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Harrogate Golf Club commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf

first_img Harrogate Golf Club in Yorkshire has become the latest English club to sign up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.The club already has 85 women and girl members and it has committed to increasing that membership level by at least five per cent over the next three years.They aim to provide a welcoming environment to encourage more women and girls to enjoy the sport and to participate at every level.“Harrogate Golf Club has been at the forefront in golf since its inception in 1892 and is a founder member of The Yorkshire Union of Golf Club,” said club President, Alastair Davidson. “More recently, it was the first club in Yorkshire to gain Golf Mark accreditation, so it is no surprise the club is rising to the challenge of encouraging female participation in all levels of golf.“Over the last couple of years, we have introduced nine-hole Stableford competitions which are open to all genders and we have reviewed our competition structure so that seven-day lady members can play in the monthly medal competitions on Saturdays.“We have a thriving Mixed Section and run competitions such as Texas Scrambles where members from all sections (Men, Ladies and Juniors) play together in the same team. As part of our drive to be more inclusive we have also introduced a shorter 18-hole course called the Belmont which will soon be available for qualifying competitions.”Harrogate has named its immediate past captains, Maggie Gobbi and William Watson, as its Women in Golf Champions and both have already been working with the current Captains and Captains Elect to formulise the club’s commitment to the Women in Golf Charter moving forwards.Maggie, who has been a member at Harrogate for 12 years and has a handicap of 22, is working with the club’s professionals to promote a series of trial packages for beginner ladies and, with the support of the Ladies Section, is arranging social and practice sessions for the participants. 22-handicapper, William, a club member for 34 years, is helping the Junior Co-ordinator with efforts to build up the Junior Section.“It’s been fantastic to work with Harrogate on the Women in Golf Charter and to see how they have addressed a variety of aspects within the club from their initial recruitment campaigns through to the female representation on boards. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming year to ensure their commitments are a success,” said England Golf’s Women and Girls Manager, Lauren Spray.The Women in Golf Charter was launched last year to encourage more women and girls to play the game and to increase the number of job opportunities for women within the sport. England Golf was one of the first signatories to the Charter and subsequently more than 100 organisations have committed to it.For more information on the Women in Golf Charter please click here or get in touch with your England Golf Club Support Officer.Picture Caption (L to R) – Club President Alastair Davidson and its Women in Golf Champions Maggie Gobbi and William Watson. 16 Jul 2019 Harrogate Golf Club commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf Tags: The R&A, women and girls, Women in Golf Charterlast_img read more

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first_img:09 Rarely do you see fast and quick in the same body but Mike Wallace is just that and he has “2” Speeds …Fast…and fast as he needs to be!:08 I am still trying to figure out why “they” spent $500 million on a new arena and then play the hockey game outside, huh?:07 Phone call for Mike Haywood Phone call for Mike Haywood…Mr. Haywood…Hey, anybody seen Mike, he was here just a minute ago…:06 I still got the Celtics to win the East…(please fellas make me look good) have you noticed if one of the Heat’s Big Three Go Down they can’t win. “Boston Shaq” is back. Boston wins, “Take It To The Bank”:05 Alright “Magic Mike” Williams, I am gonna clean this up for ya. Add these to the Top 10 point guards list:•The late great ….great Larry “Byrd” Richerdson•The late great George Harvey (Stop on a dime and would kill you!)•Gil Cummings (Nobody’s scored more City League points!!)• David “Dr. Death” Trent (Nuff said)•Chip Harris (New Ken’s finest will steal the ball and your socks and you won’t know they’re gone.)•Thomas “June Bug” Howard (C’mon Neal…That was your boy) Anybody else missed? Call me—412-628-4856.:04 Speaking of corrections (Yeah, every now and then I miss one or two). If I ever do a Top 10 Dunk List again and not put Lenny Morant on the list, take me to a bridge and hang me by my Chuck Taylors! (sorry Lenny):03 An NBA team in Pittsburgh. Is it just me or do we get every other team known to sports in this city but NBA basketball? Cleveland and Jersey can do big time hoops, but we can’t…C’mon man! Unless somebody or some groups of somebodys don’t want a NBA team here because? (I’m just saying).:02 Can some public official in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County say thank you to the Champions Association for 35 years of dedicated public service. Not to Bill Neal, but to the Champions and the hundreds of volunteers that helped make Pittsburgh, and most specifically the inner city, a better and safer place to live. Consider this:•35 consecutive years, 25 programs a year•Nationally recognized Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League•Nationally recognized Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic•5 state recognized programs•The state’s first “Midnight to 6 a.m.” basketball camp•17 W. Pa., Pittsburgh & Allegheny County programs•3 radio sports shows, 2 TV sports shows•Average 25, 000 annually served•Average 10,000 youth annually served•Thousands of youth kept off the streets every year for 35 years…C’mon man!:01 Go see “The Fighter,” best boxing movie since “Ali.” Good movie and a true story.Double Overtime:00 Halle Berry is finer than Frogs Hair! (Thank you Coach Larry Anderson)“Game Over”Happy New Year, Everybody! BILL NEAL :10 By the time you read this the Steelers have beat the Jets, Jets, Jets, 24-14 and are on their way to beat the Green Bay Packers in a Historic Super Bowl.last_img read more

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Raise The Jolly Roger! Pirates clinch 1st playoff berth in 21 years

first_imgHome plate umpire Mike DiMuro calls Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz out at home as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin shows DiMuro the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  by Andrew SeligmanAP Sports WriterCHICAGO (AP) — The long wait is over, Pittsburgh. Your Pirates are finally headed back to the postseason.After a 21-year absence, the Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.Now, they can turn their attention toward bigger goals, the kind that seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream through all those losing seasons. Starling Marte celebrates his home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg during the ninth inning, Sept. 23, in Chicago. The home run gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)“Even though I didn’t lose for the last 20 years, they make you feel like you are. You feel like you lost those 20 years,” Andrew McCutchen said. “That’s all you hear. You hear it every single day — ‘When’s it going to change? You think this is the year?’ You get sick and tired of hearing that. It’s awesome that there won’t be any questions anymore. The question is, ‘Are we going to be able to go farther?’”It will be Pittsburgh’s first trip to the postseason since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92. Bonds then left for San Francisco as a free agent, and the small-budget Pirates piled up 20 consecutive losing records — the longest streak in the four major professional sports.Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, and the Pirates threw out a runner at the plate for the final out.Starling Marte, left, celebrates with teammates after the Pirates clinched a post season berth with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs, Sept. 23, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Pirates sprayed each other with bubbly and beer and sparkling cider in the visitors’ clubhouse once St. Louis’ 4-3 win over the Nationals became final.The Cincinnati Reds also clinched at least a wild-card berth, when they beat the New York Mets 3-2 in 10 innings. The Pirates and Reds, both 90-67, trail St. Louis by two games in the NL Central with five to go.Pittsburgh players sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” They chanted “MVP! MVP!” while dousing McCutchen. They took pictures and manager Clint Hurdle had them gather for a group photo in the middle of the cramped visitors’ clubhouse.“The people of Pittsburgh have been waiting a long time,” said Neil Walker, who homered.The Pirates snapped a 1-all tie when Marte sent a drive off Kevin Gregg (2-6) with two outs in the ninth into the left field bleachers.In a fitting coincidence, they then preserved the victory on the final out in a play at the plate.McCutchen, the center fielder, picked up Ryan Sweeney’s bloop single after right fielder Marlon Byrd failed in trying to scoop up the ball and threw to first baseman Justin Morneau, positioned just in front of the pitcher’s mound. Morneau caught the throw on one hop and made the relay to catcher Russell Martin, who applied the tag on Nate Schierholtz trying to score from first base.Still on his knees, Martin held the ball over his head in jubilation. Then, he was embraced by closer Jason Grilli before heaving the ball toward deep left field as the Pirates celebrated near the mound. Grilli escaped with his 32nd save in 34 chances.“Twenty-one years since we popped Champagne in a Pirates clubhouse — and we’re acting like it’s been a long time,” Hurdle said. “The hard work, the fun. I’m just proud of each and every man in here, the fans they represent, ownership, general manager, president … the scouts, players. This has been a group effort for a long time.”The Pirates’ last trip to the playoffs ended with Atlanta’s Sid Bream sliding home with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1992 NL championship series.The Cubs tied it in the eighth off Mark Melancon (3-2).Marte’s 12th homer set off loud boos for Gregg (2-6), who was almost released last week after going on a rant to reporters when he thought he had lost the closer’s job to Pedro Strop.Walker homered against Jeff Samardzija in the first to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead, and Charlie Morton pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings before the Cubs tied it against Melancon.Brian Bogusevic led off the eighth with a single, his second hit, and moved up on a groundout by Darwin Barney. Then, after a wild pitch, he scored the tying run on a single by pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy.That spoiled a terrific start for Morton, who struck out five and walked one.Samardzija was almost as good, allowing one run and five hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked four after going 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in his previous four starts.He pitched seven solid innings against Milwaukee last week but got into a disagreement with third base coach David Bell over defensive positioning in the dugout.Samardzija’s only blemish in this one came when Walker drove a 1-1 pitch out to left-center with one out in the first.With the long ball, Walker matched a career high of 14 set last season. He has four homers in the past five games.Samardzija settled down after that but got little support as the Cubs lost for the 10th time in 13 games. It was also the second straight day an opponent celebrated at Wrigley Field.Atlanta clinched the NL East on Sunday, and this time, it was the Pirates’ turn to party.“That’s what we need to do,” Samardzija said. “I think we’re getting there, but we need to get some things ironed out.”The Pirates finally have it figured out. Now, they’re playoff-bound.NOTES: Hurdle said he hasn’t set his rotation for the final series against Cincinnati, beyond A.J. Burnett starting on Friday. He would not say if struggling All-Star Jeff Locke will make his scheduled start on Saturday. The left-hander got roughed up by the Reds in Sunday’s loss and is 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA since the All-Star break. “We are just having those conversations,” Hurdle said when asked about Locke’s status. … Martin was in the Pirates’ lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with soreness in his left knee, an issue he’s been dealing with since late July. Martin said he was feeling better and that the Pirates would “have to fight to try to get me out of the lineup.” … RHP Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.23 ERA) starts Tuesday for Pittsburgh, with LHP Chris Rusin (2-5, 3.52) going for Chicago.last_img read more

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Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James poses during NBA basketball team’s media day in this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo taken in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state’s motorists the chance to score a license plate honoring LeBron James.State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative “LeBron James Witness 2.0” plate honoring the Akron native’s decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.“When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us,” said the Democrat from Cleveland. “It might not be for the rest of the world, but it’s a big deal for Cleveland.”James, a four-time NBA most valuable player, was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003 but left town for Miami after seven seasons. Last month, he announced he would re-sign with Cleveland.The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers more than 150 specialty plates, including one that Patmon pushed through the Legislature that honors comic book hero Superman. The Man of Steel was created by two Clevelanders, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who grew up in the Glenville neighborhood that Patmon represents.“People from all over country and world called (the BMV) office about the Superman license plate,” Patmon said.Unfortunately for Superman’s out-of-state and international fans, they would have to register a vehicle in Ohio to get a plate, although Patmon thinks there’s an “after-market” for them as there would be for a LeBron James plate.The state currently does not offer any license plates commemorating a real person, dead or alive. Lindsey Bohrer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio BMV, is not aware that the state has ever had one.Ohio does have plates for more than two dozen Ohio colleges or universities, 40 with military themes, seven for professional sports teams and more than 80 others that tell let the motoring world know you are a prospective organ donor, an Eagle Scout or a “Friend of Coal.”The motor vehicle bureau charges $35 for most specialty plates plus an agreed-to amount that goes to charity. For example, a breast cancer awareness plate adorned with a pink ribbon, generates $25 for the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio.Patmon wants the LeBron James Family Foundation to receive the additional cost those plates would generate. He said he has spoken to James’ representatives.last_img read more

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James Conner’s the real deal, and Swin Cash’s tournament is coming! (Sept. 19)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—I’ll start you off as I always do. Black people…Hispanic people…and all of our wonderful women. It’s time to Stop-The-Madness!!! Let’s bring the Trump train to a crashing STOP! Vote mid-term, vote general, JUST VOTE!!!:09—Enormous condolences to my “lifelong Brother,” Dwight Law, for the passing of his dear mother…and my second mother…Thelma Law. A wonderful life lived.:08—I know I am in the minority. I also know that Le’Veon Bell is playing the cards they dealt him. But look, I am old school, like a mug. In the offseason, get a zillion dollars if you can…preseason, get a couple zillion more. But when it’s showtime, I want everybody on deck. I don’t want you messing with my legacy or my playoff and/or Super Bowl money. I say un-ring that Bell! Send Le’Veon packin’. I am just sayin’.JAMES CONNER makes a one-handed catch during the game against the Chiefs, Sept. 16.:07—By the way, here’s why that’s an easy call. Some of you have forgotten and some of you just don’t know, but, James Conner is the real deal. The legend that is Tony Dorsett…aka the greatest college running back in history…6,526 yards rushing. #2 in Pitt history? Yep, you guessed it. James Conner with 3,733 yards, ahead of Ray Graham, Curvin Richards, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Dion Lewis, LeSean “Shady” McCoy, Billy West, Elliott Walker and —and — and Curtis “Hall of Fame” Martin…and, oh yea, he beat cancer…Now shut up!:06—I guess you know that without the members of “The Locker Room” I would just be another handsome, talented, creative sports writer. But it’s the Locker Room cats that made me famous. A tip of the cap to our latest inductee into the Locker Room —Brother Solomon White, a South Hills High School graduate (won’t hold that against him). Keep on reading, S.W.:05—A big shoutout to good brother Reggie Smith. He’s been doing major work with our kids for the better part of 20 years here in the Burgh. Nothing has changed for this former Pitt football star. He’s teamed up with hometown lady and WNBA star Swin Cash to host “Cash for Kids Middle School Basketball Tournament” for Boys and Girls on Sept. 29th & 30th at McKeesport Senior High School. Teams can still enter. For information, contact Reggie Smith at rsmith@swincash.com.:04—Just look over there…no, over there, to the right…you should see a promotion on this page about “The Great Savoy Car Cruise and Show” to benefit disadvantaged kids.:03—There’s a reason it’s called “Best of the Batch.” It’s because he’s recognized as one of the best professional athletes to give back to the community. The fact that he’s a Pittsburgh guy only makes it better. A Black and Gold thank you to Charlie Batch and the Best of the Batch Foundation for their very generous donation to the Champions/Great Savoy Car Cruise and Show. And a tremendous thank you to the fabulous Yasmin Shaheed for her support to help make it happen.:02 —Yea, I am at my spot. It’s Sunday, the Steelers are playing, why wouldn’t I be at my spot? But I gotta tell ya, from where I sit I don’t like what I see. The boys are back in town, but, it looks like they left their game in Cleveland. The defense…oh boy…terrible. Down 21 points to the Chiefs that fast! Now the Steelers are 0-1-1 and Tampa Bay is next, and they’re 2-0…:01—Coming Soon…The 5th Anniversary Edition of the Pittsburgh City League All Sports Hall of Fame Inductions on Friday, Nov. 2. There’s a welcome home reception, followed by the City League Hall of Fame inductions the next night. Give me a call at 412-628-4856 for all the information, such as locations, times, etc. What I can say in this column is that there are 40 total inductees, so please plan for an incredible evening.Recognition of the Fallen HeroesBob Harrison—WestNate Smith—SouthRock Figerelli—CarrickDerrick Moore—AllderdiceDiAndre Smith—BrashearJeff Knoxx—OliverTyke Branch—LangleyLevi Doswell—WestRip Nixon—WestSenior Legends of the CityRalph McDaniels—PeabodyLen Gallo—WestRay Hooper—South HillsDave Jetter—WestFrank Batista—WestVirgil Bocheli—WestCoaches of the GamePat Carmack—LangleyHoward Bullard—AllderdiceJim Kahn—PeabodyBill Cooper—CarrickDebbie Lewis—SchenleyKathy Olesak—SchenleyHall of Fame TeamThe 1988–89 Perry Traditional Academy City League and State Champion Football TeamFuture Stars High School Student Athletes Award (TBA):00—Next week, I’ll announce the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. “City League, It’s Your Time, It’s Your Turn!”last_img read more

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Falcons vs. Steelers, Oct. 7 — Steelers must start fast, Conner must be a focal point (Mike Pelaia’s preview)

first_imgThe 1-3 Falcons come to Heinz Field on Sunday, Oct. 7, to face the surprisingly bad 1-2-1 Steelers. It’s a game that both teams need to have. The loser will be facing a massive uphill climb the rest of the season just in order to sniff the playoffs.It will be a game that features two high-powered offenses against two very susceptible defenses. Who will come out on top?Here are the keys to the game.The Steelers Need To Start FastThe Black and Gold have been bad at home this year and in the playoffs last year. They haven’t scored a first quarter point at home since last December, they’ve been down a combined 35-0 at home in the first quarter so far this year and they have failed to convert a single opening drive first down in any game in 2018.That cannot continue this week. If this team wants to be successful, they need to begin that success early and then sustain it throughout. This continued need to play catch-up is killing them and it will again if it happens vs. the Falcons.  With an offense as high-powered as this one, it’s mind-boggling to see what’s occurring early in games.  It’s also completely unacceptable. Randy Fichtner better get a game plan in order from the opening whistle if he doesn’t want to hear screams from above after this game.  The Steelers don’t need to score on their opening drive, but they need to move the football and they need to be up by the end of the first quarter.James Conner Needs To Be A Focal PointThere’s news this week that Le’Veon Bell is returning during the bye week.  I’ll believe it when I see it. Honestly, I hope he does, if not sooner. This team needs him right now. As far as I’m concerned, he won the face-off with Steelers management. They need him more than he needs them. Don’t think so? Think about this—Bell is potentially this team’s best defender, in that he keeps the Black and Gold defense off the field. Would you rather see Bell running the ball or this defense on the field?Until his return though, James Conner needs to be that guy. That goes along with starting early. The team cannot afford to get down early and abandon the run. They need to pound the ball early, get Conner some breakaway plays and he needs to carry it 20 times, or more.  He needs to do what Bell does, keep this defense off the field; it’s the only chance for success they have.When Ben Roethlisberger has to throw it as many times as he has, this team does not have success, traditionally. I know the Falcons have a susceptible defense but the Steelers must control the clock through Conner in order to come out with a victory. If they choose to play the fast, uptempo game, as if they were the Golden State Warriors, they’ll end up on the losing end of a shootout.The Secondary MUST Step UpWho in a Black and Gold uniform is going to stop Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley? Both Jones and Ridley average over 17 yards per catch. Ridley already has six touchdowns to go along with it. In other words, they take the top right off the defense.You know what’s not good? The Steelers defense loves to let opposing offenses take the top off. See Artie Burns or Coty Sensabaugh.  Joe Haden is the only cornerback that I trust and I’m not sure even he can cover Jones.They have to find a way to keep these receivers in front of them at all costs, they may even be better off holding the receivers vs. giving up the big plays. Yeah, that’s where I am with this group right now. They are terrible and until they prove otherwise, consistently, I’ll continue to think so.The Front Seven Need To Provide HelpThe secondary is awful, no question about it, but the front seven aren’t really doing their jobs this season, either.  After the Cleveland week, where has TJ Watt been?  How about Cam Heyward or Stephon Tuitt?  Bud Dupree has played above my expectations but beyond that, nobody is doing much of anything.When you have the secondary the Steelers have, the front seven need to make up for it. They aren’t doing it so far.  They must pressure Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ QB who has only thrown two picks this season; and if Devonta Freeman plays on Sunday, they best find a way to contain him, too.Either way, I think this defense is giving up over 30 points this week.…………………………………………..If the Steelers are unable to put up over 35 points this week, they will not win this game. I have no trust in this defense right now and the scary thing is, I’m losing faith in the offense that has so much talent.That all said, I think you’ll see the offense get Conner involved more this week. Antonio Brown is going to show up in full force this week and put together his best game of the season, to date and the defense will come up with a big play or two when it counts.The Steelers will save their season with a 38-33 victory to the delight of the hometown faithful. MIKE PELAIACOURIER STEELERS CENTRALlast_img read more

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Trial puts spotlight on dark side of college basketball

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was portrayed at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a world where major schools and their heralded coaches count on athletic gear giants to funnel cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide them to their doorstep. File Photos-Shown in this picture are coaches and assistant coaches being investigated by the FBI for solicitation of bribery and other fraud conspiracy charges. (l to r) Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland, Arizona’s assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State University assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans, and Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. (AP Photos) Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark repeatedly said the schools are victims and urged a Manhattan federal court jury to convict an Adidas executive and two other men of fraud charges, saying their lies put multiple schools at risk of NCAA sanctions and the loss of millions of dollars.Defense lawyers, though, placed the blame largely on the schools’ lust for basketball glory, saying blue-chip athletes were used to attract tens of millions of dollars in donations and revenues.Mark began his opening statement by describing how $20,000 in cash provided by former Adidas executive James Gatto was stuffed in an envelope and handed to the father of a highly sought-after high school prospect from Michigan, Brian Bowen Jr., at a meeting last year in a New Jersey parking lot.It was a down payment in a scheme to get Bowen to attend Louisville, an Adidas-sponsored program, that could launch him to the NBA, where aspiring agent Christian Dawkins could represent him, Mark said. When the payment to the Bowen family was uncovered, Louisville pulled his scholarship and fired its legendary coach, Rick Pitino.“This is what corruption in college basketball looks like,” the prosecutor told the jury.Prosecutors say recordings from wiretaps and testimony of cooperators will show that Gatto, Dawkins and Adidas consultant Merl Code were behind similar payoffs to players sought by Kansas and North Carolina State that sometimes involved bidding wars with Nike, Mark said.All three men have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges. Their lawyers challenged the theory that the college programs were defrauded because of the defendants’ lies.Gatto’s attorney, Casey Donnelly, argued major college basketball programs were complicit because they stood to make so much money themselves.Her client “was not trying to hurt these universities, he’s trying to help them. … He’s supposed to help these schools shine,” Donnelly said. “When Jim was helping these families, he felt he was doing his job.”Donnelly said her client had no intention to harm Louisville because steering top athletes to schools was a “win, win, win,” good for the school, good for Adidas and good for the athlete.The lawyer said Gatto was driven by the knowledge that some schools sponsored by Adidas would do almost anything to build “a nationally renowned basketball program, one that has the entire campus cheering.”“A successful basketball program is the equivalent of a winning lottery ticket,” she said, noting that Louisville’s program generated nearly $40 million in 2017 while Pitino earned $7 million, more than he had made coaching in the NBA. The NCAA, she said, made $1 billion.Yet, she told jurors, “kids on court are not allowed to earn a dime.”Lawyers for Gatto and Code acknowledged that their clients broke NCAA rules by steering cash to prospective college stars.Attorney Steven Haney Sr., representing Dawkins, said his client had known Bowen many years, considered him a younger brother, and believed any financial help fell under an NCAA exemption permitting help to be given by anyone with a pre-existing relationship with the athlete.Haney said Dawkins believed that “helping these poor families was what the schools wanted … by any means necessary.”Attorney Mark Moore, representing Code, said his client worked at Nike 14 years before setting off on his own with various clients, including Adidas.He said Code knew all about the so-called “shoe wars” between shoemakers seeking to sponsor schools and athletes.Moore said elite coaches counted on shoe companies to provide money, almost always cash, to the families of top recruits.“Nobody was dumb enough to do this in the open and wave it in front of the NCAA,” he said.last_img read more

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Outspoken Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Jemele Hill is joining the staff of The Atlantic weeks after the outspoken personality left ESPN after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer.Hill posted on her Twitter feed a message from the publication’s editor-in-chief. Jeffrey Goldberg wrote Hill will be a staff writer “covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender and culture.”Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a tweet that referenced President Donald Trump as a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”She also targeted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. She tweeted that fans who disagree with Jones should not buy the team’s merchandise. This is a Feb. 3, 2017, file photo showing Jemele Hill attending ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)last_img read more

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Home Unsweet Home—Steelers win some battles, but Baltimore wins the war, 26-14 (Oct. 3)

first_imgBALTIMORE RAVENS RB ALEX COLLINS played an instrumental role in the Ravens’ convincing win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, Sept. 30, 26-14. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)There was once upon a time when fire-breathing dragons roamed the earth and professional football players that wore leather helmets roamed the gridiron with names like Jim Thorpe and Red Grange. There were miniature monarchs that ruled miniature kingdoms named George Halas, Arthur J. Rooney and Paul Brown. All of these “kings” understood that when you crossed the borders of another man’s “kingdom,” the chances of exiting that hallowed ground with a victory, more often than not, were slim and none.Fast forward to 2018. The Baltimore Ravens entered the “kingdom of steel” of the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday, Sept. 30. The Ravens did not place a “Trojan Horse” within the Steelers gates, only to surprise Pittsburgh as they slept. The men from B-more compromised the walls and tore down the gates, not defeating the Steelers by sneaking and attacking them from the rear, but defeating the men of steel face-to-face for the entire world to see. “General” Joseph Flacco had anticipated facing “General” Benjamin Roethlisberger in this most important battle, but the highly anticipated bloodbath was almost a one-sided battle as the Ravens began the battle slinging while the Steelers were just “singing.” Pittsburgh won a few skirmishes but Baltimore won the war. The final score: 26-14 Ravens. The Steelers now find themselves tied for last in the AFC North at 1-2-1 with the Browns.Come with me as we pause in retrospect for a moment or two. At the beginning of the 2018 NFL campaign, “General” Roethlisberger and his array of weapons were feared by many and disrespected by few. Roethlisberger could defeat you by land, by sea, above ground, below ground, in your kingdom, his kingdom or on neutral ground. It didn’t seem to matter. It was obvious to all that mattered that almost anyone that the Steelers faced were more than likely going to go down in defeat. It was not a question of why and how: the only question was when. However, there were stormy clouds gathering on the battlefront for the men of steel. The man charged with the placement and discharge of the weapons of the men of steel, “Colonel” Todd Haley, had been “exiled” from the “kingdom of steel” and took his experience to the Browns to help sculpture a new class of weaponry that the Orange and Brown team now possesses.There was now a new man in town to calculate and implement a new attack strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers, his name is “Colonel” Randy Fichtner. “Colonel” Fichtner had been a close confidant to “General” Roethlisberger causing many to believe that the “unholy” alliance between he and the general was one of the deciding factors to “exile” “Colonel” Haley. From the beginning of his “tenure” with the Steelers, “General” Roethlisberger seemed to be dissatisfied with the battle plans of “Colonel” Haley and many times those with high stakes in the matter could see and sense a level of disdain exhibited toward “Colonel” Haley by “General” Roethlisberger at many times for no reason, mainly just because. “General” Roethlisberger did not accept or appreciate his new offensive strategist and by golly, by hook, or by crook “Colonel” Haley was going to meet a less-than-stellar end if “General” Roethlisberger and “Colonel” Fichtner had anything to do with it.They seemed to have prayed and waited, prayed and waited and now it appears as if their prayers were answered. As of this time, the walls of the steel kingdom have been breached twice in 2018 and may be breached again in less than a fortnight, as the Atlanta Falcons have been spotted flying toward Heinz Field at warp speed regarding reports that the demise of the Pittsburgh Steelers is nigh. It has been said in many circles time and time again,“Be careful what you pray for.”(Aubrey Bruce: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Column: A glimpse of the NBA’s future in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Playing each other Wednesday night in a game that meant nothing — except for those looking for a glimpse into the future of the NBA.Basketball’s biggest stars on stage in a city full of stars. An exhibition game, yes, but that didn’t stop fans from packing T-Mobile Arena on the Strip, where in a few years there almost surely will be a team they can call their own.And maybe the best thing? Anyone in the arena with a betting account could pull out their phone and bet a few dollars during the game.The gambling stigma is gone, thanks largely to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s progressive attitude and a Supreme Court decision that allowed sports betting in other states. The Vegas Golden Knights showed in their inaugural season that professional sports not only work in Sin City — it seems to be a perfect fit.And nothing fits the city better than the NBA. The fans love it in Las Vegas, and so do the players.“There’s a different energy here when you come, whether you’re from here or you’re just visiting,” Curry said. “We enjoy coming to play, it’s always fun.”Fun was a key word on a night when Lonzo Ball played for the first time with James and the Warriors looked to sharpen their focus with just one more game before the regular season begins. The score mattered mostly only to bettors (the Lakers covered as four-point underdogs), but the effort — at least in the first half — seemed a bit more regular season than it did preseason.Still, if there’s a budding rivalry between the California teams now that James has come out west, he wasn’t letting on.“What’s the rivalry?” he said when asked after the morning shootaround.Indeed, there hasn’t been a rivalry in recent years as the Warriors dominated the NBA and the Lakers struggled getting used to life without Kobe Bryant. The arrival of James will surely change that at some point, though for now just seeing the best player of his era in a Lakers uniform seems special enough.“It’s pretty cool for Lakers fans, and West Coast fans, to see LeBron out here on the west side,” Durant said.Even cooler for Lakers fans was watching James with a behind-the-back pass to Ball, or a lob for a dunk to former Warrior JaVale McGee. The Lakers may be one more big acquisition away from really starting a rivalry with Golden State, but the sight of James already making his teammates better had to make them believe good times are coming in Los Angeles.Even as James is becoming more comfortable in the purple and gold, though, he always been has comfortable in Las Vegas. He played in the city in AAU tournaments while growing up, spends a few weeks most summers in training camp here with USA Basketball, and is a fan of the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league.It didn’t hurt when fans started chanting “MVP, MVP” during the first half and gave him a standing ovation when he hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a halftime lead before posing for the crowd. James, who didn’t play in the Lakers’ last exhibition game, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a dominating half.“It just feels like the NBA is always flowing through Las Vegas, feels almost like our second home base,” Durant said. “Basketball around here has been really booming since I’ve been in the league.”That showed during halftime when Magic Johnson, who heads basketball operations for the Lakers, was given a key to the city by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Johnson talked about coming to Las Vegas for 40 years and his love for the city.“I hope one day Las Vegas gets an NBA team,” he told the crowd.Just when that day will be is anyone’s guess, though the head of giant casino operator MGM Resorts said last year he hoped to get a team on the Strip within five years. The company bought a WNBA team as part of its plan to land the NBA, with the Aces playing at the smaller Mandalay Bay arena.For now, though, the NBA was here for just a day. James bowed out after playing 17 minutes in the first half, and the second half was more about getting court time for the reserves than it was determining which team was best.A meaningless game, yes.Look closer, though, and the future of the NBA comes a little more into focus.___W.G. Ramirez contributed to this story in Las Vegas.___Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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