started out one way and right now where we are in such a different place from where we started.”The medical drama first made headlines back in October 2006 after reports surfaced that Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke, used a homophobic slur on set. As the series continued to gain popularity over the next decade, fans searched for the truth behind the various cast shake-ups and killed-off characters.Scroll through for a complete timeline of the behind-the-scenes drama on the ABC hit:- Advertisement – Grey’s Anatomy has captivated audiences since its March 2005 premiere, but sometimes, what was going on behind-the-scenes of the series was more dramatic than what went down in the fictional hallways of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.“I do my best and we all do our best. It’s actually, the journey of it has been quite interesting because obviously we’ve had our ups and downs behind the scenes,” series star Ellen Pompeo admitted on Late Night With Seth Meyers in November 2017.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Julius Randle: from rehab to research to rejuvenated

Julius Randle: from rehab to research to rejuvenated

first_imgX-rays showed Randle had indeed broken his leg. Then Randle mentioned this latest injury was to the same leg that had suffered a bone bruise earlier in training camp after he accidentally knocked into a bed post. “That’s when I really lost it,” said Vitti, who has overseen the Lakers miss a combined 827 games because of injuries the past three seasons.“I felt that it was my fault. Everyone has told me it wasn’t my fault. But I have carried that for a while.”Vitti ranked Randle’s injury as his second-most devastating experience entering his 32nd and final season with the Lakers, the incident paling only to when Magic Johnson announced in 1991 he had tested positive for HIV. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those instances hardly match Vitti’s pleasant memories in treating a team that had won eight NBA championships in 12 Finals appearances. “It wasn’t GV’s fault at all,” said Randle, who also absolved blame on the rest of the Lakers’ trainers. “He wished he could have done more. But there’s nothing else he could have done … I felt bad. I wondered if there’s something else I could have done to warn him. But it was nobody’s fault.”Moving forwardNone of the potential warning signs for Randle’s leg appeared serious. The Lakers found Randle asymptomatic following his bruise, and Randle reported feeling little pain.Though the Lakers determined Randle initially lacked enough calcium to build strong bone density, strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco dismissed that factoring into his injury. DiFrancesco considered Randle’s dietary habits typical of most NBA players. Instead, the Lakers enter the 2015-16 season learning from Randle’s injury. Randle does not face any workload restrictions when training camp starts Sept. 29 in Hawaii. Yet, the Lakers plan to proceed with caution if any setbacks emerge.Lakers coach Byron Scott may also favor starting veteran Brandon Bass at power forward, leading Randle to say, “I’m just going to do what’s best for the team and whatever I can do to help the team win.”Randle “absolutely” believes the time he spent rehabbing, improving his diet and studying the game will compensate for missing his rookie year.“It made me the person I am today,” Randle said. “It gave me perspective on patience and the process in general. I got knocked down and was expecting big things out of myself throughout that season. It didn’t happen that way. So where I do go from here? Where do I prepare myself where I was better before?”Embracing the processRandle’s outlook was not initially positive. His mother, sister and girlfriend initially dealt “with my mood swings and me being down.”It did not take long for Randle to change his demeanor. A brutally honest teammate (Kobe Bryant), a demanding coach (Scott) and a Laker luminary (James Worthy) all emphasized Randle attacking his rehab aggressively, yet patiently.First came several procedures.Randle had surgery on his right leg the morning after his injury, which doctors have said improves and quickens the healing process.Two months later, Randle had surgery on his right foot to replace a screw in his fifth metatarsal, an injury that sidelined him for most of his senior year at Prestonwood Christian High School in Plano, Texas.Randle also had a metal rod inserted in his right tibia, something Vitti said the Lakers forward will have “for the rest of his life” to ensure his leg does not become displaced. “I really admire how he handled the whole thing like a real pro,” Vitti said. “Once he realized it was what it was and there was nothing he could do about it, he adopted the philosophy that ‘I’m going to do everything right.’”It took a while for Randle to progress in his recovery. He started walking without crutches in mid-December. He began weight-bearing exercises in early March.He advanced to half-court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact drills in late May. He completed full-court 5-on-5 full-contact scrimmages in mid-June.Through those monotonous months, Randle narrowed his focus on two things.He watched countless NBA games — from the sideline, in the trainer’s room and at home — before drafting written reports to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.Randle also changed his diet by cutting out sweets in favor of more calcium, leafy greens and grass-fed meats. He mostly relied on the cooked meals Lakers chef Sandra Padilla provides for the team, but also shopped for groceries with DiFrancesco.“It’s tough in the beginning,” Randle said. “But when you figure out what you want to do and how you can become the best version of yourself after you make that change and get into the routine, it becomes part of your life.” The Lakers have preached for players to practice moderation with their diet instead of going cold turkey.That helped Randle lose about 20 pounds in fat, while gaining 10 pounds in muscle. He went from weighing about 265 pounds with 14 percent body fat last year to weighing between 250 and 255 pounds at about 10 percent body fat prior to Summer League in mid-July.Since then, Randle has dropped to about 245 pounds at slightly less than 10 percent body fat. “I’m very happy with where we’re at right now,” said DiFrancesco, who plans to teach Randle how to cook healthy meals. “But there’s still going to be progress.”Patience testedAfter countless scrimmages and weight-training sessions, Randle would still approach DiFrancesco with an eager expression on his face. “He eats up workouts and looks at me like, ‘What’s next?’” DiFrancesco said.But Vitti forced Randle to pump the brakes.Although they considered Randle fully healthy, the Lakers listened to Vitti’s recommendation for summer league: Play Randle in the low 20-minute range and sit him for back-to-back contests.Randle averaged 11.5 points on only 39.5 percent shooting and four rebounds, appearing rusty and often forced his way into traffic. “‘I know you’re frustrated with the minute restriction and how hard it is to get into a rhythm,” Vitti quoted a text message he sent Randle. “‘Don’t focus on it too much. Don’t force it. Slow down and let the game come to you. Once it does, then you can turn up the speed and be under control. You’ll be fine. Someday this will be a distant memory. Trust me on this.’” Randle has changed his mindset two months later. “He was the good parent that had to hold me back,” Randle said. “He did what was best for me.”Under close watchRandle has spent the past two months scrimmaging and working out at the Lakers’ facility twice every weekday, but he has not cleared the final hurdle.The Lakers will reduce Randle’s training camp workload if they sense it could compromise his ability to enter the 2015-16 season on Oct. 28 fully healthy. They will monitor Randle’s pain level. They will study how Randle responds to sudden stops and twists, two areas Vitti argued has largely contributed to the influx of injuries in the NBA in recent seasons.With DiFrancesco noting Randle “plays at a very violent pace” as a bruising post player and playmaker, the Lakers’ training staff will also calculate Randle’s loads and intensity. They will multiply Randle’s average speed, distance and body weight to measure his load. They will divide that number by Randle’s minutes played to measure his intensity.
If Randle’s intensity decreases at any point, the Lakers may reduce his regimen. The challenge will be Randle accepting the constant monitoring after feeling constrained during summer league.“I’m sure I’m going to feel the same way,” Randle said. “But I know in the back of my head, it is the right thing.”And yet…“If he needs to be angry at somebody, then it can be me. But this is the right way to handle it,” Vitti said. “It takes somebody like me to protect him from himself.” Vitti said he no longer feels he failed to do that for Randle last season, saying he has since “come to grips” with Randle’s injury after numerous Lakers doctors and outside medical experts absolved him of any wrongdoing.Meanwhile, Randle has relished the journey he has traveled even if it forced him to go from player to spectator. “It made me who I am,” Randle said of his injury. “It made me appreciate and love the game even more.”center_img The anxiety swept over Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti as he attended to Julius Randle. “I broke my leg,” Randle shouted in pain as he lay on the court just 14 minutes into his NBA rookie season.Vitti soon held Randle’s fractured tibia in his right leg with both hands before the paramedics arrived with splints.Randle was immobilized and taken on a stretcher to a nearby hospital, an image that foretold the Lakers’ injury-riddled 2014-15 season that led to their worst record in the franchise’s 67-year-old history. “I was in a fog,” Vitti recalled of that moment nearly 11 months ago. “You start thinking, ‘What did I do wrong? What did we do wrong?’”last_img read more

Girl from Singapore met her Idol – BH Footballer Sead Kolasinac

Girl from Singapore met her Idol – BH Footballer Sead Kolasinac

first_img(Source: N1) Footballers of Arsenal are currently on a preparatory tour in Singapore – and one girl’s dream come true when she met BH representative Sead Kolasinac.As she said for the official channel of Arsenal, she was dreaming about that day.“I am so happy, I dreamed about this. I was crying tears of happiness because he was there. I just cannot describe it,” she said.“When I play football – I always play on the left side. That is my favourite position. I like how Sead plays. He told me not to cry and hugged me. This is one of the best days in my life,” she said.Take a look at the video:last_img read more

Rapinoe and USA aim to retain World Cup, but Netherlands stand in their way

Rapinoe and USA aim to retain World Cup, but Netherlands stand in their way

first_img“I think we just need to approach the game as we approach every game,” said Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman.“We know we are playing a top-level team so we need to perform even better and we will defend the way we always do, as a team.”– Female coaches on both sides –The Dutch are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona winger Lieke Martens, who has a toe problem and was forced off at half-time in their semi-final defeat of Sweden.“Of course we are European champions but we want to have more and that we are standing in the final now at the World Cup, at the highest level in women’s soccer, that’s fantastic, that’s amazing,” said the midfielder Sherida Spitse.The Netherlands have won 12 consecutive matches at major tournaments under Wiegman, and Sunday’s final will be just the second at the women’s World Cup to bring together two female coaches, after the 2003 showpiece.While Wiegman is hoping to claim a second major tournament triumph in as many attempts, the English-born Ellis can become the first coach to win back-to-back World Cups in the men’s or women’s game since Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.“They’re European champions, that’s a very difficult thing to do, that takes a certain level of discipline and mental strength,” said Rapinoe.“They have that idea of what it takes to win a championship more than the other teams we have faced.”On Saturday, goals from Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson helped Sweden beat England 2-1 in the third-place play-off in Nice.Share on: WhatsApp Megan Rapine and the United Stateswomen team are aiming to retain the women’s World CupLyon, France | AFP |  Led by the charismatic Megan Rapinoe, the United States are aiming to retain the women’s World Cup as they face European champions the Netherlands in the final in Lyon on Sunday.A sell-out crowd of close to 60,000 is expected for the showpiece game of the landmark tournament, which kicks off at 1500 GMT.The USA have lived up to their status as favourites coming into the tournament by becoming the first team ever to reach three consecutive women’s World Cup finals.They can win the trophy for the fourth time in eight editions, four years after Carli Lloyd’s hat-trick helped them to a 5-2 win over Japan in the final in Canada.Despite beginning their defence of the trophy with a World Cup record 13-0 victory over Thailand, they have had to fight to get through the knockout rounds, edging out Spain, hosts France and then England on their way.“We have come through a tough road in terms of the teams we have played to get to this point, so for sure they are battle-tested, but what I love about this group is that they are locked on and still hungry,” said USA coach Jill Ellis of her team.Rapinoe scored braces in the wins over both Spain and France before sitting out the semi-final defeat of England due to a hamstring injury. The pink-haired midfielder, who turned 34 on Friday, was confident she would be fit in time to return against the Netherlands.“I expect to be good to go for tomorrow and I’m very excited about that opportunity,” she said at Saturday’s pre-match press conference. “I’m like a kid in a candy store right now, this is the absolute best stage.”Rapinoe, one of only five survivors in the US squad from the 2011 final defeat against Japan, used the press conference to hit out at FIFA for scheduling this year’s final on the same day as those of the men’s Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as urging the world game’s governing body to further increase prize money for the tournament in future.With her spat with Donald Trump over her intended boycott of any team visit to the White House and her role in the US team’s battle with their federation for equal pay, she has been the big star of this World Cup.However, the Netherlands are hoping to cause a major upset and strike a blow for Europe at just their second World Cup, two years after being crowned European champions on home soil.last_img read more

Ronaldo scores as Juventus brush aside Leverkusen

Ronaldo scores as Juventus brush aside Leverkusen

first_imgThe Germans showed little to threaten the hosts, with Lucas Alario shooting over on three minutes with what would be their best chance of the game.The breakthrough came for Juventus when Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah failed to head clear Juan Cuadrado’s long ball for Higuain, with the Argentine pouncing to drill home after 17 minutes.The 31-year-old Higuain, back in Turin after loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, had a chance for a second on 38 minutes but was denied by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.Juventus piled on the pressure after the break as Ronaldo tried unsuccessfully to pull off an overhead kick in the 55th minute.Ronaldo then sent Higuain in behind, but although the Portuguese failed to connect with his teammate’s return pass, Bernardeschi was lurking to provide the finishing touch just after an hour.Juventus almost had a third with Hradecky failing to control the ball and almost turning it into his own net before grappling to save on the line.But the Finnish international did well to deny Ronaldo in front of goal after a Higuain charge down the flank.Welsh international Aaron Ramsey was introduced in place of Bernardeschi with Dybala replacing Higuain for the closing stages.And in the dying minutes, substitute Rodrigo Bentancur picked out Dybala who slid the ball through for Ronaldo, allowing the 34-year-old to equal Real Madrid great Raul’s record of scoring against 33 different sides in the Champions League.“It was an important match, after the draw in Madrid we had to win to get closer to the qualification,” said Higuain.“Now we head to Sunday, because another battle awaits us,” added the Argentine of next weekend’s Serie A clash with leaders Inter Milan.Share on: WhatsApp Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this season’s Champions League, sealing a 3-0 win for Juventus over Bayer Leverkusen in their Group D game in Turin on Tuesday.Turin, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this season’s Champions League, sealing a 3-0 win for Juventus over Bayer Leverkusen in their Group D game in Turin on Tuesday.Ronaldo blasted in the third goal in the 89th minute to extend his record to 127 strikes in the competition to add to Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi’s earlier efforts.Juventus move top of their section, level on four points with Atletico Madrid, who defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in Russia.The Italian champions had been held 2-2 by the Spaniards at the Wanda Metropolitano in their opener.“We had a good match against a team who love possession and are not easy to deal with,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.“They took a lot of energy out of us in the first half. After the break, they slowed down a little and we took control.”Leverkusen face an uphill battle after their shock 2-1 defeat at home against Lokomotiv Moscow and are rooted to the foot of the table.“It was a clear defeat,” said Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz. “We played well in the first half even if we didn’t have chances, and then we made the mistake which led to the first goal.“It’s the difference between a team who has experience in the Champions League and one that is beginning its journey at this level.”Juventus next host Lokomotiv and Leverkusen travel to Atletico on October 22.– Higuain back –Sarri opted for Higuain and Bernardeschi up front alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.Leverkusen were struggling from the outset after losing captain Lars Bender in the warm-up to a thigh problem, with defender Mitchell Weiser stepping in.last_img read more

Man City face critical appeal against two-season European ban

Man City face critical appeal against two-season European ban

first_imgUEFA has been under pressure, most publicly from La Liga president Javier Tebas, to impose a harder line on clubs backed by states, like City and Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain.European football’s governing body also have plenty riding on the case. Lose the appeal and the future of UEFA’s FFP regulations will be called into question.– Premier League impact –The hearing will be held by videoconference due to coronavirus restrictions from Monday to Wednesday.If no verdict is immediately announced after the hearing, the decision “could be made during the month of July,” said Matthieu Reeb, secretary general of CAS.Even if City’s appeal to CAS fails, the English champions could present a further appeal before the Swiss Federal Court.A delayed outcome would leave a cloud hanging over the return of the Premier League season.City seem certain to secure Champions League qualification on the field with a 12-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United.If they are excluded, fifth would be good enough for the riches of next season’s Champions League, which are all the more valuable during the economic crisis caused by coronavirus.Just six points separate United from Crystal Palace in 11th leaving plenty to play for in the final nine games of the season once the Premier League restarts on June 17. Share on: WhatsApp Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European football begins on MondayLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European competition will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from Monday in a case of wide-reaching repercussions.City are accused of overstating sponsorship revenue to hide that they had not complied with UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) rules between 2012 and 2016 and were also handed a 30 million euro ($34 million, £27 million) fine.UEFA’s case was prompted when German magazine Der Spiegel published a series of leaked emails in 2018 that purported to show how City manufactured extra sponsorship revenue from a series of companies with connections to the club’s Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour.Under the Sheikh’s ownership, City’s fortunes have been transformed from perennially living in the shadow of local rivals Manchester United to winning four Premier League titles in the past eight years.However, billions of investment in players and managers has not yet been able to deliver the club’s first ever Champions League title.City are still involved in this season’s competition and will be allowed to compete should the 2019/20 edition of Champions League return in August no matter the outcome of the appeal.– Financial hit –But a two-season ban from the competition would represent a huge blow to the club’s prestige, finances and hope of hanging onto manager Pep Guardiola and key players like Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.“Two years would be long. One year is something I might be able to cope with,” De Bruyne told Het Laatste Nieuws last month.City banked 93 million euros from prize money and television rights alone by reaching the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.The added loss of gate receipts and commercial revenue would make it extremely difficult for the club to meet FFP regulations in the future without cutting costs.City have steadfastly refuted UEFA’s allegations.“Based on our experience and our perception, this seems to be less about justice and more about politics,” said CEO of the City Football Group Ferran Soriano.last_img read more

Man City whip Arsenal, extend Liverpool title wait

Man City whip Arsenal, extend Liverpool title wait

first_imgMan Utd          29 12  9  8 44 30 45 Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool        29 27  1  1 66 21 82 Crystal Palace   29 10  9 10 26 32 39 West Ham         29  7  6 16 35 50 27 Southampton      29 10  4 15 35 52 34 ————————————- Leicester        29 16  5  8 58 28 53 ————————————- ————————————- Wolves           29 10 13  6 41 34 43 Watford          29  6  9 14 27 44 27 Norwich          29  5  6 18 25 52 21 Newcastle        29  9  8 12 25 41 35center_img Burnley          29 11  6 12 34 40 39 Arsenal          29  9 13  7 40 39 40 Man City         29 19  3  7 71 31 60 Sheff Utd        29 11 11  7 30 25 44 Everton          29 10  7 12 37 46 37 Brighton         29  6 11 12 32 40 29 Tottenham        29 11  8 10 47 40 41 Chelsea          29 14  6  9 51 39 48 Bournemouth      29  7  6 16 29 47 27 Aston Villa      29  7  5 17 34 56 26 Guardiola had voiced his concerns for players’ welfare over the lack of preparation time to get up to full fitness.But it was Arteta’s plan that was undone by two injuries inside 20 minutes as Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari hobbled off with Luiz replacing the latter.As City began to turn the screw, only Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal kept the score down before half-time.The German saved brilliantly from David Silva and Riyad Mahrez before Sterling dinked a glorious chance over.However, the England international made amends when Luiz failed to cut out De Bruyne’s cross and Sterling rifled home his first goal of 2020.Five minutes into the second-half, Arsenal’s tough task became an impossible one as Luiz pulled down Mahrez inside the box and was shown a red card.De Bruyne coolly sent Leno the wrong way from the penalty spot to end the game as a contest and both sides then settled to reserve their energies ahead of a gruelling schedule over the next month.Yet, there was one more serious looking injury to come as City defender Eric Garcia was stretchered from the field after being wiped out by his own goalkeeper Ederson leading to 11 minutes of added time.City used the extra time to add a third as substitute Foden side-footed home after Sergio Aguero struck the post.Defeat is another blow for Arsenal’s hopes of a return to the Champions League next season as they remain in ninth, eight points off the top four and five adrift of Manchester United in fifth.City’s place in next season’s Champions League will depend on the outcome of their appeal against a two-season ban from European competitions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.TABLE STANDINGS Raheem set the ball rolling for Man CityMan City make winning return to extend Liverpool’s waitManchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester City extended Liverpool’s wait to win a first league title in 30 years as Pep Guardiola’s men beat 10-man Arsenal 3-0 at an empty Etihad to secure the first win of the Premier League’s restart on Wednesday.Both sets of players came together before kick-off to take a knee in protest of racial injustice, as had Aston Villa and Sheffield United players in the first match of the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ after a 100-day stoppage due to coroanvirus.But the difference in quality between the two sides showed once City found their groove as a nightmare evening for Arsenal defender David Luiz condemned his side to defeat.The Brazilian turned Kevin De Bruyne’s cross into the path of Raheem Sterling to fire home the opener in first half stoppage time and was then sent off for pulling down Riyad Mahrez.De Bruyne converted the resulting penalty before Phil Foden added a third in stoppage time.City’s victory closes the gap on Liverpool at the top to 22 points and means the Reds cannot secure the title when they face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.– Arteta’s plan undone –A minute’s silence before kick-off remembered those to have lost their lives to COVID-19, including City boss Guardiola’s mother.Black Lives Matter was also emblazoned on the back of shirts where the stars names are normally printed, as the players took a knee around the centre circle.There was little return to normality once the game did kick-off to the hollow ring of an empty stadium as a torrential downpour added to the difficult conditions for the players.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had made a bold team selection on his return to the Etihad, where he spent three-and-a-half years as Guardiola’s assistant.The Spaniard left Alexandre Lacazette and club record signing Nicolas Pepe alongside Luiz on the bench, while Mesut Ozil did not even make the squad despite a temporary rule change to allow nine substitutes on the bench.However, after a bright opening, Arteta was left in no doubt of the work he has ahead to close the gap between his new employers and his old.last_img read more

Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

first_imgIn this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, former Major League Baseball manager Jerry Manuel, talks with young ball players at the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school in Elverta, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ELVERTA, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Manuel’s spring training these days consists of collecting stray baseballs sent back over the fence by a neighbor farmer, checking on new trees beyond the outfield, and coaching teens to the background noise from crowing roosters on a rundown field just down the street from a humongous cow pasture.As pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this past week, Manuel, the former manager of the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets, has been busy working alongside son Anthony to keep young men — many, like the Manuels, African-American — on the right path academically by providing baseball opportunities. The students come from throughout the Sacramento area to a school recently reopened with the necessary enrollment boost from those in the Jerry Manuel Foundation program. No matter that facilities are modest at best.“It was a gut thing, like, ‘We need a school for these kids,’” Manuel said of a vision that began with getting the players going in travel ball. “I told my son: ‘I need these kids all year round because the education is bigger than travel ball. If they’re not getting that, we’re not doing them a service.’ Here we are.”The Jerry Manuel Foundation draws middle-school students and a small group of ninth-graders to this rural town for baseball that isn’t geared strictly toward winning.The 60-year-old Manuel, Chicago’s 2000 AL Manager of the Year, would love to get back in a big league dugout managing, or even as a bench coach if he found the right fit.“I get withdrawals,” Manuel said. “Spring training, for a manager, is probably his most relaxed time.”But Manuel, who last managed the Mets in 2010, was unwilling to wait around. He considers it his duty to help keep young Black men headed to baseball, not just football or basketball.In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, former Major League Baseball Manager Jerry Manuel, shows Tyler Ewing, the proper way to grip a baseball at the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school in Elverta, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)“It’s a passion for me because I see the lack of participation at the major league level,” Manuel said. “It saddens me. The game will survive. Baseball is a beautiful game, even if they just played it at the Little League level, she’s going to survive. She’s that way. But the level of play is missing out on that dynamic player because he’s going to other sports. We’re leaving this and choosing one sport early, but nobody’s helping them choose baseball. That’s what I’m trying to do.”In addition, Manuel is advising the process of building a new college program at William Jessup University in nearby Rocklin. Playing a role in developing players is paramount for Manuel, who regularly reminds his son winning isn’t everything at this level. These two cherish their time together.Given that Manuel’s demanding major league baseball job kept him on the road for nearly half the year, they have discovered how passionate both are about making a difference.“It’s awesome,” Manuel said. “He was the one in the family that everything was baseball. This is an awesome opportunity for both of us to grow together and for me to pass on what I know without the pressures of winning and losing.”Anthony is the foundation’s head coach and director of baseball operations. He has aspirations of managing himself.“I don’t take anything for granted, I get as much from him as I can,” Anthony said. “We’re not like a normal baseball program. School comes first. My dad makes sure we don’t stray away from that. They’ll have a place to go when they leave.”Each morning, most of the 50 young men are dropped off at Alpha Middle School to take part in Manuel’s program, which received financial support from Sacramento native and former slugger Derrek Lee. The kids and parents don’t pay for anything but getting there.The 31-year-old Anthony, a former minor leaguer now married with two young children, teaches homeroom before students go on to their regular classes. There are regular reminders about Jackie Robinson’s core “nine values” — courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, excellence, commitment. For February’s Black History Month, Anthony discusses an African-American baseball player each day.Tutoring is available, and some students in the first freshman class work independently through their course work on computers.“If you’re not doing well in school, it’s difficult to get on the field,” Manuel said.Eventually, Manuel hopes to receive funding from Major League Baseball for transportation and facilities upgrades. A second field is in the works.The Elverta School Board had hoped to reopen Alpha Middle School but faced financial challenges and other issues.“They get up every morning and they’ve got more of a reason to go to school,” Superintendent Michael Borgaard said. “It’s wonderful to see them succeed. It’s really been one miracle after another.”Tobias Menefee is one. He showed up in the foundation’s “clubhouse” in fall 2012, accompanied by his single mother, Tara Robinson. Manuel decided to give Menefee a chance even though he had never played baseball. He couldn’t catch or throw, didn’t even know how to properly grip a bat.“A lot of people wouldn’t give him a chance,” Anthony said.Fast forward and Menefee is the program’s best player, with a baseball future. In the rain last week, Menefee and fellow 14-year-old prospect Fred Johnson were in the batting cage — built on an old bus turnaround — taking their cuts.“This means, for me, a better chance to have my family be successful in life. I don’t want to struggle in life,” Menefee said. “Like everyone in the world, I want to live with a good financial payment and do all the things I want to do and have a good retirement after. Baseball’s my ticket there.”last_img read more

Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa

Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa

first_imgYoung and old alike got the opportunity to learn and play historical indigenous games for the national 10th annual Indigenous Games Festival, held this week. This festival promotes social cohesion and preserves heritage. Participants also have fun the old school way.Heritage Day, an annual national public holiday, is observed on 24 September. South Africa expands activities throughout the month of September, which has become known as Heritage Month. (Image: Department of Sports and Recreation)Melissa JavanThe 10th annual Indigenous Games Festival, hosted by the national Department of Sport and Recreation, was held to celebrate Heritage Month. The festival ran from 20 to 24 September, in Polokwane, Limpopo.Heritage Day, an annual national public holiday, is observed on 24 September. South Africa expands activities throughout the month of September, which has become known as Heritage Month.The festival was hosted in partnership with the City of Polokwane and the Limpopo department of sport, arts and culture, as well as the national Department of Traditional Affairs.The theme of the occasion was translated as “Our indigenous sport, our heritage: towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South African’s very own sporting codes and heritage”. The mantra “My games, My roots, My future” became the hashtag on social media for the festival, which featured nine sporting codes.Festival aimsAccording to Sports and Recreation, the initiative was a platform for the country’s diverse citizens to reflect on the games’ rich history and their influence on shaping the daily and future interactions of culture. “This is a rich, measurable offering responsive to driving the National Development Plan’s vision of 2030 of driving social cohesion and nation-building through sporting platforms which drive active citizenry participation in sporting codes whose origins are rooted in South African’s rich history, heritage and culture,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula.Watch Mbalula talk about the importance of indigenous games:A gala dinner was held on 20 September and the games were opened on 21 September.The colourful opening was tweeted:#IndigenousGames2015 RT @MbalulaFikile: The streets of Seshego are colorful today #MyGamesMyRootsMyFuture pic.twitter.com/3d7yUB8I1I— Moreku Aphane IG: (@Iam_matome) September 20, 2015Today, in Limpopo we Open the Indigenous Games – pic.twitter.com/ghAejndM0h— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) September 20, 2015Exec. Mayor of Plk: Indigenous Games should promote our own heritage, culture and history. #MyGamesMyRootsMyfuture pic.twitter.com/MI5mq6Fa2e— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) September 19, 2015Exec. Mayor: Freedom was fought, not to destroy us but to bring us together & these games embody that spirit. #MyGamesMyRootsMyfuture— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) September 19, 2015The nine sporting codes at the festival were:DikebeDikebe is a kick-and-run ball game pitting two teams of 12 players each against each other. Each team must have an equal representation of male and female players. Also required is a scorekeeper from each team to count team and individual player runs during the game.The teams take turns to attack and defend. A player from the defending team is deployed in a central role as a roller of the ball and players from the attacking team take turns as kickers as and when they are called out by the roller to do so.Kho-KhoTwo teams of nine players each compete in this running game. The two teams take turns to be runners or chasers. When the game starts, a player from the running team is nominated as the runner and one from the chasing team is selected to chase.MorabarabaMorabaraba is a board game played with two players, each with 12 tokens, also known as “cows”. To distinguish between the opposing players, the tokens must be of different shape or colour.Three squares are drawn on the board inside each other, such that there is an outer square, a middle square and an inner, smallest square. The squares are subdivided into 24 equidistant junctions with straight lines.IintongaTwo sticks are used in this stick-fighting game. A longer stick is used for attacking and a short stick is used for defending. Children can start playing this game from the age of five, upwards.NcuvaNcuva is a board game played by teams of one to six players a side per game. Four rows of four holes each are dug on flat ground or sculpted on to the board to make a total of 16 holes. A line divides the board into two rows of eight holes each.To play, each player uses 32 “cows”, or tokens, made of marula fruit kernels or small stones. The stones are placed in sets of four in the holes for the game to start. Ncuva is one of the nine sporting codes played at the 10th annual Indigenous Games Festival, running from 20 to 24 September 2015. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)JukskeiThis is a target game played by two teams of four each; each team has a leader. The players use skeets made of rubber, wood or other material of between 300mm and 460mm in length, weighing no more than 1.8kg for seniors and 1.1kg for juniors.The aim of the game is to score points by using the skeets to hit targets placed on the field.DiketoDiketo tests one’s hand-eye co-ordination. The game is played with 10 small stones or marbles placed in a round hole, about 5cm deep, and one hand-held ghoen or bigger stone. The game can be played by both girls and boys of any age. Only two players can compete at a time.Drie StokkiesA running and jumping game, drie stokkies pits two teams of five players each against each other. Three sticks are placed on the ground approximately 1m apart. Competing players line up to run and jump over the sticks, stepping only once between the sticks. Participants have to test their running pace and long jump abilities when they take part in drie stokkies. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)KgatiKgati is a skipping rope game wherein several girls can skip the rope simultaneously or one at a time. The skipping rope should not be longer than 5m. Two players swing the rope while the other players take turns to skip.Other activities at the festival included kraal school debates, traditional council court, and cultural exhibitions.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round of Indonesia Open

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round of Indonesia Open

first_imgTop Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth on Wednesday progressed to the second round of the $1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament after winning their respective opening-round matches.Fifth-seeded Sindhu had to fight it out against Japan’s Aya Ohori as she came from a game behind to win 11-21, 21-15, 21-15 in a match that lasted almost an hour.In the men’s singles event, world no 9 Kidambi Srikanth found it relatively easy as he went past Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the contest that lasted for 38 minutes.Earlier on Tuesday, India had a good opening day as two doubles pairs entered the second round of the competition. The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19 18-21 21-19 in their opening match. The world no. 20 Indian pair will face Indonesian top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo next.In the mixed doubles event, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy edged out Netherlands’ Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek 25-23, 16-21, 21-19 to set up second-round contest against top seeds Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong of China.However, there was disappointment in the women’s doubles event as Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy went down 20-22, 22-20, 20-22 to Malaysian combination of Vivian Hoo and Yap Cheng Wen.Also Read | Viktor Axelsen says he is taking an indefinite break from badmintonAlso See:last_img read more