first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Janis’ memory include her children, Rosalind (Darrin) Lunsford, John (Julia) Collins, Darrel (Lisa) Collins, all of Brookville, and Cara (Bill Brooks) Collins of Durham, NC; 10 grandchildren, Lauren Collins, Cleta Faye Collins, Ben Stone, Felicia Collins, Darrin Justin Lunsford, Chelsey Collins, Madison Collins, Darrell Collins, Jr., Dustin Collins, and Clara Collins; 4 great grandchildren, Autumn and Austin Gray, Lillie Dyer, and Brynleigh Stone; sisters, Joyce Pasley and Sharon Dearth, both of Cincinnati, and brother, Darrell Haltom of Indianapolis.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, Greg Haltom. In keeping with Janis’s wishes, cremation was chosen.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Brookville Volunteer Fire Department.     Memorial contributions may be directed to Brookville Volunteer Fire Department, 900 Mill Street, Brookville IN 47012.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Janis Collins.center_img Janis Collins, of Brookville, was born on July 29, 1949 in Putnam County, Indiana, the daughter of Loren and Mildred Hanners Haltom.  She retired from Gecom after many years of employment.  Janis enjoyed spending time with her family and liked to craft and travel.  On Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the age of 67, she passed away at her residence. last_img read more

first_img “When you go back out on Friday after a good score you know what you can do, so you’re going out with some expectations compared to Thursday. “I think I’ve just got to approach it trying to hit solid shots the first few holes and play my way into the round, just like I did today. “I just have to take it one hole at a time, one shot at a time – I know everyone says it and you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true.” McIlroy insists he has learned not to watch leaderboards so early in a tournament in order to help him not chase a score when it is not necessary. “I’ll just be conscious of myself but I’ll try not to think about where I am on the leaderboard or what position I am in the tournament because it’s irrelevant, it’s only the second day. “You might need to know on the back nine on Sunday but apart from that, you just go out and try to play your best. “I think when I’m in a real good mindset I don’t really look at leaderboards too much. Is it a change from the last few weeks? Yes. “There’s nothing really to it, it’s just trying to put those expectations aside.” McIlroy is determined even a change in the weather from the sunny, calm conditions he enjoyed on Thursday will not affect him. “I feel I’m well prepared this week for whatever the conditions,” he added. “I’ve practised in windy conditions the last few weeks. I’ve practised the shots that I might need for a bad day like tomorrow might be. “Will that help in any way? It might do, because you’re really just concentrating on one shot at a time when the weather is like that. “It’s not like I’ve shot good scores in first rounds and haven’t backed them up before. I’m used to doing that. I just haven’t done it recently. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings and what weather it is and try to handle it as best I can.” Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy insists he does not fear Fridays and has no worries about a repeat of the last time he led the Open Championship after day one. At Hoylake he carded a blemish-free six-under 66 to lead by one from Italian Matteo Manassero but his recent travails on Fridays have led to something akin to a second-day syndrome with the 25-year-old struggling terribly. In the current calendar year he is 50 under par for his first rounds and nine over for his second. With a change in the weather expected on Friday – although nothing as severe as what blew through the Old Course four years ago – there could be some trepidation when McIlroy steps onto the first tee at 2.27pm but he is confident he can see past that. “That first morning in St Andrews was similar in terms of the conditions, it was very scoreable,” said the Northern Irishman, who collapsed in the final round of the 2011 Masters after an opening 65 only to bounce back two months later with a wire-to-wire win at the US Open. “I actually think this is a very similar type of golf course and the game plan is actually quite similar in some ways. “Any time you shoot 66 at the Open Championship, you’re going to be pleased: it’s another great start and I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow. “Whenever I go out and play on Thursdays there’s not really many expectations. “You’re going out there and you’re trying to find a rhythm and you’re just trying to play your way into the round. Four years ago the two-time major winner shot the lowest first round in the tournament’s long and illustrious history with a 63 at St Andrews in similar benign conditions to those at Royal Liverpool on Thursday. He returned the next day and carded an 80 in atrocious weather which blew his challenge for the Claret Jug off course, although he still managed to recover to finish joint third. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThat last victory was against the defending national champions, and Michigan State’s last visit to Ohio Stadium ended in a 48-3 loss in 2017. The Buckeyes (5-0) have won their last 14 Big Ten home games by an average of 28 points per game, and the Spartans enter as 20-point underdogs.MORE: OSU looks like nation’s most complete team in demolition of NebraskaOne could argue No. 25 Michigan State (4-1) could make an even bigger statement this time around. Dantonio knows what it takes to win at Ohio Stadium — from both sidelines. He was on the field as a Michigan State assistant when the Nick Saban-led Spartans shocked No. 1 Ohio State 28-24 in 1998. He also was Ohio State’s defensive coordinator for the 2002 national championship team — and the last time he was in The Shoe for a night game was 2003.”The first thing when you go down there is you can’t be afraid,” Dantonio told SN. “You have to have confidence in yourself. I think that’s very, very important. The second thing is you better focus on the moment and make sure every play counts and stack those plays one at a time and try not to get into too many setbacks. The last thing is you better be confident — relatively confident in what you are doing relative to who you are playing.”No Michigan State coach has personified that more than Dantonio since Duffy Daugherty, who piled up 109 victories at Michigan State from 1954-72. Dantonio passed Daughtery this season and now has 111 victories with the Spartans. Michigan State is the only Big Ten team other than Ohio State to reach the College Football Playoff, and that came after the upset of the Buckeyes in 2015.”That’s a humbling comparison because Duffy Daugherty did so much for college football in terms of integration,” Dantonio said. “I think he was truly a pioneer for college football in his time. I don’t really look at it like that.”Dantonio maintains the same next-game-up philosophy that has served the program well throughout his tenure. Yes, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 12 Penn State, No. 14 Iowa and No. 19 Michigan are ranked higher in the polls. Like Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa, the Spartans have a top-10 defense. Still it will be a challenge to slow down a Buckeyes offense that averages 52.4 points per game.”I think they have a dynamic running back in (J.K.) Dobbins, and Master Teague is a good running back, too,” Dantonio said. “You’ve got to be able to stop the run. In ’15 we did. In ’17 we did not. Then you have to limit their explosive plays. Then, you have to come up with some turnovers and be opportunistic on offense and very good on special teams.”That will be the other challenge: Can Michigan State’s offense be methodical enough to play keep away and score points against the Buckeyes? Quarterback Brian Lewerke has improved across the board and has 10 touchdowns and just one interception this season.”They’ve scored 38 TDs and given up four and I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of that, so it’s quite one-sided. I think you have to be able to control the game from a clock standpoint,” Dantonio said. “I don’t think we’re going to go in there and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to score four TDs on four 50-yard bombs.’ I think it’s going to be a combination of being able to control the ball. You can’t take negative-yardage plays, take sacks or turn the ball over.”WEEK 6 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThat is the recipe Dantonio is taking to Ohio State, and he repeats the same mantra to his players that he started with in 2007: “Believe in yourself before anybody else does.”That served Daugherty well in the never-ending battles with Big Ten heavyweights Ohio State and Michigan. Daugherty finished 10-7-2 against Michigan and 4-6 against Ohio State, a combined record of 14-13-2. Daugherty is the only Michigan State coach who beat the Buckeyes four times.Dantonio, meanwhile, is 8-4 against Michigan and 3-7 against the Buckeyes — a combined record of 11-11 that would not have seemed possible given the state of the program when he arrived. That’s a bigger statement than anything that could unfold in Columbus on Saturday, even if Dantonio even concedes, with a chuckle, that “it would be ironic if we could beat them for a fourth time.” Dantonio, however, sticks to the one comparison he wants to last longest with Daughtery.”I do hope, I know his players loved him because I know a lot of his players now — Gene Washington, Clint Jones and some others like George Webster when he was still with us,” Dantonio said. “They truly cared for him as a person, and hopefully that’s what comes across from my players when they think of me.”That sounds like a coach who believes in his team before everybody else does. That’s also why Saturday could be a lot more interesting than it looks. This is a chance for No. 25 Michigan State to be opportunistic when it comes to the Big Ten race. After all, the Buckeyes are a top-five team that might be the most complete team in the country. They haven’t lost to a Big Ten team at home since the Spartans beat No. 2 Ohio State 17-14 in 2015.”That’s a statement in itself that nobody has won there since 2015,” Dantonio told Sporting News on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_img:10 Wait…Wait…Wait… Just wait a minute, wait a minute man. Will you please just hold on a minute and let me get this straight! I’m trying to get a real good understanding here. You mean to tell me that General David Petraeus, the same guy that won the wars in the Middle East…the same guy that’s the head of the CIA…that guy was busted having an affair with another woman. WILL—YOU—PLEASE—TELL—ME—HOW—THE —HEAD—OF—THE—CIA—CAN’T– KEEP—HIS—AFFAIR—A—SECRET!?!? The CIA is in the keep a secret business. I mean, that’s what they do. No wonder we can’t rule the world. C’mon man! BILL NEAL :09 President Obama…“You shook up the world again.” …You’re a bad man! Now, rumble young man rumble.:08 Alright, alright, here is some sports stuff (you know, some of you can get on a brother’s nerves…I know, it’s a sports column!) At The Buzzer hhheeerrreee we go!•Pitt football team you take undefeated Notre Dame to the wire in a game you should have won by ten and then you go up to Connecticut and lose to one of the worst teams in the nation…I got nothing!•The real Steelers beat the real Giants. They will beat the Ravens twice and win the division. Take it to the bank.•By now you’ve heard that famed boxing coach and commentator Emmanuel Steward died at the too young age of 68. A tragic loss to be sure.•And yet Penn State rolls on!•Hey “Bama”, what you gonna do now?•No hockey…no worries mun.•The Pirates end the season the same as the last twenty and the owner says there will be no changes in the front office…ok?•The Pittsburgh Bullits, pro-basketball team, kicked off their season. Check them out when you get the chance. Call the Homewood YMCA for info.:07 Oh, don’t worry, I didn’t forget. Here it is. I told the fellas at the gym Thursday night Mike Brown had to go. Friday morning, he was gone.:06 City League football got through it and basketball season is here. Keep supporting City League athletics. The best is yet to come and our kids need us more now than ever.:05 Speaking of City League sports…and I was, mark your calendar right now and tell all your senior high school basketball players, both boys and girls, the Champions High School All-Star Basketball Classic will return big time Saturday, April 6 and will showcase the best players in western Pa. This year’s program will also feature the presentation of the Warren Wilson Jr. High School/ college prep program to get high school players ready for the next level. Stay tuned for more information.:04 Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers wide receiver, got hit with a $15,000 fine for faking an injury in the Giants game and the Steelers got tagged with a $35,000 fine of their own. Hey guys, money well spent!:03 Movie Review Time. You love it, yes you do…yes, you do. If you’ve forgotten why Denzel is the man, just go see Flight and it will all come back to you. I give it three basketballs and do yourself a favor and punch up American Gangster and Hurricane when you get a minute and re-enjoy the other two movies he should have won an Oscar for.:02 Ok, let me get this straight. I am busy trying to get Obama re-elected, Hurricane Sandy hits like a ton, we gotta get the Steelers in and out of New York, and my Lakers are 0 for 4 out the gate (including 8 straight pre-season losses) and Vince Neal and his retired Band of Gypsies over at some breakfast joint want to correct me on when his party was! (Band of Gypsies…Jimi Hendrix 1970). Hey Vinnie, you and the boys got too much old man time on your hands. What you really need to be worrying about is how you get your No. 1 party position back. And don’t be hatin’ the two top seeds now… remember, jealousy is one of the seven sins. Yep, you guessed it…c’mon man!:01 Coming At Ya!•On Nov. 24, Champion Enterprises will host the 37th Annual Rev. Duane A. Darkins Memorial Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner. If you want to help, call The Champions at 412-628-4856.•The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club will host their annual holiday party Dec. 1, at 3 Lakes Golf Club from 9 p.m. until ? For information, call 412-287-8610 or 412-559-8432.•The 37th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet coming up Dec. 9 at 3 Lakes Golf Club, 6-10 p.m., honoring Michael Moore, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Pittsburgh Steeler Wes Lyons and featuring national vocalist Yolanda Barber in concert. For information, call 412-628-4856.•Toys for Champions Christmas Party and Toy Giveaway, Dec. 22 at the Penn Avenue Wilkinsburg McDonald’s, 12-6 p.m. Children must be present.•Five Starr Corp. holiday “Red Par-Tay,” Dec. 2, Old School Par-Tay Style. Stay tuned.~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

first_imgRemember when The Guardian newspaper called Collins’ emergence significant for LGBT acceptance … “as professional sports had long been seen as the final frontier”?Remember when the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network presented Collins with its courage award? Remember when the veteran NBA center was being likened to Jackie Robinson?Well, eh, forget it. Forget the whole thing.As you read this, Collins is likely sitting somewhere inside his California home, twiddling his thumbs, watching reality TV, waiting, hoping, waiting, hoping, waiting, hoping for the groundbreaking opportunity that looks, increasingly, unlikely to occur. Put differently: For one to actually become the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport, one must be an openly gay active male professional athlete playing a team sport.And Collins ain’t playing squat.With the NBA opening in less than two weeks, it has become clear that the league’s 30 teams have no interest in Collins, a 34-year-old journeyman. From a purely basketball standpoint, this is understandable: Once a valuable role player on a New Jersey Nets team that reached back to back NBA Championship series in the early 2000s, Collins is a shell of his former self.Playing with Boston and Washington last season, he averaged but 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 38 games. He is — to be blunt — a slow, nonathletic player with creaky joints and no offensive repertoire of which to speak. Were this any other similarly submediocre player in any other sport, his departure would register nary a blip on the radar. He would vanish, and life would move on.Jason Collins, however, ceased being ordinary the moment he announced he was gay.To thousands upon thousands of Americans, he became a beacon of hope and a sign that maybe sexuality would matter not the in machismo-stuffed world of professional sports. If LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul could embrace a gay man as a teammate, what excuse would the loudmouth, homophobic blockhead at the construction site or law firm have for his close-mindedness?Finally, things were about to change.Only they weren’t because, well, nobody called. The NBA has been repeatedly defended in its inaction with predictable attacks on Collins’ game — too slow, too marginal, too worthless. Yet could somebody (anybody?) have at least invited him to training camp — land of myriad oafs and fringe players itching to land a job?Hell, the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason roster included Dan Gadzuric and Eric Boateng, two men with limited skill sets and without Collins’ great teammate/dogged worker resume. Hell, the Atlanta Hawks briefly employed David Lighty, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard with no redeeming NBA attributes. Hell, the New York Knicks, according to NBC Sports’ D.J. Foster, “have basically worked out everyone who has ever touched a basketball this offseason.” Everyone save Collins.This isn’t a hard one to figure out.As the late Branch Rickey of baseball fame repeatedly pointed out, change within the sports landscape doesn’t come easily.Just as members of the Brooklyn Dodgers were loathe to share locker space with Robinson in the summer of 1947, many NBA players (whether they admit it publicly or not) were likely not thrilled by the idea of showering alongside a gay man even if they’d been showering alongside said gay man for more than a decade.Adding Collins to a roster — even a preseason roster — would likely have meant awkwardness, confusion and weirdness.There almost inevitably would have been conservative Christian teammates asking to change in a designated private space. Special press conferences would need to be arranged.Gay rights groups would flock to the arena — and they’d be loud. And what of the slurs that fly across courts during practice with staggering regularity, and without much thought? What would happen the first time a Clipper or Piston or Spur uttered the word “f****t,” even if it were not directed at Collins?Could all this trouble (and it would, inevitably, be trouble) be worth it for at best a seldom-used 12th man?Answer: Absolutely.Opportunities like this don’t happen often, and the NBA — arguably the most progressive of the four major American team sports — is failing miserably.Where is Kidd, the Nets’ new coach and former Collins’ teammate, with a camp invite? Where is Mark Cuban, the forward-thinking Dallas Mavericks owner, with a pen and a contract? Where are the Golden State Warriors, the team whose arena is 18 miles from the spot where Harvey Milk was murdered? Where are the Lakers, a franchise desperately in need in grit and toughness? Where are the Miami Heat, whose bench could use a bruiser of Collins’ ilk?How in the world could no one think to add Collins to a roster, if only to give his courageous first step the conclusion it deserves?How are we letting this one slip away?Editor’s note: Jeff Pearlman blogs at His most recent book is “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton.” Follow him on twitter @jeffpearlman. In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by Jeff Pearlman(CNN) — It was merely a dream, wasn’t it?That whole Jason Collins thing of six months ago — never happened, right? The headline news of his becoming the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport. The Sports Illustrated cover. The supportive tweets from everyone ranging from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jason Kidd and LeBron James. The interviews. The raves (“Game-changing!”). The altered landscape.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year.The scholarship program encourages undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including agriculture, business, communication, economics, education, engineering, science and technology.“The OSCF scholarship program helps eliminate some of the financial burden for students who are committed to strengthening Ohio’s soybean industry,” said Bill Bateson, an Ohio soybean farmer from Hancock County who serves on the OSCF selection committee. “Our scholarships help students studying careers across the value chain, from agronomists to food scientists to ag educators.”The OSCF scholarship program has awarded over $340,000 in scholarships since 2008. 2020-2021 undergraduate scholarshipsSeven undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 each will be awarded. Also available to one undergraduate student is a $3,000 Robinson W. Joslin Scholarship, which was established in memory of Rob Joslin, a soybean farmer and long-time leader in the soybean industry, to recognize a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.Lastly, one undergraduate student is eligible for a $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research and commercialization activities at Battelle. This scholarship was founded to support those pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research.Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agricultural education or any of the agricultural disciplines or related fields. 2020-2021 graduate scholarshipsThree scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to graduate students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Ohio college or university and have proof of legal residency in the United States.Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, biotechnology, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on advancing the soybean industry.The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is Jan. 10, 2020.All OSCF scholarships will be competitively awarded with funds paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply. For more information and to apply, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at read more

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—LA Tenorio is one of the best point guards in the PBA and at 34-years-old is still far away from retirement.Ginebra’s floor general averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in the past season en route to the Commissioner’s Cup title, proving that he still has a lot left in the tank.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion It was Ginebra, however, that Tenorio truly became a household name as he also became a national team staple while wearing the Gin Kings’ colors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Although he’s not yet thinking of an impending retirement, Tenorio wants to end his playing days with the franchise that gave three of his four career titles.“That’s what I want,” said Tenorio of a potential retirement with Ginebra during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino. “Who wouldn’t want to retire under Ginebra?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Hopefully this would be my last team before I retire. But I’m not yet thinking of retiring because it’s still far away and of course I’m still young.”Tenorio has played with San Miguel in his first two years in the league before he got traded to Alaska where he won the 2010 Fiesta Cup and became the co-Finals MVP with Cyrus Baguio against his former team. Asi Taulava ponders retirement as he enters 20th season in PBA LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations And Hornets guard Kemba Walker is about to make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte.While there were perhaps mild surprises, there were no real stunners during Thursday night’s unveiling of the starters for the NBA All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. James and Antetokounmpo are captains, their perk for being the leading vote-getters out of the Western and Eastern Conferences, and nine of this year’s 10 starters have been chosen to begin All-Star Games in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalker is the lone exception, and broke into a smile when realizing he was a pick.“It’s kind of surreal,” Walker told TNT during the broadcast to announce the starters. View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Manny’s worth PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James gestures from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will choose his own teammates as the other captain.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The starting guards from the East are Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Walker. The East frontcourt picks were Antetokounmpo, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. From the West, Stephen Curry and reigning NBA MVP James Harden were the picks at guard, with James, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City’s Paul George getting the frontcourt spots.“I had a lot of doubt coming into my early career about just even being an elite point guard in this league,” Walker said. “So for me to become an All-Star for two straight years and then now to become an All-Star starter most definitely proves the doubters wrong. So this is an unbelievable moment in my career.”James, who has been out for a month with a groin injury but is nearing a return, extended his own record by getting picked as a starter for the 15th consecutive year. He was also a captain last year in the first usage of this captain’s-choice format — and just like last year, James will have the No. 1 pick when he and Antetokounmpo get together on Feb. 7 to choose their 12-man teams.The Bucks, off to an NBA-best 34-12 start, were predictably thrilled that Antetokounmpo earned one of the captaincies.“It speaks to how incredible of a player he is, how much excitement he creates for fans and people want to follow him and watch him and I guess vote for him in this case,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who currently is the front-runner to coach one of the two All-Star teams. “It’s just well-deserved.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Reserves will be announced Jan. 31, based on the selections made by NBA coaches. From there, James and Antetokounmpo will choose their rosters on Feb. 7, with conference affiliations irrelevant.All-Star starters are chosen by a weighted combination of voting from fans, media and NBA players. Among the notable snubs based on who the fans want to see: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, second in the West frontcourt voting; Minnesota’s Derrick Rose, second in the West guard voting; and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who fans voted second among East guards in his 16th and final NBA season.Wade is one of four still-active past All-Star MVPs waiting to see if an All-Star nod is coming. The others are Houston’s Chris Paul, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.Antetokounmpo already, and understandably, seems sure that Westbrook will be a reserve pick. Westbrook and Embiid tangled in a 76ers-Thunder game last week, and sent a few pointed words in each other’s direction afterward. And mindful of that, Antetokounmpo said he wants to bring the stars together.“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I can pick Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook on the same team, I’m going to do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more