Players Giving Back

first_imgToo often we view headlines that report on some pro-athlete being arrested for some alleged crime.  No sport has a corner on this type of news.  That is why when the Cincinnati stations carried the story of the “Make A Wish” Foundation arranging a special day for  a young man at a Reds baseball game was a breath of fresh air.This young man’s favorite player is Brandon Phillips, and even though Brandon is on the disabled list, he came to the park and played catch with the young man.  Brandon also asked the young man to autograph his T-shirt before he autographed several items for the young boy.Jay Bruce took the young man to lunch before he had to report to the ball park.  During the game, this young man got to sit in the booth with Chris Welch and Tom Brennamen.  I doubt if any amount of medicine could have helped him more than that day with the Reds.This is just one example of athlete’s giving back.  Most of this is not reported in the 30 minutes usually allotted to local news.  Great job, Cincinnati Reds.last_img read more

Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie tests positive for COVID-19, may sit out restart

first_imgMORE: Complete list of players who have opted out of restart”Originally, (the Nets) were supposed to be one of the teams to enter the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive,” he said. “Given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I’ll be able to participate in Orlando.”Dinwiddie had planned on playing when the Nets resume their season July 31 at the Walt Disney World Complex. He said he initially tested negative for the virus after returning to New York to take part in workouts.”I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates as we were to be an early entry team in the resumed season,” Dinwiddie said. “I flew private to return to New York, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in New York and was able to participate in a couple of practices within the first week.” Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced Monday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is uncertain to join the team in Florida for next month’s restart of the NBA season.Dinwiddie disclosed his diagnosis in an interview with The Athletic and added that he has experienced symptoms related to COVID-19. Per NBA medical protocols that have been established during the restart run-up, he will be put into quarantine for at least 10 days and must pass at least two retests before being permitted to rejoin his club. Prior to the season’s stoppage on March 11, Dinwiddie was averaging career highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game to help the Nets maintain a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Brooklyn enters the restart seventh in the East and six games ahead of the ninth-place Wiz ards.Neither Durant nor Irving are expected to return this season, and center DeAndre Jordan announced Monday on Twitter that he will sit out the restart after testing positive. ESPN reported Sunday that forward Wilson Chandler informed the Nets he will not take part in the restart because of health and family reasons.It is unclear whether Dinwiddie is among the 16 unidentified players the NBA announced last week were positive for COVID-19 during preliminary testing for the season’s resumption. Other players who have either revealed they tested positive or reportedly done so include Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic, Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. and three Kings – Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len.last_img read more

Buoyant Tallawahs prepare for Gayle storm

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…T20 World Boss Chris Gayle will lead his St Kitts & Nevis Patriots into battle against his old franchise Jamaica Tallawahs with a red-hot Andre Russell in-form as Match 8 of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) bowls off tonight at Sabina Park in Jamaica’s capital city.Chris GayleThe Tallawahs won the title twice under Gayle and with the left-hander now giving his services to another franchise, it will be important to see how the Tallawahs approach the in-form Gayle at the top of the order. Jamaica will have a number of options in their bowling department with left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, Windies pacer Kemar Roach, Aussie spinner Adam Zampa, Pakistan spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim and others.Before last night’s game at Sabina Park against the St Lucia Stars, the Tallawahs showed their depth in bowling and batting with superman Andre “Dre Russ” Russell clobbering 13 sixes in his whirlwind ton down the order to which he added to his hat-trick against defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders last Friday night in Port of Spain.Kenar Lewis also cashed in with a fifty in the opening game in support to his captain while big guns like Glen Phillips, Johnson Charles, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell and Andre McCarthy will also look to contribute with the bat in this colossal match up. The former champs will also want to capitalize on their wining start in order to keep the momentum going.Andre RussellGayle’s men will also look to continue the celebration after bouncing back from defeat to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Match two to blow away TKR in match five by a whopping 42 runs. Gayle, who made 86 versus the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first match, is in good hitting form while his teammates who missed out in Guyana but made amends against TKR will look to continue in the same manner.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smoked 41 off 15 with four and five big sixes at the back end of the innings to get his form with the bat going. Middle-order batsman Devon Thomas warmed up with a half-century while overseas power-hitting all-rounder Ben Cutting continued to show glimpses of savagery after a brief start in Guyana.The Patriots will bank on their pair of Windes pacers in Alzarri Joseph and Sheldon Cottrell while overseas player Mahmudullah Riyad of Bangladesh offers much with his spin and should bowl well in tandem with Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane who is also in good form with the ball. Brathwaite, Tom Cooper, Anton Devcich and Cutting are all good second options for Gayle against the talented Jamaican side at home.Last the time these two sides met in Hero CPL 2017, it ended in a 1-1 result with Jamaica losing the first encounter before beating the Patriots in their final match of last season’s tournament. Playing at home in Kingston should favour Gayle while the original home team should also be quite knowledgeable of the environment as to properly prepare for the visiting Patriots. The first ball is set to bowl off at 18:00h (19:00h Guyana time).last_img read more