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What about Track & Field / Carifta 2019
« on: March 30, 2019, 10:23:54 AM »
Horsford, Colthrust head Carifta medal hopes


Lo­cal Javelin prodi­gy, Tyriq Hors­ford will chase af­ter his fifth con­sec­u­tive gold medal at this year’s 48th edi­tion of the Carif­ta Games track and field com­pe­ti­tion from April 20-22 in the Cay­man Is­lands.
http://www.guardian.co.tt/sports/horsford-colthrust-head-carifta-medal-hopes-6.2.813177.a94a34bfdb

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2018/19 NBA Season
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:32:56 AM »
Resurgent Rose turns back clock to score 50 against Jazz

Los Angeles (AFP) - Derrick Rose dusted off his MVP costume, dropping a career-high 50 points to power the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over Utah in a NBA Northwest Division showdown on Wednesday.

On US Halloween night, Rose turned back the clock with a 34-point performance in the second half as the crowd of 10,000 chanted "MVP, MVP" after the final buzzer sounded.

"It was numbing," said teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with 28 points. "I never realized something like that in my life. The man was just out there floating."

Rose, who was named NBA MVP in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls, scored every way imaginable against the Jazz.

He made two clutch free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Timberwolves a three-point lead in a tightly contested fourth quarter. Just moments earlier he had scored the go-ahead basket down low to put Minnesota ahead for good.

Rose also made a key block on a Jazz three-point attempt with two seconds left to ice the win.

"This means everything," said Rose, who was making his first start of the season. "I worked my butt off, bro."

Rose's career had been beset by injuries since he won his MVP award.

"I am doing everything just to win. I played my heart out tonight. My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and it was a hell of a night," said Rose.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 22 for Utah. Jae Crowder tallied 18 points off the bench.

Minnesota played without all-star Jimmy Butler, and point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones.

In Los Angeles, LeBron James gave the Staples Center crowd a fright when he missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left as the Lakers squeezed past the Dallas Mavericks 114-113.

"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess," said James.

The Lakers almost blew a big point lead late but managed to hold on for the win.

The game appeared to be headed to overtime but the Mavericks veteran Wesley Matthews took it upon himself to intentionally foul James on the Lakers' final possession with two seconds left. That sent the four-time MVP to the free-throw line with scored tied 113-113, but after missing the first one James made the second for the win.

James finished with 29 points for the Lakers who were up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even with seven seconds left.

Luca Doncic tied it at 113-113 on a jumper, setting the stage for James' game-winning free throw.

"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them," James said of his young team.

Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19.

In Oakland, Stephen Curry had 37 points for his sixth 30-point game of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121.

Curry had seven three-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green delivered 16 points, 15 rebounds as the Warriors won their sixth straight.

Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans in a rematch of a Western Conference playoff series from last season.

Klay Thompson scored 18 points with one three-pointer for the Warriors two days after setting an NBA record with 14 three pointers in a win over the Chicago Bulls.




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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Johnny Hamilton Thread
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:57:26 AM »
T&T’s Hamilton signs with NBA’s Pistons

T&T’s Johnny Hamilton has signed with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.

“What a day to be alive. Thanks to the almighty, my family and coaches for having my back and helping me grow into the man I am today. I couldn’t do it without y’all,” said Hamilton in a Facebook post yesterday.

“Thanks to the @detroitpistons for granting my first opportunity to be a Professional Athlete. I look forward to this year as I take on a new chapter in my life. I also want to thank everyone that had something to do with me getting to this chapter. Whether negative or positive contributions y’all were all part of God’s plan for me.”

Hamilton originally of Rio Claro where he started playing for Warriors in that Community league before joing NBS Ambassadors that campiagned in the Mayaro Basketball League. He joins the “Bad Boys” of Detroit which will feature NBA All Stars post-player Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.

Hamilton played on the Pistons during the Las Vegas Summer League after going undrafted in the 2018 draft. He wasn’t a starter for the team but looked like the best centre on their roster.

Hamilton is seven feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, so he brings some size to the Pistons frontcourt.

Hamilton started his college career at Virginia Tech where he played sparingly in two seasons before transferring to the University of Texas-Arlington where he was given an opportunity to play.

He averaged 11.1 points per game last season and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 63 per cent from the field. He can also protect the rim a bit as he averaged 2.3 blocks.

Last month, in the Summer League, Hamilton had eight points and grabbed three rebounds in Detroit’s 105-97 against New Orleans Pelicans. Detroit also defeated Timberwolves 64-59 and had losses to Memphis Grizzlies 73-70 and Milwaukee Bucks 90-63.


T&T’s Johnny Hamilton signs on the dotted line.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Popovick's wife dies
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:28:58 PM »
Spurs announce that Gregg Popovich's wife Erin Popovich has died



The San Antonio Spurs announced on Wednesday that Erin Popovich, wife of head coach Gregg Popovich, has died.

The team did not announce details about the circumstances of her death. The two were married for four decades and had two children together.

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Kaila Charles makes her voice heard as Maryland's next women's basketball star
By Childs Walker (The Baltimore Sun)

Post contributed by asylumseeker


Maryland guard Kaila Charles (5) goes around Ohio State forward Alexa Hart (22) on her way to the basket
during the second half at Xfinity Center on Jan. 22, 2018. (Toni L. Sandys / Baltimore Sun)


CLICK HERE for the full article.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NCAA March Madness
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:05:13 AM »

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Secondary Schools Basketball
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:27:22 PM »
St Mary’s humiliate East Mucurapo in Schools basketball

ST MARY’S humiliated East Mucurapo 57-17 on Thursday, in a male Under-17 encounter of the Trinidad and Tobago Schools Basketball Association North Zone fixture, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.
Jacoba Benjamin led the scoring for the “Saints” with 28 points, while Evan Trim added 12 points and Luke Mobhair 10 points.
East Mucurapo’s scoring revolved around Roberto Palmer’s seven and Jahbarry James’ six.
Fatima got a game-high 17 points from Adrian Sangster as they eased past QRC 48-35. Adam Tang-Nian and Jahmai Smith chipped in with eight apiece for Fatima.
Shorn Solomon scored 11 and Antonio Ambris eight for QRC.
In the other male Under-17 match on Thursday, West Mucurapo brushed aside Success Laventille 38-19.
Jaheim Furlonge top-scored for West Mucurapo with 16 points while Ronaldo Riley contributed eight. Omari Luke netted seven for Success Laventille and Jabarry Elder six.
newsday

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Caribbean Islands Hoop
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:36:54 PM »
The Sandy Point PRIDEKINGS won the 2017 St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Basketball Association

https://www.facebook.com/SKABA.Basketball/videos/2211156268910546/

In the fourth game of a possible five-game series, PRIDE defeated the 2016 champions – the St. Paul’s Tuff Knots, 84-79. And the victory gave the PRIDE organization it’s first premier league championship and second SKNABA title in just 2 years of existence.
It is a satisfying end to a season for a team that saw their roster significantly reduced for a number of reasons, including the loss of one of it’s brightest and youngest stars Secada Garroden, but on Thursday night, when time ran out at Basketball City, the KINGS and all its fans could finally celebrate a championship.
The win represents the ascension of a team that had only joined the SKNABA league in 2015, who in it’s first year ran the table at the A-Division level to go an impressive 19-0. Then after being promoted to the island’s premier league, recruited other seasoned talented front court players to join its nucleus of back court assassins.
A balanced offensive attack helped to seal the deal, with five KINGS scoring in double digits for the 5th consecutive game of their 2017 playoff run. Taslin Dont-Cheat Hodge, the early favorite for finals MVP tallied 22 points 2 steals and 4 assists.
The youngest and arguably one of the fiercest competitors on the King’s championship roster- Cha Vez Belboda also played a key role with 22 points and 5 steals.
Graeme Browne , the hero from Saturday’s overtime Game 4 win, finished with 13 points 10 rebounds 2 steals and 2 blocks. National front court player and PRIDE center Jazbu Troy Wattley registered a solid double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. While the team’s floor general – Javal Hodge clocked 10 points 7 assists 4 steals in 37 minutes of directing on court traffic and pushing the pace.
While the two sides were close in a low-scoring first quarter, a 7-0 run helped the KINGS to gain the early advantage to take a 4 point lead into half.
The momentum stayed with the lions, who weathered a valiant effort from the Tuff Knots big men and seemed to make a big play whenever St. Paul’s tried to come back.
The fourth-quarter defensive focus and game management was all that was needed for the KINGS to slam the door on any chance of a comeback and secure it’s first championship!
It was truly a magical run which culminated on Thursday night with chants of “Hub hub hub” and an overwhelming display of PRIDE by all in attendance.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports and SP PRIDE KING Big Fan  Hon. Shawn K. Richards was on hand to witness the historic victory. In commenting DPM Richards said “I must express my tremendous PRIDE and joy in the achievement tonight of the SP Pride Kings.  In this their inaugural entry in the Premier Division the Pride Kings are  Champions . It is a great achievement by a tremendous sporting organisation group and basketball team.”
 
All hail the PRIDEKINGS, your 2017 SKNABA Premier League Champions!!

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2017/18 NBA Season
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:38:34 PM »

Season now start... like its football?  ;D

Sources: Suns fire head coach Earl Watson after 0-3 start to season

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21118483/phoenix-suns-fire-head-coach-earl-watson

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / FIBA Ranking
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:16:17 PM »
New FIBA World Ranking Men presented by Nike launched

October 13th, 2017
 
 
MIES, Switzerland - FIBA on Wednesday launched the new FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike. The innovative game-based ranking factors in results from official games played by 149 national teams and will be updated after every window of Qualifiers and following the conclusion of top official FIBA competitions.
 
The new ranking is based on results of games ranging from regional pre-qualifiers all the way to the FIBA Basketball World Cup Final, and includes the Olympic Basketball Tournament as well as the Continental Cups. The previous ranking was purely competition-based and only took into account the final standings of tournaments.
 
The basic principle is simple: 1,000 basis points are awarded in each game, with the two teams earning a share of these according to the margin of victory or defeat. Weightings are added on a round basis meaning that, when a team progresses through a top official FIBA competition, its wins are worth more with every round it plays.
 
The ranking has revised weightings of the competitions. For the first time, it sees the implementation of a time decay rewarding teams for their most recent performances. This replaces the system in place under the previous ranking, where all games over the 8-year period received the exact same value.
 
Finally, the new ranking also recognizes the value of away wins and rewards facing and beating opponents that are higher in the ranking.
 
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The new ranking was devised with our new calendar clearly in mind. We are pleased to offer more teams - 149 of them, compared to 91 previously - a ranking that can be updated after every window of the Qualifiers so that national teams, fans and their national federations can follow their progress on a more regular basis. Prior to the change, the rankings already proved to be among the most popular pages on FIBA.basketball and we expect there will be even more debating and conversations taking place following the implementation of this new one."
 
For now, the new FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, only applies to senior men's national teams and competitions. FIBA will work towards drawing up and implementing similar systems for the women's and youth (boys and girls) rankings at a later stage.
 
Making the list for the CBC sub-sub-zone are:
 
MEN Ranking
15. Puerto Rico
17. Dominican Republic
51. Virgin Islands
59. Bahamas
60. Cuba
68. Jamaica
76. Antigua 
92. British Virgin Islands
97. Barbados
100. St.Vincent and the Grenadines
109. Bermuda
110. Guyana
118. Surinam
121. Cayman Islands
143. Trinidad and Tobago
 
Women Ranking
14. Cuba
22. Puerto Rico
35. Virgin Islands
37. Jamaica
44. Dominican Republic
 

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General Discussion / Steve Weeks bids T&T goodbye
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:05:32 AM »
As the US celebrates its 241st birthday today, this American diplomat gets ready for new adventures

Ray Faulk
Steve Weeks, the outgoing public affairs officer for the US Embassy in T&T, has been a strong supporter of pan—he travelled across the country to hear steelbands, big and small, in their panyards, from Skiffle to Supernovas, and was involved in providing support for the three US steelbands that came for Pan Trinbago's groundbreaking International Conference of Pan (ICP): the Pan Coalition from Maine, Mosaic Steel Orchestra in Virginia and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra.

Steve Weeks came to his post in T&T after serving in embassies in Africa and the Middle East. With a background in the arts and cultural diplomacy, Weeks quickly became entranced with the rich culture of T&T. His mission was to strengthen existing bonds between the United States and T&T.

“Trinidad is so dynamic,” notes Weeks. “Americans can learn a lot from their ingenuity and desire for creative expression.”

Weeks’ job focus was aimed particularly at the diversification of the economy, development of the creative sector, equity in education (especially for young women), and security issues. While not immediately obvious, supporting culture, for Weeks, has been part of a holistic and comprehensive approach to the security agenda for the US Embassy’s diplomatic relations.

For example, partnering with programmes offering clear opportunities for at-risk youth empowers them to succeed, which thereby makes both countries more secure. With the funding of arts initiatives very limited, Weeks approached his role as developing ongoing partnerships with programmes that fit within the State Department’s mission, promote cross-cultural understanding, and develop ongoing relationships.

In particular, his focus was on programmes that acted as “social outreach tools, helping kids learn life skills, teamwork, building resilience, and self-esteem.”

To this end, Weeks has been more directly involved with programmes that foster Trinidad’s national instrument, the steelpan, than any other diplomat in the US Embassy in recent memory.

Weeks quickly became a regular presence at concerts and performances throughout Trinidad, including at UTT, NAPA, panyards, theatre, Kaiso Café, spoken word events, film screenings, Hosay, and other cultural events. Weeks sought to understand and enjoy T&T at every level. During Carnival, he participated in everything, including going to the panyards, getting up early for Canboulay, joining Etienne Charles on the road, walking the drag and attending Panorama Finals.

Weeks has been a strong supporter of pan—he travelled across the country to hear steelbands, big and small, in their panyards, from Skiffle to Supernovas. He got involved in providing support for the three US steelbands that came for Pan Trinbago’s groundbreaking International Conference of Pan (ICP): the Pan Coalition from Maine, Mosaic Steel Orchestra in Virginia and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra.

Dr Anthony Hailey from Mosaic Steel Orchestra has returned on a couple occasions, with embassy support, to work with Cordettes Steel Orchestra in Sangre Grande to help strengthen that band’s outreach in the community and to see ways that help his work in the United States.

“I see the positive propensity of pan on a daily basis working with disadvantaged youth in Virginia,” notes Hailey.

“Sharing my experiences and working with youth in Cordettes has had very positive results.” Through Week’s work, the US Embassy has also partnered with the Bocas Literary Festival to bring American authors here, especially ones that write about issues tied to the education agendas to reach historically under-served groups. With local support, Reginald Dwayne Betts, an American writer who had himself spent time incarcerated and turned his life around, travelled throughout Trinidad conducting writer’s workshops in the T&T prison system.

Bruce Paddington, director of the T&T Film Festival, was effusive in his praise of Weeks.

“Steve has been instrumental in recognising the importance of film and film culture and supporting the involvement of the American Embassy in the TTFF.”

“He has ensured that local audiences have had the opportunity to enjoy viewing a number of excellent and often thought-provoking American films, as well as having the chance to interact with a number of the filmmakers. Steve represents the best of America and we will miss him.”

Weeks found the work of local spoken word artists like 2 Cents and Roots Foundation inspiring. The embassy helped sponsor a tour by the group Girl Be Heard, vibrant performance poets from New York City focused on addressing all kinds of issues that young women face.

Their appearance in Trinidad drew such a positive response that the State Department has since partnered with the Two Cents movement to start the Girl Be Heard T&T Team, working out of Bishop’s Centenary College.

Weeks identified a strong opportunity to help with the Youth Musical Exchange programme developed under director Kwame Ryan at the Performing Arts Academy at UTT.

This partnership has resulted in American performers and students coming to give new performance workshops and create new works with UTT faculty and students.

As part of its effort to foster economic diversity, the US State Department’s Young Leaders of America Initiative has a target interest in young entrepreneurs. Among the Trinidadians who have participated are Brian Benoit, who runs the Diego Martin Pan Academy. Other notable examples include Dierdre Lee Kin and Dingole Ltd, who received a grant for their work developing virtual and augmented reality technology. In March of 2017, Dingole Ltd released their first version of Pan Jam, a virtual reality pan museum and virtual lead tenor steelpan.

In praise of Weeks, Deidre Lee Kin says: “Steve Weeks is a person who has had a very positive impact and influence on me. Without even knowing it, he has become one of my most respected mentors. He is a genuine guy who has a good heart and is very driven to help people. He understands the real sense of community and makes it a priority to support this in any way possible.”

The premiere cross-cultural education programme of the State Department is the Fulbright programme, providing support to both American scholars to go to other countries, and scholars in other countries to travel to the US. In recent years, the Fulbright programme has supported steelpan as well as the sciences and business. Akua Leith, who is music director of the National Steel Symphony, recently completed a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University with support from Fulbright. Dr Jeannine Remy, Senior Lecture at UWI, first came to Trinidad with a Fulbright. Malika Green, who leads steelbands for the Chicago Youth Symphony, is coming to Trinidad this fall on a multi-country Fulbright to research steelpan and education. Indeed, Dr Brian Copeland, UWI’s principal, had a Fulbright early in his career. Among his work supporting culture and public affairs, Weeks has worked extensively to support the Fulbright programme in his many postings.

The US Embassy also has a special commitment to the rights of the disabled. They have helped in creating and sponsoring workshops and worked on Trinidad’s passage of the UN resolution on the rights of the disabled. Two recent Fulbright US scholars - Jayne McGuire and Marge Yonkers - have both been disability specialists. For his part, Weeks has been involved with Caitlyn Kamminga at UTT in her work with the Consortium of Disabilities Organisation (CODO) and its the annual Music Festival for Persons with Disabilities.

The US Embassy has also provided support for Caitlyn Kamminga’s River of Freedom, a multimedia musical and art presentation on the Merikens and the Company Towns in Trinidad.

Steve Weeks approaches every assignment with boundless enthusiasm. His willingness to jump in, learn and support cultural and educational programmes at every level is inspiring. He has greatly benefitted the diplomatic and cultural relations between T&T and the United States by his work the past three years.

 Ray Funk is a retired Alaskan judge and a current Fulbright scholar who is passionately devoted to calypso, pan and mas. Dr Andrew Martin is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist, pannist, and Professor of Music at Inver Hills College in St Paul, Minnesota.


Steve Weeks, the outgoing public affairs officer for the US Embassy in T&T, has been a strong supporter of pan—he travelled across the country to hear steelbands, big and small, in their panyards, from Skiffle to Supernovas, and was involved in providing support for the three US steelbands that came for Pan Trinbago's groundbreaking International Conference of Pan (ICP): the Pan Coalition from Maine, Mosaic Steel Orchestra in Virginia and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra.

guardian

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Celtics guard coming to Trinidad


BOSTON CELTICS guard Avery Bradley will be in Trinidad next month for the first stop of the annual Avery Bradley Skills Academy which jumps off at the National Cycling Centre in Couva.

The Skills Academy will be held here from June 17-19 before making stops at Waltham (Massachusetts) from June 25-26, Ashland (Massachusetts) from June 28-30, his hometown in Tacoma, Washington (July 5-7) and Vancouver (August 15-17) Bradley, 26 years old, is currently embroiled in heated battle with NBA champions LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals which tipped off last night at the TD Garden in Boston.

Bradley, born in Washington, is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and recently demonstrated his offensive prowess to help the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The former Texas Longhorns player had a playoff career-high 29 points in Game 5 win which put them ahead 3-2. For the playoffs, Bradley is averaging 15.8 points after 13 games as he seeks to make a first ever appearane in the NBA Finals scheduled to begin June 1.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Ryan Alcantara, the man responsible for Bradley bringing his elite basketball camp to this country, explained how it was made possible.

“I have a relationship with Avery and he always wanted to do something here. Last year he went to Grenada with it and just through asking (him) and I was speaking to someone at Sport TT and they made it happen,” he said.

How did he befriend the Celtics defensive juggernauth? “I actually met Avery about five years ago in Grenada through his wife who is Grenadian and we became friends. He’s a real genuine and giving guy and always up for the kids and doing things (for them). He’s a real nice guy,” he said.

Alacantara is optimistic Bradley’s Skills Academy which targets young persons aged six to 16 will give a much needed boost to the sport here.

“Basketball is not a very popular sport in Trinidad and Tobago but I’m hoping it will do something for the game and bring some awareness to his brand and the Celtics brand and hopefully we could get a little more interest in basketball here. There are a lot of clubs and academies here that people don’t know much about and hopefully it could bring some awareness to them as well,” he added.

Alcantara, head of the local organising committee, explained that the participants for the Skills Academy will comprise mostly players from local clubs.

“Because it was on short notice the majority of kids will be chosen through the (local) academies and you can also register at his website,” he said.

What does he think of Bradley and the Celtics’ chances against the Cavaliers? “He’s a very great defender and they’re gonna be in a good frame of mind coming off the last two series (vs Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards) so I think it should be exciting and hopefully it doesn’t end how everyone thinks its gonna end,” he said.

For more information on the camp check http://www.nba.com/ celtics/news/pressrelease/avery- bradley-skills-academy-2017/.

newsday

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General Discussion / Derek Walcott passed away
« on: March 17, 2017, 09:45:00 AM »
Nobel Laureate, #playwright and @TrinidadTheatre founder Sir #DerekWalcott has passed away. Thank you for your contributions. #RIP

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Other Sports / UB wrestler Nate Rose blossoming after summer wilt
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:16:27 PM »
Bucky Gleason: UB wrestler Nate Rose blossoming after summer wilt


Rose could have been headed for a path similar to one taken by his father, a drug kingpin who was gunned down in their native Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. After being held up himself at gunpoint in high school and surviving on some of America’s meanest streets, with darkness behind him and daylight ahead, Rose nearly deserted his only sure thing.
http://buffalonews.com/2017/01/11/bucky-gleason-ub-wrestler-rose-blossoming-summer-wilt/

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Other Sports / Top 5 most influential people in sport under 30
« on: December 30, 2016, 02:30:54 PM »
Top 5 most influential people in sport under 30



TBL Sports Management has assessed the most influential persons in sports in Trinidad and Tobago under 30.

The researchers included Dr Vilde Menezesof Brazil and his research team from the Labgespp, a sport management and public policy laboratory based in Brazil.


Here are the names in ascending order.

5. Allan Crane (Power= Service), the most sort after Sports Photographer is a 29-year-old. Allan has taken a hobby and his love for sports and turned it into a full-time business. Every sporting event, from primary school sports to gala events to even the Olympics, this young man and his company CA Images have left their mark. The ´man behind the lens´ has been fortunate to capture most of our sports heroes both locally and internationally. His influence continued to grow in 2016 having done work for the likes of TTOC, TTFA, TT Pro league and being part of several teams and contingents that travelled through sport competing, Crane has now put himself as an essential part of any sporting event locally and internationally, more so if T&T is playing a part.

4. Thema Williams (Power= Media), her name may be synonymous with the biggest sports drama for the year 2016 but this has made her more popular than ever. The lone female in the list is 20-year-old Thema, an elite gymnast has now graced every major newspaper, been interviewed by every television station and been the talking point of every radio program. Despite her misfortune, she returned to Trinidad to a hero's welcome and saw several campaigns and movements formed in support of her. Thema has now used her time to develop her brand, get involved in several charitable events and social activities. She has now become the most sought after model for brand promotion, with carnival bands and magazines leading the charges.

3. Narada Wilson (Power= Diplomacy), a Brazil-educated Sports Executive and one of the integral The Brazil Link (TBL) Ltd. team members. Narada has negotiated some of the best contracts for Trinidadian and even South American footballers over the years. 2016 was another profitable year, with the Rio 2016 games offering the need for services in travel, education and sport. His knowledge in international sport dealings again made him one of the most sought after persons locally. After working and consulting for the World Cup 2014 Committee in Brazil, T&T’s Beach Soccer, Futsal, Women football, Pro-league, Senior Men’s National football team, he now adds the Olympic Committee. TBL continues to dominate and increase its client portfolio and Wilson is just 28-years-old.

2. Andrew Lewis (Power=Corporate), the 27-year-old, two-time Olympic Sailor makes the list again due to his corporate appeal. Andrew continues to fly the flag internationally at various sailing events. Continuously gaining the attention of large companies such as Blink/ bmobile, Republic Bank, Atlantic LNG and more recently Flow, added to constant support from the Ministry of Sport and SPORTT.  Despite suffering a near fatal accident months ago, this young man was able to return to action and participate at the Rio 2016 games and even share his story with the entire nation, making him a face that is known by all and high on the marketability list. With close to 4000 followers on Twitter, and his work with several social projects, Lewis’ reach continues to grow.

1. Keshorn Walcott (Power=Olympian), Now a double Olympic medal holder. At just 23-years-old, he was Trinidad and Tobago´s only medalist at the Rio 2016 games and continues to embody all the traits of a world-class athlete and true Olympian. Winning these prestigious medals have put Walcott in a class by himself. Countless of accolades and gifts have followed him since his glory in 2012. A lighthouse and school in his name, land and other financial rewards propelling him to being one of the most influential voices in the country, more recently shown in lending support of his fellow National athlete´s concerns with the direction of local sports. Walcott has sponsorship deals from telecommunication giant TSTT, American Stores and Nike. A social media following of over 56,000 people.

BY: Loop News

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Sports World Reacts to Craig Sager's Death

Legendary sports broadcaster Craig Sager, who was diagnosed with cancer in April 2014, died Thursday at the age of 65.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682125-sports-world-reacts-to-craig-sagers-death?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national

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Other Sports / T&T cyclist Keiana Lester in accident
« on: December 10, 2016, 07:07:49 PM »


    dennis taye allen ‏

    UPDATE 1: T&T cyclist Keiana Lester has fractured bones in her face. CT scan shows no major nerve problems. Bone in her neck fractured
   
dennis taye allen ‏@ttgameplan

2: That may be causing her to be unresponsive now. She's not responding to anything doctors say. Doctors from ICU coming to check her soon.

dennis taye allen ‏@ttgameplan

3: No info on where accident took place Any further details will share as they come in. Have a positive thought and word for Keiana #TeamTTO

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2016/17 NBA
« on: October 26, 2016, 10:00:43 AM »
NBA Opening Night  Results
Tue, Oct 25

    Final
        New York
        Knicks
        88
        Cleveland
        Cavaliers
        117

    Final
        Utah
        Jazz
        104
        Portland
        Trail Blazers
        113

    Final
        San Antonio
        Spurs
        129
        Golden State
        Warriors
        100

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NBA Trades
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:56:25 PM »
Derrick Rose set to join Knicks after trade from Bulls



   Marc Stein
   Ian Begley


   
The Knicks and Bulls have agreed to a deal that will send former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose to New York, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks are sending center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, which is shipping guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to New York, sources said.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the deal.

ESPN reported last week that the Knicks had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, the NBA MVP for the 2010-11 season.

Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills had said that the team was interested in upgrading their point guard position in the offseason.

Rose, 27, will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season. He averaged 16.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and 4.7 assists in 66 games in 2015-16.

The six-year veteran has appeared in just 50 percent of the Bulls' regular-season games over the past four years because of various injuries, including two major knee surgeries.

The Bulls have scheduled a 5 p.m. ET news conference Wednesday.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Jordan Persad Class of 2020
« on: June 22, 2016, 07:11:56 AM »
Jordan Persad Class of 2020 Point Guard - Rumble in the Bronx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=R-e4sm2MKEA&app=desktop

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2016 NBA Finals
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:16:13 PM »
LeBron James and Stephen Curry aren't classic 'rivals.' So what?


No, Stephen Curry and LeBron James aren’t exactly “rivals” at this point. This isn’t a criticism of either player, nor is this another insipid statement on how today’s super-soft NBA has become too darn collegial for another old man’s tastes.

Nah, it’s just that they’re not there yet; presuming they’ll ever get there, as this league evolves. Even on the eve of their second consecutive Finals pairing (and possibly even after this June has finished), they just don’t strike as foes in the same way that their MVP and superstar predecessors once did. Through little fault of their own.

James and Curry were asked about as much during Wednesday’s media day, in the lead up to Thursday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and both acknowledged as much:

    “You guys make rivals. I think it’s great for the sport. It’s great for all sports,” he said. “I don’t think me and Steph . . . when you talk about rivalries, you talk about Carolina-Duke, you talk about Ohio State-Michigan. It’s hard to say LeBron and Steph. If there’s a smaller scale or another word for a rival.”

    Curry chose to pass on all that stuff on the eve of Game 1, although he did admit to being a bit annoyed.

    “I’m not in the business of ranking or debating who is what,” he said. “It’s about winning and the fact that we won a championship last year and were the last team standing, obviously is what was most important to me. Us being back here against the Cavs again, there are story lines and whatnot that as a basketball fan are pretty cool when you have two teams fighting for the same trophy once again and trying to play at a very high level to help our team get there. That’s all I’m worried about.

For the last 11 months NBA fans have guessed that LeBron and Steph would be gearing up for Round 2 by the time June, 2016 hit. That guesswork was all but assured by the time Golden State started its season with 24 straight wins, and the Cavaliers dismissed potential usurpers on its way to the top of the East by Christmas.

And yet the two just don’t give off the vibe. Which is fine.

James is just four years older than Curry, but by virtue of LeBron being given millions straight out of high school, he was able to develop his stardom while Curry (even as the son of a longtime NBA player) worked in relative anonymity until his final two years at Davidson. By the time Curry was drafted in 2009, James had already been to an NBA Finals, already won an MVP as the top player on the team with the league’s best record, and was already staring down the soap opera that would turn into his embarrassing 2009-10 free agent tour.

From there, Curry struggled to overcome injury woes and the tactical issues that dogged his first few coaches. By the time the two met in the 2015 Finals, James was working on his fifth Finals trip and fourth in a row, looking (still looking) for that third ring and first for the city of Cleveland.

They’ve played just twice since Curry’s Warriors downed LeBron’s Cavaliers in last year’s Finals. It’s true that one of those was in the presence of your family on Christmas Day and the other was a much talked-about Warrior blowout – both nationally televised affairs – but the fact remains that neither player is seen in the same room as the other all that much.

The NBA’s first great individual rivalry pitted Boston Celtics center Bill Russell and Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain, two big men that shared a league, conference, division, and airspace. Not only were they the game’s two biggest stars and statistical dominators, they played the same position and worked out of the same time zone – as six of the NBA’s nine teams did in 1961-62, when Wilt and Russell squared off against each other 19 times in one season, counting the playoffs.

Nineteen times. Counting last year’s Finals, Stephen Curry has played 15 games against LeBron James since the current MVP was drafted into the NBA.

OK, it’s a novelty then. The league has changed, Celtics games start at 7:30 local time and Warriors games (now played in Oakland) start at around the same time workers in Boston’s arena start sweeping up the aisles following that night’s contest. There are 30 teams, which means even Conference-sharers only play each other four times a season, if that.

On top of all this, Russell and Chamberlain both played the same position – something the wispy-winged Curry will never be able to claim as he looks up to the Mack Truck With Skills that is LeBron James. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, though they technically did not play the same position, still at least shared similar skill sets.

Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing would seem to have the same problem, but that hardly got in the way of their natural rivalry. The two played each other just once in college, during the 1982 NCAA Championship game, but CBS made a point to pit two struggling Knicks and Bulls squads (Chicago was 13-12 at the time, New York 6-20) as showcase Christmas Day game in 1986. The two went on to face each other during five times (and it likely would have been more, had things not gotten nasty, or had Jordan not retired in 1993) in the Eastern Conference playoffs with Patrick’s Knicks failing to take a single series.

Media and, clearly, the NBA helped prop that pairing up from the outset, though, pitting two major cities against each other. Curry’s Golden State team doesn’t even have a technical city on its uniform, and it wasn’t a championship contender until last season. James’ Cleveland outfit plays in the 17th-largest media market in the NBA, and he wasn’t even a member of the Cavaliers from 2010 through 2014.

On the home fronts, Golden State’s chief rival would seem to be a Los Angeles Clippers team that they clearly do not like. That back and forth gives us fodder to consume in December, but due to injury and some on-court slip-ups, those two franchises haven’t seen each other in the postseason since 2014. LeBron’s main rival would either be former teammate and NBA best friend Dwyane Wade, a man he’s never faced in the playoffs, or a Chicago team that James has dispatched four out of four times in the postseason. The Bulls didn’t even make it to the playoffs in the East this year.

Stephen Curry and LeBron James just don’t have a rivalry in the historical sense, and considering the interest and ratings behind their pairing, it’s hard to argue that this is somehow a bad thing. This year’s NBA Finals will once again make a mark for the highest championship ratings since Michael Jordan’s last turn at the wheel, a remarkable accomplishment for a culture that has cut the cord and/or slid over to their computers or tablets. In an era full of planned-out binge watching, people are still making plans for Thursday and Sunday night, and how to take it in live.

From there, the two will play two-to-five more games against each other. They’ll meet each other again on Christmas, wearing silly uniforms, and then show up at some point on TNT deep into the dead of winter during 2016-17.

And that’s just fine. Somehow, in a sport obsessed with the work of the individual, Golden State and Cleveland have become the real attraction.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NBA playoffs 2016
« on: April 16, 2016, 04:56:01 PM »
Golden State starts playoffs with a rout of Houston

http://espn.go.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/1698/golden-state-starts-playoffs-with-a-rout-of-houston

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Notes from the Golden State Warriors' 104-78 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs:

    The Rockets started out with Trevor Ariza at power forward and Corey Brewer at small forward. They decided to go small to match Golden State's speed.

    It took over 2 1/2 minutes for the Rockets to score their first points.

    At the 6:31 mark, Stephen Curry scuffled with Patrick Beverley. It seemed, after reaching in, that Beverley did not readily unlock arms with Curry, prompting a shove from the MVP. Both players received technicals.

    It was 18-6 Warriors with 4:44 left in the first, eventually leading to a 33-15 Warriors lead to end the quarter. The Rockets' offense got destroyed in the first half.

    Dwight Howard and Beverley got mixed up on two rebounds in a row. Rebounds had a tendency to bounce off Howard’s hands in this game.

    Curry unleashed a 28-foot transition bomb over Harden. He was in peak form in the first half, scoring 24 points. That is, until what happened next.

    Curry missed a push shot with 2:12 left in the half. As he turned to get back on defense, he appeared to injure his right foot. On the next dead ball, with 1:07 remaining, Shaun Livingston subbed in for Curry, who eventually limped to the locker room.

    Curry returned to action at the beginning of the third quarter, didn’t look right, was quickly subbed out and headed back to the locker room. His night finished right there at 20 minutes, scoring 24 points on 13 shots, with a plus-28.

    The Warriors’ lead started to ebb after Curry’s exit until they turned the game around by punishing Houston’s awful transition defense. Draymond Green was key during the Curry-less minutes.

    Klay Thompson, who has had his playoff struggles, wasn’t in top form. He finished 4-of-14 for 16 points.

    Perhaps Thompson was just extra focused on the defensive end. In last year’s playoff series, he had trouble containing Harden. This time, he was patient and didn’t get caught on Harden’s fakes. Harden finished with only 17 points, six turnovers, and registered a minus-27. Most notably, Harden didn’t earn a single free throw.

    Curry returned to the bench in the third quarter, but couldn’t quite lobby his way back into the game.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Kobe Retiring
« on: November 29, 2015, 06:59:32 PM »
ESPN ‏@espn
BREAKING: Kobe Bryant announces he will retire following the end of the season: http://es.pn/1IiyPd6

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NBA 2015/16 Season
« on: October 27, 2015, 10:54:21 AM »

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / FIBA begins five-day visit
« on: October 20, 2015, 05:38:44 AM »
FIBA begins five-day visit

OFFICIALS OF the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will begin a five-day visit of the country today, as guests of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT ). The “Assessment Visit” is an initiative under FIBA’s newly-launched National Federation Support and Development Program .

Heading the FIBA delegation will be Mr Nestor Rodriguez, the National Federations and Sport Manager of FIBA for the Americas .

A recent release from the NBFTT has said that the visit will set the stage for a better understanding of the federation’s strengths and weaknesses, and how best it (the NBFTT ) can use the current environment to grow the sport and expand the federation’s reach .

FIBA’s proposed agenda includes visits to existing basketball facilities, meeting stakeholders such as local players, clubs, teams, members of the electronic and print media, the national Olympic Committee (TTO C), the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company (SPORTT ) and other organisations .

FIBA’s representatives also plan to meet with basketball’s sponsors, such as the Tobago House of Assembly, the National Gas Company and BPTT .

Media representatives will have the opportunity to discuss the matters related to the sport, including ideas on how the sport can be enhanced locally, at a meeting on Thursday morning at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT ) Agora Campus in Charlieville .

The FIBA visit will conclude on Saturday .

newsday

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(Reuters) - Derrick Rose, the 2011 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, is being sued by a former girlfriend who claims he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013, TMZ reported.

Rose's accuser, identified only as Jane Doe, said she and the three-time All-Star Chicago Bulls guard dated from 2011 to 2013, the celebrity news website reported.

In August 2013, she said, Rose and two friends invited her to Rose's home in Beverly Hills, California, where they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her, TMZ reported.

The woman said she escaped the house, but later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang-raped her while she was incapacitated, it said.

TMZ said Rose's accuser, who is seeking unspecified damages, said she waited for two years to file the suit because she was “ashamed and embarrassed” of what happened. It did not say where the suit was filed.

A spokeswoman for Rose said in a statement the "plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis."

"This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete," the statement said. "Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years."

"We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous."

Rose, who missed a large portion of last season due to a knee injury, averaged 17.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 51 games.

"We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts," the Bulls said in a statement. "It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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