Lawyers Who Rock

first_imgLawyers Who Rock Lawyers Who Rock Musicians with good day jobs Associate EditorBack in the wild ’60s, Bobby Cox grew his hair to his shoulders, wore a wide-lapel jacket embroidered with roses over a chest-revealing unbuttoned shirt, and rocked out on keyboards with jazz-rock band Mandela and Tampa-based cover band Southern Comfort.Playing in rock-and-roll bands since he was 14, Cox made a deal with himself: If I am not a big rock star by 1975, I will go to law school.Reality hit with a discordant thud.He played his last concert and walked off stage. Afraid he’d be too tempted to stick to his rocker ways, he gave his keyboards away.Between hitting the law books, he doctored musical withdrawals by retreating to a lonely practice room at Florida State University’s music school and playing his heart out on a battered upright, a one-man show with a one-man audience.Today, nearly three decades later, he’s the respectable Robert Scott Cox, of Cox & Burns, P.A., a Tallahassee law firm specializing in serious personal injury cases.And he’s got his keyboards back.“Frankly, you have to have another outlet,” says Cox. “Otherwise, the only thing at the end of the rainbow of being a lawyer is Volvos and anti-depressants. Playing music gives you some balance. Think of the level of unhappiness in those charts about lawyers in the Bar News. ”Playing gigs for fun, he likes to call himself “a musician with a good day job.”With King Ed and the Family Jewels, featuring progressive blues a la Stevie Ray Vaughn and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cox plays piano, Hammond organ, and synthesizer.With the Big Kahunas, Cox dons a Hawaiian shirt and plays bass with fellow lawyers Steve Metz, drummer and chief legislative counsel for The Florida Bar, and John Lovett, guitarist, Harvard-educated lawyer, and managing partner at the Katz Kutter law firm.Describing the Big Kahunas as “the British Invasion meets the Beach Boys,” Metz says: “The biggest thing for me is the reaction of people when they find out I’m a drummer in a band. ‘What?!’ I’m a fairly conservative lawyer during the day.”Cox ribs Metz by saying: “It’s pretty hard to screw up ‘Louie, Louie,’ but somehow he did it.”And Metz flings back at Cox: “Don’t believe a thing he tells you. He is a lying dog and is really Robin Williams as a lawyer.”This trio of serious lawyers by day and jamming fools by night agree that playing in a band helps take the edge off being lawyers, helps balance their lives, and forces them not to take themselves too seriously.“The word fun keeps coming to mind,” says Metz, who once played in a band in the style of the Swinging Medallions, with a Herb Alpert wannabe friend on trumpet, when he attended Choctawatchee High School, Class of ’67.“It energizes you. It makes you feel young again,” said Metz, who also drank Jolt cola when practicing in his garage with the Jolt Band and is billed in the Big Kahunas promo as a lobbyist with Metz Hauser and Husband who “misspent his youth playing drums in surf and rock bands in Daytona Beach.”Lovett — who plays a five-string banjo he bought from Earl Scruggs in a bluegrass band called South Georgia Grass, as well as in an Irish band called the Wild Rovers — put it this way: “In all candor, I’m not reliving my younger days. I’m living these days right now. This is life right now.”At 57, Lovett claims being a musician for 40 years, inspired in his youth by the Kingston Trio.“I heard them and said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I got a banjo and taught myself to play it. And the same with guitar. But I’m not good enough to only be a professional musician. My kids would starve on what a musician makes.”What Lovett gets out of his gigs is pure delight.“There is a joy I get from entertaining people and knowing I am helping people enjoy themselves. There’s a certain amount of ego involved in being able to play music: ‘Look at me and let me show you what I can do,’” Lovett says.Back at the serious law office, in the high-rise building with the only revolving door in downtown Tallahassee, Lovett says: “They all pretend they don’t know me. They’re all terribly embarrassed by the whole thing.”Not fellow Katz Kutter lawyer Kathi Giddings, who belts out vocals in her husband’s band, “The Diehards,” whose motto is: “Live Hard, Love Hard, Play Hard, Die Hard.”“My mother majored in voice in college, and I took piano for most of my youth. But I didn’t play music for a while,” said Giddings, chair of the Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee when she is her serious legal-eagle self and goes by Katherine Eastmoore Giddings.Then she met her husband, Travis “T.D.” Giddings, who worked his way through school playing in bands and forming his own, and nudged her to the mike, front and center, to sing lead vocals, harmony, and secondary percussion.“My mother had this gorgeous Julie Andrews voice, and I sound more like Janis Joplin,” Giddings says with a hearty laugh. “Had it not been for my husband, I wouldn’t sing. It’s an activity we do together.”They play gigs in North Florida, like Wicked Willie’s in coastal village Carrabelle.“It’s a wonderful stress release and keeps me grounded in the real world,” said Giddings.Jon H. Gutmacher placed this ad in the Orange County Bar Association newsletter, The Briefs : “Were you a rock musician in a former life? If you were, and you’d like to be one again, send in your name, address, instrument and experience, and we’ll see if we can put together one or more legal rock groups for bar gigs and charity.”The tentative name of the group that has gathered so far is Lawyers Rock, featuring Stephen Shaw on lead guitar, James Willingham and Mary Kogut on vocals, Gutmacher on drums, and Jim Basque on keyboards.For Gutmacher, a self-described high school band nerd, his main thrill is composing, and playing in the band is a chance to hear his compositions come alive. Asked if he would like to share a few of his lyrics for this story, Gutmacher turned very serious and said, “Absolutely not! The songs I write, in my opinion, are capable of being No. 1 hits.”Who else thinks that?“My family does,” he answers.As for Lawyers Rock, well, they’ve played once and, Gutmacher admits the band “needs work.”“Oh, yeah, it does need work, but it has promise,” says keyboardist Basque, 49, who has been a working musician for 30 years.“I come from a musical family and started tickling the piano at an early age,” says Basque, who was influenced by the Beatles, and now has his own trio, Spectrum, and freelances in a blues band, The Touch.“It’s a good release from lawyer work, and I have gigs primarily on weekends. I do gigs from black-tie parties to biker bars. And some of the black-tie people get as crazy as the bikers,” Basque laughs.“Most of my career I have been a corporate big firm lawyer. And there have been a couple of instances where I showed up at a function to play in the band, and there’s a client or two in the audience. ‘What are you doing here?’ That’s usually how the conversations start,” Basque says.“My clients get a kick out of it. They think, ‘he’s a lawyer and he’s human, too.’”Music keeps that very important human side alive in lawyers who fear they would be very dull boys and girls, otherwise.That’s why Cox starts his day playing jazz for an hour on his piano. That’s why he invites Metz and Lovett to take over the front porch of his house to practice for their upcoming October 19 gig at Tallahassee’s Paradise Grill to benefit the local animal shelter.“The music is worse, but the wine and accommodations are infinitely better” than his young rocker days, Cox says.Before, Cox admits, he tried not to let people know about his musical past.“I didn’t think people would take me seriously,” Cox says. “At this point, I’m old and rich, and I don’t care.”Rock on. 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YMCA Plans “Healthy Kids Day,” Road Race and Triathlon

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin ELLSWORTH — With the arrival of spring, the tempo is picking up at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, with several major events scheduled in coming weeks.First on the list is “Healthy Kids Day” on Saturday, April 18.The Ellsworth-based YMCA is joining with 18 other YMCAs across the state and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for a day of free fun and creative activities to promote year-long wellness and healthy living for children and families.The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YMCA gymnasium, will include a 50-foot obstacle course, an inflatable slide, a bounce house, jousting, fitness games and the distribution of nutritional and health-related materials.Games will be provided by Lou Dublin at Granville Rental Station.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso coming up at the YMCA are the second annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial Road Race on Saturday, April 25, and the first Dare-to-Try-athlon on May 16.For either or both events, register online at http://www.defymca.org/ or in person at the YMCA on State Street in Ellsworth.For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.center_img Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more

McGUINNESS: WE’RE READY FOR TYRONE

first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness says his side is ready for the challenge of Tyrone in Clones on Saturday week – insisting Mickey Harte’s men won’t catch Donegal on the hop.“Everyone knows what we are going in against with a team that has won three All-Irelands in 10 year and we have to prepare for that and get our gameplan and squad ready,” said Jim.“It’s one we’ll look forward to, we have worked hard to get into this position — we’re only 70 minutes from a final and we’re just happy to be there. If Tyrone beat us it’s not because they will catch us on the hop. We know what lies ahead — they are one of the top teams in the country. “Mickey is starting to build a new team but has a lot of the old guard there as well, who played extremely well the last day and probably made the difference. It’s for us to prepare as best we can.”Retaining their Ulster title will be tough, he admitted, but Donegal’s win over Derry and new offensive challenge alongside our defensive capabilities are making last year’s critical pundits sit up and take notice.But the challenge of back-to-back titles is willing on his players.Said Jim: “It’s important because Ulster titles are extremely difficult to win. We haven’t won many and our players respect the competition hugely. To add another medal would be an unbelievable achievement and there’s a bigger picture outside that — but the Ulster Championship will always be very special. “That’s true for the players too because they stood in dressing rooms three or four times, beaten in Ulster finals and carrying that around with them for years.“We have to look it in the eye and see what can we do to get another victory and get to the final. If we could manage that, it would be a fantastic achievement.”Donegal v Tyrone is at Clones on Saturday week. Throw-in 4.30pm.  McGUINNESS: WE’RE READY FOR TYRONE was last modified: June 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:McGUINNESS: WE’RE READY FOR TYRONElast_img read more

Warriors-Blazers cheatsheet: Who will head into All-Star break feeling better?

first_imgThe Trail Blazers have struggled recently, losing their last two. But, with the Warriors coming to town on the second night of a back to back, Portland hopes home cooking makes the difference.When/Where: Moda Center, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Blazers projected starting lineup: Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless, Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollumBlazers Stock Report: Since the last matchup between these two teams, Portland has maintained its standing as one of the five best teams in the …last_img

Exporting Mandela’s proteas

first_img29 January 2006When a cool breeze blows down the Elandsberg, it stirs the blooms of thousands of proteas and strelizias on the young 80-hectare Longmore Flower Estates.Among them are three very special hybrids in short supply on world markets. They are the red king Madiba protea, the Radebe’s Sunrise pincushion and the strikingly yellow Mandela’s Gold strelizia. Successfully tested in nurseries, young plantations of these hybrids will be in full and glorious bloom on the estate by the time 2010 World Cup soccer tourists descend on the Eastern Cape.Longmore Flower Estates is a black empowerment success story in the heart of Cacadu district, just outside Port Elizabeth. It was started by four dynamic people who pooled their severance packages to buy a failed state-owned flower plantation.Within four months they had turned the business around, and today Longmore exports to Holland, sells locally, and has secured new markets in Germany.“We are an independent flower producer specialising in unique protea and strelizia hybrids,” says general manager Zyta Soomar.With the support of government, Longmore has launched satellite cut flowers skills training programmes in the Longmore and Tsitsikamma regions aimed at equipping previously disadvantaged farmers to become flower producers.At the same time, production capacity at Longmore is being increased.“We have two satellite estates in the developmental stages that will form part of the first flower trail in the Eastern Cape,” says Zyta. In the meantime, private tour buses are allowed on to the estate, she says.The flower trail will stretch about 100 kilometres from the Greater Coega area in the east to the border of Baviaanskloof in the west.Already one guest accommodation unit has been completed at Longmore which has gentle slopes under blooms at the start of the scenic Gamtoos Valley.According to orchard manager and founding partner Dennise Koert, 28 varieties of cut flowers are planted at the estate.This variety ensures picking all year round, with the main season from January to April. After harvesting, blooms are cold stored, graded, packed and fridge-freighted to Cape Town for export to foreign markets via sea and air.Special varieties at the estate are:Protea cyneroides (“Madiba”) – a striking, deep red king protea named after Nelson Mandela, known to millions by his clan name, Madiba.Srelitzia reginae (“Mandela’s Gold”) – The National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town introduced this rare and spectacular yellow-flowering strelitzia to horticulture in 1994 – the year that Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa.Leucospermum Radebe sunrise – this new and rare yellow pincushion is a hybrid developed at the estate. The new plant was named after South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, who helped make the Longmore dream a reality.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, summer 2006/07 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

10 Mobile Trends for 2011

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In its annual mobile technology report, Forrester Research has outlined the trends it expects to see in the coming year. Technologies like 4G and LTE, Near Field Communication (NFC), barcodes and augmented reality will see increasing amounts of hype in 2011, and the use of mobile/social/location combinations will soar, the report says. But for companies, the goal should now be on developing mobile business cases and strategies, and not jumping on the bandwagons surrounding these types of disruptions.These technologies – LTE, NFC and mobile AR – will take years to emerge, says Forrester. Strategy needs to come before technology.2010 Trends ContinueForrester’s 2011 report began by analyzing its performance on last’s year’s predictions. Overall, the firm gave itself a B+ on accuracy. It says that the trends we saw last year will continue in the year ahead. These included around 20 trends that were lumped into four general categories: disruptive forces, emerging trends, consumer use of mobile for commerce and company spending on mobile.Last year, Forrester had claimed that we would see non-telco companies like Apple, Google and Facebook seeing increased importance as key players in the mobile ecosystem, we would see increasing device and OS (operating system) fragmentation, the increased integration of location and social into mobile services, increased consumer use of mobile commerce services and mobile product professionals would be increasing their mobile budgets.While those still hold true, says Forrester, new trends for 2011 are emerging.To summarize, the trends are as follows:1) Mobile/Social/Local Combinations will Explode but will Generate Little Revenue As we also recently noted, everyone is getting into mobile/social/local services these days from Facebook to Google and Amazon to Groupon. But Forrester says that while the number and usage of these services will increase, it does not expect the services to generate meaningful revenue in 2011. Also, in a side note, there’s bad news for Foursquare buried in the report. Although Forrester doesn’t name names, it says that “location-based social networks” will struggle as standalone activities as major players like Facebook integrate location into their services, like Facebook has done with Facebook Places.2) 2011 is the Year of the “Dumb” Smartphone UserSmartphones will become more affordable, thanks to handset subsidies. And these new users will be less engaged and active than smartphone early adopters. Forrester expects they’ll download fewer apps on average, but will consume more mobile media thanks to consumer education and convenience provided by the phones.Despite the fact that these former “dumb phone” users may download fewer apps than early adopters, the overall app forecast is still good. In fact, Gartner also just released a report that stated mobile app store revenue will pass $15 billion in 2011. It said:Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117 percent increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010…By the end of 2014, Gartner forecast over 185 billion applications will have been downloaded from mobile app stores, since the launch of the first one in July 2008.Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass $15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190 percent increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion.(Note: The “dumb” reference in Forrester’s trend title is not meant to a slight at the intelligence of these new users, by the way, but the phones they’ve upgraded from: feature phones, also sometimes called “dumb phones.”)3) The Mobile Fragmentation Problem will Continue Forrester says it expects fragmentation to continue, but it’s not just referring to the multiple variations of a single OS. It means that some customers have smartphones, some have feature phones, some use apps, some use SMS, plus there are multiple OS’s in existence, in multiple versions, with multiple screen sizes and there are a higher number of devices out there. In short: fragmentation. The costs of porting, maintaining and promoting apps will remain high.4) The “Apps vs. Internet” Debate Will Continue…to be IrrelevantSays Forrester, it’s not a question of “either/or” when it comes to a choice between apps vs. the mobile Web, but both. Frequent and intense users of services like banking and brokerage will want curated experiences in the form of apps, but the Internet will remain the fallback for more occasional information and needs. Mobile developers frustrated with the costs of building mobile apps for multiple platforms should rely more on the Web. Even if HTML5 doesn’t scale within the next 2 to 3 years, mobile browsing experiences are improving, the report notes. But for targeting the “SuperConnecteds” and “Entertainers” (referring to two types of mobile users the firm classified previously, referring to, respectively, heavy users and those who listen to music, watch video and play games), apps are still needed.5) Mobile Marketing Spend will Surpass $1 BillionMarketer will begin allocating dedicated resources to mobile in 2011. In the U.S., Forrester forecasts that marketing spend on mobile display ads and search will surpass $1 billion in 2011. Marketers will find quantifiable ROI on mobile for generating real leads, driving foot traffic, and selling products and services.6) Mobile Will Increasingly Prompt Users to Interact with Their Environment In 2011, NFC will begin to matter. The market will move away from the trial stage in regions where there is NFC infrastructure in place, but barriers will still need to be removed for the technology to really take off. These include consumer demand, education and business model issues. Other technologies like QR codes (a type of barcode) and augmented reality will prompt users to hold up their phones to interact with the world around them. These initiatives, however, will remain nice, but will help raise awareness of the new forms of interaction provided by mobile.7) The Attention to 4G will Vastly Outweigh the Impact of 4G NetworksMore operators will launch 4G networks in 2011 to a lot of buzz, but Forrester says to ignore the hype. “4G will have as little impact as 3G had when it launched in Europe and the U.S. in 203.” It took nearly 7 years for half of mobile subscribers in those regions to have 3G capable phones, says the firm. Expect similar trends for 4G.8) Companies will Invest First in Convenient Services for ConsumersForrester says that mobile product and service professionals, particularly in the travel industry, will invest first to keep their most lucrative customers happy. And in the hierarchy of benefits that mobile offers – revenue generation, cost savings and convenience – convenience will reign during 2011.9) Casual Gaming Will Continue to Boom Smartphones have become powerful gaming devices for the mass market, and this trend will continue in 2011. In the premium mobile space, new business models based on subscriptions, microtransactions and in-app billing will expand from the games category into others, like music and news.10) “Mobile” Will Mean More than Mobile PhonesConsumer adoption of tablets, eReaders, portable media devices and other mobile products has grown in 2010 and this will continue in 2011. Apps and services will need to work across devices and consumers will want ubiquitous access to content and services.  This will force service providers to sync content via the cloud to maintain a consistent experience across platforms. Tags:#mobile#Trends last_img read more

Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts

first_imgJustin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESJustin Brownlee has fond memories of Game 6 of last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, but he knows that it’s already a thing of the past.“I definitely remember it,” Brownlee said, looking back on the shot that downed Meralco and ended Ginebra’s eight-year title drought. “But I’m just trying to move on from it.”ADVERTISEMENT “Like coach said, the guy is a beast. I got to give it to him, he’s just been a beast and he’s been unstoppable. That’s why he’s in the finals and his team. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully we can slow him down,” he said.But it’s not just Durham alone, as the rest of the Bolts are raring to get their redemption against the Gin Kings.“If I was with that team, I would want to face Ginebra in the Finals, too,” he said, understanding the sentiments of a lot of Meralco players, particularly Jared Dillinger, who’s been vocal of his desire to have the rematch. “That just shows his fight and you know, maybe get some revenge. I would be the same way if I was him so I respect that.”Game 1 of the best-of-7 Finals series kicks off on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And with the Gin Kings and the Bolts clashing anew in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Brownlee is focused on leading his team to back-to-back titles.“A lot of people still talk about it, but this is a new year and a new conference. Whatever we did last year, it doesn’t matter in this time. I’m just trying to move forward from that. It was a great memory and nothing can take that away, but I’m just moving on,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrownlee unfurled monster numbers on Sunday, scattering 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five shots in the series-clinching win over TNT.That was just the kind of performance coach Tim Cone would like to see from his import going into the tough series against Meralco, but Brownlee is wary of the Bolts’ threat, specifically Allen Durham. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall

first_imgLATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, defends Washington Wizards guard John Wall during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers had the last word on John Wall and visiting Washington after days of NBA trash talk, prevailing 102-99 in overtime Wednesday.Brandon Ingram scored 19 points, Larry Nance Jnr added 18 and each grabbed 10 rebounds while teen rookie guard Ball had six points, eight rebounds and 10 assists to spark the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Springer’s HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Wall vowed “no mercy” to the Washington Post and added, “His dad has been talking… that makes me want to go out there and lead my team and play the best I can play.”It didn’t work out that way. Wall had 18 points on 7-of-22 shooting with nine assists, missed a tying 3-point attempt at the final buzzer and lost the ball out of bounds on a drive to the hoop late in overtime, his appeal for a foul unrewarded.“A lot of contact. I thought I got fouled,” Wall said. “We’ve got to learn how to close them out. We had the game in our hand.”LaVar Ball praised his son’s performance despite Wall producing more points.“When he goes off, people get stuck on them points,” the elder Ball said. “He does a lot more things than score points all the time to get the team to win. He’s versatile.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The Wizards missed out on their first 4-0 season start since 1978.“We were a half-step slow all night,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “The fourth quarter we were just standing around. They played better than us down the stretch. They made big shots. They deserved to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLavar Ball, Lonzo’s famously outspoken father, began the verbal fireworks after a Sunday loss to New Orleans, saying of the Wizards, “They better beware. Because Lonzo ain’t losing again. Not in the same week.”Wizards center Marcin Gortat tweeted in response that “JohnWall will torture (Ball) for 48 minutes.” View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

England beat West Indies by 121 runs in ICC Women’s Championship

first_imgAnya Shrubsole’s late hitting with the bat before taking two early wickets helped England secure a comfortable 121-run victory over West Indies in a rain-hit ICC Women’s Championship match at County Ground in Worcester.With the win, England have taken an unassailable lead 2-0. The hosts have now bagged a total of four points and will meet West Indies in the third ODI on June 13 at Chelmsford to earn two more precious points.England opted to bat first and posted 233/7 on Sunday. Tamsin Beaumont and Amy Jones stitched a 59-run stand for the opening wicket before Chinelle Henry dismissed Jones, who gave a catch to Hayley Matthews at the point for 18.Sarah Taylor joined Beaumont but soon after rain hit the match and covers were pulled on. The match was recommenced with 41 overs per side. Beaumont raised her bat to celebrate her ninth half-century in the format off 64 balls. West Indies made a solid comeback as Afy Fletcher removed Sarah (23) and Beaumont (61) on the second and third delivery of the 24th over.Natalie Sciver survived the hat-trick ball and along with her skipper, Heather Knight re-built the innings. Fletcher returned and clean bowled Knight for 14. Before Sciver was joined by her best friend and teammate Katherine Brunt, West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor got rid off Danielle Wyatt cheaply for three.England were in real trouble at 179/6 as a settled Sciver (35) dragged the ball on to her stumps off Matthews while Brunt returned after contributing run-a-ball 23. Shrubsole and Sophie Ecclestone remained unbeaten on 32 and 11, respectively. Meanwhile, Fletcher was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with 3-48, including two wickets in two balls.advertisementEngland’s total of 233/7 was adjusted to a target of 244 for the West Indies due to a rain delay. The Caribbean side got off to a bad start as Britney Cooper (6) got leg-before off the penultimate ball of the wicket-maiden sixth over from Shrubsole. The right-arm medium bowler returned and got Matthews (17) caught behind.In the ninth over, Kate Cross dismissed Kycia Knight, who gave a catch to Brunt at mid-off for a five-ball duck. Soon after, at mid-wicket Sciver took a great one-handed catch of West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor (6) off Cross, reducing the Caribbean side on 32/4 after 13 overs. The rain again delayed the match and it further got reduced to 28 overs with a revised target of 209 under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.West Indies struggled to hit the ball and Laura Marsh, who was playing her 100th ODI match, bagged a wicket in the name of Chedean Nation (9). The England skipper dismissed Shemaine Campbelle for 29 on the last ball of the 28th over and West Indies, at 87/6, fell 121 runs short.Brief scores: England 233/7 (T Beaumont 61, N Sciver 35, A Fletcher 3-48) beat West Indies 87/6 (S Campbelle 29, K Cross 2-4, A Shrubsole 2-12) by 121 runs.Also Read | Virat Kohli fined Rs 500 for washing car with drinking waterAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar surprised with David Warner’s slow batting vs IndiaAlso Seelast_img read more

‘THE CELEBRITIES’ vs ‘THE FISHBOWL FAVOURITES’

first_imgA new initiative was tested out this grand final day at the 2005 National 18’s Champs, as Tony Eltakchi donned a microphone headset, pulled up his referee socks and our celebrities faced the `Fishbowl Favourites’ in the 2005 Celebrity Challenge. The result???…hilarity all around. The grandstand was packed and in for a treat as a lucky 13 players were chosen from teams who had not made the top eight sides. These were players that had stood out to the men in `The Fishbowl’ (tournament control tower) ether through their skill, appearance or just general fantastic qualities. We called them the `Fishbowl Favourites’ and they were coached by Aussie Mixed Open coach Gary Madders. It was no doubt an experience for these young players, a chance to play in front of a packed grandstand and create history for TFA…perhaps even start a tradition??!! Designed to build crowd excitement and prepare everyone for the grand finals, the group had the crowd in stitches. We had celebrity referee Tony `Tash’ Eltakchi being wheeled out in a garbage bin, to sin binning Peter Topp (TFA Game Development Officer) for allegedly being offside, to Kane Weeks bolting down from the Fishbowl to push his way past the opposition to score and being gang tackled by Natasha Stergi from the ACT, Kyle from CIS and then Baartz, the youngest (and littlest) player at the tournament. The referees were cheering for their panel member Kathy, while they accepted Tash’s slightly over the top refereeing (and maybe on occasions just plain wrong) with good humour. Doctor Bruce was a hit in his Jamaican wig…who ever knew the doctor was so talented? While NRL Rabbitoh and former Touchie Joe Williams showed he still has what it takes when it comes to that step. Renee Randall and Maree Curran proved the Aussie Womens 30’s side will be a force to be reckoned with come All Nations, while Renee’s brilliant intercept and potential length of the field touchdown was halted by Tash’s whistle…and the reason you ask??? “Penalty for being too good,” were the words from the referee’s mouth. Phil Gyemore and Shelley Matcham (Aussie Open representatives) proved to the kids that Aussie selection is an honour and worth aiming for as they played against and encouraged the `Fishbowl Favourites’. Shae Moran from the Northern Eagles was an absolute hit with the crowd, he even stepped Joey Williams (claim to fame no doubt) and he dived across the line for two touchdowns. It was a great break from the competition, a light hearted break that all seemed to enjoy. Let’s hope we see it again next year!! The teams: FISHBOWL FAVOURITES Natasha Sergi (ACT) Andrew Baartz (CQ) Dylan Jones (SC) Andrew McCabe (SWQ) Kristen Noack (SUNS) Emily Hudson (TAS) Sharon Wong (WA) Candice Fuller (Rebels) Kyle Hiscox (CIS) Trystan Graham (Scorpions) Thomas Ainsle (Crusaders) Shaye Moran (Eagles) Jack Benson (NT) Jim Proust (Hornets) Australian Coach: Gary Madders All STARS TEAM Joe Williams (NRL South Sydney) Phil Gyemore (Aussie Mens Open) Shelley Matcham (Aussie Womens Open) Maree Curran (Aussie Womens 30’s) Renee Randall (Aussie Womens 30’s) Kathy Sweeney (Referees Panel) Russell (Groundsman) Dean Lannan (Selector) Peter Topp (Staff TFA) Jackson Goman (Tournament Staff) John Singh (Aussie Coach) Doctor Bruce Watts By Rachel Moylelast_img