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Blooms, butterflies lead beautification committee talks

first_imgBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee recognized ecologically friendly initiatives and discussed environmental issues during its May 11 meeting.Committee Member Kimberly Dollar presented Boy Scout Troop 59 with the Environmentalist of the Month award in recognition of their work with the City’s mono-filament recycling program. “Thanks for your efforts and we sure hope you continue on to do that,” Dollar said of the Scouts’ involvement in the program.Environmental Health Director Victor Baldovinos discussed the Governor’s Community Achievement Award application process.“We’re going to do all that we can do to make that happen,” Dollar stated regarding the committee’s desire to win the award. “We were very close last year,” she added.Discussion regarding the plant of the month for May, the Coral Bean, was next on the agenda. “When it has leaves on it, it doesn’t have blooms, and when it has blooms, it doesn’t have leaves,” Dollar said. She went on to explain that the red blooms then turn into a coral bean, whose seeds have been used as beads in the Native American culture, as well as a poison for rodents.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedKeep SPI Beautiful developing partnershipsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 15, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee met last Thursday afternoon to appoint their new committee chair and vice chairperson for the year. Chairman Michael Quist of the Laguna Madre Boys and Girls Club reminded everyone that the committee almost disbanded, but…January 16, 2015In “News”Respeta tu Playa joins Keep SPI Beautiful for future collaborationsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS February 19, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful (KSPIB) committee recently made efforts to seek out like minded groups for collaboration on events or projects to benefit the community. At last Thursday’s regular meeting, the committee was joined by local group Respeta tu Playa…February 20, 2015In “News”Keep SPI Beautiful seeks volunteersBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee (KSPIB) met Thursday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was a bountiful one with the formation of three subcommittees including one regarding volunteer outreach and organization, another for the Butterfly Garden project, and finally, one to…July 24, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more

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Being sacked as Spain coach was ‘saddest day since death of my mother’, says Lopetegui

first_imgJulen Lopetegui said Thursday that the day that he was sacked as Spain coach was the “saddest” since the death of his mother as he was officially unveiled as Real Madrid’s new manager.“Yesterday was the saddest day of my life since the death of my mother. But today is the happiest day of my life,” Lopetegui said as he fought back tears.Lopetegui, who had been in Russia preparing the national team for the World Cup, was sacked on Wednesday after Real confirmed he would take over at the Bernabeu for next season.last_img read more

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Preview: Carlos Carrasco Looks to Get the Indians a Series Win Today Over the Rays

first_imgCLEVELAND – The Indians fell Saturday night as fans seemed more interested in the sight of new Tribe third basemen Josh Donaldson in the dugout than the product on the field.Blake Snell and the Rays were able to pull out a 5-3 win after the Indians were up early 2-0, but then Snell, who has been the best player on Tampa’s roster this season, settled in and threw well in shutting down the Indians offense the rest of the way.Jason Kipnis homered in the 9th to make it a two-run game, but the Indians would get no closer as Shane Bieber suffered the loss as the starter for the Tribe.Today it’s a rare 4:10pm Sunday first pitch, with Carlos Carrasco looking for win 17 for the Indians against Diego Castillo at Progressive Field.Here’s a look at today’s game with a quick preview.Time: 4:10 p.m.Starting Pitchers: Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.73) vs RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-7, 3.38)TV: STOOnline: MLB TVRadio: WTAM 1100am, Indians Radio Network Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoDiego CastilloIndiansRays Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loedelast_img read more

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Ishikawa trails Kim by four strokes

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Masaya Tomida and Komei Oda trailed Kim by one stroke, with Katsunori Kuwabara at 68. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img NODA, CHIBA PREF. – Ryo Ishikawa had a decent start to the Diamond Cup with a 2-under 70 first round on Thursday.Ishikawa, runnerup in last week’s Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, birdied twice in each half with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 17, staying four shots out of first place held by Kim Do Hoon who lit up the back nine with five birdies.last_img read more

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Ole Miss’ Tunsil arrested after allegedly protecting his mother

first_imgLaremy Tunsil was arrested on Thursday night.Laremy Tunsil was arrested on Thursday night.OXFORD — Ole Miss All-American left tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested on charges of domestic violence against his stepfather following an incident that occurred Thursday night in Oxford, coach Hugh Freeze confirmed on Saturday.Tunsil turned himself into authorities, Freeze said, after he allegedly assaulted his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, in defense of his mother, Desiree Tunsil.Freeze claims that Laremy Tunsil and his mother have pressed charges against Miller, although Lafayette County Justice Court officials could not confirm as of Monday afternoon.“Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently,” Freeze said in a statement on Saturday. “I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family.”Miller, who has not yet been arrested, told The Clarion-Ledger that he denies the report and alleges the incident occurred after an argument with Tunsil on Thursday afternoon. Miller claims he never pushed Tunsil’s mother and that Tunsil instigated the fight.Miller alleges Tunsil struck him six to seven times.Miller also asked for and received a restraining order against Tunsil, which was issued by Lafayette County judge Mickey Avent on Friday. The order includes Miller’s two sons, Derek and Darius, as other persons to be protected.According to a report from ESPN, Tunsil was at his mother’s home when the incident occurred. Miller shoved Tunsil’s mother and in response Tunsil punched his stepfather, a source told Brett McMurphy.“As we gather more facts, we will act and make a decision accordingly,” Freeze said.The 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior is one of the nation’s top offensive linemen and is a likely top five pick in next year’s NFL draft. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. projected Tunsil as the second overall selection in his first “big board” for 2016.An unnamed NFC scout told NFL.com that Tunsil’s situation would be met with understanding by NFL clubs, “if it checks out.”This summer, Tunsil has been tabbed a preseason All-American by a host of media outlets. He was an All-SEC selection last season.Tunsil is currently rehabbing a broken leg and dislocated ankle, an injury he suffered in December during Ole Miss’ loss to TCU in the Peach Bowl. He is expected to be healthy by the start of the 2015 season.Tunsil was likely the lone bright spot on an Ole Miss offensive line that struggled last season. The Rebels gave up 31 sacks in 2014, which ranked 12th in the SEC. They return all five starters this fall. Contact Riley Blevins at rblevins@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.last_img read more

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Windies fall as India survive Thomas burst to take T20 series lead

first_imgKOLKATA, India, (CMC) – West Indies made a fist of it but the lack of runs courtesy another batting implosion proved their downfall, as they slipped to a five-wicket defeat to India in the opening Twenty20 International here Sunday.Defending an inadequate 109 at Eden Gardens, West Indies were in the contest after reducing the hosts to 45 for four in the eighth over, as debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas produced a fiery spell to unsettle the top order.But India steadied themselves through a fifth-wicket partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey, to get over the line with 13 balls remaining and extend West Indies’ misery on tour.Karthik top-scored with an unbeaten 31 off 34 deliveries while debutant Krunal Pandya chipped in with 21 not out off nine balls, delivering India’s 12th victory in their last 15 T20 Internationals for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The 21-year-old Thomas, who made his international debut in the just concluded one-day series, shone brightly with two for 21 from four overs which included 17 dot balls, while skipper Carlos Brathwaite was outstanding with two for 11 from his four overs.West Indies had earlier fallen apart spectacularly to finish on 109 for eight off their 20 overs – their lowest-ever total against the Indians and their eighth lowest overall.All-rounder Fabian Allen, on debut, top-scored with 27 from 20 deliveries but he was the only one to pass 20.Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav continued his excellent run on the tour, claiming three for 13 from his four overs, as West Indies lost wickets from the outset and never recovered.The rot set in from early when Denesh Ramdin wafted at a wide ball from seamer Umesh Yadav and feathered a catch through to Dinesh Karthik for two with 10 runs on the board in the third over.Tragedy followed in the very next over when Shai Hope (14) called Shimron Hetmyer (10) for a sharp single but then hesitated, and comically ended up at the non-striker’s end with his partner, in a devastating run out.The left-handed Hetmyer learnt little from the experience and skied a pull at a short ball in the next over from pacer Jasprit Bumrah, for wicketkeeper Karthik snare the catch running around to short square leg.Veteran Kieron Pollard’s return to international cricket for the first time in 15 months was met with disappointment, labouring 26 balls over his 14 before failing to clear long on in the 10th over from left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya.And Darren Bravo’s first appearance for West Indies in two years was also an unflattering one, the left-hander scoring just five before tugging Kuldeep to Shikhar Dhawan at long on in the 11th over.When Rovman Powell (4) and Brathwaite (4) perished at the hands of Kuldeep seven runs and 15 balls apart, the Windies were rocking at 63 for seven in the 15th over and in danger of falling for under the 100-run mark.But Allen arrived to lash four fours, adding 24 for the eighth wicket with Keemo Paul (15 not out), as West Indies passed triple figures thanks to the best stand of the innings.Thomas then gave West Indies a sensational start when he removed openers Rohit Sharma (6) and Dhawan (3) cheaply to leave India on 16 for two in the third over.First, the right-arm Thomas got one to bounce and jag back and clip the Rohit’s inside edge, for Ramdin to take a smart catch above his head going to his left at the end of the first over.In his next over, Thomas completely up-ended Dhawan with a quick one that straightened and removed middle stump, beating the left-hander’s uncertain prod for pace.Brathwaite piled on the pressure in a stingy spell, forcing an impetuous Rishabh Pant (1) to sky to Bravo at cover point in the sixth over and then getting KL Rahul (16) to pull a short one into Bravo’s lap at deep square leg in the eighth over.Karthik, who belted three fours and a six, repaired the innings alongside Pandey who made 19 off 24 balls before pushing one that stopped in the pitch back to debutant left-arm spinner Khary Pierre at the end of the 15th.However, India required only a further 27 runs from 30 balls at that stage and Pandya upped the tempo with three fours in a breezy knock to see his side home.last_img read more

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Cruz Named Finalist for Muhammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

first_img About Connatix V56490 1080p HD 360p Auto (360p) 1/1 About Connatix V56490center_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 720p HD Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named a finalist for the Muhammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.  He joins Kevin Love from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jason and Devin McCourty from the New England Patriots, Maya Moore from the Lynx and WWE fighter Titus O’Neil as finalists for the honor.Cruz is a 6-time All Star and 15-year MLB veteran.  He is in his 2nd season with the Twins.  Cruz is being recognized for his work in transforming the safety and welfare in his hometown along with with work in the Dominican Republic and in Minnesota.  He received the Carl R. Pohlad Award for outstanding community service in 2019. Enter your number to get our free mobile app MN Twins On CameoGetty ImagesThe Twins on CameoA number of Minnesota professional athletes will record a greeting to be sent to you, a friend or a loved one… for a price. Over 40 current and former Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves players are on Cameo, a website that offers fans the opportunity to purchase a video message from athletes and celebrities for varying prices.Here’s a look at the Minnesota Twins who are currently available on Cameo and the price it will take to hire them to record your message.Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDevin Smeltzer – $15Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoNelson Cruz – $100Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoLewis Thorpe – $10. Aussie prospect. Triumph BooksMN Twins On CameoDick Bremer – $50Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChuck Knoblauch – $40. World Series hero and multi-time All Star with a checkered post-baseball runGetty ImagesMN Twins On CameoMatt Garza – $25. Debuted in 2006, Traded to Tampa in ’07. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDenard Span – $25Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoBrent Rooker – $20. Twins prospect, has not yet played in MLB. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChris Colabello – $35. Remember him? He played seven years of Indy ball before landing with the Twins in 2012last_img read more

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Second victory for Kilburn’s Higgins

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsHiggins wins on professional debutHiggins eyeing victory number three Alan Higgins’ second professional bout ended in another quick victory, with the Kilburn middleweight stopping Richard Hadju in the second round.The fight took place in Seinäjoki, Finland, as Higgins’ trainer CJ Hussein also works with Finnish cruiserweight Juho Haapoja, who was in action on the same bill.Higgins enjoyed an impressive debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at Bethnal Green’s York Hall in July.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Chelsea linked with Song and Cech is tipped to complete Arsenal move

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea, QPR and Fulham… Chelsea are interested in signing Alex Song from Barcelona, according to the Daily Telegraph. Song was on loan at West Ham last season and they are pursuing a deal to sign the midfielder, 27, on a permanent deal.AdChoices广告The Telegraph reports that the former Arsenal man’s home-grown status means Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested.The newspaper also reports that Chelsea want £15m for Loic Remy, who has been linked with a move from Stamford Bridge, and that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been alerted to the possibility of signing Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg.The Sun have also reported that Chelsea want £15m for striker RemyThe Daily Express suggest Witsel, who was first linked with Chelsea by the Russian media, could move to the Bridge for £24m.A number of today’s newspapers declare that Petr Cech, who has long been linked with Arsenal, is set to complete a transfer to the Gunners.The Express say Cech, a Chelsea player for a decade, has agreed a £10m move to north London.Meanwhile, QPR have still not received any offers for Charlie Austin but there continues to be speculation over his future, with reports still suggesting he is a target for Newcastle.The Newcastle Chronicle today say the Magpies will step up their apparent attempts to land the Rangers striker.QPR defender Steven Caulker is reportedly wanted by Premier League newcomers Bournemouth.The Daily Mirror say Caulker has been targeted by Cherries boss Eddie Howe, who is looking to sign a centre-back.England international Caulker, 23, signed a four-year contract when he joined Rangers from Cardiff City a year ago.Defender Caulker joined Rangers from Cardiff City after they were relegatedThe Daily Mail reports that Lazio are furious with QPR for what they believe has been an attempt to unsettle Ravel Morrison.The former West Ham player, who had a spell on loan at Loftus Road the season before last, is unhappy in Italy and his representatives recently sounded Rangers out about the possibility of signing him.The Mail say Lazio are determined to hold Morrison to the pre-contract agreement he signed with them in January. Related West London Sport story: QPR offered potential deal to sign Morrison (13 June)And the Telegraph reports that Manchester City are confident of succeeding in their attempt to capture Fulham’s highly-rated teenager Patrick Roberts. Related West London Sport story: City looking to seal signing of Roberts (16 June)Roberts is regarded as one of the country’s best prospects Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kentucky basketball players adapt to ‘platoon’

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.So sophomore center Dakari Johnson didn’t mind when he had a block, a put-back, two boards and four points in a two-minute span but was sitting next to Calipari 12 seconds later. And sophomore point guard Andrew Harrison was fine when he had two assists, a steal and a dunk in barely a minute but was on the bench 40 seconds later.At least no one said so. All three players who spoke after the exhibition said quite the opposite.“If we win, I’m cool,” Cauley-Stein said. “And I think that’s where everybody else has to get to. And if everybody else gets to that, it’s a whole different ballgame. If people are worrying about their stats – ‘Oh, I need such-and-such’ – that’s when you get to the point of: ‘Are you really trying to win or are you just trying to get your stats up?’“I think for the most part, everybody is trying to win.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. LEXINGTON, Ky. – John Calipari is fond of saying that what he’s trying to do, keep 10 future pros happy by dividing and deploying them as a pair of platoons, has “never been done.” Accordingly, the University of Kentucky coach will find himself trying to answer questions this season that most coaches have never even considered.For instance: How will players react when they are abruptly removed in the middle of a hot streak, simply because it’s their platoon’s turn to sit? Ask Karl-Anthony Towns. In the Wildcats’ exhibition opener Sunday, the 6-foot-11 freshman scored eight of UK’s first 15 points — but sat down less than a minute after his fourth dunk in the first 4:11.Then he scored 8 of 11 points for the Cats to close out the first half, only to see his backup start the second half. For the night, Towns scored 22 points in just 18 minutes. Was it frustrating to have his flow so frequently interrupted?RELATED: Platoon system is one of necessity for CalipariRELATED: UK’s platoons nothing new for winning D-3 coachRELATED: UK’s Poythress stars on SI hoops cover“No,” Towns said, “because I have great teammates and I know they’re going to keep it up. That’s the thing: When you’re scoring that many points, you always feel like you have the team on your shoulders. But when you have a team like I have and brothers like I have, you know they’re going to come in and just continue the onslaught.”They did in Sunday’s 48-point win over Pikeville. That’s an NAIA team, of course, but one that only lost to Tennessee by 18 the next night.Freshman guard Devin Booker, a member of Kentucky’s second platoon, delivered 16 points in 16 minutes against the Bears. He, too, might’ve gone for much more. He had five points and an assist in a two-minute stretch but was back on the bench less than 60 seconds later.Didn’t bother Booker, either.“Because it helps you later in the game,” he said. “Fresh legs for everybody. Five people in, five people out. You can come in and give your all the whole time, knowing that you’re going to go back out there and just give your all again. I feel like it just wears teams down.“Playing against that, it’d be tough – five people in every time and they’re going their hardest, and you have to stay out there on the floor the whole time.”That’s one question Calipari likely won’t have to answer this season: Did you think your team got tired? Kentucky’s players reported no fatigue – really almost no heavy breathing – after Sunday night’s rout, despite collectively playing at a dizzying pace.“Other than, like, say if you had three transition (plays) – like, back, back, back – that’s the only way you’re going to really breathe hard,” junior center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “You definitely feel better. You don’t feel tired. When Coach says that practice is way harder than the games, like, that’s true. You really felt it tonight.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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Officially: Jakovičs will play in Varese club next season as well

first_imgLatvian basketball player Ingus Jakovičs will also play in the Italian A-series club Varese “Openjobmetis” next season, the unit informs. Content will continue after the ad Advertising The contract with the 27-year-old basketball player has been concluded for the next season with the possibility to extend it for another year. Earlier, the media reported that the club will sign a two-year contract with Jakovich.Artūrs Strautiņš has also joined the ranks of the Varese club this summer, and the legendary Argentine Luiss Skola has also joined the team.Jakovičs joined the ranks of the Varese team in August last year, first concluding a two-month contract, but then becoming a permanent player of the unit. In his debut season in Series A, he participated in 19 matches, averaging 9.8 points, making 1.8 assists and winning 1.5 rebounds.The head of the Latvian basketball match has already played abroad when in 2016/17. At the beginning of the season represented the Russian club “Nizhny Novgorod”. During his career, Cesvaine has also represented the teams of “Ventspils”, “VEF Rīga”, “Liepājas Lauvas” and “Gulbenes Buku”.In the Latvian men’s national team, Jakovičs went to the court in 21 matches, in which he scored on average 4.2 points, distributed 1.9 assists and won 1.0 rebounds. The Varese club took tenth place at the moment of the termination of the Italian A series.last_img read more

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St. Lucian-American heads to Hollywood for “American Idol”

first_imgLee Jean Jr. The Diaspora will be watching the Hollywood audition rounds on this season’s “American Idol” with bated breath, hoping for victory for young St. Lucian American contestant, Lee Jean Jr.The 16-year-old Bluffton, North Carolina native got nods from all three judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., for his rendition of “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. Jean Jr. wooed the visibly impressed judges with his smooth vocals over his own sacoustic guitar.“I wanna squeeze you,” joked the one and only JLo on Jean Jr.’s stellar performance. “You’re so cute and so talented There’s an ease about your talent.”Connick Jr. suggested that Jean needs to work on his pitch (which did falter in parts), but expressed confidence that he could learn to adjust. Urban complemented the young singer on his beautiful tone, saying he had a wonderful “singer/songwriter quality.”“You could tell a story and I’m listening,” said Urban. “I’m interested in what you’re singing about. You’ve got so much God-given talent.”Jean Jr. father, Lee Jean, is a St. Lucian from Patience, Mon Repos who immigrated to the United States with his family. Jean Jr. spoke about the close bond of his big Caribbean-American family, particularly following the loss of his older brother B.J.  in 2012. Before going in for his audition, his mom tells him “bring it home for B.J.”“This little golden ticket alone means the world to my family,” said Jean Jr. after the successful audition. “And I know it would especially mean a lot to my brother B.J. And I know right now he’s smiling down on us and saying ‘I knew he was gonna do it.’ Cause he always knew.”Caribbean-American fans will definitely be keeping their fingers crossed for this promising young crooner, as he competed for the title in landmark last season of “American Idol.”last_img read more

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Cahill hit with another injury setback

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Tipp County Board Tipperary senior hurler Michael Cahill is likely to miss the Munster senior hurling championship with an injury to his kneecap.It’s reported that he collided with a team-mate during training, forllowing which he was taken to hospital and had to undergo surgery.The injury comes just as the Sars man was returning to training following a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered last year in club action.last_img

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Idris Elba shows off his manny skills in the first trailer for his new Netflix series ‘Turn Up Charlie’

first_imgNick Wall/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix has released the first look for Idris Elba‘s upcoming comedy series Turn Up Charlie.The eight-episode comedy, also executive-produced by the British actor, stars Elba as Charlie– a struggling DJ and longtime bachelor who reluctantly takes a job as a male nanny in an effort to help his career. Unfortunately for Charlie, his best friend’s daughter happens to be a real problem child.“A Nanny? You want me to be a nanny,” the party boy asks incredulously of his famous best friend.Elba’s portrayal of a DJ could be described as art imitating life, as the Emmy-nominated Luther star actually started his career behind the turntables before branching out into film and TV. During his early DJ days, Elba went under the stage names of DJ Big Driis and Big Driis the Londoner, and served as a DJ in various nightclubs. And he’s not rusty, either: Idris recently served as a deejay for none other than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their royal wedding.Fans will soon be able to see Elba’s real-life DJ skills for themselves, at this year’s Coachella festival in April.Until then, Elba shows off his amazing talents in Turn Up Charlie, which launches globally on March 15. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Can it BE any more epic? ‘Friends’ coming to movie theaters in extras-packed marathon anniversary event

first_imgWarner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (LOS ANGELES) — If you can get out of your La-Z-Boy, leave your smelly cat at home and get ready for a Friends marathon — in the movie theater.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sitcom, which premiered on September 22, 1994, Fathom Events will broadcast the NBC smash hit in 1,000 American movie theaters.Friends 25th: The One with the Anniversary will be a three-night special event that’ll treat fans to twelve newly 4k remastered fan favorite episodes, complete with never-before-seen content and exclusive interviews.  That breaks down to four episodes per night.The event runs Monday, September 23rd; Saturday, September 28th; and Wednesday, October 2nd.  This is the first time ever that Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe will appear on the big screen.“We’re thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, a TV show that continues to impact culture and attract new fans from across generations,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt in a statement. “Fans will have the opportunity to come together and look back on some of the most hilarious and emotional scenes from the acclaimed comedy — this time in theaters.”You can purchase tickets starting this Friday, August 16th, on the Fathom Events website, which also has a complete list of participating theaters.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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How Mike Trout’s homer found a 17-year-old who traveled alone from Hong Kong to watch 23 Angels games

first_imgHe posted a photo of Mike Trout’s home run ball on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. His temporary phone started blowing up. He was interviewed by Jose Mota on the Angels post game show. The world saw his catch, and his reaction to it, on the Major League Baseball Network.“My friends said I’m a celebrity.”The ball he caught sits in his suitcase, bound inside four towels and two sheets of bubble wrap. It is his greatest earthly possession.Three years ago, he didn’t know what baseball was.Chan was born Nov. 12, 1999, the same year that the Manchester United soccer club won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Chan’s parents gave their boy the first name Fergus in honor of Man U’s then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.Chan attended the Island School, a prestigious educational center in Hong Kong. The teachers and his friends were mostly British, so he picked up the English language quickly.His athletic passion was tennis, although he says he wasn’t very good. As a young teenager, he signed up for open tennis tournaments around the world just so he could travel. He played in Spain, he played in the United States. He said he’s so bad at tennis that he has never made it out of the first round of any tournament. At 14, he played in a tournament in Long Beach, but his hotel was in Anaheim. One night, during the tournament, he saw fireworks in the sky.He had already been eliminated from the competition, so he asked his tennis coach to take him to see the fireworks.The coach took him to see a game at Angel Stadium.“People were cheering,” Chan said. “The stadium was packed. This game is really fun.”When he got home to Hong Kong, he made an announcement to his parents.“I’m quitting tennis,” he said. “I’m going to play baseball.”His baseball career has been about as successful as his tennis career. He wants to be a pitcher, but he said his fastball has been clocked at 50 miles per hour. He said his coach always puts him in the outfield. He lives for being a spectator.Chan’s parents are exhibitors in Hong Kong. Recently, for example, they hosted an exhibit of Smurf memorabilia, including original artwork from the television show.They paid for a 10-day trip to see the Angels play last summer. “I fell in love with baseball even more,” he said.When he returned home, Chan told them he wanted to go again this summer. This time, his parents said, he needed to pay half.So he began working at their exhibits for the equivalent of about $10 per hour. He said he worked for eight months to save up enough for this year’s month-long trip. He thinks the entire trip will cost him and his family about $5,000. He eats two fast food meals per day and tries to keep his food spending under $18 per day.Most of his trip is spent in Anaheim, where he rents a room for $40 per night. The Angels’ current road trip will take him from Cleveland to Toronto.His routine is to get to the ballpark during batting practice. He always stands in the right field corner. He says hello to the players as they go to the field. He recently got a fist bump from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton and he was recognized by starter Parker Bridwell, who gave him a free ticket upgrade.Getting a baseball from Mike Trout became his obsession.Chan had been to many Angels games, usually sitting in right center. Trout routinely throws balls into the stands in right-center field. But… no luck.“I had not got a baseball from Mike Trout in 31 straight games,” he said.Then Sunday happened.“It was one of the highlights of my life,” he said.Sometimes, the baseball will find you. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The kid from Hong Kong travels across America alone, scarfing fast food, hopping cheap flights and seeing as much Angels baseball as possible.He’s 17, and since July 13 he’s been a Pacific Ocean away from home. Sometimes, things get weird, like the time he was walking out of a McDonald’s in Anaheim and a man approached him. “Got any weed?” the man asked. “No,” the kid said.This week, he’s in Cleveland, following the Angels, staying at the Radisson Hotel across from Progressive Field. He’s doing an interview on a burner phone that will expire Aug. 10, two days before his journey is scheduled to end.His mother is worried about what he’s eating. She texts him every three hours, he said. He turns off his phone sometimes because he’s tired of explaining that he’s still alive.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoronavirus case in California capitol delays Senate sessionHis name is Fergus Chan. Next year, he hopes to be studying economics at Durham University in North East England. He will find out if he’s accepted Aug. 20. Before that, he plans to see 23 games in 30 days.With less than a month before his life gets real, he is living an American dream.“It’s actually kind of scary,” Chan said. “But it’s the U.S., so people are very nice. In Hong Kong, people don’t talk. Everyone here asks me how I’m doing.”On Sunday, Fergus went to Angel Stadium and sat in the right center field sun when “I heard the pop of Mike Trout’s bat.” He saw the ball spinning toward him. Two guys pushed him. He stuck up his glove.“I didn’t catch it as much as it caught me,” Chan said.last_img read more