Darren Clarke and Jeev Milkha Singh named rival EurAsia Cup captains

first_imgDarren Clarke and Jeev Milkha Singh have been announced as the team captains for January’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. Clarke will have the opportunity to test his mettle as Europe captain ahead of next September’s Ryder Cup, and he will do so against a long-time friend in Asia captain Singh. “We have known each other a very, very long time,” said the Northern Irishman. “We have played together on tour for most of our careers.” Press Associationcenter_img The second staging of the event, following a 10-10 draw in 2014, will take place at Kuala Lumpur’s Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from January 15 to 17. Clarke added: “Both teams that are assembled will be desperate to win the EurAsia Cup for the first time – when we get to Kuala Lumpur Jeev will be trying to kick my butt and I will be trying to kick his. It’s going to be a great week – the guys are really looking forward to it already.” Singh said: “It’s an honour to be offered the EurAsia Cup captaincy and I am very excited by the prospect of leading what I hope will be a very strong Asian team. It is a special event. “I’m looking forward to going up against Darren – I’m going to have a lot of fun with him.” last_img read more

Partnership upgrade sees Betfred become Bolton Wanderers official shirt sponsor

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Football and betting partnerships continue to flourish this off-season as Bolton Wanderers FC announces bookmaker Betfred as its official shirt sponsor for the upcoming EFL Championship 2017/18.Upgrading its existing betting partnership, Bolton Wanderers will wear the Betfred logo on their match shirts for a period of two seasons, with the bookmaker gaining heightened match-day exposure throughout Wanderers’ Macron Stadium (capacity 28,500).Bolton Wanderers Chairman Ken Anderson backed Betfred, detailing the bookmaker as a key partner: “We are thrilled to have Betfred on board as our official shirt sponsor who join our ever-increasing and high-profile partnership portfolio.“They are one of the leading betting brands in the UK but have never forgotten their roots which are firmly entrenched in the North West. We are looking forward to working closely with them throughout our partnership.”Betfred Founder and CEO Fred Done was pleased to secure the shirt sponsorship with the Greater Manchester football club: “Betfred enjoyed a great relationship with Bolton whilst operating as the Club’s official betting partner a few years ago and it’s great to be back at Macron Stadium but this time as title sponsors.”Done backed Wanderers chances of being promoted back to the Premier League by commenting: “I have been looking to get more involved in football and, following their return to the Championship, I sense that Bolton are on the verge of exciting times again. Bolton have shown a real willingness to work with us and I have been impressed at the way that this deal has been completed.” Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Bubble Dribble: What you can’t see on NBA video conferences

first_imgThis creates overlap: On this day, USA Today reporter Mark Medina was logged into the app on his phone and had pressed this button. He also was in person standing behind the camera, and physically raised his hand to ask Markieff Morris a question.About a minute into this press conference, the team spokeswoman running the Zoom from back in Los Angeles noted that Mark had his hand up.Morris squinted at the screen, incredulous: “How’d you see that?”This confusion sent the room bursting with laughter, but hidden in the joke is a truth: Zoom calls in the NBA bubble generally reflect limitations rather than access. Sometimes it’s a miracle that anyone logging in on Zoom can see or hear anything at all.When the hiatus began, every reporter got used to logging in on Zoom for player interviews. Back in April, Kate Nolan played a game on her show Always Late where she tried to see the most famous celebrity she could get on her call, landing Dwyane Wade, Lin Manuel-Miranda, David Chang and a shirtless Clayton Kershaw.  Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Monday, August 17 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It was British science fiction writer Arthur Clarke who once wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Once in a while, this exact misinterpretation is unintentionally hilarious.Last week, the Lakers hosted a Zoom media session like they do after every practice. Players and coaches position themselves in front of a giant TV screen and speak to a camera. The media actually in the bubble at Disney World gather to the flanks of the set up, trying to stay far enough away that we don’t set off our proximity detectors and elicit a chorus of beeping in the middle of interviews.Some teams ask even in-person reporters to log into Zoom webinars to digitally let the host know that they have a question. You log in via your cell phone and click a button: “Raise hand.”center_img I can tell you the most famous person I’ve ever been on a Zoom call with is LeBron James, broadcasting from his wine cellar. It felt marvelously intimate when, at the time, I hadn’t seen anyone from work for a month. James was extremely personable because he could see our faces: He complimented The Athletic’s Bill Oram on his mangy quarantine beard because he was growing one himself.That sense of intimacy isn’t possible on a new set-up where players don’t see who is asking them a question, but only hear their voice. The image they see on the TV is their own faces, reflected back at them. Technical difficulties — people fading in and out, people forgetting to unmute their lines — are met with less patience. Based on what I’ve seen, it’s harder for players to give thoughtful, invested answers to questions from people they can’t see.Covering the bubble in person is like stepping out of that screen and seeing in three dimensions for the first time. Reporters covering the event digitally ask me afterward why there was so much noise in the background: Because sometimes press conferences are held in rooms of temporary partitions without ceilings, and the rumble of carts or the blasting of pregame workout music leaks through the microphones from adjacent hallways.It’s unclear over Zoom why a player uncontrollably broke into a fit of laughter in the middle of a serious question: That can often be chalked up to a teammate clowning in the background. I’ve written before about the logistical scramble games in the bubble are, so these press conferences often feel like rushed affairs, with the team PR official in charge of packing up the team banner as soon as it is over, and the team media person packing up cameras and audio equipment.Some moments on Zoom can only be understood with eyes on the scene. During a scrimmage between the Celtics and Suns, I stood by as Suns coach Monty Williams answered a pregame question about Boston’s personnel. This was at Visa Athletic Center, where the opposing teams’ locker rooms are next to one another and they essentially share the same practice court. Marcus Smart walked by the Zoom screen with his headphones in. Seeing an opportunity, Williams tried to poke a barb.“… whether it’s Marcus Smart, who is somebody I don’t care much for, or …” he said, before realizing that neither Smart (who wasn’t paying attention), nor all the reporters on video, could see the context of the comment. It sounded like he was just bad-mouthing Smart for no particular reason.“That was a joke: He just walked by,” Williams quickly added. I was the only one who laughed.It’s worth remembering how hard a lot of people are working to bring audiences and readers information from the bubble over this imperfect system. Most of the articles you’ve read about the restart are probably reported remotely, and people have inevitably found creative and inventive ways to do their jobs. As anyone who has tried to replicate an in-person job over Zoom can tell you, it’s not the same, and sometimes losing the adrenaline flow of physically being in a place can be really disappointing to people who chose this profession. But they have kept working, bringing insight to a league with very few reporting boots on the ground out here in Disney World.Hopefully it adds some context to the challenges — and the once-in-a-blue moon moments of levity — that make NBA coverage in the pandemic era.Playoffs begin today. Whether you’re in the bubble or logged in on video, I hope you feel a part of it.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Get set for the postseasonThey wanted closure, now they get it – The Lakers and Clippers haven’t looked as good as they were in March, and their first-round opponents have been sharpening their knives.Scouting the competition – A categorical breakdown of Lakers-Trail Blazers, including my prediction for the series.Playoff Trail gets Blazed – Portland used everything to go 7-2 in the bubble to get the eighth seed. Do they have enough left to really take on the Lakers?Assist King – The Lakers had an unremarkable seeding finale against Sacramento, except that it concluded a nearly 300-day regular season, and that LeBron finished as the league assist leader.Jared Dudley tells all – Don’t miss the 15th man chopping it up about which Laker cheats at cards, who is the best golfer, who has the best hotel room and more about Bubble life.A history of protest – It’s worth sharing Mirjam Swanson’s story about Toni Smith-Thompson and how her act 17 years ago has evolved into a mainstream demonstration for Black Lives Matter and other social movements.last_img read more

Thrashers stop Predators in SO

first_img “We had our rally caps on,” forward Marc Savard said. “It worked, so you will probably see more of that.” Nashville fell to 4-2 in the NHL’s new tiebreaker. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped Steve Sullivan, Paul Kariya and Marek Zidlicky in the shootout. “On the shootout, Kari played unbelievable in net,” Hossa said. Hossa had Atlanta’s first opportunity against Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun. “I know Vokoun was good on the deke, so I tried to go slow,” Hossa said. “He stayed in the net. At the right moment, I tried to freeze him and just shoot it between his legs. It worked.” Nashville led 1-0 through two periods but needed two goals in the third period by Yanic Perreault to force overtime. Atlanta rallied in the period behind goals by Slava Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Savard. Atlanta’s new fashion statement might just become a trend. With his teammates wearing their helmets backward, Marian Hossa scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Thrashers to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night in Atlanta. It was Atlanta’s first shootout victory in five tries. The Thrashers might just do it again if the situation calls for it. center_img Flyers 5, Blackhawks 2: Mike Knuble scored on a deflection with 8:33 left in the third period, snapping a tie and lifting the visiting Philadelphia Flyers over the Chicago Blackhawks. Avalanche 2, Canadiens 1: Ian Laperriere’s goal with 3:36 left in the third period capped Colorado’s comeback and gave the host Avalanche their sixth consecutive victory. Blue Jackets 6, Penguins 1: Jaroslav Balastik scored twice, Sergei Fedorov and Rick Nash each had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets sent the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fourth consecutive loss with a road victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clarice Patrimonio wins silver in tennis

first_imgTennis, thus, failed to win a gold in the competition and will go home with two silvers and two bronzes.The other silver came from Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales in the men’s doubles last Friday.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 shutoutKatharina Lehnert and Denise Dy also wound up third place in women’s doubles.Dy and Gonzales settled for bronze in mixed doubles which the country ruled two years ago in Singapore through Dy and Treat Huey. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Anna Clarice Patrimonio of the Philippines competes against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals of women’s singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games lawn tennis competition Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur. Kumkhum prevailed, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Clarice Patrimonio had to settle for silver after running into a solid-steel Luksika Khumkhum of Thailand, 6-0, 6-1, Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games tennis women’s singles competition.The rain-marred finals at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex was a lopsided affair as the FIlipina could not find a way to get through the Thai, who once was ranked 85th in the world and has an Asian Games doubles gold under her belt (2014 Incheon).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Louie Alas: Wherever Kevin wants to be, we’ll support him

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureWith his new capacity, he has the power to make a move to acquire his son, but Louie doesn’t want to hinder Kevin’s development in NLEX where he has flourished under head coach Yeng Guiao.Kevin ended the PBA Governors’ Cup with averages of 14.27 points, 6.18 rebounds, and 2.91 assists per game.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix “He’s happy in NLEX. As for us, we’ll always be behind him,” said Louie. “If he tells me ‘dad I want to play for you’ maybe I’ll make a move but I see that he’s super comfortable in his team and with coach Yeng.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime View comments Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Alas Family: Kevin, Liza, Louie, Kieffer, Kenneth and Kristoffer. Photo from Kevin Alas’ social media accounts.The father-son duo of Louie Alas and Kevin Alas had become synonymous with Letran from 2009 until 2013 when the Knights flourished as contenders for the title.It’s been almost four years since the two donned the same colors, with Kevin playing for Rain or Shine, TNT, and now NLEX in the PBA and father Louie serving as an assistant for Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Louie Alas gets wish with Alaska winning and son Kevin playing wellThe renewed partnership between the two had floated the moment the elder Alas was appointed as the new head coach of Phoenix, replacing Ariel Vanguardia.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 shutoutBut Louie admits but that’s far from his mind, knowing how satisfied his son is with his team.“My wife [Liza] and I will support Kevin wherever he’s happy,” said Louie in Filipino Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show. “He’s very happy right now with NLEX and of course with his girlfriend Selina [Dagdag].”last_img read more

Exceptional Minds Help Create Visual Effects For Alvin And The Chipmunks The

first_imgThe young adults on the autism spectrum who worked on visual effects for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” which opened in theaters last week, could have easily been pigeonholed into jobs that were either rote technical jobs or routine jobs, like stocking shelves at a grocery store.Exceptional Minds visual effects artists are part of a new generation of creative 20+ year olds on the autism spectrumInstead, they went on to develop visual effects skills at Exceptional Minds vocational school – and surprised an industry that is known for its creativity: Hollywood.Meet Patrick Brady, Lloyd Hackl, Lauren Kato, Eli Katz, David Miles, Jeremy Pollock, Erik Prothero and Mason Taylor, who are part of a new generation of creative 20+ year olds with autism. These visual effects artists at Exceptional Minds Studio completed 27 tracker marker removals for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Exceptional Minds is an approved studio for 20th Century Fox, which produced and distributed the film, as well as other major movie studios. In addition to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Exceptional Minds Studio has worked on more than 30 movies or TV shows, including “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” another 20th Century Fox production.The project was overseen by Susan Zwerman, Visual Effects Executive Producer and Job Developer for Exceptional Minds; Craig Seitz, Exceptional Minds’ Head of Production; and Immanuel Morris and Josiah Van Arsdel, supervisors.last_img read more