Help by sharing this information Well known in the Egyptian media, Abeer Saady has been writing constantly in Arabic and English on the most important subjects for the past 23 years. Whether at the Libyan war front or on the streets of Cairo, she seems to be everywhere. Hundreds of journalists throughout the Middle East know her, as she has given safety training to journalists working in hostile areas in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Bahrain and elsewhere. As well as being deputy editor of the daily Al-Akhbar, she has been elected vice-president and member of the board of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate for three terms, and ran its training department, hosting seminars and training sessions. But now she has had enough. Publicly criticizing the union’s silence in the face of all the arrests, violence and murders targeting journalists, she has announced that she is freezing her involvement. She urged her colleagues to consider the “catastrophic ramifications of silence in response to this attack on the safety, security and dignity of journalists.” Twelve journalists have been killed in Egypt since 2011 and more than 20 are currently detained. Information hero Abeer Saady
Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Los Angeles County health officials reported 620 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths on Wednesday, bringing the county’s totals to 7,530 cases and 198 deaths.The number includes Pasadena’s 80 cases. Pasadena has its own health department and as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday officials there numbers have not updated the numbers in that city, which means the county’s numbers could increase even more.Typically county health officials don’t include Pasadena in the county numbers.The death count marks the deadliest day since the crisis began.The new deaths included 17 people over age 65, with 16 of those people having underlying health conditions. Seven of the deaths occurred in people between 18 and 40, and five of them had underlying health problems.The mortality rate among coronavirus patients in the county continued to rise slowly, reaching 2.6 percent on Wednesday, Ferrer said. The figure means 2.6 percent of the people who have tested positive for the illness in the county have died.Last week, the mortality rate was 1.8 percent.The county’s coronavirus cases include 43 cases that occurred in jail settings — three inmates and 40 staff members — along with 10 cases in the state prison system — eight inmates and two staffers.Two cases have been reported in a county juvenile facility, both involving staff members at the Barry Nidorf juvenile hall in Sylmar.Twelve cases have been confirmed among the county’s homeless population, up from two on Tuesday. Four cases have been reported in homeless shelters, involving two residents and two staff members.Ferrer said there are now 131 institutional settings — such as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, shelters, jails and prisons — that have had at least one case. Those institutions have had a total of 596 cases and 37 deaths, all among residents.As of Tuesday, roughly 36,500 people have been tested for the virus in the county, although Ferrer noted that number is likely low, since multiple new testing sites have opened in recent days but figures have not yet been gathered from those new locations.The county has set a goal of testing 10,000 people per day. With roughly 10 percent of those people ultimately testing positive, Ferrer has warned that the daily increases in case numbers will likely approach about 1,000.New testing centers opened Wednesday at East Los Angeles College and at the Charles Drew University medical campus in Willowbrook. The county now has more than 20 testing centers across the region. Those centers and others operated by individual cities are restricted to people showing symptoms of COVID-19.Ferrer noted that as of Wednesday, 324 health care workers have tested positive. More than half of them work in hospitals, but other cases have occurred at outpatient facilities and emergency medical services personnel.Nurses have had the largest number of cases, but doctors, paramedics and emergency medical technicians have also tested positive. Two health care workers in the county have died from the virus. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Community News LA County Reports 29 More COVID-19 Deaths 620 new cases reported as fatalities surge CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1:47 pm Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy
Few could have predicted before the NCAA basketball season started that with only four games remaining before conference play, the Michigan Wolverines would have beaten two top-five teams.After losing Kosta Koufos to the NBA, hardly anybody could have picked Ohio State to beat Notre Dame, let alone retain a No. 21 ranking and 5-0 record before the Big Ten season begins.Seemingly, every prediction has been wrong.All those, including myself, who thought Purdue and Michigan State were legitimate contenders might be holding their breaths.The highly anticipated match between No. 1 North Carolina and the then-No. 12 Spartans turned out to be nothing more than a 98-63 romping in favor of the Tar Heels. Even before that embarrassing Michigan State performance, the Spartans lost badly to Maryland, 80-62.Purdue has been a similar story this season. Returning all their starters, most people expected the Boilermakers to be able to compete with the best. Instead, Purdue lost its only two games against ranked teams, including getting beaten at home by Duke.Even Wisconsin, who many thought would be an elite team in the Big Ten this season, lost both its games to ranked opponents, No. 2 Connecticut and No. 25 Marquette.But on the other end of the Big Ten spectrum, Minnesota is undefeated, Michigan shocked No. 5 UCLA and No. 4 Duke and Ohio State has beaten No. 22 Miami and No. 7 Notre Dame to claim a spot in the Top 25 for the first time in over a year.So what happened? Could a Manny Harris-led Michigan squad grow up from a 10-22 record just a year ago? Maybe, but only time will tell. Many teams get off to good starts, but the young teams have trouble finishing.Simply put, each team’s start to the season is just that — a start. No matter how impressive it is, the way teams finish is what people remember them by.Look at last year’s Indiana team, for example. After beginning the season 17-1 en route to a No. 11 national ranking, the Hoosiers — along with coach Kelvin Sampson — fell apart down the stretch, dropping seven of their last eight games and virtually falling off the NCAA watch-list.On the other hand, Wisconsin was a bit of a different story. Like this year, the Badgers lost their first two games against ranked opponents, Duke and Marquette. But the Badgers went on to win 31 games that season to finish with the best record in school history.The fact remains that these teams — no matter how impressive they look right now — have over 20 games remaining on their schedules, and the teams that have struggled against ranked opponents clearly have room to improve.Don’t think that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn’t thinking about the loss to North Carolina. Most of those who dubbed that game a preview of the Final Four didn’t predict a 35-point margin of victory in favor of North Carolina, and neither did Izzo.Before the season began, the media picked Purdue, Michigan State and Wisconsin to finish in the top of the Big Ten. Even with the early losses, those coaches are confident their teams will rebound and finish where they are expected to, maybe even higher.These Big Ten coaches, like Izzo, Bo Ryan and Purdue head coach Matt Painter know their seasons aren’t over by any means, and the imminent break from classes is simply a chance to practice harder to bring about success in the upcoming Big Ten season.Every coach and every team reaches for the top. A good start is nice, but only those who finish strong will achieve their goals.Jonah is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism. Think Michigan and Ohio State are the real deal? Are the Big Ten’s best in for a big surprise this season? E-mail him your thoughts at [email protected]
NHL free agency news: Sabres sign Jeff Skinner to massive deal The Bruins and Blues are tied up at 3-3 in the Stanley Cup Final.Boston claimed a 5-1 victory Sunday in St. Louis in Game 6 to keep its championship dreams alive after losing the previous two contests. The 32-year old gave up one goal with a little less than eight minutes remaining in the third period against the Blues. He was determined to not let anything get past him, and when he did, he reacted in a miraculous fashion.Still trying to grasp this save by Tuukka Rask 😮(via @NHLonNBCSports) pic.twitter.com/5SA83MWxCU— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) June 10, 2019Rask finished with 28 saves.The Blues were reckless with the puckSt. Louis seemed to be in disarray at various points during the game and it paid for it. The Blues had three times as many giveaways as Boston, totaling 12 compared to the Bruins’ four.Even though St. Louis was in the Enterprise Center, the venue didn’t appear to give it much of an advantage. Now, it will likely face a harsh environment on the road in Game 7.The Bruins looked fluid offensivelyBoston scored just three goals in the last two games combined, but eclipsed that total on Sunday alone by tallying five. Now, there will be a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday in Boston.Here are three takeaways from the Bruins’ Game 6 win:Tuukka Rask was at his bestRask hasn’t shut a team out since he held the Hurricanes scoreless May 16 in Game 4 of the conference finals, but he came through in a big way Sunday. Related News NHL trade rumors: Sabres contacted Wild about winger Jason Zucker Five different Bruins scored goals, and while some were a result of St. Louis’ frantic, late-game efforts to produce, Boston flowed freely throughout the contest.The Blues seemed stagnant, even though they only recorded three fewer shots.
BURNED—Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy runs away from Steeler cornerback Ike Taylor as he heads to the end zone with one of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They’re losing confidence. The Raiders (4-8), with one of the league’s worst offenses in years, sensed that while driving for three touchdowns in the final 8? minutes of their 27-24 comeback victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.Detect a trend? For the second time in four seasons, the Steelers (6-6) followed up a Super Bowl win by losing the following season to Oakland, which has won only 15 games during that span. The Steelers didn’t make the playoffs following that 2006 loss, and they’re in danger of not making them now.“I can’t even describe how frustrating it is right now to be 6-6,” linebacker James Farrior said. “We thought we’d be doing a lot better at this point. But we are what our record says we are.”The Steelers are losing direction, too. Last week was supposed to be Redemption Sunday, as coach Mike Tomlin called it, before they lost at Baltimore 20-17 in overtime. Then Tomlin promised the Steelers would “unleash hell” in December, only to watch them begin the month with one of the franchise’s most unexpected losses at home in the last decade.“It’s a tough loss,” cornerback Ike Taylor said. “This loss definitely hurts.”They were two-touchdown favorites over a Raiders team that scored only 10 touchdowns on offense in their first 11 games, yet the Steelers couldn’t hold fourth-quarter leads of 10-6, 17-13 and 24-20.A miracle? Not quite, but it was obvious from their post-game reaction that none of the Steelers expected this. Another disturbing trend: It was the fifth time in their six losses the Steelers lost a lead in the fourth quarter.“I don’t know that it was a result of any baggage that we brought into the stadium,” Tomlin said. “I just think we played poorly at a critical time.”Their relatively soft schedule was supposed to give the Steelers a good chance of salvaging their season. Instead, their soft pass defense allowed the Raiders to keep coming back and coming back as Bruce Gradkowski threw touchdown passes of 75 and 11 yards to Louis Murphy and 17 yards to Chaz Schilens, all as the lead changed five times in the final minutes.Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 3-yard run with 7:13 remaining and Ben Roethlisberger threw a go-ahead 11-yard TD pass to Hines Ward with 1:56 to go, yet it still wasn’t enough.“I was just out there slinging it and our guys just made some big plays,” said Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native whose mom cooked dinner for the Raiders offense on Friday night. “We had the breaks fall our way.”Gradkowski’s ability to lead comeback after comeback illustrates how the Steelers’ defense has slipped from a year ago. It was the first time in 30 years a Raiders quarterback has thrown three touchdown passes during a fourth-quarter comeback.“That was so exciting, I can’t even put into words how I feel,” Gradkowski said.Running the NFL’s second-worst offense against the league’s No. 3 defense, Gradkowski threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the final 13 minutes, finished off by the 11-yarder to Murphy with nine seconds remaining that completed an 82-yard drive.“I think we’re finding ourselves a little bit,” running back Justin Fargas said. “We’re finding a rhythm, our receivers are making plays and that was big for us.”A big letdown for the Steelers, who probably must sweep the Browns, Packers, Ravens and Dolphins to save their season.“Huh?” Tomlin said of the Steelers’ playoff chances. “I’m just trying to win a game, man.” PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Steelers were in trouble, and they knew it. The Bengals exposed some weaknesses a month ago, the Chiefs and the Ravens took advantage of them, and now the Oakland Raiders—yes, even the Raiders—felt Pittsburgh could be beaten.Just when it seemed as if it couldn’t get any worse for the Super Bowl champions, it did.
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Each year the Diambars Academy in Saly,Senegal, takes in 48 street children, givingthem a home and education for the nextfive years. (Image: Fifa) Khayelitsha Development Forum chairZamayedwa Sogayise, Federico Addiechiof Fifa, LOC CEO Danny Jordaan,Western Cape premier Helen Zille andCape Town mayor Dan Plato at theKhayelitsha ceremony.(Image: City of Cape Town) Popular football star Lucas Radebe isFifa’s Football for Hope ambassador.(Image: SOS Children’s Villages)Janine ErasmusFifa has announced the 32 teams that will take part in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa Football for Hope festival – an initiative with social change at its heart.Football for Hope is a global Fifa project that promotes education, empowerment, peace, positive change and children’s rights through football.As part of its corporate social responsibility strategy, the world football body has allied with the Berlin-based humanitarian profit organisation streetfootballworld to use football to create a better world, in line with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.Football for social changeThe Football for Hope tournament takes place over two weeks in July 2010 in the township of Alexandra, east of Johannesburg.A specially-built stadium and the expected influx of football-mad visitors will provide a huge boost to the area. Alexandra Football Association president, Moses Selolo, said residents of Alex, as it is known locally, are “over the moon”.Football for Hope will be an official World Cup event for the first time. Announcing the line-up, Fifa president Sepp Blatter expressed his high hopes for the event.“The Football for Hope Festival will be a unique opportunity for organisations using football as a tool for social development in every part of the world to interact with each other and to showcase their programmes on football’s biggest stage – the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” he said.The line-up features over 50 outstanding social football organisations from 32 countries as far-flung as Tahiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ecuador.There are 13 teams from Africa including the host team from Alex, eight teams from the Americas, two each from Asia and Oceania, one from the Middle East, and six from Europe.Among these are the Peace Team from the Israel- and Palestine-based Peres Center for Peace and Al Quds Association respectively, the Kilifi-based Moving the Goalposts that uses football to promote leadership among previously disempowered Kenyan women and girls, and Colombianitos which works with children affected by violence in war-torn Colombia.Other participating organisations strive to address landmine awareness in Cambodia, give purpose to street children in Senegal, further HIV and Aids education in South Africa, and help to integrate humanitarian refugee youth and their families into Australian society.These are just a few of the many football programmes around the world that offer hope and direction to children who would otherwise have none.Resolution through dialogueWhile celebrity football stars battle it out in stadiums around South Africa, the Beautiful Game will take on another dimension in Alex.The unique feature of the Football for Hope programme is that there are no referees. The mixed teams of boys and girls, aged between 15 and 18, are encouraged to resolve conflicts on the field themselves, through dialogue and negotiation.Having learned the art of dialogue in the game, the children take those skills with them into their communities.Teams will also work together in workshops and other activities, while cultural celebrations will highlight the diversity of participating nations. The organising partners hope that 2010 Football for Hope will help to heal the scars of the xenophobic terror that rocked Alexandra, and other communities, in 2008.Lasting legacySince 2007 and until 2010, the main focus of Football for Hope is the African continent. One of the programme’s goals is the construction of 20 Football for Hope centres – five in South Africa and 15 elsewhere on the continent – by 2010 at a cost of an estimated US$10-million (R82-million).The 20 Centres for 2010 is the official campaign of the World Cup and will result in a legacy of football and sustainable change that will endure long after the tourists have gone home.Together with Fifa and streetfootballworld, the project will be implemented by the non-profit organisation Architecture for Humanity and artificial turf pioneer Greenfields.“Our vision is that these centres will become hubs for cooperation and exchange among local organisations here in Africa, as well as on a global level,” said streetfootballworld MD Jürgen Griesbeck.Construction of the first of these centres got underway in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town at a sod-turning ceremony in May, attended by Griesbeck, Western Cape premier Helen Zille and Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, among others.South African NGO Grassroot Soccer will manage the Khayelitsha centre. Each facility will consist of a one-star artificial turf and space to house social, healthcare and economic programmes.A one-star turf is used mainly for recreational and community purposes, but still has to successfully pass both laboratory and field tests to earn Fifa’s stamp of approval. A two-star turf is used for professional games.Ambassador of hopeAt the three-day Football for Hope workshop held during the Confederations Cup in June, Sepp Blatter announced the appointment of former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe as the initiative’s ambassador.Since his retirement from football in 2005, Soweto-born Radebe has worked as an ambassador of Fifa for SOS Children’s Villages to promote football for social development amongst youngsters.“I appreciate this appointment by Fifa to serve on this project,” he commented on his new role. “As a youngster from Soweto, our hope has always been football.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesArtificial fields for SA footballersUseful linksFifa – Football for Hopestreetfootballworldstreetfootballworld – Facebook pageSouth African Football AssociationGrassroot SoccerSOS Children’s Villages
Make a new boxing star shine here Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “This will be as good as any chance for us to qualify,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer. “We were so close in 2014 and for some of the players, it was one of their biggest disappointments. But now we have another chance.”The Azkals will be returning to a country where it has already achieved success, having reached the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time in 2012 in the Nepalese capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout The Philippine Azkals left for the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu early Wednesday with the goal of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time when the continental showpiece event is played in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.Held to back-to-back draws by Yemen in the last two qualifying matches, the Azkals hope to finally nail the Asian Cup berth with a win over Nepal on Nov. 14 at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Step-back 3 NBA’s new weapon, though not a shot for everyone For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta All the attention has taken some getting used to.“Honestly, it surprised me,” said Morant, who also leads Murray State with 5.6 rebounds per game. “I didn’t think I would be here right now in this position I’m in. I know eventually that it would have played out in the end, but it happened fast.”If the draft projections play out, Morant could be selected right after Williamson. Their AAU team — the South Carolina Hornets — also featured guard Devontae Shuler, who now plays at Mississippi.Williamson was the man on that AAU squad, though Morant, a year older than Williamson and just 6-0, was still growing. Even so, their AAU coach, Ricky Taylor, said Morant’s point guard skills and floor leadership were “unreal” — not to mention his ability to elevate.“He could get off the ground then, but he’s getting to the rim,” Taylor said. “Those three more inches have helped him a lot. He’s definitely more aggressive now, whereas he didn’t have to be then.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And until Morant’s injured right ankle heals, he’s being careful with his highlight-reel dunks that turned him into an overnight sensation.“There’s still a little bit of pain in it,” said Morant, who turned the ankle in the early minutes against Belmont on Jan. 24. “I’m playing under the rim now, so …”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNonetheless, his sophomore season has been over the top.The 6-foot-3 guard became a sensation with his acrobatic dunks, rivaling those by his former AAU teammate — Duke’s Zion Williamson. Murray State’s Ja Morant in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SIU – Edwardsville in Murray, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Ja Morant is finding ways to stay grounded following his ascension to the bright lights of college basketball’s national stage.The high-flying Murray State point guard is off social media to the dismay of 141,000 followers on his verified Twitter account. He is not listening to lofty projections of being a top-three NBA draft pick if he leaves after this season.ADVERTISEMENT The national narrative about Morant almost seems like this is his first year on Murray State’s campus.But he had a solid freshman season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists and helped the Racers win the Ohio Valley Conference to reach the NCAA Tournament.Now, he has taken his game to another level, averaging 23.9 points and leading the nation in assists at 10.4 per a game. He wants to become the first player to finish averaging those lofty numbers since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1985-86.And though Morant’s draft stock is rising and financial advisers have been in constant contact with dad Tee Morant, any decision about his son’s future will have to wait until the spring.Morant said he isn’t thinking about turning pro. He’s focusing on helping the Racers (19-4) repeat as OVC champions.Nobody is counting him out, not after his performance in the game he injured his ankle. He returned after the injury and finished with 20 points and nine assist in a 79-66 loss to Belmont.“I knew how resilient he was and his threshold for pain,” Tee Morant said of his son in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Once I saw him jogging, I knew he was coming back in.”It’s been an impressive journey for a little-known recruit playing for a small mid-major often overshadowed by the Bluegrass State’s basketball powerhouses, Kentucky and Louisville. It’s even more improbable considering Morant wasn’t even on Murray State’s recruiting radar initially.The school discovered Morant by accident in 2016 during a summer AAU camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.He was playing 3-on-3 in an auxiliary gym when then-Racers assistant James Kane — who was there to scout guard Tevin Brown — went searching for a concession stand. He heard balls bouncing and peeked inside the gym for a look and saw Morant dominating the game. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Morant was a late roster addition and not listed, but Kane came away enamored with him and made a hard pitch for the guard.“It got to the point where it was overwhelming to Ja and they were … calling daily,” the elder Morant recalled. “Coach Kane would call me and be like, ’tell your son to answer his phone or call me or text me or something. They were persistent.”While Kane left Murray State to join former Racers coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State, Morant ended up in Murray, Kentucky.“I knew Ja was going to be a special player,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “Probably didn’t know it would happen this quick, but he’s an elite talent. Add to that his ability to make everyone around him better and the fact that he’s a hard worker who’s a winner, that sets up to have this once-in-a-lifetime type player.”Morant is among the top 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to college basketball’s top men’s and women’s player, and in the top 10 for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard.He could be Murray State’s highest NBA draft selection, and would follow Racer standouts Cameron Payne (first-round, 2015) and Isaiah Canaan (second, 2013) into the NBA.An improbable journey indeed. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants UP’s win resulted to a massive four-way tie for the second spot in the standings with La Salle, University of Santo Tomas, and Far Eastern University sharing an identical records of 5-3.The Lady Maroons scored four unanswered points to create some leeway, 21-16, late in the third set that featured one crucial error and a gutsy move courtesy of Isa Molde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLourdes Clemente went to the service line amid a boisterous atmosphere but her serve never even touched the net with the ball going straight below the nylon putting UP at the 24-19 match point.Molde then skied over the block for the booming kill that swept the Lady Maroons’ season series with the Lady Spikers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director FEU wins but loses Lycha Ebon to knee injury Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—University of the Philippines started off its second round campaign the best way possible as it repeated over defending champion De La Salle, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Maroons are the first team to sweep the Lady Spikers in a season since Ateneo did the feat in Season 77.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Despite the big win, UP head coach Godfrey Okumu said the Lady Maroons have yet to get better.“The peak of UP? No. I feel like there’s more to come and we can still play better and it’s just a matter of time but again it was a good game so it’s our lucky day today,” said Okumu.Diana Carlos led UP’s offense with 13 points while Molde added 11 but it wasn’t much the Lady Maroons’ firepower that doomed La Salle.The Lady Spikers, who had 11 points from captain Desiree Cheng, committed 37 errors and that is the worst mark they’ve had this season.La Salle’s three losses also tied the Lady Spikers’ mark in Season 79 when they finished 11-3 in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.