At the post-match press conference immediately after the loss to Croatia, Aguero was in no mood whatsoever to hang around the team as he stormed out of his very brief and heated interview.â€œLet him say what he wants,â€ said Aguero in a caustic manner to reporters in apparent reference to Sampaoliâ€™s defence of his poor tactics that failed woefully to unlock the Croatian defence.With Argentina on the brink of World Cup elimination from the group stage of the Mundial here in Russia, Sampaoli admitted that his ‘project has failed’ and that he struggled to find a system to get the best out of Lionel Messi and Co.Sampaoli refused to blame Messi for the inability of Argentina to pick a point from the match.He also took the blame as he tried to deflect the criticism from a terrible goalkeeping mistake by Willy Caballero who gifted Ante Rebic for Croatiaâ€™s first goal.â€œIt’s not right to blame Caballero,â€ said Sampaoli, looking bemused during his post-match news conference.â€œIf I’d planned things differently, it would have worked out differently. I honestly thought the plan for this match was going to put pressure on the opponent. But after the disaster of the first goal, it was tough, we were lost emotionally.â€œOur driving force is Leo, but we couldn’t find him. We work as a team to get the ball to Leo, but also the other team works to avoid that.“There is shame, pain, at not delivering for the Argentine people. It’s been a long time since I felt like this, and now it’s happening with the shirt of my own country. It hurts badly.â€œIt’s not the boss’s partial responsibility, it’s his total responsibility,â€ said Sampaoli, after presiding over Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the World Cup group stage since 1958, a result that saw Croatia qualify for the last 16.Third in Group D with one point after two games, Argentina is now struggling to scrape into the second round and an exit at this stage would be humiliating for a team of their stature.Croatia qualified from their group with a match to spare thanks to goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.If Argentina goes ahead to fire Sampaoli because of the poor show here, he will become the third Argentine coach sacked during their troubled qualification phase â€“ Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza.Lloris Savouring His Century for FranceImperious during France’s second game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Hugo Lloris rode to his team’s rescue during the first half against Peru. It was a familiar sight, the goalkeeper having also averted disaster against Australia at almost the exact same moment in the match. But while he went on to concede a penalty against the Socceroos, this time Lloris held firm until the final whistle.How important that clean sheet proved. Not only did he help Les Bleus book their spot in the Round of 16, the France captain also found the perfect way to celebrate a personal landmark â€“ his 100th international cap. “I feel good,” he explained afterwards, before turning his focus to the team’s performance. “Together we were very solid and aggressive, and we stood up to Peru’s pressing. That was our platform.”Lloris played his own role, of course, and he admitted to feeling moved by reaching his century. “On a personal level, I couldn’t have this enjoyed this 100th appearance more,” he said, having also worn the captain’s armband a record 76 times. “Despite that, for me it was like any other game: you have to put that to one side when you’re on the pitch. I stayed focused, professional, and my only motivation was to win and give everything for the team.”Modest to a fault, the former Lyon custodian has never enjoyed being the centre of attention and at 31 years of age, with a decade in the France line-up behind him, he is clearly not about to change. Instead, he quickly shifted the spotlight back onto his team’s display: “We were able to make the difference with our goal and then we managed to control the game. I’m very satisfied.”Enough to maybe speak a little more about his own achievement? It was worth one last try, with a prompt to discuss his longevity, consistency and strengths. What, in short, is Lloris’s secret? “Hard work,” he replied, possibly to nobody’s great surprise. “It’s always a question of hard work â€¦ and challenging yourself as well.”That combination has allowed Lloris to make France’s No1 shirt his own since 2008. As the years roll on, however, he will eventually have to pass on the gloves â€“ and he already has advice for any future challengers. “You have to learn to savour it,” explained the Nice academy graduate. “It flies by. To represent your country is an opportunity and a privilege, and you have to tell yourself that and repeat it because the years go by so quickly in football. It’s not enough to just be in the team: you have to stay there for as long as possible.”The France captain has done just that for the last ten years, providing an obstacle at the back with solid performances and decisive saves. And he served another potent reminder of his worth by thwarting Paolo Guerrero with his feet against Peru, preventing a goal that could have changed the course of the game.“Hugo deserves his record and it’s great that he was able to celebrate it without conceding,” added Olivier Giroud, quick to congratulate his skipper and give us his thoughts on a superb milestone. “He was very good once again this evening.” The rest of his team-mates â€“ and a grateful nation â€“ would no doubt concur.SuperSport Launches New World Cup Shows for DStv, GOtv SubscribersDStv and GOtv subscribers will have access to new top-notch shows and more gateways to the glamour of the ongoing FIFA World Cup on SuperSport.The new shows will ensure that DStv and GOtv subscribers do not miss a single action on or off the pitch.Lifestyle magazine show, From Russia with Love will showcase sights and sounds of the World Cup in Russia and transport it back home to Africa. The show, which runs on weekends, will be anchored by Minnie Dlamini, Thato Moeng alongside Nigeriaâ€™s Charles Anazodo.There will also be daily one-hour news special on weekdays at 6 am on SuperSport Blitz. The latest fixtures, updates from the Nigerian camp and new stories will be provided by Julia Stuart, Crystal Arnold, Lucas Radebe alongside former Russian league stars, Matthew Booth and Stanton Fredericks.Also on Saturdays at 9am on SuperSport 3, Mozez Praiz will host FanFest, the show that gives fans the voice. Subscribers can also look forward to a 360-degree breakdown of the on-field action on Master Plan, a show that focuses on strategic and tactical analysis. It has former Northern Ireland World Cup player, Andy Townsend, in the driving seat.The broadcast experience is completed by Insights, which is set against the backdrop of different destinations. It is hosted by former Manchester United star, Phil Neville. The show will feature in-depth chats with ex-footballers and focus on tactics, injuries and goals.SuperSport will also deliver the first-ever live-streamed soccer show on Facebook. Called On The Ball, the fan-focused show will tap into the drama of the FIFA World Cup and look at the lighter side of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro Ikhazuagbe in VolgogradArgentina camp here at the FIFA World Cup in Russia is in turmoil. The reason for the crisis is the 3-0 defeat handed out to the Albiceleste by Croatia on Thursday night to narrow the chances of the South American nation making it to the knockout stage a difficult one.Now, with Argentinaâ€™s last Group D game against Nigeria on Tuesday a difficult battle ahead, Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, has hit out at Coach Jorge Sampaoli, insisting he can take a walk from the team he has mismanaged.
Even a pre-Penn State depth chart released on Monday failed to bring any clarity to Syracuse’s cloudy quarterback situation.Terrel Hunt and Drew Allen are still listed as co-owners of the top quarterback spot. So, just as Scott Shafer has planned for the past few weeks, the Orange’s starter will be unannounced until kickoff against the Nittany Lions on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Perhaps the most notable change on the entire depth chart, though, is running back George Morris II’s addition as SU’s starting kick returner. Shafer said he likes running backs to return kicks, so he’s replaced wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena, who previously occupied that spot. Running back Devante McFarlane is listed on the second team, where he will replace Wayne Morgan.The only other change on offense since the last time a depth chart was released in July at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., is that Jerome Smith or Prince-Tyson Gulley are listed as the starting running backs. Previously Smith, a team captain, was the sole occupant of that spot.The only change for the second team on offense is Daniel Anyaegbunam’s move from right tackle to right guard, with Michael Lasker slotting in at tackle. Guard John Miller is off the depth chart entirely.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe starting defense is the same as was listed at ACC Kickoff, except Ri’Shard Anderson or Brandon Reddish is now listed opposite Keon Lyn. Freshmen Isaiah Johnson and Marqez Hodge join the second team at defensive end and outside linebacker, respectively. Josh Kirkland is now the sole occupant of the second-team opposite outside linebacker position and Darius Kelly is now sharing the second-string free safety position with Morgan. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2
Arsenal will play Chelsea in next month’s FA Cup final.They secured a third appearance in the showpiece in the last 4 seasons by beating Manchester City 2-1 after extra-time at Wembley.Alexis Sanchez scored the winner in the 101st minute.
Maurizio Sarri says returning to Italy to manage Juventus is the ‘crowning achievement of a long career’ after a year in charge of Chelsea.Sarri was presented as the new Juventus boss on Thursday following his signing on a three-year contract from Chelsea, where he won the Europa League in his final game in charge.The Blues agreed a compensation package with the Italian club, understood to be worth around £5m for Sarri, who felt he needed to return to his native country for “professional and personal needs” with his two elderly parents living there.Sarri said: “Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a long career.“It’s been a long journey for me made up of gradual steps. I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea.“I preferred to go abroad to avoid going from one Italian team to another. The Premier League experience was amazing, but for family reasons I desired go back to Italy.“The opportunity was given by Juventus and it is I think also the climax of the career. I feel I have respected everybody.”Although Sarri spent all of his managerial career in Italy up until joining Chelsea, he thinks Serie A is not up to the Premier League’s standard.“It’s going to be an exciting year in Serie A, especially for the coaches. There’s a long way to go but hopefully the league can start to close the gap with the Premier League.“Chelsea FC had a lot of technically gifted players but with diverse characteristics, less fluid but just as solid.“I realised being in England how amazing their stadiums are, the atmosphere in football in Italy has to change through infrastructure.”The Italian succeeds Massimiliano Allegri, who won five consecutive Serie A titles and brought Cristiano Ronaldo to the club last summer, and Sarri said it will be an honour to train the Portuguese great.“At Chelsea I coached some very strong players, but training Cristiano Ronaldo will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.“When you have a player with the qualities of Paulo Dybala or Cristiano they can play in any role. What can change is only the interpretation of the role.“You have to have clear ideas on two or three players who can make a real difference for the team and then give them an environment to truly express themselves. If a team enjoys itself on the pitch then the spectators enjoy themselves and this is fuel to win.“For three years I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110 per cent but we still couldn’t do it. It was an experience and I will now give everything for this club.”Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici added: “Maurizio Sarri was always the first choice. We tried to make him understand right away that we really wanted him.“We had clear ideas from the beginning, but we had to have respect for a coach that was under contract with another club and for this we thank Chelsea for their professionalism.” Source: Sky Sports
In the wake of increased awareness of fan safety, the Angels on Tuesday became the latest team to announce plans to expand the protective netting at their home ballpark.The netting will now extend to the ends of both dugouts. Last year, the netting ended just before the dugouts.The team will announce specific details at a later date.Last September, a young girl was hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium, prompting more teams to expand protective netting. Teams have been gradually increasing the area covered by netting since new guidelines came down from MLB offices in December 2015. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
James made a free throw to open overtime — he went 1 for 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3-pointers, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.” Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for the Clippers, who didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime. The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.“They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavaliers again played without starting point guard Derrick Rose, who will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury.The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn. Wade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime on James’ step-back jumper over Griffin in the final second.Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime.Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … Guard Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Coach Doc Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.” … The Clippers continue their trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … Guard Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, guard Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams. PreviousCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, knees Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder in the groin during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert, left, and Kevin Love, right, put pressure on Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans, left, knocks the ball loose from Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade (9) drives around Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, left, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives past Clippers rookie Sindarius Thornwell during the first half of Friday’s game in Cleveland. James had 39 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in a 118-113 overtime victory. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade (9) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers’ Sam Dekker releases the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) and JR Smith (5) watch in overtime during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) works against Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, left, talks with Dwyane Wade during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, knees Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder in the groin during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, knees Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder in the groin during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)ExpandCLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 39 points, Kevin Love added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to win their fourth straight, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Love drained a pair of 3-pointers in overtime, when the Cavs outscored the Clippers 13-8. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.The Cavs’ win wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed trip.The Clippers are headed the other direction. They have lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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15 Mar 2017 Double award triumph for Bronte Law She is now a professional in the USA and sent a video message telling guests, “England Golf have given me so much over the years and I’m really glad we had such a successful year and I could pay back and show my gratitude for everything.” Bronte spoke particularly of the England win in the European team championship and of the coach, Steve Robinson, and her fellow squad players: Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham), with captain Anne Baines. “I’ve been lucky enough to be coached by Steve Robinson since I was 14 and winning the gold medal with Steve as coach was something very special for me and I will cherish that memory for the rest of my life. I want to thank all my team members in that squad for such an amazing experience.” Click here to read more about the England Golf Awards Cheshire’s Bronte Law did the double at last night’s 2017 England Golf Awards where she was given two honours. The 22-year-old from Bramhall Golf Club was named as the female Player of the Year and, as a member of the England side which won the 2016 European women’s team championship, she shared the Team of the Year Award. The England Golf Awards attracted over 400 guests to a glittering ceremony at Lord’s and shone the spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf. Bronte was recognised alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull, as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game. The audience heard how, in Bronte’s final season of amateur golf she won the European amateur championship, making up a seven shot deficit with a closing 66 scored the winning point for England in the European women’s team championship. It was England’s first win for 23 years had an historic role in GB&I’s Curtis Cup victory, winning all five of her games was ranked world number two was the top women’s US college player
In this May 25, 1965 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File)“I don’t have to be what you want me to be,” Ali is shown telling reporters the morning after his first fight with Sonny Liston in 1964, when he announced to the world he was a follower of the Nation of Islam.Boxing fans were already wary of his involvement with the Black Muslim movement, but he became a pariah to even more when he refused induction to the Army at the height of the Vietnam War as a conscientious objector, famously saying, “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong.”Banned from boxing and facing five years in prison, he spent three prime fighting years on the sideline while the courts debated what to do with him. Once the heavyweight champion of the world, he became a speaker on college campuses to make a living and keep his cause before the public.“You’re talking about a man being hit with the war situation and taking a stand along with his involvement with the Nation of Islam. It was new turf,” said Khalilah Camacho-Ali, his wife at the time, who is interviewed in the film. “He was comfortable making his decisions, but the thing that was hard to bear was whether he would fight again. It didn’t look like a hopeful battle.”Ali would eventually win the battle, and go on to not only regain the heavyweight title but become the most famous athlete of his time. The U.S. Supreme Court finally took up his case and reversed his conviction on a technicality in 1971 in a decision that surprised some considering the tenor of the times.The decision itself is also the subject of a drama that airs Saturday night on HBO. “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” uses actors including Christopher Plummer, Ed Begley, Jr. and Peter Gerety to play Supreme Court justices, but Ali himself is taken from the clips of the era at his oratorical best.“Why tell his story when he tells it himself?” said Shawn Slovo, the movie’s writer.But tell a story the HBO movie does, though some liberties are taken for entertainment’s sake. Among them are the justices being shown at one point gathering in the basement of the Supreme Court building to watch sex movies for a case before them on pornography, and a clerk smoking marijuana in a court bathroom.It’s surprisingly engrossing, though, for a movie that revolves almost entirely around the legal process inside the court building. At the center of it is a clerk for Justice John Harlan II, who convinces him to switch his vote so that Ali’s conviction would be overturned on a technicality and he would not have to go to prison.The movie and the documentary aren’t related except that they both feature Ali. They do, however, share funny clips from when Ali — complete with big Afro and beard — is shown singing in the 1969 Broadway musical “Buck White.” A man had to make a living, but Ali’s days as an actor were numbered when the play closed after seven performances.Camacho-Ali, who was married to Ali from 1967-77, said she never gave up hope during her husband’s dark period that he would be allowed to fight again, though Ali himself had his doubts.“My frame of mind was more positive than his was and it helped keep him afloat,” she said. “The best thing for Ali at the time was to keep him focused on his family life. That’s all we had to work with.”Camacho-Ali hasn’t seen her former husband — now married to his fourth wife, Lonnie — since they both attended Joe Frazier’s funeral in 2011. But she still feels protective of Ali, who she had four children with, and believes the documentary is a way of educating people to the times they lived in and what they went through.“I’m tired of people giving the wrong information,” she said. “You’re talking about one of the most famous people in recent history. The facts should be correct.” This undated publicity photo provided by HBO shows Frank Langella, left, and Christopher Plummer in a scene from “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” directed by Stephen Frears. The drama about the Supreme Court decision on the boxer’s conscientious objector status, debuts Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, on HBO and stars Plummer, Langella and Benjamin Walker. (AP Photo/HBO, Jojo Whilden) In this June 19, 1967 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has a “no comment” as he is confronted by newsmen as he leaves the Federal Building in Houston during a recess in his trial for refusing induction to the army. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File)by Tim DahlbergAP Sports ColumnistHe is now so much a part of the nation’s social fabric that it’s hard to comprehend a time when Muhammad Ali was more reviled than revered.Barely past the opening credits of a new documentary about Ali, though, we get a glimpse of how many Americans felt about him during a tumultuous time in the country’s history. In this Feb. 25, 1968 file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali addresses a gathering at a Black Muslim convention in Chicago. Seated behind Ali is Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam. (AP Photo/File)“I find nothing amusing or interesting or tolerable about this man,” television host David Susskind said, nearly spitting his words out in a 1968 broadcast as Ali looked on. “He’s a disgrace to his country, his race, and what he laughably describes as his profession.”The scene in “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” — now playing in selected theaters — is then juxtaposed with one of President George W. Bush giving Ali the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. From draft-dodging pariah to hero, Ali’s long and sometimes painful journey was finally complete.For those who didn’t live in the time and are only faintly aware of the tale, it is a remarkable one. For those who grew up in the era and know well Ali’s impact on a country just beginning to come to terms with race relations, it’s a refresher course, complete with clips of Ali at his bombastic — and to some, scary — best.
Desiree Schmidt of Fruitvale breezed through the competition like a hot knife through butter to capture the women’s crown at the Kootenay Dominion Curling Club Championship Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Schmidt, third Brittany Palmer, second Courtney Schmidt and lead Sherry Duncan blasted the Calloway rink from Sparwood 9-3 to complete the undefeated romp through the women’s draw. The Fruitvale rink now represents the Kootenay zone at the Dominion Curling Club Championship April 17-21 in Richmond.The Dominion Curling Club Championship is designed to provide club curlers with the opportunity of a lifetime. The road to a Canadian Championship started at the beginning of the curling season at the club level.The Kootenay Championship is the next step before the respective winners advance to the provincial tournament next month in Richmond.On the men’s side, the Barry Marsh rink of Nelson won the right to represent the Kootenays in Richmond.