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Back to Basics: Introducing the newest member of USC’s coaching staff

first_imgKnown as “Tailback U,” USC football has boasted a history of developing talented running backs. With players such as Mike Garrett, O. J. Simpson, Charles White and — more recently — Reggie Bush and LenDale White donning the Cardinal and Gold, USC has long been a destination for running backs looking for success in college and beyond.While the Trojans have retained almost the entirety of their coaching staff from the 2016 season, the new face at Howard Jones Field is running backs coach Deland McCullough. After serving as the running backs coach at Indiana University from 2011 to 2016, McCullough now has his turn to shape the next generation of “Tailback U.” McCullough replaces former running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who left USC to take a position under former football interim head coach Ed Orgeron at LSU. Replacing Robinson, a man who had NFL coaching experience, was a tall order for head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Tee Martin. In their search for Robinson’s replacement, the Trojan coaching staff was looking for a handful of traits: a proven track record, character that aligned with the ideals of the program, a savvy Xs and Os guy and an effective recruiter.McCullough fit the bill, and the new coach recalled his pitch to Helton and the Trojan staff before the start of spring football.“I stressed to them the small things, whether it be our linemen, reads on runs, footwork [or] hand placement,” McCullough said. “I’m just a detail freak.”That attention to detail has allowed McCullough to analyze the nuances of his job.“One thing I think is overlooked as a running backs coach is that our job is a big job,” McCullough said. “It isn’t just handing the ball off to the guy that’s doing it. You’ve got to give him reads and angles to take. I try to be a great student of the game, and then I turn around and try to be a great teacher, too.” With no previous connections or ties to USC, McCullough’s hire was relatively out of the blue.“He was recommended to us by a couple people both in the pro ranks and in college that we know,” Helton said. “We started doing our research on him, and you looked at a guy that was a great evaluator of talent. But even more important was how he developed talent. We really thought we had a gem, a diamond in the rough.”Martin echoed Helton’s praise, saying McCullough won over the USC staff in a half-day when he interviewed for the job. And McCullough was more than happy to accept the offer.“[USC] was almost like a place you couldn’t imagine from where I grew up,” McCullough said. “You’d see all these things — the Heisman guys and the prestige of the whole university. Obviously when Coach Helton called I was like, ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.’”McCullough said that the opportunity to join the Trojans coaching staff was unexpected. He was a star player at the University of Miami in Ohio from 1992 to 1995, leading the RedHawks in rushing all four seasons of his college career. Following a professional career that included time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Chicago Enforcers, McCullough began working in education. He was a teacher, athletic director and head football coach at Harmony Community School in Cincinnati.Since then, McCullough’s coaching career has taken off. He returned to his alma mater in 2010 but left promptly to become the running backs coach at Indiana. His track record at Indiana caught people’s attention at both the professional and college level. McCullough was instrumental in the development of three NFL running backs during his time as a Hoosier: Stephen Houston, Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard each found immense success at Indiana under McCullough’s tutelage. Coleman was instrumental for the Atlanta Falcons in their Super Bowl run this past season, and Howard made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year in 2016. McCullough will likely add another name to that list soon, as Indiana junior Devine Redding declared for the NFL Draft in January.Besides his track record, what has set apart McCullough from the rest of the pack is his background as a teacher. Throughout his career, McCullough said he learned the skills necessary to teach young men how to not only learn the nuances of the game of football but also be a “leader of men.”“I like [McCullough’s] attention to detail, and I can see the guys already progressing from it,” Helton said. “Especially [junior running back] Ronald Jones II — right off the bat, he’s doing things that weren’t showing up last year.”When asked about the differences between Robinson and McCullough, Jones, who is looking to improve his pass blocking and vision in the hole this spring, said the latter “is definitely more of a teacher.”“He played running back at the professional level, so he knows what it takes to get there,” Jones said. “He’s giving us tools and different ideas that I’ve never even thought about.”McCullough has received praise from his colleagues for his attention to detail when it comes to the fundamentals of the game.“One thing I was looking for in the interview process was running backs coaches that had a great history of their backs taking care of the football,” Martin said. “That’s the thing he’s bringing to the table, and you can already see it in our guys.”While Los Angeles is different from Bloomington, Ind., McCullough isn’t planning to deviate from his blue-collar mentality.“I like tough guys who want to be great,” McCullough said. “If they have a great attitude and great effort, we’re going to get it done.”And while USC is undoubtedly a bigger football school than Indiana, McCullough plans to stick to what has worked for him in the past.“I’ve got a formula that really works as far as getting guys’ trust,” McCullough said. “But more important is showing them what I can do to help them advance what they’re trying to do in their life.”last_img read more


NFL playoff clinching scenarios for 49ers, Packers, Cowboys, Steelers, others in Week 17

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c0/37/dak-prescott-092219-getty-ftrjpg_4vf2lmw7h572179vo30xh2nf1.jpg?t=1525104685&w=500&quality=80 Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)(at Giants)Eagles clinch NFC East with:Eagles win or tie ORCowboys loss or tie(UPDATE: The Eagles clinched the NFC East with their win over the Giants on Sunday.) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e3/c7/patrick-mahomes-100919-getty-ftrjpg_132954zj606mu1ffmx1t8uuiap.jpg?t=-1318140099&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/20/a5/drew-brees-091219-getty-ftrjpg_12nwftravcfq61xer1l2bhgepw.jpg?t=626652749&w=500&quality=80 Tennessee Titans (9-7)(at Texans)Titans clinch playoff berth with:Titans win ORTitans tie AND Steelers loss or tie ORSteelers loss AND Colts loss or tie(UPDATE: The Titans clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Texans on Sunday.)NFL playoff pictureAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens13-2No. 1 seed; division; playoff berth2.Kansas City Chiefs12-4No. 2 seed; division; playoff berth3.New England Patriots12-4No. 3 seed; division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-6No. 4 seed; division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-6No. 5 seed; playoff berth6.Tennessee Titans9-7No. 6 seed; playoff berthNFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers12-3Playoff berth2.Green Bay Packers13-3First-round bye; division; playoff berth3.New Orleans Saints13-3Division; playoff berth4.Philadelphia Eagles9-7No. 4 seed; division5.Seattle Seahawks​11-4Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-6No. 6 seed; playoff berth Oakland Raiders (7-9)(at Broncos)Raiders clinch playoff berth with:Raiders win AND Steelers loss AND Titans loss AND Colts win AND Raiders clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over Steelers (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/25/af/aaron-rodgers-102119-getty-ftrjpg_yq7s82g9yncv1m6ktps2xau2g.jpg?t=-264486099&w=500&quality=80 New Orleans Saints (13-3)(at Panthers)Saints clinch No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with:Saints win AND Packers loss or tie AND 49ers loss or tie ORSaints tie AND Packers loss AND 49ers lossSaints clinch a first-round bye with:Saints win AND Packers loss or tie ORSaints win AND 49ers loss or tie ORSaints tie AND Packers loss ORSaints tie AND 49ers loss OR49ers loss AND Packers win or tie (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/73/47/jon-gruden-derek-carr-121919-getty-ftr_l4m7ohtwbzhy1fp4bkqohvdcx.jpg?t=616896031&w=500&quality=80 NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE:Final postseason standings for AFC, NFCThe final week of the season also brought us the long-awaited finish to the embarrassing NFC East race. The Eagles simply needed a win to clinch the division over the Cowboys and secure the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs, and they got it done against the division-rival Giants.Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the 11 teams that had chances to stamp their postseason statuses in Week 17, followed by an updated playoff picture.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17 Green Bay Packers (13-3)(at Lions)Packers clinch No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with:Packers win AND 49ers loss or tie ORPackers tie AND 49ers loss AND Saints loss or tiePackers clinch a first-round bye with:Packers win ORSaints loss ORPackers tie AND 49ers loss ORPackers tie AND Saints tie(UPDATE: The Packers clinched a first-round bye with their win over the Lions on Sunday.) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/4b/tj-watt-122319-getty-ftrjpg_1mq1y3tyz8x6a133tdgow9gxuc.jpg?t=875145719&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ba/55/jimmy-garoppolo-110419-getty-ftrjpg_1tt8iwg55oen013kxl4jimvvq8.jpg?t=942559719&w=500&quality=80center_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/43/russell-wilson-101319-getty-ftrjpg_jaqpmk9d9aq41mlkgm820v9ti.jpg?t=-977497499&w=500&quality=80 New England Patriots (12-4)(vs. Dolphins)Patriots win or tie ORChiefs loss or tie Week 17 arrived with a season-high 11 teams in position to clinch something in the NFL playoff picture, from a No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs to a first-round bye to, in a couple cases, a postseason berth.Only three teams — the Ravens (No. 1 in AFC), the Bills (No. 5 in AFC) and the Vikings (No. 6 in NFC) — were locked into their playoff seeds going into the final week of the season. In the NFC, four different teams still had chances to clinch the top seed and/or a first-round bye. In the AFC, two teams were fighting for the No. 2 seed and the bye that comes with it. Three more were fighting for the conference’s second wild card. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)(at Ravens)Steelers clinch playoff berth with:Steelers win AND Titans loss or tie ORSteelers tie AND Titans loss ORTitans loss AND Colts win AND Raiders loss or tie ORTitans loss AND Colts win AND Steelers tie Raiders in strength of victory tiebreaker (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/33/24/carson-wentz-092629-getty-ftrjpg_5h4kkh73woi91u538xssmfcne.jpg?t=1845689325&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e5/d1/tom-brady-120219-getty-ftrjpg_65i7ft2qxu7n13qxo71hrdf6a.jpg?t=-942920410&w=500&quality=80 Seattle Seahawks (11-5)(vs. 49ers)Seahawks clinch NFC West with:Seahawks winSeahawks clinch No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with:Seahawks win AND Packers loss AND Saints lossSeahawks clinch a first-round bye with:Seahawks win AND Packers loss San Francisco 49ers (13-3)(at Seahawks)49ers clinch NFC West with:49ers win or tie49ers clinch No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with:49ers win OR49ers tie AND Packers loss or tie AND Saints loss or tie49ers clinch a first-round bye with:49ers win OR49ers tie AND Packers loss or tie OR49ers tie AND Saints loss or tie(UPDATE: The 49ers clinched the NFC West and the No. 1 seed with their win over the Seahawks on Sunday.) Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)(vs. Chargers)Chiefs clinch a first-round bye with:Chiefs win AND Patriots loss(UPDATE: The Chiefs clinched a first-round bye with their win and the Patriots’ loss on Sunday.) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/94/f4/ryan-tannehill-120819-getty-ftrjpg_qzh6urqfn3641oofz1vzv0amd.jpg?t=-392876858&w=500&quality=80 Dallas Cowboys (8-8)(vs. Redskins)Cowboys clinch NFC East with:Cowboys win AND Eagles losslast_img read more


Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Babe Ruth

first_imgNelson broke open a close game with six runs in the final innings.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the accomplishment with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Babe Ruth squad includes coach Roger May, Jayden Maida, Marco Falcone, Jared Martin, Chase May, Jordan McLeod, assistant coach Dylan Jacobs, Andrew Felcone, Benoit Thibault, Vinnie Watson, Garnet Duplessie, Sebastian Bodine and Justin Lasichuk. Nelson Minor Baseball historians say the last time a Heritage City squad won the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships the current members of the team were not even born.A group of Nelson players put that streak to rest by stopping Trail Athletics 11-5 Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img


Familiar foes face off in Charlie Lakin Championship Tournament title games

first_imgEureka >> At the beginning of every Humboldt-Del Norte League season, one of the goals displayed in every locker room is to win the county tournament.Today, four teams will have a chance to fulfill that goal. On the baseball diamond, the Big 5 regular season champion Eureka Loggers aim to defend their Charlie Lakin Baseball Tournament championship against league-nemesis Arcata, the No.2 team out of the Big 5, at 6 p.m. today at the Arcata Ball Park.The county softball tournament title will …last_img


Harvest forms for NCGA Yield Contest now available

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 20, whichever comes first.“While harvest has only begun in a few areas, we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 51st year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. While an official count of the entries submitted for the 2015 contest is not yet available, participation appears to be strong again this year.The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.NCGA moved to a solely online entry platform this year. As part of this process, entrants must upload an image or PDF of weigh tickets in the electronic harvest form.  Supervisors need to either initial or sign the weigh ticket, and that will serve as their signature. If an entrant does not have the capability to scan, they will be permitted to mail in the weigh tickets with a copy of the confirmation.Rule changes have been announced for 2015, and detailed information is available on the website. Each NCGA membership used to register for the contest must have an individual’s name on it, and each individual may have only one membership number. Each membership number may have as many contest entries as desired but, as in previous years, each number will only be awarded official placement for one state and one national level entry.Contest winners will be announced on December 18. Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans, La.For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.Click here for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest Online Harvest Form.last_img read more


Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We already know each other. We already know what to expect from each other. Just makes me so much more confident to be back and to come in every day and practice.”They also added free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi to a formidable lineup, living up to their Strength in Numbers motto.“This year reminds me of two years ago, with the continuity, almost the exact roster coming back, having all of those guys comfortable with what we’re doing already,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.Tuning out ‘noise’ The Warriors raise a second championship banner in three seasons and their fifth overall on Tuesday when they open the season at home against Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State seeks a fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and 10th trip overall. Only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have reached more finals and only they and Michael Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls have captured more crowns.“I think mentally it’s really going to test us,” Iguodala said. “How do we respond to, I wouldn’t say adversity, but just defending the championship again?“There’s always a lot of noise surrounding us and we have to continue to be resilient through the noise, because it can weigh on us sometimes.”The only teams to reach at least four consecutive finals were Boston in the 1960s, the 1980s Lakers and Celtics and LeBron James-led Miami from 2011-14. But the only team to have the best regular-season record those same four years was the Celtics more than a half-century ago.Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while Curry, who led the team in scoring for a fifth consecutive campaign, contributed 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists a game and Thompson produced 22.3 points a game.Curry says having so much talent doesn’t cause a problem with keeping everyone involved in the attack.“The way we play, everybody touches the ball. Everybody is involved,” Curry said. “Everybody should be a threat when they’re on the floor. And with the high IQ guys we have on this team, we just find a way for it to blend and work.“And we don’t have guys that are selfish at all, that are jealous of anybody else’s success or going to create drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game — as long as we win.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters 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 View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can’t win anything, you can’t be successful unless you have a great team around you -– a great group of people that you rely on, that you learn from,” Durant said. “We’ve got a number of those guys in this organization.”In the off-season the Warriors spent nearly $330 million on new contracts for Durant, Curry and starting big man Zaza Pachulia plus key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.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 shutoutGeorgian center Pachulia warns the Warriors have a chance to fine-tune an already formidable squad.“I think we have a luxury and an opportunity to pay attention to the small details so we can move to the next level,” Pachulia said. Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (L) slam dunks during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Golden State will begin the chase for a third NBA title in four seasons and a place among the league’s most legendary dynasties when the Warriors’ 2017-18 campaign opens Tuesday.Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last season after leaving Oklahoma City, realized his dream of an NBA crown last June, joining Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and and a stellar supporting cast for a record 16-1 playoff run, downing Cleveland in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more


Improved chemistry doing wonders for Che’Lu-San Sebastian

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan believes that the improved team chemistry has been the biggest factor for Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian as it finally won back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“The team is really jelling now,” he shared after the Revellers’ 87-65 victory over Go for Gold on Tuesday. “What we’ve been putting focus on is our teamwork. We may be a new team, but now, we’re seeing signs of improvement in our past two games.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calisaan has had a huge hand in keeping Che’Lu-San Sebastian in the thick of things midway through the conference, averaging 12.29 points and 8.71 rebounds.Revellers have also drawn huge contributions from guys like Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, and  their standout showing is exactly what the team had in mind when they decided to join the first conference of the developmental league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We wanted to have the experience. This is another level for us to learn in preparation for our NCAA season and it’s just going to help us in the long run,” said Calisaan.Sitting at fifth with its 4-3 card, Che’Lu-San Sebastian wants nothing more than to continue its winning ways going to the homestretch of the eliminations. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges PLAY LIST 01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:08Rights defender still hopeful PH justice system will improve01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH However, a familiar foe stands in the Revellers’ way in their quest to stretch that streak to three: Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Calisaan very well knows how tough the duel will be next Tuesday, especially with the Jawbreakers, mainly composed of the Lyceum Pirates, owning the number of the Golden Stags-backed Revellers, may it be in the NCAA or in the other collegiate tournaments.“I really want to win against them. We haven’t won against Lyceum,” he shared.Getting that victory, at least for Calisaan, may very well be the best birthday gift he can ask for as he turns 23 years old in that day.“I really wish we can get that,” he said. “We’ll really work hard for it and continue helping each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises UAAP Juniors MVP Cansino soars in 6th week of NBTC 24 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more


Dwyane Wade helps Heat top Mavs in likely final Dallas game

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “I said, ‘You have those days, right?’ But those are the scary days, those days that you can mess around and be like, ‘Well, I can keep playing.’ And then it’ll be a day that you’re like, ‘No, there’s a reason why I’m retiring.’”Nowitzki and Wade, both added to this weekend’s All-Star game to recognize their decorated careers, entered the final game before the break together midway through the first quarter , which eased the boos on a Wade farewell tour that has been well-received everywhere else.There were some boos as they took the court, but those were quickly drowned out when many in the crowd stood and cheered two players mostly relegated to supporting roles on mediocre teams after so many years of leading championship-chasing franchises.“There was a lot of obviously Wade fans in the building, well-deserved,” Nowitzki said.The true reaction of Dallas fans to Wade came later when they booed the 13-time All-Star whenever he touched the ball. The Mavericks have always thought Wade was the beneficiary of questionable calls in the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat clinched with a Game 6 win in Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “We just had a little laugh about it,” Wade said. “It’s moments when you go through this, for me this is the last dance and there are certain games, there’s certain ones that are a little bit more special.”Nowitzki smiled when asked about the exchange after the game. “I was like, ‘That’s bringing some bad memories back.’ He had to laugh. He’s like, ‘Yeah, I had to do it man. This is the building where everything started for me.’”TIP-INSHeat: Finished with seven players in double figures. The others were James Johnson with 12 points and Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo with 10 apiece. … Richardson and Winslow had six assists each.Mavericks: C Salah Mejri returned after missing three games and made his second start of the season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian was re-signed after getting waived as part of the trade that sent Harrison Barnes to Sacramento. Brunson started the second half instead of Mejri, who had two points and one rebound in eight minutes.UP NEXTBoth teams are headed into All-Star break. The Heat return to finish the second of two season-long six-game road trips at Philadelphia on Feb. 21. The Mavericks are home against Denver on Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Fans probably still remember the video of Wade and LeBron James faking coughs while leaving the Mavericks’ arena after losing Game 4 of the 2011 Finals when Nowitzki, who was sick before the game, hit the winning shot. Dallas took Game 6 in Miami to win the series.For those who forgot, there were plenty of Twitter posts before the game noting the irony of Wade missing Miami’s shootaround because of an illness in what should be his final Dallas appearance.Wade, who went on to win two more titles with James, was healthy enough to play, and had some vintage moments in the first half. He hit a 3 over Nowitzki before the smooth-shooting 7-footer answered with his familiar one-legged fadeaway over Wade at the other end.“There’s a great karma to each one of them,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “As soon as Wade got his opportunity to go one-on-one against him in the corner, you just knew that somehow Dirk was going to get him with an opportunity on the other end.”Some of the loudest boos for Wade came with him dribbling out the final seconds of the first half isolated on Dallas rookie Jalen Brunson. Wade swished a jumper over the two-time NCAA champion from Villanova to finish the half with a team-high 14 points.The Heat took control without Wade in the third quarter, with Josh Richardson scoring six of the first eight points on a 12-0 run that extended a one-point lead and put Miami ahead by double digits for good.Richardson scored 14 points, and Dion Waiters had 20. Justise Winslow had 11 points and 11 rebounds.Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. The only teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles just missed his fourth. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 20 points.ABOUT THAT RE-ENACTMENTWade and Nowitzki ended up next to each other at the scorer’s table waiting to enter the game for the first time. They shared a laugh. Turns out Nowitzki was giving Wade a hard time about recreating his 2006 ball toss. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Wade had done enough already in what was almost certainly his last game in Dallas, scoring 22 points in one his better games of the season to help the Heat to a 112-101 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.The 37-year-old who has already said this is his final season was a little better despite a gallant effort from Dirk Nowitzki, his two-time NBA Finals foe whose record 21st season with the same franchise has the feel of an unofficial farewell tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 40-year-old German finished two points shy of his season high with 12, although most of the highlights in their first meeting of the season came in the first half before the Heat outscored the Mavericks 32-16 in the third quarter and led by as many as 21 points in the fourth.“Talking to Dirk at the end, he was just like, ‘Man, you look good,’” said Wade, relating their conversation while surrounded by cameras during a jersey swap at midcourt after the game. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua to make US debut against Miller Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, left, and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, second from left, talk as they swap jerseys after an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dwyane Wade finished his pregame warmups by re-enacting his launch of the basketball toward the rafters from the moment he won his first championship with Miami on the home floor of the Dallas Mavericks nearly 13 years ago.The Heat star closed his night on the bench, with a win secure and many of his fans wearing or holding No. 3 jerseys standing and chanting, “We want Wade,” in the closing minutes.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


REFEREES SALE

first_imgIt has been confirmed that Touch Football Australia (TFA) will be designing a new logo over the next 3-4 weeks.However, all referees who have uniforms with the current Touch Football Australia logo will be allowed to continue wearing this uniform at all events, both local and national.Before the new logo is introduced and sold, TFA Merchandise staff would like to sell all of the uniforms containing the current logo we have now. So we are selling all shirts, shorts, skirts, tracksuits and bags at a slightly reduced cost. This is a great opportunity for referees or associations who are not fussed if their gear has the new logo or the logo as it is now. The uniforms are still brand new as usual.Anyone who is interested in grabbing referees gear with the current logo on it, at a reduced price, can do so by using the following order form: SALE ON REFEREES GEARlast_img read more


Friedrichs’ Grateful For Community Support

first_imgEarly in 2011, Georgie and Abi Friedrichs and their family’s home, in Murphys Creek near Toowoomba, was devastated by flooding, damaging their home beyond repair. While their living situation since hasn’t been ideal, the help of their local community, including the Touch Football community, has helped the family get back to some sort of normality. And it wasn’t just support from the South West Queensland Touch Football community that helped the Friedrichs’ family, with Touch Football ACT also donating money to the cause. Earlier in the year, Touch Football ACT held a Charity Cup event after parts of Queensland were devastated by floods. They raised $4,000 from the event, and after hearing about the Touch Football-loving Friedrichs’ and their situation, decided to contribute the money to the family. For 18-year-old Abi and 16-year-old Georgie, the generosity of people, some they didn’t even know, overwhelmed the girls, who are extremely grateful for the amount of help that they’ve received. “We’ve had heaps of support from people that we don’t even know or remember, just workplaces and friends from when you were little. Our Touch friends as well, our club sides, have been really helpful, just helping you move on from what happened and actually realising that you are not exactly the same as you were so that’s been really good,” Abi said. The Friedrichs’ have been through a lot this year, but their positive outlook has held them in good stead, while they’ve also realised what is important. “It’s just figuring out what you haven’t got, like clothes, and things that you took for granted, just small things and things that you can’t get back like photos and books. You figure out what you haven’t got and figure out if you need it again because once it’s gone you realise that you didn’t really need it.”Touch Football has been a big part of the girls’ lives, with Georgie recently making the Queensland Under 16’s team that will travel to New Zealand in December. Attending the National Youth Championships is something that they both enjoy, with the opportunity to play teams from across Australia an exciting part of the event for the girls. “Being able to play against different states and different teams from different regions, you get so used to playing the regions that you are in, you get so used to seeing the same faces, it’s just good to play other teams,” Abi said. The Friedrichs’ received good news recently when they got approval to build a new house on their property, this time on higher ground.“We’ve actually been living in the house that’s been destroyed, we had some very nice people rebuild the side of the house and do the chip rocking, it’s smaller and is more open to the elements than it was but it is liveable,” Abi said. “Hopefully building starts this weekend. It took forever to get the approval but now that we’ve got it, it will hopefully be back up by Christmas.”last_img read more