Seahawks star makes big play, talks bigger

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman celebrates after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — When Richard Sherman gave Michael Crabtree a pat on the backside, got shoved in the face and made a choke sign toward the San Francisco bench, he was just getting warmed up.Get ready for two more weeks of the unfiltered Sherman with the Seattle Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl.“I hadn’t gotten many opportunities all game and I’m happy. I’m happy about that,” Sherman said. ” I’m sure if our team knew it was going to come down to a play like that they would be pretty confident going into it.”Sherman stole the attention on Sunday, first by deflecting a pass intended for Crabtree in the corner of the end zone with less than a minute left, right into the arms of Seattle teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawks’ 23-17 win.But then came the antics and Sherman’s words that revealed a deep dislike for Crabtree and satisfaction in Seattle knocking off its division rivals to reach the Super Bowl.While Smith was celebrating the interception, Sherman exchanged words with Crabtree, got shoved in the face as a rebuttal then made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was intended for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Asked about the incident afterward by Fox reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman lit up Twitter with a rant that began: “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”Sherman didn’t back down even after getting some time to collect his thoughts. He apologized to Andrews, then proceeded to call Crabtree “mediocre,” making sure to annunciate each syllable of the word.“I was making sure everybody knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver that’s what happens.”It was a fiery, emotional rant from Sherman, who celebrated his first conference title by racing around the field after Russell Wilson took the final knee, then leaping into the first row of seats in the south end zone to celebrate with fans.“I know how passionate he is about the game of football. He said to me before the game it’s going to come down to us making big plays. We’ve got to do it. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to make big plays,” said teammate Doug Baldwin. “(Sherman) has been doing it all season. He is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. They were trying to stay away from him the whole game. Eventually they were going to have to go his way and eventually they did and they made a mistake.”Sherman was rarely targeted by San Francisco, with most of the throws going toward Sherman’s teammate Byron Maxwell. But when Kaepernick had to make a throw in the final seconds, he decided to challenge the All-Pro.Sherman stayed with Crabtree, leaped and batted the ball into the air with his left hand. That allowed Smith to run underneath and make the interception that clinched the victory. It was San Francisco’s third turnover in the fourth quarter.“I knew if I tipped it high enough someone would get there,” Sherman said.Sherman then ran over to Crabtree and gave him a pat on the backside, then appeared to extend his arm for a handshake. Instead, Sherman got shoved in the face before picking up his personal foul as his celebration continued.“Sherman made a good play. That’s probably the only play he made all game,” Crabtree said. “I ain’t getting into that, he knows what time it is. When we’re on the field, he ain’t doing nothin’. That’s one play, you know what I’m saying? … He’s a TV guy, I’m not a TV guy. I play ball.”Sherman said his issues with Crabtree go back to something that happened during the offseason. He would not go into detail about what happened.“He said something personal face to face,” Sherman said. “He knows what he said and he knows I’m going to be tough on him the rest of his career.”___AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

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The Evergreen State College Students Serve as Essential Workers During Pandemic

first_imgFacebook176Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College students are well-known for pursuing their own paths to their degrees and for their commitment to service.  This spring quarter, many students are taking a complete load of credits while holding full-time jobs deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.Oscar Lira climbs cell towers for a living.  A veteran who retired from the Army last year, Lira maintains critical infrastructure needed to operate radios, antennas and communications systems used by first responders and law enforcement.Lira began studying at Evergreen in fall 2019, and plans to graduate in winter 2021.“Evergreen is a good fit for me,” said Lira. “I get a lot out of contact with the faculty and other students.”Although he prefers in-person classes, Lira has made a smooth transition to a remote spring quarter.“I did a lot of remote learning in the military, so it will be fine,” he said.Evergreen’s Prior Learning Through Experience (PLE) program has helped Val Vajda make progress toward her degree while making sure Washington state hospitals are delivering a high standard of care.Vajda is an essential case manager for the state Department of Health’s office of health system oversight, which tracks and follows up on consumer complaints about hospitals.  In some cases, she recommends quick responses to egregious situations, coordinating with federal authorities to enforce standards.Vajda’s nine years of service at DOH gave her enough professional experience to gain multiple credits through the PLE program. She completed papers on topics such as conflict management and business communication, and hopes to have enough credits to graduate sometime this calendar year.  “I’d describe my degree focus as social justice,” said Vajda.  “Evergreen has inspired me so much, and opened my eyes to many things.”Her goal after graduation is to find a policy position where she can advance positive change.  In the meantime, Vajda, a union steward, is lobbying the governor’s office for courageous duty pay for state workers.Evergreen student Stephanie Burgett works at Joint Base Lewis McCord for the Defense Health Agency. She coordinates with military commanders to consolidate health care for various branches of the military, overseeing nursing services and budget.Burgett graduated from high school in 1999 and says she had been worried about going back to school. She’s been a full-time student at Evergreen since fall 2018.“Evergreen has turned out to be the perfect fit for me,” she said. “Everyone is so supportive and welcoming.”Burgett believes she will complete her degree in two more years, with a focus on business management and human resources.  After that, her goal is to pursue a master’s degree at Baylor University’s Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration, and to enter the Senior Executive Service, which is the top cadre of federal civilian employees.Lira, Vajda and Burgett are all enrolled this spring quarter in Evergreen faculty Sarah Ryan’s “Justice at Work” class.“So many of our students are out there every day, doing essential work while studying full time,” said Ryan. “They are making tremendous contributions at a really challenging time.”last_img read more

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Election 2017: Two Challenge Incumbents for Middletown’s Township Committee

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – It’s been nearly a decade since a Democrat was elected to the Middletown Township Committee but that is not stopping a pair of first-year candidates who are looking to buck the trend as they face off against two GOP incumbents in the Nov. 7 election.Running for their third and fourth terms, respectively, on the township committee are Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore, both Republicans. Challenging them are two Democrats new to having their names on a November ballot – Will Hutton, endorsed by the local Democrat organization, and Tricia Maguire, a Democratic Party write-in candidate. All candidates are vying for two open seats on the five-person committee, which comes with a three-year term.Republicans say the crux of their campaign is to continue the fight on a number of local issues important not only to Middletown, but also regionally specific to Monmouth County.Fiore, 40, a senior vice president at Prudential Investments who oversees a national retirement sales division, said one of his key platforms is to limit the amount of affordable housing which could make its way to Middletown in the future.Democratic Party candidate Will Hutton is a retired township employee.According to a presentation by township officials this summer, there are 492 affordable housing units across Middletown’s 41 square miles. Nearly 57 percent of the affordable housing is represented by two senior housing complexes: Conifer Senior Housing and Bayshore Village. Both are located on “the wet side” of Route 36.Fiore said he’d fight if quotas became exorbitant.“Some court may say that we are well under the quota on where we should be and that could have a tremendous impact on development, taxes, and services in Middletown,” he said.Running with Fiore for a third consecutive term is Stephanie Murray, 42, who works for the Borough of West Long Branch as the borough administrator, a position she took this past summer.Murray pointed to the opioid crisis threatening New Jersey, and said she’s been part of a number of township initiatives to lessen the threat locally. The Middletown Municipal Alliance, a drug and alcohol prevention program, is free to residents who use the service. Murray said the program is made available to middle school students with parental consent.“I think it’s a tremendous asset because it really teaches the kids from a young age to be aware of this,” she said, referring to opioid addiction.Regarding more pressing issues concerning residents – the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP) and the Village 35 development – both Republicans commented on the former, yet declined to comment on the latter.Democratic Party candidate Tricia Maguire was boosted onto the ballot by write-in votes.Fiore and Murray were part of the Middletown administration which authorized a shared defense agreement among other towns which would be affected by the MCRP, a 230-kV transmission line along 10 miles of NJ Transit commuter rail line from Aberdeen to Red Bank. Over $100,000 has been spent in that fight.“I think we’re going to be successful because at the end of the day, after our due diligence, I don’t believe that the project is warranted,” Fiore said.Both Republicans said they couldn’t comment on the Village 35 application, a 52-acre commercial complex planned along Route 35 North. Its fate is currently pending before the township’s planning board.Murray did offer a general statement about her views on applications submitted in town.“We’ve entrusted residents to those boards,” she said. “I trust they will make the right decision and I trust the residents when they go to those meetings to make themselves heard.”Democrats running this year share a similar platform – underrepresentation of political diversity on the governing body – which they feel has become a detriment to the township.  Maguire, a 47-year-old small business owner, was added to the ballot after she said she received 153 write-ins from residents. It is her first run at elected office.“When you hold up a mirror, the committee is not really reflective of what our township looks like,” Maguire said, alluding to the all-Republican governing body.One of Maguire’s primary goals, in an effort for transparency, would be to create a “community coalition,” where leaders of advocacy groups from different sections of Middletown can meet regularly to discuss different issues affecting different parts of town.The idea stems from her other platform issue this election: overdevelopment.Maguire pointed to the Village 35 application and the impact it would have on surrounding residents. She believes the process has become overwhelming for many.“No one is negating an individual’s right to develop property if they own it,” Maguire said. “I think the concern is the pace at which it happens and residents feel the developer’s wants are being more elevated than their needs.”The other Democrat running this election season is also focusing on giving residents more of a say in what goes on in town. Hutton, 47, is retired and owns Love and Laughter Productions, a film and broadcasting company. For 26 years, he worked for Middletown as a senior traffic maintenance worker.As a township employee, Hutton said he was in the Bayshore in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, helping repair traffic signals and street signs. That experience has motivated him to look for more funding for homeowners in the Bayshore section of town, so they don’t think about leaving.Still vacant and forlorn properties from the 2012 storm affect everyone, said Hutton. “(Residents) all say they’re from different sections, but if the tax revenue brings more people into the Bayshore, that will bring those home values up.”Regarding Village 35, Hutton said he is “not against any development.” Like his Democrat counterpart, he just wants “responsible development. More input form the community, have their voices heard, and find a response,” he said.Both Hutton and Maguire were critical of the MCRP, doubting its need in a time of renewable energy, and worried about the effect it would have on Middletown residents.Maguire described herself as a “Rager,” a term given to members of the group Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) who are fighting the proposal. When asked about the project, Hutton said, “I would say, ‘No. Hell no.’ ”This article was first published in the Oct. 12-19, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Twenty five gardaí assaulted in Donegal since 2015

first_imgIt has been revealed that 25 garda members have been assaulted in the Donegal division in the last four years.New figures revealed by the Irish Sun show that nearly one in 14 gardaí were assaulted across Ireland between 2015 and 2018.Dublin had the highest number of assaults in this period, where attacks were reported on 264 members. The Garda Representative Association has said the figures may be much higher, as the totals revealed today only reflect the incidents reported to the health and safety section of the Garda Siochána and attacks such as spitting and assault causing minor injuries may not be reported.Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/4353254/garda-assaults-ireland-county-breakdown-ireland-district-figures/Twenty five gardaí assaulted in Donegal since 2015 was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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QPR chief ‘blasts Cisse’

first_imgToday’s Sun picks up on QPR chairman Tony Fernandes’ comments on Twitter immediately after Saturday’s defeat against Sunderland.Under the headline ‘Tony blasts Cisse’, it refers to Fernandes’ angry reaction to Djibril Cisse’s sending off – the striker’s second since his recent move to Loftus Road.Cisse is suspended again.Fernandes tweeted: “This is the first time I am genuinely p****d off. We have to bloody keep 11 players on the pitch.“Boy, do we make it difficult. We have eight games left, four at home, which are winnable.“It is up to the players now — we’ve done all we can. The manager can do nothing if players keep getting booked and sent off.”The Sun also include a story that Benfica winger Nico Gaitan believes Chelsea are feeling anxious ahead of their Champions League game against his side.Gaitan is quoted as saying: “I think there is an anxiety in Chelsea by the lack of goals from Torres and Drogba.“We can exploit that and even though it will be difficult to stop them, it is possible and I have confidence we will keep a clean sheet.”Several papers report Petr Cech’s comment that Chelsea failing to qualify for the Champions League would mean a “lost year” for the club.The Blues keeper added: “You always have years when you go through transition and the side needs to be rebuilt. Or you have changes in terms of managers.“For a big club, you can accept that the team does not win the league because it is in transition, but you cannot afford to slip out of the Champions League spot. The big teams are about the Champions League.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Boss Pulis admits concern after Stoke’s victory over Fulham

first_imgStoke boss Tony Pulis felt his side ‘absolutely murdered’ Fulham – but admitted they had to weather late pressure to seal the points.The Potters enjoyed the lion’s share of chances during a forgettable clash at the Britannia Stadium, but had to settle for Charlie Adam’s decisive first half strike.And Pulis was concerned their inability to finish off Fulham could have come back to haunt them, as the Whites pressed late on.He said: “I thought we absolutely murdered them – we could have had five or six.“I thought we were the better team right up until about the 82nd minute. Then, having dominated the game we got a little bit nervous.“They had a lot of possession but it was mainly in front of us.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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How much do the Warriors view the Bucks as an Eastern Conference threat?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors (10-1) play the Milwaukee Bucks (8-2) on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Below are more takeaways from the Warriors practice on Wednesday.Do the Warriors fear the deer?The Warriors maintain feeling pretty confident about their championship chances for obvious reasons. They won three out of the past four NBA titles. The Warriors have added a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who will eventually heal his left Achilles tendon and join Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson …last_img

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With Mike Yastrzemski out, Giants turn to relatively untested left fielder

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski missed Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with soreness in his left hand/wrist and is considered day to day after he was hit by a pitch in the Bay Bridge Series finale against the A’s.Yastrzemski was hit by a Jake Diekman pitch in the seventh inning Sunday in what became a 5-4 Giants win. Yastrzemski stayed in the game and was later caught stealing third …last_img

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Street court art, technology intersect in latest testimonial to PH love for hoops

first_imgRead Next “The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia,” said Nike Southeast Asia and India senior marketing director Bulbul Khera.“We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspect of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe partnership that brings to life this unique experience exemplifies this union-waiting-to-happen. Google is working in tandem with Nike to perfect the marriage of technology and basketball science.The app is, indeed, novel. But perhaps the one that is expected to draw much attention are the Hyper Courts that feature comics-inspired artwork from American artist Arturo Torres, who painted images of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Russel Westbrook. LeBron James’ likeness is spread over two courts in Bonifacio Global City. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTorres is no stranger to millennial art, as he is known for his signature superhero-themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times best-selling books. Now, his artwork is sprayed in six hardcourts—a colorful encouragement for young kids to pursue their hoop dreams.“I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn,” Torres said. “Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can’t do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong—to anyone that’s ever said no to you.”James’ image was placed in the Titan Love Court in Taguig, while Bryant’s Hyper Court is at the Ususan Court also in Taguig. The Comembo Covered Court in Makati was transformed into Durant’s image, while the Scarlet Homes Covered Court in Paranaque has a drawing of the fiery Westbrook. The YCL Covered Court in Quezon City bears the image of Kyrie Irving.Match the inspiration the illustration creates plus the training courses the app produces and Nike hopes the next star will be one of the young kids doing drills on the Hyper Courts.“Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and training costs,” said Khera.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion A composite photo of all five courts featuring NBA stars (from left): Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at Ususan Court in Taguig, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook at Scarlet Homes covered court in Parañaque, Cleveland’s LeBron James at Tital Love Court in Taguig, Boston’s Kyrie Irving at YCL Covered Court in Quezon City, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant at Comembo Covered Court in Makati. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOStep into one of these custom-painted courts. Whip out your smartphones and tap on an app. Here, in Nike’s latest testimonial to Filipinos’ love for basketball, hoop artistry meets technology.The global sportswear giant unveiled five NBA-themed street courts and a specialized app that gives ballers access to drills and videos customized by some of the best players in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lascuña snatches crown with solid finish Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Xavi Nunag, an assistant coach for Meralco in the PBA, designed the training drills on the app by studying the tendencies of Nike athletes in the NBA. App users can actually select which player they will pattern their drills after. Irving’s profile, for example, puts emphasis on shooting and ball handling.“Its a godsend for us coaches,” said Nunag of the app. “It’s like having a coach there in the app without really needing the presence of a coach.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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EAGLES SOAR OVER COFFS

first_imgFor the Mens and Womens 40’s Division Northern Eagles, the 2004 NTL’s has so far been a successful tournament. Both teams remain serious competition contenders after the end of the round games today. The Womens 40s are definitely not strangers to victory. The side, which has consisted of the same core players for over 10 years, won the Inaugural Over 40’s division at the 2003 NTL’s after winning the Womens 35’s division in 2000. This year they won’t be letting threatening teams such as Sydney Scorpions or the Hunter Hornets stand in their way. “We have the talent to win, if we get it together at the right time,” says ex-Australian representative and Coffs Harbour local, Cate Simms. “At this level and age, it’s really who stays the fittest, wins.” They deny a home side advantage over the rest of the teams. “City sides train more often and play at a high standard more often than we get to”, says Cate. But the accolades are not why these women play the game. “There’s such close friendships in the seniors, there’s no egos here, we all just enjoy each others company, and like staying fit”, says Therese Spear, who also represented Australia, along with three other of their team mates. The Mens 40’s are also enjoying similar success at this year’s tournament, having lost only one game, despite having only trained together for the past three months. The only competition they had played together before coming to the 2004 NTL saw them win just one game….in the 35’s division though! Even though Sydney Scorpions are also their main threat, “realistically we’re looking at getting into the final,” says Australian World Cup representative, Steve Hancock. They are enjoying their time in Coffs Harbour and are quick to praise the tournament. “It’s great, the fields are always in great condition, good location as it’s only two hours from home, and the NTL’s is always a hard, quality tournament, where you get to play teams that you wouldn’t normally play”, says Steve. And, just like the women, they play for the friendships. “There’s a great social aspect of the tournament after the games, its great to catch up with players from years before.” says Steve. But unlike the women they believe that they do reap benefits of being the home side. “We only have to travel two hours, and travel usually makes it tough, we also get a good turnout of players and spectators because we’re closer, our costs are lower. Both teams agree that they love having NTL’s in Coffs Harbour as “it is an incredible facility and perfect for the game of touch, and it also generates a huge amount of money into the area”, says Cate. “Touch is an incredible sport to watch, not just at the Opens level, it’s a game for families and people of all ages to enjoy”. By Lisa Plummer pictures by www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img read more

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