Highway Patrol Trooper hit by vehicle while working a separate crash

first_imgAuthorities are reporting that a Florida Highway and Patrol trooper was injured after being hit by a vehicle while assisting in another crash.The incident occurred Monday on I-95 southbound near Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach.According to the report, the trooper was walking back to his vehicle to start paperwork on the crash when another driver lost control of their vehicle and veered towards the inside shoulder where they struck the trooper.The trooper was taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment on what appears to be a broken ankle.Preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of the second crash may have been related to weather conditions.last_img read more

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Fresh & Easy applies for permit to sell alcohol

first_imgStudents residing in University Gateway received notice Wednesday that Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market applied in September for a permit to sell wine and beer.Fresh & Easy, located on the ground floor of University Gateway on Jefferson Boulevard, alerted residents that the request for the permit would be presented at a public hearing on Dec. 19 for those interested in speaking either for or against the permit’s approval.With the permit, the store could sell wine and beer for outside consumption in their original containers, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. However, minors would still be allowed on the premises. Fresh & Easy requested to be able to sell beer and wine between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. for off-site consumption seven days a week.In order to be issued a permit, applications must be submitted to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. According to the department, the number of beer and wine licenses that might be issued in a city or county in combination with off-sale general licenses is limited to one license for every 1,250 people.As of Aug. 9, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced that, based on statutory authorizations and limitations, Los Angeles county would be eligible for 25 additional off-sale licenses. Most underclassmen seemed to be neither in favor of nor against Fresh & Easy’s application for the permit.To Nikolas Gutierrez-Kovner, a freshman majoring in film and television production, he said the change would have no affect on him as a minor.“I’m indifferent as to whether or not Fresh & Easy gets a liquor license,” Gutierrez said. “I’m an undergraduate, so I can’t buy liquor anyway.”Undeclared freshman Kate Hinkens expressed similar views, citing the easy accessibility to alcohol regardless of whether Fresh & Easy attains the alcohol license or not.“I don’t think it really matters if Fresh & Easy gets a liquor license or not because there’s so many other places where alcohol is available for people to buy,” Hinkins said. “So it doesn’t affect me either way.”Most upperclassmen, however, applauded the idea of Fresh & Easy selling alcohol. To Gateway resident Bess Benhamou, a senior majoring in business administration, the permit would make purchasing alcohol more convenient.“It’s a great idea that they’re going to have it; it’s super convenient,” Benhamou said. “I mean they’ll still card, so I don’t see any downside to it.”Gateway resident Sara Lanier, a junior majoring in neuroscience, also approved of Fresh & Easy getting the permit. She believes, however, that Fresh & Easy would have to make its prices competitive.“Fresh & Easy getting a liquor license is an awesome idea,” Lanier said. “They are kind of overpriced in general because of the convenience factor. If they can’t compete with CVS’s liquor prices since you can just go down to CVS to get alcohol, then I don’t know how much more they’re going to sell.”The hearing is scheduled to be held Dec. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Los Angeles City Hall.last_img read more

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New mental health floor at Engemann to open Monday

first_img“It is just going to be a very small fraction of the need to start,” Siegel said. “That is not to say that it isn’t going to grow rapidly. But I do want you to understand that the first six months, we are going to be absorbing 10% of the referrals, and that is just a function of wanting to do this right.” Steven Siegel, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, believes the floor will help students seeking mental health services. Bacon said while he was able to call his mom to discuss some ongoing challenges, not all students are fortunate in that sense. Siegel said that while one goal is to provide students with the long-term therapy that may have been lacking, the practice will also have to balance providing care to as many students as possible while maintaining the quality of that care. “One time, I went in for an emergency counseling session, because they have those now, where you can walk in, and I think that part is great,” McKernan said. “The only issue was that I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork before I got the counseling session, so that was a little bit frustrating. Because I feel like if I walked in and needed emergency counseling, then I should receive it right there without having to go through the paperwork process.” Nearly two years ago, Keck Medicine of USC approached the school with the idea of expanding facilities for students, faculty and staff. Over the past year, USC funded the construction of the fifth floor, which includes 18 counseling rooms, a group therapy room, nurses stations and a waiting room with a fireplace and a living wall of moss and plants.  “This is a pretty stressful time at USC, and that stress and that grief has an impact on people,” Siegel said. “We have had a dramatic increase in the number of people coming in for care and … it is difficult [because] you are trying to be here in the mothership and at home base … but we also need to be out in the community.” “We are actively recruiting and interviewing people with a plan to staff out the rest of this to be fully functional by the beginning of next year,” Siegel said. “And by August 2020, we hope to have the full place up and running.”  Siegel said that while the model is not perfect, it will mature over the next six months. Students seeking support from the fifth floor will be referred from USC Student Health during the first few months of the floor’s opening. “We’re committed to intakes, we are going to see patients, and among those students, many will still need to be referred to the community,” Siegel said. “And we will be referring a subset [to the fifth] floor — as many as we can. After the first six months, we anticipate that as we flesh out how this is working and what could work better and how are we triaging … We do expect there will be other paths in.” USC Student Health fears students are unaware of the services the University provides. Siegel hopes students know they are able to visit the health center if they are in crisis or in need of immediate counseling. “They do a really good job when you actually get a session of being helpful, in my own experiences, of letting you know that they can talk about these issues over a longer span of time,” Bacon said. “But it is so difficult to get an appointment and they do kind of a bad job of not giving you other alternatives when you are still going through your issues.” The floor comprises three modules, or pods, each with their own rooms and stations. The floor will open up the first pod and begin seeing students Monday. Though the floor will begin with a soft rollout of staffing, Siegel said the department hopes to take its time to ensure quality care for students, while also helping new staff get acquainted with equipment and technology. “This was shell space — there was nothing here,” Siegel said. “The department worked with Keck Medicine at USC to come up with a plan for what would the idea look like.” “I am currently in one of those support groups, and I absolutely love it,” McKernan said. “I have two people who mediate it, and they are wonderful therapists that both work at Engemann, so that is something I am very happy that they are doing because I think it’s good to know that other students are facing the same kinds of difficulties.” “We have two goals: access and quality,” Siegel said. “And we’re cognizant that you have to be mindful of both. Yes, we are offering full-time therapy here, but also we believe in the idea that some people need long-term therapy and some people will be better served by a very focused plan of care … dictated by their needs.”center_img This past semester, Siegel said Student Health has noticed an increased amount of students seeking support and counseling from the health center. In the last three months, at least nine students have died, and Siegel said the entire community has been impacted by this grief and loss. However, McKernan said she admires Student Health’s work toward providing students with more accessible and higher quality care. She has visited the health center for appointments and commends the University’s commitment to creating support groups for students. These therapy groups range in all topics from sexual identity to parental divorce to gender spectrum-related topics to relationships. Siegel said it is difficult to find access to quality and affordable mental health care and the problem with health systems is nation-wide. He said that though USC is unable to control challenges that all universities and health care institutions face, establishing a special clinic on campus can help meet some of these needs. “But not everybody has that so it is kind of unfair,” Bacon said. Ultimately, Siegel believes the floor is a great first step toward alleviating any concern with USC’s mental health resources.  Currently, a concern among students is the lack of long-term therapy options on campus. While students may be able to seek counseling for a few weeks or months, long-term plans are not as widely available. Amber McKernan, a junior majoring in cognitive science, said she appreciates the health center’s ability to accommodate walk-in appointments.  “If you are in crisis, if you feel like you need help now — you will walk in and we will see you in person, right there, right now, today … It is not a new thing,” Siegel said. “And my fear is that people who are hearing that there is a three-week wait time, that is a three-week wait time for a routine intake for someone who would like to start counseling … but if you need care right now, walk into the third floor and we will see you today.” The fifth floor of the Engemann Student Health Center used to be empty. Now, complete with clean white walls, barren desks and empty cabinets, the USC Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences floor will open its doors to students Monday. The floor, which is not yet fully staffed, will have one full-time psychiatrist, one part-time psychiatrist and four therapists ready to counsel and support students next week. Additionally, students have been concerned about the wait times for booking an appointment at the health center. Robert Bacon, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said while the health center provides great counselors for students to speak to, they can improve in other areas. “[The floor] is here really in recognition that seeking mental health services in the community is really difficult,” Siegel said. “And when you add on top of that how difficult it is to access mental health services to the fact that they’re widely distributed and it’s hard to get into, that doesn’t really fit into access for students.” While there have been calls from University officials and deans encouraging students to seek resources during these difficult times, the plan to expand mental health services on campus has been ongoing. The fifth floor of the Engemann Student Health Center includes 18 counseling rooms, multiple nurses stations and a comfortable waiting room for patients to wait in. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) “A few years ago we started having this conversation … saying we want to do more for students,” Siegel said. “Over a year ago, space was dedicated and resources were allocated. And while this may seem like something that is just appearing at this time, almost randomly, this has been multiple meetings every week for well over a year. [We planned] who to hire, how to staff it, what the design should be and how many rooms there should be — all of it.”last_img read more

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Divisional finals Sunday

first_imgLater on at 5.30 in Nenagh todayTemplederry seek to make history in the North final when they will hope to win their first title. Their opponents Kildangan are going for their third title in seven years thereIn the mid final at 6pm Loughmore will fight to stay in the hunt for Dan Breen as they meet Thurles Sarsfields in the first Mid senior final to be held in Drombane.Last night in the South Intermediate Hurling Championship there were semi final wins in Davin Park for Kilsheelan Kilcash and St Marys ClonmelA tight game finished Kilsheelan-Kilcash 1-17 Moyle Rovers 0-18 and in the second semi final the final score was St Mary’s Clonmel 2–21 Ballybacon/Grange 1-15 The Mid Tipp Intermediate Hurling Championship was won by Drom Inch. Played in Holycross, the final score there was  Drom-Inch 0-15 Thurles Sarsfields 0-11The Tipperary Credit Union West Intermediate Hurling Championship final took place too as Cashel King Cormacs beat Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun on a scoreline of  2-15 to 1-16 at New Inn Elsewhere Limerick and Wexford will contest the 2015 All Ireland under 21 All Ireland final, Limerick overcame Galway and Wexford beat Antrim in Semple Stadium yesterday evening. Eire Ogs manager Kevin Foxs knows Knockavilla will be formidable opposition after thier convincing win over Clonoulty.Knockavilla Kickhams chairman Tony Farrell says his players will look for West Tipp medalsIn the South final its a repeat of the Semi final final pairing when Killenaule come up against Mullinahone. Killenaule inspired by Kieran Bergin beat Mullinahone in that semi final but Mullinahone overcame Ballingarry in a play off to have another crack at Killeaule and they wil be hoping former Tipp senior hurler Eoin Kelly will be fit to play a role for them.last_img read more

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Bradley Gibbs hopes to score high in the Bookmaker Ratings

first_img Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon With just three weeks to go in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, Bradley Gibbs is the latest expert to challenge AppBet’s Sarah Shannon for top spot.The editor-in-chief at Bookmaker Ratings, a provider of in-depth bookmaker reviews, ratings, news, tips and free bets since 2011, has provided expert tips for today’s seven race card at Fontwell.Gibbs will be hoping to show bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform, his rivals for the day, how well his extensive bookmaker knowledge translates to horse racing.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Dingo DollarWas not disgraced in stronger company last time and should appreciate the rapidly drying ground conditions.Timeform: Red RisingLooked all about stamina when staying on well to score on his Rules debut at Catterick in February. He’s in good hands and with improvement a distinct possibility he gets the nod to make it 2/2.Bookmaker Ratings: Red RisingDan Skelton’s gelding, who boasts a solid pedigree, confirmed the promise of his point victory when winning with plenty in hand at Catterick last time out and should take all the beating on what is his second start under rules.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Shantou VillageWill win this by a long way hard on the bridle barring mishaps.Timeform: Shantou VillageDidn’t entirely convince with his jumping in the autumn, paying the price late on at Wincanton when last seen, but he did show an aptitude for the job and, presumably having done plenty of schooling since last seen, he should be too good for these rivals.Bookmaker Ratings: Shantou VillageIn an uninspiring contest, Shantou Village for the Neil Mulholland stable should have too much quality for his three rivals. If staying on his feet, the seven-year-old is very much fancied to get the job done.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: PattaraHas been freshened up by 107 days off the track, and a repeat of her Huntingdon second in December would be enough to take a hand here.Timeform: Dites RienRan a nice race against a big improver on her handicap debut recently and should be very competitive here from the same mark.Bookmaker Ratings: PattaraBoth Snippetydoodah and Pretty Rose won last time out and will no doubt be popular but they’re a pair who’re hard to trust, while neither really appeal as follow-up winners. At a decent price, Pattara is the one who stands out. Although far from consistent, his 2nd in a stronger-looking race at Huntingdon back in December looks decent form.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: ItoldyouMore consistent than most of these and loves this unique figure of eight course.Timeform: Bandon BridgeCreated a good impression when making a winning chase debut at Warwick two weeks ago and is taken to follow up.Bookmaker Ratings: Venetian LadThis veteran proved that he still retains some ability when going agonisingly close at Plumpton last time out and proved that the marathon-type trip still suits. For a trainer who has a good strike rate at this venue, the seven-time course winner could easily get involved at the business end.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Peggies VentureCaught the eye under a negative ride at Kempton last time and is capable if improving a chunk on the bare form.Timeform: Old Harry RocksShaped with promise on hurdling debut at Kempton last month, and he seems sure to improve with that experience under his belt, so is taken to open his account at the second attempt.Bookmaker Ratings: Rebel CollinsHaving turned in a few decent performances over longer trips on the flat, the six-year-old has joined a more than useful National Hunt yard – one who offers up a decent strike rate at Fontwell. At nice odds, it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see this one go well on his debut over timber.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: KayflinHas only had five runs over fences and looks the one to side with here getting lumps of weight from some limited/exposed performers.Timeform: Lakeshore LadyConfirmed her return to form when second to Easter In Paris at Hereford last month, but the latter was seen to maximum effect from the front that day, so David Bridgwater’s 7-y-o could reverse the form on revised terms.Bookmaker Ratings: Detour AheadIn failing to finish the race in four of her last six starts, this mare has shown little in the way of recent form; however, her mark continues to drop and, as a result, will race here off a featherweight. On some of her better form, would be hard to dismiss, while the booking of Leighton Aspell is noteworthy. 1/1 at this venue and, if capable of producing something near the form of her sole win over the larger obstacles, could easily go close.____________________________________5:10bettingexpert: Boston De La RocheCould be a totally different proposition now for Dan Skelton and is worth chancing after over a year off the trackTimeform: Boston De La RocheThere was definite promise in three qualifying hurdle runs in the care of David Loder last term, and having joined Dan Skelton he could be worth chancing to prove himself on a feasible opening mark for his handicap debut.Bookmaker Ratings: Boston De La RocheWon a pair of NH Flat races in France before performing with credit in some warm novice hurdles last season, the form of which has worked out well. Off for the best part of a year, but is certainly in the right hands. In a race that probably won’t take much winning, is worth chancing.____________________________________Where will Bradley Gibbs enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Related Articles Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Share Submit 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.634.79 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.833.24 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44last_img read more

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From ‘concept-to-launch’ Duncan Gracie on BetBlocker’s product journey

first_img BonusFinder research finds 94% of UK gamblers aware of RG tools June 22, 2020 Related Articles KSA launches operator tender for problem gambling helpline June 22, 2020 Submit Share Share StumbleUpon GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 SBC spoke to the manager of BetBlocker Duncan Gracie, who detailed the product journey of BetBlocker, as well as how the app is aiming to boost the prevention of problem gambling. ___________SBC: Over the last year or two, we have seen a huge shift towards responsible gambling and the implementation of measures to prevent problem gambling – why do you think this is?Duncan Gracie: Gambling addiction is a problem that has grown as our industry has grown. Without question mobile, capable devices have been a huge positive for the gambling industry. The increased portability and ease of access has resulted in diminished barriers to users and increased uptake.But these same factors have increased the availability and ease of access to gambling services for those individuals who are prone to addictive or compulsive tendencies related to gambling. This greater exposure for vulnerable players requires that the industry be subject to stronger oversight and make greater effort to minimise the negative social impacts that the business can create.SBC: Can you detail BetBlocker’s product journey from its initial concept, and its planning through to its development and initial launch?DG: BetBlocker was a concept we started discussing in the second half of 2017. It was a response to the increased volume of Responsible Gambling related complaints that we were managing via ThePOGG.com’s complaint service. I’d spent time looking at the services that we could direct complaints to where they could get help and reviewing the available filtering software targeting the gambling market was uncomfortable that these were all commercial projects. People experiencing gambling issues tend to already be at a financial deficit and putting a financial barrier between these users and help will force those in the most desperate need to choose between spending their available funds on life essentials and paying debts or getting help. We set this up on a separate domain – betblocker.org – specifically because we didn’t want people who are struggling with gambling addiction to have to come to a site advertising gambling to get help. It was obvious from the start that this needed a home of its own away from the rest of our business.By early 2018, we had functioning versions of the desktop applications, however the mobile versions proved significantly more challenging to develop. The mobile platforms place restrictions on the system resources that developers can access that required a lot of trial and error testing to get working. This took us over 12 months to work through and huge thanks has to go out to the many users who helped us identify and rectify the issues that came us.We now have hundreds (and in most cases thousands) of users on each platform and are confident that the platforms are stable.SBC: Can you explain the decision behind making the service subscription-free? Why was this decision made? DG: As was explained above, asking gambling addicts to pay for help is asking them for the one resource they almost certainly do not have. Even if some could afford it, those most in need of the help will not be able to. We wanted to ensure that the tool was available to those that most needed it and that required that we not charge for access.Even for those that aren’t destitute but just feel their gambling’s getting away from them, once you consider that most people today have multiple internet-capable devices and would have to buy multiple licenses the costs start to add up and an at-risk player is then at risk of not engaging with a tool that could help them.Alongside this, with no judgement at all, socially there is a negative stigma associated with gambling addiction and many people are very embarrassed to admit there is a problem. The idea of having a gambling support related tool turning up on bills or bank statements that their family may see can be very off-putting. By keeping it free these transactions never occur and one more barrier is removed between the person and getting help.SBC: How do you envision BetBlocker supporting ongoing industry and wider health initiatives on problem gambling and social responsibility standards? DG: The social benefits of this project are self-evident – gambling addiction can ruin lives, causing the breakdown of families, the loss of homes and even in extreme circumstances self-harm. Anything we as an industry can do to offset or reduce these social costs results in a win/win for all parties. Players have increased support systems to assist them in engaging with gambling in a responsible manner while the industry generally improves the trust that consumers have in it and reduces the potential for negative press exposure.SBC: What gambling user risk and engagement factors did you have to consider when developing BetBlocker?DG: From the perspective of the primary function and purpose of BetBlocker we reviewed the differing Responsible Gambling policies and self exclusion practices required by the various major regulatory bodies as they were when we were outlining the tool. As the strongest regulator on this front the UKGC policies has the strongest influence on the end function of the tool.As far as improving usability, this is and will continue to be an ongoing process. So much of the tweaks and changes we’ve made to improve the tool have come off of the back of user feedback. Every time we make a change it has an array of consequences, especially on the mobile devices, that we couldn’t anticipate in advance. Improving the service is all about learning from mistakes and listening to what the users are saying.last_img read more

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Los Angeles leaders rally behind Magic Johnson in wake of Donald Sterling’s CNN interview

first_img“Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, he has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV — and is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about?” Sterling asked, according to a transcript. “I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background.”The Clippers owner also questioned what the basketball star has done for children or South L.A. “Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans — maybe I will get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody.” Sterling’s interview with Cooper marked his first major television appearance since TMZ.com posted audio of the Clippers owners scolding a friend for posting photos of African-Americans, including Johnson, on her Instagram account and bringing African-Americans to games. The audio prompted NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban Sterling for life and initiate efforts to strip his ownership of the Clippers.While Sterling also apologized in the CNN interview, stating he wasn’t a racist, his remarks on Johnson drew nationwide condemnation. Councilman Bernard Parks, who represents parts of South L.A., called a press conference Tuesday to defend Johnson, telling reporters the icon has brought chains such as Starbucks and 24 Hour Fitness to the area as CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), which has partnered on real-estate development projects in South L.A.“I have seen Magic’s influence throughout the city, but most particularly in my district, where he has been the ultimate partner by lending both his name and finances to the minority communities I serve,” Parks said.Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson also weighed in, saying Johnson has long “been engaged in trying to uplift the community.”Even NBA Commissioner Silver called Sterling’s comments on CNN a “malicious and personal attack” and apologized to the basketball star on behalf of the NBA. He said the league is “continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”In an interview with TMZ.com Tuesday, Johnson suggested Sterling needs help. ”It’s sad. We just got to pray for him,” he said. Los Angeles city leaders and NBA officials rushed to Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s defense Tuesday after Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticized the basketball star in a CNN interview.Appearing at an event in South L.A., Mayor Eric Garcetti called Sterling’s comments “offensive to Magic Johnson, the city (and) to the work that people do.” He cited Johnson’s reputation as a businessman and a basketball player.“Magic Johnson has been a great contributor to the city,” Garcetti said. Sparking fresh controversy, Sterling appeared to disparage Johnson in an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper that aired Monday night. While Sterling expressed admiration for Johnson, he also repeatedly brought up Johnson’s HIV-positive status.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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How will Kobe Bryant handle his post-NBA career?

first_img“Your next career is going to be something I’m pretty sure you will have to figure out,” Jordan said in the video tribute. “From a competitive standpoint, I’m pretty sure you’re just like me. You’re going to have to find ways to utilize that competitive drive.” The Lakers (9-40) host the Charlotte Hornets (22-25) on Sunday at Staples Center, giving Bryant exactly 33 games before he will have to sweat out those competitive juices elsewhere. For once, Bryant will not try to be like Mike with how he handles his post-NBA career. Bryant shot down any scenario he would reconsider retirement. Jordan did that twice, which led both to three more NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls (1996-98) and an underwhelming stint with the Washington Wizards (2001-03). Bryant also ruled out having any ownership, front office or coaching role with any sports team. Jordan oversaw Charlotte’s basketball operations in 2006 before becoming the franchise’s majority owner in 2010. Jordan has overseen Charlotte making only two NBA playoff appearances and getting swept both times in the first round.How will Bryant channel his basketball greatness into something else? The words sounded powerful to Kobe Bryant as he heard Michael Jordan gush about his on-court achievements. Jordan praised Bryant’s competitiveness. Jordan complimented Bryant’s skills. Jordan highlighted Bryant’s influence on the NBA’s current generation. Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets owner, spoke those words in a video tribute in Bryant’s final trip to Charlotte last month. It meant a lot to Bryant, who tried to be like Mike with his sharp fundamentals, thirst for championships and demanding personality. Then, Jordan offered some perspective that could help Bryant with the next chapter once his 20th and final NBA season ends. “Basketball or whatever sport you play, it comes easy,” Bryant said. “You were born and this is what you did at a young age. It’s very hard to figure out what the next thing is. But I’ll be fine.” Rediscovering a passionBryant and those around him anticipate he will become just as successful in retirement as he did with the Lakers, where he collected five NBA championships and became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. “He’s going to be active,” said Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, who won two NBA championships with Bryant on the Lakers (2008-2014). “He’s well-positioned to be set and do whatever he wants.” Bryant already has founded Kobe, Inc., a sports-related company that has invested in the Body Armor sports drink. Bryant’s company has also trademarked various phrases, including “Friends Hang Sometimes, Banners Hang Forever.” Bryant also has committed toward traveling to China and Africa, trips that could include promoting his Nike brand and hosting basketball clinics. After producing his “Muse” documentary that aired on Showtime last year, a camera crew has followed Bryant throughout his final NBA season in what could turn into another documentary. When Bryant announced his retirement on Nov. 29, 2015, Bryant called himself “a storyteller.” Bryant also described himself as “extremely passionate” and “obsessive” about that craft. “I’ve been very fortunate enough to find it to the point that it keeps me up at night,” Bryant said. “I’m constantly working, studying and trying to get better at it.”That surprises no one.“He’s going to work at that just like he worked at his game,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Whatever he’s involved in is going to be successful because he’s going to put the time and the effort to make it that way.” Handling his competitive urgeBut can that fully replace Bryant’s love for basketball?“I don’t know,” said former Lakers center and current TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal, who has publicly made amends with Bryant after their contentious relationship during their eight years together (1996-2004). “It’s going to be difficult. You wake up and you don’t have anything to do.”Bryant will have plenty to do, but it will not involve him dominating opponents on the basketball court. After admitting he “would have loved to play overseas for a season,” Bryant changed his sentiments nearly a month ago. He conceded, “my body won’t let me.” Bryant and those around him strongly doubt he will play pickup games at local gyms just to satisfy his hoops fix. “I’m always going to be working. I can’t stop,” Bryant said. “I have too much energy. I’m always going to be really, really working really, really hard. The hardest thing is going to be to sit down and relax.” So even if Bryant has sounded at peace with coaches, teammates and reporters throughout his final NBA season, he has anticipated feeling a sudden dread of finality.“I’m waiting for it to really hit heavy,” Bryant said. “Right now, I feel really good. It’s really smooth. But it can’t be that smooth. I’m walking away from the game that I’ve been playing since I was two years old. At some point, it has to hit like a ton of bricks. I’m on pins and needles to see if that will happen.” Former Lakers general manager and Golden State Warriors executive Jerry West predicted that will happen fairly soon. “I will guarantee you after a year,” West said. “The thing with being competitive, he also has to be disciplined. All of a sudden, you’re going to have to find a way to be disciplined with your life.”That led Scott to joke Bryant may want to take up golf “so he can have that competitive flow still going.” But it sounds like Bryant already has planned for that. He recently told SiriusXM NBA Radio he wants to stay physically active during his post-NBA career. Bryant plans to still wake up as early as 6 a.m. for weight-training workouts. Bryant said he would like to take up skiing, surfing and sky diving for the first time. Former tennis star Pete Sampras has also offered to give Bryant lessons. “I’ll continue to stay in good shape,” Bryant said. “It’s important from a health perspective and also to maintain a schedule. To have a career end and you feel like it would be more fun and more free to be able to wake up and not have a schedule and things of that sort? If anything, I think that makes things more confusing.”Sacramento Kings forward and former Lakers teammate Caron Butler no longer sounded confused after having private conversations with Bryant over dinner last month before his final game in Sacramento. In addition toward having more time to spend with his wife (Vanessa) and daughters (Natalia, Gianna), Bryant also outlined to Butler a full itinerary that will keep himself distracted enough not to worry about not holding, dribbling and shooting a ball. “He’s going to be extremely busy,” said Butler, who’s considered one of Bryant’s closest friends. “I’m really happy for him. The transition is going to be smooth because he has so much going on. He’s going to be occupied with his projects.” Savoring the momentWith some time left before his last NBA game on April 13 against Utah at Staples Center, Bryant listened intently to a message from his idol last month. Unlike in years past, it did not involve trash talk, advice on how to score or insight on how to elevate his teammates. Instead, Jordan offered an olive branch on how to succeed away from the hardwood.“I look forward toward seeing what you do next,” Jordan said in the video tribute. “If you ever need anything, you have my number. Stay in touch.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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NFL free agency rumors: Ravens never made Le’Veon Bell an offer

first_img NFL free agency news: Le’Veon Bell bound for Jets Related News While there was some speculation the Ravens were targeting Le’Veon Bell, it appears Baltimore was never in the mix for the star running back.According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the Ravens never made an offer for Bell even though many believed Baltimore was involved in negotiations and bidding for the free agent. Bell ended up reportedly agreeing to terms Wednesday with the Jets on a four-year, $52.5 million deal, which ended months of speculation as to where the 27-year-old would end up next following his departure from the Steelers. Bell had been connected to the Colts, Packers, Texans and Bills in addition to the Jets and Ravens. I’m back in the green baby, let’s get it— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 13, 2019Bell previously spent his entire career in Pittsburgh after he was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 2013 draft. But he had been vocal about his desire to reach a long-term deal and sat out all last season amid a contract dispute. He also expressed dissatisfaction with being franchise tagged for the second straight year last offseason. He last played 15 regular-season games in 2017 and made an appearance in the team’s lone playoff game that season.last_img read more

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March Madness bubble tracker: Indiana, Ohio State and other big schools with work to do

MORE: Full list of automatic tourny bidsSouth Carolina (16-15)  KenPom: 73Lowdown: The Gamecocks had a 11-7 record in SEC play and has a double-bye in the conference tournament. South Carolina was just 5-8 out of conference, however, and that could cost them. Frank Martin has the team playing better, but that includes just a 2-5 record against ranked teams. South Carolina likely needs to make the SEC championship game to get in. The 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament bubble is filled with major conference teams with 13 losses or more heading into conference tournament weekend.  These are the big schools with the questionable resumes that will be debated most in the next week to see if they can squeeze into the Big Dance — even if it means a spot in the First Four.   Here are nine teams who had 13 or more losses in the regular season with work to do. Teams are ranked in order of their KenPom rankings heading into conference championship week. MORE: SN’s latest 2019 NCAA Tournament projectionsMarch Madness bracket: Bubble team trackerTexas (16-15)  KenPom: 27  Lowdown: The Longhorns had an 8-10 record in conference, which was better than 12-loss teams Oklahoma and TCU, who have a more-favorable tournament projection at this point. Texas does have wins against North Carolina and Kansas, and they open the conference tournament with the Jayhawks. That would help their cause, but they need to get to the conference championship game. Florida (17-14)  KenPom: 30  Lowdown: Florida finished eighth in the SEC in the regular season, and the Gators have been on the right side of the bubble throughout most of the season. Florida finished 9-9 in SEC play, and that .500 record matters in a strong conference. They open the tournament against Arkansas.MORE: Everything you need to know about Selection SundayIndiana (17-14)  Kenpom: 42 Lowdown: The Hoosiers could start some interesting conversations this week. Indiana lost 12 of 13 games through the meat of the season, but they closed with four straight wins and have two head-to-head victories against Big Ten champion Michigan State. The Hoosiers cannot go one-and-done in the Big Ten tournament, especially with a head-to-head loss to Ohio State in the regular season. Thursday’s game against the Buckeyes is huge. Ohio State (18-13)  KenPom: 44 Lowdown: Despite a 23-point comeback against Wisconsin on Sunday, the Buckeyes lost in overtime and flopped down the stretch without suspended forward Kaleb Wesson. Ohio State is just 2-6 since Valentine’s Day and lost its last three in Big Ten play. This team opened the year with a victory at Cincinnati. How much longer can they use that to cash in without winning? The Buckeyes also have the same 8-12 record in Big Ten play as the Hoosiers heading into Thursday’s Big Ten tournament matchup. MORE: Big Ten was always Michigan State’s to loseCreighton (18-13) KenPom: 50  Lowdown: The Bluejays are one of the few teams on this list trending in the right direction. Creighton won its last five regular-season games, which included victories against Georgetown and Marquette. Creighton had two separate four-game losing streaks during the season, but a 9-9 conference record and head-to-head win against ACC bubble team Clemson could come in handy this week. Arkansas (17-14)  KenPom: 52 Lowdown: The Razorbacks and Gators will play an elimination game at that point, and Arkansas needs a little more given an 8-10 record in SEC play. The Razorbacks clawed back to the bubble with three straight wins after a six-game losing streak. Arkansas played Kentucky tough in a 70-66 loss on Feb. 26.Alabama (17-14) KenPom: 60Lowdown: Bama is the No. 10 seed in the SEC tournament and ended the season on a three-game losing streak. They are going to start the week on the outside looking in, but they can still point back to January victories against Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State if they win a game or two in the conference tournament.   Xavier (17-14) KenPom: 66Lowdown: The Musketeers had a six-game losing streak before closing with victories in six of their last seven games. Xavier is a tournament regular playing good ball and they did have a .500 record in conference play in the Big East. Like the final team on this list, the Musketeers are trending in the right direction. read more

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