‘Los Suns’ show the way. Will others follow?

first_imgCoach Alvin Gentry calls it “synergy,” a word that means, essentially, something greater than the sum of its parts.That’s perfect for these upstart Phoenix Suns. They are, in simpler terms, a lot better than just about anyone expected them to be.“I’m just so proud of these guys and what they’ve done and how they’ve gotten it done,” Gentry said. “I just have a ton of respect for our team and what they represent.”You can argue about whether politics should mix with sports or whether the decision by owner Robert Sarver and his team to don “Los Suns” in light of the angry immigration debate in Arizona was good politics. But there’s not much argument about whether it was good for the bottom line.“That’s because it really spoke to a hot-button issue,” said Mario Flores, managing director Los Angeles-based Sportivo, a Latino sports public relations and marketing agency. Nothing that comes to mind, at least in terms of sports, got this kind of a bounce.”The next census is expected to show Latinos make up roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population, with an estimated $1 trillion in purchasing power. Research shows they also make up a significant part of every pro sports league’s audience, ranging from a high of 33 percent for Major League Soccer to eight percent for NASCAR and the NHL.Given the chance to make a statement about valuing diversity—and make money in the bargain—what are the odds other owners, teams and leagues will come forward and take the same risk that Sarver and his players did?Slim and none.Too bad.Ten NBA teams wore jerseys aimed at their Latino fans for two different games during a league-wide celebration in March. The Spurs said they, too, would have worn their “Los Spurs” jerseys to match Sarver’s gesture had they been available, before losing Game 4.But so far neither of the two other NBA playoff teams with Latino-themed jerseys laying around—“Los Lakers” and “El Magic”—have announced plans to dust them off and put a foot down in the middle of the messy immigration debate. The same is true for MLS, NHL and major league baseball teams across the country.You’ll see promotions during their regular seasons, for example when the “Cerveceros” of Milwaukee play the “Piratas” of Pittsburgh in the coming weeks. You’ll also see plenty of meaningful gestures designed to make Latino customers more comfortable in the ballparks and arenas, ranging from directions and signs in Spanish all the way down to the choices at the concessions stands.But unlike the Suns’ decision, the tough calls are being put off until the heat surrounding the immigration issue is turned down.Baseball commissioner Bud Selig reportedly is being pressed to consider pulling the All-Star Game from Phoenix, where it’s scheduled next season. The NFL pulled a Super Bowl out of Arizona two decades ago over the state’s refusal to recognize the national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., returning only after legislators there relented.Selig won’t tip his hand on the matter this far out, but it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise if he responds in a meaningful way sometime soon. He was in meetings and unavailable for comment Thursday, but he always has taken baseball’s role as a force for driving social change very seriously.Between 16 percent and 20 percent of baseball’s audience is Latino; if MLB and the MLS wants to score points, there’s no time like the present.“It would be an incredible message across the country,” Flores said. “To have an entire league, let alone all of them, putting their support behind this issue would be unprecedented. It would also be very, very smart.“Latinos already know which teams value their fans by how welcome they feel the moment they step into a stadium…And it’s clear from everything they’re doing—the Spanish-language websites, the broadcasts in Spanish, the advertising dollars—that the leagues do value Latinos as fans.”Flores also is the first to acknowledge that what made the Suns’ simple gesture stand out was the timing.“All the promotions make a difference. But I don’t think what the Suns did was to make a difference just on the marketing side of the ledger,” he added. “They did it because they thought it was the right thing to do.” UPSTART SUNS—Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (1) wears a “Los Suns” jersey during the first quarter of Game 2 of their NBA second-round playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs May 5, in Phoenix. by Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—Why stop with “Los Suns?”For all the marketing schemes pro sports leagues have tried to woo Latinos in recent years, none probably resonated more powerfully with the target audience than the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear their “Los Suns” jerseys for Game 2 of their NBA playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs last week.The Suns have won six playoff games in a row, a franchise record, dispatching their longtime nemesis San Antonio with a four-game sweep to advance to the Western Conference finals.last_img read more

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RiverCenter Executive Director Leaves Position

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – A couple of days after leaving her job as executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, Nancy Adams looks back over a period of changing direction and a difficult economy and feels there is a lot that has marked her tenure in the job.“It’s been a great ride, overall,” Adams said this week from her home in Maplewood, as she took stock in her time overseeing the marketing and advocacy organization for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District. “It was a tough ride and it sure wasn’t an easy one,” she continued about her role with the organization, “not when you take a job and less than a year later the economy collapses.”Adams, who was executive director since Oct. 2007, left the job abruptly last Friday. “Mostly, it was a mutual time to go sort of thing,” between herself and RiverCenter’s board of directors.“It was time to move on,” she said.Tom Fishkin, River­Center’s vice president, and owner of Broad Street’s Readie’s Market Cafe, said Adams had met with two board members (Fishkin was not one of them) when the decision was reached by the parties that “It’s time to look at somebody new.”“It’s probably inherent in a job like this,” Fishkin said. “It’s going to run its course. You want to keep that fresh momentum moving.”Adams, who had the job for about five and a half years, actually held the position longer than most of her predecessors. “And that speaks volumes for her,” Fishkin said.Prior to Adams’ time with RiverCenter and going back to when it was initiated more than 20 years ago, the organization’s priorities were somewhat different. As Fishkin explained, the organization and its board was what he called more brick-and-mortar oriented, with the board concentrating on streetscape projects for Broad and Monmouth streets and some other visual beautification work – which was very expensive – along with its core mission of overseeing and advocating for the Special Improvement District, or SID.Adams shifted the focus somewhat, stressing the importance of business recruitment and marketing and promoting the district through traditional and burgeoning means, such as using social media, he said.“Trying to keep Red Bank’s name out in the public’s mind,” was what she deemed an important accomplishment during her time here, Adams said.When she started in the job, the concern for many in the business community was the threat posed by other area towns that had begun their own commercial and mixed-use redevelopment projects, such as Pier Village in Long Branch and Asbury Park’s boardwalk area. And that prompted Adams to advocate for a larger marketing budget and push for more special events to attract people. As a result, the marketing budget went from $10,000 to $60,000 during her tenure, and a number of special events were added, such as last week’s Wedding Walk.The Oct. 2008 economic meltdown had a dramatic impact on the local economy but Adams said the strategies put in place had a tempering effect and positioned the borough for a shorter recovery time than possibly other locations.“I think that all helped a lot, helping rebound Red Bank,” she said. “And now I think it’s stronger than ever.”“I think a lot of what she spearheaded and led us through, helped us move forward faster than some of our counterparts,” Fishkin added. “I think it was a great, great move for us.”And given that the current vacancy rate for the downtown business district is about 4.5 percent – from a high of about 11 just a couple of years ago – including the opening of Char steakhouse on Broad Street, along with other planned business additions, are clear indicators that the SID is well positioned for advancement in the future, she said.“I think we’ve been able to make Red Bank strong enough that people are noticing it,” Adams said.But addressing the needs of a disparate group of business and property owners, which at times would conflict, was not an easy task, she acknowledged. Adams alluded to – but downplayed – what she said could be a “volatile” relationship with board members. And others have noted the schism that developed between Adams and traditional retail on one side and restaurants on the other, leading to the formation of Red Bank Flavour, a culinary alliance.
 “If I’m doing my job and doing it well, I’m going to ruffle some feathers,” she said.“Every decision, small and large, is not going to make everyone happy” she said, explaining “You have to really rely on what you know is right and what you know is best for everybody.”Adams has 20 years of downtown redevelopment experience, and has a consulting business and serves on the board of directors for Downtown New Jersey. But as to her future plans, “I’m not sure,” she said. “I just think it may be nice to not be in the spotlight or cross­hairs, if you will,” in her future, she said.Red Bank RiverCenter is a public/private partnership permitted under state statute. It was established in 1990 to help the borough address the economic torpor that had shrouded the district, like so many other urban downtowns, and bring about its revitalization. It has been largely successful, with many considering it a model for redevelopment.RiverCenter’s annual budget is derived from a property assessment, separate from property taxes, levied on the property owners.last_img read more

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Sport Stacking extraordinaire Sascha MacMillan solid at Worlds

first_imgThe event was won by Josh Hainsel of USA.Sport stacking, which is also known as cup stacking or speed stacking, is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences.Participants stack cups in pre-determined sequences, competing against the clock or another player.Sequences are usually pyramids of three, six, or ten cups.The governing body setting the rules is the WSSA (World Sport Stacking Association) with the quicker the stacking the better the stacker.Many shoppers frequently Baker Street businesses in Nelson may have noticed MacMillan practising his routine.MacMillan, who used the money raised to cover travel expenses to Korea, placed second, fifth and ninth in the 11-year-old age categories for the three different stacking events.the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) was formed in 2001 for the purpose of promoting and governing sport stacking around the world. The Sport Stacking extraordinaire Sascha MacMillan of South Slocan recently returned from Jeonju, South Korea with a 12th overall place finish in the boy’s division at the Sport Stacking Championships.MacMillan, 11, was one of 300 athletes from 18 countries competing in the individuals, doubles and relays during two days of competing.MacMillan, a member of Team Canada who discovered Sport Stacking on YouTube, finished as the top Canadian in the Male Individual Combined 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and cycle stack category.last_img read more

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Fiery Peruvian Airlines crash caught on video

first_imgAstonishing video has emerged of passengers escaping a burning Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 Tuesday after it veered off the runway burst into flames while landing at the provincial city of Jauja in Peru.The airline said 141 passengers were on board the flight from the Peruvian capital but all had been evacuated safely and there were no serious injuries.It  said in a statement the Boeing 737-300 “turned on the right side, skidding off the runway’’ but the high professionalism of its crew prevented major injury.The Aviation Herald said the B737-300  landed on Jauja’s runway 31 at about 16:40 local time.It said it veered off the runway, suffered the collapse of all gear and burst into flames, coming to a stop after skidding on fire for some distance. Passengers reported there were two strong impacts upon arrival and local media reported 29 people were taken to hospital.Peruvian authorities are investigating the incident.last_img read more

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Teaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from PennsylvaniaAugust 19, 2011In “Community”November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsNovember 8, 2011In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 1, 2012In “Community” Editor’s note: Lackeys often attend geocaching events of special significance and events that help showcase geocaching to new audiences. Jessie Perkins, Foxfire, the Community Relations Lead for Groundspeak traveled to North Carolina to attend a science teachers conference where she spoke to attendees about geocaching. This is her report.By Jessie PerkinsGroundspeak has been working hard to connect with teachers and find out how we can help bring geocaching into the classroom. As part of this initiative, I had the privilege to join some local cachers for the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Conference (NCSTAC) early this month. This was the first Science Teachers Conference that Groundspeak has attended. I manned the Geocaching.com booth and was able to talk to teachers who are considering developing geocaching-related lesson plans as well as those who have already started using geocaching in the classroom.Jessie (third from right) with local geocachersMany teachers in the latter group have placed (unlisted) geocaches on their school grounds and used them to encourage cross-curricular learning. One teacher told me about a lesson that encompasses the Science and Physical Education disciplines. They post clipboards around the school and input the coordinates into GPS devices. Students navigate to each clipboard using a GPS device and answer the question written there. It may be, “What kind of tree is this?” or “What kind of bird made this nest?” Each time the kids go out the destination coordinates and questions on the clipboards change.The reason I went to North Carolina was because of the efforts of a geocacher and teacher by the username of markcase. Mark is a North Carolina science teacher and avid geocacher. He had quite a weekend between presenting on geocaching at the conference and ensuring that I would have a full day of North Carolina caching.  Once he heard that I enjoy EarthCaches, I had not done a 5/5 and I had never been to North Carolina, he couldn’t wait to show me around.His post-conference plans started with a meet and greet event, where I got to know a few cachers who were either from the area or there visiting, including _Norah_, _c3_, Check-Cacher, Gizmo’s Keepers and ncbiscuit. The next day started bright and early. I met up with markcase, Ranger fox, Night-Ranger, Diefenbaker and Okie.Bug. I would spend the next 13 hours geocaching with this group around the Greensboro area. We found 18 caches that day including a number of EarthCaches, Traditional Caches, one Multi-Cache and my first difficulty 5, terrain 5.The 5/5 had to have been one of the most rewarding caches that I have found, “bald mnt challenge” (GC15CC2). It was at the top of a large, steep hill. After scrambling over boulders to reach the top, we were able to catch our breath, admire the view, and sign the log. We had fun trying to think of all the firsts from my trip so I could write them in my log. It went a little something like this: “First time in North Carolina, first 5/5, first Multi-Cache, and first time having North Carolina BBQ and first time at an education conference talking about teaching geocaching in the classroom… and the list goes on.”I was able to meet some wonderful people, make new friends, got to know the real meaning of southern hospitality and add new adventures to my list of firsts. In the end, I can’t wait until I get the chance to go back to North Carolina.If you are interested in learning how teachers have been incorporating geocaching in the classroom and perhaps borrowing some of their ideas for your own class or youth program, please visit our Education Forums.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Google Android Head Says Not To Expect Any Major Products At I/O This Week

first_imgRelated Posts dan rowinski If you are waiting for a surprise bombshell of a product announcement at Google I/O in San Francisco this week, you may be disappointed.Speaking to Wired, Google’s new head of Android Sundar Pichai said of I/O, “It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system.”What does that mean exactly? Are we not going to get a new version of Android? A platform update to Chrome? A new Android Nexus tablet or smartphone? Events like Google I/O, Microsoft Build, Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference and similar events tend to follow a fairly simple script. The CEO will get on stage, do a little cheerleading and pump up the numbers of units sold, dollars made and developers paid. Then a variety of division chiefs will get on stage and announce new aspects to their products (like Andy Rubin talking about Android at previous I/Os). A few new products will then be introduced and hyped to get some buzz going. After the keynote, there will be about three days of sessions and meetings aimed at developers. Last year, Google followed this script almost perfectly. Until people started jumping from planes. Google went off-script in a huge way last year by introducing Glass, its augmented reality glasses that are currently the most-hyped item among the Technorati. Glass was introduced by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and a live demonstration of Glass-wearing stuntman jumping from a plane over San Francisco commenced. It was one of the strangest (and coolest) twists of a keynote presentation in recent memory. If we can take Pichai at his word, we are not going to see any of these pyrotechnics this week at Moscone West.“Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms,” Pichai told Wired.So, we may not see any exciting new hardware at I/O this week. But we will definitely see a bunch of interesting developer news as Google rolls out tools to make Android richer, Chrome easier to build upon as well as features surrounding games, cloud and Google+. We will also likely see many, many mentions of Google Glass.We will be at I/O covering all things Google this week. What do you want to see from Google? Let us know in the comments.  Tags:#Android#Glass#Google IO13 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions

first_imgWoods first posted a video on Aug. 31 hitting pitch shots. Steinberg said doctors last week allowed Woods “to proceed with no restrictions,” which is when he began posting video of fuller golf shots.“He has started to hit balls at a more aggressive rate,” Steinberg said. “He feels really good, but he’s going to take it very slowly. I think he’s excited that he’s not feeling pain. That’s what gets him excited, being able to bend down and pick up his kids.“He’s taking it from wedges and short irons to the longer clubs. But he’s still doing it in a really cautious manner.”Woods was an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, and he said then his priorities were to get his health in order, make sure he is pain-free and then wait on word from his doctors.“I’m still training. I’m getting stronger,” he said on Sept. 27. “But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods is swinging a driver without pain, and his agent says doctors have cleared the former world No. 1 to practice without limitations.Still to be determined is when Woods can play in a tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Woods last year returned after 15 months to play in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he finished 15th in an 18-man field. The tournament is a week after Thanksgiving. Two spots are still available for sponsor exemptions to players in the top 50 in the world, or to the tournament host, which is Woods. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We haven’t even addressed when he comes back to play again. We have not addressed one thing,” said Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management. “He wants to play this so conservatively.”Steinberg said Woods received a “good report” last week from doctors who performed fusion surgery on his lower back in April. Woods posted a video on Twitter on Oct. 7 of him hitting a smooth iron shot. Then on Sunday, Woods posted another video — in a red shirt, no less — hitting a driver.“Making progress,” he tweeted.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 shutoutWoods, whose last victory was four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th World Golf Championships title, has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms.Two months later, he had a fourth surgery on his back in 19 months. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Source: Spurs, Aldridge agree on extension Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Narang gets fourth gold, Sania gets a silver

first_imgIndian shooters Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh won gold in 25 m Rapid Fire Pistol event during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Rifle ace Gagan Narang fired home his fourth gold to put India ahead of England in the fierce competition for gaining the second spot on the sixth day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games today.Narang, who has been the pick of the shooters at the Dr Karni range, added the men’s 50m rifle 3-position gold medal to the 25m centre fire pistol men’s pair gold claimed at the same venue by Vijay Kumar and Harpreet Singh earlier in the day.Later in the day, Yogeshwar Dutt and Narsingh Yadav sealed two gold medals in wrestling. Sania Mirza fought Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova valiantly in the women’s singles final at the RK Khanna Stadium. But the higher-ranked Australia prevailed in the tie-breaker of the deciding set.In the men’s doubles bronze match, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi beat Rohan Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman.  India, who were third behind England with 21 gold apiece in the table, were pushed ahead of the latter by Narang’s triumph, which was the 12th title won by the shooting team, and had a tally of 22 gold, 16 silver and 14 bronze medals.India had claimed 22 gold medals in the last edition of the Games in Melbourne.At the time of writing this report, both India and England had 24 gold medals apiece. But England had a total of 95 medals as opposed to India’s 57.India won a shooting bronze medal too, when Suma Shirur and Kavitha Yadav stood third in the women’s 10m air rifle pairs event. In all the shooters have secured 22 medals, only six short of the record tally of 26 gained at Melbourne in 2006.advertisementThe other two bronze medals that came India’s way were provided by 20km walker Harminder Singh in a carer-best 1 hour, 23 minutes, 28 seconds in the men’s road event, and the men’s table tennis outfit which blanked Nigeria 3-0 in the bronze medal tie.India, one ahead of England in the gold tally going into the sixth day of competitions, saw the latter nose ahead when 20km woman walker Jo Jackson gave an early morning impetus to their surge by clinching the event in 1 hour, 34 minutes and 22 seconds.The hosts plucked an unexpected bronze in the 20km walk for men held simultaneously on the roads of Central Delhi when Harminder Singh finished a creditable third behind Aussies Jarred Tallent, winner of two walk medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Luke Adams in a career best 1:23:28.After the walk gold, England moved up the pecking order because of the larger number of silverware won, but as has been the custom in these Games the country’s marksmen responded in splendid fashion to put India ahead in the gold tally.On the wrestling mat, freestyle exponents Yogeshwar Dutt (men’s 60kg) and Narsingh Pancham Yadav (men’s 74kg) entered the final after beating England’s Sasha Madyarchyk and Canada’s Evan MacDonald in the semi finals respectively.Another wrestler, Anil Maan (96kg) lost his preliminary bout to Leon Gregor Rattigan of England.There was disappointment for India in the women’s 20km walk in which Rani Yadav was the best-placed at sixth after clocking 1:42:54. Another Indian Sandhya Jolly finished eighth in 1:51:44, while Deepmala Devi failed to finish the race and ended up bottom of the heap.Indian Amandeep Singh (49kg) entered the boxing semi finals to continue the country’s medal hunt in the ring in right earnest.In tennis, Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza would be seen in action in the finals.With the shooting squad firing on all cylinders and more medals of different hues expected from archers, lifters and wrestlers, the chances of India maintaining the lead over England looked bright.The Games organisers, facing flak all round for the mess in the sale of tickets, were given a strong tick-off by the Commonwealth Games Federation which today launched an investigation into the complaints of unavailability of tickets by people despite empty seats at some stadiums.CGF chief Michael Fennell made his unhappiness clear when he intervened Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot answering a question on ticketing issue and said that in a meeting today it was decided the matter would be investigated and report submitted by tomorrow.”You (Bhanot) were not in the meeting this morning. If people go to the ticketing counters and they don’t get tickets there is a problem. We have asked for an inevstigation and we hope to get a report by tomorrow,” Fennell said at the customary press conference.advertisementFennell, however, said that the attendance at competition venues has improved but “still not satisfactory”.OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi did not attend the media conference for the second consecutive day and Bhanot had to face a volley of tough questions from the scribes.Asked why Kalmadi skipped the media conference today also, Bhanot said, “He attended the monitoring committee meeting and he is fine. I am the OC Secretary General and I am here.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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10 months agoPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coach

first_imgPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says they cannot underestimate Champions League opponents Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Buffon said, “No, it’s not an easy draw. Some teams had a complicated draw, others did better. I saw that Juve inherited a difficult draw with Atlético de Madrid. Bayern Munich drew Liverpool. Then there is Barcelona again, Real Madrid. “This is an intermediate draw. We will have to be brave. We will have to have the same mentality as that shown in the last matches of the Champions League. But I will also add that the Champions League resumes only in February, in two months. There can be many things happening. They can change coach, players, there is a transfer window. “In my opinion, this is not the right time to analyse this team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Florida’s Governor Is Sending Personal Letters To Football Recruits Who Stay Home, Play For Gators

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Yesterday, 5-star Florida defensive end signee CeCe Jefferson shared that he had received a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for staying in-state for college. It appears Scott is sending these letters to other UF signees from the Sunshine State. Here is a photo of the letter that was sent to Pasco High School defensive lineman Andrew Ivie, courtesy of his coach Tom McHugh. To Andrew Ivie pic.twitter.com/gWzqsyPNzw— Tom McHugh (@tmac114) April 1, 2015This is interesting, because it appears Scott is making a concerted effort to thank recruits for playing in-state. Wonder how FSU fans feel about this, unless he is sending them to Seminole signees as well.last_img read more

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