NBA star Durant rules himself out for rest of season

first_imgLOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) —NBA superstar Kevin Durant, who has not played since he tore his Achilles tendon a year ago, said he would not make his debut with the Brooklyn Nets when the season resumes late July in Orlando.“My season is over. I don’t plan on playing at all,” in the 2019-2020 season, Durant said in an interview Friday with The Undefeated.“We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season.”The NBA suspended its season on March 11 as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, leaving professional sport in North America at a standstill.The league’s board of governors on Thursday gave the green light to a plan to restart the season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on July 31, without spectators.The news was followed by speculation over whether Durant would appear.Durant, who was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Golden State Warriors in their 2017 and 2018 championship runs, ruptured his right Achilles tendon in last June’s NBA Finals.He then left California to join Brooklyn, where fans were hoping he would form a formidable duet with Kyrie Irving, who also arrived last summer.“It’s just best for me to wait. I don’t think I’m ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month,” said Durant.He said, however, that his rehab was going well.“I’m doing well. Working out every day. I’m moving. I’m feeling like a normal player again,” he told The Undefeated.Plans to restart the league received the approval of the players’ union on Friday, although some details remain to be ironed out.Durant, who is among a dozen NBA players who tested positive for coronavirus in the spring, has not said whether he will accompany his teammates to Florida.last_img read more

Rose Bowl Preview: 1 major edge on TCU held by UW

first_imgThere’s not a whole lot left to be said about this game.The prestige of the Rose Bowl has been examined, the matchups have been analyzed, and we’ve given Texas Christian its due respect.We’ve established in the past two weeks that Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema looks to have set the UW program up for continued success and that this season’s success hinges on not just getting to Pasadena, but coming away with a victory.TCU’s defense is No. 1 in the nation, both in scoring and yardage. The Horned Frogs have a standout quarterback and put up as many points this season as the Badgers did (520). They even rushed for more yards than the vaunted UW running game.Still, there’s one stat Wisconsin beat TCU handily in this season, though it’s hard to quantify. I can’t speak for Texas Christian’s fans; I can only make an educated assessment. But there is one area the Badgers dominated the Horned Frogs in, and in my eyes, it’s not even close. It’s not even up for debate.Yeah, I’ll feed you, baby birds.Badger fans, what are you going to remember about this season?I’ll give you a moment to think about it.Like Pringles, once you pop, the fun don’t stop.It’s hard to pick out one defining moment for this Wisconsin team. Beating No. 1 Ohio State comes to mind. Even then, what was better, David Gilreath’s opening kickoff return for a touchdown or storming the field after the game?You can argue the road win the following week against an Iowa team that wasn’t yet deflated was gutsier and more impressive. That last scoring drive was one for the ages – a fake punt to preserve the game? Montee Ball’s it-looks-better-in-slow-motion touchdown run? Classics.But they wouldn’t have mattered if J.J. Watt doesn’t get that shoestring sack of Ricky Stanzi on the Hawkeye’s comeback bid. Hell, you can point to Watt’s blocked PAT as the biggest play of the game.Bielema exorcised every demon he had left this season – beating OSU, getting signature wins, winning against a ranked team on the road, winning at the Big House, and maybe most importantly, not dropping a game to a lesser team. And if you try to rank those memories, you’re more likely to come up with a 1A, 1B and 1C than a top-three.Meanwhile, TCU had an undefeated season – for the second year in a row. Ho hum. That Utah game turned out to be a wash. The only close game the Horned Frogs won by less than a touchdown was one they’d like to forget, allowing San Diego State to mount a second-half comeback upset bid.Everything TCU did this season was a building block for something else. While the Horned Frogs would love to be playing for a national title, a BCS win over Wisconsin would still legitimize the season. But it’s clear a TCU fan’s memories of the 2010 season hinge on a Rose Bowl win.If at any point Wisconsin had stumbled after Oct. 16, there was still that OSU win to relish. Don’t underestimate the weight beating the No. 1 team in the nation at home has in one’s memory. My roommate’s father could still talk your ear off about Wisconsin’s upset of No. 1 Michigan in 1981.Had TCU lost a game, the season was over. Look at Boise State – the Broncos lost to a ranked team on the road and had to settle for an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. What would there have been to remember had SDSU completed the comeback, or had Utah proven to be a legitimate top-10 team? Probably just regret.I don’t mean this as an insult to TCU fans; like I said, I can’t speak for you. I imagine though, if I were in your shoes, there wouldn’t have been a lot to look back on this season had the Horned Frogs stumbled. When you outmatch your competition the whole season, what’s the defining moment? It probably won’t come until Jan. 1, regardless of who wins the Rose Bowl.So I’ll issue a plea I issued back before the Badgers taught the Buckeyes how to Bucky: Savor the moment. That’s for both TCU and UW fans. If you’re in Pasadena, take in the mountains in the distance and the warm weather and the fact your team is in the Rose Bowl and you got to see it. Otherwise, just enjoy the fact you got to watch one on TV in your lifetime. My Gopher fan-father has only been around for one Minnesota Rose Bowl; he was less than a month old at the time.And even if TCU is the victor, Badger Nation, remember this: The Rose Bowl was just one of many good memories from a remarkable season. The Horned Frogs could be hard-pressed to say the same.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism that doesn’t mean to insult TCU fans; if you have a favorite Horned Frogs moment from 2010, share it with him at or tweet @AdamJSHolt.last_img read more

Done Deal: Douglas Costa Officially Joins Juventus From Bayern Munich

first_img“We had serious and constructive talks with Juventus’ representatives. All of FC Bayern’s financial demands have been met,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared.“I’d like to thank Douglas for his performances. After two successful years and four titles, it was his big wish to take on a new challenge,” Brazilian forward, Douglas Costa has signed a one-year loan deal with Juventus with the options of a permanent move worth €47m.A statement on Juventus official website stated: “Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with FC Bayern München AG for the temporary acquisition, until 30 June 2018, of the registration rights of the player Douglas Costa de Souza has been finalised for a consideration of € 6 million to be paid within seven days of the FIGC registration execution.”“The agreement also provides Juventus the option right, to be exercised before 30 June 2018, for the definitive acquisition of the player at a price of € 40 million to be paid in two financial years. The consideration may increase of € 1 million on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract.”The 26-year-old moved to Bayern in 2015 from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 14 goals and providing 27 assists in his two years spell at the Allianz Arena. Costa also won two German championship titles, the DFB Cup and the DFL Supercup. “We granted his request, and we wish him and his family all the best for the future in Italy.”RelatedJuventus Sign Joao Cancelo From ValenciaJune 28, 2018In “Europe”Aaron Ramsey in Talks with Five Top European ClubsDecember 31, 2018In “England”Five Players To Historically Play For Bayern Munich And JuventusJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

WaleMania returns for Wrestlemania weekend, highlighted by two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T

first_img EveryBlueMoon EveryBlueMoon Also appearing will be recording artists Smoke DZA, Westside Gunn and the G4 Boyz. In addition to the live podcast, party, and concert, Mache Custom Kicks and Chalkline Official will be auctioning off a pair of one-of-a-kind custom sneakers and jackets respectively and donating 100% of the proceeds to charity. The evening will end with a concert and peformance by Wale. Doors for the event open at 7 p.m. ET. WaleMania originated in 2015 as an unofficial jump-start to Wrestlemania weekend and has only gotten bigger in stature. Wrestlemania 35 takes on place on Sunday, April 7 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Tickets are available on TicketMaster and Sony Hall.​ Booker T will be a special guest on the live edition of the WrassleRap Podcast, hosted by Emilio Sparks and Kazeem Famuyide. Joining Booker T for the podcast will be current WWE superstars Lio Rush, Samoa Joe, former Ring of Honor champion and cast member of “The Bachelor,” Kenny King, former EVOLVE champion Shane Strickland and former WWE superstar MVP. Sporting News has exclusively learned that WWE star Bobby Lashley will also be joining the festivities. Join DAZN to watch GGG in June and 100+ fight nights a yearThe musician will serve as master of ceremonies for the event that will feature a live podcast, fan festival, party and concert. The guest of honor for the event will be five time World Heavyweight Champion, Booker T. On Monday, WWE revealed that Booker will become the third person and the first-ever African American to be inducted into their Hall of Fame on two occasions. The Texan entered the Hall of Fame as a solo act in 2013 and will be inducted again in 2019 as one half of lauded tag team, Harlem Heat, alongside his brother and tag team partner, Stevie Ray.  A staple to kickoff professional wrestling’s biggest weekend of the year is returning. Platinum-Selling recording artist and Grammy-nominated rapper, Wale, will host the fifth annual WaleMania on Thursday, April 4 at Sony Hall in New York City. last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Pelicans ‘monitoring’ potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal

first_imgBeal, 25, averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 82 games for the Wizards last season. He shot 47.5% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range.The two-time All-Star, who has spent his entire career in Washington, has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $128 million extension he signed in July 2016.“I hate change. If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty,” Beal said in February, via NBC Sports Washington. “Granted, it goes both ways. They can say they won’t trade you and (then they do). It’s a business at the end of the day. But believe me… my parents (raised) me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.” Why the Pelicans just became one of the most exciting NBA teams The Pelicans reportedly agreed to one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend when they sent star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.New Orleans could look to flip that pick in a move for Beal, or another player, The Athletic’s report says. The Wizards, however, are not expected to consider trading Beal “unless offers are overwhelming,” according to a report from the Ringer. Related News Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis The Pelicans may not be done adjusting their roster.New Orleans is “monitoring” a potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Anthony Davis trade makes Lakers new 2020 NBA title favorites The Pelicans also hold the top pick in Thursday’s draft and are widely expected to take former Duke star Zion Williamson.New Orleans finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.last_img read more

Let’s try this again: Wellington board approves selling the junior high building for $150,000

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s on, it’s off, now it’s on again. So goes the proposed purchase of the Wellington junior high building by Garrison Properties of Prairie Village, Kans.The Wellington school board approved Garrison owner/broker Gary Hassenflu’s request to purchase the building for $150,000 so he can turn it into a 42-unit apartment complex, at Thursday night’s meeting provided he gets federal funding in May. Hassenflu was in attendance to make the request. The motion passed 5-2 with David Peck and Larry Mangan voting against the proposed purchase.It’s a waiting game for both the purchaser and the seller. The Wellington school board passed the exact same motion in January, 2013, but financing fell through. Hassenflu said he will submit another application for federal housing tax credits in February. But he won’t know the status of that grant until May. If he receives the grant then the purchase will be a go. If he does not then it may be back to the drawing board or he may walk away.Garrison Properties did not get the approval of a federal grant in May, and therefore did not have the means to develop the property.Wellington board member Angie Ratcliff asked Hassenflu what will be the difference this time around.Hassenflu said he is lowering the rent in the application. He said upon the urging of a housing authority which thought it was too high the first time around in Wellington, he said the rent rates will be lowered. That should give the application a better chance of approval.“We took that into consideration, and agreed that if we lowered the rent, we could still make it work,” Hassenflu said. No proposed rent rates were presented to the news media at Thursday’s meeting.The question for the board wasn’t so much getting rid of the junior high as it was tying up the building that long of time for a proposed purchase that might not go through. Peck said his big concern was that it would be hard to justify holding the building back if there was someone else interested in purchasing the building.But waiting has been the norm for a building that has been mostly vacant since 2006 when students vacated the premises for the newly remodeled Wellington Middle School to the north. The building has been used for community theater, game time locker rooms and athletic practices.Garrison Property first approached the board in January, 2013 with the desire to buy the building. The board agreed for the same price of $150,000 which included the parking lot. His proposal was (and still is) to build 600-700 square foot one bedroom apartments; 700 square foot two-bedroom apartments and 1,100 square foot three bedroom apartments. The gymnasium would be turned into apartments but the auditorium would remain intact for the community.Hassenflu then got the approval of the Wellington Planning Commission and the Wellington City Council to rezone it into a multi-family residential zone.However, once the financing fell through in May, the board was left with the junior high building again. A couple of developers expressed lukewarm interest over the summer but nothing materialized from the talks, said Rick Weiss, Wellington School Superintendent.The purchase property is significantly lower than what then Sumner County Appraiser Della Rowley appraised it for at $641,570 as a single family R1 building in 2012.Wellington board president Jackie Berryman said its appraised value isn’t the significant issue here.“We are looking at a difference between $0 and $150,000,” Berryman said. “That doesn’t begin to address the issue of the costs of maintaining the building. We can’t afford to do that.”Hassenflu said asbestos removal alone could cost $200,000.“You are looking at a building with a negative value,” Hassenflu said.Ratcliff said one of her patrons was worried about a group that donated a trophy case in the building and if they can still retrieve it. Hassenflu said anything that isn’t bolted down can be removed.“I’m sure this is a maintenance headache and you can use the school funds for other uses,” Hassenflu said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 360 weeks ago let me get this straight. Without our federal tax dollars this guy cant buy a building and convert into apartments that even the government said his rent was to high. Does the school board not know how to spell shister Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Whs86 · 360 weeks ago I hope this board is planning ahead for loss of locker rooms and practice facility. This also means we lose our only tennis court parking and a lot of event parking for football games. Our community needs to look into a combined facility built in that area with a gym,locker rooms and workout facility. This would help fill a need in this community Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Basinga19 · 360 weeks ago If this property is removed from the market, why doesn’t he put down a non refundable deposit??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 360 weeks ago You are right WHS86. Something has to be done and it has to done now. Locker facilities just don’t pop up over night—building, lockers, showers, toilets, lights, heat/ac, etc. etc. Don’t forget, it has to be a building big enough for 2 teams. Let’s go school board, somebody on the board be the first to step forward and address this situation. Wellington is already the only AVCTL and Pioneer League member that does not have enough gym facilities for basketball. Never though Wellington would be last in anything. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down little bits · 360 weeks ago The board had an opportunity several years ago to sell this building and let it slip through their fingers. If they had acted then they wouldn’t be in this situation again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down RedDemo · 331 weeks ago Abatement is the only solution for asbestos, which means either removing or encasement of asbestos containing material. Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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