Celebrate “Read Across America” Day On March 1

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyEducators and policymakers of all stripes will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats this week and reading to young children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. United Way, in our partnership with the National Education Association and teachers everywhere, is proud to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 1. It’s a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to early literacy must be sustained every day of the year.Across the country, two-thirds of our 3rd graders aren’t reading on grade level, which means they’re four times as likely to drop out of high school later on. And the outlook is even worse for disadvantaged students. A staggering 83% of 4th graders from low-income families don’t read on grade level.We all want opportunity for our children. But kids who don’t read well by 3rd or 4th grade tend to fall farther behind, as they start reading to learn. Too many check out, drop out and fail to reach their potential. It’s no exaggeration to say that helping kids read well can help us close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates, support our local economy and build a strong community.Families, schools and communities have to work together. We have the power to change our nation’s future if we work together to help struggling readers in elementary school. Teachers can’t do it alone. Families may not know exactly what to do to help their child read, or to spot a reading problem early on. Here in Thurston County, United Way volunteers read with children at Hansen, Madison, garfield and Pioneer Elementary in the Olympia School District; Pleasant Glade and South Bay Elementary in the North Thurston School District; Peter G. Schmidt in the Tumwater School District and Grand Mound Elementary in the Rochester School District.But the truth is, all of us can be part of the solution. You can read out loud to your child, or grandchild, tonight. You can volunteer to read to kids in your local child care center, or elementary school, next week. You can volunteer as a tutor or mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters, speak up at your local school board meeting, or donate books to your local library or after school program. If you wish to become a School-based Reading Buddy or volunteer with kids at WET Science Center, Evergreen Vista Afterschool Program, The HandsOn Children’s Museum, the South Sound Reading Foundation, contact United Way of Thurston County at 360.943.2773 x 22 or www.unitedway-thurston.org/volunteerTake action.  Because change doesn’t happen without you.last_img read more

Halted with a jolt: Steve Smith out of the second Ashes test due to…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement eq9eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsu8fWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eqs8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3grWould you ever consider trying this?😱1iasCan your students do this? 🌚ydnRoller skating! Powered by Firework After suffering a nasty blow to the head from a bouncer off Jofra Archer, Steve Smith will not be partaking in any further action in the second Ashes test at The Lord’s.Advertisement The former Australian captain was hit on the head while playing on 80 and was taken off the field. However, the batsman returned to the crease a mere 40 minutes later to add 12 more runs to be eventually dismissed for 92.Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesBut after an overnight assessment, Cricket Australia have released a statement claiming for a concussion replacement which was brought forward by the ICC during their latest meeting. The statement also mentioned the possibility of Steve Smith’s availability for the third test. Read the entire statement below:Advertisement “Steve Smith has been closely monitored by medical staff overnight. He slept well but woke up with a bit of a headache and feeling of grogginess,” Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday.“As part of the Cricket Australia concussion protocol, repeat testing was performed this morning and demonstrated some deterioration, which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting. On that basis, he has been withdrawn from the match.”“In terms of his availability for the next test, it will be considered over the coming days but the short turnaround is not in his favour. He will be assessed on an ongoing basis and will have a precautionary scan on his neck on Sunday,”Advertisement Read Also:Shreyas Iyer is going to be India’s long term No.4 says Ravi ShastriDwayne Bravo parties with Indian Cricketers at Brian Lara’s residence  Advertisementlast_img read more

Ladyjacks Close Out Second-Straight 30-Win Campaign at NISC Nacogdoches Regional

first_imgCrawford finished the evening 2-for-3 with a run, while Novegil was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Junior right-handed starter Jordan Llinas went six full innings and struck out six with just four hits and two earned runs allowed. Freshman right-hander Kassidy Wilbur tossed the final inning in relief, needing to face only four batters. An SFA error in the fourth inning and a pair of runs on a double in the sixth gave McNeese a 3-0 lead that would hold, despite the Ladyjacks scoring in the bottom of the sixth. “Once again we had a terrific outing in the circle, this time from Jordan Llinas,” head coach Nicole Dickson said following the game. “We didn’t finish how we wanted but you can’t take anything away from these ladies and this program. Our team with our culture here at SFA is building something special.” Story by Luke Bolanos / SFA Sports InformationNACOGDOCHES, Texas – The SFA softball program’s 2019 journey came to an end Friday evening at SFA Softball Field in Nacogdoches but not before the Ladyjacks matched their most wins in a single season since 1991 and captured their first national postseason tournament victory in the school’s NCAA Division I era. Hosting its first national regional since becoming a Division I program, SFA out-hit McNeese in the 2019 Postseason National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) back draw final and got another 2-for-3 performance from redshirt sophomore outfielder Brittany Crawford. However, the visiting Cowgirls (32-31) scored a trio of runs and held the host Ladyjacks (36-23) to just one in a 3-1 affair to advance to the NISC Nacogdoches Regional championship Saturday. For their stellar performances at the Postseason NISC Nacogdoches Regional, Corona, junior shortstop Lindsay Gregory and junior pitcher Ashley Kriesel were named to the regional’s all-tournament team. The Ladyjacks would get two on with just one out in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t bring anybody across the dish as McNeese used a two-hit, two-run sixth to build a three-run advantage. A leadoff walk in the top of the sixth was followed by a Cowgirl sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice, before catcher Demi Boudreaux singled and first baseman Alexandria Saldivar connected on a two RBI double to left field. SFA made it a two-run contest at 3-1 in the bottom of the frame after right fielder Crawford hit a one-out single to the pitcher and advanced to second on a McNeese error. Crawford would advance to third on a wild pitch, allowing sophomore second baseman Bryana Novegil to take a 1-0 pitch to left center field for a two-out RBI double.center_img Saldivar turned in a 1-for-3, two RBI performance as Turbeville was 1-for-2 with a walk. Righty Caroline Settle (9-9) picked up the complete game win inside the circle after striking out one and allowing just one walk and an earned run. Much like the Ladyjacks’ earlier game against Middle Tennessee there was just one combined hit through the opening two innings and no runs were scored through the first three frames, before the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. A one-out single up the middle from Cowgirl right fielder Kaylee Lopez led to a single through the right side by designated player Aubree Turbeville. Center fielder Toni Perrin then flied out to right field and an SFA error allowed pinch runner Taylor Edwards to score from second base for the first run of the evening. “Thank you to our seniors for leaving it better than when you found it, you have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of,” added coach Dickson. “I am excited about our youth, excited about our future. These young players gained valuable postseason experience and are hopefully hungry to come back next year and fight for a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament birth. Thank you to my staff and everyone who helped run a great event at our home venue. This program is special and great things are coming.” Senior first baseman Margarita Corona ended her historic Ladyjack career with a two-out double to left center field in the bottom of the seventh, but it would be all the offense for SFA in the frame.last_img read more

Tsitsipas was too much for Carreño in Dubai

first_imgThat of Tuesday in the second victory of Tsitsipas, sixth in the world, in the 2 duels performed between them. The faces weren’t seen for the reason that semifinals of the Depend of Godó of 2018. Tsitsipas will play in eighth in opposition to Kazakh Alexander Bublik, Executioner of Polish Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 and 7-5. Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, second-seeded and sixth in the world rankings, defeated the Spanish 7-6 (1) and 6-1 on Tuesday Pablo Carreño in the primary spherical of the Dubai ATP 500 match.Tsitsipas, current Marseille match winner, he solely had difficulties earlier than Carreño in the primary spherical, resolved in the tiebreaker, which was reached after breaking each as soon as the service of the rival. The second set was less complicated for the Greek, who broke the Spanish service 3 times to shut the duel with a 6-1. Carreño performed his nineteenth recreation on arduous courtroom in opposition to a High-10 of the rating and match his eighteenth defeat. He solely received in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Miami match Kevin Anderson.last_img read more

Hawks pounce on Jimmy Butler’s miscues, stun 76ers on John Collins’ late jumper

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Azkals coach cancels dinner plans with old foe after PH’s 3-0 loss to China “I had a pretty good rhythm in the fourth quarter and we just kind of kept running plays that were working for us,” Huerter said.Butler led the Sixers with 30 points and Ben Simmons had 23 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.The game turned into a 3-point shootout late — the teams combined for 23; seven in the fourth.JJ Redick, who missed the last two games with a sore back, led a comeback in the fourth with a pair of 3-pointers that tied the game each time. TJ McConnell put the 76ers ahead by one with 2:39 left. Huerter buried a 3 to tie it at 121.Butler had his first major miscue when he lost the ball on a drive down the lane that was recovered by Atlanta. Collins hit the jumper and that was enough for the lowly Hawks.“We just got to fix it,” Butler said. “I think we’re going to be fine. All I know is, everybody’s in there. We’re in it together. We’re not going separate ways.”TIP-INSHawks: Coach Lloyd Pierce made a homecoming of sorts after spending five years on Brown’s staff with the Sixers. Pierce said he owed Brown so much for helping him become a head coach. Brown said Pierce was one of his first hires as “The Process” began in 2013.“It is not a me versus them, it’s still us. It’s about us,” Pierce said.76ers: Brown said G Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) is undergoing therapy in Philadelphia and may rejoin the team soon. … Justin Patton (broken foot) could return in early February. … Zhaire Smith (foot) has individual workouts, but has not yet practiced with the team this season. FOMOThe 76ers will retire Moses Malone’s No. 2 in a halftime ceremony of the Feb. 8 game against Denver. The Sixers also will unveil a Malone sculpture on their Legends Walk at team headquarters in New Jersey.Malone was a three-time NBA MVP, 13-time All-Star (12 times in NBA, once in ABA), Hall of Fame inductee and member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. In 1983, he helped the Sixers roll through the playoffs and sweep the Lakers in the finals — the last time they won a championship.Before the playoffs that year, Malone was asked about the team’s prospects. He is remembered as much for his answer to that question as he is for his dominance on the court.“Fo’, fo’, fo’,” Malone said, predicting three straight sweeps.WHAT A DRAGLate in the third, Alex Len planted an elbow in Butler’s face on the block that knocked the four-time All-Star to the ground. Butler remained seated and appeared to exchange words with Len. McConnell yanked Butler by the right shoulder and dragged him about 15 feet to the free-throw line to keep the tension from escalating. The refs threw it to New York for a review and Len was hit with a flagrant foul.UP NEXTHawks: Host Milwaukee on Sunday.76ers: Play Sunday at New York. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I hope we’re still together,” Butler said. “Nobody pointing fingers at anybody.”There were at least a few raised eyebrows after the hapless Hawks (13-29) sent the Sixers to just their fourth home loss of the season. The Sixers struggled with All-Star center Joel Embiid out with a sore ankle suffered in a loss to Washington on Wednesday. His presence was missed — Embiid leads the 76ers with averages of 26.9 points and 13.4 rebounds in 40 games — and the Hawks pounced.Atlanta crushed the Sixers with 62 points in the paint and outrebounded Philly 44-30.“You can start all over the place and whether it’s Joel or not Joel, you know we should be better defensively,” coach Brett Brown said. “It’s where we anchored our program and at the moment, we are poor. Right now, lately, we have been poor.”The Hawks were happy to capitalize and hit 12 3s and shot 56 percent overall from the floor. Collins scored 25 points and Kevin Huerter hit five 3s and led the Hawks with 29 points.ADVERTISEMENT Butler had a chance at atonement — he was 12 for 12 at the free-throw line and had two shots with 2.4 seconds left.First shot, rattle and miss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSecond shot, clang off the back of the rim.Wilson Chandler slipped under the basket on the second attempt and missed his gimmie tip-in at the horn that helped the Hawks hang on to beat the Sixers 123-121 on Friday night. 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(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA— Jimmy Butler had 30 fateful seconds in the fourth to forget.The Philadelphia 76ers star guard lost the ball in a tie game on a drive down the lane that led to Atlanta’s John Collins finding separation and burying a fadeaway jumper with 25 seconds left for the lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Democracy has fled

first_imgDear Editor,Suddenly, the dark era of the PNC has descended on Guyanese like a relentless plague, a phenomenon which many had thought would never return after savouring the fruits of democracy for 23 years. The ghosts of the dark past have now returned to life once again to haunt this nation. In the meantime, our hard-won democracy has been so much trampled upon that it has fled with great alacrity. The PNC has once again displayed its penchant for violating the Constitution and this time, the violation is not about delaying the elections but it is the violation of one’s right to freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and by extension the right to peacefully protest. All the fundamental rights and freedom of individuals are being violated daily. The PNC has become the Constitution!Article 148(1) of the Constitution states that, “No person shall be deprived of his freedom of movement, that is to say, the right to move freely throughout Guyana…” The exception would be to prevent the commission of a crime, or in the interest of public safety, or to protect public morality or to PREVENT THE SUBVERSION OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. In the case of the Guyana Police Force’s action against the protestors at Cornelia Ida, there is a clear indication that it is in complete defiance of Article 148. Moreover, they did the opposite of the constitutional stipulation: they subverted the democratic institutions. The GPF was committing a crime NOT the protesters!The caretaker President, David Granger, was attending a graduation ceremony and dinner at the Saraswati Vidya Niketan School in the area and an NGO, the Association of Democracy and Human Rights Guyana launched a protest to show their concern about the many violations of the Constitution and the CCJ’s rulings resulting on an assault on the democratic institutions in Guyana. David Granger has so far shown scant regard for these institutions. It is apparent that Granger knew about the protest beforehand and the Police erected a barricade in the streets to prevent the protesters from getting in close proximity to the school where the graduation was held and so neutralise the effect. It must be noted that it is normal for protesters to line the shoulders of the public roads but in this case they were prevented from doing so. It seems that Granger cannot bear to behold the sight of people protecting their inalienable rights; however, he is not averse to school children lining the streets and waving flags for his own pleasure.In addition, to add insult to injury, the peaceful protesters were pushed further down the streets in a bid to stifle their democratic voices. In this maddening haste to chase the protesters further down, the barricades were used as battering rams which resulted in injuries to some. But the Police was not satisfied with this, they arrested two of the protesters and held them in detention at the station for a couple of hours. Until now, they were not given any reason for their unlawful detention. This act is simply to stir fear and prevent others from standing up for their rights. It is clear that just as it was in Burnham days the Police has become the shameless tool of fear and intimidation of the PNC dictatorship. It can be assumed that it is only a matter of time before the Police is used to take out political opponents under the slightest pretext of aggression. The signs are manifesting!What is also alarming is the discriminatory action of the Police. This was so blatant since the PNC counter-protesters were allowed free access to the main road by the Police. Will these counter-protesters morph later into the House of Israel? We have seen in the not so distant past that protests led by the PNC had subjected law-abiding citizens who they deemed to be supporters of the PPP to the most demeaning and horrific acts-they were robbed, beaten and sexually molested. I could not recall any arrests made by the Guyana Police Force, for instance, the Agricola protest when these acts were done in broad daylight and in the presence of the Police. In addition, businesses were razed to the ground in some cases resulting in multimillion dollars losses. Where were the Police then? How many were arrested?As expected, the growing dictatorship has now made it the norm for Granger to travel around with heavy Police escorts and other security presence which only serve to instil fear and insecurity in the minds of Guyanese. The people now have to dive for cover anytime they hear a siren in the distant. The siren has now become a messenger of death. This is a lot more than Burnham was used to, so it may be prudent to assume a bigger dictator in the making. But such is the life of a dictator who feels unsafe to walk freely even among invitees at a graduation function. Can you imagine that invitees to this graduation function were body searched at the gate by the Police before being admitted? Since exposed to Pegasus, the courage of the caretaker President has certainly taken a sudden flight! The paranoia is growing rapidly!Guyanese must now stand up to this Granger dictatorship. It is time that we must register our non-cooperation with evil through peaceful protests and civil disobedience in order to eradicate this growing scourge.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Santa Clarita private schools

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Partial list of private schools in Santa Clarita Legacy Private Academy (K-6), 27680 Dickason Drive, Valencia, (661) 257-7377, legacyprivateacademy.com Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (K-8), 23225 Lyons Ave., Newhall, (661) 259-1141 Pinecrest School (K-8), 16530 Lost Canyon Road, Canyon Country, (661) 298-2127 Pinecrest School (K-8) 25443 Orchard Village Road, Valencia, (661) 255-8080 Santa Clarita Christian Academy (K-12), 27249 Luther Drive, Canyon Country, (661) 252-7371 Trinity Classical Academy (K-7), 22743 15th St., Newhall (K); 24451 Valley St., Newhall (1-3); and 24436 Valley St., Newhall (4-7), (661) 296-2601, trinityclassicalacademy.com Sloan Canyon Christian Academy (K), 28355 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, (661) 257-7688last_img read more

Chaotic but still on course, Spain seek major World Cup improvement

first_img“Long live VAR! But like this we won’t win the World Cup,” declared the front page of Spanish sports daily Marca on Tuesday.A last minute solution to patch up the errors of a miserable start is the story of Spain’s World Cup so far.Coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before their tournament opener against Portugal, with Fernando Hierro rushed into the role despite his lack of previous managerial experience.Hierro has been unable to match the heights of La Roja’s brilliant qualifying campaign under Lopetegui, although he was praised for the impact of his substitutions against Morocco as Aspas and Rodrigo came off the bench to save the day.By winning the group Spain face hosts Russia in Moscow on Sunday and find themselves on the more favourable side of the draw, as is reflected by their new status as tournament favourites by bookmakers.However, a series of defensive lapses need to be eradicated if they are to go any further.“We like to be clear and honest,” said captain Sergio Ramos, who was at fault for both Moroccan goals. “This is not the way forward.“The group stages always allow you a margin for error, these errors from now on send you home.”– ‘Transparent’ De Gea –Dropped? David de Gea could be left out for Spain’s World Cup last 16 tie with Russia © AFP / Jewel SAMADRamos and Gerard Pique have at times endured a frosty off-field relationship due to their roles as figureheads for the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry.On the field, though, they have rarely been questioned with multiple Champions League medals for their clubs and World Cup and European Championship winners for Spain.Both have been error-strewn so far in Russia with Pique also lucky to escape an early red card against Morocco.Behind them David de Gea looks a different goalkeeper to the one who has won Manchester United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons.De Gea let a simple Cristiano Ronaldo effort through his hands in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal and has made just one save in three games.“Goalkeepers have moments where they lose their confidence and become transparent because they don’t make any saves. That is what is happening right now to De Gea,” former Spanish international ‘keeper Santi Canizares told radio station Cadena SER.De Gea’s understudy, Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, has never even started a competitive international. But there are increasing calls for the 23-year-old to be thrown into the intimidating atmosphere of 80,000 home fans baying for an upset at the Luzhniki Stadium this weekend.“From now the games of life and death begin and we can’t continue gifting goals away,” said Isco, Spain’s best performer in Russia to date.Heroes of Spain’s three successive tournament wins between 2008 and 2012, Andres Iniesta and David Silva’s places in the team are also under threat from the more youthful Koke, Saul Niguez and Marco Asensio.Hierro promised to make “as few changes as possible” when hired less than two weeks ago. Now he is under pressure to revolutionise his team to ensure Spain remain in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VAR to the rescue: Iago Aspas celebrates his equaliser against Morocco © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – In a chaotic World Cup, Spain have lost a coach and won just one game, but remain ultimately where they want to be after winning Group B in dramatic fashion with the help of VAR.Iago Aspas’s injury time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against already eliminated Morocco had initially been ruled out by an errant offside flag before the video assistant referee intervened.last_img read more

‘Japan nearly slayed the giant’ – cheers to tears for despairing fans

first_imgBut by the final whistle, substitute Nacer Chadli had scored in injury time as Belgium fought back to win 3-2, stunning Japan’s packed bars and viewing areas into silence.“I’m so frustrated,” Ryota Iwakiri said bitterly at a bar in Tokyo’s Shinagawa business district, as others tried to hold back tears.“The game was like a roller-coaster. They let us dream of a victory at one point. They really had good momentum,” said Yuki Kakishita, an employee at a real estate agency.Fans at the bar, some dressed in their team’s blue strip and with Japanese flags painted on their cheeks, had exploded with joy when Takashi Inui scored the team’s second goal.“We were so excited when Japan took the lead. But Belgium were so tough,” said Shimon Otomo, a businessman still wearing his suit and tie.Many fans at a public screening held their heads in their hands as Japan’s campaign came screeching to a halt.Japanese supporters had gathered in bars and at big screens across the country to watch the last 16 clash © AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURAAt one Zen temple in the central prefecture of Shizuoka, hosting a public viewing event for the first time, the chief priest led fans in chanting a Buddhist sutra after the game.“We asked visitors to watch the game calmly but everyone, myself included, couldn’t help but jump and shout when Japan scored,” the priest, Taiko Ishida, told AFP.“It was a dramatic ending. The result was so regrettable,” he added.– ‘They shocked the world’ –The result was painful despite the dire pre-tournament predictions for Japan, who dumped their coach in April and had not been expected to make it out of their group.New coach Akira Nishino was also bitterly criticised for ordering the team to run down the clock in their final group stage match, knowing a 1-0 loss to Poland was enough to advance.Former Japan international Daisuke Ichikawa believed Belgium enjoyed a big slice of luck with their first goal, Jan Vertonghen’s looping header from 20 yards, while ex-captain Ryuzo Morioka said: “They (Japan) shocked the world”.Many fans also consoled themselves with the fact that the team made it so far, and got so close to an unprecedented quarter-final spot.“We lost, but they left everything on the pitch,” said 23-year-old Sawa Okada.“Japan showed people that they are competitive on the world stage,” added Iwakiri.“Japan nearly slayed the giant.”Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Twitter to praise the team, saying the entire country had been “deeply moved by watching you do your best until the final second”.World Cup fever has gripped Japan despite a time difference that meant Monday’s match aired from 3:00am on Tuesday local time.In Tokyo, as the result sank in, people began to drift out of bars, heading into the subway where early-bird commuters were already making their way in to the office.“It was worth staying up late to watch it,” said Otomo, polishing off a cocktail and straightening out his suit.“I’ll have to go straight to the office now though, time to work hard again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Japanese fans react with dismay as their team crash out of the World Cup after Belgium scored in the dying seconds of the game © AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURATOKYO, Japan, Jul 3 – From Tokyo bars to a Buddhist temple, for millions of Japanese football fans the emotions were the same — pinch-me optimism to crushing disappointment, all in the space of 25 agonising minutes.As dawn broke over the country, during the closing stages of Japan’s last 16 match with Belgium in Rostov-on-Don, the Samurai Blue were 2-0 up and on course for their first World Cup quarter-final.last_img read more

Erwin’s focus extends past basketball

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaErwin’s business on the court is as a role player for the Irish, who are 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the Big East. The former Daily News Player of the Year has handled her transition from the go-to player for the Swordsmen to her role with the Irish well. “It’s been a huge adjustment,” said Erwin, who is scoring 5.8 points per game and is averaging a team-high 5.9 rebounds. “It’s tough going from being the star, scoring 20 points a game to a (role player). My role on this team is also as a team leader. I will always be a leader. “I can still do all the things I could do in high school. It’s just a different game in college, and I have to do my part. The role I have is to be a rebounding machine. I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far. It’s been difficult, but I’ve had to adjust.” She has also found a niche in the Midwest lifestyle. “I’m junior now, so I’ve gotten used to it,” Erwin said. “But I’m not used to the winters at all. I don’t think I ever will. “It’s a different pace here. It’s a lot more slower and everybody is more laid back. It’s a whole different lifestyle than Southern California. I feel people are a lot more friendly here. I like it. But I love California, and I will always be a California girl.” Erwin is also hoping a strong close to the season. “I think we can do some great things,” she said. “We’re a young team, but I think we can finish in the top three in the Big East. “We are going to have our ups and downs. We’re (10-5), and I feel we’re ready, if we can all get on the same page. We just have to learn from the games we lose, and we’ll be fine.” Individually, her goal is the same as it was when she committed to Notre Dame during her senior season at St. Paul. “I just want to be one of the most improved players in the Big East,” Erwin said. “I think I’ve started off pretty well in achieving that goal. “I’ve had some double-doubles and have played well. But those have been my goals since I was a freshman. It’s what I’m pushing for.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I worry a lot,” said Erwin, who has started all 15 games in her third season with the Irish. “But this is the third time he is going overseas. He assures me he is not going to be in any danger, that he will be working with computers and not dealing with civilians. But I know things can happen, so I’m always going to be worried. “But I know I have to focus on basketball, on school. I just have to continue to pray. It’s very hard. But I have to balance everything out. I miss him and want him to be home, but at the same time I have to take care of business here.” center_img These are trying times for Crystal Erwin, a former St. Paul High School girls basketball standout who is now starting at Notre Dame. Not on the basketball court, where Erwin is key player for an Irish team that could do some damage in the NCAA Tournament. No, Erwin’s biggest worries comes from the personal side, where she is concerned about the safety of fiance Jammel Boothe, who will soon serve his third tour of duty in Iraq. last_img read more