March 29, 2021 /Sports News – Local Jazz run win streak to 6 games with 114-75 win over Cavs Written by Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 17 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz to their sixth straight win, a 114-75 victory over Cleveland.Mike Conley contributed 18 points for the Jazz, who have won 20 straight at home after dropping their first two home games of the season.Collin Sexton scored 20 points and Darius Garland had 18 for the Cavs. Associated Press
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Virtual reality therapy programs recreate experiences that returning veterans suffering from PTSD endured overseas, to help them readjust to civilian life. (Courtesy of University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies)Screams and the explosion of weapons fire pierce the arid desert air as a procession of armored military vehicles edging through suburban Sadr City in Baghdad come under attack by a group of insurgents.Seated inside a Humvee within the convoy is 24-year-old U.S. Army Ranger Chris Levi. A series of thunderous detonations liquefy a stack of four, 6-inch-wide copper plates, hurling large, molten slugs toward his vehicle at speeds just under a mile per second.The explosively formed projectiles, called EFPs by the troops, tear through his Humvee’s door, slicing its engine and radio mount before eventually splitting off the vehicle’s entire front end.Levi’s platoon sergeant and a nearby medic rush to the aid of the downed mortar-systems expert from Holbrook.“I heard yelling about [someone] finding something, and the medic [was] crying and saying he couldn’t find it and that it was lost,” he recalls over a recent lunch. “I kind of turned my head and looked at them—and [the medic] started yelling that ‘he found it—he found it!’ He was talking about my heartbeat.”For Levi, now 29, narrowly cheating death in Iraq in March 2008 came at a heavy cost. The EFPs claimed his legs and permanently injured his right arm, leaving him with nerve damage and traumatic brain injury. Upon returning home that same year, the infantryman was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.Of the combined 2.5 million servicemen and women who fought in Iraq and are returning home by the tens and thousands from Afghanistan, 20 percent are coping with PTSD. In addition to the classic counseling methods, to better treat this steady stream of soldiers coming home from America’s longest war, veterans hospitals are increasingly offering high- and low-tech rehabilitative options, such as virtual reality (VR) and complementary and alternative medicine, such as yoga, which experts say can help vets re-acclimate to civilian life.The goal is to avoid delaying mental health treatment—something that happened to many veterans of past wars, and thus, made it that much more difficult for them to adjust.“We have group therapy, individual therapy, we do evidence-based treatment with prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy,” says Dr. Robert Galak, PTSD unit manager at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, of the options currently available at the center. “We’re also bringing in some of the alternative medicine strategies that have been very successful. We try to incorporate as many different modalities into the treatment of PTSD as we can.”“We’re looking at virtual reality exposure therapy,” he adds.DIGITAL WAR ZONEUsed at veterans hospitals since 2009, computer-based virtual reality exposure therapy, or VR therapy, has its origins at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT).Albert “Skip” Rizzo, associate director for medical virtual reality at ICT, tells the Press he got his inspiration for a VR therapy prototype in 2003, after watching a clip for an upcoming video game called Full Spectrum Warrior released for the Xbox gaming console. This early precursor was originally funded by the Army as a combat tactical simulation.Adopting game elements and art assets from the Xbox video game, Rizzo’s prototype received glowing feedback, and in 2005, his team was given government funding to create better VR simulation programs for use as treatment tools for returning soldiers.Rizzo’s programs, dubbed “Virtual Iraq” and “Virtual Afghanistan” use “virtual scenarios specifically designed to represent relevant contexts for VR exposure therapy, including Middle Eastern-themed cities and desert road environments,” he explains.Vets suffering from PTSD navigate these digital virtual environments and relive the experiences they endured while on the real front lines, helping them deal with the disorder’s triggers head-on, and ultimately, alleviate any related symptoms.Hospitals are implementing computer-based virtual reality therapy to help soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder re-acclimate to civilian life. The treatment allows soldiers to relive the experiences they went through in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Courtesy of University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies)“What we’re doing is basically taking an already evidence-based treatment for PTSD exposure therapy, or prolonged exposure, and we’re delivering it with a virtual reality simulation that allows the clinician to control everything that goes on in the simulation as a way to pace the exposure in a very systematic and controlled way,” says Rizzo.Patients who were treated with his team’s VR exposure programs in 2006 at a naval medical center at Camp Pendleton in San Diego received good results in their initial open clinical trial.“Other groups got interested in it and we kept expanding the system and tried to make it better,” he says. “That version that we built there ended up getting distributed out to about 55 sites [across the country].”Among those to begin using the VR software Rizzo helped pioneer is the Phobia and Trauma Clinic at Hofstra University’s Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center.According to the clinic’s director, Dr. Mitchell Schare, research in this treatment area initially began at Hofstra in 1998 and has been used with patients struggling with phobias ranging from fear of flying to public speaking. Once implemented, Schare is confident that VR exposure treatment for use with veterans struggling with PTSD will enjoy the same success as the other VR programs already in use at the college.“I’ve been having various people come and speak to my students, veterans themselves [and] people who treat veterans,” says Schare. “We’ve been watching all kinds of materials, some issued by the government, documentaries on Afghanistan and Iraq, so I’ve been training students and preparing them.”“We will be absolutely offering [VR exposure therapy] as part of treatment,” he adds.Levi was among many wounded veterans who underwent VR exposure therapy at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before it closed its doors in 2011 and merged with the National Naval Medical Center to form the present-day Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.He is living, breathing proof of its success in combating PTSD.“There was a person I know that was afraid for his life sitting in any vehicle,” he tells the Press. “They put this apparatus on his head and he was using it to watch himself walk up to a vehicle and then he would sit in [it] and would be able to stop if he wanted to without being in a [real] vehicle.”Levi credits the program with helping him learn how to drive again after his injuries left him unable to operate a car without special hand controls.“They had screens on all of the walls in the room that you’re in, and there’s the cab of this little pickup truck, and there’s no back on it and there’s no front on it,” he says, recalling his turn in the VR machine.“It’s just the cab of the pickup truck and you have the seat and the hand control,” he continues. “You go on a highway, you go into the town, and you learn how to drive—it’s all virtual and it’s replicating reality.”DOWNWARD DOGThere are approximately 138,000 veterans living on the Island, second only to San Diego in the percentage of vets among citizens, according to local veterans advocates. Roughly 5,000 LI residents served in Iraq and in Afghanistan.With U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq last year, LI is now undergoing an influx of Afghanistan vets, with complete drawdown expected next year.With such a significant sea change in LI’s veteran population, the Northport VA has not only been researching newer technology, such as VR therapy, in treating newly returning vets, but also New Age treatments, such as yoga, for both new and old.“People are looking for this [treatment], so the veterans are very welcoming of it,” says Richelle Rapaport, a clinical nurse specialist in psych mental health and a board-certified advanced practice holistic nurse at the VA.Rapaport, who’s been with the VA since 1988, received grant funding that trained 200 VA staff members in Tai Chi, Reiki Relaxation, yoga, guided imagery, reflexology, clinical meditation and aroma therapy two years ago.Despite their tough and combat-hardened perception, Rapaport says it’s the young vets, especially the men, who do better with these physical modalities combined with elements of meditation and Tai Chi. Overall, it helps both servicemen and women “settle down, focus their brains and reduce their reactivity,” she explains.“You can be the toughest person in the world, but yoga could still knock you out, man,” admits Levi. “It’s not the easiest thing in the world and a lot of these guys…have no range of motion at all, and then they get injured, and they have a bad back or they have a prosthetic on one of their legs. [Their] range of motion is what’s stopping them from being able to maneuver that prosthetic properly. With yoga, you can control your body and do stretches and breathing. It’s relaxing and it’s fulfilling.”THE WAR WITHINEven with this new wave of treatment options, however, experts agree that returning veterans may still find difficulty adjusting to civilian life, whether because of trouble at home or school, unemployment, or drug and alcohol abuse.In the same high-tech vein as the VR therapy, VA officials are now also using online and texting services as a means of connecting with soldiers who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.“More and more younger service members are coming home and our texting program is…becoming much more popular,” says Dr. Caitlin Thompson, deputy director of the Canandaigua VA’s Suicide Prevention Program in upstate New York. “So, the use of new technology is essential, and developing ways to both reach people and to intervene with folks with using this new technology is absolutely huge.”She says suicide remains an unfortunate reality among PTSD patients. Of the approximately 32,000 suicides per year in the United States, 20 percent are veterans, and each day 18 suicide-related deaths are committed by veterans, according to the VA National Mental Health Service.The veterans’ crisis line is one of the last lines of defense in helping to subdue this dark trend gripping veterans.“That’s kind of the linchpin for suicide prevention efforts with the VA,” says Thompson. “In general, it’s known you need to get people out of the immediate crisis, and then you need to follow up with them over time so that they can get the treatment that they need and they can get the support that they need because [it] works.“We get calls from people who are waking up from nightmares in the middle of the night and just need to talk with somebody, and that runs to people who are standing on the bridge and are ready to jump.”MODERN WARFAREPTSD is hardly a new phenomenon, but it wasn’t until 1980 that the disorder was even recognized as a medical condition.Older veterans had therefore potentially suffered for several decades without getting the help they so desperately needed, according to John Javis, chairperson of Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, a nonprofit that works with veterans, their families and collaborates with other vet groups, including the Northport VA.“In World War I we called [PTSD] ‘shell shock’—some of the old black and white footage of soldiers after the war show people walking around these mental hospitals just shaking because of being exposed to artillery and being in trenches,” he says. “In World War Two it was known as ‘combat fatigue.’ In other words, a Vietnam veteran [who], let’s say, came home in 1968 with PTSD, well, the field didn’t even really start to name it until 1980.”Joe Messana understands the difficulties Vietnam veterans faced firsthand. The Hicksville resident enlisted into the military during the fall of 1967 and received orders to deploy to Vietnam the following year with the 90th Replacement Battalion, stationed in Long Binh Post—the U.S. Army’s headquarters.“These poor guys from World War II, Vietnam and Korea who came home, they didn’t get [treatment for] PTSD,” he explains. “There was no understanding, and they were probably put in a mental institute immediately because they weren’t getting used to civilian life. And this is what happens: you can’t get a guy that’s been in combat in 100-degree weather in the jungles of Vietnam and all of a sudden have him go to New York City on 42nd Street.”He suggests the same holds true for the younger generation of combat veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.“When we were in the service you’d hear about constant combat, the sounds of the jets and the sounding of war,” he says. “When we were there it was one year that we were in combat duty and when we came home there was no such thing as an [off] switch. These kids are coming home and they’re confused, and don’t forget…they’re coming back from a war and some [served multiple tours], there’s no such thing as an [off] switch.”While the nature of conflict in current wars and those of years past may differ, Galak says the harsh reality of modern combat still takes its toll.“The changes take place with the change in warfare in Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Galak. “There are no front lines and no rear lines, so you’re constantly under threat of sniper fire and improvised explosive devices. It’s very difficult to tell friendlies from the enemy—they’re under the constant threat of combat 100 percent [of the time].”There are endless examples of such scenarios leaving permanent, invisible scars.Levi, the corporal, recalls a flatbed truck carrying eight pipes—each containing a powerful Katyusha rocket—exploding in Eastern Baghdad outside one of the four largest forward-operating bases.“It was probably booby-trapped, and when the people jumped on they initiated the explosives,” he says. “The amount of damage they did in that confined area was severely intense so…the 80 Iraqi soldiers that were standing around watching this go on were injured by random pieces of shrapnel. Fifteen people were vaporized.”Levi recalls the only person in the vicinity who was capable of treating the injured was an 18-year-old medic who was new to combat.“This medic had to [decide] if certain soldiers’ injuries were severe enough where they wouldn’t make it…to the Iraqi hospital, which was about one kilometer away,” he continues.“In those moments he had to decide how to ration supplies among the injured, and who was going to live or die,” adds Levi. “Their lives were in his hands, and afterwards he was covered in blood and we had to hose him off with water and soap.”Christopher Levi, a 29-year-old U.S. Army Ranger from Holbrook, stands with the help of prosthetic legs in front of his Lexus SUV that he re-learned how to drive with the help of virtual reality exposure therapy. (Chris Mellides/Long Island Press)THE HOMEFRONTEven with all of the outreach, medical advancements and new treatment options for patients suffering PTSD, the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment can still dissuade veterans from getting the help that they need.“There’s still the concern about stigma, and the VA is trying to work to eliminate the stigma of mental health,” says Joe Sledge, Northport VA spokesman.“Everyone who goes to war comes back affected by that experience,” he says. “They could potentially save themselves years of unhappiness by getting the treatment early. The earlier that they come in, the better off they’ll be.”Tom Ronayne, director of Suffolk County Veterans’ Services, an organization that among other things, assists veterans with processing claims for benefits, also recognizes the challenges this stigma poses to mental health treatment. Ultimately, he says, veterans are doing themselves a disservice by not seeking help for fear of being ostracized.“The de-stigmatization of these mental health issues is going to be a game-changer,” says Ronayne. “When we sent them away, they were okay. When they came home, they’re broken.“We have an obligation to make sure that they’re not only well cared for, but that we support them in any way possible, so that we can ensure that their prognosis going forward is that they’ll be able to move beyond their PTSD,” he adds.Refusing to allow his injuries to get in the way of his career goals, Levi began working at American Portfolios Financial Services less than a year ago. This past June, he enrolled at Long Island University, where he’s studying business with plans to continue his education during the fall semester.“I’d like to be a financial advisor,” says Levi. “I’ve already learned a lot [at American Portfolios] and I’ll learn even more at LIU Post.“Despite all I’ve been through, I know that I can make it if I just go for it.”
— NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway Sunday with new rules and more fans. The Alabama track will admit up to 5,000 fans, just 48 hours after Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed two of its employees tested positive for the new coronavirus. The new rules are in response to Ryan Newman’s crash in the Daytona 500, but there is no practice or qualifying scheduled, so drivers won’t have a feel for the adjustments until the race begins. NASCAR also will be on the lookout for the newly banned Confederate flag.— The NASCAR Cup race at Texas will have thousands of spectators in the stands. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan submitted by the track to allow fans for the July 19 race. While the state allows 50% capacity for outdoor sporting events, track president Eddie Gossage says it’s too early to know how many fans will be able to attend. With social distancing protocols in place, the speedway first must reassign seating for people who had already purchased tickets for the race that was originally scheduled for March 29. The track capacity is about 135,000.— The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic but is going ahead in empty stadiums and with fewer foreign players. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24 after the virus outbreak in Wuhan. The semifinals stage has started with 20 teams divided into two divisions and limited venues to reduce travel. All stadiums are closed to fans. League chairman and former NBA star Yao Ming praised the work of the clubs and health authorities for helping get the season restarted. He says as the first national large-scale sports event to be restarted in China the CBA is of “strategic significance.”— French soccer authorities will allow fans back into stadiums starting July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000. The president of the French Football Federation says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August. The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.NFL-REDSKINS-HONORING MITCHELL Redskins retire Mitchell’s jersey, rename stadium levelUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins will retire the jersey of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. They will also rename the lower level of FedEx Field for him, replacing the section named for former owner George Preston Marshall.The team, which is under pressure to change its name during the ongoing national reckoning over racism, said Saturday that Mitchell’s No. 49 will become only the second jersey in the franchise’s 88-year history to be retired. The other is the No. 33 of Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.Mitchell, Washington’s first African American player, died in April. The Redskins were the last NFL team to integrate the roster.Significantly, dropping Marshall’s name from the lower bowl of the stadium follows by one day the removal of his statue at RFK Stadium, the team’s former home. Marshall moved the team from Boston to Washington and resisted integrating the roster with Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962. The Yankees originally had intended to base at their spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. The Mets had said they were undecided between Citi Field and their training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. But positive cases for COVID-19 in Florida have increased markedly in recent days, while the percentage of positive tests in New York City has dropped sharply.All 30 MLB teams have closed their spring camps in Florida and Arizona this weekend over virus concerns.MLB had hoped to start the season during the first week of July, but teams and the players’ association are engaged in a bitter fight over how to apportion revenue losses caused by the pandemic. Both sides agree that players need three weeks of training before the increasingly slight season could start.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the team has closed affected areas of the building. Management says the affected areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified and are following the established protocols, the Bucs said in a statement. That includes a 14-day quarantine period. The team did not identify the people who tested positive. The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility earlier this week after three players and two staff members tested positive. More tests results pending, Watney positiveHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Packed restaurants and a lack of social distancing on Hilton Head Island are leading to concerns that the PGA Tour might have more players test positive for the coronavirus. Nick Watney became the first player to test positive on Friday and withdrew from the RBC Heritage.The tournament is the second since the tour resumed play after a three-month break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The tour has tested 11 people who came into close contact with Watney and all initial tests came back negative.Justin Thomas is one of several players to note how busy the island has been. He says, “It’s an absolute zoo around here.” In other PGA news:— Chris Kirk won the Korn Ferry Tour’s King & Bear Classic on Saturday at World Golf Village, a year after taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour to fight alcohol abuse and depression. Kirk birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Justin Lower in the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit’s second straight one-time event to make up for events lost to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Kirk says it gives him a deeper sense of appreciation and gratitude for everything, adding that he’s a completely different person than he was two years ago”.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSYankees, Mets to train in New York if MLB resumesUNDATED (AP) — The Yankees and Mets would train in New York if Major League Baseball and its players try to start the coronavirus-delayed season. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday, and the teams confirmed the decisions. June 20, 2020 The 3-year-old colt from upstate New York charged to the lead turning to the front stretch and now can set his sights on the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby and Oct. 3 Preakness. All three legs of this year’s Triple Crown schedule were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Belmont, usually the series capper, was initially scheduled for June 6.Tiz the Law gave New York a hometown champion in its first major sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic seized the area. He’s the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont since Forrester in 1882.This Belmont States was unlike any of the 151 that preceded it. The Long Island track can pack in nearly 100,000, but this race only had about 100 on hand, including jockeys, media and park staff.Masks were mandated for all but the horses — even the jockeys wore face coverings.PGA TOUR-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHORSE RACING-BELMONTTiz the Law wins BelmontNEW YORK (AP) — Tiz the Law has won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory Saturday at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule and crossing the finish line in front of eerily empty grandstands. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t commenting on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private. The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer.— Canada’s approval of the NHL’s return-to-play proposal has led the league to consider designating one or more cities north of the border to serve as hubs for its 24-team playoff format. Officials say Canada’s top public health officer as well as the top health officers of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Toronto worked closely with the NHL to approve the plan. It required an exemption because the U.S.-Canada border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.— The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall. The league has set Oct. 16 as the date for this year’s draft and says clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later. The annual moratorium will begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Oct. 19 and continue through noon on Oct. 23. The league told teams of the plans Saturday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.— Kansas State has paused all voluntary workouts for football student-athletes for two weeks following the most recent COVID-19 test results. As of Friday, 14 student-athletes had tested positive for active COVID-19 following testing of more than 130 student-athletes. The school says those who tested positive are being medically managed according to current health guidelines. That includes self-isolation for 10 days and until a patient is without fever for 72 hours without medication, whichever takes longer. Athletics director Gene Taylor says the university feels that temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to facilities is the best decision for everyone. — As universities begin the process of playing sports through a pandemic, some are requiring student athletes to sign waivers acknowledging the risks for COVID-19. Ohio State and Missouri have pledges they are requiring athletes or their parents to sign before the players can take part in voluntary workouts. How much legal protection any of these forms provide schools is up for debate, along with the ethics of requiring unpaid students to sign them. Athletes have already tested positive at more than a dozen schools from Boise State to Clemson, though some schools are not releasing details. The team’s announcement of the change did not mention Marshall, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were wondering if we would ever see the Eagles win a Super Bowl in our lifetimes, and we may not ever see another one,” said John Thompson, 56, of suburban Downingtown. “That’s why we’re here today.”The players got into the Philly spirit. Center Jason Kelce walked the route in an outlandishly sequined Mummers getup — a nod to Philadelphia’s raucous annual parade on New Year’s Day — slapping fans’ hands and leading them in a profane chant broadcast on live TV. Defensive end Chris Long wore a full-length, fake fur coat atop an Allen Iverson 76ers jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Doug Pederson carried the Lombardi Trophy past the cheering throngs, while franchise owner Jeffrey Lurie held a sign saying “THANK YOU FANS” while standing next to the team’s three quarterbacks: Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, injured starter Carson Wentz and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld.The parade caps a glorious week for jubilant fans celebrating an NFL title that had eluded them for nearly 60 years. Led by the backup quarterback Foles and second-year coach Pederson, the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Ateneo, San Beda, HTC earn PCCL Elite 8 opening wins Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Fans line Benjamin Franklin Parkway before a Super Bowl victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl parade stepped off Thursday as hundreds of thousands of deliriously happy Eagles fans jammed the city’s main thoroughfares to celebrate an NFL title many of them never thought they’d see.Fans clad in Eagles green lined up 20 deep in spots to catch a glimpse of the champs, who rode up Broad Street in open-top, double decker buses. Bundled up against freezing winds, some fans from New Jersey walked across the nearly 2-mile long Benjamin Franklin Bridge just to get into the city.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Schools, museums, courts, government offices and even the Philadelphia Zoo were shut down so the city could fete an underdog Eagles team that few outside Philadelphia thought had a prayer of beating the mighty Patriots led by superstar quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.Thompson’s friend, Craig Moyer, also of Downingtown, said he came to the parade to honor his late mother, a life-long Eagles fan.“My mother was from the coal regions, she passed at 91 years old,” the 66-year-old said. “She was an Eagles fan who used to tell me about the old championship games. So this is for her. We’re down here for her.”Organizers prepared for as many as 2 million people to jam the parade route. No official estimate was released for the parade after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, but experts have said that crowd likely didn’t exceed 750,000.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
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And we moved the ball well tonight.”Charlotte had 31 assists — six each by Lamb and Nic Batum — much to the delight of Borrego. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, left, and Kemba Walker, right, watch a video replay during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Coach James Borrego has been preaching defense to his Charlotte Hornets the last two weeks.But on Saturday the Hornets turned up the heat on the other end of the court, getting off to a blistering start and matching a season high in points scored in a 135-115 win over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT “A lot of times it’s up and down because we’re still learning and growing, so I feel as if once we lock in on the little details of being great, everything else will follow suit,” Oubre said.BRIDGES DUNK CONTEST?Hornets teammates say they want to see rookie Miles Bridges in the dunk contest at next month’s NBA All-Star weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he’s still improving as a player and has a lot to learn, the athletic Bridges has put together quite a highlight reel of high-flying dunks.“Of course, he should definitely be in there,” Lamb said.Bridges said he is looking forward to having a chance to compete, but said he hasn’t heard anything definitive from the league.TAKING CHARGE(S)Walker isn’t just a scorer for the Hornets. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Walker has shown he’ll do anything to win, including taking 15 charges this season — tied for fifth-most in the NBA. He drew another in the third quarter against the Suns.UP NEXTSuns: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard “Our ball movement was great,” Borrego said. “When we move the ball like that we are a dangerous offense.”Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 and fell to 4-19 on the road.This one was never close.The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10 of 14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-10 shooting. Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.“Yeah, they just hit us right in the mouth,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It was their first punch right to the head. By the time we figured out what was going on, we were down 20 (points). .. Every cut they were making, screens they were setting, everything had a purpose. They were sharper and also had more energy than we did.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP INSSuns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De’Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled “Get big!” at his teammate.Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team’s career leader in 3-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said “Wow! Wow! Wow!” while he stood at midcourt after being given a key to the city, and told fans, “I hope I made you proud.”BIG EFFORT FROM BIGSBismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26 despite playing without injured starting center Cody Zeller.Borrego praised Biyombo’s effort as “fantastic.”Kokoskov said the Suns got caught in too many switches on defense.“When we switch, that’s your guy and you have to compete every possession with your guy, so a lot of times it was a mismatch,” Kokoskov said. “It comes down to the collective responsibility on the boards, so you have to stay with your guy and compete with him.”CONSISTENCY NEEDEDForward Kelly Oubre Jr. said the Suns need more consistency, something that will come with more playing experience. Starting three rookies adds to that inconsistency. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Bundesliga Liverpool and Barcelona target Tah pens Leverkusen extension until 2023 Peter Hanson 23:08 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen Barcelona Liverpool Borussia Dortmund Primera División Premier League Bayer Leverkusen v Schalke 04 Schalke 04 The highly-rated centre-half has previously been linked with leading sides in Germany, Spain and England, but will be going nowhere any time soon Jonathan Tah has extended his contract at Bayer Leverkusen until 2023, the club have confirmed.The Germany centre-back signed a five-year deal at Leverkusen when he joined from Bundesliga rivals Hamburg in July 2015.He has since become a mainstay of their defence, chalking up 69 league appearances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A short statement on the club’s Twitter account read: “FanTAHstic News! @jonatah has extended his contract with #Bayer04 until 2023!”Tah is regarded as one of the most promising defenders in European football and the 22-year-old has previously been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.His performances at Leverkusen saw him earn a first Germany call-up in March 2016, and he was taken to the European Championship in the same year to replace the injured Antonio Rudiger.
Script Ohio Walk Buckeyes FootballOhio State fans may have seen their college football team win the national championship last year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t hungry for more this year. One group of Buckeyes supporters is apparently so excited for the upcoming season, they walked 19 miles to prove it.The Ohio State fans, according to a Reddit user named @orweezy, walked for six and a half hours to spell out ‘script Ohio’ on Google Maps. They finished at Ohio Stadium, effectively “dotting the i.” Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman tipped us off to the photo.Creative, for sure. If you’re wondering, they plan on biking it next year instead – for obvious reasons.
TORONTO – Three new charges of attempted murder have been laid against the man accused in a deadly van attack in Toronto last month.Police have said eight women and two men died, and 16 people were injured, after Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., allegedly drove a rental van down a busy sidewalk on April 23.The dead ranged in age from 22 to 94, and included a student from South Korea and a man from Jordan.Police initially said there were 13 injured that day, but further investigation revealed three others were also hurt.Minassian was already charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.He appeared in a north Toronto court by video today and said nothing as the three new charges were laid.Minassian appears on the screen wearing an orange prison jump suit. He’s standing very still with his hands straight by his side. Looking calm— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) May 10, 2018Insp. Bryan Bott, the head of Toronto’s homicide squad, said shortly after the attack that police hadn’t identified a motive, but that the evidence they had didn’t meet the threshold for terrorism charges.
New Delhi: The new accounting standard for leases will bring substantial visibility of companies’ lease commitments and improve the quality of financial information about companies, chartered accountants’ body ICAI saidMonday. Ind AS 116, which sets out the principles for recognition, presentation and disclosure of leases has been notified by the corporate affairs ministry. The standard is effective from Monday. A senior government official said the standard would affect all industries where leases are a predominant component in their businesses and result in more transparency. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalICAI President Prafulla P Chhajed said the new standard on leases ushers in a path-breaking reform in accounting for leases and would improve the quality of financial information. “It will bring substantial visibility of companies lease commitments, financing and operating model and above all better reflects economic reality,” he said in a release. Leasing is a well-known and long established form of obtaining finance. The new standard on leases ushers in a substantial change in the accounting for operating leases by lessees and few improvements in the disclosure-related aspects for lessors accounting, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).