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NBA HORSE entrant Tamika Catchings took a path to basketball greatness made for Hollywood

first_imgCatchings didn’t look like anyone else when she took the floor in WNBA games throughout her career. Not because the physical traits that prompted classmates to inflict emotional damage stood out, but because she was usually the best player and had a knack for wreaking havoc on both ends of the floor.She provided significant scoring for the Fever even in her late-30s.Catchings long ago ensured her legacy would be almost exclusively about basketball. She’s in the NBA HORSE Challenge because of her skill with the rock. But for NBA fans unfamiliar with the women’s game curious about her Hall of Fame, there is also a fascinating personal story to learn about. It’s a testament to her on-court production that her upbringing as a girl with hearing impairment in both ears who moved across the country in sixth grade after her parents divorced is largely overshadowed by her basketball resume.Catchings’ appearance in Sunday’s NBA HORSE Challenge, then, is another celebration of what she’s accomplished with the ball in her hands.MORE: Allie Quigley takes prolific 3-point shot into NBA Horse ChallengeWhat Catchings experienced in her early years formed the player she became. She wrote in a 2011 essay for ESPN that she gravitated toward basketball because it gave her power when surrounded by kids who regularly chided her for being a person who is deaf.As she grew into a dominant athlete, she wrote she elevated her sense of her self-worth and determined to use her background as a means of helping others. Catchings started the Catch the Stars Foundation for underprivileged youths and has been an advocate for people with hearing impairment.”When I was a child I was ashamed of being different,” Catchings wrote. “I wanted to fit in with everyone else. Now that I’m older, I appreciate the way God has made me, and I love the fact that I’m able to reach out to so many people and be an inspiration.”Catchings hosted a TED Talk last year in which she explained her drive toward basketball greatness.MORE: How will the HORSE tournament work? Tamika Catchings, recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is defined by her all-world defense and relentlessness driving to the hoop during a 15-year WNBA career.The former Indiana Fever star is considered one of the best to ever play the women’s game, period. She’s a championship winner, MVP and five-time Defensive Player of the Year.last_img read more

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Former CFL, NFL player Mike Labinjo’s death deemed ‘suspicious’ by Calgary police

first_imgFormer Calgary Stampeder Mike Labinjo’s death has been ruled as “suspicious” by Calgary Police on Monday. Labinjo was found dead in his home on Sept. 21, 2018, with the cause of death not immediately known at the time. Police did not believe his death was criminal in nature.However, Calgary Police said they received new information as family members reported many of Labinjo’s personal belongings were missing from his home. The police department conducted a theft investigation which concluded that numerous items and sports memorabilia were stolen from his home immediately following his death. Among the items stolen from Labinjo’s home were two championship rings with his name inscribed on them — one from the Philadelphia Eagles’s 2005 NFC Championship victory and the other from his 2008 Grey Cup win with the Stampeders. Police said the rings have not been recovered and there are four suspects believed to be involved with the crime.”We are asking for the public’s help to identify four suspects believed to be responsible for the theft of the stolen items and notify us of their current whereabouts,” Calgary Police said in a statement. “Investigators believe that these individuals may also have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Labinjo’s death.” Labinjo’s family is also asking for the public’s assistance. “He was a gentle soul, hard-working, kind young man who knows how to put a smile on anyone’s face if they’re not having a good day. That is who Michael was,” says Mike Labinjo’s mother Margaret.”Michael, you did not deserve to die this way.” pic.twitter.com/yLkfw1vVdH— Sammy Hudes (@SammyHudes) May 11, 2020He was 38 years old at the time of his death, having played four seasons with the Stampeders following a three-year NFL career. In the CFL, he totaled 61 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries, helping the Stampeders win the 2008 Grey Cup.Labinjo played a total of 10 NFL games with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts and was a third-round pick by Calgary in the 2003 CFL Draft.last_img read more

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Who is the new ‘Bachelor?’ Meet Matt James, former Wake Forest wide receiver

first_imgIf you are doing interviews and creating Cameo accounts before you are even on my season… you are in it for the wrong reasons… #dontwasteyourtime— Clare Crawley (@Clare_Crawley) April 25, 2020Respect the opportunity you’ve been given. Respect the rules. Respect me. @BacheloretteABC ❤️— Clare Crawley (@Clare_Crawley) April 25, 2020Per E! News, it prompted James to indirectly reply to Crawley on a Instagram story, saying that he’s using the Cameo app with the intention of a different charity — raising money for coronavirus relief via the Robin Hood Foundation. If James wasn’t a serious suitor, he likely wouldn’t have agreed to also star in “The Bachelor.”Matt James is the second former NFL player to lead to show in three seasonsColton Underwood, who played tight end at Illinois State before some camp opportunities with the Chargers, Eagles and Raiders, was “The Bachelor” lead in Season 24 after coming up short in “The Bachelorette” Season 14. Underwood ended up with Cassie Randolph last March, but they just announced their breakup in late May. The ratings for “The Bachelor” have been on the decline for a while, but James, with his ties to Cameron, is bound to be a great lead with whom to create a viewership bounce-back, especially after fans of the two shows might be denied a “Bachelorette” conclusion in 2020. View this post on Instagram Taco Tuesdayyy 🌮🌮 . Visit @abcfoodtours to message us any community centers, schools, hospitals, or shelters that we can direct supplies for students as well as those on the front line across the country 🙌🏽 . Feed | Educate | GivebackA post shared by Matt James (@mattjames919) on Mar 31, 2020 at 4:05pm PDTMatt James didn’t win over Clare CrawleyGiven that James is on “The Bachelor,” it’s a guarantee that he won’t be the winner of Crawley’s unfinished “Bachelorette” season. There already is evidence that he wasn’t a match for the 38-year-old.Crawley indirectly called out James on Twitter for being on the show only to make himself famous vs. being a legitimate suitor for her.”If you are doing interviews and creating Cameo accounts before you are even on my season… you are in it for the wrong reasons… #dontwasteyourtime,” she wrote. Wake ’N Shake (@wfuwakenshake) has become the largest philanthropy event on @wfuniversity campus . Brian Piccolo not only left a lasting mark on Wake Forest, the football team, and the NFL, but his legacy lives on through the amazing work the fund is now doing in his honor . I dance to find a cure for cancer, why do you dance? . https://www.wakenshake.com/dancers/767 . 🎬: @brownbearvisualsA post shared by Matt James (@mattjames919) on Mar 3, 2020 at 3:30pm PSTMatt James lives with and runs a charity with Tyler CameronJames, by trade, is a commercial real estate associate with CBRE based in New York. He became a budding “Bachelorette” contestant because of his close association and friendship with Cameron, also his roommate in the city. Together, James and Cameron also co-founded the non-profit ABC Food Tours in May 2018. According to James’ LinkedIn page, this is the charity’s mission:”ABC Food Tours is a food touring company that leads students on both food/fitness tours through NYC stopping at restaurants native to the area to taste their signature dishes and learn about their history. We partner with schools to provide tours for students that are directly affected by homelessness at no cost to them.” “The Bachelor” finally has its first-ever black lead for Season 25. Matt James, one of the suitors of Clare Crawley during the current, incomplete 16th season of “The Bachelorette,” will be the latest man looking for long-term love on ABC’s popular long-running reality series.James will have his episodes air in 2021, assuming the coronavirus pandemic won’t shut down production, like it did for Crawley’s season. The producers saw enough of James to like him to star in the next edition of the show and also felt it was the right time to respond to call for more diversity in casting “The Bachelor.” In a campaign fueled by Rachel Lindsay, who was the first black woman to become a “Bachelorette” for Season 13 in 2017, and further backed by an ardent fans’ petition, ABC listened and followed through by promoting James.”We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience,” the network said in a statement. “This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”While James, 28, waits his turn to hand out roses, here are the facts you need to know about him:Matt James played college football at Wake Forest James, a native of North Carolina, was a talented wide receiver for the Demon Deacons. After not playing much his first three seasons, he caught 40 passes for 401 yards as a senior in 2014. One of his teammates and good friends was backup quarterback Tyler Cameron, who was the runner-up on Season 15 of “The Bachelorette” starring Hannah Brown.James also had a brief stay in the NFL. He was invited to the Carolina Panthers’ rookie minicamp in 2015, but he failed the make the roster of a team that was headed to win the NFC and play in Super Bowl 50. He also spent some time with another NFC South team, the New Orleans Saints, after the Panthers cut.There was a strong fallback for James, as he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from one of the nation’s most revered academic universities. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

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Additional restrictions for visitors at MercyOne North Iowa due to flu

first_img== Pediatric visitor restriction limited to parents and grandparents. == OB visitation restricted to significant other and grandparents MASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center has initiated additional visitor restrictions due to the increase of influenza in the community. For the protection of patients and to prevent the further spread of influenza, visitor restrictions include: == Visitors with respiratory or influenza like symptoms are restricted == Visitors 18 years of age and less are restricted from entering the hospital, unless extenuating circumstances. == Patients in isolation are limited to significant other and parents plus 2 visitors MercyOne North Iowa officials say they realize there may be circumstances that deserve special consideration, and in those cases families should call the nurse in charge on the unit they wish to visit prior to arriving at the hospital. Per its policy, MercyOne North Iowa instates the Level 2 Visitation restrictions when two or more surveillance criteria are met for four consecutive days. Mercy officials may initiate stricter visitor guidelines if influenza rates increase in the community.last_img read more

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Check out Mason City road closures this construction season via the city’s website

first_imgMASON CITY — With the winter season behind us, it means road and street construction projects are getting underway. For those traveling through Mason City this spring and summer, they can keep track of what roads will be closed on the city’s website according to City Administrator Aaron Burnett.“One great tool that is accessible on the homepage of the city’s website is a GIS road closure map of the closings and detours in Mason City. This is always updated with the latest information and is a great way to see any construction areas that might impact your travels.”Click here to take you directly to the road closure map.  Burnett says they’ll also have updates via the city’s Facebook and Twitter sites.last_img read more

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Cerro Gordo supervisors Tuesday to hold public hearing on changes to golf cart ordinance

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider amending the ordinance regarding the use of golf carts on roads in the unincorporated areas of the county.Golf carts currently can only be operated on certain county roads only for the purpose of traveling to and from a golf course located within the county. A group recently has been studying possible recommendations to amend the ordinance, which would expand where carts could be driven in certain speed zones any time of the year during daylight hours.The supervisors at their meeting tomorrow will hold a public hearing prior to considering the first reading of the amended ordinance. The supervisors then plan to waive the second and third readings of the ordinance, which would put it into effect immediately.The supervisors meet at 10 o’clock in the first-floor boardroom at the courthouse.last_img read more

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Governor says about 70% of COVID cases in eight Iowa counties, may give portions of the state to reopen at some point

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds isn’t providing a timeline for her decisions, but the governor will likely give portions of the state permission to reopen for public gatherings and commerce before others. Reynolds said about 70 percent of Iowa’s positive COVID-19 cases are in eight counties.“This will allow me, when I look individually at the number of cases in each county, the number of recovered and what we see going forward, it really will allow me where I can statewide, I will,” Reynolds said Wednesday, “but where I can’t, we’re going to start opening up areas that aren’t being impacted at a significant rate.”Reynolds ordered all Iowa bars and restaurants to close to crowds at noon on March 17th, although they’ve been able to sell food and alcohol through carry-out, drive-through or curb-side service. The following week, the governor ordered hair salons and barber shops and several types of retail businesses to close. Reynolds said she may allow certain businesses to reopen in phases — and ask business owners to ensure customers and employees are able to be six feet from one another.“Our goal is to open back up as many as we can,” Reynolds said, “but maybe do it with limited capacity, social distancing, some recommended measures that they would have to follow in order to do that.”Reynolds made her comments during a live question-and-answer program yesterday on the Radio Iowa network that you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB.Reynolds said her staff has been reviewing data by county, by city and by zip code. She added state officials will learn details about coronavirus hot spots in the state from the Test Iowa program that will start offering drive-through COVID-19 testing. The Test Iowa website also is collecting health data about tens of thousands of healthy Iowans who voluntarily enter their information.last_img read more

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Tuesday May 12th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with the American Hockey League (AHL), announced Monday the league’s Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.“After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions,” AHL President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews said. “The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season. We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months. The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.”“We understand and support the decision made today by the American Hockey League to cancel the remainder of the 2019-2020 season,” Iowa Wild President Todd Frederickson added. “On behalf of the entire organization, I’d like to thank our great fans for their unwavering support during these difficult times. We hope all of you continue to adhere to local and federal guidelines in an effort to stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you for the 2020-2021 season.”Iowa was in the midst of a record-breaking season, posting 82 points through 63 games, tied for the second-most standings points in the 31-team AHL prior to the COVID-19 stoppage. The Wild finish with a record of 37-18-4-4; the 37 wins tie a franchise record and the club’s 21 home-ice victories were tied for the most in the league. Wild forward Sam Anas paced the AHL with 70 points, while teammate Gerry Mayhew was the top goal scorer (39 goals). In net, Kaapo Kahkonen ranked first in wins (25) and fourth in goals against average (2.07). In addition, defenseman Brennan Menell recorded 42 assists, the most among AHL NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the players’ union turn at the plate.Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida.The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off. NEWTON — Former Iowa Speedway CEO and President Stan Clement has died after a battle with cancer. Clement was able to get longtime NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace to design the track and pushed to get it built. Newton Mayor Mike Hansen.Hansen says Clement played a key role in getting the Iowa Speedway built in 2005.center_img TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Twins Classic — 1987 World Series Game 7 — Minnesota vs. St. Louis — 7:00 PMlast_img read more

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Student leaders at state universities upset with state budget cut

first_imgDES MOINES — Student leaders at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa released a joint statement expressing their disappointment at the Iowa Legislature cutting $8 million dollars from higher education in their budget.University of Iowa student body president, Connor Wooff, told Radio Iowa the student leaders hoped lawmakers would see the universities as an important part of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.“As we look at how the impacts of COVID-19 are going to impact our entire state — I was hoping like the rest of the student leaders across the state that we would really prioritize higher education as an economic driver,” Wooff says. The Board of Regents has already voted to freeze tuition for the fall semester.Wooff believes they will keep that commitment. He says that doesn’t mean that tuition could go up as much as five percent in the next semester and the years to come. He says while tuition might stay the same in the fall, the programs that students depend on will be cut back.“We are going to really have to look at those on top of the additional cuts we were already having to make as a university. There’s going to be a really negative impact on our experience on campus,” according to Wooff. The statement from the student leaders says “the Iowa Legislature’s actions to further disinvest from students and further widen the gap in access to quality education reveals the truth. The state does not value students as an asset; they see us as an expense to be cut.”`last_img
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Nadal seals year-end No.1 ranking for 4th time

first_imgChung’s inexperience showed at the vital moment, as he threw away his serve to hand Nadal the first set after an hour of play.Any thoughts of a quick end to the match were set to one side when Chung staved off four break points early in the second set.The world number 55 has enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2017 and will play at the inaugural Next-Gen Finals in Milan later this month, but his resistance was finally ended in the French capital as Nadal broke to move within a service hold of victory.And he closed it out with the minimum of fuss to add another piece of history to his illustrious career.Earlier on Wednesday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev was dumped out by Dutchman Robin Haase in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 second-round defeat.The 20-year-old German lost his composure after easing through the first set, as his bid for a third Masters title of the season was abruptly ended.It was the world number 43 Haase’s first-ever win over a top-five player.Home hope Lucas Pouille kept his slim hopes of qualifying for the World Tour Finals alive by seeing off Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, but US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson’s chances ended with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Fernando Verdasco. Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Rafael Nadal secured the year-end world number one ranking with a 7-5, 6-3 second-round victory over South Korean Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters on Wednesday.The 16-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest man to finish a season at the top of the rankings at the age of 31, after a year that saw him win the French and US Opens.It is the fourth time the Spaniard, who started the season ninth in the rankings, has achieved the feat after 2008, 2010 and 2013.“I’m very, very happy for everything,” Nadal told a large crowd at the Bercy Arena.“It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being world number one again at the end of the season.“It’s something that means a lot to me, but the season is not over.”Nadal went into the match knowing victory would give him an unassailable lead as world number one over old rival Roger Federer, after the Swiss legend withdrew before the start of the Paris tournament.The 21-year-old Chung put up a brave fight, but a fired-up Nadal proved too hot to handle.Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas in the last 16 on Thursday, after the unseeded Uruguayan edged out Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.Chung sent out an early warning of his intent with a ripping forehand winner to break Nadal in the third game.The top seed responded, though, taking the next four games to open up a 5-2 advantage.Nadal was broken when serving for the set as Chung hit back, but the turning point came as the world number one saved a break point in game 11, marked with a trademark fist-pump.last_img read more

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