Football: Wilcox departure signals larger problem for UW football

first_imgFor the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin football team will enter spring practice with a new defensive coordinator as Justin Wilcox accepted the head coaching job at the University of California-Berkley Friday.Wilcox accepted the five-year deal with Cal after only one year at the helm of the Badger defense, a move that was far from surprising, but will have ramifications deep into the tenure of second-year UW head coach Paul Chryst.Recent Wisconsin football teams are known for their gritty defense that takes in walk-on players as freshman and turns them into future NFL standouts. The past two season have been no different as the Badgers finished in the top seven in total defense both years, including a second-place finish in scoring defense in 2015.Paul Chryst Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldThat identity, however, is now in question as a secondary with more vacancies than consistent starters, the departure of arguably its two best linebackers and the loss of leadership for the second straight year will undoubtedly weigh heavily on the UW defense. For the 14 returning defensive seniors next season, they will have to now answer to their third defensive coordinator in three years.Dave Aranda, who preceded Wilcox as UW’s defensive coordinator, left UW for the defensive coordinator position at Louisiana State University less than 11 months ago, citing money and the promise of SEC football as his reason for departure.While UW will never be able to control the allure of a large SEC school or a promotion to head coach in the PAC-12, the question going forward will be whether the school can manage to hold on to a defensive coordinator for even a single recruiting class.Football: UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaves for LSUJust two days after the Wisconsin football team took down USC in the Holiday Bowl, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda decided Read…UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has frequently said he believes the head coach should yield most of the power over the team and has demonstrated that over the years through not just delegation of authority, but salary.While Chryst ranks 43rd in highest paid head coaches at $2.7 million a year, Wilcox ranked a measly 100th in highest paid assistants at $500,000 a year, 36 spots behind Joe Rudolph, Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator, who rakes in $574,800 a year.What’s most shocking about those salaries, however, is the stark differences in production between the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, especially when considering Chryst is one of the few coaches in college football who calls offensive plays. The Badgers ranked 89th nationally in total offense this season, and even though Wisconsin is know for the slow, time-crunching run style offense, it was the defense that lead to Wisconsin’s signature wins this season.Football: Increased interceptions sign of improvement for already-impressive Wisconsin defenseThe University of Wisconsin football team’s defense entered the 2016 season as the top scoring defense a year ago. But Read…Outside of the immediate future for a Wisconsin squad currently ranked No. 9 in ESPN’s Way Too Early College Football Rankings for 2017, the problem of undervaluing the defensive coordinator position could start to deteriorate the reputation of the Badger defense and mark a significant downturn in the program.With signing day less than three weeks away, another vacancy at the defensive coordinator position could cause Wisconsin’s already 38th-ranked recruiting class to plummet as defensive recruits begin to question their commitment.Snagging Wilcox last offseason was seen as an unexpected but welcome surprise for the Badgers as he had just served a relatively successful stint in the same position at the University of Southern California. Now Alvarez and Chryst must hit the grindstone again to find a replacement who can develop a new group of Badger defenders, before the senior leadership of the old ones slips away.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldA potential solution lies in Alvarez’s tendency to hire within the program throughout his 12 years as athletic director. With the news of Wilcox’s departure still in its raw stages, no big outside coaching names have been rumored for the position, but a few inside names including defensive back’s coach Jim Leonhard and outside linebacker’s coach Tim Tibesar are at the top of the list.If Alvarez continues his stance on paying assistants on the lower end of the spectrum in the national picture, then hiring internally could be the answer to the potential downfall of the tough Badger tradition. Leonhard and Tibesar are unproven as big-time assistants, but have been around the program long enough to be able to replicate some of the recent defensive success and remove the worry of variability in an outside hire.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldRegardless of who Alvarez hires for the position in the coming months, the defensive players will once again be asked to be the vocal leaders on a tough Badger front. Even without Wilcox, the defense enters spring practice as the focal point of the Wisconsin team.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Micah Potter’s issues with NCAA shows inconsistencies in system

first_imgThe 2019 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is off to a 3-1 start. While the team has had moderate success on the court, they are doing so without key newcomer Micah Potter. A redshirt junior from Mentor, Ohio, Potter was a highly touted, four-star recruit from Montverde Academy, a prep school that has produced NBA All-Stars in D’Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons. After finishing his high school career, Potter stayed home and attended The Ohio State University. At OSU, Potter struggled to find playing time. Although he appeared in 59 games in over two seasons with the Buckeyes, he only averaged 10 minutes per game his sophomore year, a four-minute decrease from the 2016-17 season.Potter decided to leave the OSU program before the 2018-19 season, transferring to Wisconsin. Potter began practicing with the Badgers last December, but the main problem was getting him eligible for the 2019-2020 season. The problem was the NCAA’s strict and confusing transfer rules, which have held Potter out of action in 2019. Men’s Basketball: Badgers take down Green Bay in second straight in-state matchupThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took care of business for the fourth consecutive game after dropping their season Read…According to the NCAA website, students are required to spend one year at the school’s institution before becoming eligible to play. The NCAA also adjusted a law that stated a student is eligible to play immediately if an incoming freshman has enrolled in summer classes and their coach departs before the first day of fall classes.While this new adaptation of the transfer rule is a small step forward toward advocating for the rights of student-athletes, flaws still exist in the NCAA’s transfer portal system, particularly in the case of Potter.The point of the NCAA’s transfer rule is to get the new student comfortable with the environment at the University before participating in athletics. In Potter’s case, the rule does not hold up. In his short time at Wisconsin, Potter has already seemed to fit in at the school, practicing with the team and earning a 3.3 GPA in his spring semester at Wisconsin.While Potter appears to have become pretty comfortable with the environment in Madison, the NCAA declined his appeal for a waiver to become eligible. Even with letters of support from the OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith and Head Coach Chris Holtmann, the NCAA still denied the waiver, forcing Potter to sit. Men’s Basketball: Previewing remainder of Badgers’ non-conference scheduleWe’ll keep it simple — the prospects for a highly successful Badger basketball team weren’t great before the 2019-20 season. Read…Potter’s case raises serious questions about the NCAA’s transfer portal system. If a player is not enjoying their current school and makes the decision to switch, then excels at their new school in the classroom and with their team, why shouldn’t they be allowed to play? Even though Potter is clearly fitting in nicely at UW, the NCAA continues to declare him ineligible.Even more frustrating, the NCAA’s fraudulent transfer system is representative of their lack of consistency. Unlike Potter, the NCAA has granted waivers to transfer students that allow them to play immediately, even to some that haven’t sat out even a semester before transferring to their new school.Nine games into his sophomore season at the University of Kentucky, Quade Green elected to leave the program in December and transfer. Now at the University of Washington, the NCAA granted Green a waiver, making the six-foot guard immediately eligible for the 2019-20 season.Even though Green never sat a year or spent at least two semesters at his university, he is allowed to see the court while Potter continues to watch the Badgers from the bench. Green’s case is one of many to show the inconsistencies in the NCAA’s new rule. Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin dominates I-94 rivalry with Marquette, slows down Markus HowardIn front of an electric Kohl Center, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team beat in-state rivals Marquette 77–61 Sunday. Read…As of right now, Potter is forced to sit until the end of the 2019 fall semester. The NCAA announced Thursday that Potter will be ineligible until Wisconsin’s Dec. 21 matchup against UW-Milwaukee. While the Badgers have held their own without him thus far, his return will help boost the Badgers as they enter Big Ten play.Wisconsin fans, players and alumni should be frustrated with the NCAA’s decision, as their inconsistencies seem to target certain student-athletes over others.While Wisconsin desperately wants to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2019-20, it becomes more difficult to get resume-boosting non-conference wins without Potter, a 6’10” center that could provide a key impact in these matchups.The Badgers hope to get a boost from Potter sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Wisconsin’s mindset shifts towards preparing for their final few games before the return of Potter in a couple of weeks.last_img read more

Tipperary through to quarter-finals

first_imgDublin failed to achieve the margin of victory required against Derry today to deny the Premier County a place in the knock-out stages.The Dubs defeated the Ulster county 6-11 to 1-3 in Crumlin, which left them three points shy of the gap needed to overtake Tipp in Group 2 of the competition.Brian Boyle’s side now go on to face Wexford in the quarter-finals on Saturday July 30th. The other quarter – which will also be played on the same day – pits Kilkenny against Offaly.The venues and throw-in times for both matches have yet to be decided.Cork and Galway, who won Groups 1 and 2 respectively, go straight into next month’s semi-finals.last_img read more

Outdoor ice rink officially open at Bay View Park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich — The new outdoor ice rink located at Bay View Park in Alpena officially opened this week.The rink was able to freeze over thanks to colder conditions. A group of volunteers helped bring the new outdoor site to life through fundraising. They hope to hold more events in the future at the new rink.Rules are posted at the park for skaters to follow. Learn more about the rink and how to volunteer by joining the Facebook group Friends of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink.For more stories on the new rink click here and here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Bay View Park, Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Ice Rink, ice skating, RinkContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for January 16Next Students get a sneak peek of upcoming environmental film festivallast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard scores 30, as Clippers overwhelm Lakers with depth in opener

first_imgWhile the All-Star teammate he helped recruit via trade, Paul George, was laid up on the bench in a dapper outfit topped with a bowtie, Leonard was complemented by returning Clipper Lou Williams, who skipped his way to 21 points. Harrell, Williams’ chief bench partner, finished strong with 17. Maurice Harkless and JaMychal Green were also convincing threats from the wings, combining for 22 points.The performance was enough that Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he thought his already stellar returning bench contributors could get even better as a unit.The Lakers’ fault was not in their stars, who combined for 43 points in their debut, but in their weakened supporting cast, which was without both Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo, who couldn’t play because of injuries. The Lakers’ bench was only 7 for 21 from the field. The Lakers’ monstrous lineups also counted for little on the boards, as the Clippers outrebounded them 45-41.The exception was Leonard’s former Spurs and Raptors teammate, Danny Green. The 32-year-old swingman lit up the arc in a splashy third quarter, scoring 18 of his team-leading 28 points while bringing the Lakers to an 85-all tie after they had trailed by as much as 14. Green’s unlikely night vaulted him above Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (27 points) in the franchise record books for most points in a Lakers debut.“I was just trying to play basketball, trying to win the game,” Green said. “Find shots that you start hitting, you find some more. But it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s create a spark,’ it’s ‘Let’s get back in this game, let’s create a rhythm.’”Green’s 7-for-9 night from 3-point range, however, polished an otherwise uninspiring night for the Lakers’ incoming class of shooters: The rest of the team was just 6 for 24 on deep shots.In the end, even the Lakers’ stars themselves tired. Davis and James shot poorly in the second half, in particular, finishing a combined 15 for 40 from the field. James finished with nine rebounds and eight assists, while Davis had a 10-rebound double-double.After a week of playing down the potential rivalry emerging in their own backyard, the Lakers tried to move on from their season-opening loss just as briskly. Davis said the team wasn’t “down or upset” after the loss, and James echoed the relatively positive sentiments.“We did some good things tonight, we did some not-so-good things,” James said. “And that happens in game one. Especially for a new club.”A night meant to anoint a new, more hopeful Clippers era began with a painful reminder of the franchise’s longtime place in Los Angeles. As the team unfurled a new hype video and introduced a Leonard-led lineup, Lakers fans infiltrating the big night rained down boos – even as Leonard cradled the mic for a pregame address.Leonard said the booing didn’t register. He just raised his voice.“I just heard loud noise, so I was just trying to be as loud as I can,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if the Clippers fans were being loud, or if it was Lakers fans.”Related Articles Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ The game itself started with similar gusto for the designated visitors. James twirled into the paint to kiss a layup off the glass for the first points of the season. Davis got his first points as a Laker at the free-throw line, but twisted past Patrick Patterson for his first basket and gave the Lakers an 11-point lead early.The Lakers said their defense broke down the more Leonard started working his midrange game: Guards had less success funneling attackers down to bigs, who didn’t step up enough to stop them. Davis called it “a two-way street” of a defensive letdown.“I didn’t like anything about our defense in the second quarter,” Frank Vogel said following his first game as Lakers coach. “We weren’t good enough on the ball and we weren’t good enough with our help. So, that quarter probably cost us the game.”The negative feedback from disgruntled Lakers fans never quite ended, but the Clippers’ win ended up drowning out the rest of the noise. After the build-up, which Rivers said escalated in a “prizefight way,” he felt his team showed the same character it had from last season – albeit with a few very special new pieces.“What I saw in our team was just overall toughness,” Rivers said. “They took us with a punch to start, but we just kept moving forward.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers LeBron James #23 and the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 hug before their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers is fouled by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts toward LeBron James #23 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers as he steps by Anthony Davis #3 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a pass from LeBron James #23 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and foul with LeBron James #23 during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers ducks under the defense of Dwight Howard #39 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot as he is fouled by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers from behind as JaVale McGee #7 jumps during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel stands on the sideline as his team plays the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Quinn Cook (2) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts to play from the bench during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, left, drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) argues a call against him during the the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) and Montrezl Harrell, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James points during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 shoots as the Lakers Danny Green #14 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #21 looks shoot as the Lakers LeBron James #23 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 lays the ball up during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 dunks the ball during their NBA game against the Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 dunks the ball during their NBA game against the Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 drives to the hoop through a host of Lakers defenders during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Lou Williams #23 lays the ball up as the Lakers Dwight Howard #39 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 and the Lakers Anthony Davis #3 battle for the ball during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Dwight Howard #39 reacts after being called for a foul on the Clippers’ Lou Williams #23 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 is called for a charging foul on the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #21 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 defends the Lakers LeBron James #23 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 grabs a rebound during their NBA game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is defended by the Lakers’ Dwight Howard, right, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. Leonard had 30 points in the Clippers’ 112-102 victory. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul call against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 during their NBA game at against the Clippers the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 looks to pass as the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 dunks the ball as Lakers’ Dwight Howard #39 and Troy Daniels #30 look on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Danny Green defends as the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #21 lays the ball up during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 fouls the Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 is surrounded by Lakers’ LeBron James #23, Anthony Davis #3 and Danny Green #14 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 high five during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 drives to the hoop as the Lakers LeBron James #23 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 pokes the ball away from the Lakers]’ Dwight Howard #39 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers LeBron James #23 lays the ball up as the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots as the Lakers’ LeBron James #23 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Jared Dudley #10 falls to the court as the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots the ball during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 looks to pass as the Clippers’ Landry Shamet #20 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 shoots as Lakers LeBron James #23, Anthony Davis #3 and Danny Green #14 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 battles for the ball with the Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 shoots as the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 passes the ball as Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 and Kawhi Leonard #2 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 attempts to distract the Lakers’ Troy Daniels #30 as he shoots during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as they trail the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers laughs with Kawhi Leonard #2 leading the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls possession of the ball in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers late in the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts to a Montrezl Harrell #5 basket and foul in a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers reacts after he is fouled by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he drives to the basket on JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel yells out instructions during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard spins for a shot in front of the Lakers’ Danny Green during Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. Leonard was his typical dominant self in his Clippers debut with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 112-102 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Quinn Cook (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) blocks a shot from Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Ivica Zubac #40, Paul George #13 and Patrick Patterson #54 of the LA Clippers celebrate play during a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers shoots a jumper over Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) reacts after scoring, next to Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, top, dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a layup between Anthony Davis #3 and Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, top, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Jared Dudley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass as Maurice Harkless #8 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers defend during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, passes next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) talks to assistant Jason Kidd during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks up at the scoreboard during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 LA Clippers win in the Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts for a foul during a 112-102 Clipper win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers and Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh after a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 95Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — On the first night of the NBA season, the spotlight shone brightly on Staples Center.The sellout crowd, split in their loyalties, screamed for the Kawhi Leonard stepbacks, the twirling Anthony Davis jumpers, the LeBron James chase-down block in the third quarter. The sheer number of highlights alone was worth a whole summer of hype that has settled in Southern California and seen the price of tickets for games creep up for both would-be contenders.But for all the star power that now has L.A. pro basketball bursting at the seams, Tuesday’s season opener was a reminder that it’s not just about the headliners.While Leonard led the effort with 30 points in his first outing as a Clipper, his teammates backed him up. Their second unit, which last year was the best in the NBA, outscored the Laker reserves by an overwhelming 60-19 margin in the 112-102 victory. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers center_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead It was telling that the Clippers achieved a clinching 11-2 run during a three-minute stretch while Leonard cooled his heels on the bench. He’s on his kind of team: One that bills itself with a defensive intensity before anything else.“We got players on the team that want to play defense pretty much,” Leonard said. “We got some big bodies, we’re long, as long as we come out and be aggressive and play with our active hands, be in spots, it’s gonna be tough for people to score on us when it’s in a half-court.”In their own half-court sets, Leonard helped make the Clippers hard to guard himself.At his apex, Leonard was unstoppable – hitting seven straight shots in the first half to lead a 25-point swing in his team’s favor. Given the tough assignment of guarding the reigning NBA Finals MVP, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was hardly a hindrance as Leonard muscled his way to his spots, memorably finishing his run with a dunk through traffic.“For him to be out there on the floor and just be able to get a feel for him and what he can do on both ends of the floor felt amazing,” Montrezl Harrell said. “It’s what it’s about, it’s what we’ve been building up to.” Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Raptors coach Nick Nurse: ‘Can’t blame’ Kawhi Leonard for leaving

first_img Related News Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. fills out roster with DeMarcus Cousins, 6 others after missing out on Kawhi Leonard “I think you can’t blame a guy for wanting to go home,” Nurse said, via ESPN.com. “That’s what he texted me today. ‘I’m going home.’ And I just said, ‘You’ve changed a lot of lives, man, by what you’ve accomplished in Toronto. Mine especially.’ And thanked him for what he did, and we’ll look to the future, and we’ll look to (win a title) again.”Leonard was dealt from the Spurs to the Raptors last year and quickly made a lasting impression in Toronto. However, the Southern California native opted out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors and became an unrestricted free agent before signing with the Clippers this weekend. But Nurse knew the decision was coming. Kawhi Leonard switched meetings to accommodate Lakers, Paul George talks, report says Paul George pens emotional farewell to Thunder after Clippers trade Nick Nurse has nothing but love for Kawhi Leonard.Speaking Saturday at the Las Vegas Summer League, the Raptors coach admitted he’s disappointed to see his star player go but understands why he decided to leave Toronto after helping the team win its first championship. “I’m not totally surprised. I think we all knew that (Leonard leaving) was a situation that could happen,” Nurse said. “He delivered big time, played his heart out for us. We certainly are going to relish this championship for a long time. And we’re going to stop celebrating it pretty soon. Not quite yet, but then we’ll get back to work.”After a whirlwind of a year, Nurse will cherish the memories he made with Leonard during Toronto’s title run and is already looking ahead to a potential repeat — if they can get past him.”It’s certainly disappointing,” Nurse said. “I think, first of all, he’s a great person. He was unbelievably fun to coach, just locked in and loaded and ready to go. People would ask me, ‘What was it like coaching him?’ And I always said the best thing was I got to stand there on the courtside and watch this guy go to work. That was something that I’ll never forget. Now we got to go kick his a—.”last_img read more

The ATP, shrouded in uncertainty

first_imgAndrea Gaudenzi, president of the ATP, He admits in declarations to the web site of the world tennis tour that the present scenario is one among whole uncertainty. When will the motion resume on the slopes? Not even Gaudenzi himself is ready to reply that query proper now: “Our potential to deal with any help measure shall be higher guided as soon as we all know the length of the disaster and when the Tour will resume, which remains to be unknown right now. This stays an evolving scenario that may require appreciable time to cope with in the approaching weeks and months, and we should keep away from making hasty choices with out first understanding when the disaster will finish. That is larger than any sport. “ What is definite, for now, is that the Males’s tennis suspension is ready till June 7, motive why the tournaments of the clay tour won’t be disputed. This state of affairs leaves open the likelihood that grass tournaments will open the curtain once more. “We proceed to judge all choices associated to preserving and maximizing the schedule primarily based on numerous return dates for the Tour. We’re in shut dialog with all grass courtroom occasions and so they keep on the schedule as scheduled right now. This can be a time of appreciable uncertainty for everybody and there may be nothing extra essential than prioritizing well being, “defined Gaudenzi.Lastly, Gaudenzi mirrored on the influence of COVID-19, since his nation, Italy, is without doubt one of the most affected by the virus: “The present suspension of the Tour leaves a terrific void in all our lives. On a private stage, The tales I’ve heard from acquaintances at residence in Italy are heartbreaking. The have to take this severely, keep residence and apply accountable social distancing is paramount, and we urge everybody in the tennis neighborhood to unfold this essential message in the times and weeks forward. “We simply have to attend.last_img read more

Lack of experience, chemistry doomed GlobalPort in loss to Gins, says Anthony

first_img“We’re a young team. We’re a new team, and we gotta learn to play with each other still. We have five rookies, four new players, and a new coach, so we’re gonna just look at the positives,” he said.In control for the first three quarters, the Batang Pier lost grip of the game in the fourth frame as the Gin Kings exploded for 36 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We had the lead almost the whole game, up until the end, and we had our spots. We just didn’t close it down the stretch,” he said.“Our lack of team chemistry and our youth showed, but those are things we can improve on, and we will get better on that and we’ll learn to close out games down the stretch. We just got to learn quicker.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharge it to experience.Sean Anthony opted to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives following GlobalPort’s 97-104 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The defeat spoiled Anthony’s third-highest scoring output in the PBA with 29 points as GlobalPort continued its search for its first win of the new season.Still, the hardworking forward is seeing signs of progress.”We’re growing and we’re getting better as a team.”“I think we went from 20-plus turnovers in the last game to 13 turnovers this game, so we’re cleaning it up, having more assists, shooting better percentages. Now it’s learning to play team defense down the stretch and limiting our mental turnovers,” he said. “Ginebra is such a smart team and a veteran team. They capitalized on our mental mistakes, and that’s something we’ll learn and get better from.”The Batang Pier seek to end their misery on Friday against Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Mixed feelings for Kevin after losing to dad Louie in PBA LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Technologies That Work Well In Political Campaigns

first_imgTechnology has always played an important role in campaigning. From using bullhorns in neighborhoods and radio and television broadcast to reach voters, to robocalls, cellphones, websites, the social media, etc. No doubt, efficient and smart use of technology in campaigning can give candidates a competitive advantage all the way to the ballot box. In modern political campaigns, understanding technology translates into being able to better understand people, and there are a few technologies that have become crucial. These technologies include but are not limited to Big Data, Cloud Computing, the Social Media, and Mobile. In Liberia, the “big data” is not leveraged as it is in western countries primarily because of the lack the skills locally, to embark upon such an initiative. However, data manipulation can and will be done in an appreciable way that could benefit a candidate who integrates it as part of his/her campaign strategy.Before going further, let me first expound on the four technologies mentioned above. Big Data is an evolving term that focuses on voluminous amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data that are analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Data can be collected from various sources including the social media. Cloud Computing is primarily computing on the internet where variety services are delivered. These services include storage, data management, data processing, etc. The Social Media are merely websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. These websites and applications allow forums, microblogging, social networking social bookmarking, social curation, wikis, etc. In the case of Mobile (mobile technologies), we refer to the use of cellphones and other mobile devices for communications. Now, if you have been monitoring the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, you probably know that technology is playing major role in every presidential candidate’s campaign. The use big of data to refine on-the-ground, get-out-the-vote (GOTV) marketing efforts has become the “avant garde” approach to modern electioneering/campaigning. Some candidates use Twitter to energize their base, some use Facebook to galvanize their supporters and garner new supporters, others use web-based crowdfunding to kickstart their campaign and engage their supporters. Every presidential campaign uses technology. The most sophisticated and tech-savvy presidential campaign often tend to fare well at the polls. The use the Internet and its technologies for campaigning became popular when President Barack Obama ran his campaign in 2008. It was that novel campaigning paradigm that played a significant role in winning his ticket to the Whitehouse and subsequently earned his presidency the title: “The first Internet Presidency”. Upon entering the Whitehouse, Obama did not neglect the use of technology as many other candidates do. In fact, he initiated what is today referred to as Open Government which is the use of the Internet and its accompanying technologies to provide information and services to the public to allow transparency, accountability, and citizens’ participation. This approach also allowed for citizens to collaborate in the provision of information and data provided by Government. In Liberia, with the exception of big data, all of the technologies (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Mobile Technologies), mentioned above are used. The use radio broadcast, mobile technologies, the Internet (informational Web sites and Social Media) have been effective in enabling candidates reach potential voters. But as we approach 2017, a few of the avant garde campaigners will eschew campaign conventional wisdom, for more novel and innovative strategies driven by modern technologies. We will see the emergence of a lot social media evangelists and digital strategists. We will see the use of technology occur more vehemently in 2017 than in the past. Robust digital operations in which candidates’ messages are informed by data and analytics will be the new order of the day.The campaign that masters digital strategy is going to gain an important edge in the 2017 presidential and general elections. Data science is not commonplace in Liberia but we will see campaign teams include data strategists in the 2017 elections who will exploit data at unprecedented scale. And, data garnered by these strategists will provide all sorts of information that will enable campaigners/candidates make decisions. The data garnered will inform candidates about those things that voters care about the most. Candidates will then be able to optimize their “messages” and tailor their platforms to suit the needs of the voters. The same data will provide information that will enhance their “Get Out To Vote” (GOTV) initiatives. Mobile devices, especially mobile phones have been very effective in the Liberia electoral process. They can also be used to target and communicate with voters directly. And they are very effective when it comes to using voice meeting services like Tele-Town Hall. Tele-Town Hall allows a candidate to hold large town hall-style meetings with constituents. It has the ability to hold a 500-constituents Town Hall meeting and could be of use in 2017.Technology can also be used to raise funds for campaigns. But, unlike the United States and other Western countries, campaigns in Liberia are often funded by the candidates themselves instead of supporters. Considering the poverty level and the mentality many Liberians carry about campaigning, it will be unprecedented if not impossible, to see a candidate attempt to raise funds from grassroots supporters, and to help organize volunteers and staffers using the Internet.Finally, the use of technology in modern elections is inevitable. Hence, the campaign that emerges as a digital “guru” with the ability to proffer and communicate its policy and strategy directly with millennial voters using a suite of social applications, including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Spotify, will likely succeed in changing people’s minds. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Christmas to be extended for select few

first_imgTickets are still available at multiple locations in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. For specific ticket seller locations, visit www.rotarymegalottery.com or contact Connie Sall at 250-785-4408.The final draws, including for the grand prize will take place Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John Totem Mall, in front of Western Financial. Tickets must be entered no later than 3 p.m. in order to be entered into the lottery.Ticket prices are one for $40 or three for $100. There will be an extra day of Christmas for a select few this year.The Rotary Mega Lottery’s final draw will take place on Sunday, Dec. 26, giving one lucky ticket holder the opportunity to win the $40,000 grand prize or a choice between a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a 2011 Ford Mustang GT or a 2011 Honda Pilot.- Advertisement -Second place prizes are also impressive, as the runner-up has the choice between a $25,000, 2011 GMC Terrain, 2010 Ford Ranger XLT or a 2011 Honda Insight.However, the prizes don’t stop there, as the third place winner receives a Polaris Razer LE, the fourth place wins a Honda Big Red side by side quad, fifth place takes home a Polaris Sportsman 550 LE quad and even a six place winner receives a $5,000 travel voucher.As if that wasn’t enough, the Rotary Mega Lottery offers tons of great prizes to other ticket holders, including LED televisions, treadmills, BBQ’s, Notebook computers and much more.Early Bird draws have begun and two lucky ticket holders have already received thousands of dollars in prizes. Alan Bone won $10,000 on Oct.14 and Ryan Van Esch won $15,000 on Nov. 25.Advertisementlast_img read more