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Djokovic mourns Kobe Bryant,daughter

first_img Promoted ContentThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap Operas7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindGreatest Movies In History Since 1982Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?A Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseRihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In Barbados Loading… While a number of tennis identities were familiar with Bryant, Djokovic shared a special bond with the 41-year-old. Indeed, just two days ago Djokovic credited Bryant with helping him arrest his form slump. “Kobe has been one of my mentors,” Djokovic told ESPN. “I’ve had several phone conversations with him and also of course when we see each other live in the past couple of years. “When I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling mentally and emotionally to handle all of these different things that were happening to me and dropping in the rankings and then having to work my way up, he was one of the people who was really there for me to give me some valuable advice and guidelines to kind of believe and trust in myself, trust the process that I’ll be back. “I’m very grateful to him for being there for me, for being very supportive. “I love Kobe. Who doesn’t? He’s an amazing guy and one of the best basketball players and athletes of all time.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The duo, along with seven others, were killed in a helicopter crash in California. “My heart truly mourns over the news today,” Djokovic said. “Kobe was a great mentor and friend to me. You and your daughter will live forever in our hearts. “There are not enough words to express my deepest sympathies to the Bryants and every family suffering from this tragedy. RIP my friend.”Advertisement Tennis ace, Novak Djokovic has delivered a heartfelt message in the wake of the tragic death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.last_img read more

Laverty on top

first_img The fifth fastest time went to Jonathan Rea on the Pata Honda who edged out Guintoli, who won the opening race of the season at Phillip Island in Australia, with FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier in seventh. But Camier is a doubtful start for Saturday’s second qualifying session as he crashed after setting his time. The British rider fell at turn 10 and dislocated his left knee and was transferred from the circuit medical centre to Alcaniz hospital for further examination. Camier’s team-mate Jules Cluzel was eighth, Loris Baz (Kawasaki) finished ninth and Davide Giugliano rounded out the top 10 on his Aprilia. Press Association The Aprilia rider, who shares the series points lead with team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, topped the first qualifying session at MotorLand Aragon with a time of one minute 58.548 seconds. The Irishman was fastest ahead of British duo Chaz Davies (BMW) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), with Davies’ Italian team-mate Marco Melandri in fourth. center_img Championship leader Eugene Laverty set the fastest time during the first qualifying session for the second round of the Superbike World Championship in Spain.last_img read more

Viztoria primed for Classic tilt

first_img The once-beaten filly was highly impressive on her three-year-old reappearance in the Athasi Stakes at the Kildare track earlier this month. Her only defeat came when she was a length second to Penny’s Picnic in a Group Two at Maisons-Laffitte in November. Eddie Lynam reports Viztoria on course for the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday. As in her past three starts, Johnny Murtagh will take the ride at the weekend. Lynam said: “She is in good form. We’ll be declaring her on Friday and Johnny Murtagh will ride. She’ll run whatever the ground.” The winner of her debut at Naas last July when trained by Ado McGuinness, the daughter of Oratorio stepped up to Listed level on her first start for Lynam to win the Blenheim Stakes at the Curragh in September. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Coach oozes class in Marble

first_imgCoach House looked a horse with a very bright future as the O’Briens got back on track in the Cold Move European Breeders Fund Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh. Aidan O’Brien said: “We thought he was a nice horse. He won nicely first time. He’s a lovely two-year-old. He has speed enough for five so he has all the options at Royal Ascot. “Joseph said he showed lots of speed and that he even got there a bit early on him. He’ll maybe get six or seven furlongs in time.” Owner John Magnier said: “Maybe the five-furlong Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot would be a race for him.” Abbakova took them along on the rail, but O’Brien junior stoked his mount up a furlong and a half out and he pulled nicely clear when engaging top gear to beat Club Wexford with plenty in hand. A son of Oasis Dream, Coach House, the 4-6 favourite, was winning for the second time from three starts and appears bound for Royal Ascot. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

McIlroy has learned from tough year

first_img However, the Northern Irishman refused to comment on rumours about his private life which claim he has split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. A poor run of form at the start of the season coincided with the confirmation of McIlroy’s multi-million pound switch to Nike and so far he has only had one top-five finish in 2013 – a year after topping the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. There have also been issues off the course as well as in addition to his relationship with Wozniacki he has changed management company with a court case to follow as a result. The 24-year-old believes his disappointing form is golf-related though and he thinks it has all been part of a learning curve. “I learned a lot this year,” he said ahead of his appearance at this week’s Korea Open. “I was under-golfed for the first three to four months. If I had to do it all over again, I’d probably have played more at the start of this year, just to play my way into the season a little better. “This is the first year that I struggled as a pro. It’s the first year I didn’t live up to my expectations. Coming off the back of such a good year 2012, it’s always tough to emulate that. “This year is a little bit of a disappointment, but I’ve still got six tournaments left this year to finish the year strongly and get some momentum for 2014. “I’ve had four weeks off and it’s nice to get back into some tournament play. “It’d be good to start this week with a good performance. Obviously, it’d be great to win.” Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy insists he has learned lessons from a difficult year which has seen him fail to register a single victory. McIlroy also denies his golf problems are a direct result of him changing equipment. “Mechanically my golf swing…I fell into a couple of bad habits and I was trying to work myself out of it. It affects mental issues as well,” he added. “Golf is a game of confidence and if you are confident it allows you to play better and freer… with a free mind. “It definitely had nothing to do with equipment. It had more to do with how I swing.” Asked about a reported split with his girlfriend McIlroy said: “My private life is private and I would like to keep it that way.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Rio embarrassed by United form

first_img United’s season sank to a new low on Tuesday when they were beaten 3- 0 by neighbours City in the Manchester derby. Moyes’ side take on Aston Villa on Saturday before hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. Another big defeat in either fixture will heap further pressure on Moyes. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he has felt too embarrassed to show his face in public at times this year because of his team’s dreadful form. United are seventh in the table, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea with seven matches remaining. And Ferdinand concedes he cannot bear the idea of stepping out in public after every one of the team’s embarrassing defeats. “I don’t want to go out when the game has finished,” Ferdinand said in a frank interview with BT Sport. “I don’t want to take my kids to school and listen to things that I think I’m hearing or see people look at me in a different way because we’ve lost a game. “I don’t want to go out and fill my car up with petrol or go to the shops or anything. It’s embarrassing. “Ideally you want to play the next game the next night and get it out of the way so you can go out and get a win and go out with your chest out and feel more comfortable because it’s personal. “You think everyone is talking about you and the result and what’s going on with the club and the form and you don’t want to live like that. “You want to walk freely and comfortably.” Press Association Ferdinand has known nothing but success since he joined United 12 years ago, winning six Premier League titles and one Champions League. The defender has, therefore, found life hard going this year because of the team’s struggle under David Moyes. last_img read more

The Latest: Pac-12 cancels all spring sports, championships

first_imgThe Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___10:45 a.m. March 14, 2020 The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.___5:45 p.m.Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Depaoli has announced he’s tested positive for COVID-19.He’s the 10th Serie A player confirmed positive and the sixth at Sampdoria. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):12:15 p.m.The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors. The Latest: Pac-12 cancels all spring sports, championships The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The World Curling Federation said that with hundreds of athletes and staff needing to travel to each tournament, “it is no longer possible to run these international events.”The WCF says it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5.“We believe that in the current unprecedented situation this is the only responsible course of action to take,” said Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life.The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25. While Sampdoria said in a statement earlier Saturday that it would not announce any more updates about its players “to avoid news leaks and useless alarmism” since “all the lads are well,” Depaoli revealed his positive test on social media.Depaoli writes in Italian on Instagram, “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. But I want to reassure you that I’m OK! This invisible monster is hitting us indiscriminately, but by adopting the correct measures and following medical advice, we can win our biggest match and return stronger than before.”The five other Sampdoria players who tested positive are: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby. The other Serie A players who tested positive are Daniele Rugani at Juventus and Fiorentina teammates Dušan Vlahović , Germán Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone.___ The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. ___12:45 p.m. “World Triathlon will continue working during this time to try to reallocate the events after the 30th of April when possible, and will work with all stakeholders to undertake further actions if needed regarding the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings,” the ITU said.___3:50 pm.The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions.In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.” Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.The players’ association says that forcing players to leave their homes “is a shamefully irresponsible act,” adding that if it’s being done just to receive a refusal by the players in order to cut salary payments “it means that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity.”The players’ association has been at odds with clubs over the virus for weeks, first arguing for the games to be stopped before the government-issued suspension on Monday.___ Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___1:40 p.m.Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic.SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” ___5:10 p.m.Lionel Messi has joined a call in Spain by sports figures, who are supporting a public awareness campaign by government authorities and healthcare workers asking the nation’s population to remain indoors to fight the spread of the coronavirus. “It is the moment to act responsibly and to stay home,” Messi wrote on Instagram on Saturday.The Barcelona star added: “We are worried by what is happening and we want to help by putting ourselves in the place of those who are having the most difficulties, either because they or their families or friends are directly affected, or because they are working on the frontline in hospitals.” 5:35 p.m.Spanish football club Alavés says two members of its coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says both unnamed coaches are without symptoms and in good health. The club added it will test the rest of the members of its team on Monday. Spain has stopped all sports competitions for the next two weeks. Spain is tightening controls on movement and closing shops as it struggles to stem a peak in virus infections that has surpassed 5,000 people. ___5 p.m.The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April.Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico. The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited.The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move.The moves follow Thursday’s decision by the NCAA to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships.___6:05 p.m. 3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.”The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6. Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus. Associated Press Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

USC announces new security measures after death of student

first_imgUSC announced new safety measures to improve security on the University Park Campus and the surrounding neighborhood on Thursday.The measures include adding additional neighborhood security ambassadors, upgrading security technology, instituting new safety education measures and expanding the service area of Campus Cruiser.The announcement comes three weeks after Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old male graduate student from China, was killed in an attempted robbery outside of his apartment. Vice Provost of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry said that the new safety measures were put in place after the annual review process and were based in part on suggestions from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Department of Public Safety.“An important part of moving forward will be creating a collaborative effort between students, our Department of Public Safety, and the Los Angeles Police Department,” Carry said.Members of the USC administration have met with Chinese student leaders and parents to discuss safety concerns. DPS Chief John Thomas also reiterated his call for students to participate in a student safety committee to further encourage such collaboration.The university will continue its effort to improve safety education programs by making graduate and international student orientations mandatory. Undergraduate student orientations are already compulsory. Safety education sessions will be enhanced in all orientation programs.To specifically address the safety needs of international students, DPS will also forming an International Student Safety Advisory Group and creating an International Student Liaison Officer position.“One of the areas of concern is that since we have so many international students coming from so many different parts of the world, we need to build orientation programs and security measures that are cognizant of cultural intelligence and what security means in different parts of the world,” Carry said.Though crimes on and around campus have been reduced significantly over the past two years, Todd Dickey, senior vice president for administration, stated in a press release said that USC evaluates security and safety measures on an ongoing basis.“[T]he tragic death of Xinran Ji, shows that random criminal acts can take place in spite of our best efforts, and it further strengthens our resolve to find additional ways that we can help prevent such senseless tragedies,” Dickey said in a press release.A full list of the changes can be seen here.last_img read more

Television star RJ Mitte spoke on equality

first_imgRJ Mitte, one of the stars of the AMC show Breaking Bad, spoke to students and faculty on Monday evening in the Salvatori Computer Science Center. The discussion, Breaking Barriers with RJ Mitte, focused on Mitte’s disability and how he uses his career to advocate for equality.The event was sponsored by the Political Student Assembly.Mitte played the character Walter “Flynn” White Jr., who suffers from cerebral palsy in the hit TV show Breaking Bad. In the show, Mitte is the son of a cancer-diagnosed chemistry teacher who produces and sells methamphetamine to help his family financially before he dies.When Mitte was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. Mitte moved to Los Angeles in 2006 because his sister was recruited for a role in a film project. Mitte jokingly said that he started to take acting lessons because if you’re in L.A. and you’re not in school, in a gang or acting, you probably won’t meet friends.  About six months later, he auditioned for Breaking Bad and got the part.Mitte said his cerebral palsy doesn’t hold him back.“I really don’t see [cerebral palsy] as a [hindrance],” Mitte said. “I see it as a strength. I see it as knowledge. There [are] so many things that come into effect when you’re in this industry and the more you have the better, I find. Yes, it can look hindering, but to me, it’s not.”Mitte said individuals need to stop letting fear stop them from doing things.“The main thing I’ve been really trying to get across when I do these speeches is not allowing yourself to be manipulated by fear,” Mitte said.  “At the end of the day, we are able to do anything we want. We have the power. We have the knowledge. We have the ability as human beings to be very resilient and not give up.”Mitte said people should always take the opportunity to create social change.“When you have an opportunity to change something that’s bigger than yourself and you have people that will listen and seem to like what you have to say and seem to understand … I think it’s important to do it,” Mitte said.According to Mitte, individuals need to change the way they perceive others.“One of the most important things that we have to do is change the mindset of how we perceive people, not just with disability — but people in general — because you have a lot of people that perceive the wrong thing and that’s not what you need,” Mitte said. “They see the crutches; they see the chair; they don’t look at who that person is. That’s not what I see when I see someone; I see them and then I see an extension.”Breaking Bad helped Mitte become more involved with helping others and changing mindsets.“[Breaking Bad] gave me a career and my career changed my life,” Mitte said. “I’m lucky that I’m able to do what I do. There are so many people in my position that don’t get these opportunities. No matter what, I would always be working with organizations and nonprofits, but this has allowed me to amplify that and to unfold and bring awareness to certain things that really need to be brought attention to.”Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Breaking Bad was a show on HBO. It was actually a show on AMC. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 3: Michael Lasker vs. Cody Conway

first_img Published on August 4, 2016 at 10:53 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 4: Kayton Samuels vs. Steven ClarkSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 5: Rodney Williams vs. Kielan WhitnerSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 6: Nickel cornerbackSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 7: Antwan Cordy vs. Chauncey ScissumSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 8: Jonathan Thomas vs. Ted Taylor When Lester was pitching Syracuse to Conway in high school, he advertised Ron Thompson as someone who would help make Conway better in practice. The former SU defensive end left school early for the NFL Draft, and his work against Conway seems to have paid off as the second-year man has a chance to be the youngest starter on the offensive line.Conway sits behind Lasker on the depth chart as of now, but neither player is proven.The most important position on Syracuse’s offensive line is the one with the most questions, and the jury is still out on whether the Orange will have protection for Dungey where he needs it most. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ With Syracuse football training camp less than two days away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will analyze one of the top 10 preseason storylines, top 10 position battles or reveal one of 10 player files each day. Check out dailyorange.com and follow along here to countdown to camp.With Eric Dungey expected to spend more time in the pocket this season, protecting the sophomore’s blindside becomes even more important than last year. Injury-riddled Ivan Foy sufficed at left tackle last year but wasn’t spectacular and now he’s gone.Dungey’s primary protectors have minimal experience on the offensive line. Fifth-year senior Michael Lasker’s only start there came against Villanova in 2014 and he redshirted last year. Then-freshman Cody Conway played sparingly in six games for the Orange last year.Conway showed promise last season and was the backup at the position to Foy while Lasker battled injury. Then-offensive coordinator Tim Lester had some high praise for Conway from the get-go, saying it was him who stood out the most among the freshman at the beginning of training camp.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGEAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPreseason storyline, No. 1: Dino Babers’ offensePreseason position battle, No. 4: Kayton Samuels vs. Steven ClarkPreseason player file, No. 4: Dontae Stricklandlast_img read more