CHAMPIONS—The Obama Middle School basketball team, winner of two consecutive middle school girls’ City League championships were honored at a banquet organized by their coach and boosters. by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Losing was more difficult than winning for the Obama Academy Middle School girls basketball team. They’ve won 20 in a row in league play over the past two years.But victories on the court aren’t the only thing that measures the success of the program that won a boys league during the Ammons Recreation Center’s winter league. “We just wanted to be able to show the girls that we are very proud of their accomplishments,” Obama head coach Ruth Walker said.To top it all off, the team walked away with its second consecutive middle school girls’ City League title when they defeated Sterrett, 46-19, in front of a packed Allderdice gym.The March 16 event was held at the Harmer House in Cheswick, PA. There were close to 70 guests in attendance. Each of them received a door prize and gifts that were sponsored by Walker and other donors.People might have been complaining about the amount of things that we poured on them that night,” Walker added. “It was so much!”Nick Futules, co-owner of the venue, is the District 7 representative of Allegheny County Council. He served as the keynote speaker and head chef of the event.“I wore many hats that evening,” Futules said. “But it was truly worthwhile for the sake of these talented youth.”Futules is an experienced restaurant owner and studied Culinary Arts in college.He, along with county council representative Bill Robinson who represents the District 10 area, served as the event’s sponsors. They made sure that each of the Obama players, coaches, and team managers received a proclamation from the County for their overall success.“We had to take some time out to acknowledge not only their achievement on the court, but also off,” Futules added. “Academics are number one for us at county council.”Walker also honored her kids for academic achievement.“I’d say like 98 percent of our kids were recognized for having made the honor roll or better,” she said.Each girl that participated received a unique-looking silver trophy with a female basketball player that is dribbling over an orange-colored basketball.The Obama parents, in gratitude, presented Coach Walker with a plaque that was purple for the team’s color, recognizing all of her accomplishments.“The effort that Coach Walker put into this event and that she puts into the team, as a whole, is phenomenal,” Futules said.In addition to candy bar party favors that contained three photographs, the eighth-grade players received personalized ‘memory books’. And along with the County proclamations, the Pittsburgh Public Schools provided certificates of achievement for the girls, who also received varsity-style letters.“These girls are so worthy of all of this,” Walker said. “They have done so much. And in this, we hope that they realize that they will continue to gain their rewards if they continue this level of commitment to success over their lives.”“These efforts don’t go unnoticed by these youth,” Futules said. “These are memories that can last a lifetime. I don’t think they’ll ever forget it.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.)
MOST READ “The Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and/or participating in other tournaments during the one-year playing commitment with the PSL. The act of Ms. Soltones in playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of our existing policy,” wrote PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara in a letter to Iriga mayor Madeleine Alfelor.Soltones only suited up for one game for the Lady Oragons, playing in their opening day assignment against Sta. Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith the decision, Soltones will be barred from playing in the PSL until November 5 next year.The former San Sebastian open spiker is the third player to violate the league’s One League Policy since its enforcement in 2016 following Pau Soriano and Lillet Mabbayad, who both played for Bureau of Customs in the Shakey’s V-League after their campaign with Standard Insurance-Navy in the PSL All-Filipino Cup. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES View comments Grethcel Soltones. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGrethcel Soltones was on the receiving end of a one-year ban and a P50,000 fine after violating the Philippine Superliga’s One League Policy.The league handed down the decision on Monday as the three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, who has a live contract with Iriga in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix, competed in the Premier Volleyball League’s All-Star Game last October 29.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Alyssa Valdez feels the love from Filipinos in Taiwan Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene
United States Ambassador Deborah Malac has underscored that there are still challenges to be met related to the civilian- security sector, as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down its troop.Making the observation during a tete-a-tete with journalists at the US Embassy in Monrovia recently, Ambassador Malac said that besides the Armed Forces of Liberia— (AFL) whose upgrading her country has contributed to immensely to defend the state, the Justice system, Liberian National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN) have some lapses that need correction.She stressed that Liberia has more border points that are porous while pre-trial detention and injustice are still prevalent in the judicial system.She indicated that there is a need to still train more police officers and build their academic capacity in order to demonstrate leadership.Ambassador Malac further identified economic opportunity and justice as key to sustaining peace and security amidst the withdrawing of UNMIL from Liberia.For the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Ambassador said much has been done to improve it as evidenced by the transition of the army highest position from a Nigerian to a Liberian.Although she said others things are still needed to be done, she admitted that the AFL from all indications has gained a solid foundation on which government can expand to build up; considering discipline in the AFL as one basic constituent expected of the security sector.She further noted that AFL in post-conflict Liberia is one security institution well disciplined in line with the expectation of the international community.Ambassador Malac, who commented on diverse issues in accordance with questions from journalists, asserted that corruption in Liberia takes collective efforts to fight and not government alone.According to her, corruption is not only in government, but in schools and other private areas.She said that in order for the ill to reduce in the society, students and teachers must stop the sale of grades in schools and focus on sustainable learning that will help future development.She also suggested the establishment of strong institutions that will have systems to guide the behavior and attitude for better performance in workplaces and financial sector.The US Ambassador also acknowledged that building institutions and fighting corruption and other ills in a country totally damaged by war was quite challenging, and that it takes many years to do.She indicated that it will take over ten years to actually achieve the development goal of the country and that people should not expect much to happen soon.Ambassador Malac’s comment on corruption is not the first to be made in recent days amidst public outcry.It can be recalled that EU Liberia Delegation Ambassador, Attilio Pacifici recently described corruption as “Cancer” in Liberia that needs collective fight.Ambassador Pacifici further indicated that Liberians took less time to destroy their country and will take more time to build; urging that they (Liberians) should not expect the building of the country to be done overnight.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Miami’s Dwyane Wade will have to wait another day for his second opinion. Wade was scheduled to have noted specialist Dr. James Andrews examine his dislocated left shoulder, but severe weather kept Andrews from making the trip from Birmingham, Ala., to South Florida for the meeting. TENNIS: Top-ranked Roger Federer dropped a set for the second time in three matches, yet defeated Serbian teenager Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to reach the Dubai Open semifinals.Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal 7-6 (5), 6-3. Top-seeded James Blake was given a quarterfinal spot in the Tennis Channel Open, hours after the ATP Tour initially ruled that he had been eliminated during round-robin play. Blake led Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-1 when the Argentine player retired because of respiratory distress. The tour ruled that he would have won his round-robin group if del Potro hadn’t retired. Unseeded American Sam Querrey defeated No. 15 seed and fellow Californian Paul Goldstein, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Querrey had 16 aces and Goldstein had none. It was the second time in two weeks that Querrey has defeated Goldstein. Querrey (Thousand Oaks) advanced to the quarterfinals, as both he and Goldstein beat No.6 seed Julien Benneteau of France. Sixth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova rallied from a set down and 1-4 in the second to upset No. 3 Martina Hingis 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals. SOCCER: Rookie Anthony Hamilton scored in each half, including the final goal, as Chivas USA tied Cal State Fullerton 3-3 in an exhibition. VOLLEYBALL: The pro beach volleyball tour is adding a new stop in Long Beach, with men’s and women’s matches set for July 19-22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Portland Trail Blazers president and general manager Steve Patterson abruptly resigned Thursday after owner Paul Allen refused to renew his contract. The move came with the Trail Blazers in next-to-last place at 24-34, a season after they had the worst record in the NBA. Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of the Seattle Seahawks, will take over while a full-time replacement is found. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, also owns the Seahawks. Philadelphia 76ers rookie forward Rodney Carney is day-to-day with a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his right shoulder.
0Shares0000A planned pre-World Cup friendly between Argentina and Israel sparked a furious response from the Palestinians © AFP / HAZEM BADERRAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Sep 3 – The head of the Palestinian football association pledged to appeal Monday against FIFA’s 12-month ban for comments made about Lionel Messi, calling it an “unjust and political decision.”FIFA last month banned Jibril Rajoub from attending matches for a year and fined him 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,600, 17,700 euros) for “inciting hatred and violence” after calling on fans to burn pictures and jerseys of Messi in the build-up to a friendly game with Israel. Rajoub had demanded that Barcelona star Messi not take part in the pre-World Cup friendly against Israel scheduled for June 9 and called on fans to burn shirts bearing his name if he did.The game was later cancelled after Argentina withdrew.In his first press conference since the ban was announced, Rajoub denied wrongdoing.“This is an unjust and political decision, an Israeli decision,” he said, pointing out the complaint came from the Israeli FA, not the Argentinians.“Of course we respect the FIFA committees and will continue to respect them and abide by their decisions. On this basis we have decided to appeal and we will continue our efforts to fight the injustice occurring against the Palestinian union and the Palestinian players.”“We had hoped that FIFA would work to end the suffering of Palestinian athletes,” he added.FIFA last year dropped a complaint by the Palestinian FA over football played in a number of Israeli settlements inside the occupied Palestinian territories.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
CALGARY, A.B. – Keyera Corp. has announced that they will be moving forward with the development of the Key Access Pipeline System.The Pipeline System is a natural gas liquids and condensate pipeline system that will transport growing Montney and Duvernay production in northwestern Alberta to Fort Saskatchewan.The development of this open-access system is in partnership with SemCAMS Midstream ULC and will have initial connections into Keyera’s fractionation assets and condensate system in Fort Saskatchewan.- Advertisement -According to Keyera, the project is expected to be in operation with nine gas plants by the first half of 2022 with the expectations of generating an annual return on capital of between 10 percent and 15 percent starting in 2024.This new joint venture with SemCAMS Midstream ULC replaces the arrangement between Keyera and Wolf Midstream that was signed in late 2018.
The transfer window is now well and truly in full swing, with Premier League clubs parting with over £360million after only 26 days, according to a recent reports.In fact, Deloitte’s Sports Business Group believe this transfer window may surpass the £630m record set last year, as the top flight’s big guns continue to strengthen their squads.There have been a number of highlights so far, including Chelsea’s triple Spanish capture of Diego Costa [£32m], Cesc Fabregas [£30m] and Filipe Luis [£16m], but it’s the deals for the game’s up-and-coming young stars that demand more attention.Luke Shaw became the world’s most expensive teenager this summer following his £27m move to Man United, joining 24-year-old Ander Herrera at Old Trafford, while Liverpool splashed out close to £30m on 20-year-old winger Lazar Markovic and 20-year-old midfielder Emre Can.But there is still a host of untapped talent around Europe that are yet ply their trade on English shores, so talkSPORT takes a look at the continent’s brightest stars…Click on the arrow above to check out the best young players in Europe! IIkay Gundogan – 23 – The German midfielder was the subject of a pile of interest from across Europe following a run of spectacular displays for Borussia Dortmund, though talks of a possible move has subsided since he was sidelined with a major injury last season. A rumoured switch to Barcelona never came to fruition, and while Man United and Arsenal were interested in bringing Gundogan to the Premier League, he instead signed a new contract at Dortmund having suffered nerve damage in his back last August. He hasnt played a competitive minute of football since, but that shouldnt rule out a possible future move to the English top flight, and the Gunners could lead the race for the talented playmaker with their contingent of Germany internationals. Zakaria Bakkali – 18 – Currently one of the most in demand teens on the planet. The lightweight but terrifyingly quick winger has earned plenty of suitors following his recent step up into the PSV first team, having signed as a youth player in 2008 from Belgian outfit Standard Liege. Liverpool are continuously linked with attacking options following the exit of Luis Suarez, and the wonder-kid is reportedly keen on a move to Anfield. Recent rumours suggest the Reds have made an offer for the young Belgian, but they need to move quickly to wrap up a deal, with Arsenal and Tottenham also keeping tabs. Raphael Varane – 21 – Real Madrid signed the young defender from Lens on 2011 on the recommendation of club legend Zinedine Zidane, arriving at the Bernabeu for a whopping £10million as a 17-year-old. Described by Zizou as “the finest French centre-back since Laurent Blanc”, Varane was superb for the European champions since forcing his way into the first team, yet Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, the man who brought the youngster to Spain, reportedly remains confident the Blues can snap up the youngster this summer. Julian Draxler – 20 – Hailed as one of Europes brightest young stars, the German was linked with a move to English shores throughout last season, but while Arsenal were reportedly close to signing the midfielder, he eventually stayed at Schalke – but for how much longer? In fine form in the Bundesliga and Champions League, Draxler would command a hefty fee if Schalke finally decide to cash in this summer and he could yet head to north London, with Tottenham said to have submitted a £17million offer. 10 Memphis Depay – 20 – The PSV winger emerged as one of the breakout stars of the summers World Cup in Brazil, with a number of dazzling displays off the bench for Louis van Gaals Oranje side. Frightfully fast down the wing with the technical skill to boot, Depay only really broke into the Dutch sides first team last season but has impressed in such a short amount of time. He is strongly linked with a return to Van Gaal at Man United this summer, though PSV has indicated the Red Devils would have to fork out more than 21million for the starlet. Stephan El Shaarawy – 21 – Nicknamed the ‘Little Pharaoh’, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all tracked and been linked with moves for the tricky Italian over the past few seasons. A clever playmaker but still very much a raw talent, there are countless YouTube montages showcasing El Shaarawys skills. He apparently loves life at AC Milan, though his agent has previously admitted the youngster may have to leave in search of regular first team football having found himself down the pecking order after an injury-hampered campaign last season. 10 10 Isco – 22 – The Spain starlet only arrived at Real Madrid last summer, but it already seems the talented playmaker is on his way out from the Bernabeu following the recent big-money arrival of James Rodriguez. Madrid are keen to offload the £23million man to make room for the Colombian attacker, with Liverpool reportedly keen to add to their attacking options with yet another big summer signing. While the Spanish press say Isco is happy to stay and fight for his Los Blancos place, the club may look to cash in while interest is high. Viktor Fischer – 20 – The Danish wonder-kid is highly-rated and well loved at Dutch champions Ajax, though a number of other European sides are interested in prying him away from Amsterdam this summer. Fischer signed for Ajax as a 16-year-old in 2011 and has emerged into a great attacking asset ever since breaking into the first team. Manchester United, Chelsea and Italian outfit Roma have all tracked the youngster over the past seasons, though the Dutch giants are desperate to keep hold of their latest prospect to maintain his rapid rise. 10 10 10 10 10 Paul Pogba – 21 – What more can be said about the battling Frenchman? Shunned at Manchester United by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Juventus gave him a chance and boy, how the midfielder has delivered. Often likened to a young Yaya Toure, Pogbas presence in Juves midfield was exactly what United were missing last season, so much so that axed boss David Moyes attempted to re-sign the youngster in January. He was handed the Golden Boy award – given to the best under-21 player in Europe – last year, and there is little feeling his rise will falter any time soon. Again linked with a return to Old Trafford this summer, Chelsea have also shown an interest this time around, and while the Turin side insist Pogba isnt going anywhere, the Premier League giants certainly have to finances to test their resolve. 10 10 Bruma – 19 – A product of Sporting Lisbons famous youth academy, the pacey winger was previously linked with switches to Manchester United and Chelsea, though the Portugal Under-19s star eventually signed a five-year deal with Galatasaray last September. Bruma has found life difficult in Turkey since his arrival, though, as only a few months after his £8.4million move he suffered a serious knee injury and was shipped out to Super Lig side Gaziantepspor for the rest of the season, where he failed to make an appearance. Having previously showcased enough to tempt a host of clubs, though, it may be that his Premier League suitors come calling again.
1 Francesco Guidolin has steadied the ship since his appointment as Swansea boss in January Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed Francesco Guidolin’s future will be on the agenda at a board meeting this week.Guidolin has guided Swansea to safety since his surprise appointment as head coach in January, with Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Ham taking them to 11th place in the Premier League.The Italian has made no secret of his desire to extend his short-term deal at Swansea, but there have been no public guarantees made by the club.And Jenkins has said the situation would be discussed at the end of the season.“We have got our normal monthly board meeting on Wednesday and, yes, we will be discussing the managerial situation,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.“We are talking things through this week and we will give out a further update when we can.“It could be this week or it could be next week when a decision is made.“There’s lots to talk through. We will talk about the season we have had, where we have finished and what we feel we need in the summer.”Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with a return to the Liberty Stadium this summer.Rodgers took Swansea into the Premier League in 2011 before leaving for Liverpool in 2012 for a three-and-a-half-year spell on Merseyside.The Northern Irishman disclosed in January that he had been approached by Swansea to succeed the sacked Garry Monk, but he said that he wanted to take a break from football until the summer.Since then Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese manager, has done his chances of holding on to the job no harm with seven wins and three draws from his 15 games in charge.“He [Guidolin] has brought exactly what he thought he would bring to us,” said Jenkins.“He has adjusted in his time here – he has got to know the squad and got used to the Premier League.“He has brought in a bit of common sense and a bit of simplicity, as well as experience.“I don’t think those simple things are highlighted enough in the modern world of football.“Sometimes other things are given too much prominence and some over-analysing goes on.”
DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University tight end Eric Saubert has been named to the 2016 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Second Team. The honor from the America Football Coaches Association is the second All-America accolade for Saubert this season, who was named to the Associated Press All-America squad last week.Saubert, a fifth-year senior, ranked second among tight ends in the nation in receiving yards per game (70.5) and receiving touchdown (10). He led Drake with a career-best 56 catches for 776 yards receiving this past fall and recorded a career-high 136 yards receiving on eight catches against Morehead State (Sept. 24). He earned his third first-team All-Pioneer Football League honor earlier this month.In addition to this year’s All-America honors, Saubert was named to All-America teams by the Associated Press, STATS FCS and the FCS ADA.Also joining Saubert on the AFCA All-America teams was Stetson’s Donald Payne and San Diego’s Daniel Cooney.Print Friendly Version
Storr is a 5-9 guard for Kankakee High School. She had an outstanding junior campaign, averaging 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game helping Kankakee go 31-1 and be all-city champions. Following her junior year, Storr was an Illinois Miss Basketball nominee, a first-team all-state choice, the South Suburban Conference Most Valuable Player and a USA Today Illinois First Team selection. She is a member of the Chicago Hoops Express club. “We are ecstatic to add these two women to our Bulldog family,” Baranczyk said. “Courtney and Ambranette make up another class that adds to our chemistry and culture.” “Ambranette is a natural scoring guard who has a competitive drive and deep passion for the game,” Baranczyk said. “She has the ability to add another level of rebounding toughness to our guard positions.” “Courtney has a ridiculously high motor, is athletic and versatile and holds an unmatched passion for the game,” Baranczyk said. “She figures out ways to make an impact and knows how to win.” DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team signed a pair of high school student-athletes, Courtney Becker (Fountain City, Wis.) and Ambranette Storr (Bradley, Ill.) to National Letters of Intent for the 2020-21 season, Suzie Glazer Burt Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced Wednesday, Nov. 13. “Drake fans and her future teammates will love Courtney. She is a tough, gritty, unselfish, athletic player. Courtney is all about winning – team success is more important than individual awards or the number of points she scores. Fans are going to love the relentless energy she plays with! Courtney, on the Nike EYBL circuit, was matched up against the best players in the country and always found a way to make plays. Off the court, she is a sweetheart of a kid who has an infectious energy about her that draws her teammates in. We will miss not having her in the club next year. She never missed a practice even though she was nearly three hours away. She was on teams that were not only the best in Minnesota but one of the best in the country. She epitomizes everything that is right about youth sports – a great kid from a great family, who values team success over individual awards.”Gerard Coury and Greg Dietel, North Tartan Girls Basketball What They Are Saying About The 2020-21 Drake women’s basketball signees…”I am so incredibly proud of Courtney becoming a part of such a successful program. Courtney has a relentless work ethic who can utilize her athleticism to score from all areas on the floor. She will be a great fit for the style and intensity which Drake plays at which includes attacking the rim and knocking down the three”.Dave Donarski, La Crosse Aquinas Head Coach “Ambranette is a hard-working, dedicated and committed student-athlete who is always striving to be the best that she can be on the court and in the classroom.”John Maniatis, Kankakee High School Head Coach Becker, a 6-0 forward, is a multi-sport standout athlete for La Crosse Aquinas High School. She helped the school’s basketball team win back-to-back state titles, the track and field team claim the team state title last spring and the volleyball team finish as state runner ups this fall. On the basketball court, Becker, averaged 14.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game her junior season helping her earn first-team all-state honors. She is a member of the North Tartan club. “Ambranette committing to Drake has special meaning because I remember her mom playing in high school and for a short time her mom played for me. To come full circle with the family and watch her from a young age realize her ultimate dream of playing division one basketball is incredible. She had multiple offers but Drake did a great job of making Ambranette feel special. They paid a great deal of attention to her as a person getting to know her, not only just through her but they got to know her coaches back to her junior high years. I remember coach Jennie (Baranczyk) playing in college and through the years have gotten to know her and the type of coach and family person she is. I felt this was a great opportunity for Ambranette to go to a very good school that has established a winning tradition. As a player Ambranette brings toughness and tenacity. She is a prolific scorer who finishes well attacking the basket along with developing the ability to score on all three levels. She is a good rebounder from the guard spot and a solid de sfender. She is projected to finish her high school career around 2,600 points. She is quiet by nature but has a great personality and her easy-going nature draws people to her. I feel Ambranette will represent Drake well and be an ambassador for the program.”Jerald Davis, Chicago Hoops Express Print Friendly Version