Wanamaker leads No. 5 Pitt past Rhode Island 83-75

first_imgEARLY SEASON TEST—Pittsburgh’s Brad Wannamaker, left, goes around Rhode Island’s Ben Eaves to score in the first half Nov. 8, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Pitt ended a sluggish first half in the 2K Sports Classic opener by scoring nine consecutive points over the final 1:21 after Rhode Island went ahead 36-28. The Panthers then wore down Rhode Island with their size, defense and the experienced play of the backcourt of Gibbs and Wanamaker to offset the Rams’ 14 3-pointers.Delroy James scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half for Rhode Island, which trailed 76-74 with 1:41 to play before Pitt finished it off by making seven of eight free throws.“There’s a reason why teams don’t want to play them, especially on Nov. 8,” Dixon said. “You don’t want your first game to be against a team that presses and shoots 3s. They made some tough 3s and kept the game close, but we made free throws and got baskets when we needed to get them.”Pitt won its 14th consecutive season opener, eight under Dixon, and its 48th straight at home against a non-conference opponent. Gilbert Brown added 10 points and redshirt freshman Talib Zanna, starting for the injured Nasir Robinson, had nine points and 11 rebounds in his first college game.Akeem Richmond scored 16 points and Nikola Malesevic had 13 for Rhode Island, which lost despite making 14 of 31 from 3-point range to Pitt’s 3 of 16. The Rams, outrebounded 45-32, lost their 23rd straight to a ranked opponent and still haven’t beaten a Top 5 team in 12 years.Pitt knew Rhode Island wouldn’t be the usual rollover opponent that many ranked teams play in their opener, and the Rams—26-10 last season while reaching the NIT semifinals—weren’t as their uptempo style and pressure defense kept it close.“This felt like a tournament game,” Wanamaker said. “It was intense, and usually you don’t play a team this good in the first game. But I think it will help us.”The Rams’ biggest lead came on Will Martell’s basket 90 seconds before halftime but, right about then, Pitt began showing why it hasn’t won fewer than 25 games each of the last five seasons.“We wanted to take it right at them but, sometimes, that comes with the territory,” Rhode Island coach Jim Baron said of the momentum-shifting run.Gibbs converted a three-point play ahead of Wanamaker’s layup. Lamar Patterson’s first career basket, a dunk off Wanamaker’s feed, gave the Panthers a 37-36 halftime lead.“We started making layups,” Dixon said. “We charted that we missed nine layups in the first half. From that point on, we made them.”Still, Pitt — with four returning starters from its surprising 25-9 team of last season — never led by as many as three points until Gibbs’ steal and drive with 15:08 remaining made it 48-45. The teams traded leads nine times early in the second half, with Rhode Island’s final lead coming at 50-48 after James made two free throws and one of his five 3-pointers. Travon Woodall’s free throw gave the Panthers the lead for good at 54-53, and they opened leads of as many as eight before two late 3-pointers by James made it close.“You’ve got to take what they’re giving you, and they were giving us the 3,” said James, who was recruited to Rhode Island by new Pitt assistant Pat Skerry.Dixon likes playing early season exempt tournaments because they give his team extra games during a time they normally would be practicing. But they can create matchups that the coaches of highly ranked teams generally prefer to avoid early in a season; in 2003, Pitt had to rally to avoid losing to Georgetown, Ky., of the NAIA in an exempt tournament.Pitt was guaranteed of playing in the tournament’s semifinals Nov. 18 in New York even before playing Rhode Island. The Panthers play Illinois-Chicago in their second home game of the event Wednesday. by Alan RobinsonAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—All summer, his fellow coaches asked Pitt’s Jamie Dixon why he agreed to play an opponent like Rhode Island in the season opener. For most of Monday night’s game, Dixon was asking himself the same question.Brad Wanamaker scored 24 points, Ashton Gibbs had 22 and No. 5 Pittsburgh survived an upset scare in the nation’s first Division I game of the season, rallying from eight points down to beat the Rams 83-75.last_img read more

Tired of lockouts? Here’s a few sports could use

first_img(AP)—The NFL lockout has been going on for months, and the NBA lockout could drag on even longer. The word lockout itself is becoming an unwelcome addition to bar room debates across the country. But maybe lockouts aren’t such a bad idea after all. Imagine what would happen if we locked out some of these sports figures: DEREK JETER: I understand the need to instinctively bow to the greatness that is Derek Jeter, but even he should be embarrassed to be starting at shortstop for the American League in the All-Star game. Hold a parade for him if you want when he reaches 3,000 hits, but save the starting job for someone really having an All-Star season, like Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers or Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians.GRUNTING WOMEN: Wimbledon is usually such a civilized place, with the queen dropping by occasionally and everyone slurping down strawberries and cream. Then the women take the court, and it starts sounding like some deranged animals have escaped from the London Zoo. The beginning of the great grunting craze is generally credited to Monica Seles, but players like Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka have elevated it to new decibel levels. Things got so bad that the BBC introduced a noise-reduction tool online this year to tone down the primeval sounds.DAVID HAYE: A lot of people thought Haye would bring excitement back to boxing’s heavyweight division. A lot of people were wrong. Haye pulled off one of the biggest frauds in boxing by hyping himself as the next great heavyweight champion to get a lucrative fight against Wladimir Klitschko, only to forget to fight once he got there. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Haye blamed it all on a broken toe, leading to a bizarre scene at the news conference afterward when he took off his shoes and stood on a table for all to see.TIGER WOODS: Take away his parking spot at the British Open. Ban him from the champion’s locker room at the PGA Championship. Last seen Sunday with new facial hair and without his clubs at the tournament his foundation sponsors outside of Phila­delphia, it’s time for Woods to admit the obvious and give up on yet another lost season.CHIP KELLY: The Oregon football coach should be locked out of his office if he doesn’t come forward and explain why the university paid $25,000 to become the first client of a Texas scouting service run by a man who was a mentor to a top running back recruit who, coincidentally, signed just before the payment was made.LANCE ARMSTRONG: Actually, he’s already locked out of the Tour de France, the only bike race most Americans care about. That leaves us free this year to enjoy watching one rider we’ve never heard of who swears he’s not doping chase another rider we’ve never heard of who swears he’s not doping through the French countryside.And, finally, maybe it’s time to lock out Mr. Lockout. David Stern has now presided over two lockouts at the behest of owners who pay him millions to make them even more millions. If this one costs the league a full season as some fear, then it should cost Stern his legacy as the commissioner who rescued the NBA.last_img read more

Seagulls praise the NFS crowd

first_img“We don’t usually get that kind of cheerfulness from the crowd in Queensland but it’s just amazing here with the new stadium packed to capacity and the fans and supporters cheer with enthusiasm and passion for the game,” Zimmerle said.“Even our players would have fallen off, the crowd was excited and that atmosphere just got us to play our best, which we even took the lead in the second half of the game,” he added.However, he stressed that even though it was their first time  to play in the new stadium, the Tweed Heads Seagulls, it did not feel as if it was their first time at all. He said the game was physical but off the field, “the people are friendly even though they want us to come here and lose, we always feel welcome as people here have something special about rugby league,” Zimmerle said.Tweed Heads captain Samuel Saville said: “Even though Hunters are always a tough team to beat, away or at home, we believe we put up a strong performance which got them off the edge before they came back in the last minute to take over and we are also proud of our performance and also, thanks to the amazing crowd that made us feel as if we are playing to the beat of their cheers.”Saville said it was a great game indeed and they were proud to be here and play in PNG, where rugby league is a well-recognised sport and “even though  we did lose but we hope to build and get motivated through this performance so we can get a win next time on our turf.”last_img read more

Bolt eager to show speed at Racers Grand Prix

first_imgSpeaking at the launch of the inaugural Racers Grand Prix yesterday, club patriarch Glen Mills is promising a meet with a difference, while his top draw, Usain Bolt, says he will be using the June 11 event to show his readiness ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”I’m looking forward to it, I am excited. I don’t get to compete here that often, so the fact that I will be competing this year is a motivation to work even harder to make sure that I will be in top form and run fast times to show the country that I am ready to go to Rio and do big things,” Bolt told The Gleaner after yesterday’s launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.”This helps a lot of athletes; a lot of athletes really want to compete here. I think it’s a well-positioned meet because it’s just before the trials, so they can go out and compete and know where they are just before the trials, so it will be the right time for me,” he added.A long-time ambition of Mills, the IAAF Area Permit-certified Racers Grand Prix – which gets under way at 6:30 p.m. inside the National Stadium just a few weeks before the National Senior Championships, the Olympic trials – will boast some of the biggest names in local and international track and field, including Bolt.Mills, the driving force behind Racers Track Club, promised that the meet will bring together the largest collection of Olympic and World Championships medallists ever to compete on our shores, and believes it will serve as a catalyst for the formation of a regional circuit of international athletics meetings.EXPECTED PARTICIPATIONOrganisers are expecting the participation of 112 athletes in 15 events – the 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, javelin, and discus for male athletes, and the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, high jump, and triple jump for females.In addition to local stars Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Danielle Williams, Warren Weir, Hansle Parchment and Rasheed Dwyer, several international standouts such as 400m World Champion Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa); American stars LaShawn Merritt, Jason Richardson, Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Tori Bowie and Isaiah Young; Caribbean standouts Shaunae Miller, Michelle-Lee Ahye, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste; plus Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, are among the confirmed athletes.”We are currently having negotiations with several other big names in the sport and are awaiting confirmation from others who have expressed strong interest in competing at Racers Grand Prix,” Mills shared.”I am excited, I’m very excited about it,” Mills added. “This region is the most powerful in the athletics world and boasts a number of world stars and emerging future champions in the sport. The potential of success is great and will bring meaningful benefits to the region.”BROADCASTING MEETMills mentioned plans to broadcast the meet in the European, North American and regional markets, and hopes that its growth will help the club to secure much-needed technical equipment and facilities such as electronic starting systems, high-speed cameras for biomechanics analysis, and a treatment centre to aid in its continued success.Newly returned sports minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, welcomed the meet and believes it presents several benefits to the country’s sporting brand.”We are delighted and extremely proud that our country is staging another major track and field event of international repute,” Grange said.”The inaugural Racers Grand Prix is testimony as well as further proof that we are a major force in global athletics. It provides yet another opportunity for brand Jamaica as the world will be watching some of the best athletes on show,” Grange added.Organisers have promised to confirm ticket and entertainment package information at a later date.last_img read more

Gayle flies home for birth of first child

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Cricket superstar Chris Gayle will miss a couple of matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after flying out to be with his partner for the birth of his first child, media outlets in India are reporting. Several media outlets have quoted a source close to Gayle’s franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as confirming that the flamboyant opening batsman left with the team’s blessing. Media reports from Jamaica also quote local sources as saying that Gayle and his partner, Natasha Berridge, are expecting the child to be delivered this week. Gayle, 36, is expected to rejoin RCB on Monday and will be absent for their games against the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants this week. Gayle has not had the best start to the IPL, scoring just one and a duck in the first two matches. “I am confident that Gayle can come up with runs when the team needs it,” said Virat Kohli, the RCB captain. “You can certainly be rest assured that Gayle will come good as the tournament progresses. He would score a century when the team will need it. I am not too worried about Gayle because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” added Kohli. Gayle’s team management has not commented on his departure, but a picture he posted on his Instagram page stated: “I’m on my way Baby.” Gayle is also reported to have thanked Qatar Airways for its services, which included a congratulatory cake.last_img read more

SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battle

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Centeno, the reigning champion, took a bye before crushing Angeli Ticoalu of Indonesia, 7-4, to march to the next round.Then two-time world 10-ball champion Amit defeated Indonesia’s Silviana Lu, 7-3, in the other quarterfinal match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’FILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA“As much as possible we want a repeat performance,” said the 18-year-old Centeno who didn’t hide the fact that she looks up to Amit in and out of the pool house.In the men’s 9-ball pool Carlo Biado prevailed over Amnuayporn Chotipong of Thailand, 9-3, to advance to the semis. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu SEA Games: PH duo settle for silver in men’s tennis Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES View comments Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during 9-Ball competition in 2015 SEA Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Filipino pool divas have made their way to an expected gold medal battle.The last Southeast Asian Games’ finalists Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit barged into the semifinals of the women’s 9-ball singles Friday at KLCC.ADVERTISEMENT So far, the billiards team, with former world champions in the fold including Efren “Bata” Reyes, only has one medal to show.Former World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco placed third in 9-ball doubles.The Philippines won three golds last SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaylast_img read more

Ebola Survivor Giving Blood, Helping Others to Survive

first_imgA certified nurse who survived Ebolahas been helping to save the lives of others infected with the deadly virus.KpetemeniMeine wasdeclaredEbola free last monthafter surviving a one-month stay in the ELWA treatment center. He says he has already begun to give bloodand will continue to do soas long as his blood count is normal.“I want to give blood if my HP is sufficient. The contribution that (I benefited from) at the center didn’t involve my paying any money and I survived. Therefore, I would do it for free, and hope that it is used for the intended purpose, and that is to save lives,” said Kpetemeni.According to Kpetemeni, a doctor whose name he did not disclose,becameinfected with Ebola and was given 2 units ofKpetemeni’s blood.Kpetemeni has also been working under supervision at an isolation center for children who have come in contact with the virus.  He says he is volunteering his services to make sure these children get a chance to live.“I am immune to the virus and can do a lot towards this Ebola fight. I wrote various ETUs to see if I could work with them, and the government in return called to find out if I was willing to work with children at an isolation center. I agreed,” said Kpetemeni.He adds that for now, he is giving his services free and has no problem with that because he wants to contribute to society in thanksgiving to God and to society for saving his life.  “But, the government says it will compensate those of us working at the isolation center, and I am waiting for that,” he says.Meanwhile, Kpetemenisays he still remembers the frightful experience of ‘staring death in the face’ months ago. According to him, he was the only one to survivethe virus after nine of his medical colleagues all died while trapped in a Paynesville clinic.Kpetemeni recounted how he contracted the virus after caring for a patient that he didn’t know was infected at the Peace Home medical clinic.“I’m a professional nurse, and when my colleagues and I became infected at Peace, we called the government ambulance and they refused to come for us. Our doctor went to the Ministry of Health and gave them a letter informing them of our condition and they refused to come for us immediately.“On August 27, 2014, I was taken to ELWA treatment center and tested positive for the virus. But after five days of treatment I started to feel better; all the symptoms subsided.”Further describing his ordeal, Kpetemeni said, “when the doctors first told me that I was positive, I was down hearted and refused to talk to any of the doctors or answer my phone. We were 10 infected at Peace Home, and I was the only person who survived; most of them died in my presence. I knew that I would die also,” he said.Kpetemeni recalled that he lost all hope but after his second test was conducted and came back negative, he knew he had a chance.“The ELWA atmosphere was hell and all one could see were sick people in all kinds of conditions; not all had Ebola. “Some would contract Ebola in there because the space was congested and the living conditions there were not good. I thank God I made it, and want to see others make it, and I’m working towards helping them,” declared Kpetemeni.Meanwhile the Peace Home medical clinic said to have been functioning for 10 years has reportedly been closed.Kpetemeni can be reached at 0886479120.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Awaiting Belgian’s Murder Trial

first_imgEleven of 14 persons accused of murdering Michael Bruno, a Belgian national, appeared at Criminal Court ‘C’  at the Temple of Justice for the first time on Wednesday, March 25, to proceed  with their murder trial.The trial had not taken place on schedule because the defendant’s lawyers presented a request, asking Judge Yussif Kaba to reconsider his earlier ruling where he denied a motion to dismiss and acquittal of the defendants; ruling the case to trial on Wednesday.However, when the defendants appeared at the court only eleven of them were seen seated in the dock of the courtroom, after submitting the motion, they were placed in the care of some prominent citizens of Grand Bassa County, including Representative Baron Brown and Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, a 2011 presidential aspirant for the opposition Liberty Party (LP). Cllr. Brumskine and Rep. Brown have been the men’s guarantors since 2008.The reason for the absence of the three defendants was that two had already been set free by government, apparently to serve as some of prosecution witnesses; and the other one is dead.The defendants were linked to an ambush where a single barrel gunshot was used to kill then Plantation manager of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), Michael Bruno on November 17, 2007 in District# 3 Grand Bassa County.The attack, according to LAC, took place immediately after Bruno’s decision to expand the company’s operations beyond the district.In the Motion for “Reconsideration of Judge Kaba’s Ruling” a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, the lawyers prayed the judge to order the restoration of all the defendants rights that were previously theirs as provided by law in the interest of transparent justice and fair play and to uphold the Constitution and laws of Liberia.They argued that Judge Kaba’s action to deny their request was contrary to the constitutional prohibition against double jeopardy, where the defendants were twice exposed to trial for the same offense without showing by the prosecution of manifest necessary to warrant a second trial of the defendants.They further argued that Judge Kaba inadvertently held that he cannot overrule his colleague, Judge Benedict Holt, since both of them have concurrent jurisdiction.Cllr.  Holt then presiding Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County, conducted the trial in 2008 and transferred the case to the First Judicial Circuit Criminal Court ‘A’ for Montserrado County, following allegation of jury tempering.He also disbanded the jury panel and ordered a new trial.But, the defense team said the “issue that was before Judge Kaba was whether or not double jeopardy had been attached as a result of the first trial?” “If the answer is yes,” they admitted, “which it is, then as a matter of law, Judge Kaba cannot preside over the second criminal trial of the defendants.”The defense team continued, “except for manifest necessary, which did not exist and which Your Honor did not show in the   ruling.”According to them, Judge Kaba does not have the legal right to overrule or review Judge Benedict Holt’s decision, “and can’t try the defendants for the second time unless there was manifest necessary.” “When one trial judge declares a mis-trial in a criminal case and disbands the trial jury, a subsequent trial judge of concurrent jurisdiction may not determine that he cannot conduct a second criminal trial on the grounds of double jeopardy,” the lawyers said in the motion.“During the trial, where the prosecution improperly terminated the case; the defendant cannot thereafter be indicted or otherwise charged and tried for the same offense of any degree,” they added. “Judge Kaba is without the legal competence to consider the constitutional issue of the defendants’ right to effective counsel, as provided in Article 21 (b) of the 1986 revised constitution. Therefore; he should have allowed the matter to be transferred to the Supreme Court of Liberia for determination of the said issue.”The motion further explained that since Judge Kaba admitted that he is without the legal competence to pass on constitutional issue of double jeopardy as provided in Article 21 (b) of the constitution, “because doing so would be tantamount to reviewing the act of his colleague, he should have had the matter transferred to the Supreme Court for determination of the said constitutional issue.”Ruling in the motion is scheduled for Today, Thursday, March 27.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State Department monitors to go on Blackwater convoys

first_imgShe has introduced legislation to end the use of all security contractors in Iraq, replacing them with full-time government employees. Accounts of the Sept. 16 confrontation in Baghdad differ widely, with Blackwater executives asserting that its guards came under attack and Iraqi government officials and civilian witnesses saying that the Blackwater gunmen opened fire without provocation. There are several investigations of the Sept. 16 shootings, including one by the FBI that could result in criminal charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBlackwater is one of three private companies providing security services to the State Department in Iraq, running heavily armed escorts every time a senior American civilian leaves the protected Green Zone. The requirement for ride-along monitors does not apply to the other two security contractors, DynCorp International and Triple Canopy, the State Department said. Blackwater runs roughly 60 security convoys a week in central Iraq. The State Department measures announced on Friday are the first concrete response by the U.S. government to the violent episode on Sept. 16 in central Baghdad involving several Blackwater teams that left as many as 17 Iraqis dead. Officials said the State Department would send dozens of its diplomatic security service agents to Baghdad so that there would be enough people in place to accompany every Blackwater convoy. The State Department’s chief spokesman, Sean McCormack, said that the additional restrictions on Blackwater’s operations could come as Kennedy’s inquiry proceeds. But the department was not, for the moment, considering ending its contract with Blackwater, McCormack said, although he did not preclude it as the ultimate outcome of the investigation. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who has been critical of what she calls the administration’s inappropriate use of thousands of unaccountable private security contractors in Iraq, mocked the State Department’s decision to send monitors along with Blackwater teams. “This just shows how much they want to keep Blackwater on the payroll,” she said. “They’re going to have to send dozens and dozens of agents to baby-sit these Blackwater units.” WASHINGTON – The State Department, seeking to retain its relationship with Blackwater USA while trying to bring the company’s armed guards under tighter control, said on Friday that it would now send its own personnel as monitors on all Blackwater security convoys in and around Baghdad. The department will also install video cameras in Blackwater armored vehicles to produce a record of all operations that could be used in investigations of the use of force by private security contractors. The State Department will also save recordings of all radio transmissions between Blackwater convoys and military and civilian agencies supervising them in Iraq. In outlining the measures announced on Friday, a State Department spokesman said they had been approved by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice based on the initial recommendations of Patrick F. Kennedy, the department’s director of management policy. Kennedy is the leader of a team Rice appointed to look at the way Blackwater and other private security contractors operate in Iraq. Kennedy had originally selected Blackwater to provide security for top American civilian officials in Baghdad, when he served as chief of staff to L. Paul Bremer, the administrator of the U.S. occupation authority in 2003 and 2004, Bremer said in an interview on Friday. That mission grew into a $1.2 billion multiyear security contract with the State Department for the company. last_img read more