McCorkell misses out on free skate

first_imgThe curtain came down on Jenna McCorkell’s Sochi 2014 campaign and, it would seem, her Olympic career on Wednesday after the Briton’s short programme effort proved not quite enough to see her through to the women’s free skate, with her finishing one place and 0.22 points short of the cut. Press Association “Having the team event (in which GB failed to make it to the free skate as well), it was really great for me to be able to get out there on the Olympic ice under that pressure and really put down what I had to do. “Then again today, a little cloud was coming back a little bit this morning, and it took a bit of work to push it away again.” Defending Olympic champion Kim Yu Na came first with a score of 74.92. McCorkell said just prior to the start of the Sochi Winter Games that she would make a decision on her future after next month’s World Championships, and she looks set to call time on a career in which she has accumulated 11 British titles. She will look back on this competition with a degree of disappointment at not securing the chance to perform her free routine, but McCorkell insisted she was pleased with her display on Wednesday, feeling satisfied that the demons of her Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010, where she fell during her short programme and finished 29th, had continued to be exorcised. McCorkell was “over the moon” with her first taste of Olympic action since those Games, her short programme display in the new team event early in the Sochi schedule which earned her a season’s best score of 50.09. And with regard to Wednesday’s exploits, she said: “I skated the best I could and I performed all the elements, so I’m not disappointed. “I think the points were a little bit affected just by the second mark, but I had a feeling they would be because I had a pretty bad draw, starting in the first group. “The triple toe wasn’t as perfect as it possibly could have been, but it was there, it was done – I didn’t fall. I did my best, so I was pleased with it.” She added: “I have proved it twice now, so that Vancouver cloud can go away and leave me alone! “It is always one of those that is going to hang over you and it has been playing on my mind a little bit. Fifth up of 30 competitors at the Iceberg Skating Palace, McCorkell produced a performance that drew a score of 48.34 points – higher than the mark awarded to two of those who had been on before her and the very next skater. It also bettered the score awarded to two further athletes, but otherwise, the 27-year-old from Northern Ireland continued to slip down the standings and eventually finished in 25th, directly below the top-24 qualification cut-off point. last_img read more

ACC Roundup Week 5: A quarterback catches a touchdown, Clemson’s big win and more

first_imgEven with Virginia and Syracuse on bye, the Atlantic Coast Conference still kept things busy in Week 5. Every intraconference game was decided by eight points or fewer and one team had a special trick up its sleeve.Intra-Conference:Quarterback Marquise Williams caught a 37-yard touchdown pass when North Carolina (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) ran a trick play in its eventual 38-31 win over Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2). Pittsburgh (3-1, 1-0) saw redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison rush for 122 yards on 19 carries as the Panthers beat Virginia Tech (2-3, 0-1), 17-13.Quarterback Lamar Jackson’s 121 rushing yards led Louisville (2-3, 1-1) to 20-13 win, handing NC State (4-1, 0-1) its first loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuke (4-1, 2-0) won a game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1978 as Ross Martin kicked the Blue Devils over Boston College (3-2, 0-2) by a final score of 9-7.Dalvin Cook ran for 94 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury, but No. 11 Florida State (4-0, 2-0) didn’t slow down with Cook’s exit. Johnathan Vickers ran for a touchdown in Cook’s absence as the Seminoles won 24-16 over Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2). Winners:After scoring a last-second touchdown, No. 6 Notre Dame had to try a two-point conversion to tie the game with No. 12 Clemson (4-0, 2-0), but a Tigers goal-line stand gave Clemson the win over the higher-ranked opponent.Losers:On Thursday, Miami (3-1) fell to Cincinnati on the road by a score of 34-23.Here are the current ACC standings: Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Clippers catch Pacers but can’t pass them in 105-100 loss

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Meanwhile, the Clippers were without Redick, their energizer guard who is now out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone and torn ligament in his right hand.And the Pacers brought the league’s best record to a West Coast road trip and emerged with a 16-1 record behind George, who had 27 points, and David West, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Center Roy Hibbert added 19 points and eight rebounds.“They came in with a purpose,” Rivers said of the Pacers. “This was their first game on the West Coast trip and you could see their seriousness at the beginning of the game. They were locked in and we were not.”Jamal Crawford came off the bench to lead the Clippers with 20 points. Paul played 34 minutes and had 17 points and 10 assists, Blake Griffin had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the bench provided 44 points and defensive energy.Yet the Clippers had only enough to catch the Pacers, not pass them.“I didn’t think we did a good job of competing in the first half,” Griffin said. “Our second team did compete in the first half, in the second quarter they did a great job.”Indiana jumped out to an 11-point lead, but the Clippers caught and passed them to take a 41-40 lead in the second quarter. That lasted about 20 seconds, or as long as it took for George to hit a 3-pointer.West’s jumper at the halftime buzzer after an offensive rebound gave the Pacers a 53-47 lead and served as a bit of an omen of what was to come.“It was a hard-fought game,” Crawford said. “A play here, a play there could change the complexion of the game. We got off to a slow start for whatever reason and then we got it going in the second quarter. In the third quarter we started a little bit slow and got it going in the fourth.Willie Green got the start in Redick’s place but scored only two points in 15 minutes. When the Clippers were on the comeback trail in the final period, Crawford joined the four starters.“It’s going to take some getting used to,” Crawford said of playing without Redick, who was averaging 15.8 points. “Obviously, J.J. has been having a great season. I said time and time again he is one of the better starting two-guards in the league and we have a flow within that starting unit.”The Clippers will now embark on a seven-game road trip back east that begins Wednesday in Atlanta.“We can learn a lot about ourselves, how we approach each game, not thinking about the next one, always thinking about the first one,” Paul said. “I always say you can’t win ‘em all without winning the first one.” It was the energy of the reserves that brought the Clippers back from a 14-point deficit. It was Jamal Crawford denying a pass to Indiana’s Paul George, coming up with the steal and getting the ball ahead to Darren Collison for a dunk to tie the game at 94-94 with 4 1/2 minutes left.Yet they gave the lead back immediately and were fighting back again until a shot by Paul went in and out with 31.9 seconds left. But the Clippers couldn’t pull down a rebound and were twice forced to foul, and the Pacers put the game away at the free-throw line.“I was mad at myself that I missed two shots,” Paul said. “I try to pride myself on end-of-game situations, knowing the time to score and put yourself in a position to win. I know if I make one those shots, a seven-second differential in the game clock, we could have gotten a stop and had a chance to win the game.“I was just disgusted with myself because I got the shot that I wanted.”Paul missed Friday night’s game at Sacramento with a hamstring strain and got some extra ice treatment on the leg during the fourth quarter, but he said he was fine.center_img Chris Paul returned to the lineup, but the Clippers had to begin life without J.J. Redick for awhile Sunday. They also appeared to wait for a while to join the regularly scheduled game that was already in progress.The Clippers recovered from a slow start but couldn’t hit the one shot or grab the one rebound that could have made the difference Sunday in a 105-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers.“Well, we have to compete for 48 minutes,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought in the second half we joined the game, and then it was a game.”last_img read more

March Madness results: Scores, highlights from Thursday’s Round 1 NCAA Tournament games

first_imgMORE: Watch March Madness games live with fuboTV (7-day trial)No situation proved too awkward for 10-seed Minnesota coach Richard Pitino as he was able to guide the Gophers past Louisville, the school his father is currently suing, in the first game of the day. March Madness almost proved its moniker just minutes later as Auburn nearly blew a 13-point second half lead to 12-seed New Mexico State, but held on to win when the Aggies missed a 3 at the buzzer.Wofford and sharpshooter Fletcher Magee helped bring the night to a close in record-setting fashion. Magee hit seven 3-pointers to become the all-time leader in made 3s with over 505 in his career. The Terriers defeated Seton Hall to advance to play No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday.2019 NCAA Tournament live scoresFor live updates of the tournament bracket and information on how to watch March Madness, check out the links below.Live March Madness bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​Thursday’s March Madness scheduleNo. 10 Minnesota 86, No. 7 Louisville 76No. 3 LSU 79, No. 14 Yale 74No. 5 Auburn 78, No. 12 New Mexico State 77No. 4 Florida State 76, No. 13 Vermont 69No. 2 Michigan State 76, No. 15 Bradley 65No. 6 Maryland 79, No. 11 Belmont 77No. 4 Kansas 87, No. 13 Northeastern 53No. 12 Murray State 83, No. 6 Marquette 64No. 10 Florida 70, No. 7 Nevada 61No. 2 Kentucky 79, No. 15 Abilene Christian 44No. 6 Villanova 61, No. 11 Saint Mary’s 57No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson 49No. 2 Michigan 74, No. 15 Montana 55No. 7 Wofford 84, No. 10 Seton Hall 68No. 3 Purdue 61, No. 14 Old Dominion 48No. 9 Baylor 78, No. 8 Syracuse 69MORE: What channel is truTV?Live updates, highlights from Round 1 gamesNo. 3 Purdue 61, No. 14 Old Dominion 4812:09 a.m.: The win was never in doubt as Carsen Edwards finishes with 26 points.11:28 p.m.: Purdue seems safe now, claiming a 43-23 edge four minutes into the second half.10:58 p.m.: Halftime: Purdue 32, Old Dominion 19.10:43 p.m.: Ahmad Caver is keeping Old Dominion in it right now. He has 11 of his team’s 19 points.10:27 p.m.: Neither team is shooting the ball well. Purdue is ahead 9-7 almost eight minutes in.No. 8 Syracuse 78, No. 9 Baylor 6912:00 a.m.: The Bears hold on for the 78-69 win. They face 1-seed Gonzaga in the second round on Saturday.11:57 p.m.: Baylor leads 74-67 with one minute remaining.11:39 p.m.: Baylor lurches ahead 62-57, but this one is still tight. 11:25 p.m.: It’s 55-55 and swinging back-and-forth. This is shaping up to be a good one.10:45 p.m.: Baylor has a 38-37 lead at halftime.10:40 p.m.: In contrast to the Purdue game, this contest has plenty of scoring. Nineteen combined 3-pointers already between these teams.10:35 p.m.: Elijah Hughes has 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Syracuse.10:22 p.m.: The Orange take the lead.COUNT THE BASKET! :sneezing_face: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/lK59y7aMRQ— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201910:18 p.m.: Syracuse has recovered from its slow start and now trails 23-19.10:07 p.m.: This shot was absurd.BAYLOR FROM THE LOGO! :rotating_light: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/26jlc0PFmi— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201910:05 p.m.: It’s all Baylor right now. The Bears are up 12-4, seemingly unfazed by Syracuse’s zone defense.No. 2 Michigan 74, No. 15 Montana 5511:50 p.m.: This game is final. Michigan crushes Montana.11:41 p.m.: Michigan is closing in on an easy win. It leads 70-44.11:06 p.m.: Michigan continues to dominate Montana. The Grizzlies are shooting just 28.9 percent from the field.The Wolverines are running away with it! :hushed: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/RZteOgQs54— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201910:36 p.m.: Michigan cooled off near the end of the first half, but it still holds a commanding 34-21 lead at the break.10:13 p.m.: It’s now 21-6, Wolverines. Matthews is their leading scorer so far, but it’s been a balanced offensive effort.Michigan is on a roll! They’ve jumped out to an early 21-6 lead over Montana! :basketball: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/NUu7lFpswL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20199:55 p.m.: Michigan is looking good early on behind Ignas Brazdeikis and Charles Matthews. They’ve combined for nine points in five minutes.No. 7 Wofford 84, No. 10 Seton Hall 6811:49 p.m.: Wofford is going to win this one. A 13-0 run has essentially put the game away.11:43 p.m.: Wofford is raining 3s! Magee hits one to put the Terriers up 10.FLETCHER MAGEE IS ON :fire::fire::fire::fire::fire::fire::fire:HE’S UP TO 7 :ok_hand:s #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/gPT5uyAIQI— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201911:35 p.m.: The Pirates have all of the momentum here. But with seven minutes still to play, Wofford has time for a turnaround.11:23 p.m.: Seton Hall takes the lead.SETON HALL TAKES THE LEAD! :eyes:The Pirates open up a 19-5 run. #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/uRZ7GpCo6H— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201911:17 p.m.: Myles Powell is starting to find a rhythm for Seton Hall. He makes one of two free throws after driving hard into the lane, and suddenly his team trails by just five.11:05 p.m.: Seton Hall cuts its deficit to 48-41.10:55 p.m.: Magee breaks the all-time record for 3-pointers made.:rotating_light: NEW RECORD :rotating_light:Fletcher Magee breaks the all-time record for career 3’s with 505 & counting! :ok_hand: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/adJfvsJVdg— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201910:32 p.m.: Wofford takes a 40-30 advantage into the half.10:17 p.m.: Fletcher Magee ties the NCAA record for career 3-pointers! Wofford is up big.Fletcher Magee ties the all-time career 3-pt record with a 4-pt play! :sweat_drops: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/1m9lkemhS9— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201910:06 p.m.: Wofford is 4-of-8 from deep, which has fueled a nice run midway through the first half.The Terriers are HOT from behind the arc! :fire: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Ly06t6GfgE— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20199:54 p.m.: Wofford takes the lead with this 3.Wofford from DEEP to take the lead! :ok_hand: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/mVR0vF0SJK— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20199:46 p.m.: Seton Hall leads 10-7 early.No. 6 Villanova 61, No. 11 Saint Mary’s 579:40 p.m.: Final: Villanova 61, Saint Mary’s 57.9:38 p.m.: Villanova turns the ball over up four but Saint Mary’s can’t convert from behind the arc. That should do it.9:35 p.m.: Villanova leads 59-53 with 1:08 to play.9:20 p.m.: Saint Mary’s is struggling to hang around, but it is still close enough to make a run with seven minutes to play. It’s 50-42, Villanova.8:54 p.m.: Villanova takes a 40-33 lead with a 12-3 run to start the half.BUCKLE UP! :hammer:Nova jumps out to the 7 point lead! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/UvnerZXWDj— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20198:49 p.m.: The second half is underway.8:33 p.m.: Saint Mary’s takes a two-point lead into the half.8:21 p.m.: The Gaels and Wildcats are tied up at 25 with three minutes to play in the first half. Phil Booth leads all scorers with eight points.No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson 499:30 p.m.: The Bulldogs wrap up their blowout of Farleigh Dickinson. They were in control the whole way.9 p.m.: Gonzaga is ahead 74-36. It’s safe to say this won’t be another 1-seed upset. Think the Bulldogs saw what happened to Virginia last year?8:16 p.m.: Gonzaga puts up 53 (!!!) points in the first half. Hachimura (14 points) and Killian Tillie (10) are both in double figures.8:03 p.m.: This is just too easy for Rui Hachimura and Gonzaga.BIG TIME BLOCK! 🙅‍♂️Gonzaga is getting it done in Salt Lake City! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/vPSalEDjw6— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20197:39 p.m.: Not much of a surprise, but the Zags are off to a hot start, opening up a quick 10-point lead.No. 2 Kentucky 79 vs. No. 15 Abilene Christian 449:05 p.m.: Final: Kentucky 79, Abilene Christian 44.8:44 p.m.: Kentucky is cruising. The Wildcats lead 63-31.8:05 p.m.: Kentucky leads 39-13 at halftime. Abilene Christian is shooting just 19 percent from the field. 7:55 p.m.: Jemarl Baker and the Wildcats are just overpowering Abilene Christian. It’s 34-13 now.”I’ll take that!” 💪 pic.twitter.com/J9EqNHT6kX— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 21, 20197:29 p.m.: No PJ Washington, no problem so far for the Wildcats. They are off to a quick 17-3 lead.Kentucky’s got it going EARLY in the Wildcats battle! 👌 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/tVUbFRovBN— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2019No. 10 Florida 70, No. 7 Nevada 619:14 p.m.: Florida is going to hold on, but it was quite an effort from Nevada to get back into the game.9:11 p.m.: Huge dunk for Florida. That could seal things here.Dontay Bassett is trying to close it out for the Gators! :triumph: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/JMCUP2hYIf— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20199:09 p.m.: With one minute to go, Nevada trails 65-61.9:05 p.m.: Nevada free throws cut it to 61-59.8:55 p.m.: Nevada is now down just three points!9-0 NEVADA RUN! :hushed: #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/BVkjWyBeYy— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20198:39 p.m.: Nevada has cut its deficit to 10 with nine minutes to play.Here comes Nevada! :eyes:An 11-3 run brings them within 10! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/qYRUOgD1uq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20198:30 p.m.: Nevada finally gets its first points in almost six minutes. It trails by 17 points. 8:15 p.m.: Florida is just piling it on the Wolfpack right now. The Gators are rollin’ 🐊Florida’s 9-0 run helps give them the 15 point lead over Nevada early in the second half! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ToYaTEYfvb— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20198:10 p.m.: Florida is off to a start in the second half and has extended its lead to double digits.7:46 p.m.: And a late run capped off by this Jalen Hudson dunk sends the Gators into the half up nine points.⬆️ HIGH & ⬇️ HARDFlorida jumps to the 9 point halftime lead! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/cQJqBvz1sM— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20197:43 p.m.: The Martin brothers are keeping Nevada in this one, but Florida is clinging to a five-point lead.Hoop + the harm 💦 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/cnBRMEUWlT— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20197:04 p.m.: We’re underway in Des Moines. Trey Porter is making his presence felt early! 😤 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/IbvFIqb37G— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2019No. 12 Murray State 83, No. 5 Marquette 646:56 p.m.: Murray State closes out the victory, 83-64. Morant finished with 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds.6:53 p.m.: The Racers were a popular upset pick, but it’s tough to think anyone thought they would blow them out this bad.Exclamation. Point. #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/a1pAabkk9z— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20196:44 p.m.: Morant corrals the board and gets the triple-double with four and a half minutes to spare.6:39 p.m.: The last NCAA Tournament triple-double was in 2012. Morant is one rebound away from accomplishing the feat.Ja Morant with an absolute DIME. pic.twitter.com/Pj6hJHZJAf— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20196:25 p.m.: The Racers are working on a blowout right now. They lead 60-42 with 12 minutes to play.Too. Much. Murray. State.The Racers open up an 18 point lead! 😯 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/RH3qf4T6le— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20196:15 p.m.: Man oh man this dunk from Morant was special.JA JAM! 🔨 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/aNiZCNwFah— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20195:45 p.m.: Ja Morant has 10 points, eight assists, and four rebounds at halftime. The Racers lead by seven.JA MORANT CAME TO PLAY! pic.twitter.com/byOves2sWs— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20195:18 p.m.: Markus Howard gets his turn now. If you like points, this game is for you.How did Markus Howard finish this? 🤔 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/VVnvC0t1n8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20195:10 p.m.: Yeah, this stage isn’t too big for Morant.5 quick assists for Ja Morant! 😯 Murray State is up 18-10! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Z3qOzQ41FT— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20195:03 p.m.: Ja Morant vs. Markus Howard should be a show.Ja Morant wasting NO time! 💦 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/hXNpFCBL6c— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2019No. 4 Kansas 87 vs. No. 13 Northeastern 536:22 p.m.: The first blowout of the day is the Jayhawks’ 87-53 win over Northeastern. 5:54 p.m.: Kansas has extended its lead to 21 points less the midway through the second half.The Jayhawks are making this look EASY! 👀 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/DK5p8g6L7b— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20195:02 p.m.: The Jayhawks have some breathing room. Dedric Lawson leads the way with 12 points. Kansas takes a 37-25 lead into the half.The Jayhawks are on 🔥!Kansas is on a 11-0 run. #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Z9TpiyaHVq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:52 p.m.: The double-digit seeds are looking strong so far. Northeastern is hanging around early.Northeastern buries a 3 & makes it a 1-pt game in Salt Lake City! 👌 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/BdkfBXGwfq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2019No. 6 Maryland 79 vs. No. 11 Belmont 775:37 p.m.: Belmont had a chance at a half-court buzzer-beater but it’s no good and Maryland survives 79-77. Bruins forward Dylan Windler had 35 points and 11 rebounds.Maryland survives and advances. pic.twitter.com/MMskS20WK2— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20195:31 p.m.: Maryland’s lead is cut to one with 59 seconds on a big 3 by Belmont.5:29 p.m.: No words to describe this Jalen Smith dunk. Just watch and enjoy.THAT IS A RIM ROCKER pic.twitter.com/SBuCgqepOs— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20195:20 p.m.: Anthony Cowan ties it up! Heading towards a great finish.Maryland ties it up! 👌 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/REaIIka5d4— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20195:14 p.m.: Have a game Dylan Windler!Dylan Windler is HOT! He’s up to 29 PTS and Belmont has a 7 point lead! 😳 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/mMqz8p6BRp— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:59 p.m.: Belmont followed this up with another basket and it takes the lead!CLEAN IT UP! 🔨 #MarchMadness | @BelmontMBB pic.twitter.com/ZJyhDL81HW— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:50 p.m.: Maryland opens the second half on a 14-0 run. “That’s a MAN’S JAM!” #MarchMadness | @TerrapinHoops pic.twitter.com/CFgQcIBII7— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:41 p.m.: Quick start to the second half for the the Terps. We are all tied up. TOO TOUGH! 💪Maryland has stormed back to tie it up! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Fr0zVBL2Vv— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:12 p.m.: Think First Four momentum isn’t real? The Bruins take a 6-point lead into the half.Dylan Windler’s confidence level – 💯 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/dYOVVpa1qU— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:06 p.m.: Belmont has been in control for most of the contest, but the Terrapins have the lead down to five with 2:47 to play.No. 2 Michigan State 76, No. 15 Bradley 655:20 p.m.: The Spartans break away late and avoid the upset. 76-65 the final.5:06 p.m.: The Spartans answer with a 7-0 run and they have an 8-point lead with 2:34 to play.4:45 p.m.: Michigan State extended its lead up to seven, but a quick 5-point sequence has the Braves right back in it.WHAT A SEQUENCE! 😱 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/fzL0twsdLH— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:27 p.m.: An exclamation point to start the half for the Braves!Bradley came out from the half ready to PLAY! 😳 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/HJolrTlQIC— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20194:02 p.m.: The Spartans are on upset alert. Bradley leads by one at halftime. 3:26 p.m.: Bradley got off to a 10-4 for lead but Michigan State had a quick response.The Spartans go on a 9-0 run & are up in Jacksonville! 🏀 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Mu5G57ihPW— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2019No. 4 Florida State 76 vs. Vermont 694:22 p.m.: Florida State holds off Vermont’s 3 barrage and comes away with a 76-69 win. 4:08 p.m.: The FSU first round highlight reel is coming along nicely. Florida State CANNOT be stopped! 🤧 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Xmi98IuQ1s— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20193:50 p.m.: Vermont’s 3-point shooting is keeping them in this one.Catamounts are clawing back! 💪Vermont has hit 11 triples in Hartford. #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/gox7ZKVBTV— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20193:31 p.m.: Terance Mann with the flush in traffic!A BIG jam for the Seminoles! 😤 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/cmhAFYlwFo— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20193:20 p.m.: Vermont is 9 of 16 from 3 and has a three-point lead on the Seminoles. ERNIE DUNCAN FOR THREE! 👌 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/muHVYxmGNl— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20192:44 p.m.: With two and a half minutes left in the first half we have a tie game.If someone wants to see ball movement, just show them this play. pic.twitter.com/BbtSyN0m2K— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20192:39 p.m.: Florida State’s frontcourt is intimidating. Exhibit A:Florida State was NOT having that! 🚫 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/QyQJTwAhiq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20192:21 p.m.: Vermont is holding its own early on.Catch & shoot = 💦Vermont is leading the way in Hartford! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/bDd7Q1MSGL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20192:01 p.m.: We now have four games going on. This is March Madness at its finest. No. 5 Auburn 78 vs. No. 12 New Mexico State 773:54 p.m.: The Aggies had a chance to win but the shot is airballed and Auburn survives.Auburn survives a WILD finish. pic.twitter.com/KAU23NUAlP— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20193:49 p.m.: He only makes one free throw but the rebound was tipped out of bounds and it looks like New Mexico State will keep the ball.3:47 p.m.: Auburn makes just one free throw and the Tigers follow the 3-point shooter with 1.7 to play. Aggies’ guard AJ Harris passed on an easy layup to tie the game.WHAT is happening?! pic.twitter.com/wXIkIBarE1— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20193:44 p.m.: Auburn goes 3 of 4 from the free-throw line but JoJo Zamora hits a 3 for the Aggies and it’s a 1-point game again with 6.8 seconds left. 3:40 p.m.: The Aggies hit a 3 from NBA range and it’s a 1-point game!1 POINT GAME! 😱 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/tepZ0pVkif— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20193:34 p.m.: New Mexico State is hanging around. It has cut the lead to five with 49 seconds to play.The Aggies cut it to 5 with under a minute left! 👀 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ONX5yFASQI— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20193:18 p.m.: Bad news for New Mexico State if Jared Harper keeps hitting 3s.Harper hits his 3rd 👌 to extend @AuburnMBB ‘s lead to 12! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/mmxi1blxBs— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20192:50 p.m.: 10-0 run for Auburn as it moves the lead to double digits.Auburn is opening things up on New Mexico St pic.twitter.com/qIdlj54OtP— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20192:22 p.m.: Auburn holds a slight 32-29 lead at the half. Johnny McCants has 10 points off the bench for the Aggies.1:49 p.m.: AGGIE UP BIG FELLA.What a cram. pic.twitter.com/1fFtnnGE66— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20191:42 p.m.: The Aggies are coming out firing. They are off to an early 14-8 lead on seven bench points.No. 3 LSU 79, Yale 742:51 p.m.: LSU escapes with the victory. Yale kept it interesting with some made 3s, but LSU executed at the free throw line to hold on.2:42 p.m.: Yale trails by five with 41 seconds left. This Miye Oni dunk helped.CLIMB THE LADDER! 😤 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/UfdX43OADA— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20192:30 p.m.: Tough times for the Belmont radio booth.Not the soda! pic.twitter.com/bmq6QGHO6y— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20192:10 p.m.: Yale just won’t go away. The Tigers’ lead is back to single digits.Miye Oni hits a 3 and cuts the lead in Jacksonville! 💦 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/KSmMzyokeD— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20191:24 p.m.: Skylar Mays with a devastating euro step and the Tigers are on cruise control. LSU is up 45-29 at the half.The Tigers came out to PLAY! 🐯 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/YBtXvqCIrQ— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20191:08 p.m.: The day has just started, but it’s tough to see any dunk topping it.NAZ REID HAVE MERCY! pic.twitter.com/BncuFSeAfx— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 201912:45 p.m.: What a start for the Tigers. They have scored the first nine points of this game, forcing Yale to call a timeout less than three minutes into this one.LSU with the BIG rejection & finish! 💪 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/mXpKJhvPaP— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2019No. 10 Minnesota 86, No. 7 Louisville 762:32 p.m.: The Gophers thwart the comeback attempt and advance to the second round. They will play the winner of Michigan State vs. Bradley.Gabe Kalscheur caught fire with 24pts for @GopherMBB ! 🔥🔥🔥 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/qei63QHlxv— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 20192:15 p.m.: If the Cardinals make a comeback, this could be a big reason why.The bank IS OPEN at the buzzer. pic.twitter.com/xGlngW3Wss— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20192:06 p.m.: Louisville has cut it to a 10-point deficit, but it needs quick buckets, as there are under four minutes left to play.1:44 p.m.: Kalscheur with back-to-back 3s and this game is in danger of getting out of hand. Minnesota leads by 16 with 11 minutes to play.1:38 p.m.: Something to keep an eye on: Minnesota’s double-double machine Jordan Murphy is being looked at by trainers on the sideline. 1:33 p.m.: Stellar vision and decision-making by Ryan McMahon with this pass.🔨🔨🔨 pic.twitter.com/wNywq4IOJh— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 20191:31 p.m.: Minnesota has come out strong out of the half and extends the lead to double digits for the first time in the game. It leads 50-40.1:01 p.m.: Minnesota, which averaged five made 3s per game this season, has scored six at halftime and Amir Coffey leads with 13 points. The Gophers are up 38-33 at the break.Amir Coffey = playmaker 💪 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/CSGeEfia6P— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 201912:56 p.m.: Gabe Kalscheur hit two big 3s to extend Minnesota’s lead, but this shot from Jordan Nwora on the other end is as pretty as it gets. The madness has finally come, and although the first day of the 2019 NCAA Tournament was not ripe with upsets, a handful of spectacular individual performances did not disappoint.Ja Morant stole the show on Day 1, as the likely NBA lottery pick became just the ninth player, and the first since Draymond Green in 2012, to record a triple-double as his 12-seed Murray State team pulled off the largest upset of the day in defeating 5-seed Marquette. That’s DEEP! 😳 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/3CZNFVYgX7— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 201912:49 p.m.: Minnesota has outscored Louisville 13-7 since the midway point of the half and now lead by four points.Make it a 9-1 run from the Golden Gophers to take a 21-17 lead! 🏀 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/0rRtKqsXTI— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 201912:38 p.m.: Tight game throughout the early stages so far. Louisville leads 16-15 with eight minutes left.12:16 p.m.: The ball is tipped and the first round is underway.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: District-wide selfie contest is Tuesday

first_img 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 Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Oct. 26, 2015:Monday•9th/JV football at Mulvane, 5/6:30 p.m. .Tuesday- Thursday.No events scheduledFriday•4A State volleyball at Salina Bicentennial Center, 8:30 a.m.•Football at Wellington vs. Ulysses Senior Night.Saturday•State Cross Country at Wamego.•State Volleyball at Salina.Today’s Lunch–  Beef and Bean Burrito with Sauce, Romaine and Tomato, Golden Corn, Pears, Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Milk.Tuesday’s Lunch — Chicken Drummies, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Tossed Salad w/ Romaine, Applesauce, Hot Roll and MilkToday’s News: *Get yourself in the right frame of mind for Halloween! Classic Movie Club will be showing the movie “Psycho” on Tuesday at 3:30 in room 205. Come to the movie and bring a friend!*Wellington Choir will have their Fall showcase tonight at 7p.m. in the WHS Auditorium! The choir will perform songs from movies and musicals like Godspell, Hairspray, Mulan and more. Come on out and support the Wellington Choir!*Seniors:  For a full list of scholarships available at Friends University, please visit their website at friends.edu.  Nate Williams, the admissions counselor, said they offer an array of scholarships, grants and loans to help make a private education affordable.*This week is Red Ribbon Week:Did you know? In 2013, more high school seniors regularly used marijuana than cigarettes as 22.7% smoked pot in the last month, compared to 16.3% who smoked cigarettes.Tomorrow a district-wide selfie contest will take place- Take a selfie with your hero and use the hashtag # RedRibbonHero to be in a drawing for $25.00.Tuesday- Sock it to drugs– Wear silly socksWednesday- Don’t let drugs mess up your head– Wear crazy hair or hatThursday- Team up against drugs– wear your favorite team shirtFriday- Say Boo to drugs– wear your costume, orange, black or Crusader red*The WHS Cheerleaders are selling Subway Coupons for only $5. You can purchase one from a cheerleader, or in the office.*Seniors: There will be a meeting with all seniors on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium. During this meeting you will receive information regarding the local scholarship application. Chris Curtis from Jostens will also be at the meeting to handout order packets for senior items.*Fort Hays State University wants to invite all juniors and senior students to spend a day on their campus and discover the reason why so many student are choosing FHSU. Students will receive a tour of the campus, a free t-shirt and a free ticket to FHSU Tiger athletic events for the day. The deadline to RSVP is Nov. 4. In order to RSVP you can go online at www.fhsu.edu/admissions/tiger-day or call 1-800-628-3478.*ATTN JUNIORS:  The Kansas Star Casino has purchased ACT vouchers for all current Juniors.  If you are planning on taking the ACT stop by the counseling office for your voucher.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Thursday, October 29th- Bethel CollegeMonday, Nov. 2nd- Hutchinson CCThursday, Nov 5th- Kansas WesleyanFun Fact of the Day:The average potato produces 36 potato chips.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Guardiola returns to Man City drawing board

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Rattled by a chastening first season in England, Pep Guardiola has gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to fashion Manchester City into Premier League champions.Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions.They return to the fray this weekend having spent around £200 million ($261 million, 221.3 million euros) on players and Guardiola believes an exciting new team is taking shape.“With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League. We didn’t buy full-backs for five, six years,” said Guardiola.“We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years.“Danilo is 26, (Benjamin) Mendy is 23, Bernardo (Silva) is 22, Ederson is 23, so we bought players who are going to be stable for the next years.” There were some promising signs last season — an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona — but City never found any consistent form.Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English football and was derided for saying he was “not a coach for the tackles” after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.City’s football was, occasionally, dazzling and they were only outscored by champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but finding an effective defensive configuration gave Guardiola a constant headache.John Stones looked shaky following his big-money move from Everton and Guardiola’s dissatisfaction with his full-back options saw midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas deployed in the wide defensive positions.There should not be any shoehorning of players into unfamiliar roles this season after Guardiola signed three top-level full-backs — Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo — at a combined cost of around £124 million.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Leafs continue to play numbers game as exhibition season winds down

first_imgMcLellan plans to carry 23 players. So that leaves six spots available for the players currently in Nelson or some BC Hockey League cuts.”We still have four forwards and two defencemen at the BCHL camps battling for jobs, which is good for us, and two at the Alberta Junior Hockey League as well,” McLellan explained.”Plus we have two carded players that haven’t made camp yet due to injuries. So we’re in a little bit of a numbers jam to be honest.”Against Castlegar, in the first of home-and-home series, Nelson fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period before outscoring the visitors 6-1 in the remaining 42 minutes.”We’ll just work through it,” McLellan said about the hectic preseason schedule that has the Leafs with a 2-1 record to date.”It would be nice to have some of the players here, but I’ve seen them play this summer so I know what they can do.”The rally was a nice sign for the head coach, who says it’s up to the players to determine if they stay or are let go.”If they bring it, they stay, if they don’t they’ll be released back to wherever they came from,” McLellan confessed.ICE CHIPS: The two teams complete the series Wednesday in Castlegar. Puck drop is 8 p.m. . . . McLellan said two players off the Leafs roster last season, Dylan Williamson and Cody Pavarinta, both were signed to play this season for Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. Williamson finished the season with Nelson as the Leafs top offensive threat with nine goals and 13 assists in 18 games. Pavarinta spent parts of last season in Richmond with the Sockeyes after being released by Nelson following a 15-game stint with the Leafs. McLellan said he very proud the Leafs were able to help the two players reach the next level. . . .Three other players off the roster are playing in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League — Darnell St. Pierre and Robson Cramer at SFU and Aaron Dunlap at Eastern Washington. The Nelson Leafs defeated the Castlegar Rebels 7-4 in a wide-open Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition tilt Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.However, at this time of the season it’s not the wins and losses that concerns Leaf coach Dave McLellan.It’s the play of his team that has the lion’s share of the coaches’ focus.”The guys here have games in the next two days that will help us make some final decisions, especially up front,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.”Our defence here is pretty much selected. So in these two games our forwards need to show us what they’ve got.”McLellan said the Leafs have 17 players currently carded for the upcoming season, which begins Friday at home against Kelowna Chiefs.last_img read more

Larkins, Adams Voted Men’s Indoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Buffalo, TexasAdams qualified for the NCAA meet and set a facility record with 6,016 points to take the heptathlon title at the Texas Tech Classic & Multis over the weekend. The senior from Buffalo, Texas, bested his closest competition by nearly 300 points. He finished no lower than third in any of the seven events, taking first place in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State junior Micah Larkins and Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Garett Cortez, UIW; Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State; Isaac Vargas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Jr. – Princeton, La.Larkins clocked the third-fastest time in Southland history for both 60m and 200m at the Pittsburg State Invitational. For the 60, he ran a 6.63, a mark that is good for fifth in the nation and first in the conference. Larkins is ranked 33rd in the world in the 60. The junior also ran a 21.13 in the 200, which is ranked 19th nationally and also first in the conference. Honorable Mention: Lentz Similien, McNeese; Colton Cohea, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Stevon Crooks, Southeastern Louisiana. The Demons next head to the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational in Baton Rouge, La. on Feb. 2 while the Bearkats make the trip west to Lubbock again for the Texas Tech Open from Feb. 2-3.last_img read more

Darby Predicts Champs Glory

first_imgKingston College’s distance runner Kristoff Darby said that he has been receiving a lot of attention and praise following his performance in the men’s 800m open event at the at the McKenley-Wint Track and Field Classic two weeks ago. The 19-year-old clocked a personal best time of one minute, 54.13 seconds to finish second behind World Championships 4x400m relay silver medallist Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis. In fact, Darby led for the entire race before he was nipped on the line by the fast-finishing Francis. The former John Mills star athlete told The Gleaner that this performance has lifted his confidence ahead of next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. “It was a very good race because it was my opening race of the season and I have been getting a lot of attention from it,” Darby said. “I ran my personal best and this was my opening meet of the season, so I was very pleased with the time.” “People are now saying that I am one of the favourites for the Class One 800m title going into Champs, and so it has really boosted my confidence … knowing that I am one of the fastest athletes for this year,” he added. Darby’s time is the second fastest this year behind Spot Valley’s Tyrese Reid, who posted one minute, 53.68 seconds on January 14. He said the run for gold at Champs is going to be very competitive but said he is confident that he will come out on top. “I want to win that 800m at Champs, so I am going very hard towards this, because I finished fourth in the event last year and I’m aiming to do much better this year,” he said. “There are a lot of dangers because I saw that Spot Valley’s Tyrese (Reid) did one minute, 53 seconds in the event. There is Leon Clarke, and he is always a good competitor, but I am a hundred per cent confident that I will win at Champs,” Darby said.last_img read more

Taking Liberia to the World

first_imgHis job may be to pump up the jam, make some money, bring in big acts and make some more money, but he takes his subject matter very seriously. Bassirou Bashir Kante, CEO of SHEIKE BASSIROU Entertainment, is the man who motivated real paramount concerts before the first Ebola outbreak ravished Liberia. We literally heard screams and watched drool roll from the lips of fans from all parts of Liberia as they watched their favorite Liberian and Nigerian stars at his major concert shows.But Bassirou’s passion for entertainment and the way he takes care of his performers during each show aren’t the only reason(s) he’s so popular. Bassirou, who has promoted entertainment through Royal Gold Plus Entertainment is a success because he backs up his love for Liberia with seriousness and respect. He has taken on big showbiz names and brought them to Liberia — WizKid, Timayah, J Martins, R2Bees as well as all Liberian musicians — and he has won the hearts of Liberians.Quite recently, his team SHEIKE BASSIROU ENTERTAINMENT was awarded a compliment by the UN General of the Nigerian Defense Section, United Nation Peace keeper Nuhu E. Angbazo, because of his planned Mali Unification concert set to jump off April 9, 2016 in Bamako, Mali.“When I say God is good am talking about God being really good. Our work and upcoming Concert in Mali is now recognized as a peace keeping mission through entertainment and unity among West African States,” Bassirou shared via FaceBook.LIB Life finally caught up with Bassirou to find out more about the Mali concert and his entertainment movement.LIB Life: We feel honored to talk to you. Tell Liberia a bit about who Bassirou is.Bassirou: I grew up in the US where I lived all my life and worked, and moved back to Liberia in 2009 to invest in the import and export industry as well as the Liberian gold and diamond sector. In 2011, I chose to do entertainment for the love of music, and just because I saw how the Nigerian music industry was growing very fast and I though it wise to get involved.LIB Life: Sounds good. We noticed that you were involved in a lot of concerts and bringing light to our industry. What happened with that?Bassirou: Unfortunately throughout the years of 2011-2014, just before Ebola, I invested substantially in the entertainment industry by bringing in international artists and working with Liberian artists and so on. I lost a lot of money up until the end of Ebola and decided it’s about time to go back to the US and start over. I went back to the Us during the Ebola outbreak. After Ebola, I thought the Liberian industry, most especially the entertainment sector, did not pay off, like they do on an international level, locally or internationally. LIB Life: Now you are back and bigger than ever. Why, after losing so much?Bassirou: When we have a concert in Liberia, as big as possible, using the stadium or whatever, you have people who are corrupt by jumping the fence and not knowing that you spent a lot of money to put these events together. They duplicate tickets and so on. After the Wiz Kid and Timaya concert, I was broke. The concert cost me about $187,000.00 USD and after the concert was over, I was in the hole for about $200,000. I used all of the company money to pay for hotels, paying artist locally and internationally, air tickets and stuff like that. It was very devastating; but as God would have it, I was able to sort people out. It killed the dream for awhile, but then coming to the US, sitting and thinking it over, I thought let’s do it differently. Let’s take Liberia to the world, instead of taking the world to Liberia. Let them show that we are the best.LIB Life: Tell us about the concert.Bassirou: There are a list of people that are coming to this concert that I am actually sponsoring single handedly — to God be the glory most especially. We have Flavor from Nigeria who’s the best in the industry, J martins and M2kay from Nigeria. F Dot A Dot, a Liberian based in Nigeria, DJ Blue, DJ Kess from Ghana, four to five Malian artists living in Paris, Tal B, Gaspi, and we have this kid from Liberia, Tomah S. Floyd. These are just some of the names on the list that will be in Mali. We’re going places. Hopefully by the end of this event, we can have Liberia at a whole different level. There’s going to be a lot of Liberian artists that will perform there, showcasing them on that platform to make sure that Liberian persons are recognized and seen in concert.LIB Life: Why did you decide to have this concert? I mean Mali has been cut off from the world for a minute. What will this do for Liberia?Bassirou: This is a tough question; just trying to do something different. It goes back to loving music. I’m a Liberian and have resources in Mali from my grandparents. Though I lost so much money in entertainment, I still have love for the game. I thought to try another country but not forgetting Liberia this time around. The Mali Unification Concert is not the only concert. This is the first concert of the 11 country tour that we have planned. Mali is just the introduction. When we find investors to open with SHEIKE BASSIROU ENTERTAINMEMENT, that will lead our concert to other countries around the continent ofAfrica. Making sure to take African entertainment, including Liberian entertainers, to global attention.LIB Life: Will the Liberian entertainers receive just as much attention as the Nigerian artist?Bassirou: J Martins and Flavor are flying business class and you can rest assured my Liberians will be flying business class also; hotel suites and stuff like that — equal treatment. I’ve been in Liberia, so my record can show. I remember when I did the J Martins show in Liberia, the local artists all stayed in hotel suites. People asked why did I do that, because these guys usually stay at their houses and homes before coming to a show. I said no, I need them to be treated equally. This is just me being me. I just pray that the Liberian government sees this and tries to support these guys so they can be able to succeed in the entertainment industry. Look at culture and tourism, these are some of the things they need to put in order for these guys who are trying to be entertainers or whatever sector they want to be in Liberia, let the culture and tourism ministry stand by them and uplift them. Pretty soon we can bejust like Nigeria. We are a small country and have the resources to do these things.LIB Life: Why F Dot A Dot and what other countries do you plan to take him?Bassirou: He wasn’t selected [just] because he was in Nigeria at the time. He would have been selected if he was in any part of the world. I was going to make sure that he’s listed on this concert, one of the reasons being because he’s really good. This is a guy who has been trying with his own strength and power to make a name for himself. Just by him going to Nigeria to chase that dream touched me. Having known that I had to put Liberians in this concert, first thing that came to my mind was, ‘We need to get F.A. He signed the contract and disclosed payment, and he’s going to make Liberia proud — most especially me. They ask why F.A. Just wait and see. And if you still want the answer, come April 9th. He is Liberia’s pride. This 11 country tour is going to go on as long as God will have it. This year we have Congo, Guinea, Sierra Leone. Don’t get me wrong; we have Liberia, but we don’t know when. We also have eastern Africa and some cities in the US coming up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more