UCF’s Josh Heupel on McKenzie Milton: He will play again on the same level

first_imgMcKenzie Milton’s gruesome leg injury at the end of the 2018 season was one of the worst college football has seen in recent history, which left his football future up in the air.More than half a year removed from the emergency surgery the starting quarterback endured, UCF coach Josh Heupel said that not only does he think Milton will return to football, but he will return to his previous form. He was rushed off the field and to the hospital, where a CAT scan revealed he had a torn popliteal artery. Milton underwent surgery immediately.With Milton out this season as he recovers, Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush likely will get the nod to start, especially with Milton’s backup, Darriel Mack Jr., being out indefinitely after he broke his ankle last week.It’s been a rough turn of events for UCF, which had a perfect season in 2017 and was undefeated in the regular season before it lost the Fiesta Bowl to LSU in the postseason. Despite the turn of events, the Golden Knights believe they can continue being college football’s dark horse and compete at an elite level. Big 12 says ‘Horns Down’ symbol only OK in certain situations “There’s still things that he’s got to get back to make it all the way back,” Heupel told Yahoo Sports. “I really do believe he’s going to play again and play at the same level, if not better, than he already was.”It was during Central Florida’s regular season finale against South Florida when a USF player hit the quarterback in the leg with his helmet. Milton crumpled with his leg dangling awkwardly at an unnatural angle. Related News “We’re going to build a monster in Orlando at UCF, and we’re going to be a major player in college football,” UCF athletic director Danny White said. “Whatever college football looks like.”Milton addressed his recovery in April and said it’s been hard to go from completely mobile to being able to walk just a few steps at a time. However, he said he felt he was going to take the field again, too.”As for playing again, it’s going to take divine intervention, which has already taken place, considering the best-case scenarios,” Milton wrote for ESPN. “I tore only two of the four ligaments that usually get torn when you dislocate your knee. My blood’s flowing great. The nerve’s coming back, so that’s already happening. But what it’s going to take from me is busting my butt, listening to our medical staff. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s worth it.”last_img read more

UEFA chief accuses British PM Johnson of fuelling racism

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “I don’t blame the players for what they say,” he said. “I understand that the players are desperate because of the punishments and the incidents that are happening again and again.“Of course you want to say (to UEFA): ‘Go to hell!’ I know.“But I am not so naive to think that we’ve done all we can and now everything is finished. We haven’t.“We are trying and we care. We are not just some guys in Nyon (UEFA headquarters) sitting eating fancy food and driving Ferraris.”UEFA appears set to overhaul its disciplinary panels, making them more diverse.Ceferin said: “You have to have different perspectives, then you have a more, let’s say, clear view on what is right and what is wrong.“We want to be specific. So we are working on that. We will change our statutes about it in March, the next committee.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of fuelling racism and insists European football’s governing body is working hard to tackle the problem plaguing the game.A number of high-profile incidents in recent weeks, including racist abuse hurled at England players in Bulgaria and chants aimed at Romelu Lukaku and Mario Balotelli in Italy, have underlined the scale of the issue.Johnson condemned the “vile” racist chanting during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia in October and called for UEFA to take tough action.But the prime minister, currently fighting an election campaign, has in the past courted controversy with various comments, including suggesting Muslim women wearing burkhas look like “letterboxes”.In an interview with Britain’s Mirror newspaper, UEFA president Ceferin said: “When a politician that calls women with burqas post boxes or mailboxes then says publicly that he condemns you UEFA — do you reply to that? Do you believe it’s honest? Come on.“The situation in Europe is more and more tense,” he added.“When you see high politicians, prime ministers — when you see presidents of republics who are racists, who were sexist, you see that something is wrong.”UEFA has come under fire for a perceived lack of appropriate action to root out racism but Ceferin said the organisation was fully engaged in the fight.center_img FILE PHOTO: UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferinlast_img read more

TCTV’s SHOW OFF! Talent Contest Selects Finalists

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by TCTVA one-man-band, jazz dancers, vocalists, baton twirlers, a rock band, and a girl with a green cup as a percussion instrument are among acts featured in the 2013 TCTV SHOW OFF! Talent Contest.The SHOW OFF! final competition is Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  Admission is FREE to the public.    The performers, spanning ages 9 to 50+ were selected from 29 acts that tried out on March 9th.The SHOW OFF! final competition will be carried LIVE on TCTV cable channel 22 & 77 in Thurston County, and streamed to a world wide audience on the Internet at www.tctv.net.   A stellar panel of judges will select a Judges Choice winner at the end of the show on April 14th.SHOW OFF!  is a fund raiser for TCTV.  The generosity of the audience determines the Audience Choice winner.  Every $1 donated to TCTV by the viewing audience will be counted as a vote for the donor’s favorite act.  The SHOW OFF! Final Competition program will be replayed several times between April 14th and April 20th so the viewing audience can watch and vote for the Audience Choice winner.   You can vote for your favorite act at www.tctv.net.  The Audience Choice Award will be announced at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 during a LIVE program from the TCTV studios.Proceeds from SHOW OFF! support TCTV’s ongoing community media and training programs.This is the fourth year TCTV has produced SHOW OFF! Talent Contest.  Past winners include a 12-year old singer from Yakima, a doo-wop vocal group from Capital Playhouse, a mother-daughter interpretive sign-language performance and a 9-year old girl drummer.last_img read more

Washington Healthplanfinder Expands In-Person Health Sign up November 18

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by GHB InsuranceThe Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that GHB Insurance, Inc. will provide expanded in-person help in Olympia this Saturday, Nov. 18 for “Get Covered WA” – a statewide effort to get Washingtonians signed up for 2018 health and dental plans before it’s too late.People can get in-person help navigating health and dental insurance plans. Photo courtesy: GHB InsuranceThe full-service enrollment center located at 556 Lilly Road SE, Suite A in Olympia will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm this Saturday with trained brokers available at no charge to guide customers through the process of signing up for coverage. A map of all the in-person help locations that will be open this Saturday can be found at wahbexchange.org/getcoveredwa.While the 2018 open enrollment period extends through Jan. 15, 2018, the deadline to sign up in Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2018 is Dec. 15. Partners are encouraged to join in and amplify the call to #GetCoveredWA with materials available in the Exchange’s partner tool kit.“Because the holidays can be a busy time for many, we are encouraging Thurston County and neighboring county residents to join us this Saturday, Nov. 18 to sign up for their health and dental coverage for 2018,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Customers still needing to sign up should visit wahealthplanfinder.org to access coverage on their own, or connect with an in-person assister in their neighborhood to learn about their plan options and avoid any delays in gaining coverage that begins next year.”Services provided by navigators and brokers available at GHB Insurance, Inc. include help identifying when customers are eligible to receive financial help like tax credits that can lower the cost of premiums, as well as cultural, linguistic, and disability support for customers with special needs.“Our staff is ready to respond to customers who need our personal and caring expertise in choosing their healthcare,” said Ron Bruchet, president of GHB Insurance. “GHB is doing everything we can to help, including opening our doors for the ‘Get Covered WA’ event this Saturday as well as most Saturdays during the enrollment period. ”Both this Saturday and throughout the open enrollment period, customers may locate a nearby navigator or broker by downloading the new WAPlanfinder mobile app or by clicking the “Customer Support” link on www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Additional assistance is available through the toll-free Customer Support Center (1-855-923-4633), which will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday.Washington Healthplanfinder saw strong interest in the first week of open enrollment with web site traffic increasing by 24 percent over the previous year, and the number of new sign-ups jumping by more than 50 percent. Nearly 50,000 of those who have already shopped online have used digital resources such as the Smart Planfinder tool to customize their health plan choices according to factors such as preferred doctor or facility, how many doctor’s visits they expect to make next year, and how frequently they fill or refill prescriptions.Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.last_img read more

Former Leaf D-man Bennett Hambrook now patrols Smokies blueline

first_imgFormer Nelson Leafs defenceman Bennett Hambrook is back in the region, this time playing for the Trail Smoke Eaters after the Silver City squad acquired SilverBacks defenceman for future considerations.The 6’, 190-pound defenceman from Kimberley, has 15 penalty minutes in 20 appearances with the SilverBacks this season.In 104 career BCHL games with Trail, Prince George, Vernon and Salmon Arm, the 20 year-old has compiled seven points and 125 penalty minutes.He was named the SilverBacks’ captain to start the 2012-13 season. “Bennett is a gritty, responsible D-man who isn’t afraid to mix it up physically,” said Smoke Eaters head coach/general manager Bill Birks.“His BCHL experience and leadership qualities will resonate in our dressing room and we’re thrilled to get him.”Prior to making the jump to the BCHL in 2010, Hambrook was a member of the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs, putting up 13 points (1-12) and 242 penalty minutes as Nelson reached the league final during the 2009-10 season.He made his BCHL debut as an affiliate player with the Smokies, appearing in 2 games during the 2009-10 season.Hambrook is expected to join the Smoke Eaters for their regular-season game Wednesday, November 21st in Penticton.The Smokies host his former club, the SilverBacks Friday (7:30 PM, Cominco Arena).Trail is fourth in the Interior Division behind front-running Penticton Vees with an 11-13-0-1 record.last_img read more

GO WEST MARIE HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2015) – Trained by Eddie Truman, Stakes winner Go West Marie returns Saturday to the surface she has excelled over since joining the Truman barn this past summer, and she heads a field of seven set to go in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Trained by Truman since June 2014, the formerly East Coast-based Go West Marie will again attempt to prove the admonition in her name Saturday having only run out of the money once in eight starts since shipping to California. ‘GWM’ will seek her second win in-a-row down Santa Anita’s downhill turf course in the O’Brien and her third in-a-row since teaming with Hall of Famer Gary Stevens. A winner of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes Jan. 24 in her last out, she has never been worse than third over the course.“Eddie’s done a great job with this filly,” said Stevens following the win. “I got her at the right time. I’ve learned a lot about her. The key with a filly like this is they’re professional- let them settle and they’re going to finish for you.”Owned by Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd. the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame is 17-5-1-5 overall with earnings of $402,520.Course authority Velvet Mesquite, trained by Blake Heap will seek redemption after a slow start and a troubled fourth to Go West Marie in the SM F&M Turf Sprint and, with the defection of both Far Right and Take Charge Brandi from the Rebel in Arkansas on Saturday she will retain the services of top-rider Mike Smith here at Santa Anita.Only out of the money in two out of her eight starts down the hill, Velvet Mesquite clipped heels crossing the dirt in the Sunshine Millions per Gary Stevens who was on Go West Marie right behind Smith. “Velvet Mesquite gave me a great lead. She clipped heels crossing the dirt and I was directly behind him, we were getting up close but I was able to duck inside.”The 5-year-old by In Excess is owned and bred by Harris Farms, Inc. She is 12-5-2-1- overall with $293,606 in earnings.Trainer Jorge Gutierrez will send out Warren’s Gussie, a 6-year-old mare by Doc Gus who is looking for her third win in-a-row down the hillside. Though she will be making a jump in class Saturday, her first and only two attempts over the course have both resulted in wins; a claiming event Jan. 4 and was a head winner in an allowance race Feb. 21, two races that have her connections hoping Saturday will again be a good day for their late-running mare.Warren’s Gussie will keep rider Edwin Maldonado who has been up for both hillside victories. She is owned and bred by Benjamin Warren and is 12-5-0-1 overall with earnings of $105,210.The complete field for Saturday’s Irish O’Brien Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 117; Demonica, Joe Talamo, 117; Warren’s Gussie, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 122; Qiaona, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 119; Star Field, Tiago Pereira, 117.                 The first post on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Fort St. John man dies in Dawson Creek accident

first_imgThe collision happened Friday morning at the intersection of Highway 97 and the Dangerous Goods Route.Dawson Creek RCMP have just released details about the incident, saying a truck broadsided a car at around 10:30 a.m.Ralph Waite, an elderly, long-time resident of Fort St. John, was a passenger in the car and passed away in hospital on Sunday.- Advertisement -A memorial tea will be held in his memory at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Charlie Lake Hall.Police are continuing to investigate the collision and are asking anyone with information to contact Constable Sanderson at 250-784-3700.last_img

The Deets: Nick Bosa’s already the 49ers’ best defender and Dee Ford is nearing “bust” territory

first_imgConsidering how fast media and fans want to hand out grades following the NFL Draft, I don’t feel at all premature in making a declaration:Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft, has been an A-plus pick for the 49ers.Yes, he’s only played three games, but what more do you need to see to know that he was the best possible selection the 49ers could have made in the spring?And this might put me out on a limb, but as I argued on KNBR Tonight on Monday, the rookie has been …last_img

A SKY light for Soweto kids

first_imgBob Nameng founder of the SowetoKliptown Youth Project imparts valuablelifeskills to the youth of Soweto(Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Members of the Soweto Kliptown Youthhave learned to use their artistic talents to create business opportunities for themselves(Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Tamara O’ReillyBob Nameng’s work as the founder of the Soweto Kliptown Youth project has turned him into a celebrity of sorts in Kliptown, so much so that engaging in conversation with him without being interrupted is impossible.Sitting in the shade of a fence that separates a train station from one of the project’s art workshops, everyone who notices him stops to have lengthy cordial conversations – and he’s so accommodating he doesn’t even give them the standard “come back later” response.“No matter what I’m doing, I never turn anyone away,” says Nameng. “It’s not my policy. My doors and arms are open to anyone.” With the number of projects he’s undertaken to improve the lives of people in this community, that statement seems genuine. At the age of 16 he founded the Kliptown Child and Youth Club, now known as Soweto Kliptown Youth or SKY, one of the oldest surviving centres for youth in Soweto.The need for such a centre grew out of his own observations of what was lacking for the younger generation of Soweto and his own tragic experiences.Kliptown is a crowded informal settlement of about 50 000 people. As the birthplace of the Freedom Charter of 1955, the beginning of a long battle against apartheid, the area has great historical importance. Since democracy was achieved hundreds of economic, social development and infrastructure projects have take place in Soweto, however this area still has a high unemployment rate, poor infrastructure, few libraries and clinics, and the prevalence of HIV/Aids remains a concern.“I grew up in nearby Meadowlands. My mum died when I was four, my father when I was six and my physically challenged brother when I was 12. With all this darkness around me I was searching for some light which I obviously wasn’t getting at home. So I joined the streets,” says Nameng.The dawn of SKYAfter a year of no school and resorting to thuggish means to survive, an aunt “rescued” him, taking him to her home in Kliptown where she cared for him. It was the power of knowing that someone cared, says Nameng, that made him decide to offer kids from similar backgrounds a place to go where they also felt loved and sheltered.At the age of 16, in the two-roomed home where he still resides, he began holding choir sessions with 12 youths from the neighbourhood. The number of members soon increased and after school and weekends became a time of drawing, reading, learning and discussing issues, and finding solutions to the issues that affected members.Soon it became a place where children and teenagers would gather after school for entertainment ranging from dance to craft-making – a tradition that has lasted 22 years. As part of their development, kids are also encouraged to participate in sports like basketball, cricket and soccer.“Soccer is a much-loved game in this community. It has the power to give the young guys and girls characteristics like confidence and assertiveness. These are things you need if you want to make it in this community. You have no idea how many kids have been part of SKY. Many of them came here with a serious lack of ambition and I feel we managed to instil that in many of our members,” says Nameng.Feeding developmentEvery day about 300 children from the age of four upwards are fed at the centre – before school, after school and just before returning to their homes. Some of the vegetables are grown on the premises giving the youth a chance to learn basic farming skills.“We all know that a child cannot learn on an empty stomach and very often there is no food to eat when they get home. Through our feeding project we aim to educate children about nutrition, and to contribute to their physical and mental development. One of the most important reasons we have this project is to provide for the nutritional needs of those kids who are infected with HIV.”The organisation and its activities are sustained through generous donations from people all over the world who hear about SKY, as well as proceeds from various arts and entrepreneurship projects. One such project is providing a tour guide service to local and international tourists.“I’m trying to kill this culture of handouts that has been entrenched in so many people, especially youngsters,” says Nameng. “Being underprivileged does not mean that things are owed to you. Our youth need to be taught to be self sufficient and the tour guide operation and art and craft business are some of the ways we achieve that with our members.”Spreading the wordThe SKY foundation has spread to other parts of Johannesburg, with 14 community centres being established in impoverished areas of the city, like the Orange Farm informal settlement south of Johannesburg. Exchange programmes with schools such as Noble and Greenough in Massachusetts in the US as well as invitations for members to perform at international music and art festivals have put SKY on the map.Useful links Soweto Kliptown Youth Exchange programmelast_img read more