Defense a priority for Bruins

first_imgLOS ANGELES – When an opponent crossed halfcourt against UCLA last season, a successful pass was difficult and finding an open shot nearly impossible. So as the Bruins tried to regroup during a Saturday practice after the horrific loss to California in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament, it made perfect sense that defense was the starting point. “We have to go back to our roots, go back to our defense,” Bruins point guard Darren Collison said. “We’ve been allowing teams \ a little over 45 percent from the field. That’s not our game. We like to hold teams under 35 percent. “We have to bring back that mind-set, and I think we have. This team is capable of doing that. We just can’t get away from that.” In winning 20 of its first 22 games, UCLA (26-5) held opponents to 41.9 percent from the field. In going 6-3 in its final nine games, opponents shot 46.9 percent from the floor, with three teams shooting better than 50 percent. Once the NCAA tournament seedings were announced Sunday, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would not contact his former assistant and current Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras for a scouting report. Since Weber State and NAU both play in the Big Sky Conference, Howland said he didn’t want to put Adras in a difficult position. The Bears shot 48 percent from the field in the 76-69 overtime win, continuing a disturbing trend for a UCLA squad that is best known for its tenacious defense. As No. 2 seed UCLA heads into Thursday’s meeting with No. 15 seed Weber State in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Sacramento’s Arco Arena, the Bruins need to tighten defensively. center_img Of course, Howland didn’t need to talk to Adras, since the two spoke about 11 p.m. Saturday. Adras said he was on a recruiting trip when he called Howland. “I thought for sure, and I think (Howland) also felt it was going to be Weber,” Adras said. “They know what they’re doing.” Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said he relieved a lot of his anger and frustration over his three-point effort against Cal by setting a personal-best in the bench press with 265 pounds. “It’s funny how it gives you that inspiration,” Afflalo said. “Our strength coach told me lifting weights gets rid of nervous energy, any type of anxiety, any type of frustration. It’s true. Afterward, I felt calmer.” Afflalo was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News, the fifth team he’s made. He was also a first-team selection by the basketball coaches (NABC),, and Dick Vitale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Site of sea battle now too peaceful, some say

first_imgMIDWAY ATOLL – More than a thousand miles from the closest center of civilization, the pale sands of Midway Atoll peek out above the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean like an oasis. Midway’s natural beauty and its rich history as the site of a critical World War II battle make it an attractive spot to visit. But the atoll, near the end of the chain of the largely unpopulated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is one of those places you can’t get to easily from anywhere. If you don’t own a boat or plane for the 1,200-mile journey from Honolulu, the main options for private travel to the distant atoll in 2006 can be daunting: board a cruise in China, hitch a ride with one of a handful of resident government workers, or volunteer for three months of environmental duty. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Some would-be Pacific island hoppers, especially Pacific war buffs and those who once called it home, think the historic federal possession warrants easier access. Between 1997 and 2001 the atoll received 1,500 to 2,000 tourists and other visitors each year. But public flights to Midway, which is now a national wildlife refuge, ended in 2002 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s sole tourist operator pulled out, citing difficulty making a profit. One of the more luxurious but round-about options for getting to Midway is to book passage on one of up to four cruise ships that anchor outside the atoll each year and ferry those interested across the turquoise water of the 5-mile-wide atoll to Sand Island. But only one cruise is scheduled to stop at Midway in 2006, said Barbara Maxfield, chief of Pacific Islands visitor services for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the island. That’s the Saga Ruby, which leaves Tianjin Xingang in China on a nearly two-month cruise to Southampton, England. Those who boat ashore may be treated to a performance by the atoll’s 200 or so spinner dolphins, so-named for their propensity for spinning leaps out of the water. Cheers from an audience seem to send them to even more impressive acrobatics. On land, visitors will be greeted by members of the world’s largest colony of Laysan albatrosses – about 400,000 nesting pairs – and taken on a four- to six-hour tour of the atoll’s main island. Japanese destroyers shelled the U.S. military base at Midway on the same day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Dec. 7, 1941. The area is better known, however, for the Battle of Midway, which began June 3, 1942. A harrowing three-day fight by American pilots rebuffed a Japanese task force and turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. For the less history-minded, there’s only one beach open for people on the island. The others are reserved for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. But you might find it tough to complain. Gleaming white, gorgeous and empty, the beach on the island’s northern side makes Oahu’s famed Lanikai Beach look like Saturday out at Coney Island. Taking a cruise to Midway could inspire you to take on another means of getting to the island – volunteering. That’s how Eldridge and Thelma Park got here. The retired couple from Aiea, Hawaii, have been busy in the refuge’s greenhouse nurturing native bunch grass, which is being used to restore the natural ecosystem of the atoll’s Eastern Island. “It’s nice, slow. You can get away from the city for a while,” said Eldridge Park, a 48-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service. “I miss the grandchildren though.” Volunteers are expected to stay on the island at least three months, which can be a bit tough for those who require urban comforts or a lot of social interaction. Midway hosts about 40 volunteers throughout the year. With only about four federal employees and fewer than 50 additional staff members, such as cooks and plumbers, it makes for a tight group. Though selection is weighted toward those with a background in biology, it is not necessary. “Basically, if you’re willing to do hard work and do what we want, that’s usually enough,” said Ken Foote, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman. Those tasks include projects keeping tabs on the health of albatross pairs – who mate for life – and ripping the life out of the scourge of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the cute but invasive flower verbesina. Some would-be Midway visitors say there should be more direct and less arduous travel options. Members of groups such as Supporters and Veterans of Midway Island say the Fish and Wildlife Service is thwarting efforts to bring back regular flights in favor of protecting wildlife. “It’s the environmentalists against the Navy veterans. And right now the Fish and Wildlife Service has all the cards in their hand and the veterans have nothing,” said Gary Randall, of Brightwood, Ore., who was stationed on Midway from 1977 to 1979. It may take a year before there’s a regularly scheduled service to Midway again, but the Fish and Wildlife Service is working to get it going, Maxfield said. But the remoteness complicates the effort. “We very much want to share this with the American public. It’s just finding a way to do it in a cost-effective manner,” she said. “When we tell the public that it may cost $1,200 to come out here, can they afford that? We know a lot of people can’t.” While Midway “will never be the Disneyland of the Pacific,” visitors are always welcome, said Barry Christenson, refuge manager. The half a dozen sailors who stop by each year can even look forward to an invitation to the refuge staff’s own bowling alley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal teacher’s 145km walk home inspired by late uncle

first_imgDonegal teacher Elaine McConnell has been inspired by her late uncle to take on a mighty adventure this week with her beloved pooch Lucy.Elaine will be pushing herself to the limit as she takes part in a solo 145km three-day ‘Home to Home’ fundraising walk from Belfast to St Johnston in Donegal.The challenge, which begins this Friday, aims to raise awareness and much-needed funds for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland. Elaine works as a behaviour support teacher in Longstone Special School in Dundonald, Belfast. She will be leaving her home in East Belfast at 7.00am on Friday, 5th July and plans to arrive in her family home for a special barbecue with family and friends in St Johnston, Co Donegal on Sunday evening, 7th July. Her canine companion Lucy will be keeping her company during the cross-border trip.Elaine McConnell and her dog LucyDementia is very close to Elaine’s heart and she was inspired to organise this solo adventure by her uncle, Bill McVitty, who lived with dementia for 10 years. Bill was always trying to ‘go home’ which is where the idea of ‘Home to Home’ came from. Bill sadly passed away in May after being cared for at home by his wife, Doreen, for many years.Elaine now wants to complete the challenging walk in Bill’s memory. Elaine will be joined by friends and family members at various points along the way and she is encouraging others to follow her progress on social media or make a donation online (click here to donate) All the money raised will be split evenly between The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland.Elaine said: “Dementia is a cause close to the heart of my family and many others. I have witnessed how devastating and heart-breaking this condition can be on a family. My uncle Bill had dementia and we were all impacted by his journey with the condition so I am going to do this for him, his family and everyone else out there who is affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.“I am really looking forward to raising awareness and funds for these great charities north and south of the border to show people who are caring for people with dementia in particular that there is support out there and to raise the importance of people talking and seeking help and advice. I also want to highlight the issue of caring for the carer who do so much work and are heroes in our own communities.”Elaine McConnell and her dog LucyElaine added: “The generosity and support that I have received so far from family, friends, colleagues and members of the public has been fantastic. Little things like people offering their support, leaving messages, people making donations both large and small and even the offering of services and company during the walk has been absolutely phenomenal. I have been taken aback by the reaction to this walk and the public’s support.”The teacher has been taken aback by the support that she has received so far – with one hotel, the O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel in Toomebridge in Antrim, offering a free stay for her first night on the road. Graham/Farrans Construction Joint Venture has gone out of their way to allow Elaine access to the site of their almost completed 7.3km of new A6 dual carriageway that will allow Elaine to walk safely, traffic free from Randalstown to the Toomebridge bypass and Charles Hurst, Belfast have generously donated a minibus for three days to act as a support vehicle that can transport any volunteer walkers back to their cars if they have joined Elaine for a stretch.The Alzheimer Society of Ireland provides numerous services to help the 2,000 people with dementia and their families in Donegal including Day Care, Social Clubs, Alzheimer Cafes and Home Care and also has an active Donegal Branch Office. Full details on www.alzheimer.ieMembers of the public can make online donation to Elaine HERE.Donegal teacher’s 145km walk home inspired by late uncle was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Alzheimer’s Societyelaine mcconnellhome to homeThe Alzheimer Society of Irelandlast_img read more

Thai delays A350 long-haul operations

first_imgThai Airways International will delay the launch of  long-haul flights for its new Airbus A350 XWB while it works through the Australian regulatory process.The A350 service to Melbourne was originally scheduled to start on September 16  but Thai Airways president Charamporn Jotikasthira said the  service would be delayed because the approval process required by Australia’s  Civil Aviation Safety Authority would not be completed in time.Thai will continue to operate normal schedule with two flights daily to Melbourne using other aircraft.The carrier had apparently based its estimate for the A350’s maiden flight to Melbourne on the 2014 certification process for its Boeing 787, which it noted had been “much shorter”. It now expects the A350 approval to be completed in time for the start of Northern Winter Schedule at the end of October. “In the meantime, Thai will operate the A350 between Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Phuket, which will give passengers in Thailand more opportunities to experience the elegance of the Thai A350,” Jotikasthira  said.A CASA spokesman said the authority was working through the relevant regulatory and safety issues as quickly as possible but needed to ensure “everything’s done properly and thoroughly’’.Thai took delivery of the first of 12 A350-900s at the end of last month and held a touchdown ceremony with airline and Airbus officials on August 31 at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.The carrier has four purchase orders for the mid-size, long-range planes and eight lease agreements, with a second aircraft to be delivered in the third quarter also slated to operate the Melbourne route.The first plane  received the royally bestowed  name “Wichian Buri’’ and comes configured with 32 business class seats and 289 in economy all with access to high-definition video-on-demand and wi-fi.The 32 flat bed seats in Royal Silk Class are in a 1-2-1 configuration offering guaranteed aisle access with a 16-inch touch screen.  In economy, passengers get 18-inch wide seats with a 32-inch seat pitch and an 11-inch touch screen.The Roll Royce-powered plane, with its 25 per cent improvement in efficiency and lower maintenance costs, is expected to give Thai a competitive boost on the Melbourne route.last_img read more

Airlines crowing as strong demand kicks off Year of the Rooster.

first_imgGlobal air travel has had a rip-roaring start to the Year of the Rooster with passenger demand growth in January hitting a five-year high and pushing aircraft load factors above 80 per cent.A boost from Lunar New Year celebrations saw January demand 9.6 per cent higher than a year ago with Asia Pacific carriers recording an increase of 10.9 per cent on January, 2016.The International Air Transport Association estimated that holiday traffic contributed up to 0.5 per percentage points to a result that still signalled a robust start to the year. January global capacity growth of 8 per cent lagged demand growth to see load factors climb 1.2 points to 80.2 per cent.“2017 is off to a very strong start, with demand at levels not seen since 2011,’’ said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. “This is supported by the upturn in the global economic cycle and a return to a more normal environment after the terrorism and political ‘shock’ events seen in early 2016.” International passenger traffic surged 9.3 per cent in January compared to a year ago, while capacity rose 7.5 per cent to see the average load factor hit 80.3 per cent.Planes were even fuller in the Asia-Pacific, where the load factor rose 1.5 percentage points to 81.4 per cent, but carriers in the region are still reporting intense competition that is keeping a lid on ticket prices.Strong growth of 8.3 per cent was also reported in Europe against “a backdrop of moderate momentum in the Eurozone community”.Middle East carriers reported the strongest growth of 14.4  per cent with load factors rising against the year-ago period for the third consecutive month to hit 79.8 per cent.Latin American passenger demand rose 8.2 per cent with carriers in the region recording the highest load factor 83.7 per cent, while  Africa was up 5.6 per cent.North American airlines experienced the slowest demand growth of 3.2 per cent and the load factor for the region was flat at 80.3 per cent. “Traffic on the transpacific market has continued to trend upwards but North Atlantic traffic growth has weakened since the middle of 2016, reflecting softer demand on UK-US routes,’’ IATA said,Global domestic air travel climbed 9.9 per cent in January with India and China both posting huge increases.India posted its 15th consecutive month of growth above 20 per cent to lead the field with a 26.6 per cent increase on the back of strong flight frequency.China’s domestic traffic growth of 23.2 per cent was its strongest monthly figure since June, 2010.“The timing of the Lunar New year affected the results but ongoing robust expansion in the services sector as well as increasing flight frequency are boosting demand,’’ the report said.Countries with low or negative domestic growth included Brazil (-2 per cent) and Australia (1.1 per cent).last_img read more

SKA awards bursaries to five matriculants

first_img15 January 2016Five matriculants from the small rural town of Carnarvon who did particularly well in maths and science in their final National Senior Certificate exams at the end of 2015 are setting off for university in the coming days, armed with full bursaries from the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA).Carnarvon, in Northern Cape, is a remote town. It is the closest inhabited place to where the SKA SA radio telescope is being built. The global technology project, with operations in South Africa and Australia, is tasked with mapping the universe. It is an important addition to the town’s economy. Most of the construction is being done on-site and it is providing employment for the area’s citizens and a much- needed economic boost for the town.The project has always strived to give back to the community for allowing the operation and its people to become part of the community, says Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA communications manager. The bursary initiative, part of the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme, was started in 2005 and already has helped more than 730 pupils to study in the science and engineering fields at tertiary institutions.#SKAnews Local high school students to receive full university bursary from @SKA_Africa!— SquareKilometreArray (@SKA_telescope) January 12, 2016This year, five 2015 matriculants from the local Carnarvon High School have the opportunity to continue their studies in science-related fields thanks to bursaries offered through the programme.The students – Anver Adams, Janethon de Klerk, Kyle Henderson, Cedwill Abdol and Bradley Bosman – all performed well in mathematics and physical science in their final exams, and want to study for Bachelor’s degrees in computer and data science, electrical engineering and physics at various universities around South Africa.“Our goal is to ensure sustainability for the SKA and that site engineers be drawn from the local community,” SKA SA project director Dr Rob Adam said in a statement released on 8 January. “In turn (we want to) provide a way for local young people to achieve their dreams of greatness through science. (This is) the first time learners from the school with support from SKA SA, have obtained matric results with exemptions to further their studies in science related fields.”Itumeleng Molefi, the physical science teacher at the school, cannot be more proud of his students’ achievements. He said some of the learners came from severely challenging backgrounds. “It is only through their own perseverance and determination that they have succeeded.”The students, together with their teachers, as well as with some knowledge and assistance from SKA SA employees, made the effort and worked hard to pass their final exams in November and December 2015 and are now looking forward to starting their new learning journeys.@SKA_Africa gives bursaries 2 five Carnarvon matric learners who obtained exemption. #MatricResults #Matric2015— lebotshangela (@lebotshangela) January 9, 2016Bosman has applied to study for a Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. He said he was glad he made the effort to persevere during the year. “It was very difficult at times because we did not have a science teacher in Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards it was much easier after Mr Molefi joined the school.”Abdol wants to excel in computer science, starting at the University of the Free State. “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity,” he said of his achievement. “I am thankful for all the support that I had. I would like to improve my circumstances and will do anything to achieve my dreams.”Henderson was the 2015 head boy at Carnarvon High School, and will be a first year student at North West University this year, studying physics and mathematics. He made special mention of SKA SA in inspiring him to perform well, saying that “my matric year was made easier knowing that I had the support of SKA. (The reward of getting the bursary) motivated me to study harder and put in more effort. I am looking forward to my future because I know that I have excellent privileges and opportunities.”De Klerk, the 2015 Carnarvon head girl, said she was incredibly motivated by the presence of SKA in the town, with its bursary opportunity inspiring her to work even harder for her university degree. “What you put in is what you will gain and I want to work much harder because I do not want to disappoint my sponsors and support team.” She hoped to start her Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. She plans to study science, specialising in astronomy, which might mean she may find herself working with her bursary sponsor sometime in the future.In addition to being a star player in the school’s first rugby team, Adams aced his final exams and now looks forward to going to the University of the Western Cape to start his science degree. “I knew that I had to put in all my effort and pass and the rest will be taken care of (by SKA SA). I am proud of my achievements and look forward to the future,” he said.SKA SA is proud of the Carnarvon five’s success and determination, says Sam Rametse, the professional officer: schools and outreach for the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme.“We are reaping the benefits of appointing a science educator at Carnarvon High School who took the learners from Carnarvon and surrounding areas under his wing. It is due to his hard work that we see this success and we look forward to supporting the students in their further studies.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

JD(U)’s new slogan ‘inspires’ RJD’s poster attack

first_imgBihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) has released a new poster in which Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has been projected as “okay”, a perceptible change from the “honest and good” leader that he was described as in posters publicised in March.The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal released a counter poster on Tuesday, taking a dig at the JD(U)’s publicity material. “Kyun karen vichaar… thike to hai Nitish Kumar (why should we think… Nitish Kumar is doing okay),” reads the JD(U)’s latest poster with a large image of Mr. Kumar sporting a smile. The word “thike” loosely translates in English as “okay or all right”. The poster has been put up outside the JD(U) office at Beerchand Patel Marg in Patna. Earlier in March, the JD(U) had released a poster with the slogan “sachha hai, achha hai… chalo Nitish Kumar ke saath (he is honest and good… let’s go with Nitish Kumar)”. The RJD’s counter poster reads, “Kyon na karen vichaar, Bihar jo hai beemar (why shouldn’t we think things over, since Bihar is ill).” Featuring the State’s map, the poster points to what the Opposition party claims ails Bihar currently — deaths of children due to encephalitis, floods, drought, dacoity, kidnappings and murder. The poster is displayed outside the local RJD office, a few yards away from the JD(U) headquarters. Another poster which has gone viral on social media reads, “Ho chuka hai vichaar, denge ukhaar… kahin ke nahi rahenge Nitish Kumar (it’s resolved now, we will uproot him… nowhere will Nitish Kumar be left relevant).” ‘Not okay with just okay’Taking a potshot at the new JD(U) poster, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said: “Being just okay won’t work Nitish ji.” Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari asserted that Mr. Kumar’s profile had been “downgraded from being honest and good to just okay” by some of his own party leaders who are closer to the BJP. Dismissing the criticism, JD(U) spokesperson and party leader Sanjay Singh said: “The slogan represents the voice of 12 crore residents of Bihar… the poster means there is no vacancy for the post of Chief Minister in Bihar.” Local BJP leaders declined to comment on the poster. “Each party is free to come out with its slogan and face of the leader,” said a senior BJP leader. “But, whoever has coined the slogan in the new JD(U) poster has damaged Nitish Kumar more than projecting him as a leader,” he added, with a smile.last_img read more

Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Onwubere also has high hopes ahead of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying he’s confident that he can fit to whatever team picks him.“I know that I’ll go back on being a role player. The effort, the hustle, the defense, I can promise that I can do my best there,” he said. “If I’ll be given the chance, I just promise that I’ll continue developing my game and do my best on defense.” Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0 “I’ve already filed for the draft. My coaches told me that I’m ready for the PBA and I can’t waste my time anymore,” he said.Onwubere has been averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks so far this season, impressing in his final year as he emerged as the undisputed leader of EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 23-year-old is also looking to pounce on the opportunity after memorable stints with Racal in the PBA D-League.“Now, my name is in the discussion so I’m really making the most of this opportunity,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College may have failed to reach its target of making it to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93, but the fight is still not over for Sidney Onwubere.With only two games left in his collegiate career, the Fil-Nigerian forward is seeking to leave a lasting impression in his final days as a General before he makes the jump to the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

10 months agoBrian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bournemouth midfielder Brian Stock has joined the club’s academy coaching staff.Bournemouth have appointed Stock as the under-14s lead coach.The former midfielder made over 150 appearances for the Cherries between 2000 and 2006. He said, “Calling time on my footballing career was a very tough decision, however with this opportunity at the club where I started my journey and a club so close to my heart made it an easy one! “I’m looking forward to working with all the academy staff and players at AFC Bournemouth and am excited at starting a new chapter in my career.” last_img read more

Roger Goodell Is Getting Blasted For His Comment On Laremy Tunsil

first_imgLaremy Tunsil and Goodell smile holding his draft jersey.Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class.— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more