Press Association “It was always going to be settled at the end of the season. Whether I’m staying or going, that hasn’t been decided yet,” Allardyce said on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s clash with Everton at Upton Park. “Nearly two years ago when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29, which was probably a good two weeks after the season had finished. “At the end of this season we will sit down and negotiate. The outcome will be made known to everyone once those negotiations have finished. “Speculation about the club not being happy with me or me not being happy with them is bound to happen.” Allardyce admits his desire to stay at Upton Park is dependent on him receiving a number of assurances. “It depends on the contract. There’s a lot of areas to negotiate, not just my contract but the staff, new players and the budget. As well as that it’s about the direction we think we’re going in,” he said. “We’re going in the right direction, it’s a question of how fast we want to move. All that needs to be discussed and agreed.” West Ham could qualify for the Europa League through fair play, meaning their season would start in mid-July, and Allardyce said: “Whatever the decision, we’ll need to move quickly after that. Sam Allardyce insists his West Ham future has yet to be decided with negotiations over a new contract beginning only once the season is finished. “Thankfully, the owners have always moved quickly to secure new players which has helped to improve the squad.” Since Christmas West Ham have fallen out of the Champions League places and now occupy 10th place, but Allardyce refuses to blame uncertainty over his future for the slump. “I don’t think it’s affected the players. Our lack of results has been due to missing some core players through injury,” he said. “While we’ve managed to overcome the injuries to Winston Reid and James Tomkins remarkably well, our problem has been not scoring enough. “We haven’t been able to convert our chances, we had 29 shots against Burnley and only scored once so that really highlighted our problem. “Our missed chances have really cost us in the last six or seven games.” Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reported to view Slaven Bilic and David Moyes as potential successors to Allardyce, whose contract expires this summer. Allardyce is unpopular among supporters while the club’s end of season slide down the Barclays Premier League table has done little to strengthen the 60-year-old’s hand when talks begin.
Indian Premier League Rahul very respectful towards women, sad to see how ‘Koffee’ controversy turned out: Zinta
His friend and teammate Pandya was trolled more for his loose talk on women but Rahul too has admitted that he had started to doubt himself as a person after the incident. He has put the controversy behind and is very much in the reckoning of a World Cup spot. As a co-owner and someone who is used to handling fame and money after spending decades in Hindi film industry, Zinta said she does share her experiences with the youngsters in the KXIP squad. “Yes, we do have those conversations, we have been there and done that. These are young guys and they will live and learn with time. Unless you make a mistake or falter, you will never learn,” she said. Asked to name the most “fun guy” in the KXIP dressing room, Zinta picked veteran Chris Gayle. “My all-time favourite is Chris Gayle. He is unbelievable. He is a true superstar, in terms of how he comes across, in terms of how he plays, he how he is with the youngsters, he is so humble, he is always on time, he is just unbelievable and he is so much fun at the same time.”The actor added that her team broke even a long time ago and the ultimate goal is to win a maiden IPL title. “We broke even a long time ago. But yes, when I got into the IPL, I wanted to win the title, especially coming from Punjab, where people have the largest heart, we want to win for them, we owe it to our fans. I am really keeping my fingers crossed this time.”KXIP have begun well, winning three out of their four games so far in the competition. Chris Gayle is Zinta’s all-time favourite. Rahul is very respectful towards women believes Zinta. Kings XI Punjab currently occupies the second spot in points table. highlights New Delhi: India batsman KL Rahul is “very respectful towards women” and it was sad to see him become a subject of nationwide criticism in the wake of his and Hardik Pandya’s sexist remarks on a chat show, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and noted actor Preity Zinta said Friday. Both Rahul and Pandya were handed a provisional suspension for their controversial comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’, a show Zinta herself has appeared on. Their suspension was lifted but they still face a BCCI inquiry conducted by Ombudsman DK Jain. “It is so good to see Rahul back in form. He is a very very nice guy. What happened is in the past. I just feel the bad the way the whole thing turned out but you live and learn,” Zinta told PTI. “Actually, he is very sweet and respectful with women, so I don’t know the way it all came out. As I said, these are teachable moments.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
RIDDIM Squad, Western Tigers and GFC all were victorious on the most recent night of the Petra-organised Corona Invitational Football tournament at the GFC ground on Sunday evening.In the first game, Riddim Squad had to tussle for their win against East Veldt, the score line reading 2-1 at the final whistle.East Vedlt had opened the scoring in the 26th minute through Michael Charles and held the lead throughout the first half and a part of the second before Dorville Stewart (61st) brought the game level.It stayed that way until Stewart slotted home three minutes later to give Riddim Squad the lead for the first time in the match, and the eventual winners never looked back.In Game two, Camptown FC suffered an absolute rout at the hands of Western Tigers FC 3-0. Andrew Murray’s brace (23rd and 63rd) along with Phillip Rowley’s 65th minute strike showed the Tigers’ hunting prowess.In the final game, the same score line stood tall as GFC railroaded the Police.Benjamin Opera’s 13th minute strike was enough to give GFC the lead and Dwayne Robeiro continued the party with two more goals in the 23rd and 74th minutes.The tournament resumes on Friday.
Rookie defenseman Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) scored the go-ahead goal in the second period. Nikita Zadorov (zah-DOHR’-ahv) and Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon added an empty-netter.The Avs have never won a series after dropping three of the first four games.Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-nihn) turned back 20 shots for Dallas. NHL-NEWSAllen goes from Blues to Habs UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired goaltending insurance for Carey Price.The St. Louis Blues have traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Canadiens, along with a 2022 seventh-round pick. The Blues receive third- and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft. The move clears $4.35 million of salary-cap space for the Blues and also signals that Jordan Binnington is the starting goalie of the present and future. He backstopped the Blues to the Cup last year. The extra cap room might be enough for the Blues to re-sign top defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh), who is set to be a free agent this fall. Also on ice: In other tennis news:— A three-day exhibition tennis tournament ahead of next year’s Australian Open has been canceled due to expected COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. The Kooyong Classic was to be held in the week before the January 18 to 31 Australian Open.NBA-MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS FINESClippers’ Morris, Mavs’ Doncic fined for actions in Game 6LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) of the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has been penalized $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee. The 2018 women’s champ reached the third round as Noami Osaka defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Osaka committed only 11 unforced errors.Unseeded Americans Ann Li, Shelby Rogers and Madison Brengle have pulled off upset victories. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1, before Brengle completed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dayana Yastremska.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) each needed four sets to win their second-round matches at the U.S. Open. Djokovic dropped his opening set before advancing with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kyle Edmund. American Brandon Nakashima gave Zverev fits for two sets before the German prevailed, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.Other winners on the men’s side include seventh seed David Goffin and No. 19 Taylor Fritz. No. 13 Cristian Garin was knocked out in five after winning his first two sets.Over in the women’s bracket, sixth seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah) and No. 8 Petra Martic moved into the third round, as did No. 17 Angelique Kerber. MLB-SCHEDULERockies cool off GiantsUNDATED (AP) — Mike Brosseau wasted no time exacting some revenge on the New York Yankees.Brosseau belted a two-run homer and a solo shot in his first two at bats before the Rays finished off the Yankees, 5-2. Brosseau was the hitting star just a day after he was buzzed near the head by a fastball from Aroldis Chapman, which earned the Yankees’ closer a three-game suspension.Randy Arozarena also hit a two-run homer to help the AL East leaders improve to 8-2 versus the Yanks this year. James Harden made up for a miserable shooting night with a big blocked shot that secured the Rockets’ 104-102 triumph over the Thunder. The Thunder got the ball to Lu Dort, who attempted a 3-pointer that Harden blocked with 4.8 seconds left.Robert Covington had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Gordon also scored 21 points for the Rockets. Harden finished with 17 points and nine assists.Jimmy Butler bailed out the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee. The Heat squandered a six-point lead in the closing seconds before Butler drained two free throws with no time left to give Miami a 116-114 triumph over the top-seeded Bucks. The foul shots give the Heat a 2-0 lead in the series.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points, Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) added 17 off the bench and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Heat. The two teams played without their managers, who received one-game suspensions for Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident involving Chapman and Brosseau. Chapman has appealed his suspension.Elsewhere around the majors:— Michael Brantley smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to back a strong start from rookie Cristian Javier in the Astros’ 2-1 win against the Rangers. Javier allowed only a solo home run to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a single by Joey Gallo in a career-high 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight decision.— Josh Donaldson returned from the injured list with two hits and two RBIs in the Twins’ 8-1 drubbing of the White Sox. Jake Cave, Miguel Sanó (sah-NOH’) and Eddie Rosario homered to support José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs), who worked six strong innings.— Triston McKenzie tossed six innings of three-hit ball on his 23rd birthday to pitch the Indians to a 5-0 shutout of the Royals. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) provided all the scoring with a pair of home runs. In other NFL news:— Coach Ron Rivera announced that Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Haskins got the nod over Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.— Chargers safety Derwin James will miss the season after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. James had surgery on Tuesday after he sustained the injury during a scrimmage on Sunday. NCAA-FURLOUGHSMemo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeks Update on the latest sports Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move. A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press was sent by NCAA President Mark Emmert to the association’s more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough. Some staff will be furloughed for up to eight weeks. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates will celebrate Roberto Clemente when the entire team dons his No. 21 on Sept. 9 against the White Sox. The Hall of Fame outfielder collected 3,000 hits during his 18-year career. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 at age 38 while attempting to bring humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULERockets advance, Heat outlast Bucks for 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets are in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals after winning a gritty seventh game in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but he also committed the foul that sent Butler to the line. Khris Middleton scored 23 points for Milwaukee, the last three of those coming when Dragic was called for fouling him with 4.3 seconds left.TENNIS-US OPENKerber gets past uncertainty, advances at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) has become the first top-seeded woman to be ousted in the second round of the U.S. Open since 2008.Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and was knocked out by Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 7-6. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-SEAVERHall of Famer Tom Seaver diesUNDATED (AP) — Tom Seaver was so good, he was given two nicknames. September 2, 2020 Both fines stemmed from actions in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series, which the Clippers won to eliminate the Mavericks.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSAvs force Game 7EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have forced a Game 7 in their Stanley Cup second-round series by defeating the Dallas Stars for the second straight game.Third-string goaltender Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots and the Avs went ahead to stay in the second period before defeating the Stars, 4-1. Hutchinson has won each of his starts since replacing Pavel Francouz (FRAHN’-sohs) in the nets. The man called “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” has died at age 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he passed away Monday following complications from dementia and COVID-19.Seaver was selected by the Mets in a special draft in 1966 after his contract with the Braves was nullified by Major League Baseball. He spent just one year in the minors and won the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year with a 16-13 record and 2.76 ERA for the last-place Mets.Seaver won the Cy Young three times, all with the Mets. He remains the franchise leader in most career categories, including 198 victories, 2,541 strikeouts.Seaver was the first pitcher in major league history with eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. He also was a 20-game winner in 1969, ’71, ’72, 75, and ’77.Seaver finished his Hall of Fame career with a 311-205 record, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and 231 complete games. — Adam Duvall slammed three home runs and drove in five to lead the Braves past the Red Sox, 7-5. Marcell Ozuna’s (oh-ZOO’-nuhz) solo blast broke a 5-5 deadlock in the seventh.— Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings, and Jay Bruce hit a solo homer in the Phillies’ eighth win in nine games, 3-0 over the Nationals. Neil Walker was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Phils, who handed the defending champs their fifth consecutive loss and dropped the Nats to 12-22.— Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) laced a go-ahead, two-run triple while the Rockies scored five times in the seventh to hand the Giants just their fourth loss in 14 games, 9-6. Garrett Hampson hit his third homer in two days and Sam Hilliard also went deep to help Colorado bounce back from Tuesday’s 23-5 thumping by San Francisco.— Javier Baez socked a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings of the Cubs’ 8-2 rout of the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo added a two-run single in the seventh and the Cubs scored three times in the eighth to cap the scoring.— The Brewers trailed 4-0 until Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) launched a three-run homer in the third inning to spark Milwaukee to a 7-5 decision over the Tigers. Jace (jays) Peterson added a two-run shot and Omar Narvaez (nahr-VY’-ehz) furnished a two-run single that tied the game. — Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) homered and Hyun Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn ree-OO’) pitched six solid innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Marlins. Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez had thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings until Gurriel belted a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. — The Reds picked up a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Joey Votto’s (VAH’-tohz) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Redbirds were leading 3-1 and in line for a three-game sweep until Tucker Barnhardt smacked a two-run homer in the fifth.— Michael Conforto was 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Mets whipped the Orioles, 9-4 to halt a five-game losing streak. Mets slugger Pete Alonso also homered, the fifth ever to reach the second deck in left field at Camden Yards. MLB-PIRATES-CLEMENTEPirates to celebrate Clemente Day — Todd Reirden is back with the Penguins as an assistant coach just a week after being fired as head coach of the Capitals. Reirden served as an assistant under Dan Byslma (BYLZ’-mah) from 2010-14 before leaving to join the Capitals. The Penguins also hired Mike Vellucci as an assistant after he spent last season as GM and head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.NFL-NEWSBengals extend MixonUNDATED (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon has signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension through the 2024 season. Mixon has emerged as one of the NFL’s top running backs, running for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round in 2017 out of Oklahoma, where he was suspended for punching a woman in the face. The Bengals drew a backlash with the choice, prompting owner Mike Brown to acknowledge they were “taking a risk” on Mixon because he’s so talented.
THE NATIONAL Sports Commission (NSC), through Director of Sport Christopher Jones, assisted several sports clubs, individuals and a promoter, on Monday, for recognition of their outstanding achievement and upcoming events. High on the list was 2019 CARIFTA gold medallist Anisha Gibbons, who received a new javelin after Jones learnt last week that the youngster’s training javelin was 45 years old.Jones also asked that the 1974 javelin be placed in a history corner at the Bygeval Multilateral School so that it can be preserved for all to see. Jones will soon visit the school to get a firsthand look at the equipment.The Director of Sport also congratulated Gibbons’ PE teacher, Raymond Daw, and encouraged him to help develop future gold medallists.Gibbons won the country’s first javelin medal at the recently concluded Games, which was held in the Cayman Islands. She threw the equipment 40.34 metres in the U-17 division.Meanwhile Jones also supported the Buxton Carl Hooper Cricket Club (CC) team, which will be leaving Guyana today to compete in Trinidad and Tobago.Also benefitting were cyclist Walter Grant-Stuart, Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Tran$cend Entertainment (which is hosting an upcoming tapeball competition) and the New Beginners Cooperative Society Limited (which will be organising football and softball cricket competitions for males and females on May 5 at the Kildonan Community Centre ground.
Real Madrid, however, have recovered from their patchy pre-season form. They currently remain unbeaten and top the league table with 14 points after six games. Los Blancos manager, Zinedine Zidane, now has the full complement of his squad and can call on Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Vinícius Jr. in attack, while relying on midfield marshal, Casemiro, defenders Raphael Varane and captain Sergio Ramos to keep opponents at bay.On the other hand, Atletico have endured mixed fortunes, losing and drawing one game apiece in their last three games. Los Rojiblancos, currently third, will however, want a change of fortune. Manager Diego Simeone can call on attackers Joao Felix and Diego Costa; midfielders Thomas Partey and captain Koke and defender Luis Jimenez.Coverage of the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s elite football competition, continues with matchday 2 games during the week.Juventus will continue their match to advance from the group stage when they face German side, Bayer Leverkusen, at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday at 8pm, while Chelsea travel to France to face Lille at 8pm. Both games are live on SuperSport Select 4, exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A fierce football rivalry will be rekindled today in La Liga when Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid clash in the Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano. The game, which will be the 165th encounter between both teams in La Liga, will be exclusively broadcast live on SuperSport Select 4 at 8pm to GOtv Max subscribers.The two giants meet for the first time this season, although Atletico trounced Real 7-3 in a pre-season game in July.
By Femi SolajaIntegral and Family & Football yesterday announced a new joint venture partnership focused on augmenting the level of football talent identification, development and management, on the African continent.After almost a year of planning and working, Integral, one of the leading African sport management company, sealed this strategic alliance with one of the most prominent global football agencies, Family and Football. Family & Football was founded by Dr. Erkut Sogut, a lawyer and registered FA intermediary, and has a foothold in many locations across the globe.The agency came into prominence by negotiating one of the most lucrative player contracts in Premier League history for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil whom it also represents.The joint venture partnership is a landmark achievement for Integral’s football division and the experience of Family & Football will assist the company in providing quality, first class representation to the flood of football talent dotted all over Africa.Earlier in the year, Integral hosted Dr. Erkut Sogut when he visited Nigeria with his close friend and associate Misha Sher, VP Sport & Entertainment at Mediacom, who played a crucial role in forming the relationship between both companies.Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Erkut Sogut said, “Nigeria, Africa and Integral are strategic partner for us. We believe in their potential. And with Integral we will showcase African footballers in a different way because they deserve it.“The continent deserves it. It has some of the best talents I have ever seen like Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and many more like them.“But our ties extend beyond football. I am passionate about education and I see the quality of people here; desirous of learning, of leaving a positive impact in the world.“So together (with Integral) we will support them with our work,” concludes Erkut.On his part, the Managing Director of Integral, Abimbola Ilo, commented thus: “We are extremely excited to be working fully now with Erkut and his team, joining forces together to become an even more dominant force in football representation, management and player trading.Importantly, the scope of the joint venture extends beyond just the representation side of things and involves education and charity too which are equally important to us,” the Integral boss concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
After overcoming obstacles, De’Jon Wilson uses collegiate success to pave way for future generations
De’Jon Wilson walked into the H.D. Woodson (Washington D.C.) High School weight room, surprising his former assistant coach Wayne Johnson. Just two days earlier, Johnson had seen the Syracuse defensive end on television in a 28-20 win over Boston College. Now, during his bye week, Wilson was back home.In that moment, Wilson held the same status he once did as a high schooler. The current players bought into his captivating personality and story of success just as much as his teammates once did. That charisma and skill earned him the nickname “swag” from Johnson and his teammates when he still attended Woodson.“He had other guys … that wanted to be just like him,” Johnson added.The current Woodson players were excited to see him, each one rushing over to give him a high five and ask him questions ranging from how he goes about doing a specific workout to how it feels to be a Division-I athlete.“He normally calls me and says if he’s coming down,” Johnson said. “To see him, come in to the weight room, to come out and work out with them, it was amazing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson still carries the charisma from when he grew up in southeast D.C. And he carries the pride of being the first in his immediate family to attend a four-year college and graduate with a degree.But he also bears the tribulations of his childhood: growing up in a single-parent home, run-ins with the law and the killing of a close friend.Wilson admits to making mistakes growing up and he openly talks about some of the struggles he faced. His goal now is to ensure that the next generation doesn’t go through the same things.Overcoming those mistakes is his message. His status as a Division-I football player and college graduate is his platform. And his magnetic personality endears him to the people he wants listening. That even now, people will still want to be just like him.“I can’t pick one situation that really crushed me, cause there have been a lot of things,” Wilson said. “But that’s just life. You learn to take it on the chin and keep rolling.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Off to the side, De’Jon Wilson saw his mother, LaShawn Wilson, crying by herself. The only person in front of him was the judge. In 2009, for the second time, a judge sent Wilson to a juvenile detention center. As he saw his mom bawling, tears started streaming down his face too.“I felt like a loser, I felt like I let my family down,” Wilson said. “I became a statistic.”At home, his mother and older sister called him “daddy.” Even after LaShawn remarried in 2006, Wilson felt the need to act as some sort of fatherly male figure.Wilson’s first experience playing football was out on the streets of the neighborhood when he was six, even before he played Pop Warner. As he got older, the same neighborhood became harder for Wilson to navigate. A combination of peer pressure, independence and youth led to frequent bad decisions.“It was so easy to do wrong and so hard to do right,” Wilson said. “It was a social norm to do the wrong thing.”Both Wilson and his mother declined to say what he went to the juvenile detention center for, other than LaShawn saying that it had nothing to do with drug or gun-related incidents.For LaShawn, the second time a judge sent her son to the detention center broke her heart, but it was also her breaking point. She didn’t want to see either of her children caught up in the court system once, let alone twice.“I told him, the first one that’s on me, I’ll take that one,” LaShawn said. “Second one, that’s on you.”Johnson said that he’s seen that culture of wrongdoing at times throughout his 27 years of coaching at Woodson, especially those without father figures in their lives. He challenged the direction Wilson was headed. Wilson could continue running into trouble with the law, or he could dedicate his time and effort into school and football.Looking back, Wilson says the whole experience and the talk with both his mom and with Johnson, was the proof he needed. He began understanding he needed to make changes if he wanted to improve and get out of trouble.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Toward the end of Wilson’s junior year of high school, in May 2010, one of his best friends, Alonte Sutton, was murdered. Sutton’s body was found on Mother’s Day.Sutton — “gadget,” as Wilson and friends called him — didn’t play football but was still close with kids in the neighborhood. He was an intern for the D.C. Council and was considered a strong student with a promising future.Problems between the 18-year-old Sutton and Omare Cotton, 28, started when Sutton declined to give Cotton’s girlfriend a ride, according to the Washington Post.Cotton slashed the tires on Sutton’s car. After Sutton left the scene, Cotton came back later in the day and did the same thing, then chased Sutton around with a knife. Sutton tried to get a police officer’s attention and Cotton, who was on probation in Maryland, fled the scene.The next day, as Sutton was changing the tires on his car, Cotton came back with a gun and shot Sutton while chasing him into the woods.“He emotionally shut down and he was kind of distant,” LaShawn said of her son’s reaction. “Sometimes you hear about the death of other people, but it doesn’t really hit home until it’s at your doorstep … I think that was the case for him.”Wilson and some of his close friends, like Ken Crawley, who played with Wilson at Woodson and at Colorado and is now a starting cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, still keep Sutton in their memory. Crawley’s Twitter handle is @RIPGADGETT.“Me and him (Crawley), we carried that,” Wilson said. “Everywhere we went, he was with us. I feel as though he was living through us.”“Alonte Sutton … that’s my man. That’s my motivation.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Johnson and Wilson were driving back from FedEx Field, where the Washington Redskins play. Wilson had just been named All-Met, meaning he was one of the best high school players in D.C. The honor allowed him to meet and take pictures with two of Washington’s best players, Brian Orakpo and Chris Cooley.About 10 miles out, Wilson realized that he had Cooley’s phone. Cooley called his phone and to arrange for it to be returned. Wilson made Johnson turn around.When Wilson got there, Cooley was beginning to write out a check for getting his phone back. Wilson refused to take it.“If that was a regular inner-city kid, who doesn’t have anything or no mentor in their life, they would have kept the phone,” Johnson said. “Or they would have tried to sell the man his phone back.”Wilson said it was just doing what he felt was right. And anyway, at that point Wilson had other ways of making money.He started by working two jobs, including one at a local grocery store and the other as a construction worker for a moving company. Then, he started working for himself. He started planning parties, throwing events when he needed to, and he’d also promote local talent to try and get them better gigs.Wilson and his friend started their own clothing line called LookinSweet. Wilson, a self-proclaimed sneakerhead, couldn’t find the right shirts to match his favorite shoes. So he bought a large amount of plain t-shirts, gave a designer his sketches and watched the designs come to fruition.“I was just so proud that they were doing something positive,” LaShawn said. “I encouraged him along the way of all his endeavors.”He started the business because he didn’t want to ask his mother to buy him things he wanted but didn’t really need, like sneakers. He felt that she had already done enough for him. When he’d get a new pair of shoes, he’d buy them himself.“I just like to go with my first instinct. If I feel something is right, I go with it,” Wilson said.“I’m investing in myself.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor•••Wilson surprised Johnson when he stopped in several weeks ago, but it didn’t shock anybody that he came back to his alma mater. It’s a part of Wilson’s story that he emphasizes. His doesn’t end after he “made it out” of his low poverty area, because his hometown, and his youth, isn’t something he’s left behind. And he has no intention of ever doing so.“Where I’m from, I don’t want you getting it mistaken, it’s bad, but at the same time it’s good,” Wilson said. “But that’s who I am. I am southeast D.C.”After his mistakes early in his high school years, Wilson did his best to be an example, a guide for other kids struggling in the area. When he left for Colorado, he wanted to make sure he’d still have that impact.He comes back home knowing what it took him to get to this position. He tells kids how to apply themselves both academically and athletically to get to where he is today, where they all want to be.Sometimes, he comes home with gifts. On different occasions, he’s come back and given players gloves, shorts, T-shirts. Sometimes he’d even bring back some pairs of cleats.Wilson, Crawley and John Walker all attended H.D. Woodson and went on to play at Colorado together. Jon Embree, now a tight ends coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was then the head coach.Despite the pressure to do wrong, as Wilson described it, Embree had no qualms in taking on all three of them. And he’s hoping that more players go on to do what Wilson has.“There are too many kids being left behind in those environments, with no one to turn to for help,” Embree said. “Somebody made a sacrifice that allowed him the chance to get that opportunity. So he’s trying to do the same for someone else.”There are only two, maybe three, games left in Wilson’s collegiate career. He has NFL aspirations, and Johnson thinks he’s good enough to at least get a tryout with a team.But even if that’s not in his future, Wilson knows that southeast D.C. is. He won’t allow his journey to end after a mistake or after a triumph. And as he tries to continue bettering himself, he won’t stop doing the same for the place that molded him.“I know that’s exactly what he’ll do,” LaShawn said, “until he can’t do it anymore.”“That’s just who he is. That’s a part of him.” Comments Published on November 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm Contact Tomer: email@example.com | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
As the final seconds of the NCAA tournament’s first round ticked off the clock in the Bok Center, the Trojans carved out a new title for themselves.Comeback kids.They had already proved themselves against a torrent of late-season doubt by punching a ticket to the First Four play-in round of the NCAA tourney. Then the Trojans erased a 17-point deficit to narrowly push out Providence in a rematch of last year’s tournament opener, earning a spot in the first official round of the tournament.A matchup against SMU, however, was a completely different matter. The Trojans were an 11-seed attempting to knock down a 5-seed — a team they’d defeated much earlier in the season, before the Mustangs hit a hot streak that hadn’t slowed down. They faced a deficit that stretched as far as 11 points and a battery of deep 3-pointers and highlight-reel dunks.But key defensive stretches and late shots from deep gave USC the fuel it needed to fight back back to a 66-65 upset. The Trojans will keep dancing this year, moving onto the Round of 32.The first half was marred by cold shooting from the arc for the Trojans. After stumbling to 0-for-4 from behind the line, the only life for the USC offense was found in the lane, with sophomore forward Chimezie Metu pounding the Mustangs down low. Both teams set into an up-and-down flow as the half continued — the Mustangs neared a double-digit lead, then the Trojans responded with a quick series of offensive attacks to even the score back up. Critical in this offensive tide was junior guard Elijah Stewart, who knocked down back-to-back threes to cut a double-digit lead in the final five minutes of the half.At the half, the Trojans entered their locker room with an 8-point deficit. But after clawing back against Providence, the team remained comfortable in their position. In fact, USC has shown a pattern of performing best in comeback situations, with second-half spurts that typically lift the team to a victory.“We said at halftime, we were only down by 8, this is nothing,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We felt really great at the half.”Following Enfield’s lead, the Trojans sparked the second half with confidence, with sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright and Stewart sinking a pair of 3-pointers. Metu followed to slam in a dunk, giving the Trojans the first of many ties in the second half. The dunk began the same back-and-forth rhythm, but the Trojans remained relentless in keeping pace with the Mustangs. But despite forcing a tie game multiple times, by the final 10 minutes of the game, the Trojans trailed by 6 and had yet to lead.The final spark came not from one player, but from the entire team. Boatwright and freshman guard Jonah Mathews sliced into the SMU paint for layups, and Stewart threw down a dunk to the tie the game. SMU reclaimed their lead with a layup and an and-one, but layups from junior guard Jordan McLaughlin and Melton held the Mustang lead to 1 point. An unsung key to the victory was performance from the free-throw line, especially from Metu, who sank eight throughout the game. Consistency from the line helped to level out the Trojans’ struggling shooting in other areas, especially from behind the 3-point line. Despite Stewart’s hot night from behind the line — the guard finished with six 3-pointers and 22 points — the Trojans struggled to knock down threes, shooting only 8-28 from behind the line.But despite their struggles from behind the line, the Trojans nailed long shots when they counted.With 1:47 left, Boatwright delivered the first lead of the game in showman’s style, dropping a long 3-pointer over a defender to push the score to 63-62. The USC fan section exploded, but the Mustangs were quick to respond with a 3 of their own.Yet again, it came down to the wire, to the final minute of the game. Mathews found Stewart deep in the corner, and stewart didn’t hesitate, dropping a 3-point shot that hit nothing but net.The referees went to the sideline to ensure that the shot was from 3-point range, but it was no question — his feet were inches behind the line and the Trojans were in the lead with 38 seconds remaining.The Mustangs scrambled to respond, driving in for a layup that earned a foul but then turning up empty at the free throw line. After another desperate drive to the basket, the final shot ricocheted off the rim and the Trojans sprinted to their bench, securing another unexpected berth to the next round of the tourney.It was just another in a series of nail biter, edge-of-your-seat comebacks that have characterized the Trojans this entire season. For Stewart, the game reflected his team’s ability to perform in clutch moments.“Everyone’s made differently,” Stewart said. “When the time comes, we always try to show up. I feel like that’s what we did tonight. There’s no explanation for it.”USC will now take two days to prepare to face Baylor, a 3-seed that stumbled late in their season after holding the No. 1 spot in the nation. The team will once again enter the contest as the underdog against a Big 12 powerhouse that cruised to a 91-73 victory in the first round. But no matter the spread or the BPI, the Trojans have made a point — they’re here to dance, and they’re here to stay.
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFrancis Demekaa and Susan Cole-Kotas were the star performers at the Air France-KLM Invitational golf tournament played at Port Harcourt Club 1928 Golf Section.The tournament had a field of 108 players in attendance. It was organized to commemorate Air France -KLM 20 years of operation in the Garden City. Demakaa, an eighth-handicapper, won the men prize with a nett score of 68. But victory did not come on a platter of gold as he nicked a three-way tie on countback.The Vice Captain, Port Harcourt Club, Chris Allagoa (68) edged Elle Anthony for the first runner up position also on CB.Princess Joyce Nule (73) again stumbled as Susan Cole-Kotas beat her by four-shot for the Ladies Best Nett prize.Dimeeka won the star prize of a Business Class ticket, while Cole-Kotas, who plays golf as a 9-handicapper, won the premium economy ticket to any where in Europe.Okey Scott-Ananaba posted a 77 to claim the Gross prize. The Longest Drive (men) was won by Captain Port Harcourt Club, Emmanuel Okene, while Ruth Lawoye won the Ladies’ prize.The Nearest to the Pin prize (men) was won by Timson Okah, just as Anchelee Le-Cocq took the prize for ladies.The tournament played over 18-hole was graced by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and the First Lady, Justice Suzzette Wike.Other dignitaries included the Amayanabo Twon-Brass, King Alfred Diete- Spiff, the French Consul in Nigeria, Mr Erwan de Gouvello, the Deputy Managing Director of Total, FranÃ§ois Le-Cocq and GM Air France-KLM, Nigeria and Ghana, Jean- Raoul Tauzin.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram