— Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year extension through the 2021-22 seasons. Nurse has been with the Edmonton organization since being taken seventh overall in the 2013 draft. He has four goals and 24 points with 44 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. Nurse set career highs last season with 10 goals, 31 assists, 41 points, 87 penalty minutes and an average time on ice of 23 minutes, 49 seconds.— The league remains reluctant to reverse course and compete at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. This despite new assurances from Olympic officials to lift various major stumbling blocks, which also have the backing of the league’s players. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly significantly tamped down hopes of the world’s best players returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2014. Daly described the talks as being “very preliminary” and says the NHL continues to believe the negatives outweigh the positives.AP TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor still No. 1; Michigan St. outUNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10. The team says Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season, ending his 16-year run with the franchise. The fourth player taken in the 2004 NFL draft owns 30 franchise records and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Rivers has completed 64.7% of his passes for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.His 224 consecutive regular-season starts are second-most among quarterbacks in NFL history and his 123 wins are ninth.In other NFL news:— Ravens safety Chuck Clark has agreed to a three-year contract extension after starting a career-high 12 games and finishing with a team-best 68 tackles. Clark was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 draft and spent his first two NFL seasons playing on special teams, serving as backup on defense before enjoying a breakthrough year.— A person familiar with the meeting says suspended Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about being reinstated. Garrett was banned indefinitely in November for pulling Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and striking him over the head with it during a game. The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville round out the top five and are followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Seton Hall. The Pirates are the lone newcomer in the top-10 after holding the No. 12 spot last week.Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NHL-NEWSOilers’ Nurse gets 2-year extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff push has taken a hit.Jackets star defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team says Jones was injured in Saturday night’s game loss to Colorado. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 24 assists this season while leading the club in ice time. Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL to take Jones’ place.In other NHL news: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL NEWSChargers, Rivers part companyUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has played his final down for the Los Angeles Chargers. Update on the latest in sports: — The Twins will be working with a new piece of smart technology at spring training this year. The high-tech pitching mound is really a heavily instrumented ramp built to simulate a mound and it measures the ground forces involved in throwing a pitch.NCAA-LOBBYINGAP Exclusive: NCAA, allies spend nearly $1M on Capitol HillWASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization’s liking.The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness” and is crafting rules to put in place for its 1,100 member schools in coming months. But the organization has turned to Congress to step in as more and more states follow the lead of California, where a law set to take effect in 2023 clears the way for athletes to earn endorsement money. The NCAA’s pressure campaign comes as the Senate prepares for a committee hearing Tuesday on player compensation. The head of the National College Players Association says the NCAA is fighting to maintain the status quo.NBA-NEWSRaptors president sued over scuffleUNDATED (AP) — A law enforcement officer in California is suing the president of the Toronto Raptors over a scuffle following the team’s NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors last June.The Raptors had just won their first title at Oracle Arena in Oakland on June 13 when Raptors President Masai Ujiri went onto the court to join his celebrating team. February 10, 2020 Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that he stopped Ujiri because he didn’t provide the proper credential, leading to a shoving match that was partially captured on video. Strickland alleged Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists,” tried to go around the deputy and repeatedly ignored orders to stop.In other NBA news:— Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) is missing tonight’s game against the Kings following the birth of his son, the first for the All-Star and his girlfriend. The league’s reigning MVP is averaging 30.0 points, 13,5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA at 45-7, including a 4-0 mark in games without Antetokounmpo.— The Phoenix Suns have waived veteran guard Tyler Johnson, who is averaging a career-high 5.7 points in 31 games this season. The 27-year-old Johnson averaged 11.1 points per game last season after coming to the Suns from Miami. He was in the final season of a four-year deal that pays about $19 million this year.— Timberwolves co-stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have each purchased 1,000 tickets to the team’s next home game for an online giveaway. The Timberwolves announced the promotion Monday in advance of hosting Charlotte on Wednesday night. The game is expected to be Russell’s first at Target Center for Minnesota since he was acquired in a trade with Golden State on Thursday. In other baseball news:— MLB is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two.— The Diamondbacks have avoided salary arbitration with Nick Ahmed by working out a four-year, $32.5 million contract with the two-time Gold Glove shortstop. Ahmed hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. He won his Gold Gloves in each of the past two seasons.— Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has undergone surgery on his pitching elbow. The A’s say Mengden had arthroscopic surgery to shave a small spur off his elbow. Mengden was 5-2 with a save and a 4.83 ERA in 13 games over three stints with Oakland last year.— Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger is suing the Astros for unspecified damages. He contends that the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance in August 2017 that essentially ended his big-league career. He’s also asking the Astros forfeit their nearly $31 million in postseason shares from their 2017 World Series title and donate the money to children’s charities in Los Angeles and a fund for needy retired players. MLB NEWSAngels GM: Big trade with Dodgers not happeningUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say their proposed trade with the Dodgers is off.Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved.Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.
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Lyon striker Hegerberg, who scored a hat-trick in Lyon’s Champions League final win over Barcelona last month, refused to come to the tournament due to a dispute with her national federation, which she accuses of failing to respect women players.Ranked No. 12, Norway has qualified for every FIFA Women’s World Cup since the tournament’s inception. They were runners up to the US in 1991 and winners of the 1995 tournament.Nigeria has also qualified for every Women’s World Cup. However, the No. 38 ranked team have only advanced from the group stage once in 1993, falling to Brazil in the quarter-finals.Nigeria will now move to Grenoble, where they take on Korea Republic on June 12. The Koreans lost 0-4 to host nation France in the championship opening match in Paris on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former champions Norway kicked off their Women’s World Cup campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over Nigeria, despite the absence of Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg.Guro Reiten’s deflected shot gave the 1995 winners the lead on 17 minutes in Reims before a powerful strike from Lisa-Marie Utland doubled their advantage.Osinachi Ohale turned a cross into her own net before half-time as Norway cruised to an opening win in Group A, leaving them level on three points with hosts France.
It is a lazy Sunday afternoon, and Jordan McLaughlin is alone on the practice courts of the Galen Center. Travis Scott’s latest album pumps through the speakers as McLaughlin launches jumper after jumper. The only interruption of the smooth sounds of the swish of the net, the shooting machine returning the ball with a “pop” back into his hands is the rare clank of a shot off the rim.He’s been at it for quite some time. The number on the machine reads 400 shots taken — and counting.“Let me know when you want to talk,” he said, “because I’ll be here awhile.”It may be an off day for the team — they had practiced on Friday and had a scrimmage on Saturday — but not for McLaughlin, the junior point guard and de facto leader of the men’s basketball team as it looks to build upon its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in five years. The season begins on Friday with a home game against Montana.If there was any doubt last season, this is Jordan McLaughlin’s team now, for better or for worse. Following a 21-win campaign that generated genuine excitement about USC basketball for the first time since DeMar DeRozan roamed the Galen Center floor, the Trojans went into the offseason on a downbeat with two key starters departing.Gone is Julian Jacobs, the athletic, defensive stalwart who shared a leadership role with McLaughlin last season. Gone is Nikola Jovanovic, the skilled 6-foot-11 power forward who could score from inside and outside. Both declared for the NBA draft as juniors, surprising McLaughlin by forgoing their final year of college eligibility. Now, it’s on McLaughlin to be the leader.Jordan McLaughlin is ready to take the Trojans to new heights – Brian Chin | Daily Trojan“It puts a lot of pressure on me,” McLaughlin said. “But that’s one of the reasons I came here. With them departing, it was saddening, but you’ve got to move on. I’ve got to be more vocal either on or off the court, and make sure I’m leading the young guys and everybody else.”Pressure is something McLaughlin has grown accustomed to, considering USC more or less built its program around him.Born in Pasadena, McLaughlin came from an athletic family and played basketball, baseball and football as a kid. One theme was common among the sports — as a point guard in basketball, a pitcher in baseball and a quarterback in football, he always had the ball in his hands.But choosing basketball was an easy decision. He was a huge Michael Jordan fan growing up, and would try to imitate the Bulls’ legend in the movie Space Jam. “My parents would call me from the kitchen to the living room. They’d yell my name — ‘Jordan McLaughlin’ — as a little kid, and I’d try to make a layup,” he said.McLaughlin also liked the fast pace of basketball. So up the ranks he went, through recreational league, middle school, high school and travel teams. He made the varsity team as a freshman at local prep basketball powerhouse Etiwanda High School, and was a four-star recruit by his senior season (a mixtape of McLaughlin’s senior season featuring the point guard’s shooting, dribbling and passing prowess has more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.) Big-time collegiate programs came after him hard, pinging his phone daily.When decision-making time came, he was down to offers from four schools: Indiana, Kansas, UCLA and USC. The first three were traditional national powerhouses, the latter a fledgling program and a clear afterthought to football on campus.But there was something about head coach Andy Enfield’s pitch that clicked with McLaughlin.“He said I had the opportunity to come and lead the program and change it,” McLaughlin said. “USC had been struggling the past couple of years. He said I would have the opportunity to change the program around.”McLaughlin, who had chosen basketball for its fast pace, was also enthralled with how Enfield envisioned the offense would look with McLaughlin running the point — playing fast, smart and unselfish.“I fell in love with his style of play,” McLaughlin said. “He wants to play fast. He wants to score in the first eight seconds [of the shot clock], set a lot of ball screens, just play good team basketball.” And there was one more thing. Just a few days before Bill Sharman — the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer who played his college ball at USC — passed away in 2013, he agreed to have his No. 11 unretired from the Galen Center rafters for McLaughlin to wear.During McLaughlin’s recruiting visit to USC, coaches told him that he could have the number he wore throughout high school. It signified the program’s investment in McLaughlin and the future they envisioned with him leading it.So he jumped on board to USC, accepting the challenge to be the centerpiece of the rebuilding process as opposed to just another recruit elsewhere. Two years later and the ship is on course. McLaughlin’s freshman season was a struggle. Though he made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, USC won just three conference games and lacked a veteran presence.“We lost a lot of games down the stretch due to our inexperience,” McLaughlin said. “We didn’t have anybody to control us and teach us the ways of how to win down the stretch.”With experience came wisdom. McLaughlin and his teammates turned the close losses into wins in his sophomore season, with the point guard leading the Trojans with eight 20-point games. The renaissance season culminated in a trip to the NCAA Tournament, but it ended in heartbreaking fashion when the Trojans blew a fourth quarter lead to Providence, allowing a wide-open game-winning layup at the buzzer.“Everybody was feeling it in the locker room,” McLaughlin said. “There were a few tears. It was just hardening. You don’t want your season to end like that after you haven’t gotten that far in a while for USC.”Now, expectations will be for the Trojans to make it back to March Madness — and go further. And it will be McLaughlin running the show, no longer sharing ball-handling duties with Jacobs or having the reliable Jovanovic in the post. Instead, he’ll lean on fellow junior guard Elijah Stewart in the backcourt, sophomore forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu in the frontcourt and a slew of freshmen and transfers to round out the roster.Stewart, who played against McLaughlin in high school at Westchester, said there hasn’t been a year in which the point guard hasn’t improved.“Every year, he comes back and his moves get crisper, his shooting gets better, his decision-making gets better,” Stewart said. “He always adds something extra to his game. He’s just constantly evolving.”Stewart said that as a leader, McLaughlin doesn’t talk a whole lot on the court, but his words are prudent.“When he tells you something, he’s right most of the time,” Stewart said.McLaughlin’s life outside basketball ranges from maintaining his large sneaker collection (he says he has between 80-85 pairs), listening to Kendrick Lamar (“His meanings behind his verses are just ridiculous”) and working on his degree in sociology. He plans on minoring in communications and wants to be a sports commentator after his career.But first, he wants to make it to the NBA, and the next stepping-stone is a breakout junior season. McLaughlin signed onto USC with hefty expectations, as the core piece of Enfield’s first recruiting class and wearing the jersey number of a legend. Now, it’s his team, and it’s his time.“I feel a lot of pressure,” McLaughlin said. “Life is all about pressure. The game is about pressure. If you don’t accept the pressure, there’s no point in playing. You have to live up to the hype.”
A Florida man accused of trying to slash a Walmart employee with scissors is now facing federal charges for allegedly threatening President Donald Trump during his arrest.Mohammed Omar Haji Mohammed is charged with making threats against the president.Mohammed allegedly yelled threats in Arabic that were recorded on body cameras by police during the July 8 altercation, according to Secret Service affidavit.The alleged threats, translated into English by the FBI, include: “We are coming for you Trump. We are coming for you with knives. God will send angels to destroy you.”He is also accused of saying, “I need Trump cut. I want to cut two portions.”Mohammed appeared on federal authorities radar after receiving an anonymous tip two days before the altercation.In addition to the altercation, Mohammed is accused of making suspicious posts to Facebook about doing something that would be newsworthy.Mohammed is expected in court later this week.The federal charge of threatening the president carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, up to $250,000 in fines and possible deportation for non-citizens.
Photos by Patrick Olivero The Stars and Stripes are fluttering in the breeze across the Two River area in anticipation of the Fourth of July weekend. Whether a large, solitary Old Glory, a row of tiny flags, draped and flowing bunting or a ribbon of red, white and blue, decorations around the towns are getting people in the celebratory spirit. But as with most events this year, 2020’s Independence Day festivities will be low-key affairs because of continuing COVID-19 restrictions. While the traditional spectacular fireworks over the Navesink River will be on display July 3, there is no accompanying family fun event and spectators who do venture out to view the show are asked to observe social distancing guidelines. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.
Reggae Boyz forward Darren Mattocks wants the team to give local fans a treat and replicate their Gold Cup and Copa America performances in their opening World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua on Friday. Another Reggae Boy, midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, says nothing but a victory will be satisfactory. The pair, who arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday afternoon, along with Demar Phillips, will make-up the squad for their opening World Cup qualifier. The match is the opening leg of a home and away series, which will see the winner advancing and the loser eliminated. The second-leg takes place in Nicaragua on Tuesday, September 8. Mattocks and Watson admitted not knowing the opponent, but insisted they will not underestimate the Central Americans. “We are up for the challenge,” Mattocks told The Gleaner. “There is a lot of confidence in the team and we are playing well, so it is something to look forward to. “We have put the Gold Cup behind us as are entering a new phase and a new challenge and we are ready for it,” he assured. “I don’t even know how much they (Nicaragua) are ranked, but that is how serious we are. It doesn’t matter who we play and if they are ranked in the 100s or outside the 100s. We approach all games the same with discipline and hard work, so we are not going to take no team for granted because in football you have upsets and we don’t want that, so we are going to approach that game like it’s USA in the semi-finals (Gold Cup),” Mattocks stated. Watson had similar views in his assessment. good results “We know nothing about them, but they might know how we are doing based on (performance) the Gold Cup. But no matter who, we always respect our opponent. We have to play our style of football because the coach Schafer (Winfried) has been doing a good job and we are getting good results,” said Watson. Mattocks scored two goals in the Gold Cup, one in the semi-final against hosts USA and the Vancouver Whitecaps striker is hoping the team can treat local fans to some of the good football they only got to witness on television, live at the National Stadium on Friday. “Most our overseas fans came to watch us (Gold Cup) and were really pleased. But the real die hard fans are in Jamaica, so what we did in the Gold Cup and Copa America we want to bring back home. We expect a big turn out and we are hoping to deliver on these two games,” Mattocks said. “So I just want all the fans to come out, we want it to be a sold out game and we want to treat the Jamaican fans to a good performance,” the striker added. FC Dallas midfielder Watson says the World Cup is what the team has been preparing for and the players have nothing but victory on their mind. “World Cup qualifiers is the bigger picture, every game is important, you want to win every game and we are going to do whatever we have to do to make sure we come out victorious,” said Watson. “It’s going to be a tough task, but we just have to go out there with a lot of confidence and make sure we score goals. We are playing at home and there is no way we want to tie or lose the game,” he said.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Superstar Chris Gayle further enhanced his status as the world’s premier Twenty20 batsman with a whirlwind 100 in the Unity Cricket game here Saturday.The Jamaican left-hander blasted 101 from a mere 48 balls as his Legacy All Star XI chased down 177 to trounce 007 Warriors by three wickets with 19 balls to spare at the National Stadium at Providence.Gayle pummelled four fours and 11 sixes as he raced to his half-century off 34 balls and then required only a further 13 deliveries to reach three figures in an amazing innings.In the 14th over of the innings from leg-spinner Samuel Badree, which gushed 31 runs, Gayle smashed five consecutive sixes.Gayle, who put on 50 off 32 deliveries for the first wicket with AndrÈ Fletcher (18) eventually retired at 150 for one, with the All Stars well on their way to victory.Former West Indies stroke-maker Ramnaresh Sarwan weighed in with 24, while Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo struck 22.Earlier, West Indies limited overs opener Lendl Simmons stroked 50 off 38 balls with five fours and two sixes to help 007 Warriors up to 176 for eight off their 20 overs.West Indies Test captain Jason Holder managed just 13, while T20 skipper Darren Sammy got 12. T20 star Dwayne Smith failed with seven.Bravo claimed two for 23 with his medium pace.The game was a private venture staged to contribute to Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
After a positive and successful campaign last year, the RCMP bike patrol will be cycling the city’s streets for another summer.The patrol will have two full-time members and will be continuing its successful positive ticketing campaign.- Advertisement -Constable Shawn Ingham and Constable D. Rondeau will be the two full-time members of the bicycle patrol.Throughout the campaign, the officers will hand out coupons for free items to youth who they see abiding by bicycle safety laws – wearing proper safety gear when skateboarding or bicycling – so as to encourage positive, healthy behaviour. This year, sponsors include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Booster Juice, A&W, Subway, Dairy Queen, the Aurora Cinema and the Leisure Pool.Along with the positive ticketing campaign, the officers will be holding bike rodeos at various times throughout the summer. The rodeos teach children proper bike safety and ensure their bikes are in safe working order.However, Constable Ingham does interject one note of caution. He says not only do cyclists need to obey the rules of the road, but stresses that drivers should be extra cautious of cyclists.The patrol will officially begin June 6 and will run until September.Advertisement
“The idea was to make that a revenue generator by being able to house state offenders and book prisoners from other cities,” Barr said. But that’s a substantial undertaking that would have visits from many people – some of whom would be relatives of the prisoners, he said. Instead, Barr said the department has recommended a 6,000-square-foot jail that still would double capacity from 16 to 34. But it would be used only to house Whittier prisoners. Other changes included elimination of an indoor firearms range and a city and police employee child-care facility and reduction in space for the communications center and investigations division. “The proposed 55,000-square-foot facility will double the public lobby area and provide residents and the business community with an expanded service counter in contrast to the department’s current lobby,” police Chief David Singer stated in a written staff report. The proposed new station would double the records bureau area, triple the area for the investigative division, quadruple the traffic bureau area and provide interview rooms, community meeting and training room, an armory and an emergency operations center. firstname.lastname@example.org (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The City Council late Tuesday was considering the new information and discussing ways to pay for a new station. The choices are a bond issue or using a combination of reserves from the city’s budget, the Redevelopment Agency’s budget and other funds. “We are moving from a substandard building to a standard building, but not to a lavish building,” Lt. Aviv Barr told the City Council. City officials say a new station is needed because the existing one is too small. In 1955, the city had 20 officers and some support staff. Now it has 93 officers and 79 support personnel. The biggest reduction from the earlier plans was in the jail size, Barr said. In 1998, police had proposed building a 100-bed long-term jail facility that would be 11,360 square feet. WHITTIER – City officials have found ways to reduce the cost of a new police station – from an estimated $47 million down to as little as $35million. City staff in 2002 had proposed a 75,000-square-foot station to be built between the Whittier Courthouse and the Whittier Central Library’s parking lot for $47 million. Now, they’re proposing a three-story 55,000 square-foot facility that would cost between $35 million and $39 million. The existing 52-year-old station at 7315 Painter Ave. is 20,000 square feet.
7 And he headed home Mesut Ozil’s free-kick to open the scoring against Lyon – Click right for more pictures Emiliano Martinez played the whole game between the sticks and kept a clean sheet – Click right for more pictures Olivier Giroud was up for a battle, even if it was just a friendly – Click right for more pictures 7 7 7 7 7 Arsenal are looking in fine form in pre-season as they defeated Lyon 6-0 in the Emirates Cup.Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla all grabbed goals in the friendly on Saturday.And manager Arsene Wenger should be pleased with how his side performed with the Community Shield clash with Chelsea just a week away.You can see the best images from Arsenal’s game with Lyon by clicking the right arrow above… 7 Arsenal players were all smiles as they celebrated Santi Cazorla’s goal – Click right for more pictures Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed his bravery as he went into a challenge with Anthony Lopes – Click right for more pictures Aaron Ramsey glides forward as two Lyon stars watch on – Click right for more pictures Which meant new signing Petr Cech could only warm the bench