Acquiring Davis could leave the Lakers with just $23 million in cap space next year if he declines to waive his $4 million trade kicker, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. This would leave the Lakers with less than enough money to make max offers to coveted free agents. But, this scenario can be avoided if the agreement isn’t completed until late July, which would give Los Angeles space for a max slot. Anthony Davis trade rumors: Knicks ‘weren’t close’ to having assets needed to acquire star The Lakers are in an interesting situation.Los Angeles reportedly agreed to terms on a blockbuster deal with New Orleans this weekend. It secured Anthony Davis by sending the Pelicans Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 selection in this year’s draft. However, the deal could limit their ability to add another star. New Orleans is willing to listen to the Lakers’ suggestions for a delay, but that compromise isn’t likely, according to the Times. The Pelicans are focused on making the No. 4 pick “as attractive as possible” to suitors looking to move up in the draft. So it appears like Los Angeles will have to get creative with free agency this offseason. Related News Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis The Lakers are expected to pursue All-Star talents like Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard, amongst others.Los Angeles is looking to bounce back from a 37-45 season in which it missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year. Raptors players discuss Kawhi Leonard’s impending free agency
CLOSE GAME—The North Side Steelers visited the Hill Disciples Aug. 22, in a battle between two of the Termite teams. The Disciples pulled out a close game that ended 13-0 as the Hill team improved to 2-0 for the 2009 season. Sportsmanship is always on display regardless of the outcome as the Disciples and Steeler players shook hands after the end of this game. SERIES OF THE WEEK—Homewood (1-3) vs. Braddock (1-3)The atmosphere was set with aromas wafting from the concession stands. Every seat was filled. It was a great day for football in the Homewood community. The scene was reminiscent of a party. The Homewood Bulldogs would respond to the call with heated gridiron completion.They improved tremendously as an organization, posting a 4-0 record in front of the home crowd on Sunday. The defensive effort was tremendous as they allowed a combined two scores in the entire series. BALANCING ACT—Hill Disciples QB David Stroeier attempts to stay in bounds on this run as Steeler defenders try to push him out. Touchdowns by Reggie Oaks, Patrick Jones, Shawn Lyons, and Mykal Lyons.Midgets-Homewood 25, Braddock 6Touchdowns by Homewood: Trevon Mathis (2) and Niko Cruise; Braddock: B.J. EssietThe Bulldogs were not the only organization with an impressive showing. The Hill District maintained their standing at the top with a league best 7-1 record. The North Shore also walked away with three wins to solidify themselves as the number two team, overall. It still proved to be a competitive week as four teams split at 2-2. Here is a look at how each team faired over the weekend:CLAIRTON vs. LINCOLN: TWERPS: 12-8 (LINCOLN); TERMITES: 18-6 (CLAIRTON); M. MITES: 16-6 (LINCOLN) MIDGETS: 25-20 (CLAIRTON).HILL DISTRICT vs. NORTH SIDE: TWERPS: 18- 6 (HILL DISTRICT); TERMITES: 13- 0 (HILL DISTRICT): M. MITES: 6- 0 (HILL DISTRICT); MIDGETS: 38-0 (HILL DISTRICT). NORTH SHORE vs. W. PITTSBURGH: TWERPS: 33-13 (N. SHORE); TERMITES: 21-0 (N. SHORE); M. MITES: 20-13 (N. SHORE); MIDGETS: 12-14 (W. PITTSBURGH)WILKINSBURG vs. GARFIELD: TWERPS: 20-7 (WILKINSBURG); TERMITES: 19-6 (GARFIELD); M. MITES: 6-0 (WILKINSBURG); MIDGETS: 34- 0 (GARFIELD). OVERALL:1. Hill District 7-12. North Shore 5-2-13. Clairton 5-33. Garfield 5-33. Homewood 5-36. Lincoln 3-4-17. Wilkinsburg 3-4-18. W. Pittsburgh 2-69. North Side 1-6-110. Braddock 1-7THIS WEEK: 1. Hill District: 4-02. Homewood: 4-03. North Shore: 3-14. Garfield: 2-24. Lincoln: 2-24. Clairton: 2-24. Wilkinsburg: 2-28. West Pittsburgh: 1-3 9. Braddock: 0-410. North Side: 0-4 One of the games included a come from behind victory by the Termites, when young Garrett Barnett Jr. had a 50-yard touchdown scamper after recovering his own fumble in the closing seconds of the game.Baby Twerps-Homewood 45, Braddock 0Hats off to these young warriors, they fought and came out with an impressive win.Twerps-Homewood 26, Braddock 0Touchdowns by Hasaan Ismaili, Kaine Burgess and Brashawd Mullen.Termites-Homewood 19, Braddock 6Touchdowns by Homewood: Garrett Barnett (2) and Timothy Terry; Braddock: Troy PhillipsMighty Mites-Homewood 26, Braddock 0
In the not too distant past, newly hired Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice (formerly of Robert Morris) and current Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez (formerly of the West Virginia University Mountaineers), left their universities holding the bag. To say that these men exemplify the legal jargon “breach of contract” would be quite an understatement. Both coaches bolted with quickness from their schools, players and fans without any true remorse or emotion. There were also no discernible penalties assessed on either coach by the NCAA. Is that a tad weird or what? If coaches are permitted to do what is best for their families and their careers then why are student-athletes competing under the umbrella of the NCAA forced to sit out a year if they decide to transfer to another school. It is painfully obvious that the current system is designed to create and maintain maximum profit for the member institutions, while providing concurrent residual windfalls for surrounding areas and businesses. Everybody makes money, while the existence of most student-athletes is poverty-stricken at worst and in the best of times economically challenged all the while getting bitten on both sides of the neck by the NCAA vampires, especially those student-athletes competing in football and basketball.In an April 2000 article by Harry Bruinius for the Christian Science Monitor titled “College players still amateurs…but barely,” Bruinius says this about March Madness: “What many believe to be the quintessential amateur athletic event is more and more becoming a multi-billion dollar industry, replete with trademarked merchandise, overzealous alumni and unctuous sports agents offering athletes illegal perks. Television revenues will bring the NCAA $242 million this year, or 80 percent of its annual income. This is just part of the $6.2 billion contract the organization has signed with CBS, which will have exclusive rights to broadcast the March event for years to come. More than other sporting events, the NCAA Division I tournament is a showcase of American egalitarianism, a rough and tumble meritocracy.”As far as compensation for their “services,” economist Andrew Zimbalist is quoted, asking, “Do you give them a stipend, like you give work-study students, or do you try to pay them according to their market value? If you do the latter, I think they really can’t be students anymore since that violates academic culture. [But I do believe that] there should be certain slots for non-matriculating athletes who would be paid as professional minor leaguers.”Why isn’t there a “limited type” of free agency in college athletics? In Flood v. Kuhn (407 U.S. 258), there was a 1972 United States Supreme Court decision upholding, by a 5–3 margin, the antitrust exemption first granted to Major League Baseball in Federal Baseball Club v. National League. It arose from a challenge by St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Curt Flood when he refused to be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1969 season. He sought injunctive relief from the reserve clause, which prevented him from negotiating with another team for a year after his contract expired.Although the court ruled in baseball’s favor, 5-3, it admitted the original grounds for the antitrust exemption were tenuous at best, that baseball was indeed interstate commerce for purposes of the act and the exemption was an “anomaly” it had explicitly refused to extend to other professional sports or entertainment. That admission set in motion events that ultimately led to an arbitrator’s ruling nullifying the reserve clause and opening the door for free agency in baseball and other sports.There still seems to be a perverted type of anti-trust exemption for the NCAA and its members. But what could be a direct slap in the face is that most of these “schools” declare themselves as nonprofit entities, getting billions in grants from the government. Where is the charity for these student-athletes? If an athlete feels that he or she may have a better opportunity at another school then they should be allowed pursue it. The same principles should also apply if the coach that recruits an athlete decides to seek greener pastures. Why should coaches be allowed to seek healthier fields when the athletes are forced to chew on their cuds?The scholarships granted to students are a pittance compared to the loot these money grubbers rake in from the blood, sweat and tears of America’s youth.The future of the NCAA should be to invade their gold-lined coffers to pay the athletes for their services. No ifs, ands or buts about it. It is a known fact that everyone throughout the college administrative and coaching ranks is getting paid while the players are getting played. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)
Backcountry enthusiasts will now have access to better information for evaluating snow conditions and assessing avalanche risks, thanks to new avalanche awareness signage around the province. Avalanche awareness signs targeting mountain snowmobilers have been posted at 23 key highway locations and most of the 85 managed snowmobile areas in the province. These signs advise sledders they are entering avalanche territory and provide a telephone number and website address that gives up-to-date local avalanche conditions. Avaluator signage, providing users with step-by-step instructions for assessing avalanche dangers, will be installed at nine of B.C.’s most popular snowmobile trail access sites. The signs provide a map of the area, which includes a visual representation of how risky the terrain is in relation to avalanches. Avaluator signs • Avaluator Signs are located: – Near Golden: Gorman Lake, Quartz Creek, Silent Pass – Near Revelstoke: Frisby Ridge, Boulder Mountain – Near Sicamous: Owl Head, Blue Lake, Eagle Pass, Queest Mountain • Avaluator signs were created using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES). With these new signs, mapped snowmobiling terrain in the province has quadrupled—complete drainages are now mapped so sledders can see clearly where the risk of avalanches changes on the trail. Snowmobile trail areas • Click on http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/search/search-facility-activity-results.aspx Avalanche safety tips • Get the training — a two-day Avalanche Skills Training course is your first step • Get the gear — everyone in the party needs a beacon, probe and shovel • Choose your terrain according to the conditions of the day — always check the bulletin at: http://www.avalanche.ca Learn more • Check out the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website: http://www.avalanche.ca • Want to know the local snowmobile clubs in your area? Visit the of Association of British Columbia Snowmobile Clubs website: http://www.abcsnow.ca/ or the BC Snowmobile Federation’s website at: http://www.bcsf.org • Learn more about avalanche skills training: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast
Play Your Part ambassador, Nambitha Ben-Mazwi, affectionately known as Lady Nam is an entertainer and philanthropist with a passion for community development. Lady Nam’s philanthropy is driven by a longing to make a positive impact in society using her personal brand and platform to reach out, educate and empower young girls and women.“Girls compete with girls, but women empower other women” says Lady Nam.Most notably, Lady Nam has created a platform for engagement on social media called #SheSpeaks by Lady Nam. This initiative aims to uplift young girls and women by encouraging them to find their voices in their careers and personal lives using #SheSpeaks by Lady Nam. Discussions address topics such as financial management, entrepreneurship, career guidance, spirituality, health and beauty.The initiative lives off social media and is amplified through various face-to-face interactions that Lady Nam has with experts from various fields, her entertainment industry peers and her mentees.“#SheSpeaks by Lady Nam is a women’s movement. It’s about empowering young girls and women. It’s about women finding their voice and after finding their voice, it’s about them walking, speaking and living their purpose.” says Lady Nam.Follow Lady Nam on YouTube to find out how you can get involved and find your voice.
Reaction to india’s sweeping success at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Kathmandu has been predictable. Congenital pessimists have dismissed the performances as inconsequential. South Asia is not exactly a sporting powerhouse. Part of the scornful attitude is, therefore, understandable.Yet consider the ridiculous euphoria that has greeted the cricket team’s victorious start to a patently B-grade tournament in Nairobi. It takes one tight spell and a couple of good shots against lowly Kenya for a middling tyro to be hailed as the new match-winner.On the other hand, Sunita Rani may have won races as far apart as the 1,500 m and the 10,000 m and may be only 19 but nobody seems bothered about sharpening her obvious talent. Likewise with swimmer Nisha Millet, karateka Damang Syngkon, the list can go on. Those who scoff at the SAF medals would do well to note that Sri Lanka’s world-class female track stars began their long journey at South Asian championships.This is not to suggest that every medal winner at Kathmandu is a probable Olympian. Given India’s dominance of the region it ends up taking home an overwhelming number of the medals from any SAF meet.It is necessary therefore to separate the athletes with potential from those whose aspirations and abilities can’t take them beyond the SAF winners’ podium. Is India even beginning to do this? Other countries have sports centres, training programmes and university scholarships that harness talent. Whether it is China or Australia or the US, no society leaves sportsmen with promise to their own devices. India does and, SAF games or no SAF games, suffers. The differential in attention paid to cricket and to lesser sports has created a new caste system. The old one is being fought with reservations. Cricket’s Brahminical status, however, is undisturbed.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alderweireld insists Liverpool clash Spurs ‘opportunity’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveToby Alderweireld insists Liverpool on Sunday is an opportunity for out-of-sorts Tottenham.The defender sees the Anfield showdown as an opportunity rather than an assignment to be scared of.“You can see it two ways,” said Alderweireld after their 1-1 draw with Watford. “It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday. We must use that.“Then Sunday is a big opportunity. Look, we’re a team, let’s go again. Let’s go, like that second half. Our best, it’s all we can do.”That second half he referred to was the 45 minutes against Watford on Saturday which saw Spurs lay siege to the visitors’ goal until they finally cancelled out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s opener with four minutes left.
Video: Dabo Swinney’s Passionate Halftime Speech To Clemson: “You Win With Class, You Lose With Class”
ESPNThings are going pretty well for Clemson down in Miami. The Tigers took a 42-0 lead into halftime, and have tacked on another three points so far in the third quarter. CU has already started benching some starters, including quarterback Deshaun Watson. Interesting, at the beginning of the break, Dabo Swinney kept his team out on the field for a few minutes before sending them to the locker room. Video shows that he was giving a passionate speech, in which he tells his team that Clemson “wins with class” and “loses with class.” We’re not sure if Swinney was just issuing a reminder with his team up big, or if something happened with the Tigers. There was a dust-up during pregame warmups between the two teams. Either way, it is definitely interesting. Here’s a link to the video from ESPN, if the embed doesn’t load for mobile users: [TheBigLead]
HALIFAX – A G7 ministers meeting in Halifax will promote the Canadian-led oceans plastic charter, with Ottawa planning to take the accord to the United Nations General Assembly, says the federal environment minister.The non-binding accord was agreed-to by five of the G7 leaders and the European Union at the G7’s Charlevoix summit in June, though neither the United States nor Japan have signed on yet.But the agreement needs wider international acceptance to stop the use of the oceans as open dumps, with over half of the waste coming from Asian nations who aren’t G7 members.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in an interview Monday the ocean plastics charter will be among the key features of the three-day Halifax gathering that begins Tuesday, as Canada wraps up its presidency of the G7.“We know plastic … is literally choking our lakes and rivers and we have to take steps to stop that or we’ll have more plastic pollution than fish by 2050,” she said from Ottawa.The meeting will also see discussion around the rules for bringing about the Paris climate agreement’s goals for reductions in carbon emissions, she said.In addition, the wide-ranging agenda includes discussion of measures to prevent illegal fishing, coastal adaptation to extreme weather and, on Friday, a gathering of G7 energy ministers that will include talks on clean energy.However, the plastics accord discussion — occurring in a province that relies on a healthy marine environment for fishing and tourism — has strong political appeal, say some observers.“If they make movement on this, it will resonate well with the public and in other countries,” said Ashley Wallis, program director of water and plastics at Environmental Defence.Sad images of plastic straws and bags causing the death of turtles have become widespread in social media around the globe, while the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was recently estimated at 79 thousand tonnes of ocean plastic — about half of it comprised of lost fishing nets.The charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them. It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Ottawa has yet to fully outline what its national strategy to reducing plastic waste will be, and what the broad goals of the accord will mean on the ground.However, McKenna said she’ll have some announcements during the meeting, as will Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who is expected to announce programs to reduce the amount of discarded fishing gear.In addition, McKenna says an effort is underway to take the ocean plastics charter to the international stage and gain more signatories, both from countries and large corporations.The minister said she’s been told Japan will “probably not” sign on to the accord in Halifax, though her officials were “working hard” with its government.Meanwhile, McKenna said the plan is to bring it to the G20 group of nations, which includes China, Indonesia and other major producers of the waste.The cabinet minister also said in Monday’s interview that Ottawa is planning to present the accord at the United Nations’ 73rd General Assembly next week.“The focus is on the G20 to continue it, but we have the United Nations General Assembly in September and that will be a focus because we really would like to take it to the world,” she said.McKenna’s office declined to confirm if the environment minister herself will be heading to New York next week to promote the charter.Louie Porta, vice-president of operations for Oceans North, said in an interview that Canada needs to take clear steps at home on plastics and marine waste to sustain international credibility.He said in an email that Canada has “done relatively little on fishing gear recovery or incentives for not leaving fishing and aquaculture gear in the water.”The non-profit group says that Ottawa needs to create a national “extended producer responsibility system, where the manufacturer designs products and packaging that never become waste and are always part of the supply chain.”“This would lead to a reduction in packaging and waste as manufacturers would not want to bear these costs,” he wrote in an email.Some environmental groups have been critical of the charter for its failure to act more rapidly, and for leaving in wording that would allow for the incineration of plastics.Despite a rise in recycling and composting in municipalities, Canadians remain among the most wasteful people in the developed world, with garbage being produced by households going up 18 per cent from 2012 to 2014, with 25 million tonnes of waste ending up in landfills that year.A spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation has said the only measure that would make a major impact on plastic waste that ends up in waterways and oceans is “complete elimination of disposable plastic products.”McKenna said she has to work with provinces and municipalities, and she’s also bringing businesses on board with practical arguments of how waste can become a financial asset.“We’re throwing out to $150 billion (in plastic waste), which doesn’t make any sense,” she said.