Museveni leaves Burundi without a deal for the crisis

first_imgPresident Museveni was in Burundi to try and find a solution to the political crisis facing the country Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni left crisis talks between Burundi’s rival political factions without a deal, but last-ditch efforts following months of violence continued ahead of polls next week.Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term in an election next Tuesday, despite a constitutional two-term limit, has sparked months of turmoil and an attempted coup in mid-May.“The ruling party in Burundi and the opposition parties and the civil society have agreed to negotiate expeditiously, intensively… in order to reach an agreement,” Museveni told reporters as he left.Previous United Nations-mediated efforts have all collapsed.Ugandan Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga took over mediation efforts started by Museveni a day earlier, in the latest bid to push stalled talks between Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD-FDD party and opposition groups.President Museveni and his counterpart Pierre NkurunzizaMuseveni, who was appointed mediator last week by the five-nation East African Community (EAC), has urged Burundians “to forget their past sectarian political differences”.Around 100 people have been killed in more than two months of protests, with over 158,000 refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries, according to the UN.Gunfire and grenade explosions have hit the capital in recent nights, as has been common in recent weeks.With the presidential election now taking place on Tuesday, there are only a few days to seal a deal between the opposing sides, but Burundi presidential communication advisor Willy Nyamitwe said there had been “positive” talks.Key opposition leader Agathon Rwasa said talks would continue, adding that “there will be no taboo subjects, everything must be put on the table”.Polls, originally due on Wednesday, were pushed back by six days amid intense international pressure.But a group of 17 aid agencies and rights groups warned Wednesday that was “an insufficient gesture that ignores the risk that elections could spark major violence”.Opposition groups say another term would violate a peace deal that paved the way to end a dozen years of civil war in 2006. There are fears the current crisis could plunge the impoverished, landlocked country back into civil war.“Scores have already been killed, but this could be just the beginning of something much worse,” said Ndung’u Wainaina, from the Kenya-based International Center for Policy and Conflict, a member of the coalition demanding further delays.“In the current context of tensions and credible threats of further violence, holding elections next week could push Burundi into a much deeper crisis,” Wainaina added.Nkurunziza’s ruling party scored a widely-expected landslide win in parliamentary polls held on May 29, but these were boycotted by the opposition and condemned internationally as not free and fair.Violence has continued in Burundi, where troops clashed with suspected rebel fighters over the weekend in northern regions bordering Rwanda.Burundian rebel general Leonard Ngendakumana — who took part in the failed coup in May to topple Nkurunziza — has confirmed that soldiers loyal to the coup plot were involved in the fighting.Opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije on Wednesday said a group of exiled Burundian dissidents had created an alliance to force Nkurunziza from power, likely to be based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.“The global aim is to get Nkurunziza out,” he told France 24.“Unfortunately, I have the impression the only way will be through violence.”Nkurunziza “can leave now and be thanked by Burundians for saving lives, or he can refuse to go and be forced out”, Sinduhije added.last_img read more

Euro 2020 sponsors less than green

first_img(FILES) The Baku Olympic Stadium, which hosted last year’s UEFA Europa League final and will also host games at Euro 2020 Read Also: Euro 2020: Barca’s Dembele out of tournament after hamstring surgery The heads of international sports organisations have a “unique opportunity” to make things “more transparent and ethical,” said Chiappero, but so far he “cannot see any move in that direction.” Ultimately the debate is unlikely to affect football fans’ view of Euro 2020, he said. “We’ve seen in studies that (scandals) had no impact on consumers. Today, whether SOCAR is dirty or clean, it won’t have any effect on the consumers of football.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 With sponsorship from carmaker Volkswagen and Azerbaijan’s state-run oil company SOCAR, Euro 2020 proves UEFA’s willingness to do business with companies whose environmental records are often less than exemplary. While UEFA claims the tournament will be the greenest ever, Volkswagen has been a sponsor of its international competitions since 2017, despite the scandal that broke in 2015 when it admitted to cheating on emissions tests on its diesel cars. The Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, which will host matches at Euro 2020, including a quarter-final UEFA has already come under fire for holding the tournament in 12 different countries across Europe, creating a massive carbon footprint from fans’ travel. In addition, Russia’s state energy giant Gazprom has been the main sponsor of another major UEFA tournament, the Champions League, since 2012. Critics say the ex-Soviet oil and gas giants are not only extracting hydrocarbons in an unsustainable way and polluting the environment, but are also funding political regimes with questionable records on democracy and human rights. Azeri sponsor SOCAR is the state-run oil company of the Caspian country ruled with scant regard for human rights by the Aliyev family since independence from the USSR. Russian gas monopoly Gazprom is one of Moscow’s main foreign-policy tools used by President Vladimir Putin to further the country’s political and economic interests, Kremlin critics say. UEFA said that it is “conscious of the dilemma” presented by its closeness to SOCAR and Gazprom in terms of their environmental impact. “We believe that it is still worthwhile to try to apply sustainable event management criteria, where possible, when organising a major event,” UEFA said in written comments to AFP. The logos of Gazprom and SOCAR will be hard to miss at the tournament, especially as they have strong links to two of the stadiums hosting matches. The stadium in Russia’s northwestern city of Saint Petersburg is called the Gazprom Arena, although it will change its name during the tournament. SOCAR poured “at least $850 million” into the stadium in Baku, according to the OCCRP, an NGO that works with investigative reporters in Eastern Europe. – ‘Political’ aim – As world governing body FIFA has lost numerous sponsors over corruption scandals that tarnished its reputation under the leadership of Sepp Blatter, UEFA could be seen as risking similar disaffection among potential sponsors. A number of major FIFA sponsors reviewed or even broke off their cooperation as a result of corruption scandals that tarnished its reputation under the leadership of Sepp Blatter, so UEFA could be seen as risking similar disaffection among potential sponsors. Loading…center_img “UEFA has people queueing up to get back on board,” he said. The total value of such contracts is kept secret but sports media puts them at tens of millions of euros. Euro 2016 earned 483 million euros ($527 million) for UEFA in commercial rights revenue. In exchange for UEFA sponsorship, Gazprom and SOCAR have massively boosted their profile. Sponsorship of international events “helps both raising the brand awareness of SOCAR as an internationally positioned company and (of) Azerbaijan as the country of origin and a new tourism destination,” said company spokesman Ibrahim Ahmadov. Russia and Azerbaijan are both regularly criticised for violating human rights and such sponsorship also has a “political aim,” said Kirill Kulakov, director of studies for sports management at Moscow’s RMA Business School. “For Gazprom the aim of sponsoring UEFA is primarily improving its image… and expanding Russia’s influence in the world.” – ‘No public impact’ – When the Europa League final was played in Baku last year, Amnesty International said Azerbaijan should not be allowed to “‘sportswash’ its appalling human rights record as a result of the football fanfare.” Azerbaijan has been ruled with an iron fist since the Soviet era, first by Heydar Aliyev and, since 2003, by his son Ilham. UEFA insists that it signed a contract with SOCAR, not Azerbaijan, but in reality there is little distinction between them as SOCAR is the state oil company of a country where oil makes up 90 percent of exports and the revenues account for half the national budget. Sebastian Chiappero, director of Geneva-based sponsorship consulting firm Sponsorize, believes the European football body is in no danger, however.last_img read more

NBA India Games 2019 Launches #NBAInMyBackyard Campaign

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Basketball Association on Friday launched the NBA India Games 2019 campaign #NBAInMyBackyard with a TV campaign (TVC).The campaign unveiling comes at a time of increasing anticipation for the pre-season Games scheduled on October 4 and 5, given that 80 percent of tickets for the game on October 5 was nearly sold out the first day on BookMyShow.In addition to interactive fan activities, development camps, and community outreach efforts, over 3,000 youth from more than 70 schools under Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program will attend ‘The NBA India Games for Reliance Foundation ESA’ on October 4.The NBA’s takeover will be celebrated in the campaign through a 360-degree integrated outreach across verticals for fans with on-air TVC, traditional OOH, Radio, Digital and first-of-its-kind on-ground engagement avenues and integration with Mumbai’s iconic identities.On-air TVC visualizes the attraction, or pull, of Indian fans which have brought the NBA to their hometown, their backyard. Set in Mumbai, the film opens with two life-sized blimps of Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers players being maneuvered by an army of fans for a game. The involvement and passion of the fans to get closer to the players and the teams is articulated through coordinated movements, celebration and awe. The film closes with the players towering over Mumbai to depict their grand entrance to the market.Fans will also be able to revel in the NBA India Games 2019 spirit through India’s first floating basketball court near Bandra-Worli Sealink from October 1-3 and a projection of the NBA iconography on the Gateway of India on September 28-29.While OOH will feature a visual representation of popular players from Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers playing ball in some of the most iconic backyards in Mumbai, on-ground engagements will include Graffiti artists such as NME, Mooz, Minzo and Dexter painting the walls of the city with their individual interpretation of the campaign.Popular Indian Hip-Hop artists such as Brodha V, Shah Rule, Madurai Souljour, Meba Ofilia and Frennzy, each representing backyards across north, south, west and north-east India will compose an original soundtrack representing the campaign. IANS Also Read: Ace Sprinter Hima Das Ruled out of World ChampionshipsAlso Watch:Former MP Ramen Deka visits Mangaldai Civil Hospital | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

DIGICEL Junior Caribbean Squash Championships

first_imgGuyana, Barbados battle for title todayTHE Land of Many Waters and the Land of the Flying Fish will vie for supremacy in the DIGICEL Junior Caribbean Squash Championships today at the Georgetown Club, in what is shaping up to be yet another very tight race.Following yesterday’s morning session the two countries were tied with 12 wins in the Boys’ competition, where Guyana are the defending champions. However, over in the Girls’ division Barbados have the edge, having won nine of their ten matches, whereas Guyana have only won eight of theirs.Both countries have much to prove as the competition concludes today. Guyana will try desperately to maintain their title, while Barbados would like a taste of victory – a privilege they’ve been denied since 2004.Guyana took a major hit when they finished 3-2 against the Jamaicans on Thursday afternoon, losing their slight advantage over the Bajans, which they had, after grabbing a 5-0 against Trinidad on Wednesday.However, both sides still stand a chance to improve their fate when matches continued yesterday as Guyana Boys took on the Cayman Islands, while Barbados played Jamaica.In yesterday morning’s session, both Barbados and Guyana won 4-1, in the Girls’ division, when they played Trinidad and Cayman Islands, respectively.After Guyana’s Kirsten Gomes had a quick 11-0, -2, 11-0 win against Sigourney Williams, things were looking bright for the Golden Arrowhead side.But all that changed as Rebecca Low faced off against Girls Under-19 semifinalist Marie-Claire Barcant. After Low seized the first four points of the match, Barcant held her at bay and equalized.They traded points and rallied until Barcant became the first to touch 10 points, but with Low just one point behind the set was far from over, and Low knew it.Low dug herself out of the hole and Barcant managed just one more point before the Guyanese took the set. But that was her last set win, Barcant wrapped up the next three 11-3, 11-5, 11-4.Taylor Fernandes, Makeda Harding and Madison Fernandes, however, made sure that was Guyana’s only loss. Harding and Madison had 3-0 wins against Jinan Alrawi and Chloe Walcott, respectively, while Taylor blanked Amanda Yearwood 4-0.In the Boys’ Guyana-Jamaica battle Benjamin Mekdeci, Shomari Wiltshire and Michael Alphonso won their matches, while Daniel Islam and Alex Cheeks suffered losses in theirs.last_img read more

No. 18 Syracuse upsets No. 2 Virginia behind Thomas goal

first_img Published on September 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Juuso Pasanen turned to the stands as the clock ticked down in the final seconds, pumping his arms up and down to motion for the raucous home crowd to stand up.It was a feeling no Syracuse team has experienced since Oct. 17, 2001, when the Orange beat then-No. 8 Rutgers, 3-2, in overtime. It took 13 years and 16 tries, but SU knocked off a Top-10 opponent on Saturday night.“It puts us at that table with all those big-time teams,” junior goalkeeper Alex Bono said. “(Virginia is) a final four team and for us to come out and make a statement like that is definitely a big deal for us.”After a Skylar Thomas header goal put SU ahead with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the back three buckled down to post its eighth shutout of the year as No. 18 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) took down No. 2 Virginia (4-3-1, 1-1-1 ACC), 1-0, at SU Soccer Stadium in front of 2,019 fans.The Orange has come close to knocking off national powerhouses, most recently in a 1-0 loss against then-No. 4 Notre Dame on Sept. 13., but it was finally able to edge a team SU head coach Ian McIntyre thinks can win the national title.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Tonight, it kind of validates what you’re doing,” McIntyre said.Just 10 minutes into the game, Virginia’s Ryan Zinkhan fired just wide of the left post from close range. Less than a minute later, Jake Rozhansky beat two SU defenders before Bono tipped away a would-be goal. A minute after that Rozhansky shot at the near post and Bono tipped it again.The game flashed before Syracuse’s eyes in a matter of three minutes, but the defense of Jordan Murrell, Thomas and Tyler Hilliard was able to weather an early storm.The hosts had their own bevy of semi-threats, but after a half hour of knocking on the door, Thomas used his height to his advantage on a corner kick.Julian Buescher whipped in a corner from the right side and the 6-foot-3 Thomas mounted two Virginia defenders before heading the ball into the top-left corner to give Syracuse the lead.“We’ve been working on that all week, all year actually, probably my whole college career,” Thomas said. “…working on crossing and finishing and hopefully I finally got it down.”With a minute remaining in the first half, yet another corner kick found a Syracuse head. Alex Halis directed the ball to the far-right corner from close range past the dive of UVA goalie Calle Brown, but Pablo Aguilar stuck out his hand to stop the ball from crossing the line, to which no penalty was given.It was a microcosm of the second half for SU, as Nick Perea, Chris Nanco and Halis all threatened to extend the lead but were unable to do so.On a day where Syracuse could’ve blown the Cavaliers out, it was the defense, yet again, that allowed the team to hold on in a 1-0 game.“We have eight wins this season and every single one of our wins has been a shutout, which is massive for our defense, massive for our entire team front to back,” Bono said. “If we won 1-0 every single game, I can’t say I would mind that.”McIntyre noted how his team was tired of being second-best to top-tier opponents. He referenced last year’s games against Notre Dame and Virginia as ones that stuck out.This time though, he didn’t have to harp on falling just short.“I can’t comment on respect on a national stage, but in our locker room, we know we’ve got a very honest, hard-working group,” he said. “Not just to knick a game — to play well tonight, yes it was close, but we played some good soccer.” Commentslast_img read more

Nigeria Professional Football League: Okpotu Wants to Lift Lobi with…

first_imgAnthony Okpotu has told supersport.com that he is not setting any personal target in the Nigeria top-flight this season.The Lobi Stars striker is keen to help his club finish in the top-three of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) that will see them win a place to play in one of Africa’s club competitions in 2017 if the co-efficient of the country does not fall below having three clubs each in the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup. “Right now I am only focused on every game as the season goes. And if I have the chance to score in every match I will take the chance, but it is not about me because Lobi is a team. I am happy I have scored six goals so far, which is good for me.“I want to help Lobi do very well this season. This club gave me the chance to be a footballer and I can only repay them back, especially the fans for believing in me. So I hope I can help them win something or even qualify for one of the competitions on the continent,” he told supersport.com.The former Al-Ittihad Tripoli man has accounted for half of the goals that Lobi Stars have scored this season but feels the credit should not go to just him alone and remained adamant on not setting himself a goal target.“I didn’t know I have scored that (half of my team’s goals). I must thank my teammates and coaches for that. But like I said, I won’t set any target of the number of goals I want to score,” he said.Okpotu has scored six league goals this season and leads the scorers’ chart in the NPFL. He also has three assists.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Akwa Ibom State’s Stride in Sports Devt Rewarded with Three Awards

first_imgHe said the awards were in the category of sports infrastructural development, sports development and best supporting state for the Super Eagles.According to commissioner, the awards were in recognition of the role the state played in recent times in providing sports infrastructure, grassroots sports development and providing the platform for the qualification of the Super Eagles for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.“The awards were for the part the state has played in recent times towards sports development in Nigeria. You will recall that the Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup with a game to spare all thanks to the logistics support from the state government and football fans in the state during the qualifying matches in Uyo.“You recall that for the first time match bonuses and other entitlements to the players and other logistics were not a problem for the team. The state government had a hand in that and that contributed to their seamless qualification.“In sports development, you also recall that two teams from the state qualified for the finals of the FA Cup (AITEO Federation Cup) last year. Akwa United eventually won the male version while the female team lost on penalties to their Rivers State counterpart and this shows the level of inputs we have made in sports.“We also hosted a nouvelle competition, the state’s Youth Sports Festival which was used to discover budding talents from the grassroots and that is a plus for total sports development not just football.Akwa United is also representing the country in CAF Confederations Cup and that is courtesy of the level of funding of that club.“In the area of sports infrastructure the Godswill Akpabio Stadium has continued to enjoy superior maintenance and provides the country with the best playing turf especially for the Super Eagles.“In addition, we are continuing with the building of ten sports centres in the ten federal constituencies of the state and work on a new stadium for Eket city has started. That stadium will have an artificial turf so that our football clubs can also be accustomed on such turfs since most of the pitches they use outside Akwa Ibom are artificial,” he stressedThe commissioner commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the investment he has continued to make in sports and which has yielded results going by the performance of the state teams and athletes in national and international events in recent times.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okon Bassey in UyoFor encouraging sports development in the country, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports has honoured Akwa Ibom State with three awards.Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh confirmed to THISDAY wednesday.last_img read more

Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Alexander: Playoff series takes a turn Clippers weren’t expecting Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks shocked the L.A. Clippers 135-133 in overtime of Game 4 to even the series at 2-2.PreviousDallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) reacts to referee Zach Zarba, lower left, and referee Kevin Cutler, right, during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) talks with referee Zach Zarba during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Luka Doncic, right, of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates his game-winning three-point basket with teammate Seth Curry, left, to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith (10) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) knocks out a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Lou Williams (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, right, reacts after making a basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) reaches for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dorian Finney-Smith, center, of the Dallas Mavericks and Lou Williams, right, of the Los Angeles Clippers reach for a ball during overtime in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates his game-winning three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9) drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots his game-winning 3-point basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Reggie Jackson (1) defends during overtime of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Mavericks won 135-133 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, and J.J. Barea talk during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates with Seth Curry (30) after making a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, front left, grabs a rebound against Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Stephen Curry, center, cheers on his brother Seth Curry, of the Dallas Mavericks, from the digital fan stands during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber, left, during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer watches his team play the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, right, talks with Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) celebrates his winning three-point basket with teammates during overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, left, talks with Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) falls as Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) dribbles past him during overtime of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Luka Doncic, center, of the Dallas Mavericks, celebrates his game-winning three-point basket with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)NextShow Caption1 of 31Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Expandcenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

Byron Scott working on filling out Lakers coaching staff

first_imgEyen also had scouting jobs with the New York Knicks (1996-97, 2003), was an assistant coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara (1984-88) and served as a consultant for professional teams in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. Eyen is also the son-in-law of Bill Bertka, the Lakers’ current special assistant and basketball consultant to general manager Mitch Kupchak. ESPN Los Angeles first reported the Lakers’ likelihood to add Eyen to Scott’s staff. Scott will likely have four people on his coaching staff. Possibilities include Lakers assistant Johnny Davis and player development coach Larry Lewis, both of whom are still under contract. It is widely expected that Scott’s son, Thomas, will join his staff after coaching with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. There appears to be some clarity on how Byron Scott will fill out his coaching staff. Mark Madsen is expected to stay, according to league sources, after spending the past year as a player development coach for former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and an associate head coach with the team’s Las Vegas Summer League team. Madsen also played a heavy role with the Lakers’ drafting efforts, attending both the NBA pre-draft combine and participating in various draft workouts. Madsen had played nine years in the NBA and was on the Lakers’ 2001 and 2002 championship teams. It is not currently clear what Madsen’s title will be under Scott. Scott is also expected to add veteran assistant Jim Eyen to his staff, according to league sources. Eyen has spent 23 years as an NBA assistant coach in various capacities, most recently with the Sacramento Kings (2009-2013). Such stops also included the Lakers (1989-92), Clippers (1988-89, 2003-09), Milwaukee Bucks (1992-96) and Portland Trail Blazers (1997-2001). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Stari Grad Municipality starts building a Stadium and two multipurpose Halls

first_imgThe Stari Grad Municipality Sarajevo is to begin the construction of several sports facilities in this year. These facilities are expected to significantly contribute to the popularization and rising of the sports in the old part of Sarajevo to a whole another level.According to the Mayor Ibrahim Hadžibajrić, the Municipality will finance the construction of two multipurpose sports halls and a football stadium at the locality of the former barracks in Faletići.Hadžibajrić highlighted that the publishing of a tender for the construction of a sports hall next to the elementary school “Mula Mustafa Bašeskija”, whose construction will amount to between 550,000 and 600,000 BAM, is currently in progress.Another hall is planned to be constructed, on Bistrik, within the elementary school “Edhem Mulabdić”, whose construction will be financed by the means allocated from the Saudi Fund. The construction will begin when the funds become operational.“The mentioned halls are multifunctional because we want to cover as many sports and sports activities as possible. These halls will certainly be used to the maximum. The most important thing is that we already have completed projects for all facilities, thus it is not about ideas only anymore. Detailed designs have also been made, based on which we applied to the Saudi Fund,” Hadžibajrić explained.Speaking of the football stadium that is to be built in Faletići, Hadžibajrić says:“There are five football collectives at the territory of our municipality: Mošćanica, Iskra, Hrid, Vrbanjuša and Vratnik. These clubs have always been renting the extra field of the Koševo stadium. The idea on the construction of a stadium and a sports-recreational center has been living since 1997, when a center that FIFA wanted to finance was supposed to be built on Pašino brdo. This project was nearly completed but, due to disagreements in the Canton, the funds were redirected to Široki Brijeg, where a football center was constructed”.Hadžibajrić highlighted that the stadium in Faletići will not be of the kind that FIFA wanted to finance, but that it will certainly meet the needs of municipal clubs.(Source: akta.ba)last_img read more