Ex Ghana captain Appiah backs Gyan to succeed at 2013 Nations Cup

first_imgEx Ghana Captain Stephen Appiah is backing current skipper Asamoah Gyan to lead the country to its fifth Nations Cup title at the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.The Black Stars who are currently in Abu Dhabi preparing for the tournament are keen on ending the country’s 31- year trophy drought.Appiah, who captained the Black Stars for over 8 years, believes Asamoah Gyan has got the qualities to lead the team to a successful tournament.“Asamoah Gyan is a funny guy who can entertain and handle the players and I think is not going to be that difficult for him to lead them,” the former Fenerbahce star told JOY Sports“I will tell Asamoah the most important thing is that you have to let the players respect you”.“It is all about your character, the way you interact and speak to them which I strongly believe Asamoah Gyan is good at that.” The Black Stars will kick start their campaign against DR Congo next Sunday in Port Elizabeth at the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa,last_img read more

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Wellington loses but ESPN SportsCenter was in attendance

first_imgBoys  Wellington: Adams 9, French 3, Snipes 14, French 2, Rusk 14, Adams 2, Zimmerman 4, Wright 3. Total: 13 (4) 15-20 51. Circle1710199—55 Wellington12181111—52 Wellington girls had a frustrating night. But if you are looking for spin, throw out one quarter and the Lady Dukes outscored the Thunderbirds in all three quarters 45-36.That third quarter, though, was a clunker. Circle outscored Wellington 22-6.“We got to play four quarters with effort, energy and enthusiasm,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “But tonight we couldn’t get all five girls at once on the floor to give out maximum effort. We’d have two or three girls play hard at one time and then two or three other girls play hard at other times.“I promised I wasn’t going to use the Y word anymore and that’s ‘youth.’ We are eight games into the season and we need to stop using that as an excuse.”Yet for all its deficiencies with 29 turnovers and getting out-rebounded 38 to 28, Wellington was still in it late.Wellington had narrowed the margin to just three points 54-51 with 23.1 seconds.Circle then would make two free throws a rarity for the T-birds on this night and would eventually up the lead to a seven point victory.  Overall, Circle was just 10 of 38 from the line.Crusaders had it going early, leading 13-10 and 25-20 at the half. But Adams didn’t think much of the first half.“Honestly, I’m not sure how we had the lead,” Adams said. “We coaches were scratching our heads wondering how the heck we could possibly be in front.”Then the bottom fell out in the third quarter as Circle opened the half quickly tying the game up. After the game was knotted 29-all, Circle would outscore the Crusaders 13-2 to take an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter.Wellington is now 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the AV-CTL DIV. The Dukes travel to Clearwater Tuesday. Wellington: Gilmore 2, Phelps 5, Reichenberger 6, Walton 2, Nance 14, Pettegrew 3, Snipes 15, King 5. Total: 15 (3) 12-21 52. Girls Circle10102216—58center_img ESPN Sportscenter makes appearance in Wellington Circle basketball game.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader basketball teams opened their 2015 home campaign with losses they might have thought could have been victories.Wellington boys lost a close one to Circle 55-52 while the girls fell to the T-birds 58-51.It was a raucous crowd tonight at Crusader gymnasium. A good home crowd came out with a large contingency of college kids spending their last weekend before going back to school. Circle brought down a vocal, cranky group, who spent the evening screaming at the refs.But perhaps the stars of the evening were seated in the corner. The ESPN Sportscenter Crew made up of Connor “Baby Bull” Burnett, Jason “Peanut” Norris, Zach “Skip” Bodkin, and  Trey “Twey” Coulter, who were situated in the corner in a booth.It was a fun evening on a cold winter night.In the boys game, Circle’s Cal Hartley almost single handedly buried the Crusaders with 23 points and countless rebounds in lifting the Thunderbirds to a 3-point victory in what was probably a battle for third place in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.“When we got a ball reversal we were pretty good,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “When we played one-on-one ball, we weren’t very good.”Buchanan said Circle out-rebounding Wellington was the main difference in the game.A.J. Snipes scores 15 points.“I think the key sequence in the game was in the final minute when we allowed three offensive rebounds,” Buchanan said. “You aren’t going to be successful when you do that.”Wellington had its chances late. Circle established momentum in the third quarter and would eventually build a 10-point lead. Wellington would cut the lead to five at quarter’s end and was trailing by four for most of the fourth quarter. With one minute to play in the game, A.J. Snipes would make a key layup to pull the Dukes within one.But Circle would then up it back to four and would hold onto the win.Snipes had his best varsity game so far as a freshman scoring 15 points. Trevor Nance had 14.Snipes biggest moment came right at the buzzer of the first half. After Wellington had taken its first lead since the early stages of the first quarter, the Crusaders worked the ball around for the final shot. After a miss, Snipes made the offensive rebound and scored at the buzzer. The crowd went ballistic as Wellington led 30-27 at the half.Wellington now 4-3, travels to Clearwater Tuesday. Wellington1312620—51 Circle: Kirkpatrick 4, Hartley 23, Cannon 10, Parr 3, Horyera 7, Wallace 4, Wright 1, Jantzen 3. Total: 13 (5) 14-25 55. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Man has seizure while standing on top of truck at football game

first_imgA die-hard Cleveland Browns fan is currently recovering in the hospital after he reportedly had a seizure while standing on top of his truck at the Browns tailgate.Video of the incident went viral after it was caught on live tv by Cleveland 19 News, who was covering the first game of the season from the parking lot.The video shows 40-year-old Andy Shepard in the background of the newscast standing on top of his truck as he takes a picture of the crowd. Suddenly he falls from the truck and lands on his head.The reporter Glenn Forbes later reported that Shepard received aid from EMS techs and they were treating him for a gash on his head.*Disturbing video:Viewer discretion advised*  The man’s 17-year-old son, however, says the situation was much more serious than it appeared to be on tv and he would like people to stop joking about it.Shepards’ son reported that his father suffered a seizure while on top of his truck and was advised to go to the hospital despite refusing to go at first. He now remains in the hospital in critical condition and will need three surgeries.A Gofundme page has since been set up to help the family with medical bills. Many people joked about the video saying that it was a testament to how the Browns season would be.last_img read more

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Pizza Klatch Celebrates “A Slice of the Good Life” at February…

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Pizza Klatch“Pizza Klatch makes a difference in my week – someone is always there to listen.” – Pizza Klatch participantPizza Klatch will be serving up “A Slice of the Good Life” on February 4 at the Washington Center. The local non-profit’s third annual event of that name, this year’s fundraiser features renowned pianist/singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.Pizza Klatch’s “A Slice of the Good Life” fundraiser is scheduled for February 4. Photo courtesy: Pizza KlatchThe son of folk stars Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, mentee and close friend of Leonard Cohen, Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright performs orchestral pop with hints of folk, rock and even opera. He is perhaps best known for his celebrated recreation of Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall concert. He is coming to support LGBTQ+ youth through Pizza Klatch which provides weekly lunchtime support groups in 11 Thurston County High Schools. There will also be an online auction, pizza and fabulous schmoozing with wonderful people. Tickets are available online at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.“A Slice of the Good Life” is Pizza Klatch’s largest fundraiser of the year, helping the non-profit further its mission of supporting LGBTQ+ youth in Thurston County schools.  Funds help cover operating costs including the purchase of 60 pizzas per week for up to 300 participants.These are testimonials from youth who participate in Pizza Klatch, a simple and innovative program for supporting LGBTQ+ youth and their allies in Thurston County schools:“Sometimes we have fun, sometimes we talk about stuff that’s hard to talk to other people about.” “I can be who I am here.” “Pizza Klatch strengthened my decision to be an ally.”Pizza Klatch’s mission is to support LGBTQ+ youth and their method for doing so is surprisingly simple – hold support groups once a week during lunch, providing pizza and two trained facilitators. Each Klatch, defined as “a gathering characterized usually by informal conversation”, provides a confidential and safe environment within which participants can share life events, talk about difficult issues and gain support.Pizza Klatch provides lunchtime support meetings for LGBTQ+ youth throughout Thurston County high schools. Photo courtesy: Pizza KlatchFacilitators come with information on other relevant local organizations that serve youth, handing out flyers and phone numbers as needed. Groups are led by the needs of the youth participants, making each group unique. Because they work with each school’s counselors and staff to provide ongoing support for participants in need, Pizza Klatches have made an immense positive difference in the way students are supported during the remainder of the week, when Pizza Klatch facilitators are not onsite.“A Slice of the Good Life” event is on February 4, 2017. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a Silent Auction featuring a long list of great items, fun events and activities from local organizations, artists and individuals. The main stage lights up at 7:30 p.m. with Lee Callahan of KCBS Radio emceeing. Along with Rufus Wainwright’s performance, attendees will hear from youth speaking about the impact Pizza Klatch has had on them and their high school experience.Starting January 21, Silent Auction items will be available for online bidding. The organization Silent Auction Pro is hosting both the online and in-person auction for the event, including the option to pre-register and enable a faster checkout on the night of February 4.During the February 4 Gayla, Pizza Klatch youth will speak about the impact of the group on their lives. Photo courtesy: Pizza KlatchPizza Klatch is a 501(c)3 non-profit started in 2007 in response to a rash of suicides among LGBTQ+ youth in Thurston County. A group of concerned private therapists, community leaders and mental health professionals teamed up with the North Thurston School District to create an after-school support group for high school students who identify as LGBTQ+. Many of these youth had no other access to LGBTQ+ information or support, lived at home with unsupportive families or were not able to come out to their parents or classmates for fear of negative outcomes. In February of 2008, the support group moved to lunchtime and started providing pizza, allowing more students to attend. For more information about Pizza Klatch, please visit their website at http://PizzaKlatch.org.last_img read more

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