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G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects

first_imgIn this April 6, 2018, file photo, Erie BayHawks’ Josh Magette drives past Raptors 905’s Alfonzo McKinnie in an in NBA G League tournament basketball game, in Erie, Pa. Jack Hanrahan, Erie Times-News via AP MIAMI (AP) — The G League will begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.There is no determination yet on how players will be identified as potential targets for such a contract. The G League said Thursday that it is establishing a working group to develop that process and other criteria, and that there will be no cap on how many players could be signed to a select deal.“We recognize that talent assessment is inherently subjective,” G League President Malcolm Turner said. “But as the name would suggest, this working group will be charged with identifying the relevant pool of players who may be offered a select contract. It’s not as if any player can unilaterally raise their hand and dictate that they will join the league playing under a select contract.”Players will be eligible to sign the select deal if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season that they would spend in the G League. The move follows recommendations released earlier this year by the Commission on College Basketball, a group that was chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was tasked with reforming the college game.The commission report said “elite high school players with NBA prospects … should not be ‘forced’ to attend college.”Turner said the move addresses that concern.“We’ve tried to answer the basketball community’s call for an alternative in a timely and thoughtful way,” Turner said.Players who receive the select contracts all will become eligible for the NBA draft the following year. Their rights would not be retained by an NBA club beforehand, no matter which G League affiliate they wind up with.Under current rules, players are not eligible to enter the NBA draft until they are a year removed from high school — though that is expected to change through an amendment to the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players in time for the 2022 draft.The G League has allowed 18-year-old players in the past, but never before under any elite designation.While it is apparent there are still details to be ironed out — such as how these select players will be allocated to G League teams — NCAA President Mark Emmert said he appreciates the G League’s plan.“Obtaining a college education continues to provide unmatched preparation for success in life for the majority of student-athletes and remains an excellent path to professional sports for many,” Emmert said. “However, this change provides another option for those who would prefer not to attend college but want to directly pursue professional basketball.”And this could put the G League and some big-name NCAA programs on a collision course.Players can sign letters of intent to play for a Division I school in the 2019-20 season starting next month, and there’s nothing to suggest that some of the top recruits — whether they’ve signed or not — won’t consider going to the G League for $125,000 instead of college next season. That means the potential is there for some awkward situations if a player signs with a school, and later backs out of that commitment to turn pro.The G League’s working group is expected to be formed and functioning within the next couple of weeks, but it’s unclear when the process of players contacting the league and vice versa will begin. It is expected that there will be an advisory council to tell athletes who contact the G League about their potential eligibility for a select deal, much like how college football players can ask about their potential NFL draft status.“There might be some collision points, but our role and what we intend to do is educate and inform the marketplace,” Turner said. “We’re also not going to be targeting those who have already made their decisions.”Earlier this year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called the NCAA model “corrupt” and said he would suggest to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver a plan to expand the G League and turn it into more of a farm system with an eye on truly preparing young talent for the NBA.“As the NBA, we have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league,” James said in February, when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “And if kids feel like they don’t want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas all the time.”Through the first two nights of this NBA season, 35 rookies — most of them having left college early — made their debuts. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

2 CMA Planes make Emergency Landing at YVR

first_imgPhoto: Two CMA Planes like this one, a Beech 1900D, had to make emergency lands at YVR Sunday.Two Central Mountain Air Planes were forced to make emergency landings at Vancouver International Airport.- Advertisement -Both planes made the emergency landings over the lunch hour Sunday after reports of smoke in the cabin. YVR spokesperson Kate Donegani says the first one landed safetly shortly after noon and the other landed safetly at approximately 12:14.The first flight was carrying 14 people, while the second had 15 passengers. Once the planes landed there was no sign of smoke and the source of the smell remains a mystery.last_img

Video: Chelsea and Manchester United target showcases his silky skills!

first_imgChelsea and Manchester United target Paul Pogba showcassed his sensational talent in Juventus’ 1-0 win against Chievo.The 21-year-old is being pursued by Europe’s elite clubs, and it’s not hard to see why after his superb match-winning performance for the Serie A leaders.Watch the former Red Devil, who has Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain tracking his progress, strike a sizzling 20-yard winner in the video above.And, if you want to see some silky skills from the Frenchman, then click on the video below.last_img

Triple-murderer Beltran gets death

first_img“I beg you to forgive me.” “I ask for clemency for my son,” his mother, Dora Beltran, told the judge. “Please, do not give him the death penalty: There is no life in him left.” Beltran was convicted by a jury last year of capital murder for stabbing his daughters, Marissa Beltran, 6, and Natalie Beltran, 2. A mistrial was declared in the case of his common-law wife when the jury failed to decide between first- and second-degree murder. Early this year, Beltran pleaded no contest in the stabbing death of Mariana Michelle Barahona, 24, in exchange for a life sentence. In the end, Judge Barry A. Taylor upheld the jury’s recommendation that Beltran be put to death for killing his two young children. “This is an extremely difficult decision this court has to make,” Taylor said before condemning Beltran to San Quentin State Prison. “There is no more difficult decision.” It was on Jan. 23, 2002, that 200-pound Beltran, upset over the breakup of his family, returned home after a three-month separation. Prosecutors argued he’d bought a knife. Beat Barahona. Slashed her throat as she watched TV, nearly cutting off her head. Then marched into the bedroom to kill his daughters. Marissa, who was awake, suffered 14 knife wounds and four 9-inch cuts to her neck. Her 22-pound sister likely died in her sleep, her throat sliced from ear to ear, two weeks before her second birthday. The long-haul trucker from El Salvador, who’d met his girlfriend of eight years while she was in high school, then ransacked the house before fleeing to Orange County and calling 911. A bloody handprint, left by Marissa, hung on the wall above her bed. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Thompson said it was because of the heinous stabbing of his children that Beltran deserved the death penalty. “Nothing can overcome what that child went through, nothing,” co-prosecutor Rose de Mattia told the judge. “The kid fought for her life against her father – the man who loved her, who was supposed to protect her. “He murdered her, and she knew it.” Beltran’s public defenders argued that he deserved life without parole because he’d shown “profound remorse” by dialing 911, directing cops to the crime scene and trying to get himself killed. He’d also never committed a crime, or any act of violence, and had always been an honest, dependable worker. The day before he killed his family, Beltran had tried to obtain counseling to reunite his family after repeated separations. Then, in a wave of emotion, he snapped. “This is a tragic case – and the tragedy continues with the sentence,” said his attorney, Joel C. Koury, after Wednesday’s hearing. “Julian Beltran has tried to commit suicide four times; he is as remorseful as anyone I’ve ever seen. “No one gains by this death sentence.” One Catholic nun who visited Beltran numerous times in jail said he could not forgive himself. She said that, in his own twisted way, he wished to unite his family in Heaven. “I know why he did it,” Sister Patricia Geoghegan of the Daughters of Chastity of St. Vincent de Paul said after the sentencing. “He wanted to be with them in eternity. His motivation wasn’t to inflict pain on people, it was to reunite his family.” Panameno, joined by her daughter and son, said their lives were irreparably harmed. “He didn’t appreciate those kids’ lives,” the grandmother from Sherman Oaks told the judge. “He destroyed me and my family. We shall always live in pain. “I buy them flowers, asking, `Why not a dress or pair of sandals?’ This will not end today. This will stay with us forever.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “All the people who hurt babies, they deserve the same.” The estranged boyfriend and father had slain each family member in a fit of rage at their Sun Valley home in 2002. He then fled from the nearly decapitated remains, dialed 911 in a cry of remorse and begged to end his life in a “suicide by cop.” During his tear-filled sentencing in Van Nuys Superior Court, attorneys and relatives either begged for the clemency, or demanded the ultimate sentence. Beltran, sobbing, murmured a plea for mercy. “Your honor, I have caused a lot of pain,” said the 33-year-old truck driver from Anaheim, his hulking body shaking. “God, Father and Lord Jesus Christ, know that in my entire existence, I am sorry for what I did and all the pain I caused. VAN NUYS – Patricia Panameno counted each day toward justice in the brutal stabbing of her daughter and two granddaughters: five years, nine months, one week and three days. On Wednesday, she got her wish. A judge sentenced Julian Beltran to death for slitting the throats of his girlfriend and two young daughters. “It’s justice. Justice,” declared the glassy-eyed Panemeno. “He made a choice – and he got what he deserved. last_img

Bonaduce won’t face charges for body slam

first_imgBonaduce, 48, was a child star on “The Partridge Family,” starred in the 2005 reality show “Breaking Bonaduce,” and has recently co-hosted Adam Carolla’s radio show. Owen Wilson back in spotlight Owen Wilson has returned to the public eye, making an appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “The Darjeeling Limited.” Sporting a shaggy blond beard and wearing a dark jacket, Wilson was joined by cast mates Adrien Brody, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and filmmaker Wes Anderson. It was among Wilson’s first public appearances since an apparent suicide attempt in late August. The premiere was held Thursday night at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The Darjeeling Limited,” now in theaters, is the story of three brothers who journey by train through India. Before the movie started, Anderson introduced Wilson, his longtime friend and collaborator, saying, “I’ve never made a movie without him and I hope I never have to.” Anderson and Wilson have worked together on several films, including “The Royal Tenenbaums,” for which they were nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Danny Bonaduce won’t face charges for giving former “Survivor” contestant Johnny Fairplay a face-plant on stage at an awards show. A charge-evaluation document released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Friday said there was “insufficient evidence” to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Bonaduce committed battery because Fairplay “initiated contact and acted offensively.” Fairplay, 33, said he underwent 2 hours of dental surgery after Bonaduce tossed him over his shoulders at the Fox Reality Channel’s Really Awards on Tuesday. The evaluation worksheet said Fairplay jumped on Bonaduce, “wrapped his arms and legs around the suspect and thrust his pelvis into the suspect’s body.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityDeputy District Attorney Jeffrey Boxer wrote that Bonaduce did not intentionally injure Fairplay and his “actions fell within the realm of self-defense.” Fairplay’s police report claimed Bonaduce walked on stage uninvited and made a “derogatory statement.” Fairplay later said he was giving Bonaduce a hug, one of his signature moves. A video of the incident captured the sound of the audience booing. Fairplay, whose real name is Jon Dalton, appeared in the 2003 CBS show “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and came in third. last_img read more

Anti-terror funds wasted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn the report by the national panel, the authors said the county’s public health system has a long-standing reputation as one of the top local public health agencies in the nation, due in great part to the leadership of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding. “Unlike many other jurisdictions that have suffered from high turnover and `burnout,’ LACPH’s senior management team was a cohesive group that understood the challenges posed by a natural or man-made infectious disease incident and was forthright with the shortcomings of their current program,” the authors wrote. The authors, including terrorism experts from the Rand think tank, the Trust for America’s Health and the Hauer Group, also said they were disappointed about the progress in developing communication plans for the county’s minority and non-English speaking populations. “There are areas we need to improve upon and I think everybody is aware of those issues,” said Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security Maurice Suh, who has been working with the county on bioterrorism preparations. “We wholeheartedly embrace developing communication plans for non-English speaking populations.” The authors were also critical of the county’s bureaucratic hiring process, which has slowed the hiring of bioterrorism experts. Los Angeles County’s bioterrorism preparedness program has made considerable progress since 2001, but bureaucratic and political obstacles and wasteful spending remain, a national panel of experts said in a report released Monday. One recent audit found that of more than $100 million in bioterrorism grants since 2002, more than $200,000 was spent on promotional flashlights, magnets and notepads and the hiring of 800 extras from a casting agency to conduct a smallpox exercise. The actors were given gift certificates and some of the promotional items. Auditors also questioned why the county purchased 70 chairs costing $600 each and 800 computers for 171 bioterrorism employees. “We want to ensure that taxpayer dollars allocated for disaster preparations are used for disaster preparations and not for trinkets,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who requested the audit. As the county prepares to open it’s $15 million state-of-the-art public health laboratory in Downey this summer, Public Health Chief of Operations Fred Schunhoff said he’s having a very difficult time filling about 50 bioterrorism vacancies. The audit found the cost of the lab is $6.1 million over what was originally budgeted and 22 months behind schedule. The national panel also found that although the county’s political leadership supports bioterrorism preparedness, the Board of Supervisors have not always ensured that adequate resources are available and there are no “clear lines of authority and oversight of preparedness-supported staff.” Bob Stern, director of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, said the county’s bioterrorism program faces difficult political obstacles because no one is in charge of ensuring the county is prepared. “Part of the problem is Los Angeles County has no strong, one leader,” Stern said. “It has five supervisors, each of whom are equal. So it’s hard to blame anybody.” Supervisor Don Knabe, a member of the White House State and Local Officials Commission on Homeland Security, said he would like to give Fielding more power to oversee bioterrorism and other public health preparations by separating his office from the Department of Health Services. The supervisors expect to get a comprehensive report on the issue in a few weeks and decide whether to break the two agencies up. “Dr. Fielding would become the point person for bioterrorism preparations or any pandemic outbreaks of any kind,” Knabe said. “Funds wouldn’t get comingled. It’s not only an accountability issue, but now it’s a preparedness issue for all of the county.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

FINE DISPLAY OF CAMOGIE AS ST EUNAN’S U14s TAKE ON CARN

first_imgST EUNAN’S and Carndonagh U14 girls went head-to-head at O’Donnell Park last night in a fine display of camogie.The ancient sport is alive and well thanks to a handful of Donegal clubs.And all the skills were on display in the keenly fought contest. St Eunan’s proved too strong and finished comfortable victors on a warm sunny evening in the Park, but the Carn girls can be proud of their efforts – and of keeping the camogie tradition vibrant in Inishowen for years to come.Both clubs are doing incredible work at underage level with teams right through to U6s – and teams open to players from neighbouring clubs who don’t have a camogie set-up.FINE DISPLAY OF CAMOGIE AS ST EUNAN’S U14s TAKE ON CARN was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:camogieCarndonaghSt EunansU14’slast_img read more

Drake University Mourns the Loss of Mr. Drake – Paul F. Morrison

first_img“Paul Morrison’s contribution to the Drake Relays is immeasurable,” said Blake Boldon, Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “As Paul said many times, ‘For more than a century, the Drake Relays has been Des Moines’ window to the world.’ Paul was the narrator of our story for many decades and a committed historian until his very last day.” Morrison’s legacy at Drake stretches more than a century as his parents, Marion and Leonta, met at Drake in 1902. Paul followed his parents to Drake, enrolling in 1935 and graduating in 1939 with a degree in journalism. Morrison served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II, ascending to the rank of sergeant. Upon his return from the war, he worked briefly for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids before being hired in 1945 as Drake’s first full-time director of the news bureau. He served as sports information director and athletics business manager during his career, from which he retired in 1986. The day following his retirement, he returned to work as a full-time volunteer for the athletics department and continued to faithfully serve Drake and its student-athletes until his passing. He served as the Drake Athletics historian, amassing an incredible archive of material dating to Drake’s earliest years and chronicling its modern successes. Those archival materials, historically kept in the Fieldhouse, have been transferred to the Drake University Archives this year for improved preservation and many items are now available for the public to see on the second floor of Cowles Library. Morrison attended more than 700 Drake football games, 80 Drake Relays, and counted 15 members of his family as Drake alumni. He was married to his wife, Pauline, in 1949 and enjoyed 42 years of marriage before she passed away in 1991. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary. “Paul led with love – love of his Bulldog family and Drake University,” said Megan Franklin, Drake University’s interim director of athletics. “His gift of connecting with letter winners always allowed Bulldogs to feel attached to this University while assuring their legacy was appreciated and celebrated. Paul’s life is a story of commitment that will be treasured and celebrated for generations to come. We will always be in this together, as Paul liked to say.” Drake Athletics and Drake University mourn the loss of one of Drake University’s most iconic and cherished individuals, Paul Morrison. Morrison, who earlier this year celebrated his 100th birthday, passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, in Des Moines, Iowa.Morrison Celebration of Life Information “Paul represented everything that is great about Drake University,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was a loyal and trusted friend to so many in our community. He was an outstanding servant-leader in Drake athletics for decades, including long after he had officially retired. Paul was a man of good will and good cheer in everything he did. And, he always showed up! We will miss Paul dearly for a very long time.” Funeral arrangements will be announced when available.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

More professionals arrive as Cranes continue gearing up for Lesotho qualifier

first_imgSome of the Cranes players during training on Tuesday evening (Photo by Tebandeke Rachael)2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers (Group L)Saturday, 13th October 2018Uganda Cranes vs. LesothoMandela National Stadium, NambooleReturn Leg Date: Tuesday, 16th October 2018Lesotho Vs Uganda Cranes – Setsoto Stadium, MaseruNAMBOOLE – oday being Uganda’s 56th Independence anniversary, it didn’t stop the French man to drag the Uganda Cranes to the pitch ahead of the AFCON qualifier game against Lesotho on Saturday.Apart from goalie Salim Jamal who hasn’t yet arrived, all other players who missed the Monday training participated in the gym session at Kabira Country Club and later training at Namboole.Players who joined camp today included Captain Denis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Isaac Muleme and Milton Karisa.Speaking to the media after training defender Hassan Wasswa Mawanda called upon fans to come and support them like they did against Tanzania and he also promised them (fans) that Uganda Cranes won’t disappoint this time round.“We are going to beat Lesotho ,that I promise our fans so I call upon them to come in big numbers and support us. Said the Cranes Vice Captain.Uganda Cranes takes Lesotho in a crucial doubleheader duel at Namboole and in Maseru on 13th and 16th October 2018 respectively.The Cranes currently lead the standings in Group L with four points from two games having defeated Cape Verde 1-0 and drawn 0-0 with Tanzania.Lesotho are second with two points from as many games.The players who took part in Tuesday’s sessions:Goalkeeper: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda).Others: Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS, Uganda), Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Denis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa) FC, Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Isaac Muleme, Kalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa, brahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Moses Waisswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda) Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi, Farouck Miya, Milton Karisa.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifierstopUganda Craneslast_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Crock pot beef stroganoff recipe

first_img1 cup milk2 cans cream of mushroom soup4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce8 ounces cream cheese1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup fresh mushrooms1 16 ounce package egg noodles1. Start by chopping your onion, and putting in fry pan with your stew meat. Season with garlic salt. Cook just until the onion starts to get translucent and meat … This recipe for crock pot beef stroganoff is from www.easypeazymeals.com.1 pound beef stew meat1 large onion, chopped1 teaspoon garlic saltlast_img

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