Al-Wasat columnist arrested

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Men’s basketball: What Badgers will miss if Hayes decides to go pro

first_imgFor collegiate basketball players, the allure of the NBA is tantalizing. Reaching that level is what many have been working toward for their entire lives and with recent NCAA rule changes, that dream is even closer.In prior years, declaring for the NBA draft was a riskier decision since players had to declare before the National Letter of Intent period opened. This year, it will begin on April 13 — almost a full month before the NBA Draft Combine, which is set to begin on May 11.Thanks to the ratification of recent proposals, NCAA players now have the ability to rescind their name from the list for up to 10 days after the conclusion of the draft combine on May 15. This allows players to receive feedback from professional scouts and organization members on their draft stock, while still maintaining eligibility to play NCAA-sanctioned games as long as they rescind their name from consideration within the 10-day period.It’s a no-lose situation for talented players, especially for Wisconsin men’s basketball’s Nigel Hayes.Greg Gard on Nigel Hayes and the NBA: We’re going to submit his name to the advisory committee. Then from there he’ll decide about entry.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 5, 2016Hayes’ junior season wasn’t as stellar as many had speculated, but by no means was his play bad either. Partaking in the combine and receiving feedback on his draft stock is the smartest decision for a player of his caliber since there is professional interest.There is a good chance Hayes returns to Wisconsin for his senior season, but if he does decide to leave, there is a lot the Badgers will be missing.The scoring has to come from someoneHayes was called upon to do a bit more than he could handle on his own this season, which contributed to his decreased shooting percentage compared to his first two seasons.While the junior scored a career and team-high 15.7 points per game this season, his shooting percentage took a massive hit and dropped from 49.7 percent last season to 36.8 percent this season. Hayes often drew double-teams on offense but was still called upon at-large during games.Wisconsin averaged 67.8 points per game, and Hayes, who played every game, contributed 23 percent of that average with his 15.7 points. Compared to the top scorers on every team that made the Elite Eight of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Hayes scored the fourth-highest percentage of his team’s points, which places him in the middle of that pack.Eric GoldsobelSuccessful teams need a scorer, and Hayes was often called on for the job due to the team’s poor shooting performance at times this season — the Badgers shot under 43 percent, 16 times this season.Hayes was the Badgers’ leading scorer 14 times this season, five more times than both Koenig and Happ, but most interesting is the time periods during which he strung together consecutive games as leading scorer. During head coach Greg Gard’s first 11 games, he was leading scorer nine times and tasked with jumpstarting the team’s offense.The amount of times Hayes was fed the ball forced the junior to attempt a team-high 438 field goals this season — 53 more than second-place Bronson Koenig and 135 more than third-place Ethan Happ. Defenders then knew where the shots would be coming from and prepared to divert special attention on stopping Hayes.Hayes’ shooting this season suffered because of this, but when shots weren’t falling, he showcased just how special of a player he is by driving to the basket and drawing fouls. During Hayes’ 15-highest free throw scoring games, he shot 40 percent or less nine different times.Hayes attempted 244 free throws during 2015-16, which was the 14th-highest total in NCAA Division I play — off the dribble, he’s tough to defend.Hayes also leads the team in assists (104), but is prone to turnovers (79), which he leads the team in as well. But these two statistics point further to how much Hayes had the ball in his hands during the season.A diverse skillsetDespite his size, Hayes is nimble and his perimeter defense helped the Badgers’ stingy defense this season.Wisconsin’s opponents averaged just 63.8 points per game this season, the 17th-lowest average in NCAA Division I play. Hayes was no small part of that, with 39 steals and 14 blocks.But Hayes’ defensive contributions go beyond the box score, and he was also commonly tasked with defending a team’s best player this season, which included having to guard the likes of both AP National Player of the Year in Michigan State’s Denzel Washington and the Naismith College Player of the Year in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield.last_img read more

LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin not yet ready to return

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As in, his memory is becoming shorter.“I miss a couple of shots, I don’t care,” he said. “I’m going to come down and if I have the next one, I’ll take it. If I see a pass and it gets stolen, if the pass is there, I’m going to throw it again. I’m just playing now, with full confidence.”Rivers is a terrific defender. When he’s on there, his offense is better.“Defense has been leading to my offense,” he said. “Me getting steals and rebounds and when I get stops, it gets me pumped up. Just gets the energy going and it just flows right over to offense for me. So I Just try to focus every night on being a two-way player.”Paul chimes inPoint guard Chris Paul has noticed the ongoing development of Rivers, who is just 23.“I think he’s just playing with confidence,” Paul said. “You have those spurts during the season where I think a lot of our guys on our team have a lot more confidence sometimes in him than he has in himself. So it’s great to see him playing with that aggressive mind-set.”That Rivers is doing it on both ends of the court makes him even more valuable, Paul intimated.“I think when he comes in with that defensive mind-set, because he’s one of our stoppers – he’s one of our elite defenders – I think sometimes your defense can help your offense,” Paul said.UpcomingThe Clippers close out this five-game homestand with games Saturday against Sacramento and Monday against Houston. The Clippers will then embark on a five-game road trip with stops at Cleveland, New York, Toronto, Indiana and Atlanta. Growing confidenceAustin Rivers was averaging 8.3 points on the season prior to the Miami game. But the Clippers’ reserve guard was averaging 13.2 over the previous seven games since missing three with a sprained ankle.Rivers has spoke often this season about the work he put in over the summer. It sounds like he’s finally happy with the dividends it’s paying.“Those couple of days I didn’t play, I just had time to reflect and just think about stuff and I just realized that I just need to do what I’ve worked on and just go out there and just be confident,” said Rivers, who has had games of 22 and 26 points during the aforementioned stretch. “Just go back to being myself, man, have fun.“And once I started doing that, (I’m) just playing now, you know what I mean? Now there is no more thinking anymore, no more questioning stuff.”center_img Including Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin has missed nine consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. It sounds like he’s going to be out a while longer.“He’s running, which is nice and he looked great yesterday just moving around the gym,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before tipoff against the Heat. “But I think this thing is going to take time, if you want me to be honest. And I don’t know what that actually means.“But I don’t think we should look for him any time soon.”The Clippers entered play Wednesday with a nine-game winning streak, all but the first of those games without Griffin.last_img read more

Overtime

first_img:10 I call upon the might of The Mighty Thor, the X-Factor of the X-Men, the web juice of Spider Man, Batman … Superman … Green Hornet … Green Lantern or for that matter Mr. Green Jeans … all y’all … drop a comic book bomb on the Miami Heat and save what’s left of my basketball dignity. I am holding tight … the Mavs in six, take it to the Bank!!! :09 Is it me or are there never any R&B groups performing after a Pirates’ game. Just Rock & Roll and Country. I am just asking!!! :08 Derek Jeter will hit number 3,000 next week. He only needs nine hits to become the 20th player in history to do so. As amazing as that is, New York is still not happy with him. No matter what you just can’t please everybody.:07 President Fred Crawford I’ll see you Saturday …. you know!:06 “Tiger” will be back and he will beat Jack Nicklaus’ majors record. He just needs time to re-group both mentally, physically and emotionally. The time he’s taking now is the time he should have taken before rushing back.:05 Don’t feel sorry for LeBron. He made the predictions for eight (8) titles not me. The moral of this story … unless your name is “Ali” or “Namath” don’t make predictions.:04 Mike Tyson went in the Boxing Hall of Fame last week and that’s all I am saying. No wise cracks here cause Mike is still crazy … you don’t just get rid of crazy just like that because you’re in a movie or two … c’mon man !!!:03 I thought Lance Armstrong did this, that and the other and was the drug kingpin of the world!!! People, and you know who you are, stop saying stuff you can’t prove please!:02 Still think “Dirk” can’t play? Remember when you Schenley and Fifth Avenue Ballers said Bird couldn’t play?? SHUT UP … “Dirk” can play. And what about the Mavs’ defense? Nobody wants to talk about that.:01 Get ready it will be here before you know it. First Friday presented by Five Starr, July 1 at the Club Health and Fitness in Monroeville and it’s Nadine’s birthday!! You can bring your birthday par-tay to our par-pay too. Just call Five Starr at 412-628-4856.“DOUBLE OVERTIME“:00 By now you should know that the Highland Park Tennis Association (HPTA) is doing a fantastic job providing free tennis clinics for our area youth and adults as well. You can join the fun too. Just go down to the Highland Park Tennis Courts every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am. HPTA is joined by CitiParks and Champion Enterprises in providing this quality program.“TRIPLE OVERTIME”My column goes to final edit on Sunday at 12 noon. When you get this in print I already made my prediction same as you. I am sticking to my guns … The Dallas Mavs in six (6)! “GAME OVER” BILL NEALlast_img read more

The North Face and Alpine Experience Present Mission Antarctica with Xavier…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Alpine Experience The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Xavier de le Rue will come to Olympia, Washington, as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.Professional snowboarder Xavier de le Rue will recount his latest expedition to Antarctica to Olympia residents on October 15. In Mission Antarctica, presented by The North Face and Alpine Experience, he will discuss skiing the steepest lines and crossing the roughest seas of the world’s most untouched continent.A French native, Xavier is a true mountain man. His love for the less touched terrains began at a young age when he began snowboarding and climbing in the Alps. This core passion for the mountains has launched his mission to push the boundaries of snowboarding ever since.The presentation will take place at The State Theater at 202 4th Ave. East, Olympia, WA  98501, beginning at 7:00 p.m.The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00.  A reception at The State Theater for all ticket-holders will begin after the show at 8:15 p.m. and includes autograph-signing and meet-and-greet with Xavier.  The reception will raise funds and awareness for The PARC Foundation.The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place October 2 through December 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please click here.last_img read more

Capital Lakefair Celebrates 57 Years

first_imgSubmitted by The Port of OlympiaGreat eats, carnival fun, a grand parade and amazing fireworks are among the highlights of Capital Lakefair, July 16-20, in downtown Olympia. The Port is proud to be a partner in this exciting community festival.Great Eats! All the food vendors on Water Street are local non-profit organizations. So when you choose delicious fair food, you help support your community. Lakefair is the biggest fundraiser of the year for some of these groups. Open daily at noon.Funtastic Carnival! Kids of all ages enjoy carnival games and thrilling rides, from the fast-moving scrambler to the easy-going carousel. On Thursday, July 17, a $35 wristband will give you unlimited rides on that day, plus 2 free games. Open daily at noon.A Grand Parade! One of the largest parades in the South Sound, Lakefair features around 100 entries including colorful floats and performers from around the Northwest, and representatives of our U.S. Military. Saturday, July 19, 5:00 PM.Spectacular Fireworks! The Grand Finale Fireworks over Capital Lake are a long-time tradition for community members and visitors alike. Brilliant colors, patterns and special effects promise the ultimate in fireworks entertainment. Sunday, July 20, 10 PM.There’s more!  Live Music every day, Arts & Crafts on Water Street, Car Show on Friday, Lakefair Run on Saturday, etc. For information: www.lakefair.org. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Another year, another crop of players at the NMHA Novice Tournament

first_imgThe tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action. Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.last_img read more

Big-game Brooks: Koepka has 4 wins on tour, 3 majors

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs And it goes deeper than that.He has finished among the top 15 in 12 of the last majors he has played, dating to a tie for fourth in his U.S. Open debut at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“More attention to detail, more mentally focused, more … every shot really, really means something, ” he said about his major performances. “Everyone on my team says I act a little different, the way I approach it. It’s very down to a routine this week, and other weeks … not saying I vary from the routine, but it’s much more disciplined.”One oddity about his record is the low number of other victories, though it’s not as skewed as it seems considering his background. “There’s only one thing that would surprise me about Tiger’s game, and that’s if all of a sudden he becomes a great driver of the golf ball.” — Hank Haney on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I want to make sure I have five vice captains there,” Furyk said. “That’s what we’re allowed, and I see a lot of value in having all five there.”Then again, Furyk says Woods plays a big role no matter what his position.“Tiger’s been a vice captain in the team room as a player. He serves that role in either direction,” Furyk said. “His value … he’s priceless, to be honest with you.”MAJOR RECORDSThe British Open gets the distinction of being the only major this year where a significant scoring record was not set or tied.The PGA Championship led the way at soft Bellerive Country Club, where Gary Woodland set the 36-hole tournament record at 130, and Brooks Koepka set the 72-hole record at 264. Both scores tied major championship records — 130 is the record at the Masters (Jordan Spieth), U.S. Open (Martin Kaymer) and British Open (Brandt Snedeker, Nick Faldo).Koepka and Charl Schwartzel tied the PGA Championship record with 63. Fourteen players had shot 63 previously in the PGA. Also, Tony Finau tied Gary Player’s record in the PGA by making 10 birdies in one round. And if that wasn’t enough, Ben Kern shot 277 to set the PGA record for club pros.At the Masters, Spieth tied the record for lowest final round with a 64. Gary Player also shot 64 in 1978 when he rallied to win. Spieth finished third. It’s also worth noting that the final round at the Masters set a record for most rounds at par or better (42), most subpar rounds (34) and most rounds in the 60s (19).And at the U.S. Open, Tommy Fleetwood tied the 18-hole record with a 63. It was only the sixth such score at the U.S. Open, and second in two years. Justin Thomas had a 63 at Erin Hills last year, which played as a par 72.GRAND SLAMMED Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img One year after his Masters victory, Sergio Garcia was the only player to miss the cut in all four majors.It wasn’t just the majors.The PGA Championship was the seventh time that Garcia missed a cut this year, the most of a career that began in 1999. But it was one shot from looking very different. Bellerive also was the fourth time this year the Spaniard missed the cut by one shot.He now goes to the Wyndham Championship this week at No. 131 in the FedEx Cup, needing to at least make the cut — and then do more — to finish among the top 125 and qualifying for the playoffs. He has never missed them since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.And to think Garcia began the season with a victory in the Singapore Open.Also in jeopardy is a spot on the Ryder Cup team for Europe. He likely would have to win the Wyndham Championship to move into the four spots from the world ranking points that qualify for the team. He is too far behind on the European Tour points list, which is based on money. Garcia has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1999 except 2010, when he served as a vice captain.FURYK’S HELPTiger Woods will either be a vice captain or a player at the Ryder Cup, but not both.At least in name.U.S. captain Jim Furyk already had picked Woods and Steve Stricker as his vice captains in late February. Since then, Woods has moved up to No. 11 in the standings and appears certain to be a pick. Woods has said he would like to do both, though Furyk said if Woods is a captain’s pick, then he will take another assistant captain. Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ST. LOUIS — Just call him big-game Brooks.Not even Brooks Koepka can explain why he plays some of his best golf at the biggest events. The PGA Championship not only was his third major, he won two of the three majors he played this year and three of his last six.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth is 0 for 2 in his bid to complete the career Grand Slam. He’s also 0 for 26 in his last PGA Tour starts, dating to his British Open victory last summer at Royal Birkdale.Spieth keeps thinking his best stuff is around the corner. He closed with a 66, despite a double bogey on the par-3 sixth hole with a tee shot in the water. He also had a triple bogey on Saturday in his round of 69, and he opened the PGA Championship with a double bogey.“Minus a couple of tee shots, I had a chance to win this thing with what felt like not my A-game,” Spieth said. “The putting was phenomenal. And the rest of the game is moving in the right direction. So it’s good to have a test like this.”Spieth is No. 40 in the FedEx Cup and should be in reasonable shape for the first three playoff events. He still has work to do to earn a spot in the Tour Championship.“I’ve got a week off now to nail it in and feel like I step into the playoffs with my game in the best shape it’s been this entire year,” Spieth said.DIVOTSRickie Fowler and Marc Leishman are the only players to have made the cut in all four majors each of the last two seasons. … The 266 by Tiger Woods at Bellerive would have won or forced a playoff in all but three PGA Championships since it switched to stroke play in 1958. … Tony Finau got into the record book at two majors this year for his birdies. His six straight birdies in the fourth round of the Masters was second behind only Woods and Steve Pate (seven), and his 10 birdies at the PGA Championship tied the record for most in a round held by Gary Player. … Kenny Perry, 58, is the only PGA Tour Champions player averaging more than 300 yards off the tee (301.1). … Brooks Koepka now has won two majors with scoring records. He tied Rory McIlroy for most under par (16 under) at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he set the PGA Championship record (264) at Bellerive. … Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says he will call every player under consideration for a captain’s pick to let them know his decision. Furyk never received a call from Fred Couples when he was left off the 2013 Presidents Cup team, ending his appearance on 15 straight teams.STAT OF THE WEEKBen Kern set the PGA Championship record for club pros with a 277 to tie for 42nd at Bellerive. The previous record was 279 by Jimmy Wright, who finished fourth in the 1969 PGA Championship at NCR Country Club, three shots behind Raymond Floyd.FINAL WORD Messi to skip Argentina friendlies – reports ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On the PGA Tour, Koepka now has four victories — the Phoenix Open and three majors.Koepka began his career on the Challenge Tour, winning three times in 2013 to earn a European Tour card. He also won the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and he has back-to-back titles in the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour. He won last year by nine shots over Xander Schauffele.Larry Nelson’s third major was his eighth PGA Tour title. Nelson had the fewest victories of those with at least three majors (since World War II) until Koepka.Jordan Spieth’s third major was his 11th win on the PGA Tour. Payne Stewart’s third major also was his 11th victory on the PGA Tour. Nick Price had 14 titles on the PGA Tour when he won his third major, while Hale Irwin had 18 wins when he captured his third U.S. Open.SERGIO’S SWOONADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Fort St. John a lightning hot spot in BC, meteorologist says

first_imgThis week is Lightning Safety Week in Canada, and as we prepare to head into another summer outdoor recreation season, Environment Canada warns lightning awareness becomes very important, and that’s particularly true in this area.“Summer is really the peak of lightning activity in canada… and Fort St. John is actually a lightning hotspot in BC second only to Cranbrook,” said meteorologist Matt McDonald.“Fort St. John gets about 800 lightning strikes a year.”- Advertisement -Last year there was more than a dozen strike victims across the country. McDonald says there’s a common misconception that most injuries and fatalities are caused by direct strike.“If a nearby tree or nearby building might get struck by lightning and the electricity travels through the ground and people end up getting struck by ground current or what we call a side flash,” McDonald said.“So the lightning will strike some random object… and the lightning will actually jump from that object to a person nearby.”Advertisement And then there are the questions of protection and injury prevention and/or response.“We recommend that people stay in shelter for a good 20-30 minutes after last lightning strike,” McDonald said.“Indoors is really the safest place you can be. If you can’t get inside, then we recommend assuming the lightning safety position, which is crouching up in a little ball and keeping your two feet together because that will reduce the charge potential through your body.”If you see someone be struck by lightning, McDonald says to call 911 right away. If you are trained in CPR, you want to administer that right away, he says.Advertisement “There’s incredible amounts of electricity of energy in a bolt of lightning and its something not to take lightly,” said McDonald.“If you could capture the amount of energy in a lightning strike you could power a house for an entire month.”last_img read more

Calls for women who take time off work for abortion to get full pay

first_imgThomas Pringle has called for full pay for women when they take time off work to have an abortion.The Donegal Deputy said an existing maternity and infant scheme could be extended to grant leave to women planning a termination.The scheme enables pregnant women to free visits with their GP and obstetrician.They are legally entitled to paid time off for antenatal appointments under Maternity Protection Acts. It is believed that most workers planning terminations since abortion services were rolled out got a doctor’s cert and took sick leave.But this can leave many facing a dramatic fall in income, as employers are not obliged to fund their wages.This could leave many dependent on the social welfare Illness Benefit payment of up to €198 a week, once they have made enough social insurance contributions.Mr Pringle said it would make sense to extend an existing maternity scheme rather than trying to come up with a new one. “Ultimately, it’s the only way to ensure full pay because some employers don’t pay sick pay at all,” he told the Independent.ie.“Some mechanism needs to be set up to ensure they get some form of sick pay.”Irish Congress of Trade Unions equality officer David Joyce said the union umbrella body does not have a policy on the issue as abortion services have just started.“I understand that in the UK, the normal sick leave arrangements apply,” he said. “As there is no right under employment law here to be paid while on sick leave, that could be a serious deterrent to staying out of work – in particular for lower-paid women.”He described Mr Pringle’s proposals as interesting.Ibec director of employer relations Maeve McElwee said extending the scheme might cause problems for women as they would have to disclose they are pregnant.“Most doctors’ certs will simply say there is a medical illness, and employers will never know what that was,” she said. Calls for women who take time off work for abortion to get full pay was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abortiondonegal womenlast_img read more